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When Colin Welland, accepting his screenwriting Oscar for “Chariots of Fire” in 1982 echoed Paul Revere’s famous words “the British are coming!” it’s widely felt he ushered in a long period of decline in the fortunes of U.K. filmmaking in the U.S.. So we don’t want to make the same mistake here, and will just point out that, in addition to all the British imports that have already snuck past Customs and Border Protection and onto American screens, just a few weeks sees season 3 of “Catastrophe” come to Amazon (this Friday), and the first two seasons of “Chewing Gum” come to Netflix, to no little fanfare. Continue reading ‘Chewing Gum,’ ‘Catastrophe’ And The Rise Of UK TV Comedy at The Playlist.
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[As the Emmy nominating process draws closer, we’ll be revisiting programs that have completed their seasons to provide a snapshot of their strength and weaknesses as true contenders.] If there is one thing you can say about “Feud: Bette and Joan” it’s that Faye Dunaway’s performance in “Mommie Dearest” is no longer the definitive portrayal of Hollywood screen legend Joan Crawford. Continue reading Emmy Contender: ‘Feud’s’ Awards Hopes Don’t Begin And End With Jessica Lange And Susan Sarandon at The Playlist.
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Today, Michael Mann is predominately associated with the big screen — indeed, few filmmakers make movies quite as big and cinematic as things like “The Last Of The Mohicans,” “Heat,” “Public Enemies” and yes, our beloved “Blackhat” (you’ll learn to like it one day, fools). But the director made his name in TV, initially writing on “Starsky & Hutch” before creating the acclaimed “Police Story,” and helping to shepherd the iconic “Miami Vice” and the less well known, but highly influential “Crime Story. Continue reading Michael Mann Returns To TV With Vietnam War Miniseries ‘Huê 1968’ at The Playlist.
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HOLLYWOOOD – When Amazon Studios announced there would be a surprise moderator at their Emmys FYC event for “Transparent” Saturday night the candidates seemed slightly obvious. It would likely be someone from Hollywood’s LGBTQ community such as RuPaul (who has been everywhere lately) or perhaps transgender pioneer Laverne Cox . Amazon had a much bigger surprise in store. The night began with the screening from two episodes of “Transparent’s” third season: “To Sardines and Back,” where Maura (Jeffrey Tambor) reveals she wants to fully transition, and, the season finale, “Exciting and New.” If you’ve watched last season (and if you haven’t why not?) you already know that the final episode ends with Shelly (Judith Light) surprising her family with an impromptu performance of her one-woman show “To Shell And Back” at sea. Continue reading Judith Light Sings As Alanis Morissette Is Surprise Moderator Of Amazon’s ‘Transparent’ Emmy Panel at The Playlist.
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When we last left our merry band of tech innovators, programmers and start up investors the infamous company Pied Piper had taken yet another dramatic pivot. The algorithm company CEO and founder Richard (Thomas Middleditch) had once hoped would revolutionize video compression was pushed to the side for an increasingly popular video chat application developed by Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani). And, if you’ve ever worked even tangentially close to the tech sector it made a lot of sense and in a way that has always been the biggest strength of Mike Judge’s “Silicon Valley.” Sure, corporate giant Hooli (think Yahoo having overstayed its welcome) and its incredulously dumb “Chief Innovation Officer” Gavin Benson (Matt Ross) is an increasingly less funny cartoon in the background, but the obstacles Richard, Dinesh, Gilfoye (Martin Starr) and Jared (the show’s secret weapon, Zach Woods) are shockingly real at times. Continue reading ‘Silicon Valley’ Season 4 Seems Like A Prudent And Partially Funny Investment [Review] at The Playlist.
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So that’s what “shortly” means to David Madden. Months after the Fox head told the Television Critics Association that an “X-Files” renewal could happen “shortly,” the network has finally followed through, announcing a new order of 10 episodes to (likely) air sometime in 2018. The announcement was first made on social media with an official statement following shortly thereafter. Here’s the announcement: #TheXFiles are opening back up… pic.twitter.com/FevbZbXxAe — The X-Files (@thexfiles) April 20, 2017 And here’s the statement, courtesy of ScreenCrush: Iconic characters, rich storytelling, bold creators – these are the hallmarks of great TV shows. Continue reading You Can Start Believing Again: Fox Orders Another Season Of ‘The X-Files’ at The Playlist.
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HOLLYWOOD – Emmy season is already in full swing and Amazon Studios has spent this week pitching their contenders to Television Academy members at the historic Hollywood Athletic Club. Wednesday night the spotlight was on Jill Soloway’s latest series, “I Love Dick.” Now, before you let your imagination get away with itself you should know that the new series is an adaptation of Chris Kraus’ 1997 novel of the same name. Continue reading Jill Soloway On Why An All-Female Writer’s Room Was So Important For ‘I Love Dick’ [Emmys] at The Playlist.
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It’s sort of hard to believe, but “Veep” finally won a Peabody Award today.  The critically acclaimed HBO series won for its fifth season as The Peabody Awards Board of Jurors announced seven winners in the entertainment category for the 76th Peabody Awards. The bigger news, however, is that the Peabody Awards really like Louis C.K.  Seriously, they really like him. The other winners besides “Veep” this year included Donald Glover’s “Atlanta” (expected), Louis C.K.’s “Horace and Pete” (the second Peabody win for Louis C.K.), FX’s “Better Things” (produced by Louis C.K. Continue reading Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade,’ ‘Atlanta’ And ‘Veep’ Among 2017 Peabody Winners at The Playlist.
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The Television Academy announced this morning that Netflix’s “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” would not qualify as a returning drama series, but instead be qualified as a limited series.  According to  the Television Academy this was petitioned by the show’s producers and was approved by the Academy’s industry panel in consideration for the 69th Emmy Awards. According to the Emmys, “A limited series is defined as a program with two (2) or more episodes with a total running time of at least 150 program minutes that tells a complete, non-recurring story, and does not have an on-going storyline and/or main characters in subsequent seasons.” “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” was released on Nov. Continue reading ‘Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life’ Throws Itself Into The Limited Series Emmys Crossfire at The Playlist.
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[As the Emmy nominating process draws closer, we’ll be revisiting programs that have completed their seasons to provide a snapshot of their strength and weaknesses as true contenders.] After six seasons, “Girls” ended on a moving and unexpected note. The show faded out on a close up of Hannah (Lena Dunham) conveying a sense of relief and happiness after her baby has finally “latched” with her. Continue reading Emmy Contender: ‘Girls’ Says Goodbye With A Critical Comeback at The Playlist.
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