8 items from 2015
A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as we decide whether we're going to flapjack or short bus the bad guys... "You see, Raylan, I've learned to think without arguing with myself." -Boyd Like the Elmore Leonard stories that inspired the series, "Justified" has a tendency to have very complicated plots, with each season featuring multiple groups of villains pursuing different agendas that frequently intersect and cause headaches for each other and Raylan Givens. The trick is to make the villains entertaining enough that we don't mind doing the mental calculations about who's after what, or waiting through the cryptic early episodes until we find out everyone's angle. When the bad guys are, for instance, Quarles and Limehouse, then it's no big deal trying to untangle that season's Gordian plot; when it's Daryl Crowe, then you start to notice how contorted things are getting. Last week's season »
- Alan Sepinwall
"Justified" is back for its final season. I published some overall thoughts on the new episodes this morning, and I have a review of the premiere coming up just as soon as I tell you that carrying my underpants is important... "Fate's Right Hand" simultaneously points towards the end of the series while it looks back at the beginning. In the return and then murder of Dewey Crowe, it gives us both at once. Dewey was one of the very first bad guys Raylan met in his return to Kentucky, and the fact that the show is finally ready to stamp out the poor, stupid cockroach tells us how close the story is to wrapping up. If there's no longer any room for Dewey's antics, then things are about to get very dire indeed. We open the season, interestingly enough, not with anyone in Harlan or Lexington, but with Winona »
- Alan Sepinwall
Dewey Crowe is in the back of Boyd Crowder’s bar, bloody, exhausted, and broken. Over the course of the two days he’s been out of prison, he’s reconciled with the woman who’s as close to a lover as he’ll ever have, enjoyed the blissful clarity of an epiphany, and mended ties with his oldest friend. He’s also been shot at, had his jaw broken by a U.S. marshal, and been duped by the aforementioned friend. In this moment, a time when he played tag-along to a bunch of backwoods skinheads sounds like the good ol’ days. He’s looking over his shoulder instead of at what’s staring him in the face, fixated on a simple, rose-tinted past. Now just as hopeless as he is feckless, Dewey shakes the 8-ball and asks a fateful question: “Why can’t it be like that again, »
- Sam Woolf
The writing of the late, great Elmore Leonard that inspired "Justified" — which begins its sixth and final season tonight at 10 on FX — could be incredibly self-aware at times. Characters in Leonard stories tend to be big fans of popular culture, and they know exactly which archetypes to compare themselves to, which roles they are playing (or think they're playing) in their particular story, and even like to predict how the story is will conclude. That level of meta commentary has waxed and waned over the previous five seasons of "Justified," but it's at top volume early in the new year (I've seen the first three episodes). Raylan (Timothy Olyphant), Boyd (Walton Goggins) and Ava (Joelle Carter) all know the story they've been tangled up in these last few years is about to finish up, and the only question is how. There's much talk of the way Harlan County itself has begun its death rattle, »
- Alan Sepinwall
TCA 2015: Graham Yost says FX drama won’t bring back old characters as an homage to past seasons
Raylan Givens likely won’t be facing off against his old foes before he hangs up his badge.
With the FX drama “Justified” heading into its final season (which premieres Tuesday), the cast and producers of the show gathered at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena on Sunday to discuss, among other topics, what viewers can expect during the last go-around.
See photos: The Scene at TCA: Funny, Frank and Flippant Quotes From the 2015 TV Press Tour (Photos)
- Tim Kenneally
“Justified” begins its final season with a customary slow build. The new threat, played by Sam Elliott, doesn’t even really present itself until the third episode, with another fine addition, Garret Dillahunt, as his vaguely threatening surrogate. Still, that’s emblematic of the laconic charm that has characterized this Elmore Leonard adaptation throughout its run, with Timothy Olyphant’s modern cowboy becoming one of FX’s unsung heroes. Although the program isn’t as showy or heralded as the network’s other dramas, its sixth-season start reinforces a sense that “Justified” will be sorely missed when it rides into the sunset.
As season five made clear, the home stretch is shaping up to be an inevitable showdown between Olyphant’s U.S. marshal, Raylan Givens, and boyhood pal-turned-criminal Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins), with Boyd’s significant other and Raylan’s one-time fling, Ava (Joelle Carter), uncomfortably caught in the middle. »
- Brian Lowry
Ansel Elgort ("The Fault in Our Stars") will star with Chloe Grace Moretz in Sacha Gervasi's teen thriller "November Criminals" at Lotus Entertainment. Steven Knight ("Locke," "Eastern Promises") adapted the script from Sam Munson’s 2011 novel.
The story follows two teenagers who venture into the seedy underbelly of Washington D.C. to investigate a friend’s murder while falling in love for the first time. Catherine Keener also stars. [Source: Deadline]
Free State of Jones
Gugu Mbatha-Raw ("Belle," "Beyond the Lights") will star opposite Matthew McConaughey in Gary Ross' $65 million Civil War movie "Free State of Jones" for Stx Entertainment. Scott Stuber and Jon Kilik are producing.
Based on a true story, McConaughey plays Newton Knight and Mbatha-Raw is Rachel, a slave whose relationship with Knight played a central part in his life and in his armed rebellion against the Confederacy during the Civil War. [Source: The Wrap]
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- Garth Franklin
There are plenty of interesting new series to be on the lookout for, but many TV fans will be most excited about the return of some of television’s best offerings. Here are Chief TV Editor Kate Kulzick and Managing TV Editor Deepayan Sengupta’s picks for the most exciting (currently scheduled) midseason returns of 2015.
Banshee Season 3
Airs Fridays at 10pm (Et) on Cinemax
Premieres Jan. 9th, 2015
While The Knick established Cinemax as a new contender in the arena of high-quality television, it wasn’t the first show to give the channel that reputation, as the Alan Ball-produced Banshee has been steadily garnering attention for itself, and Cinemax by extension, over the course of its two seasons. The tale of a small Pennsylvania town, and the tensions that simmer underneath the surface, has used strong character work, well-plotted storylines, and memorable fight »
8 items from 2015
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