7 items from 2016
From Transparent to… transitional design?
Transgender actor and comic Ian Harvie has booked a multi-episode arc on Season 4 of Mistresses, but what begins as his character’s quest for paint swatches and throw pillows might leave one of the show’s core couples in an unexpected gray zone.
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Harvie will play a rich financier who hires Rochelle Aytes’ April to decorate his house — but their close working relationship will cause some strain in her brand-new romance with Rob Mayes’ Marc, TVLine has learned exclusively.
In the Season 3 finale, »
RelatedPilot Season ’16: Scoop on This Fall’s (Possible) New Shows and Stars
Penned by Castle vet Will Beall and picking up 15 years after the Denzel Washington/Ethan Hawke movie, the drama pilot centers on an idealistic young African-American police officer who is appointed to the Lapd’s elite Special Investigation Section (S.I.S.), where he is partnered with a seasoned, morally ambiguous detective (to be played by Big Love‘s Bill Paxton).
Per our sister site Deadline, »
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The potential series follows a female police detective (List) who discovers she is able to speak via ham radio with her estranged father (Smith) — who died 20 years prior and also was a detective. As they forge a new relationship while working together on an unresolved murder case, »
A very important woman from Harry’s past will disrupt his love affair with Joss on Mistresses‘ upcoming Season 4 — but, no, it won’t be his ex-wife Savi.
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TVLine has learned exclusively that despite the ABC summer sudser moving production back from Vancouver to Los Angeles, Alyssa Milano will not return as a series regular to the role she played in Seasons 1 and 2. (Milano famously exited ahead of Season 3, citing her reluctance to uproot her two young children and separate her family.)
The door remains open, »
When last we tuned into Agent Carter, the titular hero had been freshly impaled on a piece of rebar, leading her bleeding all over Sousa’s sofa. As a result, Peggy needs to find a fellow femme trained in espionage who can accompany Jarvis to a lavish gala where Whitney Frost will be in attendance.
Cue the return of Dottie Underwood, who’s as pleased as punch to see her gal pal Peggy come to her for a favor — especially one that will get her sprung from her Ssr confines, for this Tuesday’s double-episode outing (ABC, 9/8c).
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Three episodes were provided prior to broadcast.
In a television landscape increasingly marked by dramatic transformations, from Netflix’s unprecedented rise on the awards circuit to FX’s rebranding as a top-tier network, MTV has been fairly (and, not to beat around the bush, disappointingly) uniform in its expectations for scripted originals: consummately photogenic stars, dialogue specifically geared toward teen audiences, and soapy storytelling short on subtlety.
Unfortunately, those same network standards grate – agonizingly so – on The Shannara Chronicles, MTV’s latest and most ambitious series to date. Adapted from the bestselling high fantasy novels by Terry Brooks, the show aims to occupy the middle ground between The Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones, spinning a fantastical yarn full of elves, demons, ancient sorcerers and magical prophecy. But instead, its jarringly anachronistic writing and overly glossy execution, clearly designed to appeal to teen audiences, leaves it stranded somewhere »
- Isaac Feldberg
It’s almost too easy to list the qualities “The Shannara Chronicles” does not possess, originality chief among them. The TV show is based on a series of books by Terry Brooks, who in turn modeled his world closely on that of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” saga. Elves, quests, magic objects and demons are all present and accounted for in this tale. No spoiler alert is needed to point out that the fate of the world hangs on the dangerous quest of an unlikely protagonist. But a television series doesn’t have to be unique to be worth watching, and fantasy fans hankering for a breezy (if low-budget) epic are likely to find things to enjoy in this energetic saga. The subset of TV viewers who liked to spend a lazy Saturday bingeing on the adventures of Xena or watching “Legend of the Seeker” may well enjoy »
- Maureen Ryan
7 items from 2016
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