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'Cosmos': A 'stunning,' 'magical mystery tour' to revive popular science for the world
4 minutes ago
The executive producers of "Cosmos" think big. Considering the show they're making, that's probably a good thing. Still, it's impressive to hear producers Seth MacFarlane, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Brannon Braga, Ann Druyan and Mitchell Cannold talk about the scale of what they hope this revival will accomplish.
How big? Zap2it talked to the people behind "Cosmos" at the show's world premiere on Tuesday (March 4). Their thoughts are below.
I have been a fan of 'Cosmos' since I was a kid.
I was having lunch in New York with Neil a couple of years ago. And I said, 'Is there anything I can help out with? I'm a huge science enthusiast.' And he said, 'We're looking to reboot "Cosmos," we're looking at some of the science channels.' And I said, 'Do you mind if I took you into Fox to pitch it there, because »
'Turn': Meet Jamie Bell's Abe Woodhull and more in new character posters
19 minutes ago
In anticipation of the premiere of AMC's new Revolutionary War drama "Turn," Zap2it is happy to debut seven exclusive character posters and descriptions to viewers can meet the characters.
From Abraham Woodhull and his childhood love Anna Strong to Red Coats Major Hewlett and John Graves Simcoe, these are the characters drawn together during the creation of America's first spy ring. Check out all the character posters and descriptions here.
"So much about that period expects great tales of heroism and great tales of people stepping up to the plate against great odds, and this isn't," leading man Jamie Bell told Zap2it at TCA 2014 Winter Press Tour. "Because [Abraham] isn't [a hero], really. He retreats. He does kind of the exact opposite of what we expect someone to do."
"Turn's" 90-minute premiere airs Sunday April 6 at 9 p.m. Et/Pt. »
'Sherlock' Season 4: Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss tease Moriarty's return, premiere date
1 hour ago
Perhaps most surprising out of the event is this from The Hollywood Reporter: "Sherlock" Season 4 is "expected" to debut in 2016, which obviously is a long wait and conflicts another report in January that said the show could be ready by this Christmas 2014.
BBC controller of drama commissioning Ben Stephenson was also on hand at Tuesday's event with "Sherlock's" creators, which may lend credence to 2016 being an accurate timeframe. While no one is quoted in THR's report, the creators do talk about the difficulty with scheduling because of the popularity of the show's stars, Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) and Martin Freeman (Watson).
Elsewhere during the event, Moffat and Gatiss hinted at what's to come for the two detectives in the new episodes. »
Katie Holmes cast to star in 'Dangerous Liaisons'-style pilot on ABC
1 hour ago
Katie Holmes may make her first regular return to television after "Dawson's Creek." The actress has been cast in a "Dangerous Liaisons"-like pilot on ABC from Richard Lagravenese ("Behind the Candelabra").
On the show, which is currently untitled, Holmes will play an educated and well-bred woman named Ann (according to TVLine). Basically a good and intelligent person, Ann and her husband even run an philanthropic organization.
It all changes when two "friends," Philip (Rufus Sewell) and Margot bet that they can destroy Ann's perfect marriage and life. But when Ann learns to play this game herself, she becomes a match even for Philip.
'Mad Men' gets a groovy Season 7 poster from graphic artist Milton Glaser
2 hours ago
The Season 7 poster for "Mad Men" is here, and it puts Don Draper firmly in the psychedelic late 1960s.
In contrast to the relatively spare imagery in the show's first Season 7 teaser, the poster -- designed by renowned graphic artist Milton Glaser -- is a swirl of color, with a woman's face and a wine glass being filled standing out among the images behind the familiar silhouette of Don's head and arm.
"There is a dreamlike quality to it, and believe it or not, it is related to the show, and not because it's psychedelic," "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner tells The New York Times. "That's not what it's about. What it's about is the material and the immaterial world, and that's what I loved."
As for how the art relates to the coming season, the spoiler-averse Weiner says, "This is related to the late '60s, which is all I will say about it. »
'Sons of Anarchy': Kurt Sutter wants Aaron Paul in Season 7
3 hours ago
Through that process, one name occurs to him: Former "Breaking Bad" star Aaron Paul. During a question and answer session with his Twitter followers, Sutter was asked who he would pick, if he could have any actor on "Sons."
