Designated Survivor

DESIGNATED SURVIVOR - "Pilot" - Kiefer Sutherland stars as Tom Kirkman, a lower-level cabinet member who is suddenly appointed President of the United States after a catastrophic attack on the U.S. Capitol during the State of the Union, on the highly anticipated ABC series "Designated Survivor," airing WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT). (ABC/Ben Mark) KIEFER SUTHERLAND, NATASCHA MCELHONE, BRENDAN ROWLAND, LAMONICA GARRETT

Damn you, Netflix, it’s like the bad old days. Now that I am totally and utterly Stockholm Syndromed into binge-watching tv series at my own leisure, you bring out something superb, Designated Survivor.

But, (and here’s the kicker), unlike everything you’ve ever screened, you only release a single episode a week. You leave us poor viewers hanging on for the next one like it’s 2004 or something.

Having said that though, the show – the gripping tale of an unprepared politician thrust into the US presidency –  is quite fantastic, and Kiefer Sutherland as President Tom Kirkman is operating at a whole new level. I don’t like this release strategy for my selfish personal reasons but the show is seriously worth the wait.



Since late August, scary-looking clowns have begun appearing all over America, lurking in woods, appearing on dark roadsides or driving in cars, grinning horribly, some brandishing knives. They’ve been seen in states from California to Minnesota to Tennesse, and from Pennsylvania to South Carolina, New Jersey and New York.

Online conspiracy theorists have already linked these sightings to the 30th anniversary remake of the Stephen King “It” movie, claiming it’s all part of a cunning and freaky viral marketing campaign. Producers though have denied that the sightings have anything to do with the movie’s marketing, saying: “New Line is absolutely not involved in the rash of clown sightings.”

But clever if they were, no?

Ghost in the Shell


Nondescript images? Unconventional length? Strategic placement? All to stir up interest? According to Paramount president of worldwide distribution and marketing Megan Colligan, that’s why these 10 second teasers for the ScarJo live-action pic Ghost in the Shell aired during the Season 2 finale of Mr. Robot: Season 2 finale.

Season finales are typically like sporting events in that the audience is active in real time and conversing over social media. Paramount recognised that the Mr. Robot would receive additional word-of-mouth from people who would share stuff on social media platforms.

“Ghost in the Shell is so original in its own right that it had to have a special execution to kick it off….It was important to present the earliest advertising for this film as a glitch instead of something more traditional.”

I didn’t watch the finale myself (I’m just getting into the first season) but must admit I was intrigued by the clips, without really knowing what the hell was going on.

And Then There Were None


The BBC’s latest Agatha Christie whodunnit – And Then There Were None – is a delicious, ghastly, amoral, atmospheric romp. Many of the stills released around the show were perfection (see below) but I particularly loved this poster for it’s screening on Lifetime, a gruesome 1930’s blend of The Last Supper and the Blood Wedding. Glorious. I can’t find a larger / better quality version, unfortunately.