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AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (2015)

04/24/2015 10:46:00 AM

????Warning: mild spoilers ahead, but certainly nothing too ruinous if you've yet to watch this film...If the box-office supremacy of The Avengers can be partly attributed to the simple mathematics of four established superheroes appearing in > read more

MAD MEN , 7.10 – 'The Forecast'

04/24/2015 07:30:00 AM

????The best episode of season 7.1 thus far (certainly a huge improvement on "New Business from last week), and mainly because it suggests the ultimate direction Don Draper's (Jon Hamm) headed come the finale, as his world changes around him. > read more

Video: What's wrong with HD BUFFY?

04/23/2015 15:41:00 PM

Here's an interesting video on the many issues remastering Buffy the Vampire Slayer to high-definition has caused, simply because they haven't consulted the original filmmakers. I'm currently watching the show via Amazon Prime and their stream is mos > read more

ANGEL, 3.12 – 'Provider' • BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, 6.9 – 'Smashed'

04/23/2015 04:30:00 AM

????I appreciate what "PROVIDENCE" was trying to do, in terms of the moral it was trying to impart, but the episode struggled with its juggling of a handful of storylines that were mostly poor. Angel (David Boreanaz) wants to provide for his > read more

DAREDEVIL returning with new showrunners; plus more spin-offs

04/22/2015 04:16:00 AM

I'm full of admiration for Netflix's DAREDEVIL, as you can tell by reading my four-star review of season 1. It was a no-brainer they'd renew it for a second season, but now we have confirmation it'll debut in 2016. However, there's some worrisome new > read more

TV Picks: 20-26 April 2015 – Ballot Monkeys • Jane the Virgin • The Last Leg • Madam Secretary • The Paul O'Grady Show • Safe House • W1A

04/20/2015 04:04:00 AM

Below are my picks of the most notable new shows, returning or premiering on UK screens over the next 7 days...MONDAY 20thChannel Patrol (BBC1, 11am) Series 2 of the observational documentary following the RNLI volunteers who patrol the English Chann > read more

OUTLANDER, 1.11 – 'The Devil's Mark'

04/19/2015 10:24:00 AM

????A pivotal and exceptional hour from Outlander, despite how much of the trial adhered to the tropes of innocent women charged with witchcraft and having to suffer the false testimonies of townsfolk with scores to settle, or who wilfully mi > read more

INSIDE NO. 9, 2.4 – 'Cold Comfort'

04/18/2015 07:00:00 AM

????"Cold Comfort" appears to be series 2's "experimental" instalment, following series 1's near-silent comedy "A Quiet Night In"—which has become an Inside No.9 tradition; seemingly inspired by the success of Psychoville's fourth episode, > read more

Teaser: BATMAN v SUPERMAN – DAWN OF JUSTICE

04/18/2015 05:30:00 AM

This teaser leaked online yesterday, so most people have already watched and condemned it based on terrible smart-phone footage. I wasn't going to do that, as everything deserves to be seen in its best form. BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE is a fi > read more

AMC's PREACHER casts its unholy trinity

04/18/2015 05:00:00 AM

The cable network's adaptation of PREACHER, the notoriously vulgar and blasphemous 1990s comic-book, has cast its three leads, and they're a very intriguing lineup. Dominic Cooper (Agent Carter) has taken the lead as disaffected preacher Jesse Custer > read more

DAREDEVIL - Season One

04/17/2015 05:00:00 AM

????'Into the Ring' • 'Cut Man' • 'Rabbit in a Snowstorm' • 'In the Blood' • 'World on Fire' • 'Condemned' • 'Stick' • ' Shadows in the Glass' • 'Speak of the Devil' • 'Nelson v. Murdock' • 'The Path of the Righteous' • > read more

MAD MEN, 7.9 – 'New Business'

04/17/2015 04:00:00 AM

????An episode where lots of women moved on to with their lives, either by making new connections or severing ties with their past. Betty's (January Jones) off to study for a master's degree in psychology (rationalising she's suitable because > read more

Teaser #2: STAR WARS - THE FORCE AWAKENS

04/16/2015 13:30:00 PM

I know everyone in the known universe is sharing the new STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS teaser tailer, but for the 2% of people who get their film trailers from DMD, here's the new footage that director JJ Abrams released at the Star Wars Celebration c > read more

