Tim Robbins to play the hapless dad in Alan Ball’s latest HBO show

Tim Robbins is teaming back up with HBO, with Deadline reporting that the actor—who recently starred in and produced the network’s short-lived nuclear comedy The Brink—will take the lead role opposite Holly Hunter in Alan Ball’s untitled new show for the network. True to Ball’s non-vampire M.O., Robbins will play Greg…

Video lays out why we weren’t wrong to love American Beauty once upon a time

Alan Ball and Sam Mendes’ 1999 Oscar-winner American Beauty hasn’t aged well. (This, coming from a Great Job, Internet! writer who once had a brief-but-weirdly intense online relationship in the year 2000 predicated almost entirely on his deep, evangelical passion for the film.) Reasons for the backlash are myriad—…

HBO orders new family drama from True Blood and Six Feet Under’s Alan Ball

HBO has gone back to the old Alan Ball well—bloody and full of corpses as it very well might be. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the premium cable network has just given a direct-to-series order to a new show from the True Blood and Six Feet Under creator, centered on a multi-cultural family that’s shaken up when…

True Blood became the wildest fantasy allegory the gay rights movement could ask for

With so many new series popping up on streaming services and DVD, it gets harder and harder to keep up with recent shows, much less the all-time classics. With TV Club 10, we point you toward the 10 episodes that best represent a TV series, classic or modern. They might not be the 10 best episodes, but they’re the 10…