Sunday, 15 May 2011

Weekend wrap

To start with the good news, Sasha Roiz will be back on TV every week this fall. His new show, Grimm, has been picked up to series by NBC. Spoiler TV has the first still from the pilot, which was written and exec produced by David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf, and we'll probably get more details about the show after the upfronts. For now, here are the basics, from TV Line:
A fantastical drama, Grimm stars David Giuntoli (Privileged) as a detective whose mission is to protect humans living in a world where Grimm’s Fairy Tale characters actually exist. Silas Weir Mitchell (Prison Break), Sasha Roiz (Caprica) and Kate Burton also star.
The bad news from NBC is that 17th Precinct didn't make the cut. Not much to add that hasn't been said at the Battlestar Blog.

David E. Kelley's take on Wonder Woman hasn't been picked up either. (Jeff Reiner directed the pilot.) Deadline has an article on if/how this could affect David Eick's remake of Hulk for ABC.

The first photos from Los Americans, Esai Morales' new web series, have been posted on MySpace. The show premieres in less than two weeks (May 26). For updates, you can keep checking at and the show's FB page.

The official trailer for Gun Hill Road briefly appeared on YouTube, but has been removed. If you didn't catch it, there is a slightly different version still up on YouTube.

The Hunger Games, with Paula Malcomson, starts filming these days in Hildebran, North Carolina.

The Orange Country Register talked to Eric Stoltz about Glee. Snippet:
Orange County Register: What is it like directing the young cast of ‘Glee’?
Eric Stoltz: It’s fantastic. It’s the most fun I’ve had in a long time. I love directing young actors. Many actors have the experience of not having been directed very often or very well. For the most part, directors are technically proficient and a little bit afraid of the actors. So, having been an actor for a long time, I can see things from their perspective.

Directing is something that I think i’m more suited for. I’m a better director than an actor. I love crews, I love talking to actors. After sitting in the trumpet section for many years, it’s nice to have the whole score in front of you. You can either inspire or not. I’ve spent a great many years in the trenches of independent film. You learn a lot there. Television is actually much closer to the independent film process.
James Marsters will be at the Wizard World Big Apple Comic Con next weekend (May 21-22) and he has joined a few more WW events: Chicago Comic Con in August, Mid-Ohio Comic Con in October and the Austin Comic Con in November. For details and tickets, visit Big thanks to Caprica Times for the heads-up. According to James' official FB page, he will also be at the Montréal Comic Con in September.

Tekken with John Pyper-Ferguson will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on July 19. Details at

Comedy Central Insider has a few Futurama storyboards with Patton Oswalt's character, Unattractive Giant Monster.

Judas Kiss, with Richard Harmon and Genevieve Buechner, is getting screened at the Boston LGBT Film Festival tonight and there is a new festival date for the film: June 4 at Out Twin Cities, Minnesota’s Second Annual GLBTQ Film Festival in Minneapolis.

Judas Kiss got picked up by a couple of distributors this week. Wolfe Video has bought the DVD/VOD rights for North America and Pro-Fun Media picked the film up for distribution in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. More at the Judas Kiss blog.

Michael Rymer's Face to Face keeps winning stuff at festivals. This month alone, it won Jury Awards for Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress at the Newport Beach fest and, just the other day, it also won a couple of prizes at the Monaco Charity Film Festival (Best Film, Best Ensemble Cast). You can check out the trailer at and, for updates, go to the film's official FB page.

Michael Nankin's Red Faction: Origins premieres on Saturday, June 4. A snippet from the new press release:
Red Faction: Origins stars Brian J. Smith (Stargate Universe), Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment Day), Kate Vernon (Battlestar Galactica), Danielle Nicolet (The Starter Wife), Gareth David-Lloyd (Torchwood), Tamzin Merchant (The Tudors) and Devon Graye (Dexter) in the epic adventures of the Mason family, Martian colonists battling for survival and freedom.

In Red Faction: Origins, Jake Mason (Smith) embarks on a dangerous quest to bring justice to the vengeful enemies that killed his mother and kidnapped his sister. Jake is the son of Alec Mason (Patrick), the rebel hero who led the colonies of Mars to freedom.

Directed by Peabody-Award winner Michael Nankin (Battlestar Galactica), the Red Faction: Origins screenplay was written by Andrew Kreisberg (Warehouse 13), based on a story developed by THQ Director, Fiction Development Paul DeMeo (The Rocketeer) and THQ Executive Vice President, Core Games, Danny Bilson (The Sentinel). Kreisberg also serves as executive producer.
Episodes titles for Torchwood: Miracle Day have been revealed. They are: The New World, Rendition, Dead of Night, Escape to L.A, The Categories of Life, The Middle Men, Immortal Sins, End of the Road, The Gathering and The Blood Line. The show premieres on July 8 on Starz. Spoiler TV has some cool new cast promotional photos, but I can't post a direct link because Blogger has been randomly frakking with permalinks these days, so do a search in the image gallery to see them.

Deadline writes that Falling Skies will probably get picked up for a second season next month. TNT will make the definite decision when the show premieres (June 19) and, in the meantime, they have hired Remi Aubuchon to assemble the writing staff since most of the writers who worked on season one have moved on to other projects (the show was picked up a while ago, in January 2010). Here is a snippet from Deadline:
Aubuchon admits that trying to put together a writing staff for a cable show is difficult as hiring falls outside of the normal network staffing cycle and not many scribes are available, but he believes that Falling Skies has an extra draw. "Steven (Spielberg) is very involved in the show, which is one of his pet projects; he has a lot of passion for it," he said. "I think it is exciting to work with him, and I think a lot of writers would be looking forward to that." WME-repped Aubuchon started off working on character-driven dramas, including Chicago Hope, 24, Summerland and The Lyon's Den, which he created, before gravitating toward genre shows. "In the last few years, I've been trying to combine my training in character drama and figure out a way to assimilate that into the genre world, and I think I had some success with Caprica," he said.
Spoiler TV has a new trailer (the link should work) for the show and you can keep checking on TNT's site for new clips.

Last not least, there is the Hellcats finale preview with Kevin Murphy. Magda Apanowicz and Teryl Rothery are in the clip and John Pyper-Ferguson and Ben Cotton should also appear in the episode.

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