19 items from 2015
A review of tonight's "You're the Worst" coming up just as soon as I flash Gnarls Barkley after that Fiona Apple show... This has been a fall for TV episodes that open in a way that makes you wonder if your show accidentally got replaced with something else. The earthquake sequence at the start of "The Leftovers" season 2 and the movie outtakes from the "Fargo" premiere both seemed to come out of nowhere, serving as disorienting pathways into new seasons, even if they ultimately made thematic sense for both shows. "LCD Soundsystem" isn't quite as extreme a departure for "You're the Worst," in that Rob and Lexi literally live in the same neighborhood as Gretchen and Jimmy, and walk past Jimmy's house — and the mountain of empty liquor bottles in his recycling bins — within the episode's first few minutes. Still, the opening scenes almost make the episode feel like »
- Alan Sepinwall
She first cracked on her very low-cut dress choice before thanking everyone in the audience for attending.
“Thank you so much for coming. You might not enjoy it, but have a good experience? Uh, I hope it’s your cup of tea,” she said before the theater went dark.
Silverman opened up about playing one of the few roles that contributed to the dialogue about depression.
“I like things where you walk away and you talk and have arguments and discussions and can’t get it out of your head,” she said. “I hope that’s what this is for people.”
Silverman was open about her history with depression before taking on the role of a depressed suburban wife and mother struggling with addiction. »
- Mannie Holmes
Manhattan, Season 2, Episode 2, “Fatherland”
Written by Scott Brown
Directed by Dan Attias
Airs Tuesdays at 9pm (Et) on Wgn
A major theme of Manhattan‘s season premiere “Damnatio Memoriae” was “Where is Frank Winter?”. This week’s “Fatherland” answers that question but now asks, “Who is Frank Winter?”. Or more specifically, what role does the erstwhile leader of the implosion team play in the grand scheme of things?
When Frank told his wife Liza about the gadget during Manhattan‘s first season finale, “Perestroika,” he said the weapon is so powerful it will stop all future wars. “We’re writing the prologue to a new era: The history of peace,” he said. It wasn’t clear if he was simply telling her what he thought she wanted to hear, or if perpetual peace was a fairytale he told himself at night to lull his demons to sleep. But if Frank »
- A.R. Wilson
Geniuses aren't like you and me. It's not just that they know more, but that they see the world differently from us, or even from each other. You don't come up with the idea of splitting the atom, let alone the means to do it, if your thoughts bounce around your skull in the same pattern that someone else might use to build a house or calculate their taxes. TV has understood this, but has tended, particularly of late, to present all geniuses in a one autism spectrum disorder fits all package, when in fact there's far more variety and volatility even among the most wicked smart. "Manhattan," the excellent drama about the men and women who built the world's first atomic bomb, returns to Wgn America tonight at 9, and continues to understand genius's many different flavors. Once again, it captures the enormous creative possibilities that come from putting a »
- Alan Sepinwall
Last season saw the demise (or the move to Hulu) of many televised romantic comedies, but against the odds, one very twisted comedy about dating in Los Angeles managed to grow a niche fanbase.
“You’re the Worst,” which is ostensibly about the relationship of so-wrong-for-each-other-they’re-right Jimmy (Chris Geere) and Gretchen (Aya Cash), gets to heart of 21st century romance. Ahead of the show’s Season 2 premiere — and move from FX to Fxx — creator Stephen Falk talked to Variety about what his former boss, “Weeds” and “Orange is the New Black” creator Jenji Kohan, taught him about good writing, and why he thinks rom-coms need an update.
“You’re the Worst’s” theme song suggests that the couple will eventually break up …
One of them is going to have the other in the end or I’m a liar. I don’t know. I love that song. It’s »
- Whitney Friedlander
Over the course of its first season, "You're the Worst" — a romantic comedy about two terrible human beings (played by Chris Geere and Aya Cash) who would vomit at the thought that they are the hero and heroine of a romantic comedy — went from a show I felt pretty ambivalent about to one of my favorite shows on TV. It's been nearly a year since the last original episode aired on FX, in part because the show has moved over to the younger-skewing Fxx channel(*), but based on the new season's first two episodes (it premieres tomorrow night at 10:30), the wait was worth it. (*) Every mention of the network shift brings with it some doomsday theory about how FX is sending the show to Fxx to kill it. All that paranoia seems rooted entirely in the failure of "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell" when it made the switch, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Keep your friends close, keep your enemies closer and avoid You’re the Worst‘s Gretchen at all costs.
