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October 6, 2008

Review: The Ex List 1x1

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TheExList

In the US: Fridays, 9pm et/pt, CBS

What do women want? It's a despairing thought asked by male TV executives all the time, in the hope of getting some female viewers for their networks. Sometimes they'll look at the chick lit section of their local Barnes and Noble and go, "Oh. That's what women want." Other times, they'll look at other female oriented TV programmes and copycommission appropriately.

Sometimes, though, they'll look overseas, usually to Britain and sometimes to Canada. But for The Ex List, they looked even further afield: Israel.

The Ex-List's premise is dumbness in a glass: 33-year-old San Diego flower shop owner, Bella Bloom (seriously), takes her sister's hen night party to a psychic and gets told she has a year to marry or she'll die alone. After a series of other predictions come true, she becomes convinced the psychic is telling the truth. Thing is, she's destined to marry someone she's already dated, so she puts together a list of all her exes, and decides to try them out again, one at a time, to see which was really Mr Right.

So roll up, roll up for the oddball man vetting service.

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October 6, 2008

Review: Numb3rs 5x1

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Numb3rs

In the US: Fridays, 10pm ET/PT, CBS
In the UK: Five, Five US, ITV1 and ITV3 in some sort of rota system, some time next year

Think CBS and if you know your US networks, you'll probably think 'procedural' immediately afterwards. If it's not existing stalwarts like the entire CSI stable, NCIS and The Unit filling the airwaves, we've The Eleventh Hour and The Mentalist this season as well.

Then there's Numb3rs, which seems to exist simply to add yet another procedural to the CBS body count - and to win family programming prizes. A sub-exciting series in which the FBI seem incapable of solving even the basic crimes without recourse to a genius mathematician and his nerdy friends, it's been lurking on Friday nights for years and has now reached season five.

And I'm still watching it. I have no idea why.

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October 3, 2008

Review: Dirty Sexy Money 2x1

Posted on October 3, 2008 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Dirty Sexy Money

In the US: Wednesdays, 10/9c, ABC
In the UK: Channel 4, probably sometime in January if their acquisitions budget holds up

As we've found out already, the US writers' strike has proved to be a boon creatively (if not ratingsly) for a host of shows. Heroes has come back refreshed, albeit daft as a brush as always; My Name is Earl is back on track, but still not desperately funny; and The Unit is vibrant and exciting again.

Other shows haven't quite fared as well. Chuck's a little better, but is pretty much the same old, same old; while Life's intricate storyline is proving hard to get back into without sufficient incentive for the viewer.

Dirty Sexy Money is having similar issues. Last season, it was confused. It thought it was intelligent television and so needed to have a message - something like rich people aren't to be envied since they're messed up. But it never really could work out what its message was and got its head all confused, poor thing. The result was an extremely convoluted storyline of extreme silliness, involving bed-hopping, Catholic priests with illegitimate sons living in Brazil, politicians with transgender mistresses and murder.

Over the break, though, the writers have sat down, meditated, and decided they know what's wrong. Screw intelligent TV, screw messages: let's just have fun. And even more convoluted silly storylines.

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