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‘Perry Mason’: Eric Lange & Justin Kirk Upped To Series Regulars For Season 2

‘Perry Mason’: Eric Lange & Justin Kirk Upped To Series Regulars For Season 2
Exclusive: After recurring on the first season of Perry Mason. Eric Lange and Justin Kirk have been promoted to series regulars for season 2 of the HBO series.

Lange’s Detective Holcomb, who appeared in seven of Season 1’s eight episodes, is a commanding force as a homicide detective within the LAPD, a master of intimidation with a knack for getting his way without regard for proper procedure.

Kirk’s Hamilton Berger, seen in three episodes of Season 1, is a famous nemesis to Perry Mason. Though not yet the district attorney, Berger, a rising lawyer in the Da’s office, finds himself surprisingly entangled in Mason’s big case and an unlikely friend to the man who will become his greatest foe.

Set in 1931 Los Angeles, based on characters created by Erle Stanley Gardner, the reboot of the long-running CBS drama follows the origins of American Fiction’s most legendary criminal defense lawyer,
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TV Ratings: ‘Perry Mason’ Finale Scores Season High Numbers

TV Ratings: ‘Perry Mason’ Finale Scores Season High Numbers
The finale of “Perry Mason” season 1 certainly set things up nicely for the second installment, and delivered season high numbers for HBO in the process.

Sunday’s episode drew a total of 1.1 million total viewers in its live network airing, which represents a season high and a 24% increase on the premiere. Overall, 1.6 million viewers watched the finale across all platforms, a very slight dip from the premiere, which drew 1.7 million.

Per HBO, the show’s first episode is now approaching 9 million viewers across all platforms, while series in general registered a 45% increase in digital viewing from premiere to finale night. The “Perry Mason” premiere was the network’s strongest debut for any series in almost two years, besting the season debut of “Watchmen” (which drew 1.5 million viewers) and the first episode of “The Outsider” (which delivered 1.2 million viewers).

Perry Mason” stars Matthew Rhys as the titular low-rent private investigator who
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‘Perry Mason’ Season Finale: Justice Prevails In The City Of Angels As Stage Is Promptly Set For Season 2 With Femme Fatale

‘Perry Mason’ Season Finale: Justice Prevails In The City Of Angels As Stage Is Promptly Set For Season 2 With Femme Fatale
Spoiler Alert: This article contains details from tonight’s season 1 finale episode of HBO’s Perry Mason.

It’s a mistrial and the court goes wild.

As rich and thrilling as this Great Depression noir HBO series was with sublime acting all around — especially Matthew Rhys’ turn as the P.I.-turned-attorney who overcompensates for his demons and mediocrity with his “eureka!” discoverings — the Perry Mason case of who killed baby Charlie Dodson was rather long-winded.

Sure, we weren’t fully convinced that Emily Dodson (Gayle Rankin) was completely innocent.

However, through various Byzantine rabbit holes explored by Mason, his gal Friday Della Street (Juliet Rylance), and his sidekick investigator Pete Strickland (Shea Whigham), our title character discovered that the Radiant Assembly of God was to blame for the kidnapping of Charlie, with Detective Ennis (Andrew Howard) orchestrating all the murders, down to taking the church’s Elder Seidel (Taylor Nichols) out.
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Perry Mason Season 2 Confirmed by HBO

Perry Mason Season 2 Confirmed by HBO
Perry Mason will have another season on its docket for HBO, which has renewed the reboot series for a second season.

Indeed, the series, which stars The Americans‘ Matthew Rhys as author Erle Stanley Gardner’s classic titular crime-solving lawyer, has managed to procure a Season 2 renewal slightly past the midway point of Season 1, which most recently aired its July 19 episode, the fifth of eight for the inaugural outing. The official announcement was made by Francesca Orsi, Executive Vice President, HBO Programming.

“It has been an exciting journey to work with the immensely talented team behind Perry Mason,” said Orsi. “Viewers have relished being transported back in time to 1930’s Los Angeles each week, and we are thrilled to welcome the show back for a second season.”

HBO cites that Perry Mason’s June 21 debut episode was seen by a total of 8 million viewers, making it the premium cable channel
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Perry Mason Renewed for Season 2 at HBO

Perry Mason Renewed for Season 2 at HBO
There's no mystery to solve here.

HBO is keeping Perry Mason on the case for another year.

The premium cabler has renewed the drama series for a second season, it was announced today by Francesca Orsi, Executive Vice President, HBO Programming.

“It has been an exciting journey to work with the immensely talented team behind Perry Mason,” said Orsi.

“Viewers have relished being transported back in time to 1930’s Los Angeles each week, and we are thrilled to welcome the show back for a second season.”

The series launched debuted as HBO’s most-watched series premiere in nearly two years, and the series premiere has now been seen by 8-million viewers.

Perry Mason Season 1 was billed as a miniseries, but the strong reviews, as well as the decent viewership, made HBO reconsider that.

The series focuses on the origin story of famed defense lawyer Perry Mason.

In 1932, Los Angeles is
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‘Perry Mason’ Renewed For Season 2 At HBO

‘Perry Mason’ Renewed For Season 2 At HBO
Perry Mason is coming back for a second season at HBO.

The network said that the drama, which stars Matthew Rhys in the titular role, was its most-watched series premiere in nearly two years with the premiere episode being seen by 8M viewers. The first season of the eight-part drama launched on June 21.

Perry Mason, a reboot of the long-running CBS drama, follows Perry Mason, a low-rent private investigator who is living check-to-check and is haunted by his wartime experiences in France and suffering the effects of a broken marriage.

John Lithgow stars as Elias Birchard “E.B.” Jonathan, a struggling attorney and a semi-regular employer of Mason, Juliet Rylance plays Della Street, E.B. Jonathan’s creative and driven legal secretary, Tatiana Maslany plays Sister Alice McKeegan, the leader of the Radiant Assembly of God, preaching to a hungry congregation and a radio audience across the country, Chris Chalk is Paul Drake,
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‘Perry Mason’ Renewed for Season 2 at HBO

‘Perry Mason’ Renewed for Season 2 at HBO
Perry Mason” has been picked up for a second season by HBO.

News of the renewal was announced by Francesca Orsi, executive vice president of HBO Programming, and comes only five episodes into the series’ debut season.

Perry Mason” centers around the titular low-rent private investigator (played by Matthew Rhys) who is living check-to-check and is haunted by his wartime experiences in France and suffering the effects of a broken marriage.

The show also stars John Lithgow as Elias Birchard “E.B.” Jonathan, a struggling attorney and a semi-regular employer of Mason, Juliet Rylance as Della Street, E.B. Jonathan’s creative and driven legal secretary, Tatiana Maslany as Sister Alice McKeegan, the leader of the Radiant Assembly of God, and Shea Whigham as Pete Strickland, who is hired by Mason as an extra set of eyes on his various investigations.

“It has been an exciting journey to work with
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‘Perry Mason’ Draws Largest Premiere Night Multi-Platform Viewership For HBO Series In Almost 2 Years

‘Perry Mason’ Draws Largest Premiere Night Multi-Platform Viewership For HBO Series In Almost 2 Years
The new Perry Mason limited series launched Sunday night with a 1.7 million total viewers, marking the strongest debut night of any series on HBO in nearly two years. Like is the case with most HBO series nowadays, more than half of the audience came from digital viewing.

The Perry Mason debut drew 884,000 viewers for the 9Pm linear premiere, and an estimated 1.7 million total viewers across all platforms, surpassing such notable recent HBO series openers as The Outsider and Watchmen.

Starting this morning, HBO has made the premiere episode of Perry Mason available for free here.

Perry Mason, a reboot of the long-running CBS drama. stars Matthew Rhys as Perry Mason, a low-rent private investigator who is living check-to-check and is haunted by his wartime experiences in France and suffering the effects of a broken marriage; John Lithgow as Elias Birchard “E.B.” Jonathan, a struggling attorney and a semi-regular employer
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TV Ratings: ‘Perry Mason’ Debut Outperforms ‘Watchmen’ and ‘The Outsider’

TV Ratings: ‘Perry Mason’ Debut Outperforms ‘Watchmen’ and ‘The Outsider’
It doesn’t take a wily detective to work out that “Perry Mason” premiered to strong numbers for HBO on Sunday night.

The reboot of the classic series was watched by a total of 1.7 million viewers across all platforms, which represents the network’s strongest debut for any series in almost two years. For comparison, the season debut of “Watchmen” drew 1.5 million viewers, and the first episode of “The Outsider” delivered 1.2 million viewers. The “Perry Mason” numbers match the season 3 premiere of “Westworld,” an impressive feat for the new series.

In its live network airing, the premiere scored 884,000 total viewers, which again narrowly beats out “Wathcmen”‘s 800,000 viewers. However, both “Watchmen” and “The Outsider,” in particular, showed decent growth throughout the season, and it remains to be seen whether “Perry Mason” will come close to the 2.2 million viewers who tuned in for the finale of the Ben Mendelsohn and Cynthia Erivo Stephen King adaptation.
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Perry Mason Review (Spoiler Free)

Perry Mason Review (Spoiler Free)
This Perry Mason review contains no spoilers and is based on all eight episodes.

Don’t expect weekly courtroom dramas on HBO‘s Perry Mason. The first eight episodes are more of an origin story than a reboot of the original classic book, radio, and television series. And don’t look for a clean, virtuous man of justice in a tailored suit either. Not only does Matthew Rhys’ Perry Mason get his suits off the rack and his ties off corpses on a slab at the mortuary, he occasionally gets egg on them.

Perry Mason is set in Los Angeles in 1931. “While the rest of the country struggles through the Great Depression, this city is booming,” promises the advance press. “Oil! Olympic Games! Talking Pictures! Evangelical Fervor! And a child kidnapping gone very, very wrong.” The action starts with the closing of an assignment, catching a famous Fatty Arbuckle-type movie comedian with his pants down,
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Drama Series ‘Perry Mason’ Debuts June 21st On HBO

Drama Series ‘Perry Mason’ Debuts June 21st On HBO
Drama series Perry Mason, starring Emmy® winner Matthew Rhys, debuts Sunday, June 21 at 9:00 p.m. Et/Pt, exclusively on HBO 1931, Los Angeles. While the rest of the country struggles through the Great Depression, this city is booming! Oil! Olympic Games! Talking Pictures! Evangelical Fervor! And a child kidnapping gone very, very wrong. Based on characters created by author Erle Stanley Gardner, this drama series follows the origins of American fiction’s most legendary criminal defense lawyer, Perry Mason. When the case of the decade breaks down his door, Mason’s relentless pursuit of the truth reveals a fractured city and just maybe, a pathway to redemption for himself. Perry Mason stars Matthew Rhys, John Lithgow, Tatiana Maslany, Juliet Rylance, Chris Chalk, Shea Whigham, Stephen Root, Gayle Rankin, Nate Corddry, Veronica Falcon, Jefferson Mays, Lili Taylor, Andrew Howard, Eric Lange, and Robert Patrick. Executive producers (in alphabetical order), Amanda Burrell,
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TV News Roundup: HBO Announces ‘Perry Mason’ Premiere Date (Watch)

TV News Roundup: HBO Announces ‘Perry Mason’ Premiere Date (Watch)
In today’s TV News Roundup, HBO announced the premiere date for its reboot of “Perry Mason,” and Fox Entertainment announced a weekly talk show to accompany its Animation Domination Sunday block.

Dates

HBO has announced that its upcoming reboot of “Perry Mason” will premiere on June 21 at 9 p.m. The series follows criminal defense lawyer Perry Mason (Matthew Rhys) as he ventures into the criminal underbelly of Los Angeles during the Great Depression. The series is executive produced by Amanda Burrell, Robert Downey Jr., Susan Downey, Ron Fitzgerald, Joe Horacek, Rolin Jones and Timothy Van Patten. Aida Rodgers serves as co-executive producer. HBO released the announcement alongside a new teaser, which can be watched below.

