Television

Oct. 21, 2014 | 5:00 a.m.

‘Gotham’ has deep pop culture resonance, actor Donal Logue says

Ben McKenzie, left, as James Gordon and Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock in the new series "Gotham." (Jessica Miglio/Fox)
The push-pull relationship between upright detective Jim Gordon and his morally flexible partner Harvey Bullock is a driving feature on the Fox series “Gotham,” but behind the scenes, veteran character actor Donal Logue said he and his scene partner, Ben McKenzie, enjoy an easy camaraderie on the New York set of the show, which explores the origins of many of the most well-known characters in the Batman universe. “I can’t say enough about Ben McKenzie — he carries the show, the weight of the show is on his shoulders, the world is kind of seen through his journey,” Logue said recently, speaking by phone from New York. “He’s a really hard-working patient guy. I’ve never seen him even for a moment express a frustration regardless of what’s going on.” These days, Logue’s not one to complain much either. The journeyman […]
Oct. 13, 2014 | 11:11 a.m.

‘Gotham': Fox orders a full season of Batman prequel series

The breakout Batman prequel “Gotham” is getting a full series. Fox has ordered six more episodes, raising the series order to 22 episodes, the network announced Monday. The show, which stars Ben McKenzie as a young Det. Jim Gordon, has debuted to critical praise and high ratings, topping Monday night ratings and delivering the network’s highest-rated fall drama debut in 14 years, according to a Fox press statement. “Gotham” is chock-full of Batman backstory, providing origin stories for a host of villains and side characters that fans will recognize from the comics and other movie iterations of the Bat-verse. Starring alongside McKenzie are Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot, an outcast who eventually becomes the Penguin; Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle, an unpredictable street thief and pickpocket who eventually becomes Catwoman; Donal Logue as Gordon’s shades-of-gray partner Det. Harvey Bullock; […]
Oct. 11, 2014 | 9:20 a.m.

NYCC: ‘Black Sails’ renewed for third season before Season 2 premiere

A scene from "Black Sails." (Frank W. Ockenfels III / Starz)
It seems more seafaring adventures are in store for the swashbuckling crew of the Walrus. The Emmy-winning pirate series “Black Sails” has gotten the green light for a third season, Starz announced Saturday at New York Comic Con. The news arrives before the show’s second-season premiere, slated for Jan. 24. The series follows fearsome pirate Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) and his crew 20 years before the events of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic “Treasure Island.” Luke Arnold portrays John Silver in the years before he becomes the “Treasure Island” baddie. The series also stars Hannah New as Eleanor Guthrie, who runs the New Providence smuggling operation; Jessa Parker Kennedy as young prostitute Max; and Zach McGowan as Captain Charles Vane, a rival pirate to Flint. Season 2 sees Tadgh Murphy’s debut as Ned Low, a pirate with a penchant for violence. […]
Oct. 06, 2014 | 1:15 p.m.

‘Gotham': Exclusive video spotlights villains in Batman prequel

Jada Pinkett Smith, left, and Robin Lord Taylor in a scene from "Gotham." (Jessica Miglio/Fox)
A new teaser video shines a light on the seedy underworld in “Gotham,” Fox’s Batman prequel series. Hero Complex readers get an exclusive first look at the video, which examines some of the more twisted players in Det. Jim Gordon’s (Ben McKenzie) stamping grounds. And “Gotham” suffers from no shortage of villains. “When we being the series, Gotham City is struggling,” DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns says in the video. “It’s in the midst of a crime wave. It’s battling corruption.” At the center of Gotham’s organized crime is mob boss Carmine Falcone, played by John Doman. “The Falcone crime family runs the city,” McKenzie says in the video. “They have relationships with everyone from law enforcement to the judicial branch to the mayor’s office.” The turmoil following the death of Bruce Wayne’s (David Mazouz) parents could potentially […]
Oct. 02, 2014 | 9:00 a.m.

‘Black Sails’ Season 2 launch set for January; see new teaser art

Teaser art for the second season of "Black Sails." (Starz)
Fans of “Black Sails” won’t have to wait long for more adventures from the decks of the Walrus. Season 2 of the Emmy-winning pirate series will set sail Jan. 24, Starz is announcing Thursday, and Hero Complex readers get a first look at new teaser art for the show in the gallery above. The art was inspired by the show’s main title sequence, which garnered an Emmy nomination earlier this year. (Check it out in the video below.) The series, executive produced by Michael Bay, follows fearsome pirate Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) and his crew 20 years before the events of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic “Treasure Island.” Luke Arnold portrays John Silver in the years before he becomes the “Treasure Island” baddie. The series also stars Hannah New as Eleanor Guthrie, who runs the New Providence smuggling operation; Jessa Parker […]
Sept. 29, 2014 | 12:16 p.m.

