|ABC||Billboard Music Awards|
|CBS||60 Minutes||ACM Presents: Tim McGraw’s Superstar Summer Night|
|FOX||The Simpsons||Family Guy|
|NBC||The Voice (R)||All-Star Celebrity Apprentice|
|MISC||Call the Midwife (PBS)||Mr. Selfridge (PBS)
Army Wives (Lifetime)
|The Client List (Lifetime)|
|HBO||Game of Thrones||Veep||Family Tree|
|SHO||Nurse Jackie||Nurse Jackie||The Borgias|
Everyone is talking about the mesmerizing chameleon work of Tatiana Maslany as her various incarnations in the series ORPHAN BLACK, but one of the more fascinating characters making up the clone-club world is Sarah’s right-hand man, Felix (Jordan Gravari’s).
Sarah would literally be up a creek without the one person who has her back, her foster-brother Felix; even Paul (Dylan Bruce) had not been solidly on Sarah’s side to support her and help her until last week’s episode “Parts Developed In An Unusual Manner.” Before that, Paul was really just monitoring Sarah’s increasingly erratic behavior. It had been Paul’s job to only watch, not assist.
But Felix, through the familial bonds of being her brother and the bonds of friendship forged over decades growing up together, has consistently gone above and beyond the call of duty. When Sarah appears out of the blue after a 10-month absence, Felix drops everything to be at her beck and call, including: planning a fake funeral to throw Sarah’s dubious ex-boyfriend Vic (Michael Mando) off her trail; hiding and selling the illicit cocaine that Sarah stole from Vic; covering with Sarah’s adoptive mother Mrs. S (Maria Doyle Kennedy) and Sarah’s daughter Kira (Skyler Wexler); nearly getting shot in head; playing faux bartender for Sarah’s clone Allison’s block party; and then in last week’s episode, Felix infiltrated the goth Neolution club to scope out the set up for Sarah before she stuck her neck out. Felix also anxiously waited to see if Sarah was successful in rescuing Paul, being her backup in case she didn’t make it out. That’s Felix’s biggest job, having Sarah’s back. He is literally the only person she trusts enough with her own well-being.
However, Felix is not just her back-up plan and her brother; Felix is really the only one that Sarah knows will always be there no matter what. He may be the first to tell her that she’s out of her mind, but when things really start to get weird or out of hand, he is there.
On the lighter-side, Felix is an outrageously fun character in his own right. He is not just the loyal brother, the confidante, and the fixer; Felix is Mr. Party. He doesn’t live just for his sister. He sneaks in flings with every good-looking guy that crosses his path – morticians not excepted. His sense of style and fashion would put most runway models to shame. And he knows exactly what to say, no matter what the occasion; a few favorites include: “Impersonating a dead officer – that’s like a whole new crime” and “I’m beginning to realize crazy is genetic.” Sassy one-liners and eye-popping fashion aside, Felix is the kind of person we all want in our lives. Someone who is so self-possessed and confident that we can lean on them when our lives go to hell. In Sarah’s case, that is pretty frequently, so perhaps Felix has learned to be the reliable and secure one in their relationship out of necessity.
Sarah brings the adventure to ORPHAN BLACK, but Felix brings the fun. The show would be just another gripping drama series without its perfectly timed moments of levity and the reminder that there is a family at the heart of the show. Sarah and Felix’s relationship is stronger than most siblings. Their time in the foster care system raised under the strong-willed and stringent Mrs. S taught them that they needed each other, and yet they also appreciate the other for the person they have become. Neither Sarah or Felix seeks to fix or curb the lifestyle of the other. When Sarah announces she is taking over the identity of her clone Beth, a cop, Felix barely bats an eyelash. In turn, Sarah takes it in stride with the constant parade of lovers leaving Felix’s place. These are the norms in their lives and they accept each other wholly as who they are. The core of their relationship is founded on love. They love each other for exactly who they are and what they may do. Though we suspect Felix’s love must be the stronger given the craziness that tends to rain down as a result of Sarah’s life choices. Felix is Sarah’s “constant” – the one person she depends on when everything goes to pieces. Wouldn’t we all kill to have a brother like that?
Kudos to Jordan Gavaris for bringing such joie de vivre to his portrayal of Felix. Even during the more over-the-top moments, we sense that there is a feeling of love underlying the performance. Jordan clearly loves playing Felix and we feel that radiant joy and embrace it. He lights up the screen and we are riveted watching him. For what would Sarah , with all her clones, be without her one person to call in a pinch?
