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“The Honorable Woman” Set to Premiere July 31

Article: “The Honorable Woman” Set to Premiere July 31

SundanceTV announced today that THE HONORABLE WOMAN, starring Academy Award® nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal (Crazy Heart, The Dark Knight, Secretary), will premiere Thu., Jul. 31 at 10/9c.

The “RECTIFY” Cast Talk About Their Southern roots

Article: The “RECTIFY” Cast Talk About Their Southern roots

Did you know more than half of the RECTIFY cast is from the South? With the premiere of RECTIFY Season 2 a little more than a month away, we caught-up with the cast on set in Griffin, GA to find out just how deep their southern roots are. Here’s what they had to say:

Clayne Crawford (Ted Talbot Jr.): Griffin, Georgia, which plays Paulie, is something of a metropolis compared to where I came from. There’s one red light, one gas station, and a post office, and a Piggly Wiggly where I’m from. But I think the similarities are that everyone knows one another’s businesses, you know everyone’s laundry, and that’s what we know of Paulie. It’s a living entity and it’s a part of the show so much so that it dictates what happens next, meaning if there is an event, it really is just a matter of time—it’s dropping that pebble in the water—it will ripple out.

Bruce McKinnon (Ted Talbot Sr.): I grew up in a similar town in Tennessee, and so it’s kind of like home to me to a certain extent. I’ve got my golf clubs and I’ve got my fishing poles… For me it’s just doing outdoor stuff. In fact, Aden came over recently and he spent the night and we went out fishing. I hauled a little boat down from Tennessee…

Top Ten Most Killer Series of All Time

Article: Top Ten Most Killer Series of All Time

Here we are with the most “killer” shows ever: killer as defined by body-count, that is. Zombies, murderers, gangsters, vampires, cannibals, drug dealers — they’re all in here. Vote for your top pick in the poll below.

1. The Sopranos
“Some will win, some will lose
Some were born to sing the blues
Oh, the movie never ends
It goes on and on and on and on…”
It’s impossible not to put The Sopranos at the top of this list. The ultimate “killer” show followed the ups and downs of Tony Soprano for six amazing seasons. And even when the show ended… it never really ended. After all the hits and murders, we wound up with Tony and his family sitting in a quiet diner — and then… the screen went to black. Was Tony killed? What happened? Theories abound, but what creator David Chase did with the final episode was allow us to resolve the story in our minds — imagine our own ending for Tony, or our own continuance. The concept of The Sopranos changed TV forever, and the Journey song playing at the diner gives us all a clue: after all, the story never ends. It just goes on and on and on.

2. Six Feet Under
“You only get one life. …And once it’s over, it’s over. Dreamless sleep forever and ever. So why not be happy while you’re here. Really. Why not?”
It’s hard to get more “killer-ish” than Six Feet Under; the show that began every episode with a death, and a caption reminiscent of a tombstone’s epitaph. Following the lives of the Fisher family as they attempted to manage a funeral home, each episode focused on the death of a stranger whose body came to the funeral home. The show’s message: everything everywhere eventually ends. But this is not a reason for sadness, it’s a reason to enjoy life while we have it.

“The Writers’ Room” Giveaway: Here’s Your Chance to Win the new <i>Sh*t Rough Drafts</i> book

Article: “The Writers’ Room” Giveaway: Here’s Your Chance to Win the new Sh*t Rough Drafts book

For a chance at this giveaway, sign-up for our newsletter and you will automatically be entered for the drawing. If selected, you’ll receive a copy of Sh*t Rough Drafts: Pop Culture’s Favorite Books, Movies, and TV Shows as They Might Have Been. No purchase necessary. The deadline for entry is Mon., May 19 at 11PM…

SundanceTV Presents a New Original Non-Fiction Series: “THE APPROVAL MATRIX”

Article: SundanceTV Presents a New Original Non-Fiction Series: “THE APPROVAL MATRIX”

Based on New York Magazine’s Beloved Pop Culture Roundup, the Neal Brennan hosted series will premiere in August.

“RECTIFY” Recap: Season 1

Article: “RECTIFY” Recap: Season 1

With RECTIFY Season 2 set to premiere June 19, it’s time to get caught up on Season 1. Here’s everything you need to know.

Michael Showalter Agrees You Should Eat the Evidence on “Sons of Anarchy”

Article: Michael Showalter Agrees You Should Eat the Evidence on “Sons of Anarchy”

What happens when comic Michael Showalter and his writing partner Christina Lee start texting about Sons of Anarchy? Find out below then tune-in to THE WRITERS’ ROOM for more serious conversation on the series Mon., May 12 at 11PM/10c on SundanceTV.

