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10 years ago, Superman looked a lot different onscreen. Kevin Spacey, not Jesse Eisenberg, was playing Lex Luthor. Kate Bosworth, not Amy Adams, was in the role of Lois Lane. And unknown actor Brandon Routh was starring as the Man of Steel. In retrospect, Superman was headlining a rather bright, campy movie when you look at his 2006 flick next to this year’s grimdark Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Superman Returns opened in theaters 10 years ago today. It didn’t manage to reboot the long-stagnant Superman property into a new franchise, as Warner Bros. hoped. The Batman v Superman title was being tossed around already during discussion for a sequel to Superman Returns. But the studio ultimately decided to move on from the Routh-Bryan Singer-et al. line-up. “Superman [Returns] didn't quite work as a film in the way that we wanted it to,” then-wb president Jeff Robinov said in »
- Emily Rome
[caption id="attachment_49099" align="aligncenter" width="590"] The Family TV series finale on ABC. Season one episode 12, "What Took So Long." Pictured: Alison Pill, Rupert Graves, Joan Allen, and Liam James. (ABC/Giovanni Rufino)[/caption]
The Family has been cancelled by ABC, but there is still one episode left to air. Check out these photos and the description for "What Took So Long." The Family TV series finale airs tonight, May 15, 2016 at 9:00pm Et/Pt, on ABC.
The Family stars Joan Allen stars as Claire Warren, Alison Pill as Willa Warren, Rupert Graves as John Warren, and Zach Gilford as Danny Warren. Margot Bingham is Detective Nina Meyer. Liam James is Ben/Adam Warren. Andrew McCarthy is Hank Asher. Floriana Lima is Bridey Cruz. Young Willa and Danny are played by Madeleine Arthur and Rarmian Newton.
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The series, which wraps its run with its finale this Sunday, has been a low-rated performer on Sundays for ABC this spring, though it had shown some signs of life with consistent growth over a stretch of weeks. Season to date, it has averaged a 1.3 rating in adults 18-49 and 4.4 million viewers overall in “live plus-3” estimates from Nielsen.
The thriller followed the return of a politician’s young son who was presumed dead after disappearing over a decade earlier. As the mysterious young man is welcomed back into his family, suspicions emerge — is he really who he says he is?
- Rick Kissell
Two things distinguish director Andrew McCarthy’s television work: exceptionally loose, naturalistic performances, and a rigorously elegant sense of framing and blocking. An actor’s director in the best sense, in that he treats behavior as one component of a fully integrated, visually expressive whole, McCarthy’s episodes of any given series are almost always that program’s most emotionally and cinematically layered. Even on a show like The Blacklist that already has a strongly established visual style, McCarthy is able to integrate his own preoccupations with the preexisting framework to both serve the franchise and deepen it. (He also elicits delightful effects from […] »
- Jim Hemphill
In the fall, ABC launched a new drama called Blood & Oil. They had high hopes for the series but it didn't do well in the ratings and was cancelled. Now, the network is trying a suspenseful TV show called The Family. How's it doing? Cancel or keep it?
The Family TV show revolves around the return of a politician’s young son who’s been presumed dead since he disappeared over 10 years ago. As the mysterious teen is welcomed back into his family, suspicions begin to emerge. Is Adam Warren really who he says he is? The series stars Joan Allen, Alison Pill, Margot Bingham, Zach Gilford, Liam James, Floriana Lima, Madeleine Arthur, Rarmian Newton, Rupert Graves, Floriana Lima, and Andrew McCarthy.
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Jon Cryer was on Howard Stern Tuesday morning to promote the paperback edition of his 2015 memoir So That Happened, a book that laid bare a number of juicy details from his life in the Hollywood trenches. After breaking through as the lovable "Duckie" in Pretty in Pink, Cryer's career went into virtual freefall as his next several films -- including the legendary flop Superman IV: The Quest for Peace -- tanked at the box office. His fortunes turned only when he booked the soon-to-be-mega-hit series Two and a Half Men in 2003, but the years in between were filled with major missed opportunities and various other career disappointments -- by his own admission, he worked just three weeks as an actor over a three-year period. So what dirt did he have to spill during the Stern Show sit-down? Below I've rounded up the juiciest portions of the interview, from his Pretty in Pink »
- Chris Eggertsen
Cannes – High-profile dramas Roots,” “Victoria” “The Embassy” and “The Collection” and Warner Bros.-sold talent show “Little Big Shots” look like just some of a plethora of new titles at the 2016 MipTV trade fair, the world’s second biggest TV market, which kicks off Monday in Cannes.
But sporting a new scripted series competition, the MipDrama Screenings, 2016’s MipTV also looks set to underscore the new ambitions of international TV fiction as U.S. and foreign-based pay TV/Svod players, incumbents and new, continue to galvanize sales for premium drama in domestic and around the world.
While MipTV proper runs April 4-7, it is now fore-fronted by a prior-weekend MipFormats and MipDoc, plus April 3’s all-day MipDrama Screenings, making the »
- John Hopewell
Last week’s episode of ABC’s The Family had some intense action, not the least of which was the ending. Hank Asher (Andrew McCarthy) – the pedophile wrongly accused of killing young Adam Warren (Maxwell James) – was found beaten with a baseball bat in his own home! He was either unconscious or dead, because there was blood pooling around his head (among other places). Spoiler Alert!!! If you couldn’t tell from the title, this is a major spoiler coming up for The Family Season 1 episode 5! Whoa! Hank is saying that it’s John Warren (Rupert Graves) that beat
ABC’s The Family: And the Answer to the Hank Asher Mystery is…. »
- Joy D'Angelo
Directors’ trademarks is a series of articles that examines the “signatures” that filmmakers leave behind in their work. This month, we’re examining the trademark style and calling signs of John Huges as director.
John Hughes’ is one of the most influential filmmakers of the past few decades. His contributions as writer, director, and producer have created many well-loved and contemporary classic films. While his impact as a filmmaker in general overshadows his contributions just as a director, there are many commonalities between the films he directed versus the films he only contributed a script. As such, the trademarks considered below are meant to represent the films directed by John Hughes, but they can easily also apply to the films he contributed to, but did not direct.
Hughes’ career began as a writer for several advertising campaigns. He went on to join National Lampoon where he wrote several films including 1984’s Vacation, »
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A prolific screenwriter who emerged from the late 1970s as a promising American film director, Lewis John Carlino wouldn’t get behind the camera following his third, and least successfully received feature, Class (1983), an item which, in passing, looks to have the stamp of John Hughes and the Brat Pack all over it. Aggravating in its considerable inconsistencies, this was the director’s first attempt to film a treatment he didn’t write or adapt himself, scripted by Jim Kouf and David Greenwalt (both writers who would move into mainstream film and television). The result is a rather wishy-washy prep school version of The Graduate, but the comparison is merely a pale echo, trapped inside a banal resolution with troubling misogynist tendencies.
- Nicholas Bell
ABC is trying a new thriller TV series, The Family, on Sunday nights. The previous timeslot occupant, Blood & Oil, was cancelled after one short season. Will The Family perform any better in the ratings? Cancelled or renewed for a second season? Stay tuned.
The Family TV show revolves around the return of a politician’s young son who’s been presumed dead since he disappeared over 10 years ago. As the mysterious teen is welcomed back into his family, suspicions begin to emerge. Is Adam Warren really who he says he is? The series stars Joan Allen, Alison Pill, Margot Bingham, Zach Gilford, Liam James, Floriana Lima, Madeleine Arthur, Rarmian Newton, Rupert Graves, Floriana Lima, and Andrew McCarthy.Read More… »
Episodes: Ongoing (hour)
TV show dates: March 3, 2016 -- present
Series status: Has not been cancelled
TV show description:
This thriller TV show follows the return of a politician’s young son who’s been presumed dead since he disappeared over 10 years ago. As the mysterious teen is welcomed back into his family, suspicions begin to emerge. Is Adam Warren (Liam James) really who he says he is?
Claire Warren (Joan Allen) is the matriarch of the Warren family who threw herself into a political career following her son’s disappearance. PTA mom turned Mayor, now with the Governorship of Maine in her sight, Claire’s political motives come »
If you're a politician, it never hurts to stand before the public with hand over heart - not just to signal that you're at the ready to pledge allegiance, but to let voters know that in that soft, concealed spot you harbor a seeping emotional wound. Consider The Family's Claire Warren (Joan Allen), mayor of Red Pines, Maine, and a potential governor. She lost her son Adam (Liam James) a decade ago: He was abducted and murdered by their neighbor. Then Adam turns up, confused but alive. That hand-over-heart can now be raised in a fist of victory: What a miracle! »
- Tom Gliatto, @gliattoT
The premiere of The Family on ABC fit right in with the rest of the “family” on the channel with its mysterious plot twists, flashbacks, secrets and a possible murder. The show was created by Jenna Bans, a former writer Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes. ‘The Family’ Recap The Family centers around the Warrens when their eight-year-old son, […]
- Crystal Smith
Two episodes were provided prior to broadcast.
