A couple of thoughts on TV from a feature guy. The Kevin Williamson-created Fox series The Following might be the most aggravating but addictive series to come down the pike in some time. Kevin Bacon plays an FBI agent trying to capture a serial killer (James Purefoy) who has accumulated a Manson Family-like group of creepy disciples all too eager to commit unimaginably horrible acts on the killer’s behalf. As if that in itself wasn’t unlikely enough, the killer met all of his acolytes when they visited him in prison. Hasn’t anybody in the FBI thought of checking the visitor list from his days behind bars, rather than waiting and reacting to the latest horror? Can the FBI really be that dumb? That said, I cannot think of a time when I’ve been hooked on so many series, between The Following, Justified, The Walking Dead, House Of Cards, The Americans, Vikings and Blue Bloods, and I just now received the first four episodes of the new season of Game Of Thrones, and have new seasons of Homeland, Sons Of Anarchy and Boardwalk Empire to look forward to. I remember Tony Gilroy telling Deadline in an interview that mid-range dramas like his superb Michael Clayton are becoming extinct in features, and are instead being made as series for basic and pay cable networks by feature guys. As a result, TV has never been stronger while film leaves room for improvement in this department. READ MORE »
UPDATE: Shawn Ryan, who, like Kurt Sutter, also got his big break on FX with The Shield, also took to Twitter to criticize AMC over showrunner Glen Mazzara’s departure from The Walking Dead. “AMC, WTF? Common knowledge that AMC cut Breaking Bad shorter than it should have been. Now …
EXCLUSIVE: The on-screen intensity of FX’s biker drama Sons Of Anarchy spilled behind the scenes yesterday. I’ve learned that SOA creator/executive producer Kurt Sutter got into a shouting match with co-star Tommy Flanagan on the set of the show. The altercation did not get physical and police were not called in as one source suggested. “Very hard day in Charming,” Sutter wrote cryptically on Twitter last night. “It’s my job to be the adult in the room. Unfortunately, today that adult was my father. Al was an angry man.”
This is not the first time sparks have flown on SOA whose dark and intense subject matter often has emotions running high behind the scenes. Last year, Sutter had a heated argument with series star Charlie Hunnam, which led to the actor’s scrapping SOA‘s panel at the summer TCA press tour. The two patched things up after a joint meeting with FX boss John Landgraf. Things on the show seemed to be back to normal again after yesterday’s incident. Sutter is back on the set as SOA is wrapping production on episode 12 of its its current fifth season. On Monday, filming of the season finale is slated to begin with Sutter directing.
Kurt Sutter, creator/executive producer of FX‘s flagship drama Sons Of Anarchy, is switching to comedy for his next project. He has closed a script development deal with FX to write Diva. Clown. Killer, a half-hour comedy he created and will executive produce with wife/Anarchy star Katey Sagal and Belle Zwerdling. The project is described as a dark, absurd comedy about an 1980′s has-been rock diva; her dysfunctional son who makes his living as kids party clown; and of course, an assassin. Diva. Clown. Killer is being developed as a starring vehicle for Sagal depending on her availability with Anarchy. Sutter had indicated he plans to wrap the biker drama after seven seasons. Season 5 kicks off Tuesday.
Emmys voters are fickle fans and a bewildering bunch. They like a show one year, they don’t the next, or maybe they just don’t like the people who made it. And sometimes there is no rhyme or reason to who gets a nomination and who doesn’t. Here’s a look at the shows and the actors who didn’t make the cut this year but should have.
3RD UPDATE, 11:30 AM:
Sons Of Anarchy — Looks like a kinder, gentler Kurt Sutter took to Twitter today to comment on his series’ Emmy snub. The notoriously barbed showrunner offered congratulations to Anarchy‘s FX, Homeland‘s Howard Gordon and The Voice‘s Carson Daly and Adam Levine among others. Then he wrote, “and to all of you expecting a *-laced emmy diatribe…that’s so 2011. A calm, mature, rational @sutterink is much more dangerous.”
2ND UPDATE, 10 AM:
Michael Pitt — Boardwalk Empire’s Jimmy Darmody might have taken one to the head but that doesn’t mean the actor who played him had to be left for dead by Emmy voters.
