Monday, August 20, 2012

Hell on Wheels - Collider: Anson Mount Interview

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COLLIDER: Anson Mount Talks HELL ON WHEELS Season 2, the Best Part of the Job, Walking the Line Between Hero and Villain and More

by Christina Radish
August 19th, 2012

The second season of Hell on Wheels continues its epic story of post-Civil War America, focusing on Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount), a former Confederate soldier, and his dramatic journey West, as he struggles to leave his past behind. After a plot-based first season, Season 2 is focusing much more on the characters, their histories and their ambitions, where they come from and what makes them tick. The show also stars Common, Colm Meaney, Dominique McElligott and Christopher Heyerdahl.

During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, actor Anson Mount talked about how Hell on Wheels is really a show about ambition and where those ambitions come from, that his character starts in a more savage place this season, how the best part of the job is getting to be on a horse, on an almost daily basis, that Cullen Bohannon has both a hero and a villain in him, how he’s never had so much freedom, in film or television, where the relationships will be progressing this season, and what it’s been like to have such great directors on the show. He also talked about how he came to be in the ABC pilot for the mid-season drama series Red Widow, from Melissa Rosenberg (writer of The Twilight Saga franchise), about one woman’s (Radha Mitchell) dangerous journey into the world of organized crime, all in the name of keeping her family safe...


Anson Mount and Dominique McElligott

... Collider: Where are things headed with The Swede’s (Christopher Heyerdahl) obsession with Cullen?

MOUNT: "Oh, man, wait until you see! You haven’t seen nothing yet! Chris Heyerdahl really turns it on this year, and that character goes to some really interesting places. What I really like about what they’re doing with that character this season is that, from the beginning, he has this quality of being the devil on the shoulder. He does that for several characters this season, including eventually Cullen. He’s almost like the bad side of someone’s conscious. You see him influencing people, in certain ways, because he is so emotionally intelligent. And then, he, himself, starts to burst out of that guise and become his own evolving monster. Towards the end of the season, he’s becoming just such an interesting nemesis. I love where they started him out this season, being the muckraker of Hell on Wheels. It really puts him in a place where he has to fight and claw his way back to the top..."

Hell on Wheels airs Sunday at 9/8C on AMC.

Hell on Wheels - AMC Video: 'Slaughterhouse' Sneak Peek Airs Aug 26 '12

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Lilly and Cullen are reunited upon hearing the news of the foreman’s death in this sneak peek of Hell on Wheel's 'Slaughterhouse.'

Cullen (Anson Mount) struggles to maintain order while Mickey's (Phil Burke) and Sean's (Ben Esler) lives are endangered; Lily (Dominique McElligott) and Elam (Common) clean up a mess of their own doing.

Guest stars include Timothy V. Murphy.

Perception - Yahoo! TV: LeVar Burton Interview

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YAHOO! TV: LeVar Burton returns to TV on ‘Perception,’ talks ‘Reading Rainbow’ 2.0

By Suzy Byrne
Aug 16, 2012

Depending on when you were born, you will likely have different associations when you hear the name “LeVar Burton.” There was his groundbreaking role in the 1977 miniseries “Roots” that first put him on the map. You don’t have to be a hard-core Trekkie to remember his “Star Trek: The Next Generation” (1987-1994) character Geordi La Forge, the visor-wearing helmsman of the Enterprise. And for 26 years, children went on educational adventures with him as host of the beloved PBS series “Reading Rainbow.” Since the kids’ show ended its run in 2009, Burton has been “gliding under the radar” he tells Yahoo! TV, but now he’s back in a big way with a guest role in “Perception” – and a re-imagined version of “Reading Rainbow.”

The 55-year-old makes his debut as a university dean on TNT’s new crime drama “Perception,” which stars Eric McCormack as a schizophrenic college professor who helps the FBI solve crimes, on Monday, August 20. The role – playing Deal Paul Haley – reteams Burton with show creators Ken Biller and Mike Sussman, who worked on “Star Trek.”

When I read this pilot, I knew Ken had something on his mind; he draws characters really beautifully,” Burton says. “Then I saw that he had gotten together with Eric McCormack – who I really respect as an actor, and he’s a producer on this – about this idea around mental illness and what our perception of reality actually is, it was just really interesting stuff that I thought deserved to be on TV and I wanted to be part of it...

Perception airs Monday at 10/9C on TNT.

Alphas - TV Worth Watching: What's On Tonight? Aug 20 '12 - Syfy 8/7C

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by Todd VanDerWerff
August 20, 2012

... Alphas

(Syfy, 8 p.m.)

