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Headingdoh dot comTitleNews Briefs: FX's Upcoming Simpsons Website Will Blow Your MindBy Tim SurettestaffAn hour ago4 Comments0
0NEWS FOR FOUR-FINGERED YELLOW PEOPLE... If you're like me, then you cry every time you catch The Simpsons during late-night syndication because it's always an episode from the vastly inferior later seasons. But that's about to change. Ever since we learned that FXX acquired the cable rights to the entire The Simpsons catalog, we've been dying to know when we could watch "Lisa the Vegetarian" and sing, "You don't win friends with sa-lad, you don't win friends with sa-lad." Now we know! Starting August 21, FXX will marathon the series' entire run, all 552 episodes, 24 hours a day for 12 straight days. And on Sundays, it will air themed mini-marathons. [FXX via press release]... But the COOLEST surprise to come out of this FXX-The Simpsons deal is Simpsons World, which isn't an entire theme park based on The Simpsons but the next best thing. It's a website featuring access to every episode ever, as well as a nifty search engine that will help users find clips easily, whether they be jokes based on keywords (i.e. "bent wookie") or character-specific events ("Marge gets a new job"). You will spend the rest of your life playing with this. Simpsons World is due to launch in October. [FXX via press release]BUSINESS TIME... FX has said NOPE to How & Why, the comedy pilot written by script mastermind Charlie Kaufman (Adaptation). The pilot starred John Hawkes as the host of a science show who gets replaced by a younger host, so he starts a new show in a small town. But given that this is Kaufman, it was probably brilliant. Michael Cera, Sally Hawkins, and Catherine Keener also starred. The show is being paraded around to other networks, with IFC a potential home. [THR]THE WALKING DEAD SEASON 5 PEEK... OMgee! It's a picture of The Walking Dead meant to promote the fifth season of The Walking Dead! Really, it's a Comic-Con promo, and it appears to show the gang handcuffed together while they wait in an empty train car at Terminus to be the next course at the county BBQ.CASTING ROUNDUP... Malcolm-Jamal Warner (Theo Huxtable) will guest star in the final season of Sons of Anarchy because EVERYONE is guest starring in Sons of Anarchy it seems. Warner will appear in at least two episodes as a member of the Grim Bastards and right-hand man to T.O. Cross. Warner joins Marilyn Manson and Courtney Love as guests for Season 7. [THR]... President of the United States Barack Obama might be stopping by Jimmy Kimmel Live this Wednesday during his trip to Los Angeles. Or maybe he's not. Nobody seems to know! [Pro: TMZ / Against: Variety]... Bernadette Peters (The Jerk) will guest star on Bravo's upcoming dramedy Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce, starring Lisa Edelstein as a self-help author who could use a little help with herself! Peter will play the mother of Janeane Garofalo's character Lyla. [Bravo via press release]... Teen Wolf's Tyler Posey will host the Teen Choice Awards, airing on August 10 at 8pm on Fox. Congratulations, Tyler! Bring an empty suitcase for all your trophies and ladies' underwear that gets thrown your way. [THR]... Fox's upcoming animated comedy Bordertown, about a border agent living on the U.S.-Maxico border next to some Mexican immigrants, has found its lead. Hank Azaria, who already makes a billion dollars from Fox for providing the voices of Moe, Apu, and others on The Simpsons, will voice Bordertown's lead character, a lazy 'Merican whose jealous of his neighbor's success. [Deadline]RECENT STORIES YOU MAY HAVE MISSED ON TV.COM... FX renewed Louie and Fargo this afternoon because FX isn't run by dummies.... FX boss John Landgraf talked about all things FX, including the network's cool philosophy and the tone of American Horror Story: Freak Show.... Need details on Sleepy Hollow Season 2? HERE!... One of Fox's higher-ups talked about wanting more Bones and answered that nagging "Why you cancel Hieroglyph?" question. (Answer: it sucked.)... Need some details on Gotham? Creator Bruno Heller has some for ya.... Review time! Lily has thoughts on the episode in which Jessica broke my heart.... MaryAnn is still reviewing Falling Skies, which sounded like a total downer.... My review of The Strain's second episode is full of a lot of whining about how boring it was! Sorry!... And it was the all-important 4-Episode Test™ for The Leftovers. Did it pass?
