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January 22, 2014

New Murder She Wrote abandoned, Rashida Jones to star in Tribeca, and trailers for Babylon and Those Who Kill

Posted on January 22, 2014 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

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Trailers

  • New trailer for Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive with Tom Hiddleston
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New UK TV shows

  • Trailer for Channel 4’s Babylon
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January 17, 2014

Canada's Salamander remake, A&E's edgy Highway to Heaven, and Showtime is Happyish

Posted on January 17, 2014 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Trailers

  • Trailer for The Quiet Ones with Jared Harris

Canadian TV

  • Bell Media developing 29 drama projects, including Salamander remake, Mighty Quinns, Ice, AKA, Cardinal Mysteries and Tranquility

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January 14, 2014

Mini-review: Bitten 1x1 (Space/SyFy)

Posted on January 14, 2014 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Bitten

In Canada: Saturdays, 9pm (EST), Space
In the US: Mondays, 10pm (EST), SyFy
In the UK: Acquired by SyFy for 2014 broadcast

Are werewolves sexy? I didn’t think vampires were, but apparently they are. Maybe it’s a Canadian thing, what will all the forests, because fresh out of Canada, here comes Bitten, in which Laura Vandervoort is the only female werewolf in the world (Toronto), the rest of her largely topless male ‘pack’ along for the ride and sexy times.

Vandervoort is trying to make a goer of living in the non-lupine world, except it’s not that easy when there are other packs and she has to get naked a lot at inopportune moments or when she just fancies it. Although to be fair, the female to male nudity is roughly 50/50, albeit the female side entirely Vandervoort (why she even bothers wearing clothes in this, I don’t know - must be hell on the dry cleaning).

The plot’s incredibly tedious and as is apparently the law with modern female-centric fantasy (eg Twilight, Lost Girl), is all about relationships, elaborate world-building based around families and bloodlines, being unique and the focus of everybody’s attention, and dealing with bitchy other women who don’t like your clothes. There are the usual tropes about women being punished/attacked/shamed/torn into little pieces for having sexual desire and most of the episode involves people meeting to chat about things, rather than anything too interesting. The dialogue is even worse, much akin to listening to dogs howl.

Still, if watching largely unsexy sex and/or various Canadian actors getting naked for no true plot-advancing reasons is your thing, Bitten should be fine. I personally prefer to get my teeth into something a bit more meaty, myself. Gosh, aren’t I funny?

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