Fall TV Season Is Upon Us! Full List of Fall 2015 Premiere Dates!

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(PCM) It is our favorite time of year! All of our favorite fall TV shows are returning and the networks are churning out a slew of new series so everyone’s DVR’s are sure to fill up fast in the coming months. We have scoured the networks and came up with a complete list of every fall premiere date that has been revealed! Our most anticipated picks for each month are highlighted in bold, so definitely be sure to check them out!

September

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Tuesday, Sept. 1
“Drunk History” – 10:30 p.m., Comedy Central

Wednesday, Sept. 2
“Million Dollar Listing: Los Angeles” – 10 p.m., Bravo

Friday, Sept. 4
“Hand of God” – Amazon

Monday, Sept. 7
“Ladies of London” – 10 p.m., Bravo

Tuesday, Sept. 8
“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – 11:30 p.m., CBS

Wednesday, Sept. 9
“The League” – 10 p.m., FXX
“Suddenly Royal” – 10 p.m., TLC
“You’re The Worst” – 10:30 p.m., FXX

Tuesday, Sept. 9
“Longmire” – Netflix

Friday, Sept. 11
“20/20” – 10 p.m., ABC
“Z Nation” – 10 p.m., Syfy
“Continuum” – 11 p.m., Syfy

Saturday, Sept. 12
“Ferrell Takes The Field” – 10 p.m., HBO

Sunday, Sept. 13
“Project Greenlight” – 10 p.m., HBO
“Doll & Em” – 10 p.m., HBO

Monday, Sept. 14
“Dancing With the Stars” – 8 p.m., ABC

Tuesday, Sept. 15
“The Bastard Executioner” – 10 p.m., FX
“Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris” – 10 p.m., NBC
“The Mindy Project” – Hulu

Wednesday, Sept. 16
“South Park” – 10 p.m., Comedy Central
“Moonbeam City” – 10:30 p.m., Comedy Central

Saturday, Sept. 19
“Doctor Who” – 9 p.m., BBC America

Monday, Sept. 21
“The Big Bang Theory” – 8 p.m., CBS
“Gotham” – 8 p.m., FOX
“The Voice” – 8 p.m., NBC
“Life in Pieces” – 8:30 p.m., CBS
“Minority Report” -9 p.m., FOX
“Scorpion” – 9 p.m., CBS
“Blindspot” – 10 p.m., NBC
“Castle” – 10 p.m., ABC
“NCIS: Los Angeles” – 10 p.m., CBS

Tuesday, Sept. 22
“The Muppets” – 8 p.m., ABC
“NCIS” – 8 p.m., CBS
“Scream Queens” – 8 p.m., FOX
“Fresh Off the Boat” – 8:30 p.m., ABC
“NCIS: New Orleans” – 9 p.m., CBS
“The Bazillion Dollar Club” – 10 p.m., Syfy
“Limitless” – 10 p.m., CBS

Wednesday, Sept. 23
“The Middle” – 8 p.m., ABC
“The Mysteries of Laura” – 8 p.m., NBC
“Rosewood” – 8 p.m., FOX
“Survivor” – 8 p.m., CBS
“The Goldbergs” – 8:30 p.m., ABC
“Empire” – 9 p.m., FOX
“Law & Order: SVU” – 9 p.m., NBC
“Modern Family” – 9 p.m., ABC
“Black-ish” – 9:30 p.m., ABC
“Nashville” – 10 p.m., ABC

Thursday, Sept. 24
“Grey’s Anatomy” – 8 p.m., ABC
“Heroes Reborn” – 8 p.m., NBC
“Fashionably Late with Rachel Zoe” – 9 p.m., Lifetime
“Scandal” – 9 p.m., ABC
“How To Get Away With Murder” – 10 p.m., ABC
“The Player” – 10 p.m., NBC

Friday, Sept. 25
“The Amazing Race” – 8 p.m., CBS
“Last Man Standing” – 8 p.m., ABC
“Hawaii Five-0” – 9 p.m., CBS
“Shark Tank” – 9 p.m., ABC
“Blue Bloods” – 10 p.m., CBS

Saturday, Sept. 26
“48 Hours” – 10 p.m., CBS

Sunday, Sept. 27
“60 Minutes” – 7 p.m., CBS
“Bob’s Burgers” – 7:30 p.m., FOX
“The Simpsons” – 8 p.m., FOX
“Once Upon a Time” – 8 p.m., ABC
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” – 8:30 p.m., FOX
“Blood & Oil” – 9 p.m., ABC
“Family Guy” – 9 p.m., FOX
“The Last Man on Earth” – 9:30 p.m., FOX
“Quantico” – 10 p.m., ABC

Monday, Sept. 28
“The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” – 11 p.m., Comedy Central

Tuesday, Sept. 29
“Grandfathered” – 8 p.m., FOX
“The Grinder” – 8:30 p.m., FOX
“Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” – 9 p.m., ABC
“Beyond the Tank” – 9 p.m., ABC