HeadingDOME DOME DOMETitleUnder the Dome: What Did You Think of "Revelation"?By Tim Surettestaff54 minutes ago3 Comments0
0Under the Dome S02E04: "Revelation"It's time to start killing off the residents of Chester's Mill to ensure that there's enough partially caterpillar-eaten wheat to go around (don't worry about coffee, though—there's no shortage of that). It's a tough decision, but resources are dwindling, so it's only logical that the slaughter must begin. I am fully on board with this, not simply because everything Rebecca the Science Teacher says is gospel, but because I like to see people die on this show. It's really fun!"Revelation" will tackle such complex subjects as taking extreme measures to save the town, Dome Girl's origins and her connection to her Dome Dad, and Joe's internet connectivity problems. Depending on when you read this, I'm either still watching the episode or working on my review, but until then, get the Dome Chat started in the comments!Previously Aired EpisodeTONIGHT AT 10PMRevelationSeason 2 : Episode 4Next EpisodeAIRS ON 7/28/2014ReconciliationSeason 2 : Episode 5
Based on DC Comics characters, Gotham explores the origin stories of the Caped Crusader's eventual ally James Gordon, a detective with the Gotham City Police Department, and his battle with the villains who made the city famous."What we won't do is break the canonical iron truths of the mythology," executive producer Bruno Heller told reporters at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour on Sunday. "It's not a whole new mythology. But issues of chronology, we will play with in a fun way."Instead of Bruce Wayne taking center stage in the effort to save Gotham, James Gordon will be the central focus as he fights the ever rampant corruption and crime alongside his partner and mentor Det. Harvey Bullock. "Gordon is the lynchpin of the show," Heller explained. "He's the guy who creates Batman or gives permission for Batman to exist in this world. Gordon will still remain at the center, but it's very much about [the origin stories of every character], and Gordon is the moral center that you can identify with."Though Heller said that Batman won't appear on the series, he doesn't believe that will drive the fanboys away. "I don't think so, because the really interesting parts of the stories are the origin stories," he said. "As soon as you're into the capes and the costumes, it's less interesting than how the people got there."He went on to add, "If there is a superhero in this show, it's Gotham. That's a larger-than-life character that's a central part of the show. To me, heroes are more interesting than superheroes, because precisely the difference is superheroes do the impossible, and drama is really about the physically possible. This is about people and people trying to overcome real problems as opposed to trying to learn how to fly."But where do Gothamites find hope when the city's villains of are running free with nary a hero (or the hope of one) to stop them? After all, Bruce Wayne hasn't even started shaving yet! "That's the situation that the show is all about," Heller said. "How do you deal with crime of this level when there are no superheroes? It's as much about the hope and the struggle that they're engaged in... It's about men and women, not about superheroes."And those men and women will have plenty of baddies to fight. Though the first season delves into the rise of the Penguin, Gotham's pilot plants the seeds for a fair number of villains, including Catwoman, The Riddler, Poison Ivy (Clare Foley), and Fish Mooney. "You have to front-load the pilot with the best that you've got because that's the way that you've got to open big," Heller explained. "As the show rolls on, we'll be far more ... careful with how we roll out the villains and in what way."Gotham will premiere Monday, September 22 at 8pm on Fox.TV.com's 2014 Fall Preview:New Shows, Network Schedules, Trailers, and More
Headingsioux falls, 1979TitleFargo Season 2 Will Pre-Date the Movie in Time and Feature a Younger Lou SolversonBy Jen Troliostaff18 minutes ago0 Comments0
0Those of you who watched all of Fargo's first season will likely remember the super eerie and quietly terrifying scene from the penultimate episode, "A Fox, a Rabbit, and a Cabbage" in which Lorne Malvo sat in Lou Solverson's diner, ate a slice of pie, and pressed Lou for details as to where he might find or contact one Lester Nygaard.During their conversation, Lou recalled the details of a case from back when he was a state trooper, a deadly massacre that occurred in 1979 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
“Bodies?” Malvo inquired.
