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April 4, 2010

Review: Doctor Who - 5x1 - The Eleventh Hour

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Doctor Who - The Eleventh Hour

In the UK: Saturday 3rd April 2010, 6.15pm (or something), BBC1
In the US: Saturday 17th April 2010, 9/8c, BBC America

Stand down everybody. Emergency over. No need to worry. Steven Moffat has arrived and everything's going to be okay.

Spoilers and review after the trailer for the whole of series 5/season 31.

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March 19, 2010

Review: Justified 1x1

Posted on March 19, 2010 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Justified FX

In the US: Tuesdays, 10pm, FX
In the UK: Starts next month on Five USA

Miss Walker: Texas Ranger? Then have I got the show for you.

Actually, that's kind of unfair. That comparison might have you thinking Justified isn't any good, when actually it's very, very good. I mean, it's based on an Elmore Leonard story so how bad do you think it could be?

In something of a break from FX's traditional dark, manly shows about manly men doing manly things, Justified is a light, manly show in which manly men do manly things. In this case, Timothy Olyphant plays a US Marshall working in Miami who really quite likes shooting the bad guys he's chasing - and as a result gets shipped back to his home town in Kentucky.

There, he's faced with catching up with his backstory, which apparently involves lots and lots of women. Which is no surprise, given it's the charismatic Timothy Olyphant playing our hero Raylan Givens.

Here's a promo for you.

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March 4, 2010

Review: Parenthood 1x1

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NBC's Parenthood

In the US: Tuesdays, 9/8c, NBC

The average number of children per family in the United Kingdom is 2. In the United States it's 3.1.

I mention this purely because of the above picture. Seriously, that's one pair of grandparents, their children and most of their grandchildren and partners - at least in the US show Parenthood. Really, some kind of Chinese-style child-reduction policy is needed here because, at the very least, keeping track of all these characters is way too difficult. Look, NBC have even had to create this family tree for us to deal with all the characters in Parenthood, and they're not all on it. There are more than this:

Parenthood Family Tree

Parenthood, as you may recall, was an 80s comedy about the 'Buckman' family that looked at the trials and tribulations of being a parent. Apparently, being a parent isn't easy - who knew? Oh wait - everyone. That's the correct answer. Everyone knows.

This TV series, exec produced by the movie's original producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, is an at-best loose adaptation of that movie, with the Buckmans having become the Bravermans, and comedy having become misery.

I'm not going to lie to you - it's not fun and it's not great, but RGBE denizen Monica Potter in it, so it might worth a look-in.

Here's a trailer, but you'll notice that Maura Tierney is in it. She's been replaced by Lauren Graham off Gilmore Girls, as you can see from the behind-the-scenes featurette beneath it, and the teenage girl's been recast/hair-dyed as well. But you get the idea.

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