Posts by Steven Bryan
- Steven Bryan at Yahoo TV1 mth ago
Diana Gabaldon, the author of the "Outlander" series of novels, created one of the most kick-ass heroines to ever grace the printed page. No stranger to danger, Claire Randall spends six years as a British army nurse during World War II before reuniting with her husband in England. Just as they return to a normal routine, Claire is mysteriously whisked back in time to Scotland in 1743.
Currently in production, the live-action adaptation of Gabaldon's original novel will air on Starz in 2014. Here's a rundown on what we know so far about Season 1 of "Outlander":
1. At the 2013 New York Comic Con, author Diana Gabaldon said she wrote "Outlander" for practice on how to write a novel. She chose 18th-century Scotland as a result of watching a "Dr. Who" rerun on public TV.
2. On about the third day of writing, Gabaldon revealed, she had to add a lot of men in traditional garb for the "kilt factor."
3. Superproducer Ronald D. Moore is bringing the adaptation to Starz. Besides "Outlander," Moore is also overseeing producing of Syfy's "Helix."
- Steven Bryan at Yahoo! TV2 mths ago
In the 1970s, "The Six Million Dollar Man" and "The Bionic Woman" fueled imaginations about the possibilities of enhanced bionic replacement parts. In 2013, a team of real-life engineers at Shadow Robot Company assembled the Bionic Man: a robot that can talk, walk, and circulate blood through its body.
The subject of the upcoming Smithsonian Channel documentary "The Incredible Bionic Man," the 6-foot-tall robot caused more than one person to stop and look at the 2013 New York Comic Con. Taking time out for an in-booth interview, researcher and roboticist James Pope told Yahoo TV that his job was to go out and find all the parts.
"I was talking to everyone from roboticists, exoskeleton makers, bionic foot makers, and people who design leading prosthetic hands," Pope explained. "People who are pushing the boundaries with the artificial organs that they've made and trying to bring all these things together to create the Bionic Man as you see here."
Every single part, Pope continued, is our best shot at recreating a limb or an organ. His sum total is mankind's best attempt at creating one of its own.
Bionic hand, bionic man
- Steven Bryan at Fall TV2 mths ago
Like George Washington's secret map on the show, the following lyrics from "Hell of a Season" offer secrets and clues to the path the freshman season show must travel to survive the Nielsen ratings: "Even though you don't know, you're reacting all along. What I see is killing me. You won't make it on your own."
And they're off to a good start! Pulling in more than 10 million viewers, the drama came in at No. 2, behind the ABC juggernaut "Dancing With the Stars."
The premise of the drama follows Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison), who's been asleep for nearly 250 years. Only he has the knowledge to help save Sleepy Hollow from the Headless Horseman. Troubled by supernatural visions as a child, Lt. Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie) is the first to believe Crane's story. Neither one can face this evil alone, and both hope to survive.
A favorite guest at the annual San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC), Hall plays the titular role on Showtime's long-running serial-killer drama: He's a police forensics expert whose sense of justice inspires him to slay slippery criminals. Die-hard SDCC attendees know that if you want to see Hall up close at the convention, you have to stand in line for hours before the "Dexter" panel starts.
[ 'Dexter' Recap: 'Mother Chose the Wrong Son Again' ]
After seven grisly seasons, numerous awards, and John Lithgow's memorable guest-starring role as the "Trinity Killer," Season 8 marks the end of the road for "Dexter." Though the show has a loyal following, Hall told Gayle King, Charlie Rose, and Norah O'Donnell that the series finale can't be focused on satisfying the fans. Instead, it must satisfy the crew's storytelling instincts.
"Spell-Mageddon," ABC Family's extreme spelling bee, should have renamed itself "Smell-Mageddon" for this summer's season finale. Although host Alfonso Ribeiro regularly puts players through their paces, "Sensory Overload " contained a new challenge that really stunk — but first was that blasted obstacle-course log that always gives at least one player a headache.
Though college student Alex took a shot to the head, he refused to give up and spelled his word correctly.
