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Is 'The Killing' the new 'Heroes'?

Hopes were high when The Killing debuted on AMC back in April. AMC had a near-perfect track record — Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, and no need to mention Rubicon — and The Killing felt like the next step in the network’s rise to glory. It was to be an “anti-cop show” cop show, tracing one murder case over the course of an entire season in sharp contrast to the typical procedural structure. Early episodes earned accolades, high ratings, and comparisons to Twin Peaks. But the show lost a broad swath of its viewership and declined in quality in the red herring-laden second half of its season. (It’s never a good thing when one of the best episodes in a long time essentially ignores most of the characters and the main plot.)

But The Killing must have still had some devoted fans. How else to explain the near-rabid reaction to last night’s finale, which pointedly did not answer the central question of the season: “Who killed Rosie Larsen?” If critical reaction has been mixed, fan reaction has been vehemently negative — there’s already a site called f—thekilling.com, which says simple, “Dear ‘The Killing: F— You!!! Sincerely, Everyone Who Used To Watch Your Show.” READ FULL STORY

Hayden Panettiere in talks for 'Scream 4.' Should she trade the small screen for the big screen?

Hayden-PanetierreImage Credit: Noel Vasquez/FilmMagic.comSince the cheerleader herself couldn’t even save Heroes from its inevitable demise, Hayden Panettiere is back on the market. Career-wise, that is. And it looks like she’s already moving on from the NBC superhero series by booking her first post-Heroes gig: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Panettiere is in talks to star in Wes Craven’s upcoming sequel Scream 4. (The actress would play Neve Campbell’s cousin’s “nerdy film geek” pal; Twilight‘s Ashley Greene is in talks to play Campbell’s cousin.)

It seems wise for Panettiere to attach herself to an anticipated franchise film — even if she might get lost amongst the film’s large ensemble — but I’m hoping the actress finds another TV vehicle worthy of her small-screen talents. After all, with the exception of schmaltzy guilty pleasure Remember the Titans, Panettiere has yet to hit on the big screen: Raising Helen, Ice Princess, and I Love You, Beth Cooper hardly made an impression audience- and box-office-wise — and those are some of her more high-profile projects. (As for Bring It On: All or Nothing — well, Panettiere should probably retire her cheerleader’s uniform to avoid typecasting, right?) Though I stopped watching Heroes in the middle of season 2, I can confidently say that Panettiere was one of season 1’s highlights: She possesses that rare on-screen relatability and manages to make even the cheesiest TV moments (e.g., all that Burnt Toast Diner craziness, Claire’s showdown with Debbie, Claire’s in-air flight with West) bearable. (Okay, I’ll admit it: Meryl Streep couldn’t even make that last Superman-inspired moment bearable.) Plus, as we’ve seen since her days as child actor in Titans and Ally McBeal, the girl’s got acting chops. So I’m crossing my fingers that Panettiere graces my television set again soon — and not just in one of her Neutrogena ads.

Who’s with me, PopWatchers? Do you agree Panettiere deserves her own series?

'Heroes' finally canceled: You won't have Sylar to kick around anymore

heroes-sylarImage Credit: Dean Hendler/NBCThe first season of Heroes might be the best season of broadcast TV ever. But Heroes will probably always be remembered more for what came next: three seasons of amnesia, of people losing their powers, of premonition dreams, and of time travel. So, so, so much time travel. (The space-time continuum should sue for damages.) And as for the plot…well, at one point in season 4, Hiro defeated a brain tumor by sword-fighting with a dead man in an imaginary courtroom right next to the stairway to heaven. This morning, NBC announced that, in a rare moment of mercy, it was taking Heroes away to live on a beautiful farm in Kentucky, which is coincidentally the same place your parents sent your dog when he got sick and you never saw him again. By which I mean, Heroes is over.


Favorite flashback episode poll: Vote now!

flashbacks_320.jpg Image Credit: Mario Perez/ABC; Greg Gayne/Fox; NBCWhen we asked readers to name TV’s best flashback episode, we got more than 1,000 responses. After the jump, you’ll find a poll representing 45 of the most popular and/or passionately-pitched picks. Declare your favorite. Then visit our gallery of 25 Flashback Episodes You Love for a trip down memory lane. READ FULL STORY

'Heroes' actors get new jobs: Hooray for second chances!

heroes-starsImage Credit: Trae Patton/NBC Sendhil Ramamurthy and Dania Ramirez had the misfortune to star as two of Heroes‘ most annoying characters: gasbag scientist Mohinder Suresh and poison-crying Maya Herrera. But Hollywood can forgive anything, and yesterday brought good casting news for both of them. Ramamurthy hopped into USA’s Covert Affairs, while Ramirez will recur on the next season of Entourage. (She’ll play Turtle’s love interest. Hey, a job’s a job.)

I couldn’t be happier for both actors. Ramirez was awesome as A.J.’s girlfriend during the final season of Sopranos, and Ramamurthy has been trying to escape from Mohinder’s shadow for awhile now. I’m wondering if Hollywood can’t find room in its big heart for the rest of the Heroes cast. After all they’ve been through, don’t they deserve some tiny plot of TV land to call their own? Here are some suggestions:

Adrian Pasdar: A morally ambiguous corporate executive on Damages (at least until someone finally reboots Profit.)

Hayden Panettiere: A recurring role on Make It or Break It as a former world champion gymnast.

