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October 29, 2010

The Unsocial Network

Snippet from Bill Carter’s forthcoming book about this year’s Leno/Conan farrago.

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January 27, 2010


The fabulous and funny Anna Pickard has launched a new TV blog, and it’s topnotch. She’s kicking off by watching all of Lost for the first time — all five seasons — over the course of one week, so she can be ready for the final series next Tuesday. Marvelous.

October 6, 2009

ESPN 30 for 30

ESPN is producing a series of documentaries about notable, potentially forgotten, moments in recent US sports history. Some of these sound fascinating, and it might be worth recording the whole set, just to become more sports-conversant.

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May 29, 2009

Hulu - Peep Show

Attention Americans with senses of humour (sic): Hulu are now streaming the first series of top-notch British sitcom Peep Show. You should watch it, because it is bloody funny, and only mildly uncomfortably close to the bone.

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April 9, 2009

Will Fox Air Dollhouse's Final Episode or Not?

Dollhouse may not be as dead as thought. Fun with US TV politics means that what “FOX Broadcasting” (the TV network) ordered, and what “20th Century Fox Television” (the production company) produced for sale to secondary markets and DVDs, haven’t lined up, so there’s this mysterious not-to-be-aired 13th episode.

But let’s face it, Dollhouse is still probably not coming back.

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October 7, 2008

It’s like my entire life has been leading up to this moment…

It’s like my entire life has been leading up to this moment…

The real winner of tonight's debate? ME! For managing to spread my "X loves Y like a basset hound love cheese" attempt-at-a-meme to an unsuspecting debate-viewing audience.

May 20, 2008

Doctor Who - Steven Moffat Takes Charge

This is amazingly good news. Steven Moffat (writer of Coupling and Press Gang, as well as the best episodes of “new” Doctor Who) is taking over as lead writer. I’m giddy at the prospect of what’s to come.

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May 15, 2008

US Trailer for 'Life on Mars'

Preview clip of the US version of Life on Mars. Getting past the generic music and cheesy voiceover, this looks like it has the potential to get the right mix between the original’s storyline and 70s Americana. Looking forward to seeing more.

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April 9, 2008

Absolutely Everything DVD Box Set

The superb 90s sketch show Absolutely is finally getting a complete DVD release. Hurrah!

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April 2, 2008

My first appearance on Current TV

My first appearance on Current TV

Or, more accurately, my avatar's first appearance on Current.

A comment I posted to the website was pulled into the Current News broadcast at 11pm.

More details of what's going on at TechCrunch.

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January 17, 2008

BBC - Press Office - Ashes To Ashes

Ashes to Ashes (the 80’s Life on Mars follow-up) is starting the first week of February, and everything about it sounds bloody AMAZING.

“What’s been your favourite scene to film?” “That would have to be when we were on a speed boat going under Tower Bridge carrying machine guns. Say no more.”

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January 9, 2008

ABC Ferrets Out a New 'Mole' - Zap2it

Woot! “The Mole” is coming back in a non-celebrity edition. This makes me: happy!

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January 8, 2008

Completely random prediction that I just want to jot down here so that I can point to it if it turns out to come true

This year’s Beijing olympic games will have the highest TV viewing figures in the US for, let’s say, 10 years, since it’ll be the first summer games shown in high-definition.

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September 20, 2007

BBC NEWS | TV cat poll was fixed, BBC says

I can forgive TV companies for running crooked competitions, or faking phone-ins, but overrulling the viewers’ choice for the name for the Blue Peter Cat? That’s just EVIL!

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September 18, 2007

TV Bigshot

Fantasy TV network game from the folks at Television Without Pity.

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August 31, 2007

DIRECTV on Demand - DBSTalk's First Look - DBSTalk.Com

DirecTV is beta-testing a new video-on-demand service on their High-Def PVRs. Since there’s only one-way communication via the satellite dish, they require you to plug an ethernet cable in the back of the PVR. Interesting approach.

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August 23, 2007

NBC Recharges 'American Gladiators' - Redo of '90s syndicated show on midseason track - Zap2it

YES! When I was flying on JetBlue last week, I happened upon a Gladiators rerun on “ESPN Classic” and loved it. Not quite as awesome and deliberately campy as the British version, but still ridiculously fun.

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March 2, 2007

The PopWatch Interview: Controversy on 'South Park,' what-what-what?!?

Trey Parker and Matt Stone hint that the season premiere of South Park is so controversy-prone, they can’t reveal its topic in case it gets pulled. Also coming soon: Cartman as Jack Bauer in a 24 spoof.

