After having put their differences aside to work together and save the day, the fairy tale characters from the ABC drama series Once Upon a Time are now facing a new threat, in the form of the Wicked Witch of the West (Rebecca Mader). With Captain Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) having successfully jogged Emma Swan’s (Jennifer Morrison) memory, which had been wiped clean in order to save the residents of Storybrooke, she must once again help her fairy tale family and friends out of a desperate situation. The show also stars Ginnifer Goodwin, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Michael Raymond-James, Jared S. Gilmore and Robert Carlyle.
During this recent interview to discuss what’s to come for the remainder of this season, showrunners Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis talked about why the Wicked Witch wants vengeance, how much we’ll learn about her backstory, what type of Glinda (Sunny Mabrey) we’ll see, that they’ll be hitting on a number of touchstones from the L. Frank Baum books, the journey for Henry to get his memory back, how Neal is dealing with his grief over Emma and Henry, where Emma’s heart is at when it comes to Neal and Hook, where things are at for Belle, an upcoming flashback to a young Cora (Rose McGowan), how disappointed they were not to be able to get Jamie Dornan to return this season, and just how much of a mystery Snow White’s pregnancy will turn out to be. Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.
Fresh off of its premiere at the SXSW Film Festival, the EPIX documentary Doc of the Dead, directed by Alexandre Philippe, examines the rise and evolution of zombies in film, television and literature, and their impact on pop culture. Many of the genre’s most influential figures are featured in the film, including the “godfather of the zombie genre” George A. Romero, actors Simon Pegg and Bruce Campbell, producer Greg Nicotero, effects guru Tom Savini and acclaimed author Max Brooks.
During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, Alexandre Philippe and Tom Savini talked about how this documentary came about, when they both became aware of zombies as a storytelling device, why torture porn isn’t entertainment, why people identify with zombies in a way they don’t with vampires and werewolves, how they feel about remakes, Savini’s desire to redo The Most Dangerous Game, and what the greatest representation of zombies is to them. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
Last night I managed to pull myself away from Titanfall long enough to check out Veronica Mars which, surprisingly enough, is playing in a theater within an hour of me. As a fan of the series, the movie hit every note I could have asked for but also confirmed my suspicion that Mars is best suited for the type of long-form storytelling that television permits. Creator/director Rob Thomas does an admirable job of bringing us up to speed on the lives of our favorite Neptune characters against the backdrop of a ten year high school reunion. That said, 107 minutes doesn’t leave much time for breathing in between the introduction, mystery set-up, and resolution. I often felt rushed through the process, longing for 20-22 episodes for Veronica to crack the case as opposed to 75 minutes or so. This small gripe aside, Veronica Mars is a movie made for the fans (and, in no small financial part, by the fans) and I can’t imagine anyone who loved the series walking away from it disappointed by anything other than the fact that it had to end too soon.
We’ll talk a little more about VM in this week’s Top 5 which also includes a considerable amount of Captain America: The Winter Soldier content, our SXSW 2014 coverage, interviews for and Matt’s review of Need for Speed, and President Barack Obama‘s hilarious appearance on Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis. Keep doing what you’re doing for a brief recap and link to each of the above.
Hannibal took a break (kinda) in “Hassun” from being a crime show to being a legal one; things moved into the courtroom as Will began the trial to save his life. With the reality of an impending death penalty weighing on the real killer (cough cough), the killer becomes an “admirer” of Will’s, and attempts, in escalating ways, to prove Will’s innocence. An ear, a charred corpse, an artistically displayed brain on scales — what is it going to take to get through to these people?? But there are many vying for Will’s affections, and this suitor is but one in the throng. Hit the jump for why “this ear you were sent is an opportunity,” and how many people can ever say that?
The Starz drama series Black Sails is set in 1715, when the Golden Age of Piracy in the Caribbean is at its height and the former British colony of New Providence Island is now lawless territory controlled by the most notorious pirate captains in history. As the British Navy returns to these waters and the threat of extinction looms, Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) finds an ally in Eleanor Guthrie (Hannah New), the daughter of the local smuggling kingpin who is looking to make a name for herself, and together they devise a plan to hunt the ultimate treasure and save their home. From Platinum Dunes, the show also stars Luke Arnold, Zach McGowan, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Tom Hopper, Toby Schmitz, Clara Paget, Mark Ryan and Hakeem Kae-Kazim.
