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‘The Orville’ Wouldn’t Be Such a Critical Failure If It Were a Half-Hour Comedy

‘The Orville’ Wouldn’t Be Such a Critical Failure If It Were a Half-Hour Comedy
The fact that the new Fox series “The Orville” is an hour-long “space adventure,” not a half-hour sitcom, has proven to be a major surprise for fans of creator Seth MacFarlane.

It makes sense, given that he’s best known for the hundreds of episodes of animated comedy he’s produced since the launch of “Family Guy” in 1999. In addition, there’s much of the show’s marketing: Looking back at the original trailer presented during the Fox upfronts, from the music choices and the punchline-heavy editing to the tagline “the universe has a crew loose,” it’s easy to see why people still seem to think the series is a half-hour comedy.

Of course, as viewers now know, “The Orville” is twice the length and nowhere near as funny as expected. Instead, the freshman drama aims to create a new spin on classic science fiction series like “Star Trek” — and not that successfully.
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‘The Orville’ Wouldn’t Be Such a Critical Failure If It Were a Half-Hour Comedy

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‘The Orville’ Wouldn’t Be Such a Critical Failure If It Were a Half-Hour Comedy
The fact that the new Fox series “The Orville” is an hour-long “space adventure,” not a half-hour sitcom, has proven to be a major surprise for fans of creator Seth MacFarlane.

It makes sense, given that he’s best known for the hundreds of episodes of animated comedy he’s produced since the launch of “Family Guy” in 1999. In addition, there’s much of the show’s marketing: Looking back at the original trailer presented during the Fox upfronts, from the music choices and the punchline-heavy editing to the tagline “the universe has a crew loose,” it’s easy to see why people still seem to think the series is a half-hour comedy.

Of course, as viewers now know, “The Orville” is twice the length and nowhere near as funny as expected. Instead, the freshman drama aims to create a new spin on classic science fiction series like “Star Trek” — and not that successfully.
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10 largely forgotten UK sci-fi sitcoms

Remember Kinvig, Clone, Not With A Bang? These are the UK sci-fi sitcoms you’re unlikely to see on comedy best-of lists…

With E4 sci-fi comedy commissions, Tripped and Aliens, and in-development Channel 4 projects, Space Ark and Graham Linehan/Adam Buxton collaboration The Cloud, in the works, a new crop of sci-fi sitcom could be making its way to UK TV.

Making funny sci-fi on a small-screen budget is tough enough without the additional pressure of having to attract viewers more traditionally down-to-earth in their sitcom tastes. Sci-fi sets and effects can be seen as prohibitively expensive by comedy commissioners (which is perhaps why the best UK sci-fi sitcoms of recent years has been on BBC Radio), and the genre’s niche status doesn’t scream mainstream hit. Over the years, one or two stand-outs have managed to straddle the sci-fi and comedy TV worlds, but plenty more have stumbled in the attempt.
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Good Grief! John Guilor Meets A Cyberman

Christian Cawley is a writer at Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews - All the latest Doctor Who news and reviews with our weekly podKast, features and interviews, and a long-running forum.

When is the Doctor not the Doctor? Well, when he’s John Guilor, we reckon. Above, you can enjoy a few moments of Guilor’s vocal expertise and comic timing in a brief sketch recorded during a break in recording on an audiodrama. Listen out also for the excellent Cyberman voice by The Inbetweeners’ and Hyperdrive‘s Waen Shepherd....

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It Crowd's Graham Linehan writing Channel 4 space comedy with Adam Buxton

Graham Linehan is reportedly working on a new Channel 4 sitcom pilot set in space.

The Cloud will star Adam Buxton as part of a hapless data hub crew who are floating around Earth. Their ship is designed to protect information on the internet, even if it is only just selfies, porn and funny cat photos.

Aisling Bea and Jamie Demetriou will also star in the project, according to Radio Times.

The non-broadcast pilot will film in the spring. Channel 4 will announce whether it has received a full commission later this year.

Previous British sitcoms set in space include the iconic Red Dwarf, Nick Frost's Hyperdrive, and the TV adaptation of Douglas Adams's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Linehan recently revealed that a potential musical version of his classic show Father Ted could be a success.

The writer's current series Count Arthur Strong - which he
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New Who Review – “Last Christmas”

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This day has been an emotional rollercoaster.

