7 items from 2015
The second season of HBO's "Looking" came to dramatic end tonight and before we remark on where this episode leaves Patrick, Agustin and Dom, let's take a few minutes and review the entire season, shall we? After a bumpy, but often impressive first season, "Looking" returned in January with a strong season premiere ("Looking for the Promised Land") which found Patrick (Jonathan Groff) and Kevin (Russell Tovey) deeply involved in a discreet affair, Dom (Murray Bartlett) wondering if he'd become closer with his new boyfriend Lynn (Scott Bakula) and Agustin (Frankie J. Alvarez) trying to dig himself out of a his life hole with a slightly more positive demeanor (likely more thanks to viewer complaints than anything else). The big news was that the show runners had 10 1/2 hour episodes to tell their story versus just eight the prior season. In theory, this meant they could spend more time fleshing out »
- Gregory Ellwood
“[The Archie Horror books] have prompted the best work of our careers,” says writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. “To take these iconic characters and reimagine them and place them in situations they’ve never been in before—it’s a blast, and I’m glad people are responding to it.”
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #2 will arrive on April 15th courtesy of Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack, followed by Afterlife with Archie #8 – an issue inspired by The Shining – on May 6th, with Aguirre-Sacasa writing and art from Francesco Francavilla.
- Gary Collinson
Stars: Addison Timlin, Veronica Cartwright, Anthony Anderson, Travis Tope, Joshua Leonard, Andy Abele, Gary Cole, Edward Herrmann, Ed Lauter, Arabella Field, Denis O’Hare | Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Earl E. Smith | Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
When you think about it, John Carpenter and Wes Craven are to blame. Without them we wouldn’t have the stone-cold genre classics Halloween and A Nightmare on Elm Street. And without them we wouldn’t have their dubious legacy of derivative sequels, remakes and reboots that has plagued multiplexes for going on fifteen years now.
Outside of such an environment, a remake of (or sequel to?) The Town That Dreaded Sundown would never have been greenlit. The blind greed of studio executives is the only logical explanation for this movie’s existence. The creative merit of the enterprise certainly evades me.
Perhaps you need some context; I certainly did. The original was a 1976 slasher »
- Mark Allen
Looking, Season 2, Episode 9: “Looking for Sanctuary”
Directed by Craig Johnson
Airs Sundays at 10 Pm on HBO
By now it’s clear that Looking isn’t too interested in exploring the friendship between its main characters. Far more episodes of the show’s first two seasons, including last night’s “Looking for Sanctuary” have Patrick, Dom, and Agustin going off on their own romantic or personal adventures, each character in his own storyline. Occasionally the three of them will go out to lunch and update each other about what’s going on in their lives, or they’ll see each other at a party and introduce one another to a current boyfriend, but ultimately they lead separate lives. While this actually pretty realistic – thirty-something men with careers and relationships usually don’t spend every waking hour with their friends – it’s almost unprecedented in the world of episodic television. »
- Bryan Rucker
Directed by Ryan Fleck
Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Airs Sundays at 10 Pm on HBO
Looking has often loved its secondary characters more than its leads. Patrick, Dom, and Agustin have continually paired off with people, in both romance and friendship, who are smarter, nicer, and more together than they are. Richie, Lynn, Doris, and Kevin have been the voices or reason, of patience, and of exasperation throughout the show’s run. They’ve shared their advice, which has usually fallen on deaf ears, and have tried to form meaningful bonds with the central trio of characters, with varying degrees of success. This intelligence gap, or empathy gap, has been detrimental to the success of the show. Why follow the lives of a group of emotionally stunted, unambitious babies when this rich tapestry of noble humanity is one degree away? Why can’t »
- Bryan Rucker
History has posted both a new cast image and several very brief teasers for the upcoming third season of their historical saga "Vikings". The new season kicks off on February 19th at 10pm Us-est.
A few weeks ago came word that the ongoing horror comic series "Afterlife With Archie" might become either a TV series or a movie, and one separate to Greg Berlanti's currently in development,"Archie"-inspired TV series "Riverdale" which will likely screen on Fox.
Now, an old interview with comic writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa from a while back has cleared up some of the confusion. Apparently, "Afterlife with Archie" will be incorporated into "Riverdale," specifically every annual Halloween »
- Garth Franklin
In December, Jon Goldwater, CEO of Archie Comics participated in a Reddit Ama. During the chat Goldwater coyly said Afterlife With Archie could become a television series or a movie, but an interview from October with the comic's writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa reveals the real plan. Cbr: Roberto, is there anything else folks show know at this point about "Riverdale"? Nothing, except that we're really, really excited -- and that if, god willing, this works out the way we all want it to work out, every Halloween we'll be doing an "Afterlife" episode of "Riverdale." Currently, Arrow and The Flash showrunner, Greg Berlanti, is working on a television show based on characters from Archie Comics. It is tentatively titled Riverdale and is being developed for Fox. It will be a one-hour drama. If it goes well, you can expect a zombie-filled episode during Halloween every year. Neat! Afterlife With Archie Magazine »
7 items from 2015
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