Ups and downs

These classic Doctor Who aliens will be in Season 4. That’s good.

No more Deadwood. That’s bad.

David Tennant is likely to stay on for a fifth season of Doctor Who following the “gap year” of three TV movies. That’s good.

They’re remaking Near Dark, a film only released in 1987. The Horror remake bandwagon careens, driverless, through yet more innocent pedestrians. (That’s bad, by the way.)

Golden Globes

Heroes has been nominated for Golden Globe in the BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA category along with 24 and Lost. I hope it wins, and that’s not just because I’m no longer watching 24 and Lost. (Non-genre contenders are Grey’s Anatomy and Big Love.)

Sadly Veronica Mars is nowhere to be seen, and perhaps surprisingly neither is the higher profile Studio 60, although Sarah Paulson gets a deserved nod in the BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION WHICH AIRS ON A MONDAY EVENING AND GETS MIDDLING REVIEWS. I’m also pleased to see a drama nomination for Hugh Laurie who deserves to win something for House before it inevitably jumps the shark, and for Kiefer Sutherland (hey, I’m no longer watching but Kiefer gives good angst). And in the mini-series category clearly Masi Oka should win for playing Hiro Nakamura. I mean, why not just give it to him now and get it over with? Between him and Jeremy Irons I know who I’d pick.

Meanwhile the Writer’s Guild Awards spurn Heroes in favour of a Deadwood nomination, which I have to say is fine by me, too, especially since they give a nod to Heroes in the Best New Series category. A certain Studio 60 also finally gets recognised, and for best episodic drama we have quite a line up including Election Day, Part II (The West Wing), Occupation/Precipice (Battlestar Galactica), Two for the Road (Lost), and Pilot (Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip).

And, buried right at the end, is something at last for Veronica Mars. A nomination in the “Best on-air promotion category”. Seriously. It’s both welcome and depressing at the same time.

EDIT: LJ have tarted up their Update Journal page. Shiny.

Good news everyone

Deadwood looks like it’ll get a pair of two hour TV Movies to wrap up the story after Season 3. It’s such a good series that I’d hate to see it trail off into cancellation without a proper ending, so that’s a relief.

The article also mentions The Wire, another obsure-but-excellent show that’s been salvaged from limbo for a fourth season. Nominally it’s yet another crime drama (from journalist David Simon whose book inspired the TV show Homicide) but in execution it’s about as far from Law & Order or CSI as you’re ever likely to get. It’s a believable, sprawling take on crime and urban living; totally unglamorised and paced like a slow-burning novel. Like Deadwood it’s stuffed full of thematic material but so naturalistic that it seems like pure unfiltered reality unfolding in front of you. If you get a chance to watch it from the start of Season 1 I highly recommend it.


Neil Gaiman, he so rightheaded. And just to remind Maj you all, Doctor Who is on at 7 p.m. again tonight. (It’s even earlier next week, at 6.35, which will no doubt make a massive dent in the ratings.)

EDIT: Outpost Gallifrey informs me that at 8.15 p.m. on BBC4 is Time Shift: The Time Shift series celebrates the 40th anniversary of Doctor Who‘s Cybermen this Saturday “with a look at the rollercoaster fortunes of robots, androids and cyborgs in fact and fantasy; from the Flash Gordon serials via The Six Million Dollar Man to Marvin the Paranoid Android. For decades we were alternately warned that robots could take over the planet, and promised that they would liberate us from the drudgery of everyday labour. But in the real world scientists struggled to design robots that could even climb the stairs. Yet the continued appeal of the Star Wars films, the recent remake of the TV classic A for Andromeda and the return of the Cybermen to our screens all prove that there’s artificial life in the machine men yet. Among the contributors exploring whether we’re on the cusp of the true robot age are actor Anthony Daniels, aka C-3PO in Star Wars; British SF visionary Brian Aldiss; writer Kim Newman; and a host of real-life robotics scientists.” The programme airs on Saturday 13 May at 8.15pm on BBC4, repeated at 11.50pm.

Meanwhile, the ever unreliable AICN reports that Veronica Mars may be renewed… but that Veronica Mars may NOT be renewed…. (This is classic AICN: all rumour, no content.)

Meanwhile Deadwood may be on its last legs after its upcoming third season. That’s a real shame. Season 2 took ages to get started, but it had some flashes of brilliance and Season 1 was just superb.

Captain, there’s a cascade failure in the antimatter injectors

This subspace hyperdrive theory reported in New Scientist is clearly bollocks. Right?

More plausibly, Deadwood may get a fourth season before the third has even aired. One of the few times a renewal causes more swearing than a cancellation.

EDIT: The Screen Actors Guild have their own awards and they’ve nominated Ian McShane in the “Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series” category. Other nominees include Alan Alda, Hugh Laurie and Kiefer Sutherland. All the nominations are here.

And Universal will be releasing a High-Definition DVD version of Serenity.


Watch Deadwood. Sky One, Mondays 11 p.m., repeated on Sky One Mix on Wed and Sun. You can still catch the repeat of the first episode this Sunday. A superb, dark western with swearing, violence, great characterisation, Ian McShane, Brad Dourif and Wild Bill Hickock. What more do you want?

This has been a public service announcement on behalf of all the great TV you’re not watching.