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Monday, January 16, 2006

'Israel' returns

UnNews, which is increasingly emerging as the net's second-finest news source (right after The Onion), gives us this nice piece on the long-awaited season premiere of hit TV show 'Israel'.

The show, conceived by producer L. "God" Shaddai (!!!) as a combination of 'The West Wing' and '24', will be picking off immediately after last season's cliffhanger ending, when "one of the series' main characters, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, fell into a coma after having a stroke".

Although highly successful, 'Israel', like any TV show, must take into consideration budgetary constraints:

[O]bservers note that the [Gaza] withdrawal storyline seems to have been motivated by attempts to reduce location costs and was signed off by all the Executive Producers. Regardless, rumors abound that the character of Sharon may leave, either being killed off or reappearing only infrequently.

The series, which revolves around a slowly changing cast, has already demonstrated its willingness to kill off key characters when, ten seasons ago, the show's producers killed off Yitzhak Rabin, after contract negotiations stalled with the actor who played him.

Read the article here.

On a more serious (or, depending on your point of view, less serious) note, Day 5 of '24' hit TV screens in the US last night. Which means that after an 8-month break from downloading, I have now reinstalled BitTorrent (which looks a lot more professional now). Jack is back...

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