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The zombie universe continues to expand on AMC. After premiering Fear the Walking Dead to record-setting ratings, the network is planning a stand-alone episode of a zombie attack that takes place on a passenger plane, EW reports. As their prize, the lucky survivor of that episode will get to join the cast of Fear the Walking Dead on the second season. The stand-alone episode will debut online and unfold in small bits that will air on television during commercial breaks of The Walking Dead. It sounds similar to how the Razor movie functioned in the Battlestar Galactica universe — as an interesting stand-alone narrative that included some of the same characters but wasn't required viewing. In any case, we can help brainstorm titles for the new show. We are partial to The Flying Dead, Air Force Zom, Brains on a Plane, and Zombie Airplane! »
- E. Alex Jung
Warning: major spoilers for all shows listed below.
Closure. It’s an important psychological concept. Without closure, it’s difficult to grieve, move on, make peace and nurture your inner Ewok or whatever it is the self-help books tell us. When a TV show is cancelled before its story has been fully told, the result is an unscratchable itch.
That itch can have positive side effects. The creativity for instance, of fanfic and fan art, and the tenacity and camaraderie of doggedly pursued fan campaigns. The less positive side though is, well, not so pretty. Sleepless nights, anxiety at work, a tendency to grasp total strangers by the shoulders with both hands, hot stress-tears streaming down your cheeks, and cry “So did Lois and Clark raise that baby or what? »
This week on Off The Shelf, Ryan is joined by Brian Saur to take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for the week of August 25th, 2015, and chat about some follow-up and home video news.
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Episode Links & Notes Follow-up Honeymoon Killers Don Hertzfeldt’s Kickstarter News Arrow’s Us announcements for November French Battlestar Galactica Blu-ray release Spartacus Restoration Screenshots City of Lost Children 20th Anniversary Blu-ray KLStudio Classics – I’m Gonna Git You Sucka, Delirious, Up The Creek Vincent Price Oop Moc Announcements: Shane, Robinson Crusoe On Mars, The Quiet Man New Releases
Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem Burn, Witch, Burn The Couch Trip Cruel Story Of Youth (Masters Of Cinema) Day for Night (Criterion) Diggstown Dressed to Kill Elena Face to Face aka Faccia A Faccia Hackers The Hunger La Sapienza La Grande Bouffe My Darling Clementine Navajo Joe »
- Ryan Gallagher
It’s been three years since the last episode of The Office aired and you still can’t get enough of Dwight Schrute. Rainn Wilson’s character centers around bears, beets and Battlestar Galactica, and even if you have no idea what a beet actually is, you associate it only with Dwight.
As the seasons developed, your love for Dwight continued to grow to such extremes that you didn’t think was possible to adore a fictional character. Even though he was the annoying antagonist to Jim, he had a heart of pure gold and his Jackie Chan impression is on point, as is his wardrobe.
He inspires you to get an office job if you don’t have one already, and even if you do, you’ll probably be praying that someone will put your stapler in some jelly, have some scary cat lady fall in love with you, »
- Sara Weir
Every year it’s like clockwork. The Emmy nominations are announced, and immediately the grumbling begins about what shows and stars got snubbed.
There are so many complaints it must be like white noise to Emmy voters. But the longer something is ignored, the louder the fuss, and we’ve reached a fever pitch when it comes to FX’s Cold War drama “The Americans.”
The show, about a pair of Russian spies living undercover as a suburban couple with kids in Reagan-era America, happens to be my favorite among the eligible series in any category this year. But more than that, it won best drama prizes from both the Television Critics Assn. Awards and the Critics Choice TV Awards, an AFI Award and a Peabody. It’s not just good, it’s the very definition of an outstanding drama series. Isn’t there supposed to be an Emmy category for that? »
- Geoff Berkshire
Anthony Michael Hall ("The Dark Knight," "Foxcatcher") has been cast opposite Brad Pitt in David Michod's provocative, satirical comedy "War Machine" at Plan B Entertainment and Netflix. The story is based on the book "The Operators" by Michael Hastings.
Pitt plays a four-star general whose lethal reputation and impeccable track record vaults him to command the American war in Afghanistan. Hall will play General Hank Pulver, his second in command. Filming begins later this month. [Source: Deadline]
The story centers on a man (Highmore) in his mid-20s and still living at home with his mother and stepfather who puts all his eggs in one basket: the girl (Rush) who works at his local coffee shop. Catch is she has a serious »
- Garth Franklin
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Speedman (Underworld), Aaron Douglas (Battlestar Galactica) and Ella Ballentine (The Captive) will co-star in Bertino's There Are Monsters, which is currently in production. The trio join a cast that includes Zoe Kazan (Ruby Sparks).
