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RC Report with guest Maureen Ryan

RC Report w/ Maureen Ryan of Variety Magazine

Maureen Ryan and I discuss Game of Thrones, the impact of social media(on tv shows), diversity in Hollywood and more.

0:00-3:15 How Mo got her start as a writer/reviewer

3:15-7:52 The Golden Age of TV and its current expansion.

7:52-12:00 The impact of social media.

12:00-25:45 Women and diversity in television.

25:45-28:40 Under the Radar Shows.

28:40-End Game of Thrones

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Maureen lists a bunch of great shows for you to check out. I made of list of them and linked their IMDB pages.

Peaky Blinders
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Jane The Virgin
Fresh off the boat
BoJack Horseman
Mr. Robot

Interview with Alison Wright of FX’s The Americans

On FX’s The Americans, our heroes are constantly changing, but ever so glacially. It’s Martha Hanson — the FBI secretary Philip (Matthew Rhys) married to gain access to classified secrets — who perhaps best captures the show’s emotional urgency. Played to devastating effect by Alison Wright, Martha’s season-three arc ended with a gut-punch: Philip-as-Clark stripped off his glasses and wig in a huge, shiver-inducing show of trust. But for Martha, truth is stranger than fiction as she begins season four adjusting to marriage with a man she doesn’t recognize.

RC talks to Alison about how she got her big break,American accents,whether she identifies with Martha and more.

Game of thrones Season 6 Trailer Analysis

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Star Wars The Force Awakens’ Is Officially The All-Time #1 North American Box Office Winner


First, let’s talk about the North American box office, because dethroning Avatar is even more impressive than you might think. Avatar took a slow and steady chug up the box office charts back in 2009, reaching the majority of its total over three months. The Force Awakens has literally been making a quarter of a billion dollars at the American box office every week since it came out, and it’s not even close to being done. If trends persist, and they likely will, it might even be the first movie to gross a billion dollars just at the North American box office.

Taking the global crown might be a bit more complicated. Avatar, the current champ, currently sits on a $2.78 billion total gross, and while Star Wars is doing just as well overseas as it is in the U.S., that still puts it at, so far, $1.55 billion. So, while it’s certainly reachable, and it seems like America will do its part to get Avatar out of the top spot, the rest of the world needs to pitch in and buy a few more tickets. We know, it’s a sacrifice, but if we work together, we’ll get through it.

Making A Murderer is the most important documentary you will ever watch.


Binge watching is always an emotional journey. Netflix’s Making a Murderer will take you on a ride that you’ll never forget.(though you may want to)The docuseries chronicles the real life trials of Wisconsin man Steven Avery. Avery spent 18 years in prison until he is exonerated by DNA evidence. A powerful series on the corruption of local government could’ve been produced from the first leg of Avery’s journey. The Manitowoc County Sheriff department’s initial investigation reads like a Do NOT manual for police investigations. In light of the systemic failures in the first case, you’d assume that lessons were learned and adjustments were made. You’d be wrong.

Avery’s story doesn’t end with his exoneration. His decision to file a civil suit against the men and county responsible for his imprisonment is the engine of the series. Soon after, Avery is accused of another more insidious crime, the murder of 25-year old photojournalist Teresa Halbach. The documentary is clearly pro-Avery. The creators aren’t heavy handed in the presentation, but it’s clear they believe they are presenting an injustice. Avery’s background and the background of his family aren’t deeply delved into. There are a few petty crimes here and there but they are mostly glossed over.

It’s impossible not to become infuriated with the conduct of every person sworn to uphold the law in this small town. There are no true checks and balances.  Prosecutors, judges, and even defense attorneys serve as an echo chambers rubber stamping the conjecture of the other. Because of the history of the case, a special prosecutor is named and we are told that the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s office will have nothing to do with the investigation(other than providing resources). Not only are they involved but they find key evidence that leads to Avery’s conviction.

The prosecution argued that Halbach was murdered in Avery’s trailer but none of her blood was found there. The key to Teresa’s vehicle was found after months of searching by a Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Deputy.  The same deputy who was aware of evidence that would free Avery the first time around. Avery’s evidence kit from the 1985 case was tampered with, the seal was broken and the vial of blood it contained was punctured. Despite the irregularities, conflicts of interest and outright incompetence of the investigation,  the police are given the presumption of innocence at every turn.

