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|Wes Bentley Heading To HBO (TVSquad) - 4 days ago|
Wes Bentley will star in Ryan Murphy's HBO pilot "Open," in which he'll play someone "handsome but arrogant," according to THR. "Open" is "a modern, provocative exploration of human sexuality and relationships," which is fancy talk for "hey, lots of nudity."
|Does Dexter Have to Die? (TVSquad) - 4 days ago|
It's the beginning of the end.
When "Dexter" kicks off its final season (Sunday, June 30 at 9/8c on Showtime), expect a huge shift in the relationships we've come to know and love over the years. Sure, Deb (Jennifer Carpenter) and Dexter (Michael C. Hall) hit a rough patch last year after she discovered her foster brother is a serial killer, but they will hit their rockiest road yet in the wake of LaGuerta's (Lauren Velez) death.
|Peter Dinklage Doesn't Watch 'Game Of Thrones' (TVSquad) - 4 days ago|
Right now, it seems like everyone has an opinion on "Game of Thrones'" infamous "Red Wedding," but don't ask Peter Dinklage what he thought of the bloody scene, because the star recently admitted that he doesn't actually watch "Game of Thrones" -- in fact, he doesn't even have an HBO subscription.
The Emmy-winning actor made the surprising admission to photographers in Montreal, per TMZ, pointing out that filming the series was "a year ago for me," so none of the revelations in Season 3's final two episodes were particularly shocking to him.
Dinklage wouldn't be the first actor who refused to watch his own show, although the lack of an HBO subscription doesn't seem to stop many avid viewers these days: The show remains the most pirated TV series on the web and HBO's programming president apparently isn't fazed by the news.
“I probably shouldn't be saying this, but it is a compliment of sorts,” Michael Lombardo told EW earlier this year. “The demand is there. And it certainly didn't negatively impact the DVD sales. [Piracy is] something that comes along with having a wildly successful show on a subscription network.” Failing illegal means, we're pretty sure that the star knows a few people who could hook him up with the DVDs ...
Are you surprised that Dinklage doesn't watch "Game of Thrones"?
|Anthony Edwards: It's Not Over Yet or The Last Hour (TVSquad) - 4 days ago|
Exterior Street, New York City.
A familiar looking guy walking two dogs is stopped.
"Hey Goose, you're back on TV!"
I live in New York City and since March I have held variations of the above conversations. As sometimes happens our show was pulled from the schedule after airing three episodes and now I get to tell these folks they can watch the remaining ten episodes of Zero Hour starting Saturday at 8/7 central on ABC.
In Zero Hour I play Hank Galliston a publisher of Modern Skeptic Magazine. Hank's wife is abducted from her antique clock shop and in the quest to save her Hank and his magazine team get pulled into a mystery stretching around the world and back centuries.
It was three months ago when the network decided to pull Zero Hour off the air. I didn't take it personally, I know its business. I was just sad for all the great actors, talented technicians and artists who but their hearts and time into telling this story. We did the work to the best of our abilities. That does not happen on every job. All we set out to do was tell this crazy story and we did it. Everything that ends up on your TV has to be built, found, cast, organized, transported, photographed, recorded, edited and scored. In eight days a big circus moves 40 foot trailers full of lights and equipment, wardrobe, hair and make-up, dressing rooms and creates a base camp many times while prepping for the next episode to start the day after you finish the last. Some days you film four pages of script, others you push for eight.
When you are part of the circus, whether you are in the big top or playing a one ring venue in a small town, you just want to show off your act. The business of television may tell us to pack up our tent and move on, but for the next eight weeks we will get to strut and fret our hour upon the stage.
That is all we ever wanted.
|What ABC Family's Recent Ratings Mean for a 'Bunheads' Renewal (THR) - 4 days ago|
A massive return for "Pretty Little Liars" and competitive premieres for "The Fosters" and "Twisted" don't bode especially well for Amy Sherman-Palladino's bubble dramedy.
|'Graceland' Recap: Hand Caught in the Cookie Jar (BuddyTV) - 4 days ago|
In the Graceland series premiere, Mike Warren was given an extremely difficult dual assigned at the Graceland undercover house to work with and investigate veteran agent Paul Briggs. He successfully completed his first undercover case, but his were just beginning as he quickly found out.
|VIDEO: Watch Magic City's Season 1 Refresher and Find Out What's Next (TVGuide) - 4 days ago|
Ready for the return of Magic City?