ANGEL, 3.10 & 3.11 – 'Dad' & 'Birthday'

04/16/2015 04:30:00 AM

ANGEL: The part that scares me -- are all the questions, you know: Why is the sky blue? Why do people get sick? Why is there always pigs' blood in the fridge? I don't have all the answers. Well, I do to that last one.After the breakneck pace of recen > read more

OUTLANDER, 1.10 – 'By the Pricking of My Thumbs'

04/13/2015 06:00:00 AM

????"... something wicked this way comes." More than last week's mid-season premiere, "By the Pricking of My Thumbs" felt like an hour that took a stride into fresher territory: introducing an important character only previously alluded to in > read more

TV Picks: 13-19 April 2015 – Jack Dee's Election Helpdesk • Game of Thrones • The Jinx • Louie • Newzoids

04/13/2015 03:32:00 AM

Below are my picks of the most notable new shows, returning or premiering on UK screens over the next 7 days...MONDAY 13thWild Ireland (ITV, 8pm) Celebrity travelogue with Christine Bleakley exploring the Wild Atlantic Way, a 1500-mile trail on the w > read more

Trailer: MTV's SCREAM – THE SERIES

04/13/2015 03:14:00 AM

MTV have given audiences a first taste of their new SCREAM television series, based on the successful film saga by writer Kevin Williamson and director Wes Craven. This confirms the series will be taking place in a different town, Lakewood, and begin > read more

I've started my Netflix trial...

04/12/2015 04:38:00 AM

Believe it or not, I've only just become a Netflix subscriber this weekend. Although, technically, I'm just on a one month free trial—having been encouraged to give it a go with the release of Daredevil's complete first season on 10 April. And here > read more

MAD MEN, 7.8 – 'Severance'

04/11/2015 05:00:00 AM

????I'm not a fan of AMC's misguided attempts to make their best dramas last longer, by stretching final seasons across two years. Mad Men's final season went into hiatus after seven episodes last May, which makes the eighth episode, "Severan > read more

INSIDE NO. 9, 2.3 – 'The Trial of Elizabeth Gadge'

04/10/2015 11:12:00 AM

????Entertaining fare, but too predictable and clichéd to prove genuinely memorable. This week's > read more

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, 6.8 - 'Tabula Rasa' • ANGEL, 3.9 – 'Lullaby'

04/09/2015 04:30:00 AM

SPIKE: Randy Giles? Why not just call me Horny Giles or Desperate-For-A-Shag Giles? I knew there was a reason I hated you.Following an experimental episode of huge significance (both culturally and as part of the characters' growth), I was relieved t > read more

BETTER CALL SAUL, 1.10 – 'Marco'

04/08/2015 05:53:00 AM

????There's an increasingly popular creative decision in U.S cable drama, to have the penultimate episode contain the majority of a season's climaxes, then use the actual finale for palate-cleansing and a peak at what the next season could br > read more

OUTLANDER, 1.9 – 'The Reckoning'

04/07/2015 04:32:00 AM

????It's been an unreasonably long six months since the last episode of Outlander, so this might as well have been the premiere of the second season, not a resumption of the first—although, on that score, it would be seen as a big disappoin > read more

Easter TV Picks: 6 – 12 April 2015 • Britain's Got Talent • Daredevil • The Island • HIGNFY? • Mad Men • Ninja Warrior UK • Play to the Whistle

04/06/2015 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...EASTER MONDAY? Code of a Killer (ITV, 9pm) True life drama about a scientist and detective who join forces in 1984 to advance criminal in > read more

INSIDE NO. 9, 2.2 – 'The 12 Days of Christine'

04/03/2015 07:08:00 AM

????This episode kept its space the same—a No. 9 flat belonging to feisty Christine Clarke (Sheridan Smith)—but time itself was more pliable; as we zipped through twelve holidays of a calendar year (Christmas, Mothers Day, Easter, Hallowe > read more

