Posts by Robert Chan
- rchan at Yahoo TV7 hrs ago
The ATX Television Festival features panels, screenings, and more goodies devoted to the small screen. It's intended for both fans and professionals alike and those two groups meet at the Pitch Competition. Aspiring writers send in a 90-second pitch and, if they're chosen, get to go to Austin and give their three-minute pitch in front of a panel and a live audience.
Sound terrifying? Of course it does; you're a writer, not a hype man. Don't worry — here are some tips on how to prepare from screenwriter and Emmy award-winning "Scandal" actor Dan Bucatinsky.
Here is "Parenthood" executive producer and writer Sarah Watson on what to be ready for once you get into the pitch room.
Greg Kinnear stars as a brilliant yet self-destructive lawyer with a number of vices and addictions in Fox's midseason replacement, "Rake." The one getting him beat up in this promo clip appears to be gambling, but he's also drinking, engaging in licentious behavior, and possibly practicing dentistry without a license in the spot.
Do the airwaves need another lawyer show? Of course they do! Nothing's more American than lawyer shows. Even if this one is based on the Australian show of the same name, which in turn is based on the exploits of real-life Aussie lawyer Charles Waterstreet. However, this show seems less "L.A. Law" and more "The Riches," the FX original series about a family of con artists.
Of course, it also makes us think of Jeff Winger in the Darkest Timeline from "Community", but that may be just because both characters are brilliant yet self-destructive lawyers played by one-time hosts of "The Soup."
"Rake" premieres Thursday, Jan. 23 on Fox.
(Warning: The clip above contains adult language.)
It takes the skills of a Benedict Cumberbatch to make R. Kelly's lyrics sound like an Elizabethan sonnet, but the UK's most celebrated thespian of the moment managed to do just that on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Wednesday night.
The "Star Trek" and "Hobbit" star, who reprises his role as the titular detective in PBS's “Sherlock” this January, applied his dry British charm to the lascivious lyrics of R. Kelly's "Genius" ("Body's so freaking soft/I can't wait to turn you on") with a seductive dramatic reading.
The number was definitely a hit with the ladies: You may want to turn the volume down, because when he gets to “I'mma hit that thing again,” the audience screams like he's the Beatles and it's 1964.
The first episode of a two-part midseason "Arrow" finale, "The Scientist," is the first appearance of Barry Allen. Barry has come to Starling City to help investigate a superpowered villain who's stolen a centrifuge and a huge amount of blood from a blood bank. Roy stumbles upon the investigation, and Oliver has to shoot him to keep him out of danger. Malcolm is back to threaten Moira, who threatens him in return. And, in a flashback, Slade Wilson dies. Or does he?
- rchan at Yahoo TV7 days ago
Sick of your family already this holiday weekend? Better suck it up. The National Geographic Channel did a survey on catastrophe preparedness and found that most people would trust the help of their family over the government in case of major cyberattack. Get ready for a lot of "I told you so's" from your eccentric uncle who dug out a bomb shelter in his backyard.
Other interesting facts from the survey: Most Americans would miss air conditioning and Internet over phones and TV; 46% would immediately search for a flashlight, 25% would pray, 5% would try to have sex; and just over half believe more Republicans would survive than Democrats. You may want to switch your voter registration now just to be on the safe side.
Infographic designed by Jayme Perry (CLICK FOR FULL SIZE)
"Doomsday Preppers" airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on the National Geographic Channel.
- rchan at Yahoo TV10 days ago
Tonight is the last of "Person of Interest's" three-story "Endgame" arc, which teased fans last week with hints about the death of one character, then shocked them by killing off Joss Carter (Taraji Henson) instead, moments before the episode's end. It sends the team down a dark path they haven't traveled before.
It's important to note that despite the show's high body count, John Reese (Jim Caviezel) and company are in the business of saving lives and bringing people to justice. Reese, who revealed just how much Carter meant to him in the previous episode, seems ready to enact a more brutal form of payback — both against her killer, Simmons (Robert John Burke), and possibly even HR's head, Quinn (Clarke Peters), who is already in custody.
- rchan at Yahoo TV11 days ago
Even if you're not a fan of robots or dogfights in space, there's no arguing that the recent “Battlestar Galactica” reboot was a show that did tension better than just about anything else on TV. And "BSG" mastermind Ronald D. Moore's latest project, “Helix,” looks to be no different; we've got an exclusive look at the extended trailer right here.
