Aden Young stars in "Rectify" on the Sundance Channel. You can watch the first two seasons on Netflix before the third season premieres in July.
It's a big world of TV out there, full of shocking dramas with OMG! moments and "I can't believe they did that!" cliffhangers. And that's where Rectify stands out. It's a show that's best when it's whispering. The subtle filmmaking is consistently brilliant and the characters say so much without saying much at all.
The series comes from Ray McKinnon, a character actor best known from Deadwood and Sons of Anarchy. Rectify is about a rural Georgia man played by the captivating Aden Young who was just released from death row. About 20 years ago, Daniel Holden was convicted of raping and killing his 16-year-old girlfriend. The mystery that surrounds the entire series is whether or not he actually did the crime. Conflicting DNA evidence is what got him released, but most of the locals still believe he did it. We follow our protagonist as he adjusts to life on the outside, and a lot has changed in two decades. …
Every hour is selfie hour when you're Kaitlyn Bristowe and Amy Schumer.
"It's week one and we're already in this position. This is bad," explained Kaitlyn Bristowe, our season 11 Bachelorette and accidental truth-sayer.
She's good for at least one moment like this every week. A moment of clarity so concise, you'd think it was *cough* scripted *cough.*
And so continues this season's hilarious trend of departures prior to the rose ceremony. We're three for three episodes. Is that a record?
Kupah, one of three minority suitors to make it through the first rose ceremony, went out in what seemed to be an alcohol-fueled, completely self-aware, agonizingly embarrassing car crash of truthiness.
He realized too late that he'd bombed his group date and tried to use the last minute couch rally to tell Kaitlyn how he really felt which, unsurprisingly, wasn't something she really wanted to hear.
Kupah had already told the other suitors, "I don't want to be here any longer than I have to be to fill some quota."
Did he really just talk about that thing from that lawsuit on camera on ABC? You betcha. …
Ashley Judd and Patrick Wilson in 'Big Stone Gap.'
If you’ve been waiting for the chance to see Patrick Wilson and his famous St. Petersburg family together on the big screen, you’ll finally get the chance this fall.
Wilson’s indie movie Big Stone Gap, based on the bestselling novel by Adriana Trigiani, will hit theaters Oct. 9, filmmakers announced over the weekend. It will be distributed by New York company Picturehouse.
While the small-budget flick was filmed far away in Virginia, it still has plenty of local relevance. Wilson, who grew up in St. Petersburg, co-stars with brother Paul, who runs an advertising and marketing company in St. Pete. Other members of the Wilson family have cameos, including father John, the longtime WTVT-Ch. 13 news anchor who retired last fall; brother Mark, the current WTVT anchor; mother Mary K., a prominent voice instructor; and Patrick’s wife and children. …
Daenerys is not impressed with the reopened fighting pits.
Before I get into this week’s episode, I need to say a few words about Coldplay’s ‘Game of Thrones’ musical created for Red Nose Day.
1. JON SNOW (it’s Kit) SINGING
2. “You know nothing, Chris Martin.”
3. Only Jaime Lannister could make singing about incest hilarious.
4. Ramsay (Iwan Rheon) is still creepy IRL but his reunion with Theon (Alfie Allen) is adorably weird.
5. This musical/cast reunion was a wonderful mess and I loved every second. You should, too.
Back to the dismal world of Westeros.
Winter is most certainly coming. It will touch everyone -- heroes, villains and inbetweeners. Those in the far north -- The Night’s Watch, Stannis and his Army and the people of Winterfell -- are already feeling the biting wind and incessant snow. The south, though still relatively sunny, is receiving a metaphorical winter with betrayals, poisonings and imprisonments.
It’s come to the point in the series where if a character or family appears as if it’s winning this game of thrones, it really isn’t. …
Our tragic heroes and star-crossed lovers? Sarah and Paul try to escape Camp Castor.
Have you caught your breath, #CloneClub? The Orphan Black we know and love is back! We got some answers, some action and some twerking. Let's just get right to it: Swallow that scorpion and save Sarah, shall we?
