10 items from 2016
Now that a few days have passed since journalists and critics have decamped from Pasadena, Calif. for the annual two-week grind of Television Critics Association winter press tour, Variety‘s TV team has taken stock of the most noteworthy trends.
Sean Penn’s El Chapo interview grabbed headlines, as did his sitdown with Charlie Rose — along with any mention of Donald Trump, “Making A Murderer,” and unintended cast reunions. (No, the “Friends” cast is not getting back together.) But nothing occupied TCA as much as a report on Netflix’s ratings in a presentation by NBC research president Alan Wurtzel — which Netflix chief Ted Sarandos handily dismissed in his exec session as “remarkably inaccurate.”
And then, of course, there was all the usual chatter about “Peak TV,” which has now hit a high of 412 scripted series.
For those who didn’t make it to the Langham Hotel, here’s what »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
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[caption id="attachment_42304" align="aligncenter" width="532"] The cast of TNT's Animal Kingdom (l to r): Jake Weary, Finn Cole, Scott Speedman, Ellen Barkin, Ben Robson and Shawn Hatosy.Image courtesy of Turner press room.[/caption]
TNT's new crime drama, Animal Kingdom, is set Oceanside, CA. It is inspired by the 2010 Australian film of the same name, set in 1985 Melbourne.
The cast and crew took part in a panel yesterday, at the TCA winter press tour. Showrunner Jonathan Lisco, Executive Producer, John Wells, and star Ellen Barkin talked about respecting the source material, while making the Animal Kingdom TV series stand on its own.
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Michelle Dockery and Juan Diego Botto star in Good Behavior, which TNT describes as a "seductive thriller." The Good Behavior TV series is executive produced by showrunner Chad Hodge, author Blake Crouch, Marty Adelstein, and Becky Clements.
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There is, as they say, nothing new under the sun – only variations and modified re-hashings. In the case of TNT’s upcoming drama series, Animal Kingdom, however, showrunner Jonathan Lisco has used the occasion of a panel for the Television Critics Association to set his show apart from its source material – the award-winning Australian film of the same name.
Released in 2010, Animal Kingdom was a loose dramatisation of events in Melbourne that occurred during the 1980s – largely centred on the Pettingill crime family. It starred Jacki Weaver as the terrifying matriarch, Smurf Cody, along with Joel Edgerton, Ben Mendelsohn and Guy Pearce, among others. It was written and directed by David Michod (The Rover), and the filmmaker will also serve as executive producer on this television version – as Jonathan Liscoe explained.
“[Film writer/director] David Michod and [producer] Liz Watts are involved in this TV show. I think David would say the inspiration for »
- Sarah Myles
We’re getting a first look at TNT’s new drama series Good Behavior and Animal Kingdom, which are set to premiere in the summer. Good Behavior stars Michelle Dockery in her follow-up to Downton Abbey, and the cast of John Wells' Animal Kingdom is led by Ellen Barkin. Both are set to premiere this summer. Based on the Letty Dobesh books by Wayward Pines author Blake Crouch, thriller Good Behavior was written by Crouch and Chad Hodge. It tells the story of Letty Dobesh… »
The 2010 Australian drama Animal Kingdom is going to become a TV series on TNT this summer. The cast and creators of the TNT show presented a panel for the Television Critics Association to discuss their adaptation, which is now American starring Ellen Barkin as the matriarch Smurf Cody. It was revealed that the […]
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- Fred Topel
Lady Mary, is that you? TNT has unveiled its upcoming 2016 slate, including trailers for its two new summer shows, Good Behavior and Animal Kingdom. The first stars the queen of Downton Abbey (sorry, Cora), Michelle Dockery, like you've never seen (or heard) her before. She plays a con artist recently released from prison with a country twang and a lot of demons who occasionally fakes blonde hair and entire identities to get what she wants. While back to her old ways, she gets caught up in a hit man's plan to murder someone's wife but, naturally, gets way too attracted to his dangerous vibes. Sexiness ensues! Animal Kingdom, based on the 2010 Australian movie, stars Ellen Barkin as the loyal matriarch in charge of a family of criminals, including her newly free-from-jail son (Shawn Hatosy) and, most important, a very-often-shirtless Scott Speedman, who heads the family "business." But with his »
- Dee Lockett
On Thursday, TNT unveiled a lengthy trailer for a few of its upcoming series. The video, which debuted at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena, spends ample time introducing viewers to the dark worlds of Good Behavior, starring the Downton Abbey actress, and Animal Kingdom, featuring Ellen Barkin (The New Normal) and Scott Speedman (Felicity), among others.
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Just when you thought it was safe to disconnect your DVR, the scripted television landscape again becomes crowded with essential viewing material. With the Television Critics Assoc. winter press tour upon us and kicking off Tuesday from the Langham hotel in Pasadena, Calif., Variety’s TV staff chronicles the programs it’s most looking forward to in 2016.
“American Crime” (ABC): Jan. 6
Coming off of a slew of Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for its freshman season, John Ridley’s dark ABC anthology is back with a new storyline and new characters set among a rattling high school male rape accusation. With strong, fresh cast members (“Falling Skies” alum Connor Jessup playing the victim) and the return of Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton and Regina King in all new roles, the critically acclaimed drama hopes to see bigger ratings than its first run, which garnered rave reviews across the board for »
- Variety Staff
10 items from 2016
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