Well… not cancelled cancelled, but Nine has pushed the fledgling series back into a 10.30pm timeslot in favour of Hell’s Kitchen, which is TV-speak for “You suck”.
In this week’s episode the show’s ditzy receptionist, Skye, was revealed to be a blogger. Which is fine, except, the character is clearly written by someone who’s never written, subscribed to or possibly even used a blog. Skye embodies that obnoxious laid-back-weirdo-hippy-geek blogging cliche, only she’s so dumb she videoblogs at work, at her desk, in reception. Der!
The most offensive moment was when another character bitchily declared that bloggers are all geeks, weirdos and dirty old perves. Hey! We’re not all dirty old perves!
So, um, Canal Road looks good and everything, but… is anyone else not really that interested in the ongoing murder-mystery plot introduced in episode one? Yes, Paul Leyden is hot, but at this point I don’t really give a crap why his family was mysteriously killed.
At the end of the episode I was honestly expecting a scene where Paul’s character, moody psychiatrist Spencer, discovers that compelling piece of evidence which would prove that some dark conspiracy was behind his family’s deaths, and I’d be all “ZOMG I can’t believe it I can’t wait till next week to find out what happens!”
Instead, there was a scene with Spencer rowing on the Yarra. Um… yeah. It’s called a “hook”, Canal Road writers. You put it at the end of your show, and it makes people want to keep watching. Look into it.
Why would you give your show a title that lends itself so obviously to a disparaging nickname? Anyway, the first two eps of Canal Road are now available for download at the show’s official website, so check ’em out if you can’t wait for the official premiere on April 16.
I previewed the first two on the weekend and I gotta say: not too shabby. The look of the show is super-slick, the cast is mostly pretty hot (especially Paul Leyden as Spencer – rrrowrr), and I admire Nine’s attempt to create a drama with a serial storyline, a la US series like Desperate Housewives.
Having said that, though, I’m not sure Canal Road‘s serial storyline will work so well in practice. Basically, Spencer is a top psychiatrist whose wife and kid were killed in a car accident a couple of years ago… or were they? In the first ep the junkie who was convicted for the crime is released from jail, and he tells Spence there’s more to the accident than meets the eye. And… that’s kinda it. There’s no hints than Spencer’s past is less-than-savoury, no shocking clues to draw audiences into the next episode, no intrigue. The ongoing plot thread feels so thin it’s hardly there.
Canal‘s not as compelling as Underbelly (which I have missed for like the last 10 weeks, d’oh), but it’s definitely more ambitious than Sea Patrol. Interesting to see how this one pans out.