All is apparently well with the "Twin Peaks" revival, even if no one at Showtime knows exactly when it will debut, or even how many episodes it will be.
Happy Tuesday! Time for our final in-person Firewall & Iceberg Podcast of press tour.
The very first pilot I watched on this job was for a CBS drama called "EZ Streets." Created by Paul Haggis — then best known for creating "Due South," but most commercially successful for having helped develop the "Walker, Texas Ranger" pilot — it was essentially an HBO drama before such a thing existed: dark, dense, ambitious, heartbreaking, and addictive. It even featured Joe Pantoliano playing a sociopath gangster years before he won an Emmy for it on "The Sopranos" (and was, to my mind, better as Jimmy Murtha than as Ralphie Ciffaretto).
Sunday night at 8, HBO debuts the first two hours of "Show Me a Hero," a new miniseries co-written by "The Wire" creator David Simon and directed by Paul Haggis, an Emmy and Oscar-winning writer and sometime director, whose movie "Crash" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2006.
Last month, Haggis and I had a long talk about his career, his shifts between movies and television, and "Show Me a Hero." It was a really interesting conversation, and I recommend reading the whole thing.
That said, I know how the internet works, and I know that one passage of the interview would overwhelm all discussion of the rest of it, so I'm making this separate post just on that portion, in which we discuss the controversies over "Crash," its depiction of race relations, and the many people — Paul Haggis included, it turns out — who don't think it should have won Best Picture that year.
A review of the "True Detective" season finale coming up just as soon as I wear a white suit with a red rose in my jacket...
A quick review of tonight's "Hannibal" coming up just as soon as I tickle the tiger...
Tonight, the Television Critics Association press tour takes a pause for the annual presentation of the TCA Awards, with the big winners including "Empire," "The Americans," "Inside Amy Schumer" and Jon Hamm.
Today is August 8, which is the birthday for the eight lead characters of Netflix's globe-spanning sci-fi drama "Sense8," and as a birthday present to them, and the show's fans, Netflix announced the order for a second season this way on Twitter:
One of the more confusing aspects of FX's vampire epidemic drama "The Strain" is what the exact state of things is in New York City, how much of the city is actually under siege by the strigoi, and how many ordinary citizens know the nature of the threat the city is under. In some scenes, the city has descended into complete post-apocalyptic dystopia, with strigoi freely roaming the streets, stores looted, and everyone cowering in their homes. In others, life seems to be going on exactly as before, with business being conducted as usual, and even a ribbon-cutting ceremony covered by a familiar crowd of reporters and onlookers. Some civilians are depicted as completely oblivious about this supernatural infestation, while others refer casually to the idea that there are vampires preying on them.
Get ready for another long break for "Louie."