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Scott Varnham Aug 15, 2016
It may be so 90s it hurts, but the Highlander TV series spin-off is still very much worth a watch...
You may have seen a few articles about the original Highlander movie recently, as it’s just celebrated its 30th anniversary. Lots of things have turned 30 this year. Just a few examples: The Legend Of Zelda, Pixar, the M25. Fine institutions, but did any of them spawn a mostly superior TV series in 1992? I think not. Don’t let the fact that it was made in the 90s put you off. People still watch Buffy.
The series follows the adventures of Duncan MacLeod (cousin of the movie’s Connor). Explaining the premise of Highlander in complex detail would make me go far over my word count, so I’ll be brief. Basically, immortal sword fighters fight to decapitate each other in order to be the last one »
Bill Maher will host special live shows around the Republican and Democratic conventions; Nick Zano joins “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” and “MADtv” returns with a new slate of comics in Wednesday’s TV round-up.
Nick Zano has been cast as a series regular in Season 2 of The CW’s “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” Variety has confirmed. He’ll play Dr. Nate Heywood, a historian whose grandfather was the hero known as Commander Steel, a member of the Justice Society of America. In the comics, Nate becomes a hero in his own right and takes the name Citizen Steel, paying homage to his grandfather’s legacy by becoming a member of the Jsa. The news was first reported by Variety’s sister site Deadline.
Courtney B. Vance, Toby Jones, and Bradley Whitford have joined the cast of TNT drama pilot “Civil.” Directed by Allen Coulter and written and executive-produced by Scott Smith, “Civil“ takes place in the wake of a hotly contested Presidential election, as America finds itself plunging uncontrollably into a modern day Civil War. In addition, Brian D’Arcy James will guest-star in the pilot, which also stars Enrique Murciano in a lead role.
Anna Gunn is joining season 2 of “Shades of Blue” as a dirty cop-turned-Machiavellian politician. The official description for her yet-to-be-named character is as follows: “A city Councilwoman on the rise and primed for a run at the Mayor’s office, she’s the former protégée of Wozniak (Ray Liotta) who used to be part of Harlee’s (Jennifer Lopez) dirty crew of cops. She’s a chameleon who rose up the ranks of the NYPD to Captain and then launched a political career fueled by her charisma and the fact that she is as comfortable at a blue-collar bar as she is at the Governor’s mansion.”
Amazon has cast multi-platinum recording artist Dwight Yoakam in its original series “Goliath” (formerly known as “Trial”). Yoakam will play Wendell Corey, who heads the giant aerospace company defended by powerful law firm Cooperman McBride, Borns Tech. “Goliath” will premiere on Amazon Prime Video this fall, and stars Billy Bob Thornton, William Hurt, Olivia Thirlby, Maria Bello and Molly Parker. The series is written by David E. Kelley and Jonathan Shapiro.
“Real Time with Bill Maher” will cover the Republican and Democratic conventions with four live half-hour editions, HBO announced Wednesday. Maher’s special shows will report on the Republican convention on Wednesday, July 20 and Thursday, July 21, and the Democratic convention on Wednesday, July 27 and Thursday, July 28 at 11 p.m. each night. Maher will be giving a rapid response to that evening’s events, and each show will also feature three in-studio panel guests. The show will also air its regularly scheduled programming on Friday of both weeks at 10 p.m. on HBO.
“MADtv” returns to television with an all-new cast of comedians Tuesday, July 29 from 9-10 p.m. on The CW. New comics will include Carlie Craig, Chelsea Davison, Jeremy D. Howard, Amir K, Lyric Lewis, Piotr Michael, Michelle Ortiz and Adam Ray.
Bravo peers into the looking glass in the new special “Before They Were Housewives” to explore the inside story of Luann de Lesseps on Wednesday, June 22 at 10 p.m. Tracing Lesseps’ long rise from humble beginnings to the “Real Housewives,” the show takes viewers deeper than ever before into the Countess’s past. The special airs after an all-new episode of “The Real Housewives of New York City.”
