Cheers to Nick Nolte for racing back to the front of the pack with Luck.
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The veteran actor — who first became a star in the '70s miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man — had become a stumbling punchline after his notorious arrest a decade ago. Now he's at the top of his game again thanks to his knockout work as a pair of very different trainers: an alcoholic MMA coach in his Oscar-nominated performance in Warrior and an old stable hand in HBO's new horseracing drama. You can't help but feel like Nolte identifies with his Luck role as Walter Smith, aka the Old Man, a seemingly over-the-hill geezer who's enlivened to make one last run for glory.
Nearly 20 years ago, Steven Bochco and David Milch changed the face of primetime drama with NYPD Blue. Now, Bochco and Milch have reunited to sell a new drama to NBC.
Imagine TV and 20th Century Fox TV are behind the project, a legal drama set in Washington, D.C. The show follows the exploits of a charismatic "rainmaker" lawyer in D.C. with a dark secret. Says the studio: "This is a series about how we negotiate with our demons and the price we pay for those...
Austin Nichols, who starred as HBO's John from Cincinnati, is returning to his hometown of Austin, Texas, to play a Dillon High teach on NBC's Friday Night Lights, reports the city's Statesman paper. Nichols' multiple-episode arc will begin soon after the Oct. 5 season-opener.... Regina Hall (Ally McBeal) will play Cedric the Entertainer's successfully entrepreneurial housewife in the comedian's comedy pilot for ABC, says the Reporter.
Question: HBO is premiering its new show Tell Me You Love Me this Sunday, and to my astonishment, you haven't yet written a single word about it. You're my go-to TV critic, and I'm especially eager to hear your opinion on this one. Some critics love it, calling it the HBO version of a Herskovitz-Zwick program (a huge endorsement in my book), while others think it's dull and pretentious. What do you say?
Answer: Thanks for asking. One of the reasons no official review has yet appeared in the magazine or elsewhere is because there was no room for my regular column in the jam-packed Fall Preview issue (on stands now; I recommend you all go out and get one). The magazine review goes out next week, but this gives me an opportunity to weigh in a few days early, and I'm happy to, because I think Tell Me You Love Me signals HBO getting back on track after John from Cincinnati (which I did feel was dull and pretentious) with a powerful, demanding and at times excruciatingly painful drama about
Sundays are seldom as busy during the regular TV season as was the case this weekend, with season and series finales all over cable. So much for summer being the sleepy season. If you'd been watching any of these shows this summer, you wouldn't have wanted to miss the payoffs.Big Love: So much drama and trauma on HBO's increasingly addictive domestic melodrama about a family man and the three wives who alternately adore and tolerate his whims, schemes and transgressions. One reason I love the show is that it has lines of dialogue you could never hear anywhere else. Heres Nicky: Our husbands dating life is none of our business. Bill to Barb: There are two other people in this marriage. Bill to Margene: You are not having the neighbors baby! Barb to Bill: I dont want a fourth [wife]. Margene: Boss lady outed us to the neighbors!So twisted, and yet presented in such a way that it almost seems normal. Th...