With the second season of Starz's hit drama returning Friday, it's time to catch up on what happened last season. When last we left Ike (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), he was arrested for murder, but he'll soon...
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|CBS Shifts 'Brooklyn DA' to Saturdays (THR) - 4 days ago|
The six-part documentary series will move from Tuesdays at 10 to air its final three episodes in its new slot
|'Hannibal' Recap: Will Sees the Truth and Hannibal Goes Into Self-Preservation Mode (BuddyTV) - 4 days ago|
After recovering in the hospital, Will Graham began to see the recent killings in a whole new light and clearly for the first time. His insight and intuition threatened Hannibal's secret in "Releves," which forced the doctor to further implicate his patient/friend and kill to protect his secret.
|'True Blood' Lust: The Pros and Cons of Dating the Supernatural (BuddyTV) - 4 days ago|
If you are looking for love in Bon Temps, Louisiana, you need to make a choice: to "supe," or not to "supe?" "Supes" are supernatural beings, and there is no shortage of them in this town. If you are looking for a supernatural love match, you may face some interesting challenges. The course of true love is indeed a bumpy one, especially in Bon Temps. Read on to find out about the ups and downs of supernatural dating.
|Maureen Ryan: Hey Ladies! The Rise Of Subversive Dramas And Strong Women (TVSquad) - 4 days ago|
There's a lot of blather these days about The Future of Television, especially as the content that used to arrive via a bulky, stationary object in the living room continues to experiment with an array of new delivery systems. Right now, there's so much flux and uncertainty -- some of it nerve-wracking -- that it's hard to resist shaping various developments into a What It All Means narrative.
Is the future going to be dominated by high-profile players muscling into the new-media game (i.e., David Fincher's expensive "House of Cards" and Netflix's other great hope, the "Arrested Development" revival)? Is the Next Big Thing going to come from a hardy web-content pioneer, or will it be the offspring of Big Data (i.e., Google, Amazon, Hulu, etc.)? Will the broadcast networks be able to stay in the game? Will the fancier cable networks chase "The Walking Dead's" mainstream success, or will the future lie in serving rabid niche audiences -- something that "Sons of Anarchy," "Parks and Recreation" and "Game of Thrones" do equally well?
I don't know, but to quote "Mad Men's" Roger Sterling, "Who cares?"
As far as I'm concerned, the future is already here. As television transitions away from its justly celebrated Golden Age, I look around and see that we've quietly entered an exciting new era of what I've come to call "B-Movie TV." A frisky batch of quietly subversive dramas has begun to dominate my DVR and streaming devices. These shows often originate abroad, quite a few of them feature complex female protagonists, and they smartly use the tropes of horror, mystery, soap operas, science fiction and thrillers to sketch diverting narratives on the cheap.
While the dinosaurs of the media industry blunder about and occasionally show signs of evolving, I think of shows like "Continuum," "The Fall," "The Bletchley Circle," "Call the Midwife," "Hunted," "Top of the Lake," my beloved "Orphan Black," "Rectify" and "Banshee" as the little creatures skittering around in the bushes and surviving on their wits. These shows don't get much hype and they don't have the budgets of Serious Dramas on bigger networks, but despite their adherence to certain genre conventions, they boast some of freshest ideas on the TV scene.
One show in the vanguard of this trend, "Enlightened," has already had the life stomped out of it (sob), and I'd put "American Horror Story: Asylum" in this category, too, but it doesn't exactly need help in the hype department. But I very much hope this array of weirdos and their kin yield more goodness (and even greatness) as we transition into whatever's next.
Perhaps the most refreshing thing about these shows is their lack of pretension; a small budget does tend to decimate the snootiness factor. The generally low-budget shows like the ones mentioned here have smart ideas, aesthetic bravery and propulsive energy, but, as is the case with the best B-movies, the first order of business is to entertain. If viewers happen to pick up on the provocative questions these dramas are asking about gender, identity and connection, and if people notice how skillfully they experiment with form, that's great -- but it's entirely possible just to enjoy these shows for their crafty (or soapy) twists and turns.
You can't get more conventional than a cop drama, right? But there's still life in the old corpse yet, as a number of new crime dramas have proved. "The Fall," a recent Netflix addition starring Gillian Anderson, has the former "X-Files" star playing Stella Gibson, a senior London cop who arrives in Belfast to help with a stalled murder investigation. Like "Rectify," "The Fall" takes its time and allows its moody atmosphere to develop at an unrushed pace.
