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Review: Channel 4's BLACK MIRROR – WHITE CHRISTMAS

12/17/2014 11:20:00 AM

????It's hard to say which was the most exciting thing about this feature-length edition of Charlie Brooker's BLACK MIRROR; the fact the show's been given a Christmas special, or that its growing acclaim overseas resulted in Mad Men's Jon Ham > read more

Why is there a WALKING DEAD spin-off?

12/17/2014 05:00:00 AM

Answer: $$$$$. AMC have a phenomenon on their schedule, but the cash cow only produces 16 episodes a year, which they split into two batches to try and make it feel more substantial. A spin-off (sorry, "companion" series) will help keep THE WALKING D > read more

Dan's 10 Favourite TV Shows of 2014

12/16/2014 05:30:00 AM

It's that time of the year again. I know the internet's full of top 10 lists, but mine's less about what was "the best" and more what became "a favourite". Sometimes, show X is objectively better than show Y, but X has something about it that just m > read more

TV Picks: 15-21 December 2014 - Black Mirror • British Comedy Awards • Great British Bake Off: Christmas Masterclass • Rik Mayall: Lord of Misrule • Text Santa

12/15/2014 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 15thDogs: Their Secret Lives (Channel 4, 8pm) Factual special where Mark Evans revisits pets and owners from the previous series.? > read more

Video: SNL's HOBBIT OFFICE

12/14/2014 12:01:00 PM

Martin Freeman (The Office, The Hobbit) was the guest emcee of this past weekend's SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, and the highlight was the sketch I've embedded above. It's beautifully simple: what if the characters of Peter Jackson's Middle-earth saga were em > read more

Trailer: BROADCHURCH - Series 2

12/11/2014 12:37:00 PM

How will ITV's small-town whodunit justify a second series, considering the murder was solved last time? It's still vague, although the first 60-second trailer for BROADCHURCH series 2 suggests the story will concern the disappearance of two little g > read more

Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons join FARGO season 2 cast

12/11/2014 12:29:00 PM

HBO recently confirmed the new casting for True Detective, and now it's the turn of FX with FARGO. We already know the second season will jump back in time, to dramatise the 1979 Sioux Falls, South Dakota case mentioned by Keith Carradine's character > read more

Fox's SCREAM QUEENS casts Emma Roberts and Jamie Lee Curtis

12/09/2014 05:00:00 AM

If you haven't heard, producer-writer-director Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horror Story) has a new 15-episode horror drama beginning on Fox early next year. Entitled SCREAM QUEENS, it's another anthology show like AHS, with the first season revolving > read more

THE LEFTOVERS undergoing changes for season 2

12/08/2014 05:30:00 AM

HBO's high-concept drama THE LEFTOVERS (set in a universe where 2% of the world's population inexplicably vanished) will apparently jettison much of its supporting cast, and the action is moving away from the fictional town of Mapleton, New York.Just > read more

TV Picks: 8-14 December 2014 - Big Fat Gypsy Christmas • Brian Pern: A Life in Rock • Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies • Royal Variety Performance

12/08/2014 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 8thOxford Street Revealed (BBC1, 11.30am) Documentary on Europe's busiest shopping street. (1/10)Christmas Kitchen with James Martin > read more

Which is your favourite Christmas advert of 2014?

12/06/2014 04:32:00 AM

There have always been festive commercials on television, but the adverts have become increasingly expensive and genuine treats on British television. Department store John Lewis is widely credited with starting the trend in 2007, but it wasn't until > read more

Trailer: TERMINATOR – GENISYS (2015)

12/04/2014 13:18:00 PM

This fifth Terminator movie has a lot to overcome. There have been two weak sequels since James Cameron moved on from the franchise after T2, and a two-season TV show that didn't work for mainstream audiences. Naturally, people are now very sceptical > read more

Hallelujah! AMC officially order a PREACHER pilot

12/04/2014 11:17:00 AM

AMC have ordered a pilot of Gareth Ennis and Steven Dillon's 1990s comic-book PREACHER, masterminded by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Sam Catlin (Breaking Bad). AMC must have loved the script, which concerns a Texan preacher called Jesse Custer who b > read more

By George, it's DOWNTON CLOONEY!