Wednesday, Sept. 30
“Criminal Minds” – 9 p.m., CBS
“Chicago P.D.” – 10 p.m. NBC
“Code Black” – 10 p.m., CBS

October

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Thursday, Oct. 1
“Bones” – 8 p.m., FOX
“The Blacklist” – 9 p.m., NBC
“Sleepy Hollow” – 9 p.m., FOX
“Benders” – 10 p.m., IFC

Friday, Oct. 2
“Dr. Ken” – 8:30 p.m., ABC
“The Jacksons: Next Generation” – 10 p.m., Lifetime

Saturday, Oct. 3
“The Unauthorized Beverly Hills, 90210 Story” – 8 p.m., Lifetime
“Saturday Night Live” – 11:30 p.m., NBC

Sunday, Oct. 4
“Madame Secretary” – 8 p.m., CBS
“The Good Wife” – 9 p.m., CBS
“Homeland” – 9 p.m., Showtime
“The Leftovers” – 9 p.m., HBO
“The Affair” – 10 p.m., Showtime
“CSI: Cyber” – 10 p.m., CBS

Tuesday, Oct. 6
“The Flash” – 8 p.m., The CW
“iZombie” – 9 p.m., The CW

Wednesday, Oct. 7
“Arrow” – 8 p.m., The CW
“Supernatural” – 9 p.m., The CW
“American Horror Story: Hotel” – 10 p.m., FX

Thursday, Oct. 8
“The Vampire Diaries” – 8 p.m., The CW
“The Originals” – 9 p.m., The CW
“Haven” – 10 p.m., Syfy
“Billy on the Street” – 10:30 p.m., TruTV

Friday, Oct. 9
“Reign” – 8 p.m., The CW
“Undateable” – 8 p.m., NBC
“America’s Next Top Model” – 9 p.m., The CW
“Red Oaks” – Amazon

Saturday, Oct. 10
“The Unauthorized Melrose Place Story” – 8 p.m., Lifetime
“The Last Kingdom” – 10 p.m., BBC America

Sunday, Oct. 11
“America’s Funniest Home Videos” – 7 p.m., ABC
“The Walking Dead” – 9 p.m., AMC
“Talking Dead” – 10:30 p.m., AMC

Monday, Oct. 12
“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” – 8 p.m., The CW
“Jane the Virgin” – 9 p.m., The CW
“Fargo” – 10 p.m., FX

Tuesday, Oct. 13
“Manhattan” – 9 p.m., WGN America
“Chicago Fire” – 10 p.m., NBC

Wednesday, Oct. 14
“Kingdom” – 9 p.m., DirecTV

Thursday, Oct. 15
“Nathan For You” – 10 p.m., Comedy Central

Friday, Oct. 16
“Truth Be Told” – 8:30 p.m., NBC
“The Knick” – 10 p.m., Cinemax
“Satisfaction” – 10 p.m., USA

Monday, Oct. 26
“Supergirl” – 8:30 p.m., CBS

Tuesday, Oct. 27
“Wicked City” – 10 p.m., ABC

Friday, Oct. 30
“Grimm” – 9 p.m., NBC

Saturday, Oct. 31
“Ash vs. Evil Dead” – 9 p.m., Starz

November

Thursday, Nov. 5
“Mom” – 9 p.m., CBS
“Angel From Hell” – 9:30 p.m., CBS
“Elementary” – 10 p.m., CBS

Friday, Nov. 6
“MasterChef Junior” – 8 p.m., FOX
“World’s Funniest” – 9 p.m., FOX

Sunday, Nov. 8
“Flesh and Bone” – 9 p.m., Starz

Tuesday, Nov. 17
“Chicago Med” – 10 p.m., NBC

Paul Haggis Discusses Show Me a Hero, debuting this Sunday On HBO

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(HBO) In an America generations removed from the greatest civil rights struggles of the 1960s, the young mayor of a mid-sized American city is faced with a federal court order that says he must build a small number of low-income housing units in the white neighborhoods of his town. His attempt to do so tears the entire city apart, paralyzes the municipal government and, ultimately, destroys the mayor and his political future.

From David Simon (HBO’s “Treme” and “The Wire”) and Paul Haggis (“Crash”), the HBO Miniseries presentation SHOW ME A HERO debuts its first two parts back-to-back SUNDAY, AUG. 16 (8:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), followed by two parts on both of the subsequent Sundays – Aug. 23 and 30 – at the same time. In addition to Simon and Haggis (who directs all six parts), the miniseries is executive produced by Nina K. Noble, Gail Mutrux and William F. Zorzi.

Based on the nonfiction book of the same name by Lisa Belkin, the miniseries explores notions of home, race and community through the lives of elected officials, bureaucrats, activists and ordinary citizens in Yonkers, NY.

QUESTION: How did you become involved in SHOW ME A HERO? What drew you to the project?

