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A review of tonight's "The Americans" you give me your earrings... "No, I brought you here because I wanted you to know that I'm more like you than you think." -Elizabeth Where last week's episode was largely defined by the terrible role that sex plays in Philip and Elizabeth's work, "Born Again" was for the most part (save Tori with Stan) about a very different sort of seduction. Here, words were used instead of physical advances, but the net effect is the same, as various characters — including Philip and Elizabeth themselves — get sucked into doing, saying and believing things they shouldn't, all because the person opposite them has said the right words in the proper order. It's another masterful episode in a season that's been full of them, and what's so impressive is how much power the show is getting out of the simple moral implications of things. My »
- Alan Sepinwall
ABC has begun casting for its Uncle Buck pilot, and it has landed Survivor’s Remorse actor Mike Epps as its lead. Epps will play the title role in the Uncle Buck pilot, which will be a single-cam comedy inspired by the 1989 John Hughes film of the same name, which starred John Candy. The potential series focuses on a childish man who learns how to be an adult by taking care of his brother’s kids in a very childish way. In addition to Epps, it was also announced that Nia Long (House of Lies) has also been cast in Uncle Buck. She will be playing the strong-willed and intelligent wife of Buck’s brother. In addition to Survivor’s Remorse, Epps’ only other real TV credits are Real Husbands of Hollywood, The Boondocks, and a guest role in a first season episode of The Sopranos; he’s best known for his roles in movies, »
- Chris King
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Question: Any Big Bang Theory scoop? —Alexandra
Ausiello: Extending its love affair with all things Stars and Warsy, the CBS smash will be sending Leonard and Sheldon on a road trip in early April to Marin, Calif., home of the sprawling and heavily fortified Skywalker Ranch. Their goal? To pay its owner, George Lucas, a house call. In related news, Ep Bill Prady just tweeted a first look at their trip.
Question: Anything cool coming up on Arrow? »
Netflix already has a formidable line-up of exclusive content ready to unleash when it launches in Australia and New Zealand on March 24- and more is it come. The third series of Orange is the New Black, a Netflix production, will screen on the subscription VOD service after it premieres on Foxtel.s showcase in June. Moreover, the Us streaming giant is working on deals with MGM and Warner Bros which would mean their first-run movies will debut on Netflix at the same time as their pay-tv premieres on Foxtel Movies.
Neither has been signed but If understands the MGM arrangement is in final negotiations and WB is highly likely to pact with Netflix as its output deal with the Nine Network, worth a reported $150 million a year, has expired, and the studio needs to generate more revenue from its pay-tv and free-tv deals.
Netflix boasts an array of original »
- Don Groves
I don't envy any showrunner who has to write a series finale, especially after observing the very different reactions over the past few days to the final episodes of "Two and a Half Men" and "Parks and Recreation."
Consensus on the former seems to be outrage mixed with bafflement, while response to the latter seems to have been copious tears mixed with warm fuzzies.
Looking at both finales, however, it appears each long-running sitcom ended with an episode that was true to what the series was about. The literally cartoonish "Two and a Half Men" finale, which (spoiler alert) wrapped with pianos being dropped on both the characters and on creator Chuck Lorre, was a fittingly nihilistic send-off for a show that seemed to find all its characters loathsome and had little regard for the humanity of any of them, except insofar as Lorre could use them for punching bags and punchlines. »
- Gary Susman
Rizzoli & Isles has been around for five seasons, and the 18-episode release of the latest season is headed your way. It hits June 9th, and has some interesting bonus features.
The show has had some ups and downs, with some episodes feeling decidedly clunky, but it hasn’t hurt the ratings, and the show has become the hit of TNT.
The release puts this one in your hand in time for the sixth season premiere, in case you need to do any catching up and/or revisiting.
Check out all the info below, and make sure to pick up your copy.
