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Parade’s End: Anyone For Tennis?

by admin February 26, 2013 11:00 pm
Parade’s End: Anyone For Tennis?

It's happened every February for the past three years: Downton Abbey concludes its run on PBS and suddenly Anglophilic audiences across the country are left hankering for some more British period drama, stat. HBO is well-aware of this phenomenon, which is precisely why they launched the five-part miniseries Parade's End last night for a three-evening run that wraps up on Thursday. Unfortunately, despite its impressive pedigree, the series probably won't fill that Downton-shaped hole in your heart. It is, however, a terrific cure for insomnia.

The Inbetweeners: Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the American Inbetweeners

Although its version of Skins may have been an epic botch, MTV hasn't given up trying to transform a hit UK teen show into a stateside success. Last night, the network unleashed The Inbetweeners, the Americanized version of the acclaimed and award-winning British comedy about a quartet of sex-obsessed teen boys dealing with the humiliations of high school life. The original series ran for three seasons on the E4 network and spawned a 2011 movie that became a big worldwide hit (it opens here in two weeks).

The Inbetweeners: Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the American Inbetweeners

Although its version of Skins may have been an epic botch, MTV hasn't given up trying to transform a hit UK teen show into a stateside success. Last night, the network unleashed The Inbetweeners, the Americanized version of the acclaimed and award-winning British comedy about a quartet of sex-obsessed teen boys dealing with the humiliations of high school life. The original series ran for three seasons on the E4 network and spawned a 2011 movie that became a big worldwide hit (it opens here in two weeks).

Five Reasons You Should Be Watching Sherlock

We miss Downton Abbey, too, but if you're desperately in need of quality British television entertainment to tide you over until the Crawley clan's return in January 2013, we strongly recommend that you give Sherlock a try. A big hit in its native land when it premiered two years ago, the Steven Moffat co-created series -- which brings Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic sleuth Sherlock Holmes fully into the modern day -- had a successful run on PBS's Masterpiece Mystery franchise in late 2010. Now, it's back for a second batch of three 90-minute episodes, which kicked off last night with "A Scandal in Belgravia." Yes, we know Sunday is a busy night for television and everything, but if you don't already have Sherlock on your DVR, here are five reasons to add it right away:

Life's Too Short: Little Person, Big Ego

by admin February 20, 2012 6:00 am
Life's Too Short: Little Person, Big Ego

Based on your feelings towards the original The Office, Extras and Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's dark British humor in general, you can pretty much precisely predict how you're going to feel about Warwick Davis-starring Life's Too Short on HBO. After watching the first three episodes, I'd also factor in your thoughts on Curb Your Enthusiasm, Gervais' Golden Globe shtick and how much you really liked Willow. Proceed from there.

Life’s Too Short: Little Person, Big Ego

by admin February 20, 2012 6:00 am
Life’s Too Short: Little Person, Big Ego

Based on your feelings towards the original The Office, Extras and Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's dark British humor in general, you can pretty much precisely predict how you're going to feel about Warwick Davis-starring Life's Too Short on HBO. After watching the first three episodes, I'd also factor in your thoughts on Curb Your Enthusiasm, Gervais' Golden Globe shtick and how much you really liked Willow. Proceed from there.

Downton Abbey: The House's Biggest Feuds

by admin January 15, 2012 10:05 pm
Downton Abbey: The House's Biggest Feuds

The second episode of Downton Abbey's second season literally brought the war home, as the Crawley clan began sharing their opulent house with a legion of wounded soldiers in desperate need of a peaceful place to convalesce. But with all the tensions running through Downton at the moment, those poor guys might find more relaxation back in the trenches. Here are the biggest feuds that are currently making life in the house difficult.

Downton Abbey: The House’s Biggest Feuds

by admin January 15, 2012 10:05 pm
Downton Abbey: The House’s Biggest Feuds

The second episode of Downton Abbey's second season literally brought the war home, as the Crawley clan began sharing their opulent house with a legion of wounded soldiers in desperate need of a peaceful place to convalesce. But with all the tensions running through Downton at the moment, those poor guys might find more relaxation back in the trenches. Here are the biggest feuds that are currently making life in the house difficult.

Absolutely Fabulous: Reunited and It Feels So Normal

Normal is not a word ever really used to describe the AbFab ladies, but that's exactly what last night's reunion special felt like: normal... by their standards, at least. The ladies were up to their typical antics with Saffy shooting disparaging looks at her mother -- if it hadn't been for Bubble trying to use an iPad and jokes about Twitter and Dubstep, I would just have thought this was an ordinary lost episode, instead of the show's 20-anniversary special.

Why Great Escape Is Gordon Ramsay's Most Enjoyable Show

Right now we're inundated with shows that feature celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. Not only is Hell's Kitchen on several nights a week, but thanks to Masterchef and Kitchen Nightmares, Fox pretty much has him on year-round. And BBC America airs the UK version of Kitchen Nightmares as well. It's a whole lot of Gordon Ramsay to deal with. So when I saw that the second season of another show of his was airing on BBCA, I was less than enthused, to say the least. But then after my mother (a lover of all shows Ramsay) watched several episodes and raved about them, I felt compelled to at the very least check it out. You know how moms can be.

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