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Monday, February 25, 2019

Monday, February 25, 2019 - 10:48:00

'True Detective' season 3 finale recap: Wins for Mahershala Ali, Northwest Arkansas

Let’s appreciate for a moment what it means to a show like “True Detective” that you can stream TV now. Not simply to tape it, but watch it on devices as small as the pulpy paperback that it has, for many people, replaced. The ability to revisit it endlessly, to fast-forward and rewind and rewatch as easily as Wayne Hays’ memory skates through time. The third season of Nic Pizzolatto’s serial crime drama — destined to be remembered alongside its astonishing, fulgent first season, rather than the boggy, overcomplicated Season 2 — was a television story that skipped boldly between three timelines spread across 35 years, while living firmly in 2019.

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Monday, February 11, 2019 - 13:10:00

'True Detective' episode 6 recap: Enter the chicken king

Things are not going well for Tom Purcell, and that’s really saying a lot. Episode 6 of this third season of “True Detective” finds him mad as hell and not taking it anymore, and marks a high mark for Scoot McNairy, who till now has played the grieving father as the embodiment of cuckolded defeat.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - 13:29:00

Watch a teaser for Graham Gordy's 'Quarry'

We first wrote about Graham Gordy's forthcoming Cinemax show "Quarry" in April 2013 — shooting was set to begin that summer, and the Times noted, "2013 might just turn out to be Graham Gordy's year." As it turned out, things took a little longer than we predicted, but now that production has wrapped (as of August) and a teaser trailer has arrived, I think we can say with even greater confidence: 2016 might just turn out to be Graham Gordy's year.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 11:27:00

Brad Neely endorses Bernie Sanders

In case you were wondering where Brad Neely, the Fort Smith native and cult-favorite animator, stood on the presidential election, here is his brand new video tribute to Bernie Sanders. Neely, who created the Adult Swim series "China, IL" as well as a number of other popular web series and one-offs, has produced tributes to presidents in the past, but they tended to be dead ones.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 12:22:00

The Hollywood Reporter goes looking for Duggars in Springdale

The new issue of the Hollywood Reporter features a nice dispatch from Springdale by journalist Scott Johnson, who attends church services and speaks to a number of locals in and around "Duggar territory," even making a stop in Tontitown to try the family's front door.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 15:43:00

Nic Pizzolatto (University of Arkansas '05) profiled by Vanity Fair

Fiction writer, TV show-runner and renowned mystic Nic Pizzolatto, who got his MFA at the University of Arkansas roughly a decade before creating the HBO neo-noir series "True Detective," is profiled in the new issue of Vanity Fair ahead of the June 21 premiere of the show's second season. Written by Rich Cohen, the piece opens with the equivalent of an extended full disclosure before proceeding to probe Pizzolatto's creative universe and very vaguely tease details about the new season. It's fairly intense.

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Monday, February 2, 2015 - 17:12:00

Graham Gordy's 'Quarry' picked up by Cinemax

Deadline Hollywood reports today that Cinemax has picked up "Quarry," a 1970s-set drama created and produced by Little Rock's Graham Gordy and Michael D. Fuller, as an eight episode series. According to Deadline:

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday, January 23, 2015 - 11:20:00

Mary Steenburgen joins new Fox comedy, 'Last Man on Earth'

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Little Rock's Mary Steenburgen has joined the cast of a new Fox series called "Last Man on Earth," created by and starring former SNL cast member Will Forte. The show, a single-camera post-apocalyptic comedy about the survivor of a "viral epidemic," also stars Kristen Schall, Mel Rodriguez and January Jones, and will be directed and produced by writer-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller ("The Lego Movie," "21 Jump Street").

