Screen Junkies » tnt http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 12 Sep 2014 21:34:42 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 DC Comics Continues Its TV Rollout Extravaganza With ‘Titans’ On TNT http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/dc-comics-continues-its-tv-rollout-extravaganza-with-titans-on-tnt/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/dc-comics-continues-its-tv-rollout-extravaganza-with-titans-on-tnt/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 18:36:34 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=265019 DC seems to be gravitating more towards television, possibly because Marvel isn't to be trifled with in theaters.

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While Marvel may be ruling the roost at the box office, DC Comics is trying to claim ownership of TV land, adding Titans on to their pile of TV adaptations. For those scoring at home, that pile is currently comprised of Arrow, The Flash, Gotham, Constantine, and the upcoming Supergirl.

TNT will be taking the pilot order for Titans, a franchise which focuses on aspiring young superheroes, somewhere between Kickass and Heroes. 

“Should be just what the tweens and millennials are clamoring for!” was what was probably said by some TV exec during the gestation period. While ANOTHER DC order may seem gratuitous, this one is written by Akiva Goldsman, one of the most powerful writers in Hollywood, with an Oscar to back it up. So maybe he can give this project an element that isn’t in plain sight from the description.

Or, maybe he won’t.

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Mark Wahlberg’s ‘Shooter’ To Be Adapted As A TV Show http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/mark-wahlbergs-shooter-to-be-adapted-as-a-tv-show/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/mark-wahlbergs-shooter-to-be-adapted-as-a-tv-show/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 16:54:59 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=264999 Remarkably, it's not going to air on SpikeTV.

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Proving that they know drama, and that there is no higher drama than that of a sniper, TNT has announced plans to adapt Shooter as TV series. Don’t even ask if Mark Wahlberg is going to come back to star in the TV show. That would be crazy. That would be so crazy that I…I wouldn’t know what to say.

Which is exactly why Mark Wahlberg will be staying in films and only serving as executive producer. Because the project would be lost without his guiding hand. Isn’t Wahlberg like executive producer of like four things right now, including Boardwalk Empire and the Entourage movie? He must really…produce.

Because it’s a cable drama, Shooter the TV Show will focus on the protagonist from the film, Bob Lee Swagger, who is “coaxed back into action, only to be framed for murder.” That’s gotta be disappointing for Mr. Swagger.

(Deadline)

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Moon Bloodgood Talks ‘Falling Skies’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/moon-bloodgood-talks-falling-skies/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/moon-bloodgood-talks-falling-skies/#comments Tue, 14 Jun 2011 20:25:25 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=216095 The show proves that she looks hot even in post-apocalyptic rags.

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TNT’s new show “Falling Skies” proves that Moon Bloodgood looks hot even in post-apocalyptic rags. The show is about the survivors of an alien invasion on the move with their ragtag pseudo military forces. Bloodgood plays Anne, the doctor of the survivor camp. She was a pediatrician before the invasion.

I met Bloodgood in January when TNT unveiled “Skies” to the Television Critics Association. She was much more of her usual glamorous self, in a leggy dress at the non-apocalyptic Langham Hotel in Pasadena. I still believed if the roof blew off Roland Emmerich style, she could suture my wounds with a Prada belt.

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Q: The aliens are cool, but what I always love about these stories are the survivors trying to find supplies.

MB: And then what’s important to you because money now has no relevance. It’s just paper at this point and you need something like canned food, water. Things change and other things become essential.

Q: And your character was a pediatrician and that becomes the medic now.

MB: Yeah, a pediatrician who’s now forced into a situation where I have to be the head doctor and I’m in charge of anything. Anything that goes wrong, I have to either do it by theory or possibly do it as I go. I liked playing that because I was nervous even playing a doctor. I kind of used that to look like I didn’t know what I was doing while I was in the scene.

Q: Did you do any research on pediatricians?

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MB: That, I did. I didn’t do any research on surgery and how to remove [organs]. I even spoke to a pediatrician but I wanted to look like I didn’t totally know what I was doing in terms of the other areas.

Q: The first two episodes are pretty heavy on the action and the guys out in the field. What are we going to learn about you back at the camp in subsequent episodes?

MB: I kind of become the voice of the civilians when it comes to Weaver, which is Will Patton’s character. They have my ear and I have their ear because he’s very, very driven to do what’s right for the military and what’s morally right. I’m kind of more looking out for [the real people.] I see all the people that are hurt and wounded and can’t fight, so I’m back at base camp being mother hen taking care of the kids, looking after Tom’s (Noah Wyle) kids. I obviously have a really fond relationship with Tom. You see my relationship develop with the other characters. Really my primary relationship is with Tom.

