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18 items from 2015


Review: David Duchovny chases Charles Manson in NBC's underwhelming 'Aquarius'

27 May 2015 3:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

In "Aquarius," David Duchovny plays an La cop in 1967 with old-school hair and old-school values. Asked to find a teenage girl who has vanished into the city's hippie underbelly, he reluctantly teams with a shaggy-haired young cop with crazy new ideas about civil liberties and equality. Very quickly, then, the series sets itself up as an ideological  clash between the veteran and the rookie, even as they collaborate to find the girl and potentially put a charge on the charismatic guy named Charles Manson who has her under his sway. The generation gap on the show is pretty stock stuff, unfortunately. Far more interesting, if not creatively successful, is the way that "Aquarius" itself is caught between multiple generations of television at once, attempting to function simultaneously as a broadcast network drama, an edgier cable-style show, and something designed to be binged like it was being released by Netflix or Amazon. »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Anne Meara, Actress/Comedian and Half of Stiller & Meara, Dead at 85

24 May 2015 1:35 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Anna Meara, an actress and comedian whose career spanned 61 years — as long as her marriage to husband and comedy partner Jerry Stiller — died on Saturday of undisclosed causes. She was 85.

As part of the Stiller & Meara comedy team, Meara appeared on such variety series as The Ed Sullivan Show. She and Stiller, among the first graduates of the Second City comedy troupe, also partnered in appearances on Rhoda, for the eponymous The Stiller and Meara Show, and on King of Queens (where Stiller was a regular).

Meara’s myriad solo credits include the short-lived 1975 CBS legal drama Kate McShane (Emmy-nominated »

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Actress and Comedian Anne Meara, Mother of Ben Stiller, Dies at 85

24 May 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Anne Meara, the Emmy- and Tony-nominated comedian long paired personally and professionally with Jerry Stiller and the mother of actor-director Ben Stiller, died Saturday, her husband and son told the Associated Press. She was 85.

No further details have been revealed. A statement released to the AP said Jerry Stiller was Meara’s “husband and partner in life.” The statement added, “The two were married for 61 years and worked together almost as long.”

Stiller and Meara were a top comedy act in the 1960s, appearing on “The Ed Sullivan Show” 36 times. The two were members of the improv group the Compass Players, which later became Second City.

Although Meara had converted to Judaism when the couple got married, Stiller & Meara’s material centered on the differences in their ethnic backgrounds, epitomized by their signature “Hershey Horowitz/Mary Elizabeth Doyle” routines.

In 2010 the couple had their own Yahoo comedy series, “Stiller & Meara, »

- Carmel Dagan

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Actress and Comedian Anne Meara, Mother of Ben Stiller, Dies at 85

24 May 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Anne Meara, the Emmy- and Tony-nominated comedian long paired personally and professionally with Jerry Stiller and the mother of actor-director Ben Stiller, died Saturday, her husband and son told the Associated Press. She was 85.

No further details have been revealed. A statement released to the AP said Jerry Stiller was Meara’s “husband and partner in life.” The statement added, “The two were married for 61 years and worked together almost as long.”

Stiller and Meara were a top comedy act in the 1960s, appearing on “The Ed Sullivan Show” 36 times. The two were members of the improv group the Compass Players, which later became Second City.

Although Meara had converted to Judaism when the couple got married, Stiller & Meara’s material centered on the differences in their ethnic backgrounds, epitomized by their signature “Hershey Horowitz/Mary Elizabeth Doyle” routines.

In 2010 the couple had their own Yahoo comedy series, “Stiller & Meara, »

- Carmel Dagan

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Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Hawaii Five-0, Vampire Diaries, Supergirl, Arrow, Poi, Chi Fire, Grey's, NCIS and More

19 May 2015 2:38 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Got a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Send any/all of the above to askausiello@tvline.com

Question: I’m thrilled to see Michelle Borth back on Hawaii Five-0. Please tell me that she is staying. —Sandra

Ausiello: Borth is staying on as Catherine… at least for a little while, in part because next season will open with the “first dance” at Kono and Adam’s wedding. “We’ll miss the actual vows, but we’ll come in on them being introduced as husband and wife,” showrunner Peter M. Lenkov tells TVLine. As for Borth’s status, »

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Wayward Pines: 8 reasons you might want to tune in

13 May 2015 9:35 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

New mystery thriller Wayward Pines feat. Matt Dillon arrives today on Fox. Here are a few reasons you might want to watch it...

