SCANDAL Recap: “An Innocent Man”

by     Posted 7 hours ago

scandal-recap-an-innocent-man

Scandal‘s “An Innocent Man” focused on trust, and how easily the truth can be manipulated.  Olivia isn’t sure who to trust, but at least she knows better than to trust her father (something Fitz still can’t seem to figure out).  Everything else is put on hold, though, while the Fitz-Olivia-Jake love triangle gets sorted out.  As Abby puts it, “I’m not asking the Commander In Chief, I’m asking the married man who used to sleep with my friend what you did with the man she is currently sleeping with.”  Hit the jump to find out.

GRACEPOINT Recap: “Episode Five”

by     Posted 8 hours ago

gracepoint-recap-episode-five

According to the ratings, I’m not the only one who has been finding Gracepoint a bit of a slog.  Though its British forebear, Broadchurch, already has a second season in the works, that future looks unlikely for Gracepoint.  But Fox will probably air the rest of its episodes, just because it doesn’t have any reason not to (it’s only ten weeks, the episodes have already been produced, and with the holidays coming up, there aren’t going to be any major scheduling changes at this point).  At the same time, “Episode Five” is actually where Gracepoint has started to make its turn.  For those of us sticking with it, it could possibly  prove to be worthwhile, after all.  Hit the jump if your only alibi is a book.

Mitch Hurwtiz Editing ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT Season 4 Into a Linear Story, But We Might Never See It

by     Posted 11 hours ago

arrested-development-season-4-recut

I didn’t dislike Season 4 of Arrested Development, but I didn’t come even remotely close to loving it the way I did the first three seasons of the show during its initial run.  A lot of that had to do with the fact that, due to cast availability, not a lot of the actors were always available to be in the same place at the same time.  So many of the episodes were standalone pieces that would focus on a single character.  Also a problem?  The lack of a runnng time limitation.  I think Arrested Development was at its best when it was busting at the seams trying to fit into those 22 network mandated minutes.  When the show had the freedom to stretch episodes out to the 40 minute mark, it felt a bit flabby.

But now it feels like series creator Mitch Hurwitz is taking steps towards mitigating one (if not both) of those issues.  Hit the jump for more on the Arrested Development Season 4 recut and why there’s a chance it might not even come out. 

SUPERGIRL TV Show Casting Breakdown Reveals Plot Details for the CBS Comics Adaptation

by     Posted 13 hours ago

supergirl-tv-show-plot-details

As you might have noticed, superheroes are all the rage at the moment, and the enthusiasm extends well beyond the multiplex.  There are a number of comic book-sourced shows on television right now, and CBS is hoping to get in on the fun with a Supergirl TV showArrow executive producer Greg Berlanti and No Ordinary Family alum Ali Adler are spearheading the pilot, and a new casting breakdown has revealed what their take on Supergirl entails—assuming CBS orders the show to series, that is.  More on the show’s two major characters after the jump.

FOLLOWING FREAK SHOW Video Podcast: Episode 4 – “Edward Mordrake (Part 2)”

by     Posted 13 hours ago

american-horror-story-freak-show-logo-slice

Welcome to episode 4 of Following Freak Show, a show that’s all about discussing the crazy things that go down on American Horror Story: Freak Show.  In “Edward Mordrake (Part 2),” the title character continues his search for a “pure freak” to add to his collection and we get to explore a number of character backstories in the process.

You can catch new episodes of Following Freak Show right here on Collider each week the day after a new episode of American Horror Story airs.  And if you’d like to follow the panelists in between new releases, here’s everybody’s Twitter handles: @PNemiroff, @AlexisSaarela, @djSheSay and @ActuallySasha.  Hit the jump to check out this week’s Following Freak Show video podcast.

Wednesday TV Ratings: BLACK-ISH and NASHVILLE Rise; STALKER Dips

by     Posted 15 hours ago

ratings-black-ish-stalker

TV ratings for Wednesday, October 29th, though preemption in some cities for The CW renders those preliminary numbers inaccurate.  Here’s a brief rundown of the rest:

  • ABC’s new comedy black-ish continues to do well, rising 13% from last week to a 2.7 rating in the 18-49 demo and scoring 7.73 million viewers.  Elsewhere on the network, The Middle was down 14% to a 1.8 rating and 6.9 million viewers, The Goldbergs dipped 9% to a 2.1 rating and 6.79 million viewers, Modern Family matched last week’s 3.4 rating and scored 9.75 million viewers, and Nashville was up 12% with a 1.5 rating and 5.61 million viewers.
  • Over on CBS, Criminal Minds was down 8% from last week to a 2.3 rating and 10.31 million viewers, while Stalker dropped 12% to a 1.5 rating and scored 7.34 million viewers.
  • NBC’s new drama The Mysteries of Laura dropped 8% to a 1.2 rating and scored 7.55 million viewers.

