Posted on October 23, 2008 | |
In the US: Fridays, 9/8c, NBC
Setting's very important to a story. Stick Crusoe on Saturday evening in a teatime slot in the UK and it would be a whole load of family fun. Sure, the purists would be complaining that this adaptation of Robinson Crusoe plays extremely fast and loose with the book - and indeed starts halfway through it - and seems to have been crossed with Pirates of the Caribbean and The Admirable Crichton along the way.
But this is a post-Merlin age and we'd have been quite happy with a big budget escapist bit of tatt that might at least get a couple of kids reading books and thinking about history and issues.
However, it's not going out on Saturday night ITV1. It's Friday night NBC fun in the US. They're aiming it at adults, the fools. That's never going to work.
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Posted on October 20, 2008 | |
Once more unto the jump, dear friends. Or else our US brethren will be inadvertently spoiled.
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Posted on October 17, 2008 | |
In the US: Tuesdays, 10/9c, ABC
In the UK: SciFi, probably (season 1 now airing)
Eli Stone was a show I really disliked at first sight. A high-flying lawyer gets a brain aneurism and starts to have visions of the future, usually involving singing, dancing and/or George Michael, that enable him to save people or fix problems in their life. Where are these visions from? God? Somewhere else? Eli Stone didn't seem to want to make an actual decision on that one because then it would, you know, have to be saying something.
But it improved slightly and by the third episode had started to have a few moderate things going for it, even if it had got both wishier and washier. By the sixth episode, the producers seemed to have worked out that the format needed a bit of tweaking and by the season finale, the show was actually pretty good and occasionally moving as the producers got progressively bolder.
Now it's back, just as fluffy as before, but willing to lay down a few hard "this is what we stand for"s, along with a few properly tear jerking moments - and Sigourney Weaver.
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