Monday’s ratings meltdown news



British TV

  • Casting on the Only Fools and Horses prequel


  • BBC offers US TV remakes of Butterflies and Three Up, Two Down
  • Mentalist and Fringe drop in the Thursday ratings while…
  • Friday night ratings a disaster, particularly for Smallville and Dollhouse
  • Clips and a photo of Paris Hilton in Supernatural
Sitting Tennant

Friday’s Sitting Tennant (from Ms Rullsenberg)

David Tennant

Ms Rullsenberg submitted this week’s picture.

  1. Sister Chastity, Rullsenberg: 60.5
  2. Jaradel: 35.5
  3. Toby: 5
  4. Amy, Lauren: 4
  5. Rosby: 2.5
  6. Persephone, Sabine: 1

Toby won last week’s caption competition.

  1. Marie: 167.5
  2. Toby: 166.5
  3. Rullsenberg: 117
  4. Jane Henry: 70.5
  5. Electric Dragon: 61
  6. Persephone: 45.5
  7. Jaradel: 38.5
  8. Rev/Views: 25
  9. Scott 2: 14
  10. Joe, Sister Chastity: 10
  11. Scott: 3
  12. Aaron: 2
  13. 1
  14. Stu_N: 1


Got a picture of David Tennant sitting, lying down or in some indeterminate state in between? Then leave a link to it below or email me and if it’s judged suitable, it will appear in the “Sitting Tennant” gallery.

Every photo displayed on Monday (one per person who sends one in) gets a point, with a bonus point if it’s from the latest DT production; the best pic in the stash each week will appear on Friday and get three points.

You can also enter the witty and amusing captions league table by commenting on Friday’s Sitting Tennant photo, the best caption getting 10 points, everyone who contributes getting five points.


Review: The Middle 1×1

The Middle

In the US: Wednesdays, 8.30c/7.30c, ABC

Huh. The Middle. Is there a Malcolm in out there somewhere?

Actually, hold it right there. I was going to go into a big long comparison between this and Malcolm and the Middle, but then I realised this starred Patricia Heaton from Everybody Loves Raymond and Back To You, not Jane Kaczmarek from Malcolm in the Middle. So it all fell apart.

Putting that slight issue to one side, there are some obvious comparisons. We have a slight loser mom married to a regular type, loser dad (Neil Flynn from Scrubs). They have three kids. The youngest kid is a bit strange and looks very much like the youngest kid in Malcolm in the Middle. It’s all about the chaos of family life…

You see? It would have worked so much better with Jane Kaczmarek. Why isn’t she in this to make my life easier?

Actually, The Middle (a reference to Indiana, middle America and the middle class not child) is not quite the same as Malcolm in the Middle, even if the tone is the same. Here the focus is very much on the far more regular parents, doing their level best not to cock up in rearing their children – and the rest of their lives – and failing hopelessly, just as their children are.

How much you enjoy this will therefore depend on whether you have kids – and whether you feel like you’re failing in life.

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Review: Hank 1×1 (US: ABC)

Hank 1x1

In the US: Wednesdays, 8/7c, ABC

There are plenty of reasons to sorry for Kelsey Grammer. Let’s confine ourselves to the TV ones, though.

He’s been in two of the most popular and best sitcoms in history: Cheers and Frasier. So, everything since has been something of a comedown.

He’s been involved in some truly awful drek since, including Back To You. You’ve got to feel sorry for him for that.

And whatever he’s been in, he’s played a character you’re not exactly supposed to love. In fact, he always plays some pompous twat who has to experience major humiliation with almost every episode.

Now we have Hank, in which Grammer becomes a human piñata for America’s viewing pleasure: a former CEO ousted from his company and forced to downsize in the country. He gets a crap house, a family bitter with him for never being there, and an everyman brother-in-law who takes great pleasure in seeing the misery that Hank now has to endure.

And it’s rubbish.

Poor old Kelsey.

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