A team of scientists from the Center for Disease Control, led by Billy Campbell ("The Killing") and Hiroyuki Sanada ("The Wolverine"), launches what they believe to be a routine investigation at an Arctic research facility. But what they uncover is something much bigger.
The researchers are hiding secrets that, according to Moore, have “the potential to change the nature of humanity itself,” and the CDC team will be looking to uncover the truth in a facility intentionally built outside the legal reach of national governments. The tagline (“Play God. Pay the price.”) suggests the truth is more than just a superflu gone bad.
SPOILER ALERT: This recap contains storyline and character spoilers.
After five-and-a-half seasons of "The Mentalist," we finally know who killed Patrick Jane's family — though not without a few last-minute twists and turns: Sheriff Tom McAllister.
At the beginning of the episode, CBI director Gale Bertram is on the run, seemingly implicating himself as the killer. But although he was in fact a killer, he wasn't the killer. He was just a patsy for The Blake Association, which was run by McAllister.
The years-long chase ends with Jane choosing not to shoot Red John, but instead choking the life out of him. The last image is of Jane apologizing to Lisbon's voicemail (the FBI have confiscated her phone) and running away alone.
“Doctor Who” fans both old and new found much to love at the 50th Anniversary Live Pre-Show held at the YouTube Space in L.A. on Saturday. The screening of "Who's" 50th anniversary special mirrored thousands of such gatherings from theaters to pubs to living rooms, and the resulting global simulcast set a Guinness World Record for the largest-ever simulcast of a TV drama, airing in 94 countries at precisely 7:50 p.m. GMT.
The "Doctor Who" screening occurred at the same time and in the same building as a One Direction event (“1D Day,” where, presumably, the band members staged a re-creation of the invasion of Normandy), but the noise from that crowd was easily dwarfed by the cheers that went up for the "Who" opening credits, done in the style of the original 1963 incarnation of the show.
It was not a good week for "Saturday Night Live." At its best, this episode is just watchable. Host Josh Hutcherson, who plays Peeta in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" is serviceable and only the shorts demonstrated any level of consistency. Hopefully Paul Rudd (with musical guest One Direction) in two weeks will inspire the show to bring their 'A' game. The Cold Open Taran Killam's Piers Morgan takes weak swipes at George Zimmerman who, this week, was arrested for pointing a shotgun at his girlfriend. None of the characters – a malapropism-spewing girlfriend, an ineffectual police chief and Men's Wearhouse founder George Zimmer – get in any strong satirical jabs or even just plain old laughs. Maybe there are too many landmines of race and domestic abuse to land any solid Zimmerman jokes? Or maybe every joke that can be made about the absurdity of the situation has already been made? Regardless, if the best you can muster is a suit salesman complaining about the similarity of their names, then it's probably best to just pick another topic. The Monologue A broad "Hunger Games" riff pits Cecily Strong against Bobby Moynihan and proves the old adage that you should never bring a knife to a gun fight – only, in this case it's a trident to a bow and arrow fight. Kate McKinnon as Effie Trinket and Keenan Thompson mistaking the proceedings for a key party were high points. The sketch ends with Strong carrying Peeta – er – Hutcherson off stage. Best Recurring Characters Sketch The Girlfriends Talk Show will never get old so long as the writers keep coming up with lines for Aidy Bryant like "weird people are the best at romantic bed time for private under-the-sheet fantasy moments." Although, she also proves that she's capable of taking something innocuous like "super-fine" and adding enough extra syllables to make it her own. Best Use of the Guest The documentary about Matchbox 3 – b-boys who specialize in dancing on very crowded subway cars (and occasionally elevators) was quiet, but fun and Hutcherson got to do something besides sit and look pretty. Weekend Update A weak outing with Bryant playing a generic "Worst Lady on an Airplane" character and only three standout jokes – one about a Pennsylvania hunting law, another about abandoned sequel plans for "It's a Wonderful Life" and one that succeeds purely on the cuteness of the little Thai children involved. The Sketch from the First Half Hour that Belongs in the Last Half-Hour Brooks Wheelan as a financial genius with the gross motor skills of a baby would be judged a lot less harshly if it were stuck at the bottom of the show rather than the top. Wheelan does great physical work, though, and if your tastes run to grown men smearing spaghetti all over themselves and others (or if, indeed, you harbor specific pasta-related fantasies involving Josh Hutcherson), this is the sketch for you. Musical Guest HAIM was fine (though