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Get ready to meet the first foe to go up against Kara in CBS’ Supergirl. The Mentalist‘s Owain Yeoman, who played Wayne Rigsby for years on the CBS series, will be taking on the role of the DC Comics character Vartox in Supergirl‘s pilot. In the comics, Vartox is originally an alien super-hero from the planet Valeron, who has similar powers to Superman and is a friend and ally to the Man of Steel. In addition to his Superman-like powers, Vartox can also convert himself into energy and control things with his mind. However, per TVLine, Supergirl‘s take on Vartox will be bit different. In the show’s pilot, Vartox is an “alien convict who has been hiding on Earth for 12 years. After Supergirl’s emergence as a public hero, he seeks her out to ascertain her identity and do battle with her.” Supergirl stars Glee‘s Melissa Benoist as Kara, »
- Chris King
Cameron and Miliband Live: The Battle for Number 10 was the second most watched programme in its timeslot, gathering 2.41m (11.9%) at 9pm (266k/1.9% on +1). Earlier, Richard III: The King Laid to Rest averaged 960k (4.6%) at 8pm (80k/0.4%).
BBC One's MasterChef continued to top the ratings outside of soaps with 5.07m (24.1%) at 8pm, while The Truth About Calories fascinated 4.01m (18.8%) at 9pm. Question Time followed with 2.62m (26.7%) at 10.45pm.
ITV's Tonight: The Pension Revolution informed 2.63m (13.3%) at 7.30pm (140k/0.7%), while Double Decker Driving School attracted 2.75m (13%) at 8.30pm (106k/0.5%). The concluding part of The Triplets Are Coming! was watched by 1.66m »
The website i09 was first to report on the casting.
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Per DC Comics lore, Vartox hailed from the planet Valeron and boasted powers on par with those of Superman, with whom he was friendly. In his most recent comic book iteration, Vartox attempted to woo Power Girl, in the name of (bow-chicka-wow-wow) repopulating his infertile planet with the most supreme female specimen he could find.
That said, »
The movie from first-time director Nikole Beckwith had mixed reviews out of Sundance. It’s set to premiere May 2 on Lifetime.
The film revolves around a woman (Ronan) who is kidnapped as a child. After 17 years of living in a basement with her abductor, she struggles to adjust after returning home to her biological parents.
- Seth Kelley
It looks like Kara Zor-El won’t be the only superhero appearing in CBS’ upcoming DC series Supergirl, with io9 reporting that Owain Yeoman (The Mentalist) has signed on to play the character of Sean Connery lookalike Vartox, a character who made his first appearance in Superman #281 back in 1974.
Based on the DC Comics character, the drama tells the story of Kara Zor-El, who was born on the planet Krypton, but escaped amid its destruction years ago. Since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin Superman. But now, at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.
- Gary Collinson
What we don’t have too many of, yet, are villains. We know that David Harewood will play Hank Henshaw (who - spoiler - goes on to become the evil Cyborg Superman in the comics) and that Jeremy Jordan has been cast as Winslow Schott (Kara’s pining neighbour, who could become the villainous Toyman).
Well, now we can add another name to the villains’ roster – Owain Yeoman as classic DC Comics character Vartox. Vartox, upon his inception in 1974, was inspired stylistically by Sean Connery’s Zardoz. If that doesn’t get you excited for the series, perhaps nothing will. »
It has only been a few weeks since production started on CBS' Supergirl, but the cast continues to grow. Ever since principal photography began, the show has added Malina Weissman as a younger version of Melissa Benoist's Kara Zor-El, a.k.a. Kara Danvers, and Faran Tahir as The Commander, a military expert on aliens who tries to hunt down Kara. Today we have word from io9 that Owain Yeoman has signed on to play DC Comics character Vartox.
Vartox was created in 1974 by Cary Bates and Curt Swann, who has been portrayed as both a friend and enemy to Superman in the DC Comics. Most of his comic book appearances have come alongside Superman, so this could be yet another hint that the Man of Steel will have some sort of role in Supergirl. Vartox is just as powerful as Superman, but he can change his physical appearance at will. »
In the comics, Vartox has been primarily involved in adventures with Superman rather than Supergirl, and has been both a friend and enemy. He has the ability to change his physical appearance at will, and is said to be just as powerful as Superman.
