SDCC 2014's Saturday panels: AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D, THE SIMPSONS, TRUE BLOOD + Bonus BATES MOTEL

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SDCC 2014's Saturday panels: AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D, THE SIMPSONS, TRUE BLOOD + Bonus BATES MOTEL

07/27/2014 13:57:00 PM

Yesterday was the third day of San Diego Comic-Con, and below are fan-filmed videos of four panels for AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D, THE SIMPSONS, TRUE BLOOD, and (as a late bonus from Friday) BATES MOTEL.Agents of S.H.I.E.L.DThe SimpsonsTrue BloodBates Mot

Trailer: TRUE BLOOD – Season 7 Part 2 (SDCC 2014)

07/27/2014 09:12:00 AM

Due to when it's scheduled by HBO every summer, TRUE BLOOD has always been able to debut a trailer at San Diego Comic-Con covering the latter half of its current season. This has tended to be a very good thing, as it's helped get audiences stoked for

Has Channel 4's THE MIMIC lost its voice?

07/27/2014 05:30:00 AM

THE MIMIC returned a few weeks ago, continuing the hapless non-adventures of maintenance man Martin Hurdle (Terry Mynott), who's now lost his low-paid job and chance of fame and fortune after bottling a TV appearance in series 1's finale. Martin has

Trailer: NBC's CONSTANTINE (SDCC 2014)

07/27/2014 04:44:00 AM

NBC revealed a fresh trailer for their upcoming supernatural drama CONSTANTINE at San Diego Comic-Con yesterday, and it's a big improvement on the others (which were already pretty cool). Of course, I've already seen the pilot, and thought it was dis

SDCC 2014's Friday panels: ARROW, GAME OF THRONES & THE WALKING DEAD

07/26/2014 12:19:00 PM

Yesterday was the second day of San Diego Comic-Con, and below are fan-filmed videos of three panels for ARROW, GAME OF THRONES and THE WALKING DEAD. Friday also contained panels for Sleepy Hollow and BBC America's new sci-fi drama

Trailer: ARROW – Season 3 (SDCC 2014)

07/26/2014 05:18:00 AM

ARROW debuted its third season trailer at San Diego Comic-Con yesterday, which gave fans their first look at new guest stars like Brandon Routh (Superman Returns) as Roy Palmer/The Atom, Karl Yune as Maseo Yamashiro, and Peter Stormare as Count Verti

Trailer: THE WALKING DEAD – Season 5 (SDCC 2014)

07/26/2014 04:46:00 AM

AMC's first trailer for the fifth season of survival horror hit THE WALKING DEAD was unveiled at San Diego Comic-Con yesterday, during the cast and crew's panel. If you're a fan of rotting zombies being stabbed in the head through chain-link fences,

Video: GAME OF THRONES – Season 4 Gag Reel

07/26/2014 03:30:00 AM

Debuting at San Diego Comic-Con, here's a two-minute gag reel for GAME OF THRONES season 4, which primarily consists of the cast fluffing their lines and some set dressing failures.

DOCTOR WHO returning to cinemas for Series 8's premiere

07/25/2014 18:17:00 PM

Last year's 50th anniversary 3D special of DOCTOR WHO, "The Day of The Doctor" was an unprecedented success, partly because it was shown simultaneously in 1,500 cinemas and actually broke into the UK box-office top 10 for that weekend. While the star

SDCC 2014's Thursday panels: 24, COMMUNITY, HANNIBAL & PENNY DREADFUL

07/25/2014 10:17:00 AM

This year's San Diego Comic-Con is in full flow until Sunday, but chances are you're not there to enjoy it. But hey, the internet is your salvation! A lot of fans upload 'shaky-cam' videos of entire hour-long panels, so below are my pick of Thursday'

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, 5.22 - 'The Gift' & ANGEL, 2.22 - 'There's No Place Like Plrtz Glrb'

07/25/2014 04:30:00 AM

BUFFY: Dawn, listen to me. Listen. I love you. I will always love you. But this is the work that I have to do. Tell Giles... tell Giles I figured it out. And, and I'm okay. And give my love to my friends. You have to take care of them now. You have t

Television: Escapism or Realism?

