January 21, 2019

Mese: Ottobre 2018

The Flash Season 5 Episode 3 Review: The Death of Vibe

IS EVERYONE OKAY? ARE WE ALL STILL BREATHING? I’m barely catching my breath after almost going into full cardiac arrest watching The Flash Season 5 Episode 3 and thinking Cisco was dead meta meat. I did find it suspicious that the episode was titled “The Death of Vibe,” and assumed that even if the writers have teased there would be deaths this season, they wouldn’t be so obvious as to title their episode that way. I mean, that’s a huge reveal. Plus, getting rid of Cisco? That’s not a poetic character death to advance your plot. That’s just shooting yourself in the foot. Still, all rational thoughts aside, when I heard the words “Cisco’s dead” come out of Barry’s mouth, I seriously think I flatlined for a full minute. Luckily, it was just a brilliant rouse orchestrated to outsmart Cicada, so Cisco/Vibe would be safe. But writers? Please don’t do that to me again. I’m too fragile for these things. Related: The Flash Season 5 Episode 2 Review: Blocked But even with their attack on my life, the writers delivered yet another incredible episode of The Flash with “The Death of Vibe.” The writing is just flawless this season -- from the clean storytelling to the pacing in the episodes to the balance of the character development and plot advancement -- it continues to deliver in ways we haven’t seen since The Flash Season 1. I know I sound like a broken record, but the way this show can balance humor and intense, dramatic storylines is unlike any other superhero show on television. It makes me wonder why they ever tried to break away from that balance in the first place. Tom Cavanaugh was finally back with the team, bringing us the joy of not one, but two Wells visiting Star Labs. I may not love how many times the writers have switched up Wells on us lately, but I’m always here for a cameo or two. The way he can portray so many different versions of one character is ingenious, and I am always impressed at how every version has a unique, but equally as enjoyable dynamic with the group. Sherlock Wells was no different, bringing a fresh new perspective of comedy to Team Flash (Although who wouldn’t love to see German Wells stick around for a while if only to fangirl over the West Allen family a little more while giving Cisco some side eye?) As usual, his rapport with Cisco seems to be something to look forward to, as Cavanaugh and Valdes have effortless chemistry. But what also impressed me was the dynamic (and possible connection) Sherlock may have with Ralph, a fellow investigator. Do I sense a father/son type relationship blooming? That may be asking too much, but Sherlock’s confidence in his ability to do his job well may give Ralph some of the development he needs. His character is lacking the motive to grow and expand, and Sherlock Wells may be the catalyst to change that. Speaking of Ralph, I’m still hesitant about his involvement with Caitlin. I am enjoying his small journey of self-discovery through her story..

The Conners Season 1 Episode 2 Review: Tangled Up in Blue

This half-hour certainly made me a feel a little blue. On The Conners Season 1 Episode 2, we finally got the chance to meet David's new girlfriend Blue, but things didn't go as smoothly as David was hoping they would. I wasn't the only one confused why David thought bringing Blue to a parent-teacher conference was a good idea, right? There wasn't a whole lot of thought behind his decision which was a little infuriating. I know it was to create comic relief, but there could have been a better way to introduce her; though I will say Blue is a fantastic match for David. Related: The Conners Season 1 Episode 1 Review: Keep On Truckin' As much as I loved David and Darlene there's something about Blue's free spirit which clicks with David's personality. She's also someone who isn't afraid to share her opinion which is what David needs in his life as well. One of my biggest gripes with the Blue storyline was her being involved with Harris having sex with a boy. Blue knew Harris was thinking about having sex, and she didn't even think to call Darlene to let her know what was happening. Let's all just ignore Blue not having a cell phone for a moment because the lack of respect she showed Darlene by not saying anything to her spoke volumes. Related: Enjoy UNLIMITED access to thousands of Movies and TV shows with Amazon Prime Video. WATCH ANYWHERE. CANCEL ANYTIME! It was great Harris had someone she could talk to, but Darlene should have been involved the moment Blue knew Harris would be having sex. Harris was going to have sex no matter what. but at least her mom wouldn't have been blindsided by the news. David got a pass for not being at the house, too. He had a legitimate reason for not being at home and felt he could trust Blue with looking after his kids. Darlene was smart in stating the kids wouldn't be going over there unless David is for sure off work. Is anyone else intrigued by the new guy Darlene met at the bar? I've got my fingers crossed Darlene finds some happiness because the woman deserves it! Related: Get Showtime via Prime Video Channels for Award-Winning Original Series, Hit Movies, Sports & More! I did get a little misty-eyed when Darlene and David closed the chapter on their life together and are giving each other the chance to move on, but I really love the friendship between the two of them. What the heck was Becky thinking when she brought vodka in a water bottle to Dan's worksite? This woman just keeps getting dumber and dumber with each passing episode. The only good thing to come out of Becky's excessive drinking is Dan is finally opening his eyes to see his daughter has a problem; though I'm not sure if she will ever really get her act together. Related: 17 Controversial Shows That We Love Anyway Becky still hasn't dealt with the depression from Mark's death and now adding in h..

