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Director: Saul Dibb
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Based on the bestselling novel written in secret by Irène Némirovsky in 1941, but only discovered fully 50 years later after being kept by her daughter, Suite Francaise is a moving tale of the struggles people faced during the German occupation in France and the huge risks some took in the name of others survival.
What’s particularly unique about this story is the authenticity of literally being written during World War II. This compelling re-telling on the small screen really brings forward the heart of the people within it. Nemirovsky’s words were originally believed to be an every day journal but what they actually reveal is a genuine insight into the domestic lives of regular people at the »
- Dan Bullock
Winston Churchill famously said, “Democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.” And the Emmys might very well be the worst TV awards ever devised, except perhaps for the rest of them.
Nominations for the 67th annual Emmy Awards surely had something to offend everyone. The outrages ranged from legitimately puzzling oversights (CW’s “Jane the Virgin” and “The Affair’s” Ruth Wilson among them) to those where the righteous fury probably had as much to do with pumping up Web traffic (“Empire” snubbed! “Scandal” slighted!) as anything else.
But honestly, what would those critics prefer? The Golden Globes, an organization with a small and shadowy body of voters, and a colorfully speckled history? Granted, the Emmys have inherent biases against genre shows, but the Globes have their own unique quirks, including an inordinate penchant for European talent and stars with high Q scores. »
- Brian Lowry
Fans of fictional characters often get in an uproar when a specific aspect of that character's personality is changed be it their gender, race, age, sexuality, beliefs or other traits. In some cases it can often be a valid justification as the aspect changed is a key part of that character and how it works in the narrative. Thus by changing it, the original intent of the story is ruined.
In other cases there's a bit more flexibility. In the case of "Doctor Who," you have a unique position - here's a character called The Doctor where the key thing about him is that he regularly regenerates, and when he does he changes drastically both physically and psychologically. In fact the more change the better as it provides a more interesting contrast to what came before, and that frequent changing has been the key to the show's longevity over the years. »
- Garth Franklin
Give the Emmys credit for at least trying to keep up with the current explosion of quality television.
This year, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences expanded the Best Comedy and Drama Series categories to seven slots each, and they made other minor changes (online voting!) meant to bring the awards into the 21st century. Still, there's more good TV now than even the Academy can keep up with, so the outrage and shock over the snubs and surprises in this morning's Emmy nominations is inevitable. Here are some of the most astonishing omissions and inclusions.
Best Drama Series
The biggest shocker here is the snub of "Empire," the season's breakout hit. Was it too soapy or guilty-pleasure-ish for the Academy to take seriously? Fellow newbie/Twitter sensation "How to Get Away With Murder" was also snubbed. Golden Globe fave "The Affair" got no love, here or in other major categories. »
- Gary Susman
This year's Emmy Award nominations have been announced and "Game of Thrones" topped the list with a whopping 24 nominations, followed by "American Horror Story: Freak Show" with 19 noms and "Olive Kitteridge" with 13.
HBO was by far the network to be with 124 nominations in total across the prime time and technical categories. They were followed by ABC (42), CBS & NBC (41), FX (38), Fox (35), Netflix (34), PBS (29), Comedy Central (25) and AMC (24).
With a new online voting system, the list of nominees are a bit fresher than usual with a lot of first-time nominees in acting categories, and some notable absentees like network comedy stalwarts "The Big Bang Theory" and Melissa McCarthy in favour of fresher faces such as "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt". There was some excellent and overdue casting nominations such as Tatiana Maslany for "Orphan Black" and Taraji P. Henson for "Empire," along with the new 'Limited Series' element and more suitable classifications for some »
- Garth Franklin
Showtime’s emotionally raw series The Affair entered the TV landscape last year with an interesting premise (episodes split between a man and a woman’s vastly different perspectives on the same events), and found a lot of truth in its portrayal of the devastation of infidelity. The time spent on its murder plot, however -- which I forgot was a part of the show most weeks -- was less successful. [caption id="attachment_368145" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via Showtime[/caption] For the uninitiated, Season 1 essentially dealt with two marriages that fell apart and reformed. Noah (Dominic West) and Helen (Maura Tierney) and their kids took a vacation in Montauk, where Noah happened to meet Alison (Ruth Wilson), who was struggling in her marriage to Cole (Joshua Jackson) after the loss of their son. The two formed a strong and immediate connection, and then struggled through trying to keep away from each other while also being unshakable drawn together. »
- Allison Keene
Sidse Babbett Knudsen ("Borgen") is set to take over for Miranda Otto in HBO's upcoming robot theme park-themed series "Westworld". Knudsen will play Theresa Cullen, the pivotal operations head of Westworld.
