TV

There were really three groups of actors on the original Star Trek series:

The leading actors: William ShatnerLeonard Nimoy, and Deforrest Kelley.

There were the  weekly and occasionally recurring guest stars.   These were people like Richard Kiel (Jaws in the Bond films), Joan Collins, Roger C. Carmel (Harry Mudd), etc.

But the strength of the show is often measured in the strength of its supporting regular cast.  Scotty (James Doohan), Uhura (Nichelle Nichols), Sulu (George Takei) and Checkov (Walter Koenig) were often used as set dressing and had little to do.  But when they had something to do, they did it well and memorably.

Here are some facts about the actors that gave space for Shatner’s overacting:

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‘American Gods’ finds New Media in New Cast

When Gillian Anderson announced she would not be returning to Starz hit show American Gods, the question arose whether they would recast the role or go in a new direction.  Today that question was answered.  The show will introduce a new character that will replace Gillian’s character, Media.

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The title of this week’s episode is Les Écorchés.  It translates from the French to mean “a painting or sculpture of a human figure with the skin exposed to display the musculature.”  In this case, it seems to refer to the reveal of the purpose of the park and the creation of Bernard.  This episode could have been called “In Memoriam” and it would have been just as appropriate.

Here is a quick recap filled with SPOILERS!!!!

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“Legion” Renewed by FX for a 3rd Season

Based on the Marvel comic series by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz, Legion follows the trials and tribulations of David (Dan Stevens), a man believed to be schizophrenic who is actually a mutant.  Recently, the series was given the good news of an extra episode on its sophmore season, for a total of 11.  Now there is more good news…

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8 Series That Show DC is Better at TV than Film

Other than Christopher Nolan‘s Batman Trilogy and the recent Wonder Woman film, DC has struggled to find their feet on the big screen.  Films like Batman V. Superman, and The Justice League have definitely not met studio (or fan) expectations.  Each Marvel film seems to have a bigger following than previous films while DC films seem to get more complaints.  The discussion on Marvel films is the meaning and characters, while discussion of DC films is about their failures.  But one area that DC has not only done well but has full saturation is TV.  There are many live-action DC shows on TV now with more on the way.   (more…)

Andrew Lincoln To Leave The Walking Dead

AMC’s The Walking Dead has remained a favourite among TV viewers for some time now. Set in the aftermath of a zombie virus, the show mines creator Robert Kirkman’s comics for inspiration. It features a group of survivors, led by Andrew Lincoln’s, Rick Grimes slaying ‘walkers’ (zombies), warring with other bands of survivors and fighting for their humanity in a world otherwise devoid of it. With news filtering out that Lincoln is ready to leave the series, many are wondering what’s next for The Walking Dead. (more…)

With three seasons of slick and intelligent science fiction under its belt, news that Syfy had cancelled The Expanse was met with a rather large outpouring of grief. Amongst this grief, the #savetheexpanse campaign played out and an interesting rumour spread across the web faster than a Martian warship: it seemed that Amazon would save the show from the endless, well…endless expanse of television hell. Fortunately, those rumours are true. Amazon Prime has confirmed it will air season four. (more…)

HBO and Damon Lindelof are setting up a pilot for a ‘Watchmen’ TV series. Watchmen is the 1986-87 comic series that was written by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons.  The series is set to be a part of the same universe as the comic, but have new characters.  The property was previously made into a film in 2009 directed by Zack Snyder. (more…)

Alan Moore’s Watchmen is far more than standard fare for most avid comic readers. Written by one of the cantankerous old gods of the medium and widely regarded as one of – if not ‘the’ – greatest comic series ever created, its film adaptation was notoriously divisive among genre nerds. Some sided with Moore’s opinion that it shouldn’t have been adapted at all, while others loved seeing their favourite comic brought to life. Now, with David Lindelof’s television series officially in the works, the screenwriter has spilled the beans on just why and how he’ll make it work AND adapt it without ‘adapting’ it. (more…)