MAD MEN Season 7 Premiere Recap: “Time Zones”

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Mad Men‘s final journey has begun.  Split into two seasons, the show will have fourteen episodes to say farewell, in detail, to its 1960s drama.  “Time Zones” spent most of its hour on Don and Peggy, the crux of the show, setting up where they are in terms of where they’ve been.  It’s not clear yet where they’re going, only that the struggle is not yet over.  There was a sense, with them and elsewhere (particularly with Joan and Pete) that change is in the air, and, dare we say, hope?  “Time Zones” was mired in a lot of bleakness, but all of the airplane imagery might be suggesting the only way forward is up.  Hit the jump for more.

SILICON VALLEY Recap: “The Cap Table”

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The most important element of Silicon Valley‘s “The Cap Table” was that it was an episode devoted to what most series would have made a montage.  The nitty gritty of Richard starting his own company, building it up from scratch, and getting his team in place (and using Wikipedia to find out about business plans) was something many would skip over.  But Silicon Valley is exactly interested in this minutia, following Richard’s journey from a start-up to either a global empire, or another tech gravestone in Palo Alto.  Hit the jump for why “that’s why he’s a billionaire.  He knows where and when to be an asshole.”

GAME OF THRONES Recap: “The Lion and the Rose”

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Game of Thrones’ most lasting impression may be its changeability.  No show has perhaps ever been so difficult to predict, even for those who have read the books.  The stories go in ways that are unexpected.  It’s what George R. R. Martin does so well: subverting fantasy tropes.  Last week, the theme was transformation, and it looks like it’s going to be a season-long motif.  “The Lion and The Rose” was also about a world in flux, and Game of Thrones continued to prove that it has the ability to change things up like no one else.  Hit the jump for more on “the dwarf, the cripple, and the mother of madness.”

Billy Bob Thornton Talks FARGO, Finding His Character, Being Scary and Likable, the Freedom of Television, Taking on a Classic & Why the Role Was So Much Fun

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An original adaptation of the Academy Award-winning feature film, the FX drama series Fargo features an all-new crime story.  Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton) is a ruthless and mysterious man who turns the life of small town insurance salesman Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman) upside down, in a way that he never could have imagined.  From executive producer/writer Noah Hawley, the show also stars Bob Odenkirk, Colin Hanks, Allison Tolman, Oliver Platt, Keith Carradine, Kate Walsh, Glenn Howerton, Adam Goldberg and Joey King.

During this recent interview to promote the show’s April 15th premiere, actor Billy Bob Thornton talked about finding this character, not wanting to know Malvo’s backstory, playing menace, being both scary and likable, his character’s look, the freedom in television, why he wasn’t worried about taking on such a classic movie, why he rarely ever changed anything in the scripts, how his previous working relationship with the Coen brothers work to his advantage on this, how much the Calgary weather affect the shoot, and why this role was just so much fun.  Check out what he has to say after the jump. 

TOP 5: DRAFT DAY, Early Reactions to THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, Colbert Replacing Letterman, Drew Goddard Directing THE SINISTER SIX, STREET FIGHTER: ASSASSIN’S FIST

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collider-top-5-sliceFor the first time that I can remember since I started writing for Collider in 2010, director Peter Weir‘s The Truman Show made headlines this week when we learned that Paramount is developing a TV series adaptation of the film. While I won’t waste any space today discussing my feelings on the adaptation (mostly because there aren’t any real details to dissect as of now), I will absolutely take this opportunity to talk about my adoration of the film. The Truman Show ranks among my all-time favorites with ease and, if pressed to name a lone favorite, it would likely make that cut too. I actually didn’t watch it until my second year of college, circa 2007, but I credit that first viewing as a benchmark cinematic experience for me; one that helped me begin to understand the impact that a movie could have on a person’s outlook and perception of the world around them. I would eventually go on to dedicate my graduate school research to the film, during which I watched it at least 15 more times; wrote this semi-boring perceptual effects analysis; and wrote/recorded this somewhat less boring seven song record. On paper, these projects were a way to fulfill requirements towards my degree. In reality, it was an excuse to delve further into the headspace of a work that, for all intents and purposes, changed my life.

