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OMG, Audition for the “America’s Got Talent” TV Show This Weekend in San Francisco! February 11-12, 2012

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Here’s what you’re going to do this weekend. You’re going to register for the America’s Got Talent tryouts in San Francisco’s Civic Center and then you’re going to win a place on the show and then Howard Stern will eventually end up giving you a check for one million dollars!

Because you’re talented, baby.

Check it:

Oh, you don’t actually think that you gots talent? Well then you can just go and watch the taping of the show on February 24th or 25th FOR FREE.

Hurray!

Bon courage, talented Bay Areans!

“NBC’s America’s Got Talent, summer’s hottest show, is coming to the Bay Area — and you can be in the live studio audience!

Free tickets are now available to see host Nick Cannon and celebrity judges Howard Stern, Sharon Osbourne, Howie Mandel as they tape shows at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on February 24th and 25th.

Tickets are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Simply follow this link to sign up for one of four tapings. All tickets are free! The minimum age to attend is 14.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to be part of a primetime, television event!

America’s Got Talent is a true celebration of the American spirit. It features a unique selection singers, dancers, comedians, contortionists, impressionists, jugglers, magicians and ventriloquists, all hoping to win America’s hearts — and a $1million prize!

These tickets are to be a part of the live studio audience for America’s Got Talent, not to perform on the show. All performers have been pre-selected.

For information on how to audition for future shows, please follow this link.”

“Audition Advice

Before your audition, you should read this valuable advice:

Audition Day Checklist

Trauma Dies Today: It was Bad for NBC But Was it Good for San Francisco?

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Word comes today from Anna Bloom of the NewYork TimesesesBay Area Blog about how production of NBC’s horrible Trauma TV series will shut down tonight.

Certainly, Trauma has been traumatic for NBC, but what about San Francisco? Would we have been better off without subsidizing this inchoate production? Did we really pay SFPD officers to just hang out around the set for the filming of twelve episodes instead of having the cops do their regular jobs? 

Duboce Park as seen by Troy McClure SF. Click to expand:

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How does the Scene in San Francisco scheme work? The TV people pay for the cops but then we turn around and give the TV people all the money back?

“What costs are eligible for refund?

  • Fees paid to City Departments for the use or rental of City property, equipment or employees including: Port, MUNI, SPFD [SFPD?], SFFD, DPT, DPW, Treasure Island, Recreation and Parks, and all City buildings
  • All daily use fees paid to the San Francisco Film Commission
  • All payroll taxes paid to the City and County of San Francisco.”

So after Unfortunate, Innocent-Looking Whore In Tube Top and Flip Flops #5 cashes her minimum-wage paycheck for two days of temping (no benefits obviously) and we pay the cops full salary (or full salary plus?) to not do their jobs, what are we left with?

Certainly, Trauma was good for certain people in San Francisco, but was it good for San Francisco and San Franciscans overall? Is this the kind of thing we want to do again? Are there any Lessons to be Learned here?

Mmmmm….

There are Only Eight More Episodes of NBC’s Trauma Left – Let’s Savor Each One.

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Now, I’m not up to speed here – is Glenn the gay guy that just came out? Anyway, find out tonight on Channel 3.

Glenn’s attempt to follow his heart puts his career — and safety — on the line. Meanwhile, Marisa gets a surprise visit from an old friend. Elsewhere, Rabbit helps a patient deal with his devastating loss.”

And guess what? Ratings are up a bit lately. If only certain judgmental people hadn’t been so negative, and if it didn’t cost millions and millions to film old-school, episodic, Hill Street Blues-style television in pricey San Francisco, well who knows, maybe Trauma could have gone a full season.

See this “delicious young lady doctor” tonight:

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And see Aimee Garcia whenever you want, right here. (You know, some people were able to walk off the Hindenburg without a scratch - maybe A.G. will similarly escape Trauma without injury) 

Read about the five reasons Trauma got axed here before you tune in tonight.

Set your Tivo for 9:00 PM.

Trauma is as Good as Cancelled – NBC Picks Up All Its Other New Series for Full Seasons

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Leave us travel back in time to October 21st, 2009, when we last heard from NBC Universal Television Entertainment Chairman Jeff Gaspin and NBC Entertainment chief Angela Bromstad:

Gaspin and Bromstad are expected to make their next key moves to boost NBC’s fortunes within the next few days, when the network will decide the short-term fates of newcomers such as ‘Mercy,’ ‘Community,’ ‘Parks and Recreation’ and ‘Trauma.’”

