Yes, this is Tom Hardy. And yes, he is going to be on your TVs soon.
Two new shows announced today, two wildly different concepts, two reasons to get very excited.
First up is the news that FX has ordered the drama Taboo, with Ridley Scott producing and intense British actor Tom Hardy (Dark Knight Rises, Inception) starring. We'll pause here for excited Hardy fan-girl squealing.
The eight-episode series is actually being produced for the BBC in the U.K., with production starting in mid to late 2015. Look for it to debut sometime in mid 2016. The period drama is set in 1813 and based on an original story by Hardy and his father, Chips Hardy, which is like the best name we've ever heard. Hardy plays "a rogue adventurer who returns from Africa with 14 ill-gotten diamonds to seek vengeance after the death of his father." He sets out to build his own trade and shipping empire, which is apparently a lot more dangerous than it may sound.Full Story
On the other side of the TV spectrum (so far, in fact, that it's not even on a television network), streaming service Hulu has picked up a series from producer Amy Poehler. (Again, pausing for fan-girl squealing.) …
Look both ways, Carol. She’s the character to whom we should never have to say that. But there it was at the end of “Consumed,” the sixth episode of The Walking Dead's fifth season, Carol hurdling out in front of traffic and getting gurneyed away as Daryl and Noah (Tyler James Williams) jaw about what next. It was a quiet episode, mostly “Caryl” (lacks that Brangelia titillation because heck, they barely shared a moment of bunk bed time in the hour) walking through a disquieting urban landscape. All that wide open space and concrete set the teeth on edge in a way that harkened back to season one of The Walking Dead.
Ostensibly looking for Beth, they head into gorgeously burned-out Atlanta, following a patrol from the hospital regiment, winding up with a van swarmed by walkers. Solution: Go Thelma and Louise off a bridge. Carol and Daryl stick the landing only to have a rain of walkers mess up the van’s paint job. …Full Story
Carell and Stewart, embracing.
Do you like Steve Carell? Do you like Jon Stewart? Do you like old pals palling around like adorable old pals? Well then this is the clip for you. Last night, Stewart had former Daily Show correspondent Carell on The Daily Show to promote his new movie Foxcatcher. Stewart is so smitten with Carell and his success, and Carell with Stewart's kindness and new directorial debut Rosewater, that they have no choice but to have a "fawn off." It really is the cutest. Also: How incredible does Foxcatcher look?
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Duck Dynasty is being adapted into a musical. Yes, as if you hadn't seen enough of the Robertsons, soon you can pay good money to see actors portray the Louisiana family in a 90-minute tale of their path to fame.
According to the New York Times, Jersey Boys producer Michael David is developing the show based on the 2012 book The Duck Commander Family: How Faith, Family, and Ducks Built a Dynasty, penned by Willie and Korie Robertson. The goal is to open in February at the Rio hotel and casino in Las Vegas.
“We’ve enjoyed the process of making a musical alongside the team who is interested in telling the Robertson family story from an outside perspective,” Willie told the Times.
“The Robertsons are so unusual, their story so juicy, and theater shouldn’t be limited to telling stories about people you resemble or revere,” said David.
The news comes a year after the family drew criticism — and a ton of support — when Phil Robertson's anti-gay comments were published in the December 2013 issue of GQ. Ratings subsequently tanked. Season 6 opened with a 46% decline in overall viewers.Full Story
On the surface, the fact that Pharrell Williams is the best judge to ever grace The Voice’s red-chair-flanked stage may surprise you. Mr. Williams seems rather quiet and unassuming on the show. Before this year’s mondo hit Happy, he didn’t have great name recognition with the average person. And what about all the other judges? That vapid Maroon 5 stud Adam Levine, or perpetually boozy country guy Blake Shelton? How about all those times Shakira was a sweetheart? Surely all of the bizarre things that came out of Cee Lo Green’s mouth make him a contender, right?
Wrong. Pharrell is the best.
