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Dragon Con is always a blast (and a place where many photos are taken. Check out those taken by ComicMix photographer Jason Ward and me here). The first thing I have to mention is my favorite part of this year’s Dragon Con, and that was spending time with several excellent friends, and particularly with a couple of friends who’d never experienced Dragon Con (or any con, in Cleolinda’s case) before. Getting to experience the fun with them while they took it in for the first time, and then declared that they’d definitely like to come back next year, just made everything that much better for me. I can’t even really express how cool it was to see friends getting to fully be themselves as they enjoyed the con geekery. But let me assure you: it was very cool!
It was also cool this »
- Emily S. Whitten
Last week, CBS premiered the new political drama Madam Secretary, which stars Téa Leoni as Elizabeth Faulkner McCord, the U.S. Secretary of State. It's hardly a far-fetched concept, as we've seen three female secretaries of state since 1997: Madeleine Albright, Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton. But it's nonetheless rare to see a fictional universe with a woman in one of the nation's top three positions of political power. (Yep, even in fake realities, politics is a man's game.) And historically speaking, Hollywood has played it as a joke more often than not. So which fictional female presidents, vice presidents »
- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie
The post-Barbara Walters version of The View made its premiere Monday on ABC, using Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" to greet the new panel: "The haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate… I shake it off, shake it off." This seems like a rather defensive posture for a show starting its 18th season. But then again. Other than new host Rosie Perez talking about how she learned kung fu "just in case I had to kick some ass," the hour didn't go too well. It was stiff, polite and airless, like one of those Taiwanese parody cartoons that "dramatize" news scandals. »
- Tom Gliatto
For today’s column I was going to write about fan conventions. I’ve been covering fan conventions pretty non-stop since the con season really kicked into gear, and I’ve still got a plethora of great pictures, videos, and interviews to share. I’ve got interviews from Dragon Con with Bill Farmer, the cast of Arrow, and Mary McDonnell. I’ve got a report on the Harvey Awards and Baltimore Comic Con and all the great comics creators who were there. Heck, I’m not even done writing about Sdcc panels, even though July seems like a distant memory now.
But instead of writing about all of that fun stuff, I’m going to be writing about something entirely different and much more distressing. And that is my thoughts as generated by the current state of the gaming community, in the wake of a series of events and attacks that is so widespread, »
- Emily S. Whitten
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TVLine has learned exclusively that the Pretty Little Liars and Vampire Diaries alumna will appear in Episode 13, titled “Acting Out” and airing Dec. 8, as Nicole Flynn, who is described as “professional, endearing” and wielding “a touch of Flynn’s edge and sense of humor.”
Nicole unwittingly threatens to cause a bit of a stir at the McD, »
TNT’s Murder in the First finale on Monday night drew 3.4 million total viewers and a 0.5 rating, rising 26 and 27 percent week-to-week to deliver a best-since-premiere audience and its third-best demo delivery to date.
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Leading into that, Major Crimes‘ summer finale did 5.7 mil and a 0.8, up 10 percent in audience while flat in the demo week-to-week.
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Monday’s other finale, VH1’s Hit the Floor, drew 2.4 mil and a 1.1 (per TVByTheNumbers), surging 26 and 38 percent.
A recurring feature in which we ask your favorite stars to reminisce about past gigs
In his nearly 30 years on television, Perception star Eric McCormack has played a spaceman, a Confederate colonel, a handful of lawyers and a dog, among other characters. But the through line that led to his best-known role started quite early, on an ABC dramedy not known for its edginess.
Upon arriving in Vancouver in 1992, the first job he landed was on The Commish, “playing a bartender in a gay bar. It was a premonition of things to come. »
Midway through Season 3’s summer finale — which was an at-times intense, Kiss the Girls-esque tale of disappeared young women (can plucky Kate be a part of any S.O.B. spin-off?) — Rusty visited his mom at the county lock-up, where she’d been stashed after being nabbed on a shoplifting charge. To make bail, Sharon Beck »
A potential rift in the Lapd emerges on Monday's Major Crimes summer finale.