12/02/2014 16:03:00 PM

On the one hand, it's rather marvellous a humble ITV drama like DOWNTON ABBEY now has the clout to attract A-list Hollywood talent like George Clooney for a glorified cameo. On the other hand, is this a shark-jumping moment? It totally breaks whateve > read more

December 2014 Highlights – BLACK MIRROR • DOCTOR WHO • DOWNTON ABBEY • ESIO TROT • THE WRONG MANS

12/01/2014 05:30:00 AM

December is a particularly busy month in British TV because of the two-week period over Christmas and New Year when various shows air specials. It's less exciting in the U.S, where shows go on mid-season hiatus until January or February. (I've never > read more

TV Picks: 1-7 December 2014 - The Billion Pound Base: Dismantling Camp Bastion • Living on the Edge • Phillips Live 24-Hour TV Marathon

12/01/2014 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 1stPhillips Live 24-Hour TV Marathon for Text Santa (ITV3, 11am) Charity challenge, raising money for Text Santa, where TV presenter > read more

Trailer: STAR WARS – THE FORCE AWAKENS (2015)

11/29/2014 04:30:00 AM

It's here. The first official teaser for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS was released yesterday; the seventh movie few expected would get made, because George Lucas was always more interested in prequels than sequels to his original trilogy. There's als > read more

Newsbuzz: DOCTOR WHO's Christmas clue, TRUE DETECTIVE casting, WONDER WOMAN finds a director, ITV adapting JEKYL & HYDE

11/28/2014 04:30:00 AM

The BBC have revealed that this year's DOCTOR WHO Christmas special is entitled "Last Christmas", fanning the flames of a summer rumour about Jenna Coleman leaving the series.Confirmed as leads for season 2 of TRUE DETECTIVE are Colin Farrell (as det > read more

Is Joel McHale ripping off Adam Buxton now?

11/27/2014 04:30:00 AM

Look, I really like Joel McHale. He's great on Community and he seems like a really nice guy, but it's just been announced he's producing a new E! pilot called COMMENTS SECTION. The show will find comedian Michael Kosta taking a sardonic look at the > read more

Trailer: JURASSIC WORLD (2015)

11/26/2014 04:30:00 AM

The good news: they're finally doing a Jurassic Park movie where the park's actually in full operation. It always struck me as odd the original was about a group of scientists getting a sneak peek of the place. I'd like to say it was down to the cost > read more

Newsbuzz: CONSTANTINE cut, Netflix save Tina Fey's cult comedy, Fox adapting GLOBAL FREQUENCY

11/25/2014 04:30:00 AM

NBC have refused to give their new supernatural drama CONSTANTINE a "back nine"; additional episodes to take it beyond the thirteen hours commissioned. The show hasn't been cancelled, but it's a sign the network isn't entirely happy with its longterm > read more

TV Picks: 24-30 November 2014 – American Dad! • The Doctor Blake Mysteries • The Martin Lewis Money Show • Psychobitches

11/24/2014 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 24thDon't Mess With Me (BBC1, 9.15am) New series exposing the country's litter louts. Hosted by Margaret Mountford. Continues weekda > read more

First-look: PENNY DREADFUL - Season Two

11/23/2014 04:30:00 AM

Sky have released a first-look photo from PENNY DREADFUL season 2, which is currently filming in Dublin. It's not much to get excited about, unless the fact Eva Green wearing her hair down is a cryptic clue about something (beyond changing Victorian > read more

Mini-Reviews: THE AFFAIR, AHS, CONSTANTINE, THE FLASH, SLEEPY HOLLOW, WALKING DEAD, etc.

11/22/2014 09:33:00 AM

Reviews of television shows have been sparse over the past few weeks (apologies), so this little batch of mini-reviews will have to suffice...THE AFFAIR (season 1). I fell behind the U.S airings on Showtime, so I'm playing catch-up now. I'm still enj > read more

Newsbuzz: JONATHAN STRANGE & MR NORELL adaptation, Isaac Asimov's FOUNDATION and Tom Hardy's TABOO

11/21/2014 04:30:00 AM

The BBC are adapting Susanna Clarke's 2004 novel JONATHAN STRANGE & MR NORRELL into a seven-part series for next year. Peter Harness (Wallander) has written the scripts, which will star Eddie Marsan (as Mr Norrell) and Bertie Carvel (as Mr Strange), > read more

Fox remaking hit UK crime thriller LUTHER - and the original to return?