07/24/2014 05:00:00 AM

Is television drama an escape from reality, or a mirror on the world?To immediately answer that question, it can be both. But which do you prefer? Why do YOU watch scripted television drama? Is it because it offers stories that simply can't happen in

The panels I would attend at San Diego Comic-Con this year...

07/23/2014 10:45:00 AM

The geek mecca of San Diego Comic-Con opens its doors tomorrow morning, and I... won't be going. This will be the 35th SDCC I've missed in 35 years. I know, it's shameful. I just find it hard to justify the cost of international flights from the UK,

24: Will Jack Be Back Another Day?

07/23/2014 05:00:00 AM

Fox cancelled 24 in summer 2010, but it was revived this year for twelve-part "event series" 24: Live Another Day. It was set in London (for real) and halved the episode order, which kept the storyline much tighter. They even included a twelve-hour "

TRUE BLOOD, 7.5 – 'Lost Cause' – party animals

07/22/2014 05:30:00 AM

PAM: Oh. My. God. I'm a Republicunt.It helps when a show references its own ridiculousness, but it doesn't always remove the stench of a bad idea. In the aptly-named "Lost Cause", Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) organised a party round Sookie's (Anna Paquin

Trailer: BBC America's sci-fi drama THE INTRUDERS

07/22/2014 04:00:00 AM

The success of Orphan Black for BBC America has perhaps given the channel a taste for intellectual sci-fi, so here comes THE INTRUDERS from Glen Morgan (X Files, Millennium). It's based on a book series by Michael Marshall Smith and concerns a "secre

FX will return to FARGO

07/21/2014 11:38:00 AM

Having secured 18 Emmy nominations, it was almost unthinkable FX wouldn't commission a second season of their hit crime drama FARGO. Unusually for U.S television, it will concern a completely different story, with new characters, in a different time

Review: MONTY PYTHON LIVE (MOSTLY) - flogging a dead parrot?

07/21/2014 04:30:00 AM

The last performance of Monty Python's reunion/farewell show at London's O2 stadium was broadcast on GOLD last night, and simulcast around the world. It was a historic moment, as it officially drew a curtain on Monty Python as a comedy entity. Their

TV Picks: 21-27 July 2014 (Alan Carr – Chatty Man, Commonwealth Games, Kevin Bridges Live, Virtually Famous, etc.)

07/21/2014 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 21stThis World: Clothes to Die For (BBC2, 9pm) Documentary about the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh last ye

Are you plugged into HALT AND CATCH FIRE, or have you hit Escape?

07/20/2014 04:30:00 AM

You've probably hit the Esc button, if AMC's ratings are any indication (having dropped from 1.19m to around 0.7m by mid-season). I can't see this new drama being renewed, as its quality reflects the disappointing ratings. Created by Christopher Cant

Review: HBO's THE LEFTOVERS – 'Pilot', 'Penguin One, Us Zero' & 'Two Boats and a Helicopter'

07/19/2014 06:00:00 AM

WAYNE: All the people who stayed here and pretended it never happened; they're asleep, and they need to wake up now.Another television series with a "big concept", this one from a showrunner behind the show that began the ongoing trend for such thing

Trailer: HOMELAND – Season 4

07/19/2014 04:30:00 AM

Showtime have released a "first look" at the fourth season of their acclaimed drama HOMELAND. This year promises to deliver a big revamp of the show, in the wake of the Nicholas Brody narrative being brought to an end in season 3.Indeed, at the Telev

EXTANT, 1.2 – 'Extinct' - survival of the fittest

07/18/2014 11:15:00 AM

I enjoyed Extant's pilot (more than most people), but the second episode was distinctly average. I was hoping Extant could become a fun summer show to review weekly, but now I'm not so sure. Halle Berry's performance felt much flatter as Molly, and t

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, 5.20 & 5.21 – 'Spiral' & 'The Weight of the World'

07/18/2014 05:00:00 AM

BEN: You know why I wanted to become a doctor?GRONX: Flattering drawstring pants?Approaching the finale, SPIRAL was an action-packed episode that also demystified almost everything about the situation with goddess Glory (Clare Kramer) and Dawn (Miche

TRUE BLOOD beauty Deborah Ann Woll joins Netflix's DAREDEVIL

07/17/2014 11:04:00 AM

Marvel's Daredevil TV series on Netflix is filling out very nicely. We have Charlie Cox (Boardwalk Empire) as The Man With No Fear himself, joined by Rosario Dawson (Sin City) in unspecified role, Elden Hensen (Hunger Games) as best-friend Franklin '

