In this week’s Sci-Fi TV we have a full summary with details, preview images and trailers for all the new genre shows for the next season, including Green Arrow getting a show and the return of the alien sitcom. Plus there’s lots of updates on your old favorites, including True Blood, Game of Thrones and Supernatural. We even have news on shows in development, including the Hulks return to the small screen? So check all that out, including all the new previews, below.
GENRE TV NEWS – 2012/2013 TV SEASON SUMMARY
With the upfronts behind us, here’s an updated look at the sci-fi/genre shows we’ll be busy watching this year and next on the broadcast networks. Some of the info is a repeat of last week, but we now have more info, images and (best of all) video trailers. Enjoy.
Cast photo (more promotional cast images at SpoilerTV)
How well do you know your neighbors? Meet The Weavers: Debbie (Jami Gertz) and Marty (Lenny Venito). Marty, in hopes of providing a better life for his wife and three kids, recently bought a home in Hidden Hills, a gated New Jersey townhome community with its own golf course. Hidden Hills is so exclusive that a house hasn’t come on the market in 10 years. But one finally did … and the Weavers got it! It’s clear from day one that the residents of Hidden Hills are a little … different. For starters, their new neighbors all have pro-athlete names like Larry Bird, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Reggie Jackson, and Dick Butkus. Over dinner, Marty and his family discover that their neighbors receive nourishment through their eyes and mind by reading books, rather than eating. The Weavers soon learn that the entire community is comprised of aliens from Zabvron, where the men bear children and everyone cries green goo … from their ears. The Zabvronians have been stationed on Earth for the past 10 years, disguised as humans, awaiting instructions from home, and the Weavers are the first humans they’ve had the opportunity to know. As it turns out, the pressures of marriage and parenthood are not exclusive to planet Earth. Two worlds will collide with hilarious consequences as everyone discovers they can “totally relate,” and learn a lot from each other. Dan Fogelman (the writer of Cars, Tangled, and Crazy, Stupid, Love), Director Chris Koch (Workaholics, Modern Family), Jeff Morton (Modern Family) and Aaron Kaplan (GCB, Terra Nova) executive produce this new comedy about close encounters of the 3rd kind, in New Jersey.
666 Park Avenue
If you could make one wish, what would it be? And what would you do to get it? At 666 Park Avenue, all of your dreams and burning desires can come true: wealth, sex, love, power, even revenge. But just be careful what you wish for, because the price you pay… could be your soul. Welcome to The Drake, the premiere apartment building on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Owned by the mysterious Gavin Doran (Terry O’Quinn – Lost) and his sexy wife Olivia (Vanessa Williams – Desperate Housewives), The Drake is home to dozens of residents who are unaware they’re living in the dark embrace of supernatural forces. They think their dreams are all coming true, only to find they’ve been lured into making, what feels like, a deal with the Devil. When a young Mid-western couple – Jane Van Veen (Rachael Taylor – Charlie’s Angels, Grey’s Anatomy) and Henry Martin (Dave Annable – Brothers & Sisters) – is hired to manage The Drake, they soon discover that evil, obsession, and manipulation has a home. Allow yourself to be seduced by 666 Park Avenue, and unravel the mysteries of this devilish new drama from Alloy Entertainment (Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars) and executive producers David Wilcox (Fringe, Life on Mars), Leslie Morgenstein (Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries) and Gina Girolamo (The Secret Circle, The Lying Game).
Cast promotional images [more at SpoilerTV]
Promotional stills for episode 1×01 – “Pilot” [more at SpoilerTV]
Zero Hour (mid-season)
Hank Foley (Anthony Edwards) is no stranger to adventure. But this one is a little more than he bargained for. As the publisher of Modern Skeptic magazine, Hank has spent his career following clues, debunking myths and solving conspiracies. A confessed paranormal junkie, his motto is “logic is the compass.” But when his beautiful young wife (Jacinda Barrett) is abducted from her store, an antique clock shop, Hank gets pulled into one of the most compelling mysteries of human history, stretching around the world and back centuries. Contained in one of his wife’s clocks is a treasure map, and what it leads to could be cataclysmic. Now it’s up to Hank to decipher the symbols and unlock the secrets of the map, while ensuring the answers don’t fall into the wrong hands. With his two young associates Rachel (Addison Timlin) and Arron (Scott Michael Foster) in tow, along with Deck, a sexy FBI agent (Carmen Ejogo), Hank will lead them on a breathless race against the clock, to find his wife and save humanity. Executive produced by Lorenzo DiBonaventura (the Transformers and GI: Joe franchises, Salt, Red), Paul Scheuring (Prison Break) and Dan McDermott (Human Target) comes this fast-paced thriller that will take you on quest around the globe to reveal one of mankind’s most riveting conspiracies, one that powerful forces have kept hidden for too long.
