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An archive of blog entries about Canadian TV programmes and production.


October 14, 2016

News: War of the Worlds, Rainmaker, Cazalet Chronicles, Alistair Maclean adaptations; racoon-wrangling; + more

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Internet TV

Canadian TV

European TV

  • Sky Italia developing: football corruption, Arab Spring and financial crisis dramas [subscription required]

Scandinavian TV

New UK TV shows

US TV

US TV show casting

  • Leonard Roberts to recur on The Magicians, Beth Lacke to recur on Frequency

New US TV shows

New US TV show casting

October 7, 2016

News: Our Girl, Stitchers renewed; series for Motherland, Porridge, Ronny Chieng; + more

Posted on October 7, 2016 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Theatre

  • Daniel Radcliffe to star in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead at the Old Vic

Internet TV

Australian TV

Canadian TV

  • CBC green lights: pastor v drug traffickers drama Pure, with Rosie Perez, Ryan Robbins, Alex Paxton-Beesley et al

UK TV

New UK TV shows

US TV

US TV show casting

New US TV shows

New US TV show casting

  • Jim Belushi joins Showtime's Mating
  • Brian Cox and Kieran Culkin to star in HBO's Succession
  • Alex Roe and Fola Evans-Akingbola join Freeform's The Deep

October 4, 2016

Review: Aftermath 1x1 (Canada: Space; UK: 5*)

Posted on October 4, 2016 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Aftermath

In Canada: Tuesdays, 10e/7p, Space
In the UK: Tuesdays, 9pm, 5*. Starts tonight

Sometimes, this year has felt like the End of Days. So many famous people dying, Brexit, Turkish coups, Aleppo. The list goes on and we haven't even reached the Trump White House yet. Or the raining fish. Or the flying zombies.

Those latter two are coming soon, though, along with meteors, earthquakes and all manner of other disasters, according to Space's Aftermath. It stars real-life couple Anne Heche (Save Me, Hung) and James Tupper (Mercy), who met back in Men In Trees, as a couple with three kids who have to somehow survive the apocalypse. Heche's former USAF, while Tupper is a professor of old things, the former therefore being handy at shooting the 'skinwalkers' that rise up, Tupper useful for explaining that all the earthquakes have freed these ancient creatures trapped under the Earth who need to possess people to interact with the world. Mayan prophecies are in there somewhere, too, and skinwalkers aren't the only things coming their way, either.

When skinwalkers drive the family out of their house, Tupper and Heche have to go on a road trip to find their errant elder daughter, but soon discover that that's easier said than done when civilisation is falling apart.

The trouble with Aftermath is that it's diabolically, laughably bad. It's stupid, cheaply made and badly directed. Skinwalkers (aka 'fever heads') can fly - badly. Giant meteors that should destroy everything for a good 10km only knock out a few city blocks. Civilisation may be collapsing but mobile phone networks are doing just fine. And Tupper and Heche aren't so much terrified as 'Huh. The end of the world? Flying zombies? Watcha gonna do, hey? Pass me the shotgun.'

I had to turn the programme off after a quarter of an hour to let the effects of the preposterous rubbish leave my system before I could continue with the rest of it. Don't bother trying even that much of it.

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