We weren’t initially certain how serious to take FX’s announcement of new Ryan Murphy anthology series ‘American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson,’ and now, with its leading roles cast....we’re still not sure. Cuba Gooding Jr. will loose the juice as accused murderer O.J. Simpson, while ‘American Horror Story’ standout Sarah Paulson will take him to trial as Marcia Clark. Yes, this is still happening.
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We have but days to wait until 'Sons of Anarchy' reaches its violent end with Tuesday series finale "Papa's Goods," but some fans of the Kurt Sutter biker drama accidentally got an early look at the swan song. At least several copies of literary series retrospective "Sons of Anarchy: The Official Collector's Edition" were mailed in advance of the December 10 release, somewhat spoiling the end and leading Sutter to a public (and angered) apology.
There is a figurative line, somewhere on television, between tedious melodrama and soap opera theatrics, and yet another line exists over which you can cross into the blissful, Lynchian territory of self-awareness and not-quite-rightness. In that surreal place, soapy theatrics and camp are embraced satirically and knowingly because this is a place that looks like somewhere you know but feels like an unsettling dream. I don’t think ‘American Horror Story’ is on the same level as David Lynch, but I’m starting to convince (delude) myself into thinking that maybe after tonight’s “Blood Bath,” it’s attempting to play with the same tones.
It’s been a good long while since we’ve heard anything from the front of FX’s ‘Fargo,’ last confirmed to prequelize itself in exploring the Sioux Falls case of a younger Lou Solverson, but we may yet have some friendly faces on the case. ‘Burn Notice’ star Jeffrey Donovan has reportedly been cast in a leading role, while ‘Parks and Recreation’ star Nick Offerman (and his mustache) has been approached as well.
‘Sons of Anarchy’ season 7 roars out its 12th and penultimate episode of the final year, “Red Rose,” as Jax wrestles with the decision of his mother's fate, while external pressures threaten to tear the club apart.
We’ve not yet crossed Thanksgiving into December, but the rapidly-approaching 2015 slate of FX and FXX’s returning series has us ready for the new year. The cable networks have officially scheduled the season 6 premiere of ‘Archer,’ as well as the sixth and final season premiere of ‘Justified’ for January 2015, along with a third year for ‘The Americans,’ 10th for ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,’ and more.
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.
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!
‘Sons of Anarchy’ season 7 roars out its 11th episode of the final year, “Suits of Woe,” as Jax learns the truth about Gemma’s role in Tara’s murder, while Juice takes care of club business in prison.
Earlier today saw FOX stealing a bit of British thunder with its own adaptation of ‘Luther’ but it seems FX intends to mine far deeper in bringing the A-list Tom Hardy to the small screen. The cable network has officially picked up the rights to air Hardy’s forthcoming period drama collaboration with Ridley Scott and ‘Locke’’s Steven Knight, diamond adventurer drama ‘Taboo.’