Here’s to many more Felix moments, whether it is sitting in the car with the police on speed-dial, posing as a straight bartender, parading around in his erotic kimonos, or playfully reminding Sarah that pretending to be a cop doesn’t actually make her a cop. He’s the cherry-on-top of this spectacular new series. It may be clone-club on the show, but count me for the Felix-club.
To see what wondrous antics Felix is up to next, be sure to tune in for an all new episode of ORPHAN BLACK on Saturday, May 18th at 9PM on BBC America (Space in Canada).
There is no greater mystery in DOCTOR WHO than the name of The Doctor (Matt Smith). That is until The Doctor met Clara Oswald (Jenna Louise Coleman) – “The Impossible Girl” who kept dying on him. As the show’s seventh season comes to an end this Saturday, fans are going to be wondering which of the two massive mysteries will DOCTOR WHO answer. Given the unlikelihood that a show that has been on for over 50 years would choose to reveal it’s grand mystery as to The Doctor’s identity, it is more likely that we will instead find out how it is possible for Clara Oswald to keep popping up in The Doctor’s life. But it will be a shame if they do for it has provided a grand mystery for the past season.
From the minute Jenna Louise Coleman popped up on screen as the mysterious Oswin in “Asylum of the Daleks,” we knew something significant was going on. Our brains told us that she was destined to be The Doctor’s next companion, but then Oswin died. Then when Jenna appeared in the annual Christmas episode, “The Snowman” as Clara, we just knew she was around to stay this time – particularly after Amy and Rory’s tragic departure in “The Angels Take Manhattan.” Yet, we were wrong again – and we wept giant tears along with The Doctor over Clara’s lifeless body. That blasted girl had the audacity to die twice. And so the hunt was on.
Thus, we were breathless with glee watching The Doctor unknowingly encounter Clara as a young child in prequel to “The Bells of Saint John” and even more ecstatic when he heard her voice in at the beginning of “The Bells of Saint John.” The time had finally come and we would find out why Clara had died twice before. Yet in great agonizing fashion, the seventh season rolled right along with nary a clue as to the answer of why Clara had been destined to have died twice before and whether she was on the cusp of dying yet again. These past seven episode were instead tantalizing teasers as to the mystery of “The Impossible Girl.” Our brains and emotions raced right along with The Doctor as he fervently tried to keep Clara safe and out of harm’s way. Nary a Spoonhead, Ice Warrior, parasite, molten creature, ancient leeches, or wayward Cyberman was going to get in The Doctor’s way. It made for an grand adventure spanning the course of the entire season. The sassy Ms. Oswald seemed perfectly normal, and had we not seen her live two entirely different lives, we would have been none the wiser. Yet we had; and like The Doctor, the mystery keep tugging on our brains ‘til we felt as if we may also go a bit mad.
Yet as The Doctor and the audience were struggling to fathom the mystery of Clara, Clara had her own mystery to unravel. One of the few companions to try to look a bit deeper into who The Doctor actually was, Clara’s curiosity was insatiable. In her mind, everyone had a name and the name of The Doctor was just the perfect mystery for her to solve. Quite by accident she discovered it in a book in the episode “Journey To The Centre of the TARDIS,” but that precious discovery was washed away when time reset itself at the end of the episode. But just because time reset does not mean that Clara forgot that she really wanted to know the name of The Doctor. For surely he must have a name – why hide it?
In a massively big tease, executive producer Steven Moffat entitled the finale episode of this season “The Name of The Doctor.” That coupled with the spoilerish slip announcing that Alex Kingston would be back to reprise her role as River Song, the heightened expectations have begun to reach a frenzy. Would the show actually tell us his name – after all these years? And if we do get a name, what does it mean that The Doctor kept it hidden for nearly a millennium? What power does a name wield? For Time Lords it just may give someone the power of them? But what is the true answer?
We are just dying of curiosity to find out. But if forced to choose between the two burning mysteries, The Doctor’s name and the reason that Clara is “The Impossible Girl,” which shall weigh out?