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 14:46:00

'Wrestling with Death' the next great insane Arkansas reality TV show

TV network WGN America has announced the premiere of a new reality TV series set in Arkansas slated to appear in 2015. The show, brought to us by the same production team behind the absurd, now-classic "Clash of the Ozarks," will be titled "Wrestling with Death,"

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 13:15:32

Big Piph announces five-episode documentary, 'I Am Not Them' (Trailer)

Globetrotting Little Rock rapper-activist Big Piph has announced the release of a new, five-part, autobiographical documentary series focusing on his music and his education and relief efforts abroad and locally, through his organization Global Kids Arkansas. The series will premiere tomorrow and was directed by Arkansas Times Visionary Kenneth Bell.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 14:31:00

This weekend: 'Breaking Bad' scientist comes to UCA, 'RuPaul's Drag Race' winner comes to Sway

Renowned meth expert Dr. Donna Nelson, whose day job is as a chemistry professor at the University of Oklahoma and formerly a science adviser to the TV series "Breaking Bad," will give a talk in the UCA Student Center Ballroom Room 205 7 p.m. Friday.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Monday, August 11, 2014 - 11:37:00

David Gordon Green to direct `80s tennis comedy, 'Red Oaks,' for Amazon

Little Rock native David Gordon Green, best known either for art-house dramas like "George Washington" or for stoner comedies like "Pineapple Express" or "Eastbound and Down," (depending on your age, predilections and drug habits), has signed on to direct a new TV show produced by Steven Soderbergh for Amazon Studios.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 14:09:00

Arkansas 'Jeopardy' hero Cooper Lair destined for game show riches

Not since the glory days of Leonard Cooper and Brock Thompson has Arkansas seen so promising a hometown Jeopardy contestant as 15-year-old Cooper Lair, who will compete in the Teen Tournament semi-finals tomorrow night (July 29) and will almost definitely emerge a very wealthy man.

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Friday, June 27, 2014 - 11:24:00

Mary Steenburgen joining 'Orange is the New Black'

Little Rock's Mary Steenburgen has announced that she'll be joining the third season of "Orange is the New Black," playing the mother of irredeemable crooked prison guard George "Pornstache" Mendez, pictured above. It's been a great year for the Newport native, who stole the show in "Last Vegas' (presumably? I somehow missed "Last Vegas") and was pretty menacing in her three episodes of the most recent season of "Justified."

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 11:30:00

Museum of Discovery's Kevin Delaney to appear on 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon'

Kevin Delaney, the Museum of Discovery's director of visitor experience, will appear as a guest on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" at 10:30 p.m. Monday, May 5, performing scientific demonstrations. Kelley Bass, the museum's CEO, notes, "Kevin demonstrates his unique brand of interactive science to thousands of Arkansas school children each year, so we're thrilled a huge national audience now will be treated to the same kind of exciting science."

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 16:07:00

Watch the first seven minutes of FX's 'Fargo,' starring Billy Bob Thornton

Adapting a classic film into a television series is a great idea from a marketing perspective (it's a pre-sold franchise with name recognition) and a boldly terrible idea from an artistic one. "M*A*S*H" admittedly worked out pretty well, and I still ride for "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles," but for the most part it's a bleak subgenre.

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Monday, March 24, 2014 - 10:19:00

CBS to hold open casting call for 'Big Brother' in Benton

Well it looks like Arkansas's reality TV moment isn't quite over, and now's your chance to get involved. The CBS show "Big Brother" will hold an open casting call for its sixteenth (!) season this Sunday in Benton from 1-6 p.m. The show, as CBS explains it, "follows a group of people living together in a house outfitted with 65 cameras and 98 microphones recording their every move, 24 hours a day."

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Monday, March 10, 2014 - 10:54:00

The open line: 'True Detective' wraps up, teases next season

"True Detective," created by fiction writer and University of Arkansas MFA-grad Nic Pizzolatto, closed out its first season last night and I'm assuming some of you noticed.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 16:31:00

Discovery Channel comes to the 'Ozarks'

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Discovery Channel will premiere a new six-episode show on Feb. 25 about a family rivalry in Hardy, Arkansas, called "Clash of the Ozarks."

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 13:39:00

Jimmy Fallon ends show run with disgraceful Levon Helm tribute, Muppets

The final episode of "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" aired Friday night, something I won't pretend to have known until a few minutes ago, and Fallon closed things out with a performance of "The Weight," starring himself in the role of the late, Arkansas-native Levon Helm and with The Muppets filling out the rest of the group.

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