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‘Sons of Anarchy’ Series Finale Caps Off Last Ride (Spoilers)

9 December 2014 11:02 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

With its Shakespearean aspects, “Sons of Anarchy” in the beginning represented a tale about the battle for the soul of Jax, torn between the legacies of his father and stepfather, even if he was seldom its most interesting character. And from the opening strains of Bruce Springsteen’s “Adam Raised a Cain” and Jax’s graveside visit to the closing moments, the series finale hammered home the point, with about as much subtlety as a fork in the head.

In what has at times felt like two seasons crammed into one, series creator Kurt Sutter has methodically built toward the question of Jax’s fate, eliminating so many characters along the way – including a hat trick of major deaths in the penultimate chapter – that the finale risked becoming a trifle anticlimactic. Yet the question of whether Jax (Charlie Hunnam), having descended so far into darkness, could somehow find redemption, for others if not himself, »

- Brian Lowry

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"Suicide Squad" Creator Talks The Film

7 December 2014 10:25 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

John Ostrander, the creator of the DC Comics villain team-up title "Suicide Squad," has spoken with Cbr about the upcoming movie adaptation which recently announced its cast.

Ostrander says: "I wouldn't have guessed that it would have been one of the properties that they would do quite so quickly. That's a heck of a slot. It's the first movie after 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice'. That places them pretty high and sure, that pleases me."

Ostrander says he has "no problem with the casting" and that "movies are different and separate entities from comics. They have different needs, and they have to find ways to get a lot of people into seats."

He does seem very happy with the choices of Tom Hardy and Jared Leto though: "What I am really impressed by with all of the casting is that they are getting some very good actors to play these parts. »

- Garth Franklin

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'Suicide Squad' Cast Announced! Oprah Winfrey Wanted as Villain

2 December 2014 3:19 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Just minutes ago, Warner Bros. announced the main cast members for Suicide Squad. However, there is still one major role still left to be cast, the squad's leader and the villain of the movie, Amanda Waller. Variety reports that Oprah Winfrey is the studio's top choice for the role, with other contenders including Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer.

In the comic books, Amanda Waller was a government agent who oversees the Task Force X (Suicide Squad) program, which assigns practically impossible missions to this group of dangerous villains. Amanda Waller was previously portrayed on the big screen by Angela Bassett in Warner Bros.' 2011 adventure Green Lantern, and she was also played by Cynthia Addai-Robinson on the small screen in Season 2 of Arrow. The character has also been featured in a number of animated projects, with Cch Pounder most recently voicing Amanda Waller in this summer's Batman: Assault on Arkham. »

- MovieWeb

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TNT's "Librarians" Gets A Full Trailer

5 November 2014 12:08 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Following three TV movies over the past decade or so, TNT decided a while back to turn its "The Librarian" franchise into a regular TV series. Now the results can be seen in a new full-length trailer for "The Librarians" released today by the network.

While Noah Wyle led the charge in the telemovies, here he takes a back seat and will pop in and out in a recurring role as the enigmatic supervisor of a new group of characters who will take on the task of looking for artifacts with mythical powers around the globe.

Said new faces include the likes of Rebecca Romijn ("X-Men"), Emmy winning comedian John Laroquette, Christian Kane ("Angel"), Lindy Booth ("Dawn of the Dead") and Australian soap star John Kim. Look out for a Bruce Campbell cameo too in the trailer, whilst the likes of Bob Newhart and Jane Curtin will pop up in the show. »

- Garth Franklin

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CBS Renews All 4 of Its New Dramas: NCIS: New Orleans, Scorpion, Madam Secretary, and Stalker

28 October 2014 7:49 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

While most networks stumble to find at least one new show that can survive in the ratings, CBS has picked up all four of its new drama series: NCIS: New Orleans, Scorpion, Madam Secretary, and Stalker.  For CBS, this news isn't all that surprising.  The network's formula for the least-offensive programming possible is perfectly suited to an older generation that still holds to Nielsen boxes even though the way we watch television has changed drastically.  That's not to say these shows are bad (I haven't watched them), but I can't think of a single CBS drama other than The Good Wife that gets people talking and has fans encouraging others to watch. Hit the jump for the press release. From the press release: "These four shows have had an immediate impact on our schedule by improving nights, winning time periods and adding more hours of success across our primetime line up, »

- Matt Goldberg

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Jon Stewart as 'Meet the Press' host would’ve been a terrible idea — unless 'Daily Show' was on Sunday

8 October 2014 6:53 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Jon Stewart as “Meet the Press” host would’ve been a terrible idea — unless he did “The Daily Show” on Sunday Jon Stewart is "a supplement, a commentator, throwing stinkbombs in from the outside,” says James Poniewozik. "To put him in that Beltway-priest, neutral-insider role would have been a joke, and not the ha-ha kind. On the other hand, if NBC were hiring Stewart to replace not just David Gregory, but the idea of 'Meet the Press' itself–to create, if not a copy, 'The Daily Show,' a seriously funny issues show with a point of view and an adversarial attitude that would roast not just the guests, but the culture of Washington–now that could have been something.” Plus: Jon Stewart is a terrible interviewer who would’ve been a terrible host, Stewart’s agent wouldn’t deny the "Meet the Press' report, and »

- Norman Weiss

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And the Highest-Rated New Show of the Fall So Far Is...

24 September 2014 11:11 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

The battle for the eyeballs has begun: Fall TV is officially upon us. As the major broadcast networks roll out their new offerings, everybody is watching the Nielsen numbers. There have been some big hits and misses already, but the true test will be whether viewers stick around. One lesson learned so far: Don't mess with NCIS. The latest spinoff of the hit franchise, NCIS: New Orleans, is the highest-rated new show yet with 17.1 million viewers, according to Nielsen's overnight ratings. It nabbed a 2.5 rating in the key 18-49 demographic. Scott Bakula and Cch Pounder star in the latest NCIS series. The NCIS mothership show was its lead-in with 18 million viewers. Along with NCIS: Nola, CBS has been hitting it »

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NCIS: New Orleans Premieres: Was Another Spin-Off Really Necessary?

23 September 2014 7:57 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

The newest CBS spin-off is here! No, it's not James Van der Beek in CSI: Cyber, but it is another former TV star taking the lead in a another new version of a show with an acronym for a title! That's right, it's NCIS: New Orleans, the second spin-off of the original NCIS, after NCIS: Los Angeles. Scott Bakula plays Special Agent Pride, the head of the New Orleans office of the NCIS. Other cast members include Lucas Black, Zoe McLellan, and C.C.H. Pounder as the coroner. The show was introduced with a couple of special episodes of NCIS in the spring, leaving the pilot to delve right into a case in which a former petty officer and student of Agent Pride is found dead. Earlier this year, »

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Did the NCIS: New Orleans Premiere Trot Out Too Many Big, Easy Tropes?

23 September 2014 7:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

TV’s most watched drama officially made camp in Crescent City this Tuesday night, with the premiere of the spin-off NCIS: New Orleans. Will your DVR continue to say yes to Nola?

Related Fall Preview 2014: Your Handy Calendar of 99 Premieres

One thing is for certain, coming out of the series opener: If you had a Bingo card listing every New Orleans stereotype/calling card, the pilot checked many of ‘em off in short order – including but not limited to:

√ “Beignet”

√ “Gumbo”

√ “Mardi Gras

√ Victim’s dad plays trumpet, at a jazz club

√ Jogging under the Greater New Orleans Bridges »

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Kevin Hart to guest-judge 'Dancing with the Stars'

23 September 2014 4:47 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Kevin Hart to guest-judge “Dancing with the Stars” The comedian will fill in for Len Goodman for next week’s Movie Night. In defense of “True Detective's” casting Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn There was plenty of Twitter hate greeting today’s long-anticipated announcement, but the "seen-better-days duo” of Farrell and Vaughn could actually work. Plus: HBO couldn’t have cast a better actor than Vaughn. Floyd Mayweather: My Showtime “All Access” show was all fake The boxer told Nevada boxing regulators today that his reality show was completely staged. "I don't want to just sell a fight," Mayweather said. "I want to sell a lifestyle." Click Read Full Post For More   The NY Times’ TV critic’s “angry black woman” critique of Shonda Rhimes shouldn’t be surprising "This is what happens when voices that have normally been pushed to the background take center stage,” says Eric Deggans, »

- Norman Weiss

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5 Questions with … Cch Pounder of NCIS: New Orleans

