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I love Steven Soderbergh‘s “retirement,” and we haven’t even seen much of it yet. The Knick, the ten-episode Cinemax show directed by Soderbergh, doesn’t premiere until August 8. When it premieres, we’ll see Clive Owen as a surgeon, or what passed for a surgeon in 1900, when the Knickerbocker Hospital in New York was a barrier of sorts between life and death. Cinemax evidently likes the show enough to order a second season; the show’s renewal was announced today. Season two of The Knick will also be a ten-episode affair, and Soderbergh will once again direct the entire span.

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Who will be at the center of the second season of True Detective, and what sort of characters will they be? Creator Nic Pizzolatto has had a few different things to say since the show ended, notably that three characters would be at the center of this season. The sum total of various rumors so far, however, is… we don’t know much. Or we didn’t know.

Thanks to some new comments by the writer/producer, we now have a bit more info. While we don’t know if the gender balance of the show will shift at all, Pizzolatto now says plans for the next story arc have evolved somewhat, and that a quartet of characters will be at the center.

Oh, and you know that early report, that the show would be about “the secret occult history of the transportation system”? Yeah, that may not be the case any longer, either. Read More »

Fox Announces ‘Gotham’ Premiere Date

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Briefly: After teasing us for months with posters, trailers, TV spots, featurettes, and more, Fox has finally set an official premiere date for Gotham. The Batman prequel series will bow Monday, September 22 at 8:00 PM, just ahead of Sleepy Hollow‘s second season premiere at 9:00. Get the rest of Fox’s fall schedule here.

Ben McKenzie leads the freshman drama as Jim Gordon, a rookie detective with the Gotham PD. In his line of work, he crosses paths with a young Bruce Wayne, as well as several colorful characters who will someday become Catwoman, the Riddler, the Penguin, and more. [TheWrap]

Agent Kallus Star Wars Rebels

Just when you thought we’d met all of the major characters in Star Wars Rebels, there’s another bad guy to introduce. His name is Agent Kallus and he’s voiced by David Oyelowo. Kallus is described as a “Rebel Hunter,” a member of an internal group whose only purpose is to find and exterminate enemies of the Empire. Which basically means Rebels, like our stars. And some Jedi as well, I’d imagine.

Below, check out a full video introduction of the character. Read More »

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This post contains some very minor spoilers for Season 2 of Orange is the New Black

I just finished the second season of Jenji Kohan’s Orange is the New Black on Netflix and I was blown away by it. What an extraordinary piece of work Kohan has created: a show that is brimming with rich, complex characters, and that looks and sounds like nothing else on TV (or Netflix) right now.

Here are a few reasons why this show is so incredibly impressive.
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Sharp Objects

No matter what level you’re at in your career, it’s all about getting a foot in the door. You just need that one thing. Get people to recognize you and the flood gates will open. As an example, take author Gillian Flynn. She was a best-selling writer with three books under her belt when her latest one, Gone Girl, was picked up by Hollywood. David Fincher directed the movie adaptation, which is coming out in October. That was her foot into the door to Hollywood.

Next up her debut novel, Sharp Objects, is being adapted into a one-hour TV drama by some of the minds behind Insidious and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. You can read more about the Sharp Objects TV show below. Read More »

True Detective

True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto is currently writing season 2, and is beginning to let the powers that be in on his vision for the next season. As we know, that vision won’t fit in with the season one story which starred Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey. Also unlike the first season, it probably won’t be directed by Cary Fukunaga, though we don’t know that for sure.

So while most of the discussion currently centers on which actors could appear in the new season, there’s an interesting development about who might be behind the camera. In a new interview, director William Friedkin confirmed he has met with Pizzolatto to discuss the series and is considering working on it. Does that mean he’ll be directing True Detective season 2? Read the quotes below and figure it out for yourself. Read More »

Twin Peaks deleted scene

It’s safe to say that I am unreasonably excited about the upcoming Twin Peaks blu-ray box set. Rumors of new Twin Peaks material have always seemed both unrealistic and unappealing — the show’s ship has sailed, and we’ve all got to accept that. But the reveal of deleted scenes shot between 1989 and 1992 is something else altogether. That’s a holy grail, a set of artifacts from when the story was really alive.

The blu-ray set has a bunch of deleted material — almost a feature-length set of scenes and outtakes from the feature film Fire Walk With Me, and also some scenes cut from the TV series. We’ve seen a glimpse of some of that stuff via the first trailer for the box set. Below, we have the first full deleted scene to share. It’s a short bit from the TV series, specifically from the pilot, showing a thing we’ve never seen before: the moment when Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) meets Donna Hayward (Lara Flynn Boyle) for the first time. Read More »

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