During this exclusive interview with Collider, actress Hannah New talked about how she came to this show, how much fun it is to play the woman in charge, how happy she was to get the Season 2 pick-up before Season 1 had ever aired, why Eleanor is a woman incapable of loving, why she has to forget her guilt and move forward, and that Eleanor and Captain Flint share the same vision for the greater good. She also talked about her experience playing the mother of Sleeping Beauty in the highly anticipated Disney film Maleficent. Check out what she had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.
TV ratings for Thursday, March 13th are in, though the preliminary numbers for CBS and the CW may be inaccurate due to preemptions and delays. Here’s a brief rundown:
- NBC’s Community was even with last week’s series low 1.0 rating and scored 2.89 million viewers, while Parks and Recreation didn’t fare much better by dropping two tenths to a 1.1 rating and 2.73 million viewers. Parenthood, meanwhile, was even with last week’s 1.2 rating and garnered 3.87 million viewers. For some perspective on the shifting low-rated sitcom landscape, I highly suggest reading Vulture’s recent piece on the matter.
- Over on ABC, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland was down a tenth from last week to a 0.8 rating and 3.12 million viewers, Grey’s Anatomy dropped three tenths to a series low-tying 2.3 rating and 7.13 million viewers, and Scandal dropped one tenth to a season low 2.7 rating and 8.09 million viewers.
Hit the jump for the rest of the ratings report, including The Big Bang Theory, The Crazy Ones, and Reign.
The Cinemax drama series Banshee is wrapping up its second season (and thankfully has already been picked up for a third), as Lucas Hood (Antony Starr), an ex-con and master thief who has assumed the identity of the town sheriff, continues to attempt to find a balance between his own criminal activities and solving crimes in a town with more bad elements than any one person can keep track of. It’s intense, violent and bad-ass, but it’s also one of the most fun roller-coaster rides on television. The show also stars Ivana Milicevic, Ulrich Thomsen, Frankie Faison, Hoon Lee, Rus Blackwell, Matt Servitto, Demetrius Grosse, Trieste Kelly Dunn, Lili Simmons, Antony Ruivivar and Odette Annable.
During this exclusive interview with Collider, actress Ivana Milicevic talked about how tough this show was to shoot, how she feels Season 2 compared to Season 1, what it’s been like to hear feedback from fans, what this season has been like for her character, whether Carrie can ever get back on track with her kids, whether Carrie is conflicted between Gordon and Lucas anymore, the complicated relationship between Carrie and Rabbit, and what the prison scenes were like to shoot. Check out what she had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.
The new FX multi-camera comedy series Saint George follows the chaotic life of George Lopez (conveniently played by George Lopez, who also co-created, executive produces and writes the show), a recently divorced working-class Mexican-American man turned successful entrepreneur. Struggling to balance the parenting demands of his all-American Anglo ex-wife (Jenn Lyon) and the cultural expectations of his overbearing Mexican-American mother (Olga Merediz), he also has to figure out how to relate to his 11-year-old son (Kaden Gibson), his freeloading uncle Tio (Danny Trejo) and his cousin Junior (David Zayas).
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Danny Trejo talked about why he wanted to work with George Lopez, who he’s known for about 20 years, how much he enjoys doing comedy, that his character is part freeloader and part ladies’ man, that Tio is clearly a better uncle than father, and getting to do some physical comedy on the show. He also talked about his most recently finished film, Bad Ass on the Bayou with Danny Glover, how much fun he had working with bad-ass chick Gina Carano on In the Blood, what it was like to be a part of Muppets Most Wanted, and crying on Kermit’s shoulder when he learned that his mother died while he was shooting the movie in London. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
While Marvel has done a lot of smart things, one of the best decisions they made was casting Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter in Captain America: The First Avenger. Unlike some of the Marvel movies where the love story feels forced and unrealistic (see: Thor), the relationship between Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Peggy Carter (Atwell) was fantastic thanks to the actors’ chemistry and a great script. With her character becoming an instant favorite after the film’s release, it was no surprise Marvel asked her to appear in one of their One Shot short films, Agent Carter, which was included on the Iron Man 3 Blu-ray. The short picked up where the events of Captain America: The First Avenger left off—right as Carter joins this new organization called S.H.I.E.L.D.: “As she searches for the enigmatic ‘Zodiac’ key, Agent Carter also battles her sexist, bureaucratic boss, Agent Flynn (Bradley Whitford), who thinks women have no place in the secret-agent business.” Dominic Cooper also reprised his role as Howard Stark.