Promotional cast image [more at SpoilerTV]
ELEMENTARY stars Jonny Lee Miller as detective Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson in a modern-day drama about a crime-solving duo that cracks the NYPD’s most impossible cases. Following his fall from grace in London and a stint in rehab, eccentric Sherlock escapes to Manhattan where his wealthy father forces him to live with his worst nightmare – a sober companion, Dr. Watson. A successful surgeon until she lost a patient and her license three years ago, Watson views her current job as another opportunity to help people, as well as paying a penance. However, the restless Sherlock is nothing like her previous clients. He informs her that none of her expertise as an addiction specialist applies to him and he’s devised his own post-rehab regimen – resuming his work as a police consultant in New York City. Watson has no choice but to accompany her irascible new charge on his jobs. But Sherlock finds her medical background helpful, and Watson realizes she has a knack for playing investigator. Sherlock’s police contact, Capt. Tobias “Toby” Gregson (Aidan Quinn), knows from previous experience working with Scotland Yard that Sherlock is brilliant at closing cases, and welcomes him as part of the team. With the mischievous Sherlock Holmes now running free in New York solving crimes, it’s simple deduction that he’s going to need someone to keep him grounded, and it’s elementary that it’s a job for Watson. Rob Doherty, Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly and Michael Cuesta, who directed the pilot, are executive producers for CBS Television Studios.
First Look: Jonny Lee Miller (Detective Sherlock Holmes) and Lucy Liu (Dr. Joan Watson) [SpoilerTV]
Arrow [Wednesday / 8PM]
After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific. When he returns home to Starling City, his devoted mother Moira, much-beloved sister Thea, and best friend Tommy welcome him home, but they sense Oliver has been changed by his ordeal on the island. While Oliver hides the truth about the man he’s become, he desperately wants to make amends for the actions he took as the boy he was. Most particularly, he seeks reconciliation with his former girlfriend, Laurel Lance. As Oliver reconnects with those closest to him, he secretly creates the persona of Arrow – a vigilante – to right the wrongs of his family, fight the ills of society, and restore Starling City to its former glory. By day, Oliver plays the role of a wealthy, carefree and careless philanderer he used to be – flanked by his devoted chauffeur/bodyguard, John Diggle – while carefully concealing the secret identity he turns to under cover of darkness. However, Laurel’s father, Detective Quentin Lance, is determined to arrest the vigilante operating in his city. Meanwhile, Oliver’s own mother, Moira, knows much more about the deadly shipwreck than she has let on – and is more ruthless than he could ever imagine. The series stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, Colin Donnell as Tommy, Katie Cassidy as Laurel Lance, David Ramsey as John Diggle, Willa Holland as Thea Queen, with Susanna Thompson as Moira Queen and Paul Blackthorne as Detective Quentin Lance. Based on characters appearing in comic books and graphic novels published by DC Comics, ARROW is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (“Green Lantern,” “Brothers & Sisters”), Marc Guggenheim (“FlashForward,” “Eli Stone”), Andrew Kreisberg (“Warehouse 13,” “The Vampire Diaries”) and David Nutter (“Smallville,” “Supernatural,” “Game of Thrones”). Melissa Kellner Berman (“Eli Stone,” “Dirty Sexy Money”) is co-executive producer. The pilot was directed by David Nutter from a teleplay by Andrew Kreisberg & Marc Guggenheim, story by Greg Berlanti & Marc Guggenheim.
Promotional still [InsideTV | EW]
Beauty and the Beast [Thursday / 9PM]
Detective Catherine Chandler is a smart, no-nonsense homicide detective. Several years earlier, Catherine witnessed the murder of her mother at the hands of two gunmen. Catherine would have been killed too, but someone – or something – saved her. No one has ever believed her, but she knows it wasn’t an animal that attacked the assassins…it was human. Years have passed, and Catherine is a strong, confident, capable police officer, working alongside her equally talented partner, Tess. While investigating a murder, Catherine discovers a clue that leads her to a handsome doctor named Vincent Keller, who was reportedly killed by enemy fire while serving in Afghanistan in 2002. Catherine learns that Vincent is actually still alive and that it was he who saved her many years before. For mysterious reasons that have forced him to live outside of traditional society, Vincent has been in hiding for the past 10 years to guard his secret – when he is enraged, he becomes a terrifying beast, unable to control his super-strength and heightened senses. Catherine agrees to protect his identity in return for any insight he may have into her mother’s murder. Thus begins a complex relationship between Catherine and Vincent, who are powerfully drawn to each other yet understand that their connection is extremely dangerous for both of them. The series stars Kristin Kreuk (“Smallville,” “Chuck”) as Catherine, Jay Ryan (“Terra Nova”) as Vincent, Max Brown (“The Tudors,” “MI-5″) as Evan, Nina Lisandrello (“Nurse Jackie”) as Tess, Nicole Gale Anderson (“Make It or Break It”) as Heather, Austin Basis (“Life Unexpected”) as J.T., and Brian White (“The Shield,” “The Cabin in the Woods”) as Joe. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is from CBS Television Studios with executive producers Jennifer Levin (“Without A Trace,” “Felicity”), Sherri Cooper (“Brothers and Sisters”), Bill Haber (“Rizzoli & Isles,” “Thurgood”), Paul J. Witt (“A Better Life”) & Tony Thomas (“A Better Life”), Ron Koslow (“Moonlight”) and Gary Fleder (“Life Unexpected”).
