13 items from 2015
Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, the first cast images from FX’s upcoming drama series American Crime Story: The People v O.J. Simpson have arrived online, giving us a look at Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J. Simpson, David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian, John Travolta as Robert Shapiro, Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark, Courtney B. Vance as Johnnie Cochran and Billy Magnussen as Kato Kaelin.
Set to premiere later this year, American Crime Story will tell the story of O.J. Simpson’s trial for the accused double murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman and also stars Selma Blair as Kris Jenner, Connie Britton as Faye Resnick, Sterling K. Brown as Christoper Darden, Kenneth Choi as Judge Lance Ito and Kelly Dowdle as Nicole Brown Simpson.
- Gary Collinson
John Singleton is poised to be the next filmmaker to make the leap to television, as FX has picked up the pilot for Snowfall, a show co-created by Singleton. The press release had this summary of the series.
Los Angeles 1981. A storm is coming and its name is cocaine. Snowfall is a one-hour drama set against the infancy of the crack cocaine epidemic and its ultimate radical impact on the culture as we know it. The story follows three characters on a violent collision course: Franklin Saint, young street entrepreneur on a quest for power; Gustavo Zapata, a Mexican wrestler turned gangster in search of his American dream; and Logan Miller, a prominent family’s “black sheep” desperate to escape his father’s shadow.
Singleton will also direct the pilot.
The partnership between Fox and »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Beauty and the Beast fans, The CW would like to remind you that patience is a virtue.
VideosBeauty and the Beast Season 3 Trailer: Vincent Plots His Proposal to Catherine
Beast‘s third go-round will find Cat and Vincent focusing on their relationship, until it is tested by new threats, including a conspiracy that will force Vincent to — gulp — turn to the beast inside him.
As previously reported, The CW’s »
Episodes: 13 (hour)
TV show dates: February 5, 2015 -- March 5, 2015
Series status: Cancelled
TV show description:
This thriller TV series revolves around the O'Connor family and their son, Alex (Gavin Stenhouse). He's a young idealistic CIA analyst who specializes in Russian affairs. Unbeknownst to him however, both of his parents and his sister are part of a dormant Russian sleeper cell that has just been reactivated.
Years ago, Russian-born Katya (Hope Davis) was tasked by the Kgb to recruit American businessman Mark O'Connor (Scott Cohen) as a spy, and the two fell in love. A deal was struck: as long as Katya remained an asset for Russia, she would be allowed to marry »
FX's American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson has cast another key player in the O.J. Simpson murder trial. Allegiance co-star Kenneth Choi will play Judge Lance Ito as a regular in the miniseries, which takes a look at the O.J. Simpson trial told from the perspective of the lawyers that explores the chaotic behind-the-scenes dealings and maneuvering on both sides of the court, and how a combination of prosecution confidence, defense wiliness, and the Lapd's… »
Kenneth Choi, who you might recognize from Sons of Anarchy (pictured top) or Captain America, joins Frank Grillo and Fringe‘s Anna Torv in the upcoming Akiva Goldman-directed psychic rage film, Stephanie, Produced by Blumhouse, alongside Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Adrienne Biddle. NateMatteson, Eric Robinson and Bryan Bertino, Stephanie is about a young girl “abandoned by her parents in their remote home. There, Stephanie…
- Samuel Zimmerman
Kenneth Choi, who most recently appeared on NBC's series Allegiance and FX's Sons of Anarchy, has joined Universal's horror-thriller Stephanie. Academy Award-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, who helmed 2014's Winter's Tale, is directing the Blumhouse and Chapter One project, which will star Frank Grillo, Shree Crooks and Anna Torv. The story centers on a young girl named Stephanie (Crooks) who is abandoned by her parents, forced to survive on peanut butter and conversations with her toy turtle. When her parents return to claim their daughter, they find dark supernatural forces are wreaking havoc, with Stephanie at the center of
- Rebecca Ford
Episodes: 121 (hour)
TV show dates: May 19, 2009 -- March 21, 2015
Series status: Ended
Performers include: Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Jessalyn Gilsig, Jane Lynch, Jayma Mays, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Matthew Morrison, Amber Riley, Mark Salling, Jenna Ushkowitz, Naya Rivera, Ben Bledsoe, Patrick Gallagher, Iqbal Theba, Aaron Hendry, Josh Sussman, Jennifer Aspen, Ken Choi, Dijon Talton, Harry Shum Jr. Kent Avenido, Earlene Davis, David Pearl, and Norma Jean Riddick.
