Monthly Archives: April 2012

UK Comedy vs. US

I’m not sure who Jack Cooper is (i.e. if he works in the industry or is a critic), but he has a blog post lamenting that US sitcoms are better than UK sitcoms today, and he thinks importing the writers’ … Continue reading

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Shamelessly Eccentric and Dirty, But Isn’t That Why We Love British TV?

Here it is, kids.  Shameless Season 1 Episode 2 in its entirety on youtube for your enjoyment. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iE73fUj8aGs And isn’t it wonderful that you can just type it into the search bar, and it’s there?  You wouldn’t find that with most, … Continue reading

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This Week’s Comprehensive Review! From My Perspective…

Since everyone else has posted a little something about each of the shows we watched this week, I wanted to provide some of my own thoughts, both in agreement and differing from those comments already made. First, the episode of … Continue reading

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News Corp Troubles

I don’t know if you guys have been following the News Corp. hacking scandal (I don’t recall bringing it up much in class), but the potential implications for British TV have just gotten huge. Short version of the hacking part: … Continue reading

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One Day: What a Great Idea

Well, I can’t wait for Monday’s viewings. I was thoroughly impressed with One Day for an abundance of reasons, but I think the reason I found it so enjoyable was because I was trying to figure out how it was … Continue reading

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One Day is All We Need

The only planned miniseries I have ever watched (oh, Firefly) was Harper’s Island, a show that barely blipped on most people’s radar. We’ve discussed in class the complete lack of such things on network television, some really only occurring on premium … Continue reading

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Violence Complaints

The BBC has received complaints about the depiction of violence in one of its procedural series, and just based on the print description, it sounds like nothing more than what you’d ordinarily see on US TV.

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ITV’s Comedy Efforts

Broadcast reports that ITV is making a big push into scripted comedy, especially of the mass, pre-watershed sort. ITV’s director of entertainment and comedy says: “We dropped out of the comedy game and it feels like there has been incompleteness … Continue reading

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Shameless Comparison

After being impressed with the UK’s output of Shameless, I felt the need to watch the US remake in order to compare and contrast the two. Thankfully, our version is made to be aired on Showtime. Racy subject matter such … Continue reading

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Baftas!

The Bafta award nominations for TV are out, and you’ll be familiar with some of the nominees. Among the shows getting love are This is England ’88, Misfits, The Crimson Petal and the White, Our War, Mrs. Brown’s Boys, Rev, … Continue reading

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This is… Awesome

While I recognize that the This is England… series may not be everyone’s favorite show, especially if you hate the 80s, I think the whole idea is great. First, the structure is so unique. How many other shows are there that … Continue reading

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Good Try, “Upstairs, Downstairs”…

The BBC is not renewing “Upstairs, Downstairs” for a third season… http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/upstairs-downstairs-canceled-downton-abbey-315003

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“Community” Belongs on British TV?

This is a bit off-topic, but I was reading this article about one of my absolute favorite shows on television (I know there are other “Community” fans in our class) and at the very end of the review of the … Continue reading

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Luther Trailer

Stumbled upon this trailer for the second series of Luther. As if we didn’t think of him as the “troubled detective” enough, this pretty much confirms that. It shows reverse/slow-motion shots of Luther tearing apart his office with no actual … Continue reading

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I think I actually liked “Blackpool”

I should caveat my title by saying, though, that I don’t think I could watch more than a few episodes of it. Maybe the one-season, short run nature of it is actually perfect. Because all that singing would get old, … Continue reading

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