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Gabriel Bergmoser Dec 1, 2016
Sequels are hard to get right. Go too far in a new direction and you run the risk of betraying the original, hew too closely to an established formula and you’ll be accused of repetition. Television spin-offs arguably have an easier time of it as they can essentially recreate themselves in the image of whatever aspect of the original show they’re putting front and centre, but the tricky balancing act of creating something new while giving people what they want remains.
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The UK drama followed Sam Tyler (John Simm), a Manchester policeman who is hit by a car in 2006 and wakes up in 1973. The series also starred Philip Glenister and Liz White. A sequel series, Ashes to Ashes, aired from 2008 to 2010.
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A number of characters got themselves caught during The Catch‘s Season 1 finale – but only one remained in peril as the two-hour installment came to a close.
Indeed, while Mireille Enos’ Alice and Peter Krause’s Ben prepared to flee the country together, Alice’s decision to return home for her personal belongings led to their plan melting away like a stick of butter in Ina Garten’s skillet.
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There, FBI agents apprehended Alice on charges of stealing the Maria Kreyn painting that figured so prominently into the pilot episode. »
It looks like the weekend could be set to land again, with Loaded reporting that a Facebook page has launched for a follow-up to the cult 19999 clubbing film Human Traffic.
The site reports that the sequel – titled Human Traffic: The Revolution will once again be written by Justin Kerrigan and could see members of the original cast – which included John Simm, Lorraine Pilkington, Danny Dyer, Shaun Parkes and Nicola Reynolds – reuniting in Ibizi.
Responding to speculation that he could be returning as Moff, Dyer shared the following on Twitter…
Moff. One of my favourite characters ever. That's all I'm saying on the matter. https://t.co/g7BwoXY4hc
— Danny Dyer (@MrDDyer) May 16, 2016
Are you excited about the prospect of a Human Traffic sequel? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…
- Gary Collinson
At last, we’ve finally met the mysterious Benefactor.
Last week on ABC’s “The Catch,” John Simm (“Doctor Who”) made his debut as Rhys, the man behind the con team of Ben (Peter Krause) and Margot (Sonya Walger), and it’s clear that there’s a power struggle brewing — probably because Rhys also happens to be Margot’s brother.
In Variety‘s exclusive preview clip for the May 5 episode, titled “The Ringer,” Simm’s Rhys is planning the next con with his teammates — and he’s not getting his way.
“The young wine baron is checking in today, and he’s bringing with him the sweetest little gambling addiction,” The Benefactor tells Ben and Margot. Turns out their target is a fan of a particular brand of poker: Texas Hold ‘Em. “We convince him there’s an underground high stakes game here in the hotel, tell him there’s »
- Debra Birnbaum
Anyone else longing for the open, honest, what-you-see-is-what-you-get-ness of one Miss Sadie Stone?
Though it seems like ages since the singer-songwriter graced our screens, it was barely a season ago she and Rayna were riding around Nashville, belting “Gasoline and Matches” and eluding the paparazzi like Bennifer —Lopez, not Garner — in their prime. Sure, Sadie had a teeny secret (with big, stupid fists) and wound up (accidentally!) killing that secret in a parking garage, but otherwise, she seemed like good people.
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While no details on her character or storyline have been made available — in typical Shondaland fashion — sources say Nicol will have a substantial recurring role on the Thursday night drama.
The latest series from Shondaland, “The Catch” stars Mireille Enos as private investigator Alice Vaughan, who is the victim of fraud perpetrated by her fiancé (Peter Krause). The cat-and-mouse thriller also stars Sonya Walger, Rose Rollins, Elvy Yost, Jay Hayden, Jacky Ido and Alimi Ballard.
Nicol starred on “Downton Abbey” as Mrs. Patmore for the series’ entirety.
Nicol’s casting comes after another British actor, John Simm, joined the cast, first reported by Variety. The “Doctor Who” and “Life on Mars” alum will play the mysterious benefactor behind Ben/Christopher (Krause) and Margot (Walger), who’s been footing the bill for their elaborate financial cons. As »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Dark chocolate. Watching your child take his or her first steps. Juliette Barnes’ homecoming.
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Music City’s troubled diva makes her return in Wednesday’s Nashville (ABC, 10/9c), but Avery’s not exactly throwing a ticker tape parade in his ex-wife’s honor — though he’s definitely experiencing a bunch of of conflicting emotions in this exclusive sneak peek at the episode.
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In the clip, Juliette comes looking for permission to spend more time with their daughter, Cadence. “I have done so much to overcome my addictions and my postpartum, »
If you thought Lily van der Woodsen was a mother with issues, just wait until you meet Laura Wyatt.
The two fictional characters bear an extreme likeness — because they’re both played by Melrose Place alum Kelly Rutherford — but while the Gossip Girl matriarch’s heart was usually in the right place, the Quantico mama’s motives aren’t as clear.
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Rutherford debuts on the ABC drama this Sunday (10/9c) as the until-recently-presumed-dead mother of Johanna Braddy’s Shelby. We caught up with Rutherford in advance of her first »
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Per our sister site Variety, Simm will make his debut in Episode 6 of the midseason #Tgit drama (airing in late April), and appear throughout the back half of its 10-episode freshman run.
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At last, we’ll get to put a face to “The Benefactor.”
He’ll play the mysterious benefactor behind Ben/Christopher (Peter Krause) and Margot (Sonya Walger), who’s been footing the bill for their elaborate financial cons. As the leader of the organization they work for, they’re deeply in debt to him, and he’s coming to collect.
