TV ratings for Monday, March 10th, are in. Here’s a brief rundown:
- The series premiere of NBC’s new drama Believe, with a pilot directed by Alfonso Cuaron, garnered a 2.7 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 10.7 million viewers. This marks the lowest-rated Monday drama debut in the post-The Voice timeslot.
- CBS’s How I Met Your Mother suffered a ratings drop of half a point with a 2.7 rating and 7.7 million viewers. Mike & Molly hit a series low 1.8 rating and scored 7.67 million viewers for a drop of four tenths, and Intelligence ticked up a tenth to a 1.3 rating and 6.53 million viewers.
- Over on Fox, Bones scored a 1.7 rating and 6.51 million viewers for a dip of one tenth, while The Following hit yet another series low with a 1.5 rating and 4.88 million viewers. That’s down one tenth from last week’s episode.
- The CW’s Star-Crossed dropped one tenth to a 0.3 rating and 1.04 million viewers, while Beauty and the Beast dipped one tenth to a series low 0.2 rating and 810,000 viewers.
Just over a week ago, The CW unveiled the first image of Grant Gustin in costume for its The Flash TV series pilot. It was a constrained look as we only saw Gustin’s face, but fans were simply happy to get a preview of what the character will look like in the anticipated superhero show. However, the network has decided that fans don’t have to wait long to see the full costume, as The CW today released a full-body image of Gustin as the DC Comics character. The costume was created by Academy Award-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood (Alice in Wonderland), who is also responsible for the principal costume in The CW’s Arrow. Production is currently underway on The Flash pilot, so we should hear word regarding a series pickup (or a pass) by May as The CW puts together its Fall 2014/15 schedule.
Hit the jump to check out the new image. The cast for The Flash also includes Jesse L. Martin (Law & Order), Tom Cavanagh (Ed), Danielle Panabaker (Shark), Rick Cosnett (The Vampire Diaries), Candice Patton (The Game), and Carlos Valdes.
On the latest episode of Between Two Ferns, Zach Galifianakis welcomed his most prestigious guest by far, President Barack Obama. I forgot how relaxed and charming Obama could be, especially after last year’s non-stop series of setbacks and debacles as well as the general misery of being President (if I told you I was going to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to get a job where millions of people would hate me and I would be constantly frustrated and hamstrung, you would think I was crazy). Obama went on the popular web series to plug the Affordable Healthcare Act specifically to young people, who need to sign up and help lower premiums (as well as help themselves; healthcare companies suck, but going broke because you have no healthcare sucks more). Thankfully, this plug was done in a hilarious manner as the two men exchange insults, and I highly encourage you to watch.
Hit the jump to check out the episode, and click here to go to healthcare.gov. Also, if the comments section didn’t explode with angry, ill-informed political opinions, I would really appreciate it.
So far this season, Bates Motel has been sticking closely by its theme of “what lies beneath. Nothing is as it seems. But even aside from the quirks of the people and the place of White Pine Bay, the show’s causal web is also one that is full of surprises, because it’s so narratively dense. This season, everyone is connected in a way we haven’t seen before, and the show’s expansion of the world has created a revolving door of characters: when one dies off, another one (who is somehow related) comes in to take their place (although the gender balance has gotten off). Hit the jump for why “I haven’t been in the basement for days!”
There’s still no word on when A Song of Fire and Ice author George R.R. Martin will release the final two novels in the series, but the HBO adaptation, Game of Thrones, has decided to set their plans regardless. In an interview with Vanity Fair, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss say they would like to wrap the TV series up after seven or eight seasons. “It doesn’t just keep on going because it can,” Weiss says. “I think the desire to milk more out of it is what would eventually kill it, if we gave in to that.”
Hit the jump for more on how Benioff, Weiss, and Martin are planning ahead. Game of Thrones returns for its fourth season on April 6th at 9pm.
