Yes UK channel 5USA have done it again. Not content at depriving viewers of Breaking Bad a few years ago, channel big-wigs have now axed the hit American crime series Justified from their schedule. Well done people, engage UK viewers for four full seasons then pull the rug from right underneath them and leave them hanging in the wind.
As fans over the pond currently enjoy the fifth and penultimate season of the Emmy award nominated series, UK viewers will just have to make do with the previous four and be bloody grateful. As engaging content on British TV continues to dry up over here, (Mrs Brown’s Boys anyone?), it seems our transatlantic cousins are enjoying a wealth of rich and captivating television, while we might even be forced to go outside and do something more constructive instead, or God forbid talk to the wife.
(via Digital Spy)
TV is better than film. There we’ve said it and our word is final.
With all the meaningless crap released in cinemas this year that accolade wouldn’t be hard but the sheer quality of TV series broadcast over the last twelve months was simply staggering. Selecting one from such a robust field of worthy competitors, (Game Of Thrones, The Killing, Justified, American Horror Story, Dexter, Breaking Bad, Community, Archer, The Venture Bros, Luther), wasn’t a simple task and as we’ve already cheated by handing out a joint honour in our favourite movie of the year we decided to bite the bullet and pick out a single winner.
For us the French crime series Braquo, which aired for the first time on British TV on FX, left quite an impression on us. Think 24 blended with The Shield and now throw in copius amounts of ciggarettes, bottles of wine, worn leather jackets and acts of sporadic voilence. It stars Jean-Hugues Anglade who continually reminds us of Roy Scheider and was created by former French policeman and film director Olivier Marchal, (Tell No One, Department 36), Braquo rattles along like so:
A squad of Paris cops who exist in the blurred boundaries at the very edge of the law, use violence and intimidation to get the job done. The lives of these officers change radically when their squad leader, falsely accused of corruption, commits suicide. Determined to clear his name they start an investigation of their own, only to find that the police department itself stands in their way.
One of our favourtie TV shows of last year was Justified, starring the ever watchable Timothy Olyphant as a tough, slow speaking, southern US Marshall who serves up his own kind of justice to all sorts of unsavoury characters. It’s basically a modern telling of the old gunslinger western but with many surprising twists and turns along the way.
The good news for us is the second series begins next week in the US, (hopefully it won’t take too long to be shown over here), and judging by the trailer they’re keeping all of the elements which made the first series so enjoyable intact, including their use of pop culture references. Lucas will be proud.