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  • #46
    Boardwalk Empire skips ahead seven years for its final season as the show jumps right into the Great Depression. According to creators, the year is 1931, which means Nucky Thompson is still doing his thing, running alcohol during Prohibition.

    The trailer suggests a death, a rather important one and a whole lot of loneliness. Boardwalk Empire returns in the fall. Can’t wait.


    • #47

      FX Orders New Denis Leary Show SEX&DRUGS&ROCK&ROLL to Series

      While controversial at times in the world of stand-up, there’s no denying that when it comes to small screen entertainment, Denis Leary knows quality. The Job is great, Rescue Me was a game-changer, and Sirens is one of the funniest new comedies of the year. With that said, it’s been a while since last we saw Leary in a leading role on a television series – it’s kind of hard to do that when you’re fighting giant lizards on the streets of Manhattan. But it seems the dry spell’s over, since FX has announced today, just weeks before the 10 year anniversary of Rescue Me’s premiere, they’ve ordered a 10-episode first season of the actor’s new series Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll.

      Created by Leary, the new series “is centered on ‘Johnny Rock’ (Leary), a middle-aged rock ‘n roller who desperately wanted to be rich and famous. So far, he’s 0 for 2. As the magnificently talented lead singer of New York’s legendary early 90′s band The Heathens, Johnny was on his way to the cover of Rolling Stone magazine… But Johnny had a problem with booze. And coke. And weed. And pills. And cough medicine. And oh yeah – he slept with best friend’s wife. And his bass player’s fiancÚ. The band broke up the same day their first and only record was released. 25 years later, Johnny’s trying to get the band back together. Why? Because as his soon-to-be-ex manager Ira Feinbaum tells him: ‘Johnny, you’re 50, broke and completely anonymous. In rock ‘n roll you know what that makes you? A bartender.’ 25 years later the sex might be harder to find, the drugs might be Luvox and Crestor and Cialis – but rock ‘n roll will never die. It just has a bigger prostate.”

      Well, that’s a mouthful, which is a good thing since this is the same kind of character expectations we had for Rescue Me, and that turned out wonderfully. This series sounds like it’s right up Leary’s alley, and we can’t wait to see it.


      • #48

        Want to Watch OUTLANDER? The First Episode is Streaming for Free

        In case you were still on the fence about Starz’s new time-hopping romantic drama, Outlander, the network has put the entire first episode up on YouTube for you to enjoy in advance of the series August 9 premiere. Or, if you don’t wanna do the whole YouTube thing, it’s available via the network’s app, on and through On Demand services.

        From Battlestar Galactica showrunner Ronald D. Moore (that guy is busy), Outlander is adapted from the novel by Diana Gabaldon. The series stars Catriona Balfe as Claire Randall, a married combat nurse who is, thanks to a strange rock formation, pulled into 1743 Scotland. There, she’s forced to marry Jamie (Sam Heughan), a warrior Scotsman after running afoul of the sinister British officer Black Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies, Game of Thrones‘ Edmure Tully), who bears a striking resemblance to her husband Frank.

        Hey, kids, why does Claire marry Jamie? So she won’t be kilt.


        You’ve probably seen lead actress Balfe in films like Super 8 or Now You See Me, while co-star Heughan has largely made a name for himself in British film and television.

        With the appearance of a man who looks like Frank, I wonder how much Outlander will rely on the idea of Claire meeting other people in 18th-century Scotland who resemble people from her life in 1945, Wizard of Oz-style. Also, will Moore seal the story up with season one, or can we expect more of Claire’s adventures if Outlander connects with its audience?

        The 16-episode series launches this week on Starz, with the first 8 to air this summer, followed by another 8 in 2015.


        • #49
          Originally posted by Gregzs View Post
          Gotham trailer

          This should be interesting.


          • #50


            Squee! VERONICA MARS Cast Returns in Super Meta New Web Series PLAY IT AGAIN, DICK

            What do you do when your brilliant, under appreciated teen detective show is canceled far too soon? You get tough. You get even. And then you create a Kickstarter campaign so successful it not only breaks its $2 million goal in less than ten hours, it shatters Kickstarter records. And then, dear Marshmallows, you make one hell of a fan movie — a movie that reunites everyone’s favorite Neptune characters, sets up a new, more grown up Veronica Mars universe, and leaves your rabid fans clamoring for more.

            This September, it looks like we are in fact getting more. Yes, that’s right: Buzzfeed broke the news Veronica Mars spinoff web series Play It Again, Dick premieres the week of September 15, and it has more alumni than we know what to do with. Back when series creator and all around lovely human being Rob Thomas announced the web series, he described it as Veronica Mars meets Party Down, where Ryan Hansen would play a fictionalized version of himself “deciding to capitalize on the current Veronica Mars heat to get his own series on the air. He’ll try to pull his actor pals into the venture with varying degrees of success.”

