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OUTLANDER, 1.7 – 'Both Sides Now' • lost girl

09/29/2014 05:00:00 AM

written by Ronald D. Moore | directed by Anna FoersterThe mid-season finale of OUTLANDER was satisfying, if guilty of reheating the nasty threat from "The Garrison Commander", only now with added gristle because Claire's (Caitriona Balfe) newly-marri > read more

TV Picks: 29 September – 5 October 2014 • The Blacklist • Forever • Have I Got News For You? • Never Mind the Buzzcocks • QI • Scrotal Recall

09/29/2014 04:00:00 AM

Below are my picks of the most notable new shows, returning or premiering on UK screens over the next 7 days...MONDAY 29thStrictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two (BBC2, 6.30pm) Series 12 of the companion fanzine to the ballroom reality show. Hosted by Zo > read more

DOCTOR WHO, 8.6 – 'The Caretaker' • parental approval

09/28/2014 04:35:00 AM

written by Gareth Roberts & Steven Moffat | directed by Paul MurphyOver recent years, DOCTOR WHO has created a new type of episode where, essentially, The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) lives amongst normal people in an everyday setting. The first example wa > read more

Review: SLEEPY HOLLOW, 2.1 – 'This is War' • it's back, crazier than ever!

09/26/2014 07:30:00 AM

written by Mark Goffman | directed by Ken OlinSLEEPY HOLLOW is back for more. More, more, more! Has there ever been a more frenzied, resolutely high-tempo supernatural drama? I can't remember the time an episode paused for breath, as the writers seem > read more

Digital Spy: What's the Big Idea? How LOST Changed U.S TV

09/26/2014 05:30:00 AM

Yesterday, an article I wrote for Digital Spy was published, entitled 'What's the Big Idea? How Lost Changed U.S TV'. It's a brief look at six shows that felt emboldened by the 2004 success of Lost to do something equally imaginative, or was directly > read more

MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D, 2.1 - 'Shadows' • a super sophomore?

09/25/2014 05:30:00 AM

written by Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen | directed by Vince MisianoMost people, myself included, didn't like MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D (hereafter AoS) for much of its freshman season. But those who stuck with it, myself included again, saw a > read more

TWIN PEAKS, 1.7 - 'The Last Evening'

09/25/2014 03:30:00 AM

TRUMAN: What are you getting at?COOPER: The truth, Harry. Because that's my job.It doesn't really deliver the cataclysmic, phantasmagorical shocks you may have expected to end this freshman season, but writer-director Mark Frost was always the more l > read more

Review: CBS's SCORPION • THE A-TEAM with A-Levels

09/24/2014 05:30:00 AM

written by Nick Santora | directed by Justin LinCreated by Nick Santora (who wrote for the similarly ludicrous Prison Break), CBS's new action-thriller SCORPION is another U.S drama that feels like an assemblage of old parts than anything distinct, f > read more

J.J Abrams adapting Stephen King's time-travel novel 11/22/63 for Hulu

09/24/2014 04:30:00 AM

I like Stephen King and J.J Abrams, so anything combining their talents is cause for celebration. However, both men are far from infallible. Abrams has been struggling to find another Lost-sized hit for awhile now (bruised by the flops that were Unde > read more

What did you think of ABC's immortal New York doctor drama FOREVER?

09/23/2014 05:30:00 AM

ABC's new fantasy medical/cop show FOREVER premiered last night in the U.S, starring Ioan Gruffudd as a New York surgeon who's actually a two-hundred-year-old immortal. I already reviewed this pilot over the summer, and thought it was an entertaining > read more

What did you think of Fox's Batman-less comic-book prequel GOTHAM?

09/23/2014 05:00:00 AM

After months of hype and, frankly, too many previews that spoiled a lot of surprises, Fox's comic-book drama GOTHAM finally premiered last night in the U.S. I already reviewed this pilot in the summer, and think it has the makings of a decent show; b > read more

10 Years Later, What Did the Cast of LOST Do Next?

09/22/2014 11:07:00 AM

10 years ago today, on 22 September 2004, ABC premiered a new mystery drama called LOST. It was an instant success and became part of pop-culture, sending audiences into spasms of delight and frustration in equal measure over the ensuing six seasons > read more

OUTLANDER, 1.7 – 'The Wedding' • happily ever after?

