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Despite a slight uptick in quality, Shadowhunters is still disappointingly far, far from the show it could have been...
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1.3 Dead Man's Party
It’s not saying much, but this was the best episode of Shadowhunters so far. With most of the major characters introduced and most of the basic rules of the universe already established, there was a bit more breathing room for things to happen. And with most of the worst aspects of the show pushed discreetly out of sight, there was even time to have some fun.
So, again, we pick up pretty much exactly where the last episode left off, with Simon being abducted by vampires who think Clary knows where the Mortal Cup is and quite fancy nicking it for themselves. That sense of continuity is quite nice; it can be disconcerting to feel like characters in a TV »
Zach Galifianakis started his career as a cult comedian, until the blockbuster success of “The Hangover” franchise turned him into a mainstream star. Now he’s returning to his roots with the FX original series “Baskets,” an inventive serial comedy sure to be described as “quirky” and “offbeat” more times than anyone will care to count.
Galifianakis created the show with Jonathan Krisel (“Portlandia”) and Louis C.K., and stars as Chip Baskets, a Paris-trained clown who takes a job working at a rodeo in Bakersfield, California. The series co-stars Galifianakis’ longtime friend Martha Kelly, a stand-up comedian making her acting debut as Chip’s sweet-natured foil, and Louie Anderson as Christine Baskets, the mother of Chip and his more successful twin brother Dale. (Of that unconventional casting choice, Galifianakis says, “I wanted to cast Brenda Blethyn; she wasn’t available.”)
Variety spoke with Galifianakis at the recent Television Critics Assn. »
- Geoff Berkshire
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