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Today in Soap Opera History (July 1)

Irna Phillips was born 116 years ago today. She is pictured

above dictating stories to her assistant, Rose Cooperman."All true histories contain instruction; though, in some, the treasure may be hard to find, and when found, so trivial in quantity that the dry, shrivelled kernel scarcely compensates for the trouble of cracking the nut."

Anne Brontë in "Agnes Grey"

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

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1901: Legendary soap opera creator Irna Phillips was born in Chicago, the youngest of ten children. She was educated at Northwestern University and the University of Illinois. She took graduate work at the University of Wisconsin. Miss Phillips also had an adopted son and daughter.
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Review: Happy! – Season 1

Calling Happy! a psychedelic mystery revelling in debauchery with a little added sweetness wouldn’t do it justice. The show is so much more. Imagine Quentin Tarantino and Peppa Pig had a baby, with the Teletubbies and Looney Tunes as godparents; that baby would be Happy!

To watch Happy! with expectations or the belief that we know what is going to happen, is to realise how accustomed we’ve come to clichés, and how refreshing it is to expect the unexpected. The story is a pick’n mix of: mobsters, crooked cops, creepy kids entertainers, gangster’s wives, reality TV, faith, and imaginary friends.

Nick Sax (Christopher Meloni) is a hard-drinking, cynical ex-cop turned hitman, whose life takes a turn with the arrival of Happy (Patton Oswalt); a winged blue unicorn, and his estranged daughter’s imaginary friend. Together they traverse the city’s seedy underworld to rescue Hailey (Bryce Lorenzo
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Happy! Is the Syfy TV Show Cancelled or Renewed for Season Two?

Vulture Watch Will Syfy make fans happy or sad? Has the Happy! TV show been cancelled or renewed for a second season on Syfy? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Happy! season two. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?   What's This TV Show About? A comedic, fantastical Syfy crime drama, Happy! stars Christopher Meloni with Patton Oswalt (voice), Lili Mirojnick, Joseph Reitman, Medina Senghore, Ritchie Coster, and Patrick Fischler. The first season cast also includes Debi Mazar, Bryce Lorenzo, Ren Colley, Alexander Jameson, Benjamin Snyder, Catherine LeFrere, and Michael Maize. Happy! centers on a former cop, Nick Sax (Meloni). Now a hitman more or less on the skids, Nick finds himself unmoored in a
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The 18 Best Sci-Fi TV Shows Set In Space, Ranked

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Space is a scary place, as we’ve seen in countless movies and TV shows — but the thrills that come with these stories prove that while the dangers of venturing off this planet are many, there are still thrills a’plenty in the great unknown, and adventures beyond our potential comprehension.

Timed to the Season 3 premiere of Syfy’s “The Expanse” and the launch of the Netflix’s “Lost in Space” reboot, here’s a look back at all the great sci-fi television we’ve seen set in the cosmos, a rich tradition of storytelling that’s captured our imagination for decades.

Debating what counts as a “space show” is tricky, though one easy rule was that the show has to center around a spaceship or space station of some sort. Some of these selections below didn’t last all that long — several Season 1s weren’t followed by Season 2s — as television,
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Movie Review – Submission (2018)

Submission, 2018.

Written and Directed by Richard Levine.

Starring Stanley Tucci, Addison Timlin, Janeane Garofalo, Ritchie Coster, Colby Minifie, Jessica Hecht, and Kyra Sedgwick.


A cynical college professor takes a keen interest in a talented young writing student.

