Thursday, March 30, 2006

BBC America targets younger viewers with new shows - Yahoo! News: "LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - A high school drama from
the creators of the U.K. hit 'Footballers Wives' and fresh
takes on Robin Hood and Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde are among the new
dramas set to air on BBC America in the next year, the cable
channel said Wednesday.

BBC America general manager Kathryn Mitchell said the
offshoot of the venerable British broadcaster wants to broaden
its appeal to a slightly younger audience, 'but we don't want
to lose those loyal viewers.'"

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Found this on a random blog today, under the title "Showtime's made a huge mistake." Now I was never a big fan of Arrested Development, so I don't much care if it's gone for good or not, but is it really fair to blame Showtime when the article says:

R.I.P., 'Arrested Development' -- critics' fave not given room to grow: "A source close to the negotiations said that creator Mitch Hurwitz had
decided after a lengthy period of debating an offer from Showtime that
'Arrested Development reached its end, creatively, as a series.'"
Sci Fi Wire -- The News Service of the Sci Fi Channel: "David E. Kelley is writing Life on Mars, a time-travel crime drama pilot for ABC, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The show, targeted for fall 2007, is based on the BBC's 2006 drama, which stars John Simm as a 21st-century detective who, following a car crash, mysteriously finds himself working as a cop in the 1970s."

Monday, March 27, 2006

Young Adult Fiction: Wild Things - New York Times: "The 'Gossip Girl,' 'A-List' and 'Clique' series-- the most successful in a crowded field of Au Pairs, It Girls and other copycat series -- represent a new kind of young adult fiction, and feature a different kind of heroine. In these novels, which have dominated the field of popular girls' fiction in recent years, Carol Gilligan's question about whether girls can have 'a different voice' has been answered -- in a scary way."
Adventures of Brisco County Jr., The - Brisco date, art and tons of extras!
BBC - Doctor Who (David Tennant and Billie Piper) - News : "The 2005 series of Doctor Who, starring Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper, has been nominated for Best Drama Series in British Television's most prestigious awards, the BAFTAs (British Academy of Film and Television Arts)."

Sunday, March 26, 2006

The good news: One of the stars of Hustle, a current fave, will be appearing in the new series of Doctor Who. The bad news: it's not Jaime Murray...

BBC - Doctor Who (David Tennant and Billie Piper) - News : "Highly acclaimed actors Marc Warren and Shirley Henderson have joined the cast of episode 10 of the new series of Doctor Who, working alongside the previously-announced Peter Kay."
John Rogers hits the nail on the head as far as why I won't go to movies in theaters any more.

Kung Fu Monkey: How to Save the Theater Industry: "The number one reason that every single person I know gives for not going to the movies anymore is the annoyance of dealing with people who just don't behave in the theater. Yes, yes, theater owners, your cell phone adds are cute. But how many of us have dealt with the idiots around us who dutifully turn off their cellphones, and then turn and chat -- not whisper, fucking coffee-klatch -- with the person beside them?"
I just read Infinite Crisis Secret Files & Origins 2005. And while it actually seemed to make less sense than the regular Infinite Crisis issues, I did enjoy the fact that, basically, it's about two guys who have done nothing more than sit around reading comics for the past twenty years wishing things could be just like they used to be. Which probably sums up Infinite Crisis' target audience, really.

(Here, I'm not talking about my friends who are reading and enjoying it. I'm talking about the people who post on Internet message boards about how wonderful it would be to see Anarky and Booster Gold get their chance in the spotlight again.)

(Anarky? Seriously?!?)