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Put a Glacier on It! ‘Fortitude’ Is a Potentially Great, Atmospherically Overwhelmed Crime Drama

The new hour-long crime drama Fortitude (a British show made by Sky Atlantic, which aired in the US last night on Pivot) begins promisingly: it’s hard not to see televisual promise in a man getting torn apart by a polar bear against a breathtaking backdrop as Dumbledore (well, fine, just Michael Gambon) watches horror-struck, attempts to shoot the bear, and instead shoots the now-fragmented man straight in the head. No spoilers there: this is the first scene in Fortitude’s pilot. Then a Scandinavian woman sings a haunting theme song, and we’re told to be transfixed by sweeping aerial shots of a landscape that already had us at “hello” (and “check out this polar bear eating this dude”). … Read More

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U.S. Version of ‘Black Mirror’ May Be Coming Soon

Black Mirror, that wacky technophobic British show that found international success after airing a Christmas episode featuring Jon Hamm, is apparently… Read More

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‘Scandal’ Season 4 Episode 10 Recap: “Run”

Welcome back, Gladiators. Before we check in with Olivia Pope, a confession: I was not looking forward to Scandal‘s return last night. Although nothing in particular had happened in the midseason finale to put me off the show, I was growing weary — weary of the Fitz-Liv-Jake love triangle, weary of Papa Pope’s pontificating, weary of wounded psycho-puppy Huck, weary even of my favorite character, Mellie. Character arcs were spinning into character circles; relationships were gridlocked. Scandal needed nothing more than to rip itself up and start again — and that’s exactly what last night’s winter premiere accomplished. Even better, Shonda Rhimes (who wrote the episode) did it with a riveting 45-minute action movie that put the average big-screen blockbuster to shame. … Read More

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‘Parenthood’ Series Finale Recap: “May God Bless and Keep You Always”

Last night, after six seasons, TV’s most emotional drama ended with a grand parade of happy endings. Some were more likely than others, but the Parenthood series finale was a time for the kind of crocodile tears that come when someone you love — someone good — gets what is deserved. From the Luncheonette thriving through Adam’s departure to Chambers Academy financially supporting both Adam and Kristina, the “Well, wait, how does that add up?” logic lingering around many of the brash decisions made in the series finale was easy enough to ignore. That’s sort of always been the deal with Parenthood: sometimes, the solutions to the Bravermans’ messy problems seem to work a little too well, so much so that it’s easy to forget that Zeek and Camille were dealing with infidelity a few years ago, that Kristina beat cancer pretty recently, and that Amber went from troubled teen to brave young mother kind of fast. … Read More

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Your Weekly TV News Roundup: ‘Supergirl’ Casts Its Jimmy Olsen, ‘Togetherness’ Renewed

The television world moves so fast that by the time you learn of a show’s premiere, it could already be canceled. It’s hard to keep track of the constant stream of television news, so Flavorwire is here to provide a weekly roundup of the most exciting — and baffling — casting and development updates. This week: A whole batch of new pilots to hate, Supergirl casting news, and a Togetherness renewal. … Read More

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‘Parenthood’ Cast Members’ Cry-Acting, Ranked

Even if you have never seen Parenthood, the great and critically acclaimed family drama on NBC, you are probably still aware of how much it makes viewers cry. It’s all we can talk about! Parenthood is basically a master class in emotional manipulation, setting up storylines each week just to knock viewers down into a sobbing spiral. The characters on the show do plenty of crying themselves, which means the actors have to be skilled in the art of spontaneously producing tears. In celebration (and premature mourning) of tonight’s series finale, here are the top ten best crying actors on Parenthood. … Read More

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‘Broad City’ Season 2 Episode 3 Recap: “Wisdom Teeth”

Depending on any given episode, Abbi and Ilana have a different kind of relationship. To be clear, they are always friends first and foremost but their friendship realistically changes from week-to-week, sometimes with Abbi as the straight(wo)man to Ilana’s antics, sometimes as the two on equally crazy sides, or sometimes one being just a bit more adult than the other. In “Wisdom Teeth,” Ilana takes on the role of Abbi’s protector, her nurse, and her mother. Things quickly go awry and, in the deadpan words of Lincoln, “I should’ve seen this coming a mile away.” … Read More

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