Carrie Gets Back to Work in New HOMELAND Season 4 Trailer

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Showtime has released a new Homeland Season 4 trailer, giving fans another tease of what to expect when the drama series returns in October.  This trailer actually reveals less about the new season than the previous “first look” trailer, and it has a listlessness to it that likely mirrors Carrie’s (Claire Danes) state of mind when we pick back up with the character after the events of Season 3.  After driving through more story in three seasons than most shows do in their entire runs, it feels like Homeland has the opportunity to reboot a bit this year, and I’m curious to see where that takes Carrie, Saul (Mandy Patinkin), and whoever else remains.

Hit the jump to watch the new Homeland Season 4 trailer.  This season also features Rupert Friend, Corey Stoll, and Suraj SharmaHomeland returns to Showtime with back-to-back episodes on October 5th.

Keanu Reeves to Star in and Executive Produce John Rain TV Series Adaptation

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Keanu Reeves is aiming to take his talents to the small screen.  Slingshot Global Media announced today that Reeves is attached to star in and executive produce Rain, a TV series adaptation of author Barry Eisler’s John Rain book series.  Described as “a globe-trotting action drama”, the story revolves around a half-Japanese, half-American assassin who specializes in making his marks look like they died from natural causes.  The first John Rain book, A Clean Kill in Tokyo, was published in 2002 and was followed by six more novels in the series, with another on the way.  This is Reeves’ first major starring role in a TV show, and the press release notes that Rain is planned as “limited-run programming”.

Rain isn’t yet set up at a network, and one imagines today’s press release was an effort to drum up interest as Slingshot Global Media sets out to shop the potential series to a number of different outlets.  There’s no guarantee the show will actually come to fruition, but it could be an interesting series with Reeves in the lead.  Read the full press release after the jump.

PHINEAS AND FERB Resurrects Shaun and Ed from SHAUN OF THE DEAD

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Ten years ago we got a film that not only launched the career of Edgar Wright, one of our finest writer/directors but also gave us the brilliant duo of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (to be fair, Spaced played a fairly large role in this as well).  That film was Shaun of the Dead.  And while Pegg in particular has been unwaveringly resolute in his comments that there will not be a sequel to that film, that doesn’t mean we’ll never see the characters onscreen again.

Today we learned that Pegg and Frost will be reprising their roles as Shaun and Ed in the Halloween episode of Phineas and Ferb.  Hit the jump for more on their resurrection.  Phineas and Ferb airs on Fridays on the Disney Channel.  

THE LEFTOVERS Recap: “Cairo”

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In an interview earlier this summerTom Perrotta, who wrote The Leftovers novel and is an executive producer on the show, said that there was a definite creative tension between himself and executive producer/showrunner Damon Lindelof over the question of whether the supernatural exists in the show.  This first season is, supposedly, a battleground in which either option could be true.  But by “Cairo,” that seems less and less likely.  Hit the jump for a look at why things in Mapleton need to expand beyond the gloomy suffering of its inhabitants, and what it means if they don’t.

New STAR WARS REBELS Short “Art Attack” Shows off Sabine and Her Unique form of Rebellion

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Disney XD has released a Star Wars Rebels short online.  The animated series will take place about 14 years after the events of Revenge of the Sith and centers on the fledgling rebellion as the Empire hunts down the last of the Jedi Knights to secure rule of the galaxy.  While we’ve had featurettes introducing the villains and even the first seven minutes of the series, this short is interesting because it directly introduces a character even though I’m not sure this will be part of an episode.  If it stands alone, it’s a neat way of introducing Sabine (voiced by Tiya Sircar) without any talking heads explaining who she is.

Hit the jump to check out the Star Wars Rebels short, “Art Attack”.  Star Wars Rebels premieres on Disney XD this October, and also features the voices of Freddie Prinze Jr., David Oyelowo, Vanessa Marshall, Taylor Gray, and Steven Jay Blum.

THE STRAIN Recap: “Occultation”

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It has been as much of a surprise to me as anybody that The Strain has gotten consistently better week by week.  Now the show’s story is at a point where the monsters can speak for themselves (or at least, their forked python-esque tongues can), because we certainly don’t need much of that dialogue spoken by anyone else (save for Abraham).  “Occultation” showed that everyone is starting to have a vampire problem, and watching that spread is good, terrifying fun.  Hit the jump for what lies beneath.

MASTERS OF SEX Recap: “Blackbird”

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Things have been moving very fast on Masters of Sex, but there’s very little sense of where they are headed (in the short term).  Halfway through the season, there have already been many truths revealed, and their consequences already made clear.  “Blackbird” was an intimate and emotionally difficult hour that mostly showed everything going wrong.  The positive progress the show has been making in fits and starts has once again stalled out.  “It feels like dying.  Let’s see if you have the strength to be reborn.”  Hit the jump to find out.

RAY DONOVAN Recap: “Viagra”

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Ray Donovan is rarely cryptic with its episode titles, and “Viagra” was no exception.  It was an hour devoted to sex, and about the complications of sex, for everyone.  As Ray and Abby continue to struggle through their relationship, Terry and Bunchy take drastic steps to move forward with their respective ladies.  Sex is used in a number of ways to help Ray try and ensnare Cochran, and even Mickey and his friend get a moment with a prostitute (sort of).  Hit the jump for why Ray is determined to send someone to the Maldives.

TRUE BLOOD Recap: “Love Is To Die”

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Bill and Sookie’s story in this final season of True Blood has, in many ways, mirrored that of the show and its fans.  It started out sweet and fun, and a little sexy, but then became a mess of Billith proportions.  “I have almost killed her and almost raped her … yet she still keeps running back for more,” Bill confides in Eric about the reasons behind his big decision.  Doesn’t that sound familiar, Trubies?  The show has done unspeakable things to its characters and its narrative, but every summer we just keep coming back for more, hoping it will be different.  Well finally, it is.  Hit the jump for why “if your crying ruins my jacket, you’re paying for it.”

