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September 29, 2008

Review: My Name is Earl 4x1-4x2

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My Name is Earl

In the US: Thursdays, 8/7c, NBC
In the UK: E4, Channel 4, at some point. Assuming there aren't any cutbacks

My Name is Earl used to be quite a cool show. Well, maybe not cool. Sweet maybe. Maybe a little patronising to red necks, but the general idea of nice things happening to a guy who decides to make amends for all the bad things he's done was lovely and usually enjoyable to watch, even if it was a little low on the belly laughs.

Season three messed that up, by sending Earl to prison and generally looking at the darker side of things. No one liked that much. I believe that a UK TV executive even cited it as a show that had lost its way - "it's like a road movie but it's forgotten to have any jokes" was his general summing up of it.

Is season four back on the right side on the road?

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September 26, 2008

Review: Knight Rider 1x1

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New Knight Rider

In the US: Wednesdays, 8/7c, NBC

Knight Rider was one of those shows, back in the early 80s, that everyone of a certain age watched. Only having four channels, no games consoles, DVDs, PCs worth mentioning, etc, might have had something to do with that. But watch it, we did.

The story of one man trying to make a difference, armed only with a leather jacket, some curly hair and an indestructible, super-intelligent, slightly camp, talking car, Knight Rider didn't so much suck as live down to the expectations of primetime teenager-oriented television of the time.

I think it's worth bearing that in mind, before anyone waxes too lyrical about the original, because although this new Knight Rider series has the IQ of Nuts magazine crossed with a bucket of KFC, it's really just as good (or bad) as the original. Although it doesn't have the Hoff in it yet.

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September 26, 2008

Lost gems: Chocky

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Chocky

Given that Steven Spielberg decided yesterday to pick up the film rights to John Wyndham's novel, Chocky, I've decided to postpone the original next entry in our 'Lost Gems' series, Chance in a Million, in favour of the 1980s Thames adaptation of Chocky. Okay, you can get it on DVD and watch it on YouTube, but what the hell, let's go with it: here's the title sequence.

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