Downton Abbey makes PBS an overnight success after 40+ years

PBS has now, officially, arrived. According to former Variety reporter Michael Schneider who is now with TV Guide, PBS is achieving their first TV Guide cover for a primetime program since the premiere of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos series in 1980. Finally, PBS has firmly planted the flag on the television landscape and taken back its […]

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A few Boxing Day bits and bobs

Doing a bit of Sherlock work on and around the Internets, post-Downton Abbey Christmas special, post-Doctor Who Christmas genius and post-Eastenders Christmas, one realizes that time does not stop for Boxing Day. Telly fans in the UK have now set their sights on the 1 January premiere of the Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss brilliant second […]

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Happy 50th, Martin Clunes

The man known, in recent years, for his portrayal of the ornery, cantankerous, cranky (pick one) Doctor Martin Ellingham in the hit British comedy/drama, Doc Martin, turns the big 5-0 today. Thankfully, Martin Clunes has what his television alter ego seems to be without….a heart, as evidenced by the simple fact that you’d actually feel […]

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Spamducken, anyone?

As we tumble headlong into Thanksgiving Thursday and the traditional day-long feast of turkey and all the trimmings, let us not forget the one food that helped put British comedy on the map a mere 42 years ago. Monty Python’s Flying Circus immortalized SPAM, the quintessential ‘mystery meat’ that now boasts its own museum in […]

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The producer who thought he'd killed David Attenborough

Ever wonder what it would be like to go through life known as ‘the person that killed Sir David Attenborough’? Probably not, unless you’re Alastair Fothergill, the producer of Sir David’s newest series, Frozen Planet. As he says, not really something you want on your CV. While Fothergill and Attenborough have worked together on numerous […]

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Christmas cliffhanger = Downton Abbey 3?

As the UK inches towards the conclusion of the highly-anticipated and delivering on every moment second series of Downton Abbey, the States are still in the highly-anticipating mode as the second set is not scheduled to premiere until Sunday, January 8, 2012 as part of PBS’ Masterpiece series. Whether you are in the ever-patiently waiting […]

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From the TV Critics Tour – A PBS Masterpiece and more…

Lots of news coming out of Los Angeles this past week as the Television Critic’s Association’s Summer Press Tour 2011 is in full swing. For about two solid weeks, broadcast, cable and pubic television trot out the best and the brightest from in front of and behind the camera for programs/series that their respective networks […]

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Tellyspotting 2.0

Over the last couple of days, we’ve experienced a phenomenal increase in traffic from around the world. As a matter of fact, Friday, 29 April, was by far the highest traffic day ever since the beginning thanks, in large part, to a couple of minor events going on like the Royal Wedding and the return […]

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Time for Tellyspotting!

Welcome to Tellyspotting – Your Brit TV Pub! From Peter Cook to Ricky Gervais and from Upstairs/Downstairs to MI5 (Spooks), the Brits produce some of the best shows on television. As Vice President of Television Programming at KERA (Dallas/Ft. Worth), I have a job that affords me the opportunity to screen and evaluate much of the […]

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