TOP 5: THE EXPENDABLES 3, The Problem with Superhero Sagas, Guillermo del Toro Involved in New SILENT HILL Game, THE GIVER, THE BABADOOK

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There’s nothing I can write in the space allotted here that will do justice to the life and career of Robin Williams. His talent was enormous and just as we’re all the better for the work he did, his loss robs us of the things he might still have done. When I was a kid, Williams and Francis Ford Coppola‘s Jack was the first film that ever made me cry. I can remember being 10-years-old and dumbfounded by his ability to make me smile and sob within the context of a single scene. In spite of knowing that it would break my heart, I couldn’t wait to rewatch it as soon as it ended so I could laugh and cry all over again. In the grand scheme of things, his turn in Jack isn’t anywhere near his most beloved work. Given the film’s 17% RT score, I seem to be among the few who have any endearing memories of the film. We should all be so gifted that even our misses leave a lifelong impression on others.

In an impossible segue, this week’s Top 5 features interviews for and Matt’s review of The Expendables 3, Adam’s editorial on why he believes that treating movies like television is a bad idea, the news that Guillermo del Toro is involved in the next Silent Hill game, interviews for and Adam’s review of The Giver, and the new trailer for writer/director Jennifer Kent‘s horror pic The Babadook. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

THE KNICK Recap: “Mr. Paris Shoes”

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Nothing exemplified The Knick‘s tangled web more than the scene early in the hour that showed each of the main characters arriving at the hospital.  In Steven Soderbergh‘s long tracking shot, the timing and fluidity were perfect, like the methods by which each was shown (Nurse Elkins on a bicycle, Thackery and Cornelia in coaches, Algernon on foot, and the young doctors Everett and Bertram finishing up a smoke before heading inside).  One of The Knick‘s most distinctive parts is its distinctive look: the blood is all the more stark against such a sterile, antique background.  Hit the jump for why “I have a lead on a failing heart at Blackwell Island. With any luck, he won’t survive the week.”

SCREAM TV Show Swaps Amy Forsyth for Bex Taylor-Klaus; SHOW ME A HERO Adds Jim Belushi; Eddie Izzard Joins POWERS

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We’ve got some TV casting news worth sharing.  Here’s what’s coming at a glance:

  • MTV’s Scream added Connor Weil, Bobby Campo and Joel Gretsch, and swapped Amy Forsyth for Bex Taylor-Klaus.
  • HBO’s Show Me A Hero added Jim Belushi, Terry Kinney and Michael Stahl-David to the cast.
  • Sony PlayStation Network’s Powers just picked up Eddie Izzard, Noah Taylor and Olesya Rulin.

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AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW Set to Premiere October 8th

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Let the countdown to the freak show begin!  We’ve known American Horror Story: Freak Show is on the way for quite some time now, and guessed it was coming well before that, but now we’ve got an official date and time to look forward to – Wednesday, October 8th at 10pm on FX.

There are always plot rumors out there for highly anticipated movies and TV shows, but when the possibility of a circus/freak show-themed American Horror Story popped up, it was just too good to brush off.  Even though that made the official announcement more of a told-you-so type of thing, it’s hard to imagine anything else topping that concept.  Hit the jump for more on American Horror Story season 4.

Starz Greenlights OUTLANDER Season 2; Will Adapt the Second Book in Diana Gabaldon’s Historical Fiction Series

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Not even a week after the premiere episode of Starz’s Outlander debuted, the network has already given the greenlight for Outlander Season 2.  The show is based on the bestselling series of Diana Gabaldon novels and tells the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously transported back in time to 1743.  The books (there are eight in total) traverse the genres of romance, science fiction, history, and adventure, making them ripe for the visual medium of TV.  Battlestar Galactica showrunner Ronald D. Moore is at the helm of the Outlander TV show, spearheading what looks to be a rather successful adaptation (read Allison’s review here).

Starz has ordered “at least 13 episodes” of Outlander Season 2, which will be based on the second book in Gabaldon’s series, Dragonfly in Amber.  This first season consists of 16 episodes, so one imagines that could be in the cards for the second season as well.  Whereas HBO is focused on a variety of heavy drama series, with Spartacus, Da Vinci’s Demons, and now Outlander, it appears that Starz has carved out a nice little genre-oriented niche for itself in the world of premium cable. Read the full press release after the jump.

COMMUNITY Season 6 Teaser Recaps 5 Seasons of Ups and Downs for the Resurrected Comedy

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It’s a little hard to believe that Community actually lasted five whole seasons on network television.  Once the sitcom found its weird/meta groove a few episodes into its first season, it soldiered on and never looked back.  The show battled network disappointment, high fan expectations, cast departures, and even the firing—and rehiring—of its own showrunner Dan Harmon before NBC finally opted to cancel the show once and for all after Season 5.  Plenty of fans were upset, especially given the “Six Seasons and a Movie” rally cry, but Yahoo! Screen came to the resuce at the very last minute to resurrect the show for a sixth season.  Yahoo! has now released a Community Season 6 teaser that recaps the last five years of madness (all but glossing over the Harmon-less Season 4) and teases the upcoming resurrection of the show, complete with Six Million Dollar Man references galore.

Hit the jump to watch the Community Season 6 teaser.  A premiere date has yet to be set, but given that the new season hasn’t started filming yet, one imagines it may be early 2015 before we see new episodes.

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