It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Dark skies by 4:00 p.m., temperatures below 30 degrees, and — best of all — crazed shoppers at every turn. Fortunately, there is no shortage of quality television to watch over the holidays, so to go with your December shopping list, Rotten Tomatoes has prepared your December bingeing list — a mix of new shows, returning shows, and what’s fresh on DVD and Blu-ray — some naughty, some nice!


Marvel's Jessica Jones: Season 1 (2015) 94%

What it is: The most recent addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe is Jessica Jones, about a broken superhero (Krysten Ritter) who runs her own P.I. business. Battling PTSD, our anti-hero finds herself struggling to defeat Kilgrave (David Tennant), a super-villain who has inflicted unconscionable harm upon countless innocents.

Why you should watch it: Marvel’s Jessica Jones is a dark, psychologically complex, and thoughtful meditation on what it means to be a hero. It is also engrossing, action-packed, compassionate, and visceral. Jones is binge-worthy for a number of reasons, but what elevates this well-executed comic adaptation is having a powerful female centered alliance at its core.

Where to watch: Netflix

Commitment: About 11 hours.


Transparent: Season 1 (2014) 98%

What it is: Jeffrey Tambor plays a father who wants to live his life as a woman and needs to tell his adult children.

Why you should watch it: Tambor’s turn as Maura is award-worthy, but what is most surprising is how it’s just one facet of this family dramedy. All the members of the Pfefferman clan are struggling with their own demons and each storyline is full and fascinating to follow. It’s a study of faith, family, and dysfunction that is well worth the day or two it takes to binge-watch it.

Where to watch: The complete first season is streaming on Amazon Prime now, with season two scheduled to drop on Dec. 11.

Commitment: 10 hours for both seasons.


Fear the Walking Dead: Season 1 (2015) 76%

What it is: A prequel to the AMC hit The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead begins in Los Angeles at the dawn of the zombie outbreak as the government employs survival tactics that fuel the apocalyptic fire.

Why you should watch it: Even though fans know what’s coming, somehow the prequel is even scarier than The Walking Dead. All of the shortcomings of the human race — fear, abuse of power, false trust — become factors in the death of society, as one already-dysfunctional family must stick together to survive. It’s not just zombies they must battle, though, but also the failing system that was designed to protect them.

Where to watch: AmazonGoogle Play, iTunes, Playstation Video, Vudu, and Xfinity (with subscription). Season one is also available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Commitment: Five hours.


It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 10 (2015) 100%

What it is: A group of five slacker friends — known collectively as “The Gang” — run an Irish pub in South Philadelphia and get into all sorts of predicaments because they lack both common sense and social graces.

Why you should watch it: Sunny isn’t a sitcom for everyone; its characters are self-centered, misanthropic, and frequently obnoxious. That said, their resilience in the face of countless defeats is strangely endearing, and their adventures are so outrageous and hilarious that it’s almost therapeutic to watch them scramble through each half hour. With season 11 set to premiere in early January, now’s the perfect time to catch up with the Gang’s insane antics.

Where to watch: The first nine seasons are available to stream on subscription services Amazon Prime, Hulu, and Netflix, and you can rent or purchase episodes from all 10 seasons on Google Play, iTunes, PlayStation VideoVudu, and Xbox Video.

Commitment:About 42 hours.


Luther: Season 1 (2010) 91%

What it is: This BBC drama follows a brilliant Detective Chief Inspector (Idris Elba) who finds it difficult to strike a work-life balance as he struggles to toe the line between genius and madness.

Why you should watch it: Elba won a Golden Globe for his performance as DCI Luther, a sexy cross between Sherlock Holmes and Columbo, in this gritty character study that adds a new dimension to the cop show genre. Plus, fans of The Affair will enjoy Ruth Wilson in her role as the seductive serial killer Alice Morgan. Catch up in time for season four, which starts on Dec. 17.

Where to watch: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Netflix, PlayStation Video, Vudu, and Xbox Video. The first three seasons are also available on DVD.

Commitment: 16 hours.


Mozart in the Jungle: Season 1 (2014) 91%

What it is: Based on Blair Tindal’s tell-all book, Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music, this lighthearted comedy from Amazon Studios shows the inner workings of the contemporary fictitious New York Symphony, led by a young upstart conductor (Gael García Bernal).

Why you should watch it: What makes Roman Coppola’s adaptation of Mozart such a spritely binge is the commanding and hilarious performance by Bernal as Rodrigo (based on the Los Angeles Philharmonic conductor Gustavo Dudamel), along with memorable turns by Bernadette Peters as the elegant Symphony manager, Lola Kirke as the oboe-playing ingénue, and Malcolm McDowell as the ousted old-guard maestro.

Where to watch: Season one is currently streaming on Amazon Prime. Season two premieres Dec. 30.

Commitment: Five hours.


Hannibal: Season 3 (2015) 98%

What it is: Criminal profiler Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) assists the FBI in apprehending serial killers, but as the job begins to eat away at his mental health, he starts meeting with therapist Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen), a cannibal who murders rude people and serves them at fancy dinner parties.

Why you should watch it: The third (and likely final) season of the critically acclaimed show comes to Blu-ray December 8. There really isn’t anything quite like Hannibal; it’s a crime procedural and a psychological thriller, filled with horror and just the right dash of romance and comedy.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime, iTunesVudu, and on DVD/Blu-ray.

Commitment: 27.5 hours.


Shameless: Season 5 (2015) 92%

What it is: Based on the award-winning BBC series of the same name, Showtime’s hit dramedy stars Oscar winner William H. Macy and tells the story of the scrappy Gallagher kids as they struggle to keep body and soul together despite the constant burden of a dysfunctional alcoholic father.

Why you should watch it: Shameless features a great cast, including a stellar Emmy-award winning performance by the ever-adorable Joan Cusack. Holidays have always been a time for dysfunctional family fun, and nobody does it better than the Gallaghers. Shameless comes back for a sixth season on Jan. 10 so now is the perfect time to binge.

Where to watch: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, PlayStation Video, Showtime Anytime (with cable subscription), Vudu, Xbox Video, and Xfinity (with cable subscription).

Commitment: 60 hours.


Defiance: Season 3 (2015) 80%

What it is: In this western-sci-fi mash-up, humans, aliens, and hybrids all fight for their rights and acceptance, while a human lawkeeper bonds with his adopted Votan (alien) daughter in 2046 Defiance (formerly St. Louis, MO).

Why you should watch it: Defiance’s backstory is wonderfully complex and reads like a lesson in mythology. The humor is addictive and the scenery and creature designs are breathtaking. The show’s inter-species tension is a clear commentary on cultural struggles, but not presented as a lecture on contemporary acceptance. Rather, it throws intense action, soapy character interaction, and some sexy stuff at you. And Grant Bowler (Nolan) is still one hot leading man.

Where to watch: All three seasons are available on Amazon PrimeGoogle Play, iTunes, Playstation Video, and Vudu. Season three hits DVD/Blu-ray on Dec. 22.

Commitment: 26 hours.


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What it is: The residents and domestic staff of a grand English country estate deal with household intrigue and societal upheaval in the first decades of the 20th Century.

Why you should watch it: With its lavish setting and British accents, this might look like your typical PBS prestige show at first glance. But Downton Abbey gives equal dramatic weight to the household staff and the Crawley family. Indeed, what makes the show so compulsively watchable is its richly nuanced characters, each of whom are bound by societal conventions but occasionally finds a way to expand their limits.

Where to watch: Seasons one through five are available on Amazon, Google Play, iTunesVudu, and Xbox Video, as well as DVD/Blu-ray. The sixth and final season premieres on PBS on Jan. 3.

Commitment: 43 hours.

 

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The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards took place on the evening of September 20 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Game of Thrones, Veep, and Olive Kitteridge were the big winners of the night. Check out the full list below.


Outstanding Drama Series


Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series


Kyle Chandler

Bloodline



The Newsroom


Jon Hamm

Mad Men


Bob Odenkirk

Better Call Saul


Liev Schreiber

Ray Donovan


Kevin Spacey

House of Cards


Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series


Viola Davis

How to Get Away with Murder


Tatiana Maslany

Orphan Black


Robin Wright

House of Cards


Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series


Jonathan Banks

Better Call Saul



Downton Abbey


Peter Dinklage

Game of Thrones


Michael Kelly

House of Cards


Alan Cumming

The Good Wife


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series


Joanne Froggatt

Downton Abbey


Lena Headey

Game of Thrones


Emilia Clarke

Game of Thrones


Uzo Aduba

Orange is the New Black


Christine Baranski

The Good Wife


Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series


Reg E. Cathey

House of Cards


Beau Bridges

Masters of Sex


Pablo Schreiber

Orange is the New Black


Alan Alda

The Blacklist


Michael J. Fox

The Good Wife


Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series


Diana Rigg

Game of Thrones


Rachel Brosnahan

House of Cards


Cicely Tyson

How to Get Away with Murder


Allison Janney

Masters of Sex


Margo Martindale

The Americans


Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

Gordon Smith, “Five-O”

Better Call Saul: Season 1
97%

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, “Mother’s Mercy”

Game of Thrones: Season 5
93%

Semi Chellas and Matthew Weiner, “Lost Horizon”

Mad Men: Season 7
90%

Matthew Weiner, “Person to Person”

Mad Men: Season 7
90%

Joshua Brand, “Do Mail Robots Dream of Electric Sheep?”

