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In July, a panel of SoS TV editors and critics picked the best episodes of 2014 so far. Here are their picks for the best episodes of the second half of what has been another fantastic year for television.
The Honourable Woman, “The Empty Chair”
Written by Hugo Blick
Directed by Hugo Blick
Aired July 3, 2014
For anyone burnt out on Homeland‘s increasingly 24-esque take on international intrigue and perilous spycraft, Hugo Blick’s BBC/SundanceTV miniseries The Honourable Woman offers a respite, leaning harder on psychological and sociopolitical realism than overwrought action beats while tackling unrest in the Middle East and the repercussions of violence. Its first installment, “The Empty Chair,” is a case study in how to introduce both a complex story and complex characters without feeling like it’s needlessly dwarfing viewers in subplots just for the sake of it. Moreover, it works both as a sterling showcase »
On the face of it, 2014 has been a rather strange year for film, a step down from an annum of classics and simultaneously a slalom into the realms of adventure and discord. It is rather significant that now, more than halfway through December, most talk has turned to trailers and announced releases for next year, the long-term planning of industry giants and the hunt for the next super-franchise. It is simply continuing the trend; of the twenty highest grossing films of 2014 (so far), an eye-watering seventeen are sequels, adaptations (of source material or franchise brand), reworks, reboots or otherwise unoriginal content. Of the three left over, two were unheralded comedies. 2015 promises more of the same, with the arrival of Jurassic World, Terminator Genisys (sic), Mad Max: Fury Road as well as Avengers 2, The Hunger Games 4, Fast and Furious 7, Taken 3 and a Fantastic Four reboot. Oh yeah, and Fifty Shades of Sh Grey… »
- Scott Patterson
There are several things that have to be discussed in this recap of Friday (December 19) night's "Amazing Race" finale, but I want to get this out of the way: I don't think Brooke was wrong to be pissed off to see The Candy Girls arrive at the Manila airport after the last Leg and I don't think Adam was wrong to say that he was frustrated. When I talked to Phil Keoghan about the rash of episodes in which teams didn't go home this season -- Four out of 11 episodes -- he said that people were universally excited by the ending of the last Leg, because it was something they had never seen before. True. What they hadn't seen before was a team get spared from elimination at the end of what was, for all intents and purposes, a Leg despite finishing last, only to be immediately rewarded with an Equalizer at the airport, »
- Daniel Fienberg
2014 was a strong year for television, both at home and abroad, but now is the time to narrow down our favourites to only the choicest cuts.
Our countdown of the best TV shows of 2014 continues today with 10-6 - check back tomorrow (December 19) when we'll reveal the top 5 and our favourite show of the year.
Digital Spy's best TV shows of the year 2014: 15-11
Digital Spy's best TV shows of the year 2014: 20-16
Digital Spy's best TV shows of the year 2014: 25-21
10. In The Flesh
One of the great telly crimes of 2014 has BBC Three's willingness to let the fate of this smart, emotional, innovative BAFTA-winning series go unresolved.
2014's fall TV line-up delivered some seriously stunning performances, not to mention a few truly incredible new shows -- but the only problem? There was such an abundance of critically acclaimed television that our DVRs could barely keep up. If you missed out on more quality viewing than is healthy, don't sweat it. Moviefone's rounded up a list of hits that you may have missed in 2014 (too busy binging "Gilmore Girls" on Netflix, probably), which means you officially have a plan for winter break!
If the multiple Golden Globe nominations aren't enough to inspire you to watch "The Affair," you might be interested to know that it stars none other than Joshua Jackson, aka Pacey from "Dawson's Creek." "The Affair" -- which follows the romantic dalliances of a married man and woman in Montauk -- is one part mysterious and one million parts evocative, but the show is »
- Mehera Bonner
From the apparent death of the romantic sitcom to the resurgence of superhero shows, there have been a lot of developments in television over the year. But if there is one trend that has defined 2014 in television, it has been the migration of directors to the small screen for season-long projects. While not an idea that’s unique to the year, as the Jane Campion-helmed first season of Top of the Lake signalled the trend in 2013, this year’s television firmly established the migration as something more than a novelty.