“Welcome to Wayward Pines, where paradise is home”.

The louder a fictional small town shouts about being heaven on Earth, the higher the probability that it is in fact, an axis of evil. As a rule, if the town sign features a beaming family and a cheery slogan, you’ll be lucky to make it to sundown without being kidnapped, cannibalised or having your severed spine used as a xylophone in the local middle school’s ossuary orchestra.

(It’s all a matter of irony. Small towns with dark secrets love irony in a town slogan. It gives them a pleasant break from all that ritualised murder and alien probing.)

Joining the likes of Woodbury, Trinity, and the daddy of them all, Twin Peaks, is Wayward Pines, »

- louisamellor

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TV News: Who, Hotel, Spiral, Damien, Zoo

2 May 2015 4:21 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Doctor Who

Show runner Steven Moffat was recently asked if the comment made by The Doctor in last season's premiere episode "Deep Breath," the one in which he says to a tramp: "Why did I choose this face? It's like I'm trying to tell myself something" will come back into play.

Moffat responded: "Thank you, I like that scene too. And yes, we're coming back to that idea. In fact, we'll be shooting the scene in question really quite shortly." [Source: Blogtor Who]

American Horror Story: Hotel

Angela Bassett is set to return for a third time to FX's "American Horror Story" for the upcoming fifth season "American Horror Story: Hotel". Production begins later this Summer ahead of a premiere in October.

She joins fellow returning vets Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Wes Bentley, Evan Peters and Matt Bomer along with Lady Gaga, Cheyenne Jackson and Chloe Sevigny. [Source: Variety]

Spiral

Endemol Shine Studios has optioned the U. »

- Garth Franklin

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Walk of Fame Honoree Julianna Margulies Makes ‘Good’

1 May 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Though she’s one of the biggest stars in the medium thanks to “ER” and “The Good Wife,” Julianna Margulies grew up not allowed to watch TV.

“I came from a very artistic family, and we weren’t allowed to watch TV, so we put on plays all the time and used our imagination to entertain,” Margulies said in a previous interview of growing up the youngest of three daughters in Spring Valley, N.Y. It wasn’t until her freshman year at Sarah Lawrence College that she truly realized her calling as an actor.

Margulies was cast in David Rabe’s “In the Boom Boom Room,” playing a go-go dancer. “I just remember this feeling opening night — I was in my little cage with my boots on and I got this overwhelming sense of belonging somewhere,” recalled Margulies. “It was really overwhelming and it just all fell together after that. »

- Jenelle Riley

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David Simon Spends Sleepless Night Online as Baltimore Rages

28 April 2015 6:36 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

David Simon is synonymous with Baltimore. The native son and former Baltimore Sun journalist drew nuanced portraits of the city, its problems and its people in the book that inspired NBC’s “Homicide: Life on the Streets,” and as the creator/exec producer of HBO’s “The Corner” and “The Wire.”

So it was no surprise that Simon would weigh in with a post on his blog, the Audacity of Despair, after Baltimore erupted with rioting. The unrest came on the heels of Monday’s funeral for 25-year-old Freddie Gray, an African-American who died April 19 while in police custody from a spinal cord injury. Baltimore was a tinder box as Gray added to the string of deaths of black men in recent months at the hands of police.

