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Syfy forgot to add any science or characters to character-driven science-fiction show Ascension, a space drama that failed to launch...
This review contains spoilers.
If you’ve spent the sort of money that Ascension cost to make, and employed some of the actors in it, you’d think that would go hand-in-hand with a plan of sorts. But having seen Ascension there appeared to be no plan other than to come up with a unbelievable, nay preposterous idea and then hope that somewhere in production something magical might happen. It didn’t.
And Syfy knew that a while ago. Which is why they suddenly switched broadcast from a planned six single episode weeks, to double episodes on successive nights. They also moved the start date, which is a shame because the original one is still referenced in the trailer. I can only conclude that having seen this abysmal show, they »
The surprise trailer for Terrence Malick's new film, Knight of Cups, dropped this week, as did news it would premiere at the Berlinale in 2015. Above: no, Godard's Goodbye to Language didn't top Film Comment's Best of 2014 list, it finished 2nd to Richard Linklater's Boyhood, but at this rate we'll be leading with pictures from Boyhood every week with how many lists it's topping. Below are Film Comment's Top 10 of 2014 as well as their Top 10 Undistributed films of 2014. They have larger lists for your perusal here and here.
2. Goodbye to Language (Jean-Luc Godard, France)
3. The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson, USA)
6. Stranger By the Lake (Alain Guiraudie, France)
8. Birdman (Alejandro G. »
In an industry where an 80 percent failure rate is pretty much the norm, every TV project is an experiment.
But a miniseries like Syfy’s “Ascension” is a grand experiment on several levels, from subject to the viewer’s interpretation. Especially this viewer’s interpretation — the first hour made me ask myself, many times, exactly what it was that I was watching. Was it supposed to look like the love child of “Mad Men” and “The Love Boat“? Did half the cast attend a workshop at the William Shatner School for Drama? Is this thing for real?
Yet I didn’t give up on the hour that Syfy made available to me, either. I saw it through to the finish and was glad for the payoff. The end of that first episode changed a number of my initial impressions.
“Ascension” is a space adventure with a »
- Melanie McFarland
What can’t Shonda Rhimes do? She’s the executive producer of the hospital drama Grey’s Anatomy, the political thriller Scandal, and the legal potboiler How to Get Away With Murder, which air in contiguous time slots on ABC. The network hasn’t packed three programs by a single executive producer into one night since 1982, when Aaron Spelling’s series T.J. Hooker, The Love Boat, and Fantasy Island aired back-to-back-to-back on Saturdays. All three Rhimes dramas, including the freshman Murder, are popular hits, which is why ABC recently extended its deal with Rhimes’s production company, Shondaland, to keep her on the hook through mid-2018. She’s a master juggler, subcontractor, and impresario who seemingly has yet to succumb to the kind of focus problems that have bedeviled other multitasking showrunners. She created Grey’s and Scandal and oversees Murder, which is the brainchild of Peter Nowalk, a longtime »
- Matt Zoller Seitz
Remember the first concert you ever went to or the first album you ever bought? Blake Shelton does! People caught up with the Voice coach and asked him to share some of his favorite musical memories with us. His answers might surprise you. First concert you ever saw? "Sawyer Brown and a guy named B. B. Watson came to Ada, Oklahoma, and played the Kerr Dome. I just couldn't believe it. I mean, it was the first time I ever saw somebody in person that I've seen on TV. It was just so overwhelming. Mark Miller even had a broken leg. »
- Danielle Anderson, @dak5000
Sandwiched between Star Wars and Star Trek: The Motion Picture in the heyday of late 1970’s sci-fi entertainment was Battlestar Galactica. The show pitted Cylons against the crew of the Galactica for 24 episodes before being followed by Galactica 1980, and fans of the franchise should be pleased to hear that Universal is releasing both series on two separate Blu-ray releases—each with a bunch of bonus features:
(Press release via TVShowsOnDVD.com.) “Universal City, Calif., Nov. 24, 2014 – From renowned writer/producer Glen A. Larson, the creative force behind Knight Rider, The Six Million Dollar Man, and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, comes the groundbreaking TV series that launched one of the most beloved sci-fi franchises in history, now available in widescreen and high definition as both Battlestar Galactica: The Definitive Collection and Battlestar Galactica: The Remastered Collection come to Blu-ray on May 12, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. »
- Derek Anderson
Do you love television reunions? Do you, by chance, also love either Gilmore Girls, Dawson's Creek or, miracle of miracles, both of those shows? Well, you're going to be really happy about this little bit of happy news.