24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY, episode 12 – '10:00PM – 11:00AM'

07/17/2014 04:30:00 AM

written by Manny Coto & Evan Katz | directed by Jon CassarAround this time in any prior season of 24, the show would be scrambling to keep the plot going by introducing fresh villains and a twist in the narrative, but 24: Live Another Day's wrapping

Review: FX's THE STRAIN, 1.1 - 'Night Zero' - vampires go viral

07/16/2014 04:30:00 AM

EICHORST: Love is going to guide them all back. To their homes. To their loved ones.A passenger jet from Berlin lands at JFK International Airport with no signs of life and all the doors sealed shut, prompting CDC expert Dr Ephraim Goodweather (Corey

TRUE BLOOD, 7.4 – 'Death is Not the End' - be kind, rewind

07/15/2014 04:30:00 AM

GINGER: Eric Northman is nothing if he is not pure fucking sex on a throne.It wasn't as tedious as the previous three episodes, so "Death is Not the End" at least has that distinction, but this was still a below-average episode, only enlivened by a d

Pilot preview: ABC's GALAVANT - fairy tale musical hits bum note

07/14/2014 04:30:00 AM

I've reviewed the pilot of ABC's new medieval musical comedy GALAVANT, months ahead of its US premiere...What's the background?GALAVANT is a medieval musical comedy with a fairy tale vibe, created by Dan Fogelman (The Neighbors), featuring songs comp

TV Picks: 14-20 July 2014 (Being Human USA, Foyle's War, The Mimic, Ray Donovan, Utopia, Veep, etc.)

07/14/2014 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 14thUniversity Challenge (BBC2, 8pm) Series 21 of the student quiz show. Hosted by Jeremy Paxman. (1/37)Food Unwrapped (Channel 4, 8

Trailer: DOCTOR WHO – Series 8

07/13/2014 15:04:00 PM

I'm The Doctor. I've lived for over 2000 years. I've made many mistakes. It's about time that I did something about that.The BBC have released the full Series 8 trailer for DOCTOR WHO, during half-time of the World Cup final. It offers our first good

Letterboxd: I, FRANKENSTEIN; THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY; ADDAMS FAMILY VALUES

07/13/2014 04:30:00 AM

½? (out of five)... me, boredUNDERWORLD remade, only with gargoyles and demons replacing vampires and werewolves, with a bastardised version of Mary Shelly's titular creation stuck in the middle. I, FRANKENSTEIN is based on an idea—best-suited t

BETTER CALL SAUL: more details released at TV Critics Association

07/12/2014 11:21:00 AM

The producers of Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul (Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould) have been fielding questions during the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, so we now have fresh information on this eagerly-anticipated AMC

Review: CBS's EXTANT - beautiful, alluring space-baby mystery

07/12/2014 07:03:00 AM

Television shows executive produced by Steven Spielberg usually fail to excite me, because beyond interesting concepts and fantastic production values, they rarely succeed when it comes to delivering a story you can invest in over months and years. F

CONSTANTINE loses a co-star: Lucy Griffiths dropped after pilot

07/11/2014 10:24:00 AM

Well, I did say Lucy Griffiths' performance in Constantine wasn't great in my recent pilot preview. It seems someone at NBC agrees, because the network's announced that Griffith's character, psychic Liv Aberdine, won't return for the full season of t

Pilot preview: ABC's FOREVER - an entertaining, unoriginal assemblage

07/11/2014 05:30:00 AM

It's hard to criticise FOREVER too harshly, because it does everything a good pilot should do. The premise is outlined succinctly, there are big dramatic moments, a 'message' is imparted over the course of the hour, the performances are charming, the

Primetime Emmy Nominations 2014

07/11/2014 04:30:00 AM

This year's Primetime Emmy nominations were announced yesterday, but none of it really matters. The Emmy's just draw more eyeballs than most other awards ceremonies of their ilk, as the "Oscars of U.S TV". But if it keeps a few good-but-struggling sh

24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY, episode 11 – '9:00PM – 10:00PM'

