Late last week, as fan favorites like Community and Trophy Wife were getting the axe, a series in the midst of change was renewed for a third season. ABC’s Nashville has remained on the bubble between cancellation and renewal for much of its second season, as its melding of the country music business and network television continues to extend beyond just plotlines. The show has transcended commentary on country music to become both a microcosm and a mirror of that world. But in order to continue building its TV viewership among country listeners, the show must continue to shoot in Nashville — a choice that’s up for debate at the moment. The authenticity that makes the show succeed depends on it. … Read More
Last night on Nashville, we met yet another character: Scarlett’s abusive mother, Beverly. But wait, casual fans of the show may say, which one is Scarlett again? … Read More
She may look sweet as all-American apple pie, but Friday Night Lights fans know you don’t mess with Tami Taylor. So, although Mitt Romney has been ignoring FNL creator Peter Berg’s request that he stop using the show’s “Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose” slogan in his presidential campaign, we sure hope he… Read More
It’s been a rough fall season for TV fans. Although the networks scheduled plenty of new shows we were excited to see, the prospect of finding something new to love is fading fast. Sure, The Mindy Project has improved significantly since its uneven pilot, and we were happy to see it get a full-season order. But The New Normal is hitting false notes left and right, Last Resort looks headed for cancellation, and 666 Park Avenue doesn’t have enough personality (yet) to satisfy our addiction to fizzy trash. Then there’s Revolution, which, despite leading NBC to premiere-week victory, is basically unwatchable.
Enter Nashville, not a moment too soon, with a pilot that has us hooked like no other new network drama in recent memory. Whether you watch the sneak preview on Hulu or tune in to tonight’s premiere (10pm, ABC), and even if the dueling country divas premise doesn’t immediately spark your interest, be sure to give this show a shot. … Read More
Did you have an active summer, TV fans? Instead of planting yourself in front of a screen for hours on end, did you windsurf and drink wheat beer at rooftop bars? Or did you stick to the couch and air conditioning, clinging to True Blood and Breaking Bad and everything else cable had to offer while longing for NBC’s Thursday-night comedies? We did a little bit of both, but now that September’s in full swing, we’re ready to rededicate ourselves to obsessive TV fandom. After the jump, we count down our ten most anticipated network shows of the 2o12-13 season, from J.J. Abrams’ newest post-apocalyptic romp to Mindy Kaling’s solo debut to an American Sherlock Holmes adaptation that might actually work. … Read More
As Season 1 of HBO’s Veep nears its all-too-soon finish (don’t worry folks, a second season is on its way), we gotta say it’s been nice to have Julia Louis-Dreyfus back on the small screen — although “back” might not be the proper word choice here. The woman has had no real gap in her resume since she became a cast member on Saturday Night Live at the tender age of 21, making her part of a talented class of television actresses with the incredible ability to reinvent themselves time and time again. In celebration of Sunday’s finale, we’ve rounded up some of our favorites from this category. We hope you’ll agree that they deserve a round of applause — and that you’ll add some of your personal favorites in the comments. … Read More
[Editor's note: Your devoted Flavorwire team is taking Memorial Day off, but we've left you with some of our favorite summer-related features that you may have missed the first time around. This post originally ran April 20, 2012. Enjoy!]
Y’know, there was once a time when the phrase “summer movies” was confined to describing movies that came out in, I dunno, the summer. But over the past few years, as studios have continued to make the pursuit of tentpole blockbusters their primary financial goal, the season’s starting pistol keeps going off earlier and earlier, and with the Entertainment Weekly summer movie preview showing up last week (yep, pre-Tax Day), alongside the impending release of The Avengers next Friday, we can either shake our calendar-clenching fists at these upstart kids, or just go along with it and present our summer movie preview now. Thus, after the jump, we present the ten big summer movies we’re most looking forward to, in order of release; agree, disagree, or add your own in the comments. … Read More
Is it just us, or have the past few weeks of network television renewals, cancellations, and new series pickups been particularly dramatic? More than any other previous year, the anticipation and anxiety surrounding upfronts has been at fever pitch, with fans of imperiled cult favorites glued to their Twitter feeds for news and a slew of new shows that already have critics and readers talking. The onslaught of announcements has been so intense that even those of us who follow pop culture for a living have had trouble keeping up — so, for the sake of our sanity and yours, we’ve dug through the reports to compile a list of the biggest and most interesting news about the 2012-13 TV season, including trailers for some of the most talked about new series. … Read More
Friday Night Lights fans, will we truly be as lucky as the Arrested Development cult? Is all this talk of a movie actually going to yield a big-screen continuation of the Taylor family’s story? According to creator Peter Berg and star Connie Britton, who a Details reporter serendipitously caught in the same place at… Read More
Taylor Kitsch used to be the best-kept secret in show business: a teen idol-worthy dreamboat who could back up his good looks with solid acting chops. For five years, between 2006 and 2011, his work was confined mostly to Friday Night Lights — which, despite being one of our favorite TV shows of all time, has always drawn a miniscule audience. But this year, Kitsch is everywhere. Last weekend, he made his blockbuster leading-man debut in Disney’s John Carter, a sci-fi action movie that’s garnered middling reviews and finished second in last weekend’s box office race. Although the film isn’t likely to win Kitsch any acting awards, it’s bound to make him a household name.
Now that Tim Riggins has entered the Hollywood stratosphere, this seems like the perfect time to check in on the entire FNL cast. After the show’s final season earned them both a Television Critics Association’s Program of the Year award and multiple major Emmy nominations (as well as a best actor win for Kyle Chandler), how are the former residents of Dillon, TX doing? We rank their post-FNL careers from weakest to strongest, after the jump. … Read More