Intermission: Easter break

04/03/2015 04:30:00 AM

I'm away from 3-11 April, so regular updates will be less guaranteed. This comes at a time when TV shows I plan to cover weekly are airing (Outlander, Inside No.9, Mad Men), but I'll try and find some time to write about those. Angel/Buffy catchups w > read more

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, 6.6 & 6.7 – 'All the Way' & 'Once More, with Feeling'

04/02/2015 04:30:00 AM

DAWN: I've been kissed before. I-I kiss all the time. Not that I'm a kiss slut. Just, you know, with-with the lips and-and the pressing together and stuff. Hey, expert here. Okay, okay, it was my first kiss. I know, I know, I suck. My-my lips are dry > read more

BETTER CALL SAUL, 1.9 – 'Pimento'

04/01/2015 05:03:00 AM

????It was only a matter of time before the McGill brothers fell out, although it remains to be seen if an acrimonious split's the root cause of Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk) deciding to embrace his so-called Slippin' Jimmy ways, and transforming hims > read more

Teaser: AMC's FEAR THE WALKING DEAD

03/31/2015 04:30:00 AM

Do we really need another Walking Dead show? The unimaginatively titled FEAR THE WALKING DEAD spin-off will take place in Los Angeles and revolve around a family, both before and after the zombie uprising its parent show glossed over. This is a shame > read more

Easter TV Picks: 30 March – 5 April 2015 • The Ark • Bates Motel • Coast Australia • The Clare Balding Show • Gracepoint • Strangeways • Travel Man

03/30/2015 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 30th? The Ark (BBC1, 8.30pm) Biblical adaptation of Noah's story. Starring David Threlfall, Joanne Whalley, Ashley Walters, Don Wa > read more

Infographic: Create Your Own Van Art

03/28/2015 05:30:00 AM

Do you own a van? Is it dull and white in colour? Would you love to 'pimp it up' with a television themed makeover? If you're a fan of The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, or The Big Bang Theory, this infographic from Hawkin w > read more

Review: INSIDE NO. 9, 2.1 – 'La Couchette'

03/27/2015 12:35:00 PM

????They'll perhaps never again create anything with the impact of The League of Gentlemen, which changed the television landscape back in 1999 (inspiring a wave of twisted comedies like Nighty Night, while challenging the very idea of what a > read more

11 Random Thoughts on THE X FILES 'Event Series' Return

03/27/2015 05:30:00 AM

It's been confirmed that '90s pop-culture behemoth THE X-FILES is returning to television as a six-part "event series" (increasingly popular after last year's 24: Live Another Day and this summer's Heroes Reborn). Is this good news, or bad news? Fire > read more

Here are my 10 favourite DOCTOR WHO stories, circa 2005-15...

03/26/2015 07:30:00 AM

10 years ago today, DOCTOR WHO returned to British television screens after 16-years (unless you're counting the 1996 television movie), with the episode "Rose". And lo, how the show has blossomed! The Doctor's regenerated three times since, and we'v > read more

ANGEL, 3.7 & 3.8 – 'Offspring' & 'Quickening'

03/26/2015 05:30:00 AM

FRED: Can I say somethin' about destiny? Screw destiny! If this evil thing comes, we'll fight it and we'll keep fightin' it until we whup it. 'Cause destiny is just another word for inevitable, and nothing's inevitable as long as you stand up, look i > read more

BETTER CALL SAUL, 1.8 – 'RICO'

03/25/2015 05:30:00 AM

????One of the best features of BETTER CALL SAUL is how it's given Saul/Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk) and unexpected brother, so I appreciated how "RICO" took their relationship to a new and interesting place. The opening flashback revealed that Jimmy > read more

Review: THE LATE LATE SHOW with James Corden

03/24/2015 12:24:00 PM

Unlike the vast majority of critics online, I'm aware of who James Corden is. He's the slightly love-hate B-list British celebrity, who created and starred in hit sitcom Gavin & Stacey, before becoming a panel show regular and hosting the Brit Awards > read more

TV Picks: 23-29 March 2015 – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D • Coalition • Inside No.9 • Killer Magic • The Mafia • Outlander • Person of Interest • Teens • Vikings