07/10/2014 05:30:00 AM

written by Robert Cochran & David Fury | directed by Jon CassarOwing to the 50% reduction of episodes for 24: Live Another Day, the storyline's benefited from giving us a concentrated blast of Jack Bauer (Keifer Sutherland) chaos, and I'm enjoying th

ANGEL, 2.20 & 2.21 - 'Over the Rainbow' & 'Through the Looking Glass'

07/10/2014 04:30:00 AM

CORDELIA: I wanna go home. I wanna be in my bed. I wanna order some Thai food. I wanna read the latest issue of 'Marie Claire'. I wanna be doing anything but shovelling demon horse poo!OVER THE RAINBOW offered something very different for an episode

Pilot previews: Fox's BACKSTROM & ABC's SELFIE

07/09/2014 04:30:00 AM

Based on Swedish novels by author Leif G.W Persson and developed by Hart Hanson (Bones), detective drama BACKSTROM has had a bumpy ride to our screens, after CBS passed on a 2012 pilot and Fox jumped in to prevent it becoming a footnote in the annals

Pilot preview: Fox's GOTHAM - intriguing Batman 'pre-cowl'

07/08/2014 06:00:00 AM

Months ahead of its Fox premiere, I have reviewed the pilot episode of their Batman prequel drama GOTHAM...What's the background?GOTHAM is a superhero drama series set in DC Comics's Batman universe, during the time when Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) wa

TRUE BLOOD, 7.3 – 'Fire in the Hole'

07/08/2014 04:00:00 AM

PAM: I am as big a fan of the French vagina as you are Eric, but come back to Earth. She's just a human.Hopes this final season would jerk to life by episode 3 (now the 'settling in' period is over), were dashed by the tedious and time-wasting "Fire

Pilot preview: NBC's CONSTANTINE - stylish supernatural twaddle

07/07/2014 05:00:00 AM

Months ahead of its NBC premiere on 24 October, I preview the pilot episode of supernatural comic-book horror drama CONSTANTINE...What's the background?CONSTANTINE is a US TV adaptation of the comic-book anti-hero created by Alan Moore (Watchmen), St

TV Picks: 7-13 July 2014 (The 100, Hemlock Grove, John Bishop's Australia, Million Pound Drop, True Blood, etc.)

07/07/2014 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 7thJohn Bishop's Australia (BBC1, 9pm) Celebrity travelogue Down Under. (1/3)Scotland: For Richer or Poorer? (BBC2, 9pm) Documentary

Pilot preview: The CW's THE FLASH - super-fast, super-fun

07/06/2014 04:30:00 AM

Months ahead of its 7 October premiere on The CW, I take a look at the pilot episode of their new superhero drama THE FLASH.What's the background?THE FLASH is The CW's latest superhero drama, based on the popular DC Comics character of supersonic Bar

Get the summer look!

07/05/2014 08:08:00 AM

I like to keep Dan's Media Digest looking fresh and dandy, so DMD's been given a lick of paint this summer. While many things are largely the same as before, and hopefully still familiar and easy to navigate, I want to quickly run down the BIG change

Digital Spy: Expectation vs Reality - 7 Unexpected TV Hits

07/05/2014 05:16:00 AM

I've made my writing debut at Digital Spy with an article entitled 'Expectation vs Reality: 7 Unexpected TV Hits'. It's a quick list of some recent TV shows that managed to prove doubters wrong, having inspired cynicism and low expectations when they

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, 5.18 & 5.19 – 'Intervention' & 'Tough Love'

07/04/2014 05:00:00 AM

XANDER: No one is judging you. It's understandable. Spike is strong and mysterious and sort of compact but well-muscled.BUFFY: I am not having sex with Spike, but I'm starting to think that you might be.I didn't like the storyline with Buffy (Sarah M

24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY, episode 10 – '8:00PM – 9:00PM'

07/03/2014 04:30:00 AM

written by Adam DaSilva (story by Robert Cochran, Manny Coto & Evan Katz) | directed by Milan CheylovWhenever 24 resolves its main threat earlier than expected, you usually end up with an entertaining but meandering batch of tail-end episodes before

SHERLOCK will return, with a bonus Christmas special!

