14 items from 2015
Many shows live and die by their main character’s ability to make you stop caring about anything else that might be sub-par. You may need a semblance of general story, depending on how hard you push the episodic nature of the show, but if you have the right lead, you only need above-average plot lines to keep people in their seats.
Stitchers has a lot in common with House M.D. in this regard. The cases were often intriguing, and though the perpetual doubt of House’s abilities grew tiring, the overall arc was pretty good. Still, Hugh Laurie made the show.
The plot of Stitchers is a “sci-fi fun” one, which for ABC Family means it balances the “need to know” with the “just play along,” and it doesn’t overwork the complexities of things, nor does it talk down to the audience… much. It’s solid, though perhaps »
- Marc Eastman
ABC Family on Wednesday announced summer premiere dates for five new series — four of them unscripted and the other a single-camera comedy — that will join the net’s core lineup that includes “Pretty Little Liars,” “The Fosters” and “Baby Daddy.”
“Monica the Medium” kicks off ABC Family’s second wave of summer launches Monday, July 13 with its premiere at 10. The show provides an inside look at Monica, a junior at Penn State navigating friends, family, relationships — and the fact that she’s a medium and can talk to dead people. The show is produced by Dave Caplan’s Trooper Entertainment in association with Lionsgate TV. Caplan will serve as executive producer alongside Malachi McGlone.
“Job or No Job,” from the producers of “Undercover Boss,” bows Wednesday, Aug. 5 at 9. The series follows one young adult per episode on his/her journey to land a first job. Each job seeker will go on three interviews, »
- Rick Kissell
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others? History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies? So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s »
- Richard Rushfield
The Bfg follows a little girl named Sophie (Barnhill) as she teams up with the Queen of England (Wilton) and a big friendly giant (Rylance) to battle a rampaging horde of evil giants.
Iron Man 3's Hall will be playing the Queen's loyal servant Mary.
The giants are portrayed by Hader, Clement, Michael David Adamthwaite (Stargate Sg-1), Daniel Bacon (Iron Man: Armored Adventures), Chris Gibbs, Adam Godley (A Young Doctor's Notebook), Jonathan Holmes (Nightwatching), Paul Moniz de Sa (Eureka) and Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (The Deep) in The Bfg.
Spielberg said in a statement: "In more than 40 years of making movies, I have been on »
The hourlong crime series, which began production this January, will star Emma Ishta (“Manhattan Love Story”), Kyle Harris (“The Carrie Diaries”), Allison Scagliotti (Syfy’s “Warehouse 13″), Salli Richardson-Whitfield (Syfy’s “Eureka,” “I Am Legend”) and Ritesh Rajan (“The Last Airbender”).
The original drama follows a young woman (Ishta) who is recruited into a secret government agency to be “stitched” into the minds of the recently deceased, using their memories to investigate murders and help solve mysteries before they go to the grave.
Fehr will play Leslie Turner, the enigmatic head of the covert stitchers program. His character will be introduced in the middle of the season.
Watch the first trailer for “Stitchers”:
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
“Kevin From Work” follows Kevin (played by Noah Reid, pictured with Paige Spara), a young man who professes his love to a co-worker Audrey (Spara) in a letter, before accepting another job overseas, thinking he’ll never see her again. When the new offer is rescinded, Kevin has to continue working with Audrey, despite her knowing his true feelings.
“Single camera represents the evolution of our comedy brand,“ Karey Burke, exec VP of programming and development at ABC Family, commented Tuesday. “‘Kevin From Work’ is an endearingly awkward love story — this time from the guy’s point of view.”
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Two Days of Our Lives favorites are booking return trips to Salem, just in time to celebrate the NBC soap’s 50th anniversary.
Nichols was last spotted in Salem in 2009, while Reckell bid the town adieu in 2012.
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* Lifetime on Wednesday announced premiere dates for the next two films in »
Ed Quinn (Eureka) has booked a 10-episode arc on the upcoming third season of ABC's summer series Mistresses. Quinn will play Dr. Alec Adams, an internist at the hospital. Socially stiff, sometimes downright offensive, Alec is hard to read, but he proves to be a man of much character, depth, and sensitivity. Especially when it comes to his most difficult patient — his ailing wife. Quinn will join series stars Jes Macallan, Rochelle Aytes, Yunjin Kim, and Jennifer… »
Life of Riley, 2014.
Directed by Alain Resnais.
