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The corrupt cop. The principled drug pusher. The avenging serial killer. The vengeful peacekeeper. The romantic vampire. The heartless doctor. Television has been rotten with ironic or immoral protagonists for most of the new century, though the drama they’ve produced has often been golden.
But a marketplace correction appears to be underway. Grinchy detective Sherlock grew a heart in his latest series of films. Arrow gave up the killer vigilante for role-model vigilante. The new Doctor Who regenerated into an older and wiser Time Lord and declared, “I’ve made a lot of mistakes. It’s time I did something about it”—a line that also pretty much summarizes Don Draper’s arc during the first half of Mad Men’s final season, too. Sleepy Hollow—in which the dynamic duo of Ichabod Crane and Abbie Mills sacrifice self-interest to save the world from America’s historical and supernatural demons—made chivalry and redemption sexy again. After the glut of rakes and wretches, narcissists and nihilists, there is ruefulness and rehumanization. An era of anti-heroes has surrendered—for the moment, at least—to atonement. READ FULL STORY
JEFF JENSEN: Melissa, for all the self-serving yet correct talk about how expansive and diverse and ambitious television has become over the past few years, the Emmys made TV seem rather small last night.
Maybe I lost my sense of humor over the summer (too much Rectify and Ferguson, I guess), but Seth Meyers didn’t work for me. The Late Night comedian—at his best when seated behind a desk, gleefully reading his sharp, tart jokes and engaging guests with smart chat—kept the show flowing and didn’t fumble. He was an effective game manager, but nothing more. And he simply lacks the presence and dynamism that an event like this requires.
Meyers invoked his former Saturday Night Live pals Tina Fey and Amy Poehler and their ace work hosting the Golden Globes, but inviting the comparison only hurt him. (Could they host the Emmys next year? Check that: Can they host everything, like, from now on?) His funniest bit was the “Billy On The Street” video he did with Billy Eichner—and there, Eichner was dragging him along like luggage. (Emmy and NBC would have been better served by Jimmy Fallon, whose strengths—playful and inventive interaction with celebs; genuinely sincere gushing—seem ideally suited to emceeing a kudosfest.) READ FULL STORY
HBO and True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto are breaking their silence about accusations that the writer plagiarized some of the dialogue in his critically-acclaimed hit series. The series’ creator has been accused of directly lifting phrases from various authors—particularly cult horror novelist Thomas Ligotti—when composing the philosophical musings of Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey).
First, HBO issued a statement on the matter: “True Detective is a work of exceptional originality and the story, plot, characters and dialogue are that of Nic Pizzolatto. Philosophical concepts are free for anyone to use, including writers of fiction, and there have been many such examples in the past. Exploring and engaging with ideas and themes that philosophers and novelists have wrestled with over time is one of the show’s many strengths—we stand by the show, its writing and Nic Pizzolatto entirely.” READ FULL STORY
MELISSA MAERZ: Jeff,
When the Emmy nominations were announced this morning, I was sitting at my desk, shouting, “Hodor! Hodor! Hodor!” Game of Thrones dominated with 19 nominations! Hot pie for everyone! I’d quibble with the fact that Noah Hawley’s fantastic update of Fargo didn’t get a best drama nod, especially since it was the runner-up with 18 nominations, and The Good Wife was unjustly ignored in that category, coming off its best season ever—it might be the only network drama that I truly loved—but the rest of the list was pretty solid. Among the smartest choices made in the best drama category: refusing to forget that Breaking Bad was and will always be one of the best TV shows of all time; leaving that mess of a Homeland season off that list (somewhere, Dana Brody is furrowing her brow); recognizing that House of Cards just keeps getting better and better as Frank Underwood gets worse and worse; and picking the right underdog, PBS, to fight in the battle against cable with Downton Abbey.
Here is my only real complaint, and I know I’m in the minority here: I was really, deeply disappointed by True Detective and don’t think it deserves a best drama nod. Don’t get me wrong: I was totally captivated by the first four episodes, and Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey both deserve their acting nods. Plus, the show deserves some kind of diamond-encrusted, deer-antler trophy for that spectacular six-minute tracking shot alone. But am I the only one who thought the story completely fell apart in the second half? The unreliable narrator device—which could’ve made for real suspense and second-guessing about who these two detectives really are and what their motives might be—ultimately lead nowhere beyond one police cover-up. The central mystery was solved in a way that felt random. Too many Easter eggs ended up being MacGuffins. And I know people are really going to throw tomatoes at me here, but that final speech about the lying there and gazing up at the stars? So corny. Leave the cosmos-pondering to Neil deGrasse Tyson, guys.
What did you think of the drama nominations?
Sarah Jessica Parker may be returning to the city—but this time, there could be less sex and more crime.
Sydney Kimmel Entertainment has acquired the rights to Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker’s non-fiction crime thriller Busted: A Tale of Corruption And Betrayal In The City of Brotherly Love, and Deadline reports that Sex and the City‘s Sarah Jessica Parker is expected to appear in one of the two main roles. SKE will produce the show with Anonymous Content, the producers of HBO’s True Detective.
