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Posted Sunday 1/20/19 at 1:34PM EST
Gillian Anderson to play Margaret Thatcher on The Crown
Source: The Times of London
Anderson, who can be seen on Netflix playing British characters on The Fall and Sex Education, will take on another British role on the streaming service, that of Britain's first female prime minister, when The Crown is set in the 1970s. The Times of London, which broke the casting news, notes that previous portrayals of Thatcher -- including by Meryl Streep and Greta Scacci -- have ranged from “flirtatious and coquettish” to “almost a glamour puss” to “a she-wolf” and “figure of awe for her personal strength and grit."
Posted Saturday 1/12/19 at 7:05AM EST
Sex Education is stunningly superior to other teen comedies
Source: The Daily Dot
"With jocks, popular girls, and geeks galore, Sex Education certainly does seem like an homage to the stereotypical American TV drama," says Tess Cagle. "But it’s not. Because of its sincerity, compelling writing, and heart, the series stands out against American teen series it stands alongside on Netflix, like Riverdale or Insatiable. (If you’re an adult watching Sex Education, you’ll find yourself cringing a lot less, too.) Every moment in Sex Education feels authentic and carefully developed. Sex Education is both the Skins (that British drama you know you binged in high school) for Gen Z and a public service announcement for inclusive sexual education. The series tackles everything—masturbation, impotence, abortion, pubic lice, sex, and more—in a frank and often graphic way. It’s also plenty inclusive when it comes to LGBTQ representation. And while it might seem radical to compare it to the teen shows of yesterday, from One Tree Hill to Degrassi: The Next Generation, it refreshingly removes the stigma from therapy for teens and their parents alike. It’s also progressive in the way it urges men to see women as people and not merely objects of desire."
- Sex Education finds original ways to explore the story of a character many other series have written off as comic relief
- The show is aggressively gross and graphic in a way that will probably mortify teens and grownups alike
- It's like the anti-13 Reasons Why because everybody is not miserable all the time
- What sets Sex Education apart from other teen shows is it doesn't treat the sex lives of teens as a childish joke
- Sex Education isn’t just good; it’s “cancel your weekend plans” good
- Horny and heartfelt, Sex Education blends teen sex-romp tropes with a refreshing level of empathy
- How Gillian Anderson and Asa Butterfield prepared for their roles: Did they research sex therapists at all?
Posted Wednesday 1/02/19 at 3:41PM EST
Watch Gillian Anderson in Netflix's Sex Education trailer
On the limited series premiering Jan. 11, Anderson portrays a sex therapist and Asa Butterfield plays her teenage son, who uses her expertise to set up a sex therapy clinic at his high school.
Posted Monday 12/17/18 at 9:24PM EST
American Gods' original showrunners planned to have Gillian Anderson play both Mister Rodgers and Princess Leia
Bryan Fuller tweeted last night that he and original co-showrunner Michael Green were fully committed the Starz series before their ouster. "We were dedicated to cast, crafted the season, wrote 5 episodes, even had Media as Mr. Rogers & Princess Leia," Fuller tweeted. "We were in the process of reducing scope due to a dramatic budget reduction when we were fired."
Posted Tuesday 12/04/18 at 1:01PM EST
Gillian Anderson's Sex Education to premiere on Netflix on Jan. 11
Netflix has provided the first look at the British coming-of-awkward-age dramedy about a socially awkward high school virgin and his sex therapist mother.
Posted Monday 9/10/18 at 2:00PM EDT
The X-Files turns 25: The pilot episode still holds up with "seriously funny" Mulder and Scully
Source: Entertainment Weekly
The X-Files made its groundbreaking debut on Fox on Sept. 10, 1993. After 25 years, "time hasn’t dimmed the best thing about The X-Files," says EW's Darren Franich. "It remains very funny, one of the most darkly humorous procedurals in TV history — and you can strike that 'one of' if we’re not counting anything British." In The X-Files pilot, he says, "Mulder and Scully look like they’re having a blast. Drenched in rain, surrounded by empty graves, ranting about aliens summoning comatose man-children into a murder forest, they both start laughing. You have to be some kind of stupid brave to laugh at madness this bleak. Twenty-five years later, TV investigators have trended utterly dour or painfully silly. Mulder and Scully are serious, and funny, and seriously funny. There are jokes about corpses: This was Fox, man, god this was Fox." Franich adds that Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny "are perfect costars from millisecond one. They’re clearly established as opposites, just as clearly established as allies, two totally different smart people who are skeptical in very specific ways. Mulder doesn’t believe anyone because he thinks everyone is lying. Scully is more meticulous: She waits for people to lie before she distrusts them."
