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Producers for NBC’s Taken cast Adam Goldberg as a series regular. Mr Goldberg will play a hacker with dry wit who is also eccentric, highly intelligent, and a tech elitist. Fans have already seen Mr Goldberg play aspects of this role in Ridley Scott’s Deja Vu with Denzel Washington and in the shortlived ABC dramedy The Unusuals. In Deja Vu, Mr Goldberg played Denny, a Ph.D. level physicist on government research project that allowed observers to view a moment four and a half days in the past. As Denny, Mr Goldberg displayed dry wit and great intelligence. Mr Goldberg rattled off
NBC’s Taken casts Adam Goldberg as Series Regular »
- Chris St Martin
Weeks after the series was renewed for the 2017-18 TV season, TVLine reported that Gaius Charles (who played John), Brooklyn Sudano (Asha), Monique Gabriela Curnen (Vlasik), Michael Irby (Scott), Jose Pablo Cantillo (Dave) and James Landry Hébert (Rem) would not be returning, while Clive Standen (Bryan Mills) and Jennifer Beals (Christina Hart) will.
Explaining that the half-dozen excised characters had not been defined enough, “We just took a look at what the essence of the show was and tried to focus in on that, »
TV’s first live-action X-Men series does not have many X-Men in it. In fact, FX’s “Legion” pilot boasts only one character from the Marvel comic books about so-called mutants. There is no Magneto, no Jean Grey, no Wolverine. There is definitely no Deadpool. The word “mutant” isn’t even mentioned until halfway through the episode.
If “Legion,” which premieres Feb. 8, feels like a distant cousin to the movie franchise that has grossed almost $4.4 billion worldwide for Fox since the first “X-Men” premiered in 2000, that is by design.
The designer is Noah Hawley, the writer- showrunner who pulled off the impossible by adapting the Coen Brothers’ cult-classic film “Fargo” into a critically acclaimed television series. For his next trick, Hawley will attempt the unimaginable yet again: reinventing the superhero genre with a show about an obscure character plucked from the bowels of a franchise whose recent screen iterations have prompted whispers of fan fatigue.
- Daniel Holloway
3 items from 2017
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