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5 Shows After Dark: How Long Did it Take Him To Develop that Scruff? Months?

By Genevieve Burgess | Miscellaneous | August 7, 2013 | Comments ()


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“All Creatures Great and Small” on Animal Planet at 9:00pm ET. Series premiere. Animal Planet has taken on the traditional vet series which has been off the air for at least 20 whole years, so it’s obviously fair game. The previews I’ve seen are… let’s just say “not encouraging” and pretend we never had this conversation.

“Law and Order: UK” on BBCA at 9:00pm ET. Seventh season premiere. Wait! This is still happening? That’s sort of adorable. I keep meaning to watch it for the funny wigs and forgetting.

“The Bridge” on FX at 10:00pm ET.

“Broadchurch” on BBCA at 10:00pm ET. Series premiere. Crime drama from England starring David Tennant who has grown some scruff so I guess this is Very Serious Drama work and he’s attempting to distance himself from the Doctor. I’m sure those of you who are true Anglophiles have seen this already so you can spill all the beans in the comments and save us all some time. Just kidding! No spoilers. But do let us know if it’s worth watching.

“Great White Serial Killer” on Discovery at 10:00pm ET.

Genevieve Burgess is starting to get alarmed at the sheer number of crime dramas on one night.


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  • e jerry powell

    For as much as it would make sense, now that NatGeo Wild has their own stupid rural veterinarian show ("The Incredible Dr. Pol:), I'm calling out ACG&S on its fakeness, because there's nothing about it that's sensationalized enough (or, let's be honest, white trash enough) for Discovery Networks. It would have to be set in a trailer park on the Louisiana bayou for Animal Planet to even sniff at it.

  • Kathleen Allen

    tennant does more scruff before 9am than most people do all day. and yes, his filmography before and after who is pretty extensive. i loved
    him in "single father". and his hamlet and benedick were wonderful.

  • Jiffylush

    Broadchurch was just a great show. I saw it described as similar to a Miss Marple mystery and had to watch. Let me go ahead and say that I hated Olivia Colman in Peepshow, she bothered me every second she was on screen. I watched this in spite of the fact that she was in it and I am so glad I did. It's a detective show and there are forensic elements but it never feels like a procedural and I didn't find anything exploitative or sensationalized about it like I would with CSI or whatever. I loved the character drama and how everyone was affected and how the characters interacted with each other. The story was great, the acting from everyone was amazing, even the kids and more minor characters. I am now a big Olivia Colman fan, she was great in this. David Tennant was also great but I think that is what I expected of him.

    I would highly recommend this show to anyone with the warning that it can be emotionally draining at times. Well worth it imho. Watch this show!

  • St

    There will be NO spoilers here.

    Broadchurch is like UK version of The Killing. Child is murdered, then we constantly see grieving parents. How they are sad and depressed. Detectives are sad and depressing people too. And of course there will be red herrings all the time. The only difference is that they really revealed killer in last episode. Unlike those idiots on The Killing.

    I like detective shows. But it’s was so slow. I watched 3 episodes and left it. Because I just didn’t care about any of the character. And then I watched 8 (last) episode just to see who the killer is. And I didn’t even felt that I missed 4 episodes. So you can easily stop watching if you will get bored and then see finale.

    Law and Order UK is great. I like those Law and Order shows. And UK version is as good. But I don’t understand why all those UK actors walk out so much. Jamie Bumber, Freema Agyeman. They shoot like 7 episodes a year. It doesn’t get that much time. And it’s not like 'Apollo went to star in some bigger show after he left. He still tries to find good tv show that will last more then 1 season. But Law and Order UK is good crime show. Watch it.

  • e jerry powell

    Now, see, after the last set of AbFab, I didn't think that the UK needed their own version of The Killing because they were all so hung up on the Danish one.

  • annie

    Tennant has always done Serious Actor Drama, and he does this quite well. Personally, though, Olivia Coleman and Arthur Darvill dressed as a priest were the real draw for me.

  • Rondette

    'Broadchurch' is odd for me because a lot of it is filmed in my home town - the church I got married in, the fields where we used to play, the high street where I still shop at when I go back there. The house of the main family actually is the house where my FIRST LOVE lived so it was kind of strange to see it again, totally different but somehow the same. The most comedy aspect is that the ACTUAL beach in my hometown is not the beach they used, the real beach being a small pebbly affair with no cliffs whatsoever - but not without it's own charms - so it was rather jarring to see them go from my hometown to a beach I know to be around 120 miles away!! The climactic scenes are filmed about 100 metres away from my parent's house, it was pretty funny to watch. Despite being distracted by all that I really enjoyed the series and Olivia Coleman is fantastic in it.