Now, before you get too excited, there is a bit of bad news…
Video: S Club 7 Makes Our Dreams Come True With Reunion News
First and foremost, the reunions won't be on television. Instead, they will be taking place in the form of panel discussions at the Atx Television Festival in Austin, Texas in June 2015.
Also, and this one's a real bummer, the Dawson's Creek panel is technically a "writers' room" discussion. Meaning it likely won't feature any of your favorite cast members. Instead it will focus on the show's creator and writing team.
But let's be honest, it was the »
We are with the cast of The Love Boat in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida as they reunite for the first time in nearly 10 years.
News: The Love Boat Cast Preps for Reunion
The cast met up to celebrate Princess Cruises' 50th anniversary by christening a new ship. The original six cast members -- Gavin MacLeod (Captain Stubing), Fred Grandy (Gopher, the chief purser), Ted Lange (Isaac, the bartender), Bernie Kopell (Doc, the ship's doctor), Lauren Tewes (cruise director Julie) and Jill Whelan (Vicki, the captain's daughter) -- as well as guest stars like Florence Henderson, Doris Roberts and Loni Anderson were on hand for The Regal Princess' naming ceremony, which was hosted by Tori Spelling, daughter of series creator Aaron Spelling.
During the show's run, anybody who was anybody in the acting world found themselves guest starring on the program.
"It was a world of Academy Award winners," says Bernie Kopell. "We had [link »
Reunion on the Lido Deck! The original cast of The Love Boat - along with a whole lot of former guest stars - gathered in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Wednesday to help christen a new line of Princess Cruise ships. But it's unlikely the ships were nearly as interesting as the reunion itself, which included the drama's original stars such as Gavin Macleod (Capt. Merrill Stubing), Lauren Tewes (Cruise Director Julie McCoy), Fred Grandy (Purser Gopher Smith), Bernie Kopell (Dr. Adam Bricker), Jill Whelan (Vicki Stubing), and Ted Lange (Bartender Isaac Washington). Joining the veterans were some of the drama's repeat guest stars, »
- Lynette Rice, @lynetterice
From classic character roles to Mary Tyler Moore to the bridge of The Love Boat, Gavin MacLeod has entertained TV audiences for decades and his stint as Captain Stubbing is one he is especially proud of. Gavin talks about his favorite moments on the show and why it is so beloved even today. Plus we wind up our look at The League by talking with the brainy couple who started it all, Jeff and Jackie Schaffer.
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- Mike Raub
Special correspondent Sheryl Underwood interviews the cast of the beloved cop show.
It’s been more than 30 years since Ponch and Jon rode off into the sunset on the hit buddy cop show CHiPs. The cast sat down together for the first time with special correspondent Sheryl Underwood to talk on-set drama and what they've been up to since turning in their badges.
Larry Wilcox and Erik Estrada played California Highway Patrol partners Jon Baker and "Ponch" Poncherello on the show and while rumors of cast conflicts persisted when they were filming, the two downplayed any feud.
"As far as I'm concerned, I always felt like, you know, we're different personalities," Wilcox told Underwood. "That's okay."
"Yeah, we French kissed and made up," Estrada joked.
Estrada left the show in 1981 and was replaced by a familiar face to today’s reality fans, though in those »
Actress Marcia Strassman, best known as Julie Kotter on Welcome Back, Kotter, passed away at the age of 66 following a battle with breast cancer. Strassman was a TV mainstay throughout the '70s and '80s, appearing on shows including The Love Boat, Third Watch, M*A*S*H, and Magnum P.I., as well as playing Rick Moranis’s wife in Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. "So sad that a sweet friend, kind person & wonderful actress Marcia Strassman lost her brave battle with cancer today,” tweeted her friend director Bob Weide. »
- Anna Silman
We’re seeing a lot of titles ending with short runs lately, both at Marvel and its Distinguished Competition. The good news is at least a bunch of new things were tried. DC has tried a lot of really interesting, even risky books in the New 52, and a lot have failed, but at least they’ve tried. And that deserves some credit.
The desire now is to pump out number one issues – the argument is they provide an easy jumping on point for readers, and collectors are drawn to them like Wimpy is drawn to free hamburgers. We see more and more series relaunched with new numbering, we see new spin-off titles, and not a lot of them last. We’ve already heard about two new Spider-titles, and one of the characters hasn’t even appeared yet. There’s no real way to know if a continuing Spider-Gwen book will sell, »
- Vinnie Bartilucci
The original cast members and guest stars will reunite to christen a new cruise ship.
