Next Stop Wonderland: An Interview with Peter Berg

by Daniel Manu January 23, 2009 1:15 pm
Next Stop <i>Wonderland</i>: An Interview with Peter Berg

For two weeks back in the pre-DVR days of 2000, anyone flipping the channel to ABC during an ER commercial break might've been shocked by what they saw on a new show misleadingly entitled Wonderland: no cute doctors in love; no furrowed-browed surgeons trading jargon in an operating theater; no easy solutions to the medical emergency of the week. Instead, what they saw was one of the most uncompromising depictions of the brutal realities of the health-care system, specifically mental health, ever seen on broadcast television - not to mention powerful, nuanced performances from actors like Ted Levine, Michelle Forbes and Martin Donovan. In retrospect, it's less of a mystery why the show was yanked prematurely than it is how it made it on air in the first place.

Now audiences have a chance to see what they missed out on as all eight completed episodes of Wonderland air each Wednesday at 10PM ET on DirectTV's The 101 Network (with the big final episode premiering March 4). To mark the occasion, the show's creator, Peter Berg, chatted with us about the origins of the series, the real story about its abrupt end and more.

Shows We'd Like to See on DVD

by Diane Werts December 18, 2008 12:28 pm
Shows We'd Like to See on DVD

There is no DVD justice. In a world where even According to Jim is available on disc, where oh where are DVD sets of all the sublime gone-too-soon shows that live on in fans' memories, years and years after their demise? Now And Again? Homefront? Frank's Place? We've got quite a DVD wish list. Santa, please see what you can do.

Monk Co-star Ted Levine Shrinks Heads

by Diane Werts April 3, 2008 4:25 pm
</I>Monk</I> Co-star Ted Levine Shrinks Heads So last night NBC added a broadcast network run of USA's Monk, which means Tony Shalhoub's defective-detective hour only airs about 35 times a week including cable's incessant repeats. (You can even watch episodes online.)

That gives us plenty of opportunity to watch co-star Ted Levine get to play and replay the one note he's provided by the scriptwriters for his exasperated-but-supportive-police-superior character, Capt. Leland Stottlemeyer. (Also see Tige Andrews in The Mod Squad, Joe Santos on The Rockford Files, and any of TV's other 793 police-boss rule-enforcers riding herd on renegade subordinates.)

Levine deserves better from TV. (C'mon, the guy killed in The Silence of the Lambs. Literally.) And we've seen him get great work. But the tube's program gods seem to have dead-filed Levine's amazing 2000 ABC mental hospital drama Wonderland.

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