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May 19, 2011

ABC's upfronts 2011

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Now it's ABC's turn to show off its new programmes. Apparently, they've invented an entirely new day of the week, judging by the number of new shows they have coming up. However, in contrast to the last two years, where ABC's comedy programming seems to have been its best line of attack, this year, drama appears to be the better option, with

  • Leslie Bibb of Iron Man and Popular fame in Good Christian Belles
  • Leslie Judd doing a Jason Bourne with Sean Bean in Missing
  • Robert Carlyle and Jennifer Morrison living in a world where fairy tales are real in Once Upon A Time
  • Christina Ricci doing for air stewardessing with Mad Men did for advertising in Pan Am
  • Madeleine Stowe exacting revenge in the Hamptons in the appropriately titled Revenge and
  • Nowhere Man's Bruce Greenwood mysteriously going missing while hunting for magic up the Amazon

Unfortunately, we also have a terrible-looking remake of Charlie's Angels and another Shonda Rhimes bit of tatt, this time set in the world of politics, but you can't win them all.

However, in the world of comedy, we have some truly, deeply offensive bits of rubbish. See if you can spot the worst offender - I'll give you a clue: it's the one in which men are so put upon and discriminated against, they have to dress up as women to get jobs.

I didn't make that one up, by the way.

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May 19, 2011

Fox's upfronts 2011

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Fox Upfronts

A little bit later than I'd intended, let's have a look at Fox's forthcoming programmes in its Fall schedules. Well, what have we got this time round?

We have

  • A tatty looking Bones spin-off called The Finder, which features the least plausible English accent ever delivered by an English actor (Saffron Burrows) as well as Michael Clarke Duncan.
  • A weird thriller from JJ Abrams about a man who hasn't aged a day since he left Alcatraz
  • Kiefer Sutherland teaming up with Heroes' Tim Kring to tell a story of a kid with strange powers in Touch
  • A horrifyingly nasty looking show with My Name is Earl's Jaime Pressly called I Hate My Teenage Daughter
  • A rather lovely, soon to be recast comedy with the equally lovely Zooey Deschanel called New Girl and
  • Steven Spielberg's Terra Nova about a family that travels back to the time of the dinosaurs to save the human race

So that's one good one then. Details and trailers (bar Touch) after the jump.

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May 16, 2011

NBC's upfronts 2011

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NBC upfronts

Well, it's that time again when NBC unveils all the pilots it's decided to order up for the Fall schedule, as well as some it's keeping in reserve for January.

Unlike last year, when frankly, the idea of watching any of the new NBC shows filled me a feeling not unlike food poisoning, this year, NBC seems to have a feast of riches for us to choose from. So we have a remake of Prime Suspect with Maria Bello, a big hello to Jason Isaacs in the Inception-like Awake, a drama series based on the Grimms' fairy tales, a series based on John Grisham's The Firm, not to mention comedy starring Christina Applegate and Will Arnett, a remake of Channel 4's Free Agents with Hank Azaria, a comedy based on Chelsea Lately's autobiography and an Amanda Peet vehicle.

What to pick? What to pick? Oh, yes, here we go. The Playboy Club, a Mad Men-esque period crime drama targeted at women that's also a bit of a feminist history. And as if that weren't good enough, here's three other good reasons for men to watch it, too:

  1. Amber Heard 
  2. Amber Heard
  3. Amber Heard

Every week.

If there's a man among you all who isn't going to watch it on those strengths alone, you need to hand your man licence back on the way out so that someone can re-train you.

Details and videos for all the shows after the jump.

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