Saturday, March 24, 2012

'Fringe' Return From Break Had No Takers

Fringe returned from a 1-month hiatus last (Friday) night, but alas, returning from breaks can be a momentum breaker.  Especially when your return is up against other TV venues like the NCAA basketball tournament.  Bad, bad timing!

Last night's early demo numbers show Fringe hit an all-time low in the 18-49 demo with a 0.9 rating...

Though in total, a total of 2.88 million faithful Fringe fans did tune in.



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Friday, March 23, 2012

Season Finale Dates for 'NCIS', 'Hawaii Five-0', 'Person of Interest' and Other CBS Shows

The 2012 Fall TV season is winding down and CBS published their list of season finale dates for fan favorites like NCIS, Hawaii Five-0, Person of Interest and other TV series.

SUNDAY, APRIL 29: 
  • THE GOOD WIFE

SUNDAY, MAY 6: 

  • THE AMAZING RACE

MONDAY, MAY 7:  

  • 2 BROKE GIRLS

TUESDAY, MAY 8:  

  • UNFORGETTABLE

WEDNESDAY, MAY 9:  

  • CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION

THURSDAY, MAY 10: 

  • THE BIG BANG THEORY

FRIDAY, MAY 11:

  • UNDERCOVER BOSS
  • CSI: NY
  • BLUE BLOODS

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Which Batmobile Is Faster? Don't Care. Marisha Lost her Bet!

Seriously, Machima put together a head-to-head battle of the 1960's Batmobile versus the Batmobile from 1989.  They're both rebuilt with modern engines, with HP around the 300 mark...  but seriously, who cares!?


But what you might care about is what host Marisha Ray does when she loses a bet...  yea... that was worth it because I sort of did watch the entire 10-minute video.


If you don't want to watch the whole vid, you can cut to the chase where the staged race starts around the 7:30ish mark, or the 8:45 mark where the boys call Marisha on the loss of her bet...




-Bruce

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

'The Biggest Loser' Hawaiian Weigh-In Recap from 3-20

The Biggest Loser started out with the usual recap and then we see that they're being sent to Hawaii.   It's a test to see if they can lose weight on vacation.  Mark said all he needs is two tee-shirts and a speedo.  Dah!!


No one in the group has ever been to Hawaii... like myself!  Conda does not seem to be of the mind to lose weight while on vacation.  Poor, poor souls.

Mark is focused on the end game.  Dolvett showed up at the pool and snapped at the gang about not sweating and not working out.

Then they got to meet Soul Surfer girl, Bethany Hamilton.  She lost her arm to a shark at 13-years-old, but a month later, was back out surfing.

She then took the gang out surfing...  but there was more gravitational assisted splashdowns than anything else.  LOL.

Dolvett is afraid of the water and what's in it...  but he does fine on a surfboard.

Thirty minutes in, we finally get down to business...  they get a quiz with a one pound advantage to the winner. After the quiz, Chris won the extra pound.

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Dolvett grabs the gang and has a quickie challenge, but it's just a quickie ad for Yoplait Smoothie... 130 calories and can be found in any grocer's freezer!!!  (Oh gads, I just advertised for the show!) 

Dolvett then chatted with Kim because she's a bit off because everyone she likes is gone/off The Biggest Loser ranch.

Everyone gets their ocean/beach workouts.  Megan had issues getting into the water.  (There are things in the water!!!)

Time for an immunity challenge.  It involves a hill.  There will be lots of running up and down the hill.  Again, Buddy could not compete due to a stress fracture in his leg. 

Adam Levine from 'The Voice' Is Cast In What?


Believe it true believers!  Or not.  The lead man for Maroon 5 and one of the judges on The Voice, is in talks to join the cast of FX's American Horror Story

Adam Levine is cinching up a role in season two of American Horror Story where he'll be part of a pair referred to as "The Lovers."  Still thy hearts girls!


(You goin' wher' brutha?)

This will actually be Levine's first acting gig and boy, what a gig it could be.  Nothing says inspiring the fans better than putting a well known and likeable face in the cast!

I actually like Adam's character as it comes across on The Voice... 

Right now, the only cast known for the second season of the show include Jessica Lange, Zachary Quinto, Evan Peters and Sarah Paulson. 



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Olivia Wilde Returns To 'House'


With the series winding down to it's series finale, one can only expect the unexpected from House on Fox...  if that's even possible.


But one thing that seems to be forming up is the news that Olivia Wilde will be returning to her role of Thirteen for the series finale of House that is scheduled for May 21st, 2012.


It will be good to see Wilde in the role, that for me, gave her an intelligent charatcer base.  I say that because I've been repeatedly disappointed with her recent movie roles... the movies that she left the House production for.


Now as far as eye candy goes, she's up there with rest of them. But after playing a medically minded gal, I've been looking for more of that from her.  My bad!
This casting news was first reported by TV line.

'The Walking Dead' Character Michonne Interesting Tidbit

In the season finale of The Walking Dead...

Spoilers Ensue hearty readers....

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Near the end of the episode Andrea (Laurie Holden) is on the outs and looking doomed.  She looked like she was going to be snack time for a walker, when suddenly, it found itself beheaded by a mystery hero enshrouded in hood and cloak.  And with two zombies on chain leashes in obedient tow.

It was awesome to see Andrea get saved by a mystery character but see the two zombies "heeling" obediently just made a huge visual impact on the moment.

If you noticed at that moment in The Walking Dead season finale, we couldn't see the character's face.   I'm not sure if it was in the after-show, The Talking Dead, or on another article.. but they had not cast Danai Gurira as Michonne when they filmed the scene, so that was as stand-in.

Thought you'd be interested in that tidbit.

Oh, don't forget... going into season 3 of The Walking Dead, Andrea doesn't know Shane is dead yet.  We also meet the Governor.



Monday, March 19, 2012

'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' Blu-ray and Movie Review


Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is an intense and detailed story on the investigation and uncovering of a mole within the ranks of the MI6 organization.  To do this, ex-spy George Smiley (Gary Oldman) is pulled back into the fold to uncover this threat.

