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July 27, 2007

Review: Damages 1.1

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Damages

In the US: Tuesdays, 10pm, FX
In the UK: Not yet acquired

Do we really need another show about lawyers? Haven't we had just about every insight possible now into law, the lawyers, victims, etc?

And indeed, it's tempting, at first, to assume that Damages is a show about lawyers. With a name like Damages, you might think it's about the corrosive effect the law, crime, etc have on those who have to deal with it. To a certain extent you'd be right.

But Damages is really just a psychological thriller that happens to have the law as a backdrop. Starring Glen Close, Rose Byrne, Ted Danson and Tate Donovan, it's a show about lawyers, all right. Really nasty, ruthless, backstabbing lawyers.

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July 26, 2007

Preview: Bionic Woman

Posted on July 26, 2007 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Katee Sackoff in Bionic Woman

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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July 23, 2007

Preview: Pushing Daisies

Posted on July 23, 2007 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Pushing Daisies

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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