            After yesterday’s announcement, we’ve got a much better idea of what the series will look like, and we couldn’t be more jazzed. Kristen Bell is back as our beloved wisecracking P.I., but she’ll also be playing, yes, a version of herself who joins the series to appease poor Ryan. Also playing their Veronica Mars characters AND versions of themselves: Jason Dohring/Logan Echolls, Enrico Colantoni/Keith Mars, Percy Daggs III/BFF extraordinaire Wallace Fennell, Francis Capra as Eli “Weevil” Navarro, Daran Norris/Cliff McCormack, Kyle Gallner/Cassidy “Beaver” Casablancas (!!!), Christopher B. Duncan/Clarence Wiedman, and Ryan Devlin/Duncan Kane (more on that later).

            That’s not all, folks. Chris Lowell and Ken Marino will simply be playing versions of themselves, while others like Amanda Noret (Madison Sinclair) and Lisa Thornhill (Celeste Kane) will be reprising their roles on the show. Confused yet?

            Ok. Let’s unpack this. First of all, this sounds like a delicious, self-aware mash-up of not just Party Down and Veronica Mars, but Showtime’s Episodes! I’m also thrilled that almost all of our favs are back (where’s Mac??), including the supremely talented Kyle Gallner. (How his show character returns from the dead remains to be seen, but with Dick at the wheel, things can only get nuttier.) Also: Celeste Kane, Madison Sinclair, and Clarence Wiedman? Is this new series going to go back to its roots/dive back into the murky world of the Kane family? Is a cameo from Amanda Seyfried too much to ask?

            Also: Veronica’s on-again-off-again boyfriend/potential half brother/justified baby-napper is back — and recast. You might recognize the new Duncan from the show’s third season, where he played creepo rapist and one of Logan Echoll’s many questionable BFFs, Mercer Hayes.

            Considering the multitude of in-jokes and references in the Veronica Mars movie, I’m willing to bet we’re going to get a lot of sly winks about that weird tie-in. In fact, this web series format is practically begging for an even more over-the-top, meta take on the world of Veronica Mars. After contributing to the Kickstarter, staying up to date with the team’s adorable videos and updates, analyzing the new soundtrack, and attending the film’s midnight premiere (on my birthday, no less!), I don’t think I could be more excited for this web series. More Veronica Mars in our lives, friends! This can only be good.

            Play It Again, Dick premieres the week of September 15th on CW Seed.


            • #51
              Paradise Lost


              • #52

                Twin Peaks Coming Back to Life on Showtime

                Twin Peaks is coming back! The hit drama is returning to life 25 years later thanks to Showtime. David Lynch, one of the creators of the acclaimed drama, took to Twitter to share the news. Last week Lynch and co-creator Mark Frost ignited speculation with simultaneous tweets hinting at something more.

                "The mysterious and special world of Twin Peaks is pulling us back. We're very excited. May the forest be with you," Lynch and Frost said in a statement.

                Check out the teaser.

                "What more can I say— Twin Peaks with David Lynch and Mark Frost on Showtime in 2016!" Showtime's David Nevins said in a statement. "To quote Agent Cooper, 'I have no idea where this will lead us, but I have a definite feeling it will be a place both wonderful and strange.'"

                The series ran for two seasons on ABC and starred Kyle MacLachlan. The first season focused on the murder of Laura Palmer ( Sheryl Lee). The large cast also included Michael Ontkean, Madchen Amick, Sherilyn Fenn, Peggy Lipton, Ray Wise and more. There's been no casting revealed for the revival.

                E! News has confirmed the new season will be nine episodes and will be a continuation of the story started with the original series and not a remake or reboot of the classic series that ran from 1990-1991. A film, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, followed in 1992. Lynch and Frost will write all nine episodes with Lynch directing the entire limited series.

                Twin Peaks is just the latest show to receive a comeback following cancellation. In November, HBO's The Comeback will return nearly 10 years after it was canceled. NBC is prepping a new series, Heroes Reborn, based on their hit superhero series Heroes. Meanwhile, Veronica Mars recently returned to life on the big screen seven years after it was canceled and 10 years after it originally premiered.

                In the final episode of Twin Peaks, Laura Palmer says , "I will see you again in 25 years." Looks like she's making good on that promise.

                Showtime will re-air the series prior to the 2016 debut of the new episodes.

                So, 2016 on Showtime. Start counting down!


                • #53
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                  • #54

                    Fox is in Talks For an X-FILES Mini-Series; Considering More 24 and PRISON BREAK

                    After yesterday’s bombshell that NBC had casted Chuck’s Zachary Levi in a leading role for their upcoming revival of Heroes, Fox realized it had to return fire in a major way so as not to be outdone by one of its competitors… so of course they used The X-Files to do it.