Trauma? Don’t they film that in our little town, (the fourth-largest in the whole state, I’m proud to say)? Yes they do! Maybe NBC could commit to nine more episodes (the “back nine”) so we could have a full season of on-location shoots?

Well, here’s the news from last Saturday (the Day Without Wind, incidentally):

“NBC has picked up full seasons of Thursday night comedies “Community” and “Parks and Recreation,” as well as its Wednesday night medical drama “‘Mercy.’”

Well, what about Trauma? Hello-oooo, NBC? Hello-ooooooooo?

Uh oh.

No matter, twirlypopper pilot Aimee Garcia will still maintain her official website regardless of when Trauma gets cancelled. (You all seem to just love her.)

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In light of recent developments, the unofficial NBC Trauma Deathwatch™ over-under date has been officially moved up to: November 30, 2009.

Adjust your wagers accordingly.

Enjoy it while it lasts – a new show (the Halloween one?) is on tonight at 9:00 PM.

[UPDATE: News tonight from the Hollywood Reporter is that Trauma is history as of today, October 28th, 2009. Oh well.]

Will the Makers of NBC’s Trauma Accept Nurses’ Invite to Conference in San Jose?

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Get up to speed on the slow-motion car crash that is Trauma here. Finished? Bon, je vous laisse continuer.

Here’s the latest – turns out that the flight nurses are even more pissed off about this show than pilots, paramedics, EMTs and doctors. So, the nurses have invited the Trauma crew down to San Hoser for the 2009 Air Medical Transport Conference to learn a few things about portraying emergency response.

Read all about it, after the jump.

Now let’s hear from an extra on the set. A sample from what Allie Pape of 7×7 magazine had to say about her recent experience making cold hard off of the production of the show – her opinion of Trauma?

“…on life support in the ratings, vapid, seems doomed to a quick and painful death, truly terrible show, headache-inducing, the dialogue painfully bad, the characters pre-packaged, it makes me want to claw out my own eyeballs…”

Ooh, harsh. Harsh but fair.

All right, let’s see here, we got to have a photo – how about pilot Aimee Garcia’s preflight checklist:

Giant chopper? Check

Giant Rabbit? Check

Giant helmet that’s way too big for her melon? Check

Let’s roll:

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As promised, another spanking for NBC, after the jump.

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Filming for NBC’s Trauma Comes to Pacific Heights Thursday and Friday – Cars Will Be Towed

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

I can tell you that one thing that the specific whites of Pacific Heights don’t like is commotion. But that’s what they’re going to get come tomorrow based upon this photo taken by San Franciscan Jeffrey Baker of the tow-away signs that are up there right now.

OMG, Trauma is coming! Will the circling choppers play Wagner ala Apocalypse Now? We Can Only Hope. (Does the digital trickery used by the makers of Trauma look better than Francis Ford Coppola’s analog efforts from three+ decades ago? Discuss.)

The horror, the horror of inconvenience for the sake of Art:

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Local punter Professor Z offers some advice today to the Traumatics:

“The only thing this show has going for it is the San Francisco scenery. Why the decision to exclude compelling characters, story arcs, or central conflicts? This show didn’t have to follow the ER model or the House model, but it should try to adhere to some basic storytelling model.

“I vote for bringing back the Zodiac killer in a three-story arc that offs every character not called Rabbit, then rebooting the show with at least a few C-list actors.”

How wude! Oh well. The good professor is tough, tough but fair.

And oh, check out San Francisco’s Newest Blogger - ebullient, radiant Aimee Garcia:

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(She knows her choppers, anyway.)

Lastly, a message for Pac Heights: Brace, Brace, Heads Down, Stay Down!”

You don’t want to have your car towed. But if that happens, just call DPT at (415) 701-5400 to get your ride back. Ask for the Trauma discount! Obviously, you don’t want to end up like this Craigslister. Oh well

Unfairly towed for Nike Womens Marathon on Sunday? (marina / cow hollow)

Me too! $417 out of the tow yard + another $53 ticket is WAY TOO MUCH. Not to mention I saw no sign of the event on Polk street near Aquatic Park besides the metal fences on the sidewalk ready for deployment at 3am. In addition, the street was completely full of cars at 1:30am, and towing began at 3am….if there were signs, were all these people idiots like me to ignore them? I doubt it. If your car was towed anywhere along the route, and you want to team up to appeal the tow and ticket fines, let me know – dammit. Thanks!
 

