August 24, 2015 |
AMC seems gripped by spin-off fever. Six months after it presented the Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul , the cabler is back with a new take on one of its biggest hits, The Walking Dead . Called Fear the Walking Dead , the new series is written and produced by the same team, including Walking Dead comic book creator Robert Kirkman. The first of six episodes premieres with an extended episode at 9 p.m. Sunday. The show has already been renewed for a 15-episode second season.
August 21, 2015 |
* FEAR THE WALKING DEAD. 9 p.m. Sunday, AMC. THE LAST thing that high-school guidance counselor Madison Clark (Kim Dickens) needs is a zombie apocalypse. As AMC's "Fear the Walking Dead" opens Sunday, Madison's drug-addicted son, Nick (Frank Dillane), is missing. She and her English teacher boyfriend, Travis Manawa (Cliff Curtis), are new to living together and the blending of their families - which also include her daughter, Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey), and his son, Chris (Lorenzo James Henrie)
June 26, 2015 |
* HUMANS. 9 p.m. Sunday, AMC. ROBOTS are such a sci-fi staple that it might seem as if there's nothing left to say on the subject, at least until Roomba comes out with a vacuum cleaner that looks like a supermodel and wants to talk about its feelings. Yet, there has to be a reason we keep making - and watching - movies and TV shows about robots, and AMC's new "Humans" has a few ideas about that that go beyond Stephen Hawking's fear that artificial intelligence may eventually decide to destroy us. An eight-episode British-American remake of a Swedish show, "Humans," which premieres Sunday, takes place in what the network refers to as a "parallel present.
June 26, 2015 |
I think we can all agree that Siri, the iPhone's voice-activated helper, doesn't count as a person, even though it sometimes tells a joke. (Ask it to marry you.) What about Pepper, the humanoid robot that sold out within a minute Saturday in Japan? It's designed to read your face and voice and react to your various emotional states. But is it worthy of the same respect as your neighbors? Or your dog? These are some of the questions AMC's Humans will no doubt inspire. A charming, exciting, and impeccably written sci-fi drama for grown-ups co-produced by AMC and Britain's Channel 4, it premieres at 9 p.m. Sunday.
May 31, 2015 |
AMC's computer-industry period drama, Halt and Catch Fire , returns for its second season at 10 p.m. Sunday a fresher, better, stronger series. Viewers who missed it last year may want to give the drama - and its handsome cast led by Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy, Mackenzie Davis, and Kerry Bishé - another chance. In its first season, Halt tried to capitalize on the public's fascination with the birth of the PC era and the geniuses who created it, men such as Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Bill Gates.
April 12, 2015 |
He has committed murder, betrayed men who counted him as a friend, even burned down his own house. There seems very little Abe Woodhull (Jamie Bell), wouldn't do to serve the Patriot cause. Played with great control, impressive nuance and wit by Bell, Abe is the hero of Turn: Washington's Spies, AMC's spy thriller about the American Revolution, which returns for its second season with a feature-length installment at 9 p.m. on Monday. Abe's greatest sin, however, is to embark on a career despised by all men of breeding as illegitimate, dishonorable and sleazy: espionage.
July 31, 2014 |
* PENN & TELLER: FOOL US. 8 tonight, CW57. * THE DIVIDE. 9 tonight, WE tv. BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Getting Teller to talk wasn't hard, once I got past the people hurrying him to his next appointment after a brief performance for the Television Critics Association earlier this month. "She's from my hometown!" the professionally silent half of Penn & Teller told them as we walked and talked about the magician duo's "Penn & Teller: Fool Us," which makes its U.S. debut on the CW tonight.
May 30, 2014 |
* HALT AND CATCH FIRE. 10 p.m. Sunday, AMC. * CROSSBONES. 10 tonight, NBC10. CAN FANS of "Mad Men," who only a few weeks ago saw a man driven mad by a '60s behemoth of a computer, find happiness in the 1980s with a band of revolutionaries trying to clone the IBM PC? AMC hopes so. The speeding sports car that hits an armadillo in the opening moments of Sunday's premiere suggests that the writers of "Halt and Catch Fire" may also like to signal their intentions metaphorically - at least it's not a big blue armadillo - and Lee Pace, as Joe MacMillan, a former IBM sales exec determined to exploit a weakness in his old company's new weapon, exudes a Don Draper-like confidence that may or may not mask something more disturbing and/or interesting.
April 4, 2014 |
* TURN. 9 p.m. Sunday, AMC. * SILICON VALLEY. 10 p.m. Sunday, HBO. * VEEP. 10:30 p.m. Sunday, HBO. AMC, fresh off another record-breaking season finale of "The Walking Dead" and a week away from the Season 7 launch of "Mad Men," splits the considerable difference between zombies and '60s admen on Sunday with "Turn," a historical drama about a group of men and women who spied for George Washington during the Revolutionary War....
April 5, 2013 |
This is what passes for a crisis in the lives of TV critics: Each year about this time (well, except for the terrible Mad Men drought of 2011 - about which the less said the better), they're sent a disc with the first few hours of the new Mad Men season. The problem is that it invariably arrives with a note from the show's haughty creator, Matt Weiner, spelling out the details and plot points he strongly requests not be revealed. There follows an inventory of taboo subjects longer than the packing list for your kids' summer camp.