Speaking of that Sundance Channel show, "Rectify's" first season was six hours long, "The Fall" is five hours and "Top of the Lake" was a seven-parter. It's clear by now that, in the right hands, the miniseries or short-season format can greatly increase a show's agility, not to mention its chances of getting made. I'm not sorry "House of Cards" exists -- good character actors have to pay the bills -- but things that cost less than a tenth of the "HoC" budget can snag top-flight talent and can afford to be less reverent toward the unspoken rules of Quality TV.
"The Fall" is as beautifully shot as anything on HBO or AMC, and it's not giving anything away to say that you know a lot about the person Stella Gibson is hunting early on. If American TV ever remade this show, that twist would almost certainly be turned into a gimmick, but as with character-driven crime narratives like "Rectify," "Prime Suspect" and "Luther," the point of the story is to examine the nature of obsession from both sides of the criminal divide. The highest compliment I can pay "The Fall" is to say it reminds me of the terrific novels of Tana French, Laura Lippman and Denise Mina, which use crime and violence as a framework to examine assumptions about class, sanity and social hierarchies. Each part of "The Fall" made me more eager to watch the next, and if its first season doesn't quite stick the landing (maybe the five episodes should have been six), I'm eager to see where Anderson's coolly determined detective travels next year.
"Continuum" isn't quite in the league of "The Fall," which employs two "Game of Thrones" actors and uses the history and landscape of Belfast to excellent effect. "Continuum" is shot in Vancouver, and, while I cast no aspersions on that fine city and its hard-working creative personnel, it looks ... well, Vancouver-y. Anyone who's seen any genre TV in the last decade will know exactly what I mean.
The show's reasonably decent Season 2 premiere, which aired June 7, may not have been "Continuum's" finest hour, but that's understandable, given that it had to refresh the audience on what happened last season and where things currently stand. But it's worth catching up with Season 1, which depicted future police officer Kiera Cameron (Rachel Nichols) thrown back to the present day along with a clutch of terrorists who'd rebelled against the corporate interests that control life in 2077.
Though the terrorists certainly aren't depicted as good guys, there's a hardy critique of capitalism to be found scattered through "Continuum," which is why I can't imagine a U.S. network making this show without gutting the subversive aspect of it (Syfy imports the show from Canada). Over the course of the first season, Kiera's complacent beliefs about how society worked in 2077 were shaken, but much of the season revolved around a more personal quest: She left a son and husband back in her time, and her loneliness was quietly affecting.
In the present day, Kiera has to rely on a new police partner and a young tech genius named Alec (Erik Knudsen) to navigate the strange world in which she finds herself. The bond between Alec and Kiera is the heart of the show, thanks to the chemistry between Knudsen and Nichols, but it's surprising that it works, given that they were apart for most of Season 1 and their interactions often took place over an audio headset. Alec is usually a voice from the sky helping Kiera get information and deal with tech issues, which include her special future-cop suit, which allows her (when it's working) to take on the powers of a superhero. That suit is seriously badass.
There are clunky elements -- Kiera's 2013 partner is bland and has little presence, and Alec's annoying half-brother mostly glares at people and mumbles snide, half-baked comments about The Man. But the show has a brisk, no-nonsense pace, good action scenes and a determined lady kicking the butts of bad people. Those are all things that most right-thinking Americans should be able to get behind.
Amid all the shoot-outs and plots to alter the future, "Continuum" never forgets that what drives Kiera is a personal bond -- she's desperate to get back to her son. It's that desire for connection that links everything from the loopy, brutal neo-noir "Banshee" to "The Fall" to the prim but intelligent "Bletchley Circle." All these shows, and those mentioned above, depict characters who desire deep connections to both the passions that drive them and to other people. And though I'm loath to make grand statements -- good stories are slippery and can support many overlapping readings -- that desire for true intimacy and community may be the quality that differentiates these kinds of dramas from the titans of TV's Golden Age.
