First off, big congrats to at Esai Morales on winning an award for Best Actor in a Feature Film at FilmOut San Diego's LGBT Film Festival, where Gun Hill Road also picked up the award for Best First Narrative Feature, and Judas Kiss won for Best Screenwriting.
Also congrats to Callum Keith Rennie on nabbing a Gemini for Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role for Shattered, and to the Blackstone team on winning two awards this year. Carmen Moore posted a few photos from the event on Facebook.
And congratulations to David Weddle, Bradley Thompson and everyone else working on Alphas on getting picked up for a second season! No word yet if John Pyper-Ferguson will be recurring in season two, but he will appear as the leader of the rebel faction in the season finale (Sept. 26). From the casting sides for "Original Sin," yes, there is definitely a scene with him and David Strathairn to look forward to.
Last reminder: Luke Camilleri guests in this Monday's episode of Eureka (8 pm) and Alessandra Torresani and Sasha Roiz both appear in Warehouse 13 (9 pm). From Syfy's press release:
Caprica star Alessandra Torresani will guest star on Syfy’s hit series Warehouse 13, portraying a young girl with devastating hidden powers, on Monday, September 12 at 9PM (ET/PT).
In Monday’s episode “Shadows,” Megan’s (Torresani) destructive power seems to violently incinerate those around her. In trying to deal with this ability, Megan finds an unexpected confidante and friend in Claudia (Allison Scagliotti).
Anthony Michael Hall (“Sykes”), Sasha Roiz (“Marcus”) and Kate Mulgrew (“Jane”) also return to the Warehouse on September 12.
VeryAware.com (more at the link):
There are other shows that get lauded for the fact that they prominently feature openly gay characters and yet we see them hide from actual same-sex intimacy. You’ve said that HUSBANDS is “ready for television, but television is not ready for it”. Is Husbands built to change that?Assignment X has a report from the Husbands set. Snippet:
JE: Television may have changed since I said that. TV executives can be pretty good at reading the public and I’m seeing signs that they may be readier now. We certainly hoped that HUSBANDS would help bring about that change by demonstrating that there is an audience for this kind of story. But if that change is already happening, then that’s even better! (...)
Many know Alessandra Torresani as Zoe Greystone on CAPRICA. She’s just a teensy bit different in HUSBANDS. Is that how the character is written, or is there room for input and improvisation?
JE: Oh, Haley is written very differently than Zoe. Alessandra contributed a huge amount in terms of insight and physicality and commitment, but the lines mostly remained as Cheeks and I wrote them. Alessandra really is a madcap 1930s comedy blonde with no filter and a giant sense of humor, so this part is great for her. I hope people see what a comedy natural she is as a result of this part.
During CAPRICA’s pre-production and production period, Espenson had been a show runner on the series, but made the unusual move of stepping down from the position while continuing to write on the series. Was one of her motives in making HUSBANDS to try to go about running a show in a different way? Espenson laughs.And another snippet from Digital Chick TV:
“It turned out that way, but my intent was not, ‘Let’s try show-running,’” says Espenson. “[Originally], show-running did not allow me to do the things that I really love doing in television, which is mostly the writing. [HUSBANDS] came more grassroots-y, like, ‘Oh, my God, I want to be involved with this, I want to work on this, I want to see what happens,’ and I backed back into show-running, but what I’m finding is, this kind of show-running feels much better than CAPRICA did, because this is real. I love the hands-on, I love that it still feels like it’s about the writing. I have fallen in love with show-running here in a way that I didn’t with CAPRICA. This feels very much like the writing ideas and the cast are sort of propelling us, and I feel like I’m more connected [to the fleshing out of the material].”
DARYN: How many episodes can we expect and how often?
JANE ESPENSON: Eleven episodes. They’ll appear at HusbandsTheSeries.com starting on Sept. 13th, with new episodes appearing twice a week. They’re very short, but they snap together to make one pilot episode which we’ll make available at the end. I hope people go to watch — I’m very proud of how this turned out!
Jane also talked to TV Guide about the Torchwood finale, which aired in the U.S. on Friday. Here is a spoiler-free quote:
There was also a very strong political element in the first half of the season. Mare Winningham played "the darling of the Tea Party" and she suffered a fate worse than death. Why did the writers feel compelled to get into politics so overtly this year?AOL TV talked to her about a recent study that showed that the number of women writing for broadcast TV dropped significantly in the last few years. Here is a quote:
Espenson: I suspect it had to do with Russell seeing U.S. politics with the fresh eyes of an outsider. Writing a U.K. based show, politics may have felt prosaic, I don't know. It was dealt with in Children of Earth, but more in a government vs. people way. Maybe he felt he had more to say, but it was also the nature of this season's story: Children's threat from outside vs. Miracle Day's threat from inside. And maybe it was a specific reaction to the way the U.S. is right now -- we're so polarized that you couldn't tell a story that affects the world without getting into the politics... It's hard to write something political in the United States without having to take a little bit of a narrative stand on where different people are lining up. I must say, in one of my first drafts, I was more direct about it. I had, "Newt Gingrich is saying this about it..." I referenced the specific points of view of specific politicians, and Russell took that out. I think he wanted to make it more timeless. He probably thought it was a little too inside-baseball, a little too cute maybe... I think he found the right medium.
