If you didn’t know already Obama’s health-care legislation was upheld yesterday by the Supreme Court meaning that America for the first time joins the ranks of countries with similar national health care. Of course Fox News and CNN, either in their haste to gather those awkward things called ‘facts’, or through their very own disbelief at such a surprise ruling, didn’t report the right story.
They instead informed their viewers that the Supreme Court had in fact ruled against Obama’s health-care law. Until of course they actually took time out from speaking into camera to read the actual document.
Words cannot express just how excited I am.
If you are fortunate enough to have fancy non-council telly in your house then set your Betamax video recorders for 9pm tonight on Sky Atlantic for Alan Partridge: Welcome To The Places Of My Life.
The one hour special kicks off the brand new mini series which sees the much anticapated return of the much loved and equally hated fictional radio and television presenter Alan Partridge as he revisits his hometown of Norfolk, revealing that the only sticks he uses in life are those that are made from trees.
It’s immediately followed by the first episode of Armando Iannucci’s new politically themed comedy Veep starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Vice President Selina Meyer.
It’s been four years since Jericho bowed out with it’s second and final season in 2008. The apocalyptic drama which depicted the struggles of a small town community in Kansas in the wake of a nuclear attack on American soil, was canned by TV execs after it’s first season, due to falling ratings. However thanks to a feverish campaign by die hard fans, Jericho was brought back for a second run only for it to fail again in the ratings war and that was pretty much that.
Except for now, as Netflix, the online movie and TV streaming service, have announced they are in preliminary talks with CBS to resurrect the cult TV series. Why? Well Netflix are claiming Jericho is such a firm favourite with their members, who seem to harbour a strange enthusiasm for the series, that it merits a midnight graveyard robbery and subsequent revival. Although plans to bring Jericho back to the small screen are only in the early stages it gives fans of other redundant dramas hope. How about resurrecting Terriers?
Just a quick heads up for those of you who are fans of the gritty French police drama Braquo, (which we voted as series of 2011), that the second series starts this Sunday on FX UK at 10pm.
Scriptwriter Abdel Raouf Dafri has promised that the new series ratchets up the brutality and violence to a whole new level. Count us in.
Portraying crime on the city streets with a realism that shames the creators of The Wire.
The tagline for this latest campaign by the underwear company is: ‘Sexy never takes a day off‘. Ain’t that the truth.
*Throws feather boa over shoulder, tips back sailor hat, clicks fingers and struts out of the room*
Without spoiling anything for anyone who so far hasn’t watched the most recent episode of the fifth season of Mad Men just be aware that by reading the enclosed letter below will lead to nothing more than complete confusion.
For those of you who have kept up with Mad Men so far then you’ll recognise just how savvy this fictional response is from Jaguar’s actual ad agency, (Carrot Creative), in light of Sterling, Cooper, Draper & Pryce’s recent failure to secure a contract with the car manufacturer.
(via Uproxx & Carrot Creative)
Why isn’t this man forging a career in stand-up comedy?
If you had this misfortune of sitting through the first episode of Morgan Spurlock’s new series New Britannia on Sky Atlantic last night, then we wholly sympathise with you.
In short it wasn’t very good and pretty disappointing and for us at least once again demonstrated the extreme difficulty Americans have understanding and identifying the difference between Britain and England, more specifically the difference between Britain and London. This basic failing was clear for everyone to see, in fact Morgan recently admitted during an interview that he didn’t have time during the shoot for the 10 episode series to visit either Wales or Ireland, yet the show is supposed to be an in-depth look at Britain.
We did learn something new which was the revelation of the existence of a ‘British accent’, however no real explanation or even a sample was provided as to what exactly a ‘British accent’ sounds like. As Scots we were also pretty depressed when we read an interview with the documentary filmmaker for TV Choice, who posed the banal question ‘Do you find Scots grumpy?’, to which Spurlock replied:
I didn’t find them any grumpier than any other Brits we met. But it was funny when we showed up in Scotland on a fantastic, sunny day, because the Scots seemed to hate it! They were much happier the next day, when it was freezing cold and p***ing with non-stop rain, because that was how they felt it should be!
That’s right Morgan we just despise the sun, we loathe it’s very existence, we’re like ginger headed vampires who simply burst into flames when sunlight makes contact with our skin, which is why we all wear heavy tweed jackets, kilts and love nothing more than standing in the rain smiling through our rotten teeth, while we count out our gold coins.
So if you’re a fan of the TV comedy series Community you’ll be devastated to learn that a current feud raging between one of the show’s stars, Chevy Chase, and the creator of the series, Dan Harmon, is starting to effect the programme as a whole.
To cut a very long and very boring story short this war of egos has been simmering for some time but following a walk-out by Chase at the end of season two, over a script disagreement, it reached boiling point when Harmon encouraged the cast and crew of Community to engage in a collective shout of ‘Fuck you Chevy‘ to the actor during the wrap party. This of course incensed Chase as his wife and daughter had accompanied him that evening. In fact he was so angry he left a voicemail, (a portion of which can be listened to HERE), on Harmon’s phone riddled with insults and profanity which the series creator gleefully replayed to crew members.
We’re not taking sides here as both men have a history of being difficult to work with and are rumoured to have planetary sized egos, but if pushed we’d tentatively back Chase, as insulting a man is one thing, but insulting a man in front of his family is another thing entirely. The future of the hit TV series, which has only just returned for a third series has now been thrown into doubt.
(via Warming Glow, Gawker)