The Americans: Season 3
100%

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series

Tim Van Patten, “Eldorado”

Boardwalk Empire: Season 5
88%

Jeremy Podeswa, “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken”

Game of Thrones: Season 5
93%

David Nutters, “Mother’s Mercy”

Game of Thrones: Season 5
93%

Lesli Linka Glatter, “From A to B and Back Again”

Homeland: Season 4
81%

Steven Soderbergh, “Method and Madness”

The Knick: Season 1
87%

Outstanding Comedy Series


Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series


Don Cheadle

House of Lies


Will Forte

The Last Man on Earth


Jeffrey Tambor

Transparent


Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series


Edie Falco

Nurse Jackie


Lisa Kudrow

The Comeback


Amy Poehler

Parks and Recreation


Amy Schumer

Inside Amy Schumer


Lily Tomlin

Grace and Frankie


Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series


Andre Braugher

Brooklyn Nine-Nine


Ty Burrell

Modern Family


Tituss Burgess

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series


Niecy Nash

Getting On


Julie Bowen

Modern Family


Kate McKinnon

Saturday Night Live


Mayim Bialik

The Big Bang Theory


Gaby Hoffmann

Transparent


Jane Krakowski

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt


Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series


Paul Giamatti

Inside Amy Schumer


Bill Hader

Saturday Night Live


Louis C.K.

Saturday Night Live


Mel Brooks

The Comedians


Bradley Whitford

Transparent


Jon Hamm

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt


Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series



Louie



Modern Family


Joan Cusack

Shameless


Christine Baranski

The Big Bang Theory


Tina Fey

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt


Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series

David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik, “Episode 409″

Episodes: Season 4
82%

Louis C.K., “Bobby’s House”

Louie: Season 5
92%

Alec Berg, “Two Days of the Condor”

Silicon Valley: Season 2
96%

Will Forte, “Alive in Tucson (Pilot)”

The Last Man on Earth: Season 1
84%

Jill Soloway, “Pilot”

Transparent: Season 1
98%

Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci and Tony Roche, “Election Night”

Veep: Season 4
100%

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series

Louis C.K., “Sleepover”

Louie: Season 5
92%

Mike Judge, “Sand Hill Shuffle”

Silicon Valley: Season 2
96%

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, “Alive in Tucson (Pilot)”

The Last Man on Earth: Season 1
84%

Jill Soloway, “Best New Girl”

Transparent: Season 1
98%

Armando Iannucci, “Testimony”

Veep: Season 4
100%

Outstanding Television Movie


Outstanding Limited Series


Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie


Ricky Gervais

Derek Special


Timothy Hutton

American Crime


Richard Jenkins

Oliver Kitteridge


David Oyelowo

Nightingale


Mark Rylance

Wolf Hall


Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie


Maggie Gyllenhaal

The Honorable Woman


Felicity Huffman

American Crime


Jessica Lange

American Horror Story: Freak Show


Frances McDormand

Olive Kitteridge


Emma Thompson

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street


Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie


Richard Cabral

American Crime


Damian Lewis

Wolf Hall


Bill Murray

Olive Kitteridge


Denis O'Hare

American Horror Story: Freak Show


Finn Wittrock

American Horror Story: Freak Show


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie


Angela Bassett

American Horror Story: Freak Show


Kathy Bates

American Horror Story: Freak Show


Zoe Kazan

Olive Kitteridge


Regina King

American Crime


Mo'Nique

Bessie


Sarah Paulson

American Horror Story: Freak Show


Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series or Movie

John Ridley, “Episode One”

American Crime: Season 1
94%

D. Rees, C. Cleveland, B. Gilois, and H. Foote

Bessie
90%

S. Merchant, G. Stupnitsky, and Lee Eisenberg

Hello Ladies: The Movie
71%

Peter Straughan



Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series or Movie

Ryan Murphy, “Monsters Among Us”

American Horror Story: Freak Show
77%

Dee Rees

Bessie
90%

Uli Edel


Tom Shankland

The Missing: Season 1
91%

Peter Kosminsky



Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special


Outstanding Director for Nonfiction Programming


Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming


Outstanding Variety Talk Series


Outstanding Variety Sketch Series


Outstanding Variety Special

  • Bill Maher: Live from D.C.
  • Louis C.K.: Live at the Comedy Store
  • Mel Brooks Live at the Geffen
  • The Kennedy Center Honors
  • The Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special
  • Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek LIVE!

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program


Outstanding Structured Reality Program


Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program

  • Alaska: The Last Frontier
  • Deadliest Catch
  • Intervention
  • Million Dollar Listing New York
  • Naked And Afraid

Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program


Check out the full list of nominees/winners at emmys.com.

 

 

Emmy nominations are out for last season, but it’s already time for a new one. Television continues to rival, and sometimes surpass, the quality and success of film industry releases, with more networks than we ever thought possible 20 years ago. And, with the growing number of cable networks, we witness the capability of catering to more adult-oriented content. This fall, we will continue to see television grow, for better and for worse. Which new shows will achieve Fresh, or even Certified Fresh, status? Which will quickly go Rotten? And which of your favorite returning shows made the cut this year? Here’s the list as we know it, and we’ll continue to update it as premiere dates continue to be broadcast.


August | September | October | November | Winter | Fall TBA 


 August

 

Monday, Aug. 3
Significant Mother series premiere, 9:30 p.m., CW

Tuesday, Aug. 4
Playing House season two premiere, 10 p.m., USA

Wednesday, Aug. 5
Difficult People series premiere, Hulu
Mr. Robinson series premiere, 9 p.m., NBC

 

Mr. Robinson

 

Friday, Aug. 7
Casanova series premiere, Amazon
Sneaky Pete series premiere, Amazon

Saturday, Aug. 8
Funny or Die Presents America’s Next Weatherman
series premiere, 11 p.m., TBS

Wednesday, Aug. 12
Young & Hungry season two return, 8 p.m., ABC Family
Kevin from Work series premiere, 8:30 p.m., ABC Family

Sunday, Aug. 16
Show Me a Hero miniseries premiere, 9 p.m., HBO

Tuesday, Aug. 18
The Hotwives of Las Vegas series premiere, Hulu

Thursday, Aug. 20
Documentary Now! series premiere, 10 p.m., IFC

Saturday, Aug. 22
Blunt Talk series premiere, 9 p.m., Starz
Survivor’s Remorse season two premiere, 9:30 p.m., Starz

Sunday, Aug. 23
Fear the Walking Dead series premiere, 9 p.m., AMC
Vicious season two premiere, 10:30 p.m., PBS

 

Vicious

 

Monday, Aug. 24
Switched at Birth season four return, 8 p.m., ABC Family

Tuesday, Aug. 25
From Dusk Till Dawn season two premiere, 10 p.m., El Rey
Public Morals series premiere, 10 p.m., TNT

Wednesday, Aug. 26
The Carmichael Show series premiere, 9:30 p.m., NBC

Friday, Aug. 28
Narcos series premiere, Netflix

Monday, Aug. 31
Awkward season five premiere, 9 p.m., MTV
Faking It season two return, 9:30 p.m., MTV

 


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September

 

Tuesday, Sep. 1
Drunk History season three premiere, 10:30 p.m., Comedy Central

Friday, Sep. 4
Hand of God series premiere, Amazon Instant Video

 

Hand of God

 

Sunday, Sep. 6
Arthur & George series premiere, 8 p.m., PBS

Tuesday, Sep. 8
The Awesomes season three premiere, Hulu
Late Show with Stephen Colbert series premiere, 10:30 p.m., CBS

Wednesday, Sep. 9
The League season seven premiere, 10 p.m., FXX
You’re the Worst season two premiere, 10:30 p.m., FXX

Thursday, Sep. 10
Longmire season four premiere, Netflix

Friday, Sep. 11
Z Nation season two premiere, 10 p.m. SyFy
Continuum season four premiere, 11 p.m., SyFy

