I found a plot summary for what was originally going to be the S1 finale of BoP. Spoilers under the cut: ( spoily )
Apparently NBC is putting Grimm
on at the same time as Fringe
has been (and I assume will continue next season) airing. I don't care that much personally, because after watching the three clips
they posted, I'm thinking the show looks alternately dire and like Buffy
with a dude, and so I probably won't be watching, but I worry that it will bleed ratings points from Fringe
. Not that I expect Fringe
to get another season after this one (which was pretty obviously a gift
), but since I started watching the show, it's become a reflex to worry about its ratings. Though I suppose the more likely scenario is that Grimm
gets canned after about four episodes because there are only so many genre viewers around at 9 PM on Fridays, and between Fringe
, and Grimm
, it'll get the short end of the stick.
And finally, yesterday I watched what may just become my favorite adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew
, done in 2005 as part of the BBC's Shakespeare Retold
series. The series modernized four of the plays, putting them in contemporary settings, using modern language, and rewriting the stories slightly. TTotS
stars Shirley Henderson as an independently-wealthy Conservative MP running for Leader of the Opposition, who is advised that getting married might make her bad-tempered image more palatable to the general public, and Rufus Sewell as a penniless crossdressing aristocrat who owes £54,000 in back-taxes and who thus needs to marry well. You can imagine that the crossdressing part doesn't go over very well with Katherine, who finds out about it at a particularly terrible time. As a bonus, Jaime Murray plays fashion model Bianca, and Stephen Tompkinson (aka Father Peter Clifford from Ballykissangel
) is Harry, who appears to be a composite of Petruchio's flunkies from the original. Twiggy is the sisters' mother.
As you might expect, this interpretation changes quite a bit of the play; most importantly, it emphasizes that Petruchio/Peter (the cast list and DVD chapter titles disagree on his actual name, and it's never mentioned in the film) is just as in need of "taming" as Katherine, and it also makes clear that both of them are getting something out of the marriage both emotionally and practically. However, I was struck by how it never let the original get too far from your mind; Petruchio/Peter quotes a lot from the text, and Katherine quotes a few key lines as well.( Spoilers )
As if the script weren't enough, Shirley Henderson and Rufus Sewell have insane
amounts of chemistry and sexual tension in all their scenes together, and are really fun to watch. The whole thing is hilarious and worth checking out.