Posted Wednesday 8/29/18 at 5:36PM EDT
The X-Files' Mulder and Scully are getting their own Barbie dolls to mark the 25th anniversary
Source: Entertainment Weekly
The X-Files is also getting a children's book, a comic book and an Upper Deck playing game in celebration of the Sept. 10 25th anniversary.
Posted Monday 7/16/18 at 8:37PM EDT
Netflix's Sex Education adds James Purefoy as Gillian Anderson's ex-husband
The Altered Carbon star and The Following alum will recur on the dramedy, playing the ex of Anderson's sex therapist character and the father of their son Otis, played by Asa Butterfield.
Posted Monday 6/04/18 at 2:49PM EDT
American Gods names successor to Gillian Anderson's Media
Kahyun Kim will take on the role of New Media in Season 2 of the Starz series, playing "the goddess of global content — and in this age, a cyberspace chameleon, who is also a master of manipulation." The Starz series also announced that Dean Winters will guest-star in Season 2.
Posted Thursday 5/17/18 at 2:40PM EDT
Gillian Anderson to star on Netflix dramedy Sex Education, playing Asa Butterfield's mom
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
In her first major role since leaving The X-Files and American Gods, Anderson will join Butterfield on the British coming-of-age series. He'll play an awkward high school virgin and she'll play his sex therapist mom.
Posted Monday 5/14/18 at 12:29PM EDT
Fox has "no plans" for more X-Files after Gillian Anderson's exit
“There are no plans to do another season at the moment," Fox co-chairman and CEO Gary Newman told reporters this morning. ALSO: Anderson reacts to Fox's comments, pointing to "exit of 77% of viewership."
Posted Wednesday 4/18/18 at 11:16PM EDT
Study: Women who watched The X-Files were 50% more likely to work in STEM fields
Source: The Cut
The study from the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media conducted earlier this year aimed to determine if women and girls considered Gillian Anderson's Scully to be a role model.
Posted Tuesday 4/03/18 at 1:44PM EDT
Gillian Anderson's American Gods Media character will be replaced by "New Media"
The Starz series is searching for a 20-something actress of Asian descent to play the role of "New Media," who symbolizes the role of social media in modern American life.
Posted Friday 3/23/18 at 5:23AM EDT
How might The X-Files proceed without Gillian Anderson?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
It would be easier for Chris Carter to bring back The X-Files if David Duchovny also didn't return. ALSO: Ranking every episode of The X-Files revival.
Posted Wednesday 3/21/18 at 11:27PM EDT
Chris Carter on the future of The X-Files: "Right now it's anyone's guess"
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Carter says he's "happy not to think about it for a little bit" following Wednesday's Season 11 finale. "I honestly don’t know right now," he says. "There’s so much that’s up in the air right now with Fox’s sale to Disney, and with Gillian's announcement — which I respect — and with more X-Files stories to be told…right now it’s anyone’s guess." He adds: "I know there’s more life in this show, whether it’s — they’re doing a really interesting X-Files narrative game right now — while it would never be the same without Gillian, as I was saying I do think there are more stories to be told. If this was the last episode, would I be happy? I don’t know. There are so many questions that this begs now. I’m standing with them on the end of that pier and thinking about the impossibility of it and the impossibility of not knowing what the future holds for them."
- Carter: "Hard-core X-Files fans know there have been no real endings on the show"
- Here's how The X-Files said goodbye to Gillian Anderson
- Mitch Pileggi hopes The X-Files returns
- Season 11 was "bad," but not as messy as the Season 10 finale
- Should we judge this season finale as just another Chris Carter fever dream, or the last X-Files ever?