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So yeah, I wrote a pretty Frank and scathing review of the Keen Eddie Series DVD release foisted on us by Paramount on Amazon. Notice I was not alone on the things I said about the music.
Tonight on AIM I got bing’ed up by the GUY WHO ACTUALLY DID THE NEW MUSIC!!! He read my review on amazon and took up my offer to discuss the reason behind the the digital train wreck. He was actually very nice and agreed with me.
Click below for the whole conversation and all the juicy gossip. I got his OK to post this if I changed his AIM id name. I corrected both our spelling, as well as my crack-addictesque typing to make it more readable.
As promised earlier I put up a review at Amazon. I have the newest review for the Keen Eddie box set. (I can hear people now “Come on, Jen, tell us what you really think!”
Nice to see I’m not alone in hating the crap they did to it.
Seems I just noticed the music on the Keen Eddie was not as, how you say, ‘quirky funky cool’ as the broadcast episodes.
Yup, more idiotic changes from paramount, the note on the boxes say the music has been replaced from the orginal episodes, Bugger! No more Clash, no more anything pop. It’s not bad, but iut’s all very traditional compostion stuff.
First they can’t even put the epos in thier real order (and you notice when the matchbook map goes from 2 to 12 in the next ep – duh folks, one match book added each week, hellloooo)
I am SO reviewing this on Amazon now, grrr! Two stars are GONE!
That Keen Eddie is being worked on again! Word is they are trying to get confirmations from Mark (Eddie) and Sienna (Fiona) but otherwise it’s
good to go. :::crosses fingers::: No idea where it will air, My bet is NBC or Bravo (where it built an nice and fanatical audience).
Send those letters to NBC/Bravo and keep the pressure on! YAY!
Tonight was a new ep, I laughed my butt off as usual and once more asked “They cancelled this show for the OC?” Proof programmers are morons.
Checking the Wed, Apr 21 – 10:00 PM – HORSE HEIR (102)
Wed, Apr 21 – 2:00 AM – HORSE HEIR (102)
Wed, May 5 – 10:00 PM – THE AMAZING LARRY DUNN (110)
Sat, May 8 – 12:00 PM – CITIZEN CECIL (104)
Sat, May 8 – 1:00 PM – WHO WANTS TO BE IN A CLUB… (105)
Sat, May 8 – 2:00 PM – SUCKER PUNCH (106)
Sat, May 8 – 3:00 PM – BLACK LIKE ME (107)
Sat, May 8 – 4:00 PM – ACHTUNG BABY (109)
Sat, May 8 – 5:00 PM – LIBERTE, EGALITE, FRATERNITE (113)
Wed, May 12 – 10:00 PM – EDDIE LOVES BASEBALL (112)
Wed, May 19 – 10:00 PM – INCITING INCIDENT (108)
So there ya go, you’re future viewing schedule. And you can trust me, because fat ladies don’t lead you wrong on food or TV.
First, the Jeff Gaspin at Bravo again asking for ALL the episodes, and so should you.
Second, the show has moved to Wednesday nights (the site graphics haven’t caught up, but the link above has all the dates and times) by the way, still 9pm, just a new night.
Which is fine by me, since Wednesday is a wasteland of programming and it was on opposite 24 and the decision on which to watch when was killing me.
Checking the Next week’s episode is a never before seen one! It’s one about robbers who wear Duran Duran masks, so I am SO anxious to see it.
If you watch and haven’t written the guy in charge yet asking for ALL the eps to be shown, do so! Go to my last Keen Eddie post to get that info!
Now, here’s hoping they will show the episode “Horse Heir“. It’s awesome even if you only consider the line “40 year-old filthy slut will do anything”.
The plotline centers around stolen horse semen, so let’s hope Bravo is brave enough, but so far, considering it was episode 2 and it’s not been aired yet, I don’t think so. Hell, even Fox showed that one.
Below is a GREAT article about the show, how it’s been jerked around and how only 6 of the 13 might ever air on bravo, and… and email to write to to have your say to THE guy in charge! If you like the show, WRITE! I did!
