Posted on August 7, 2006 | |
In the UK: BBC Four, Thursdays, 10.30pm (repeated later and on Fridays)
Ah, Charlie Brooker. Anyone with any sense and love of TV reads his Guardian 'Screen Burn' column every Saturday. It's usually the funniest thing you'll read that week.
However, his Screen Wipe review show, which pretty much translates 'Screen Burn' into pictures, hasn't been so compelling. The first season, now entertainingly described as "three pilot episodes", was all over the place, as I pointed out in my Off The Telly review at the time.
Watching this season, I have the oddest feeling he's read it because he's fixed most of the problems.
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Posted on July 31, 2006 | |
In the US: Mondays, 10/9c, NBC. Starting September 18th.
In the UK: Acquired by Channel 4, with possible More4 first screening. No date yet.
For a lot of people, this has been the preview we've all been waiting for - for roughly three years. Ever since Aaron Sorkin got thrown off The West Wing, addiction to the unique skills of one of America's finest writers has had millions around the world craving even the slightest piece of new dialogue or characterisation.
Now comes a complete series, 13 episodes commissioned so far, with a cast to die for and a budget to match.
Has it been worth the wait? Erm, maybe.
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Posted on July 27, 2006 | |
A while ago, I was wondering where State of Play 2 had got to. It's somewhere. I know it is. And I want it bad.
It looks more likely that the Hollywood adaptation of State of Play is going to arrive first, though. Today's big surprise is that Brad Pitt of all people is apparently interested in taking on John Simm's original role.
According to Variety, "Pitt is also circling Universal's 'State of Play,' the pricey Americanized adaptation of the acclaimed British miniseries. Matthew Carnahan is writing the script. Pitt is interested in playing a journalist and former campaign manager of a fast-rising politician who unravels a murder conspiracy involving his former boss."
Just can't see it myself. Still, Pitt is very much trying to be an actor these days. He was also the one who ensured that Se7en retained its original downbeat ending, saying he'd walk from the project if a happier one were tacked on. So, we can only hope that he brings his power to bear and delivers us a State of Play movie that we can all be proud of.
Assuming he ends up doing it, of course. You know how fickle these stars can be.