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A Bridge too far

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Jeesh, rolling out Beau Bridges as a fictional retrospective handyman Eli Scruggs…. Desperate indeed.

Looks like the season couldn’t even make it to the end without pulling in the (not even that) celeb friends. Actually the thing that was most annoying about this episode was the way they filmed the flashbacks, panning around to the back of each housewife’s head. I though they’d moved forward 5 years? Certainly feels like the 1990s to me. The clothes weren’t right and the first meeting with Gabby and the ‘wives was lame. I suppose it was good to actually see footage of Mary Alice instead of her incessant bookend narration, and any Bridges cameo is going to be well played, but really? I thought we were about to find out Dave’s psycho plan…

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March 20, 2009 at 5:25 pm

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As camp as Christmas

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Ah Nigella. After the luke warm reception to Nigella’s Christmas Kitchen last year I was suprised to hear she was back with a Christmas book and more shows – but why was I worried? The trio of Nigella Christmas shows (~ to accompany the very nice book of course) are perfectly camp, cheery and properly jolly but not sentimental, and whilst Nigella gives tips it’s not in a military campaign vibe – for that see Delia or Fanny Craddock’s xmas shows. Funnily Nigella mentions Fanny’s tip for lighting with pudding with vodka, which flames for longer. If you’ve never seen Fanny’s set of Christmas recipe and green dyed piped mashed potatoes serving platter you need to immediately, here, or on UKFood on cable TV, which is currently repeating every Christmas cooking special on earth.

So Nigella has well and truly found a niche – where to from Christmas? In her blog Nigella recommends Outnumbered, I concurr.

In other TV? Desperate Housewives is still ridiculous and low maintenance enough to enjoy. Survivors is wooden and I can’t see how it’s going to end satisfactorily in two more episodes. Heroes I’m liking again – but now that Elle’s dead, I dunno.

Damages seems to be returning to our screens. Let me give you a run down of shows you should be watching this Christmas, on DVD. Californication, Damages, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, 30Rock (also being repeated on five late at night but best watched chronologically with a little patience for the Pilot and ep. 2) and the latest series of Lost.

Written by Victoria

December 21, 2008 at 1:05 am

2013 – optimism on Wisteria Lane? Or real desperation?

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It had been rumoured that the five year jump in the Desperate Housewives latest series may be a move back to the good old days when Mary Alice was still alive and didn’t have to phone in breathy hallmark card soliloquies from the after life.

I would have preferred that, as I’m not sure moving five years in a snap is cold turkey enough to get the edge of reality into the storylines. The only housewife that seems changed is Gabby (Eva Longoria), so maybe this is Mark Cherry’s favour to the often un-nominated Longoria, “Here, lose the make up and cut your hair, parade around with a giant four year old and that Emmy is yours!”.

Gabby looks pretty anyway despite the lack of glam, and she and blind Carlos seem the happiest of the housewives, who elsewhere are looking gaunt with their skinny jeans. Katherine (Dana Delaney) has survived the jump, plus Mrs McCluskey and the eternally fake Nicole Sheridan. Gone are all the teenagers, replaced by Lynette and Tom’s twins, apparently now 16 (they sure didn’t look 11 in the last series).

a creepy carwasher and the famous five

a creepy carwasher and the famous five

Basically the five year gap means anyone can join in watching again – so I don’t think any comment on the new series can stand until we’re further into the series. In the meantime, it’s like watching the last ever show over and over again.

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October 22, 2008 at 10:16 pm

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Tina Fey glasses

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Thank God Dana Delaney has joined the cast. She’s the perfect bitch-next-door in Tina Fey glasses, it’s a shame she didn’t take the role of Bree she was offered when the show started.  What’s old? Carlos is still blind, making Gabby really unlikeable as she’s providing sub-standard care. The Scavo’s are having some kind of boring jealousy attack -fest with Rick, who I gather flirted with Lynette last season. I want to call him Tres, but no, Orson (Kyle McLachlan) is on thin ice after confessing he was the hit and runner who gave Mike the unstoppable pain that caused Mike to start using drugs. DH needs Kyle, so let’s hope the neighbours can overlook this little hiccup.

Gardener’s World

Sorry, Tony Buckland is not going to win me over by describing tomatoes as tequlia stingers or whatever.  He’s already tidying up Berryfields in a very 1980’s fashion. Can Carol have her own spin off please?

Earth: The Climate Wars

This is the kind of show you fall asleep in, but really enjoy the second time around. Kind of like Britain From Above. This is important viewing considering Guillermots are resorting to infanticide.

Other stuff

Have you missed the Palin/Clinton opening to the latest Saturday Night Live season?

Tina Fey is brilliant, how long must we wait for Season two of 30 Rock? Coming this month is Breaking Bad, starting 28 Sept on FX and Heroes is back soon on BBC2 too.

Ugly Betty

Gene Simmons is Amanda’s father? Yep, that’s credible.

Written by Victoria

September 17, 2008 at 2:22 pm