03/23/2015 05:30:00 AM

Below are my picks of the most notable new shows, returning or premiering on UK screens over the next 7 days...MONDAY 23rdThe Mafia with Trevor MacDonald (ITV, 9pm) Two-part documentary where the broadcaster investigates the American Mafia, talking t > read more

Rough n' Tumblr

03/21/2015 05:30:00 AM

Dan's Media Digest is now on Tumblr! I will only be using it to mirror some of this blog's best content, in an attempt to get down wit' the kids. Who knows, I may even start re-blogging funny GIFs and whatnot. So if you're one of the 30-50 million ac > read more

Dan's Media Digest turns 9 today

03/20/2015 06:00:00 AM

Wow. 9 years ago today I started this blog.I don't want to make too much of a fuss this year, because something tells me DMD's 10th anniversary in 2016 will be a more appropriate time for BIG celebration, but thank you to everyone who's ever visited > read more

Review: The CW's iZOMBIE

03/19/2015 07:30:00 AM

????From the creator of Veronica Mars, here comes another breezy detective caper with an intelligent, courageous female at its centre. iZOMBIE, as if the title didn't give it away, is an altogether more high-concept series (loosely based on a > read more

ANGEL, 3.5 & 3.6 – 'Fredless' & 'Billy'

03/19/2015 05:30:00 AM

CORDELIA: Guys, when was the last time Fred ever left the hotel by herself?GUNN: A couple weeks after never.I loved Amy Acker on Joss Whedon's hugely underestimated sci-fi series Dollhouse, but haven't warmed to her feckless Fred on Angel—until now > read more

BETTER CALL SAUL, 1.7 – 'Bingo'

03/18/2015 05:30:00 AM

????After last week's bravura showcase for Mike (Jonathan Banks), "Bingo" turned its attention back on Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk)—although there was room for some housekeeping over last week's storyline, with the investigating Philadelphia detect > read more

SHERLOCK's festive special takes place during Victorian times!

03/17/2015 05:30:00 AM

When Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman were photographed in Victorian garb as Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson, most people assumed their SHERLOCK characters would be attending a fancy dress party during this year's Christmas Special, or we'd be t > read more

TV Picks: 16-22 March 2015 – Alan Carr: Chatty Man • Bloodline • Community • Louis Theroux • Ordinary Lives • Raised by Wolves • Stargazing Live

03/16/2015 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 16thThe Sheriffs are Coming (BBC1, 11am) Series 4 of the documentary following High Court enforcement officers on their daily busine > read more

Infographic: The Top TV Mothers

03/15/2015 05:30:00 AM

It's Mother's Day here in the UK, and some other territories, so I thought it would be fun to post an Infographic about the 'Top TV Mothers' from the people at Hawkin. Click below! > read more

Trailer: THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO

03/13/2015 05:30:00 AM

Gerry Anderson's most famous creation, 1960s marionette action-adventure series Thunderbirds, has been remade for the modern-age. The new show utilises computer animation instead of puppets, handled by the world-famous WETA Workshop (Lord of the Ring > read more

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, 6.4 & 6.5 – 'Flooded' & 'Life Serial'

03/12/2015 05:30:00 AM

ANYA: Captain Logic is not steering this tugboat. I smell Captain Fear at the wheel.It's great we're exploring the aftermath of Buffy's (Sarah Michelle Gellar) Lazarus act, without it being brushed under the carpet too quickly. Her awkward rebirth's > read more

Trailer: Netflix's DAREDEVIL

03/11/2015 07:30:00 AM

The final trailer for Netflix's DAREDEVIL series has been released, which confirms it's going to be very gritty and they've shunned Marvel's red costume with horns. Unless Matt Murdoch will be donning that outfit towards the end and they're just keep > read more

BETTER CALL SAUL, 1.6 – 'Five-O'

03/11/2015 05:30:00 AM

????Strange that BETTER CALL SAUL's first standout should revolve around a different character, but that's because Mike Ehrmantraut's (Jonathan Banks) past is something Breaking Bad fans have been curious about for much longer than Saul's bac > read more

UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT - The Complete First Season

03/10/2015 05:30:00 AM

????'Kimmy Goes Outside' • 'Kimmy Gets a Job' • 'Kimmy Goes on a Date' • 'Kimmy Goes to the Doctor' • 'Kimmy Kisses a Boy' • 'Kimmy Goes to School' • 'Kimmy Goes to a Party' • 'Kimmy is Bad at Math' • 'Kimmy Has a Birthday' > read more

