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Sam Neill has joined the cast of the CBS miniseries The Dovekeepers, EW has learned. Based on Alice Hoffman’s novel, the four-part miniseries tells the story of four women whose lives intersect as they fight for survival when 900 Jews are besieged for months in a fortress at Masada. Neill will play Josephus, the somewhat controversial first-century Jewish scholar and historian. In this project, he is seen interviewing the few adult survivors of the Siege of Masada in order to record the events that took place prior to and during the siege. These interviews are the firsthand accounts included among »
- Natalie Abrams
Sam Neill is about to go biblical on us all. “Alcatraz” and “Jurassic Park” alum Neill has been cast in CBS's upcoming event miniseries “The Dovekeepers,” from executive producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, CBS said Monday. See video: ‘The Dovekeepers’ Kicks Off Production in Malta With Actual Birds The miniseries, which is slated for a 2015 premiere, is based on Alice Hoffman's historical novel about extraordinary women whose lives intersect in a fight for survival at the siege of Masada. Neil will play Josephus, the somewhat controversial first-century Jewish scholar and historian. In this project, he is seen interviewing the few. »
- Tim Kenneally
They say that a hero is only as good as his villain, and this year on The Flash, Barry Allen will truly be put to the test when he faces off with several members of his diverse rogues gallery. Many of the Rogues have already been announced to appear on the show, from Captain Cold to Heat Wave, as well as Captain Boomerang, Girder, the Pied Piper and even Gorilla Grodd.
First out the gate, however, is Mark Mardon, the supervillain known as Weather Wizard. As his name would suggest, Weather Wizard can control the weather and gave the Flash quite the challenge in the series opener. A formidable opponent and a fun foe to watch on screen, Weather Wizard was the first one to show Barry Allen that he wasn’t the only one given powerful abilities after the S.T.A.R. Labs particle accelerator explosion.
Chad Rook, »
- James Garcia
Let’s get this out of the way up-front – the opening episode of Gotham is very good indeed. Many may have been sceptical about a Batman show without Batman, but Warner Bros. has created something highly interesting here.
While there are a few moments that might entice an angry minority in some comment boards (aren't there always?), we got the feeling at this screening that the vast majority will love Gotham’s premiere outing. And while we’re not going to discuss plot details here, there was plenty of other stuff to love.
Firstly, from literally the opening shot, it’s very clear that executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (whose previous offering The Mentalist has already impressed on Channel 5) has done his homework. His portrayal of Gotham City hits all the right notes – its dingy alleys, »
Another showrunner change has been made at The Following. Less than three months after Alcatraz's Jennifer Johnson was tapped to take over day-to-day duties on Fox's serial killer drama from creator Kevin Williamson, she has exited, The Hollywood Reporter confirms. Johnson, who was at Comic-Con in July touting the new season, will instead focus on development under her overall deal with studio Warner Bros. TV. With Johnson's departure, a trio will take over the reins as co-showrunners: director Marcos Siega and writers Brett Mahoney and Alexi Hawley, all of whom are executive producers. In June, Johnson had been
- Philiana Ng
Wgn America has unveiled three official posters for its upcoming new series "Manhattan". The series follows the families of the scientists building the world's first atomic bomb in Los Alamos. Check out all three one-sheets at The Live Feed.
An open casting call for union and non-union extras is being held in New York next Wednesday for roles in Fox's "Gotham" series.
Grant Wilfley Casting is seeking men and women of all ages and ethnicities interested in working as background on the new Batman prequel series when filming begins in New York in July. Details can be found here.
Both "Castle" and "The Following" are set to get new show runners next season. "Castle" creator Andrew Marlowe is stepping down as showrunner for the seventh season, while executive producer David Amann will take over.
- Garth Franklin
The Following is seeing Kevin Williamson step down from his showrunner position. Jennifer Johnson will take on the position in season 3 which will return to Fox. According to Deadline, Williamson will remain on the serial killer series as an executive producer. Primarily, though, he'll be focusing his efforts on the upcoming CBS series Stalker. Johnson's credits include Cold Case, Alcatraz and Lost.
The post The Following Is Getting a New Showrunner appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
Last week we got word that Canadian TV network Space had committed to a second season of "Bitten," their most-watched original series ever, and Syfy is hot on their heels with an announcement of their own...
From the Press Release:
Syfy has acquired the popular supernatural thriller "Bitten" for a second season consisting of 10 all-new episodes. Production on Season 2 will begin this summer in Toronto, and the series, from leading independent studio Entertainment One (eOne), will return to Syfy in 2015.
