True Detective season 3 gets star, five scripts complete

There’s plenty of news coming out of the Television Critics Assoc. press tour over in the US at the moment, much of it courtesy of HBO’s new programming president, Casey Bloys. Chief among the snippets he put out into the world yesterday was news on season 3 of Nic Pizzolatto’s atmospheric crime series, True Detective.

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Sky teams up with HBO for $250m high-end drama partnership

HBO and Sky have joined forces to oversee a development slate of world class drama series. The $250m multi-year co-production will focus on “high end productions that feature engaging stories with international points of view and casting.” The partnership will apparently be open to pitches from across the creative community, in both the US and Europe, … >

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‘Westworld’ Season 1 Episode 10 review: ‘The Bicameral Mind’ is a gutsy finale

“These violent delights have violent ends.” Truth be told, it was easy to imagine Westworld failing to stick the landing. The last few episodes, with their movement towards upending the entire narrative, put this conclusion in a precarious situation, and the possibility that all of the progress would be erased and the narrative set back … >

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‘Westworld’ Season 1 Episode 9 review: ‘The Well-Tempered Clavier’ explores memory

“Remember.”  Throughout its first season Westworld has shown how the limiting of memory serves as its own form of oppression, with the Hosts’ recall of their cyclical, futile loops erased to keep them as subservient puppets whose individuality is a hollow fiction. It follows, then, that unlimited memory is liberation – the ability to recognise … >

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‘Westworld’ Season 1 Episode 8 review: ‘Trace Decay’ offers philosophy and thrills

“When are we?” Trace decay, the theory that gives this week’s Westworld its title, is the theory that human memory slowly fades over time, with the details of any given memory slowly decaying away and leaving only the vague broad strokes. Meanwhile, Hosts have it a little different, perfectly recalling every detail of a situation … >

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‘Westworld’ Season 1 Episode 7 review: ‘Trompe L’Oeil’ is the best episode so far

“And in that sleep, what dreams may come…” Westworld has spent a good chunk of its first six episodes methodically putting the building blocks in place for what’s now ensured (thanks to this week’s season two renewal) to be an expansive mythological journey. It’s been a fascinating ride, but light on genuine pay-off, and often … >

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