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Did anyone anticipate becoming this invested in this murder investigation?

The Sleuthing Sisters are top-notch entertainment. You can't blame Rowan and Tony for sitting back and watching these two work.

As was the case with Callie and Mariana's classic odd-couple pairing deep-diving into the lives of former high schoolers on Good Trouble Season 3 Episode 13, one could watch an entire sideshow of them putting their skills and experiences to use.

Mariana's addition to Kathleen and Associates is a gift that keeps on giving. It's always a blast when the two sisters share the screen, but there is an extra layer of entertainment when the two have to share the professional world as well.

Mariana's STEM-based storylines were such a vital part of her character and of great importance, shedding light on the disparities and experiences of women and people of color in tech.

The visibility in that is nothing to sniff at and of value. The series exhausted all the ways that it's the case, from the rampant sexism and racism to bureaucracy and politics of achieving your dream job in an area you're passionate about, only for it not to be the way you ever could've envisioned.

Not to mention the coverage of Mariana's often understated plight of too many doubting that her beauty and brains can coexist without her forgoing one for the other.

But there's also something inherently relatable and realistic --particularly for the Millennial/Zennial experience -- about the shift from landing a job in the desired field that you spent years studying to something outside of that purview, something that, yes, extends beyond those with the often maligned Liberal Arts degrees.

Mariana likely never anticipated she'd be a receptionist at a law firm when she was graduating with high hopes of taking on the tech world; yet, this is something that also caters to her natural abilities and gifts.

Mariana: So if Tommy gets convicted, he's going to jail, right? Not Juvie?
Rowan: Correct.
Mariana: Juvie is pretty scary too, Callie can attest to that, right?
Callie: Don't you have phones to answer?

In fact, when does Mariana get a promotion? She's taken this administrative position and stumbled into one as an unofficial in-house private investigator, and damn if she isn't BRILLIANT at it!

It's so quintessentially Mariana! It's given her the chance to transform an established flaw of hers into an asset used for good.

Mariana is a natural at reading people, social cues, digging up dirt, and uncovering secrets. It's such a natural segue way for this character to become the next beautiful, brilliant, and badass Kalinda Sharma (by way of The Good Wife). Every time she inserted herself into the case and provided input, it made you grin in delight.

Only Mariana could unravel the messy web of high school drama, Finsta accounts, and manipulative tactics that came about with Zach and Tommy's friends, Katie, and of course, Izzie.

A lot is hinging on this case, including the life of a teen who may not have killed his best friend and Katheleen's career and life. If she doesn't win this one, then she'll never gain access to Albert's missing wife.

She needs her to come out of hiding to prove she isn't dead and that Kathleen isn't responsible for aiding in her murder to protect her client. It's easy to get wrapped up in the Tony and Rowan jokes and jabs at Callie and other such casual fodder that we forget how high-stakes this is and what all is on the line.

The visit from Charles, Kathleen's former partner, and paramour, certainly didn't help matters, as they'll be gunning for her too if her actions lead the FBI into uncovering other anomalies they're guilty of at that firm.

To echo Mariana, Kathleen is a badass bitch, and it's impressive how well she keeps everything together and remains cool, calm, and collected, given the circumstances.

Thanks to Mariana and Callie (and the boys, or whatever, since Callie is a team player), they have the opportunity to cast doubt on Katie, Tommy's girlfriend.

She was never a fan of Zach anyway, but she loathed the power he had over Tommy. Tommy would drop everything for Zach, including her, and it showed when Mariana and Callie read through the lines with that interview with Lizzie. Also, Mariana saw some of the things on Katie's Finsta before she deleted it.

Katie had a motive to kill Zach, and whether or not she did it doesn't matter -- the uncertainty and doubt it'll cast on Tommy is all they need to get the charges against him dropped because of reasonable doubt.

The problem is that they have to find enough information to get the ball rolling on this and prove it. The key to all of that will likely be figuring out what the hell that hashtag means! The "Z" in #2LDRZAS has to reference Zach, right?

The sisters kicked ass, but the boys will need to bring more to the table than kissing up to Kathleen and peanut gallery commentary, amusing or not.

