Sure hope Season 4 is better than Season 3… Right, Megan? Season 4 premieres April 23rd on HBO.
Sure hope Season 4 is better than Season 3… Right, Megan? Season 4 premieres April 23rd on HBO.
In case you were missing the Orange ladies of Litchfield, Netflix can soothe you by giving you a tease.
On Wednesday, Orange is the New Black‘s Instagram page released a small glimpse of the actors from the show in the form of a short teaser. The release date, set for early June, will only excite fans (like yours truly). The last image of the teaser is of the final moments of season 4–Daya Diaz brandishing an officer’s weapon at the start of a prison riot. It’s one of the best cliffhangers the show has ever had.
The Emmy-winning series, now in its fifth season, was recently awarded the Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series trophy at last weekend’s Screen Actors Guild Awards.
First, a few teasers for new 2017 television dropped tonight on or around Super Bowl 51. And then there’s the seismic atomic bomb of the first official look at footage from Netflix’s Stranger Things 2. Everything looks bigger, more intense – exactly as sequels should. Plus, there’s an hilarious shout-out to Eggo. ‘Member “Leggo my Eggo?” Season 2 will premiere Halloween 2017 outside of Season 1’s Emmy window. So, if Season 2 sucks, then it won’t damage Season 1’s Emmy prospects.
FX’s Feud offers only a single scene from the upcoming Susan Sarandon / Jessica Lange series from Ryan Murphy. The Handmaid’s Tale may be the one to rule them all. Look out for that one on Hulu.
— FEUD: Bette and Joan (@FeudFX) February 6, 2017
HBO’s award-winning The Leftovers has emerged as one of the most criminally underrated television shows in recent memory. In a rarity for multi-season series, the acclaimed drama keeps getting better and better as it goes, so expectations are high for its third and final season. The Leftovers Season 3 will debut Sunday, April 16, at 9PM ET on HBO and will consist of 8 episodes.
For those unfamiliar with the series, you can catch up via HBO OnDemand, HBO Go, or HBO Now. This Peabody Award-winning drama is created by Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta. Season 3 finds the Garvey and Murphy families coming together as they desperately grasp for a system of belief to help better explain that which defies explanation. The world is crackling with the energy of something big about to happen, a corresponding bookend to the Sudden Departure that sent them all spinning years earlier, bringing their journey Down Under.
The cast includes Justin Theroux, Carrie Coon, Amy Brenneman, Kevin Carroll, Christopher Eccleston, Scott Glenn, Lindsay Duncan, Regina King, Jovan Adepo, Janel Moloney, Margaret Qualley, Jasmin Savoy-Brown, Liv Tyler and Chris Zylka.
Enjoy this teaser look into The Leftovers Season 3.
Leave it to Frank Underwood to make such a dramatic announcement for House of Cards Season 5.
Here on Inauguration Day in the US, Netflix unveiled the premiere date for House of Cards Season 5 via a dramatic Twitter post. The new season will drop on Tuesday, May 30. Those of you who follow the Emmy Awards know the significance of that date. The series traditionally drops on Fridays, but Netflix will release House of Card Season 5 one day before the 2017 Emmy eligibility window closes. The “hanging episode” rule will not apply as the entire series will drop before the Emmy window closes.
House of Cards became the first web-only dramatic series to receive major Emmy nominations with its first season. The series received 47 nominations over its first four seasons, winning seven. Despite broad support, House of Cards has yet to win a Drama Series trophy or awards for its two stars, Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright.
Here is the official Twitter announcement.
We make the terror. pic.twitter.com/VpChwGOSMj
— House of Cards (@HouseofCards) January 20, 2017
The Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour is in full swing, and we’re getting a good look at some upcoming hot Spring TV properties. Showtime released the most earth-shattering news today. The cable programmer’s upcoming Twin Peaks revival will drop with a 2-hour premiere on Sunday, May 21, at 9pm ET. Immediately following, episodes three and four will debut online for subscribers. The entire season will consist of 18 hours. Directed by David Lynch and co-written by Lynch and Mark Frost, the series will continue 25 years after the end of the original second season run. Kyle MacLachlan returns as Agent Dale Cooper in a massive 217 actor-led cast.
— Twin Peaks (@SHO_TwinPeaks) January 9, 2017
HBO dropped the first full-length trailer for the sixth and final season of Girls. The final season begins Sunday, February 12, at 10pm ET.