It's an intense, detail oriented movie with multiple levels of depth and Gary Oldman brings it like only he can, with a quiet fortitude that resonates within the story.

The movie also stars Tom Hardy, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, John Hurt and many more.

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But this article has the word Blu-ray review first and I have to say that there are parts of the Blu-ray package that make this BD packaging stand out.

The obvious point is the visual power of picture clarity from BD.  It's amazing.  And because of the extra space on a BD, the extras on the disc are pretty cool.

There is the usual collective of deleted scenes, first looks, interviews and a feature commentary.

The First Look is one long run of information about the background on the characters, the story, the era and the subject matter.  It fills in details from questions that might have arisen from watching this intense story of espionage.

The CW Releases First Look Image of 'Arrow'


OK, I wasn't going to do it but heck here it is... the new Green Arrow look from the CW's upcoming pilot movie, titled Arrow.  Not Green Arrow... just Arrow.  (Unless they re-title it later)

Arrow is the DC character Green Arrow, aka, Oliver Queen and he'll be played by Stephen Amell (Private Practice, Hung << THAT'S A TITLE PEOPLE, A SHOW TITLE)

And right now I'm thinking he's lookin' a lot like Green Arrow from Smallville... but I suppose that can't be helped.

The synopsis that SuperHeroHype has says

After being marooned for five years on a remote island, former billionaire playboy Oliver Queen returns with a mysterious agenda and a lethal set of new skills that he uses in a war on crime.

Other cast includes the beautiful Katie Cassidy (Gossip Girl, Melrose Place), Jamey Sheridan (Homeland, Trauma) Paul Blackthorne (The River, The Gates), Willa Holland (Gossip Girl, The O.C.) and more...

Arrow will be directed by David Nutter (Entourage) and produced by Greg Berlanti (Green Lantern, Eli Stone) and Marc Guggenheim (Green Lantern, FlashForward, Eli Stone, Law and Order).

Yes, that's the Green Lantern movie I reference in credits...  But I'm reserving judgement right now.

 [superherohype: first-image the-cws-arrow]
-Bruce

New DVD & Blu-ray Releases For Tue, Mar 20th [Dragon Tattoo, Muppets, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy]


With just over 100 new DVD and Blu-ray releases coming out this week on Tuesday, March 20th, 2012, there's a few quality movies and shows amongst the fodder this time around!

Stars you can capture on disc include Christopher Plummer, Daniel Craig, Amy Adams (voice), Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, & James Marsden (voice) and quite a few more.  But first...

Top DVD Sales

Nielsen hasn't updated their top-10 DVD sellers list since last week, but Yahoo Finance is reporting Nielsen competitor's Rentrak numbers, and check out the top-10 sellers as of last week:

1: Immortals (2011) 
2: Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season
3: Jack and Jill
4: Footloose  (2011) 
5: Puss in Boots (2011) 
6: Barbie in A Mermaid 2 
7: Hugo 
8: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 
9: The Lion King II: Simba's Pride 
Tooth Fairy 2

I guess you have spoken, and looking at what's in the top-10, I'd best get my Blu-ray review of Immortals out there!  (Hint:  It's a visually impressive movie with a fun action plot!)

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But for now, here's a quick list of what new DVD and Blu-ray releases are coming out on Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Starring Christopher Plummer and Daniel Craig
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The Muppets Starring Amy Adams and Jason Segel
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Tinker, Tailor Soldier, Spy Starring Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch (Hint:  Very detailed, story driven tale of an ex-spy drawn out to discover a traitor.  It's not a spy-action thriller but it is a very well done story, with some incredible extras.)
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Hop Starring James Marsden, Kaley Cuoco and Russell Brand
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Scarecrow and Mrs. King: The Complete Third Season Starring Kate Jackson and Bruce Boxleitner
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New DVD Titles on Amazon
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'The Walking Dead' Season Finale SMASHES Cable Ratings


(Wait a minute? How many tuned in last night?)
Last night while writing up the season 2 finale of The Walking Dead, I believe I scribbled somewhere in there that it will probably bust out the TV ratings... again.

And boy, did it!

Over 9 million viewers tuned in to The Walking Dead's season finale, giving it a 5.8 HH rating.

It became the No. 1 drama series in the history of basic cable amongst adults 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54.  (Note that it's Adults & Men)

The press release says it delivered viewers.  I'd like to suggest it sucked us in for some pretty decent, brain-smashing entertainment!  But that's just me.


That's cool news, considering this is a fantasy/sci-fi genre type TV series and people are seeing past the obvious because of the great writing and well plotted action!  In other words, AMC hit it out of the park yet again with another show.

For the detailed oriented, check out the press release that AMC sent out:


New York, NY – March 19, 2011 – Last night’s season two finale at 9pm EST of AMC’s original series, “The Walking Dead” was the highest rated episode in series history. It delivered a 5.8 HH rating delivering 9 million viewers.  AMC’s “The Walking Dead” is the number one drama series in basic cable history for key demos including: Adults and Men 18-34, Adults and Men 18-49, and Adults and Men 25-54. The finale grew more than 50% in total viewers over season one.

Source: The Nielsen Company. Live+SD, M-Su 8p-11p. (1993 - 3/18/12), Program Type: Original, Series- Drama, Telecast level among A/M 18-34, 18-49& 25-54 AA(000). TWD Su 9pm vs. weekly broadcast ranked on A/M18-34 & 18-49 AA (000) – excludes weeks  2/20-2/26/12 and 2/27-3/4/12 among A18-49 AA (000).

Key Nielsen Highlights for the season two finale of “The Walking Dead”:

  • 9pm airing – 5.8 HH rating with 9 million viewers: +41%/+51% vs. Season 1 Finale
  • 9pm airing – 6 million Adults 18-49:  +50% vs Season 1 Finale
  • 9pm airing – 5.3 million Adults 25-54: +50% vs Season 1 Finale
  • 9 pm, 11:30 pm - cumed to 10.5 million viewers

Key Highlights for “The Walking Dead” – season two series:

o         Season average – 4.6 HH RTG and 6.9 million viewers: 31% and 32% vs. season one
o         Adults 18-49 – 4.6 million: +32% vs. season one
o         Adults 25-54 – 4 million +32% vs. season one

"Congratulations to everyone associated with AMC's ‘The Walking Dead’ and thank you to the fans for creating, literally, record-setting television,” said Charlie Collier, AMC’s president. 

