After tonight, no more Harlan County, no more wise cracks from Tim Gutterson, and no more Raylan Givens. It’s an end of an era that should be getting more attention than it is.
Howdy howdy! This here is a good ol’ fashioned TV News Roundup where we the good folk of Grizzly Bomb scour the big bad internets machine on the look-out for the news you need and gosh darn just want.
And that’s about as far as I’m taking that.
Hokey fake cowboy talk aside, this really is a TV News Roundup where we’ll scour the latest TV news and compile it for you in one easy to read place, no need to wade through countless photos of a Kardashian or Justin Bieber here!
A new generation of Boy Meets World returns to TV
Let’s start off with a bit of nostalgia, circa 1990’s. Everything that was old is now new again including the fantastic ABC sitcom Boy Meets World. If you hadn’t heard, Disney channel is bringing back the cast for a new show called, appropriately enough, Girl Meets World. Of course Cory and Topanga are married now and have a son and daughter. As the name suggests, the story will follow their daughter, and it appears from Ben Savage’s Instagram account, that Cory is now a teacher.
Speaking of teachers… from the Girl Meets World twitter account:[blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/Girl_MeetsWorld/status/316348773477515265″%5D
Even though it will probably be a typical Disney channel show in the vein of Hannah Montana and crap like that, I will watch Girl Meets World and I have this strange feeling I won’t be the only person in their 30’s tuning in!
If that wasn’t enough awesome 90’s era news, get this – apparently there’s going to be a Clarissa Explains it All book. Written by the creator of Clarissa Explains It All, Mitchell Kriegman the book (with a tentative release date of Fall 2014) is titled Things I Can’t Explain and looks to basically just give us an update on Clarissa’s life and what she’s up to nowadays.
Granted I think we would all be happier if the show were returning, or perhaps if we got a spin-off of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, but neither of those dreams seem to be coming true so we’ll just have to be happy with a book. At least until every woman in my generation goes out and buys the book and the CW notices it and next thing we know, Clarissa has a daughter in high school and we’re watching a show about her and her high school hijinks.
Sherlock resumes filming and perhaps a familial guest star?
If you are like me, you’ve been torturing yourself by watching “The Reichenbach Fall” at least a few times a month just so you are ready for when Sherlock returns. Well thankfully they’ve started filming the first episode of the third series (season for the rest of us), which Mark Gatiss so kindly tweeted out, is titled “The Empty Hearse”.
Not only that, but the people over at Bristol Culture were able to get video of the filming which makes it just that much more real. They say a picture is worth a thousand words but I think we can all agree that video of Benedict Cumberbatch in that familiar trench coat running and yelling is worth at least ten times that.
There has been a fair amount of speculation that the blond woman with Sherlock is none other than Martin Freeman’s partner, Amanda Abbington perhaps playing Mary Morstan, a love interest of Watson’s. Of course nothing has been announced so we’ll just have to sit and not so patiently wait for confirmation.
Amazon joining Netflix and Hulu with original programming
Even though the big news headline regarding Amazon this week was the greenlighting of a pilot based on the 2009 movie, Zombieland, there is quite a bit going on over at Amazon Studios. Along with the Zombieland pilot, there are six other pilots being filmed that have some rather big names behind them including David Javerbaum from The Daily Show, and actually a “news” program from internet news outlet, The Onion. While relatively new to the online streaming game, Amazon has been aggressive and not shy about developing themselves into a viable online entertainment network. Seems like just yesterday they were revolutionizing the way people read books. :sniff: They grow up so fast.
Fox retools network family, moves flagship Always Sunny to new FXX
Let’s take a moment of silence for the soon to be defunct, Fox Soccer. Thanks to NBCSports acquiring the rights to the Barclay’s Premier League, Fox Soccer is going the way of the dodo bird. Well, sort of. Actually it is being transformed into the new channel, FXX. Billed as the comedy counterpart to FX, which is going to focus on dramas (I’d say I was hoping for the return of Lights Out, but I’m pretty certain that isn’t going to happen) going forward.
