This week on Blu-ray the latest James Bond film hits home video, a swell new coming of age pic is released, and the final season of a Showtime staple hits HD. Briefly:
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At long last, Collider is finally starting up a weekly TV ratings feature. Each week we’ll be posting a rundown of how your favorite shows are doing on both cable and network television. Things are a bit light this week since the Fall 2012 TV season is still getting started, but here’s a brief look at the highlights:
- The new J.J. Abrams-produced genre series Revolution launched to 11.7 million viewers, making it the highest rated network drama debut since ABC’s V back in 2009.
- HBO’s Boardwalk Empire started its third season with 2.9 million viewers, on par with the season two premiere.
- Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy’s new sitcom The New Normal was down 12% from last week with 6.2 million viewers.
- The Office kicked off its final season with its least watched series premiere in the show’s history with 4.28 million viewers.
Hit the jump to check out the ratings for the week of September 16 – 21st, and be sure to leave your feedback in the comments concerning our latest feature.
This month, New York City’s Bottleneck Gallery will debut their latest show, a celebration of premium cable featuring brand-new artwork from some of Limited Paper’s favorite artists: guys like Mark Englert, New Flesh, Godmachine, and Todd Slater all have new pieces dropping at the show’s opening, and we’re pretty impatient to see what the full lineup looks like. Luckily for us, Bottleneck Gallery has agreed to share a few images from the show with us…and they’ve also given us the go-ahead to tell you about a few of the surprises that await those who hit More Than You Imagined when it opens September 7th.
Wanna know more? Of course you do. Meet me after the jump, my fellow limited paper enthusiasts.
As part of the Showtime portion of the TCA Press Tour, President of Entertainment David Nevins took some time to talk about the status of a number of their current shows, as well as a couple of their upcoming projects. During the interview, he confirmed that Season 8 will likely be the last for Dexter, the status of Episodes, the future of The Borgias and Californication, what they see for Homeland, and why they’ve chosen to wrap up The Big C with four one-hour episodes. Nevins also talked about the tone of Masters of Sex, and the development of the Aztec drama Conquest with Ron Howard. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Following in the footsteps of House M.D., which just finished their eighth and final season last month, Weeds will be doing the exact same thing this summer. The eighth season which premieres this summer on July 1st at 10/9c will be the last for the popular Showtime series. That will leave Dexter as the longest running show on the cable network, and right now the plan is for that series to finish on its eighth season as well (too bad The Office isn’t taking cues from Showtime). However, it sounds like the show’s creator haven’t exactly decided how to finish Nancy Botwin’s (Mary-Louise Parker) smoky journey. More after the jump.
You’re driving down the street, and it’s suddenly blocked off. You notice these weird yellow signs with nonsensical letters or numbers. There’s unusual glow lighting up a neighborhood you can’t usually see from your house. What you might have here is a film company shooting in your town. It happens a lot, and you never know where they might pop up…until now.
The following is a semi-comprehensive list of films currently shooting, what they’re shooting, and where they’re shooting. We’ll be telling you where you might get to see the very famous, the kinda famous and (if all goes well) the soon-to-be famous. While we can’t list every single movie, television show, or student film in production, you’ll get a pretty good idea of what the heck is going on where all those people are buzzing about. Want to know where in the world are Matt Damon, Harrison Ford, Sylvester Stallone, Woody Harrelson, and Leonardo DiCaprio? Hit the jump for more.
I like to see the guild awards, because the specificity allows for nominees that you won’t see on more general lists. The Art Directors Guild is especially interesting because they separate the films into three categories: period, fantasy, and contemporary. The 15 nominees highlight everything from Oscar favorites Hugo and The Artist, to crowd-pleasers Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 and Captain America, to poorly received films like Cowboys & Aliens and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. There’s a similar contrast in the TV nominees between the classy HBO programs you’d expect (Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones, and Mildred Pierce) and the critical punching bags American Horror Story and The Playboy Club. The full list of nominees is after the break.
The last season of Weeds threw viewers for a loop by pushing forward three years to find Nancy (Mary-Louise Parker) finishing a stint in federal prison which didn’t stop her from restarting her drug dealing in New York City, and now Showtime has announced we’ll definitely see the next chapter come through with the cable network announcing an order for an eighth season of the series. Consisting of thirteen episodes, the new season will go into production sometime in 2012, and while the press release (which you can find after the jump) doesn’t mention it, some insiders have speculated that this could be the final season for the long-running series.
As part of the Showtime portion of the TCA Press Tour, President of Entertainment David Nevins took some time to talk about a growth in subscribers of the network, the direction of returning series, and where he sees series development going in the future. Here are the most interesting points:
- Showtime has added over 2 million subscribers, taking their total accounts to 20.5 million.
- Dexter returns for its sixth season on October 2nd, as the lead-in to the new drama series. Homeland, about a CIA officer (Claire Danes) who becomes convinced that a recently rescued American POW (Damian Lewis) may be connected to an Al Qaeda plot to be carried out on U.S. soil.
