Television

Feb. 25, 2015 | 12:23 p.m.

Kelly Sue DeConnick, Matt Fraction land TV deal for ‘Sex Criminals,’ more

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Kelly Sue DeConnick and Matt Fraction are bringing their big ideas to the small screen. The married comic book duo has signed a deal with Universal TV to adapt some of their comic properties for television, as well as create original TV series concepts, an NBCUniversal spokesman confirmed Wednesday. Among the first batch of titles to get the TV treatment is “Sex Criminals,” Chip Zdarsky and Fraction’s Eisner- and Harvey Award-winning comedy-adventure series  about a librarian named Suzie and an actor named Jon who freeze time when they orgasm — a power they use to rob banks. Other titles slated for TV adaptation have yet to be announced. DeConnick is perhaps best known for her work on Marvel Comics’ “Captain Marvel.” (The character is headed to the big screen in 2018.) More recently, she has written the myth-infused western “Pretty Deadly” […]
Feb. 12, 2015 | 12:00 p.m.

’11/22/63′: James Franco to star in Stephen King time-travel series

James Franco has been cast as the lead in "11/22/63," J.J. Abrams' new Hulu series based on the novel by Stephen King. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
James Franco has been cast as the lead in “11/22/63,” J.J. Abrams’ new Hulu series based on the novel by Stephen King. Franco (“The Interview,” “127 Hours”), who is also a producer for the series, will portray high school English teacher Jake Epping, who travels back in time to try to prevent the assassination of President John. F. Kennedy. The nine-hour event series based on King’s thriller is coming to Hulu via J.J. Abrams’ production company, Bad Robot Productions. Abrams, the creative mind behind the likes of “Lost” and “Fringe,” is no stranger to bizarre tales of time-travel and parallel realities, and it seems this series will be no exception. In King’s “11/22/63,” published in 2011, Epping’s quest to save JFK is threatened by Lee Harvey Oswald, romance and a past resistant to change. Bridget Carpenter — whose previous credits […]
Jan. 29, 2015 | 8:11 a.m.

‘Supergirl': Mehcad Brooks to play Jimmy Olsen in CBS drama

Mehcad Brooks has been cast as Jimmy Olsen in "Supergirl." (Teddy Smith / Bubble Releasing; Kerry Gammill / DC Entertainment)
“Supergirl” has found its Jimmy Olsen, casting “True Blood” alumnus Mehcad Brooks in the staple role. Word came late Tuesday that Brooks, whose previous credits include “Necessary Roughness” and “Desperate Housewives,” will star opposite Melissa Benoist’s Kara Zor-El. Supergirl, comics fans know, is Superman’s cousin Kara Zor-El. Like Kal-El, Kara escaped Krypton before it was destroyed and arrived on Earth after her cousin, with whom she shares an array of superhuman abilities. The show will focus on a 24-year-old Kara who is ready to stop hiding her powers and become a hero. In the comics, James “Jimmy” Olsen is a young photographer who works with Clark Kent and Lois Lane in the Daily Planet Newsroom, but in the upcoming CBS series, Jimmy and Kara are colleagues at a media company called CatCo. (Astute comic fans might remember the “Superman” character […]
Dec. 12, 2014 | 12:51 p.m.

‘Hobbit: Five Armies': Stephen Colbert interviews Smaug

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The villainous dragon Smaug brought fire, smoke and more than a few zings to “The Colbert Report” as Stephen Colbert’s guest on Thursday’s episode of the Comedy Central show. Colbert, an avid fan of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings,” introduced Smaug as “the last great fire-drake of the Third Age.” “My guest tonight has armor like tenfold shields, teeth like swords, claws like spears, a tail like a thunderbolt, wings like a hurricane and breath like death,” Colbert said, quoting Smaug’s self-description in Tolkien’s writing. “Though he might want to leave that last part off his Tinder profile.” Smaug then makes his CG appearance, thundering through the wall of Colbert’s stage and bellowing, “The chiefest and greatest of calamities is in the house!” Smaug, of course, is the evil and greedy antagonist in “The Hobbit: […]
Nov. 17, 2014 | 7:47 a.m.

‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay’ blitzes with ‘SNL,’ poster, TV spots

'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1' poster (featured image)
The Hollywood hype machine is kicking into high gear for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1,” which opens in theaters Friday. The latest additions to the blockbuster mega-franchise’s media blitz include two new TV spots, a new poster and a surprise appearance on “Saturday Night Live.” “Hunger Games” stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth crashed costar Woody Harrelson’s “SNL” opening monologue — a parody to Taylor Swift’s hit single “Blank Space” from her recent album “1989.” Lawrence’s co-stars used the opportunity to tease her about her tone-deaf singing voice, comparing it to the Internet-famous screeching goats. The weekend also brought a new street art-inspired poster for “Mockingjay – Part 1,” as well as two new TV spots (check them out below). In “The Hunger Games” films, Lawrence stars as Katniss Everdeen, victor of the Hunger Games — […]
Nov. 14, 2014 | 12:14 p.m.

‘Grimm': Claire Coffee talks Adalind’s emotional roller coaster

Claire Coffee as Adalind Schade in "Grimm." (Scott Green / NBC)
Claire Coffee’s Adalind Schade is the most cheered-yet-jeered character on NBC’s supernatural procedural, “Grimm.” The Northern California native has settled into her role as the show’s perpetually mischievous Wesen creature, but her journey to this point has been a rocky one. Hero Complex recently caught up with the actress in a side hallway on the set of “Grimm” in Portland, Ore. The small enclosure had been dressed to look like a bedroom in a medieval castle, and despite the dreary surroundings, Coffee strolled around happily, chatting with cast and crew members at craft services and laughing at longstanding inside jokes from three years of working together. Coffee’s easy smile makes it all the more vexing that her on-screen character is vindictive and, as executive producer Jim Kouf says, “puts a face to the monstrous behavior within human beings.” In real life, Coffee loves […]
Nov. 10, 2014 | 1:00 p.m.

‘Evil Dead’ TV series: Bruce Campbell returns in Starz’s ‘Ash Vs. Evil Dead’

Talk about groovy — Bruce Campbell is set to reprise his iconic role as Ash in a new TV series for Starz, “Ash Vs. Evil Dead.” The new series, which arrives as a follow-up to Sam Raimi’s venerated horror franchise, reteams director Raimi with longtime producing partner Rob Tapert and star Campbell. Raimi will direct the first episode of the new series, which will unfold in 10 half-hour installments. It is set to premiere on Starz in 2015. “ ‘Evil Dead’ has always been a blast. Bruce, Rob and I are thrilled to have the opportunity to tell the next chapter in Ash’s lame, but heroic saga.  With his chain saw arm and his ‘boomstick,’ Ash is back to kick some monster butt. And brother, this time there’s a truckload of it,” Raimi said in a statement. “Ash Vs. Evil […]
Oct. 23, 2014 | 1:14 p.m.

‘Riverdale': Archie Comics TV series lands at Fox

Life With Archie #36 (Ramon Perez variant)
Archie, Jughead, Betty and Veronica are coming to the small screen. “Riverdale,” a new TV series based on the Archie comic book characters, is coming to Fox, Archie Comics announced Thursday. The one-hour drama will be produced by Greg Berlanti’s Berlanti Productions (“Arrow,” “The Flash”) and written by Archie Comics’ recently named chief creative officer, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who was previously best known for “Glee” and his work in Marvel Comics. Aguirre-Sacasa is the scribe behind “Afterlife With Archie” and “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” and has been a key figure in the publisher’s resurgence. “This is something we’ve been working on for a while now, figuring out the best way to bring these characters to life for what will be, essentially, the first time,” Aguirre-Sacasa said in a press statement. “It feels like the stars have finally aligned for Archie and […]
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; […]
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