March 12, 2010 | 8:14 p.m.

‘V’ finds its theme: How far two mothers will go to protect their children

Over at Show Tracker, our sister blog, there’s an enlightening Q&A with the new show runner on “V,” the alien-invasion show that is looking to find its feet. The interview was by Jace Lacob; here’s an excerpt…   They’re back. ABC’s sci-fi series ”V” returns at the end of the month with new episodes, a new time slot and a new show runner in former “Chuck” and “The Shield” writer Scott Rosenbaum. He assumes creative oversight on the Warner Bros. Television-produced series. “I do hope that it’s not only a visceral, fun action ride,” said Rosenbaum of his vision for the series, which returns March 30 at 10 p.m., “but also, hopefully, intellectually challenging.” We caught up with Rosenbaum for a one-on-one interview to discuss his plans for the final eight episodes of “V” this season, the relationship between Erica […]
Nov. 03, 2009 | 3:28 p.m.

‘V’ is ‘pretty terrific’ in its plan to serve man

Is “V” for victory? The much-promoted alien-invasion series premieres tonight on ABC and, according to Los Angeles Times television critic Mary McNamara, the pilot (like that smooth-talking alien lady) seems like the best thing to arrive on Earth in a long time. Here’s an excerpt of her review. — Geoff Boucher   Some story lines just never get old — star-crossed lovers, mistaken identity, lizard men from outer space. It’s impossible to tiptoe around the main plot device of ABC’s “V” — those aliens may be smart and purty but they’re up to no good — because it is, of course, a remake of the 1983 miniseries. And even if it weren’t, writers Kenneth Johnson and Scott Peters have infused the pilot with as many sly sci-fi references as CG special effects. [For the record: The review of the television […]
Jan. 27, 2009 | 12:48 a.m.

Neil Gaiman, Barack Obama, ‘Watchmen’ all in Everyday Hero headlines

Welcome to Everyday Hero, your roundup of handpicked headliens from across the fanboy universe… "GRAVEYARD" WINS NEWBERY: Congrats are in order for Neil Gaiman, whose latest work has been awarded the Newbery Medal. Here’s the announcement: "The 2009 Newbery Medal winner is ‘The Graveyard Book’ by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Dave McKean, and published by HarperCollins Children’s Books. A delicious mix of murder, fantasy, humor and human longing, the tale of Nobody Owens is told in magical, haunting prose. A child marked for death by an ancient league of assassins escapes into an abandoned graveyard, where he is reared and protected by its spirit denizens. ‘A child named Nobody, an assassin, a graveyard and the dead are the perfect combination in this deliciously creepy tale, which is sometimes humorous, sometimes haunting and sometimes surprising,’ said Newbery Committee Chair Rose V. […]
Dec. 12, 2008 | 4:13 p.m.

‘V’ creator Kenneth Johnson talks about a return to reptiles

Kenneth Johnson was one of the more successful science-fiction creators in television in the 1970s and early 1980s after working as a producer on "The Six Million Dollar Man," creating the character of Jamie Summers, the "The Bionic Woman," and creating the popular television adaptation of "The Incredible Hulk." But his greatest success came in May of 1983 with the unsettling miniseries "V," which became one of the high points in the history of science fiction television. "V" tells the tale of human-looking (at least for a while) aliens who come to earth and present themselves as benefactors but actually have something else on their minds: dinner. Johnson created a story that had a tense, simmering quality to it, and the Nazi echoes of the alien campaign on earth added a dark depth to the miniseries. There is a stirring […]
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