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‘Broadchurch’ Series Finale: How Things Ended, and Each Character’s Fate

When it first premiered, Broadchurch was a juggernaut of a crime series. In it, a heinous act was committed in a beautiful locale where almost anyone could be a suspect. It was twisty, haunting, and engrossing. The emotional score combined with the lush cinematograph and affecting performances across the board elevated Broadchurch beyond a typical crime drama. It forged such a memorable legacy (and one forgettable U.S. TV remake) that it’s still held up as a standard of measurement by which all subsequent crime dramas are weighed. And while it could have, and maybe should have, ended there, the new team-up of Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman) and Alec Hardy (David Tennant) was too hard to give up. Creator Chris Chibnall also said he always saw the series as a trilogy, although frankly, it never really felt like one. The second season brought in outsiders, with a (still accidental) crime that ran alongside a not particularly justifiable courtroom drama where Danny’s killer, Joe Miller (Matthew Gravelle), was exonerated by the court. It all felt a little half-baked, as if the show wanted to broach a bigger subject about the failure of the criminal justice system, but ultimately didn’t have the time or the margins to really explore it. READ MORE...

Broadchurch Finale: Wobbly Rape Case Resolution Caps a Solid Final Season

Broadchurch wrapped its third and final season this Wednesday on BBC America, a full four months after the series did so across the pond. Were you, the Stateside viewer, able to avoid spoilers for the Axehampton rape case resolution? Leading up to and with its final hour, the UK drama dangled a few more red [] //

Broadchurch finale offers a bittersweet, if convoluted, end

Broadchurch, one of the best British imports in recent memory, ends its three-season run Wednesday night on BBC America in both bittersweet and (slightly) disappointing fashion. Bittersweet in the sense that were saying goodbye to terrific series leads David Tennant and Olivia Colman who, as detective inspectors Alec Hardy and Ellie Miller, have morphed...  ....Read More... //

The Most Important Shows on TV: Week of August 14, 2017

Which TV series will your friends (and the entire internet) be talking about this week? Stay informed — or at least be able to fake it — with SideReel's weekly guide to The Most Important Shows on TV.   Broadchurch (Series Finale) Wednesday at 10 p.m. on BBC America Why: The final episode of the third and final season of this phenomenal British show is here. The suspenseful series began with the discovery of a local boy's dead body on the main beach. Broadchurch is the kind of town where everyone knows everyone, so the reality of a killer living among them led to some dark moments. The first season ended with the gut-wrenching unmasking of the murderer. Season 2 followed the trial that further tore the town apart before ultimately bring some residents back together. This season picked up with a new investigation into a sexual assault that took place at a party with at least 50 possible suspects, most of them friendly with the victim, but it all connects to the previous themes. In the finale, the rapist is revealed and it's another stunner. Prepare to talk about: All the Doctor Who connections, including the newest Time Lord, Jodie Whittaker, and the best (don't fight me), David Tennant; how many loose ends there are — is this really the last we'll see of DIs Hardy and Miller?   Marvel's The Defenders (Series Premiere) Friday at 3 a.m. on Netflix Why: After three years and 65 episodes paving the way, Marvel’s The Defenders arrives. It's been described by Marvel’s top TV exec as "the most ambitious television project to date." That might be hyperbole, but this really is event TV, bringing together Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist to — you guessed it — save New York City. Now, about Iron Fist . Reviews were decidedly less enthusiastic for that fourth standalone series. But as part of this fierce quartet, and particularly as a duo with Luke Cage, Danny Rand is a delight. In addition to the four leads, The Defenders features Sigourney Weaver as Alexandra, a sophisticated and compelling adversary who uses Elektra Natchios ( Daredevil 's Elodie Yung) to go after the reluctant heroes. These eight episodes struggle a little with pacing, but overall they recapture the cool, smart, darkly comedic tone that has been such an important part of Netflix's Marvel series. Prepare to talk about: How much we've missed Jessica Jones; Luke Cage's declaration that he's "not looking for superfriends" and how much we need an alt comedy cut of this show with that precise title.   Episodes (Season Premiere) Sunday at 10 p.m. on Showtime Why: In an era of "gentle comedy," this show is properly funny. It's taken me a minute to find room for this scathing Showtime satire, but I'm finally ready for it. And just in time for the final season! For those who, like me, were just sort of aware of Episodes , the show follows a fictionalized version of Matt LeBlanc as he navigates the treacherous waters of a sadly too real entertainment industry. LeBlanc is great; he's been nominated for four Emmys for his work here. At the start Season 5, Matt's game show, The Box , is a big hit. While that means his career and bank account are healthier, it also means he's stuck with the "host" label and beholden to his producer/nemesis. OK for Alec Baldwin, not so much for Fake Matt LeBlanc. Meanwhile, Sean and Beverly also are professionally stuck, as Sean's infuriating ex-partner is now in charge of their new show. Prepare to talk about: Triscuits; why Real Matt LeBlanc, so good in this show, is wasting his time with Man With a Plan ; this realness: "Comedies don't need to be funny anymore… you just need to end after 30 minutes."   T.J. DeGroat is the editor of SideReel, always and forever. Follow him on Twitter . p { text-align: justify; }

