Daily Archives: February 10, 2009

Tuesday Is Theme Tunes Day – St Elsewhere

This week, possibly the greatest medical drama of all time.

Let’s return to Boston’s teaching hospital St Eligius, better known as St Elsewhere.

The NBC show ran for six seasons (137 episodes) between 1982 and 1988 and was one of the early hits on the newly launched Channel 4 in the UK.

Great show, great characters, great theme tune – and one of the most memorable final episode final scenes in the history of TV.

Enjoy (and click here for a cool, live cover version by a Scottish band called Electric Thistle)!

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If Facebook Was Real Life…

What would happen if Facebook interactions happened in real life..?

From comedy sketch group Idiots Of Ants, as featured on BBC3 TV show The Wall.

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TV Newsround: Nutter Works His Magic, O’Neill Married Again, Torchwood Talk

David Nutterhas signed on to direct the previously announced pilot for ABC’s Witches Of Eastwick TV show, a light fantasy based on the John Updike novel, and the 1987 movie, about three women who develop supernatural powers after a mysterious man arrives in their their small town.

Nutter, whose big break came directing episodes of The X-Files, has an astonishing pilots record – all 14 he has directed have gone on to be picked up as series. His most recent successes include Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, The Mentalist and Supernatural.

Former Married With Children star Ed O’Neill is, well, getting married with children again, after joining the cast of ABC pilot An American Family.

The show is a documentary-style comedy following three families. O’Neill will play the head of one of them, a 60-year-old man married to woman half his age. It will also feature a more traditional family and a gay couple who have just adopted a baby.

O’Neill’s last regular TV gig was in David Milch ‘s baffling HBO drama John From Cincinnati which was cancelled after a single season in 2007.

Eve Myles, who plays Gwen Cooper in Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood, talked about the show’s upcoming five-episode third season at the New York Comic Con.

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More Clone Wars And Teenage Secrets

The Cartoon Network has ordered a second season of the computer-animated Star Wars TV show The Clone Wars.

The 22-episode first season, which ends on March 20, has been a big success, with record audience figures among boys aged 14 and under.

George Lucas said: “We’re trying to push the envelope even further in the second season.

“In the features, I focused on telling the story of the Skywalker family. With The Clone Wars I’m exploring far beyond that and we barely scratched the surface in the first season.

“It’s exciting to be able to take people to all these new places in the Star Wars galaxy.”

The Choob has to admit he hasn’t seen the Clone Wars TV show (or the Clone Wars movie that preceded it) and so can’t pass judgment on how entertaining it is for over-14s.

However, it did provide the ammunition for the outstanding sitcom The Big Bang Theory to deliver one of the funniest TV moments of the year so far.

Our favourite geeks Sheldon and Leonard were discussing what to do of an evening and Leonard suggests watching the new Clone Wars TV show. But Sheldon hasn’t seen the movie yet and is having none of it:

Sheldon: “I want to watch the Clone Wars movie before I see the Clone Wars series. I prefer to be disappointed in the order George Lucas intended.”

Meanwhile, ABC Family, who still can’t put fans of The Middleman out of their misery by letting us know their plans for the show, have renewed The Secret Life Of The American Teenager for a 24-episode second season.

The 23-episode first season, which ends on March 23, has proven very popular, with especially high ratings with young women in the 12-34 age range. The show stars former Brat-Packer Molly Ringwald as the mother of a 15-year-old girl (Shailene Woodley) who falls pregnant.

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If Only They’d Had iPhones On The 12 Colonies

Think of all the trouble that Battlestar Galactica commander Admiral Adama and co could have avoided if only they’d had a handy little electronic gizmo that could test whether someone was a Cylon or not.

Well, they didn’t and look what happened.

It doesn’t have to be that way for us though. Do you ever look across the desk at your co-workers and wonder how they can possibly be human, when all the evidence points to them being evil, cold-blooded cyborg killing machines, hiding in plain sight in human form, biding their time, waiting to wipe out humanity? You know, Cylons! Frakkin’ toasters!

The Choob certainly does, several dozen times each day…

We need wonder no more! The iTunes store has a new application that transforms your iPhone into a Cylon detector. Simply take a photo of the social deviant you suspect of being a killer robot and, a few seconds later, it will tell you whether they are man or machine. Or, y’know, woman.

All for just $1.99 (or £1.19 in real money). Bargain!

Unfortunately, the Choob isn’t nearly technologically advanced enough to have an iPhone (don’t let the blogging and tweeting fool you – I am so so amazingly primitive that I still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea), so haven’t had a chance to try out the Cylon detector myself – but if anyone out there wants to buy me one, I have a long list of people I’d like to test.

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