Posted on January 9, 2006 | |
Considering the fuss around the decimation of our Winnie the Pooh heritage by Disney, how will the world take the news that Rupert the Bear is to return to Channel Five with a set of new pals including Ming and Miranda the Mermaid?
Given Rupert isn't quite as well regarded as Winnie and he's now associated with Richard Desmond through no fault of his own, I imagine the outcry won't be as big. After all, he was really just a cartoon for increasing newspaper sales, not tales told to a small boy at a bedtime.
Personally, I'm hoping this new series will take Rupert in a completely different direction, assuming that's Ming the Merciless joining the cast list.
Imagine the possibilities.
PS The Media Guardian says Ping Pong is a new character. But he's not. Naughty Media Guardian.
Posted on January 7, 2006 | |
Even if it weren't for the planned guest appearances by Chris Morris, I think I'd still be tuning in to watch The IT Crowd. If you can put aside the show's obvious use of stereotypes for a second, a Graham Linehan comedy is always worth watching. Even those that didn't last the course (eg Big Train, Hippies) were full of brilliant comic moments, and with Father Ted and Black Books under his belt, you know that he's capable of filling an entire season of episodes with end-to-end comedy gems. The IT Crowd looks like it's going to have at least a couple, and given that Channel 4 is going to be providing an online premiere of the first episode, they obviously have high hopes for it, too.
Posted on January 4, 2006 | |
We've talked before about Fox's nasty habit of cancelling quality shows and how it seems finally to have developed a quality filter. Now, there's nothing harder for a TV executive to do than to say they were wrong. But it seems Fox has learnt its lesson over Futurama and is contemplating bringing the show back after it scored success on DVD.
I'm not a big fan of Futurama but it was still a good show, killed before its prime. Off the top of my head, I can name quite a few shows that also bit the dust in the US before they should have as I'm sure you can. But the interesting aspect of this is that DVDs are now enabling networks to spot recent shows that were good but low-rated because of poor advertising or scheduling. Anyone want to run a sweepstake on what the next show they'll bring back from the dead will be?