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Weekend Binge Guide: July 2015

Have the weekend free? Going out is overrated! Binge-watch one of these shows instead:   If you want to laugh:   Community See all reviews for Community The comedy series so self-aware that it may cause viewers to question their own reality, Community ’s lovable cast is thrown into hilariously awesome situations — such as a full out campus paintball tournament. From a claymation christmas special to an ACTUAL zombie episode with an ABBA soundtrack, Community easily breaks away from the cookie-cutter sitcom mold. .       If you want to cry:   Orange is the New Black See all reviews for Orange is the New Black A show that takes tremendous strides in the perspectives of its female characters, each coming with tragic backstory of how they ended up at Litchfield Prison. As silly as the prison antics may appear to be, they hold a lot of meaning and sentiment to the characters. You’ll find yourself laughing one minute and crying the next in this unpredictable and likable dramedy. Try to avoid bingeing all of the seasons in one sitting!       If you want to scream:   The Fall See all reviews for  The Fall Following serial killer Paul Spector ( 50 Shades of Grey ’s Jamie Dornan) and the detective trying to catch him ( The X-Files ’ Gillian Anderson), The Fall is not just thought-provoking but disturbing on many levels. Deeply analyzing human psychology and morality on topics in regards to feminism and portrayals of women in society, The Fall makes for really good television. Just try not falling too hard for Jamie Dornan.       If you want to think:   Doctor Who See all reviews for  Doctor Who Giving you a whole new Doctor and companion to love every couple of seasons, Doctor Who takes you on a journey across wibbly-wobbly space-time and to the ends of the universe. Watch the rise and fall of civilizations, the triumphs and falls of man, and the Doctor meet some of the universes’ greatest threats. Always remember: Don’t blink, forget, breathe, or think!

'The Fall' boss says there's an 'awful lot more' story for season 3

When season 2 of The Fall , the BBC show starring Jamie Dornan and Gillian Anderson, ended with Dornans character being shot, there was speculation surrounding whether the story could continue if the show were given a third season. However, as creator/writer/producer/director Allan Cubitt...   Read More...

BBC Renews Gillian Anderson-Jamie Dornan Thriller 'The Fall' for Season 3

The serial killer drama will return with another five-episode season.   Read More...

5 Reasons We Love Watching: The Fall

The Fall is a sleeper hit, that’s for sure, but it’s gaining traction as more and more people find themselves falling in love with Jamie Dornan this grisly murder mystery taking place in the Northern Ireland town of Belfast. With a so-dark-it’s-right mentality and the mix of psychological horror and thoughtfulness making for an awesome drama, The Fall is fascinating television: Gillian Anderson is an impressive and enchanting lead as an “alpha female” who faces a horribly evil villain played by Jamie Dornan. Here we go: 5. It’s a show about family! Nope, just kidding. It’s about really screwed up relationships and murder: 4. Stella Gibson isn’t afraid to use some sass to fight the patriarchy: 3. Jamie. Dornan. Makes. An. Awesome. Villain.: 2. Stella Gibson takes shit from no one: She just don't care: 1. Or just ignore me entirely and just watch for this: div.reason h3 { clear: both; padding-top: 30px; } div.reason img { float: left; width: 400px; } div.reason p { clear: both; }

'The Fall's' Gillian Anderson on Season 2 "Surprises," 'Hannibal's' Darkness

The actress reflects on the second season of the Netflix drama.   Read More...

'The Fall' Season 2 to Premiere January 16 on Netflix

Netflix, in association with Endemol will premiere the six-episode second season of the critically acclaimed drama series and BBC Twos highest rated drama series in ten years, The Fall,   Read More...

The SideReel Center for Breaking Bad Rehabilitation

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 You can follow her musings on Twitter .

Gillian Anderson Talks THE FALL, Her Attraction to the Characters, HANNIBAL, CRISIS, Her Desire for Another X-FILES Movie, and More

Featuring a truly terrific performance from Emmy award-winner Gillian Anderson, The Fall is a gripping, intelligent and highly addictive psychological thriller (I watched all five hours in one sitting because it’s so engrossing) that forensically examines the lives of two hunters, one of whom is a serial killer (played by Once Upon A Time star Jamie Dornan) that stalks his victims at random, and the other is a high-powered detective superintendent brought in to catch him. It is a high-stakes cat-and-mouse game with twists and turns that unfold until the very end. READ MORE...

‘The Fall’ Season 2 Announced

BBC Two has commissioned a second season of their hit suspense series The Fall starring Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) and Jamie Dornan (Once Upon a Time). The still in progress first season has given the network its biggest drama launch in eight years, netting an audience of roughly 3.5 million. “The Fall has proved both a critical and ratings hit for BBC Two and another reminder of the resurgence of drama on the channel,” said BBC Drama Controller Ben Stephenson. “With more of Allan Cubitt’s intricate and thrilling plot revelations yet to unfold through the captivating performances of Gillian and Jamie, a second series is a must. Obviously we can’t give too much away as the first series builds to a gripping cliff-hanger but what we can say is it will be surprising and intense as the first.” READ MORE...

Gillian Anderson On Her Big Return To The Spotlight

Later this month, "The Fall," a five-episode successful BBC 2 series starring Anderson, makes its way to Netflix. The series, which co-stars "The Good Wife's" Archie Panjabi and "Once Upon a Time" veteran Jamie Dornan, is a provocative murder mystery that follows Stella Gibson (Anderson), a detective superintendent who is called in to investigate a serial killer in Belfast. All five episodes will be on Netflix beginning May 28 and Anderson says it won't disappoint. "Finish 'The Fall,'" she told The Huffington Post in a phone interview. "It gets better and better, I promise." Anderson, who spent nine seasons as Dana Scully on "The X-Files," is returning to viewers' lives in a big way. Later this year, the actress, who's been recurring on NBC's "Hannibal," will also be in the Peacock Network's "Crisis," a new drama from Rand Ravich. Below, Anderson opens up about her upcoming projects, how she felt about playing a detective again, what she has binge-watched and much more. Read More...