"I think it would be fun to get @aaronpaul_8 on the show," he writes.
That would be a pretty great appearance on the show, and it's not like Paul wouldn't fit in with that world. He's well-versed in playing an outlaw. Plus, the chance to get him on a motorcycle -- Who would pass that up?
Now, everyone needs to take a moment to wish for this dream casting to actually happen. »
'Game of Thrones' Season 4: First four episode descriptions released
3 hours ago
After we dug into what will happen in "Game of Thrones" Season 4's first four episode based on their titles, now HBO has released their official synopses.
First up, here is how HBO describes Season 4 in a press release:
"Encouraged by the Red Wedding slaughter in the Riverlands that wiped out many of their Stark nemeses, the Lannisters' hold on the Iron Throne remains intact ... but can they survive their own egos, as well as new and ongoing threats from the south, north and east? While an unbowed Stannis Baratheon continues to rebuild his army in Dragonstone, a more immediate danger comes from the south, as Oberyn Martell, the Lannister-loathing 'Red Viper of Dorne,' arrives at King's Landing to attend Joffrey's wedding to Margaery Tyrell, and perhaps act on an ulterior agenda. In the north, a depleted Night's Watch seems overmatched against the inexorable Wall advances of Mance Rayder's army of wildlings, »
'Suits' Season 3: Big changes for Rachel and Louis revealed by Meghan Markle and Rick Hoffman
4 hours ago
"Suits" Season 3 has resumed, and major changes are obviously coming to Pearson Specter. Two of the biggest changes? Rachel (Meghan Markle) has moved in with Mike (Patrick J. Adams), while Louis Litt (Rick Hoffman) is on the trail to learn Mike's secret.
What will come of these two storylines? Zap2it talked to Markle and Hoffman about the upcoming episodes.
For Rachel, at least, it looks to be a good series of episodes. "You get to revisit the Rachel that we saw back in Season 1. Like right before she meets Mike -- she's out of the gate, she means business, she's not sappy," Markle says of her law school-bound paralegal. "Rachel becomes a force in a lot of ways."
It's not just with school and with Mike that Rachel gains power too. She also takes on the formidable head of the law firm, Jessica (Gina Torres). "You see her coming »
'Doctor Who': Peter Capaldi leaving after 1 season?
4 hours ago
Well, this is certainly strange. Peter Capaldi is the new star of "Doctor Who," but is he only on board the Tardis for a single season? That's the world going around, though it seems a little impossible.
According to the Mirror, Capaldi is rumored to be a one-season Doctor, in order to steer the show in a new direction. Is that something showrunner Steven Moffat would even bother trying? Quickly swapping out Doctors isn't something fans would likely take well, considering their intense love for the show.
What direction is there to take the show, anyway? Capaldi is about as far away as you can get from Matt Smith, without changing race or gender. If that's the ultimate goal, it would have been smarter to pull that trigger during Smith's exit.
While this is most likely a totally false rumor, time will tell how much credibility there is to it. »
TV ratings: 'Big Bang Theory' rises Thursday but 'Scandal' and 'Grey's Anatomy' fall
5 hours ago
Fast National ratings for Thursday, March 6, 2014
Per usual, "The Big Bang Theory" and "Scandal" were among Thursday's top shows in the ratings. But while "Big Bang" was up a little bit over its performance last week, "Scandal" took a hit in its second episode back from hiatus.
The strong performance from "Big Bang" helped "The Millers" and "Two and a Half Men" as well, with the latter scoring its best numbers since its season premiere. At ABC, "Grey's Anatomy" joined "Scandal" in dipping week to week. "Parks and Recreation" and "Parenthood" each rose slightly for NBC, as did "The Vampire Diaries" on The CW. "American Idol" dropped slightly for Fox.
