14 01 2006

Yay! Celebrate the return of my weekly/monthly/whenever I feel like it TV column! I’m not even going to disguise the fact that this is just a scam to allow me to put “internet columnist” on my CV, and go for a job at “zoo” magazine. (I’m lying, I read nuts. I don’t know, I just find it more…. ballsy).

I’m going to start by saying this column will have (gasp) spoilers and I can’t hide them behind invisi-text. So look away now if you don’t want to know who killed Eddie Royle outside the Queen vic!! I’m kidding again, I haven’t watched that crap since 1997.

I’ll start off by pointing out this little article about the worldwide success of Lost, even though it has a few inaccuracies. Its cool that they mention the amount of people downloading Season 2 in the English speaking world, even thought they have no idea about the numbers involved. Channel 4 even pushed the date of season 2 forward to Spring because of downloading, its hitting everyone that relies on foriegn imports. I also have a new theory about Lost that is rock solid, after what I saw in the Black smoke this week. If you want to know the theory, erm.. never mind, i’m probably wrong.

Next up, there is some good news for Arrested Development fans. FOX have scheduled the last 4 episodes of season 3. They are so petty, they have put them on Friday Feb 10th, opposite the opening ceremony of the winter olympics. Hopefully they can cancel the show soon after, allowing Showtime or ABC to pick it up in time for a season 4 in September.

Next up I have a couple of requests for programs, if anyone can find them for me, they would be rewarded greatly (in heaven). First up an Australian comedy called Kath & Kim. I saw 5 minutes and thought “meh”, but thats often the way with comedy these days. I’ve heard its great, and I want to give it another go. But I can’t find it online, or even a region 2 DVD for sale, help? The next one is an Argentinian program called Epitafios. If you know how to get your hands on it, teelll meeeeee.

Back here in the UK, if I see another program that starts with the word celebrity, I will poke my eyes out with rusty spoons. People that slept with TV presenters and filmed it, not celebrities. sons of famous footballers, not celebrities. nightclub owners, people who *went out with* big brother contestants, Nobodies from nowhere these are not celebrities.

But don’t get me wrong ,that isn’t the problem with this sub-genre. Its that the concepts are all the same and generally so threadbare.. person dropped into fish-out-of-water situation, judged by experts, tits/bum out for the tabloids, tearful interview at the end, releases fitness video and autobiography detailing their struggle with fame. Its… bollox. I would definitely watch something like Celebrity firing squad though.

But there is still Life on Mars. For people that didn’t see it or aren’t in the UK, its really good. Just trust me and download it, I can’t be bothered to go into detail after I just linked to the website.

Also in the UK, look out for “The IT crowd”, a comedy starring Chris Morris starting Feb 5th, and “Suburban Shootout”, a cross between Kill Bill and desperate Housewives I’m told. Its a co-production between Paramount and five, and there is a good chance you may see my sublime editing skills for the first time on terrestrial Television. Thats right, I demand a pay rise!

To finish, I’ll leave you with this clip from a Japanese game show. They are all about the humiliation!




5 responses

15 01 2006

wow thats impressive future knowledge. Kath & Kim did a tlemovie in Australia recently. thats floating around the torrent sites. Other than that, you can pick up the DVD’s on australian HMV and amazon for quite cheap.

15 01 2006

thanks for that. can’t find an australian amazon, but on hmv seasons 1-3 are 80 aussie drongos.. sorry dollars. only 34 squid… hmmm.

24 07 2008

You can download many of the Australian Kath & Kim episodes via BitTorrent.

I’m an American, lived in Sydney since 1996. The Aus show depends on the viewer’s familiarity with Australian accents, the Aus social condition and intimate knowledge of Aus news & current affairs. It really is a silly show for brainy, switched-on people. The best Australian humour is all about nuance and subtlety.

I haven’t seen the US version yet, hopefully it will appear on the torrents. Given the US appetite for obvious gags in sitcoms as opposed to subtle cultural references, I don’t have high hopes for the Americanised version of the series, even if the Australiana is replaced with all-American cues and topics.

If the US version requires a laugh track to tip off the viewer to the funny bits, you can presume the US K&K to be DOA.

24 07 2008

Yeek. I’ve just seen a couple of the US K&K trailers from NBC on YouTube. There’s lots of clips of the Aus show on YT for US viewers’s reference.

The actor playing the US Kim has some serious deficiencies. She’s not a slightly podgy 45-ish woman (as is Gina Riley) trying to play a young 20s bimbette, which is pivotal to many of the core gags, such as Kim’s utter denial of her ‘muffin-top’ and self-description as a ‘hornbag,’ a very voluntary sex object who frankly isn’t one. The US Kim actor actually is in her young 20s and couldn’t possibly flop out a proper muffin-top unless she stopped her daily trips to the gym and supersized her McDonalds’ meals for several months.

Kath & Kim is a sendup of low social class people who are fully oblivious to their tackiness. NBC’s version is nowhere near tacky enough. I’m not even sure if there’s a US equivalent to Australia’s nouveau-suburbia. The major premise in the Aus K&K is the characters’ low to ordinary social class and hopeless fauxs-pas in attempting to be seen as more than what they are, climbing a social ladder, but one that doesn’t really go anywhere.

Turner & Riley’s Kath & Kim have broad, lazy Australian accents and frequently (and hilariously) mispronounce moderately difficult words. The US equivalent would be hickish southern-fried accents, with the show set in a trailer park, perhaps in a brand-new double-wide. I don’t think sending up people with US southern accents as invariably of low social class and poor education is politically correct anymore, but it’s an element which really is needed to make K&K funny.

I have yet to see a whole US K&K ep, but I’m not hopeful.

19 03 2009
Arthur Murgatroyd


You can now buy the DVD of HBO Latin America’s Epitafios.

Or alternatively just do a simple search on well know torrent tracker sites for the XviD version.

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