Goodbye 2007. How was it for you? I had a lousy end to it; struck down with the lergies, all my plans vanished quicker than Cashley Cole’s disastrous autobiography (has anyone bought that book? Apart from his mum and missus that is). So a new year has begun and as I start to think yet again about detoxes and gym memberships and growing my nails, it’s time to look ahead to what 2008 has in store for us telly addicts.
ITV is promising a new look and, as if signalling intent, Coronation Street and Emmerdale will no longer be on Sundays as the channel plans to keep the weekends soap-free. In addition, their infernal premium-rate quiz shows have been dumped. Hooray! Two interlinking shows from the makers of Life On Mars, Spooks and Hustle will definitely be worth setting the video/DVD etc for if the hype is to be believed. Jason Donovan and Martine McCutcheon return to their soap roots to play the parts of ex-lovers in Echo Beach. Ben Miller plays the hapless producer desperate to make the soap a success in the behind-the-scenes comedy Moving Wallpaper. Very intriguing…
Another soapster, ex-EastEnder Michelle Ryan, stars in an update of classic 1970s show The Bionic Woman. Not sure how well this series will eventually do. Will it last beyond two seasons? The US networks are pretty ruthless when it comes to pulling shows that don’t perform (Joey, anyone?). Still, ITV2 will be airing the show and I’m curious to see how it will do.
More US imports in the shape of Mad Men due in February on BBC4. It’s from Sopranos writer Matthew Weiner and is set in a 1960s New York advertising agency. But the show I really can’t wait for is House season 4 – I’m chomping at the bit for it. I feel like an addict who needs a fix. Hugh Laurie is just breathtakingly brilliant in this show.
Spring will see a brand new Doctor Who and Torchwood moves to BBC2. There’s also the Life On Mars spin-off entitled Ashes To Ashes which sees the action move up to the 1980s.
If you like your TV shows dark, League of Gentlemen members Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith are collaborating on a new comic-mystery TV series titled Psychoville for the BBC. Oooh-er! The BBC scored a massive TV success with Heroes – an unmissable drama about people with special powers. The first season was great, but show creator Tim Kring apologised to fans for the drama’s slow second season start. At least we know what to expect…Question is – what are you looking forward to watching in 2008? Let me know here.
Today I am mostly lovin’ – Hearing The Jam on last night’s episode of EastEnders. For those that want to know – the song is Ghosts and it was taken from their 1982 album The Gift.
Today I am mostly hatin’ – Daytime TV. Waaaay too many property programmes.
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