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15 items from 2016


Heartbeat: Cancelled Too Quickly by NBC?

25 May 2016 9:42 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

A little over a week ago, NBC decided to cancel their new medical drama, Heartbeat. As a result of the cancellation, tonight's episode is the TV show's last. Was NBC justified in cancelling the series or should there be season two?

Set at the fictional St. Matthew's Hospital, Heartbeat follows a cardio-thoracic surgeon, Dr. Alex Panttiere (Melissa George), as she tries to juggle her personal and professional lives. She eagerly fights authority, particularly when it comes to her patients' health and well-being. The rest of the cast includes Dave Annable, Don Hany, Joshua Leonard, Jamie Kennedy, D.L. Hughley, Shelley Conn, Maya Erskine, and J. Louis Mills.

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Heartbeat: Season One Ratings

21 April 2016 1:19 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

NBC already has one medical TV show on the schedule with Chicago Med and another one, The Night Shift, is expected to return this summer. Does the peacock network need a third? Will Heartbeat be a ratings success or Doa? Cancelled or renewed for season two? Stay tuned.

Set at the fictional St. Matthew's Hospital, Heartbeat follows a cardio-thoracic surgeon, Dr. Alex Panttiere (Melissa George), as she tries to juggle her personal and professional lives. She eagerly fights authority, particularly when it comes to her patients' health and well-being. The rest of the cast includes Dave Annable, Don Hany, Joshua Leonard, Jamie Kennedy, D.L. Hughley, Shelley Conn, Maya Erskine, and J. Louis Mills.

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Heartbeat: Cancel or Keep the New NBC Medical Drama?

13 April 2016 8:59 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

[caption id="attachment_47412" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Photo: Colleen Hayes/NBC[/caption]Viewers who like medical dramas can find them on NBC. Chicago Med has already been renewed for a season two and The Night Shift is returning for its third season in June. But, how is their newest medical drama Heartbeat doing? Will it be cancelled or renewed for a second season?

Set at the fictional St. Matthew's Hospital, Heartbeat follows a cardio-thoracic surgeon, Dr. Alex Panttiere (Melissa George), as she tries to juggle her personal and professional lives. She eagerly fights authority, particularly when it comes to her patients' health and well-being. The rest of the cast includes Dave Annable, Don Hany, Joshua Leonard, Jamie Kennedy, D.L. Hughley, Shelley Conn, Maya Erskine, and J. Louis Mills.

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Farewell to 'Togetherness,' a rare Peak TV cancellation

10 April 2016 8:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

(This column will have spoilers for the Togetherness series finale, and other parts of the show's second season, but not for a while, and with another warning before they come.) Something odd happened tonight: Togetherness ended. Now, TV shows end all the time. This business is built on the assumption of failure. And, of course, shows often get to end of their own volition, whether Mad Men and Parks and Rec last year or something as recent (and short-lived) as Horace and Pete last week. But one of the side effects of Peak TV seems to be an increasing reluctance by executives to cancel shows that have any kind of notable following and/or acclaim. These days, it seems that if a critical darling gets renewed past its first season, it will stick around for as long as the creative team wants it to — or, at least, until the network »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Chris Gorham Gets Temperatures Rising on NBC's Heartbeat — Video

6 April 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Tonight on Heartbeat (NBC, 8/7c), Covert Affairs favorite Chris Gorham plays a sculptor — though it’s his form that the hospital COO may have designs on, as seen in this sneak peek.

RelatedHeartbeat: Did NBC’s Medical Drama Get Your Pulse Racing?

Gorham guest-stars as Wyatt, a sculptor commissioned to install his art at the hospital. When Millicent Silvano (Terra Nova‘s Shelley Conn) shows up at the site of his installation to carp about the commotion, she soon enough is distracted by his… way with words.

RelatedNBC’s The Night Shift Gets Season 3 Premiere Date

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Heartbeat: Did NBC's Medical Drama Get Your Pulse Racing?

22 March 2016 7:00 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The future of NBC’s Heartbeat likely depends on how viewers respond to the “look at me!” opening minutes of Tuesday’s special preview: Heart transplant surgeon Dr. Alex Panttiere (played by AliasMelissa George) MacGyvers a medical procedure on a plane, gets her blouse bloodied and then speaks at a conference wearing a retro flight attendant uniform. It’s either cute or gimmicky, depending on your tolerance for such things.