NBC’s Horrible Trauma Still Has Horrible Ratings – Now Stable Enough for Transport to Oblivion

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

Week 4′s overall ratings for NBC’s horrible Trauma TV show are a way down at the 1.8 level, so that makes it three week in a row. That’s called flatlining in the biz – the show biz or the EMS biz, your pick.

Basically, the debut show last month got Trauma off the ground but since then she’s been a-hovering low over the landing threshold.

Blue and white bird must fly or she will die:

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Making new friends low and slow over Haight Ashbury

Does NBC currently get beat in keys demos by the CW “Network” when Trauma is on? Oui. Will NBC broadcast Trauma during the all-important upcoming sweeps? Signs point to non. Will the San Francisco Chronicle let its readers in on the secret that all is not well for the dramatic Traumatics? Maybe just a hint? Encore non - not anytime soon anyway. Oh well.

Check it. I mean, has any impalee ever cross-examined his or her EMT like this in the history of the world? Non.

But at least the EMS professionals are all fans, right Trauma?

“I love watching the rhythms go by on their Lifepak 15 that’s not hooked up to anything and always shows Lead II, SpO2, and EtCO2… I’ve mostly been watching out of morbid curiosity. Terrible, terrible show.”

Well let’s hear from what people are posting at the NBC boards:

“Where to start? The show was a piece of crap – I was trying to figure out what part of it was realistic and the only part I can think of is when they got the call over the radio and after that it was down hill – Being a medic for 15 years I was hoping that it would be accurate, but it was just embarrassing. They didn’t even have proper placement of hands for CPR”

“Shame on you, NBC! I have been a paramedic for nearly 30 years and have never been so insulted as I was when you aired Trauma.”

“Umm OK I can so tell this had male writers! In the first 15 minutes you can tell that it is not real EMS work,,and If we (women) in EMS wore uniforms with our “girls” showing and tight pantswe sure wouldn’t be able to do our jobs. This show does not show what we do on a daily basis nor does it show what real role women play in EMS!! We save lives everyday…we cover the cops as they cover us, we back our own.. and we jepordize our family lives to save the lives of strangers..we dont have sex in the rig, we don’t walk around station acting like bimbos and where I work you better prove you can do anything your male counterparts can do..we get respect because we have earned it.. I will not watch again.”

Watching the pilot of “Trauma” was awkward, almost painful. There was a complete lack of professionalism and reality. I have twenty years of public safety experience in fire & law enforcement. Mark my words: Trauma will not last long. Whomever does the show is quite obviously interested in attracting the junior high school crowd. No adult with even basic intelligence would watch this show more than twice. I was generally pleased with Southland… what the heck happened with Trauma? Geez, what a sad disappointment!”

Well, you get the idea.

Strike a pose:

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Call your agent, Aimee!

Word From Inside NBC on the Fate of Ill-Fated Trauma Series

Friday, October 9th, 2009

What’s the word from inside NBC regarding the fate of ill-fated Trauma? Hollywood insider Nikke Finke reports yesterday that one NBC serial just got cancelled and that:

“…Trauma is next because of its ridiculously excessive $3 million pricetag an episode.”

Shooting Trauma in the SoMA earlier this month, right where San Francisco actor Christopher Borgzinner got jumped by a gang on a moving MUNI 9 San Bruno bus during rush hour this past Monday:

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Will that be the legacy of Trauma?  Certainty that it’s just too darn expensive to “film” here?

It was nice when it lasted but now it’s gone
It was nice when it lasted but now it’s gone

Flatlining – Ratings for NBC’s Trauma Even Lower Than Last Week’s

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Nobody in town has been a bigger booster of the scappy makers of NBC’s Trauma than I, but after Monday night’s abysmal ratings performance, I don’t know what to think.

“After a weak debut last week, “Trauma” (1.8/4, 5.5 million viewers) fell 18 percent in its second broadcast and finished a distant fourthin its 9 p.m. timeslot. The medical drama actually ranked fifth in adults 18-34, losing to CW’s “Gossip Girl” in the demo. While “Trauma” was a huge promotional priorityfor the Peacock pre-season, and a favorite of executives there, the series now has to be considered on life support following this performance. NBC might be patient, however, and see if the show perks up next week, when the “Monday Night Football” competition may not be as intense.”

