Giancarlo Esposito is well-known for playing some not so good guys on Breaking Bad and Revolution, but the man himself, as he appeared at Toronto ComiCon, was warm, jovial, and inspirational. More than the standard Q&A with a celebrity guest, Esposito sometimes wandered into the realm of the motivational talk as he discussed memories from the set, and lessons learned for the everyday. (more…)
SDCC 2013 is fast approaching and those of you lucky Bantha Herders that have snagged tickets should be carefully planning your excursion to make the most of the event. The list below should help you in that planning.Which TV shows are you most interested in? Check out the list and let us know what you’re going to line up for.
This years panels and television screenings for SDCC 2013 are currently as follows:
SPECIAL SNEAK PEEK PILOT SCREENINGS
WEDNESDAY, JULY 17 • BALLROOM 20
For the sixth straight year, WBTVG gets Comic-Con off to a dramatic start by hosting a special sneak peek, world-premiere screening event on Preview Night, debuting some of the most hotly anticipated new series of the year. For 2013, WBTV will screen the complete pilot episodes of Almost Human, The Tomorrow People and The 100 for the first time ever in public. Additionally, WBTV will unveil a special presentation of The Originals on the big screen, featuring never-before-seen footage that did not air as part of “The Originals” episode of The Vampire Diaries episode in April.
Almost Human: In the near future, technology and crime will increase so quickly that law enforcement will not be able to keep up. To maintain order and keep the public safe, all police officers must partner with highly evolved human-like-androids known as synthetics. From J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Production and Fringe executive producer J.H. Wyman, Almost Human is the story of Detective John Kennex (Karl Urban – Star Trek), and his life-like android partner Dorian (Michael Ealy – Underworld Awakening).
The Originals: From executive producer Julie Plec comes The Originals, a spinoff of The CW’s #1 series among Adults 18–34 and Comic-Con fan-favorite The Vampire Diaries. The sexy new drama centers on the Original Family, as Klaus (Joseph Morgan) returns to the supernatural melting pot that is the French Quarter of New Orleans.
The Tomorrow People: From executive producers Greg Berlanti (Arrow), Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries), Phil Klemmer (Chuck) and Danny Cannon (Nikita), The Tomorrow People is a story of several young people from around the world who represent the next stage in human evolution, possessing special powers, including the ability to teleport and communicate with each other telepathically.
The 100: 97 years ago, Earth was devastated by a nuclear apocalypse, and mankind was nearly destroyed. The only survivors were the inhabitants of 12 international space stations that were in orbit at the time. The stations came together to form the Ark, but with resources dwindling and population growth soaring, the decision is made to send The 100, a group of juvenile delinquents, to the surface to test whether Earth is once again habitable.
TV SERIES SCHEDULE
THURSDAY, JULY 18
Murder Police (Fox): Panelists include creators David Goodman and Jason Ruiz, as well as voice talent Will Sasso, Chi McBride, Peter Atencio and Justina Machado.
MAD (Mondays 8:30/7:30c Cartoon Network): Get a glimpse behind the MADness with MAD television producers Kevin Shinick and Mark Marek.
FRIDAY, JULY 19
Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD (ABC): Panel to include Joss Whedon, Marvel’s head of TV Jeph Loeb and additional special guests.
Banshee (Cinemax): Panelists TBD.
Sleepy Hollow (Fox): EPs Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Fringe) and Len Wiseman will unveil the new project with an exclusive, world premiere screening of the pilot followed by a Q&A with fans featuring series lead Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie.
Bones (Fox): Creator/EP Hart Hanson, EP Stephen Nathan and star David Boreanaz all return with unseen footage and a Q&A session.
Bob’s Burgers (Fox): The entire cast, featuring H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, John Roberts, Kristen Schaal and Larry Murphy, will be on hand for the screening and panel.
Brickleberry (Comedy Central): A full new episode of season two will debut with an intro from creators and EPs Waco O’Guin and Roger Black.