“Yes sir, one after another,” Lou replied. “Probably if you stacked them high, could’ve climbed to the second floor. I saw something that year I ain’t ever seen before or ever since. I’d call it animal except animals only kill for food.” And then he asked Malvo, “Sioux Falls, ever been?”
It was a curious exchange, one that led some fans of the show to wonder whether Malvo could've been responsible for the carnage Lou had witnessed so many years before. But while the identity of the killer or killers is still unknown, it likely won't remain that way, because Fargo's newly announced second season will take place in 1979 in Sioux Falls, executive producer and writer Noah Hawley announced at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Monday."If you were paying attention in Season 1, we made a lot of references to Sioux falls," Hawley said. "That was deliberate." He went on to confirm that Fargo's next "10-hour movie" will pre-date the original film, with the bulk of the story set in Laverne, Minnesota.And yes, it will indeed involve a young Lou Solverson. Young Lou is "a 33-year-old man recently back from Vietnam," Hawley said. He noted that we'll also meet Molly's mother, who was not a character in Season 1, and we "may learn what happened to her."However, even though we will see a young Molly, casting Allison Tolman in ANY Season 2 role is basically off the table."I spoke to Allison Tolman this morning and said that unless she could channel her four-year-old self, we wouldn't be able to have her in Season 2—which is a crime that you should all be very mad at us for," Hawley said before explaining that "it felt like it would just be disingenuous."As for how the events of Season 2 might unfold, Hawley—who's currently breaking the story with a team of writers—mostly stayed mum. But he did tease that "there are a lot of clues left in the first season" that a re-watch might help with. And viewers will have plenty of time for that, as Fargo likely won't return until fall 2015 at the earliest.There is one more tidbit to keep in mind, though: Hawley noted that out of all the films in the Coen brothers' back catalog, Season 1 largely drew from Fargo, No Country for Old Men, and A Serious Man, and revealed that Season 2 will play with Fargo, Miller's Crossing, and The Man Who Wasn't There. Then he put forth a challenge: "Let the internet speculation begin." You heard the man, hit the comments!
Headingno word on yolanda, thoughTitleSleepy Hollow Season 2: New Monsters, a New Sheriff in Town, Driving Lessons for Ike, and MoreBy HanhBNguyenstaff5 hours ago5 Comments2
0War is going to disrupt Sleepy Hollow in more ways than one."War can tear a town apart but also a family," series co-creator Roberto Orci said at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Sunday. "Can [Ichabod and Katrina] redeem their son or not?"The relationship between Ichabod and Abbie will also be tested. "Picking up this season, there will be some real trust issues," executive producer Mark Goffman said. "We saw that Crane had betrayed Abbie's trust in redrawing the map to Purgatory."Does that mean that Ichabod and Abbie won't act on the chemistry that many of show's fans detect? "Crane is married and still hopelessly in love. That can't be forgotten," Goffman said. Beharie added, "I really think it's interesting and fun that she has a relationship with a man but it's not romantic... Crane has become a family member."Check out more Season 2 scoop from the Sleepy Hollow panel below:On new monsters and bad guys;Co-creator Len Wiseman revealed that viewers can expect new twists on the story of the Pied Piper, a wendigo creature, a succubus character, and something called "the kindred." His fellow co-creator Alex Kurtzman added that these creatures will be a "manifestation of what our characters are actually going through. The inner demons are manifested as literal demons."On a potential new ally for Ichabod and Abbie:"We have a new sheriff in town, Lena Reyes, and that's going to pose a lot of cool conflict with Crane and Abbie as they try to work their way in the precinct," Goffman said. "She has a history in Sleepy Hollow but has been with the border patrol." He added that Abbie has more of a connection to the no-nonsense Lena than she knows, and that Abbie will learn about her own past through working with Lena.On Ike's wooden prison:Even though the first footage from Season 2 revealed that Ichabod will