HBO might abandon both of David Fincher’s in-development series

David Fincher’s reign as the Shonda Rhimes of HBO might end even before it begins following news of budgetary troubles on his in-development series Utopia, one of Fincher’s two HBO series now reportedly in peril. Deadline reported that Utopia, Fincher’s adaptation of a British drama about a mysterious graphic novel…

The worst TV of 2014

This year, The A.V. Club’s TV writers nominated more than 90 programs for our year-end best-of list. But if we’ve learned anything from watching that much TV, it’s that there is no protagonist without a villain; no altruistic, kindhearted twin without an evil double; no Simpsons without Family Guy. And it’s in that…

Gone Girl’s Gillian Flynn will write all episodes of David Fincher’s HBO series

Having seen their most recent creative relationship become a great success, Gone Girl’s David Fincher and Gillian Flynn are next set to reteam for Utopia—an HBO series that differs from the reality show of the same name, in that people want to watch it. And now there’s even greater reason to anticipate it: On the…

2014 Fall TV preview: The A.V. Club calls the shots (part 1)

In a television climate of constant remodeling, reshaping, and reinvention, the viewer has more control than ever before. Once upon a time, the folks at home kept a show alive by “voting” for it with their eyeballs and their Nielsen diaries; today, Amazon Studios makes that voting process literal with each batch of…

Fall schedule announcement: Fox’s year-round strategy breaks up Animation Domination, jumps Snake River Canyon

It would take some bold, daring moves to pull off the year-round, pilot-season-free programming Fox boss Kevin Reilly has touted is the past year. Bold moves like: ending Animation Domination’s run on Sundays by sprinkling Brooklyn Nine-Nine and the new multi-camera sitcom Mulaney between The Simpsons and Family Guy.…