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  • Video Game Haiku Review – “Wolfenstein: The New Order”

    Sun, May 25, 2014 by Terry Terrones with no comments

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    Title: Wolfenstein: The New Order
    Format: Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, PC
    Price: $59.99
    Publisher: Bethesda
    Developer: 
    Machine Games
    ESRB Rating: M (Mature, for gamers 17 and older)
    The Grade: B

    Wolfenstein: The New Order Haiku Review

    Nazis rule the world

     You are the Earth’s only hope

    What? Robot Nazis?!?

    Synopsis: Europe, 1946. World War II rages across Europe. Nazi forces have turned the tide in dramatic fashion behind the technologically advanced war machine of General Wilhelm Strasse, aka Deathshead. When a final Allied assault on Deathshead’s compound fails, the Allies’ greatest hope falls with it. Europe, 1960. The war is over and the Nazis are victors. Using force and intimidation, the Nazis have brought even the most powerful nations to their knees. The Nazi regime now rules the globe with an iron fist. You are Captain B.J. Blazkowicz, the American War Hero. You must launch an impossible counter-offensive against the Nazis. Only you dare stand up against an unstoppable army of Nazi robots and hulking Super Soldiers. Only you can stop Deathshead.

    If you’re a long time video game player, you know that the “Wolfenstein” series is one of gaming’s most established franchises. First seen in 1981, this series is one of gaming’s best, letting players tear hated Nazi’s apart for over 30 years. “The New Order,” the ninth entry in the series, doesn’t disappoint. This shooter isn’t going to reinvent the genre, but there’s plenty of enjoyable running and gunning to be had.

    Positives:
    + Revitalizes an old school franchise
    + Quick paced shoot’em up combat that doesn’t take itself too seriously
    + Plenty of collectibles lead to high replay value
    + Destructible environments
    + Dual wielding
    + Blasting Nazis is always fun

    Negatives:
    - Weak story
    - Lacks multiplayer
    - Moronic enemy AI

    Gazette Media Columnist Terry Terrones is a veteran video game journalist. He has written for numerous publications including GamePro, GamesBeat, PC World, GameZone, and Official Xbox Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/terryterrones.

  • YOU could be in the new Star Wars movie

    Wed, May 21, 2014 by Terry Terrones with no comments

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    Would you like to shoot a scene for “Star Wars: Episode VII?” Would you like to be JJ Abrams’ guest on set in London? Would you like to ask the real Han Solo who really shot first? Would you like to ask the real Princess Leia where she currently keeps her gold bikini from “Return of the Jedi?” Well now’s your chance.

    In the video below “Star Wars” director JJ Abrams talks about a new charity called Star Wars: Force For Change. In this new initiative Disney and Lucasfilm team up with UNICEF  to fund creative projects benefitting children worldwide. If you donate to the charity, you have a chance to be select to be an extra in the movie and meet the cast. If you’re interested in donating and seeing all the perks of being a donor, you can do so right here.

     

  • “Brews Wayne” – The Official 2014 Denver Comic Con Beer

    Wed, May 21, 2014 by Terry Terrones with no comments

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    For the third year in a row Breckinridge Brewery has teamed up with Denver Comic Con to craft a super beer for the masses.  “Brews Wayne,” the official 2014 Denver Comic Con beer, will be unveiled on Friday, May 30, at The 1up – Colfax.

    The limited release Brews Wayne is a full bodied hoppy amber ale, a hybrid-style with two distinctly different, yet complimenting flavors. This amber ale has an herbal and floral punch of aroma with woody undertones. With a hearty malt base and lively hop character, Brews Wayne is the perfect beer for the playboy by day and superhero by night. Or at least that’s the description of the beer I saw online.

    The beer’s name, “Brews Wayne,” was selected from more than 1000 names submitted and voted on by fans. Colorado-based author, artist, and video game developer, Josh Viola, accompanied by comic book artist and illustrator, Aaron Lovett, created the commemorative pint glass and tap handle art for Brews Wayne.

    The Brews Wayne debut party at The 1up – Colfax, 717 E Colfax Ave in Denver, will begin at 8:00 p.m. on May 30 and feature live music from a number of bands. The first 200 fans to arrive will receive one of the limited edition pint glasses. Artists, Josh Viola and Aaron Lovett, will be at the party to unveil the commemorative art. Breckenridge Brewery will provide samples of Brews Wayne to attendees and have a photo booth on hand to capture every moment.