Q: Can you buy that, where he was married before the attack.

MB: So was I.

Q: So can you buy that nine months after, two people in that situation can become romantic?

MB: They could but I think you always want to respect the fact that two people were married. Both lost their spouse in a very violent way and you don’t want the audience to say, “Wow, they’re already hooking up. They’ve got a family, their sons are there.” You want their relationship to build and have a natural maturation and respect the prior relationships that just months ago they were alive and they lost their spouse.

Q: The issue of civilians are military is interesting because you can see how they’re a burden on the army. But then what is the arm fighting for in the first place?

MB: It is a total dichotomy of you hold us back from being able to protect us, but if we don’t protect you then we’re doing this all for nothing. You’ve seen that dance all the time between Tom and Weaver and Anne and Weaver. It’s always this struggle because my favorite kind of characters in movies or TV is when you’re watching it as an audience member, you go, “I can understand his point but I can also understand that point.” You have to sit with that question and wrestle with the stuff. I think questions that are easy to answer are never compelling. It’s always the ones that make you think what would I do in this situation, makes you have a little conflict inside.

Q: What is the set like in the camp, the wasteland, on the road in the middle of Toronto?

MB: It’s interesting because it’s supposed to be in Boston but they do a really good job. It looks really desolate. We’re in high school and you see old pictures of people and what was relevant before isn’t relevant now. Then the kids put up pictures of aliens so you see this hybrid of a former life in this ghost town and also the new life that we’re trying to keep creating so we stay sane.

Q: That opening scene with the kids’ pictures is hardcore.

MB: I’m actually sitting there holding them for Matt (Maxim Knight). That’s my hand. I’m going, “What do you see here? What do you see here?” It’s my words, you just don’t see me.

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Review: TNT’s Falling Skies http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/review-tv/review-tnts-falling-skies/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/review-tv/review-tnts-falling-skies/#comments Mon, 13 Jun 2011 18:53:09 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=215866 A hardcore opening leads us into a promising new alien series.

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TNT’s alien invasion show “Falling Skies” is like Independence Day on the ground. Only it’s much cooler than Independence Day so maybe it’s War of the Worlds: The Series. It’s all about the remaining humans banding together to fight extraterrestrials months after the aliens have decimated our planet.

The opening is so hardcore. Children narrate the backstory over school kid drawings of aliens wiping out the army, blasting an EMP, catching kids and harnessing them with spinal implants to be drones. Hell, the kids talk about how all their parents died! So this ain’t about whoopin’ E.T.’s ass. It’s about damn, we just need to make it through.

Tom (Noah Wyle) is second in command to Weaver (Will Patton), but Tom’s the star. His son Ben has been harnessed, but he’s got two other kids with him. He used to be a history professor so he puts all the sci-fi into historical context. At this point they already have terminology and signals to mobilize and organize missions.

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My favorite part of these survival stories is always: Where do we find supplies when everything is gone? Well, “Falling Skies” has got that. The supermarkets are already picked over, so they have to go out of the way and find warehouses, and even those are half-raided. They do eat a cupcake in one scene. I don’t know how that stayed fresh. It wasn’t Hostess, and it’s spent 9 lonely months in the bakery section.

The social aspect is really interesting too. With episodic television they have time to really explore how much the characters’ lives have changed. Anne (Moon Bloodgood) used to be a pediatrician. Now she’s the medic in the field. Tom used to tell his teenage son he couldn’t ride his bike at night. Now he gives him ammo for the road. Even the kids reminisce about what life used to be. They’d rather be in school than fighting aliens (so be careful what you wish for, kids).

The new makeshift military is in conflict with the “civilians.” It’s funny because the military was wiped out so these soldiers were also civilians. They take the perspective that the civilians are a burden in this battle, but of course the civilians are all we’re fighting for. What do we win if we eliminate our society in the process? That will be fascinating week to week. Tom has historical context to analyze that conflict too. There also seem to be other human factions to cause problems for the survivors.

Of course it’s an action show and the battles so far are cool. It’s more one on one, or one on two fights with the aliens. That’s better because if they did a whole CGI army of aliens it would just look cheap. I’m sure they’ll get there at some point but the intimate scuffles are good. The burnt out streets look like the future war in The Terminator.