eventually escape his coffin, don't expect it to happen coffin too quickly. "It's been harder than we thought to get him out," Goffman said. Kurtzman added, "We spent so much time to get him in the ground. What we didn't want to do is just get him right out and make it feel easy."On upcoming surprises for the Cranes:Goffman hinted, "We're going to drop a few bombs in this season with Crane and Katrina that neither of them could have ever prepared for."On Ike's continued efforts to figure out the future:Ichabod's adjustment to the modern world will continue when he witnesses Abbie voting in a polling booth and learns how to drive, which was inspired by Mison's real-life efforts to learn to drive. Also, Comic-Con-goers will see a sneak-peek clip of Ichabod's confusion over pens attached to chains at the bank.Sleepy Hollow returns on Monday, Sept. 22 at 9/8c on Fox.TV.com's 2014 Fall Preview:New Shows, Network Schedules, Trailers, and More
One of the most mysterious series on the television horizon is BBC America's Intruders, an eight-hour science-fiction miniseries premiering Saturday, August 23 at 10pm. Based on the 2007 book The Intruders by Michael Marshall Smith, the premise centers on a secret society that gains immortality by bouncing around from body to body. The series will follow multiple storylines about a missing wife, an assassin who's covering his tracks, and a runaway girl, which will presumably all converge to blow your frickin' mind!I still don't understand what the show is going to be, but take a look at the new extended trailer and see if you can make sense of what's going on:That's Mira Sorvino (Mighty Aphrodite), John Simm (Life on Mars), and James Frain (True Blood) starring, and The X-Files' Glen Morgan is the man behind the show.Intruders premieres Saturday, August 23 at 10pm on BBC America.
FX CEO John Landgraf took the stage at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Monday, and he kicked off his executive session by apologizing to the critics assembled before him for "the ramp-up of programming at FX"—after all, it will only add to the increasingly common (first world) complaint that we now live in a era where there's simply too much good TV for any mere mortal to watch. Of course, that didn't stop him from then launching into an overview of what's ahead for the network and confidently fielding questions on its generally acclaimed programming. Here are a few of the highlights:On FX's general approach to programming, and deciding whether to focus on comedy versus drama at any given time:In response to a question about the network's recent efforts to increase its comedy slate, Landgraf noted how difficult it is to come up with an original premise for any series, comedy or drama. He said that some years have yielded more good drama pitches while others have"We're just gonna go where the talent is," he said, because he's one of the best programmers in the business and seems to really stand behind the (very sensible) belief that "if we make good shows, tend to our knitting, and pick good people," the audience will eventually find them. "Until we fall totally flat on our face, we're going to keep at it."On giving FX's series creators and showrunners more freedom than they might enjoy at other networks:"It really makes a difference when people really feel like the organization is behind them—not in front of them, saying 'woah woah woah slow down,'" Landgraf said, explaining that he wants FX to be "the wind in the sail of artists" and that "our contribution [to the television medium] is going to be to be pioneers," even if it means making some viewers uncomfortable: “We’d rather fail spectacularly and nobly than succeed in a quiet middling way.”On whether Fargo will face the same challenges as True Detective in casting Season 2:Following the announcement that Fargo will return for a 10-episode second season, Landgraf was asked whether he expects to face the same casting and storyline scrutiny that HBO's True Detective has been weathering since the end of its first season earlier this year. His response was calm, cool, and collected, with a dash of fightin' words: "I think [True Detective] is going to have to prove that it's more than just a vehicle for movie stars," Landgraf said, adding that [True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto] "is going to have to prove that he can write something truly great." He went on to praise Fargo writer