Double your J.K. Simmons, double your fun.
To say we fully understand what’s in store when the upcoming Starz drama “Counterpart” premieres would be a lie. But it’s nothing short of intriguing. The high-concept drama, starring J.K. Simmons, is described as follows:
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“Counterpart” is about a mysterious world hidden beneath the surface of our everyday existence. Howard Silk (J.K. Simmons) is a lowly cog in the bureaucratic machinery of a Berlin-based United Nations spy agency. When Howard discovers that his organization safeguards the secret of a crossing into a parallel dimension, he is thrust into a shadow world of intrigue, danger, and double cross… where the only man he can trust is his near-identical counterpart from this parallel world. The show explores themes of identity, fate and lost love, posing the eternal question, “what if our lives could have been different?”
Olivia Williams, Harry Lloyd, Kenneth Choi, Stephen Rea, Richard Schiff, Nicholas Pinnock, Nazanin Boniadi, Sara Serraiocc, and Ulrich Thomsen co-star. Check out the trailer below.
What we know for sure is that Starz has a knack for developing genre-skewing ideas with a sexy edge, though “Counterpart” (unlike “American Gods” or “Outlander”) is notable for not being a book adaptation, but instead an original idea created by Justin Marks (“The Jungle Book”).
Based on the trailer, “Counterpart” looks to blend a high-concept sci-fi idea — the parallel universes at war with each other — with a dark noir execution, not to mention characters with plenty of secrets and surprises. Plus, as directed by “The Imitation Game” and “Passengers” helmer Morten Tyldum, the distinct visual style evokes memories of Terry Gilliam’s “Brazil” or Alex Proyas’s “Dark City.”
In short, “Counterpart” is one we’re eagerly anticipating. The series premieres January 21, 2018 at 8 p.m. on Starz.Sign UpStay on top of the latest film and TV news! Sign up for our email newsletters here.
It's the birthday of the avant-garde composer Igor Stravinsky (1882), born in Oranienbaum, near St. Petersburg, Russia. His first major success as a composer was a ballet based on a Russian folk tale, called The Firebird (1909). It was wildly popular, and he traveled all over Europe to conduct it. He then got an idea for a ballet about a pagan ritual in which a virgin would be sacrificed to the gods of spring by dancing herself to death. Stravinsky composed the piece on a piano in a rented cottage, and a boy working outside his window kept shouting up at him that the chords were all wrong. When Stravinsky played part of the piece for director of the theater where it would be performed, the director asked, "How much longer will it go on like that?" Stravinsky replied, "To the end, my dear." He titled the piece The Rite of Spring. At its premiere in 1913 in Paris, the audience broke out into a riot when the music and dancing turned harsh and dissonant. The police came to calm the chaos, and Stravinsky left his seat in disgust, but the performance continued for 33 minutes and he became one of the most famous composers in the world.
-- The Writer's Almanac