Radar Watch: 2010 Upfronts and beyond

It’s amazing how much fandom news can accumulate in just a couple of weeks. And then just when I’m almost ready to post, I wait a couple days, well then it multiplies again. The longer you wait, the further and further behind you get.

So, lots of things to talk about this time around. Of course when it comes to upfront week, the internet becomes like crazy town. Now that it’s over we’re left with tons of television news, pictures, video, and personal fall schedules to be made. Then, there’s always tons of movie news, too. And that’s what we’re going to start with first.


Only a couple weeks to go until Twilight: Eclipse is in theaters on June 30th. It feels like it’s been ages of waiting. Promotion has thankfully begun with trailers: 1,2,3. And tv spots: 1,2,3,4. And some clips: 1,2,3,4,5. Most of it’s the same footage, so not too spoilery. There’s also an awesome behind the scenes video, too.+ I’d say it’s all gotten me adequately revved up.

If you’re not allergic to hearing the soundtrack before the movie, it was released on June 8th.+ This one is much better than the last one, in my opinion. Examiner has a positive review as well, so you don’t have to take my word for it.+ The first single by Muse, ‘Neutron Star Collision (Love is Forever)’ is also out along with the music video. For those keeping score, Muse has been on each of the three Twilight soundtracks.+

The dynamic triangle trio have been out making the promotion rounds, too. They were so adorkable in their interview with USA Today:+

“She checks the book: “Believe — ie or ei?”
“I before e except after c,” Pattinson responds.
She checks. “Oh, yeah,” she says with a triumphant fist pump.
Pattinson laughs. “I almost spelled Oprah wrong. I almost wrote Opera.”

Same goes for their backstage video interview from when they visited Oprah recently.+ Jimmy Kimmel will be airing some kind of primetime special for Eclipse on June 23rd, so check for that as well.+ There’s also a recent interview with Jackson (Jasper) on the scary moment during filming when he was injured and taken to the hospital.+ Thank goodness he was all right.

What I’ve personally been waiting for though is a review for the movie. The people who went to Oprah actually saw the movie early, lucky bastards, and Lexicon gave a positive review of the movie from a fan of the book.+ That’s as good as it gets, guys. And just because I love director David Slade, there’s also an interesting interview with him on why he thankfully chose to do Eclipse.+ At the very least, the film should be beautiful.

And now that we’re closing out on Eclipse, sadness, the next film has been greenlit and Bill Condon has an interview with his thoughts on doing Breaking Dawn.+ I’m not a big fan of the book, but seeing a movie is a whole different matter. So, again, excited to see it come to life. It was also just announced this week the last book will be made into two movies, the first to be released November 2011.+

Other Book-Movies

Moving on to other book-movies, the film based on the as yet unreleased books series I Am Number Four, had two cast updates: Jake Abel (Percy Jackson) has been added and Sharlto Copley (District 9) has been removed due to scheduling conflicts.+ I want to see where this movie goes, even if I’m a little skeptical about it’s quality when it comes from Gough and Millar.

Some new Harry Potter pictures have surfaced of the cast from the last scene in the last book.+ Yes, that one. Do you think they’ll be able to pull it off? It’s looking kind of iffy.

But I’m most excited for this next contender in book-movie franchises, The Hunger Games. The first draft of the script is in, and the film is expected to go into production in January for release in 2011.+ Let the casting games begin, please.

Superhero Movies and Whedonverse

Hollywood’s best kept secret right now seems to be whether Joss is doing The Avengers or not. No official statement has been made, but everyone’s saying they’ve spoken to Joss about it. Zack Whedon says his brother has tentatively agreed, so take that too how you want.+ Then, there’s Chris Hemsworth (Thor) who says he’s also spoken to Joss.+ And now Nathan Fillion (Firefly) is even rumored to be cast as Hank Pym in the film. What do you make of all this secrecy? It’s frustrating, I think. Out with it already!

Then, there’s the Captain America secrecy where Tommy Lee Jones has now been cast in an unspecificied role.+ Neal McDunough (Minority Report) has also joined the film as DumDum.+ There’s 7 screenshots from ET’s visit to the set of Thor.+

There’s new plot info for the Green Lantern movie about a third villain that sounds pretty cool.+ Berlanti (Green Lantern, No Ordinary Family) has already been asked for a treatment for the another Green Lantern film and Flash.+ How’s that for getting into the superhero business?

I wasn’t the biggest fan of the idea of having another X-Men movie, but time’s are changing now that the director of Kick-Ass has been added. And now James McAvoy will be playing Professor X.+ Bless my heart.