CBS averaged 10.7 million viewers and a 6.6 rating/11 share in households for the night. Fox (6.64 million, 4.2/7) narrowly beat ABC (6.58 million, 4.6/8) for second. NBC came in fourth with 3.3 million viewers and a 2.1/3, and The CW (2 million, 1.3/2) trailed.
CBS also led the 18-49 demographic with a 2.7 rating. »
'Castle' Season 6 photos: Ninjas attack!
6 hours ago
It takes a special crime show to include ninjas. "Castle" is that kind of show. In the Season 6 episode "The Way of the Ninja," the black-clad Japanese warriors may even be behind a murder.
The case of the week deals with a murdered ballet dancer from Japan. She turns out to have had a secret life, and Castle and Beckett find evidence that a ninja was responsible for her death. Are the detectives next on the ninja's hit list?
A routine search of a warehouse-like building drops the detectives right into a ninja den.
There may even be a ninja right behind him.
He has figured it out now.
It looks like the ninja is going to win this round. You have to expect that when dealing with ninjas.
"The Way of the Ninja" airs Monday, March 17 at 10 p. »
'Arrow' and 'The Flash': Crossovers are 'always on the table'
7 hours ago
With production beginning on the "Arrow" spinoff, "The Flash," it's time to jump the gun and start wondering about how the two shows will relate when both are on the air. Will characters travel between Starling City and Central City? Will main characters Oliver Queen and Barry Allen visit some more?
That said, it's not likely that the two shows would meet much to begin with. "Everything is always on the table," Guggenheim tells Collider. "But we also all collectively feel like 'The Flash' needs to stand on its own two feet, now that it's gotten its launch from 'Arrow.'"
If crossovers aren't likely right away, when might they come? "We trust our instincts to know when is the right time, »
'Scandal' Season 3, episode 12: Mellie warns 'We Do Not Touch the First Ladies'
7 hours ago
Boy, was that a busy episode of "Scandal" or what?
That's not meant to read as a criticism, but, whoa, there's was hardly a second to catch one's breath during "We Do Not Touch the First Ladies," episode 12 in the hit ABC thriller's truncated third season. (Don't freak out, but there are only six episodes left!)
There's plenty of ground to cover in talking about Thursday's (March 6) episode, with the show servicing about seven frenetic plot lines, but as the episode title reveals, it's Mellie's story here that steals the focus. Working as a spiritual sequel to November's "Everything's Coming Up Mellie," tonight's episode further reveals the first lady's past -- this time, expounding on the history she shares with Fitz's current vice president pick, Andrew Nichols.
The episode jumps back 14 years, just after Mellie's rape at the hand of her drunk, lecherous father-in law. We learn that, in her grief, »
'Banshee's' Demetrius Grosse: Emmett needs to take a step back from Banshee
8 hours ago
Deputy Emmett Yawners has long been one of the most upstanding figures in the town of "Banshee," a sort of counterpart to the constant violence and vengeance exhibited by other characters. But violence came to his world when a gang of skinheads attacked his pregnant wife, causing her to lose their baby.
At the end of "Evil for Evil," Emmett took his revenge upon the men who hurt his family, which star Demetrius Grosse tells Zap2it is a bit of a wake-up call for the officer.
"[Emmett's] mindset after episode 8 is getting back to what really matters," says Grosse. "I think he's sort of worn this cloak of Officer Friendly long enough, the kind of do-gooder-to-all attitude long enough, and I think he realizes at this point he needs to take care of his wife and he needs to just key back into those convictions that make him who he is. »
'Veronica Mars' newbie reacts to the series finale cliffhanger: Season 3 can't just end like that
8 hours ago
In anticipation of the "Veronica Mars" movie -- which hits theaters March 14 -- a "Veronica Mars" newbie began binge-watching the series from the beginning for the first time 10 years after it premiered on Upn. Check out her reaction to the game-changing Season 1 finale here and the emotional Season 2 finale here.
I have a bone to pick with all my friends and co-workers who told me to binge-watch "Veronica Mars." "It's so good!" they said. "You'll love it!" they said.