Shows like "Mad Men," "The Sopranos," "Breaking Bad" and "The Shield" often depict men trying to control their lives and the people around them. Domination, power struggles and fear, driven by a changing definition of masculinity, often motivate Golden Age protagonists. These stories, for the most part, aren't about building a world or nurturing relationships, they are about isolated protagonists who find it hard to trust others. These men navigate the world with their guards up, so it's difficult for them to establish true intimacy. Female characters on Golden Age shows have often stood on the sidelines, serving as the (occasionally interesting) backdrops against which these anti-heroic struggles have taken place.
In an essay posted earlier this year, Ryan McGee posited that "open-hearted earnestness" was the quality that defined the dawning Silver Age of television. "These shows don't pretend like problems don't exist, but refuse to show characters cowering in the face of them," he wrote.
The B-movie shows I've listed here are often more sly than earnest, but McGee's point remains valid, and the canny use of genre formats allows these low-budget shows to explore this thematic evolution with a surprising degree of freedom.
In a thriller about identity like "Orphan Black," or in an evocation of a mostly female community like the soap "Call the Midwife," characters are allowed to heedlessly shed roles and rules that don't help them gain mastery over their lives. When the stakes are high -- as they often are in melodramas, film noir homages and sci-fi adventures -- characters can break the kinds of rules that limit more realistic fare. The results can be glorious -- or gloriously goofy (see the suburban potluck party that took place midway through "Orphan Black's" delirious first season). Three different shows ("Justified," "Continuum" and "Banshee") in the last year depicted law enforcement characters who pretended to be somebody else in pursuit of (mostly) noble goals, rather than selfish ones. These characters, like the clones of "Orphan Black," are determined to find a place in the world, not control a barricaded refuge from it.
The lead in "Banshee" is a little anti-heroic, but that's mostly on the surface: He is driven by a desire to get his ex back more than by a need to best the baddest bad guy in town. "Rectify" is all about one man's desire to revive the tenderness that has been brutalized out of him by a long, lonely imprisonment. "Enlightened" used an evocative but cannily unfurled mystery to tease out over the course of a season ideas about whether the safety of conformity is really a form of useless sacrifice. "The Fall" is all about a desire to connect emotionally, as well as physically, and it examines how both Stella and her prey make mistakes in their efforts to form bonds with others. Narcissism in all its forms is certainly an interesting topic, but I can't say I mind that TV's most thoughtful writers are turning toward other topics, and their characters display an altruism and aspiration that is downright refreshing.
What's most amazing, given commercial television's studied avoidance of the topic, is how often these shows simply examine what it's like to be a woman and take on topics like misogyny, sexism and the frustrations of the limited roles that both genders are often expected to occupy. "The Bletchley Circle" was about how the patronizing behavior of the male law enforcement establishment allowed crimes against women to continue, a theme that "Top of the Lake" and "The Fall" also explore with aesthetic and intellectual rigor (the good parts of the U.S. version of "The Killing" have touched on this, as well). "Call the Midwife" and "Top of the Lake" -- and it's worth saying again, both of them originated abroad -- spend time in female-led communities in which men are merely tolerated. There's no sense that these communities are better, necessarily, just as female-driven shows aren't necessarily better than male-centered ones. What's refreshing about this wave is that that the bracing curiosity about gender roles and relationships that drives both "Girls" and "Louie" has found its way into so many other TV genres.
"The Fall" both recalls classic female protagonists (Jane Tennison of "Prime Suspect" and Dana Scully of "The X-Files," to name just a couple) and carries the ball forward in compelling ways. Other characters are constantly watching Stella Gibson to see what her emotional state is and to discern whether she cares enough -- whatever "enough" is.
Far from seeking anyone's approval, Stella is remote and chilly much of the time to those around her, and she clearly doesn't care what they think of her professional choices. Stella doesn't apologize or explain herself, and she's also unapologetic about her sex life, all of which makes me wonder how she's gotten so far without being vilified by those frustrated by her dogged independence. As we saw with Tennison, intelligence and an ability to get results often don't protect outsiders (which is one of "Game of Thrones'" most frequent themes).
Stella's mindful, however, of how the media and often the public sort crime victims into "virgins and vamps" -- those who deserve pity and those who deserve scorn. She has to make sure she dresses a certain way for press conferences. And she's well aware of the kinds of things that drive the killer: A desire for connection can be channeled into something dark and dreadful -- the kind of domination that results in dead women.
Many of these dramas wander into dark and disturbing territory. But it's highly encouraging that these programs, all of which I recommend for different reasons, find fascinating ideas to explore once they get there.
