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Well, the fall television season has begun, which means I’ve been watching the return of my favorite series and the premiere of new shows that have tickled my interest. Here’s a rundown.
Timeless (Mondays, 10 P.M., NBC)
Everyone who reads this column regularly knows that I’m a nut for alternate history and time-travel stories, so of course I was going to check out Timeless, which premiered last week, October 3… and, of course, I missed it. So on Saturday I logged onto Hulu and caught up.
The premise is a familiar one to science fiction geeks like me – what happens to our present if someone goes back and either deliberately or accidentally changes the history we know? This is best illustrated, at least for me, by Ray Bradbury’s classic and beautifully written “A Sound of Thunder,” in which a big game hunter travels back to the Jurassic »
- Mindy Newell
Over the past few years, The CW schedule has become more and more occupied by hit series based on iconic DC Comics superheroes like Green Arrow, The Flash and (starting this fall), Supergirl. Even among its peers then, Legends of Tomorrow has always been an outlier.
Originally rumored to be a spinoff centering on Brandon Routh’s fan-favorite Arrow character Ray Palmer aka The Atom, the series instead rooted itself in a motley team of supporting players from both that show and The Flash. Anchored (ostensibly) by Arthur Darvill as Rip Hunter, Legends of Tomorrow has operated as the collective melting pot for the “Arrowverse” and given the shows a venue to tell stories that wouldn’t fit in an otherwise more traditional narrative. Why then is Legends of Tomorrow not more fun to watch?
Clearly designed as a sort of devil-may-care Guardians of the Galaxy riff (not to set »
- Robert Yaniz Jr.
If you’re a time travel geek or a history buff, chances are you’ve been looking forward to NBC’s new contribution to turn-back-the-clock television, Timeless, premiering tonight. Time travel is ultimately just a device for co-creators Eric Kripke (Supernatural) and Shawn Ryan (The Shield) to put iconic moments in history on screen and take their characters on a journey where they’re soon faced with questions of fate and identity. But it’s still a device that required some carefully crafted rules. “It definitely makes me want to put a gun in my mouth, the rules of time travel,” Kripke told me at San Diego Comic-Con. “As we were beginning this show, all my friends who were writers on time travel shows were like, ‘How's it going?’ and it seemed like they knew something I didn’t. I was like ‘What do you mean? It’s going to be fine. »
- Emily Rome
All time travel stories are gibberish — and I say this as someone who has spent a lot of my life reading, watching, and enjoying stories about time travel. No matter how thoroughly the rules of traveling to the past or future have been laid out and explained to the audience, they never fully make sense, never entirely manage to duck under the question of paradox, and will always make your brain hurt if you try to think about it too hard. The climax of the Jim Caviezel/Dennis Quaid movie Frequency(*), to name one, falls apart halfway through, because Quaid does something to the bad guy in the past that would certainly prevent him from being in front of Caviezel in the present(**). (*) Frequency is, conveniently for this review, being turned into a TV show, debuting Wednesday night at 9 on the CW. I enjoyed the pilot — which gender flips the »
- Alan Sepinwall
When you think about it, time is a pretty amazing concept. It can heal all wounds before running out. It’s also in our hands and on our side, sometimes even in a bottle. Meanwhile, it’s been known to warp just as some of us strive to get ahead of it. Perhaps most impressive of all, though, time has become one of TV’s most trusted tropes. Time travel has been a primetime plot staple for decades, from The Time Tunnel to Doctor Who to Quantum Leap to Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. These days, it’s also a central theme in several
- Craig Tomashoff
Get the kleenex for this one, because A Dog’s Purpose promises to be the last act of Marley & Me played on loop, as we follow our canine protagonist Bailey (voiced by Olaf himself, Josh Gad) as he travels through the years, in a variety of four legged vessels, discovering his purpose in life in relation to his various human owners (I can’t help but refer to it as Quantum Leap with dogs). What is no doubt going to be an emotionally trying experience for all dog lovers, also promises to be a funny and heart warming tale of loyalty and friendship that has the potential to melt the heart of even the most cynical amongst you. Released: 27th January 2017 »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
I’m all about organizations with heart. Places that make you feel at home. And while the San Diego Comic Con is phenomenal and offers many amazing experiences, it can also be overwhelming and make you feel a bit like you’re just one of many ants in the ant farm, toiling slowly along towards your next goal.
