Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Hollywood Babble On & On #784: Two Completely Unrelated Thoughts

I have a cold, so my head is wandering like a big.... fat.... wandering.... you know.... thing.... so here are two short bits about two unrelated things....


Here is the trailer for the upcoming CBS Films/Hammer Films release
The Woman In Black starring Daniel Radcliffe. Watch it, then come read my analysis of it....

I think it's a well constructed trailer. It doesn't blow the story, but gives you a good sense that there is something terrible happening in this decidedly not-jolly corner of old England. The rhyme spoken by the child drops hints about a dark and vengeful spirit being at work, but doesn't really spoil anything.

Also, good use of creepy Victoria era toys. Seriously, the designers of Victorian toys were seriously creepy deviants.

Final judgment: It does what a good trailer is supposed to do, promote interest in the film in question.


Three out of the four major networks are currently in a bidding war for a single-camera sitcom starring Sarah Silverman.

Sarah who?

That's a question a lot of you are asking. Well, she's a comedian and actress. Her stand-up material basically consists of racial stereotypes, sex jokes, and mocking the religions that it's politically correct, and physically safe, to mock. Her acting career consists of playing the cute, but annoying girl with the nasally voice, for which she is getting a little long in the tooth for.

Most of the TV audience hasn't even heard of her, because the bulk of her career has been spent catering to her niche audience on cable. She's really done nothing to break out of that niche to earn the sort of mainstream audience that is needed to support a network TV sitcom.

I should be surprised that the networks are so hot for this show.

But I'm not.

You see she has a small niche audience, but that small niche audience is Hollywood.

Within Hollywood she is huge, she's is a major star, she has the sun, moon, and stars shining out of her left nostril. In their eyes she's worth all the money they are currently throwing at the whole deal.

Outside Hollywood, she's probably best remembered "that girl" who did a guest spot on Star Trek: Voyager where the ship traveled back to the 1990s.

When you look back at the successful and long running comedian-based sitcoms of the 1980s-1990s, they were all built around performers who made their bones playing literally every little nook and cranny of the country. They had won audiences one small club at a time, and graduated to larger theaters. By the time they were tapped for a golden ticket to sitcom land, they were big players nationwide able to sell out pretty decent theaters anywhere in the nation. Most of Sarah Silverman's audience is built around L.A., New York, and one or two of the hipper neighborhoods in Flyover country. She's not a national figure, she's a Hollywood figure, and I don't think she's really worth the sort of network hysteria she's getting right now.

UPDATE: NBC has won the bidding war to place a "put pilot" order for the show.

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