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Remember a while ago I previewed The Singles Table, one of NBC's mid-season replacement comedies? I watched the pilot episode, it was rather funny and I was looking forward to it.
Now I'm not so sure I am. This news is a bit old, but I've only just found out that Alicia Silverstone is replacing one of the original The Singles Table cast members.
Dear God, why? There wasn't anything wrong with the show, and the small indie feel to it has just been swamped by the Silverstone's presence. Now, instead of an even-handed four-way comedy, we have an Alicia Silverstone vehicle with three other cast members.
Still, let's not prejudge. We should try to remain optimistic. Recasting isn't always bad. Jane Krakowski wasn't in the original 30 Rock pilot but is working out just fine. Rules of Engagement was so bad, even the addition of David Spade to the cast list can only improve it when it finally emerges onto our screens.
So, it might still be good. I liked Silverstone in Clueless and the woman she's replacing wasn't the most charismatic of actresses (Pascale Hutton). I'm just not sure I'm looking forward to it any more. Anyone psyched by the news?
BBC3's just unveiled its Winter/Spring season (free registration required). In the list is a spin-off from Spooks called Rogue Spooks, featuring some young agents who 'follow a different rule book' (sounds horrid); six new comedy series, including Gavin and Stacey starring Rob Brydon and Alison Steadman; and Road Kill Café, in which a professional forager tries to persuade members of the public they should ditch regular food for stuff found dead on the motorway.
Just in case Gillian McKeith doesn't horrify you enough already, imagine what it would be like having her live with you. Pity then, the poor participants in the next series of You Are What You Eat.
This year's Golden Globe TV nominations are available. Yet again, Battlestar Galactica has been shafted, but Dexter is seeing some love, as is Ugly Betty. And if Alec Baldwin doesn't win the best comedy actor award for 30 Rock, I'll be surprised...
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I'm Rob Buckley, a freelance journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of, although you might have heard me on Radio 5 Live's Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I've edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for trade magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider and the equally short-lived Death Ray and Filmstar magazines; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it "web site for urban hedonists" The Tribe. I'm freelance now and have contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network and TV Scoop.