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Behind The Cape - The Punisher (1989) and Steel (1997)

Sam Thorne delves into the history of the superhero movie genre; next up is 1989's The Punisher and 1997's Steel....

A bit of a delay since the last instalment, it's been a hectic few days, but here we are. We started last time by talking about a vastly underrated superhero film, The Punisher (2004). Funnily enough, Marvel's gone to the bank on that intellectual property three times in hopes of a successful and popular adaptation, with it failing financially on every count. So it only seems suiting we follow that trend with a look at another adaptation of the skull-wearing vigilante with a glance at The Punisher (1989) starring Dolph Lundgren (The Expendables, Rocky IV)

The Punisher (1989)

There's a certain irony in looking at the cinematic landscape of the 70's-80's compared to now, in regards to DC's and Marvel's battle for supremacy over the cinematic market. The Superman films were highly acclaimed,
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Chuck Adds Matrix Spy, Powers has a Kingpin

According to Adam Baldwin, “Casey has either met his match, or his love match,” as TVLine brings word that Carrie-Anne Moss (the Matrix trilogy) joins the NBC spy-thriller-comedy, Chuck.

Moss, who recently starred in the Lifetime drama pilot, Normal, is joining the gang as Gertrude Verbanski, a former spy that runs Verbanski Corp., which happens to be the chief rival of Chuck and Sarah’s company. Gertrude is “ruthless and deadly,” but her one vulnerable spot is Casey (Baldwin).

The love interest/foil will be making her appearance in a multi-episode arc in the upcoming fifth and final season of Chuck, along with Craig Kilborn and Mark Hamill, who will be spicing up the season premiere as a couple of new bad guys.

Switching from spies to people with super powers, Deadline brings word that Vinnie Jones (The Cape, The Midnight Meat Train) has joined the FX pilot, Powers, the
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Chuck: NBC Stars Optimistic About Season Five; Are You?

It's a familiar story for fans of NBC's Chuck. Once again, the show is on the bubble and could easily be cancelled or renewed. If the series was on one of the other major networks it surely would have been cancelled years ago but, because the rest of NBC's shows do so poorly, Chuck has squeeked by.

So far this season, Chuck has been averaging a 1.9 in the 18-49 demographic and 5.51 million viewers. That's pretty terrible but it's as good or better than Perfect Couples, The Cape, and Harry's Law. Considering that a fifth season would help Chuck in syndication, it seems likely that Warner Bros. will make a good deal with NBC to bring it back one more time.

E! Online recently spoke to series stars Adam Baldwin and Yvonne Strahovski and they're pretty optimistic about the show's future.
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TVLine Items: NBC Cuts Chase, Castle Soaps Up, and Other TV News to Know

TVLine Items: NBC Cuts Chase, Castle Soaps Up, and Other TV News to Know
And Kelli Giddish fans live to mourn another day….

NBC has officially pulled Chase from its lineup after weeks up plummeting ratings, most recently in its new Wednesdays-at-9 time slot. (A solid Minute to Win It lead-in couldn’t even boost their numbers.) But at least Chase isn’t alone — just last week the network sort of pulled the plug on The Cape.

That’s a Wrap: The Cape’s Season Is Cut Short

Ready for more TV tidbits? Well…

• As TVLine’s Matt Webb Mitovich first reported last week, Castle will air a soap opera murder mystery episode titled “One Life to Lose,
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Chuck 4.08 "Chuck vs the Fear of Death" Recap

If you missed Chuck last week, you weren't the only one -- the show wasn't on!  Need to remember what happened two weeks ago?  Read my recap here.

"Chuck vs the Fear of Death" begins in Castle with General Beckman berating Chuck for trusting Agent Frost, which was a major error.  Chuck apologizes: this never would have happened if Frost wasn't his mother.  The General agrees, hence, he hasn't been ejected from the CIA.  Beckman orders Sarah to pick up the trail of Frost and Volkoff in Istanbul while Chuck tries to recover the Intersect.  Casey, much to his chagrin, is ordered to shadow Chuck in Burbank.  Chuck ignores Casey's grunt of disapproval to ask if he heard the General correctly: the Intersect isn't gone?  Chuck can get it back?  General Beckman explains that it is believed the Intersect is just suppressed, and not taken from him, but she isn't sure.
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Chuck: Meet Summer Glau’s Greta On Tonight’s Episode – “Chuck vs. the Fear of Death”

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Tonight on NBC’s Chuck, Summer Glau (Knights of Badassdom, The Cape) guest stars in the rotating role of Special Agent Greta. One thing’s for sure, you can never cast Summer Glau without her kicking some ass! Glau follows G4’s Olivia Munn, Isaiah “the Old Spice guy” Mustafa, and Stacy Keibler in the role of Greta, but it looks like Glau’s Greta will be more involved in the storyline than her predecessors.

