Posted on July 26, 2007 | |
In the US: Wednesdays, 9pm/8c, NBC. Starts September 26th.
In the UK: Acquired by ITV2
Battlestar Galactica is everyone's favourite current example of adult science-fiction. It has two exec producers: the highly visible, highly involved Ronald Moore; and the not very visible, not very involved David Eick. Many people have wondered exactly what parts David Eick is responsible for in producing this top show.
Judging by this pilot for NBC's remake of The Bionic Woman, he's responsible for all the crap bits.
Now, it's worth remembering that the pilot is already being extensively retooled, with recasting, rewriting and more happening behind the scenes to bring the programme up to scratch. But it's going to take a lot of work to remove the clunky dialogue, poor characterisation and tedious pseudo-feminist sub-text.
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Posted on July 23, 2007 | |
In the US: Wednesdays, 8/7c, ABC. Starts in the Fall
In the UK: ITV1/ITV2
The French have a lot to answer for. The Napoleonic Wars, Michelin, the croque-monsieur: all are listed in their various crimes against humanity. Also on the list is the concept of the auteur, first proposed in Cahiers du cinéma back in the 50s. In short, it's the idea that a film should be a reflection of a director's personal vision.
Zut alors! Between the DoP, editor, visual effects team, producer, actors, production staff and the assembled multitudes for any movie, how can the director be entirely responsible for its look and style?
Nevertheless, there are some auteurs out there: Michael Mann, Darren Aronofsky, et al – all give films a particular, recognisable style.
There are television auteurs, too. Bryan Fuller is one. Responsible (among others) for Dead Like Me, Heroes and Wonderfalls, he's now come up with another modern fairytale called Pushing Daisies, in which a man is blessed/cursed with the power to bring people back from the dead.
Don't believe me? Okay, how many heroes of modern TV shows can you name who are pie-makers? Hmm. Okay, you've got a point with Richard Griffiths in Pie in the Sky. And that can bring the dead back to life? Ha. Got you there.
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Posted on July 23, 2007 | |
In the US: Starts September 24th, NBC, 8pm
In the UK: Not yet acquired
There have been many iterations of the “nerd becomes spy” genre over the years: Jake 2.0, Joe 90, Condorman, Spies Like Us and many more. Joining this not-so-elite genre is Chuck, in which a tech support guy accidentally gets thrown into the deep end of international politics, thanks to an email from his former roommate.
Despite this somewhat derivative concept and despite coming from McG, “creative force” behind Charlie's Angels, Fastlane, Supernatural and Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll, Chuck is actually a surprisingly good action-comedy show with some nicely fashioned characters and a good cast.
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