US TV

Preview: Lie to Me 1×1

In the US: Wednesdays, 9/8c, Fox. Starts January 21st 2009

It’s rare to come away from a show with almost no opinion about it. Normally, you might come away loving it or hating it. You might even just like it a little or just decide it’s not very good.

But to come away with almost no feelings about it whatsoever? That’s not a good sign is it?

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Review: Scrubs 8×1-8×2

The cast of Scrubs

In the US: Tuesdays, 9/8c, ABC
In the UK: E4, some time this year probably

It has to be said that Scrubs hasn’t been what it was for some time. Originally, a comedy show about doctors that also looked at the more human side of having to cope with people who are ill and dying, over its last few seasons, it’s become something of a cartoon, in which reality has been shoved aside in favour of silliness and cartoon-like behaviour.

The strangeness of Scrubs is that it was an ABC Studios production for NBC, a network that didn’t really seem to know what to do with the programme anyway, seeming at times almost to have forgotten the show existed.

But after NBC dropped it with a literal, medieval fanfare finale last season, ABC picked it up and has decided to run with it. Will the change in management help bring Scrubs back to its former glory for its probably final season, or like a giant oil tanker, will it prove impossible to turn back on course at this late stage?

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