Mr Kittman is a long time TV critic.
By Marvin Kitman – February 8, 2004
I’ve been watching for the first time “Keen Eddie” on Bravo (Tuesdays at 9 p.m.). I can’t believe how good it is. How could Fox have canceled this show after only six episodes last summer.
In my time, I’ve lived through a lot of stupid programming decisions, but this was beyond mere stupidity. It was idiotic. Whoever did it should be sitting in the corner with a dunce cap.
“Keen Eddie” is the story of Eddie Arlette, a brash New York City detective who takes a job in London with Scotland Yard after a botched drug bust. It’s the old fish – and, in this case, chips – out of water concept, with Eddie having to adjust to English police and lifestyles.
Since its premiere Jan. 20, I have been intrigued by the London setting and the characters. Mark Valley as Eddie is so ingratiating, so charming. His Yard mate, Monty Pippin (Julian Rhind-Tutt), is so well-drawn against stereotype: a licentious, stuffy bloke with some spicy personal secrets, the opposite of prude Eddie. All the characters are so well-defined and refreshing. Even the villains are likable.
The direction by Simon West in the first two episodes is extraordinary. He takes so many chances with the camera: jump cuts, flashbacks, split frames and fast-mo (speeded up sequences), all designed to cut through the cliches of police work. Instead of being just something pretentious to appeal to the young, the camera work is a lot of fun in “Keen Eddie.”
Created by J.H. Wyman and produced by Warren Littlefield, Wyman and West, “Keen Eddie” has a wacky tongue-in- both-cheeks way of telling a story. It can go from bona fide detective work to madcap action to a poignant scene, turning on a shilling like a London taxi.
How could Fox have let this one get away? “Keen Eddie” is must-see TV. It could have been the signature show that put Fox back on the map as the cutting-edge network, a way out of the reality-TV ooze. It’s a show that could have started something new, like how “Miami Vice” took police shows out of L.A.
Putting on my gumshoes, I found out what killed “Eddie.”
It was more than just the British accents or the way Fox scheduled and unscheduled “Keen Eddie”: It was on the launching pad in January 2003, then March, and it finally went on in June. By then, it was just “summer programming,” used goods we assumed Fox was burning off.
Despite this, “Keen Eddie” developed an upscale, cult audience.
The No. 2 and No. 3 executives at Fox were wild about “Keen Eddie.” The only problem was the No. 1 guy wasn’t keen about it.
It was not Sandy Grushow’s kind of show.
Grushow – Fox Television Entertainment Group chairman, who coincidentally canceled himself, stepping down in January to form his own production company – is a kind of modern-day Dr. No. He is famous for hating everything. Grushow was acclaimed as a genius because most of the time he was right. That’s the business he’s in. Almost everything is hateable.
For something truly wonderful to break through the clutter of hateable TV takes patience. Grushow does not have a lot of patience.
“Keen Eddie” had an even greater problem with Grushow: He thought he was buying just another cop show.
“Keen Eddie” was not just another cop show. It was to police shows what “Moonlighting” was to private-eye shows. It turned out to be a relationship show.
There was the growing relationship between Eddie and his landlady’s daughter, played by Sienna Miller. It is as much fun watching the romance developing as it was with Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd on “Moonlighting.”
Grushow was appalled by what he saw. His underlings were especially afraid to show him some of the wackier episodes – like “Horse Heir,” in which Eddie has to solve the theft of horse semen.
For the “Keen Eddie” decision, Grushow gets as a retirement present the scarlet letter A – for abysmal judgment.
It wasn’t surprising, though. Grushow’s other lasting achievement as a programming wizard is having passed on “Friends.”
But all of that is ancient history, something for Grushow to chew on while he can’t fall asleep at night in his new career as an independent producer. He joins other legendary suits in the closet of program geniuses: Robert Iger, who killed “China Beach,” Ted Harbert for killing “Murder One” and, more recently, Jeff Zucker for killing “Boomtown.”
