Have we seen the last of Bedelia du Maurier? “Sakizuke” gave us the most insight we’ve gotten yet (which is to say, not much) into just how much Gillian Anderson’s character knows about her patient. It’s still not clear just what happened during her attack or what Hannibal had to do with it. But just as Hannibal breaks into her home sporting a full-on murder suit, she wises up and skips town—or, as she would put it, “withdraws from social ties.” Which robs Will Graham of a potentially formidable ally. … Read More
As the very first scene of its second season tells us, Hannibal is a somewhat unusual show in that the audience knows exactly how it ends. Over at Slate, Mark Peters made a similar observation, arguing that because Bryan Fuller’s beautiful, engrossing show doesn’t need to ratchet up suspense about where the plot is headed, we have breathing room along the way to soak in Hannibal and Will and their relationship’s unraveling. It’s like True Detective in that way: a character study wrapped in a loosely structured police procedural. … Read More
Parenthood has such a large cast that it can be hard to know what to do with them all. For the most part, the show achieves a nice balance of switching up who they focus on from week-to-week while letting others hang out in the background in smaller stories. It’s admirable that each of these characters are so well-developed that often these runners are still interesting television and sometimes are subtly morphing into something bigger. It can still be hit or miss — and whether or not I love an episode depends on which characters are at the front and center. “Just Like At Home” was fine, but it wasn’t my favorite. … Read More
It’s been a while since I’ve last seen the About a Boy film and even longer since I’ve read the Nick Hornby novel it was based on, so I don’t remember specific details, just the overall plot and that I enjoyed it. But it still struck me as an odd choice for a sitcom adaptation. When it comes to Hornby, I’ve always been crossing my fingers for a dark comedic adaptation of A Long Way Down, preferably on a network like FX (maybe I’ll still get this wish if the movie does well). And despite my recent distaste for most of High Fidelity, I can still see how that record store would work as a setting for some zippy TV adaptation. The idea of About a Boy as an NBC sitcom with cheery promos didn’t make much sense to me, though. Yet the pilot episode, which got an Olympics push over the weekend and then re-aired Tuesday night, was surprisingly pleasant.
When NBC announced that it was reviving Heroes as a 13-episode standalone “event miniseries” in 2015, the news was met with the expected reaction: mocking. Lots and lots of mocking. It is such a bad, out-of-nowhere idea that it’s hilarious to even think about. NBC decided that a show that was great for one season, acceptable for a second, and laughably awful for its final two would be the best show to revive five years after its cancellation. It sounds absurd, but in the context of NBC’s recent decisions, it makes sense. … Read More
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, a TV musical and Dan Harmon’s latest project shake up the post-Thanksgiving viewing landscape. … Read More
You may think Sean Saves the World, the new NBC sitcom starring Will & Grace supporting player Sean Hayes,… Read More
Back in 2011, Sarah Silverman was at the center of a fierce bidding war between several networks for the… Read More