6 items from 2016
Another Dick Wolf fake-out trailer strikes again.
Seriously, if there was an Emmy category for most creatively misleading promo, Chicago Med Season 2 Episode 4 would have it in the bag. Despite the lack of follow through on all that hype, there was plenty of damn good medicine, and possibly the grossest procedure so far.
In addition to the nauseating abscess drainage, there was plenty of human drama to captivate us. Nat may be more confused about her relationships than ever, even as she helped Connor understand his teacher. And it turns out that Dr. Charles is great at helping others, but he's got plenty of his own problems too.
I can't decide if the editor who puts together the promos for Med should be fired or promoted to the writing staff. I'm sick of teasers that are so misleading, but at the same time, the stories that they pitch us are so much. »
- Elizabeth Harlow
‘It was not captioned as live on-screen to viewers, but in the excitement of a live broadcast, it was mistakenly suggested that it was a live spot.” A BBC spokesperson there, reacting to the startling revelation that footage of a Class 66 train on Monday night’s episode of Trainspotting Live was not, in fact, live. Even though host Peter Snow had excitedly proclaimed, “We’ve just seen one going past … There we are, Class 66” and the show was called Trainspotting Live. In reality, the footage was five months old, and had been included to inject a drab episode with the kind of pizazz only a Class 66 diesel locomotive can provide.
It would be comforting to say that this was an isolated incident – that, though trust in Snow, »
- Luke Holland
He may have just become a nonagenarian, but Sir David Attenborough shows no signs of slowing down as he launches a mobile app offering more than 1,000 clips of his work for the BBC.
The Story of Life app, which is in development, marks the presenter’s 90th birthday on 8 May and aims to bring Attenborough’s work to a younger generation focused more on iPhones than TV screens. It will be available in the Autumn.
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- Mark Sweney
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Jack Black plays author R.L. Stine in this monster family hit, which arrives on Blu-ray and DVD January 26. The "spook-tacular" special features include an alternate opening and ending, deleted scenes, a blooper reel, and a casting gallery. There are also two new featurettes -- "Beginners Guide to Surviving a Goosebumps Creature" and "Strange Things are Happening...On-Set" -- with actors Dylan Minette and Ryan Lee. Blu-ray exclusives include "All About Slappy" and a "Creaturefied!" featurette with makeup FX artist Steve Prouty demonstrating how to become your favorite Goosebumps creature.
Spike Lee's clever modern-day adaptation of the Greek play "Lysistrata" comes out on DVD »
- Gina Carbone
Investigation into new species of Titanosaur discovered in Patagonia is highest rated since Frozen Planet with over 7m viewers
David Attenborough’s investigation into the world’s largest dinosaur gave the BBC its largest audience for a natural history show in five years.
BBC1’s Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur drew an average audience of 7.5 million, and a five minute peak of 8.5 million, a 34.8% share of all TV viewing between 6.30pm and 7.30pm on Sunday.
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- Mark Sweney
If you’ve a mind to listen to officials from up and down the east coast this weekend (Mayor Bill de Blasio, for one, insists New Yorkers stay indoors through Saturday and Sunday’s projected blizzard), then this weekend is the perfect time to grab your roommate, a bottle (or two) of wine, and movie marathon your way straight through to Monday morning. For your viewing pleasure, we’ve rounded up the best of Netflix's January 2016 movie releases, in all featuring six excellent performances from the likes of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Anna Kendrick, and Tilda Swinton. Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait until Jan. 28 to catch “Frozen Planet” (though you have “Ice Age: The Meltdown” to tide you over till then). Stay safe and warm out there, and happy watching! 1. “Along Came Polly” Sure, the chemistry between Jennifer Aniston and Ben Stiller as this comedy's central odd couple is tepid, »
6 items from 2016
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