Steven Avery sat in prison for a year while DNA evidence that would later free him lay dormant. No one rushed to free this innocent man, no one in authority was eager to see this wrong righted. When the tables were turned and law enforcement was accused of wrongdoing, the FBI practically invented a test to protect fellow law enforcement officials. It’s amazing to watch how far these men will go to maintain the status quo.

The most audacious example of the arrogance of those in power is  when the County Sheriff opines that it would be far easier to murder Steven Avery than it would be to frame him. What country am I living in? How was this man allowed to keep his job? Ken Petersen is now retired but not before receiving a glowing write-up in the local paper.

The saddest aspect of this sorry saga is the treatment of mentally challenged teen Brendan Dassey. Dassey was interrogated by police for hours-without an attorney- until he finally told them what they wanted to hear. The interrogation was emblematic of the conduct of law enforcement throughout the case. They predetermined Brendan had something to do with the murder of Teresa Halbach then pressed him until he gave the answers they wanted.

As dark as Making a Murderer is, the real conclusion may be more morbid. Special prosecutor Ken Kratz has recently presented his side of the story, claiming the filmmakers cherry picked information to fit their narrative of a frame up. Honestly, the points he makes are compelling. What if Steven Avery did it? What then? Was an innocent man “made” into a murderer? Is that worse than the system falsely imprisoning him twice? If this dark theory is true, the blood of Teresa Halbach isn’t only on Avery’s hands, but all sworn to uphold the law in both cases featured in the documentary.

However you feel about Avery’s guilt or innocence, this documentary will change the way you view the justice system in this country.

True Detective, Chip Kelly and Kobe Bryant have one thing in common.


Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men. Lord Acton

On the surface, giving more power to talented people is a good idea. Especially when the talent has a track record of success. Organizations hand the keys to their best and brightest because we intrinsically believe that giving the talented more power breeds more success. More times than not this isn’t true. Giving more power often tears down the infrastructure responsible for initial success.

Nic Pizzolatto, Kobe Bryant, and Chip Kelly are three men given autonomy in their fields because of their talent. Pizzolatto deserves credit for the success of True Detective’s first season.  He toiled over the script for nearly a decade, sold the successfully pitched the series to HBO. His work was compelling enough to draw A-list actors, Matthew McConaughey, and Woody Harrelson.

The star power of leads drew viewers and raised expectations. Expectations which the show surpassed. The show became the most-watched first season in HBO’s history. Pizzolatto was further buoyed by the direction of Cary Fukunaga. The visionary’s careful crafted the world Pizzolatto deserved.

This season the A-list stars are gone, replaced by serviceable actors with far less wattage. Fukunaga is absent as well, amidst rumors of a feud with Pizzolatto fueling his departure.

As a result season 2 is filled with the writer’s worst impulses. His fingerprints mark each episode with a sloppiness resembling the criminals and law enforcement officers that inhabit the show.

In season one Pizzolatto’s existential monologues were rescued by McConaughey’s idiosyncrasies. This season Vince Vaughn fails miserably in a role he was miscast for. When Rachel Adams and Collin Ferrell descend into darkness Woody Harrelson isn’t there to make light of it. The only humor season two provides is unintentional. To use a sports reference Nick ran off his Shaq (Fukunaga) and his Phil (Matthew and Woody) retired.

Kobe Bryant’s last two seasons have not played out the way he would’ve written. His quest to tie Jordan’s ring count appears hopeless. He’s run off anyone that could help him achieve his goal years ago. Now he toils on a horrible team as father time continues to defeat him.Kobe’s refusal to take a lesser role is sold by his supporters as a desire to win. In reality, its stubbornness and failure to adapt have marred the ending of a spectacular career.

Similar to the aforementioned men Chip Kelly’s abilities have taken him to the point where he has autonomy. Kelly turned perennial doormat Oregon into a national brand.His abilities made him a sought after commodity and after years of wooing Chip eventually signed the dotted line and became head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.

