Superheroes are back on NBC, and this time they're a lot more fun than those mopey Heroes types. The over-the-top characters -- masked vigilante The Cape, reptilian gangster Scales, the Carnival of Crime -- are just what the doctor ordered, and we're excited to watch a new show mythology take shape. As such, we jumped at the chance to talk one-on-one with former Terminator Summer Glau (who plays blogger and Cape-helper Orwell) and Tron Legacy's James Frain (who plays criminal mastermind Chess). Read on to find out about the little girl inside Orwell, Chess's one super power, and why Glau wants to join the circus.
Glad to be back to work from the long weekend? No? Well, today's news is filled with people coming back to television you can be happy about.
Some sad news today for Kung Fu fans, but some great news for Hell's Kitchen fans and pervs, so it's not all bad.
As far as the happy to horrifying ratio goes with today's news roundup, we're like two to fourish, so don't read this if you're already depressed. I'm sorry.
Happy post-Valentine's/post-President's day start of the work week, everybody! Unless you're not in the States, or had some kind of evil boss who didn't let you take yesterday off, or if you're one of those rebels who defiantly refuses to celebrate holidays created by greeting card companies -- in which case little or none of the past two "holidays" means anything to you. I'm still drunk, is what I'm saying. The good news is, there is actually some news to report today! Read on for Dollhouse ratings, smashed-up cars, Michael Vartan's latest terrible career decision and more!
It was a tough day when we found out that Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles is on the verge of getting axed because not enough people are watching it. Quality-wise, there are way worse shows on TV that deserve to get cut first. We're celebrating the timely demise of Do Not Disturb (although it's still baffling how it got on the air in the first place), but here are some others that should hit the road... and fast.
Some exciting casting news for Fox's Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles -- Garbage lead singer and all-around fabulous Scotswoman Shirley Manson will be a regular next season. According to The Hollywood Reporter, she'll play "Catherine Weaver, the CEO of a cutting-edge high-tech company." Ooh la la! Call me presumptuous, but methinks "cutting-edge high-tech company" probably translates to "evil cyborg factory" in the Sarah Connor universe, which is an exciting prospect. If that is the case, then might Manson be playing a sort of female Miles Dyson character? Miles Dyson with bright red hair, a Scottish accent and a Greatest Hits album? That's the sexiest thing I've heard all day.
It's August already, which means that the vast wasteland of summer television is about to turn into a flurry of new shows, and finally our favorites will be back on the air with new episodes. (I barely even remember where Heroes and Pushing Daisies left off, it's been so long!) So before your TiVo gets overstuffed with Knight Rider episodes, here are some things you should make a point to do ASAP. This way, you'll have something good to put in your mandatory "How I Spent My Summer Vacation" blog. Don't panic, people -- none of these ideas involve going outdoors. Heaven forbid. All you need is your computer, maybe Netflix and a DVD player to get started!
As we now know, last Friday's Terminator return took a giant ratings hit, and the show is probably not long for this world. Which is really a shame, because it's much better than it's given credit for, and this past episode felt like what the show should be every week. The quiet, intimate moments were really well done (though I say Kyle was way too pretty), the T2 shout-outs were plentiful and not over-the-top, and we got to see some stabby robot murders and a couple things explode. All in all a fantastic episode, and though the lack of Cameron was frustrating, John Henry is amazing. Garrett Dillahunt was easily one of my favorite parts of Deadwood, and he kills it every week on this show -- so glad he wasn't gone for good after Cromartie was shot to hell in that church. And the way Weaver's relationship with Henry is somewhat mirroring Sarah's frustration with her son is a nice parallel that I think is working particularly well. That being said, the show is not without its problems. Not to kick a show while it's down (ratings-wise), but here are some changes I'd like to see if TSCC survives.
Well, that does it, I guess. When I posted the new Dollhouse trailer yesterday, I mentioned that it ends with a vague "Coming soon to Fox" in lieu of an official premiere date, but just assumed it was still coming in January, as was previously planned. Thanks to helpful commenter "Gillaume," who tipped me off that the premiere has been moved to Friday, February 13, with Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles as its lead-in, which Fox's official site also confirms. I hate to be a buzzkill on a Friday, but that is just the saddest news.