Manchild (TV series)
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The show starred Ray Burdis (Gary), Nigel Havers (Terry), Anthony Head (James) and Don Warrington (Patrick) as four successful fifty-something men dealing with different problems such as marriage and children or life after divorce, aging parents, sexual dysfunction, lost youth, a succession of (younger) girlfriends, and the problems of how to enjoy the wealth and success they worked so hard to achieve.
Upon the series' late 2002 debut on BBC America, the New York Times review stated "Classy and clever as the show is, its sadistic core makes it awfully hard to like", the show is "a dry martini made with toxic acid in place of the vermouth. You may find yourself neither shaken nor stirred", and, in describing one character's self-obsession, "his wife is well rid of this clod. Quickly, you will be, too.".
An American pilot of the series has been produced by Showtime, starring James Purefoy, Kevin Smith, John Corbett and Paul Hipp. The pilot made significant changes to the characters and premise as it moved the setting from London to Los Angeles, though according to Kevin Smith (as stated in one of his SModcasts), Showtime decided to shelve the series, having deciding instead to pick up Californication.
While 2 series were made, only the first series was released on DVD. The release of the second series was rescheduled multiple times, before in 2007 it was announced that it was going to be released combined with the first series. This release was put back multiple times, with the last being April 2010. At start of 2012, there is no release date.
Many people have speculated that the delay in releasing this has ties with reasons that the series was cancelled in the first place.
- Wertheimer, Ron (2 August 2002). "Television review; Pity the Middle-Aged Male. Just Watch Him Squirm!". New York Times. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
- "Manchild - Released on DVD and VHS 31 March 2003". BBC. 3 February 2003. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
- Deans, Jason (21 November 2002). "America snaps up BBC's Manchild". The Guardian (UK). Retrieved 26 December 2012.
- Smith, Kevin (December 2006). "Kevin Smith is a 'Manchild' ". viewaskew.com.
- Manchild (2002 series) at the Internet Movie Database
- Manchild (2007 series) at the Internet Movie Database
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