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September 21, 2006

Murder One back – but as something else

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Daniel Benzali in Murder OneMurder One was one of those great shows that are ahead of their time. Created by Steven Bochco, who also created Hill Street Blues, it followed a single court case for the length of an entire season. Trouble was, back in those pre-Lost, pre-24 days, no one could be arsed to keep up with a plot that lasted for 22-odd episodes; by the second season, the superb lead, Daniel Benzali, had been replaced, and the show chose to focus on cases for only a few episodes at a time.

Now it's back, apparently. CBS has commissioned a pilot for a new series, as yet untitled, that will follow a single case for an entire season. It will be written by Six Feet Under writer-producer Kate Robin. Where it differs from Murder One, which dealt purely with the defence lawyers and the defendants, is that it will focus on the lead lawyers on both sides of the case, along with half the members of the jury and the judge.

Nevertheless, for those of us who loved the original Murder One, there's a twinge of sadness as we think of what might have been and how the show might have done in this age of high-quality US TV.

PS It's available on DVD, but still isn't at discount prices yet. It will be though, so let's be patient.

September 18, 2006

Other TV news from last week

Posted on September 18, 2006 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Other interesting nuggets of news that popped up last week that weren't about Doctor Who.

  • Thanks to overwhelmingly fantastic critical reaction, The Wire's been picked up for a fifth season, despite getting less than 2 million viewers for its first episode. This final season will look at the mass media; given The Wire's co-creator used to be a journalist on the Baltimore Sun, it should at least be authentic.
  • Psych has been picked up for a second season and The Dead Zone's back for a sixth
  • Windfall has been cancelled
  • James Cromwell, the 'dad' of that adorable pig called Babe, is to be killing-machine Jack Bauer's dad in 24. There's versatility for you.
  • FX in the UK has picked up Showtime's Brotherhood. To counteract people forward-winding through ads, the network plans to create commercials for the show that feature the same image for 30 seconds. Silly plan or not, I do recommend watching Brotherhood if you can. Despite my luke-warm first and third episode reviews, Brotherhood is now firmly on my weekly viewing schedule, thanks to a compelling cast and its look into the shady world of local politics.
  • Thank God CSI doesn't feature on-screen episode titles, or there are going to be a few raised eyebrows in Britain when Fannysmackin' airs
  • My prediction that alternative DVD commentaries were going to be a growing market appears to be bearing fruit, judging by the arrival of Quick Stop's additions to the range.
  • Aaron Sorkin answers critics who suggest that Studio 60 is based on his life by saying they're right - up to a point. Interestingly, he used to date Kristin Chenoweth, who played the squeaky deputy press secretary in The West Wing and is a devoted Christian.

And finally, just in case you wanted to know what The Hanso Foundation is and what all those numbers mean in Lost, someone's assembled all the video clips from The Lost Experience (which, my street urchins tell me, is some kind of online game thing). Press the Play button to find out what's up.

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September 18, 2006

Things Doctor Who-y that happened while I was on holiday

Posted on September 18, 2006 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

This is all old news, but just in case you missed it, here's a rundown on the top Who stories of last week:

Sarah Jane's back... again, in another Doctor Who spin-off... again
Sarah Jane SmithThe Beeb has finally confirmed that The Sarah Jane Adventures will be happening. Lis Sladen's back as (almost) everybody's favourite old-school Who assistant, complete with helpful investigative teenage neighbour. K9 will appear in the first episode, a 60-minute special, but won't be in the rest of the series. Has a hint of Dark Season to it, don't you think?

It's worth pointing out that that's yet another series Russell T Davies is spreading himself thinly over. When's he going to find time to sleep?

McGann's the other official BBC Doctor
Paul McGann as the DoctorThe Eighth Doctor aka Paul McGann is to get his own original BBC7 series in the New Year. McGann's Doctor is already a reasonably familiar presence on BBC7, thanks to airings of various of his Big Finish stories. This season of stories, however, will be originals and will feature Sheridan Smith from Two Pints of Lager... as his companion, rather than the delightful India Fisher as Edwardian adventuress Charley Pollard. They'll still be produced by Big Finish, however, and enhanced versions will appear on CD later next year.

I'll withhold judgement on the stories till I hear them (ooh, goodie, new things to review!) rather than “go knee jerk”, but having seen her filming Two Pints, I would say that Sheridan Smith is actually a pretty good actress (who doesn't fluff her lines constantly like certain cast members) so could do well here. Why they've switched from India Fisher, though, I don't know: pick your own conspiracy about Charley being too posh, etc for younger audiences to identify with or how it might annoy Conrad Westmaas if India Fisher got a solo companion role.

Most unlikeliest event in human history occurs
Janet FieldingJanet Fielding has agreed to narrate an audio book version of rubbish Peter Davison story Warriors of the Deep. Caroline John (Liz Shaw) and Katy Manning (Jo Grant) will be narrating Doctor Who and the Silurians and The Sea Devils as well, as part of the 'Monsters on Earth' limited edition CD.

I'll tell you something: if you've never seen Janet Fielding go on at length about how Doctor Who is rubbish, anti-feminist, etc, in front of a mass of seething Whovians, you haven't seen courage yet. Now she's narrating one of the most awful stories she ever appeared in? Bizarre. Still, at least you won't have to see the polystyrene sets and the Myrka in this version...

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