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The 25 Best One-Season Television Shows of the Last 25 Years

15 August 2017 8:30 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In the age of peak TV, we’ve gotten to see many series which are constructed to be satisfying after just one season of storytelling. But it’s important to remember that this is a relatively new phenomenon, that all too often, potentially great shows will get cancelled before getting the chance to reach their full potential.

Read More:8 Cancelled TV Shows That Got A ‘Twin Peaks’-Style Revival

The list below focuses on scripted series, reaching back over two decades to cover some of television history’s most disappointing ends. The aim is to remember some of network and cable’s most audacious experiments, for better and for worse.

25. “Almost Human” (2013-2014)

In many ways, “Almost Human” was deeply flawed to a degree that made its cancellation understandable — it struggled to balance too many plot threads with an over-reliance on recycled world-building, ultimately failing to coalesce despite some ambitious »

- Liz Shannon Miller and Zack Sharf

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The 25 Best One-Season Television Shows of the Last 25 Years

15 August 2017 8:30 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

In the age of peak TV, we’ve gotten to see many series which are constructed to be satisfying after just one season of storytelling. But it’s important to remember that this is a relatively new phenomenon, that all too often, potentially great shows will get cancelled before getting the chance to reach their full potential.

Read More:8 Cancelled TV Shows That Got A ‘Twin Peaks’-Style Revival

The list below focuses on scripted series, reaching back over two decades to cover some of television history’s most disappointing ends. The aim is to remember some of network and cable’s most audacious experiments, for better and for worse.

25. “Almost Human” (2013-2014)

In many ways, “Almost Human” was deeply flawed to a degree that made its cancellation understandable — it struggled to balance too many plot threads with an over-reliance on recycled world-building, ultimately failing to coalesce despite some ambitious »

- Liz Shannon Miller and Zack Sharf

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Awfully Good: Masters of the Universe

9 August 2017 8:48 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

This week marks the 30th anniversary of one of the greatest awfully good movies ever forged….   Masters of the Universe (1987)   Director: Gary Goddard Stars: Dolph Lundgren, Frank Langella, Courtney Cox On the run from the evil Skeletor, He-Man and his friends are transported from Castle Grayskull to a strange new world called New Jersey. Masters Of The... Read More »

- Jason Adams

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Fan Favorites and Returning Characters Make Up Emmy Guest Star Line-Up

2 August 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Today’s television showrunners must throw the best dinner parties. Or at least they sure do know how to make a good guest list. From Alison Wright on FX’s “The Americans” and Hank Azaria on Showtime’s “Ray Donovan,” who are returning to series in roles where they had become fan favorites, to Matthew Rhys and Riz Ahmed, who each had standout work on HBO’s “Girls,” this year’s four Emmy categories for guest talent are stocked with nominees whose work has set the Twittersphere ablaze. The nominations also show that when voters like a show, they really like it, either giving blocks of nominations to actors from series such as “Saturday Night Live” and “This Is Us,” or recognizing an outstanding newcomer like Shannon Purser as part of the 18 nominations freshman series “Stranger Things” received.

“It’s human to want to be liked and seek affirmation,” says Wright, who »

- Whitney Friedlander

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The 15 greatest John Williams scores you've forgotten about

1 August 2017 6:12 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Sean Wilson Aug 4, 2017

Yes, Star Wars. But what about all the great John Williams scores from less famous movies? Here are 15 of them...

Cinema's most esteemed and popular film composer, John Williams, turned 85 this year (you might have seen the recent spectacular BBC Proms concert in his honour). Careers don't come more astonishing than that of Williams, nominated for 50 Academy Awards which puts him second only to Walt Disney for the most ever.

