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FX has produced noisier series over the years that “Justified” has graced its schedule, but none better. The final season has been a particular treat, with terrific cast additions (topped by Sam Elliott and Mary Steenburgen) that augmented the central focus on the trio of Raylan, Boyd and Ava. Expectations were thus high for the series finale, which stayed true to the program’s modern-cowboy ethos as well as the heady mixture of drama, comedy and tension that has always defined the dynamics among its key players.
As usual, this adaptation of an Elmore Leonard story (which included a classy ending-credits thank-you to its late pappy) juggled a multitude of plots, and even by this season’s standards had to hustle to bring resolution to most of them. At its core, though, the entire finishing flurry has been devoted to the determination of U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant »
- Brian Lowry
Based on King’s best-selling novel, 11/22/63 follows Jake Epping (played by James Franco), a high school English teacher who travels back in time to try to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
During tonight’s Season 5 finale of The Walking Dead, AMC decided it wanted to give fans a little taste of the Fear that’s coming this summer. The network debuted the first-ever promo for The Walking Dead‘s companion series Fear The Walking Dead, and while the 16-second video didn’t feature much footage, it did confirm what many outlets have long been reporting about the show: it will indeed be a prequel to the original Walking Dead series, taking place during the early days of the outbreak in Los Angeles. Fear The Walking Dead, which was given a two-season order from AMC earlier this month, stars Cliff Curtis (Gang Related), Kim Dickens (Deadwood), Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) and Alycia Debnam-Carey (The 100). The show’s title was just revealed this past Friday by Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman. Its first season will consist of six episodes, »
- Chris King
The Walking Dead companion series is no longer nameless, as it its official title was revealed on Twitter by The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman today. And while the companion series’ title is not all that different from the original show’s, it certainly make its intentions known: it wants you to be afraid, which is why the new AMC series will be called Fear The Walking Dead. Fear The Walking Dead, which was given a two-season order from AMC earlier month, will take places in Los Angeles and serve as a prequel to the original Walking Dead series. The show stars Cliff Curtis (Gang Related), Kim Dickens (Deadwood), Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) and Alycia Debnam-Carey (Lexa from The CW’s The 100). “We feel empowered by this two-season commitment, a serious show of faith from our network partner AMC,” Kirkman said when the companion series was ordered. »
- Chris King
The Walking Dead spinoff series has an official title, and it’s probably not one people were expecting. While the all-important brand recognition led many to think the series would have a sort of subtitle, like The Walking Dead: Biters, it appears that AMC and executive producer Robert Kirkman have settled on something a little more straightforward: Fear the Walking Dead. It's Official! The walking dead companion show on AMC is called Fear The Walking Dead! Expect more news very soon! #FearTheWalkingDead — Robert Kirkman (@RobertKirkman) March 27, 2015 So…yeah. That’s a title, I guess. Honestly it feels akin to Star Trek Into Darkness, but it’s not like Fear the Walking Dead even gives people an idea as to what the show is about. Yes, zombies are scary. So are the metaphorical “walking dead.” This title does nothing to set this show apart from the original series, which is maybe the point. »
- Adam Chitwood
Look alive, zombies! The upcoming spinoff of AMC’s The Walking Dead — which has already received a two-season order — can finally be referred to by name.
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Twd creator Robert Kirkman spilled the beans Friday on Twitter with the following simple — yet internet-exploding — tweet:
— Robert Kirkman (@RobertKirkman) March 27, 2015
As if that early Christmas present wasn’t enough, we’ve also been blessed with the spinoff’s official logo. Behold:
If you were given a lineup of shows that have left a fingerprint on Justified, and asked to pick which series has had the biggest influence, the one many would point to would be Deadwood. Admittedly, the list of possible suspects is pretty slim, as the most widely known TV Western of recent years is the one set in space. But beyond just the starring presence of Timothy Olyphant, the greatest debt – really more of a hat-tip – Justified has always owed, particularly this season and episode, has been to David Milch’s short-lived but revered pioneer drama.
