VOTD: What Makes a Good TV Show Title Sequence?

Best TV Show Title Sequences

Right now we’re in a new golden age of television where the programming that’s on our screens at home, whether it’s from networks, cable channels or streaming services, is some of the best quality storytelling right now. And a small part of what makes any television show memorable is a great opening title sequence.

A new video essay takes a look at some of the traits of great title sequences from shows such as Game of Thrones, True Detective, Mad Men, Dexter, Weeds and more, all of which create an ambiance that prepares you for the world you’re about to enter. Within many of the best TV show title sequences lie visual metaphors and themes hinting at the characters and their stories. Read More »

True Detective Season 3

During the Television Critics Association executive sessions today, plenty of news about the future of HBO’s ongoing original programming came out of the woodwork. Quentin Schaffer, Executive Vice President of Corporate Communications, and Casey Bloys, president of HBO Programming, offered some updates on the future of shows like True Detective, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Ballers, The Leftovers and Project Greenlight.

In addition, you’ll be happy to hear that a Deadwood movie is still in the works, along with plenty of other original movie projects Plus, HBO subscribers with either HBO GO or HBO Now will soon be able to stream all the episodes of The Larry Sanders Show, in honor of the passing of Garry Shandling earlier this year.

Find out about True Detective season 3, the long-awaited return of Curb Your Enthusiasm and much more below. Read More »

True Detective Season 2 early buzz

For most fans and critics, True Detective season two was a disappointment. The series’ creator and writer, Nic Pizzolatto, didn’t live up to the high expectations following the Cary Fukunaga-directed first season. Season two averaged higher ratings than its predecessor, but by the time the ending aired, the viewership was considerably lower than the previous finale.

Now, it’s rumored the once acclaimed series might not return at all. Below, check out the recent update for True Detective season three.

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True Detective Season 2 early buzz

Who’s to blame for True Detective season two? That’s not a question I’m asking, since I genuinely enjoyed this past season, but a lot of fan expectations were not met following the terrific first outing, starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.

HBO president of programming, Michael Lombardo, wouldn’t call the series’ sophomore effort a failure, but he does take responsibility for rushing the latest season. After the jump, read Lombardo’s comments on True Detective season two.

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True Detective season 2 character posters

Season two of True Detective doesn’t have many passionate fans. Even people who enjoyed it, such as myself, admit it didn’t live up to what creator Nic Pizzolatto pulled off with the first season of the show. Despite the True Detective backlash and harsh criticisms, it still did considerably well in the ratings; it performed better than season one, with the exception of the season finale. The title and its premise — movie stars appearing for only one season — is still probably a draw for viewers. Plus, one misstep shouldn’t tarnish what Pizzolatto, director Cary Fukunaga (Beasts of No Nation), and all involved accomplished with the first season.

The creator may have a chance to win some fans back, if his new deal with HBO is any indication. Learn more after the jump.

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Steven Soderbergh Haywire

It’s only been two years since Steven Soderbergh left behind filmmaking. Ever since “retiring,” though, Soderbergh has found a more than welcoming home in television. The last movie we saw from him was for TV, HBO’s Behind the Candelabra, and he’s about to debut the second season of his show The Knick. The news of an early Soderbergh retirement was saddening, to say the least, but understandable. Read his current thoughts on retirement and TV after the jump.

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David Cronenberg on True Detective

Man, Nic Pizzolatto just can’t catch a break. The mind behind HBO’s True Detective was accused of misogyny during the first season of his once acclaimed show, and then season two took a real beating from critics and fans. Now, even David Cronenberg (The Fly), who was offered the chance to direct a season two episode, has some harsh words for Pizzolatto. Check out Cronenberg on True Detective after the jump.

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/Filmcast Ep. 331 – The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Alicia Vikander in Man From UNCLE

Jeff is off this week as David and Devindra discuss the entertaining Lifetime series UnReal and find value in the earlier Mission: Impossible films. Be sure to read Vince Mancini’s Fantastic Four review and the Boston Globe’s review of Man from U.N.C.L.E.

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Star WarsTrue Detective credits

As we wait to find out when we might see some live-action Star Wars series in this resurgence of activity in a galaxy far, far away that will go into overdrive after Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the folks over at Star Wars Minute have given us a fun video to pass the time.

In honor of the recent season finale of True Detective (which has plenty of people confused, disappointed and more), they decided to make an opening credits sequence for Star Wars in the same fashion as the titles for the first season of the show. It’s a fun little video to pass the time until The Force Awakens. Watch the Star Wars True Detective credits sequence below! Read More »

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Michael Lombardo, president of programming for HBO, just gave an executive session to the Television Critics Association. Here are some of the questions he’s answering about Game of ThronesTrue Detective, and the upcoming Westworld. One question fans have wondered about is how many seasons of Game of Thrones we might see. When asked if the show was intending to wrap after seven seasons, Lombardo said it looks like Game of Thrones will probably go for eight seasons. Read More »