- WEEKLY TV PICKS
Monday, 10 March 2014
Sunday, 9 March 2014
Fox have released the first trailer for 24: Live Another Day (the
What do you make of this trailer? 24: LAD returns 5 May on Fox, and soon after on Sky1 in the UK.
Saturday, 8 March 2014
written by Jeff Vlaming & Bryan Fuller | directed by Tim Hunter
The conclusion of the premiere's story was equally good and very satisfying; opening on one of the most horrifying sequences the show's ever done when kidnapped Roland Umber awoke in the killer's grain silo, and realised he had to tear his own fused flesh apart in order to use his limb and escape. That whole sequence was masterful horror, with the killer chasing Roland through a cornfield to the edge of a cliff above a river... crowned by a soul-crushing ending, as Roland made a leap of faith and battered himself to death on the rocks below. In the creepy world of Hannibal, victory doesn't come easy.
Things happen fast in the world of entertainment. What started as rumours based on a brief comment from BBC Director General Tony Hall resulted in the loss of BBC Three days later. The digital channel that began life 11 years ago will shutdown in autumn 2015, to be remodelled as a "new and innovative online service", if the BBC Trust approve.
HBO's True Detective has made a name for itself because of its haunting strangeness and, well, occasionally unintelligible Southern accents. E!'s The Soup have nicely spoofed the latter, in a video starring Joel McHale (as Matthew McConaughey) and his Community co-star Jim Rash (as Woody Harrelson). Enjoy.
Friday, 7 March 2014
written by Jordan Blum & Parker Deay | directed by Ron Schrab
I've always loved how Community runs with an outrageous concept and somehow makes it feel oddly plausible. "App Development and Condiments" concerned the Yelp!-like beta-testing of an addictive smartphone app called 'MeowMeowBeenz', which allows users to rate their social interactions on a five-point system. In typical Community style, the popularity of the app skyrocketed over night—even turning technophobe Buzz (Jonathan Banks) into an avid user—and Greendale College soon became a caste-based society.
Thursday, 6 March 2014
written by Steve Pemberton & Reece Shearsmith | directed by David Kerr
The penultimate episode of Inside No9 felt like a companion piece to "Tom & Gerri" (only with Reece Shearsmith's character suffering a cruel ascendancy, instead of a miserable descent). "The Understudy" was set behind the doors of dressing room number 9, belonging to boorish West End actor Tony Warner (Steve Pemberton), currently the lead in the Duke of Cambridge Theatre's production of Macbeth. Tony's a loud, obnoxious, egotistical, selfish man whose talent casts a big shadow; although his bravado tends to mostly eclipse submissive understudy Jim (Shearsmith)...
I'm told Angel becomes a much better show once you're past the first season (which I didn't think was terrible), but I didn't find this premiere especially great. I expect premieres to lay out a season's table, to some extent, but "JUDGMENT" didn't seem to do much that felt fresh, beyond introduce an almost-literal lounge lizard called Lorne (Andy Hallettt). It didn't even pick-up with season 1's finale, as Angel's resurrected "maker" Darla (Julie Benz) was only given a token scene to confirm you weren't seeing things last time. The only noticeable change was the bigger presence of street-wise vampire-killer Gunn (J. August Richards, also added to credits), as he met Cordelia (Charisma Carpenter) and Wesley (Alexis Denisof)—but even his introduction actually happened last season.
NBC already found their Constantine in Welsh actor Matt Ryan (avoiding the ire of comic-books who grumbled about an Americanisation of the character in the Keanu Reeves-starring movie), but now they've cast the other regulars...
Wednesday, 5 March 2014
Update: this poll was extraordinarily badly-timed, unfortunately, as it now appears BBC Three is for the chop. Feel free to instead leave a comment about this.
There's a rumour BBC3 or BBC4 will be axed soon, as the easiest and fastest way to recoup £100m-worth of savings for the Beeb by 2016. BBC3 costs approximately £85m a year to run, so it's strongly rumoured the BBC will look to turn it into an "online-channel"" accessible through BBC iPlayer. Hey, the kids all love their Netflix streaming, so that makes sense... right?