11 items from 2016
The appeal of a guest role is obvious as an actor can often make the maximum impact in minimum screen time. That’s why previous winners love to drop in on other shows, such as Hank Azaria showing up on “Ray Donovan,” Michael J. Fox popping over to “The Good Wife” and Brad Garrett showing his dramatic range on “Law & Order: Svu.”
Last year, Reg E. Cathey took home the prize for his work on “House of Cards” after two nominations. He’s likely to receive another nomination for the role of Freddy, though his co-star Colm Feore could also figure into the mix.
There are certain shows that tend to do well time and again in the guest category. One is “The Good Wife,” which has a plethora of potential nominees, from the aforementioned Fox to Denis O’Hare and Blair Underwood, both involved in a powerful gun control episode. »
- Jenelle Riley
“Mr. Robot” creator Sam Esmail and “Billions” co-creator David Levien hit it off the moment they met. The famed Algonquin Hotel was the perfect setting for a conversation with the showrunners behind two intense dramas that could only be set in New York City. As soon as they sat down, Esmail and Levien began to compare notes, trade compliments and swap tips about lensing in the city. They also offered the kind of detailed observations about each other’s shows that went well beyond lip service. [Esmail was envious of the nine-day shooting schedule for Showtime’s “Billions”; Levien, who co-runs his show with co-creator Brian Koppelman, was impressed by the amount of location work on USA’s “Robot.”] The mood in the room was enlivened by the presence of Emmy Rossum, Esmail’s fiancee and the star of Showtime’s “Shameless.” She took a firm hand in directing the photo shoot. But the real scene-stealer was Esmail and Rossum’s sweet-natured rescue pup, Pepper, who was just the right mix of excitable and adorable.
Both of your shows revolve around maverick individuals »
- Cynthia Littleton
The play was published in 1998 with the title “The Hinge of the World: In Which Professor Galileo Galilei, Chief Mathematician and Philosopher to His Serene Highness the Grand Duke of Tuscany, and His Holiness Urban VIII Battle for the Soul of the World.”
Gulfstream partners Mike Karz and Bill Bindley made the announcement Wednesday.
Goodwin’s story tackles a pivotal moment in history when the door of unquestionable faith was beginning to close and that of reason and science open, personified by the power struggle between the Italian mathematician, philosopher and astronomer Galileo Galilei and his arch-opponent and one-time-friend, Pope Urban VIII.
The story depicts how Galileo, with his newly discovered telescope, tries to convince the 17th century Pope that, contrary »
- Dave McNary
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The cast of The Fosters includes: Teri Polo, Sherri Saum, Hayden Byerly, Noah Centineo, David Lambert, Maia Mitchell, Danny Nucci, and Cierra Ramirez. The series is created, written, and executive produced by Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige. Jennifer Lopez, writer Joanna Johnson, Greg Gugliotta, Elaine Goldsmith Thomas, and Benny Medina also executive produce.
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If last week’s episode of “The People v. O.J. Simpson” bordered on a sitcom, what with all that juror swapping, this week’s hour could be a procedural. Call it “Law & Order: Star Witness (From Hell).”
We know, of course, that Mark Fuhrman (Steven Pasquale) began this case as this prosecution’s star witness and ended as the defense’s, thanks to those damning tapes, but now we get to trace all the legal maneuvering that it took to get those tapes into court. It’s a fascinating roller coaster ride of investigative work, subpoenas and appeals that takes Johnnie Cochran (Courtney B. Vance) and co. from Los Angeles to North Carolina, where his over-the-top courtroom shtick isn’t so well-received. “With all due respect, I don’t »
- Debra Birnbaum
Spoiler alert: Do not read until you’ve watched Season 1, Episode 8 of “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” titled “A Jury in Jail.”
But this week, the producers have served us a compelling change-up. The one place cameras couldn’t go during the trial was the jury room — and this hour, ably directed once again by Anthony Hemingway, imagines what was going on behind those doors. And in their increasingly outraged, frustrated minds.
