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March 13, 2013

Wednesday's "Karl Urban goes back to TV, Alfred Molina goes back to comedy and Sherlock goes for a 4th season" news

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  • Sony to adapt 70s sitcom Good Times
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New US TV shows

  • Sundance orders The Descendants [subscription required]
  • TBS developing Clipsters, Showtime working on servants comedy

New US TV show casting

  • James Spader to star in NBC's The Blacklist
  • Karl Urban and Minka Kelly to star in Fox's Human
  • Kristen Schaal to replace Mandy Moore on ABC's Pulling remake
  • Louise Lombard to star in The CW's The Selection
  • Tom Berenger to star in Fox's Gang Related
  • Ann Cusack joins NBC's Girlfriend in a Coma, John Billingsley joins CBS's Intelligence
  • Alfred Molina to star in NBC's Assistance
  • Kate Walsh to star in NBC's Bad Judge?
  • Skeet Ulrich to star in CBS's Anatomy of Violence
  • Kristoffer Polaha joins CBS's Backstrom, Kelly Hu joins The CW's The 100
  • Jason Jones joins ABC's Divorce: A Love Story, Ryan Eggold joins NBC's The Blacklist, Anna Wood joins CBS's Reckless + other pilot casting
  • Stephen Lang to star in ABC's Reckless (yes, there are two of them)
  • Christina Cole to star in CBS's Second Sight, Kerry Bishe joins AMC's Halt & Catch Fire
  • Michael Huisman to star in NBC's The Sixth Gun
  • Stella Maeve to star in The CW's Company Town, Heather Lind to star in AMC's Turn
  • Casting on NBC's Holding Patterns, Believe and Rand Ravich drama
  • Casting on The CW's Reign and The 100

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March 1, 2013

Friday's "90210 cancelled, a Rebecca De Mornay pilot and Lost Girl gets a fourth season" news

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The Bells of St John

Happy St David's Day, everyone. Are you wearing your leeks and daffodils?


  • Joe Wright planning adaptation of Neil Gaiman's The Ocean At The End of the Lane
  • WB planning adaptation of JG Ballard's The Drowned World

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New US TV show casting

  • Will Sasso to co-star in ABC's Middle Age Rage, Marie Avgeropoulos to co-star in The CW's The Hundred
  • Rebecca De Mornay and Nick Westrate to star in NBC's Hatfields & McCoys, Lincoln Lewis joins ABC's Venice, Marta Milans joins ABC's Killer Women
  • Sophia Bush to star in NBC's Hatfields & McCoys, Celia Massingham to star in The CW's The Selection
  • John Benjamin Hickey to star in The CW's Blink
  • Eliza Taylor to star in The CW's The Hundred
  • Allison Janney to recur on Showtime's Masters of Sex
  • Michael Graziadei to co-star on ABC"s Venice, Enver Gjokaj and Brendan Hines join ABC's Murder in Manhattan
  • Beth Riesgraf joins CBS"s Surgeon General, Rafi Gavron and Anisha Nagarajan join Bravo's Rita
  • Michael Malarkey replaces Ethan Peck in The CW's The Selection
  • Chris Zylka joins NBC's Bloodline
  • John C McGinley joins TBS's The Ground Floor

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February 22, 2013

What did you watch this week? Including The Spa, The Americans, Banshee, Go On, House of Cards, Mr Selfridge and Shameless

Posted on February 22, 2013 | comments | Bookmark and Share

It's "What did you watch this week?", my chance to tell you what I movies and TV I've watched this week that I haven't already reviewed and your chance to recommend things to everyone else (and me) in case I've missed them.

First, the usual recommendations:

  • The Americans (FX/ITV).
  • Archer (FX, 5USA)
  • Arrow (The CW/Sky 1)
  • Banshee (Cinemax/Sky Atlantic)
  • Being Human (US) (SyFy)
  • The Daily Show (Comedy Central)
  • The Doctor Blake Mysteries (ABC1/ITV)
  • Cougar Town (TBS/Sky Living)
  • Elementary (CBS/Sky Living)
  • Go On (NBC)
  • House of Cards (Netflix)
  • Modern Family (ABC/Sky 1)
  • Mr Selfridge (ITV/PBS)
  • Shameless (US) (Showtime/More4)
  • Southland (TNT/Channel 4)
  • Spartacus (Starz/Sky 1)
  • Engrenages/Spiral (BBC4/Netflix)
  • Suits (USA/Dave)
  • Top Gear (BBC2/BBC America)
  • Vegas (CBS/Sky Atlantic).