It’s hard to argue against the claim that ABC’s new crime drama The Family is little more than a protracted Lifetime original movie. It’s got a set-up that’s somewhere between the gooey melodrama of The Deep End of the Ocean and the shattered family dynamic of The Lovely Bones, and the two hours sent to critics have a generic production value that’s a bit hollow and uninspired in a made-for-tv-movie sort of way. That’s especially clear with the show is held up against the crime drama to beat right now: ABC’S own American Crime.
The Family‘s pilot works arduously as it tries to obliterate that “second-rate” classification, dumping viewers directly into the day Adam (Liam James), who’s been missing for ten years, returns home to his family in Red Pines, Maine. The episode showcases emotional reunions alongside hard-to-look-at scars, »
- Mitchel Broussard
Representing every parent’s nightmare, abducted, murdered or missing children have become a potent if emotionally manipulative catalyst for TV drama — from “The Killing” and “Broadchurch” to “Secrets and Lies” and “The Missing.” Most closely resembling that last Starz premise, ABC’s “The Family” involves a child’s disappearance throwing a family into chaos, as does his mysterious return a decade later, exposing plenty of secrets and more than a few lies. Distinguished by a top-flight cast, including Joan Allen and Andrew McCarthy, this soap is a slow but reasonably compelling burn, with abundant possibilities wrapped in its opening hours.
ABC is hoping to plant the hook quickly, not just by promoting the premiere during the Oscars but also by introducing the show in “Scandal’s” time slot, followed days later by the second episode in its regular Sunday berth. By then, viewers should have a pretty fair idea of how drawn in they are, »
- Brian Lowry
During last night's Oscars, ABC aired three promos for The Family TV series. Watch them, below. Season one of this thriller drama premieres with a sneak peek, on Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 9:00pm Et/Pt. On Sunday, March 6, The Family settles into its regular timeslot, also at 9:00pm.
The Family stars Joan Allen as Claire. Alison Pill is Willa. Margot Bingham is Detective Nina Meyer. Zach Gilford is Danny. Liam James is Adam. Floriana Lima is Bridey. Madeleine Arthur plays young Willa and Rarmian Newton is young Danny. Rupert Graves stars as John Warren, with Andrew McCarthy as Hank.
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Serialized mysteries are a tricky thing. Dole out your secrets too slowly, and the audience gets bored. Front-load your bombshells in the first few episodes, there’s a risk viewers will roll their eyes and groan, “Well, this is all just a bit too much.”
Luckily for ABC , its latest entry into the genre, The Family, is like Baby Bear’s bowl of porridge in the story of Goldilocks: Not too hot, not too cold, and — at least based on the two hours screened for critics — so addictively delicious you’ll be scraping the sides of the bowl to make »
ABC is no stranger to “sticking with what works” to the point of spitting out shows that are almost cruel, and The Family is one more spin at the Broadchurch et al wheel with little that can hope to especially impress.
It isn’t that the elements aren’t all there… or at least, I suppose, that some elements aren’t there, but nothing sets this one apart. We’re used to the gimmick now, and unless every next “drama for drama’s sake” long-arc vehicle is going to hit, this one quickly becomes forgettable.
It isn’t even just that the format is becoming overly familiar, but we’ve recently danced with the return of the lost child premise several times, and combined with the style, pensive looks, and “this is the family/town where everything happened” construction, the positives are crushed under the weight.
In mythical Red Pines, »
- Marc Eastman
Pretty in Pink celebrates its 30th anniversary this Sunday. Break out the shoulder pads to celebrate! The 1986 "Brat Pack" teen movie is about a girl "from the wrong side of the tracks" (Molly Ringwald) who ends up with a preppy guy named Blane (Andrew McCarthy), because of course an '80s romantic lead is named Blane. The cast is rounded out by Andie's boy Bff "Duckie" (Jon Cryer) and a perfectly smug rich guy named Steff (James Spader.) The cult favorite comes with so many throwback memories: a perfectly punk soundtrack with performances from bands like The Psychedelic Furs, a love triangle (Team Blane vs. Team Duckie), and oh, the fashion. Shoulder pads »
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