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Altered Carbon Review: Sci-Fi Drama Is Visually Stunning, Unevenly Paced

When technology advances to the point that death is more a minor inconvenience and less a consciousness-ending blow, humans will have the theoretical ability to live forever. But Altered Carbon, Netflix’s optically impressive yet frustratingly off-balance new drama, makes a convincing argument that we probably shouldn’t.

The sci-fi series, which begins streaming its entire first season on Friday, Feb. 2, is based on Richard K. Morgan’s 2002 novel of the same name and takes place in a far-flung future in which the totality of a person’s existence — thoughts, memories, joys, sorrows, etc. — is stored in a disc-shaped “stack” implanted in the spinal column.
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Freeform Reveals Premiere Fates for 'Marvel's Cloak & Dagger,' 'The Bold Type' & 'Famous in Love'

At the inaugural Freeform Summit today in Los Angeles, opened by "grown-ish" stars and musical artists Chloe x Halle, Disney's young adult television network announced a strategic shift in the brand as they hosted a series of panel discussions addressing activism, social change, representation in television and various other important issues defining modern youth culture. "At Freeform, we're purposefully and passionately moving our brand forward by defying expectations and dismantling conventions; busting stereotypes of theme, cast and culture in service to a more inclusive world on and off screen," said Tom Ascheim, president of Freeform.

The network-wide event was led by pioneers of change in television, entertainment and cultural evolution and featured the leading voices at the forefront of Freeform's 2018 programming slate, including Yara Shahidi, Karlie Kloss, Kenya Barris, Katie Stevens, Karey Burke, Aisha Dee, Nikohl Boosheri, Trevor Jackson, Melora Hardin, Joanna Coles, Marlene King, Amanda Lasher, Peter Paige,
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Opening Devil’s Gate – Exclusive Chat with Director Clay Staub and Stars Shawn Ashmore and Amanda Schull

You can bet the farm that with a title like Devil’s Gate, scary things will be happening over at the old Jackson Pritchard place. When the misanthropic farmer’s wife and child mysteriously disappear, an FBI agent (Amanda Schull of “12 Monkeys”) and police deputy (“The Following’s” Shawn Ashmore) investigate at the remote homestead. But as […]

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Altered Carbon: Joel Kinnaman Is Bloody Ready for Battle in Netflix's New Sci-Fi Drama — 2018 First Look

Altered Carbon‘s Takeshi Kovacs has been in suspended animation for centuries… but does he look rested to you? (Yeah, us either.)

These exclusive first look photos from Netflix’s upcoming sci-fi drama give us a good glimpse of Joel Kinnaman’s character, a former elite interstellar warrior known as an Envoy who has been imprisoned — read: put on ice — for a really long time. He’s brought out of storage to solve a murder… by the murdered party himself, Laurens Bancroft (played by The Following‘s James Purefoy).

VIDEOSAltered Carbon: Sci-Fi Drama’s Consciousness-Swapping Explained

In the photo above,
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Altered Carbon Featurette: How Does Consciousness-Swapping Work?

Altered Carbon is the latest big-budget series to come from Netflix.

The streaming giant is betting big on the series, and there are rumblings that it has already been renewed for Season 2 even though Season 1 is yet to debut.

The series is set in a world in which bodies are mere vessels and consciousness can be digitized and transplanted into a brand new body.

It is rather scary to think about, and it's difficult for us to explain, so thankfully, Netflix today released a brand new featurette that includes interviews with the cast and crew.

They explain, in detail, about what goes into transporting consciousness from one vessel to another.

The official logline for the series describes Altered Carbon as “ an intriguing story of murder, love, sex, and betrayal, set more than 300 years in the future. Society has been transformed by new technology: consciousness can be digitized; human bodies are
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Altered Carbon Video: Sci-Fi Drama's Consciousness-Swapping Explained

How, exactly, does one transfer the sum of a person’s memories, personality, intelligence — an entire being, really — and just pop it into a new body?

