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Fri
Mar 14 2014 4:45pm

Mid-Season Television: What Are You Watching...and Who Are You Shipping?

Star Trek Shipping Gif

I don’t love the term “shipping,” but honestly, has the internet ever come up with a better shorthand for that fugue state which many of us fans of romance will suddenly find ourselves in, while watching a relationship play out in a TV show or film? You know how it goes: you fall for a couple so hard, ultimately it doesn’t matter anymore if the show’s creators want them together or not. Your heart and your head fill in the gaps. Now and then you get lucky—and your hopes for a pairing dovetail nicely with the actual show’s intentions. Every once in a while.

Yes. I’m sure all you H&H readers have been there, done that, bought the T-shirt. So often.

Once again, it is midseason TV time—a bucketful of shows are returning post-holidays and post-Olympics, and the networks are bringing us more new shows to sample as well. Here’s a rundown of some preferred lovers, love triangles, and some of the more addictive ships I plan to revel in this spring.

[Let's board this 'ship, shall we?]

Tue
May 28 2013 2:30pm

Row, Row, Row Your Boat: What Fall ’Ships Will You Be Shipping?

Jason Ritter and Alexis Bledel in FOX's Us & ThemFor the discerning H&H lover of all things romance, we turn now to a closer look at the Fall TV 2013 schedule, which was announced at the annual Upfronts earlier this month. While certainly Heather Waters's decision to ship for Joss Whedon’s new show S.H.I.E.L.D. is a great idea, it’s definitely not the only ship we think you can cast off for this fall. Below are some more—which characters are you getting excited about?

Us & Them (Fox) - This US remake of the hit UK series Gavin and Stacey has so much going for it: Jason Ritter. Alexis Bledel. New Girl-level wisecracking. Blind double dates. Hilarious relatives. Conclusion: how can you not immediately ship these two?

[What other ships are on the horizon?...]

Mon
May 13 2013 1:00pm

Who’s Wright to Direct Fifty Shades of Grey?

Fifty Shades of Grey by EL JamesLate last week, the internet lit up with another exciting rumor on the potential creative team for the film adaptation of E.L. James's Fifty Shades of Grey—this time, it was the stunning news that British director Joe Wright has become the front runner choice for director. His name has been added to a list of film makers under consideration that apparently includes Gus Van Sant, Patty Jenkins and, oddest of all, Bennett Miller.

(ETA: Deadline now reports that Wright is out of the running, but that doesn't mean he's not the best choice—plus, schedules can change!)

Van Sant might do this movie some justice; in fact he's proven himself quite able to cover male/male sensuality in past films such as Milk, My Own Private Idaho and Mala Noche. But Wright seems like the better choice, given his sensual-overload filmmaking style and proven talent for representing a woman's emotional inner life on screen. One can only hope that if he really is on the short list, that the folks over at the film company Focus Features, and novelist/producer E.L. James (in between her script burning sessions with Kelly Marcel) will seriously consider him.

Joe Wright has a well established knack for high-end book adaptations. His most recent film was last year's Anna Karenina, a fantastical satin-lined waltz through the original Tolstoy novel that explored many forms of love and desire. It was an extremely adult-themed film, full of romance and seduction, and rated R in the USA for good measure. Previous Wright films Pride and Prejudice and Atonement also included heavy drama, romance, and intense emotions, not to mention being flush with stunning visuals and sensual production design.

[How do you make a good Fifty Shades of Grey movie?...]