PAUL HAGGIS: Truth be told, I agreed to do this even before reading the script; I had complete confidence that in David Simon’s hands this story would be well told. I had never directed anyone else’s words before, but if I was going to do that, David’s were the words I wanted to direct. I’ve long admired him from his work, starting with “The Corner,” and continuing through “The Wire,” “Generation Kill” and “Treme.”

What drew me to the story was the fact that when you say desegregation in America, you think of Birmingham in the ‘60s, or perhaps Boston in the ‘70s, but the last thing you think is New York in 1990; so close to home, just so few years ago. And the fact that the opponents of public housing sold this package of fear based on people’s livelihoods, incomes and life savings. Buying a home is usually the biggest purchase in a lifetime, especially for working people – the majority of the people in Yonkers. Those trying to protect this enclave had managed to keep east Yonkers almost exclusively white, defying federal law for over forty years. When this Federal judge decided he’d had enough and forced the issue, the city exploded. It is a very powerful story.

And of course, what liberals didn’t want to admit is that there was validity in their argument. Federal housing projects all over America had been designed and built so poorly from the beginning that it was almost like we wanted, or at least expected them, to fail. It was nothing more than cheap warehousing, and the very design of these projects guaranteed that crime would flourish within the poverty. So the opponents weren’t mistaken; as Hank Spallone points out in our story – would you want a group of these hellish towers on your street, in your neighborhood?

So, I was thrilled that we were also telling the story of Oscar Newman, who rethought and redesigned public housing. He believed it was criminal what we were doing to the poor, stacking hundreds of low-income families in tower upon tower and jamming them all together into what could only turn into a ghetto. He fought those on both sides of the issue and the federal government itself, championing an alternative that gave dignity to the residents, and allowed them to feel pride in their homes, while placing them in neighborhoods that initially didn’t want them. Public housing in Yonkers, and other places in America that followed his lead, is successful not just because of the heroes like Nick Wasicsko, who put their careers on the line to make it happen, but also because of the bureaucrats like Oscar Newman who worked behind the scenes to find a sane and rational solution – a rare thing in politics today.

Q: How is working off a screenplay and book about a true-life event different from directing a fictionalized story?

PH: I gave David and Bill [Zorzi] a handful of notes on the screenplay, and we jiggered some things around for more dramatic effect, but I left the writing safely in their hands. My job as director was simply to bring those scenes to life, and luckily I had very skilled and talented actors like Oscar Isaac who did that effortlessly.

Q: The actors involved in the miniseries are a dynamic cast of characters. How involved were you in the casting for this project?

PH: It was a collaboration from the start. We struggled to find our leading actor, our Nick Wasicsko. I’d admired Oscar Isaac’s work, but over a year ago when we were casting I really only knew him from the Coen brothers’ film “Inside Llewyn Davis.” Once his name came up we quickly got very excited about the possibility of working with him. As the world knows now, he’s an incredibly gifted actor – and not an obvious choice for the role, so I couldn’t wait to see what he brought to the character. His instincts were wonderful; all I really had to do was give him the room to explore.

We were thrilled to get the interest of so many amazing actors for the supporting roles – well-known talents like Winona Ryder, Jim Belushi, Jon Bernthal, Alfred Molina, Catherine Keener, Latanya Richardson, Terry Kinney, Clark Peters and Bob Balaban, and those we discovered, like Dominique Fishback, Natalie Paul, Carla Quevedo and Ilfenesh Hadera. I was so often surprised by what they brought to the characters, and each of them immersed themselves in researching the details of the lives of their true-life counterparts.

Q: What constraints did you face trying to re-create this period in Yonkers?

PH: Recreating the distant past is often easier than creating the near past. First, people remember it well because they lived it. And surprisingly, it is hard to find authentic props and cars from the period because no one thought to value them, so they were discarded. Easier in many was to find antiques, carriages and Model T Fords. Not a lot of people held onto their Ford Pintos or bottles of Maalox.

I had a terrifically gifted DP in Andrij Parekh and a great production designer in Larry Bennett. I’ve worked with Larry for 20 years now, and guided by our lead producer Nina Noble, we found department heads in costumes, hair, makeup, props and the other essential creative people who cared as deeply about authenticity as David, myself and the producing team did. The artists we worked with had to be really inventive to pull this off, as we didn’t exactly have a “Game of Thrones” budget. I was really proud of their dedication, creativity and resolve.

Yes, we had constraints – if you have problems you can’t just shift your schedule around and shoot something else – every store and street corner has to be dressed and the signage has to be of the correct period – so much has changed in the last 30 years – so we had very little flexibility, we had to make a plan and a schedule and work with the city of Yonkers while being respectful to the residents.

Q: Why do you feel it is important to bring this project to the attention of today’s audiences? Are the same issues relevant in today’s culture, as they were in the Yonkers of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s?

