FX

He's a warm, unicorn-loving hitman


Maybe I was destined to like "Mr Inbetween," the quirky series that airs late-night Tuesdays on FX. After all, my sons are named Scott and Ryan ... and this show is written by and stars a guy named Scott Ryan. Anyway, I also like the show because of its offbeat tone. And I marvel that it's based on a movie that few people noticed when it was in Australian theaters, 13 years ago. Here's the story I sent to papers:

By Mike Hughes

When smart guys go bad: "Mayans" series and James' life


There is one scene in the "Mayans MC" opener that is virtually unwatchable -- a deeply disturbing and disturbed torture scene. And there are many scenes that are immensely watchable. This "Sons of Anarchy" series has the same mix of personal drama and fierce action. It starts Tuesday (Sept. 4); here's the story I sent to papers:

By Mike Hughes

When “Sons of
Anarchy” had its lethal conclusion, some things were clear:

Vesace story: An epic tragedy reaches TV


To me -- and to many people -- "Versace" was just a name on upscale fashions. Now we'll know much more; a beautifully crafted mini-series starts Jan. 17 and continues for eight Wednesdays; here's the story I sent to papers: 

By Mike Hughes

PASADENA, Cal. -- When “The People
vs. O.J. Simpson” arrived, it caused a stir.

"Snowfall": A drug drama adds depth and female ferocity


TV shows often start well and then sag in quality; it's kind of a tradition. Lately, however, some have gone in the opposite direction. One example is "The Bold Type" (9:01 p.m. Tuesdays on Freeform), one of the year's happiest surprises; another is FX's "Snowfall," closing its first season with strong episodes on Aug. 30 and Sept. 6; here's the story I sent to papers:

Classic Hollywood: Two giants feuded elegantly


Once you sink into it, you'll find "Feud" immensely entertaining. This is from the "People v. O.J. Simpson" producer, with the same idea -- a high-stakes battle involving high-stakes people. But now, it's Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, in the last days of old Hollywood.

The series opens Sunday (March 5) on FX, (A second "Feud" has already been ordered, this time with Charles and Diana.) Here's the story I sent to papers:

By Mike Hughes

Quiet comedies? Dreary, weary plots? These shows make it work


People keep finding ways to re-invent TV comedies. The studio-audience shows are starkly different from the filmed ones. But if either style is done right -- "The Big Bang Theory," "Modern Family" -- the result is delightful.

A young star flourishes in the old (bleeping) rock world of Denis Leary


From the moment "Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll" debuted last season, I was impressed with Elizabeth Gillies. She's a terrific singer who also knows how to handle drama and acerbic humor. Now the show starts its second season Thursday (June 30); here's the story I sent to papers:

By Mike Hughes

TV is a multi-Margo experience


One of TV's great series, "Justified" peaked when Margo Martindale brilliantly played a marijuana matriarch in the Kentucky hills. The role had rich layers ... and she's almost matched it subsequently, Now Martindale has "The Good Wife," "The Americans," two Sundance films and more. Here's the story I sent to papers:

By MIKE HUGHES

For a couple of
generations, Margo Martindale led the patient life of a supporting
actress.

Suddenly, Mondays are the promised land for unique (and good) TV


 

In recent weeks, I've been telling about lots of new TV shows, some of them pretty good and some not. But what about shows that are REALLY good and really different? We finally have them, all on one overcrowded night, That's Mondays, beginning Oct. 12, when "Fargo" and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" debut and "Jane the Virgin" returns. Here's the story I sent to papers:

"Americans" stars: Opposite routes to a splendid result


This is a terrific time for cable's FX network, with two superb 10 p.m. dramas back-to-back -- "Justified" (which started its final season Jan. 20) on Tuesdays, "The Americans" (which starts its third season Jan. 28) on Wednesdays. There's also comedy -- a pretty good one ("Archer") now on Thursdays, an excellent one (Billy Crystal and Josh Gad in "The Comedians") coming up. Here's the "Americans" story I sent to papers: