Bryan Fuller swears there's still hope for his gritty Munsters reboot Mockingbird Lane. Marvel Studios unveils the official synopsis for Thor: The Dark World. Plus Lost and Supernatural's Mark Pellegrino chooses Person of Interest as his latest genre TV conquest!
Spoilers from here on out!
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Thor: The Dark World
Marvel Studios has released this official description. While it doesn't reveal too much, it does confirm just who is in this movie — for instance, I think this is technically the first direct confirmation that Christopher Eccleston is definitely in this, although of course that's been an open secret for a while now. Anyway, for your reading pleasure:
Marvel's "Thor: The Dark World" continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel's "Thor" and "Marvel's The Avengers," Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos...but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.
Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano and Jaimie Alexander with Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins as Odin, "Thor: The Dark World" is directed by Alan Taylor, produced by Kevin Feige, from a story by Don Payne (credit not final) and screenplay by Christopher Yost and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (credit not final) and is based on Marvel's classic Super Hero Thor, who first appeared in the comic book "Journey into Mystery" #83 in August, 1962.
Here's a featurette on Tom Twyker and the Wachowskis' adaptation of the history- and genre-spanning David Mitchell novel. [Coming Soon]
And here's a massive, three-part gallery of promo photos. [Film School Rejects]
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Here's a TV spot for Daniel Craig and American Beauty director Sam Mendes's upcoming James Bond movie. [Coming Soon]
Here's a preview for this Friday's episode, "The Bullet That Saved the World." [Fringe Television]
The Walking Dead
Here's an interview video with the whole cast, in which they discuss what's ahead for their characters this season. [TV Line]
Comics creator Robert Kirkman discusses the casting of David Morrissey as the Governor, and why his look might evolve into something more closely resembling that of his comics counterpart:
"We are accentuating the politician nature of the character, he's more the silver-tongued devil... You know, Morrissey was the right actor for the job, and to a certain extent, you can't say, "You wear a handlebar mustache!" I mean, you kind of can, but… to a certain extent, it's kind of like, is it really necessary? Now, I will say that the Governor's look is possibly going to evolve to a certain extent. I don't wanna spoil anything, but he may eventually look like the comic book Governor..."
Person of Interest
Continuing his bold campaign to be genre TV's most omnipresent character actor, Lost and Supernatural alum will appear on an upcoming Person of Interest episode as a publishing magnate. Now he only needs to find some way to sneak into the final season of Fringe and he can officially challenge Mark Sheppard for his genre actor quickening, if my vague memory of the Highlander franchise is correct, which I assure you it is. [EW]
Creator Eric Kripke discusses Grace's return appearance in the seventh episode:
"We see who Randall is, this person who kidnapped her in episode two, and we get to learn more about him. We start to expand it because she is under duress with this character, Randall. She's in a dangerous position right now. In the second half of the season, Grace and Randall and what's happening with their storyline begins to play a huge, huge part in the main storyline of the show."
Here's a promo for this Friday's episode and eighth overall, "The Other Side."
Here are some promo photos for October 26's episode nine, "La Llorona." [SpoilerTV]
And here's the synopsis for the November 2, "The Hour of Death", which is the tenth episode overall:
SERIAL KILLER DESCENDS ON PORTLAND AND THE WESEN COMMUNITY IS IN GRAVE DANGER — When a brutal vigilante homicide is made public, it sends Portland's Wesen community into a frenzy. As Nick (David Giuntoli) investigates further, he discovers a pattern similar to that of a particularly brutal line of past Grimms. Is there another Grimm in town, or is Nick dealing with a sadistic copycat? Meanwhile, Captain Renard (Sasha Roiz) takes it upon himself to offer Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) comfort in handling her ongoing dilemma with Nick.
Here's the official description for the pilot, which is currently airing as a one-off Halloween-themed event on Friday, October 26:
THERE IS A NEW FAMILY IN TOWN ON MOCKINGBIRD LANE AND THE NEIGHBORHOOD WILL NEVER BE THE SAME- Sweet little Eddie Munster (Mason Cook) is a normal kid about to enter the horrors of puberty. Truth is, he's about to discover that for him becoming a teenager means growing hair in truly unexpected places — as in all over his body — every time the moon is full! Eddie's got it pretty good though. His loving, supportive, run-of-the-mill family includes his mom Lily (Portia de Rossi), the daughter of Dracula; his dad Herman (Jerry O'Connell), who brings new meaning to "Frankenstein"; and Grandpa (Eddie Izzard), who would give Dracula a run for his money if he weren't actually Dracula! Of course then there's creepy cousin Marilyn (Charity Wakefield), who's really the odd one because she's so completely normal. This new, reimagined version of the classic 1960's comedy "The Munsters" is based on executive producer Bryan Fuller's ("Pushing Daisies," "Heroes") script and was directed by executive producer Bryan Singer ("X-Men" film series, "House").
For what it's worth, Bryan Fuller sounds convinced that this screening really could lead to a series order for fall 2013 if it gets a big enough rating. Whether that's clever PR spin, outright fantasy, or an actual possibility remains to be seen, although it should be pointed out the minor flaw in the plan — the show's survival seems to depend on an NBC show getting a huge audience on a Friday night, which is about as impossible as tasks get, Grimm's minor success notwithstanding. Anyway, here's how he tells it to TV Guide:
Airing a pilot as a standalone seems unheard of, but when you actually see the Mockingbird Lane pilot it has a beginning, middle and an end. It's an emotional story of a family told in such an unconventional way, and with so many different tools that we have at our disposal because it's The Munsters and not a regular family unit. It's such a different show that it merits a different way of getting it out to the audience.
