9 items from 2015
Coming across as a sort of turn-of-the-century House, albeit with Clive Owen as the driven, self-medicating medic and Steven Soderbergh dictating the look and style of the show, The Knick roared through its first run of chaos, corruption and corpses last year. The new series on the way and the teaser trailer has arrived. Owen is back as Dr. John W. Thackery, the complicated surgical genius who works – when he’s not sleeping with nurses or injecting/sniffing/snacking on illegal intoxicants – at the Knickerbocker Hospital in 1900s New York. He knows he has what it takes to develop new procedures and save more lives at a time when medicine was still part savagery, but he can’t always seem to get out of his own way.The show, boasting a kinetic energy from Soderbergh and show creators Jack Amiel and Michael Begler, was praised for its look and feel. »
“The Knick” is, quite simply, incredible. The Steven Soderbergh-directed show, created by Jack Amiel and Michael Begler, set in the titular New York hospital at the turn of the twentieth century, looks and sounds like nothing else on TV. Soderbergh’s impeccable direction and Cliff Martinez’s awesome score drive a killer cast led by career-best work from Clive Owen, the simply outstanding Andre Holland, and head-turning performances by Juliet Rylance, Eve Hewson, and many more. Read More: Fall 2015 TV Preview: Our 25 Most Anticipated Shows It was our second favorite TV show of the last year (beaten only by “Transparent,” though ask on us a different day and we might have swapped them over), and it’s on its way back, with the second season due to start airing next month on Cinemax. And now Vulture have landed the first trailer for the second run of the show. The »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Returns Friday, October 16th at 10pm (Et) on Cinemax
Premise: In 1900s New York, the Knickerbocker Hospital is at the front of pioneering new medical techniques, headed by the brilliant yet troubled John “Thack” Thackeray (Clive Owen). Dealing with budgetary issues, high mortality rates, racism, and their own personal demons, the staff of the Knick fights to keep their heads above water and create modern medicine in the process.
Where We Are: Season two starts this fall; 10 episodes have already aired
What You Need To Know: Essentially a medical procedural that happens to be set at the turn of the century, The Knick is home to as many dysfunctional individuals, secrets, and prejudices as E.R. or Grey’s Anatomy. Thack balances being a revolutionary surgeon with addictions to cocaine and morphine, as well as a taste for experimental treatments that Dr. House would regard respectfully. »
- Les Chappell
There was a time on TV when the phrase "period piece" conjured images of grand country estates, stiff corsets and even stiffer acting. But those days are gone, as evidenced by a trio of shows finding variety and vitality in the world of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, thanks in no small part to their talented production designers. High Contrast The Knick A newcomer this year, The Knick was created by Jack Amiel and Michael Begler and directed by Steven Soderbergh… »
HBO shows characteristically spend years in development, but “The Knick” finished filming its first season a mere six months after being picked up by the paycaster based on its pilot script. “It just became a question of availability. We just really had a window in which we could actually pull this off,” explains Michael Begler during our recent webcam chat in which he was joined by co-creator Jack Amiel (watch below). “We got the greenlight at the end of May 2013 and we started shooting in September, so we only had a pilot at that point and had to write nine more. And not only that -- they had to build the thing, they had to create all the wardrobe. We had to cast over 170 speaking parts, so it was quite an undertaking.” -Break- Ellen Mirojnick on making costumes for "The Knick" without being "old-timey" Despite this rushed schedule, the show »
Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" won the Original Screenplay honor at the recently concluded Writers Guild Awards while Morten Tyldum's "The Imitation Game" took home the Adapted Screenplay trophy. "The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swarts" written by Brian Knappenberger won Documentary Screenplay award. The film is not nominated for an Academy award.
Here's the complete list of winners (highlighted) and nominees of the 2015 Writers Guild Awards:
Wes Anderson’s whimsical script for “The Grand Budapest Hotel” took the Writers Guild of America award for original screenplay, while Graham Moore’s script for codebreaking thriller “The Imitation Game” won for adapted screenplay.
“Alan Turing is the person for who we made this film,” Moore said in his acceptance speech at the Century Plaza in Los Angeles. “It is on the shoulders of his genius that we made this film.”
Anderson, who shares story credit with Hugo Guiness, recalled in his acceptance speech that it was appropriate to receive the award in Century City since he had worked with longtime collaborator Owen Wilson at a nearby motel many years ago.
“I can think of no greater neighborhood to accept this award in,” Anderson added.
- Dave McNary
9 items from 2015
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