Posted Wednesday 2/20/19 at 12:10AM EST
This Is Us finally gives Susan Kelechi Watson a Beth-centric episode
Source: The A.V. Club
The "Our Little Island Girl" episode, the first to delve into Beth Pearson's backstory, "suffers from trying to cram all of Beth’s adolescence into a single episode," says Caroline Siede. "It sometimes winds up feeling a little bit like a CliffsNotes backstory for a character who more than deserves her own novelistic storyline. Yet if any show is built to bring emotional depth to a CliffsNotes story, it’s This Is Us. Though it bites off perhaps a little more than it can chew, This Is Us gives this Beth-centric episode the pomp and circumstance it deserves, particularly when it comes to its guest stars" Phylicia Rashad and Carl Lumbly as her mom and dad. Siede adds: "In some ways, 'Our Little Island Girl' feels like This Is Us clearing the decks to finally (finally!!) put Beth on an even playing field with the rest of the cast— one she should’ve been on a long time ago. The episode offers Beth a new direction in the present and officially kicks off Beth and Randall’s love story in the past. Hopefully that will lead to more stories where both present-day Beth and her teenage counterpart (a wonderful Rachel Hilson) get to take center stage again."
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- Susan Kelechi Watson on how she prepared for Beth's episode
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- Co-showrunner Elizabeth Berger recalls the "huge discussions" in developing Beth's episode
- Watson refused to use a stunt double for Beth's dancing
Amazon's Lord of the Rings writers are working in a "secret room" under "lock and key"
Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke, in a wide ranging Q&A with The Hollywood Reporter, says of the Lord of the Rings TV series: "There's a fantastic writers room working under lock and key. They're already generating really exciting material. They're down in Santa Monica. You have to go through such clearance, and they have all their windows taped closed. And there's a security guard that sits outside, and you have to have a fingerprint to get in there, because their whole board is up on a thing of the whole season."
Game of Thrones forms a "weird" partnership with the American Red Cross for "Bleed For The Throne" blood drive
To announce the "Bleed For The Throne" blood drive, HBO released a montage of Game of Thrones characters bleeding for the throne.
Syfy cancels George R.R. Martin's Nightflyers after one season
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Based on Martin's 1980 novella and the 1987 film of the same name, the expensive space drama -- a co-production with Netflix -- failed to "break through the clutter," according to The Hollywood Reporter. Syfy released the first season of Nightflyers in its entirety on its digital platform in December and over 10 straight nights on cable. ALSO: Nightflyers star David Ajala joins CBS drama pilot Under the Bridge.
Office Space at 20: How Mike Judge's beloved movie paved the way for The Office and Corporate
Source: The A.V. Club
Judge's 1999 comedy film celebrated its 20th anniversary on Tuesday. In the past two decades, it has influenced everything from Ricky Gervais' The Office to its American successor -- created by Judge's King of the Hill co-creator Greg Daniels -- to Better Off Ted and the currently airing Corporate on Comedy Central.
Why Miracle Workers went after Bill Maher
Source: The Daily Beast
“Everything on this show is basically ‘How do we make this company worse?’” creator Simon Rich says of his TBS comedy's latest episode that targeted the Real Time host.
Batwoman pilot casts Dougray Scott as Kate Kane's father and adversary
He'll play Jacob Kane, a former military colonel who commands Gotham’s private security firm The Crows. ALSO: David Nutter exits as pilot director.
OSHA fines MacGyver producers for accident that left a stunt coordinator seriously injured
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says it fined CBS’ Eye Productions $9,472 "for failing to protect employees from hazards while filming a television show" after stunt coordinator Justin Sundquist "was injured while performing a stunt from a moving vehicle traveling approximately 18 mph. OSHA issued a serious citation for failing to provide adequate head protection during stunts.”
Amy Schumer spoofs Lady Gaga's A Star is Born billboard
Check out "Amy" as "Ally" in promotion for Schumer's Growing Netflix comedy special, premiering March 19.
Nasim Pedrad's TBS comedy pilot Chad adds Eighth Grade star Jake Ryan
Ryan will play the best friend of Pedrad's teenage boy character.
How True Detective Season 3 connects to Season 1
It's becoming more apparent that the two seasons are connected.
Norman Reedus has become more involved in shaping The Walking Dead's Henry
Source: Entertainment Weekly
"You know, I’ve been doing something with Henry the entire year," Reedus says of Matthew Lintz's character. "I’ve been changing dialogue a little bit here and there. I’ve been changing stage direction a little bit here and there, trying to give Henry responsibility. If there was a line that was like, 'You stay here. I’m going to go do this,' I would be like, 'I need you to watch my back. I need you to watch these people while I’m away.' I change things a little bit because I have a teenage son, so I know that when you give a teenager responsibility, he feels like he’s part of the group. If you empower people, you can trust them a little bit more."
The West Wing alums Martin Sheen, Allison Janney and Dulé Hill had a mini reunion in Los Angeles
Sheen and Janney came out to support Hill at his play on Monday.
David Horowitz dies: KNBC's Fight Back! host was parodied by Johnny Carson and held hostage on live TV
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Horowitz, a 15-time Emmy winner who died last week at age 81, was an icon on Los Angeles' NBC affiliate for two decades with his Fight Back! consumer advocacy show. His work on Los Angeles TV led to more than 40 appearances on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show. Carson frequently parodied Horowitz as "David Howitzer, Consumer Supporter." Horowitz also played himself on NBC shows, including Saved by the Bell, The Golden Girls, ALF and Silver Spoons. But Horowitz is perhaps best known for a 1987 incident in which a deranged man took him hostage at gunpoint during KNBC's live 4 p.m. newscast.
- This Is Us finally gives Susan Kelechi Watson a Beth-centric episode