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However it's all too tempting to boil Williams' career down to the more obvious highlights: Star Wars, the Indy trilogy, Superman, E.T., Jurassic Park and the like. In truth, he's a far more versatile composer than many like to give him credit for, and he's much more than just a big themes guy. »

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Kiernan Shipka, Candice Bergen, Kathryn Erbe & Jared Gilman Join Frank Langella In ‘Lapham Rising’

14 July 2017 8:44 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Kiernan Shipka, Candice Bergen, Kathryn Erbe and Jared Gilman have joined Frank Langella in Lapham Rising, the Charlie Kessler-directed film adaptation of Roger Rosenblatt's bestselling novel. Langella signed on after he completed his role as the Russian spy handler on the FX drama The Americans, and after winning his fourth Tony Award for Broadway’s The Father. Rosenblatt adapted his book and the pic will shoot in the Hamptons. Bcdf Pictures (Bachelorette) and… »

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The 81st Academy Awards: If I had been a voter

4 July 2017 12:30 PM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Happy Independence Day everyone! With the 4th of July being a holiday, today I’m doing something relaxing. About a year or two ago, I stopped a series I had been doing, but today it has officially returned. Yes, once again I’m going to be taking a look back at a recent (or now recent-ish) Oscar lineup and explaining what my vote would have been in each of the big eight categories we all follow so intently each season. I previously mentioned that potentially I could do this once a week with previous Academy Award ceremonies, and while I’m not going to be attempting to do that, time will still tell if it’s something that gets consistent play or not. Again, if nothing else, this continues to give you an interesting look into my cinematic tastes. Over the course of the year you can sort of get »

- Joey Magidson

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Emmy Contenders 2017: Supporting Actor in a Drama

6 June 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

It’s a testament to “Better Call Saul” that the category might be dominated by its supporting players. While Jonathan Banks has scored nominations two years in a row, Giancarlo Esposito is added to the mix this year for reprising the character of Gus Fring, last seen on “Breaking Bad.” That performance earned him an Emmy nod and there’s no reason to think bringing the character to the spin-off won’t bode well. Michael McKean has shockingly never been nominated for an Emmy, and this year he delivered a phenomenal performance in the episode “Off Brand” when his character took the witness stand. “Westworld” also has a powerhouse trio in Ed Harris, James Marsden and Jeffrey Wright, all of whom could find themselves in the line-up. Also boasting dual possibilities is “The Crown,” which saw five-time Emmy winner John Lithgow channel Winston Churchill and Jared Harris as King George VI. They »

- Jenelle Riley

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Cast This: He-Man (Masters of the Universe)

10 May 2017 8:40 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Over the past decade, Hollywood nostalgia for famous properties from the 1980s has given us (among other things) a seemingly endless live-action Transformers franchise, a trio of Smurfs movies, a couple of big-screen G.I. Joe missions and one Jem And The Holograms. But one guy who can't seem to get a break is He-Man. In the thirty years since shirtless Dolph Lundgren battled skull-faced Frank Langella in... Read More »

- Dave Davis

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'The Americans' Star Alison Wright on Martha's Return

2 May 2017 11:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Warning: The follow article contains spoilers of 'Ihop,' episode 9 of The Americans' fifth season. Proceed with caution.

This week's episode of The Americans welcomed back a familiar face.

Fan-favorite Martha, played by Alison Wright, returned to the FX spy drama after being absent for nearly an entire season. While she made a brief appearance in an earlier this run when was seen shopping at a grocery store, Tuesday's installment marked her first speaking role in the fifth season.

In the scene, viewers see her sit down for dinner at home when she's paid a visit by Gabriel (Frank Langella), »

- Bryn Elise Sandberg

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‘The Americans’: Alison Wright Talks Martha’s Return, Life in Russia, and the Future

2 May 2017 8:11 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Spoiler alert: The following interview includes plot details from “The AmericansSeason 5, episode 9, “Ihop.”

It’s been a long wait for fans of FX’s “The Americans” to discover whatever happened to poor Martha. The former FBI secretary who unknowingly married an undercover Russian operative (Matthew Rhys’ Philip Jennings, who used the pseudonym Clark) was whisked away to the U.S.S.R. in the middle of last season.