07/02/2014 13:06:00 PM

Most of the discussion about Sherlock concerns when it's coming back! It airs so briefly when it does return, that within a month fans are back to wondering when the next three episodes will be. Well, wonder no more!Sherlock will begin filming in Jan

PENNY DREADFUL, 1.8 – 'Grand Guignol'

07/02/2014 04:30:00 AM

written by John Logan | directed by James HawesI fall for it time and time again, but whenever cable series are given short orders (like Penny Dreadful's eight episode run), I assume this is because there's a shorter story to be told. The fact John L

TRUE BLOOD, 7.2 – 'I Found You'

07/01/2014 04:30:00 AM

Vince: This town is full of vampires, has a dog for a major, and is being preached at by a telepath!After a dull start to True Blood's final season, things continue to plod along in "I Found You". I remain sorely disappointed the Hep-V's are going to

Yahoo resurrects COMMUNITY! Six Seasons! Next up, a movie?

07/01/2014 04:00:00 AM

NBC may have axed Community in May after its fifth season, but it's being revived by Yahoo! The online company has ordered 13 new episodes to comprise a sixth season, half-fulfilling the show's famous 'six seasons and a movie' mantra.Creator Dan Harm

TV Picks: 30 June – 6 July 2014 (The Betrayers, Common, The Honourable Woman, Tipping Point, etc.)

06/30/2014 03:30:00 AM

Below are my picks of the most notable shows, returning/premiering on UK screens this week...MONDAY 30th? The World's Best Diet (Channel 4, 9pm) Documentary looking at various diets from around the world, and how people's eating habits have change

Letterboxd: ROBOCOP (2014); JACK RYAN - SHADOW RECRUIT

06/29/2014 04:30:00 AM

??½ (out of five)When people say they hate remakes, they really mean they hate "retreads" (modern films that do what's been done before, with different actors and slicker production values).To its credit, José Padilha's new ROBOCOP takes the es

Teaser: DOCTOR WHO – Series 8 ("Am I A Good Man?")

06/28/2014 04:27:00 AM

The BBC have revealed that series 8 of Doctor Who will begin on 23 August

Review: TNT's THE LAST SHIP

06/27/2014 06:30:00 AM

written by Hank Steinberg & Steven Kane | directed by Jonathan MostowYou can tell TNT's summer drama The Last Ship is based on a 1988 novel, because it reeks of that decade's Cold War attitude and US jingoism—despite being updated to a 21st-century

ANGEL, 2.18 & 2.19 - 'Dead End' & 'Belonging'

06/27/2014 04:30:00 AM

ANGEL: You know, when I was in charge here, nobody questioned my methods, or my singing.CORDELIA: You're half right.Of the issues I have with Wolfram & Hart being the show's face of evil, lawyer Lindsey McDonald (Christian Kane) was one of the bright

Video: GAME OF THONES, '80s style!

06/26/2014 10:23:00 AM

What if HBO had made Game of Thrones during the 1980s? The result may have looked something like this amazing fan-made video of the imagined opening titles, complete with the GoT theme tune on a keyboard synthesiser. Love the attention to detail with

24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY, episode 9 – '7:00PM – 8:00PM'

06/26/2014 05:00:00 AM

written by Tony Basgallop & Sang Kyu Kim (story by Evan Katz & Manny Coto) | directed by Milan CheylovBravo, 24. Perhaps because Agent Navarro (Benjamin Bratt) already escaped a seemingly inevitable death, and knowing 24's long history of doing unima

PENNY DREADFUL, 1.7 – 'Possession'

06/25/2014 05:00:00 AM

written by John Logan | directed by James HawesI wasn't expecting the penultimate hour of Penny Dreadful to essentially be a 'bottle episode', considering there's still lots to do, but that's exactly what we got. The bigger picture story didn't reall

TRUE BLOOD, 7.1 – 'Jesus Gonna Be Here'

06/24/2014 05:00:00 AM

written by Angela Robinson | directed by Stephen MoyerAfter seven seasons, the sun's setting on HBO's supernatural drama True Blood. Over that time it's become increasingly inessential and ludicrous, but there's been enough craziness and graphic viol

TV Picks: 23-29 June 2014 (Glastonbury, This Old Thing: The Vintage Clothes Show, Quest for Bannockburn, Wimbledon, etc.)

