Getting On Gets On Quick

Sky’s SoHo channel will premiere a comedy from the creators of Big Love within four days of it going to air on HBO.

That’s a refreshing change of pace after delaying the launches of too many other shows for too long (Breaking Bad’s fifth season being an honorable exception).

Four months elapsed between Ray Donovan’s US and NZ premieres, the gap will be even longer when the latest season of True Blood airs at the end of the month, and too many weeks have separated the US and NZ bows of Boardwalk Empire and the upcoming Masters of Sex.

Similarly, another November newcomer, Orphan Black, first aired this time last year in Britain and six months ago in the US (where it’s already out on Blu-ray).

Then again, with a dud like Thursday newcomer Hello Ladies, you have to wonder why the rush.

Mercifully, Getting On will replace Hello Ladies from November 28.

Set in the female geriatric wing of an under-siege California hospital, it’s Mark V Olsen and Will Scheffer’s first series since Big Love and stars Laurie Metcalfe (Roseanne, Sheldon’s mother in The Big Bang Theory) and Alex Borstein (the voice of Lois Griffin in Family Guy) and Niecy Nash (Reno 911!).

It’s adapted from the BBC series of the same name that stars Jo Brand and which screens on UKTV.

As for Orphan Black, TV Guide said it “deserves to be adopted by any pulp-fantasy fan … funky, freaky and fascinating.”

It was well reviewed generally, and even those who had reservations applauded.

“It’s just as ridiculous as it sounds, chockablock with clichés, predictable exposition (two taps of the keyboard and entire histories are revealed) and some fairly whacked-out plot twists,” the Los Angeles Times acknowledged.

“But it doesn’t matter because Orphan Black isn’t so much about plot as it is performance, and as the series continues, the performances are pretty astonishing.”

“Big-budget misfire Torchwood: Miracle Day amply demonstrated the pitfalls of British TV drama going high concept in America,” Time Out cautioned.

“But BBC America’s Orphan Black negotiates at least some of these, thanks to a largely unknown cast and a keener sense of its own ridiculousness.”

Orphan Black will screen 8.30 Tuesdays from November 5.

Also “new” in November, albeit  not in HD, will be season three of Forbrydelsen — and it won’t be that new either, having screened as a “box set” over the weekend.

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One Response to “Getting On Gets On Quick”

  1. I am on the fence when it comes to Hello Ladies. Thought the first episode was very funny but the second episode was disappointing. Will watch the next two episodes before deciding whether or not to persevere with this series.

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