Breaking-In on Fox — A Preview

5 04 2011

Because I am part of the Official FOX VIP program, one of the many wonderful perks is getting to see previews of shows (shows already on-air and new shows). Minor spoilers are possibly ahead.

On Wednesday, April 6, 2011 from (9:30-10:00 ET/PT) on Fox, BREAKING-IN starring Christian Slater as Oz, the mysterious owner of Contra Security, a high-tech security firm that people hire to break into their places first and find out where all the dents in that security is. Cameron (Bret Harrison of “V”, “Reaper“) is a young college student who is caught hacking. Oz tells him to join the company or go to jail.

Contra Security does not even necessarily use the highest tech of equipment to do the job–but a lot of creative thinking. Cameron’s first job does not go as planned thanks to Josh (Trevor Moore, “The Whitest Kids U’Know” and “Uncle Morty’s Dub Shack”), who is jealous of the new member of the team. Melanie (Odette Yustman, Brothers & Sisters, Cloverfield) rounds out the team as the safe cracker.

The show takes off from there. I was expecting this show to be a drama and was completely wrong. There is some quick cutting and editing. A heavy dose of comedy is thrown in. Geeks will love the Dragon-Con/Star Wars references. How Cash (Alphonso McAuley, “Love That Girl!” and “Chocolate News”) came to be on the team will delight every fan of science fiction out there. The Colbertnation will love the references to Sky Mall. And I have discovered one more way to possibly raise funds to keep my son, Patrick, in his autism school — selling “nerd pee.”

With Christian Slater at the helm, he has enough moxy and enough charm to make his character believable and to pull this team together. Bret Harrison and Alphonso McAuley have great comedic timing. Trevor Moore reminded me of “Psycho” in the movie “Stripes.” Odette Yustman plays her wild-child character quite well. This is going to be a fun show.

“And BOOM goes the dynamite.”

Breaking In on Fox

The cast of "Breaking In" on Fox


Get “Mobbed” on Fox

28 03 2011
"Mobbed" on Fox March 31, 2011

"Mobbed" on Fox March 31, 2011



While most people have seen a flash mob on television or perhaps in the movies, I wonder how many of you have at least seen one in person.  They serve to brighten people’s spirits, to make them smile, to make them sing, and to make them dance. 


As a member of the OFFICIALFOXVIP program, I receive many privileges, one being previews of new shows on Fox. On Thursday, March 31, after the American Idol’s results show, a new show called “Mobbed” comes to your TV screen. Without spoiling the story, this one centers on Justin and Nikki. Hosted by Howie Mandel, they pull off an elaborate flash mob for this couple who want to share their news/event in a BIG way. Napoleon and Tabitha, two well-known award-winning choreographers, most recently on Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” are in charge of getting over 1000 people dancing in unison in very little time.

The only criticism I have is they felt they needed to create some drama, and this drama made someone cry, which I felt was not necessary. They could have still pulled this off with the dramatic flair they did without anyone becoming suspicious.
We need some “feel good” television shows on the air, and this show will raise your spirits and make you want to get up out of your seat and dance.
To my readers out there, have you ever actually performed in a flash mob (singing, dancing or a combination) and if so, what did you think about it? How many of you think you will tune in to see what this “Mobbed” is all about?