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All successful genre series are build on a strong foundation of deep character development and credible mythology. When a show does those things well and manages to survive its first two years, then everyone involved in making it can relax — theoretically — into a more adventurous third season.
The wise ones only relax a little, though. While a third season renewal usually indicates a high level of confidence on the network’s part, it also means that the creative stakes are higher than ever. One imagines a sort of freedom in that; writers can swing for the fences by expanding into ever more complex storylines and stickier moral challenges. Consider that the third season of “Buffy” gave us Faith, the dark side of the Slayer personified. The third season of “Battlestar Galactica” explored humanity’s occupation on New Caprica. Season three of “The Walking Dead” »
- Melanie McFarland
Syfy continues to bolster its original programming with the renewal of both Dominion and Defiance. The two drama series will return with 13 episodes each – joining the recently commissioned Hunters, created by Gale Anne Hurd, and the highly anticipated television adaptation of Arthur C Clarke’s Childhood’s End.
Dominion is categorised as a ‘Us apocalyptic supernatural action’ series, and was created by Vaun Wilmott (Sons Of Anarchy) as a loose adaptation of the 2010 film Legion, written by Peter Schink and Scott Stewart. Starring Christopher Egan (Letters To Juliet), Tom Wisdom (Romeo And Juliet), Roxanne McKee (Game Of Thrones) and Anthony Stewart Head (Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters), the show is set in a time when God has vanished, and Archangel Gabriel is waging war on mankind. Archangel Michael allies himself with man, against Gabriel, and lives among humans in a fortified city, awaiting the arrival of a prophesied saviour. On »
- Sarah Myles
The numbers 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42 shouldn’t have any special significance to me, especially in that particular order. Yet I distinctly remember one day in high school, when packs of my friends rapidly discussed these numbers, trying to divine their significance. They seemed very agitated–one pack even erupted in a shouting match outside the band hall–and I eventually overheard names like Locke, Hurley, and Jack. When I eventually put it together that Lost was currently in the process of wrapping up its final season that month, and that there was no one in our school named Locke or Hurley, I was a bit surprised: How could a show about an island inspire such nerdy passion?
I didn’t watch much television when I was younger. The programs I did watch most consistently were Stargate Sg-1, Battlestar Galactica, and House. There was the occasional Simpsons rerun that would blow my mind and »
- Jj Perkins
Listen up, Netflix.
You've given us countless hours of binge-watching splendor, but we want more. Sure, your exclusive series are great ("House of Cards"! "Orange Is the New Black"!) and the fact that you have every season of "The Walking Dead" available to watch 24/7 is killer, but there are still a few cherished TV series that are missing from your reasonably priced, wonderfully accessible streaming service. And that, my lost weekend-inducing friend, is a crime.
So here, Netflix, are 34 TV shows -- in no particular order -- that deserve your immediate consideration. (Please stop denying us the ability to relive the '80s and '90s.)
3. "Will & Grace"
4. "Golden Girls"
5. "Designing Women"
6. "The Cosby Show"
10. "My So-Called Life"
11. "St. Elsewhere"
12. "Babylon 5"
13. "Veronica Mars"
14. "The O.C."
15. "Hill Street Blues"
16. "Beverly Hills, 90210"
17. "The Shield"
19. "Battlestar Galactica"
20. "NYPD Blue"
21. "I Love Lucy"
22. "Full House"
23. "Dawson's Creek »
- Tim Hayne
A decade after Lost first came to our screens, Gem goes back to the island...
Each Us TV season brings with it a crop of new shows: some outstanding, some memorably awful. 2004/2005, though, was a little different from most. This was the year in which we watched Gregory House solve his first medical mystery and were introduced to those notorious housewives of Wisteria Lane,while Battlestar Galactica brought the Cylons back to our screens after decades spent in sci-fi oblivion.
This unusually impressive bunch dominated the schedules for years, attracted reams of critical and fan commentary, and are still remembered with varying degrees of fondness. However, one of the series to air for the first time that season was a different proposition entirely. Mention its famously divisive ending online and you’ll unleash a torrent of derision, nostalgia and passionate debate. Ask fans to explain its myriad mysteries, and, for the most part, »
For over thirty years, science-fiction fans have been enthralled by Battlestar Galactica and the captivating saga of humanity’s war with the chilling Cylons. From its innovative special effects to its controversial storylines, the franchise has fascinated generations of viewers.
Now, drawing on unique insights from the original producer, Glen A. Larson, and exclusive interviews with David Eick and Ronald D. Moore – creators of the series’ acclaimed reimagining – Battlestar Galactica Vault , from writer Paul Ruditis offers a complete visual history of the show’s evolution, from 1978′s ‘Saga of a Star World’ to spin-offs Caprica and Blood & Chrome.
