Year in Review: Allison’s Top 10 Other TV Bests of 2013

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When it comes to TV bests in 2013, it’s hard to be restrictive.  Even splitting up new shows and returning shows leaves so much unexplored.  What about miniseries, for instance?  There were so many greats.  And what about all of those amazing season finales, not to mention all of the full series we also said goodbye to?  And still, there’s more.  To finish up my list of worthwhile television of the year, here’s a list (in no particular order) of 10 programs, episodes, dearly departed series and sundries – leftovers, in the best sense, and with a few overlaps — that deserve a mention.  If 2014 does half this well, things should look pretty good.

New to Blu-ray: STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, HOMELAND Season 2, FRIDAY THE 13TH The Complete Collection, and More

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Here’s a brief look at this week’s new Blu-ray releases:

Adelaide Clemens Talks PARADE’S END, Working with Benedict Cumberbatch, THE GREAT GATSBY, RECTIFY, and More

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Set against a backdrop of impending catastrophe in the early 20th century, the five-part mini-series Parade’s End (airing on HBO from February 26th through 28th) tells the story of English aristocrat Christopher Tietjens (Benedict Cumberbatch), who is trapped in a marriage to an unfaithful wife while being torn over his unspoken love for a fearless, young suffragette.  Sylvia (Rebecca Hall) is a callous socialite who has given birth to a child that may not be his while Valentine Wannop (Adelaide Clemens) is a fearless young woman who unexpectedly turns Christopher’s world upside down.  As the First World War breaks out across Europe, Christopher struggles to adapt to his new life as an army officer and attempts to hold onto sanity and meaning, as the old world order collapses amidst tremendous upheaval, marking the end of Edwardian ideals and bridging the gap between feudal England and the dawn of modernism.

During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, actress Adelaide Clemens talked about why she wanted to be a part of Parade’s End, how exciting it was to play such a multi-faceted and complicated character, that she was nervous about taking on such a classic British story, and how inspiring Benedict Cumberbatch was to work with.  She also talked about the experience of playing Catherine in writer/director Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, and her role on the Sundance Channel original series Rectify, about a man returning home after spending 19 years on Death Row.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

PARADE’S END Preview; HBO’s Miniseries Has Storytelling That Blows DOWNTON ABBEY Out Of The Water

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Parade’s End, a new five-part miniseries adaptation by Tom Stoppard (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead) of Ford Maddox Ford’s novels, is everything viewers wanted from Downton Abbey‘s second season, but didn’t get.  Whereas Downton Abbey shunted the First World War to the side (and created it as a place where one could just jaunt home every weekend or whenever one felt like it),Parade’s End uses it as a centerpiece dramatically and emotionally.  The Edwardian period has regained a huge amount of popularity lately, mostly thanks to Downton, but even if you’re growing tired of costume dramas and staid portrayals of a bygone era of England, whose opulance is beyond anything we could imagine, don’t overlook Parade’s End.  It will absolutely not let you down.  Hit the jump for more about the adaptation, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock), Rebecca Hall (The Town) and Adelaide Clemens (The Great Gatsby).

Director Susanna White Talks about PARADE’S END, Why She Wanted Benedict Cumberbatch for the Lead Role, GENERATION KILL, and More

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Set against a backdrop of impending catastrophe in the early 20th century, Parade’s End (airing on HBO from February 26th through 28th) tells the story of English aristocrat Christopher Tietjens (Benedict Cumberbatch), who is trapped in a marriage to an unfaithful wife while being torn over his unspoken love for a fearless, young suffragette. Sylvia (Rebecca Hall) is a callous socialite who has given birth to a child that may not be his while Valentine Wannop (Adelaide Clemens) is a fearless young woman who unexpectedly turns Christopher’s world upside down. As the First World War breaks out across Europe, Christopher struggles to adapt to his new life as an army officer and attempts to hold onto sanity and meaning, as the old world order collapses amidst tremendous upheaval, marking the end of Edwardian ideals and bridging the gap between feudal England and the dawn of modernism.