1ST UPDATE, 9 AM:
Kyra Sedgwick – It’s The Closer’s final season, so to leave out this 2010 Emmy winner seems just weird.
The Office – Its had a long run, but that’s no reason to completely leave the show out of the Comedy category.
Emmy Rossum — Besides Joan Cusack’s Best Guest Actress nod, Shameless got the shaft this year, and to overlook this Critics’ Choice winner seems another form of shamelessness. I mean her name is Emmy for Pete’s sake.
PREVIOUS, 7:49 AM:
The Good Wife – The CBS series was overlooked for Best Drama, not a good sign for the broadcast networks, which lost their only representative in the category.
Glee – One nomination in the Guest Acting category? That’s it?
Louie – Maybe Emmy voters have a thing with FX, what with Sons Of Anarchy totally snubbed and Justified shortshrifted this year, but how can you nominate the man who is the star and the mastermind behind a show and not his show?
Dexter – No best series for one of Showtime’s best series.
The Walking Dead – Zombies are popular with viewers but obviously not Emmy voters.
Hugh Laurie — No love for his last turn as Dr. House.
They were the last panel of Comic-Con’s huge Hall H this year but today Sons of Anarchy gave fans of the FX biker drama a few things to look forward to. SOA creator and showrunner Kurt Sutter told the crowd today that he’d “love to do a prequel about the formation of the club.” Though he gave no details of the prequel, which he has brought up before, Sutter said today that he had discussed the idea with the show’s network FX. Before the panel came out, the thousands in the crowd were treated to a seven-minute preview of Season 5′s 90-minute September 11 opening episode. With some flashbacks to the power struggle within the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, Redwood Original the preview started out with the Jax character writing in his journal and then revealed a long run delivery by SAMCRO on the northern California roads that gets highjacked. A pounding cover of Stevie Wonder’s Higher Ground on the soundtrack was used to set the tone. Thirty seconds of the preview were blacked out for ”content reasons.”
Sutter later explained that the blackout was a sex scene involving Katey Sagal and season guest star Jimmy Smits that Comic-Con felt was too explicit.
If the first three days of Comic-Con look to be a whirlwind of previews and panels, the last two days don’t slow down at all. There’s more exclusive sneak peeks, blood-sucking star-crossed lovers, the new show from JJ Abrams and Jon Favreau, Showtime’s family of drunks, a double shot of Seth MacFarlane, a high school singing club, outlaw bikers, Bart Simpson, a Time Lord and Kevin Smith. Like the first few days, some stuff will likely change and unexpected stuff will emerge, but Deadline has the breaking small-screen news covered. Here’s what to look out for at the convention on Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday, July 14
11-11:45 AM — Once Upon A Time
Reality and myth mix on the ABC series, so let’s see if they do at Comic-Con. Executive producers and co-creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz are joined by the breakout drama’s cast members Ginnifer Goodwin, Emilie de Ravin Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Meghan Ory and Josh Dallas to discuss their upcoming second season. Ballroom 20
Ashley Tisdale, who just booked the lead in the next Scary Movie movie, has been cast in a two-episode arc on the FX drama Sons Of Anarchy. She will play Emma Jean, a high-priced escort who complicates the …
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It’s tough making a gun-running, drug-dealing, murdering motorcycle gang member someone you want to root for. But Charlie Hunnam’s done it with ease over the past four seasons of Sons of Anarchy, FX’s Hamlet-inspired slice of gritty Americana. This could be the year that the 32-year-old Brit — whose resume includes big screen Oscar contenders like Cold Mountain and small screen critical darlings like Undeclared — receives recognition for his brilliant turn as Jax Teller, the series’ tortured prince of Charming. But after some minor media missteps, Hunnam’s careful about how he talks about accolades like the Emmys. Here, he reveals what he really thinks about his chances, his co-stars’ talent, and his show’s potential legacy.
AWARDSLINE: What initially drew you to Sons of Anarchy and the role of Jax?
CHARLIE HUNNAM: I grew up in a rough-and-tough neighborhood, so I don’t actually relate to those shows and films about twentysomethings trying to make their way in the world. I just loved Jax. There are a million different dynamics at play within him… This project came at a strange time in my career when I wasn’t getting any [film] roles I wanted…