23 September 2014 9:48 AM, PDT | ChannelGuideMag | See recent ChannelGuideMag news »

In an era of short television attention spans, CBS’ NCIS franchise enjoys remarkable success. The flagship series has been a Nielsen Top 10 staple for more than half of its 11-year run and NCIS: Los Angeles, its 5-year-old spinoff, fares well for the network, too. This information is not lost on Cch (that’s short for Carol Christine Hilaria) Pounder, who will play Jefferson Parrish coroner Dr. Loretta Wade in the newest NCIS outing, NCIS: New Orleans, which premieres tonight. • More: NCIS: New Orleans explores crime in the Crescent City “I don’t want to be part of slowing that franchise … Continue reading →

The post 5 Questions with … Cch Pounder of NCIS: New Orleans appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »

- Lori Acken

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‘NCIS: New Orleans’ Ep on Saturating Market With Too Many Spinoffs: ‘There's Always a Concern’

23 September 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

CBS has gone marching in to New Orleans with the latest installment of its “NCIS” franchise, titled, appropriately enough, “NCIS: New Orleans.” The newest incarnation of the mighty “NCIS” franchise — premiering Tuesday at 9 p.m. — stars “Quantum Leap” and “Behind the Candelabra” star Scott Bakula as Special Agent Pride, who heads up the New Orleans office of NCIS. The series also stars Lucas Black, Zoe McLellan and C.C.H. Pounder. TheWrap spoke to executive producer Jeff Lieber about, among other things, staying true to the tragedy and scandal-afflicted New Orleans while also creating a riveting crime drama. Read on for »

- Tim Kenneally

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TV Review: ‘NCIS: New Orleans’

22 September 2014 7:15 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Produced with factory-like precision, “NCIS: New Orleans” seems determined not to give viewers watching lead-in “NCIS” any reason to reach for the remote or clap off the TV. And other than the jazz riffs (which no one will confuse with “Treme”) and Scott Bakula subbing for Mark Harmon (who doubles as an exec producer), audiences probably won’t notice much difference between the two shows. Despite conspicuous creole flavoring, this second spinoff looks likely to pick up pretty seamlessly where the “L.A.” edition left off – with Bakula providing good company, and justice served up faster than street-vendor gumbo.

Of course, the series really started last season, when CBS featured a planted spinoff within the context of “NCIS.” And the prospect of regular crossovers between the two series is made clear right off the bat when Cch Pounder’s medical examiner consults via TV monitor with her counterpart played by David McCallum. »

- Brian Lowry

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Fall TV reviews: 'Scorpion,' 'Forever' & 'NCIS: New Orleans'

22 September 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Last year, the network TV season began while I was still in a hospital bed recovering from a burst appendix and the complications that followed. Working at half-speed, I decided the only way to weather the deluge of new shows was to give all but a handful the capsule review treatment, offering up a paragraph or so on each, often with several shows in the same post, figuring I would revisit the ones that got more interesting down the road. An approach born out of medical necessity turned out to be one that made sense to continue even with improved health. The fact is, most new network shows don't warrant a 1000-word review based on a single episode simply because that's the way every TV critic (myself included) used to do things. Some are strong enough, or intriguing  enough or — in the case of something like "The Mysteries of Laura »

- Alan Sepinwall

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2014 Fall Network TV Preview: Tuesdays

16 September 2014 5:34 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Several network series return this week, but the fall season starts in earnest next week. Before the premieres kick off, here are SoS TV Editor Kate Kulzick, SoS Managing TV Editor Deepayan Sengupta, and SoS lead TV critic Randy Dankievitch with their initial impressions on the networks’ new offerings.

Note: Our thoughts are based on pilots that are works in progress, so there may be changes to these episodes before they air.

Forever (10 pm Est, ABC)

Premieres Sept. 22nd and Sept 23rd ,  2014

Among ABC’s new fall shows is Forever, a series set to focus on a medical examiner in New York who has a distinctive trait; unlike the rest of the population, he is immortal. Every time he dies, Dr. Henry Morgan finds himself waking up naked in a nearby body of water, and he teams up with Detective Martinez to help solve the city’s crimes.

