Posted in TrailersMarch 17, 2013
Showtime has unveiled an extended look at its new series ‘Ray Donovon,’ which stars Liev Schreiber (Salt, Defiance) as a “fixer”—the go-to guy who makes the problems of the city’s celebrities, superstar athletes, and business moguls disappear—and whose life is complicated when his father is unexpectedly released from prison.
Posted in PostersFebruary 15, 2012
AMC released a minimalist poster for the fifth season premiere of ‘Mad Men’ on March 25. The near-empty canvas (a clean copy can be found here) features the title sequence’s falling man. Now with a little help from the public, he is can seen breakdancing, bouncing on a trampoline, eaten by sharks and even being saved by Superman. Not all images are original subway art—the full size images included in this post hopefully are.
Posted in RenewalsDecember 24, 2011
Depending on your source, AMC will imminently renew or has already renewed its freshman western drama ‘Hell on Wheels’. According to leading man Anson Mount’s tweet, renewal is here:
Thus despite critical disdain—you’ll be hard pressed finding ‘Hell’ on any TV critic’s favourite list for 2011—and steadily declining viewership—’Hell’ debuted with 2.4 million viewers ages 18-49 and only managed to hold on to 767,400 viewers in that all-important demo by the seventh week (source)—the cable network is allowing the series to gather more steam. Now I can already hear the ‘Rubicon’ fans clamouring in the distance. However, to be fair to ‘Hell on Wheels’, the ‘Rubicon’ finale garnered a mere 255,800 viewers (and to AMC’s credit they cancelled ‘Rubicon’ only cancelled after the finale). Besides, ‘Hell on Wheels’ is proving to be a valuable property internationally. If the Western drama’s viewership doesn’t go any further south (pun intended), it is comparable to AMC’s other recently renewed show; 895,300 viewers ages 18-49 watched the finale of ‘The Killing’. Speaking of which, here’s hoping ‘Hell on Wheels’ doesn’t face the same backlash as ‘The Killing’ once the audience discovers the transcontinental railroad won’t be completed by the end of season one.
Posted in RenewalsDecember 20, 2011
HBO has renewed Mike White’s and Laura Dern’s comedy ‘Enlightened’ for a second season. The Golden Globe nominations for Best Comedy and Best Performance by an Actress in a Comedy were probably a big boost, because ratings were low even for HBO standards (210,000 total viewers for its premiere and 263,000 for its finale). At the same time ‘Hung,’ ‘Bored to Death,’ and ‘How to Make It in America’ have been cancelled. This news is maybe less of a surprise knowing which shows HBO has waiting in the wings, such as ‘Veep,’ ‘Girls,’ ‘Luck,’ Ricky Gervais’ ‘Life’s Too Short,’ and lest we forget Aaron Sorkin’s still untitled newsroom drama.
Posted in Script OrderDecember 18, 2011
Showtime is developing a drama series adaptation of the 2010 Australian feature Animal Kingdom. If you haven’t seen the movie check it out on DVD, if only for Jacki Weaver who this year earned an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress as the brutal matriarch Smurf Cody. Animal Kingdom is based on the story of the Pettingill family, one of Melbourne’s most notorious crime families, as viewed through the eyes of the 17-year old J. The drama seems to fit nicely into Showtime’s current line-up of shows featuring anti-heroes, such as ‘Dexter,’ ‘Weeds,’ ‘Shameless,’ and even ‘Homeland.’ ‘Shameless” John Wells is attached as an executive producer. ‘Southland’ writer and co-executive producer Jonathan Lisco will script the series. At Showtime, Animal Kingdom joins pilots ‘Masters of Sex,’ ‘Gurland on Gurland’ and ‘Ray Donovan.’