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If any man alive has the right to argue for TV's recent ascension over movies, it would be David Chase. But "The Sopranos" creator has never seen it that way, telling me a few years ago that the only obvious advantage he thinks TV has is that "there’s more of it, and you can get into more detail. I guess maybe this is what it comes down to: in a television show, you can spend a lot of money on very little small things about people.” That ability to expand stories and drill down on characters has always been TV's greatest strength, but it's been particularly obvious with the migration of indie filmmakers to TV over the last few years. Shows like "Transparent," "Girls," "Togetherness," and Hulu's new "Casual" could have easily been made into 90-minute movies that played the festival circuit; instead, we get longer versions that really »
- Alan Sepinwall
Storybrooke, we have a problem.
As seen in this sneak peek at the opening minute of Once Upon a Time Season 5 — and as Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas told TVLine at Comic-Con — getting Emma back after she merged with the Darkness and thus became the Dark One isn’t as simple as commanding her via the dagger.
VideosOnce Upon a Time ‘Lost’ Scene: Rumple Goes Barking Up the Wrong, Evil Tree
Press play above to get the heroes’ assorted reactions to Emma’s tragic vanishing (including Regina’s distinct “Now Emma’s a problem” Pov) and find out why the »
Scandal is getting back to what it does best: gladiating.
The ABC drama’s upcoming fifth season will find Olivia shoring up her decimated Scooby gang, according to series creator Shonda Rhimes.
Acknowledging that the show’s central Gladiator conceit was sidelined a bit in Season 4 because “we were busy healing” Olivia, Rhimes says Season 5 will feature “the reconstitution” of Team Opa.
“The Gladiators did gladiate,” Rhimes adds of Season 4. “But they gladiated on a different scale and a different level. And the Gladiators scattered.”
Disney’s long-gestating big-screen Flamingo Kid reboot appears to have quietly morphed into a prospective TV series.
I’m hearing ABC Studios is in the very early stages of developing a half-hour comedy adaptation of Garry Marshall’s 1984 film, which starred Matt Dillon as a working-class kid who takes a summer job at a tony beach resort to stalk be close to the girl of his dreams.
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ABC is on the hunt for a writer to spearhead the project, which continues the TV biz’ current obsession with turning »
In the first of the teasers for the Muppets’ mockumentary-style comedy comeback (premiering Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 8/7c), Piggy — whose split from the frog was formally announced last month — can’t seem to get through taping a promo, given the Castle keister (belonging to Nathan Fillion) in her sightline.
RelatedFall TV Poll: NCIS vs. John Stamos vs. Muppets, and Tuesday’s Other DVR Dilemmas
In the criminal justice system (of ABC’s Mistresses)… things are getting wackier than a soundbite from (apologies for the next five words) Republican Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.
RelatedRevenge Spinoff Not Impossible, Says ABC Boss: ‘It’s a Wonderful Brand’
Not only has Joss been formally charged with first degree premeditated murder, but she’s also being cruelly tortured by a combination of fluorescent lighting and muted prison blues that do absolutely nothing for her skin tone. Sure, Joss’ lawyer may have a jawline that looks like it was ripped from the pages of a Justice League cartoon, but I »
6 items from 2015
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