The aliens resemble lizard octopi. They look impressive, obviously CGI and maybe some practical ones, but they’re definitely mean aliens. And when they bring one down, you kind of feel for the dying alien with a close-up on his gasping face. But don’t be killing us and taking our children, dudes.

I’m into “Falling Skies.” I don’t necessarily care that it’s aliens, but I don’t mind. They’re the monsters, but it’s the shambles of society and how we put it back together that have me hooked.

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Review: TNT’s Franklin & Bash http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/review-tv/review-tnts-franklin-bash/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/review-tv/review-tnts-franklin-bash/#comments Tue, 17 May 2011 23:31:01 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=212570 It seems like this is the outrageous, but not too highbrow, courtroom drama “The Defenders” wanted to be.

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I figure the factor that decides whether or not you like a lawyer show is whether you like the actor playing the lawyer. Spader and Shatner made “Boston Legal,” and I liked Marx Paul Gosselaar on “Raising the Bar.” Gosselaar was my way into TNT’s latest courtroom drama “Franklin & Bash” (he’s Bash).

The pilot works really hard in the introduction to drop as many references as it can to illustrate what wild cards Jared Franklin (Breckin Meyer) and Peter Bash are. They talk about Van Damme marathons, hitting on Marisa Tomei, Ali/Frasier and even The Notebook. Their home office is adorned with movie posters, all Sony movies which is the only explanation why S.W.A.T. is in the running. I can buy Zombieland, even Blue Thunder, but S.W.A.T.?

Don’t worry about that pop culture overload. It pays off later. The courtroom antics start big and get deeper too. The boys have a mattress model (Mircea Monroe) strip to her bra in court to prove that her video billboard is a distraction to drivers on the road. It works because even the court reporter was too distracted to take down testimony. That’s how they roll, but later you’ll see they have hearts too.

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The big firm Infeld and Daniels hires Franklin & Bash to bring their wild card to their stodgy old firm. Infeld’s (Malcolm McDowell) nephew Damien Karp (Reed Diamond) is like the crusty old dean who’ll always be thwarted by young punks Franklin and Bash. Karp’s blatant anger at a press conference is entertaining because it’s so not going to help him or his clients. He’ll be ripe for a legal pantsing every week.

Franklin and Bash shake things up right away. They tear down a wall to turn their individual offices into one, because they’re a team, man. They bring their kooky paralegals on board. Agoraphobic techno-perv Pindar (Kumal Nanjiani) will get old, so hopefully they don’t overplay that. Franklin and Bash will go so far as to stage a fistfight at a press conference to distract from the scandal, and they do.

Now that we like the lawyers, it’s time to make the cases interesting. Bash represents a dominatrix accused of prostitution. He turns the case into a sympathetic heartbreak. You really believe that the professional dominatrix thought her client loved her. In the second episode, the case begins as a joke about an ugly duckling fired from a fashion magazine. By the end it becomes about the daddy issues of the publisher’s daughter. I’m sold. They’ve got a hook and they’ve got heart.

For now, there are hints that Bash takes to the corporate life a little too well and Franklin keeps it real. Franklin has turned down work at his dad’s firm though, so he’s overcompensating. Their pop culture knowledge constantly works to their advantage. Bash can quote The Breakfast Club to trap a witness. It seems like this is the outrageous, but not too highbrow, courtroom drama “The Defenders” wanted to be.

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Kids Cry About Aliens In 5 Minute Preview Of Spielberg’s ‘Falling Skies’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/kids-cry-about-aliens-in-5-minute-preview-of-spielbergs-falling-skies/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/kids-cry-about-aliens-in-5-minute-preview-of-spielbergs-falling-skies/#comments Tue, 19 Apr 2011 01:22:42 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=207634 If there are two things Steven Spielberg can't get enough of, it's aliens and families. I wonder how many seasons of "ALF" he owns.

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If there are two things Steven Spielberg can’t get enough of, it’s aliens and families. I wonder how many seasons of “ALF” he owns.

Above is a five minute preview clip for “Falling Skies,” the upcoming TNT series from Executive Producer Spielberg. Oh, that’s the third thing he can’t get enough of: getting an Executive Producer credit. You can tell it’s a Spielberg-approved alien drama, because it opens with children coloring, drawing sad pictures of their families getting murdered by aliens, crying. Your heartstrings have been epically pulled, and it gets way lighter from there. Noah Wyle and Moon Bloodgood (what a batshit crazy name she has) star in this creepy-looking drama, which lands June 19, 2011.