During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, director Susanna White talked about how she came to direct this five-part mini-series, whether her work on HBO’s Generation Kill helped prepare her for the epic undertaking, the challenges of centering the story around a character who really keeps his emotions inside and still getting audiences to fall in love with him, why she wanted Benedict Cumberbatch for the lead role, having two multi-faceted and complicated female characters, the logistics of shooting the battle sequences, shooting the film on digital, and breathing a sigh of relief once it was all put together and done.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

Rebecca Hall Talks PARADE’S END, Her Extreme Character, How Invigorating the Role Was, Working with Benedict Cumberbatch and IRON MAN 3

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Set against a backdrop of impending catastrophe in the early 20th century, the five-part mini-series Parade’s End (airing on HBO from February 26th through 28th) tells the story of English aristocrat Christopher Tietjens (Benedict Cumberbatch), who is trapped in a marriage to an unfaithful wife while being torn over his unspoken love for a fearless, young suffragette.  Sylvia (Rebecca Hall) is a callous socialite who has given birth to a child that may not be his while Valentine Wannop (Adelaide Clemens) is a fearless young woman who unexpectedly turns Christopher’s world upside down.  As the First World War breaks out across Europe, Christopher struggles to adapt to his new life as an army officer and attempts to hold onto sanity and meaning, as the old world order collapses amidst tremendous upheaval, marking the end of Edwardian ideals and bridging the gap between feudal England and the dawn of modernism.

During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, actress Rebecca Hall talked about why she wanted to play the complex and complicated Sylvia, what she thinks of her extreme character, how invigorating the role was to play, how encouraging it was to have screenwriter Tom Stoppard on set, how she sees the relationship between Sylvia and Christopher, working with Benedict Cumberbatch who she’s been friends with for over 10 years, and how challenging it is to find roles this meaty.  She also talked about what she looks for in a script, and the experience of being on a big Hollywood production like Iron Man 3 (she plays scientist Maya Hansen).  Check out what she had to say after the jump. 

New Trailer for HBO Miniseries PARADE’S END Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Rebecca Hall and Adelaide Clemens

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A new trailer for the upcoming HBO miniseries Parade’s End is now available.  We recently posted a teaser for the five-part adaptation of the Madox Ford novels starring Benedict CumberbatchRebecca Hall, and Adelaide Clemens, but this new trailer informs on the plot a bit more.  The WWI-era story centers on a love triangle of sorts between Christoper Tietjens (Cumberbatch), his adulterous wife Sylvia (Hall) and the alluring Valentine Wannop (Clemens).  Tietjens holds to an increasingly outdated moral code which complicates matters quite severely.  While many will draw comparisons between Parade’s End and the similarly-themed Downton Abbey, Cumberbatch is quick to make a rather brusque distinction.  Hit the jump to watch the new trailer and see what Cumberbatch had to say.

First Teaser Trailer for HBO Miniseries PARADE’S END Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall

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Earlier today we learned that HBO has set a February 26th premiere date for the period miniseries Parade’s End, and now the network has released a teaser trailer for the five-part WWI-era miniseries.  Written by Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love), the adaptation of Madox Ford’s novel series stars Benedict CumberbatchRebecca Hall, and Adelaide Clemens and centers on an English aristocrat trying to adjust to the social upheaval around him.  The event actually first aired on BBC Two late last summer, but American audiences will get to experience the miniseries across three consecutive nights starting on February 26th.  Hit the jump to watch the teaser trailer, which is plenty intriguing and sufficiently heavy on the Cumberbatch.

A&E Sets March 18th Premiere Date for BATES MOTEL; New HBO Series PARADE’S END and FAMILY TREE Get Premiere Dates Too

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The TCA’s got underway today (look for our extensive television coverage soon), and as part of the event, premiere dates for a few upcoming series were announced.  First up, A&E confirmed that the Psycho prequel show Bates Motel will premiere on Monday, March 18th.  The series, from Lost co-showrunner Carlton Cuse and Friday Night Lights’ Kerry Ehrin, serves as a prequel to the Alfred Hitchcock classic and centers on the relationship between a young Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) and his mother (Vera Farmiga).

Additionally, HBO announced that the five-part WWI-era miniseries Parade’s End will debut on February 26th.  The adaptation of Madox Ford’s novel series stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Rebecca Hall, and Adelaide Clemens and centers on an English aristocrat trying to adjust to the social upheaval around him.  And finally, the much-anticipated new HBO comedy series from Christopher Guest, Family Tree, will premiere this coming spring.  All in all, there’s plenty of exciting TV to look forward to in the coming year.

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