Promotional still [InsideTV | EW]
Preview [The CW]
Our entire way of life depends on electricity. So what would happen if it just stopped working? Well, one day, like a switch turned off, the world is suddenly thrust back into the dark ages. Planes fall from the sky, hospitals shut down, and communication is impossible. And without any modern technology, who can tell us why? Now, 15 years later, life is back to what it once was long before the industrial revolution: families living in quiet cul-de-sacs, and when the sun goes down lanterns and candles are lit. Life is slower and sweeter. Or is it? On the fringes of small farming communities, danger lurks. And a young woman’s life is dramatically changed when a local militia arrives and kills her father, who mysteriously – and unbeknownst to her – had something to do with the blackout. This brutal encounter sets her and two unlikely companions off on a daring coming-of-age journey to find answers about the past in the hopes of reclaiming the future. From director Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Iron Man 2) and the fertile imaginations of J.J. Abrams (Lost, Person of Interest) and Eric Kripke (Supernatural), comes a surprising what if action-adventure series, where an unlikely hero will lead the world out of the dark. Literally. The series stars Billy Burke (The Twilight Saga), Tracy Spiridakos (Being Human), Anna Lise Phillips (Terra Nova), Zak Orth (Romeo + Juliet), Graham Rogers (Memphis Beat), J.D. Pardo (A Cinderella Story), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), David Lyons (The Cape), Maria Howell (The Blind Side), Tim Guinee (Iron Man) and Andrea Roth (Rescue Me). Kripke, Abrams, Favreau and Bryan Burk (Lost, Star Trek) serve as executive producers. Revolution is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Bad Robot Productions, Kripke Enterprises and Warner Bros. Television. The pilot was directed by Favreau.
Extended trailer [NBC]
Do No Harm
Dr. Jason Cole (Steven Pasquale, Rescue Me) is a highly respected neurosurgeon who has it all – a lucrative career, confident charm, the gift of compassion. But he also has a deep, dark secret. One morning when he wakes up disoriented in a wrecked hotel room amidst several near-naked women he’s never seen before, he knows one thing: it’s happening again. Every night at the same hour, something inside Jason changes, leaving him almost unrecognizable – seductive, devious, borderline sociopathic. This new man is his dangerous alternate personality who goes by the name of ‘Ian Price.’ For years he’s battled Ian, keeping him in check with a powerful experimental sedative. But now his – their – body has developed a resistance to the serum, setting Ian free once again. And to make matters worse, after being suppressed for so long, Ian’s hell-bent on taking revenge on his oppressor. With everyone Jason cares about at risk – patients, friends, coworkers and even the woman he loves – he’s got to stop Ian once and for all. Will they find some common ground, or will they bring each other down? Hell hath no fury like an alter ego scorned. Also starring are Alana De La Garza (Law & Order), Mousa Kraish (Superbad), Michael Esper (A Beautiful Mind), Ruta Gedmintas (The Borgias) and Phylicia Rashad (The Cosby Show). Do No Harm is produced by Universal Television and Traugott Company. The executive producer/writer is David Schulner (Desperate Housewives, The Event). Peter Traugott (Ringer) and Rachel Kaplan (Ringer) also are executive producers. Michael Mayer (NBC’s Smash) is the co-executive producer and director.
Steven Pasquale (Dr. Jason Cole)
It’s 1715 on the Bahamian island of New Providence, the first functioning democracy in the Americas, where the diabolical pirate Edward Teach, aka Blackbeard, reigns over a rogue nation of thieves, outlaws and miscreant sailors. Part shantytown, part marauder’s paradise, this is a place like no other on earth – and a mounting threat to international commerce.