“The Walking Dead” secured a 2010 Golden Globe nomination for best television series and won the 2011 Emmy award for outstanding prosthetic make-up. The series tells the story of the months and years that follow the zombie apocalypse. It tracks a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, who travel in search of a safety and security.  The story explores the challenges of life in a world overrun by zombies, the toll it takes on the survivors, and how sometimes the interpersonal conflicts present a greater danger to survival than the zombies themselves. Over time, the characters are changed by the constant exposure to death, some growing willing to do anything to survive.

“The Walking Dead” received rave reviews from countless critics, both domestic and international, who heralded the series as “thrilling” (The Hollywood Reporter), “…with Dead’s riveting cast of characters, the personal dynamics are almost as potent as the gory thrills” (US Weekly), “The Walking Dead is a feast.  Dig in.” (The Guardian- UK),   “It doesn’t even take three minutes to realize that this series is setting standards” (Der Tagesspiegel-Germany).

About AMC
AMC reigns as the only cable network in history to ever win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row, as well as the Golden Globe® Award for Best Television Series - Drama for three consecutive years.  Whether commemorating favorite films from every genre and decade or creating acclaimed original programming, the AMC experience is an uncompromising celebration of great stories.  AMC's original stories include “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” “The Walking Dead,” “The Killing” and “Hell on Wheels.”  AMC further demonstrates its commitment to the art of storytelling with its slate of unscripted original series, as well as curated movie franchises like AMC’s Can’t Get Enough and AMC’s Crazy About.  Available in more than 97 million homes (Source: Nielsen Media Research), AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, Sundance Channel and WE tv.  AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile.  AMC: Story Matters HereSM.

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TV News: 'Grimm' Renewed


If you're liking the Buffy vibe from NBC's monster hunting series, Grimm, you have yourselves some good news today.

Media Insights is reporting the TV news that the Friday night series has been picked up for a second season.  The number of episodes is not known yet, but it is noted that Grimm is doing better than the show it replaced in the time slot, Dateline.

I know it's important to fill a slot with viewers for the folk that pay the bills, making the TV show possible, but I'm not sure that's a great comparison.

Any how...  this is the first of the brand new series that showed up on NBC that they've committed a second season to.  Other newbie anti-hits like The Playboy Club, Free Agents and Prime Suspect have been let go.



Grimm stars David Giuntoli as Nick Burkardt, a Grimm, which is like a slayer.  Grimms can see supernatural creatures, and the creatures tend to fear Grimms.  It's his job to keep the balance between humans and the mythological.

Other cast includes Russell Hornsby (Lincoln Heights) as Nick's partner, Hank,  (They're cops)  Bitsie Tulloch, Silas Weir Mitchell (My Name is Earl, Prison Break), Sasha Roiz (Warehouse 13, Caprica) and Reggie Lee (No Ordinary Family, Persons Unknown, Prison Break).

"Grimm" is a new drama series inspired by the classic Grimm's Fairy Tales.Portland homicide Detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli, "Turn The Beat Around") discovers he is descended from an elite line of criminal profilers known as "Grimms," charged with keeping balance between humanity and the mythological creatures of the world.

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[Media Insights: Grimm Renewed; NBC About Grimm; Imdb]

Sunday, March 18, 2012

'The Walking Dead' Season Finale, "Beside the Dying Fire" TV Review

The second season finale of The Walking Dead will probably be another ratings record setter or very close to it...  and as it opened, the season finale, titled "Beside the Dying Fire" brought some high energy action and pretty much didn't let up.  For once, thank god for commercials.  It gave me time to take a breather!

And as always, SPOILERS ENSUE if you haven't seen the episode yet...


(These Comic-Con lines are killer)

As the Walking Dead episode opened, we were taken back some undetermined amount of time... opening to a scene in a city full of walkers following a helicopter sound out of the city and into the countryside.  They then amble on their own through the night, across a field where they run into a fence.  But the sheer mass of dead break the fence down and into the woods they go.  It's in the woods that they hear the gunshot from Carl taking down walker Shane.

And all "yuck" hits the fan as this huge herd of walkers ambles onto the farm, seemingly from all directions.  The premise is to run, but then there's this:

Hershel (Scott Green):  "It's my farm, I'll die here."

Daryl (Norman Reedus): "Alright, it's as good a night as any."


(Unfortunately, that's not the fire department staff!)


The farm is swarmed with the gang being overrun.  There's no tactic to dealing with being overrun.  The gang get their cars run interference trying to draw the walker herd away, but it just doesn't work.

In the end, the living are driven from the farm and it looks like Andrea (Laurie Holden) got separated and left behind...

But as the smoke settles, the groups, though separated, find their way back together at a predesignated meet point on the highway, back where they lost Sophia.  Everyone except Andrea.

But there was a nice looking zombie in an argyle sweater!  The yuppie walker!



(Anyone know where In-n-Out is around here?)

The gang decides that Andrea is probably lost and moves on with little compunction about the matter.  (This is what happens when you don't conform with the gang...  they move on first chance they get!)

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Ah, but Andrea is not dead... she's on the move trying to stay ahead of the ambling hoard.  She has her own issues but she's holding her own while her ammo lasts, but then she's out of ammo and falls to a trio of walkers.  She take two down but the third one is about to get her when it finds itself beheaded by a sword.  (Now that's saving ammo)




The sword wielder presents an incredibly unique and mystifying visual, there stands the wielder, enshrouded in a hood and cloak, with two armless walkers on chains in submissive tow.  Wow!  Welcome to the scene Michonne!  See who is cast as Michonne in The Walking Dead.