Mariana also worked with Isabella to give Gael and Callie some romantic time together, and the gesture and support of this pairing were genuinely sweet.

No one can ever say that Good Trouble doesn't have some of the quite literally steamiest, sexiest, well-shot intimate scenes. The opener of Callie and Gael in the shower, from the angles, lighting, and more, was visually perfect and impressive.

Also of note was the stylistic choices used during the interviews at the office. I loved how they cut between one of the characters narrating and what was happening -- shoutout to, I believe, Bradley Bredeweg, who directed, and the rest of the crew.

She is a badass bitch. I love her!


It's refreshing that it's not the traditional love triangle here, and we could all use a break from that, particularly with this couple. Isabella isn't an intentional obstacle vying for Gael's affection.

She's the confirmed mother of his child, and she's not willingly getting between him and Callie. Instead, she's attempting to minimize the effect her presence at the Coterie has on them and their romance.

It's a whole different side to Isabella, and in some ways, one can't help but express gratitude that she prompts Gael and Callie to talk to each other instead of solely having sex.

Their sexual and physical chemistry has always been incredible, but other aspects of their relationship have often fallen short. But now, these two are in a place where they're balancing their relationship out better with an open line of communication, physical chemistry, and support.

For the first time, it feels like they can have a real go of a sustainable romance. Incredibly, an unplanned pregnancy with another person is actually something that's making these two a stronger couple.

Good Trouble via the Coterie keeps finding new ways to reinvent what a family looks like, and it remains one of the most compelling factors of this series.

A child on the way is what drove Gael back to Yuri, who is one of those characters who give a person whiplash as you catapult between loathing him and recognizing that he's not that bad after all.

It still sucks that Yuri expects Gael to ghost paint for him, and that's a hard pill to swallow. But it also feels like Yuri, a man who longs for his daughter, heard that Gael was becoming a father, and something switched.

Fatherhood matters to Yuri, so naturally, what seemed like a punishment with the invitations was instead Yuri pulling a Mr. Miyagi and teaching Gael's some tricks of the trade.

It's the beginning of something new for these two, and more common ground is at the center of that.

Davia and Matt are starting a new version of their friendship while he patiently waits for her to figure some things out. It's a fine line between giving someone space while letting them know you're still interested and pestering someone, and Matt is walking it finely.

He's a sweet guy, and his flirtiness could be pushing some of Davia's boundaries a bit, but so far, it seems harmless and cute. The real test will be whatever happens afterward when Davia chooses Dennis again.

But, respectfully, screw Matt and Dennis. Davia and Andre's bond is one of the best and purest of the series.

The trajectory of this young man has been one of the best background stories of the series, and much like Davia holding her hand over her heart, emotional and filled with pride, I felt the same when Andre got to express himself.

Andre has come so far as a character, from this angry, distrustful teen who was tired of a system stacked against him to this bright, passionate young man who is carving out his own place in this world and finding his voice.

Davia saw the diamond in the rough, and after some mistakes, she succeeded in becoming this influential, supportive figure in Andre's life. She's someone who has helped him blossom.

Their relationship makes you swell with pride and gives you all of the feels. They have both grown so much as people as a result of it.

You could understand why Andre's mother was concerned about both fostering Andre's passion for justice and in school while protecting him from a system designed to keep him down. His third strike looming over everything he does has haunted him since his introduction.

He doesn't have any wiggle room for anything, and when everything is considered a threat or offense, he can't sneeze wrong without getting locked away.

Davia knows that, but she isn't equipped to understand the full breadth of repercussions because of that and the tightrope he has to walk.

But she knew she could pair him up with Malika. Honestly, it's hard to believe that Davia didn't orchestrate this in the first place, introducing him to her best activist friend who has tools and works with other Black activists.

And it's given Andre more resources and support to thrive. It's a beautiful thing.

Beyond Andre, Malika's activism wasn't as front and center as her continued journey to understand polyamory and what it means to her.

I wish the introduction to this polyamory storyline weren't so messy, clunky, and abrupt.

That said, the series is devoted to exploring this as thoroughly and thoughtfully as its other stories and topics.