PH: These problems endure. There was an op-ed piece in the New York Times recently about Westchester, which is today in the exact same battle with the federal government, trying to keep low-income housing out of their area. There, and in many dozens of similar communities, it continues to be a battle of class as much as of race, and as always it is masked by arguments about economy and “fairness” and the right for the communities to make their own decisions – but so many times these are easy excuses we use to hide our fear of others. This issue continues to be at the heart of the American story – as soon as we landed here, the first thing we did was build walls to keep us safe, to separate us from from “the others.” And politicians learned the lesson well that it is easier to govern using fear and hatred than it is to appeal to our better nature. As much progress as we have made as a society, there is so much that has not changed. Pretending it has might make us feel better, but it truly helps no one.

Comedy Special “Ferrell Takes the Field” debuts Sept. 12 on HBO

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(HBO) Last March 12, in a role filled with hopes and dreams, Will Ferrell visited five different spring training ballparks in Arizona for FERRELL TAKES THE FIELD, a new HBO special from Funny Or Die, in partnership with Major League Baseball. Dedicating the special to the fight against cancer, Ferrell also honored the historic feat of Bert Campaneris five decades ago by playing every position on the field for ten different teams in the same day. The special debuts SATURDAY, SEPT. 12 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

The special will also be available on HBO NOW and HBO GO.

Ferrell’s goal was to honor “Campy” Campaneris while also helping organizations dedicated to fighting cancer, including Cancer for College. Formed in 1993, Cancer for College is a charity that helps individuals adversely affected by cancer to realize their dream of a college education.

Ferrell played in the following games on March 12:

Seattle Mariners at Oakland Athletics (HoHoKam Stadium)

Chicago Cubs at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (Tempe Diablo Stadium)

Cincinnati Reds at Arizona Diamondbacks (Salt River Fields at Talking Stick)

San Francisco Giants at Chicago White Sox (Camelback Ranch)

Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres (Peoria Stadium)

An important part of the fundraising efforts is game-used memorabilia from Ferrell’s journey across the five ballparks, to be auctioned at MLB.com with proceeds being donated to Cancer for College, as well as Stand Up To Cancer, a groundbreaking initiative created to accelerate innovative cancer research. MLB is the founding donor to Stand Up To Cancer.

On Sept. 8, 1965, Bert “Campy” Campaneris, in only his second major league season, went 0-for-3 playing all nine positions for the Kansas City Athletics in a game against the California Angels. Campaneris joined Ferrell as he began his journey on March 12.

True Detective Season 2 Recap and Review

2014 was a year where HBO’s newest series True Detective took over the landscape of television as we knew it. Spending the money to get A-list actors like Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, and Michelle Monaghan was quite the eye opener. Throw in Cary Fukunaga who has made incredible films including Sin Nombre and Jane Eyre to direct the series as well and you have even more to be excited about. The real story to follow was whether or not Nic Pizzolatto could follow through after the amazing and dark writing he was doing for The Killing. Being given a whole season to digest from that dark of a mind could only be great, and it ultimately was the best show of that year.

The first season had a more pessimistic approach. The two main characters of “Rust” Cohle and Marty Hart were polar opposites of each other. Rust being the deep in thought mystical character that always connected the dots with imagination and deeper thoughts about the signs in front of him. Marty was much more about the grave details, keeping notes of the patterns around the crime scenes and punishment given to the victim. Despite having a distinct sense of disconnection, their relationship grew as they tracked down their suspect to the very end. The comrade mentality was interesting throughout all eight episodes, and even made up for an illogical ending sequence of events.

The second season promised to flip the script. Cary Fukunaga declined returning and the torch was passed to Justin Lin of The Fast and the Furious fame. The new A-list actors would be announced as Taylor Kitsch, Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, and Rachel McAdams. This time around the four characters would be tighter connected and serve integral parts to each other. There would also be many more perspectives including the law enforcement, undercover work, and a gangster looking to get his empire back. On paper this change of direction should have been equally as great as it’s predecessor, but there are a lot of hitches that make this ride a bit too bumpy.

SPOILERS FOR TRUE DETECTIVE SEASON 2…

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The major differences yield a limited connection to what made the first season so special. The audience learns quickly that the main team will gel together within a quick timeline to speed up the process. While they are certainly not best friends, they do save each other’s lives on countless occasions and follow one another into every terrible situation. The main problem with that concept is that none of the actors really have any screen chemistry. Vince Vaughn and Colin Farrell feel incredibly forced in their mutual aggression and kinship toward each other. Taylor Kitsch feels like the odd man out, not really adding anything to the partnership aside from a specific set of skills and lazy stakes of having a kid on the way late in the season. The eventual relationship between McAdams and Farrell is passable but seems a bit too much like puppy love to warrant the ending being so dramatic.

