Ah, men. It's all falling apart, isn't it? No longer king of the castle, the divorce rates through the roof, the wife always getting custody of the kids. Let's face it, women are succeeding where none-too-bright, male former sports stars are failing - you know, by working harder and being smarter. Damn them.
Is there nowhere, no realm where men have a unique selling point, "a special tool" if you like: an area where they're the best and no woman can succeed?
In the US: Friday June 26, 8pm, Fox. Available on Fox On Demand In the UK: Sky will probably nab it
Unless minor miracles happen, this won't become a TV series. Yes, it's from the brain of Battlestar Galactica creator Ronald D Moore (well, "written by Michael Taylor; story by Michael Taylor & Ronald D. Moore"). Yes, Fox picked it up as a pilot.
But then they had second thoughts and left it to air as a TV movie.
It'll also be a minor miracle because frankly, if you thought Battlestar Galactica was depressing, you're not going to have a fun time with Virtuality. Here's a 12 minute preview to give you the basic idea.
In the US: Wednesdays, 10/9c, NBC In Canada: Wednesdays, 10/9c, Global TV
Ooh, Africa. It's a bit tricky, isn't it? What with all the shit happening, and stuff and ooh, it just makes you want to throw your hands in the air and do nothing.
If only there were like some really cool, really rich, billionaire Western guy who could go in and like sort things out, by you know, "hands-on philanthropy", which would be like riding motorbikes without shoes on to get medicine to villagers before he gets on his Lear Jet. Because that would, like, really sort it all out.
Okay, it's quite easy to sneer at The Philanthropist. Look, I just did it.
It is actually based on a real person - Bobby Sager - although only very loosely on him
It stars British actor James Purefoy and that Neve Campbell woman
Despite its silliness, its artificiality and its shallow attempts to depict an incredibly complicated situation in a 40-minute action-adventure format, The Philanthropist has its heart in the right place and isn't so stupid that you can hear the pebbles rattling around inside its skull.
It's got Omar from The Wire in it.
Here on some YouTube promos; more about the show after the jump:
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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.