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September 26, 2009

Review: Eastwick 1x1

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Eastwick

In the US: Wednesdays, 10/9c, ABC

The Witches of Eastwick is one of those movies that everyone seemed to enjoy. An adaptation of John Updike's novel, it sees three women in a small town suddenly get their wishes granted by Jack Nicholson - they discover they're witches, but worryingly, they also discover he's the devil.

Depending on your views, you can see it as a feminist parable - three women get together and triumph over evil using their own power - or an anti-feminist parable - three women are doormats until they meet the right man and then bad things happen to them because they use their own power.

Eastwick, ABC's version of the story, isn't really worthy of the word 'parable'. In reality a slightly - but only slightly - more adult version of Charmed it makes Practical Magic look like The Shield and has worse acting than the average soap opera.

And any show that has that nice mountie from Due South as a Jack Nicholson-esque devil has problems.

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September 26, 2009

Review: Modern Family 1x1

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Modern Family

In the US: Wednesdays, 9/8c, ABC
In the UK: Thursdays, 8pm, Sky 1/Sky 1 HD. Starts October 15

If your only source about modern life was American TV, you'd pretty soon come to the conclusion that all families are either nuclear or have single parents struggling to make ends meet. Yet modern families can be a whole lot more complicated than that.

The appropriately if unsubtly named Modern Family tries to show something a bit different. A mockumentary following three separate but related family groups, we see a nuclear family struggling in its own special way to cope with life with children, a gay couple who have just adopted a Vietnamese baby and Ed O'Neill on his second marriage with a much younger woman from Columbia and her son.

While it's not the funniest show around, it does have some laugh-out-loud moments and some interesting characters to watch at least.

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September 26, 2009

Review: Being Erica 2x1

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Being Erica 2x1

In Canada: Tuesdays, 9pm, CBC
in the US: Wednesdays, 10pm ET/PT, Soapnet. Starts January 20th 2010
In the UK: Season 1: Mondays, 10pm, E4. Starts September 28th. No word on season 2

Being Erica is one of the new breed of Canadian TV shows that are actually very good - good enough to compete globally and even be better than those from the US and Britain. Kind of like "Quantum Leap for girls", it sees 30-something Erica Strange taken back in time by mysterious therapist "Dr Tom" to fix those parts of her past that made her the fabulous call centre operator with an MA in English Literature that she is today.

While it wasn't the grittiest show in existence and answers about who exactly Dr Tom was or why he wanted to help Erica weren't exactly forthcoming, season one was smart, emotional, made a decent stab at depth despite the fantasy element of its set-up and was genuinely moving at times.

Get watching UK viewers: it starts on E4 on Monday.

The first season saw Dr Tom's unique, quote-laden therapy help Erica to get a decent job and a decent boyfriend, and to fix her relationships with her friends and family. By the end of it, Erica seemed pretty much fixed. However, she seemed to have broken 'Dr Tom' by breaking the rules he'd laid down for her therapy. As we go into season two, she has a new therapist, Dr Nadia, whom she doesn't want, as well as a new mission.

More importantly, it's time to pay for her therapy because she's built up quite a bill.

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