The Love Boat sails again! Princess Cruises announced Thursday that the cast of “The Love Boat” will reunite in Florida on Nov. 5th to celebrate the cruise line’s 50th anniversary by christening a new ship. The original six cast members, as well as guest stars like Florence Henderson, Doris Roberts, and Loni Anderson, will be on hand for The Regal Princess’s naming ceremony, which will be hosted by Tori Spelling, daughter of series creator Aaron Spelling.
News: It's a 'Love Boat' Reunion on 'The Talk'
Big media is paying hefty sums to run games from the NFL, the NBA and more — all in the hopes of keeping large masses tuning in to their TV screens. But could the gambit instead drive crowds away?
No one believes American television viewers are plotting to turn off football, but the latest big-time sports alliance — the NBA last week renewed deals with Walt Disney’s Espn and Time Warner’s Turner for what some believe to be as much as $24 billion over nine years — has spurred armchair economists to fret over whether consumers’ wallets can accommodate the rising programming fees that cable and satellite distributors will eventually have to pass on to subscribers.
“Access to sports will come at a higher and higher price,” said Lawrence Wenner, a professor at Loyola Marymount U., who studies sports management and sociology. “That’s unfortunate, (since) many fans seem to think they »
- Brian Steinberg
Sunday night's The Good Wife tackled religion with a lineup of guest stars that would put even The Love Boat to shame. Let's take a look: John Boy Walton (real name: Richard Thomas - forgot that for a second) plays Ed Pratt, a client of Alicia, Cary, and Dean's who created this super-strong, genetically modified seed. He is suing another farmer for patent infringement, which basically amounted to stealing the seeds and planting them. A religious man, Pratt gets fed up with the courtroom proceedings and asks the fellow litigant to resolve their differences in binding Christian arbitration, headed by »
- Henry Goldblatt, @henrygoldblatt
Sunday night's The Good Wife tackled religion with a line-up of guest stars that would even put The Love Boat to shame. Let's take a look: John Boy Walton (real name: Richard Thomas - forgot that for a second) played Ed Pratt, a client of Alicia, Cary, and Dean's who created this super-strong, genetically-modified seed. He was suing another farmer for patent infringement, which basically amounted to stealing the seeds and planting them. A religious man, Pratt gets fed up with the courtroom proceedings and asks the fellow litigant to resolve their differences in binding Christian arbitration, headed by ... Robert Sean Leonard »
- Henry Goldblatt, @henrygoldblatt
Bob Palmer — who, through a 60-year career as a publicist, represented clients including Anthony Hopkins and Dick Van Dyke as well as some of the most popular TV shows of the 1960s and 70s — died Monday at his home in Pacific Palisades of natural causes. He was 85.
After working for ABC and several major studios, Palmer started his own firm in 1979, representing Hopkins, Van Dyke, Faye Dunaway, Sada Thompson, David Soul, Peter Strauss, Michele Lee and Larry Schiller Prods., the latter of which produced the TV movie “The Executioner’s Song.” Palmer for a time represented Hopkins as a manager, and created the 1992 Academy Award campaign for Hopkins’ performance in “The Silence of the Lambs,” for which he won the Oscar for best actor.
In an interview, Hopkins said he first met Palmer while doing a publicity junket in 1973 at the Century Plaza Hotel, and afterward they became “very good friends. »
- Ted Johnson
Veteran stage and screen actress Toni Lamond is the recipient of the 2014 Equity Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Foxtel. .Toni is a truly legendary Australian performer whose phenomenal career has spanned vaudeville, musical theatre, television and cabaret," said Actors Equity president Simon Burke.
"She is also a wonderful human being who has given back to her community, to her colleagues and to her industry in every way she can." Toni's career began at age 10 singing on the radio and touring with her parents' variety shows. A TV pioneer, she was a regular on Graham Kennedy's In Melbourne Tonight in the 1960s, ultimately hosting her own Imt, the first woman to do so.
- Don Groves
Linda Hogan's ex-bf Charlie Hill claims she made him do a bunch of grunt work for free -- and we uncovered photos of him breaking a sweat aboard her yacht ... during their happier days. TMZ broke the story ... Hill is suing Hogan for $1.5 mil, claiming she never gave him a dime for all the labor he put in during their 4-year relationship. In these 2010 pics ... Charlie's relegated to hauling in a hose on her »
- TMZ Staff
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