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Saturday
Jun012013

"The Killing" Returns Sunday

AMC TV(NEW YORK) -- First Arrested Development was resurrected, now this weekend, another show comes back from the dead.

AMC cancelled The Killing last summer after two seasons, but earlier this year it announced it was bringing the dark detective drama back for season three.

The new two-hour premiere airs this Sunday night.

Show creator Veena Sud says they learned their lesson and fans won't have to wait until season four to find out the identity of the killer.  “We introduce the case, and we solve it at the end of the season. So you don't have to have seen seasons 1 and 2 to jump in,” says Sud.

Sud also says fans can expect more bodies this time around.

The series stars Joel Kinnaman at Seattle Police Detective Stephen Holder and Mireille Enos as Detective Sarah Linden. This season also features several newcomers, including actor Peter Sarsgaard.

The Killing airs Sunday at 8 p.m. Eastern time on AMC.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Friday
Mar302012

AMC's "The Killing" Returns Sunday Night

AMC TV(NEW YORK) -- One week after AMC aired the long-awaited return of Mad Men, the cable network will premiere a new season of another one of its popular dramas on Sunday.

The Killing begins its second season with a two-hour episode beginning 8:00 p.m. Eastern time. If you're unfamiliar with the show, it revolves around the murder of a teenage girl, Rosie Larsen, in Seattle.

There are three storylines at play as the series progresses, all related to the murder case. They focus on Rosie's family, the detectives investigating the case, and a group of politicians involved in a mayoral race.

Some fans were upset after the conclusion of the first season because they hadn't learned who killed Rosie -- the murderer's identity won't be revealed until the end of the new season.

Star Mireille Enos, who plays lead detective Sarah Linden, tells ABC News Radio she was caught off-guard by the uproar, saying, "It didn't cross my mind. Once the Rosie case is solved, a lot of these people go away, and you never get to spend time with them again. So I was very, very surprised."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Mar272012

"Mad Men" Premiere Pulls in Biggest Audience in Series History

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Mad Men fans clearly didn't jump off the bandwagon during the show's extended hiatus.

The two-hour season premiere of Mad Men on Sunday night averaged 3.5 million viewers, the AMC drama's biggest audience to date, according to Deadline.com.  Nearly one million additional viewers tuned in to an encore presentation of the episode later that night.

The season premiere was the first new episode of the Emmy-winning series in a year and a half.  It immediately drew buzz for a saucy performance by Don Draper's new wife, Megan, of the early 1960s French song "Zou Bisou Bisou" during his surprise 40th birthday party.

Draper, the generally-unfaithful ad exec, is played by Jon Hamm.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
Feb102012

AMC's 'The Walking Dead' Returns Sunday Night

George Doyle/Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- On hiatus since November, the popular AMC drama The Walking Dead will resume its second season this Sunday at 9:00 p.m. ET.

The series focuses on a group of people who survived a zombie apocalypse. Still, there's much more to The Walking Dead than the zombies, according to star Steven Yeun.

Yeun, who plays Glenn, says, "It's really about surviving and I think it really speaks to what's going on now, which is why I think it might be as popular as it is, its because it feels like we're up against the wall for some reason."

Yeun says the cast and crew never expected the show to be as successful as it's been.

"As we were filming they were like, 'You know what? This is going to be a good show,'" he recalled. "Even if it's not going to be huge numbers, they knew that critically at least, when we were filming, they were like, 'This is a good show, it feels good.'  And I think we were generally surprised when those numbers came back." 

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Aug242011

Jared Gilmore Warns His 'Mad Men' Replacement About January Jones

Jordan Strauss/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Now that 11-year-old Jared Gilmore has decided to take a series regular role on ABC’s show Once Upon a Time, a replacement for his role as Don and Betty’s son, Bobby, in AMC's Mad Men must be found, and Gilmore wants to give that person some advice.

TVGuide.com reports that Gilmore wants to warn his replacement about working with January Jones, saying, “She’s not as approachable as the others.  She’s really serious about what she does.”

But have no fear Mr. Replacement, because Gilmore added, “Everyone else is so nice.”

Gilmore's comments caught the attention of Mad Men star John Slattery, who tells E! Online Jones' reputation for stand-offishness is perception only.

"That's the character," says Slattery.  "Betty Draper is an intimidating woman I suppose, if you were a seven-year-old boy [or] her son."  

When asked if Jones was a diva, Slattery declared, "No, she's a sweetheart.  We got lucky."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Aug172011

'The Hour' Puts a Woman Ahead of the Mad Men

Dave M. Benett/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Mad men, meet the woman of the hour.

The Hour, a six-part drama premiering on BBC America Wednesday, chronicles the goings-on of a newsroom in 1950s Britain -- post WWII, pre-Cold War and on the brink of the Suez crisis. Men dominate this world, but one woman shines: Bel, played by British actress Romola Garai.

As the producer of the BBC's intrepid new news program, Bel bears the weight of The Hour. Clad in wool sheaths and a wavy bob, navigating the newsroom through a haze of cigarette smoke and a heavy dose of whiskey, it's impossible not to compare Bel to her counterparts on a similar series -- Mad Men.

