Hopefully starting a trend for 2015 of uninterrupted weekly episodes we have, in fact, a brand new episode of The Flickcast for your listening pleasure. Not that we’re counting, but so far that’s two in a row for the new year. Not bad. Not bad at all.
Turning to more important matters, on this week’s show Chris and Joe cover many new and recurring topics, as is usually the case. Some of these include the recent Oscar nominations and “controversy”, the rumored new X-Files TV series, the latest Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer, the “mess” that is the upcoming Fantastic Four movie, more on the new Twin Peaks TV series, 24 potentially without Jack Bauer, Zachary Levi starring in the Heroes reboot and a whole lot more. Yep, more.
Picks this week include Chris’ pick of the new Amazon pilot Mad Dogs, created by Shawn Ryan of The Shield and The Unit, and Joe’s pick of the new Syfy TV series 12 Monkeys, based on the film by Terry Gilliam.
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All this week, we’ll be bringing you some great interviews with the cast and creator of FX’s hit series, Sons of Anarchy, as we lead up to the epic season 3 premiere. Kicking it off, we got a chance to speak with the man who started it all, creator and executive producer Kurt Sutter.
Starting off as writer and producer for another FX favorite in The Shield, Sutter got such a taste for gritty crime dramas that he decided to do it himself. Not without taking a few of his own characters over with him.
Sutter spilled the beans on who exactly those crossover characters were, as well as what we can expect to see from some of the upcoming episodes from season 3.
Check out the full interview after the jump, and be sure to catch the season 3 premiere of Sons of Anarchy next Tuesday, September 7th, only on FX.
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You may expect that as a contributor to a site like this I watch a lot of TV. You would be correct. However, that doesn’t mean I want to watch a lot of bad TV — which, believe me, happens more than I’ll admit.
Fortunately, one show I like to watch is neither bad nor something I’m reluctant to admit I really like. That show is FX’s Sons of Anarchy.
Created by former The Shield writer/producer Kurt Sutter, Sons takes a hard look at the relationships and exploits of a a motorcycle club and their quest for relevance in an ever changing world. The show is gritty, violent and pulls no punches when it comes to its characters and story. In short, it’s one of the best shows on TV and if you’re not watching it, you should be.
Take a look at a new promo for Season 3 after the break. Sons of Anarchy returns on September 7th only on FX. Leading up to the premiere, be sure to check back right here for some exclusive interviews with the cast and creators.
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In his first TV show since retiring the role of Vic Mackey in The Shield, Michael Chiklis will soon be bounding into your living room as Jim Powell, a police sketch artist who receives the supernatural powers of super-strength, the ability to be bullet-proof and can leap buildings in a…well, you get the idea.
We caught up with Chiklis at San Diego’s Comic-Con and talked to him about his upcoming role and how it is and isn’t a departure from characters he’s portrayed in the past. After all, how do you follow up Vic Mackey by playing another cop?
“Here we have a family show at its core, wrapped in a police procedural, wrapped in a superhero show. That’s something I’ve not seen before. If The Shield lacked any credibility at all, it was the fact that Mackey didn’t have an aneurysm. Seven years of that can wreck havoc on your nervous system and it’s really kind of great and refreshing to do something that I can sit with my family and watch. My eleven year old was starting to question whether I was even an actor. She’s like, ‘dad, do you really act? I can’t see anything you’re in.’”
The concept behind No Ordinary Family will sound familiar to Fantastic Four and The Incredibles fans, but there hasn’t been an adaptation in this vein developed for television in recent memory. Sure, four characters get powers (strength, super speed, telepathy and super intelligence) and yes, it’s combined within a family that is struggling to stay connected and important to each other. But what would you rather see? Superheroes or more Cops?
“I thought it was long overdue. I did the Fantastic Four movies and I’ve been a comic book geek for a long time, since I was a kid. It’s funny though, a bunch of people have said to me, almost as if there’s been tons and tons of superhero shows on television, and to mind, I only can think of one, really in the last 20 years, which is Heroes, which is a decidedly different show.
But I’m thinking, we’re on cop show 475,000 and no one goes, ‘oh really, another cop show?!’ And some people are all, oh you’re going to play another superhero again? Yes! This place (Comic-Con) isn’t getting smaller. Now they’re making more money at Comic-Con than they did at the SuperBowl. This is a genre that’s here to stay. And it’s only natural as a genre to explore the different shapes of it.”
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Now that this season of primetime TV is coming to a close, we have a few bright spots on the horizon. We’ve been bringing you some of the newest Fall schedules, along with a few previews of upcoming shows we think look cool. Keeping up with that theme we bring you a sneak peak at ABC’s new superhero comedy No Ordinary Family.
From a distance, the story plays out like a live-action version of The Incredibles, but upon closer inspection it actually has a bit more depth. Michael Chiklis plays Jim Powell, a regular husband and father who, alongside his wife and two children, are in an accident that give each of them unique powers. His wife, Stephanie (played by Dexter’s Julie Benz) develops super speed, while his children develop telepathy and other extraordinary mind powers. Jim, however, leads the family with the gift of invulnerability and super strength.
There are some obvious and great connections to former Chiklis projects in the pilot, such as his work as Ben Grimm/The Thing in Fantastic Four, and the fact that he plays a cop again, much like The Shield or The Commish.
