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A group of unlikely acquaintances unite to take down a common enemy in History’s Revolutionary War drama Sons of Liberty, and — to paraphrase a famous quotation from the era — it’s a time that tries even the most patient TV viewer’s soul.
The opening installment of the cable channel’s scripted miniseries, which premiered Sunday and continues through Tuesday, covers one of the most exciting epochs in American history: the years right before the colonies turned against British rule and decided to go to war for independence.
It was a time of great unrest, violence and intrigue… so »
The founding fathers receive the “Vikings” treatment in “Sons of Liberty,” a six-hour miniseries that History channel will air over successive nights. Produced by Stephen David Entertainment – best known for heavily re-enacted docu-hybrids, like “The World Wars” – this scripted production is clearly intended to bring history to life, but sometimes at the cost (with apologies to Sam Adams) of feeling a bit too much like a beer commercial. Although generally interesting and handsomely done, the program isn’t without its excesses, and some of the liberties taken here, creatively and historically, have little to do with the price of tea.
Billed as a “dramatic interpretation of events,” “Sons of Liberty” opens in 1765, with Sam Adams (Ben Barnes of “The Chronicles of Narnia”) being sought by British soldiers. Drunk and unshaven, he has run afoul of Massachusetts’ governor for refusing to collect all the taxes the Crown considers its due from his fellow colonists. »
- Brian Lowry
Actors Luis Guzman (“Traffic,” “Boogie Nights”) and Finesse Mitchell (“Saturday Night Live”) have landed guest spots on Showtime’s “Roadies” from Cameron Crowe and J.J. Abrams, the cabler announced Thursday.
“Roadies” — a comedy following a rock band on tour, seen through the eyes of the band’s crew — stars Christina Hendricks as the band’s production manager and Luke Wilson as the tour manager. Imogen Poots, Rafe Spall, Colson “Mgk” Baker, Peter Cambor and Keisha Castle-Hughes round out the ensemble cast.
Guzman has been cast as the band’s tour-bus driver, Gooch. Mitchell will play Harvey, the tour accountant, who’s involved in illegal side businesses.
Crowe wrote the pilot and will direct. He’s exec producing the pilot with Abrams, Bryan Burk (“Lost,” “Fringe,” “Person of Interest”) and Winnie Holzman (“My So-Called Life,” “Wicked,” “Huge”), who will also serve as showrunner. Kathy Lingg (“Person of Interest,” “Fringe”) is co-exec producing. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Luis Guzman and Finesse Mitchell are hitting the road with Cameron Crowe and Showtime. The “Boogie Nights” star and “Saturday Night Live” alum have been cast as recurring guest stars for new pay-tv pilot “Roadies.”
If the potential series gets picked up, Guzman and Mitchell will be seen and heard from again.
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Guzman will play Gooch, the band’s beloved tour-bus driver, who is filled with stories and late-night wisdom, as Showtime described him. His easy-going manner belies a troubled home life.
Mitchell will play Harvey, the tour accountant, »
- Tony Maglio
“What an incredible journey this has been. I take great pride in what the entire Mad Men team was able to create episode after episode, season after season,” said the show's creator Matthew Weiner. “We sincerely thank the fans for joining us on this ride and hope it has meant as much to them as it has to us.”
AMC’s president, Charlie Collier, added that: “Mad Men is the show that put AMC on the map. Period. It is impossible to overstate the impact it has had on AMC, and I would argue, this era of television."
He added that »
Humans, coming to Channel 4 and AMC in the Us later this year, is one of our most anticipated dramas of 2015. Not only does the Assimovian premise of a parallel present in which 'Synthetics' are the latest domestic household accessory sound promising, but the cast that production company Kudos has amassed bodes very well indeed.
Amongst that group of actors is William Hurt, who's being joined by Colin Morgan, Katherine Parkinson, Rebecca Front, Neil Maskell, Tom Goodman-Hill and Gemma Chan. Spooks' Jonathan Brackley and Sam Vincent have written the series, based on Lars Lundstrom's original Swedish series, Real Humans.
The official blurb is as follows: "In the hope of transforming the way they live, one strained suburban family purchases a refurbished synth only to discover that sharing life with »
6 items from 2015
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