9 items from 2015
The Flash returns to high expectations. Can its second season maintain the fun, action and drama of the first?
This review contains spoilers.
2.1 The Man Who Saved Central City
This year, The Flash is in the unenviable position of trying to capitalise on a first season that not only rose to the top of an increasingly dense pile of superhero television, but also surpassed its parent show over the course of 23 episodes. It was one of the undisputable winners of the 2014-15 season, and expectations are incredibly high.
Can it maintain the quality or, better still, build on it to become something not just fun, diverting and occasionally emotional but also something more? There’s always been potential for that, for it to be as much fun for a wide audience as it is for the hard-core comic book and television fans.
We start where we left off, with the fun, »
Best known for starring in NBC’s hit “Will & Grace,” McCormack won a SAG award and the lead comedy actor Emmy in 2001 for his role as Will Truman during the eight-season run. He was also nominated for five Golden Globes for his work on the sitcom.
Following “Will & Grace,” McCormack toplined TNT’s crime drama “Perception” for three seasons, on which he also had producing and directing credits. His television work also includes TNT’s “Trust Me,” “The New Adventures of Old Christine” and “The Mysteries of Laura,” which reunited him with his NBC costar Debra Messing.
On the film side, McCormack’s credits include “Alien Trespass,” “Free Enterprise,” “My One and Only,” opposite Renée Zellweger, “The Sisters,” also starring Mario Bello, and Rob Lowe’s”Knife Fight.” He also made his Broadway debut starring as “The Music Man. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Gersh has signed actor Eric McCormack. He was most recently at ICM Partners. McCormack is best known for his eight seasons on NBC’s comedy Will & Grace, which earned him a lead actor Emmy along with a SAG award. McCormack also toplined TNT drama Perception, which ran for three seasons. His other TV credits as an actor include The Andromeda Strain, Borrowed Hearts, Trust Me, the title role in Who Is Clark Rockefeller?, The New Adventures Of Old Christine and two seasons as… »
Even by Teen Wolf standards, Monday’s midseason finale was a lot to take in.
TVLine spoke with executive producer Jeff Davis about how the episode’s biggest twists will affect the second half of Season 5, but first, a quick recap of the hour’s most important moments:
Parrish was discovered to be a hellhound; Liam struggled to accept the loss of Hayden; Braeden returned (!) with some bad news for Malia about the Desert Wolf; and Theo, who was revealed to be the Dread Doctors’ original creation, formed his own pack by reviving the fallen chimeras at the Nemeton.
Stephen "tWitch" Boss is in the stud-heavy cast of Magic Mike Xxl, and if that first look at him dancing is any indication, he'll be giving the other strippers a run for their money. The dancer/Ellen emcee chatted with us and a few reporters on the set last year, where he was happy to talk about his infamous TV waxing and what it's been like to join the sequel. Boss also has some funny restrictions for family members seeing the film, as in, they're banned - and the newlywed also talks about what he's had to explain to his new wife, Allison Holker. Source: Instagram user sir_twitch_alot You publicly got waxed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Was that your decision? Stephen "tWitch" Boss: Yeah, it was because it was something that I had never done before, and I was like, you know what? I might as well »
"Not too bad, if I say so myself..." If I may take a quote from this year's Best Musical winner as I went 20/24 with my predictions for this year's 2015 Tony Awards. Undoubtedly, the two big winners of the night were the musical Fun Home and the play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, both of which took home five awards including honors for their leading men, directors, and, of course, Best Musical/Play. Right behind those two was the revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I, which picked up four awards, including Best Revival and for their long overdue leading lady Kelli O'Hara, who easily gave the best speech of the night (including dancing off the stage). I may predicted Tony co-host Kristin Chenoweth over her, but I am so happy to be wrong. yt id="MneMh2c-y0M" width="640" And what about Chenoweth »
- Mike Shutt
From its setting to its writing to its network, much has been made of how “Mad Men” revolutionized television. As the show prepares for its final pitch meeting, Variety looks at 10 other shows that might have been harder sells if it weren’t for creator Matthew Weiner’s epic story of the professional lives and private pursuits of Madison Avenue’s best and brightest.
Creator Michelle Ashford’s series about sex research pioneers William Masters and Virginia Johnson is one of the most successful period dramas to come out of the “Mad Men” boom, resulting in Emmy recognition for actors like Lizzy Caplan and Alison Janney and articles calling it the “feminist ‘Mad Men.’”
Like Matt Weiner, Vince Gilligan was turned down by multiple networks when he pitched “Breaking Bad.” “Mad Men” premiered several months before “Breaking Bad,” making audiences (somewhat) aware of AMC’s »
- Whitney Friedlander
This Week in TV News is a compliment to the Week in Review feature, which will now be focused on film news.
AMC has guaranteed two seasons to the prequel companion series of The Walking Dead, as per THR. The announcement was made earlier this week, and comes as somewhat unsurprising news. The Walking Dead continues to be one of the channel’s highest rated shows, with its popularity showing no signs of waning as the show’s fifth season rolls along. In addition, AMC has found similar commercial and critical success with Better Call Saul, its new series that is itself a spinoff of Breaking Bad.
There’s no set title for the series as of yet, and working titles have included Fear The Walking Dead and Cobalt. The first season, much like the show that spawned this spinoff, will consist of six episodes, with creator Robert Kirkman working »
- Deepayan Sengupta
The 2015 Grammy Award winners have been coming fast and furious for nearly three hours. That's the strange thing about Grammy night. Almost all of the awards are given out beforehand, so the actual telecast features only a dozen awards (give or take) and a wide assortment of performance. Follow along and join the conversation as I live-blog all of those performances, plus all of the awards, even though I have no real opinions on the inevitable winners and losers. It should be fun! 8:00 p.m. Et. "Madam Secretary" and "The Good Wife" will be back next week! 8:00 p.m. Thank you, LL, for reminding me of the things we were talking about after last year's Grammys. I remember none of those things. 8:01 p.m. "For those about to rap, for those about to sing, for those about to play, we salute you!" LL Cool J says, introducing »
- Daniel Fienberg
9 items from 2015
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