Noah Hawley's incredible work in Season 1, saying that it'd be "nice to have a movie star in the second cycle of Fargo, but I don’t really think it’s necessary. I think we needed Billy Bob Thornton [in Season 1], but I don’t think we need somebody next year. It will bring more buzz [to have a big name], but frankly, I think we can do it with unknowns. I think Allison Tolman brought as much as to Fargo as Billy Bob Thornton. We could do the whole show with a group of talented young Allison Tolmans."On why Fargo Season 2 will feature a new cast to go with its new characters and story, instead of casting the same actors in new roles, à la American Horror Story:“It’s heartbreaking from my standpoint, given how much I love the actors,” Landgraf said. “But Fargo demands a different level of realism, and I don't think we felt we could reintroduce those as actors as new characters."On what to expect from American Horror Story: Freak Show:The latest incarnation of the Ryan Murphy horror anthology began production last week in New Orleans, and Landgraf said it will have "a different look than any of the previous seasons," landing somewhere in between Asylum and Coven in terms of tone: "It’s not quite as brooding and formal and Hitchcock-ian as Asylum. It's got a little bit more humor, a little bit more camp."On the cancellation of late-night series Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell:“What I think is that the show wasn’t good enough yet,” Landgraf said. “We bet on a really great, really talented guy early in the curve.” He also compared Bell to Jon Stewart, noting that early in his career, "Stewart wasn't the guy we all know today," and expressing confidence that "Kamau will get there."On freshman summer dramas Tyrant and The Strain:There's no word yet on whether Tyrant is looking good for a Season 2 renewal, as Landgraf made a point to say that "unlike our competitors," FX prefers to take time to evaluate its shows' performance and avoid premature decision-making. He did say that he was pleased with the series' "amazing ratings consistency," referring specifically to Live+3 ratings in the wake of a recent network-wide decision to no longer release ratings info prior to Live+3 data being available.Of The Strain, Landgraf is hopeful that it will set itself apart from other horror and vampire series currently on television. "These are disgusting, parasitic, awful, worm-bearing vampires," he said, explaining that when deciding whether to move forward with the show, "we asked ourselves, 'Is it going to be different enough?' ... I was worried that horror wouldn’t sustain characters over time. But [series creator] Guillermo del Toro is an original voice. … So far, I think we were right, but time will tell.”TV.com's 2014 Fall Preview:New Shows, Network Schedules, Trailers, and More
HeadingYou betcha it didTitleFX Renews Fargo for Season 2, Louie for a Shorter Season 5By Jen Troliostaff42 minutes ago3 Comments1
1You betcha FX is going back to Fargo. The series will officially return for a second season, the network announced at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Monday. Executive producer and writer Noah Hawley will craft another 10-episode tale featuring all-new characters (and an all-new cast of actors), a new time period, and a new true crime story.But Fargo might look a lot different in Season 2. Like, "completely different source material" different. Hawley recently told The Hollywood Reporter that "what's really interesting about this exercise of emulating a movie, as a storyteller, is having available to me a whole body of work. The Coen brothers are so varied—from Raising Arizona to A Serious Man, there's so much." An FX series set in the universe of Raising Arizona would be incredible!So go ahead and get your wishlist going now: Who would you cast? When should the story take place? What Coen brothers' crossovers would you like to see? Let's hear your best ideas in the comments.In more unsurprising but totally welcome news, FX has also renewed Louie for a seven-episode fifth season, with a target debut date of late spring 2015. That's a sizable decrease from Season 4, which recently wrapped a 14-episode run that regularly made headlines for its thought-provoking and sometimes controversial content.Which renewal are you more excited for?Previously Aired EpisodegoAmazonBuyXfinitySubscriptioniTunesBuyVUDUBuyAIRED ON 6/17/2014Morton's ForkSeason 1 : Episode 10