09/22/2014 05:30:00 AM

JAMIE (to Claire): I'll never forget when I came out of the church and saw you for the first time. It was as if I stepped outside on a cloudy day and suddenly the sun came out.written by Anne Kenney | directed by Anna FoersterIt couldn't hope to comp > read more

TV Picks: 22-28 September 2014 - Derren Brown: Infamous • The Driver • The Graham Norton Show • Marvellous • Plebs • Strictly Come Dancing • Tricked

09/22/2014 03:30:00 AM

Below are my picks of the most notable new shows, returning or premiering on UK screens over the next 7 days...MONDAY 22nd? Derren Brown: Infamous (Channel 4, 9pm) Stage magic, mentalism, and illusion, recorded live at the Grand Theatre in Leeds.Re > read more

DOCTOR WHO, 8.5 – 'Time Heist' • the bank job

09/21/2014 04:31:00 AM

THE DOCTOR: It's just a phone, Clara. Nothing happens when you answer the phone.written by Steve Thompson & Steven Moffat | directed by Douglas MackinnonThe prospect of a DOCTOR WHO episode about The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara (Jenna Coleman) b > read more

Review: BBC America's INTRUDERS • frustrating, beguiling sci-fi thriller

09/20/2014 08:13:00 AM

Based a 2007 novel by British author Michael Marshall Smith, this paranormal mystery thriller has been developed by Glen Morgan; a writer best-known for his '90s partnership with James Wong, where they worked on The X-Files and Millennium. They're pu > read more

MacBook Pro: A Bite of the Apple

09/19/2014 05:00:00 AM

I've been using Windows PCs since 1996, beginning with a 'beige-box' 386 running Windows 95. I was mostly self-taught, but went to college during a period when dial-up Internet was taking off and Win95/98 were the operating systems of choice. I've on > read more

TWIN PEAKS, 1.6 - 'Realization Time'

09/18/2014 05:30:00 AM

AUDREY: I can't believe you were ever my age.COOPER: I've got the pictures to prove it.Thursday 2 March 1989. Currently, there are three separate investigations attempting to find Laura Palmer's killer: Agent Cooper (Kyle Maclachlan) and Sheriff Trum > read more

The Television Shows I'll Be Tuning Into this Autumn...

09/16/2014 05:30:00 AM

The summer's almost over, TV-wise, but which new and returning shows am I likely to be watching and reviewing this autumn for DMD? Let's take a look...Definitely reviewing weekly (until they bore or frustrate me too much):Homeland (Showtime)Constanti > read more

OUTLANDER, 1.6 – 'The Garrison Commander' • tables are turned

09/15/2014 05:30:00 AM

written by Ira Steven Behr | directed by Brian KellyRANDALL (to Claire): I run in darkness, Madam. And darkness is where I belong. I need no sympathy and you'll get none from me. One way or another, I will get the truth out of you.If you've bailed on > read more

TV Picks: 15-21 September 2014 (Bad Education • Boardwalk Empire • Cilla • Downton Abbey • Glue • Legends • The Leftovers • The Strain

09/15/2014 03:30:00 AM

Below are my picks of the most notable new shows, returning or premiering on UK screens over the next 7 days...MONDAY 15thThe Undriveables (ITV1, 8pm) New series where terrible driver are coached by leading driving instructors. Narrated by Geoffrey P > read more

DOCTOR WHO, 8.4 – 'Listen' • three shades of pink

09/14/2014 05:00:00 AM

written by Steven Moffat | directed by Douglas Mackinnon"Fear makes companions of us all."DOCTOR WHO's often at its best when delivering quiet, disconcerting ghost stories. Steven Moffat delivers one of the best with "Listen"; a weird, conceptual epi > read more

Review: Syfy's Z NATION

09/13/2014 06:43:00 AM

written by Karl Schaefer | directed by John HyamsUnsurprisingly, this zombie apocalypse series from the producers of Sharknado isn't great. However, surprisingly, Z NATION isn't as unforgivably terrible as I was expecting it to be. It earns credit fo > read more

Letterboxd: CAPTAIN AMERICA - THE WINTER SOLDIER • THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI ACROSS THE 8th DIMENSION • MUPPETS MOST WANTED

09/13/2014 05:30:00 AM

???? (out of five)I was concerned after CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER that the character wouldn't work once removed from his period 1940s setting, but it's actually a boon for this excellent sequel, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER. I > read more

Poll: which has been your favourite summer show this year?

