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2007 tv.

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Well you may think it’s too late to be raking over the dimming glow of the TV in 2007, but I’ve been on holiday, and finally caught up on my Sky+, so here it is. I’m not going to talk up the big hitters, Heroes, Lost and the shows I’ve already talked up, Flight of the Conchords, Californication, The Street.

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

Well what happened? Aaron Sorkin’s highly anticipated show burned out of the ratings game in the US so was cancelled before it even got to the UK, hence setting up home on More4. The pilot was perfect – so you can see what the hype was about. Where can you go after such a high though? The series charts Danny Tripp (West Wing’s Bradley Whitford) and Matt Albie (Matthew Perry) – the producer and writer who quit the hit show several years earlier over a contentious skit aimed at Dubya in 2001. New network head Jordan McDeare (Amanda Peet – who isn’t annoying in this) hires them back after the live Studio 60 show is interrupted by a tirade on the state of television from Judd Hirsch from Taxi, which is straight out of Network, but better.

So the show follows Danny & Mark and Jordan’s fight to gain ratings and scratch back some integrity. Like the pilot, they start off well but then the novelty wears off and the onscreen Studio 60 starts it’s (unknowing) tandem ride with the offscreen ratings..

The show has been criticised for it’s pompous take on religion and the war on Afghanistan and Iraq but I really don’t see this as a problem. The arguments are balanced; the love story between Harriet Hayes, a devout Christian and Matt, who despises the climate of fear in the US fostered by the christian right, republicans and advertisers isn’t given a resolution of sorts until the final episode. Other love interests, propfessional compromises and the impact of the current war are all touched on and it’s a really effective drama, which shouldn’t have been axed.

Asides – Harriet’s character is based on Kristin Chenoweth, from the West Wing, who Sorkin previously dated. Watch out too for Lucy Davis (Dawn from the UK’s The Office) is awful in this show, stuttering and constantly wide eyed, it’s like she’s doing a hideous impression of Hugh Grant.

30 Rock

“Thank you Jack Donaghy, I’m going to make you a mix tape. Do you like Phil Collins?”

“I have a heart and two ears, don’t I?”

This show started off as the Alec Baldwin show and has now turned into something unmissable. Tina Fey (Saturday Night Live) plays Liz Lemon, head writer, juggling well meaning but bizarre network boss Baldwin and the insecurities of the stars of the their show Tracy and Jenna (Jane Krakowski from Ally McBeal).

The second show dealing with the behind the scenes hijinks of a TV show – 30Rock rated ok, but won an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy and will be back for a second season. The first season continues on Thursday 10 January on Five. Watch it!

The Lost Room

Peter Krause and Julianna Margulies are time travelling in this brilliant mini series. Based around Krause’s missing daughter – I can’t give too much away – the series is to do with time travel and a set of objects that give whoever possesses them a certain power – sounds very Heroes, and you’ll love it if you’re a Heroes fan – but it’s unique and well worth buying, or catching a repeat on SkyOne.

Please vote for me

Charming Chinese documentary of 8 years olds electing a new Class monitor, amazing little characters and an honest depiction of democracy and human nature. Part of BBCs Storyville series.

The Thick of It specials

Bring it back! Last years Christmas specials have been replayed in our house so often I swear they’re 2007 fodder. The specials worked well without recently convicted Langham and surely 2007’s political rollercoaster will inspire Iannucci again.

The Apprentice

Although the final was dissappointing (isn’t it always?), the series had some good characters – who’ll forget Tres or Katie in a hurry? I want to see more of Nick and Margaret though, and less of the bearded chipmunk that is Alan Sugar.

Off the boiler…

Have I got news for you – well maybe but more likely Paul Merton is doing his ‘how do you do?’ joke again.

ER – I’ve always been squeamish so the ongoing drama has to cut the mustard for me to keep watching, and whilst I’m thrilled Abby & Luka are together and John Stamos is staying at County General, the show just didn’t work so well at the end of the last series, see Neela being trampled, hmmm. It’s starting back on E4 this month so here’s hoping Stanley Tucci can work some magic.

Written by Victoria

January 8, 2008 at 3:43 pm

Posted in TV

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  1. Slowest eater!
    Rotten gossip!

    I’m hoping for more Thick Of It this year, if only to see if they mention Jamie’s perculiar love of Al Jolson again.
    Series 5 of the Wire too, as they say on Teesside… gerrrrin!


    January 8, 2008 at 11:18 pm

  2. Overthrow Dave! Please Vote for me was great. Loads of chi.

    For years I’ve been thinking the Wire was another US cop show I’ve seen, which has a guy that looks like Phil Mitchell in it. Now I’m confused.

    Cheng Cheng

    January 9, 2008 at 7:40 pm

  3. Ah no the cop show you’re thinking of is The Shield. The Wire is miles better, its main theme is the decline of the American city and touches on loads of areas from the drug trade to the inner city schools system to politics.
    Its great you can borrow the DVD’s off us if you want.


    January 20, 2008 at 3:34 pm

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    peter whitford

    March 23, 2008 at 11:01 am

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