News from Ruth Margolis

  • UK CHANNELS HAVE ALREADY PICKED UP NEW GIRL, PAN AM, TERRA NOVA AND HOMELAND; NOW THEY NEED TO ACQUIRE ALCATRAZ, AWAKE AND DALLAS.

    New US Shows: The Ones We Want and the Ones We’re Actually Getting

    UK channels have already picked up New Girl, Pan Am, Terra Nova and Homeland; now they need to acquire Alcatraz, Awake and Dallas.

  • NAVEEN ANDREWS, CHLOE SEVIGNY AND JANE HORROCKS ARE ALL LINED UP FOR NEW, ORIGINAL SKY SHOWS. WITH SUCH BIG-NAMED STARS AT THE HELM, WILL OTHER BROADCASTERS STRUGGLE TO KEEP UP?

    Sky's High on Original Commissions

    Naveen Andrews, Chloe Sevigny and Jane Horrocks are all lined up for new, original Sky shows. With such big-named stars at the helm, will other broadcasters struggle to keep up?

  • THE BBC'S DRAGON'S DEN HAS A NEW TYCOON: WHAT WILL HILARY DEVEY ADD TO THE SHOW?

    Will New Dragon Hilary Heat Up the Den?

    The BBC's Dragon's Den has a new tycoon: what will Hilary Devey add to the show?

  • SCRIPTED-REALITY SERIES SHOULDN'T HAVE WORKED, BUT THEY DO. AND NOW THE ONLY WAY IS ESSEX COULD EXTEND, AIRING FROM 12 TO 48 WEEKS OF THE YEAR!

    Over The Hills and Into Essex, For 48 Weeks of the Year?

    The Only Way is Essex could extend, airing from 12 to 48 weeks of the year. How did we scripted-reality series get this far?

  • A REVIEW OF E4'S UPCOMING DRAMA/COMEDY BEAVER FALLS.

    Beaver Falls Doesn’t Fall Far Short

    A review of E4'S upcoming drama/comedy Beaver Falls.

  • A TRUE BLOOD DRINK, TOP GEAR SOAP-ON-A-ROPE AND A GAME OF THRONES LETTER-OPENER ARE JUST SOME OF THE TV MERCHANDISE IN STORES AT THE MOMENT.

    Top 10 TV Memorabilia Monstrosities

    A True Blood drink, Top Gear soap-on-a-rope and a Game of Thrones letter-opener are just some of the TV merchandise in stores at the moment.

  • DOMINIC WEST'S NEWSROOM DRAMA THE HOUR HAS LITTLE IN COMMON WITH JON HAMM'S MAD MEN EXCEPT FROM THE PERIOD. IT IS VERY GOOD THOUGH.

    Is The Hour Britain's Mad Men?

    A review of the first episode of The Hour.

  • DAYBREAK'S EDITOR IAN RUMSEY IS LEAVING. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR THE FUTURE OF THE ITV MORNING SHOW?

    Will Daybreak Become Toast?

    Daybreak's editor Ian Rumsey is leaving. What does this mean for the future of the ITV morning show?

  • TORCHWOOD, DOCTOR WHO, BEING HUMAN. ALL OF THESE SHOWS ARE NOW CO-PRODUCED WITH AMERICA, AND WHILE THAT'S GREAT NEWS FOR BRITISH BROADCASTERS IS NOT SO GOOD FOR UK VIEWERS.

    TV’s Special Relationship: Why We’re Sceptical About US/UK Co-Productions

    Torchwood, Doctor Who, Being Human. All of these shows are now co-produced with America, and while that's great news for British broadcasters is not so good for UK viewers.

  • MOST US REMAKES FAIL TO EMULATE THE SUCCESS OF THE ORIGINALS. SO, WITH THE NUMBER OF AMERICAN REMAKES RISING, WHAT CAN BE DONE TO IMPROVE THEM?

    Why Do US Remakes Fail So Often?

    Most US remakes fail to emulate the success of the originals. So, with the number of American remakes rising, what can be done to improve them?

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