Adventure junkie Lauren did Alex one better by standing up to the infamous log. Lauren had just competed in Tough Mudder, which she described as "a 13-mile obstacle course with pools of ice cubes and mud and electrocution." Guess a large log to the solar plexus is a piece of cake for this extreme speller.
The naturally peppy Megan turned an ice-cold Slushee bath into a wicked-cool dance during Zapped . Alfonso Ribeiro matched her move for move, even without that wet and cold motivation.
'The Big Bang Theory' Season 6 DVD Extra: 'One Small Step for Wolowitz...' Is Zazzy! [Exclusive Clip]Steven Bryan at Fall TV3 mths ago
Hold on to your Froot Loops, boys and girls, because we've got an exclusive first look at "One Small Step for Wolowitz, One Giant Leap for Primetime," a "Big Bang Theory" Season 6 DVD/Blu-ray extra. This zazzy clip will make you believe a nerd can fly ... screaming and crying all the way!
Howard Wolowitz accomplished two goals during the Season 5 finale: marrying the lovely Bernadette Rostenkowski (Melissa Rauch) and riding a rocket to the International Space Station. Season 6 opened with newly married Howie handling not just one but two Mrs. Wolowitzes, as well as some bullying colleagues.
Week after week, "Spell-Mageddon" contestants prove that they must be tough, as well as smart. Jake, a Texas boy (and darn proud of it!), demonstrated brains and brawn during each round of "Slam Dunk." A former high-school middle linebacker, Jake saw his opportunity during the opening gambit and went for it. If he's this tough on the buzzer, we'd hate to see his opponents on the field.
"Sharknado," Syfy's toothsome original movie, was the hottest ticket in town … for Justin Bieber and Rihanna to turn down, that is. During this exclusive "Yo Show" interview, the creative minds from Asylum Home Entertainment revealed how Biebs and RiRi simply wouldn't return their calls. These two A-list pop stars were clearly not interested in taking the casting bait.
Evidently, Ian Ziering and Tara Reid didn't let their phones roll over to voicemail. These waterlogged performers bravely battled a gigantic waterspout filled with hungry sharks. "Scores of actors turned us down because they or their agents said, 'I am never gonna be in a movie called 'Sharknado.'' And I'll bet they all regret it now," producer Paul Bales revealed.
[Related: 10 of Pop Culture's Best Sharks]
Game shows are often mentally challenging, but ABC Family's "Spell-Mageddon" tests both the minds and the bodies of its contestants. Melanie, an earnest player, took the title of this episode ("In Your Face") a little too literally, though. The woman unfortunately endured not just one but two logs to the head, causing her to misspell her first word. (Wonder if she can still spell "concussion.")
The pint-sized monster also held her own in the "In Your Face" challenge, even when she went headfirst into an oversized pie. Her four-word score, however, was not enough to beat this crew of top-notch spellers.
Thanks to her heritage, Megan called herself "half of a karate ninja." Evidently, half is more than enough, because this feisty ninja spelled eight words while covered with goo. (Wonder if Jackie Chan ever has days like this.)
Waiting patiently in the Loozer's Lounge for most of the game, Sepideh bravely entered the Splash Chamber. Bet that nice warm lounge looked pretty inviting, though, after a chilling slushie shower. You're looking a little blue today, Sepideh.
- Steven Bryan at Fall TV4 mths ago
Let's face it: Len Wiseman knows how to cut to the chase. An established film director, Wiseman tackles the literary world of Washington Irving for the upcoming Fox series "Sleepy Hollow." We have an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at Wiseman's pilot episode that's so good, you just might lose your head over it.
A tale nearly 250 years in the making, "Sleepy Hollow" pits the legendary Ichabod Crane against the Headless Horseman in modern times. Executive producer/writer Roberto Orci pointed to Wiseman's feature-film experience as a definite plus for the series: "We try to treat every hour of TV like it's a little movie. We wanted to have that quality, that scope, that sensibility."