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As the group hunkers down, they discover that Jimmy (James Allen McCune) and Patricia (Jane McNeill) fell to the walker herd and that Rick (Andrew Lincoln) had to kill Shane (Jon Bernthal). 

And when Rick told Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) earlier about being tricked by Shane and having to defend himself...  she gets all weird and upset with Rick.  Was she in love with Shane?  Did she have ulterior hopes for that confrontation???  She's so annoying sometimes.

And then there's the thing where Rick tells the group how dead people are getting up without being bitten... that Jenner back at the CDC said everyone was infected... but he wasn't sure if Jenner was right or not, until he saw Shane get up.

And for some reason, the group is upset Rick did not tell them about this.  It does not matter if they knew or not.  It's not like one can decide, Oh, wait, I don't want to die now. I don't want to turn into a walker.  Get over it people!

In the end, Rick lays the down the law, saying he just killed his best friend for them, and said they could stay or go, but staying, his word is the law.

The scene pans back and away and off in the distance, a prison... I think.  Was that a prison?

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So it would appear that this new season, especially the latter half of season 2 of The Walking Dead, has proven itself after the exodus of Frank Darabont.  At least as far as zombie action is concerned.  It answered the call for fans to need more action and less detailed story.

The big expirations were Sophia, Dale (Jeffrey DeMunn) and Shane.  We saw Shane's death coming form a mile away due to various issues.

That helicopter is interesting.  That's the second time we've seen (well, heard) it in the series, the last time being early in season 1.

And that's that.  It's a wrap.  Below is an extra provided by AMC and as we all know, the Governor will be showing up next season as well as that mystery character with the sword, Michonne... an obvious person who has adapted to the present scenario of the zombie infection.

Filming of season three of The Walking Dead starts up in May...  and I presume season three will kick it in gear in October like the last two.

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The Walking Dead Behind the Scenes



Later all and thanks for coming by!  -Bruce

Weekend Box Office Report: '21 Jump St.' Jumps The Competition

This weekend as Cinema Static looks at the top-10 movies, newbie movie 21 Jump Street, starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, jumped up and snagged the no. 1 spot at the box office, taking in $35 million, beating out The Lorax and the far-fetched space odyssey of John Carter.

The Lorax with the voice power of Danny DeVito and Zac Efron, added almost $23 million to it's total gross and surprisingly, I guess enough folks went and tested out the 3D waters and hit up John Carter, starring Taylor Kitsch, adding almost $14M to it's total tally.

After the top-three films, there's a huge gap in funds but Project X, A Thousand Words and Act of Valor pulled in $3M bucks.

Of course it all won't matter next weekend.  The Hunger Games will open and destroy any other movie that even dares to show its face on celluloid, or whatever medium they project it from!

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Title   Weekend    Gross
21 Jump Street  $35M  $35M
Dr. Seuss' The Lorax  $22.8M  $158M
John Carter  $13.5M  $53.2M
Project X  $4M  $48.1M
A Thousand Words  $3.75M  $12.1M
Act of Valor  $3.68M  $62.4M
Safe House  $2.76M  $120M
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island  $2.46M  $95.1M
Casa de mi Padre  $2.2M  $2.2M
This Means War  $2.12M  $50.5M 


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AMC Casts 'The Walking Dead' Character Michonne

A press release just landed in my inbox while watching The Walking Dead TV marathon leading up to the season finale tonight.

The press release was touching on the actress cast to portray Michonne in the upcoming third season of The Walking Dead.

For one, we will see/meet Michonne in the season finale of the show, so then you will see that Danai Gurira has been cast in the role of Michonne.

In case you're worried about missing her, I don't think we will...  she'll be the woman carrying a sword.  (I guess that saves ammo!)

This is interesting, because even though I'm not a fan of the comic book franchise, (meaning I just never read it) I just saw a bit on a comic series that will focus on this mystery woman.

Watching the marathon leading up to the season finale of The Walking Dead is pretty awesome.  Everything is being refreshed in my memory and/or I'm seeing some things in a different light now, knowing most of what I know.

The Walking Dead almost seems more riveting knowing where things are going and what is being said and done that leads up to certain events.



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'Prometheus' First Movie Trailer That Appears Exciting

-Prometheus is the prequel to the Alien movie franchise, that Ridley Scott says is not a prequel.  But looking at this newest movie trailer for Prometheus, I'm seeing eggs, aliens and issues that come from hanging with the aliens.

But it does take place before the era of the Alien movies.  A time when humanity, as you can see from the trailer, discovers the species.


The studio is giving the movie plenty of attention, with viral websites and such to keep fans entertained or more engaged by the time the movie premieres.

Prometheus, from Ridley Scott and writer Damon Lindelof, stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba and a bunch more in a movie about

"A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race."

At least that's what the movie summary says.

105 Movie Sequels in the Works??? Egads!

-Den of Geek's Simon Brew is a man of mental imbalances!  (Or he lost a bet!)  Apparently he sunk a serious amount of time into compiling a list of movie sequels in the works and he came up with one hundred and five titles.  His list does not include sequels actually being released this year, prior to October.  But wow, it's a huge list.

Of course in the list are production announcements of movies whose film is igniting the sequel chat, hasn't even hit theaters yet.

If you follow me, I've conjectured it's a mere marketing spin for a studio to say they have a sequel lined up.  It's easier to just drop the ball on a bombed project while pumping up expectations for the movie that's still set to come out. 

I remember when Green Lantern and Conan the Barbarian movies were just hitting their production strides and the news about their sequels were all the rage...  well, we saw how that worked out.

Any how... a few select sequels noted:

  • 21 Jump Street 2 (probable, considering how well it did in it's opening weekend.)
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (eh, probably.)
  • The Avengers 2/Avengers Re-assemble
  • Batman chapters, without Christopher Nolan.
  • Clash Of The Titans 3
  • Ghost Rider 3
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire  (Development was ongoing during production of The Hunger Games)
  • John Carter 2

It's a huge list of movies so I'd suggest hitting up their website and seeing their list and some of their words on each title and its chances of actually making it to the silver screen!
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Some Dirt on HBO's Cancelling 'Luck'?