Trailer: Showtime's HAPPYISH

03/09/2015 08:38:00 AM

A.K.A 'the TV drama Phillip Seymour Hoffman was going to do before he died'. The UK's own Steve Coogan has replaced Hoffman in this Showtime comedy-drama, HAPPYISH, about a middle-aged man whose life is thrown into disarray when his much younger boss > read more

TV Picks: 9-15 March 2015 – Bluestone 42 • Comic Relief • Masterchef • Nurse • Powers • One Born Every Minute • You're Back in the Room

03/09/2015 05:30:00 AM

Below are my picks of the most notable new shows, returning or premiering on UK screens over the next 7 days...MONDAY 9thWPC 56 (BBC1, 2.15pm) Series 3 of the crime drama about a female policewoman working in the 1950s. Starring Claudia Jessie, Charl > read more

Letterboxd: BIRDMAN • LUCY • OLDBOY (2013)

03/07/2015 04:30:00 AM

??? (out of five)I saw BIRDMAN the day after it won the Oscar for Best Picture, knowing that initially ecstatic reviews eventually gave way to more moderated ones. I think my own opinion falls somewhere in the middle, but I'll try not to fence- > read more

ANGEL, 3.3 & 3.4 – 'That Old Gang of Mine' & 'Carpe Noctem'

03/05/2015 04:30:00 AM

ANGEL: What do you want from me?MERL: What do I want? I'll tell you what I want... I want back the three months I spent in therapy after being hung upside down in a sewer, that's what I want.A strong showcase for Gunn (J. August Richards), who's pote > read more

LUTHER series 4 now filming

03/04/2015 11:01:00 AM

The two-part fourth season of BBC1's LUTHER, intended to end the television show (although rumours of a prequel movie persist), has started filming in London. Idris Elba tweeted the above photo as proof, and it's been revealed that guest stars includ > read more

BETTER CALL SAUL, 1.5 – 'Alpine Shepherd Boy'

03/04/2015 04:30:00 AM

????The episode titles of BETTER CALL SAUL's maiden season all appear to be one-word (with the exception of this fifth instalment, "Alpine Shepherd Boy"), and that's not the only thing that marked this hour out as distinct from what's come be > read more

Trailer: COMMUNITY – Season 6 ('Age of Yahoo')

03/03/2015 13:28:00 PM

It's the long-awaited trailer for COMMUNITY season 6, which has moved from NBC to Yahoo after being unexpectedly saved by the online giant. Taking stylistic cues from the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer, it's three minutes that give us a nice idea of > read more

Review: Fox's THE LAST MAN ON EARTH

03/03/2015 04:30:00 AM

????There have been many stories about post-apocalypses, but they're usually action-packed ways to examine an irreversibly altered civilisation (I Am Legend), or sombre human sci-fi dramas (The Quiet Earth). Fox's THE LAST MAN ON EARTH is an > read more

Review: BBC2's POMPIDOU

03/02/2015 06:00:00 AM

????Matt Lucas has been off-screens for quite a few years now, perhaps chastened by the mixed reaction to his Little Britain follow-up, Come Fly With Me. Now he's back, sans double-act partner David Walliams, in BBC2's "silent comedy" POMPIDO > read more

TV Picks: 2-8 March 2015 – Arthur & George • Banished • DCI Banks • First Dates • Mom • Moone Boy • Poldark • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

03/02/2015 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 2ndThe Gadget Show (Channel 5, 7pm) Series 22 of the consumer electronics magazine show. (1/12)? Arthur & George (ITV, 9pm) Drama > read more

RIP Leonard Nimoy (1931-2015)

02/28/2015 05:04:00 AM

I had the same birthday as Leonard Nimoy; 26 March. This was the source of great excitement when I was a young boy, growing up watching repeats of Star Trek, as I thought we perhaps share things in common as a result. As crazy as it sounds now, it wa > read more

Letterboxd: PREDESTINATION • ANNABELLE • HOUSEBOUND

02/28/2015 04:30:00 AM

???½ (out of five)A satisfying time-travel yarn that manages to weave some enjoyable knots into its narrative, although anyone au fait with this sci-fi sub-genre will almost certainly predict some of the earlier twists--particularly when the f > read more

The CW launching a superhero team of ARROW/FLASH side characters?

