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Best of 2016: TV Characters

Standing out is hard to do in a television land that is as wide and varied as it is today.  In most cases, it’s the lead who takes front and center and other times, it’s those side characters who just pull you in and make you love them.

From an actress and a single mother trying to balance work and home life to a brassy best friend who tells it like it is to a family keeping many secrets to an actress blurring the lines between acting and reality, check out my list of the 12 best TV Characters for 2016.

12: Doris (Ali Wong) – American Housewife [New Entry]

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Playing on her ‘non threatening Asian diversity’ within the snooty town of Westport, Doris (Ali Wong) has been able to share the dismissive views of best friend Katie (Katy Mixon) while also being able to mingle with the popular green-smoothie-drinking fit moms, who Katie literally hates.  Doris has no qualms about pushing her take-no-prisoners, hands on approach to parenting (which involves lots of yelling and eating strange meats in broth) onto Katie’s children.

11: Marcia Clark (Sarah Paulson) – American Crime Story [New Entry]

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Finding herself playing in the big league with the OJ Simpson trial, Marcia Clark (Sarah Paulson) found herself facing a giant brick wall right from the go.  From her personal dealings of a crumbling marriage and a nasty custody battle to how she dressed and did her hair for court, Clark, it seems was never going to win.  Thrust into the public eye, Paulson’s Clark offered up a deeper and thoughtful look into the most talked about woman of the time that was often overlooked for lesser, inessential topics.

10: The Morgans – Home and Away [New Entry]

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When Tori Morgan (Penny McNamee) first appeared in Summer Bay as the new doctor, none of us were prepared for the overloaded baggage she was hiding – her and her brothers (James Stewart, Jackson Heywood and Orpheus Pledger) were in witness protection.  Their parents killed by top dogs within a drug syndicate, their covers were blown, had no one they could trust and faced having to run again.  The Morgans added a major dash of drama to the bay that has been sorely missing since Charlotte’s (Erika Heynatz) murder last year.

9: Darryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) – The Walking Dead [Re-Entry from 2014]

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The confident, lone wolf we’ve all come to love has been through the wringer this season on The Walking Dead.  His lash out at Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) resulted in the death of good friend Glenn (Steven Yuen) and subsequently saw him taken into Negan’s custody, thrown into an isolation cell and tortured in an attempt to break him.  Holding onto the grief and guilt of Glenn’s death is the only thing keeping Darryl sane while being tortured.

8: Lyanna Mormont (Bella Ramsey) – Game of Thrones [New Entry]

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The pint sized warrior, the Lady of Bear Island Lyanna Mormont (Bella Ramsey) proved herself to be a formidable leader as she held the cards to back Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) and Sansa Starks’ (Sophie Turner) attack on Ramsey Bolton to reclaim Winterfell.  Her blistering speech to the bickering houses of Manderley, Glover and Cerwyn showed that while Jon may have finally killed Ramsey, Lyanna is the one who has become the people’s champ and a force to be reckoned with.

7: Bea Smith (Danielle Cormack) – Wentworth [New Entry]

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With all focus this past season on Joan (Pamela Rabe) entering Wentworth as a prisoner, the side story arc to this season featuring the blossoming romance between Bea (Danielle Cormack) and Allie (Kate Jenkinson) showed a more open yet vulnerable side to the prison top dog.  While the relationship was used to expose Bea’s weaknesses to both Joan and Kaz (Tammy Macintosh), this relationship ultimately proved to be Bea’s strength, believing Joan had given Allie an overdose, she sacrificed herself to put Joan behind bars for a very long time.

6: Agnes Mary Winstead (Kathy Bates) – American Horror Story: Roanoke [New Entry]

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While the premise for this latest season of American Horror Story was fantastic, the second half of the season became a total mess with one shinning mark – that of Agnes Mary Winstead (Kathy Bates) AKA – The Butcher.  Agnes’ became a victim of her own sudden rise to fame after My Roanoke Nightmare became a massive television hit and earned herself a Saturn Award best actress nomination.  After delving right into the role of The Butcher, Agnes was diagnosed with  schizoaffective disorder, unable to distinguish between fact and fiction and wholly embodied the woman with a penchant for meat cleavers.

