Archive for January 21st, 2010
We had already heard that ITV series Primeval was being rescued by added income from some international channels, although initially they said there would be two more series. Now it appears that they are at least for now planning one series of 13 episodes, but they still have some problems to solve – like getting some of the characters back from the past, and how to deal with cast departures as well (which isn’t unusual here). 3rd series star Jason Flemyng is committed elsewhere, but will return for a few episodes. Update: Correction that Primeval is an ITV not BBC series…
TNT has picked up several series for 9 episodes plus the pilot, including an as-yet-unnamed alien invasion series produced by Steven Spielberg and starring Noah Wyle (er, The Librarian). The series, from a script by Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan), deals with the aftermath of an alien invasion when most of the population has been wiped out, and those that remain struggle against the occupiers.
People who need to take the SATs, ACTs and GRE tests in order to get into a good college, use study guides to help them. As far as the verbal component of the test is concerned, the current craze to teach needed vocabulary is to write the study guide as a murder mystery, so that readers can see the vocabulary in action, rather than just studying dry lists.
The blog Wordsworth and the Visitor From Planet X is designed to build people’s vocabury, using a science fiction serial as its launch pad.
If you wish to build your vocabulary, or if you know of students who want help, send them to Wordsworth and the Visitor from Planet X.