You can appreciate the series introducing parts of the audience unfamiliar with polyamory to what it looks like and how it works, thus destigmatizing it.

It was only natural that after Isaac left her and Malika's new commitment to herself, that she'd pursue Dyonte. The chemistry was always there between the two, and they fell into something with ease.

And Dyonte is her gateway to exploring the polyamorous life. She's a baby poly, and he's right there to explain things and move at a pace she feels more comfortable. He's also there to tell her that there isn't some set way to be polyamorous, which is something she needed to hear.

Malika is very convincing. While it seemed like she was nervous meeting Tonya, all of that seemed to melt away when the two women started talking to each other.

Malika was even the person to suggest that Tonya come to their organization and donate her skills and time. But that all seemed to be too much, too fast for Malika.

Part of the issue was that she told Tonya something that she didn't realize Dyonte hadn't shared, and Tonya was noticeably affected by that. It's common knowledge that the key to polyamorous relationships is communication.

Why didn't Dyonte share his activism aspirations with his primary girlfriend? And he also didn't get around to telling Malika that Tonya would be working with them until seconds before Tonya walked through the door.

Tonya: I have been dying to meet you. Dyonte is very smitten by you.
Malika: Oh, well he's a great guy.
Tonya: That's why we love him, right? Well, enough about us, tell me about you. Who is Malika Williams?

Dyonte also didn't explain the rules about specific safe words and his agreements and rules with Tonya. On the one hand, it could be nothing at all.

But on the other hand, it already reads like maybe Malika sparked some jealousy in Tonya, and now Tonya wants to insert herself into Dyonte and Malika's relationship more.

It can't be coincidental that after Malika accidentally shared something with Tonya that Dyonte hadn't, Tonya invoked the hedgehog when she knew Dyonte and Malika were together to make him come running to her, no questions asked, for emotional support.

And after all this time of not volunteering her time, she's doing it now. It sucks that this is coming off of Dyonte's assuring Malika that they'll take things slower until she feels more comfortable.

Well, she's already in the deep end here, and she may not have a lifesaver. Oh, it's going to get sticky.

Over to you, Good Trouble Fanatics.

Do you love the sisters working together? Do you have any theories about the murder investigation?

Has Isabella won you over? What are your thoughts on this poly storyline and how they're handling it so far? Hit the comments below!

You can watch Good Trouble online here via TV Fanatic. 

source https://www.tvfanatic.com/2021/07/good-trouble-season-3-episode-13-review-making-a-metamour/

We had a chance to catch up with director Nikki M. James to chat about The Good Fight Season 5 Episode 5, which I deemed the best episode of the season.

You think you're emotionally prepared to watch shows cover the COVID-19 pandemic, having already braced yourself from the horrors that could be coming our way, but then something like this airs, and it undoes you in a way you didn't know was possible.

Read on to find out what Nikki had to say about directing such a powerful episode, working with such dynamic actors, and what she wants the audience to take away.

How did you approach such a serious subject matter?

When you get a script like this… we're still in the middle of the pandemic. Everyone on set is wearing masks. I have to wear a shield to even talk to anyone. We're testing all the time. So we're just living in this pressure cooker.

But simultaneously, as I was shooting this episode, you would see a person be gone for a day -- a technician or someone from the sound department or a grip -- and realize that everyone was being vaccinated because we were shooting this around March/April.

So my first thing is figuring out what the story is about and how they're connected. In each of the storylines, people are finding things out about themselves that they weren't sure of, weren't aware of. Jay is going through this very intense experience where he has flashback PTSD memories.

Up until this point, it's been kind of funny where his COVID symptoms have these hallucinations of these characters, performed brilliantly by some incredibly talented comedic actors. Then he's investigating this tragic death of a young woman, which illuminates parts of his life he hadn't thought about.

There’s also Carmen, who’s finding her way. She's learning what kind of lawyer she's going to be and that she can form alliances. Even our guest stars are learning things. Oscar Rivi’s looking to blame someone for his daughter's death, but he realizes that how he's lived his own life played a factor.

All these things are being unearthed, including the Diane/Kurt storyline, so I'm just trying to find the threat. What is the thing that's happening to each of these characters, and then making sure that that is the focus of the scenes, whether they be comedy or drama?