To see which is answered and which remains for another day, be sure to tune in for the seventh season finale of DOCTOR WHO on Saturday, May 18th at 8PM on BBC America (Space in Canada).
|FOX||Kitchen Nightmares (R)||1.91||0.7/2|
|CBS||Undercover Boss (R)||5.00||1.1/4|
|NBC||Rock Center with Brian Williams||5.07||1.3/4|
Still reeling from last night’s shocking SCANDAL season finale? Bummed that you’re not going to get to hear from your favorite cast members until they return from their hiatus later this summer? Well, turn that frown upside-down, because theTVaddict.com’s very own West Coast Correspondent extraordinaire Tiffany Vogt was lucky enough to snag some interviews with the most affable, not to mention freakishly available cast at last night’s Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Event in Hollywood. See what stars Kerry Washington, Tony Goldwyn, Scott Foley, Josh Malina, Joe Morton, Jeff Perry, Guillermo Diaz, Gregg Henry, George Newbern, Kate Burton, Darby Stanchfield and Tom Amandes had to say for yourself, after the jump.
Quickest Turnaround: Lifetime will air “Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret” — a movie covering the titular character’s murder of Travis Alexander — on June 22, just a month after her conviction.
Biggest Surprise: ELEMENTARY opted not to end their first season on a cliffhanger.
Unhappiest Fans: Despite early buzz that HAPPY ENDINGS would be picked up by another outlet if ABC axed the series, it’s now looking as if the show might be dead in the water.
Unkindest Cut: Only two weeks after ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE hit Hulu with new episodes airing four days a week, production company Prospect Park announced that starting Monday, the soaps will only air twice a week.
Best Showdown: Literally an entire season in the making, Calzona’s GREYS ANATOMY blowout was a stunner.
Worst Trend: Brian Grazer indicated that producers of the FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS movie might ask fans to help fund the movie. Isn’t that called “buying a ticket?”
Most Expensive Cheap Thrill: A painting of Bea Arthur in the buff sold for $2 million.
Best Win: Seeing geeky underdog Cochran walk away the winner of SURVIVOR — with not a single vote cast for either of the ladies who joined him in the final three — did our heart good.
Least Dangerous Scuffle: DOCTOR WHO fans got into a fight with STAR WARS fans in London. Although police were called, nobody was injured in the melee. Apparently, their phasers were set on “geek.” What, phasers aren’t from one of those shows? Eh. Sue us.
Simplest Game-changer: With one word — “Dad?” — SCANDAL connected dots that left the heads of viewers going Boom!
Oddest Boob Job: Jennifer Love Hewitt told Conan that a billboard for her series THE CLIENT LIST elicited complaints which led to her image being given a breast reduction. Seriously.
Biggest Fraud: After relentlessly advertising his interview with a woman who’d faked a pregnancy and “borrowed” a child to keep her boyfriend — and running said interview during May’s all-important sweeps period — Dr. Phil had the unmitigated gall to tell her, “I hate to burst your bubble, but I don’t need you for ratings.”
Best Promotional Tool: In conjunction with the eagerly-awaited return of ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, Netflix revealed that Tobias — the would-be actor and nevernude with a penchant for not hearing the double entendre’s he speaks — has a website on which you can watch his audition reel. It’s name? InsertMeAnywhere.Biz.
Most Ironic Title: After her Kickstarter campaign raised only $51,000 of the $2 million she was seeking, Melissa Joan Hart was forced to dump plans for the flick Darci’s Walk Of Shame.
Worst Week Haver: Norma, owner of the BATES MOTEL, continues to be the most problem-plagued character on TV. This week, her business was invaded by pot-smoking hippies, she was stalked by a crazy man and — because when it rains it pours — she got a parking ticket!
Why There’s Hope For Us As A Nation Yet: The premiere of BREAKING AMISH: A BRAVE NEW WORLD as a big, fat ratings turkey.
Most Satisfying Finale: After a year that left a whole lot of viewers considering breaking out a red sharpie to cross REVENGE off their viewing list, the sudser closed out the season with a strong ending and multiple cliffhangers.
Longest Wedding: CBS confirmed that HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER’s 9th season will all unfold over a single weekend during which Ted and the title character are set to exchange vows.
Most Wince-worthy Moment: GAME OF THRONES did what to Theon Geryjoy’s you know what?!?!?! Suffice it to say, it’s been almost a week and we’re still not over it. And speaking of things we’re still not over…
Saddest Death: Tommy Merlyn’s untimely demise on this week’s amazing ARROW season finale left us with a helluva lot of questions: Namely, which show is going to be the first to snap up the deserving Colin Donnell.