A&E also dropped a trailer for the final season of its critically acclaimed drama Bates Motel, and it’s a doozy – probably my most anticipated returning Spring TV show. It opens with a tracking shot through the infamous Bates home with flies buzzing around a decaying birthday cake for two. Della Reese sings “Come On-a My House” while we track down into the basement where Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) puts the finishing touches on a pair of stuffed birds. What comes next is incredibly disturbing and fantastically, ghoulishly wonderful. See for yourself. Bates Motel returns February 20 at 10pm on A&E.
Hulu enters the 2017 Emmy race in a major way with The Handmaid’s Tale, one of the most anticipated shows of Spring TV. Based on the dystopian novel by Margaret Atwood, the 10-episode series stars Elisabeth Moss. The action takes place in Gilead, a world where women’s reproductive rights are controlled by the government. The production team calls this a very timely and urgent story to tell. Decide for yourself when The Handmaid’s Tale debuts on April 26 on Hulu.
I’ve been stockpiling trailers for upcoming Winter TV for a few days now. There’s not any particular reason… Just been lazy I guess. Well, let’s call it “in the Holiday spirit,” shall we? At any rate, here they are for your viewing pleasure. It’s really amazing, though, to see how many properties are either going or continuing the 100 percent female-focused stories. Of course, plenty of male-centric stories exist out there, but it’s good to see the ladies continuing to get their due.
Robert and Michelle King return to the world first created in CBS’s The Good Wife. With The Good Fight, Christine Baranski returns to the role of Diane Lockhart as she falls victim to a massive financial scam. Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones), Lucca Quinn, and Carrie Preston (both of The Good Wife) join Baranski for the ride. Delory Linda, Justin Bartha, and Bernadette Peters also boast roles in the series.
“The Good Fight” premieres Sunday, Feb. 19 on CBS All Access.
HBO’s Girls ends with its upcoming sixth season. Coming off of a critically acclaimed resurgent fifth season, the Lena Dunham-led comedy offers a teaser that focuses on an uncomfortable “come to Jesus” meeting for the unhappy foursome. In something of a companion piece to Season 3’s “Beach House” episode, the teaser illustrates the growing divide among the friends.
The sixth and final season of Girls debuts Sunday, February 12, on HBO.
I failed to catch up on Homeland Season 5 thus far (I’ll get to it…), but people seemed to have continued to respect the series even if Emmy slightly cooled on it this year. Season 6, for a few specific reasons, looks far more interesting now that Carrie has returned to U.S. soil. The season focuses on the aftermath of a presidential election through the inauguration of winning candidate Elizabeth Marvel. The trailer points to the return of Rupert Friend’s Quinn, who was last seen in a coma at the end of Season 5.
Homeland returns Sunday, January 15, on Showtime.
Okay, so it’s not a trailer. And it doesn’t really belong as a Winter TV candidate, but Hulu’s adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale premieres April 26, 2017. Based on the Margaret Atwood novel, The Handmaid’s Tale is the grandmother of modern dystopian fiction. Elisabeth Moss stars as Offred, a woman living in a society where women and their reproductive systems are wards of the state. The series also features Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Samira Wiley, Max Minghella, Madeline Brewer, Ann Dowd and O-T Fagbenle. This one feels primed for Emmy glory in what appears to be the already crowded Limited Series category.
The following images all hail from Hulu, and stay tuned for an official trailer early in 2017.
The complexities of being a parent are front and center in the new trailer for the star-studded HBO limited series, Big Little Lies. Starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Adam Scott and Laura Dern, the 8-part series should be a big hit for the premium network. Based on the Liane Moriarty best seller, it focuses on three friends (Witherspoon, Kidman and Woodley) whose perfect existence in their seaside hamlet is disrupted by parental politics and a sudsy murder plot.
The first teaser was a bit mysterious (showing us idyllic waves and flashing police sirens), but this new Big Little Lies trailer indicates more of the tone of the adaptation. The book has a light, “beach book” vibe all the while interrupting the lives of the main characters with interviews with townspeople and law enforcement. It appears that the series will follow the structure of the novel.
We get a better look at the husbands, played by Alexander Skarsgaard and Adam Scott, and we can’t ignore Laura Dern in a big, floppy hat. Sure, she get sassy with Witherspoon, but that hat!
Jean-Marc Valleé (Dallas Buyers Club and Wild) directs the entire series.
Big Little Lies debuts on HBO on February 19, 2017.