The dude is a bonafide music master, serving as writer, producer (along with his producing group the Neptunes) or singer on some of the biggest hits of the past decade: Britney Spears’ I’m a Slave 4 U, No Doubt’s Hella Good, Nelly’s Hot in Herre, Justin Timberlake’s Rock Your Body, Snoop Dogg’s Drop It Like It’s Hot, fellow Voice coach Gwen Stefani’s Hollaback Girl. Not to mention two teeny tiny singles from 2013, Daft Punk’s Lucky and Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines, plus Pharrell’s own Happy. The hits! They just don’t stop! …Full Story
This week is jam-packed with new TV, including a handful of top contenders airing each night through Friday. The Voice's live rounds kick things off tonight, Dancing With the Stars host Tom Bergeron pops up on Nashville on Wednesday, and comic goddess Wendi McLendon-Covey joins Whose Line is it Anyway? later in the week.
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Williams, left, and Walken.
NBC has posted a new promo for its live musical event Peter Pan Live!, which reminds us that the darn thing is now less than a month away. It also makes us realize that we'd rather watch a backstage making-of documentary about Peter Pan Live! than the actual Peter Pan Live!. Because this thing is going to be a hot mess. Look, we'd love to be proven wrong, but we just don't see how this will be good. (Note: It WILL be good for our Twitter feeds.) It kinda looks worse than even last year's Sound of Music debacle. Still can't get handle Marnie from Girls as THE BOY Peter Pan. Still can't deal with Christopher Walken's terrible, terrible Captain Hook makeup, or how his specific Walken-ness is going to distract from everything else on stage.
Honestly, I'm a huge fan and supporter of musical theater, and watching live musicals on TV is not something I'm opposed to. But this seems poised to drown in its own cheesiness, with the odd casting being the thing yanking it down to the ocean floor. Full Story
Before we get to supposed savior Eugene Porter and the lies and deception he stored in his "Tennessee top hat" (my new fave term for a mullet), I have to be a total dude here and say this: I wanna party with Sgt. Abraham Ford! Sure, in Sunday's pretty dang awesome episode of The Walking Dead -- titled "Self Help' -- the fire-headed soldier who speaks only in T-shirt slogans ("I am stressed and depressed") showed an unhinged side. In fact, in a series of flashbacks (including one where he bludgeoned a Publix-aisle's-worth of people with a can of SpaghettiOs), Abraham might have lost his family because of his anger issues. Then again: Rosita in the library!! Wocka-wocka! Abraham can never complain about the zombie apocalypse again. NEVER.Full Story
Okay, okay, we have serious work to do here. Abraham's sole purpose has been to get the ape-draped Eugene, who claimed to know the classified cure to the zombie flu, to Washington, D.C. Saving the world and all that. The Rick Grimes & Co. crew was even fractured so Abraham, Eugene, vavoomish library-advocate Rosita, Glenn, Maggie and That Girl Whose Name I Can Never Remember could splinter off to the nation's capital, where scientific salvation was believed to be waiting. But alas, Eugene is a fraud...and an incredibly well-spoken Peeping Tom Pervo. But after the guilt of his deceit became too much (he sabotaged an escape bus early on), his big reveal was a doozy: "I am not a scientist. I don't know how to stop it." Commence a bloody beat-down by the mangled hand of the bamboozled Abraham, who now needs a new purpose to live. (Although, in a poignant coda, we learn that sniveling con-artist Eugene kinda-sorta saved Abraham, who was about to blow his head off over his dead family...and then he met the Mullet. Great storytelling there.) …
If you think the pop-culture critics at the Tampa Bay Times can write all fancy-like, just wait 'til you see them shine in the new video series "Tampa Bay in a Minute." Performance arts dazzler Stephanie Hayes (watch this), movie guru Steve Persall (watch that) and pop-music babbler Sean Daly (if you must...) have all filmed snippets. Now TV maven Michelle Stark weighs in quickly on MasterChef Junior, Lisa Kudrow's Comeback and a new series from troublemaker Katherine Heigl, State of Affairs. Full Story
Truth be told, I wasn't quite sure how to start my recent interview with Phillip Phillips, who plays the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Nov. 11. I really hadn't watched American Idol in ages (he was the Season 11 champ); I liked his mondo hits Home and Gone Gone Gone just fine, but I wasn't sure those songs, neither of which he wrote, said anything about him, you know? Then I found out he was a rabid fan of The Walking Dead. Boom. Things took off from there. He's a cool dude. ENJOY OUR UNDEAD CHAT.Full Story
