Beth was recently on an episode of The Librarians and I’ve added the screencaps to the gallery.
Beth Riesgraf Daily Gallery > Television > The LIBRARIANS “And the Cost of Education”
Anna Rook (Beth Riesgraf) still lives with brother Conrad (Timothy McKinney) in their family home. He’s gravely ill with pancreatic cancer, but even he gets out more than she does — she refuses to accompany him even to the porch, as stepping across the front-door threshold is too much for her. We glean that some of this phobia is likely connected to the late father she says she’ll never forgive “for what he did,” although for the time being his misdeeds are (and to a certain extent remain) murky at best.
Almost 20 years after Scream bemoaned the fact that the typical horror movie girl is always “running up the stairs when she should be running out the front door”, Shut In gives us a heroine who categorically cannot run out of the house when danger comes calling.
The fact that our lead character suffers from crippling agoraphobia isn’t the only cleverly inverted genre trope in debut director Adam Schindler’s brutal nail-biter. Yanking the rug out from under home-invasion-weary audiences numerous times, this is a horror movie that has seen all the horror movies that annoyed (and thrilled) you in the past, and it’s not afraid to go to extreme lengths in the pursuit of something new.
The straight-forward set-up is terror at its Hitchcockian best. Thirty-something agoraphobe Anna Rook (Beth Riesgraf) hasn’t left the house in 10 years, even when the death of her older brother Conrad (Timothy T. McKinney) – whom she’s been carer for – leaves her alone in a big, empty abode straight out of Halloween. Then a trio of men break in and, trapped in the house with them, Anna has to fight to stay alive.
USA has put an end to “Complications,” announcing it is not renewing the Matt Nix-created drama for another season.
The series, which premiered in June, stars Jason O’Mara as a suburban ER doctor who winds up killing a street gang member after he rushes to help the victim of a drive-by shooting. His life changes dramatically in the aftermath. Other cast members include Jessica Szohr, Beth Riesgraf and Lauren Stamile.
“Problematic in its depiction of dark-skinned bad guys,” Variety TV critic Brian Lowry wrote in his review,” The 10-episode season … conjures its share of tension, but feels increasingly strained, until it’s finally clear the patient can’t be saved.”
“Complications” fared decently in its first season on USA, where it was paired with returning drama “Graceland.” It averaged a 0.52 rating in adults 18-49, a 0.66 rating in adults 25-54 and 1.9 million viewers overall in Nielsen’s “live plus-3” estimates. It ranks fifth among the network’s five original summer dramas in adults 18-49 and fourth in both 25-54 and total viewers. But it’s likely the channel didn’t feel it was economically feasible to focus energy on a borderline show — especially given the success of fellow rookie show “Mr. Robot.”
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We’ve updated the Beth Riesgraf Daily Gallery with caps from the last two episodes of Complications.
Beth Riesgraf Daily Gallery > Complications > 107 “Fever”
Beth Riesgraf Daily Gallery > Complications > 108 “Relapse”