Happy New TV Year! With the brief holiday programming pause about to be over, it's already time to say goodbye to one of last year's better series: the evocative second season of BBC America's Golden Globe-nominated The Hour. A ticking-clock deadline fuels the suspense in Wednesday's gripping finale (9/8c). With showtime fast approaching for a new edition of the fictional '50s TV newsmagazine, The Hour's co-anchors find themselves embroiled in controversy and peril.
Memo to HBO's The Newsroom: This is how it's done.
In its second season, BBC America's The Hour (Wednesdays at 9/8c) is the very model of a smart, sleek, witty and sexy drama about the inner workings of a high-profile TV news operation. Set in the late '50s, but feeling quite contemporary in its depiction of media celebrity, with political and competitive pressures assailing journalistic ideals, this first-class entertainment avoids the pitfalls of preachiness and extreme silliness that often derailed Aaron Sorkin's TV comeback.
Andrew Rannells and Justin Bartha
My Two Dads was never like this. Which is partly the point of NBC's The New Normal, a biting yet sweet-at-heart sitcom that bucks current network comedy trends by actually being about something — in this case, a hot-button social issue so polarizing to some that at least one affiliate (in Salt Lake City) opted not to air the ...
Cheers to Romola Garai for her starmaking turn on The Hour.
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The voluptuous British actress is making a big noise as Bel Rowley, the ambitious producer of a 1950's TV newsmagazine on BBC America's thrilling new drama. In this week's episode, the triangle between Bel, her ...
Finding yourself in Mad Men withdrawal this summer? Missing those nattily dressed men and women of a bygone modernist age, smoking and drinking their way through glamorous-seeming media jobs as dark clouds loom in their personal and professional lives?
Fret not. BBC America has come to the rescue, with a deluxe six-hour diversion set in the politically charged mid-1950s, titled The Hour — and few hours this summer have been so stimulating and absorbing. The problem here, typical of so much British TV, is there just aren't enough of these hours — though each one counts. And by the end of the twisty sixth hour, you'll be satisfied, if still craving more...
Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey - Dirty Dancing
Ready to have the time of your life again?
Kenny Ortega, who choreographed Dirty Dancing, has signed on to direct a remake of the 1987 classic, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"The opportunity to direct Dirty Dancing is like returning home for me," Ortega said. "Growing up in the '60s on the dance floor helped define me as a person and as an artist. I am looking forward ...
Hayden Panettiere by Chris Haston/NBC Photo
Hayden Panettiere is in talks to star in I Love You, Beth Cooper, a coming-of-age comedy in which the Heroes heroine would play a high school's hottest cheerleader who gives a nerd the night of his life after he confesses his love for her in his valedictorian speech.... Also per the Reporter, Timothy Olyphant is a newlywed whose honeymoon turns sour when he and his bride are stalked by killers in A Perfect Getaway.... Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, Antonio Banderas and Romola Garai will star in The Other Man, based on a Bernhard Schlink book.