Rave: TV Show remakes that need to happen

Some people scoff at Hollywood remakes, thinking they are unoriginal and redundant, but maybe some things are just too good to let go of. Okay, so we agree some of them are actually the worst but we are really excited about the upcoming Girl Meets World and the return of Arrested Development. Here are some other shows we believe deserve to be reincarnated: 

Breaker High

nanana heyhey!
We cannot think of a single reason why there is no longer a
show on TV about teenagers going to high school on a boat. People WANT to see that. It has all the drama and adolescent
turmoil of your favourite teen dramas, with a spicy nautical twist. Also, if
the original Breaker High helped propel Ryan Gosling
into megastardom (um, Young
who knows what young
heartthrobs a new incarnation of the show would produce?

Third Rock from the Sun

Who didn’t love this quirky fun lovin show about a misfit
group of extra terrestrials with the same mission we all have – to try and
understand the human condition (deep, right?). We believe planet Earth is ready for the second coming of the Solomons.
A lot has changed since the series ended in 2000 and it would be interesting to
watch the original cast reprise their roles to see how Dick, Sally, Harry and
Tommy would fare in a world with iPods and Justin
r. We would love it if Dick
could rekindle his romance with Mary
(even though he erased her memory, MIB style) and bring back Larisa
as Tommy’s love interest. Truth Time: We really just want to see
more JGL.

Gilligan’s Island

We are not talking
about this (or LOST for that matter). It would be cool to see a reboot of this classic
set in a modern era. We’re sure a killer
cast could breathe new life to the archetypal characters in a way that honors
the original. What would happen if a
three hour tour went horribly awry in 2013? Would the professor be able to fashion an iPad out of a coconut? Only time will tell.  
X Files

Guys-the truth is STILL out there. The recent real life will
they/won’t they rumours
about David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson got us reminiscing about our
supernatural sleuth pals Mulder and Scully. Without giving away too many
spoilers to all of you who are only now halfway through the series on Netflix (we feel
you), we are dying to know happened between then and now. Plus, David Duchovny’s
hit Showtime dramedy Californication
was great, but the last couple of mediocre seasons have left that cancellation
axe dangling pretty perilously and we’d just really like to see him settled

Supermarket Sweep

If we have to watch one more reality TV show called Extreme Couponing or Help! I Live in a Supermarket Dairy Case
(sidebar: only one of those shows is real. Guess which one!) we might have to
cancel our cable. What happened to good
old-fashioned quiz shows and shopping sprees? All this TV show remake needs is a perfect host – we nominate Dustin
. Until the TV Gods hear our plea, we’ll be stuck running up and
down the aisles filling up carts and looking for bonus prizes. 

What shows or movies would you like to see remade (or left alone*) for our next edition? 
*creepy cat eaters can stay in 1990


Rave: The Right Hand

As mentioned back in August, we were quite excited for The Right Hand to debut this fall. We were fascinated by the offer of a behind-the-scenes look inside the porn industry, not to mention the 12 part series is co-created and directed by the fourth floor’s very own Matt Austin-Sadowski.

Brandon lights up the action, while Porno Dan supervises.

The Right Hand follows Ayr, Ontario-native Brandon MacIntosh as he embarks on his first job after graduating film school. After applying to an ad on Craigslist, MacIntosh finds himself working for Porno Dan. In case his name didn’t give it away, Porno Dan is the CEO of Immoral Productions, an adult film production company specializing in cross-platform XXX videos. We love a fish-out-of-water scenario, and a small town kid entering the notorious world of porn is about as out-of-water as it gets.

Unlikely buddies.
This reality/comedy series premiered this weekend on The Movie Network and Movie Central but the fourth floor was invited for a sneak peek on Thursday evening. While we really enjoyed a glimpse of two future episodes, the highlight of the evening was meeting the stars of the show in the flesh. Porno Dan, Brandon and starlet Jackie Daniels were all in town to celebrate the show’s premiere. We spent a fascinating night chatting about the inner workings of the industry. And boy, we learned a few things, like how fans usually prefer real breasts over fake ones, that a house in Vegas costs just $1000 a month to rent and that the girls who work with Porno Dan do so because they want to – not because they’re forced to. 
This article on The Grid does a fantastic job of summing up the evening’s events. Between our chats with Porno Dan and the scenes we saw, we can assure you that you don’t want to miss any episodes. You may not get to meet the stars of the show in person, but The Right Hand will to fascinate and entertain you just as much.