RelatedYou’re the Worst‘s Aya Cash Previews Gretchen and Jimmy’s Balancing Act in ‘Deeper’ Season 2
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kirk and Summers will play Rob and Lexi, a couple whose lives are thrown into disarray after meeting Gretchen at the local coffee shop.
They join a bevy of Season 2 guest stars, including Andy Buckley »
Fxx's You're the Worst is ready to bring down another happy couple. The Stephen Falk comedy has tapped Justin Kirk and Tara Summers to guest star in a season two episode, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The Weeds and Ringer alums will play Rob and Lexi, a couple whom Gretchen (Aya Cash) meets at the local coffee shop. They'll appear in an episode called "LCD Soundsystem" on the comedy that returns in September. (Check out their Ytw debut, above.) Read More 'You're the Worst' Creator on "Weirder, Darker" Season 2: Jimmy's Trashy History, More Sunday Funday Rob is further
- Lesley Goldberg
There was always going to be a strange tonal disconnect between sitting through the U.S. premiere of Asif Kapadia’s “Amy,” an intimate, at times painfully unflinching documentary about the turbulent life and alcohol-related death of Amy Winehouse, and then immediately attending an open-bar industry party nearby. But Thursday’s gala at the ArcLight Hollywood largely managed to strike the proper respectful tone.
Amidst a crowd that included Haim, Rick Rubin, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, Diane Warren, David Foster, the Weeknd, Justin Kirk and Republic Records chief Monte Lipman, Universal Music Group chairman Lucian Grainge noted that “Amy meant so much to so many people, and she was really, truly one of the greatest artists of all time. This is a film that shows her humor, her vulnerability, and also her humanity. I think about Amy a lot, and I miss her so much.”
Producer James Gay-Rees described the »
- Andrew Barker
Wayward Pines, Season 1, Episode 4, “One Of Our Senior Realtors Has Chosen To Retire”
Written by Steven Levenson
Directed by Zal Batmanglij
Airs Thursdays at 9pm (Et) on Fox
After two weeks of twist after twist, “One Of Our Senior Realtors Has Chosen To Retire” steps back from some of the crazy of Wayward Pines. In its place, there’s a lot of bureaucracy, as the Burkes’ decision to wait it out for the time being in Wayward Pines means they have to contend with the town’s rules in a less dynamic fashion than trying to stage some grand escape. Things are still creepy and unsettling, but it’s a different degree of creepiness than we’ve grown accustomed to, this one getting deeper into what daily life is like in the town. It makes for a less compelling installment of the series, though it does set the table in »
- Les Chappell
If you're going to be in Austin this week for the Atx Television Festival, you should stop by the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz on Friday (June 5) afternoon at 2:30 for the panel for Fox's "Wayward Pines." I'll be moderating the panel, featuring showrunner Chad Hodge and other luminaries, and we'll be preceding the panel with a screening of "Wayward Pines" Episode 5, which is titled "The Truth" and delivers on that promise with 42-ish minutes of answers regarding the mysteries of the town of Wayward Pines. It'll be a fun opportunity to have your jaw dropped and then to pepper the people associated with the show for more details on what The Truth means for the show going forward. It's a pretty neat episode to get to show at an event like this and I'm pleased with the timing. Of course, if you're gonna be there for the "Wayward Pines" panel on Friday, »
- Daniel Fienberg
As we saw at the close of Thursday’s episode, ding-dong, Sheriff Pope is dead, felled by the one-two punch of the his own cruiser’s fender and then a gunshot fired by Ethan. (And let’s not forget, his corpse was then taken away by… something.) That creates a power vacuum in the Idaho town, to be near-instantly filled by… the lawman’s killer himself. »
Written by Chad Hodge
Directed by Zal Batmanglij
Airs Thursdays at 9pm (Et) on Fox
You can say this for Wayward Pines: for a show that’s built on big mysteries and has a lot of actors that most shows would kill to have around for a few episodes, it’s not a show that has any reticence about making big moves. Perhaps because they’re conscious of only having ten episodes to play around with, or perhaps because they’re cognizant of having a limited amount of source material (not that that stops Game Of Thrones) but “Our Town, Our Law” pushes things forward in a very meaningful way. It upends circumstances for over half of the characters, takes out its second big-name star in as many weeks, and adds ever more sides to the polygon that is the true nature of Wayward Pines. »
- Les Chappell
TNT is venturing into both the Gilded Age and the Elizabethan Era, via two new projects announced Wednesday at its Upfront presentation.