Based on the pilot, »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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'Sons Of Anarchy' Recap: Jax Wages War; Gemma Quiet About Involvement In Tara's Death

9 September 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Sons of Anarchy’s seventh and final season opens with Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam) behind bars, beating up a Neo-Nazi in an effort to meet with the leader of the Aryan prison tribe Ron Rully (Marilyn Manson). Meanwhile, Gemma (Katey Sagal) is watching his sons and Unser (Dayton Callie) is at Tara's grave.

Sons of Anarchy Recap

At County, Jax gets a visit from Da Patterson (Cch Pounder) and Gemma. Gemma, acting as a sort of go-between, tells Patterson that Jax isn’t going to be eager to talk, having found the woman he loved – loved enough to turn himself in – dead just 10 days ago. Understanding Jax’s pain, having lost relatives to gang violence, Patterson says he can empathize with wanting to exact revenge on those who took loved ones away from them, but that tallying up his own kills will only breed ongoing chaos and death.

In the car ride home from Country, »

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TV Review: ‘Sons of Anarchy,’ The Final Season

7 September 2014 7:45 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Given its initial premise and appalling body count, the fact “Sons of Anarchy” has credibly reached a seventh and final season is in itself an accomplishment. Yet this fall’s driving theme — unrelenting revenge and retribution — practically ensures a series already characterized by over-the-top violence will be even more steeped in creatively conceived gore. Few programs seem more closely linked to the id of their brain trust than this one, and showrunner Kurt Sutter has set the stage for an operatic finish. That said, watching “Sons” ride toward the sunset — taking its excesses with it — evokes as much relief as regret.

Without giving too much away (and Spoiler Alert only to those not fully up to date on last season’s events), the Samcro motorcycle club, under the stewardship of Jax (Charlie Hunnam), is grappling with some beyond-usual family issues. Sure, Jax killed his stepfather, assumed control and tried to »

- Brian Lowry

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‘Sons of Anarchy 7×01-7×03′ Review

24 August 2014 6:14 PM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Here’s the thing about the final season of Sons of Anarchy. It’s simultaneously everything I love about the show and everything I hate about the show encapsulated in the first three episodes that were sent out to critics. It’s like this: You know something is bad for you, but despite all protestations, you still hope that you can overlook all the glaring problems and see all the redeeming qualities, as if the show were some sort of proxy for a real person. The problem is, I’m having a hell of a time overlooking all the problems because for every one thing that gets cleared up, a thousand seem to crop up in its place.

That makes me so sad to say.

Because I loved Sons of Anarchy for the first four seasons. Then, the luster started to wear off in the form of things that seemed great once, »

- Nathan Smith

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Two new clips from Batman: Assault on Arkham

12 August 2014 1:29 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Coinciding with its DVD and Blu-ray release today, Warner Bros. has dropped two new clips from the DC Universe Animated Original Movie Batman: Assault on Arkham featuring The Suicide Squad; check them out after the official synopsis, and read our review of the film here…

“Gotham is in great danger when the government assembles a group of villains — code named the Suicide Squad — and forces them to break into Arkham Asylum to retrieve top secret information stolen by the Riddler. Things take a turn for the worse when one of the Squad members (Harley Quinn) frees the Joker, who is intent on blowing up Arkham Asylum and Gotham City. Batman must use his super hero wits and strength to thwart the wicked plans of the Joker and the Suicide Squad.”

Batman: Assault on Arkham is set for release on August 12th and sees Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series) leading »

- Gary Collinson

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Suicide Squad Attacks in 2 'Batman: Assault on Arkham' Clips

12 August 2014 12:55 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

With Batman: Assault on Arkham debuting today on Blu-ray and DVD, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has released two more clips which showcases the Suicide Squad. a not-so-friendly rivalry between Suicide Squad members Deadshot (voiced by Neal McDonough) and Captain Boomerang (voiced by Greg Ellis), where Deadshot showcases his incredible accuracy. The second showcases the entire team in action as they take out a number of Arkham Asylum guards, under the watchful eye of Suicide Squad leader Amanda Waller (voiced by Cch Pounder).

Take a look at these new scenes where Deadshot before picking up this animated adventure on Blu-ray and DVD.

When the government teams up a group of supervillains with the code name Suicide Squad and forces them to break into Arkham Asylum to bring back top secret information the Riddler has stolen, Batman soon becomes involved. But things go from bad to worse when one of the Squad (Harley Quinn) frees the Joker, »

- MovieWeb

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