Then honestly, it's trusting these performers to do what they do and get out of their way. I feel like I know these characters as well, and it was thrilling to throw in my two cents but then also allow everyone else to supply as well.

The unraveling of Jay’s trauma from his time at Harbor Hospital was stellar. At first, you’re confused over whether this happened to him, and then, by the end, you’re cursing the health care system.

The COVID patients stashed in the basement that’s based on a real story. I'm hoping that the idea that we were all lost is a big part of it. There is racial discrimination in medicine -- that is not something that we are trying to deny by any stretch. But also, people make horrible mistakes in desperate, desperate times.

I'm hoping we come out of this with the understanding that although the hospital was charged with caring for all of these patients, this was an unprecedented time. Nobody knew what was coming, and they were in flux. Then in that chaos, people made decisions that were wrong in hindsight.

So I want to have a bit of empathy for the people who are in charge of making decisions when they feel that there's no winning. But then also saying that the people who suffered really suffered. What I love about Jay’s PTSD is that the overall PTSD is not the thing that he's thinking about.

He keeps attributing it to these COVID long haul systems, like, “Oh, I have COVID. I have a foggy brain.” That's what he thinks is happening. I love that in this episode, it's like, yes, that's happening, but underneath he suffered serious trauma.

At that moment, two things are going on here. Nyambi [Nyambi, who plays Jay,] is one of the best actors on television. He's such a gifted comedic actor. I was thrilled and excited to give him the opportunity and work with him and watch him build a beautiful arc for Jay in this episode.

Then, you have the other half of that storyline where Oscar Rivi, an alleged murderer, is suing the hospital. How did you come at trying to find sympathy there because he's done some horrific things?

That’s true Good Fight, where nobody gets to be all one thing. Nobody gets to be all bad or all good. When you meet Oscar earlier in the season, you're like, “Oh, this is a bad man who got out of jail under very suspect reasons.

Then you realize that he’s in pain -- he's a father who lost her daughter -- and that people, even criminals, have families of people they love and people they care about. Working with Tony [Plana, who plays Oscar] and helping him build this character and give him two sides of the coin.

As we go forward, we'll learn more about Oscar and who he is, and what he does. The best part about working on shows like this with incredible writers is that people can go pretty far in one direction and then come back, and none of it ever feels congruent. It's cool.

This episode also saw the return of Agent Madeline Starkey, played by Jane Lynch. So what was that like?

She's just such fun in that role. Jane Lynch is incredible. The day she came on set, my first day working with her, Robert King had indicated that there would be this sort of walk and talk, very long Steadicam shot throughout the whole office where Jane's character is chasing Diane.

So she comes to set, and I'm like explaining it, but as an actor, I know it’s code we're going to be here all day. But Jane was such a champ and so funny and absolutely brilliant. I think that was one of the fastest scenes we ever shot during my episode. Jane and Christine [Baranski] together are so incredible.

She comes in and understands the camera and being on set. She's amazing. You wonder if she has some real secret power like she's a Marvel superhero that we don't know about.

One of the things that surprised me about this episode was Kurt’s reaction to Diane’s betrayal. His reactions were more subdued, and he didn’t even seem that angry, at least not externally.

But that’s so Kurt, right? Kurt is one of the most fascinating characters. He and Diane have this marriage where they have such disparate views on the world, but they have this ease. Kurt understands that Diane needs to move like this, and he needs to stay in the middle.

I also think that Kurt is always kind of playing against this stereotype of a guy who shoots guns, so he must be a hothead. But Kurt's not like that. He has faith and belief that things will work out. When things go wrong for Kurt, somehow, they always right themselves.

Well, he also has Diane in his corner, who will do anything to protect her husband.

Did you love that in sort of a reversal, Diane secretly helps Kurt out, similar to how he helped her out last season? She's not going to tell him, ‘Oh, by the way, your gun buddy came forward because I threatened to out her to her Gymboree group.”

They have each other's back, and neither one of them needs to be congratulated for that. It's just what they do for each other. It's a very dynamic marriage.

