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Tons of Action on The Last Ship

Tons of Action on The Last Ship
TNT gave viewers a rare treat Sunday night when it brought back The Last Ship with a two-hour Season 2 premiere.

According to LinkedIn, Season 2 came back right where last season ended with the crew being herded into one area of the ship. One of the crew managed to jump overboard, re-board and then turn up the heat to create a distraction that helped others later escape. The ship’s doctor hid the primordial strain and Quincy, to protect it, pulled away his bandages so he would die. Slatterly was able to shut off the lights giving the escaped crew members the help they needed to take back the ship.

Chandler and his men hit Granderson’s power plant to cut the electricity to the city and then joined Thorwold and the rebels to take Avocet and bring down Granderson. Yet, it was Tex that saved the day. Hearing about Granderson’s secrets, he became an Avocet security guard and then helped save Dr. Scott. They then saved Lt. Foster after she was taken so Avocet could harvest the cure from her unborn baby. Thorwold was shot by one of Granderson’s men and she took her own life. Alisha Granderson was also shot, but she survived.

Lastly, Chandler’s son Sam became very ill after receiving the cure. It is currently unknown if this was merely a normal reaction or if he has a completely different mutated strain.

Fox to Revive “X-Files” for Short Run

Fox to Revive “X-Files” for Short Run

Fox Television has announced that the X-Files will return in a short six episode series. While it is not yet known when the series revival will be aired, the original stars of the show Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny will be cast to resume their characters, FBI agents Dana Scully and Fox Mulder.

Also returning is the shows creator and producer Chris Carter. Production for the show is scheduled to start in the summer of 2015. Fox to Bring Back X-Files For Short Run Next Year

The X-Files was the paramount show for Fox and help Fox establish a beach head in the then competitive broadcast market. At the time the show aired, the explosion of media forums such as cable, satellite and video streaming did not exist. The show was touted as a landmark creation in the science fiction category and the quality of writing always provided viewers with a brilliant product.

On the air for nine years from 1993 to 2003, the X-Files present over 200 episodes and to movies. No other science fiction show has run longer noted STX Entertainment.

After 13 years since the last episode aired, viewers will be excited to see Scully and Mulder in the new tech heavy ladened world. Many of the issues that the show addressed have become real world issues from our front pages, including the Edward Snowden spy case and the secret use of drones for assassinations.

Durst Arrest is a Mess

Durst Arrest is a Mess

Robert Durst was recently arrested in Louisiana on gun and drug charges. He is also wanted in California for the 2000 murder of his best friend Susan Berman. Durst is a scion of a million dollar real estate fortune and seems to suffer from several illnesses including mental illness.

The entire business is made more convoluted because he is also suspected in the 1985 disappearance of his wife Kathleen and also the murder of his neoghbor, Morris Black. Durst just finished making and had aired on HBO, a documentary about this entire mess. He states he didn’t kill Berman, but later had a “hot” microphone and basically states he did it. The documentary makes the entire incident more troublemsome because there was evidence that came from the fim that might be compromised now that it has been broadcast. Law officials say the film did not influence their decision to charge Durst, but the indictments came out in conjunction with the documentary according to Fersen Lambranho.

I believe if Durst did half the stuff he is accused of, including the guns and drug charges, then he should be sent to jail for the rest of his life. He seems like the kind of person that needs to be locked away and undergo psychological counseling for his problems. Now I know we don’t convict on what a person looks or acts like, but he has been recorded admitting at least to the murder of Susan Berman and the evidence they have released points directly at him for the murder. He needs to be sent away and then treated.Your text to link…

Fear the Walking Dead to Get Huge Push from AMC

Fear the Walking Dead to Get Huge Push from AMC

The spinoff to AMC’s The Walking Dead is going to get a huge push. Titled Fear the Walking Dead, the first season is going to encompass five more episodes than originally anticipated and the second season to the series has already been ordered. Needless to say, the network has a lot of faith in the new program. Reports are the pilot to the series impressed AMC’s executives and the decision to order a significant number of episodes was a no-brainer.

