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by Daniela Gama | Collider | April 10, 2023
Whether you binge-watch it or take it easy by watching an episode a day, cuddling up with a television series is one of the best ways to spend time and keep boredom at bay. Luckily for us viewers, tons of streaming services provide audiences with great watches. While some turn out to be really entertaining, offering viewers thought-provoking and entertaining narratives, others fall short of expectations.
Less often than we’d like, a TV show lives up to its true potential throughout its entire running time; a great series can indeed count on a very promising premise but end up disappointing viewers when it comes to its execution. From Dead Like Me to Heroes, Reddit analyzes which TV shows could’ve been better if only they went in another direction.
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by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | February 14, 2022
Cookie Gingersnap made during the ’51 Birthday Cakes for Damian Lewis’ bakeoff 😉
Happy Valentine’s Day to all the fandom! Hope you’re surrounded by loved ones and treat yourself to a dessert today! Might we tempt you with some poetry? Listen to Damian Lewis read She Walks in Beauty on The Love Book poetry app. You can read, listen, even record your own poem and share it with a loved one – send a recording to a grandparent, friend, lover or mother. There are many poems with over seventy read aloud by Damian, Helen McCrory, Tom Hiddleston, Helena Bonham Carter, Emma Watson and Gina Bellman. Download the interactive app from the Apple Store for iOS and Android devices.
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100 Best TV Detective Dramas of All Time
by Grant Suneson & Hristina Byrnes | 24/7 Wall St. | November 13, 2021
The detective show genre is one of the most popular on television. Audiences love the suspense and intrigue of hard-working detectives doggedly searching for clues to hunt down criminals and bring them to justice.
There have been hundreds of detective shows over the years, some much better than others. Some of these shows ran for well over a decade, while others became cult classics after just a few seasons on the air. To determine the 50 best detective shows in TV history, 24/7 Tempo considered audience reviews from the Internet Movie Database.
The best detective shows have redefined the genre, putting their own spin on what a detective show can be. Some are funny, some are dark and gritty, and some have psychologists, supernatural healers, and even murderers serving in the detective role.
The shows on this list are not just good detective series, many have gone down as some of the most popular and well-reviewed programs in all of television history. These are the 100 best TV detective dramas of all time:
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Self-Quarantine with Damian
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | March 18, 2020
Coronavirus. CoVid-19. Pandemic. Social Distancing. Self-Isolation. Quarantine. Flatten the Curve. Stop the Spread. Stay the F Home. These words and phrases are flooding our everyday lives at home, at work, and as we go down the rabbit hole on social media.
If you’re looking for some escapist TV and movies during self-isolation, we’ve rounded up some of the best Damian-filled films and shows to binge, stream, or watch OnDemand. Let’s get started.
Homeland – Find it on Amazon Prime, Hulu, or Showtime OnDemand. Arguably one of the best television series with masterclass acting and storytelling. CIA officer Carrie Mathison (Clare Danes) fears and US Marine Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) is plotting a terrorist attack on America after being turned during his eight years held captive by al-Qaeda. It’s a compelling rollercoaster ride of red herrings, intrigue, politics and subterfuge.
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‘Bleeding Cool’ Makes Their Picks
by Jeremy Konrad | Bleeding Cool | August 10, 2019
We here at Bleeding Cool love bringing you the latest news about comics, toys, movies, and of course, television. What you don’t know is that behind the scenes battles rage and arguments galore are settled on a daily basis. What are these about? The important things, like which Doctor is THE Doctor. Which Michael Scott quote rules them all. Is Twin Peaks ruined forever after the Showtime season. You know, the BIG questions. So, we decided to bring you our answers. This week, we pick our favorite television detectives of all-time. Some of our writers made their choices, let’s see if you agree with them.
Andy Wilson: Damian Lewis as Detective Charlie Crews — Life (NBC)
Life was what they took from him. Life is what he got back.” Falsely convicted, Det. Charlie Crews (Damian Lewis) emerges from prison after 12 years and the recipient of a $50 million cash settlement and returns to his former job as an LAPD detective with a new zen attitude, an affinity for fresh fruit, and a secret side investigation to find out who set him up. Among those on his suspects list is the hero cop father of his new partner, who herself is kind of a mess, dealing with drug addiction and daddy issues. Life was an amazing show, cancelled too soon after only a season and a half– a victim of the 2007-08 Writers Strike. Crews was an amazing detective because of the quirks and new outlook he got while in prison. He was also single-mindedly focused in a way that was almost scary as he searched for… revenge? justice? We’ll never exactly know. But he’s the only cop who could ever get away with driving a Maserati Quattroporte riddled with bullet holes, or a custom Bentley Continental GT listening to a Buddhist tract on attachment to material possessions and say, “I am not attached to this car.” He was so chill, so zen, so focused. The writing on this show was fantastic, and it’s why Charlie Crews is the greatest tv detective.
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by Tom Chamberlin | The Rake Magazine | February, 2018
Source: The Rake Magazine – Photo by: Kalle Gustafsson
In an exclusive interview with The Rake, Damian Lewis tells Tom Chamberlin why we all, in spite of ourselves, love an anti-hero.
