The second season of The Bridge (FX, Wednesdays, 10/9C) has, if you can believe it, gotten even darker than season one. Virtually every relationship on the show is markedly different than last season.
Demian Bichir took a few moments from his day off to talk with a group of journalists/bloggers about the new season and some of the changes we’re seeing.
If there are two roles that have served notice more blatantly, that Elijah Wood is more than Frodo, they would be Sin City’s serial-killing Kevin and Wilfred’s (FXX, Wednesdays, 10/9C) Ryan – and Ryan has been around for considerably longer, taking advice from a dog, so probably more influential.
Now having finishing shooting the show’s fourth and final season, Wood spent some time talking with a group of bloggers/journalists about Ryan’s progress, saying goodbye to the sow’s family of cast and crew and having gotten to take Bear home with him – also, the Basement lives on!
24: Live Another Day (Mondays, 9/8C) has been a pleasant surprise for Fox, this summer. Bringing back an even more damaged than ever Jack Bauer has given the network some decent summer ratings and introduced some intriguing new characters as Bauer once more heads off terrorists – this time to ^prevent the deaths of thousands of Londoners.
24 executive producers/writers Evan Katz and Manny Coto spoke with a group of journalists/bloggers on Friday about the series, the challenges presented by the shorter format and how to go out on a shocker, thereby planting the seeds for a possible return for Bauer.
Please note: there is a huge spoiler in this Q&A. If you can’t trust yourself to skip over that part of the Q&A, perhaps you should hold off reading any further until after tomorrow night’s finale.
FX’s The Strain (Sundays, 10/9C) approaches vamipirism as a disease – a disease with an intelligence, with nothing remotely sympathetic about it. Premiering this weekend, The Strain will shock you, scare and probably prompt you to laugh nervously as often as you scream (or hold back screams – your choice…).
Eclipse had the opportunity to be a part of a conference call Q&A with Co-creator/Executive Producer Guillermo Del Toro and Executive Producer/Showrunner Carlton Cuse about the series – which they quickly assured us stepped away from sparkly, sympathetic vampires and placed them firmly back into the realm of horror where they belong. Del Toro was running late but joined the session a few minutes in.
The Bridge (FX, Wednesday, 10/9C) is an unusual series, taking, as it does, Mexican/American relations down to a two-city representative sample – a sample that is further deepened by the cities involved, Juarez and El Paso, not quite being typical cities of either country.
Then those relations are taken down to an individual level – El Paso Detective Sonya Cross and Chihuahua State Police officer Marco Ruis. She has Asberger’s, which makes things a bit awkward except for solving crimes; he’s an honest cop in a corrupt environment – also the source of some tension in his life.
Diane Kruger returns to The Bridge for the show’s second season, this week and recently took some time from shooting to chat with a group of journalists/bloggers. Though she was unexpectedly called back to set early, there was enough time for us to dig into season two.
FXX’s Wilfred premieres its final season this evening (10/9C) and late last week, we had the pleasure of taking part in a conference call Q&A with series creator/star, Jason Gann.
Creatively, the series may have been a bit too far into the absurd to maintain a large audience, but it was always thought provoking and smart – something that continues, and remains hard to explain in a sentence (‘It’s about a depressed guy who gets life lessons from a selfish dog with a short attention span who is played by a guy in an obviously fake dog suit’ doesn’t even begin to capture the wonder and the weirdness that is Wilfred). Gann, as usual, was smart and genial – and we wouldn’t be surprised to see Wilfred reappear in some other incarnation at some nebulous point in the future. For now, it is what it is – and that is hugely entertaining.
Adam Baldwin plays the second in command, Executive Officer (XO) Mike Slattery on Michael Bay’s new TNT series, The Last Ship (Sundays, 10/9C). Besides having a ton of genre cred (Day Break, Chuck, Firefly/Serenity), Baldwin brings a wealth of experience to the role from working with directors like Robert Redford and Stanley Kubrick.
When Baldwin took the time to speak with a group of journalists/bloggers recently, he proved to be a genial, intelligent and insightful interview. He is just as cool as you’d think he’d be.
Rhona Mitra brings a certain cachet to TNT’s The Last Ship (Sundays, 10/9C), the new series from Michael Bay as an actor with a wealth of genre experience (Strike Back, Doomsday, Stargate Universe). She plays a scientist, virologist Dr. Rachel Scott, who is on a classified mission on a U.S. Navy destroyer when a new virus strikes down 80% of the world’s population – and she might be able to find a cure.
Recently, Mitra spoke with a group of bloggers/journalist about working on the Michael Bay series (explosions!).
Fargo’s (FX, 10/9C) Lorne Malvo is unique amongst the ranks of movie and TV antagonists. He comes out of nowhere, disappears like a wraith and can spend six months building an alter ego and a relationship to get a particular job done. He can kill with an assortment of weapons, but can do as much psychological dame with words – and he loves to mess with people’s heads.
Billy Bob Thornton has done an incredible job of making this trickster/force of nature come alive over the show’s first season and graciously took some time to speak with a group of journalists/bloggers from as far away as Tel Aviv about the season finale and playing Malvo.
Tonight is final episode of the first season of Fargo (FX, 10/9C) – and quite possibly the last time we’ll see Molly and Gus, one of the most unusual and interesting couples to ever have to solve a multiple homicide. Together, Molly and Gus nicely balance the scales for deadly trickster Lorne Malvo and gone-to-the-dark-side Lester Nygaard.
For one last time, Allison Tolman and Colin Hanks talked to a group of bloggers/journalists about the series and their experiences working on it.
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (Fox, Sundays, 9/8C; National Geographic, Mondays, 9/8C) concludes its season this evening. As with the original series, twenty-four years ago, this iteration has been a joyous exploration of the universe – reinvesting the increasing search for and appreciation of scientific knowledge with the kind of sense of wonder that put people on the moon and created powerful computers you can carry in your pocket.
On Friday, writer/producer/director Ann Druyan and host/astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson spoke with a group of bloggers/journalists about the series – not so much about this evening’s finale, but about their aims and goals for the series; their thoughts on what it might have accomplished, or will yet accomplish.
For those who want more, the DVD/Blu-Ray release contains a lot of material that had to be pruned from the series for time, and will be available on Tuesday, June 10th.