Screen Junkies » castle http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Sun, 14 Sep 2014 20:59:28 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Why In The Hell Are These 5 TV Shows So Popular? http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-lists/why-in-the-hell-are-these-five-tv-shows-so-popular/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-lists/why-in-the-hell-are-these-five-tv-shows-so-popular/#comments Wed, 08 Feb 2012 15:18:03 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=244769 Who's watching these shows? Please come forward. I'm not going to get angry, I just want to know.

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What the hell were people watching last week?

Earlier today, I read that NCIS just aired its 200th episode, which didn’t really come as a surprise, because I always knew NCIS to be one of those shows that flew below the my radar, but still managed to be one of the most popular shows on TV. Wondering if there are any other shows that fit that description, I decided to take a gander at last week’s Nielsen ratings to see what America at-large (as opposed to the America that posts on messages boards and runs the internet) was watching these days.

Now, being only one person, (albeit one who works reporting TV news) I understand that there are many popular shows that I don’t have the bandwidth to watch. I also understand that every show isn’t Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire, or Breaking Bad, but I still feel entitled to ask the question: Why are some shows as popular as they are?

Before we go much further, here are the network ratings from last week:

A list of the twenty most popular programs in the country contains three American Idols and two special events (Pro Bowl and Pro Bowl pregame, which is downright baffling, but whatever, it’s football and football gets high ratings), meaning that among the fifteen most popular, non-Idol shows last week were:

Undercover Boss

What I think I know about Undercover Boss: This show has big important execs go undercover at their own companies to perform front-line tasks for some reason. I’m pretty sure I got the premise on this one from both the name of the show, and the fact that it’s constantly promoted while I watch football.

What Undercover Boss is actually about (from Wikipedia): Each episode depicts a person who has a high management position at a major business, deciding to become undercover as a entry-level employee to discover the faults in the company.

My reaction: Ok. So the endgame is to find faults in the company. This strikes me as a feel-good show, which always prove a LOT more durable than I would guess, as was the case with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. It’s a gimmick that I view as similar to Wipeout! in that you watch it once, go “huh,” then forget about it entirely.

Why it is popular: My theory here (this article consists largely of bullshit theories and generalizations about TV audiences at large; caveat emptor) is that “middle America,” you know, the guys with the ties and the short-sleeved shirts and the coveralls, enjoy watching the upper crust eat shit at jobs supposedly “beneath” them. This is perhaps the only show on television where low-level employees aren’t just treated like human beings, but actually appreciated for the work they do. There are probably a lot of people interested in seeing that week-after-week, regardless of the context.

The Mentalist

What I think I know about The Mentalist: Simon Baker is a “mentalist” which means he uses his mind to solve crimes.

What The Mentalist is actually about (from Wikipedia): It follows the fictional story of Patrick Jane who, as a paid consultant, uses unorthodox methods to aid a fictional unit of the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in homicide investigations.

My reaction: Ok. So it’s one of those procedurals that you can just sort of drop in and out of without really investing yourself. I know the star of the show is Simon Baker, who I believe is British and who I know is handsome.

Why it is popular: As with so many procedurals, the plot, while not incidental, is fairly rote, and the only point of differentiation between this and a show like CSI or NCIS or Cold Case or Without a Trace is that it has Simon Baker, who is very handsome and probably British. It’s popular because these shows are universally popular on CBS. Also, the fact that he works for the “California Bureau of Investigation” suggests that the audience for The Mentalist might be extremely patient and forgiving.

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All Politics Aside, Republicans Watch Some Really Shitty Television http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/all-politics-aside-republicans-watch-some-really-shitty-television/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/all-politics-aside-republicans-watch-some-really-shitty-television/#comments Thu, 08 Dec 2011 21:18:24 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=239168 Then again, Democrats seem to like The View, so I guess they're both pretty bad.

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Our friends (with benefits) at Entertainment Weekly have written up a study that describes the differences between white folks and black people distinct viewing habits of Republicans and Democrats. While I’m sure there’s some nuance here, the findings boil down to: Democrats watch the shows that we think that they’d watch, while Republicans watch all those shows that we thought no one was watching.

Those hippies from Occupy Wall Street enjoy cashing their welfare checks, plopping down with a big bowl of medicinal marijuana and watching The Daily Show and Glee, while Republicans like to get off work from the mill, sit down to a steak diner, and polish their rifles while watching The Mentalist, Leno, and Swamp Loggers.

Republicans seem to favor procedurals, while Democrats like comedies and shows about the media. That’s awfully on the nose, Democrats. Republicans also love the show Swamp People. When did the love affair between conservatives and swamps start? I completely missed that! Surprisingly, Republicans also enjoy Wheel of Fortune, which is odd because I would have figured they consider it a form of welfare.

It’s not a terribly surprising list, but we can use it as ammo against differently-minded people, which is the greatest gift of all this holiday season.

See the full results here.

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Rebecca Budig http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/rebecca-budig/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/rebecca-budig/#comments Thu, 24 Mar 2011 17:58:51 +0000 Reza F. http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Gallery&p=203326 Soap icon Rebecca Budig is best known for her work on "All My Children," but it was her role on last week's episode of "Castle" that caught our attention.

