I was in London two weeks ago and caught four plays -- Well, three plays and one musical -- in three days, so when the Olivier Awards roll around, I'll be well-prepared.
However, with Josh Lasser handling most of the New York junkets for Team HitFix, I haven't made it to NYC since Fall 2012, which would also be the last time I made it to Broadway. As a result, I've seen none of this year's Tony nominees.
So follow along for full coverage of what I'm able to understand from the 2014 Tony Awards. I know Hugh Jackman is hosting. I know Neil Patrick Harris is both a performer and a guaranteed winner.
Click through for the full live-blog and comment below, should the spirit move you!
When it comes to Kerry Bishé's character on AMC's "Halt and Catch Fire," it was a Speak and Spell that caused me to pivot.
In her opening moments, we fear that Bishé's Donna is going to be the latest in a series of cable drama wet-blanket wives. Her husband Gordon (Bishé's "Argo" co-star Scoot McNairy) has big dreams in the world of '80s computing and we think that Donna's role is going to be the one telling him to think of his family rather than chasing his dreams. [I've seen some people suggest that's all the character continues to be. Those people are wrong.]
Then we see Donna go to work on her kid's Speak and Spell. She isn't meek or tentative with the poplar piece of juvenile technology. She attacks it like a woman who knows her way around a computer. In that moment, and as we hear later hints about Donna's work at TI and her computing past with Gordon, we realize -- or we *should* realize -- that the character has skills of her own, that she had dreams of her own. When she allows Gordon to follow his path, we sense she's not just being permissive to her husband, she's permitting herself to have dreams again.
I got a lot of that from a Speak and Spell, but when I sat down with Bishé and mentioned that scene, she was immediately excited and eager to discuss a moment she also viewed as crucial.
In a wide-ranging interview, the "Virtuality" and "Scrubs" veteran talks about making sure that Donna seemed capable, what her own technological capabilities are, reuniting in the '80s with McNairy and much more.
Jonathan Lisco has a more glamorous and identifiable job. He is, after all, the showrunner on AMC's new drama "Halt and Catch Fire" and we've all learned to revere the showrunner. However, Lisco didn't create "Halt and Catch Fire." The '80s-set computer drama was created by Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers, but The Chrises don't have a lengthy TV background, so Lisco was brought in as writer, executive producer and showrunner for the first season as part of an overall deal he signed with AMC.
Lisco has been a creator -- FOX's "K-Ville" was the first series to shoot in New Orleans after Katrina -- but his most recent credit was executive producing TNT's much-admired "Southland."
I sat down with Lisco last month to discuss the process that brought him to "Halt and Catch Fire" and the challenges of running a first-year show that you didn't create. We also discussed TV's high tech zeitgeist, the struggles of not fetishizing the '80s and the struggles to get computer minutia correct.
Check out the full Q&A... Also check out my "Halt and Catch Fire" interviews with Lee Pace and Scoot McNairy.
Congratulations, with myriad caveats, to "Game of Thrones" for becoming the most popular series in HBO's history, at least in some ways of measuring these things.
HBO proudly announced on Thursday (June 5) that the current fourth season of "Game of Thrones" is averaging a gross audience of 18.4 million viewers. That surpasses the 2002 season of "The Sopranos," which had an average gross audience of 18.2 million viewers.
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, June 4, 2014.
The Stanley Cup opener, an OT thriller between the Kings and Rangers, gave NBC strong enough demo numbers to lead Wednesday among young viewers, but the hockey showdown had much less juice overall where NBC finished fourth for the night. In total viewers, it was CBS on top, with a repeat of "Criminal Minds" standing as Wednesday's most watched show.
Game 1 of the Stanley Cup was down 29 percent from last year's Game 1 between Boston and Chicago, but that's at least partially a function of time zones given that much of this year's opener aired out of primetime in the Los Angeles market.
Among other notables, FOX saw only a small decline for the second week of "So You Think You Can Dance," The CW's "The 100" was steady in the demo (down overall) and ABC's "Motive" got a pretty big week-to-week bump for some reason.
LONDON - Tom Cruise remains one of the world's biggest movie stars and "Edge of Tomorrow" is being promoted around his presence. It hasn't been promoted with nearly the same aggressiveness that if you've ever wanted to see Tom Cruise die, "Edge of Tomorrow" has you more than covered.
"I loved killing him and he seemed to love being killed probably even more than I loved killing him," gushed "Edge of Tomorrow" director Doug Liman when we sat down at the movie's London press junket last week.
Liman is, indeed, very enthusiastic about the process of repeatedly killing the star of "Top Gun," "Risky Business" and "Mission: Impossible." He's also excited about this latest evolution in his career as a gifted action practitioner and the chance to branch out from the way he presented action in "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," "Go" and "The Bourne Identity."
I agree with HitFix's Drew McWeeny that, for the most part, Liman's efforts to creatively kill Tom Cruise pay off.
Check out my full conversation with Doug Liman above.
It's time for another installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
On Tuesday's Video Show, we reviewed TVLand's much-anticipated "Jennifer Falls." Oh and we also talked about "Orange Is The New Black," "Silicon Valley" and Kevin Reilly.
Wednesday's podcast was going to be a bit light, but Sepinwall asked for questions, so we ended up with a bunch of questions to answer, plus a discussion of Sunday's "Game of Thrones." Oh and we also kinda reviewed TNT's "Murder in the First."
And then we unveiled this summer's Podcast Rewatch. Woo!
So lots to discuss.
"Murder in the First" (00:01:50 - 00:12:20)
Listener Mail - Phil Hartman (00:12:50 - 00:15:10)
Listener Mail - "Game of Thrones" production (00:15:10 - 0016:50)
Listener Mail - Movies-to-TV (00:16:50 - 00:24:40)
Listener Mail - "Fargo" vs. "True Detective" (00:24:40 - 00:37:45)
Sunday's "Game of Thrones" (00:37:45 - 00:55:45)
The Summer Podcast Rewatch Announcement (00:55:45 - 00:59:40)
As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. [Or you can always follow our RSS Feed or subscribe on IHeartRadio.]
Both "America's Got Talent" and "The Night Shift" held up fairly well in their second weeks -- single-digit drops -- and combined to help NBC dominated Tuesday night in all measures.
On the positive side of other notables, ABC's "Celebrity Wife Swap" finale was up from last week's episode, but "Extreme Weight Loss" was down to balance it out.
The CW's "Famous in Twelve" got off to a less-than-impressive start, but that weak performance is somewhat comparatively mitigated by the continued dwindling of the audience for FOX's "Riot" and "I Wanna Marry 'Harry.'"
And CBS procedural repeats continue to outdraw nearly everything else.