Of course, big name directors hopping in for an episode or two of shows they are executive producers on is nothing new. Martin Scorsese’s direction in the pilot no doubt convinced some people to give Boardwalk Empire a chance, as did Neil Marshall’s work on the pilot of Constantine »
- Deepayan Sengupta
With the stain of "Lost" forever on his resume, there was a decided wariness among viewers as they entered into HBO's "The Leftovers," the latest effort from Damon Lindelof. Rich on similar themes to the ABC hit series, I'd argue "The Leftovers" navigated that terrain much more successfully, with more complex characters and, thankfully, a healthy balance between supernatural mystery and the concerns of the main players involved. And while the show has been renewed for a second season, it looks like some changes are on the horizon. Seemingly taking a page from "True Detective," "American Horror Story," and "Fargo" in terms of season changeups, "The Leftovers" is in the midst of what Deadline calls a "creative reboot" with the show relocating from the setting of Mapleton, New York for its second season. But don't panic too hard, as it seems most of the key cast are still involved. Justin Theroux, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
People were generally divided into two schools of thought on HBO’s solemn, mysterious drama The Leftovers. Either you appreciated it as a thoughtful examination of grief and loss, or you dismissed it as an overwrought exercise in misery porn. And though its ratings weren’t anything to write home about, HBO did renew the show for a second season, so showrunners Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta will have another chance to engage viewers. Intriguingly, they’ll be changing things up quite a bit in order to do so.
According to Deadline, The Leftovers will be leaving the town of Mapleton behind to an as-of-yet unknown new setting. Part and parcel with that, multiple characters who played a role in the first season won’t be returning. Out of the 14 stars of the first season, only the leads are set to reprise their roles. That includes Justin Theroux as Mapleton »
- Isaac Feldberg
With Awards season heating up, the Writers Guild of America has announced its TV nominations for the WGA Awards, which are set to take place in February. Check out the full list of nominees below…
The Good Wife, Written by Leonard Dick, Keith Eisner, Matthew Hodgson, Ted Humphrey, Michelle King, Robert King, Erica Shelton Kodish, Matthew Montoya, Luke Schelhaas, Nichelle Tramble Spellman, Craig Turk, Julia Wolfe (CBS)
- Gary Collinson
The Writers Guild of America announced the TV nominees for the 2015 WGA Awards on Thursday (December 4) morning and several new shows broke into the fields in a big way. And, of course, there were a number of big WGA Award nomination head-scratchers. Specifically, where the heck was FX's "Fargo"? The answer is below. Making perhaps the biggest splash was "Transparent," which earned three nominations and, since "Orange Is The New Black" earned two nods and "House of Cards" pick up one, that meant that Amazon Prime and Netflix are, at least for one award-giving organization, on equal footing as creators of original programming. The Jill Soloway-created "Transparent" is nominated for New Series, where it will go against "The Affair," "The Knick," "Silicon Valley" and "True Detective." "Transparent" and "Silicon Valley" are also up for Comedy Series, going against "Louie," "Veep" and "Orange Is The New Black." Lest you panic »
- Daniel Fienberg
“Modern Family” was not selected in the comedy series category but took two nods for the “The Cold” and “Three Dinners” segments. Similarly, “Boardwalk Empire” was not named for drama series but received nomimations for the “Devil You Know” and “Friendless Child” episodes.
“The Simpsons” had its usual strong showing with four bids for animation writing with “Bob’s Burgers” taking two. »
- Dave McNary
Justin Theroux wasn't sure what would happen to his character, small-town detective Kevin Garvey, when he signed on for HBO's mysterious drama "The Leftovers," which considers the world after two-percent of the global population vanishes without a trace. "I loved the mystery," said the actor during our recent video chat (watch it below). "A lot of times if it's a film you obviously know where it's going to end up in a three-act-structure way, but this was kind of interesting in that you kind of didn't know." -Break- Will 'The Leftovers' be main course at the Emmys? Theroux is used to mysterious projects. In 2001, he starred in David Lynch's "Mulholland Drive," a film that neither its cast nor its viewers could be entirely sure they understood. Theroux thinks Lynch and "Leftovers" executive producer Damon Lindelof have similar approaches and feels it's "liberating" to be k...' »
Like a lot of you, I imagine, my ongoing crime story obsession this fall comes not from TV, but from a podcast: "Serial," a "This American Life" spin-off where reporter Sarah Koenig looks into a 15-year-old Baltimore murder case in which teenager Adnan Syed was convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee. "Serial" has become the podcast that launched a thousand think pieces — as well as a second podcast at Slate devoted to analyzing each "Serial" episode. The podcast's fans can't stop discussing the holes in the prosecution's case, whether Adnan is trying to pull an Ed Norton in "Primal Fear" on Sarah (a notion she wisely addressed in last week's episode) and, most importantly, whether the show is going to actually "solve" the case (even if that means confirming Adnan's guilt) — and, if not, how it's going to end. It's that last part that's going to be the sticking point, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Halloween is over. Am I sad? Yes. But it’s not an angry sad. It’s a theatrical sad. It’s the kind of sad that pairs well with gray skies, bare trees and cold wind. But then, if I’m happy about being sad, am I actually sad? Does this make me a perky goth? Because I think I’d rather hang myself with a jump rope. Preferably from a playground basketball hoop.
