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Apr 27, 2020. 22 comments

A tense, riveting Homeland series finale concludes with a preposterous coda

A tense, riveting Homeland series finale concludes with a preposterous coda
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In the end, Homeland came full circle in several ways. The title of the series finale, “Prisoners Of War,” is a nod to the Israeli series that inspired co-creators Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa, who co-wrote this episode and handed it over to their favorite director, Leslie Linka Glatter. The hour opens with the clip of Nicholas Brody...

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Apr 25, 2020. 3 comments

Rory Kinnear on Nazis, isolationism, and the tiny people who live in your trunk

Rory Kinnear on Nazis, isolationism, and the tiny people who live in your trunk

Set in 1930s Los Angeles, Showtime’s new Penny Dreadful: City Of Angels finds the city in turmoil. Religious evangelists are stirring the pot on the radio. Callous councilmen are destroying whole immigrant neighborhoods in an attempt to lay down a highway the city doesn’t really need, and German-American members of the Nazi party are stomping all over the place trying to keep America out of...

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Apr 21, 2020. 7 comments

Nathan Lane and Natalie Dormer on bringing chaos to the new Penny Dreadful

Nathan Lane and Natalie Dormer on bringing chaos to the new Penny Dreadful

Penny Dreadful’s second iteration , City Of Angels , premieres on Showtime April 26, and brings along with it a world of new macabre characters , inner turmoil, and American racism. Set in 1930s Los Angeles , City Of Angels finds a pair of detectives investigating some racist murders, all while drama is swirling in some of the city’s most distinctive neighborhoods. There are also demons—and...

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Apr 20, 2020. 5 comments

Homeland stumbles toward the finish line with a flashback-laden episode

Homeland stumbles toward the finish line with a flashback-laden episode
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We’ve come to expect fireworks from the penultimate episode of a prestige cable drama season, let alone the second to last episode of a series that has been running as long as Homeland. We’re primed for something big to happen, so if you started to suspect Saul Berensen would not make it to the end of the episode once we started seeing...

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Apr 15, 2020. 1 comments

To save itself, Homeland had to get over the loss of its leading man

To save itself, Homeland had to get over the loss of its leading man
Peak Season In Peak Season, The A.V. Club dives deep into the year when a long-running show reached its high point.

Previously on Homeland…

Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) ranks among the CIA’s most talented intelligence analysts, dedicating most waking moments to thwarting the next major terrorist attack on American soil. But a pair of secrets threatens to derail her hopelessly tangled...

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Apr 13, 2020. 19 comments

Homeland takes its darkest turn as Carrie runs out of options

Homeland takes its darkest turn as Carrie runs out of options
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We’ve all been at the mercy of forces larger than ourselves and beyond our control lately, a state of affairs that makes “Designated Driver” a more effective hour than it might otherwise be. Coming so close to the end, it’s a bit of a letdown episode, but it does conjure that pervasive sense of helplessness many of us have been feeling...

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Apr 06, 2020. 5 comments

All the worst people are in charge as Homeland readies for war

All the worst people are in charge as Homeland readies for war
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I’ve started to play a little game with this final season of Homeland called “Who is the absolute worst?” I don’t mean which character is the most evil or who has done the most harm in the world; this is more about the character who causes my eyeballs to roll further back in my head with each and every appearance. There are really only...

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Mar 30, 2020. 17 comments

Homeland kills off two characters, setting the stage for the series endgame

Homeland kills off two characters, setting the stage for the series endgame
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A process that began last week continues as Homeland heads into its home stretch: Carrie is coming face-to-face with her actions over the course of the series, and she doesn’t like what she sees. Last week’s episode took the airstrike she ordered on a wedding party out of the realm of the abstract when she was confronted with the result...

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Mar 26, 2020.

Here's what it takes to bring Vice to TV

Here's what it takes to bring Vice to TV

With a new network—Showtime—and a new, grittier world full of viruses and injustice to examine, it seems like a pretty good time for Vice to return to television. The A.V. Club sat down with five members of the Vice news team prior to the show’s March 29 premiere to talk about how the show picks its stories, gets such insane access all over the world, and refuses to admit defeat when it comes...

Mar 23, 2020. 13 comments

Carrie's past actions come back to haunt her on a treacherous Homeland

Carrie's past actions come back to haunt her on a treacherous Homeland
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Much of this final season of Homeland has lacked a certain...well, finality is probably the best word for it. For the most part, this feels like another chapter in the life of Carrie Mathison, consistent with what has gone before but not especially monumental. I’ve questioned the decision to bring back characters like Haissam Haqqani...

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Mar 16, 2020. 5 comments

Homeland puts Carrie through some familiar paces

Homeland puts Carrie through some familiar paces
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“Two Minutes” serves as a handy reminder that Homeland’s imminent conclusion is not the least bit premature. The character of Carrie Mathison and the way she’s treated by her reluctant colleagues hold no further surprises. No matter how many times she saves the day, she’s always going to be viewed with suspicion and resentment. That’s...

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Mar 13, 2020. 1 comments

Black Monday's Andrew Rannells on posing for Playgirl and lobbying Congress

Black Monday's Andrew Rannells on posing for Playgirl and lobbying Congress

Hold on to your hats, ladies and gents, because Andrew Rannells is Playgirl bound. At least, his

Black Monday  character Blair Pfaff is. Fresh off his seemingly miraculous prediction of Black Monday, Pfaff is a media darling, financial success, and is out to paint Washington D.C. red with the blood of federal bank regulations. Rannells is clearly having fun in the role—and not just because he...

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Mar 12, 2020. 11 comments

Jon Bernthal is your new American Gigolo

Jon Bernthal is your new American Gigolo

Good news for those interested in seeing more of actor Jon Bernthal—possibly in more ways than one, depending on how closely it hews to its source material—with Showtime announcing today that the Walking Dead and Punisher star has signed on for the lead role in its TV sequel series to Paul Schrader’s American Gigolo. Per Deadline, Bernthal will play an 18-years-older version of Richard Gere’s...

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Mar 12, 2020.

Casey Wilson says her Black Monday character would fit right in on the Real Housewives

Casey Wilson says her Black Monday character would fit right in on the Real Housewives

Casey Wilson is stepping into the political sphere—on screen, at least. For the new season of Black Monday—premiering Sunday, March 15 on Showtime—Wilson’s Tiff Georgina is assuming the role of “political wife” to Andrew Rannells’ Blair, a concept she both relishes and might need a little coaching on to really soar. Wilson is joined on-screen by real life best friend June Diane Raphael, as...

Mar 10, 2020.

Paul Scheer and Regina Hall on Black Monday, short shorts, and where Scary Movie's Brenda is now

Paul Scheer and Regina Hall on Black Monday, short shorts, and where Scary Movie's Brenda is now

Black Monday opened on the titular day in 1987 when the stock market crashed, showing us chaos on Wall Street and the ominous death of an unseen character wearing an emerald pin. The season that followed backtracked to trace the (fictional) chain of events that led to that fateful day, as the telltale pin was passed around the eclectic cast, portending an ominous fate to anyone it was given...

Mar 09, 2020.

Homeland stirs memories of 24 with a tightly-wound episode

Homeland stirs memories of 24 with a tightly-wound episode
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Just as lean as “Chalk One Up” but a bit meaner, “Chalk Two Down” finds two men thrust into power and responding in very different ways. These back-to-back episodes bring Homeland as close to 24 territory as it’s been in a long time, with events occurring in close to real time and characters racing against the clock on all fronts....

Mar 08, 2020. 5 comments

L.A. gets spooky in this new trailer for Penny Dreadful: City Of Angels

L.A. gets spooky in this new trailer for Penny Dreadful: City Of Angels

We saw a teaser for Showtime’s Penny Dreadful sequel series City Of Angels

earlier this year , with a demonic Natalie Dormer stoking the fires of a war for the soul of Los Angeles—and also maybe all of humanity—but there’s a neat trick in this new trailer. For most of its two-minutes, it plays like a prestige drama about a mysterious murder and the start of a potential race war in 1930s L.A....

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Mar 07, 2020.

Black Monday's co-creators don't know the first thing about the stock market, and that's the point

Black Monday's co-creators don't know the first thing about the stock market, and that's the point

“You’ve got the wrong people,” Black Monday creator Jordan Cahan replied when we asked him for stock tips. As it turns out, no one involved with the Showtime comedy about the infamous 1987 stock market crash knows much about Wall Street, but that’s kind of the point. In its first season, Black Monday introduced us to the rowdy crew of stock traders at the fictional The Jammer Group—led by Don...

Feb 24, 2020.

Potential traitors lurk around every corner on a paranoid Homeland

Potential traitors lurk around every corner on a paranoid Homeland
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“False Friends” provides confirmation that Yevgeny is a flesh-and-blood presence, not a figment of Carrie’s information; the meeting pictured above definitely happens and is observed (though not heard) by Dunne and his team. That’s about all we know for sure in an episode steeped in traitorous behavior and rampant paranoia. There’s so...

Feb 19, 2020. 3 comments

Taika Waititi and Jude Law horror-comedy The Auteur confirmed by Showtime

Taika Waititi and Jude Law horror-comedy The Auteur confirmed by Showtime

Less than a week after it was

first reported , Showtime has officially confirmed development of The Auteur, a new horror-comedy series from recent Oscar winner (!) Taika Waititi. Deadline has some new details on the series, which is based on the graphic novel by Rick Spears, James Callahan, and Luigi Anderson, and is described as “a gonzo horror-comedy, a twisted romance and a glamorous,...

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