10 items from 2015
Admit it, millennials: When the news broke Tuesday that FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully would be returning to the Fox network for a six-episode reboot of "The X-Files," many of you said, "Who are Mulder and Scully?" After all, the show has been off the air for 13 years. Since then, Gillian Anderson (Scully) moved to England and did period dramas, while David Duchovny (Mulder) became that creepy old lech on Showtime's "Californication," and "X-Files" creator Chris Carter went Mia and was apparently abducted by aliens.
Still, even if "The X-Files," its stars, and its creator haven't been pinging the cultural radar much in recent years, the return of the show with its original cast and showrunner on board is a huge deal. Much of what we now take for granted in pop culture -- especially on TV and online -- owes a tremendous debt to the 1993-2002 sci-fi drama series. »
- Gary Susman
Recently, CBS dropped these new, official spoiler pictures for their upcoming "NCIS" episode 19 of season 12, and they offer up new looks at main characters: Bishop Tony, and Gibbs doing their thing in various scenes that involve them investing a murdered petty officer case. We also see Abby in action too. The episode is labeled, "Patience." The official plot description for episode 19, reads like this: NCIS Connects The Murder Of A Petty Officer To A 40 Year Old United States Airport Bombing Cold Case. Plot description number 2: The murder of a petty officer will spark a lead in a 40 year old airport bombing cold case that Gibbs and Dinozzo have been assigned to for the past two years. Also, McGee will be jealous that he was not previously briefed on the cold case. Episode 19 is due to air on Tuesday night, March 31st at 7pm central time on CBS. Also, you »
- Andre Braddox
Should music supervisors be allowed to join the TV Academy?
It’s a controversial topic within the Hollywood music community, and a new move to admit them – without consulting the membership – is meeting with strong resistance from many composers, including several former governors.
Currently, the Acad’s “music peer group” consists of about 350 composers, songwriters and music directors. Music supervisors, who for the most part add pre-existing songs to the mix of many series, are not permitted. Last month, the branch’s 12-member executive committee voted to admit music supervisors and, in an email to committee members, the Acad’s two music governors stated flatly that they would not submit the idea to the full membership.
“We were elected to lead, not poll,” it said. “Had the people of Alabama been asked in 1964 if African Americans should be allowed to vote, they probably would have said no. But because it »
- Jon Burlingame
Last night, CBS dropped the new promo/spoiler clip (below) for their upcoming "NCIS" episode 19 of season 12, and it gives us new looks at some pretty interesting stuff as Agents start coupling up. Secrets get brought to light, and more. The episode is titled, "Patience." In the new, 19th episode official description: NCIS Connects The Murder Of A Petty Officer To A 40 Year Old United States Airport Bombing Cold Case. Description number 2: The murder of a petty officer will spark a lead in a 40 year old airport bombing cold case that Gibbs and Dinozzo have been assigned to for the past two years. Also, McGee will be jealous that he was not previously briefed on the cold case. The episode was written by Steven D. Binder, and it was directed by Tom Wright. Episode 19 is scheduled to air on Tuesday night, March 31st at 7pm central time on CBS. »
- Andre Braddox
Recently, CBS released the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "NCIS" episode 19 of season 12. The episode is entitled, "Patience," and it turns out that we're going to see some very intriguing stuff take place as the NCIS crew hits up a case that's linked to a bombing that actually happened 40 years ago, and more. The episode is labeled, "Patience." In the new, 19th episode press release: NCIS Connects The Murder Of A Petty Officer To A 40 Year Old United States Airport Bombing Cold Case. Press release number 2: The murder of a petty officer is going to spark a lead in a 40 year old airport bombing cold case that Gibbs and Dinozzo have been assigned to for the past two years. Also, McGee is going to be jealous that he was not previously briefed on the cold case. Guest stars feature: Lisa Banes (Ambassador Olivia Edmunds), Kathe Mazur (Navy »
True crime is big business. Books about the world’s most awful serial killers, unsolved mysteries and the like make up a large proportion of non-fiction sales, and are popular enough to warrant their own section in both online and brick-and-mortar stores. TV shows like the 3 Cs – Cold Case, Cops and Crimewatch – offer moving pictures to go with the descriptions of horrific crimes, whether they were eventually solved or otherwise.
For the most part, despite the ubiquity and bank, it’s a genre that’s existed on the peripheries of popular culture. Nobody wants to admit to being fascinated with subjects such as this – it raises all sorts of questions about their own state of mind. Or at the very least their poor taste. That’s starting to change, though. And the effects of this new school of true crime is changing too.
This past year listeners were gripped to the podcast Serial, »
- Tom Baker
In its first four episodes, HBO's new documentary miniseries The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst made for a compelling examination of a real-estate heir and accused murderer's life and psyche. But in the fifth episode, which aired last Sunday night, the series transcended its own storytelling with one truly disturbing revelation to become something more. If you're not familiar with Robert Durst, here's a primer: The son of one of NYC's most powerful real-estate moguls, Durst witnessed his mother's death as a child, and in 1982, his first wife, Kathie, went missing under mysterious circumstances. In 2000, his college best friend and confidant Susan Berman - who was coincidentally due to be questioned about Durst's possible involvement in his wife's disappearance - was executed in her home. And in 2003, Durst was acquitted of murdering his neighbor after his high-powered, very expensive legal team successfully argued he had killed him »
CBS’ long-running newsmagazine “48 Hours” is trying a new variation on its true-crime theme with this week’s telecast focusing on a unsolved murder in Florida.
“48 Hours: Cold Case: Who Killed Amy Gellert” adds a touch of “America’s Most Wanted” in that it will lay out all the existing evidence and details about multiple suspects, and ask viewers to come forward via a tip line with information they might have to help law enforcement crack the case.
Susan Zirinsky, senior exec producer and the longtime steward of “48 Hours,” said the hope is to produce three “Cold Case” episodes a year starting next fall. The plan is to use social media platforms to further spread the word about the case in the hopes that someone who knows something will finally come forward.
“48 Hours” already has a sizable online following through its “Crimesider” website and via Twitter and other platforms, which »
- Cynthia Littleton
Rihanna‘s reign won’t let up. Since she hit the scene in 2008, she’s had 13 No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100—tying her with Michael Jackson for the third most No. 1 songs on the chart. And she’s achieved all this before her 27th birthday, which just so happens to be today, Feb. 20. Related: Kanye West Is Executive Producing Rihanna’s New Album While we anxiously await the release of RiRi’s next album—her eighth, oh so cleverly titled, R8—to drop, we decided to take stock of her entire career so far. From Barbadian dancehall queen to a good girl gone bad to a Beatle‘s new bestie, we’re ranking every single song she’s ever put her stamp on. All 131 of Rihanna’s tracks—every single solo track, collaboration and guest feature on an Eminem song that’s out there. So, from worst to best, »
- Shannon Carlin - Radio.com
Here’s an announcement that wins a fair few geek points just by telling you who’s involved – Greg Berlanti (one of Arrow and The Flash’s core writers and executive producers) will team up with Thor/Thor: The Dark World co-star and occasional Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. cameo-maker Jaimie Alexander (Lady Sif, if you were wondering) for a new amnesia thriller called Blindspot.
As if you need more convincing, the set-up is thus: Jane Doe (Alexander) climbs out of a duffel bag with no memories and finds herself at the centre of an investigation in the middle of Times Square, New York. She’s covered in tattoos and entirely clueless about what’s going on. We’ve all been there, right? We're assuming she finds more than a few cringe-inducing »
10 items from 2015
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