I enjoyed the preview. It looks very “The Walking Dead“-y so far, but with so much zombie overkill lately, it’s nice to get an alie break. Then we can run aliens into the ground for awhile and go back to vampires. Hopefully, not teen vampires.

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Aliens Terrorize Noah Wyle And Stephen Webber http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/aliens-terrorize-noah-wyle-and-stephen-webber-in-second-falling-skies-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/aliens-terrorize-noah-wyle-and-stephen-webber-in-second-falling-skies-trailer/#comments Tue, 22 Feb 2011 17:29:55 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=29034 We've seen how society crumbles when the dead rise but this summer, it's all about seeing how alumni of NBC's Thursday night line-up fare during an alien invasion.

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We’ve seen how society crumbles when the dead rise but this summer, it’s all about seeing how alumni of NBC’s Thursday night line-up fare during an alien invasion. In this second, less epic look at TNT‘s “Falling Skies,” the focus shifts to the survivors and how they work together to fight back and rebuild mankind. All while redefining what exactly mankind will need to become. Noah Wylie raises a good point but could work on his speech delivery. Bill Pullman really set the bar pretty high. (THR)

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Cast Of ‘Dallas’ Still Alive http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/cast-of-dallas-still-alive/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/cast-of-dallas-still-alive/#comments Wed, 02 Feb 2011 16:20:58 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=24007 TNT is helping Larry Hagman buy a new pool. He and a few other alums will be joining the previously cast attractive people Josh Henderson and Jordana Brewster.

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TNT is helping Larry Hagman buy a new pool. Contrary to popular belief, Hagman is alive and well and donning a ten gallon hat again to reprise the role of JR Ewing for the pilot episode of the cable channel’s “Dallas” remake. He and a few other alums will be joining the previously cast attractive people Josh Henderson and Jordana Brewster.

Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray will also appear as the parents of the new cast. Thanks to “Party Down,” I already knew that Patrick “Duffles” Duffy was still alive and kicking but had no idea that Linda Gray ever existed. So, congratulations Ms. Gray.

This is kind of like discovering Jennie Garth and Shannon Doherty still hang around West Beverly High. I’d expect that from Ian Ziering. But you, Jennie? (NY Times)

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Jordana Brewster Cast As Attractive Person In ‘Dallas’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/jordana-brewster-cast-as-attractive-person-in-dallas/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/jordana-brewster-cast-as-attractive-person-in-dallas/#comments Mon, 31 Jan 2011 17:48:11 +0000 Dave Horwitz http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=23446 Jordana Brewster, best known for roles in movies like The Faculty and The Fast And The Furious, has been cast in a lead role in TNT's 'Dallas'.

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Jordana Brewster, best known for roles in movies like The Faculty and The Fast And The Furious, has been cast in a lead role in TNT‘s “Dallas,” a reboot/continuation/whathaveyou of the original nighttime soap opera.

Brewster has been cast as the daughter of the cook on the ranch that serves as the setting for the show. Of course, she’s ensnared in a love triangle with the two male leads, who play the progeny of the original show’s main characters brothers JR and Bobby Ewing. Expect a lot of sneaking off to the barn for those three (if we’re lucky).

It remains to be seen whether or not people will give a shit about a new “Dallas,” as the original went off the air twenty years ago (after a staggering 357 episodes), but one thing is for sure: Jordana Brewster is basic cable’s answer to Jennifer Connelly, and for that, I’ll at least watch the pilot.

(Deadline)

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Michael Cudlitz Offers Up ‘Southland’ Spoilers http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michael-cudlitz-offers-up-southland-spoilers/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michael-cudlitz-offers-up-southland-spoilers/#comments Fri, 07 Jan 2011 16:22:25 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=14648 Officer John Cooper says things are gonna get rowdy on Hollywood Blvd.

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Officer John Cooper is my favorite character on “Southland.” I’d like to believe street cops have the common sense to just handle business before it gets out of hand. In the season three premiere, Cooper stops a fight between a convenience store customer and an owner by paying the customer $3 out of his own pocket, the difference the store won’t credit her. Honestly, getting all violent over three dollars?

Michael Cudlitz speaks with the same practical authority on the phone as Cooper does on the streets. He said, “Look, this is the interview I’m doing and I’m telling you all the answers so don’t f*ck with me.” At least that’s how I read him. Cudlitz reflected on the season premiere and looked ahead for us in a phone interview we did before the holidays.

