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May 19, 2011

ABC's upfronts 2011

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Now it's ABC's turn to show off its new programmes. Apparently, they've invented an entirely new day of the week, judging by the number of new shows they have coming up. However, in contrast to the last two years, where ABC's comedy programming seems to have been its best line of attack, this year, drama appears to be the better option, with

  • Leslie Bibb of Iron Man and Popular fame in Good Christian Belles
  • Leslie Judd doing a Jason Bourne with Sean Bean in Missing
  • Robert Carlyle and Jennifer Morrison living in a world where fairy tales are real in Once Upon A Time
  • Christina Ricci doing for air stewardessing with Mad Men did for advertising in Pan Am
  • Madeleine Stowe exacting revenge in the Hamptons in the appropriately titled Revenge and
  • Nowhere Man's Bruce Greenwood mysteriously going missing while hunting for magic up the Amazon

Unfortunately, we also have a terrible-looking remake of Charlie's Angels and another Shonda Rhimes bit of tatt, this time set in the world of politics, but you can't win them all.

However, in the world of comedy, we have some truly, deeply offensive bits of rubbish. See if you can spot the worst offender - I'll give you a clue: it's the one in which men are so put upon and discriminated against, they have to dress up as women to get jobs.

I didn't make that one up, by the way.

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May 19, 2011

Fox's upfronts 2011

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Fox Upfronts

A little bit later than I'd intended, let's have a look at Fox's forthcoming programmes in its Fall schedules. Well, what have we got this time round?

We have

  • A tatty looking Bones spin-off called The Finder, which features the least plausible English accent ever delivered by an English actor (Saffron Burrows) as well as Michael Clarke Duncan.
  • A weird thriller from JJ Abrams about a man who hasn't aged a day since he left Alcatraz
  • Kiefer Sutherland teaming up with Heroes' Tim Kring to tell a story of a kid with strange powers in Touch
  • A horrifyingly nasty looking show with My Name is Earl's Jaime Pressly called I Hate My Teenage Daughter
  • A rather lovely, soon to be recast comedy with the equally lovely Zooey Deschanel called New Girl and
  • Steven Spielberg's Terra Nova about a family that travels back to the time of the dinosaurs to save the human race

So that's one good one then. Details and trailers (bar Touch) after the jump.

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May 17, 2011

Review: Doctor Who - 6x4 - The Doctor's Wife

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The Doctor's Wife

In the UK: Saturday 14th May, 6.30pm, BBC1/BBC1 HD. Available on the iPlayer
In the US: Saturday 14th May, 9pm/8c, BBC America

So I've just about got up the energy and enthusiasm to review this week's provocatively titled episode, The Doctor's Wife, written by the hallowed author of Sandman and American Gods, Neil Gaiman. Just about.

Review after the trailer.

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