09/12/2014 05:00:00 AM

The days when U.S television would go into a summer hibernation are long gone, as more channels begin to ensure there's programming filling the airwaves between late-May and late-September. But which of the following has been your favourite? Please v > read more

TWIN PEAKS, 1.5 - 'Cooper's Dream'

09/11/2014 05:30:00 AM

LOG LADY: Fire is the Devil hiding like a coward in the smoke.Wednesday 1 March 1989. The honeymoon period is over. Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) is awakened by rowdy Icelandic businessmen who have arrived for a junket at the Great Northern, and their pre > read more

THE LEFTOVERS season one • good grief or lamentable bore?

09/10/2014 04:30:00 AM

I've felt conflicted about HBO's THE LEFTOVERS all season, and that's a compliment. I enjoy shows that get you thinking about your own taste, opinions, and the reactions of others. This isn't an easy show to watch week-to-week, as it's superficially > read more

OUTLANDER, 1.5 – 'Rent' • the future path to the past

09/08/2014 05:30:00 AM

written by Toni Graphia | directed by Brian KellyWe got a sense of the long-term plan for OUTLANDER with episode 5, beyond Claire's (Caitriona Balfe) inevitably doomed intention to time-travel home by touching the stones at Craigh na Dun. The famous > read more

TV Picks: 8-14 September 2014 (Alan Carr: Chatty Man • Celebrity Squares • Scott & Bailey • Sunday Night at the Palladium • Would I Lie to You?

09/08/2014 04:00:00 AM

Below are my picks of the most notable new shows, returning or premiering on UK screens over the next 7 days...MONDAY 8th? Loose Women (ITV, 12.30pm) Series 19 of the magazine-style talk show. Starring Ruth Langsford, Andrea Mclean & Kaye Adams. Th > read more

DOCTOR WHO, 8.3 - 'Robot of Sherwood' - a merry olde romp

09/07/2014 05:00:00 AM

written by Mark Gatiss | directed by Paul MurphyOne of the best DOCTOR WHO > read more

Review: ITV's CHASING SHADOWS

09/06/2014 04:41:00 AM

written by Rob Williams | directed by Christopher MenaulDS Sean Stone claims "serial killers" only exist in Hollywood, and the proper term is "multiple murderers"; and yet, ironically, he's a detective on the autistic spectrum, which is arguably even > read more

Video: Norwegian SHERLOCK parodies 'Oklahomo' & 'Mind Phallus'

09/05/2014 05:00:00 AM

Norwegian comedians Vidar Magnussen and Bjarte Tjøstheim have made two parodies of the BBC series SHERLOCK, which I'd like to share with you because they're well-made and contain fun moments: "Oklahomo" (above) and "Mind Phallus" (below)... > read more

TWIN PEAKS, 1.4 - 'The One-Armed Man'

09/04/2014 05:30:00 AM

DR JACOBY: Laura had secrets and around those secrets she built the fortress that, well that in my six months with her, I was not able to penetrate and for which I consider myself an abject failure.Tuesday 28 February 1989. There are plenty of develo > read more

Amazon Pilots, reviewed: THE COSMOPOLITANS • HAND OF GOD • HYSTERIA • REALLY • RED OAKS

09/03/2014 05:00:00 AM

There doesn't seem to be much rhyme-or-reason to Amazon pilot seasons, does there? This is their third batch of offerings, and I don't blame you for wondering what happened to any of the previous pilots. Does anyone watch ALPHA HOUSE or BETAS? Didn't > read more

OUTLANDER, 1.3 & 1.4 – 'The Way Out' & 'The Gathering'

09/02/2014 05:00:00 AM

FATHER BAIN (to Claire): I smell the vapours of hell in you.If the first few episodes handled the set-up, this third hour was about adjustment as 20th-century time-traveller Claire (Caitriona Balfe) started to find her feet as a "stranger in a strang > read more

September 2014 Highlights - AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D, DOWNTON ABBEY, FOREVER, THE GOOD WIFE, GOTHAM, SLEEPY HOLLOW, etc.

09/01/2014 05:30:00 AM

It's the busiest month of the TV calendar (certainly for U.S shows, that tend to debut in September), but what are the big highlights to check out? I use the term "highlights" fairly loosely, by the way...DALLAS - Season 3(Channel 5, 2 Sep) The U.S s > read more

TV Picks: 1-7 September 2014 (8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Chasing Shadows, Dallas, Educating the East End, Houdini, Our Zoo, etc.)

