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Burning rubber on the small screen tonight is the first episode of Blood Drive, a new Syfy series that's both a lurid love letter to Roger Corman's Death Race movies and the gory, glorious drive-in days of old, while also making a mark with its own crimson-stained swagger. Taking place in a world circa 1999 where water is coveted above currency and violence is commonplace, Blood Drive is populated with intriguing characters looking to make it across the finish line in a cross-country race with a big prize and an even bigger penalty for losing. There is nothing else on television quite like Blood Drive, and with the series premiering tonight on Syfy at 10:00pm Et, I had the pleasure of speaking with lead actor Alan Ritchson about playing Arthur Bailey, a moral compass in a world gone mad.
Hi Alan, thanks for taking the time to talk. I've »
- Derek Anderson
Looking to ramp up production, Paramount is launching a Paramount Players Division with veteran producer and executive Brian Robbins in charge.
Paramount Pictures Chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos, who took over the studio in March, made the announcement Wednesday. Robbins will work with Viacom’s Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central and Bet operations to generate projects while the new division focuses on contemporary properties.
Robbins founded digital media company Awesomeness and headed it up for five years. He will serve as president of Paramount Players, reporting to Gianopulos and joining the studio later this month.
Paramount has lagged behind the competition in box office returns and in creating the kind of global franchises that are prized by studios. Its top franchise is Michael Bay’s Transformers, with its latest film “Transformers: The Last Knight” opening on June 21. The studio is teamed with Tom Cruise for a sixth “Mission: Impossible,” opening July »
- Dave McNary
Based on the Sundance Jury Award-winning short film of the same name, Smilf stars Frankie Shaw (Mr. Robot) as Bridgette, a twentysomething from the south side of Boston “whose desires for relationships, sex and a career collide with the realities of young, single motherhood,” per the network synopsis. O’Donnell will play Tutu, Bridgette’s mother, who is described as “completely oblivious to social convention. »
Bet is so committed to framing its new scripted series “The Quad” as an authentic glimpse of life at a historically black college/university that they made a fake website for Georgia A&M University, the fictional college campus where the show takes place. Bet’s website includes videos from the “administrators” to students, taglines like “Do you know what Hbcu life is really like?” and blog posts about different Hbcu campuses or potential Hbcu commencement speakers. But while “The Quad” aims to present an accurate depiction of life at an Hbcu, it mostly follows in the footsteps of its more white-bread cousins “Greek” or “Blue Mountain State.”
There’s a reason shows about college don’t see the same critical praise as high school dramas. University life is rarely dramatic enough to make the plots believable, and any manipulation of reality often feels inauthentic. Of course, that doesn’t keep shows like “The Quad” from being »
- Dani Levy
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