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April 16, 2010

Weird old title sequences: Manimal (1983)

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Manimal

There was a time when you couldn't move on US TV for TV shows from the house of Glen A Larson. The Six Million Dollar Man, Battlestar Galactica, Knight Rider, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Magnum PI: all his. He did have a few failures, though: Automan, The Highwayman and Nightman were all his and they didn't do too well.

His biggest failure was Manimal, which lasted all of eight episodes before being hacked to death. In the majority of Larson's TV shows, there was an element of fantasy and Manimal probably had the biggest element of fantasy: the wealthy Jonathan Chase (Simon MacCorkindale, now on Holby City) is actually a shape-shifter who can turn himself into any animal of his choice, and uses this ability to help fight crime.

Usually very slowly. Cue the weird old title sequence.

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April 14, 2010

Season finale: Life Unexpected

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Life Unexpected

So, 13 episodes gone already. My, how time flies. An unexpectedly edgy show for the network that gave us Privileged, Gossip Girl, America's Next Top Model, 90210 and Melrose Place, Life Unexpected has seen foster child Lux locate her birth parents in an attempt to get emancipated, only to be thrown into their care instead - thrusting radio show host Cate and bar-owning Baze into the scary world of parenting a 16-year-old daughter.

It's not been picked up for a second season yet or by a UK network, but just in case it does, let's talk about whether the first season was worth sitting through and whether a second season is going to be a much-watch.

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April 11, 2010

Review: Doctor Who - 5x2 - The Beast Below

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Doctor Who - The Beast Below

In the UK: Saturday 10th April 2010, 6.15pm, BBC1
In the US: Saturday 24th April 2010, 9/8c, BBC America

Do you get the feeling that Steven Moffat's plan for the season is to stick two fingers up at Russell T Davies and say, "This is how it should have been done?"

Discussion and spoilers after the trailer.

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