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In case you haven't heard the news, FX President John Landgraf announced yesterday on a media call that Louie will be taking an extended hiatus and probably not return until the spring 2014. Louis CK fans will be happy to hear that this isn't some kind of Dan Harmon/Community situation where someone is getting removed against their will -- CK personally asked for time off in order to help his creative process. To explain the decision, talk about the future of Louie and reflect on the excellent third season, CK and Landgraf answered some press questions and tried their best not to rub CK's multiple Emmy wins in everyone's faces. Below are the highlights.
Fans of Louis C.K. and his FX sitcom can understand why I can't recommend the series enough; Louie is great. To promote tonight's Season 3 premiere, Louis C.K. took a press call yesterday to answer a few questions about what we'll see in coming episodes. To spare you spoilers and a lot of the same queries about why the character who plays Louie's ex-wife is African American -- hint: it's because she's a talented actress -- I've pulled out the interview highlights, which are entirely free of dick jokes (unfortunately).
We've had the pleasure of speaking to Community creator Dan Harmon and star Joel McHale (and Danny Pudi) before, but in these dark post-hiatus times, there's something specifically more ominous about talking to Harmon and McHale after a three-month break. Don't take our word for it -- check out the highlights of a press call we participated in with them last week, where they talked about life after the hiatus and the remainder of the season.
In case my enormous best moments photo gallery didn't tip you off, I'm a bit of a Breaking Bad aficionado -- and by the looks of it, many of you are, too. Vincent Gilligan, creator and producer, is aware of his series' fan base and enjoys talking about how nail-biting and marvelous it is just as much as his devotees do. I've frankly never read an interview with him that didn't make me appreciate his work even more, and when he took a media call earlier this week to discuss the future of Breaking Bad and Sunday's Season 4 finale "Face Off," he sounded as excited as his questioners did about what's going to go down. Below are the highlights for your nerve-racking pleasure.
After a shaky start last season, Dollhouse, the latest offering from cult leader/TV show creator guy Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), came into its own and actually became pretty awesome. A bonus episode on the DVD set took us into the far future of the programmable-people world of the Dollhouse, and added yet another layer of mystery, as well as more anticipation for the second season. We sat in on a conference call with Joss himself to find out what's in store for his regulars, whether Firefly or Battlestar Galactica is winning the guest-star war, and how the Attic is like an episode of Small Wonder.
On Friday night, Fox premieres Virtuality, a two-hour movie (that could be a backdoor pilot, possibly) for a new show from the mind of Ron Moore. Virtuality is another space-set series, but it's quite different from Moore's Battlestar Galactica. It deals with a crew of astronauts heading out into deep space, who escape the monotony of spaceship living via virtual reality, and also, all of their non-virtual doings are being recorded and sent back to earth as a reality show. It's got a lot going on, so Moore decided to take questions from reporters on a recent conference call to help explain how this whole series came about.
For weeks it seems like we've been hearing from anyone associated with Dollhouse that we just need to sit tight until Episode 6, when the show will really hit its stride. Given the amount of programming that's on TV and the fact that it's already at a disadvantage on a Friday night, that's kind of a lot to ask from people. However, since I'm a Joss Whedon fanatic, I have been hanging in there, hoping that this sluggish start would eventually lead to something good. Well, I've seen the two new episodes that the network sent out and they do seem to be a vast improvement... though I still feel like I'm not 100 percent in love with this show -- yet.
So this past week's episode of Supernatural featured Dean getting a disease that seemed to only effect people who had jerk tendencies. I personally was so distracted by watching Jensen Ackles singing "Eye of the Tiger" multiple times (since it is kind of the best thing ever) that I couldn't concentrate on the whole Dick vs. Not a Dick controversy that's been a-brewing. Anyway, creator Eric Kripke (who is one of the nicest people on the planet... I swear) would like to set the record straight. He sent a message to fans (via the press) to clear up any confusion.
One of my favorite new shows last year was Life, starring Damian Lewis (Band of Brothers) as an L.A. cop who was wrongfully imprisoned for 12 years, and upon his release won the right to rejoin the force (as well as a big cash settlement). So when I had the opportunity to jump in on a conference call with Lewis, Sarah Shahi (who plays his recovering alcoholic partner) and show creator/writer Rand Ravich, I jumped at the chance, and learned some interesting things about Season 2... and about the actors themselves. For instance, Shahi used to be a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader, and Lewis used to be British! Who'da thunk it!
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