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Created by Frank Lupo
Produced by Invader Productions, Inc. (Us), Hoyts Productions (Aus)
Aired on NBC for a mini-series and 1 season (8 episodes, 2 originally unaired) from October 21 – December 9, 1988
Joe Cortese as Jack Breslin
Maryam D’Abo as Ta’Ra
Gregory Sierra as Victor Maldonado
Kim Delaney as Mandy Estabrook
Jack Breslin is a street cop who, upon investigating a series of unexplained murders, stumbles on Ta’ra, a female humanoid space alien from an orbiting prison starship, who is the only one that knows who or what is committing the murders. She reveals to Jack that she was a medical technician that survived an attack from an inmate alien known as a “Xenomorph” who killed her crew before escaping to Earth. They team up to stop the rogue alien by using Jack’s street smarts and Ta’Ra’s advanced alien technology. »
- Jean Pierre Diez
Late in the DVD commentary for the pilot episode of "Hill Street Blues," actor Joe Spano marvels at the show's impact on the medium. "It's extraordinary," he says, "the repercussions of this 48 minutes of television." The cop drama's co-creator Steven Bochco follows by suggesting, "It's sort of a family tree, and if you look at the branches of the tree, you'll see 25 years of television." Bochco is, if anything, underselling the importance of "Hill Street," which is on the short list of the most influential TV shows ever made. Whether through shared actors, writers, directors or through stylistic and thematic complexity, its DNA can be found in nearly every great drama produced in the 30-plus years since it debuted. The show was only occasionally interested in the legal trials of the criminals in its unnamed fictional city, but the complete series DVD set (it arrives in stores on Tuesday, for »
- Alan Sepinwall
A stalwart character actor who was able to deliver charm, humour or menace when the occasion or role called for it, James Rebhorn has died at the age of 65.Recently best known as Carrie Matheson's father in Us TV drama Homeland, Rebhorn's career stretches back to the 1970s and across stage, film and television. Born in Philadelphia but raised in Indiana, Rebhorn studied political science at university before moving to New York in 1970 to earn a Masters of Fine Arts in acting from Columbia.Kicking off a career on the stage, he became known for playing WASPish doctors, politicians and lawyers, but also proved he could do so much more. He got his start on TV in soap operas with The Doctors, As The World Turns and The Guiding Light. Rebhorn soon established himself as a go-to character actor, notching up recurring roles on shows like Law & Order (where he memorably, »
Prolific character actor James Rebhorn has passed away at the age of 65. Rebhorn died from melanoma, which had been diagnosed with in 1992.
Rebhorn had managed to stave off that skin cancer for the past twenty years - and portrayed many of his most famous on screen roles during that time. He worked right up until last month, and died Friday afternoon at his home in New Jersey. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.
The actor had memorable key supporting roles in a variety of films such as "The Game," "Independence Day," "My Cousin Vinny," "The Talented Mr. Ripley," "Basic Instinct," "Scent of a Woman," "Meet the Parents," "Regarding Henry," "Lorenzo's Oil," "Guarding Tess," "Cold Mountain," "Far from Heaven," "White Squall," "Wind," "Shadows and Fog," "White Sands," "Carlito's Way," "My Fellow Americans," "Real Steel," "The International," "Baby Mama," and "The Box".
He also appeared in numerous TV shows like "Seinfeld, »
- Garth Franklin
Sitting in a posh hotel suite in Pasadena, Calif., James D'Arcy, British star of the A&E Network serial-killer drama "Those Who Kill," premiering Monday, March 3, recalls taking the first-time plunge into an open-ended TV series.
"The nature of television is you have a vague idea of where you're going, but that can change," he tells Zap2it. "It's the first time I've done something where I don't know what the end was when I accepted the role. It's the first time I've done anything where I didn't read all the scripts."
"That's always challenging for me as well," says his co-star, Chloe Sevigny, who's done film, stage and TV series ("Big Love," "Hit & Miss," "American Horror Story: Asylum"). "You don't have any control."
Love may be all you need to keep a "Community" together, but having its founder back in the house, and an Emmy or two, might also be nice.
Well, one out of two ain't bad.
Anyone arriving at the Paramount soundstage in Hollywood during production of the fifth season of the NBC comedy "Community," premiering Thursday, Jan. 2, will see a large banner with a picture of an Emmy and the words, "Congratulations, 0 Emmy Nominations" above the show logo.
"We won the Critics' Choice Award," says series star Joel McHale to Zap2it, referring to the show's win as best comedy for 2012 in the second annual honors from the Broadcast Television Journalist Association, "which was thrilling, because it was the critics, and they really watch the show.
"I defer to just saying we are 'The Wire' of comedy."
Also, like HBO's cops-and-crooks drama, "Community" is essentially the creation of one writer. »
6 items from 2014
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