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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


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


Internet 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 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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February 11, 2013

Question of the week: is there too much good television on at the moment?

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If you've been reading my blog since the start of the year – you happy few – you'll have noticed that I've been struggling to watch all the TV that's been airing. Even putting to one side the rubbish TV that I've been contractually obligated to watch because of the blog, it's still a bit of a struggle to watch just the good stuff. Why, over the weekend alone, there was two hours of Spiral, an hour of Mr Selfridge, an hour of Shameless (US) and, yes, an hour of Top Gear. And I don't think that's just because it was the weekend or BBC4's stupid transmission schedule. Netflix has just pumped out 13 episodes of House of Cards in one go and practically every night of the week has a good couple of hours somewhere.

Now, admittedly I'm an outlier, since I do scour the planet's TV schedules, looking for stuff to watch. So to work out whether I'm just unrepresentative or not, today's question is a simple one:

Is there too much good television on at the moment?

As always, answers below or on your own blog?

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February 8, 2013

Review: House of Cards 1x1 (Netflix)

Posted on February 8, 2013 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

House of Cards

In the UK/US/Canada/most of the world: Available on Netflix. First episode available free.
In some other places: Acquired by HBO Europe

Welcome to the future, everyone. How are you liking it so far?

So until now, Netflix has been the TV equivalent of a library. You want to watch some TV? Okay, sure. Oh wait, actually, Mrs Brown has already got that out so how would you like to watch this instead? It's not what you wanted to watch, but you might enjoy it anyway.

But now things are changing. Just like Amazon and other companies that used to just sell you things other people had made, Netflix has decided that it's going to make some of its own products to get round all those thorny rights issues, broadcast networks and everything else that means they've never got what you wanted, when you wanted it.

Now before you mock, we're not talking about a situation like Dave or UK Gold, in which the budget is thruppence ha'penny, the script was written by someone past their prime and who couldn't get work anywhere else, and the best actor the producers can hire was 15th on their list of preferences.

No, for Netflix's first production (and there's a new series of Arrested Development coming our way, too, among other delights), they've got a near A-list cast (Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Kate Mara), an exceptional director (David Fincher) and an Oscar-nominated writer (Beau Willimon), together with a budget of $120m to put together a top-notch 13-part series: a remake of Andrew Davies' adaption of House of Cards for the BBC, but relocated to the US, with US congressman Frank Underwood turning his Machiavellian talents to betraying everyone in his party when his promised position of Secretary of State is denied him.

And Netflix is releasing all 13 episodes around the world at the same time. If this is the future, it's not only exciting, it's going to make my job a lot harder. Here's a trailer:

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