Lewis – from Life to Homeland, Wolf Hall to Billions – has become the finest purveyor of modern drama’s moral ambiguities. In fact, writes Tom Chamberlin, if you can think of an actor who has influenced our golden age of television more than him, speak up…
Among the more ambiguous archetypes of the celluloid age, that of ‘leading man’ is perhaps the least defined. Far from the specific criteria of commedia dell’arte and melodrama, in which the characters are demarcated (bad guy = black hat and moustachioed, etc.), the leading man is purely subjective. Arguably he is the origin of celebrity, pulling screen presence into the limelight of fame. But the list of leading men over the years has shown that no colour, size, hair, manner or cultural identity has ever had dominion over the sobriquet. That is until Damian Lewis entered the fray. For Lewis is a man who, above anything else, is an exemplar of leadership and integrity at a time when the acting world could use a dose of it.
Damian Lewis takes charge of rooms when he enters them. Photoshoots with celebrities are often led by either the photographer, who squeezes every image he or she can from the available time; the stylist, whose job is to make sure a well-curated variety of clothes appears in the magazine; or the publicist, who tends to be the powerbroker. The ‘talent’ can often struggle through the day (except, of course, former Rake cover subjects), regarding the experience as a necessary nuisance. Not so with Mr. Lewis.
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Is Life on Netflix?
How to watch and stream the crime drama series
by Katherine Plummer – RadioTimes – January 16, 2018
The detective drama Life, set in sunny Los Angeles, gripped crime fans across the world when it was originally broadcast between 2007 and 2009.
The show follows Charlie Crews, played by Damian Lewis, who is a police officer released from prison after serving twelve years for the murder of his business partner and family. A crime that, crucially, he did not commit.
Charlie Crews tries to solve the mystery of the crime and rebuild his life on the outside, along with his detective partner, Dani Reese (Sarah Shahi) and housemate Ted Earley (Adam Arkin).
Life aired for two series on NBC, where (on the website) subscribers can still find it. It can also be watched on US streaming service, Hulu.
Read the rest of the original article at RadioTimes
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A Toast to the Greatest Cop Show Time Forgot
by Karen Han | The Daily Beast | September 30, 2017
Happy 10th, Life! On its tenth anniversary, it only seems fair to give Life another day in court.
Life is a difficult name to live up to. There’s the board game, there’s the cereal, there’s the thing itself—and then there’s the TV show. The series, created by Rand Ravich, ran for two seasons and a total of 32 episodes from September 2007 to April 2009. Over the course of its run, it didn’t quite seem to gain any real traction; much of what was said about it was less original observation and more comparison to other shows, specifically Monk and House, which also followed a procedural structure and featured a straight man/weird man routine. Unfortunately, Life hasn’t fared much better in the decade that’s passed since the pilot. The only context in which it’s been mentioned has—in a stroke of irony—been in reference to its generic name. But even just a quick survey of the show will make it clear that Life is far from generic.
The show centered on Charlie Crews (Damian Lewis), a detective recently reinstated after serving 12 years out of a life sentence for a triple murder he didn’t commit. He was partnered with Dani Reese (Sarah Shahi), a recovering alcoholic and drug addict working her way back into the good graces of the department. While the show followed the typical “cop show” template of solving a murder each week, it also set up a larger arc: that of Crews’ solo investigation into who’d actually committed the triple murder, and why he’d been set up to take the fall.
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THE premise is intriguing. A United States marine, missing in action for eight years and presumed dead, is rescued from a terrorist compound. He has been held hostage by al-Qaeda for all that time.
Marine Sergeant Nicholas Brody returns to the US initially as a hero. Yet it quickly becomes clear life has changed. His wife has been sleeping with his best friend; his children barely know him; and a CIA operations officer is convinced he has returned home converted to the ways of al-Qaeda.
Based on Israeli show Hatufim, the riveting Homeland is comfortably the year’s best-credentialled new American series.
The returning soldier is played by British actor Damian Lewis; the CIA officer so obsessed by him that she fills his home with Big Brother-style cameras to monitor his activities by Claire Danes; and her mentor by veteran actor Mandy Patinkin.
For the London-based Lewis, Homeland marks a return to American television after the demise of Life, a critically adored but ratings-challenged cop show set in Los Angeles.
Although it made it to a second season, Life was criminally underrated by viewers. The show focused on Charlie Crews, an LA detective framed for his friend’s family’s murder and sentenced to life in prison. He was released after 12 years and set about finding who entrapped him.
At the time, it stood out in the American network landscape. It was smart, thoughtful, well-written and looked terrific, capturing a side of LA rarely portrayed on TV.
Lewis describes the show as something of a bittersweet experience. ”I’m very sad Life wasn’t a big hit,” he says. ”But it was undone by politics at NBC. It was intense. I moved my wife and we had two children back to back. So working those hours and living abroad in LA was a handful. But it was a great experience. I keep bumping into people who say they loved it and refer to it being an unusual, quirky and slightly more sophisticated cop show.”
After Life was cancelled, Lewis returned to England and reassessed his work-life balance.
”It’s not a good quality of life working on a TV show 75 hours a week, even though the work is hugely satisfying and [financially] rewarding,” he says. ”If I didn’t have to work in the relentless network TV schedule again, I wouldn’t.”
Yet here he is sitting in a trailer in North Carolina, a long way from home. There was, he insists, a caveat to his previous declaration.
to learn more about the Richard Winters Leadership Project.
Damian Lewis was interviewed at the BBC TV Centre on Friday, most likley promotional work for the upcoming BBC television film Stolen. Journalist Ian Wylie tweeted about it on his blog. Thanks to Chantal and Ann for the headsup.
Life: Season 1 wil begin airing weekly on the German
channel Vox beginning February 28th at 10:05pm. Thanks to Manuela for the info.