Monday, December 29, 2014

Television

F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote that "there are no second acts in American lives." Well, increasingly, there are second acts for American TV shows.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - There's bad, there's fabulously bad, and then there's "Branson Famous." What TruTV is billing as the first "reality musical" - and quietly unleashing, understandably, between Christmas and New Year's - achieves a certain level of hilarity, though how much of that is intended proves difficult to discern.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - If 2014 was a year of great television -- and indeed, it was -- much of that was built around memorable moments.
Ben Stiller's festive fun was ruined when a worker on a U.K. talk show revealed what surprise Christmas gift he'd be getting from his wife.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - The troublemaking Gallagher clan returns to Showtime on January 11, and after a particularly dark fourth season -- which found Fiona in jail and Frank dying of liver failure -- the series' stars say things are looking up this time around.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - AMC has set "Gone Girl" scene-stealer Kim Dickens as the female lead for the upcoming "Walking Dead" companion series pilot, Variety has confirmed.
Companies that release DVDs must be anticipating there being little money left after all the holiday shopping because there's an abbreviated list of new DVDs that have just hit stores. Here are some ideas from the small group of new releases.
Will this be Richard Linklater's year at the Oscars? The 54-year-old writer-director's 17th feature, Boyhood, a riveting, deeply moving coming-of-age drama that was more than a decade in the making, has won critics' hearts.
Classical-music dramedy feature sex, drugs - and culture change.
Charlie Sheen's comedy series Anger Management has been canceled by bosses at the FX network.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Showtime has released a dark, mysterious first teaser trailer for the second season of "Penny Dreadful" that shows Reeve Carney (Dorian Gray) reminiscing on Vanessa Ives' (Eva Green) photo as she collapses to the ground, battling inner conflict.