    Following its launch at The 1up – Colfax, the beer will be served at the Denver Comic Con, in addition to several taprooms throughout the Denver area while supplies last. For a complete list of locations, visit BreckBrew.com/DenverComicCon.

  • 5 TV Shows That Deserve a Reboot

    Mon, May 19, 2014 by Terry Terrones with no comments

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    What’s the most popular word in Hollywood? “Reboot.” Creating original programming is not just hard work but the chances for failure are high (see: “The Michael J. Fox Show,” “Almost Human,” etc.). To lighten their load, Tinsel Town likes to take popular programs from the past and make them new again. We see this in films but reboots happen more frequently on TV.

    “Dallas,” “Hawaii Five-O,” and “Battlestar Galactica” are just a few examples of shows rebooted for modern audiences. Since Hollywood is constantly looking to the past for the TV series’ of the future, I’m happy to give network execs some suggestions on what might resonate with today’s television viewers. While I’d love new versions of “Quantum Leap,” “Sliders,” and the cancelled-much-too-soon “Threshold,” I aimed for series that debuted at least 30 years ago so they’d appear fresh to a younger generation. Here are my picks for five TV programs ripe for a reboot and the actors who would be perfect for them.

    “Magnum P.I.” (1980-1988)
    The premise: Former Naval intelligence officer turned private investigator Thomas Magnum lives in the guesthouse of famous novelist Robin Masters on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Taking cases only sporadically and getting paid little to nothing for them, the easy going Magnum butts heads with the strict Jonathan Quail Higgins III, a former British sergeant major who is the caretaker for the lavish Robin’s Nest estate.

    Why it works:  “Magnum P.I.” is set in a beautiful locale made for HD televisions, it has action, camaraderie, romance and humor, and there’s an opportunity for a hilarious odd couple pairing in Magnum/Higgins. Now that “Mad Men” is wrapping up, Jon Hamm would be a perfect choice to play Thomas Magnum. John Hannah (“The Mummy,” “Spartacus”) would make an excellent foil as a modern day Higgins.

    “Fantasy Island” (1977-1984)
    The premise: Welcome to Fantasy Island! This mysterious tropical island resort will literally bring to life any fantasy you desire. Would you like to be a professional athlete? A billionaire? For a weekend your host, Mr. Roarke and his diminutive right hand man Tattoo, can make it happen. But be prepared, there’s almost always a price to pay in getting whatever you want.

    Why it works: There are literally thousands of plot lines a writing team could come up with given this premise. And who doesn’t want to go a place where all your wishes came true, even for a little while? It’s escapism TV at its best. Ricardo Montalban made the role of Mr. Roarke his own so I’d like to see Salma Hayek (“Freda,” “Desperado”) play his daughter with Kevin Hart as her comic relief providing sidekick, Tattoo.

    “Vega$” (1978-1981)
    The premise: War veteran Dan Tanna is a private detective in Las Vegas. His primary client is hotel and casino owner Phillip Roth. Aided by former showgirl Bea Travis, Tanna makes Las Vegas safe for both locals and tourists by assuring the seedier elements of the city face justice.

    Why it works: A new “Vega$” would max out the reboot checklist. A cool setting? Interesting profession for the lead character? An ability to modernize the original series without really changing it that much? A chance to show scantily clad women? Check, check, check and check. Karl Urban, who looks a lot like the original Dan Tanna (Robert Urich), would be fun to watch driving up and down The Strip.

    “Welcome Back, Kotter” (1975-1979)
    The premise: A compassionate, wisecracking teacher returns to his inner city high school alma mater to educate a group of troublemakers. The kind hearted and funny Mr. Kotter not only teaches reading, writing and arithmetic, but also lessons about life.

    Why it works: Networks have a hard time handling two things – comedies that require a brain and any TV series set in a school (Don’t even get me started on the horrific “Boston Public.”). You’d think that would be a recipe for disaster but this underrated 1970’s series nicely balanced comedy and heart. Jason Segel as Mr. Kotter would be a great fit to go along with a cast of young, talented unknowns as his students.

    “Star Trek: The Next Generation” (1987-1994)
    The premise: Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission (if it’s not cancelled before then), to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.

