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TV On DVD September

In 2009 Fall Season, 30 Rock, ABC, ABC Family, BBC America, Being Erica, British TV, Brotherhood, Brothers and Sisters, Castle, CBC, Contest, Crash, Criminal Minds, CSI, Daybreak, Desperate Housewives, Doctor Who, Fox, Fringe, Ghost Whisperer, Greek, Grey's Anatomy, Harpers Island, Heroes, Homicide: Life On The Streets, How I Met Your Mother, It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, ITV, Kings, Law and Order SVU, Life On Mars, My Name Is Earl, NBC, Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Parks and Recreation, Primeval, Private Practice, Rescue Me, Sanctuary, Sci-Fi, Showtime, Stephen Fry In America, Supernatural, SyFy, Terminator Sarah Connor Chronicles, The Big Bang Theory, The Game, The Mentalist, The Office, The Unit, Top Chef, TV on DVD, Two & a Half Men, Ugly Betty, Worst Week on 08/26/2009 at 5:43 pm

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Along with being the biggest month of the year for both series and season premiere’s for TV, September is also one of the biggest months for TV on DVD releases.  Don’t ask us why.  We think it’s kinda stupid to wait until September as, like we’ve already pointed out, the month is crammed with plenty of stuff to watch on TV AND it doesn’t give people much time to catch up before the next season begins, beyond the fact that it’s a wallet-buster.  It’s a massive month of overload, in our book.

But that doesn’t mean we can’t still be excited!  We’re especially looking forward to Fox’s mind-bending first season of Fringe, the fourth season of The CW’s cult-hit Supernatural (on blu-ray to boot!), Canadian sci-fi lite dramedy Being Erica‘s first season and, of course, the third season of NBC’s comedy giant 30 Rock.

In anticipation of the release of Fringe‘s first season on September 8th, they setup a cool website in which you can enter to win a visit to the show’s set in Vancouver, among other things.  Once you enter  you can watch a video about the difficulties of filming the episode The Ghost Network and then play a game which, if you answer correctly, gives you five extra entries into that set visit contest.  And here’s a little hint for our readers: you may wanna brush up on some episodes of ABC Family’s Greek for some help on the game.  Check out the site: Completethepattern.com

See September TV on DVD releases after the jump:

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Pick Your Favorite Summer Show!

In 10 Things I Hate About You, 2009 Pilots, ABC Family, BBC America, Being Human, British TV, Burn Notice, Defying Gravity, Doctor Who, Eureka, favorite shows, HBO, Hung, In Plain Sight, ITV, Make It Or Break It, Nurse Jackie, Programming, Royal Pains, Sci-Fi, Summer Schedule, SyFy, The Listener, The Philanthropist, TNT, Torchwood, True Blood, Uncategorized, USA, Warehouse 13 on 08/12/2009 at 2:23 pm

It’s a been pretty dynamic summer when it comes to television. Both premium and basic cable networks have packed nearly every night of the week with some great, quality programming.

At DVR Life headquarters, it’s be a season rather thick with sci-fi.  The brits have been rocking the genre this year.  We managed to cram the first two seasons of BBC’s Torchwood in just in time to catch Torchwood: Children of Earth, we’re also digging BBC’s latest sci-fi series, Being Human, and caught up with Doctor Who in time for the new movie BBC America treated us to in July and mourned the cliff hanger ending to final season of ITV’s Primeval.  Syfy’s newest scripted offering Warehouse 13, is a quirky fun time and the return of their much beloved Eureka have given us our dose of stateside sci-fi while Defying Gravity is a sci-fi lite multi-national effort between ABC, the brits and Canada’s CTV.

For our teen drama fix, we’ve been turning to ABC Family’s (I know, right? Who would have thought) shows Make It Or Break It, while their new comedy 10 Things I Hate About You has given us a few good laughs.  Looking for action, adventure and smart talk?  USA’s been ruling the ratings with In Plain Sight, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Burn Notice.  Newbie Royal Pains has been tearing it up on the Nielsen charts, too.

We’ll stop here.  We could keep going on and on – there’s plenty to say about HBO’s new Sunday lineup, as well TNT’s wins and misses.  There’s just way too much great summer fare this year.

Update 08/13/2009 1:11am:

Nurse Jackie, 10 Things I Hate About You & Leverage have each recieved one vote under the ‘other’ category.

P.S.  When voting for ‘other’, please make sure you enter a show title!