Saturday, Sep. 12
Ferrell Takes the Field special event premiere, 10 p.m. HBO

Sunday, Sep. 13
Project Greenlight season four premiere, 10 p.m., HBO
Doll & Em season two premiere, 11 p.m., HBO

Tuesday, Sep. 15
The Mindy Project season four premiere, Hulu
The Bastard Executioner series premiere, 10 p.m., FX
Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris, series premiere, 10 p.m., NBC

Wednesday, Sep. 16
South Park season 19 premiere, 10 p.m., Comedy Central
Moonbeam City series premiere, 10:30 p.m., Comedy Central

 

South Park

 

Friday, Sep. 18
Black Jesus season two premiere, 11 p.m., Adult Swim (Cartoon Network)

Saturday, Sep. 19
Doctor Who season nine premiere, 9 p.m., BBC America

Sunday, Sep. 20
67th Primetime Emmy Awards special event, 8 p.m., Fox

Monday, Sep. 21
The Big Bang Theory season nine premiere, 8 p.m., CBS
Gotham season two premiere, 8 p.m., Fox
The Voice season nine premiere, 8 p.m., NBC
Life in Pieces series premiere, 8:30 p.m., CBS
Minority Report series premiere, 9 p.m., Fox
Scorpion season two premiere, 9 p.m., CBS
Blindspot series premiere, 10 p.m., NBC
Castle season eight premiere, 10 p.m., ABC
NCIS: Los Angeles season seven premiere, 10 p.m., CBS

Tuesday, Sep. 22
NCIS season 13 premiere, 8 p.m., CBS
The Muppets series premiere, 8 p.m., ABC
Scream Queens series premiere, 8 p.m., Fox
Fresh off the Boat season two premiere, 8:30 p.m., ABC
NCIS: New Orleans season two premiere, 9 p.m., CBS
Limitless series premiere, 10 p.m., CBS

 

Scream Queens

 

Wednesday, Sep. 23
The Middle season seven premiere, 8 p.m., ABC
The Mysteries of Laura season two premiere, 8 p.m., NBC
Rosewood series premiere, 8 p.m., FOX
Survivor season 31 premiere, 8 p.m., CBS
The Goldbergs season three premiere, 8:30 p.m., ABC
Empire season two premiere, 9 p.m., Fox
Law & Order: SVU season 17 premiere, 9 p.m., NBC
Modern Family season eight premiere, 9 p.m., ABC
black-ish season two premiere, 9:30 p.m., ABC
Nashville season four premiere, 10 p.m., ABC

Thursday, Sep. 24
Grey’s Anatomy season 12 premiere, 8 p.m., ABC
Heroes Reborn series premiere, 8 p.m., NBC
Scandal season five premiere, 9 p.m., ABC
The Player series premiere, 10 p.m., NBC
How to Get Away with Murder season two premiere, 10 p.m., ABC

 

Heroes Reborn

 

Friday, Sep. 25
The Amazing Race season 25 premiere, 8 p.m., CBS
Last Man Standing season five premiere, 8 p.m., ABC
Margaret Cho: psyCHO comedy special premiere, 9 p.m., Comedy Central
Hawaii Five-0 season six premiere, 9 p.m., CBS
Blue Bloods season six premiere, 10 p.m., CBS

Saturday, Sep. 26
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy series premiere, 9:30 p.m., Disney XD

Sunday, Sep. 27
Bob’s Burgers season six premiere, 7:30 p.m., Fox
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation two-part series finale, 8 p.m., CBS
Once Upon a Time season five premiere, 8 p.m., ABC
The Simpsons season 27 premiere, 8 p.m., Fox
Brooklyn Nine-Nine season three premiere, 8:30 p.m., Fox
Blood & Oil series premiere, 9 p.m., ABC
Family Guy season 14 premiere, 9 p.m., Fox
Indian Summers miniseries premiere,  9 p.m., PBS
The Last Man on Earth season two premiere, 9:30 p.m., Fox
Quantico series premiere, 10 p.m., ABC

 

Blood & Oil

 

Monday, Sep. 28
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah series premiere, 10:30 p.m., Comedy Central

Tuesday, Sep. 29
Grandfathered series premiere, 8 p.m., Fox
The Grinder series premiere, 8:30 p.m., Fox
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season three premiere, 9 p.m., ABC

Wednesday, Sep. 30
Criminal Minds season 11 premiere, 9 p.m., CBS
Chicago P.D. season three premiere, 10 p.m., NBC
Code Black series premiere, 10 p.m., CBS

 

Chicago P.D.

 


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October

 

Thursday, Oct. 1
Bones season 11 premiere, 8 p.m., Fox
The Blacklist season three premiere, 9 p.m., NBC
Sleepy Hollow season three premiere, 9 p.m., Fox
Benders series premiere, 10 p.m., IFC
Gigi Does It series premiere, 10:30 p.m., IFC

Friday, Oct. 2
Dr. Ken series premiere, 8:30 p.m., ABC

Saturday, Oct. 3
Saturday Night Live season 47 premiere, 11:30 p.m., NBC

Sunday, Oct. 4
Home Fires series premiere, 8 p.m., PBS
Madam Secretary season two premiere, 8 p.m., CBS
The Good Wife season seven premiere, 9 p.m., CBS
Homeland season five premiere, 9 p.m., Showtime
The Leftovers season two premiere, 9 p.m., HBO
The Affair season two premiere, 10 p.m., Showtime
CSI: Cyber season two premiere, 10 p.m., CBS
The Widower miniseries premiere, 10 p.m., PBS

 

The Affair

 

Tuesday, Oct. 6
The Flash season two premiere, 8 p.m., CW
iZombie season two premiere, 9 p.m., CW
Finding Carter season three premiere 10 p.m., MTV

Wednesday, Oct. 7
American Horror Story: Hotel season five premiere, 10 p.m., FX
Casual series premiere, Hulu
Arrow season four premiere, 8 p.m., CW
Supernatural season 11 premiere, 9 p.m., CW

Thursday, Oct. 8
The Vampire Diaries season seven premiere, 8 p.m., CW
The Originals season three premiere, 9 p.m., CW
Funny or Die’s Billy on the Street season four premiere, 10:30 p.m., TruTV

Friday, Oct. 9
Red Oaks series premiere, Amazon
Reign season three premiere, 8 p.m., CW
Undateable season two premiere, 9 p.m., NBC
The Enfield Haunting miniseries premiere, 10 p.m., A&E

Saturday, Oct. 10
The Last Kingdom series premiere, 10 p.m., BBC America

Sunday, Oct. 11
The Walking Dead season six premiere, 9 p.m., AMC

 

The Walking Dead

 

Monday, Oct. 12
Fargo season two premiere, FX
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend series premiere, 8 p.m., CW
Jane the Virgin season two premiere, 9 p.m., CW

Tuesday, Oct. 13
Manhattan season two premiere, 9 p.m., WGN America
Chicago Fire season four premiere, 10 p.m., NBC

Wednesday, Oct. 14
Kingdom season two premiere, 9 p.m., DirecTV

Thursday, Oct. 15
Nathan for You season three premiere, 10 p.m., Comedy Central

Friday, Oct. 16
The Knick season two premiere, time TBD, Cinemax
Truth Be Told series premiere, 8:30 p.m., NBC
Please Like Me season three premiere, 10 p.m., Pivot
Satisfaction season two premiere, 10 p.m., USA

Saturday, Oct. 17
Amy Schumer: Live from the Apollo comedy special premiere, 10 p.m., HBO

Wednesday, Oct. 20
Being Mary Jane season three premiere, 9 p.m., BET

Friday, Oct. 23
Hemlock Grove season three premiere, Netflix
Billy Elliot the Musical: Live special event, 9 p.m., PBS

Saturday, Oct. 24
Da Vinci’s Demons season three premiere, 8 p.m., Starz

Sunday, Oct. 25
The Guilty miniseries premiere (US), 10 p.m., PBS
StarTalk season two premiere, 11 p.m., NatGeo
Robot Chicken season eight premiere, midnight, Adult Swim (Cartoon Network)

Monday, Oct. 26
Supergirl series premiere, 8:30 p.m., CBS

 

Supergirl

Supergirl

 

Tuesday, Oct. 27
Wicked City series premiere, 10 p.m., ABC

Friday, Oct. 30
Exorcism: Live special event, 9 p.m., Destination America
Grimm season five premiere, 9 p.m., NBC

Saturday, Oct. 31
Ash Vs. Evil Dead series premiere, 9 p.m., Starz
The Returned season two premiere, 10 p.m., Sundance

 

Ash Vs. Evil Dead

 


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November

 

Sunday, Nov. 1
The Librarians season two premiere, 8 p.m., TNT
Mike Tyson Mysteries season two premiere, Adult Swim (Cartoon Network)

Monday, Nov. 2
Legends season two premiere, 10 p.m., TNT

Thursday, Nov. 5
Mom season three premiere, 9 p.m., CBS
Elementary season four premiere, 10 p.m., CBS

Friday, Nov. 6
Master of None series premiere, Netflix

Saturday, Nov. 7
Untitled U2 Documentary, HBO

Sunday, Nov. 8
Flesh and Bone series premiere, 8 p.m., Starz
Agent X series premiere, 9 p.m., TNT
Getting On season three premiere, 10 p.m., HBO

 

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Flesh and Bone

 

Tuesday, Nov. 10
Donny! series premiere, 10:30 p.m., USA

Thursday, Nov. 12
2 Broke Girls season five premiere, 9:30 p.m., CBS

Friday, Nov. 13
With Bob and David series premiere, Netflix

Sunday, Nov. 15
Into the Badlands series premiere, 10 p.m., AMC
The Royals season two premiere, 10 p.m., E!

