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Once Tim in the Limo in Seinfeld…

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As funny as Dirty Sexy Money can be; despite Donald Sutherland, despite the Nick/Karen long lost love arc coming to an end.. Peter Kraus was destined for better things.

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Mad Men
What can bring Don and Betty back together? Life or death I guess, something big, so can’t wait for the finale tomorrow night. I hope we get the next series faster, am not sure how long I can cope without MM to watch.

Brothers & Sisters

Hands up who’s fed up with the Ryan Lafferty storyline?

On a final note, bank holiday weekend and all, I watched a strange selection of films; Dante’s Peak, Notes on a Scandal, I am Legend and Midnight Cowboy. I hadn’t realised how much Angelina Jolie looked like Jon Voigt when he was young! He looks sooo different now, on screen at the moment as the evil Jonas Hodges in the still going strong seventh series of 24.

Written by Victoria

May 4, 2009 at 10:44 pm

Red Riding

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Despite not being able to understand a lot of the dialogue, this series has started brilliantly.

Forget the dark side of Life on Mars, Yorkshire Post journalist, Eddie Dunford (Andrew Garfield) is more exciting to watch than Sam.

Catch Up on Red Riding at www.channel4.com. Photo Channel 4

Catch Up on Red Riding at http://www.channel4.com. Photo Channel 4

The atmosphere reaches almost Mad Men levels of perfectly recreating a town or decade. Such a shame that Channel Four, with only Desperate Housewives to offer in the current TV bonanza, has decided to show it right now. I guess they’re trying to boost interest in the release of the Damn United film later this month, based on a book also penned by David Peace.

 

Mad Men

 

Peggy and Don are the ultimate in day to day deception and denial. This series is even better than the first but who knows how many are watching, late Tuesday night isn’t exactly Prime Time. But hey, who am I to judge the onslaught of Darwin programming for Spring?

Written by Victoria

March 6, 2009 at 1:42 pm

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Painted Black, Soundtrack drama and other excitement

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Mad Men is so cool. I can understand why the BBC have chosen to tease the British public with a season trailer soundtracked to the Rolling Stones Painted Black. But it’s just so heavy handed and c’mon this is a show where the characters live and breathe illusion and advertising, somehow the show deserves better, not to mention that Painted Black wasn’t even written until 1966. I know Season Two skips ahead from where we left it in late 1960 but 6 years? That’s Desperate Housewives territory. Anyway, this is seriously exciting.

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24

There’s not much I can add on the topic of the return of 24, Charlie Brooker’s summed it up perfectly. My only concern is I don’t think they’re going to catch anyone or avert any terrorist acts unless they get Chloe back on coms. Frankly anyone would be better than these fools in the FBI who can’t even get a satellite link up. I predict two things from Day Seven though – Jack’s going to fall in love with FBI agent Walker, or she’ll die. She’s currently buried under a plastic sheet and some dirt but this is 24, she’s nowhere near dead yet.

Fashion Police

The SAGs Fashion Police was much less bitchy than the Golden Globes. One of the most peopular searches for my blog was Taylor Swift, mentioned in last years FP post, so hey, I’m going to go for tags:

Tina Fey’s looked pretty in her Bryan Reyes dress, but.. hey I don’t want to be namechecked when she collects her next award, the fashion police can ‘Suck it’.

tf1To summarise – everyone from Desperate Housewives looked awful but Peter Perfect has a crush on Dana Delaney so he’s forgiven her green leather! Kate Winslet looked amazing but she got a mixed reaction. Angelina on the other hand was praised for more chic (read boring and back to front) frock wearing. Brad Pitt was claimed the spitting image of Cary Grant. Finally the Mad Men cast – how weird is it to see them a la 2009? Christina Hendricks in David Meister and January Jones in Luxotica. Fashion forward people.

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Written by Victoria

January 29, 2009 at 12:17 am

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

Emmy Predictions

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Ok folks – My picks are in bold.  A Star* means I think they’d be an equally good winner.