After a brief glimpse in a supermarket earlier this season, this week’s episode “Ihop” filled in many of the blanks with a six-minute sequence in which Martha (so exceptionally played by Alison Wright) gets an unexpected visit from the newly relocated Gabriel (Frank Langella).

Wright, who also enjoyed juicy supporting roles this year on FX’s “Feud” and Amazon’s “Sneaky Pete” and is currently co-starring in the Tony-nominated play “Sweat” on Broadway, spoke to Variety about reconnecting with the beloved character and what showrunners Joel Fields and »

- Geoff Berkshire

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The 10 Best TV Episodes of April

1 May 2017 3:40 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

[Editor’s note: The following contains light spoilers for each of the shows described.]

The Americans” – Season 5, Episode 7, “The Committee on Human Rights”

Directed by: Matthew Rhys

Written by: Hilary Bettis

Starting with an introduction and ending with a goodbye, “The Committee on Human Rights” was framed by Gabriel’s impending departure. But how he left ensured Frank Langella’s character would be more than a fond memory. He shared pivotal parting advice with Phillip (Matthew Rhys) and left a distinct impression on Paige (Holly Taylor). In between, the older Jennings child broke up with her neighbor boyfriend, Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Phillip disagreed on whether or not they should “like” their human targets, and an addition to the family was kept at bay.

It all added up to the difference between Gabriel and his agents: While it was hard for him to leave, it’s much harder for them. He was alone, responsible only to his work; they’re together and responsible to each other, »

- Ben Travers, Liz Shannon Miller and Steve Greene

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The 10 Best TV Episodes of April

1 May 2017 3:40 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

[Editor’s note: The following contains light spoilers for each of the shows described.]

The Americans” – Season 5, Episode 7, “The Committee on Human Rights”

Directed by: Matthew Rhys

Written by: Hilary Bettis

Starting with an introduction and ending with a goodbye, “The Committee on Human Rights” was framed by Gabriel’s impending departure. But how he left ensured Frank Langella’s character would be more than a fond memory. He shared pivotal parting advice with Phillip (Matthew Rhys) and left a distinct impression on Paige (Holly Taylor). In between, the older Jennings child broke up with her neighbor boyfriend, Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Phillip disagreed on whether or not they should “like” their human targets, and an addition to the family was kept at bay.

It all added up to the difference between Gabriel and his agents: While it was hard for him to leave, it’s much harder for them. He was alone, responsible only to his work; they’re together and responsible to each other, »

- Ben Travers, Liz Shannon Miller and Steve Greene

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John Badham interview: Saturday Night Fever at 40

1 May 2017 2:17 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Don Kaye May 15, 2017

Director John Badman looks back at his disco classic four decades later...

Saturday Night Fever is the film that made John Travolta into a legitimate star, launched the Bee Gees to the pinnacle of pop success and introduced the world to the subculture, music and fashion of disco dancing - specifically the scene in the clubs of the insular blue collar Brooklyn neighbourhood of Bay Ridge. The movie made the scene and music into a national phenomenon that lasted several years, until the disco craze petered out in the early '80s.

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The whole thing was based on a New York magazine article called 'Tribal Rites Of The New Saturday Night', written by a British journalist named »

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‘Masters Of The Universe’ Movie Gets A Release Date But Loses A Director

27 April 2017 12:50 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Even as someone who vaguely remembers the cartoon (at least in re-runs), and enjoys Frank Langella’s performance as Skeletor in the 1980s film, we feel like we have to ask: does anyone actually want a “Masters Of The Universe” movie? The Mattel toyline, a sort of PG-rated space-Conan about warrior He-Man and his friends in their battle against the skull-faced villain, has always seemed fairly generic to us, and we don’t really see that much of a vociferous fanbase for it out there.

Continue reading ‘Masters Of The Universe’ Movie Gets A Release Date But Loses A Director at The Playlist. »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Masters of the Universe Release Date Set; McG Not Directing

27 April 2017 11:47 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Sony Pictures updated their release schedule today, announcing the release date for the Masters of the Universe reboot. More information on the movie is scarce, but one thing is for certain, Masters of the Universe will open on December 18th, 2019. This is exciting news considering that Masters of the Universe has been in development for years with reports of finished scripts reported as far back as 2014.

