Glee and Fringe are jumping into the future (sort of) with “tweet-peats” this week, Fox’s cute idea to broadcast reruns with real-time commentary from the producers and stars, provided via everyone’s favorite social media blogging platform. Fringe‘s Josh Jackson and John Noble will be tweeting up a storm on Thursday @FringeOnFox), discussing last season’s penultimate episode, and on Friday, Glee‘s Kevin McHale and Lea Michele will be tweeting a director’s cut of the show’s pilot (@GleeOnFox). READ FULL STORY »
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Must List Live!: Anna Torv of 'Fringe' is loving a co-star's former show, and it's not 'Dawson's Creek'
Poor Pacey. Joshua Jackson may have a resumé that includes Dawson’s Creek, but it is the work of another Fringe co-star that has Anna Torv currently obsessed. Who’s the lucky soul and what’s the lucky show? Well, let’s just say Anna has very good taste. All will be revealed on this special celebrity edition of Must List Live! It also turns out that Ms. Torv has a hankering for a certain Denis Leary drama. Confused? (Good, that’s how I often feel watching Fringe!) The video below holds all the answers.
Two weeks ago, Fox aired what was probably the final episode of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, a pretty solid sci-fi show which nevertheless suffered from guttery ratings. Two weeks from now, Terminator Salvation will premiere in theaters — where it will likely make somewhere in the vicinity of $90 million in its first weekend, regardless of how "good" it is. Two separate extentions of the same franchise: one will be labeled a failure, the other a ginormous hit. Why?
Why don’t we want science fiction on television anymore?
Many, many moons ago, I was waiting anxiously for the elevator here at the L.A. bureau of EW. When the doors whooshed open, I nearly crashed into the person who was trying to exit. That person was none other than…Leonard Nimoy! He proved to be a delightful gentleman, especially given my poor elevator etiquette. I guess what I’m trying to say is: I should get used to seeing Nimoy pop up in cool, unexpected places. As my esteemed colleague Michael Ausiello has learned, J.J. Abrams will beam up the Star Trek vet to his Fox drama Fringe.
Nimoy — who also appears in Abrams’ big-screen reboot of Trek — will play the role of…William Bell. Yes, that oft-referenced founder of the shady corporation Massive Dynamic who used to be lab buddies with Walter Bishop (John Noble). Now, I’ve been wondering who might wind up in this role (Donald Sutherland? William Devane?), but Nimoy wasn’t on my guess list. But you know what? I’m in. I can see Nimoy infusing William with an air of reserved mystery that could provide a nice counterbalance to the freaky, filter-free Walter. The opportunity for a geektastic showdown on this increasingly addictive sci-fi drama also looms large. But enough of my conjecture — what do you think, PopWatchers? Will you tune in to see the joining of forces between Nimoy and Fringe?
You may recall how I valiantly stripped professional hack Michael Ausiello of his own EW.com video series back in December. We’ve finally reached a compromise that I think works out well for everyone involved, but particularly me. The scoopy one and I are even on decent speaking terms. SPOTTED: M pitching in a quarter for A in the caf just now b/c she didn’t have enough $$ for yogurt-covered pretzels. XOXO. Press play below for ridiculata…featuring a J.J. Abrams cameo!
Call me an X-Files diehard with a soft spot for Alias, but Fox’s new series Fringe isn’t measuring up to either of those classic series. (And that bland Anna Torv—oh, do I miss Gillian Anderson’s Dana Scully.) Yet I’ll say one thing for J.J. Abrams: He does serve up a class-A roster of supporting actors. Kirk Acevedo from Oz, Lance Reddick from the dear departed The Wire, and most especially, the incomparable Blair Brown. Speaking of the erstwhile Molly Dodd, why has Abrams thus far relegated her to the show’s, ahem, fringes…and saddled her wily corporate COO with that hoary horror fixture, an artificial arm?
