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By flyingbadger
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dimtimjim wrote:Ooh.... One of my work contact is called ***** hugging*, would that also cause Nic problems?!


*Tries sooo hard to think up an amusing first name*

/Fails
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By dimtimjim
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Ha! Knew you'd struggle to guess his first name, one of 5 letters, Scott...!
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By Nicola_Red
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flyingbadger wrote:I would love to take credit for that but it was either Nic or Mr Harris who changed it.
My hugging was stopping Nic from viewing the forum.


It wasn't me. I don't have those kind of permissions, sadly :(
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By Bruvva
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April the 19th! Hurrah. Sadly, it'll take BBC3 9 months to pick it up again like it did for the first series.
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By Badger Mark
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Bruvva wrote:

April the 19th! Hurrah. Sadly, it'll take BBC3 9 months to pick it up again like it did for the first series.


Looking forward to this even more than Game of Thrones. Really good show.
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By chrysostom
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It will be very different to Breaking Bad - much in the same way Frasier was different to Cheers. Presumably the focus will be on black humour. Certainly going to watch it when it's out.
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By Johnny 1989
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Law & Order UK was back last night, liked Ronnie's new sidekick in it, good that they went for a different type of sidekick this time.

Have to say been rather impressed with Bradley Walsh in this, if you told me he would be playing a DS in a serious crime show ten years ago I would have laughed as I couldn't see him do it, but I think he's proved people wrong.

Also finally caught up with How I Met Your Mother Series 8, another good series just Series 6 that seemed to be off (the again the Zoey character was bloody annoying), it's a shame that the series is coming to an end in some respects but having now seen Series 8 you can tell it's the right time to go now.

Wonder what the next big American comedy will be to make it over here, Big Bang Theory can only have three more series of most to go surely?

Oh by the way hello everyone how we all been :)
By bmstinton93
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Johnny 1989 wrote:Also finally caught up with How I Met Your Mother Series 8, another good series just Series 6 that seemed to be off (the again the Zoey character was bloody annoying), it's a shame that the series is coming to an end in some respects but having now seen Series 8 you can tell it's the right time to go now.

I'd give up now if I were you, Season 9 is bloody awful.
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By Johnny 1989
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bmstinton93 wrote:
Johnny 1989 wrote:Also finally caught up with How I Met Your Mother Series 8, another good series just Series 6 that seemed to be off (the again the Zoey character was bloody annoying), it's a shame that the series is coming to an end in some respects but having now seen Series 8 you can tell it's the right time to go now.

I'd give up now if I were you, Season 9 is bloody awful.


Wow really, Series 6 was poor but Series 7 & 8 were back on form, shame to hear Series 9 is poor though, perhaps Segal wasn't wrong to turn it down at first, oh well it can't be that bad surely, I heard some of the episodes are good from Series 9 but then again that could be the hardcore fan base been blind to it's faults.
By bmstinton93
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There are a couple of good episodes but the season is not helped by the fact that all 24 episodes take place over a 3 day weekend. Bit of overkill in my opinion.
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By Johnny 1989
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bmstinton93 wrote:There are a couple of good episodes but the season is not helped by the fact that all 24 episodes take place over a 3 day weekend. Bit of overkill in my opinion.


Yeah I heard that it was which did make me raise an eyebrow, IIRC I think they were going to end on Series 8 originally but when it got renewed for a 9th they went for something different. As I understand it Jason Segal wasn't going to do it originally, to be honest if they wasn't able to persuade him they should have just done a feature length special for the finale of Series 8 and leave it at that.
By bmstinton93
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Yeah, I know that both Jason Segel and Alyson Hannigan both weren't going to do it. And yes, a feature length special would have been a much better idea. Or at least half a season.
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By Johnny 1989
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I didn't know Alyson Hannigan wasn't up for it originally either, oh well I'll just have to hope for the best then when I eventually get round to seeing it
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By Nicola_Red
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bmstinton93 wrote:
Johnny 1989 wrote:Also finally caught up with How I Met Your Mother Series 8, another good series just Series 6 that seemed to be off (the again the Zoey character was bloody annoying), it's a shame that the series is coming to an end in some respects but having now seen Series 8 you can tell it's the right time to go now.

I'd give up now if I were you, Season 9 is bloody awful.