Without much notice, Syfy has shifted the timeslot for this enjoyable show, which bodes incredibly well for its future. Here’s hoping that this is just the network trying to get the series out of the path of Grimm or something, and not a sign that Todd VanDerWerff has canceled another show.

Alphas - TV Guide: Ask Mat Aug 20 '12

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TV GUIDE: Ask Matt: Dance Shows, Suits, Breaking Bad, the TV Olympics, More

Aug 20, 2012
by Matt Roush

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... Question: I've just now heard about Alphas on Syfy. I missed Season 1, and jumped in by watching the first episode of Season 2. It seems to be X-Men's cousin, from what I can tell. Have you seen it? If so, do you enjoy it? Is it worth investing my time into it? I know, that's kind of a subjective question. — Don

Matt Roush: Nothing wrong with a subjective question, as long as you take into account that not everyone agrees on what's worth watching. (I would venture that several of the shows that have come up in this week's column aren't ones I would necessarily recommend, but I can appreciate that others enjoy them.) My initial impression of Alphas wasn't all that enthusiastic. I like some of the actors (David Strathairn as team leader Dr. Rosen and especially Ryan Cartwright as Gary, the boyish human computer), and appreciate that these superheroes don't always play well together, but the whole enterprise felt a bit less than fantastic — bland, to be honest, and I only watched sporadically through the first season. (Bottom line: If you're just starting to watch now, that's probably OK.) Things seem to have improved this year with more of a serialized through-line as our heroes chase down the escaped rogue Alphas, and Rosen spars with the possibly immortal Stanton Parish. Still, it doesn't exactly scream "must-see." In the bigger picture, while I enjoy the whimsy of Warehouse 13 and already miss Eureka, I still yearn for Syfy to give us a show that's a little more out-of-this-world than Alphas manages to be...

Alphas airs Monday at its NEW time at 8/7C on Syfy.

Warehouse 13 - SciFi and TV Talk: Genelle Williams Interview

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SCIFI AND TV TALK: Warehouse 13's Genelle Williams - Maternal Instinct

by Steve Eramo

No matter how tough the mission of the week is for our heroes on Warehouse 13, they know that they always have a safe and comfortable place to come home to in Leena’s Bed and Breakfast. Its proprietor has a long association with the Warehouse, possibly pre-dating its current Special Agent in Change, Artie Nielsen. Leena serves mainly as a researcher as well as archivist and is privy to a number of Warehouse-related secrets, some of which even Artie is unaware of. She first appears in the show’s pilot episode, and the actress who plays her, Genelle Williams, remembers auditioning for the role as if it were yesterday.

I actually missed my first audition because I was having my tonsils out that week, so I couldn’t exactly speak,” recalls Williams. “I was really disappointed, especially because it was one of the first auditions where I wouldn’t be playing a teenager. Prior to that I’d done a lot of children’s shows for the Family Channel and similar networks, so I was really looking forward to it.

Thankfully, they [the Warehouse 13 producers] hadn’t cast the Leena role yet, and I believe it was a week-and-a-half or two weeks later that they called me in and I auditioned for Jace Alexander [director and co-executive producer for the pilot]. We did the scene once and then spent the next 35 minutes or so just taking about anything and everything, including the fact that Canadians say ‘sorry’ too much, because I kept saying, ‘sorry,’” she jokes. “It was a very interesting audition to say the least, and I was lucky enough to get the part..."


Warehouse 13 airs Monday at 9/8C on Syfy.

Grimm - AV Club: What's On Tonight? Aug 20 '12 - NBC 10/9C

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... Grimm

(NBC, 10 p.m.)

Hey, guess what? The mother on a popular genre series who was supposed to be dead? She wasn’t really dead. Yeah, yeah, spoiler alert, but c’mon, guys. You’ve watched television before. You know this stuff already. Kevin McFarland is hoping this episode isn’t all exposition again.

Alphas - Syfy Video Featurette: 'Real Life Alphas'

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Malik Yoba and David Strathairn talk about what makes a real life Alpha.

Alphas airs Monday at a NEW time, 8/7C, beginning August 20, 2012 at Syfy.

Alphas - TV Worth Watching: Best Bets Aug 20 '12 - Syfy 8/7C

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Syfy, 08:00 p.m. ET

I’ve been impressed by this show this season, even more than last year. It’s gotten a little darker, a little less predictable, and a lot less formulaic. Besides, the talented David Strathairn, as the mentor to a group of paranormally gifted misfits, takes his role and this show very seriously – so why should we do any less? This week’s guests include Lauren Holly, in a show that starts with a body in a drawer at the morgue. In case you’re worried: Lauren Holly does not play the body.

