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‘Taken’: The NBC Thriller Gets a “More Mills” Reboot

When Taken debuted last winter, fans of the Luc Besson film franchise on which the series was based knew they were getting an origin story. What they didn’t expect was that the drama and its core character Bryan Mills (Clive Standen) were almost unrecognizable to the Besson mythology. Rather than give up on a promising premise, NBC instead opted to reboot its reboot, cleaning house on an oft confusing array of supplemental characters and bringing in Person of Interest’s Greg Plageman to oversee a more Mills-centric tale, augmented with just a pair of intriguing newbies. In Season 2, Mills is […]

911 on Fox
Drama

‘9-1-1’ Star Angela Bassett: Ryan Murphy’s Star-Studded Drama Makes the Procedural Personal

We all know the drill. Something bad happens? Call 9-1-1. But then what? Who’s behind that voice that takes the frantic call? Who do they call next? And how do those first responders deal daily with a life-and-death job when they’re finally off the clock? American Crime Story’s Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk set out to explore the lifesaving entity we often take for granted in their new drama called, yes, 9-1-1. 9-1-1 reunites Murphy and Falchuk with their American Horror Story alumni Angela Bassett and Connie Britton, who play policewoman Athena Grant and call-center operator Abby Clark, respectively. Underground’s Aisha […]

Battle of the Sexes
Movies

New to On Demand: Battle of the Sexes

Although I was only a pint-sized version of myself in 1973, I heard about the battle that had the country’s attention and knew the sides being drawn. In the film Battle of the Sexes, the men are pitted against the women as that battle — the memorable tennis match — plays out at the Houston Astrodome. Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was successful on the men’s tennis circuit. Now, over 50 years old, his time on the court is spent hustling the men who challenge him. If there’s money on the line, he wants it and will do anything to get […]

American Made
Movies

VOD Spotlight: American Made

VOD Spotlight: American Made In American Made, which is based on a true story, Barry Seal (Tom Cruise) is a commercial pilot shuttling passengers from city to city in a thoroughly unfulfilling job. When the CIA comes calling, he gets a chance to take his flying skills to another level as he begins working for a number of different government agencies and maybe even a drug cartel in a new life far from that of an average pilot. Doug Limon, who directed the film, says the movie is “a fun lie based on a true story,”  and offers that he […]

Undercover High on A&E
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Adults Pose as Students in Revealing Docuseries Undercover High

The team that brought us the prison-life docuseries 60 Days In (Lucky 8 TV) turns its cameras on the challenges of high-school students in A&E’s new social experiment Undercover High. Seven young adults ranging in age from 21 to 26 go undercover as high-school students for one semester in this 11-episode docuseries. “While the shows have that similar DNA, they’re very different,” executive producer Gregory Henry stresses. “It’s not like, ‘Can you survive high school?’ That’s not the intent here. It really is, how do you pierce that teen veil, that teen bubble, because it’s become so difficult for adults […]