11/19/2014 04:00:00 AM

Despite the response to Gracepoint (Fox's remake of ITV's Broadchurch) being lukewarm, the same U.S network is pressing ahead with another adaptation of a British hit. BBC1's LUTHER has been given a pilot order, with creator Neil Cross involved with > read more

Trailer: CHAPPIE (2015)

11/18/2014 06:30:00 AM

It's quite amusing how similar CHAPPIE is to Short Circuit at first glance. Both movies concern a robot becoming sentient, but it's the smaller details are what make the comparisons feel apt. Both 'bots were partly created by Indian men (Fisher Steve > read more

Vote for DMD at the UK Blog Awards!

11/18/2014 05:30:00 AM

Dan's Media Digest is one of the many entries in 2015's UK Blog Awards. If you have enjoyed reading this blog and have a minute to spare, please vote here. All votes must be registered by 3 December, so you only have a few weeks.If you want to help o > read more

TV Picks: 17-23 November 2014 - Live at the Apollo • Remember Me • Sarah Millican Live • Some Girls

11/17/2014 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 17th? Dancing Cheek to Cheek: An Intimate History of Dance (BBC4, 9pm) New documentary series looking into the 400-year-old histor > read more

CONSTANTINE, 1.4 – 'A Feast of Friends' • hunger blames

11/15/2014 06:22:00 AM

????I enjoyed this hour of CONSTANTINE; perhaps because it was adapting a storyline from issue #1 of Hellblazer. The opening teaser reminded me of a Fringe setup, with an anxious-looking Irishman flying into a U.S airport from Sudan and being > read more

Preview: DOCTOR WHO Christmas Special 2014 - The Doctor and Santa

11/15/2014 04:00:00 AM

Children in Need had their traditional sneak peek of this year's DOCTOR WHO special for Christmas Day. The two-minute scene selected appears to show Clara's first encounter with Santa Claus (as played by Nick Frost, looking uncannily like Richard Att > read more

MTV's SCREAM series won't involve Ghostface, so is it really SCREAM?

11/14/2014 04:30:00 AM

The good news? MTV recently ordered 10 episodes of a new television horror drama based on the successful SCREAM movie saga. I'm excited about this because I think the concept could work on television, and it's being developed by Jill Blotevogel (who > read more

Slow blogging week...

11/13/2014 04:30:00 AM

Sorry, readers! I haven't been blogging much because real-world issues have taken priority. Nothing serious, just a few things that have been soaking up my time and focus.I'm also feeling ambivalent about reviewing THE WALKING DEAD and THE FLASH all > read more

Keith David and Paget Brewster join COMMUNITY for season 6

11/11/2014 04:30:00 AM

It's finally been revealed how the sixth season of COMMUNITY intends to plug the gaps left by Donald Glover (who quit halfway through last season), Yvette Nicole Brown (who's decided to leave to care for her sick father), Jonathan Banks (who's now to > read more

TV Picks: 10-16 November 2014 – Babylon • Bad Robots • I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here • Children in Need • Elementary • The Fall • The Newsroom • Stalker

11/10/2014 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 10thMoving On (BBC1, 2.15p) Series 6 of the daily drama anthology series. Continues weekdaily until Friday. (1/5)How Rich Are You? ( > read more

DOCTOR WHO, 8.12 – 'Death in Heaven' • when it rains, it pours

11/09/2014 04:35:00 AM

????After the excellent first part, I perhaps had unreasonably high hopes for the concluding half of Series 8's finale. Sadly, it fell prey to many of the things that commonly prevent epic DOCTOR WHO episodes from achieving greatness. "Death > read more

CONSTANTINE, 1.3 – 'The Devil's Vinyl' • you spin me right round

11/08/2014 13:16:00 PM

????Third time's lucky for fledgling supernatural drama CONSTANTINE, with this tale of a cursed vinyl record—borrowing from The Ring's similar tale of a damned VHS tape, which in turn's part of a venerable 'haunted artefact' horror trope. I > read more

Intermission: late-autumn break

11/03/2014 07:00:00 AM

It's time for me to take another week off, so blogging will once again be at a premium until 9 November. Don't expect reviews of The Walking Dead or The Flash right away, and I've decided to stop writing about Gotham and Homeland just lately. If you > read more

TV Picks: 3-9 November 2014 - Broadmoor • The Passing Bells • Gareth's All Star Choir • The Mekong River • Modern Family • Trollied • Toast of London • The Vampire Diaries

11/03/2014 04:30:00 AM

Below are my picks of the most notable new shows, returning or premiering on UK screens over the next 7 days...MONDAY 3rdSmall Animal Hospital (Channel 5, 1.40pm) New series looking at the treatment of pets and animals at Glasgow University's School > read more

DOCTOR WHO, 8.11 – 'Dark Water' • did you Missy me?

