THE KNICK Recap: “Start Calling Me Dad”

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The threads that The Knick has laid down for its first five episodes have started to intertwine in its sixth.  Algernon’s secret medical practice has an unexpected visitor, and Cornelia takes steps to apprehend Typhoid Mary.  Even Thackery’s desire to figure out where Christiansen went wrong in his treatment of previa patients turned a corner.  And though it wouldn’t be an episode of The Knick without a death, “Start Calling Me Dad” was, on the whole, one of the series’ lighter episodes.  Hit the jump, or away, moldy rogue, away!

Six GOTHAM Clips Lift the Curtain on Fox’s Batman Origin Series

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Fox’s Gotham premieres in just a few days, so I can’t see it taking much more than these six clips to tide you guys over until then.  To be perfectly honest, this show is so far removed from my own personal tastes that I don’t feel qualified to tell you whether these clips are “good” or “bad.”  They just exist.  The show features  James Gordon (Ben McKenzie), Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) and Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor), along with Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney.

Hit the jump to check out the Gotham clips.  Be prepared for the Batverse to feel very different from both the Nolan and Burton takes on the world (so far, at least).  Gotham is set to kick off on Monday, September 22nd and also stars Donal Logue, John DomanBarbara KeanCamren BicondovaSean PertweeCory Michael Smith and Zabryna Guevara.

CBS Orders SUPERGIRL TV Show from ARROW Producer Greg Berlanti

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The Supergirl TV show is officially a “go”.  We heard a couple of weeks ago that Arrow and The Flash executive producer Greg Berlanti was developing a possible TV series based on the DC comics heroine, and now Deadline reports that CBS has given a big series commitment to Supergirl.  The drama will be written by Berlanti and Ali Adler (The New Normal, No Ordinary Family), with Adler also acting as an executive producer on the series.  Apparently CBS’ straight-to-series commitment is bigger than the one Fox recently gave to the upcoming Gotham, which is a prequel of sorts to the Batman storyline.  This continues the expansion of comic book adaptation fever into the TV world, which is becoming more and more crowded with small screen iterations of famous superheroes.  More on Supergirl after the jump.

New AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW Images Reveal Kathy Bates’ Bearded Lady, Michael Chiklis’ Strong Man, and More

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Ahead of the fourth season premiere next month, FX has unveiled a batch of new American Horror Story: Freak Show images.  Ryan Murphy’s anthology series returns with a new setting, hook, and cast of characters, this time focusing on the carnies of a traveling freak show in 1952 Florida.  These images give us a close-up look at Kathy Bates as the Bearded Lady, Michael Chiklis as the Strong Man, and plenty more additions to the ensemble.  This anthology format has been a suitable outlet for Murphy, who tends to expend all of his creative energy in a short amount of time.  Even so, portions of AHS seasons in the past have felt too crowded and overloaded at times.  My hope is that the Freak Show story will be a bit more streamlined this year, but regardless, seeing a bearded Kathy Bates and a two-headed Sarah Paulson should be quite entertaining.

Hit the jump to check out the new American Horror Story: Freak Show images and a disturbing new poster.  The series also stars Jessica Lange, Evan Peters, Angela Basset, Emma Roberts, Denis O’Hare, Frances Conroy, Patti LaBelle, Finn Wittrock, Naomi Grossman, and John Caroll LynchAmerican Horror Story: Freak Show premieres on FX on October 8th.

Exclusive First Look at Terry O’Quinn’s Character in PHINEAS AND FERB’s Upcoming LOST Episode

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Not only are Phineas and Ferb bringing back Shaun and Ed, they’re also bringing back Lost (in their own, unique way).  On September 29th, Disney XD will air the episode Lost in Danville, with a story by Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof himself.  Not only that, but Terry O’Quinn (who played John Locke on the show) will voice a character named Captain Mystery.  Rob Morrow and Jane Kaczmarek also guest star in the episode.

We have the official first look at O’Quinn’s Captain Mystery.  Hit the jump for a better look.  Phineas and Ferb’s Lost in Danville airs Monday, September 29th at 730PM.

THE WALKING DEAD Maze Preview: 32 Images from Universal Studios Hollywood’s HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS Attraction

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Bringing together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in a living, breathing, three-dimensional world of terror, Halloween Horror Nights, held at Universal Studios Hollywood on select nights from September 19th through November 2nd, has become one of the most popular ways to celebrate Halloween and all things scary.  Featuring an all-new slate of seven film production quality mazes (The Walking Dead, Alien vs. Predator, From Dusk Till Dawn, An American Werewolf in London, Syfy’s Face Off, Dracula Untold and Clowns 3D with music by Slash), five frightful scare zones (The Purge: Anarchy, The Walking Dead, Mask-A-Raid, Dark Christmas and Skullz) and the fully re-imagined Terror Tram: Invaded by The Walking Dead experience, it will be more chilling, more terrorizing and more extreme than ever.

Collider was recently given the opportunity to tour The Walking Dead: The End of the Line maze, which brings many of the shows key visual moments to life.  As the only property they’ve brought back three years in a row, thanks to the huge popularity of the show, this time around, they’re focusing on the events and stand-out Walkers of Season 4.  Hit the jump to learn more about what to expect from the highly detailed maze.

Fall Pilot Review: RED BAND SOCIETY

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It’s been a long time since Fox invested in a teen-oriented drama.  The last major success was arguably The O.C.‘s launch in 2003.  Since then, networks like ABC Family and The CW have mostly taken the reins on younger-skewing series that incorporate both drama and comedy (and some of the most attractive teenagers — or adults playing teenagers — on the planet).  Red Band Society is no different, except its hook is that its teenagers live together on the pediatric ward of a hospital, fighting to survive cancer, cystic fibrosis, heart failure and eating disorders.  Hit the jump for whether Red Band Society deserves a place in your Fall viewing schedule.