Alien Vs Predator: Fire & Stone #2
Writer: Christopher Sebela
Artist: Ariel Olivetti
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Price: $4 (Digital)
Originally, I had written an introductory paragraph for this issue about Joshua Williamson’s most recent issue of his serial killer comic Nailbiter and how much I didn’t like the focus the issue had on real-life comic book writer Brian Michael Bendis. I had written this because I’d thought Williamson wrote AvP but, much to my chagrin, »
- Chris Melkus
Concept Art by Christopher Ross When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organisation has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew. Star Trek Into Darkness was directed by J.J. Abrams ("Super 8"), from a screenplay written by Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. Returning for the sequel »
Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show is a documentary that explores the role of the person or persons responsible for overseeing all areas of writing and production on a television series and ensuring that each episode is delivered on time and on budget for both the network that airs the show and the studio that produces it. In this perceived Golden Age of television, shows are now enthralling audiences the world over in the way that Hollywood feature films once did, and there is an increasing curiosity about the individuals that make that possible. The film features J.J. Abrams, Hart Hanson, Damon Lindelof, Ronald D. Moore, Joss Whedon, Terence Winter and J.H. Wyman, among others. During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, Ronald D. Moore (who is currently the showrunner on the hit Starz drama series Outlander) talked about what made him want to become a showrunner, marrying »
- Christina Radish
J.J. Abrams (Lost, Fringe), Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire), Shawn Ryan (The Shield), Damon Lindelof (Lost) and countless others shift from behind the scenes to become the focus of a new documentary, Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show. The doc offers numerous first-hand accounts of what it takes to get a TV show on the air and features a backstory that is almost as equally fascinating. Below, director Des Doyle and co-producer Ryan Patrick McGuffey detail the arduous journey behind Showrunners. Read more 'Showrunners': Movie Review For anyone who has ever truly pursued the dream of making
- Des Doyle, Ryan Patrick McGuffey
For TV fans, showrunners like Joss Whedon, Damon Lindelof, Kurt Sutter and J.J. Abrams are just as famous as the stars on their shows. A new documentary, available Friday on iTunes and Video On Demand (and in select theaters), takes an inside look at their jobs and what it takes to make a hit series.
Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show is the brainchild of Irish filmmaker Des Doyle, who spent more than four years shooting the documentary. "It was borne out of the fact that I'm a huge, über TV fan," Doyle says....
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- Michael Schneider
Just in time for Halloween, Daniel Radcliffe gets some special powers and couple of appendages growing from his temples in Radius’ Horns, which will be this week’s biggest rollout among specialty newcomers. The title received a warm welcome at a Cinema Society event attended by its stars this week in New York. This week’s newbies are dominated by nonfiction fare, though with some exceptions. Kino Lorber is opening French/Swiss maestro Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye To Language following a successful festival run. It has been critically acclaimed, and the company is expecting it to be a box office winner too. The 2014 Best Documentary winners from South by Southwest and Tribeca are going head-to-head in their theatrical debuts. Radius’ The Great Invisible (SXSW) opened in limited release Wednesday in an exclusively theatrical rollout, and The Orchard is bowing Point And Shoot (Tribeca) in a single NYC run. Submarine Deluxe »
- Brian Brooks
With three of its four leads in place (and the fourth said to be near a deal), HBO’s True Detective has moved on to casting some heavily recurring roles for Season 2.
As previously reported, Vince Vaughn (Wedding Crashers) will play Frank Semyon, a career criminal struggling to move into legitimate enterprise, and Colin Farrell (Alexander) will play Ray Velcoro, a police detective with torn allegiances. Taylor Kitsch (Friday Night Lights) is said to be playing a detective, while Rachel McAdams is rumored to be circling the fourth and final lead role, as another detective.
In addition, all said to be near deals, »
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