TVLine reports that Major Crimes producers hope they can book Kyra Sedgwick and Billy Burke for Philip Stroh‘s trial. The show tried to get Burke to appear for Stroh’s last appearance but he couldn’t fit it in his Revolution filming schedule.
History has announced an impressive cast for its upcoming mini-series Sons of Liberty. It includes Michael Raymond-James (as Paul Revere), Henry Thomas (as John Adams), Ben Barnes (as Sam Adams), Ryan Eggold (as Joseph Warren) and Breaking Bad vet Dean Norris playing Ben Franklin.
Lifetime has ordered four reality series including Threads, a competition series featuring young fashion designers who will eventually face judge Christian Siriano.
The Bechdel Test was in the spotlight again, thanks to a study asking how well Doctor Who treats its female characters. io9 explains why the Bechdel Test matters and how it’s effective. Even better, it takes »
- Lyle Masaki
The sprawling grounds of Los Angeles’ Hollywood Forever Cemetery provided the ideal atmosphere for a screening of Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow” Monday night, part of an attention-grabbing For Your Consideration campaign that saw gangs of Headless Horsemen descend on media outlets throughout the city to “terrorize” staffers with photo ops and sweet treats.
The Headless Horsemen have taken over the @Variety offices. #SleepyHollowFYC pic.twitter.com/nh8bam8g24
— Sleepy Hollow (@SleepyHollowFOX) June 2, 2014
Stars Tom Mison (Ichabod Crane) and Nicole Beharie (Abbie Mills) were joined by executive producers Roberto Orci, Len Wiseman, Heather Kadin and Mark Goffman for a Q&A at the cemetery’s towering Masonic Lodge, and while they kept things pretty cryptic inside the crypt, the team behind one of last season’s rare success stories was happy to drop some hints about season two on the red carpet.
When asked to sum up the season-two premiere in three words, »
- Laura Prudom
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes casting announcements on multiple films, including Recovery, The App, and Dark, details on The Wobbling Dead, Repentance, and the 2014 TromaDance Film Festival, a review of Russian Yeti: The Killer Lives, a Q&A with Lindsey McKeon from Supernatural, and more:
Casting News for Recovery: “Kirby Bliss Blanton (The Green Inferno, Project X) and Samuel Larsen (“Glee”) have been cast in the upcoming thriller “Recovery”, starting production this summer. The film follows Blanton’s character on the night of her high school graduation after her iPhone is stolen and tracked down with a “find my iPhone” app to a house where the demented tenants plan on kidnapping her and making her part of the family. Alex Shaffer (Win Win) and James Landry Hébert (Two Step, Gangster Squad) are also on board to star. »
- Tamika Jones
Twentieth Century Fox topper Jim Gianopulos and actress Tracy Spiridakos (“Revolution”) have been added as Orpheus Awards presenters at the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival’s closing night gala on Sunday, June 8.
Fest will screen a total of 29 features, docus and shorts, including 14 U.S. premieres and two world preems: Yiannis V. Lapatas’ docu “Passage Into History” and Konstantinos Mousoulis’ romantic thriller “Birthday Surprise.”
Over one third of the films showcased at Lagff’s are by women filmmakers.
“We are overwhelmed by the list of talented industry professionals that are joining us in 2014,” said fest co-founder Ersi Danou. “It is a testament that the festival is making »
- Peter Caranicas
This year’s festival, which runs from June 18-29, will comprise 156 features from 47 countries, including 11 world premieres, eight international premieres, seven European premieres and 95 UK premieres.
Straight from its lively premiere in Cannes is Abel Ferrara’s controversial title Welcome To New York, inspired by the case of former Imf managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, starring Gérard Depardieu, which will receive its UK premiere at Eiff.
Other new titles added to the line-up include [link=nm »
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London — Edinburgh Intl. Film Festival line-up, which was unveiled by artistic director Chris Fujiwara Wednesday, includes 156 feature films from 47 countries. The festival, which runs from June 18 to 29, will include 11 world premieres, eight international premieres, seven European premieres and 95 U.K. premieres.
Highlights include Anton Corbijn’s “A Most Wanted Man,” starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman; Gia Coppola’s “Palo Alto,” starring James Franco and Emma Roberts; and Abel Ferrara’s “Welcome to New York,” inspired by the case of former Imf managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, starring Gerard Depardieu.
