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Blue Mountain State aired from January 2010 until on Spike.
A Review from Variety
Blue Mountain State
(Series -- Spike, Tues. Jan. 12, 10 p.m.)
By BRIAN LOWRY
Filmed in Quebec by Falconer/Romanski in association with Varsity Pictures and Lionsgate. Executive producers, Brian Robbins, Sharla Sumpter Bridgett, Romanski, Eric Falconer; producer, Madeleine Henry; director, Robbins; writers, Falconer, Romanski.
Alex - Darin Brooks
Craig - Sam Jones III
Sammy - Romanski
Thad - Alan Ritchson
Denise - Gabrielle Dennis
Coach - Ed Marinaro
Guy-oriented Spike doesn't have much of a track record in scripted programming, but it appears to possess a clear idea what men are supposed to like -- a tawdry combination of babes, violence and near-death experiences. So its latest foray into scripted comedy, "Blue Mountain State," is ostensibly about a fictitious college football powerhouse, but more closely resembles the frat-boy hijinks of "Animal House." If only there were even a trace of that film's wit, as opposed to a mindless torrent of homophobic taunts, bouncing boobs and (count 'em) two sequences involving masturbation in this first knuckle-dragging half-hour.
The surprising part is that there's actually an interesting crumb hidden within "BMS" that's sadly overshadowed by its thudding excess. That would be the character of Alex (Darin Brooks), a backup quarterback who -- fearing his dad's humdrum existence -- doesn't really want to play; instead, he's content to screw coeds and drink with his nerdy roommate Sammy (played by series co-creator Romanski, who goes by one name), sucking all he can out of the college experience before disappearing into anonymous middle age.
Alas, Alex is just a small part of a squad otherwise drawn from an utterly familiar playbook. They include freshman running back Craig and hazer-in-chief Thad (played by Sam Jones III and Alan Ritchson, respectively, both alums of "Smallville"); readily available coeds; sexually adventurous cougars; and stunts like a race involving cookies wedged in butt cheeks.
FX has enjoyed some recent success with crude comedy, but "Blue Mountain" embraces that aspect of Spike's mandate over all else -- putting the bodily function/semi-nudity cart before the sitcom horse. (The uniforms, by the way, bear a strong resemblance to Boise St., a relatively new NCAA power.)
One-time college star Ed Marinaro has been cast as the team's hard-driving coach, but despite the participation of "Varsity Blues" director Brian Robbins, any inspiration casting-wise pretty well ends there -- and not incidentally, most of the college underclassmen look about 35.
While it's nice that Spike is seeking to widen its narrow unscripted profile, by hewing so closely to its formula, the net has simply made this too-blue "Mountain" into a comedic molehill.
Camera, Bruce Chun; production designer, Jean Francois-Campeau; editor, Ned Bastille; music, Mark Mothersbaugh; casting, Juel Bestrop, Seth Yanklewitz. 30 MIN.
A Review from the New York Times
Television Review | 'Blue Mountain State'
A Backup Sees Plenty of Action Off the Field
By NEIL GENZLINGER
Published: January 11, 2010
Surely “Blue Mountain State,” which officially arrives Tuesday on Spike, is the show that will finally get young heterosexual men to rise up and demand programming that doesn’t presume they are sex-obsessed Neanderthals.
“No more close-ups of cleavage!” their protest signs will say. “No more gorgeous women who strip without even being asked! We want intellectual content.”
Well, maybe not. But “Blue Mountain State,” a bawdy comedy about a fictional college football powerhouse that had a sneak-peek showing on Monday, is dumb even by frat-boy standards. Guys may like things racy and raunchy, but most would probably also like at least a shred of sophisticated humor among the bouncing breasts and rolls in the hay.
This show, though, seems content with the same old stuff about collegiate jocks and the loose women sent their way by the booster club. The focus is on a couple of newcomers to the team, Alex Moran (Darin Brooks), a quarterback, and Craig Shilo (Sam Jones III), a star running back whose girlfriend wants to delay sex until after they are married.
The opening episode centers on rookie hazing and proves conclusively that yes, it is apparently all right to show men in skimpy jock straps on basic cable, from all angles. A nasty coach (the former football star Ed Marinaro, from “Hill Street Blues”), an abusive team captain (Alan Ritchson) and the other usual suspects are all on hand.
