The humiliation of success

Ricky Gervais returns to our screens this month with the highly anticipated second series of Extras. It’s not only one of the best things he and writing partner Stephen Merchant have done, but one of the most astute satires on the trappings of minor fame and the nature of celebrity. Words Matt Pomroy Vanessa Redgrave…

Blessed are the geek…

Beauty And The Geek, dubbed the ‘ultimate social experiment’, is the latest reality show to hit the small screen. Already in its third season in the US and a British version in the bag, the show thrusts together two of the most enduring stereotypes. Are pretty girls really that stupid? And why can’t nerdy boys…

Time In: TV Reviews

Rachael Ray Rachael Ray is a celebrity cook. She now has a chat show. But crucially, Rachael Ray is the perkiest human being alive. Post apocalypse, she could be standing in the charred rubble of a smoldering planet, staring up at the slate-coloured sky of the nuclear winter that’s set to envelop the few surviving…

Being Julia

Like her former Seinfeld co-stars Jason Alexander and Michael Richards, Julia Louis-Dreyfus has found life after the hit series tough going. All that’s changed though, with her Emmy award-winning show The New Adventures Of Old Christine. As the series arrives in the UAE this week, Time Outlooks at how Julia beat the curse of Seinfeld.…

Rock in a hard place

Family-oriented sitcoms generally suck. They’re heavy on the syrupy sentiments, full of impossibly good-looking people who begin to irritate you well before the first ad break and, worst of all for a comedy, they’re generally not funny. And no amount of canned laughter is going to convince us otherwise. So when something good does come…