These are all going to be on in either the UK or the US, perhaps even both, but I can't be sure which. If I got the channels wrong, let me know and I'll fix them

Still in the queue: plenty to go in the House of Cards queue and there's this week's episodes of The Doctor Blake Mysteries, Vegas, Elementary, Archer, Zero Hour and Community to watch, although I think Community's days as a watched programme are numbered in this house. On top of those I have new US show Cult to watch – basically The Following but on The CW and with the guy who played T-Bone on Prison Break – which I'll try to sneak a look at over the weekend, as well as new Australian show, Mr and Mrs Murder, which sees a husband and wife team cleaning up murder scenes (literally) and then doing some detective work of their own. I've also got Channel 4's one-off spy drama Complicit to give a try, but Guy says it's a bit rubbish so I might skip it.

I did get round to watching Sky Living's The Spa, which stars Rebecca Front. It's as dreadful as every other Sky 1 and Sky Living comedy, I'm afraid. In particular, we had a scene based on someone being told to tell someone they were 'clinically obese' and mishearing and saying they were 'clinically a beast'.

Now, some thoughts on the regulars as well as some of the shows I'm still giving a try.

  • The Americans (FX/ITV): A rather excellent episode all round, set against the backdrop of the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan and suggests how it could have resulted in World War 3. There's excellent usage of archive news footage and intriguing to see the Soviets transferring and imagining it could be an attempted coup by General Hague. 'Operation Christopher' also showed just what the KGB was capable of if necessary. There's also a humorous suggestion that Christopher Hitchens (ish) was basically a Soviet sleeper agent, pretending to be a new-wave conservative to hide his true plans to spy on the US. Very much recommended.
  • Arrow (The CW/Sky 1): A living breathing advert for Windows 8 and way too teenage and soapy. Even James Callis couldn't keep a straight face. It was redeemed by the use of the BSG alert klaxon during the museum robbery scene.
  • Banshee (Cinemax/Sky Atlantic): Is it my imagination or is the title sequence becoming more and more animated with each episode? I could have sworn the albino didn't move until this episode. A decent flashback episode, this one focusing on Hood's time in jail, that paid off well if you'd been watching since the beginning. Very, very brutal, mind.
  • Being Human (US) (SyFy): Somehow feels less involving than previous seasons. Mark Pellegrino turning up in flashback was good, as was his English accent, but Sam Witwer's needed work.
  • The Blue Rose (TV3): Still hasn't found its feet and neither comedic nor dramatic enough to be compelling. But I'll give it a week or so more yet.
  • Elementary (CBS/Sky Living): Not seen all of it so far, but I'll tell you one thing: Sherlock Holmes doesn't know how to build a molecule with benzene rings in it properly.
  • Go On (NBC): Has reached the point where ideas are now being thrown out randomly, whether they work with particular characters or not. They finally gave the blind black guy something to do with some funny retcon – he's a former cop and has mentioned it loads of time, but because everyone's been so self-involved they've ignored him – and Piper Perabo does a funny New Jersey accent.
  • House of Cards (Netflix): I'm an episode or two further along now and enjoying its twisty turniness. Not convinced Kate Mara's character would allow herself to have pictures taken in the nude, and the latest episode had the usual American belief that unions are little more than organised crime in disguise, even teachers' unions, but lovely stuff. The show actually used the c-word as well, which was remarkable. And if you wondered what happened Joel Schumacher, turns out he's directing House of Cards now. Definitely still recommended.
  • Modern Family (ABC/Sky1): Yes, that was Maxwell Caufield.
  • Mr Selfridge (ITV/PBS): The show's starting to become a little self-mocking and Jeremy Piven is starting to spiral out of control, presumably thanks to the punishing schedule. The archness (and hair bra) of his aristocratic sponsor is also starting to grate, as are the accents of some of the cast: some of the Selfridge children's US accents are wobbly and Amy Beth Childs, who was good with a Northern accent in Sirens, is clearly struggling with a squeaky cockney. Still, we did get John Sessions as Arthur Conan Doyle and a seance, and next week, we're going to be getting Michael Brandon (Dempsey from Dempsey and Makepeace).
  • Shameless (US) (Showtime/More4): For once, you wanted to side with Steve against Fiona in their dramas. All of a bit of a jolly jape, though, all the mean girls at the swimming pool were good, but the ending was a refreshing change to the status quo. Looking forward to seeing what happens next week.
  • Southland (TNT/Channel 4): And so the bleakness goes on. Loving it. Best moment: Cooper's fire-fight, although his continuing self-closeting and kindness to the Downs girl were close seconds.
  • Suits (USA/Dave): A great finale marred somewhat by some of the worst English stereotypes since The Patriot or possibly Three Men and a Little Lady. It does feel though that it's not actually doing seasons any more but is just one long continuous show that occasionally takes breaks.

"What did you watch this week?" is your chance to recommend to friends and fellow blog readers the TV and films that they might be missing or should avoid - and for me to do mini-reviews of everything I've watched. Since we live in the fabulous world of Internet catch-up services like the iPlayer and Hulu, why not tell your fellow readers what you've seen so they can see the good stuff they might have missed?

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