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May 14, 2015

News: more Ripper Street, Rupert Everett joins Musketeers, returning CSI characters, Bradley Cooper's Limitless + more

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Film

Film trailers

  • Trailer for The Intern, with Anne Hathaway and Robert de Niro
  • Trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak
  • Trailer for Jem and The Holograms

Australian TV

Internet TV

UK TV show casting

New UK TV shows
  • BBC developing: adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s A Place Of Greater Safety

US TV

US TV show casting

New US TV show casting

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May 13, 2015

Nominative determinism strikes Pretty Lake in Netflix's Between

Posted on May 13, 2015 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Who’d have thought that in a town called ‘Pretty Lake’, everyone over the age of 21 would end up dying of a mysterious disease, leaving only pretty people behind?

To be fair, this is actually a co-production between Netflix and Canadian TV channel CityTV, so it's not all Netflix's fault, although perhaps they should have seen it coming, given that CityTV is responsible for Seed and Young Drunk Punk*.

* To be fair, it's entirely possible that Netflix watched The Booth At The End and thought that was representative of City's output. It's not.

May 12, 2015

Review: Grace and Frankie 1x1-1x2 (Netflix)

Posted on May 12, 2015 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Grace and Frankie

Netflix Originals have been a bit hit and miss: for every House of Cards, Orange is the New Black and Daredevil, there’s been a Marco Polo, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Bloodline. To be fair, even the worst of that latter group are well made, well cast and not actually bad. But they’ve never excited in the same way or hit the heights of the former group.

Unfortunately, with Grace and Frankie, we have an addition to the miss group, rather than the hit. It reunites 9-5 stars Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda as the eponymous stars of the piece and the wives of Sam Waterston (The Newsroom) and Martin Sheen (The West Wing) respectively*. Married for 40 years and both with kids, they all seem set for a happy retirement until Waterston and Sheen reveal that they’re both gay and have been having an affair together for the past 20 years. Now gay men can legally marry in US, they both want divorces so they can finally be with the man they love. That leaves Tomlin and Fonda stuck in a beach house together, trying to overcome their animosity to help each other through a divorce.

So, with Marta Kauffman (Dream On, Veronica’s Closet, Friends) and Howard J Morris (Home Improvement, According to Jim) as show runners, and the likes of Alexa Junge (Friends, The West Wing, United States of Tara) contributing scripts, you’d be forgiven for expecting this to be both a comedy and funny.

But as my brief summary above intimates, it’s really not. Certainly, the first two episodes are deeply depressing dramas about two heartbroken wives going through traumatic divorces. There are attempts at jokes in there, certainly, most of them revolving around Tomlin’s hippy-dippy qualities (she has a shrine, takes peyote and goes on spirit quests), but surrounded by the misery of the plot, they just fall as flat can be.

It has a central cast, each of whom has won an Oscar, and it has a supporting/guest cast that includes the likes of Craig T Nelson, Michael Gross, Ernie Hudson, Geoff Stults, Joe Morton, Corbin Bernsen, Barry Bostwick, Christine Lahti and more. And, as with everything Netflix, it’s very well made.

But Grace and Frankie certainly isn’t funny and unless you happen to be a 70-year-old woman who’s gone through a divorce because her husband is gay, I really wouldn’t recommend it to you – and even then, you should probably wait a while since it’ll just make you sad.

I think I’ll go and buy my wife some flowers now, while you watch the trailer: it's basically got all the bits that might manage to make you smile even slightly.

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