Steve Carell Joins Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston on Apple Drama

Apple is bringing out the big guns for its morning show drama. Steve Carell has been added to the cast of the untitled series which also stars Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston. This marks Carell's first regular TV gig since his turn on NBC's The Office as Michael Scott. This project will also mark Aniston's first series regular role since the conclusion of Friends. News of the show's existence first broke in July 2017, and there was a lot of buzz surrounding the proposed series because of the two big stars attached to it. Related: Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon Drama Lands at Apple In November it landed a 20 episode order at Apple, proving the upcoming streaming service was not opposed to parting with a lot of cash for the right talent. First impressions are everything, and if the company wants people to pay for their content, it's going to have be premium. It is described as "an inside look at the lives of the people who help America wake up in the morning, exploring the unique challenges faced by the women (and men) who carry out this daily televised ritual." Having these three seasoned movie and TV stars attached is a big positive. It will drum up a lot of interest as the platform gears up to launch. Carell will take on the role of Mitch Kessler, an anchor who is at an impasse with regards to where he fits into the marker during the dawn of some big changes to the media landscape. This series is just one of fifteen series in the works at the streaming platform. It's still unclear when Apple plans to roll it out, but with that many series in the works, there's a chance it wants to have a healthy inventory before being rolled out to the masses. What are your thoughts on this news? Hit the comments below. View Slideshow: Fall 2018 Premiere Dates: Set Your DVR!

Fox Cheat Sheet: Lethal Weapon Is Likely Dead

There are a lot of changes coming to Fox in the coming months. With an increased reliance on sports programming, it makes it difficult to assess which shows will be coming back during the 2019-2020 TV season. Related: CBS Cheat Sheet: Is Criminal Minds Really in Danger?! But there are two shows pulling in ratings low enough to rule them dead shows airing, and we've rounded up how we think Fox's renewals and cancellations will play out based on a variety of factors. Have a look below. 1. Lethal Weapon - Likely Cancellation This Fox drama cannot catch a break. Just months after ousting Clayne Crawford, Damon Wayans announced his intention to quit the series following the 13-episode third season. However, he later came to an agreement with Fox to continue with the series for an additional two episodes. The ratings are down 25 percent in the demo year-to-year to a mere 0.7 rating. It does still pack a punch in delayed viewing, but the show is not owned by Fox and is performing well below the network's average. Add in the fact that there's a constant stream of negative press surrounding it, it's likely done. Look at these final two episodes as a quick wrap up. 2. The Gifted - Could Go Either Way The Gifted is averaging just 2.2 million viewers and a 0.7 rating. It still gets a boost on the DVR front and is owned by Fox. It might be able to scrape by but any more slippage and it will definitely be canceled. 3. Rel - Certain Cancellation This new Fox comedy is not resonating with viewers. It started at a 1.9 rating in the demo thanks to a football lead-in but has slipped as low as a 0.5 rating. It will likely be ousted from the schedule in the coming weeks. 4. The Resident - Certain Renewal The Resident is stable vs. its first season in the demo with a 1.0 rating. In fact, it's one of the steadiest shows on television. Fox recently ordered more episodes for Season 2, citing the strong ratings. It builds 70 percent with DVR factored in, so it's hard to imagine the network not wanting another season. 5. Family Guy - Certain Renewal Family Guy is still posting solid ratings, with the current season averaging a 1.1 rating in the demo. 6. Bob's Burgers - Certain Renewal This hit comedy is up year-to-year. With a 1.1 rating in the demo it's a lock for another season. View Slideshow