SONS OF ANARCHY Recap: “Toil and Till”

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Over the years, Sons of Anarchy has been its best when its stories relate to the club, and club politics.  Gangsters (and gang-busting law-enforcement) may come and go, but SAMCRO is forever.  Too often in the last few seasons, the show has favored overly twisty plots and one-off actor cameos over character drama for the Redwood members we’ve come to know and love.  But “Toil and Till” was an example of how all of that can work together beautifully when given the chance.  This hour had some great, extended character moments, along with one long, badass shootout.  Hit the jump for why clarity settles all scores, and pays back all debts.

James D’Arcy Will Play Jarvis in Marvel’s AGENT CARTER TV Series

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Marvel Studios’ second foray into network television, the ABC series Agent Carter, is poised to start production soon, but the show has just now added a key cast member.  Variety reports that Cloud Atlas actor James D’Arcy has signed on to play Howard Stark’s Butler Jarvis—yes, that Jarvis—in the period spy drama.  D’Arcy will bring flesh and blood to what is likely the basis for Tony Stark’s virtual butler in the MCU, though that’s due to change in Avengers: Age of Ultron when the movie Jarvis (voiced by Paul Bettany) takes on the form of The Vision.  More on Agent Carter after the jump.

First POWERS Image Featuring Sharlto Copley and Susan Heyward

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The Powers TV show never panned out over at FX, but Sony is giving the Brian Michael Bendis comic book another go.  The new rendition is currently in its fourth week of filming in Atlanta and is set to premiere on the Sony PlayStation Network, making it the gaming platform’s very first original series.

The comic centers on Christian Walker (Sharlto Copley) and Deena Pilgrim (Susan Heyward), two homicide detectives who focus on cases involving individuals with superpowers and now we’ve got our very first look at the show’s version of them.  Hit the jump to check out the new Powers image.

DAREDEVIL TV Series Casts Scott Glenn as Stick, Matt Murdock’s Mentor

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I’ll most definitely be checking out Marvel’s Daredevil Netflix show (even though my excitement may have dimmed a bit in the wake of writer Drew Goddard’s departure).  The last we’d heard on the casting front was that Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood) would be signing up for the role of Karen Page.  Now we’ve got confirmed news that Scott Glenn (The Silence of the Lambs, The Right Stuff) will also be joining the series as Stick, Matt Murdock’s mentor.  I can definitely see this working, Glenn has a terse reserve that allows him to be commanding without being broad.

Charlie Cox (Boardwalk Empire) will star as Murdock/Daredevil, along with Elden Henson (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay) as Murdock’s best friend and legal partner Foggy Nelson, Vincent D’Onofrio as the crime lord Kingpin, and Rosario Dawson, who has an unknown ‘critical’ role on the show. Hit the jump for more on Scott Glenn playing Stick.  Daredevil will premiere on Netflix next year.

THE STRAIN Recap: “Loved Ones”

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In “The Disappeared,” I criticized The Strain when it came to emotional moments.  The show has excelled in badassery, but its character interactions can feel forced, particularly during supposedly tender moments.  After “Loved Ones,” though, I retract that statement in part.  The Strain went back to its early episode formula; that is, it showed a full transformation and the effects because of it, and for the most part, it worked really well.  What didn’t work was everything else.  But The Strain knows just how to insert enough of its entertainment worms into us that even when it’s not at its best, it still keeps us hooked. Part of “Loved Ones” was excellent, and part of it was ridiculous, but would it be The Strain if it were anything less?  Hit the jump to find out who put me in charge.

MASTERS OF SEX Recap: “Below the Belt”

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At the end of “Story of My Life,” Masters of Sex’s study turned personal in a new way for Bill and Ginny.  Bill, finally admitting his impotence problem (and not just trying to deal with it using Lester as a substitute), found a way to incorporate Ginny’s desire to have them study sexual dysfunction, while also treating his own.  Though their methods differ (Ginny initially wanted to consider psychology, while Bill is adamant about the physiology of a “cure”), they are united on a personal level.  But Bill’s pride, as always, creates problems.  Hit the jump for why despair is the greatest sin.

BOARDWALK EMPIRE Recap: “The Good Listener”

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Was Boardwalk Empire‘s episode title referring to viewers this week?  It might as well have been.  “The Good Listener” was essentially a slate of conversations, mostly had by Nucky, that updated us on the current gangster alliances (which are always shifting).  It also was a reminder that if you don’t listen to every conversation, and catch every name, there’s a chance it won’t be repeated again and you’ll never catch up.  Even those with a photographic memory might have trouble telling apart all of these well-tailored white gangsters and politicians apart (and is there a difference?)  In this final season, it makes one wonder why kind of show Boardwalk Empire is aiming to be.  Hit the jump if you find it easier sometimes to despise someone rather than love them.

RAY DONOVAN Recap: “Volcheck”

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RAY DONOVAN Recap: "Volcheck"

So much of Ray Donovan this season has hinted at possible catharsis for Ray, and what the consequences are the longer he denies his past.  “Volcheck” was about that, but even more generally about fear.  Ray fears confronting his past, but is also a fearsome figure for many (like Ronald, and to a certain degree Mickey).  Abby fears retaliation on Bridget by Cooke Brown, while Terry fears he’ll lose Frances and his dreams of escape unless he throws his lot in with Mickey.  And Avi, who has been critical of Ray all season, seems concerned about his boss, and where Ray is taking them.  Hit the jump if you like to swim in the ocean naked.

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