5 items from 2013
Dominion, the Syfy pilot based on the movie Legion has started with a cast that’s at least fairly gay-adjacent. At least, I associate them with some fairly gay shows. Christopher Egan (remember the David character from Kings, I know by now we mostly remember the cast as Sebastian Stan and … not Sebastian Stan) is the soldier who realizes he could be humanity’s savior. Meanwhile, Tom Wisdom (from the British flight attendant soap Mile High as well as 300) will play a warrior archangel who helps humanity, and Alan Dale will be the leader of one of the few remaining cities.
Tom Wisdom. That means my husband will want to sample the pilot, at least.
The third season of Project Runway All Stars will be hosted by Alyssa Milano and will feature three former winners — Jeffre Sebelia, Irina Shabayeva and Seth Aaron Henderson. Also returning are Viktor Luna and Ari (née Andy) South. »
- Lyle Masaki
Alter-egos are in vogue.
There is the introverted, family-man Waiter White who is also the meth-dealing drug baron Heisenberg. Dexter Morgan, the Miami-based blood-spatter analyst is a viligilante-killer of those who pass through his lab and in his eyes escape justice. Donald Draper from Mad Men has a dark, but not bloody past in his mysterious true identity as Dick Whitman.
However these television doppelgangers are prefigured (and later paralleled in film) by the comic book clamour of secret lives and dark secrets that arose in the 1930s with Superman and Batman, and reappeared in the 1960s with The Hulk and Spider-Man.
There are recurring themes with all of these creations. Split identities, secrets to hide, heroism and difficult pasts which all make them who they are. Why are these alter-egos so engaging? What makes them the same, and how do they function differently. More intriguingly, why do these cultural »
- George Meixner
Titan Books has re-released Homunculus and Lord Kelvin’s Machine alongside a limited edition of The Aylesford Skull by James Blaylock. We recently chatted with the author about what fans can expect from these new re-releases as well as why horror fans should pick them up!
Amanda Dyar: Before we begin, you are often credited with being one of the founders of modern Steampunk. Tell us how this all started for you and what were your initial goals when it happened?
James Blaylock: Steampunk didn’t become Steampunk until ten years after Tim Powers, K.W. Jeter, and I began writing our first stories and novels set in historic periods. K.W. was writing Morlock Night, which was published by Daw books, and I was writing “The Ape-box Affair,” which was published by Unearth magazine, and also a story titled “The Hole in Space,” which I sold to Starwind magazine, »
- Amanda Dyar
NBC has a two-faced new star in Steven Pasquale, who leads the new midseason drama Do No Harm as Jason and Ian, two identities in one body fighting for dominance. Pasquale, his costars, and his showrunner came to the TCA to talk about their Jekyll-and-Hyde procedural, including Pasquale's unusual ways of staying in character, and the famous TV alum they're excited to have in the cast. The character of Jason/Ian is afflicted by a fictional condition loosely based on dissociative identity disorder, and the show is also loosely based on classic novel The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, but Do No Harm has "a lot more layers than just good vs. evil," said executive producer David Schulner. He said he pitched it as "House meets Dexter," because of the medical angle, and Jason is the "good" side, while Ian is the "bad" side. "Ian is truly menacing, »
- Shannon Vestal
Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage. Network primetime seems especially determined to make a high-concept dual-personality drama work. The most recent example of a noble failure was NBC’s Awake. But NBC in particular seems undaunted and is wading back into those waters with the midseason drama Do No Harm, starring Steven Pasquale of FX’s Rescue Me as a renowned neurosurgeon whose body is “overtaken” every night by a “dangerous alternate personality.” When asked early in an afternoon TCA session what makes Do No Harm different than the handful of similarly themed hours that have come before, creator and exec producer David Schulner reasoned that the concept is classic and time-tested going back to The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. “I think ultimately you can only write the show that you want to watch,” Schulner said, “and this was a show that I wanted to see on TV. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
5 items from 2013
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