Revisiting Mad Men 10 Years On

Mad Men premiered on 19th July 2007 and is already a decade old. That went quick didn’t it? But it’s easy to forget what a fuss people made about the sartorial element of the show. If fact, it had gotten to a point – somewhere around season two – where pieces about “Mad Men Style”…

The three best TV series you’re not watching

There’s a lot of TV happening right now so we’ll forgive you for not being on the ball here, but in recently years the summer has seen new series debuting that are just as good as anything in the Fall line-up. No longer is it the dumping grounds for repeats and burning off old unloved…

’60s Batman: What I’ve Learned

Robin and I are just good friends. Sometimes I just pretend I didn’t see the Bat Signal; especially if it’s really late at night and it’s cold and raining. Just send out some damn cops; my taxes pay for them, so in a way I’m still saving the city. And I pay a lot of…

The Future for Television

Antonio Campo Dall’ Orto, Executive Vice President of MTV Networks International on rebranding the station for a new generation. As told to Matt Pomroy People ask me, “Why does MTV play so little music these days?” And yes, it’s only about forty-five hours per week. But although music remains at the heart of the channel,…

Spies Like U.S.

Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip Jennings (Matthew Rhys) are two deep-cover KGB spies hiding in the plain-sight of Washington DC’s suburbs in mid-1981. They’ve been there since the ’60s in an arranged marriage, as part of a special breed of Russian spies, trained for years to be able to pass themselves off as ordinary Americans.…

Homeland – the best drama this year

United States Special Forces raid a terrorist safe house in Iraq and, by chance, discover a Marine sniper who had gone missing eight years ago. American POW, Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis), has been tortured but seemingly not broken, and he returns home an instant American hero. At the same time, CIA analyst Carrie Mathison (Claire…

The five best TV pilots being filmed right now

The five best pilots that are being filmed right now and will debut thus autumn if picked up. THE CORRECTIONS – Jonathan Franzen is onboard as writer/producer for the series based on his celebrated novel. Noah Baumbach is slated to direct, and the cast includes Ewan McGregor, Dianne Wiest, Chris Cooper, Greta Gerwig, Maggie Gyllenhaal,…

The Twilight it’s OK to like

From 1959 to 1964, Rod Serling hosted half-hour tales that melded sci-fi, mystery and morality tales, usually with a twist. It would prove to be some of the most creative and influential television ever made. His show, The Twilight Zone, was described by horror writer Stephen King in the early 1980s as being “damn near…

How to create your own festive television schedule

Television in this region makes almost no concession to the fact it’s the Christmas season, so here’s a list of TV episodes (with series and episode number) you might want to get hold of to put you in the mood. In this case, a good mood — sorry EastEnders fans. And, of course, we’re not…

Cop and ratings

Why police procedurals continue to endure – and influence. A TV holy trinity of cop, lawyer and doctor series will once again be churned out this year. Studios love them as they deliver solid ratings and because there can be a new crime/case/ patient each week, meaning the viewer can miss a few episodes and…