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5 Mind Boggling Questions From the Manifest Pilot

If The 4400 and Lost had a love child, Manifest would be that child. The pilot opened up with a mystery that is bound to take at least the season, possibly more, to figure out. So many questions, so little answers. A good TV pilot leaves you wanting more, and that’s exactly what Manifest did. The show is enticing and intriguing. You want to know what is happening. A lot is being thrown into the hour. A lot is setting up stage for what’s to come no doubt. They wanted to capture their audience. They did that. This show mixes the best of Lost and The 4400 and gives it

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TV Review: Manifest: Season 1, Episode 1: Pilot [NBC]

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Manifest Pilot Review NBC‘s Manifest: Season 1, Episode 1: Pilot presents a great premise, a great narrative starting point like The 4400 had, like The Crossing had – Montego Air Flight 828 disappears and returns five and a half years later yet for the people on the plane, no time has passed except for [...]

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Manifest Episode 1 Review: Pilot

The premise of Manifest gives the show a strong start, but the staying power of its central mystery is questionable.


This review contains spoilers for Manifest.

Manifest Season 1 Episode 1

The first episode of Manifest is an exemplary pilot in some ways; the premise of an airplane time-jumping five years is engaging, and the central mystery about what has been done to the passengers is a great hook. Even though only a few characters are able to grab us emotionally from the start, the groundwork is laid for many more to pull us in as the varying stories of the passengers onboard Flight 828 unfold. It’s actually the potential crime-of-the-week plot structure that’s the main source of trepidation. Can this show sustain itself over a long period of time based only on the varied interpretations of a voice in the head, essentially saying, “If you build it, they will
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Manifest Review: Is NBC's Sci-Fi Drama Another High-Concept Crash and Burn?

Manifest Review: Is NBC's Sci-Fi Drama Another High-Concept Crash and Burn?
This review comes with a letter grade attached, but there’s a caveat: A show like Manifest really can only be graded an “incomplete.” NBC’s shiny new drama — debuting on Monday, Sept. 24 at 10/9c — has an undeniably cool sci-fi premise… but we’ve been burned by those before, haven’t we? The Event, FlashForward… ever since Lost, TV’s batting average with high-concept dramas like this has been pretty dismal. Since NBC only sent out the pilot episode for review, we have no way of knowing if this show will actually fulfill its early promise — but the first hour
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Strange Nature Trailer: Wrestler Johnny Impact Vs. Mutant Frogs

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Strange Nature Trailer: Wrestler Johnny Impact Vs. Mutant Frogs
It's been a while since we've seen a good mutated animals movie. That all changes this fall with the arrival of Strange Nature. Mutant Frogs vs. John Hennigan, Stephen Tobolowsky, Lisa Sheridan and Tiffany Shepis! This new Eco-horror hits theaters (L.A with other cities to follow) from Sep 22, and we've got the first thrilling trailer and poster.

This September, It's man versus nature when wrestling superstar John Hennigan, known as Johnny Impact in the Impact Wrestling world, and acclaimed actor Stephen Tobolowsky play 'leapfrog' with mutated amphibians in Ojala Productions' highly-anticipated eco-thriller Strange Nature. By moving in with her estranged hermit father in the backwoods of a small town, Kim and son Brody find themselves in the middle of a horrendous phenomenon where deadly offspring mutations spread from animals to humans.

Based on true unsolved outbreaks of wildlife mutations, fall fright-fest Strange Nature marks the directorial debut of
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Regina King Attached to Direct Drama in Development at ABC (Exclusive)

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ABC is developing a drama series with Regina King attached to direct and executive produce, Variety has learned exclusively.

Currently titled “Warriors,” the one-hour project hails from Michael Narducci. It takes place in a Midwestern community where two friends–a semi-retired NFL player and an idealistic high school principal–will attempt to overcome their conflicting styles of teaching as they mentor a new generation and confront the long buried sins of their past.

Narducci would executive produce in addition to writing, with Michael J. McDonald also attached to executive produce along with King. Former pro football player Wade Davis will co-executive produce. ABC Studios will produce along with King’s Royal Ties and McDonald’s Stearns Castle. Narducci, McDonald, and King are all under overall deals with ABC Studios.