Production began a few weeks ago on the project which boasts a cast that includes Melissa Benoist (Kara Zor-El), Mehcad Brooks (James Olsen), Laura Benanti (Alura Zor-El), Faran Tahir (The Commander), Chyler Leigh (Alex Danvers), Jeremy Jordan (Winslow Schott), David Harewood (Hank Henshaw), Malina Weissman (young Kara Zor-El), Dean Cain and Helen Slater.
Source: io9 »
- Garth Franklin
Previous bits of information on CBS’ upcoming Supergirl series suggested that the titular Last Daughter of Krypton would be going up against “The Lumberjack” in the pilot episode. Now, courtesy of io9, a new bit of casting suggests that some axe wielding logger won’t be the only one giving Kara Zor-El trouble in her debut hour of television.
According to the new report, The Mentalist and Extant alum Owain Yeoman has joined the cast as Vartox, a powerful alien from the planet of Valeron who’s gone up against Superman and Power Girl (an alternate universe version of Supergirl) in the comics. Vartox is said to be as powerful as the Man of Steel, with added powers of telekinesis, astral projection, telepathy and even the ability to change his appearance at will.
Vartox once battled Power Girl in hopes of forcing her to help him repopulate his planet. Though »
- James Garcia
It looks like Melissa Benoist's Supergirl has another foe in her upcoming TV series as io9 reports that The Mentalist and Extant star Owain Yeoman has been cast as Vartox in the DC Comics adaptation. In the comic books, he's as powerful as Superman and can change his appearance at will. He once battled Power Girl in a bid to get her to help him repopulate his planet. However, "The New 52" has portrayed him as a sports broadcaster, and that seems like a more likely option in this series. The cast of Supergirl also includes Mehcad Brooks (Jimmy Olsen), Calista Flockhart (Cat Grant), Chyler Leigh (Alexandra “Alex” Danvers), David Harewood (Hank Henshaw), Faran Tahir (The Commander), Malina Weissman (Young Kara), Dean Cain and Helen Slater. Thoughts on the casting? »
In last month's Gotham episode "The Blind Fortune Teller", fans finally got their first look at Cameron Monaghan's Jerome, a character who will most likely become The Joker, although his villainous alter-ego has yet to be confirmed. Of course, The Joker is just one of numerous iconic villains that have been introduced over the course of Gotham's first season, including The Penguin (Robin Taylor), Catwoman (Camren Bicondova), The Riddler (Cory Michael Smith) and Poison Ivy (Clare Foley), some who have had major arcs during the show's first season, and some who have not. With just four episodes remaining in Season 1, Cameron Monaghan's Joker won't be back this year, but during an interview with Comic Book Resources, the actor teased that he may come back in Season 2, but he also might not come back until Season 3.
"When I was on set, we discussed the possibly of me coming »
The “Broad Squad” is growing.
Ambrose will star as Eileen, one of the first four women to graduate from Boston’s Police Academy in 1978. The rookie cop struggles with balancing her new career with her roles at home as a wife to a wounded police officer and a mom to a young son.
The drama, inspired by true stories, also stars Charlotte Spencer and Cody Horn (“The Office”) as the two other female leads, as well as Michael Gaston (“The Mentalist”), Kenneth Mitchell (“Jericho”) and Alberto Frezza.
- Maane Khatchatourian
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Ambrose — who this Thursday made her debut on USA Network’s Dig event series — will play Eileen, our sister site Deadline reports, alongside Rutina Wesley (True Blood), Charlotte Spencer (the UK’s Glue miniseries) and Cody Horn (Rescue Me, »
ABC has set the four leads in its period female-cop procedural drama pilot Broad Squad, with the last one going to Lauren Ambrose, currently seen in USA’s limited series Dig. Also cast in the pilot, written by Bess Wohl and directed by Coky Giedroyc, are Michael Gaston (The Mentalist), Kenneth Mitchell (Jericho) and Alberto Frezza. Broad Squad, from Kapital Entertainment, Fake Empire and ABC Studios, is a fictionalized account of the graduating class of Boston's first… »
Bring on the cigars! Liam Hemsworth and Jeff Goldblum have been cast in Independence Day 2. The film's director, Roland Emmerich, announced the news via Twitter on Tuesday, Mar. 3. "Excited to Officially announce @LiamHemsworth and #JeffGoldblum as the next two pieces of the #IndependenceDay sequel," he wrote. He also revealed that actor Jessie Usher would be kicking some alien butt. Usher, 23, has appeared on such TV shows as The Mentalist, Criminal Minds, and Survivor's Remorse. "Trivia: My producing partner Harald Kloser noticed Jessie in between sets of [...] »
The Revolution will continue to be televised, starting April 13, when AMC’s Turn: Washington’s Spies opens Season 2.
