‘Berlin Station’ Creator On Being Compared To ‘Homeland’: Show Depicts “Normal People With An Abnormal Job”

EPIX’s original espionage intelligence drama Berlin Station follows Daniel Miller,(Richard Armitage), who has just arrived at the CIA station in Berlin, Germany with a mission to determine the identity of a now-famous whistleblower masquerading as someone else. During the show’s presentation at the TCA conference – which also saw the unveiling of a new trailer which you can watch above – a question arose of whether there were any concerns to being compared to critically…

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NFL Denies Trump Claim Of Letter Complaining About Presidential Debate Timing

The National Football League didn’t use the word “liar.” But it came as close as possible today when the organization unequivocally denied claims made by Donald Trump that it had sent the GOP Presidential candidate a letter complaining about the timing of 2016 Presidential debates.
At issue is the fact that two of the debates are scheduled opposite NFL football games. Trump has for the last 24 hours been complaining about that timing, kicking things off last night with a t…

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Nick Nolte’s ‘Graves’ POTUS Not Ronald Reagan Parody, Creator Insists To Dubious TV Critics

Epix’s single-camera dramedy, Graves, which tells the story of former two-term POTUS Richard Graves (Nick Nolte), as he tries to right the wrongs of his administration and reclaim his legacy, 25 years after leaving the White House is not, as some have suggested, a skewering of Ronald Reagan, creator Joshua Stern insisted this afternoon at TCA.

One TV critic, of the “it’s about Reagan” school, said the Reagan motif does not work in that  the series’ central character is…

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David Lindley At The Levitt Pavilion

He drives a Toyota Sienna minivan, a 2004, if it weren’t for the sideburns he’d be mistaken for a soccer mom. For far too long we’ve equated music with riches and fame. Ever since the Beatles, and then the paradigm was supersized with MTV and now too many see playing as a vehicle to somewhere […]

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The Most Memorable Monsters at Guillermo del Toro’s LACMA Exhibit

If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then Guillermo del Toro’s new exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is sure to please viewers with an eye for the macabre. Titled “Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters,” the show runs from August 1 until November 27, and will travel to… Read more »

Watch Anohni, Lee Ranaldo, Ira Kaplan, & More Perform At Lou Reed Tribute

Lee Ranaldo & Ira KaplanThe Bells: A Daylong Celebration Of Lou Reed, a tribute event curated by Reed’s wife Laurie Anderson and producer Hal Willner, kicked off at NYC’s Lincoln Center today. The festivities began with an tai-chi class led by Reed’s instructor Master Ren GuangYi, followed by covers of his music performed by a rotating cast of … More »

‘America Divided’ Docu Creator Defends Use Of Celebrity Correspondents

Solly Granatstein, executive producer/co-creator of Epix America Divided docu series that uses celebrities as “correspondents,” got asked to defend that decision, by journalists at TCA.
“We felt it was a formula that really worked, in getting people’s attention,” He said, adding that “these folks, every single one of them are just great on camera. We wanted it to be a cinematic series, even though it’s unscripted you feel like you’re watching a dramatic series” noting…

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Nat Geo’s ‘Mars’: “If Mankind Has Two Planets… Then Our Odds Of Extinction Will Drop To Nearly Zero” — TCA

National Geographic’s scripted/unscripted hybrid series Mars gives viewers both a real and dramatized quest to colonize the planet. The combination present-day documentary and scripted look at the future is what director Everard Gout described as a process in which “one hand fits in the other in terms of the knowledge and in terms of the emotion.” “It’s electrical” he added, “because you have that level of truthfulness on the documentary side but you also have an equal…

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NFL Denies Sending Donald Trump Letter About Debate Schedule

An NFL spokesperson Saturday denied that the league had contacted Donald Trump to complain about the schedule for the upcoming presidential-election debates between Trump and Hillary Clinton. The statement contradicted Trump’s assertion that he had received a letter from the NFL bemoaning the fact that the debate dates overlap with scheduled games. “While we’d obviously… Read more »