All personal reflections aside, this week’s Top 5 features interviews for and Matt’s review of Draft Day, early reactions to The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the announcement that Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman on CBS’ The Late Show, Sony selecting Drew Goddard to direct The Sinister Six, and the first look at Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

HANNIBAL Recap: “Yakimono”

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While everyone else on Hannibal spins around in confusion and disbelief (or delusion), Will Graham has become the stoic.  “You changed me,” he tells Hannibal later, and the transformation is clear.  No longer a trembling and confused pawn himself, Will has emerged through the looking glass completely sure of himself, the facts, and his mission.  Though those around him continue to doubt, he betrays a confidence in his singularity of will that is so rewarding to watch.  Now that he’s free, he’s able to more effectively move against his foe.  But Hannibal has many other things in store, none of which phase Will, but they do complicate his efforts.  Hit the jump for why “he works in the shadows.  Deny him of that.”

Meet Dorian Grey and Brona Croft in Exclusive New Clip from Showtime’s PENNY DREADFUL

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Though the television landscape has certainly gotten darker over the past few years, Showtime is looking to push the boundaries even further with its upcoming drama series Penny Dreadful.  From executive producers John Logan and Sam Mendes (Skyfall), the show takes place in Victorian London and finds some of literature’s most terrifying characters crossing paths.  Ahead of its debut, we here at Collider have been provided with an exclusive Penny Dreadful clip to share with our readers.  In the clip, we’re introduced to Dorian Grey (played by Reeve Carney) and Irish immigrant/prostitute Brona Croft (Billie Piper), as the actors discuss how their characters fit into the series.

Hit the jump to watch the Penny Dreadful clip.  The show also stars Eva Green, Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Rory Kinnear, Harry Treadway, and Danny SapaniPenny Dreadful premieres on Showtime Sunday, May 11th.

New “Movie Trailer” for 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY

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When 24 ended its television run in 2010, the producers made no secret of their desire to continue the adventures of Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer in a feature film.  However, after a few years of script development, the project had stalled and the movie seemed like less of a reality as time wore on.  So what do you do when you can’t get a 24 movie off the ground?  Bring the show back, of course.  Producers are indeed resurrecting Jack for another adventure, but instead of a two-hour movie, it’s in the form of a 12-hour limited series event.  In a bit of a nod to the proposed film, a “theatrical trailer” for 24: Live Another Day has been released that highlights Jack’s latest murderous tendencies, which find him in London thwarting an attack on the President of the United States.

Hit the jump to watch the new 24: Live Another Day trailer.  The series also stars Mary Lynn Rajskub, Kim Raver, Benjamin Bratt, William Devane, Tate Donovan, Yvonne Strahovski, Stephen Fry, and Michelle Fairley24: Live Another Day premieres on Fox on May 12th.

Thursday TV Ratings: COMMUNITY Falls to New Series Low; THE BIG BANG THEORY Dips to Season Low

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Thursday evening’s TV ratings are in.  Here’s a brief look at the highlights:

  • Last night’s episode of Community, quite possibly one of the strangest yet (and that’s saying something), fell a tenth from last week’s numbers to a 0.8 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 2.62 million viewers.  That marks a new series low for the NBC sitcom.
  • On the flipside, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory hit a “low” with a 4.6 rating and 15.99 million viewers, which is a dip of three tenths from last week’s 4.9 rating.  That’s a season low for the ratings juggernaut, though it still stood head and shoulders above everything else on Thursday night.

Hit the jump for the rest of the TV ratings report for Thursday, April 10th, including Parks and Recreation, The Millers, Scandal, Parenthood, Reign, and more.

