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TV Is Not the New Film, But It’s Ok That Festivals Are Blurring the Lines

26 August 2015 6:56 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Peter Debruge: Looks like Toronto is the latest film festival to add a television section to its lineup. These days, everywhere from Sundance to SXSW to the Canadian “festival of festivals,” smallscreen content is getting a big push, which is intriguing — and even ironic — for all sorts of reasons (ironic because the state of distribution being what it is, many of the films in Toronto will end up trickling down to VOD, rather than ever getting a commercial theatrical run). On one hand, the trend isn’t exactly new: Classy longform features like “Carlos” (which premiered at Cannes in 2010), “Top of the Lake” (Sundance 2013) and “Olive Kitteridge” (Venice 2014) made their bows at top-tier film fests before going on to air as miniseries on Canal Plus, BBC Two and HBO, respectively.

But Toronto’s Primetime program — like SXSW’s Episodics, which launched last year — represents something different: Rather than expanding the »

- Justin Chang and Peter Debruge

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TV Is Not the New Film, But It’s Ok That Festivals Are Blurring the Lines

26 August 2015 6:56 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Peter Debruge: Looks like Toronto is the latest film festival to add a television section to its lineup. These days, everywhere from Sundance to SXSW to the Canadian “festival of festivals,” smallscreen content is getting a big push, which is intriguing — and even ironic — for all sorts of reasons (ironic because the state of distribution being what it is, many of the films in Toronto will end up trickling down to VOD, rather than ever getting a commercial theatrical run). On one hand, the trend isn’t exactly new: Classy longform features like “Carlos” (which premiered at Cannes in 2010), “Top of the Lake” (Sundance 2013) and “Olive Kitteridge” (Venice 2014) made their bows at top-tier film fests before going on to air as miniseries on Canal Plus, BBC Two and HBO, respectively.

But Toronto’s Primetime program — like SXSW’s Episodics, which launched last year — represents something different: Rather than expanding the »

- Justin Chang and Peter Debruge

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Catch-up TV guide: From True Blood to Modern Toss

24 August 2015 1:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Alan Ball’s vampire drama is very good before it goes very bad, and Guide stalwarts Modern Toss reinvent the BBC Proms

Robert Rodriguez’s small-screen spinoff (pictured, right) from the Tarantino-penned fantasy horror flick of the same name returns for a second season. Prepare for more mysterious visions, blood cults, shady oil money and gruesome, stylish violence. Expect the fearsome Gecko twins to continue their rampage through a twisted, supernatural America.

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- Phil Harrison

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‘Breathe Me’: The Oral History of the Six Feet Under Finale’s Death Montage

21 August 2015 8:47 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

This post originally ran in December 2013. We are rerunning it today in honor of the tenth anniversary of the Six Feet Under finale. On August 21, 2005, the HBO drama Six Feet Under concluded with a seven-minute montage of flash-forwards revealing how each of the remaining main characters die. The episode, “Everyone’s Waiting,” was immediately hailed as the most satisfying TV ending ever, something the show’s creator, Alan Ball, still hears all the time. “People say they love it, that it was incredibly moving, that they watched it over and over,” he tells Vulture. “All those things.” As part of our micro oral history week, Ball and the scene’s other key players look back at the finale and discuss the Sia song, the process of aging the actors, and grappling with the meaning of life and death.Alan Ball (series creator and writer-director of “Everyone’s Waiting”): The »

- Patti Greco

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Can You Imagine a Six Feet Under With Christopher Meloni? The Show’s Creator Did

21 August 2015 8:26 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of Six Feet Under's series finale, Rolling Stone has published a new comprehensive oral history about the legendary HBO show. To be expected, the piece is full of fun-fact ephemera: Six Feet's cast and creator Alan Ball talk about everything from creating the family ("I never thought of [the dad] as a ghost") and HBO critiquing the pilot ("It feels kind of safe. Could you make it more fucked up?") to internalizing the episodes ("I remember it like a life I lived") and nailing the end ("Somebody in the room said, 'We should just kill everybody.' And I was like, yeah, that's funny"). There's also talk of interesting (but definitely game-changing) alternate casting, which, according to Ball, involved Law & Order: Svu's Chris Meloni, as well as anecdotes about how key characters nabbed their parts: Ball: I don't really write characters with specific actors in mind. »

- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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'Six Feet Under' 10 Years Later: Creator, Stars on Finale "Bomb," Lasting Legacy

21 August 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

HBO's critically acclaimed series Six Feet Under began with the unexpected death of Nathaniel Fisher (Richard Jenkins) and ended with the death of the rest of his family. Aug. 21 marks 10 years since the quirky Alan Ball story about family and their owned-and-operated funeral home closed up shop, but the show's final montage depicting how every remaining member of the Fishers and their loved ones would pass on still ranks among TV's best series finales. The idea of flashing forward to depict how each member of the Fishers and their loved ones would pass on seemed revolutionary in

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- Megan Vick

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'Six Feet Under': The Oral History of HBO's Beloved Landmark Series

20 August 2015 7:54 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

It's easy to imagine that, 15 years from now, television audiences will take for granted the existence of groundbreaking series like Orange Is the New Black and Transparent. But it's impossible to look at the currently lush television landscape without acknowledging the debt that most popular shows owe to HBO at the turn of the new millennium.

While network television continued raking in the advertising dollars with surefire bets and lowest-common denominators, the premium cable channel was kickstarting its own quiet revolution, finding success in a variety of genres from pop-cultural »

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5 HBO Shows You Must Watch if You Haven’t Yet

4 August 2015 4:52 AM, PDT | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

HBO has been known the last decade or so for their incredible original programming. Lately, they seem to have some of the best television series congregated on one channel during any given year. Out of five new shows they put out, three will likely be amazing. Whether they have a good eye for ordering new shows, or they have had insanely good luck, I am happy and hope whatever they are doing continues.

If you are a poor soul, who hasn’t had a chance to watch the shows below, take a day to marathon them. Binge watch them. Whatever you want to call it. Do it. These are the best shows HBO has given us.

(These are not in any particular order.)

Boardwalk Empire

Creator: Terence Winter. Stars: Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald, Michael ShannonShea WhighamMichael StuhlbargStephen GrahamVincent PiazzaMichael Kenneth WilliamsJack HustonGretchen Mol. »

- Sarah Sommer

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Cinemax’s ‘Banshee’ to come to an end after its fourth season

29 July 2015 9:17 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Cable channel Cinemax has seen its stature grow over the past few years with a number of shows that have garnered acclaim among critical television fans. One such show has been Banshee. Co-created by television newcomers Jonathan Tropper and David Schickler, the show is executive produced by Alan Ball, and focuses on a small town in Pennsylvania where a recently released criminal posing as the sheriff tries to navigate his own past, the local criminal element, the Amish community, and the Native American community.

Many fans of the series were excited to learn that Cinemax had renewed the show for a fourth season earlier this year. The excitement, however, turned out to be bittersweet, as news has now emerged that the fourth season, which is currently in production, will be the show’s last. Reports suggest that the creators and writers of the series were aware of the impending cancellation when the fourth season began, »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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‘Banshee’ to End With Fourth Season in 2016

29 July 2015 8:58 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Cinemax’s “Banshee” will conclude its run with a fourth and final season, Variety has confirmed. The news was first reported by TVLine.

Producers have been working with execs at the cable network toward an end date for the action-drama, and mutually agreed on this solution, according to a source inside the  production.

“It’s equal parts of feeling the story has been told, wanting to go out while the show is a major success for Cinemax, and lead actor Antony Starr’s growing demands and vocal desire to leave the show,” said the source.

The season premiere of “Banshee” in January drew 540,000 same-night viewers and its finale in March drew 692,000.

Showrunner Greg Yaitanes is also at work on Cinemax’s “Quarry,” now filming in New Orleans and Memphis.

