US TV

Review: Netflix (UK)

Netflix on PC

Netflix in the US is a massive force. Kind of like Lovefilm, it has a TV and film DVD rental service as well as an online streaming service, but it makes so much money, it can now afford to make its own programmes, including a remake of House of Cards with Kevin Spacey.

Now it’s come to the UK. Available on your laptop, your Apple TV, your iPad, your iPhone, your PlayStation, your Wii and probably your cooker as well, Netflix is simple to use, integrates well with social networks, and delivers a true multi-platform experience, all for £5.99 a month.

It’s just a shame there’s bugger all to watch on it.

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Wednesday’s “The Avengers’ new name, Smash up, Steven Volk’s Wired and a new Victor Garber show” news

Film

  • Tony Shalhoub and Bar Paly join Michael Bay’s Pain and Gain
  • Kristen Wiig joins action comedy
  • Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Cameron Diaz, Beyonce and Andy Samberg to star in Ryan Murphy’s One Hit Wonders
  • The Avengers retitled Avengers Assembled for the UK

Theatre

British TV

US TV

US TV pilots

  • Glee‘s Max Adler joins Last Resort
  • Victor Garber to star in Notorious, Charlie’s Angels Rachael Taylor joins 666 Park Avenue
  • Missi Pyle to co-star in Prodigy Bully
  • Suzy Nakkamura joins Go On, Linus Roache joins ABC’s Roland Emmerich project
  • Hollyoaks‘s Barry Sloane to star in Gotham
  • TV Land fast-tracking sitcom about twin brothers, one gay, one straight
  • My BoysJordana Spiro to star in Josh Berman medical drama
  • Cougar Town‘s Josh Hopkins joins Lady Friends, plus other pilot casting
  • The DescendantsNat Faxon to star is Ned Fox is My Fanny
  • Misfits producers working on sci-fi show Wired by Steven Volk and a paranormal show, The Dead Beat, from John Jackson for BBC America
  • Sucker Punch‘s Jamie Chung joins The Asset
Scandinavian TV

Review: Those Who Kill (Den Som Dræber) (ITV3) 1×1

Those Who Kill

In the UK: Thursdays, 10pm, ITV3. Available on the ITV Player
In Denmark: Aired last March. Cancelled after the first series

Foreign TV is a funny old thing. What you get to see of another country’s TV is usually the cream of the crop, some nice purchasing person at your local TV network having viewed it all and decided what’s good and what isn’t. So it’s easy to think as a result, based just on what you see on TV of it, that another country’s television output must be great.

French TV looks good thanks to Engrenages. Canadian TV looks good thanks to Being Erica and The Border. Danish TV looks awesome thanks to The Killing and Borgen. UK TV looks good because of Downton Abbey and Doctor Who. US TV just looks good all round. Israeli TV looks amazing thanks to all the adaptations like In Treatment and Homeland.

Italian TV, thanks to Inspector Montalbano, just looks silly. Some things I guess you just can’t polish.

But if you have to wade through it and start delving into the lower reaches of TF1, CTV, Sky Living, TBS, et al, you soon start to realise that not all foreign TV is good. Equally, you start to realise that other countries watch other countries’ TV and try to emulate that.

Now, here in the UK, we’ve had something of a Scandinavian TV love-in thanks to BBC4 and the rise of the ‘Nordic noir’ genre of books and movies. The Killing, Wallander and Borgen have convinced people that Scandinavian TV is universally brilliant. So ITV3, the home of old crime shows, has been trying to get in on that action and has bought in Danish TV network TV2’s Den Som Dræber aka Those Who Kill.

On paper, this should be cracking. It’s written by bestselling crime-author Elsebeth Egholm and Stefan Jaworsk, the writer of several award-winning and critically acclaimed features and TV series. The show stars, among others, Lars Mikkelsen from The Killing, and comes from the producers of several of the Wallander movies, and when it aired in Denmark last year, was watched by a record-breaking 50% of the adult population.

Yet, unfortunately, Those Who Kill is laughable old toss. Here’s a trailer:

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Sitting Tennant

Tuesday’s Sitting Tennant (week 9, 2012) plus the winners of the February 2012 Sitting Tennant caption and picture competitions

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It’s that time again – yes, time to announce the winners of both the picture and the caption competitions. It’s been a close-fought race, but this month, Sister Chastity has triumphed, providing us in the last moments of February this lovely picture. A great big well done to her and a big thanks to everyone for competing this month. March’s competition will start next week and don’t forget that the points will all count to the year’s total when the winner of 2012 will be announced.

  1. Sister Chastity: 50
  2. Hebbie, shilohforever: 30
  3. Toby: 10

Over in captions land, despite a last-minute attempt to overtake Ms Rullsenberg by SK that garnered the full 10 points, it was still Ms Rullsenberg who passed the chequered flag first. Well done to her and thanks to everyone who captioned this month.

  1. Rullsenberg: 50
  2. SK: 40
  3. Toby: 15
  4. Sister Chastity, Jane Henry: 10
  5. Jen, Antimony, Janice, Virpi: 5

Good luck with this week’s captioning and picture-hunting everyone!

Sitting Board of Winners
January
Pictures: Hebbie, Sister Chastity
Captions: Rullsenberg, SK

February
Pictures: Sister Chastity
Captions: Rullsenberg

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 and doesn’t obviously infringe copyright, it will appear in the Sitting Tennant gallery. Don’t forget to include your name in the filename so I don’t get mixed up about who sent it to me.

The best pic in the stash each week will appear on Tuesday and get ten points; the runners up will appear on Friday (one per person who sends one in) and get five points.

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

Each month, I’ll name the best picture provider and best captioneer, and then at the end of the year, the overall champion will be announced for 2012!