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February 26, 2007

Christopher Guest Jumps Into 'The Thick of It' - 'Best in Show' director helming ABC pilot - Zap2it

Christopher Guest is to direct the pilot of the US version of “The Thick of It”. Very cool.

February 3, 2007

EW.com : The bell tolls for 'Studio 60'

Studio 60 going off the air in a month, return date “to be announced”. The writer sums up my feelings towards the show pretty well: “I don’t hate it, but I find it incredibly frustrating. All that talent—Sorkin, the blue-chip cast (led by Matthew Perry)—and all those lofty aspirations, marred by weak execution, lazy writing, dramatic issues that are hard to care about, and a lack of verisimilitude”

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January 29, 2007

Apple (UK and Ireland) - Get a Mac - Watch The New Ads

The Mac & PC on British TV are played by ace comedy double-act Mitchell & Webb. Genius!

January 23, 2007

PokerFace - UKGameshows

Tremendously enjoyable quiz show format from the UK. Surprised it hasn’t been snapped up by a US network as cheap filler.

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NESN, Scout create reality dating show with Sox appeal

The only dating show to feature the phrase “Shut the hell up — Papi’s batting” on every episode, I imagine.

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January 17, 2007

Feld Thoughts - Tips For 24 Newbies

“Chloe is right. Don’t ever question that girl. Believe it or not, she can shoot a gun.”

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January 9, 2007

Order your Apple TV now!

Amazon have Apple TVs ready to ship right now!

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January 8, 2007

DirecTV Sat-Go Is Real, So Are 100 More HD Channels - Gizmodo

One of the more interesting gadgets I’ve heard about from CES so far: a portable DirecTV system. It’s a case that unfolds as screen, tuner and satellite “dish”.

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November 22, 2006

Variety.com - Faves to rerun 'Race'

The rumoured “All Star” edition of The Amazing Race is confirmed. I’ll wait to see the full cast-list before I get too upset.

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November 7, 2006

'Office' Works Overtime Online - 'Producer's cut' will stream after Thursday's episode - Zap2it

NBC will stream an extended version of The Office on their website this week after the normal-length episode airs on TV. Considering how good (and plentiful) the deleted scenes are on the DVDs I’m watching, this’ll be worth checking out.

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October 30, 2006

IGN: New Series from Arrested Development's Creator

Mitch Hurwitz’s new project is a US port of the low-key British political sitcom “The Thick of It”.

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October 24, 2006

Guardian Unlimited | Weekend | Jon Ronson goes behind the scenes of Deal Or No Deal

For all the US version of DoND is bright, brash and loud, the UK version is subdued, complex and, from the sounds of this report, completely fucking barking insane.

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October 8, 2006

YouTube - New BBC One Ident Montage

Montage of the eight new idents for BBC One continuity announcements. The “hippos” one (starts at 3:35) is my favourite by far.

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October 1, 2006

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Hippos help revamp BBC One idents

BBC One’s done a revamp of their Idents, and they’re brill — especially the synchronized hippos. There really seems to be an element of humour about them that was missing from the politically-correct dancers.

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September 20, 2006

BBC - Press Office - This Life returns

The BBC’s filming a 10-year anniversary episode of the superb soapdrama “This Life”. Hope they don’t screw it up, because This Life was one of my favouritist dramas ever.

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September 18, 2006

Brilliant But Cancelled - DeathWatch - Fall '06

Predict which shows will be canned by the TV networks, and possibly win some goodies.

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September 8, 2006

BBC - Press Office - An all-star cast to appear in BBC ONE's Jekyll

Bugger me backwards, this sounds good. A modernised retelling of Jekyll and Hyde, written by Steven Moffat of Press Gang, Coupling, and Three of the best new episodes of Doctor Who fame. Hooray for the BBC!

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August 18, 2006

SnapStream Blog » Project Hoover: Suck up every TV show in the new fall season, be your own TV critic

Build yourself an 11-tuner DVR so you can record every new show this season without having to think about it.

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July 10, 2006

DaimlerChrysler - Dr. Dieter Zetsche

Crikey! That splendidly-moustachioed fellow appearing in the DaimlerChrysler TV ads actually *is* the chairman of the board. I was sure he was an actor.

June 27, 2006

World Cup ’06 - The Sins of American Sportscasting

I’d been watching games with the TV volume turned down low, the commentators were so dreadful. Switching to Univision, though, is a masterful idea, and one I’ll probably emulate at the weekend.

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June 26, 2006

Radio Times | Big Brother Blog

For my sins, I’m hopelessly addicted to the current British series of Big Brother (damn you UKNova!). Since it’s not covered by TWoP, I’m delighted to find this excellent snarkblog on the Radio Times site.

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June 21, 2006


Get every single thing DirecTV broadcasts for a $7,500 annual payment. How much pr0n would you have to watch to break even on this deal?

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May 12, 2006

Big Brother's Golden Ticket

The Brit version of Big Brother is going to include a contestant picked by finding a “golden ticket” inside a Kit Kat bar.

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April 30, 2006

OFF THE TELLY: Comedy: "Fool If You Think It's Over"

Incredible story of how a fan bought the DVD rights to the excellent, but forgotten, BBC sitcom “Joking Apart” (written by Stephen Moffat of Press Gang and Coupling fame). I only caught a couple of episodes, but loved it, and can’t wait to buy this.

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April 26, 2006

BBC Programme Catalogue

The BBC Archives database has been put online in an searchable and hyperlinked format. How long until the archives are web-accessible too?

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April 10, 2006

ABC Gets 'Lost' on Broadband - Zap2it

ABC to stream a handful of shows online with advertising. I’d be curious to find out how this affects iTunes sales, and US BitTorrent downloads.

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April 1, 2006

NBC.com > The Office > The More You Know

Some excellent Public Service Announcements from the cast of The Office. I fast forwarded right past the one in Thursday’s episode, because I figured it was a genuine “The More You Know” segment. Luckily, Joy got me to skip back.

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TeeVee.org’s April Fools site is superb. There’s a lot of love gone into this.

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March 29, 2006

Batman Onomatopeyas

A collection of the “Thwack”-style graphics from the 60s Batman TV show.

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No More 'Development' for Hurwitz - Creator's decision may spell end of series - Zap2it

Hopes for a return of Arrested Development are dashed. No worries — It ended on such a pitch-perfect note that I almost don’t want them to return for fear of pissing on their legacy.

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March 16, 2006

Call Me Fishmeal.: This Post is Microsoft Enhanced (TM)

Awesome post about the brokenness of “MIcrosoft Enhanced” cable company PVRs.

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January 29, 2006

Animal Planet :: Puppy Bowl

Animal Planet are once again running some excellent counter-programming to the Superbowl: 14 puppies playing in a “stadium” for three hours. Our TiVo is set.

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January 27, 2006

Channel4.com - IT Crowd

Channel 4 are streaming the first episode of Graham Linehan’s new sitcom. It’s good, but not great, but then I didn’t think the first episodes of either Father Ted or Black Books were all that good, but the series turned out to be fantastic.

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December 25, 2005

BBC - Doctor Who - Episode Guide - The Christmas Invasion

The Beeb’s made a commentary track for the new Doctor Who christmas episode available as an MP3 download. What a great idea!

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November 15, 2005

Podtropolis - The iPod Tracker

BitTorrent tracker focused on video content of a suitable resolution for video iPods.

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November 5, 2005

Off The Telly

Immensely thorough and thoughtful UK TV reviews and history. Quality stuff.

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November 4, 2005

Television Without Pity > The Apprentice > Recaps & Extras > Season 4 Episode 7

Recaplet of last night’s Apprentice, the boardroom of which was one of the finest, most superbly bizarre and duck-behind-a-cushionly cringemaking bits of television ever.

October 31, 2005

hackdiary: The BBC's programme catalogue (on Rails)

This has the potential to be fantastic, and knock IMDB into a cocked-hat for UK telly info.

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October 16, 2005

The QI Interactive DVD

Oooh. Looks like the QI cash-in Christmas DVD might be something rather special indeed.

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October 4, 2005

O'Reilly Radar > HBO Attacking BitTorrent

I’ve spotted this too. I download a lot of TV, but Safe Peer only goes bezerk stopping nastiness when I’m downloading “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, another HBO show

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September 24, 2005

BBC THREE - The Comic Side of 7 Days

Britfolks — Watch this show on BBC Three, cause it’s dead funny. Non-Britfolks — Download it off of UKNova.

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November 2, 2004

Getting my electoral fix

Getting my electoral fix

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About This Site

This is an archive of groovmother.com, the old blog run by Rod Begbie — A Scottish geek who lives in San Francisco, CA.

I'm the co-founder of Sōsh, your handy-dandy guide for things to do in San Francisco this weekend.