After making the playoffs and taking the league by storm in year one, Kelly has continually flummoxed the football world by cutting or trading established stars. In their confusion, his former players have hinted at race as the motive. They are confusing Kelly’s mishandling of power for racism. Kelly isn’t a collaborator, he’s a dictator. He wants robots that perform the system the way he designed it.

The problem for Kelly is that it’s much easier to bend redshirt freshmen to his will than millionaires. Kelly’s inflexibility may ultimately be his undoing. The best leaders don’t sit on high detached from those they follow. They are on the ground with them, asking questions, observing and gaining feedback.

It’s probably too late for Kobe to change his ways but for Pizzolatto and Kelly there’s still time to become collaborative leaders. A good leader must first lead themselves by realizing their talent and knowledge is finite, but the possibilities of collaboration are infinite.

Deion Sanders is ‘Like a Virgin’ in Lip Sync Battle clip



Deion Sanders can rock a tutu, it turns out: The athlete donned one — along with a curly blonde wig — to perform “Like a Virgin” on this week’s Lip Sync Battle.

Sanders plays to the camera in a clip from the episode, where he’s competing against Justin Bieber. Watch the clip below and see his full performance when the episode airs Thursday at 10 p.m. ET on Spike.

Deion Sanders can rock a tutu, it turns out: The athlete donned one — along with a curly blonde wig — to perform “Like a Virgin” on this week’s Lip Sync Battle.

Sanders plays to the camera in a clip from the episode, where he’s competing against Justin Bieber. Watch the clip below and see his full performance when the episode airs Thursday at 10 p.m. ET on Spike.

The Good Wife season 7; Margo Martindale joins cast

margo-martindaleEli Gold had better level up his game as new character Willa Eastman will definitely pose a new challenge to Peter Florick’s campaign manager.

The new character will be played by award winning actress Margo Martindale, who bagged an Emmy for her role as Mags Bennett in Justified. Martindale guest starred in The Americans where she also earned Emmy nominations. She recently tried her hand at comedy in the sitcom The Millers where she starred opposite Will Arnett and Beau Bridges, reported Deadline.

“Every year we look for a character and an actor who can go toe-to-toe with Eli Gold and make him blink. So we were thrilled when Margo Martindale agreed to play Willa Eastman. Her ability to mix comedy and drama is unparalleled. And we can’t wait to see how Margo and Alan deal with each other,” executive producers Robert and Michelle King said to TV Guide.

According to a report by Variety, Willa Eastman will be a recurring character and a campaign operative who specializes in bringing wins for underdog candidates. Willa will be a shrewdly intelligent character who hides her cunning behind an affable façade. She is expected to clash periodically with Alan Cumming’s Eli Gold.

Martindale will be joined by another new cast member Jeffrey Dean Morgan who will play the character of Alex, a hired investigator who may also spark a romance with Juliana Margulies’ character Alicia Florick.

After the departure of Kalinda, played by Archie Panjabi, who may be working on the development of her own drama, and Finn Polmar, played by Matthew Goode who left the show to return to Downton Abbey for its final season, fans were waiting for news about new cast members who will flesh out the storylines for the upcoming season.

The seventh season of The Good Wife will return to CBS on October 4.

Suicide Squad Comic-Con Footage Officially Released


Suicide Squad stars Will Smith (The Pursuit of HappinessFocus) as Deadshot, Joel Kinnaman (RoboCopEasy Money) as Rick Flagg, Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney (DivergentThe Water Diviner) as Captain Boomerang, Cara Delevingne (Anna Karenina, upcoming Pan) as Enchantress, Karen Fukuhara as Katana, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc, Jay Hernandez as El DIablo, Adam Beach as Slipknot, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller and Jared Leto as the Joker. There’s also mystery roles for Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood, Raymond Olubowale, Alex Meraz, Jim Parrack, and Common.

Created by Robert Kanigher and Ross Andru back in 1959, the Suicide Squad team has included countless DC villains among its ranks, including Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, Bane, Killer Frost, Poison Ivy, Count Vertigo, Deathstroke, and Harley Quinn. The CW’s “Arrow” introduced their own version of the team in the most recent season of the series and the recent animated film, Batman: Assault on Arkham, offered another version of the team.

Written and directed by Ayer, Suicide Squad will shoot until September for an August 5, 2016 release.