Australia’s Biggest Loser (Spoiler Alert – Winner Revealed)

Australia’s Biggest Loser premiered here last night with the usual tearful contestants confessing that overeating is making life miserable. Each contestant gravely outlined what the saw as “their journey” and talked about how the show was their last chance to change their lives. The show’s new host, Olympian Hayley Lewis, writes in her Continue reading

Remaking “The Prisoner”: Further Mining of the TV Back Catalog

The extended promotional trailer for the remake of the classic 1960s British TV series The Prisoner has been out for a few months. I’ve held off posting on this, however, because the miniseries doesn’t start until November, so today is close enough.

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Remaking “V”: Mining the Sci-Fi Back Catalog

After the success of four seasons of Battlestar Galactica (BSG), it is hardly surprising that TV producers might go looking for other old cult TV programs to remake and rework.

V, a show that ran for 19 episodes back in 1984-85, is now being given the update treatment. The plot revolved around the visitation to Earth of seemingly friendly, well-intentioned aliens called The Visitors. But things were not as they appeared….

The brilliance of BSG was in the way in which it integrated contemporary U.S. and global politics — racism, terrorism, torture, colonialism, slavery, ethnic cleansing, and gender — into its narratives. It also avoided the Manichean worldview of good and evil that characterised the original 1978 series.

In many ways, V offers the scriptwriters similar opportunities to BSG. Invasion stories, especially when the invaders are indistinguishable from the inhabitants, have a proven track record, from Invasion of the Body Snatchers onwards. Let’s hope that V can carry this off a little better than the short lived Jericho, which had a great premise but quickly ran out of puff.

Turkish “Big Brother” Reality TV Scam

Does anyone else have at least some begrudging admiration for the perpetrators of this Big Brother fraud that has just been revealed in Turkey? As the Guardian reports, nine Turkish girls were held for two months in a luxury villa in Istanbul and filmed 24 hours a day believing they were in a reality TV show.

Nine women were led to believe they were being filmed for a Big Brother-type television programme, according to the Dogan news agency and other news reports. Instead, their naked images were Continue reading

The Greatest Moments in my Life.

The thing about life is… some moments stick out.

These are the moments you end up binding your own narrative threads around when you begin to weave the web* of meaning across your existence.

One of the Greatest Moments of my Life was inspired/created by Gerry Anderson’s Thunderbirds.

Tin Tin was hot. Lady Penelope was experienced but scary.

Tin Tin was hot. Lady Penelope was experienced but scary.

Specifically, it was caused by an episode called Sun Probe.

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Am I a Bad Person?

Why can’t I watch this without peeing myself with laughter?

Is it cruelty?

Am I a bad person inside?

Where is my humanity?

Question for the day


If you are poor, this is not for you.

When exactly did the flat screen television become a signifier in the media for frivolous, conspicuous consumption and wastefulness?

For as long as I can remember now, when columnists or talkback nazis want to make a point about unnecessary spending, especially by poor people and those on welfare, there is reference made to fact that these groups are buying big, flat-screen TVs.

What consumer items did we reference in the past when bashing the poor? Was it just cigarettes and alcohol?

Any thoughts?

Rachel Maddow a welcome addition to TV land

Rachel Maddow’s news/talk show on MSNBC is one that has slipped under my radar but I’ve started to become something of an addict. The Daily Show influences are detectable, which is not a bad thing, but the show is not just a clone.

Maddow presents an  interesting combination of Jon Stewart’s cynicism combined with Continue reading

‘Mad Men’ picked up for a fourth season.

madGood to see that Mad Men, one of our favourite TV shows here at Bartenders, has been renewed for a fourth season.  After a slow start, Mad Men has gradually increased its  Continue reading