Category Archives: Television

February 16, 2018

How Every Character Was Cast on The Wire

Wendell Pierce (Det. William “Bunk” Moreland): It was weeks later, maybe even a year later, while we were shooting, that David said, “You know, when you came in, it was not your reading that got you the part. You just came in and you were bitching and complaining about this taxi driver and that was the thing that got you the gig, because you’re so much like Bunk.” The fact that I would bring it up in the middle of a major audition shows some gumption on my part.

January 21, 2016

How "Making a Murderer" Went Wrong

For those people, and for others close to the original case, “Making a Murderer” seems less like investigative journalism than like highbrow vigilante justice. “My initial reaction was that I shouldn’t be upset with the documentarians, because they can’t help that the public reacted the way that it did,” Penny Beerntsen said. “But the more I thought about it, the more I thought, Well, yeah, they do bear responsibility, because of the way they put together the footage. To me, the fact that the response was almost universally ‘Oh, my God, these two men are innocent’ speaks to the bias of the piece. A jury doesn’t deliberate twenty-some hours over three or four days if the evidence wasn’t more complex.”

The Avery case can been discussed ad nauseam in the press recently, but this is one of the more critical pieces I’ve read. Good stuff.

May 3, 2015

Esquire's interview with Stephen Graham

No worries. This is England is the exception to all this, of course…

Yeah, it stands on its own in my eyes. Before I began filming my storyline Shane [Meadows, the director] sat me down I watched the first few episodes and I was blown away by it. To me it was a master class in acting. We’re watched these young people grow up for the past 10 years, watched their characters develop and progress – it’s beautiful. He had me laughing my head off one minute, then I was in tears the next. Television that can make you do that is what we used to watch television for.

A great interview of one of my favourite actors. Also, I’ll use any excuse to link to material discussing This is England.

May 2, 2015

Peaky Blinders, Season 1

The gist, courtesy of IMDB:

A gangster family epic set in 1919 Birmingham, England and centered on a gang who sew razor blades in the peaks of their caps, and their fierce boss Tommy Shelby, who means to move up in the world.

If there’s one thing this series does exceptionally well, it’s building a believable atmosphere. Perfomances from the main cast are great, too.

★★★★☆

April 17, 2015

David Chase on creating the final scene of The Sopranos

Eight years after it aired, the finale of The Sopranos continues to be hotly debated. David Chase explains how he created the excruciating tension of the last scene. What he won’t say is what happened at the end.

A great piece on how the scene was shot. I remember it being really intense but couldn’t quite explain why.

April 11, 2015