USA Network will premiere “Mr. Robot Decoded,” a one-hour special that explores the authenticity and societal impact of “Mr. Robot,” on Monday, June 20 at 11:05 p.m. The special features commentary and interviews with “Mr. Robot” creator Sam Esmail, along with cast members Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Portia Doubleday, and Carly Chaikin, along with journalists, filmmakers and tech experts.
Rlj Entertainment’s Athena brand has acquired the electronic-sell-through (Est), subscription video on demand (Svod), and home video rights in North America to the new music documentary Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music from Higher Ground LLC.
Produced in association with the late music producer Sir George Martin, and the filmmakers Show of Force, LLC, the eight-part series features more than 150 exclusive and original interviews with artists such as Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Elton John, Roger Waters, Joni Mitchell, Roger Daltrey, Linda Perry, Quincy Jones, B.B. King, Annie Lennox, Dave Stewart, Tom Petty, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Rosanne Cash, Steven Van Zandt, Billy Idol, Beck and RZA.
Executives Ryan Pinette has been elevated to Svp, production and operations, Bravo & Oxygen Media. Pinette will continue to oversee all aspects related to the production of original series and specials for Bravo and expands his role to Oxygen’s growing slate of original programming including the recently announced series “Strut,” “Last Squad Standing,” “The Battle of the Ex Besties,” and “Unprotected.” Sports Al Michaels, Dan Patrick, Rebecca Lowe, Liam McHugh and Carolyn Manno will serve as hosts for NBC’s coverage of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They join Bob Costas, NBC’s primetime Olympics host for the 11th time, and Ryan Seacrest, who will host NBC’s late night show from Rio. Michaels will serve as a host during NBC’s daytime coverage on weekdays and weekends. Patrick and Lowe will work across both NBC and Nbcsn. McHugh and Manno will handle Nbcsn hosting duties. The Opening Ceremony is Friday, August 5 on NBC. »
- Lamarco McClendon
About a month ago rumor had it that Musician Sir Elton John was in talks to star in the upcoming sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Well, now he has confirmed (via Instagram) that he will be in the film. 20th Century Fox has told us that they are not yet able to disclose John's character.
It's been a long time since Tommy..... #Kingsman
A photo posted by Elton John (@eltonjohn) on May 16, 2016 at 1:24pm Pdt
The new film continues the adventures of a wayward tough (Egerton) from the wrong side of London who was taken in by a superspy (Firth) and is turned into the »
- Kellvin Chavez
Roger Daltrey is talkin’ ’bout AC/DC — and what he has to say isn’t pretty. Who frontman Daltrey is stepping up in defense of his fellow rock belter Brian Johnson, who recently parted ways with AC/DC due to hearing issues. As Daltrey sees it, Johnson’s departure is AC/DC’s loss. Also Read: Brian Johnson 'Crushed' by AC/DC Exit, Vows Not to Retire “I’ve spoken to Brian. He’s got loads of other things he wants to do in his life,” Daltrey told the London Free Press. “I think AC/DC will miss Brian much »
- Tim Kenneally
Horror Channel has announcing that it will be broadcasting seven premieres during April, including the Network premieres of Tom Shankland’s gripping film noir serial killer shocker Waz, starring Stellan Skarsgard, Tom Hardy and Selma Blair, and David Keating’s deadly supernatural drama Wake Wood, with Timothy Spall. There is also a UK premiere for Eric England’s edge-of-your-seat chill ride Roadside.
Other network premieres this month are: Neil McEnery-West’s terrifying panic-thriller Containment and William Malone’s gory remake of House on Haunted Hill, starring Geoffrey Rush, Famke Janssen and Ali Larter, Richard Marquand’s creepy supernatural love story The Legacy and Norman J. Warren’s torrid tale of home counties devil worship Satan’s Slave, starring Michael Gough.
