A record number of buyers, including first-timers DirecTV and Google Play, proves that shows from the BBC and British indies continues to draw global interest. http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/BTZl3g9U-YE/story01.htm
Breaking the Habit You can feel the first pangs of withdrawal starting. After all, you've had a relationship with Breaking Bad for 5 years, and now they just expect you to quit cold turkey? Don't they know that's not how the meth critically-acclaimed cable drama game goes? Turns out that's exactly how it goes. Sure, there's that Better Call Saul spinoff happening, but it's just not the same, so before you go all Trainspotting , we've put together a list of suggestions of shows that will ease the harsh comedown . They're all excellent dramas and any one of them should bind to the correct receptors in your brain — and think of all the time you'll have now on Sundays to devote to them! Turns out quitting has its perks. Luther S1E1 : Episode 1 If there's one thing Walter White could always do on Breaking Bad , it was compartmentalize. Detective Chief Inspector John Luther (portrayed by the always-brilliant Idris Elba) is not quite as able. His work not only comes home with him, it consumes him. Unable to arrest Alice Morgan, a genius-level psychotic, for the murder of her parents, he ends up drawn to her in an intimate way, consumed by his quest to put logic to sociopathy. Rescue Me S1E1 : Guts Talk about an antihero. Dennis Leary's Tommy Gavin, a veteran New York City fireman and 9/11 survivor, is a self-destructive alcoholic with anger management issues. Not only that, but all of Gavin's friends and family are problem-laden as he is, which, over the course of 7 seasons, leads to a lot of heartbreak, violence, and despair. Sounds like a really fun time, I know, but Rescue Me was far from a run-of-the-mill cable drama — it was the first show that truly took the post-Giuliani New York ethos to its logical (if extreme) conclusion. Sons of Anarchy S1E1 : Pilot It's not all sunshine and daisies in Charming. This (fictional) Northern California town is home to the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, a tortured — and occasionally torturous — motorcycle gang that really, truly tries to live by a moral code. Keeping drugs out of your town = good; using violence and intimidation to do so = effective, albeit maybe-kind-of-sort-of unethical? Sons of Anarchy is practically a Greek tragedy in scope, so don't get too attached to anyone. The Fall S1E1 : Episode 1 Like Luther above, The Fall is a British import in which a devoted cop tries to get inside the head of PURE EVIL. You might think I'm joking, but in this case, the serial killer has reached Buffalo Bill levels of depravity while playing the devoted husband and father at home. Gillian Anderson trots out her British accent (which she comes by honestly, having spent part of her childhood in England) as a detective who sees herself in the murdered young, professional women. Boardwalk Empire S1E1 : Pilot It's always a nice thing when character actors get a chance to star, and the cast of Boardwalk Empire , HBO 's visually arresting Prohibition-set drama, is made up entirely of character actors. Taking a look at gang activity and political corruption in 1920s and '30s Atlantic City, New Jersey, this Steve Buscemi vehicle doesn't skimp on the sex, violence, and all-around crazy evilness that comes with prolonged exposure to the Jersey Shore.* Homeland S1E1 : Pilot All is fair in love and war... and psychiatric disorders and brainwashing and terrorism, according to Showtime 's Homeland , an adaptation of the Israeli series Prisoners of War . Claire Danes' CIA agent Carrie Matheson is on a mission to prove that the recently returned POW Nicholas Brody has been turned by the terrorist group that captured him. Complicating this is her battle with bipolar disorder, and the fact that, uh, [Spoiler Alert] she bangs him. Basically, everyone on this show could be the unreliable narrator of a Dostoevsky novel, and it's pretty damn glorious. Homicide: Life on the Street S1E1 : Gone for Goode Alone on this list in both provenenance (an American broadcast TV drama) and age (it debuted in 1993), Baltimore-set Homicide: Life on the Street was the precursor to The Wire . Following the personal and professional lives of the detectives of the Baltimore Police Department's Homicide Division and featuring a brilliant ensemble cast, the series was one of the first to really take a look at the complex motivations that drive street crime in a large, decaying city, and frankly, every subtly layered, morally muddled crime drama owes this forerunner a huge debt. The Sopranos S1E1 : The Sopranos This mob drama (set in North Jersey, of course*), one of the defining shows of the 2000s, started out with crime boss Tony Soprano (the late James Gandolfini) in therapy to deal with panic issues related to, well, being in the mafia. The 7-season run showed the tribulations of both of Tony's families, and was arguably the first television drama to accurately display classic existentialist angst — a trait exemplified by its polarizing series finale. *I would apologize for the Jersey jokes, but I grew up there, so I'm entitled. Now, if you've seen ALL of these, then please, take a break (and maybe get a drink) and go watch some comedies . For real. Leah E. Friedman is the editor of SideReel.com. You can follow her musings on Twitter .