The pilot has the potential to be exactly what NBC’s Heroes wasn’t for a lot of fans, and could be a fun, quirky family comedy with a comic book backdrop. Check out the trailer after the jump and be sure to keep an eye (and a DVR) out for No Ordinary Family this Fall on ABC.
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As we did with ABC’s new shows earlier today and NBC’s show’s yesterday, we’ve got a preview of some of the new Fox shows for you as well. This time around the shows are more drama heavy but also feature a comedy and an animated show.
First up is the new drama Lonestar which features Jon Voight in a show described as “a modern-day Dallas” and “a sophisticated and provocative drama set against the sprawling backdrop of big Texas oil.” Mmm, could be interesting.
Next up is the new cop show Ride-Along from Shawn Ryan, creator of The Shield. This drama follows the exploits of a veteran cop (Jason Clarke of Brotherhood) doing whatever he can to keep the streets clean. It also stars Jennifer Beals.
Moving along to the next show we’ve got a preview for the new comedy Running Wild which features Wil Arnett as a rich guy who’s wife, played by Kerri Russell, tries to keep him in line and do some good along the way. It was created by Arrested Development’s Mitchell Hurwitz so it’s definitely got a comedy pedigree.
Finally, the last preview for today is the new animated show Bob’s Burgers from the guy who brought you Dr. Katz. It focuses on a struggling family-run burger joint that seems to violate a great deal of health codes. Of all of these shows I think I’m most interested in Ride-Along.
Shawn Ryan created one of the best cop shows of all time with The Shield and he knows this world and the people in it. I expect great things from Ride-Along. The others? I guess we’ll see.
Check out all the previews after the jump.
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We’re all pretty excited about the upcoming 8th season of Fox’s 24 next Sunday. We broke the very first trailer back in October, took you behind the scenes earlier this week, and now we’ve got some more goodies to get you excited for Jack Bauer and his upcoming adventures.
A few new clips have recently become available, showing off mostly Keifer Sutherland as Bauer, transporting an informant that may have details on an upcoming assassination attempt. Fans of FX’s The Shield may recognize Jack’s informant, as well.
There aren’t many details about how this season’s “day” will unfold, but we do know that Jack has retired; Kim has a daughter;They both live in New York City, and CTU has been completely revamped, with the addition of Freddie Prinze Jr. and Katee Sackhoff to the team.
Check out the clips after the jump, and catch the action as the eighth season of 24 kicks off on January 17, only on FOX.
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Welcome to another edition of The Pull List Comic Reviews! This week we have a shorter list, but as you know, it’s about quality, not quantity. Besides, all of your favorites are here, including a couple of surprises. As always, WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD.
PULL OF THE WEEK:
Wolverine: Under The Boardwalk one-shot
Marvel Comics – $3.99 US
Writer: Stuart Morre
Artist: Tomm Coker
About to board a plane for Alaska, Wolverine receives a mysterious text message asking him to go to Atlantic City instead. Stranger still is the reference to a man Logan hasn’t seen in 40 years, Phil De Blasio, a mafia underboss who tried to kill him last time they met. What transpired on that boardwalk all those years ago has found a way to catch up to him, much to Logan’s chagrin.
In this latest one-shot focusing on Wolverine, writer Stuart Moore crafts a mystery that takes the character from Atlantic City to Coney Island, searching for answers while being reminded that most of his memories contain violence for a reason. Where Moore differed from other recent writers of Wolverine-centric one-shots, however, is what made this issue work, and that is the fact that the writer never lost sight of how a haunted character like Wolverine really shouldn’t experience peace and closure.
Complimenting this wonderful story is the art by Tomm Coker. The artist, hands down, drew the nicest issue I’ve seen this week. A noir vibe that pulsates throughout, the art is every bit as scratchy and slashy as the character’s past has shown, and while the story centers more on inner reflections and whatnot, there’s still the occasional action shot that mirrors Wolverine’s famous savagery. Beautiful in every way, the art within this issue should not be passed up.
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One of the nice things about working for a website covering different types of entertainment is that you often get a chance to highlight a show that people may not know much about. Case in point is the superb FX original series Sons of Anarchy — which I’ve mentioned on The Flickcast before. The show, created and executive produced by The Shield alumni Kurt Sutter, follows an outlaw biker gang that’s more family than criminal and how they deal with outsiders, internal conflics, changing times and constant scrutiny by the law.
Its a great show full of excellent performances from Charlie Hunnam as Jax, a new father struggling to reconcile his outlaw ways with the demands and responsibilities of parenthood, to Ron Perlman as Clay, the leader of the club who’s trying to keep his surrogate family together while all around him things are falling apart to Katey Segal as Clay’s wife, Gemma, who stands by her man and works to keep her family, and their way of life, intact at any cost.
I enjoy the show a great deal and am looking forward to its return for a second season. Fortunately, I don’t have to wait too long as the show is now in production on season two and as a bonus, Sutter has posted some pics from the production at his personal blog. Seeing these, and some of my favorite characters back at work, makes me very happy indeed.
The new season of Sons of Anarchy premieres in September on FX. Be sure and check it out. You’ll be glad you did.