David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson of the X-Files in 1994.
Get happy, X-Philes. You'll no longer have to subsist on SyFy re-runs for your X-Files fix.
Thirteen years after the iconic sci-fi show went off the air, The X-Files is returning to Fox for what the network calls "a six-episode event."
Creator Chris Carter will helm the episodes and stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprise their roles as FBI agents and seekers-of-the-weird Fox Mulder and Dana Scully.
"I think of it as a 13-year commercial break," Carter said, according to Variety. "The good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories."
Filming starts this summer, but Fox has not set an air date.
We have some hope that the return to television means this revival of The X-Files will be closer to the original phenomenon than the bizzarre-in-a-bad-way 2008 movie The X-Files: I Want to Believe.Full Story
With only two episodes left in the debut season of Better Call Saul, University of American Samoa alums Sean Daly and Chris Tisch are in a frenzy. Surely something awful yet awesome (and holy-moly Breaking Bad-ish) will be cliffhung soon, right? Space Blanket Chuck doesn't seem long for this world. Saul loves Kim more than we thought -- but will that end in nookie or tragedy? And as for Mike -- our favorite fixer is about to go dark for the sake of his granddaughter. Herewith, the boys sound off on last night's installment, "Rico."Full Story
Chris: Well that was fun!
What a great episode, Mike's apple-chow-down break-in scene a highlight of the season so far, like something out of a Steven Soderbergh movie, complete with funky soundtrack and panache to burn.
I know this ep featured two things that haven't really struck your fancy so far, Michelle - the Kettlemans and Jimmy's relationship with Kim. But I think both storylines coalesced beautifully here, adding depth and nuance to Jimmy's character. Another little thing I noticed: While Jimmy was thumbing through his law books in search of embezzlement, he first flipped through the entry electricity - perhaps a reference to Chuck, his strange illness and his efforts to overcome it. Throw in Jimmy's clever little trick leaving the files behind for Chuck to review, and the show seems to be striking at the theme of pondering whether questionable means can justify the ends.
"Some rocks you don't turn over," Mike's detective friend tells him in the beginning sequence, an indication that he, perhaps, understands Mike's plight and gets that doing things right and getting things right are often two different things. …Full Story
While Sean is off trying to make himself look more like Matlock, Chris and Michelle take on the latest episode of Better Call Saul, "Five-O," focused on the one and only Mike Ehrmantraut.
"He put me on a pedestal and I had to show him I was down in the gutter with the rest of them." - Mike
Michelle: Excuse me, Chris, while I continue to mop up the tears from last night's Better Call Saul. By far the show's most meaningful episode yet, "Five-O" is an excellent showcase for Jonathan Banks' Mike and a triumph for the show in terms of weaving the longtime Breaking Bad character's fascinating backstory into the Jimmy McGill-centric dramedy we've been watching so far. If this is an indication of what Saul can do as a TV show, I'm definitely all in. …Full Story
Mike is in a dark place -- and here's hoping 'Better Call Saul' follows him there.
Sex toilets aside, Episode 5 of Better Call Saul went to a very dark place at the end of its hour on Monday -- and that place is called Mike's House. Ooooh, Breaking Bad chills! Herewith, our resident weekly Saulers (Sean Daly, Michelle Stark, Chris Tisch) gush, debate and predict how the AMC hit show will unfurl as it creeps into the (hopefully twisted) second-half of its debut season...Full Story
SEAN: You guys are gonna eye-roll at me again (or maybe you never stopped), but I realized my affections for Better Call Saul were approaching Breaking Bad-ish intensity last night when I kept peeking at my clock to see how much time was left. I wanted more, to cram two hours into one. But I also felt that giddy-nervous stir when it blinked to 10:50 p.m. That's Vince Gilligan's magic window, always has been. All inventive, never-saw-it-coming hell would break loose on BB in the closing ticks; it does with Saul & Co. too. And Ep 5 finally, thankfully took us into a dark storm cloud, with fixer Mike (who loves his granddaughter -- and considers killing everyone else) finally seeing his story arc creak open. We might be happy about it -- but he sure isn't. Actor Jonathan Banks is the master of the deadpan deathstare; so much going on in that smooth-pated terrifying dome. The ex-cop is casing someone (hey Michelle, is that his daughter?) and the cops don't like it. Presumably, Mike is gonna call on Saul, and that's how America's Bittersweethearts will start doing business together. …
Chris: So I've been more down on Better Call Saul than most for the first three episodes, but I feel like the show hit a bit of a stride with its fourth installment - "Hero." What's grabbing me the most is the relationship - both present and past - between Jimmy and his lawyer friend Kim, played by Rhea Seehorn. I loved how she smirked at Saul's efforts to undermine Hamlin; she is the most compelling supporting player in the show so far.Full Story
Oh, and what about her invitation to go see - of all things - John Carpenter's 1982 remake The Thing? Some "Kurt Russell action," she said. How about some Wilford Brimley as a bad guy action? What's next week's feature, The Firm? (Really, Tisch? Michelle and Sean invite you to join them on this and you give them Wilford Brimley jokes?) …
If you watched last night's Oscars ceremony, you saw plenty of lengthy speeches from just about any and everybody, including a few who pushed back against the usual play-off music. It all seemed to start with Ida director Pawel Pawlikowski's refusal to back down when the music started playing on his acceptance speech for that film's Best Foreign Film Oscar, instead outlasting the music.
