24 Live Another Day 1 PM to 2 PM

12 05 2014

24Logo3I can think of no more difficult thing than watching an episode of 24 and not post things people would consider spoilers. Let me state that if you have not watched the first two episodes, then do not proceed with this blog post.

In the last episode we learned what the end-game is for Margot (Michelle Fairley)–the killing of an American president on foreign soil by hijacking a drone. Helping her is her daughter Simone (Emily Berrington). Jack (Kiefer Sutherland) and Chloe (Mary Lynn Rajskub) are hot on Simone’s trail. Kate Morgan (Yvonne Strahovski) and Erik Ritter (Gbenga Akinnagbe) are not far behind Jack and Chloe. I’m biting my nails and am hyperventilating at this point. Chloe shares with Jack some news that shocks him and makes me cry. We are now just 14 minutes into the show. Jack and Chloe learn the identities of the players involved, but the plot and mystery thickens. Are allies really allies? Are enemies really enemies? And the there is what I call “creepy cam.” I was cheering for Audrey and for the last minute of the show, I actually held my breath.

All I want to hear now is that Fox Broadcasting orders a pickup for this show! Today is upfronts for Fox Broadcasting.  Come on, Fox. Make my day.  Give it the green light for another season.

Watch tonight, Monday, May 12, on Fox Broadcasting at 9/8 Central.

 

(Thank you Fox Broadcasting and FOX VIP for the privilege of watching the screener for tonight’s episode)





Preview of 24: Live Another Day

5 05 2014

24Logo2Tonight Kiefer Sutherland returns in his iconic role as Jack Bauer in 24: Live Another Day. Watching the first two episodes was like visiting with an old friend–it picks right back up as if there had not been 4 years between the end of the season 8 and today’s reincarnation. I knew some of the major cast members who had been announced but I was pleasantly surprised to see Colin Salmon, the actor who I have come to know from Arrow on the CW for the last 2 seasons. Ironically, he had a role in the Bond series “Die Another Day.” Another funny parallel is Yvonne Strahovski‘s character, Kate Morgan. Dexter fans will enjoy that last name.

Some of my observations from the first hour (without outright posting spoilers):
– Cool tech!!!
– Captures your attention immediately.
– How Jack Bauer does not shatter his ankles I will never know.
– The content is relevant to today’s politics.
– Heller (William Devane) is still witty.
– Jack always has a plan.
– It’s the CIA but it still feels like CTU.
– I love Chloe’s badass look.
– Who are the players? We find out who some are during this first episode.

Observations from the second hour:
– That’s unexpected!
– Dangerous bedfellows.
– Was that Stephen Fry? (Yes, it was).
– Chloe is downright bitter.
– Lesson for episode 2: Never trust a woman.

Tune in tonight at 8 Eastern/7 Central for the return of 24: Live Another Day

Follow some of the cast/crew members of 24: Live Another Day on Twitter at:

@RealKiefer
@rajskub
@Y_Strahovski
@colinsalmon24
@marcimichelle
@GbengaAkinnagbe
@joncassar
@gilesmatthey
@KimRaver
@JBoyega
@maccageezer
@MandiDhillon
@stephenfry
@mannyhectorcoto
@TheDavidFury
@HowardMGordon
@evanjoshuakatz
@heckstallsmith
@iainsmith
@24fox

(I would like to thank Fox Broadcasting and the FOX VIP program for allowing me the courtesy of seeing the preview.)

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Terra Nova Genesis

25 09 2011

By Hilda Clark Bowen

Forewarning: This preview may contain spoilers, but such spoilers are already readily available on the internet from interviews, previews and the like.

“Welcome to paradise.” And welcome to the one of the most awaited shows in television, a show so ambitiously graphic, the original premiere date was cancelled for this later date, a show so heavily publicized on so many different channels and venues to every possible demographic imaginable, it cannot possibly fail. But as one Twitter friend pointed out, it is going up against Monday Night Football; he felt it was only a matter of time before it was moved to another day. I doubt there is any show that wins over Monday Night Football, but Fox must have great confidence that this show can compete.

After viewing the first 60 minutes, courtesy of Fox VIP, I can say this show has something for everyone. It is not primarily about dinosaurs. There is drama, humor, love, action, angst, heartthrob-status rebellious teenagers, adorable children, betrayal, mystery, idyllic tropical backdrops, and out-of-this-world visual effects.

The show centers on the Shannon family: Jim (Jason O’Mara) and Elisabeth (Shelley Conn), and their 3 children, Josh (Landon Liboiron), Maddy (Naomi Scott), and Zoe (Alana Mansour). That is a problem in 2149 because the air is toxic and population is controlled to a maximum of 2 children. It is an even greater problem since Jim is a law enforcement officer. Their secret is discovered and the family is put through an ordeal that would tear other families apart. Love wins and without giving the details of how it happens, they manage to arrive to Terra Nova for a fresh start, but not without heartache for one of the members of the family. Jim has to prove himself to Commander Nathaniel Taylor (Stephen Lang) before he entrusts him with a secret. Not everyone is in harmony in Terra Nova. Expedition 6 left the compound for unknown reasons, and there is violence between them. The leader of expedition 6, Mira, will be quite familiar to every “Stargate SG-1” fan, Christine Adams. There will be trials ahead for the Shannon family as well as they adjust to their new lives.

The show has the potential to be the next “Lost” with mysteries already being unlocked in the pilot episode. The writers, knowing how intelligent their audience will be, give a great explanation of why the butterfly effect will not occur–this is an alternate timeline. What is fantastic about that is that the writers will not be bound to what our knowledge base is for prehistoric history, being free to create new and interesting theories and–of course–fascinating new dinosaurs (and I’m sure other creatures).

The executive producers on Terra Nova are:  Steven Spielberg, Peter Chernin, Brannon Braga, Rene Echevarria, Alex Graves, Jon Cassar, Aaron Kaplan, Katherine Pope, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Craig Silverstein, and Kelly Marcel. The director for “Genesis”, the pilot episode, is Alex Graves. The episode was written by Kelly Marcel, Allan Loeb, and Craig Silverstein. It premieres Monday night on Fox at 8 p.m. /7 p.m. central.

While it is airing in the United States, the finale episode is being shot in Australia. Several of the people associated with production have expressed a desire to try to live-tweet while the episode is occurring if time permits. So follow these Twitter feeds Monday night:

@JonCassar
@Jason_Omara
@TerraNovaonFOX
@joeh90
@NaomiScott
@JoseMolinaTV
@traviswf
@earnestracket
@Simone_Kessell
@TerryMatalas
@allisonemiller
@teamcephalopod