Also hopping onboard are Eion Bailey ("Once Upon A Time") as ladies man Logan, Jimmi Simpson ("House of Cards") as park-newbie William, and Clifton Collins Jr. as sly criminal Lawrence. They join a cast that includes Ed Harris, Anthony Hopkins, Jeffrey Wright, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden and Thandie Newton. [Source: Deadline]
DC's Legends of Tomorrow
Confused about what's going on with Firestorm in the upcoming "The Flash" spin-off, namely will Robbie Amell still be in the role? His co-star and the character's other half Victor Garber (who plays Martin Stein) says he knows about as much as us:
"I can tell you this much. It will be resolved and you will see Robbie, but the Firestorm, they're in the comics, »
- Garth Franklin
Showtime has debuted a brand new look at the second season of the hit drama The Affair, which we have for you below…
The Affair stars Dominic West (The Wire), Ruth Wilson (Luther), Maura Tierney (E.R.) and Joshua Jackson (Dawson’s Creek), with season two exploring “the emotional and psychological effects of an affair that destroyed two marriages, and the crime that brings these individuals back together.”
In a change to the first season, the second will see the story told from four perspectives rather than the original two, which will reveal “four distinct truths.”
Wilson plays Alison, a young woman attempting to move on from tragedy and build a lasting relationship while contending with the judgment of others and her own self-doubt. Her lover Noah (West) is a burgeoning writer trying to balance the temptations of success, the family he left behind, and the woman he loves. Noah’s »
- Scott J. Davis
Among one of the more acclaimed new shows last season was the Showtime relationship drama The Affair. Created by the In Treatment team of Hagai Levi and Sarah Treem, the series’ first season went on to win a Golden Globe for best Drama, with lead actress Ruth Wilson taking home another award on the same night for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television series.
The show was soon renewed for a second season, which is now poised to return in the fall, with a major change. While the structure of the first season meant that the story of the unfolding events was told from two perspectives, the new season will expand the viewpoints to tell the story from four different perspectives, adding in Helen and Cole’s viewpoints to the series. Ruth Wilson is poised to return once again, joined by Dominic West, Maura Tierney, and Joshua Jackson, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
How did we get here
We took the slow way
Do you love me
What am I supposed to say
Those haunting, heart-tugging lyrics from the song "Walls" by the band Stars plays over the new trailer for Showtime's Golden Globe-winning "The Affair." The exchange between the male and female singer captures the mood of the teaser, which shows us that Noah (Dominic West) and Alison (Ruth Wilson) continue their affair as their respective marriages crumble.
Watch the trailer.
As Noah and Alison navigate their relationship, they also have to contend with the police's ongoing investigation of Scott Lockhart's death. Noah claims he's innocent, but if he is, who did kill Scott?
"The Affair" season 2 premieres this fall. »
- Kelly Woo
The dual perspective structure of the first season of The Affair is going to get even more fractured. In the first season we toggled between Alison (Ruth Wilson) and Noah's (Dominic West) points of view as they carried on with their sultry affair. But surely their partners, Cole (Joshua Jackson) and Helen (Maura Tierney), have something to say about that. After all, there are four sides to every story. To further this point, the poster: »
- E. Alex Jung
Things aren’t going happily ever after for Noah Solloway and Alison Bailey in season two of “The Affair.”
The teaser for the second year of the Showtime drama was released Monday and seems to imply that the two leads, played by Dominic West and Ruth Wilson, are still be traumatized by season one’s arresting cliffhanger (Spoiler the arrest of Noah on suspicion of killing his daughter’s much older paramour).
But they’re not the only ones dealing with the fallout. While last year chronicled the narrative through the eyes of Noah and Alison, this season will add in the impact of their choices as seen from the perspective of Noah and Alison’s scorned spouses, Helen (Maura Tierney) and Cole (Joshua Jackson), including the damage the breakup had on Helen and Noah’s children.