The violence in the streets began with rock- and bottle-throwing at police over the weekend and accelerated into fires, looting and »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Why You Don't Need to Be a Sci-Fi Junkie to Become a Believer in 'The X-Files'

7 April 2015 11:48 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

It's telling, for a series that so splendidly warped the familiar conventions of film and television, that what may be the finest episode in the annals of "The X-Files" is among its least outlandish. In the first season's "Beyond the Sea," FBI special agent Dr. Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson), still reeling from the death of her father, travels to North Carolina with her partner, Fox Mulder (David Duchovny), to aid local authorities in the pursuit of a serial murderer—and confronts, in the process, the series' central theme, which is the nature of belief itself. As fans of "The X-Files," which ran on Fox from 1993 to 2002, prepare for the network's six-part revival, slated to begin production this summer, it's worth remembering that the original rivals "Twin Peaks" (ABC) and "Homicide: Life on the Street" (NBC) as the decade's best drama, in part because it manages to combine elements of both, »

- Matt Brennan

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Why You Don't Need to Be a Sci-Fi Junkie to Become a Believer in 'The X-Files'

7 April 2015 11:48 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

It's telling, for a series that so splendidly warped the familiar conventions of film and television, that what may be the finest episode in the annals of "The X-Files" is among its least outlandish. In the first season's "Beyond the Sea," FBI special agent Dr. Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson), still reeling from the death of her father, travels to North Carolina with her partner, Fox Mulder (David Duchovny), to aid local authorities in the pursuit of a serial murderer—and confronts, in the process, the series' central theme, which is the nature of belief itself. As fans of "The X-Files," which ran on Fox from 1993 to 2002, prepare for the network's six-part revival, slated to begin production this summer, it's worth remembering that the original rivals "Twin Peaks" (ABC) and "Homicide: Life on the Street" (NBC) as the decade's best drama, in part because it manages to combine elements of both, »

- Matt Brennan

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Amazon Renews Bosch For Second Season After Impressive Performance

18 March 2015 9:10 AM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

Not only has Bosch, Amazon‘s original drama series, performed well for the service, it’s managed high praise from viewers and critics. Amazon has now announced a second season, and even a bit of a plot synopsis for that season.

If you aren’t already on board with the stylish, intense series based on Michael Connelly’s books, you now have even more incentive, as you know there’s more on the way.

This is actually a bigger announcement than it might seem, because new seasons are still a guessing game for streaming services, which don’t have a history for viewers to fall back on when it comes to being able to figure out if a favorite is worth investing in. I know a lot of people weren’t sure about jumping into Alpha House at first, for just that reason.

At any rate, you have more to look forward to, »

- Marc Eastman

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‘Bosch’ Breaks Records, Gets Renewed for Second Season

18 March 2015 7:35 AM, PDT | Hollywonk | See recent Hollywonk news »

In just one month since its record-breaking debut, Amazon today announced it has greenlit a second season of its first original hour-long drama series Bosch. Based on Michael Connelly’s internationally best-selling Harry Bosch book series, which have sold nearly 50 million copies to date, Bosch has become the most-watched title on Prime Instant Video, across movies and TV series, in its first four weeks. 

Season two will be drawn from Connelly’s best-selling novels Trunk Music and The Drop. Returning to the series are stars Titus Welliver (Lost, The Good Wife, Sons of Anarchy) as Harry Bosch, Jamie Hector (The Wire) as his partner Jerry Edgar, Amy Aquino (Being Human) as Lt. Grace Billets, Lance Reddick (Fringe, The Wire) as Deputy Chief Irvin Irving, and Sarah Clarke (24) as Eleanor Wish. The series was developed for television by Eric Overmyer (Treme, The Wire, Homicide: Life on the Streets) and is Executive Produced by Overmyer, »

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Obsessed with TV and Film: Best of the Week

21 February 2015 10:06 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

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The Battle for ‘Lawrence of Arabia’: How T.E. Lawrence’s family and friends opposed bringing his story to the screen

T.E. Lawrence (1888-1935) ranks among the 20th Century’s oddest heroes. This short, smart, and mischievous British soldier helped organize the Arab Revolt against Turkey, a secondary front of the First World War. He became Emir Feisal’s trusted ally, painfully conscious that the Allies wouldn’t honor promises of independence. After the Paris Peace Conference, Lawrence retreated into the Royal Air Force and Tank Corps as a private soldier, T.E. Shaw… read the full article.