Housed in a novelty extendable cover and featuring a treasure trove of behind the scenes images, there are concept artworks by legendary artist Ralph McQuarrie, annotated scripts and storyboards, candid behind the scenes photography, and ten meticulously reproduced pieces of memorabilia for readers to remove and examine.
Stunningly illustrated and fully authorised, »
- Phil Wheat
After a solid year in development, Syfy has ordered an initial 13-episode run of Gale Anne Hurd’s sci-fi show, Hunters.
The series is based on Alien Hunter, the best-selling novel by Whitney Strieber, and “follows a Pennsylvania detective-turned-suspect Flynn Carroll who, after his wife mysteriously goes missing, is determined to prove his innocence and find her. His search leads to evidence that dangerous alien cells are living among us, and the U.S. government has a secret organization in place to thwart their terrorist efforts.”
The first season will be produced by Hurd’s own Valhalla Entertainment outfit, under a contract with Universal Cable Productions. She’s on board to executive produce alongside Heroes and V scribe, Natalie Chaidez, who’s also scripting the series.
Most noted for her phenomenal work bringing hordes of the undead to the masses in AMC’s The Walking Dead, Hurd’s resume features a strong commitment to genre. »
- Gem Seddon
Avert your eyes, spoiler-phobes: Netflix, the streaming video service that is arguably the reason we care about spoilers in the first place, now has a special web page dedicated to the very phenomenon it helped create.
As spotted by The Wrap, the site is titled Living With Spoilers, and is broken into three sections, which demand to be discussed in detail. So consider this a spoilerific deep dive into Netflix’s site about Spoilers.
What kind of spoiler are you?
This is a flowchart so you can determine what kind of spoiler you are—”spoiler” meaning, in this case, a person who spoils. »
- Joshua Rivera
Last week we got our first look at Sharlto Copley (District 9) and Susan Heyward (The Following) as Detectives Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim in the upcoming small screen adaptation of Powers, and now thanks to Coming Soon we have a few more images from the show which you can see right here…
“Powers, an edgy dramatic series from Sony Pictures Television and inspired by the graphic novel series of the same name, follows the lives of two homicide detectives, Christian Walker (Copley) and Deena Pilgrim (Heyward), who are assigned to investigate cases involving people with extraordinary abilities, referred to as “Powers.” Set amidst today’s paparazzi culture, Powers asks the questions, what if the world was full of superheroes who aren’t actually heroic at all? What if all that power was just one more excuse for mischief, mayhem, murder, and endorsement deals? Enter the men and women of the Powers Division, »
- Gary Collinson
Welcome to Binge Watchin,’ where we take a look at some of the best TV shows available on streaming or disc that have a great catalogue of seasons to jump into and get sucked into the beautiful bliss of binge watching! From crime, action, comedy, drama, animation, etc., we’ll be evaluating an assortment of shows that will hopefully serve as a gateway to your next binge experience. Series: Battlestar Galactica Number of Seasons: 4 Where to watch: Netflix, »
- Sean Wist
(Cbr) The slogan "Trust No One" applies to more than just "The X-Files." In season one of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," the team was blindsided and betrayed by their teammate Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), as well as long-time agent and main character Phil Coulson's (Clark Gregg) friend, John Garrett (Bill Paxton). Both secretly served Hydra and were instrumental in S.H.I.E.L.D.'s dismantling. Now, to rebuild the organization and to continue to confront major threats, Coulson -- now director of the new S.H.I.E.L.D. -- has added to his ranks. One new recruit is Isabelle Hartley (Lucy Lawless), a mercenary agent who has a history with Coulson. Seen most recently as Ron Swanson's love interest in "Parks and Recreation," Lawless has an especially storied career in genre television, including her starring role as "Xena: Warrior Princess," plus the acclaimed "Battlestar Galactica" revival and multiple "Spartacus" series. »
- Bryan Cairns, Comic Book Resources
When Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns for its second season, Director Coulson will have to reach out to some unsavory types in order to keep the organization afloat and battle the nefarious Hydra. One of those he’ll turn to for help is S.H.I.E.L.D. vet Isabelle Hartley, who brings with her a group of dangerous mercenaries.
“She’s tough as all get out,” Lucy Lawless tells EW. “She does what she wants, when she wants for her own purposes. It just so happens that whatever Coulson’s purpose is becomes her No. 1 aim in life, so »
- Natalie Abrams
Courtesy of USA Today, we now have our first look at Sony Television’s adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis’ Powers comic book series. The image features our first glimpse at Sharlto Copley (District 9, Maleficent) as Detective Christian Walker, and Susan Heyward (The Following) as his partner Deena Pilgrim…
Created by Bendis in 2000, Powers tells the story of Walker and Pilgrim, two detectives living in a world full of superhumans. The series will arrive on the Playstation Network in December. Joining Copley and Heyward are Max Fowler (The Killing) as Krispin Stockley, Adam Godley (Breaking Bad) as Captain Cross, Eddie Izzard (Hannibal, The Riches) as Wolfe, Oleysa Rulin (High School Musical) as Calista, Noah Taylor (Edge of Tomorrow) as Johnny Royalle, and Michelle Forbes (Battlestar Galactica, The Killing) as Retro Girl.