Haunted High - Syfy Video: Movie Trailer Airs Aug 25 '12

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Teens learn the ultimate lesson while trying to escape a ghost inside their high school. Syfy Original Movie Haunted High premieres Saturday Aug 25 at 9/8c.

An unlikely earthquake shocks the students and faculty at Helville High. It's the weekend before Homecoming and the kids planning the event are stuck at school as a result of the quake. After the School Board decides that the quake was due to a gas leak in the basement - the Homecoming party will go ahead as planned.

Unknown to all, the earthquake released spirits that have been trapped in the walls of the school for years who immediately possess Principal Spiro (Mike Kimmel) and other faculty and students. An aftershock turns the Glee Club's big practice dance number into mayhem, and the school is on lockdown - no way in or out. There are eight kids stuck inside the school who start to realize that their teachers are not who they used to be! The paranormal incidents at first seem funny, and add. Then things get decidedly tense as students find themselves trapped by the ghosts with no way out. In order to defeat them, they must become unlikely teammates, inventing clever ways to resolve the school's secret urban legend.

Cast includes M.C. Gainey, Lauren Pennington, Shawn C. Phillips, Danny Trejo, Jonathan Baron, Gabe Begneaud, Charisma Carpenter, Marc Donato, Sergio Figueroa, Stephanie Fischer, Griff Furst, Dana Michelle Gourrier, Danielle Greenup and Mike Kimmel.

Major Crimes - Yahoo! TV: Monday's Picks Aug 20 '12 - TNT 9/8C

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Yahoo! TV: Monday's Picks: What to Watch Monday, August 20, 2012

A list of can't-miss hot shows, undiscovered gems and fan favorites

... Major Crimes


We know, it’s tough to watch this “Closer” spinoff without Brenda Leigh around… but let’s try to give them a fair shake, huh? As the new head of the Major Crimes division, Raydor struggles to earn the trust of her division. (Especially Provenza, who’s having a tough time with the transition.) But all that personal stuff gets set aside when the team is faced with a particularly grisly and complex murder.

Anna Silk - Lost Girl - Syfy Video: 'Truth and Consequences' Episode Trailer Airs Aug 24 '12

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War looms, with casualties and consequences for Bo and Kenzi. Lost Girl Friday at 10/9c.

Bo (Anna Silk) faces a very powerful Fae; warfare brings casualties and challenges Bo's and Kenzi's (Ksenia Solo) resolve.

Guest stars include Vincent Walsh, Warehouse 13's Aaron Ashmore, Ingrid Kavelaars, Athena Karkanis and Courtney-Jane White.

SciFi Movie Marathon - Syfy: Schedule Aug 23 '12

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08:00 AM Mutant Chronicles

A soldier (Thomas Jane) and a monk (Ron Perlman) lead a mission to save humanity from undying mutant hordes.

Cast includes Hung's Thomas Jane, Ron Perlman, Devon Aoki, Sean Pertwee, Benno F├╝rmann, John Malkovich, Anna Walton, Tom Wu and Steve Toussaint.


10:30 AM Red Faction: Origins

A family drama plays out as enemy forces clash over Mars 25 years after the planet was liberated from oppressive Earth forces in this sci-fi action film set in the universe established by the Red Faction video-game franchise.

Cast includes Stargate Universe's Brian J. Smith, Robert Patrick, Danielle Nicolet, Kate Vernon, Tamzin Merchant, Devon Graye, Gordon Kennedy and Gareth David-Lloyd.


12:30 PM Princess Of Mars

A U.S. soldier is mysteriously transported to Mars during a war between two alien races in this adaptation of the Edgar Rice Burroughs novel, "A Princess of Mars."

Cast includes Antonio Sabato Jr., Traci Lords, Matt Lasky, Chacko Vadaketh, Mitchell Gordon and Noelle Perris.

A I Assault

02:30 PM A.I. Assault

Star Trek” spin-off series veterans Michael Dorn and Robert Picardo star in this sci-fi action film following Navy SEALs as they hunt highly adaptive, synthetic soldiers on a remote island.

Cast includes Joe Lando, Lisa LoCicero, Joshua Cox, Blake Gibbons, Hudson Leick, Star Trek: The Next Generation's Michael Dorn, Babylon 5's Bill Mumy, Alexandra Paul, Star Trek: Voyager/Stargate Atlantis Robert Picardo, Star Trek: The Original Series' George Takei and Tim Thomerson.