02/27/2015 03:43:00 AM

The twin successes of ARROW and THE FLASH for The CW has resulted in a huge surge of interest for comic-book properties on U.S television. It also helps that Marvel's big movies continue to be popular, and are inspiring their own small-screen spin-of > read more

Template Error!

02/26/2015 14:09:00 PM

Apologies for the navigation menu going haywire at the top of the blog, and for the Labels losing their proper formatting. I was tinkering with DMD's template, doing something innocuous with fonts, and for some reason I've caused a minor meltdown.DMD > read more

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, 6.3 – 'After Life' • ANGEL, 3.2 – 'That Vision Thing'

02/26/2015 04:30:00 AM

BUFFY: Everything I feel, everything I touch... this is Hell. Just getting through the next moment, and the one after that. Knowing what I've lost. They can never know. Never.There has to be a period of adjustment for Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar), f > read more

BETTER CALL SAUL, 1.4 – 'Hero'

02/25/2015 04:30:00 AM

????Another good episode, if a little calmer than the previous three because we're further into the season and there's less need to grab viewers by the scruff of the neck. BETTER CALL SAUL is up-and-running, the audience likes it, and the cri > read more

THE WALKING DEAD readjusts (again), but I'm still dead-eyed...

02/24/2015 04:30:00 AM

I'm still watching THE WALKING DEAD > read more

TV Picks: 23 February – 1 March 2015 – Brit Awards • Critical • House of Cards • Let's Play Darts • The People's Strictly • Pompidou

02/23/2015 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 23rdHomes Under the Hammer (BBC1, 11am) Series 18 of the property auction show. Hosted by Lucy Alexander & Martin Roberts. (1/90)? > read more

Is ANT & DEC'S SATURDAY NIGHT TAKEAWAY still the show to order?

02/22/2015 08:20:00 AM

ITV's light entertainment extravaganza Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway (hereafter SNT) is back for a twelfth series, and not before time after Harry Hill's Stars in their Eyes flopped. Truth is, ITV have a tough time finding a weekend ratings win > read more

What makes a good Oscar acceptance speech?

02/22/2015 04:10:00 AM

Guest submission by Jamie Hughes • From heartfelt dedications to self-indulgent ramblings, the academy awards has thrown up a plethora of amusing and endearing acceptance speeches over the years. Since the ceremony began in 1929, the Oscar's has mo > read more

ALIEN 5 is hatching, but what can we expect from Neill Blomkamp?

02/21/2015 04:51:00 AM

You can't have failed to notice excitement over news director Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium) is getting the chance to make his dream project: ALIEN 5. Or whatever 20th Century Fox decide to call this latest instalment in their 36-year-old franc > read more

Fox order a LUCIFER pilot, changing it into ANOTHER cop show!

02/20/2015 04:06:00 AM

Did you read the comic-book LUCIFER? Beginning as a supporting character in Neil Gaiman's The Sandman, Lucifer headlined his own 75-issue spin-off comic. If you don't know, the character is literally The Devil, and the gist of his storyline had give > read more

THE FLASH, 1.14 – 'Fallout'

02/20/2015 03:30:00 AM

????I don't read THE FLASH comic-books, so it's possible a lot of this season's twists and reveals aren't so exciting for DC Comics aficionados, but as a layman I'm having a great time watching this sprightly first season. It really seems to > read more

ANGEL, 3.1 – 'Heartthrob' • BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, 6.1-2 – 'Bargaining – Part 1 & 2'

02/19/2015 04:30:00 AM

CORDELIA: How's Fred?ANGEL: She's all right, considering. We talked over what happened... and I think she'll be coming out of her room any decade now.I love season premieres that come roaring off the starting blocks, with renewed confidence, welcome > read more

Amazon grant full series to MAD DOGS, THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE, and others