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Soap icon Rebecca Budig is best known for her work on “All My Children,” but it was her role on last week’s episode of “Castle” that caught our attention. Interestingly enough, she played a soap opera star in that particular episode, no doubt drawing from her own years of experience as a fixture on the more dramatic end of daytime television. So meta.

A word from Rebecca:I am the poor man’s Kelly Ripa.”

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Rachel Melvin http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/rachel-melvin/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/rachel-melvin/#comments Thu, 27 Jan 2011 18:59:57 +0000 Reza F. http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Gallery&p=22716 Before her guest spot on "House" earlier this week, Rachel Melvin was a regular on the long-running daytime soap "Days of Our Lives."

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Before her guest spot on “House” earlier this week, Rachel Melvin was a regular on the long-running daytime soap “Days of Our Lives.” That was her first extended gig, a job that Melvin landed a short time after moving  to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. Her character having been written out of the series (for now at least), Melvin is branching out into shows that come on after dark, including a brief character arc on “Heros” in 2009 and a pair of back-to-back appearances on “Seven Deadly Sins” last year. Look out for her appearance on “Castle” this Monday.

A word from Rachel: “When you’re an actor you get to be whatever profession you want to be in whatever role you’re playing.”

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‘Castle’ Actress Stana Katic Round 2 http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/castle-actress-stana-katic-round-2/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/castle-actress-stana-katic-round-2/#comments Wed, 20 Oct 2010 17:58:00 +0000 Col. Longshanks She's so nice we had to do her twice. Being handcuffed and thrown into the back of a cop car wouldn’t be too bad, provided of course that Stana Katic would be the arresting officer. It’s a good bet, in fact, that a significant number of men would go out of their way to break the law in her immediate vicinity, hoping for the chance to have a cup of coffee with her — even if it was being served out of Styrofoam cups in a cramped interrogation room. Until that day, we’ll just have to make do with Katic’s pretend-cop persona in ABC’s “Castle.” A word from Stana: “Men should never marry their muse. It ruins the illusion.” Check out more pics of Detective Stana after the jump...

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She’s so nice we had to do her twice. Being handcuffed and thrown into the back of a cop car wouldn’t be too bad, provided of course that Stana Katic would be the arresting officer. It’s a good bet, in fact, that a significant number of men would go out of their way to break the law in her immediate vicinity, hoping for the chance to have a cup of coffee with her — even if it was being served out of Styrofoam cups in a cramped interrogation room. Until that day, we’ll just have to make do with Katic’s pretend-cop persona in ABC’s “Castle.”

A word from Stana: “Men should never marry their muse. It ruins the illusion.”

Check out more pics of Detective Stana after the jump…

 

    

   
 

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‘Castle’ Actress Alyssa Milano http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/castle-actress-alyssa-milano/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/castle-actress-alyssa-milano/#comments Mon, 18 Jan 2010 19:15:23 +0000 Defy Media Alyssa Milano was on Castle last week, and I needed an excuse to post an Alyssa Milano gallery. So there you have it. If you don't like it you can take it up with management. Management says shove off.A word from Alyssa: "I feel a lot healthier when I'm having sex." What do we have if we don't have our health? Be as healthy as possible, Alyssa. So so so SO healthy. Like 24/7 healthy. In all kinds of weird positions. Work toward a healthier you by checking out more pics after the jump.

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Alyssa Milano was on Castle last week, and I needed an excuse to post an Alyssa Milano gallery. So there you have it. If you don’t like it you can take it up with management. Management says shove off.

A word from Alyssa:I feel a lot healthier when I’m having sex.”

What do we have if we don’t have our health? Be as healthy as possible, Alyssa. So so so SO healthy. Like 24/7 healthy. In all kinds of weird positions.

Work toward a healthier you by checking out more pics after the jump.

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CASTLE http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/shows/castle/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/shows/castle/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Network: ABCCast: Nathan Fillion, Stana KaticSynopsis: A famous mystery novelist works with a bright and aggressive female detective to solve crimes.

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Network: ABC

Cast: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic

Synopsis: A famous mystery novelist works with a bright and aggressive female detective to solve crimes.

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Nathan Fillion Makes Joss Whedon Proud in Scene from ‘Castle’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/nathan-fillion-makes-joss-whedon-proud-in-scene-from-castle/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/nathan-fillion-makes-joss-whedon-proud-in-scene-from-castle/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Nathan Fillion finally has a hit that isn't a cult hit!  Well Castle isn't so much a hit as it is a procederial with a steady viewership.  Personally, I'm a big fan of the show, and as always, Fillion flaunts his wit and impeccable timing.  In the clip he makes his former boss proud by donning the Captain Mal duster from Firefly while referencing Buffy, and a little Underworld thrown in there for good measure.  And all in under two minutes!  I'm sure Whedon is beaming in between frowns due to Dollhouse's eminent death.

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Nathan Fillion finally has a hit that isn’t a cult hit!  Well Castle isn’t so much a hit as it is a procederial with a steady viewership.  Personally, I’m big fan of the show, and as always, Fillion flaunts his wit and impeccable timing.  In the clip he makes his former boss proud by donning the Captain Mal duster from Firefly while referencing Buffy, and a little Underworld thrown in there for good measure.  And all in under two minutes!  I’m sure Whedon is beaming in between frowns due to Dollhouse’s eminent death.

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