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Banshee, Season 3: Episode 8 – “All the Wisdom I Got Left”
Written by Chris Kelley
Directed by Greg Yaitanes
Airs Friday nights at 10 on Cinemax
While “All the Wisdom I Got Left” continues most of the sub-plots Banshee has set up this season, the success of the episode will ultimately come down to how it handles Chayton Littlestone in the eyes of viewers. Only Rabbit and Proctor, of the series’ other antagonists, have had meaningful arcs across multiple seasons of Banshee, and Proctor has moved so far away from pure villainy that it’s hard to put him into the same category as Rabbit and Chayton. With Rabbit, a long arc was ended in a surprisingly satisfying way. All of the normal strengths Banshee displays–action, parallel storytelling (often with past and present), big character moments–were a part of season two’s finale, “Bullets and Tears,” but the actual scene »
- Sean Colletti
“It’s embarrassing to note that I’ve never actually been to Battle Creek, Mich.,” laughed Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad) last summer at a press conference introducing his new series Battle Creek. “I am fascinated by the name because it’s such a great name, because it’s got the word ‘battle’ in it.” Despite Gilligan not having been inspired by the city because of a visit, Battle Creek manages to capture the ambience of a hardscrabble small town. The drama follows mismatched law enforcement officers (Josh Duhamel and Dean Winters) with polar-opposite views of the world, who work to clean up the streets … Continue reading →
- Jeff Pfeiffer
Obviously, we're big cinema fans here at Digital Spy, so the opportunity to look around Odeon's new flagship cinema and find out more about the tech behind its IMAX and Dolby Atmos screens was impossible to resist.
On arrival, workers are rushing to and fro, quickly adding finishing touches to the glossy new building. The rain outside meant that visitors were asked to don 'flattering' slip-ons over shoes - think Breaking Bad-style overalls and you'll get the idea.
Mike Bradbury, Odeon's head of cinema technology across the UK and Europe, was our tour guide, opting to begin in one of the cinema's medium-sized screens.
It's a curved 3D screen, and before you ask - no, it's not curved because Samsung's curved TVs are all the rage at the moment. A cinema screen requires a slight concave to avoid vignetting at the edges. The subtle curve reflects light from the »
“Battle Creek” is a new take on the buddy-cop genre, starring Josh Duhamel and Dean Winters. Hailing from “Breaking Bad’s” Vince Gilligan and “House M.D.” vet David Shore, the series bows March 1 on CBS.
The quirky drama is set in Battle Creek, Mich., population 50,000, where a jaded detective, Russ Agnew (Winters), reluctantly partners with charming FBI Agent Milt Chamberlain (Duhamel) to solve crimes. Shore, who serves as showrunner and exec producer, says the setting is one of the ways the show differentiates itself from others of its kind.
“In the writers room, if we came up with an idea that would be a great ‘Law & Order’ episode, we just didn’t do it,” Shore, who worked on the famed procedural show for two years, said on a recent conference call with Variety.
Shore explained that while the writers are looking for ideas more specific to a small community, that »
- Seth Kelley
With an Oscar season that felt longer than it took to make "Boyhood" now in the rearview mirror, we can focus all of our attention on an awards season that seems to fly by each year: the Emmy Awards. This year the TV academy decided to add some drama to their highest honor by shaking up the rules in the top Comedy and Drama races. Not only will there now be seven nominees in each category -- up from six -- but their placement in each category will now be determined by their runtime (60 minutes you're Drama; 30 minutes you're Comedy). Last year, I went five for six at predicting the Drama Series nominees (I will never doubt you again, "Downton Abbey"). That additional seventh seat means there will be a whopping three open slots as last year's champ "Breaking Bad" has wrapped up and nominee "True Detective" is being pushed to the Limited Series categories, »
Imagine what Breaking Bad would have looked like if Walter White was dealing some, prime Grade A, 99 % pure…maple syrup. That's more or less what episode two of CBS' new small-town cop drama Battle Creek nods at, as stars Josh Duhamel (Milt) and Dean Winters (Russ) try to crack a case involving a thuglike gang of maple syrup distributers. "I have to be honest," Winters tells me, "When I first saw that, I was like, is this the direction the show's gonna go in? Are we gonna do an illegal Golden Retriever ring next? But that episode was really David [Shore]'s way of kind of acknowledging Breaking Bad in the CBS way. It turned out it was humorous and something different and I hope »
The PlayStation Original series—adapted from the gritty graphic novel universe created by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming, and produced by the studio that brought you Breaking Bad—is based on a compelling premise: what if the world was full of superheroes who aren’t actually heroic at all? What if all that power was just one more excuse for mischief, mayhem, murder, and endorsement deals? Powers, an edgy dramatic series, follows the lives of two homicide detectives, Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim, who are assigned to investigate cases involving people with superhuman abilities, referred to as “Powers.” Set amidst today’s paparazzi culture, Powers asks the questions, what if the world was full of superheroes who aren’t actually heroic at all? What if all that power was »
- Pietro Filipponi
I don't envy any showrunner who has to write a series finale, especially after observing the very different reactions over the past few days to the final episodes of "Two and a Half Men" and "Parks and Recreation."
