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October 2, 2009

Review: Hank 1x1 (US: ABC)

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Hank 1x1

In the US: Wednesdays, 8/7c, ABC

There are plenty of reasons to sorry for Kelsey Grammer. Let's confine ourselves to the TV ones, though.

He's been in two of the most popular and best sitcoms in history: Cheers and Frasier. So, everything since has been something of a comedown.

He's been involved in some truly awful drek since, including Back To You. You've got to feel sorry for him for that.

And whatever he's been in, he's played a character you're not exactly supposed to love. In fact, he always plays some pompous twat who has to experience major humiliation with almost every episode.

Now we have Hank, in which Grammer becomes a human piñata for America's viewing pleasure: a former CEO ousted from his company and forced to downsize in the country. He gets a crap house, a family bitter with him for never being there, and an everyman brother-in-law who takes great pleasure in seeing the misery that Hank now has to endure.

And it's rubbish.

Poor old Kelsey.

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October 1, 2009

Review: Trauma 1x1

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Trauma

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

Here in the jolly old UK, we have a programme called Casualty. It's set in a busy A&E department (aka ER) and has been running for over two decades, yet is even more formulaic than House*.

Basically, each episode starts with a load of normal everyday people going about their business. Nothing seems out of the ordinary, and then… something really ridiculous happens (car flips over while stationary, man swallows Amazonian tree frog while walking a dog, woman attacked by TB-crazed badger in the middle of a cinema) that results in horrific and terrible wounds, requiring the immediate arrival of an ambulance full of brave paramedics - who then spend most of the time agonising about their soap opera-like relationships.

Trouble is Casualty is very badly written, very badly acted and looks appalling since the budget's about £2.50 a week.

Well, hey ho and away we go, America has its own version of Casualty with two big differences to ours:

  1. The cast is hotter
  2. The production values are better

But that's it's. Otherwise, they're the same "dumb as a box of hammers" show.

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September 30, 2009

Review: Lie To Me 2x1

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Lie To Me 2x1

In the US: Monday September 28, 9/8c, Fox
In the UK: Thursday October 8, 10pm, Sky 1/Sky 1 HD

As you can imagine, with so much TV for me to watch and review, there's a certain discipline involved if I'm ever going to have a life (arguably, I still need to get one). Thankfully, chez moi, the Carusometer is in charge, and once it's passed its third-episode verdict, I abide by its ruling decision and ditch a programme it doesn't rate.

Lie to Me I dropped after the third episode, on the general grounds that while the Carusometer loved Tim Roth, it thought the rest of the cast rubbish, the format ludicrous and too much an obvious copy of House's and Bones's, and the plots mediocre.

But Shawn Ryan, former exec producer on the now-defunct The Shield and The Unit, took over as show runner for this season. He's been making interesting noises during interviews, that suggested he could see the flaws in the show, too. So I decided to leap back for the premiere episode of the second season to see if there are notable improvements.

It's definitely better, but there are still serious flaws. Good old Carusometer. It's always right.

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