What do you hope people take away from this episode?

Selfishly and sort of embarrassingly, I hope that people watch the episode and think it was a great episode. I hope it fits into how this show allows each episode to have its own color while also staying true to their vision and the style of show and the elevated storytelling and complex ways that they approach very hot-button and current issues.

So I hope that nobody notices that it was Nikki M. James directing. I hope they see my name at the beginning, and I hope they don't notice it. I hope I made a great episode of a show that I think is a great show. That's the first and foremost thing for me.

And then, secondarily, I hope that they come away from this, realizing that there are so many more colors to every person you meet, and that person can be more than one thing.


New episodes of The Good Fight drop Thursdays on Paramount+.

source https://www.tvfanatic.com/2021/07/good-fight-director-nikki-m-james-talks-powerful-episode-working/

The Wine Show Season 3 finds Dominic West joining Matthew Rhys, Matthew Goode, and James Purefoy to discover the unfettered joy of wine.

The latest season is based in the Quinta do Noval winery in Douro Valley, Portugal, an absolutely stunning location that will make you salivate for more than its wine.

As the new season kicks off, we have a couple of exclusive clips for your pre-season enjoyment.

The first is shortly after Purefoy welcomes West to the show.

Upon his arrival, West admits that he is an empty vessel just waiting to soak up knowledge about wine.

They're cooking with Madeira, and Joe Fattorini is more than willing to teach both James and newcomer West the details on this forgotten wine after discovering the beauty of Madeira with his touring partner, Amelia Singer, on one of their latest assignments.

They both knew very little about Madeira the location let alone the wine, but like sponges, they soak it all up so that we can all benefit.

Take a look at West's welcome to The Wine Show before we take a look at Frattorini introducing West and Purefoy to another wine.

If you're a wine lover, The Wine Show will introduce you to pleasures you will quite likely never experience.

That's the truth about some of the most cherished vintages in the world. Unfortunately, very few get the opportunity to partake.

But that doesn't mean that we can't join The Wine Show hosts and their journey of discovery to go places that we only dream about.

You should be familiar with the actors, and joining them is half the fun based on that association.

James Purefoy starred in Pennyworth and joined Matthew Goode in A Discovery of Witches. Known best for The Americans, Matthew Rhys currently stars in Perry Mason, and The Affair's Dominic West, like his The Wine Show star Goode, will appear in The Crown as Prince Charles.

Yes, The Wine show features an embarrassment of talent and rich wines.

In our second exclusive clip, you'll see Purefoy and West tasting a wine that leaves them speechless. Well, as speechless as someone in their position can ever be.

Grasping at the elusive words, Purefoy describes their latest wine in the tasting as "it just slips down your throat like a pair of red velvet britches."


You'll want to see this unfold and the reactions from West and Frattorini. It's worth the look, I promise you!

The Wine Show Season 3 premieres Thursday, July 29 on Sundance Now, Acorn TV, and AMC+.

source https://www.tvfanatic.com/2021/07/the-wine-show-season-3-first-look-as-dominic-west-gets-onboard/

Crown Media Family Networks is embracing diversity with a new content initiative on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries.

Using an iconic and established greeting cards brand, Mahogany, they're introducing a slate of original movies that embody Hallmark's core values through the lens of the Black experience.

Mahogany is the first of several new content initiatives and brand extensions tapping into the rich 100+ year legacy of the Hallmark brand.

Launching on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries in early 2022 and rooted in the iconic Hallmark greeting card line of the same name, Mahogany will expand Crown Media’s content offerings with powerful storytelling that exemplifies Hallmark’s core ethos – family, community, human connection, positivity, and the transformational power of love – through the unique lens of Black culture.

Mahogany will initially launch as a quarterly slate of original movies, with plans to further expand the franchise to include podcasts, scripted series, and more. Announcements detailing specific productions, casting, and projects are forthcoming.

Toni Judkins, SVP Programming Development, Crown Media, is spearheading the initiative in close collaboration with the flagship brand’s team at parent company, Hallmark.

“We are so proud to announce Mahogany, a programming brand extension that allows us to unite our audience around Hallmark’s universal values, while leaning into the distinct voice of the beloved card line,” said Crown Media President & CEO, Wonya Lucas.

