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…

Justina Machado to lead cast of Latino-centric One Day At A Time remake

Deadline reports that Justina Machado (Six Feet Under, ER) has been cast as the lead in One Day At A Time, the upcoming Netflix remake of Norman Lear’s original sitcom that starred Bonnie Franklin from 1975-1984. The new series has a 13-episode order and will also star Academy Award winner Rita Moreno, who’s currently…

Scandal’s abortion made the show actually political

A few months ago, on the midseason finale of ABC’s Scandal, Olivia Pope had an abortion. The scene not only played out under the choir version of a Christmas carol (“Silent Night”) but overlapped with a monologue of her father proclaiming that “family does not complete you, it destroys you.” This was a shocking moment…

Six Feet Under: “Untitled”

“Hello? Hello?” It’s no use—the elevator’s emergency phone doesn’t work, and there’s no cellular reception, either. They’re just four people stuck in a box. After they pry the doors open, one guy manages to hoist himself out. He gallantly turns around to help the others who remain trapped, but at that moment, the box…

Stream once and destroy: 20 great TV episodes too painful to watch twice

The prevalence of streaming video encourages television fans to re-watch their favorite episodes, poring over them for subtleties and Easter eggs they missed the first time through. But that isn’t always an option with episodes too emotionally bruising, too gory, or too awkward to watch a second time. These episodes…