The Leftovers’ Nicole Kassell to direct HBO’s Watchmen pilot

There will be a mini-Leftovers reunion on the set of HBO’s Watchmen series—according to The Hollywood Reporter, Nicole Kassell will direct the pilot episode of Damon Lindelof’s adaptation. She will also executive produce the series, which has no start or release date yet, along with Lindelof’s WBTV-based White Rabbit …

What's your 2017 pop culture gift to the world?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

The best TV scenes of 2017

Television provides so many units in which to appreciate the medium’s annual output. A series can leap to the forefront on the strengths of a single great season; if it’s running as part of the traditional broadcast calendar, those accolades might have two halves of separate seasons. Try as streaming services and…

What’s a great TV show with a terrible theme song?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

The best TV of 2017 so far

From a business prospective, the forecast for TV in 2017 isn’t the brightest: While ratings continue to erode for the broadcast networks, several cable outlets that joined the original-programming gold rush are now backing out, with cash-flush digital competitors like Facebook and Snap poised to stake those abandoned…

In an otherworldly The Leftovers, Kevin fulfills his purpose but loses his heart

The final season of The Leftovers wouldn’t have been complete without another visit to the other side, the terrifying, exhilarating alternate reality first introduced in season two’s “International Assassin.” Kevin Garvey’s adventures in the beyond lead the show to some of its most arresting visuals and storytelling…

Laurie Garvey counsels her final patients in a devastating The Leftovers

Episodic loglines are one of the more underappreciated art forms in the era of Peak TV. At their best, they have a certain poetic quality as they aim to describe the story without giving away even the slightest hint about the plot. Nothing says “worthwhile episode of television” more strongly than, say, “A shocking…