Now in production for its third season, “Mr. Robot” is never far from the pulse of current events. A couple of weeks ago, the dystopian computer hacker drama was in mid-shoot at an FBI field office when news broke that bureau Director James Comey had been fired. “One of the lines of dialogue is referencing Comey,” Sam Esmail, the show’s creator, recalled.Read more
Although she’s never met him, Queen Elizabeth II has been very good to Peter Morgan. First he wrote 2006’s “The Queen,” featuring Helen Mirren’s Oscar-winning performance in the title role. Then the British dramatist penned the 2013 hit play "Audience," centered on her weekly meetings with a succession of prime ministers.Read more
Was it an unintentional bait-and-switch?
“Sneaky Pete,” the show Bryan Cranston co-created with “House” builder David Shore, was meant to be a procedural drama to fit right in with the CBS slate. The twist was the protagonist wouldn’t be some brilliant crime investigator but a brilliant criminal — Giovanni Ribisi as a con man who had taken another’s identity (the “Pete” of the title).Read more