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You know it’s been, er, eating at you, fans of The Walking Dead. Exactly what went down during those weeks between when a wounded Rick Grimes conked out in his hospital bed and when he came to, surrounded by the only living guy surrounded by some pretty gnarly-looking (and gnarly-tempered) undead? AMC’s new Dead companion series, Fear the Walking Dead — from the same folks who brought you the original — is ready to shed some light on that dark time. Only this time, the action heads west to L.A. “We wanted to explore that four- or five-week time frame where … Continue reading
AMC’s upcoming drama series Into the Badlands (premiering Nov. 15) is a genre-bending martial arts, sci-fi action odyssey about a distant future in which the only inhabitable lands are in the former American Midwest, and they’re governed by seven feudal Barons who control vital resources. In the series, Emily Beecham plays The Widow (it’s not just a scary name!), one of the Barons of the Badlands. She controls the oil, and her ambitions disrupt the tenuous peace among the Barons. The Widow has the look of a Steampunk Southern belle with a twist of The Matrix warrior/dominatrix and two deadly daggers as her weapons of choice. “My character … Continue reading
“The best reason to make machines more like people is to make people less like machines,” declares a scientist in AMC’s intriguing new drama Humans. Sounds kinda great, doesn’t it — genial, talking and walking Siris to do the housework and other drudgery that keeps us from the stuff we really long to do? But what if there comes a point where we create technology so sophisticated that it no longer requires us to advance and repair itself — a theory dubbed the Singularity by mathematician John von Neumann in 1958? What is the incentive to excel in school or … Continue reading
ALSO SEE: Funny How? AMC Celebrates The Silver Anniversary Of Goodfellas AMC goes to the mattresses for Mob Mondays starting June 15 at 10pm ET/PT (following a special 25th anniversary airing of Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas) with the eight-part docuseries The Making of the Mob: New York, a look at how young hoodlums in the early 1900s built organized crime empires. Ray Liotta narrates the series, which includes dramatic reenactments, archival footage and exclusive interviews. Among the more notorious mobsters featured are: Charles “Lucky” Luciano The juvenile delinquent turned bootlegger headed up The Commission in 1931 that put the “organized” in … Continue reading
ALSO SEE: Whack jobs: AMC’s “The Making of the Mob: New York” Martin Scorsese’s classic Goodfellas gets a special 25th anniversary airing June 15 at 7pm ET/PT to kick off AMC’s Mob Mondays. Wise up on one of the greatest flicks of all time: Goodfellas was nominated for six Oscars, but won only Best Supporting Actor for Joe Pesci. Al Pacino turned down the role of Jimmy Conway over typecasting concerns. Pacino starred as a gangster in the forgettable Dick Tracy the same year. Goodfellas is based on the book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, recounting the activities of the real-life … Continue reading
Mad Men Recap Season 7 Episode 13 (Original airdate Sunday, May 10): “The road the real hobo follows is never ending. It is always heading into the sunset of promise,” says the author of The Milk and Honey Route, a 1930s handbook for hobos — also the title of the penultimate Mad Men episode. “You follow on hopefully from one bend in the road, until in the end you step off a cliff.” Which brings us to Don, waking up alone in a Kansas motel and discussing his proposed route toward the Grand Canyon on the phone with Sally Don’s … Continue reading
Don’s new apartment is almost ready. If he’ll just choose paint, he could move in next week. Despite Meredith’s efforts to ground Don, we know he’ll never live there. And though Jim Hobart and Ferg make him say it – “I’m Don Draper from McCann Erickson” – we know he never will be. In this lyrical, reference-laden episode called “Lost Horizon,” Shangri-La is lost to Draper and company. Can Don find it again? Will he even try? McCann is mission control, Harry informs Roger as the computer is wheeled out of SCP’s rapidly emptying offices: statisticians, programmers, 15 people just … Continue reading
Mad Men recap Season 7, Episode 11 “Time & Life” (original airdate April 26, 2015): McCann Erickson has finally done the dirty deed, pulling the plug on SCP without notice – except the eviction notice on their two floors of the Time Life building, that is. Convinced this is a mistake, Roger, with Joan eavesdropping, calls Ferg and discover’s it’s not. “I think you’ll see it’s all good news,” Ferg says. Roger is crushed, Joan stoic, as they inform their fellow partners. Though the McCann coup de grace is supposed to remain secret, the entire office eventually gets wind of … Continue reading
Recap of Mad Men Season 7 Episode 10, “The Forecast” (original air date April 19, 2015): When Roger assigns Don the task of writing a vision statement on the future of Sterling Cooper for Roger to deliver at an upcoming retreat with other division presidents of McCann, we learn the theme of “The Forecast”: What’s your vision of the future? Reasonable hopes and dreams, Roger advises: “It doesn’t have to be science fiction.” Joan’s in Los Angeles. Why? No matter — it’s all just an excuse for Joan to meet Mr. Too Convenient to Be True, who walks into the … Continue reading
Mad Men recap, Season 7, Episode 9 “New Business” (original air date April 12, 2015) Mad Men Episode 9 New Business opens with a Don and Betty 2.0 moment — he’s in the Francis kitchen making milkshakes for their sons when she returns late from a function (some distant Rockefeller) and they discuss her evening. She’s enrolling at a university in fall, pursuing a master’s in psychology. “I know it’s beyond your experience, but people love to talk to me. They seek me out to share their confidences.” Don jokes that it should be fascinating for everyone involved, and they … Continue reading