5: Jamie Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) – Game of Thrones [New Entry]

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Season 6 of GoT was one full of loss for Jamie Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) as he mourned the death of his daughter Myrcella (Nell Tiger Free) and was removed from his position in the Kingsguard by his own son Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman) who, later on, also died taking his own life after his mother Cersei (Lena Headey) set alight half of Kings Landing.  Discovering that the woman he loves was responsible for the act that pushed Tommen to take his own life looks set to push Jamie into darker personal territory as he struggles with alliance next season.

4: Bonnie Winterbottom (Liza Weil) – How to get away with Murder [#8 in 2015]

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We’ve seen Bonnie (Liza Weil) fall back into old habits this past season of How to get Away With Murder as she continuously battled with boss Annalise (Viola Davis) over the treatment of Annalise’s former right hand man Frank (Charlie Weber) now on the run after his murderous past was fully revealed.  With Laurel (Lauren Velez) and Annalise trying to find Frank, Bonnie took it upon herself to track him down and try and coax him back after discovering he had killed her abusive father leading the two to spend a very intense and revealing night together.

3: Sam Fox (Pamela Adlon) – Better Things [New Entry]

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There’s no high glamour or Hollywood high life when it comes to Better Things‘ Sam Fox (Pamela Adlon).  She’s not a struggling actress but she’s also not readily recognized on the street by the everyday person.  She’s an actress and it’s her job and it’s this level of fame she attains while also a single mother to three girls, all of whom require a bulk of her attention to make it through each and every day, that makes Sam relatable.  Woman on the verge…..perhaps.  Woman trying to get a minute to have ‘dirty facetime’ with a recent hookup..seems to fit better when describing Sam Fox.

2: Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder) – Stranger Things [New Entry]

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Joyce Byers (in a defining comeback role for Winona Ryder) is a single mother, relatively poor and wanting answers regarding her missing son Will (Noah Schnapp).  Her less than affluent standing within the small town of Hawkins, Indiana has the locals not believing her son has gone missing, but despite her lack of influence within the town, she challenges each and every person – right up-to the Police Chief.

When she discovers she can communicate with her missing son through lights, Joyce finds a confidence and a voice to believe in what she is doing is actually real despite the constant knock downs from those telling her, her son is dead.

1: Quinn King (Constance Zimmer) – UnReal [#2 in 2015]

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Walking into season two of UnReal (and the new season of Everlasting) shouting the motto “MONEY, DICK, POWER!!” and ready to hand over the reigns of Everlasting to Rachel (Shiri Appleby) Quinn (Constance Zimmer) found herself not ready to let go when former boss Chet (Craig Bierko) returned to the fray looking to take control back of ‘his’ show. Quinn’s battle to maintain a hold on the show all came to a head in the fourth episode when she learns her father has died and only able to internalize her pain for a short while, Quinn literally opens the biggest can of whoop-ass ever seen.  No one, not even the studio office was saved from her scathing breakdown that saw her literally throw monitors across the room.

But Quinn is a quick one to recover.  She’s a smart ballsy woman who has this inane ability to see the knife coming before it hits her back and has a counter-attack already in play by the time that knife is on it’s way down.  By the end of the season, Quinn retained control of Everlasting and her Money, Dick, Power relationship with Rachel was as strong as it started out at seasons start.

 

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First Look: American Horror Story Coven Dolls by Integrity Toys

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AHS Coven figures by Integrity Toys.  (c)Integrity Toys 2016

Back in early December 2014, fashion doll company Integrity Toys announced a new line of dolls based off the characters within the American Horror Story Coven series.  Cut to almost two years later and finally Integrity Toys have come up with the goods ready for pre-order, but….are we done and dusted with Coven?

Since Coven’s airing, AHS has produced three further series – Freak Show, Hotel and the currently airing Roanoke and the limited amount of news and updates about this line from Integrity has possibly made fans a little indifferent about this reveal.

That said, the reveal by Integrity Toys showcases six pretty damn impressive figures for the new line featuring Jessica Lange’s Fiona Goode, Angela Bassett’s Marie Laveau, Evan Peter’s Kyle Spencer, Emma Robert’s Madison Montgomery, Frances Conroy’s Myrtle Snow and Taissa Farmiga’s Zoe Benson.  Sad to say, no swamp witch Misty Day (played by Lily Rabe).

All 6 dolls are on the FR2013 articulated body with brand new sculpts in the likeness of their characters (check out how close they got with Evan Peters!), rooted hair, applied eyelashes and fabric outfits featured within the show.

