Feb. 27, 2014 | 2:46 p.m.

Brannon Braga talks new TV treks with series ‘Salem,’ ‘Cosmos’ reboot

This article has been corrected. See below. For some fans, Brannon Braga forever will be associated with Gene Roddenberry’s vast, influential universe — his work on “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Star Trek: Voyager” and “Enterprise,” not to mention his screenplays for “Star Trek: Generations” and “Star Trek: First Contact,” kept federation space at the forefront of many imaginations for years. But these days, it’s not the far-flung future or even the politics of present day, but the distant past that’s captivated the film and television veteran. Braga is executive producing both the supernatural-inflected series “Salem” and the reboot of Carl Sagan’s legendary show “Cosmos,” featuring astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Braga describes the 17th-century-set “Salem,” the WGN series that’s set to premiere April 20, as a “unique blend of ‘The Exorcist’ with a little David Lynch thrown in.” The show […]
Dec. 19, 2013 | 10:00 a.m.

‘Salem’ teaser: WGN America series latest to join TV coven

The new teaser for “Salem,” the first original scripted series from WGN America, makes it plain that 17th century Massachusetts will not tolerate the presence of witches. Created by Brannon Braga (“24,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation”) and Adam Simon (“The Haunting in Connecticut”), the new supernatural drama stars Janet Montgomery (“Human Target”) as Mary Sibley, the city’s most powerful enchantress, and Shane West (“Nikita”) as John Alden, a hardened veteran who has a history with Mary. In the clip above, actor Seth Gabel, who plays a local witch-hunting aristocrat, can be heard in voiceover as a montage of images flashes by. Judging from the footage, more than a few witches run the risk of being burned. The cast also features Ashley Madekwe, Xander Berkeley, Tamzin Merchant and Elise Eberle. Filmed on location in Shreveport, La., “Salem” is set to […]
July 26, 2013 | 8:00 a.m.

‘The Originals’ sets up ‘Vampire Diaries’ rivalry, ‘epic’ Klaus

This post has been updated. See note below for details. “The Originals” is set to premiere this fall on the CW, and the show’s stars are already working to establish their characters in their new setting, gearing up for a rivalry between their fledgling pilot and its parent series “The Vampire Diaries.” In the same vein as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel,” “Hercules” and “Xena: Warrior Princess,” and “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice,” the new series picks up members of “The Vampire Diaries” cast and transplants them in a new setting while maintaining their previous story lines. The shows also amp up fan excitement, building to cross-over episodes featuring characters from both. The latest vampire saga on the network’s supernatural roster sees the deadly original vampires, a brood of siblings who were turned into vampires to survive werewolves terrorizing their […]
July 06, 2011 | 4:14 p.m.

‘Harry Potter’: Helen McCrory says Narcissa Malfoy is a ‘wonderful mother’

THE LAST SPELL: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” closes out a decade of Hogwarts in Hollywood. Hero Complex is counting down to the release of the final film in the magical franchise with exclusive interviews and photos. Today: Hero Complex contributor Nardine Saad chats about filming the concluding installment and how the franchise‘s lead trio matured on and off the set with Helen McCrory, the actress who plays Narcissa Malfoy, the mother of Tom Felton‘s Draco Malfoy. McCrory will appear next in the Martin Scorsese mystery “Hugo” with Chloe Moretz, Jude Law and Sacha Baron Cohen. NS: What’s it like to see the films come to a close? HM: I just enjoyed being part of it. It’s an incredible phenomenon of British film and fantastic to be a part of it, so it’ll be great fun to […]
July 01, 2011 | 7:00 a.m.

‘Harry Potter’: Emma Watson’s Hermione Granger through the years

THE LAST SPELL: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2” closes out a decade of Hogwarts in Hollywood. Hero Complex is counting down to the release of the final film in the magical franchise with exclusive interviews and photos. Today: We travel through Hogwarts history and take a look at Emma Watson‘s Hermione Granger through the years. Hermione Granger might have been a know-it-all with an untamed mane of frizzy hair before she received an owl inviting her to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, but the shrewd witch always had the makings of a leading lady. No one would want to be on the receiving end of one of her hexes. Whether it’s properly pronouncing “Wingardium Leviosa,” guiding first years through the Hogwarts halls as a prefect or spellbinding an impressive survival kit into her beaded […]
June 27, 2011 | 12:43 p.m.

‘True Blood,’ ‘Vampire Diaries’ bring witches to the small screen

Over on our sister blog for all things television, Show Tracker, Nardine Saad has a story on the rise of witches on HBO’s hit series “True Blood,” which returned for its fourth season Sunday. The witches are sure to change the game for the vampires of Bon Temps, but they are hardly newcomers to the small screen. Saad includes a photo gallery celebrating some of the tube’s most memorable witchy warriors and looks forward to those who will join their TV coven. Check it out here. — Noelene Clark RECENT AND RELATED ‘True Blood’ creator Alan Ball: ‘Vampires are just a huge metaphor for sex’ Stephen Moyer on Sookie/Eric romance Alexander Skarsgard: Eric has to be dangerous Why we suck the evil out of vamps Joss who? Meet the writer of the new ‘Buffy’ film Ron Howard’s quest for ‘The Dark […]
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