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Alan Taylor's definitely drawn to dysfunctional families, which were a staple of his acclaimed TV work ("Boardwalk Empire," "Game of Thrones," "Mad Men," "Six Feet Under," "The Sopranos"), and that's what attracted him to "Terminator Genisys." Beneath the sci-fi, time travel, political tyranny, man vs. machine, shoot-em-up action lies a very trippy story of lovers and parents and guardians trapped in a continuous loop. But there's a twist in "Terminator Genisys," Taylor's first film since blockbuster "Thor: The Dark World": roles are reversed and it's hard to tell who's human and who's a machine anymore. "Dysfunctional family was the first thing that I could think of to describe this," Taylor admitted. "'T1' was a love story, 'T2' was a father/son story, and this one, because we have the same core lovers and very strange father figures, gets a dysfunctional family and some of the pleasures. »
- Bill Desowitz
If cultural progress for gay rights has tilted toward mainstreaming of characters via network television — with gradual acceptance reflected by a surplus of gay best friends, usually devoid of any onscreen love lives — pay cable emerged as the arena where gays could go for honest and open depictions of their experiences.
HBO, not surprisingly, was a trailblazer in this area, both in the movie and documentary arena. “And the Band Played On,” in 1993, explored the sad history of indifference toward AIDS, becoming the first prong of what amounted to a trilogy, each spaced by roughly a decade: “Angels in America” in 2003, and “The Normal Heart” last year. Many of the best pay-tv movies devoted to the topic were true stories, telling tales of pain and tragedy, a la Showtime’s “Soldier’s Girl.”
The most memorable series — a form where the audience has more time to bond with characters — generally arrived only this century, »
- Brian Lowry
How will new faces affect The Flash? What tragic time will Teen Wolf revisit? Who will help battle The Strain? Who’s (finally) back on Bones? Is Castle‘s Kate Mia?! Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.
Any Westallen scoop to help us survive The Flash‘s hiatus? –Kaz
As we all surmised when I wrote this not-at-all-controversial bit, Barry is getting his own “Felicity” because it’s simply too soon for Iris to move on from Eddie — especially since Season 2 picks up right where we left off, with The Flash fighting the wormhole. »
Milestones only feel monumental when you get some perspective, and you look back and see some of the tremors that started to pave the way for a seismic shift. The Supreme Court decision is a stunning victory for human rights and equality, but the big shift happened with the American people over the past few years, and there’s no putting the genie back in the bottle.
I feel privileged to work in a business where we can advance the political agenda just because we tell stories. No soapbox, no demonstrations, no voting. If a story moves you, the message gets sent, and the consciousness changes. Sometimes slowly, but it happens.
Over the past 40 years, the Lgbt social and political agenda has been moving forward in our pop culture in many ways, especially on good old-fashioned broadcast television, which reaches everybody, everywhere. Back in the ’70s, I remember Archie Bunker »
- Bob Greenblatt
Edie Falco works her last shift as “Nurse Jackie” on Sunday. It’s a testament to Falco’s skill that she was able to segue so quickly after “The Sopranos” into the skin of another enduring TV character. As “Nurse Jackie” wraps its seven-season run, the four-time Emmy winner spoke with Variety about endings, beginnings, why she loves working in series television and why she still hasn’t seen every episode of “Sopranos.”
How does it feel to be bringing this chapter of your career to a close?
Most of us never know when the end is coming. You’re kind of half prepared a lot of the time. It’s almost like someone you know having a disease — you know they’re going to go at some point. Will they last another year? Six months? Every time your show is picked up for another season that’s great news — crazy great news. »
- Cynthia Littleton
Given all the musicals we've seen on TV recently -- NBC's live-performance versions of "Peter Pan" and "The Sound of Music," not to mention ABC's "Galavant" and all six seasons of Fox's "Glee" -- it's a wonder that the pipeline hasn't flowed in the opposite direction, from the small screen to Broadway.
That may change with the announcements that a couple of TV-based musicals are in the works. One is "Bombshell," the Marilyn Monroe biographical musical that was created and staged over the course of two seasons on NBC's "Smash." Bringing it to Broadway would seem easy enough -- the songs and choreography already exist; all that's needed is a book.
