8 items from 2013
“The Best of Both Worlds” is a strong piece of television drama and was a defining moment for Star Trek: The Next Generation. The spinoff of Star Trek had been a ratings bonanza for Paramount Pictures, which syndicated the show and reaped huge profits. The fans, though, were slow to warm to the show and its characters, thanks to incredible infighting that sapped the inaugural season of coherence and left it to season two to show the series’ real potential. Season three, which is also out this week on Blu-ray, came to life thanks to a solidified writing staff under Michael Piller’s tutelage and the actors finally getting comfortable with their roles.
After eschewing two-parters, producer Rick Berman allowed Piller to end the season with a cliffhanger and as has been chronicled repeatedly, Piller wrote the first part thinking he was leaving the show. The resolution would be someone else’s headache. »
- Robert Greenberger
Dying and death are topics typically reserved for A Very Special Episode of a particular series.
But Showtime’s The Big C is a drama that, from the very start, has built its foundation on these frightening/sad/troubling subjects.
And it kicks off its final run tonight with the opener of The Big C: Hereafter, mini-series that is guaranteed to deliver laughter, tears and reflection for all viewers.
Will Laura Linney's Cathy Jamison get her life in order as her cancer continues to wreak havoc on her body? How will her family react to what she goes through? And will she triumph in the end? Here is are seven reasons why you should grab some Kleenex and tune in...
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jim Halterman)
It’s that time of year when some shows are wrapping up their seasons, while others are wrapping up forever.
This week I’m emptying out the Notebook with Emily Deschanel talking the Bones Season 8 finale, while The Big C concludes its final four episodes airing starting Monday. And Nurse Jackie is giving us more reasons to love Thor this season. Let’s dive in!
“As you see in this coming episode, Brennan is willing to go farther than she's ever gone to protect somebody that she loves," Deschanel said on a press call this week. "And now, you'll see that she'll do the same for other people that she loves to protect them, to protect her life with them. »
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Although Showtime vaulted into rarefied air with its Emmy win for “Homeland,” the channel continues to offer a spate of shows that clearly have admirers and boast billboard-worthy stars but amount to utility players, failing to reach cable’s elite tier. Two of those, “Nurse Jackie” and “The Borgias,” return April 14, while “The Big C” has been granted the TV equivalent of a dignified death, with four hourlong episodes to conclude the series. A new showrunner hasn’t changed “Jackie” — worth recommending for Edie Falco and not much else — while “Borgias” proves that even papal intrigue and debauchery can grow tiresome.
So if there’s one worth discussing, it’s “The Big C: hereafter” — not because it works, but because the ways in which these episodes fall short illuminate how a promising premise can go wrong, squandering a provocative idea. Even so, credit Showtime with committing to this limited run, »
- Brian Lowry
Odd List Simon Brew 26 Mar 2013 - 06:44
A superb character actor James Woods has turned in some remarkable performances. Here are a few of his underappreciated roles...
If you're looking for an actor who's far more interested in being a character than a hero, then surely James Woods is your man. He's built up a body of work over several decades that has rightly brought him a degree of acclaim - Videodrome, the brilliant Cop, Ghosts Of Mississippi, Contact, Salvador, and his growing collection of excellent TV roles - but in the 80s and 90s, he popped up in lots of films that are rarely talked about now.
There are so many seemingly lost great James Woods roles, that it seemed long overdue we try and right that particular wrong. So here's a collection of perhaps the lower profile, yet brilliant, performances from his career. And this is just a few of them. »
Following in House Of Cards’ footsteps (and getting the jump on incoming new Arrested Development), Hemlock Grove is Netflix’s next all-original program to go live, full-season, on the subscription video service in mid-April. The Eli Roth-produced thriller looks to take cues from Twin Peaks and The Killing in its depiction of a small town dealing with the death of a teenager while going about their business as the sort of weirdos that would get curtain-twitchers tutting. Another trailer’s been released for the series, which you can can view right here, right now, and without a moment’s delay (unless you’re at work or just, like, don’t want to or something…)
Hemlock Grove stars Famke Jansen, Bill Skarsgård, Penelope Mitchell, Landon Liboiron, Lili Taylor and Dougray Scott, but if I’m watching this (and I might do: it’s got werewolves) it’ll be for Aaron Douglas, »
- Paul McNamee
1.) Nicolas Winding Refn's adaptation of the ultra-violent graphic novel "Button Man: The Killing Game" has found a new scribe in Matt Cook. The film is set up at Dreamworks and the story centers on Harry Exton, a hired gun who decides to abandon the death match that gambling millionaires have set up to amuse themselves. In the process of opting out, he finds he might not only have to kill his fellow contestants but also the guys pulling the strings. Hilary Seitz (Insomnia) and Barry Levy (Paranoia) penned the first draft. Side Note: Is it just me or does the guy on the cover of that graphic novel look exactly like Brian Dennehy? Deadline 2.) Tom Hardy is set to play an Sas veteran returning from the Middle East in Samarkand for first time feature director Greg Williams. Hardy's character suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (Ptsd) as he tries to reintegrate into society. »
- Brad Brevet
Showtime is bringing Cathy’s journey to a close with The Big C: hereafter (bowing April 29) — and based on the following promo, the dramedy’s final mini-season is going to be an emotional one.
Press Play below to relive the cancer-fighter’s journey, then take a peek at what awaits her in the series’ last four installments.
Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…
- Megan Masters
8 items from 2013
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