What does this mean for current FX comedies? Well the flagship shows of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, and Legit have all been renewed and announced as moving to the new channel. There’s been no mention of whether or not Louie, Archer, or Wilfred will be moving but if the new channel is going to be comedy, you’d have to imagine they will. Also announced was a fifth season of Justified… and the people rejoiced.
There is so much going on in the world of TV but those are some of the bigger stories (according to me). Because I’m such a giver, here’s a gathering of other things making the news that I cared about a little bit less.
– Dexter is ending after Season 8: Someone needs to tell Showtime president, David Nevins. [Huffington Post]
– George R.R. Martin hinting at Game of Thrones prequel? A new cast of characters for him to kill off! [IGN]
– It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is getting their own beer! You can now imagine yourself sitting at Paddy’s Pub. [DrinkPhilly]
– Syfy renews Continuum and announces the second season premier date: Oh Canada! [TVLine]
– Kurt Sutter sticking with FX for a new horror show: Teaming up with ‘Hell on Wheels’ showrunner John Shiban. [THR]
– Ron Swanson really is Batman: It’s like a dream come true, all thanks to artist Vicky Ryan. [Vicktrola]
So there you have it, the top news as we see it in TV today! If you think we’ve missed a story, by all means let us know down in the comments or if you’re feeling downright neighborly, it’s perfectly all right to just say hello. Until next time!
My love of Justified is no secret. Raylan Givens is a near perfect TV hero and Boyd Crowder make an excellent foil to our hero. The actors (Olyphant and Goggins) share some of the best on-screen chemistry in all of television. The first 3 years of the FX show have given us some of the best action/drama this side of Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad.
It is that time of the year again where dreams get crushed, and the elite throw a party for themselves to give the obligatory ‘pat on the back’. The 2012 Emmy Nominations are in, and it’s time to fight for the snubbed and decry the undeserving. I have the list down there courtesy of EW, but let’s talk about what I think were great nominations and of course, the snubs.
Tuesday night marked the close of Justified‘s third season. And while the episode, titled ‘Slaughterhouse’, did not result in killing off as many characters as it’s title might lead you to believe, it did deliver an emotional conclusion. Going into the episode there was a lot of stuff up in the air – The explosion at Boyd’s bar, Winona’s pregnancy, Arlo’s degrading mental health, the fate of Dickie Bennett, the future of Noble’s Holler, and the shooting of State Trooper Tom Bergen. In the middle of it all, US Deputy Marshall Raylan Givens.
SPOILERS TO FOLLOW…
SUMMARY: The finale picks up after the shooting of State Trooper Bergen, which we learn was indeed fatal. This sends all the Law Enforcement into an uproar, and focuses Raylan’s rage towards the alleged shooter – Robert Quarles. As Art and the State Troopers mobilize to hunt down the man from Detroit, Raylan launches his own investigation. One that is sure to bring a lot of shit down on the heads of Limehouse, Wynn Duffy, and the Crowder gang. Anyone Raylan thinks might be able to lead him to Quarles. This results in a great scene in which Mr. Duffy is forced into an involuntary game of Russian Roulette. This scene shows Raylan displaying very little caution in the wake of his friend’s death, and clues us in to his state of mind a bit. Someone is gonna pay for the death of Tom Bergen.
After his dealing with Duffy, Givens take a much bigger risk as he marches into Noble’s Holler to to threaten Limehouse. This, as expected, does not go well. Raylan, finally after weeks of build up, takes a swing at the esteemed leader of the Holler, it does not work out as planned…
Limehouse, knowing Raylan’s death means only more trouble for the Holler, makes a deal with the Marshall to get Boyd Crowder back in prison. He informs as to where the body of one Mr. Devil is buried, and from here it seems only a clock’s tick away from seeing Boyd back in an orange jumpsuit. It would seem that someone let word slip of the murder and unmarked grave to Mr. Limehouse, and the most likely candidate for that honor is – Arlo. Raylan’s father.
