20 items from 2016
The leisurely stroll through a more genteel period struck a chord with a wide range of viewers that no one could have expected. At the time PBS opted to pick up “Downton,” which was produced by Carnival Films for ITV in the U.K., the pubcaster was already looking to revive some much-needed interest in its programming by bringing back another British story of the aristocracy and their faithful staff, “Upstairs, Downstairs.” The original was a ratings bonanza, and the commitment to the revival was in place when an offer came for the thematically reminiscent “Downton.”
“There was a moment when it was felt that ‘Downton’ would be too similar [to ‘Upstairs’], and perhaps it wouldn’t work. But it just looked like such a great series, we »
- Susan Young
From the writer of AMC’s The Night Manger, The Ones Below comes out on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD on September 6th. Also in today’s Horror Highlights: updated release details for Steve Balderson’s Hell Town and the official start of filming on The Ninth Passenger.
The Ones Below Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD Release Date Announced: Press Release: “Los Angeles – Written and directed by David Farr (“The Night Manager,” Hanna, “Mi-5”), the intense psychological thriller, The Ones Below, arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD on September 6th from Magnolia Home Entertainment under the Magnet Label. The Ones Below features riveting performances from Clémence Poésy (Harry Potter franchise), BAFTA® nominee David Morrissey (“The Walking Dead,” “Stage Of Play”), Stephen Campbell Moore (Burnt) and Laura Birn (Purge).
Expecting their first child, Kate (Poésy) and Justin (Moore) become friendly with their new neighbors, Jon (Morrissey) and Theresa (Birn), who are also expecting, »
- Tamika Jones
PBS' new Masterpiece drama series Victoria, premiering January 2017, follows Victoria (Jenna Coleman) for the first three years from the time she is crowned Queen in 1837 at age 18. But is it more difficult to become a teenage queen than it is to inherit the slot vacated by megahit Downton Abbey on the PBS schedule? Before two Masterpiece panels today (Season 2 Poldark and Victoria) series executive producer Rebecca Eaton stressed the importance of both shows in filling… »
Masterpiece on PBS and the BBC are teaming on a television adaptation of the Tony-nominated play King Charles III, as the franchise looks to beef up its slate in the post-Downton Abbey era. It was among the announcements made by PBS’ Masterpiece executive producer Rebecca Eaton at the beginning of the Victoria panel today at TCA. The new drama series is set to air in the Sunday time slot that has been occupied by departing Downton Abbey for the past six years. It stars… »
Masterpiece will co-produce an adaptation of “King Charles III,” the play by Mike Bartlett that imagines the death of Queen Elizabeth II and the ascension of her oldest son to the throne, executive producer Rebecca Eaton announced Thursday. The movie will air on Masterpiece on PBS in 2017.
Bartlett will adapt his own play — nominated for a 2016 Tony Award for best play — into a 90-minute film, with Rupert Goold set to direct. Masterpiece will produce with the BBC in association with Drama Republic.
Tim Pigott-Smith (“Jewel in the Crown”), who played the character on Broadway, will star as Charles.
“’King Charles III’ is an ingenious play that promises to be as riveting on television as it was onstage,” Eaton said. “It’s a play set in the near future, but with Shakespeare never far away.”
- Daniel Holloway
“The Night Of” is one of the most well-reviewed TV series of the year, and it’s not difficult to see why. I’ve seen seven of its eight parts, and I won’t spoil anything, but it continues to be a highly watchable murder mystery and a generally excellent vehicle for capable actors like Bill Camp, John Turturro and Riz Ahmed, among others.
“The Night Of” joins a long list of recent crime dramas that have garnered a ton of critical acclaim and sometimes the avid interest of the public as well; a few recommendations for things to watch after (or between episodes of) the HBO drama follow. But first, it’s worth noting how crime, one of TV’s sturdiest genres, has adapted so capably to the storytelling possibilities of the Peak TV era.
It’s not as if the crime drama ever went away, of course. But what’s generally true of this new »
- Maureen Ryan
Jones, who voiced Dobby the House Elf in the Harry Potter feature films, joins stars Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock Holmes) and Martin Freeman (Dr. John Watson), and Amanda Abbington (Mary Morstan). No word who Jones will play, but co-creator Steven Moffat teases he will be, "...bringing to life one of Doyle’s finest villains."
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“I’m excited and intrigued by the character I shall be playing in ‘Sherlock,’” said Jones in a statement.
Co-creator, writer and exec producer Stevan Moffat said: “Delighted to have Toby Jones on board, bringing to life one of Doyle’s finest villains.”
