Looking back over season one and ahead to season two of the drama about a gun-toting US Marshal
When I do interviews at press tour, my goal is just to get them published before the next season of the show in question debuts. It can be tricky, sometimes, when the show isn't coming back for a long time. For example, I spent about 15 minutes chatting with "Justified" creator Graham Yost at tour back in August, but the new season isn't scheduled to debut until February. So I sat on it for a while as I focused on more pressing subjects, and then even more things got in the way, etc., etc., until I recently saw a tweet from an FX publicist who had just watched a rough cut of the season two premiere and I realized it might be past time to publish a review done the day before Yost got back in the writers room to start crafting that episode and all the ones that will follow.
Because Yost was still a day away from that first meeting, there aren't a lot of details about season two, and even the few that are there probably don't qualify as spoiler-ish, since Yost said at various points that plans could change if one of his staffers had a better idea. So we mainly focused on leftover business from the first season, including the soul-searching done by Timothy Olyphant's trigger-happy US Marshal Raylan Givens, the expansion of Walton Goggin's role as Bible-thumping meth dealer Boyd Crowder, etc.
What's your favorite TV holiday episode?
Happy Thanksgiving to all my American readers, and (as Dan would say) happy Thursday to the rest of you.
In honor of the holiday - and the upcoming Chanukah/Christmas/Kwanzaa/New Year's holiday deluge - I'm going to embed two classic scenes from sitcom Thanksgiving episodes, plus the entirety of the first Chrismukkah episode of "The O.C." If you've got some time in front of the computer today before the turkey/football starts, enjoy, and then time for an open question: What's your favorite TV holiday episode ever, and why?
Hank and Britt get in deeper and deeper in the first season's wild penultimate episode
My review of tonight's "Terriers" coming up just as soon as I read your blog on my Kindle...
Fun Thanksgiving hijinx, but not the strongest Jules story
As I mentioned in tonight's "Modern Family" review, the combination of Thanksgiving eve and a lack of advance screeners means I'm going to have to be quick with a couple of shows tonight. My super-fast take on tonight's "Cougar Town" coming up just as soon as I use intentional gibberish...
An uneven let-down after last week's season-best episode
A new client opens an old wound for Chance in an uneven second episode
The Bravermans come together with the usual bickering over the holiday
Thanksgiving week brought us a kind of quintessential "Parenthood," with lots of overlapping conversation, arguments over details both small (Julia and the pies) and big (pretty much everything Gordon did), some goofy comedy (the football game) and some more poignant moment (Zeek's phone call to Seth). Unfortunately, the holiday also brings me a shortened work week where I don't have time to give the episode a full write-up, but fire away, folks: what did you think of the Braverman's turkey day?
The show down-shifts as the club returns from Belfast
A rough week for Paul and his patients, but a good one for the cast
The study group turns into a cartoon in stop-motion special episode
"Community" has never hidden its love of popular culture, as past episodes have paid tribute to action movies, zombie films, "Apollo 13" and, recently, TV bottle episodes and conspiracy thrillers.
This season's Christmas episode, "Abed's Unstoppable Christmas," which debuts on Dec. 9 at 8 p.m., looks like it might be the most ambitious homage yet, as most of the episode will be done in the stop-motion animated style of Rankin-Bass holiday classics like "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer."
Ever since I heard about the idea, I've been looking forward to seeing how Abed, Troy, Annie, Jeff and company look like in the style, and now I know - and I am pleased. After the jump, here's an early look at how the group will look on Dec. 9: