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The Flickering Myth Podcast meets The Boxtrolls…
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The Boxtrolls is a comedic fable that unfolds in Cheesebridge, a posh Victorian-era town obsessed with wealth, class and the stinkiest of fine cheeses. Beneath its charming cobblestone streets dwell the Boxtrolls, foul monsters who crawl out of the sewers at night and steal what the townspeople hold most dear: their children and their cheeses. At least that’s the legend residents have always believed. In truth, the Boxtrolls are an »
- Luke Owen
We’ve scanned the UK Christmas TV and radio schedules for the festive fortnight and circled a few programmes you may enjoy…
We’ve taken our glittery pen to the pages of this year’s festive TV Listings guide to circle a selection of shows that might tickle your Christmas fancy.
Supplement your festive box-set viewing with appearances from the Doctor and Clara, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, Dame Judi Dench, Professor Danielle George, the work of Roald Dahl, Charlie Brooker, David Attenborough, the much-missed Rik Mayall, and many more...
The tenth annual Doctor Who Christmas Special since the show’s 2005 return, and Peter Capaldi’s first real festive Tardis adventure. Nick Frost, Michael Troughton, Dan Starkey and Nathan McMullen all co-star in this Father Christmas North Pole caper, alongside Capaldi and Jenna Coleman. Watch the latest trailer, here.
When’s it on? 6.15pm on Christmas Day, »
It’s the most wonderful time of the year (again), and as usual it’s getting to those last few weeks before the big day when creative ideas and planning make way for frantic grabs at whatever is left on the shelves after the Black Friday zombie hordes have cleared everything out.
But fear not: because the best of Christmas is watching movies, re-watching old TV specials and trying hard to forget that George Lucas ever decided that anyone wanted a Star Wars Christmas show, there’ll always be a helping hand round these parts for those who want it.
So if you’re buying for a difficult brother, a picky sister or just for the film, gaming or TV fan in your life, what follows is a compendium of the finest gift ideas for this year’s festivities, as usual there are massive opportunities to win most of what has been included… »
- Simon Gallagher
Radio is where Chris Morris began. And radio, with its unwavering zeroing in on language and the cadence of speech, is where his work is often at its most absurd and beguiling. This weekend sees a repeat of Morris’ ghostly, ghastly Blue Jam, as well as the broadcast of a brand new radio sketch.
Morris wrote and produced the new eight-minute sketch – which will premiere on Mary Anne Hobbs’ 6 Music show on Sunday – with The It Crowd alumni Richard Ayoade and Noel Fielding, who play the parts of an old man and his carer.
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- Christopher Beanland
Chances are, your TV has had an intimate, decades-long affair with Marti Noxon.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Angel. Mad Men. Grey’s Anatomy. Glee. Prison Break. Noxon has written and/or produced episodes of all of them, which she says prepared her well for her latest gig: creator, writer and executive producer of Bravo’s Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce.
“Especially now that we’re both doing such different things, we’re always like, »
Superheroes, time travellers, aliens and zombies. Here’s our pick of forthcoming Us geek TV for 2015…
Following on from our list of brand new UK geek-skewed TV shows to keep an eye out for next year is this gaggle of Us counterparts. There are film adaptations from 12 Monkeys to Scream, comic book adaptations including Daredevil and Dark Matter, and a host of original projects.
All of the ones listed below are as certain as certain gets in the world of Us TV commissioning, and as a bonus, there’s a wee list of sci-fi and fantasy pilots to look forward to should they be picked up by their respective networks.
You’ll find this one among our running total of movies currently being turned into TV shows, for obvious reasons.
A Syfy production that’s expected to arrive in January 2015, 12 Monkeys is based on the 1995 Terry Gilliam film (itself »
Andy Cohen’s got the 411 on the bubbly lead of Bravo’s new drama, Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce — and we’ve got some exclusive footage of the Watch What Happens Live host sitting down with Lisa Edelstein’s Abby McCarthy.
Girlfriends’ Guide, which premieres next Tuesday (10/9c) follows Abby, a self-help author who publicly separates from her “perfect” husband (Private Practice‘s Paul Adelstein) and starts her life over as a single woman.
Abby’s Wwhl appearance in the clip below, »
Queen Latifah‘s reign over daytime television has come to an abrupt end.
Related 2015 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble?
The host of The Queen Latifah Show posted a message to her Facebook page Friday, confirming that her syndicated talk show — currently in its second season — will not be continuing. The note, addressed both to fans and to herself, reads as follows:
Production on Season 2 is coming to an immediate halt, according to TMZ.
Are you sad to see The Queen Latifah Show go, or was it never really on your radar? »
It Crowd fans rejoiced everywhere yesterday afternoon (November 17) as a Countdown contestant wore a Moss-themed T-shirt.
Asset manager Danny Davies won a legion of fans after wearing a shirt bearing the words: "Good morning, that's a nice tnetennba."
However, host Nick Hewer was seemingly unaware of the comedy reference, and Davies didn't help him out much.
When asked what he had written on his chest, Davies replied: "It's Tnetennba."
Viewers tweeted their approval of his geeky shirt, including none other than It Crowd creator Graham Linehan.
Davies later blogged about his day on the set of Countdown, explaining that the crew actually asked him to keep the shirt on.
"Whilst waiting in the Green Room for my show, I kept asking when I would go and get changed into my lovely ironed »
We asked Den Of Geek’s writers to recommend brilliant comedy shows that deserve to have more of a fuss made about them. Here they are...
Banging a drum about stuff we love is more or less our remit on Den Of Geek - hence what many readers have started referring to as the ‘inexplicably regular' appearance of Statham, squirrels and Harold Bishop from Neighbours on these pages.
