Yo, The G is back. The G always comes back, he returns more than The Terminator but that’s not today’s topic. Today, we ain’t talking about no return of The G, we ain’t calculating about the rate of zombie virus transmitting through air by how many meters per milisecond. Today, we talk about TV. Yes, TV, it’s been the end of the season now and I have plenty of awards to give and some random things to talk about. Just a note, you can just skip to the award and skip my bambling if you are not up for them.
The second half of the season had a lot of surprises. On top of my head is Cabot sucking in viewers like a sci-fi black hole… oh, that’s not a surprise? Okay then. Moving on, It’s Always Me withered in week 6 out of nowhere to a mere 8.52 (12th of the week). I tried to send the data to a few science centers around USA to identify the reason and all the answers they gave me are crap. It’s either “I can’t identify the reason” or “I don’t have time for this crap” and you know what? The G put a hit on them lab animals. Screw them, calling themselves PhD yet they can’t identify something as easy as this? I weep for the future of science and mathematics. While IAM is still a top show overall(3rd), this sort of drop incident has to be avoided in the future, especially with new challengers on the horizon now.
Speaking of new challengers, Cherry on Top and Cabot are dominating the ranking with 12.67 and 12.71 and that is 2.4 points above the 3rd place. Oh, that’s not a surprise as well? Goddarn it. How about David Makes Friends landing on 4th of this season? That is a personal surprise for me, my prediction for it is around 6th-8th actually but props to the producer for making the breakout with his first TV show. And to the fellas out there with the name ‘David’ who are trying to make friends, I have no objection on your behavior so don’t send me death threat because I look down upon the show, kind of.
Another thing on my mind is TCW dominating week 5. It’s a TCW-oriented schedule in that week and I thought not many would want to see so many hours of wresting aside from the die-hard wrestling fans. But when you are die-hard, you go to the arena for live action…or you will watch Bruce Willis movies on your HTG-Ray player instead. The plenty of “die-soft” did enough to support the TCW throughout the night and FBTV actually win the network war that week. Is there not enough solid TV dramas out there to combat a wrestling show? Again, no answer from the science centers. Well, that is one great day for the wrestling fans…and as well as the FBTV head if he is not a wrestling fan. He better pretend to like it though, TCW is an important piece in his network and he needs to support it.
I am quite sad to see variety shows like The Process are not on-air. While I expect every season to be drama-heavy – it’s the main focus from 8pm to 11pm anyway – I would like more variety shows. The only one on the line is HTG’s Top Actress, which is not bad but not very good either — and that is still a failure in The G’s view. It needs some contenders to heat up I guess, being the lone show out there is not motivating at all.
Enough pre-award talk, now let’s move to the main focus of the article, it’s The G unofficial TV award time and before that, I must tell you upfront that not every award is in every award, work that out and if you have problem with that, The G runs things his way, that’s why:
‘Never Give Up’ Redemption Award
- Eastwick, 1.95
- The Fastest Sport on Earth, 2.01
- Trinity Blood, 2.82
This award is all about shows that gets the greatest rating gain in the second half of the season. This shows don’t give up and when they are that determined to stay in the cruel world of TV, they reaps the reward. First, we have Eastwick. I have not realize its so-so rating in the first half as I thought it should be at least in the mid-high range. Well, it sure strikes back at the second half to push itself to the mid-high range.
While The Fastest Sport on Earth isn’t a show with good rating, which leads to it eventual fate of a shorten season run and a quick ending. Then, it turns out that it actually starts to garner some good ratings. It might be because it is finale so everyone is watching or it might be the show’s luck is turning around. We will never know at this point since the show is officially ended there.
Now, for the winner, Trinity Blood. Finally it gets some attention and a lot of them actually. The show is hitting 11.68 in one of the episode, that’s as high as a kite. I don’t think I need to cover more of this show as it is covered pretty well in my other article.
‘King Of Its Region’ Performance Award
- DRTV: It’s Always Me, 79.73
- FBTV: Cabot, 94
- RN: Monster 73.98
The formula remains the same, 50% my rating + 50% show rating, with the highest rated show in 2nd half of the season being 100%. It’s Always Me gets a reward this time. While its rating doesn’t help it in this one, the consistency of it helps as the other potential contenders have one bad episode and their score dropped down because of that. What you can learn from It’s Always Me? How to create awesome, life-like dialogue. It’s the show with the best modern dialogue out there, realistic and yet efficient. Definitely check it out if you are looking for a light-hearted contemporary life-based drama. Or you plan to write one in future.
Cabot and its comrade, Cherry On Top, are like the China female diving team in Olympic 2012. If you ever watch diving, you already know that the Chinese are just there more to showcase than compete. How so? Because they are on another level; they are over the others by 30 points or above in the standing, easy goal medals for China in that event. That’s Cabot for you. With 2.40+ of rating gap and 14+ of G’s performance score gap from the others, I don’t think I need to share what’s it about since I think even your grandma already watched this one. What to learn from this? Character depths and relationship formations, at the very least.