02/18/2015 10:59:00 AM

In predictable news, the two recent Amazon Prime pilots that received the most buzz and best reviews—U.S remake of MAD DOGS, and Philip K. Dick adaptation THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE—have been given full series orders. High-brow docu-series THE NE > read more

BETTER CALL SAUL, 1.3 – 'Nacho'

02/18/2015 04:30:00 AM

????This was a strong developmental episode, with a fantastic opening that expanded the relationship between Jimmy/Saul (Bob Odenkirk) and his brother Chuck (Michael McKean); as a flashback revealed Jimmy was once imprisoned and in desperate > read more

TV Picks: 16-22 February 2015 – Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway • The Big Painting Challenge • Bear Grylls: Mission to Survive • EastEnders: Live • Gogglebox • House of Fools

02/16/2015 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 16thMore Tales from Northumberland with Robson Green (ITV, 8pm) Series 2 of the travelogue with the actor. (1/8)UKIP: The First 100 > read more

Trailer: Netflix's BLOODLINE

02/15/2015 08:25:00 AM

Yes, Netflix have another original series imminent: BLOODLINE. This concerns a wealthy Florida family, who are forced to confront their dark past when the 'black sheep' of the family (Ben Mendelsohn) returns to celebrate the 45th anniversary of his p > read more

Letterboxd: DUMB & DUMBER TO • SEX TAPE • FOXCATCHER

02/15/2015 05:00:00 AM

??½ (out of five)Last year, the stars aligned for a tardy sequel to 1994's DUMB & DUMBER, 20 years after the original heralded the arrival of the Farrelly Brothers as a potent force in '90s comedy, and confirmed Jim Carrey as a white-hot new tal > read more

Trailer: THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E

02/14/2015 10:32:00 AM

Had you forgotten Guy Ritchie (Lock Stock, Snatch) was directing a $75m-budgeted film version of classic 1960s spy drama THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E? Well, here it is—starring Henry Cavill (Man of Steel) as suave U.S agent Napoleon Solo and Armie Hammer > read more

Digital Spy: Can Marvel's TV Titans Compete with the Big-Screen?

02/14/2015 05:05:00 AM

Today over at Digital Spy, I've asked the question: "Can Marvel's TV Titans Compete with the Big-Screen?" Will there ever come a day when audiences are more interested in what's happening with S.H.I.E.L.D, Agent Carter and Daredevil, than Tony Stark, > read more

GOTHAM, 1.14-15 – 'The Fearsome Dr. Crane' & 'The Scarecrow'

02/11/2015 13:07:00 PM

???? 'The Fearsome Dr. Crane' • ???? 'The Scarecrow'It's ludicrous how often The Penguin betrays his gangland bosses, then avoids whatever punishment they exact after discovering his treachery. Here it was the turn of lisping Maroni > read more

Review: AMC's BETTER CALL SAUL

02/10/2015 12:50:00 PM

???? "Uno" • ???? 'Mijo'Breaking Bad was such a triumph for AMC that a spin-off is a no-brainer; although given creator Vince Gilligan's association with The X-Files, it's strange he's opted to create another show for a comic relief > read more

TV Picks: 9-15 February 2015 – Arrow • Asylum • Better Call Saul • The Casual Vacancy • Bosch • The Flash • The Great Comic Relief Bake Off • The Walking Dead

02/09/2015 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 9thHeston's Recipe for Romance (Channel 4, 9pm) Culinary special where chef Heston Blumenthal tries to create a dish, with the help > read more

Letterboxd: THE INTERVIEW • TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES (2014) • THE EQUALIZER

02/08/2015 05:00:00 AM

?½ (out of five)THE INTERVIEW has achieved an unprecedented level of controversy the material doesn't deserve, because the script is a toothless and simpleminded "attack" on North Korea's strange/terrible regime and its 'Supreme Leader' Kim Jong-u > read more

ARROW, 3.12 - 'Uprising' • THE FLASH, 1.12 - 'Crazy For You'

02/07/2015 04:45:00 AM

ARROW – 'Uprising'????It amuses me how Arrow regularly applies ideas from Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy; cleverly disguised by mixing plot-points together or splitting one character's role between various members of Arrow's cast. > read more

