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SEASON REVIEW: Big Day, Season 1

Commissioned because of the success of real-time thriller 24, this ABC comedy details a wedding in real-time, with each 20 minute episode representing an hour of the wedding. When the show aired back in ’06-’07, the ratings faltered and it never made it to the back nine. But did it deserve a second look? Let’s see … Continue reading

FRIDAY ROUNDUP! (July 2010, wk 5)

Every other week this summer, The Signal will be offering up a Friday Roundup: a collection of mini-reviews, TV news, interesting links and varying television-related thoughts that weren’t big enough to merit a full post on their own.  Enjoy!

Sherlock, “A Study in Pink” (1.01)

“Is it nice not being me? It must be so relaxing.” – Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes is a classic literary character, ripe for reimagining, and in this modern-day adaptation the great Steven Moffat (alongside director Paul McGuigan) takes a swing at doing it his way. Does he succeed? Find out after the jump…

SATURDAY ROUNDUP! (July 2010, wk 3)

Every other week this summer, The Signal will be offering up a Friday Roundup: a collection of mini-reviews, TV news, interesting links and varying television-related thoughts that weren’t big enough to merit a full post on their own. This week we were a day late getting it up. Enjoy!

:30 Seconds, Season One

This Australian comedy is a raw and hilarious look at the world of advertising.  The show, which premiered last year on Australia’s Comedy Channel, centres on the fictitious BND ad agency, stationed in Sydney but operating worldwide. BND is headed by Creative Director Martin (Joel Tobeck) who must come up with original ideas for products, despite leading … Continue reading

FLASHBACK: BBC’s Morecambe and Wise

Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise were a popular comedy duo in Britain from the 1950s through the ’70s. I’ve recently been exploring retro British Television, and I discovered their hilarious show, a variety program much like its cousins in the US (Rowan & Martin) and Canada (Wayne & Schuster) . The show is a half hour sketch comedy … Continue reading

NEWS: Canwest’s New Scripted Shows

Last Friday Roundup, I gave a breakdown of a handful of new scripted pickups from Canwest Global (Global and Showcase channels). The original article was very sparse in its details about the shows, but the wonderful TV, Eh? has gotten a full breakdown press release. If you’re looking for my commentary, scroll down below the press … Continue reading

Dan For Mayor, “The Return of Wheel-O” (1.13)

“I’m gonna be mayor.” – Dan The first season of this Canadian hit winds to a close. Can the show offer a strong conclusion to a relatively weak season?  A review of the episode, written by Mark Farrell, Paul Mather & Kevin White and directed by Ron Murphy after the jump…

FRIDAY ROUNDUP! (June 2010, wk 5)

Every other week this summer, The Signal will be offering up a Friday Roundup: a collection of mini-reviews, TV news, interesting links and varying television-related thoughts that weren’t big enough to merit a full post on their own.

Living in Your Car, “Chapter 7” (1.07)

“Yeah, I’m basically fine, yeah.” – Steve Unger The seventh episode of HBO Canada‘s new original series, Living in Your Car, written by George F. Walker, and directed by David Steinberg. Review after the jump…