People Talking About TV
“So Claire Underwood walks—around the White House, around Washington, around the world—in a very particular way: deliberately, carefully, intentionally. She strides with confidence, but also with caution. Each step, when you are teetering upon the earth perched upon three-inch-high stilts, is precarious. So each step moves Claire forward; each step also threatens danger. She walks the way she does because of who she is, but also because of what she wears.” A look at Claire Underwood, and how she never seems to take off her heels on this season of House of Cards. (I'd love just one scene where Claire has a conversation with Bedelia DuMaurier from Hannibal. Icy.)
“Perhaps Leonard and Virginia Woolf become friends and mentors, and Beatrice and Sydney Webb: they talk politics and art and beauty. Little Marigold, joined by a reasonable number of younger siblings, grows up in a slightly chaotic but always warm and charming household, where painters come for a weekend and stay for a month to finish that modernist landscape painting, and where debates about politics and truth never threaten the steady, loving bond between her parents. She’ll become an artist, maybe studying painting at the Slade School or sculpture at St. Martin’s.” Watching Downton Abbey with an historian takes a look at where the characters might have gone, and you might be shocked at what Andy and Daisy are up to. Possibly less so with Mary’s potential future.
“Editing on the show, for example, is incredibly sparse. Every episode is dominated by lengthy, uninterrupted close-ups that linger on the actors’ faces, often while they’re not the ones speaking. So instead of using dialogue to tell the audience what a character is going through, their wordless reactions subtly send those messages. “Why cut from Lili for two minutes? Why cut from Connor Jessup in a scene? The minute you cut away, you dissipate what’s going on,” Ridley said, praising American Crime’s editor, Hank Corwin, for that approach. “The only velocity is emotional velocity.”” I don’t really hear much about American Crime, though everyone at my gym is watching it, but this interview at Buzzfeed with the cast and crew kept making me think it’s like an anthology version of Friday Night Lights.
There were a lot of breakdowns of Tuesday’s Game of Thrones trailer, but Slashfilm has the best screencaps, and they caught a bunch of stuff that went by so fast that I didn't see it. (If you want a second opinion here's a good one from io9.) I usually pull out a quote for this section, but I know a lot of people are really against knowing anything about upcoming episodes. All I will say, is that I am really excited for this season. Things might actually be getting somewhere. HBO says the season 6 trailer was watched 30 million times in 24 hours.
Danny Boyle’s Trust has been given a series order by FX. It’s about the Getty family, which as a longtime leader of Vanity Fair I am more than a little familiar with the ups and downs. Would watch.
PBS has renewed the Civil War set drama Mercy Street for a second season.
Casting: Jonathan Groff and Anna Torv have signed on for Netflix’s Mindhunter series. David Fincher and Charlize Theron are executive producers.Sharknado 4 has cast Gary Busey as Tara Reid’s father, which is kind of perfect.
WGN has ordered a pilot for Scalped, which covers two recent trends, the non-superhero comic book adaptation, and Native Americans. Based on the premise, I’d watch the hell out of this one.
Pilot Casting: Anna Paquin will play a Dallas divorce attorney in ABC’s Broken. Leighton Meester will play one of the leads on FOX’s Making History. Bruce Greenwood will play a four-star general in CBS’s Four Stars.
What To Watch
A new adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic And Then There Were None starts on Sunday on Lifetime. (Yes, Lifetime. Lifetime has good TV now, deal with it.) Even if Maureen Ryan's review wasn’t this positive, I would have watched this just for the cast. You put these actors in something and you know it's going to be good. The trailer is over here.
Donut licker Ariana Grande is the host, and the musical guest, on this week’s episode of SNL. Here’s the promos.
“Netflix touts its new sketch comedy series The Characters as “outlaw comedy.” The formula is simple: Netflix gave eight rising comedians 30 minutes to play around, writing and starring in their own self-contained sketch show.” Netflix’s newest offering starts tomorrow, and The A.V. Club gave it an A-. Here’s the trailer, which has reminded me that 99% of sketch comedy is just not for me. I approve of the concept though, and how Netflix is really investing in comedy.
Unfortunately it seems critics are not a fan of the Will Arnett starring Flaked, which also starts tomorrow on Netflix. Entertainment Weekly gave it a C, while The A.V. Club gave it a C+. The Hollywood Reporter didn't like it either. I was hoping that he could finally play an actual human, and not an actual cartoon, or someone like G.O.B. Bluth or Devin Banks, who are basically cartoons. Here’s the trailer.
I haven’t really talked that much about The Carmichael Show, which returned this week. NBC aired all the episodes very quickly last summer, and it became a surprise hit with both critics and viewers. But even more surprising than that is the very Norman Lear style of the show, and how like his shows it isn’t afraid to tackle thorny issues. Or Bill Cosby.
Vulture has more period dramas to fill the Downton Abbey sized hole in your viewing schedule, and I am 100% behind more people watching North & South and the totally soapy A Place To Call Home.
It’s really hard to keep track of when everything is scheduled to return, so here’s a list of series and season premieres this Spring.
Odds and Ends
Helen Mirren was a guest on The Late Show, and she greeted Stephen Colbert with a kiss, which I really don’t think he knew was coming, based on his amused and speechless reaction. It seems she started a trend, because the next night Sally Field kissed him too.
Louis C.K. talked about Horace and Pete on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and how this is the first time he’s told anyone out loud that it’s available.
Mythbusters might be over, but you can enjoy watching them make a bunch of new craters in various areas of California in this supercut.
Since Community has been a show without a renewal for every season it’s existed, the newest gag reel might be the last you see of everyone. Or not, who knows.
Here's the 14 catchiest cartoon theme songs from the 1980’s, because the people at Uproxx are monsters who want you to go crazy because you can’t get the theme from DuckTales out of your head.
Update: Marcia Clarke is up to 13 cigarettes on The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.
Here’s the first look at the main characters from AMC’s Preacher. Good cast.
I was a huge Ren & Stimpy fan, so it’s nice to see that it’s been getting a lot of attention lately. This video talks about some of the reasons why it connected with both adults and kids.
I love that Walton Goggins decided to follow Justified with Danny McBride's Vice Principals. HBO released a teaser trailer, and I can safely say that I am on board.
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