11/02/2014 04:28:00 AM

????The heart of Series 8's mystery was answered by the end of "Dark Water", and was only a surprise in the sense it was the most obvious of the many fan-theories. There was a time when Steven Moffat would have outmanoeuvred shrewd DOCTOR WHO > read more

CONSTANTINE, 1.2 – 'The Darkness Beneath' • mining the depths

11/01/2014 12:49:00 PM

????It's unfortunate a show like CONSTANTINE wasn't able to air an appropriately Halloween-y episode for 31 October, but no matter. This was a solid enough follow-up to the flashy-but-hollow pilot, that had to introduce a new female lead in p > read more

November 2014 Highlights – ATLANTIS • BABYLON • THE FALL • RIPPER STREET • TOAST OF LONDON

11/01/2014 05:30:00 AM

It's November. Halloween's behind us and Christmas is fast approaching, which means most of the new/returning TV shows are back on-air. But which stragglers do we have to look forward to, now the nights are drawing in?TOAST OF LONDON – Series 2(Cha > read more

Letterboxd: HORNS • CARRIE (2013) • DIVERGENT • POMPEII

10/31/2014 09:30:00 AM

?? (out of five)Based on the 2010 novel by Joe Hill (son of Stephen King), HORNS squanders a cool premise and manages to turn a supernatural black-comedy whodunit into a lacklustre, over-serious bore. The set-up's rather good, with twentysomethin > read more

THE X-FILES, 1.6 – 'Shadows' • spirited office work

10/31/2014 05:30:00 AM

????Mulder and Scully investigate the bizarre deaths of two muggers in Philadelphia, which leads Mulder to theorise their victim retaliated using psychokinesis.Better than "The Jersey Devil", but with its own array of flaws, SHADOWS is at lea > read more

THE X-FILES, 1.5 – 'The Jersey Devil' • little miss mutation

10/31/2014 05:00:00 AM

????Mulder and Scully travel to New Jersey to investigate a cannibalistic murder, which Mulder believes was perpetrated by an evolutionary relic...After a run of surprisingly solid early episodes, The X-Files vomits its first dud with THE JER > read more

THE FLASH, 1.4 – 'Going Rogue' • ice and smoak

10/30/2014 05:30:00 AM

????Crossover alert! Arrow's beautiful boffin Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) makes the trip from Starling City to Central City in "Going Rogue", ostensibly to visit her friend Barry (Grant Gustin) after hearing he's out of his coma. As > read more

Marvel own geek asses for the next five years... you hear that, DC/Warner Bros?

10/29/2014 05:30:00 AM

Marvel held a special event yesterday which sent social media into meltdown for awhile, if you follow the geekier spectrum of people. The big news is that Marvel Studio President Kevin Feige outlined Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), wh > read more

THE WALKING DEAD, 5.3 – 'Four Walls and a Roof' – rolling in the aisle

10/28/2014 05:30:00 AM

????Who are the good guys? It's all a matter of perspective, although the poor explanation for the Terminus "hunters" becoming cannibals means we're still on grizzled Rick's (Andrew Lincoln) side, despite the fact he brutally murdered someone > read more

TV Picks: 27 October – 2 November 2014 - Arrow • The Flash • Frankenstein & The Vampyre: A Dark & Stormy Night • Intruders

10/27/2014 05:00:00 AM

Below are my picks of the most notable new shows, returning or premiering on UK screens over the next 7 days...MONDAY 27thBaby P: The Untold Story (BBC1, 8.30pm) Documentary charting the timeline that led to 17-month-old Peter Connelly being killed b > read more

Teaser Trailer: THE AVENGERS - AGE OF ULTRON • Marvel goes dark

10/26/2014 10:00:00 AM

It's the sequel to the third highest-grossing movie of all time (having racked up $1.5bn in ticket sales). Worryingly, The Avengers came out in 2012, when everyone thought the world was going to end because of a Mayan prophecy, and were using the iPh > read more

DOCTOR WHO, 8.10 – 'In the Forest of the Night' • growing pains

10/26/2014 09:41:00 AM

????While nowhere close to the level of Neil Gaiman as a "celebrity guest writer", it's something of a coup for DOCTOR WHO to secure the talent of screenwriter/novelist Frank Cottrell Boyce—best-known for scripting numerous Michael Winterbo > read more

Bring back Saturday morning children's television!

10/26/2014 05:41:00 AM

From the mid-1970s rivalry between ITV's Tiswas and BBC1's Multi-Coloured Swap Shop, through the 1980s dominance of Going Live!, into the 1990s with Live & Kicking, then ending in the mid-2000s with SM:TV Live, Saturday morning children's programming > read more

What did you think of NBC's new supernatural drama CONSTANTINE?

10/25/2014 04:30:00 AM

Last night, after months of hype and too many trailers to count, NBC finally premiered their new supernatural horror drama CONSTANTINE. It's an adaptation of esteemed comic-book property Hellblazer, created by Alan Moore in the 1980s, about an occult > read more

THE FLASH, 1.3 – 'Things You Can't Outrun' • the gasman cometh!

10/24/2014 05:00:00 AM

????This was the first episode of THE FLASH I'd describe as workmanlike; which isn't necessarily a bad thing for a show of this nature (expected to produce two dozen episodes a year), but if the majority of The Flash is going to be of simila > read more

GOTHAM, 1.5 – 'Viper' • the drugs do work

10/23/2014 04:30:00 AM

????The best hour of GOTHAM so far, and a sign this show could make a go of things. It's no coincidence it focused on the strongest aspect of the show (the machinations of Gotham's two biggest crime lords), and added super-powers to the equat > read more

TV I've been watching lately...

10/22/2014 04:30:00 AM

We're fast approaching November and most of the new autumn shows have begun, plenty of old favourites are back, and the summer shows are a memory. But what am I enjoying watching every week, finding time to write about, or have given up on completely > read more

THE WALKING DEAD, 5.2 – 'Strangers' • the last good man alive

10/21/2014 04:30:00 AM

????The premiere was thoroughly enjoyable, but had modest aims and was perhaps impossible for THE WALKING DEAD to get wrong after so much practice. The follow-up, "Strangers", was a better indication of what this fifth season's going to brin > read more

HOMELAND; that's all folks!

10/21/2014 04:00:00 AM

While I'm likely to review a noteworthy episode, and will probably write about the fourth season in general once the finale airs, my weekly reviews of HOMELAND are done. This isn't a strict reflection of Homeland's quality just now (I'm quite enjoyin > read more

Digital Spy: Life After Cancellation

10/20/2014 06:00:00 AM

Over at Digital Spy today, you can read my article about some of television's greatest stories of revival. I look at why each show was axed, what happened while it was off-air, how long each show was gone for, and the circumstances of their unlikely > read more

DOCTOR WHO, 8.9 – 'Flatline' • an unexpected masterpiece

10/20/2014 05:00:00 AM

????After 51 years it's hard for DOCTOR WHO to come up with fresh ways to deliver an episode. The revival's been active 9 years alone, and there are plenty of occasions when an episode feels like an amalgam of recent hits. "Flatline" impresse > read more

TV Picks: 20-26 October 2014 - Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D • American Horror Story • The Big Bang Theory • Drifters • Life Story • Russell Howard's Good News • Scorpion

10/20/2014 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 20th? Big Dreams, Small Spaces (BBC2, 7pm) New series where Monty Don helps amateur horticulturists with modest-sized gardens. (1/ > read more

St?te of the Bl?g

10/17/2014 04:30:00 AM

I've reconsidered my star rating system. It's been a four-star system for a good six years or so, but I used half-star increments. So, technically it was a ten-star system? Hmm.It's worked well for DMD for a long time, but a natural downside of only > read more

THE FLASH, 1.2 – 'Fastest Man Alive' • attack of the clones

10/16/2014 04:30:00 AM

????Like countless second episodes, "Fastest Man Alive" half-existed to reiterate the concept behind THE FLASH, in a manner that wouldn't test the patience of those who saw the pilot. (Which is usually the majority of people watching.) It man > read more