McG (Charlie's Angels, Terminator Salvation) was originally slated to direct Masters of the Universe, but is no longer attached and Sony is meeting with prospective directors. David S. Goyer (Batman Begins) is currently writing the screenplay for the reboot. Entertainment Weekly reports that Kellan Lutz of Twilight fame is being strongly considered for the lead role as Prince Adam and He-Man, but that was last June when McG was still in the picture.

Fans of He-Man and Masters of the Universe have been waiting 20 years for a proper reboot. »

- MovieWeb

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I Have the Power! Masters of the Universe reboot set for Christmas 2019; McG no longer directing

27 April 2017 6:04 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Scott Davis

By The Power Of Grayskull! After years of back and forth over a mooted adaptation of Masters of the Universe, with many different writers and directors attached to bring the series back to the big screen, Sony have now officially announced a release date for the return to Eternia.

Most recently linked to the project was McG, the filmmaker behind Charlie’s Angels, Terminator Salvation and This Means War, and early last year he stated that he was to make the film and had met Twilight star Kellan Lutz about possibly playing the title role. But with the announcement of the new release date comes news that the director has now exited and the search is on for a new helmer. (via EW).

Indeed, many screenwriters have taken a stab at the screenplay with Christopher Yost (Thor: Ragnarok) and Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) amongst those hired previously. »

- Scott Davis

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The Masters Of The Universe movie is coming to cinemas in 2019!

26 April 2017 11:47 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Sony Pictures have announced that they will release a new Masters Of The Universe movie in the winter of 2019. The film will be directed by McG (Charlie’s Angels) and will arrive in cinemas on December 18, 2019, moving into the slot assumed to be taken by Lucasfilm’s Star Wars Episode 9, which will actually be released the previous May.

Masters Of The Universe follows Prince Adam, who has the ability to transform into a warrior called He-Man. As He-Man, Adam becomes the last hope for a magical land called Eternia, ravaged by technology and the evil Skeletor.

The property was previously turned into a movie by Cannon Films back in 1987 with Dolph Lundgren playing He-Man and Frank Langella as Skeletor.

More news on the film is it comes our way.

The post The Masters Of The Universe movie is coming to cinemas in 2019! appeared first on The Hollywood News. »

- Paul Heath

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New Masters Of The Universe Movie Slated for 2019 Release

26 April 2017 9:33 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Prepare for more big screen battles in the land of Eternia, because Sony Pictures has set a 2019 release date for a new Masters of the Universe movie.

According to multiple sources, including Box Office Mojo, the new Masters of the Universe movie is scheduled to come out on December 18th, 2019 from Sony.

Originally launched by Mattel in the early ’80s as an action figure line, the Masters of the Universe franchise follows a character called Prince Adam, aka He-Man, who bands together with fellow warriors to defend Castle Grayskull from the sinister sorcerer Skeletor and his followers.

The characters of the action figure line came to life in Filmation's He-Man and the Masters of the Universe animated series in the ’80s, followed by a 1987 live-action movie starring Dolph Lundgren as Prince Adam / He-Man and Frank Langella as Skeletor (see above).

The new Masters of the Universe movie was going to »

- Derek Anderson

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The Performer of the Week: Underground's Aisha Hinds

15 April 2017 7:43 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The Performer | Aisha Hinds

The Show | Underground

The Episode | “Minty” (April 12, 2017)

The Performance | We honor “guest star” Hinds not only for the depth of her performance but also its length, seeing as she regaled us (as well as Harriet Tubman’s actual audience) for the entirety of the episode’s 55-minute running time.

“What y’all really came to hear is how I defied all the odds and escaped hell…. how I came to be free,” the renowned abolitionist started. “But first you gotta understand what bondage was like, for me. ”

From there, Hinds launched into a gripping narrative, detailing the sound, »

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