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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

Trailer: Netflix's THE UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT

01/23/2015 04:30:00 AM

It's the first trailer for Netflix's new sitcom THE UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT, created by Tina Fey (30 Rock). It concerns the eponymous woman (Ellie Kemper) who's rescued from a doomsday cult, after spending 15-years in an underground bunker. Adjusti > read more

Trailer: HANNIBAL – Season 3

01/22/2015 12:49:00 PM

Sadly delayed from its usual spring return to summer, here's the first trailer for season 3 of NBC's stupendous HANNIBAL. It's a juicy tease that doesn't reveal too much, but neither does it skimp on actual footage from the new episodes. Interesting > read more

Trailer: THE STRAIN - Season 2

01/21/2015 04:00:00 AM

FX's vampire horror drama THE STRAIN returns this summer, and the teaser suggests it'll be larger in scope and more action-packed... although I have serious doubts this video's an accurate representation of what they'll achieve on a cable budget! On > read more

TV Picks: 19-25 January 2015 - Catastrophe • Cucumber • Banana • The Eichmann Show • The Jonathan Ross Show • Mr Selfridge • Top Gear • Wolf Hall

01/19/2015 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 19thWinterwatch (BBC2, 9pm) Series 3 of the wildlife programme. Presented by Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan & Martin Hughes-Games. > read more

Amazon pilots: COCKED • DOWN DOG • MAD DOGS • THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE • THE NEW YORKER PRESENTS • POINT OF HONOR • SALEM ROGERS

01/18/2015 08:21:00 AM

It's Amazon pilot time... again. From the lows (axing The After before production began) to the highs (Transparent winning two Golden Globes), I think we've all adjusted our expectations of Amazon's pilots. A few will be very good, most will be decen > read more

Fox favourites 24, PRISON BREAK and THE X FILES to return! Uh, maybe.

01/18/2015 04:30:00 AM

Do you ever get the impression U.S network television wish they could turn the clock back a decade or two? Speaking at the Television Critic's Association winter press tour, Fox Television chairmen and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman announced the n > read more

Review: Syfy's 12 MONKEYS

01/17/2015 11:23:00 AM

????The problem facing Syfy's remake of Terry Gilliam's 1995 sci-fi mystery 12 MONKEYS (itself an adaptation of 1962 short film La Jetée) isn't that it will, inevitably, pale in comparison. It's more the fact the whole concept feels utterly > read more

HEROES REBORN casts CHUCK

01/16/2015 11:37:00 AM

Zachary Levi (Chuck, Thor: The Dark World) has signed up for this summer's HEROES REBORN; a 13-part miniseries follow-up to the superhero drama from 2006-10. He will join the previously announced original cast member Jack Coleman, reprising his role > read more

THE HOBBIT's Richard Armitage joins HANNIBAL as a famous foe

01/13/2015 15:00:00 PM

How's this for unexpected news? British actor Richard Armitage (Spooks, The Hobbit) has signed up to play serial killer Francis Dolarhyde (aka 'The Tooth Fairy') on NBC's HANNIBAL. Whaaa-?For those unaware, Dolarhyde was the main villain of Thomas Ha > read more

Digital Spy: BROADCHURCH and the business of keeping secrets on TV

01/13/2015 04:30:00 AM

Over at Digital Spy yesterday, I wrote an article looking at 6 television shows that managed to keep huge secrets from their fanatical audiences, thus maintaining big surprises when important episodes aired. Take a look! And share if you enjoyed read > read more

TV Picks: 12-18 January 2015 - Ascension • Cocked • Cockroaches • Get Your Act Together • Girls • Mad Dogs • Marry Me • Mel & Sue • Point of Honor • Togetherness

01/12/2015 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 12th? Mel & Sue (ITV, 4pm) New live chat show with Mel Giedroyc & Sue Perkins. Guess are Jennifer Saunders & Gareth Malone. (1/30) > read more

Premiere reviews: BROADCHURCH (series 2) & AGENT CARTER

01/10/2015 05:38:00 AM

This week, global success BROADCHURCH returned to try and maintain its reputation as a premium crime drama; while Marvel launched their second comic-book television show, AGENT CARTER...BROADCHURCH (ITV, Mondays)????ITV's world-conquering Bro > read more

Amazon cancel THE AFTER; is their whole system flawed?

01/06/2015 04:30:00 AM

Chris Carter's new sci-fi drama was chosen to become a full series in March 2014, but Amazon Prime yesterday announced they won't be moving forward with an intended eight-episode commitment to post-apocalyptic mystery THE AFTER.Doesn't this call into > read more

TV Picks: 5-11 January 2015 (The 100, Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled, Broadchurch, Celebrity Big Brother, Crims, Harry Hill's Stars in their Eyes, Now You See It, The Voice, etc.)

01/05/2015 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 5thWanted Down Under (BBC1, 9.15am) Series 9 of the property series where British people experience living in Australia and New Zeal > read more

Dan's 10 Favourite Films of 2014

01/04/2015 04:30:00 AM

I watch more television than films these days, because it's easier and cheaper. I tend to only visit the cinema for the tentpole blockbusters, so it can take awhile for excellent smaller movies to reach my attention on Blu-ray. But, for what it's wor > read more

2015: Television Preview

01/03/2015 04:30:00 AM

2014? Pah! That's so last year! What goodies has the small-screen got in store for us in 2015? Below is a chronological list of the most notable TV shows premiering/returning to our screens, according to yours truly...JANUARY4 Jan: GALAVANT – Seaso > read more

DOCTOR WHO - 'Last Christmas'

01/02/2015 04:30:00 AM

????We've had many different types of DOCTOR WHO Christmas special; some enthusiastically embrace the festive season's trappings and clichés (once even putting a sci-fi spin on "A Christmas Carol"), others use yuletide as a glitzy backdrop, > read more

New Year's TV Picks: 29 December 2014 – 4 January 2015 (Big Fat Anniversary Quiz, Charlie Brooker's 2014 Wipe, Esio Trot, Mapp & Lucia, The Musketeers)

12/29/2014 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 29thRoyal Institution Christmas Lectures 2014 (BBC4, 8pm) Annual run of science lectures from the Royal Institution, where electrica > read more

Intermission: Christmas & New Year

12/25/2014 07:00:00 AM

In general, blogging's taken a downturn in the past month, so maybe the fact it's Christmas won't make too much difference to readers... but, just so everyone's aware, I won't be around now until 4 January—although there's always a chance particula > read more

Finale reviews: THE AFFAIR (Season 1) • DEREK: THE SPECIAL • THE WRONG MANS

12/24/2014 12:11:00 PM

It's the time of year when U.S shows have their mid-season or seasonal finales, and UK shows have Christmas specials that occasionally act as series-enders. So I just thought I would briefly cover three shows I've been watching, that ended very recen > read more

Trailer: AMC's BETTER CALL SAUL

12/23/2014 09:43:00 AM

I desperately want AMC's BETTER CALL SAUL to be a good show, even if it will inevitably fall under the shadow of forbearer Breaking Bad. It will be fun to see Bob Odenkirk as Saul (cryptically referred to as Jimmy in this trailer), and Jonathan Banks > read more

Christmas TV Picks: 22-28 December 2014 - Cuckoo • Derek • Doctor Who • Downton Abbey • Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm • Miranda • The Wrong Mans

12/22/2014 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 22ndGadget Man's Guide to Christmas (Channel 4, 8pm) Festive edition where Richard Ayoade tests various gadgets with a Christmas the > read more

Michael Pitt leaves HANNIBAL

12/20/2014 04:45:00 AM

In surprise news, actor Michael Pitt (Funny Games, Boardwalk Empire) had decided not to return as serial killer Mason Verger for the third season of NBC's HANNIBAL. One presumes the actor didn't find spending hours in the makeup trailer very appealin > read more

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



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