|I lurve September...
|Classy as ever...
You guys in the States (and there are a few of you)
have got the right idea - stick on all the good telly in September. Although not all of the shows have started back yet, it's still an exciting time on the box. I'll start with the UK
and its 'offerings'. First up, the new yoof
show from BBC3
, it's MASSIVE
. I won't spend any more time on this other than saying that, in comparison, it makes HOW NOT TO LIVE YOUR LIFE
look like FAWLTY TOWERS
How many GUY RITCHIE films does it take to put in a lightbulb?
Mind you, having said that, I actually got to like HN2LYL (see what I did there? I'm being like the typical BBC3 viewer)
by the end and, in another senior
moment, I went to the iPlayer
to watch the last in the current series (a mighty six episodes! How the Americans envy us!)
only to find out that I had actually
watched it. I was
disappointed, which must mean that somewhere in my noggin
there was a part of it that liked it. I feel so, durty
... Not as durty
, however, as I felt watching BILLIE "Pisses On People (Fictionally)" PIPER
in the second series of SECRET DIARY OF A CALL GIRL
That AMY WINEHOUSE look is really catching on... Not
particularly good to be said but worth watching to see how poorly
they cover her pregancy in certain shots. Remember Elaine
, when JULIA "Louis" DREYFUS
, and all the ridiculous things they got her to wear in that? (Granted, it was deliberate.)
Well this is no
t as clever as the US
obvious, the cuts between body and head. Disturbingly so that it takes me out of the show (the biggest crime a production team can make if you ask me)
. And what's the deal with her make~up? Effin'
shocking. So much so, that the humour now comes from Billie
and her appearance, not the show. Haven't got a clue what's going on there.
The new SPIDER MAN and villain revealed... Actually,
the biggest crime is making something so sh*t
that you stop watching. Will that happen with MERLIN
, the BEEB's
big new cross between HARRY POTTER
and HIGH SCHOOL MUSCIAL
? I think possibly
. Especially after EVE MYLES
did not survive the first episode (or did she?)
. What's in it for me? I will say that the direction was tops, as were the majority of the FX
shots, but the cast aren't great; and it could go either way. The young actors are all just a bit bland and I cannot have been the only person waiting for RICHARD WILSON
to belt out I Don't Believe It!
That CELINE DION look is really catching on...
Eve got to show off herself with some style and it was certainly a groin~grabbingly good performance from the Welsh strumpet; notably the 'song' scene at the end, top stuff. But all this 'magic' business? Since when was Merlin a flippin' Jedi? He looked at stuff, it moved. That's what a Jedi does. Where's the potions? Where's the incantations, spells?? Maybe this will be answered in time. I'll give it another week but there better be some skirt in it for this old man! Or, at least, some knockers.
Amazingly, this shot features no CG - it's all his own work! Not
to be outdone, ITV
fought back with their new show NO HEROICS
on the Thursday night friendly channel, ITV2
. Not the most original of ideas, we've seen the 'other' side of superheroes on a number of occasions before, but it was delivered with some panache - largely down to the very experienced cast. There were a few LOL
s but I had to wonder why JAMES "Once Dated Janeane Garofalo, Apparently" LANCE
was Spanish. It literally
made no sense. And that
accent? Was it meant not
to be funny? Was that
the gag? I can see this getting good so it gets another chance too. See how generous I am.
Looks like they're gonna adopt...
Continuing with generosity, I watched HARRY & PAUL
, you scream! Didn't I rip it a new one
last time? Well, I had it on while I was 'doing' the dishes (usually how I watch most programmes I think won't be much good)
, and that's my excuse. Anyway, it did ellicit a few larfs
from me this week. Despite being a good decade out of touch, the Nelson Mandela Sings The Blurs
sketch made me giggle. I think it was the sight of Harry
jumping up shouting "Parklife!"
And 'out of date' pretty much sums up the BASIC INSTINCT
parody they performed though I did smirk at the use of the phrase, "Rumpy Pumpy"
The GUNS 'N' ROSES reunion gets off to a bad start...
Sticking with the guy from the Eighties
and the guy from the Nineties,
their continuing skit on foreign footballers (again, about 20 years too late)
did get funny when the manager started to sign to the deaf player, speak "Scottish" and then Latin. We did, however, have to put up with Whitehouse's
range of terrible Johnny Foreigner
accents. Lastly (why so long on this one Cam?)
, they did a sketch that cropped up throughout the latest episode where Tony B~Liar (that's my attempt at a gag there)
was working with a company 'in the city'. Although not
funny, it was an interesting statement on his ineffectualness (or perceived)
as the former PM
couldn't get the simplest of tasks right. But, at the bottom of the ladder, the young mail~boy (who wasn't presented as stupid)
told him, simpering like a fan and without irony, "I loved what you did in Iraq."
Clever, yes. Funny, no.
Her dad launches in into I Don't Like Mondays, again! ENTOURAGE
, rather bizarrely, is now broadcast in the UK
just days after it hits the US (granted I still download it the day after)
and what a treat. Highlight so far was the latest episode where Vince sang Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You
at a young slut's Sweet Sixteen
party. Almost OFFICE~like
in its cringe making. Elsewhere on the downloads, starting up this week were: THE BIG BANG THEORY
- I don't use this expression (like, ever!)
but it's applicable here, meh
; TWO AND A HALF MEN
- he's more like three quarters now ain't
he?; and THE NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE
- a couple of larfs
but it's still a bit lame even if they centered it round a 'gay' wedding. Excitingly
, the television landscape is about to get more, erm,
Apparently one of these people is MICK JAGGER, but I'm not sure which one...
'Til the next time,
Labels: Amy Winehouse, Celine Dion, Entourage, Harry and Paul Review, Harry Enfield, Lindsay Lohan, Madonna, Meg Ryan, Merlin Review, Mick Jagger, No Heroics review, Paul Whitehouse, Penelope Cruz