You can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs… or something like that as in Submission young aspiring writer Angela (Addison Timlin) is enrolled in a college creative writing course under the tutelage of a pseudo-famous novelist struggling to crank out a follow-up that lives up to the expectations of his first named Ted Swenson (Stanley Tucci turning in some of his best acting of the decade) and strikes up a flirtatious friendship with him after class hours to receive honest feedback on her work-in-progress debut book titled “Eggs”, which is actually about a young woman with a sexual desire for her teacher. The obvious parallel here is that Angela
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Administering angel by Anne-Katrin Titze

Francine Prose on Stanley Tucci, Kyra Sedgwick, Addison Timlin, Jessica Hecht, Janeane Garofalo, Peter Gallagher, and Ritchie Coster in Submission: "I think the casting is extraordinary." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Based on Francine Prose's 2000 novel Blue Angel, inspired by Josef von Sternberg's 1930 film Der Blaue Engel, adapted from Heinrich Mann's book Professor Unrat from 1905, Submission links present with past. If Angela Argo in Richard Levine's Submission were to set out to do what Marlene Dietrich's Lola Lola did to Emil Jannings' Professor Immanuel Rath, what would that look like in the second decade of the 21st century?

Ted Swenson (Stanley Tucci) with his student Angela (Addison Timlin)

Submission with cinematography by Hillary Spera (Reed Morano's Meadowland) tells the wayward tale of Ted Swenson (Stanley Tucci), a professor who teaches creative writing at a small Vermont college. Once a celebrated author, he now has trouble putting anything creative on paper himself,
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Submission Movie Review

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Submission Reviewed by: Harvey Karten Director: Richard Levin Screenwriter: Richard Levin based on Francine Prose’s novel “Blue Angel Cast: Stanley Tucci, Kyra Sedgwick, Addison Timlin, Janeane Garofalo, Peter Gallagher, Ritchie Coster, Jessica Hecht Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 1/22/18 Opens: March 2, 2018 in NY. Time’s up! This is the call of women who are […]

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Stanley Tucci in First Trailer for Sexual Harassment Drama 'Submission'

"I wanted to talk to you about a novel I'm writing..." Paladin has released the first official trailer for an indie drama titled Submission, from writer/director Richard Levine, adapted from one of Francine Prose's novels. This edgy drama addressing sexual harassment is about a cynical college professor at a small liberal arts college who takes a keen interest in a talented young writing student who admires his work. Stanley Tucci stars as the professor, a a once-acclaimed author who meets a student named Angela that makes him question everything. "It's only a matter of time before lines are crossed and it becomes unclear whether Ted is predator or prey and Angela is victim or victimizer." Very interesting description. The full cast includes Addison Timlin, Kyra Sedgwick, Janeane Garofalo, Ritchie Coster, & Colby Minifie. Take a look. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Richard Levine's Submission, direct from Vimeo
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Happy season 2 confirmed by Syfy

Chris Longo Jan 30, 2018

You are not imagining this. Happy season 2 is coming to Syfy...

It’s all smiles for Syfy when it comes to Happy. The network confirmed a second season of the show ahead of the season one finale. The odd couple of Christopher Meloni’s Sax and Patton Oswald’s animated, blue-winged horse named Happy has been a hit on Syfy, giving the network its best premiere since The Magicians in early 2016.

Based on a graphic novel by Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson, Happy stars Meloni as Nick Sax, a degenerate ex-cop turned hitman who teams up with an imaginary blue-winged horse named Happy to save a kidnapped little girl.

“Happy! struck a chord with our Syfy audience and disrupted the TV landscape with its unique storytelling and outrageous performances led by Christopher Meloni,” said Chris McCumber, President, Entertainment Networks, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment in a statement. “If people
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Happy!: Season One Ratings