    Why it works: I’m cheating a bit here since it’s been nine years since a “Star Trek” series was last on TV (“Enterprise”) but a reboot of this beloved franchise is overdue. Picture this new version as a next “Next Generation” series with a new captain and crew. Maybe I’m just trying to find work for everyone on the recently cancelled “Almost Human” but Michael Ealy would make a great captain.

  • Denver Comic Con Adds “Defiance” Stars

    Sun, May 18, 2014 by Terry Terrones with no comments

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    Denver Comic Con recently announced Grant Bowler and Stephanie Leonidas of SyFy’s “Defiance” will be in attendance at the June event.

    Bowler plays Joshua Nolan, the lawman for the town of Defiance, a community where humans and an intelligent extraterrestrial species coexist in a radically transformed Earth. The show follows Nolan and his adopted alien daughter Irisa, played by Leonidas. The show and the video game exist concurrently in a shared universe; events in the show influence the game.

    The second season of “Defiance” premiers Thursday, June 19—less than a week after DCC.

     

  • Weta Workshop to Attend Denver Comic Con

    Sat, May 17, 2014 by Terry Terrones with no comments

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    Denver Comic Con recently announced that the Weta Workshop will attend the 2014 convention. Weta Workshop is the five time Academy Award winning conceptual design and physical effects manufacturing facility in Wellington, New Zealand that helped create Middle-earth for “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies and that has many other films to their name, such as “Avatar,” “The Adventures of Tintin,” “The Chronicles of Narnia,” “District 9,” and “Elysium.”

    “We are absolutely thrilled to have been invited by the organizers and we’ve been eagerly packing cool stuff from Middle-earth and beyond onto trucks and into planes to have a great range available to purchase at the Weta booth,” said Stacy Longstreet, expedition leader for Weta’s contingent at the show. “It’s our first time in Denver as well as our first U.S. show this year and we’re really looking forward to meeting fans and making friends in Colorado.”

    At the Weta Workshop booth attendees will meet artists and craftsmen from the award winning workshop. Weta’s range of limited-edition collectibles, prop replicas, art prints, jewelry, clothing and merchandise from the movies will be on display and available to purchase at the booth. Find out more about Weta Workshop and their products at www.wetaNZ.com.

     

  • Q&A: David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel of “Bones”

    Tue, May 13, 2014 by Terry Terrones with no comments

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     Recently I sat in on a Fox conference call with David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel of the TV series, “Bones.” The show’s season finale, which was directed by Boreanaz, airs Monday May 19 at 7 p.m.

    Q: You’re directing the finale, David. Can you kind of talk about doing that and then, Emily, about being directed by David?
    D. Boreanaz: Well, it’s always a challenge to take on something like the season finale.  There’s – you know, you get to the end of the season and then everybody’s, you know, a little tired and worn out and, you know, the patience is thin, and with this specific season finale being that there was so much information that we kind of had to gather up and put out there in one 45-minute hit, it made it, you know, difficult and challenging.  There were lots of elements that were involved, whether it was, you know, dealing with the big, huge hearing in front of Congress or the intense battle between other forces that could come in and jeopardize Bones and Booths’ relationship as well as the outcome of where they’re heading into as far as season ten is concerned.

    So you take all that into account and it definitely is a journey and something that, by the end of it, you’re pretty exhausted.

    E. Deschanel: I love being directed by David, and I’m not just saying that.  I say it to everybody who’s not on our set.  I think David is just really talented as a director as well as an actor.  He has a whole other career, if he wants it, when this thing’s over, if he wants to do that he could make a whole career out of it.

    He’s great technically, he’s good with the actors, he’d decisive, he knows what he wants, he knows what he doesn’t want, he comes in and, like, I’m always just amazed at how he’s dealing with all these incredible elements and he makes it seem so easy.  Yes, there’s huge scenes.  Like you said, the Congressional Subcommittee, there’s a lot that goes on in this episode, without giving too much away, but there’s a lot of elements and he does it all with ease, and I love working with him.

    So it was a pleasure, once again, to work with him as an actor, with him as a director and I think that the season finale, you know, working on it, it was a great experience.  It’s a really – there’s a big cliffhanger.  It’s – there’s a lot going on for Booth and for Brennan.  And so, I think everyone will be pleased.  I haven’t seen the episode yet, but everyone who’s seen it has been raving about it, so I’m really excited to see it myself

    Q: The finale is supposed to be really explosive. Can you talk about how that will affect Bones and Booth’s relationship?
    E. Deschanel: Yes, there’s a huge thing that happens at the end of this episode that, you know, we’re not going to tell you about right now, but it changes everything.  For a while, with not only Booth and Brennan, between them, but also between kind of everything, Booth’s job, possibly Brennan’s job – I mean, everything.

