Monday, May 27, 2013

From LA Examiner: 'Arrested Development' Story Scoop; 'The Killing' & 'The Fosters' Advance Reviews; Holland Roden Talks 'Teen Wolf'...



We already brought you some scoop on what to expect from the format of the new episodes of Arrested Development airing exclusively on Netflix, but what about the story and the characters? After so much time away, the Bluth family may be older, but they’re not necessarily wiser. Michael (Jason Bateman) was always the glue that begrudgingly held the family together, but when we return to him, it is a bit of a case of how the mighty have fallen—maybe was never quite that mighty to begin with. Time away has given us new perspective, and suddenly, he no longer seems all that together—even by comparison. Still, though, it is important to note that although in new situations based on the last seven years of their lives, these characters are still in the suspended state of mental immaturity the title of the show implies... [MORE]


"Summer 2013 TV Preview: AMC's The Killing season three"

The structure of dramatic scripted storytelling is changing. Sure, there are still your typical formulaic procedurals in existence, but increasingly, networks are willing to take chances on more psychologically complex and cinematically stunning stories, no longer willingly confining them to a traditional episode order, either. FX has delivered a successful anthology series franchise in American Horror Story; the miniseries has been a revitalized format all across cable; and this pilot season has seen a number of new series orders for intentional limited (6, 13, 15 episode orders) from major networks. And then there’s AMC’s The Killing, a series that concluded a long arc story at the end of its second season and is starting with a clean slate for season three. You can’t quite put it in any of the above boxes, and yet, you’ll find that you don’t want to. The relentless rain within the series has washed away the audience’s need to label or define; two seasons of slow pacing and painstaking police work has laid the path for what the process will be this time around. The case may be flashier, but the characters hit much closer to home, making the third season premiere the most gripping and tense piece of television you will see this summer... [MORE


"Summer 2013 TV Preview: ABC Family's The Fosters"

ABC Family is truly taking their tagline of “a new kind of family” to heart with its newest hour-long drama, The Fosters. Following a young girl named Callie (Maia Mitchell) released from juvie into the care of foster parents Lena (Sherri Shaum) and Stef (Teri Polo), The Fosters dares to go where no scripted programming has gone before: into the world of foster care and blended families. The subject matter is special enough, but Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige, the show’s creators, were careful to build the family with equally unique character to tell original individual stories unlike anything we have seen on television before, too, all while staying true to life. The Fosters is truly forward-thinking television without being preachy or relying on teachable moment text... [MORE]



Lydia (Holland Roden) has been through the wringer on MTV’s Teen Wolf. Spending the earliest part of her high school life in a tumultuous relationship at best before realizing her own personal connection to some supernatural occurrences may just prove to be the tip of the iceberg. When season three starts, Lydia’s first, and perhaps true, love has left, and she is compensating by going just a bit boy-crazy. To Roden, though, that’s not a sign of Lydia moving on too quickly or not proving she’s as shallow as she perhaps once first appeared, but instead grieving and not knowing how to do so in a healthy way... [MORE]


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