  • koko temur

    "Broadchurch" is the most beatiful, slow sadness you will see all year. if you into that kind of thing. Kinda what "the killing" wanted to be, But never did. Tennant is great, as well as Olivia, who is actually an amazing comedy actress too. Both of them just shown diffrent side in broadchurch, i would watch if i were you.

  • Uriah_Creep

    I just watched the first episode, and it was pretty gut-wrenching. I won't lie, it made my eyes leak more than once.

  • koko temur

    i wont lie to you, its not getting any better :)
    its just what it is. if you into "beatiful sadness on bbc" genre, you would love it. and check out "wollander" too. even more gut-wrench-ier.

  • Anne At Large

    “All Creatures Great and Small” I haz the proverbial sad. I do hope this is the fake.

  • DataAngel

    "All Creatures Great and Small" is the fake. Good one, though! I'm surprised no one has rebooted it yet (moved it to upstate New York or Vermont or something).

  • BWeaves

    The original is still fantastic, and has held up very well.

    I was amazed to find out that there were two movies of ACG&S before the TV show came out, and Anthony Hopkins played Siegfried in the first movie. Anyway, I cannot find the movies anywhere, but I don't care. I love the TV show version.

  • Kathleen Allen

    one of my first literary loves was those books and tristan farnon. my older sister and i used to lie on the living room floor of an evening and read whole chapters out loud to each other and dissolve into a puddle of laughter. to finally watch the tv show and see peter davison as my tristan was a lit. major's wet dream. when i was in yorkshire in '93, i HAD to make the pilgrimage to thirsk and alfie wight's surgery door; obligatory cheesy photo moment.

  • Fiona

    I am at work and looking over Thirsk Market Square as I type. I lived here when Alf Wight was the vet and we took our dogs and cats to him. A lovely man. His old surgery is a really nice museum now.

  • DominaNefret

    Apparently I am watching Broadchurch right now? And I don't understand how/why.
    I just went to create the recording, and pressed "watch now in HD" accidentally instead.... and it started. Even though it hasn't aired yet.

    Is this a new thing, or did Fios fuck up? I want to know.

  • BLZ Bubb

    it's been available on Fios for a few days. I was surprised to see tonights listing as "series premier" since I watched it a few days ago.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    I bet Tennant gets that scruffy in three or four days.

  • BlackRabbit

    Hell-ooo, time traveler! He got scruffy yesterday.

  • Etaoin_Sherdlu

    Broadchurch is pretty good, but watch it for Olivia Colman instead of Tennant. Unlike most procedurals, it focuses less on the mystery and more on how a murder impacts the people connected to it.

  • Gretchen

    Yeah, she's fantastic. Another thing I love is that they don't try to manufacture sexual tension between the two of them.

  • periwinkled

    Law and Order UK is okay! They killed Jamie Bamber/he left the show, however, and he was a great part of it.

  • kinoumenthe

    To be fair, Tennant has done plenty since his un-whoing (he was also doing pretty good before his be-whoing, too). I liked his stint as a single father in… "single father", a short series. And of course, "fright night".
    And I hear "Broadchurch" is good.

  • BWeaves

    Un-whoing and be-whoing are my new favorite words.

  • Zen

    All Creatures Great and Small? Heh. I haven't seen that since I was a kid. We used to call it All Creatures Grunt and Smell.

  • John W

    Man what happened to Animal Planet, The Discovery Channel, and The History Channel? Now the National Geographic channel is starting to go all reality TV.

  • IngridToday

    I miss the History Channel. Now it's a bunch of reality shows and 'how stuff is made' shows.
    It's really depressing.

  • e jerry powell

    I watch H2 now. At least they're still trying 40% of the time.

  • RigbyReardon

    The History Channel isn't even that anymore, right? Last time I checked, it was a bunch of Nostradamus crap and aliens and monsters. Discovery Channel is the one with all the reality shows. Course the last time I watched either one of those was like five years ago, so I may be off.

  • **I AM** NotTheOne

    Science Channel and The Smithsonian Channel. These are my life now.

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