Now as Raylan is tearing apart Harlan County looking for Quarles, the man himself decides to kidnap Vic Mackey’s wife and her 2 sons. He then contacts Detroit and learns that it’ll cost him $500,000 to return home. At this time he contacts the man hunting him and adds Marshall Givens to his group of prisoners. You see, Quarles knows the only place he can get the money he needs, is from Limehouse. He sees Raylan as the insurance he needs to exit the Holler afterward. Here’s the thing though, we soon learn the ol’ crazy Quarles was in fact NOT the man who shot Trooper Bergen, and that Johnny Crowder, the very man who pointed the finger at Quarles to begin with, was a liar. Despite the new found truth about the Trooper however, things still do not end well for Mr. Quarles.
As Quarles lies on the ground, bleeding out, he drops a bomb on Raylan. Tom Bergen was shot by none other than Arlo Givens. During the interview with Arlo two major events occur. First he covers for Boyd and cops to the murder of Devil. This lets Boyd off the hook and out of custody. Secondly he reveals he didn’t know who the Trooper was, only that it was a man with a hat, pointing a gun at Boyd. In one swift moment Arlo delivers a crushing blow to Raylan, while freeing Boyd and reuniting him with Eva.
REVIEW: A man with a gun and a hat – like Raylan. It’s at this point that we see an already strenuous Father-Son relationship get even more strained as we learn that Arlo made a choice. Boyd over Raylan. Father of the year or what? The end of the episode features a voice over by Raylan as he tells the story to Winona, and in essence what will undoubtedly be his own son.
While Season 3 was no where near as good as Season 2, Justified remains one of the best shows on television and consistently one of the safest bets to spend an hour of your time. The whole cast is superb and I especially enjoyed Jere Burns as Wynn Duffy, as he often steals near every scene he is in. I’d give the finale a 5/5 and the season overall a 4/5.
As for next year…
Likely Season 4 will reduce Johnny Corwder, Limehouse, and Dickie Bennett to a subplot as there are already rumors of Jeff Goldblum and Eric Stonestreet being brought in as new villains next year.
This comes from The AV Club:
The hat-smoke has barely cleared from last night’s Justified finale, but already showunner Graham Yost is looking ahead to the next wave of character actors he can bring in to drive Timothy Olyphant into a terse, squinting rage. In an interview with The Wrap, Yost says he’s currently trying to coordinate schedules with the Modern Family production team to get Eric Stonestreet down to Kentucky, a casting choice prompted because, as Yost says, “He’s a Kansas boy, and he’d like to play a bad guy”—particularly a bad guy on a show where the bad guys get do most of the fun stuff while racking up Emmy nominations. Also on Yost’s wish list: His former Raines collaborator Jeff Goldblum (who could definitely make up for that show by playing a Justified villain), displaced Luck star Jason Gedrick, and “anyone from Boomtown, anyone from Band Of Brothers, anyone from The Pacific,” as the show apparently looks to branch out beyond mining the former cast of Deadwood. This is despite the fact that they still haven’t brought in Ian McShane yet, and we’re probably just going to keep muddying Justified casting reports by bringing that up until it happens.
Personally, I loved Raines and I really enjoy both Stonestreet and Goldblum so I hope Yost can snag them both. I also suspect that we’ve not seen the last of Theo Tonin and his Motor City based syndicate.
The long-awaited, but inevitable return of Justified aired last night, and it was worth the anticipation. Raylan Givens probably accounts for about 37% of the total ‘swagger’ in all of television right now. The guy has got character, and he exudes a remarkable likability factor. Basically, he is so cool that I want to be his sidekick. I could make witty quips and get kidnapped, and eventually snag an unorthodoxly hot girlfriend, who doesn’t really compare to his girlfriend, but is a catch none the less on her own. She wouldn’t be “Hollywood Hot”, because she would have glasses or something, but she would be “Real life Hot” so it’d be cool.
Sarah Jones hasn’t been in a whole lot up to this point, only having started her acting career in 2004. She has had small roles in several popular TV shows, but most recently she has been cast as the lead in Alcatraz (Review Here!). If the show does well I expect to see a lot more of the lovely Sarah Jones.