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Gimmicks and sitcoms: A sustainable set-up?

Watching – and thoroughly enjoying –  The Grinder has prompted me to think about sitcoms and their use of ‘gimmicks’ as both a set-up for an entire series as well as for singular jokes. The Grinder is built around the gimmick of lampooning tropes ...

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Love: We’ve all been there

It feels like cable channels and other alternative programming arenas are embracing the anti-Hollywood love story. With shows like Girls and Californication, we’ve seen all kinds of self-destructive, narcissistic behaviour of young twenty-somethings and even older generations. The new Judd ...

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Shadowhunters: Completely unwatchable trash

I’m not surprised that Shadowhunters, the second screen incarnation of Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments, is utter shit. But I had hoped that after 2013’s film adaptation was such a commercial and critical failure, the creative team behind the series ...

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Supergirl’s death rattle

Well, that didn’t take long. The pilot was oh so promising with it’s fun silliness and feminist mentality. What happened? The third episode, ‘Fight or Flight’ sees Supergirl take on one of Superman’s villains, Reactron. As already well established, much ...

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