Said Chris Regina, Senior Vice President, Programming, Syfy: "'Bitten' is a fast-paced and edgy series which has found a growing and passionate fan base on our channel. We’re delighted to bring the series back to Syfy next year.”
Said Prentiss Fraser, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales & Acquisitions, eOne Television International: “We’re absolutely thrilled with the tremendous support and enthusiasm from fans across social media since the debut of 'Bitten. »
- Debi Moore
Syfy has renewed “Bitten” for a 10-episode second season. The series, from independent studio Entertainment One, will return to Syfy in 2015. During its first season on Syfy, “Bitten” averaged 1.1 million total viewers, according to Live +7 data. Also read: Starz’ ‘Spartacus’ to Fight Again on Syfy Based on the “Women of the Otherworld” novels by Kelley Armstrong, “Bitten” stars Laura Vandervoort (“Smallville”) as Elena Michaels, the lone female werewolf in existence. The show also stars Greg Bryk (“A History Of Violence”), Greyston Holt (“Alcatraz”), Steve Lund (“Being Erica”) and Michael Xavier (“The Best Years”). “Bitten” is executive produced by J.B. Sugar »
- Tony Maglio
Based on the acclaimed novels by author Kelley Armstrong the TV adaptation of 'Bitten' managed to become Canadian network Space's most-watched original series ever. And so news that a second season is on its way comes as no surprise to fans of the show. Space have ordered a second season which will consist of 10 additional one-hour episodes of the werewolf thriller. And in case you missed out first time around the entire first season will be rerun on CTV this Summer. 'Bitten' stars the sexy Laura Vandervoort ('Smallville'), Greyston Holt ('Alcatraz'), Greg Bryk ('A History of Violence'), Paul Greene, Steve Lund and Michael Xavier. »
We tried really hard to watch "Bitten" on Syfy, but the experience proved to be too painful for us to endure. Apparently we were in the minority because the toothy little series has just gotten an order for a second season. Read on for details.
From the Press Release
Space announced today it has ordered a second season of the sexy, high-octane thriller "Bitten," Space’s most-watched original series ever.
Picking up after an exhilarating Season 1 finale, Space has ordered 10 additional one-hour episodes from No Equal Entertainment, Entertainment One Television, and Hoodwink Entertainment. Production is expected to begin this summer and will once again be shot on location in Toronto, Hamilton, and Hespeler. Viewers who have yet to join The Pack can catch encore episodes Sundays at 11 p.m. Et on Space following new episodes of the bewitching series "Salem" at 10 p.m. Et. The entire first season of the »
- Steve Barton
Rhys Coiro (Hostages) and Joe Egender (Hunger) have landed lead roles in History’s miniseries Texas Rising (working title) from A+E Studios and ITV Studios America. Leslie Greif (Hatfields & McCoys) is exec producing the project, which will detail the Texas Revolution against Mexico and the rise of the legendary Texas Rangers. Coiro will play Vern Elwood opposite Bill Paxton, Ray Liotta, Brendan Fraser and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Egender will play Beans Wilkins, a Ranger who is always hungry and looking for his next meal. Coiro, repped by UTA, Untitled, and Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal Laviolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman, also has been tapped for a recurring arc on Netflix’s Lilyhammer. On the feature side, he will reprise his role as Billy Walsh in Doug Ellin’s upcoming Entourage pic. Egender recurred on Fox’s Alcatraz and American Horror Story: Asylum. He also wrote, produced and starred in indie Holy Ghost People »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Feature Rob Kemp 24 Mar 2014 - 07:00
Jj Abrams is arguably one of the most successful TV producers of recent times. A bold statement, maybe, but a rundown of his series feels like a name check of some of the greatest genre TV of the past couple of decades. Success though, can be a funny attribute to understand – after all, if we knew what it took to be successful, we’d all be doing it.
With Abrams it could be one thing, or many. It could be his love of fantasy, the way he casts or just an understanding of what an audience wants – a good, interesting and exciting story. There is something however, that we might agree on and it’s that his shows have something »
J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuarón are two of the most exciting and respected filmmakers working today, and their names are often seen as an undeniable sign of quality. Abrams is known for being behind some of the most unique and mythology-heavy television shows of the last decade (Alias, Lost, and Fringe, to name a few), while Cuarón is recognized for his incredible filmography and that nice golden Best Director Oscar that now sits on his shelf for Gravity. So, when it was announced that the duo would be teaming up to produce a show on NBC called Believe, fans of the filmmakers were, as expected, incredibly excited.