The other is a stage version of "Downton Abbey," which may launch after the British drama's sixth and final season wraps this winter. John Lunn, who composes the music for the series, says he envisions an international tour, starring »
- Gary Susman
Amazon Studios is deepening its relationship with Transparent showrunner Jill Soloway. The entertainment arm of Amazon.com has inked an overall deal with Soloway to develop television projects exclusively for its Prime Instant Video streaming service. Amazon has also simultaneously ordered a third season of Transparent just as it begins production on the second season. Under her new deal, a first of its kind for Amazon, Soloway will continue as showrunner on Transparent, and Andrea Sperling has been elevated to executive producer on the Golden Globe-winning series. In a further show of support for the Six Feet Under veteran, Amazon
- Natalie Jarvey
Fox has set the supernatural drama Houdini and Doyle, centered on the relationship between Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, for a Spring 2016 bow on the network. David Shore, the creator and executive producer of House, which also aired on Fox, is currently set to executive produce the mini-series, alongside David Titcher and David Hoselton, with Stephen Hopkins signed on to direct the entire 10-episode run. Stephen Mangan, who is best known for riffing with Matt LeBlanc on Episodes, will play the haloed author of the Sherlock Holmes novels, while Michael Weston, who had major arcs on House, Scrubs, and Six Feet Under, as well as a supporting role in Zach Braff's genuinely heinous Garden State, will play the famed magician and contortionist. Man Seeking Woman standout Rebecca Liddiard will round out the cast as their liaison, the first female constable to work for London Metropolitan Police Force. »
- Chris Cabin
The UK/Canada co-production will be executive produced by House creator David Shore, and will follow the real-life friendship of Sherlock Holmes writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and illusionist Harry Houdini.
Mangan will take on the role of author Doyle, while Weston will play magician Houdini.
Set at the turn of the 20th century, the drama will explore their unique friendship and how they both worked with New Scotland Yard on unsolved crimes.
Fox is saying “abracadabra” to David Shore’s supernatural adventure series “Houdini & Doyle” with ten episodes set to debut next year on the network.
Michael Weston (“House,” “Six Feet Under”) and Stephen Mangan (“Episodes”) have nabbed the two title roles in the period drama, inspired by true events. Stephen Hopkins (“24,” “Californication”) has signed on as director.
The series revolves around master magician, escape artist and paranormal debunker, Harry Houdini (Weston) and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Mangan), the prolific writer, paranormal aficionado and creator of “Sherlock Holmes,” as they grudgingly join forces with New Scotland Yard to investigate inexplicable crimes with a supernatural slant.
“I’ve long been intrigued by both Houdini and Doyle; men who were ahead of their time, each fascinating in their own right. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Gramercy Pictures has released a special Sinister 2 video message for all of the dads in the world. Also in this round-up: new stills from The Vatican Tapes, a second clip from The Gallows, and release details on the Psycho Beach Party Blu-ray.
"The sequel to the 2012 sleeper hit horror movie. In the aftermath of the shocking events in “Sinister,” a protective mother (Shannyn Sossamon of “Wayward Pines”) and her 9-year-old twin sons (real-life twins Robert and Dartanian Sloan) find themselves in a rural house marked for death as the evil spirit of Buhguul continues to spread with frightening intensity."
- Tamika Jones
They may be two of this season’s “It” showrunners, but Jill Soloway and Jennie Snyder Urman aren’t exactly overnight successes. They’ve both paid their dues with staff jobs (Soloway on “Six Feet Under,” Urman on “Gilmore Girls”) and showrunner gigs (Soloway on HBO’s “How to Make It in America,” Urman on the CW’s “Emily Owens, M.D.”). Soloway’s “Transparent” has put Amazon originals on the map, winning Golden Globes for best comedy and lead Jeffrey Tambor, while Urman’s “Jane the Virgin” earned CW its first Globe noms, and scored a win for breakout star Gina Rodriguez. In a wide-ranging conversation with Variety they discuss the challenges of binge-viewing vs. 22-episode seasons, blending comedy with drama, and Caitlyn Jenner.
When did you realize your show might work?
Urman: Right before the TCAs when all the critics watched it, before it started airing. I read those pre-reviews — “Oh my gosh, »
- Geoff Berkshire
There’s no shortage of material when you’re staring in disbelief at the ridiculously rich, or making fun of them, but Odd Mom Out (built around Jill Kargman’s novels) has a strange feeling of over-familiarity.
Kargman stars as the “normal” forced into the world of New York’s super-elite, and while her daily routine is very similar to that of your average person tuning in (perhaps minus the walking around in her underwear all the time), she finds herself having to rub elbows with people she would rather have nothing to do with an awful lot of the time.