06/23/2014 03:30:00 AM

Below are my picks of the most notable shows, returning/premiering on UK screens this week...MONDAY 23rd? Wimbledon 2014 (BBC1, 11.30am) Start of this year's coverage of the prestigious Grand Slam tennis tournament. Presented by Sue Barker.Police

Review: Dave's ALAN DAVIES – AS YET UNTITLED

06/21/2014 06:56:00 AM

I've really enjoyed Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled; an original piece of programming from Dave, which ran every week night at 10pm (providing respite between World Cup matches). It's a simple format where comedian Alan Davies (QI) plays host to a gathe

Post-mortem: GAME OF THRONES – Season Four

06/20/2014 05:00:00 AM

The fourth season of Game of Thrones has drawn to a close, and the HBO drama has now completed George R.R Martin's third novel (A Storm of Swords). It was a very eventful year for some characters (Tyrion), a mostly place-holding one for others (Stann

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, 5.16 & 5.17 - 'The Body' & 'Forever'

06/19/2014 05:00:00 AM

BUFFY: She's cold.OPERATOR: The body's cold?BUFFY: No, my mom. Sh-should I make her warm?A diamond in the fifth season's rough, THE BODY was nevertheless frustrating to me because it proves (like most other Joss Whedon episodes he writes and directs)

24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY, episode 8 – '6:00PM – 7:00PM'

06/19/2014 04:30:00 AM

written by Robert Cochran | directed by Jon Cassar24 built its reputation on doing unimaginable things on television; either in in terms of movie-standard stunts, but also plot-twists that proved genuinely shocking to audiences. I'm sure you have som

Video: GAME OF THRONES - season 4, visual effects showreel

06/18/2014 04:30:00 AM

The fourth season of HBO's Game of Thrones has finished, so embedded above is the now-customary visual effects showreel. It's another very entertaining look at the digital trickery that goes into making this big-budget series, and I'm always surprise

PENNY DREADFUL, 1.6 – 'What Death Can Join Together'

06/17/2014 04:30:00 AM

written by John Logan | directed by Coky GiedroycI've heaped praise on Penny Dreadful most weeks, and I again enjoyed this latest episode ("What Death Can Join Together"); but it was my least favourite of the six episodes to air, so I thought it migh

TV Picks: 16-22 June 2014 (A Cabbie Abroad, Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled, The Dentists, Friday Night Dinner, etc.)

06/16/2014 03:30:00 AM

Below are my picks of the week's most notable TV shows, returning/premiering to UK screens this week...MONDAY 16thTigers About the House (BBC2, 8pm) New wildlife documentary series about zookeeper Giles Clark, who is hand-rearing Sumatran tiger cubs.

ANGEL, 2.17 – 'Disharmony' & BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, 5.15 - 'I Was Made to Love You'

06/12/2014 04:30:00 AM

GUNN: Now we're saving a vampire from vampires? I got two words for that: Nuh and uh!It was a relief to watch DISHARMONY because I'd grown weary of the Darla arc's diminishing returns, and it felt like Angel was getting back to basics. The new manage

24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY, episode 7 – '5:00PM – 6:00PM'

06/11/2014 04:30:00 AM

written by Tony Basgallop | directed by Jon CassarI'm going to stop assuming characters are dead when they're caught up in explosions or hit by buses, because there's too much wriggle room for survival! On that note, following her incident with Londo

PENNY DREADFUL, 1.5 – 'Closer than Sisters'

06/10/2014 04:30:00 AM

written by John Logan | directed by Coky GiedroycWe're over halfway through Penny Dreadful's eight-part first season (it's been renewed for a second, thank heavens), and instead of advancing the plot, John Logan decided to colour in the background to

RIP Rik Mayall (1958-2014)

06/09/2014 11:09:00 AM

Tragic news that comedian and writer Rik Mayall has died at the age of 56. I'm not sure how to gauge his global popularity (as that Drop Dead Fred movie killed his attempt at a Hollywood career back in 1991), but I'm sure British comedy exports like

TV Picks: 9-15 June 2014 (Celebrity Masterchef, David Beckham - Into the Unknown, Mindy Project, Mock the Week, New Girl, One Born Every Minute, etc.)

06/09/2014 03:30:00 AM

Below are my picks of the most notable TV shows, returning or premiering on UK screens this week...MONDAY 9thCelebrity Jeremy Kyle (ITV, 2pm) New series where the infamous talk show host meets famous people to discuss their personal issues and career

Has LOUIE lost its funny bone?

