Haven't written about "Modern Family" in a while, but the show also hasn't had an episode as strong as last night's in a while. A quick review coming up just as soon as it looks like the paint can stopped moving...
A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as I do the Dolly Parton version...
A quick review of tonight's "Cougar Town" coming up just as soon as I pound grape...
While FX's two most recent series, "Terriers" and "Lights Out," didn't succeed, overall the channel has had a healthy last few years, including last summer's launch of Louis C.K.'s brilliant low-budget comedy "Louie." Today, FX announced the return date for "Louie," which will be paired with the very promising - and very strange - new comedy "Wilfred," along with the premiere date for the final season of "Rescue Me."
As I explained in part 1 of this interview post, the new season of "Doctor Who" debuts on BBC America Saturday night at 9 with an episode set in, and that was partially filmed in, America. I went to BBC America's offices last week to interview three of the show's stars, including the Doctor himself, Matt Smith, and will be posting my videos of those chats over the next few days.
In part 2, Smith and I (each with a hoarse voice for an entirely different reason; his is better than mine) talk about the Doctor's feelings about Amy Pond's husband (and new full-time companion) Rory, about being part of the "lost generation" in the UK that grew up without new "Doctor Who" episodes, and a lot more.
Enjoy. Back tomorrow with Alex Kingston, then Karen Gillan on Friday and a review of the premiere Saturday night after it airs on the East Coast.
The new season of "Doctor Who" debuts on BBC America Saturday night at 9, and for the first time in this modern era of the iconic sci-fi series, the new episodes will be airing in America on the same day they premiere in the UK. No more complicated spoiler rules, no more worrying about people from one continent (or people who illegally downloaded the UK versions) messing things up for people on another, etc. Now, the great majority of us will be on the same page.
And in a very appropriate (if coincidental) move, given the new scheduling arrangement, the new season has another first: the first footage actually produced in America, as significant chunks of the season-opening two-parter were filmed in Utah's famed Monument Valley, made famous by classic John Ford Westerns like "Stagecoach" and "The Searchers." It's a terrific two-parter, full of the kind of twisty puzzle logic that's been a hallmark of producer Steven Moffat's writing for the series, and a fine showcase not only for the regulars but recurring guest star Alex Kingston.
Last week, I went to BBC America's Manhattan office to interview Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Kingston about the new season, and the experience of filming in the States, and I decided to try something different and do them as videos. On the plus side, Smith is a very animated speaker, as you'd imagine from watching him play the Doctor. On the minus side, Smith and I were both speaking with wrecked voices, me from a cold, Smith from having been out the night before at a soul concert in Brooklyn.
As we return to the post-Katrina New Orleans of "Treme" for the start of season two (Sunday night at 10 on HBO), things are in many ways much better for the musicians, chefs and other locals we met in the drama's first season.
Itinerant trombonist Antoine Batiste (Wendell Pierce) decides the time is right to form and front his own band, while his ex-wife LaDonna (Khandi Alexander) coincidentally decides to expand her bar's business by adding live music. Trouble-making DJ Davis McAlary (Steve Zahn) tries to start a record label to promote his love of the city's bounce music, while his violinist friend Annie (Lucia Micarelli) finally starts establishing herself in the local music scene. Mardi Gras Indian chief Albert Lambreaux (Clarke Peters) gets to work patching up the home that was destroyed in the storm, while his trumpet-playing son Delmond (Rob Brown) sets out to reinvent his sound and, in the process, reconnect with his New Orleans roots.
Most of these characters have moved past mere survival now. Their lives have found some level of post-Katrina equilibrium, and now they're all looking to build something. It's an attitude exemplified by one of this season's two new characters, Nelson Hidalgo (Jon Seda), a carpetbagger from Texas looking to get rich by helping to reconstruct the devastated city.
A review of the "Parenthood" season two finale coming up just as soon as I take you to the junkyard...
The last time HBO debuted a new drama series with "Boardwalk Empire," it renewed it two days after the premiere, day the initial ratings came in. HBO has now stuck to that pattern with "Game of Thrones," announcing a second season this morning, not long after final numbers for Sunday night's premiere (which I reviewed here) became available.
The key difference is that, where "Boardwalk" opened with the kind of strong ratings that made renewal a formality, "Thrones" had a good-but-not-great opening audience.
A quick review of tonight's "United States of Tara" coming up just as soon as my suitcase bursts into consciousness...