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Animal Kingdom Season 4 Episode 12 Review: Ghosts

What just happened? My mind is blown. That's what happened.

As expected, Smurf made her last stand at Jed's farm on Animal Kingdom Season 4 Episode 12, but how it all went down was completely shocking.

Smurf is one crafty lady!

While I fully believe she expected to die at the hands of Jed and his sons, she quickly came up with a Plan B when Pope saved her.

Her screaming diatribe at the boys was jaw-dropping. I seriously couldn't believe what she was doing. 

Related: Animal Kingdom: Shawn Hatosy on the Complicated Nature of Pope and the Emotions Surrounding "Julia"

She knew Pope wasn't going to kill her, and she had no intention of killing Pope. Shooting him was just a warning to let them all know she was serious.

And she knew that J would handle business, and he did.

She put Pope in a position to make it look
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Animal Kingdom: Shawn Hatosy on the Complicated Nature of Pope and the Emotions Surrounding "Julia"

Pope Cody is an Animal Kingdom favorite. He's complicated and dark and does some pretty bad things, but fans can't help but love him.

He's played to perfection by actor Shawn Hatosy who also played with our emotions when he made his directorial debut with Animal Kingdom Season 3 Episode 11.

Shawn takes another turn at directing, this time with Animal Kingdom Season 4 Episode 11, "Julia," which we only can imagine will take our emotions to new heights.

We had a chance to talk with Shawn about his character, what directing this episode means to him, and the future of the Cody family.

TV Fanatic: Congratulations on your Animal Kingdom Season 5 renewal. The fans are happy. I'm sure you guys are, too.

Shawn Hatosy: Yeah, I'm thrilled. Are you kidding?!

This is the second time you've directed an episode of Animal Kingdom, and like the first it's quite intense. What can you tell
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Animal Kingdom Season 4 Episode 11 Review: Julia

My heart broke into a million pieces. And I cried.

I blame Shawn Hatosy (who directed this episode) and the Animal Kingdom writers for that.

But I mostly blame Leila George and Grant Harvey for bringing so much chemistry and life to their portrayals of young Smurf and Colin that I couldn't help but fall in love with the couple.

Smurf and Colin should have lasted forever.

As soon as Manny walked through the kitchen doors on Animal Kingdom Season 4 Episode 11, I knew we were being set up for something bad.

And we knew Colin's death was inevitible. But, damn, I wish it wasn't so.

Related: Animal Kingdom: Shawn Hatosy on the Complicated Nature of Pope and the Emotions Surrounding "Julia"

You have to wonder if Smurf is carrying around loads of guilt for her part in Colin's death.

If she hadn't tried to get the boys back together, there
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Animal Kingdom Season 4 Episode 10 Review: Exit Strategy

Secrets were the name of the game on Animal Kingdom Season 4 Episode 10.

But like many secrets, they don't stay secret for long.

Smurf learned the biggest secret of all, but we all knew she would eventually.

Deran seemed a bit stunned when Smurf dropped the bombshell that she knew about Adrian.

But at least she gave him an opportunity to take care of the problem before Pope got involved.

Related: Animal Kingdom Season 4 Episode 9 Review: Shtf

I don't see how this is going to turn out well for Deran or Adrian. Now that Adrian got his sister involved, you can bet that she's going to try her hardest to get Adrian to cooperate with the police.

It had to have crossed Deran's mind when he came home and saw them talking.

And now that Smurf knows, Deran is going to have to make a hard decision. If I were him,
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Animal Kingdom: Season Four Viewer Votes

How are things going with Smurf back on top, during the fourth season of the Animal Kingdom TV show on TNT? As we all know, the Nielsen ratings typically play a big role in determining whether a TV show like Animal Kingdom is cancelled or renewed for season five. Unfortunately, most of us do not live in Nielsen households. Because many viewers feel frustration when their viewing habits and opinions aren't considered, we'd like to offer you the chance to rate all of the Animal Kingdom season four episodes here. *Status update below.