                    In a surprising twist on this year’s Winter TCA presentation, the home of 24 did confirm talks are currently underway for a mini-series continuation of the Chris Carter series. However that’s where the news ends as the network did not state how many episodes were being considered, who would be returning if the event-series did in fact take place or what left over stories it would tackle.

                    Given the last movie sequel from 2008 didn’t address the series’ hanging thread of the apocalypse taking place, it seems a mini-series revival would be a good place to finally wrap things up the way they should have been back in 2002. As of now, all we can do is speculate – but hey, at least we can listen to Gillian Anderson and Chris Hardwick get the #XFiles2015 hashtag started on the Nerdist podcast!

                    However, The X-Files isn’t all Fox is considering putting back in play as at the presentation it was also stated the network is thinking about more episodes of 24 and, believe it or not, Prison Break.

                    Concerning 24, it was made clear there’s nothing more than ideas being thrown around at the moment, one of which would see the series continue without Kiefer Sutherland’s famed Jack Bauer (which would coincide with the rumor of Yvonne Strahovski’s Kate Morgan being groomed to take over the leading role of the show should Sutherland depart). In addition, it would work plot wise as, at least for an initial run, Jack is currently locked up with the Russians as per the end of 24: Live Another Day made clear.

                    As for Prison Break, this one throws us. Not so much because it’s a bad show – it’s actually a great show – but because unlike The X-Files and 24, there are no hanging threads. Everything was wrapped up rather cleanly at the end of the series and then even more so in the direct-to-video one off, Prison Break: The Final Break… and then even more so again when the character of T-Bag was revived for a one-episode arc on A&E’s Breakout Kings. So while we’ll welcome more Prison Break, it does seem rather unnecessary.

                    Overall, a big news day for Fox and fans of their past slate of great TV… oh, and Gotham was renewed for Season Two as well. You’re welcome.


                    • #55
                      Kyle MacLachlan Officially Back For Twin Peaks


                      There was much genuine excitement when David Lynch, co-creator Mark Frost and US cable network Showtime put rumours to rest by confirming that mystery series Twin Peaks would be back on our screens in 2016. One element that was still not set in stone was the return of the show’s anchor, leading man Kyle MacLachlan, as FBI Agent Dale Cooper. Now we know for sure that he’s back.

                      With Showtime boss David Nevins attending the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour, he was briefly joined on stage by MacLachlan, who emerged from backstage wearing a natty suit and bearing a mug, which contained Cooper’s now-trademark beverage request of “damn fine coffee. And hot.” Lynch also tweeted an image of MacLachlan in his suit.

                      "I'm very excited to return to the strange and wonderful world of Twin Peaks," MacLachlan told the TV critics. "We look forward to seeing all of you there. May the forest be with you.” Nevins admitted that he had to convince Lynch and Frost to bring the town back to Showtime and that he’d largely be leaving them alone to make the show they want, with Lynch on directing duty for all nine episodes of a planned miniseries that should help to wrap up more of the plot. At least, as far as anything gets wrapped up in the world of Twin Peaks. Now all we have to do is be patient and wait until next year...


                      • #56
                        Sons of Liberty


                        • #57
                          Better Call Saul Digital comic



                          • #58
                            The X-Files Are Officially Re-Opening
                            Fox orders a six-episode event series


                            After years of wondering whether The X-Files would come back in any form – TV, movies, sock puppet show featuring voice doubles for the cast – it looked good for a return to television earlier this year and has now been confirmed by Fox: the show and its characters will return to investigate more mysteries in a six-episode “event series” much along the lines of 24: Live Another Day.

                            Despite David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson and creator Chris Carter being spread to the winds on other projects, they’re all coming back for the new miniseries, the details of which are being kept in a locked drawer guarded by a suspicious type endlessly puffing on Morley cigarettes. So we don’t yet know if any of the other characters – Mitch Pileggi’s Walter Skinner, say, – or creative team will be back for duty. Especially since the writers who worked with Carter to create the original series have themselves gone on to chart their own telly and movie courses.

                            “I think of it as a 13-year commercial break,” Carter says in a statement put out by Fox. “The good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories.” Production is now scheduled to kick off this summer.


                            • #59

                              Op-Ed: How OUTLANDER Handled Sexual Violence Better than Anyone Else

                              Listen: no one likes to talk about sexual violence. It’s a hard subject to tackle — and without the right, nuanced language and understanding of the power dynamics, ramifications, and subsequent damage at play, it is very easy to create a moment of insensitive torture porn rather than a character-building hardship that engages both the story and the person involved. Which is funny when one considers how much sexual violence — and rape in particular — has become a mainstay in dramatic television tension-building. But on Saturday night, Starz’s original series Outlander tackled not only rape, but male rape (a seriously under-discussed topic) and managed to take a revolutionary stance when it comes to depicting sexual violence: how it affects the person subjected to it.

