When the pilot for the new Fox series Touch aired as a special preview this week, we got to see a subtle performance by a child actor who has to serve as the centerpiece of an emotional, complex series... without ever saying a single word. But David Mazouz, who plays Jake, the son of Kiefer Sutherland's character, effortlessly brings his autistic role to life. It's a challenge, but he's not the only underage actor out there who is turning out a scene-stealing performance. While we can't put him on this list after only one episode, we can salute these other kids and tweens who are currently capturing our attention:
Sometimes less is more and there's addition by subtraction. At least, in the case of some of our favorite shows, that is definitely true. We've identified TV's weakest links this season and have determined that their removal would guarantee an immediate uptick in the entertainment level of their respective shows. Here are the major characters that most need to go, for everyone's sake:
Comic-Con -- the world's biggest geek press conference -- brought tons of insider info on all things television and film. TV and movie news? Awesome. Dressing up like any Marvel character? We'd rather not squeeze in the tights.
Whatever will we do without Ellis?!
Bad news for people who hate hipster TV.
Is your family driving you crazy this holiday season? In a time of high stress, it's important to take a moment and reflect on that fact that you're not stuck in one of the many horrible families from the current world of scripted TV. We're not talking about pain-in-the-butt relatives like those on Modern Family or Parenthood -- at least those crazies mean well. The following clans, on the other hand, make dysfunction seem luxurious -- just imagine what it would be like to call these characters your kin.
In a surprise to many observers, Frank Darabont recently stepped down as the showrunner for The Walking Dead, to be replaced by executive producer Glen Mazzara. While we had some issues with the first season -- most of which had to do with the inadequate scripts and the fact that the annoying Shane didn't die like he was supposed to (on this matter, we'd like to defer to the comic) -- the series has a lot of potential and we hope Mazzara and a new batch of writers help realize it. But at the same time, we can't help thinking about how some other big-name producers could've handled the job...
Zombies. Pause. More zombies.