What have you been watching this week? (w/e January 22)

I’ve a big pile of stuff to watch, including Spartacus, Life Unexpected, Aristotle’s Lagoon, Wallander, The Deep End, Empire of the Seas, episode 2 of Human Target and Cage Fighting Women (should I avoid any of them?), but I have managed to shift some of my backlog and watch a few other shows too:

  • Community: Last week’s episode was a welcome return to form, complete with all sorts of the usual fourth-wall breaking meta-fun that we’ve grown to expect. Loved the idea of ‘the character reboot’. Jack Black actually proved to be an entertaining cameo as did Luke Wilson‘s surprise appearance at the end. Excellent work, and glad to see Community proving to be so good again.
  • 30 Rock: A two-parter last week, the second of which proved to be quite bad; the first was quite good, though. That’s as much as I remember
  • Being Human: A slightly shaking start to the second episode, but by the mid-point it was back on season one form again and there were some truly scary moments with Annie. I’m a little erked they went for the traditional horror route of praying upon female fears of being attacked, by they handled it as well as could be expected.
  • Archer: More on that in another entry
  • Cougar Town: Not seen this week’s, but last week’s was really very good – the show’s hit its stride now and it’s doing character development and plot progression well
  • CSI: Last week’s was a little so-so, despite the presence of Dr Jekyll, although that actuary was scary; this week’s was very odd – who knew golf was so mixed up a sport?
  • Supernatural: A good iteration of the standard “are our heroes really mad and been dreaming everything the whole time?” plot that surprised with more or less every turn. Glad to see it back.
  • Modern Family: Another great episode last week. The Chaz Palminteri guest appearance worked well. Glad to see Phil not being such a spanner for once, but disturbed to see Julie Bowen now making similar facial expressions to my wife.
  • Leverage: A much better episode this week and nice to see a US show that has the IRA as a bunch of criminals blowing up nail bombs, rather than a bunch of freedom fighters. Not great for any of the characters except Nate though.
  • Burn Notice: A good return for the show, and Tyne Daly’s guest appearance was used well. We also get a decent bit of insight into why Michael does the things he does now, and Sam got to be used for something other than laughs. But who is the fake Brit on the phone?
  • House: Quite fun, quite sad and with some great House and Wilson moments.
  • Chuck: Phew. A good episode, but (spoiler)everything’s back to the status quo again

But what did you watch?

As always, no spoilers unless you’re going to use the <spoiler> </spoiler> tags, please. If you’ve reviewed something on your blog, you can put a link to it here rather than repeat yourself (although too many links and you might ge

Friday’s Dragons’ Den/Hustle crossover news



  • Danny Boyle to direct Frankenstein at the National Theatre

British TV

  • All-star cast for second series of Moving On, including John Simm and Roy Marsden, with Dominic West directing an episode
  • BSkyB forced to sell most of its stake in ITV [subscription required]
  • BBC Wales tries to attract indies to its new drama hub [subscription required]
  • Fiver picks up Melrose Place, Archer and Burn Notice
  • What everyone’s been waiting for: the Dragons’ Den/Hustle crossover [spoilers]
  • The InBetweeners to end after series three?
  • More4 picks up The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret
  • BBC to work on iPhone, Wii et al games for Top Gear and Doctor Who?


Monday’s 5-0 news

Doctor Who


British TV

  • Press pack for Only Fools and Horses prequel Rock & Chips



Preview: Archer 1×1

In the US: Thursdays, 10pm, FX. Starts January 14th, 2010

Who doesn’t want to be a spy? Imagine the glamour, the excitement, the women/men you’d meet.

Of course, reality is going to be a whole lot different. It’s all going to be screwed-up people stuck in relatively normal workplaces, quibbling about expense accounts – at gunpoint.

That, at least, is the premise of FX’s new half-hour animated comedy Archer, which features the daring exploits of Sterling Archer, ace superspy for top secret organisation ISIS.

What kind of man is Sterling Archer? Well, imagine James Bond. Imagine his lifestyle, all the glamour, the excitement, the women – then imagine that instead of James Bond, you have an American, trust fund-holding, egotistical, self-centred, empty-headed, misogynistic jock douchebag with mummy issues.

It’s brilliant.

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