“He’s one of my all-time favorite actors,” showrunner and executive producer Allan Heinberg told Variety. “I’ve wanted to work with him my whole professional life, and I could not be more grateful for that. We’re getting a great guest cast.”
- Debra Birnbaum
Bubble drama Castle‘s excellent, Espo-centric hour this Monday drew 6.4 million total viewers and a 1.1 demo rating (per finals), on par with last week while facing a nailbiter Ncaa Championship game that amassed nearly 18 million viewers across TNT, TBS and truTV (down 37 percent from 2015).
Note: Prior to adjustment due to DWTS overrun/Mlb preemptions, Castle had been eyeing Season 8 highs.
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Opening ABC’s lineup, Dancing With the Stars did 11.7 mil and a 1.7, steady week-to-week.
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The night’s only other fresh broadcast fare, The Voice (10.4 mil/2.5) slipped to Monday lows for this cycle, »
Like with most things her son adores — except herself, of course — The Goldbergs‘ Beverly has some objections to Adam’s beloved Dungeons & Dragons pastime.
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“I heard all about it on 60 Minutes,” Bev declares in this exclusive clip from Wednesday’s episode (ABC, 8:30/7:30c), in which she interrupts a game between Adam and his pals. “A stuffy Southern reverend said it’s the gateway to black magic!”
But, in an attempt to change his mom’s mind, the “little devil” sacrifices himself to smothering kisses in front of his friends.
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When it comes to Castle‘s Ryan-, Esposito- or RySpo-centric episodes, the reactions tend to be mixed — those who judge the episode based on its own merits versus those who bristle against anything that steals Caskett time. But given how Season 8 as a whole has been a, um, special animal when it comes to Rick/Kate interactions, perhaps this look at a romantic blast from Javy’s past will be assessed more fairly.
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Because once you get the past notion that in all their years as partners, that »
Though I’ll never be entirely convinced that Latin Night is the correct Week 2 theme for a gaggle of amateur dancers, even the most inexperienced contestants find a way to impress during Week 3’s “Most Memorable Year” celebration — and what they lack in technique, they more than make up for in raw, unbridled emotion.
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Network: BBC America
Episodes: Ongoing (hour)
TV show dates: February 25, 2016 -- present
Series status: Has not been cancelled
TV show description:
This crime series revolves around different cases with no-nonsense, hard-working DS Susan Reinhardt (Rosie Cavalieroz) as a recurring character.
The first storyline follows Detective Constable Marcus Farrow (John Simm). He's a well-liked detective who is part of the Manchester Metropolitan Police. His life falls apart when he finds his wife murdered. Discovered at the scene of the crime, all of the evidence points to him. Marcus escapes and goes underground in the streets that he used to police.
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John Simm, Philip Glenister and Rosie Cavaliero star in Prey, a high-octane six-part thriller on BBC America beginning Thursday, Feb. 25, at 10pm Et/Pt. Set up as two three-part stories, the first one finds Simm playing Detective Constable Marcus Farrow, a man on the run who will do things he never thought possible to clear his name for the sake of his family. The second story stars Glenister as prison officer David Murdoch, whose life spirals out of control when he receives an unexpected phone call threatening the life of his pregnant daughter. In both cases, Detective Sergeant Susan Reinhardt (Cavaliero) must … Continue reading →
- Ryan Berenz
British crime dramas — at least the ones that arrive on these shores — tend to have certain things in common. Their cops are allowed to be more rumpled and abrasive, their locations are usually far from glamorous, and they typically favor ambiguity and atmosphere over aspirational qualities. “Prey” shares many traits with quality offerings like “Happy Valley,” “The Fall” and the first season of “Broadchurch” without quite reaching those dramas’ heights. The new show is most successful when it sticks to supplying propulsive twists and turns in its two main stories, both of which concern middle-class men caught up in unexpected nightmares. Attempts to flesh out core characters’ personal lives don’t have time to achieve real traction or depth, but “Prey’s” solid cast and propulsive energy are enough to power it through most of its rough spots.
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- Maureen Ryan
All episodes were provided prior to broadcast.
BBC America often functions as a catch-all for any and all British series seeking U.S. distribution, but that’s rarely as apparent as it is with the arrival of Prey, a wholly derivative but solidly delivered slice of serialized storytelling that’s not a six-part thriller so much as two three-part seasons jammed together for broadcast purposes.
Without any additional series on order, it appears that the six episodes unspooling over the next few weeks are all audiences will get of Prey, from writer-creator Chris Lunt, which makes its stateside landing feel less like a premiere and more like a burn-off. But even if that’s the case, there’s enough here for fans of copper comfort-food to temporarily warm themselves with.
Bleak and blinkered by design, Prey puts a slight spin on the cat-and-mouse chases familiar to viewers of Luther and Broadchurch, »
- Isaac Feldberg
BBC America announces the premiere of the Prey TV series, Thursday, February 25, 016, at 10:00pm Et/Pt. The show plays out as two three-part stories covering two criminal cases. Check out these photos above and below, and get more series information from BBC America.
The cast of Prey includes: Rosie Cavaliero, John Simm, and Philip Glenister. Prey is written and created by Chris Lunt. The series is directed Nick Murphy and Lewis Arnold. Producing is Tom Sherry, with Nicola Shindler executive producing.
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