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What makes a good series finale? Three events this week bring this question into focus: Sunday's "True Blood" series ender, Monday's celebration of the departed "Breaking Bad" at the Emmys, and Wednesday's Vox interview with David Chase, where the "Sopranos" creator finally offered an answer to the question of whether Tony died at the end of the notorious blackout finale of the 1999-2007 series.
All three of these finales, plus others of shows that went off the air this year ("Dexter," "How I Met Your Mother") drew both kudos and complaints. Some fans found these finales satisfying and others found them cheap copouts. It almost makes you sorry for the writers, who seem bound to disappoint some faction of fans, no matter how they choose to wrap things up.
Take "True Blood," for instance. (Warning: Spoilers follow.) Fans who'd been watching since the beginning of the HBO series seven years »
- Gary Susman
Amazon has released the trailer for its new dramedy “Transparent,” about an L.A. family dealing with the late-in-life decision of their father (Jeffrey Tambor) to live as a woman. Could this be the show that will catapult Amazon into the Netflix-sphere, where original online content like “Orange Is The New Black” and “House of Cards” wins awards and better yet subscribers? With a fresh and exciting cast including Gaby Hoffman, Jay Duplass, and Amy Landecker as the couple's children, Judith Light as Tambor’s ex-wife, and Carrie Brownstein in a small role, it very well could. The pilot debuted on Amazon in February and received enough buzz and acclaim to for the series to be greenlit, with Amazon likely seeing this as a strong contender to become must-watch material. Tambor helped draw the binge-watching crowd with Netflix’s “Arrested Development” revival, and creator Jill Soloway (“United States of Tara, »
- Tess Hofmann
The past few years has seen a rise in online streaming content, as services like Netflix and Yahoo have begun to create their own original content as well as pick up shows cancelled by networks. Amazon has similarly diversified into the streaming market, with their own twist; they often release a number of pilots online, letting their viewers vote on which of them shall get a series order. One of the successful pickups from their last set was Transparent. Created by Jill Soloway, who has previously written for Six Feet Under and United States of Tara, as well as writing and directing the 2013 feature Afternoon Delight, the series stars Jeffrey Tambor, Melora Hardin, Gaby Hoffmann, and Jay Duplass. The show focuses on the trials and tribulations of a family as the patriarch comes out as a transgendered individual. Amazon has now announced that the series first 10-episode season will be »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Is Amazon about to score its first breakthrough hit?
The online streaming giant — whose foray into original programming has yet to yield any Netflix-sized hits — may have a game-changer on its hands with Transparent, a 10-episode dark comedy from Six Feet Under’s Jill Soloway and starring Arrested Development‘s Jeffrey Tambor as Maura né Mort Pfefferman, the transgender patriarch of a Los Angeles family.
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Amazon today announced it will premiere all ten episodes of Jill Soloway's (Afternoon Delight, "Six Feet Under") dark comedy "Transparent" on Friday, September 26 exclusively on Prime Instant Video in the Us and UK. Starring Jeffrey Tambor ("Arrested Development"), Judith Light ("Dallas"), Gaby Hoffmann ("Girls"), Amy Landecker ("Louie") and Jay Duplass ("Togetherness"), "Transparent" follows the Pfeffermans - a Los Angeles family forced to deal with their long-held secrets together. »
All parents have their secrets. Some smoke cigarettes behind their childrens’ backs; others lie about their past recreational drug use. In Amazon’s Transparent though, Jeffrey Tambor’s Mort has a much bigger secret: As one of his children, played by Gaby Hoffmann says, “Dad is a woman.”
