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May 21, 2012

Review and competition: Fry's Planet Word

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Fry's Planet Word

BBC Shop BadgePrice: £19.99 (Amazon price: £14.97; BBC Shop price: £12.99)
Released: February 2nd 2012

Time for another competition, courtesy of the BBC Shop. This time, in a little change of pace, it's your chance to win Fry's Planet Word, a globe-trotting five-part, two-disc expedition by Stephen Fry that investigates language and its use around the world over time.

Follow me after the jump where I'll tell you all about it and how you can win it.

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May 18, 2012

Review: Wonder Woman #9/Justice League #9/Earth 2 #1

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Wonder Woman #9

Not wishing to sound too much like the late great Christopher Hitchens, this month's issues of Wonder Woman and Justice League are all about eros and thanatos - aka (sort of) love and death. Well, Eros is certainly there in Wonder Woman, as is his mother Aphrodite; Thanatos isn't, but in his place are Hades and his wife (or should that be wife-to-be) Wonder Woman. Meanwhile, over in Justice League, Steve Trevor has taken to drink over the love of a good woman (Wonder Woman, again) and there's the threat of death, too.

Add to those two themes truth, because people want to know it rather urgently, and eros again in the form of bondage, because a certain golden lasso is going to be important in both titles. And because it's Wonder Woman.

After the jump then, a brief rundown on each of the issues, plus a discussion of the general devaluation of women that will feature a guest appearance of the new nu52 parallel universe title Earth 2.

Justice League #9

Earth 2

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May 18, 2012

The CW's upfronts 2012-3 - a rundown and clips from the new shows

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Green Arrow

Time for the last of the upfronts. Okay, USA did its first upfronts yesterday, but didn't really announce anything new, so let's end with the traditional way to end the upfronts: following on from the main broadcast networks NBC, Fox, ABC and CBS, today we're going to be looking at the 'young female adult'-skewed The CW and what it has lined up for us for the 2012 to 2013 season.

The CW didn't have much success last year with its new scripted shows: only Hart of Dixie survived, while Ringer and The Secret Circle both got cancelled. Meanwhile, some of its older shows are now limping alone, with Gossip Girl nearing the end, Supernatural's end date being eyed and Nikita looking as poor as it always did. The experiment of The LA Complex fell apart, leaving just 90210 to keep the network's scripted dreams alive.

But CW president Mark Pedowitz promised more original programming when he joined the network, so this year, The CW is trying to give itself a shot in the arm with… more of the same. Yes, time to cash in on some past glories as well as emulate some other networks. Lined up for 2012-13 are:

  • Beauty and The Beast: based on the 1980s CBS show with Linda Hamilton, but starring The CW's Smallville's Kristen Kreuk as the beauty in question
  • Arrow: Bourne-esque adaptation of DC's superhero the Green Arrow, but not starring Justin Hartley who was the Green Arrow in Smallville. But that's because of…
  • Emily Owen MD: …in which a new doctor discovers that hospital is no different from high school. Co-stars… Justin Hartley
  • Carrie Diaries: HBO's Sex and the City's Carrie, when she was a teenager. Notably features Freema Agyeman from Doctor Who, though.
  • Cult: starring one of the guys from The CW's Vampire Diaries and one of the girls from The CW's Melrose Place, and sees the fans of a TV show recreating the on-screen crimes.

After the jump, the run-down, trailers for the Fall shows (Carrie Diaries and Cult are mid-season - sorry) and a schedule.


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