- James Garcia
The feel-good Internet story of the year, the resurrection of Reading Rainbow finally came to fruition this weekend. The show ran for twenty-three years on PBS before being unceremoniously cancelled in late 2006. Since then, host LeVar Burton & co have launched a Reading Rainbow app – an education tool for children, allowing them to read and view a vast number of books and interviews; though it wasn’t until earlier this year, with Burton’s impassioned plea via Kickstarter, that Reading Rainbow truly returned into the national consciousness. Burton’s Kickstarter campaign sought to raise funds to launch the app on the web, smart-phones and other streaming devices, as well as for free for needy impoverished schools. Within eleven hours, one million dollars had been raised for Reading Rainbow – and when all was said and done, over five million in sum had been donated. To honor the many people who contributed to the cause, »
- Tommy Cook
Adapted from Diana Gabaldon’s international best-selling books, the Starz series Outlander spans the genres of romance, science fiction, history and adventure, all in one epic tale. The story follows Claire Randall (Caitroina Balfe), a married combat nurse from 1945, who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world that is threatening and dangerous. Once there, she meets a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, named Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan), and they are undeniably drawn to each other. During this exclusive interview with Collider, executive producer Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica) talked about how he ended up bringing this story to TV, creating its world, making the show for fans of the book and trusting that viewers that aren’t familiar with it will get sucked into the show, how closely they’re working with author Diana Gabaldon (who even has a cameo »
- Christina Radish
Paddles!!! Saving Hope is being brought back to life Stateside.
TVLine has learned that Ion Television has reached an agreement with Entertainment One Television to host the upcoming 18-episode third season of the Canadian-produced, Erica Durance-fronted medical drama, as well as get dibs on repeats of the first two cycles.
Related Fall Preview 2014: Your Handy Calendar of 99 Premieres
Saving Hope Season 3 debuts Sept. 22 on Canada’s CTV; no timetable has yet been announced for Ion’s broadcasts.
Showrunners is the first ever feature length documentary film to explore the fascinating world of Us television showrunners and the creative forces aligned around them. The film, produced by Irish company Black Sheep Productions, opens exclusively at Light House Cinema Dublin on October 17th, and will be available on VOD on Volta and iTunes from October 31st. The film will feature as the closing presentation of the Stranger than Fiction documentary film festival at the Ifi in Dublin on September 28th. The film features contributions from Joss Whedon (Buffy The Vampire Slayer/Firefly), J.J. Abrams (Lost, Alias), Kurt Sutter (Sons Of Anarchy), Damon Lindelof (Lost, The Leftovers), Ronald D.Moore (Battlestar Galactica, Outlander), Bill Prady (The Big Bang Theory), Jane Espenson (Once Upon A Time, Husbands), Jonathan Nolan (Person Of Interest), Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire), Robert & Michelle King (The Good Wife), J.H. Wyman (Fringe, Almost Human), Hart Hanson (Bones), Steven. »
- email@example.com (Vic Barry)
Captain Marvel will not feature in the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel.
He told Collider at Dragon Con that he wants to keep the movie free of "earthlings" other than Chris Pratt's Peter Quill.
There has been vocal fan demand for Marvel to introduce more female superheroes, including Danvers.
There has been no official indication that rumours of the hero starring in Avengers: Age of Ultron are true.
Gunn was announced for the sequel shortly after the release of the first cosmic film.
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will be released in 2017. »
Falling Skies wrapped up its fourth season Sunday with what may be the show’s most hopeful yet most enigmatic season closer.
Spoiler Alert: Details of tonight’s season 4 finale lie ahead!
The last couple minutes of the two-hour finale ended on a very hopeful note back on Earth. As Hal says, “The Espheni are sitting ducks for a change,” thanks to Lexi’s sacrificial destruction of the aliens’ power core. But above Earth’s atmosphere, things got really weird — the kind of weird that should have fans theorizing and debating throughout the long wait to the fifth and final season. »
- Emily Rome
Our weekly round-up of all the latest superhero news and talking points, including Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America 3, Doctor Strange, Black Widow, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, The Defenders, Big Hero 6, Ultimate Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Gotham, The Flash, Arrow, Doom Patrol, Plastic Man, Tales of Metropolis, Kick-Ass 3, The Tick, The Greatest American Hero and more…
…We’ll kick things off this week with Marvel Studios’ most recent release Guardians of the Galaxy, which climbed back to the top of the U.S. box office chart last weekend on its way to becoming the biggest domestic release of year (overtaking Captain America: The Winter Soldier to do so) and passing the $500 million mark at the box office, making it the seventh film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to do so. Guardians is sitting on »
- Gary Collinson
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