Consensus on the former seems to be outrage mixed with bafflement, while response to the latter seems to have been copious tears mixed with warm fuzzies.
Looking at both finales, however, it appears each long-running sitcom ended with an episode that was true to what the series was about. The literally cartoonish "Two and a Half Men" finale, which (spoiler alert) wrapped with pianos being dropped on both the characters and on creator Chuck Lorre, was a fittingly nihilistic send-off for a show that seemed to find all its characters loathsome and had little regard for the humanity of any of them, except insofar as Lorre could use them for punching bags and punchlines. »
- Gary Susman
Kal Penn is walking a different beat in the CBS police dramedy "Battle Creek," but this is in many ways a return for him. You might not necessarily remember, but Penn has been working in the CBS family steadily since he ended his sabbatical working for the White House. He followed a recurring arc on "How I Met Your Mother" with a regular role on the short-lived "We Are Men" before landing on "Battle Creek," which was created by Vince Gilligan, but is run by David Shore. Shore, of course, worked with Penn during his multi-season run as the ill-fated Dr. Lawrence Kutner on Fox's "House," a series that appears on the resume of many of the "Battle Creek" scribes. And when one of the first things we learn about Penn's Detective Fontanelle is that he's a user of medicinal marijuana, which ties Font in with Penn's long and beloved »
- Daniel Fienberg
This review was based off the first episode of season one, which was provided to us prior to broadcast.
When looking at CBS’s current drama lineup, it’s easy to see how Battle Creek will make a nice fit by virtue of standing out. In the network’s primetime-programming block, you’ll find no shortage of vics and perps, but a distinct scarcity of comedy. Five of its seven weekly 10PMs are already filled by crime-focused spinoffs, literary adaptations, or paranoia thrillers, so for CBS to round out the numbers with yet another cop show makes sense. The network is nonpareil when it comes to dredging up dead bodies, but with Battle Creek, it tries to run down a few Sunday night laughs, with inconclusive results.
- Sam Woolf
Gwen (Katharine Isabelle) is just having one of those days. The kind where not only did she just shoot a diner waitress in front of a bunch of cops, she’s also missing a finger and can’t remember anything that happened in past few days until about 30 seconds ago. Upon making her escape, she calls her boyfriend from a payphone and tells him to meet her at a motel for which she possesses a set of room keys. The room number? 88, naturally.
What follows is a cartoonishly violent crime melodrama that stitches together the reversed-narrative structure of Memento, quasi-Tarantino dialogue and a needlessly gimmicky plot that largely only exists to service the film’s major twist. We learn from the opening text what a fugue state is (that is, »
- Mark Allen
With all 10 seasons of Friends now on Netflix and our excitement over the service's recent addition of Gilmore Girls, we started thinking about all the beloved past series you can watch on Netflix. Whether you've been meaning to get around to watching (or rewatching) Breaking Bad, Friday Night Lights, or Arrested Development, we've rounded up the excellent old series that you can stream in their entirety. Say goodbye to your weekend plans and hello to your remote. »
A bit of an outlier for CBS, “Battle Creek” has about as much heft as the prize in a box of cereal, yet it’s also a great deal of fun. A long-dormant, pre-“Breaking Bad” script from Vince Gilligan provides the foundation for this lighthearted series produced under the stewardship of “House’s” David Shore, with Josh Duhamel and Dean Winters well cast as mismatched lawmen. Tonally similar to “Picket Fences,” the concept becomes a bit more mundane as the episodes progress. At least initially, though, the mix of quirky comedy and drama seems nicely suited to its post-“The Good Wife” precinct.
Winters plays Det. Russ Agnew, the standout cop on an underfunded force in the relatively quiet confines of Battle Creek, Mich., whose world is turned topsy-turvy by the arrival of Special Agent Milton Chamberlain (Duhamel), the straight-out-of-central-casting FBI operative stationed there.