RelatedHeartbeat Review: [Insert Your Own ‘Dead on Arrival’ Zinger Here]

Before you weigh in with your snappy judgement, let’s briefly recap the pilot:

Alex, in case you glossed over the show’s marketing materials, is a rebel. »

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TV Review: ‘Heartbeat’

20 March 2016 7:45 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Melissa George’s pregnancy prompted NBC to reschedule “Heartbeat” from the fall to midseason, but the intervening months haven’t helped this medical drama find much of a pulse. Although derived from a book by a real-life heart surgeon, the series plays like a rather pallid “Grey’s Anatomy” knockoff, featuring another doctor who cares desperately about her patients, runs roughshod over subordinates and bosses alike, and walks and talks very, very fast.

If Kathy Magliato’s book was built, in part, around how cardiac surgery remains a largely male bastion, there are enough brilliant female doctors patrolling the halls of TV to make George’s Dr. Alexandra Panttiere feel a little less special. The day-to-day pressures of the hospital, meanwhile, share time with a sort-of romantic triangle, involving Alex’s relationship with her dreamy doc boyfriend (Dave Annable) and the surgical mentor (Don Hany) who suddenly shows up, unleashing »

- Brian Lowry

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'Heartbeat': TV Review

18 March 2016 12:37 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NBC's new drama Heartbeat fits comfortably into the resilient genre I've long referred to as the vocational irony narrative, in which the main character's personal life runs counter to the expectations set by her professional life. To wit, Melissa George's Dr. Alex Panttiere is a successful cardiothoracic surgeon, but her personal life is a mess. More to the point, Alex can give hearts to her patients, but she cannot give her own heart as freely to boyfriend Dr. Pierce (Dave Annable), former mentor and ex Dr. Jessie (Don Hany) or her gay ex-husband, Max (Joshua Leonard). She can open up chests, but she can't open up her

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- Daniel Fienberg

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Heartbeat Season 1 Review

17 March 2016 7:18 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Three episodes were provided prior to broadcast.

It’s easy to see why NBC made Heartbeat, the network’s newest stab at the hyper-tense world of surgeries and sexual workplace politics – a world which it made popular with ER and subsequently lost ground to with ABC’s similarly unending Grey’s Anatomy. Heartbeat, like those shows, mixes an over-the-top medical emergency each week into the personal drama of its diverse cast. It’s a formula that the network has proved can work for a few seasons, even when the show surrounding it can be middling at best, like The Night Shift.

With Heartbeat, the stories are now (somewhat) real, thanks to the show’s source material, “Heart Matters: A Memoir of a Female Heart Surgeon” by Dr. Kathy Magliato. The intrigue of that is quickly negated though by the network TV need to shock and drop bombs every five minutes »

- Mitchel Broussard

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SXSW 2016 Review: Teenage Cocktail is an Intoxicating Cautionary Tale

13 March 2016 8:07 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

While it may not necessarily be a horror movie, Teenage Cocktail popped up on my radar due to the talent involved. Co-writer/director John Carchietta, who previously worked on the underrated The Hills Run Red, makes quite a statement with his directorial debut that hypnotically explores the dangers of Internet culture and how some teenagers’ narrow senses of judgment can have huge ramifications.

Teenage Cocktail follows Annie (Nichole Bloom), who has recently been transplanted into a new neighborhood and school, causing her to feel unsure about who she wants to be and how she fits into the world. She’s immediately drawn to her fellow classmate Jules (Fabianne Therese), a bit of a free spirit who flitters about with a sense of reckless abandon (ah, to be young!). The pair start off as friends, but over time their relationship evolves into something more intimate than sleepover buddies, and we see »

- Heather Wixson

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11 Movies & TV Shows We’re Excited to See at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival

9 March 2016 4:48 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

It’s hard to believe that another South by Southwest Film Festival is almost upon us, and this year’s lineup is yet another stellar collection of indie films, shorts, documentaries and experiential projects from all over the world. As we prepare to bring our readers extensive coverage over the next week from Austin, here’s a look at the 11 genre-related films and TV shows we’re excited to check out during the festival, which begins on Friday, March 11th.

