Gee, I knew it was bad, but did Fox actually pull this trainwreck of a reality series after just two weeks? The “Film Premiere” nights are supposed to be on Monday, with the results show on Tuesday. And even though my Sunday newspaper TV Guide insert says it’s supposed to be on tonight (Monday), today’s paper and the Brighthouse Cable system guide show a repeat of “House” scheduled to air. Ouch!
Despite the sometimes witty and entertaining feedback from the celebrity judges (particularly the old-school compassion/wisdom of Garry Marshall), all the signs were there: dropping a challenge (or not airing it anyway); changing hosts from one week to the next (where’d the blond go?); a majority of mediocre-to-awful short films (maybe 3 or 4 showed some creative inspiration); the incessant plugging of Dreamworks and the $1 million dollar development deal that would get fake applause from the studio audience every single time; and the excruciating results show with Eva Longoria-clone Adrianna Costa painfully doing her Ryan Seacrest “American Idol” schtick. There just seemed to be a cheesy, lame element to all of the proceedings here that was hard to shake.
But yet I watch. Partially because I want to see what this so-called cream-of-the-crop selected from 12,000 submissions can do, but also because I have a rooting interest. Will Bigham (“Lucky Penny”) is a graduate of FSU Film School, and acted in two past Florida Film Festival favorites: Todd Schulman’s “The Plunge,” winner of a Special Jury Award for Best Student Film and a Bronze Medal in the Student Academy Awards, and Dana Buning’s “Zeke,” the neutered cat-seeking-revenge-on-its-owner comedy that went on to win the Silver Medal in the Student Academy Awards after its North American Premiere at the FFF. Will now lives in Texas with his wife and two kids, and is talking like this is his last shot. He’s a talented director, actor, and editor, and I hope this exposure helps out even if he doesn’t win.
Now the trick is whether or not “On The Lot” will be on long enough to find out. Perhaps it’s been moved, perhaps it’s on “hiatus,” but that would be odd for a summer replacement, no? I guess we’ll discover its status soon…or maybe Fox just doesn’t give a shit.