|A few weeks ago a friend of mine was telling me about Rubicon, AMC's newest series about a New York-based government intelligence agency where "nothing is as it appears to be." (He's close to the project.) I was immediately intrigued.|
For one thing, if you watch the promo, you'll note that this series likes to insert clues in things like crossword puzzles and newspaper articles. I'm a sucker for clues!
And then there's the cast, which includes Miranda Richardson, Dallas Roberts and James Badge Dale (from The Pacific and 24). And then there's the fact that it's airing on AMC, which I fully trust, thanks to Mad Men and Breaking Bad and the upcoming Walking Dead series.
Rubicon doesn't premiere until later this summer, but AMC will air a sneak preview right after Sunday's Breaking Bad finale. (And holy cow, if you haven't been watching that show this season, what is wrong with you?) It's on my radar.
|Friday, August 27, 2010|
BBC Four to air 'Rubicon' in the UK
Friday, August 27 2010, 09:24 BST
By Catriona Wightman, TV
BBC Four has announced that it plans to air new US drama Rubicon.
The AMC series, which is currently airing in the States, focuses on an intelligence analyst who solves codes.
The analyst gets caught up in a conspiracy after an untimely death.
The cast includes James Badge Dale and Miranda Richardson and the show was shot in New York.
BBC Four has now revealed that Rubicon will air as part of its Autumn and Winter 2010/2011 season.
The channel already has the rights to another AMC drama, Mad Men, and recently announced that it will begin airing the fourth season next month.
|BBC4 pitches to Mad Men fans with new drama Rubicon|
Post-9/11 conspiracy drama Rubicon is a slow burner helping to cement network AMC's reputation as a mini HBO
BBC4 has already delighted British fans of Mad Men by bringing forward the new series by six months, to September. Now viewers partial to slow-burning US dramas can look forward to Rubicon, the latest offering from Mad Men broadcaster AMC to be acquired by the channel.
Mad Men, the stylish drama set in the world of 1960s New York advertising, is nominated for 17 awards, more than any other drama, at this Sunday's 2010 Emmy awards. It has changed the fortunes of AMC (American Movie Classic), a cable channel once known for old movie repeats but now being likened to a mini HBO, the station behind The Sopranos and The Wire.
Post-9/11 conspiracy drama Rubicon is slow-paced, although that did not stop the debut episode in the US attracting 2.5 million viewers, the biggest audience for a new show in the network's history.
Its hero, a data analyst, seems to spend entire episodes lurking in dimly lit Washington libraries staring at crosswords waiting for hidden codes to materialise in front of his eyes. Code cracker Will Travers, played by James Badge Dale, is embroiled in a conspiracy that saw his boss dispatched in a train crash. Rubicon also weaves in Miranda Richardson as the widow of a tycoon whose husband changed his will to put her in charge of his companies and then killed himself.
The initial promise was that the series could stand shoulder to shoulder with such 1970s conspiracy classics as Three Days of the Condor and The Parallax View. Critics have said Rubicon is not as sexy as Mad Men, nor as brutal as AMC's second original drama, Breaking Bad, the lauded jet-black saga of a chemistry teacher with cancer turned crystal meth manufacturer. But it has confounded some US critics with its cast of shabby government underlings and its disinclination to plant a clear signpost as to where the story might be headed.
Its audience in the US has dipped, but both Mad Men and Breaking Bad started slowly and went on to build a loyal following.
After decades of anonymity, AMC saw the 2000s out as one of the prime purveyors of signature cable drama. For a long time, HBO had that market sewn up. Its slogan was: "It's not TV, it's HBO." The very name was a mark of quality. Something that differentiated it from terrestrial networks such as NBC and Fox, which still struggled to attract the widest possible audiences. But then perennial second-place cable channel, Showtime hit on its mums-with-problems formula (Weeds, Nurse Jackie, United States Of Tara).
FX, another undistinguished movie channel, took a chance with The Shield and quickly became the destination for anti-hero projects (Sons Of Anarchy, Justified, Damages).
And now AMC, producer of two prodigious series with nothing in common except their leisurely pace, has carved out its niche as purveyor of slow but endlessly involving dramas. Despite the show's Rubicon's mixed reception, AMC remains committed to commissioning original dramas. October sees the debut of The Walking Dead, a zombie thriller created by Frank Darabont and starring Andrew Lincoln. And, because its AMC, these zombies move slowly. Very, very slowly.
|A few years ago, the cable network AMC was a minor movie channel unable to allow a week to pass without at least half a dozen showings of Point Break. All that changed with its first original series, the slow, stylish Mad Men. It changed even more with the slow, ominous Breaking Bad. And now, it's changed a third time with the even-slower conspiracy series Rubicon. Here's what got me watching: a show openly claiming to share the same DNA as such 70s classics as The Conversation, The Parallax View and Three Days Of The Condor. Here's what might stop me watching: I've seen a few episodes and I can't really tell you what's happening. James Badge Dale is the woolly-haired, mumbly lead, a data analyst in a shabby, dimly lit, underfunded policy organisation based in Washington. His days are spent ploughing through paperwork and looking for secret codes buried inside textbooks and crosswords. On the other side of the city, Miranda Richardson's rich industrialist husband commits suicide. There you go. Now you know as much as me. Oh yeah, and there's a four-leaf clover involved somehow. And someone else got murdered. The analyst and the widow will, at some point, cross paths, but at this stage, there is no predicting how or why. Here's what might keep me watching: no invisible drones in the sky, no triangulation, no satellites. This might be the least hi-tech spy show produced in the past two decades. Everybody writes. With pens. In notebooks. When information is needed, analysts pick up books and leaf through pages. Like I said, it's slow and, Richardson aside, the entire cast seems to have been hired on the strength of their dowdiness. But I had qualms about Breaking Bad at first and I ended up sitting happily through an episode that only featured two actors and a fly.|
|QUOTE (Fangy and grrr @ Aug 28 2010, 11:44 PM)|
|Not sure it counts as Cult though maybe more at home in the US Drama section. :shrug:|
|QUOTE (Fangy and grrr @ Aug 29 2010, 01:58 PM)|
|The power you wield. :o ;)|
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Gone in the Teeth
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New series. Intelligence analyst Will Travers has his world shattered by an untimely death and begins to ask questions, leading him to a complex conspiracy. He discovers a pattern in several daily newspaper puzzles, which he suspects is connected to the freak accident that killed his boss. Thriller, starring James Badge Dale, Miranda Richardson and Dallas Roberts.
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Will Travers - James Badge Dale
Maggie Young - Jessica Collins
Tanya MacGaffin - Lauren Hodges
Miles Fiedler - Dallas Roberts
Grant Test - Christopher Evan Welch
Kale Ingram - Arliss Howard
Katherine Rhumor - Miranda Richardson
Team leader - David McDaniel
Truxton Spangler - Michael Cristofer
James Wheeler - David Rasche
Andy - Annie Parisse
Team D leader - Jennifer Butler
Directed by: Allen Coulter
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