To give Abrams his due, prosthetic hands have clawed their way through pop culture from Peter Pan’s Captain Hook to many a film and urban folktale. James Bond fanatics will, of course, recall Joseph Wiseman’s deadly metallic digits in Dr. No. Barely a year later, Peter Sellers mock-choked himself on screen with an artificial hand as the wheelchair-bound Dr. Strangelove. In the ‘90s, slasher films like Candyman, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and Urban Legend accessorized marauding madmen with prosthetic weaponry. Most recently, there was the murderous hook-handed T-Bag of Prison Break. Admittedly, not only mad scientists and killers have sported artificial appendages—witness William Devane’s Vietnam-vet vigilante in 1977’s Rolling Thunder.
With that history in mind, consider Brown’s Nina Sharp: Is her physical impairment a tip-off to her possibly villainous nature? Or, more hopefully, does her willingness to display it infuse this tough, steely survivor of cancer and corporate intrigue with a glimmer of vulnerability? Does her prosthetics portend future revelations about Massive Dynamics’ excursions into bionics, nanotechnology, and human enhancement? Is there a tie-in with the show’s theme of humanity enmeshed in technology gone wild, in a world blurring the boundaries of nature and artifice? Ponder this, PopWatchers, and set your fingers to talking…be they God-given or man-made.
Afternoon, PopWatchers. Hopefully by now you’ve digested your lunch, because it’s time to play "What part of last night’s Fringe made you lose your dinner?"
Yes, I think it’s safe to say this episode topped even the face-melting pilot in terms of nastiness, what with all the bleeding eyes, exploding heads, and abundant skeeziness of Chris "Digger Stiles" Eigeman (in the form of villain Dr. David Esterbrook). I know I immediately regretted my dinner of spaghetti and meatballs after watching an entire diner full of patrons get their brains boiled by a human microwave. Then, one of the female customers went kablooey, and a few minutes later, we were treated to a nice, stomach-turning view of what remained of her head. Of course, seeing a poor rat (it didn’t even have hair!) suffer the same fate might have been worse. (I know, I know, it happened under a sheet. That doesn’t make it any better, and I’m sure PETA would agree.) So, since I can’t decide which scene was most vomitrocious, let’s put it to a vote. (And if you missed all the grossness, we’ve captured some stomach-turning screengrabs, which you can find after the jump!)
It’s that time of year again. Like a greedy bastard at an all-you-can-eat buffet, I’ve spent the last six weeks loading up my DVR with more fall TV than I could ever possibly consume. Yesterday, things reached a breaking point when I attempted to set a recording for Animal Planet’s Living With the Wolfman (more on that later) and my DVR swayed its shoulders, put a hand up in my face, and hissed, "Slezak, please! Either you delete some of this junk, or I’m doing it for you!" And because I never, ever want my DVR to be angry with me, I promptly scanned my series-recording list, then grabbed my pad and pen and fired off a couple of "Dear John" letters…
On paper, we were a match made in TV heaven. Your creators were responsible for Alias, Lost, and Felicity…and I love Alias, Lost, and Felicity. You had a cool, X-Files-esque premise, and really nifty title cards. Your supposed-to-be-a-breakout star (Anna Torv) had shiny, pretty hair. But then her acting turned out to be a little leaden. And John Noble’s sing-songy, hyper-quirky delivery started working my last nerve. By the time we got to that episode where Joshua Jackson was strapped to a table with brain-monitor-sensors shoved up his nose, and I realized I didn’t actually care what happened to him, I knew our affair had all the staying power of What About Brian. If you’re game for it, though, I’m open to the idea of occasional hookups. Any show with a sinister Blair Brown can’t be all bad.
Dear True Blood,
It’s not you, it’s the writing.
PS: Please kill off Ryan Kwanten’s character; his abs deserve a better show.
More on ‘Fringe,’ ‘True Blood’:
‘Fringe’: Loving the title cards (if not the characters)
HBO’s ‘True Blood’: What did you think?
‘True Blood’: What was that weird vampire music on Bill’s radio?
‘Fringe’ vs. ‘Terminator’: Who has the hotter sci-fi office?
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