20 07 2008

That’s what I said when I realised the date of my last post. Where did the time go?

I’ll tell you where, concentrating on my (still newish) job, helping my fiancee plan our wedding, emptying my Google reader, doing more photography than ever, and actually watching more TV than there is humanly possible to talk about.

And that segues me neatly in what I logged in to say. I’m calling “Me and the TV” a day. It was a fun ride while it lasted, but over the last few months I’ve discovered that I prefer reading and agreeing with other peoples thoughts on TV far more exhilarating than actually writing about my own thoughts. This was reflected in the length of my posts, and the amount of times I let Youtube do the talking for me. That’s no way to run a blog, in my opinion.

Anywho, I would like to thank every single person that took time out to read an article I posted, watched a show on my recommendation (and then cursed me for not giving them back that hour of their lives), or left a comment on my blog, even if you were putting me to shame with your superior knowledge.

If you found yourself agreeing with me, I have a blog to recommend to you that should go some way to replacing the huge void in your internet life that I clearly haven’t been filling since May.

Televisionary is a blog about TV that I always read and agree with about 99% of the time. They guy who writes it is nice and has helped me out with stuff in the past, which is a rarity in the media industry.

Anyway, let me sign off by telling you that as of 20th July 2008, the finest comedy I ever watched was Arrested Development. The finest drama I ever had the pleasure of laying eyes on was season 4 of The Wire. And I’m ashamed to admit that the finest reality show I ever viewed from behind the sofa was the first season of FOX’s Temptation Island. Although lying in a hotel room in Lisbon, watching “I love New York” on MTV Europe with German subtitles comes a surprisingly close second. Top that list, I dare you.

You can still catch up with what I’m reading on Friendfeed, and as always I’ll keep taking pictures on Flickr, but as far as writing about TV is concerned, take care of yourselves, and each other. Goodnight, and good luck.


20 05 2008

Ricky Gervais introduces his inspiration for “The Office”. (N.B It’s not actually that funny, bearing in mind all the effort they put in to learn their lines… ah well, good try.)

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The Wire S04E13 – Final Grades

19 05 2008

BodieSo I wasn’t too impressed with the death one of my favourite characters on TV this week. But I decided to finish off Season 4 of The Wire, after Geoff finally gave me the last disc. I can’t really even write about it, because I know a couple of my readers haven’t finished this season yet, but I will say it almost made me tearful. That’s right, *almost!* One of the finest hours (and 18 minutes) of television I have had the privilege to watch, the bar has been raised again. Watch one of my new favourite death scenes after the jump. P.S. Come on FX, get it on in HD in the UK!

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CSI S08E17 – For Gedda

17 05 2008

I am deeply unsatisfied by what I just saw. I knew it was coming, but the payoff wasn’t nearly enough for someone who has put eight years of their life into this show. That is all.

NBC Universal on UK iTunes store

7 05 2008

Well this hasn’t been reported much, amid the launch on Zune Marketplace of NBC Universal content. Although NBC Universal are in (a much publicised) dispute with Apple over TV content on the US iTunes store, they slyly added Heroes and House to the UK store, under the moniker “Universal”. Can a return to the US store be too far behind?

The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency

4 05 2008

I finally got around to watching this the other night, I had it on the old Sky plus taking up a world of space (BBC HD) from when I was in Lisbon. My feelings can be summed up in bullet points thusly…

  • I really liked the cinematography, it’s a shame it takes a Hollywood production to make Botswana look beautiful.
  • I couldn’t stand Jill Scott’s accent. It may just be that I am so used to hearing her sing.
  • David Oyelowo was hilarious, I didn’t know he had this comedy performance in him. So many quotable lines from “Kremlin”.
  • It was also good to have Idris Elba back on my screen. I’m watching Season 4 of The Wire, and although it *is* great, I do miss Stringer Bell.
  • I can’t wait for the series to start…

iTunes updates…

27 04 2008

UK programming abound on both sides of the Atlantic on iTunes. ITV have started selling their old archive stuff on the UK store, including Lewis and Brideshead Revisited (Riveting, my mum says). On the US store, BBC AMerica has started selling the likes of Little Britain and Torchwood. So there you go.