The project reunites McDonald and King, who previously worked together on the critically-acclaimed ABC series “American Crime.” King starred in that
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Australian Psychological Thriller ‘Safe Harbour’ Heads To Hulu

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Critically praised Australian series Safe Harbour is set to make its U.S. debut on Hulu. As part of a deal with NBCUniversal Television and New Media Distribution, the four-part event drama will debut August 24 on Hulu.

Safe Harbour tells the story of five Australians on a yachting holiday from Darwin to Indonesia, whose idyllic vacation takes a disastrous turn when they come across a broken-down fishing boat, full of desperate asylum seekers. The Australians decide to help, towing the refugees, but when they wake the next morning the fishing boat is gone. Five years later they meet some of the refugees again and learn the truth. Someone cut the rope between the two boats and, as a result, seven people died when the fishing boat sank. The revelation drives a wedge of mistrust between the Australians, as they grapple with protecting themselves and doing the right thing. The refugees
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Freedom Fighters: The Ray goes from CW Seed to Disc in August

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Burbank, CA – The creative team behind hit live-action series Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow brings the acclaimed CW Seed animated series to a feature-length presentation in Freedom Fighters: The Ray. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, Blue Ribbon Content and DC Entertainment, the action-packed film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment starting August 28, 2018 on Blu-ray Combo Pack ($19.98 Srp), DVD ($18.94 Srp) and Digital.

All his life, Ray Terrill has fought injustice, dreaming of making a real difference like his older brother, a Marine who was killed in Afghanistan. One day, he stumbles upon a dying Super Hero from another Earth and is stunned to find that this Super Hero looks just like him—because it is! The dying Ray Terrill of Earth-x transfers photokinetic energy to this Earth’s Ray, making him a Super Hero – The Ray. However, Ray quickly learns being a Super Hero
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Upfronts 2018 Social Buzz: NBC’s ‘New Amsterdam,’ CW’s ‘Charmed’ Reboot See Early Lead Among New Shows

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Which series from the cavalcade rolled out at the 2018 broadcast TV upfronts are poised to pop in primetime?

NBC’s new medical drama “New Amsterdam” and The CW’s reboot of “Charmed” are among the top social-media darlings of the moment, if data about their initial reception online is any indication — although sometimes, it isn’t a terrific predictor.

This year, “New Amsterdam” is showing early signs it could be a breakout hit, according to data-analytics firm ListenFirst Media. The new series ranked in the top three among all shows presented during the 2018 TV broadcast upfronts across organic conversation, social engagement, video views, and positive sentiment, as measured over the past week.

The social profile of “New Amsterdam” is “similar​ to the​ trend we saw with NBC’s ‘This Is Us’ during the 2016-17 TV upfronts season,” said Jason Klein, ListenFirst’s co-ceo. Indeed, the network has slotted “New Amsterdam” on Tuesdays at 10 p.
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Manifest: first details of Robert Zemeckis' TV show emerge

Joseph Baxter Jan 25, 2018

Manifest, a sci-fi-leaning television project from iconic director Robert Zemeckis, has been ordered to pilot by NBC...

Peacock Network NBC is looking add an intriguing new small screen feather with a television project called Manifest, from the one and only Robert Zemeckis.

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The network has given a pilot order for the Zemeckis-driven Manifest project, reports The Tracking Board. The project will primarily be the brainchild of Jeff Rake (The Mysteries Of Laura, The Tomorrow People, Miss Match), who will serve as writer and executive producer, joined in the latter capacity by Zemeckis and Jack Rapke. The pilot will be a production of Compari Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Manifest will depict a most vexing travel inconvenience, when a commercial flight full of passengers completely disappears from radar,
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Emmy spotlight: Karin Konoval (‘The X-Files’) comes out from under the bed and wows audiences with new role(s)

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Emmy spotlight: Karin Konoval (‘The X-Files’) comes out from under the bed and wows audiences with new role(s)
Karin Konoval has already made her mark on “The X-Files” thanks to her iconic performances as under-the-bed villain Mrs. Peacock in “Home” and fortune teller Madame Zelma in “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose,” but her latest role(s) in this week’s “Plus One” could make her mark on the Emmys. As twins Judy Poundstone and Chucky Poundstone and their two dopplegangers, Konoval effortlessly portrays four complicated, quirky characters who have a telepathic link. And, oh yeah, did we mention Chucky just happens to be a man?

