Giovanni Ribisi in Amazon's Sneaky Pete

Amazon’s Sneaky Pete is Ready to Make its Debut

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Amazon Studios has created a formula that works. Put out a number of pilots, have your viewers vote for the shows they like, and then quickly turn those top-rated programs into full seasons.

The Man in the High Castle, a month removed now from its second released season and already in production on a third, released its pilot in January of 2015. A month later it was given the green light for a full ten episode season, and just eight months after that the remaining nine episodes were online and ready for streaming.

Emmy winner Transparent premiered its pilot episode in February of 2014, and by that September the rest of the series had dropped. Mozart in the Jungle had an eight month turnaround, and is one of the favorites every time award season rolls around. Even the challenging production of a multiple location shoot like Bosch took less than a year to go from green light to full series. Season 3 of Bosch is set to premiere later this year and Season 4 has already been purchased.

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Sherlock Set to be Our First Television Gift of 2017

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Certified by the Guinness Book of World Records, Sherlock Holmes is the most portrayed literary human character in television and film. And we are now just a matter of hours away from his return to the small screen and an additional three appearances added to his television tally, courtesy Benedict Cumberbatch and Sherlock (premiering January 1st on BBC/PBS).

Martin Freeman, who plays Dr. Watson on this latest incarnation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s creation, explained that what makes this show work in an era of television when an adaptation of a literary work dating back to 1887 isn’t necessarily a natural fit, is simple – take creative license within the source material. “While we play fast and loose with the original stories, we generally follow the trajectory of what Conan Doyle did.”

Season Four

Episode One, to air on New Year’s Day, is called “The Six Thatchers,” which is a reference to Conan Doyle’s story “The Six Napoleons.” In that tale Holmes is on the case of someone who keeps smashing busts of Napoleon, until one of the incidents also involves a murder.

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Take a Trip Around the World by Remote Control

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World travel in the modern age. It’s not pretty. Security lines at the airport that never seem to move. Extra fees for checked baggage, and now in some cases, carry-on fees as well. Cramped seats, the guy next to you who insists that he gets both armrests and a good three-inches beyond, and the saddest looking beef stroganoff you’ve ever laid eyes on. But hey, for a mere $7, you can get a really bad glass of red wine. And the hits just keep coming.

Exhausting cattle-calls, the sanity-breaking exercises in human patience, the hours-long-prison-sentences with crying babies, the knee-breaking tortuous taunts of a “reclining” seat, foldable food trays covered in a year’s worth of bacteria, and directional air-conditioning vents that defy all thermostatic logic by actually increasing the smell of B.O. You get my point, right?

It makes someone want to just stay in, pop a bowl of popcorn, and find a TV show to binge.

DING! DING! DING! DING!

Here’s your answer, and I think it’s a particularly brilliant one because I came up with it. You want to tour the world, right? You love watching great television, right?

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The Time Has Come for Me to Say Good Bye to The Walking Dead

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It’s not me. It’s not you. It’s both of us. I have changed, and so have you, The Walking Dead.

It’s been six (mostly) good years, and now into a seventh. We’ve had our ups and downs, and that’s to be expected. The honeymoon phase doesn’t get that name because it lasts forever. But things between us have grown hopelessly tired and stale. We now have trust issues, where they didn’t exist before. I often think you do things just to get a rise out of me. And too many times I’ve felt that you are manipulating me for no other reason than that you can.

So the time has come to say good bye. We will remain friends. I do wish you well. But from this week forward, I’m taking my Sunday nights/Monday mornings on DVR back. We are finished.

Negan

It’s not all Negan’s fault of course. The problems that I have with the show started long before he was introduced in Season 6, and before he upended the entire series in the opening episode of Season 7. And to be clear, Jeffrey Dean Morgan is the kind of actor that makes me watch a show.

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The Young Pope

American Youth is Served and the Vatican Won’t Ever be the Same

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The world has a new American leader. He is controversial, without question. He differs from his predecessors in almost every way imaginable. Some find him frightening, while others find him inspiring. And everyone is bracing themselves for the wake of change that will be left by his deeds, words, and the reactions of the masses that he leads. He is, of course Pope Pius XIII, and he is The Young Pope coming to HBO in January.

For the first time in world history the Catholic church will be lead by an American. Abandoned by his parents when he was a boy, raised by a nun called Sister Mary (played by Academy Award winner Diane Keaton) and into a life as a priest, and mentored by one of the most powerful Catholics in America, Cardinal Michael Spencer (played by Academy Award nominee James Cromwell). And now, at the most recent conclave, Lenny Belardo (played by two-time Academy Award nominee Jude Law) has been installed as the new pope by the machinations of a shady backroom deal, ala House of Cardinals (see what I did there?) The hope of his chief enabler is that the newly named Pope Pius XIII will become a pliable pontiff.

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