Posts by Robert Chan
- rchan at Yahoo TV5 hrs ago
The midseason finale brought huge changes for "Arrow." Slade Wilson is alive, Roy gets injected with Mirakuru, and Oliver gets a new mask. Plus, some guy gets electrocuted during a particle accelerator accident, which probably doesn't mean anything, right?
The Arrowverse Meets the DC Universe
Roy discovers that Brother Blood was using a charity to cover up his supersoldier experiments and gets injected with the Mirakuru serum for his trouble. If the teaser for upcoming episodes is any indication, the serum worked and has given him powers much like those of the comic book version of the character.
Producer Andrew Kreisberg talked to reporters a couple of weeks ago about the writers' approach to that development. "It's a deep-seated anger that lets you survive the Mirakuru transformation," he said. It's how Slade survived, and "what's fun for the writers is we see what Roy's potential is to go down that dark path, too." The rest of this season, we'll get to see "how the Arrow makes it his mission to not let Roy" end up like Slade.
- rchan at Yahoo TV10 hrs ago
Bob Barker surprised the audience of Thursday's "The Price Is Right" by appearing on the show, on what was his 90th birthday. This is only the second time he's gone on the show since his final taping back in 2007, capping off a 35 year run. "He looks better than he did even when he left," said executive producer Mike Richards. But Barker brings more than looks back with him. "He was always undervalued as to how funny he was because he was such a great host and so gracious and so well-spoken. He is hilarious and you'll see it in the show."
His return coincides with Pet Adoption Week on the show, a cause near and dear to Barker's heart. He continues to devote enormous amounts of time and money to the Humane Society and other animal welfare groups.
- rchan at Yahoo TV1 day ago
If the thought of watching that treacle-sweet stop-motion Rudolph one more time makes you want to grind your teeth down to the gums, Adult Swim is happy to provide you with an antidote in the form of stop-motion elves eaten by reindeer, Emmet Otter's final jug-band rehearsal, "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane reprising his role as Santa, and a surly rabbi at a spelling bee.
This clip is from the third "Robot Chicken" holiday-themed special and, like its predecessors, the "Born Again Virgin Christmas Special" is full of cheer, but also enough bleeped language that you're probably not going to want to share it with the whole family. Fortunately, show creators Seth Green and Matt Senreich will be live-tweeting the show (with the hashtag #RCXmas) so you can watch it with your Internet family.
The "Robot Chicken: Born Again Virgin Christmas Special" airs Monday night/Tuesday morning at midnight on Cartoon Network.
- rchan at Yahoo TV4 days ago
Bringing in the "Anchorman" cast was just the beginning of a fun-filled night on "Saturday Night Live."
A "Sound of Music" cold open sketch set the audience on fire early with the appearance of "Dooneese," Kristen Wiig's big-forehead, tiny-handed singer, who creeped out everyone onstage, eventually shoving her hands into Taran Killam's mouth as he tried to sing "Edelweiss." Fred Armisen also came back from retirement to reprise his Lawrence Welk impersonation ("I tink it's very possible dat de hills are alive wit radioactivity."). It was a strong way to start the show, but it was immediately topped by the next segment.
Host Paul Rudd came out for his monologue and brought up that his first two appearances were overshadowed by the musical guests: Beyoncé the first time and Paul McCartney the second. Of course, One Direction came out to overshadow him once again, but before they got too far, Will Ferrell, David Koechner, and Steve Carrell (Rudd's co-stars in the upcoming "Anchorman 2") joined them onstage.
- rchan at Yahoo TV6 days 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 TV13 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 TV16 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.