Holding Out For a Heroine: On Being a Woman and Loving Star Wars

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a little girl in possession of a good imagination must be in want of a heroine. At least, this was the truth of my childhood. Like many people of my generation, my »

- Ricky

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The 10 Most Awkward Oscar Moments Ever

15 February 2015 2:38 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

While the Oscars are primarily about great movies and contemporary glamor, they're also a tremendous source of awkwardness. The mortifying moments of the Academy Awards are just as memorable as the "Titanic"-size triumphs, and today we're remembering the ten times we clutched our throats hardest in Oscar-induced agony. 1. Melissa Leo swears, rambles, and forces Kirk Douglas to do prop comedy. Melissa Leo's infamous "Consider" campaign, in which the respected "Homicide: Life on the Street" actress vied for an Oscar with a bizarrely egomaniacal poster promo, sullied the excitement around her great performance in "The Fighter." But somehow she made things worse by winning the Oscar, throwing down a senseless, weird speech (complete with an f-bomb), and enacting a hokey cane dance with presenter Kirk Douglas. Easily the most cringe-inducing dais moment of the past decade.  2. David Niven notices a nudist's shortcomings. He didn't lose his cool, but three-time »

- Louis Virtel

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Bosch Season 1 Review

11 February 2015 10:57 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

This review is based on the pilot, which we were provided with for review purposes.

Thoughtful, grimly atmospheric and strongly performed, Amazon’s first drama series Bosch is as compelling and faithful an adaptation of Michael Connelly’s popular crime series as any fan could have asked for. From the pitch-perfect casting of Titus Welliver as tough-as-nails La homicide detective Hieronymous “Harry” Bosch to Jim McKay’s moody direction (in the pilot, the only episode made available to critics prior to broadcast), there’s much to appreciate and even more, it appears, to look forward to as the season progresses.

Connelly’s heavy involvement behind the scenes (he has creator credit and also executive produces) explains why Bosch gets so much right about its protagonist, but that it’s also a mesmerizing, noir-inspired thriller with scenes reminiscent of HBO’s True Detective is indicative of an entire team operating in perfect harmony. »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Dick Wolf Talks ‘Chicago Fire’ Death Shocker and Crossover Episodes

16 January 2015 6:10 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

TCA 2015: Executive producer says devastating twist was meant to “maximize the effect” of character’s departure

Dick Wolf joined cast members from his NBC shows “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago P.D.” onstage at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena on Friday, discussing a variety of topics, including September’s shocking death of “Chicago Fire” character Leslie Shay and the successful crossover episodes that the two shows undertook with “Law & Order: Svu” last year.

Asked about the decision to kill off Shay, the executive producer said that the death was a two-fold effort.

Also Read: The Scene at TCA: Funny, »

- Tim Kenneally

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Amazon’s First Original Hour-Long Drama ‘Bosch’ Drops February 13

14 January 2015 7:06 AM, PST | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

Amazon Studios’ literary adaptation of Michael Connelly’s best-selling detective novels featuring the crime fiction exploits of an Lapd officer named after a 15th Century Dutch artist famous for the macabre will premiere just in time for Valentine’s Day. All ten episodes of Bosch are set to debut in the Us, UK, and Germany to Amazon Prime members by way of Amazon Instant video on February 13, 2014.

The hour-long drama stars Titus Welliver (Sons of Anarchy, Argo) in the titular role as a the grizzled homicide detective with a helluva gut instinct, Harry Bosch (named after that other Harry Bosch) who’s in pursuit of the recently-escaped-from-custody confessed killer of a 13-year-old boy while standing trial in federal court on accusations he murdered another suspected killer in cold blood.

Welliver is joined on Bosch’s hunt for justice by Jamie Hector (Marlo from The Wire!) as Jerry Edgar, Amy Aquino (Being Human) as Lt. »

- Joshua Cohen

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