A TNT crime drama, Animal Kingdom stars Ellen Barkin as Smurf, head of the Cody crime family, with Shawn Hatosy, Ben Robson, Jake Weary, Finn Cole, and Sohvi Rodrigues. Emily Deschanel joins on a recurring basis as Angela, a recovering addict and former best friend of J’s
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Animal Kingdom: Season Four Ratings

Last year the Animal Kingdom TV show rose in the Nielsen ratings, so it was in little danger of being cancelled by TNT. Now that it's back for its fourth season -- with something of a twist we're not allowed to reveal -- will the series gain even more viewers? Will Animal Kingdom be cancelled or renewed for season five? Stay tuned. *Status update below.

A TNT crime drama, Animal Kingdom stars Ellen Barkin as Smurf, head of the Cody crime family, with Shawn Hatosy, Ben Robson, Jake Weary, Finn Cole, and Sohvi Rodrigues. Emily Deschanel joins on a recurring basis as Angela, a recovering addict and former best friend of J's (Cole) late mother. Season four kicks off with Smurf showing everyone she is in charge. This season also introduces a new group of criminals, who have a surprising
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Animal Kingdom: Season Five; TNT Drama Series Renewed for 2020

Smurf won't be blue about this news. TNT has renewed the Animal Kingdom television series for a fifth season. Season four of the drama currently airs on Tuesday nights.

A crime drama, Animal Kingdom stars Ellen Barkin as Smurf, the head of the Cody crime family, with Shawn Hatosy, Ben Robson, Jake Weary, Finn Cole, and Sohvi Rodrigues. Emily Deschanel joins on a recurring basis as Angela, a recovering addict and former best friend of J’s (Cole) late mother. Season four kicked off with Smurf showing everyone she is in charge. This season also introduced new group of criminals, who have a surprising connection to the Codys. Guest stars include Gil Birmingham, Leila George, Grant Harvey, Jon Beavers, Lucca De Oliveira, and Rigo Sanchez. Read More…
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Animal Kingdom Renewed: The Codys are Here to Stay

The Cody family saga is not over yet.

TNT has renewed Animal Kingdom for a fifth season the network announced today.

The series is currently in its fourth season, and the big question plaguing fans has been if Smurf (played by Ellen Barkin) will survive her battle with cancer.

The network didn't offer any details on Ellen Barkin's character, so let's just speculate that the seemingly indestructible Smurf will triumph once again.

Related: Animal Kingdom Season 4 Episode 9 Review: Shtf

That's a huge relief, right?

But now the question is how will she beat the beast, and how will this affect the final job she has planned with her boys?

On Animal Kingdom Season 4 Episode 9, Smurf had returned from visiting Jed's farm where she was very interested in what he had hiding behind a locked door.

Although, it's not clear that the job she has in mind is a hit on Jed's bunker,
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‘Animal Kingdom’ Renewed for Season 5 at TNT

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‘Animal Kingdom’ Renewed for Season 5 at TNT
Animal Kingdom” is coming back for more. TNT has renewed the series for a fifth season.

Season 4 stars Ellen Barkin as the matriarch of the Cody crime family along with Shawn Hatosy, Ben Robson, Jake Weary, Finn Cole and Sohvi Rodriguez. Emily Deschanel also joins the cast this season in a recurring role. This season, Smurf (Barkin) is back on top, reminding her boys who’s boss no matter whom she hurts. Trapped with Smurf and becoming increasingly unhinged, Pope (Hatosy) has found new and dangerous ways to deal with his anger. J (Cole) continues to scheme about how to take over the family business, Craig (Robson) plots one of their most difficult heists and Deran (Weary) is worried about his future with Adrian (Spencer Treat Clark).

Outsiders move in to threaten the Cody’s fragile peace, including Angela (Deschanel), the former best friend of J’s deceased mother and a recovering junkie,
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‘Animal Kingdom’ Renewed For Fifth Season As Ellen Barkin-Fronted TNT Crime Drama Continues To Nab Viewers

‘Animal Kingdom’ Renewed For Fifth Season As Ellen Barkin-Fronted TNT Crime Drama Continues To Nab Viewers
Ellen Barkin-fronted crime drama Animal Kingdom has nabbed a fifth season on WarnerMedia’s TNT.

The series, which stars Barkin as the matriarch of the Cody crime family, continues to grow its fanbase via the cable network, reaching nearly 18M for its fourth season across all platform. The broadcaster said that the series is one of this year’s top ten cable dramas for viewers aged 18 to 49 in L+7 data.

The fourth season has seen Emily Deschanel join in a recurring role as Angela, a friend of the dead mother of J, played by Finn Cole, and a recovering junkie who tries to snake her way back into the family’s good graces. Barkin remains as the matriarch with Leila George starring as a young Smurf in flashbacks to show how her and her original crew started it all.

Elsewhere, Pope, played by Shawn Hatosy, is becoming increasingly unhinged
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Animal Kingdom Season 4 Episode 9 Review: Shtf

A thousand expletives flew out of my mouth at the end of Animal Kingdom Season 4 Episode 9.

Most of them had to do with the fact we have to wait until Animal Kingdom Season 4 Episode 10 to find out what's going to happen next.

My head is spinning! Is yours?

There's so much to talk about, but first things first.

We're getting closer to finding out what happened to Colin, and I'm going to guess crazy Jed had something to do with whatever it was that happened.

Related: Animal Kingdom Season 4 Episode 8 Review: Ambo

The fact that Jed is alive and Colin is nowhere around tells me that Colin is most certainly dead.

And it wouldn't be surprising to find out that Jed was the one who killed Colin. 

Jed could have killed Colin because he decided he wanted Janine for his own. Who shakes someone's hand as long as Jed did
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Animal Kingdom Season 4 Episode 8 Review: Ambo

Wow. J. You just blew my mind.

It was a long time coming, and I can't say I'm sad, but J stepped up his game on Animal Kingdom Season 4 Episode 8 when he took care of business in the worst way possible.

Goodbye, Mia. It was nice knowing you.

J blowing away Mia was shocking. But, and I'm not ashamed to say this, I cheered when he did.

Did anyone else think he didn't have it in him?

Related: Animal Kingdom Season 4 Episode 7 Review: Know Thy Enemy

I sure didn't. But he did. At least it appears that he did. 

He freaked out afterward, so let's go with it and not the possibility that he spared Mia in some way and tricked Pete.

And if he could kill Mia, he won't have any problems killing anyone else who pisses him off or gets in his way.

The strange thing about J,
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Animal Kingdom Season 4 Episode 7 Review: Know Thy Enemy

It's getting a whole helluva lot more interesting in the Codys' world.

Animal Kingdom Season 4 Episode 7 was about a lot of things, but what struck me most was the baby situation -- both Renn's and young Smurf's.

You can all say what you want, but young Smurf is pregnant.

And I don't even know why that excites me, but it does. Maybe it's because I love the relationship between Colin and Smurf so much.

The guy truly cares about her. And even though she won't admit it, she cares about him too.

And the fact that she was vomiting in the toilet at the end of the hour confirms she's pregnant.

She's not sick. She's carrying Colin's twins.

Related: Animal Kingdom: Ben Robson Talks Frankie's Deceit, Renn's Return, and Why Family is Everything

Yep. Colin is Pope and Julia's father, and it's thrilling.

Now the question is what happened to Colin,
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Animal Kingdom Season 4 Episode 6 Review: Into The Black

Well, damn, Janine Cody.

Smurf let all hell fly loose on Animal Kingdom Season 4 Episode 6 not only in the current day but also in the flashbacks.

I don't know if it was the woman who was driving her nuts or just the idea that she had to go through chemo that set her off, but she wasn't having any of it.

It could be the woman's incessant talking about kids and grandkids was what sent her over the edge.

She might not show it, but she has to have some regrets about the way she raised her kids. And also about what she did to Lena.

After all she's been through in her life, she probably thinks she deserves a better way to die, and she's right.

Related: Animal Kingdom: Ben Robson Talks Frankie's Deceit, Renn's Return, and Why Family is Everything

But I'm guessing that it's just not her fate she's worried about.
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Animal Kingdom: Ben Robson Talks Frankie's Deceit, Renn's Return, and Why Family is Everything

The Cody crime family has been thrilling us for a little over four seasons with their internal drama and their risky jobs. One of our favorite Codys is Craig, played by English actor, Ben Robson.

Ben's character lives a party-boy life, but it's become much more complicated with Frankie now part of his world, and Renn making a surprise return to it.

He's also trying to deal with Pope and all his problems while maintaining his strong connection with Deran, and then, of course, there's his relationship with Smurf.

We had an opportunity to talk with Ben about the complexities of Craig and all the drama and desires surrounding Smurf's middle son. 

Our readers have been debating about whether or not Craig is a mama's boy. Is Craig a mama's boy and is Pope just a devoted soldier? What's your take?

