Daily Archives: January 5, 2009

New Caprica Clip Online Now


Last summer, the SciFi Channel released a trailer for the forthcoming Battlestar Galactica spin-off Caprica. This was it, in case you missed it:

Now, thanks to the launch of their new SciFi Wire news blog, we finally get to see a little more of the eagerly awaited prequel.

To check out the new clip, click HERE.

The new clip isn’t a trailer like the first one, it’s a scene from the pilot episode, in which Daniel Graystone (played by Eric Stoltz) gets a tour and a explanation of the less savoury activities people indulge in at the virtual reality “Cyber Clubs” he appears to be responsible for inventing.

Rich technologist Graystone is one of the two main characters in Caprica, which is set 51 years before the Cylon attack that kicked off the Battlestar Galactica story. The other is civil liberties lawyer Joseph Adama (played by former NYPD Blue star Esai Morales) father of future battlestar commander William Adama. A shared tragedy sets in motion a chain of events that will lead ultimately to the creation of the Cylons and the destruction of the 12 Colonies.

Caprica will kick off in 2010 with a two-hour pilot followed by 18 further episodes.

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TV Heaven: Captain Dobey


The Choob notes with sadness (and slight tardiness, the likes of which would have had him bellowing his wrath at his hapless detectives) the death of Captain Harold Dobey, aka actor Bernie Hamilton, at the age of 80 as a result of heart failure.

As a child of the 70s and 80s, growing up in the Scottish countryside, ethnic diversity meant meeting someone from the Isle of Lewis. So it was left to TV, and for the most part imported American shows, to broaden our horizons and increase our racial awareness.

And, for my generation at least, the hugely popular Starsky And Hutch was probably the first TV show to portray African-American characters in such prominent and relatively positive roles. I say relatively because, in hindsight, there were significant elements of racial stereotyping in the portrayals of both Captain Dobey and, in particular, Huggy Bear. But in the context of the disposable, shallow superficiality of mid-70s TV, the characters were blazing a trail a decade before it started to become more commonplace in grittier dramas such as the groundbreaking Hill Street Blues.

To a 7-year-old, Hamilton’s Captain Dobey was a fearsome prospect. He fostered in me an unshakable perception (which remains to this day, even though I now know it can’t be true) that all American police squads are led by stocky, grumpy, shouty black men who don’t take no crap from their maverick detectives but who all have hearts of gold and would back their men to the bitter end, no matter what.

Without Captain Dobey, there would have been no Lt. Arthur Fancy in NYPD Blue and no Lt. Cedric Daniels in The Wire.

RIP Captain Dobey. Enjoy your coffee and doughnuts in TV heaven.

EDIT: Here’s a nice video tribute:

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Feed On The Choob’s TV Dinners


Which is my tortured way of saying that I have managed to get my head round this RSS feed malarkey and you can now easily subscribe to what some people are already referring to as “Another TV Blog”. Just click on the link to the right on the main blog page (or here if you can’t see it).

While I’m here, I might as well tease you with a few coming attractions. This week will see the continuation of Tuesday Is Theme Tunes Day, our weekly celebration of the best TV title music.

Other regular features kicking off this week will include out TV hero spot, a musical interlude and… well, keep coming back and find out!

All this plus the latest in breaking news about what’s on TV and what’s in the works. And some other important stuff I think you’ll find fun.

Thanks for popping by and spread the word. The Choob is here to stay.

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When’s My Favourite Show Coming Back – UK Special Update


For UK readers, here are the return dates for some more of your favourite British and US shows on terrestrial telly:

CSI: Season 9 starts on January 13 on Channel Five
CSI NY: Season 5 starts on January 10 on Channel Five
Hustle: Season 5 starts on January 8 on BBC1
Law And Order: Season 15 starts on January 10 on Channel Five
NCIS: Season 5 starts on January 9 on Channel 5
Numb3rs: Season 5 starts on January 9 on Channel 5

Primeval: Season 3 starts on January 17 on ITV1
Trial and Retribution: Season 12 starts on January 9 on ITV1
Waterloo Road: Season 4 starts on January 7 on BBC1
Wild At Heart: Season 4 starts on January 11 on ITV1

See also When’s My Favourite Show Coming Back and this update.

And HERE is a chronological list of US return dates.

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Mighty Thor Smites Burglar


Not that I am trying to compete with Bob Mitchell’s excellent comics blog, but here’s a little story that caught my eye yesterday.

A burglar raiding a flat in Inverleith, Edinburgh, on New Year’s Eve found himself confronted by The Mighty Thor.

The owner of the flat was returning from a fancy dress party, you see, and was dressed as the Marvel superhero.

Not suprisingly, the evildoer was a little shocked to be confronted by the God Of Thunder and immediately jumped out of a first-floor window to escape.

Some choice quotes from the homeowner, six-foot fitness fanatic Torvald Alexander, 38.

He said: “As soon as he saw me, his eyes went wide with terror.
“He looked like he had had a few drinks and decided to do a late night break-in, but he hadn’t counted on the God of Thunder living here.
“It took ages making the cape, helmet and breast plate and I must admit it was a bit chilly walking home, but when I saw that guy I just went mad and charged at him, my cape flying behind me.
“I think if I had had Thor’s hammer with me I might have scared him to death.”
The thief left his shoes and a garden fork behind when he did a runner.
Torvald added: “He had obviously taken off his shoes to creep about in silence but when he saw me he just jumped out of the window in his socks.
“It will make him think again before breaking into other people’s homes. Hopefully it’s taught him a lesson.”

So far, so good. You can understand the burglar being terrified by coming face to face with the Mighty Thor, as illustrated by the fearsome image at the top of this post.

However, here is Torvald:

Can you tell them apart? It’s tricky, I know.

Now, maybe I’m being unkind but Thor is the God Of Thunder… not the god of oven-ready turkeys and red comfort blankets.

I’m not so sure the burglar fled in terror… I think he may have been laughing so hard at the tin-foil shroud that he simply lost control of himself and fell out the window.

Seriously, I am sure are many materials superheroes use to make their costumes. Bacofoil probably isn’t one of them, though.

But who knows – maybe Torvald will start a trend?

If so, I do look forward to seeing the first Wonder Woman costume made entirely out of clingfilm (or plastic wrap if you are American). Photos to the Choob at the usual address, please. Please?!?

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