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May 31, 2012

Thursday's "Andie MacDowell gets a Hallmark TV series, Robert Patrick is promoted and Neil Cross to write Doctor Who episode" news

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  • Trailer for Branded, with Max von Sydow and Jeffrey Tambor
  • Trailer for Les Miserables with Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway et al

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May 30, 2012

Review: Continuum (Showcase) 1x1

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Continuum

In Canada: Sundays, 9pm ET/PT, Showcase

Canada seems to have had a thing for time travel for late. Maybe it's pining for a previous government or something, but following semi-hot on the heels of Being Erica, we have Continuum on Showcase - Canada's last best hope for original programming thanks to all the government cutbacks.

Continuum is doubly a show about time travel since you feel like you're going back in time when you watch it - it's essentially a remake of Time Trax, starring everyone who co-starred but didn't star in that series you used to watch: Rachel Nichols from Alias, Victor Webster from Mutant X, Lexa Doig from Andromeda, Roger R Cross from 24, and probably everyone who's been in any episode of Stargate ever (but not starred in it).

Here we have Nichols as a cop in a dystopia 65 years in our future in which the corporations have bailed out the failed governments and imposed their own not-always benign laws. When a bunch of incarcerated terrorists (or are they just rebels?) somehow manage to escape to 2012, Nichols gets accidentally dragged back with them and she has to round them up again before they can take over the world, prevent the future and kill lots of people in the process.

So far, so Time Trax. The big difference between Continuum and Time Trax, however, is that despite being a little mired in the police procedural genre, Continuum is actually pretty good, with some interesting attempts at world building, a couple of twists on the whole time travel thing, and some really halfway decent bits of futurology.

Plus it's got Rachel Nichols in a catsuit. That'll work.

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May 30, 2012

Wednesday's "History sets ratings record, Citytv orders comedies and no more Jesse Stone" news

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  • Trailer for Stephen Frears' Lay The Favourite, with Bruce Willis, Rebecca Hall and Catherine Zeta-Jones

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