Aesthetically, the Old West of South Dakota and the new west of Kentucky wouldn’t pass for twins, and even dramatically, Deadwood and Justified have their significant contrasts. Deadwood was all about growth, about the building of something. The arc of Justified has seen Raylan Givens clear out the gutters of a decaying »
- Sam Woolf
A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as I interrupt a goat sacrifice... "The past is a statement. The future is a question." -Raylan "The past and the future are a fight to the death." -Ava We're now in the second half of this final "Justified" season, and almost everyone has one eye on the way out of Harlan. Raylan is finally taking real steps to unload the haunted(*) family home, including having the remains of his father, mother and stepmother disinterred. Ty Walker nearly talks Boyd and Ava into helping him rob Markham's vault so they can all get the hell out of town, and the reward they get for helping Raylan kill Walker seems like plenty of getaway money to Ava, if not Boyd. (*) On the one hand, having your hero argue with his dad's ghost seems really low on the What Would Elmore Do? »
- Alan Sepinwall
The film is based on the Ransom Riggs novel, following a teenager, played by Butterfield, who finds himself transported to an island where he must help protect a group of orphans with special powers from creatures out to destroy them. Green will play the title character, who acts as a guardian for these orphans.
Production is currently under way, and the pic is set to bow March 4, 2016.
- Justin Kroll
AMC has given life to its Walking Dead companion series. The network announced today that it has ordered not just one but two seasons of the still untitled zombie drama, which will take places in Los Angeles and serve as a prequel to the original Walking Dead series. The first season will consist of six episodes and premiere late this summer on AMC. The Walking Dead companion series stars Cliff Curtis (Gang Related), Kim Dickens (Deadwood), Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) and Alycia Debnam-Carey (Lexa from The CW’s The 100). “We feel empowered by this two-season commitment, a serious show of faith from our network partner AMC,” executive producer Robert Kirkman said in a statement. “I personally take it as a sign that they believe, like we do, that we’ve accomplished our goal of developing something original that can pay tribute to the original show and expand the… »
- Chris King
AMC’s Walking Dead spinoff officially has a pulse — and a strong one at that.
The cabler announced Monday that it has greenlit the still-untitled offshoot for not one but two seasons, with the first six episode season launching in late summer.
The series, which will be set in Los Angeles, stars Cliff Curtis (Gang Related), Kim Dickens (Deadwood), Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) and Alycia Debnam Carey (Into the Storm).
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“We feel empowered by this two-season commitment, a serious show »
This week’s episode of The Walking Dead might as well have been titled “Honey, I’m Home!” Because just as Rick and his haggard family of survivors fought not to get too comfortable in Alexandria in “Remember,” “Forget” found (at least most of) them deciding, “I could get used to this.” Who were the holdouts? Keep reading…
Taking Precautions Rather Than Chances | Early on, Carol and Daryl took a secret meeting with Rick at the shack where he’d hidden the now-missing gun and agreed that they’d need firearms sooner or later, »
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Justified, The Good Wife, Once Upon a Time, Empire and Scandal!
PhotosHouse of Cards Season 3 Premiere Recap: 19 Must-See Moments
1 | Claire’s darker ‘do on House of Cards: love it or hate it? (Us? Hated it.) Speaking of the Netflix drama’s new season, were you bummed that Deadwood alumni Molly Parker and Kim Dickens didn’t share a single scene together?
FX’s Justified is just weeks away from the finale of its sixth and final season, but star Timothy Olyphant doesn’t need to worry about being out of work once it’s curtains for the acclaimed drama. Deadline reveals that the actor is negotiating a deal to join Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley in Oliver Stone’s Edward Snowden pic.
Olyphant will portray a CIA agent who befriended Snowden before the American contractor, who leaked thousands of classified documents that he acquired while working for the Nsa, fled to Russia seeking asylum.
The actor was last seen on screen in ill-received dramedy This is Where I Leave You, but he’s known to TV aficionados not only for Justified but also for his stints on Deadwood and The Office. This latest project is sure to send his stock soaring even higher.