PBS has announced that the two-part docuseries “And She Could Be Next” will premiere on the network and at pov.org in June. The documentary is part of the network’s summer “Trailblazers” initiative,
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HBO’s Noir ‘Perry Mason’ Reboot Gets Premiere Date, Teaser Trailer

HBO’s Noir ‘Perry Mason’ Reboot Gets Premiere Date, Teaser Trailer
This isn’t your grandfather’s Perry Mason. The trailer for HBO’s reboot of the classic courtroom drama looks to draw a lot more on Chinatown than the episodic formula followed by the long running CBS drama starring Raymond Burr.

Debuting June 21 at 9 p.m., the new Perry Mason stars Emmy winner Matthew Rhys in an origin story of the famed criminal defense attorney. Rhys’ character is plying his trade amid the crosscurrents of 1931 Los Angeles. It’s the Great Depression, but the city is also experiencing an oil boom, hosting the Olympic Games and, of course, the center of a growing film industry.

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‘Perry Mason’ Series Gets Premiere Date From HBO – Watch First Teaser (Video)

‘Perry Mason’ Series Gets Premiere Date From HBO – Watch First Teaser (Video)
HBO has set a June premiere date for its “Perry Mason” series starring Matthew Rhys in the title role as the legendary, fictional criminal defense lawyer.

In the first teaser for the drama, which dropped along with the debut date announcement on Thursday, Perry says in a voiceover: “I don’t like it here. Everybody is up to something. Hiding something. Everybody’s got an angle. And everybody is guilty.”

And based on what the rest of the video shows us — he might actually be right.

Also Read: HBO's 'Perry Mason' Limited Series Rounds Out Cast With Shea Whigham, Chris Chalk

Here’s the official description for “Perry Mason”:

1931, Los Angeles. While the rest of the country struggles through the Great Depression, this city is booming! Oil! Olympic Games! Talking Pictures! Evangelical Fervor! And a child kidnapping gone very, very wrong. Based on characters created by author Erle Stanley Gardner,
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Adam McKay (‘Succession’) could be latest A-list filmmaker to snag an Emmy for directing

Adam McKay (‘Succession’) could be latest A-list filmmaker to snag an Emmy for directing
While it looks like the Emmy race for Best Drama Directing will come down to a battle royal between three “Game of Thrones” contenders, there’s actually a sizable spoiler lurking in the wings: Adam McKay, who’s nominated for HBO’s new series “Succession.” The TV academy loves to reward A-list movie directors, especially ones who’ve been on a role as of late. So while our odds may say “Thrones” is primed to take its third victory in the category (it previously won in 2015 and 2016), perhaps they shouldn’t celebrate too soon.

After carving out a niche for himself with the absurdist comedies “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” (2004) and “Step Brothers” (2008), McKay won critical acclaim and Oscar glory with the politically charged satires “The Big Short” (2015) and “Vice” (2018). The former brought him a victory for screenwriting and a nomination for directing, while the latter earned him writing,
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Class of 1984: How a Tale of at Risk Youth Became the Edgiest Teen Film of the 80s [Rewind]

Class of 1984: How a Tale of at Risk Youth Became the Edgiest Teen Film of the 80s [Rewind]
Director Mark L. Lester is known for many things. Roller Boogie, Pterodactyl and Showdown in Little Tokyo are one side of this iconoclastic coin. The other side includes movies like Firestarter, Armed and Dangerous and the legendary Commando. Yes, for all that Mr. Lester has given the world of cinema, he helmed this Arnold Schwarzenegger kill-fest, which saw that iconic actor head to Latin America on a death mission after some bad guys kidnap his daughter. The action is tight, on point, and this film works in just about any era because it is so visceral. In fact, Lester acquits himself so well here that one wonders why he didn't make Predator or Total Recall?

