Oh, George Michael. We thought everything was going so well for you after seeing a rousing performance of “Freedom” at the Closing Ceremonies at the 2012 London Olympics. What’s up?
Seems George has cancelled a string of concerts he was to perform in Sydney and other Australian cities in November and early December. These newly cancelled dates were make-up shows from cancelling the same shows last year due to a health scare in Vienna, in which the singer was hospitalized.
I have today announced the cancellation of the shows in Australia which breaks my heart. By way of explanation all I can say at this time is that since last year’s illness I have tried in vain to work my way through the trauma that the doctors who saved my life warned me I would experience. They recommended complete rest and the type of post traumatic counselling which is available in cases like mine but I’m afraid I believed (wrongly) that making music and getting out there to perform for the audiences that bring me such joy would be therapy enough in itself. Unfortunately I seriously underestimated how difficult this year would be and although I was right to believe that the shows would bring me great happiness and that my voice would recover completely (I truly think that some of my recent performances have been my best ever) I was wrong to think I could work my way through the major anxiety that has plagued me since I left Austria last December.
All that’s left for me to do is apologise to my wonderful Australian fan base and to promise faithfully that as soon as I completed these shows here in the UK I will receive the treatment which is so long overdue.
— George Michael
Of course we hope George gets the help he needs and can get back on the road as soon as possible. I feel terribly fortunate to have seen him in concert three times. If you have tickets for the Australian shows, please go to GeorgeMichael.com for details on refunds.
Getting ready for the network upfronts, the FOX network picked up a new J.J. Abrams drama and a comedy starring Zooey Deschanel that is sure to be cancelled since they got rid of almost everything else on the network. Some favorites of DivaJulia’s and mine got the boot, including Lie To Me and Breaking In.
Breaking In was a solid comedy with a hot girl and guy in the leads and Christian Slater! Although Slater might have been the killer for the show as this is his third to be canceled. The goofy theme song didn’t help it. Also getting axed, Traffic Light which had good lead ins with Raising Hope and Glee, but didn’t survive either. I’m going to miss both. Human Target, which has been on the fence since it’s first season, and the police drama Chicago Code, are gone too.
Luckily, the one new show that survived was the cute Raising Hope which was renewed for a second season earlier this year. Besides that, all that’s left on FOX is singing.
Yesterday it was announced that the History Channel wasn’t going to be airing the miniseries based on the Kennedy family. “Upon completion of the production of The Kennedys, The History Channel has decided not to air the 8-part miniseries on the network,” a rep for the network told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement. “While the film is produced and acted with the highest quality, after viewing the final product in its totality, we have concluded this dramatic interpretation is not a fit for the History brand.” But shows about pawn shops are?
The multi-million dollar project has been surrounded by controversy since it was announced in December of 2009. No advertisers had registered complaints or concerns with the miniseries, confirms an A&E spokesperson, but the content was not considered historically accurate enough for the network’s rigorous standards. “We recognize historical fiction is an important medium for storytelling and commend all the hard work and passion that has gone into the making of the series, but ultimately deem this as the right programming decision for our network.” The miniseries is still scheduled to air in Canada on March 6, and will still be broadcast internationally. Producers of the miniseries will probably try to take it to a pay cable network.
So, what really happened? No complaints from advertisers, it’s already finished and a lot of money was put into it. Katie Holmes recently gushed about playing Jackie Kennedy in this month’s Elle magazine, maybe she jinxed it! I was interested in seeing Gred Kinnear as JFK, but maybe there wasn’t enough interest in the movie all together. There were complaints from historians and Kennedy advisers and friends about the content, so is that why it was canceled?
The folks over at Deadline put things into perspective, “The stunning cancellation, which was done after the mini had been completed, was done under political pressure from the Kennedy family who were not comfortable with the project coming out in the year of the 50th anniversary of Camelot.”