George Riley is due to die, forcing his close friends, and ex-lovers, to reflect on their own lives as he comes to the end of his.
This is Alain Resnais’ final film. This is his third adaptation of an Alan Aykbourn play, a different era to his previous exploits within his six-decade canon. Director of art-house classics Hiroshima mon amour and Last Year at Marienbad, Resnais was often ambiguous with his intentions, merging dreams and reality, truth and fiction, throughout his stories. Life of Riley won a Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival (only one month before his death) “for a feature that opens new perspectives”, as it does again create conflict between stage and screen.
Of course, it’s slightly jarring when, fading into England (more specifically, »
- Simon Columb
HBO is taking on a whole New World — and Jenji Kohan is leading them there, no magic carpet necessary.
The premium cabler has given a pilot order to a period drama from the Orange Is the New Black creator, our sister site Deadline reports.
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Though the network is staying tight-lipped about plot specifics, New World reportedly will explore the circumstances around a particularly compelling chapter in American history, where intolerance reigned supreme and led a town to mass hysteria. (Rumor has it that the 17th-century »
ABC Family also revealed the casts of the single-cam series, which are both shooting in Los Angeles.
Noah Reid (“Backpackers”) will lead workplace comedy “Kevin at Work” as the title character. Reid is joined by newcomer Paige Spara, Matt Murray (“Rookie Blue”), Jordan Hinson (“Eureka”) and Punam Patel (“Black-ish,” “Covert Affairs”). Amy Sedaris will guest star.
The half-hour series follows a young man (Reid) who professes his love to a co-worker before accepting another job, only to find that his offer has been rescinded. Barbie Adler (“How I Met Your Mother”) penned the pilot and will exec produce with Aaron Kaplan (“Chasing Life,” “The Mysteries of Laura,” “Secrets & Lies”) and McG (“Charlie’s Angels,” “The O.C.”), who will direct the pilot.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
The hourlong crime drama, which was ordered to series in September and began production Wednesday in Los Angeles, has added Allison Scagliotti (Syfy’s “Warehouse 13″), Salli Richardson-Whitfield (Syfy’s “Eureka,” “I Am Legend”) and Ritesh Rajan (“The Last Airbender”) to the main cast, rounded out by Emma Ishta (“Manhattan Love Story”) and Kyle Harris (“The Carrie Diaries”), who were in the original pilot.
“Stitchers” follows Kirsten (Ishta), a young woman who is recruited into a secret government agency to be “stitched” into the minds of the recently deceased, using their memories to investigate murders and help solve mysteries before they go to the grave.
Working alongside Kirsten is passionate neuroscientist Cameron (Harris); socially immature bioelectrical engineer and communications technician Linus (Rajan); Maggie (Richardson-Whitfield), who heads the covert program; and Kirsten’s roommate, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
We’re still two months away from the return of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to ABC, but the series is certainly doing its best to tease fans with announcements during the hiatus, and perhaps nothing has been more exciting than this casting news that was just released today. As first revealed by Marvel.com, Battlestar Galactica alum Edward James Olmos will be heading to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. when in the spring to play Robert Gonzales, whose presence on the series will apparently have “massive repercussions for Director Coulson and his team.” In addition to his famous role on Battlestar Galactica, Olmos has appeared on numerous other series throughout the years. His TV credits include Eureka, CSI: NY, and a starring role as Professor James Gellar in Dexter‘s sixth season (a season that most fans, like myself, wish we could forget, although that wasn’t Olmos’ fault). Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has »
- Chris King
Good news for those that missed Season 1 of Z Nation on Syfy and were looking to catch up. All thirteen episodes will be available to watch, starting this weekend:
“January 7, 2015 – Burbank, CA – Citizens of Z Nation, rejoice! Season 1 of Syfy’s hit show comes to Netflix on Friday, January 9th. All 13 episodes of the first season will be available at midnight.
The series revolves around a group of survivors three years after the devastating ZN1 virus has gutted the country, when a team of everyday heroes must transport the only known survivor of a zombie attack—and humanity’s last hope of developing a vaccine—from New York to California.
Z Nation launched as Syfy’s highest-rated acquired scripted series premiere since Dr. Who in 2006 and was the network’s most social acquisition ever. The pilot, “Puppies and Kittens,” won the 10pm timeslot for Syfy, outperforming AMC’s Turn and »
- Jonathan James
14 items from 2015
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