This week, The A.V. Club gives BABYLON’s “surefooted” second episode an A-, while The Denver Post hails the series as a “seriously engaging” bastion of current TV satire.
Zionist arms dealer Eli Stein is assassinated in front of his children Nessa and Ephra.
29 years later, Nessa Stein is running her father’s company, having shifted its focus from weapons to communications in pursuit of the peace process. Nessa awards a contract to Palestinian Samir Meshal, who is promptly murdered.
Kasim, the young son of Atika, Ephra’s nanny and mistress, is abducted.
MI6 spy Sir Hugh Hayden-Hoyle investigates Meshal’s death.
Here’s to Leslie Knope! Before their farewell season kicks off, hang out with the “Parks & Recreation” gang and the writers behind this smash hit series. THE WRITERS’ ROOM attempts to crack the comedy code with the help of Amy Poehler, writer and executive producer Dan Goor and writer Michael Schur.
Take this quiz to find out whether you’re Joan or Peggy or Don.
THE HONORABLE WOMAN’s final episode may have aired in September, but critics haven’t stopped celebrating the “chilling” series and its “universally terrific” performances. Meanwhile, TIME, HuffPo and others report on star Maggie Gyllenhaal taking home the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a TV Movie or Mini-Series.
Call them spooks. Sleuths. Femme fatales. Few figures are as compelling as female spies. They’re unthinkably brave; they do things most of us can’t even imagine. Sometimes they’re world-famous; sometimes they hide in plain sight.
There comes a point in everyone’s life where they feel — and worse yet, LOOK — like the undead. Which begs the question: Are you a zombie? Find out now.
THE RED ROAD’s creator Aaron Guzikowski drew from the myths of many cultures for inspiration for the show. Dig deeper into about those legends, and into the episodes they inspired, below.
A true Breaking Bad fan knows everything from the science to the slapstick.
Maggie Gyllenhaal won a Golden Globe for SundanceTV’s THE HONORABLE WOMAN in the “Best Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television” category.
The votes are in on SundanceTV’s new comedic drama BABYLON after yesterday’s premiere, and top critics everywhere from the L.A. Times to IndieWire are raving about the “ambitious” new series which “proves to be one of the most timely satires in recent memory.”
Welcome to London’s metropolitan police force. Public perception of the force is at an all-time low and the cops are out of control. The commissioner has hired you, a savvy public relations expert, to clean up this nightmare and restore the forces’ luster. Will you put a spin on these potentially volatile and compromising situations or tell it straight?
What happens when Executive Producer Danny Boyle takes on London’s police force? Find out in SundanceTV’s all new original series BABYLON premiering Thu., Jan. 8 at 10/9c on SundanceTV. Can’t wait? Check out the following:
1. Watch a video interview with BABYLON’s star James Nesbitt (Comissioner Richard Miller).
2. Watch video clips from the episode BEFORE it premieres.
3. Learn how to trash talk like a Brit with the BABYLON Insult Translator.
Liz and her team prepare Commissioner Miller for an upcoming hearing with the deputy mayor, barraging him with tough questions and insults. Miller grows annoyed and storms out.
Liz surprises Mia by accepting her invitation to get drinks after work and complains about Miller’s intractability.
A representative from private penal contractor Securamax reviews time-lapsed footage of an ongoing violent uprising at a nearby youth prison with Met top brass. Assistant Commissioner Inglis agrees to classify the situation as a “disturbance” rather than a full-blown “riot” to avoid calling in police aid and triggering costly contractually-mandated penalties.
Whether you’re part of the undead horde or zombie bait, you should know just how zombified you really are.
James Nesbitt, who plays BABYLON’s Commissioner Richard Miller, talks about what kind of cop he’d be in real life, working with Danny Boyle again and his future as an actor.
Critics are raving about SundanceTV’s new comedic drama BABYLON. We’re days away from the Jan. 8 premiere, but critics are already calling it “thrilling” and praising breakout performances from Brit Marling and James Nesbitt.
