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News: Philip Glenister is an Outcast, NBC makes a Faustian pact, extra Royal Pains and Marry Me + more

Posted on November 6, 2014 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

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  • Richard Coyle, Joanne Whalley, Greta Scacchi et al join NBC’s A.D.
  • Patrick Fugit and Philip Glenister to star in Cinemax’s Outcast
  • Adam Brody to star in DirecTV incest drama Billy and Billie
  • Costa Ronin to play Anton Vanko in ABC’s Agent Carter

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I do love an EPG writer who clearly hasn't watched the show

Posted on September 29, 2014 | comments | Bookmark and Share

Royal Pains EPG

They know what a doctor is. They know what a concierge is. They can’t quite grasp the concept of a 'concierge doctor'.

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Review: Rush 1x1 (USA)

Posted on July 18, 2014 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

USA Network's Rush

In the US: Thursdays, 9/8c, USA Network

A while ago, I remarked that of all the people from Coupling whom you might have expected to see as a US action hero, Englishman Richard Coyle was probably at the bottom of the list, since he played poor old put-upon, terminally unconfident Welshman Jeff.

Well, it seems the season for such surprises because over on basic cable, USA has decided that absolutely the best person to head up its new dark, gritty – well, darker, grittier – medical show Rush is Welshman Tom Ellis. From Miranda. Yes, Miranda.

Here, let Blog Goddess and Welshwoman Joanna Page talk you through Tom Ellis’s Miranda highlights.

As Ellis himself remarks, "If Rush was a show in the UK, I don't think that they would think of me to play that part."

All power to him, though, because despite being forced to play American, Tom Ellis is actually very good in Rush. Tom Ellis is not Rush’s problem.

And Rush does have problems. Many of them. The most obvious of these is it’s basically Royal Pains crossed with the anaemic US version of Rake. Just like Dr Hank, Ellis’s eponymous Rush is a concierge doctor to the rich and famous, rushing to their side whenever they’re in medical trouble and using his ingenuity and network of connections to solve the trickiest of medical concerns.

But just like Rake’s Cleaver Greene, Rush is in it for himself and is a drug-taking, near moral vacuum who likes to screw around, smoke at his godson’s party, sabotages his relationships, exploits his female assistant and will take the worst scum of humanity as his clients, as long as they pay cash up front or hold a gun to his head.

Except this is basic cable so Rush has a heart. And it’s the USA Network, where characters are welcome and dark and gritty aren’t. Which means if you’re expecting a rush from Rush, you’re going to be sorely disappointed.

Here’s a trailer:

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