7 items from 2016
Hulu has debuted a trailer for the psychological thriller series Chance; produced by Room director Lenny Abrahamson, the series sees Hugh Laurie leading a cast that includes Diane Farr, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Stefania Lavie Owen, Greta Lee, Gretchen Mol, Paul Adelstein, Ethan Suplee and Clarke Peters; watch it below after the official synopsis…
Based on the acclaimed novel by Kem Nunn, “Chance” is a provocative, psychological thriller that focuses on Dr. Eldon Chance (Laurie), a San Francisco-based forensic neuropsychiatrist who reluctantly gets sucked into a violent and dangerous world of mistaken identity, police corruption and mental illness. After an ill-advised decision regarding an alluring patient who may or may not be struggling with a multiple personality disorder, Dr. Chance finds himself in the crosshairs of her abusive spouse, who also happens to be a ruthless police detective. In over his head, Dr. Chance’s descent into the city’s wayward underbelly, »
- Amie Cranswick
The appeal of a guest role is obvious as an actor can often make the maximum impact in minimum screen time. That’s why previous winners love to drop in on other shows, such as Hank Azaria showing up on “Ray Donovan,” Michael J. Fox popping over to “The Good Wife” and Brad Garrett showing his dramatic range on “Law & Order: Svu.”
Last year, Reg E. Cathey took home the prize for his work on “House of Cards” after two nominations. He’s likely to receive another nomination for the role of Freddy, though his co-star Colm Feore could also figure into the mix.
There are certain shows that tend to do well time and again in the guest category. One is “The Good Wife,” which has a plethora of potential nominees, from the aforementioned Fox to Denis O’Hare and Blair Underwood, both involved in a powerful gun control episode. »
- Jenelle Riley
Hot on the heels of the announcement that Ian McShane would be joining American Gods, the Starz adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s beloved novel, Sucker Punch and Pompeii star Emily Browning has also been announced as filling a key role. Browning will play Laura Moon, the wife of Ricky Whittles’ Shadow Moon, a man released from prison only to find that the life he expected to find is no longer in the cards. Shadow quickly falls in with Mister Wednesday (McShane), a mysterious and elderly grifter who leads Shadow into a significantly stranger world than he expected to find on the outside.
Laura’s role in the novel is actually relatively minor, only showing up for several flashbacks and scenes along Shadow’s journey through the strange, mythical backlands of America. However, it’s easy to assume that her »
- Thomas O'Connor
Network: BBC America
Episodes: Ongoing (hour)
TV show dates: January 21, 2016 — present
Series status: Has not been cancelled
Performers include: Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent, Edward Holcroft, Samantha Spiro, Lorraine Ashbourne, David Hayman, Clarke Peters, Charlotte Rampling, Mark Gatiss, Harriet Walter, James Fox, Adrian Lester, Riccardo Scamarcio, Josef Altin, Zrinka Cvitešić, Nicolas Chagrin, and Richard Cunningham.
TV show description:
Part love story, part spy thriller, this British mystery drama features Daniel Edward Holt (Ben Whishaw). A hungover party boy, Danny stands on London's Lambeth's Bridge at dawn, wondering if life gets any easier.
Along comes Alex (Edward Holcroft), out for an early morning jog. While clubber Danny is outgoing, romantic and self-indulgent, brilliant investment banker Alex is mysterious and aloof.
Opposites attract. Danny and Alex form a bond. They »
Thank you all for your kindnesses and rudenesses. I've really enjoyed it. I hope you can get along to see Nt Live on Thursday. Keep it real. Protect and serve.
Kristina Wilde asks:
I was lucky enough to see Dangerous Liaisons from the front row last Saturday and was completely thrilled. Who or what did you study to get into the mindset of Valmont, and is he comparable to any of your modern characters?
Unfortunately I think he's comparable to most of my modern characters! I hope I'm not getting into a rut. I read a lot about the Marquis de Sade, who was a preoccupation of Laclos, and like Valmont, had a warped view of love, »
- Guardian Staff
The actor and writer talks about how his brother got him his first job in showbusiness, his grief at his young son’s death and why he’s now celibate
I grew up in a place I renamed Angel Wood – Englewood, New Jersey. Wonderful artists such as Dizzy Gillespie lived there; and it was one of the first American cities to integrate schools across race, religious and class lines, thanks to parents getting together to demonstrate for it in the late 1950s and early 1960s. We would go to church and synagogue as well; it was a beautiful legacy.
I went to school with John Travolta and Ernie Isley, one of the Isley Brothers; the three of us would go ice-skating together and John’s mother directed the first show I was in, a high-school production of My Fair Lady in which I played an urchin at 14. I wanted to »
- Interview by Maureen Paton Maguire
ITV’s Jericho has good looks and real potential, if only its characters didn’t feel so predictably familiar…
This review contains spoilers.
We don’t really do Westerns in England. There just isn’t the space. Cowboys attempting to ride aloofly through the English landscape would have to keep ducking under twelfth-century clock towers and swerving to avoid knocking the jam jars off roadside honesty stalls. It rather spoils the imposing silhouette of a mysterious man on horseback, you see, the presence of an ornamental barge-painted kettle.
That’s not to say England is without the frontier experience. And that’s what new ITV series Jericho is here to chronicle. The railway viaducts we speed over eating crisps and charging our phones today were once built by someone. This new eight-part drama is about those someones, the nineteenth century navvies and their families who camped out »
7 items from 2016
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