But unlike Peggy, Joan and the rest of the women inhabiting Mad Men's ad agencies, Bel lords over the big boys. She bosses around Hector (Dominic West), The Hour's handsome anchor, and reprimands Freddie (Ben Whishaw), The Hour's wannabe handsome anchor-turned-scrappy correspondent. She chastises a female receptionist for flirting instead of plotting her career.

And sexism? She hits back with sarcasm. When Hector, not knowing that Bel's his future boss, sees her flipping through magazines and says that women only like glossies because of their pictures, she coos, "You're so right, and those things called novels, so many words!"

"She takes it in stride," Garai told ABC News. "It would have been a very contemporary reaction for me to have played her being appalled by the misogyny of her workplace, because that kind of thing would have been completely normal at the time."

In a TV landscape rife with female characters who have sex or scream to get what they want (sometimes, in the case of certain reality shows, they do both), Bel's a breath of fresh air. For Garai, taking her on came with responsibility.

"Even in the context of a show like The Hour, I torture myself thinking about what is a good representation of women and then what is a truthful representation," she said. "When a character does something that disappoints because you because it is not a positive representation of your gender, sometimes you have to allow that to happen."

If Bel is a renegade of a bygone era, Garai might be one of today's. Film buffs may remember her as the elder Briony in 2007's Atonement; The Hour is Garai's biggest role to date.

The Hour is about much more than women in the workplace. A mysterious murder turns it into a noir kind of thriller. The beginnings of broadcast news are at its heart. The humor is very, very British. But in the face of inevitable comparisons to other '50s and '60s era fare, it's worth highlighting how a female protagonist like Bel sets The Hour apart from the rest.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Aug162011

'Sons of Anarchy' Creator Quits Twitter Following Rant

Brian To/FilmMagic/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Kurt Sutter, the outspoken creator of the FX drama Sons of Anarchy, knows when it's time to stop tweeting. He's shut down his Twitter account after he claimed on the site last week that Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner was responsible for the recent firing of The Walking Dead showrunner Frank Darabont. In reference to Weiner's lengthy talks with AMC earlier this year for a new Mad Men deal, Sutter tweeted, "why darabont got fired - weiner. he held AMC hostage, broke their bank, budgets were slashed." Darabont oversaw production of AMC's The Walking Dead.

On his website, Sutter explained his decision to quit Twitter, writing, "I'm a guy desperately in need of buffers.  I have big feelings, big reactions, big emotions." Last month, he took to Twitter to complain that his show had not been nominated for an Emmy.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Monday
Aug152011

'Breaking Bad' Renewed for Final Season

Bryan Cranston (Jeff Vespa/WireImage)(LOS ANGELES) -- There's breaking good news for fans of Breaking Bad: AMC has reached an agreement with producer Sony Pictures Television to renew the drama which stars Emmy winner Bryan Cranston. According to Variety, the deal calls for a 16-episode fifth season, which will wrap up the acclaimed series.

Sony reportedly had been shopping Breaking Bad to other networks following tense negotiations during which AMC had expressed concern over the cost of producing the show, in which Cranston plays a terminally ill science teacher who uses his chemistry skills to cook up a business making meth.

It's unclear when the fifth and final season will air.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Jun222011

Jon Hamm Earns Raise Under New 'Mad Men' Deal

AMC/Michael Yarish(NEW YORK) -- Jon Hamm is cashing in on the fact that AMC reached a deal earlier this year to bring back Mad Men for a few more seasons.

Variety sources say Hamm, who plays ad exec Don Draper in the Emmy-winning drama, has reached a three-season agreement that will give him a raise.  He'll make nearly $200,000 per episode during the final year of the agreement.  Variety doesn't mention what Hamm's salary was for the most recent season of Mad Men.

The fifth season of the hit period drama won't air until next year.  Series creator Matthew Weiner has said he will likely end Mad Men after seven seasons.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Friday
Apr012011

'Mad Men' Returning for at Least Two More Seasons Under New Deal

Lionsgate(NEW YORK) -- It's a done deal: Mad Men will return to AMC for not one, but two more seasons.

AMC and studio Lionsgate announced Thursday that it has reached an agreement that will ensure that the Emmy-winning drama, starring Jon Hamm as ad exec Don Draper, will air a fifth and sixth season with series creator Matthew Weiner remaining at the helm.  The fifth season won't debut until next year.

Under a new long-term deal that The Wall Street Journal reports will pay him close to $10 million per season, Weiner could also return for a seventh season.  The downside is that Weiner says the seventh season will likely be the show's last.

In a statement, Weiner thanked the fans for their support, adding, "I also want to thank AMC and Lionsgate for agreeing to support the artistic freedom of myself, the cast and the crew so that we can continue to make the show exactly as we have from the beginning.  I'm excited to get started on the next chapter of our story."

There were rumors earlier this week that AMC and Lionsgate wanted Weiner to downsize the cast to cut costs, as well as cut a few minutes from the show to allow for more commercials.  The Wall Street Journal reports that under the new deal, the season premieres and finales of Mad Men will remain at their present length of 47 minutes, but AMC reserves the right to air mid-season episodes at 45 minutes, though Weiner says full 47- and 48-minute versions will be available digitally after their initial broadcast.

The Journal also reports AMC dropped its demand that Weiner cut cast members from the show.

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