Hope Davis to lead the cast of American Crime season two

Season two of American Crime will reportedly focus on “sexual identity and the class divisions between one town’s public and private high schools,” and we’ve just learned who some of those class warriors will be. Wayward Pines’ Hope Davis has signed on in an unnamed role, joined by relative newcomers Joey Pollari, …

Entourage and In Treatment producers team up for a psychological drama

Emerging from HBO’s top-secret laboratory where old TV shows are smashed into each other to break free the precious idea meat nestled within, the people behind the therapy drama In Treatment and “What if fedoras could be people with too much money?” simulator Entourage have announced a project combining elements of…

Why Syfy’s superhero series Alphas is TV’s best show about mental illness

TV has always had trouble tackling mental illness as a topic. The idea of doing a series about depressed, manic-depressive, or schizophrenic characters is daunting: Where is there room for the semi-standard weekly moments of uplift? HBO’s In Treatment took viewers through several weeks of intensive psychotherapy with…

Ratings roundup: What's it take for HBO to cancel a show?

In the first week of its third season—and its first airing on a Monday, without a cushy lead-in—HBO’s Bored To Death pulled in 240,000 viewers. In week two, it was up, slightly, to 250,000 viewers. But it wasn’t the least-viewed scripted show out there (if, indeed, there’s a comprehensive list of such things. The show…

Don’t slam the door on your way out: 24 accidental TV finales that worked as series-enders

1. In Treatment, “Adele: Week 7” (December 7, 2010)
Nothing frustrates TV fans more than an accidental finale. When a show is canceled, the producers often don’t have enough warning to wrap up the story; it’s hard to watch a final episode that closes on an ambiguous note, doesn’t show off the series’ strengths, or ends…