Full confession: I have never seen more than a single clip from Gilmore Girls. You can thank Megan and Thanksgiving for that. Lorelai. Rory. Luke. Sookie. These names reverberated throughout pop culture and Entertainment Weekly, but they never resonated with me. So, my reaction to the new Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life trailer isn’t quite as strong as many of yours may have been. And that’s totally fine. That’s the beauty of TV these days. There’s more than enough for everyone. Basically, if you can’t find something to watch, then you’re not trying very hard.
Anyway, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life arrives Thanksgiving weekend on Netflix after departing The CW in May 2007. Most of the main cast returns including Lauren Graham (Lorelai), Alexis Bledel (Rory), and Melissa McCarthy (Sookie). Edward Herrmann (Richard Gilmore) passed away on December 31, 2014. The new production chose not to recast his role, and his memory looms large (literally) in the trailer to some comic effect.
The new limited series reportedly gracefully continues from the Season 7 departure. It will consist of four, 90-minute episodes paired with seasons of the year – “Winter,” “Spring,” “Summer,” and “Fall.” Press notes call the return “a gift to the fans that have supported the series and made it clear they weren’t quite ready to say goodbye.” Just in time for the long Thanksgiving weekend, no doubt.
The original Gilmore Girls run received a decent amount of awards attention from most major bodies – with one notable exception. Star Lauren Graham received nominations from the Screen Actors Guild, Golden Globe, Satellite, and Television Critics Association Awards. While Graham failed to win any of these awards, the series itself did win New Program of the Year from the TCAs. Emmy only recognized the critically acclaimed series once with a win in 2004 for Outstanding Makeup in a Series. That doesn’t bode well for A Year in the Life.
With the rebooted limited series, the first question is category placement. The X-Files, another sentimental cult favorite, recently rebooted itself with a series continuation earlier this year. Despite more favorable placement within the Limited Series categories, The X-Files 2017 run positioned itself as a 10th season, thereby meriting Emmy consideration for the overstuffed Drama categories. It received zero Emmy nominations.
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life likely has an easier time with category placement. Nothing in press materials specifically calls this a “Limited Series” or “TV Movie.” In fact, they’re very cagey about how exactly they’re going to brand the series. Right now, they’re calling it an “event,” which doesn’t really clarify anything at all. Since it doesn’t unfold over the traditional hour-long format (as The X-Files did) and since it doesn’t offer a follow-up series (yet, as The X-Files eventually did), it’s likely that Gilmore Girls best fits in the Limited Series categories. That feels right honestly. Outside of that category, it would have to petition the Television Academy for placement in the Comedy Series category given the 90-minute running time of each episode. It wouldn’t stand a chance in Drama Series.
However, the Limited Series categories are incredibly stuffed already. Some early high quality entries include The Night Of, and upcoming presumably high quality entries boast HBO’s Big Little Lies, Ryan Murphy’s Feud, Fargo Season 3, and HBO’s The Young Pope. Will Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life stand with those high-powered entries? Will Lauren Graham break into the Lead Actress in a Limited Series category that potentially contains some of Hollywood’s most legendary modern actresses (Jessica Lange, Susan Sarandon, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, or Michelle Pfeiffer)?
Critics will have to come through for this one in a really big way. Presumably they will given the series’ history unless the production pulls an Arrested Development Season 4 and tries to shake up the formula. The trailer indicates none of this, though. Golden Globe nominations will help and are much more likely as the Hollywood Foreign Press once recognized Graham. That was only once out of seven seasons, though. SAG nominations feel more likely to recognize the return of Lauren Graham to the role.
Right now, I’d say this “event” is strictly one for the fans, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. It will be a different game completely if critics and awards bodies come through for the show.
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life premieres November 25 on Netflix.
Big Little Lies, HBO’s 2017 high profile limited series, unveiled a teaser trailer over the weekend. Based on the Liane Moriarty novel, the series stars Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, and Shailene Woodley as three friends and mothers entangled in mystery. The series relocated the novel’s Australian setting to a sunny SoCal locale. The Temptation’s “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” is smartly used as background music.
It’s very likely that Emmy will stand at attention for the material given its envious pedigree. Jean-Marc Vallee (Wild, Dallas Buyer’s Club) directs with Laura Dern, Alexander Skarsgard, Adam Scott, and Zoe Kravitz all potentially in the running along with the three main stars.
No official release date has been scheduled aside from a 2017 birth.