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Her Writing Shaped Our Lives Trailer: Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold!

Joan Didion wasn’t just one of the greatest writers of her generation, she was one of the greatest writers, full stop.

Her writing shaped lives and provided objective insight in into even the nature of grief.

On October 27th, Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold – an original Netflix documentary – will premiere globally on the streaming service.

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Michael Stuhlbarg Joins The Cast of Gore!

Michael Stuhlbarg will play Gore Vidal’s longtime companion in the Netflix film, Gore – based on Empire of Self: A Life of Gore Vidal by Michael Hoffman and Jay Parini (who also wrote the screenplay).

Also joining the cast are Douglas Booth, Freya Mavor, Nikolai Kinski and Griffin Dunne.

Gore is slated for release in 2018.

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Dear Dick, Game On! Trailer: Amazon’s I Love Dick!

I Love Dick – Chrid (Kathryn Hahn) and Dick (Kevin Bacon) – Photo courtesy of Amazon

Jill Soloway’s new amazon series, I Love Dick, follows Chris (Kathryn Hahn) a frustrated New York filmmaker marooned in Marfa, Texas, where her husband, Sylvère, (Griffin Dunne) has a writing residency.

There she meets no BS-scholar Dick (Kevin Bacon) and her life begins to change.

The first season of I Love Dick will premiere on May 12th.

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Pre-Explosion Trailer: Manhattan: Season Two!

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Season two of WGN America’s critically acclaimed series about the race to create an atomic bomb – and the drama behind its creation, Manhattan, premieres in October.

WGN America has released the first teaser for season two. check it out after the jump.

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Kids Will Be Kids! Octavia Spencer Talks Fox’s Red Band Society!

Octavia Spencer - Michael Becker

Fox’s new drama Red Band Society is about a group of teenss whose illnesses require them to live in the hospital. The pilot avoids the expected clichés and cutesy kinds of moments one might expect in favor of telling stories about characters who live with the prospect of the unknown every day.

Oscar®-winner Octavia Spencer plays Nurse Jackson, the understanding but firm woman in charge on the floor. Late last week, she spoke with a group of journalists bloggers about the show and her part in it. Red Band Society premieres on Wednesday, September 17th. Continue reading Kids Will Be Kids! Octavia Spencer Talks Fox’s Red Band Society!

TELVISION: Trust Me: TNT’s Workplace Dramedy Shows Promise!

When Trust Me [Mondays, TNT, 10/9C] premieres following The Closer, there will be a tonal shift of some magnitude. Whereas The Closer is a darker drama with humor, Trust Me is much lighter in tone, with a nearly equal amount of each.

McCormack, Cavanagh

The set up is this: Mason [Eric McCormack] and Conner [Tom Cavanagh] are partners in a creative group for ad agency Rothman, Green & Mohr. Mason is a bit uptight, a bit square and a draughtsman as opposed to an artist. Conner is sly, charming, talented but incredibly immature – and us brilliant at coming up with concepts and taglines.

When one of their biggest clients, Arc Mobile, wants to change their approach, Mason and Conner are pulled away from a cushy assignment to come up with something new – only their boss [Life on Mars’ Jason O’Mara] hasn’t been told. When he finds out, he retreats to his office and has a heart attack. The group’s creative director, Tony Mink [Griffin Dunne] promotes Mason to take his place. Conner has a fit of pique.

Trust Me’s first two episodes [Before and After, All Hell The Victors] deal with the ramifications of the client’s need for change and the fall out form Mason’s promotion – working a newly hired hot shot writer, Sarah Krajicek-Hunter [Monica Potter] who was promised “a window;” two junior copywriters, Tom [Mike Damus] and Hector [Geoffrey Arend] who think taglines are passé, and Mason’s wife Erin [Sarah Clarke] into the mix, along with all their unique arcs.

Between dealing with Arc Mobile and the inadvertent plagiarizing of a tagline from a potential employee, the first two episodes do a good job of setting up the characters and situations that will be the foundation for the series. If the ad agency stuff feels real it’s because series creators, Hunt Baldwin and John Coveny have between them over twenty years experience in the field.

Trust Me wouldn’t be out of place on a major network [or on the “Characters Welcome” cable net, for that matter]. It’s hugely entertaining despite still needing a bit of work on the drama/humor balance and figuring out how to maximum effect out of its minor characters. It’s certainly a better than average series, but it has the potential to be much more.

Final Grade: B-