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Friday, December 07, 2007

This week saw the end of the first season of Heroes on UK TV. And it was frickin' ace! It's been a long time since the BBC has given a US show such a prominent slot and such a large amount of publicity. It even made the front page of the Radio Times. God only knows how long we're going to have to wait to see the second season over here. The BBC have the exclusive rights to show season 2, so people without satellite won't have to wait until it's been shown on the Sci-Fi channel this time. The trouble is what with the US writers strike, it's likely to be some time before the season finishes in the States, and British broadcasters prefer to show series in one go. However, as Heroes is split into 'volumes', (and volume 2 has finished stateside) hopefully the Beeb won't make us wait too long. There's been some negative press surrounding the direction of volume 2, but personally I'm looking forward to [SPOILER WARNING, HIGHLIGHT TEXT TO READ] Hiro's adventures in Samurai-era Japan. I can't wait!

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Saturday, December 01, 2007

It's hard to believe that South Park celebrates 10 years on screen this year. Who would have thought that the crude and foul-mouthed antics of Stan, Kenny, Kyle and Cartman would still be on air a decade after it started? It's had a particularly odd history here in the UK, where it originally had a coveted Friday night prime time spot on one of the big terrestial channels and became a bit of a cultural phenomenon. The merchandise was massive and the nation was flooded by 1o year olds (who shouldn't have been watching) wearing the T-shirts and shouting "Oh My God! They Killed Kenny!". The conservative press had a field day about this latest filth from a Foreign Land (worse than that, America even) that was corrupting our youth. That didn't stop it launching a Number 1 Single and Movie though. However the novelty wore off - possibly due to a dip in quality from the second series on, but I've never been brave enough to go back and check... Ans so it's time slot got later and later and these days it's not on terrestial TV at all, and has found a new home on satellite and cable. However those in the know will tell you that it long ago got over it's quality dip, got back on form and is in fact is better than ever. It still knows how to cause a fuss (witness the contreversy over the Tom Cruise episode) and the incredibly juvenile humour disguises the fact that it's actually one of the Smartest satires on TV- albeit one that primarily works through the medium of toilet humour. So if you're one of those who gave up on it years ago. why not give it another try? Bet you'll be glad you did...

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