Weekend Binge Guide: August 2017

Have the weekend free? Going out is overrated! Binge-­watch one of these shows instead:   If you want to laugh:   Playing House See all reviews for Playing House Playing House is the second comedy created by and starring Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair, whose Best Friends Forever also was a bingeworthy pick — and for good reason. This duo knows how to sell a joke! And more importantly, how to marry wacky comedy with heartfelt emotion. In this USA Network series, which recently concluded its third season, the women play childhood friends who come to each other's aid and create their own quirky, loving family. It's a series that started strong and has gotten even better as it's progressed, culminating in a particularly touching Season 3 storyline. In addition to Upright Citizens Brigade vets Parham and St. Clair, the cast includes Keegan-Michael Key, serving goofball sex appeal; Lindsay Sloane, whose Bird Bones is a delight; and Zach Woods, who is on all the shows.   If you want to cry:   Broadchurch See all reviews for Broadchurch With Doctor Who recently announcing that its next Time Lord will be played by Jodie Whittaker, it's the perfect time to binge one of her best series. (Incidentally, the show has several other major Who connections, including David Tennant as the lead investigator and Arthur Darvill as the town priest.) Broadchurch is about a small community that is ripped apart when a local boy's dead body is discovered on the beach. It's the kind of town where everyone knows everyone, so the reality of a killer living among them leads to some dark moments. Tennant and Olivia Colman play the detectives in charge of the investigation, which twists through the town, making residents — and viewers — scrutinize many suspects. When the killer is revealed, the reactions from the key players are absolutely gut-wrenching.   If you want to scream:   The Strain See all reviews for  The Strain This fun, slightly campy, over-the-top vampire thriller was brought to the small screen by a trio of creative heavyweights. Carlton Cuse, who won a couple of Emmys for his work on Lost , runs the show alongside co-executive producers Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, who co-wrote the best-selling trilogy on which this creepy series is based. The action begins with the delightfully named Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll) and his Centers for Disease Control team called in to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak that began on a plane that landed in New York under very mysterious circumstances. The strain, it turns out, is an ancient form of vampirism. But it's easy to guess how well that theory goes over. Stoll is excellent, but David Bradley is the real scene-stealer as TV's most badass pawnbroker.   If you want to think:   The Handmaid's Tale See all reviews for  The Handmaid's Tale There's a lot of "important TV" right now, but Hulu's chilling adaptation of Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel hits like a punch in the gut. The series begins in the present in the new theocratic republic of Gilead, where Offred (of Fred), one of the world's few remaining fertile women, must suppress her inner rebel to survive as a handmaid (basically a "two-legged womb") to an influential commander. As the season progresses, there are powerful flashbacks detailing how women's rights slowly were stripped away in the leadup to the full coup by the Gilead administration. The show recently was nominated for 13 Emmys, including acting nods for Elisabeth Moss, Ann Dowd, Samira Wiley, and Alexis Bledel. From the performances to the soundtrack to the direction, everything about this series works. It's must-see TV. p { text­align: justify; }

Broadchurch Star Jodie Whittaker Is Named Doctor Who's 13th and First Female Doctor

The new Doctor will see you now. It's official: For the first time in more than 50 years, a woman is taking over the starring role in Doctor Who. Broadchurch star Jodie Whittaker is...  ...Read More... //

Doctor Who Casts Jodie Whittaker as First Female In Lead Role -

The first female Doctor is among us. Doctor Who has tapped Broadchurch 's Jodie Whittaker to play the Thirteenth Doctor after departing star Peter Capaldi makes his final appearance as Twelve in this December’s Christmas special. Read the full article at .

Broadchurch Sets Itself Apart by Avoiding "Will They or Won't They"

The third and final season of Broadchurch , BBC America's show about a series of crimes in a normally tranquil British seaside town, may be its strongest yet. That's due in no small part to the fact that the series ends its run without so much as hinting at the fact that its two lead characters have   ...Read More...   //

Broadchurch Season 3 Works by Not Romantically Entangling the Leads

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Sexual predator haunts final season of Broadchurch

Critically acclaimed crime drama Broadchurch is back for its third and final season on BBC America. While it spawned two international spinoffs (Foxs Gracepoint and French TVs Malaterra), series creator/writer Chris Chibnall says these eight episodes are the last well see of detectives Alec Hardy (David Tennant), Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman) and the... ...Read More... //