Call me “late to the party” if you want, but I just recently watched all five seasons of BBC America’s Luther, and honestly, it was so damn good that it shifted my opinion of the television industry as a whole. Currently there are only four available seasons, or series (as the say across the pond), available in the United States. Luckily, I was able to screen the yet-to-be-released fifth series, and it truly was, in a word, mind-blowing. So, let’s talk about how Luther ticks, why the show is so dope, and why it’s absolutely worth setting your DVR for that June 2 series five premiere.
Janet Varney’s got a lot goin’ on. Her role as the voice of the titular character in the world-famous animated series The Legend of Korra aside, for three years she’s also been doing the damn thing as Sheriff Evie Barret on IFC’s hilarious horror comedy Stan Against Evil. Recently, she created, co-wrote and starred in the comedy Fortune Rookie, which streams on IFC.com and YouTube. Varney plays a fictional version of herself who, after randomly being told she should be a psychic, decides to give up her lucrative acting career to do just that. Oh, and she also co-stars in the acclaimed FXX comedy You’re the Worst, set to begin its final season in a few weeks. With Stan's season finale approaching, Varney recently took some time to talk about working on that show and everything else she’s got to be thankful for this year.
Earlier this year, during the last week of March, I found myself in one of Manhattan’s swankiest restaurants: Upland NYC. The very smart publicity chief at IFC had set a handful of critics up with a chance to preview some of their upcoming content -- all this during what was arguably the best lunch I’d ever had in New York City. The TV gods had smiled upon me that fateful afternoon, as evidenced by the sole responsibility with which I’d been charged; I was to interview the Canadian goddesses of sketch comedy -- the artists currently known as Baroness von Sketch. I made my way to a table where I sat with IFC’s four latest imports (pictured with me at top, left to right) -- Jennifer Whelan, Meredith MacNeil, Carolyn Taylor and Aurora Brown. As a huge fan of these women and what they contribute to the comedy world, I was nervous as all hell. “A joke will break the ice for sure,” I thought. So, I went for it, and it worked, and I later learned that, having only known me by my name, when they read my earlier review of their show they had assumed I was a woman. It was a love thing.