Posted on January 27, 2006 | |
Matthew Perry (you know, Chandler on Friends) is to make his regular-TV comeback on Aaron Sorkin's regular-TV comeback, Studio 7 on the Sunset Strip, according to Ain't It Cool News.
Sorkin is very loyal to those who impress him, and that's probably why he's given Perry the role. If you recall, Perry made a few guest appearances on Sorkin's The West Wing, and was actually very good.
Equally, Perry is as much a writer at heart as an actor, so he probably likes the idea of sticking with someone who can write.
We should probably expect Joshua Malina to turn up some point as well, now he's been released from The West Wing. Malina's been in almost everything that Sorkin's done, right from the stage version of A Few Good Men that launched Sorkin's career. Sorkin's loyalty to Malina, among other things, stems from Malina saving Sorkin's life in a burger-swallowing incident. I don't think that's why Perry's got the job though.
UPDATE: Variety's confirmed the story.
Posted on January 26, 2006 | |
Just in case you missed it, wedged as it is under news of Kenneth Williams' diaries being dramatised, the Media Guardian reports that BBC4 is to remake A for Andromeda. Just like last year's The Quatermass Experiment, which featured new Doctor Who David Tennant, it's going to be a condensed version of the original, performed live on the night.
In case you missed The Quatermass Experiment (it's available on DVD if you want to catch up), it was actually rather good and quite creepy – a curious combination of theatre and television that's so rare these days. Since I'm the proud possessor of the Quatermass Collection as well, I can say it was significantly better than the original, which was slow moving to say the least – of course, by the standards of the 1950s, the original was a veritable hurricane.
As I recall, the story's pretty good, despite being put together by Nobel Prize-winning physicist and “life evolved in space” nut Fred Hoyle. It bears remarkable similarities with the naffo Species, although it bears none of that movie's deficiencies, so we know it can fit into a couple of hours without serious plot-curtailment. I have high hopes for this live version. No word yet on casting, but I suspect D Tennant will be a bit too busy to make an appearance this time round.
PS BBC4 again. They've definitely been at those super-wheaties.
PPS I had copies of the few remaining bits of A for Andromeda and its sequel The Andromeda Breakthrough back in the early 90s, but I purged them long ago in one of my Nights of the Long Video Knives. You can view the title sequences at TV Ark. While you're at, have at look at the Ace of Wands titles, complete with Thames TV opener: they're magnificent. They were victims of my library purge, too. Sigh.
Posted on January 25, 2006 | |
We're re-entering the 70s. First Doctor Who becomes a Saturday night regular again. Now Noel “Late, Late Breakfast Show” Edmonds is returning to prime-time weekend viewing with Deal or No Deal. Based on the Australian game show of the same name, It's been doing well in the afternoons apparently.
I'm surprised it took this long to become a hit though. It's already being hailed in the US as the next Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, despite being hosted by Howie “St Elsewhere” Mandel who appears a bit more like Master Po from Kung Fu than he used to.
But Noel on a Saturday night. Can we take it?
UPDATE: Charlie Brooker sums up the show, in case you've never seen it.