And then there’s still the matter of who actually committed that murder. »
- Whitney Friedlander
“At a certain point, fate takes over a story.” Here is our first look at Season 2 of Golden Globe-winning drama The Affair, Showtime’s steamy and subtle saga of an illicit Hamptons romance and its fallout. The twist: It’s told separately from the male and female perspectives. Dominic West plays a married teacher and author who hooks up with a married waitress with a tragic past (Ruth Wilson, who also won a Globe), and their tryst ruins two marriages. The sophomore season… »
Season 2 of Showtime’s “The Affair” promises more sex, at least one divorce, and an ongoing murder mystery. “What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done?” Ruth Wilson’s character poses early on in the teaser. “This, probably,” Dominic West’s Noah — her extramarital lover — replies. She’s done a lot of bad, Alison admits. Also Read: 'The Affair' Star Ruth Wilson on Playing 2 Versions of Her Character and 7 Other Emmy Contender Questions Later, Noah tries explaining divorce to the child he shares with Helen (Maura Tierney), as the jig is up. That isn’t the last »
- Tony Maglio
Though "The Affair" between Dominic West and Ruth Wilson's characters was the title subject of Showtime's newest drama series, the show was often at its most vibrant last fall when it was focusing on the spouses (played by Maura Tierney and Joshua Jackson) and other family members whose lives were being irrevocably altered by it. So it's exciting to learn that season 2 — debuting this fall — will, according to Showtime, "be told separately from four different perspectives, revealing four distinct truths." I had some issues with "The Affair" by the end of season 1, but I'll absolutely be watching in the fall, and look forward to seeing how Helen and Cole see what's going on with their soon to be ex-spouses. Here's the season 2 trailer and poster: »
- Alan Sepinwall
The Emmys forever seem to be grappling with a tension that, in award circles, is virtually unique to television — one that, thanks to a spate of big series finales, seems more sharply focused than usual this year. In the simplest terms, the choice boils down to paying tribute to the old, or ushering in the new?
While the Grammys, Oscars or Tonys are presented with a new list of candidates every year, the Emmys feature contenders that are frequently nominated — and sometimes win — year after year. Witness “Modern Family’s” gaudy five-year stranglehold on the best comedy category, or “The Daily Show” and “The Amazing Race’s” decade-long runs in their fields.
While the TV Academy is ostensibly charged with honoring the best programs from any particular year, it’s difficult not to take past performance and context into account. And that can cloud and complicate the decision-making process, especially »
- Brian Lowry
Long Lost Family: ITV, 9pm
Last in the current series, as more people attempt to reconnect with their lost relatives. Alley Lofthouse was abandoned as a baby on the doorstep to a block of flats. Now 48, she wants to meet the woman who left her.
Meanwhile 32-year-old Jade Hartley hopes to meet her father, who she only has one photograph of.
Strike Back: Legacy: Sky1, 9pm
The latest offering of the action thriller has super soldiers Scott and Stonebridge making a grave error.
Will Locke defy orders to correct this mistake?
Whitney's crisis reunites Helen and Noah, which in turn leads them to back to Alison and Montauk.
Hannibal may soon find himself in a bit of a pickle...
As Will, Chiyoh, Jack, and Palazzo close in around the cannibal, »
Did you miss our exclusive Google Hangout chats with eight of this year's Emmy contenders for Best Drama Actress? We've listed them all below for your viewing pleasure, including our interviews with Viola Davis ("How to Get Away with Murder"), Ruth Wilson ("The Affair"), Caitriona Balfe ("Outlander"), Kerry Washington ("Scandal"), Vera Farmiga ("Bates Motel"), Tatiana Maslany ("Orphan Black"), Olivia Williams ("Manhattan") and Joan Chen ("Marco Polo"). -Break- How many of them do you think will earn Emmy nominations? Watch almost 200 video chats with 2015 Emmy contenders Viola Davis on being vulnerable in "How to Get Away with Murder": "My taking off the wig is a seemingly very simple act, it really is. But not. Because for me, I have seen women on screen for so many years and I don't know who they are ... I've never seen the mask come off." »
DramaFever is getting an infusion of classic British entertainment. The New York-based streaming platform, popular for its focus on international TV and movies, has closed a licensing deal with BBC Worldwide North America for the U.S. streaming rights to 18 BBC titles.
DramaFever added five BBC titles to its streaming platform on July 1, 2015, and will add the remaining 13 shows over the next few months. The online video service’s premium subscribers now have access to the first five titles: Tess of the D’Urbervilles (starring Eddie Redmayne), Pride and Prejudice (Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth), Upstairs, Downstairs (Keeley Hawes), Little Dorrit (Claire Foy), and Miss Austen Regrets (Olivia Williams).
Here’s a list of the remaining BBC titles DramaFever will start streaming in the upcoming months:
- Bree Brouwer
Ahead of its return in the fall, Showtime has debuted the first teaser trailer for season two of its critically acclaimed, Golden Globe-winning drama The Affair, starring Ruth Wilson, Dominic West, Maura Tierney and Joshua Jackson. Take a look here…
At once deeply observed and intriguingly elusive, The Affair explores the emotional effects of an extramarital relationship. Noah is a New York City schoolteacher and novelist who is happily married, but resents his dependence on his wealthy father-in-law. Alison is a young waitress trying to piece her life and marriage back together in the wake of a tragedy. Set in Montauk at the end of Long Island, the provocative drama unfolds separately from both the male and female perspectives, using the distinct memory biases of both to tell the story.
- Gary Collinson
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