Eiff will also host the world premiere of “Castles in the Sky” from Gillies MacKinnon, the story of the Scottish engineer and developer of radar Robert Watson-Watt (played by Eddie Izzard). The film is one of the contenders for the Michael Powell Award for British films, whose line-up was announced previously. Competitors also include “Set Fire to the Stars,” the debut feature from Andy Goddard, »
- Leo Barraclough
Years ago at the Ledger, I did an occasional feature called "A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words" where, in lieu of writing a review of some terrible show or TV-movie, I would simply select a publicity still that in some way captured its terribleness, thus allowing me to devote my time to writing about something better. With NBC's new hospital drama "The Night Shift" (it premieres tonight at 10), I was sorely tempted to revive that tradition because... well, look at that picture attached to this review. That is perhaps the single most terrible publicity photo I have ever seen for a television show. Worse than anything associated with "The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer," worse than the "girls club" image that made its stars look like they were appearing on the cover of a pornographic VHS tape. It's hilarious because most of the actors were not only clearly Photoshopped »
- Alan Sepinwall
What if someone you loved died… and then appeared at your door years later? This compelling “what if?” will be at the heart of A&E’s upcoming series, The Returned. Based on the French series of the same name, A&E has ordered a 10-episode first season order of the series, and they have now cast a key character that should please fans of Supernatural and Being Human.
Deadline reports that actor Mark Pellegrino has signed on for a lead role in The Returned. The former Lost co-star will be reunited with Carlton Cuse, who was co-showrunner of Lost and will write and executive produce The Returned. In addition to acting in shows like Supernatural and Being Human, Pellegrino has also appeared in Revolution and Dexter. This time around, Pellegrino will play a father whose children return from the dead:
“Pellegrino will play the rugged Jack, father of 20-year-old twin girls Lena, »
- Derek Anderson
Revolution, Season 2, Episode 22: “Declaration of Independence”
Written by Rockne S. O’Bannon & Paul Grellong
Directed by Charles Beeson
Airs Wednesdays at 8pm (Et) on NBC
So much for our heroes getting stranded miles away from the scene of a genocide then. Despite our belief that Miles and the gang were far away from the room where Truman is about to pour mustard gas onto unwitting Willoughby residents and the Texas president, the crew uses its cunning (and a steam train, presumably) to make it back and derail Truman’s plan. This gives us one of the best one-two punches of the finale: Miles throwing down the very last spit of swordplay we’ll get from this series, and one more classic, resigned Milesism: “Run, you idiots,” he implores to the masses gathered to hear from the Texas and U.S. presidents, while firing a rifle in the air.
- Kris Holt
Billy shakes all the nanites out of his keyboard, with the very final episode of Revolution...
This review contains spoilers.
2.23 Declaration Of Independence
I suspected this last week, but Declaration Of Independence made no narrative account of being the last ever episode. In fact, it didn’t make much of a stab at being a season finale, either. Instead it delivered a rather weak wrap to the Patriots story and a minor development in the nano-threat plot. That not one single major character died, or even got a nosebleed, revealed that the NBC memo regarding the future of their show wasn’t read by this production team. The only conclusion that I can come up with is that said team is supremely confident that they can get some other network to pick up this junk, and therefore they’ve left the characters intact. I’ll be amazed if it is. »
Exclusive: Lost alum Mark Pellegrino, who played Jacob on the hit ABC series, is reuniting with Lost co-showrunner Carlton Cuse. Pellegrino has been tapped as a lead in Cuse’s 10-episode straight-to-series A&E drama The Returned. Cuse wrote the first episode, and he and Raelle Tucker will write and executive produce the supernatural/suspense drama, an adaptation of the acclaimed French series. The Returned, from A+E Studios and FremantleMedia North America, focuses on a small town that is turned upside down when several local people, who have been long presumed dead suddenly reappear, bringing with them both positive and detrimental consequences. Pellegrino will play the rugged Jack, father of 20-year-old twin girls Lena, and Camille, who died in a school bus crash four years ago at age 16 and are now coming back. Pellegrino, repped by Domain and Framework, co-starred on the CW’s The Tomorrow People this past season, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Warning: This post contains spoilers for the season 2 finale, “Declaration of Independence.” If you haven’t watched, proceed at your own risk.
To be completely honest, Revolution’s second season was what its first season should have been: dark, gritty, and edgy. I will say this, though — as much as the show had its ups and downs, it really did attempt to reinvent and revitalize itself by taking notice of what didn’t quite work during the first season (spoiler alert: pretty much everything.) Season two was a vast improvement over season one, the kind of growth that, if this was 15-20 years ago, »
- Andrea Towers
On June 3, there will be a new, less expensive Breaking Bad Box Set available. It will feature hours of bonus content, including the two-hour documentary “No Half Measures: Creating the Final Season of Breaking Bad.” Now is your chance to watch, and rewatch one of the greatest TV series ever made.