Everyone told me how amazing this series was, and yet ... how come nobody warned me how angry I would get when the final seconds of the Season 3 finale ended? Why didn't anyone tell me how abruptly it all just ... stops? I literally thought there was another episode left, before I realized that I had already finished the entire series. And that's when I yelled, "Noooo!" to my empty apartment at five in the morning (yes, »
'Amazing Race' - 'Welcome to the Jungle': Flight Time's precarious waterfall Road Block
9 hours ago
On Sunday's (March 9) episode of "The Amazing Race," the all-star teams head for Malaysia, where teams encounter a Road Block that sends one member rappelling down some roaring rapids at the Kiansom Waterfall.
Zap2it has an exclusive sneak peek photo of Team Harlem Globetrotters' Flight Time taking part in the challenge. His teammate, Big Easy, tells us over email that he actually kind of wishes he'd done the Road Block.
"The waterfall challenge was great," writes Big Easy. "I wish I would have done it myself. It was scary watching Flight Time come down, it looked like if he made one wrong move I would have to dive in and save him, Lol."
"The Amazing Race" airs Sunday nights at 8 p.m. Et/Pt on CBS, but you »
'Grey's Anatomy' Season 10: Isaiah Washington returning as Dr. Burke
9 hours ago
EW broke the shocking news on Thursday (March 6) that Washington, who infamously left the ABC series in 2007 following alleged homophobic slurs against his gay co-star T.R. Knight, will reprise his role as Dr. Preston Burke for an episode airing in May. This will be the first episode featuring Burke since he left Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) at the altar in Season 3.
Executive producer Shonda Rhimes released a statement explaining that Burke's return is a necessary part of providing closure to Cristina as Oh is leaving the show at the end of Season 10. "It's important to me that Cristina's journey unfolds exactly as it should," Rhimes says. "Burke is vital to that journey -- he gives her story that full-circle moment we need to properly say goodbye to our beloved Cristina Yang."
Are you shocked to see »
'Review with Forrest MacNeil': Stealing, addiction and other parts of life
15 hours ago
First a disclaimer on this review of "Review with Forrest MacNeil": I literally had zero idea of what this show was about before turning it on. Fortunately, the main plot became clear immediately, thanks to a rather explicit explanation from host Forrest MacNeil.
Simply put (as he puts it), "Review" consists of MacNeil reviewing stuff. This means everything in life, although MacNeil seems particularly drawn to rather bad things. For example, the first episode reviews stealing, addiction and going to a high school prom.
Thus, here are some reviews of MacNeil's reviews:
Stealing: The nerdy host increases the levels of his crimes quickly but fails to benefit particularly from any of them. His bank robbery is actually nothing but failure. In the end, MacNeil goes with 2 stars for the experience of theft.
My review: 1 star. MacNeil did not adequately show just how lucrative stealing can be. Better luck next time. »
'Believe': Watch the Alfonso Cuaron-directed opening scene of NBC's new series
15 hours ago
Above, you can watch the first two minutes of Monday's (March 10) series premiere, and it's an impressive one. You won't discern much about the story -- other than that little girl Bo (Johnny Sequoyah) is special, and bad people are after her -- but it's easy to marvel at the craft of the scene, which at least appears to be one unbroken take.
Cuaron also co-wrote the pilot and serves as one of the show's executive producers. "Believe" premieres at 10 p.m. Et/Pt Monday following "The Voice," then moves to its regular home at 9 p.m. Sundays starting March 16. »
'Bones' Season 9 photos: Meet Brennan's new squintern, Rodolfo Fuentes
16 hours ago
As is so often the case when she meets a new assistant, Brennan (Emily Deschanel) isn't exactly thrilled to meet Rodolfo.
He does, however, have a lot of expertise. That should be helpful when dealing with bones coming out of a septic tank.
But will Rodolfo be able to handle Brennan's typically dismissive attitude? He is, after all, her equal in many credentials.
Maybe the new squintern can prove his worth to the others -- Brennan does listen to them.
"The Repo Man in the Septic Tank" episode of "Bones" airs Monday, March 17 at 8 p.m. Et/Pt on Fox. »
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