Tuesday, Nov. 17
Chicago Med series premiere, 10 p.m., NBC

Thursday, Nov. 19
The Art of More series premiere, Crackle

Friday, Nov. 20
The Man in the High Castle series premiere, Amazon
Marvel’s Jessica Jones series premiere, Netflix

Friday, Nov. 27
South of Hell series premiere, 3 p.m., WE
Unforgettable season four premiere, 9 p.m., A&E (new network)

Monday, Nov. 30
Superstore series premiere, 10 p.m., NBC


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Winter 2015/’16

 

Tuesday, Dec. 1
Real Rob series premiere, Netflix
Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce
 season two premiere, 10 p.m., Bravo

Wednesday, Dec. 2
RocketJump: The Show series premiere, Hulu

Thursday, Dec. 3
The Wiz Live! special event, 8 p.m., NBC

Friday, Dec. 11
Transparent season two premiere, Amazon

Monday, Dec. 14
Childhood’s End miniseries premiere, 8 p.m., SyFy
Expanse series premiere, 10 p.m., SyFy

Sunday, Jan. 3
Downton Abbey season six premiere, 9 p.m., PBS

Sunday, Jan. 10
73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards special event, 8 p.m., NBC

Thursday, Jan. 14
Colony, series premiere, 10 p.m., USA

Sunday, Jan. 17
Mercy Street series premiere, 10 p.m., PBS

Sunday, Jan. 24
The X-Files season 10 premiere, 10 p.m., FOX

Sunday, Jan. 31
Grease: Live special event, 7 p.m., FOX

Monday, Feb. 15
58th Annual Grammy Awards special event, 8 p.m., CBS

Sunday, Feb. 28
88th Annual Academy Awards special event, 4 p.m., ABC

 


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Fall/Winter TBA

 

11/22/63 series premiere, Hulu
American Dad season 12 premiere, TBS
Crowded series premiere, NBC
Emerald City series premiere, NBC
First Dates series premiere, NBC
Game of Silence series premiere, NBC
Haven season five return, SyFy (October)
Heartbreaker series premiere, NBC
Hot & Bothered series premiere, NBC
Legends season two premiere, TNT
Shades of Blue series premiere, NBC
Uncle Buck series premiere, ABC
The Way series premiere, Hulu
You, Me and the End of the World series premiere, NBC

 

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TV is not without its good summer shows — enter Catastrophe — many of which are coming back this month. July also marks some highly bingeable series heading to streaming, while one (sorry, Magnum) is riding off into the sunset at the end of the month. Check out these 10 titles in July, with a little something for every bingeing taste.


Catastrophe

What it is: Sharon (Sharon Horgan) is an Irish schoolteacher living in London, who has a weekend fling with Rob (Rob Delaney), an American ad man on a business trip to the UK. A month later, Sharon finds out that she’s pregnant, and Rob relocates to the U.K. to care for Sharon and their baby. Many amusing and cringe-worthy events take place as these two strangers attempt to build a life together.

Why you should watch it: Season one of Catastrophe is Certified Fresh at 100 percent on the Tomatometer, with critics praising its honest approach to the storytelling, and the chemistry between Horgan and Delaney. And with each of its six episodes clocking in at a breezy 25 minutes, it’s a perfect baby-sized binge for the commitment-phobic.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime

Commitment: Three hours.


Ray Donovan

What it is: Professional “fixer” Ray Donovan helps L.A.’s rich and famous with their problems, while barely coping with his own. Think Michael Clayton meets The Player, with a dash of Parenthood.

Why you should watch it: The real magic of Ray Donovan, returning to Showtime for season three on July 12, is how the show’s pulpy drama is brought to life by believable performances — especially by Liev Schreiber, Jon Voight, Dash Mihok, and Eddie Marsan. You will feel simultaneously jealous of how the characters carelessly exchange bags of money, and relieved that you don’t need to blackmail someone in order to maintain your current lifestyle.

Where to watch: Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, iTunes, Showtime Anytime, and Vudu.

Commitment: 24 hours.


Rescue Me

What it is: Premiering in 2004, Denis Leary‘s Rescue Me was a true dramedy before we started calling everything a dramedy, The series, which ran for seven seasons on FX, tells the story of the fictionalized New York City Fire Department Ladder Company 62, focusing on the lives of the “62 Truck” firefighters in the aftermath of 9/11.

Why you should watch it: As you wait for Leary’s Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll to hit the small screen on July 16, spend some time with his character Tommy Gavin, a complicated protagonist whose personal demons, unbridled masculinity, and complicated family life are just some of the reasons to binge Rescue Me. It’s also very funny.

Where to watch: Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, iTunes, Netflix, and Vudu

Commitment: 90 hours.


Downton Abbey

What it is: The residents and domestic staff of a grand English country estate deal with household intrigue and societal upheaval in the first decades of the 20th Century.

Why you should watch it: In addition to its opulent setting, what makes the show so compulsively watchable, is its richly nuanced characters — each of whom are bound by societal conventions but occasionally finds a way to expand their limits. The show never fully celebrates or condemns its wealthy characters, nor does it heap nobility upon the servants; Downton Abbey places them into a context in which they all play the roles they’re assigned, but are also able to adjust to the upheavals of World War I and the Jazz Age.

Where to watch: All five seasons are available for streaming on Amazon Prime, Google Play, iTunes, and Vudu.

Commitment: 43 hours.


Welcome to Sweden

What it is: Greg Poehler stars as Bruce Evans, a high-profile financial manager for American celebrities who uproots his life in New York to move to Stockholm for his Swedish girlfriend Emma (Josephine Bornebusch), whose friends and family he hopes to impress.

Why you should watch it: Season two premieres on July 19, which gives you plenty of time to catch up on the Certified Fresh first season’s ten episodes. Loosely based on Poehler’s own life, the series is a witty, lighthearted fish-out-of-water comedy that benefits from smart writing, a talented supporting cast, and several famous, self-parodying cameos, including Will Ferrell, Gene Simmons, and Poehler’s own sister Amy.

Where to watch: The entire first season is available to stream for free on Hulu, as well as premium services Amazon, iTunes, and Vudu.

Commitment: Four hours.


Helix

What it is: Scientists for the CDC deploy to the Arctic to investigate an unexplained disease that could mean the potential destruction of mankind, but the secrets awaiting them reveal a whole other type of horror.

Why you should watch it: It’s a suspenseful, plot-driven mystery that overlaps to entice fans of various categories (crime, mystery, character-driven drama). The performances are almost-but-not-quite campy, distributing elements of fun into a cryptic guessing game of who is responsible for the show’s calamitous events and why. And the remote, icy, and isolated (ice-olated?) locale might as well be in outer-space, with its eerie disparateness another reason to engage sci-fi fans.

Where to watch: Both seasons are on Amazon Instant Video, iTunes, and Vudu. Season one is also available on Netflix, and some of the later episodes of season two are on SyFy.com (with cable subscription) and XFinity.

Commitment: 19 hours.


Silicon Valley

What it is: In Mike Judge‘s comedy set in Bay Area’s tech universe, Richard (Thomas Middleditch) and his team of socially awkward developers make an app, catching the attention of the area’s billionaire investor.

Why you should watch it: Season two, which many critics consider to be even better than season one, makes its streaming debut on July 13, and the cast — featuring Middleditch, T.J. Miller, and Kumail Nanjiani — perfectly captures the oddball characters who rule the Internet.

Where to watch: Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, iTunes, HBO Go, Vudu, and Xbox Video.