Elisabeth Moss was at one time lined up to star in There Are Monsters, but she's no longer involved in Bertino's latest, which "focuses on a mother and daughter who are trapped and tormented by a ruthless creature." A24 has slated There Are Monsters for a 2016 release. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for further updates.
- Derek Anderson
After discovering the person behind his wife’s murder to end Season 3 of “Longmire,” Walt is out for blood. In a sneak peek at the show’s upcoming fourth season on Netflix, Walt (Robert Taylor) goes after the killer’s plane with a rifle, only to be stopped — forcefully — by Henry (Lou Diamond Phillips). “Longmire” also stars Katee Sackhoff (“Battlestar Galactica,” “Riddick”), Bailey Chase (“Damages”), Cassidy Freeman (“Smallville”) and Adam Bartley (“Justified”). Gerald McRaney and Ally Walker guest star on the new season. Also read: How Buzzy Streaming Services Are Playing Catch Up to Legacy Networks The series ran for »
- Reid Nakamura
Winter is coming, in case you hadn’t heard — and with it, a slew of fantasy projects hoping to be TV’s next top direwolf. Few series dominate the cultural conversation like HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” which has been namedropped everywhere from “The Simpsons” to “Sesame Street,” while garnering critical acclaim and 24 Emmy noms.
With such auspices, it’s only natural for other content creators to want to emulate the show’s dragon-sized success. On tap for the 2015-16 season are no fewer than five series based on literary works that deal with magic, monsters, mythical realms or heroic quests, including MTV’s “The Shannara Chronicles,” Syfy’s “The Magicians,” ABC Family’s “Shadowhunters,” NBC’s “Emerald City” and Starz’s “American Gods.”
- Laura Prudom
Syfy is adapting another beloved science fiction story as a TV series, announcing Wednesday that it is partnering with scribes David Eick and Josh Pate to turn Frederik Pohl’s novel “Gateway” into a one-hour scripted series.
The series, which hails from studios Entertainment One Television and Universal Cable Productions, is set after the discovery of an asteroid teeming with the long-abandoned spaceships of an advanced alien race known as the Heechee. The lead character is prospector Robinette Broadhead, who gambles everything on a journey to discover alien artifacts. A nightmare mission results in him receiving extraordinary wealth and luxury — but also leaves him haunted by the loss of his crewmates, including the love of his life.
“We’re delighted to develop this fascinating First Contact story with long-time partners Universal Cable Productions and Entertainment One,” said Bill McGoldrick, Syfy’s exec veep of original content. “‘Gateway’ is thought-provoking and unsettling, »
- Whitney Friedlander
Syfy is developing Frederik Pohl’s sci-fi novel Gateway, about humanity's encounter with a mysterious, ancient alien civilization, as a one-hour scripted series with Entertainment One TV and Universal Cable Prods. David Eick (Battlestar Galactica) and Josh Pate (Falling Skies) collaborated on the adaptation and will serve as executive producers. Eick will revise a pilot script written by Pate and serve as showrunner. Martha De Laurentiis will executive produce through the… »
The story deals with a gold rush for alien artifacts and technology after humanity has discovered an asteroid teeming with the long abandoned spaceships of an advanced alien race.
The ships are also preprogrammed, transporting their voyagers to distant worlds of riches or certain death. One prospector gambles it all on a nightmare mission in which he returns to extraordinary wealth and luxury, but is haunted by the loss of his crewmates.
Source: The Live Feed »
- Garth Franklin
"American Horror Story: Freak Show" is the most nominated TV program at this year's Emmys with 19 bids. Indeed, the "Horror Story" franchise has been at or near the top of the tally every year, having earned 17 nominations for each of its first three seasons. Of those 51 bids, it has won eight, but never taken home the top prize. Why has it always been snubbed? And will that change this year? -Break- Denis O'Hare dishes Emmys nom for 'Ahs: Freak Show,' teases 'Hotel' [Exclusive Video] "Freak Show" earned key nominations for directing and casting. And the TV academy's acting branch loved it, nominating six of the cast, more than any other longform program. But the Emmys have long had a bias against sci-fi, fantasy and horror (think "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Battlestar Galactica"). That is why "Ahs" has lost, first to two prestigious HBO telefilms -- "Game Change" (201...' »
Grr, argh. Sit, Ubu, sit. I made this! What’s the story behind the production company tags added onto our favourite TV shows?
Closing logos have evolved into a TV production company’s tiny stamp of individuality. They’re a single snippet of screen time not at the mercy of network notes, audience feedback or sponsorship concerns.