To hear the minds behind Netflix’s Altered Carbon explain it, swapping consciousness involves the same basic principle, and only a little more effort, than sliding a DVD into a player and pressing Play.

The streaming video service released a featurette Tuesday that offers some crucial background related to its upcoming sci-fi drama, which is based on Richard K. Morgan’s 2002 novel of the same name. Per the official logline, the dystopian series “is an intriguing story of murder,
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Official Trailer and Poster for Devil’S Gate, Starring Milo Ventimiglia and Amanda Schull

Seems just like yesterday that Clay Staub's Devil's Gate, starring Milo Ventimiglia (This Is Us, Heroes), Shawn Ashmore (The Following), and Amanda Schull, premiered at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. As we approach the official release of the film, we are now getting a trailer and a poster for Devil's Gate, and we have them both to share with Daily Dead readers.

Directed by Clay Staub, Devil's Gate stars Milo Ventimiglia (This Is Us; Heroes), Shawn Ashmore (X2: X-men United), Amanda Schull (12 Monkeys; Suits), and Jonathan Frakes (Star Trek: The Next Generation). IFC Midnight will release the movie in select theaters and on VOD and digital platforms beginning January 5th, 2018.

Synopsis: "What unholy force lies locked away in a crumbling, booby-trapped, middle-of-nowhere farmhouse? When a woman and her son mysteriously vanish, FBI agent Daria Francis (Amanda Schull) is dispatched to the small town of Devil’s Gate, North Dakota
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Altered Carbon: Netflix Dystopian Drama Gets Start Date — Watch Video

Altered Carbon: Netflix Dystopian Drama Gets Start Date — Watch Video
The minds behind Altered Carbon have really taken reduce, reuse, recycle to heart.

In the teaser trailer for the upcoming Netflix sci-fi drama — which we now know premieres Friday, Feb. 2 — a company called PsychASec informs us that “Centuries ago, mankind discovered a way to transfer consciousness into a new body, making death a mere inconvenience,” and promises that people now can “Live forever — in the body you deserve.”

Altered Carbon is based on Richard K. Morgan’s 2002 novel of the same name. Per the official logline, the dystopian series “is an intriguing story of murder, love, sex, and betrayal, set
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CBS All Access Commits to Kevin Williamson’s New Horror Series Based on Fairy Tales

We’ve been debating joining the CBS All Access subscription streaming service for some time now, but with today’s news about their new collaboration with Kevin Williamson, it seems our minds have been made up for us! Per THR, Williamson (Scream, “The Vampire Diaries,” “The Following”) has received a straight-to-series order for his fairy tale/horror project “Tell Me […]

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NBC Developing Tornado Drama ‘American Disaster’ From Muse Entertainment

NBC has put in development drama American Disaster from writer Michael McGrale (CSI: Miami, The Following), director Deran Sarafian (House, The Strain, Hell On Wheels), Muse Entertainment and Universal TV. Written by McGrale, American Disaster centers around a Midwestern community that holds itself together in the wake of a catastrophic tornado. The project is envisioned as a potential anthology series tackling different natural disasters. McGrale co-executive produces…
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Kevin Bacon and Aldis Hodge cast in Showtime’s City on a Hill

Showtime has announced that Kevin Bacon (The Following) and Aldis Hodge (Underground) have been cast in the pilot for City on a Hill, a one-hour drama which presents a fictional account of what was called the ‘Boston Miracle’.

Hodge will play District Attorney Decourcy Ward, who moves from Brooklyn to Boston and formed an unlikely alliance with a corrupt yet venerated FBI veteran Jackie Rhodes (Bacon), who is deeply invested in maintaining the status quo. Together they take on a family of armored car robbers from Charlestown in a case that grows to encompass and eventually upend Boston’s city-wide criminal justice system.

