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So other than American Horror Story rolling out their new season in the fall (which I have some REAL juicy updates about for later!), the other amazing series that’s coming back is Stranger Things!  The nostalgic sci-fi 80’s themed Netflix show will be back for its second season where we see what lies next for the kids.  Teasers/trailers have been promoted all across the social media platforms; but the real talk of the town lies within the newest poster.

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Netflix unveiled their newest poster for Stranger Things season 2, which will air on October 27th.  The poster depicts the gang (Dustin, Eleven, Will, and Lucas) on their bikes in an endless road as the watch the sky turn to chaos.  As the sky turns demonic red, a new monster is spurring out from the darkened clouds.  Beneath the clouds sheds a myriad of colors from a light bright orange to a midnight blue.  All we know for sure is that the gang will heading back to the upside-down world next season!

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Rather than ponder about the clues for the next season, I really couldn’t stop thinking about how amazingly creative this poster was!  One of my favorite features has to be that spread of colorful light underneath the demonic-red clouds.  That endless road dividing the line really captures that symbolism between light and dark.  It’s interesting how closely it resembles the retro 80’s movie posters.  Whatever the advertising pros were drawing up for the promotions, they definitely hit the nail on the head (they deserve a free round of drinks for how AMAZINGLY AWESOME the poster looks!).

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Stranger Things was a whole new nostalgic-80s idea I really got into last year.  As short as the first season was, it definitely grabbed my attention from the start.  It really is a great nod to how they advertised movie posters during the 80s (like for E.T. or Star Wars!).  I definitely dig a good nostalgic series and Stranger Things is really the way to go!

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In the end, the advertising pros knocked it out of the park with the Stranger Things posters.  All it takes is one beautiful promotional poster to get the social media folks talking (a picture IS worth a thousand words you know!).  All it takes is for a unique grabber within the image to capture your audience’s attention.  Whether the focus is towards the actor/actress or the action happening within the background, something must be the point of focus within the whole image.  This is the kind of secret that separates a good poster from a bad one.  If you’re sending mixed messages within your promotional poster, then your audience will be turned off from the whole idea.

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And yes, Netflix’s newest Stranger Things poster is one of the good ones.  It obviously did well by grabbing lots of attention among the social media realm.  These are the promotional posters that aspiring marketing/advertising/PR pros should all pay attention to in the years to come.  Even if you’re not an artist yourself, the hidden trick you must learn is how those features will snag your target audience’s attention towards the product or service.

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Take notice, people – THIS is one of examples of marketing promotion success!

 

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Super Nintendo Entertainment System…Classic Edition!


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The Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) was my favorite console as a kid.  I was so fortunate to play some of the greatest games Nintendo ever created during the 90s.  Games like Super Mario Bros. All Stars Edition, Donkey Kong Country, Super Mario Kart, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, and Mega Man X were what made the SNES such a timeless console.  Some of these games are so good that they are even better than some of the new titles out now (I’d bring out my SNES over playing games on the PS4 ANY day!).

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Lately Nintendo has been riding the wave of success with the Nintendo Switch released in March.  The Nintendo Switch has been selling out like crazy and they’re expecting to hit major sales during the holiday season.  As an added bonus, that’s just one of many surprises Nintendo has up their sleeves for this year.

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Nintendo recently announced that a SNES Classic Edition is coming out this fall!  The SNES Classic Edition, similar to the NES version, will feature over 21 titles pre-installed inside the console.  Some of the nostalgic titles being pre-installed include EarthBound, Donkey Kong Country, Star Fox, Super Punch-Out, Yoshi’s Island, and much more.  90s gamers will have to be patient because the SNES classic edition hits the shelves on September 29th at $79.99.

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As an added bonus, Nintendo will include the unreleased title Star Fox 2 to the mix.  Star Fox 2 was the sequel to Star Fox that was created for the console, but was never released to the public.  So not only will 90s gamers get to replay the nostalgic title on the SNES, but they’ll FINALLY get to play Star Fox 2 this fall!

