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January 14, 2008

Review: Primeval 2x1

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Primeval

In the UK: Saturdays, ITV, 9pm
In the US: Not yet acquired

So here we are at the beginning of the episode-by-episode review of the second season of Primeval. Well, fingers crossed, assuming they prove at all popular that is. Let's see how it works out, hey?

The great thing about time travel is that you can reboot your whole series if you don't like it. Don't like the fact the Chinese guy was dead or the guy off Baywatch is getting too much screen time? Hey presto, use the mighty power of the Witchblade and your entire second season can retread the same territory as the first but with a completely different set-up that you like a whole lot better.

And so goes Primeval. Got a bigger budget but don't want to explain why you've had to change your HQ to a great big sci-fi base? Think your hero's love interest is a bit wet and pathetic? Think that the young guy is a bit of a twat? Hey presto, through the mighty power of the “anomalies” (which is actually an anagram of “script writers”. In Croatian. Honest), you can change everything in a couple of minutes in between seasons and everyone will just accept it. Or maybe they won't. Perhaps we shouldn't be so radical, huh? Let's keep the young guy as a complete twat.

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January 11, 2008

Review: Moving Wallpaper/Echo Beach

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Moving Wallpaper

In the UK: Thursdays, 9pm, ITV1 (next episodes are tonight though)
In the US: Not yet acquired

Well, to quote the Absolutely crew, when it comes to radical television, you can't get more radical than this. Ex-EastEnders supremo Tony Jordan wanted to write a comedy/drama about life behind the scenes of a soap opera. No one liked the idea until he had the brainwave of creating a new soap opera to go with it.

So now we have Moving Wallpaper, a half-hour comedy show about the making of a soap opera called Echo Beach. After Moving Wallpaper finishes, on comes Echo Beach for real. It's all so post-modern and clever, isn't it?

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January 10, 2008

Review: Cashmere Mafia 1x1

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Cashmere Mafia

In the US: Wednesdays, 10/9c, ABC
In the UK: Not yet acquired

Trying to get that vital 'female' demographic to watch television is tricky. The answer apparently is Sex and the City. You know, a show about women, by women and starring women that women actually wanted to watch. That's got to be a fluke. A one-off. There's no way any other plot or situation would work, is there?

Thus we've had Women's Murder Club, Lipstick Jungle and now Cashmere Mafia, all variations on Sex and the City in which varying numbers of women unite together to advance their careers, fend off the evil oppression of men and discuss relationships and stuff.

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