Almost immediately after fans got a look at the short at Comic-Con, people began asking about a possible Agent Carter TV series. I was one of them. Thankfully, ABC thought it was a good enough idea that they started developing it with Captain America screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Yesterday at the Winter Solider junket, I asked them the status of the pilot, what the show would focus on, its timeline, whether Atwell is still interested in playing the character, and more. They also revealed that the show is envisioned as more of a limited series with 13-episode seasons or less. Hit the jump to see what they had to say.
The long, long, long wait is over, folks: new episodes of Louie are on the horizon. After taking a self-imposed 19-month hiatus, creator/writer/star/executive producer/director/editor Louis C.K.’s FX comedy series will return on Monday, May 5th for its fourth season. The comedian asked the network for some time off after season three in order to prevent the show from getting stale, but Louie is now back with 14 all-new episodes. In an atypical move, FX will air two new episodes a week, back-to-back, for seven straight weeks, finishing out the season on June 16th.
Louie is truly unlike anything else on television, mixing sharp comedy and often times very dark drama, all told through the singular voice of Louis C.K. As a big fan of what came before, I can’t wait to see what he’s put together for this new batch of episodes. Read the full press release after the jump.
TV ratings for Wednesday, March 12th have arrived. Here’s a brief rundown:
- ABC’s Modern Family notched a 3.3 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 9.08 million viewers for a drop of one tenth from last week’s rating. Elsewhere at the network, The Middle was even with last week’s 1.9 rating and scored 7.17 million viewers, Suburgatory dropped three tenths to a series low-tying 1.4 rating and 5.18 million viewers, Mixology dropped two tenths to a 1.5 rating and 4.22 million viewers, and Nashville closed out the night down one tenth to a 1.4 rating and 4.93 million viewers.
- Over on NBC, Revolution was even with last week’s series low 1.3 and garnered 4.69 million viewers, Law & Order: SVU matched last week’s 1.6 rating and scored 6.25 million viewers, and Chicago PD rose a tenth to a 1.6 rating and brought in 5.85 million viewers.
- Fresh off renewals for both series, CBS’ Criminal Minds hit a 2.3 rating and 10.72 million viewers for a drop of three tenths and CSI rose three tenths to a 2.0 rating and 10 million viewers.
The fourth season premiere of HBO’s incredibly popular fantasy drama series Game of Thrones is less than a month away, but given the massive amount of characters involved in the show, there’s no shame in admitting you might need a bit of a refresher before the new season begins. The first three seasons are available in their entirety on On Demand and HBO Go, but if you don’t have time to rewatch full episodes, the pay cable network has unveiled a 25-minute recap of the bloody events from last season. It’s a fun watch even if you’re just a fan of the show and don’t necessarily need a recap, and it serves as a suitable appetizer for what’s sure to be an interesting fourth season. And now, with the news that the series will likely end after season seven, savoring every last bit of Game of Thrones goodness seems prudent.
Hit the jump to watch the video recap. Game of Thrones season four premieres on HBO Sunday, April 6th at 9pm ET/PT.
After dropping a big three-season renewal on The Big Bang Theory, the network has renewed the bulk of its shows. Here’s a quick look at some of the series set to return next year:
- The #1 drama NCIS and its #2 spin-off NCIS: Los Angeles, Person of Interest, CSI, Hawaii Five-O, and The Good Wife
- The #1 Freshman comedy The Millers, 2 Broke Girls, Mike & Molly, Mom, and Two and a Half Men.
- Reality series The Amazing Race, and Undercover Boss.
- Shows not yet renewed include The Mentalist, Intelligence, Hostages, and The Crazy Ones.
Hit the jump to check out the full list of renewals.
Let the timeliness of the core concept pull you in and then Mike Judge takes it from there. Not only does his new show, Silicon Valley, offer an abundance of highly relevant and insightful thoughts on the state of the dotcom craze, but they’re all packaged within an engaging scenario brimming with sharp humor, endearingly eccentric characters and the chance to come along for the ride while they try to make millions. Hit the jump for my review.
“The Walk In” was an episode of The Americans steeped in the past. Past actions, past decisions, and past mistakes defined everything that took place in this hour. The story surrounding the Jennings family still remains a lot more interesting than what’s happening with Stan — the two elements of the show (the spy story and the family drama) sometimes have difficulty coming together. However, the dark portends at every turn did create a unifying factor. Hit the jump for why “Ronald Reagan doesn’t care!”