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What’s intriguing is that this isn’t the first time Nintendo pushed this branding strategy out to their audience.  Nintendo saw major success with their NES Classic Edition (read more about that here) during the holiday season last year.  80s/90s nostalgic gamers rushed to the stores to snag their NES Mini console.  It was a brilliant strategy to keep Millennial/Gen X gamers back into the mix.

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This was so exciting to hear!  I loved playing games on the SNES and it’s going to be so great to be able to play them again.  It’s been hard to pencil in time to play some video games (what with my busy schedule and all!), but I would definitely go back to playing the system again.  The SNES console was what made Nintendo take off as an amazing video game brand.  Sure, the Nintendo Switch has been doing fantastic so far this year, but I always think back to the golden years with the SNES.

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I consider myself a 90s gamer and am really looking forward to seeing the SNES Classic Edition in stores this fall.  Hopefully I’ll find the time and money to get the console to relive the golden years of video gaming.  The Nintendo Switch may be out now, but I’m holding off for the Super Mario Odyssey game coming out in the winter (it’s pretty much one of the ONLY reasons for why I’d get the Nintendo Switch!).  Either way, we can all look forward to playing the nostalgic 90s titles once the SNES Classic Edition hits stores everywhere.

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Be sure to look out for the SNES Classic Edition when it releases on September 29th!

Reboot TV is the NEW TV


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MTV recently aired the first episode of Fear Factor after a five-year hiatus.  The rebooted series featured everything from the original format – six contestants, three extreme stunts, and the $50,000 cash prize.  For a show that revived after being on break for that long, it actually turned out pretty good!  I would definitely flip back to MTV on Tuesdays just to catch the latest episodes.

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But this isn’t another promo post for Fear Factor (already did that on Tuesday!).  What’s interesting to point out is that Fear Factor isn’t the only nostalgic series that revived on the airwaves.  Showtime recently brought back the 90s cult classic Twin Peaks after being off the air for 26 years.  Agent Cooper was back on TV to admit that it was a DAMN fine cup of coffee!  Four episodes into the season and it’s already a hit with the audience.

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Even ABC is jumping on the nostalgic-bandwagon with plans to revive Roseanne in early 2018.  The wacky blue-collar family sitcom will feature the original cast in an eight-episode season premiere.  Their everyday struggles will still be relevant to modern-day America, even if it is two decades later.

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Other than Roseanne, Will & Grace is another classic sitcom being revived for NBC.  Eric McCormack (Will), Debra Messing (Grace), Sean Haynes (Jack), and even Megan Mullaly (Karen) are reuniting for 10 new episodes this fall.  It seems as though rebooted series is the latest TV trend this year.

So…what’s going on here?  Why are all of these series suddenly jumping back onto our TV line-up?  What benefits are TV networks getting by reviving these classic shows?

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Well folks, our answers all lie within what shows have been airing nowadays.  TV series these days are already getting the boot after less than 3 seasons.  Series like Aquarius and The Real O’Neals were cancelled after their last season aired (Imaginary Mary got the ax after just NINE episodes!).  These cancellations are causing TV networks to go back to square one in order to boost their ratings.

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For the record, FOX has already been running with this strategy.  FOX has found huge buzz by reviving classic series such as 24, The X-Files, and even Prison Break.  NBC took notice of this trend, thus motivating them to bring back Will & Grace for their audience.  Rebooted series is the new TV trend for cable television in 2017, with many networks utilizing this strategy to fight off their competition (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, the internet in general).  Networks like Showtime and ABC are looking to dust off old series for their returning audience as a means to boost their ratings/buzz.