Granted, Abrams’ name is often attached to projects that the man himself has little to do with. Often, his production company Bad Robot does most of the legwork, while his name is merely used to sell audiences on the prospect of high-concept television shows. »
- James Garcia
There was a period after the instant, explosive success of "Lost" where J.J. Abrams seemed to be creating every new drama on television. I say "seemed to" because in most of those cases, these shows — "Six Degrees," "What About Brian" and "Alcatraz," among others — were shows from Abrams' production company that traded on his name in their marketing, but didn't have him around as any kind of hands-on creative force. Every now and again he might actually co-write or direct one of the pilots with his name on it (for the short-lived "Undercovers," he did both), but Abrams often seems to be most useful simply using his muscle to get shows on the air, and then as a hook to use in marketing. Some of these shows last a while — "Fringe" went five seasons, and "Person of Interest" and "Revolution" are still around — while others have demonstrated the limits of »
- Alan Sepinwall
Syfy launches its new werewolf series "Bitten" tonight, and Steve Lund, who portrays flirtatious and playful werewolf Nick Sorrento, sat down with Dread Central to talk about his character, his co-stars, and what's in store for audiences. We have the details along with a new trailer!
We asked him to briefly describe the show and Nick. "[It] is based on the Canadian novel series Women of the Otherworld, written by Kelley Armstrong, who is a Toronto-based novelist," Lund said. "The story centers around the only non-male werewolf, Elena Michaels, and follows her through her battle between her werewolf life and her desire to have a normal human life."
"My character is Nick Sorrentino, who is one of the resident werewolves at the werewolf headquarters, Stonehaven, and my family has been in the werewolf game for generations. My grandfather was a former pack alpha, and my father is sort of the accountant for the group. »
- Scott Hallam
With its new werewolf series debuting tonight, Syfy recently held a press call with star Laura Vandervoort and Kelley Armstrong, author of the Women of the Otherworld series on which the show is based; and we have the Top 6 Things You Should Know About "Bitten" before watching the premiere.
Star Laura Vandervoort really does know martial arts.
Vandervoort elaborates: I grew up doing martial arts. So Elena feels like the other part of me. I relate to so much about her. Obviously not the werewolf part, but the fact that she can take care of herself physically... the writers [even] wrote in some extra hand-to-hand combat scenes. And especially in the finale -- we have this epic fight that I just had a great time doing. We had great stunt coordinators that help us incorporate the animalistic side to the fighting. It wasn't a part of the audition, but I think »
- Debi Moore
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., All Hail the King, Thor: The Dark World, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse, Batman vs. Superman, Arrow, Gotham, Justice League: War, Stan Lee's Mighty 7 and more...
Well, the holidays are well and truly over, 2014 is in full swing, and the superhero news has been coming thick and fast this week. We've got plenty to get through in this edition of The Week in Spandex and we'll start things off in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the first superhero offering of the year Captain America: The Winter Soldier; along with seven new stills and new character images of Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Maria »
- Gary Collinson
After a particularly slow couple of weeks as far as movie and television news go, things have slowly begun moving forward again. This week may be lacking any big casting announcements or official details for anticipated projects, but we got plenty of smaller-scale news to chew on as well as some speculation that sent fanboys reeling with anger and frustration.
A few upcoming TV projects, like Fox’s Gotham series and NBC’s Rosemary’s Baby miniseries, received directors and stars, while Marvel gave some more juicy details about their upcoming One-Shot. On the DC side of things, speculation about a big change in Wonder Woman’s origin sent comic book fans into a frenzy. And last but certainly not least, we received word about an intriguing casting rumor regarding a little movie franchise that takes place in a galaxy far, far away.
All of this and more in »
- James Garcia
Last month, Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow said that his upcoming sequel will be set 22 years after the events of 1993's Jurassic Park. We also know that the sequel will return to the original Jurassic Park setting of Isla Nublar, where an actual working theme park has been built that attracts millions of visitors a year. With all of these tie-ins to the original film, does that mean we may see some of the original cast members coming back as well?
Sam Neill, who played Dr. Grant in Steven Spielberg's blockbuster, revealed in a recent interview that he doesn't have any plans to reprise his role, although he will not turn down the opportunity if one arises.
"Look, you never say no. I think there's a whole new cast and a whole new look at things, and I think that's great. As I said, I'd never say no, but I wish them. »
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