May 03, 2011 | 10:47 a.m.
Fox canceled Joss Whedon‘s 2002 television series “Firefly” after a meager14 episodes were produced, but you can’t take the sky away from this space Western — the series maintains a cult following among “Browncoats,” the fans who have taken the series to U.S. Navy ships and even outer space. Fans were disappointed when the show’s big-screen sequel, “Serenity,” didn’t spark the prayed-for second season. Now, Capt. Malcolm Reynolds and his ragged, vagabond crew are back on television on Discovery‘s Science Channel — and while there aren’t new adventures, Science is the first channel to roll out all 14 episodes in the proper order, “the way Joss had intended it,” as a Discovery spokeswoman puts it. The season finale airs May 29. Our Noelene Clark caught up with “Firefly” and “Serenity” cast member Summer Glau, who played River Tam, the ship’s […]
Jan. 07, 2011 | 5:00 a.m.
Some say NBC has its work cut out for it with the new superhero series, but others think “The Cape” has themes that will connect with contemporary audiences. Greg Braxton writes about the newest entry in heroic television. The aim of every superhero is to save something — the day, the world, the girl or the boy. But a more pointed question these days might be, “Who is saving the new superheroes?” Many classic costumed regulars are doing fine, especially at the movies — Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, and Iron Man still thrill decades after first arriving on the scene. Meanwhile, the highly anticipated big-screen debuts of Captain America and Thor are fast approaching. But in the past few years — particularly on the small screen — a new crop of would-be do-gooders have largely been greeted by the sentiment behind […]
Jan. 03, 2011 | 6:29 p.m.
With the new NBC series “The Cape,” actor James Frain is starting off the new year in villainy — but that’s a familiar mode for the 42-year-old British actor after his leering bloodsucker work on “True Blood” and digital henchman duty in “Tron: Legacy.” Frain was a scene-stealer on “True Blood” as the depraved, unhinged vampire Franklin Mott and he brought a sinister, sycophantic vibe to the “Tron” sequel as Jarvis, the evil underling who tries to curry favor with the film’s bad guy, CLU, even as he plots his own path to power. Now, with the Sunday night premiere of “The Cape,” the actor takes on a full-blown super-villain as Chess — a billionaire by day, psychotic killer by night. “It’s a sophisticated idea of someone who doesn’t have superpowers but has a very focused strategy,” Frain said of Chess, who is a master strategist and manipulator and, like a […]
May 21, 2010 | 3:31 p.m.
So it’s official that “Heroes” has been canceled by NBC, bringing an end to the once-high-flying show that, in most everyone’s view, tumbled down to Earth quite a while ago. But ABC and NBC each hope to recapture the “Heroes” audience with a new heroic ventures — “The Cape” and “No Ordinary Family.” Let’s take a look… — Jevon Phillips RECENT AND RELATED Guggenheim: Chiklis brings star power to “Ordinary Family” The Cult of Chloe: “Smallville” fans celebrate Clark”s gal pal ‘Lost’ producers vow ‘everything that matters will be answered’ SHOW TRACKER: Full coverage of upfronts George Lucas finds ‘Lost’ familiar: ‘The trick is to pretend you’ve planned the whole thing out’ ON THE SET: Hero Complex visits “Fringe” in Vancouver Clicking on Green Links will take you to a third-party e-commerce site. These sites are not operated by the Los Angeles Times. The Times Editorial staff is not involved in […]