09/01/2014 03:30:00 AM

Below are my picks of the most notable new shows, returning or premiering on UK screens over the next 7 days...MONDAY 1st? Jamie's Comfort Food (Channel 4, 8pm) New culinary series where chef Jamie Oliver puts twists on the nation's favourite dishe > read more

DOCTOR WHO, 8.2 – 'Into the Dalek' – a fantastic voyage

08/31/2014 13:07:00 PM

written by Phil Ford & Steven Moffat | directed by Ben WheatleySwathes of "Into the Dalek" felt very familiar, as DOCTOR WHO has done many variations of The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and his companion tagging along with gruff soldiers, while the situati > read more

If you care, share

08/30/2014 05:30:00 AM

Page-hits are so yesterday. Today's all about the number of shares you inspire.Anyone can create a click-bait headline, or get lucky with a search engine's ranking. There are all manner of tricks to get people to visit a blog; some of which it's only > read more

Which season of TRUE BLOOD was your favourite?

08/29/2014 05:30:00 AM

After seven seasons, TRUE BLOOD's vampires have finally bitten the dust rather than anyone's jugular. For many, this HBO drama was a reliable source of fun and blood-letting from beginning to end; for others it was an entertaining supernatural guilty > read more

TRUE BLOOD, 7.10 – 'Thank You' – father of the vampire bride

08/28/2014 08:02:00 AM

JASON: It's been a long fuckin' week, and it's been a weird fuckin' week.Just go with it. That's a phrase you often have to repeat to yourself when watching TRUE BLOOD, but thankfully only once during its series finale. The idea that Hoyt (Jim Parrac > read more

TWIN PEAKS, 1.3 – 'Rest in Pain'

08/28/2014 05:30:00 AM

TRUMAN: There's a sort of evil out there. Something very, very strange in these old woods. Call it what you want. A darkness, a presence. It takes many forms but... its been out there for as long as anyone can remember, and we've always been here to > read more

Video: Fan-made LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN opening titles

08/26/2014 05:00:00 AM

As a big fan of Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill's LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN comics (particularly the original ones set in Victorian times), it has always pained me that the 2003 movie was such a resounding disaster (creatively and commercially). > read more

Intermission: late-summer

08/25/2014 07:00:00 AM

I'm taking another week's break (25-31 August), so DMD updates may not be as regular. Luckily, I've planned ahead with some posts queued ready to 'auto-publish' over the next 7 days, but I'm not sure when I'll have time to watch and review the True B > read more

TV Picks: 25-31 August 2014 (Big School, Gadget Man, Hand of God, Hysteria, Through the Keyhole, Under the Dome, X Factor, etc.)

08/25/2014 04:00:00 AM

Below are my picks of the most notable new shows, returning or premiering on UK screens over the next 7 days...BANK HOLIDAY MONDAYScotland Decides: Salmon vs Darling (BBC2, 8.30pm) Live debate on Scottish Independence, between the SNP's Alex Salmond > read more

Stuff You (Probably) Didn't Know About... Eva Green

08/24/2014 08:00:00 AM

Eva Green's one of my favourite actress's working today, because you can never take your eyes off her when she's around, she always gives the material 100% (no matter the objective quality), and tends to elevate weak projects through sheer force of w > read more

Review: DOCTOR WHO, 8.1 – 'Deep Breath' - the same, but different

08/23/2014 16:14:00 PM

THE DOCTOR: Look at the eyebrows! These are 'attack-eyebrows'. You could take bottle tops off with these!The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) now prefers a buttoned-up collar with a conspicuous lack of a bow-tie (famously worn by his immediate predecessor, Mat > read more

Letterboxd: CUBAN FURY • ALL IS LOST • KLOWN

08/23/2014 05:00:00 AM

?? (out of five)Nick Frost without Simon Pegg is a bit like watching Oliver Hardy without Stan Laurel. It doesn't quite work. Pegg's enough of a quirky leading man not to suffer the same analogy, although both seem to struggle when not directed b > read more

BBC America order THE LIVING AND THE DEAD from co-creators of LIFE ON MARS

08/22/2014 12:37:00 PM

Writers Ashley Pharoah and Matthew Graham, who co-created Life on Mars and were responsible for its spin-off Ashes to Ashes, have had a paranormal drama picked up by BBC America. THE LIVING AND THE DEAD will concern Nathan Appleby; a "gentleman farme > read more

Which HEROES should return?