To gain control of this fearsome society, Tom Lowe, a highly skilled undercover assassin, is sent to the pirates’ haven to take down the brilliant and charismatic Blackbeard. But the closer Lowe gets, the more he finds that his quest is not so simple. Lowe can’t help but admire the political ideals of Blackbeard, whose thirst for knowledge knows no bounds – and no law. But Lowe is not the only danger to Blackbeard’s rule. He is a man with many villainous rivals and one great weakness – a passionately driven woman whom he cannot deny.
No new genre/sci-fi shows this season.
And here’s a quick rundown of shows renewed and canceled:
Once Upon a Time — One of the bright spots this season, “Once Upon a Time” was the highest-rated freshman drama this season and will return for a second season.
The River — Canceled due to low ratings.
The Walking Dead — The highest rated show on cable in core demos, “The Walking Dead” will be back for a third season.
A Gifted Man — Canceled. Expectations are lower on Friday nights, but “A Gifted Man” didn’t rate so well.
Person of Interest — Producer J.J. Abrams’ other show may have been canceled, but CBS picked up the well-rated “Person of Interest” for a second season.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars — Still a strong draw among kids, “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” was renewed by Cartoon Network for a fifth season.
Nikita — Ratings weren’t that strong, but The CW picked up “Nikita” for a third season.
The Secret Circle — It may have come from the same creative team behind “The Vampire Diaries”, but “The Secret Circle” failed to attract much of an audience and was canceled after just one season on the air.
Supernatural — Ratings are down from last year — but what show on The CW isn’t? — but “Supernatural” was renewed for an eighth season and if they have anything to say about it, top brass at The CW have no intentions of ending the show next season (more on this below). The show is also moving from Thursdays to Wednesday nights.
The Vampire Diaries — Renewed for a fourth season. Ratings were lower this season than last, but for a network like The CW which continues to struggle to find an audience, the show remains a bright spot.
Alcatraz — It’s one and done for this J.J. Abrams-produced drama. Fox opted to renew Abrams’ “other” show instead…
Fringe — …with that show being “Fringe” which was picked up for a fifth — and final — season.
Terra Nova — Canceled after 1 season on the air. Netflix has some interest in picking it up, but ultimately passed.
Touch — The premiere audience hasn’t stuck around, but “Touch” has found a solid core base of support and was renewed by Fox for a second season.
American Horror Story — Strong ratings equaled a second season renewal.
Awake — Canceled. Ratings were weak from beginning to end.
Chuck — Concluded its fifth and final season this past January.
Grimm — “Grimm” was the top-rated show on Friday nights and was renewed for a second season.
Game of Thrones — Sunday nights top-rated show for HBO, “Game of Thrones” was quickly picked up for a third season early into its (currently running) second season.
Being Human — Renewed for a third season.
Eureka — Concludes its fifth and final season this July (more details below).
Lost Girl — Currently running second season.
Merlin — The UK import concluded its fourth season in the US and will return for a fifth season.
Falling Skies — Season two premieres this June.
In cable, TNT has two projects in development for this fall: “The Last Ship” and “Legends”:
The Last Ship
In this exciting action/adventure project based on the popular novel by William Brinkley, the crew of a naval destroyer is forced to confront the reality of a new existence when a pandemic decimates most of the earth’s population. Michael Bay (Transformers) intends to direct the pilot if it is green lit. Executive Producers: Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, Andrew Form, Hank Steinberg (showrunner and writer) and Steve Kane (writer). Production Company: Platinum Dunes.
This suspenseful, action-packed drama is being developed by Howard Gordon, Jeffrey Nachmanoff and Mark Bomback from the novel Legends by Robert Littell. The story follows a deep-cover operative named Martin Odum, who has an uncanny ability to transform himself into a different person for each job. But his own identity comes into question when a mysterious stranger suggests that Martin isn’t who he thinks he is. Executive Producers: Howard Gordon, Jeffrey Nachmanoff, Alexander Cary and Jonathan Levin. Studio: Fox Television Studios.
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Hulk TV show still in development; Could be on next year’s schedule
One of the show’s missing from next season’s slate of genre programming was the previously announced “Hulk” TV series from producer Guillermo del Toro. But fear not because ABC’s entertainment president revealed this past week that the show is still in development and could be ready for next season:
“Hulk is in development,” Paul Lee confirmed. “It wasn’t going to be ready this season but we hope it’s going to be ready for next season.”
Lee is also optimistic that with Marvel now under Disney ownership — the parent company of ABC — more Marvel properties could hit the small screen:
We’re immensely proud to be a company with The Avengers,” he said. “We’re going to continue to develop aggressively.”
