Thursday, September 15, 2011

Is that it?

For as long as it lasted, I've enjoyed doing this blog.

It started when, frankly, I had very little work and a lot of spare ideas.

Nowadays I'm quite busy and I've got no idea about anything.

I haven't quite given up on the writing of nonsense about the telly though. If you're one of the few regulars here and you can stand more of my ill-conceived ramblings about all that's best on the box then it would be great if you could join me over at Bleeding Cool, where a lot of the stuff that might have ended up here will now live.

Such as, just to pick on example, this bit about the great Downton Abbey versus Spooks scheduling war.

Goodnight everyone, and thanks for watching.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Shows you'll never see: David E Kelley's Wonder Woman

Poor old David E Kelley. He’s not a comic book guy. He knows he’s not a comic book guy. He probably sees himself as more of a small-screen Douglas Sirk.

So what does he do when his agent scores him a gig running a superhero TV show? He does his research. He asks people what the best superhero books ever are.

‘Read the Frank Miller Batman stories’, his friends tell him. ‘Take a look at the Millar/Hitch run on The Ultimates. Check out Judge Dredd. And most of all make sure you live and breathe Watchmen. ‘

And sure enough, Dave did.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Off topic: Russell Brand on Amy Winehouse

I've never much enjoyed Russell Brand's work,as a comedian or as an actor.

I do not profess to know anything about him as a person, it's purely a matter of taste.

His cogent and heartfelt heartfelt blog post about the late Amy Winehouse is a beautifully-written piece of work. I told a lot of my friends about it but the traffic to his blog is so high, it seems, that the servers are creaking under the load and many can't read the article.

That's a shame, because it really is very good.

I reproduce below, as a small act of public service, the article in full.

In copyright terms that's a bit iffy, so after a day or so I'll remove all but a short quote and the link.

Try Russell's site first, and if it's still misbehaving read my copy - I'm not trying to siphon off his traffic.

Infographic: What we watched

The Daily Mail - which contrives to be both the most unpopular and the most widely-read newspaper in Britain - has made a terrific graph giving an impression of TV viewing figures over the past forty years.

The first things that struck me were the extraordinary popularity of Coronation street and the visible fragmentation of audiences over the past decade or so.

It's fine work. Here's a link to their original article.

If you're the kind of person who won't click on a Daily Mail link under any circs., and I know quite a few of you are, you may be pleased to see that I've popped over there and stolen it.


Friday, July 22, 2011

Elsewhere on the web: In which I see Captain America

It's my totally unscientific opinion that the two big comic book publishers draw their fans from slightly different demographics.

Fans of DC Comic characters tend, I think, to be conventional characters who respect authority. Your Marvel reader tends to be slightly more countercultural. A little more out there.

You know me: I'm dull. I've always been a DC man, even though these days I'd have to say my all-time favourite funnybook is the Mark Millar / Bryan Hitch run on Marvel's The Ultimates.

So what did I think when I reviewed groovy hippy publisher Marvel's squarest, most conventional character for Bleeding Cool?

Well, it's my raviest review ever. and I don't mean there are glowsticks. I liked it so much, I simply couldn't find space for any jokes. I prefer my reviews to contain at least one decent gag.

You might want to read my take on Captain America anyway.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Walking Dead: Rock, paper, scissors. But mainly rock.

I liked the last series a lot. Hard to tell from this short clip whether this will maintain the same standard, but it's enough to know that it's coming soon, isn't it?

If your appetite needs more whetting, there's an interview over on Collider with Walking Dead Creator Robert Kirkman. He says a lot of stuff like this;
We discussed with him all of the key zombie moments that we have thought of for the second season so far just to give him a head’s up on what kind of stuff he is going to have to do.  I do have to say that maybe because it’s just 13 episodes instead of 6, but it seems like there is twice as much zombie stuff going on in every episode even though we do have a lot more character development and stuff too.  I think the second season is going to be really cool.

Custardgate: The Daily Show version

Sometimes, there really is nothing to add.

Except to say: Where is our Jon Stewart?

And if you thought some pro-NewsInt commentators were trying to deflect attention onto the huge size and reach of the BBC. Just wait until you see what Fox News says about NPR.

But this is all anyone will remember about yesterday: THE SMACKDOWN;