A closing tag doesn’t need to sell a show, tell a story, or lasso an audience back for the next episode. It’s simply a signature, a few seconds entirely belonging to the creatives, to do with what they will.
As such, closing logos are as self-indulgent or esoteric as the production company wills them. They’re perhaps the only place in television production where in-jokes, family photos, personal homages (or extended rants in the case of one comedy producer) and kid-drawn scribbles usually found taped to the fridge door are entirely welcome. »
Here's one of those 'This'll make you feel old' factoids - it's two years since the last ever episode of Skins aired.
E4's groundbreaking hormone-fest wrapped up on August 5, 2013 - with an older Cook (Jack O'Connell) heading off into an uncertain future at the close of 'Rise (Part Two)'.
Cook was but one of 27 major characters featured on Skins across three 'Generations' - in a total of 61 episodes, split into seven series. But where are the teen tearaways of Roundview College now?
Hoult played Tony Stonem - the pre-eminent bad boy of Skins - across its first two series. Later badly hurt in a traffic accident and forced to rely on others, Tony had mellowed by his final episodes.
Lucy Lawless (Xena, Battlestar Galactica, Spartacus) made quite an impression with a small role in the previous season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, and by the sounds of things she'll be playing another badass character in Starz' Ash Vs. Evil Dead. Like Ash, Ruby is also on a mission to wipe the new plaque of evil from the world - but as far as she's concerned, that includes the unfortunate stock boy. “She’s a bad bitch and she’s stalking Ash Williams,” Lawless said. “She’s got a big chip on her shoulder and a hot obsession.” Bruce Campbell will reprise his role as the title character Ash, a stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the past three decades avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead. When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash »
London — Lucy Boynton (“Miss Potter,” “Ballet Shoes,” “Mo”) and Nick Moran (“Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels,” both “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” movies) will join Katee Sackhoff (“Oculus,” “Riddick,” “Battlestar Galactica”) in the supernatural horror film “Don’t Knock Twice,” which is being directed by Caradog James, and begins shooting this week in Cardiff, Wales.
“Don’t Knock Twice” follows a guilt-ridden mother (Sackhoff) who wants to reconnect with the daughter (Boynton) she was forced to place into care. To save her estranged daughter, she has to uncover the terrifying truth behind the urban legend of a vengeful, demonic witch.
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- Leo Barraclough
Shows new and old triumphed in the Emmy nominations Thursday morning, but not all were as expected (see our list of the most shocking snubs here). Scroll down to see the many nominated shows and stars that hardly anybody saw coming. -Break- 2015 Emmy Awards: Complete list of nominations No longer an Emmy orphan Following a much-publicized outcry from fans and critics last year when Tatiana Maslany ("Orphan Black") was snubbed, the Emmys apologized in the best way possible, by nominating her for the sci-fi show. With an Emmy nom under her belt, Maslany has now accomplished what Sarah Michelle Gellar ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer") and Mary McDonnell ("Battlestar Galactica") never could. Now ... can she win? Are our eyes seeing double? Gaby Hoffmann gave us not one, but two surprises on Emmy morning, being nominated in the supporting role for "Transparent" as well as the guest race for "Girls." »
Ahead of its premiere next week, CBC has released a trailer for Riftworld Chronicles, the sci-fi/fantasy comedy starring Tahmoh Penikett (Man of Steel, Battlestar Galactica) and Erin Karpluk (Being Erica); check it out here…
Riftworld: Chronicles follows Alar of Caer Caladh (Tahmoh Penikett), who is stuck in Toronto after one of his spells goes awry. He teams up with struggling journalist Kim (Erin Karpluk) to help get him back home. Hunted by a fantastical foe, they try to solve the mystery of what binds their worlds – and their fates – together.
The series begins with a portal opening in a desolate alley in downtown Toronto, where Alar steps out to a foreign world – Earth. Clearly lost, he tries to use his powers to cast a teleport spell, to no avail. Fascinated by this new dimension, he seeks out a palace only to meet Kim, a savvy up-and-coming journalist, who is »
- Gary Collinson
As I wrote in one of my "25 Years In La" pieces, I was a tour guide at Universal Studios. Technically, we were "studio guides," and in my time at the park, I did many different jobs. I was Leatherface for a full run of Halloween Horror Nights, and I managed to win a nod for "Best Scare" at the end of the event. That doesn't really mean anything, but it felt great at the end of a really tough eleven or twelve straight days. I worked "Backdraft" when it was an attraction that took up a full soundstage, and I made up my own slightly insane tweaks to the script that entertained me, if no one else. My friend and I figured out where we could stand in the "E.T." ride so we could say names to it at the beginning of the ride, since the end of the ride »
- Drew McWeeny
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