For some, [the annual study by San Diego State University's Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film] confirmed their worst fears. "The situation is getting worse," said one veteran woman writer. "In the '90s, the networks cared more. They don't anymore." For others, it made them re-evaluate gains they thought women had made. "I had certainly perceived the situation as getting better and better for women -- I am rarely the only woman in the writers' room anymore, and I encounter more women at the higher levels," said Jane Espenson ('Once Upon a Time,' 'Torchwood,' 'Buffy,' 'Battlestar Galactica'). "I remember what it was like 20 years ago, and this is not that."You can find two more interviews on Pop Culture Zoo and Gigaom.com. A few audio interviews that the Husbands team did on LATalkRadio are available for download here.
Teaser footage from Husbands will be screened at the Nerdist Theater tonight, followed by a Q&A with Jane, Alessandra Torresani, Sean Hemeon, Cheeks and Jeff Greenstein (director). Details at Nerdist.com and Meltcomics.com.
Husbands premiere will be streamed at streamingarage.com/live at 6:30 pm PST on Tuesday, September 13th.
new project in the works, Good Morning, Killer, a crime drama based on a novel by April Smith that will premiere on December 13 as part of TNT's Mystery Movie Night line-up. It stars Catherine Bell as an FBI special agent trying to catch a kidnapper. Details from Hollywood Reporter:
Emmy nominee [William] Devane and [Titus] Welliver will join Catherine Bell (Army Wives) in Good Morning, Killer, which is being adapted by April Smith from her novel of the same name. Devane (24) is set to play Everett Morgan “Poppy” Gray, the grandfather of Bell’s FBI Special Agent Ana Gray, an undercover operative tracking down a serial kidnapper. Welliver (Hawthorne) will play FBI Special Agent Mike Donato, Ana Gray’s FBI partner. They join Cole Hauser (Chase) as Detective Andrew Berringer.Michael Rymer did a few interviews for Face to Face, which opened in Australia this week. Snippet from Encore Magazine:
Compared to working on a big budget American TV show, the film’s fast shoot on a low budget meant “there’s no margin for error. No time for reshoots. If something screws up you can’t throw money at the problem. A part from that and the food wasn’t as good, everything else was a plus. Face to Face is easily the most personally story since Angel Baby, it’s so pure and intimate with a crew of friends and young enthusiastic people not there for the paycheque, and I think it shows on screen.”TheRedTentWoman.com.au has a statement he wrote about the film, and here is another recent interview, from Popcorn Taxi on YouTube:
One big difference between Face to Face and Angel Baby is a modest distribution. “We made a mistake with Angel Baby. We were very proud and opened too wide and as a result it didn’t have the life it should have. The film should sell itself, if you can hold the theatres, audiences will find the films.”
From a marketing perspective, “we’re really counting on social media and word of mouth. People are responding so positively and engaging passionately. We’re the little engine that could so we’re hoping the word of mouth is strong. It’s important people go quickly to get the numbers up and it expands and becomes like Kenny or My Big Fat Greek Wedding, not that it’s one of those films, but that it takes a grass roots campaign.”
You can find a bunch of new photos from 10,000 Days with Peter Wingfield at 10kdays.tv. Also, he mentioned doing ADR on War of the Worlds: Goliath, an animated film that will be released in 3D next year. Here are some details from his site:
This steampunk tale picks up after H.G. Wells classic tale as the Earth prepares for the return of the aliens. Peter voices lead character Eric Wells in a story written by Highlander alumni David Abramowitz, also featuring Adrian Paul, Elizabeth Gracen, Jim Byrnes and Adam Baldwin.The "untitled comedy" that Patton Oswalt is filming with Johnny Knoxville is called Scoutmasters and his new show, The Heart, She Holler, will premiere on Adult Swim in November. Patton Oswalt: The Finest Hour, the comedy special that aired last week on Showtime, will be released on CD on September 20. From the press release:
Patton Oswalt offers up his unique take on a new range of topics in his new CD "Finest Hour." In his newest comedy special, recorded in Seattle, Oswalt talks about fatherhood, incontinent monkeys, crack heads and Jesus. As a 20-year veteran of the stand-up comedy scene, with three previous albums, concert DVDs, his own comedy tour and various acting and voiceover roles under his belt, Oswalt has become ubiquitous in the world of stand-up. His fourth (and quite possibly his best) album "Finest Hour" will be released by COMEDY CENTRAL Records on Tuesday, September 20.Here is a new photo of Leah Gibson in the Soldiers of the Apocalypse web series:
And a new pic of Ryan Robbins on the set of The Philadelphia Experiment, with co-stars Marsha Regis and Gina Holden:
Meg Tilly has a new entry up on Huffington Post, about her experience working on Bomb Girls.
Richard Harmon now has a blog on Tumblr.
Aleks Paunovic mentioned that he, too, is working on Arctic Air. (Carmen Moore and Leah Gibson will also appear in the show.)
Spoiler TV has the synopsis for the Hart of Dixie pilot, with Scott Porter:
Fast-talking New Yorker Zoe Hart (Rachel Bilson) has her life all figured out until she is turned down for a prestigious fellowship she had been certain she would get. Desperate, she decides to finally accept the offer of a kindly stranger, Dr. Harley Wilkes (guest star Nicholas Pryor), whom she met at her medical school graduation, and who had proposed she join his small medical practice in Bluebell, Alabama.The trailer for the new season of Sanctuary, with Ryan Robbins, Christopher Heyerdahl and Brian Markinson (who makes his first appearance in episode three) has been released:
And Christopher Heyerdahl was at Supernatural Vancon last month. A couple of clips are available on YouTube: