TV Review: THE MILLERS – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

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Stars: Will Arnett, Beau Bridges, Margo Martindale, Jayma Mays, JB Smoove, Nelson Franklin, Eve Moon Writer: Greg Garcia, created by Greg Garcia Director: James Burrows Network: CBS, Thursdays @ 8:30 PM Original Airdate: October 3, 2013 For some reason – something in the water, perhaps? – the 2013 fall season has a plurality of half-hour comedies about parents who move in with their adult children, or vice-versa. Fox has DADS, ABC has BACK IN THE GAME, CBS has MOM (okay, the mom doesn’t actually move in with her grown daughter, but they begin spending so much time together that it’s a near […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Mykelti Williamson talks JUSTIFIED Season 3

Mykelti Williamson in JUSTIFIED - Season 3 | ©2012 FX/Prashant Gupta

In FX’s JUSTIFIED, now in its third season Tuesday nights at 10 PM and already renewed for a fourth, a lot of the residents of Harlan County, Kentucky seem to act like laws unto themselves. This is often true of protagonist U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, played by Timothy Olyphant, as well as a lot of his adversaries in the series, based on writer Elmore Leonard’s story “Fire in the Hole.” It is always true of the character Ellstin Limehouse, played by Mykelti (pronounced Michael T) Williamson. Limehouse, just introduced this season, rules the secluded Noble’s Holler with unquestioned authority. Noble’s […]Read On »

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Interview: Graham Yost talks about being JUSTIFIED for Season 3

Timothy Olyphant in JUSTIFIED - Season 3 - "When the Guns Come Out" | ©2012 FX/Prashant Gupta

JUSTIFIED, the widely-acclaimed series based on Elmore Leonard’s short story “Fire in the Hole,” is now in its third season on FX, Tuesdays at 10 PM. JUSTIFIED follows Timothy Olyphant’s character, U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, who reluctantly accepted a transfer back to his birthplace of Harlan County, Kentucky. Over the seasons, Raylan has grown even angrier at his criminal/con man father Arlo (Raymond J. Barry), reconnected with his ex-wife Winona (Natalie Zea) – the two are now expecting a baby together – and developed a mistrustful but sometimes mutually beneficial association with former friend Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins), who is […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: JUSTIFIED star Walton Goggins talks Season 3

Walton Goggins in JUSTIFIED - Season 3 | ©2012 FX/Frank Ockenfels III

JUSTIFIED, which has its third-season premiere tonight on FX at 10 PM, has brought the contemporary Western back to life. Originally based on Elmore Leonard’s short story “Fire in the Hole” and expanded from there, the series has been nominated for pretty much every award going, with Margo Martindale winning a Supporting Actress Emmy for her performance last season as country crime matriarch Mags Bennett. Leonard, an active creative participant in the series, has a new novel out, entitled simply RAYLAN. JUSTIFIED focuses on U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, played by Timothy Olyphant, who has successfully made a life away from […]Read On »

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TV Review: A GIFTED MAN – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

Patrick WIlson in A GIFTED MAN - Season 1 | ©2011 CBS/Tom Zuback

Stars: Patrick Wilson, Jennifer Ehle, Margo Martindale, Rachel Lefevre, Julie Benz, Pablo Schreiber Writer: Susannah Grant Director: Jonathan Demme Network: CBS, Fridays @ 8 PM Original Telecast: September 23, 2011 CBS has had very good luck with ghosts in its Friday 8 PM time slot – GHOST WHISPERER ran for five seasons – so it makes sense for them to put A GIFTED MAN there. However, unlike the older show’s Melinda Gordon, MAN’s protagonist, surgeon Michael Holt (Patrick Wilson), can only see one ghost. We see Michael at work being rude, pushy, oblivious to others, even to his terrific secretary […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: JUSTIFIED producer Graham Yost talks about Season Two

Timothy Olyphant in JUSTIFIED | ©2011 FX/Mark Seliger

FX’s JUSTIFIED, based on characters created by revered novelist Elmore Leonard, wraps up its second season tonight, Wednesday, at 10 PM. Fans of Timothy Olyphant’s U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, who copes with all sorts of complicated crime on his home Kentucky turf, can take solace that the hit series will be back for a third season (and probably more). Meanwhile, here’s what JUSTIFIED’s executive producer/adapter for television/show runner Graham Yost has to tell us about the show. ASSIGNMENT X: What kinds of questions do you ask yourself when you’re gearing up to make a new season? GRAHAM YOST: What’s a […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Margo Martindale gets JUSTIFIED in being bad

Margo Martindale in JUSTIFIED - Season 2 - "For Blood or Money" | ©2011 FX/Prashant Gupta

FX’s hit series JUSTIFIED (Wednesdays at 10 PM) is now in its second season and already renewed for a third. In the show developed by Graham Yost from the writings of Elmore Leonard, U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) has come across all sorts of lawbreakers, especially now that he’s returned to his native Kentucky. However, it’s a safe bet he’s never before tangled with anyone quite like Margo Martindale’s Mags Bennett, the folksy, ruthless criminal matriarch who someone described as a cross between Tony Soprano and Paula Deen. Martindale, who hails from Galveston, Texas, has had a lot of […]Read On »

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Interview: Timothy Olyphant is JUSTIFIED on his FX series

Timothy Olyphant in JUSTIFIED - Season 2 | ©2011 FX

JUSTIFIED,  based on the work of Elmore Leonard and follows the travails of U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, played by Timothy Olyphant. After a, well, justified shooting in Miami, Raylan is transferred (against his wishes) back to the place where he grew up, Harlan County, Kentucky. It’s not the big city, but to say life isn’t dull would be putting it mildly. The FX series begins its second season tonight at 10 and star Olyphant is unmistakably happy about the series’ success and his work on it. ASSIGNMENT X: Would you say you’re going through a law enforcement phase in your […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SECRETARIAT

SECRETARIAT movie poster |© 2010 Walt Disney Pictures

SECRETARIAT is about a horse called “Big Red” by those who knew him, who was one of the great equine athletes of all time. In 1973, Secretariat won the three races that together are the Triple Crown of American horse racing, setting a speed for the last one that has not yet been matched. It’s a story known to horse race fans and indeed to many people who aren’t into the sport but have heard the statistics.

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