Saturday, June 17, 2006

Bad-TV-we-love Hangover ...

Spent the whole day doing nothing but watching the entire first season and the first episode of the second season of Footballer's Wives. We discovered this show recently on BBCAmerica - apparently in the UK they're already on the 5th season, but on BBCAmerica they just finished Season 3 and started on Season 4.

This show is just deliciously awful. It's total Soap-Opera, Dynasty-for-white-trash-nouveau-riche British football (soccer) players and their wives, mistresses, wives' lovers, long-lost babies, yadda yadda yadda. Our favourite characters are, of course, Tanya and Hazel: man-eating, chain-smoking, ball-busting vagine dentate who are just about the only characters to have survived to season 4, apparently.

Interjection: I find it interesting somehow that in England, it's the Northerners who are depicted as stupid, brutish, ignorant, "white trash", and have the "thick" accents, while in the US it's the exact opposite.

We've been enjoying quite a lot of TV about these types of characters, actually, since our other great "discovery" late in the TV season this year was My Name is Earl. Joy steals absolutely every scene. "Boys, get your mama's white plastic stripper shoes out of the lego box!" Unlike Footballer's Wives, though, Earl is a really, really sweet show. It manages to have its cake and eat it to: ridiculing an entire socioeconomic segment of American culture while still treating them with a lot of affection and warmth. It's one of the freshest, most clever shows we've seen in a long time.


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At Mon Jul 03, 03:25:00 AM EDT, Anonymous LJ said...

Strange how Northeners are depicted as such when in truth they mostly are lovely people. Glad you are enjoying the show. Though it loses a lot of its appeal in later seasons.Well it did for me.

At Sun Jun 12, 12:41:00 PM EDT, Blogger mister_tmg said...

I was hooked on that show here in England. Compulsive viewing. And, yes, the north-south divide in the UK is the other way round to the USA. I seem to recall most of the characters being southern English though, except Donna Walmsley and her sister (had to Google the series as I'd forgotten most of the character names). The series wasn't location-specific, but did seem to be near to London.

From Wikipedia:
"The U.S. ABC television network ordered a pilot for an American version, named Football Wives. Lucy Lawless, Gabrielle Union, Eddie Cibrian, Kiele Sanchez, and James Van Der Beek were confirmed as part of the cast but ABC cancelled the show due to "potential conflicts with the National Football League"."


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