This week in Disney entertainment – John Carter
OK this is a little late because I was convinced I was going to see John Carter by now. In fact I had planned to see it opening night, then the next night then even tonight (Tuesday) and I just cannot get around to it. Anyone want to fly up to Knoxville and check this sucker out? Anyway by now we know that it might not have been the best opening Disney had hoped for. I personally was shocked to see the Lorax beat John Carter. I know Disney spent at least 6 million dollars on Super Bowl ads alone. Word of mouth seemed much better (especially among Disney fans) than much of the critical reviewers thought. Even some critics who are generally harsh gave decent reviews including none other than Rolling Stone’s own Peter Travers (who hates plenty of mainstream fare). So what’s going on? Who has seen John Carter and what do you think?
When I saw the tentative numbers of 30 million for the 1st weekend I immediately assumed that the sequels that already appeared green lit were quickly turned back yellow but then I looked at the international take and saw that the movie did pretty well overseas. John Carter took in another 40 plus million overseas and as I write this Hollywood.com is reporting that it has broken through the 100 million mark worldwide so it’s not all gloom and doom, but I’m curious if you think Disney has a problem here.
The shareholders meeting was today and the room was abuzz for The Avengers (as they should be) which is Disney’s real first full marketed Marvel movie. The new trailer is incredible and the movie will likely explode out of the gate as it kicks off the “summer” season. In fact it was reported today that there were just too many good parts that it was difficult to pick what to use for a trailer. After an uphill battle for John Carter to break even, this is exactly what nervous shareholders need to hear.
It just shocks me that Green Lantern (which looked awful even in trailers in my opinion) pulled in about 20 million more dollars on opening weekend. So again I ask you fearless Disney Driven Life reader – what’s up with John Carter and please convince me to go see it! I’ll post another comment when I finally get there which will likely be sometime next week now.
So what else is going on as far as ABC is concerned – well a whole heck of a lot as pilot season gets ready to ramp up. But before we can look ahead to Fall 2012 let’s talk about the end of this season which has shaped up to be another positive when it comes to ratings. Here is a list of season finales:
May 1: Last Man Standing at 8p
May 6: GCB at 10p
May 7: Castle at 10p
May 13: Once Upon a Time at 8p; Desperate Housewives (special two-hour series finale) at 9p
May 15: Cougar Town (special one-hour finale) at 8p; Private Practice at 10p
May 16: Suburgatory at 830p
May 17: Missing at 8p; Grey’s Anatomy at 9p; Scandal at 10p
May 18: Shark Tank at 8p
May 20: America’s Funniest Home Videos at 7p
May 21: Dancing with the Stars (Performance Show) at 8p
May 22: Dancing with the Stars (two-hour Results Show finale) at 9p
May 23: The Middle at 8p; Modern Family at 9p; Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 at 930p; Revenge at 10p
I got into both Revenge and Once Upon a Time and will be sad to see these go for the summer. I just recently may have found my favorite new comedy though in “Happy Endings” – I swear it is like a sketch comedy show smashed into “Friends”. Good stuff and a great companion piece to Modern Family in my humble opinion.
So what else?
Well here’s some big news for all you Harry Potter fans (and not of the ride but the movie … tisk tisk for you to think of Universal in these parts J). ABC Family will be hosting a 5 day Harry Potter Marathon starting tomorrow night – here’s the schedule:
Wednesday, March 14th
7:30 PM – 11:00 PM ET/PT – “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”
Thursday, March 15th
3:30 PM – 7:00 PM ET/PT – “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”
7:00 PM – 11:00 PM ET/PT – “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”
Friday, March 16th
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM ET/PT – “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”
8:00 PM – 11:00 PM ET/PT – “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”
Saturday, March 17th
2:30 PM – 5:30 PM ET/PT – “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”
5:30 PM – 9:00 PM ET/PT – “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”
9:00 PM – 12:00 AM ET/PT – “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”
Sunday, March 18th
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM ET/PT – “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”
2:00 PM – 5:30 PM ET/PT – “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”
5:30 PM – 8:30 AM ET/PT – “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”
8:30 PM – 12:00 AM ET/PT – “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”
This new Beauty and the Beast show sounds promising:
Irish actress Ruth Bradley snagged the title role of ABC’s Beauty and the Beast playing Grace, an embattled princess. Bradley will star along with Darius Campbell who will play Shiro, Grace’s “beast” of a bodyguard and Chris Egan will play her fiance Gorrick. This spring, Bradley will be seen playing Mary Maloney in the ABC miniseries Titanic scheduled on April 14 and 15.
