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It’s Halloween! Icicles are glistening from window sills. Chestnuts are roasting on open fires. North Pole elves are… hang on, no. None of that nice, fluffy stuff is happening. At Halloween, demonic creatures hunt for flesh, monsters creep out of their graves, and TV does its level best to freak us all the hell out.
In the spirit of all that, we asked our writers to select and share the TV episodes, horror or otherwise, that have made them whimper with fear. Here they all are, 31 of them, because, well, at Halloween, we like things to add up to 31.
Note that this isn’t a Top 10, or a Best Of, nor is it listed in order of scariness. It’s a collection of the particular »
With Halloween just around the corner, we put together a list of the 13 scariest Emmy wins of all time. Scroll through our photo gallery below, if you dare.... -Break- Join the frightening Emmy discussion in our fiery forums It's no secret that TV shows with sci-fi, horror or fantasy angles face an uphill battle at the Emmys. In fact, only one such show has ever won Best Drama Series: "Lost" in 2005. The good news? In recent decades, buttoned-up Emmy voters have slowly started to embrace actors and actress from genre series, which suggests they may not be as chicken as they once were. Gillian Anderson ("The X-Files"), Michael Emerson ("Lost") and Jessica Lange ("American Horror Story") are just a few spooky examples from the past 20 years, but there are many more. What is your current Golden Globe prediction for Best TV Movie/Limited Series? Will it be the spooky "American Horror St. »
"I have these very two distinct sides to play..."
On the surface, a happily-married lawyer at a Seattle law firm, there's much more to Amy Whelan than meets the eye, as Sorvino explains...
"It's really phenomenal. I get to play two different personalities at the same time - sometimes concurrent in a scene - and the latter of the personalities is completely different from anything I've ever played. She's a femme fatale, very Machiavellian, very strong, a little bit amoral »
The folks at Fox recently announced they are developing a TV series pilot titled Frankenstein, but based on the show’s synopsis, you shouldn’t expect to see a mob of angry townspeople with pitchforks and blazing torches anytime soon.
Deadline reports that Fox is developing a pilot for Frankenstein, “a grounded sci-fi drama” with Howard Gordon and Rand Ravich executive producing, with the latter also writing the project. Here’s the pilot’s synopsis (via Deadline):
“Frankenstein centers on Adam Tremble, a morally corrupt FBI agent who is given a second chance at life when he is brought back from the dead. Now younger and stronger, Tremble will have to choose between his old temptations and his new sense of purpose — dealing with threats beyond the FBI’s capabilities. All the while navigating the complicated relationship with his “creators”: an antisocial Internet billionaire and his bio-engineer twin sister. »
- Derek Anderson
The last time we saw Frankenstein’s monster on the big screen, he was being played as a ripped, immortal badass named Adam in the mostly awful I, Frankenstein. It wasn’t a good look for the horror icon. Then, this past summer, Showtime’s Penny Dreadful put an interesting spin on the character’s origins, exploring the murky morals of Victor Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway) and his creations. Now, Fox is ramping up for its own Frankenstein series – and it may be one of the most far-out adaptations to still bear the name of Mary Shelley’s classic novel.
Simply titled Frankenstein, and described as “taking inspiration” from Shelley’s work, this new project centers on Adam Tremble, a morally corrupt FBI agent given another chance at a good life after being brought back from the dead by two peculiar individuals – an antisocial Internet billionaire and his bio-engineer twin sister. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Melissa McCarthy and Girls creator/star Lena Dunham both appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier today, where host Ellen DeGeneres suggested that they all be cast in the all-female reboot of Ghostbusters that Paul Feig is directing. After Ellen made the initial suggestion, Lena Dunham had this to say.
"I have to say, since I've heard that rumor I think every lady in town who fancies herself a jokester wants in."
After rumors of an all-female Ghostbusters started popping up last month, original Ghostbusters star Bill Murray suggested that his St. Vincent co-star Melissa McCarthy be cast, along with Kristen Wiig, Linda Cardellini and Emma Stone. It was announced earlier this month that Paul Feig is officially directing an all-female version of Ghostbusters, which lead to The X-Files star Gillian Anderson expressing her interest in the project last week.
Of course, no one has been officially cast yet, but »
Following its acclaimed run in 2013, filmmaker Jane Campion is re-teaming with writer Gerard Lee and production company See-Saw to develop a second series of the critically-acclaimed "Top of the Lake".
