9 items from 2014
The Cinemax drama series Banshee is currently in its second season, as Lucas Hood (Antony Starr), an ex-con and master thief who has assumed the identity of the town sheriff, balances his own criminal activities with solving crimes in a town with more bad elements than any one person can keep track of. It’s intense, violent and bad-ass, but it’s also one of the most fun roller-coaster rides on television. The show also stars Ivana Milicevic, Ulrich Thomsen, Frankie Faison, Hoon Lee, Rus Blackwell, Matt Servitto, Demetrius Grosse, Trieste Kelly Dunn, Lili Simmons, Antony Ruivivar and Odette Annable. During this exclusive interview with Collider, actor Antony Starr talked about how tough this show is to shoot, how he feels Season 2 compares to Season 1, picking the right times to give backstory on his character to the viewers, where Lucas and Carrie are at now, what sort of relationship he »
- Christina Radish
It’s not even February and, already, 2014 is shaping up to be a massive year for television. True Detective announced itself as the year’s first new stand-out series. Against all odds, Dan Harmon and Community returned and are putting together a respectable comeback season. FX’s fantastic and hard-working Justified continues to solidify its place among the greats of the past decade. And Girls‘ unique blend of comedy and drama is once again pushing the narrative boundaries of the half-hour series in its third season.
One series, though, is leading the charge at the beginning of the year. The most unlikely of heroes, Cinemax’s Banshee, in just a matter of three weeks, has matured into something truly special – something a lot of TV writers refer to as “appointment viewing” when describing other series. With limited experience dabbling in co-produced original programming, Cinemax released Banshee – its first »
- Sean Colletti
The Cinemax drama series Banshee is currently in its second season, as Lucas Hood (Antony Starr), an ex-con and master thief who has assumed the identity of the town sheriff, balances his own criminal activities with solving crimes in a town with more bad elements than any one person can keep track of. It’s intense, violent and bad-ass, but it’s also one of the most fun roller-coaster rides on television. The show also stars Ivana Milicevic, Ulrich Thomsen, Frankie Faison, Hoon Lee, Rus Blackwell, Matt Servitto, Demetrius Grosse, Trieste Kelly Dunn, Lili Simmons, Antony Ruivivar and Odette Annable. During this exclusive interview with Collider, executive producer Greg Yaitanes talked about when the show really is at its best, how proud he is of Episode 5, that viewers will learn more about Lucas Hood’s past this season, the unexpected journey of Jason Hood (Harrison Thomas), where the threats are »
- Christina Radish
Annable had reached out to her celebrity pals to urge them to help in spreading the word via Twitter, which led to almost 10,000 people reading the story and more than 1,000 retweets, Contactmusic reported.
The 28-year-old American actress said that an experience like this made her realize that social media is a "group of people looking to connect with many". (Ani) »
- Arun Pandit
Odette Annable has experienced the power of social media firsthand. The Banshee actress recently took to Twitter in an effort to help her aunt Miriam find a kidney. After writing an article online about her aunt's medical situation, she shared the story with famous friends and her followers to drum up attention and hopefully find a donor. "My aunt's kidney failed for the second time and I wanted to help, so I did what all working actors do—I turned to my reps and then called my friends in the industry to verify the advice my reps gave me," the star told Elle magazine. Shortly after posting the story on CNN iReport, Annable sent an email asking her famous friends to tweet the »
There's always been something about popular horror films that's undeniably sexy. It may seem weird to someone who's not a fan of the genre to consider that the creepy themes, jolting frights and even slasher sagas often have sexual elements. But more often than not, it's true.
For some, it's simply the tie-in between heightened senses and sexuality. There are even scientific, psychological ties between fear, adrenaline and arousal that explain why something about getting scared out of your mind can be oddly sexy. Then of course there's also the fact that horror films are so common for date nights (it's just a great excuse to "comfort" one another).
In some cases the tie between horror and sex has become a bit more blatant. For example, there's no denying the sexualization of vampires in the Twilight series! Taking things a step further, Adam & Eve's adult video section even features a »
Fans of the CBS comedy were left hanging last week when Walden (Kutcher) went in for the kiss with his new boss lady, Nicole (Annable). A preview image from Thursday's episode shows the pair cozied up under the covers (with some questionable contraptions on their heads), but things may not be exactly as they appear.
"Let's just say that Walden has to work his magic in order to get in there with Nicole," Annable tells Zap2it. "Because she's really dedicated to her work, and that's sort of number one for her. But she definitely has a crush on him."
NBC’s Community on Thursday at 8/7c returned to 3.7 million viewers and a 1.3 demo rating.
The second episode of the Season 5 premiere then retained 3 million and a 1.2, averaging out to 3.4 mil/1.3 — down 13 and 32 percent from the comedy’s previous opener (3.9 mil/1.9) but on par with its May finale.
TVLine readers gave the double-episode premiere an average grade of — you guessed it — “A-.”
Related | Winter TV Poll: Did Community Ace Its Season 5 Premiere?
Continuing the Peacock’s night, Sean Saves the World (2.8 mil/0.8) and The Michael J Fox Show (2.5 mil/0.8) slipped two tenths and one tenth, respectively, but Parenthood (4 mil/1.3) ticked up a tenth. »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
On TV this Thursday: Community returns with a double study session, The Taste sizzles up a second season, the hunt for The Assets is on and will The Big Bang Theory pop the big bang question? As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm The Taste (ABC) | Two-hour Season 2 premiere: Judges Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Ludo Lefebvre and Marcus Samuelsson winnow a group of culinary hopefuls down to this season’s 16 competitors.
- Kimberly Roots
9 items from 2014
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