"Doctor Who" is back, and I have some thoughts on tonight's episode, and the current state of the franchise, coming up just as soon as I invent the quadricycle...
Cinemax's "Strike Back" won't be back until the summer — with new castmembers Dougray Scott and Robson Green in tow — but it's always fun to get a look at how at exactly how the mayhem involving Stonebridge, Scott and company comes together.
In this exclusive behind-the-scenes clip, star Philip Winchester talks us through a sequence in which our heroes from Section 20 commandeer a boat, using every weapon at their disposal.
Enjoy. Come summer, much ass will be kicked, and deservedly so.
There are some weeks so full of premieres that I don't have time to actually write reviews of all the shows I would like to, and then I content myself with the thought that at least I discussed them on the podcast with Dan.
But of course not everybody listens to the podcast, and I wanted to take some of the praise about "Orphan Black" from this week's show and put it into written form. A busy day, so let's go right to the bullet points:
It's official: FX is spinning itself off into a new channel called FXX, which will launch in September with four pre-existing FX series: "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," "The League," "Legit," and "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell."
On the one hand, Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series has given TV producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss a rich world, juicy storylines, and a seemingly inexhaustible supply of amazing characters. It's hard to believe, for instance, watching the new season — it begins on Sunday night at 9 — that Gwendoline Christie's amazonian Brienne of Tarth hasn't been around since day one, so indelible has she become. Again and again, Benioff and Weiss seem to find the perfect actor for each role, this year adding, among others, Dame Diana Rigg as Lady Olenna Redwyne (sort of the Dowager Countess from “Downton Abbey” if she were a wartime consiglieri) and Ciaran Hinds as Mance Rayder (pragmatic king of the wild people who live north of the show’s fictional kingdom of Westeros).
FX has renewed "Justified" for a fifth season, to debut in January 2014.
The renewal was announced at FX's upfront presentations for advertisers this morning in New York.
"It remains one of the most consistently excellent shows on TV," said FX president John Landgraf.
"Justified" remains one of FX's most successful series, but the network has always taken its time with announcing renewals, particularly for older shows where the contracts become more complicated with each passing year. There was never a doubt "Justified" would be back; it was just a question of when the announcement would be.
The fourth season finale airs this Tuesday night at 10.
The third season of "Game of Thrones" is "probably as big as we're going to get," according to co-showrunner David Benioff, who joined partner D.B. Weiss on a press conference call to preview the HBO fantasy epic's return on Sunday night at 9.
FX's "Louie," HBO's "Girls," the BBC's "Doctor Who" and TNT's "Southland" were among the TV series honored this year with Peabody Awards.
The Peabody Awards, now in their 72nd year, are designed "to recognize the most outstanding achievements in electronic media, including radio, television and cable." The eligibility period covers a calendar year, so "Girls" was being honored for its first season, while "Louie" for its third, both of which aired in 2012. There are also some institutional winners, honored for years worth of work, that this year included "Doctor Who" (celebrating its 50th anniversary), "Saturday Night Live" creator Lorne Michaels," and Michael Apted's "Up" documentary series.
Other entertainment winners this year included ABC Family's "Switched at Birth," the HBO movie "Game Change," and the Comedy Central special "D.L. Hughley: The Endangered List." The full list of winners is here.
Though I wasn't a fan of "Game Change," overall, it's an impressive list that covers some of the best, most distinctive programming on television that hadn't yet won a Peabody. (Given the sort of shows that tend to win, it's surprising that "Louie" didn't get one a year ago after its brilliant second season, even if last year's group already included "Game of Thrones," "Homeland," "Parks and Recreation" and "Tremé.") It's nice to see "Southland," which doesn't really get any awards love, be recognized, though I doubt it will do much good; two years ago, the Peabodys honored another TNT show on the verge of cancellation, "Men of a Certain Age."
A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as we are literally searching every dog house, hen house and outhouse...