"Continuum" airs 10 p.m. Fridays on Syfy. "The Fall" is available on Netflix.
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|Hopes and Fears for Supernatural Season 9 (TVGuide) - 4 days ago|
Only a few weeks into the latest Supernatural "hell-atus" and I'm already overwhelmed with anxiety. What will human Castiel be like? Will Sam (Jared Padalecki) be OK? How annoying are those friggin' angels going to be? On one hand, I'm excited for the unknown possibilities, but I'm also worried about how the changes will affect Team Free Will. Here are the biggest Season 9 hopes and fears keeping me up at night:
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|Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch and Wife Wendi Deng Divorcing (TVGuide) - 4 days ago|
News Corp. boss Rupert Murdoch has filed for divorce from his wife of 14 years, Wendi Deng, The Associated Press reports. The media mogul claimed "the relationship between the husband and wife has broken down irretrievably" in the filing with the New York State Supreme Court, according to the AP.
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|'Burn Notice' 100th Episode Recap: Can Michael Save Fi? (BuddyTV) - 4 days ago|
Last week, viewers learned what Michael has been up to for the past nine months, though his friends and family were still in the dark, leading Maddy to blow Michael's cover. In tonight's 100th episode -- the second of season 7, titled "Forget Me Not" -- Michael returns to Miami but is strictly forbidden to contact his loved ones. Care to make a wager on how quickly Michael will break that rule? Read on to find out what the Burn Notice writers have in store for us this week.
|Wes Bentley to Star in Ryan Murphy's HBO Sexuality Drama 'Open' (THR) - 4 days ago|
The "Hunger Games" actor becomes the first person cast in the pilot.
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|Laura Linney: Gender Inequality in Hollywood Is "Unhealthy" (TVGuide) - 4 days ago|
Laura Linney was presented with the Crystal Award for Excellence in Film Wednesday night at the annual Women in Film gala in Beverly Hills, but during her acceptance speech, Linney said that women still have a long way to go in the industry.
"As an actress in film, it is very easy to become isolated just due to the ratio of gender inequality that exists," Linney told the audience according to Deadline.
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|'Hell's Kitchen' Recap: Mary's Little Lamb (BuddyTV) - 4 days ago|
Oh, how time flies when you're standing in a chaotic kitchen with flames sprouting from the burners in front of you, making sweat drip from every pore and Chef Gordon Ramsay's voice rings continuously in your head. Yes! There are only six contestants left on Hell's Kitchen tonight, but not for long.
Lamb seems to be the weapon of choice as both teams tackle the rack for the perfect service.
|'Smash' Reunion: Megan Hilty to Co-Star in 'Sean Saves the World' (THR) - 4 days ago|
She'll reunite with Sean Hayes, who had a multiple-episode arc on the second season of NBC's Broadway drama.
|HBO Renews VICE for Season 2 (TVGuide) - 4 days ago|
HBO has renewed its news magazine series VICE for a second season, the network announced Thursday. The 12-episode sophomore season is expected to premiere in 2014.
"VICE's fearless, irreverent style of news coverage has produced a uniquely provocative show," HBO boss Michael Lombardo said in a statement. "We look forward to more of their groundbreaking reporting in season two."
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|Seinfeld's Jason Alexander, Michael Richards to Reunite on Kirstie (TVGuide) - 4 days ago|
A Seinfeld reunion is coming to TV Land.
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|Sarah Palin Rejoins Fox News Channel (THR) - 4 days ago|
The former Alaska governor, who did not renew her three-year contract back in January, returns as a paid contributor.
|HBO Renews 'Vice' for Second Season (THR) - 4 days ago|
The cable network announces a renewal for the news series, which saw its freshman run extended by two episodes in April.
|TV Ratings: Stanley Cup Finals Off to Strong Start, 'MasterChef' Steady (THR) - 4 days ago|
NBC's coverage of the hockey tournament jumps triple digits over 2012, while Fox tops the night in non-sports programming.
|Exclusive Swamp People First Look: T-Roy Reconciles with His Estranged Father (TVGuide) - 4 days ago|
Father's Day is not until Sunday, but Thursday's episode of Swamp People is all about dads.
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|'Walking Dead' Gets Its Own Credit Card (Exclusive) (THR) - 4 days ago|
Robert Kirkman's comic imprint pacts with Card.com for prepaid debit cards.
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