Things I learned from watching television last week

24: Even when a character played by Eddie Izzard is recast, his spirit lives on in the role

30 Rock: Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin speak pretty good German. Inbreeding jokes never get old.

CSI: Left to his own devices for too long, William Petersen will always grow an unfortunate beard.

Daybreak: Was cancelled way too soon. Be patient, networks!

Heroes: Just get on with it will you. Plus Christopher Eccleston really can act when given a grumpy role to play.

House: Sooner or later, the crankiness of a character needs an explanation. He can’t be cranky for no reason at all.

My Name is Earl: Some Americans actually think the US won the 1812 war.

Red Kryptonite needs to be in every script from now on.

Studio 60: It’s no use applying the rules of reality to anything Aaron Sorkin writes. You just have to sit back and enjoy it.


  • Rob Buckley

    I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.

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