    So I can’t tell you exactly how it changes things, but it will change the dynamic and, you know, kind of everything about them and their work and relationships.

    D. Boreanaz: I think it puts them in a different place for sure.  I mean, we kind of know that going into a new season and what we’re going to do with these characters, but I think it’s interesting to see the end of this run, especially season nine in this specific finale, that there is a lot of destructive forces that could kind of come upon us and we find out that there’s more to it than what meets the eye and they’ve been kind of working kind of underground for a while, whether that’s through conspiracy theories or just, you know, stuff that they’ve been hiding in the FBI or through the Jeffersonian, but it all kind of comes to a head and it’s pretty detrimental at the end.

    You know, things will change for the good and there will be, also, things that they’ll have to adjust to.  I keep saying adjusting because it’s definitely going to be different.

    Q: Can you talk a little bit about working with Freddie Prinze, Jr. this season?
    D. Boreanaz: He’s great.  Freddie was great.  I mean, he came in – it’s always tough and difficult for guest stars to come in on an arc and on an already existing show because everyone knows each other and I’m sure it’s always like, kind of like, “Oh, I’m going to go do this arc,” but he is so grounded and professional and he’s a true pro.  He just comes in and he knocks it out in a way that’s very honest and a lot of fun as well.  So he kind of fit right in and, you know, I hope to have him back, you know, this season for season ten.  I really enjoyed working with him and he’s just a great person as well.

    Q: There’s a new squintern coming to play in the next episode. How do Booth and Brennan react to her?
    D. Boreanaz: Well, when it comes to the squints, I rely on my main Bones, my main girl.  She evaluates all the squints.  I just love having some fun and making sure they have all the info in order to solve the crime.

    E. Deschanel: Yes, well, I guess, I mean – yes, I, Brennan thinks that the new squintern is very good at her job except she does not care for the way she guesses about things and makes assumptions.  And Brennan is by-the-book and doesn’t appreciate that kind of – Laura Spencer plays the new intern.  Now I can’t remember the character’s name, but what is that?  Hopefully it’ll come to me, but – Kim will probably tell us at the end of the call.

    So she’s kind of an intuitive person.  Even though she’s very smart, her intuition probably comes from experience, but she throws things out and you know, in the episode coming up she’s like, “I’m just getting a vibe that this is an athlete” and then we find evidence that he was an athlete.  She really rubs Sweets the wrong way, but then that attention might turn to in a romantic way, she certainly kind of has her, has some interest in Sweets.  So that’s kind of an interesting development.

    Q: I know that you guys have been together and acting for obviously such a long time and you’re going into season ten, but how has the chemistry remained, like, intact with you two because you two are so funny together and I’ve seen you at Comic-Con and I’ve interviewed you guys in the past and you just are always laughing and funny together and you guys have such great chemistry.
    D. Boreanaz: You’ve seen just the good days.  There are bad days.  I think what  – you know, what’s unique in this situation, seriously from day one, honestly, blessed to have a costar that can be open and honest and just tell me, like, “You’re bothering me today” or, “I have an issue.”  We have complete trust and respect for each other that we can just go aside and say, “You know what?  I’m having a bad day.  Just know where I’m coming from, Emily,” and we both support that in each other.

    Shooting a television show is hard enough and it takes a lot of time and it takes away from your personal life, your family life and you know, thank god I was blessed with a costar who is so generous and supportive and yet also, we just – we have a bad day, we have a bad day.  We recognize it and we go on.  We don’t hold onto it, we don’t judge and we just go forward.  And I think that kind of helps our chemistry.  We use it.  We use what we’re going through in our scenes and we’ve learned early on that that helps our chemistry.  If anything, it helps our chemistry and it helps us grow with the characters rather than being so stagnant and say, “Hey, we’re in season nine, so let’s just kick back” and do nothing about it and take it for granted.  You can’t.  You have to be able to push every moment and every scene.  It’s so important. Yeah, we have those moments, but you know, I think that’s what helps us.

