Hey, "Deadwood" fans. As I suggested last week, the Comic-Con/press tour crunch made it impossible for me to do a review for this week. So as I predicted, I'm going to do a combined review of "Leviathan Smiles" and "Amateur Night" (which functions as something of a two-parter, anyway, thanks to the Earp brothers) for next week. So look for it next Friday at this time, hoopleheads.
Larry David was at press tour to discuss his upcoming HBO movie "Clear History," which debuts on August 10, but because he's Larry David, and because "Clear History" — in which David plays a man who gave away a future fortune out of spite in an argument with boss Jon Hamm — was made in the same improvised style as "Curb Your Enthusiasm," discussion inevitably turned towards the future (or lack thereof) of "Curb."
Way back in September, HBO renewed "Tremé" for an abbreviated fourth and final season: five episodes rather than the 10 or 11 that the show made in its first three seasons. (As co-creator David Simon said at the time, they were given enough money to make "half a loaf.") But it wasn't until today that HBO actually said when those five episodes (all of which have been produced) of the drama about life in post-Katrina New Orleans will air.
During a press tour executive session with CEO Richard Plepler and president Michael Lombardo, it was announced (or, rather, stated casually in response to a question) that the five-episode final season will begin airing on December 1 at 9 p.m., the week after "Boardwalk Empire" concludes its latest season.
It's a bit longer to wait for new episodes of a show whose most recent season ended back in November, but it's also nice in one way: because most of the broadcast networks and even most of the cable networks don't do a ton of targeted original programming in December, "Tremé" might get a bit more attention on the way out the door than it has airing in fall and spring.
(Also, for those who wondered if Simon and Eric Overmyer might produce slightly longer episodes to compensate for only having five episodes to play with, I'm told that the only extra-long episode will be, as usual, the finale.)
By the time you read this, I should be en route to Beverly Hills for the semi-annual Television Critics Association press tour, known by some as TCA, by others as press tour, and by others as "that horrible time of year where everyone I follow on Twitter makes the same jokes for two weeks in a row."
I'm taking a few days off before heading to press tour, but wanted to offer a forum for people to discuss the latest episode of "The Bridge." In particular, I'm curious where everybody stands on the mysterious Steven Linder after his conversation with the cops, and whether you side with Sonya or Marco on the question of whether he's their guy. But there's lots to talk about with "Rio," including Frye's visit to Juarez, the return of Sonya's one-night stand, all the business with Charlotte's horse (and whether you're at all interested in that story at this stage of things) and more. So have at it: what's everyone feeling about "The Bridge" so far?
"Sons of Anarchy" has traditionally debuted in the fall on FX, and that pattern will continue this year with the sixth season premiering on Tuesday, September 10 at 10 p.m.
It'll be another 90-minute episode for the motorcycle club drama; FX gives a lot of creative leeway in general with its shows, and especially to its most popular one, which last year did several 90-minute installments.
Fienberg covered the show's recent Comic-Con appearance, which included creator Kurt Sutter discussing the endgame for a series that at least tentatively is set to end with its seventh season, as well as talk about what happens now that Jax has ascended to the throne, what happens now for Gemma, Tara, Clay and company, and more.
Happy Monday, boys and girls! With any luck, I've caught up on my sleep after taking a redeye home from Comic-Con. But before I got to lovely John Wayne Airport, Dan and I recorded our annual Comic-Con roadtrip podcast, discussing the highlights and lowlights of the last four-plus days in San Diego. No need for a rundown, as we largely just go through the notable events of each day, pause for a patented Dan rant or two, complain about traffic and noisy trucks, and somehow wrapped up before we crossed the Orange County line and launched into a horribly off-key duet of Phantom Planet's "California." Sorry. We have failed you. Don't know if we'll be resuming the pilot rewatch for the next podcast, which will be recorded at some point while we're together at press tour, starting on Wednesday for Dan and Thursday for me, but your homework remains "My So-Called Life,"
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Dennis Farina had lived a life.
Even if you didn't know that Farina — who died Monday at the age of 69 after suffering a blood clot in his lung — had spent nearly 20 years as a cop in his native Chicago before director Michael Mann decided to cast him in his movie "Thief," it was clear from all Farina's performances that this was a man who had done things and seen things that your average character actor had not. He had enormous ease in front of the camera, and could be wildly funny and charming, but there was always something behind his eyes suggesting that the disarming smile could go away in an instant and be replaced by something very cold and hard and dangerous.
I'm taking a few days off to recuperate between Comic-Con and press tour, but I wanted to acknowledge what was a pretty special episode of "The Killing" last night. Spoilers coming right up...
A quick review of tonight's "The Newsroom" coming up just as soon as I Google "Alan Sepinwall hate"...