                              The immediate fallout of the rape of Jamie Fraser by Black Jack Randall is evident and visceral. It’s hard to watch and traumatic — something that, by definition, polarizes the audience viewing it. And it should: because nothing about rape, regardless of its depictions, is easy. It’s not easy for the person experiencing so it shouldn’t be easy to watch, either. Which is when it gets tricky because, while there is definitely a need for stories like this to be told (this is real life. It happens), it must be fully served and done with a lot of different things kept in mind. (Something that’s pretty hard to do on network television with its strict standards and practices.)

                              What makes it such a hard subject to put on screen well is the fact that the full reality is complicated and different for everyone, but its biggest damage is done internally. If rape is to be featured on a series, it should be two things: non-gratuitous, and fully examined. Too often, rape is used on television to service an outside character or titillate and scandalize without any sort of look at the serious mental and emotional fallout of the victim. Which is exactly where Thrones sometimes missteps, which spurs these discourses we see online. When using the rape of a female character to spur a male character into action, to shock with no real reveal, or to excite an audience without even hinting that there are real mental ramifications on the person after the fact — like the Cersei/Jaime twist last season, or even more recently with the odd juxtaposition of scenes inGilly and Sam’s storyline last week — is an abridged take on something that ultimately shapes our understanding of the act. To have someone who was raped or nearly raped cut from a scene of emotional trauma to, say, having sex with another person with no feeling about the event that just went down? In the words of Pete Campbell? Not great, Bob.

                              Which is why we commend when it’s done well and the reality (at times brutal as it sometimes is) services the characters’ evolution on all ends. Like these last two episodes of Outlander. Rape is treated with the seriousness it deserves. Even times where it is subverted, the gravity of the situation is never belittled or eschewed. When Outlander subjects its male lead to graphic, horrific rape, it’s not simply to shock anyone (we all saw this coming), or titillate the audience (there’s nothing sexy about this — regardless of your feelings about Tobias Menzies’ and/or Sem Heughan’s faces), it’s done to honor just how truly horrific and life-changing this event was for Jamie. It showed the true nature and evil of Randall. The show’s creator, Ron Moore, has said as much in interviews: we will see more of how this has affected him. Jamie will not just go back to being the Jamie he was before, because there is a heck of a lot of mental machinations that are now going to come into play. PTSD is real.

                              Thankfully, we’re not alone in our desire for sexual violence to be handled delicately. Last week, Hannibal showrunner Bryan Fuller discussed this very subject (particularly because — Hannibal spoilers ahoy — he’s dealing with Red Dragon in season three) with Entertainment Weekly and pinpointed the main issue with the prevalence of rape storylines on television. “There are frequent examples of exploiting rape as low-hanging fruit to have a canvas of upset for the audience,” Fuller said in the interview. “The reason the rape well is so frequently used is because it’s a horrible thing that is real and that it happens. But because it’s so overexploited, it becomes callous.”

                              He also added that rape storylines come “with a stable of tropes that are infrequently elevated dramatically, or emotionally. … And it’s frequently so thinly explored because you don’t have the real estate in 42 minutes to dig deep into what it is to be a victim of rape. … All of the structural elements of how we tell stories on crime procedurals narrow the bandwidth for the efficacy of exploring what it is to go through that experience.”

                              This. This is why the conversation of televised rape cannot be cast with a generic mold or opinion. This is why every time a rape that does not honor the victim and the violence they’ve endured (and how it will ultimately manifest itself mentally) becomes a major discussion on websites the world over. Each and every rape — and its depiction — is different, but until we handle them all with the same amount of respect, we have to dissect and discuss the merits of portraying these stories. Because it is, and sometimes should be, hard to watch: so shouldn’t we all want it to be done right?


                              • #60
                                Catherine Coulson, Log Lady on Twin Peaks, Dies at 71


                                Catherine E. Coulson, who played the Log Lady on David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks” TV series and was set to return to the new Showtime version, died Monday morning of cancer. She was 71.

                                “We are all deeply sad, she meant so much to so many,” said her agent, Mary Dangerfield, who confirmed her death.

                                Coulson, who also worked as a camera assistant, reprised the Log Lady role in the feature “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me” and more recently, she appeared on an episode of “Portlandia” and in the film “Redwood Highway.”

                                Lynch said in a statement, “Today I lost one of my dearest friends, Catherine Coulson. Catherine was solid gold. She was always there for her friends — she was filled with love for all people — for her family — for her work. She was a tireless worker. She had a great sense of humor — she loved to laugh and make people laugh.