Mort’s three grown children are finding out their father’s identity for the first time while their mom is more aware of her spouse’s feminine taste—although she’s under the impression it’s a simple game of dress-up. “It’s his thing; it’s his little private kink,” Mort’s wife, »
- Ariana Bacle
Masters of Sex, Season 2, Episode 7, “Asterion”
Directed by Michael Dinner
Airs Sundays at 10pm (Et) on Showtime
It seems this is the year creative time skips became an unexpected fashion in television. Both True Detective and Fargo pulled off the unprecedented move of jumping forward in time in the middle of an episode, and now Masters of Sex has one-upped them both by performing several jumps in the same episode! My knowledge of TV history is far from comprehensive, but I can’t think of any other show that’s done something like this before (except for a few episodes of The Simpsons, in which time is a… malleable concept, to say the least). Of course, multiple series have ended on greatest hits montages in their final episodes (Six Feet Under, for instance), but to my knowledge, no one has plopped an episode »
- Dan Schindel
Danny Moder, Julia Roberts, Robert Greenblatt and Derek Hough are among the list of honorees for this year’s Glsen Respect Awards – Los Angeles, the annual ceremony celebrating those whose charitable efforts elevated causes important to the Lgbt communities and others.
Moder and Roberts will receive the Humanitarian Award for their commitment to, and support of, philanthropic endeavors to causes like Glsen, Unicef, Heal the Bay, Stand Up to Cancer, the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, and others. The two are also Emmy nominees this year for their work in HBO’s adaptation of “The Normal Heart,” which is set during the early days of the AIDS epidemic.
The Chairman’s Award will be presented to Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, who has delivered programming featuring many characters and storylines that have been prominent in the Lgbtq community. Most notably, Greenblat served as executive producer on the long-running HBO drama “Six Feet Under, »
- Shelli Weinstein
For his first TV venture, superstar romance novelist and screenwriter Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook, A Walk to Remember) saddles up to executive produce a Civil War Western with a feisty female in the crosshairs. The Lifetime movie (and backdoor pilot) Deliverance Creek (airing Saturday, Sept. 13 at 8/7c) stars Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under) as widowed mother Belle Gatlin Barlowe, who turns outlaw to protect her family and land from corrupt bankers.
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- Ileane Rudolph
As HBO’s “True Blood” ends its seven-season run later this month, the premium cabler is giving fans of the vampire romance-mystery series a chance to own actual props, wardrobe items, set decorations and other memorabilia from the show.
The “True Blood” auction, hosted by ScreenBid, will offer more than 1,500 items from the show. Bidding opens Aug. 20, and is slated to close Aug. 25, the night after the series finale of “True Blood” airs Aug. 24.
Items in the catalog include: Eric Northman’s Fangtasia throne; the contract Macklyn Warlow makes to “own” Sookie Stackhouse; Arlene Fowler Bellefleur’s wedding gown; Merlotte’s Bar and Grill menu; cartons of the True Blood beverage; a Fangtasia “No Biting” sign; and vampire fangs (of course).
- Todd Spangler
Patti Labelle’s career is taking a Freak-ish turn.
According to an insider, Labelle’s alter ego — who I’m told does not sing — is a local townsperson who begins to unravel the murderous secrets of Twisty the clown killer.
While fans of Donna Tartt's beloved 1992 novel The Secret History have been waiting well over a decade for the long-stalled movie adaptation to get the green light, there was some good news this week as Warner Bros confirmed that they have acquired the film rights to her Pulitzer winner The Goldfinch.
Spanning two decades, the novel follows Theo Decker, who loses his mother at the age of 13 and is subsequently drawn into the criminal underworld through his possession of a valuable work of art.
If you're yet to read The Goldfinch, you may want to come back once you have as there will be Spoilers in the text below. Otherwise, read on for Digital Spy's dream cast...
Theo Decker (Ages 13-16)
The difficulty with casting the young Theo, whose perspective the first half of the book is told from, is that all the actors we have in mind will »
This weekend, Megan Fox plays April O’Neil in Paramount’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” but she’s not the first actress to portray the character. In 1990, Judith Hoag originated the role of the intrepid reporter who befriends the pizza-loving heroes, although she almost turned down the part. “When I first heard of it, I thought it was a horror film,” Hoag recalls on a recent telephone call with Variety. “‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ is such a strange name. I wasn’t into the comic books at all.”
