HBO’s Game of Thrones is set in the often-violent fantasy world created by George R. R. Martin, who famously enjoys killing off your favorite characters in the most terrifying ways possible. On tonight’s episode of Entertainment Weekly and the Sundance Channel’s behind-the-scenes series The Writer’s Room, executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (who write pretty much every episode) talk about modulating the show’s violence to avoid making it unintentionally funny. “Something that might work in Evil Dead 2 isn’t going to work in a show with this tone,” explains Benioff. (So don’t expect to see Jon Snow saw his own arm off anytime soon.) Watch the clip below: READ FULL STORY
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Time Warner Cable customers may lament the loss of Showtime during Dexter‘s last season, but even they can catch a glimpse behind the curtain of the Emmy-nominated drama. This Monday, Entertainment Weekly and Sundance Channel’s series The Writer’s Room sits down with the Dexter writing team as well as series star Michael C. Hall covering topics from the origins of the Trinity Killer saga to the fate of serial killer protagonist Dexter Morgan. Check out the clip below as our own Dan Snierson asks the writing team how they tackled what has come to be considered series’ ultimate make-or-break episodes — the finale: READ FULL STORY
Any fan of Parks and Recreation knows that the sitcom saw a marked change in tone between its first and second seasons — one that helped Parks become one of TV’s funniest and most heartwarming shows. But how did the series make the shift from halfhearted Office clone to sunny, original comedy? You’ll find out tonight when Entertainment Weekly and Sundance Channel’s new series The Writers’ Room goes inside Parks and Rec. Series star Amy Poehler, co-creator Michael Schur, and the show’s writing team will chat about everything from the sitcom’s origins to what happened when Poehler tried to plant a kiss on Joe Biden to how Leslie Knope found her way — the last of which you’ll see in this clip from the show.
It’s never just about remodeling the kitchen, is it?
Tonight, the Sundance Channel’s first original scripted series wraps its first season with a finale that could find former death-row prisoner Daniel Holden (Aden Young) leaving his hometown for good. Daniel’s had a rough few decades — he was arrested and jailed 19 years before Rectify begins for murdering and raping his teenage girlfriend. Though new DNA evidence has shed doubt on his conviction — allowing Daniel to finally return home — he hasn’t yet been exonerated for the crime.
In this clip from the finale, a simple conversation about home improvement between Daniel and his mother (J. Smith-Cameron) leads to tears — and maybe some sort of emotional breakthrough. Just don’t expect it — or the rest of the episode — to reveal whether Daniel is guilty or innocent: as Smith-Cameron told EW last month, “I think that Daniel’s not sure what happened, so therefore it’s impossible to know.”
The Sundance Channel’s new show bows Monday night, boasting a very slow and emotional build over its six-episode arc. EW spoke to three of the show’s stars about the characters they play on the gritty, lifelike new scripted fare.
Aden Young, Abigail Spencer and Clayne Crawford opened up about the places they had to go and the emotions they had to portray as they dove headfirst into this depiction of a man who is released from prison into the uncertain world of a small Southern town — and the family who surrounds him. READ FULL STORY
Rectify, the Sundance Channel’s first original scripted series, is a heavy order on paper: It follows Daniel Holden (Aden Young), who spent 20 years on death row for the rape and murder of a teenage girl before his conviction is vacated with the appearance of new DNA evidence. This means Daniel’s freedom as well as the possibility of another trial — two things that equal a week’s worth of small-town Georgia strife for Daniel and his family, including his younger sister/biggest defender Amantha (Abigail Spencer) and parents. Jessica Shaw wrote in this week’s Entertainment Weekly, “There’s no shortage of cinematically shot and finely acted moments … Rectify’s many stories are strung together with a wonderful, airy pacing.”
In advance of the show’s premiere on April 22, Sundance partnered with BuzzFeed for a special binge screening of the entire first season (a six-hour affair) as well as a cast Q&A. The result is a specific appreciation for Rectify, which is full of flavor but wanting for balance, as well as some illuminating dish from the actors:
Original programs like Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and The Walking Dead are among AMC Networks’ success stories on its namesake channel — and now the company is beginning to branch out, bringing scripted originals to its Sundance Channel as well. The two-part miniseries Restless, starring Downton Abbey‘s Michelle Dockery, premiered on the Sundance Channel last December; Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake will bow in March.
Next on the list: Rectify, a six-episode series created by Oscar-winning filmmaker Ray McKinnon and produced by Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein — the celebrated team behind Breaking Bad. The story follows Daniel Holden (Aden Young), an alleged murderer who finds himself exonerated and released from prison after 19 years on death row.
“You’ll often see somebody who gets out of prison, exonerated or not, and somebody will say, ‘What do you want to do now?’ And he’ll say, ‘I want a steak dinner and to go see my mother. What Ray said [to me] is, ‘I want to know what happens the next day,’” Johnson said in a phone interview, explaining what drew him to the series. READ FULL STORY
'Push Girls' season 1 finale sneak peek: What does it take for Angela to get on a plane? -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
There’s nary an episode of Sundance’s Push Girls where the viewers don’t learn something about living life as a quadriplegic or paraplegic. In the show’s first season finale — airing tonight at 10 p.m. on Sundance Channel — one of the lessons is about the hardships surrounding how Angela Rockwood, who is a quadriplegic, gets onto an airplane. If you can imagine, the process is quite an orchestration, and EW has an exclusive clip below that details it all.
“Just going away for three days, one suitcase is full of medical supplies,” Angela tells viewers in the clip of Push Girls, which was recently renewed for a second season. “Getting in the plane is always super nerve-wracking for me.” Angela has to arrive at the airport extremely early and be the first one put on the plane, and she can only sit in an aisle seat.
The hour-long episode also details Auti Angel’s pursuits surrounding her acting in an independent film and the coming premiere, as well as following Angela as she goes to New York with boyfriend Cody for a fashion shoot, hence the airplane drama. Watch the exclusive clip from Sundance Channel’s Push Girls here:
Sundance Channel’s buzzy new reality series Push Girls — which follows the lives of four women who have been paralyzed from the neck or waist down and rely on wheelchairs to get themselves around — premieres on the cable network tonight at 10 p.m., and you can actually take a sneak peek at the entire episode online already. That riveting half hour of the show, produced by Little People, Big World and Ruby mastermind Gay Roenthal, mostly introduces you to the personalities and sets up the season to come. But what happens next?
EW has the answer, as we’ve got an exclusive first look at a scene from the second episode, airing directly after the first at 10:30 p.m., to whet your appetite for the series. The video — which you can find below — follows firecracker Auti Angel, a hip-hop dancer, who enters a dance competition and finds herself as the only differently abled person in the mix. “Watching the dancers gracefully glide across the floor, it hit me: I’m going to be competing against all these able-bodied dancers, and I’m the only one in a wheelchair,” Angel says in the clip. “All eyes are on me. What the hell was I doing there?”
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