Stephen Fry Appreciation Monday – Kingdom


Dear faithful readers, happy Stephen Fry Appreciation Monday!

So have you seen the first episode of Kingdom? Have you, have you?

You can tell I am in a desperate need of a holiday when I see Wells beach and all I can think of is those divine fish and chips at French’s (well either that I need a holiday or that I am desperately hungry :) I don’t know which to be honest.

So did you like the last night’s episode? I’m so thrilled there is something to watch I can’t even begin to describe it. And I do have to go on record I absolutely love Hermione Norris. She is very giggle inducing.

Now I have pulled up the ratings (you can find them here) and it was a healthy audience of 4.95m (which is 19.1%). Given first series pulled in on average of 6m but I think there is reason to hope since:
a) Apprentice finally ended and there is literally nothing to watch and
b) ITV waited till the very last minute to change the website (tsk!)

But since I am a helpful sort for anyone who has missed the first episode you can see it on ITV’s Catchup. Now this is for UK viewers only.

US viewers can check Kingdom out on Hulu. Given it is only first season but this was actually a good move on ITV’s part so yay for that!
So our dear faithful US readers if you haven’t seen Kingdom before do give it a whirl why don’t you? :)

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Stephen Fry Appreciation Monday – Kingdom’s back!

Happy Stephen Fry Appreciation Monday

Kingdom’s back!


Can you fricking believe it people. Kingdom is back. It’s back. I’m giddy like a little girl who got a new puppy. Yeeeeea!

Sorry for making no sense at all, but finally we have something to watch and its Stephen Fry. Can you believe how good this first episode was. They really worked on the show. Sidney (Tony Slattery) has finally taken larger part in the show. We love Tony, don’t we!

There’s one thing I didn’t like. Hermione Norris (Beatrice) is obviously pregnant, so find a better way to hide her bump. Those huge bags are God awful hideous. I watch Project Runway, I should know. But have you seen how she glows. She’s a whole different person.

Go to the end of the post, and you’ll find a link to official website where you can find exclusive interviews with Stephen Fry and Tony Slattery.

Kingdom’s back! Kingdom’s back! Kingdom’s back!


Family | Kingdom – ITV Drama

TV’s favorite villains

Sylar from Heroes – did you see the last episode of Heroes? Sylar is back baby and not a minute too soon. Have you noticed how crappy Heroes were until Sylar got back into the picture? That show absolutely thrives on a good villain and Sylar definitely tops my list. Given, it can be a bit gross sometimes what with the opening of brains like a can of beans, however Heroes would not be Heroes without the gross factor and Sylar is the villain we have grown to love over the time. Not to mention he is decidedly hot too.

Ultimate evil moment – hm too many to count, but killing his own mum would be somewhere near the top of the list

Gaius Baltar – although we have to wait until April next year for new episodes of Battlestar Galatica it does not mean I have forgotten about my favorite villain (that was before Sylar came into the picture, now he is bumped into number 2 slot). And when you think about it you cannot get more evil then wiping out entire human race because you have fancied a shag with a Cylon. OK, it was Six, but still. What I love about Gaius is that he can weasel his way out of anything (remember season 1? It was one weasely save after another). Well that and that watery-eyed and decidedly pathetic look Gaius gets when his life is threatened.

Ultimate evil moment – hm wiping out human race and ditching Six for Xena afterwards tssss

Ben from Lost – who would have thought that manipulative little weasel locked in the hatch would turn out to be the head honcho of Others? But you have got to give it to the Lost producers they know how to make us sit on the edge of the seats (from time to time). Plus anyone who has the audacity to shoot Locke, well naughty naughty naughty. I’m glad that particular plan backfired on Ben’s ass.

Ultimate evil moment – pushing Locke into a pit and shooting him

Newman from Seinfeld – goodness gracious me; how can anyone forget Jerry Seinfeld’s face when he said “Hello Newman”? Ok Newman has nowhere near the coolness factor Sylar has but he was deliciously wicked, you have to give him that. Not too shabby accomplishment for a postal worker.

Ultimate evil moment – giving Jerry the fleas

Wilhelmina Slater (Ugly Betty) – if there is one woman I would bet good money that could bitch slap Alexis (of Dynasty fame) into oblivion that it would be our old Willy. And even though she might not open other people brains like the can of beans, do not let Jimmy Choos fool you, old Willy is as bad as they get. Even though she is only in magazine publishing.

Ultimate evil moment – locking Posh up; or that could also be considered as the ultimate goody act

YED (or Yellow Eyed Demon) from Supernatural – even though YED has been banished to the pits of hell (or wherever demons go when they cease to exist) I guess he does deserve an honorable mention, although one could argue he is a demon so it does not count. Well since he is responsible for the demise of Papa Winchester that makes him extra evil in my book.

Ultimate evil moment – topping off Papa Winchester

T-Bag from Prison Break – there are plenty of bad fellas on Prison Break but T-Bag takes the biscuit altogether. Not only he is vile and evil but he is also quintessentially gross with that hat (not a cute look I might add). Among tough competition he has managed to come on top of the evil pile.

Ultimate evil moment – forcing his toyboys to tag around holding the insides of his pocket.

Honorary mentions:

  • Alexis Carrington (from Dynasty)
  • J. R. Ewing (from Dallas)
  • Tony Soprano and his gang (from The Sopranos)
  • Charles Montgomery Burns (from Simpsons)
  • Adebisi (from Oz)

Run For Hills – Reality Shows Coming

I haven’t been the most diligent Couchslob in the past months (I have a new job to nurture), but a really, really terrifying thought just struck me and I felt obliged sharing it with YOU! Those half dozen, or so of you, who have been reading my benighted dribble might have noticed I hate realty shows. In fact I loathe them. They are the lowest form of entertainment you can imagine. Scratch that, (They are the lowest form of entertainment you can imagine.), they are a mental rape. I have more fun watching Dung Beetles roll those balls of turd, than I have watching any reality show. Actually, reality shows are the turd Dung Beetles roll around. I know most of you will not agree, but think about it. They are exploiters of human stupidity and voyeuristic tendencies. And such simple ones at that! Recipe for a reality show is: Take an activity people like to do, like sit around in case of Big Brother, put a pinch of shock value and a dollop of sexual tension and voila you have a reality show. Once you have the concept down, all you’re missing are the contestants. Now this part is easy, because the best kind is the stupid kind, and that kind always comes. When I say stupid, I mean Paris stupid, you know just above mentally challenged line, so they would say a lot of like’s and OMG’s and every once in awhile they would pull a Britney. Actually, more stupidity you can extract from them, the better the show is.

So, how did I come to rant about reality shows? Simple, the longer the writers strike, the longer it will take for new storylines to be developed, As a result producers will start to put together new, in their minds, more exciting reality shows they themselves are able to develop. Since they are only capable of developing alcoholism and drug problems, remainder of the season will look something like this: The Assembled (12 episodes reality show about Jane and her problems with hangnails), followed by The Outgoing (reality show following Travis, 24 y.o. college senior struggling to become fraternity president and crabs at the same time). To conclude, I’m saying it is time we all get involved and start contributing. The first thing YOU need to do is sign the petition and join the cause. Second, if you are able, buy a box of pencils through pencils 2 media moguls program (widget at the top of the page) and third continue reading this blog. OK, the last one will not directly help the writers, but it will help by making us feel appreciated. Couchslobs Unite!

P.S. By the time this post is published all reality show ideas will be copyrighted!