Commitment: 10 hours.


Strike Back

What it is: In Strike Back, two members of a top-secret organization known as Section 20 — Michael Stonebridge, a British sergeant, and Damien Scott, a Delta Forces operative — fight terrorism around the globe.

Why you should watch it: An under-the-radar series on Cinemax, Strike Back is a fast-paced action thriller akin to 24, with high production values in line with premium cable. The fourth and final season premieres Friday, July 31.

Where to watch: The first three seasons are available on Max Go, DVD and Blu-ray

Commitment: 30 hours.


Magnum P.I.

What it is: Employed by a famous, reclusive author who lives on a beachfront estate in Hawaii, private investigator Thomas Magnum (Tom Selleck) works the property’s security detail alongside no-nonsense ex-British Army officer Jonathan Higgins (John Hillerman) and solves various cases that come their way.

Why you should watch it: The theme song. The mustache. The Ferrari. The odd couple buddy-cop camaraderie. What more could you ask for? Magnum P.I. is one of the rare quintessential ’80s TV shows that somehow retains its entertainment value to this day, and every episode of its eight-season run is currently available on Netflix . They won’t be there for much longer, though, since it will be removed from Netflix’s streaming lineup at the end of July, so slip into a Hawaiian shirt, grab a cocktail, and get to bingeing!

Where to watch: The complete series is currently available to stream on Netflix.

Commitment: About 130 hours.


Playing House

What it is: When mother-to-be Maggie Caruso (Lennon Parham) finds out her husband is having an affair online, her best friend Emma Crawford (Jessica St. Clair) moves home from Shanghai to help her get ready for the baby.

Why you should watch it: Creators Parham and St. Clair have a special chemistry that elevates the premise to a funny, smart, and thoroughly watchable comedy — plus Keegan-Michael Key has a lovable supporting role as Emma’s high school flame. With the delivery of season two expected this August, now is the perfect time to catch up.

Where to watch: The complete first season is on Amazon Instant Video, Hulu, iTunes, and Vudu.

Commitment: Five hours.


Which of these shows would you recommend to a friend? Let us know in the comments section below!

This week in TV news, we learn that Zachary Quinto is going to Hannibal in season three. Plus, HBO closes in on its standalone service, Judge Judy closes a five-year contract, Maggie Smith clears the air about Downton Abbey, and FXX doubles down on Man Seeking Woman!


Zachary Quinto Will Guest Star in Season Three of Hannibal


Entertainment Weekly reports that Zachary Quinto (Star Trek, Heroes) will have a guest role in season three of Hannibal in “at least one episode.” Quinto, who is currently starring as the notorious slapper in NBC’s The Slap, will play a patient of Bedelia Du Maurier (Gillian Anderson). The role will reunite Quinto with Hannibal showrunner Bryan Fuller, who was a writer on four episodes of Heroes. The new season is expected to air on NBC this summer. Season two is Certified Fresh at 100 percent and won the 16th Annual Golden Tomato Awards for Best Returning Series and Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror Series.


HBO’s Standalone Service Is Coming


HBO’s over-the-top service, which will be called HBO Now, is reportedly coming in April. According to International Business Times, HBO is in talks to partner on the service with Apple, where HBO Go is already available to subscribers. Expected to launch with the Apr. 12 premiere of Game of Thrones, HBO Now has no firm date yet. In a statement Wednesday, HBO said, “We know there’s great anticipation around our standalone streaming service. And when we have details to share, we will do so.” One detail people are anxious to learn is the cost for the OTT service, though the scuttlebutt around the industry is that cord-cutters will pay $15 a month.


Maggie Smith Says She’s Sticking Out Downton to the End


After the word spread that Dame Maggie Smith was ending her Downton Abbey run with season six, Smith’s reps said that the the Dowager Countess’ remarks had been misinterpreted by reporters. Smith originally told The Sunday Times that “I can’t see how [the show] could go on,” adding, “I mean, I certainly can’t keep going. To my knowledge, I must be 110 by now.” Smith was joking and, according to Milk Publicity, “has always been on the record as saying she’ll be with the show for as long as the show runs.” Season five of Downton just finished this week on PBS and is Certified Fresh at 79 percent. Season six will air in the UK later this year.


FXX Renews Jay Burachel Comedy For a Second Season

Man Seeking Woman, the first original comedy series to debut on FXX, received a season two pick-up this week. Based on Simon Rich’s short story collection, The Last Girlfriend on Earth, the surreal half-hour comedy starring Jay Baruchel and Eric André will return with 10 new episodes in 2016. In a statement from FX Networks, series creator Rich said, “Working on Man Seeking Woman has been the creative highlight of my life. I’m so grateful to John Landgraf and his team for believing in us and I can’t wait to get back to work.” Season one is Certified Fresh at 81 percent and airs Wednesdays at 10:30 pm on FXX.


Judge Judy Extends Her Contract Through 2020


Judge Judy Sheindlin, whose reported salary is a whopping $47 million a year, has extended her contract with CBS TV Distribution through the 2019-2020 season. Known for such snappy sayings as “Beauty fades; dumb is forever” and “If it doesn’t make sense, it’s not true,” Judge Judy brings an average of 10.3 million weekly viewers to her syndicated show, which has been the number-one court show for 969 consecutive weeks. Famous for negotiating her own contracts, Sheindlin is one of the highest paid personalities on television and has no known agent or manager. When her contract is up, she will be 78.



Orthodox and fond of ceremony but flexible and fundamentally decent, Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham isn’t just the patriarch of Downton Abbey — he’s also arguably the most representative embodiment of the tug of war between tradition and modernity that undergirds the show. And the role has elevated Hugh Bonneville from BBC supporting player to movie star. In Paddington, Bonneville stars as Henry Brown, who’s less enthusiastic about having a bear as a tenant than his family is. In an interview with RT, Bonneville shared his favorite films and discussed the Brits’ obsession with Paddington, the books’ political subtext, and why he’s both delighted and mystified by Downton Abbey‘s international appeal.

Being There

(Hal Ashby, 1979)
95%I think it’s because it is about a truly simple character in a truly extraordinary situation, and the way that simplicity can be misconstrued as genius and vice versa. I just think it’s a beautiful, beautiful performance [from Peter Sellers]. I think it’s his finest performance. But apart from that… well, I adore Shirley MacLaine in it. I think it’s beautifully cast, [and] I think it’s richly evocative as a gentle satire on the way that political gurus can function. I just think it’s enchanting, and I think it’s an often neglected film. And I can’t find it on DVD or download and I’m really fed up with that.

It’s a Wonderful Life

(Frank Capra, 1946)
94%I change my selection every six months depending on my mood, and I’m in a Christmas mood. I just think it’s a really great piece of cinema and a great piece of storytelling and a sublime performance at the heart of it, and reminds us all about our shared humanity.

My Life as a Dog

(Lasse Hallstrom, 1985)
100%Another film that always floats around in my top five would be a film by Lasse Hallstrom called My Life as a Dog, which is not such a well known film but it was probably the one that brought him most to prominence. It’s a coming-of-age story, really, of a young boy with a very sick mum, you know, trying to find their way in the world, a young child finding their own way in the world, and seeing the exploration of space as a metaphor for their own dreams and adventures. I just think it’s a very poignant and evocative film that’s stayed with me for many years.

Paddington

(Paul King, 2015)
97%I think I’m going to really nail my colors to the mast and say a movie called Paddington, which is yet to come out. I saw it for the first time the other day, and even though I am in it, I do think it is a glorious film. I’m incredibly proud to be part of it, and I think it’s a film that families will watch, I hope, for generations to come and enjoy it in the same way that I [do].

Pulp Fiction

(Quentin Tarantino, 1994)
92%RT: Being There is about someone who’s in the middle of all these things happening beyond his control. It’s a Wonderful Life is about the general decency of human beings. My Life as a Dog is about a relationship between kids and an animal. It seems that your favorites share some of the same themes as Paddington.

Well, maybe that’s why David Heyman and Paul King cast me in Paddington, I don’t know [laughs]. You’ll be surprised by my fifth one, then. OK, try and find the link with this: Pulp Fiction. I think that’s the exception that proves the rule. I think it was great, it was such a breath of fresh air. That same year, I remember, I was completely enamored by two films: The Lion King and Pulp Fiction, so you couldn’t get more extreme than those two. They both have death in them, I suppose. But Pulp Fiction was such a great breath of fresh air when it came out, and I think it still remains such a cool and fantastic piece of the cinema. Obviously it was the second film after Reservoir Dogs that brought Tarantino into the fold, but I think it’s a gloriously slick and entertaining piece of movie-making, structurally and cinematically, with these great, legendary performances that were instantly loved, and instantly classic and endlessly imitated. The number of people I’ve seen doing Christopher Walken impressions — or Bruce Willis impressions from that movie — or indeed Samuel L Jackson… It’s sort of a great cinematic feat and [it’s filled with] dark, dark humor.

