Once is not enough. Sometimes a second look, or a second episode, is necessary to convince a skeptic that a show is worth taking a risk on. So it is with ABC's dazzling but dauntingly precious Once Upon a Time (Sunday, 8/7c), which back when I was considering it for Fall Preview left me wondering: "Is this ambitiously whimsical fantasia the next Pushing Daisies cult fave or the next Eastwick insta-flop? (Either way, it will likely be an uphill climb to happily ever after.) It would be easier to love if it weren't so convoluted and campy."
But then ABC made another episode (the third, airing Nov. 6) available for review, and I started to find myself enchanted and beguiled, ready to curl up with more chapters of this fractured fairy tale. First, though, you have to digest the premise, and the overstuffed and often overripe pilot is a lot to swallow. We begin in a lavishly rendered fairy-tale land ...
Starz has greenlighted Boss, a pilot which would bring Fraiser's Kelsey Grammer back to television, Variety reports.
Described as "a modern-day King Lear," the drama follows...
Not anxious to brave the roads this long holiday weekend? IFC has the perfect compromise: Wanderlust (premiering May 29 at 9 pm/ET), an original documentary detailing Hollywood's many and great road movies, with insightful commentary from such heavyweights as Dennis Hopper (Easy Rider), Alexander Payne (
Good news — Nicole Kidman has picked her next project, and it isn't Bewitched 2! Rather, the Oscar winner will star in and produce what the Hollywood Reporter is calling a female version of The Bourne Identity. Meanwhile, fellow Academy darling Tom Hanks has also selected his next big-screen outing: How Starbucks Saved My Life. In it, the producer-headliner will play an ad man who gets canned and winds up slinging lattes for a living (or, as I like to think of it, the recurring nightmare Matt Webb Mitovich has when I'm subbing as news editor). Gus Van Sant is the front-runner to direct, the Hollywood Reporter says.