perry mason season 2

Get ready for more of Matthew Rhys wearing rumpled suits and yelling “Objection!” while bathed in moody noir lighting. HBO has gone ahead and ordered Perry Mason season 2, which makes sense since the first season feels like an extended prequel. When first announced, Perry Mason was going to be a limited series, but HBO clearly had a change of heart and wanted to keep the series going. Based on the character who originally appeared in a series of books, radio dramas, and a TV series starring Raymond Burr, the new Perry Mason was a grim, gritty, and pulpy story about how Perry Mason went from being a low-rent private eye to a talented defense attorney.

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If you know Perry Mason at all, you likely know the character from the long-running late ’50s, early ’60s TV legal drama starring Raymond Burr as the famous lawyer who was known for getting suspects to blurt out confessions while on the witness stand. The roots of the character go back even further, from a series of novels starting in the 1930s to a radio serial that ran from the mid-1940s until the mid-’50s.

But HBO’s new pulpy, hard-boiled Perry Mason series wants you to forget about (most) of that. Instead, it sets out to be a gritty origin story – a prequel, even. Characters who exist in the Perry Mason canon all pop-up here, albeit in new forms. And then there’s Perry Mason himself, who starts the series off not as a savvy courtroom attorney, but rather a down-and-out private eye.

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Things get dark and moody in the latest trailer for Perry Mason. This update on the old school courtroom drama show has the lead character in the 1930s, before he became a criminal defense attorney and made his bones as a private eye. Matthew Rhys leads a great cast that includes John Lithgow, Tatiana Maslany, Juliet Rylance, Chris Chalk, Shea Whigham, Stephen Root, Gayle Rankin, Nate Corddry, Veronica Falcon, Jefferson Mays, Lili Taylor, Andrew Howard, Eric Lange, and Robert Patrick. Watch the Perry Mason trailer below.

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perry mason trailer

Matthew Rhys is a private eye in the 1930s in Perry Mason, a new take on the 1950s-60s TV series that originally starred Raymond Burr. Perry Mason was a lawyer on that series, but this new HBO show promises to reveal the character’s “origins” working as a P.I. in 1931 Los Angeles. We probably didn’t need a Perry Mason origin story, but this looks pretty damn good. Watch the Perry Mason trailer below.

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perry mason sneak peek

The name’s Mason. Perry Mason. Sure, he doesn’t have the coolest name, but this legendary criminal defense lawyer is one of the oldest beloved American characters. At the very least, he’s played by Matthew Rhys in the upcoming HBO limited series, which lends him at least three more layers of cool. Executive produced by Robert Downey Jr. and based on the series of short stories and novels written by Erle Stanley Gardner, HBO’s Perry Mason is an updated take on the 1930s criminal defense lawyer who has appeared in several radio and TV shows including two series in 1957 and 1985 starring Raymond Burr.

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Step aside, Robert Downey Jr. – there’s a new Perry Mason in town, and it’s The Americans star Matthew Rhys.

Downey was all set to play the fictional defense attorney in a movie several years ago, but that project morphed into a limited series at HBO. Now the show is finally going to happen, but since Downey’s film commitments have gotten in the way, Rhys is taking over in the lead role. Read More »

Death and Nightingales trailer

In the mood for smoldering looks, untamed passions, shots of billowing wheat fields, and well-dressed people yelling at each other? Then Death and Nightingales is for you! The BBC period drama features The Americans’ Matthew Rhys and 50 Shades franchise star Jamie Dornan both vying for the attentions of Ann Skelly. What happens next is described as “a story of love, betrayal, deception and revenge set over 24 hours.” Watch the Death and Nightingales trailer below.

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Batgirl Audition Tapes

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, The Hollywood Reporter hosted a roundtable discussion with the buzzed about dramatic actors of television. Plus, director Brad Bird talks about directing, The Iron Giant and The Simpsons, and Conan revealed a reel of auditions from Jodie Foster, Tig Notaro and more for the upcoming DC Comics movie Batgirl. Read More »

steven spielberg ranked bridge of spies

Sometimes director Steven Spielberg can toil away for years trying to find the perfect combination of elements to tell a story, and other times he’s able to fast-track the entire process from idea to finished product in less than a year. He’s doing the latter with a new film called The Papers (formerly known as The Post): he signed on in March and the movie comes out this December. It tells the true story of the controversial publication of classified documents known as the Pentagon Papers in the early 1970s.

Spielberg had already managed to snag Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep to star, but now he’s assembled a spectacular supporting cast to join his heavy hitters, including actors from Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Arrested DevelopmentFargo, and more. Ain’t no party like a Spielberg party. Read who else has come on board the filmmaker’s Pentagon Papers movie below.
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FX Renews ‘The Americans’ For Two Final Seasons

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FX’s The Americans will soon wrap up season four. The Cold War-era drama, which first aired in 2013, saw a drop in viewerships with season two and three. The Americans has never been a juggernaut in the ratings, which has often made fans worry the show wouldn’t end on its own terms. FX has remained a major supporter of the show, ratings be damned, and the network will allow the series’ co-runners Joe Fields and Joe Weisberg to complete the drama with two final seasons.

Below, learn more about The Americans final seasons.

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