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With more audiences flocking to Netflix or Hulu, you can’t really blame cable networks for going back to their own series.  Before the days of streaming content, shows like Will & Grace are what made NBC such a popular series.  But it’s not so much that the streaming series are ruining cable networks – the content itself is running ragged, with writers scrambling to produce something original in this 21st century.  Not only was Will & Grace popular for its humor, but it was also a groundbreaking series in its day (known for shifting public opinion of the LGBTQ community).  It’s hard to tap into that sort of creative energy that Will & Grace had and these new series (like Imaginary Mary) are struggling to keep afloat (the trailer alone for Imaginary Mary made me want to puke after watching!).

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What does the future hold for cable television?  Is rebooting classic tv series their last hope before streamed networks take over?  If there are “original” TV series coming out in the fall, would they even make it past the first season?  With these new shows being axed after the 1st season, is there any hope left for cable TV?

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To me, I think this is an interesting strategy for many cable networks.  Audiences have been growing bored with the “new” shows, so this is a shift in strategy to gain some more buzz or ratings.  Those “#1 new comedy!” advertisements really won’t hold true if they get cancelled after just ONE season (I’m looking at you, The Great Indoors!).  TV networks should work with the ‘rebooted TV’ strategy for a while until they really drum up some original series and not something that will air for just ONE season.

It’s tough to say what the future holds for networks like ABC and NBC.  They’ll have to hold onto the classic series for a while until shows are new and improved.  If not, these networks themselves will just become a reboot.

Fear Factor Returns!


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Back in middle school, the one show I always looked forward to on Monday nights was Fear FactorFear Factor was a game show hosted by UFC commentator Joe Rogan where six contestants from around the country battled each other through three extreme stunts.  These stunts challenged the participants physically (and mentally!) for the prize of $50,000.  Each stunt revolved around the contestants’ fear of bugs, water, heights, tight spaces, snakes, and other scary ideas.  It was the one show I looked forward to after the first day back at school.

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Fear Factor had a great run on NBC, with five seasons airing up until 2006.  They tried to revive it back in 2011, but it didn’t live up to the hype they had before.  MTV2 airs rerun episodes every now and then.  You won’t have to stick around for the reruns anymore because I’m happy to announce that Fear Factor is coming back!

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This is not a drill – Fear Factor IS returning to the airwaves with all new episodes.  MTV announced back in April that they are reviving the daring game show with a new season beginning tonight.  The 12-episode season will be hosted by Ludacris and will follow the similar format as the past season (six contestants, three stunts, $50,000, the whole shebang!).  Stunts for each episode will be inspired by elements of horror movies, pop culture, urban legends, and even viral videos.

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Rather than showcasing some gross-out stunts, MTV will shift its focus to lighthearted fare for the millennial generation.  We will also be seeing more younger participants (specifically, the millennials) competing in the series.  MTV is looking to showcase contestants empowering through their fears rather than being mean-spirited about what scares them.  With millennials being the majority of competitors, we could be in for some interesting stunts.  Maybe the millennials will have to pay bills or–dare I say it—start ADULTING!

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Whatever the case, we could be in for an interesting Fear Factor reboot.  A few aspects will change, but it will follow the original format as intended.  The first episode airs tonight, so hopefully things pan out great for the series.

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It was really surprising to hear that Fear Factor was returning!  I loved watching the series back in middle school because of the unique game show format it had on NBC.  Joe Rogan was an amazing host for the show, so Ludacris definitely has some big shoes to fill.  While it’s great to hear that Fear Factor is returning, I was concerned when reading about what direction the show will be going.  For one thing, the gross-out stunts were one of the main reasons why I loved watching the series.  It was worth getting my homework done early so I could watch contestants eat animal dicks for $50,000.

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And another thing…why is MTV looking to change format to show contestants “empowering through their fears”?  Wasn’t that the whole point of the series in the first place?  Watching contestants face their greatest fears for $50,000?  At the end of each episode, Joe Rogan would announce, “evidently fear is not a factor for you!” when he/she won the game (that phrase pretty much sums up the whole point of the show!).