In other Whedonverse news, Transformers 3 has cast Alan Tudyk.+ Just when I thought I was getting out of that franchise. And James Marsters (BtVS) has finally gotten engaged.+ Congrats!

More Movie News

SyFy has released a must see for scifi movies of the summer, including all our favorites.+ What are you excited to see this summer?

Guillermo del Toro has now backed out of The Hobbit due to scheduling and time issues.+ I don’t understand why this movie is taking so long to get off the ground. In more scary news, the Terminator franchise has a new agent.+ Please, don’t make anymore crappy movies. More scariness, Paramount and Nickelodeon own the rights to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and have brought on Michael Bay to produce a live action film. Again, please don’t make anymore crappy movies.+

Nina Dobrev (Vampire Diaries) and Kellan Lutz (Twilight) will be joining forces in an indie movie Death Games with Samuel L. Jackson.+ Sam Worthington is set to play Quatermain in a retelling of the scifi literary hero ala what they recently did with Sherlock Holmes.+

Speaking of which, Sherlock Holmes 2 now has a release date of December 16, 2011.+ Other big movies with new release dates:

— Red Riding Hood: April 22, 2011
— The Hangover 2: May 26
— Green Lantern (3D): June 17
— Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II (3D): July 15
— Journey to the Center of the Earth 2 (3D): Sept. 23
— Happy Feet 2 (3D): Nov. 18
— New Year’s Eve: Dec. 9

Three Musketeers Again?

Warner Bros. is rebooting Three Musketeers ala Sherlock Holmes and Doug Liman will direct. +. Summit is also doing their own version of Three Musketeers, but this time Paul W. S. Anderson will direct Logan Lerman (“Percy Jackson”), Ray Stevenson (“The Book of Eli”), Luke Evans (“Clash of the Titans”) and Matthew Macfadyen (“Robin Hood”), Christoph Waltz, Milla Jovovich, and maybe Orlando Bloom.+ MTV recently spoke with Logan Lerman and he says the movie will shoot with James Cameron’s 3-D cameras.+ How’s that for coolness?


Trailers by the bunch. Inception released another trailer, which in my opinion reveals too much this time. Watch at your own risk.+. Attached to Iron Man 2, J.J. Abrams Super 8 has also released a teaser trailer to wet our appetites.+ Something about Area 51? Another scifi novel has been turned into a film with The Adjustment Bureau trailer.+ And the glorious Scott Pilgrim vs. The World has released its second trailer.+ And Tom Cruise is back in Knight and Day and acting crazy again.+ But I love it. Enjoy!

Television Time

Finally, we’ve made it to tv. The end of the fall tv season seems to be making people nostalgic. EOnline posted their Top 20 Shows of the Past 20 Years. In the running: Buffy, Alias, Veronica Mars, Felicity, Dexter, etc.+

Trying their hand, Entertainment Weeky announced their Top 100 Characters of the Past 20 Years. Buffy is in at #3 and Mulder and Scully at #12.+ They definitely won’t be forgotten anytime soon.

All right, the moment we’ve been waiting for, truth, bunnies, kitties, and all that stuff: May Upfronts.


Returners: Chuck, Parenthood, Community, 30 Rock, The Office, L&O: SVU
New: The Event, Chase, Undercovers, Outsourced, Love Bites, Outlaw, L&O: LA
Midseason: The Cape, Friends With Benefits, Perfect Couples, Harry’s Law

THE EVENT — Supposedly the next 24, The Event is as conspiracy thriller that follows Sean Walker (Jason Ritter, “Joan of Arcadia”), an Everyman who investigates the mysterious disappearance of his fiancee, and unwittingly begins to expose the biggest cover-up in U.S. history.

Also: Blair Underwood (“Dirty Sexy Money”); Laura Innes (“ER”), Scott Patterson (“Gilmore Girls”). Ian Anthony Dale (“Daybreak”) and Zeljko Ivanek (“Damages”).

UNDERCOVERS – Outwardly, Steven Bloom (Boris Kodjoe, “Resident Evil: Afterlife”) and his wife, Samantha (Gugu Mbatha-Raw, “Doctor Who”), are a typical married couple, secretly the duo were two of the CIA’s best spies until they fell in love on the job five years ago and retired. The pair is thrust back into the world of espionage as they follow leads that span the globe.

Also: Acclaimed writer/producer/director J.J. Abrams (“Star Trek,” “Fringe,” “Lost,” “Alias”) serves as co-writer, executive producer – and also directs – his first direction of a TV series pilot since “Lost”.

