"Danger 5" (Netflix). Let the word go forth, let the people know, that the second season of the Australian action comedy "Danger 5" has reached America. I hesitate to call it a comedy, somehow, as if that were an affront to its thoroughgoing, towering weirdness; but of course it is made to be funny, and it is. The first season, you may recall -- we're going to fix that if you don't, hold on -- was a World War II story filtered through a 1960s, low-budget, super-saturated, Tohoscope, genre sensibility, following (to lazily quote my own review) "an international team of variously styled blue-clad agents as they battle Nazis, robots, dinosaurs, clones, espresso-drinking Italian truck drivers and fascist Atlanteans in an attempt to win the war 'and as always,' says the eagle-headed superior who gives them their assignments, 'kill Hitler.'" The second series (whose production followed the first by three years) begins in the 1980s, with Hitler still alive and coming out of hiding and the...Read more
It's officially the season of '90s nostalgia.
With "The X-Files" and "Twin Peaks" both currently on the path back to TV, NBC has announced it's bringing back a beloved comedy from that same era: "Coach."
The sitcom ran for nine seasons on ABC from 1989 to 1997 and starred Craig T. Nelson as the head coach of a fictional college football team. It will return with a 13-episode order.
The new "Coach" is not being billed as a reboot but a continuation, albeit 18 years later. Nelson is returning as Hayden Fox, who has retired from coaching but is called up to help out his son, who is now coach at an Ivy league school in Pennsylvania that's just starting a football team.
The original series creator Barry Kemp is returning to write and executive produce the series for Universal Television. Nelson is also executive producing.
No word if any of the other original cast members, including Shelley Fabares, Jerry Van Dyke, Bill Fagerbakke or Clare Carey are returning.
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Don Mischer is returning to produce the Primetime Emmy Awards once again.
The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards will be Mischer's 13th Emmy production. He'll be joined on his team by Charlie Haykel and Juliane Hare.
Mischer has made a speciality of producing live events; his team has also produced the televised Obama inaugural celebration at the Lincoln Memorial, several Super Bowl halftime shows and the opening ceremonies of Summer and Winter Olympic Games.
The Emmys have been very good to Mischer, as a job and a reward: He's also won 15 of them.
This year's awards show will be aired on Fox on Sept. 20 with "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" star Andy Samberg hosting. The nominations will be announced July 16.
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He plays the devil in the details.
Before Jamie Dornan made his debut as kinky billionaire Christian Grey in the big-screen adaptation of "Fifty Shades of Grey," the 32-year-old Irish actor was playing another guy with a fetish -- one with a more deadly effect -- in the BBC's psychological crime thriller "The Fall."
In the Belfast-set series, which is also available to stream on Netflix, Dornan plays Paul Spector, a father and husband who moonlights as a serial killer who charms and seduces women -- and has a fetish for tying them up before killing them.
And he'll be joining us for a live video chat on Monday at 1 p.m. PT to discuss the killer role, which finds him starring opposite former-and-upcoming "X-Files" queen Gillian Anderson, who plays the police detective charged with catching him.
It may just be a hunch, but we imagine Dornanites might have a question or two. Questions can be submitted on Twitter at #askLATimes or by putting them in the comments section here. And for those...Read more
Jimmy Fallon opened Thursday night's "Tonight Show" with a bit in which he performed the Beach Boys' hit "Barbara Ann" with five wax likenesses of himself built to display in Madame Tussaud's wax museums around the United States.
Looked at one way, it appears to be yet another goofy bit neatly packaged and ready to be shared and retweeted via social media, like much of the modern "Tonight Show."
But look again. Is it possible that this bit is really Fallon's cry for help?
By all appearances, Fallon seems to be a nice, well adjusted guy. He's a husband and father. He gives the impression of being genuinely interested in his guests and happy to let them take the spotlight when they come on his show. He has reinvigorated "The Tonight Show" franchise to appeal to a younger audience that doesn't necessarily tune in to NBC every night at 11:35 p.m.
The clip starts innocently enough. It's a close-up of Fallon's cellphone ringing. His ring tone is "Barbara Ann." It turns out to be his mother....Read more
In Thursday's Times, I spoke with Rowan Atkinson, the actor, regarding his world-famous character, the mostly silent Mr. Bean, and the 25th anniversary of the TV series that bears his name. (The character, nameless, preceded the series in a variety of onstage sketches.) All 14 episodes have been given a new polish and released on video as "The Whole Bean" (Shout! Factory).
Bean has lived on intermittently in commercials, cartoons, two movies and an appearance as a symbol of British culture in the opening ceremonies of the 2012 London Summer Olympics, among other things. But there is more to Atkinson than this strange rubbery man causing havoc on the way to making himself comfortable; and there was more to our talk than talk of Bean -- hence this supplementary Q&A.
By 24, he was performing onstage alongside Peter Cook, members of Monty Python and other legends of British comedy.
He was 28 when "Blackadder" debuted, with Atkinson, in different historical eras, as the worst man in Britain...Read more