To that end then, we asked our writers which comedy shows (past and present, UK or otherwise, on TV, radio, or online…) deserved more praise, and here are the ones they chose. You might already like them too, or you might discover something new to dig out and enjoy. That’s the fun of it.
Please note that this list isn’t ranked in any order, nor is it exhaustive. It’s compiled from the opinions of a group of different people, »
The actor and director also discussed his time shooting the failed pilot for the original Us remake on The Graham Norton Show.
"I was the only one [of the original British cast] dumb enough to do it," he said. "It was deeply weird.
"It was a bit like a play where everyone else had left. It was very odd."
Ayoade said of the new pilot: "I understand they are trying again, and now I'm out, there's a chance it will succeed. It was a strange experience."
Did you know that musical star Michael Ball has double the amount of blood in his body as that of the average human? It's what allows him to belt out those big notes.
If you watched Series 1 of Toast Of London then you'll already know that's true.
But if you didn't know and didn't watch, then that's entirely not your fault. After a strong pilot, Channel 4 took the first series of Matt Berry and Arthur Matthews' comedy about failing actor Steven Toast (Berry) and buried it in the late hour soil of Sunday nights, in a time slot so obscure you'd need a TV guide, compass, shovel, and remote to find it.
Fortunately the Rose D'Or committee still managed to unearth it on 4Od - no doubt »
I generally pay as much attention to the broadcast network development season as I do to the baseball draft. Though the shows that actually survive development are much closer to airing chronologically than most baseball draftees are to the majors, the winnowing process is just as brutal in both cases. On average, a given network will hear 3-400 pitches a year, order scripts for 60-70 of them, make 8-12 pilots and put roughly between a half dozen and a dozen of them on the air. So I’ve usually found development not worth worrying about until shows are actually ordered to series and scheduled. That said, it’s been tough to ignore this fall’s development season, where it seems like every day for the past few weeks, my Twitter feed has blown up a few times an afternoon with news of a familiar movie or TV property being adapted »
- Alan Sepinwall
Time to raise the Big Hug Mug in celebration: Three-quarters of True Detective‘s Season 2 cast are now on lockdown.
Taylor Kitsch, long rumored for the third male lead role in HBO’s gritty crime anthology series, confirmed in an interview with AdWeek that he’ll be joining Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn when the project begins shooting later this year.
“Mm-hmm,” Kitsch noted when asked about whether True Detective is on his agenda. “I’m really excited. I’ve just been prepping. It’s been almost a full year since I’ve been on camera, so I’m itching, »
ITV's Wire in the Blood is the latest UK drama to be eyed for a Us TV remake.
ABC - also working on a Silk remake - is planning to adapt the Robson Green series, Deadline reports.
Green starred as troubled psychologist Dr Tony Hill, with Hermione Norris playing his partner Dci Carol Jordan for the first three series. Simone Lahbib later replaced Norris as a new character, Di Alex Fielding.
The new Us version will be written by Am Holmes - crime novelist and formerly producer of Showtime's The L Word
Other UK series being »
The legal series from BAFTA-winning writer Peter Moffat is being adapted by ABC, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
ABC's planned series will reinvent Costello as a Us attorney who works at elitist law firm Crown & Royce.
This is the second of Moffat's projects to be adapted for Us television, with HBO still working on a long-gestating adaptation of another BBC series, Criminal Justice.
The It Crowd getting new Us remake from NBC
Friday Night Dinner to be remade for Us TV on CBS
Watch a trailer for the original »
If you have yet to watch Sunday’s series finale of Boardwalk Empire, hit the nearest exit. Everyone else, read on…
I knew something was off about that kid!
In the shocking closing moments of Sunday’s Boardwalk Empire series finale, Joe Harper — the club worker Nucky had taken a special interest in — revealed himself to be none other than Tommy Darmody. The interloper dropped that little bombshell on Nucky right before gunning him down in the middle of the crowded Atlantic City boardwalk. (Those of you who figured out the Joe-Tommy twist weeks ago, go ahead and pat yourselves on the back. »
Exactly one week after news broke that a Bewitched remake was in the works from Sony Pictures TV, NBC has given the comedy a pilot production commitment, our sister site Deadline reports.
Related TVLine Items: The It Crowd Gets U.S. Remake
But rather than retell Samantha Stephens’ story, NBC’s new pilot — penned by The Vow‘s Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein — will focus on Daphne, Samantha’s granddaughter, a single twentysomething who discovers her quest for true love can’t be solved with magic (though that won’t stop her from trying).
Lisa Hartman played Samantha’s grown »
On tonight’s episode of The Blacklist (NBC, 10/9c), Red and the FBI try to stop the spread of a highly contagious virus — but might it be too late for Liz?
Judging by new photos from the upcoming hour, the task force’s latest case drives Liz to a hospital bed — and Mossad agent Samar Navabi isn’t looking so hot, either. (Something tells me the shady fella in the middle of the street has something to do with it.)
And when Red isn’t sitting by Liz’s bedside, it seems he’s bonding with a young boy (will »
Jane. Jane? Jane! Ok, now that we have your attention, it’s time to talk about the first official trailer for HBO’s The Comeback (Season 2!)
The 90-second video, which first hit the web Sunday, finds Valerie Cherish back to the grind, starring in a new “HBO” series, Seeing Red. All your old favorites are back, including not-gay Mickey (Robert Michael Morris), the ever-reliable Jane (Laura Silverman) and Val’s former co-star Juna (Malin Akerman), who remains just slightly more famous than Miz Cherish.
And then »
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