Q: I love John’s practical approach to police work. What’s your take on his attitude?

Michael Cudlitz: I just think he’s a beat cop who’s been doing it a really long time. The books were written by people who weren’t on the streets. The only thing I can sort of equate it to is I’ve spoken to people who have studied what it’s like to be in war and then actually been in war. I’ve spoken to soldiers who talk about that and they say it’s nothing like the way they teach it. So I think there’s sort of a scholastic element to it that does not translate to the actual practical application of it. Law enforcement is full of a lot of gray. It isn’t black and white. John says that but there’s a lot of truth to that. There’s a lot of discretion that can be used when applying the law. Is it the letter of the law on the spirit of the law? That’s left up to interpretation in the moment. We deal with a lot of that actually this season on the show. Not everybody who gets caught doing something wrong in taken in. Sometimes they’re just taken out back and given a good stern speaking to.

Q: I’m glad he’s more about the spirit, but even John can’t believe that convenience store customer.

MC: Oh, I think there just comes a point where he’s just like all bets are off and he’s just had it. He’s just, “How stupid can one person get?” He knows he’s in a position to impose his authority if he needs to. He would rather not but he knows in his world, the buck stops here.

Q: What would the law say about paying $3 out of pocket to settle that issue?

MC: It has nothing to do with it. It’s my choice. I’m sure it would be against department policy but it defused the situation. It’s whatever. I think ultimately they’d be like, “It’s your money, whatever.”

Q: Is it getting harder for John to keep those situations cool?

MC: Yes. Yes, it is. Things are building up for him. As the season goes on, he will have more and more difficulty keeping a lid on everything.

Q: You and Ben (Ben McKenzie) get the craziest crimes. What other ones are coming up?

MC: We have an incident dealing with a snake. There’s a big incident that happens on Hollywood Blvd. which is fantastic because we shut down Hollywood Blvd. for a while and that was amazing to do. We have burglaries, a lot of domestic violence.

Q: You’ve worked on the real streets throughout the show. How does it change things to get to that iconic street and incorporate it?

MC: I just think everything is better outside. They say everything’s better with bacon. Everything’s better outside. When you’re doing a crime show and you’re actually tracking people down, it’s so much better to be in the actual streets with real traffic than it is to be in some back lot with some manufactured traffic and manufactured everything. It’s all real. We have to react to it. A bus drives by and it’s really loud, you talk louder. These are things that are not possible on a set that’s been sterilized just for sound purposes. It’s like, “Oh, we’ll put the bus in later.” You can put the bus in later but these people won’t be speaking louder when the bus drives by. The bus’l drive by and we’ll just be able to hear everybody talking at the same level. It adds a texture to it that is indefinable but I think you feel it in the way the show looks and the way it affects you emotionally.

Q: How is the back problem going to develop for John?

MC: Well, his back’s going to get worse. He’s going to have much more of a situation where his bad days outnumber his good. His use of prescription drugs to help deal with that is going to affect everything in his life.

Q: For a guy who wants to keep control, what’s your take on his dependence on painkillers? That would seem like giving up some control.

MC: Well, not in his mind. As far as he knows, he’s in complete control and he can handle it. There’s no problem here. That’s an addict.

Q: How is his relationship with Ben going to go?

MC: Well, Ben’s getting to the end of his training. There’s some interesting stuff that goes down between them partner-wise, in John sort of testing him to see if he is ready to move out on his own. There’s some funny stuff and some very serious stuff that happens between that. Throughout the season, I think we’re going to see how they have grown to depend on each other.

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Shawn Hatosy Dishes on ‘Southland’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/shawn-hatosy-dishes-on-southland/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/shawn-hatosy-dishes-on-southland/#comments Mon, 03 Jan 2011 18:23:11 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=13885 Get some juicy intel from Det. Sammy Bryant himself.

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Before the holida break, I got to talk with several cast members from TNT’s returning cop show “Southland.” After TNT saved them from cancellation on NBC, they were eager to discuss and interest people in watching. Shawn Hatosy, who plays Det. Sammy Bryant, got on the phone to talk about the 10 new episodes airing this season.

In the first show back, Sammy and Nate (Kevin Alejandro) investigate gang killings. Nate even backs off the tough gangsters. Sammy comes home to more drama with Tammi (Emily Bergl) and that’s where the season begins. Here are some more spoilers and details from our interview with Shawn Hatosy.

