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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

ALERT: The Iconic Series Finale of SIX FEET UNDER Will Be Shown at Tribeca

I have to resist simply typing a bunch of exclamation points and publishing that as this entire post. Because, seriously. the series finale of HBO's Six Feet Under (which originally aired on August 21, 2005) remains the most breathtaking, amazing series finale in all of history. Yeah, I said it. Which makes it that much more amazing that this year's Tribeca Film Festival will be showing it, amid other gems from the small screen, as part of their inaugural Tribeca Tune In program.

I'll give you a minute to digest that news. If that doesn't make you run to, I don't know what will.

It's actually really cool that Tribeca is celebrating small screen art during this golden age of television. Not only are they highlighting some of the great episodes from yesteryear, they're also premiering new series and talking with the talent. Here are a few titles from the lineup that caught my eye:

Animal Kingdom (TNT) premiere
Animal Kingdom stars Emmy® and Tony® winner Ellen Barkin as the matriarch of a Southern California family whose excessive lifestyle is fueled by their criminal activities, with Scott Speedman as her second in command and Shawn Hatosy also starring.

Roots (History) premiere
TFF attendees will get a special opportunity to see an episode of HISTORY’s eight-hour miniseries, Roots, in advance of its Memorial Day premiere. Roots is a historical portrait of American slavery that follows one family over many generations. The lineage begins with young Kunta Kinte, who is captured in his homeland of The Gambia and transported in brutal conditions to colonial America. Recounting the journey of one family and their will to survive, Roots is an inspiring story about the desire to carry on a legacy despite enormous hardship and inhumanity.

Grace and Frankie (Netflix) sneak screening of two episodes from season 2
Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin star as Grace and Frankie, two women whose lives are suddenly turned upside down when their husbands Robert and Sol reveal they are gay and leave their wives for each other. Both sparring partners and partners-in-crime, they form an unlikely bond to face an uncertain future together and discover a new definition of “family,” with laughter, tears and plenty of mood enhancers along the way.

The Good Wife – A Farewell (CBS) conversation and sneak screening of that night’s episode
We near the final few episodes of the Emmy and Golden Globe nominated drama series The Good Wife which has consistently been one of the smartest shows in recent times, with its raw and complex depiction of law, politics and all that lays in between. Join us as we bid farewell to this fan favorite and critical darling with an exclusive sneak peek of an episode followed by a jubilant celebration and look back over the past seven years of the show.

Series Finale: Six Feet Under (HBO) series finale retro screening with live commentary
Revisit one of the most visually and emotionally arresting shows on its fifteenth anniversary for a retrospective screening of the hauntingly brilliant final episode in which we said goodbye to the Fishers. Show creator Alan Ball provides an in depth live Director's Commentary to reveal the process behind these beautiful moments on screen. Moderated by Matt Zoller Seitz, New York Magazine/Vulture.

The 2016 Tribeca Film Festival kicks off in New York City April 13-24. For more information, visit their website.


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