ITV Kills Primeval

In Cancellations, ITV, Primeval, Programming on 06/15/2009 at 2:40 pm

ITV has killed-off sci-fi hit Primeval after three seasons for an undisclosed reason. The timing to me, seems rather odd.

Just a few weeks ago Warner Bros. purchased the screen rights to the series for a possible movie. There was also talk of international versions being created, especially a U.S. one.

The show seemed to be doing well with international syndication, appearing in 32 countries outside the UK, including airing on two networks, both Sci Fi and BBC America, here in the states. Both seasons 1 and 2 have been released on DVD worldwide with season 3 having just been released for Region 2 this month and region 1 coming in September.

On top of all this, there were also 13 published books (8 teen-oriented novels and 5 activity books) with two more on the way and a line of toys.

Worst of all: Season 3 ended on a cliff hanger!

Just seems like an odd time to end the show. A link to the whole store is below, though if you’re outside of the UK and season 3 has not ended for you, beware of spoilers:

Total Sci-fi Online

Finally, I’d like to make note that I am very proud of myself for not using cliche puns such as “ITV sends Primeval the way of the dinosaur” or “Primeval goes extinct.” Someone should give me a pat on the back for that.

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Warner Purchases Screen Rights To Primeval

In BBC America, British TV, ITV, Primeval on 05/15/2009 at 1:01 am


Primeval, which I previously posted about here, will be returning to BBC America this Saturday for it’s third season and today Variety announced that Warner Bros has picked up the movie rights to the ITV hit.

No word on anything yet, of course, as it’s waaaaay too early, except that one of the producers was a script writer of Angel and Demons who’s also producing a prequel, with Will Smith, of I Am Legend. At this point, other than the fact that the deal is worth a high six figures, who’s to say the movie will even be made. Picking up screen rights is not a guarantee but I would hope that the same actors and writers would be involved. The show is high-budgeted and great for TV, though not quite big screen quality, so lot’s of work would have to be done on it.

According to the Variety article, producers of the show are also shopping the idea of a duplicate series that takes place somewhere other than the UK, though seeing as the show already airs pretty much worldwide, I can’t quite see that working out too well. I know that’s what I also said years ago about The Office, but once the basic premise is out how much can you really change?

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Watching Lately…Moving Wallpaper & Echo Beach

In British TV, Comedy, Echo Beach, ITV, Moving Wallpaper, Teen Soaps, The O.C. on 04/12/2009 at 3:24 am


I’ve been watching ITV‘s Moving Wallpaper and Echo Beach from the beginning. I was fascinated when I first heard the idea behind the two shows. Here’s the skinny: Moving Wallpaper is a 30 minute comedy revolving around the behind the scenes antics of a creative staff putting together a British teen-soap called Echo Beach starting a week or so before the first airing. It’s funny, witty and charming with sharp, sometimes trashy (yet smart) humor.

After ITV aired each new episode of Moving Wallpaper, they then broadcast a new 30 minute episode of Echo Beach, the show you just witnessed the creation of on MW. Pretty brilliant, right? An hour’s worth of TV, split in two, yet created together. True sibling shows! EB, as I mentioned, is a soapy teen drama following the likes of The O.C., with less glitz and humor. It’s a good show, as well, but it doesn’t hold up to Moving Wallpaper.

Not surprisingly, EB was cancelled in real life after the first season, though MW moved on to a second season. I’ve yet to make it that far, but I’ve learned that the staff is now working on a zombie show and ITV chose to only create a 30 minute pilot and give it the web-only treatment. Atleast MW continued.

I think the mistake was pairing a smart comedy with a night time soap. For most viewers (though I am excluded from this generalisation), it’s one or the other, so the lead-in audience was cut dramatically right away. If Echo Beach had also been a thinking man’s comedy it may have lasted.

It is quite funny and fascinating to see them talking about something in particular in the writer’s room or on stage in a humorous manner and then find it portrayed seriously on EB. Case in point, on MW a biting joke was made about a writer misspelling a word and the prop master carrying that mistake onto the prop poster he made for the show. Twenty minutes later, on EB, the character hanging up the poster gets called out on his grammar.

As I said above, I do think it’s a great idea and since pretty much every good idea a British producer has come up with has made it to our shores, I’m surprised it hasn’t been imported to the states yet. Any producers out there wanna give me a job? We’ll make two smart comedies and rule the Emmy’s! I can see it now.

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