Last night, Captain America: The Winter Soldier played for press in Los Angeles, and while full reviews are embargoed until March 20th, reporters were free to tweet out their reactions. We’ve collected some of those tweets, and the praise was effusive. Steve was among those who saw the film, and tweeted afterwards, “The CAPTAIN AMERICA sequel blew me away. Movie has a fantastic script, amazing action, and great character moments. Just about perfect.” Earlier this morning, he added “if you missed tweets from last night: CAPTAIN AMERICA sequel is fantastic on every level. Fanboys and casual moviegoers are going to love it” and “until I see it again I won’t say exactly how it compares to other Marvel films, but it’s easily one of the best they’ve ever done.” Captain America: The First Avenger is my favorite movie of Phase One, and it’s wonderful that the sequel is receiving such high praise; now it’s up to the rest of us to try and keep our expectations in check.
Hit the jump to check some more Twitter reactions. The film stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Georges St-Pierre, Frank Grillo, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, Maximiliano Hernández, Robert Redford, and Samuel L. Jackson. Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens in 3D on April 4th.
If you missed out on Doctor Who and are eagerly anticipating Guardians of the Galaxy, get ready because you’re about to get a sense of what Karen Gillan is capable of in her upcoming release, Oculus. She leads the film as Kaylie, but Kaylie isn’t your ordinary horror movie heroine. As a child, Kaylie witnessed her parents’ murder and then saw her little brother get pegged for the crime. Years later, Tim (Brenton Thwaites) is released, but Kaylie refuses to let him readjust and finally live a normal life again because she’s still determined to prove that it wasn’t her brother, but rather, the supernatural force residing in the Lasser Glass that’s responsible for her parents’ death and many, many others.
Kaylie doesn’t just vow to avenge her family, throw herself into a dangerous situation and spend the rest of the film running for her life. She’s determined, passionate and prepared, and even manages to convince you she’s got a fighting chance. You’ll get the opportunity to see how she fairs when Oculus arrives in theaters on April 11th, but for now, check out what Gillan told us about developing the character with her young counterpart, Annalise Basso, how she met the challenge of turning an enormous amount of expository dialogue into compelling material, what she’d do if Marvel came calling and needed her to shave her head again to film addition Guardians of the Galaxy scenes, and so much more in the interview after the jump.
After a seven-year absence, private investigator Veronica Mars has returned, and she’s come to the big screen with the help of a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign. In the film, Veronica (Kristen Bell) has come back to her seedy hometown of Neptune to help her old flame Logan (Jason Dohring), who has become the prime suspect in the homicide of his celebrity girlfriend. The film also stars Enrico Colantoni, Chris Lowell, Percy Daggs III, Francis Capra, Ryan Hansen, Tina Majorino, Martin Starr, and Krysten Ritter.
At the film’s press junket last week, I got to interview Dohring and Lowell, who plays Veronica’s current boyfriend, Piz. During our conversation, we talked about their reaction to learning that creator/director Rob Thomas was going to fund the movie via Kickstarter, their surprise at how quickly the film reached its funding goal, reprising their characters, working alongside fans, and more. Hit the jump to check out the interview. Veronica Mars will be released on VOD and in theaters on March 14th. Click here to read my review.
I’d take a solid story over a pretty picture any day, but Break Point’s shot selection is so sloppy, it nearly sinks all of the film’s assets.
Jeremy Sisto leads as Jimmy Price, a former tennis star who depleted his career via bad behavior, a poor attitude and a good deal of alcohol. When his current doubles partner ditches him and Jimmy realizes that he doesn’t have any other options to pursue, he turns to one of few who’s stuck with him for life, his brother Darren (David Walton). Despite their tumultuous past and present, Jimmy and Darren make an attempt at pushing their differences aside so that they can train hard and make it through a qualifying tournament and into The Alerian Open. Hit the jump for more.
A couple of comic casting bits to close out the night:
- Jason Sudeikis is in talks to take over where Chevy Chase left off in Fletch Won, the long-gestating reboot of the Fletch series. Naturally, Warner Bros. sees this as the first of a potential comedy franchise about the investigative reporter.
- Ed Helms is attached to star in Epic Fail, a comedy about a “highly unorthodox special forces team.” Helms developed the original idea with Nicky Weinstock for Lionsgate.
More on both projects after the jump.
