Posted Friday 2/09/18 at 8:57PM EST
In Season 7, Homeland feels overtaken by current events
Despite a timely storyline of a presidential administration at war with the intelligence community, Homeland returns for Season 7 feeling “more like the mere stuff of spy novels, lacking the urgency and hyper-relevance that characterized and energized the show at its peak -- when President Obama, among others, proclaimed it his favorite TV show,” says Brian Lowry. He adds: “Indeed, the series about the war against terrorism and, increasingly, the sacrifices made on the altar to it at home has gone from paralleling current events -- at one time the show felt eerily prescient, as if current events were going out of their way to promote it -- to in many ways being overtaken by them. Even the latest plot, driven by an overreaching female president, somehow feels relatively pallid compared to the shenanigans playing out in Washington.”
Reg E. Cathey dies: The Wire star won an Emmy for House of Cards
Cathey, 59, played Frank Underwood’s favorite D.C. rib cook Freddy Hayes, a role that earned him three consecutive Emmy nominations for outstanding guest actor, including a win in 2015. Cathey also famously played political operative Norman Wilson on The Wire. “Not only a fine, masterful actor -- but simply one of the most delightful human beings with whom I ever shared some long days on set,” tweeted The Wire creator David Simon. “On wit alone, he could double any man over and leave him thinking. Reg, your memory is a great blessing.” House of Cards creator Beau Willimon added: "Reg Cathey was one of a kind. Brimming with life force, generosity, humor, gravitas and a fountain of talent. Loved by everyone lucky enough know him and work with him. He will be greatly missed."
American Horror Story Season 1 homeowners sue, claiming they weren’t told their house was used on a TV show
The current owners of the "Murder House" used in Season 1 say their real estate brokers didn’t inform them they were buying a mansion that had become a “macabre tourist attraction” when they forked over $3.2 million for it in 2015. The Los Angeles American Horror Story house, known as the Rosenheim Mansion, was used for filming in 2011. The current homeowners began noticing fans of the FX series “almost immediately.” As a result, they’ve had “weekly” break-ins. “A week before I first visited them (to work on the case), they had been awakened by the sound of glass breaking — someone came in through the window in the kitchen,” says their attorney.
New Amazon Studios boss has a reputation for developing TV shows that are popular and critically acclaimed
Jennifer Salke, who has served as NBC Entertainment president since 2011, is responsible for successful shows like The Good Place and This Is Us. But before that, she had a hand in shows like Glee, Modern Family and Bones. In other words, she makes shows that viewers and TV critics like to watch.
Could Grey's Anatomy doctors have saved Jack from This Is Us?
Sarah Drew thinks so, acknowledging that this week’s episodes of the NBC drama brought back memories of April Kepner getting fired from the ABC medical drama.
It looks like David Letterman is purposefully keeping his Netflix talk show Trump-free
“After watching the second episode, featuring George Clooney, it appears that Letterman might the one who doesn’t want to talk about Trump,” says Matt Wilstein, noting that both have been outspoken about critics of President Trump. The lack of Trump discussion was pointed out in the premiere episode, featuring President Obama. But it was assumed that Letterman and the former president were keeping to the tradition of presidents declining to speak ill of their immediate successor.
Child’s Play might become a TV series
Original Child’s Play writer Chris Mancini says he’s working on bringing Chucky the killer doll to the small screen.
Gina Rodriguez found directing her first Jane the Virgin episode “very freeing”
Since she’s so busy working on her CW drama, Rodriguez prepped to direct tonight’s episode during her Christmas break. “I actually found it liberating, which was a discovery I didn’t know I was going to have,” she says of directing for the first time. “I thought I was going to find it overwhelming and difficult, but I found it very freeing.”
LAPD sends the Terry Crews sexual assault accusation to the district attorney
“A case was presented to our office on Feb. 6 by the Los Angeles Police Department involving (WME agent) Adam Venit and is under review,” said the spokesperson for the Los Angeles D.A.’s office.
RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars had a superb parody of The Bachelor
Last night’s “The Bitchelor” episode was so great it deserves its own series.
Justin Timberlake surprises Super Bowl halftime selfie kid on Ellen
Ryan McKenna, 13, had tears in his eyes upon hearing Timberlake’s voice via the phone. “It’s nice to meet you, finally,” said Timberlake. “Oh, my God!” McKenna said, as his began tearing up. “I can’t believe this!”
Rita Moreno is the key to One Day at a Time’s success
“She is a one-woman, humor-driven diversion machine, so charming and self-assured that when you finally recognize an episode’s immense and fraught message, you’re already won to her side,” says Kathryn VanArendonk. “Moreno’s performance allows the show to avert the precious vibes of a Very Special Episode, and the story sails along on the giddy currents of Lydia’s personality rather than its own hot air. One Day at a Time is a fantastic show, and all of its actors are crucial to what makes it tick. But Moreno’s performance as Lydia is what lets the show feel so vital and heartbreaking on the most contentious cultural touch points, while still guaranteeing the audience will hang on for the ride.”
Ginger Zee welcomes her second son
The Good Morning America chief meteorologist announced via Twitter the birth of her baby boy.
Stephen Colbert’s Our Cartoon President struggles in a world where Trump jokes become stale after five minutes
The Showtime animated series based on The Late Show cartoon, which formally debuts on Sunday, feels “remarkably tepid” following the release of Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury. “Jokes about Donald Trump tend to feel fresh for only about five minutes, until the president himself sinks to a previously unimaginable low and provides the Twitter meme assembly line with a new product to repackage,” says Jen Chaney. “Even that is a form of recycling.”
HBO’s Here and Now is far too self-important and dreadfully unrelatable -- a “real stinker” from Alan Ball
The family drama from the True Blood and Six Feet Under creator is “surrounded in snide dialogue and hollow gestures of concern,” playing out like a “straight-faced sketch that fell off Portlandia’s truck and is now damaged beyond repair,” says Hank Stuever. Here and Now is about “a family with more first-world problems than it can possibly count,” he adds. “In four episodes made available for review, the show rummages through a mixed bag of inscrutable themes, one of which appears to be an indictment of the performative cultural correctness that sets people off nowadays.”
- Here and Now is alternately suffocating and baffling, featuring miserable characters
- It’s the kitchen sink of TV shows: Ball tries to do too much, amounting to less than the sum of its parts
- The characters seem to be built around talking points —written and overwritten
- It recalls the best and worst of Six Feet Under
- Here and Now is a beautiful, disjointed mess
- How Here and Now attempts to reflect multicultural America
- In Season 7, Homeland feels overtaken by current events