If SundanceTV's The Honorable Woman were any timelier in its geopolitical drama, most specifically of the Israeli-Palestinian variety, it would bleed newsprint. But it's the emotional intricacies of this rewardingly complex and brilliantly acted eight-part miniseries (Thursdays, 10/9c) that resonate timelessly, grounded by Maggie Gyllenhaal's impassioned, extraordinary performance as the title character, idealistic Anglo-Israeli philanthropist and newly appointed Baroness Nessa Stein.
Gyllenhaal brings layers upon layers of crisp elegance, prideful steel, profound sorrow and ultimately an aching vulnerability to Nessa. We share her angry despair as her lofty goals — most notably, wiring the West Bank in a lucrative but controversial contract for high-speed Internet as part of her family foundation's crusade for reconciliation — are steadily shattered by shady compromises and sinister secrets stemming from her mysterious abduction in Gaza eight years earlier.
Josh Duhamel has signed on to Battle Creek, the CBS drama from Breaking Bad creatorVince Gilligan and House's David Shore, TVGuide.com has confirmed.
Bad news for Bensidy! It looks like Law & Order: SVU's Dean Winters is moving on.
Winters has been cast in a lead role for the anticipated Vince Gilligan-David Shore CBS drama Battle Creek, Deadline.com reports. The project, which was given a straight-to-series 13-episode order, is about the partnership of a detective (Winters) and an FBI agent with very different world views. Winters' character, Detective Russ Agnew, is described as a smart, tough, impatient, and pragmatic guy who gets results but with whom no one wants to partner.
Anna Gunn, RJ Mitte and Bryan Cranston
It's that time of the year again: awards season! It all kicks off Sunday with the 71st Golden Globe Awards (8 ET/5 PT on NBC). Will Breaking Bad finally win a Globe in its last chance ever? Will 12 Years a Slave or American Hustle emerge as an Oscar front-runner? Check out our predictions below and tell us your picks for the big prizes.
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Rebecca Ferguson and Max Irons
Prepare for the real game of thrones. Many films and TV series have taken on Henry VIII and the Tudors, but shockingly little has been done on the English dynasty that preceded them: the magnificently brutal Plantagenets. That's odd, considering that the Plantagenets, who battled one another for 30 years in the calamitous Wars of the Roses, did just as much roaring and whoring as the Tudors did — and were way more dangerous and dysfunctional.
Starz plans to rectify this royal oversight with The White Queen, a sweeping, sexually ...
Author Philippa Gregory has become an authority on British royalty, but her interests don't necessarily extend to the present.
"I'm utterly indifferent about Kate Middleton's baby," she confessed at Starz's Television Critics Association fall previews on Friday. "It know this is terrible. It's like blasphemy!"
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Janet McTeer and Rose Byrne
When Patty Hewes talks, people listen — and the same goes for Glenn Close. "Last year felt a little guy-heavy," says the star of Damages, which featured John Goodman, Dylan Baker and Chris Messina in Season 4. "So Rose Byrne and I asked the producers to bring in more strong females."
HBO has announced a Sept. 9 premiere for Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq, a documentary special produced by Sopranos alum James Gandolfini and his nascient Attaboy Films shingle. Alive Day Memories looks at the new generation of war veterans from the point of view of 10 soldiers.... Oscar nominee Janet McTeer (Tumbleweeds) will play wife Clemmie to Brendan Gleeson's Winston in Churchill at War, HBO Films/BBC Films' follow-up to The Gathering Storm.