Most Wince-worthy Moment 2: During SURVIVOR’s reunion show, season one’s Rudy managed to use the word “queer” with regard to former islandmate Richard not once but twice.
|8PM||CBS||The Big Bang Theory||14.78||4.4/16|
|NBC||The Office Retrospective||4.37||2.0/7|
|CW||The Vampire Diaries||2.20||1.0/3|
|8:30PM||CBS||The Big Bang Theory (R)||11.64||3.2/10|
|CW||Beauty and the Beast||1.34||0.5/1|
|CBS||Undercover Boss||Undercover Boss (R)||48 Hours|
|FOX||Kitchen Nightmares (R)||Bones (R)|
|NBC||Dateline NBC||Rock Center with Brian Williams|
|MISC||Da Vinci’s Demons (Starz)||Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)
Direct from yesterday’s CW UpFront in New York City comes 28 more reasons why we wish we lived in New York. See for yourself, after the jump.
• SMASH, Smushed!
• It Doesn’t Get Better, as NBC cancels THE NEW NORMAL.
• ABC Picks up… ‘Once Upon A Time’ Spinoff, ‘Mixology’, ‘The Returned’, ‘Killer Women’, ‘Trophy Wife’, Cullen Bros, ‘Influence’, ‘The Goldbergs’, ‘Super Fun Night’, ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ To Series.
• ABC Cancels… ‘How To Live With Your Parents’, ‘Body Of Proof’, ‘Red Widow’, ‘Malibu Country’
• Shocker! ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ Gets Pass At CBS, Likely To Be Shopped Elsewhere.
• Not a Happy Ending… for ABC’s HAPPY ENDINGS.
• Pop Pop! COMMUNITY renewed for a fifth season.
• Least Surprising News in the History of Network Television, Marvel’s AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. gets the go ahead from ABC.
• Ouch! CBS Cancels CSI: NY, Rules of Engagement, Vegas and Golden Boy.
• Fall TV Scoop: CBS Picks Up Six Series, Including Sarah Michelle Gellar’s Crazy Comedy, Josh Holloway’s Intelligence and Chuck Lorre’s Mom.
• The Doctor is Out: TNT Pulls plug on MONDAY MORNINGS.
• Cops Out: TNT Cancels Southland
• Funny Business: TBS Picks Up Bill Lawrence Sitcom Ground Floor.
• Most Misleading Title Ever, NBC’s GO ON, er… won’t.
• Showrunner Sadness: ABC Notifies Pilots That Didn’t Make It.
• CBS Picks Up… ‘Crazy Ones’, Greg Garcia, ‘Mom’, Rob Greenberg, ‘Hostages’, ‘Intelligence’
• ABC Renews… ‘Nashville,’ ‘Scandal, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and more.
• What is BURN NOTICE? A show that will not longer be on the air after its upcoming seventh season.
• Fall TV Scoop: ABC Travels to Wonderland With Once Upon a Time Spin-Off.
If for no other reasons than we’d hate to be the only television related website in existence to not whet your appetite for the June 16th season premiere of TRUE BLOOD Season 6, we’ve handily posted some luscious first look photos for you after the jump.
TRUE BLOOD Season 6 premiere on June 16th at 9PM on HBO. Catch up with past episodes you may have missed for free online at clicktowatch.tv
Saddest News: After a weeks-long illness, Jeanne Cooper — one of the most beloved soap stars of all time — passed away. Soon after, CBS announced that on Tuesday, May 28, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS will air a special episode honoring the legend and her alter ego, Katherine Chancellor.
Least Accurate Title: GO ON won’t be, err… doing as its title suggests, with NBC axing the Matthew Perry vehicle after one low rated season.
Lamest Lie: Did anyone really believe the endless denials from folks at THE OFFICE that Michael Scott wouldn’t appear in the finale? Anyone? Bueller?
Best Shocker: Forget the identity of SCANDAL’s mole… the fact that David was working with him was the real stunner!
Least Shocking Shocker: The moment THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL’s Brooke was diagnosed as being pre-menopausal, every viewer on the planet said, “Yeah right… she’s pregnant!”
Best Recovery: With an unexpected pregnancy for Charlotte, the perfectly-timed blackout and several delicious Victoria/Emily scenes, REVENGE finally began to feel like the show we all fell in love with again.
Most In Need Of A Break: Has any heroine been as traumatized as poor Norma, owner of the trauma-plagued BATES MOTEL?