 

RT: I remember enjoying Paddington as a little kid, but as an American, it’s been interesting reading the reviews coming out of the UK. A lot of the critics sound a lot more possessive over the character, and the tone of the reviews is, “Oh, don’t worry, they did it right, they did a good job with it,” you know? It seems that for a children’s film, the stakes for getting it right were pretty high.

Hugh Bonneville: Well, I think you shouldn’t underestimate the power of this character in the UK psyche, the consciousness of the British people, because Paddington, as a character, is as much part of British life as Buckingham Palace, really. It’s become that central a part of our collective imagination. There’s even a statue to him on Paddington railway station. So yeah, there was a great sense of responsibility from the filmmakers to get it right, and a great sense of skepticism from a great many commentators that this would be a travesty of Michael Bond’s original creation. But to have the author himself say, after the first screening, “I came, I saw, I was conquered,” is a good testament. It of course has taken on a different form, moving from one form of storytelling to another, from the genre of a short story to the big screen with its 90-minute arc and its big 70-foot canvas. There are different needs for a movie, and I think this is what people felt wasn’t going to sustain the character. I think, as you’ve alluded to, the reaction has been extremely positive and there’s an awful lot of love for this incarnation of the beloved bear from Peru.

RT: Here at Rotten Tomatoes, we recently did a big list of the best-reviewed fantasy films of all time, and I was going back and reading some of the contemporaneous reviews of Disney’s 1950 version of Alice in Wonderland. There were howls of dissent from British critics at the time that it was an Americanization of a very British story. How do you take something that’s quintessentially “British” and make it accessible to a global audience?

Bonneville: That’s the challenge, and that here is the danger that they will fail. But when you have someone like David Heyman, who of course was behind bringing Harry Potter from the page to the screen with such care and attention to detail and with the approval and endorsement of the author, then I think, while there is always a risk, you sort of felt you were in relatively safe hands. If anyone was going to get it right, it would be him, along with the imagination of Paul King as director/writer, who again, was very protective of the beloved bear. You sort of feel you’re on a hiding to nothing, but golly, they stuck with it and they absolutely stayed true to the spirit of the story. I think one of the key things is they haven’t diluted it for the international market. They absolutely wanted to bring to life Michael Bond’s bear onto the big screen. First and foremost, that was the intention. That was the biggest risk and the biggest payoff, I suppose. The biggest gamble.

RT: When you’re a little kid reading this stuff you’re like , “Ooh it’s a funny bear,” but there’s an undercurrent about acceptance for outsiders that runs through the Paddington stories. At a time in the United States and in England when there are ongoing debates about immigration and nationalism, do you see this film having any impact of that on younger viewers?

Bonneville: I think any film that asks its audience a degree of tolerance and acceptance of those less fortunate than themselves isn’t a bad thing from whatever culture you’re in or from whatever part of any political spectrum. I think we should bear in mind that Michael Bond created this story when the image of young people on the platforms of railway stations across Britain with gas masks around their necks was a very strong, recent memory. When also the Windrush immigrants [from the West Indies] were first settling in West London, bringing a new sense of multicultural inhabitance in that part of the UK. When also you’ve got the character of Mr. Gruber who talks about having to travel across Europe because there was trouble in his own country and he had to flee — It doesn’t take a lot for the grownups to know what he’s talking about. So you’ve got [instances] throughout the film, as you say, of displaced people, displaced strangers in a strange land looking for a home, and I think if there is any message it is about accepting those who reach out a hand for help.

RT: Shifting gears just slightly, I want to tell you that I am a red-blooded all-American male who likes American football, loud music, and violent video games. And I love Downton Abbey. [Bonneville laughes] I’ve heard cast members talk about how you’re still a bit gobsmacked about how it’s taken on a life of its own beyond the UK. Do you have any sense of why it’s had such broad appeal, especially in America?

Bonneville: I think I’m the least qualified person to be able to answer that, because I’ve always likened it to being a bit like in the middle of the eye of a hurricane. You’re not aware that there’s carnage that’s going on around you, only a few feet or miles away, because you’re just getting on with it being in the middle of it. It took me a while to realize quite the impact it was having. I suppose that image isn’t quite the right one to draw of it, the cause of death and destruction, but the effect that it’s having, nevertheless, has been something of a whirlwind and it’s taken me a while to realize that, I suppose. You know, by now, traveling in many countries around the world, seeing the reaction is pretty much the same in each country. These people come over and say hi, and it’s usually because of the Downton Abbey rather than some obscure thing I did in 1978. And it’s an endlessly mystifying — that’s not to be derogatory of the show — I adore the show and always have done — but it’s a mystery to us why it has touched a chord so strongly around the world, and a delightful one, and long may it remain a delightful mystery, because I think if you over think it, then the magic disappears. It’s a happy accident.

It’s a combination, as you say, of these rich characters that people want to spend time with, and a writer [Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes] that is fueled with great stories who keeps the pace up. He referred in the past to Coronation Street, which is a British soap, and The West Wing being two great shows he adores. So I think if you put those factors together, plus a series of departments that are working to the top of their game, and the great location, then it’s one of those happy accidents that happens once in a career, really. Once a generation, you get a show that people latch onto and care about to this extent. There are others, I think we are genuinely going to — have been in the last 10-15 years — been going through a sort of golden age of long-form drama on TV and it’s very exciting. The business model is being proved to work. That If you build it, they will come. If you invest in good drama and take risks in drama and write these big shows, then people will come and watch them, be it Game of Thrones, or Breaking Bad, or Downton Abbey, and it’s a wonderful world in which those three shows can be mentioned in the same sentence.

RT: I think it might partially lie in the fact that these characters seem to be people living in the 1920s, who are actually reacting to the period mores and the changes around them, as opposed to winking to a contemporary audience.

Bonneville: There may be something in that. I mean, we’ve never claimed to be some sort of historical document or, indeed, trying to tell some sort of history lesson any more than the Tudors was trying to or inspired by these engaging relationship dramas that happen to be set in a particular period with the odd reference to something that’s going on in the real world outside. The fact is that it has seemed to have turned a lot of people onto the fashions of that era, to re-explore the fashions of the Edwardian era and onwards, or indeed just consider for the history of that time. And it’s probably spawned in the same way that films like Gladiator spawned whole other sword-and-sandals programs for 10 years. I think we’ve already generated some interest in that era, from the turn of the century and onward both in Britain and America. So I don’t know; ultimately it’s a piece of telly. People can write essays about it or do their PhD on the relationship between Mary and a fan, or indeed a corset. But I think for the most part it’s just entertaining Sunday night telly.

RT: Given the popularity of the show, and the many places you’ve traveled to promote it, do you sometimes feel like Paddington — a stranger in a strange land?

Bonneville: Yeah, of course, of course. I mean, it is a strange world when you’re off doing publicity on either show that you’re swept into a world of interviews and strange hotels, strange environment. Yeah, I think all of us has felt like a stranger is a strange land at some point in our lives, and certainly doing press tours accentuates that.

RT: Anything else you’d like to say about Paddington?

Bonneville: Only that it’s adorable and I hope it’s going to be around for a long time to come.


Paddington opens in wide release on Jan. 16, 2015.

The Golden Globes were announced on Sunday, January 11 in a televised ceremony, and Richard Linklater’s Boyhood continued its winning streak with a trophy for Best Motion Picture – Drama, as well as a Best Director award for Linklater himself. Read on for the full list of winners.

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BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

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The Golden Globes were announced on Sunday, January 11 in a televised ceremony, and Richard Linklater’s Boyhood continued its winning streak with a trophy for Best Motion Picture – Drama, as well as a Best Director award for Linklater himself. Read on for the full list of winners.

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The Golden Globes were announced on Sunday, January 11 in a televised ceremony, and Richard Linklater’s Boyhood continued its winning streak with a trophy for Best Motion Picture – Drama, as well as a Best Director award for Linklater himself. Read on for the full list of winners.

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This week in TV news, BBC responds to complaints about Doctor Who and David Benioff explains Bran’s absence from season five of Game of Thrones. Also, Netflix develops a Lemony Snicket series and ITV announces season six of Downton Abbey!

BBC responds to complaints about latest Doctor Who.

