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When Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk bring American Horror Story back for its fifth season — fittingly subtitled Hotel — look for the FX hit to boast another bold new look, but a feel that revisits the first season of the most-watched franchise in the network’s 21-year history. “True horror fans loved the first season because it really is a very psychological season and it plays with a lot of very familiar tropes,” Murphy explains. “The season we’re doing this year harkens back to the first season, which is much more rooted in honest, primal fears.” AHS — which has … Continue reading
When I talked The Bastard Executioner with its Milus Corbett, Stephen Moyer, in August — episode 1 under my belt and little idea of all that lay ahead — Moyer was practically vibrating with excitement over the scripts Kurt Sutter was putting in his hands. For good reason. Tonight’s episode, “A Hunger/Newyn,” fully displayed the spectacular depth of deviousness with which the Chamberlin has been bestowed. • The Bastard Executioner Season 1 recaps: Episode 1 and 2 | Episode 3 “People are going to want this shire,” Moyer explained to me then. “Lady Love’s trying to hold onto it. There’s … Continue reading
When we left Welsh soldier turned barley farmer turned reluctant Bastard Executioner Wilkin Brattle (Lee Jones), he had just used his battle savvy to sever the head of Chamberlin Milus Corbett’s (Stephen Moyer) hapless half-brother. On said Chamberlin’s orders. This week, we open on Brattle’s spiritual adviser Annora of the Alders (Katey Sagal) employing a massive dead hog to teach Wilkin the ways of the punisher, so he can maintain the ruse she insists is his destiny. “A man’s flesh will give to the blade,” she tells him, as his knife glides through the poor beast. Cut to a sculptor teaching … Continue reading
Kurt Sutter’s much-anticipated new FX drama The Bastard Executioner launches with a primer of sorts: “Wales, the dawn of the 14th century. Roman Catholicism dominates the religious landscape. The Welsh, fighting fiercely for independence, have been crushed by Edward Longshanks, King Edward I of England. After Longshanks’death, his impulsive son, King Edward II, takes the thrown. Tension grows in the turbulent marshlands between Wales and England. Fearing rebellion, English barons rule their Welsh fiefdoms with uncompromising brutality. The oppressed peasants of these shires desperately cling to their faith that a loving God is watching over them.” • MORE: The cast and creators … Continue reading
The Bastard Executioner: The cast and creators talk Kurt Sutter’s breathtaking medieval drama premiering Tuesday on FX
When Kurt Sutter announced he was bringing his FX hit Sons of Anarchy to a close last year, speculation began immediately as to how the writer/producer would next apply his signature brand of storytelling. Sutter was already on the job. Having tackled cops with their own brand of morality in The Shield and outlaw bikers with the same in Sons, Sutter opted to indulge his love of history and a need to “work out all my Catholic s–t” and craft a story around another soul whose morals and mission are often at odds. This time, a medieval executioner. Set in northern Wales in the 14th century, a time … Continue reading
In FX’s new comedy Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, Denis Leary plays Johnny Rock, a washed-up, drugged-out frontman for a punk-rock band that had its moment in the sun and then broke up nearly 25 years ago. Since then, Johnny’s been barely scraping by. But things start looking up when a beautiful young woman, Gigi (Elizabeth Gillies), Johnny’s estranged daughter, shows up and asks Johnny to help make her famous. With the looks, the talent and the voice, Gigi might be Johnny’s ticket to fame after all. ALSO SEE: Denis Leary gets the band back together for Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll Gillies, perhaps best known for her role … Continue reading
Judy Greer will always be your favorite BFF in romantic comedy movies. But she’s also grown into something of a nerdgirl icon, voicing characters in FX’s Archer and getting exposure as Kitty Sanchez on Arrested Development. She’s also had roles in sci-fi flicks like Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and this summer’s Tomorrowland and Jurassic World. In a role that’s a little more grounded, Greer returns as frazzled wife and mother Lina Bowman in Season 2 of FX’s comedy Married (Thursdays beginning July 16 at 10:30pm ET/PT). We grilled Greer with our always hard-hitting “7 Questions.” 1) What … Continue reading
Guillermo del Toro and Carlton Cuse’s intense thriller The Strain returns to FX for Season 2 on July 12, airing Sundays at 10pm ET/PT. From FX: “As the second season unfolds, the transformation has begun. It can no longer be denied — New York City is rapidly falling to an evil epidemic, and no one is coming to its rescue. Its citizens must fight or die. Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll) and his unlikely allies tried to take down the embodiment of this evil — the Master — and failed. Now Eph and Dr. Nora Martinez (Mia Maestro) concentrate on creating a … Continue reading
Remember when a rock band’s fame was measured in record sales and radio plays instead of Twitter followers and trending hashtags? Someone might as well stick us in a museum with a pole up our butts because we, like Johnny Rock, are fossils. Comedian and former Rescue Me star Denis Leary returns to FX in the new comedy Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll as Johnny Rock, the drugged-out, aging frontman of early ’90s flash-in-the-pan punk band The Heathens. For nearly 25 years, he’s been living all of the rock star lifestyle with none of the fame or fortune. John Corbett costars as Flash, The … Continue reading
High-stakes political thriller Tyrant debuts Season 2 on FX Tuesday, June 16, at 10pm ET/PT. Season 1 saw Bassam “Barry” Al-Fayeed (Adam Rayner) facing treason charges after the failed attempt to overthrow his brother Jamal’s (Ashrof Barhom) brutal rule over Abbudin. In the Season 2 premiere, “Mark of Cain,” Barry awaits punishment for leading the failed coup, while Jamal agonizes over whether or not to execute him. ALSO SEE: FX’s intense drama “Tyrant” goes to cool, dark places: Middle-East turmoil ensnares an American family in FX’s captivating new series Watch Tyrant Season 1 episodes now on Hulu Tyrant Season 2 … Continue reading