Campion and Garth Davis helmed the six-episode mini-series which aired in 2013. The drama starred Elisabeth Moss as a detective investigating the disappearance of a pregnant twelve-year-old girl. Moss won a Golden Globe for her performance. [Source: Screen]
Wgn America has renewed its well-reviewed atomic bomb drama "Manhattan" for a second season. The series averaged 420,000 total viewers on Sundays at 10 p.m. through its first 11 episodes. Wgn America has also presold Manhattan for a second window on Hulu Plus. [Source: The Live Feed]
Watchers on the Wall have posted up new photos of filming on the fifth season of "Game of Thrones" in Seville, Spain. Actors Nell Tiger Free, DeObia Oparei, Indira Varma and Toby Sebastian were spotted on »
- Garth Franklin
Entertainment One Television (eOne TV) is teaming up with TF1 in France and Canada's Shaw Media to develop and produce Ransom, a new drama series based on the life of renowned crisis negotiator Laurent Combalbert. Frank Spotnitz, the showrunner on TNT's Transporter action series and an Emmy-nominated writer of such series as The X Files, co-created Ransom with David Vainola (Combat Hospital). Both will act as executive producers on the series. “The real-life cases Laurent undertakes make for nail-biting suspense and incredible human drama,” Spotnitz said. “This is going to be a thrilling series.”
- Scott Roxborough
Now that an all-female "Ghostbusters 3" is officially a go -- and Bill Murray has had his say about his dream cast -- actresses all over Hollywood are no doubt jockeying for a part in the flick. Former "X-Files" star Gillian Anderson is among them, as she used a recent Reddit Ama to appeal to "G3" mastermind Paul Feig to cast her in the hotly-anticipated project.
While promoting her new sci-fi novel "A Vision of Fire," Anderson was asked if she'd be interested in starring in the reboot. Although she was unfamiliar with the project, a quick internet search immediately piqued her interest.
"Oh My God, I just looked it up online," Anderson wrote. "Paul Feig, cast me now! Start a Twitter petition! I'm free!!!!! I'm free I'm free and I'm funny, goddamnit!"
A follow-up post from a Redditor promising to pass around the hypothetical petition got a big thumbs-up from the actress. »
- Katie Roberts
Gillian Anderson is most famous for portraying the ever sceptical Dana Scully in The X-Files. The show saw her and her on-screen partner David Duchovny catapulted to mega stardom with sci-fi enthusiasts all over the world becoming obsessed with the show. Since the show ended Anderson has gone on to carve out an impressive career for herself. Her more recent roles in The Fall and Hannibal have gone down particularly well with audiences.
The busy actress also managed to find the time to co-pen her first novel A Vision of Fire which is out in shops now. Whilst promoting the book she took to Reddit for a ‘Ask Me Anything’ session. During the online chat she was asked the inevitable X-Files 3 question which she politely skirted around by merely stating that there have ‘kinda’ been talks and to keep our ‘ears to the ground’. She was rather more excited by »
- Kat Smith
Thanks to "The X-Files," there's no doubt that Gillian Anderson will always be one of the most prominent females in the genre of science fiction. However, since she's not so busy tracking conspiracies, aliens and other strange cases, she's looking to enter the world of the paranormal. Anderson just recently took part in a Reddit Ama (via THR) and was asked whether or not she was interested in the all-female Ghostbusters reboot that's in the works from director Paul Feig and his The Heat writer Katie Dippold. Surely every female actress in Hollywood is hungry for a role in the film, and Anderson revealed that she's no different. In answer to the fans question, Anderson exploded in a fury of excitement and exclamation points, ""Oh My God, I just looked it up online. Paul Feig, cast me now! Start a Twitter petition! I'm free!!!!! I'm free I'm free and I'm funny, »
- Ethan Anderton
Over the course of nine years on The X-Files, Gillian Anderson's legendary portrayal of Dana Scully was that of a woman who slowly but surely went from being a dyed in the wool skeptic to a believer in all that is paranormal. It was a shift that was subtle and believable, largely in thanks to Anderson's considerable acting chops against partner in crime David Duchovny. This makes for a killer set up for how Gillian Anderson flipped out when she found out that Paul Feig was making his all female Ghostbusters project. And now she wants in. During a Reddit Ama on Sunday, Gillian Anderson was asked by a fan about whether she'd want to be part of the new Ghostbusters reboot that Feig and writer Katie Dippold are crafting. Not only did she not know about it, but as you'll see below she was more than excited about »
Who ya gonna call? Gillian Anderson! The X-Files actress participated in a Reddit Ama (Ask Me Anything) on Sunday, Oct. 12, during which she was asked about the upcoming all-female reboot of Ghostbusters. Anderson, 46, who wasn't familiar with Paul Feig's planned sequel, researched it and responded: "Oh My God, I just looked it up online. Paul Feig, cast me now! Start a Twitter petition! I'm free!!!!! I'm free I'm free and I'm funny, goddamnit!" (The latest Ghostbusters film generated more buzz last week when it was announced [...] »
Apparently The X-Files star Gillian Anderson had no clue about Paul Feig's plans for an all-female Ghostbusters reboot, but after checking out the project, says she wants to star in the film. It all started when while speaking in a recent Reddit Ama, Gillian Anderson was asked if she was interested in the reboot. Oh My God, I just looked it up online. Paul Feig, cast me now! Start a Twitter petition! I'm free!!!!! I'm free I'm free and I'm funny, goddamnit!...Make It Happen!! My inner »
- Jesse Giroux
Gillian Anderson is on the promotional trail right now for her new novel that she's co-written with Jeff Rovin, A Vision Of Fire. And as part and parcel of that, she's done one of those spangly Reddit Ask Me Anything sessions. People asked, and she did indeed answer.