Stone pulled from multiple sources to assemble the screenplay, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Titus Welliver isn't feeling well today. "I caught [a cold] from my 13-year-old son," he croaks. "I can't stop hugging and kissing my children all the time, so I'm always getting their colds." It's a testament to the 53-year-old's acting ability that he so convincingly plays the opposite of touchy-feely on gritty shows like Sons of Anarchy, Deadwood, and now Bosch. In Amazon's new drama, based on Michael Connelly's best-selling crime novels, Welliver stars as Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch, an Lapd detective with a dark past (his prostitute mother was murdered, leaving him to live in a Dickensian orphanage) and a pretty grim present. In the ten-episode first season — all of which was released in one go last Friday — Bosch stands trial for a questionable shooting while tracking a serial killer and investigating the discovery of a young boy's bones. Welliver fought off the germs to speak with Vulture »
- Bruce Fretts
Titus Welliver isn't the first actor I might have thought of to play Lapd homicide cop Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch, hero of 17 best-selling mystery novels and counting by Michael Connelly (plus multiple appearances in Connelly's "Lincoln Lawyer" series). But that's more because the book series started so long ago, and has allowed Harry to age in real time, so my mental image of him is much older than the "Deadwood" alum. In "Bosch," a new TV series whose first season can be streamed on Amazon Prime starting today, Welliver plays a younger and slightly mellower version of Harry. Connelly and producer Eric Overmyer ("The Wire," "Tremé") adapted the first season from pieces of three different Bosch novels ("The Concrete Blonde," "City of Bones" and "Echo Park"), and tweaks some biographical details. (Over the course of the early books, for instance, Bosch got married, divorced, and had a daughter who's on the »
- Alan Sepinwall
After a charmed run with comedies, Amazon’s first stab at drama, “Bosch,” doesn’t quite deliver. Adapted from Michael Connelly’s L.A.-centric novels, the series has the texture and tone of an old-fashioned detective yarn, casting Titus Welliver in the kind of role James Garner would have played in his heyday. But the transition from page to screen — overseen by Eric Overmyer, who casts fellow alumni from “The Wire” in key roles — proves too talky in places and clunky in others. Good casting and a strong sense of L.A. noir make the series watchable enough, but four episodes in, this page-turner feels undercooked.
The well-traveled Welliver (whose roles range from “Lost” to “Deadwood” to a memorable cop turn in “Brooklyn South”) plays Harry Bosch, an ex-special-forces officer turned Lapd detective who’s something of a dinosaur in his corner-cutting approach to the job. As a consequence, »
- Brian Lowry
A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as you lead to unevenness in my facial tone... "Come to it, I guess you ain't all that big now. Grown, but still just playing pretend." -Avery Markham It likely doesn't come as much of a surprise when "Noblesse Oblige" reveals Avery Markham as the man pulling the strings of Ty Walker and company. The show wasn't going to bring Sam Elliott in just to smoke weed and be charming, and his old ties with Katherine Hale simultaneously simplifies this season's arc (because now we see how all the pieces are connected) and complicates it (because Katherine and Avery's relationship is dysfunctional even by "Justified" standards). Mainly, though, it's just a pleasure to watch Elliott work, sporting a different look than we're used to (not only clean-shaven, but with hair swept back, and in a slick suit and bolo tie »
- Alan Sepinwall
Holmes, whose breakthrough role came playing Joey Potter on Dawson's Creek, will guest star in the Showtime crime drama's third season, set to debut this summer.
Ray Donovan, Showtime's second-highest rated drama behind the political thriller Homeland, stars Liev Schreiber as a "fixer" in Los Angeles who is hired by the rich and famous to make their problems go away, often outside the means of the law.
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Katie Holmes is ready to meet Ray Donovan. The Dawson’s Creek actress will be joining the cast of the Showtime drama for its third season in what is being described as a “major” role. Holmes will play Paige, a businesswoman that is described as “shrewd” and “chic” and who also happens to be the daughter to another new Ray Donovan character, Andrew Finney, who will be played by Ian McShane. As we already reported last week, McShane’s Finney will be “a prominent movie producer and billionaire who hires Ray (Liev Schreiber) to get his family out of a potentially catastrophic situation.” While McShane’s casting creates the possibility of a Deadwood reunion between him and his former co-star Paula Malcomson, who plays Ray’s wife Abby on the Showtime series, Holmes’ casting also allows for a reunion of sorts, since she and her former Dawson’s Creek co-star »
- Chris King
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