AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Returns With New Faces

When MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. returns for its second season premiere on Sept. 23, there will plenty of new faces helping to rebuild the shattered agency — or tear it right back down again!

Chief among the new allies is former XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS star Lucy Lawless as Agent Isabelle Hartley, a veteran S.H.I.E.L.D. agent helping to rebuild the organization.
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From Dusk Till Dawn — the TV Series?

FDTDOkay, ramblers, I didn’t see this coming: a TV series based on the 1996 George Clooney movie From Dusk Till Dawn, which was written by Quentin Tarantino and directed by Robert Rodriguez.

And, I have to say, it looks every bit as bad as the idea sounds.

Something called the El Ray Network will air the 10-part series, which reimagines the movie and stars Adrianne PalickiWilmer ValderramaD.J. CatronaZane HoltzJesse GarciaDon JohnsonRobert PatrickMadison DavenportBrandon Soo Hoo and Eiza Gonzalez as Santánico Pandemonium (the role made famous by Salma Hayek), beginning on March 11.

Take a look:

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That’s a Wonder of a Woman!

Here we have a preview image of Smallville’s erstwhile Lois Lane, Erica Durance, guesting on the Jan. 11, 2012, episode of Harry’s Law dressed in the Wonder Woman costume that was used in last spring’s abortive Wonder Woman pilot — and I think she looks wonderful.

David E. Kelley, the creator of HL, was the writer behind that much-maligned Wonder Woman project (which was deemed so bad that even NBC — yes, NBC — refused to air it), and apparently he still holds the rights to a TV depiction of the character. Clearly, he didn’t want to waste his opportunity. WW still has the pants ensemble instead of the traditional bare legs, but, hey — the costume was already sewn, right?
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WONDER WOMAN’s TV costume revealed

This is the first photo of Adrianne Palicki in costume for David E. Kelley’s WONDER WOMAN pilot. On the plus side, the costume doesn’t look like the terrible togs WW currently sports in her comic book incarnation, but on the other hand, it looks like it’s made of plastic or vinyl. Weird.

It’s not as bad as it could have been, but it certainly is not nearly as good as it could have been. The brightly colored, shiny costume appears to have been designed to look good in still photos, almost as if the intention were to bring individual panels of a comic book to life with static shots of live-action models. It’s difficult to imagine the costume in motion – if only because Palicki looks so very stiff and uncomfortable in this pose. It makes me think the uniform is very constrictive (She certainly appears to be…er, tightly packed into the bustier…)

To me, it looks calculated to appeal to non-comics fans who have certain expectations of what a “superhero costume” should look like in the 21st century – in other words, not as campy as the old ‘60s BATMAN or 1977’s THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN series, but still a little on the silly side. I don’t know who designed this, but judging by the uniform alone, I don’t think he/she is a comics fan. The hair is right – and it reportedly is not a wig; Palicki dyed and cut her own follicles. The costume appeals to the part of me that likes bright colors and shiny things, but it does not work for the comics fan in me.
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LONE STAR 1.1: Pilot

The premise of LONE STAR seems interesting yet limiting at the same time. Interesting because of how it amplifies the idea of a con man running a long con and escalates it all the way to faking his entire life. Twice over. And limiting because…where does one go with this high-concept in the future?

When I first heard about this concept, it sounded to me like an extended version of that horrible sitcom cliché, the dummy who accidentally makes two dates for Saturday night and decides to take both women to the same restaurant and try to juggle them. Hilarity is sure to ensue.

Well… not so much.
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