Bob Odenkirk in 'Better Call Saul'
The Feed vets Michelle Stark (new Food Editor) and Sean Daly (biz whiz) couldn't stay away from TV forever. For the former Mad Men debaters, the allure of another AMC show proved too strong. And this time, they're bringing Business Editor Chris Tisch, a Breaking Bad fanboy who once paid homage to Walter White's love of tighty-whities at a Halloween party, along for the ride. After drooling over the first two episodes of could-have-been-terrible Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul, the trio take it to the Feed to discuss this week's third installment, "Nacho."
Michelle: "I knew it, I knew it! Finally someone believes me!" - Jimmy McGill
The highest praise I can give Better Call Saul, especially after Monday’s third episode? It doesn’t make me think of Breaking Bad.
A good spinoff has to jibe with the show it’s spun off of, honoring the specific setting or character or idea it’s based on enough to hint at its origin. But it also has to move things along, grow a new world from the ground up, and do all of this in such an entertaining way that, eventually, you’re not watching the new show because you liked the old show. Saul checks all of those boxes. …Full Story
Tina and Amy, back at it tonight.
Watching the Golden Globes tonight? We are. Between the fashion, the fun, the drunk celebrity speeches and, oh yeah, seeing who wins, it's one of our favorite pop culture nights of the year.
Follow along live with us at tbtim.es/goldenglobes starting at 8 p.m., where we'll be compiling our favorite tweets, fashion photos and commentary of the night. You can weigh in with your snark, too. (Bonus: Keep an eye out for Deal Diva Stephanie Hayes' fashion tweets during the red carpet festivities.)
The Globes start at 8 p.m. on NBC.Full Story
This is the week for FX casting news. Some of it's extremely bizarre, like yesterday's news about John Travolta (JOHN TRAVOLTA) coming to TV. And some of it is just feels so right you wonder how you ever lived in a world where it wasn't a thing, like today's news that Ted Danson, Patrick Wilson and Nick Offerman are coming to Fargo.
That's right, the second season of the FX miniseries is building its ensemble cast, which started with news that Jesse Plemons and Kirsten Dunst would star as two of the season's major players, a nice married couple who encounter a local crime gang. Season 2 is set in 1979 in Sioux Falls, S.D., and Luverne, Minn., and will tell a story alluded to in the present-day first season by Molly Solverson's (Allison Tolman) dad, Lou (Keith Carradine). …Full Story
Daniel Wallace, Tampa Bay Times
In the past year especially, we've gotten a ton of press releases about big-name movie actors making their way to TV. Clive Owen starred in the first season of Steven Soderbergh's The Knick in 2014; Billy Crystal is set to star in an FX comedy due this year.
But for some reason, we were really not expecting this one: "John Travolta takes starring role in FX's American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson," a press release said Wednesday. We assumed Travolta was essentially retired, off flying planes and whiling away the days in Ocala, content to have his final television appearance be that Adele Dazeem gaff at the Oscars in March.
He's joining the 10-part FX miniseries as one of the leads, attorney Robert Shapiro, returning to television, as the press release reminds us, for the first time since Welcome Back, Kotter. That show debuted 40 years ago. (1975, folks!)
The show is from Ryan Murphy, who's producing it and directing the first episode, and it's ostensibly another iteration of his American Horror Story series, which has now told four separate stories over four distinct seasons. Though with crime. …Full Story
The winter TV season is in full swing, with a handful of new shows premiering this week. We highly recommend Fox's bold new hip-hop drama Empire. Also, Parenthood returns for just a few more episodes before it ends for good, and Tina Fey and Amy Poehler host the Golden Globes on Sunday.
Click here for our full list of this week's top TV.Full Story
Ellie Kemper in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Ah, January. Time for the networks to roll out a slate of fresh TV shows, to rejuvenate their brands after a lackluster fall season and to head into the new year with some more high-profile fare.
And since it's officially 2015, here are 15 shows we're looking forward to, both new and returning. There's 12 Years a Slave writer John Ridley's American Crime, Fox's soap opera Empire, AMC's Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul, Fox's M. Night Shyamalan thriller Wayward Pines, plus a few comedies to lighten things up. Click here for the full list. Full Story
The One with All the Thanksgivings
I'm a Friends fanatic. And, without cable, my options for watching it constantly are limited. That's why I'm thrilled that all 10 seasons are coming to Netflix this week, on Thursday. Happy New Year, indeed. To get you started, here are my top 10 Friends episodes, in no particular order, because ranking them seems more difficult than trying to decide whether Ross and Rachel really were on a break.
I find it hilarious that a Netflix poll found 34 percent of parents trick their kids into going to bed early on New Year's Eve by pretending it's midnight already. That's genius. And kind of evil too, but parenthood ain't for sissies. So starting today, Netflix has added a service that lets you stream a three-minute countdown any time you want with King Julian from Madagasgar, the hyperactive dancing lemur, playing the part of Ryan Seacrest.
This is available now for Netflix subscribers, but you can see a preview here: Full Story