AMC Acquires Spy Drama THE NIGHT MANAGER Starring Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie; Hulu Orders Original Series CASUAL from Jason Reitman

by     Posted 16 hours ago

tom-hiddleston-hugh-laurie

We have a couple of brief TV acquisition stories for you today.  First up, as we reported earlier this month, the BBC is developing a limited-series adaptation of the John le Carre novel The Night Manager.  The espionage drama, which will star Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston, revolves around a former British soldier who teams up with intelligence operatives to go undercover in order to avenge the death of a friend.  Given the lead actors, the source material’s author, and the premise, it’s no wonder that the series ignited a bidding war.  According to THR, AMC has won the U.S. distribution rights, which is good thing for the cable network considering they’re hard up for quality programming now that Breaking Bad is gone and Mad Men is almost finished (Better Call Saul might be good, but it will be compared to one of TV’s greatest shows right out the gate).  Granted, The Night Manager is a limited series (probably six to eight episodes), but it will likely be a huge draw for the network nonetheless.

Hit the jump for other TV news regarding director Jason Reitman (Up in the Air) setting up the new original comedy series Casual for Hulu.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW Recap: “Edward Mordrake (Part 2)”

by     Posted 16 hours ago

american-horror-story-freak-show-logo-slice

Edward Mordrake may have two episodes of American Horror Story: Freak Show named after him, but all he really does is pump the episodes, and especially “Edward Mordrake (Part 2),” full of exposition.  It’s a noticeably heavy-handed manner of delivering backstory and a bit of a waste of what could have been a creepy, threatening character, but it works well enough because most of that backstory is necessary, highly engaging and also gives some supporting characters the screen time they deserve.  Hit the jump to find out who were Edward Mordrake’s hits and misses in my American Horror Story: Freak Show recap.

Cast Signs on for GAME OF THRONES Season 7 with Big Raises

by     Posted 17 hours ago

game-of-thrones-season-7-cast-raises

If HBO decides to move forward with Game of Thrones Season 7 (spoiler alert: they will), the cast is in for a significant pay increase.  While the pay cable network previously picked the show up for Season 5 and Season 6 at the same time, they faced a potential road bump when it came to a potential seventh season of the incredibly popular series.  When actors initially sign contracts for a TV series, their options normally span multiple seasons that keep them obligated to appear for years to come—unless they get killed off, of course.  It turns out the Game of Thrones cast contracts went up through Season 6, but with showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss recently revealing that their game plan is to conclude the show with Season 7 (or maybe Season 8), a renegotiation process was necessary to ensure the cast will be intact for the end game.

And so the news comes today that, while HBO hasn’t officially ordered a seventh season of Game of Thrones just yet, they have completed renegotiations with the actors’ contracts to include an option for Season 7 with a big pay increase to boot.  More after the jump.

Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka and Lily Rabe Set to Appear on AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW

by     Posted 19 hours ago

american-horror-story-freak-show-neil-patrick-harris-lily-rabe-slice

There’s already a slew of characters in play on American Horror Story: Freak Show, but when folks like Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka and Lily Rabe want in, you give them roles.  Harris will guest-star on the 11th and 12th episodes while Burtka is set to make his appearance in the 13th, the season finale.  As for Rabe, she’s going to be in episode 10.  That’s the final episode before the holidays, so there’s a chance her character could be involved in whatever outrageous winter cliffhanger the writers come up with.

Hit the jump for more on their roles.  American Horror Story: Freak Show airs on FX on Wednesday nights at 10pm.