Shawn Hatosy: I could talk all day about “Southland.” It doesn’t even feel like work, and I’m not kidding. Even shooting the show, we’re like, “This isn’t work. This is the dream job.”

Q: Anything can be a little like work though. What removes that from “Southland?”

SH: It’s just so much fun. We take pride in the fact that we go into the street and use these locations and we don’t change them. What you see on the show was already there. If there’s trash on the street, then it stays. We don’t take it away.

Q: Does that take care of a lot of the down time?

SH: There’s not much waiting. Also, we don’t do a lot of takes. So we have to come prepared. We have a protocol on our show where there’s no sides. You have to be off book when you show up. So once we block the scene out and they turn the camera on, it’s very much like live theater because we don’t go back and we don’t do very many takes.

Q: So when your partner says “Better a live p*ssy than a dead hero,” that’s not scripted?

SH: I think that was scripted. That was definitely scripted. They turn the cameras on and that is what it is. What I was saying is I find myself on this show standing in for myself while they light because it’s really the only chance that I’m going to get as the actor to run through my own little rehearsal because I know I’m not going to get 50 takes, or even five takes. So I’m standing in for myself going through the scene while they light because I have no idea how many times I’m going to get a crack at it.

Q: What was the fight with Tammi about? Should we remember that?

SH: That’s to be revealed so probably not so much. What it does do is they’re relationship, and it’s no secret, is a mess.

Q: I’ve been there, dude.

SH: I wish I could say that I haven’t been there but I’ve been there too. What it creates for Sammy is he needs support and he turns to Nate. This season becomes about relying on his partner for support at work and not at work.

Q: What interesting cases are coming up?

SH: I think that this season, more so than the prior seasons, we really go into the gang world. Episode 2 is called “Punching Water.” What it refers to is actually Sal makes a speech about punching water, no matter how hard you hit the water, you just can’t make a dent. It’s the same thing with these gangs. We sit here and we try and we’ve got all this, we’ve figured this out and we’ve figured out this sign, we can’t let these people talk but these senseless crimes continue to happen. If you think about it too much you might just give up. So many things that are just sad go on and Sammy takes it personally. He really is energized to try to make it right.

Q: Will the gang murder from episode 1 develop further in the season?

SH: No, I think that one’s open and shut. We handled that one although I can’t say for sure. We don’t tend to continue that many cases. There’s been a handful but not that one, no.

Q: 10 episodes is actually the longest season you’ve had by far.

SH: Almost by half.

Q: What sort of character arc does that give you?

SH: First of all, just knowing. Just the idea that there will be 10, meaning a beginning, a middle and an end, it’s just comforting. You say as the actor, well, I want to start here and I want to end here. The writers have done a beautiful job thus far of creating very interesting storylines, emotional which is good for Sammy because he’s a very emotional guy. It’s one of the things that I enjoy about him. He reacts and is impulsive so I think that I really am excited about this season of “Southland.” It’s a very raw show and the fans are just going to be blown away by it.

Q: Well, we’ve been with you since the NBC days.

SH: And their presence even in the second season was felt. There was a lot going on behind the scenes and it was a blessing in disguise that they cancelled us and didn’t air those six, because there was value in those six. TNT watched them and gave us life. I’m so f***ing happy to be associated with TNT.

Q: Are you just at the stage of an actor’s life where you play cops now?

SH: It sure feels like it, yeah. I don’t know what that says about me. There was a time when I was hitting 22 and 23 where I was still getting all thes high school roles. I kept saying to myself, “God, one day, I don’t want to be this kid anymore. I want to be a lawyer or a cop.” Now that’s just kind of the progression of things. There are great stories in crime. That’s always going to be that way.

Q: How was your experience on “Dexter?”

SH: I thoroughly enjoyed it. I think Boyd Fowler was a great character. I remember when they were explaining it to me, I was just like, “Seriously? You’re going to let me do this? This is great.” A character like that, there’s no real feeling. There’s a lot of freedom creatively when you play somebody as twisted as that. That was a lot of fun. People all the time come up to me on the street. I actually can’t believe how many people watc Dexter. More people than almost anything else I’ve done really.

Q: Is it cool to be on Dexter’s table?

SH: Yeah. I remember looking at him just as actors, I was naked and taped to a table while he was plunging a knife into my chest. There’s blood coming out and I just looked at him going, “This is quite the interesting type of employment that you have” because he does it weekly.

