The Pillars of the Earth

2010, TV Show


Wednesday TV Review: American Horror Story, Historical Drama World Without End

Jessica Lange

Confession of a lifelong horror fan: The first season of FX's American Horror Story left me cold, more appalled than terrified at the overindulgent mishmash of psychosexual poppycock ensnaring unpleasant characters, plus the overkill of a house teeming with too many tedious ghosts, proving the adage that more can be less — effective, that is, although the hype and the buzz carried it to a whopping 17 Emmy nominations (in the miniseries category, where the competition is less fierce). read more

Tonight's TV Hot List: Friday, Aug. 27, 2010

Pillars of the Earth

The Pillars of the Earth
10/9c Starz
All good things must come to an end, and so it is with this compelling cable miniseries.  In the two-hour series finale, Kingsbridge is thriving as a prosperous market center, which bothers Regan and William Hamleigh to no end, so they forge a drastic plan to destroy it. Meantime, diabolical and devious Waleran, hardly a pillar of the religious community, conspires with Alfred to lay a trap for Jack and get rid of him once and for all. Will the cathedral survive or is it destined to be a scene of holy hell?

Read on for previews of The Gulf Is Back, Wizards of Waverly Place, Today, NFL Football, Beyond Survival with Les Stroud and Blood Dolphins. read more

Matt's Weekend Picks: August 27-29

Jimmy Fallon

THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH (Friday, 10/9c, Starz)
The epic miniseries wraps as Jack returns to Kingsbridge to finish work on the cathedral, but not without more threats and attacks from the villainous likes of Regan, William and the ever-scheming Waleran. Expect the body count to rise before all is said and built... read more

Tonight's TV Hot List: Friday, Aug. 20, 2010


9/8c Syfy
Traditionally, if you wanted to be immortalized as a statue, you would either have to accomplish things in the course of your life that are worthy of remembrance or you could go the easy route by hiring a sculptor and striking a pose. But a find at the site of Jo's future home bypasses tradition and alarmingly starts to "rock" the townsfolk (into stone) while tensions between Carter and Grant over Allison become even rockier.

Read on for previews of The Pillars of the Earth, Chefs vs. City, Today, Good Morning America, NFL Football and Kids in the Hall Present: Death Comes to Town. read more

Ask Matt: Vampire Diaries, The Middle, Pillars, Spoilers, Emmys and More

The Vampire Diaries

Question: I've only recently started watching The Vampire Diaries, as I wanted to wait for the overall reception of Season 1. But once I started, I got fully sucked in and I'm absolutely loving it now. [POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT] However, I'm having a hard time letting go of my lovely namesake Anna. With her ambivalent personality traits and the story line she was given, I thought she was one of the most interesting characters on the show. I have to admit that her demise in the finale hit me quite hard. Is there really no chance at all that she survived somehow? — Anna

Matt Roush: Looked to me like she was a goner, but you know how it goes on shows like this: Just because you die, or die again as the case may be, doesn't necessarily mean you're dead for good. And even if she did bite the eternal dust, I'd think there's potential for some juicy flashbacks as we get more of everyone's back story. And don't you imagine she'd at the very least haunt Jeremy's dreams? Beyond that, I haven't a clue whether we'll see Anna again, as I refuse to get ahead of the story, especially on shows like this. From a critical point of view, though, it's important to believe that characters like this can actually perish even in a supernatural series, or there'd be nothing at stake (pun unintended). Keeps you caring, I'd think... read more

Matt's Weekend Picks: August 13-15

David Hasselhoff

THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH (Friday, 10/9c, Starz)
More scheming, brawling and tragic treachery afoot in the pivotal fifth hour of this sprawling historical melodrama, as Waleran (Ian McShane) plays political games to further his goal to become Archbishop of Canterbury. Meanwhile, as the town of Kingsbridge prepares for another attack, the conflict between sort-of-brothers Jack and Alfred leads to ruin... read more

Tonight's TV Hot List: Friday, Aug. 6, 2010

Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights
8/7c NBC
Season 4 wraps up tonight as the tension between East and West Dillon comes to a head with the big Thanksgiving football game, a matchup which leads Eric to pull out all the stops in search of a victory. Off the field, the Taylors host Thanksgiving dinner while Tami's career hangs in the balance, and Julie receives an unexpected visitor.

Read on for previews of Good Morning America, Eureka, My Child Is a Monkey, Modern Marvels Essentials, The Pillars of the Earth and Women's Tennis. read more

Matt's Weekend Picks: July 30-August 1

James Badge Dale


(Friday, 9/8c, Syfy) Colin Ferguson directs this week's episode, which may explain why Sheriff Carter is off to Harvard to visit Zoe for the week. While he's away, the town celebrates Space Week—but as usual, things go awry. This week's culprit: guest star Jamie Kennedy, whose self-propagating oxygen device begins to affect the atmosphere, threatening to incinerate the put-upon town... read more

Pillars of the Earth: A Towering Achievement

Pillars of the Earth

It wasn't the swords. It wasn't the sandals. For Rufus Sewell, the tough part was all the stinkin' mud. Playing a 12th-century stonemason in mega miniseries The Pillars of the Earth, premiering tonight on Starz at 10/9c, meant maintaining "a level of grime on my neck consistent with that of your typical farm animal," he says.

A small price, indeed, for what's shaping up to be the armor-clanking, leech-sucking, monks-a-poppin' drama of the summer. Pillars, based on Ken Follett's doorstop of a best-seller (all 973 pages of it), about the quest to build a Gothic cathedral in a fictional England of yore, runs eight hours over six Friday nights... read more

Tonight's TV Hot List: Friday, July 23

Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights
8 pm/ET NBC
Tami once again finds herself in the hot seat after Luke's mom tries to get her fired for her role in Becky's tough decision. Forced to fight for her job, Tami has to face the school board to defend her actions. And while this is going on, Luke still struggles with his injury and tries to find new ways to deal with his pain. Elsewhere, Julie takes a hit when she receives an unexpected phone call, and Vince just can't stay out of trouble. — Brie Hearn

Read on for previews of Eureka, Pillars of the Earth, Wizards of Waverly Place, Smallville and more! read more

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Premiered: July 23, 2010, on Starz
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Premise: This drama series centers on a power struggle for the English crown in the 12th century.



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