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Last year Amazon Prime released their biggest television project to the masses. That show was Extant and starred Academy Award Winner Halle Berry as Molly Woods, a female astronaut, whom after returning from a year long solo space mission found herself pregnant. Meanwhile her husband John, played by Goran Visnic was hard at work designing a new form of artificial intelligence, known as a ‘Humanic’. The result was Ethan, played brilliantly by Looper’s Pierce Gagnon, a robot child that Molly and John were raising as there own.
As the series progressed it was revealed that Molly’s baby was of course alien in origin and Molly found herself desperately trying to save her hybrid child form government officials, whilst still trying to keep Earth safe from invasion. If you haven’t seen the show »
- Kat Smith
Another winner from the BBC4 music doc machine shows the real roots of the genre that bestrode the world for decades
Was I the only child of my generation who watched the broad, laugh-tracked 1950s-set family sitcom Happy Days and assumed it to be a portrait of contemporary American life? The Milwaukee teenagers in baseball jackets genuflecting to a greaser called The Fonz in a milk bar while the catchy theme tune sang of “rockin’ and rollin’ all week long”? I thought America was still like that in the 1970s.
Such is the abiding mythic iconography of the birthplace of rock’n’roll. A new three-part doc Rock’n’Roll America plots how this image of hot rods and pompadours conquered the world under Eisenhower and refused to go home. Forged on the well-worn BBC Music docs anvil, archive footage of jitterbugging delinquents saying “Cool, daddy!” illuminates bronchial testimony from »
- Andrew Collins
Last summer, CBS had high hopes for Extant but the show didn't do very well in the ratings. They renewed it (in part becuase of a streaming deal with Amazon) but a lot of changes were made behind and in front of the camera. Were the changes a good idea? Will Extant be cancelled or renewed for a third season? Stay tuned.
Extant, began when astronaut Molly Woods (Halle Berry) returned to Earth after a year-long solo mission in outer space. Her reunion with her family is thrown into turmoil when it's learned that she's pregnant. This season, the cast includes Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Pierce Gagnon, Grace Gummer, and David Morrissey.
The higher a show's ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better its chances for survival. New ratings data will be added as it becomes available -- typically around 11:30am Est/8:30am Pst. Refresh to see »
Recently, CBS released the new, official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Extant" episode 2 of season 2. The episode is entitled, "Morphoses," and it turns out that we're going to see some pretty intriguing and high drama stuff take place as another pregnant chick with fatal symptoms is found by Jd and Molly. Ethan's rebellion causes major issues for Julie, and more! In the new, 2nd episode press release: Molly And Jd Discover Another Pregnant Woman Suffering From Deadly Symptoms. Press release number 2: Molly and Jd is going to discover another pregnant woman suffering from inexplicable and fatal symptoms while Molly begins to question her own mental stability. In the meantime, Julie will struggle with Ethan's rebellion. Guest stars feature: David Morrissey (Tobias Shepherd), Kiersey Clemons (Lucy), Tyler Hilton (Charlie Arthurs), Necar Zadegan (Shayna Velez), Hilarie Burton (Anna Salinger) and Adhu (Henderson Wade. The episode was written by Mickey Fisher, and »
- Andre Braddox
It’s not unusual for a show to make tweaks between seasons, but CBS’ summer sci-fi series “Extant” underwent an extreme makeover for Wednesday’s second season premiere.
Only three of last season’s seven full-time regulars are still with the show (leading lady Halle Berry as astronaut Molly Woods, Pierce Gagnon as her robo-son, Ethan, and Grace Gummer as partially robotic scientist Julie Gelineau), while season one’s male lead, Goran Visnjic, has been replaced by Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Entire subplots have been dropped, and the show’s perspective is shifting away from the realm of science, to a pulpier, more action-driven, vibe.
There’s no doubt many of these changes are the result of underwhelming ratings — after bowing to 9.6 million viewers and a 1.6 rating in the 18-49 demo, the first season averaged 6.2 million viewers and a 1.1 in 18-49.
They’re also the vision of new showrunners Elizabeth Kruger »
- Geoff Berkshire
Extant‘s Season 2 premiere falls back on the age-old cautionary tale: While the astronaut’s away, the robotics pioneers will play!
Ok, that’s not the most important takeaway from the CBS drama’s season opener, which finds Halle Berry’s Molly confined to a psychiatric institution in the wake of some very terrible events. But her husband John’s affair stings nonetheless, especially given the way his involvement in the story ends during the course of this episode. (At least the clues to his infidelity were well-laid —apparently, just like Julie! — last season.)
Oh, and the aliens are still out for us. »
DramaFever is getting an infusion of classic British entertainment. The New York-based streaming platform, popular for its focus on international TV and movies, has closed a licensing deal with BBC Worldwide North America for the U.S. streaming rights to 18 BBC titles.