To be honest I gave up with it during season 6. Even most of season 5 I didn't love, apart from Girls Vs Suits of course. I have seen most of the subsequent episodes now due to them being in heavy rotation on E4, and I haven't ever really regretted giving up on it - it just seemed to lose its mojo. Same with Big Bang really, although I find it more difficult to pinpoint exactly when that jumped the shark.
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By chrysostom
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Commercially successful sitcoms which bring in the viewers from the US will almost always out stay their welcome - unlike dramas they tend not to have a logical conclusion, and aside from the actor/writer's salary are quite low cost to make.

Unless the writers take an artistic integrity standpoint, or the actors leave - then they'll probably keep going
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By Nicola_Red
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Yeah, it seems like most stop around 10 - Friends, Seinfeld was 9, HIMYM will be 9, Cheers was 11, Scrubs 8 (9 if you count that dreadful Interns season). I don't think any sitcom can keep the same level of quality for that long.
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By neilt0
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The actors are generally signed up for 7 seasons from day one so the studio can get 100ish episodes, which is (or used to be) required for syndication of the show.

Hence why actors renegotiate near the end to get more me money after S7. See Friends, for example.

After S7, it often gets very expensive to make the show, and that's why you see cancellations after S8 etc.
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By chrysostom
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That's really interesting.

Still gutted that Rules of Engagement & Happy Endings don't get renewed while the god-awful (badly written, sexist, racist, homophobic, everythingist) 2 Broke Girls (which I shamefully watch) marches on.
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By Badger Mark
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Nicola_Red wrote:......Same with Big Bang really, although I find it more difficult to pinpoint exactly when that jumped the shark.


I've only seen the show a couple of times and I thought the episodes were funny enough, but it's not a show that grabbed me so that I wanted to start watching it regularly. Even if it has jumped the shark though, it's just been renewed for 3 more seasons here in the US.
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By Bonanzoid
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I used to be infatuated with HIMYM, watched it religiously up until a season or 2 ago when I felt like it was just shite. I think Ted told Robin he loved her again and I just turned off there and then and have never watched it again. I was never the biggest Big Bang fan, but I've drifted away from watching that too for some reason. To be fair, I always thought it was 'not bad' rather than particularly good.

I'm working my way through the US Office again (it's amazing) then I've earmarked Whites as my next watch. If it's good I've you lot to thank.
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By Bruvva
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I'll tell you what's responsible for Big Bang Theory not being any good these days, giving all the characters bar one girlfriends. As a show it worked with Leonard mooning over Penny but as soon as Howard and Sheldon got paired up, it killed it. I still watch it, mind.
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By Nicola_Red
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I have very mixed feelings about all the female characters and their roles in the show. I understand that Bernadette exists to show Howard's journey as a character but at the same time I feel she's kind of pointless in most storylines. It bothers me that while the male characters and Amy often refer to each other as Dr, I've only once heard someone - Sheldon - address Bernadette as Dr Rostenkowski (I have no idea if I spelled that right). It's as if because she's cute and small and high-pitched, she isn't meant to be taken as seriously as the others.
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By Johnny 1989
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Nicola_Red wrote:
bmstinton93 wrote:
Johnny 1989 wrote:Also finally caught up with How I Met Your Mother Series 8, another good series just Series 6 that seemed to be off (the again the Zoey character was bloody annoying), it's a shame that the series is coming to an end in some respects but having now seen Series 8 you can tell it's the right time to go now.

I'd give up now if I were you, Season 9 is bloody awful.


To be honest I gave up with it during season 6. Even most of season 5 I didn't love, apart from Girls Vs Suits of course. I have seen most of the subsequent episodes now due to them being in heavy rotation on E4, and I haven't ever really regretted giving up on it - it just seemed to lose its mojo. Same with Big Bang really, although I find it more difficult to pinpoint exactly when that jumped the shark.


See I liked Series 5 a lot and thought it was the last time they were fully bang on (barring the smoking one) but Series 6 was all over the place, it got a lot better with Series 7 and 8 was good too but I do have slight reservations with Series 9, oh well at least if it isn't that good it's the end and won't be dragged out for another 2-3 series

Bruvva wrote:I'll tell you what's responsible for Big Bang Theory not being any good these days, giving all the characters bar one girlfriends. As a show it worked with Leonard mooning over Penny but as soon as Howard and Sheldon got paired up, it killed it. I still watch it, mind.


I don't agree with the women been added been a problem per se but I have to be honest I started losing interest with it come Series 4/5, I think it's because Sheldon sometimes is just too much and I'm not always in the mood to watch it because of him.
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By charla
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I actually think the introduction of Amy and Bernadette saved the show. I much prefer it with them in it that the earlier episodes without them.
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