Welcome to another episode of ‘Soap Opera: Freak Show,’ in which we’ve (hopefully) reached peak melodrama. Although Jessica Lange’s Elsa subdues herself somewhat in “Test of Strength,” allowing for more theatrical performances from the father/son bonding of Michael Chiklis’ Dell and Evan Peters’ Jimmy, there’s still way too much heightened drama and not enough of that horror that the show’s title promises. And where’s all the bonkers weirdness that we’ve come to love from Ryan Murphy and Co.? This season has worked itself into a woefully boring rut.
‘SNL’ scored a major win this past weekend with ‘The Hunger Games’ star Woody Harrelson’s return hosting gig, and we’re keeping positive for Cameron Diaz this coming Saturday, but what of the final 2014 slots? Get ready for ‘SNL’ December, with James Franco, Martin Freeman and Amy Adams all taking turns as host! Also, Nicki Minaj and One Direction. If that’s your thing.
The always-welcome weirdness of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s IFC ‘Portlandia’ will return in 2015 for its fifth season (might it be the last?) on January 8, and this season might be the biggest yet. The first full trailer for ‘Portlandia’ season 5 has eco-biked its way down the hill, bringing an “epic” tone and more guest stars than we can rightly shake an organic celery stalk at.
Beloved clone drama ‘Orphan Black’ decoded a bit of its third season sequence with the recent teaser attached to the ‘Doctor Who’ finale, but most intel on the new adventures of Sarah, Cosima, Alison, Helena and Rachel has been heavily redacted. So it is with the BBC-A series’ latest season 3 addition, none other than ‘Shameless’ star Justin Chatwin!
‘Arrow’ season 3 lets loose its seventh installment of the year with “Draw Back Your Bow,” as Oliver tangles with obsessed “Cupid” Carrie Cutter (Amy Gumenick), while Felicity finds herself in an unexpected encounter with Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh), and Thea auditions DJs for the club’s reopening.
We’ve known forever that ‘Arrow‘ and ‘The Flash‘ would come to blows in a December crossover event, but between Girders and Cupids on either side, Warner Bros. has kept the battle somewhat under wraps. No longer, as ‘The Flash’ speeds out the first photos of its own crossover lead-in “Flash vs. Arrow,” along with the first footage of our CW superheroes clashing!
Marvel’s Netflix ‘Defenders’ have only been seen through brief glimpses at the forthcoming ‘Daredevil’ TV series, but with ‘Jessica Jones’ to follow, casting news couldn’t be long behind. ‘True Detective’ breakout Alexandra Daddario, Krysten Ritter and more are reportedly under consideration for Marvel’s newest female superhero, plus, find out who’s testing for the role of ‘Luke Cage’!
The ongoing firestorm against Bill Cosby has only swelled in recent weeks, as more and more allegations of rape emerge against the once-revered comedian, so it wasn’t any surprise that Netflix would opt to discard the November 28 release of a new Cosby standup special. Now, NBC has expectedly followed suit by abandoning development plans for a new Cosby sitcom for 2015.
FOX’s pre-Batman era origin story ‘Gotham’ remains as divisive a series as ever. On the one hand, legions of fans remind us each week to give the prequel drama time to breathe, yet howls of laughter can be heard from the same corners when ‘Gotham’ makes yet another attempt to set up characters it can’t rightly use for decades to come. Enter the latest effort, as ‘Gotham’ producers confirm Robin’s “prenatal origin story” is on the way! Yeesh.
The first of ‘Justified’'s fiery final season trailers proved a pulse-pounding enough preview of the sixth run for FX’s gunslinger drama, but with the January 2015 premiere fast approaching (ugh, we know), it’s high-time Raylan and Boyd brought out the big guns. See which ‘Justified’ fan-favorites return and who might get a bullet through the head in the first full trailer for ‘Justified’'s final season!