“A Jury in Jail” certainly delivers on the title. We know, of course, the verdict they’re going to reach, but it’s certainly fascinating to explore the behind-the-scenes (melo)drama that may have led up to it
They’ve been sequestered for eight months, after being told it would only be two. »
- Debra Birnbaum
A review of tonight's The People v. O.J. Simpson coming up just as soon as we vote on whether we're going to watch Martin or Seinfeld... "A Jury in Jail" is something of a stylistic departure for The People v. O.J., not only focusing more on the previously-anonymous(*) jury pool, but going for a much lighter, stranger tone than earlier episodes. Not only is it borrowing heavily from the jury chapter ("Stockholm Syndrome") of Toobin's book (albeit compressing a lot of the timeline), but it's largely set at a time in the trial, after Darden's glove fiasco, when the defense seemed to be steamrolling the prosecution, and where the entire atmosphere had become more circus-like than ever. (See also Judge Ito being dismayed by a glimpse of The Dancing Itos on Jay Leno's Tonight Show, one of the weirder bits of humor — but far from the only — to »
- Alan Sepinwall
Now everybody knows their name — well, sort of. The episode opens with Robert Kardashian (David Schwimmer) taking his brood to dinner at Chin Chin on Father’s Day. The restaurant is mobbed, but no worries: “You’re Richard Cordovian, the O.J. guy,” gushes the hostess. “You can have whatever table you want.”
The kids are thrilled they don’t have to wait, but Papa Kardashian’s got a lesson to impart about the meaning of fame: “In this family, being a good person and a loyal friend is more important than being famous. Fame is fleeting. It’s hollow. It means nothing at all without a virtuous heart.”
Beyond the obvious implications for the future Kardashians (wink wink), that message threads throughout this hour, »
- Debra Birnbaum
A few thoughts on tonight's The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story coming up just as soon as I don't have a Father's Day reservation... Celebrity is one of the key subjects of The People V. O.J. as a whole, and particularly of "The Dream Team." The hour gives us Robert Kardashian's lecture about the hollowness of fame falling on his children's deaf ears. It gives us Kato experiencing the upside and downside of fame in under a minute. And it gives us Gil Garcetti's proclamation that "a star is born" after Marcia Clark's first major press conference about the case. Mainly, though, the hour is concerned with the growing number of celebrity attorneys who will be mounting O.J.'s very expensive defense. Robert Shapiro, who specialized in plea bargains, came to realize that he needed a lot of help (even if he »
- Alan Sepinwall
Episodes: Ongoing (hour)
TV show dates: February 2, 2016 — present
Series status: Has not been cancelled
Performers include: Cuba Gooding, John Travolta, David Schwimmer, Sarah Paulson, Courtney B. Vance, Nathan Lane, Kelly Dowdle, Jake Koeppl, Evan Handler, Dale Godboldo, Rob Morrow, Kenneth Choi, and Bruce Greenwood.
TV show description:
This true crime drama is an anthology series. Each season is a self-contained series within a series, telling the story of a separate crime.
A retired American football player, football commentator, and actor, Orenthal "Oj" Simpson (Cuba Gooding), of the Buffalo Bills »
"Fame is fleeting," Robert Kardashian tells his kids in an early episode of FX's The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (it debuts tomorrow night at 10). "It's hollow. It means nothing at all without a virtuous heart." Young Kim, Kourtney, Khloe, and Rob look at their father like he's speaking some long-dead language they have no hope of understanding. Their dad is on TV, and getting priority seating at overbooked restaurants, all because he's famous — and only famous, at that, because his best friend happens to be Simpson, the world's most famous accused murderer. Of course fame means everything to these kids. The People v. O.J. — the first installment of a new FX anthology series from Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story, Glee), and not to be confused with ABC's similarly-titled anthology series American Crime — isn't really a Keeping Up with the Kardashians origin story. The kids only appear »
- Alan Sepinwall
11 items from 2016
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