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The Killing, The Quest, Sharknado 2 and Hell on Wheels; TV’s must-sees for the week of July 27

- July 27th, 2014

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Bill Harris’ TV must-sees for the week of July 27:

1) The Killing
Debut of fourth and final season: Sarah (Mireille Enos) made a really questionable decision at the end of season three. She always has been really tough, but is she tough enough to live with what she did?
When: Friday on Netflix

2) Sharknado 2: The Second One
Debut: It’s fin-tastic. See it with a chum. More bite for your buck. Something to chew on. Give it a hand. Ian Ziering and Tara Reid are back to battle double shark storms headed for New York City.
When: Wednesday on Space

3) Hell on Wheels
Fourth-season debut: Awaiting the birth of his baby, Cullen (Anson Mount) toils under the thumb of The Swede (Christopher Heyerdahl), while Durant (Colm Meaney) feels the chill after an icy miscalculation.
When: Saturday on AMC

4) The Quest
Debut: This sounds like a reality-competition series for Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings geeks, as 12 contestants are transported into an imaginative realm, with ogres and dragons and a dark lord.
When: Thursday on ABC, City

5) Running Wild With Bear Grylls
Debut: Bear leads actor Zac Efron on a survival journey into the Northeast Appalachian mountain range. But then Zac dances his way out of it, dammit! Take that, danger! East High forever!
When: Monday on NBC, Global

6) The Bridge
Marco (Demian Bichir) gains a new ally while discovering that cartel leader Fausto (Ramon Franco) has a wider reach than anticipated. Meanwhile, a disruption at a local bank provides new intel.
When: Wednesday on FX Canada

7) The Leftovers
A hate crime tests the resolve of Laurie (Amy Brenneman), while Kevin (Justin Theroux) turns down an offer of assistance and Matt (Christopher Eccleston) brings his pulpit to the street.
When: Sunday on HBO Canada

8) Masters of Sex
When Bill (Michael Sheen) delivers a baby with ambiguous genitalia, he encourages the parents not to surgically assign a gender. Meanwhile, Virginia (Lizzy Caplan) learns about Bill’s troubled childhood.
When: Sunday on The Movie Network, Movie Central

9) Under the Dome
After a bad plan by Big Jim (Dean Norris) and Rebecca (Karla Crome) leaves the town divided, Julia (Rachelle Lefevre) takes over as leader of Chester’s Mill. But that’s not actually a paid position any more.
When: Monday on CBS, Global

10) Masters of Illusion
Debut: Hosted by Dean Cain, this series features illusionists performing everything from sleight-of-hand to great escapes, all in front of a live studio audience. I watched it. Or did I?
When: Friday on CW

Bill.harris@sunmedia.ca

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Netflix releases trailer for adult cartoon starring Will Arnett, Aaron Paul

- July 22nd, 2014

Netlix has debuted the trailer for BoJack Horseman, the media giant’s first-ever adult comedy.

Will Arnett stars as BoJack, the boozed-up, washed-out, out-of-shape star of the ’90s sitcom Horsin’ Around.

The show, from TV newcomer  Raphael Bob-Waksberg, features an A-list cast, including Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul as Bo’s human sidekick, who pretty much looks like a cartoon version of Jesse Pinkman, and Amy Sedaris as Bo’s feline-ex agent/ex girlfriend Princess Carolyn.

All 12 episodes will hit Netflix on Aug. 22 at one minute past midnight for your bingeing pleasure.

Netflix gets porn treatment with new privacy mode

- July 19th, 2014

Netflix is about to receive the same treatment as porn.

Much like the already developed (and well used) “incognito” capability available on Google Chrome browsers, Netflix is developing a new privacy feature for their streaming service.

In privacy mode, users can feel free to watch any guilty pleasure (Keeping up with the Kardashians, Evan Almighty) without worrying about being mocked endlessly from family members and friends who have access to the account.

The feature is currently only being tested in some markets and for a very small user base, The Verge reported.

If, however, the additional streaming capability takes off, users can expect to see it roll out relatively soon.

McConaughey “True” winner at 30th annual TCA awards

- July 19th, 2014

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Matthew McConaughey’s aim was “True.” The critics say so.

Both personally for his portrayal of Rust Cohle and collectively for his dark TV series True Detective, McConaughey was one of the biggest winners at the 30th annual Television Critics Association awards, which took place late Saturday at the Beverly Hilton.

McConaughey won the TCA award for individual achievement in drama for his work on True Detective (HBO). The TCA award for outstanding achievement in movies, mini-series and specials also went to True Detective.

“People ask me, ‘Why did you go do True Detective, why did you go do TV?’ ” McConaughey said. “And I’ve said it before: Quality.”

