8 items from 2008
NBC ordered 13 episodes of the horror anthology series Fear Itself, but aired only eight of the episodes last summer. Ben Silverman, Co-Chairmen, NBC Entertainment told iF Magazine in late July, “No we’re not taking it off.” But that is exactly what they did with five episodes shot and unseen.
FEARNet has announced that the aired epsidoes wil be available on their website and their VOD service.
One of the episodes already available is "Eater," directed by Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator). This installment stars Samantha Moss (Mad Men) as a rookie cop who must spend her first night in the precinct watching over a serial killer, coined "The Eater". When her fellow cops start acting bizarre, she quickly learns that no one is who they seem.
The ratings were lackluster, trailing behind CBS’ Swingtown, which is why Silverman admitted the series was on the “bubble” regarding a second season. Obviously, the bubble burst. »
- Robert Greenberger
Last night, we got to see the first lesbian president of the United Stated on 24: Redemption, the two-hour prequel to the return of the series 24 in January.
Ok, so the character wasn't a lesbian, but she was played by Cherry Jones, so that kinda counts. (I haven't watched the movie yet — it's saved on my DVR for the Thanksgiving break.)
New York magazine recently interviewed Cherry about her role on 24, and asked her about Prop. 8:
You’ve been out of the closet as a lesbian for a very long time and have a partner. Thoughts on Proposition 8? In another four or five years, the people who voted for it will be really ashamed of themselves. I remember for the first time Bob Dole said “gay marriage” on the Senate floor. Obviously he was against it, but the fact that he said it in my lifetime, I couldn’t believe. »
"So there are two stories, so basically, I don't know what I'm supposed to give away, but obviously the world is sort of in peril," actress Amanda Peet (Studio 60) told a gaggle of reporters yesterday about 2012. The original science fiction drama from Roland Emmerich's has been in production this fall for Sony.
"Well, we're in peril, obviously!" she said. "And some people know that we're in peril, and some people don't. Like some people in the government. So there are a few different stories. And I'm with a family that doesn't know. So we're in a survival story, basically. ... I'm a civilian."
Given that the Mayan calendar predicted that the world will end on December 21, 2012, Emmerich launched his story, which was first announced in May. Sony anticipates a July 10, 2009 release for the feature which also stars John Cusack, Thandie Newton, Danny Glover and Thomas McCarthy.
She addressed the »
- Robert Greenberger
Sooner or later, TV shows all come to an end and the castmembers go their separate ways. If we're lucky, our favorites return in new TV shows and movies. Here's where you'll be able to see a bunch of them like… Bradley Whitford (Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip), Willie Garson (John from Cincinnati), Jason Gedrick (Murder One), Eric Roberts (Less than Perfect), Chris Parnell (Miss Guided) , Luke Kirby (Tell Me You Love Me), Michael Kenneth Williams (The Kill Point), Ally Walker (Tell Me You Love Me), Philip Baker Hall (The Loop), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Do Not Disturb), Taylor Handley (Hidden Palms), Shiloh Fernandez (Jericho), Tom Everett Scott (Grace Under Fire), Regina King (Leap of Faith), Sarah Wynter (The Dead Zone), Dave Franco (Do Not Disturb), Lucy Hale (Bionic Woman), John Schneider (The Dukes of Hazzard), Donald Sutherland (Commander in Chief), and Blair Underwood (L.A. Law).
To start, it looks like »
My Own Worst Enemy is about a man. Actually two men–well, one man, two personalities, er, well, you’ll see.
Christian Slater plays a man plagued by an interesting problem: by day he’s Henry Spivey, an efficiency expert who lives in the suburbs with a wife (Yara Martinez) and the obligatory 2 children and a dog. His other personality is that of Edward Albright, a super-spy operative of the Janus Headquarters who speaks 9 languages, can run a 4 minute mile and is a trained killer.
The division between the two alter egos starts to break down when a chip implant in his brain malfunctions. The two different personalities start finding themselves fighting for control of the one body they inhabit.
I like Christian Slater. He brings an energy to the roles he plays that just agrees with me. He’s got the perfect steely glare that cuts to the chase as an operative. »
- Bruce Simmons
Yorkin and Prestwich will serve as consulting producers on the pilot, working alongside executive producers Tom Wheeler, who penned the script, and Emmy winner Thomas Schlamme, who is directing it.
If the project goes to series, Yorkin and Prestwich will serve as executive producers/showrunners.
Described as Harry Potter meets Pan's Labyrinth, Atlas centers on a young girl (Jodelle Ferland) who finds a magical atlas that reveals a secret world underneath our own.
Co-starring in the pilot are Janel Moloney and Patrick Breen.
The hiring of Yorkin and Prestwich as potential showrunners further boosts the chances of a series pickup for Atlas, which already look bright given Schlamme's track record. The vast majority of pilots he has directed in the past 15 years -- including The West Wing, Sports Night, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Spin City, Invasion and "Jack & Bobby" -- have gone to series. »
Field will play Audrey, Derek's stylish but emotionally messy girlfriend.
The role has been recast following the pilot's table read. Sarah Lafleur, who originally was set for the part, is under a talent deal with ABC and is expected to be attached to another project for the network.
The story centers on an average Joe named Kirk (Baruchel), who after meeting and falling for Molly (Eve) -- who is described as a "perfect 10" -- becomes surprised when she takes an interest in him.
Miller will play Stainer, Kirk's best friend. Torrence plays one of Kirk's other friends.
8 items from 2008
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