Before we get to my slam-dunk, can't-miss, get-yo-butt-to-Vegas predictions for Wednesday's 48th annual CMA Awards (8 p.m. on ABC) — which will no doubt be dominated by mad-grinning, thighs-aplenty hunkasaurus Luke Bryan — the No. 1 reason to watch "Country Music's Biggest Night" is for a promised hubba-bubba duet between Miranda Lambert and Meghan "All About That Bass" Trainor. That's a genius pro-curves crossover right there, and I adore both of them. (Ariana Grande and Little Big Town will also pair, but I'm kinda meh about that.) Oooookay, here we go. As anyone who's read me over the years knows all too well, I usually nail EVERY SINGLE ONE of my predictions, I'm like Nostradamus with this stuff. So you can carve these bad boys in stone. CLICK HERE FOR THE PREDICTIONS PROMISED LAND!!!Full Story
Julianna Margulies on 'The Good Wife'
Curl up on the couch for this week's top TV picks: One of our favorite returning shows, MasterChef Junior, premieres its second season Tuesday; the CMA awards air Wednesday (our music critic Sean Daly makes his bold predictions here); The Good Wife continues to be supremely excellent; New Girl and Mindy Project FINALLLYYYY return; and lots more.
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"Car Talk," via NPR.org
Tom Magliozzi's laugh boomed in NPR listeners' ears every week as he and his brother bantered on "Car Talk."
Reported today on NPR.org:
"Tom Magliozzi, one of public radio's most popular personalities, died on Monday of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 77 years old.
"Tom and his brother, Ray, became famous as 'Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers' on the weekly NPR show Car Talk. They bantered, told jokes, laughed and sometimes even gave pretty good advice to listeners who called in with their car troubles. …
"They got into radio by accident when someone from the local public radio station, WBUR, was putting together a panel of car mechanics for a talk show.
"'They called Ray, and Ray thought it was a dumb idea, so he said, "I'll send my brother" and Tom thought, "Great." … And he went over and he was the only one who showed up,' says Doug Berman, the longtime producer of Car Talk. …
"Tom and Ray haven't done the show live for two years; Car Talk has been airing archives of old shows. Berman says Ray would like to continue doing that, as a tribute to his brother."
NPR has a full obituary and tribute to Magliozzi, including recordings of some of the show's memorable moments.Full Story
So on Sunday's ep of The Walking Dead, we finally found out where Singing Beth went: to a HOSPITAL SEX PRISON! (Which reminds me of the time I had to go to a sketchy, dimly lit clinic in Las Vegas for kidney spasms, but you know, that's a story for another time.) Emily Kinney's tuneful waif, last seen being kidnapped in a religious limo with smitten Daryl in pursuit, woke up in a mysterious bed a la Rick Grimes way back when. Beth soon met the show's newest villain: tight-haired Officer Dawn Lerner, a wide-eyed cop/pimp/psycho with delusions of zombie-thwarting grandeur. Megalomanical Dawn was accompanied by Dr. Edwards, a seemingly benign sawbones with a sly penchant for survival. Welcome to Grady Memorial Hospital, the new Woodbury/Terminus, yet another not-so-safe-haven run by totally unsafe people. …Full Story
Trick-or-treating isn't for everyone, especially us couch potatoes. But even if you're not going door-to-door to hunt for candy on Halloween, that doesn't mean you can't be festive.
There's nothing like a good scare, and if you're staying in this weekend, no better way to get them than from spooky shows. So for a real fright from the comfort of your own home, grab some candy, turn off the lights, log onto Netflix and check out one of these four TV seasons to splurge on:
1. American Horror Story: Murder House
This one is a given for All Hallows Eve. AHS is the most terrifying and disturbing show I've ever seen on television, so only watch this if you are looking for some hardcore horror and know you can handle it. In this first season, after moving to Los Angeles to escape painful memories, a family unknowingly settles into the most haunted house in the city. It's not exactly the upgrade they were hoping for. The title pretty much says it all; Murder House is chock full of crazy ghosts who still claim ownership over the place and aren't too welcoming to newcomers.
2. Bates Motel: Season One …Full Story