The Right Hand airs on Fridays and Saturdays on TMN and Movie Central. Check your local listings for airtimes as they change it up a bit from week to week. The first episode will be available on demand as of October 18.

Have any questions or comments for director Austin-Sadowski? Follow him at @mattyaustin.

Meet our Client: Sebastian Pigott

Born and raised in Toronto and educated at the Etobicoke School of the Arts, Sebastian Pigott’s numerous credits include multiple TV series’ The Listener, Haven, The Bridge, and Deadliest Sea, and feature films Small Town Murder Songs and SAW 3D. Pigott has a recurring role on Being Erica, and holds a supporting role in the film High Chicago. He also enjoys writing music and screenplays, and taking his Honda Shadow 750 RS across Ontario to fish and go camping. He currently lives in Toronto.

We had the opportunity to have a quick drink with Sebastian and we got to talking about upcoming projects, his time on Canadian Idol, and his love for fishing. Thanks for visiting us on the fourth floor, Sebastian!

Twitter: @sebastianpigott
Website: www.sebastianpigott.com 

Photo credit: Indrek Mandmets.

What do you do?

I am an actor, writer, and a musician.

When did you start acting?
I went to Etobicoke School of Arts but I didn’t have great passion for it. That came later, about seven years ago, when I started studying as a profession. That was followed by the requisite years of poverty and desperation, then you start to cobble together a living. That’s what drove me to pursue writing, which has proved to be most excellent.

How long have you worked with rock-it promotions?
Known Debra for a while now, but officially with rock-it for the last couple months.

Why is PR important to you?
I think it goes back to the idea that in my line of work, there are things that I have to do. I want to work and I want to make myself more employable. So I have to do things that will expose me and ultimately, make me more employable.

What do you love most about your job?
I’ve been lucky to be able to write, act and sing. I would be happy to finger paint if that’s what people wanted me to do – it’s a fortune to be a professional artist.

What do you like least about your profession?
I find doing media a little tough. It’s such a big part of what we do and yet at the same time, not at all what we do. I mean, who’s to say that a person that plays the guitar is going to be a great conversationalist? They may come across as boring on paper. I think that should be a new title, professional conversationalist.

On the show Being Erica, your character Kai Booker is often referred to as a time-traveling singer/musician. I know you have a musical background. Are there any other qualities you and Kai share?
I’m pretty much playing myself! That being said, I’ve had to dig inside to darker places to get inspiration [Ed. note: Kai, Sebastian’s character is an opium addict]. At the end of the day, Kai’s a guy hung up on a girl, there are other things going on, but the main thing is being hung up on a girl. And that’s easy to relate to.

You got your musical break during Canadian Idol, what was that experience like?
I did it on a whim. I didn’t go in thinking I was going to audition, I just went along to hang out. I think this is what gave me an advantage over other people, I was more relaxed than the other contestants. After being on the show [he ended in top 10], doors started opening up. Opportunities like Being Erica came up, which is pretty cool.

Do you have any exciting projects coming up that you can tell us about?
I’ve written a film that is now being looked at by some key people. I can’t say much, but it appears we’ve found a producer in the US (knock on wood). This is going to be a great project. I’m (cautiously) over the moon.

A little more from the fourth floor:
Designer: Versace. I have a vintage Versace jacket and I love it.
Book: Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock.
Snack: Liquorice, although I recently found out that I have a gluten allergy, so I get by on nachos.
Season: Spring.
Sexy: Pajamas.
Drink: Strongbow.
Motto in two  a few words: It’s harder to walk forward when you are stepping on your own feet.
Idea of perfect day off: Going fishing! Especially going up to Big Rideau Lake. Went there last weekend and caught a 26” pike.
Indulgence: Candy, I have a ridiculous sweet tooth.
Greatest achievement: The song that my brother and I wrote for Kai. We got some great feedback and tons of YouTube plays. [Ed. note: over 200,000, to be precise].