2014 was a banner year for murder mysteries on TV, from the high-concept (hunting for the Yellow King with Cohle and Hart) to the somewhat lower-concept (trying to keep track of all the head-turning twists on Pretty Little Liars). Here’s a lineup revealing who actually committed television’s biggest whodunnits. Seems needless to say, but watch out: Here be spoilers. READ FULL STORY
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Sesame Street is now in the midst of its 45th season. By this point, the venerable program has had a positive influence on more children’s lives than breakfast. EW was lucky enough to have two of the Street’s kingpins—Cookie Monster and Elmo—drop by our studio and, just for fun, enact their own versions of shows like Sherlock, True Detective, Scandal, and House of Cards.
And they couldn’t have been nicer. (That is, once we made sure the dressing room had the requisite number of fresh-baked cookies specified in a certain someone’s contract rider.)
Elmo’s Frank Underwood voice is something we deeply needed to hear in order to complete our personal sense of self but just didn’t know it. Watch the video below. READ FULL STORY
Petite friends Kate Mara and Ellen Page have been lobbying to be in the second season of True Detective for a while now, even using #TrueDetectiveSeason2 to express their interest. Though neither actress was one of the new cast members confirmed this week, Mara and Page now have their own version of the HBO show. READ FULL STORY
The McConaissance was already in full swing when Matthew McConaughey agreed to star in the first season of True Detective with Woody Harrelson. But HBO and show creator Nic Pizzolatto are gambling that the hard-boiled anthology can serve as a rejuvenation machine for other treading-water actors aching to break out of a rut. HBO officially confirmed today that Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn will star in season 2—but not as partners, a la Rust and Marty. Farrell is a cop, but Vaughn will play a “career criminal in danger of losing his empire when his move into legitimate enterprise is upended by the murder of a business partner.”
Both actors could use the creative boost of HBO’s edgiest show—Vaughn in particular. The tall and jocular actor was so overflowing with talent and versatility in his early years in Hollywood that the industry truly didn’t know what to do with him. Before carrying his first major comedy blockbuster, 2004’s Dodgeball, Vaughn had been the dashing bro (Swingers), the Chris Pratt of 1997 (The Lost World), the indie stalwart (Clay Pigeons/Return to Paradise), and Gus Van Sant’s Norman Bates. Dodgeball landed right in the middle of a stretch of frat-pack comedies that included Old School, Starsky & Hutch, Anchorman, and 2005’s Wedding Crashers, which was supposed to make him and Owen Wilson huge stars. READ FULL STORY
Is Patton Oswalt throwing his name in the ring for True Detective season 2?
Unlikely — but his spot-on Matthew McConaughey impression will make some fans hope so. To promote his upcoming Comedy Central stand-up special Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time, Oswalt channels McConaughey’s iconic interrogation scene from the HBO show, perfecting his southern drawl and helpfully asking leading questions like, “Is the Yellow King my Xbox nickname?”
Maybe time is a flat circle, man. Watch the promo below:
Entertainment Geekly is a weekly column that examines pop culture through a geek lens and simultaneously examines contemporary geek culture through a pop lens. So many lenses! This week there are two columns inspired by True Detective, partially because True Detective was a thought-provoking TV show which deserves a significant amount of thoughtful analysis, but mainly because I missed a column last week. Yesterday: A consideration of where the show’s ending fits into the pantheon. Today: A meditation on the show’s meaning, or lack thereof. Spoilers follow.
At the end of True Detective‘s second episode, philosophizing detective and anti-human crusader Rust Cohle has one of his occasional acid-flashback visions. Maybe it’s a hallucination; maybe it’s a misfiring brain neuron; maybe we all create the world for ourselves every time we open our eyes. He sees a flock of birds ascend into the sky. They form a spiral — an echo of the spiral tattoo on the back of murder victim Dora Lange, a symbol of the downward spiral of the accident that is human consciousness, evidence that the wind was blowing kinda weird just then. Maybe the spiral means something. Maybe it just looks cool.
