Tuesday’s video chat with Chris Masterson was a great success. Many thanks to Chris for agreeing to take the time to speak with us and of course to everyone who watched and participated in the chat. There were some great questions about Malcolm in the Middle and some of the projects Chris is working on now.
The chat (and the recording) went a lot more smoothly this time around with fewer technical difficulties. A full video recording of the hour of chat with Chris is embedded below.
The format will be similar to the video chat he did last year for Breaking Bad – Bryan reading the chatroom and picking questions, however I’ll be “hosting” the chat, so if you can’t make the live time and would like a question answered reply, and I’ll try and get Bryan to answer it. You don’t need a BlogTV.com account to join the chatroom and ask questions (but get an account if you want a chance to be on video)
Watch it live below, but go here to join the chat! Hope to see you all there!
TV Guide has rated 2×20 Bowling as the 90th best TV episode of all time, based on? well nothing, just their opinion but if anyone is to rate TV episodes TV Guide is a good bet, we of course would argue the top 100 would just consist of Malcolm episodes, but then again, we are a little biased! But its great to get the mention.
Renowned TV critic Tim Goodman from San Francisco Chronicle recently asked “Has there ever been a funny family sitcom? Can parenting be funny on TV?”
“Malcolm,” though it lost viewers (but not its creativity) in the latter years, successfully presented a live-action version of “The Simpsons” (perhaps the greatest “family” show ever). The success of “Malcolm” was that it made the difficult, hilarious and stressful nature of raising kids funny and in the process it gave us child actors that didn’t make us wretch at their cuteness. Nothing worse than a 4 year old girl talking like she’s 35.
I’d vote “The Simpsons,” “Arrested Development” and “Malcolm In the Middle” into my upper echelon. I also love “King of the Hill.” But you’d get more points for a live action series with small children (again, I think “Malcolm” is the front-runner there), because that’s a lot harder to pull off.
The Middle is a new ABC sitcom based around a mother of 3, Frankie (!?) Heck (Patricia Heaton) she’s “middle class in the middle of the country and is rapidly approaching middle age.” Not surprisingly as soon as anyone heard about the show, thoughts turn to Malcolm in the Middle. I find it hard to believe you’d have a quirky (read dysfunctional) family based sitcom called The Middle and not expect everyone to compare it to Malcolm, but maybe that’s what ABC wanted? The next Malcolm in the Middle?
OK, so the title of this post was a bit of link bait I don’t, based on the previews, believe The Middle is a Malcolm rip off, but I had a quick bit of fun matching some scenes in the above video. AOL calls it “a dead ringer for Malcolm in the Middle with its realistic, wry take on regular family life” and they continue saying “little Atticus Shaffer steals the show as younger son Brick”.
Back on June 8th it was announced that Nickelodeon had bought the cable rights to all the Malcolm in the Middle episodes. They are now airing it on their Nick at Nite prime time programming block on Nickelodeon (in the US) which is aimed at an older and family audience. It starts today with an all night marathon from 8pm (Eastern Time) till 1am (then repeated till 6am).
We have conducted a great deal of research with kids and families, and two things that we hear continuously are that they want to spend more time together and that watching television is one of their favorite ways of making that happen…By starting Nick at Nite at 8pm, and adding another terrific comedy series like Malcolm in the Middle, we will serve them further and build upon the great success we’ve had with contemporary family comedies – Cyma Zarghami (President of Nickelodeon)
We don’t often report on when a TV station is showing Malcolm in the Middle mainly because we have an international audience. However this acquisition is great news for MITM, it shows how it continues to be valuable. In 2007 it was also acquired by the US cable channel FX. However this is bigger, Nick at Nite ranks as the number-two US cable network with Adults 18-49 (behind only USA Network) with 1.5 million viewers. Also Nickelodeon has been heavily advertising (something MITM has lacked in the past) on their channels. A quick search on Twitter and you will see many people excited and quoting the TV adverts.
Nickelodeon is a channel in many countries but from what is known this is a US based deal only. Don’t expect to see Malcolm on Nickelodeon elsewhere. Nickelodeon also streams some shows on their website Turbo Nick, however as far as we know this was a cable TV deal only, so we won’t see it online.
Nick have launched a companion website for the show which includes video clips (US only), Message Boards, Character/Actor Bios (brief and not completely accurate) and a basic About page. Nothing exciting, but a good design and nice to see they made the effort.
Its now airing: Sunday 8pm-9, 12am-1 and 2am-3. Monday – Thursday 8pm-9 and 12am-1. Friday at 12am-1 and 4am-5 and Saturday at 12am-1 and 2am-3. (Eastern Times)
The marathon is just season 1 episodes in the following order: 1×01 Pilot, 1×06 Sleepover, 1×02 Red Dress, 1×13 Rollerskates, 1×05 Malcolm Babysits, 1×03 Home Alone 4, 1×09 Lois vs. Evil, 1×07 Francis Escapes, 1×12 Cheerleader and 1×04 Shame.
To celebrate the release of the new Star Trek movie, I thought I’d cut together the Trek-tastic episode 7×14 Hal Grieves. Abe tries to help out Hal with the loss of his father by tracking down some “Classic Trek” stars. It guest starred George Takei who played Sulu in the original series.
Beatrice Arthur, or Bea for short, star of the 70s sitcom Maude and the 80s series The Golden Girls died Saturday, April 25. She was 86. Arthur died peacefully at her Los Angeles home with her family at her side. She had cancer.
We know her as Dewey’s babysitter in the episode 1×16 Water Park, which won her an American Comedy Award and an Emmy nomination. VC member Rich put together the above tribute video with clips from Water Park. Thanks Rich!
I saw these Cubee Craft models and just had to make one for Malcolm. Ok, it’s not the best cartoon of Malcolm, maybe I’ll work on making it better, but I think its pretty good. You can download the template print it on a normal sized piece of paper, cut and fold, no glue or tape needed! Or get the plain template from here and make your own MITM character. If you do, post it in the FORUM!
This has to be one of the most random Malcolm in the Middle related events of the year. Back in March a French electro group Le Crest held a club night dedicated to Dewey. Also before this they showed their love of Malcolm in the Middle by creating this song, based on the classic scene from season 2 episode 6 Convention when Dewey does a dance and sings the Poupi Poupi/Poupeepou/Boo-Bee (depending on language or understanding) song.
Here is the scene the song is based upon. Keep in mind the above remix is based on the French dubbed episode.
Now, Malcolm in the Middle has many very dedicated fans around the world however for reasons I can’t quite understand Dewey seems to be loved by the French much more than anywhere else and the above scene and song has entered pop culture there.
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