J. Smith-Cameron and Bruce McKinnon discuss their “magical and dangerous” journey on what McKinnon reverently calls "our little 'Rectify' ship."
We don't need to tell you how great “The Crown” and “Black Mirror” are. You know. Here are the shows we'd suggest that may need an extra push to get you hooked. “Playing House,” “Documentary Now!” and “Bates Motel,” to name a few. The latter is entering its fifth and final season, so you may have some catching up to do.
Ray McKinnon: Some of the issues and the storylines I was interested in exploring from the beginning played out in ways that I had envisioned, and other storylines were — and they all were to some degree — informed by what I was seeing by the actors who inhabited the characters. It’s a symbiotic relationship with what has come before, as opposed to, “This is the way I’m going to do it no matter what.” That’s the way I approached the whole show.
The saga of Daniel Holden, accused of murdering his girlfriend, Hanna, when they were both teenagers, came to a highly satisfying conclusion. “Nothing will rectify what happened,” said Amantha (Abigail Spencer). In using the word that gave this show its title, she was talking about the miscarriage of justice that sent her brother Daniel (Aden Young) to prison for almost two decades.
In the preview clip above, Amantha (Abigail Spencer) and former love Jon (Luke Kirby) talk about their futures, as progress in Daniel’s (Aden Young) legal case means the duo will likely spend less time together. Amantha, who put her own life on hold for years while trying to get justice for Daniel, also shares an “epiphany” she had while enjoying some herbal refreshments in a satellite dish.
I’m dividing my TV best list into two: dramas and (posting tomorrow) comedies, which means that, in this age of Too Much (Quality) TV, my 10 best is really a 20 best, and I still have notes on some 15 other shows that could have made the cut. In other words, TV year-end lists are currently a challenge to find ways of cram in all the stuff you like. Year-end lists are fun to compile and read — I like to read other people’s lists, to see where our tastes coincide or diverge. ...
Unfortunately, that knowledge could come courtesy of a plan by Daniel’s attorney, Jon Stern (Luke Kirby), that would mean a huge sacrifice for Jon. In the clip above, Jon tells Amantha (Abigail Spencer), his former girlfriend, that he’s burnt out on working for Justice Row, the Innocence Project-like group devoted to exonerating the wrongly convicted.
Warning: This interview contains spoilers for the final season of Rectify. “I want these episodes to be really good,” Rectify creator and showrunner Ray McKinnon told Yahoo TV during a recent New York lunch to discuss the show’s fourth, and final, season. “That’s never easy. I’m concerned about that. I do have brief flashes of, ‘Oh, my god.’ It’s going to be very sad to say goodbye to these characters who I love so much.”
The beautiful, exciting, funny, and moving Rectify is back for a fourth and final season, Wednesday on SundanceTV. It picks up right where the previous season left off, with Daniel taking up residence in a halfway house in Nashville — one more step in the process of reentering the world after spending 19 years in jail for a murder we are still not sure he didn’t commit. Daniel, played with enormous care and dry wit by Aden Young, moves through life as though it’s a strange dream, which doesn’t help in his socialization, and is a source of worry to his family.
Will Daniel Holden (Aden Young) — freed after spending 19 years in prison for a murder he may or may have not committed, but still haunted and taunted by his hometown community for the crime — finally have a chance at peace now that he’s been forced to move away from his Paulie, Georgia home? Will his sister, Amantha (Abigail Spencer), whose identity is wrapped up in a decades-long effort to prove Daniel’s innocence, get a chance to forge a life of her own in Daniel’s absence? Will Janet (J. Smith-Cameron), Daniel’s mother, be able to forgive herself, and repair fractured relationships with her husband and stepson without the constant presence of Daniel to reminder her of the many ways the entire family has suffered right along with Daniel?
Warning: This interview contains spoilers about Season 4 of 'House of Cards.'
There was an unprecedented variety of excellent dramas this year… as well as an unprecedented amount of them. But with the range of tone, genre, casting, styles of writing and direction — this was truly a ripe year for drama, spreading across network, basic and premium cable, and streaming as well. Here are my picks for the best of them.
Great episodes are the ones that become a part of the larger cultural conversation, like Inside Amy Schumer’s “12 Angry Men” and the Jinx finale. A great episode can hook you into a show at the start by establishing a strong point of view, as the pilots for Empire and UnREAL did.
Ladies with an attitude, fellas who weren’t in the mood (for hanky panky with a swine). That little tweak on a classic Madonna lyric might be one way to describe the 74th Peabody Awards’ entertainment winners.