    E. Deschanel: I totally agree with everything David said.  We have open communication, which is something we started from the beginning, like he said.  We just tell each other if we’re in a mood or the other one’s annoying either of us or something.  And you know, we just, we accept that we’re not, you know, we’re not perfect, you know but I think one thing, too, is that we both know how important this relationship is both onscreen and off and how important it is for us to get along together both onscreen and off and how we both have a commitment to the show.  Like David said, it’s not like you’re like, “Oh, it’s season nine” and we’re resting on our laurels.  We’re working hard.

    Like David said, for six seasons we would meet every weekend and work on stuff together.  Now we do stuff on our own.  We both – our families have expanded and you know, lives have changed, but we have that foundation and we’re really committed to making this show as good as it can be.  And part of that is getting along onscreen and off, like I said, and like, you know, David’s a really fun guy to work with.  He, you know, he doesn’t – he’s not like a dark person.  He can play that, he can do, you know, serious stuff and deep stuff, but we both believe in having a good time.

    We’re not doing, you know, brain surgery here, we’re not curing cancer.  We’re entertaining people and we absolutely can have fun while we’re doing that and have fun together with everybody else on our crew and cast.  So you know, I’m really lucky that David is such a fun person to work with and a great guy.

    Q: Is it a weird transformation of playing partners to them ultimately having a relationship and you know, kissing on screen and having a family?
    D. Boreanaz: Well, you know, it’s development of the character, obviously.  The crux of it was these two characters that, who had to work together and there was a sexual tension, there was a conflict and we played that and we continue to play that.  I mean, in our subtext when we’re working together, even though the two characters are married and they have a kid, so that’s part of your job, to do that, and if you can’t excite the writers then what’s the purpose?  I mean, you have to continuously do that.

    So for us it’s always been about the relationship of the characters, going back to that and exploring that and making that fun for the audience.

    Q: I was just wondering, with the show having been on for a long time now it offers kind of opportunities for developing characters a great deal over that time. What and how have you enjoyed seeing Bones and Booth develop over that time?
    D. Boreanaz: I’ve enjoyed it.  I continue to enjoy it.  It’s not something to me that is, that I put a period on yet.  It’s, for me, it’s growth with inside the themes and the moments and where you can take them because at the end of this season when we were shooting, there were moments that were pretty intense that reminded Booth of that inner child and how much he still wants to play with this other character.  And for me, that’s really what it’s about.

    So you know, you watch him, you partake in these nine seasons and you just make it fresh.  And when we started season one, scene one, everyone’s like, “Oh, you’re going to get to two and three and four” and I don’t – and I think Emily knows this about me – go back in the past.  I focused on the work tomorrow and whether it’s season six or season seven or I’m gracious to get to ten seasons, to me it’s the same scene, the same shot that we did when we first shot the first scene of the pilot.

    E. Deschanel: I was like, it’s the same scene?  I was wrapped up in your thoughts.  I’m like, am I supposed to say something? Yes, I mean, I think that if we had not changed as a couple and as characters, the show wouldn’t be as interesting.  I’m so glad that they’ve, that we’ve evolved over time and our relationships have evolved over time, and it’s not just Booth and Brennan, but Angela and Hodgins and Cam and Sweets, etc. So I think that, you know, thank god we’ve been changing this whole time and it hasn’t remained stagnant and it’s different.  We keep moving forward, like David said, and it keeps it interesting.

    Q: Where would you like to see them go in the future?
    D. Boreanaz: You know, I think the future, like I said, is destined only for tomorrow’s work and today’s thoughts, so I can’t say what’s going to happen to them because I don’t look that far down.  When I look at the first episode of season ten, then I’ll focus on that and then where I am with the character.  You know, I’m sure that Hart and Stephen have – know how this show is going to end, but you know, it’s the same thing what happened when how will they know they were going to get married and have a child?  You know, circumstances happen in real people’s lives.  Emily got pregnant and it organically happened, and it happened and it felt right for the show.  It wasn’t pushed, it wasn’t pressed, and I think that we believe in that, at least I do, and I think that’s what it’s all about for me.

    E. Deschanel: David definitely likes to live in the moment and he doesn’t, you know, he doesn’t live in the past, he doesn’t live in the future.  I worry probably too much about the past and future, but I don’t know.  I really leave that to the writers to decide and then where we’re going, but you know, always have, you know, thoughts and stuff once we see what they’re thinking, but I don’t know.  I kind of love being surprised, so I leave it to the writers to decide where we’re going in that way.