Syfy sets season premiere dates for Warehouse 13 and Alphas + Series finale date set for Eureka
Syfy has announced their Summer schedule, including the season premieres of Warehouse 13″ (Season 4 – Monday, July 23) and “Alphas” (Season 2 – Monday, July 23). Here are the descriptions for shows’ upcoming seasons:
Season 4 kicks off with the Warehouse Team still reeling from the shocking events of the climactic season three finale – the loss of Agent Steve Jinks (Aaron Ashmore), Mrs. Frederic (CCH Pounder), H.G. Wells (Jaime Murray) and the destruction of the Warehouse itself. Their only hope lies in racing to the other side of the Earth to hunt down an obscure artifact, which may or may not even exist – and if it does exist, what consequences will they face for using it? The most successful series in Syfy history, Warehouse 13 follows a team of government agents who work at a massive, top-secret storage facility in windswept South Dakota which houses every strange artifact, mysterious relic, fantastical object and preternatural souvenir ever collected by the U.S. government. The Warehouse’s caretaker Artie Nielsen (Saul Rubinek) charges Pete Lattimer (Eddie McClintock), Myka Bering (Joanne Kelly) and Claudia Donovan (Allison Scagliotti) with chasing down reports of supernatural and paranormal activity in search of new objects to cache at the Warehouse, as well as helping him to control the Warehouse itself. Sam Huntington (Being Human) will be among the star-studded array of season 4 guest stars. Warehouse 13 is produced for Syfy by Universal Cable Productions. Jack Kenny (The Book of Daniel) is executive producer and showrunner.
In Syfy’s action-packed hit drama series, an unlikely team of ordinary people with superhuman physical and mental abilities – known as Alphas – takes on mysterious cases the CIA, FBI and Pentagon are unable to solve and go head-to-head with criminal Alphas.
Season 2 picks up eight months after last year’s finale with the stage set for an explosive turn of events at the Binghamton facility (the Guantanamo of the Alpha world) that could have devastating, far-reaching consequences. Dr. Lee Rosen (Emmy Award-winner and Academy Award-nominee David Strathairn), having exposed the existence of Alphas to the unsuspecting public, finds himself discredited and imprisoned by a government desperate to cover up his revelation. The rest of the core team has disbanded and some, without Rosen’s guidance and care, have regressed to their old, destructive ways. They must now battle their individual demons in order to reunite and try to save their own.
Alphas also stars Malik Yoba, Warren Christie, Azita Ghanizada, Ryan Cartwright and Laura Mennell. Erin Way (Detroit 187, Private Practice) joins the cast this season as “Kat” a mysterious young loner whose Alpha ability allows her to pick up any skill at a glance. But while her skills are permanent, her personal memories are short-lived. The series is produced by Universal Cable Productions and BermanBraun Television with executive producers Bruce Miller, Gail Berman, Lloyd Braun, Gene Stein and Zak Penn. Penn and co-executive producer Michael Karnow are series creators.
Other shows premiering this Summer include: “Insane or Inspired” (NEW – Friday, May 25 at 10PM); “Haunted Collector” (Season 2 – Wednesday, June 6 at 9PM); “School Spirits” (NEW – Wednesday, June 20 at 10PM); “Destination Truth” (Season 5 – Tuesday, July 10 at 8PM); “Paranormal Highway” (NEW – Tuesday, July 10 at 10PM); “Paranormal Witness” (Season 2 – Wednesday, August 8 at 10PM) and “Face Off” (Season 3 – Tuesday, August 21 at 9PM).
And for fans of Syfy’s Saturday Night Original Movies, there are four planned throughout June:
· Jersey Shore Shark Attack – Saturday, June 9 at 9PM – Led by an all-star cast of Tony Sirico (The Sopranos), Paul Sorvino (Goodfellas), Jack Scalia (Dallas), Joey Fatone (‘N Sync), William Atherton (Die Hard) and Vinny Guadagnino (Jersey Shore) the movie unfolds during the July Fourth weekend at the Jersey Shore, where angry sharks are on a rampage, devouring residents, leaving it to the local Guidos to save the day. The movie also stars Jeremy Luke as The Complication, Melissa Molinaro as Nooki, Joey Russo as Donnie, Daniel Booko as Balzac, Audi Resendez as B.J., and Alex Mauriello as J-Moni. Jersey Shore Shark Attack is a production of Hybrid Entertainment. The director is John Shepphird. Jeffrey Schenck, Barry Barnholtz and Peter Sullivan are the producers.
· Piranhaconda – Saturday, June 16 at 9PM – Part fish! Part snake! All killer! In B-movie icon Roger Corman’s latest, a hybrid creature – half piranha and half anaconda — attacks a movie crew on location near her nest when her egg is stolen. Now they must outrun and kill the deadly piranhaconda as well as stop the mad scientist who stole the egg – before they all become dinner. Stars Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill: I & II) and Rachel Hunter (The Benchwarmers). Piranhaconda is a production of New Horizons, directed by Jim Wynorski.
· Arachnoquake – Saturday, June 23 at 9PM – In Arachnoquake, starring Tracey Gold (Growing Pains), massive earthquakes unleash giant albino spiders. Freed from their ancient subterranean prison, the spiders go on a murderous rampage through New Orleans. Joining Gold will be Bug Hall (The Little Rascals), Ethan Phillips (Star Trek: Voyager) and Edward Furlong (Terminator 2: Judgment Day). The movie is a production of Active Entertainment. Arachnoquake is directed by Griff Furst.
· Bigfoot – Saturday, June 30 at 9PM – Television legends Danny Bonaduce (The Partridge Family) and Barry Williams (The Brady Bunch) star as life-long rivals battling over Bigfoot. Howard Hesseman (Head of the Class), Sherilyn Fenn (Twin Peaks), Andre Royo (The Wire) and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Alice Cooper (School’s Out) co-star in the movie, which is directed by Oscar and Emmy nominee Bruce Davison (X-Men). Bigfoot is a production of The Asylum.
In other news, “Lost Girl” will move to Fridays at 10PM beginning Friday, July 20 and Syfy also announced the date for the fifth season / series finale of “Eureka”. The finale will air Monday, July 16 at 9PM:
After five seasons, Syfy’s long-running original series comes to an end and theremarkable residents of Eureka say their goodbyes. During the thrilling final season, the town is reeling after the Astraeus and her crew mysteriously vanished just before their planned launch to Titan. As the town copes with the shocking personal changes caused by the Astraeus ordeal, they continue to uncover the truth about the forces behind the crew’s bizarre disappearance — with shocking results. Eureka stars Colin Ferguson (Sheriff Jack Carter) Salli Richardson-Whitfield (Allison Blake), Joe Morton (Henry Deacon), Erica Cerra (Jo Lupo), Neil Grayston (Douglas Fargo) and Niall Matter (Zane Donovan). Co-creator Jaime Paglia and Bruce Miller are executive producers. The series is produced and distributed by Universal Cable Productions.
Jon Favreau talks about directing the J.J. Abrams pilot Revolution
“Revolution”, one of the new genre shows picked up by NBC for next season, is from producer J.J. Abrams and Eric Kripke, but the pilot was directed by Jon Favreau (“Iron Man” / “Iron Man 2″ and producer on “The Avengers”). Favreau spoke to THR about the project:
THR: When doing something like Revolution, how is directing a pilot versus a movie?
Favreau: Pilots tend to have a longer time to film than an episode, but it’s certainly a lot less than a movie. But we had a really tight script, and I was working with producers like Eric Kripke and J.J. Abrams, who have been involved in TV a lot. J.J. and I have been looking to work together in TV for a long time, so you just have to prepare a little more. The casting process is crazy, especially when you have a lot of unknowns, a lot of discoveries, and the Bad Robot shows, J.J.’s shows, are all really cast-driven, so a lot of care went into finding the right people for the parts. So it really all worked out well; I’m very pleased with how well it all turned out.
Favreau also talked about Abrams’ involvement, revealing that he was “very involved in developing the script” and would look at dailies while filming the “Star Trek” sequel:
“[W]e would communicate using the same technology that he show eliminates. So we were very dependent upon technology. But he’s pretty tech-forward, and a lot of stuff is done online, so I would talk to my Internet through the Internet, I would talk to J.J. through e-mails. He’s got a great company, I’ve been wanting to work there for a while, and he’s got a great time, so I felt very well looked after.”
Favreau also revealed that his involvement in the series doesn’t end with the pilot as he’s going to be a producer on the show and will “hit the writers room and [Eric Kripke] is going to be breaking stories for the new season with J.J. and myself, and then hopefully either direct or be involved some way for future episodes.” Check out the rest of Favreau’s interview with THR here.
Billy Burke, one of the stars of the show, says it’s not as “confusing” as some past Abrams shows [Zap2It]:
“I don’t think people will be confused in the slightest watching it,” he says. “For some reason, all forms of energy and power go out. Fifteen years later, people are trying to get along and trying to figure out how to reconnect and how to form new societies without any of those benefits. We cut back and forth a little bit in time, but it’s all pretty linear and very easy to follow and highly entertaining.”
Supernatural: Season eight AND beyond…
“Supernatural” will be heading into its eighth year next season, but The CW president Mark Pedowitz has no intention of that being the show’s final year, according to TVLine who reports Pedowitz is not looking at season eight “as the final year in any way, shape or form.” Speaking of season eight, the press release announcing the pickup includes this description for the upcoming season:
The thrilling and terrifying journey of the Winchester brothers continues as SUPERNATURAL enters its eighth season. Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) have spent their lives on the road, battling every kind of supernatural threat. Over the years, after dozens of bloody adventures, they have faced everything from the yellow-eyed demon that killed their mother to vampires, ghosts, shapeshifters, angels and fallen gods. They even came face to face with Lucifer and the Four Horsemen in averting the Apocalypse. With the help of allies – both human and supernatural – they’ve discovered that every threat they vanquish opens a new door for evil to enter in. In the show’s seventh season, their hunt for the dreaded Leviathans – monstrous creatures escaped from Purgatory – has cost them dearly. Claiming the life of their best friend and father-figure, Bobby Singer, and shattering their protector, the fallen angel Castiel, Sam and Dean’s battle to somehow defeat the age-old Leviathan threat will take everything they’ve got. As dawn arrives after their endless struggle and sacrifice to defeat the world’s evils, they know that, come nightfall, something otherworldly – something supernatural – will claw its way out of the shadows, demanding their attention.
As noted earlier, “Supernatural” will be shifting from Friday night to Wednesday night next season at 9PM leading out of the new series “Arrow”.
First full-length trailer released for True Blood season five
We’re just about three weeks away from the season five premiere of the HBO hit “True Blood” and after multiple video and image-based teasers, HBO has finally released a full-length trailer for the fifth season. Watch it below:
Speaking of teasers…here’s the latest season five poster:
…and here are some season five character posters [more at TV Fanatic]:
“True Blood” season five premieres on HBO June 10, 2012 at 9PM.
Watch the TRON: Uprising prelude online right now
Ahead of next month’s series premiere of the Disney XD series “TRON: Uprising”, Disney Channel aired a 30-minute prelude to the series called “Beck’s Beginning”. The episode is also available to view online via the embed below.
“TRON: Uprising, Beck’s Beginning,” introduces a Beck, a young mechanic living in Argon City, a growing metropolis in a far off corner of the grid that has just been occupied by General Tesler, a henchman of the notorious Clu. After his best friend Bodhi is ruthlessly derezzed by Clu’s army, Beck seeks justice for his lost friend and launches a crusade against the regime. His rebellion captures the attention of Tron, the greatest warrior The Grid has ever known, who sees the potential in Beck and trains him to be his successor. Labeled with the moniker of The Renegade, Beck sparks a revolution to fight for the freedom of The Grid.”
The voice cast of “TRON: Uprising” includes Elijah Wood as Beck, Bruce Boxleitner as Tron, Mandy Moore as Mara, Emmanuelle Chriqui as Paige, Nate Corddry as Zed, Lance Henriksen as General Tesler, Reginald VelJohnson as Able, Paul Reubens as Pavel and Tricia Helfer as The Grid. Elijah Wood recently gave an interview to Collider, describing the series as “animated program for all ages, but that is a little bit more cinematic than what we’re used to and a little bit darker than we’re used to in this space, and really pushing that forward. That’s wonderful.” Check out the rest of the interview here.
In a separate interview with Collider, series creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz talked about how they can more deeply explore certain aspects of this franchise through the small-screen versus their big screen “TRON: Legacy”:
HOROWITZ: In writing Tron: Legacy, we had two hours to tell a story and a world that was so exciting and rich to explore. Tron: Uprising has been an amazing opportunity to explore the time between Legacy, when we see Clu overthrow Flynn and Sam’s arrival at the beginning, and take that time period and really go out into the Grid and see what happens.
KITSIS: When we wrote the movie, you would see a scene where they would pass through other sectors, and we always wanted to explore one of those sectors. So, for us, Tron: Uprising really explores the Grid, what it means to be a Program, what it means to be a Program going from living under Flynn to living under Klu, and we really get to dig deep into the world. This will allow us to really explore it in a deeper way. Not deeper than the movie, but we really get to explore the little sections of the Grid that we didn’t have time to show you.
“TRON: Uprising” premieres Thursday, June 7 at 9PM on Disney XD.
Rachel Nichols talks Continuum
Rachel Nichols — who played Gaila in “Star Trek” — stars as a cop from the future in the futuristic cop drama “Continuum” and the actress described the series in an interview with About.com:
“The show opens up in 2077 and I’m a cop in the future. We are about to put the seven most criminal terrorists in the world to death. While they’ve been in prison, unbeknownst to me, there’s other people who weren’t involved and they’ve essentially created it’s not like a time machine but sort of a device that creates a wormhole. They set it off right before they are executed and we are all shot back 65 years. Because I go in to stop it, I get shot back with them.”
