Television

Everything We Know About ‘Fargo’ Season 2 So Far

FX’s Fargo was perhaps the most surprising debut of 2014, and one of the best shows of the TV season. It took a questionable premise — a television adaptation of the Coen Brothers’ film — and turned it into a completely new story filled with rich characters, beautiful cinematography, and nail-biting tension. The show, which will vie for an Emmy as a miniseries, was recently renewed for a ten-episode second season. At the TCA Press Tour, Fargo creator Noah Hawley revealed plenty of details about Season 2, which is set to air in 2015. Here is everything we know so far.  … Read More

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‘Orange Is the New Black’ Made Prison Clothes Trendy, So Prisons Are Going Back to Black

While I haven’t noticed people switching to orange or khaki jumpsuits en masse on the streets of New York City,… Read More

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From WE tv to WGN, Obscure Networks Are Going for Broke With Original Dramas

This summer feels unusually packed with TV premieres. As always, there are NBC’s sitcom burnouts, silly reality shows, and premieres from established networks like USA and FX. But this year there are also new dramas from smaller broadcasters that tend to stay on the fringes of conversations about TV. Lifetime, WE tv, WGN America, and El Rey each premiered (or will premiere) intriguing dramas this month, but are any of them worth the go-for-broke strategy these networks are adopting? … Read More

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10 Children’s Book Series That Deserve TV Adaptations

With the success young adult books are having at the box office — The Hunger Games series, The Fault In Our Stars — it was only a matter of time before television stepped up its game and started to adapt more children’s and young adult books into TV series. There have already been some great successes (Pretty Little LiarsGossip Girl), and there are a few other book-to-TV projects in the works (Wondrous Strange and The Clan of the Cave Bear), but as far as I’m concerned, there can never be too many. Here are ten book series that deserve TV adaptations — or a second chance at one. … Read More

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FX Renews ‘Fargo’ and ‘Louie’

At the TCA Press Tour, which is somehow still going on, FX announced that it has renewed two fan-favorite series. Noah… Read More

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‘True Blood’ Season 7 Episode 5 Recap: Battling the Slump

No TV show says summer to us more than True Blood, its Southern Gothic atmosphere and pulpy pleasures providing the perfect complement to sweaty evenings spent drinking mint juleps at home after another exhausting day in the hot sun. The show alternately drives us crazy and enthralls us, and its final season is as silly as ever. This week: shit, meet fan. … Read More

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‘Masters of Sex’ Recap, Season 2 Episode 2: “Kyrie Eleison”

Bill Masters has a woman problem. Specifically, all the women in his life are doing things their own way in “Kyrie Eleison,” despite his need to control every situation. The reason the episode works well is because its structure is clear: there are new scenarios that invite Masters’ disapproval, and there are resolutions by the closing credits. Not every episode will work be this satisfying — because big questions need answers in the long view of the series — but the writers camouflage the immediacy with a few dilemmas that serve as overarching signs of the time. … Read More

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‘The Leftovers’ Season 1 Episode 4 Recap: “B.J. and the A.C.”

After last week’s superb and surreal episode of The Leftovers, I was eager to see where this show would go next. The focus on just one character, the strange dips in and out of reality, the smartly dissected Christian themes were all right up my alley. This week’s “B.J. and the A.C.” wasn’t nearly as thrilling or interesting (it was a little too on-the-nose at times) but it was broken up by a handful of truly great — and chilling — scenes. … Read More

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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: Naked First Dates

There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This time, summer TV gives us a suburban dad turned escort, naked singles, and gross, wormy vampires. … Read More

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20 Years Later, ‘Dinosaurs’ Is Still TV’s Weirdest Family Sitcom

Sometimes I’m convinced that Dinosaurs was just a fever dream. A four-season, 65-episode-long fever dream about clunky dinosaur puppets going through the motions of a typical human family. The bumbling father is a Megalosaurus who works a blue-collar job while his Allosaurus wife stays home to tend to housework. Their children grapple with puberty, homework, and crushes. They also train humans to do tricks and secretly experiment with eating vegetables. To put it bluntly: Dinosaurs is a show so weird that it shouldn’t have existed. It’s been 20 years since Dinosaurs aired its bizarrely depressing series finale, but it still remains the strangest — and funniest — approach to the family sitcom. … Read More

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