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June 27, 2011

Review: Suits 1x1

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Suits on USA

In the US: Thursdays, 10/9c, USA Network

"Characters welcome." That's the USA Network's ostensible motto. But it has a secret one, too - its true motto: "Fluffy characters welcome."

White Collar? Fluffy. Psych? Fluffy. In Plain Sight, Fairly Legal, Covert Affairs, Royal Pains. Fluffy. Everyone's essentially nice. Even Burn Notice has Michael's mum and a lost innocent in need of help every week.

So it's something of a relief and surprise to find that USA's new lawyer drama, Suits - I know, I know, like we need another drama about lawyers - is only a little bit fluffy. Because pretty much everyone in Suits is a bastard. Or a thief.

In it, Mike Ross, a college drop-out finds himself in a drug-deal gone wrong. He runs into a job interview for a law firm that only hires Harvard graduates, but because the guy running it, Harvey Specter, is a total dick - and because Ross has a photographic memory that has already allowed him to pass the bar without going to law school - Specter hires him. All they have to do now is teach Ross the difference between the law you find in books and evil, amoral practical law, while keeping the fact that Ross isn't a Harvard graduate from everyone else in the firm. Oh, and work out what to do with Ross's briefcase full of drugs.

Here's a trailer.

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June 21, 2011

Review: Falling Skies 1x1-1x2

Posted on June 21, 2011 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

falling skies, steven spielberg, tnt, noah wyle, tnt, skitters, moon bloodgood, scifi shows, sci-fi shows, sci fi shows, aliens

In the US: Sundays, 10/9c, TNT
In Canada: Wednesdays, 10pm, Superchannel. Starts July 6
In the UK: Tuesdays, 9pm, FX. Starts July 5

There's something about knowing that Steven Spielberg is the exec producer of a TV show that means you know pretty much exactly what you're going to get. It started with Earth 2, in which a lot of very dull people, all by themselves, have to survive against the odds and face slightly scary aliens while looking after their wee little moppets, who are just ever so endearing. That was pretty much the template.

Now we have Falling Skies, in which 90% of the world's population is killed by aliens, leaving a group of very dull people, including Noah Wylie in The Librarian mode, stuck in Boston, having to survive against the odds and face slightly scary aliens while looking after their wee little moppets, who are just so endearing.

Are there any differences, you might ask? Well, with the likes of Greg Beeman and Mark Verheiden on board, you'd suspect a hint of Heroes to the whole thing and you'd be right - out of a cast of about one hundred men, there are roughly three women, two of them blonde.

Here's a trailer for Falling Skies, aka War of the Worlds meets Earth 2.

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June 8, 2011

Review: Love Bites 1x1

Posted on June 8, 2011 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Love Bites on NBC

In the US: Thursdays, 10/9c, NBC

To cut a long story short, "…and so does this show," an anthology of love stories in the same vein as Valentine's Day, Love Actually and He's Just Not That Into You.

My God it's awful. Painful to watch. Clichéd, badly written. Ugh. But then given it was NBC's back-up for its back-up for its back-up in case some of its Fall shows were bad, what were we all expecting?

Here's a clip followed by - just for laughs - the trailer for the pilot episode, which had virtually an entirely different cast and a completely different set of storylines.

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