Despite flashbacks and Frank Griffin's softer side, Godless is still just good enough

Never mind the title,“Fathers & Sons.” This episode of Godless’s present-day action nor the suite of flashbacks that complement it pertain to that relationship. Come to think of it, I’m not sure there’s a single father-and-son moment depicted at all. This just one episode after “Wisdom of the Horse,” which at times…

Jeff Daniels leaves the speeches to someone else in 1st trailer for Steven Soderbergh's Godless 

The last time Jeff Daniels led a TV series, he was given to all kinds of pontificating (well, his character was, and even then, those were just Aaron Sorkin’s words). But in the first trailer for Steven Soderbergh and Scott Frank’s Godless, Daniels is all searching looks and wordless threats. Unfortunately, this…

The 35 best TV performances of 2016 (and one worst)

With more scripted television programs in production than ever before, it follows that there are now a wider range of opportunities for television actors. Looking back at the performances that caught The A.V. Club’s eyes in 2016 confirms that hypothesis: While some of our favorite character actors found new facets of…

Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery to star in Steven Soderbergh’s Netflix Western

As reported by Deadline, Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery has been cast as the female lead in Steven Soderbergh and Scott Frank’s Netflix Western Godless. She’ll be playing a woman named Alice Fletcher who owns a range, but that’s pretty much all we know about her. Thankfully, Deadline does have some other information…

On Downton Abbey’s wedding episode, standards slip and time slips away

In the first scene of Downton Abbey’s wedding episode, Mrs. Hughes sighs, “I don’t mind. Not really.” Those aren’t the words of an overjoyed bride. Instead of her big wedding breakfast “with all of us sat at groaning tables having a jolly time,” she’s resigned herself to “stand about with nibbly bits getting stuck in…