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Media in brief
November 26, 2008   
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John Adams on HBO 2
Starting Dec. 6, subscribers of the premium channel HBO 2 can view the history series John Adams, which has garnered 13 Emmy awards. The show portrays the life of the second U.S. president during the founding years of the American republic. Produced by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, the seven-episode mini-series stars Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney. John Adams is based on the best-selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning biography by David McCullough. The show was directed by Tom Hooper and produced by Playtone Productions for HBO Films.

Polish Don Matteo on TVP 1
The public channel TVP 1 will air Dec. 7 the first episode of a new Polish series entitled Ojciec Mateusz, directed by Maciej Dejczer and Andrzej Kostenko. The 13-episode mini-series is based on the immensely popular Don Matteo on Italian channel RAI Uno, which for eight years has attracted millions of viewers. Ojciec Mateusz is a family show with a hint of action and detective story. It boasts a stellar cast and lavish production standards, including almost 100 shooting days, over 170 locations and more than 180 actors.

Stories in the series are told as parables with a generous amount of absurd humor. Father Mateusz is played by Artur ¯mijewski.

Californication on TVN
The free-to-air commercial channel TVN showed on Nov. 25 the first episode of Californication, a controversial and politically incorrect series starring David Duchovny.

Californication is the story of an acclaimed writer who, having wasted his perfect life, is trying to make up for the opportunities he missed in a rather unusual way. Indulging in powerful stimuli, including beautiful women and strong alcohol, he craves a reunion with his ex-girlfriend with whom he has a 12-year-old daughter. The show abounds in sex, erotic fantasies, the California lifestyle, show business and Scientology jokes.

Series Tackles Invasion of Iraq
"A New Image of the War in Iraq" was the advertising slogan of the November promo campaign for Generation Kill, a mini-series produced by HBO. Generation Kill shows the first 40 days of the invasion of Iraq seen through the eyes of troops in a select Marine unit. The show is based on a best-selling non-fiction book by Evan Wright, a correspondent for The Rolling Stone magazine who witnessed the start of the American invasion first-hand. Generation Kill is a realistic dramatization of those days. Premiere episodes have been shown on the premium channel HBO since Nov. 25.

The Big Bang Theory on TVN 7
The commercial TVN 7 channel premiered on Nov. 20 The Big Bang Theory, a new comedy series about a beautiful blonde named Perry (Kaley Cuoco) who turns the world upside down for two ardent physicists, Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Sheldon (Jim Parsons). The story was penned by Chuck Lorre and James Burrows, the makers of such hit shows as Two and a Half Men, Dharma and Greg and Grace Under Fire. The Big Bang Theory provides an interesting insight into the interactions between the realms of men and women.
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