Dreaming of you: The cliffhanger last episode was Helena leaving Sarah behind at Camp Castor. So we open this episode inside Sarah's fever dream. She's hallucinating her daughter Kira, probably the only person she'd trust down a creepy hallway (or the light at the end of Lost?). Apparently Dr. Coady is pumping Rudy's blood into Sarah, causing some scary side effects. …
Star- and class-crossed lovers Alicia and Julio — you've gotta love 'em.
Gathered around a table recently with margaritas and wines in hand, we here at the Feed were chatting Mad Men and Grey's Anatomyand so on when one of us struck a nerve: "hidden" shows. You know, the fabulous, addicting stuff buried so deep on Netflix or cable that you might never find it.
We realized as we each took turns gushing on and on that we've all got one (or two, or three ...) shows we've happened upon, started watching with low expectations and gotten thoroughly addicted to for various reasons. We're willing to bet you have your own that you just have to gush about even when no one listens.
But hey, we're going to do something about it. In an occasional series, we're going to tell you about shows you should be watching and why.
First up: my mega addiction Gran Hotel on Netflix. There could be an entire section of my Netflix list (and, really, my life) called "things my sister got me into," but this is among the best. It's a Spanish drama that has been picked up in several European countries, and Netflix's description probably sounds like something you'd never watch: "To learn the truth about his sister's mysterious disappearance, a young man infiltrates a hotel in the guise of a footman and begins an investigation."
Netflix is missing all of the juiciness, so let me help. Set in a fictional seaside Spanish town in the early 1900s, Gran Hotel (also called "Grand Hotel" on Netflix) follows the inner workings of a fancy hotel (just wired for electricity!) and the ruthless Alarcón family that owns it and will stop at nothing to keep owning it. Think Downton Abbey on steroids in Spain. But with less #richpeopleproblems, more murder.
David Letterman left late night television early Thursday morning with a wave and no doubt:
"For the last time on a television program: Thank you and good night," Letterman said, signing off on a monumental television career with a farewell show not that different but much more special than the 6,027 broadcast before.
Unlike his variety show mentor Johnny Carson, Letterman's farewell was without heavy sentiment yet bursting with appreciation. Call it part of the difference Letterman made, not only in the way such shows were hosted and people spotlighted but what is funny.
Not that the butt of those jokes changed but Letterman altered the dynamic, adding irony and casualness that Carson wasn't allowed in his day. Primetime was never ready for Letterman. Juxtapositioning the Kardashians with the Gabors (look them up, kids) in his opening monologue was a straight line of celebrity through talk show history, and vapidness. …
Can't wait for 11:35 p.m.? CBS has released a little tease of David Letterman making his final entrance on tonight's Late Show with David Letterman (taped earlier today). Not too much happens, but it's kind of emotional nonetheless to see the legendary comic run out onto the stage for the last time. See it below.
Our Steve Persall (@StevePersall) will be writing during the last show and will have a recap here on The Feed shortly after it airs, so be sure to check back. In the meantime, read his interview with Letterman, in which they talk comedy, retirement and most touching of all, the life-changing realities of heart surgery.
In the soul-sucking third hour of The Bachelorette's two night premiere, the producers got down to it immediately so we wouldn't flee from our couches.
Chris Harrison and the spectre of doom met Britt Nilsson in the garden to break the news. "A majority of the men chose one woman," he teased before giving her the boot and ending this whole crazy experiment.
Britt was who we thought she was. She cried prettily and talked of love as she was run off the premises by a crew that probably just wanted to sleep at that point.
Kaitlyn found out what we already knew: ratings are important to ABC and a sexually liberated loose cannon is a much better protagonist than a person who might actually be in this "for the right reasons." Congrats Kaitlyn!
To celebrate, she made out with two men she met hours before and proceeded to squander her opportunity for vengeance in the first rose ceremony of the season.
#TeamBritt guys passed a brick when Kaitlyn walked back into the mansion and it was then that we got to see their true colors. Even fervent Britt supporters were sidling up to Kaitlyn with compliments before it was all over. …
KFC announced Tuesday that everyone's favorite mustachioed chicken fan would be reborn via Saturday Night Live's Darrell Hammond (good to know there are a variety of roles for men in Hollywood). Watch the commerical here.
