Trailer for HBO’s Vinyl

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.

2015 Emmy Nominations


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!

“Better Call Saul”
“Downton Abbey”
“Game of Thrones”
“House of Cards”
“Mad Men”
“Orange is the New Black”

“Modern Family”
“Parks and Recreation”
“Silicon Valley”
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

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”

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”

Would you like to know more…?

Wet Hot American Summer: First Day at Camp [trailer]

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.


The Muppets return to television!

“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.

The Muppets airs Tuesdays on ABC this fall.

Mad Men Podcast – The Buchel Review

Throughout the “Game of Thrones” season, The Cinecast devotes a good portion of the show to recapping the latest episode. Surprisingly, it has proven to be one of the more popular segments of the show in the last couple of years. So I wanted to bring listener’s attention to another popular television show podcast that is loosely related to the RowThree media empire: The Buchel Review.

The final episode of the massively popular “Mad Men” is almost upon us and there are loads of resources covering the series and its inevitable conclusion. But we’ve got RowThree family in the mix as occasional/Cinecast/guest, Aaron Hartung, and his pals have been recapping the last few episodes of the final season as they air each week.

If you’re a fan of Mad Men, this is one of the best podcasts you’ll find discussing the show in a “water cooler & cigarettes” format. And as we’ve mentioned before, Aaron certainly has a voice for radio and is very soothing to stick in your ear. Check out The Buchel Review on PodBean and see what you think. Once addicted, definitely subscribe to their feed in your favorite podcast catcher to download the last couple of episodes as they become available.


Trailer: Sense8

Not a theatrical release, but possessing all the scope and complexity that was perhaps boiled out of Jupiter Ascending, the Wachowskis are back with a Netflix Original Series, Sense8. Judging from the trailer, it has all the hallmarks of a Wachowski blockbuster, and feels like Cloud Atlas, Lost and The Matrix all boiled into one (sorry Speed Racer fans).

It pleases me immensely that the Siblings keep casting Korean actress Doona Bae, who will be joined by Daryl Hannah, Naveen Andrews, Freema Agyeman and Joey Pants. If the IMDb is to be trusted, it appears that many of the cast will only be in a small sliver (3 episodes) of the show, so I’m not fully expecting the full-on Cloud Atlas simultaneous-cluster-bomb.

The full series, 12 episodes, drops on Netflix on June 5.

True Detective Season 2 Teaser

Be prepared for more grim, angsty personal and professional portraits of cops from Nic Pizzolatto and HBO. This time, it’s Vince Vaughn and Colin Farrell looking downward and determined as the music plays. Highways and drought and California nightmares. Plus, Colin Farrell in a thick moustache. I couldn’t be more in.

A bizarre murder brings together three law-enforcement officers and a career criminal, each of whom must navigate a web of conspiracy and betrayal in the scorched landscapes of California. Colin Farrell is Ray Velcoro, a compromised detective in the all-industrial City of Vinci, LA County. Vince Vaughn plays Frank Semyon, a criminal and entrepreneur in danger of losing his life’s work, while his wife and closest ally (Kelly Reilly), struggles with his choices and her own. Rachel McAdams is Ani Bezzerides, a Ventura County Sheriff’s detective often at odds with the system she serves, while Taylor Kitsch plays Paul Woodrugh, a war veteran and motorcycle cop for the California Highway Patrol who discovers a crime scene which triggers an investigation involving three law enforcement groups, multiple criminal collusions, and billions of dollars.

True Detective Season 2 begins its run June 21st.