MARVEL’S DAREDEVIL Casts Stephen Rider As Blake Tower


Matt Murdock’s newest ally is coming to Hell’s Kitchen. Deadline reports that Stephen Rider is joining the cast of MARVEL’S DAREDEVIL as Blake Tower and will be a regular throughout the second season.

Tower is a New York City District Attorney who passes along information to Daredevil to help him capture criminals. In the comics, Tower was responsible for helping Daredevil bring down Jester, Mind-Wave, and the Purple Man, who will be played by David Tennant in MARVEL’S JESSICA JONES. Rider joins a great ensemble cast featuring new additions Jon Bernthal as The Punisher and Elodie Yung as Elektra. While The Punisher and Elektra aren’t opposed to killing people for justice, Tower is an “avocado at law” like Murdock, so their moral codes are probably in sync.

Rider’s credits include a guest stint on SHOWTIME’s SHAMELESS earlier this year, and Admiral Rochon in the 2013 film Lee Daniels’ The Butler.

DAREDEVIL Season 2 is currently in production with plans to be released in 2016.

Watch The First 3 Minutes Of AMC’s FEAR THE WALKING DEAD


FEAR THE WALKING DEAD, the companion series to the popular AMC hit The Walking Dead debuts this Sunday, but you don’t have to wait that long to get a sneak peek of what’s to come. AMC’s Facebook page has released a three minute preview which sets up the opening of the pilot episode. View it here.

The show takes place in Los Angeles during the time that Rick Grimes is in his coma. While it focuses on the beginning of the outbreak, its origins will remain unexplained as on The Walking Dead. It will central around two schoolteachers, Travis (Cliff Curtis) and Madison (Kim Dickens), who both have children from different marriages.

In the clip, one of the core cast members, Nick (Frank Dillane), wakes up in a decrepit church in search of his girlfriend. After stumbling across a dead body, Nick does eventually find her but she’s feasting on what’s left of another corpse. At some point it’s safe to assume he will escape the church, as the first preview showed him fleeing from somewhere, while the rest of the city carries on as normal. For the time being.

The series premieres this Sunday at 9PM on AMC.

Televisions Best Sports Cameos

Sport stars don’t usually make for the best of actors but that doesn’t stop them trying. In fact, on the odd occasion, they actually make for decent television. Below are some of the best cameos from some of sport’s greatest players.

Tom Brady – Entourage

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It has been a turbulent year for Tom Brady. The New England Patriots quarterback won his fourth Super Bowl but has also landed in trouble. His role in “Deflategate” has seen him banned for the first four games of next season. One of the only perks he will have from his time off is the ability to go and watch Entourage the movie. His cameo in the hugely popular TV series is one of the best of all time, especially when Johnny Drama absolutely destroys his custom-made driver. [Read more...]

Today’s TV Addict Top 5: Unbelievable Crazy Facts You Didn’t Know About Israeli Television!


This March, your very own TV Addict was afforded the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to Israel to learn about the incredible television and technology being created by the little nation that could (Thanks Vibe Israel!). One of the standouts amongst the many many many amazing people and places we experienced was Omri Marcus. Marcus is a television and new media maven who was kind enough to take some time away from his very-busy-globe-trotting schedule to regale us with some unbelievably true stories from the burgenoning Israeli television industry. [Read more...]



• Casting Coup: Which Game of Thrones Star Is Joining Doctor Who?
• Bloody Brilliant: Comedy Central Announces Jon Stewart’s Replacement
• The Walking Dead recap: A season finale that had everything
• The Business of Show: ‘Vanity Fair Confidential’ Renewed at Investigation Discovery
• Super News: ‘The Flash’ Eyeing Mark Hamill’s Trickster for Villain Teamup
• Scoop: Walking Dead star Andrew Lincoln breaks down the ‘astonishing’ season finale
• No Duh: Don Draper is no antihero
• The Big Tease: The First ‘Fear The Walking Dead’ Trailer Looks Intense
• Church of Scientology Slams HBO’s ‘Going Clear’ Documentary: ‘Desperate, Ludicrous, Made-Up’
• Cannot Wait: Patrick Stewart’s ‘Blunt Talk’ is like if Seth MacFarlane wrote ‘The Newsroom’
• J.K. Rowling’s ‘Casual Vacancy’: First HBO Trailer Promises Death, Secrets
• Laugh Break: Which TV College Would You Attend?
• ‘Badlands’: Watch the Teaser for AMC’s Upcoming Martial Arts Drama
• Sad But True: BBC Chief Tony Hall Gets Death Threat After Dropping Clarkson, ‘Top Gear’ Host
• OMG! Watch the stars of The Flash sing the theme song from Firefly
• ‘Star Trek’ Rumor Patrol: CBS Developing New TV Series

The Three Best Sports-Themed TV Shows

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Despite national broadcasts of popular sports bringing in viewers in their millions, the primetime sports-themed TV show has struggled to gain even a fraction of this audience.
The issue seems to be that these comedies or dramas either risk losing casual viewers by focusing too greatly on the sport itself or turn off sports fans by not devoting enough time to the intricacies of the subject matter. [Read more...]