Least Likely To Understand Their True Value: THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK casts are reportedly joining forces to demand more money from Bravo. Because, you know, there aren’t other people out there willing to humiliate themselves for less money. Or free.
Worst Party Host: Shame on HELL’S KITCHEN’s Gordon Ramsay for not toning down his famously foul-mouthed ways for the Quinceañera the show hosted this week. We’re not naïve enough to believe that the teens haven’t hurt such language before, but that doesn’t make it any less disrespectful.
Name Every Teacher Will Be Misspelling In 10 Years: Thanks to GAME OF THRONES, Arya has become the fastest-growing name for baby girls… who will no doubt be gifted with every dragon toy on the planet as they grow up.
Biggest Missed Opportunity: While RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE got it right in naming Jinkx Monsoon this season’s winner… but how did the two-hour reunion show not feature a montage of Alyssa Edwards’ hysterical reaction shots?
Least Creative Move: Ratings-troubled NBC greenlit a spin-off of CHICAGO FIRE titled… CHICAGO P.D. Coming soon? CHICAGO RESTAURANT, CHICAGO NEWSPAPER and CHICAGO LAW.
Winner Of The Good News/Bad News Award: The day after Chris D’Elia found out NBC had canceled WHITNEY, he learned that the network had picked up his new series, UNDATEABLE.
What Took Them So Long?: At long last, UP ALL NIGHT was put out of its — and our collective — misery.
Most Universally Despised Plot Point: Fans of both GREY’S ANATOMY and Calzona were furious about Arizona cheating on her spouse with that chick from ONE TREE HILL.
Oddest Paradox: The more often players are blindsided during SURVIVOR tribal council’s this season, the easier we see the “shocking” eliminations coming a mile away.
Least Likely To Be Missed: Randy Jackson confirmed that after 12 cycles, he’ll be leaving AMERICAN IDOL. Our response to his tenure as judge? “It was just alright for us, dawg.”
Last week’s episode “Variations Under Domestication” cranked up the insanity that had broken out as a result of Sarah’s (Tatiana Maslany) impersonation of her clone twin Beth (Tatiana Maslany), which then led to Sarah having to impersonate yet another clone in a pinch: Allison (Tatiana Maslany), the seemingly idyllic housewife with the perfect life. But Sarah had already learned the lesson of all that appears perfect on the outside maybe rotten to the core once you peel back someone’s personal life.
For Sarah had already discovered that Beth had a good reason for jumping in front of that train that fateful day when their paths crossed. Beth’s life had begun to close in around her and she took her own life to both escape it and protect those she cared about. Beth had not only found out that she was part of a large cloning experiment, she found out that her boyfriend Paul (Dylan Bruce) was nothing more than someone sent to spy on her – a “monitor.” Added into that toxic mix was the horror over having purposely killed a woman who was perhaps connected to the company that had made the clones, though in Beth’s defense, she had done it to protect her sister clones. Then as if those three terrifying reasons were not enough to make one wish they were dead, Beth also found out that one of the clones was a deranged renegade operating under a religious delusion that it was her duty to kill them all to right the balance of nature. Beth may have been a cop, but nothing had prepared her for the life she suddenly found herself thrust amongst.
So imagine Sarah’s confusion and horror after she began to put together the pieces of Beth’s life and realized that she had gone from the “frying pan into the fire.” Beth’s life looked all shiny and inviting from the outside, the glistening apartment, great car, devoted boyfriend, solid career and a bank account flush with cash. It was just too tempting and Sarah gratefully slipped in Beth’s shoes that day on the train station, casually picked up Beth’s purse with her I.D. and just as ignorantly slipped into Beth’s life – impersonating the clone sister she never knew she had.
Yet that illusion was soon marred by the fact that Beth’s life was only perfect on the outside. Sarah found herself having to explain where the large sum of cash had come from, whether Maggie Chen’s death was truly an accidental shooting, and having to fend off the overly inquisitive questions from both Beth’s partner Art (Kevin Hanchard) at work and her boyfriend Paul at home. The walls had begun to close in on Sarah just like the prison-cage that Beth felt compelled to jump out of as she hurdled her body before that train.
But when Allison called demanding that Sarah cover for Allison by hosting the neighborhood block party while Allison interrogated her husband Donnie (Kristian Bruun) to see if he was her “monitor,” Sarah could hardly refuse after Allison had covered for her with Kira (Skyler Wexler). As if that was not enough to keep both Sarah and Allison busy, both Sarah’s ex Vic (Michael Mando) and Beth’s ex Paul had decided to make uninvited appearances at Allison’s house. Vic wanted in on whatever scam Sarah was running; and Paul just wanted to know what the hell was going on – especially after he found Allison passed out on the couch.