Trailer: Netflix's DAREDEVIL

02/04/2015 13:24:00 PM

It's our first look at Marvel's newest TV series, streaming exclusively on Netflix. And unlike Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and Agent Carter, DAREDEVIL is a much bigger deal in the comic-book world...It's strange Daredevil isn't being rebooted for the big-s > read more

Super Bowl Movie Trailers 2015

02/03/2015 04:00:00 AM

The Super Bowl is apparently a big-deal sporting event in the U.S where Katy Perry dances with sharks (that upstage her), but for most of planet Earth it's a chance to see some expensive summer blockbuster TV Spots... um, on YouTube the next day.(The > read more

Teaser: HEROES – REBORN

02/02/2015 10:42:00 AM

During the Super Bowl, NBC released a better teaser for this summer's event series, HEROES: REBORN—featuring the return of Jack Coleman and the first glimpse of Chuck's Zachary Levi. Who's the dude with the ability to create aurora borealis? Find o > read more

TV Picks: 2-8 February 2015 - 10,000 B.C • BAFTA Film Awards • The Great British Sewing Bee • The Comeback

02/02/2015 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 2ndA Cook Abroad (BBC2, 9pm) New culinary travelogue where celebrity chefs visit foreign countries and sample the cuisine. (1/6)? > read more

Trailer: FANTASTIC FOUR

02/01/2015 11:02:00 AM

Less a trailer or a teaser, more a mission statement. People still remember the atrocious Fantastic Four movies from 2005/7, when 20th Century Fox believed the director of Barbershop was the right man to hire. Josh Trank is the new man in charge of F > read more

Trailer: GAME OF THRONES – Season 5

01/31/2015 10:50:00 AM

The new season of GAME OF THRONES is only a few months away, so time for HBO to crank up the hype-machine. Embedded above is the season 5 trailer, where the juiciest news (for those who aren't book-spoiled) is that diminutive fugitive Tyrion will be > read more

Superhero Saturday: AGENT CARTER, ARROW, THE FLASH and GOTHAM

01/31/2015 04:24:00 AM

There's a lot of superhero/comic-book television shows around right now, so I thought I'd dip into four of the most popular ones, which are all approximately halfway through their seasons...AGENT CARTER – 'The Blitzkreig Button'We're halfway throug > read more

State of the Blog: peaks and troughs

01/30/2015 04:30:00 AM

I know. Output's still much lower than it's ever been. Blame me. Um, who else CAN you blame? Owing to a batch of autumn/winter TV shows that either weren't good, or interesting to review weekly, I found myself scaling back the blogging at DMD. And th > read more

Digital Spy: 8 of television's biggest unresolved cliffhangers

01/29/2015 04:30:00 AM

Yesterday over at Digital Spy, inspired by the cancellation of BBC3's In the Flesh, I compiled a selection of television shows that also went off-air and left audiences with unresolved cliffhanger endings... > read more

Letterboxd: A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST • THE GUEST • DEATH BECOMES HER

01/27/2015 04:30:00 AM

?½ (out of five)I really liked the relationship between Seth MacFarlane's acerbic sheep farmer and Charlize Theron's gunslinging outlaw, which develops plausibly from friendship to romance. In particular, Theron's a joy to watch as a sexy tomboy w > read more

TV Picks: 26 January – 1 February 2015 - Attenborough's Paradise Birds • Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe • Fortitude • The Good Wife • The Jump

01/26/2015 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 26thThe Holidaymakers (Sky1, 8pm) New reality series where a group of vacationers are thrown together in a luxury Spanish villa. (1/ > read more

Letterboxd: SIN CITY - A DAME TO KILL FOR • BAD NEIGHBOURS • THE INBETWEENERS 2

01/24/2015 10:30:00 AM

??½ (out of five)There are two key problems with SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR: Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller waited too long to produce a sequel to their 2005 hit, which means the appetite for more tales from the titular city has long since > read more

Brief thoughts on Channel 4's relationship comedy CATASTROPHE

01/23/2015 10:57:00 AM

Despite adhering to an overused setup (two lovers cope with an unwanted pregnancy), Channel 4 comedy CATASTROPHE overcame its hoariness because, frankly, it was funny and well-performed by writer-stars Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney. They played, um, > read more



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