Friday, 20 January 2012

New Grimm tonight, John Pyper-Ferguson in Less Than Kind, new interviews with Christopher Heyerdahl and Michael Eklund

A few quick updates today, with more coming over the weekend.

Grimm 1x09, "Of Mouse and Man," airs tonight at 9 pm. Synopsis:
While investigating a gruesome homicide, Nick (David Giuntoli) learns that a seemingly mild-mannered resident could be festering a potential monster created from a dark childhood. Meanwhile, Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) is sent an unsettling message by the creature community, who are beginning to wonder if his priorities lie with them or a Grimm. Russell Hornsby, Bitsie Tulloch, Sasha Roiz and Reggie Lee also star.
And some interesting spoilers for the rest of the season, from Entertainment Weekly:
And because so many of you have sent in your questions on Capt. Renard (Sasha Roiz), the EP duo offered up this tease: Before the end of the season (likely with a few episodes to go), we will learn more about him and “it’s not what people think…and we’ve been told a lot of what people think,” says Kouf. “He walks a fine line. He’s balancing more than anyone.
In fact, says Greenwalt, some fans might even find themselves siding with Renard once we learn the truth. “He’s not just purely nefarious at all. He has his reasons for what he’s doing.”
John Pyper-Ferguson made a guest appearance in Less Than Kind, in episode 3x02, "Play It Again, Sam," as Jack, one of the people who show up for the funeral of Maury Chaykin's character. Synopsis, from
“Play It Again, Sam” – Sam’s funeral brings Sheldon face-to-face when Rabbi Rabinowitz delivers a half-hearted eulogy. Clara’s ex-husband Jack makes a surprise visit to pay his respects. An exiled Shandra attempts to support the living daylights out of Josh. Anne is numb as Shiva begins at the Blecher house.

DirecTV hasn't set a date for season three in the U.S. yet, but the first three episodes aired on HBO Canada last Sunday and several sites say that they are available on the network's site. Can't confirm - the site is completely blocked where I live.

Elsewhere, a great bit of casting news came from Deadline this week: Christopher Heyerdahl has nabbed a recurring role on True Blood, which returns this summer. He will be playing another vampire:
He will portray Dieter Braun, an ancient, powerful vampire who plays a large part in the intelligence of the Authority and especially enjoys enhanced interrogation.
Between him and Chris Meloni, season five already sounds pretty frakkin' insane.

Christopher was on Urban Rush this week. He talked about all his current shows -- Hell on Wheels, Sanctuary, and True Blood:

The Divide is out in a limited release this week. Toronto Film Scheme has an interview with Michael Eklund and Michael Biehn. Snippet:
With nearly 100 film and television roles to his credit according to IMDB, Eklund jokes that he never says “no” to a job. More seriously he explains that when offered a project, he accepts it and then looks to distinguish it from anything he’s done. “I try to play the role in a way that I haven’t played the role before,” says Eklund. “If I’m playing something similar, then I’ll try to approach it in a different way.” He also has a personal trait he likes to bring to his characters: “Never play the comedy, and never play the seriousness.” This is evident in his portrayal of Bobby, who retains a sense of humour right to the very bitter end. “I always think the darker the subject matter, the more humour that it’s going to need,” says Eklund. “Because you need those moments of a breath of fresh air to take the audience out of how drastic and intense the film is.”
Winnipeg Free Press streamed an interview with several of the cast & crew members the other day. Eklund shows up about 19 minutes into the clip:

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