While investigating the disappearance of several young women from a nightclub, Capt. Raydor (Mary McDonnell) and Major Crimes will butt heads with Special Operations Bureau No. 2 Ann McGinnis (guest star Laurie Holden).
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- Adam Bryant
The press around Outlander, which premieres on Starz Saturday night but has already released its pilot on Youtube to nearly one million views, has been very positive—and often filled with caveats that it’s “feminist fantasy,” or at least directed at female audiences.
People have made much of the genre shift showrunner Ronald D. Moore made by going from his best-known previous project, the sci-fi epic Battlestar Galactica, to Outlander. The latter, an adaption of Diana Gabaldon’s book series, follows Claire Randall, a World War II nurse sent back in time to 18th-century Scotland. It panders to audiences who like attractive Scottish men, »
- Jackson McHenry
This Monday at 9/8c, TNT’s Major Crimes serves up a finale so dense with drama, it just might give you a heart attack. (Sorry, Fritz.Too soon?) For as the McD’s investigation into the disappearances of a string of young girls leads to a turf battle with the S.O.B., Rusty’s mom pops back up like a bad penny, still struggling with the law and her sobriety.
While Major Crimes hasn't been nearly as successful as its predecessor, The Closer, the series has still done very well for TNT. Will it continue to be one of their most popular shows? Will this TV series be cancelled or renewed for season four? Stay tuned!
Major Crimes follows the further investigations of the detectives in the Los Angeles Police Department's Major Crimes division. The crime drama's cast includes Mary McDonnell, Gw Bailey, Tony Denison, Michael Paul Chan, Raymond Cruz, Robert Gossett, Phillip P. Keene, Jonathan Del Arco, Kearran Giovanni, and Graham Patrick Martin.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's chances of staying on the air. The higher the ratings, the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available.
7/18 update: TNT has renewed Major Crimes for a fourth »
Captain Sharon Raydor and her team will be back next summer. TNT has renewed their popular Major Crimes TV series for a fourth season of 16 episodes.
Airing on Monday nights, Major Crimes follows the further investigations of the detectives in the Los Angeles Police Department's Major Crimes division. The crime drama's cast includes Mary McDonnell, Gw Bailey, Tony Denison, Michael Paul Chan, Raymond Cruz, Robert Gossett, Phillip P. Keene, Jonathan Del Arco, Kearran Giovanni, and Graham Patrick Martin.
So far, the current season has been averaging 4.98 million viewers each week, up about 5% when compared to season two's ratings. There are 19 episodes in season three and only 10 of them have »
TNT’s enjoying a solid season and aims to keep it up in summer 2015 as well. The network just announced that it’s renewed The Last Ship, Major Crimes and Falling Skies, all of which cracked the top five for scripted series with total viewers and adults 25 to 54 this summer. At this point, The Last Ship is posting an average of more than 7.2 million viewers for its first season, Major Crimes is up in season three with about 7 million viewers on average so far, and Falling Skies is coming in above 5.5 million viewers as well. The next time around, The Last Ship will get 13 episodes instead of 10, Major Crimes will have a 15-episode season 4 run, and it'll be 10 episodes for Falling Skies season 5, which will also be its last. Catch more details on those three shows after the jump and keep an eye out for more TNT summer renewals in the weeks to come. »
- Perri Nemiroff
If you’ve been following Major Crimes at all then you know that 18-year-old former runaway Rusty Beck (played by actor Graham Patrick Martin) has had a long journey in his coming out process. Like most police procedurals, the hit TNT series relies on standalone “crime investigation of the week” stories, but Rusty’s arc over two and a half seasons is the one major serialized narrative on the series– and that story arc might just be the heart of the show. Rusty tentatively came out as gay to his guardian Det. Sharon Raydor (Mary McDonnell) at the very end of last season, and last week the 18-year-old former runaway had a painful confrontation with his drug addict mother where she tried to use his sexual orientation as an excuse for her bad behavior. Which brings us to tonight’s episode, where the official description has Rusty mulling »
- Dennis Ayers
Many moviegoers consider the world of film as a reprieve from their current existing realities. This is rather interesting because in looking to escape the everyday realities for a fantasized slice of reality in cinema might seem quite redundant for some folks. However, the realities that are portrayed on the big screen are varied so whatever life experiences are depicted we may not have quite lived that particular episode therefore making it intriguing and fresh for our entertaining curiosities.
