The Following Season 2 Preview

18 01 2014

TheFollowingPreviewLogoThe first five minutes of The Following‘s episode “Resurrection” had my adrenaline rushing at warp speed. It’s a year later. Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) is trying to adjust to all the changes in his life and we find him in a much better space than he was at the beginning of season 1. He has a new job teaching criminology and is enjoying it very much. With the anniversary of Joe Carroll’s (James Purefoy) death approaching, people still loyal to Joe have hatched a plan to resurrect the cause in these very creepy Joe Carroll masks. Bronx trains are never fun to ride; this time is no exception.

There are many new faces joining the cast, including at least three alumni from Dexter: Keith Carradine, Valerie Cruz, and Sam Underwood. Sam was creepy as Zach Hamilton on Dexter and his role here raised the bar to a whole new sinister level. I found it odd that two cast members, Valerie Cruz and Connie Nielsen, look very similar to two cast members in season 1 of The Following. I doubt that is a coincidence, but you never know with this show. Joining the cast is Jessica Stroup who plays Ryan’s sister (not the same sister from last season). I like the brother/sister interaction that takes place between them.

What things are the same: Flashbacks to fill in storyline. If one looks carefully, there are little tidbits of things relating to Edgar Allan Poe throughout the episode. A lot of people die (and die horribly).

One criticism I have heard from people is that so many characters were followers of Joe Carroll in season 1 that it almost became ridiculous, especially the number of people within the law enforcement community. There is a fine line between fascinating and ridiculous. Oddly enough, it did condition my behavior as I find myself wondering while watching this episode which ones are friends and which ones are foes especially one particular individual.  I like that I cannot predict the outcome of a show or which characters are good or evil. It makes for a suspenseful television viewing experience. I know that by the end of the show a song for my childhood will never be listened to the same way again.

The Following returns on Sunday, January 19, 2014, after the NFC Championship Game.

(My thanks to Fox Broadcasting and Fox VIP for allowing me the privilege of watching the screener)





Almost Human Previews

12 11 2013

I know my international friends have been complaining that they haven’t been able to see the 8-minute preview on Hulu.  I thought it was not out there.  I don’t know if this is what Hulu has, but if you combine the first 3-minutes of the show with the additional 8-minute preview, this is going to give you a good idea what the show is like:

Here is the first 3-minutes of the show:

 

 

Here is another 8-minute segment of the show (not exactly right after the original 3 minutes, but HELL YEAH, you have just now gotten to see 11 minutes of the show.

Thank you to @SilkenSoul for testing the links to be sure our international friends could get access to these particular YouTube videos!

Are you excited? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section!





The Following Season 2 Teaser

25 10 2013

“The Following” returns to Fox Broadcasting on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 9/8 central!





Advanced Screening of Almost Human

17 10 2013

FOX and Eventful are giving fans in three winning cities that Demand it! the most, an advance screening of FOX’s fun, adrenaline-fueled drama ALMOST HUMAN. FOX is putting the power in the hands of the fans to Demand it! and win an exclusive free screening of ALMOST HUMAN anywhere in the country before it premieres Monday, Nov. 4 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

ALMOST HUMAN fans can vote for their cities online NOW at http://eventful.com/almosthuman. In the three cities that receive the highest online vote tally by Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 5:00 PM PT, FOX will host a free advance screening of ALMOST HUMAN at a local theater. Any city in the country has a chance to make it to the Top Three!

From Emmy Award-winning executive producer J.J. Abrams (“Fringe,” “Lost,” “Revolution,” “Person of Interest,” the “Star Trek” and “Mission: Impossible” franchises) and creator/executive producer J.H. Wyman (“Fringe,” “The Mexican”), comes ALMOST HUMAN. Starring Karl Urban (the “Star Trek” and “The Lord of the Rings” franchises) and Golden Globe Award nominee Michael Ealy (“Sleeper Cell,” “Common Law”), the new series is set approximately 30 years in the future, when police officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids. ALMOST HUMAN will follow the week-to-week missions of JOHN KENNEX (Urban), a detective and sole survivor of a devastating police ambush, and his robot partner, DORIAN (Ealy), as this buddy-cop duo solve cases and fight to keep the lid on dangerously evolved criminals in this futuristic landscape.

ALMOST HUMAN is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc., in association with Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television. The series was created by J.H. Wyman, who wrote the pilot. The series is executive-produced by J.J. Abrams, Wyman and Bryan Burk. Kathy Lingg (“Person of Interest,” “Revolution,” “Fringe”) and Reid Shane (“Fringe”) are co-executive producers. Brad Anderson (“Fringe,” “The Killing”) directed and served as co-executive producer on the pilot. “Like” ALMOST HUMAN on Facebook at Facebook.com/AlmostHumanFOX. Follow the series on Twitter @AlmostHumanFOX and join the discussion using #almosthuman. See photos and videos on Instagram by following @AlmostHumanFOX.

(Via Press Release)

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JJ Abrams & JH Wyman Talk About “Almost Human.”

17 10 2013

People are getting very excited about the premiere date approaching for “Almost Human” coming to Fox Broadcasting on Monday, November 4, 2013 at 8/7 central followed by “Sleepy Hollow.” J. J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman sit down to talk about it.

Related links: https://pbmom.wordpress.com/2013/07/02/first-look-almost-human/





The Mindy Project: Season 2 First Look

9 09 2013

The Mindy Project returns Tuesday, September 17, 2013 9:30/8:30 Central with special guest star James Franco as Dr. Paul Leotard!





First Look: Almost Human

2 07 2013

AlmostHumanTwitterBoxHaving been a huge Fringe fan, I was expecting great things from this show. It was even better than I expected. As the show opens, it explains that it is the year 2048. The crime rate has increased 400%. Science and technology have evolved at an uncontrollable pace. Unknown drugs and weapons flood the streets and schools. The contraband is controlled and distributed by violent, faceless criminal organizations. Law enforcement implements a new strategy to assign every officer an advanced combat-model android.

The show opens with a great action sequence and the pace of the show continues at the same level. The androids really creep me out. Lili Taylor plays Sandra Maldonado, John Kennex’s (Karl Urban) boss, who needs his help. John is a mental mess. He does not like the android he is assigned and creatively gets rid of him and picks out a model he believes he can work with, Dorian (Michael Ealy). I was pleasantly surprised that Dorian is not like a Data from Star Trek. I was worried that the Michael Ealy ‘s natural swagger would be squashed, but again, I was proven wrong. After a few minutes, you forget he is part robot.

Although this is in our future, the set looks futuristic, but not unrealistic. In true Fringe-like fashion, a science mythos is set up almost immediately. People looking for drama will be satisfied by the action, themes of betrayal, mysterious family connections, and crime-solving. I also took note of possible underlying prejudice. Science fiction fans will be satisfied with all the futuristic-type weapons, androids, technology, a story set in the future, and all things that involve DNA. There is a scene that reminds me of something I saw on the second season of “Sleeper Cell” with a twist. Michael Ealy provides subtle comic relief to an intense storyline. He gives John some tips on how to adjust to his robotic limb. By the end of the pilot, a great partnership takes root.

ALMOST HUMAN provides a little bit of everything to everyone. The only worry I have is that potential viewers who do not like “science fiction things” might dismiss the show outright because it is set in the future. I urge those viewers to watch the show first before making a decision.  Tune in on Monday, November 4, 2013 at 8 PM Eastern/7 PM Central for the season premiere.

Thank you to Fox VIP and Fox Broadcasting for the privilege of watching the pilot episode.