This week, The Hollywood Reporter reviews Showville, while Small Town Security‘s newest episode gets a mention in CityBeat. Plus, Showville earns more praise from other publications. Read on for more:
• The Hollywood Reporter‘s review of Showville describes the reality show as “authentic and engaging.”
• Previewing Showville, Newsday thinks, “This anti-talent show can be more amusing than a real talent show.”
• The Mount Airy News says Showville treated Holland, Michigan, site of the first talent show, “with respect while having a little fun,” which bodes well for Mount Airy’s turn in the spotlight later this season.
On this week’s Showville, the Kingston, Rhode Island audience selected Hannah and Connor as the winner but who were the favorite acts for coaches Lisette and Alec? Read on to find out…
Lisette’s Pick: Hannah and Connor (Singer/Guitarist/Songwriters)
“They were just so young and fresh,” says Lisette of the duo that met in college. “They were girls that worked at coffee shops and were scraping their coins together to get a chance to play somewhere. They wanted it so badly.” Lisette’s appreciation for Hannah and Connor didn’t end with their drive either. She adds, ”They were also such brilliant singers… I loved their music.”
Alec’s Pick: Niki Luparelli (Vaudevillian)
“I thought she was such an original talent,” remarks Alec of Niki Luparelli, whose act includes singing, cracking jokes, hula-hooping, and playing both ukelele and kazoo. Alec gushes, “I just loved everything about her onstage and off. I not only loved her act, but I wanted to be her friend.” Leave it to Alec to make that happen, too: “We’re now following each other on Twitter.”
Showville airs Thursdays at 9/8c on AMC.
In Episode 2 of AMC’s Showville, the residents of Kingston, Rhode Island chose the singer-songwriter duo Hannah and Connor as the winner of the local talent contest. In this interview, Hannah Gang and Connor Fisher discuss their college all-nighters writing music and their recording and touring plans.
Q: You met in college. What made you decide to start performing music together?
Connor: We were in the same peer advising group in Berklee [College of Music] and neither of us knew anyone. It ended up we both had fallen behind in our harmony class.
Hannah: We just kind of looked at each other one day and said, “Hey, do you want to study together?”
Connor: So she comes over to my apartment and she picks up my guitar and starts playing. I think it was Sublime or something, so we realized we liked a lot of the same music… Hannah was like, “Do you want to write a song together really quick? I’ve been working on something and I like your voice.”
Hannah: We stayed up until six in the morning. Time just flew by. That’s when we wrote the song “My Love,” the one we performed on the show.
Q: You both inherited musical talent from your parents. Did anyone else in your families try out for Showville?
Hannah: No. But Mrs. Fisher did get get her fifteen minutes of fame. She loved it.
Connor: While we were in the green room waiting to go on, I was getting texts from friends saying that my mom was downstairs pumping everybody up: “Woo! Woo! Woo!”
Q: You’ve gone back to your old hoarding habits. What happened?
A: [Laughs] I definitely haven’t gone back to the old ways. My office is less cluttered, although still very much cluttered, although it’s less cluttered than when Season 1 started. I’ve learned my lesson. I’m not accumulating anything else. Well, I’ve saved a few newspapers just for the leads in them, and I got to recycle them. I’m into recycling.
Q: Were you surprised when your hoarding became a plot line last season?
A: I didn’t know that the show was going to go that far. I didn’t think it would go into my home and into the storage unit that I had. When the producers first came down and thought we might have a show, they looked at my office and said, “What is this?!”
Q: Is there anything off limits when you’re talking about yourself on the show?
A: [Laughs] I would have thought there would be several things [off limits], but I don’t know what came over me… I didn’t know that the stick thing would come out. Lt. Croft or Joan ratted on me, or I don’t know who informed them that I used one, so they took a big interest and I couldn’t back out of it.
Q: Your hair looks a little grayer this season. Have you stopped dyeing it?
AMC announced the slate of agencies and brands that will be featured in the second season of the network’s unscripted series The Pitch. The series chronicles advertising agencies as they prepare campaigns to try and win a major new piece of business. The Pitch first premiered on AMC in April 2012 and earned a Critics’ Choice nomination for Best Reality Series – Competition. The Pitch is executive produced by Eli Holzman, Stephen Lambert, Aaron Saidman, and Domini Hofmann for All3Media America (Undercover Boss). Season 2 consists of eight one-hour episodes and is premiering Thu., Aug. 15 at 10/9c.
Brands to be featured in season two include: 1-800-Flowers, Bliss, College Hunks Hauling Junk, Fuller Brush Company, Gibson Guitar Corporation, Little Caesars, SquareTrade and Tommy Bahama.
