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July 5, 2011

Review: Necessary Roughness 1x1

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Necessary Roughness

In the US: Wednesdays, 10/9c, USA Network. Available on USANetwork.com

What is the secret of good drama? It's a question that writers have been searching for, ever since the creation of theatre. Everyone from Aristotle onwards has had their own theory.

'A compelling story' is one of the usual requirements: the viewer/reader/audience have to engage with the story and want to know more.

Which, I think, is the biggest problem with Necessary Roughness, in which Callie Thorne of Rescue Me plays a therapist who bumps into Marc Blucas of Buffy fame on a girls' night out. Blucas turns out to be a trainer for a professional football team and after Thorne cures him of his smoking addiction, Blucas thinks she might be able to help him fix the psychological problems that are holding back his team members - including one very expensive ball-dropper in particular.

And while it's all executed well enough, the question that lingers over the whole enterprise is "Why are you telling me this story?"

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July 4, 2011

Review: Sirens 1x1

Posted on July 4, 2011 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Sirens on Channel 4

In the UK: Mondays, 10pm, Channel 4. Available on 4oD

Oh joy. A British comedy drama. On Channel 4. I can name all the good ones of those made in the last five years on one… remind what they were again?

Fair dos, though. This is different. Sirens, based on the true-life accounts of actual paramedics, is actually quite enjoyable, to the extent that I'm going to watch tonight's second episode and I think you should, too.

Does it help that the US already wanted to remake it before the first episode even aired? Here's a couple of trailers.

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July 1, 2011

Review: Wilfred 1x1-1x2

Posted on July 1, 2011 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Wilfred on FX

In the US: Thursdays, 10pm, FX
In the UK: Acquired by BBC3

Odds on, when you see a dog and it barks at you, you see something like this:

So spare a thought for poor Elijah Wood's character in FX's new show, Wilfred. When he sees his next door neighbour's dog, Wilfred, he sees this:

Yes, a slightly menacing, crude, dope-smoking, Australian man in an unconvincing dog suit. Is it because he's mad, because he tried to overdose on drugs or because he has an over-active imagination? Who knows, but Wilfred is about to become his new best friend - and help him to get to know his neighbour a whole lot better. At least, that's what he thinks.

Here's a trailer, followed by the original Australian short movie (and subsequent TV show) this is based on.

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