New 12 MONKEYS TV Series Trailer Tells Us We’re All Already Dead

by     Posted 20 hours ago

12-monkeys-tv-series

SyFy has released a new trailer for their upcoming TV series adaptation of 12 Monkeys.  The story follows a time traveler (Aaron Stanford of X2 fame) from a post-apocalyptic future who appears in present day with a mission to destroy the source of a deadly plague that will one day annihilate the human race.  While the show will lack the distinct style of Terry Gilliam’s 1995 film, it still looks like an interesting time-travel film, and certainly more in the serious mold of SyFy’s better series.  This isn’t a story that can only be told one way, and I’m curious to see what the TV series will do with it.

Hit the jump to check out the 12 Monkeys TV series trailer.  The show premieres at 9pm on January 16, 2015, and also stars Amanda Schull, Kirk AcevedoBarbara Sukowa, Noah Bean, Tom Noonan, Emily Hampshire, and Zeljko Ivanek.

ARROW Recap: “The Magician”

by     Posted 2 days ago

arrow-recap

Felicity’s nowhere to be seen on tonight’s episode of Arrow, but that’s because she’s taking a much-needed vacation excursion to Central City to visit The Flash.  Can Team Arrow survive without her?  Yeah, of course they can, but to help out in her absence, Nyssa al Ghul (Katrina Law) lends her bow in the effort to track down this season’s mysterious murderer.  That case is an enjoyable slow burn in an otherwise fast-paced and action-filled season thus far, but now a new enemy has appeared on the horizon and Team Arrow may have to forge some undesirable alliances to get out of this mess alive.

Hit the jump for our Arrow recap.

Tuesday TV Ratings: THE FLASH Dips While AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Ticks Up

by     Posted 2 days ago

ratings-the-flash-agents-of-shield-marry-me

TV ratings for Tuesday, October 28th are in.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • The CW’s The Flash (read Dave’s recap here) fell 13% from last week to a 1.3 rating in the 18-49 demo, scoring 3.37 million viewers.  Supernatural was also down, dropping 11% to a 0.8 rating and scoring 2.01 million viewers.
  • ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (read Evan’s recap here) enjoyed a slight ratings uptick from the promise of the first Avengers: Age of Ultron clip, though we’ll never really know how big of a bump the trailer debut might have given the Marvel series.  Last night’s episode rose 6% to a 1.7 rating and scored 4.46 million viewers.  Elsewhere on the network, Forever tied its series low with a 1.1 rating and 4.95 million viewers for a drop of 8%.
  • NBC’s fantastic new comedy Marry Me was down 13% from last week to a 1.6 rating and scored 5.60 million viewers, while About a Boy fell 14% to a 1.2 rating and 4.41 million viewers and Chicago Fire was down 11% to a 1.7 rating and scored 7.22 million viewers.
  • Over on CBS, NCIS was up 4% to a 2.5 rating and 17.2 million viewers, NCIS: New Orleans was down 4% to a 2.3 rating and 15.74 million viewers, and Person of Interest ticked up 7% to a 1.6 rating and 9.7 million viewers.

Marvel’s AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Recap: “A Fractured House”

by     Posted 3 days ago

marvels-agents-of-shield-recap-season-2-episode-6

Welcome back, true believers! Heck of a news day, huh?  If anything, the current slate of Marvel films will certainly have a gigantic impact on the world of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (if of course it’s still around at that time, fingers crossed).  How will Coulson’s team react to a superhuman civil war?  Will the crew be swinging around Wakanda now that Black Panther’s been confirmed?  These are questions for another day as tonight’s episode finds Hydra impersonating S.H.I.E.L.D. and attacking the United Nations.  Will our team be able to combat their brand new public relations problem?  How is Mockingbird fitting in with the rest of the team?  Why can’t it be 2018 already so we can all watch Avengers: Infinity War?  These questions will be answered on tonight’s episode, “A Fractured House” when you hit the jump….

SONS OF ANARCHY Recap: “The Separation of Crows”

by     Posted 3 days ago

sons-of-anarchy-recap-season-7-episode-8

“The Separation of Crows” showed the Sons of Anarchy’s world truly being shaken by the fallout from Jax’s rampage.  For all of his clever machinations, Jax has met a formidable foe in August Marks, one who also has incredible financial and political resources.  The gangland violence that SAMCRO is used to in their tangles with other clubs won’t fly here, and Jax starts the episode demoralized about how to fight it.  In the end, he also finds that the terms are not negotiable.  Hit the jump if you thought for a moment that Abel murdered those birds.

Click Here