As we know, the Emmys love when actors take on multiple roles — just ask Tatiana Maslany who prevailed for portraying all those clones in “Orphan Black” (2016). Might Konoval earn her first career nomination at the 2018 Emmys for playing this gender-bending group of doppelgangers?

See ‘The X-Files’ wanted Robert Patrick back as John Doggett for Season 11, but ‘scheduling issue’ got in the way

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Daytime TV Diehards Would Definitely Recognize This American Horror Story: Cult Actor

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Image Source: FX Networks "Neighbors From Hell," the latest episode of American Horror Story: Cult, begins with a cold opening featuring a couple seeing Ally's therapist, Dr. Vincent. The problem is with Rosie, who has had a debilitating fear of coffins ever since her father repeatedly locked her in a cupboard as a young girl. Her husband, Mark, is there for moral support, and it sounds like Rosie has managed to conquer her fears, aided by attending her father's funeral and literally closing the casket on him. RelatedThis Subtle Connection Between Ivy and Kai on Ahs: Cult Will Make You Scream Unfortunately, the fear comes roaring back when Rosie and Mark are attacked by the gang of clowns and locked into separate white coffins in their house, screaming in terror all the while. What had us really scratching our heads while watching this horrific scene unfold is where we've seen
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The 20 Best Sci-Fi TV Series of the 21st Century, Ranked

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The 20 Best Sci-Fi TV Series of the 21st Century, Ranked
It hardly needs mentioning, but not all science-fiction is created equal. Even as a term, it’s difficult to pin down exactly what constitutes sci-fi, especially in a medium like TV that can change so much from week to week or season to season. So when we took stock of the best TV shows from the past two decades, we turned to one unimpeachable source as a guide for what we should include in our list.

Thanks, Roman.

That’s not to say that a few of the shows might have an odd sword or two, but most of what we tried to single out here imagines a world markedly different from our own. Some take place in reimagined futures, while others take a sharper focus on the present with some key, otherworldly changes.

Given the wealth of shows in this genre, we opted not to include animated or unscripted series in this particular list.
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Jacqueline McKenzie, Phoebe Tonkin among cast of Sbs drama 'Safe Harbour'

Phoebe Tonkin (The Vampire Diaries) and Joel Jackson (Peter Allen: Not The Boy Next Door) are set to star in Sbs' upcoming Safe Harbour.

The Matchbox Pictures four-parter, currently shooting in Brisbane, will also include Ewen Leslie (Rake), Leeanna Walsman (Seven Types of Ambiguity) and Jacqueline McKenzie (The 4400).

They.ll be joined by Hazem Shammas (Underbelly), Nicole Chamoun (Kick) and Robert Rabiah (Tomorrow When the War Began).

Safe Harbour, written by Phil Enchelmaier, Belinda Chayko and Matt Cameron, follows a group of friends who, on a yacht trip from Brisbane to Indonesia, intercept an overloaded asylum seeker boat. .

Glendyn Ivin (Seven Types of Ambiguity, The Beautiful Lie) will take up directing duties, with Matchbox.s Stephen Corvini (Better Man, Hyde & Seek) producing. Sbs. Sue Masters (The Principal, Deep Water) is the executive producer. assembled a brilliant cast that is set to entertain and enthral an audience with
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Amazon Greenlights Carnival Row Fantasy Series From Teen Wolf Ep

Take a seat on the Iron Throne, Game of Thrones: Amazon is about to launch its own big-budget fantasy series.

The streaming service has given an eight-episode series order to Carnival Row, a “neo-Victorian fantasy” set in a world where humans and mythical creatures co-exist, TVLine has learned. The hour-long drama series will follow the investigation into a series of unsolved murders in a neo-Victorian city that’s already boiling over with tensions between man and creature. Carnival Row — which, at one time, had the ever-busy Guillermo del Toro attached — will begin filming in the fall of 2018, for a planned 2019 release.
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Luke Sparke’s ‘Occupation’ to shoot on the Gold Coast

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Luke Sparke is following up his feature debut.Red Billabong with sci-fi pic.Occupation..The film, about a small town that bands together after a devastating ground invasion, will shoot next month around the Gold Coast and northern Nsw.