Q: Are you playing another cop in Street Kings 2?

SH I am playing another cop.

Q: What do you like about that character?

SH: That’s a lot of this back and forth between partners. Ray Liotta plays my partner. The approach from the director was not the same as “Southland.” On “Southland” we try to create this realistic and we just let the camera go where it goes. This was he had this kind of noir approach to it, very beautiful setups so for me it was totally like, “Whoa.” I haven’t seen it yet. I can’t wait.

Q: Does it have much connection to the first Street Kings?

SH: No. I don’t know because I haven’t seen the first one but from what I understand there’s none. I did something similar to that with Bad Lieutenant which was the Nic Cage version which they use the title I guess to sell but there’s no relation there. It’s just the title and the city. I think the concept is we could take Bad Lieutenant and the next one could be Stallone and put it in L.A. and there you go.

Q: Are you already looking forward to a fourth season of “Southland?”

SH: Gosh, I hope so. That would be great. The fact is, we’re doing 10 episodes and we’re going to do them to the best of our ability. So far we’re hitting home runs. Look, you just believe in what it is that you set out to do. If it works out, it works out. I think it will, but I’m naïve sometimes.

“Southland” premieres tomorrow at 10PM EST on TNT.

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Spielberg Continues His Love Affair with Aliens http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/spielberg-continues-his-love-affair-with-aliens/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/spielberg-continues-his-love-affair-with-aliens/#comments Mon, 27 Dec 2010 22:10:49 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=13407 Are you a sci-fi dork who's been jonesing for a good alien-invasion series ever since BSG went off the air? Or maybe you're a right-wing gun nut who's looking for a healthier outlet for your paranoid survivalist fantasies. Either way, the "Falling Skies" trailer is for you.

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Are you a sci-fi dork who’s been jonesing for a good alien-invasion series ever since BSG went off the air? Or maybe you’re a right-wing gun nut who’s looking for a healthier outlet for your paranoid survivalist fantasies. Either way, TNT‘s “Falling Skies” is the show for you.

With Steven Spielberg acting as executive producer, the show stars Noah Wyle as a college professor who ends up leading a group of resistance fighters after an alien invasion. I’m not sure what’s more ridiculous: the fact that these aliens, with their advanced technology, have trouble conquering our planet, or the idea of a college professor doing something useful outside of academia.

Zing! Take that, Professor Knapp! Who’s “plagiarizing” now? (IO9)

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Review: ‘Southland’ Season 3 Premiere http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/review-tv/review-southland-season-3-premiere/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/review-tv/review-southland-season-3-premiere/#comments Mon, 27 Dec 2010 20:31:27 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=13403 “Southland” is back with thrilling TV action, but it’s not really the action that makes the show.

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For the patient fans who waited through the NBC/TNT handover, the third season of “Southland” begins in the middle of action. Lydia (Regina King) and her new partner Josie Ochoa (Jenny Gago) run down a perp. The episode culminates in a rolling vehicular move by the officers on the street, so “Southland” is back with thrilling TV action, but it’s not really the action that makes the show.

Flash back to the beginning of the case that leads to this dramatic chase. John Cooper (Michael Cudlitz) and Ben Sherman (Ben McKenzie) respond to the call about of a missing janitor. Ben brings the human touch to an uncaring bureaucrat. The missing woman’s daughter is upset. That should have been enough cause to investigate, but the suit waited two days. Now it’s a police matter.

Cooper knows something’s wrong from basic detective skills. Her purse is still in her locker. What woman would leave her purse? Duh. This is enough to turn the case over to Lydia and the detectives. The janitor never punched out. And that didn’t raise a red flag? The K-9 unit ultimately finds the body (spoiler alert, but come on, did you really think she’d turn out okay?)

Even though we know what’s coming, “Southland” builds up to the discovery with class and suspense. That’s why the show is a step above the usual cop drama. Also, this all happens within 10 hours. That’s some damn fine police work. I hope the real cops are that efficient.

Continuing in the story, the detectives handle the survivors with sympathy. Josie tells the daughter, “I’m going to be sad with you, okay?” Think about it, that is the only possible response to the situation and it could even be helpful. Personality differences between Josie and Lydia become a recurring theme. It’s petty that Lydia doesn’t like Josie talking on the phone while driving, but profound when they argue a rape counselor’s responsibility to help the investigation.