  • William Shatner to Host Star Trek: TNG Cast Reunion at Denver Comic Con

    Mon, May 12, 2014 by Terry Terrones with no comments

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    Today Denver Comic Con announced it will host a reunion of six of the cast members of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” to be moderated by William Shatner. The ticketed panel also includes Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Denise Crosby, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden and Marina Sirtis. Brent Spiner, Patrick Stewart and Will Wheaton will not able to join the rest of the cast in Denver due to scheduling conflicts.

    “Even though Star Trek: The Next Generation only originally aired for seven seasons, fans have come to have deep attachments to these characters,” said convention director Dr. Christina Angel. “We’re thrilled to be able to provide a forum where fans and cast members can interact—including, of course, the captain of the reunion panel: William Shatner.”

    The Saturday, June 14 evening event will be held in the Bellco Theatre. The tickets range from $50-$150 and can be purchased at www.denvercomiccon.com; a paid admission into the con is required, and tickets are still available for Denver Comic Con. Fans unable to purchase tickets to the reunion panel can meet many of the cast members for individual autograph sessions and photo opportunities at Celebrity Summit on the convention floor. Many of the guests will also participate in additional panels based on other work.

    DCC has a complete and ongoing list of announced guests at its website, which includes Adam West and Burt Ward of the 1960’s “Batman” series, Stephen Amell from the CW’s “Arrow,” Karl Urban from Star Trek and Lord of the Rings films, Bruce Campbell of “Burn Notice” and “Evil Dead” and Michael Rooker from “The Walking Dead,” in addition to today’s announced guests.

  • A list of canceled and renewed TV Shows for 2014-15 (so far)

    Sun, May 11, 2014 by Terry Terrones with no comments

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    If you think NFL teams were busy last week, take a look at the major television networks. NBC, FOX, CBS, ABC and The CW are all making preparations for the 2014-15 television season and each network seemed to take a different approach. Some networks dropped the hammer pretty hard (NBC, FOX) while others seemed to show a bit more patience (CBS).

    While viewers mourn last week’s announcement that “Community” and “Revolution” will no longer be on any of the more popular TV networks, there’s still hope that Netfllix, Hulu or Amazon Prime finds a home for them.

    Keep in mind that the list below is incomplete, there are still a number shows who have yet to have their fate determined.

    Canceled Shows
    ABC
 – “Mixology,” 
”The Neighbors,”
 “Suburgatory,”
 “Trophy Wife,” 
”Super Fun Night,” 
”Lucky 7,”
 “Mind Games,” “Mixology,”
 “Once Upon A Time In Wonderland,” 
”Killer Women,”
 “Betrayal,” 
”The Assets,”
 “Back In The Game”

    CBS
 – “We Are Men,” “The Crazy Ones,” “Friends With Better Lives,” “Hostages,” “Bad Teacher,” “Intelligence”

    NBC - 
”Believe,”
 “Community,” 
”Crisis,” 
”Growing Up Fisher,” “Revolution,”
 “The Michael J. Fox Show,”
 “Sean Saves The World,” 
”Welcome To The Family,” 
”Ironside,” “Dracula”

    FOX
 – “Dads,” 
”Rake,”
 “Surviving Jack,” 
”Enlisted,”
 “Raising Hope,”
 “The X Factor,”
 “Almost Human,”

    The CW
 – “The Carrie Diaries,” 
”Star-Crossed,”
 “The Tomorrow People”

    Renewed Shows
    ABC
 – “Nashville,” 
”Scandal,” 
”Castle,” 
”The Bachelor,” 
”Dancing With The Stars,”
 “Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “The Middle,” 
”Modern Family,” 
”Revenge,”
 “Shark Tank,”
 “Once Upon A Time,” 
”Resurrection,” 
”Grey’s Anatomy,”
”The Goldbergs,” 
”America’s Funniest Home Videos”

    CBS - 
”2 Broke Girls,” 
”The Amazing Race,” 
”The Big Bang Theory,” 
”Blue Bloods,”
 “Criminal Minds,”
 “CSI,” 
”48 Hours,”
 “60 Minutes,” 
”Elementary,” 
”The Good Wife,” 
”Hawaii Five-0,”
 “Mike & Molly,”
 “Undercover Boss,”
 “NCIS,” 
”The Millers,” 
”Mom,”
 “NCIS: Los Angeles,” 
”Person of Interest,”
 “Survivor,”
 “Two and a Half Men,” “The Mentalist”