Four-Disc Set Includes All 18 Episodes from the Show’s Fifth Season
Plus Never-Before-Seen Bonus Material
Get set for another exciting season of the chartbusting, suspenseful hit cable series Rizzoli & Isles, with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s (Wbhe) release of Rizzoli & Isles: The Complete Fifth Season, available June 9, 2015. Angie Harmon »
- Marc Eastman
It's been quite a week for Lady Gaga. On Sunday, she stunned critics and viewers with her powerful "Sound of Music" tribute at the Oscars, prompting Time to suggest that her show-stealing performance "could redefine her career." And today marks the announcement that the "Poker Face" singer will star in the next season of "American Horror Story." Redefine her career indeed. Entertainment Weekly reports that Gaga, one of the best-sellling musical artists of all time, will be "a series regular in the fifth edition of the popular thriller, which is expected to air this fall." This will be the singer's first major acting role (she previously appeared as Girl at Swimming Pool #2 in an episode of "The Sopranos" when she was 15). While her character details remain unknown, the theme of the upcoming season seems to be "American Horror Story: Hotel." With her out-there aesthetic, Gaga seems...
- Laura Berger
American Horror Story‘s next tale will feature the mother of all monsters.
Details on the Grammy-winning pop phenom’s role are being kept under wraps, but sources confirm that Gaga will very much be the star of the latest chapter, which likely will be the franchise’s first without leading lady Jessica Lange. Here, she teases it in »
It’s a tough task to end a series after seven much-loved seasons, but “Parks and Recreation” showrunner Mike Schur proved more than up to the job. He co-wrote tonight’s finale, “One Last Ride,” with series star Amy Poehler and also directed the flash forward-filled episode, a love letter to both the show’s crazy characters and devoted fans.
Variety spoke with Schur by phone a few hours before the finale aired on the East Coast — he’s in New York for an appearance with the “Parks” crew on tonight’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” He happily answered questions about his writing process with Poehler, which flash forwards didn’t make it into the final cut, whether or not we’ll ever see the Pawnee gang again, and, of course, the tantalizing tease of President Leslie Knope. He also dropped a hint about a Jean-Ralphio easter egg. (“Parks” fans, »
- Geoff Berkshire
And so "Parks and Recreation" has come to an end. We published many stories about the show over the last week, including an Amy Poehler interview, an essay on the show's greatness, and a whole lot more, and I have a review of the series finale coming up just as soon as you give me a pair of your gym socks... "Yes. I'm ready." -Leslie Knope A few years ago, Mike Schur and I had a very long discussion of finales — not only the many times he had written "Parks" episodes that could function as series finales if NBC canceled them, but of the many sitcom and drama finales he had admired over the years. He talked about how once upon a time, he was convinced that the show would end with the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the park Leslie built on Lot 48. He talked, as he so often does, »
- Alan Sepinwall
It's that old story for character actors - you might not know the name Adrian Martinez, but surely you've seen his face. He's that big guy that connects with Ben Stiller in Walter Mitty, and is compadre to Will Farrell in Casa di mi Padre. He's got a brief turn in American Hustle, and has shown up in everything from The Sopranos to Flight of the Conchords. In Focus Martinez plays third banana to the film's stars Margot Robbie and Will Smith, but does so with real appeal. His Farhad is welcome comic relief, and Martinez sets the tone perfectly between sardonic sidekick and competent computer guy. TwitchFilm sat down for a lively conversation with Martinez while he was here in Toronto. We began...
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Thanks to the BBFC (via @antovolk), we now know the titles, directors, and running times for the first three episodes of Daredevil, the upcoming 13-part series from Marvel and Netflix. "Into The Ring" must be a reference to Matt Murdock's father, but any thoughts on "Cut Man" and "Rabbit In A Snow Storm"? As for the directors, Phil Abraham is best known for his work on Mad Men and The Sopranos, while Adam Kane's credits include 24: Live Another Day and Hannibal. Thoughts? »
Marvel has confirmed that Emmy-winning actress Drea de Matteo ('Adriana' in "The Sopranos") will join the cast of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." as a character "...with a grudge against the organization...":
"...Drea de Matteo will play the character 'Karla Faye Gideon', a gifted woman with a grudge to bear against S.H.I.E.L.D., joining forces with 'Cal', the father of 'Skye'..."
"We’re thrilled to have Drea join us as yet another great villain to challenge our cast," said Executive Producer and Marvel’s Head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb. "We relished the opportunity to work with her in such a menacing role."
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- Michael Stevens
Palicki, who’s best known for her role on “Friday Night Lights,” joined the ABC superhero drama in its second season as Hydra operative Bobbi Morse (aka Mockingbird). She was revealed to be a Shield agent and the ex-wife of Lance Hunter (Nick Blood) during her six-episode arc.