However, somewhere amidst the big budget Hollywood films and the cult classics, Mark L. Lester managed to helm a film called Class of 1984. This gem from 1982 is neither big budget nor as fun as
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Blu-ray Review – Class of 1984 (1982)

Class of 1984, 1982.

Directed by Mark L. Lester.

Starring Perry King, Merrie Lynn Ross, Timothy Van Patten, Roddy McDowall, Lisa Langlois, Erin Noble, Michael J. Fox, and Stefan Arngrim.

Synopsis:

A new teacher at a violent inner city school goes up against a gang of vicious punks.

In a month that also sees director Mark L. Lester’s goofy sci-fi actioner Class of 1999 get a Blu-ray release, 101 Films are putting out its predecessor in a rather swanky duel-format package as part of their Black Label imprint for its UK Blu-ray debut. Class of 1984 doesn’t have robot teachers or mad albino scientists like its sequel but it is punctuated with the same social commentary, albeit presented in a grittier, less campy way, and enough of an exploitation aesthetic to draw comparisons with Death Wish and incur the wrath of the MPAA and the BBFC, the latter refusing to issue the film
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Class Of 1984 (1982)

I was never a strong student in high school, and it was completely for lack of trying; I had smart teachers with good intentions who tried their best to impart knowledge that I simply felt I had no use for. Ignorance, thy name is Scott and I’m certainly not proud of it. Anyway, I definitely never had the roadblocks facing the good students of Class of 1984 (1982), Mark L. Lester’s mesmerizing, brutal, dystopian look at the very worst of the educational system through the eyes of a teacher trying to wade his way through a barrel of diseased apples.

Distributed by United Film Distribution Company stateside in August with a world wide rollout continuing into ’83, Class of 1984 certainly rang some bells in the press; some critics offered effusive praise (such as Roger Ebert), while others were less kind. The film did bring in nearly seven million; which isn’t bad,
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New trailer & debut date for season 4 of ‘Black Mirror’

Black Mirror is an anthology series that taps into our collective unease with the modern world, with each stand-alone episode a sharp, suspenseful tale exploring themes of contemporary techno-paranoia leading to an unforgettable – and sometimes unsettling – conclusion. Without questioning it, technology has transformed all aspects of our lives; in every home; on every desk; in every palm – a plasma screen; a monitor; a Smartphone – a Black Mirror reflecting our 21st Century existence back at us.

Wrap up 2017 and ring in the New Year with six all-new episodes of the always anxiety-inducing series, which this season stars Jesse Plemons, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jimmi Simpson, Cristin Milioti, Aldis Hodge, Maxine Peake, Andrea Riseborough, Letitia Wright and Michaela Coel, among countless others. Black Mirror Season 4 directors include Jodie Foster, Toby Haynes, John Hillcoat, Colm McCarthy, Tim Van Patten and David Slade.

Check out the trailer for the upcoming fourth season of the Emmy-winning Black Mirror,
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New ‘Black Mirror’ Trailer Reveals Launch Date

Netflix released a brand new trailer for the upcoming season of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror. The two-minute trailer consists of a mix of clips from the new episodes as well as the launch date for the new season.

If you happened to blink for a really long time towards the end of the trailer and didn’t catch the launch date, it is December 29, 2017. Just in time to binge watch on your holiday break.

IMDb has the episode count at six for season 4. Below is some episode information.

“Arkangel”

Cast: Rosemarie Dewitt (La La Land, Mad Men), Brenna Harding (A Place to Call Home), Owen Teague (Bloodline)

Director: Jodie Foster

Written by: Charlie Brooker

“USS Callister”

Cast: Jesse Plemons (Black Mass, Fargo), Cristin Milioti (The Wolf of Wall Street, Fargo), Jimmi Simpson (Westworld, House of Cards), Michaela Coel (Chewing Gum, Monsters: Dark Continent)

Director: Toby Haynes (Dr Who, Sherlock
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