    NBC
 – “About A Boy,”
 “The Blacklist,” 
”Chicago PD,”
 “Grimm,” 
”Chicago Fire,” 
”Hannibal,” 
”Law & Order: SVU,”
”Parks & Recreation,” 
”The Voice,” “Parenthood”

    FOX
 – “Bob’s Burgers,” 
”Bones,” 
”American Idol,”
 “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” 
”Family Guy,”
 “Glee,” 
”Hell’s Kitchen,”
”MasterChef Junior,”
 “The Following,” 
”The Mindy Project,” 
”New Girl,” 
”Sleepy Hollow,” 
”The Simpsons”

    The CW
 – “The 100,”
 “Arrow,” 
”Beauty and the Beast,” 
”The Originals,”
 “Reign,”
 “Hart of Dixie,”
 “The Vampire Diaries,”
 “Supernatural”

  • TV Review: Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful”

    Thu, May 8, 2014 by Terry Terrones with no comments

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    “Penny Dreadful

    Cast: Eva Green (“Casino Royale,” “300: Rise of an Empire”), Timothy Dalton (“Living Daylights,” “License to Kill”), Josh Hartnett (“Black Hawk Down,” “Pearl Harbor”), Harry Treadaway (“The Lone Ranger,” “City of Ember”)

    Airdate, time: The premiere airs at 8 p.m. Sunday May 11 on Showtime

    The premise: Some of literature’s most terrifying characters, including Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, and iconic figures from the novel Dracula are lurking in the darkest corners of Victorian London. “Penny Dreadful” is a psychological thriller that weaves together these classic horror origin stories into a new adult drama. The premiere episode is set in London in 1891. As the police investigate a series of gruesome murders, renowned explorer Sir Malcolm Murray (Dalton) and the beautiful Vanessa Ives (Green) know there’s something darker at play. In search of someone close to them who has been lost, they recruit American sharpshooter Ethan Chandler (Hartnett) and Dr. Victor Frankenstein (Treadaway) to help them on their journey.

    Highs: Two words – Eva Green. She’s sultry and mysterious. When Green’s onscreen, her Vanessa Ives gives off the strong sense that she’s harboring a secret, one that a viewer desperately wants to know. Other cast members that shine are Timothy Dalton and Harry Treadaway. Dalton, forming a team that can battle the supernatural, hasn’t had a role this meaty in years and he makes the most of it. Treadaway, who was excellent in “City of Ember,” deftly portrays a young Dr. Frankenstein who’s both arrogant and self-righteous. He’s a bit unstable, but hasn’t uncorked into the man Mary Shelley created in her novel. But my favorite character was Hartnett’s Ethan Chandler. I’ve never been that big of a fan of Hartnett but in this series his likeable cowboy is just like the viewer – on a strange, confusing journey.

    Demons, curses and monsters are what “Penny Dreadful” is all about and it has plenty of all three. This show comes across as an odd mix of “Sherlock Holmes,” “The X-Files” and “True Blood” but with much more gore. While not for the squeamish, if any of those aforementioned programs whet your TV appetite, you’ll get a kick out of “Penny Dreadful.”

    Lows: For the first half of the pilot, viewers are left with a series of sights bound to leave them wondering what’s going on. There’s a Victorian era James Bond wandering around London with a Victorian era Vesper Lynd. There are vampires, though ones different than most viewers are familiar with, and a doctor that doesn’t seem all that surprised when autopsying it. Throw in the absence of some much needed back story for the main characters and it’s a disorienting way to start a series.

    Another issue is the show’s pacing. “Penny Dreadful” is set for an eight episode first season, yet the first two episodes I watched moved at a snail-like pace. I kept waiting for more things to be explained and for a deeper connection to the characters but didn’t get it. Instead of getting a slice of cake, all viewers get in the first two episodes is the frosting.

    Grade: (C+): Penny Dreadful was the unofficial term for Victorian era stories that were inexpensive, had sensational titles (“Varney the Vampire,” “The Children of the Night”) and were told in weekly serials. In many ways the TV show based on this moniker lives up to the lurid promise of its Victorian counterpart but too frequently it can also leave a viewer in the lurch. “Penny Dreadful” has the potential to be as good as the shows it mimics; hopefully it can find a way to live up to them as well.