Almost Human (Late Fall, Mondays 8/7c FOX): Step into the future with series stars Karl Urban, Michael Ealy and executive producer J.H. Wyman.
The Big Bang Theory (Thursdays 8/7c CBS): In a panel sure to be filled with debate and discussion — and more than a few surprises — executive producers Steven Molaro and Bill Prady and the writers of The Big Bang Theory take fans behind the scenes of TV’s #1 comedy.
Childrens Hospital (Returning This Summer, Adult Swim): Creator/star Rob Corddry and executive producers David Wain and Jonathan Stern join cast members Lake Bell, Erinn Hayes, Ken Marino and Rob Huebel for a sneak peek of the show’s upcoming fifth season.
The Following (Midseason, Mondays 9/8c FOX): Become a follower with stars Kevin Bacon, Shawn Ashmore and Valorie Curry joining executive producers Kevin Williamson and Marcos Siega.
Nikita (Midseason The CW): Nikita makes its Comic-Con farewell with stars Maggie Q, Shane West, Lyndsy Fonseca, Aaron Stanford, Melinda Clarke, Devon Sawa and Noah Bean joining executive producer Craig Silverstein.
The 100 (Midseason The CW): Series stars Eliza Taylor, Thomas McDonell, Marie Avgeropoulos, and Henry Ian Cusick join executive producers Matthew Miller and Jason Rothenberg.
The Paranormal and Extraterrestrial Squad (Coming Soon, CWTV.com) Join producers Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes) & Russ Cundiff and creators/stars John Dale & Michael Hobert as they introduce a new digital series about the misadventures of a ragtag group of ex-community college students searching for paranormal and extraterrestrial (PET) activity.
SATURDAY, JULY 20
Once Upon a Time (ABC): Panel to feature cast and producers.
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (ABC): Panel to feature cast and producers.
How I Met Your Mother (CBS): Cast members Josh Radnor, Cobie Smulders, Jason Segel, Neil Patrick Harris and Alyson Hannigan join the EPs for their first ever panel.
Futurama (Comedy Central): Most of the voice cast from the series will be on hand to discuss the resurrected (and re-canceled) cartoon and introduce scenes from the upcoming “Last Episode Ever.”
The Simpsons (Fox): The 25-year-old cartoon promises never-before-seen footage from guest director Guillermo del Toro, among other things.
Family Guy (Fox): A season 12 preview is on the schedule, along with Seth Green, Alex Borstein and surprise guests.
American Dad (Fox): Will include world premiere of a song from the never-before-seen Christmas episode.
Arrow (Wednesdays 8/7c The CW): Chills turn to thrills in this session with stars Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards and Colton Haynes joining executive producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg.
The Originals (Tuesdays 8/7c The CW): Series stars Joseph Morgan, Claire Holt, Phoebe Tonkin and Charles Michael Davis join executive producer Julie Plec.
Person of Interest (Tuesdays 10/9c CBS): Executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman join members of the cast for their third visit to Comic-Con. (You’re being watched.)
Revolution (Wednesdays 8/7c NBC): Series stars and creator/executive producer Eric Kripke power up this panel.
The Tomorrow People (Wednesdays 9/8c The CW): Practice your teleportation skills and get to this session featuring series stars Robbie Amell, Mark Pellegrino and Peyton List with executive producers Greg Berlanti, Phil Klemmer and Danny Cannon.
The Vampire Diaries (Thursdays 8/7c The CW): Comic-Con veterans Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Kat Graham and Candice Accola join executive producers Julie Plec and Caroline Dries.
SUNDAY, JULY 21
Sons of Anarchy (FX): Creator Kurt Sutter and stars Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Ron Perlman, Maggie Siff, Kim Coates, Mark Boone Junior, Tommy Flanagan, Theo Rossi, Dayton Callie and Jimmy Smits are all on board for the closing day panel.
Supernatural (Tuesdays 9/8c The CW): Returning to Hall H are cast members Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins and Mark A. Sheppard with executive producers Jeremy Carver and Robert Singer.