Check out the latest and greatest posters for the following films:
- Transformers: Age of Extinction – An international poster featuring star Li Bingbing. Also starring Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Kelsey Grammer, Stanley Tucci, T.J. Miller, Titus Welliver, Han Geng, and Sophia Myles, Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction opens June 27th.
- Need for Speed – Eight character posters featuring Aaron Paul, Dakota Johnson, Imogen Poots, Dominic Cooper, Scott Mescudi, Rami Malek, Harrison Gilbertson, and Ramon Rodriguez. Also starring Michael Keaton, Scott Waugh’s Need for Speed opens March 14th.
- Godzilla – This limited edition poster will be given away at the film’s SXSW 2014 screening. Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, Ken Watanabe, and David Strathairn, Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 16th.
Hit the jump to take a look.
Although her name isn’t in the title, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow is going to be a big part of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Just how big a role it is remains to be seen, but this new character featurette teases a bit more about the super-spy and what she’ll get up to in the Marvel sequel.
Also starring Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford, Frank Grillo, Georges St-Pierre, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, and Maximiliano Hernández, Joe and Anthony Russo’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier will open April 4th. Hit the jump to watch the featurette.
On the new A&E drama series Those Who Kill, homicide detective Catherine Jensen (Chloë Sevigny) tracks down serial killers while attempting to come to terms with her own dark past. To help her with both, she enlists the help of forensic psychologist Thomas Schaeffer (James D’Arcy), who also has his own demons to work through.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor James D’Arcy talked about how he came to be a part of Those Who Kill, what made him want to get involved with the project, how much he loved working with Chloë Sevigny, the research he did in figuring out what kind of man this would be, how both Catherine and Thomas are manipulating each other, the bigger mystery that’s at the heart of the story, whether their relationship might cross a line, making sure to keep things light on set, what director Joe Carnahan brought to the show, and what he enjoyed about getting to explore a character over a longer period of time. He also talked about the thriller he’s currently shooting with Milla Jovovich and Pierce Brosnan, called Survivor, the three days he spent working on Jupiter Ascending, and what working with Andy and Lana Wachowski (along with Tom Tykwer) has meant to him, both personally and professionally. Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.
If you’re a Marvel fan, this is an exciting time. We’ve got Captain America: The Winter Solider about to hit theaters, Guardians of the Galaxy arriving this summer, and production about to begin in New York City on the first of five planned Netflix shows: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. In case you didn’t know, Marvel and Netflix have teamed up to produce 52 one-hour episodes based on the Marvel characters, encompassing the four individual series (13 episodes each) and one four to eight-episode mini-series (dubbed The Defenders) that teams up all of the aforementioned characters and revolves around their exploits in Hell’s Kitchen. The Cabin in the Woods co-writer/director Drew Goddard is spearheading Daredevil as the writer and director of that series, which is likely the first to go into production, and Melissa Rosenberg is shepherding Jessica Jones. Details on the other shows, though, are forthcoming.
With production beginning soon, many of us have started to wonder who will land the coveted roles. In the past, fans have been vocal about wanting Terry Crews to play Luke Cage. The other day I spoke with the actor in anticipation of Tyler Perry’s The Single Mom’s Club, and during our conversation I asked him about the possibility of taking on the role. While Crews previously took himself out of the running for the role since it wasn’t actually moving forward, now that it is, he definitely sounded a lot more interested despite the fact that he’s under contract for Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine, saying “anything can happen” and “I’m game.” As a big fan of Crews, I’d love to see him land the role. Hit the jump for what he had to say.
Before the excellent True Detective finale last night, HBO debuted a number of trailers for its upcoming series and specials. We’ve already shared the new Game of Thrones trailer and the first teaser for the HBO movie The Normal Heart, so now it’s time to get to something a bit lighter: Veep and Silicon Valley. The comedy series Veep really hit its stride in season two as one of the best comedies on TV, and this brief new trailer for season three promises it hasn’t lost its step. As for Silicon Valley, we’ve already seen a few short trailers for creator Mike Judge’s new series, but this one delves a bit deeper into the plot, which revolves around a tech start-up company in Silicon Valley.
Hit the jump to watch the trailers. Silicon Valley premieres on HBO April 6th at 10pm ET while Veep season three premieres April 6th at 10:30pm.