Karen LeBlanc was added to the cast of ABC’s Beauty and the Beast project. LeBlanc will play Ehren, the leader of the rebel band that wants to see Emperor Dorian (F. Murray Abraham) dethroned.
I would like to credit Cynopsis which I read religiously first thing ever morning with all of this news:
Fresh off her stint on FX’s American Horror Story, Connie Britton (also star of Friday Night Lights) landed a role in the ABC drama pilot Nashville. Britton will play Rayna, considered the top female country music performer. The pilot is from Callie Khouri and director/producer R.J. Cutler and is described as a family soap set amongst the music scene of Nashville. The plot follows one star at her peak (Britton) while following another rising star (Hayden Panettiere).
ABC Family said has acquired ABC’s comedy series The Middle from Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution. The sitcom, starring Patricia Heaton and Neil Flynn, will premiere on the cable network in fall 2013. In addition, the off-net sitcom has been sold to stations covering more than 92% of the US, also for a fall 2013 launch. The Middle has been picked up by station groups including Tribune, Sinclair, CBS, Communications Corp., Raycom, Newport, Belo, Cox, Local TV, New Age Media, Titan, Grant, News Press & Gazette, Barrington, Mission, Venture, LIN, Pappas, Weigel and Acme among others. The Middle is produced by Blackie and Blondie Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.
Former soap opera star Susan Lucci (All My Children’s Erica Kane) joins the ABC primetime soap drama Devious Maids from Marc Cherry. The drama is about four maids (Ana Ortiz, Judy Reyes, Roselyn Sanchez and Dania Ramirez) who all have ambitions and dreams of their own while working for the rich and famous in Beverly Hills. Lucci will co-star as Genevieve Delacourt, a wealthy and somewhat crazy employer of one of the maids. ABC Studios is producing.
Film actor Michael Nyqvist, who recently starred in the Swedish film version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and its two sequels as well as Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol will next star in ABC’s drama pilot Zero Hour. The plot centers on Hank Foley (Anthony Edwards) who after spending 20 years as the editor of a skeptic’s magazine and following a strange twist of fate, is pulled into one of the most compelling conspiracies in human history. Nyqvist will play White Vincent, one of the villains in the center of the conspiracy. ABC Studios is producing.
ABC’s supernatural drama pilot 666 Park Avenue tagged Vanessa Williams to play Olivia, who with husband Gavin (Terry O’Quinn) owns the historic luxury apartment building that sports supernatural activities.
Claire Forlani (CSI: NY) was cast in the central leading role in ABC’s drama pilot Scruples based on the novel by Judith Krantz, reports TVLine. Boris Kodjoe and Jessica McNamee also join the cast. Forlani will play Billy Winthrop, a powerful fashion designer; Kodjoe was cast as Josh Hillman, the attorney of Billy’s late husband; and McNamee will portray Maggie, a celebrity journalist and Billy’s best friend.
Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond, ‘Til Death) takes on a new sitcom role in ABC’s comedy pilot How to Live With Your Parents For the Rest of Your Life. Garrett will play the dad Max married to Elaine (Elizabeth Perkins). Max and Elaine’s daughter Polly (Sarah Chalke), a recently divorced single mom moves back in with them.
Also for ABC, two regulars were added to the comedy pilot The Smart One starring Portia de Rossi and Malin Akerman, reports THR. Matt Oberg and Stephanie Beatriz join the cast that also includes David Arquette and Jean Smart.
ABC’s untitled comedy pilot starring Mandy Moore has added Stockard Channing and Kurt Fuller. The comedy is about a young newlywed couple, Annie (Moore) and Ben who get the chance to run a hip restaurant in Annie’s hometown, bringing her close to her needy and high-maintenance family. Channing and Fuller will play Annie’s parents. 20th Television is producing the single-camera comedy.
That’s about it for now. I hope everyone has recovered from losing that hour of sleep and is ready to enjoy some GORGEOUS weather. Anyone posting pics from the EPCOT flower festival hit me @WDW_Weather on Twitter I want to see them!
Until next time thanks for reading – please comment if you have any questions, I love the interaction with like minded Disney fans!