That’s why I’ve said before and I’ll say again that Nerd HQ is a great alternative place to go and get your geek on when you’re feeling a little burnt out on the crowds of Sdcc. Not only that, but the fact that its creators, Zachary Levi and Dave Coleman, built it from scratch and maintain a hands-on approach to running it as it grows (among other things, Zac hosts almost every Conversation and Dave keeps things running behind the scenes); and that all proceeds go to the charity of Operation Smile, »
- Emily S. Whitten
Juliette Harrisson Sep 8, 2016
Toast fifty years of Star Trek with these 25 episodes, drawn from across its TV universe, each celebrating an aspect of the franchise...
It seems unlikely that readers of Den of Geek need to be introduced to Star Trek. Five live-action TV series (soon to be six), one animated series, 13 movies and countless other books, computer games, board games, comic books and other forms of media, all adding up to fifty years of one of the biggest franchises in science fiction history.
Here we’ve collected 25 episodes from across the various Star Trek TV shows that might help you to celebrate Star Trek’s fiftieth birthday. A combination of all-time classics, episodes that sum up the ethos of the series, episodes that celebrate Star Trek itself and episodes that are just plain fun, this selection should have you happily toasting to the next fifty years of this venerable sci-fi institution. »
Timeless is determined not to break viewers’ brains with confusing time travel.
“It’s important to [co-creator] Eric [Kripke] and I, and NBC as well, that this not be the kind of show that falls down some serialized rabbit hole and loses itself and turns on itself,” co-creator Shawn Ryan said at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Tuesday. “This show is much more like Back to the Future and Quantum Leap than it is like 12 Monkeys.”
RelatedFall TV First Impression: NBC’s Timeless
Executive producers Shawn Ryan and Eric Kripke promised a different kind of time-traveling drama during NBC day at the Television Critics Association summer tour. Speaking onstage with stars Malcolm Barrett, Matt Lanter, and Abigail Spencer, the EPs teased elements of the first eight episodes of “Timeless,” which will debut this fall after “The Voice.”
The time-traveling mystery procedural follows a trio of unlikely comrades who are trying to track down history-hopping bandits with an unknown, nefarious purpose. As they chase the thieves with their own, less sophisticated time machine, the world keeps subtly altering around them.
Following a pilot that focuses on the Hindenburg disaster of 1937, the panelists revealed that “Timeless”‘ heroes will journey to President Lincoln’s assassination, Nazi Germany, and even the Alamo. Other iconic eras include Watergate, the Space Race, and an undisclosed location in the 1750s. The characters will never go back to a period of time they already visited, because »
- Sonia Saraiya
Hollywood talent manager, writer and produce Joan Sittenfield died on Sunday after a five year battle with cancer. She was 66.
Sittenfield started her career as an actor and a dancer. She later worked as a casting director in the 1980s, casting projects like “Taxi” and “The Jeffersons.” She then spent nine years as Senior Vice President of Talent and Casting for Universal Television, where she oversaw 20 series and 100 pilots.
Some of the series she worked on and help arrange regular cast members for include “Law & Order,” “Northern Exposure,” “Quantum Leap” and “Coach.” She also help give Sandra Bullock, Julianna Margulies, Catherine Keener, Patricia Clarkson, Eriq La Salle and Ving Rhames some of their early acting roles.
After Sittenfield left Universal Television, she created J&J Productions with her partner Jeni Munn where they put over 18 movies of the week projects into active development, including Nbs’s “On the Edge of Innocence” and ABC’s “Gold Rush: »
- Maria Cavassuto
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Since then, EastWest has continued to constantly innovate by presenting top-quality indispensable tools, spanning a large variety of styles. In 2015, EastWest introduced Composer Cloud and became the first sample library developer to offer a subscription plan for a sample-based product.
