Third-episode verdict: Eureka

By a piece of extraordinary timing, this third-episode verdict arrives just as episode one of Eureka arrives in the UK. Now re-titled A Town Called Eureka for British audiences, it’s airing at 9pm on Sky One. Is it worth adding your diary?

Probably not.

It’s amiable enough. The characters are amiable. The plots are neither too rubbish nor too interesting. As I mentioned in my review of the pilot, it’s basically just an acceptable hour-long filler.

If you’re a real hardcore sci-fi fan, you’ll probably tune in every episode. Otherwise, give it a miss unless you’ve nothing better to do.

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Preview: Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, starring Bradley Whitford and Matthew Perry

In the US: Mondays, 10/9c, NBC. Starting September 18th.

In the UK: Acquired by Channel 4, with possible More4 first screening. No date yet.

For a lot of people, this has been the preview we’ve all been waiting for – for roughly three years. Ever since Aaron Sorkin got thrown off The West Wing, addiction to the unique skills of one of America’s finest writers has had millions around the world craving even the slightest piece of new dialogue or characterisation.

Now comes a complete series, 13 episodes commissioned so far, with a cast to die for and a budget to match.

Has it been worth the wait? Erm, maybe.

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Review: Aquaman

Aquaman



In the US:
Available on iTunes. One episode and one episode only.

In the UK: Fake a US address and get it from iTunes. Or something.

As discussed earlier this week, Aquaman is a dead pilot. It has ceased to be. Or to WB, which was its original destination. Then The WB network decided to merge with UPN to create The CW (it’s all a bit Reggie Perrin, isn’t it?) and Aquaman got squeezed out.

The question is: was Aquaman unfairly denied airtime? Should it be up in the Brilliant But Cancelled Hall of Fame?

No. It shouldn’t. It’s pants. Or should that be trunks?

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Third-episode verdict: Brotherhood

BrotherhoodBrotherhood (which I now belatedly realise is probably a bad play on words: brotherhood, brother hood. It’s about gangsters. Get it?) has improved a bit since its first episode, which was a bit of mish-mash.

The trouble is it’s now “Eat your greens” television: not desperately enjoyable, but very worthy, requiring a good deal of concentration, and talking about Really, Really Important Subjects. It wants to be The Wire crossed with the dirty local politics version of The West Wing, but doesn’t quite have the writing to make it on either count.

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