Frank Deford Dies: Legendary Sportswriter & Author Of ‘Everybody’s All-American’ Was 78
The author of 18 books, nine of which were novels, Deford was also a Peabody, CableACE and Emmy Award winner; the latter for his work as a writer during the Seoul Olympics. His 1981 novel, Everybody’s All-American, was made into a 1988 film directed by Taylor Hackford. Deford began writing for SI in… »
Could a Perfect Storm Help Push Elisabeth Moss to Her First Emmy Win?
If you’re Elisabeth Moss, you’re probably flying high right about now.
The actress’s new series, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” is the talk of the town, scoring for Hulu a hit program that could finally break the glass awards ceiling for the streamer. She’s also fresh from the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival, where not only did the second season of Jane Campion’s limited series “Top of the Lake” screen to critical acclaim, but Ruben Ostlund’s “The Square” walked away with the coveted Palme d’Or. Moss features in both.
The 34-year-old actress already looked like a strong contender to score an Emmy nomination for her work in “Handmaid’s Tale,” but there certainly seems to be a perfect storm building around her that could help push her across the finish line.
The Emmy race for lead actress in a drama could ultimately be Netflix vs. Hulu »
- Kristopher Tapley
‘Orange is the New Black’ Season 5 Review: A New Star Emerges In the Show’s Darkest Season Yet
[Editor’s note: This review contains spoilers for the final episodes of “Orange is the New Black” Season 4, which premiered in 2016. It does not contain spoilers for the new upcoming season.]
It’s official: “Orange is the New Black” is never allowed to call itself a comedy, ever again.
When it comes to awards consideration, the Netflix series about a women’s prison has yo-yoed between the drama and comedy categories since the beginning, and tonally the show has always existed in the realm we usually describe as “dramedy.” But while that has meant “Orange” was capable of offering up great moments of hilarity as well as tear-jerking pathos, it also means that the show’s tone has always been its biggest creative struggle, especially in later years, as it’s taken bigger and bigger swings.
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Season 4 was perhaps the most challenging in this respect, as the final two episodes pushed the show into new territory after Poussey (Samira Wiley) died at the hands of a guard. »
- Liz Shannon Miller
Lauren Graham's Curb Your Enthusiasm Character (Sorta) Revealed
“It was fantastic,” Graham shares, adding that she worked with series creator and star Larry David “almost exclusively” during her multi-episode arc. “There really is no greater joy than actually making Larry David laugh. And he really laughs hard.”
On Curb, which is slated to return this fall after a six-year-hiatus, the »
‘Twin Peaks’: Matthew Lillard on His Breakout Role and Joining David Lynch’s Dysfunctional Family
Last week’s premiere of “Twin Peaks” brought with it no shortage of surprises, but here’s probably the most unpredictable one we witnessed: a captivating performance by Matthew Lillard as William Hastings, a high school principal accused of murder, whose wife is tied up in the supernatural mystery surrounding Agent Dale Cooper’s (Kyle MacLachlan) evil doppleganger.
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Lillard’s career began in the early ’90s with roles in “Serial Mom” and “Hackers,” and his reputation is definitely rooted in some variation of comedy, from horror comedies like “Scream” to the live-action “Scooby-Doo” films (and subsequent animated projects, for which Lillard still provides the voice of Shaggy).
“Twin Peaks,” while never lacking in funny moments, marks a bit of a departure for the character actor. That might be why, at the premiere last Friday, »
- Liz Shannon Miller
Ranking the Characters from Cheers from Most to Least Funny
“Cheers” ran for 11 years on NBC and was a popular sitcom and critically acclaimed. The iconic 1980’s series was created by Glen and Les Charles and James Burrows who would go on to create the successful spin off “Frasier”. The show set in a Boston, Massachusetts bar was filled with equal parts humor and sarcasm. Many of the shows regulars were known for their funny one liners. Here are the funniest characters on “Cheers” ranked in order of funniest to least funniest. Norm Peterson (George Wendt) With his self deprecating humor, regular bar patron Norm could be counted on
Ranking the Characters from Cheers from Most to Least Funny »
- Nat Berman
Still Star-Crossed: Do You Bite Your Thumb at ABC's Romeo & Juliet Drama?
More than 400 years after William Shakespeare’s death, one of the playwright’s most beloved works is at last being given the sequel treatment in the form of an ABC drama series.
Based on Melinda Taub’s 2013 novel, ABC’s Still Star-Crossed strives to answer a whole bunch of questions no one asked about the extended Romeo and Juliet universe, including how its members fared after the titular lovers’ deaths.