Her character will appear on the March 3 midseason premiere. The episode “Aftershocks” finds Palicki’s Bobbi and Henry Simmons’s Mack beginning the next phase of a plan that will have “grave repercussions for Coulson and his team,” who are unaware of the force against them.
- Maane Khatchatourian
“We’re thrilled to have Drea join us as yet another great villain to challenge our cast,” states Marvel’s Head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb. “We relished the opportunity to work with her in such a menacing role.”
See Also: Jaimie Alexander Lady Sif returning to Agents to S.H.I.E.L.D.
De Matteo will appear as “Karla Faye Gideon, a Gifted woman with a grudge to bear against S.H.I.E.L.D. who joins forces with Skye’s father, Cal.”
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns to ABC on March 3rd. Follow all of our coverage here.
- Gary Collinson
It’s been a while since Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. was on our screens, with the impressive Agent Carter mini-series bridging the gap magnificently (unless you live in the UK and can't actually watch it). In the meantime, Marvel’s flagship TV project has been adding some new faces, and confirming some returning ones.
Joining fellow newcomers such as Bladerunner star Edward James Olmos and The Tomorrow People’s Luke Mitchell, Drea de Matteo has now joined the ranks of the comic book espionage drama. As you may already know, Jaimie Alexander’s Lady Sif will also be appearing in the show later this season, in a storyline that sees her with long-term memory loss and no knowledge of Thor or her mission.
Incoming talent Ms de Matteo will play Karla Faye Gideon, »
A Message From the King
Matthew McConaughey plays a soldier for the Confederacy during the Civil War who became disillusioned with the South's cause, fled the battlefield, rallied supporters and declared a safe haven in an area of southeastern Mississippi. Russell will play his first wife, Ali will play a runaway slave. [Source: THR]
Kathy Bates is set to join Melissa McCarthy in Ben Falcone's upcoming comedy "Michelle Darnell" at Universal Pictures. Bates will play the tough, wealthy and eccentric mentor of McCarthy's character. Filming begins in March.
The story centers on a titan of industry (McCarthy) who is sent to prison after she’s caught insider trading. When she emerges ready to re-brand herself as America’s latest sweetheart, »
- Garth Franklin
It looks like Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. has gained another potentially Inhuman cast member in the form of The Sopranos and Sons of Anarchy alum, Drea de Matteo. The Emmy Award-winning actress will appear in an unspecified upcoming episode as Karla Faye Gideon, a “gifted woman with a grudge to bear against S.H.I.E.L.D., who joins forces with Skye’s father.” The role will reunite Matteo with her former Desperate Housewives co-star, Kyle Maclachlan, who plays Skye’s father, Dr. Calvin Zabo.
Karla Faye Gideon is a name that hardcore Daredevil fans will recognize from the Daredevil: Redemption limited series by David Hine and Michael Gaydos. There, she was a victim of domestic violence and the mother of a murdered child, whose decision to stand by her husband put her at odds with the Man Without Fear. There’s no telling at this time if any of »
- James Garcia
A Sons of Anarchy alum is headed to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ABC’s Marvel series has cast Emmy-winning actress Drea de Matteo, who played Jax’s (Charlie Hunnam) ex-wife Wendy on the FX biker drama, in a new villainous role. The casting news was reported by Marvel.com. According to Marvel, Matteo will play Karla Faye Gideon, “a Gifted woman with a grudge to bear against S.H.I.E.L.D. who joins forces with Skye’s father, Cal.” Teaming up with Cal? Yeah, that doesn’t sound too good for our heroes. “We’re thrilled to have Drea join us as yet another great villain to challenge our cast,” said Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. executive producer and Marvel’s Head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb. “We relished the opportunity to work with her in such a menacing role.” In addition to Sons of Anarchy, which finished its seven-season run back in December, »
- Chris King
First she took on mobsters and motorcycle gangs and now she’s taking on Marvel. Drea de Matteo, who starred on both HBO’s “The Sopranos” and FX’s “Sons of Anarchy,” has booked a role on ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” which returns from its Season 2 hiatus in March. See Photos: 15 ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Photos Just-Released, Show Off New Heroes, Villains, Superpowers De Matteo will play Karla Faye Gideon on the superhero series, a “Gifted individual” who has a bone to pick with Director Coulson’s (Clark Gregg) noble defense organization S.H.I.E.L. »
- Travis Reilly
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