TV show description:
The Glee Club at McKinley High School used to be at the top of the show choir world but, after a series of scandals, it's now become an unpopular haven for social outcasts. Optimistic teacher Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) pleads with the principal to let him take over teaching the group, to try to return the club to its »
NBC had big hopes for their all-drama Thursday night schedule. Unfortunately, the ratings have been dismal and now the network has cancelled their new drama, Allegiance, after five episodes.
On the Allegiance TV show, Katya and Mark O'Connor (Hope Davis and Scott Cohen) and their daughter Natalie (Margarita Levieva) are part of a dormant Russian sleeper cell that has just been reactivated. Their mission is to turn their son Alex (Gavin Stenhouse), an idealistic CIA analyst, into a spy. Others in the cast are Morgan Spector, Kenneth Choi, and Alex Peters.
The series debuted on February 5th to a dismal 1.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 4.98 million viewers. Then the numbers got even worse after that, hitting lows with a 0.7 in the demo and 3.32 million viewers.
FX has found some nice success with The Americans. Now, NBC is trying their own version of the Russian spy premise called Allegiance. Will it be a hit in the ratings? Cancelled or renewed for season two? Stay tuned to find out.
On the Allegiance TV show, Katya and Mark O'Connor (Hope Davis and Scott Cohen) and their daughter Natalie (Margarita Levieva) are part of a dormant Russian sleeper cell that has just been reactivated. Their mission is to turn son Alex (Gavin Stenhouse), an idealistic CIA analyst, into a spy. Others in the cast are Morgan Spector, Kenneth Choi, and Alex Peters.
To get the obvious out of the way, the new NBC drama “Allegiance” clearly suffers from cable envy. Like “Homeland,” this spy thriller was adapted from an Israeli series, and the basic Russian-moles-among-us plot sounds an awful lot like FX’s Cold War homage “The Americans,” merely relocated into a contemporary setting. Putting those concerns aside, what emerges proves fast-paced and enjoyable in a check-your-brain-at-the-door kind of way, with the disclaimer that the perilous premise can take a left turn from amusingly silly to distractingly ridiculous at any moment. In terms of capitalism, while “The Blacklist” lead-in might help, ABC’s “Murder”-ous competition won’t.
Written and directed by George Nolfi (“The Adjustment Bureau”), the premiere opens with the brutal execution of a former Soviet operative on U.S. soil. That event hints at a larger plot, with a Russian go-between, Victor (Morgan Spector), approaching the seemingly idyllic couple »
- Brian Lowry
A lot of people are likely to look down on Allegiance before it even starts, and only because The Americans isn’t that old. I have to give them that, if I’m really being honest, but this one is quite a different spin on things, and I’m a lot more intrigued by the possibilities.
In this telling of the Russian agents living as American citizens story, Mark and Katya O’Connor (Scott Cohen and Hope Davis) have a complicated backstory. They fell in love when Katya was still working for the Kgb, and a deal was ultimately made that allowed the couple to marry and live in America, but with a vague understanding that one is never really out of the Kgb… or whatever.
Fast-forward a lot of years, and their son, Alex (Gavin Stenhouse), has started working as analyst for the CIA. He also rather a sharp cookie, »
- Marc Eastman
Back in September, Marvel helped set up Agent Carter in the Season 2 premiere of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., with a 1940s flashback scene that featured Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) and two of the Howling Commandos from Captain America: The First Avenger, Dum Dum Dugan (Neal McDonough) and Jim Morita (Kenneth Choi). Today, Marvel released a new clip from next week's Marvel's Agent Carter episode, "The Iron Ceiling", featuring the return of the Howling Commandos. This time around, Dum Dum Dugan and Jim Morita are joined by Junior Juniper (James Austin Kerr), Pinky Pinkerton (Richard Short) and Happy Sam Sawyer (Leonard Roberts)
Peggy is finally trusted with a mission and calls upon her Howling Commandos squad for backup. But her cover could be at risk when Ssr Chief Dooley (Shea Whigham) also sends Agent Thompson (Chad Michael Murray) with her. As you can see in the clip below, the Howling Commandos may be great in battle, »
13 items from 2015
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