The overall story is messy as well. There is a murder that delays a railroad in California from being built, costing Francis Semyon (Vaughn) to lose out on five million dollars. He tries to use wit and brute force to get the man who stole his cash but the only time anything entertaining comes out of it is when viewers see just how violent he can become to enemies. Ani Bezzerides (McAdams) is the clean cop who is trying to do the right thing, questioning all others on the investigation for being dirty. You see her character grow to bend the rules a bit more late in the show’s run but nothing truly groundbreaking occurs here. Raymond Velcoro (Farrell) is the most cliche example of the downfalls of the show. His need to be a father to his son but never getting a chance due to boozing and losing his wife with his myriad of issues is a tired story for any medium. Paul Woodrough (Kitsch) is the one man with a compelling story, never being able to come out as his own person. The sexual orientation section of the second half is excellent and handled with perfect pacing. A sense of pride in his character hiding the past is could be considered somewhat admirable, but by and large is the characters’ ultimate flaw.

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Despite all the negatives I just pointed out, not all things are bad in Season 2 of True Detective, and there is defiantly some moments worth highlighting. The major set pieces are solid for the most part. The visceral moment in which Velcoro gets gunned down at the end of the second episode definitely left me jaw-dropped. The foot chase that ends the third episode is classic television with high stakes and interesting ramifications for future episodes. But the show is at its prime during a massive shootout with an incredibly high death count and a sex party that will leave most viewers feeling in need of a shower. The midway point ends on the best scene that will happen on TV this year. The group decides to raid a meth lab for clues and use police backup, only to have massive amounts of police and civilians die in a shootout that no cop could every recover from. The sex party set piece ends the sixth episode with a sense of purpose that would carry the final sprint. The team steals documents from the powerful men they need to take down, while McAdams finds a key witness and escapes a trap all drugged out and causing a lot of blood shed in the process.

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A lot of credit needs to go to the main acting crew as well. Vince Vaughn may have struggled to connect on screen with his rambling quips throughout but he does sell them as hard as he can. I’m not sure I expected to see his character do such violent acts convincingly, but watching him pull out gold teeth and kill his biggest ally was solid television. Colin Farrell despite being given the most obvious hand to possibly play, manages to pull a solid performance out of his small straight. You do feel pain when he cries for his son and feel the pit of your stomach ache as he crumbles to the ground in death. Taylor Kitsch being given the manly story he has, manages to sell it well. Watching his struggle to hide his true self in order to avoid public ridicule is as depressing as it needs to be. Rachel McAdams is the real diamond in the rough though. Not only does she come off as a major threat to anyone who messes with her livelihood, she also brings the emotional chops that a film star should to the small screen.

True Detective‘s second season was definitely a sophomore slump but it deserves a decent amount of praise as well. Few shows are wiling to change as drastically as True Detective, even if the results are going to be up in the air. The acting and set pieces are still on a higher level than most TV shows this season. The messy story and slow examination to set important details are the ultimate downfall of this second effort though. Every episode felt far too small for keeping the story moving and no amount beautiful camera work can cover up a flaw that large. Despite all these issues, I still want to buckle up for another season next year and continue to expect great things. Everyone is allowed to experiment and take chances with a product, and Nic Pizzolatto has a lot more left in the tank for his next venture into True Detective.

Season Rating: 5/10

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True Detective Season 2 Recap and Review

2014 was a year where HBO’s newest series True Detective took over the landscape of television as we knew it. Spending the money to get A-list actors like Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, and Michelle Monaghan was quite the eye opener. Throw in Cary Fukunaga who has made incredible films including Sin Nombre and Jane Eyre to direct the series as well and you have even more to be excited about. The real story to follow was whether or not Nic Pizzolatto could follow through after the amazing and dark writing he was doing for The Killing. Being given a whole season to digest from that dark of a mind could only be great, and it ultimately was the best show of that year.

The first season had a more pessimistic approach. The two main characters of “Rust” Cohle and Marty Hart were polar opposites of each other. Rust being the deep in thought mystical character that always connected the dots with imagination and deeper thoughts about the signs in front of him. Marty was much more about the grave details, keeping notes of the patterns around the crime scenes and punishment given to the victim. Despite having a distinct sense of disconnection, their relationship grew as they tracked down their suspect to the very end. The comrade mentality was interesting throughout all eight episodes, and even made up for an illogical ending sequence of events.

The second season promised to flip the script. Cary Fukunaga declined returning and the torch was passed to Justin Lin of The Fast and the Furious fame. The new A-list actors would be announced as Taylor Kitsch, Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, and Rachel McAdams. This time around the four characters would be tighter connected and serve integral parts to each other. There would also be many more perspectives including the law enforcement, undercover work, and a gangster looking to get his empire back. On paper this change of direction should have been equally as great as it’s predecessor, but there are a lot of hitches that make this ride a bit too bumpy.