The facts and details of the Christmas episode have been kept strictly secret, and for good reason. Rumors flew that Jenna Coleman was leaving the series just as the new season was a-borning, and her go-to answer for the events of the special was “If you know if I’m staying with the series, it’ll ruin the ending”. A spectacularly surprising cameo, a hilarious guest star, and a plot that keeps unfolding like a fried onion makes for a ripping yarn for the holiday. But for most of the year, we were never sure or not if this was to be Clara’s…

Last Christmas

By Steven Moffat

Directed by Paul Wilmshurst

Clara and The Doctor team up again after Santa crashes on her roof. You heard me – Sweet Papa Chrimbo himself appears atop Clara’s home, and before any sense can be made of that,
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Nick Frost lands Fox pilot 'Sober Companion'

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Nick Frost lands Fox pilot 'Sober Companion'
(Cbr) Nick Frost is one step closer to a regular American television gig. The star of "Shaun of the Dead" and "The World’s End", along with British shows like "Spaced" and "Hyperdrive", has signed on to the Fox pilot "Sober Companion", Deadline reports. It was written and produced by David S. Rosenthal and Jennie Snyder Urman, who previously worked together on the "90210" relaunch and "Gilmore Girls". The project stars Frost as Robert, a driven lawyer with a drinking problem who gets a judge-appointed sober companion, played by Justin Long after falling flat on his face in court.
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From Spaced To The World’s End: The Connecting Cast Of The Cornetto Trilogy – Part Two

This weekend see’s the release of The World’S End, the final installment of Edgar Wright’s ‘Three Flavours Cornetto‘ trilogy. You’ll notice several themes, motifs and jokes are woven between all three films, but none are more evident than the cast. Wright and Pegg have a proclivity for casting their mates, going all the way back to Spaced. And with chums like these, who could blame them.

Part One can be read here. Have a Part Two. And a Bourbon.

Peter Serafinowicz

Spaced, Shaun of the Dead,

Well fuck-a-doodle-doo! You’ll probably recognise his face but you will certainly recognise his voice. He is probably most famous for providing the vocals for Darth Maul in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, which he recycled to wonderful effect in Spaced and Black Books. His best work has been on Science spoof Look Around You, featuring a plethora of folks from the Cornetto-verse,
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Cofilmic Festival Programme of Events

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The Cofilmic festival arrives at Manchester’s Comedy Store on the 29th and 30th October and it promises to be quite the comedy gala. It will feature a whole host of sitcoms, short comedy films and sketches with the final night climaxing with the Cofilmic award ceremony which will offer unique industry driven prizes to the victors.

The festival’s jam packed programme of events has now been finalised and both comedy fans and aspiring writers and directors will find plenty to feast their eyes and ears upon.

Across both days there will be various talks and events involving a range of expert panelists.

These include:

Writing and Selling TV Comedy : An exclusive opportunity to hear Jason Cook, local comedian and writer, talk about his amazing experience in writing and selling his first sitcom, Hebburn – due to be aired on BBC2 in October and starring Vic Reeves. He will
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Cumberbatch in ‘Trek’ sequel; ‘Carrie’ and ‘Akira’

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It’s been confirmed that the awesomely named British actor Benedict Cumberbatch has been cast as the villain in the Star Trek sequel which begins filming this month. Scoring accolades for his turn as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic detective on the BBC’s Sherlock (its showrunner is Steven Moffat of Doctor Who fame, of course), the actor has also turned in high profile supporting roles in Steven Spielberg’s War Horse and Tinker, Taylor, Soldier Spy. He’ll also portray Smaug the Dragon (through motion capture) and voice the Necromanncer in the upcoming The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again.

The question remains, who will he’ll play. When Benicio Del Toro dropped out last month, it had been more or less confirmed that Kahn would be the Big Bad. But was that true to begin with now? It’s also know that
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Miranda Hart – TV's queen of uncool

Critics may have branded her sitcom amateurish and old-fashioned, but Miranda Hart has become a comedy hero

Miranda: the sitcom you love or loathe

In the 1980s, as the alternative comedy scene blossomed in basement clubs all over Britain, Miranda Hart was holed up on a hill, in a pine forest, at an all-girls' boarding school in Berkshire, watching and re-watching her videos of Morecambe and Wise.