ExtraExtra: FutonCritic says what I was thinking: too lighthearted to be the usual Abrams fare. I’m in, but not as excited as I would have hoped to be.+

CHASE – “Chase” is a fast-paced drama from Emmy Award-winning executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Kelli Giddish (“Past Life”) stars as U.S. Marshal Annie Frost, whose Texas upbringing help her track down the violent criminals on the run.

Also: Cole Hauser (“K-Ville”), Amaury Nolasco (“Prison Break”), Rose Rollins (“The L Word”) and Jesse Metcalfe (“Desperate Housewives”). David Nutter (“The X-Files”,”Roswell”) directed and is executive producer of the pilot.

THE CAPE – “The Cape” is a one-hour drama series starring David Lyons (“ER”) as Vince Faraday, an honest cop who finds himself framed for a series of murders and presumed dead. Fueled by a desire to reunite with his family and to battle the criminal forces that have overtaken Palm City, Faraday becomes “The Cape” his son’s favorite comic book superhero — and takes the law into his own hands.

Also: James Frain (“The Tudors”), Keith David (“Death at a Funeral”), Summer Glau (“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”) Dorian Missick (“Six Degrees”).


Returners: House, Glee, Lie to Me, Hell’s Kitchen, Bones, Fringe, Human Target, The Good Guys, Simpsons, Cleveland Show, Family Guy, American Dad
New: Lonestar, Raising Hope, Running Wilde
Midseason: Ride-Along, Mixed Signals, Bob’s Burgers, Terra Nova

TERRA NOVA – From Steven Spielberg, Peter Chernin, Brannon Braga (24, “Star Trek: Enterprise”) and David Fury (“Lost,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), it follows an ordinary family embarking on an incredible journey in 2149 to go back in time to prehistoric Earth as a small part of a massive experiment to save the human race.

ExtraExtra: Terra Nova has hired Alex Graves who directed the pilot of Fringe to begin shooting at the end of the summer.+ SyFy also has 12 things we know about Terra Nova with a few more deets.+


Returners: Brothers & Sisters, Desperate Housewives, Castle, Modern Family, Cougar Town, The Middle, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, V
New: Body of Proof, Detroit 1-8-7, My Generation, No Ordinary Family, Off the Map, The Whole Truth, Better Together
Midseason: Off the Map, V

NO ORDINARY FAMILY – From Greg Berlanti (“Everwood”, “Jack&Bobby”, “Brothers&Sisters”, “Eli Stone”), during a family vacation the Powell family crashes into the Amazon River. Each of the Powells now possesses unique and distinct superpowers as they embark on a journey to find out what defines and unifies them.

Also: Michael Chiklis (“The Shield”) stars as Jim Powell, Julie Benz (“Dexter”) as Stephanie Powell, Romany Malco (“The 40-Year-Old Virgin”) as George St. Cloud, Autumn Reeser (“The O.C.”) as Katie Andrews, Kay Panabaker as Daphne Powell, and Jimmy Bennett as JJ Powell.

OFF THE MAP – Executive producer Shonda Rhimes (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Private Practice”) brings you an uplifting medical drama that explores how far you have to go to truly heal. In a tiny town in the South American jungle five doctors who have lost their way will go to the ends of the earth to try to remember the reasons why they wanted to become doctors in the first place.

Also: “Off the Map” stars Martin Henderson as Ben Keeton, Caroline Dhavernas as Lily Brenner (“Wonderfalls”), Enrique Murciano as Manny Diaz, Mamie Gummer as Mina Minard, Jason George as Otis Cole, Valerie Cruz as Zita (Zee) and Jose Julian as Charlie.


Returners: NCIS, Two and a Half Men, NCIS: LA, Big Bang Theory, Amazing Race, How I Met Your Mother, Rules of Engagement, The Good Wife, Criminal Minds, CSI, CSI: New York, CSI: Miami, Mentalist, Medium
New: Hawaii Five-O, The Defenders, Blue Bloods, Shit My Dad Says, Mike & Molly
Midseason: Criminal Minds spinoff

HAWAII FIVE-0 – A contemporary take on the classic series about a new elite federalized task force whose mission is to wipe out the crime that washes up on the Islands’ sun-drenched beaches.

Alex O’Loughlin, Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park.


Returners: 90210, Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill, Life Unexpected, ANTM, Vampire Diaries, Smallville, Supernatural
New: Nikita, Hellcats

NIKITA – Nikita was rescued from death row by a secret U.S. agency known only as Division, who trained her as a spy and assassin. Now, after three years in hiding after going rogue, Nikita is seeking retribution and to destroy their covert operation. One of the new recruits, Alex, is just beginning to understand what lies ahead for her and why the legendary Nikita made the desperate decision to run.

