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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.

Lost: a novel new theory

This one hadn’t occurred to me but it makes a whole load of sense:

“It is my opinion that the cast of Lost, having experienced far worse locations than Hawaii and slightly worse scripts than Lost, are stringing this thing out a bit.”

Nancy Banks-Smith, The Guardian

US TV

Stargate: a licence to print money

Stargate SG-1You just can’t get rid of Stargate. There was the movie. Then there was the first TV series, Stargate SG-1, which is now filming its tenth season, making it just about the longest running sci-fi show in the world short of Doctor Who. Then there’s the spin-off series Stargate: Atlantis, which is on to season three. There was also a spin-off cartoon, that was, thankfully, cancelled. Now they’re thinking of another movie that will launch a third series as well.

Can I say, at this point, enough with the Stargates already? To make both Stargate and Stargate: Atlantis requires a budget of $75 million per year. Give it to the poor instead. The idea has been milked well and good already. I keep watching them, mind you, but then I have an addictive personality. Cut me off, please. I beg you. I resent being addicted, intrigued and bored simultaneously.

On the other hand, guess how much money it’s made for the economy of British Columbia, the part of Canada where it’s filmed. Go on. You won’t be able to guess.

$500 million. That’s right. And we’re talking US not Canadian dollars here. You can see why they keep doing it, can’t you? Maybe some poor Canadians are getting some of that. We can only hope.

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Another Knight Rider movie in the works

The Hoff has been trying to get a movie version of Knight Rider off the ground for years, but now the show’s creator, Glen A Larson, seems to have beaten him to the punch. There have already been two Knight Rider revivals – Knight Rider 2000 and Knight Rider 2010 – both of which were quite bad, but third time lucky, perhaps?

Personally, I’m holding out for an Airwolf movie, but will it really be the same?