GOTHAM, 1.4 – 'Arkham' • big developments

10/15/2014 05:30:00 AM

????"Arkham" arrived in the nick of time for GOTHAM, as I was poised to cease writing these reviews. I'm still unconvinced it's rich enough to bother with for the entire season, but episode 4 was a more interesting and layered hour, with less > read more

THE WALKING DEAD, 5.1 – 'No Sanctuary' • end of the line

10/15/2014 04:30:00 AM

????I'm not surprised THE WALKING DEAD is a hit. What surprises me if how much of a hit! An astonishing 17.3 million people watched its AMC premiere, and that figure is predicted to rise to around 22m when repeat airings and catchup is includ > read more

HOMELAND, 4.3 – 'Shalwar Kameez' • are you in or out?

10/14/2014 04:30:00 AM

????From the start, HOMELAND has been a show that likes to have a 'male mirror' for its heroine, Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes). That role was filled by Brody for three seasons, and now Quinn (Rupert Friend) appears to have assumed that mantl > read more

Watch the entire DAREDEVIL panel from New York Comic Con!

10/14/2014 04:00:00 AM

Marvel's new Netflix series DAREDEVIL was a highlight of the recent New York Comic Con weekend, and they've kindly uploaded the entire panel (embedded above). It featured stars Charlie Cox (Matt Murdoch/Daredevil), Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page), Elde > read more

TV Picks: 13-19 October 2014 - The Apprentice • Gotham • The Great Fire • The Jonathan Ross Show • The Knick • Sleepy Hollow • The Walking Dead

10/13/2014 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 13th? GOTHAM (Channel 5, 9pm) Season 1 of the U.S comic-book drama, set in the Batman universe immediately after Bruce Wayne's was > read more

DOCTOR WHO, 8.8 – 'Mummy on the Orient Express' • start the clock!

10/12/2014 05:00:00 AM

??½ (out of four)This could have easily been a DOCTOR WHO disaster on the scale of Christmas special "Voyage of the Damned" (which likewise featured a space-faring version of an iconic earthly transport), but thankfully "Mummy on the Orient Expr > read more

Review: FX's AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW • itinerant monsters

10/10/2014 04:30:00 AM

?? (out of four)The masterstroke of AMERICAN HORROR STORY has been its self-rejuvenating format, with each season a self-contained miniseries—starring many of the same actors, in different roles. If you hate a particular season, you can safely > read more

Preview: Showtime's THE AFFAIR • an unreliable love story

10/09/2014 04:30:00 AM

??? (out of four)I like dramas that surprise me with hidden depths and intriguing methods of storytelling. Showtime's THE AFFAIR sounded like a prosaic idea on the surface, so I was pleased everything was elevated by a sharp narrative and good > read more

GOTHAM, 1.3 – 'The Balloonman' • up, up, and away!

10/08/2014 04:00:00 AM

?½ (out of four)There was a Gotham City vigilante who predated The Batman? Yes: The Balloonman! He ties corrupt citizens to weather balloons, dragging them skyward to their deaths. (Alas, he doesn't have a Balloonmobile, or use an array of blow-up > read more

What did you think of The CW's super-fast superhero drama THE FLASH?

10/08/2014 03:30:00 AM

Last night, The CW's new superhero drama THE FLASH premiered. It hopes to equal and perhaps even surpass the success of their other comic-book series Arrow, but do you think it stands a chance? I already saw and reviewed the pilot over the summer, bu > read more

HOMELAND, 4.1 & 4.2 - 'The Drone Queen' & 'Trylon and Perisphere'

10/07/2014 05:00:00 AM

??½ (out of four)I haven't been as negative about HOMELAND as many have been post-season 1, but agree it stopped hitting the highs of that inaugural year, to become a more levelheaded 24 (which many of the writer-producers worked on previously). > read more

Q&A: Tom Edge, creator of Channel 4 comedy SCROTAL RECALL

10/07/2014 05:00:00 AM

I recently did a Q&A with writer Tom Edge (Pramface, The Midnight Beast) about his new Channel 4 comedy SCROTAL RECALL > read more