Beware the Batman (Saturdays 10 a.m. ET/PT Cartoon Network, premiering July 13): The Dark Knight makes his return to television in this new action-packed CG animated series. Producers Glen Murakami and Mitch Watson will give fans a peek behind the cape.
Teen Titans Go! (Tuesdays 7:30/6:30c Cartoon Network): Producer Aaron Horvath joins members of the voice cast, including Greg Cipes and Scott Menville, for this screening and Q&A. Go!
J.J. Abrams Revolution returns to NBC‘s Monday night line up on March 25th. Check out the new trailer for the series below to help those of you jonesin’ for a taste of Revolution during the season hiatus.
What do you think about the series so far and about the direction the second season seems to be taking? The proverbial shit seems to be hitting the fan with the Monroe and the bad guys getting access to power and even more powerful weapons and equipment. The trailer hints at the good guys building their own power systems escalating the conflict.
How well do you think you would do in this kind of world without power?
What would you do without it all? In this epic adventure from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions and “Supernatural’s” Eric Kripke, a family struggles to reunite in an American landscape where every single piece of technology – computers, planes, cars, phones, even lights – has mysteriously blacked out forever. A drama with sweeping scope and intimate focus, “Revolution” is also about family – both the family you’re born into and the family you choose. This is a swashbuckling journey of hope and rebirth seen through the eyes of one strong-willed young woman, Charlie Matheson (Tracy Spiridakos, “Being Human”), and her brother Danny (Graham Rogers, “Memphis Beat”). When Danny is kidnapped by militia leaders for a darker purpose, Charlie must reconnect with her estranged uncle Miles (Billy Burke, “The Twilight Saga”), a former U.S. Marine living a reclusive life. Together, with a rogue band of survivors, they set out to rescue Danny, overthrow the militia and ultimately re-establish the United States of America. All the while, they explore the enduring mystery of why the power failed, and if – or how – it will ever return.
WARNING! SPOILER ALERT!
Imagine a world without power. A world where the government crumbled and soon there was no medicine, no structure and only the flicker of fire to keep out the dark.
Revolution takes you to such a world where electricity becomes a thing of the past. Gasp! “Almost barbaric” you say? “How could this happen?” you ask. That’s part of the mystery and part of the allure of Revolution. (more…)
Back from the Crusades… and by that we mean the Baltimore Comic-Con and a hellish server transfer, Jason and Jeremy launch into an all-new BastardCast with a renewed vigor and a resplendent infatuation with this week’s overflowing cornucopia of headlines… and would you look at all those shiny words that barely jive. Anyway, the boys discuss: the awfulness of Revolution, Arrow casting, a death in the Marvel U, the impending death of Nintendo’s Wii U, Pacific Rim in the third dimension, the Ant-Man footage you knew you’d one day see, and so much more!
Following that, Captain Corpulent and the Ginger Lantern (we’re trying it out) invite Kyle Moody aboard the S.S. Sinking Ship to discuss the college course he is teaching on video games and journalism in association with IGN before the boys kick him out and do the Dirty Nerdy Confession, and when I say “do”, I mean… well, you’ll have to listen to find out. (We don’t know where that innuendo is going honestly…)
The BastardCast…. a safe haven for former G4 viewers!
Following in the successful footsteps of the producers of New Girl on FOX, J.J. Abrams has put the first episode of his new series Revolution out on the Internet for fans to check out.
This is one of the more successful maneuvers that Hollywood marketing has come up with in the last few years. If the show’s first episode is good, the word of mouth generated by the Internet can drive the regular television viewer counts much higher than the standard premiere pattern and lock viewers in for the season.
This gives the show a chance to build a viewer base before the show airs on television. A show like Revolution needs that extra little push to get viewers in “on the ground floor” of the show. That will generate advertiser dollars. Just think about how many shows you have recommended or had recommended to you, that you had to scramble to catch up to the current episode.
This NerdBastard has only watched the first segment of the show so I don’t have a fully considered opinion on the show yet, but I’m going to watch the entire thing after posting this for you other NerdBastards out there in Internet land.