She loved the campness and eccentricity of Eric Morecambe, and the style and wit of the other comedy legends she had grown up with: Tony Hancock, Joyce Grenfell, Tommy Cooper. When it came to sitcoms, her favourites included Are You Being Served? and Fawlty Towers – emerging from her boarding-school bubble in the early 1990s, she found new sitcoms speaking that same silly, slapstick language. "There was Ab Fab and Gimme Gimme Gimme," says Hart, in her cluttered office at BBC Television Centre,
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Laugh lines: How Garry Shandling inspired Miranda

One of the few recent laugh-out-loud sitcoms, Miranda showed a comedic shift away from the neo-naturalism of The Office and The Thick Of It

It is reassuring to know that television comedy can still spring surprises. Standup comedian Miranda Hart looked destined to be a perpetual sitcom bridesmaid, having had a bit part in Not Going Out and a bigger role in shortlived sci-fi homage Hyperdrive. Then last autumn she struck gold with the self-penned Miranda, in which she brilliantly played a singleton looking for love, dealing with goofy friends and regularly falling over. What made Miranda so memorable, apart from the sublime slapstick tumbles, was the way she constantly acknowledged the viewer, shamelessly mugging to the screen.

For Hart, these exasperated expressions were throwbacks to Frankie Howerd offering the lens one of his distressed camel looks, but it made me think of another long-lost studio audience sitcom starring a
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Money pressures force Frost to give Twitter the cold shoulder | Media Monkey

It's not easy being Nick Frost, star of Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead, Spaced and, er ... BBC2's Hyperdrive. Oh come on, not every sci-fi sitcom can be as good as Red Dwarf. Anyway, fab Frost is busy starring in an BBC2 adaptation of Martin Amis's Money. And he's so busy he's not even got time to tweet. Well, almost. "I'm not on tweet strike!" he tells his 55,610 followers. "I'm in every scene so I'm up at 6 home at 9. It leaves little time for anything else. Sorry." Up at 6? Home at 9? Who'd be an actor?

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Paterson Joseph Latest Suspect as 11th Doctor

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Sci-Fi Wire is joining the growing chorus of place claiming that Steven Moffat, the incoming new producer for Doctor Who has cast the first black Doctor, actor Paterson Joseph, to replace David Tennant.

Of course, Tennant, the Tenth Doctor, is contracted through the 2010 season and may well sign for more seasons. However, since he is not yet signed beyond a fifth full season, speculation has been running rampant as to whom Tennant could regenerate into.

Joseph as an option first surfaced a few weeks back in Rich Johnston’s Lying in the Gutters column. He wrote, “Previously playing Roderick in the Doctor Who episodes “Bad Wolf”/”Parting Of Ways,” Joseph is known for fine upstanding and terribly-well-spoken-dontcha-know roles as Johnson in Peep Show, the Marquis De Carabas in Neverwhere, Space Marshall Clarke in Hyperdrive, Lyndon in Green Wing…and more importantly Benjamin in Jekyll. Written and produced by upcoming Doctor” Who showrunner,
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Charlie Brooker's Dead Set already up for R2 pre-order!!

We've been following E4's Big Brother meets Night of the Living Dead tv extravaganza, Dead Set, for a while and one of the things that we kept asking ourselves along the way was; "when will we actually get to see it?" Well, thanks to the eagle eyes of Dread Central's Johnny Butane we now have our answer- November 3rd, 2008.

Fans of British film and television will recognize some big names when they inevitably plug in the DVD. Dead Set stars Andy Nyman (Severance), Kevin Eldon (Hyperdrive), and Jaime Winstone (Kidulthood). In terms of features the DVD set will include a look behind the scenes, a tour of the set, featurettes on the special effects, and interviews with the cast and crew. Now get your zombie luvin' butts over to Amazon and pre-order the thing already!
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BBC America slate adds 4 U.K. series

BBC America on Tuesday unveiled three new comedies and an original dramedy as part of the network's latest U.K. program acquisitions. The comedy Saxondale, starring Steve Coogan (I'm Alan Partridge), from Baby Cow Prods. and distributed by BBC Worldwide Americas, premieres at 11 p.m. ET Oct. 13; the all-new dramedy Fat Friends, from Rollem Prods. in association with Tiger Aspect & Yorkshire TV and distributed by Target, premieres at 10 p.m. ET Nov. 2; the comedy The Worst Week of My Life, made and distributed by Hat Trick Entertainment, premieres at 9:40 p.m. ET Dec. 1; and the sci-fi comedy Hyperdrive, from BBC Production and distributed by BBC Worldwide Americas, premieres early next year.

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