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January 18, 2011

Review: Being Human (US) 1x1

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Being Human (US)

In the US: Mondays, 9/8c, SyFy
In Canada: Mondays, 10E/P, Space

Do you see that headline? "Being Human (US)". That's a lie that is.

Because although everything up to now would have told you this was a US remake of the hit BBC3 show about a vampire, werewolf and a ghost house-sharing and coping with life together, this is actually a Canadian remake: it's made by a Canadian production company in Canada.

Does that change your expectations? I have to confess it lowered mine. Sure, Canada now makes things like Being Erica, but it also makes things like The Listener and Lost Girl, and has a whole history of rubbish fantasy shows for us to point at and worry about.

Either way, you probably want to know what they've done to it to adapt it for the US (and Canada). Is everything identical, just set in America and with different actors? Or is this an altogether different show?

You probably also want to know if it's any good. Follow me after the jump to find out. Once you've watched the trailer, that is.

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January 18, 2011

Preview: Fairly Legal 1x1

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Fairly Legal

In the US: Thursdays, 10/9c, USA Network. Starts January 20th

Ooh look. Another show on USA Network. Wonder if it'll be one of those "characters" ones. This one's about a lawyer. How will it be a little off the wall and kooky, I wonder?

Well, the answer is it's about an ex-lawyer, not a lawyer. The show stars Sarah Shahi of Life not-quite-fame as lawyer Kate Reed, who gives up her life as a lawyer to become a mediator: she sits down with both parties to a law suit and tries to work out a settlement that works in both their favours, without recourse to lawyers and an expensive trial.

At least, that's what it should be like in practice. Because this being a TV series, you don't expect Kate to just sit there and chat to people, do you? No, she has to do some investigating and figure out the truth and make things right and just and stuff.

Oh, and because this is the USA Network, she's got to live on her dead dad's house boat, have an on-again, off-again relationship with her ex-husband (Michael Trucco from BSG), be employed by her step-mother, have a personal geek assistant who plays D&D and solve all these problems with charm and idiosyncrasy.

What's it called? Well, because Kate is fair of face ("Less lawyer, more appeal" as the poster tagline goes) and because she's only loosely associated with the legal process now, it's called Fairly Legal. Hmm.

Hey, you know what else the poster says? "Don't go to court - go to Kate!"

Hanging's too good for them. Queue the trailer.

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January 17, 2011

Review: Doctor Who - The Pandorica Opens and Being Human: Unofficial and Unauthorised

Posted on January 17, 2011 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Doctor Who: The Pandorica Open - Exploring the worlds of the Eleventh DoctorBeing Human: Unofficial and Unauthorised

Book: Being Human: Unofficial and Unauthorised
Author: Joanne Black
Price: £14.99
ISBN: 978-0956100030
Pages: 300
Publisher: Classic TV Press
Published: Way back in December. Sorry. Postal problems.

Book: Doctor Who: The Pandorica Open - Exploring the worlds of the Eleventh Doctor
Author: Frank Collins
Price: £14.99
ISBN: 978-0956100030
Pages: 251
Publisher: Classic TV Press
Published: Way back in December again. Sorry. Postal problems.

Let's go a little bit different today and review a couple of books from Cambridge publishing company Classic TV Press (hopefully no relation to Cambridge's Classic TV magazine, which folded before its first issue) that have been written by a couple of bloggers. As a bit of a contrast, one is on Doctor Who, the other is on Being Human, and one is really very good and one is really very bad. Take your bets on which is which before the jump.

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