Here is the news release from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment:
The chemistry continues on June 3 when Sony Pictures Home Entertainment releases one of the most critically acclaimed and award-winning shows of all time, Breaking Bad: The Complete Series, available on Blu-ray™ with newly created packaging, and, for the first time ever, as a complete series set on DVD. Just in time for Father’s Day and graduation gift giving, the explosive saga of high school chemistry teacher-turned-meth kingpin Walter White is available in its entirety, including all 62 uncut, uncensored episodes. The 16-disc Blu-ray set features more than 55 hours of bonus content, »
- Jeff Bayer
Revolution, Season 2, Episode 21: “Memorial Day”
Written by David Rambo and Bed Edlund
Directed by John F. Showalter
Airs Wednesdays at 8pm (Et) on NBC
The penultimate episode of this series features not one, but two train thefts. The first is an all-action set piece; the second, an old fashioned stick up. Yet all of the effort put forth by both sets of thieves into capturing the vehicles is for naught, as the big twist shows that the Patriots used the train as a diversion, with the actual mustard gas hovering above a meeting of the Texas and U.S. presidents.
It’s a neat little twist to keep our heroes well away from the location of a mass murder, but there’s a major drawback to that as well: it keeps our heroes away from the location of a mass murder. The final scene plays out with none of our protagonists in sight, »
- Kris Holt
The CW announced its fall schedule today and we've got word on when you can catch all your favorite genre television featured on the channel.
New shows "The Messengers" and "iZombie" won't debut until mid-season, 2015.
The Messengers" (CBS Television Studios and Thunder Road)
In the white-hot sun of the New Mexico desert, scientist Vera Ivanov watches in fascination as a mysterious object plummets to Earth and explodes in a blinding flash, sending out a shock wave that briefly stops her heart. But Vera is not the only one affected by the blast: she is instantly and mysteriously connected to four other strangers, who also collapse only »
- Matt Serafini
The CW’s new fall schedule is here. You’ll notice it looks a lot like the current one. Most shows are staying where they are, with some exceptions to accommodate new titles and a couple returning favorites getting pushed to midseason.
The first big addition is The Flash, starring Grant Gustin as the fastest man alive, which will air Tuesdays at 8 p.m. The Arrow spin-off will lead into the 10th season of Supernatural. The Flash is taking the spot of The Originals, which is shifting to Monday nights (an evening where its repeats have already gotten some exposure). On Mondays, »
- James Hibberd
Recently, NBC released the new,official,synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Revolution" season finale episode 22 of season 2. The episode is entitled, "Declaration Of Independence," and it sounds like things will get pretty damn intense as the Patriots are totally ready to engage in war, and more. In the new,22nd episode press release: The stakes are going to be higher than ever as the Patriots plan for war. Press release number 2: Miles (Billy Burke), Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos), and Monroe (David Lyons) will launch an attack on the Patriots, but will have to improvise a risky new plan in order to halt the oncoming war between California and Texas. Out for revenge, Neville (Giancarlo Esposito) is going to set his sights on President Davis (guest star Cotter Smith). In the meantime, Aaron (Zak Orth) and Rachel’s (Elizabeth Mitchell) efforts to save Priscilla (guest star Maureen Sebastian) from the nano-tech, »
When I look back at many of my favorite films, I often find a common thread. One in particular is Jon Favreau. The writer and star of my favorite movie Swingers got his start in another personal fave, Rudy, and went on to direct one of the most important movies of the past decade, Iron […]
- Germain Lussier
This Week in TV:
NBC cancels Revolution; ABC renews Jimmy Kimmel Live through January 2017; Starz renews Da Vinci’s Demons for season 3; ABC renews The Goldbergs for season 2, but cancels Suburgatory and Super Fun Night; Billy Eichner (Parks and Recreation) lands a comedy pilot at the USA Network; and CW Seed announces six new shows to premiere this summer, including La Rangers and mini-episodes of Whose Line Is It Anyway?
After debuting as one of NBC’s new big hit shows just two years ago, post-apocalyptic drama Revolution was canceled by the network this week.
With a hefty production budget, an expansive cast and J.J. Abrams behind the scenes ...
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- Daniel Johnson
How times have changed. Last year, Revolution looked like it was the big hit of the 2013-14 season. Now, NBC has cancelled it, according to TV Guide.
Revolution revolves around the Matheson family and others who live in a world where there is no longer any power. The cast includes Billy Burke, Tracy Spiridakos, Giancarlo Esposito, Zak Orth, David Lyons, Jd Pardo, Stephen Collins, and Elizabeth Mitchell.
Following The Voice, Revolution started out very strong last year but the numbers fell as the season progressed. NBC renewed it for a full season off 22 episodes anyway and relocated it to Wednesdays at 8pm. It's really struggled in that timeslot and this week fell to a 1.2 demo rating with 3.78 million viewers -- an all-time low.
Not surprisingly, NBC has decided not to order a third season. There are two installments remaining »
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