SPOILERS FOR TRUE DETECTIVE SEASON 2…

True detective character poster

The major differences yield a limited connection to what made the first season so special. The audience learns quickly that the main team will gel together within a quick timeline to speed up the process. While they are certainly not best friends, they do save each other’s lives on countless occasions and follow one another into every terrible situation. The main problem with that concept is that none of the actors really have any screen chemistry. Vince Vaughn and Colin Farrell feel incredibly forced in their mutual aggression and kinship toward each other. Taylor Kitsch feels like the odd man out, not really adding anything to the partnership aside from a specific set of skills and lazy stakes of having a kid on the way late in the season. The eventual relationship between McAdams and Farrell is passable but seems a bit too much like puppy love to warrant the ending being so dramatic.

The overall story is messy as well. There is a murder that delays a railroad in California from being built, costing Francis Semyon (Vaughn) to lose out on five million dollars. He tries to use wit and brute force to get the man who stole his cash but the only time anything entertaining comes out of it is when viewers see just how violent he can become to enemies. Ani Bezzerides (McAdams) is the clean cop who is trying to do the right thing, questioning all others on the investigation for being dirty. You see her character grow to bend the rules a bit more late in the show’s run but nothing truly groundbreaking occurs here. Raymond Velcoro (Farrell) is the most cliche example of the downfalls of the show. His need to be a father to his son but never getting a chance due to boozing and losing his wife with his myriad of issues is a tired story for any medium. Paul Woodrough (Kitsch) is the one man with a compelling story, never being able to come out as his own person. The sexual orientation section of the second half is excellent and handled with perfect pacing. A sense of pride in his character hiding the past is could be considered somewhat admirable, but by and large is the characters’ ultimate flaw.

Taylor kitsch Tre Detective

Despite all the negatives I just pointed out, not all things are bad in Season 2 of True Detective, and there is defiantly some moments worth highlighting. The major set pieces are solid for the most part. The visceral moment in which Velcoro gets gunned down at the end of the second episode definitely left me jaw-dropped. The foot chase that ends the third episode is classic television with high stakes and interesting ramifications for future episodes. But the show is at its prime during a massive shootout with an incredibly high death count and a sex party that will leave most viewers feeling in need of a shower. The midway point ends on the best scene that will happen on TV this year. The group decides to raid a meth lab for clues and use police backup, only to have massive amounts of police and civilians die in a shootout that no cop could every recover from. The sex party set piece ends the sixth episode with a sense of purpose that would carry the final sprint. The team steals documents from the powerful men they need to take down, while McAdams finds a key witness and escapes a trap all drugged out and causing a lot of blood shed in the process.

true detective shootout

A lot of credit needs to go to the main acting crew as well. Vince Vaughn may have struggled to connect on screen with his rambling quips throughout but he does sell them as hard as he can. I’m not sure I expected to see his character do such violent acts convincingly, but watching him pull out gold teeth and kill his biggest ally was solid television. Colin Farrell despite being given the most obvious hand to possibly play, manages to pull a solid performance out of his small straight. You do feel pain when he cries for his son and feel the pit of your stomach ache as he crumbles to the ground in death. Taylor Kitsch being given the manly story he has, manages to sell it well. Watching his struggle to hide his true self in order to avoid public ridicule is as depressing as it needs to be. Rachel McAdams is the real diamond in the rough though. Not only does she come off as a major threat to anyone who messes with her livelihood, she also brings the emotional chops that a film star should to the small screen.

True Detective‘s second season was definitely a sophomore slump but it deserves a decent amount of praise as well. Few shows are wiling to change as drastically as True Detective, even if the results are going to be up in the air. The acting and set pieces are still on a higher level than most TV shows this season. The messy story and slow examination to set important details are the ultimate downfall of this second effort though. Every episode felt far too small for keeping the story moving and no amount beautiful camera work can cover up a flaw that large. Despite all these issues, I still want to buckle up for another season next year and continue to expect great things. Everyone is allowed to experiment and take chances with a product, and Nic Pizzolatto has a lot more left in the tank for his next venture into True Detective.

Season Rating: 5/10

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Full List of Cancelled/Renewed TV Shows By Network

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(PCM) It is time for the news about the upcoming summer and fall series to be revealed by all of the major television networks. They have also let us know which TV shows have been renewed for additional season and which have received a cancellation. Announcements have been made by all the major networks including ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, The CW and more. Look at the list below to find out if your favorites have still survived!

See the 2014-2015 list here!