After the third death of a horse during production of HBO's Luck, at first they said they would continue forward with production of non-horse scenes and halt all shoots involving horses until the matter was investigated.  HBO Suspends Production .

Then a day later, it was reported that HBO cancelled Luck.

That seemed like a pretty quick turnaround of perspectives.  The suppositions around the professional media world was possible concerns about continued negative press.  But Fox News is reporting a few things...

First there was PETA ragging on HBO for using horses to film a horse racing series. (Go figure)  Then after the cancellation, PETA tossed out a bit about HBO was using old and drugged horses.

But HBO said the drugs found were applied after the injury to allow their vet to examine the injured horse.  But PETA says there were other drugs present in the dead animal's body and PETA called for law enforcement to investigate.  And onward as PETA grinded on HBO.

Then Fox is reporting that there were developing issues at Santa Anita, where HBO was filming the series.

It's being reported that Frank Stronach, chairman of the Stronach Group who owns Santa Anita, reportedly was becoming increasingly disappointed with the light that HBO was painting the industry of horse racing with.

He was planning on having a sit down with the producers.

Whether he did or not is a matter of speculation and HBO reps said they have no knowledge of a conversation like that. (But that's because he was "planning" to have the sit down.)

Whatever the reason, which I'm sure we'll probably hear more about this somewhere down the road, the show premiered to just over 1 million viewers but then ratings dropped by more than half after that. 

So I'm thinking in this case, this was cutting losses before more heat came down on the studio for anything else, for a mediocre rated series.

source: foxnews
-Bruce

Watching 'In Time' On Blu-ray & How To Read The Arm Clock

Over the last few weeks I've had a few emails inquiring about how to read the "arm clock" in IN TIME, starring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried. So be it... 

I cranked out the studio-provided Blu-ray screener and went to town.  I'm re-watching In Time and I'm going to make sure I can explain how to read those pesky arm clocks.

First up, Blu-ray, on the right TV is amazing.  I will be saying that for some time. It's like the poor man's 3D.  The details in the image are amazing.  Amazing to the point of the depth in the images almost feeling like it's 3D.  It trips out my eyeballs.  But it has to be on the right TV, not just any TV or the content quality of Blu-ray will be lost on the product.




In the movie In Time, when a person hits 25, their arm clock kicks in and they only have 1 year to go.  It's a wonderful premise for a movie where there can be so many references to time... killing time.  I don't have the time for that.  That kind of time will get you killed.  All kinds of quirky fun.

And Justine Timberlake is out to expose the system designed to keep people desperate and in their own time-zones.

And everybody in the movie is pretty to look at.  But the story falls into some cliches at about the half-way point and it erodes into a classic Bonnie and Clyde syndrome.

It's an OK movie with just a few weaknesses in the story.

The Blu-ray package, aside from the obvious HD imagery, the extras include items titled "The Minutes."  This extra talks about how too many folks alive will put a burden on the planet, so prices (time) are controlled by the rich.  This extra delivers to the viewer background details of the story inside of In Time.  From the perspective of the characters, not the actors.  It's a neat how they deliver the content.

The other extra are "deleted/extended scenes."  As with some scenes, it's weird to see a quick 15 to 30 second cut scene or what not.

But then there's that pesky extended "strip poker" scene.

Plus the theatrical trailer and Live Extras but my BD player is not hooked up.
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How To Read The Arm Clocks from In Time


(Your Arm Clock Showing 1 Day, 0 hours, 12 minutes and 50 seconds)



Saturday, March 17, 2012

Syfy's 'Leprechaun's Revenge' Was Painful To Watch

I tuned into Leprechaun's Revenge that was airing on Syfy channel, thinking I might get treated to something halfway interesting.

(The looked like they saw this movie too...
oh, wait, this is a still from the movie!)


After watching the movie for an hour, I still wasn't sure why "it" was killing everyone, or did we need a why?  Ah, found the plot summary and it told me why:

"An evil leprechaun who has been imprisoned within the roots of a majestic old oak tree, is accidentally set loose on St. Patrick's Day. Once free, he takes out his bloody revenge on the descendants of the people who originally imprisoned him."

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Did I did not miss something.  But if you stuck around, part of the back story is given to the hapless viewer one hour and nine minutes into the movie.  SO if you tuned out being confused, well, you had good reason.

With the name power of Billy Zane, William Devane and the teen cuteness of Courtney Halverson, I thought this would at least have some kind of entertainment value. 

But as the movie opened, a bunch of fragmented scenes were tossed at us.  What I pieced together was that Karen O'hara (Halverson) was attacked in the woods by some evil looking leprechaun that looked more like a minor demon from any other movie.


I thought leprechauns were short, cuter and green.  Or more green.

'MM9' Review (A Book about Kaiju!)

If you're wondering what MM9 is, don't fret.  You did not miss any new kaiju movie or such.  It's actually a book written by Hiroshi Yamamoto, translated by Nathan Collins and distributed by VIZ Media.


It's rated Teen and is a quick and fun read.  Simple to digest and because if that, it was just a pure pleasure to peruse.


In a nutshell, MM9 is short for "Monster Magnitude 9" and is set in a world where giant monsters happen.  They exist.  In fact they're about as frequent as earthquakes and have their own scale.  Hence, the MM9 scale, which is the top of the scale.


The book reminded me, or gave me the feeling that this world will probably by like the world in Guillermo del Toro‘s upcoming movie, Pacific Rim.


For me, it was a fun lunch-time (break) read because I am a kaiju fan...  and though we never hear the names Godzilla, Gamera or the like, you just "know" that they're somewhere in the mindset of the author as we experience this story.


I especially enjoyed the author's take on the laws of physics that define the giant monsters and how they're made possible to live in our world of "Big Bang" laws of nature.

Check out my Book Review of MM9 over on Brusimm.

'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' Season Finale "Revenge" w Darth Maul Review

After watching the final few episodes of the fourth season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and it was quite the set of season ending episodes.