The period espionage drama — which in the off-season added Lost Girl‘s Ksenia Solo (pictured) and The Mentalist‘s Owain Yeoman as Peggy Shippen and Benedict Arnold, respectively — will kick off its run that Monday at 9/8c with a two-hour premiere, before settling into its regular 10 pm time slot the following week.
The already renewed Better Call Saul‘s first season finale airs April 6.
PhotosMad Men‘s Final »
Warning: We're about to recap all of the surprises and shocks from Glee's most-recent wedding! If you want to know the details of the day (and potentially catch the bouquet!) keep on reading. If you don’t, well … fine then. You weren't invited anyway.
Here come the brides… and the grooms!
Brittany (Heather Morris) and Santana's (Naya Rivera) wedding was the most highly anticipated TV wedding of the year, and at the last minute, Glee decided to up the romance ante with a surprising twist. (But of course, all you devoted Gleeks have known about this double wedding for months, haven't you?)
Just moments before the big "I do," Brittany unveiled that her wedding day wish was to see Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Blaine (Darren Criss) get married alongside her and Santana. After some slight hesitation, the newly rekindled couple decided to dive head-first back into a relationship and the two pairs tied the knot in »
Throughout its entire seven-season run, The Mentalist was always about love. It may seem like an incredibly clichéd statement, and some readers may find the notion completely ridiculous for a show that started with a man’s family being brutally murdered and him then searching for murderous revenge for five-and-a-half of the show’s seven season. However, it is true. The Mentalist is and has always been about this often used, universal theme. More specifically, The Mentalist is about love in all its forms. The love Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) found in his new family at the Cbi (and then the FBI). The young love that blossomed between Wayne Rigsby (Owain Yeoman) and Grace Van Pelt (Amanda Righetti) from the very beginning, and then again between Jason Wylie (Joe Adler) and Michelle Vega (Josie Loren) in the final season. The love and friendship between Jane and Dennis Abbott (Rockmond Dunbar), born out… »
- Chris King
Though she was never seen on camera, The Big Bang Theory‘s Mrs. Wolowitz has arguably played as big a role on the show as Leonard, Sheldon and Penny.
Often the butt of obesity jokes — usually made, in poor taste, by son Howard — and prone to getting a little too overprotective of her only child, Mrs. Wolowitz has been recognizable to fans of the CBS comedy through only her voice, as she shouted to Howard from other rooms of her house.
Sadly, that powerful voice was silenced last November after Carol Ann Susi — the actress who portrayed Mrs. Wolowitz — lost »
Update: In updated ratings released Thursday afternoon by Nielsen, Fox’s “Empire” was revised up a tenth in 18-49 (5.2/15) while moving above the 13-million mark in total viewers for the first time (13.02 million). As a result, it gained week to week by a big 8% in the demo and 9% in total viewers; and vs. its premiere on Jan. 7, it’s up 37% in 18-49 and 32% in total viewers.
Its updated track in total viewers: 9.90 million (Jan. 7), 10.32 million (Jan. 14), 11.07 million (Jan. 21), 11.35 million (Jan. 28), 11.47 million (Feb. 4), 11.96 million (Feb. 18) and 13.02 million (Feb. 18). And in adults 18-49 rating/share: 3.8/11, 4.0/12, 4.4/13, 4.3/13, 4.6/14, 4.8/15 and 5.2/15.
According to Nielsen Social Guide/Twitter estimates, last night’s “Empire” generated a whopping 615,461 tweets during its on-air broadcast. By comparison, AMC’s “The Walking Dead” drew 243,986 on Sunday.
Lead-in “American Idol” was also revised upward (2.8/9 in 18-49, 10.70 million viewers overall), leaving it even with the previous week in the demo.
Elsewhere, ABC’s “Modern Family »
- Rick Kissell
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