DramaFever added five BBC titles to its streaming platform on July 1, 2015, and will add the remaining 13 shows over the next few months. The online video service’s premium subscribers now have access to the first five titles: Tess of the D’Urbervilles (starring Eddie Redmayne), Pride and Prejudice (Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth), Upstairs, Downstairs (Keeley Hawes), Little Dorrit (Claire Foy), and Miss Austen Regrets (Olivia Williams).
Here’s a list of the remaining BBC titles DramaFever will start streaming in the upcoming months:
- Bree Brouwer
The BBC has commissioned a rock 'n' roll season of programming on TV and radio.
BBC Four, BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 6 Music will all broadcast programmes that celebrate this genre, including a special three-part documentary series narrated by David Morrissey as well as rock-themed radio shows and specials.
Rock n Roll America will look at the beginnings of rock music in the USA in the 1950s, before its explosion around the world with the help of TV appearances by Elvis Presley and culminating with the game-changing arrival of The Beatles in America in 1964.
The Walking Dead actor David Morrissey will narrate the series, which also features exclusive interviews with a number of iconic names in music, including Ben E King, Tom Jones, Ronnie Spector, Jerry Lee Lewis and Don Everly.
The first part of the new documentary series will premiere on BBC Four on July 3, with parts two and »
In the story, Belgian detective Hercule Poirot investigates the murder of an American tycoon aboard the titular train. A large ensemble of A-lst stars are expected to be a part of the cast.
The work was previous adapted onto a multiple Oscar-nominated film in 1974 with Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave and Michael York.
It was adapted again in 2004 as part of the long-running David Suchet-led TV series. That version included Jessica Chastain, Toby Jones, Barbara Hershey, David Morrissey, Hugh Bonneville, Brian J. Smith and Eileen Atkins. »
- Garth Franklin
British TV News: On DVD June 16, Acorn debuts BBC thriller The Driver starring David Morrissey (The Governor on The Walking Dead), and the beloved classic mystery series Lovejoy: Complete Collection and Series 6 starring Ian McShane (Deadwood).Called “irresistibly harrowing, sharply written, and wonderfully sustained three hours” (The Wall Street Journal) and “excellent… Every frame grabbed the attention…Morrissey is a powerful actor.” (The Guardian), The Driver stars David Morrissey as Vince McKee, a middle-aged nobody who regrettably accepts an offer to drive a taxi for a criminal gang in order to escape his turbulent home life. This action-packed, character driven […] »
- April Neale
*Updated 5/12 with new events and guests* There are dozens of horror and comic events every year, and that gives fans plenty of opportunities to meet Robert Kirkman or one of the many cast members from The Walking Dead. Although it's a bit early for some of the bigger conventions to announce their full guest lists, we put together an initial list of stops so you can start making your travel plans.
New to the The Walking Dead convention circuit in 2015 are Tyler James Williams, Alexandra Breckenridge, and Seth Gilliam, along with some of the other new cast members we've seen in Season 5. If you're looking to catch most of The Walking Dead cast together at once, your best chance will be at the San Diego Comic-Con in July and the New York Comic Con in October. Those looking to meet Norman Reedus will have plenty of opportunities, as he is »
- Jonathan James
The 10th annual Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo featured a record breaking attendance number of 102,000 fans eager to check out premiere guests like Neil Patrick Harris, Rosario Dawson, Stephen Amell, Hayley Atwell, Gwendoline Christie, Danai Gurira, Jason Momoa, David Morrissey and more! The 10 year anniversary of the Calgary Expo was a star-studded and packed event, taking place from April 16 – 19th and featuring a record breaking 102,000 attendees (the largest number yet for the decade old convention). The organizers have perfected the festival model which takes place in the heart of Calgary, Alberta Canada at Stampede Park. The staff were friendly and the lines moved quicker than ever before despite the extremely large crowd. Gwendoline Christie Game Of Thrones actress and »
- Keven Skinner
Rick Grimes and and the living dead of Robert Kirkman's comic book world get a new look from artist Gilbert Hernandez in the Wizard World Las Vegas variant cover art for The Walking Dead #1. Also featured in our latest round-up are release details for The Lazarus Effect Blu-ray, as well as the trailer for The Dead Lands.
Variant Cover for The Walking Dead #1: Press Release - "Las Vegas, April 13, 2015 -- Wizard World, Inc. (Otcbb: Wizd) and Skybound, Robert Kirkman’s imprint at Image Comics, today announced that Love & Rockets creator Gilbert Hernandez has drawn the seventh in a yearlong series of Limited Edition Exclusive Variant Covers of The Walking Dead #1 comic, to be provided free to all full-price attendees at the inaugural Wizard World Comic Con Las Vegas, April 24-26. Skybound’s The Walking Dead created by Kirkman, the groundbreaking, Eisner Award winning comic book series, continues to captivate audiences worldwide. »
- Derek Anderson
Those familiar with David Morrissey solely as a heavy on “The Walking Dead” have missed out on a fascinating actor, which explains in part why Acorn TV — the streaming service of British drama — was eager to bring a showcase for him, “The Driver,” to the States. Yet this three-part, three-hour miniseries is a low-octane vehicle, casting Morrissey against type as a downtrodden cab driver who, unhappy and quietly desperate, agrees to work as the ersatz chauffeur of a crime boss. Despite the compelling central performance, “The Driver” follows a pretty standard roadmap in delivering a thrill-deficient thriller.