Busted tells the story of two investigative journalists, Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker, whose investigative reporting helped bring to light one of the biggest police corruption scandals in Philadelphia’s history. Their reporting earned them a Pulitzer Prize.
“Wendy and Barbara have written an amazing true story, and we’re thrilled for it to be SKE’s first television project,” said SKE President of Production Carla Hacken and SKE President Jim Tauber in a statement. “Sarah Jessica Parker’s coming on board, along with David Frankel and Don Roos is simply a perfect combination that we couldn’t be happier about.”
David Frankel, the director of The Devil Wears Prada, is expected to direct and executive produce the pilot, and Don Roos, husband of Scandal‘s David Bucatinsky, will write it.
Since Sex and the City ended its groundbreaking run in 2004, Parker has guest-starred on FOX’s Glee and has appeared in several feature films. If picked up, this series would mark Parker’s first full-time return to television since the HBO comedy ended.
John Malkovich has done TV movies and miniseries, but the May 30 premiere of NBC’s Crossbones marks his first role as a series regular. As Malkovich, who stars as the pirate Blackbeard in the drama from Luther creator Neil Cross, tells Entertainment Weekly Radio, he’d only ever been approached about starring in one other show: CSI, when William Peterson left the CBS procedural. “I had a conversation with Billy. I had a conversation with Gary Sinise, who’s also an old friend and does the other CSI. Sort of about what that was, what it meant, what the life was, etc.,” he says.
In the end, he couldn’t imagine losing his freedom to do other projects for nine months of the year. “I really had to think about it because I was doing two operas, I still direct plays all the time, doing other little films that interested me — I mean, that, okay, nobody saw and you don’t get paid for and blah, blah, blah, but that interested me. I didn’t know if I could see myself doing that. And both Billy and Gary thought they could not see me doing that, but go ahead if you want,” he adds with a laugh. READ FULL STORY
The Television Critics Association announced its list of annual award nominees Tuesday, honoring repeat contenders like AMC’s Breaking Bad, HBO’s Game of Thrones and CBS’s The Good Wife.
Yet it’s the inclusion of HBO’s True Detective that’s the major headline-making presence here. Everybody expects the acclaimed, noir-soaked drama series to swamp awards season, and these nominations are the first indication the show could do just that. True Detective is nominated for outstanding actor (Matthew McConaughey), miniseries (though the show submitted in the drama category for the Emmys), outstanding new program, and the TCA Awards’ top category, Program of the Year (which Breaking Bad won last year). Basically, True Detective got nominated for every category for which it’s eligible.
Some other newcomers include Fox’s Cosmos for outstanding reality program, and other new program category noms: Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine, FX’s Fargo, Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black and Fox’s Sleepy Hollow.
For the Heritage Award, which honors one long-standing program that has had a major cultural or social impact, the following classics are nominated: ABC’s Lost, NBC’s Saturday Night Live, Comedy Central’s South Park, NBC’s Star Trek and ABC’s Twin Peaks. That seems like a rather impossible choice to make. How do you compare SNL to Lost to 1966’s Star Trek? Here’s the full list: READ FULL STORY
Nic Pizzolatto is confirming some of the rumors about True Detective season 2 that have been quietly circulating in recent weeks. In an podcast with To the Best of Our Knowledge, the True Detective creator gave some scoop on the show, revealing that its second season — which still has not been officially announced — is probably going to have three leads. They’ll be all-new characters, “but I’m deeply in love with each of them,” he says. (We’re hearing, unconfirmed, the characters are two men and a woman.)
Pizzolatto also says the season will be set in California: “Not Los Angeles, but some of the much lesser-known venues of California. And we’re going to try to capture a certain psycho-sphere ambiance of the place, much like we did in season one.” (We’re hearing, unconfirmed, that it’s mainly set in the present day, and that Northern California plays a key role.) READ FULL STORY
True Detective fans certainly have no delusions that damaged philosopher Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) was an easy man to live with; his repartee with partner Marty Hart (Woody Harrelson) was proof of that. But the only true glimpses viewers had of Rust’s brief attempt at a functioning relationship — with Hart family friend Lori (Elizabeth Reaser) — were in fragmented scenes that played like fading memories. (Spoilers ahead.)
Marty’s wife Maggie (Michelle Monaghan) introduced Rust to Lori after the detectives “solved” the grisly murder of Dora Lange. Beyond that, pretty much all we knew was that the relationship ended badly. But now that the season has ended, a new deleted scene sheds light on just how profoundly the death of Rust’s child impacted his ability to move forward in life. His inability to heal — or his desire not to — leads to one explosive, but not surprising, confrontation:
Have trouble watching the hotly anticipated True Detective finale tonight? You weren’t the only one. Fans of the series took to Twitter to protest technical issues that struck the HBO GO streaming platform. HBO GO’s official Twitter stream acknowledged the troubles, blaming the show’s literally overwhelming popularity: “Due to overwhelmingly popular demand for #TrueDetective, we’ve been made aware of an issue affecting some users. Please try again soon.” READ FULL STORY
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