“RECTIFY” Season 2: Sneak Peek Video

Article: “RECTIFY” Season 2: Sneak Peek Video

Can’t wait for an all-new season of RECTIFY? Get a first look at what’s to come — Kerwin’s back, Daniel’s in the hospital, Ted confronts Tawney — in these newly released promos.

“The Writers’ Room” Poll: Which “Sons of Anarchy” Crime Was the Most Disturbing?

Article: “The Writers’ Room” Poll: Which “Sons of Anarchy” Crime Was the Most Disturbing?

Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter tells THE WRITERS’ ROOM he wants his writers coming up with acts of violence so wild he has to say, “Too much, even for me!” Of all the biker saga’s twisted crimes…

Movie Evolution: Six Decades of Biker Chicks

Article: Movie Evolution: Six Decades of Biker Chicks

Face it. There’s something intrinsically tough and sexy about a woman on a motorcycle. How we’ve thought about–and pictured–her over the decades may have changed a lot but one thing’s remained constant: When there’s a motorcycle involved, you can count on some rule-bending hotness.

Revved up for more motorcycle action? Don’t miss the creators of Sons of Anarchy on THE WRITERS’ ROOM, Mon., May 12 at 11PM/10c.

The ’60s: French Chic
In the ’60s, biker babes morphed into a self-possessed, fashionable rebel. Perhaps no one better exemplifies this than Rebecca (Marianne Faithfull) in The Girl on a Motorcycle (1968), as she escapes boredom–in the form of her new husband–by zipping on a skintight black leather bodysuit and taking off through Alsace on her trusty motorbike to visit an old lover. And in The Swinger (1966), Kelly (Ann-Margret) claims her own ambition–and sexual freedom–by acting out her fantasies… and riding her Triumph Tiger in a belted green leather jacket and little else.

THE WRITERS’ ROOM: “House of Cards” Recapped and Revealed

Article: THE WRITERS’ ROOM: “House of Cards” Recapped and Revealed

In the Theatre, a common rule of thumb says that one must never place a loaded rifle on stage if it isn’t going to go off. (Something about broken promises…) And in House of Cards, Netflix’s hit political drama, created by a Juilliard-trained playwright and first-time TV writer, the rule is sticking fast. Only everyone is breaking promises and guns are going off regardless—that’s not just a metaphor.

What’s the Most Shocking Twist in “House of Cards”? Vote Now

Article: What’s the Most Shocking Twist in “House of Cards”? Vote Now

House of Cards gives the most powerful capital city in the world the thriller treatment, cranking up Washington corruption a few notches past Watergate. In the high-stakes world of scheming statesmen, anything can happen, to anyone, for any reason. But what’s the most shocking thing that’s happened so far?

Top 10 Twisted Twin Stories

Article: Top 10 Twisted Twin Stories

Twins. We’re fascinated by them, and for good reason. Imagine – someone who looks just like you, acts just like you, has your same DNA and, in some cases, like Lena and Camille in THE RETURNED, even has the same sensations when you decide to get your groove on. It’s eerie. It’s odd… and it’s…

Which “RECTIFY” Season 1 Episode is Your Favorite? Vote Now

Article: Which “RECTIFY” Season 1 Episode is Your Favorite? Vote Now

After nearly 20 years on Death Row, Daniel Holden is thrust back into the world as a free man. RECTIFY Season 1 chronicles his first six days of freedom. Which episode is your favorite? Vote below.

Got a Favorite “THE RED ROAD” Episode? Vote Now

Article: Got a Favorite “THE RED ROAD” Episode? Vote Now

THE RED ROAD Season 1 was only six episodes so not one was short on drama. But which one was your favorite? Recaps and poll below.

“THE RETURNED” Season 1: What’s your favorite episode?

Article: “THE RETURNED” Season 1: What’s your favorite episode?

Whether you watched THE RETURNED last winter or caught up more recently on Netflix, you probably still have strong feelings about the younger twin’s trustworthiness and the horde’s motivations. So which episode is your favorite? Is it the pilot, which singlehandedly reinvents the zombie genre? Or maybe the finale, when a horde of undead face off with the living? Vote in the poll below. Need a refresher? Read on.

Episode 1: Camille
Camille returns home four years after her death. Simon, deceased for ten years, seeks out his fiance Adele. Waitress Lucy is stabbed on her way home, and nurse Julie finds herself with a mysterious child who she names Victor.

Episode 2: Simon
Camille rejoins her family and tries to connect with her now-older twin Lena. Police link Lucy’s stabbing to a dormant serial killer. Bar owner Toni is a prime suspect but it’s actually his brother Serge, who’s returned seven years after Toni murdered him. Adele thinks resurrected Simon seeks is just a vision.

“The Writers’ Room” Interview: “House of Cards” Creator Beau Willimon

Article: “The Writers’ Room” Interview: “House of Cards” Creator Beau Willimon

House of Cards creator Beau Willimon discusses his writing process, working for Netflix and predicting real-world politics.