After thanking his True Detective co-star Woody Harrelson, McConaughey added, “I want to say thank you to another guy I came to love and respect, and that’s Mr. Rustin Cohle we’re talking about here. Thank you Rustin for having a bull—t meter of zero. Thank you Rustin for giving more of a damn about the truth than yourself. I do hope one day that Rustin Cohle takes it easy on himself, but I doubt that’s gonna happen. And if it doesn’t, I say Rustin, give ‘em hell. But either way, I’m gonna miss that guy. I’m gonna miss Rustin Cohle.”

Outstanding achievement in drama (series) went to The Good Wife (CBS).

Individual achievement in comedy went to Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Veep (HBO).

“I’d like to thank the television critics, all of them, and I’ll tell you why,” Louis-Dreyfus said. “I love being criticized – positively. And I guess that’s what this is.

“And I think it’s pretty groovy to be in a co-ed group (the TCA categories don’t separate actors and actresses). It’s kind of like having that co-ed bathroom in your dorm. At first it’s shocking, but then you get used to it.”

Outstanding achievement in comedy (series) was a tie between Veep (HBO) and Louie (FX).

Program of the year went to Breaking Bad (AMC), for the second consecutive year.

“Thank you to all the TCA members, because in the beginning, we had these big yellow signs in Albuquerque saying, ‘Parking for Breaking Bad this way,’ and nobody cared,” said Bryan Cranston, who played lead character Walter White. “We were a little show in the desert making this story about a man who contracts cancer who decides to cook crystal meth. That’s such a bad idea, I don’t blame HBO for saying no. But we’re very thankful to AMC, who was desperate.

“This group has been fantastic to work with,” added Cranston, who was joined on stage by co-star Aaron Paul, creator Vince Gilligan and others. “And this is the last time we will be seeing you up here. Without you getting the word out about our little show, we’re not up here, we’re not on any stage, we’re nowhere. It’s a little sad saying goodbye, but this is it, thank you so much.”

Outstanding new program went to Orange is the New Black (Netflix).

Outstanding achievement in news and information went to Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey (Fox).

Outstanding achievement in reality programming went to RuPaul’s Drag Race (Logo).

Outstanding achievement in youth programming went to The Fosters (ABC Family).

The career achievement award went to legendary series creator and director James Burrows, who consistently has worked on the biggest comedies in television dating back to the 1970s.

The heritage award was given to Saturday Night Live (NBC) for its long-running cultural and social impact.

The TCA awards were hosted by actor and comedian Terry Crews from the Fox series Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

OLYMPIC MYSTERY

Special Olympics athlete Kevin James and several other Special Olympics basketball players will showcase their skills on the court in a new episode of The Listener airing Monday on CTV. James, who is from Oakville, Ont., has a speaking role in the episode.

The main plot centres on a Special Olympics hoops coach named Emma (Rayisa Kondracki) whose father is killed during a home invasion. As Toby (Craig Olejnik) and Michelle (Lauren Lee Smith) investigate, they discover that Emma’s dad led a double life, and now Emma herself could be in imminent danger.

Bill.harris@sunmedia.ca

@billharris_tv

 

‘Community’ officially back for sixth season

- June 30th, 2014

Looks like Dan Harmon is going to get his six seasons and a movie after all.

The Community showrunner teased the reappearance of the show over Twitter on Monday, and confirmation that Community had been picked up by Yahoo followed almost directly after.

According to a statement released by Harmon and picked up by Vulture, Yahoo and Sony Pictures Television have struck a deal that will bring a sixth -and final- season of Community exclusively to online audiences.

“I am very pleased that Community will be returning for its predestined sixth season on Yahoo,” Harmon said. “I look forward to bringing our beloved NBC sitcom to a larger audience by moving it online. I vow to dominate our new competition. Rest easy, Big Bang Theory. Look out, Bang Bus!

While the acquisition of the show’s rights and the production of a sixth season didn’t surprise most fans, the company behind it certainly did.

Yahoo, the company that built their billions on a search engine and email software, have been looking for ways to expand into other profit areas for years. Most recently, the company announced they wanted to break into original programming, along the same lines as Netflix and Hulu.

 

 

 

 

For that reason, the partnership seems to be a match made in heaven. Or at least in some other alternate timeline, as Abed would undoubtedly say.

Yahoo can go into the deal knowing they’re purchasing the rights to a show that has an enormous fandom already built around it, while Harmon and his Community team don’t have to worry about being cancelled mid-season or budgetary problems.

Vulture also reported that the budget Harmon has been given from Yahoo almost matches what he was previously given while at NBC.

As of right now, we can only assume all six major actors on the show (lead by Joel McHale) are due back for the final season, but there hasn’t been any confirmation from any camp.

The important part is, fellow aspiring Greendale students, that Community will have its sixth and final (final, final) season once and for all.

Here’s to pre-ordering your tickets for the movie in 2018.