Television

April 21, 2015 | 1:29 p.m.

Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood in talks to star in ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ spinoff series

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A TV series spinning off from “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is in the works, Hero Complex has confirmed. Though details about the new show have yet to be revealed, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” series regulars Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood are set to star. “S.H.I.E.L.D.” executive producer Jeffrey Bell and writer Paul Zbyszewski are teaming up to helm the project. In “S.H.I.E.L.D.” Palicki portrays highly skilled agent Barbara “Bobbi” Morse, better known in the comics as Mockingbird. Nick Blood plays Bobbi’s ex-husband, Lance Hunter, a former British soldier and mercenary. The potential spinoff comes after Marvel’s critically praised limited series “Agent Carter,” which starred “Captain America: The First Avenger” actress Hayley Atwell as the eponymous Agent Peggy Carter, on a mission to save Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) from well-meaning but wrong-headed investigators at the Strategic Scientific Reserve (S.S.R.). – Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark […]
April 20, 2015 | 11:30 a.m.

‘Shadowhunters': ‘Mortal Instruments’ TV series casts Dominic Sherwood as male lead

Dominic Sherwood and Lucy Fry in a scene from the 2014 film "Vampire Academy." Sherwood is set to star in "Shadowhunters." (The Weinstein Company)
“The Mortal Instruments” spinoff TV series “Shadowhunters” has found its Jace Wayland, casting “Vampire Academy” actor Dominic Sherwood as the male lead. Sherwood will portray the “narcissistic and lethally gorgeous” demon-hunter who serves as the love interest for the story’s heroine, Clarissa “Clary” Fray, ABC Family announced Monday. Based on the bestselling “The Mortal Instruments” YA urban fantasy book series by Cassandra Clare, “Shadowhunters” follows 18-year-old Clary as she becomes entangled in the world of Shadowhunters — human-angel hybrids who hunt down demons — after her mother is attacked and taken by a demon. In order to save her mother, Clary must immerse herself in a world of faeries, warlocks, vampires and werewolves, uncover family secrets, tap into powers she never knew she had and team up with a band of Shadowhunters, including the captivating Jace — a skilled soldier […]
April 14, 2015 | 12:46 p.m.

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ stars play ‘Family Feud’ on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’

'Jimmy Kimmel Live'
The cast of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” assembled for an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in advance of Monday’s “Avengers” Hollywood premiere. Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner cozied up on the late-night show to talk about the film, which unites heroes from Marvel’s standalone blockbusters. Discussions included how “magical” the filming was for the then-pregnant Johansson as well as Ruffalo’s affection for what he has dubbed Hulk’s “man-canceling” suit. Then, perhaps in a nod to the future “Civil War” storyline the Marvel Cinematic Universe is venturing into, the “Avengers” cast was split into teams to face off in a friendly game of “Family Feud.” In one corner was The Americas, led by Evans, with teammates Ruffalo and Renner. In the other was The Mans, lead by Downey Jr., with Johansson and […]
April 10, 2015 | 3:47 p.m.

‘Game of Thrones': Lena Headey talks Cersei and her ‘very poor choices’

Lena Headey is photographed in HBO's Santa Monica, Calif., office in 2012. (Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times)
Any way you slice it, Cersei Lannister has had a rough year. Last season on HBO’s epic fantasy series “Game of Thrones,” the cunning Queen Regent of the Seven Kingdoms watched her sadistic son and the apple of her eye, King Joffrey, die at his own wedding. His murder created new strain in her, shall we say, complicated incestuous relationship with twin brother Jaime, as did her politically motivated engagement to Loras Tyrell, who happens to be gay. To top it all off, her father, Tywin, was murdered — while on the toilet, no less — by her younger brother, Tyrion. With her mild-mannered youngest son Tommen now installed as king, Cersei is now more powerful than ever. Actress Lena Headey has turned Cersei, a character who in lesser hands might be a campy villainess, into a surprisingly sympathetic figure […]
April 10, 2015 | 7:50 a.m.

‘Game of Thrones’ recap: Before the premiere, here’s where we left off

Conleth Hill, left, and Peter Dinklage star in the fifth season of "Game of Thrones." Click through the gallery for a quick refresher of where we left off. (HBO)
On Sunday, “Game of Thrones” fans will gather in front of their televisions to “do-do-DO-do” along with the show’s opening theme and return to the lands of Westeros and Essos for the fifth season. It’s been several months since Season 4 ended last summer — can they really do only 10 episodes a year? — and with so many tangled story lines to sort out, the brief assortment of “Previously on” clips may not be enough to do the trick. And understanding what happened previously will be more essential than ever this season, as series executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have promised that several of the show’s disparate threads, spread across continents, will finally start to come together. With Tyrion Lannister last seen leaving King’s Landing in a ship bound for Essos, can a meeting with Daenerys Targaryen be […]
March 30, 2015 | 12:41 p.m.

‘Game of Thrones’ star Maisie Williams joins ‘Doctor Who’ cast

Maisie Williams will guest star in "Doctor Who." (BBC)
“Game of Thrones” star Maisie Williams, who plays fan-favorite character Arya Stark in “Game of Thrones,” is headed to the TARDIS. The 17-year-old actress will guest star in the upcoming season of “Doctor Who,” the BBC announced Monday, though her character remains a mystery. “It’s not possible to say too much about who or what she’s playing, but she is going to challenge the Doctor in very unexpected ways,” the show’s lead writer and executive producer, Steven Moffat, said in a statement. “This time he might just be out of his depth, and we know Maisie is going to give him exactly the right sort of hell.” The sci-fi adventure series, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013, returns this fall for its ninth season since rebooting a decade ago. The show centers around a time-traveling alien known simply as […]
March 24, 2015 | 11:25 a.m.

‘X-Files’ revival: Duchovny, Anderson returning in 6-episode Fox event

Fox Mulder and Dana Scully are headed back to the small screen. “The X-Files” is returning to Fox with a six-episode event series, and David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are set to reprise their original roles as the FBI agents who investigate paranormal mysteries. The sci-fi horror series, helmed by creator Chris Carter, premiered 22 years ago and became a pop-culture phenomenon, earning 16 Primetime and Creative Emmy Awards and five Golden Globes and inspiring a worldwide fan base. The show, which ran for nine seasons, became U.S. network TV’s longest-running sci-fi series. “The X-Files” has been off the air since 2002, but production for the six new episodes will begin this summer. “I think of it as a 13-year commercial break,” Carter said in Tuesday’s news release announcing the revival. “The good news is the world has only gotten […]
Feb. 25, 2015 | 12:23 p.m.

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

(Image Comics)
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 […]
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