Jamie Wotton

Jamie Wotton

About Jamie Wotton

Jamie is a huge TV fan who continually struggles with the idea that some people just don't want to hear what happened on the latest episode of Gossip Girl or Game of Thrones. His writing has mostly appeared on Twitter but he also does stuff for Bleeding Cool.
Email: james.wotton@gmail.com
Posted 11/28/12 at 2:46 pm ET

Ben and Kate review: ‘Reunion’ and ‘Guitar Face’

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Upon realising that Ben And Kate aired last week and I didn’t know (and therefore hadn’t reviewed), I just spent the last hour catching up. Two very, very strong episodes, and while last night’s was great – it didn’t seem as amazing as it could have been, when watched in marathon.

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Posted 11/14/12 at 3:10 pm ET

Ben and Kate 1×07 ‘Career Day’ review

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“Who wants bagels? I do, my name is kaaaaaaaaate!”

Here we are, seven episodes in, and I’m now happy to call this my favourite new show of the season. (Pretty sure I’ve said that before). I’ve had quibbles here and there, the show has had growing pains, but it has finally clicked – both for me, and I think, the writers/actors.

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Posted 11/8/12 at 2:21 pm ET

Ben and Kate (late) episode review: ‘Scaredy Kate’

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A fantastic final act fixes some of the shows major issues in the latest – although still quite old – episode of Ben And Kate. I haven’t had the time to watch the episode before now, but I’ve heard the hype for ‘Scaredy Kate’ slowly increase since it’s airing last week.

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Posted 10/24/12 at 6:30 pm ET

Ben and Kate review: 1×05 ‘Emergency Kit’

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The evolution of a comedy is an interesting thing, and it’s a strange thing too when a comedy is so self-assured as Ben And Kate. And that’s both a good and bad thing.

Since the pilot, the show has know exactly what it wants to be. It knows it the central pairing well; their quirks and idiosyncrasies, their lifestyles and the ways they clash against each other.

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Posted 10/17/12 at 6:41 pm ET

Ben And Kate review: 1×04 ’21st Birthday’

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Ben And Kate’ s pacing is still it’s most defining attribute to me, and the show itself was summed up with a button in the middle of this episode. Maddie, in the back of the car, grabs a balloon and rubs it against Lucy’s hair. It’s not the funniest thing ever, but it quite possibly is the most adorable.

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Posted 10/11/12 at 12:18 pm ET

Nashville series premiere review

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The soap opera — the epic soap opera — is perhaps the most freeing genre currently on television. It wants to have its cake and eat it too. It wants the stories it’s telling to be larger than life — they want the literal game of thrones. Kings fighting against kings, empires against empires.

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Posted 10/10/12 at 3:46 pm ET

Ben and Kate review: 1×03 ‘The Fox Hunt’

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It’s so nice to sit back now that we now have a (almost) a full season pickup of Ben and Kate to watch. I can finally start getting people to check it out, and hopefully many others will find the little powerhouse that is FOX comedy Tuesdays. I think this was perhaps the weakest episode of the bunch so far, but it’s still such delight to watch.

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Posted 10/3/12 at 1:33 pm ET

Ben and Kate review: ‘Bad Cop/Bad Cop’

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It’s a shame, really, that Ben and Kate isn’t connecting. It has two of the most likeable leads I’ve yet seen in a new show this season, its setpieces genuinely make me chuckle and it knows absolutely what it wants to be. It’s a misfit family sitcom, with added surrealism.

Surrealism that was even more apparent with the post-pilot arrival of Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan whose previous credits include Family Guy, Scrubs and Community — all shows that get weirder and weirder with every passing episode.

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Posted 9/26/12 at 2:36 pm ET

Ben And Kate review: A solid pilot, a great series?

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Yeah - Ben And Kate have friends too.

I want to live in this world.

Dana Fox has created a gem, and FOX’s comedy line-up continues to get better and better. It’s obviously not a priority for comedy, but it’s nice that the net has seemed to make it an agenda of theirs that the families featured are unequivocally not the most wealthy realtors or have the most happy-go-lucky lives.

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