The eight-episode final season of “Banshee” is set for an early 2016 premiere. In addition to Starr, the cast includes Ivana Milicevic, »

- Debra Birnbaum

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Cinemax Cancels Alan Ball Drama ‘Banshee’

28 July 2015 6:35 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Cinemax has canceled “Banshee,” and the upcoming fourth season of the drama will be its last, TheWrap has learned. The network also announced the show will return in January 2016. Produced by “True Blood” co-creator Alan Ball, the drama series was renewed for a fourth season earlier this year and will return with eight episodes in 2016. “‘Banshee’ is a unique and compelling show that helped set high standards for original programming for Cinemax,” said HBO programming president Michael Lombardo in a statement. “The show’s exceptional blend of action and drama earned a vocal and passionate fan base that will not. »

- Linda Ge

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Scream: The TV Series Season 1 Episode 2 Review – ‘Hello, Emma’

11 July 2015 2:42 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Martin Carr reviews the second episode of Scream: The TV Series

It is now officially time for the gloves to come off. Scream: The TV Series rolls into episode two with mild invention and solid character development. Lifting dialogue from the film canon as a tagline and name dropping Manhunter references, this series is being coy in its self-awareness. Rather than being 90210 or The Oc with added carnage, a unisex triumvirate of actors are moving front and centre giving audiences someone to invest in.

Willa Fitzgerald’s central protagonist Emma works hard with minimal material, whilst being ably supported by Bex-Taylor Klaus as Audrey Jensen. Beyond these two is movie trivia guru geek and orator of slasher convention Noah Foster. Fulfilling Scream conventions, by being both nerdy and vaguely suspect, John Karna adds elitism to that persona. Which has the potential to make him annoying, yet Karna walks the line »

- Gary Collinson

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NBC’s Bob Greenblatt Celebrates ‘Courageous’ Writers, Producers Displaying Gay Storylines

29 June 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Milestones only feel monumental when you get some perspective, and you look back and see some of the tremors that started to pave the way for a seismic shift. The Supreme Court decision is a stunning victory for human rights and equality, but the big shift happened with the American people over the past few years, and there’s no putting the genie back in the bottle.

I feel privileged to work in a business where we can advance the political agenda just because we tell stories. No soapbox, no demonstrations, no voting. If a story moves you, the message gets sent, and the consciousness changes. Sometimes slowly, but it happens.

Over the past 40 years, the Lgbt social and political agenda has been moving forward in our pop culture in many ways, especially on good old-fashioned broadcast television, which reaches everybody, everywhere. Back in the ’70s, I remember Archie Bunker »

- Bob Greenblatt

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Jill Soloway & Jennie Snyder Urman On Social Media, Binging and Caitlyn Jenner

12 June 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

They may be two of this season’s “It” showrunners, but Jill Soloway and Jennie Snyder Urman aren’t exactly overnight successes. They’ve both paid their dues with staff jobs (Soloway on “Six Feet Under,” Urman on “Gilmore Girls”) and showrunner gigs (Soloway on HBO’s “How to Make It in America,” Urman on the CW’s “Emily Owens, M.D.”). Soloway’s “Transparent” has put Amazon originals on the map, winning Golden Globes for best comedy and lead Jeffrey Tambor, while Urman’s “Jane the Virgin” earned CW its first Globe noms, and scored a win for breakout star Gina Rodriguez. In a wide-ranging conversation with Variety they discuss the challenges of binge-viewing vs. 22-episode seasons, blending comedy with drama, and Caitlyn Jenner.

When did you realize your show might work?

Urman: Right before the TCAs when all the critics watched it, before it started airing. I read those pre-reviews — “Oh my gosh, »

- Geoff Berkshire

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Charlaine Harris: I’m Not The Target Of Alan Ball’s ‘True Blood’ Liberal Politics [Exclusive Video]

12 May 2015 2:30 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Charlaine Harris penned the Sookie Stackhouse book series, which was adapted for TV in the form of True Blood by Alan Ball, who injected some of his personal politics into the series. Charlaine Harris On ‘True Blood’s Politics Throughout True Blood‘s 7-season run, there was a thread of liberal politics sewn into the show by creator Ball. In […]

The post Charlaine Harris: I’m Not The Target Of Alan Ball’s ‘True Blood’ Liberal Politics [Exclusive Video] appeared first on uInterview. »

- Chelsea Regan

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Cannes Buzz Titles: What’s Hot at This Year’s Market

12 May 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

From finished films in competition to big packages on the horizon, here’s the hottest titles from around the world up for grabs at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

All I See Is You

Director: Marc Forster

Producers: Marc Forster, Craig Baumgarten, Michael Selby, Jillian Kugler

Key cast: Blake Lively, Jason Clarke

Film centers on a blind woman and her husband who, upon restoration of her sight, begin to discover previously unseen and disturbing details about themselves, their marriage and their lives.