Check out the synopsis, promo, and sneak peek at tonight’s episode, entitled “Chuck vs. the Fear of Death” and find out what Glau’s Greta calls her “favorite” sharp and pointy friend. Daily Show alum, Rob Riggle, also guest stars in this episode. Riggle plays the role of Jim Rye, “a super smart, intensely positive, and slightly crazy CIA agent who’s brought in to help Chuck become an even better spy.”

Chuck: Synopsis for “Chuck vs.
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'Chuck': Do not make Summer Glau angry

"Chuck" is off the air next week, but fortunately NBC has given us a little something to while away the days between now and the Nov. 15 episode: Several photos of Summer Glau as the latest Greta.

Glau ("Firefly," NBC's midseason show "The Cape") is the fourth actor to take on the "Greta" role this season, following Olivia Munn, Isaiah Mustafa and Stacy Keibler. Like Munn and Keibler, Glau's incarnation of the code-named CIA operative will use the Nerd Herd as her cover. Unlike her predecessors, though, it appears that she'll interact a little more with the rest of the Buy More crew.

Which may not necessarily be a good thing. According to NBC's description of the episode, the Buy Morons finally get hip to the frequent personnel changes at the store and set out to uncover Greta's real identity. That sends Morgan (Joshua Gomez) and Casey (Adam Baldwin) scrambling to keep her cover intact,
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Summer Glau to Appear on Chuck, Universe Implodes

You know what?  Forget everything we said about Robert Englund appearing on Chuck tipping the scales for excessive guest stardom.  After the news that Summer Glau will count herself among those to patrol the Buymore this season, we happily take it all back. 

The former Firefly actress, Terminator and Babe of Fall TV in her own right with upcoming NBC superhero drama The Cape will appear in Chuck's eighth, as yet untitled installment as the latest incarnation of "Greta," the ever-changing CIA handler for the new Buymore installation.  Season premiere "Chuck Vs. The Anniversary" introduced the first version of the chacter as played by Olivia Munn, while tonight's "Chuck Vs. The Suitcase" will introduce Old Spice spokesman Isaiah Mustafa

Glau joins the already impressive complement of guest stars for the Nerd Herding secret agent's fourth season, including Dolph Lundgren, Linda Hamilton, Lou Ferrigno, Karolina Kurkova, Bronson Pinchot, Stacy Keibler,
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Scifi Mafia TV Digest: Fall 2010 Edition

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Strap yourselves in. This fall is going to be busy with new and returning sci-fi shows for your viewing enjoyment! Here’s a breakdown for you to set your DVR by with show descriptions, trailers, and U.S. premiere dates. (Organized in alphabetical order)

Show - Premiere Date – Network – Time

Big Bang Theory – September 23, Thursday on CBS at 8/7C

Caprica – October 5, Tuesday on SyFy at 9/8C

Chuck – September 20, Monday on NBC at 8/7C

The Event – September 20, Monday on NBC at 9/8C

Fringe – September 23, Thursday on Fox at 9/8C

Human Target – October 1, Friday on Fox at 8/7C

No Ordinary Family – September 28, Tuesday on ABC at 8/7C

Sanctuary – October 15, Friday on Syfy at 10/9C

Smallville – September 24, Friday on CW at 8/7C

Stargate: Universe – September 28, Tuesday on Syfy at 9/8C

Star Wars: Clone Wars (2 part premiere with back to back episodes)- September 17, Friday on Cartoon Network at 9/8C

Supernatural – September 24, Friday on
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Comic-Con 2010 Panel & Interview Schedule: Submit Your Fan Questions!

This year there will be a small team of us representing TVOvermind at Comic-Con in San Diego! As for my schedule, I will be attending primarily TV panels all day on Saturday and Sunday, and in press rooms to interview the following casts & creative teams from the shows below marked with an asterisk:

Friday, July 23

* Hawaii Five-0 (Aloha, Earth!) – Sneak Peak and Q&A : Executive producers Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci (Star Trek) and Peter M. Lenkov (24), director Len Wiseman (Underworld). Cast: Daniel Dae Kim (Lost) and Grace Park (Battlestar Galactica). [New series on CBS]

* The Big Bang Theory – Screening and Q&A: Executive producers Chuck Lorre & Bill Prady. Cast: Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar.