[Warning: contains spoilers.]
The BBC responded to viewers after receiving over 100 complaints regarding the latest Doctor Who episode, “Dark Water,” which aired on Saturday. In the episode, a character dies in a car crash, giving rise to the theory that people can feel pain in the afterlife — including the agony of cremation. In response to the complaints, the BBC issued a statement that said: “Doctor Who is a family drama with a long tradition of tackling some of the more fundamental questions about life and death. We were mindful of the themes explored in ‘Dark Water’ and are confident that they are appropriate in the context of the heightened sci-fi world of the show.” In the episode, the Doctor immediately disregarded the theory. The extended finale episode, “Death in Heaven” airs Saturday, Nov. 8. Season eight of Doctor Who is Certified Fresh at 91 percent.

Downton Abbey is served a sixth season.

More helpings of Downton Abbey? Yes, please! Season five, which will air in the U.S. on PBS’s Masterpiece on Jan. 4, finishes this week on the U.K.’s ITV. Plans are already in motion for a sixth season, announced Thursday by ITV and Carnival Films this week. “We have had an amazing reaction to the story lines, acting and production values of Downton Abbey this year and the whole team is thrilled to be moving ahead with a new season of the show,” Gareth Neame of Carnival said in a statement. Production begins early next year, with the already-announced Christmas special coming next month and featuring George Clooney who’s doing the project for ITV’s “Text Santa” charity campaign.

Netflix is developing A Series Of Unfortunate Events

Good news for Lemony Snicket fans! Netflix, which has already committed to family entertainment by picking up AwesomenessTV’s Richie Rich, will also produce a live-action Series of Unfortunate Events series, based on the popular children’s books. According to Deadline, the project is on the fast track and the search for a director is underway. Lemony Snicket, the pen name of author Daniel Handler, issued a funny quote about the project: “I can’t believe it. After years of providing top-quality entertainment on demand, Netflix is risking its reputation and its success by associating itself with my dismaying and upsetting books.” Netflix continued the bit with the following statement: “Mr. Snicket’s participation will be limited, given his emotional distress, but the project has the full involvement of his legal, literary and social representative Daniel Handler, who is often mistaken for him.” The 13 books comprising A Series Of Unfortunate Events have sold over 65 million copies worldwide in 43 languages.

Game of Thrones explains why Bran is absent from season five.

When actor Kristian Nairn let it slip in September that the characters Hodor and Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) would be absent from season five of Game of Thrones, fans wondered why. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly this week, showrunner David Benioff explained the narrative choice. “We’re trying to keep the various storylines the same as the books and trying to keep them roughly parallel,” Benioff explained. “And last year we caught up to the end of Bran’s storyline [in A Dance with Dragons]. So if we pushed him forward this season, then he’s way ahead of where the other characters are.” Not to worry — Thrones has plenty of other storylines to catch up on during season five. In the meantime, Nairm should probably go back to just saying “Hodor.”

This week, we learn that Chris Pratt will host SNL, Terry Crews will give directions on Waze, Gilmore Girls will head to Netflix, George Clooney will visit Downton, and Nurse Jackie will retire.

Chris Pratt will host the season premiere of Saturday Night Live.

As the box office numbers for Guardians of the Galaxy continue to rocket higher and higher, Chris Pratt‘s stock continues to rise as well. This week, NBC announced that Pratt will host the premiere of the 40th season of Saturday Night Live, airing Sept. 27. Pratt, who showed off his comedy chops on NBC’s Parks and Recreation, will be joined by musical guest Ariana Grande, a singer whose 2014 song “Problem” was the fourth largest single debut by a woman in history. NBC will celebrate the 40th anniversary of SNL with a three-hour special scheduled for Feb. 15 of next year.

All seven seasons of Gilmore Girls are coming to Netflix.

According to the entertainment website Decider.com, all seven seasons of Gilmore Girls will be available on Netflix, starting Oct. 1. For the uninitiated, that’s 153 episodes of Gilmore Girls. The series aired on The WB and eventually The CW from 2000 to 2007, and starred Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel — and also introduced us to Melissa McCarthy, who played Lorelai Gilmore’s best friend, Sookie St. James. All seasons of Gilmore Girls are also available on iTunes and DVD.

George Clooney will star in a Downton-themed short film.

Hold onto your exquisite hats. George Clooney is coming to Downton Abbey in a short film for charity, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The short Downton-related film will air during the holiday season on ITV, the British home for Downton Abbey. Clooney, whose character is still unknown, is doing the project as part of the “Text Santa” campaign, ITV’s annual fundraiser that raises money for six U.K. charities. ITV will premiere season five of Downton later this month. We’ll see it here across the pond on PBS Jan. 4, 2015.

Nurse Jackie is retiring.

Nurse Jackie‘s seventh season, which begins production this week, will be its last. Showtime made the announcement on Wednesday, tweeting: “#NurseJackie is working one last shift! Join us in celebrating and bidding farewell to the 7th & FINAL season in 2015.” While the Emmys have continued to acknowledge Jackie throughout its run (and especially star Edie Falco), the show has dropped off the radars of viewers and critics alike, many of whom say it got a little too “been there, snorted that” in its most recent season.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s Terry Crews will voice the Waze app.

Sitting in traffic is awful, but thanks to the crowdsourced GPS app Waze, you can circumnavigate jams with funnyman Terry Crews as your guide. Crews is the second celebrity to give directions on Waze (the first was Kevin Hart for his film Ride Along), promoting the second season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. To cruise with Crews, Waze users can update the app, select “Settings,” “Sound,” and “English (US) – Terry Crews.” Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine premieres Sunday, Sept. 28, at 8:30 pm.

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards are here and we’ve been asking our esteemed Rotten Tomatoes critics to weigh in with their predictions. For the category of Outstanding Drama Series, there are six nominees: Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, House of Cards, Mad Men, and True Detective. But you wouldn’t know it based on the 18 predictions below.

Breaking Bad will win and Breaking Bad should win. I think there’s maybe an outside chance that True Detective becomes the shiny new thing and it takes it, but I feel like there’s been enough backlash against True Detective in the last few months.Alan Sepinwall, HitFix
It was a real event. It’s the one season with these characters and this cast.Bonnie Stiernberg, Paste Magazine
Because it’s Breaking Bad‘s last year, it’s definitely going to go to them.Drew Grant, New York Observer
Even though it’s been over for a while, the voters understand that it is one of the best series of all time and they will want to be on the right side of history.Matthew Gilbert, Boston Globe
I hate to use the cliche “stuck the landing,” but that’s what Breaking Bad did with its powerful finale.Lori Rackl, Chicago Sun-Times
I love Game of Thrones and True Detective was one of the best break-out series of all time, but Breaking Bad was one full movie from episode one of season one until the last episode of season five. So it was a complete series. It was the best written show in the history of television. It has to win.Kristian Harloff, Schmoes Know
It’s pretty close between True Detective and Breaking Bad. I have a feeling that True Detective might win just because there’s been so much chatter and they did give it to Breaking Bad last year.Michelle Stark, Tampa Bay Times
It’s going to be between Breaking Bad and True Detective. I think most people are predicting Breaking Bad, and that’s what my official prediction would be to win, but I’d much rather see True Detective pull it off. I just don’t think that any other show is going to come out that’s going to be like that again, even in its second season, so I’d like to see it honored for what it is this year.Ben Travers, IndieWire
It’s going to be really close and if True Detective wins, I will not be surprised. It’s going to come down to whether the number of people who have forgotten that Breaking Bad was on in the last TV season will be greater or smaller than the number of people disappointed by the True Detective finale. Todd VanDerWerff, Vox Media
One last chance to award a program the Academy has clearly loved in the past, and maybe True Detective wins it next year.
Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com
Breaking Bad: the most brilliantly structured, cast, written and directed novelistic television of the year.Joanne Ostrow, Denver Post
The ending of Breaking Bad is the best ending of a series I’ve ever seen, but I think True Detective is going to win because it has so much buzz and because it McConaughey is so popular.Eric Deggans, NPR
With True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto dogged by hardly specious accusations of plagiarism, the question becomes not whether the series can win over Breaking Bad’s incredible swan song, but whether it will even return for a second season.
Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
You could have a spoiler in the form of Game of Thrones or House of Cards or True Detective. But if I were doing a pool, I would go with Breaking Bad.
Betsy Bozdech, Common Sense Media
This race is a tough one to call, to be sure. It comes down to the star power and novelty of True Detective vs. the legacy of Breaking Bad. Yes, it won last year. Yes, it aired so long ago. But I’m going with my heart on this one, and giving the edge to Breaking Bad.
Debra Birnbaum, Variety
Newbie True Detective and old hand Game of Thrones are formidable contenders, but the final eight episodes of Vince Gilligan’s masterpiece are in a league of their own.
Tim Goodman, Hollywood Reporter
True Detective might be the buzziest show, but the ending was polarizing, and a recent plagiarism controversy could hurt its chances. Plus, it’s hard to beat the near-universal love for Bad, which finally won its first series Emmy last year and will never get that chance again.Melissa Maerz, Entertainment Weekly


More Emmy Predictions:

If you didn’t watch tonight’s Golden Globes Awards, you missed out on two big winners, a few personal triumphs, and (surprisingly) few fire-your-stylist fashion faux pas. Read on for the entire list of winners from the television and film honorees (here’s a hint: the Hollywood Foreign Press sure like those cowboys)!