We followed Obi-Wan Kenobi as he infiltrated a gang of bounty hunters while disguised as one of them.  We watched the Night Sisters get their home decimated by Count Dooku and the multi-armed General Grievous. 

We followed Asajj Ventress leave behind the Night Sisters with a new look and doing some of her own work.

But then the final two episodes of the fourth season brought home a short-lived but popular character from the Star Wars film franchise... Darth Maul.

We've been hearing about Darth Maul for some time, from the introduction of his brother, Savage Opress, back in season three of The Clone Wars.

But now, in ep 21 "Brothers" and 22 "Revenge," LucasFilm definitely delivered.



In "Brothers" we follow Savage Opress (voiced by Clancy Brown) looking for his brother, Darth Maul (Sam Witwer), and finding him on Lotho Minor, a planet of left over techno junk.  Lotho Minor is an awesome new environment, seeing how a planet-sized junkyard exists in the Star Wars franchise.


VIZ Media Is Giving Away an iPad 2; A Freebie!

Anime and Manga fans probably know that VIZ Media is the largest distributor of their favored fare.  VIZ is having a contest for their fans.

They invite you to show your love for SHONEN JUMP by submitting photos.  The photos would then be voted on... (This is where you would bug your buddies to vote, and vote often!)

Submission periods are from March 16th to March 23rd, with voting from March 24th to March 31st. The second contest submission period will be from April 1st to April 8th with contest voting from April 9th to April 16th. Winners will be notified via email.

The Grand Prize is an iPad 2 while subsequent prizes are gift bags filled with $250 worth of SHONEN JUMP stuff!

Follow the link for details and your chance to win the VIZ Media giveaway!



Friday, March 16, 2012

Is '21 Jump Street' Worth Your Time?

If you were pondering the premise of hitting up the new movie this weekend, 21 Jump Street, it seems you might be pleased with the movie if you go to your local movie theater.

According to Movie Review Intelligence, 21 Jump Street has garnered almost 75% of it's reviews as positive.  That's pretty good amongst movies!

The subset of movie reviewers I trust at MRI are also giving the movie good marks.



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Other sites seem to be similar in mind about the movie:

MetaCritic has 21 Jump Street at a 69, users, 8.4;

Rotten Tomatoes
shows an 87% score amongst its critics...

It sounds like this could be the fun movie to see... and I wonder if it might unseat The Lorax at the box office tally sheet this weekend?

We shall see!



'Monster Man' Syfy Channel Series Premiere Review

-Monster Man series premiere aired last Wednesday and I had to check it out...  and at the moment, I'm on the bubble about this new make-up/EFX series.  And I suspect others are on that same bubble.

Monster Man follows Goth-looking Cleve Hall and his family as they take on contracts to create make-up or EFX for various clients.  Cleve drives a hearse from job to job.

I have to admit, if it weren't' for Face Off, this show would have a ton of value to the behind-the-scenes mystique of the world of EFX.  But it's not unique and the series premiere didn't show the viewers anything totally incredible yet, though it seems there might be potential for such down the road, judging from the previews.

But this is just like Face Off with all the time constraints and potentials of deadline failures... yet it has an attempted quirky sense of humor that I presume is how Monster Man tries to differentiate itself from Face Off.  The humor wasn't a failure, but it felt pandering to the viewer.  It felt forced.

Plus Cleve's first client was an Asylum production, and if anyone who has watched Syfy knows, Asylum is a very prolific & horrific production company.  It pumps out quickie TV projects that are frightening... as in frighteningly bad and panderous.  (Is that even a word?)  The two movies of theirs that traumatized me emotionally was Battle of Los Angeles... which looked like it was filmed on a day and they didn't use an editor... and one of my all-time faves, Almighty Thor, where Thor was cranking out the action... with his uzi.

OK... that was a sidetrack I wasn't expecting.

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Despite following Face Off's record setting season finale, Monster Man only pulled in 1.35 million viewers.  Within those numbers are the sagging stats of 729,000 Adults 18-49 and 700,000 Adults 25-54.

Now those numbers seemed bleak, but they did more than double the TV ratings performance for the time slot Monster Man was in, (Wed, 11pm), by 123% in total viewers.

Monster Man also set its mark in Syfy as being the best premiere for one of their original series since Face Off showed up in January of 2011.

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I recommend Monster Man if reality TV competitions like Face Off aren't for you, because if you're interested in the behind-the-scenes world of make-up and EFX, this will show you what goes on there in that field.  That stuff is always interesting to me.

Me personally, I will probably go ahead and catch it for a while and see if things improve as they settle into the realm of being followed around by cameras while they do their job.  And I hope some of their quirky humor settles down too.  I don't think that's necessary for this show to be a hit, but I see why they do it...  that and well, he looks like one of his own creations in the get-up he wears for the show.  (I presume it's for the show... but then again...  maybe that's just how he is.)

Monster Man, premiered last Wed at 11PM, but will take over Face Off's time slot of Wednesdays at 10PM starting on March 21, 2012.


[Ratings, via a Syfy press release]

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'Face Off' Season Finale Sets Records

Syfy Channel TV News:  The season finale of Face Off that aired earlier this week, is showing how popular of a series the reality show make-up competition is.

Face Off broke its own ratings record (for the 5th time) with the season two finale, pulling in 2.46 million viewers, with 1.36 million of those being in the desirable, money-spending demographic of adults, 25-54.

The TV ratings numbers were sixty-five percent higher than last years season finale.  Face Off was also the #1 cable show in the adult demographic for Wednesday night.

The numbers look awesome and like I've said before, it is a great show to catch.  It gives the viewer a fascinating insight behind the people who create the monsters for the movies and TV shows genre fans like us tend to watch!

The link at the start of this report takes you to my recap of the season two finale.

Check out some selected numbers from the Syfy press release:


"For the full second season, including Live + 7 viewing data through the 2/22 episode and Live + Same Day viewing for the final two episodes, Face Off averaged a 1.7 HH rating and 2.53 million total viewers, including 1.48 million Adults18-49 and 1.38 million Adults 25-54.

