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Cristella has been cancelled by ABC but Tim Allen and Last Man Standing will be back for a fifth season.
On Last Man Standing, Mike Baxter (Allen), marketing director of the Outdoor Man sporting goods stores, continues to stand his ground in a household of women. The rest of the cast includes Amanda Fuller, Christoph Sanders, Flynn Morrison, Hector Elizondo, Kaitlyn Dever, Molly Ephraim, and Nancy Travis.
With "Justified" over (here's my series finale review), I got on the phone with showrunner Graham Yost to discuss why certain characters lived, others died, and which characters (Mags? Quarles?) he might have brought back under different circumstances, all coming up just as soon as I come back here with a jackhammer... I want to start with the hat, because I know it was one of the few significant creative disagreements you ever had with Elmore (Leonard). At what point did you decide you wanted Raylan to end the series wearing the smaller Stetson that met with his approval? Graham Yost: Pretty early on in the season, we knew we wanted to create a character who really modeled himself after Raylan to one degree or another, and he would get a hat, and Raylan would end up with the bad guy's hat. It's still not a perfect match for what Elmore wanted, »
- Alan Sepinwall
In HitFix's new feature "Waxing Episodic," we reflect on an episode of television we'll never forget. FX's "Justified" is coming to an end next week. Let's all respectfully tip our morally color-coded cowboy hat to Graham Yost and company's often superb Elmore Leonard adaptation, which has dispensed heaping servings of badassery on a consistent basis, especially if you pretend Season 5 just never happened. But just as Season 5 is accepted by anybody sensible as the "Justified" nadir, I'm unprepared to accept the contention that any "Justified" season other than the second constitutes its peak. "Justified" has reliably hovered in the second half of my Top 20 for all of its non-Season 5 seasons, but Season 2 was the only one to crack my Top 10, finishing at No.7, which seemed insufficiently rapturous to me in retrospect, but I looked back at the six shows that finished above and you're talking about the final "Friday Night Lights" season, »
- Daniel Fienberg
A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as you step away from the dirty cop... "And here's how it works: you protect your partner, and you avenge them against people who do them wrong." -Katherine People, can we talk about Michael Cosmatopolis for a moment, please? "Fugitive Number One" was another fabulous episode, loaded up with all the things that has made this final season, and "Justified" as a whole, such a pleasure to watch. Plenty of scenes this week would be the easy standout of another episode, or season, or even series — the hour was like a gourmet meal where the delicious courses kept coming somehow without filling up anyone's appetite. But the one I think I will be carrying with me involves the man Wynn called Mikey — even in his final moments, even after being told that the gentleman hated the nickname — standing up for »
- Alan Sepinwall
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Community, Empire, Arrow and Grey’s Anatomy!
2 | Is Glee‘s Sue Sylvester really not going to suffer repercussions for splitting an uninsured piano in two?
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Justified, Season 6, Episode 9: “Burned”
Directed by Don Kurt
Airs Tuesdays at 10pm Et on FX
In its final season, Justified is attempting to pull off something even trickier than Boyd’s heist: honor its past without simply repeating itself. “Burned” contains echoes from the show’s entire history to date, some subtler than others, but more importantly, it manages to incorporate these elements to support a thoroughly entertaining episode, rather than letting the thematic currents overwhelm the narrative, as with some of last week’s “Dark as a Dungeon.”
“Burned” is a somewhat unexpected showcase for two players with a long, complex history on the series: Wynn Duffy and Loretta McCready. Duffy’s journey on the series has been a strange one: when Jere Burns’ mustachioed hood made his first appearance back in the first season, he was the wildest, »
- Simon Howell
Justified, Season 6, Episode 4: “The Trash and the Snake”
Directed by Adam Arkin
Airs Tuesdays at 10pm Et on FX
When it comes to planned-in-advance TV endings, in general, you can do it straight, or you can do it serpentine. Do it straight (Breaking Bad, The Wire) and you guarantee a high degree of fan contentedness, though usually at the cost of spontaneity. Do it serpentine (Lost, Battlestar Galactica, The Sopranos) and you run the risk of pissing off a large percentage of the fanbase, though you’ll have the side-benefit of being debated into eternity. On occasion, a series finds a way to split the difference and reaps incredible rewards. Justified seems destined to opt for the former route. While it’s supplied some artful twists and surprise developments in the past, it’s never been a series built on narrative trickery or hifalutin thematic development. »
- Simon Howell
Director Lynn Shelton reveals why she was more than happy to shoot in Seattle in our exclusive preview for Laggies, which debuts on Blu-ray and DVD February 10 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. This comedy was originally set in Orange County, California, but the filmmaker reveals that version fell apart, leading them to shoot and set the movie in different areas of Seattle. We also hear from a number of crew members who break down the several different locations they shot in.
Keira Knightley and Chloe Moretz shine in this feel-good comedy about two unlikely friends: Megan, a 28-year-old who's not ready for adulthood, and Annika, a 16-year-old who wonders if there's life after high school. Panicked after her boyfriend proposes, Megan hides out in the house Annika shares with her single dad (Sam Rockwell). As their paths intertwine in surprising and hilarious ways, Megan and Annika help each other to stop lagging. »
Chicago – In “Men, Women & Children,” director Jason Reitman not-so-audaciously reflects onto viewers their world of silent screens and awkward impersonal interactions. As many stories (“Don Jon,” “Disconnect”) have taken on the torch of showing how we are, gasp! — connected to the world yet disconnected from those close to us — Reitman’s tale is just another one for the batch.
When the aliens of another planet excavate our digital ruins to understand what we thought of what we wrought, “Men, Women & Children” shall stand out as the film that angled the screen society through the lens of absurdities and perversions, more by the parents than their title kin. Jennifer Garner and Judy Greer portray parents who exhibit control over their kin, enabled by the connectivity and mass audiences awaiting a simple post on the internet. In an example of screen culture absurdity, a stoic Garner is a vehement watchdog over »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
By the end of this season, Last Man Standing will have enough episodes for a syndication package. Will this be the end of this ABC sitcom or, will it be renewed for a fifth season? Stay tuned.
On Last Man Standing, Mike Baxter (Tim Allen), marketing director of the Outdoor Man sporting goods stores, continues to stand his ground in a household of women. The rest of the cast includes Amanda Fuller, Christoph Sanders, Flynn Morrison, Hector Elizondo, Kaitlyn Dever, Molly Ephraim, and Nancy Travis.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available -- typically around 11:30am Est/8:30am Pst. Refresh to see the latest. (more…) »
10 items from 2015
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