Rick Hoffman Talks SUITS, Show Dynamics, Playing Vulnerability, Conversations About Season 4, and More

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Already renewed for a fourth season, the USA drama series Suits has seen Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) and Jessica Pearson (Gina Torres) working to address the firm’s future, while Louis Litt (Rick Hoffman) unraveled over love, and Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) had to make a career and life-altering decision.  All that considered, it will certainly be interesting to see where things go next.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, actor Rick Hoffman talked about how happy he is with the show’s dynamics, how challenging and scary it can be to play the vulnerability of the character, why fans love Louis Litt, why this show is a lightning in a bottle experience, why revealing Mike Ross’ secret is a lose-lose situation, having his own parents play Louis’ parents, and how their show creator loves to give them little fun tidbits of what’s coming up next.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Cory and Topanga Are Parents in First GIRL MEETS WORLD Trailer

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The Disney Channel has released the first Girl Meets World trailer.  The show is a spinoff of the excellent sitcom Boy Meets World, which aired from 1993 to 2000 on ABC and followed the coming-of-age of Cory Matthews (Ben Savage) from sixth grade to college.  In this new series, Cory and Topanga (Danielle Fishel) are parents, and the focus turns to their young daughter Riley (Rowan Blanchard).  As a big fan of BMW, I’m genuinely looking forward to seeing how Girl Meets World stacks up.  Series creator Michael Jacobs returns to executive produce this new show, which is promising, and I’m hopeful he can inject the same mixture of sweetness and offbeat humor that made Boy Meets World a joy to watch.

Hit the jump to check out the first Girl Meets World trailer.  The series also stars Sabrina Carpenter and will feature appearances by other original Boy Meets World castmembers, including William Daniels (Mr. Feeny), Corey Fogelmanis (Minkus), and Rider Strong (Shawn).  Girl Meets World premieres on Disney Channel this summer.

Wednesday TV Ratings: THE 100 Falls to Series Low; CRIMINAL MINDS Drops

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TV ratings for Wednesday, April 9th have arrived.  Read a brief rundown below:

  • The CW’s new drama series The 100 dropped a tenth from last week to a 0.5 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 1.75 million viewers, which marks a low for the freshman series.
  • ABC’s new comedy Mixology suffered a steep drop from last week’s 1.6 rating, falling to a 1.1 rating and 3.34 million viewers.
  • Over on NBC, Law & Order: SVU was up three tenths to a 2.0 rating and 7.27 million viewers, while Chicago PD was even with last week’s 1.6 rating and scored 6.52 million viewers.
  • CBS’ Criminal Minds dipped three tenths to a 2.3 rating and garnered 9.81 million viewers, and CSI was down a tenth to a 1.7 rating and pulled in 9.08 million viewers.

Stephen Colbert to Replace David Letterman as the Host, Writer, and Executive Producer of THE LATE SHOW

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Before David Letterman could even make an on-air official announcement about his retirement, the Internet was already buzzing about who would replace the late night legend because the Internet is impatient.  CBS has now announced who will step into Letterman’s gigantic shoes: Stephen Colbert.  Colbert will not only host The Late Show but will also serve as a writer and executive producer.

We’ll have more information shortly, but my snap reaction is that this is probably the best and least-controversial choice the network could have made.  Colbert has the comic chops, the late night experience, and the magnetism to make The Late Show his own.  Additionally, it would give Colbert a new comic direction after working in political satire and parody for the past 17 years.  While no one can ever truly “replace” David Letterman, I’m excited to see Colbert take the torch.  Hit the jump for the press release.

THE AMERICANS Recap: “Arpanet”

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In “Arpanet,” The Americans really highlighted its time period, more overtly than perhaps ever before.  “Arpanet” itself references what’s considered “the first internet,” a Department of Defense project that used TCP/IP to create an information network for use by scientists, academics, and the military.  In The Americans, Philip uses “a bug the size of a rat” (also known as, essentially, a USB the size of a Mac LC) so that the KGB can monitor American communications, another clever way the show marries its fictional world with the real one.  Hit the jump for why you should always squeeze your anus before you answer a question.

Paramount Developing THE TRUMAN SHOW TV Series

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How does one turn a movie about a reality TV show into a scripted TV show?  That’s the question on Paramount’s brain, as word comes that the studio is developing a TV series adaptation of the 1998 film The Truman Show.  Directed by Peter Weir from a brilliant script by Andrew Niccol, the pic stars Jim Carrey as a man who begins to realize that his entire life has been/is being filmed as part of a reality television show.  It’s an excellent film that turned out to be quite prescient about the future state of entertainment, but it has a very definitive beginning, middle, and end.  Regardless, a TV series adaptation is in the works.

Hit the jump for more on the proposed The Truman Show TV series

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