Looks like The Firm is on the chopping block this season.
Boldly go to the high-def frontier.
Parks and Recreation will get a visit from the White House soon.
We're sure this won't be Leonard Nimoy's last interview ever, but it may very well be his last interview about acting. The thespian formerly known as Spock has announced his retirement from acting after 60 years, and will cap his career with a swan song as mysterious genius William Bell in tonight's season finale of Fringe. He was only able to give us a few key details about the episode, including whether we'll see an Alternate Bell and whether he'll resolve his relationship with Walter Bishop, but he also weighed in on Star Trek and on his long, storied career over the course of his conference call. So until we start covering his erotic photography exhibitions, enjoy these last words from the man, and live long and prosper, Mr. Nimoy.
We're not sure that the world really needs a spinoff to Criminal Minds, but then again, we didn't think sub-divisions of Law & Order were necessary and SVU and Criminal Intent proved us wrong by being far more enjoyable than their mothership. And while spinoffs may not always grab us right off the bat (like NCIS: Los Angeles), sometimes a new series just needs a little time before it starts improving upon its predecessor. Case in point: The City returned this week with new characters and a compelling new focus that made it far more watchable than the now totally contrived LC-less The Hills. But these aren't the only shows that have been better than their originals. Here's our look back at the best spinoffs from the past two decades:
After almost 20 years playing Commander Riker on Star Trek: The Next Generation and its assorted spin-offs, Jonathan Frakes got used to being called "Number One." But it was while still on TNG that he took that nickname a step further, taking the helm as the director of several episodes and parlaying that into a successful directing career. With several Trek series, two Trek movies and two Librarian TV-movies under his belt, he recently took on two episodes of the new TNT series Leverage, and this week's episode guest-stars three of his old buddies from the Trek set. We talked to Commander Frakes about J.J. Abrams' new time-warping take on Trek, his mission to Mexico City to direct a Lost-esque series for Fox, and why he wants to be promoted to Captain... America.
It's an unusual group of guys, to be sure. Scott Bakula is known for his science-fiction roles on Quantum Leap, Star Trek: Enterprise and Chuck. Andre Braugher is best known as a cop on Homicide and Hack and a doctor on Gideon's Crossing. And, of course, everybody loves comedian Ray Romano. Together in Men of a Certain Age, they're three odd musketeers, but they provide a little something for everyone when they sit down at their table in the diner to talk about life, work, families and women. We sat in on a roundtable with Bakula to talk about his one-foot-out-of-the-game actor character, and later with Braugher to find out about his car-salesman family man. (We gave Romano a pass.) Plus: Bakula's Chuck situation and Braugher's Star Trek dream!
Some fun Leonard Nimoy facts: He used to be on Star Trek, he loves J.J. Abrams a whole lot, and he's very good at keeping spoilers to himself. I was on a media call with him yesterday about his return to Fringe tonight, and sadly he really didn't give a whole lot away. But, I mean, he's Leonard freaking Nimoy; he's delightful no matter what he's doing. His tight-lipped answers to the internet's questions after the jump!
Just as the fervor over the Sci Fi Channel's name change to Syfy has started to die down, a rumor has come out that they're looking into expanding their reality television slate, which currently consists of Ghost Hunters. (If you can call that reality.) Once again, genre television fans are in an uproar, and Jimmy Kimmel isn't helping things by envisioning cooking show Iron Man Chef. But here are seven shows (in the seven main reality categories) we, as geeks, would actually like to see on Syfy, and we think that the geek community at large would like them, too.
For years, Star Trek and Star Wars have maintained a safe distance from each other, only meeting up in fan-made mash-up videos on YouTube. But in this new age of hope, a bridge has been built, and that bridge's name is George Takei. The actor who played Sulu in the original Trek series and in six feature films will be voicing a character in this Friday's episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, a first for both franchises. We sat in on a Q&A with the actor to find out what it was like on the Dark Side of sci-fi, as well as what's coming up for him on Heroes.