Fortunately for “Keen Eddie” fans and quality-TV buffs, there is Bravo. Executives Jeff Gaspin and Dan Harrison at NBC’s boutique cable network knew must-see TV.
The good news is the ratings for “Keen Eddie” have been booming. It is already Bravo’s number one off-network drama.
Bravo for Bravo for letting us see the show. The problem now is that Bravo has scheduled only six of the 13 “Keen Eddies.” Seven are still in the can.
The man who holds the keys to the vault at Bravo is Gaspin. (Jeff.Gaspin@nbc.com). Do yourself and me a favor and drop him a line and let him know that “Horse Heir” and the other missing six episodes are must-see TV.
The most delightfully offbeat and funny other times as well. Bookmark that page.
If you haven’t seen it, even thought Fox cancelled it for the OC (Gag me), it got great reviews and you’ll love it, I swear. It’s definitely worth the watch. It is a lot of fun, and hopefully maybe it might have a second chance (slim I know)
I thinks it sounds like it’s going to air again, and with the lost spisodes on Bravo. New season? Hard to tell.
Bravo has clinched the rights to canceled Fox series “Keen Eddie.”
The cable network, which is owned by NBC, will run all 13 episodes of “Eddie,” including six that did not air on Fox. Bravo paid producer Paramount north of $50,000 an episode for a one-year deal that gives the basic cable service the right to multiple airings, according to sources with knowledge of the deal.
According to the deal, “Eddie” can start running on Bravo in January at the liest. “Eddie” could end up paired with Bravo’s hit “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” on Tuesday nights, sources said.
“Keen Eddie,” which was created by J.H. Wyman, was originally ordered by Fox for the 2002-03 season, but didn’t air until summer as part of Fox’s push to run original scripted programming year-round. The series garnered great critical reviews but didn’t pull big enough ratings for the network.
“We had a very loyal audience who continued to this day to hound us wanting to see more episodes of the series,” said Warren Littlefield, an executive producer of the show. “Thanks to Bravo, they will be able to. Bravo has done a great job using the muscle of NBC’s marketing and promotions to get their brand out there. This is a fabulous fit for our show.”
Mr. Wyman said he was thrilled with the deal. “We think we created something extremely special and unique,” he said. “We’re glad it’s getting a forum to allow people to enjoy it. We feel a sense of gratification that it is finally going to be allowed to be seen.”
It’s unusual for a canceled broadcast series with a limited number of episodes to end up on a cable network, but it could turn out to be a good deal for Bravo.
On Fox, “Eddie” averaged a 2.2 Nielsen Media Research rating and 6 share among adults 18 to 49 and 5.1 million total viewers. While those numbers weren’t good enough for Fox, if the show does even half as well on Bravo that would be considered a huge success for the cable network.
The sale to Bravo is another way for the studio to recoup part of the deficit it incurred to produce the series. “Eddie” is also slated for a DVD release, and further television exposure could help create more awareness for the series.
The hour-long drama follows a New York City cop, played by Mark Valley, who goes to work for Scotland Yard in London after screwing up a drug bust back home. The series was shot entirely in London.
“Eddie” was produced by Paramount Network Television. Mr. Wyman, Mr. Littlefield and Simon West executive produced.
Bravo had no comment. A Paramount executive could not be reached for comment
Heads up, word is the remaining eps of Keen Eddie are airing on Thursdays on Fox. Of course no advertising. Damn, I think I missed one of the remaining ones of the season.
I hope someone else picks this show up. Won’t happen, but I can dream.
Fox Cancelled Keen Eddie
I know I’m going to be writing several notes about this travesty. Damn Fox. Damn them to hell.
You will tune in KEEN EDDIE on Fox, tonight (Tuesdays) at 9. I love it so far and I’m afriad they’ll cancel it.
It has a wacko Farscape feel to it to me, and after two eps I’m hooked already. Even Mr Man Likes it. So that prolly means they will senselessly chop it. Bastards.
Reminder also, MONK starts up Season Two this Friday at 10pm. At least I’m not alone on liking that one, it won some Golden Globes, no danger of that one being cut anytime soon.