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February 15, 2013

Friday's "CBS says hello to Jason Isaacs, Netflix goes after Pablo Escabar and Jason Ritter is US Gavin, not Stacey" news

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Tidy.

Film

Comics

  • Alan Moore, Art Spiegelman et al to write for Black Mask Studios

UK TV

  • ITV developing Cabbage and Pat

US TV casting

New US TV shows

  • Netflix to make Pablo Escabar drama [subscription required]
  • CBS unlikely to order many new shows for the fall
  • Virgin Produced developing The Whisky A Go Go

New US TV show casting

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February 12, 2013

Review: Engrenages/Spiral 4x1-4x2

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Spiral aka Engrenages with Caroline Proust

In France: Last autumn
In the UK: Saturday 9 February, 9pm, BBC. iPlayer: Episode 1, Episode 2
In the US/Canada: Acquired by Netflix

Screw The Shield, The Killing and all the others. In the last decade, there have been, as all right-thinking people know, precisely two cop shows in the world that have been truly excellent and have mattered in any real sense. The first, of course, is The Wire. The second, far lesser known show, is France's Engrenages aka Spiral. The two are similar, comparable even, in that they both try to show their own country's native justice system, warts and all, while shining a spotlight into the recesses of society, all with as little narrative artifice as is possible in a watchable TV show.

Thankfully, even though The Wire has ceased to be, Canal+ in France - together with some lovely co-funding money from BBC4 - have kept Engrenages going, and judging by the first two episodes of the new season, one could even say "from strength to strength" because for my money, this is at least as good as the show's finest season opener in terms of narrative and perception, yet with a confidence that only comes with age… and the knowledge that because you are the best, you can do what you like at the pace that you like it.

When last we left our heroes and heroines - perhaps one should say 'heroes' and 'heroines', because no one in Engrenages is truly good, although there's a fair few evil doers along the way - things were going semi-pear shaped for everyone. Over-committed police captain Laure (Caroline Proust) was off murdering serial killers, amoral lawyer Josephine Karlsson (Audrey Fleurot) was signing a deal with the devil so she could save her business partner and secret love, Pierre (the UK's favourite French actor, Grégory Fitoussi, currently in ITV's Mr Selfridge), and ambiguous yet moral Judge Roban (Philippe Duclos) was monologuing his way into enforced retirement, thanks to Sarkozy's attempts to reform the French legal system.

In series four, as is tradition, we return not long after those events and yet everything's changed in quite surprising ways. While it's not all 100% tickedy boo, some things appear to be changing for the better for once. Karlsson may have to deal with some dodgy Russian mob types, but Pierre's got her back for a change and they're flirting at each other like crazy; Laure may be under investigation but she's finally getting her love life sorted and her new boss seems quite nice. Okay, so Judge Roban is off contemplating his navel somewhere and Gilou (Thierry Godard) is still self-destructing like crazy, but plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose, as they say.

And then up pop some leftie students, ready to party like it's 1968, ready to save hapless souls from France's oppressive immigration system and capitalism in general. Welcome back, Engrenages. How we missed you. Here's a trailer (with the usual suspiciously mistranslated English subtitles), plus the first few minutes in French:

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February 12, 2013

Tuesday's "3D Who, nine new BBC shows, Life's Too Short's life is short, SyFy's The Man in The High Castle, and Arrow et al renewed" news

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Doctor Who

Film

  • Jesse Armstrong to write feature version of his Black Mirror episode The Entire History of You for Robert Downey Jr

Comics

Internet TV

UK TV

  • BBC1 commissions Atlantis, Death Comes to Pemberley, Breakdown, The Interceptor, Jamaica Inn and Remember Me, recommissions Call The Midwife and Death in Paradise; BBC2 commissions Turks and Caicos and Salting The Battlefield; BBC4 commissions Burton and Taylor
  • Life's Too Short to finish with one-hour special featuring Val Kilmer
  • YouTube to launch on Freesat
  • Trailer for ITV's Lightfields
  • Sunday ratings: Mr Selfridge beats the Baftas

US TV

US TV casting

New US TV shows

  • Frank Spotnitz to adapt The Man In The High Castle for SyFy
  • Warner to Game of Thrones the Wizard of Oz with Red Brick Road
  • Trailer for Ray Donovan with Liev Schreiber

New US TV show casting

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