It’s often difficult for a show to survive the loss of its lead characters. 13 seasons in CSI has lost its male lead twice (William Petersen and then Laurence Fishburne) as well as its female lead (Marg Helgenberg). That’s not too surprising for a show that’s been going this long, but it is surprising that with Ted Danson and Elisabeth Shue it feels as if things have been given a bit of a second wind, and that the going-through-the-motions of the previous few seasons has been replaced by a bit of a revitalisation. [Read more…]
Most American TV is focussed on the urban middle-classes in major metropolitan areas, but every so often they remember that dotted in between the big cities are tens of thousands of smaller settlements, and that maybe they’d like something aimed at them (and so might city sophisticates who like the idea of small town charm). That’s where Hart Of Dixie fits on the spectrum, a show you’d be forgiven for never having heard of, as in the UK its first series was tucked away on the TV channel Really.
Now it’s coming to DVD, so you can catch up if it sounds like the sort of thing you’d like. If you’re a fan of Gilmore Girls, for example (the tone of which Hart Of Dixie often seems to borrow from liberally), this should be right up your street. [Read more…]