Said forced contact comes by way of school, and the mommy insanity that goes along with a Kindergarten by and for the hopelessly vapid. Although, new entrants in the fabulous world of intolerable people are Jill’s brother-in-law, and his wife, now that they’ve sold their bagel franchise for about $700 million. »
- Marc Eastman
Happy Tuesday, Boys & Girls! It's time for another installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast. In this week's installment, we're talking about some unusual programming including the return of NBC's art-house thriller "Hannibal," the premiere of Netflix's art-house sci-fi-type-thing "Sense8" and the finale of Yahoo's always boundary-pushing "Community." And then we discussed our first Summer Finale Rewatch, the "Six Feet Under" finale. Next week is gonna be a bit screwy because Alan's gonna be in town to moderate an event, so we're definitely going to do some sort of in-person video thing at some point, but that may prevent us from doing a formal podcast, but our next Summer Finale Rewatch is available on Hulu and Netflix so you can get started on it whenever! So here's today's breakdown: "Hannibal" (00:01:30 - 00:12:50) "Sense8" (00:12:55 - 00:26:25) "Community" finale (00:26:30 - 00:47:15) "Six Feet Under »
- Daniel Fienberg
What Is Six Feet Under About? A deliciously dark comedy/drama about life, death and personal relationships, all built around a funeral home in Los Angeles that is owned and operated by one highly dysfunctional family. Who is in it? Where is Six Feet Under now? Why is it binge-worthy? Must-sees Most shocking episodes That line was so great Original TV Home: HBO Number Of Seasons: 5 (2001-2005) Total Episodes / Time Table: 62 Episodes (approx. 45 to 60 minutes each) + Series Finale (72 minutes) = approx. 63 hours Viewing Strategy: Seasons 1 to 3 each had 13 episodes. Seasons … Continue reading →
The post Why Should I Binge-Watch Six Feet Under? appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Eric Kohanik
Jon Hamm has never won an Emmy. When he reaped his seventh consecutive Best Drama Actor bid last year as Don Draper in “Mad Men”, he distinguished himself from a half dozen of the most iconic leading men of the twenty-first century who had scored six nominations each: Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”), James Gandolfini (“The Sopranos”), Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”, “Six Feet Under”), Hugh Laurie (“House”), Martin Sheen (“The West Wing”) and Kiefer Sutherland (“24”). Cranston won the race four times, Gandolfini three times and Sutherland once apiece. Hall, Laurie and Sheen were snubbed year after year like Hamm. -Break- "Mad Men" poll: Which episode should Jon Hamm submit to Emmy judges? But to equate Hamm with Hall, Laurie and Sheen would be to assume that Hamm’s bad awards luck is limited to the Emmys. Yes, he holds the record »
"That was perfection. All the characters got their due. A series finale that respects each character and yet wraps up its lead so well," praises Gold Derby user JuanCas in our TV forum about the series finale of "Mad Men." Our readers hold absolutely nothing back, so scroll down to see more honest feedback about Sunday's much-anticipated final hurrah. Sample comments below. See more here where you should join the discussion. -Break- Poll: Will 'Mad Men' finale break Emmys curse (Vote now) Atypical: Oddly unmoving series finale beyond Don's three person to person calls. I kinda figured that this would be more of a business as usual type episode that would only please the whims of Matthew Weiner, and sure enough, that's exactly what it was. I guess it's harder than not to make a series finale that hits all the right notes for all involved. "Six Feet Under »
The “Mad Men” finale will be analyzed and rated, debated and recapped. Meaning will be ascribed to it that the writers likely never intended, and much of fans’ pleasure and disappointment will be expressed in real time. What it won’t do, really, is matter – at least, not in the way several other much-anticipated series finales have.
People had good reason for wanting to know whether Dexter Morgan got away with being a vigilante serial killer, or if Walter White, Nucky Thompson and Tony Soprano could live lives of crime without receiving a cosmic comeuppance. They wanted to see if Sookie Stackhouse could find true love with someone (living or dead), where that “Lost” island really was, or if the “Battlestar Galactica” crew ever reached a place called Earth. Heck, a few hearty souls even hung around to learn whether Amanda Clarke actually got her “Revenge,” and how Ted met his kids’ mother. »
- Brian Lowry
So, it's now been a couple of weeks since The Incident took place on Grey's Anatomy, and now that the dust has settled we're looking back on the other small-screen deaths that have left us similarly destroyed.
Below, we've listed 17 of the TV demises we're still not over. In no particular order. They all made us sad. We're not crying, it's just raining. On our faces.
Warning: Just in case this doesn't go without saying, spoilers galore lie ahead. Some of these shows are finished, some are still on, but all of the episodes referenced aired in 2014 or earlier.
Spoiler: Joss Whedon is going to show up a few times on this list. The man has a self-confessed cruel streak when it comes to offing beloved characters, but the death of Buffy Summers' mother is in a different league even by Whedon standards.
Five seasons in, we »
Ellen Albertini Dow, a multi-faceted performer and acting coach perhaps best known for spitting a fire rendition of "Rapper's Delight" in Adam Sandler's The Wedding Singer, died Monday, May 4th, Deadline reports. She was 101.
Along with her scene-stealing turn as The Wedding Singer's rapping granny (not to be confused with the actual Rappin' Granny, Vivian Smallwood), Dow has appeared in countless films and TV shows, despite beginning her on-screen career as a septuagenarian.
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