Moving on, Monster captured RN’s performance award by edging other contenders like Hybrid and All In. While I find the first half of the show more impressive than the second half, it’s still a solid show throughout the season except the fact that I don’t like the finale. I have gotten news that it gets a renewal for next season and that is good. I have delivered a cake to the network head’s house — don’t worry, it isn’t a bomb…nor poison. I like its story structure and cinematography at time, something to check on for yo’all.
‘The One Act to Rule Them All’ Best Episode Award
- “God’s Work”, Trinity Blood 1.4, 95
- “Broken Horizon: Part Two”, Cabot 1.2, 95
- “And to All, A Good Night”, It’s Always me 9.6, 84
We got a tie for the best episode award and it’s really hard to choose either one of them. “God’s Work” has amazing character development and action, it’s a heaven-made two-in-one actually. It might just be the chemistry between the actors but the interaction is really sparkling in this one. It’s actually the last episode of the season with a good amount of plot progression and story since the last two episodes are action-based.
“Broken Horizon: Part Two”, an episode that I can’t see where it is going when watching it. I originally imagined the protagonists would be safe but I am soo (when 1 “o” isn’t enough, put more) wrong as the producer decided to give them some tough shit. I like when a show shows no mercy to the protagonists. Screw those weakling protagonists that are either given easy obstacles or a shit ton of “god mode”. Real man shows no mercy to their protagonists and Cabot did it just right here. I don’t even think there’s so much trouble for them coming into this episode.
“And to All, A Good Night” is my highest rated It’s Always Me episode as I find it to provide the most contents and plenty of important moments of the subplots. While there are some episodes that have a score of 84 or even higher, I choose this one as the third candidate for this award as I feel I should have given it more than an 84. I don’t think I need to repeat myself as I have talked about It’s Always Me in the earlier part.
Now, I will be giving out season award, which cover the entire season as a whole:
‘You Don’t Get This in Real Life’ Second Chance Award
- The End
- HTG’s Next Top Actress
- Diamond Records
This award is for the shows that are not doing as good as the others rating-wise and I mainly focus on those that I have not heard of their renewal yet. These are the shows I would like to be given another chance if possible as I can see a glimpse (or more) of quality and hope in it. There’s definitely untapped potential in them.
The End, this one has a long a** opening that really put me into sleep for once but when the apocalypse did happened, it is better. I would like another season to assess the post-apocalypse story as I definitely see some good things coming out of this one, if executed well of course. Without good execution, it’s still nothing.
HTG’s Next Top Actress is an interesting concept but the show, as its current form, lacks the complete package in my opinion. Growing in the production will really help this show become bigger and better. I per, better segments and so on, more interaction and background story of the contenders would help, especially for the winner to get some fans before entering the Hollywood workfield. I personally feel the concept is good enough to step up as it will be a fun show to watch but it’s all up to the network and producer to make it possible.
Diamond Records, it’s more of a personal attachment for me as it is one of the very first shows I watched in my critic career. Also, it really isn’t too bad. While lackluster at times, it is also very fun at times. The producer just needs to be more consistent in giving interesting contents and cut down the lackluster moments. Also, maybe more music industry-related subplots will help.
‘Bow Before Me’ King of Network Award
No argument for this one no matter how you view it. Profit? FBTV wins. Rating? FBTV wins. Syndication? Not important. Best show? FBTV wins. TV Movie rating? FBTV wins. Expenses? FBTV wins (as in spending the least. When you can produce the best show while having them being low in budget, you totally win). With new iconic tv series like Cabot and Cherry on Top joining the veteran TCW, it is a very hard lineup to beat. Can DRTV and RN create or find a show to strike back? Can the new FBTV network head continues the domination? A lot of interesting things to see going into the next session.
The G’s Pick
#1: The Legend of King Arthur
#2: It’s Always Me
#1: Cherry on Top
#2: Trinity Blood
#2: All In
#3: The Fastest Sport on Earth
Just some personal picks, mostly based on personal preference and liking, not necessarily based on the highest score I given to a show.
And that marks the end of the season and since the world has not ended, see you all next season.
(OOC: Being an asshole at times and all the snarky comments are merely in-character – he’s The G, that’s why – and I apologize in advance if I touched any sort of nerve.)
Tags: All In
, Cherry on Top
, David Makes Friends
, Devil Ray TV
, Diamond Records
, Flip Brothers TV
, HTG's Next Top Actress
, It's Always Me
, Rogue Net
, The End
, The Fastest Sport on Earth
, The Process
, Trinity Blood