Don’t get caught watching this at work, but make sure to come back and watch it later this afternoon. After that, put your thoughts on the show in the comments section below. NerdBastards is interested in your take on showing the pilot early on the Internet, and how good you think the show was.
Lionsgate has announced yet another member of the cast for the upcoming Hunger Games sequel — The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Actress and musician Maria Howell (who will also be a regular on JJ Abrams‘ new show Revolution) will play the role of Seeder, a victorious tribute from District 11 who competes in the Quarter Quell (the 75th Hunger Games). The press release did not confirm or deny this, but it is believed that the Quarter Quell will be on a tape delay, and that NBC will interrupt it with a show about a monkey.
Here is the synopsis for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Keep checking back here for any future Hunger Games casting notices. They still have the extras, craft services, and the location scouts to announce, because if you are associated with the Hunger Games in any way, you are getting a press release.
THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever.THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE will be directed by Francis Lawrence, and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the second in a trilogy that has sold more than 50 million books in print and digital in the U.S. alone.Lionsgate will release THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE on November 22, 2013.
I try not to get excited by new TV shows put out by the major networks. Sure they may sound or look good at first but if they live up to the hype, they are usually unceremoniously canceled. When I first heard about J.J. Abrams teaming up with John Favreau to do a post-apocalyptic drama for NBC I was intrigued but skeptical.
I just watched the the trailer. I am excited for it now. Even with it’s Teenagey Twilight boy meets spunky Hunger Games bow toting girl story. It’s set fifteen years after some sort of global ‘red ring of death’ event renders all electronics inert, sending the survivors of this global event back to the dark ages, literally, see since there are no more lights… and… uh,
Warlords roaming on horseback and shooting guns and walking past landmarks over grown with vegetation. Giancarlo Esposito from Breaking Bad plays a bad guy. What more do you need?
Check out the trailer after the jump, then we’ll get a jump on the letter writing campaign to keep it alive when NBC decides to cancel it in six months.
J.J. Abrahms is hoping use his Midas touch on his latest television project Revolution. Imagine a world where electricity doesn’t work. No ph0nes, lights, refrigeration, even the cars and trucks stop running. It would be like a giant EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) hit the world. Planes falling from the sky.
If you don’t think it would be a big deal just picture yourself in your car driving to work, home, or on the highway to start your vacation. Now your car, heck, no one’s car is moving, your miles from home, do you even have a bottle of water or food for the walk home? The average commute for an American worker drives is 16 miles. How long would that take you to walk?
Revolution has a lot of familiar faces, Billy Burke (Twilight), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad) and Andrea Roth (Ringer). Other cast members include Tracy Spiridakos (Syfy’s Being Human), Graham Rogers and Anna Lise Phillips.
Revolution is being written by Eric Kripke, produced by Abrams and directed by none other than Jon Favreau. If that doesn’t get your nerdy juices running I don’t know what will.
What do you think of the Revolution cast? Will you be tuning in?
Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Cowboys & Aliens) is trying his hand at directing a TV drama on his down time from working on Magic Kingdom. He’ll be directing the pilot for a new J. J. Abrams TV series called Revolution for NBC. He’s directed a number of pilots for comedies in the past, but this will be his first TV drama. He’s even set to work on the pilot for a comedy series called Tweaked. So it looks like he’s a pretty busy guy as of late.
But back to his work with J. J. Abrams, which is what is actually interesting here. This is what Deadline had to say about Revolution:
[…] A high-octane action drama following a group of characters struggling to survive and reunite with loved ones in a world where all forms of energy have mysteriously ceased to exist.
This doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, ’cause if you wanna get really technical, a lack of energy in the universe equates to a lack of existence. We’ll just have to see how this works, but I have a hunch that all the physicists and people who have even a semi-developed understanding of science will have a bit of a problem with the logistics of this plot line.
There’s no indication with respect to when this pilot will be happening, but chances are it’ll be soon since pilot season is upon us.
What do you guys think? Is this plot line garbage, or is there a way to salvage it?