“This launch marks a pivotal moment in our evolution as we continue to bring the Hallmark brand to life in new ways.

"In addition, it’s a huge step forward in our mission to deliver more diverse, inclusive content representing various cultures and perspectives that resonates with our current audience and attracts new viewers.”

“Mahogany is an expression of all the love, joy, and complexities that emerge from the distinctive journey of Black people,” said Judkins.

“It is a dream realized to create a content experience around this Hallmark brand that honors, empowers, and authentically captures Black culture and amplifies our voice.”

“For over 30 years Mahogany has helped Black women connect deeply with their families, friends, and communities while celebrating the uniqueness of Black people, beauty, culture, and faith,” said Alexis Kerr, vice president of the Mahogany brand at Hallmark Cards, Inc.

“Through Crown Media, the Mahogany brand will expand the power of cultural authenticity and boldness within the media landscape in ways that affirm Black women.”

Judkins joined Crown Media in May and is tasked with spearheading the sourcing, conception, development, and production of original content that explores diverse, character-driven stories.

Prior to Crown Media, she operated under the banner of her production company Moxy Media.

There, she developed, created, and/or produced content for such clients as Axs TV, Overbrook Entertainment, and Amazon Audible; consulted on the launches of television networks, including Anthem Sports & Entertainment; and played a role in the launches of streaming services and digital platforms.

Previously, she was EVP, Programming & Production at TV One, where her transformation of the network’s content lineup resulted in some of its highest ratings and most successful programs.

What do you think of this exciting new initiative at the Hallmark family of networks?

source https://www.tvfanatic.com/2021/07/hallmark-movies-and-mysteries-adds-mahogany-brand-to-original-mo/

Apple TV+'s quirky and heart-warming musical comedy, Schmigadoon!, feels like it sprang fully formed off our screen and into our lives a few weeks ago.

In actuality, it filmed over forty-three days in the fall of 2020, a period when many film and television productions were either completely shut down or pivoting to digital remote formats where performers could isolate but still interact.

Meanwhile, Schmigadoon! presents us with huge, glorious musical numbers where the actors TOUCH each other and SING to each other.

On Schmigadoon!'s virtual press day, TV Fanatic had the opportunity to discuss with stars Aaron Tveit (Danny Bailey) and Dove Cameron (Betsy McDonough) what that was like.

Tveit, a veteran of film and television but probably best known for his work in live theatre, winning a Tony award for his portrayal of Christian on Broadway's Moulin Rouge, was mindful of the unique circumstances of producing Schmigadoon!

"What was really interesting is the fact we were very aware that we might've been some of the only people getting to do a musical at that time.

"With Broadway shut down and theatres across the countries of the world shut down, that we got to come together and tell this story -- albeit within the parameters and protocols [needed] to safely shoot these shows -- it made it all the more special that we were getting to do this while nobody else was doing the same thing."

Cameron has also performed major musical theatre roles -- portraying Young Cosette at the age of eleven and Cher Horowitz in an Off-Broadway production of Clueless: The Musical in 2018-19 -- but is probably most recognizable to young Disney fans as twins Liv and Maddie as well as Mal on The Descendents movies.

She shared her thoughts on creating a musical like Schmigadoon! versus typical TV and film productions.

"It was a very interesting thing because, normally, the whole appeal socially of a musical as a person who's doing it is that camaraderie/team effort/chemistry thing that you create as a group, as a family.

"That's what usually sets it apart from TV and film. TV and film is quite a solo effort, and even though you're all creating something together, it's not quite the same.

"So, to do a project that married the two in this time... It's such a bizarre thing to shoot a musical number incrementally, separated from our incredible chorus and everybody.

"Especially in the bigger numbers like Corn Pudding and things like that. You know, we were reacting to playback, so it was very interesting to see. I think it really came together well, but it was definitely a unique experience. Very educational."

Both Tveit and Cameron play the initial love interests for the protagonist couple, Melissa and Josh, played by Cecily Strong and Keegan-Michael Key, respectively.