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Sure, there was a lot of trash-talking and manipulation among the contestants…but that was the POINT!  It’s a COMPETITION, for Christ sakes.  Watching contestants eat live bugs for a chance at money may be grotesque, but that’s what Fear Factor was all about!  Hopefully they won’t dial down the gross factor too much because that’s what made the series what it was.

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In the end, I’ll have to check out the reboot tonight to see how it goes.  Hopefully there won’t be too many changes in the rebooted series.  As for now, I’ll head to my nearest TV to catch the premiere.

Check out the season premiere of Fear Factor tonight at 10 PM on MTV!

 

Gettin’ Down with the Party of Five!


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Yesterday I was on a nostalgic 90s-mood.  I caught the last few minutes of my childhood favorite Pinocchio, watched a few minutes of Disney’s Hercules before starting my blog post, then heard some good tunes from Nirvana and Sublime while strolling through the beach.  We may be pacing through 2017, but my mind has been craving for some nostalgic 90s content.  As a matter of fact, one classic series I’ve been binge-watching lately is Party of Five.

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Party of Five is a classic 90s teen drama revolving around the Salinger family in San Francisco.  The cast stars Scott Wolf as Bailey, Matthew Fox as Charlie, Neve Campbell (star of the Scream films!) as Julia, Lacey Chabert (voice of Eliza Thornberry on The Wild Thornberrys!), multiple kids starred as Owen, and Paula Devicq as Kirsten.  The parents of the household were killed by a drunk driver, forcing the kids to grow up real fast.  A lot of dark issues pop up during the series, especially with the long-term effects of parental loss.  Other controversial themes that come up during the series include cancer, domestic/substance abuse, abortion, and other ideas.

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After binge-watching two seasons, Party of Five has been amazing to check out.  It’s an emotional roller-coaster through some of the episodes, yet it’s got some mature content for a TV-PG rated series.  This is one 90s classic you can easily binge-watch all seasons on Netflix.

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If Full House and Shameless got together and made a baby, that baby would be Party of Five.  As a matter of fact, I noticed some strikingly similarities to Showtime’s Shameless in many ways.  For one thing, both sets of kids had to grow up quickly once their parents weren’t around (Frank and Monica are alive, but they were deadbeat parents that really weren’t around for the Gallagher clan!).  Both series explore some controversial ideas within each season.  Only difference is that the Gallaghers aren’t shameless about their actions (it’s called Shameless for a reason, duh!).

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Party of Five didn’t have as much diverse characters, but there were truly some colorful people hanging around the Salinger gang.  Ross Anderson came out to Claudia when she set them up on a date on season 1.  Either way, the family accepted Ross for who he was (because the 90s weren’t that homophobic).  Shameless featured not just one, but multiple gay characters in the series.  Ian Gallagher came out to Fiona near the end of season one and had an on-off relationship with Mickey (btw props to Ian for being shameless about his sexuality!  #GoIanGallagher).  Both Shameless and Party of Five have their share of colorful characters in each season.

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Other than the bold characters, both shows features characters doing drugs/alcohol in some of the episode.  Bailey’s former girlfriend Jill was hooked on speed and died of a cocaine overdose at the end of season 1.  There’s lot of drinking scenes, but the craziest of them all was when Claudia got caught drinking with Jody in her tent (FYI, Marla Sokoloff’s bad-girl personality can also be seen in Full House & Fuller House!).  As for Shameless…well, pretty much EVERY drug was used each season.  Cannabis, alcohol, cocaine, heroin, meth, and many other substances were shown since the end of season 7.  While drug/alcohol use was a big deal in the Party of Five household, everyone in the Shameless family were shameless about it (especially with weed!).

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At the end of my rambling between Party of Five and Shameless, I conclude that Party of Five is definitely an interesting show to start on Netflix.  It’s definitely a toned-down version of Shameless, yet features similar concepts between the two series.  I haven’t gotten through half of the series and I look forward to see what new adventures arise for the Salinger clan.  Who knows what crazy drama will stir up next in season 3 of Party of Five.  Who knows, we could see some shameless characters in the future!