Also: Maggie Q as Nikita, Lyndsy Fonseca as Alex (“Kick-Ass”), Shane West as Michael (“ER”), Aaron Stanford as Birkhoff (“X-Men 2”), Ashton Holmes as Thom, Tiffany Hines as Jaden, with Melinda Clarke as Amanda (“The O.C.”) and Xander Berkeley as Percy (“Terminator 2”).

ExtraExtra: FutonCritic has their First Look with the same thoughts I had while reading the script: the story is strangely told instead of shown, but the mood, subject matter, and twist at the end make us curious to see more. With a good cast, this show that may need time to grow into it’s premise.+ Nikita trailer.+ This curiously goes along with what TVGuide said on how the pilot reminded them of Dollhouse.+

SyFy has trailers and concept art for all the fall scifi shows.+. Complete fall schedule can be found on FutonCritic. What does your fall schedule look like? What are you interested in?

Summer Lovin’

The Hollywood Reporter has your summer series premiere dates.
Because you shouldn’t be without tv even in the summer:+

June 3
Burn Notice (USA), 9 p.m.
Royal Pains (USA), 10 p.m.
June 7
Secret Life of the American Teenager (ABC Family), 8 p.m.
June 8
Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family), 8 p.m.
June 13
True Blood (HBO), 9 p.m.
June 20
Scoundrels (ABC), 9 p.m.
Leverage (TNT), 9 p.m.
June 22
Hawthorne (TNT), 9 p.m.
Memphis Beat (TNT), 10 p.m.
June 27
Hung (HBO), 10 p.m.
Entourage (HBO), 10:30 p.m.
June 27
Huge (ABC Family), 9 p.m.
Make It or Break It (ABC Family), 10 p.m.
June 29
Rescue Me (FX), 10 p.m.
Louie (FX), 11 p.m.
July 9
Eureka (Syfy), 9 p.m.
Haven (Syfy), 10 p.m.
July 12
The Closer (TNT), 9 p.m.
July 13
White Collar (USA), 9 p.m.
Covert Affairs (USA), 10 p.m.
July 14
Psych (USA), 10 p.m.
July 24
Being Human (BBC America)
July 25
Mad Men (AMC), 10 p.m.
My Boys (TBS),
Aug. 1
Rubicon (AMC)
Aug. 16
Weeds (Showtime), 10 p.m.
The Big C (Showtime), 10:30 p.m.
Aug. 17
Melissa & Joey (ABC Family), 8 p.m.

TVAddict has already dubbed ABCFamily’s Pretty Little Liars as this summer’s guilty pleasure.+ ABC’s Scoundrels adds Jason Priestley from 90210 for a multiepisode arc.+ Then, there’s more spy action in USA Network’s Covert Affairs will be adding Gregory Itzin from 24 Eriq La Salle from ER.+

Tell me more, tell me more

I know this has to interest more than just me, Whedonage has a list of all the Whedonverse writers and where they’ll be this fall season. Includes: Lie to Me, Ride-Along, Caprica, Mad Men, Spartacus, Supernatural, In Plain Sight, and Terra Nova.+ There’s also a recent German interview with Tahmoh where he may have mentioned a new Joss project where he’ll have complete control? Just check out the thread, it’s hard to explain.+

AMC’s Walking Dead has zombie pics from filming. Excited about this one, the script is pretty good.+ Something else that’ll be pretty good is HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, which is getting lots of buzz at L.A. screenings.+

There’s some scary rumors afoot about a possible Alias reboot, but without all the mythology and such cause that would be totally awesome. 0_o.+ Speaking of reboots, Thundercats. Enough said.+ Syfy has hired Lost director Jack Bender to helm their new 90 minute pilot Alphas, about a team of ordinary citizens with extraordinary mental skills who take on cases the government has been unable to solve.+

Despite not having filmed any of season 2 yet, Glee has already been renewed for a season 3. I know. Trust me, I know.+ CW renewed midseason show Life Unexpected, and NYTimes has an article about the road to renewal for creator Liz Tigelaar. Congrats!+ FOX has a video talking with the cast of Fringe on their thoughts of this past season and what they expect for the upcoming season. Deliciously thought-provoking.+

Details on the Vampire Diaries DVDs for season 1, out on August 31st, have been released. And yes, there’ll be unaired scenes and a gag reel.+ If you haven’t gotten invested into the show yet, trust me you should, CW is currently reairing the first season and it’s just starting to get good.+ E! has some general thoughts on the cast and what to expect for season 2.+ Kevin Williamson via his Twitter has said an outline of episode 2×01 was complete and he’s pitching season 2 to CW today.

Well, that’s it from me this time!

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