Bruce Campbell returns as the dopey, selfish Ash in Sam Raimi‘s new TV series Ash vs Evil Dead, but this time he isn’t alone in his battle against demented, relentless evil.
There’s a whole set of new characters around him, from the two sidekicks (at least one of whom might be a lot smarter than Ash) played by Dana DeLorenzo and Ray Santiago, to the cop played by Jill Marie Jones and Ruby, the tough new character for Lucy Lawless. Meet them all in a new featurette below, which also has a bunch of new footage, and even a good hint about how Ash unleashes the Evil Dead this time. Read More »
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Netflix has released a new study revealing just how long it takes for viewers to become hooked by a television show. According to the data from the global streaming service, viewers are rarely hooked by a show in the pilot episode.
Netflix analyzed its global streaming data* across the inaugural seasons of some of today’s most popular shows – both Netflix original series and shows that premiered on other networks – looking for signals that pointed to when viewers became hooked. It turns out that when commercial breaks and appointment viewing are stripped away and consumers can watch an entire season as they choose, you can see fandom emerge. That is, 70% of viewers who watched the hooked episode went on to complete season one or more poetically, when members were hooked and there was no turning back.
So how long did it take popular television shows to hook the viewers? Find out, after the jump.
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Since the fall season has traditionally been when networks debut their biggest new series for the year, Amazon Studios has consistently followed suit by revealing a batch of new pilots, and their slate for the 2015-2016 television season has just been unveiled.
The Amazon 2015 pilots include hopeful new shows from the likes of Shane Black (director Iron Man 3, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang), Sacha Baron Cohen (writer and star Borat), Tim Blake Nelson (director of Leaves of Grass and O) and starring talents such as Christina Ricci, Tig Notaro, Terry O’Quinn and more. And as usual, it will be Amazon customers who will watch and provide feedback on these shows to help determine which ones get a full series order.
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I’m excited because tonight is the first episode of The Muppets‘ new ABC prime time television series. We’ve shown you the trailers and the early pitch video, so you probably know by now that Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy have broken up. Well now that Kermit and Piggy are out promoting their new show, they are being forced to talk about their storyline relationship implosion. Last night the former puppet couple were forced to appear together (due to contractual commitments) on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and you can watch the fun interview embedded after the jump.
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Weaveworld is one of Clive Barker‘s earlier novels; it’s a huge, super-weird fantasy story packed with magic, bizarre creatures and some unusual sex. Now there’s going to be a Weaveworld TV series, and Barker is an exec producer. But since the show is in development for The CW, some of the signature elements of Weaveworld, the novel, are probably going to have to go. Which ones? Well, based on the plot description we have at this point, it’s hard to tell, but we make some guesses below. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015 by Fred Topel
Limitless didn’t just become a TV series. It essentially became Limitless 2. Bradley Cooper appears in the pilot and his movie character, Eddie Morra, exists in this world. Morra is now running for president. The drug NZT has now fallen to Brian Sinclair (Jake McDorman), who uses it in conjunction with the FBI. When Brian has enhanced brain functions while taking NZT, he teams up with an FBI agent (Jennifer Carpenter) to use his powers as their resource.
The movie was adapted for television by Craig Sweeny, who’s joined by producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, the screenwriting/producing team behind movies like Transformers and Star Trek, and shows like Fringe and Alias. Kurtzman was alone at the Television Critics Association party over the summer, but I was able to get his undivided attention to ask about Limitless, the upcoming Mummy movie reboot he’s directing, and some of his other shows on CBS. Limitless premieres Tuesday, September 22 at 10PM on CBS. Hit the jump to read our Alex Kurtzman Limitless interview.
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The Game of Thrones effects are often incredibly good — so much so that the times where things are a bit under par (as we saw a few times in the last season) the deficiency truly stands out. One of the huge batch of Emmys awarded to the show this year was for visual effects, and that win is well-deserved. We’ve seen quite a few visual effects breakdowns for the show as a whole, and even a couple specifically aimed at the most recent fifth season.
That said, we’re always game to learn more about how the show’s effects are done, and so this five-minute reel showcasing the work that goes into bringing the dragons Drogon, Viserion and Rhaegal to life is really terrific. This reel is entirely focused on season five, and it has all the dragon fire and hidden musculature you could want. Read More »
Posted on Monday, September 21st, 2015 by Fred Topel
One of the many movies becoming TV series this fall is Limitless. The CBS drama is a spinoff from the film of the same name,, with Bradley Cooper reprising his role of Eddie Morra, who in the show is now a Presidential candidate. The star of the show is Jake McDorman as Brian Sinclair, a man who comes into a stash of the miracle drug NZT, which unlocks the potential of one’s mind. The FBI recruits Brian to use his powers to help them solve cases.
Marc Webb directed the pilot to Limitless, keeping with the style of Neil Burger’s original movie to launch the TV version of the story. Earlier in the summer I had a chance to speak with Webb one-on-one at a CBS party; we discussed the show, and addressed the then-recent news of Spider-Man returning to Marvel after Webb’s Amazing Spider-Man movies. Read More »
You know that grunt-like scream that Miss Piggy makes when she’s really made and frustrated? That’s pretty much what the American Family Association offshoot One Million Moms is doing right now as they boycott ABC’s The Muppets TV show premiering this Tuesday at 8pm Eastern.
The organization touts a mission statement saying that they are trying to “stop the exploitation of our children, especially by the entertainment media” and “stand against the immorality, violence, vulgarity and profanity the entertainment media is throwing at your children.” Or more succinctly put, “We want our children to have the best chance possible of living in a moral society.”
So it might come as no surprise that The Muppets TV series, which has been described as having a more adult-skewed tone than previous Muppet stories, has the organization in uproar because the show apparently makes nonchalant jokes about sex and drugs. Find out more about One Million Moms boycotting The Muppets below. Read More »