When USA’s Covert Affairs [Tuesdays, 10/9C] premieres on July 13th, it will mark the beginning of what should be a long and fruitful partnership between series executive producer Doug Liman [The Bourne Identity, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, The OC] and the network. Liman took time out of his busy schedule to participate in a teleconference Q&A session to discuss his new series.
One of the most intelligent, twisted and provocative TV series of all-time is finally getting a DVD release. Max Headroom, the w-a-a-a-a-y-y-y too hip for the room satire [and TV’s first CG character] that ran on ABC from March, 1987 to May, 1988, will be available on DVD as of August 10, courtesy of Shout! Factory, the folks who have given us other fine cult TVonDVD releases like Parker Lewis Can’t Lose and thirtysomething.
Details from the press release [including series description] follow the jump.
Syfy has gone above and beyond for its upcoming 90-minute paranormal action-adventure pilot, Alphas, by enlisting the talents of David Strathairn. The multiple-award nominee [Oscar®, Golden Globe, Screen Actors’ Guild] for his role as Edward R. Murrow in the film Good Night, and Good Luck, will play “the unconventional, eccentric Alphas team leader Dr. Leigh Rosen. Though he comes across as somewhat of an absent-minded professor at times, he is also a cunning and manipulative power-player willing to bend the rules in pursuit of his objectives and in support of his team.”
Details from the press release follow the jump.
Warehouse 13 [Syfy, Tuesdays, 9/8C] returns tomorrow evening with the first two extremely different episodes – even for what is already one of the strangest [in the most delightful way possible] shows on television.
When we left the intrepid team of Warehouse 13, the rogue former Secret Service agent MacPherson [Roger Rees] had just blown up the umbilical tunnel that connected the warehouse to the outside world – and, apparently, Artie [Saul Rubinek] with it!
USA’s latest riff on an underserved TV genre is Covert Affairs [premieres Tuesday, July 13th] from Executive Producers Doug Liman [The Bourne Identity, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, The OC] and Dave Bartis [The OC] – a fast-paced, relatively lighthearted action/adventure series set in the world of espionage.
Peter Gallagher [The OC, Californication], featured as Andrew Campbell, Director of Clandestine Affairs, chatted with a number of bloggers/journalists about the series.
The question is this: how does one adapt over four hundred minutes of story from twenty episodes of an excellent animated series into a one hundred-minute movie? The answer is, apparently, not very well. A slightly less pressing question might be: why did anyone think a hastily applied 3D conversion would help this muddled excuse for a fantasy epic in any conceivable way? That one I couldn’t tell you.
On July 7, 2009, SCI FI Channel became Syfy. To celebrate that anniversary, Syfy kicks off its Summer Premiere Week on Tuesday, July 6, at 9PM (ET/PT) with the second season premiere of Warehouse 13, its most successful series ever. On Tuesday, July 9, at 9PM (ET/PT), Eureka begins its fourth season. Following at 10PM (ET/PT) will be the premiere of the intriguing new series, Haven, based on situations and characters from the Stephen King novella, The Colorado Kid.
During Summer Premiere Week, Syfy will also unveil a sequel to the award winning House of Imagination brand film featuring talent from Warehouse 13, Haven, Stargate Universe and Friday Night SmackDown.
More details from the press release follow the jump.
Syfy’s Warehouse 13 [Tuesdays, 9/8C] continues to draw top flight guest talent. David Anders – best known for his charmingly malevolent character, Sark on Alias – has joined an impressive roster of guest stars that already includes Lindsay Wagner [the original Bionic Woman], Rene Auberjonois [Star Trek: Deep Space Nine], Jewel Staite [Firefly, Stargate Atlantis], Sean Maher [Firefly, Serenity] and Tia Carrere [Relic Hunter, Wayne’s World].
Anders plays “Jonah Raitt,” a suspected serial killer with a dangerous object who escaped Warehouse capture back in the 1960’s, whom Pete (Eddie McClintock) and Myka (Joanne Kelly) set out to hunt down and recapture once and for all.
Warehouse 13 returns on Tuesday, July 6th.
With Rescue Me going into its sixth season this evening [FX, 10/9C], I had the opportunity to take part in a teleconference Q&A with series co-creator and director/co-writer of the season premiere, Peter Tolan, and Callie Thorne, who plays the not always totally together Sheila on the show.
Right from the beginning introductions, this was one of the most interesting, good natured, and unique Q&A’s I’ve been a part of.
Louis C.K, star of FX’s new half-hour, single comedy Louie [Tuesdays, 11/10C] is a stand up comic with a unique perspective – he’s a divorced/single father of two girls. These are elements that infuse his series, which is also punctuated by bits from his stand up act.
I had the opportunity to tale part in a teleconference Q&A session with him and found him to be thoughtful, conscientious and just really together.
The short answer to the question of Rescue Me’s [FX, Tuesdays, 10/9C] lead character’s chances of redemption following a near-death experience would be: none! This is Tommy Gavin [Denis Leary] we’re talking about – the firefighter who’s been in a downward spiral ever since 9/11. With only occasional breaks – enough to get to know that he’s a decent guy at heart [though it’s buried really, really deeply] – Tommy has continued to sink lower each season until, at the end of last season, his own Uncle Teddy shot him twice and left him on the floor of the crew’s bar to die.