Archive for March, 2013

So the second day of WonderCon 2013 was pretty busy with plenty of panels to attend. I was able to take in the following panels on Saturday:

Living the Vikings – A salute to the ongoing History Channel mini-series that featured cast members Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick and George Blagden;

Falling Skies – A panel covering the upcoming season three of the TNT alien invasion series that saw cast members Drew Roy, Sarah Carter and Seychelle Gabriel take the stage along with series executive producer Remi Aubuchon;

TV Guide Magazine’s Salute to Fan Favorite Showrunners – This panel saw the likes of Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries), Steven Molaro (The Big Bang Theory), Glen Mazarra (The Walking Dead), Remi Aubuchon (Falling Skies), Jeff Davis (Teen Wolf) and Greg Plageman (Person of Interest) all hit the stage to talk about their shows;

Spotlight on Jason Palmer – The renowned artist was given a special salute where he talked about how he got into drawing, ending up as a licensed artist for the likes of Firefly, Serenity, Star Wars and Castle; and,

Under the Dome – A sneak peek at the upcoming CBS summer series based on the Stephen King novel of the same day that included appearances by cast members Rachelle Lefevre and Dean Norris.

Then, earlier today I had the chance to attend panels for the upcoming Joss Whedon film Much Ado About Nothing that will feature among its cast actors like Clark Gregg, Reed Diamond, Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker, Nathan Fillion, Sean Maher, Tom Lenk and Fran Kranz (among many others) as well as a panel for the hit CW series Arrow that saw Stephen Amell, Paul Blackthore, Willa Holland and Colin Donnell on stage with executive producer Marc Guggenheim.

All in all it was yet another great convention; and I will be providing further coverage soon both here and at NiceGirlsTV. I hope you will all stop by to read the articles when they are posted.

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On April 4, the new NBC thriller Hannibal will debut at 10 PM.

The series is a contemporary take on the characters from Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon novel that focuses on the fledgling relationship between FBI agent Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and his mentor Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen).

The cast includes Laurence Fishburne and Caroline Dhavernas.

Here is a trailer for Hannibal.

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Trying to figure out what to watch tonight? Be it new episodes of the TV season, reairs of cable series or a movie, here are some suggestions:

5 PM:
The Help movie on Showtime 2

5:30 PM:
The Wizard of Oz (classic) movie on Cartoon Network

5:45 PM:
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone movie on Cinemax

6 PM:
How to Train Your Dragon movie on FX
The Bible mini-series on History Channel
Hope Springs movie on Starz

7 PM:
Game of Thrones on HBO 2 (Reair)
NCIS on USA Network
The Lion King (animated) movie on ABC Family
Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited on BBC America (Special – Reair)
Love’s Everlasting Courage movie on Hallmark
Top of the Lake movie on Sundance (Reair)

7:15 PM:
Braveheart movie on IFC

7:55 PM:
Game of Thrones on HBO 2 (Reair)

8 PM:
Once Upon a Time on ABC (NEW)
Call the Midwife mini-series on PBS (Season Premiere)
The Bible mini-series on History Channel (NEW – 2 Hour Conclusion)
Banshee on More Max (Reair)
NCIS on USA Network
The House Bunny movie on Comedy Central
A Bug’s Life (animated) movie on Disney
Top of the Lake movie on Sundance (Reair)
Casino Royale movie on Syfy
The Bourne Ultimatum movie on TNT

9 PM:
Revenge on ABC (NEW)
Game of Thrones on HBO (Season Premiere)
Army Wives on Lifetime (NEW)
Mr. Selfridge mini-series on PBS (DEBUT)
Banshee on More Max (Reair)
NCIS on USA Network
Beauty and the Beast (animated) movie on ABC Family
Top of the Lake movie on Sundance (Reair)
Love Comes Softly movie on Hallmark

10 PM:
Vikings Mini-Series on History Channel (NEW)
Game of Thrones on HBO (Season Premiere Encore)
NCIS on USA Network
Bend It Like Beckham movie on Sundance

10:01 PM:
Red Widow on ABC (NEW)


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TV Ratings

Here are the ratings for the Friday night dramas:

8 PM Show:
Nikita (The CW) [NEW] – 1.3 million

9 PM Shows:
Grimm (NBC) [NEW] – 4.8 million
Touch (FOX) [NEW] – 2.4 million
Cult (The CW) [NEW] – 610,000 viewers

What did you watch last night? Please share.

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TV Ratings

Here are the ratings for the Thursday night dramas:

8 PM Show:
The Vampire Diaries (The CW) [NEW] – 2.4 million

9 PM Shows:
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) [NEW] – 8.3 million
Beauty And the Beast (The CW) [NEW] – 1.6 million

10 PM Show:
Scandal (ABC) [NEW] – 8.1 million

What did you watch last night? Please share.

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Spies of Warsaw

The BBC America 2-part mini-series Spies of Warsaw will debut on April 3 at 9 PM.

French and German intelligence operatives are locked in a life-and-death struggle in the espionage arena. At the French embassy, a decorated war hero of the 1914 war, Colonel Jean-Francois Mercier (David Tennant from Doctor Who), is sucked into a world of abduction, betrayal and international intrigue from the diplomatic salons to the back alleys of Warsaw. Mercier simultaneously finds himself in a passionate love affair with Anna (Janet Montgomery from Made in Jersey), a Parisian lawyer for the League of Nations. Their complicated love affair intensifies as German tanks drive through the Black Forest.

NOTE: The second part of this mini-series will air on April 10.

Here is a trailer for Spies of Warsaw.

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Yesterday was the first day of WonderCon 2013 and the day went pretty well, all things considered. I arrived at the Marriott Hotel in Anaheim around 10 AM; being able to get checked into my hotel room early, then heading over to the convention center for registration.

That process was pretty painless (thank God!) and I entered the exhibit hall shortly after the doors opened, getting to “hit” up my favorite photograph vendors and coming away with over a dozen new pictures to add to my burgeoning collection as well as buying a new Castle-themed t-shirt and a Firefly-themed hoodie from my favorite artist, the one and only Jason Palmer.

Later that day I had the chance to sit in on the Beauty And the Beast panel, featuring series lead Kristin Kreuk and executive producer Kelly Souders. That panel started out with a special screening of half of the next new episode of the series that is set to air on April 18 (the series is currently on a three-week break). All I can say is that it is a heart-pumping episode that no viewer will want to miss; and the panel – while a bit short because of the tight scheduling inherent with the convention – was filled with what the ladies could share about the show and some behind the scenes tidbits.

The night finished off with a two-hour screening event of the return episode of the current season of Doctor Who, which features series lead Matt Smith and the Doctor’s new companion Clara, as played by actress Jenna-Louise Coleman as well as the debut episode of the new BBC America series Orphan Black.

While we were asked not to reveal too much about either episode since they will both air tonight, the new Doctor Who episode received nearly a full-room standing ovation while most of the audience who remained for the late-night screening of Orphan Black were clamoring for more.

All in all it was a great start to this year’s fete and there will be even more coming today, including panels for the A&E mini-series Vikings, the popular alien invasion TNT series Falling Skies, a salute to the NBC series Revolution, an advanced look at this summer’s CBS series Under the Dome (based on the Stephen King novel), a TV Guide salute to Fan Favorite Showrunners, a spotlight on artist Jason Palmer and much, much more.

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