The cabler has made a series commitment to an eight-part adaptation of The Alienist, Caleb Carr’s bestseller that is set in 1896 and follows then-New York City police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt as he attempts to solve gruesome murders.
RelatedTNT’s Legends Adds Sons of Anarchy, »
The Atx Television Festival has announced the currently running shows that will be attending the event in Austin, Texas from June 4th to the 7th. The main highlight of the new entries is the presence of the FX series Justified. The appearance of the creators and castmembers at the Atx Festival will mark their first public interaction since the series finale airs in a few weeks, and will also give the show’s crew one more chance to go around the victory lap. Attendees have not been announced yet, but it has been confirmed that creator Graham Yost will be present.
Yost will also be on hand to discuss the show Boomtown, which he also created, and which will be part of a panel titled “Cancelled Too Soon”. Yost will be joined by numerous individuals involved in the show, including producer Jon Avnet and castmembers Neal McDonough, Mykelti Williamson, and Jason Gedrick. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Nickelodeon is ready for some headbanging.
* Breanna Yde (The »
Whether there is a heaven above, a hell below, or aliens in different galaxies, no one can seriously dispute that human beings are complicated. The self-proclaimed son of God comes to understand that the hard way in the upcoming comedy/drama "Walter," and today we have an exclusive clip form the film. Directed by Anna Mastro and starring Andrew J. West, Justin Kirk, Neve Campbell, Leven Rambin, Milo Ventimiglia, Brian White, Peter Facinelli, Virginia Madsen, Jim Gaffigan and William H. Macy, the story follows a mild-mannered ticket taker burdened with the responsibility of determining the eternal fate of every living human. But a ghost stuck in limbo forces him reconsider his earthly mission and perhaps even seek professional help, and this scene with the young man's mother makes clear the strain is beginning to take its toll. "Walter" opens in limited release on March 13th as well as on all major VOD providers, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Where does your soul go after you die? Walter knows. He's the self-proclaimed son of God who can tell just by looking at someone whether or not they'll go to heaven or hell. But regular life isn't so easy to figure out, as you'll see in the first trailer for the appropriately titled "Walter." Starring Andrew J. West, Justin Kirk, Neve Campbell, Leven Rambin, Milo Ventimiglia, Brian White, Peter Facinelli, Virginia Madsen, Jim Gaffigan and William H. Macy (phew), the story finds our hero, a movie ticket-taker, facing a couple of human problems: he's got feelings for the candy counter girl but can't figure out how to approach her, while he's also dealing with a ghost stuck in limbo who doesn't know which way his final fate will lead. Luckily, Walter has a psychiatrist of sorts to help him out. The film arrives in limited release on March 13th as »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Walter works at the movie theater in a small town, where he believes he’s the son of God, tasked by the Man upstairs with deciding whether those around him are going to heaven or hell. Whether audiences are also willing to believe this original if somewhat half-baked premise is another question entirely. While “Walter” harks back to so many stylized ’90s-era indies — and conceivably might have played a festival like Sundance had it been made two decades earlier — these days, such an overly cutesy, credibility-straining dramedy is fated to disappear into VOD purgatory, following its modest theatrical release in March.
Crafted with equal doses of poignancy and pap, Paul Shoulberg’s screenplay (expanded from his 2010 short, directed by someone else entirely) caught the eye of first-time helmer Anna Mastro, who embraces the sincerity at the script’s core, but doesn’t quite know how to handle its more offbeat sense of magical realism. »
- Peter Debruge
19 items from 2015
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