HEROES REBORN Won’t Save the Cheerleader

claireCreator Tim Kring is planning to bring back HEROES as a 13-episode series called HEROES REBORN, and it appears that at least one star of the original NBC run will not be returning: Hayden Panetteriere as unkillable cheerleader Claire Bennet.

Hayden told Cosmopolitan:

“Well, it was a shock to me, and, in fact, I believe I became privy to that through my cousin. She sent me a text message and told me about it, and, I mean, we had nothing, nothing to do with it; it will definitely be interesting to see how they reinvent that.”

“I think it’s a whole new set of characters. Who knows? It’s a little bit of an interesting feeling because you go, ‘That was our show, our home, our family,’ something that we had a major part in creating as well, and, I mean, I hope that they don’t have somebody else playing our characters, that would be a little dagger in the heart. But, you never know. I wish them success in it, for sure.”

Hayden, of course, currently stars in the ABC series NASHVILLE.

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Amazon Brings Whit Stillman into the Fold

stillmanIndie filmmaker Whit Stillman has written and will direct and executive-produce an original comedy series called Cosmopolitan exclusively for Amazon Studios that follows the experiences of a group of young expatriates living in Paris, according to Deadline.com.

This is great news to me, as I am a big fan of Stillman and his oeuvre, beginning with his first feature, Metropolitan, and on through Barcelona and The Last Days of Disco — what has become known as his “Doomed-Bourgeois-in-Love series.” He usually focuses on upper-crust youths and his dialogue is very involved and intellectual — even when the topic under discussion is more puerile. He directs actors to very… mannered (almost stiff) performances that might remind one of Wes Anderson.

Cosmopolitan sounds perfect for Stillman; like a cross between Metropolitan and Barcelona. I highly recommend both of those films, as well as Disco, and advise you watch them in order of release — Metropolitan (1990), Barcelona (1994) and The Last Days of Disco (1998) — because characters from the earlier movies cameo in Disco.

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: BLOOD & CHROME Begins Today!

Do you know what today is, all you long-deprived BATTLESTAR GALACTICA fans? Today is the day that the long-delayed BSG: Blood & Chrome is finally available as a free web series of  10 episodes, each 7- to 12-minutes long, on Machinima’s YouTube channel, Machinima Prime.

William “The Old Man” Adama was not born in command of a battlestar; he had to work his way up through the ranks. BSG:B&C is his story, beginning with his enlistment as a pilot in the First Cylon War. The action-hungry young Adama (Luke Pasqualino) is assigned to the Galactica as a Viper pilot – but his war-weary co-pilot, Coker (Ben Colton), just wants to survive the next 47 days to complete his tour of duty.

Watch this clip of Adama piloting a classic Viper in a dogfight with two old-school Cylon raiders:


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THE WALKING DEAD Webisodes Have Risen Again!

AMC has decided to give fans of THE WALKING DEAD who are climbing the walls waiting for the Oct. 14 season premiere a pre-Halloween treat by bringing back a popular feature from last year — another series of webisodes featuring original characters in stories set in the same universe as TWD TV show.

This new web series stars Daniel Roebuck (ex-Doc Arzt, LOST) and Josh Stewart (ex-Brendan Finney, THIRD WATCH), and manages to rope in the TV show’s Rick Grimes (in a sense) — his storage locker makes an appearance.

Here’s the synopsis:

Cold Storage tells the story of a young man, Chase (Stewart), trying to reach his sister in the early days of the zombie apocalypse. He finds temporary shelter in a storage facility run by a former employee named B.J. (Roebuck); however, things are not what they appear.

You can only watch on the official AMC website, as it appears all the other versions have been hunted down and shot in the head…

BBC Plans Teary Treat for Stricken Pond Fans

Assuming one can still see through the tears after “The Angels Take Manhattan” has brought the first half of the DOCTOR WHO season — and the tale of Amy and Rory — to a close, visit the official BBC Doctor Who page for The Last Days of the Ponds, an official tribute video.

Here is what the BBC is promising:

The Last Days of the Ponds is a touching 12-minute video that features Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, head writer and Executive Producer Steven Moffat and Executive Producer Caro Skinner. Poignant and insightful, it tells their story, from the very start to the teary goodbyes.

With exclusive backstage material from their early days together right up to behind-the-scenes footage of their final shots, The Last Days of the Ponds gives you unprecedented access to an era of Doctor Who, but more than this, it reveals how the people involved feel about their characters and their friends, their time on the show, what they’ll miss and remember, and how Amy and Rory’s swansong moved them all.

Karen, Arthur and Matt recall meeting each other for the first time and share anecdotes about their friendship. What did they think of each other at first, and what did Arthur consider to be a nightmare? Which days does Karen call the craziest of all, and how was Matt feeling when it came to shooting the Ponds’ departure?

The laughter, tears, heartbreak and joy are all captured forever in The Last Days of the Ponds.

Can you believe the Doctor’s journeys with the Ponds have come to an end? What will you miss most about Amy and Rory?

Are You There, Ponds? It’s Me, the Doctor…

Here it is, the fifth and final installment of the Pond Life web series and, as I expected, it packs the biggest punch. Don’t wait, watch it now…

So now we’ve seen Rory (Arthur Darvill) walking out on a tearful Amy (Karen Gillan), but we still don’t know exactly what pushed their marriage to the breaking point. I’m sure we’ll get an explanation in the regular series — WHICH BEGINS TOMORROW!!! (Excited much?)
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Pond Life Meets ‘Remains of the Day’

In the fourth episode of Pond Life, the threads of the previous installments start to come together: Yesterday’s Ood is back, and we’re getting the impression there’s something wrong with the TARDIS that is contributing to the Doctor not being able to sync his personal timeline properly with the Ponds’ relative “present day.” Or maybe I’m just reaching.

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