Last night saw the debut of Greg Berlanti's latest foray into the land of superheroes, The Flash. The show's opener also marked the return of out gay actor Wentworth Miller to TV. Miller plays Barry Allen's nemesis Captain Cold (pictured above).
You may want to think twice before you ask to send in the clowns. American Horror Story is back for its fourth installment, Freak Show, a twisted tale centered around a sideshow.
After last year's sleek, chic Coven, Ryan Murphy is allegedly dialing back the camp a bit for this darker story. From what we've seen so far, (three-breasted ladies! Kathy Bates in a beard! powder blue pantsuits!) there's still camp to be found, but it's tempered with some serious chills.
Each season has had its fair share of ups and downs. But, despite its flaws, a series by Murphy still knows how to keep its viewers on their toes. American Horror Story typically yields his best work. The anthology format suits his ambitious (and sometimes sloppy) storytelling. The series' yearly reboot allows Murphy and his team to take big swings before the work gets completely crushed beneath the weight of plotholes, abandoned storylines, and hasty character transformations.
How will this season's Freak Show measure up to the previous three? Get ready to get your freak on with a little background on the upcoming season and preview videos, AFTER THE JUMP...
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— Nick News With Linda Ellerbee highlights stories of openly gay youth in a new special, Coming Out, airing Tuesday at 8 p.m. on Nickelodeon. Don't let the kid-friendly format fool you: Many millennials have seen Ellerbee tackle tough issues, including alcoholism, autism, and the conflict in Sudan, since 1992. If nothing else, it will hopefully be a nice reminder that the kids may actually be all right after all.
Fighters, freaks, funnyladies and more on TV this week, AFTER THE JUMP ...
Showtime has announced that David Lynch and Mark Frost's iconic early 90s drama Twin Peaks will be returning to television in 2016 with a special video announcement today.
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No word yet on casting. The announcement was hinted at by tweets from Lynch and Frost over the weekend using a well-known line from the cult hit.
Dear Twitter Friends: That gum you like is going to come back in style! #damngoodcoffee— David Lynch (@DAVID_LYNCH) October 3, 2014
Dear Twitter Friends: That gum you like is going to come back in style. #damngoodcoffee— Mark Frost (@mfrost11) October 3, 2014
Lynch and Frost will write and produce all nine episodes, and Lynch will direct all of them.
Nellie Andreeva at Deadline writes:
I hear the new Twin Peaks will be set in the present day, more than two decades after the events in the first two seasons. It is expected to continue the lore and story of the original series, with Lynch and Frost committed to providing long-awaited answers and, hopefully, a satisfying conclusion to the series. It is unclear which actors from the original series will be featured in the followup. Rumor is that star Kyle MacLachlan would be back, likely reprising his role as FBI Agent Dale Cooper who was at the center of the show. The ABC series also featured some of Lynch’s favorite character actors, and it is likely that at least some of them will return.
A Q&A with Frost about the show and who will return is HERE.
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On Real Time, Bill Maher delivered a rant aimed at PC 'Western Liberals.' Maher complains that in terms of human rights, we tend to give small, domestic issues precedent over bigger, global ones.
The rant begins with the recent news of a teenager who is being targeted for "desecrating" a statue of Jesus — by posing with it so it looks like it's giving him fellatio (pictured). Maher says this news item makes his "heart swell with patriotism." Because this happened in America, Maher says, this kid is not going to be killed or jailed for his action.
Maher then addresses liberals who ignore human rights issues oversees under grounds of "multiculturalism":
To count yourself as a liberal, you have to stand up for liberal principals: free speech, separation of church and state...respect for minorities including homosexuals, rights for women... In America, we go nuts over the tiniest violations of these values, while gross atrocities are ignored across the world.
Maher points out that we complain about Jonah Hill saying "Suck my dick, faggot," but in other countries, actually sucking a dick can get you stoned to death.
Said Maher: "It all seems like a bigger issue than an evangelical bakery refusing to make gay wedding cakes."
Maher ends the segment with the news that an ex-Muslim woman who'd gone through genital mutilation had been scheduled to speak at Yale last week, but was ultimately cancelled on. The reason: Yale Athiests, Humanists, and Agnostics protested this guest speaker, Ayaan Hirshi Ali, saying she "did not represent the totality of the ex-Muslim experience." Mahler responds to the claim, saying:
Meaning what? There are women who like mutilation? You're atheists, you should be attacking religion, not siding with people who hold women down and violate them, which apparently you defend in the name of 'multi-culturalism,' and then lose your shit when someone refers to Chaz Bono by the wrong pronoun.
What do you think of Maher's provocative comments? Want to watch the entire segment? Check it out AFTER THE JUMP... (strong language ahead)
After the teasers and the first official trailer hinted at what we could expect by way of actual footage from American Horror Story: Freak Show, a new trailer released today on BuzzFeed finally delves deeper into what we're in for this season in Ryan Murphy's miniseries that gives new meaning to 'American Gothic.' Sarah Paulson and her two heads are there, as are some familiar faces from seasons past and some new ones. And it looks like we may just get a few more Jessica Lange musical numbers.
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