The most interesting plot wrinkle, at least from the premiere, is that Alex, though he has genuine talent, is happy — eager even — to stay in the backup quarterback role. “Backup QB is the best position in sports,” he says. “In fact, I get drunk all the time. I don’t have to show up in class. And it’s just like being a real QB but without the pain.”
There’s a dynamic in that notion that could be used to good effect, but the writers here may not get around to exploiting it, what with their continuing exploration of how to avoid the forbidden parts of naked actresses with careful camera placement. Is there a college course that teaches that? At Blue Mountain State, probably there is.
BLUE MOUNTAIN STATE
Spike TV, Tuesday nights at 10, Eastern and Pacific times; 9, Central time.
Written by Romanski, Eric Falconer, Brian Burns and Chip Hall; Brian Robbins, Sharla Sumpter Bridgett, Romanski and Mr. Falconer, executive producers; Mr. Burns and Jeff Melman, co-executive producers; Mr. Hall, producer; Madeleine Henrie, line producer; Drew Hancock, J D Ryznar and Chester Tam, staff writers. Produced for Spike TV by Varsity Pictures and Lionsgate Television.
WITH: Alan Ritchson (Thad), Romanski (Sammy), Darin Brooks (Alex), Ed Marinaro (Coach Daniels), Gabrielle Dennis (Denise) and Sam Jones III (Craig).
A Review from the Boston Globe
The Boston Globe
‘Blue Mountain’ turf is the lewd and crude
By Matthew Gilbert
Globe Staff / January 12, 2010
It’s a party for the Blue Mountain State Goats football team, and beautiful young women in various states of undress are rubbing up against all the players, who are drunk and getting drunker when they’re not bonging and snorting coke, and a guy named Sammy is in the corner puking into a feeding bowl, and a live goat is standing beside him chowing down in between Sammy’s heaves.
And if that image inspires a smile, rather than a constriction of your throat, you may be the ideal audience for Spike TV’s “Blue Mountain State.’’ The new show, a rare scripted effort from the young-guys’ channel known for the likes of “UFC Fight Night’’ and “1000 Ways to Die,’’ is clearly meant for guys who love lewd, adolescent humor that revolves around fluids and gasses going into or coming out of the body. Created by Watertown native Eric Falconer and his writing-producing partner Chris Romano, “Blue Mountain State’’ is an unapologetic take on movies such as “Porky’s’’ and “Animal House.’’
Alas, it’s an amateurish take that feels more like a string of failed “Funny or Die’’ sketches than a fully developed series with distinct characters. “Blue Mountain State,’’ tonight at 10, unfolds through the eyes of three freshmen: arrogant backup quarterback Alex (Darin Brooks), his geeky best friend and mascot wannabe, Sammy (Chris Romano), and star recruit Craig (Sam Jones III, also originally from the Boston area). In the premiere, these three types get caught up in hazing rituals that involve countless gay jokes, the shaving of body hair, and a race in jock straps that involves Oreo cookies. It’s all stock, predictable hazing shenanigans, with the sadistic and homoerotically inclined team captain, Thad (Alan Ritchson), taking special pleasure in doling out his torture.
The women? Oy. Almost all of them are subservient students who apparently live to sleep with the football players. Only one - Craig’s girlfriend, Denise (Gabrielle Dennis) - seems to have a name, and she’s a shrew who won’t sleep with him and who is obsessed with making him into a rich pro player. Classic teen-boy fears and desires run rampant through the show. Fittingly, it airs after Spike’s reruns of “Entourage,’’ another comedy that traffics in teen-boy fantasy.
Falconer and Romano have worked on “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’’ and “The Sarah Silverman Program,’’ shows that also get raunchy to some extent. But those two comedies hold onto a self-conscious wit and an original sense of plotting that “Blue Mountain State’’ fumbles.
To watch some clips from Blue Mountain State go to http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=blue+mountain+state+tv+show&aq=f
For a review of Blue Mountain State go to http://www.commonsensemedia.org/tv-reviews/blue-mountain-state
To listen to the theme song of Blue Mountain State go to http://www.televisiontunes.com/Blue_Mountain_State.html and to hear the full theme song go to http://www.televisiontunes.com/Blue_Mountain_State_-_Full.html
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