Just in case you missed The Power of Nightmares on the BBC last year, Salon is offering a handy summary so that Americans get to know what it was all about. The review’s mainly positive and clarifies the many distortions of Curtis’ arguments that have appeared in the media.
There are a load of shows that those of us of a certain age and a certain degree of taste remember well. These include
The Sandbaggers and Codename: Icarus. Yet for some reason, the powers that be choose only to release them in the US, not in the UK. Even stranger, these are UK shows getting this treatment, not US networks ignoring the rest of the world. What gives? Why are we not allowed access to our own TV heritage?
Well almost. Let’s just have a look at that ruling a little closer:
The television watchdog ruled that the show contains “a high degree of showmanship that puts it beyond what we believe to be a generally accepted understanding of what comprises a legitimate investigation”. As such the show should be taken as produced for entertainment purposes, not to definitively inform the public of real incident of paranormal activity.
So, in other words, it’s not a fraud because only a moon calf would be so dim as to believe it’s anything other than cobblers from beginning to end. Completely vindicated then.
Since a ridiculously large number of people come to my blog each day to know if Threshold has been cancelled, here’s the latest news available, fresh from the MediaGuardian:
“Production of Sky One’s alien invasion thriller Threshold is stopping after 13 episodes, although US broadcaster CBS said it has not taken a final decision about whether to axe the show.”
So there you go. It’s been cancelled. Sort of. Still, with the amount of interest I’ve detected from all you guys coming to my blog, I suspect the problem is one of time slot, not of fan base. Don’t hold your breath for its return though.
Incidentally, the MediaGuardian piece also hints that Joey‘s time is nigh, which isn’t too bad a thing in my opinion.