Compared to the full season one average, this was up 63% in total viewers, 55% in HH rating, 53% in Adults 18-49 and 44% in Adults 25-54.

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Face Off also was watched nearly 3.5 million times on VOD, up 96% compared to season one's total viewing in 2011."

Face Off returns for a third season, sometime in the Summer of 2012 on Syfy.

[Syfy press]

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

'Farscape' Creator Rockne S. O’Bannon Creating Syfy's 'Defiance'



If you were a fan of Farscape, then by proxy, you were a fan of its creator, Rockne S. O’Bannon.  And then, by proxy, you might also be interested in an upcoming new series being put together for Syfy called Defiance.

And that's not all.  The budding cast numbers seem to have a few interesting personalities to boot.  That is if you like Julie Benz, Grant Bowler, Stephanie Leonidas, Tony Curran and Jaime Murray.


Julie Benz is just hot, as many of the male species might attest to, and those same folk might say the same about Jaime Murray!

If you're trying to place them, you might have caught Julie Benz in shows like Desperate Housewives, Dexter, No Ordinary Family or A Gifted Man.  On the silver screen, ALL fans of The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day will remember her.




Jaime Murray has been seen in shows like Warehouse 13, Sparatacus: Gods of the Arena, Hustle and Ringer.

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What's going to be unique about this show is that it will "unite television and MMO gaming."

Defiance will be directed by Scott Stewart (Legion, Priest), and written/executive produced by Rockne O’Bannon (Farscape), Kevin Murphy (Desperate Housewives, Caprica, Hellcats) & Michael Taylor (Battlestar Galactica). Kevin Murphy will serve as the front man of the production, or as they call them, the showrunner.

Syfy press release:

Defiance is set in Earth's near future, where Earth is a transformed planet that is inhabited by the survivors of a universal war. Forced to co-habitate, the disparate group struggles to build a new society among the devastation.

The dramatic tapestry of the series and the intense action of the game will exist in a single universe where their respective narratives will inform one another and evolve together into one overall story. Defiance is produced by Universal Cable Productions.

Benz portrays Amanda Rosewater, the idealistic mayor of a bustling mining boomtown, one of the world’s few oases of civility and inclusion. As the newly appointed mayor, she is determined to maintain peace in the community, an ambitious task in this deadly new world.

Leonidas plays Irisa, an exotically beautiful warrior who is part of an alien race called the Irathients. After Nolan (Bowler) killed her criminal father, he adopted the girl and raised her as his clever – and lethal – right-hand.

Curran will portray Datak Tarr, part of an elite alien race known as the Castithans. Datak grew up in the slums of his home planet, but despite being part of the under-privileged class, he schemed his way onto one of the alien arks, saving himself before his home planet was destroyed.

Murray portrays Datak’s beautiful and proper wife, Stahma, a high-ranking Castithan before her home planet ceased to exist. Clever, imaginative and darkly opportunistic, Stahma is perhaps more dangerous than her husband.

The four join New Zealand born actor Grant Bowler, who is well-known for the recurring role on Ugly Betty (2008) as Wilhelmina Slater’s love interest, Connor Owens, and for the role of Cooter, the leader of the werewolf biker gang in the HBO series True Blood (2010) and Captain Gault in ABC's Lost (2008). Bowler plays Nolan, the new law keeper in the boomtown and former Marine who fought in the alien conflict. After losing his wife and child in the war, he becomes a wanderer in the dangerous new world, eventually joined by Irisa, a young Irathient he raises as his own and as his lone companion in the lawless badlands.

And that is the TV news fit to be print today about the Syfy channel's latest production, Defiance.



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Lindzi Cox Talks About Her Exidus From 'The Bachelor'

In a press teleconference, ABC had the runner-up contestant, Lindzi Cox on the line for press to grill her about her time on the show and the ending of this season of The Bachelor (Ben).

Anyone watching the show saw the differences between Courtney and Lindzi and how Lindzi was a class act right on through to her exit.  I don't think I've ever seen a braver front from someone who's been jilted by or on The Bachelor and she didn't deserved the brutal emotional trip she went through.  (Then again, she did go on the show!)

With that said, check out what she had to say on a few points from the game show.

On talking to Ben's mom and taking the high road:

Lindzi basically didn't have that much negative material on Courtney (at the time) and only said what she knew, and that was that they're two different people.

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Her biggest surprise from watching the season now that she's out of that rat trap:

She was shocked to see what Courtney said in her video journals.

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On the premise that the men always go for the bad girl over the good girl, after seeing the show, is she glad Ben didn't pick her and does her offer to call if things don't work out still stands:

"it's up to them if their relationship works and I wish them nothing but the best. " and she added that she's in a real good place right now.


TNT Premiere Dates for 'Closer', 'Falling Skies', 'Leverage' and More

Here's some TV news...  TNT sent out a press release touching on their upcoming Summer 2012 TV Season premiere dates for various shows like The Closer, Falling Skies, Leverage, Rizzoli & Isles and more...  Check out the list below, set chronologically:

Rizzoli & Isles
•    Season Premiere: Tuesday, June 5, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
•    Season 3: 10 summer episodes

Franklin & Bash
•    Season Premiere: Tuesday, June 5, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)
•    Season 2: 10 episodes

Dallas
•    New Series, Two-Hour Series Premiere:  Wednesday, June 13, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
•    Season 1: 10 episodes

Falling Skies
•    Two-Hour Season Premiere: Sunday, June 17, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
•    Season 2: 10 episodes

The Great Escape
•    New Series Premiere: Sunday, June 24, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)
•    Season 1: 10 episodes

The Closer
•    Premiere: Monday, July 9, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
•    Season 7: Six final episodes

Perception
•    New Series Premiere: Monday, July 9, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)
•    Season 1: 10 episodes

Leverage
•    Season Premiere: Sunday, July 15, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)
•    Season 5: 10 summer episodes

Major Crimes
•    New Series Premiere: Monday, Aug. 13, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT), following The Closer finale
•    Regular Timeslot: Mondays at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
•    Season 1: 10 episodes


TNT Press Release:

The drama is back in full force this summer as TNT unveils the premiere dates for its slate of outstanding original series. Rizzoli & Isles, Falling Skies, Leverage and Franklin & Bash are among the hit series set to return this summer. They will be joined by four brand new series: Dallas, Perception, Major Crimes and the unscripted competition show The Great Escape. Certain to be one of the summer's biggest programming events, fans will also bid a fond farewell to The Closer as the blockbuster drama series wraps up its extraordinary seven-season run with six final episodes.


