Meanwhile, back in the school for the blindingly obvious

Someone’s spotted gay overtones in He-Man and the Master of the Universe.

Incidentally, anyone else watch the animé remake? It wasn’t half bad but it still lacked a certain something. Maybe He-Man wasn’t mighty enough. He was, after all, the most powerful man in the universe.

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Invasion is out of The Loop

The cast of The LoopI’ve been getting a bit worried of late. I slated Invasion when it launched, but it made it to a whole season. I praised The Loop, but that ended after only seven episodes. Heist got dropped after five. Has my ability to spot dross and quality been compromised after watching CSI: Miami for so long?

Today has brought all kinds of ego-restoring confirmation. Invasion has now been cancelled by ABC, although there’s a possibility that new network The CW (a merger of sorts between UPN and The WB) will pick it up. The Loop is also back for a second season of 13 episodes, which is double its first season episode count. Happy happy joy joy! I was right. Kind of.

Heist, however, is still screwed, but I was never that keen on it anyway. At least, that’s what I’m telling myself.

UPDATE: Teachers, which I also panned, is getting the chop, as is Surface, probably. I’m clearly on a roll.

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US TV

Invasion is out of The Loop

The cast of The LoopI’ve been getting a bit worried of late. I slated Invasion when it launched, but it made it to a whole season. I praised The Loop, but that ended after only seven episodes. Heist got dropped after five. Has my ability to spot dross and quality been compromised after watching CSI: Miami for so long?

Today has brought all kinds of ego-restoring confirmation. Invasion has now been cancelled by ABC, although there’s a possibility that new network The CW (a merger of sorts between UPN and The WB) will pick it up. The Loop is also back for a second season of 13 episodes, which is double its first season episode count. Happy happy joy joy! I was right. Kind of.

Heist, however, is still screwed, but I was never that keen on it anyway. At least, that’s what I’m telling myself.

UPDATE: Teachers, which I also panned, is getting the chop, as is Surface, probably. I’m clearly on a roll.

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I’m being stalked by Doctor Who

Well, I’m back from Glasgow after a much-deserved city break. It only rained two of the days, which was pleasantly surprising, and Glasgow seems to have been polished up enough recently for us to spend most of the time thinking, “Wouldn’t it be nice to live here?”

However, despite at least some attempts to “get away from it all”, within 10 minutes or so of exploration of the city, we found this on Buchanan Street:

Coppuccino

Then, later in the day, we found this:

Pink police box

WTF? Normally people stalk Doctor Who, but now it appears to be happening in reverse.

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The rubbishness of ITV proved for all the world to see

A while ago, we obliquely touched on the poor quality of ITV programming of late. Now come a few hard empirical facts. In all the excitement about Doctor Who‘s success at the BAFTAs, ITV’s equally appalling night was pretty much overlooked – by all but my colleague Ian Jones at Off The Telly. Choice quote of the piece:

if you look at the BAFTA nominations (four for each award, hence a total of 76), how many do you think ITV notched up? A third? A quarter? Wrong on both counts. Surely they made it into double figures? Wrong again. They got a miserable, shameful total of seven. Seven nominations out of 76.

Astonishing.

Since I’ve mentioned Doctor Who, I guess I have to do this now:

David Tennant again

I’m off for a couple of days’ holiday in Glasgow tomorrow, so blogging is going to be reduced to somewhere between a little and not at all, depending on how good the promised Wi-Fi is and how much it rains in Scotland while we’re there (track record: 100% rain on all previous visits). So adios for now and I’ll be back on Monday or earlier.