04:30 PM Battle Of Los Angeles

Alien spacecraft attack Los Angeles in the first wave of an invasion, and humanity's survival depends upon two soldiers who must breach the mother ship and destroy it from within.

Cast includes Nia Peeples, Kel Mitchell, Dylan Vox, Theresa June Tao, Gerald Webb, Edward DeRuiter, Darin Cooper, Robert Pike Daniel and Tim Abell.

Outlander Syfy 2

06:30 PM Outlander

A warrior from space crash-lands into ancient Norway and helps Viking tribes battle a bloodthirsty monster. Jim Caviezel stars in this sc-fi adventure fantasy.

Cast includes Person of Interests' Jim Caviezel, Sophia Myles, Jack Huston, John Hurt, Cliff Saunders, Patrick Stevenson, Aidan Devine and Ron Perlman.


09:00 PM The Fifth Element

Great special effects, ludicrous script. Gary Oldman, Milla Jovovich. Directed by Luc Besson (“La Femme Nikita”), who wrote the story when he was a teen. Besson also invented the unique language spoken by the alien Leeloo. Netted an Oscar nomination for Sound Effects Editing.

Cast includes Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, Ian Holm, Milla Jovovich, Chris Tucker, Luke Perry, Brion James and Tommy 'Tiny' Lister.


11:30 PM Blade Runner

Superb special effects propel Ridley Scott's thriller about a 21st-century detective (Harrison Ford) assigned to destroy rebellious androids.

Cast includes Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Battlestar Galactica's Edward James Olmos, M. Emmet Walsh, Daryl Hannah, William Sanderson, Brion James, Joanna Cassidy and James Hong.


02:00 AM Battlestar Galactica: The Plan

Examining the events of the reimagined "Battlestar Galactica" series from the point of view of the space-opera's villains, the human-like Cylons, from their devastating attack on the Colonies through the plotlines of the fourth season.

Cast includes Edward James Olmos, Dean Stockwell, Michael Trucco, Grace Park, Michael Hogan, Aaron Douglas, Callum Keith Rennie, Kate Vernon, Rick Worthy, Lymari Nadal, Matthew Bennett, Rekha Sharma, Tricia Helfer, Alisen Down, Alonso Oyarzun and Colin Corrigan.

Vampire Movie Marathon - Syfy: Schedule Aug 20 '12

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09:30 AM Blade II

A vampire slayer (Wesley Snipes) teams up with the undead to take down a band of mutant bloodsuckers.

Cast includes Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Ron Perlman, Leonor Varela, The Walking Dead's Norman Reedus, Luke Goss and Tony Curran.


12:00 PM True Bloodthirst

A clash between vampires and humans unfolds in a not-too-distant future where both species coexist openly, with the former subsiding on synthetic blood as the human population begins to dwindle.

Cast includes Ben Lambert, Primeval's Andrew Lee Potts, Neil Jackson, Claudia Bassols, Roark Critchlow, George Zlatarev, Heida Reed, Ewan Bailey and Iliana Lazarova.


02:00 PM Stake Land

After vampires overtake America, orphaned teen Martin (Connor Paolo) and survivalist Mister (Nick Damici) find themselves locked in a battle against a dangerous religious cult lead by the diabolical Jebedia Loven (Michael Cerveris). Later, Martin and Mister are joined by a group of weary travelers trying to find a sanctuary known as New Eden.

Cast includes Nick Damici, Connor Paolo, Sean Nelson, Fringe's Michael Cerveris, Bonnie Dennison, Chance Kelly, Tim House, Larry Fessenden and Kelly McGillis.


04:00 PM 30 Days Of Night: Dark Days

Following the gruesome vampire siege in Barstow, Alaska, Stella (Kiele Sanchez) moves to L.A. and decides to avenge the death of her husband by bating the local bloodsucking population into a fight.

Cast includes Kiele Sanchez, Rhys Coiro, Diora Baird, Harold Perrineau, Mia Kirshner, Troy Ruptash, Ben Cotton, Katharine Isabelle and Jody Thompson.

Underworld Lycans

06:00 PM Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans

A prequel to the first two Underworld films, this fantasy explains the origins of the feud between the Vampires and the Lycans. Aided by his secret love, Sonja (Rhona Mitra), courageous Lucian (Michael Sheen) leads the Lycans in battle against brutal Vampire king Viktor (Bill Nighy). Determined to break the king's enslavement of his people, Lucian faces off against the Death Dealer army in a bid for Lycan independence.

Cast includes Michael Sheen, Bill Nighy, Rhona Mitra, Steven Mackintosh, Kevin Grevioux, David Aston, Geraldine Brophy and Leighton Cardno.