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Only Time Will Tell…

NBC’s Horrible Trauma Show has Horrible Reviews and Ratings, Plus an EMS Backlash!

Monday, October 5th, 2009

Oh Trauma, how you’ve disappointed so many the past week. You received horrible reviews for your debut show from a ton of newspapers, you started a “backlash” in the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) community, and, oh yes, you have horrible ratings.  But, now get this, the San Francisco Chronicle is on your side, oblivious to all the horrible newspaper reviews, the EMS backlash, and the horrible ratings.

Well let’s fix that.    

I couldn’t find the glowing review cited in the Chron from the “glossy” Entertainment Weekly, but I did see this on the EW talking about “weak ratings” - that was easy to find. And how about this from the LA Times Entertainment blog: Ratings report: NBC’s ‘Trauma’ in pain.

Is it true that every new show from NBC last fall has already been cancelled? Yes. And yet, per the Chron, “It’s hard to tell how the show will do.” And “all” the actors are ”talking about” buying homes(!) in the 415 area? OMG! Srsly?

Let’s take a look at the numbers, here at the HubDub. The graph just spiked after Trauma’s debut:

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You see, Trauma is not just the odds-on favorite for being cancelled with a quickness, it’s the odds-on favorite for being cancelled before all these other shows. I’m not an expert on TV, but if there’s at least four new shows that NBC wants to debut soon then at least a few of the current serieseses have to get axed, right? Of course, things could change for Trauma and the ratings might go up, but why would they go up at this point?

So much for the ratings. Moving on…

What about that EMT backlash? Bam! We’ve got it right here, courtesy of Patrick Moore, President of the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians

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This issue is summed up in the New York Daily News’ “Truth’s a casualty on NBC’s ‘Trauma,’ say emergency medical professionals”

Now of course, NBC / Universal / Open 4 Business Productions / Film 44 / Beau Bonneau Casting was trying to get real, live EMTs to work as extras but the problem was the rate of pay was only $160 per day of shooting with no maximum for how much time the EMT would have to be on the set. (In comparison, do you have any idea what the cops make on a typical day? A lot more than $160 per day, I’ll tell you. It’s a lot closer to a cool thousand dollars/day.) Offering this paltry sum of $160 to a trained EMT, well that seems a little skimpy. Maybe that’s part of the problem.

And here’s another letter from the EMT crowd along the same lines.

Does Trauma have artistic license to do whatever it wants to get high ratings? Of course. But, as stated before, it doesn’t have high ratings. So oh well.

So there’s your EMS backlash. What about the reviews?

Well, here are my notes, based upon seeing part of the pilot for the second time last Monday night.

Wouldn’t you be able to hear sirens in the distance after the big accident on the “218″ freeway? You know, instead of nothing?

Having the fake tire squealing noise as the ambulances stop at the E.R. is uber-cheesy.  

Some of the night scenes seem to have a pumpkin-orange tone, which seems a bit odd. Just a white-balance thing.

No biggee, tho. But now, here are the people who have Opinions That Matter. Presenting, the reviewers:

LA Times:

“…it’s not there yet, not even close.”

Variety:

“The big action pieces are reasonably impressive, but without stronger characters, that adrenaline boost won’t be enough to keep the show off life support.”

Chicago Tribune:

“‘Trauma’” is just standard-issue bad, not mind-blowing, please-make-it-stop bad.”

USA Today:

Escape head trauma by avoiding NBC’s ‘Trauma’”

Miami Herald:

No intelligible dialogue! No discernible plot! No viewers!”

TV Guide:

Rescue Me From Trauma

Oh, and how about the San Francisco Chronicle:

just a not-very-good medical series

Face it Trauma, you suck. You’re number one in the Dead Pool, with a bullet. But prove me wrong children. Prove me wrong. Who knows, maybe you’ll make itinto next season. Crazier things have happened. And blogs are often wrong. (Hahahaha! Blogs are just like you, right Gav? Aren’t you often wrong?)

Thanks for employing all those people, even if a lot of them make only rock-bottom minimum wage. All right, bye bye Trauma, the rest of this post isn’t for you.

Couldn’t San Francisco subsidize a different project instead of Trauma?

Just asking…