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Actor Denny Love is happy that “Looking for Alaska” became a TV series and not a movie.
“If it was a movie, it would probably be two hours and change. It’s very hard to wrap up the book in that amount of time. This series allowed [producers] Josh [Schwartz] and Steph[anie Savage] enough time to really write fuller lives for these characters,” Love told IndieWire. “You not only get to see the story through the lens of Miles, but you really get to see the depth of Alaska, her wants and dreams and pain. I really think it’s the perfect way to do the show.”
Even set amidst the lush forest backdrop that doubles as Culver Creek High School, the setting for John Green’s novel and its new eight-episode Hulu adaptation, the characters are what really drive this series. Told primarily through the experiences of newcomer Miles Halter Charlie Plummer and growing affection for classmate Alaska Young Kristine Froseth, there are plenty of other students that help to make Culver Creek feel like a real place and not the remnants of someone’s imagination.
Love plays The Colonel, Miles’ roommate and entry point into the Culver Creek social corner where he meets Alaska. Rounding out this core group around Miles is Takumi Jay Lee, the cannily perceptive oracle of sorts who helps get Miles situated in the school’s customs and traditions. Without this pair of friends, “Looking for Alaska” could easily become a flat story of infatuation. But having The Colonel and Takumi along for the ride makes for a helpful complement to the life-changing developments that center this quartet.
“It is a coming-of-age story, but it explores the facades that we put up and we think are our identity,” Lee said. “Under really high-stakes circumstances, the people are having to come face-to-face with that facade that they’ve put up and then realize, ‘What’s it all for?’ It forces all the characters to see and appreciate each other for what they have.”
Miles’ first impressions of The Colonel and Takumi are crucial to making him feel both ingratiated into and fascinated by this new forest boarding school environment. To make a successful TV adaptation, those appearances are often the first step, too. Lee remembers starting to get a feel for Takumi in discussing wardrobe with costume designer Matthew Simonelli and assistant costume designer Lindsey Brush.
“Our first fitting together, I was putting on some pair of drop-crotch shorts and a XXL shirt, a knit cap, and a really thin gold chain. And immediately, I realized, ‘Oh, this is what we’re doing!'” Lee said. “It always amazes me how much a change in the body can also reshape the mind. The way that we carry ourselves gives direction and reshapes the lens with which we navigate our...
When he needed to be, Adam Schlesinger was one of the most talented chameleons in the musical world. Whether as the lead singer of the band that would eventually achieve global notoriety or through his more translucent contributions to the soundtracks of beloved TV series and films, he had a knack for being able to deliver the precise feeling or atmosphere from whatever genre you could name.
It was how Schlesinger filled in those gaps with his own particular wit and care that made him not just an invaluable musician or songwriter, but an evocative storyteller. He died on Tuesday at the age of 52, leaving behind a legacy across TV, film, and music for which he was rarely the face, but so often the heart.
It's telling that the numerous tributes that have poured out since the reveal of his COVID-19 diagnosis early this week and reports of his passing lead with different achievements. Chronologically, Schlesinger began the path to acclaim as part of Fountains of Wayne, which he formed with college friend and lead singer Chris Collingwood.
The band's 2003 “Welcome Interstate Managers” birthed the enduring pop hit “Stacy's Mom,” the song that would eventually propel Fountains of Wayne onto jukeboxes and a cappella arrangements and trivia answer sheets the world over. But take, instead, “All Kinds of Time,” the song that pops up four tracks later on the album.
Simple and sparse, it's a hazy ballad centered on a star football player reaching a state of unexpected calm late in a big game. Nested in this ode to poise under pressure comes a bridge that, on its surface, seems like a straightforward list.
“He thinks of his motherHe thinks of his bride-to-beHe thinks of his fatherHis two younger brothersGathered around the widescreen TV”
Aside from the fact that the only football signifiers in the song are words “quarterback” and “snap” in the song's opening lines, look at what Schlesinger's able to do in the span of 25 seconds. There’s more than enough there in that single snapshot of a far-off living room to plot out your own version of this one guy’s entire life story. You could listen to this song for years and never really track that “bride-to-be” detail. There's the success on the field “The whole world is his tonight”, but even in the cosmic expanse that Collingwood's airy and spacelike outro vocals suggest, this is still someone who can't help but think of his impending marriage, too.
Schlesinger could throw in plenty more detail when he wanted to, drenching perky love songs with as much revealing assonance as he could muster. “Hey Julie” has the narrator “running ’round the office” for a “mean little...
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Schitt's Creek Comedy Central, Pop TV 8:00 p.m. — Fans of this cult-hit series should prepare to be wrecked as the sixth season winds down to an end. The good news is that beloved shows don't die in the streaming era, and Dan Levy is open to a reunion down the road. With self-isolation being the name of the game right now, this and the show's unintentional pandemic banger might truly end up being a collective viewing event.
Parasite Hulu, Wednesday — Alright, so this biting, social-class satire officially does not arrive on Hulu until midnight on Wednesday, but it's worth celebrating Bong Joon Ho's history-making masterpiece landing on a streaming service near you. The film received a hefty box-office bump after winning so many awards that the director apologized to Oscar engravers, so if you still haven't watched, shoot your shot now.
The Resident FOX, 8:00 p.m. — Derek's improvement falls into jeopardy when he suffers a severe complication, and Kit's afraid that this might be more evidence of Cain's cover-up.
The Conners ABC, 8:00 p.m. — Bev is spreading happiness through her finances and decides to fund Mark's coding camp tuition.
Bless This Mess ABC, 8:30 p.m. — Jacob's after-prom event sounds potentially dicey after Kay suggests that Rio and Mike step up as chaperones.
Empire FOX, 9:00 p.m. — Cookie and Lucious have Andre committed to a treatment facility following his breakdown. Meanwhile, Cookie's feeling guilty about Andre's whole situation and wonders how her own troubled history may have contributed.
For Life ABC, 10:00 p.m. — After Cassius put white supremacists in the hospital, Aaron comes to his defense, while Marie's having more feelings for Aaron.
The Last O.G. TBS, 10:30 p.m. — The third season begins for Tracy Morgan and Tiffany Haddish's show about an ex-con attempting to readjust to the world after a 15-year prison stint.
Conan — Guest TBA
The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon — Kerry Washington, Russell Wilson, Ciara
A Little Late With Lilly Singh — Adam Rodriguez, Kelsey Cook
The Daily Show With Trevor Noah — Noah's reporting live from his couch, and naturally, the subject of the night will be the ongoing pandemic and social distancing.