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Posted Tuesday 12/12/17 at 2:13PM EST
Happy! debuts to big ratings for Syfy
The Christopher Meloni-Patton Oswalt series had the biggest audience for a Syfy debut since The Magicians in January 2016.
Posted Thursday 12/07/17 at 4:46AM EST
Syfy’s Happy! is the perfect antidote to holiday overkill
"Happy! is not expressly a holiday treat, despite its setting, in the same way that (Christopher Meloni’s) Nick is not a Grinch,” says Melanie McFarland. “He harbors the same regard for the season as he does about everything else — which is to say, none whatsoever. This liberates the serialized adaptation of Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson’s graphic novel to maintain the same kind of reality-defying savagery that's illustrated on the page, while capitalizing on Meloni’s undeniable charm. The former Law & Order: SVU star is tough to dislike, regardless of the role he’s playing, and that helps make a series devoid of nuance and brimming with extreme violence piled atop even more extreme violence, infinitely more palatable than it would be otherwise.”
- Happy! is kept afloat by Meloni’s performance, but remains an acquired, specific taste
- This brand of “TV-MA bubblegum noir” is no longer appealing
- Meloni tries to hold things together, but his role is drowned out by the show’s “empty edginess”
- Meloni talks about his journey from SVU to comedies to Happy!
Posted Wednesday 10/25/17 at 1:54PM EDT
Read an oral history of HBO’s Oz
Tom Fontana’s prison show that “changed TV forever” launched 20 years ago this summer. “We were really in uncharted territory, because HBO had never done a drama series before,” Fontana. Adds Christopher Meloni: “It was brutality combined with poetry. Harold Perrineau was the Greek chorus, the grand observer of these silly games that humankind plays. I thought that was a cool way to present a show that also had inmate rape and all that other brutal stuff. There was nothing like it on TV.”
Posted Thursday 10/05/17 at 9:47PM EDT
Check out Christopher Meloni going crazy in Syfy’s Happy!
The graphic novel-based series, featuring a unicorn named Happy voiced by Patton Oswalt, just might be Syfy’s craziest show yet.
Posted Tuesday 9/12/17 at 3:42PM EDT
PaleyFest is hosting an Oz reunion
Tom Fontana will be joined by Edie Falco, Lee Tergesen, Terry Kinney and Eamonn Walker, but Christopher Meloni, J.K. Simmons, and Ernie Hudson weren’t mentioned in the announcement. David Simon will host the panel.