ABC
Renewed: 
Agent Carter, Agents of SHIELD, American Crime, Galavant, How To Get Away With Murder, Once Upon A Time, Scandal, Secrets And Lies, 20/20, America’s Funniest Home Videos, The Bachelor, Beyond The Tank, Black-ish, Castle, Dancing With The Stars, Fresh Off The Boat, The Goldbergs, Grey’s Anatomy, Last Man Standing, The Middle, Mistresses, Modern Family, Motive, Nashville, Shark Tank

Cancelled: Forever, Members Only, Resurrection, Revenge, Cristela, Forever, Manhattan Love Story, Selfie

Upcoming New Shows: Rookie Blue, The Astronaut Wives Club, The Whispers, 500 Questions, Bachelor In Paradise, Battlebots, Celebrity Family Feud

CBS
Renewed: 2 Broke Girls, 48 Hours, 60 Minutes, The Big Bang Theory, Big Brother, Blue Bloods, Criminal Minds, CSI:Cyber, Elementary, Jeopardy, Judge Judy, Scorpion, The Good Wife, Hawaii Five-0, Madam Secretary, Mike & Molly, The Odd Couple, Mom, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, Person Of Interest, Survivor, Undercover Boss, Wheel Of Fortune

Cancelled: Battlecreek, CSI, Stalker, The Mentalist, The McCarthy’s, The Millers, Reckless, Unforgettable (picked up by A&E)

Upcoming New Shows: Extant, The Briefcase, The Dovekeepers, Zoo

The CW
Renewed: 
The 100, America’s Next Top Model, Arrow, Beauty and The Beast, The Flash, Husbands, iZombie, Jane the Virgin, Penn & Tellar, Supernatural, The Originals, Reign, The Vampire Diaries, Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Cancelled: Cedric’s Barber Battle, Hart Of Dixie,The Messengers,

Upcoming New Shows: A Wicked Offer, Dates, Dogtown U.S.A., Masters Of Illusion, Significant Mother

FOX
Renewed:
Bob’s Burgers, Bones, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Empire, Family Guy, Hell’s Kitchen, Gotham, Last Man On Earth, Masterchef Jr, New Girl, The Simpsons, Sleepy Hollow, World’s Funniest Fails, The X-files

Cancelled: American Idol, Backstrom, The Following, Heiroglyph, Glee, Gracepoint, The Mindy Project (picked up by Hulu), Mulaney, Red Band Society, Utopia, Weird Loners

Upcoming New Shows: Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?, Bordertown, Boom!, Bullseye, Home Free, Golan The Insatiable, Knock Knock Live, Wayward Pines

NBC
Renewed: 
The Blacklist, Caught On Camera with Nick Cannon, Celebrity Apprentice, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Food Fighters, Grimm, Hannibal, Hollywood Game Night, Last Comic Standing, Law & Order: SVU, Saturday Night Live, The Mysteries Of Laura, The Night Shift, The Sing-Off, Undateable, The Voice, Welcome To Sweden

Cancelled: About A Boy, Allegiance, A to Z, Aquarius, Bad Judge, Constantine, Marry Me, Mission Control, One Big Happy, Parenthood, Parks & Recreation, Revolution (revived for digital comic), State Of Affairs, Taxi Brooklyn, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (picked by Netflix)

Upcoming New Shows: A.D. (in limbo), American Odyssey (in limbo), Coach, Emerald City, Heroes: Reborn, I Can Do That, Mr. Robinson, Running with Bear Grylls, The Slap (in limbo), The Carmichael Show, The Island

ABC Family
Renewed: Baby Daddy, Chasing Life, The Fosters, Young & Hungry

Cancelled: Melissa & Joey, Pretty Little Liars

Upcoming New Shows: Becoming Us, Job Or No Job, Kevin From Work, Monica The Medium, Next Step Reality: NYC, Start Up U, Stitchers

A&E
Renewed: Bates Motel, Country Buck$, Duck Dynasty, Longmire, Unforgettable,

Cancelled: Beyond Scared Straight, The Returned,

Upcoming New Shows: Brandi & Jarrod: Married To The Job (in limbo), Wild Transport

Adult Swim
Renewed: Black Jesus, Children’s Hospital, Mike Tyson Mysteries, Mr. Pickles, The Eric Andre Show

Cancelled: Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Black Dynamite

Upcoming New Shows: Decker

AMC
Renewed: Better Call Saul, Comic Book Men, Talking Dead, The Walking Dead

Cancelled: Freak Show, Game Of Arms, Hell On Wheels, Mad Men, Small Town Security,

Upcoming New Shows: Fear The Walking Dead, Humans, Making Of The Mob: New York

BBC/BBC America
Renewed: Broadchurch, Dr. Who, Orphan Black, Ripper Street, Sherlock, The Musketeers, Top of The Lake

Cancelled: Atlantis, Intruders,

Upcoming New Shows: Tatau, The Game

Bravo
Renewed: Don’t Be Tardy, Flipping Out, Girlfriends Guide To Divorce, Ladies Of London, Manzo’d With Children, Married To Medicine, Million Dollar Listing: Los Angeles, Shah’s Of Sunset, The Real Housewives of Orange County, Top Chef

Cancelled: 

Upcoming New Shows: Best New Restaurant, Friends to Lovers, Million Dollar Listing: San Francisco, Mother Funders, Southern Charm, Thicker Than Water

Cinemax
Renewed: Banchee

Cancelled: Sam Hunter, Strike Back

Upcoming New Shows: 