The inevitable question of the long-mooted The X-Files 3 movie came up, and Anderson far from batted it off. Had there been any more news on it? "Uh... uh... uh", she wrote. "Sorta kinda. Keep your ears to the ground".
In the same chat, Anderson was also asked »
Former "The X-Files" star Gillian Anderson is keeping busy with a new novel "A Vision of Fire" out in book stores, the second season of "The Fall" slated to air shortly, and her role on NBC's "Hannibal" upgraded to a regular next season.
During a Reddit Ama to promote the book, Anderson was asked if there had been any progress on the long-rumored third "X-Files" film. She said: "Uh....uh... uh... Sorta kinda. Keep your ears to the ground." This follows on from comments last fall by her co-star David Duchovny who said: "All the principals are on board. Gillian and I want to do it, so it's really up to 20th Century Fox at this point."
She was also asked about the recent reports of an all-female "Ghostbusters" to which she responded: "Oh My God, I just looked it up online. Paul Feig, cast me now! Start a Twitter petition! »
- Garth Franklin
Now that director Paul Feig has officially signed on to direct an all-female version Ghostbusters, the big question remains who the filmmaker will cast in the reboot. While promoting her new novel A Vision of Fire in a Reddit Ama session, The X-Files star Gillian Anderson revealed that she wants to be a part of this highly-anticipated project. Take a look at what she had to say below.
"Oh My God, I just looked it up online. Paul Feig, cast me now! Start a Twitter petition! I'm free!!!!! I'm free I'm free and I'm funny, goddamnit!"
There have been a number of supporters and detractors of this all-female approach to Ghostbusters over the past few weeks. Original Ghostbusters star Bill Murray offered a number of suggestions last month, including his St. Vincent co-star Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Linda Cardellini and Emma Stone. However, another original star, Ernie Hudson, spoke out »
Since sci-fi hit The X-Files catapulted Gillian Anderson to a life-changing level of fame, she has remained dedicated to the small screen. As the level-headed Scully in The X-Files, The Fall‘s reserved and stoic Stella Gibson and her recent turn as Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier in Hannibal, there’s been a similar vibe to her characters. That’s not to say she’s at her best when playing to type – far from it – but simply that there’s a commonality in her choices. But, it seems Anderson is up for a change of tone, as we’ve learned today that the actress would quite like to tickle your ribs for a role in the upcoming spook reboot, Ghostbusters 3.
The long-gestating sequel to the 80s franchise has finally pushed forward in the last week. We now know that the third instalment will not be a continuation of the original storyline. »
- Gem Seddon
It’s a brave new world for DC Comics. After the success of Arrow, the company has launched into the TV market with shows based around their popular characters. But while we wait for Supergirl to go into production and before Constantine hits the airwaves, we have a duo of new shows who have recently debuted on the idiot box. The “Before Batman” series Gotham and the Crimson Speedster’s return to television, The Flash.
But which was better?
Gotham‘s pilot was lambasted by the majority of those who saw it. Our own Anthony Stokes hasn’t been kind with his reviews and even penned an article claiming the show to be “pointless”. When speaking with other members of the Flickering Myth writing staff, the feeling seems mutual. Editor-in-chief Gary Collinson (who »
- Luke Owen
That gum we like is going to come back in style, as Showtime has teamed with "Twin Peaks" creators David Lynch and Mark Frost to revive the strangest series in the history of network television, with new installments to arrive in 2016. Last week, Frost and Lynch freaked out Twitter-dom — or, at least, the part of Twitter that recalls their brilliant, demented, unsustainable ABC drama from 1990-91 — by simultaneously tweeting out the same reference to the single weirdest scene to ever air on a broadcast network drama. Dear Twitter Friends: That gum you like is going to come back in style! #damngoodcoffee — David Lynch (@DAVID_LYNCH) October 3, 2014 Dear Twitter Friends: That gum you like is going to come back in style. #damngoodcoffee — Mark Frost (@mfrost11) October 3, 2014 Fans of the show — a melodrama set in a small Pacific Northwest town, starting off with the murder of popular teenage girl Laura Palmer and »
- Alan Sepinwall
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