Agencies to be featured in season two include: Daniel Burton Dean (Nashville, TN), Fletcher Rowley (Nashville, TN), Powell Creative (Nashville, TN), breensmith Advertising (Atlanta, GA), Innerspin (Los Angeles, CA), MC2 (Los Angeles, CA), COR (Santa Monica, CA), Neuron Syndicate (Santa Monica, CA), Central Coast (Chicago, IL), Commonground (Chicago, IL), The Monogram Group (Chicago, IL), Bee-line Communications (Chicago, IL), Mischievious Studios (Hollywood, CA), Heavenspot (Glendale, CA), OneX (Culver City, CA) and Pasadena Advertising (Pasadena, CA).
In the same spirit as Showville, AMC’s new series about small-town talent shows, AMC’s Got Talent? #Showville Video Sweepstakes gives local talent a chance to shine on a larger stage. Using Twitter’s Vine app and the hashtag #Showville, fans of Showville are now tweeting short videos spotlighting their own unique talents. (A number of impressions surfaced including at least one zombie impersonation.)
This week Showville talent coach Lisette Bustamante picked her favorite: @raechibs playing a gorgeous rendition of “Les Retrouvailles” on piano. “What an incredible gift!!” said Lisette, before adding this helpful hint: “Let’s see the emotion come alive on your face, and in your body movement. Study the great pianists of our time and from the past who were also known for performing, and add a little pizazz to that piano… Brilliant job!”
Got Talent? Submit your six-second video using Twitter’s Vine app. Once you’ve made your video, upload it to Twitter with #Showville.
Did you miss the Series Premiere of Showville on AMC? Then you missed a sadistic sideshow act, a Polish magician, a couple of penny-whistle playing lovebirds and a guitarist who sings about a mime in his head. Wonder who the residents of Holland, Michigan voted as the best of the lot? Then watch the full episode which now streaming in its entirety for free on AMC.com.
Don’t miss a new episode of Showville Thursday at 9/8c on AMC.
This week, Small Town Security rates a mention in New York‘s Approval Matrix, while TVLine previews Showville‘s debut. Plus, Shockya.com checks out the newest episode of Small Town Security. Read on for more:
• New York‘s “Approval Matrix” notes Small Town Security‘s return, calling it a show “for people too immobilized by irony to watch regularly enjoyable TV.”
• TVLine features a Showville video that offers “a taste of the series’ small town showbiz.”
In Season 2 Episode 3 of Small Town Security, Irwin attempts to capitalize on the staff’s new-found celebrity by auctioning off JJK Security swag. If you watched the episode and thought you could really use a genuine JJK mug or autographed poop stick, you’re in luck: the items are available once again on eBay. See below for a complete list of merchandise with descriptions (written by the show’s Brian Taylor) and their accompanying links on eBay. Be sure to bid quickly, as the auctions close Sat., Jun. 1 at 10PM/9c.
Second Edition Gently Used Poop Stick
“OH YEAH! Irwin is back at it again, bringing out a few new poop sticks. Irwin doesn’t just give poop sticks away willy-nilly — these rare sticks are set at a STRICT LIMIT of 5. The poop stick you’ll receive will look a wee bit different than the one pictured here. Irwin keeps his collection close to his vest — and I don’t like taking pictures of them either, if you know what I mean. Therefore, each winning bidder will be surprised to receive a uniquely shaped stick. The poop stick will be signed and numbered AND will come with a Certificate of Authenticity notarized by the Wicked Witch of Georgia herself, Joan Koplan. Oh, one last thing: this stick will be properly cleaned and disinfected upon arrival, so if you’re looking for one that hasn’t, feel free to dirty it up yourself. It’s a free country.” Bidding starts at $0.99.
Click here to bid on a 2nd Edition Gently Used Poop Stick
“Well hello there, ladies and gentlemen! Look at what we have here: lipstick ACTUALLY used by the Queen herself, Joan Koplan. I’m not joshing kids, this is the real deal. “Tiger” Joanie Scott used this puppy during some of the filming of Seasons 1 and 2 of Small Town Security, and she’s pretty much tired of it. I don’t know why, as it’s pretty nice-looking. As always here at JJK Security, you’ll get a sweet Certificate of Authenticity that you can show off to all your jealous friends.” Bidding starts at $4.99.
Click here to bid on Joan’s Lipstick
JJK Security Coffee Mug With Broken Handle
“You are looking at the last of our JJK Security mugs that we had made several years ago as gifts to our clients. We have ONE left, and wouldn’t you love to own it? Yeah, yeah, the handle is broken, but that only adds a majestic feature to an otherwise rare item. Legend has it that the handle was broken in a wild rage by Irwin while hearing Joan sing “Speecy Spicy Meatball.” He can no longer drink a hot beverage from it, but don’t let that stop you! This can easily be converted to a pen/pencil holder, possibly a serving dish for tiny bread sticks during a meal or even a container to hold your shaving cream as you dip your fancy badger hair shaving brush into it before a great shave. The possibilities are ENDLESS. This sweet item comes with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by the great Joan Koplan letting you know you’re getting the real deal.” Bidding starts at $4.99.
Click here to bid on the JJK Security Coffee Mug