Compared to broadcast network television shows, Syfy's offerings don't draw large audiences. There is often a fine line between the ratings of cancelled and renewed Syfy TV series. Now the cable network is introducing its new Happy! TV show. Since it is based on the popular Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson graphic novel and has a relative big name in Christopher Meloni for its lead, can it attract sufficient viewers to be successful? Will Happy! be cancelled or renewed for season two? Stay tuned. A comedic Syfy crime drama with a whimsical touch of fantasy, Happy! stars Meloni with Patton Oswalt (voice), Lili Mirojnick, Joseph Reitman, Medina Senghore, Ritchie Coster, and Patrick Fischler. The first season cast also includes Debi Mazar, Bryce Lorenzo, Ren Colley, Alexander Jameson, Benjamin Snyder, Catherine LeFrere, and Michael Maize. Happy! centers on a former cop, Nick Sax (Meloni).
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Network: Syfy. Episodes: Ongoing (hour). Seasons: Ongoing. TV show dates: December 6, 2017 — present. Series status: Has not been cancelled. Performers include: Christopher Meloni, Patton Oswalt (voice), Lili Mirojnick, Joseph Reitman, Medina Senghore, Ritchie Coster, Patrick Fischler, Debi Mazar, Bryce Lorenzo, Ren Colley, Alexander Jameson, Benjamin Snyder, Catherine LeFrere, and Michael Maize. TV show description: Based on the graphic novel of the same name from Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson, the Happy! TV show centers on a former cop, Nick Sax (Meloni). Now a hitman, Nick finds himself unmoored in a treacherous world full of murder and meaningless hook-ups. One day, though, his drunken, depressing existence is turned upside down by Happy (Oswalt), an imaginary unicorn. As a
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Happy! Premiere Recap: Bad Santa

Happy! Premiere Recap: Bad Santa
As if to say “Season’s beatings!” Wednesday, Syfy drew back the blood-soaked curtain on Happy!, its pitch-black-yet-rainbow-colored comic-book adaptation starring Christopher Meloni as a jaded hitman thrust into an odd-couple partnership with the cheerful titular unicorn (voiced by Patton Oswalt) to track down a Santa who’s so scary, he makes the boogeyman look like the little drummer boy. But was the series’ premiere really as wild a ride as you may have heard? Could it possibly have been?!? Read on and find out…

Photos2017 in Review: The 10 Best Dramas

‘Hey There, Pretty’ | As “Saint Nick” began, we learned
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Happy!: Syfy Orders Hitman Series with Christopher Meloni

Syfy has ordered the Happy! TV show adaption of Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson’s graphic novel to series. The cable network originally put Happy! into development back in September of 2016. Chris Meloni then boarded the project, in November. Happy! stars Meloni as hitman Nick Sax, whose life is changed by Happy the Horse, an imaginary, blue, winged animal, voiced by Bobby Moynihan. The Syfy cast also includes Lili Mirojnick, Patrick Fischler, Ritchie Coster, and Zabryna Guevara. Read More…
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Patrick Fischler Joins Syfy's Happy! Pilot Adaptation, Mr. Blue Is Also Cast

Patrick Fischler Joins Syfy's Happy! Pilot Adaptation, Mr. Blue Is Also Cast
The ubiquitous Patrick Fischler has joined the cast of Happy!, Syfy’s drama pilot based on Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson’s graphic novel of the same name.

RelatedChris Meloni to Star in Syfy’s Happy! Graphic Novel Adaptation

Svu vet Chris Meloni — who also serves as an executive producer — fronts the project as Nick Sax, a former detective who lost it all and now as a hired killer for the mob makes just enough money to support a diet of booze, drugs and sarcasm. After one hit goes wrong, his life is forever changed by a tiny, relentlessly positive,
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Film Review: ‘The Great & the Small’

At once starkly eccentric and deeply humane, writer-director Dusty Bias’ “The Great & the Small” offers a sympathetically bemused look at interconnected lives of quiet (or else colorfully voluble) desperation. The time-tripping narrative structure, which becomes apparent only after 30 or so minutes of running time, is a tad too distracting for the movie’s own good, and may cause needless frustration for any viewer who tries to suss out after the fact just what happened when, and why. Still, it’s no small measure of this technically proficient indie’s ability to engage that, yes, many viewers actually will want to make the effort.

At the center of it all is Scott (Nick Fink), a taciturn twentysomething who’s on probation for undescribed petty crimes, and forced to work for Richie (Ritchie Coster), a grandiloquent low-life who operates something or other — it may be a salvage yard or a construction supply company (again,
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Breaking Glass acquires 'The Great & The Small'

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Exclusive: The distributor has picked up North American rights to Dusty Bias’s Sonoma International Film Festival audience and jury best feature winner.

