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September 22, 2008

Review: Smallville 8x1

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Smallville

In the US: Thursdays, 8/7c, The CW

You just can't keep a good Superman down, can you? We are now officially entering year eight of Smallville, aka Superman: The Early Years. But as you might expect, it's starting to show its age a little.

Tom Welling, despite playing a character who's only just sort of cleared college age, is now in his 30s, and the rest of the cast aren't as young and vigourous as they once were either - or they've scarpered for the hills as soon as they were free of their contracts at the end of the last season. The creative force behind the show, Miles Millar and Alfred Gough, have also left, leaving their deputies in charge.

So with a skeleton crew on board and no captains at the helm any more, is season eight going to flounder and crash onto the rocks?

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September 19, 2008

Review: No Heroics 1x1

Posted on September 19, 2008 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

No Heroics

In the UK: Thursdays, 10.30pm, ITV2

There's something that baffles me about the British. Whenever Hollywood produces a comedy where Hugh Grant turns up, being all self-effacing and a bit of a klutz and lacking in confidence compared to those powerful, strident American types who are all into self-improvement and "being all you can be"*, we get on our high horses and whinge about 'clueless bloody Americans'.

Then we go and produce half a dozen 'comedies' where we live down to the same stereotype. Do we have no pride? Must we really think the worst of ourselves? Must we really hate people who are, ooh, I don't know, good at things?

Case in point: ITV2's No Heroics. It's British! It's about superheroes! Yey! So they spend all their time down the pub grumbling about how crap they are and being complete dorks.

Oh, FFS.

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September 18, 2008

Review: House 5x1

Posted on September 18, 2008 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

House and Wilson

In the US: Tuesdays, 8/7c, Fox

He's back: BritainAmerica's grumpiest doctor. And he's over-staffed. What's going to happen?

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