Comedy Central
Renewed: Broad City, Drunk History, Inside Amy Schumer, The Daily Show with John Stewart, The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, This Is Not Happening, Workaholics,

Cancelled: Brickleberry, Kroll Show, The Colbert Report,

Upcoming New Shows: Another Period, Review, Why? with Hannibal Buress

Discovery Channel
Renewed: Alaskan Bush People, Berring Sea Gold, Deadliest Catch, Naked & Afraid

Cancelled: 

Upcoming New Shows: Alaska: The Last Frontier, Naked & Afraid XL,

Disney Channel
Renewed: K.C. Undercover, Kirby Buckets, Marvel’s Avengers: Ultron Revolution, Marvel’s Ultimate Spider Man vs The Sinister Six,  Penn Zero: Part-time Hero, Star Wars vs The Forces Of Evil, Star Wars Rebels, The Chronicles Of Evermoor

Cancelled: Jessie, Phineas and Ferb

Upcoming New Shows: BUNK’ D, Girl Meets World

E!
Renewed: Christina Milian Turned Up, House Of DVF, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, The Royals, Total Divas

Cancelled: Fashion Police (hiatus)

Upcoming New Shows: Hollywood Cycle, Kourtney & Khole Take The Hamptons, Sex with Brody, Stewarts & Hamiltons,WAGS

FX/FXX
Renewed: American Horror Story, The Americans, Archer, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, The League, Man Seeking Woman, Married, Fargo, The Strain, Tyrant

Cancelled: Anger Management, Justified, Sons Of Anarchy

Upcoming New Shows: Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll

HBO
Renewed: Animals, Game Of Thrones, Girls, Getting On, High Maintenance, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, Silicon Valley, Togetherness, The Comeback, The Leftovers, True Detective, VEEP, Vice

Cancelled: Boardwalk Empire, Looking, The Newsroom,

Upcoming New Shows: Ballers, The Brink

History Channel
Renewed: Mountain Men, Roots, Vikings

Cancelled: 

Upcoming New Shows: 

MTV
Renewed: Are You The One?, Broke A$$ Game Show, Faking It, Finding Carter, Teen Mom, Teen Wolf, The Challenge

Cancelled: Awkward, Eye Candy, Happyland, Snooki & JWOWW,

Upcoming New Shows: Scream, Todrick, Underemployed

Showtime
Renewed: Episodes, Homeland, House of Lies, Inside Comedy, Penny Dreadful, Shameless, The Affair,

Cancelled: Nurse Jackie

Upcoming New Shows: Twin Peaks, 3AM

Spike
Renewed: Catch A Contractor, Ink Master, Lip Sync Battle

Cancelled: Auction Hunters,

Upcoming New Shows: TUT

STARZ
Renewed: Black Sails, Blunt Talk, Power, Outlander, The Missing, Survivor’s Remorse

Cancelled: 

Upcoming New Shows: The Chair

SYFY
Renewed: 12 Monkeys, Bitten, Face Off, Ghost Hunters, Haven, Paranormal Witness,  Z Nation

Cancelled: Ascension, Continuum, Helix, Lost Girl,

Upcoming New Shows: Dark Matter, Geeks Who Drink, Killjoys, The Expanse

TBS
Renewed: American Dad!,

Cancelled: Cougar Town, Ground Floor, Sullivan & Son,

Upcoming New Shows: 

TLC
Renewed: Cake Boss, Gypsy Sisters, Love, Lust Or Run, My 600lb Life, My Big Fat Fabulous Life, Our Little Family, Return To Amish, Sister Wives,

Cancelled: 19 Kids And Counting (pulled indefinitely), Trailer Park Welcome To Myrtle Manor,

Upcoming New Shows: 

TNT
Renewed: Cold Justice, Legends, Rizzoli & Isles, The Last Ship, The Librarians, Murder In The First

Cancelled: Falling Skies, Perceptions

Upcoming New Shows: Proof

USA Network
Renewed: Chrisley Knows Best, Graceland, Playing House, Royal Pains, Satisfaction, Suits,

Cancelled: Benched, Cover Affairs, Dig, Rush, Sirens, White Collar

Upcoming New Shows: Complications, Mr. Robot

Amazon
Renewed: Bosch, Catastrophe, Mozart In The Jungle, Transparent, Ripper Street

Cancelled: The After

Upcoming New Series: Alpha House

Hulu
Renewed: Deadbeat, East Los High

Cancelled: Moone Boy

Upcoming New Shows: Difficult People

Netflix
Renewed: Arrested Development, Bloodline, BoJack Horseman, Crossing Lines, Daredevil, Degrassi: Next Class, Full House, Grace & Frankie, House Of Cards, Longmire, Mako Mermaids, Marco Polo, Orange Is The New Black, The Fall, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Cancelled: Derek, Hemlock Grove,

Upcoming New Shows: Chef’s Table, How To Train Your Dragon: Race To The Edge, We Hot American Summer,

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