Good news. After two episodes Channel Nine has sacked Rome. How come it took the barbarians so long? Nine is no place for good television.
The ABC and Foxtel are the only places for good telly. Nine is about ratings and ratings are about slop like 20 to 1, Today, Survivor, What a Year, McLeod's Daughters, RPA, Amazing Medical Stories and probably Amazing Medical Pet Stories. Every so often they have a good show on the books - The Sopranos and CSI Las Vegas, for instance - but they fuck them around. Shows are held back, bumped around the schedule, cut to fit extra adverts or cut to the shithouse for the swearing. Good shows have no business being tampered with like that. (Although the ABC butchered Baseball.)
As soon as I heard the news - "Rome will not be shown next week, etc" - I went straight out and ordered the series off the internet. It's a pity it's not on Foxtel, but I'm prepared to shell out for a current television series. Oddly enough, not an old series. I don't understand why people want to buy, say, the complete Northern Exposure when 1) they've already seen it, 2) it's no longer current and 3) it's crap. Shows that were great on telly way back when, those that attract the hideous "classic", almost always seem dodgy down the track. But I digress. Watching TV shows in my own time without ads is infinitely more enjoyable than watching them via someone else's haphazard timetable and chock full of invitations to buy a car. Yes, I record them, but the consistent fast-forwarding still interrupts the fluency of the program. Are we getting Tivo here?
I hope Rome stands up to scrutiny. It probably will, but the first two episodes weren't as good as they could have, should have been. They were obviously well made, but they lacked a little punch. Deadwood was superb from the off, but Rome seems a little slow getting me in. Still, that could be put down to the ads and more than likely the odd cut. And it's still better than XCIC percent of the rubbish served up by Channel IX.