Tonight is the premiere of Chiller's Chilling Visions' follow-up, 5 States of Fear, which combines five disparate short films, tethered together by the loose theme of basic human fears in five different states. Thatís what they call metaphoriliteral in the business.
When Showtime decided to create a TV series based on the lives and research of Dr. William H. Masters (Michael Sheen) and Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan), they dredged the two mostly forgotten names up out of history and created a series that is fun and impressive. Masters of Sex is a show that capably looks at life through a cultural lens.
Comedies from other English-speaking countries almost always get adapted for American audiences, and a foreign sitcom has a slim chance of getting to air unchanged, which makes Welcome to Sweden rather rare. Too bad the same can't be said for anything else to do with this NBC summer series, which serves as a pleasant but familiar and forgettable fish out of water tale.
In Season 2, co-creator and showrunner Elwood Reid has up and created his own maddeningly large sea for this drama to wallow in, and even though there are more plotlines to follow than there are highways in Texas, Iím completely entranced by it all.
Arriving on Wednesday night is CBS's new 13-episode serialized drama Extant. Combining mystery, thrills and a futuristic backdrop, Extant gets off to an intriguing start, with a premiere episode that sets the stage for what may prove to be a truly gripping summer mystery, wrapped in a sci-fi story involving family, artificial intelligence and outer space.
Why wait until Sunday night to go back to the 90s? National Geographic has offered us an early look at their miniseries The '90s: The Last Great Decade, which is set to debut on Sunday night. The above video gives us a look at the first hour (or 42 minutes anyway) of the two-hour premiere of the 3-part miniseries, which will air Sunday, Monday and Tuesday night, beginning this weekend.
It almost didn't happen. When we last saw Wilfred, the comedy still hadn't been renewed for its fourth season, which makes the ending of last year's finale seem even more audacious. Obviously, FX ended up coming through with the renewal, especially good news since Season 4 is just as unique, compelling and stunningly shot as the previous three although not quite as funny. Trying to provide answers when crafting a characters' mythology can be serious and often dark business.
Taking over Fargo's recently vacated timeslot, Gideon Raff's FX drama Tyrant settles in at Tuesday night with a premiere episode that reveals its potential, not to mention the amount of effort it took for this ambitious project to be made. While the first episode teases an intriguing new drama that will leave you wanting more, the episodes that follow don't quite satisfy.
Post-apocalyptic society is becoming a recurring theme at Syfy. With Defiance set to return this Thursday night, it's particularly fitting that Dominion would be paired with it. Dystopian backdrop aside, Vaun Wilmott's new series veers far more toward supernatural than it does sci-fi, in its focus an impending celestial battle between good and evil, with mankind trapped in the middle.
If you were wondering what more of this alien populated, wild west of a world looks like, you do get a taste of the outside world during the premiere, but Defiance spends most of its first three episode reestablishing patterns and returning its characters to their former roles.
Ratings riser Inside Amy Schumer will be back for Season 3, and the off-kilter freshman series Review and TripTank have been renewed for respective second seasons. As well, series orders were granted to two new network series and six original web-only series. If laughter is the best medicine, Comedy Central is a pharmaceutical god.
As unpredictable as a predatorís next move, Netflixís surprise critical hit Orange is the New Black is off parole and back for a drama-filled Season 2. This is prison-issued binge watching material, but donít let them find it in your bunk, or there might be hell to pay.
Starz is taking a break from period dramas and adventure shows like Black Sails and Da Vinci's Demons to present Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson's promising new drama Power. The 8-episode first season gets off to a solid start, introducing us to an up-and-coming nightclub owner who's using his hot new establishment as a front to launder money brought in by his lucrative and more established drug network.
The 80s drama starts with an armadilloís demise and ends with a slew of corporate IBM cronies shuffling into an office building like theyíre on an episode of The Walking Dead. In between, inspiring speeches, a rude but genius female and one manís awakening kicks off the drama to an exciting start. Itís a good thing, too, because excitement has mostly been missing from the slew of hopeful new dramas AMC has produced over the last several years.
This Friday, the drama Crossbones will wash ashore on NBC, anchored by a truly stellar performance from the Emmy-winning thesp John Malkovich as the legendary Blackbeard. Chance are youíll spend the entirety of the show like I did, wishing that the entire story was dedicated to Blackbeard talking to himself in a mirror.