Co-creator, writer and exec producer Mark Gattis added: “We’re thrilled to welcome one of our finest actors to the ‘Sherlock’ family. I know Toby will embrace the part with true relish.”
Last month it was announced that »
- Diana Lodderhose
[caption id="attachment_48508" align="aligncenter" width="590"] (L-r) Jemima West as Alice Whelan and Henry Lloyd-Hughes as Ralph Whelan. (C) New Pictures and Channel 4 for Masterpiece in association with All3Media International.[/caption]
UK Channel 4 has cancelled the Indian Summers TV show after two seasons. A British drama set in Simla (Shimla) in northern India, the first season of Indian Summers aired on PBS in the Us, from September to November 2015. PBS has not yet announced the premiere date for the second and final season of Indian Summers. It is expected to air stateside in 2016, though. Masterpiece PBS co-produces the series, and PBS released a season two preview, back in December.
Indian Summers stars Julie Walters, Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Jemima West, Nikesh Patel, Roshan Seth, and Lillete Dubey. The cast also includes Alexander Cobb, Craig Parkinson, Fiona Glascott, Amber Rose Revah, Aysha Kala, Olivia Grant, and Edward »
"We all have a past. Ghosts. They are the shadows that define our every sunny day..." Filming for Season 4 of Sherlock, the multi-award-winning hit BBC One drama produced by Hartswood Films, has started. Sherlock will return to screens with three brand-new episodes promising laughter, tears, shocks, surprises and extraordinary cases. Season 4 begins with the nation's favorite detective, the mercurial Sherlock Holmes, back once more on British soil, as Doctor Watson and his wife, Mary, prepare for their biggest ever challenge - becoming parents for the first time. Here's what series star Benedict Cumberbatch had to say in a statement.
"(I am) genuinely thrilled to be back filming Sherlock with all the cast and crew. I can't wait for everyone to see Season 4. But you will have to wait... though not for long... And it will be worth it."
The first of the three feature-length episodes will be directed by Rachel Talalay, »
The first of the three feature-length episodes will be directed by Rachel Talalay, who has worked as a director, producer and professor in film and television for more than 25 years, having previously directed “Doctor Who,” “The Flash” and “The Wind in the Willows.”
Talalay’s movie credits include “Tank Girl” for United Artists, “Ghost in the Machine” for 20th Century Fox, “Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare” and upcoming independent film “An Introvert’s Guide to High School.” She holds dual U.S./Canadian citizenship, but is a permanent U.K. resident.
Directors U.K., the association of British film and TV directors, reported in 2014 that 13% of TV drama episodes in the U.K. were directed by women, and last year, Boxed In reported that »
- Leo Barraclough
Timing can be everything. And in the case of “Downton Abbey,” which ends its storied six-year run on PBS this weekend, the mix of factors that helped a British costume drama become an enormous stateside hit aligned, in hindsight, as perfectly as the ingredients in a vodka martini, shaken but not stirred.
Series creator Julian Fellowes and his sprawling cast deserve enormous credit for making this upstairs-downstairs tale so pleasing. Yet as that reference implies, this was hardly the first splendid “Masterpiece” production to which Americans were treated via public television, which raises the question why “Downton” attracted ratings as gaudy as the Crawleys’ massive estate – at times topping 10 million viewers a week, a plateau few commercial dramas reach these days – where others haven’t.
For starters, “Downton” premiered in the U.S. in January 2011, a few months after “The Walking Dead” – a program with which it shares more than »
- Brian Lowry
If you're looking for the next "Downton Abbey," which wraps up its sixth and final season this winter, PBS has a suggestion. Next year, the network will air in its Sunday night "Masterpiece" timeslot "Victoria," an eight-part drama about Britain's second-longest-ruling monarch. Starring "Doctor Who" actress Jenna Coleman, the series will mark the screenwriting debut of best-selling novelist Daisy Goodwin. The show will follow the young queen from her coronation at age 18 in 1837 through her courtship and partnership with her husband Prince Albert. “'Downton Abbey' has proved that millions of viewers will turn up year after year for a beautifully crafted period drama,” stated "Masterpiece" Ep Rebecca Eaton. “'Victoria' has it all: a riveting script, brilliant cast, and spectacular locations. And it’s a true story! This is exactly the kind of programming 'Masterpiece' fans will love.” [via...
- Inkoo Kang
The Screen Actors Guild Awards presented its coveted Actor statuettes for the outstanding motion picture and primetime television performances of 2015 at the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held Saturday, Jan. 30 at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center.