Films, when capturing a fragrance of reality through triumph and tragedy, are usually armed with a special messaging about the human condition through sacrifice, self-discovery, suffering and of course social awareness. In It’s About the Message: The Top 10 Oscar-winning Socially Aware Films we will take a look at Academy Award-winning movies that dared to examine the spirit about being socially aware–through inspiration and insidiousness (or both simultaneously)–and put »
- Frank Ochieng
The script was originally written by director Roland Emmerich with producer Dean Devlin but the duties were handed over to James Vanderbilt (White House Down) whose script has been the one used for some time. Now it seems the script is to be re-written by Blanchard, but there is no news on whether the plot has changed so presumably will still be about the children of the survivors of the original movie .
Emmerich has said that many of the original cast will be returning, but there is still no confirmation on Will Smith’s involvement who has been on and off the project since it was first announced. »
- Luke Owen
The Los Angeles Times 2014 Hero Complex Film Festival lineup has been announced. There will be a mix of classics films screening such as The Terminator, Terminator 2, Monty Python & the Holy Grail, Alien, Aliens, and Gremlins as well as a 10th anniversary presentation of the 2003 Battlestar Galactica miniseries and an advance screening of How to Train Your Dragon 2. Almost all of these screenings will be accompanied by live Q&As with the films' creators and stars including James Cameron, Sigourney Weaver, Joe Dante, Ronald D. Moore, Dean DeBlois, Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, and more. While the advanced screening of How to Train Your Dragon 2 is cool, I'm glad there's a heavy emphasis on classic sci-fi, fantasy, and horror movies. That being said, I'm sure Cameron will get a bunch of questions of the Avatar sequels. Tickets will go on sale tomorrow, April 30th, starring at 10am. Hit the jump »
- Matt Goldberg
Universal Pictures is developing a film version of its "Battlestar Galactica" sci-fi franchise with the goal of completely re-imagining the story. The studio just hired original series creator Glen Larson to produce and Jack Paglen to write the screenplay. Paglen wrote "Transcendence" as well as the upcoming "Prometheus" sequel. There have been three "Galactica" TV series. The first, starring Lorne Greene and Richard Hatch, ran during the 1978-79 season and was centered on humans engaged in a lengthy war against a cybernetic race known as the Cylons while searching for Earth. In 2003, a re-imagined "Battlestar Galactica" mini-series aired on Sci Fi Channel. The second series, starring Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell, ran for four seasons. Universal has been working on a "Battlestar Galactica" for years. Back in 2009, it was rumored that Bryan Singer (X-Men: Days of Future Past) was attached to direct. No word if that's still the case. »
Sometimes, there’s a movie project that just doesn’t go away. They rumble on in the background for decades, with concepts kept alive only by the sheer willpower of those dedicated individuals involved. Battlestar Galactica is one such project – but now, it seems like it’s one step closer to fruition as Transcendence writer Jack Paglen has been hired to deliver a script.
Created by Glen A. Larson (Knight Rider, Magnum P.I, Quincy M.E) as a science fiction TV series in 1978, Battlestar Galactica ran for one season – ending in April 1979. It featured the premise that would provide the basis for every iteration of the show that followed – that our future humanity has migrated to a distant area of the galaxy, known as the Twelve Colonies, from where they have been defending themselves against a cybernetic race known as The Cylons. During a vicious attack, human survivors flee aboard spaceships, »
- Sarah Myles
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