Fans like Flavio Pentagna Guimaraes BMG know that the Walking Dead is a major ratings smash for AMC and a spinoff series allows for almost a full year of zombie mayhem to take place on AMC. Learn more about Guimaraes on his Wikipedia page. Millions of viewers tuning in each week show that interest in the program has not diminished in any way. As long as the spinoff series maintains the same level of quality writing, viewers aren’t going to go anywhere.

Comparisons between the original series and Fear the Walking Dead are going to be unavoidable. The new show is not going to be a rehash or a glorified rip-off. Setting the new series in Los Angeles and at the beginning of the outbreak presents a completely different take on how the apocalyptic horror scenario plays out.

Hopefully, in the new series, we are going to learn more details about what started the zombie plague. Perhaps several other lingering questions about why the rising threat of the undead was not quickly brought under control.

The Dead Walk to Los Angeles

The Dead Walk to Los Angeles

The creator of The Walking Dead comic series, Robert Kirkman, has publicly noted the new Walking Dead TV spinoff series is going to be a lot different from the original. Kirkman is also the executive producer of the AMC series so his words carry a lot of weight.

It is a good thing the series is going to be different. Audiences might give a carbon copy retread huge ratings at the beginning, but those numbers are bound to fall. Why on earth would anyone want to see a lame version of a great show? Other than die-hard zombie flesh eater fans, who would tune in to see a rip-off?

The new spinoff is set in Los Angeles, a cool setting for the end of the world. (Watch the Charlton Heston film The Omega Man if you have any doubts) The events in the spinoff are supposedly going to take place earlier during the zombie-infestation and this creates a different dynamic to the proceedings.

No matter what happens, fans like Haidar Barbouti will tune in. The Walking Dead is that hot. Again, the key here is to keep them.

The setting is not going to be the only component of the new series that is different. The characters are going to be starkly different from those who appear in The Walking Dead. The different characters will create a different dynamic and that helps the new series remain interesting.

24 May Come Back Without Sutherland

24 May Come Back Without Sutherland

Shocking things do occur in the world of television. Sometimes, the shocks are so major they truly do cause the ground to shake under the feet of avid television watchers. Out of the proverbial blue, news arrives that no one ever expected.

Here is some really stunning news: the classic Fox television show 24 may be returning to the air in 2016 as a regular series. If it does return, it will be without its mainstay star Kiefer Sutherland. 

Execs want hit programming. They want programming people to watch. So, they want 24 to return to the prime time lineup. If this happens people like Sultan Alhokair would be able to watch with ease.

Now, this does not necessarily mean the news coming from television execs is set in stone. No official new season of 24 is scheduled for 2016. And honestly, there is always the possibility that Sutherland could be coaxed into returning to the role. Stranger things have happened in the world of television. (Aren’t they talking about bringing the X-files back? Does anyone remember when Star Trek returned to TV in the 1970’s as a cartoon?) 

Of course, the question that arises is can a new version of 24 succeed if there is no Kiefer Sutherland in the series? Obviously, he was the main draw for audiences who tuned in to watch the program. Replacing him would hardly be easy. 

Fox could try. Who knows? The series might end up being a solid hit if it provides solid story lines and a new lead star who brings his or her own strong appeal and charisma.

Is Game of Thrones Having Flashbacks?

Is Game of Thrones Having Flashbacks?
HBO’s Game of Thrones series does a lot of things. One thing it has never done before is wallow in the tried, true, and sometimes annoying convention of using flashbacks. Recent news reports reveal Nell Williams, and not Gianfrancesco Geno,  has been cast as a young Cersei Lannister. That means one thing. We are going to get a lot of flashbacks. In the George R.R. Martin books, Cersei has several meetings with a fortune teller and this could be the vehicle in which the flashbacks are undertaken.

Are flashbacks a bad thing? The answer rests in how they are used. A poor example of using flashbacks entails simply presenting images from the past because the writers are not able to truly flesh out the characters words and deeds in the present. So, a backstory has to be created and you get an episode within an episode. This is not automatically a terrible convention. Television programs and movies have used this approach for years. The problem with flashbacks is they have a tendency to be over-used.