Honored with individual awards were Leonardo DiCaprio, Idris Elba, Brie Larson and Alicia Vikander for performances in motion pictures, and Uzo Aduba, Viola Davis, Idris Elba, Queen Latifah, Kevin Spacey and Jeffrey Tambor for performances in television.
The Screen Actors Guild Awards originated awards for the outstanding performances by a motion picture cast and by television drama and comedy ensembles. The Actor for a motion picture cast performance went this year to Spotlight, while the Actors for television drama and comedy ensemble performances went this year to “Downton Abbey” and “Orange is the New Black”.
- Michelle McCue
SAG Awards Winners: The 22nd annual awards winners were announced at a ceremony in Los Angeles. SAG Awards Winners
Last night, the Screen Actors Guild dished out their 2016 awards in a ceremony in Hollywood. The SAG awards winners are listed below as well as a full gallery from the evening.
The clear winner on the night was Idris Elba, who managed to grab two awards; one for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role for his role in the superb Beasts Of No Nation, and Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for Luthor.
SAG Awards Winners
Elsewhere, Leonardo DiCaprio won Male Actor in a Leading Role for The Revenant, while Brie Larson scored Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role for Room. Surely these two are now a cert for Oscar success. In the female supporting category, Alicia Vikander »
- Paul Heath
In naming Spotlight one of the best ensembles of 2016, we said, “Tom McCarthy’s procedural moves with the precision of a fine timepiece. Rarely does one find a film where all is tune, from the pacing, writing, direction and acting. Highlighting the heroic work of the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team, the group is headed by Robby Robinson (Michael Keaton) who risks life long friendships to get the story right. His team includes Mike Rezendes (played by a compulsive Mark Ruffalo), Sacha Pfeiffer (Rachel McAdams) and Matt Caroll (Brian d’Arcy James). Encouraged by a Boston outsider, editor Marty Baron (Live Schreiber), the team undertakes a long-term investigation of abuses in the Catholic Church. In the mix are the lawyers on both sides, played by Stanley Tucci and Billy Crudup. Rightfully overshadowing that other journalism docudrama, James Vanderbilt’s incompetent Truth, the difference here amongst many things is perhaps access: »
- Jordan Raup
Masterpiece exec producer Rebecca Eaton, still upstairs at the TCA hotel in Pasadena with the flu, again missed panels today for her franchise’s panels at the confab, including one in which Kenneth Branagh came to discuss Wallander, The Final Season, airing May 8-22. This was particularly disappointing for Eaton, given that Branagh had starred in the very first program she acquired in her three-decade tenure at Masterpiece, Fortunes Of War, which also had been her first… »
The big day is finally here! The 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards will be broadcast live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California on Sunday, January 10, 2016, by NBC. Ricky Gervais will serve as host for the awards ceremony, which begins at 8 Pm Et/5 Pm Pt, and we'll be updating this story all night long with all of the award winners as they're announced live on the air.
The three-hour ceremony serves as the official kick-off to awards season and will be aired live coast to coast from 8-11 p.m. Et on NBC. Ricky Gervais is returning as host for the fourth time. Gervais hosted the Golden Globes for three consecutive years (2010-12) when the network registered ratings gains from the previous two telecasts. Over that 2010-12 span, the Golden Globes averaged a 5.2 rating in the 18-49 demo and 17 million viewers overall, which was a 6% increase from the »
We have been live-blogging the Golden Globe awards over here and on our Twitter page, but now all of the awards have been dished out and the talent are off to the after parties. Here are all of the winners from this evening’s proceedings.
Winners In Bold.
Best Motion Picture – Drama
Carol (Number 9 Films; The Weinstein Company)
Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture – Drama
Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture – Drama
- Paul Heath
The Golden Globes were conspicuously elevated to a new level in the mid-1990s, when Dick Clark sold NBC on the broadcast rights, causing ratings to soar and the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.’s critics to grudgingly accept its influence. Yet in terms of recognizing creativity, the awards have come into their own, in part by embracing a more global view, at a time when some of entertainment’s old barriers and prejudices — even in television — are breaking down.
The movie industry, certainly, has awoken to the fact that its lens can no longer be confined to the U.S. That’s especially true in regard to movies that, admittedly, don’t carry much awards prestige, since Transformers blowing stuff up translates pretty easily into any language.
Television, however, has traditionally been deemed both smaller in scale and more culturally specific. Americans, moreover, were seen as being resistant to international fare, »
- Brian Lowry
20 items from 2016
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