Posts by Robert Chan
- rchan at Yahoo TV5 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 TV8 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 TV9 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.
- rchan at Yahoo TV9 days ago
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.
- rchan at Yahoo TV10 days ago
“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.
- rchan at Yahoo TV10 days ago
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
- rchan at Yahoo TV11 days ago
“Betas” is Amazon Studios' second series premiere, coming a week after “Alpha House” and part of the new wave of original programming coming from online services like Hulu Plus and Netflix. It's about a tech start-up in the Silicon Valley and their new social networking app: a mix between Facebook and Grindr.
Joe Dinicol (“Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”) plays the ambitious leader; Karan Soni (“Safety Not Guaranteed”) is the brains behind the operation; Ed Begley Jr. (“St. Elsewhere”) is the money; Jon Daly (“Kroll Show”) plays the seasoned — and filthy — coding veteran; Charlie Saxton (“Hung”) is his naïve young protege; and Maya Erskine is the sardonic voice of reason that grounds them. We sat down with the cast to find out what sets this show apart in an increasingly crowded media landscape.
It's no “Big Bang Theory”
- rchan at Yahoo TV13 days ago
So the "Doctor Who" 50th anniversary special "The Day of the Doctor" is coming up and you're at a loss. You want to join in the fun, but you have no idea where to start. Fortunately, one of the reasons the show has lasted so long is that it's easy to jump into. Here are the bare bones of what you need to know.
Why Should I Watch?
According to Craig Ferguson, as he sang in his musical tribute to the show, "It's all about the triumph of intellect and romance over brute force and cynicism." "Doctor Who" was originally intended to be a show for children, but its demographic quickly grew. It became a show for adults that appealed to the childlike sense of wonder and discovery inside all of us.
Doctor Who doesn't carry a gun; he carries a screwdriver. He's the original Doctor Without Borders. Come on, the guy has two hearts . The show's about love, but it's still as exciting as anything else you'll see on television.
Who Is Doctor Who?
Actually, he's just called "the Doctor." And he's this guy.
Well, also this guy.
- rchan at Yahoo TV14 days ago
SPOILER ALERT: Please watch Tuesday's episode, 'Endgame,' before reading further. This is your only spoiler warning.
"This is not your father's procedural," says Greg Plageman, executive producer and co-creator of "Person of Interest" along with Jonathan Nolan. Yahoo TV spoke with both men following the climax of a three-episode arc, in which one of the show's central characters, Joss Carter (played by Taraji P. Henson), is killed.
Watch the shocking scene:
Clichés aside, they have worked from the beginning to keep "Person" from becoming a "comfort food"-type procedural. "Things happen, they move forward" on cable shows, says Plageman, in contrast with most network fare. With the over-the-top action and unbelievable weapons that Reese and Shaw pull out on a weekly basis, "it would seem almost ridiculous if we didn't have real loss," he says.
- rchan at Yahoo TV14 days ago
The much-touted “Thor: The Dark World” tie-in on this week's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." didn't amount to much. In the opening scene, we find the team cleaning up after the events of “Thor." Word comes down that, coincidentally, a completely separate Asgardian artifact has been found in Norway, and off they go.
Disappointing marketing aside, “The Well” was an enjoyable episode, doing a good job of revealing backstory without stumbling over its action-oriented narrative. A group of Norwegian pagans-turned-street thugs decide that the only way to live in a world with superheroes and gods is to become gods themselves. So they track down the Berserker Staff, researching old legends to find the three parts of the staff that fills whoever touches it with rage and super-strength. Basically, an old-timey Hulk-making machine.