The Great & The Small stars Nick Fink, Melanie Lynskey, Ritchie Coster, Ann Dowd and Louisa Krause.

The drama follows a young man involved in a robbery who tries to elude the authorities and win back the heart of his girlfriend as time runs out.

It also screened at the Newport Beach Film Festival, Arizona Independent Film Festival and Nashville Film Festival.

Breaking Glass Pictures CEO Rich Wolff negotiated the deal with Glen Reynolds of Circus Road and plans a theatrical premiere in Los Angeles followed by VOD and DVD roll-out this winter.
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‘Creed’ Review

Stars: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, Andre Ward, Tony Bellew, Ritchie Coster, Wood Harris | Written by Ryan Coogler, Aaron Covington | Directed by Ryan Coogler

It’s not too often you get the seventh installment of a movie franchise that feels fresh, exciting and renews your faith in that series as a whole. Well, if you don’t count The Force Awakens, anyway. Creed is that rare beast that pays homage to the films that came before it but doesn’t wallow in nostalgia, instead making room for new characters, stories and themes to work their way into the hearts of viewers.

Even though one of those themes is that of legacy, we’re most definitely in the present with Adonis Johnson’s (Michael B. Jordan) story. The illegitimate son of Rocky’s rival-turned-friend Apollo Creed, Adonis decides to shrug off a white-collar existence in pursuit of
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"True Detective" Recap & Review: Season 2, Episode 4, "Down Will Come"

Half-way through the second season and "True Detective" follows its own pattern by hinging on an ending that will have everyone talking. The fourth episode of season one, "Who Goes There" ended with the six-minute, one take scene of the one-man raid on the Hoston Projects. "Down Will Come" doesn't end in quite as impressive a fashion but still delivers a game-changing scene that will no doubt alter the course of the investigation for the rest of the season. Beside the ending, the episode is filled with new information about the case and all the various lives swirling around it. Woodrugh (Taylor Kitsch) begins this episode much in the same way he ended the previous one - that is, literally running away from his past. What Black Mountain was involved in over in the Middle East has come to light and the press is eager to confront him about it.
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Everything We Know About 'True Detective' Season 2 So Far

In an effort to get all my ducks in a row for our "True Detective" podcast I decided to sit down and rewatch the first three episodes, taking notes on each character, situation and the fictional city of Vinci. Before getting to the dirty details, the nuts and bolts of the series begin with the murder of Vinci City Manager Benjamin Caspere, a murder that brings together Detective Ani Bezzerides (Rachel McAdams), Detective Ray Velcoro (Colin Farrell), Officer Paul Woodrugh (Taylor Kitsch) and career criminal attempting to go legit, Frank Semyon (Vince Vaughn). Ray Velcoro is a drunk, troubled detective with an ex-wife looking for sole custody of their child and the misfortune of working the Caspere murder case while also having to answer to the corrupt Vinci police department, mayor and Frank Semyon. Semyon finds himself in a financial fix as a result of Caspere's death as Caspere was
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"True Detective" Recap & Review: Season 2, Episode 3, "Maybe Tomorrow"

Riot shells... "True Detective" wastes no time resolving the cliffhanger set up at the end of its last episode. That decision, as well as the decision to keep Det. Ray Velcoro (Colin Farrell) alive at all, set up "Maybe Tomorrow" as a worthy follow up to "Night Finds You" and keeps this season's momentum firing. The opening dream sequence falls squarely in the disorienting category. Velcoro has visions of his father and this scene assuaged any fears I may have had when faced with the possibility of exactly the type of "cop out" we ended up getting. The character of Ray Velcoro and Colin Farrell's performance are an integral part of what gives this story it's vitality and spark. In a television landscape where shows like "Game of Thrones" kill off a main character seemingly every week, the audience could be considered numb to a twist dependent on a major casualty.
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