Is Vinyl a flop? – Testing Television #1

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Testing Television is a new recurring series of posts. In Testing Television, I give you five intriguing pieces of news from the world of television entertainment, followed by the main topic of the show. Finally, under ‘Spotlight’, I highlight a show I highly recommend. As of right now, Testing Television is unscheduled, but it may get a set date every week or month, if the format works.

In this post of Testing Television, I ask whether or not the first season of HBO’s ‘musical’ period drama, Vinyl, was a flop. Also, I highly recommend the great sitcom [Scrubs], one of my favorite comedy shows of all-time. But first, here are the five pieces of television news that you have to know about!

  • Supergirl Casting Superman for Season 2: Supergirl was just dealt to CW for its second season, and that is sure to change the show in some way, shape or form. Now, I haven’t seen the show yet, but from what I can understand Superman is very much in the Supergirl show-universe, but the audience haven’t seen his face yet. Now we’re hearing that Superman very much will be an active on-screen character in the second season. And come on, it has to be Tom Welling, right?
  • Bob Odenkirk to star in The Night of the Gun: Bob Odenkirk, star of AMC’s Better Call Saul, has signed on to star in The Night of the Gun, an AMC mini-series based on David Carr’s memoir. I think Odenkirk can play pretty much anyone. In Better Call Saul, he has proven how well he handles dramatic content as Jimmy McGill.
  • Outlander Renewed: Starz’s Outlander is a very popular show that I haven’t been able to get into. My dad loves it a lot, though, and I know there are a lot of fans of it. So, it’s great to hear that Starz are confident in the show by now renewing it for not one, but two new seasons. Outlander will, at the very least, get four seasons. Probably more, though, would be my guess. There are a lot of books.
  • Showtime’s Purity Gets 20-Episode Order: 2 seasons, 20 episodes. It’s safe to say that James Bond Daniel Craig is trying something new. Craig on TV should be great.
  • Good News and Bad News for Homeland-fans: Good news, Homeland-fans: the show won’t end anytime soon! Bad news: You’re going to have to wait until 2017 for more episodes, it seems.

Topic Talk Testing Television

  • Was the first season of HBO’s Vinyl a flop?

I was so excited for HBO’s Vinyl. I remember checking out Martin Scorsese’s IMDb-page and being excited by the idea that Mick Jagger and Scorsese were working on a show together. I mean, come on, a show by Scorsese about a record label in 1970s New York City. That sounds great, right?

Sadly, it started to fall apart pretty quickly. I really loved the pilot, which was directed by Scorsese. I even reviewed the episode on this blog, and had planned to review every episode in the first season. But I stopped reviewing it when I saw the second episode. It lost its momentum, it was pretty generic, and it just wasn’t as good as it should have been.

It isn’t like it’s an awful TV-show, but there’s nothing you haven’t seen before in it. Solid, but unimpressive with overfamiliar themes. The show didn’t do very well either, but it still got a second season a couple of days after it premiered on HBO.

Not a lot of people watched Vinyl, not a lot of people were fans of the show. We’ve seen it all before. In spite of the great creators and solid cast people didn’t feel like watching it. Oh and the showrunner has left after one season. I think it’s an obvious flop.

Testing Television Spotlight

  • Title: [Scrubs] – Created by: Bill Lawrence – Length: 9 seasons (2001-2009) – Network: NBC & ABC.

Remember when everyone had a medical show they loved? Yeah, I don’t watch medical shows anymore. I really liked ER, but I couldn’t get into Grey’s Anatomy (is that show really still on?). But the one medical show that I loved (it may even be my favorite show of all-time) was Bill Lawrence’s [Scrubs].

[Scrubs] follows J.D. (played by Zach Braff) and Turk (played by Donald Faison), two best friends who work at the some hospital. They are trying to fit into their respective departmens, with very different mentors and new friends.

No, I know that the ninth season wasn’t great, but, really, that was more of a spin-off show than a new season. But the eight first seasons of [Scrubs] were very special. Characters like J.D., Turk, Dr. Cox, and the Janitor will always be very important to me. The character interactions were great, it was a great comedy, but it also handled tough scenes really, really well.

A medical show has to talk about death, and it did. Oh it really did. J.D. would stay up with some of his patients at night. J.D. was the doctor you wanted, Dr. Cox was the doctor you needed, and when they worked together the show was perfect. Oh, and if you don’t feel like checking it out yet, then maybe this song can convince you.

– I’m Jeffrey Rex

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