This week, The Los Angeles Times calls THE HONORABLE WOMAN “a splendid example of the brave new world of television… a thing of beauty that would not have existed 10, or even five years ago.”
In honor of the new season of Sons of Anarchy starting Sep. 9th, here is a round up of insider stories from creator Kurt Sutter, star Katey Sagal and the executive producers behind the acclaimed FX biker hit. Listen to them talk shop and spill secrets on THE WRITERS’ ROOM, catch up on blog posts and test your fanship with Sons of Anarchy quizzes.
The ten episodes in this season of RECTIFY were full of memorable and show-stopping moments. But which one was your favorite?
SundanceTV’s DREAM SCHOOL: NYC premiering Wed., Oct. 1 at 10/9c takes on a new class of students who have dropped out or been expelled from the conventional school system and offers them a real chance to graduate.
Author and journalist Hannah Seligson talks about Facebook narcissism, The Real Housewives of New York City’s downhill spiral, and Kim Kardashian’s branding genius. Don’t miss Seligson as a featured panelist in THE APPROVAL MATRIX: “#WorstPeopleEver”.
Nessa is bludgeoned and raped by a sadistic stranger during a one-night-stand. Her MI6 tail brings her to a discrete medical facility, where Sir Hugh meets with her and asks if she wants the man arrested. She says no to avoid publicity.
Sir Hugh tells Nessa an Israeli extremist group has claimed the killing of the whistleblower who exposed the Stein Foundation academy’s selection process as biased. When Nessa denies the corruption, Sir Hugh theorizes aloud that Ephra made a deal with the Israelis to hide military intelligence programs in the academy without her knowledge.
So, of course, for my very last essay, I have the absolute stupidest quote of all time: “Everything happens for a reason.” I mean… you have got to be kidding me. This is my last essay question? Fine. Here goes.
“Who’s cooler–” Neal asks in an un-aired segment from THE APPROVAL MATRIX, “Taylor Swift or Daft Punk?”
Deputy editor of xoJane Mandy Stadtmiller admits her Breaking Bad secret, her love for old Steve Martin jokes, and talks about Lana Del Rey’s lowbrow brilliance. Don’t miss Stadtmiller as a featured panelist in THE APPROVAL MATRIX: “#WorstPeopleEver”.
Even a work place as strict as the military can be teeming with scandalous sex–as proven by the Whisper confessions below.
In a few, very rare, instances the genre-defining procedural series messes with the formula. Which rule-breaker is your favorite?
CollegeHumor writer and comedian Streeter Seidell talks how Tinder makes everyone a dirtbag, the worst scene in “Friday Night Lights” and the president’s edited opinions. Don’t miss Seidell as a featured panelist in THE APPROVAL MATRIX: “Who Died and Made You Cool?”.
Comedian and Broad City writer Naomi Ekperigen shames Reddit, praises Rihanna and wants to know what Michelle Obama is really thinking. Don’t miss Ekperigen as a featured panelist in THE APPROVAL MATRIX: “Who Died and Made You Cool?”.
Songs about serving time and prison culture have captured our attention for decades. Sometimes they’re serious and tough to listen to, other times they’re oddly upbeat or downright rabble rousing. Have a listen.
Daniel’s freedom echoes throughout Paulie creating schisms in both the community and his family. What’s it like to have a son, brother or suspected killer released from death row? How does that affect a family—and an entire town? And, as an actor, how does one prepare for such intense, unconventional role? Aden Young, Adelaide Clemens, Johnny Ray Gill, J. Smith-Cameron, Bruce McKinnon, Jake Austin Walker, Sean Bridgers and Michael O’Neil discuss the research they did (or didn’t do) and how they view their characters.
New York Times best-selling author Derek Blasberg shuns Instagram, praises Kimye’s brilliance, and wants to see Meryl Streep wasted. Don’t miss Blasberg as a featured panelist in THE APPROVAL MATRIX: “Who Died and Made You Cool?”.
After almost 20 years on Death Row for the rape and murder of his teenage girlfriend, Daniel Holden is going home. His conviction has been vacated due to new DNA evidence, thrusting him back into a world he no longer knows. Sundance Channel’s new, original series RECTIFY follows Daniel during his first week back in the small, Georgia town he used to know. What will Daniel do with his first few days of freedom? You’ll have to tune into the premiere on Monday, April 22nd at 9PM to find out, but considering the project comes from the same masterminds you brought us BREAKING BAD, we should probably expect a few surprises. We asked the cast, along with some other celebs, what they would do after 20 years in prison. Their answers may surprise you.
1. What will Daniel do?
Daniel Holden taught himself how to survive the physical and emotional torment of Death Row. Once he is free he’ll need to learn how to live in a world he doesn’t understand. Everything he encounters will be a puzzle, from his relationship with his family to the technological and social changes of the last two decades.
So, what will Daniel Holden do? Whatever it is, it’s going to shake an entire town. And it might even shock you.
In their Gaza cell, Nessa mourns her ruined future, knowing the scandal of her pregnancy will infect any work she tries to do to aid the peace process. Atika tells Nessa to give her the child and allow Atika to raise it as her own as thanks for saving her life.
This week, Vox goes over five qualities that make RECTIFY “the best TV show you’re almost certainly not watching,” while Variety raves about Season Two and mulls over the series’ “quiet power.” See what everyone is talking about, log in and watch Season 2 of RECTIFY right now.
Though Gabriel Mann’s original score provides the majority of RECTIFY’s soundtrack, music supervisor Linda Cohen works alongside creator Ray McKinnon to pick just the right outside tracks for certain special moments. Here’s your guide to every song featured in Season 2.
This week, The Telegraph tells readers “why THE HONORABLE WOMAN has captured our hearts,” while Indiewire grills showrunner Hugo Blick on creating “an intimate, genre-bending spy thriller with grace and poise.”
“I think we’ve learned one thing from this story: You’re not that famous,” Neal jokes with panelist Judah Friedlander (30 Rock), cutting him off in the middle of a long story about that one time when he was followed and wrongly profiled by Walmart security detail outside Chicago–they didn’t recognize him (though he’s semi-famous), accused him of being homeless (which is fair, he admits), and stopped him for questioning on his way out. Why? All homeless people are also thieves–that’s the stereotype at least.
What happens when comic Michael Showalter and his writing partner Christina Lee start texting about Smallville? Find out below.
THE HONORABLE WOMAN star Andrew Buchan discusses the Stein siblings’ complicated relationship, and the page-turner script that sold him on the series.
Production designer Hugh “D.G.” Moody talks prison sets, contributing to character backstories and hiding Easter eggs.
Q: Is there any overarching design philosophy on RECTIFY that you keep in mind at all times?
A: Primarily the muted color palette and realistic locations. The show’s hyperrealistic, so sometimes we find locations and they’re just perfect. Most of the time, they’re not quite right. Sometimes you don’t know what exactly’s not right about it, but after you spend some time in the space you can usually identify it and identify how to change it to fit the world we’re trying to create.
Q: You’re responsible for every last detail of people’s living spaces. How do you figure out each character’s taste?