The River [ABC, Tuesday, 9/8C] is the latest attempt to produce a scary horror show for network television. Co-created by Oren Peli – of Paranormal Activity fame – it’s a show that follows the family, friends and crew of a famed explorer/television host as they follow a previously unknown offshoot of the Amazon River six months after he disappeared. And, yeah, it’s scary.
Smash [NBC, Mondays, 10/9C] is a risky oddball of a series that was developed for cable before winding up on NBC. The story of the mounting of a Broadway play, Marilyn: The Musical, it is a big budget swing for the fences that knocks it out of the park.
NBC is scheduling the premiere of unique drama Awake for Thursday, March 1st in the 10-11 pm timeslot. It’s a huge gamble, thrusting a rookie series into such a volatile evening – and against some heavyweight opposition.
The series stars Jason Isaacs [Harry Potter, Brotherhood] as a police detective who finds himself living two different lives – or the same life in two different versions of the world following a family tragedy.
Ever since I saw a rough cut of the pilot/premiere at the beginning of last summer, I’ve been eagerly awaiting its appearance on NBC’s schedule. It’s one of the best pilots of the last five years. Details from the official NBC press release – and a cool clip – follow the jump.
How many network shows can say that their breakout character is a blutbad [werewolf]?
NBC’s Grimm [Fridays, 10/9C] is, ostensibly about a cop who discovers that Grimm’s Fairytales were fact – and has to deal with the descendants of those long-ago stories, but Silas Weir Mitchell’s Clockmaker – and reformed blutbad – gets most of the best moments. Check out Monroe’s Greatest Hits, above, and then check out two scenes from this week’s episode of Grimm, Organ Grinder.
The long-awaited second season of Spartacus – Spartacus: Vengeance [Starz, Fridays, 10/9C] – finds two former champions of Capua struggling between the demands of promised leadership and personal quests: Spartacus to avenge his wife; Crixus to find his lost love.
Over five completely unexpected seasons – the show was always on the bubble – NBC’s little show that could, did! Chuck [Friday, 8/7C], wraps up its fifth and final season with a two-hour finale that will make you laugh, cry and laugh some more [before you cry some more]. If any other show wraps its run like this, it would be a crime. For Chuck to wrap this way is perfect.
Tim Kring’s new series, Touch, marks Kiefer Sutherland’s return to primetime television. In it, he plays Martin Bohm, single parent to Jake – a remarkable ten-year old boy who has been misdiagnosed as autistic, but is something… more.
After five seasons, NBC’s cult favorite spy series, Chuck [Friday, 8/7C], reaches the end of its mission with a two-hour finale this week. In honor of that accomplishment, the stars of the show look back at what the show has done – and what it has meant to the.
Besides the remaining interview clips, a sneak peek at the series finale follows the jump.
Check out the fate that befalls ISIS’ Agent Ray Gillette in this new video [if you thought he was bitchy before, just imagine how this would make him feel!] – and after the jump, Sterling Archer gives new meaning to the phrase, ‘the most dangerous game’ in a preview of next week’s all-new episode of Archer: El Contador!
Syfy has greenlighted the two-hour pilot, Rewind – a thriller revolving around a team of military field operatives and civilian scientists who must use untested technology to travel back in time to alter past events in order to change the future and avoid a devastating terrorist attack.
Sounds a bit like 7 Days, to me – but it’s from BermanBraun, the guys who gave us the much better than expected Alphas, so I’m curious to see what they do with the idea. Since it’s a two-hour pilot, even if it doesn’t go to series, there’s a very real chance Syfy will air it anyway – like they did with the fun superhero riff, Three Inches, a few weeks back.
Check out the full press release following the jump.