This week in TV news, The Affair creator Sarah Treem says the big question from the finale was unintentional. Plus, Woody Allen signs up for Amazon Prime, IMAX delays Game of Thrones, Comedy Central renews Broad City, and Twin Peaks‘ Dale Cooper is back!
The Affair creator explains the big discrepancy in the season finale.
Warning: season one spoilers within! For people who thought that the two versions of the Cole-Noah showdown in The Affair‘s season finale diverged too widely, you were onto something. After the airing of episode 10 in December, critics and recappers alike were perplexed by how to interpret the scene in which Cole pulls a gun on Noah. Even for a show whose whole hook is to tell a story through two unreliable points of view, the difference in characters and location raised a lot of questions for viewers. Turns out, it wasn’t thought out very well. According to Zap2it.com, The Affair creator Sarah Treem was trying to accommodate actors’ schedules and weather conditions when shooting the gun scene, resulting in a jarring divergence in the narrative. “I personally didn’t think hard enough about the choices we were making and how different the scenes were going to appear on screen,” Treem told a group of reporters at the winter TV press tour. “… So there were some things that happened in those final scenes — they weren’t understood as so different.” Treem went on to say that the writing team has yet to decide if they will address the discrepancy in season two.
IMAX pushes back Game of Thrones exhibition to add more theaters.
As previously reported, IMAX will exhibit two episodes of Game of Thrones on its massive screens this month (plus an exclusive season five trailer), but will push back the date a week to add 50 more theaters to the list. Now, the final episodes of season four — “The Watchers on the Wall” and “The Children” — will hit the giant screen starting Jan. 29. The delay was “prompted by extraordinary consumer response that drove online mentions for IMAX to record heights,” said IMAX, which has made available the full list of theaters here. Tickets go on sale Friday, Jan. 16, and apparently IMAX’s website has already partly crashed due to heavy traffic.
Comedy Central renews Broad City for season three.
The same day that Comedy Central premiered season two of Broad City, they announced that Ilana and Abbi will return in 2016 for 10 new episodes in season three. “We’ve got some dope-ass news,” the network tweeted. “#BroadCity has been renewed for a third season.” The jokes from Comedy Central continued with a statement that included the following from the network’s Kent Alterman: “It has just been brought to my attention that Broad City is a female-centric show, but we’re going to do more anyway.” For season three, the show’s stars and creators Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer will be back, as will executive producer Amy Poehler. See season two reviews here.
Kyle MacLachlan will return to Twin Peaks as Dale Cooper.
Showtime had a big surprise at their TCA winter press tour presentation this week. Kyle MacLachlan, who played Special Agent Dale Cooper in ABC’s cult hit Twin Peaks in the early ’90s, will return as the same character 25 years later. Showtime’s Twin Peaks, which will air sometime in 2016, is neither a re-boot nor a spin-off — it’s a continuation of the mystery that left so many viewers perplexed all those years ago. (“Where’s Annie?”) Until then, you have plenty of time to catch up, so grab some damn fine coffee (and hot!) and get to it!
Woody Allen is making his first TV show ever.
Hot off its two Golden Globe wins this week for Transparent, Amazon Studios announced that Woody Allen, 79, is going to make a show for the company’s Prime Instant Video service. For now, the project is known simply as Untitled Woody Allen Project (just like so many of his films in their early stages). Not only is there no title, however — there’s no concept. “I don’t know how I got into this,” Allen, who has never made a TV show before, said in an Amazon press release. “I have no ideas and I’m not sure where to begin.” Greenlighting the series is a departure from Amazon’s current model in which they test a slate of pilots and weigh user reviews into their decision to produce a series. But then, those pilots aren’t made by Woody Allen. So, with no information other than that the Untitled Woody Allen Project series will feature half-hour episodes sometime next year, this new comedy remains a mystery.