It’s tough not to notice that most of the un-renewals so far (as well as abrupt cancellations for relative newcomers like Netflix’s Teenage Bounty Hunters) have been series about, and often made by, women. As the cuts go deeper and wider, odds are that all kinds of shows will suffer similar fates. But when it comes time to green-light new series under these conditions, it feels like stories from and about underrepresented voices, or stories told in unique ways, will have a much tougher go of it. It won’t be quite like when the movie industry largely stopped making anything but tentpole action movies, if only because Covid precautions will make it very difficult to mount shows on the scale of a Game of Thrones for a while. But when faced with a much higher price tag for both a formulaic show and one that breaks the mold, which do you think most executives will favor? Would AMC have made the philosophical hang-out dramedy Lodge 49 in this environment, let alone four … [Read more...] about Has Covid Leveled Peak TV?
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It debuted on HBO in the spring of 1998, a few months before Sex and the City, and nearly a year before The Sopranos. HBO already had a reputation for making impressive historical miniseries, but the sweep of this one, and the technical wizardry required to recreate more than a dozen Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions, was unprecedented. There is no central character — as chief astronaut Deke Slayton, Nick Searcy is the only actor to appear in even 10 of the 12 episodes, and he’s a supporting player — which means each episode basically has to start over from scratch, narratively. The Apollo 11 mission is dramatized in the sixth episode, “Mare Tranquilitatis,” which means most of the project’s back half is devoted to missions that America largely ignored even in the heady afterglow of Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s famous footsteps. … [Read more...] about ‘From the Earth to the Moon’: Revisit HBO’s Stirring Miniseries About Space Travel
The second season’s action highlights include an episode-length (the sixth) homage to Enter the Dragon, where Ah Sahm travels to the U.S.-Mexico border to pursue the prize in a fighting tournament; the inevitable showdown between Ah Sahm and hulking, bigoted Irish activist Dylan Leary (Dean Jagger); and Cheng’s vigilante madam Ah Toy putting her gleaming sword to very bloody use to get justice for her people. There are several set pieces featuring action of a scope few shows this side of Game of Thrones have ever attempted, let alone pulled off in such giddy fashion. The new episodes weren’t written as the end of the show, so there are seeds being laid in the last hours that will likely never bear fruit. But in style and theme, it feels like a good enough summation of the Warrior saga to make the two seasons a satisfying, fist-pumping package. … [Read more...] about ‘Warrior’ Season 2 Ends an Era of Ass-Kicking Pulp at Cinemax
Today’s sentencing also follows a dirty laundry mega-dump late on March 9 with the unsealing of thousands of pages of documents related to the Weinstein investigation. The unvarnished case files revealed self-pitying PR statements that were never released as well as Weinstein’s Red Flag enemies list including Ben Affleck and Megan Ellison. There’s also a particularly asinine email from October 31, 2017 ranting about how “Jen Aniston should be killed” because of a never published National Enquirer story accusing Weinstein of groping the Friends actress, a claim that reps for The Morning Show star say she never made. … [Read more...] about Harvey Weinstein Sentenced To 23 Years In Prison As Rape Accusers Fill Two Rows In Courtroom
“While the recording is horrifying to listen to, what emerged from the audio was insufficient to prove a crime under New York law, which requires prosecutors to establish criminal intent,” said Chief Assistant DA Karen Friedman-Agnifilo on October 10. “Subsequent investigative steps undertaken in order to establish intent were not successful,” the prosecutor added, probably not contributing much to lessening some of the friction between the D.A.’s office and the NYPD over Weinstein, who has contributed in the past to Vance’s campaigns. … [Read more...] about Harvey Weinstein Subpoenas From Manhattan D.A. Taking Al Capone Tactic