<p>Show Me a Hero</p>

Show Me a Hero

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Review: Oscar Isaac shines in David Simon's 'Show Me a Hero'

True story of Yonkers housing integration is a lecture, but an entertaining one

David Simon is the resident civics professor of American cable drama, with projects like "The Wire," "The Corner," "Generation Kill," and "Tremé" offering thoughtful takes on the drug war, the Iraq invasion, New Orleans post-Katrina, and the generally rotten state of urban America. He is a TV producer by trade, consciousness-raiser by passion, and journalist at his core, and the showmanship side of the job has always come across as a necessary evil for him. He's glad that "Wire" fans came to love Omar and Bubbles and Wallace, but if they didn't grasp the larger lesson he was trying to teach, then what was the point?

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<p>Carly Chaiken in Mr. Robot</p>

Carly Chaiken in Mr. Robot

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Review: 'Mr. Robot' reveals some secrets in a bonkers episode

So what do all these new developments mean?

Many thoughts on tonight's "Mr. Robot" coming up just as soon as I take an NJ Transit train to New York for a ballet class...

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Is the 'Deadwood' movie finally happening? One star hears 'credible rumors'

The final episode of "Deadwood" aired nine years ago this month, and ever since the messy cancellation of one of the great dramas of all time, there have been rumors and wishcasting about the idea of a reunion movie. In fact, at the time the show ended prematurely, HBO tried to temper the bad publicity by declaring intentions to make two sequel movies, neither of which happened.

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<p>The Returned</p>

The Returned

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The original 'The Returned' is still creepy in season 2 teaser

"The Returned" is returning! No, not A&E's "Returned." Nor ABC's long-dead "Resurrection." "The Returned" coming back this fall is the series known in France as "Les Revenants," which had its American debut late in 2013, was one of that year's most memorable shows, and which will debut its belated second season this fall, both overseas and here on Sundance.

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<p>Twin Peaks</p>

Twin Peaks

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Showtime: 'Twin Peaks' revival is coming, but we don't know when or how much

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.

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<p>True Detective</p>

True Detective

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Firewall & Iceberg, Episode 295: 'True Detective,' 'Show Me a Hero' & more

Dan and Alan also discuss Jon Stewart's 'Daily Show' farewell

Happy Tuesday! Time for our final in-person Firewall & Iceberg Podcast of press tour.

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<p>Paul Haggis and David Simon</p>

Paul Haggis and David Simon

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'Show Me a Hero' director Paul Haggis on Oscars, TV, and his love of 'The Wire'

A long, strange career, from 'Facts of Life' to 'Crash,' and now David Simon's new HBO miniseries

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).

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<p>Paul Haggis</p>

Paul Haggis

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Even the director of 'Crash' wouldn't have voted for it for Best Picture

Paul Haggis is proud of his film, but saw more artistry in the competition

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.

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<p>True Detective</p>

True Detective

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Review: Trying to make sense of the ridiculous 'True Detective' finale

Who lived, who died, and what was the point of any of it?

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...

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Review: 'Hannibal' - 'and the Woman Clothed in Sun': The mouth of Hell

Reba touches a tiger, Dolarhyde visits a museum, and Will catches up with Bedelia

A quick review of tonight's "Hannibal" coming up just as soon as I tickle the tiger...

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