Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Joanne Whalley on Esquire Network’s “Beowulf”

Joanne Whalley on Esquire Network's "Beowulf"

Fantasy film lovers will certainly remember Joanne Whalley from her star-making turn in the 1988 Ron Howard-directed, George Lucas-produced Willow. Over 25 years later, Whalley is back in another historical fantasy type of project, this time a series based on the classic poem Beowulf. If you’re into Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings, it’s worth a look, as Whalley told me in a recent interview that, “we have it all. It’s quite an epic.” Part of what gives the series its epic look is its filming location. “It’s the northeast coast,” Whalley said, “so Northumberland. It’s so beautiful and so untouched. It’s wild. … Continue reading

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The end is now: NBC’s darkly funny “You, Me and the Apocalypse”

You, Me and the Apocalypse

The new hourlong comedy/drama You, Me and the Apocalypse (NBC Thursdays at 8pm ET/PT beginning Jan. 28), a British import, is the darkly comic look at a number of complex characters in a complex situation — a comet is going to collide with Earth in 34 days and end life as we know it. For some of the characters, that’s about the best thing that could happen. The series opens at Day 0, with Jamie (Mathew Baynton) deep in a fortified bunker beneath the suburbs of Slough in England. He’s among 15 people in the bunker who represent the future of humanity, for … Continue reading

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Jason Ralph and Stella Maeve help conjure up Syfy’s “The Magicians”

Jason Ralph and Stella Maeve help conjure up Syfy's "The Magicians"

While those unfamiliar with the books may dismiss Lev Grossman’s bestselling fantasy trilogy, The Magicians, as “Harry Potter for adults,” those who have become obsessed with the works know otherwise. And they should be pleased with Syfy’s series adaptation of the books, which begins Jan. 25. The concept of the series does sound Harry Potter-esque — it is set at Brakebills University for Magical Pedagogy, a secret upstate New York university specializing in magic. Here, Quentin Coldwater (Jason Ralph) and other 20-somethings soon discover that the magical fantasy world they read about as children is all too real, and poses grave danger to humanity. … Continue reading

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#TCA16: FOX’s “Lucifer” should be cast down to … well, you know


FOX’s new supernatural crime drama Lucifer (premieres Monday, Jan. 25, at 9pm ET/PT) feels like Castle if Richard Castle were the Prince of Darkness. Tom Ellis stars as Lucifer Morningstar — yes, Satan himself — who has grown bored reigning over Hell and is on holiday in a much more exciting place: Los Angeles. Lucifer is a tall, dark and handsome Brit who owns a nightclub called Lux, drives around in a high-end convertible (license plate FALL1N1) and gets people to reveal their forbidden desires. It’s all fun and games for Lucifer until a faded pop star whose career he helped launch is … Continue reading

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John Wesley Shipp on passing the Flash torch and playing Henry Allen


John Wesley Shipp can feel his career coming full circle in many ways thanks in large part to the popularity of The Flash. Before there was a hit CW show, the veteran actor played the title role of the speedy crime-fighter in the short-lived 1990s series on CBS. Shipp has relived old memories and gained a ton of new ones portraying Barry Allen’s father Henry on the modern-day The Flash. When rumblings of the new show began, he was ecstatic. “It was about time,” Shipp said, gearing up for the Magic City Comic Con Jan. 15-17 at the Miami Airport … Continue reading

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Supergirl news: The Black Mercy! Indigo! Cast and creators talk what — and who — is on the horizon


The cast and crew of the freshman superhero hit Supergirl took questions from Television Critics Association reporters yesterday on the CBS soundstage that housed the series’ D.E.O. headquarters. The first query pertained to the series’ powerful Red Tornado episode which showed Supergirl unleashing a torrent of emotions in the face of a formidable opponent — and the realization that General Lane sought her help and then sabotaged her.  Supergirl herself, Melissa Benoist (dressed in Kara-appropriate prep wear and ponytail) took first comments. “That is one of my favorite episodes that we’ve done to date, just because of what I got to explore in that theme … Continue reading

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Binge Watch: 13 most shocking episodes of The X-Files

Binge Watch:  13 most shocking episodes of The X-Files

WHAT IS The X-Files ABOUT? Who is in it? Where is The X-Files now? Why is it binge-worthy? Must-sees Most shocking episodes That line was so great A captivating sci-fi/thriller/mystery series that revolves around two FBI special agents who investigate mysterious and bizarre cases of unusual activity. While one of them believes in the existence of extra-terrestrial beings and paranormal phenomena, the other is skeptical of that and puts more faith in scientific analysis and more rational explanations of each of the things they encounter. Many of the cases they tackle throughout the series don’t necessarily get solved by the … Continue reading

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Syfy Twilight Zone New Year’s Eve Marathon 2015 schedule

Syfy Twilight Zone New Year's Eve Marathon 2015 schedule

For the 21st year, Syfy will be airing its annual fan-favorite programming stunt, the Twilight Zone New Year’s Eve Marathon. This year, though, will feature something different. The Twilight Zone New Year’s Eve Marathon 2015 will air all 156 episodes of Rod Serling’s classic sci-fi anthology series in chronological order, and in HD, for the first time ever on Syfy (or the old Sci-Fi Channel, for that matter). The whopping 87-hour marathon will begin Wednesday, Dec. 30, at 7pm ET/PT, and conclude Sunday, Jan. 3, at 12pm ET/PT. The marathon will only be interrupted for a telecast of WWE SmackDown on Thursday, … Continue reading

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River Song returns for 2015 Doctor Who Christmas special

Doctor Who Christmas Special

In the 11th Doctor Who Christmas special “The Husbands of River Song” (Friday, Dec. 25, at 9pm ET/PT on BBC America), time traveler River Song (recurring guest star Alex Kingston) meets her husband’s new incarnation, in the form of Peter Capaldi, for the first time. “The last time the Doctor saw her, she was a ghost. The first time he met her, she died. So how can he be seeing her again?” asks executive producer and writer Steven Moffat. “As ever, with the most complicated relationship in the universe, it’s a matter of time.” Episode description from BBC America: It’s … Continue reading

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Bob Newhart returns for TBBT’s Star Wars-themed “The Opening Night Excitation”

TBBT The Opening Night Excitation

  The Big Bang Theory episode “The Opening Night Excitation” expresses the feelings of a lot of Star Wars fans on the eve of the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. After more than five years of dating, Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Amy (Mayim Bialik) spend their first night together. Also, the group must decide who will take their extra Star Wars movie ticket. Bob Newhart returns in his guest role as Sheldon’s Obi-Wan Kenobi. “The Opening Night Excitation” premieres on CBS Thursday, Nov. 17, at 8pm ET/PT. Preview: Photo: Credit: Michael Yarish/CBS ©2015 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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