08/22/2014 05:30:00 AM

Has a television show ever soared so high, only to fall so hard? NBC superhero drama HEROES had a phenomenal first season (spoiled by a fudged finale people disliked), before a creatively disastrous second season alienated the mainstream. Only die-ha > read more

Short Film: DUST with Alan Rickman

08/22/2014 05:00:00 AM

Here's a great short film, written and directed by Ben Ockrent and Jack Russell. It stars Alan Rickman (Die Hard, Harry Potter) as a strange man who follows a little girl and her mother home one day, but takes a very unexpected turn. DUST is definite > read more

Have a BLACK MIRROR Christmas

08/21/2014 10:53:00 AM

After two series, Charlie Brooker's satirical anthology drama BLACK MIRROR has been given a Christmas special by Channel 4. The show is usually comprised of three separate weekly tales, but the festive edition will weave three storylines into one fea > read more

This week, I'm loving... OUTLANDER's Opening Titles

08/21/2014 05:00:00 AM

Isn't it beautiful? Totally captures the mystery and romance of the Highlands of Scotland, while cleverly mixing together The Skye Boat Song's melody with lyrics paraphrasing Robert Louis Stevenson's poem Sing Me a Song of a Lad That is Gone (with la > read more

TWIN PEAKS, 1.2 - 'Zen, or the Skill to Catch a Killer'

08/21/2014 05:00:00 AM

THE ONE-ARMED MAN: Through the darkness of future past / the magician longs to see / one chance out between two worlds / Fire walk with me.Until now, Twin Peaks hasn't really been as off the wall as its reputation would have you expect. Cooper (Kyle > read more

AMC aren't letting HALT AND CATCH FIRE halt or catch fire

08/20/2014 11:13:00 AM

AMC are sticking by niche drama HALT & CATCH FIRE, about 1980s computer programming, having now renewed the show for a second season. I wasn't a huge fan of the first year, which had some problems, but I like the female characters and the final handf > read more

Stuff You (Probably) Didnae Know About... DOCTOR WHO's Peter Capaldi

08/20/2014 05:30:00 AM

Scottish actor PETER CAPALDI is best-known for playing foul-mouthed politician Malcolm Tucker in The Thick of It and its spin-off movie In the Loop, but he'll soon become a family favourite when he takes up residence in the TARDIS as the twelfth acto > read more

THE WRONG MANS returning as two specials instead of full series

08/20/2014 04:30:00 AM

It always felt weird BBC2 recommissioned THE WRONG MANS for a second series, considering the story concluded, so I'm glad creators James Corden and Mathew Baynton have instead opted to make two hour-long specials. Although that's equal to four half-h > read more

Sony are casting their POWERS pilot for the Playstation Network

08/19/2014 06:30:00 AM

FX made a pilot based on the comic-book POWERS starring Jason Patric, but it wasn't ordered to series. But now Sony Pictures Television is giving an adaptation a go, with a series heading to the Playstation Network. The comic is about two detectives, > read more

TRUE BLOOD, 7.9 – 'Love is to Die' – relationship counselling

08/19/2014 04:30:00 AM

SOOKIE (to Bill): Whatever this is, whatever you're doin', you don't get to hide behind the word "fate".Oh, TRUE BLOOD. Did you really just spend 40-minutes of your final season's penultimate hour on pairing up Hoyt (Jim Parrack)-Jessica (Deborah Ann > read more

Keanu Reeves accepts lead role in planned TV action drama RAIN

08/18/2014 16:15:00 PM

It seems Keanu Reeves has sensed a change in the air, regarding his box-office standing. He hasn't had a major critical and commercial success since The Matrix trilogy ended in 2003, and last year's dismal > read more

OUTLANDER, 1.2 – 'Castle Leoch' - the lies of a spy

08/18/2014 05:00:00 AM

JAMIE (to Claire): You're a kind woman... with a good touch... and your husband is a lucky man.The disdain many men feel toward romantic fiction is perhaps a belief the love story will be too gooey, but I'm not getting that impression from OUTLANDER. > read more

TV Picks: 18-24 August 2014 (Celebrity Big Brother, Doctor Who, New Tricks, Ramsay's Hotel Hell, Resurrection, Suspects, etc.)

08/18/2014 03:30:00 AM

Below are my picks of the most notable new shows, returning or premiering on UK screens over the next 7 days...MONDAY 18thPhil Spencer: Secret Agent (Channel 4, 2.20pm) Series 2 of the property series. (1/20)Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is (BBC1, > read more

Does HBO's WESTWORLD have the most exciting mix of talent on TV?