"Luther" is finally back with Season 3, and it's bringing along a new love interest for main character John Luther. Meet Mary Day, a character new to the world of "Luther" played by Sienna Guillory. A sneak peek at tonight's episode, which can be seen on TVLine, shows Mary and John reconnect after what is described as their "eventful first meeting." In the clip, John can be seen cracking not one but several smiles during his phone call with Mary. Considering their crackling chemistry, it will be fun to see Mary and John's relationship play out over the course of the four-episode third season. "Luther's" first of four episodes premieres tonight on BBC America at 10 p.m. ET. The other three episodes will air on each subsequent night.... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/09/luther-season-3-sneak-peek-meet-mary-day-johns-new-love-interest.html
In the early days of "Luther," BBC America's miniseries returning for four nights beginning Tuesday, Sept. 3, those responsible for creating the show's look gathered.James Keast, the costume designer, recalls the director telling them, "Go off and find something relevant to the series."The director wanted "shades of gray with flashes of color, lots of bits of pink, purple or red, and everything else is colorless," Keast tells Zap2it.Tasked with this assignment, Keast turned to a fantastic Ukrainian photographer "who wanders the streets of Moscow photographing people who have no hope - a lot of kids, prostitutes and alcoholics," he says. He calls the shades and textures "no hope colors."With those cheery thoughts, Keast built the wardrobe for "Luther." Though most detectives in Great Britain wear a suit on the job, John Luther (Idris Elba) does not."He is a maverick and pushes the limit of what he can get away with," Keast says. Though Luther looks... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/09/luther-all-about-shades-of-gray-with-flashes-of-color.html
The crime drama Luther returns to BBC America for its third installment (airing as a four-night event from September 3rd through September 6th), which finds Detective John Luther ( Idris Elba ) struggling to cope with his own demons. He’s back under intense pressure, with two conflicting crimes to investigate and a ruthless ex-cop determined to bring him down, all while attempting to pursue a chance at happiness with Mary Day ( Sienna Guillory ). Read More... http://collider.com/idris-elba-luther-season-3-prequel-interview/
Neil Cross has written a prequel movie script for the character played by Idris Elba in the U.K. cop show. http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/KqoQM0HRaB0/story01.htm
American fans prepare yourselves: the provocative cop drama Luther is coming to BBC America this September for four consecutive nights of intense action and drama. One look at the newly released trailer should give you an idea of what you’re in store for from the return of Alice to Idris Elba’s Luther finding himself backed into a dangerous corner and once more having his methods as a detective questioned. Read More... http://www.tvequals.com/2013/08/13/luther-season-3-bbc-america-lets-loose-an-intense-trailer-for-the-four-night-event/
The new season will air nightly at 10:00/9:00c from September 3-6. Read More... http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news/2013/07/30/bbc-americas-award-winning-miniseries-luther-is-back-with-a-four-night-premiere-event-105412/20130730bbca01/
Some would say Idris Elba is having a not-so-great week. His new movie, Pacific Rim , got its butt kicked by a father with an army of minions and four man-boys but, hey, at least his show has finally returned. Read More... http://feeds.huffingtonpost.com/~r/HP/Entertainment/~3/6aMO9YylfGY/luther-season-3-premiere-review_b_3600802.html
With director Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger opening this Wednesday, Disney held a big press junket Santa Fe, New Mexico. While I’ve done a lot of interviews, it was incredibly cool to talk to the cast and filmmakers with the beautiful New Mexico desert behind us. If you’ve missed the trailers, the story focuses on John Reid (Armie Hammer) surviving an attack, being saved by Native American warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp), and the two teaming up to fight injustice. As you can see in this featurette, the production went to enormous lengths to film the majority of The Lone Ranger practically, and they shot at some amazing locations all around the country. The film also stars Tom Wilkinson, Ruth Wilson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale, and Helena Bonham Carter. READ MORE...