"I've been gone for a while and boy-howdy have things changed," he says.
He goes on to mention double-sided tape and cargo pants, but DO NOT FEAR, THE SECRET RECIPE CHICKEN HAS NOT CHANGED. (He conveniently doesn't mention the Double Down.)
Who's next for a makeover? Our money is on the Domino's Noid.
Yes, as of yesterday, @POTUS has his own account. Predictably about 2 million people have already followed him, putting aside politics momentarily to revel in the coolness of tweets from the prez himself. (In case you were saying, "But wait, wasn't he already there?" Kind of. The @BarackObama has been around since 2007, but mostly run by campaign staff.)
"It's all fun and games until Chris Harrison shows up."
Those sage words from Kaitlyn Bristowe perfectly sum up the two-hour travesty that ABC called The Bachelorette season premiere.
Each time the host of TV's guiltiest pleasure showed up Monday night, he was bringing bad tidings.
First, Harrison had an interminable lead-in to warn the audience about the "controversial" premise ABC had been pumping for weeks -- there would be two Bachelorettes until the 25 suitors voted and whittled it down to one.
Next, he was whisking the women, Kaitlyn Bristowe and Britt Nilsson from the last season of The Bachelor, into a room full of men and asking them to convince the group to let them stay.
The Harrison Reaper made his third appearance to tell the women it was time for the vote, changing the busker atmosphere funereal in an instant.
His highlight, though, was sending a security guard into the mansion to fetch Ryan M., who spent the night getting drunk, picking fights, slapping butts, making rape comments and stripping down to his skivvies for a solo dip in the hot tub.
"You don't seem to be here for the right reasons," Harrison said as the non-descript white van pulled up to spirit Ryan away. …
Wednesday night is a big night for goodbyes, with David Letterman stepping off the Ed Sullivan Theater stage for the last time and one of Tampa Bay’s most celebrated journalists and role models, Gayle Sierens, signing off as anchor at WFLA-Ch. 8 after a history-making career that is still in the NFL record books.
But they won’t be leaving before they both get tributes from their long line of admirers.
David Letterman The Late Show with David Letterman finale airs at 11:35 p.m. on CBS, and details have been scarce except that it will be “an hour filled with surprises and memorable highlights,” the network has said — and one last Top 10 list.
As the longest-serving late-night talk show host in history, with more than 6,000 shows on two networks, there aren’t many celebrities David Letterman didn’t get the chance to talk to over the years. And they have been lining up for weeks to return the favor. Meanwhile Letterman has spent his last week chatting up post office clerks and pricing hummingbird feeders at Home Depot to get ready for his first week of retirement. …
David Letterman's royal sendoff after 33 years of inventive television is deserved, if not preferred. For months his staff told guests to lay off the farewell talk, at the host's request. Then the urge to pay tribute "started up like a furnace" and Letterman's staff told him to "just sit there and take it."
Turns out it hasn't been torture.
"Like everything else, once I got a little bit of it I thought, oh, this is not so bad," Letterman said. "And it started to actually affect me."
For more of Steve Persall's interview with Letterman — which touches on their membership to the "Zipper Club" after open heart surgery and how Letterman made Persall cry — click here.
It's the Queen of Thorns vs. the Queen Mother in this week's episode.
If you ever thought you could get away with having a favorite character and rooting for them to never get hurt and/or killed, this episode should change your mind. But before I get into the heartbreaking details of the scene that closed out this episode, I’m going to ease everyone into ‘Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken.’
The Queens of Tarts: If I loved the witty, passive aggressive banter between Margaery and Cersei, I LIVE FOR the show downs between Lady Olenna/Queen of Thorns and Cersei/Queen Mother. After dubbing each other the biggest tart in Westeros, they squabble over who’s fault it is that Loras is imprisoned. No matter how many witty jabs and threats you throw, Lady Olenna, you can’t go up against Cersei Lannister empty-handed
Ruling: Lady Olenna lost this battle, but I’m betting on her to win the war. …
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