Posted on February 3, 2009 | |
In the US: Sundays, 10.30pm, HBO. Starts February 15th
Forgive me if this review is a bit hazy, since I actually saw this last July and haven't watched it since. Anyway, there's this guy
Okay, start again.
If you caught Tropic Thunder in cinemas last year, you'll have noticed two good things: Tom Cruise and Danny McBride. McBride played the explosives expert on the film, and now, since the Frat Pack does like to stick together, here he is starring in his own TV show produced by Will Ferrell.
Here he plays Kenny Powers, a former big league baseball pitcher who has returned to his home town to teach at High School after his career collapsed - mainly because he's the most obnoxious, racist, sexist, homophobic, anything-phobic jock imaginable and got thrown out of every team he joined.
Whether you'll enjoy Eastbound & Down is really down to whether you like two things: cringe comedy and abuse - albeit clever, well-observed abuse.
Continue reading "Preview: Eastbound & Down 1x1"
Posted on February 3, 2009 | |
In the US: Mondays, 9/8c, NBC
In the UK: "Simulcast", which apparently means some time within the next month or so
So Heroes is back.
Do I hear a hoo anyone?
No? Why's that then? Ah, you got hacked off with it. Too many odd character flips and complicated storylines that made no sense? Sounds about right.
But wait. Sit up and pay attention at the back. This is an all new Heroes. A refreshed Heroes. A Heroes that's going back to basics.
Promising a clean break with the overly complicated past storylines that estranged its audience (this being the third such clean break promised), Heroes is trying to recapture the glory days of season one with this, its fourth "volume".
With Nathan gone bad after the last volume, his new plan as junior senator for New York is to cosy up to the US President (Michael Dorn - Worf off Star Trek) and make him go Guantánamo on his fellow super-powered friends, who are all just trying to live normal lives now.
And that means - in case you missed all the advertising - if the heroes are to survive, they've all got to work together. The question is does this all add up to new and improved Heroes or is it well and truly time to call it a day?
Continue reading "Review: Heroes 3x14 (aka Volume 4x1)"
Posted on January 29, 2009 | |
In the US: Mondays, 9/8c, TNT
Over the years, there have been surprisingly few shows set in the world of advertising. Given that it's a sexy, sexy industry, filled with volatile creatives, loads of money and gadzillions of product placement and sponsorship opportunities, you'd have thought it would have been a no-brainer, but apparently not. Bewitched and Mad Men and that's about it, really.
So, finally, at last, comes the show we've all been waiting for (?). Produced by former advertising execs and current producers of The Closer, Trust Me stars Eric McCormack (Will in Will and Grace, who recently had a brief sojourn on The Andromeda Strain), Tom Cavanagh (JD's brother on Scrubs and Eli's father on Eli Stone) and Monica Potter (Boston Legal and Martha in Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel & Laurence).
While the lack of class A drugs probably disqualifies it from being called a realistic portrayal of the advertising industry, in many ways it's a reasonably accurate look at the egos of the creatives in the boys' club that is the modern advertising industry, right down to the fact there's only one woman in it.
Pity it's not as funny as it thinks it is.
Continue reading "Review: Trust Me 1x1"