Q: How is the US version of House of Cards different from the UK version?

A: The UK version aired in the early nineties, and both the world and television has changed a lot since then. You can look at the way that television has become, in a lot of ways, far more sophisticated, shows are digging into characters a lot more deeply. The British version was groundbreaking for its time because you had one of the first true antiheroes on television. But it’s entire three seasons were 12 hours total, combined, and our first season alone was 13 hours.

SundanceTV Greenlights THE RED ROAD for a Second Season

Article: SundanceTV Greenlights THE RED ROAD for a Second Season

SundanceTV announced the renewal of the network’s second wholly owned original scripted series THE RED ROAD. The tense drama revolves around two clashing communities – a small town and the neighboring mountains, home to a Native American tribe – and two dynamic men on a collision course – played by Jason Momoa and Martin Henderson. It will return for another six episodes in 2015.

Frank Underwood Aside, Which Kevin Spacey Role Suits Him Best?

Article: Frank Underwood Aside, Which Kevin Spacey Role Suits Him Best?

Both audiences and critics are relishing Kevin Spacey’s performance as the ruthless political climber Frank Underwood in Netflix’s House of Cards. But this role is just the latest success in the Academy Award winner’s eclectic career. Who can forget him as midlife crisis dad in American Beauty or mastermind criminal in The Usual Suspects? In fact, he’s given so many great performances, it’s hard to narrow them down to a top ten. Still, we tried. Vote for your favorite then tune-in to THE WRITERS’ ROOM: “House of Cards,” Fri., May 2nd at 9PM/8c on SundanceTV.

“The Writers’ Room” Interview: Greg Nicotero, The Man Behind “The Walking Dead” Webisodes

Article: “The Writers’ Room” Interview: Greg Nicotero, The Man Behind “The Walking Dead” Webisodes

For the last few years, Greg Nicotero — The Walking Dead Executive Producer and Special Effects Make-up Designer — has extended AMC’s hit series online with The Walking Dead webisodes. For this digital spin-off, he’s contributed not only his sizable talents as a director and zombifier but also as a story maker. The latest web series, “The Oath,” was recently named a Webby honoree for Drama: Individual Short or Episode and Best Writing. Since THE WRITERS’ ROOM spoke with Robert Kirkman on-air Fri., Aug. 27, we thought we’d follow up online with Nicotero today.

Even More “Law & Order” Comebacks and Knee-Slaps From Lennie Briscoe

Article: Even More “Law & Order” Comebacks and Knee-Slaps From Lennie Briscoe

Can you ever get enough of Lennie Briscoe’s devilishly good one-liners? Probably not. Here are 10 more from the Law & Order vaults for your enjoyment.

1. “Besides battling the forces of evil, what other trouble’s he been in?”

2. “I liked this guy better when he had a heart attack.”

“The Writers’ Room”: How quickly did you finish “House of Cards” Season 2?

Article: “The Writers’ Room”: How quickly did you finish “House of Cards” Season 2?

With binge-watching ever on the rise, House of Cards creator Beau Willimon made it clear on THE WRITERS’ ROOM, “A lot of people think because we released all 13 episodes in one day that we’re saying, ‘You should binge watch this.’ In fact, what we’re doing is giving the viewers a choice.” So, viewers —…

“LOREDANA, ESQ.” Recap: Episode 6 (Potheads and Knuckleheads)

Article: “LOREDANA, ESQ.” Recap: Episode 6 (Potheads and Knuckleheads)

I really like this episode as it shows how quickly public opinion can change on an issue as controversial as the legalization of medical marijuana. To date, there are 21 states (plus the District of Columbia) that allow for the legal sale of medical marijuana and another 12 states with pending legislation. This little preamble is meant to highlight the fact that it was only ten short months ago that federal prosecutors were threatening criminal and civil action against the dispensaries if they didn’t cease their activities immediately.

THE WRITERS’ ROOM: “The Walking Dead, Smallville & other comics” Recapped and Revealed

Article: THE WRITERS’ ROOM: “The Walking Dead, Smallville & other comics” Recapped and Revealed

Taping THE WRITERS’ ROOM, like every episode of The Walking Dead, cable’s most-watched TV series ever, is never quite drama-free. Before our host Jim Rash even began discussing The Walking Dead, Smallville and other comic adaptations in this season’s second episode, the lights began flickering on and off.

Top 10 Supernatural TV Shows

Article: Top 10 Supernatural TV Shows

In honor of this Friday’s episode of THE WRITERS’ ROOM: “The Walking Dead, Smallville & other comics,” here’s a list of the best English-speaking supernatural shows of the last 25 years. (Otherwise, THE RETURNED would be in the top slot, naturally.) From zombies to monster hunters, it’s all here. Check out the list below, if you dare.