Showtime reviving TWIN PEAKS for a nine-episode season

10/06/2014 10:46:00 AM

It's incredible news for fans of David Lynch and Mark Frost's seminal '90s TV drama TWIN PEAKS, because Showtime have announced they've commissioned a nine-episode revival of the famous murder-mystery show. It's rumoured that Lynch and Frost will wri > read more

TV Picks: 6-12 October 2014 – 8 Out of 10 Cats • Grantchester • Human Universe • Homeland • Lewis

10/06/2014 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 6thThe Kitchen (BBC2, 9pm) Documentary series following eight households, cooking and eating. (1/3)? Grantchester (ITV, 9pm) New d > read more

DOCTOR WHO, 8.7 – 'Kill the Moon' • pro-life, pro-choice, anti-spider

10/05/2014 04:59:00 AM

?½ (out of four)There are times when DOCTOR WHO's slippery grasp of science and logic irritates me, and unfortunately "Kill the Moon" was a humdinger of preposterousness. I recently watched another moon-set slice of sci-fi craziness in Syfy's High > read more

Syfy's HIGH MOON • space lunar-cy

10/04/2014 06:00:00 AM

?? (out of four)I recently had the questionable pleasure of watching Syfy Original Movie HIGH MOON, which was actually a repackaged pilot for a nixed TV sci-fi drama. I watched out of curiosity because it was developed by Bryan Singer (Pushing Da > read more

Amazon order more of HAND OF GOD and RED OAKS

10/04/2014 04:30:00 AM

Apparently, rave customer reviews have resulted in Amazon committing to more episodes of HAND OF GOD and RED OAKS, after their pilots were released to Amazon Prime subscribers in August. I have no idea who reacted positively to the mess that was Hand > read more

What did you make of GRACEPOINT, the U.S remake of BROADCHURCH?

10/03/2014 09:28:00 AM

Broadchurch was such a success it's been given the honour of a U.S remake. Fox's GRACEPOINT values the UK original so much that its premiere employs the same writer (creator Chris Chibnall) and director (James Strong), not to mention David Tennant re > read more

Review: E4's SCROTAL RECALL • an infectiously sweet sex comedy

10/03/2014 04:33:00 AM

??½ (out of four)I don't begrudge creator Tom Edge (The Midnight Beast) failing to avoid naming his sitcom SCROTAL RECALL, because sometimes a good pun's irresistible. However, it does create assumptions about the tone which are misleading, as t > read more

Can the impervious COMMUNITY survive without three original actors?

10/02/2014 04:30:00 AM

Has a sitcom ever had a more turbulent life than COMMUNITY? Creator Dan Harmon was fired after three seasons by NBC. The consequently dire fourth season faced a backlash from fans. Harmon was thus rehired, but Chevy Chase didn't return. Then Donald G > read more

GOTHAM, 1.2 – 'Selina Kyle' • the child-snatchers

10/01/2014 06:00:00 AM

?? (out of four)written by Bruno Heller • directed by Danny CannonSecond episodes are tough nuts to crack in the writers' room, so I won't condemn GOTHAM outright, this early, but my gut says it's a show I won't be reviewing weekly. Reviewing c > read more

What did you think of ABC's social media obsessed comedy SELFIE?

10/01/2014 05:30:00 AM

Last night in the U.S, ABC premiered their new single-camera comedy SELFIE; a loose My Fair Lady remake starring Karen Gillan and John Cho. I already reviewed this pilot over the summer, and hated its guts, but was I too harsh? IDK. Did you find it e > read more

October 2014 Highlights - ARROW • CONSTANTINE • THE FLASH • GRACEPOINT • HOMELAND • THE WALKING DEAD • more!

10/01/2014 04:30:00 AM

It's October. Officially autumn. So what treats does the television have in store for UK and U.S viewers from now until Halloween? Let's look at the most notable highlights...JUSTIFIED – Season 5(Sky Box Sets, 1 Oct) No, it's not the sixth and fina > read more

MAD MEN's Jon Hamm gazes into Channel 4's BLACK MIRROR

09/30/2014 04:00:00 AM

It's been announced that the ninety-minute Christmas special of Channel 4's twisted anthology drama BLACK MIRROR will star Jon Hamm (Mad Men), whose character will link three intertwined stories. He'll be joined by The Shadow Line's Rafe Spall and Ga > read more

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



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