06/06/2014 05:30:00 AM

FX's LOUIE is one of the world's most creative, daring, thought-provoking, and unique comedies. It's a work of quiet genius at its best, and much of this is derived from the fact creator Louis C.K has full artistic control of the show. He stars in, w

ANGEL, 2.15 & 2.16 – 'Reprise' & 'Epiphany'

06/05/2014 04:30:00 AM

WESLEY: Things'll pick up. They're bound to.CORDELIA: Yeah. It's L.A. The evil's probably just tied up in traffic, or something.We're inching towards the end of Angel's second season, and it's interesting to see the show going through changes and try

24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY, episode 6 – '4:00PM – 5:00PM'

06/04/2014 04:30:00 AM

written by David Fury | directed by Omar MadhaWell, I was wrong. Agent Navarro (Benjamin Bratt) didn't die in the blast that destroyed half a mansion in last week's explosive climax, but managed to walk away with cuts and bruises. And his survival en

PENNY DREADFUL, 1.5 – 'Demimonde'

06/03/2014 04:30:00 AM

written by John Logan | directed by Dearbhla WalshA less showy episode than we've been getting with Penny Dreadful, but all the better for it. This is a show that doesn't have to rely on blood, guts, and monsters to entertain its audience, as the hum

TV Picks: 2-8 June 2014 (8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Amber, Big Brother, Comedy Gala, Orange is the New Black, Soccer Aid, TV OD, etc.)

06/02/2014 03:30:00 AM

Below are my picks of the most notable TV shows, returning or premiering on UK screens this week...MONDAY 2ndJamie's Money Saving Meals (Channel 4, 8.30pm) Series 2 of the cookery show where chef Jamie Oliver shows you how to prepare easy, cheap, nut

The 26 Goriest, Ghastliest Moments from HANNIBAL (season 1 & 2) - NSFW!

06/01/2014 08:26:00 AM

NBC's fantastic HANNIBAL is many things: a gritty crime drama, a psychological thriller, an urban chiller, an art-house horror show, and twisted soap opera, all rolled into one unsettling mix.And while the beauty of the narrative remains the transfix

MAD MEN, 7.7 – 'Waterloo'

05/29/2014 04:30:00 AM

Cutler tries to impeach Don, Peggy prepares for the long-awaited Burger Chef pitch, and the world settles down to watch men land on the moon...DON – the best things in life are free?This has been a turbulent year for Don Draper (Jon Hamm), but befo

24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY, episode 5 – '3:00PM – 4:00PM'

05/28/2014 04:30:00 AM

written by Sang Kyu Kim & Patrick Somerville | directed by Omar MadhaA good litmus test for 24 is how the show fares when Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) only has limited screen time during an episode, and 24: Live Another Day pulled off its best epis

PENNY DREADFUL, 1.3 – 'Resurrection'

05/27/2014 04:30:00 AM

written by John Logan | directed by Dearbhla WalshThis episode was more of a showcase for Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway) and his first-born Creature, named Caliban (Rory Kinnear) in the extensive flashback that dominated this third instalment of Penn

HANNIBAL, 2.13 – 'Mizumono'

05/26/2014 10:48:00 AM

written by Steve Lightfoot & Bryan Fuller | directed by David SladeThe finale of Hannibal's second season is tough to review, because the ending's so utterly devastating and appears to herald a significantly different future than many fans envisaged.

TV Picks: 26 May – 1 June 2014 (The Complainers, Goodness Gracious Me: Reunion Special, Porridge: Inside Out, Springwatch, etc.)

05/26/2014 03:30:00 AM

Below are my picks of the most notable TV shows, returning or premiering on UK screens this week...BANK HOLIDAY MONDAYBritain's Got Talent (ITV, 7.30pm) Series 8's live semi-finals begin. Continues weeknights until Sunday. (8/13)Springwatch (BBC2, 8p

What are the best British TV panel shows?