Clone-club had suddenly become a little to crowed and visible — and the secret was getting harder to contain. But here’s the latest twist: Paul may be falling for Sarah.
Paul had been protecting Sarah since he first began to suspect that she was not Beth. Maybe he was drawn to the hot sex, or perhaps he was just curious, or perhaps he was feeling a bit protective of this new woman suddenly in his life, but Paul began to behave in ways not expected of a mere “monitor.” Even Sarah had begun to wonder what was his true motives were for wanting to be around her as he had not killed her or revealed her impersonation to his superiors. Paul had even proposed that they leave the country together even before he found out that she was not Beth. Whether she was Beth or Sarah, Paul had stepped outside the bounds of his “monitoring” status and taken a decidedly personal interest. His one task had been: “As long as the subject makes her own decisions, there are no wrong choices.” But Paul had not been content to let her make her own decisions or perhaps Paul thought that edict did not apply to Sarah, since she was not Beth.
In last week’s episode “Variations Under Domestication,” after a confrontation where Sarah had finally confessed that she was not Beth, Paul had followed Sarah to Allison’s house – conveniently intervening when he thought Vic needed a strong hint to get lost. Alas, for poor Vic, this was not just another con that Sarah had set up and Paul was not the kind of person to try to negotiate with. Sarah’s quick thinking got Vic out of there before too much physical pain was inflicted, but Vic really is not the sort of person to get the hint – even one as obvious as having holes drilled into his hand. After Vic was out of harm’s way and having convinced Paul to leave Allison’s house before anyone else got hurt, we last saw Sarah and Paul back in Beth’s apartment ready to share a drink. Fortunately, Paul had second thoughts about drugging Sarah and pulled out the untainted booze instead.
Just what is going through Paul’s mind? His primary function as a “monitor” should have compelled him to report Sarah’s impersonation and the fact that Beth was dead. Yet he continues to help Sarah in her charade. But why? What is in it for him? Now that Paul knows that he is part of an experiment to monitor clones, where does his primary duty lie? He should be reporting the breach of protocol, yet he hesitates. Is it possible that he really has fallen for Sarah, the woman who nearly seamlessly impersonated the woman he had monitored for 2 years? If it is love, then what kind of twisted love is it? His conduct is not exactly a testament to the kind of love where you would do anything to protect the person you love – or is it? That’s the answer we’re dying to find out.
Hopefully this week’s new episode “Parts Developed In An Unusual Manner” will shed some light on Paul’s true intentions – whether his feelings are rooted in love or in a darker emotion. With only four episodes remaining this season, not a single moment is to be missed. So be sure to tune in for an all new episode of ORPHAN BLACK on Saturday, May 11th at 9PM on BBC America (Space in Canada).
PRESS RELEASE: Syfy has renewed its groundbreaking series Defiance, giving a 13-episode second season order to the critically acclaimed hit that has catapulted Syfy to the top cable drama spot in the time period among adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and total viewers for three consecutive Mondays. Season two of Defiance, produced by Universal Cable Productions, will begin production in Toronto in August for a 2014 premiere, returning as the anchor of Syfy’s Powerful Monday’s block of primetime original series.
Redefining the transmedia experience, Defiance has distinguished itself with an unprecedented partnership between Syfy and Trion Worlds, by creating the first-ever true convergence of television and online gaming. To date, the game has garnered more than 1 million registered accounts while making gaming history as the first online open world shooter to launch on three platforms simultaneously. As the collaboration between show and game continue into a second season, players will have the opportunity to further influence the world of Defiance.
Kevin Murphy (Desperate Housewives, Caprica, Hellcats) resumes his role as executive producer and showrunner. Smallville’s Darren Swimmer and Todd Slavkin return as executive producers for season two and Michael Taylor serves as consulting producer.
“Bringing the rich world of Defiance to life has been in incredible team effort. We couldn’t ask for better partners than Kevin Murphy, his amazing cast and crew, and Trion Worlds,” said Mark Stern, President of Original Content for Syfy and Co-Head of Original Content for UCP. “We can’t wait to see where they take us in the second season.”
