2015 had a lot of great content for all of us to consume. And normally, I’m a movie guy. But 2015 was the year I branched out a bit more from the usual HBO fare. And hands down, the best thing I watched (or read or listened to) was Fargo. I had some catch-up to do and watched season one and two that year. After season one, I thought, “that is just about the best TV show I’ve ever watched. There is no way in hell that season 2 will be as good as that was!” And then lo and behold they took season two and flipped backwards twenty years, added an equally awesome cast and blew our mind in that first episode; if you’ve seen it, you know what I’m talking about. Where all households tuned to F/X channel simultaneously exclaimed, “What the fuck!?”. And it only got better.
Now, what I kind of liked about season 2, was it’s use of all B-list actors. Seriously; who knew Jean Smart could be that badass. Or that Bokeem Woodbine is so cool. Or Jesse Plemons would light it up like that? You might not know the names, but you’d know the faces if you looked them up somewhere. And the list really does go on and on. If nothing else, the show knows how to cast. Which leads us to season 3:
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
I mean Holy Bezeesus-Smith right? I still can’t imagine it possibly getting any better than season 2, but if it’s even half as good, I’ll be a darned happy camper. Check. It. Out.
Twin Peaks is returning in 2017 (ignore the date on the poster above!) with David Lynch at the helm. As evidenced in this latest, rather unorthodox teaser-trailer, the eccentric director will be reprising his role as FBI section-chief, Gordon Cole. I could watch Lynch eating donuts for a lot longer than 30 seconds, but here you go!
When you wake up on Tuesday morning, everyone will be talking about that other trailer, but a smaller, though no less rabid, fan base will be talking about this one. A 6-episode run of “The X-Files” is coming to Fox as a New Year’s present for all of the conspiracy boys and girls.
You’ll be able to reacquaint yourselves with Scully and Mulder on January 24th. Word around the comicon camp fire is that “the six episodes are book-ended by mythology episodes and the middle episodes are stand-alones…” – this coming from series creator Chris Carter.
So what say you? Excited by the prospect of finally proving aliens are among us, or is this too little, too late? My mind is not made up, but I do plan to go back and watch at least the first three seasons. Because I haven’t ever seen them – so there, the truth is out there.
Deadites, goop, and gags abound in the second teaser trailer for the Starz Network forthcoming Evil Dead series with Bruce Campbell. It looks pretty low budget, but this may be by design, and somehow, they seem to have not shit the bed on this one. Let’s Go.
Bobby Canavale, an untapped resource of genius if there ever was one, and Juno Temple star in this ‘Mad Men of the 1970s record industry’ new show from HBO, Vinyl. Produced by Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and Terrence Winter (The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire). This is a dream team kind of project that might collapse under its own weight of talent, but I’m hoping that it is simply amazing.
The nominations for this year’s Emmy awards dropped today and we have ’em for you, courtesy of Variety. The first few are listed immediately below and the rest of the nominations are after the jump.
I’m particularly pleased with all the love for Better Call Saul, which I think was the best television of the past year (along with some of the strongest performances).
Who or what is missing? Any surprises? Snubs? Chime in below!
OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES “Better Call Saul”
“Game of Thrones”
“House of Cards”
“Orange is the New Black”
OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES “Louie”
“Parks and Recreation”
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
LEAD ACTOR, DRAMA Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”
Kyle Chandler, “Bloodline”
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”
Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan”
LEAD ACTRESS, DRAMA Taraji P. Henson, “Empire”
Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Viola Davis, “How to Get Away with Murder”
Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black”
Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”
I never saw the original film from 2001, but apparently it’s pretty funny. Funny enough that Netflix is releasing an 8-part mini-series that is a prequel to the original. The fact that it stars basically the same cast but they’re all 15 years older is part of the gag I guess.
Anyway, here’s the trailer if you’re into this sort of thing. Some bits work in here pretty well, others don’t. I quite like the “what?”, “nothing.”, “what?” banter at the end with Bradley Cooper and Michael Ian Black.
The cast is stacked: Elizabeth Banks, H. Jon Benjamin, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Janeane Garofalo, Nina Hellman, David Hyde Pierce, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, AD Miles, Marguerite Moreau, Christopher Meloni, Zak Orth, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Marisa Ryan, David Wain, Molly Shannon, Michael Showalter, Jordan Peele, Kristen Wiig, and introducing Jon Hamm.
“Are you kidding? We made, like, six movies together, three TV shows…”
It’s been a long time coming, but The Muppets are on their way back to television–this time with a 21st century update on ABC as a single-camera docu-interview style comedy (think The Office).
Even if I haven’t been crazy about the post-Jim Henson era of the Muppets (save for Muppets Tonight, which I think got a lot of things right), they’re still the Muppets, they still do it for me, and, like many parents my age, I’m looking forward to sharing a new Muppet TV experience with my son.