True Detective was a show that looked cool. It was also a show about the battle between good and evil. Spoiler alert: Good won. On one hand, reducing True Detective to this binary equation is unfair. On the other hand, the show reduced itself, concluding its season finale with a long conversation between the two leads about the oldest story in the world, light triumphing over the darkness, stars twinkling in the darkness, good night stars, good night air, good night noises everywhere. READ FULL STORY
Entertainment Geekly is a weekly column that examines pop culture through a geek lens and simultaneously examines contemporary geek culture through a pop lens. So many lenses! This week there are two columns inspired by True Detective, partially because True Detective was a thought-provoking TV show which deserves a significant amount of thoughtful analysis, but mainly because I missed a column last week. Today: A consideration of where the show’s ending fits into the pantheon. Tomorrow: A meditation on the show’s meaning, or lack thereof. Spoilers follow.
True Detective only ran for eight episodes, but the final episode carried series-finale weight and expectation. Maybe it’s because the show dominated the Sunday-drama chatter during a cold hibernating winter. History will record that True Detective filled the dead air between Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones. (History will also record that House of Cards filled the dead air between True Detective episode 4 and True Detective episode 5.) Maybe it’s because the show always carried itself like an eight-season serial crammed into a miniseries: The characters aged across the decades, and they had the kind of deep-dive psychological conversations that give so many foreign action movies a bigger-on-the-inside body mass.
I’m not sure there’s really a consensus on the True Detective finale. Our TV critic Jeff Jensen liked it; I was underwhelmed; your opinions may vary. Although it only ran for a couple of months, the final hour of the show was a prime example of a very specific kind of ending: The closing act of a massive years-long epic-sized symbol-laden that had to answer a whole host of lingering questions, some of which were left unanswered, possibly because the creators didn’t have an answer or didn’t even know there was a question. (Martin’s daughter was such a Cindy.) READ FULL STORY
It’s been two days since the True Detective season finale metaphorically flattened the metaphorical circle of time. And although our culture will no doubt continue debating the final act of the noir-anthology show, it’s also time to look ahead. Specifically, to look ahead toward True Detective season 2, which will focus on a whole new set of detectives in a new mysterious dark-night-of-the-soul criminal investigation. Writer Nic Pizzolatto has already gone on the record saying that season 2 will be about “hard women, bad men, and the secret occult history of the U.S. transportation system.”
But in this week’s episode of Entertainment Weekly Radio’s Entertainment Weirdly, Clark Collis, Keith Staskiewicz, and I offered our own thoughts about the TD2 casting call. Listen below, and check out Clark’s list of possible season 2 pairings here. READ FULL STORY
Jimmy Kimmel’s never been one to pass up the opportunity to kiss Seth Rogen — and with the ending of True Detective‘s first season, he realized that such an opportunity was within his reach.
As fans of the show know, neither Matthew McConaughey nor Woody Harrelson will be back for the HBO show’s second season, which leaves the door open for some newcomers. Enter Rogen and Kimmel.
In Kimmel’s Austin-set trailer for True Detective 2, Rogen takes on the McConaughey-inspired, beard-ridden role of a man who once ate an entire Cosco-sized bottle of Tylenol PM. Meanwhile, Kimmel is the cleaned-up partner who can’t stop thinking about the person who once defaced a frog mural. Together, the cops enjoy quoting Cher and singing “Time After Time.” Oh, and kissing, obviously.
Watch Kimmel’s trailer for True Detective 2 below:
[Semi-spoilers if you haven’t seen the True Detective finale. *shakes fist at HBO Go*]
Did Errol Childress — the sister-groping serial murderer whose reign of terror was finally foiled on Sunday night’s True Detective — look weirdly familiar to you? If so, you probably recognized actor Glenn Fleshler from Boardwalk Empire (he played bootlegger George Remus) or Damages (as Detective Milton Trammell).
What you may not realize, however, is that those two shows were hardly Fleshler’s first brush with prestige cable TV. Check out the bottom of his IMDB profile, and you’ll find that way back in 1998, he made one of his very first onscreen appearances in the very first season of Sex and the City — as Shmuel, a smoldering Hasidic artist who briefly tangles with Charlotte (Kristin Davis).
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