Wednesday, July 25, 2007

TVDoaN: So Far, No References To "Champions"

As I watch the CBS late night offerings, I keep thinking that I'm flashing back about 7-8 years whenever I see this promo for a new TV show.

Have you seen it? It's about a vampire who is a private eye in modern day Los Angeles. It deals with all of the pluses and minuses of being a creature of the night, has something of a smart-alecky feel to it, and the lead is this tall, dark-haired brooding type who wears a long coat.

It's called Ange--no, sorry--it's called Moonlight.


Does this guy also have a yen for bratty blondes? Is Joss Whedon's Mutant Enemy getting royalties?

I could go on the predictable rant about the dearth of imagination in Holly--bored now; this just takes the cake. Craig Ferguson, while talking about the up-fronts (where the major networks debut the fall season), used to joke that really the networks were unveiling the shows they were going to cancel by November.

Here is candidate number one. It may or may not last longer than the Geico Caveman sitcom.

This is akin to having NBC unveil "Police Soul" three seasons after ABC's disastrous run w/"Cop Rock" (levide, do you still have that clip?).

The thing is, who does CBS expect to attract with this show? Whedon-fans are bound to look at this thing with proper levels of disgust. Also, it's not like Angel drew massive numbers...fiercely loyal numbers, but not enough to...well, that may not be true.

CBS is placing this during their "weak imitation shows" juggernaut on Fridays (home to The Ghost Whisperer and Numb3rs), so expectations aren't exactly high.

Still though...what? I'm sorry, but this is too direct a rip-off...this isn't even an homage, or a redux of a classic (like "Night Stalker" a few years back)...This looks like Angel, without the personnel, charisma (as in "magnetism", not "carpenter" and I sincerely hope she's not this desperate), and wit.

Witness the latest batch of promos, which feature the vampire in question ("Mick St. John"...I mean, really), being interviewed. "What's it like being a vampire?" asks the off-screen interviewer. "Being a vampire sucks," is the reply.

Much like being contracted to do this thing, I'll wager.


At 2:59 PM, Blogger JJisafool said...

Aren't they both just rip-offs of Forever Knight from CBS' early-90s Crime Time After Prime Time (of which I oft stoned consumed)?

At 3:38 PM, Blogger the beige one said...

Which, itself, is a derivative of Dark Shadows...I get your point, I just think that the particular ingredients of Moonlight are a bit too similar to Angel, which, while hardly an original idea, still remained true to the Whedonverse created by Buffy.

At 3:40 PM, Blogger the beige one said...

...true to the Buffyverse created by Whedon...

you know, whatever strikes your fancy.

At 5:39 PM, Anonymous levide said...

Fuck yeah, "Cop Rock". Weirdest show ever, to hell with "Twin Peaks". Let's be careful out there....

At 9:51 AM, Blogger Christopher said...

And then I just saw a commersh for something on CW (?) that looks like a complete and total "Ghostbusters" rip-off.

Obviously, the suits running Hollywood are becoming increasingly unable to conjur an original series concept, and figure the general viewing audience has a long-term memory that abruptly cuts-off around the mid 1980's.

But that could also be due to the fact that most of their viewer demographics skew toward people who weren't even born in the mid 1980's.


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