With so many overseas productions receiving distribution in the U.S., Acorn’s mandate is to expose those that don’t get siphoned off elsewhere. Thus far, the service has been enterprising about finding lower-profile projects with marketable and recognizable stars.
Enter “The Driver,” which, as constructed, feels either like an overinflated movie »
- Brian Lowry
RelatedExtant Season 2: Who’s In? Who’s Out?
The actress will appear in two episodes of the Halle Berry-fronted interstellar drama as Dorothy, a tightly wound, by-the-book circuit court judge who also happens to be the estranged wife of Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s new bounty-hunter character, Jd Richter. Dorothy reappears when her ex’s involvement with astronaut Molly (Berry) puts their daughter in danger.
Extant‘s revamped second season — which bows Wednesday, July 1 at »
We’ve touched on why The Writer’s Tale, the 2008 (expanded in 2010) compendium of correspondence between Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies and journalist Benjamin Cook, deserves a space on your bookshelf here.
In short, The Writer’s Tale is both a screenwriting masterclass and an unparalleled look behind the scenes of new Doctor Who. As well as following the production triumphs and emergencies as the show lurches “from one crisis to another”, it lets you witness story ideas being created in the wild. See pivotal Doctor Who moments tottering unsurely out of Davies’ mind like new-born giraffes and watch them transform into sleek, galloping beasts of majesty! Think of it like a classy David Attenborough doc on storytelling, with bonus David Tennant photos and chat about Tony from Skins. »
Necar Zadegan (Girlfriends Guide To Divorce) and Lyndon Smith (Parenthood) are the latest cast additions for the upcoming second season of CBS’ summer drama series Extant. Zadegan will recur as Shayna Velez (fka Martine), a former Lt. Colonel, now Chief of Staff to Tobias Shepherd (David Morrissey), head of Global Security Commission (threat assessment center.) Strong, smart, opinionated, her agenda doesn’t always jive with her boss’s — which may bring her into direct… »
Organisers have announced that Laurie Holden is to join fellow The Walking Dead stars Christian Serratos and Tyler James Williams as a special guest at this month’s McM Birmingham Comic Con, where they will meet fans and host an on-stage panel.
Laurie played Andrea in The Walking Dead, winning a Saturn Award for Best Supporting TV Actress for her portrayal of the former civil rights attorney. One of the main characters in the first three seasons of the smash hit zombie show, Andrea becomes romantically involved with The Governor, the villainous leader of Woodbury played by David Morrissey.
As well as starring in The Walking Dead, Laurie Holden is best known for playing Syndicate agent Marita Covarrubias in The X-Files, Cybil Bennett in Silent Hill and Amanda Dumfries in Stephen King movie The Mist.
To buy McM Birmingham Comic Con tickets, visit: www.mcmexpostore.com »
- Phil Wheat
Walker Stalker Con is coming to Dallas March 14-15!
Steven Yeun (Glenn) and David Morrissey (The Governor) are among the actors from the hit show The Walking Dead scheduled to appear at Walker Stalker Con, to be held at the Dallas Convention Center on March 14 and 15.
Walker Stalker Con is a Walking Dead-centric convention founded by the team behind the Walker Stalker Podcast, and will tour seven cities throughout 2015. Events, panels, and zombie-themed experiences are held at each convention, and a number of celebrity guests attend and sign autographs.
In addition to Yeun and Morrissey, among the Walking Dead guests scheduled to appear at Dallas are Emily Kinney (Beth), Danai Gurira (Michonne), Chandler Riggs (Carl), IronE Singleton (T-Dog), Michael Cudlitz (Abraham), Josh McDermitt (Eugene), Alanna Masterson (Tara), Christian Serratos (Rosita), Tyler James Williams (Noah), Chad Coleman (Tyreese), Ross Marquand (Aaron), Emma Bell (Amy), Lawrence Gilliard Jr. (Bob), and over a dozen additional cast members. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Victor Medina)
If you were to turn to the dictionary entry for “dead tired,” the illustration accompanying the definition would probably look a lot like the survivors on The Walking Dead did this week. They were exhausted, hungry, dehydrated and, worst of all, demoralized. But then, something happened that promised to change everything. Wanna know what that something was? Keep reading…
Out Of Gas | As the hour began, times were so tough for our remaining regulars that Daryl was eating a worm for sustenance, Maggie was almost too pooped »
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