Check out March 13th for full on hanky action

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Don’t you love a good tear jerker? Sometimes there is nothing quite like having your heart strings well and truly strung out. When I was a kid, Lassie floored me on a weekly basis. I still can’t watch Bambi, and the ending of Lost left me weak kneed and weepy for the better part of a fortnight. Sometimes, it does you good to just give it all up to the drama and let all that emotion pour out. It’s a kind of catharsis, an emotional spring clean.
Have you seen that Dustin Hoffman trailer for the movies where he stands on a rooftop and does that hopelessly sincere, cracked voice thing that he does like no-one else? He says, ‘really, when it comes down to it, the movies are all about feelings.’ To be fair, Dustin Hoffman is one of the all-time great tear-jerkers. Never mind  Esiotrot, even Tootise had its moments.

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When a character has worn his or her way into your sympathy, and when the plot twists in just the right way, there are few things as delicious as that dramatic welling up of emotion. And that’s when the eyes start to smart and the chin starts to wobble… Nobody said this was about looking good. A good weepy is about as self-indulgent as it gets.

Now, it’s all well and good when you know what to expect, but there are some times when events catch you by surprise. That can be as part of a play or a film – when Mr Wilson the football floated away from Tam Hanks in Castaway, I was heartbroken – or it can come even more out of the blue than that.

So here’s a hanky alert. This is one for those whose interests extend beyond their fictional fix.

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There is going to be an outpouring of emotion at this year’s Cheltenham Festival of UK horse racing that will take over the news bulletins and dominate the front as well as the back pages of the nation’s newspapers. When the veteran jockey Tony ‘AP’ McCoy rides at the festival, it will be for the very last time. The former  BBC Sports Personality of the Year is hanging up his whip and after 20 years spent delighting and amazing racing fans with his courage and his incredible dedication. When he rides down from the finish line for the last time on Friday March 13 there won’t be a dry eye to be seen.  All Cheltenham bets, big and small alike, will be well and truly off. McCoy’s parting at the end of one of the most remarkable careers in sport – forged day in, day out in hard graft, self-sacrifice and an incredible toughness - will have the hankies out like you have never seen. Bambi and Tootsie will be nothing by comparison.

It’s hard to find a comparable fictional character because, frankly, what McCoy has done – year in and year out is too unbelievable. And it’s not just what he’s achieved that’s so moving. It’s the way that he’s done it. Amidst the ego-fuelled world of professional sport, McCoy is modesty personified. He is – that rarest of things – both loved and admired across the world in equal measure.

A Singular Sporting Drama

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It doesn’t matter how much of a drama fan you are, there are some sporting events on TV that you simply can’t ignore. The World Cup, The Super Bowl and The Olympics are to name just three. They are the sort of great, big schedule-busting spectaculars that sweep everything else before them and make a mockery of the ratings and advertising revenues. Whether you’re a sports jock or someone who just considers ball games mundane, these are the sort of events that there really is no getting away from.

But there are also sporting gems that are worth going out of your way to witness. They don’t necessarily make a great impact on the public consciousness and they may not necessarily even be American, but every once in a while something takes place that manages to capture the imagination in a way that is every bit as gripping as the most riveting drama.

The example that jumps out of the schedule ahead is the Great British  Aintree Grand National horse race. In the UK it is more than just a sporting event, it is a national institution in its own right. Every household up and down the land will tune in to watch the drama unfold. It is – year after year – one of the most watched TV spectacles.

Of course the British, including the Royal Family, are incredibly sentimental when it comes to animals in general, and horses in particular. For all the human drama – and there is no shortage of that – it is the equine competitors who are the real heroes and heroines of an event that attracts worldwide television audiences of more than a billion viewers which is famously dangerous.

Over the  175 years since the great race was inaugurated, it has seen numerous accidents and even fatalities. These have been human as well as equine. For many years the race was notorious not only for its energy sapping length – four-and-a-half gruelling miles – but also for the size and difficulty posed by its 30 enormous fences. In fact, some of those obstacles have become famous in their own right. Names like Becher’s Brook, The Chair and the Canal Turn are immediately recognizable throughout the length and breadth of the UK.

The National – as it is known – is the most valuable race in Europe. Its difficulties are also added to by the enormous fields that it attracts. With so many runners and riders desperately scrambling their way around what is one of the most testing courses in the whole of horse racing, accidents are inevitable. In recent years steps have been taken to  reduce the danger that is inherent in the race. The fences have been reduced in size, but this has had the unforeseen impact of encouraging the competitors to take them at greater speed. This has therefore counteracted the attempts to make the event less dangerous.

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The knowledge that every one of those giant fences may prove fatal for each of the competitors adds a compelling anxiety to the race. Followers are not merely concerned for their own selection’s winning prospects, they are also bound into a layered concern for each of the magnificent animals involved.

The human drama is rarely as serious, but it is no less gripping for that. This year’s running will mark the end of one of the most astonishing careers anywhere in sport. The jockey AP McCoy has beaten all comers to the British Champions’ Jockey prize for the last 19 years. Rarely has any athlete achieved such sustained dominance. The scenes when McCoy returns to the grandstand at the end of this year’s race promise to be amongst the most stirring and emotional of the entire sporting year. And, of course, were he to win, it would represent a storyline to compare with any other in any setting.

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If you have not seen this remarkable British event already, make a note in your diaries. It takes place on April 11th and will be available online.