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The concept is rather simple really. All you need to do is download the EW Installation center from the Support section of the website. »
- Stellita Loukas
Seth Meyers isn’t dropping his “ban” on Donald Trump, but he is prepared to help land him a job with Dick Wolf should he agree to exit the presidential race prior to the Republican National Convention.
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The Late Night host on Thursday offered the candidate “all the trappings of the presidency, without any of the responsibility” courtesy of a straight-to-series order for Chicago President. The generous deal would let his supporters “watch [him] be president but with no real-world consequences.”
As outlined by Meyers, the »
On the sci-fi show, Bakula played Dr. Sam Beckett, a scientist who travels through time in order to fix historical mistakes. The cast also included Dean Stockwell and Dennis Wolfberg. It ran for five seasons between 1989 and 1993.
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RelatedNCIS Boss Talks Dinozzo’s ‘Enormously Significant’ Reason for Leaving, Ziva’s (Alive?) Fate and More Burning Qs
The actor, who just wrapped a five-episode arc on Grey’s Anatomy, will play a “once grounded NCIS field agent who accepted a deep cover assignment years ago and never resurfaced. Many agents don’t know he’s still on the job or that he’s even alive. »
On The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Colbert unearthed an old clip of the sci-fi show Quantum Leap. In the episode, Scott Beckett (Scott Bakula) leaped into a cab driver's body only to find himself driving around Donald Trump and his family, accidentally influencing young Trump to go into real estate. With that clip, Colbert discovered one way to stop a possible Trump presidency: Quantum leap into the past and change Trump's mind. In a fun throwback segment that also featured Scott Bakula, Colbert and Bakula/Beckett go back to the 1950s to try and talk young Trump out of getting into politics, only to have it keep backfiring; one alternate timeline resulted in Trump actually becoming the pope. So, did they succeed at all? Find out in the clip. --> »
- Pilot Viruet
[Youtube "R0ScMs6_I8s"] Oh boy! On Wednesday's episode of The Late Show, Stephen Colbert showed an old clip from the hit show Quantum Leap in which Dr. Sam Beckett (Scott Bakula) leaped into the body of a New York cab driver from the 1950s and influenced a young boy - who just so happens to go by the name of Donald Trump - to get into real estate. (Yes, this was an actual episode at the time.) Fast forward to 2016: Colbert decided to try and leap back in time to reverse "this tragedy" that the doctor set in motion [spoiler] it doesn't end well. »
- Brittany King, @brrriitttnnii
Stephen Colbert and Scott Bakula (aka Sam Beckett) travel, Quantum Leap style, back to the 50’s to try to change the course of this election cycle by altering Donald Trump’s life. Colbert’s suggestion involves a crowbar, the East River, and no one else being around. It does not go particularly well, so we’re assuming Trump still won’t appear as Seth Meyers’ guest on NBC’s Late Night. Meyers on Tuesday night banned Donald Trump from appearing on his show because, Meyers… »
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Scott Bakula (sort of) reprised his Quantum Leap role on Wednesday when Colbert — who kept referring to Bakula by name (and not by his character) — used super-hybrid computer Ziggy to transport himself into the April 1992 episode (“It’s a Wonderful Leap”) that he believes inspired a much younger Trump to one day seek out the highest office in the land.
Unfortunately, every effort »
American Gods has found its Mr. Nancy.
Orlando Jones (Sleepy Hollow) has been tapped to play Mr. NancyAka the god Anansi on Starz’s American Gods, the network announced Wednesday. Based on Neil Gaiman’s novel and set to premiere in 2017, the Bryan Fuller-produced series follows Shadow Moon (The 100‘s Ricky Whittle) after he begins a job traveling as a bodyguard for the ambiguous Mr. Wednesday (Deadwood‘s Ian McShane).
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