Check out more photos below:

 

All dolls are now available for pre-order with the Marie Laveau doll set for release first in December this year and are priced around the US$130 mark.

 

Lady Gaga Confirmed for AHS: Hotel

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Mother Monster will see you now!

Yep, Lady Gaga has been confirmed to star in the fifth season of the freaky franchise, currently titled American Horror Story: Hotel. Taking to twitter, Gaga posted the following tweet..

Aside from the new title, theme, Gaga’s casting and the premiere month of October, no other news has been announced regarding the show.  Sarah Paulson and Emma Roberts are currently working on other Ryan Murphy projects (American Crime Story and Scream Queens respectively) and series leader Jessica Lange’s possible involvement with season 5 is still unknown.

While noting Freak Show would be her last outing, Lange did reveal to E! back in November that she could be willing to return.

Integrity Toys Picks Up AHS Coven License

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Your chance to have your very own Fiona Goode or Misty Day 12″ figure is just around the corner as high end fashion doll company Integrity Toys announced they have acquired the licence to the bewitching third series of American Horror Story – Coven.

From the official press release:

December 2nd, 2014: As audiences enjoy the debut of the latest instalment of the AMERICAN HORROR STORY saga on television, Integrity Toys, Inc., under license from Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products, is thrilled to announce a partnership to produce high-end collectible dolls based on the various characters of fan-favorite COVEN, the iconic third season of the AMERICAN HORROR STORY series.

Pop Culture enthusiasts and fans of the hit TV series alike will be thrilled to take home these intricate collector dolls based on their favorite characters of the bewitching third season of the show! Currently in development, the dolls, slated for release in mid-2015, will be based on the actual likeness of the key characters each dressed in quality miniature replicas of some of their iconic looks from the show. The first dolls are expected to be unveiled in the Spring of 2015 and to ship in Summer 2015.

Integrity Toys are no stranger to creating products from well known sources with releases of 12″ articulated dolls from Saturday Night Fever to Barefoot in the Park and the hugely popular 80’s cartoon JEM.  This AHS Coven license will however be the first time the company have ventured into modern pop culture.

If Integrity happen to release a Fiona Goode, Misty Day and Myrtle Snow then i’m on board!  To be kept upto date on the release of these figures, sign up to Integrity Toys mailing list here!

AHS Freak Show Episode 1 Review

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Kathy Bates is back as Bearded Woman Ethel Darling. Source: Provided

“It’s kooky and it’s freaky and it’s a little bit creepy.  Freak Show delivers a visual treat”

Disturbingly brilliant with a warped visual excellence…and an insane killer clown.  It’s the easiest way to describe what American Horror Story: Freak Show is all about.

Set in 1950’s Jupiter, Florida, German ex-pat Elsa Mars (Jessica Lange – welcome back) has dreams of stardom.  Her somewhat jaded dreams have led her to become the proprietor of a freak show attraction (which she aptly named “Fraulein Elsa’s Cabinet of Curiosities”) that is struggling to bring in the crowds and the dollars.  Her troupe of oddities includes bearded lady Ethel Darling (Kathy Bates rocking a very convincing Canadian accent) and her son Jimmy (the underrated Evan Peters) who has a penchant for dressing like Marlon Brando and has deformed hands (that are also good for pleasuring bored housewives).

After discovering the existence of conjoined twins Bette and Dot Tattler (Sarah Paulson), Elsa sets out to convince the twins to join her troupe believing these girls will change her fortunes.

Lange from the onset owns.  She just owns.  AHS has been an incredible journey for her and with Elsa Mars, Lange once again gets to sink her teeth into a faded wannabe, reaching for stars that were never really in reach.  A snarly beauty who blends the lines of mother and abuse of her ‘monsters’.  As Elsa crows in the first episode “My monsters are the beautiful, heroic ones, they provide a laugh or a fright to people who need entertainment.”  Paulson here, can finally lay claim to her co-lead status as twins Bette and Dot.  The visuals for the twins are seamless and Paulson flawlessly gives both Bette and Dot identifying quirks and qualities that will have you picking a favorite of the two very quickly.

There’s also a very prominent side story which is most likely to give every viewer a new-found fear of clowns as it appears there’s a psychotic clown roaming around Jupiter who has a penchant for murder and collecting children.

