Monthly Archives: April 2012

Cowell on Retreat

Seems he didn’t like the comparisons… http://www.deadline.com/2012/04/simon-cowells-britains-got-talent-shifts-schedule-to-avoid-clash-with-the-voice-uk/#utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

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Britain’s Got Talent Clip

Saw this on a friend’s Facebook the other day and thought it would be good to share considering today’s entertainment discussions. Definitely a nice contrast to the ridicule and mockery that we saw on this show today.

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Exporting Boosh

Just came across this article from the NYT in 2009 discussing how the Mighty Boosh guys were hoping to succeed in America. Given that it’s 2012 and we have yet to see that happen, I guess it didn’t work out.

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US-UK Sitcom Setting Comparison

I saw a Twitter conversation unfold today between British TV writers Andrew Ellard and Richard Naylor about the comparative role of setting in US and UK sitcoms. Naylor wondered why so many US sitcoms have detailed, specified settings (i.e. Seinfeld … Continue reading

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British Comedies

The idea of British comedy in America is definitely one that many people approach with a great deal of skepticism. There is no question that it has the stigma of being too dry and therefore un-relatable for most American audiences. … Continue reading

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Miranda and the art of sitcom writing

In class, we talked about our feelings about multicam and single cam sitcoms. I, like it seemed most of us, have grown accustomed to single camera comedies. That’s not to say I don’t appreciate the multicam sitcoms, but I just … Continue reading

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The FUNNIEST thing EVER.

In preparation for writing this post, I googled Stewart Lee. His official website, http://www.stewartlee.co.uk/ came up as the first hit, and amongst the links for media clips, tour date tickets, and Stewart Lee merchandise, what kept flashing up, right under … Continue reading

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Twenty Twelve’s Narrative Asides

We talked a little in class about the similarities between Twenty Twelve and 30 Rock, considering both are programs detailing what goes into producing something. While watching it, I found more parallels to The Office, mostly because of its style. … Continue reading

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Mad Men Viewership

More detail on the low ratings for Mad Men on Sky Atlantic.

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For Fans of Community/Downton Abbey/Doctor Who

As I have been making my way through past episodes of NBC’s “Community,” I came across one particular episode that took some shots at British Television. Pretty funny stuff and good to know that this class has at the very … Continue reading

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Performance fits the form

I agree wholeheartedly with a point brought up by Professor Becker, in that Miranda “is quite self-consciously framed as uncool, unhip, unedgy, fitting perfectly with Miranda’s awkward character.” Sure, multi-cam sitcoms are outdated, awkward, old-fashioned, etc… but so is Miranda! … Continue reading

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The Return of the Multi-Cam

It is no secret that FTT students are suppose to have sophisticated tastes in film and television and express their pretentious or critical opinions about this show and that movie. Of course I also love the quality television shows and … Continue reading

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Why are those fantasy characters speaking with British accents?

The BBC examines how/when/why British accents are used by characters in fantasy movies and TV shows: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17554816

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Twenty Twelve Hits Close to Home

As Carleen and Sam can attest, Twenty Twelve was thoroughly entertaining, and not just because of the comedy the writer, John Morton, strives for. While everybody can understand and assume the ineptitude of networks and Olympic committees as they prepare … Continue reading

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Form, Genre, and Mixed Scheduling

It didn’t really dawn on me until reading Becker’s post on Miranda: British comedy takes so many forms. In two hours yesterday afternoon, we saw four different kinds of comedic formats. In the same amount of time on NBC’s Thursday … Continue reading

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