Day: October 23, 2020

“Undoing”: Lies, murder and a secretive Hugh

As a director, Susanne Bier has been busy muddying the images of stately Englishmen.
First, she cast Hugh Laurie as a cruel arms dealer in “The Night Manager.” Now she has Hugh Grant as a husband clinging to secrets – possibly murder – in “The Undoing,” at 9 p.m. Sundays on HBO.
“I just go for Hughs,” she joked. Such casting can be calculated … or whimsy. There’s “an element of intuitive sense,” she told the Television Critics Association in January. “There is a certain matchmaking fun about it.”
One match was already in place: Nicole Kidman (shown here with Grant) would star and David E. Kelley would produce and write the scripts, adapting a novel. That combination worked for “Big Little Lies,” which drew eight Emmys (including best mini-series and best actress, for Kidman) and eight more nominations. Read more…

Week’s top-10 for Oct. 26: “This Is Us” leads trio of openers

1) “This Is Us” season-opener, 9-11 p.m. Tuesday, NBC. Here’s a sign that TV is nudging back to normal: The best broadcast-network drama returns – sooner than first announced and with back-to-back episodes. Birthdays are big here – shared by Kevin, Kate and their adopted brother Randall. Now it’s their 40th, amid gloom. Their mom left to try an experimental Alzheimer’s treatment; as last season ended (shown here), Kevin blamed Randall for her decision and blurted out that he wishes his parents never adopted him. It could be tense. Read more…

Best-bets for Oct. 25: Old ‘Scream,” new dramas

1) “Scream” (1996), 9-11:30 p.m., CBS. We’re starting the final week (at last) before Halloween, with horror films everywhere. CBS has one of the best (airing a tad later than first planned). It began with a clever script from Kevin Williamson (“Dawson’s Creek”); then Wes Craven directed it beautifully, using a talented, young cast. Drew Barrymore has a great prologue; then the main body of the film stars Neve Campbell (shown here), Courteney Cox, Skeet Ulrich, David Arquette, Rose McGowan and more. Read more…