Monday’s premiere spun the mostly familiar tale of forbidden lovers who defied their feuding »
‘The Bachelorette’ Recap: Rachel Tells One Man to ‘Get the F— Out’
There was a moment on last season of “The Bachelor” when Rachel Lindsay told Nick Viall “I love sports, but I don’t play games.” On tonight’s “Bachelorette,” Rachel made good on that promise. She committed to that promise so hard that at one point she caused me to physically scream and start clapping. I applauded for so long that I probably missed something important. So apologies if there are some gaps in the timeline, but it’s worth it just knowing that Rachel has changed the game … uhh … journey to find love? … for the better.
But that’s not to say that every moment of this episode was a blast. It happened on last season of “The Bachelor” with Corinne and Taylor, and it’s happening again on this season — “The Bachelorette” has found a way to take the one of the most frustrating people on the planet, and »
- Seth Kelley
Why Chicago Justice Didn’t Succeed In Dick Wolf’s Chicago Franchise
Chicago is going to be lacking some legal aid in the fall. Last week, Dick Wolf’s Chicago franchise got the disappointing news that NBC decided not to move forward with a second season of Chicago Justice. Beginning with the premiere of Chicago Fire five years ago, the Chicago franchise seemed to show no signs of slowing down. Every year thereafter a new show has added to the family. The first two spinoffs were successful, so there was great hope that the third would do the same. Unfortunately, it was not to be. There are many unanswered questions in the wake
- Araceli Aviles
Lucifer Recap: A Whole New World — Grade the Season 2 Finale
The pieces finally came together, literally, as Season 2 of Fox’s Lucifer came to a close on Monday night. But with conflicting family agendas at hand, what ultimate use was made of the Flaming Sword?
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In fact, assembling the Flaming Sword, even with the key now found, was easier said that done, seeing as Amenadiel needed some time “to process” his demarcation as the Favorite Son. As he saw it, it was his job to protect the key and not let it play a role in unconscionable uses of the sword — such as to, »
Gotham Review: Gotham Encounters A “Pretty Hate Machine”
Towards the end of every season of Gotham, the story threads begin to converge and all of the fan favorite characters begin to team up in interesting ways. It’s actually extremely comforting to know that Season 3 is no different. My fondness for large-scale character team-ups knows no bounds, which creates much anticipation of the final two episodes of this season. This week on Gotham: Gordon, Bullock and Alfred search for Bruce. Nygma enlists Butch, Barbara, and Tabitha to fight in his war against Penguin. Brainwashed Bruce is pushed toward Gotham’s destruction. Hugo Strange and Fish Mooney resurface. Gordon seeks out Lee, who has
Gotham Review: Gotham Encounters A “Pretty Hate Machine” »
- Nick Hogan
How MTV’s Jackass Shaped Reality TV as We Know it Today
Johnny Knoxville and his team of comedy daredevils set out to develop the reality TV show Jackass in 2000. Their humorous and often dangerous stunts showed the world that you can appeal to the masses in the world by showing them what it is like to just be yourself. We don’t see much evidence of scripting as Knoxville and his group of lovable pranksters play horrible tricks on unsuspecting passers by. Here is how MTV’s Jackass has helped to shape reality TV as we know it today. 1. A successful experiment in what works and what doesn’t Reality TV producers
How MTV’s Jackass Shaped Reality TV as We Know it Today »
- Nat Berman
‘Twin Peaks’ Guide to Returning Characters and What Clues They Offer Parts 3 & 4 (An Ongoing List)
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “Twin Peaks: The Return” episodes as they’re released weekly.]
With a huge cast and 25 years intervening between the original “Twin Peaks” and “The Return” on Showtime, familiar faces may not be all that familiar anymore. While Parts 1 and 2 reintroduced many of the main returning characters, whom you can reference here, the next two episodes that aired Sunday trickled in a few more.
Read More: ‘Twin Peaks’ Episode 4 Is a Gift Filled With Answers — And a Warning About Wanting More
Here’s a breakdown of who’s who from the original series that showed up in Episodes 3 and 4:
The Air Force officer had been part of a classified operation that was investigating the White Lodge and was the father of Bobby Briggs (see below). Although actor Don S. Davis died in 2008, an image of Briggs’ floating head is seen while Agent Cooper is in space. As the head, superimposed over the space landscape, »
- Hanh Nguyen
You Can Rent the Ninja Turtles’ Lair in NYC for $10 a Night on Airbnb
I’ve seen some pretty awesome gaming, television, and movie themed rentals on Airbnb but this new one is definitely going into my archives as one of the most awesome. For the sheer awesomeness of the theme and the lowness of the price, this is one for the ages. If you’re a fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles then you’ll be happy to know that you can rent out their lair for a mere $10 a night on Airbnb. It turns out that the Tmnt live in Tribeca and that have no idea how to add. According to Thrillist The
You Can Rent the Ninja Turtles’ Lair in NYC for $10 a Night on Airbnb »
- Nat Berman
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