AHS Creator Ryan Murphy has a knack for bringing to life the stories of outsiders which was so wonderfully created in the form of the excellent Asylum and the hit and miss Coven  so the task of telling the tale of a band of circus freaks in 1950’s Florida feels like a natural step forward.  With Freak Show, Murphy takes a step closer to the darkness that enveloped Asylum and steps away from the more modern and glossy Coven – which could be seen as a risky move considering Coven has been the most successful AHS series to date.

Amid all it’s over-saturated landscape, watch out for a certain scene that will delight AHS devotees – Jessica Lange clad in a powder blue suit bathed in copious amounts of blue eye shadow belting out a rendition of David Bowie’s “Life on Mars”.

To be sure, there is nothing like Freak Show on TV.

American Horror Story Freak Show begins tonight, 9:30pm on Eleven.

Full Length AHS Freak Show Trailer Revealed

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Sarah Paulson as Dot and Bette in a clip from AHS Freakshow

Roll up roll up, get your tickets here!  See the famous bearded lady, the mystical three breasted beauty, the strong man and the two headed woman!  Yes, the American Horror Story: Freak Show official full length trailer is finally here and it’s looking to be like everything we could hope for, for this new series!

Check out the trailer via Vulture.com

AHS Freak Show debut’s October 8 on FX in the US

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AHS Freak Show Cast Art Revealed

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How fantastic!  Hollywood Reporter released the first exclusive look at the cast art for AHS Freak Show and it looks incredible!  Jessica Lange as Elsa Mars front a centre, Sarah Paulson Bette and Dot Tattler, Michael Chiklis as The Strong Man Wendell Del Toredo, Kathy Bates as The Bearded Woman Effil Darling with Angela Bassett and Francis Conroy both featured as well!

AHS Freak Show begins October 8th, 10pm on FX

AHS Freak Show Gets Really Freaky

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To date, the only thing we really know about any of the characters that will be appearing in the new American Horror Story Freak Show is that Jessica Lange ‘has been practicing her German accent’.  It’s not much to go on, but we have been clinging onto that little piece of info like it’s our last scrap of food.

Now, thanks to AHS regular Sarah Paulson, we have been given something than a little more than a shred of info…

In an interview with E! News earlier this week, Paulson said that her reaction to reading the first script was two words: Holy shit! and the actress described the fourth season as a hybrid between the previous two “AHS” seasons, “Coven” and “Asylum.” “There’s going to be a little bit of a richer and potentially darker tone the way ‘Asylum’ had, but with the humor infused from ‘Coven,'” Paulson said.

So now we can add this little gem to the rest of what we know: “Freak Show”  will be set in Jupiter, Florida in the 1950s, Jessica Lange will play a German ex-pat running a carnival with Denis O’Hare playing her rival collector of freaks, and Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Evan Peters, Frances Conroy and other “AHS” favorites are also expected to return.

American Horror Story Season 4 Title Revealed

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You ready for a freak show?!

There were some rumblings of late about the theme of the next American Horror Story and last week, it was revealed that the new season would be set around a 1950’s carnival in Germany and now, co-creator Ryan Murphy yesterday revealed the seasons subtitle via twitter…

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The carnival circus theme is actually happening just as many fans had hoped it would.  Jessica Lange, Angela Bassett, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters and Kathy Bates are all on board for the new season!

American Horror Story Moves to the Carnival

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AHS Regular Jessica Lange will be back for season 4

The last time we heard anything about American Horror Story’s upcoming fourth season, we were being told that Jessica Lange was practicing her German accent and that the time setting would be the 1950’s.  There’s been many theories scattered around the theme for the new season and now, finally, one has been confirmed.

In a podcast with Nerdist Writers Panel, AHS writer and co-executive producer Douglas Petrie spilled the setting of Season 4. When first asked about it, he quickly responded, “I can say nothing.” Then Moira Kirkland, a writer for “Castle” and “Arrow” also on the podcast, said, “Well I don’t know if it’s true, but I heard carnival.” Petrie responded, “Yes — that was the, it — it does not have a title.”

The theme of carnival or circus were highly popular theories earlier this year when a selection of fan-made posters hit the internet that then went viral with co-creator Ryan Murphy telling EW.com that “No one has completely guessed what it is.” – guess these guys who made the posters were close!

Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett have apparently all signed on for the new season with reports this is set to be Lange’s final venture within the AHS landscape.