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Weekend Binge Guide: January 2017

Have the weekend free? Going out is overrated! Binge-­watch one of these shows instead:   If you want to laugh:   Superstore See all reviews for Superstore Like its spiritual siblings Parks and Recreation and The Office , Superstore is a bit of a slow burn. But once it gets going, it's impossible not to fall for this quirk crew of megastore employees. Emmy winner America Ferrera leads a superb cast that includes Ben Feldman as a pretentious yet lovable do-gooder and Mark McKinney ( The Kids in the Hall ) as the hilariously weak but kind boss. Scenes are stolen on the reg by Colton Dunn, who plays Garrett, and Lauren Ash (Dina). But even the tiniest moments featuring only extras are funny. I could watch a full episode just featuring all of the show's bizarre bumpers and cutaways. The series celebrates diversity but without being preachy and remains (mostly) family friendly without sacrificing humor. It's a big win for NBC. While Season 2 is even better than the first, start at the beginning.   If you want to cry:   Dead Like Me See all reviews for Dead Like Me Frequently appearing on lists of shows that were canceled too soon, this mid-aughts Showtime drama stars Mandy Patinkin, Callum Blue, Jasmine Guy (!), and Ellen Muth. They all play grim reapers who must spend an unknown time on Earth collecting souls before being allowed to move on. The show had a stability problem, seen most clearly in creator Bryan Fuller's decision to leave, but it was creatively strong through its two-season run. It's a fun and campy series that pulls off the difficult combination of death and comedy. But in dealing with Muth's character's freak passing early in the first episode and the subsequent lives each reaper must "touch," there are some beautifully sad moments. Muth's yard sale scene with Cynthia Stevenson in the pilot is the first sign that viewers should prepare for a real roller coaster ride.   If you want to scream:   Penny Dreadful See all reviews for  Penny Dreadful Penny Dreadful is a fascinating if uneven show featuring a stunning leading performance by the underrated Eva Green. During its three seasons on Showtime, the period drama about some of literature's most terrifying characters had myriad highlights, but my favorite is the surprise turn Billie Piper's character takes toward the end of the second season. It's possible to watch this standout scene in isolation and appreciate how powerfully Piper, so often overshadowed, commands the screen in a superb monologue that is both ferocious and controlled. But it's much more satisfying to see the character's journey throughout the series. Without giving too much away, this is a woman who has gone through it! And the attention-grabbing scene really feels like something the previous 15 episodes have been working toward.   If you want to think:   Horace and Pete See all reviews for  Horace and Pete This is kind of a difficult show. You have to pay attention. It's a slow, theatrical television experiment that is both incredibly modern and very old fashioned. It's investment TV, but the ROI is big. The first two episodes are interesting — at times excellent — with powerful work by the entire cast, especially Alan Alda. But Episode 3 is where Louis C.K. really starts to take risks. For the first nine minutes, you're watching a closeup of Laurie Metcalf, playing an unknown character, as she begins an intensely detailed story about an erotic encounter with her father-in-law. The camera finally reveals her scene partner (C.K.) and the two continue through one of the year's most extraordinary television episodes. The entire series will get you thinking about the infuriating messiness of family and relationships, and the future of TV. p { text­align: justify; }

'Penny Dreadful' Creator Set as Showrunner on Meryl Streep-J.J. Abrams Series 'The Nix' (Exclusive)

John Logan also will executive produce the drama from Warner Bros. Television. ...Read More... //

Penny Dreadful Will Continue As a Comic Series

Although Penny Dreadful may be officially cancelled on TV, its going to live onthanks to the series own official comic book surviving the shows ending to become a new ongoing series. ...Read More... //

Penny Dreadful to Return From the Dead—as a Comic Book -

Vanessa Ives may have surrendered herself into the great beyond—taking Penny Dreadful with her too—but it seems that the show will still go on. The Showtime series announced Monday, via Twitter, that it would return in the form of a comic book series, set six months after the show’s series finale. Happy Halloween #Dreadfuls ! Behold your treat: A new #PennyDreadful Comic Book Series, coming 2017, set 6 months after the TV series finale! — Penny Dreadful (@SHO_Penny) October 31, 2016 Read the full article at .

Irelands Ardmore Studios, Home To Braveheart & Penny Dreadful, Up For Sale

Ireland's renowned Ardmore Studios , which has housed projects including Braveheart , My Left Foot and more recently Showtime's The Tudors and Penny Dreadful , is up for sale. The hub, which is situated on 18 acres in Bray, County Wicklow, provides production, postproduction and support services for full-length features and TV productions across facilities spanning 170,000 square feet and comprises seven sound stages ranging from 3,000-23,000square feet. Current productions ...Read More... //

Showtime bosses on why they didn't tell you about 'Penny Dreadful'

Had Penny Dreadful returned for a fourth season, it would have looked as new as one of Victor Frankensteins creations. Showtimes Gothic horror series surprised fans when its season 3 finale ended with the death of Eva Greens Vanessa Ives and an ominous title card reading, The End.... ....Read More... //

Penny Dreadful: 9 Unresolved Questions We Need Answered!

I don't know about you, but I'm still in mourning over the surprise announcement that Penny Dreadful Season 3 Episode 9 was actually the series finale. The Showtime series was critically acclaimed for its writing, direction, and stellar performances, but pulled in chronically low ratings. Many suspected that the third season might be its last, but nothing was confirmed until after the season finale had aired, at which point it was re-branded as the series finale....   Read More...   //

‘Penny Dreadful’ Surprise: Sunday Was the Series Finale

Penny Dreadful has been one of those shows on my "to-watch" list for a while now, and the creative response to the Eva Green-fronted series has certainly been promising. Showtime was happy with the show’s performance as they’ve already set Logan to spearhead another project for the network, a limited series adaptation of Patti Smith’s memoir Just Kids. It’s kind of amazing that Logan and Showtime were able to keep the nature of the Penny Dreadful Season 3 finale under wraps, and I’m curious how fans feel about not knowing they were witnessing the series finale. Did it help manage expectations? Did you feel cheated out of a Season 4? Sound off in the comments below after checking out Logan’s special message to fans and a look back at all three seasons. READ MORE...

7 questions we're still asking after the 'Penny Dreadful' finale

Like Draculas army of vampires, Penny Dreadful backed into the shadows on Sunday night with a season 3 finale that doubled as the series end. Series creator John Logan tells EW that his plan to wrap up the gothic drama has been in the works since midway through the second season,...   Read More... //

Penny Dreadful: Here's How Season 4 Could've Unfolded Without Eva Green

Although neither Penny Dreadful creator John Logan nor Showtime could imagine the heartrending drama continuing without leading lady Eva Green and her haunted alter ego Vanessa Ives, your friends at TVLine and many of the series fans could, can and do. We even know how wed do it. First, wed bring Mr. Lyle back from [] //