In the US: Tuesdays, 10/9c, ABC In the UK: Acquired by Alibi to air this year
In an effort to improve our quality of service, before watching Body of Proof, please complete the following questionnaire:
1) Do you like shows about strong, capable women?
2) Do you like shows in which strong, capable women are called brilliant by every passing person in case you didn't get the hint the first, second or tenth time?
3) Do you like shows in which strong, capable women are shown they can't have everything and have unsupportive husbands and lose custody of their daughters because they work just so damn hard at being brilliant to support the family but that just makes them an absentee mother rather than a good provider?
c) Would that really happen?
4) Do you like shows in which brilliant high-flying neurosurgeons give up their brilliant careers after having car accidents and killing patients because they worked so damn hard and end up becoming brilliant medical examiners who just aren't content to examine dead bodies but instead have to go round and interview witnesses while police officers look on dumbly and shout at them for breaking the rules, but who are ultimately proved right?
c) Isn't that kind of clunky and/or CSI?
5) Do you like crime shows in which at the end, the brilliant amateur detective gathers all the witnesses together, explains whodunnit, the clues that led her to that conclusion and then gets the police to escort the criminal away, while everyone tells her how brilliant she is and how wrong they were to judge her? a) Yes
c) What is this? 1937
If you answered mostly b), do not watch this.
If you answered mostly c), my aren't you a cynic?
But if you answered mostly a), have I got a show for you. Here's a trailer
In the US: Fridays, 10pm, Starz. Starts April 1 In the UK: Acquired by Channel 4 for second half of 2011
Ladies and gentlemen, Torchwood has a new home! It's Starz in the US!
What do you mean you knew that already? Ah, I see the confusion. Yes Torchwood: Children of Earth is coming to Starz in July. But I'm talking about the heart of Torchwood: Chris Chibnall, the man who made seasons 1 and 2 of Torchwood what they were. That is, largely unbearable.
You see Chibbers is the showrunner and co-creator - with Michael Hirst of The Tudors - of Camelot, a Starz TV series about the legend of Arthur and Merlin that stars Joseph Fiennes as Merlin, some young bloke as Arthur and Eva Green (Casino Royale) as the evil Morgan La Fay.
And it's every bit as good as that first season of Torchwood. In fact, in true Chibbers style, it's so bad it's painful. Here's a trailer and there's a longer one here - brace yourselves: these are the best bits they could find.
One of the things about holidays, work, et al, is sometimes it takes me a while to catch up with everything, particularly new shows that don't look especially brilliant from the outset. That's why I'm three episodes behind on Breakout Kings, which looked anything but appealing - except for one thing
For starters, Breakout Kings has had something of a chequered history. Originally in development at Fox, the show got a pilot episode in January 2010. However, Fox didn't pick up the series but tried to sell it to other networks instead. A&E picked up the show in June 2010 and after a wee bit of recasting, here it is.
Now, not to suggest that the writers are stuck for ideas, but we have here the story of a bunch of criminals who help US marshals track down escaped prisoners. Want to guess which Fox show the writers used to work on?
That's right: Prison Break. They even brought T-Bag (Robert Knepper) along for an episode.
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I'm Rob Buckley, a freelance journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of, although you might have heard me on Radio 5 Live's Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I've edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for trade magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider and the equally short-lived Death Ray and Filmstar magazines; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it "web site for urban hedonists" The Tribe. I'm freelance now and have contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network and TV Scoop.