Tveit's Danny Bailey is immediately identified by town busybody Mildred Layton (Kristen Chenoweth) as a rapscallion and no-good-nik.

Tveit was able to prepare/research a bit for the role since Danny's a character drawn from musical canon.

"For me, Danny's very much Billy Bigelow from Carousel, which is a role that I've always wanted to play and actually never got an opportunity to play. I was really living my Billy Bigelow dreams doing this.

"There are other influences as well, but my version of whatever my Billy would be was very much what happened with Danny, I think."

Cameron had a bit more of a challenge, getting a grasp on Betsy's core motivations.

"I don't think I had any specific references for Betsy. I feel like Betsy is sort of a male-gaze amalgamation of a bunch of different kinds of ideas of women that are in musical theatre, but she doesn't really have a Billy Bigelow comparison.

"In my mind, she's like an over-sexed Marilyn meets Oklahoma!'s Laurey or 'I am sixteen...' [Liesl in The Sound of Music] She's all of it in one, right? So, it was sort of that fantasy to play."

Many elements had to come together in perfect proportion for Schmigadoon! to emerge the glorious, joy-filled, wickedly savage work of art that it is, and that has been nothing short of magical for everyone involved.

Tveit praised much of the world-building to the people who literally built their world.

"Getting to shoot in Vancouver with these incredible craftsmen that built our set and every single aspect of the production was just so wonderful and tactical and tangible.

"Besides the sky around the set, none of it is CGI-ed or bluescreened. They built this amazing world for us to get to inhabit. And so, when that happens, it does a lot of the work for you.

"As soon as you step on set and put those costumes on or see what they've built, you kind of have to be transported. It helps all of that. It was pretty magical."

Cameron agreed on the fantastical level of immersion the set provided.

"I even forgot to touch on that! All of these sets are huge. They are as big as they look. That set when we have the river going through it. That was real water.

"It really was like stepping into a world, and so in that sense, it was incredibly magical."

She then shared the magic of the cast forced to rehearse separately and then expected to just click into place when brought together.

"In a more esoteric, hard-to-put-your-finger-on-how-to-word-it, "actor" sense, it's a very rare experience where every single person at every single level who's doing every single job -- down to the most minuscule details and the broad strokes tone of it all -- knew exactly what we wanted to do and what we were doing together collectively to create this world.

"It was always like, 'You know what you're doing? Great.' And everyone executed it flawlessly and that kind of magic for approaching something so big in such a non-linguistic... we all just knew what it was. It's such a rare thing. That was magical."

"It felt like we were speaking a language that we all intuitively knew."

Experience the magic for yourself! Schmigadoon! is available on Apple TV+!

Be sure to check out our Schmigadoon! reviews and ICYMI, our press day interview with Cecily Strong and Cinco Paul! Stay tuned for even more interviews with the incredible production team!

source https://www.tvfanatic.com/2021/07/the-magic-of-schmigadoon-dove-cameron-and-aaron-tveit-on-steppin/

Bryan Cranson is asking for prayers following the news that his Breaking Bad co-star has been hospitalized after collapsing.

"Today I woke up to news that has made me anxious all morning. My friend, Bob Odenkirk collapsed last night on the set of Better Call Saul," Cranton shared.

"He is in the hospital in Albuquerque and receiving the medical attention he needs but his condition is not known to the public as yet," the post continued. 

"Please take a moment in your day today to think about him and send positive thoughts and prayers his way, thank you."

Cranston shared a photo of the pair at a Breaking Bad event alongside the post.

As previously reported, Odenkirk was shooting the sixth and final season of Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The 58-year-old reportedly fell to the ground and was immediately surrounded by crew members who called emergency services, according to TMZ.

There has been no official update on the star's condition at the time of writing.

Better Call Saul landed a renewal for one last season at AMC last year, but production was postponed due to the pandemic.

It is thought that production on the final episodes was in the early stages for a planned 2022 premiere.

Odenkirk has won four Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for playing attorney Jimmy McGill, aka Saul Goodman, on the hit series, but overall, it has amassed 40 primetime Emmy nominations to date, winning two.

Odenkirk shot to fame as a comedian on The Ben Stiller Show and later on HBO’s Mr. Show With Bob and David, alongside David Cross.