08/17/2014 08:00:00 AM

When I heard HBO were making a TV drama based on 1973's sci-fi classic WESTWORLD, adapted from the Michael Crichton novel about a futuristic Wild West theme park full of killer robots, I wasn't terribly enthusiastic. But that's all changed now they'v > read more

Review: Cinemax's THE KNICK, 1.1 & 1.2 - 'Method and Madness' & 'Mr. Paris Shoes'

08/17/2014 04:30:00 AM

There have been many turn-of-the-century dramas recently, with some likewise focused on medical professions, but Cinemax's THE KNICK is far and away the best. Set in the New York City of 1900, this period piece concerns Dr John W. Thackery (Clive Owe > read more

Digital Spy: 12 Fantasy Television Crossovers

08/16/2014 09:02:00 AM

Over at Digital Spy today, it's my latest article. This one fantasises about 12 "crossover" episodes of past and present TV shows, that would be extremely unlikely but incredibly fun to watch. Dexter meets Hannibal? Sherlock travels to Fargo? Justifi > read more

What pilots do Amazon have in store for us this year?

08/16/2014 05:00:00 AM

I know what you're thinking: what happened to the Amazon pilots from last time? Transparent, Bosch, The After and Mozart in the Jungle? One assumes they'll be available to stream soon, but we already have the next batch of pilots for subscribers to w > read more

Trailer: Yahoo's COMMUNITY - launching soon

08/15/2014 10:37:00 AM

NBC cancelled geek-favourite comedy COMMUNITY in May, but it was brought back from the dead by online giant Yahoo! And they've just released a nice announcement trailer, that's basically a lot of clips from the past five seasons, structured around NA > read more

Review: TNT's LEGENDS - the many minds of Mr Bean

08/15/2014 05:30:00 AM

LEGENDS is a new procedural from U.S cable's TNT, developed by Howard Gordon (24, Homeland), Jeffrey Nachmanoff (The Day After Tomorrow), and Mark Bomback (Die Hard 4.0), adapting a novel by Robert Littell called Legends: A Novel of Dissimulation. It > read more

CUCKOO, 2.2 – 'Potato Party' - throwing up a fresh approach...

08/15/2014 04:00:00 AM

I had no intention to review more CUCKOO after covering series 2's premiere last week (assessing the fallout caused by Andy Samberg's departure, and the damage limitation of Taylor Lautner's entrance), but felt compelled to write about episode 2, "Po > read more

TWIN PEAKS, 1.2 – 'Traces to Nowhere'

08/14/2014 05:30:00 AM

written by Mark Frost & David Lynch | directed by Duwayne Dunham | 12 April 1990COOPER: You know, this is, excuse me, a damn fine cup of coffee. I've had I can't tell you how many cups of coffee in my life and this, this is one of the best. Now I'd l > read more

HBO renew THE LEFTOVERS, but will the audience soon depart?

08/14/2014 04:30:00 AM

It's no surprise that THE LEFTOVERS has been given a second season by HBO, as it's been holding strong in terms of ratings. An average of 1.5 million people are watching every week, which isn't much of a dip on the premiere's high of 1.77m. The numbe > read more

Following bizarre blockbusters GoTG and TMNT, what other retro weirdness should Hollywood adapt?

08/13/2014 05:30:00 AM

Guardians of the Galaxy and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles both over-performed to become enormous hits at the August U.S box-office, so sequels were hastily ordered. Their success could also mean other studios take notice, and begin to order similar pr > read more

Are you ready for new DOCTOR WHO? Take a 'Deep Breath'...

08/13/2014 04:30:00 AM

There's only a few weeks to go until 23 August, so the BBC have released a thirty-second DOCTOR WHO trailer that specifically teases the Series 8 premiere "Deep Breath". There's lots of new footage to enjoy, and I'm really excited to meet Peter Capal > read more

RIP Robin Williams (1951-2014)

08/12/2014 10:46:00 AM

Another comedy great has left the stage, and this one hurts deep because Robin Williams was still bringing a lot of fun and entertainment to the world at the age of 63, and it appears he chose to commit suicide after an intense period of depression ( > read more

TRUE BLOOD, 7.8 – 'Almost Home' - the price of salvation

08/12/2014 04:30:00 AM

HOYT: When a good thing gets destroyed, that's the definition of unfair to me.The end of True Blood's really sneaking up on us, as there are just two hours left! "Almost Home" was easily the best-acted episode this season, granting Jessica (Deborah A > read more

Review: ALMOST ROYAL - sub-BORAT japes in the United States, what?