Sales: Sierra/Affinity

American Honey

Director: Andrea Arnold

Producers: Andrea Arnold, Lars Knudsen, Jay Van Hoy, Thomas Benski, Lucas Ochoa, Pouya Shahbazian, Film4, BFI, Trudie Styler, Celine Rattray, Charlotte Ubben

Key cast: Shia Labeouf

A runaway teenager gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard-partying, law-bending and young love.

Sales: Protagonist Pictures

American Pastoral

Director: Ewan McGregor

Producers: Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi

Key cast: Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly, »

- Variety Staff

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Greatest Series Finales: Six Feet Under’s “Everyone’s Waiting” is an emotional powerhouse of grief and loss

5 May 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Six Feet Under, Season 5, Episode 12, “Everyone’s Waiting”

Written and directed by Alan Ball

Aired August 21st, 2005 on HBO

During its five seasons of television, Six Feet Under managed to craft a narrative that was evocative, emotional, heart-rending, and humorous. Alan Ball’s funeral home drama was a show that had a very unique voice, one that spoke to the splintered facets of the heart and mind with equal weight and power. So when the time came for Six Feet Under to take its rightful place in the dirt and dust for good, it was with a finality that echoed into eternity.

Much like the hefty themes that Six Feet Under spent much of its 63 hours wrestling with, the final episode was not content in just going for a simple, streamlined conclusion. Instead, Ball and co. created an entire final season that led up to this particular endgame. It began »

- Mike Worby

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‘Transparent’ Receives Television Academy Honors

16 April 2015 5:02 PM, PDT | Hollywonk | See recent Hollywonk news »

Each year, the Television Academy singles out a handful of programs that have used the power of the medium to “shift cultural acceptance and influence the hearts and minds of the viewers.”

This year, Transparent has been named one of the six Television Academy honorees of 2015. In a statement announcing the honorees, Academy Chairman Bruce Rosenblum explained the significance of the honors:  “These programs have enlightened viewers, prompted discussion, raised social awareness, and are sparking change.”

It’s been a big week for Transparent show creator Jill Soloway, who was also named to Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People list, where she received a tribute from one of her first bosses, Six Feet Under creator Alan Ball, who saluted her “singular, audacious voice, which continues to speak loudly for all who yearn for an authentic life.” »

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Shannon Tarbet Cast In HBO Pilot ‘Virtuoso'; Keon Alexander Joins FX’s ‘Tyrant’

15 April 2015 6:46 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Shannon Tarbet has landed a regular role on Virtuoso, HBO’s classical music drama pilot from True Blood creator Alan Ball. Set against the complex and volatile backdrop of 18th century Vienna, it follows a class of young musical prodigies from all over Europe at the prestigious Academy of Musical Excellence. Tarbet plays Ina, who lives on the streets of Vienna. She is poor and dirty but very pretty and with a huge spirit and tremendous energy for life. She and her… »

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Banshee: Production Begins on Season Four of Cinemax Series

9 April 2015 2:39 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Cinemax has announced that production has begun on the fourth season of their Banshee TV show. The eight episodes will start airing some time in 2016.

Here's the press release:

Cinemax Announces Start Of Production For Fourth Season Of Hit Action Series "Banshee"

New York, April 8, 2015 - Production has begun in Pittsburgh on the fourth season of the Emmy(R)-winning Cinemax action series Banshee, it was announced today by Kary Antholis, president, HBO Miniseries and Cinemax Programming. The eight-episode season will air in 2016, with Alan Ball, Greg Yaitanes, Jonathan Tropper, Peter Macdissi, Adam Targum and Ole Christian Madsen executive producing.

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- TVSeriesFinale.com

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