- Shameless, The Borgias and Episodes are all returning for a Season 2, with The Borgias being a massive production in its size and scope.
- The subversively funny comedy House of Lies, starring Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell, about cutthroat members of a top-tier management consultant firm, will premiere in early 2012.
- Laughing Stock (premiering in early 2012), from producers Steve Carell and David Steinberg, will showcase in-depth, one-on-one interviews with the greatest comic minds of the past four decades, including Jerry Seinfeld, Tina Fey, Chris Rock, Larry David, Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Judd Apatow, Ellen DeGeneres and Steve Carell, himself.
- They’re working on the script for the adaptation of the comic book 100 Bullets (written by Brian Azzarello and illustrated by Eduardo Risso) and, even though they’re not ready to commit to it yet, it is an important project for the network.
- He is optimistic about the future of Weeds, but United States of Tara was canceled because they felt the show had accomplished what it set out to accomplish.
Hit the jump for more of what he had to say.
There are some big changes in store for the characters on Showtime’s popular and top-rated comedy series Weeds, now entering Season 7. With three years having passed, and Nancy Botwin (Mary Louise Parker) out of jail since having turned herself into the FBI rather than face certain death at the hands of her vengeful ex, Esteban Reyes (Demián Bichir), she and her sons, Silas (Hunter Parrish) and Shane (Alexander Gould), have reunited and are making a fresh start in New York City. Still harboring anger towards his mother from having found out that his father is not who he thought he was, Silas and Nancy have an interesting dynamic that he’s trying not to let affect the family pot-selling business.
During a recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Hunter Parrish talked about the fun of playing a character with such a crazy life, being given a fresh start with the changes this season, the new dynamics between all of the characters with the show jumping ahead three years, how the cast and crew feels like a family after seven seasons together, getting to work with guest star Martin Short, and that he hopes they get at least one more season, before they have to wrap things up. Check out what he had to say after the jump:
Opening this weekend is the really fun movie Red. Featuring an all-star cast that’s more impressive than The Expendables, Red stars Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Morgan Freeman, Mary-Louise Parker, Karl Urban, Richard Dreyfuss, Julian McMahon, Brian Cox, and Ernest Borgnine. Based on the graphic novel Red (Retired Extremely Dangerous), the movie is about a group of retired black ops agents that get back together to try and figure out why some former agents are getting killed.
While almost the entire cast is a retired C.I.A. agent, Mary-Louise Parker plays the sort of love interest of Bruce Willis. I say sort of…because she works at the agency that mails Willis his government checks and at the beginning of the film they’ve never met. Anyway, I was recently in NYC for the press junket and I was able to sit down with Miss Parker. During the interview we talked about whether or not she knew Red would be such a fun movie, acting on TV versus movies, what movie making is really like, and I asked how much longer could Weeds last. Hit the jump to see what she had to say:
A quartet of TV casting news is coming your way, beginning with a report that Amy Madigan — who recently appeared on Grey’s Anatomy and Law & Order — has been cast in a pivotal role on Fringe. According to EW, the actress will play Olivia Dunham’s mother in at least four episodes beginning with the third season premiere this fall. When the role was being cast, Olivia’s mother was described as lovely and completely devoted to her daughter. The real question is whether she and Olivia will meet in the real world or in the crazy alternate universe.
Hit the jump for more casting additions to Weeds, Law & Order: SVU and SyFy’s action-adventure pilot Alphas.
I’m a sucker for a romantic comedy with a good high-concept hook, so I am prematurely hopeful for the supernatural romantic comedy Taravella that Winchester Capital Management has just picked up. According to Variety, the script from Tom Sierchio (Untamed Heart) outlines “a love story about a beautiful but eccentric young woman with amnesia who falls out of the sky one day into the life of a young man.”
Scott Ellis, who has five Tony nominations and a 30 Rock Emmy nomination under his belt, is set to direct. Keep your fingers crossed for the most essential component of a successful rom-com: solid casting.
Along with Dexter, Weeds has established the brand of Showtime in its ambition to match the success of fellow pay cable station HBO with original programming. The show’s success has undoubtedly informed the development of the network’s other comedies, namely The United States of Tara, Nurse Jackie, and the upcoming The Big C, all of which center on strong but flawed female characters (I have no explanation for the thoroughly misogynistic Californication). In season four, Weeds left its sunny California suburb for a small town on the border between San Diego and Tijuana which, while no less sunny, proved a much darker setting for the Botwins. In season five, creator Jenji Kohan expanded on these bleak themes to fashion Weeds into the very blackest of comedies.
For a review of season five of the increasingly polarizing Weeds, hit the break.
The Emmy Nominations were announced this morning and there were many surprises and omissions. On the surprise front, “Family Guy” and “Flight of the Conchords” both got nominations for outstanding comedy for the first time. On the other hand, many long-running series were overlooked, including the spectacular last season of “Battlestar Galactica”. More after the jump: