In the US: Fridays, 10/9c, USA Network. Starts October 23rd
You may remember that while watching Chuck recently, you thought to yourself, "Why that dashing and handsome young Matt Bomer - who plays the possibly, possibly not evil secret agent Bryce Larkin - is so dashing and handsome, he deserves his own TV series."
Someone at USA Network seems to have thought the same thing, because here comes White Collar, a show about just how dashing and handsome Matt Bomer is.
The ostensible plot of the series is that Bomer is one of the world's smartest white collar criminals. Forgery, art theft, con tricks: you name it, he's done it, although he's only ever been caught once. When the man who caught him - FBI agent Peter Burke (Tim DeKay) - finds himself stumped in his hunt for another art thief, he turns to the first thief to catch his second thief.
But, in actuality, the show is merely about Bomer going around being charming to various women while looking pained because of his lost love, who appears to have run away.
Guess the intended demographic. Go on. I dare you.
In the UK: Sunday 18th October, 10.15pm, BBC4. Available on the iPlayer
Tension mounts on Engrenages as the police close in on Aziz, we discover that French domestic violence laws need some work, and that France's witness protection programme needs even more work (because it doesn't have one).
Not that you'd be getting all that tension necessarily from the subtitles - which need work, too. Spoilers and more after the break.
In the US: Thursdays, 9.30/8.30c, NBC In the UK: Comedy Central at some point
Season three of 30 Rock felt a little off. It wasn't quite the show it used to be, which is a shame, because by season two, it had become the funniest show on TV.
The problem was a reliance on plot. Yes, on plot. 30 Rock at its funniest is based on silliness and standalone episodes, rather than season-long plots. Watch the pilot episode and you'll recall that the dullest bit was the middle third that tried to establish plot and drama. Problematically, season three of 30 Rock had way too many unfunny story arcs.
Going into season four, the question is have Tina Fey and co noticed this, dropped the plots and gone for the funny?
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I'm Rob Buckley, a freelance journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of, although you might have heard me on Radio 5 Live's Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I've edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for trade magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider and the equally short-lived Death Ray and Filmstar magazines; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it "web site for urban hedonists" The Tribe. I'm freelance now and have contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network and TV Scoop.