Leading the Golden Globes with seven nominations, Ang Lee’s cowboy love story “Brokeback Mountain” emerged victorious with four awards for Best Picture (Drama), Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Song (“A Love That Will Never Grow Old”).

Also winning multiple honors, the Johnny Cash biopic “Walk the Line” took home three awards in the Musical or Comedy category, including Best Picture. Reese Witherspoon and Joaquin Phoenix, who star as June and Johnny Cash, each won Golden Globes for their performances.

Adding to the gay-friendly honors of the night were Felicity Huffman, who nabbed Best Actress for her portrayal of a pre-operative transsexual in “TransAmerica,” and Philip Seymour Hoffman, whose spot-on personification of gay author Truman Capote in "Capote"won him a Best Actor trophy.

Two other front-runners for the Globes, George Clooney’s “Good Night, and Good Luck” and Woody Allen’s “Match Point,” came out empty-handed despite each having four nominations apiece (Clooney, at least, won the Best Supporting Actor award for his role in "Syriana"). Meanwhile, the critical dud “Memoirs of a Geisha” (currently at 33 percent on the Tomatometer) came out a winner for Best Original Score, thanks to composer extraordinaire John Williams. And finally, Sir Anthony Hopkins Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award from his “Proof” co-star Gwyneth Paltrow.

In the realm of television, awards went to ABC’s “Lost” and “Desperate Housewives” for Best Drama Series and Comedy Series, respectively, and HBO’s “Empire Falls” for Best Mini-Series or TV Movie. Read on for the complete list of television and film winners.

Best Motion Picture – Drama
"Brokeback Mountain"

Also nominated:
"The Constant Gardener"
"Good Night, and Good Luck"
"A History of Violence"
"Match Point"

Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture – Drama
Felicity Huffman, "TransAmerica"

Also nominated:
Maria Bello, "A History of Violence"
Gwyneth Paltrow, "Proof"
Charlize Theron, "North Country"
Ziyi Zhang, "Memoirs of a Geisha"

Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture – Drama
Philip Seymour Hoffman, "Capote"

Also nominated:
Russell Crowe, "Cinderella Man"
Terrence Howard, "Hustle & Flow"
Heath Ledger, "Brokeback Mountain"
David Strathairn, "Good Night, and Good Luck"

Best Motion Picture – Musical Or Comedy
"Walk the Line"

Also nominated:
"Mrs. Henderson Presents"
"Pride & Prejudice"
"The Producers"
"The Squid and the Whale"

Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture – Musical Or Comedy
Reese Witherspoon, "Walk the Line"

Also nominated:
Judi Dench, "Mrs. Henderson Presents"
Keira Knightley, "Pride & Prejudice"
Laura Linney, "The Squid and the Whale"
Sarah Jessica Parker, "The Family Stone"

Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture – Musical Or Comedy
Joaquin Phoenix, "Walk the Line"

Also nominated:
Pierce Brosnan, "The Matador"
Jeff Daniels, "The Squid and the Whale"
Johnny Depp, "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"
Nathan Lane, "The Producers"
Cillian Murphy, "Breakfast on Pluto"

Best Foreign Language Film
"Paradise Now" (Palestine)

Also nominated:
"Kung Fu Hustle" (China)
"Master of the Crimson Armor AKA The Promise" (China)
"Merry Christmas (Joyeaux Noel)" (France)
"Tsotsi" (South Africa)

Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role In A Motion Picture
Rachel Weisz, "The Constant Gardener"

Also nominated:
Scarlett Johansson, "Match Point"
Shirley MacLaine, "In Her Shoes"
Frances McDormand, "North Country"
Michelle Williams, "Brokeback Mountain"

Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role In A Motion Picture
George Clooney, "Syriana"

Also nominated:
Matt Dillon, "Crash"
Will Ferrell, "The Producers"
Paul Giamatti, "Cinderella Man"
Bob Hoskins, "Mrs. Henderson Presents"

Best Director – Motion Picture
Ang Lee, "Brokeback Mountain"

Also nominated:
Woody Allen, "Match Point"
George Clooney, "Good Night, and Good Luck"
Peter Jackson, "King Kong"
Fernando Meirelles, "The Constant Gardener"
Steven Spielberg, "Munich"

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana, "Brokeback Mountain"

Also nominated:
Woody Allen, "Match Point"
George Clooney & Grant Heslov, "Good Night, and Good Luck"
Paul Haggis & Bobby Moresco, "Crash"
Tony Kushner & Eric Roth, "Munich"

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
John Williams, "Memoirs of a Geisha"

Also nominated:
Alexandre Desplat, "Syriana"
James Newton Howard, "King Kong"
Gustavo Santaolalla, "Brokeback Mountain"
Harry Gregson, "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe"

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
"A Love That Will Never Grow Old" – "Brokeback Mountain"

Also nominated:
"Christmas In Love" – "Christmas In Love"
"There’s Nothing Like a Show on Broadway" – "The Producers"
"Travelin’ Thru" – "TransAmerica"
"Wunderkind" – "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe"

Best Television Series – Drama
"Lost" (ABC)

Also nominated:
"Commander In Chief" (ABC)
"Grey’s Anatomy" (ABC)
"Prison Break" (FOX)
"Rome" (HBO)

Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series – Drama
Geena Davis, "Commander In Chief"

Also nominated:
Patricia Arquette, "Medium"
Glenn Close, "The Shield"
Kyra Sedgwick, "The Closer"
Polly Walker, "Rome"

Best Performance By An Actor In A Television Series – Drama
Hugh Laurie, "House"

Also nominated:
Patrick Dempsey, "Grey’s Anatomy"
Matthew Fox, "Lost"
Wentworth Miller, "Prison Break"
Kiefer Sutherland, "24"

Best Television Series – Musical Or Comedy
"Desperate Housewives" (ABC)

Also nominated:
"Curb Your Enthusiasm" (HBO)
"Entourage" (HBO)
"Everybody Hates Chris" (UPN)
"My Name Is Earl" (NBC)
"Weeds" (Showtime)

Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series – Musical Or Comedy
Mary-Louise Parker, "Weeds"

Also nominated:
Marcia Cross, "Desperate Housewives"
Teri Hatcher, "Desperate Housewives"
Felicity Huffman, "Desperate Housewives"
Eva Longoria, "Desperate Housewives"

Best Performance By An Actor In A Television Series – Musical Or Comedy
Steve Carell, "The Office"

Also nominated:
Zach Braff, "Scrubs"
Larry David, "Curb Your Enthusiasm"
Jason Lee, "My Name Is Earl"
Charlie Sheen, "Two and a Half Men"

Best Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made for Television
"Empire Falls" (HBO)

Also nominated:
"Into The West" (TNT)
"Lackawanna Blues" (HBO)
"Sleeper Cell" (Showtime)
"Viva Blackpool" (BBC America)
"Warm Springs" (HBO)

Best Performance By An Actress In A Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made for Television
S. Epatha Merkerson, "Lackawanna Blues"

Also nominated:
Halle Berry, "Their Eyes Were Watching God"
Kelly MacDonald, "The Girl in the Café"
Cynthia Nixon, "Warm Springs"
Mira Sorvino, "Human Trafficking"

Best Performance By An Actor In A Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made for Television
Jonathan Rhys Meyers, "Elvis"

Also nominated:
Kenneth Branagh, "Warm Springs"
Ed Harris, "Empire Falls"
Bill Nighy, "The Girl in the Café"
Donald Sutherland, "Human Trafficking"

Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role In A Series, Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made for Television
Sandra Oh, "Grey’s Anatomy"

Also nominated:
Candice Bergen, "Boston Legal"
Camryn Manheim, "Elvis"
Elizabeth Perkins, "Weeds"
Joanne Woodward, "Empire Falls"

Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role In A Series, Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made for Television
Paul Newman, "Empire Falls"

Also nominated:
Naveen Andrews, "Lost"
Jeremy Piven, "Entourage"
Randy Quaid, "Elvis"
Donald Sutherland, "Commander In Chief"" accepted the

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