Odenkirk has also served as a writer for Saturday Night Live and Late Night With Conan O’Brien.

He has also appeared on Fargo, How I Met Your Mother, and The Larry Sanders Show.

We pray for a positive outcome for Mr. Odenkirk.

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The mystery surrounding what happened to Scott Sr. is intensifying.

Turner & Hooch Season 1 Episode 2 was another fun outing for all the family, and while the case was, once again, lacking, the overarching mystery continues to be the allure of the series.

Scott has been so desperate to believe there was no suspicious activity surrounding his father's death that he's been dismissive of Laura's quest for answers.

You'd like to think your loved ones died of natural causes, so it's easy to understand why Scott has been paying more attention to his career, but curiosity has been taking over Laura's life since she first found the case files.

The "look-see" to the scene of the death provided more questions than answers, but at least it confirmed what Laura suspected all along.

It's poignant that Hooch was the one to find the watch, and it's very likely he'll be able to sense who the person(s) responsible are as Turner & Hooch Season 1 progresses.

The case Scott Sr. was working on before his death was certainly something that upset some people, so it's easy to understand why it happened.

My theory is that there was a scuffle and his heart gave out. The watch on the side of the road is certainly telling because there's no other logical reason for it being there.

The brother and sister will be more curious than ever, but where do they go from here to get answers? Do they delve deeper into the case files, therefore, making the show darker, or do we get one or two scenes about the mystery per episode?

Personally, I much prefer the darker tone, but given that the show is geared towards a family audience, they'll probably be scarce and take a backseat in favor of Turner & Hooch out solving more frivolous cases.

Wouldn't it be fun to get a cameo from Tom Hanks in a flashback? It feels like we're building toward some sort of flashback, but whether Hanks would return to the project is another story.

Protecting the diplomat's daughter was not as fun as I thought it would be, but at least it gave us some comic relief while the case was ongoing.

The kid was funny, and the situations she put both Turner & Hooch in were hilarious. Hooch dressed up in a tiara and drinking tea is an image that won't escape my mind any time soon, but you could tell Scott was questioning his career decisions to date.

How did he end up in this scenario? Hooch was probably to blame. The loveable pooch was causing uproar in the hotel because of his actions.

There's still a huge disconnect in the relationship between our titular characters, with Hooch not doing as he's told. It's a good thing the pooch is managing to make some big strides in the cases because they'd be a bust without it.

We are finally seeing elements of teamwork between them, but can we talk about the walkie-talkie scene for a minute?

I know I should suspend my disbelief forever with this series, but how did the terrorist not hear Scott talking into the walkie-talkie at the other side of the room?

Had this part been handled better, the case of the week would have landed better. There has to be some level of realism, and the show missed the mark here.

It's nice to see Turner and Hooch working together on a daring plan, but at least make it more believable.

I did laugh out loud when Hooch sent the food cart down the stairs for the second time. The look on the villain's face was priceless as he was then smacked around with a tray.

Teamwork makes the dream work!

Jessica and Xavier deserved a lot more to do than sit around, waiting to be captured. They are both excellent detectives, but beyond making fun of Scott, what did they really get to do?

Hopefully, this is not a sign of things to come because it's hard to believe they are detectives but are being written to act like lost puppies when the going gets tough.

"A Good Day to Dog Hard" compellingly advanced the bigger mystery, but the aforementioned case of the week was run of the mill and not in a good way.

The series needs to find a way to make the cases of the week as interesting as the overarching mystery, or it runs the risk of losing viewers.

After Turner & Hooch Season 1 Episode 1, it was clear there was some room for improvement, and there was no improvement on Turner & Hooch Season 1 Episode 2.

Yes, the signature wit remained peppered through the script, but we need more meaningful plots with bigger stakes.

What are your thoughts on the direction of the series, Turner & Hooch fans?

Do you want more of the serious and less of the frivolous?

What is your best theory for what happened to the father?

Hit the comments below.

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source https://www.tvfanatic.com/2021/07/turner-and-hooch-season-1-episode-2-review-a-good-day-to-dog-har/

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