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October 18, 2011

Review: Boss 1x1

Posted on October 18, 2011 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Boss with Kelsey Grammer

In the US: Fridays, 10pm ET/PT, Starz

A little while ago, I mocked Starz. To be fair, it's very deserving of mockery, given Camelot and - gods help us - Torchwood: Miracle Day, just for starters.

But Starz is trying, really trying, not to be the the worst and tackiest of the cable networks when it comes to drama. Even though it shows Spartacus, which while quite good in quite a lot of respects, still has the Starz tacky DNA in every cell of its green-screened, over-developed body.

Yet now, with Boss, they've actually got a show that's very good and only makes you think "Ooh, that's a bit tacky, isn't it?" two or three times in its entire hour-long first episode. It stars Kelsey Grammer as the mayor of Chicago and shows in glorious detail why the two things in life you don't want to see being made are sausages and laws.

Here's a trailer.

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October 17, 2011

Third-episode verdict: Homeland

Posted on October 17, 2011 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

CarusometerHomeland.jpgA Carusometer rating of 1

In the US: Sundays, 10pm, Showtime
In the UK: Acquired by Channel 4

Well, ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner. The first, no-reservations drama recommendation for the fall 2011 season is Homeland. I've not much to add to my review of the first episode, except to say that the next two episodes do answer all our worries and in some ways are better than the first episode. It's also acquired a nightmarish new title sequence that beats even American Horror Story's, despite that's show homage to Se7en.

Just go watch it – you won't regret it.

PS Interesting to note there are two secret Brits in this show: Damian Lewis and David Harewood.

PPS Is it just me or Showtime now better than HBO as a network?

Carusometer rating: 1
Rob's prediction: Will last a season. Where they'll go to after that, I don't know, but it deserves to run and run based on this

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October 13, 2011

Review: American Horror Story 1x1-1x2

Posted on October 13, 2011 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

American Horror Story

In the US: Wednesdays, 10pm, FX
In the UK: Mondays, 10pm, FX UK. Starts November 7th

A new horror show from the creators of Glee!

Yes, Glee. Psyched now? Of course, not.

But then, when Glee was announced as a charming new show from the creators of Nip/Tuck about a High School glee club, there was a similar reaction, so let's just say "a new horror show from the creators of Nip/Tuck" and take it from there.

Anyway, American Horror Story is something of a misnomer in that it's not just one horror story, it's actually every single American horror story ever, more or less, particularly the ones from the movies: there's The Amityville Horror, Psycho, The Shining, Don't Look Now, Rosemary's Baby and more, all rolled up into one big story in which Dylan McDermott (The Practice, Dark Blue) and Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights) move into a spectacularly haunted house in LA with their teenage daughter and have to deal with everything from a two-faced maid, ghosts and a weird melted man who murdered his family to a gimp and a boy who might also be a demon.

And the theme of this big story? What do the creators of Nip/Tuck and Glee think is the ultimate 'American Horror Story'? Family - and sex, apparently, and plenty of it.

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