The Passage Gets January Premiere Date at Fox!

Fox is adding some horror to its midseason schedule. The network has unveiled a premiere date for The Passage, an adventure series based on Justin Cronin's novels about a vampire virus. It will bow Monday, January 14 at 9/8c in the slot 9-1-1 is currently airing in. Fox states the series will return later in 2019. 9-1-1 Season 2 will span 16 episodes, so it makes sense that Fox would remove it from the schedule for a while to keep some episodes for later. "A secret government medical facility is experimenting with a dangerous virus that could either cure all disease or cause the downfall of the human race," reads the official logline. Related: The Passage Ordered to Series at Fox! "The series focuses on 10‐year‐old Amy Bellafonte, who is chosen to be a test subject for this experiment, and Brad Wolgast, the federal agent who becomes her surrogate father as he tries to protect her." Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breakout Young Actress Saniyya Sidney lead the cast of this new series. The series also stars Jamie McShane, Caroline Chikezie, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Brianne Howey, McKinley Belcher III, Henry Ian Cusick, and Vincent Piazza. The pilot was originally shot in 2017, but there was some retooling needed before Fox committed to a series order. Have a look at the full trailer below. What are your thoughts on it?

Midnight, Texas Season 2 Trailer: Still a Magnet for the Weird

It's getting stranger in Midnight! After the Midnighters successfully defeated Colconnar on Midnight, Texas Season 1, the town seemed to be headed on a track to normalcy, but when you're a magnet for the weird, peaceful times aren't going to last long. Manfred is still recovering from taking in six demons, but he seems to be headed down a dark path. It's unclear whether the others have noticed his strange behavior, but Creek sure has noticed something is not quite right with her love. Related: Get True Crime Files by ID via Prime Video Channels for Over 1,000 Real-life Mystery & Suspense Shows! Surprisingly, Xylda has returned from the other side to help her grandson cope with his disturbing behavior changes, but will she come back in time before Manfred does something horrible? Or loses his mind? Nestor Carbonell returns to the small screen as an energy healer named Kai, and we couldn't be more excited, even if he turns out to be a bad guy. He and his wife, Patience, have bought the abandoned hotel in town and turned it into a hotel and spa, but while Kai might be walking on water and healing people left and right, the Midnighters don't seem convinced that he's the real deal. Midnight Texas Photo Preview: More Bad Things are Coming! If he is the real deal, where are his powers coming from? Newlyweds Lem and Olivia are back and better than ever. Be prepared to watch this power couple kick ass all over the place. Lovebirds Bobo and Fiji are having the time of their lives, but strange occurrences quickly put an end to their fun. Could their love be cursed? And the biggest question of all: Whose head is that in the cage? Check out the trailer below to see what's coming on Midnight, Texas Season 2! Will Manfred come to his senses? Are you glad to see Xylda again? Hit the comments and share your thoughts on the upcoming season! Midnight, Texas Season 2 premieres Friday, October 26 at 10/9c on NBC. If you need a refresher on all the excitement from Midnight, Texas Season 1, you watch Midnight, Texas online right here via TV Fanatic! Don't forget to check back here for our full reviews of each and every episode!

The Crown Casts Emerald Fennell as Camilla!