08/11/2014 05:30:00 AM

E4 have begun airing BBC America's > read more

TV Picks: 11-17 August 2014 (Ade at Sea, Boomers, Executed, The Wonder of Animals, etc.)

08/11/2014 03:30:00 AM

Below are my picks of the most notable new shows, returning or premiering on UK screens over the next 7 days...MONDAY 11thFootball Fight Club (BBC3, 9pm) Documentary about prominent football hooligan gangs over the 2013/14 season.? Kate Adie's Wome > read more

Review: A TOUCH OF CLOTH III – 'Too Cloth for Comfort'

08/10/2014 16:07:00 PM

Charlie Brooker's hilarious spoof crime thriller A TOUCH OF CLOTH debuted three years ago, and yet these are only the fifth and sixth episodes. That's slow-going even by usual British standards, but the "less is more" adage rings truer for spoofs tha > read more

Review: BBC1's WALTER - a loose charm, but zero laughs

08/09/2014 09:04:00 AM

Fresh from playing a cop in Line of Duty and a dead cop in Ashes to Ashes, Adrian Dunbar's back as cop Walter Gambon in the one-off comedy-drama WALTER, written by Ruby Solomon. The most interesting thing about Walter is that Solomon's actually the p > read more

BBC3's Thursday night comedy double whammy: CUCKOO and SIBLINGS

08/09/2014 05:30:00 AM

Almost two years after it began, BBC Three's CUCKOO is back for a second series. Trouble is, the two actors who formed the central romance of the show are gone; U.S comedian Andy Samberg as spaced-out hippy Dale "Cuckoo" Ashbrick, and Tamla Kari as t > read more

Did THE SINGER TAKES IT ALL find its voice in week two?

08/08/2014 16:19:00 PM

Last week's premiere of THE SINGER TAKES IT ALL was mired by an embarrassing failure of its app, which meant the first three singers were actually being voted on by 100 back-stage helpers as a contingency plan. Hardly a promising start, although I qu > read more

Are you beginning to feel THE STRAIN?

08/08/2014 05:30:00 AM

EPH: A whole new set of organs has generated to propel this stinger.We're four episodes into FX's new horror drama THE STRAIN, based on the novels by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. (No, seriously, they definitely exist.) Are you enjoying it? I k > read more

TWIN PEAKS, 1.1 - 'Original Pilot' (aka 'Northern Passage')

08/07/2014 14:00:00 PM

written by Mark Frost & David Lynch | directed by David Lynch | 8 April 1990PETE: She's dead. Wrapped in plastic.Twin Peaks, Washington, "five miles south of the Canadian border and twelve miles west of the state line"; population 51,201. On 24 Febru > read more

Letterboxd: THE RUNNING MAN; HARD TARGET

08/07/2014 05:30:00 AM

?? (out of five)RICHARDS: I'll be backKILLIAN: Only in a rerun.Nestled around Arnold Schwarzenegger's more enduring 1980s hits, THE TERMINATOR and PREDATOR, is this adaptation of a 1982 novel by Richard Bachman (later revealed to be Stephen King' > read more

Review: Starz's OUTLANDER - loch to the future

08/06/2014 05:30:00 AM

Beyond producing a handful of projects since his Battlestar Galactica remake ended, writer Ronald D. Moore has been struggling to develop another big hit. Things look set to change in the near-future, following a development deal with Sony Pictures T > read more

WRONG MANS producers making BBC 'comedy whodunit?' STAG

08/06/2014 04:30:00 AM

BBC2 have commissioned a three-part comedy-drama called STAG, from the producers of their surprise hit The Wrong Mans. The series will revolve around a stag night in Scotland, where the men involved are being murdered one by one.George Kay and Jim Fi > read more

TRUE BLOOD, 7.7 – 'May Be the Last Time' – familiar faces

08/05/2014 05:30:00 AM

SOOKIE: How can you not believe in miracles and magic when they're happening all around us every single day? There's a miracle out there, just waiting for Bill. I just have to go out there and find it.After last week's rise in quality, "May Be the La > read more

Trailer: E4's GLUE – a rural SKINS meets BROADCHURCH?

08/05/2014 04:00:00 AM

Jack Thorne (Skins, This is England, The Fades) has a new six-part drama coming to E4 this autumn, called GLUE. It concerns a small village in the English countryside, where farming and race horses are the lifeblood of the local community, and the un > read more

TV Picks: 4-10 August 2014 (Cuckoo, In the Club, Masters of Sex, Siblings, Touch of Cloth III, The Village, Walter, Who Do You Think You Are?, etc.)