05/25/2014 04:30:00 AM

One of the most common and popular formats on British television is the venerable "comedy panel show". The UK has cornered the market with this genre, largely because it's the only country that makes so many. It probably helps that they're so cheap a

Video: Celebrities Read Mean Tweets #7

05/24/2014 04:30:00 AM

One recurring skit on Jimmy Kimmel Live has been reducing me to hysterics for awhile now, so I thought I would share the mean-spirited love. It's Celebrities Read Mean Tweets. The conceit is very simple: celebrities read out the mean tweets people ha

Post-mortem: FROM DUSK TILL DAWN – Season One

05/24/2014 04:00:00 AM

The idea of turning 1996 cult crime horror film FROM DUSK TILL DAWN into an ongoing TV drama, almost two decades later, for a Latino network its director Robert Rodriguez had created, remains uniquely ludicrous. And after watching all 10 episodes of

Intermission: Bank Holiday weekend

05/23/2014 05:42:00 AM

It's time for me to take a short break again, so I'll be back on Bank Holiday Monday (May 26). This means tomorrow's finale review of Hannibal season 2 will have to wait awhile (sorry!), but otherwise you probably won't notice.Yes, I have planned ahe

Post-mortem: ARROW - Season Two

05/23/2014 04:00:00 AM

Having recently completed its second season on The CW, I remain singularly impressed by ARROW. While it's clearly an ersatz Batman, it has enough to differentiate itself from the Caped Crusader's more famous milieu. Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) has m

MAD MEN, 7.6 – 'The Strategy'

05/22/2014 05:30:00 AM

Peggy wrestles with a Burger Chef pitch she's convinced needs improving, Bob Benson has a question for Joan, and Pete returns to New York with Bonnie...PEGGY – she did it her wayThe best storyline belonged to Peggy (Elisabeth Moss), as she finalise

ANGEL, 2.13 & 2.14 – 'Happy Anniversary' & 'The Thin Dead Line'

05/22/2014 04:30:00 AM

GUNN: Okay, everyone parked within ten blocks has a flier on their windshield. We just slightly irritated almost a hundred people.I liked the different approach HAPPY ANNIVERSARY took to the show's formula, with an altogether more sci-fi influence. H

Trailer: KINGSMAN - THE SECRET SERVICE

05/21/2014 06:00:00 AM

From the creative team that brought you Kick-Ass, it's an adaptation of another Mark Millar comic-book: KINGSMAN – THE SECRET SERVICE. Millar's comics tend to have "why didn't I think of that?" hooks, and this one's no different. It concerns undera

24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY, episode 4 – '2:00PM – 3:00PM'

05/21/2014 04:30:00 AM

written by Patrick Harbinson | directed by Adam Kane24: Live Another Day (hereafter 24LAD) swapped the inner-city for indoors this week, as another of 24's famous stand-offs came into play. Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) spent the hour evading captur

Fans of numerical birthmarks, rejoice! THE OMEN is coming to television...

05/20/2014 04:00:00 AM

Glen Mazzara (The Shield, The Walking Dead) is developing a television drama based on the 1976 horror film The Omen, entitled DAMIEN.The series will tell the story of Damien Thorn, adopted child of two American diplomats, who is actually the Antichri

PENNY DREADFUL, 1.2 – 'Séance'

05/19/2014 06:30:00 AM

written by John Logan | directed by J.A BayonaAfter the impressive pilot, "Séance" somehow surpassed it, but in a very different way. It was notable for introducing even more characters into the mix, which meant alcoholic Yankie marksman Ethan (Josh

BAFTA Television Awards: Winners 2014

05/19/2014 04:30:00 AM

I don't take awards ceremonies seriously these days, but the BAFTA Television Awards were held last night, so the results are below... together with my thoughts on the most popular category's results...Leading Actor Jamie Dornan - The FallSean Harris

TV Picks: 19-25 May 2014 (The Fast Show, From There to Here, Mr Sloane, Penny Dreadful, Radio 1's Big Weekend, etc.)

05/19/2014 03:30:00 AM

Below are my picks of the week's most notable shows, returning or premiering on UK screens this week...MONDAY 19thThe Battle to Beat Polio (BBC2, 9pm) Documentary where BBC economics editor Stephanie Flanders investigates the treatments her father wo

ABC order 8 episodes of AGENT CARTER

05/18/2014 12:08:00 PM

Confirming speculation, ABC have ordered eight episodes of Marvel's new WWII comic-book drama AGENT CARTER, to air during Agents of SHIELD's two-month mid-season hiatus. The show will focus on Agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), a year after Steve Ro

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