Dan Ewing, who lead the cast of.Red Billabong, will also star in.Occupation.alongside New Zealand.s Temuera Morrison (The Osiris Child , Moana, Star Wars: Episode II and III).

Other cast include Stephany Jacobsen (Battlestar Galactica), Rhiannon Fish (The 100), Charles Terrier (Neighbours), Bruce Spence (Mad Max 2), Felix Williamson (The Great Gatsby, Underbelly), Charles Mesure (Desperate Housewives), Zachary Garred (General Hospital), Izzy Stevens (Puberty Blues), Trystan Go (The Family Law) and AFI award winner Jacqueline McKenzie (The 4400).

Occupation will be produced by SparkeFilms, with Red Billabong producer Carly Imrie returning. .

.I.m very excited and proud to bring such a varied and talented ensemble cast to this Australian film,
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Warner Bros. announces Vixen: The Movie

No, Mari McCabe isn’t joining Nightwing in getting a live-action DC Extended Universe outing, but she is coming to Blu-ray and DVD in animated form, with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment announcing Vixen: The Movie for release this May.

As you may have guessed from the cover artwork, Vixen: The Movie is actually a home-entertainment release of the Arrowverse-set CW Seed animated series, combining the first two season with 15 minutes of all-new, never-before-seen content to create a single uniform story.

Vixen: The Movie gives fans the action sequences and the characters that they all fell in love with in Arrow and The Flash,” said Rosemary Markson, Wbhe Senior Vice President, Television Marketing. “We are very excited to release Vixen: The Movie for fans of the hit series and DC collectors, featuring never-before-seen content available exclusively to owners of the Blu-ray, DVD or Digital HD.”

Originally from Africa,
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CW Seed’s Vixen gets Collected onto Disc in May

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Burbank, CA (February 23, 2017) – From executive producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment brings you the animated feature, Vixen: The Movie, on Digital HD on May 8, 2017, and on Blu-ray (including Digital HD copy) and DVD on May 23, 2017. Vixen: The Movie is priced to own at $19.98 Srp for the Blu-rayTM and $18.94 Srp for the DVD.

Vixen: The Movie combines the first two seasons of the CW Seed digital series into a single uniform story and includes 15 minutes of all-new, never-before-seen content. The special features include a brand new featurette and two Vixen-focused episodes of Justice League Unlimited handpicked by super hero animation icon Bruce Timm.

Produced by Warner Bros.’ digital studio Blue Ribbon Content, Vixen: The Movie features Megalyn Echikunwoke (CSI Miami, The 4400, Damien) as the voice of Vixen/Mari McCabe. She is joined by the voices of Stephen Amell (Green Arrow
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Arrow’s Talia al Ghul Will Be More Than Just A Nyssa Knock Off In Season 5

When Nyssa al Ghul was introduced in Arrow, many fans assumed that it was because The CW series was unable to use Talia. Due to the way the former was portrayed, most now look at them as pretty much the same character, hence why it came as a big surprise when we first heard that the Talia would show up in season 5. Thankfully, we can expect her to be more than just a carbon copy.

Talking to Entertainment Weekly about bringing the better known daughter of Ra’s al Ghul to Arrow, executive producer Marc Guggenheim explained that the two sisters are very different.

“She’s definitely her own person; she’s not a Nyssa clone, by any stretch. You can definitely sense a familial resemblance. Having Ra’s al Ghul as your dad, it’s likely to forge a very specific kind of person. They’re close enough and
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Baby on the Way for Moonlight’s Mahershala Ali

Baby on the Way for Moonlight’s Mahershala Ali
2017 could be Mahershala Ali‘s year to take home an Academy Award and a baby!

The Moonlight Oscar-nominee hopeful shared Thursday evening that he and his wife are going to be parents for the first time via a sweet black-and-white photo on his Instagram account.

“Amatus~Sami,” wrote the actor, 42 — a reference to his wife Amatus Sami-Karim, who is pictured next to Ali, with her hand over her belly.

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Ali and Sami-Karim tied the knot in
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