10 Things I Hate About You was a teen comedy in 1999 that had two distinct advantages over other teen comedies: it was smart and it had a great cast, including Julia Stiles, Heath Ledger, Allison Janney, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and David Krumholtz. Based on Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew and set in Padua (High School), it depicted the various attempts - some fair, some foul - by boys of the school to woo the two sisters, Bianca and Kat.
Ten years on, ABC Family have tried to recreate the magic of the movie in a TV series, by dragging in its original director and most of the script. It's not a bad try, but it's just not all that.
In the UK: Monday 6th July, 9pm, BBC1. Parts 2-5 airing Tuesday-Friday In the US: Monday 20th July, 9/8c, BBC America. Parts 2-5 airing 21st-24th
You know Apple, right? Makes iPods.
Well, it was set up by a guy called Steve Jobs. You know him, right? He has a reality distortion field.
Anyway, he got thrown out - and the whole company fell apart. When he came back, it suddenly became great again. Insanely great.
All of Apple's intervening bosses said more or less the same thing: Apple has Steve Jobs' DNA. Only Steve Jobs can run it.
I'm beginning to wonder if Russell T Davies is the Steve Jobs of Torchwood. He created it. It's his baby. He wrote the first ever episode, which was really very promising. Since then, he's had minimal input and it's range from absolutely horrifically bad to not bad but still not great.
However, has it ever quite achieved the heights we thought it could achieve?
Essentially, it's an embodiment of all his obsessions and interests: sci-fi, soapy relationships, sexuality, Welshness, action and Doctor Who. Who else could ever work with those themes as well as he can?
Well, guess what? After moving from BBC3 to BBC2 and now to BBC1, Torchwood once again has Russell T Davies in charge for a five-part, nightly mini-series called Children of Earth. I won't pretend episode one was an absolute classic of television, but it really was pretty good.
See what I mean? He'll be creating the TorchPod before you know it.
The Forgotten, a Jerry Bruckheimer show set to appear on ABC in the Fall, was going to be Rupert Penry-Jones' stab at US stardom - sort of. He was to play the part of Alex, a former cop whose daughter was kidnapped and never found, and who now runs a network for identifying dead bodies. You can read all about it in my ABC fall preview.
However, Penry-Jones - and just about every foreign actor in every pilot - was dropped from the show, along with former 24-star Reiko Aylesworth. No reason's been given but the general assumption is that to save cash, the networks hired cheaper actors from outside the US for the pilots, with the intent of dropping them in favour of bigger, more expensive names once the pilots had gone to series.
Anyway, our Rupe has been talking to Simon Mayo about being dropped from an unnamed US pilot (ie The Forgotten) and what he thought of it.
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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.