Posts by Dave Nemetz
- Dave Nemetz at Yahoo TV2 days ago
If you believe the conventional wisdom surrounding "Community," last season was an unspeakable abomination. Without creator Dan Harmon at the helm, the NBC comedy flailed and sputtered its way to its worst season yet, a pale shadow of its former glory.
But miraculously, it somehow earned a fifth-season renewal, and even more miraculously, NBC brought Harmon back as showrunner. So his glorious return to the fold this season must have reinvigorated the series and made everything "cool cool cool" again, right?
Well, not exactly. In fact, if you take off your Harmon fanboy glasses and give this season's episodes a hard look, you won't see much of a bump in quality, if any, from the much-maligned Season 4. (Yep, you heard us.)
- Dave Nemetz at Yahoo TV5 days ago
Billy Bob Thornton's character in the new FX series "Fargo" — an enigmatic hitman named Lorne Malvo — is one terrifying individual. But then, it's hard to be terrified of a man sporting that haircut, isn't it?
An uneven, choppy cut that Thornton's manager said looks like he's "channeling the dark side of Ken Burns," Malvo's unfortunate 'do adds an extra level of weirdness to his inscrutable persona. And Thornton tells us his character's signature look came about entirely by accident.
"I got a bad haircut that was cut kind of wrong, with the intention of combing it over to one side," Thornton told Yahoo TV via phone from "Fargo's" Calgary set. "But it didn't quite work doing that. When you didn't do anything to it, the bangs just kind of hung there. And it was like, 'Hey, wait a minute. This is sick!'" Lo and behold, Lorne Malvo's haircut was born.
- Dave Nemetz at Yahoo TV6 days ago
Warning: This post contains spoilers about Sunday's "Mad Men" season premiere.
We had a lot of questions about Don Draper going into "Mad Men's" final season. Does he still work for Sterling Cooper & Partners? Is his marriage to Megan still intact? And after that wrenchingly confessional speech to Hershey's, is he finally ready to break the cycle of self-destruction and be honest with himself?
Well, based on Sunday's season premiere, the answer to all of those questions is: Sort of.
- Dave Nemetz at Yahoo TV8 days ago
Martin Freeman just nailed a take. But one small aspect of the actor's performance doesn't sound quite right to one onlooker. "Sound" being the operative word.
On the Calgary set of FX's "Fargo," Freeman is shooting a pivotal late-season scene as beleaguered insurance salesman Lester Nygaard. (If we told you what was happening in it, we'd have to throw you in the wood-chipper.) After that virtuoso take, though, he's pulled aside by the show's dialect coach, Tony Alcantar, who's responsible for making sure the actors sound like the Minnesota natives they're portraying. And he wants to tweak Freeman's pronunciation of the word "sound."
"'Sound,' like 'ow,'" Alcantar tells Freeman. The star tries it out once or twice, gets his coach's approval, and heads back in front of the camera. And sure enough, on the next take, there it is: "S-ow-und."
Get a sneak peek at FX's "Fargo" right here:
- Dave Nemetz at Yahoo TV9 days ago
Do you want to know a secret? Matthew Weiner is a huge Beatles fan.
Well, OK, that's not really a secret: The "Mad Men" creator has often weaved his love for the Fab Four into his Emmy-winning AMC drama. He ended the Season 4 episode "Hands and Knees" with an instrumental version of that early Beatles hit, "Do You Want to Know a Secret." Plus, he coughed up a quarter-million dollars to use the Beatles' "Tomorrow Never Knows" in Season 5's "Lady Lazarus." (And it was worth every penny, by the way.)
Weiner recently told Buzzfeed he's taking inspiration for "Mad Men's" final season (which debuts Sunday) from the last album the Beatles recorded together, "Abbey Road":
- Dave Nemetz at Yahoo TV10 days ago
Don't go looking for Marge Gunderson or Jerry Lundegaard in FX's "Fargo"; you won't find them. While the new ten-episode drama (debuting April 15) faithfully recreates the spirit and tone of the Oscar-winning Coen brothers film, it tells an entirely new story — and a good one, at that — with a fresh cast of characters.
But that doesn't mean the cast hasn't seen the movie, for Pete's sake. When we visited the Calgary set of "Fargo" last month, we asked each cast member to name their favorite scene, moment, or line of dialogue from the original film... and ma'am, they answered our question! Read on for some good vintage "Fargo" memories.
Billy Bob Thornton (Lorne Malvo)
- Dave Nemetz at Yahoo TV13 days ago
If you've gone to the movies or turned on your TV in the past year or so, chances are you've seen Martin Freeman. Not only is he starring as adventure-seeking hobbit Bilbo Baggins in the big-screen "Hobbit" trilogy, he's also Benedict Cumberbatch's sidekick Watson on PBS's "Sherlock." (Plus, TV fans remember his breakout role as Tim, the John Krasinski equivalent on the original U.K. version of "The Office.")
But even if you recognize Freeman's face, you won't recognize his voice this time around. The very British Freeman adopts an "oh yah, you betcha" Minnesota accent to play browbeaten insurance salesman Lester Nygaard in "Fargo" (debuting April 15), FX's ten-episode reimagining of the classic Coen brothers film. (It tells a new story with new characters, but if it helps, think of Lester as a slight twist on William H. Macy's tragic loser Jerry Lundegaard.)
Watch the first seven minutes of FX's "Fargo" right here:
- Dave Nemetz at Yahoo TV15 days ago
Ever have a recurring nightmare? Well, Gordon Ramsay's about to have one; he's heading back to Amy's Baking Company, site of one of the most infamous "Kitchen Nightmares" ever, for next week's Season 6 premiere.
If you recall, Amy's is run by combative husband-and-wife duo Samy and Amy, who claim their Scottsdale restaurant is a local favorite. But when Chef Ramsay arrived, he found them trying to pass off pre-bought frozen pasta as homemade and arguing with customers, leading Ramsay to walk out in disgust.
To get you ready for Round 2, we've got an exclusive deleted scene from Ramsay's first trip to Amy's. Here, he tries to address the pasta situation, presenting Amy with a bag of pre-packaged gnocchi and asking her what's in it, exactly.
- Dave Nemetz at Yahoo TV16 days ago
And another late-night icon gets ready to say goodbye.
Less than two months after his longtime rival Jay Leno stepped down from NBC's "Tonight Show," David Letterman has announced he'll retire and step down from CBS's "Late Show" in 2015.
Letterman addressed the "Late Show" audience at Thursday's taping, saying, "The man who owns this network, Leslie Moonves, he and I have had a relationship for years and years and years, and we have had this conversation in the past, and we agreed that we would work together on this circumstance and the timing of this circumstance. And I phoned him just before the program, and I said ‘Leslie, it’s been great, you’ve been great, and the network has been great, but I’m retiring.'"
- Dave Nemetz at Yahoo TV17 days ago
If you're a fan of the Coen brothers' Oscar-winning 1996 film "Fargo," you may think you know what to expect from the new FX miniseries, "Fargo" (debuting April 15). But having seen the pilot, we can tell you it's a bit different than what you might be picturing. And we've got an exclusive first look at exactly how different it is.
Above, we have a special sneak peek of the first seven minutes of the "Fargo" pilot, which introduces us to a new set of characters but is very much in the spirit (and climate) of the Coens' classic.
The clip opens with mysterious hitman Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton) driving along a lonely snow-covered road… and ignoring a persistent knocking coming from his trunk. And when he swerves off the road after hitting a deer, we learn exactly what he's hiding in that trunk...