The cast of The Crown's third season is starting to take shape. According to the show's official Twitter account, Emerald Fennell has joined the cast of the Netflix drama as Camilla. The highly anticipated third season will pick up during the 1970s, and viewers will witness her first meeting with Prince Charles. If you're not up to speed with your history, Camilla married Prince Charles in 2005, making her the Duchess of Cornwall. Related: Olivia Colman to Succeed Claire Foy On The Crown “I’m absolutely over the moon, and completely terrified, to be joining so many hugely talented people on The Crown,” Fennell said in a statement. “I absolutely love Camilla, and am very grateful that my teenage years have well prepared me for playing a chain-smoking serial snogger with a pudding bowl haircut.” Fennell is probably best known for her role in BBC One's Call the Midwife. The Crown Season 3 will pick up several years after The Crown Season 2, and that's why the cast has been turned over. Instead of going with prosthetics and makeup to show off the aging process, the powers that be have opted to find new actors. As previously reported, Olivia Colman (Shameless UK) will take over the role of Queen Elizabeth II from Claire Foy. It's certainly a big move, but it will be interesting to find out whether Colman can achieve a similar success to Foy in the role. Outlander's Tobias Menzies is on board to play Prince Philip, while The Exorcist's Ben Daniels will play Lord Snowdon, and Helena Bonham Carter will play Princess Margaret. Related: The Crown: First Look at Olivia Colman! It's always good when a TV series makes bold moves, but it does make sense when you consider the sheer scale of the storytelling on this series. If you're holding out for a late 2018 launch, then we have some bad news for you. Netflix has already revealed that Season 3 will get underway during 2019. What are your thoughts on this latest casting news? Hit the comments! View Slideshow: 12 Spine-tingling Shows for a Spooktacular Time

TV Ratings Report: Manifest Hits New Low

NBC may have ordered more episodes of Manifest, but the drama series is not done falling yet. Manifest Season 1 Episode 5 eased off another tenth to a 1.4 rating (7.4 million total viewers) in the demo. It remains to be seen when the series will stabilize, but it needs to do so very soon. The Voice was right on par with last week's 1.9 rating (9.2 million total viewers). Over on The CW, Arrow (1.2 million) was steady with last week's 0.4 rating, but the season premiere of DC's Legends of Tomorrow sunk to a series low, 0.3 rating (1 million viewers). Dancing with the Stars gained a tenth to a 1.1 rating (7.6 million viewers). An encore of The Rookie had a 0.7 rating (4.4 million total viewers) in the 10/9c slot. The Resident was stable for Fox, posting another 1.0 rating (4.8 million), but 9-1-1 slipped two-tenths to a season-low 1.3 rating (5.6 million). The Neighborhood (6.4 million/1.1 rating), Magnum PI (5.6 million/0.8 rating), Happy Together (4.7 million/0.8 rating) and Bull (6.7 million/0.8 rating) were all on par with their season averages. View Slideshow: Fox Cheat Sheet: Lethal Weapon Is Likely Dead

A Million Little Things Round Table: Was Jon Into Something Shady?!