Stars of Pretty Little Liars, Sasha Pieterse and Shay Mitchell, join show creator Marlene King and the writing team to discuss their explosive success on Twitter and how the books were brought to life on THE WRITERS’ ROOM. Dive into videos, quizzes and photos below.
Get to know the writers behind Jess, Nick and the gang. From an embarrassing table read to honest real-life stories from creator Elizabeth Meriwether that made it on the show, the writers of New Girl divulge their secrets on THE WRITERS’ ROOM. Dive into videos, quizzes and photos below.
Sundance darling and BABYLON star Brit Marling (The East, Another Earth) talks about technology and the public’s involvement in law enforcement, working with the series’ acclaimed executive producer Danny Boyle, and her passion for London’s pub culture.
Q: How did you become involved in Babylon?
A: I read the script and was really moved by the character of Liz – she’s tough but not without vulnerability. Danny and I spoke on the phone and I loved how he saw the story developing, and the questions he wanted to ask about how technology and the transparency it creates is changing all of our lives. How does law enforcement change when a criminal is using Twitter or Instagram? What’s the future of the public’s involvement in law enforcement as a result? And how do you create a career girl that isn’t a typical ball-buster but is multi-faceted? All awesome things to explore. So I got on a plane and 24 hours later we were doing a table reading that was so funny people were choking on their beverages with laughter. Sam and Jesse are such great writers it’s borderline dangerous.
Q: You mention liking the way she’s a nuanced and layered character – was it a surprise to you that two forty-something British male comedy writers were able to create a female character like that?
A: The truth is, I find it surprising when either of the genders…
Eight lucky fans have a chance to win a copy of AMC’s “Breaking Bad” comic book. To enter, follow @SundanceTV on Twitter then tweet #BreakingBadComicSweeps. Once you do, you’ll be automatically entered for the drawing.
Need to put a positive spin on less-than-positive situation? Might we suggest…
The “fascinating” and “deeply thoughtful” second season of RECTIFY lands among the top TV of 2014, with critics calling the series’ sophomore outing even better than the first.
Read on for more:
•Buzzfeed includes RECTIFY in its list of Best Episodes of TV in 2014, praising the season two premiere for “deftly [exploring] multiple facets of what makes Rectify such a fascinating show.”
•A.V. Club lists RECTIFY among The Best TV Shows of 2014, calling the series “a deeply felt, deeply thoughtful second chance at life.”
Writing duo Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, two of TV’s most original voices, discuss developing their unique approach to a police comedy-drama, working with series producer Danny Boyle and Jesse’s involvement with the writing of Veep.
Q: What originally inspired the show’s focus on the police force’s PR department?
Sam Bain: We wanted to take a fresh angle on UK police that hadn’t been seen before and we felt that PR and media relations were an aspect of police work that’s hugely significant and ripe for drama and comedy but relatively unexplored. The challenges facing a huge, established organization in the modern media age felt like an exciting theme for us.
Q: What’s Danny Boyle like as a producer?
Sam Bain: He’s great, he was involved a lot more than we dared hope…
Brit Marling’s much-acclaimed on-screen brilliance, effortless glamour and genuine independent sensibility is quickly making her a true movie star for the indie set. Here are five films that showcase what the critically-beloved BABYLON star can do.
1. Another Earth
This emotional sci-fi drama, co-written by Marling and frequent collaborator/director Mike Cahill, tells the story of Marling’s brainy, astronomy-obsessed high school senior, Rhoda, who celebrates her admission to MIT with an uncharacteristic night of carefree partying. Rhoda’s moment of recklessness has devastating consequences, but a newly discovered Earth-like planet that may serve as a parallel universe might provide a way out. Another Earth was a major hit when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, sparking off a bidding war between top distributors and earning Marling a pair of Saturn Award nominations for her work as writer and star, along with Best Actress awards from the San Diego Film Critics Society and the Sitges Film Festival.
This acclaimed drama racked up award nods and scored a spot on best-of-2012 lists