Meanwhile Cooper and Sherman handle some more petty street incidents and these are my favorites on the show. A fight between a convenience store clerk and a customer over $3 tests even Cooper’s patience. He uses his own personal resources to defuse the situation, which may be against the books but I respect it. In real life, it’s more important to just solve the problem then follow some irrelevant procedure. That’s why the police work of “Southland” speaks to me on a more practical level.

Sammy Bryant (Shawn Hatosy) and Nate Moretta (Kevin Alejandro) investigate the bodies of some gang members in a subplot that didn’t mean as much to me this week. However, it does touch on the reality that a couple of suits can only do so much in gangland. More interesting is that Tammi and Sammy have bee fighting again. We don’t even know what it was about, but we get it because that girl is nothing but drama.

Yes, this is the “Southland” I love. They’ve set up some ongoing dramas (also Cooper’s painkiller dependence) but delivered a standalone episode that should hook any first time viewer.

“Southland” returns Jan. 4 on TNT.

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‘Southland’ Spoilers: The Case of the Blow Up Doll Stabbing http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/southland-spoilers-the-case-of-the-blow-up-doll-stabbing/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/southland-spoilers-the-case-of-the-blow-up-doll-stabbing/#comments Fri, 10 Dec 2010 21:45:12 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=12073 This show seems to write itself, as officers advise the producers of strange real cases they’ve investigated. Rookie officer Ben Sherman gets a surprise in a seemingly routine domestic disturbance.

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TNT’s cop drama “Southland,” which it inherited from NBC, is back on the case starting January 14. This show seems to write itself, as officers advise the producers of strange real cases they’ve investigated. Rookie officer Ben Sherman gets a surprise in a seemingly routine domestic disturbance.

“There’s a scene this year where there’s a guy who’s bleeding, says his girlfriend cut him,” McKenzie said in a conference call with the media. “’Where is she?’ ‘Down the block.’ It’s a blow up doll. The guy is 5150, crazy. He says he got into an argument with his girlfriend about the outfit she was wearing and guys looking at her. Clearly he’s lying, he cut himself. There’s funny stuff like that but also disturbing. It’s a line we walk on the show.”

The detectives’ cases aren’t as outrageous since by the time it gets to their level it’s a pretty serious crime. Regina King returns as Det. Lydia Adams. “There’s one that takes place that starts out seeming to be like its going to be another murder case that she’s picked up and turns out to go way beyond just being a murder case,” King said during the call.

A very serious matter returns to Sherman’s life. A case involving his family develops the personal conflicts an officer may face. “In episode three, the guy who raped my mom gets out of prison and that affects me pretty severely,” McKenzie said. “I go a little haywire because of it. We’re forced to talk about that. I think it will shed some light on who this guy is deep down and the armor he puts up. Most of what you’ve seen is this stoic guy out there observing the world and taking John’s [Cooper (Michael Cudlitz)] flack, taking a lot of grief from John. Inside there’s a lot of stuff boiling and you see that come to the surface in that episode and inform who this guy is. He’s almost obsessed with the notion of justice in a way, what he’s been pursuing his entire life. When that changes in that episode, you see him grow up and mature a little that episode.”

Adams has been a stellar by-the-books detective so far. The new season will shake her up too. “Lydia specifically [learns] that she may not be the easiest partner to work with, contrary to her belief,” King said. “You kind of see her discovering that through this new partner she’s working with. I think you’re definitely going to see a less perfect side of Lydia but I think what’s interesting about how the writers are playing it is that you see a less perfect side of her as she discovers the less perfect side of herself.”

The new partner is a senior detective, who really challenges Lydia’s comfort zone. “Lydia’s never worked with a woman before,” King said. “The character is a woman that’s been on the force longer than Lydia. She’s older than her so there is that dynamic that it’s not said but the tension is felt where you have one person who is really good at their job and feels like ‘I’m this good and I’ve reached the levels of success that I’ve had because I’ve been this good.’ Then you have the other one that’s like ‘I’ve been here longer than [anyone].’ It’s a little similar to what goes on with John Cooper and Ben Sherman but the only difference is Lydia’s been around longer than Ben Sherman’s character so she’s a little more vocal about not liking the way her partner does her job. Ben Sherman definitely does not agree with all the stuff you hear John Cooper say but he’s his training officer so you kind of catch some of his disdain for some of what Cooper says in his looks. Lydia is more vocal.”

“Southland” returns Jan. 4 for 10 new episodes on TNT.

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