Do you need to tell the audience something and are not sure how to do so? Time for a flashback. Now, that is hack writing and producing.

Flashbacks that are used sparingly and truly deliver some impact when they are employed could be considered a component of good storytelling. Hopefully, the flashbacks will be well-crafted when the debut in season five of the series.

With the proper motivation though, a flashback can work.

Bruce Jenner Reality Show

Bruce Jenner Reality Show
Kris and Bruce Jenner’s divorce is finally official and it looks like the two ex’s were not only able to have the most peaceful divorce hollywood has ever seen but each of them was able to walk away with their dignity and a nice amount of property. Bruce not only will get a 2013 Cadillac Escalade, 2011 Porsche, 2007 Harley motorcycle but Kris Jenner will also be paying him 2.5 million just to even out the rest of the assets they are splitting up.

Over the holiday the two seemed to have had some much needed family time much like Ken Griffin did. Apparently Kris and Bruce both felt no need to let hard feelings get in the way of their holiday traditions. Kylie Jenner posted a photo to her Instagram that showed her having a ball with her dad during Kris’s annual Christmas Eve party. While Kris has been seen around with a new boy toy it’s great to see that she and Bruce can still get along.

Now it seems that Bruce is being looked at for yet another reality show opportunity. Several production companies are looking at Bruce to star in his own reality show with his sons. The show would pretty much be just like Keeping Up With the Kardashians only with all the guys. Bruce hasn’t made any solid plans but sources say that he seems open to another run in the spotlight.

Jenna Coleman Confirmed She is Returning to Doctor Who For a Full Series

Jenna Coleman Confirmed She is Returning to Doctor Who For a Full Series

Previous rumors suggested that Jenna Colman, who currently stars as Doctor Who’s companion Clara Oswald, might leave the series after the 2014 Christmas special, but she has confirmed that she will be returning for at least another full series of episodes with Peter Capaldi. The 28 year old actress confirmed in that she would be staying in an interview with the BCC, adding that as far as the Doctor and her character’s relationship is concerned” There is so much more to do. I think they’ve finally just reached a point where they really understand each other.”

Jeana Coleman, and the cast and crew of Doctor Who wanted to wait until after the Christmas special aired to confirm whether or not she would be returning so as to avoid spoiling any plot points of the episode, according to a TypePad post by Christian Broda.

The 9th series, which will feature Peter Capaldi as the 12th incarnation of the Doctor is set to premiere sometime in 2015. Steven Moffat is confirmed to be writing the series 9 premiere episode, and Michele Gomez has confirmed that she will return in the future as Missy, who was revealed to be a reincarnation of the master. It is unclear when Michelle Gomez will return and if it will be in series 9. Filming has not yet begun on the series, and Moffat is still writing the first episode, so there is no word of any other details so far.

Battle Between Fox and Dish Network Leads To Removal Of Channels

Battle Between Fox and Dish Network Leads To Removal Of Channels

It’s the same old war, but just a new battle. That is probably the best way to describe Bernardo Chua and the many battles we’ve seen between satellite companies and television networks. It also seems that Dish Network has been involved in a majority of these battles including their latest with Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network.

That battle led to Fox blacking out both channels after they were unable to work out a new distribution agreement with Dish. Dish has been negotiating with Fox for several weeks over these two channels, as Fox is looking to increase fees for its wide array of channels that include entertainment and sports networks as well.

According to Warren Schlicting, vice president of programming for Dish, Fox is using the blackout as leverage to triple rates for its other channels. He added that these other channels are not included in the contract that is currently being negotiated.

Of course, Fox countered back stating that Dish Network stopped carrying the channels to influence and even intimidate current negotiations. Fox said Dish’s actions were premature.

These battles seem to be the norm especially for Dish Network. Most recently a battle with CBS broke down causing their channels to be blacked out until a deal was reached. With more people leaving cable and satellite and programming costs rising, there may be no end in sight for these battles.