Outstanding Drama Series

  • Boston Legal
  • Damages*
  • Dexter
  • House
  • Lost*
  • Mad Men

Outstanding Comedy Series

  • Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • Entourage
  • The Office
  • 30 Rock
  • Two and a Half Men

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

  • Stanely Tucci, ER
  • Glynn Turman, In Treatment
  • Robin Williams, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
  • Robert Morse, Mad Men*
  • Oliver Platt, Nip/Tuck
  • Charles Durning, Rescue Me

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Shelley Berman, Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • Rip Torn, 30 Rock*
  • Will Arnett, 30 Rock
  • Steve Buscemi, 30 Rock
  • Tim Conway, 30 Rock

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

  • Ellen Burstyn, Big Love
  • Dihann Carroll, Grey’s Anatomy
  • Cynthia Nixon, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
  • Anjelica Huston, Medium
  • Sharon Gless, Nip/Tuck

Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program

  • Jon Stewart, host; 80th Annual Academy Awards
  • Stephen Colbert, host; The Colbert Report
  • David Letterman, host; Late Show With David Letterman
  • Don Rickles, performer; Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project
  • Tina Fey, host; Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Reality Program

  • Antiques Roadshow
  • Dirty Jobs
  • Extreme Makeover Home Edition
  • Intervention
  • Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List

Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program

  • Ryan Seacrest, American Idol – noooooooooooooooooooo
  • Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars
  • Howie Mandel, Deal Or No Deal
  • Heidi Klum, Project Runway
  • Jeff Probst, Survivor

Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series

  • The Colbert Report
  • The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
  • Late Show With David Letterman
  • Real Time With Bill Maher
  • Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Art Direction for a Single-Camera Series

  • Dexter
  • Heroes
  • Mad Men (two nominations: “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” and “Shoot”)
  • Pushing Daisies
  • Ugly Betty

Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series

  • Californication
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • Pushing Daisies
  • 30 Rock
  • Ugly Betty

Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series

  • Brothers & Sisters
  • Damages
  • Friday Night Lights
  • Mad Men
  • The Tudors

Outstanding Cinematography for a Half-Hour Series

  • According to Jim
  • Californication
  • In Treatment
  • My Name Is Earl
  • Scrubs
  • 30 Rock

Outstanding Cinematography for a One-Hour Series

  • Battlestar Galactica
  • Breaking Bad
  • Dexter
  • Lost
  • Mad Men*
  • Rescue Me

Outstanding Costumes for a Series

  • Desperate Housewives
  • Mad Men
  • Pushing Daisies
  • The Tudors
  • Ugly Betty

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series

  • Entourage
  • Flight of the Conchords
  • The Office, “Money (Parts 1 & 2)”
  • The Office, “Goodbye, Toby”
  • Pushing Daisies
  • 30 Rock

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series

  • Boston Legal
  • Breaking Bad
  • Damages
  • House
  • Mad Men*

Outstanding Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program

  • 80th Annual Academy Awards
  • The Colbert Report
  • Company (Great Performances)
  • The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
  • Saturday Night Live; Host: Tina Fey

Outstanding Main Title Design

  • Bernard and Doris
  • Chuck
  • The Company
  • Mad Men
  • New Amsterdam

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series

  • Flight of the Conchords, “Yoko”
  • The Office, “Dinner Party”
  • Pushing Daisies, “Pie-Lette”
  • 30 Rock, “Rosemary’s Baby”
  • 30 Rock, “Cooter”

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

  • Battlestar Galactica, “Six Of One”
  • Damages, “Pilot”*
  • Mad Men, “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes”*
  • Mad Men, “The Wheel”
  • The Wire, “30”

Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program

  • The Colbert Report
  • The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
  • Late Night With Conan O’Brien
  • Late Show With David Letterman
  • Saturday Night Live

Fingers crossed!

Written by Victoria

September 21, 2008 at 10:52 pm

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