Elizabeth Mitchell & Zoe Saldana at SDCC09

Entertainment Weekly presents Women Who Kick Ass – A New Generation of Heroines: Featuring Jena Malone (Sucker Punch), Anna Torv (Fringe), Elizabeth Mitchell (V), and Ellen Wong and Mary Elizabeth Winstead
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Comic-Con 2010: Full Weekend Television Schedule

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Thursday, July 22

12:00-1:00: Caprica, Battlestar, and Beyond— Hosted by actor/author Richard Hatch (Tom Zarek, Capt. Apollo, So Say We All), this panel features composer Bear McCreary (Battlestar, Eureka, Caprica), producer/writer Michael Tayler (Battlestar, Caprica, Star Trek), science consultant Kevin Grazier (Battlestar, Eureka), and special guests. Richard and the panelists will proide reviews, discussion, and Q&A of Caprica, Battlestar Galactica, and the upcoming BSG movie, including trailers.

1:00-2:00: USA Network’s Burn NoticeBruce Campbell (Sam Axe), Matt Nix (creator and executive producer), and Alfredo Barrios, Jr. (executive producer) host a panel discussion and answer questions about the creative process of evolving an embryonic idea into a finished episode of cable’s #1 show.

3:30-4:30: USA Network’s Psych— The creative team behind the most-watched comedy series on cable TV! Enjoy some face-time with series stars James Roday (Shawn Spencer
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NBC Cancels Heroes, Trauma, Mercy, Officially Picks Up Chuck, The Cape, Outlaw, Harry’S Law, Friends With Benefits

There’s been plenty of speculation, but now it’s official: Heroes is cancelled. The Live Feed reports that the ratings simply sunk too low to justify the budget, though fans may hold out hope that NBC is considering a “special or movie” to wrap up loose storylines. Likewise, NBC has no use for the low-rated freshman medical dramas Mercy and Trauma, so neither will get a second season.

On the flip side, NBC officially renewed Chuck for a fourth season(!) and picked up four new series: the superhero-centric The Cape, retitled legal dramas Outlaw (formerly titled Garza) and Harry’s Law (formerly titled Kindreds), and twenty-something singles comedy Friends With Benefits. Check out a press release with all the details after the jump.

Here’s the official press release:

NBC Adds To New Scripted Lineup With Four New Series — ‘The Cape,’ ‘Outlaw,’ ‘Harry’S Law’ And ‘Friends With Benefits
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NBC Officially Renews Chuck and Picks Up Four More New Series'

NBC renews Chuck and picks up four new series' NBC has issued pickups for four more new scripted series with dramas The Cape, Outlaw, Harry's Law and the comedy Friends with Benefits - while renewing the action-comedy series Chuck for a fourth season -- all for the 2010-11 season. The announcement was made today by Angela Bromstad, President, Primetime Entertainment, NBC and Universal Media Studios.

"The addition of these four inventive series to our new scripted lineup demonstrates a wide spectrum of creative stories," said Bromstad. "We are featuring popular, top-flight stars along with a strong pedigree of successful writer-producers. Likewise, Chuck has proven its enduring appeal and we love the new creative direction that Josh and Chris have taken the show."

The four new series join previously announced Lola' ("Law & Order: Los Angeles"), Perfect Couples, Chase, Undercovers, The Event, Love Bites and Outsourced as the new scripted series that
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Louis Febre: Alien Trespass

Alien Trespass, a retro-ish science fiction comedy starring Robert Patrick, Eric McCormack and Sarah Smyth, has gotten an original score by Louis Febre. His previous credits include Swimfan, Control and Devil's Pond, and he won an Emmy together with John Debney for The Cape in 1996. Alien Trespass takes place in the 1950s and revolves around a crash-landing alien spaceship and the monster that escapes from it. R.W. Goodwin, who has produced and directed a number of X-Files episodes, helms the film which had its festival premiere recently at the Palm Springs Festival. Febre's score is, just like the film itself, flirting with 1950s sci-fi B-movies and thus features the early electronic instrument, the Theremin.
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