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News: Wolf Creek renewed; Iron Fist trailer; Nathan Fillion to play author-detective; + more

Posted on February 8, 2017 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

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New US TV shows

  • ABC developing: adaptation of Luvvie Ajayi's I'm Judging You: The Do Better Manual
  • NBC green lights: pilot of Charlaine Harris spy drama Redliners
  • CBS green lights: pilots of meddling families comedy Distefano
  • …and adaptation of AJ Jacobs' The Year of Living Biblically as Living Biblically

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News: Kristen Wiig returns to TV; new Glitch cast members; The Crown finds Lord Snowden; + more

Posted on January 24, 2017 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

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Australian TV

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New US TV shows

  • NBC green lights: pilots of professor turned high school teacher comedy…
  • …and of virtual reality thriller Reverie
  • Teaser for FX's Feud [US only]
  • Trailer for NBC's The Blacklist: Redemption
  • CBS green lights: pilots of James Patterson crime drama Killer Instinct with Alan Cumming and whistleblower legal drama Perfect Citizen
  • ABC green lights: pilots of Savant surgeon drama The Good Doctor and catastrophe thinktank thriller Doomsday

New US TV show casting

  • Tony Danza, Jan Levy, Ian Nelson et al join Seeso's There's… Johnny!

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What have you been watching? Including The Magnificent Seven, Shooter, Lucifer and The Man in the High Castle

Posted on January 23, 2017 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

It's "What have you been watching?", my chance to tell you what movies and TV I’ve been watching recently and your chance to recommend anything you've been watching. 

I know there are a lot of new show coming soon. They really are. They're just not here yet.

That means that in the past week, I've only reviewed Six (US: History) and passed a third-episode verdict on Emerald City (US: NBC; UK: 5*). I'll be deluged again soon and complaining about it, I know….

Anyway, a few oldies are back in the schedules again, which means that as well as The Great Indoors, Lethal Weapon, Man Seeking Woman and Son of Zorn, I'll be covering Lucifer and Timeless and the season finale of Shooter. I also managed to squeeze in a few episodes of The Man in the High Castle. And I watched a movie.

The Magnificent Seven (2016)
Antoine Fuqua's insipid remake of the classic 1960 Western, in which black-clad gunslinger Denzel Washington puts together a group of similarly iconic gunslingers to help protect Haley Bennett's village from powerful rich guy Peter Sarsgaard.

The film goes through most of the same motions as the original, from the introduction and recruitment of each of the remaining seven (Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Lee Byung-hun, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Vincent D'Onofrio and Martin Sensmeier) through the training of the villagers to the eventual battle with the baddies, but without ever really making you care about any of them, beyond the fact they're Lee Byung-hun, Chris Pratt and Vincent D'Onofrio. Indeed, unlike both the original and the film's ultimate antecedent, Shichinin no Samurai (The Seven Samurai), the film only really comes alive when it's an action scene, the characters proving otherwise unendearing or even interesting.

A few lines from the original ("If God had not wanted them shawn, he would not have made them sheep") manage to sneak in, but they only sure up the rest of the script's ultimate emptiness, and the frequent clichéd homages to Westerns in general only serve to make the movie look hackneyed.

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