"Each show in TNT's summer lineup entertains in its own unique voice, but together these drama series are designed to appeal to viewers who want to be taken on a great ride," said Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). "Whether it's a clever procedural, an action-adventure drama, or a sweeping family saga, the dramas on TNT all have that popcorn sensibility. They're meant for viewers who crave smart storytelling and engaging characters, and who above all else simply want to pull up a seat and have a good time."

The following is TNT's summer schedule, including series premiere dates.

Rizzoli & Isles
•    Season Premiere: Tuesday, June 5, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
•    Season 3: 10 summer episodes
For the past two summers, Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander have proven that two heads are better than one in this drama series based on the crime novels by best-selling author Tess Gerritsen. As Boston detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles, the pair share a quirky chemistry and put away some of Boston's most notorious criminals.


Franklin & Bash
•    Season Premiere: Tuesday, June 5, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)
•    Season 2: 10 episodes
Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer star in this light-hearted legal drama as two fly-by-the seat-of-their-pants lawyers working for a button-down law firm. Malcolm McDowell plays the firm's wonderfully eccentric patriarch. Also starring are Garcelle Beauvais, Dana Davis, Kumail Nanjiani and Reed Diamond.


Dallas
•    New Series, Two-Hour Series Premiere:  Wednesday, June 13, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
•    Season 1: 10 episodes
This summer, Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray reprise their famous characters as J.R., Bobby and Sue Ellen Ewing return to Southfork with secrets, schemes and betrayals. This time, they're joined by the next generation of Ewings, played by Josh Henderson and Jesse Metcalfe, who take ambition and deception to a new level. Dallas also stars Jordana Brewster, Julie Gonzalo and Brenda Strong. Shot on location in the title city, Dallas comes to TNT from Warner Horizon Television, with premiere episode writer Cynthia Cidre and director Michael M. Robin serving as executive producers. It was developed by Cidre and created by David Jacobs.


Falling Skies
•    Two-Hour Season Premiere: Sunday, June 17, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
•    Season 2: 10 episodes
The wait is nearly over as basic cable's #1 new series of 2011 returns to continue its extraordinary story about life and survival in the wake of a catastrophic alien invasion. Noah Wyle stars as a college professor who becomes an unlikely resistance leader in this gripping series from DreamWorks Television and executive producer Steven Spielberg. Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton, Drew Roy, Maxim Knight and Connor Jessup also star.


The Great Escape
•    New Series Premiere: Sunday, June 24, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)
•    Season 1: 10 episodes
This fast-paced, nail-biting competition series drops ordinary people into the middle of their own epic action/adventure movie. Each week, Rich Eisen (NFL Total Access) hosts as teams of competitors try to find their way out of seemingly impossible situations for a chance to take home a cash prize. The series, from Fox Television Studios, is executive-produced by the Oscar®-winning team of Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, as well as the Emmy-winning producers of The Amazing Race, Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri. The series is created and executive produced by Justin W. Hochberg (The Apprentice) and Charlie Ebersol (The Wanted).


The Closer
•    Premiere: Monday, July 9, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
•    Season 7: Six final episodes
TNT's record-breaking series returns one last time to bring its extraordinary seven-year run to an end. Emmy® winner Kyra Sedgwick stars as Los Angeles Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson, whose impeccable investigative and interrogation skills have resulted in countless confessions and convictions. Mary McDonnell, who will continue her role as Captain Sharon Raydor in TNT's upcoming series Major Crimes, also stars.


Perception
•    New Series Premiere: Monday, July 9, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)
•    Season 1: 10 episodes
Drama fans are about to meet one of the most unique crime solvers on television when TNT premieres this fascinating new series about an eccentric neuroscience professor who is recruited by the FBI to help solve complex cases. Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award winner Eric McCormack stars as Dr. Daniel Pierce, who possesses an intimate knowledge of human behavior and a masterful understanding of the way the mind works. Although Pierce's mind may be brilliant, it's also damaged as he suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. Perception also stars Rachael Leigh Cook, Arjay Smith and Kelly Rowan. Produced by ABC Studios, the series was created by executive producer Ken Biller and co-executive producer Mike Sussman, with McCormack serving as producer.


Leverage
•    Season Premiere: Sunday, July 15, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)
•    Season 5: 10 summer episodes
Television's coolest gang of thieves, grifters and con artists are back in the fifth season of this fast-paced, light-hearted caper series from blockbuster executive producer Dean Devlin and Electric Entertainment. Academy Award® winner Timothy Hutton stars, along with Gina Bellman, Christian Kane, Beth Riesgraf and Aldis Hodge.


Major Crimes
•    New Series Premiere: Monday, Aug. 13, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT), following The Closer finale
•    Regular Timeslot: Mondays at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
•    Season 1: 10 episodes
This all-new drama series is ready to take television's favorite squad of detectives into bold new territory. Two-time Oscar® nominee Mary McDonnell will continue her role from The Closer as Los Angeles Police Captain Sharon Raydor. Major Crimes will focus on how the American justice system approaches the art of the deal as law-enforcement officers and prosecutors work together to score a conviction. Joining McDonnell are fellow Closer veterans G.W. Bailey, Tony Denison, Michael Paul Chan, Raymond Cruz and Phillip P. Keene, with guest appearances by Jon Tenney and Robert Gossett. New cast members include Graham Patrick Martin as a homeless juvenile and Kearran Giovanni as an ambitious undercover detective. Major Crimes is produced by The Shephard/Robin Company, in association with Warner Bros. Television, with The Closer's James Duff, Greer Shephard and Michael M. Robin serving as executive producers.

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