08/04/2014 04:00:00 AM

Below are my picks of the most notable new shows, returning or premiering on UK screens over the next 7 days...MONDAY 4thThe 21st Question (ITV, 5pm) New gameshow. Hosted by Gethin Jones. (1/10)Railways of the Great War (BBC2, 6pm) New series looking > read more

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA to Z NATION; has Syfy sacrificed quality for cheap fun and notoriety?

08/03/2014 04:30:00 AM

Has it really been five years since Syfy's superb Battlestar Galactica remake ended? Since then, the network's fumbled with lame attempts to find anything close to equaling BSG's quality (even attempting two prequels few cared about), so their best s > read more

Who should star in a female-orientated GHOSTBUSTERS reboot?

08/02/2014 18:08:00 PM

It's strongly rumoured that director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat) has become Sony's top choice to direct their eternally gestating GHOSTBUSTERS III.Unfortunately, everyone's grown so tired of rewriting that script to work as a direct sequel (tha > read more

Channel 4's THE SINGER TAKES IT ALL; average karaoke with an innovative twist

08/02/2014 05:10:00 AM

Channel 4's thrown its hat into the ring of reality singing contests, taking on ITV's X Factor and BBC1's The Voice, with THE SINGER TAKES IT ALL. As befits Channel 4's remit for innovation in the field, the key difference with this series is how it > read more

ITV spent £1 million on X FACTOR trailer, but only uploaded it in 480P

08/01/2014 14:45:00 PM

Things are about to get loud.THE X FACTOR is returning on 30 August, with Simon Cowell back as head judge, joined by returning pop star Cheryl Cole Fernandez Versini, new judge Mel B, and old hand Louis Walsh. ITV spent £1 million on this Game of Th > read more

August 2014 Highlights - DOCTOR WHO, INTRUDERS, THE KILLING, MASTERS OF SEX, OUTLANDER, A TOUCH OF CLOTH...

08/01/2014 04:30:00 AM

It's August! Summer's still here, but there's lots of good reasons to stay indoors with the television on. Below are my prime picks of shows hitting US and UK screens over the next four weeks, so read on if you need to plan your TV month...The Killin > read more

State of the Blog: New template and reader engagement

07/31/2014 05:00:00 AM

I didn't get much feedback about DMD's new look from people here. This seems to be part of an ongoing change in visitor habits, as Twitter seems to be the preferred choice. Are comment areas doomed because they feel so isolated from the wider world? > read more

TWIN PEAKS - is it time to resume television's weirdest mystery?

07/30/2014 10:28:00 AM

Oh God, I've just taken a photo of a mass-produced inanimate object! #TwinPeaks pic.twitter.com/wceBGMqBxO— Dan Owen (@danowen79) July 30, 2014Longtime readers will know that I reviewed the first season of TWIN PEAKS five years ago, but didn't cont > read more

From AMERICAN HORROR STORY to FARGO, will U.S cable's sudden love of 'anthology series' last?

07/30/2014 04:30:00 AM

There's an emerging trend in U.S TV for cable dramas to have seasons that deviate from the preceding one, becoming anthologies. FX's American Horror Story started the ball rolling, when creator Ryan Murphy announced its second year wouldn't continue > read more

Trailers: THE HOBBIT – THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES & SIN CITY – A DAME TO KILL FOR

07/29/2014 05:30:00 AM

This Lord of the Rings prequel trilogy hasn't achieved the same highs as its predecessor, but it's technically superior and I actually prefer Martin Freeman to Elijah Wood. The Hobbit trilogy has been dogged by complains each instalment's too long (w > read more

TRUE BLOOD, 7.6 – 'Karma' - in sickness and in health

07/29/2014 04:30:00 AM

JASON: Bill Compton is one tough motherfucker. He's gonna beat this thing. I mean, hell, he was like a bonafide vampire God about six months ago!After five disheartening episodes, True Blood makes headway with the sixth, "Karma". Suddenly the thrust > read more

Trailers: 50 SHADES OF GREY & MAD MAX – FURY ROAD

07/28/2014 05:00:00 AM

Mr Grey will see you now...It's the trailer to the movie adaptation of the book your female co-workers and—OH GOD, NO!—your mum, raved about two summers ago. It was a good litmus test of people's literary taste, actually, because 50 SHADES OF GRE > read more



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