Kevin Bacon radiates intelligence and mystery with every role he plays,” said David Nevins President and CEO of Showtime Networks. “He is a gifted, mesmerizing actor who will be the perfect partner and foil to Aldis Hodge, one of Hollywood’s rising talents and someone primed to
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Watch Lena Waithe, Common's New Trailer for 'The Chi'

Watch Lena Waithe, Common's New Trailer for 'The Chi'
Master of None Emmy winner Lena Waithe returns to her hometown for new series The Chi, which she created and executive produced. Co-executive produced by fellow Chicago native and rapper Common along with Elwood Reid, the show's first season was entirely shot in its namesake city and its new trailer features vivid street scenes and introduces its ensemble cast.

In addition to serving as an executive producer, Common is also a costar. The cast includes Alex Hibbert (Moonlight), Jason Mitchell (Straight Outta Compton), Jacob Latimore (Sleight), Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine (Treme,
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‘The Chi’ Trailer: Lena Waithe’s Showtime Series Finds the Beating Heart of Chicago’s South Side — Watch

‘The Chi’ Trailer: Lena Waithe’s Showtime Series Finds the Beating Heart of Chicago’s South Side — Watch
Lena Waithe is following up her historic Emmy win with an ambitious new venture: After winning a trophy for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series, Waithe is tackling a drama series set in her sweet home, Chicago.

The Chi,” created and produced by Waithe, “explores the humanity behind the headlines sensationalizing the South Side of Chicago.” The first season was shot entirely in the Windy City and will track the lives of children growing up in the city, teens looking for love, and adults dealing with very adult issues, including police corruption, excessive force, and gang violence.

Read More:‘The Chi’ Trailer: Lena Waithe Explores the South Side of Chicago With the Help of a ‘Moonlight’ Star — Watch

As indicated in the first full trailer below, the series isn’t all doom and gloom. Despite the prominent stories coming out of Chicago, like the much-publicized homicide level, characters inhabited by the likes of Jason Mitchell,
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The Chi: See New Trailer for Common and Lena Waithe's Chicago-Set Drama

The Chi: See New Trailer for Common and Lena Waithe's Chicago-Set Drama
It’s easy to dismiss sensational headlines but harder to ignore the faces of the people involved in those stories, a point the new trailer for Showtime’s The Chi makes by immersing viewers in the vivid experiences of those living on the South Side of Chicago.

RelatedKevin Bacon, Aldis Hodge to Star in Showtime Drama Pilot City on a Hill

The drama from Lena Waithe (Master of None), Common (Selma, Hell on Wheels) and Elwood Reid (The Bridge) is a coming-of-age tale that follows a group of South Side residents “who become linked by coincidence but bonded by
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Kevin Bacon, Aldis Hodge to Star in Showtime Drama Pilot City on a Hill

Kevin Bacon, Aldis Hodge to Star in Showtime Drama Pilot City on a Hill
Aldis Hodge is moving several degrees closer to Kevin Bacon: The Underground breakout is set to star opposite Bacon in Showtime’s Boston-based drama pilot City on a Hill, TVLine has learned.

From exec producers Ben Affleck and Matt Damon and writer Chuck MacLean, the prospective series is a fictional account of what was referred to as the “Boston Miracle.” In the early ’90s, corruption and racism was the norm in Boston, until an African-American district attorney (Hodge) from Brooklyn arrives in the city, advocating change. He forms an unlikely alliance with a corrupt yet venerated FBI veteran (Bacon
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‘City On A Hill’: Kevin Bacon & Aldis Hodge To Star In Ben Affleck & Matt Damon’s Showtime Drama Pilot

Kevin Bacon (The Following) and Aldis Hodge (Underground) are set to headline Showtime's drama pilot City on a Hill, executive produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. Michael Cuesta (Homeland, American Assassin) is directing and executive producing. He replaces Gavin O'Connor, who initially was set for the role but pulled out in early September after he signed on to direct Suicide Squad 2. Written by Chuck MacLean (Boston Strangler) based on an original idea by Affleck
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Liz Friedlander to Write and Direct Female-Centric Cop Drama for ABC

Jennifer Lopez as Detective Harlee Santos in NBC’s “Shades of Blue

Conviction” creator Liz Friedlander is looking to bring more women in blue to the small screen. Her as-yet untitled female-led police drama has received a put pilot order from ABC, Variety reports.

