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Punches are thrown and hearts are broken in the trailer for DirecTV's Mma drama Kingdom. The 10-episode series centers on a gym for Mixed Martial Arts competitors in Venice Beach. Nick Jonas (Smash) and Matt Lauria (Friday Night Lights) are among the actors who play fighters in the series. Photos Saying Goodbye: TV Shows Ending During 2014-15 Season There is just as much drama outside of the ring as there is in it, as the mom of one character is a prostitute. Meanwhile, a love triangle develops when one of the gym's star fighters falls for the gym
- Ryan Gajewski
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The series, billed as a gritty family drama set against the backdrop of the renegade subculture of Mixed Martial Arts, stars Prison Break alum Frank Grillo as Alvey Kulina, an Mma legend and owner of a Venice, CA-based gym. Jonas plays Nate, Alvey’s prize-fighter son and younger brother to Jay (an unrecognizable Jonathan Tucker). Lauria, meanwhile, portrays a world-class athlete who had (and lost) it all. »
Video game cutscenes can exist to serve a number of purposes. Beyond just being a convenient way of progressing the story, particularly impressive cutscenes can serve as a reward for player progress or even just to immerse them further into the atmosphere of the game.
While cutscenes have traditionally been pre-rendered, animated or live action, advances in graphics technology means that many modern video game cutscenes are rendered entirely in-game. Typically, a cutscene completely removes control from the player, although a select few grant a certain amount of interactivity. In particular, the God of War series became known for its use of cinematic cutscenes.
Pac-Man is the game most commonly cited as containing the first ever cutscene, in the form of its intermissions featuring the ghosts chasing Pac-Man and vice-versa. The term itself was originally coined by Ron Gilbert in reference to the cutscenes in his adventure game Maniac Mansion. »
- Tom Butler
CBS premiered the pilot episode of their newest procedural, Scorpion, at Comic-Con on Thursday, and it might be worth checking out. I haven’t quite decided yet. Let’s go through the pros and cons together.
The show follows the usual structure of a CBS procedural — a group of specialized people are working against the clock to solve a problem that they are uniquely qualified to solve. Many of them have tragic backstories. Okay, so on CSI there is no clock, but Without a Trace, Person of Interest, and that serial killer one all have/had some element of working quickly to save someone. Con
Scorpion’s twist on the concept — that this team is made up of super geniuses who basically don’t have any social skills — has been done a few times before. Con
However, the show’s other conceit — that this is based on the true life of Walter O’Brien, »
- Mily Dunbar
It’s not easy lugging around a 197 Iq. That’s the word from the cast of CBS’ Scorpion, which paid a visit to TVLine’s San Diego Comic-Con interview suite on Thursday.
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Don’t worry, your reaction isn’t being taped right now.
EW has learned that TV Land will announce at their Comic Con panel today that Emmy-nominee Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory) will host Ben Silverman’s new version of Candid Camera alongside Peter Funt, the son of the show’s creator and host, Allen Funt. Silverman’s company Electus will co-produce with Peter Funt’s Candid Camera Inc, with Funt and Silverman serving as executive producers.
The series will premiere on TV Land on Monday, August 11 with a new episode airing from Monday through Thursday that week. Episodes »
- Jackson McHenry
The broadcast networks have more than two dozen shows debuting this fall, including Katherine Heigl‘s TV comeback, a trip to Gotham, a third NCIS and a Flash-y Arrow offshoot. To help you prep for it all, TVLine is offering First Impressions of the not-for-review pilots.
Next up on our list….
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The Show | CBS’ Scorpion (Mondays at 9/8c, premiering Sept. 22)
The Competition | NBC’s The Voice, ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, Fox’s Sleepy Hollow and The CW’s Jane the Virgin
Homeland returns for its fourth season on Sunday, October 5, and if this first trailer is anything to go on, Carrie is up to her same old tricks — shouting, drinking wine, doing things her way! You know, typical CIA stuff. This season is set in and around Pakistan, and new cast members Raza Jaffrey (Smash) and Corey Stoll (House of Cards) are among those trying to fill the narrative gap left by Brody's absence. This promo shows only a quick glimpse of Baby Mathison (unless that's a photo of Carrie holding some rando munchkin), though it's unclear where said baby is living, and with whom. The fact that Saul is shown only for a fleeting moment is egregious, but we all have to learn to make do with what we're given. »
- Margaret Lyons
Producers behind CBS' genius drama Scorpion are fine with being called the drama version of ratings and Emmy juggernaut The Big Bang Theory. Scorpion is inspired by the life of Walter O'Brien — whose 197 Iq is the fourth-highest ever recorded — and how he became a real-life Professor X. It centers on an eccentric genius (played by Elyes Gabel) and his international network of super-geniuses who form the last line of defense against the complex threats of the modern age. Smash's Katharine McPhee co-stars as Paige, a waitress with a genius child who befriends Gabel's Walter
- Lesley Goldberg
According to a recent report from TV Line, the Elementary season 3 peeps have just hired actor, Raza Jaffrey (left), to come on and portray Joan Watson's new man, named Andrew. Andrew is described as being "the anti-Sherlock, an oasis of normalcy in a life that is still rife with strangeness and drama. Sherlock, who is trying to get in Joan’s good graces after almost a year away in London, will tread lightly around Andrew in the beginning. But he can only ever mind his manners for so long." Raza Jaffrey's acting credits include roles in "Smash," Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, BBC spy drama Spooks (aka Mi-5). He’ll next be seen playing a lieutenant-colonel in Pakistan’s intelligence service in the new Homeland season 4. Elementary season 3 is currently due to debut on Thursday night, October 30th at 9pm central time on CBS. »
io9 asks if it matters if Constantine maintains its character’s bisexuality. Disappointingly, they seriously fumble the answer. I’m going to try to put this briefly. As a Hellblazer fan, John Constantine struck me as someone oriented more towards hooking up with women than men. He also strikes me as someone romantically oriented towards opposite sex relationships. He’s still bisexual. That’s a very common kind of bisexual erasure, where bisexuality is dismissed by people making a tally of their partners’ gender and deciding if that’s enough to count.
