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.
Last week when it was announced that ITV had bought Pushing daisies, there were a couple of other purchases that slipped under the my radar. One was a CBS drama that ITV say will play out in primetime on ITV1, and at other times on ITV3.
Swingtown (cue press release voice):-
peeks into the shag-carpeted suburban homes of the 1970s to find couples reveling in the sexual and social revolution that introduced open marriages, women’s liberation and challenged many conventional wisdoms.
It stars Jack Davenport, and I liked him in Coupling and the other things that he did. I didn’t watch This Life (past my bedtime) but I heard he was alright in that too. Watch a preview of Swingtown below..
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Categories : CBS, ITV, Swingtown
…Channel 4. It seems harmless enough, I think it might be the comedy formerly known as “Genius Bar”. Not 100% though, I am sure and I imagine it will play across C4 on Friday nights and E4 at… any time of day. It has David from Roseanne in it, and Joey’s Nephews geek friend. What more could you want? Watch a (pretty funny) preview after the jump-aroo.
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Categories : CBS, Channel 4, E4, The Big Bang Theory
Just to let you all know that the second ep of Clark and Michael is available from “teh internets”. The first episode made me laugh out loud, if only for the facial expressions of Michael Cera as well as maybe the surprise appearance of Tony Hale as a studio exec. Click here to watch the magic.
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Categories : Arrested Development, CBS, Clark and Michael, Innertube, Michael Cera
For readers in the UK, imagine the reputation of CBS to be something like the BBC, in the sense that they are the most revered, and the network most old people turn to in times of crisis. Considering that, you will understand that their viewers don’t like change. Imagine Songs of Praise, Panorama and Crimewatch just wiped from the schedule, after a slight downturn in ratings. CBS canceled Jericho, which I watched (and hated) sporadically, and The Class, which at least got a full season that Channel 4 to burn off this summer on E4/T4. Also canceled was Close To Home, which I’m told was enjoying it’s best season yet, although I have never been able to look at the lead character as anything other than the kooky girl in Committed.
In Comes Viva Laughlin, a remake of BBC’s Blackpool, and those scheming schedulers pulled the old switcheroo on Shark and Without a Trace, hoping that the former takes more viewers to Sunday with it than the latter managed this season. Read all about it after the jump(er).
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Categories : CBS, Primetime, Schedule
As expected, NBC gave Andy Barker P.I. the heave-ho this weekend after 6 episodes, only two of which were worth watching twice. If the show had a flaw it was maybe that it should have been an hour long drama with comic overtones, just so the mysteries could be drawn out a bit longer, a few more twists and turns. The last two episodes will play out on NBC in the graveyard slot of Saturday 8-9pm. An opportunity methinks for a UK net to step in and purchase six episodes on the cheap from NBC Universal.
Sunrise, sunset. As one Arrested Development stars comedy vehicle fades into obscurity, another peeks over the horizon. David Cross has been signed up for the pilot of I’m in hell, a CBS sitcom that sounds like it’s going to be funny (oxymoron, I know). Jason Biggs (he who put his penis in the American Pie) is a Wall Street exec who dies and goes to hell, who dies in a BlackBerry-related car crash, but because hell is at full capacity, he is reassigned to Hell on Earth and must figure out a way to get by without his career and all the trappings of his former existence. Sounds like a long-winded premise but I will give it a go.
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Categories : Andy Barker P.I., CBS, I'm in Hell, Jason Biggs, NBC, Pilot
The only positive thing to come out out of my Saturday Night Live crap-o-rama was their constant reminders that I should watch Julia Louis-Dreyfuss’ new-ish show, The New Adventures of Old Christine. The program itself is a bog standard laugh-track sitcom, I much preferred Julia in the first season of the ‘doomed from the outset’ Watching Ellie.
But in last night’s ep there was a joke that made me chuckle slightly. It involved Christine’s ex-husband trying to prise her from the couch to go to a polling station and vote, while Christine was watching the latter stages of American Idol at home. And of the top of my head, it went a little something…like this.
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Categories : CBS, Julia Louis Dreyfuss, New Adventures of Old Christine