Set in the near future, Defiance features an exotically transformed planet Earth, its landscapes permanently altered following the sudden – and tumultuous – arrival of seven unique alien races. In this somewhat unknown and unpredictable landscape, the richly diverse, newly-formed civilization of humans and aliens must learn to co-exist peacefully. Each week, viewers follow an immersive character drama set in the boom-town of Defiance, which sits atop the ruins of St. Louis, Missouri, while in the game, players will experience the new frontier of the San Francisco Bay area.
The audience for its April 15 premiere was the second largest series premiere in the network’s history among adults 18-49, making it the biggest in nearly nine years in that coveted demographic, based on Live +7 Data. The premiere also delivered almost 4 million viewers (3,834,000) and has quickly become Syfy’s highest-rated original series this year in adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and total viewers. It has also received unprecedented attention as a transmedia event in partnership with Trion Worlds’ MMO game. Airing Mondays at 9pm, Defiance stars Grant Bowler, Julie Benz, Stephanie Leonidas, Tony Curran, Jaime Murray, Graham Greene and Mia Kirshner.
|8PM||CBS||The Big Bang Theory||15.70||4.6/16|
|CW||The Vampire Diaries||2.16||0.9/3|
|8:30PM||CBS||Two and a Half Men||12.62||3.4/11|
|NBC||The Office (R)||2.40||1.1/3|
|9PM||CBS||Person of Interest||12.98||2.4/7|
|CW||Beauty and the Beast||1.29||0.5/1|
|ABC||Shark Tank (R)||Shark Tank||20/20|
|CBS||Undercover Boss||Vegas||Blue Bloods|
|NBC||Fashion Star||Dateline NBC||Rock Center with Brian Williams|
|MISC||XIII: The Series (Reelz)
Da Vinci’s Demons (Starz)
|Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)
• ABC’s Bubble Freshmen: Who will make it?
• “Who Is Kickstarter For?”: Crowdfunding Site’s Founders Go On The Offensive.
• Jack’s Back?! Fox mulls 24 return.
• OMG! HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER promo teases the ‘mother of all secrets.’
• CRIMINAL MINDS Stars Close Deals To Return, Series renewed for ninth season.
• Network TV Is Broken. So How Does Shonda Rhimes Keep Making Hits?
• BUNHEADS Creator On Show’s Limbo: “It’s A Little Heartbreaking To Me.”
• Must Read TV: The NEW GIRL showrunners on wrangling season two’s first five episodes.
• Randy Jackson: I’m leaving AMERICAN IDOL.
• Woo-Hoo! Enrico Colantoni set for VERONICA MARS Movie.
• Fall TV Scoop: NBC Orders J.J. Abrams’ Believe, Jason Katims’ About a Boy, Sean Hayes Comedy.
• Deal of the Day: Save 68% on various seasons of TRUE BLOOD via Amazon.
Good News: NBC has reportedly renewed PARKS AND RECREATION for a much-deserved sixth season. Bad News: GUYS WITH KIDS, UP ALL NIGHT, WHITNEY and 1600 PENN have nothing to laugh about, having officially been given their walking papers as NBC continues to give their primetime lineup an extreme makeover following a disastrous second half of the season. [Source]
Good News: The CW’s 2013-14 schedule will feature more shows spearheaded by Greg Berlanti, Julie Plec, and top-lined by the genetically blessed likes of Robbie Amell, Austin Butler and Matt Lanter thanks to series orders for THE 100, TOMORROW PEOPLE, REIGN and STAR-CROSSED and a second season renewal for THE CARRIE DIARIES. Bad News: For NIKITA, which just got renewed for what EP Craig Silverstein is calling a shortened — and likely final — season as a result of The CW’s surprisingly crowded schedule. [Source]
Good News: That long-gestating 24 movie just got that much closer to becoming a reality. Bad News: Now that Kiefer Sutherland has some free time on his hand following today’s cancelation of TOUCH by Fox. [Source]
In celebration of THE VOICE kicking into high gear with its live shows coupled with theTVaddict.com amping up our own coverage, we thought now might be as good a time as any to share some exclusive footage from our special VOICE correspondent. Courtney Vaudreuil was on hand at the Hollywood House of Blues last night to capture some footage of judges Shakira, Blake Shelton, Usher and Adam Levine rocking out. See for yourself after the jump, and be sure to check back with theTVaddict.com next week for post-show red carpet videos interviews and photos from the top 12 contestants and coaches.