‘SNL’ spoofs Marvel success with ‘Guardians’ star Chris Pratt

(NBC / screenshot)
Is Marvel so successful that it can do no wrong in the eyes of moviegoers? Maybe, according “Saturday Night Live.” In the show’s premiere this weekend, “Guardians of the Galaxy” star Chris Pratt joined the “SNL” cast in a satirical trailer poking fun at Marvel’s ever-expanding roster of superhero films and their apparent box-office invincibility. The faux trailer begins with images from “Guardians,” which has earned some $644 million at the worldwide box office, and a voice-over explaining that, after the success of a film based on “a super-obscure comic book” and the hype surrounding the studio’s eagerly anticipated “Ant-Man” (“It’s about a guy who talks to ants. What? Yeah!”), Marvel doesn’t need comic books anymore. “We made a superhero team by pointing at a bunch of random words in the dictionary,” the trailer deadpans, introducing “Creatures of the Cosmos,” […]
Sept. 24, 2014 | 11:04 a.m.

‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.': Clark Gregg, Chloe Bennet, more talk Season 2

B.J. Britt and Clark Gregg in "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." (Kelsey McNeal/ABC)
“It’s all connected.” That was the familiar refrain Tuesday night from Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” producers and cast after the ABC series’ Season 2 premiere aired. (And, if you’ve yet to see the new episode, consider pausing here and coming back after you’ve watched. Spoilers ahead.) Those words were clearly true from the new season’s get-go, as it started with a taste of the 1940s-set upcoming series “Agent Carter,” starring Hayley Atwell, with a strange and powerful obelisk her team boxed up back then driving the quick-paced, twisting-and-turning action for Agent Coulson’s (Clark Gregg) present-day S.H.I.E.L.D. team. Season 2 picks up with S.H.I.E.L.D. still in shambles from the disastrous double-agents revelation of HYDRA and the destruction seen in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” that changed the course of the show. HYDRA is still active, there’s that obelisk, the mystery of […]
Sept. 22, 2014 | 4:34 p.m.

‘Gotham': Penguin actor Robin Lord Taylor cites Tim Burton influence

Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor), left, and Det. James Gordon (Ben McKenzie), in a scene from "Gotham."  (Jessica Miglio/Fox)
Among the many villains in the new Fox series “Gotham,” actor Robin Lord Taylor’s Oswald Cobblepot might stand out as one of the more unhinged personalities Det. James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) encounters as he finds his feet on a new beat in the corrupt city. One pointed scene in the premiere episode, which arrives Monday night, plays up Cobblepot’s rather robust enthusiasm for enhanced interrogation methods in the service of ruthless crime boss Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith). But Oswald isn’t just some deranged lunatic, the actor points out — as “Gotham” unfolds, he promises, viewers will learn more about what motivates the character, and possibly even find some ways to sympathize with him. “The MO of the show,” he said, is “taking the fantastic and making it real.” In an interview with Hero Complex late last week, Taylor, whose […]
Sept. 08, 2014 | 3:41 p.m.

‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.': Lady Sif brawls with bikers [video]

The first season of Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” arrives on DVD Tuesday, giving fans the chance to review the 22 episodes of the series’ initial run before the ABC hour-long adventure returns for a second season Sept. 23. The release will include a number of behind-the-scenes featurettes and commentaries with the cast of the show, which tracks the weekly adventures of Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his roster of operatives: Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), Skye (Chloe Bennet), Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge). Hero Complex readers can get an early, exclusive look at some new footage and cast interviews from the episode “Asgardian Bar Fight,” which shows Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander) teaching a lesson to some rowdy bikers under the spell of Lorelei (Elena Satine). Watch it below. The series has […]
July 08, 2014 | 2:09 p.m.

Comic-Con 2014: ‘Under the Dome,’ ‘Scorpion,’ ‘Reign’ offer early looks

Dean Norris as James "Big Jim" Rennie, left, Alexander Koch as Junior Rennie, Natalie Martinez as Linda Esquivel and Mike Vogel as Dale "Barbie" Barbara in  "Under the Dome," which started its second season June 30. (CBS)
Their characters may be trapped “Under the Dome” in Chester’s Mill, but the hit CBS show’s actors are willingly entering a bubble of another sort in San Diego: Comic-Con International’s Ballroom 20. Big Jim himself — Dean Norris — and cast mates Mike Vogel (military veteran Dale ‘Barbie’ Barbara), Rachelle Lefevre (reporter Julia Shumway), Alexander Koch (the troubled Junior “My Name Is James” Rennie), Colin Ford (separated-from-his-family teen Joe McAlister) and Eddie Cahill (Big Jim’s brother-in-law Sam Verdreaux) will join executive producer Neal Baer to kick off CBS Television Studios’ consecutive panels on July 24 at 11:15 a.m. in the large-capacity room. The presentation also includes a premiere screening and panel for the new CBS drama “Scorpion” at 12:15 p.m. and a sneak preview of the second season of the CW historical drama “Reign” at 1:15 p.m., ending at 2 […]
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