Posted on July 16, 2008 | |
In the US: Sundays, 9pm, HBO
Is there much point reviewing the first episode of a mini-series? No. With Generation Kill, there's even less point, since it's the creation of David Simon and Ed Burns, who also created The Wire – and we all know that reviewing that is like reviewing a chapter of a book.
All the same, I think it's worth giving a taster, just so you know whether to start watching the remaining six hours of the series.
Continue reading "Review: Generation Kill 1x1"
Posted on July 15, 2008 | |
It's competition time again. This time, it's your chance to get Sky+ for almost free.
No doubt you've heard of Sky+. It's a PVR for BSkyB that lets you record programmes, pause live TV and watch one programme while you record another.
But it's pricey. The Sky+ box normally costs £75-£120 plus anything up to £120 for installation; the Sky+ HD box costs anywhere between £150 and £399 plus up to £120 for installation, depending on how well you shop around.
However, as an exciting Sky subscriber, I've been given a voucher that entitles one other person to either a Sky+ or a Sky+ HD box at reduced cost. With the voucher, you can get the Sky+ box for free or the Sky+ HD box for £75 and installation will cost just £30. You could save £300.
And my voucher will be going to the winner of this competition. To enter, all you have to do is leave a witty comment or plead your case below. Deadline for entries is Monday 21st July 2008.
Usual rules apply: you have to live in the UK (obviously). You also need to be in position where you can say, "Yes, you can attach a satellite dish to my place of residence and wire it up." You can't be a Sky subscriber already, and you'll need to take out a year's contract; if you go for the Sky+ HD box, you'll also need to sign up for the Sky HD mix, which costs £10 a month extra. But what's the point of the HD box if you don't?
Posted on July 14, 2008 | |
In the US/Canada: Fridays, 10pm ET/PT, CBS/CTV
Remember the writers' strike in the US? It seems so long ago now, yet it really did happen, honest. While curtailing the runs of many existing shows was its most obvious side-effect, it also killed off more than a few pilots, and stopped shows that were going to kick off in the Summer season.
While most US networks responded by commissioning easy-to-make reality TV shows to fill the gaps, some chose to think the unthinkable. CBS, as well as re-purposing Dexter for mainstream audiences, decided to look to other countries for some primetime programming.
Canada was the main port of call. That shouldn't be surprising as Canadian TV has come on in leaps and bounds of late. The Border might have been a natural choice as an import, given it's 24-esque qualities, and indeed some cable channels did look at it for a while. But the fact all Canada's ills turned out to be caused by Americans (and Muslims) put them off.
Now comes something more surprising: Flashpoint. It's set in Toronto, features Canadian actors playing Canadians and it's a co-production between CBS and Canada's CTV that's simulcast on both sides of the border - the first such show since Due South in 1994.
Continue reading "Review: Flashpoint 1x1"
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