Greg Grunberg: Surely his childhood friend J.J. Abrams needs someone to play an adorably acerbic assistant on the upcoming spy drama Undercovers?

Masi Oka: Needs to host a game show on G4.

Jack Coleman: Needs to guest star on Breaking Bad as Walter White’s brother.

Ali Larter: For playing two identically annoying characters, Ali Larter deserves two career-refurbishing parts. I’m thinking a femme fatale on Burn Notice and a drug-addled heiress on Gossip Girl.

Milo Ventimiglia: Should partner up with Wentworth Miller and take over Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

Zachary Quinto: Probably doesn’t need your charity.

Kristen Bell: Anything but more of this.

What are some of your casting ideas for the Heroes cast, PopWatchers?

'Heroes' recap: The best season never

The fourth season of Heroes ended not with a bang, not with a whimper, but with a collective synchronized shrug. You could see everyone involved with the show – the actors, the writers, the cameraman who’s developed a nasty shoulder tilt after a season of those nauseating carnival camera angles – join all together, raise their shoulders, and mumble “Meh” under their breath. Until the very last scene, I thought this might be the first episode of Heroes with truly no redeeming value whatsoever. Even the worst show about superpowers is bound to be interesting, even if it just accidentally trips over “interesting” on the long road to “awful.” READ FULL STORY

'Heroes' recap: Stop. Hammer Time.

I wish that Heroes and Project Runway were still in the same corporate family, because NBC loves cross-promotion. Tim Gunn could swing by the Heroes set and do something about these terrible, terrible clothes. Just look at that picture on my left. That was practically the whole episode. Two characters wearing literally the same thing – black jacket, black jeans, black shoes – walking around a studio backlot and muttering resentful stage whispers in each other’s general direction. It was like watching eleventh graders film a half-hour Spanish-language Waiting for Godot for Spanish class, except the eleventh graders would have at least worn some interesting clothes.

Everyone on Heroes wears black, all the time. Claire and Lauren apparently shop at the same Macy’s when they buy black jackets. In the flashback this week, Noah Bennet’s moral dissolution was signaled when he stopped wearing cheap black clothes and started wearing expensive black clothes. You could argue that all the black is a purposeful aesthetic choice. If you want to argue that, I’m willing to write a thirty-page thesis on why that’s the dumbest thing since Noah, the Struggling Playwright Who’s Just Selling Cars To Make Ends Meet. READ FULL STORY

'Heroes' recap: Sylar hates Sylar, and you can, too!

People have been seeing the future since literally the first moment of Heroes. The trick doesn’t really work as drama anymore, but not because it’s a bad trick. The problem is that none of the really bad stuff ever comes true. Apocalypse is always averted. I’m not sure if Peter’s  “Sylar rescues Emma from causing mass murder with her violin” dream actually counts as another apocalypse vision, but whatever it is, I bet you a billion bucks it’s not going to happen.

With that in mind, let’s all wish a fond farewell to Lydia, the Lady with the Plot Tattoos: she might just be the most ridiculous character in Heroes history. Using her amazing powers of empathy, she spent the first half of this season as the show’s umpteenth variation on premonition dreams and 9th Wonders!: She told Samuel what to do, and he would do it, not because it made dramatic sense but because that was what the tattoos told him he should do. READ FULL STORY

'Heroes' recap: This isn't a court! It's a diner!

Somewhere in this crazy world – perhaps below the ocean floor or at the top of a very tall building – there is a room made entirely of chalkboard. The ceiling is chalkboard, the floor is chalkboard, the eight walls (yup, it’s an octagon) are all chalkboard. And the chalkboard is almost completely covered in chalk. Lines skip madly across the room, zig-zagging back and forth. The lines map a series of events, but the events don’t appear to follow any coherent order. Different colors of chalk describe various reality-altering shifts: time travel, amnesia, resurrection, imaginary resurrection, premonition, post-monition, power exchanges, power drains, whatever the hell it is that keeps Ali Larter on Heroes. Because this is the Heroes writing room, and it is a mess. READ FULL STORY

'Heroes' recap: It's like swimming, but inside out!

Maybe I’ve been wrong about Heroes. All along, I thought the show was supposed to be a serialized science-fiction mytho-pop thriller, one of those post-Lost shows that hurtles a diverse cast of eccentric characters through a morally ambiguous world filled with long-running mysteries and soap opera played like epic melodrama. By that criteria, Heroes has become one of the worst shows on TV. The characters have been shorn of all dimensionality and purpose: it’s often unclear why anyone does anything now. The only real mystery of this season is what, exactly,  Samuel Sullivan is planning to do, and since none of the good guys know what Big Bad’s evil plan is, all of their actions have an airless quality.

And maybe the biggest problem with the show – again, this is working under my assumption that Heroes comes from the same genre as Battlestar Galactica, FlashFoward, Firefly, The 4400, and the Nickelodeon stealth classic The Tomorrow People – is that the characters themselves never really change very much. Our main characters have experienced some wonderful and terrible things, but it never seems to alter them one bit. Sure, nowadays Mohinder can punch through a door, and Ando can fire red lightning out of his fingertips, but they’re still the same old characters, destined (doomed?) to repeat the same old scenarios. Mohinder will accidentally use his science for evil. Ando will help get Hiro out of a jam. And Noah Bennet will have a deeply weird paranoid fixation on the safety of his Claire Bear.

In that sense, last night’s episode was a repetitive snooze. READ FULL STORY

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