10 episodes were shot and the show premieres later this month in Canada, but so far no US company has picked the show up. Nichols says producers are currently negotiating with American networks:
“[GK Films] wanted to shoot and assemble all 10 episodes and then sell it like that. They are negotiating with American networks right now, but just they wanted to put it all together and make it the show they wanted to make it before succumbing to the pressures of executives and things. They just wanted to make the show they wanted to make and then worry about selling it, which was great for me.”
Check out the rest of the interview with Nichols here.
First Look: George R.R. Martin’s episode of Game of Thrones
Already picked up for a third season, “Game of Thrones” is moving briskly towards the conclusion of season two, and an upcoming episode was written by author/creator George R.R. Martin himself. Here’s the first photo from the episode Martin wrote, titled “Blackwater”, featuring Bronn (Jerome Flynn) taking aim with his bow and arrow:
“Blackwater” is the penultimate episode of the season and will air May 27 and star Richard Madden (Robb Stark) teased that it’ll feature quite the battle:
“I’m really excited to see a certain battle that happens…Season one viewers were a bit mad that they didn’t get to see enough of the battle, but anyone that missed out on the battle last year is not going to be disappointed with the battle this year. It’s going to be awesome.” We’re already counting down the days, King in the North!
The season finale, “Valar Morghulis”, will air on June 3. Here’s the press release/description:
As Theon (Alfie Allen) stirs his men to action, Luwin (Donald Sumpter) offers some final advice. Brienne (Gwendolyn Christie) silences Jaime; Arya (Maisie Williams) receives a gift from Jaqen(Tom Wlaschiha); Dany (Emilia Clarke) goes to a strange place; and Jon (KitHarington) proves himself to Qhorin (Simon Armstrong).
In the meantime, here’s a look at this Sunday’s episode “The Prince of Winterfell” followed by a promo for the episode.
PREVIEW Videos & Images
Promo for episode 5×06 – “Worst Case Scenario” [YouTube]
Sneak peek at “Worst Case Scenario” [YouTube]
Season two promo art [more at EW]
Season four wrap-up video [YouTube]
First trailer for the 12-part Sky1 series [Digital Spy]
Season two promotional cast photos [more at SpoilerTV]
Watch the first 10 minutes of season two [MTV]
Promo for episode 1×11 & 1×12 – “Gyre” [YouTube]
- Want to know what’s being planned out for the fifth and final season of Fox’s “Fringe”? Check out this article at TV Guide [SPOILERS] for the details.
- The two-hour season two premiere of “Falling Skies” airs June 17 with the episodes “Worlds Apart” and “Shall We Gather at the River”. We also know the titles for episodes 3-7. They are: “Young Bloods”; Love and Other Acts of Courage”; Homecoming and “Molon Labe”. Episode descriptions are available at SpoilerTV.
- Giancarlo Esposito, who plays Sidney Glass in “Once Upon a Time”, said despite being signed onto the upcoming NBC series “Revolution”, he hopes to be able to show up on “Once Upon a Time” if needed: “I think I can [pop up on Once]…And I would love to be able to do that.” [TVLine]
- “Doctor Who” showrunner Steven Moffat revealed that the character River Song is bisexual. [Steven Moffat]
- Lance Henriksen, who starred in the short-lived Fox series “Millennium”, believes a movie based on the series is going to happen: “I really do… There’s a big push on right now and there’s a lot of crazy people involved in it. They’ve written a book with interviews with everybody that was on the show including [Frank] Spotnitz and me… It’s crazy that you wouldn’t give it a shot.” [ComingSoon]
- Curious about what’s in store for season four of “The Vampire Diaries”? Check out this season three post mortem interview [SPOILERS] with executive producer Julie Plec at TVLine, but here’s a brief rundown on what’s in store for Elena [SPOILERS]: “”The loss of the doppelganger is gonna be a BFD for Klaus and will drive his actions for the season. Suddenly he’s vulnerable for many reasons. There’s a stake that can kill him, a witch that can desiccate him, and no way to build up the hybrid army he needs — psychologically, at least — to feel safe. Plus, Caroline’s going to be peeved at him once she realizes he bamboozled her. In other words, he ain’t gonna be so happy.” [TV Guide]
- “Haven” star Eric Balfour revealed that the third season will premiere on Syfy September 21 at 9PM. [Eric Balfour]
- ABC Studios and Fox had made a put pilot commitment to an adaptation of Marvel’s “The Punisher” from Ed Bernero (Criminal Minds”) but the show is not moving forward. [THR]