Apparently, pizza does make everything better. On A Million Little Things Season 1 Episode 4, the friends were able to set aside their issues and even come together for their Friday night dinner, but did it all happen too quickly? Join TV Fanatics Rachelle Lewis, Christine Orlando, and Jack Ori as they break down another emotional hour of A Million Little Things. What was the most interesting piece of information you learned from the flashbacks? Rachelle: The most interesting piece of information was that six months ago, Jon was up to something shady and extremely stressed out. When he took the phone call during pizza Friday you could tell it was business, and he was hoping it was something good. Plus, he yelled at his father-in-law, who we all found out later was memory issue like Alzheimer’s, for offering Eddie alcohol. All signs that even then he was having some serious problems. Christine: That Jon wasn’t perfect; everything besides the shady work stuff made him seem like it up to this point. Unfortunately, he was very dismissive of Delilah’s feelings and was quick to justify his bad behavior with her father by saying that everything he did was for his family. I’m curious to see how much farther Jon’s justifications go. Delilah: Hey, you didn't have to embarrass my dad like that. Jon: I was trying to keep him from giving a drink to my friend with a drinking problem. Delilah: Oh, of course, answer the phone. Jon: Hey, everything I do, I do for this family. Permalink: Hey, everything I do, I do for this family. Added: October 17, 2018 Jack: It's hard for me to choose just one. For me, that comment that everything Jon did was for his family was a major clue that he was doing something shady in order to try to pay for things for the family, maybe so he could get Delilah's father treatment? Related: A Million Little Things Season 1 Episode 4 Review: Friday Night Dinner I also thought that his father-in-law's Alzheimers was causing a lot of stress and tension in the marriage. Also, it seemed the family was hiding its problems under the guise of being a big happy family with the pizza night tradition. Watch A Million Little Things Season 1 Episode 4 Online Do you feel the friends coming together and resolving their issues happened too quickly? Rachelle: Yes, especially when it comes to Delilah. I feel everyone forgave her too quickly. Eddie took the brunt of the affair, but it takes two to tango. I don’t think the betrayal can be resolved that fast. Maybe because they lost Jon, it helped them realize they need each other, but I thought it deserved to play out a little more. I hope there will still be ramifications for the friends concerning these issues. Yes, you need to be there to support your friends, but does a betrayal like Eddie and Delilah’s ever really get forgiven and forgotten? I don’t think so. Christine: Yes, especially Katherine and Eddie both being at pizza night in Delilah’s ..

Ron Livingston Has A Million Little Reasons You Should Watch Loudermilk

There's no way to get around it. I've been a fan of Ron Livingston's since his early movie career. Swingers and Office Space set a tone for which he has become very well known, and his role as Sam Loudermilk allows him to play directly to his strengths. Loudermilk Season 2 premiered on October 16, and we had a chance to talk with Livingston about what to expect from the season going forward and what it's been like standing in his shoes that have been carrying him around a very successful 2018 television season. Enjoy excerpts from our interview below, which has been slightly modified for content. You're having a pretty good year, aren't you? Yeah, it's been a road wave of TD gigs, it seems. Oh, and movies, too. Yeah, I don't know what it is. I think sometimes you have busy years and you have lean years. And this one, it's probably as busy as I've been maybe ever. Yeah, it's pretty impressive. Go you. Thank you. I'll take it. And you know, we have Loudermilk, we have A Million Little Things, and then we have an episode of The Romanoff's coming up. Yup, that's right. Loudermilk is back, and I'm really excited about it. It's probably one of my favorite roles that I've ever had the opportunity to play. It's just a blast to sort of be in that guy's skin. You know, but at a certain point, you want to share it with everybody else. And I don't wanna be the only one talking about it. It's nice when other people can have their opinions and talk about it and, you know, tell you whether it worked or not. It's kind of a bummer that it's not more widely seen. You know, I don't worry about that stuff, to be honest. Well, it keeps people from talking about it. Well, you know, my experience of how I came up, you know, all of my biggest breaks, in the beginning, were things that nobody ever saw at the time that they came out. Like what? Like sort of built and blossomed over time. Swingers, nobody saw Swingers when it came out. Nobody saw Office Space when it came out. I saw Office Space on the very first day it came out. We left work to see it. How many people were in the theater? Well, there were at least two of us. Exactly. You know, so I think one thing I've learned is that if you do your job and you make it good ... we live in an environment now where people are gonna find it. They don't care when you made it. If they haven't seen it, it's new to them, and there are so many different platforms now that are hungry for content. I feel like things get a second life, a third life, a fourth life, a fifth life, and if they're good, then they're eventually gonna catch on somewhere with somebody. Yes. So I'm okay with it. As long as, I'll tell you what, as long as they want it and Audience keep making it. And that's part of their business model, you..
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