Hoag, 22 at the time, was in the middle of shooting the Robin Williams comedy “Cadillac Man,” and her schedule prevented her from committing to “Ninja Turtles.” Then the producers were able to make it work, and Hoag had to fly from New York to Wilmington, North Carolina, on the weekends for production. “People would be wondering where I would racing off to on a Friday, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
According to a recent report from TV Line, the "Sons Of Anarchy" season 7 peeps have added actor, Mathew St. Patrick (left), to their payroll to portray character, Moses, who is described as being the head of a security team that will take care of business on the street. He's scheduled to make his first appearance in episode 7. Mathew's acting resume includes a role in Six Feet Under. As previously reported, season 7's storyline is going to leap ahead 10 days from the season 6 finale. Jax is going to be in jail on a parole violation and not surprisingly reeling over Tara's death. Season 7 is due to debut on Tuesday night, September 9th at 9pm central time on FX. Stay tuned. »
Jax Teller is on the warpath.
FX has dropped the first official trailer for Sons of Anarchy‘s seventh and final season, and… hell hath no fury like Samcro’s widowed leader scorned.
Related Sons of Anarchy Cast Previews Jax’s ‘Vengeance,’ Gemma’s Betrayal and an ‘Exciting Romance’ in Final Season
Press Play below and then mark your calendars: The show’s super-sized premiere airs Tuesday, Sept. 9.
The final season of Sons of Anarchy is not stopping their plans for a big season. It was just announced that Six Feet Under‘s Mathew St. Patrick will be coming on to the show for an arc. His role will be a lead on a security team named Moses. He will start his story on the last season on episode 7, with no word on how many episodes it will take for his story to be told. He will be joining the likes of Lea Michele, Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson as guest stars.
The new season will premier on September 9th. This may be the last season, but fans are hoping for a prequel. Talks for it have started with no time frame or promise given. It looks like we will have to wait to see if that happens or not. In the meantime it sounds like this 7th »
- Sarah Peel
Mathew St. Patrick, best known for his five-season run as Michael C. Hall’s TV spouse on HBO’s late, great mortuary drama, is joining Soa‘s seventh and final season in a recurring role, TVLine has learned exclusively.
Related Sons of Anarchy Prequel Series Update
He’ll play Moses, the head of a security team who takes care of business on the street. He’ll first appear in Episode 7.
St. Patrick (who was among »
This week, The Leftovers gave us another single-perspective episode, focusing on Nora Durst. This episode was less tense than Matt’s — no beating of thieves to a pulp, no race-against-the-clock climax — but I still enjoyed it more than the recent ensemble episodes. Maybe part of the problem with the ensemble episodes is that we don’t see enough of these characters to get to know them. I stand by my opinion that not enough is happening in this show, but that might matter less if I cared more about the characters. I keep thinking about Six Feet Under. That show wasn’t driven by a great overarching mystery, either, but it still felt driven: by our fascination with the Fishers, our concern for them, our love for them.The principal characters in The Leftovers have compelling stories, but I’m somehow not compelled. I keep wondering: Why now? Out of »
- Kelly Braffet
A review of tonight's "The Leftovers" coming up just as soon as you shoot me... "Guest" offers us our second single-pov episode of the season, and if it's not as intense or disorienting a ride as the story of Matt's big night at the casino, it's still a valuable and fascinating portrait of what life would be like for someone who lost so much in the Departure. Nora's been a background character until now, interacting briefly with her brother, with Kevin and with some fellow "legacies," but this is the first extended time we've spent with her (just as episode 3 was the first — and to date only — significant spotlight on Matt). There have been hints that she's actually doing much better than the image the town has of her, but also signs that her grief is very real, and more bottomless than anything any members of the Garvey family are going through. »
- Alan Sepinwall
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