Described as a “character-driven procedural,” the project follows “the first female partnership in an elite division of the Lapd, where the two detectives use their particular set of skills to tackle the most high-profile cases as well as a system that doesn’t necessarily want them there,” the source writes.

Friedlander will pen and direct the pilot, as well as serve as executive producer. Earlier this year she helmed the pilot of a detective drama toplined by Sonia Braga for ABC, but the network passed on the project.

Hayley Atwell-starrer “Conviction” was cancelled during its first season on ABC. The drama centered on a rebellious former First Daughter of the United States working in law.

Stalker,” “The Following,” and “The Vampire Diaries” are among Friedlander’s previous credits.

Other female-centric cop projects in the works include a drama in development at Fox from “Juno” screenwriter Diablo Cody and “Finding Carter” co-creator Emily Silver and a Melissa McCarthy-led movie about Boston’s first female cops in the 1970s.

Liz Friedlander to Write and Direct Female-Centric Cop Drama for ABC was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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The Rookie: new Nathan Fillion TV series on the way

Joseph Baxter Oct 30, 2017

Nathan Fillion will soon be back at the former home of Castle, ABC, to star in a new dramedy series called The Rookie...

Nathan Fillion’s starring role as Captain Malcolm Reynolds on Fox’s ahead-of-its-time space/sci-fi/western series Firefly will likely be forever considered the elephant in the room that is his career. Yet, his 2009-2016 run – opposite Stana Katic – as the title star of ABC crime procedural Castle was, in actuality, the most prominent gig of his career. Now, a year and a half after that series came to a (controversially sloppy) close, Fillion has finalised a deal to return to ABC with a series called The Rookie.

ABC has emerged the winner in a competitive situation to acquire The Rookie, reports Deadline. With the network giving a straight-to-series order, Nathan Fillion will not only serve as star, but has also nabbed an executive producer slot.
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Sammy Davis Jr. ‘I’ve Gotta Be Me’

Sammy Davis Jr. ‘I’ve Gotta Be Me’
Premiering at Tiff 2017, Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me is the first major film documentary to examine Davis’ vast talent and his journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during 20th-century America.

Today Sammy Davis is seen primarily as part of The Rat Pack. That quartet of bad boys who sing and joke around is very much a part of time when Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin were the kings of the Las Vegas scene.

But Sammy Davis Jr. was much more than that and merely by lending his black face to that group makes The Rat Pack seem like a liberal if slightly dissolute, but a filled-with-fun group. In truth, his position with Sinatra, Martin, Peter Lawford was not all that comfortable and the path Davis had already trod before landing there was not a simple or easy one.

He
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The Scariest Serial Killers on TV, According to Critics — IndieWire Survey

The Scariest Serial Killers on TV, According to Critics — IndieWire Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Who is the scariest serial killer on TV? You define “scary.” Old and current shows fair game.

Daniel Fienberg (@TheFienPrint), The Hollywood Reporter

Landry from “Friday Night Lights.”

Damian Holbrook (@damianholbrook), TV Guide Magazine

Ok, so he wasn’t necessarily a serial killer, but “Nip/Tuck’s” The Carver gave me a serious case of the scareds. After his first appearance near the end of Season 2, the porcelain-masked serial-slashing maniac who was all about slicing up hot people (because “beauty is a curse,” of course!) ran amok in Season 3 and the amount of series-regular characters he went after was kind of unprecedented. All of the leads
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