Too bad, it looked like Matt Ryan got really close to getting the character right.
NBC is bringing another bit of UK TV stateside. The fundraising event Red Nose Day is getting a three hour special featuring stand-up comedy, »
- Lyle Masaki
On top of the casting news that Spooks and Smash's Raza Jaffrey is joining Elementary season three in a recurring role is the tidbit that the third run will take place almost a year after the previous season finale.
As reported in TVLine, Jaffrey is to play Andrew, a boyfriend of Joan Watson's and "the anti-Sherlock, an oasis of normalcy in a life that is still rife with strangeness and drama". Will he eventually become Joan's Mary Morstan, the wife who remains behind the scenes for the majority of Sherlock and Watson's adventures in the original stories, and whose character received a drastic rewrite in the recent BBC series in which she's played by Amanda Abbington?
Sherlock and Watson are both entering Elementary‘s third season with new companions.
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Jaffrey’s Andrew is described as the anti-Sherlock, an oasis of normalcy in a life that is still rife with strangeness and drama. Sherlock, who is trying to get in Joan’s good graces after almost a year away in London, will tread lightly around Andrew in the beginning. »
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- Natalie Abrams
"I didn't have to choose: 'Do I want to do a comedy or do I want to do a drama?'" she told reporters Sunday at the Television Critics Association fall previews. "It does feel like...
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- Kate Stanhope
DirecTV is expanding its Kingdom.
Lost actress Zuleikha Robinson, most recently seen in ABC’s Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, is joining the mixed martial arts drama (fka Navy St.) for a multi-episode arc, TVLine has learned exclusively.
Additonally, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy alum-turned-Malibu Country co-star Jai Rodriguez is also set to appear in multiple episodes of the series, which stars Frank Grillo, Matt Lauria, Kiele Sanchez, Jonathan Tucker and Nick Jonas.
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Robinson plays Allison, a charming and ultimately ruthless woman looking to go into business »
• Oscar winner Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardner) may join Michael Fassbender (12 Years A Slave) in Dreamworks’ The Light Between Oceans based on the M.L. Stedman novel. Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) is directing the film about a lighthouse keeper and his wife who raise 2-month-old baby after finding it in a rowboat next to a dead body. [The Wrap]
• Fifty Shades of Grey’s Dakota Johnson will star in Forever, Interrupted, another book-to-film adaptation. The debut novel from Taylor Jenkins Reid tells the story of a young woman who forms a relationship with the mother she never knew after her whirlwind marriage is cut short. »
- Jake Perlman
San Diego Comic-Con has released the full schedule for the first day of programming at Comic-Con 2014, Thursday, July 24. We've pulled out all the movie, DVD and TV-related panels and events right here, but you can also clickHere if you want to check out the full schedule with all of the comic book events. You can also clickHere to find out what pilot episodes Warner Bros. Television will be screening during Preview Night on Wednesday, July 23. Take a look at the exciting panels that will kick off the con this year.
Thursday July 24
10:00am - 11:00am - 24
Jack is back at Comic-Con, damn it! Kiefer Sutherland takes the stage to celebrate 24's most iconic moments and highlights of Jack Bauer's triumphant return in 24: Live Another Day. Catch the exclusive sneak peek at highly anticipated Blu-ray and DVD featurette, Worlds Collide, illustrating how the pulse-pounding storytelling was created for this thrilling new season. »
“After years of being a fan and hearing from others how wonderful he is to work with, I couldn’t be more excited about Sean Hayes joining ‘The Millers,’ ” said Greg Garcia, series creator and executive producer, in a statement. “The thought of he and Margo Martindale as Bff’s makes me smile every time I think about it. We’re only just getting started, and writing this season’s stories has been a blast.”
Hayes most recently starred in and executive produced the sitcom “Sean Saves the World,” which was canceled by NBC in January. His additional credits include “Smash,” “Up All Night” and most famously “Will & Grace, »
- Shelli Weinstein
CBS has tapped the former Will & Grace scene stealer for a series regular role on its sophomore comedy, the network announced Tuesday.
“After years of being a fan and hearing from others how wonderful he is to work with, I couldn’t be more excited about Sean Hayes joining The Millers,” series creator Greg Garcia said in a statement. »
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