Kiefer Sutherland's Return To Television Gets Cautious Praise

Kiefer Sutherland can't have felt anything but pressure as his first major TV role since 10 phenomenal years spent on '24' aired for the first time last night (26 January 2012).
Fans and critics were certainly eager to see how the Canadian actor was going to follow up what has come to be known as one of the iconic TV characters of the 21st century in secret agent Jack Bauer.
'Touch,' which sees Sutherland playing a single father of a mute son who sees things other cannot, aired last night for the first time - and the answer to whether he's managed to follow up what may be career defining role successfully?
A cautious yes, according to the critics.
Newsday was effusive in its praise, saying the program was "A bit melodramatic, a bit manipulative, Touch is still one of the best pilots of the 2011-12 season to date," and others were similar praiseworthy though understandably a little more cautious given it was the pilot episode.
"It's Mr. Sutherland's portrayal of the father--unyielding in his effort to break through to his mute child and grasp what he's trying to say with his numbers--that is the heart of this story, the power likely to sustain this promising enterprise," said the Wall Street Journal, whilst
TV Guide said "[Touch is] emotionally compelling but wildly fantastical and undeniably manipulative."Not all were enthused though, The New York Times commented "The 11-year-old boy at the center of the story has never spoken and is also the show's narrator.
It's a perfectly acceptable device, if not a particularly interesting one in this case," whilst the Los Angeles Times weren't fans at all, stating "Ironically, given a show that so clearly wants to touch its audience--from that weighty one-word title on down--we have met, apart from Martin, hardly a single character who incorporates more than the hint of an actual person.

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Monday, November 3, 2008

Honeyhoney’s ‘First Rodeo’ is a wild ride

November 3, 2008

Honeyhoney are the buskers you’d bring to a bar brawl.
Sure, “First Rodeo” — the debut (out Tuesday) from the L.A. songwriting braintrust of Ben Jaffe and Suzanne Santo — rings with the pop-jazz-cabaret familiarity of your friendly neighborhood lounge act. But don’t mistake them for warm-and-fuzzy banjo-toters: Whether it’s Jaffe’s shadowy storylines or Santo’s punky lounge diva stylings, Honeyhoney is anything but saccharine.
Download: “Slow Brains.”
Maybe it’s the music’s tiny serrated edges, or at least its sense of derring-do, that attracted the attention of Kiefer Sutherland’s label, Ironworks Music. It certainly didn’t take long after Honeyhoney’s initial foray onto MySpace for Jaffe and Santo to be signed. “We’ve had these moments where it’s like, ‘Holy —-’” Santo says. “I don’t have to bartend or nanny or sell barbecue.”
Seems like only months later, they were starring in the video for “Little Toy Gun” (currently the iTunes free video of the week), Sutherland’s directorial debut.
“It was one of the coolest days I’ve ever had,” Santo says. “The idea that Kiefer had for that video, the things he made happen …” Adds Jaffe: “It felt like one of those classic Hollywood moments.”
Santo, a native of northeastern Ohio, and Jaffe, who moved to L.A. from Massachusetts, started working together after being introduced by a mutual friend. You get the feeling from their senses of humor that writing songs is part collaboration, part jousting match. “Do we wrestle each other in a nonsexual way? Yes,” Santo says. “Ben’s the captain on the songwriting ship, but we put all egos aside when we’re working.”
“At the same time,” Jaffe says, “it’s not an environment where bull—- is allowed to fly.”
Same went for the “First Rodeo” recording sessions helmed by Jude Cole, the singer-songwriter/producer/manager who co-founded Ironworks with Sutherland. “Nobody pulled any punches,” Jaffe says.
The album doesn’t so much genre-hop as meander sonically based on each song’s story, the result, Jaffe says, of the duo’s freedom to resist anything “unnecessarily confining.” Santo’s voice, while dusky and alluring enough to make most men swoon, has a Midwestern frankness that’s liable to scare off any weaklings. Somehow her torch songs have torches.
Not that any of it is going to her head. “This rock thing is great,” she says, “but what I really want is to just be a local Cleveland celebrity.”
Live: Honeyhoney celebrates the release of “First Rodeo” with an Election Night show Tuesday at the Hotel Cafe.

1 comment:

Bronson said...

Hi Elizabeth -- I'd appreciated it if you would not co-opt my piece on Honeyhoney, or at the very least link to my website, I worked hard to get that interview and write the story, and to see it posted on your site with no credit whatsoever is simply wrong, very wrong. Best, Kevin

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