He’s part philosopher, part charmer, »
- Brian Lowry
“The Walking Dead” drove a nearly 25% gain in advertising revenue at AMC Networks in the fourth quarter, powering the cable group’s earnings and revenue well past Wall Street’s expectations.
AMC Networks said Thursday that fourth quarter ad revenue at its five U.S. cablers grew 24.3% to $255 million, led by AMC, which saw more record ratings from the first half of the zombie drama’s fifth season in October-November.
Total revenue for the quarter was up 40% to $609 million, reflecting the impact of AMC’s acquisition of BBC America and the Chellomedia international channels group now known as AMC Networks International.
Net income for the quarter came in at $78 million, or earnings per share of $1.06, which bested the 99 cents-$1 consensus estimate of analysts.
For the full year, AMC saw a 15.4% increase in advertising revenues to $765 million. Distribution coin from its national networks — AMC, SundanceTV, WeTV, IFC and BBC America — increased 12.1% to $979 million. »
- Cynthia Littleton
If it's help navigating The X-Files' many, many episodes you're after, then you've come to the right place...
Maps To TV Shows: Is there a popular show you’d really like to watch but you just don’t have time to wade through years of it all at once? Do you just want to know why that one character keeps turning up on Tumblr? Do the fans all tell you ‘season one is a bit iffy but stick with it, it gets great!’, leaving you with absolutely zero desire ever to watch the boring/silly/just plain weird season one? Then Maps To TV Shows is for you!
In these articles, we’ll outline routes through popular TV shows focusing on particular characters, story arcs or episode types. Are you really into the Klingon episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation? Do you want to get the overall gist »
It’s a miracle and a potential blessing to television, but Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s incredible comic book series, Preacher, is finally getting adapted, courtesy of AMC. Regarded as one of the most offensive, violent, and vitriolic bits of reading ever put to print, it’s also a beloved read about faith, loyalty and love until the end of the world.
The story follows Texan preacher Jesse Custer, who is possessed by Genesis, a half-angel, half-demon entity. After merging with the being, and blowing up a church and its visitors in the process, he discovers that God exists and has recently left heaven following the birth of this new creature, which has the power to overthrow even the Almighty.
Bestowed with this gift, Jesse travels across America searching for God to tell him to get his act together, all with the help of his hitman ex-girlfriend, Tulip, and an Irish vampire named Cassidy. »
- Nicholas Staniforth
Eager to get Kung Fu Panda 3 off the ground, Dreamworks Animation has added another director to the animated threequel. According to Deadline, Alessandro Carloni will help Kung Fu Panda 2‘s Jennifer Yuh pick up the pace and get the film into theaters.
Carloni doesn’t yet have a feature film under his belt, but worked in the animation department for several big Dreamworks projects, including the How to Train Your Dragon films, The Croods, and the first two Kung Fu Panda pics. It was Yuh who actually requested that Carloni come aboard, and Dreamworks obliged.
In an effort to recover from the recent box office disappointments that were Turbo, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, and Penguins of Madagascar, Dreamworks will soon lean heavily on sequels to some of their bigger films, like How To Train Your Dragon 3, and The Croods 2, as well as a Captain Underpants adaptation. They also have »
- James Garcia
In a visual flourish courtesy of pilot director Bryan Singer, Special Agent Milton Chamberlain is introduced in the world of "Battle Creek" from a low angle. Above his head, a circle of lights forms a halo. Milt Chamberlain is an angel. Milt Chamberlain is a boy scout. Milt Chamberlain is a golden boy. But Milt Chamberlain isn't exactly what he seems to be. Or at least Battle Creek Pd Detective Russ Agnew (Dean Winters) is convinced that Chamberlain isn't what he seems to be. But every time Russ thinks he's uncover the dark secret that his new partner is hiding, we discover that the secret isn't really the truth. It's a reluctant partnership that forms the spine of "Battle Creek," a quirky, surprisingly funny procedural that was created by "Breaking Bad" maestro Vince Gilligan and then developed as a series by "House" maestro David Shore. Our first impression of Chamberlain, »
- Daniel Fienberg
TV and movie vet James Brolin is entering uncharted territory: the single-camera comedy.
The erstwhile Marcus Welby, M.D. star has joined CBS’ upcoming pilot Life in Pieces, our sister site Deadline reports.
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The project centers on one family via stories told by its different members. Brolin will portray patriarch John Short, who is going through a crisis as he approaches his 70th birthday.
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- Peter Sciretta
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