NBC’s New “Rise” Pits Football Against Theater

Fans of Parenthood and Friday Night Lights will appreciate producer and showrunner Jason Katims applying what he does best — creating heartfelt family-fueled dramas — to his latest project Rise (Tuesdays at 10/9c). With hints of FNL, Smash and Glee (Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller is also involved), Katims introduces us to a working-class town where football rules and the theater program is simply an afterthought, if a thought at all. Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother) stars as a dedicated American lit teacher and family man who re-energizes his life when he asks to take on the high school’s […]


USA’s New ‘Damnation’ Is A Brilliantly Wicked Thrill Ride

Buckle up, for this is TV at its best. Rich in relevancy to our current times but set in the 1930s American heartland, USA Network’s Damnation comes from Longmire’s Tony Tost, who wrote and created the can’t-turn-away saga starring Killian Scott and Logan Marshall-Green. In equally juicy roles, Scott plays Seth Davenport, a roving preacher using his pulpit for politics and inciting downtrodden farmers of Iowa to stand up against the wealthy bankers and store owners, and Marshall-Green plays the malevolent, emotionless Creeley Turner, hired by a tycoon to stop the uprising using any means necessary. The two, however, share […]


‘Gold Rush’ Preview: Hoffman Crew Tries to Make History

This week’s episode of Gold Rush (Friday at 9/8c) may go down in the show’s history books. Todd Hoffman — in true Todd style — is legitimately trying to make history by pushing his team to run 800 yards an hour through his three washplants. Todd’s playing catch up — he’s four weeks behind — but still believes they can make the obscene season goal of 5,000 ounces. “We’re going to kick ass,” Todd says, as he rallies his team. It looks like it may be doable, too. Freddy Dodge finally has the water he needs to start sluicing. Rusty […]