[Writer’s Note: During Sundance 2016, this writer had the privilege of covering two great genre films: Under the Shadow from Babak Anvari and Mickey Keating’s Carnage Park. Since I had the chance to catch both of these films back in January, I decided it wouldn’t be fair to include them here in my preview piece (however, genre fans attending SXSW should definitely check out both films during the fest, as they are equally incredible).]

In a Valley of Violence (Director/Screenwriter: Ti West)

Festival Synopsis: From Blumhouse, the film tells the story of a drifter named Paul who arrives in a small town, seeking revenge on the thugs who murdered his friend. Sisters Mary Anne and Ellen, who run the town’s hotel, help Paul in his quest for vengeance. Cast: Ethan Hawke, Taissa Farmiga, James Ransone, Karen Gillan, John Travolta (World Premiere)

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- Heather Wixson

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Togetherness: HBO Releases Season Two Trailer

11 February 2016 3:15 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

The second season of HBO's Togetherness TV series premieres Sunday, February 21, 2016, at 10:30pm Et/Pt. Watch the new season two teaser, below.

The cast of Togetherness includes: writer, director, and producer Mark Duplass, Melanie Lynskey, Amanda Peet, Steve Zissis, and Abby Ryder Fortson. Guest stars this season include: Peter Gallagher, John Ortiz, Joshua Leonard, Ginger Gonzaga, Emily Althaus, and Katie Aselton.

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Togetherness: Season Two Premieres Feb 21st; Watch Trailer from HBO

28 January 2016 12:21 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Below, watch the trailer for the eight-episode second season of HBO's Togetherness TV series. Above, check out the official season two poster. Togetherness features a makeshift family of people at their best, when they stick together.

The cast of Togetherness includes: writer, director, and producer Mark Duplass as Brett Pierson. Also starring are: Melanie Lynskey, Amanda Peet, Steve Zissis, and Abby Ryder Fortson. Season two guest stars include: Peter Gallagher, John Ortiz, Joshua Leonard, Ginger Gonzaga, Emily Althaus, and Katie Aselton.

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‘A Gathering of Saints’ Movie in the Works With ‘Foxcatcher’ Exec Producer

25 January 2016 2:34 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Catch & Release Films is developing a movie based on the book “A Gathering of Saints: A True Story of Money, Murder and Deceit” about a pair of 1985 bombing murders in Utah.

Catch & Release principals Tom Heller and Frank Hall Green will produce the movie through their shingle, which acquired the rights to “A Gathering of Saints” from New York Times reporter Robert Lindsay, who also authored “The Falcon and the Snowman.”

Heller executive produced “Foxcatcher” after discovering the source material for the story in 2004, acquiring life rights to Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz and bringing the material to director Bennett Miller. He also has credits on “Precious,” “127 Hours,” “Win-Win” and “Mud.”

“A Gathering of Saints” investigates the three separate bombings, which killed two individuals and seriously injured a third, by Mark Hofmann — a disillusioned Mormon who used his talents to blackmail the Mormon Church by releasing forgeries of documents about the »

- Dave McNary

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Charlie Plummer Joins Oren Moverman’s ‘The Dinner’ (Exclusive)

19 January 2016 4:46 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Charlie Plummer has joined the cast of Oren Moverman’s “The Dinner,” sources tell Variety.

Laura Linney, Richard Gere, Rebecca Hall and Steve Coogan also star.

Cotty Chubb will produce “The Dinner” via his ChubbCo shingle. Eva Maria Daniels and Olga Segura will exec produce.

The story is based on Herman Koch’s novel, first published in 2009 in Holland and since translated into dozens of languages. Set at a dinner in Amsterdam, the story revolves around two brothers, one running for prime minister of the Netherlands, who must deal with their teenage sons having committed a violent crime.

Plummer will play the only son of Linney and Coogan.

The novel was adapted in 2013 by Menno Meyjes as a Dutch drama, which screened at the Toronto International Film Festival. It was also the basis of a 2014 Italian drama directed by Ivano De Matteo and screened at Venice International Film Festival. It »

- Justin Kroll

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