Sat 9 April @ 10.50pm – House On Haunted Hill (1999) *Network Premiere
- Gary Collinson
The last project that legendary music producer George Martin worked on before his death last week was the PBS docu series “Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recording Music,” which screens at SXSW this week and premieres in November on PBS.
The first two installments of the eight-episode series screen today, Wednesday and Friday as part of the Austin festival’s “24 Beats Per Second” line-up. The series combines access to celebrated music artists, producers and innovators and rare archival studio footage for a behind-the-scenes look at the birth of brand new sounds. It will chronicle inventions like the microphone, Moog synthesizer, phonograph and digital streaming.
Martin is credited as the figure who made “Soundbreaking” come to life for producer-directors Maro Chermayeff and Jeff Dupre of the New York-based production banner Show of Force. The series bows Nov. 14 on PBS.
- Jacob Bryant
Before George Martin's death on March 8th, the legendary producer and "fifth Beatle" aligned with PBS for an eight-part series titled Soundbreaking: Stories From the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music. For the series, which was five years in the making, Martin and his son Giles recruited over 150 artists to share behind-the-scenes stories about the art of recording.
The first two Soundbreaking episodes are scheduled to premiere March 14th at the SXSW Film festival with a PBS premiere set for November. Rolling Stone has the exclusive first look at the Soundbreaking trailer, »
A night after the Who brought their 50th anniversary tour to New York's Madison Square Garden, the rock legends dropped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to make their first U.S. late-night performance in nearly a decade. For the visit, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend delivered a rousing take on "Who Are You," featuring a phenomenal, climatic solo by the guitar god.
The Who's Tonight Show performance marked the first time the band had appeared on an American late-night show since September 2006, when Daltrey and Townshend appeared on »
Editor's Note: The original version of this story misidentified the last time the Who had been on a late-night talk show. The text has been corrected and Rolling Stone apologizes for the error.
The Who kicked off a new, North American leg of their Who Hits 50! Tour this week and will perform tonight on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Although the group's members have appeared on late-night talk shows individually since then, and Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend appeared as a duo version of the Who on Letterman in »
Part of The Mighty Boosh’s delight comes from its unlikelihood as a TV sitcom. Its boundless Day-Glo imagination isn’t an immediate fit with the constraints of the form. A sunshine simpleton and his awkward, jazz-obsessed colleague meet mythic monsters and talking animals while performing expertly observed musical parody? It’s not exactly My Family.
As comedian, writer, and director of Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding’s 1999 Edinburgh show Arctic Boosh, Stewart Lee, put it, “No television exec would ever have gone ‘What we need is a kind of purple head with tentacles coming out of it which speaks like a member of the Small Faces’”.
And yet a television exec did. Granted, probably not in those exact words. After Danny Wallace opened the door »
Every time I sing the praises of TBS' "Angie Tribeca" on Twitter, I get one of two responses: "That's a comedy? I thought it was another boring police procedural." and "That's a real show? I thought it was a viral video parody promoting a product I couldn't quite identify." On the one hand, this speaks to what a poor job TBS has done of marketing the show, which will debut with a 25-hour, commercial-free marathon of its first season(*) on Sunday night at 9. On the other, put those two misconceptions together, and you more or less have "Angie Tribeca." It's a real show, but one so committed to parodying police procedurals like "NCIS" and "Law & Order: Svu" that it's hard to put any one moment in a promo and not have it look like the genuine article. (*) There are only 10 episodes of that season, so each episode will air »
- Alan Sepinwall
Tales From the Crypt, the Emmy-nominated horror anthology series that ran for seven seasons on HBO two decades ago, will live again. Filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan has agreed to curate and produce the series reboot for TNT, according to Variety.
The show, which will feature stories culled from the long-running, gory E.C. Comics series as well as new, original stories, will premiere in the fall. It leads a new two-hour block of horror television on the channel.
"To be part of such a beloved brand like Tales From the Crypt, »
12 items from 2016
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