If we get a huge number, all the cast are in line to be picked up and to go to series. And that was one of the things that NBC wanted to make sure, that they had all of the cast deals in line — so that if we did get a big number and audiences proved their appetite for this type of show, that they could move very quickly.There was talk initially of putting it on in the spring and doing 5 or 6 episodes. But I think because it's Halloween and because Grimm is doing very well for them, their impetus was, "Let's get it out there to the audience now and have audiences really react to it." I stand by the show, so I'm like, great, let's get it out there, let's get people to watch it. At its core it's a story about a family trying to carve a path in the world for a son who has challenges. It's intimately relatable, but we get to tell that story with monsters.
There's plenty more at the link on how Mockingbird Lane could survive based on the performance of this one-off pilot screening, but I'm going to hold off on reading it until I've finished watching the second season of Virtuality. [TV Guide]
Once Upon a Time
Here are some promo photos for the next episode, "The Crocodile." [TV Line]
Here's a short description for episode six, "50 Shades of Green", which really better not be the start of a whole irritating trend of 50 Shades of Grey parody titles:
Debbie and Marty find out more about alien love when the Zabvronian mating season begins; a cute jock asks Amber to a makeout party.
Gargoyles and The Cape star Keith David will reportedly appear in a second season episode as Dutch, described as "a grizzled ex-Navy Seal" — which seems a bit redundant, because I can't imagine Keith David playing an ex-Navy Seal that isn't pretty damn grizzled — "who's also an old friend of Kiefer Sutherland's character, Martin." [TV Line]
The tenth episode is reportedly titled "Tom and Frayed", a change from the original title "Don't Stop Believing." The eleventh episode is called "LARP and the Real Girl." [SpoilerTV]
Here are Syfy's descriptions for the final two episodes of the season, which air this Monday and next week and feature the return of Summer Glau as tech genius Skylar Adams:
In the season's penultimate episode, "Need to Know", Dr. Rosen (David Strathairn) kidnaps and interrogates an Alpha prisoner forcing the team to wonder how far Rosen will go to avenge the death of his daughter Dani. Meanwhile, Harken (Malik Yoba) and Gary (Ryan Cartwright), desperately search for Skylar Adams (Glau), only to discover that Stanton Parish (recurring guest star John Pyper-Ferguson) has imprisoned her in a twisted form of captivity.
In the Season 2 finale, "God's Eye", separated from his team and haunted by vivid hallucinations of his daughter, Dani (guest star Kathleen Munroe), an increasingly desperate Dr. Rosen seeks a final confrontation with malevolent Alpha leader Stanton Parish. Meanwhile, his team of Alphas, with Skylar's help, battles both the clock and their issues of mutual distrust to try and thwart Parish's deadly plans.
Here's a promo for episode five, "Double Jeopardy."
Here's a preview of what to expect from the coming season, including first looks at DC Comics characters Deathstroke and Huntress, as well as the guest spot by Torchwood star John Barrowman. [TV Line]
Here are some promo photos for episode four, "An Innocent Man." The plot description is below:
ARROW RECRUITS LAUREL TO HELP WITH A CASE - Oliver (Stephen Amell) still hasn't figured out how to get back in Laurel's (Katie Cassidy) good graces, but a late night bonding session with Thea (Willa Holland) gives him the inspiration he needs. Looking into a suspicious murder case, Oliver realizes an innocent man, Peter Declan (guest star Lane Edwards), was framed by one of the targets on his list. As Arrow, he asks Laurel to help prove Declan's innocence. Meanwhile, Walter (guest star Colin Salmon) asks one of his employees, Felicity Smoak (guest star Emily Rickards), to look into a $2.6 million withdrawal that Moira (Susanna Thompson) made without his knowledge.
The Vampire Diaries
Here's a sneak peek at this Thursday's episode.
Beauty and the Beast
Here's a preview for this Thursday's episode, "Proceed with Caution." [CW TV]
Beast actor Jay Ryan — you know, the handsome dude with a small scar on his cheek, thus proving his beastliness — discusses the possibility that there are more handsome people out there running around with minor, beast-indicating scars:
I love that idea. Gary Fleder, who's the original director of our pilot and who's a great director, was also an EP on the other Beauty and the Beast pilot that was being made. He shot these amazing scenes on this little 5D camera, that were flashbacks of Vincent getting the steroids and the DNA stuck into him, along with the other soldiers. There was one female, in that line of soldiers, so he mentioned that maybe there will be a female beast that comes along, who had also gotten away. I pitched it to the writers, and I think they like the idea. If it's in this season, who knows. I hope so. If it's in the second season, if we get there, then it gives them somewhere else to go. But, I think there are more beasts out there. I also think there's a lot more to Vincent that he's not telling Catherine, or anyone else, about what went on and about other beasts. But, for now, there's just one beast.
Additional reporting by Amanda Yesilbas and Charlie Jane Anders.