Radiation by Fiona Rae


The death of television, again

I was working on getting Radiation down to the very bottom of the opening page of Public Address, but seeing as the blog at the bottom is ARD Fairburn from 2006, it’s not working out very well. “Yay! I’d be first at the wrong end!” I was thinking, but “Second at the wrong end” doesn’t sound nearly so cool. It’s no fair coming up against a dead guy anyway, as Robert Downey Jr discovered at the Golden Globes and will probably find out at the Oscars too.

Admittedly, there hasn’t been that much telly to write about, and my summer hols consisted of long, exhausted days recovering from the Listener’s Christmas deadlines, and more downloaded TV than the real thing.

Help is on the way – the networks’ new seasons are nearly complete, although they’re alarmingly like the old ones. Blame the writers’ strike for the dearth of really new shows. EW’s Jeff Jensen thinks it’s the end of the second golden age of TV, but I wonder if it’s because Hollywood’s creatives didn’t get a chance last year (not that I’m saying the writers shouldn’t have struck: of course they should). Who knows, there could be some kick-ass series in the wings that will get us all excited about television again – next year.

But until then, Dollhouse is only days away.

And Heroes<I/I> has been slightly less sucky the past couple of episodes, particularly Seth Green and Breckin Meyer’s appearance as comic-book dudes, which included this geek-out bit of dialogue from Seth: “There’s a legend I heard from a guy at a convention who heard it from a dude who heard it from another dude that one more 9th Wonders! story exists.” Breckin Meyer’s character was called “Frack”. Heh. Further good news on the Heroes front is that Bryan Fuller, who wrote for the first season, is returning because Pushing Daisies has been cancelled. He explains what’s been going wrong with Heroes here. I especially like the “You have to save something with a face” comment. Damn straight. Those bits of paper with the formula on them suck. It’s the digital age, for gosh sake.

And there’s always the last 10 eps of Battlestar Galactica, which have so far been awesome, even if I do kinda miss the days when it was all “Look out! The Cylons are behind you!” Best new show that needs to be downloaded is, by far, Being Human.

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