Well, I think it's interesting you spoke about this with the others.
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Animal Kingdom Season 4 Episode 5 Review: Reap

You reap what you sow, and the Codys are reaping a whole lot of peril.

The liklihood of the Codys surviving was knocked down a few notches on Animal Kingdom Season 4 Episode 5.

Between Frankie's deceit, Angela's manipulations, Adrian's betrayal, and Smurf's sickness, things aren't looking good for the Oceanside, California crime family.

Pope needs to get his head straight.

He was definitely shocked to learn that Smurf had cancer, but his statement to her later about how he doesn't care if she dies, is Pope trying to deal with the inevitablity of his mother's death.

He doesn't know how to deal with the news.

Animal Kingdom: Ben Robson Talks Frankie's Deceit, Renn's Return, and Why Family is Everything

The fact that Smurf continues to manipulate him isn't shocking, but she may have realized she went to far.

What he said to her hurt her. She may think the only way
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Emily Deschanel on What Her ‘Bones’ Character Would Think of Her ‘Animal Kingdom’ Character

The TNT drama series Animal Kingdom, currently in its fourth season, sees Smurf (Ellen Barkin) back in charge and trying to keep the Cody family in line. But with Pope (Shawn Hatosy) becoming more unhinged by the day, J (Finn Cole) still on a mission to take over the family business, Craig (Ben Robson) trying to plot one of their most difficult heists ever, and Deran (Jake Weary) not wanting any of it to blow back on his legitimate business, having Angela (Emily Deschanel), the former best friend of J’s deceased mother show back up, fresh out of prison, …
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Animal Kingdom: Emily Deschanel's Angela Has a Frosty Reunion with Smurf - Watch

Smurf does not want Angela anywhere near her family.

TNT has dropped a sneak peek of Animal Kingdom Season 4 Episode 2, and it gives viewers a glimpse of Bones veteran, Emily Deschanel in her new TV role.

The moment Smurf notices Angela is at the door, she lies that there's a package being delivered, and sets out to lay down the law.

"Hey Smurf, it's good to see you," Deschanel's alter ego says upon laying eyes on Smurf.

"What do you want?" says a cold Smurf.

"Oh, I was just ... I was just wondering if Julie was around. I went by her old place, but they said she moved a long time ago," Angela responds.

Related: Animal Kingdom Season 4 Episode 1 Review: Janine

"Julie is dead," Smurf fires back.

Angela is stunned, or at least, that's what she's leading Smurf to believe. If you watch Animal Kingdom online, you know never to rule Ellen Barker's character out.
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Animal Kingdom: Cancelled or Renewed for Season Five on TNT?

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Is Smurf still on top? Has the Animal Kingdom TV show been cancelled or renewed for a fifth season on TNT? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Animal Kingdom, season five. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?

What's This TV Show About?

A TNT crime drama, Animal Kingdom stars Ellen Barkin as Smurf, head of the Cody crime family, with Shawn Hatosy, Ben Robson, Jake Weary, Finn Cole, and Sohvi Rodrigues. Emily Deschanel joins on a recurring basis a Angela, a recovering addict and former best friend of J’s (Cole) late mother. Season four kicks off with Smurf showing everyone she is in charge. This season also introduces new group of criminals, who have a surprising
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A Violent Separation Review: A Poorly Acted, Boring Backwoods Melodrama

A Violent Separation Review: A Poorly Acted, Boring Backwoods Melodrama
A Violent Separation is a painfully slow, poorly acted backwoods melodrama. The film aims to be a period noir thriller with its Midwestern setting and murder-centered plot. What we get is a molasses drip script spouted by Australian actors; showing off their southern twang dialogue lessons. There's nothing seedy, sexy, or violent to bring a hint of excitement to the story. A Violent Separation has a nifty title and nothing else.

The film takes place in 1983 rural Missouri. Titans star Brenton Thwaites plays Norman Young, a quiet and reserved deputy sheriff. He lives with his cowboy boots wearing, long-haired, and rambunctious brother, Ray (Ben Robson), in a trailer on the property of the Campbell family. Ray has a tumultuous relationship with the older Campbell daughter, Abbey (Claire Holt). They're a couple in a jealousy filled open relationship. Ray and Abbey have other lovers that they flaunt in front of each other.
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