The Showrunner Chronicles: ALMOST HUMAN Scoop from Executive Producer J.H. Wyman

One of the hottest new sci-fi shows coming to television this Fall is Fox’s new series ALMOST HUMAN. Set 35 years into the future, robots and androids have become an integral part of everyday life; so much so, that many are paired with police officers in street patrols and to respond to criminal complaints.  ALMOST HUMAN introduces viewers to John Kennex (Karl Urban), a police officer injured in the line of duty, who comes back from his convalescence to find himself paired with an unusual android, Dorian (Michael Ealy). The show seeks to explore themes of what it means to be human and how working together can benefit both humans and droids.  The series is an unexpectedly touching and humorous look at life in the future, which also hides a darker side just as treacherous and volatile as the world we live in today. In a exclusive interview at last summer’s Television Critic’s Association Fox party, creator and executive producer J.H. (Joel) Wyman talked about what inspired the series and the fantastic casting for its key characters. [Read more…]

The Top 10 Television Shows of 2012

Top 10 lists are tricky things.  It can be absurdly hard to narrow down anything to a select group of ten.  It’s like being asked to choose your favorite child and you just want to wail, “But I love all of them!”   This is particularly true in television.  Each year I commit to nearly 100 television shows that air throughout the twelve-month period.  Thus, to pare down to the few that were truly outstanding, it can be exceptionally difficult.   But there are always a deserving few who manage to do the impossible:  sustaining a high caliber of performance and be equally captivating entertainment.  As a caveat, there will always be better shows, but sometimes those shows just didn’t manage to be as consistently entertaining. Addictiveness plays a large part of what makes television shows successful.  It is a quality that is rare and elusive and can be dependent upon the personal tastes of the viewer.   However, when you simply cannot wait to see what comes next, then you know there is something special about that show.
Accordingly, these were the Top 10 TV Shows that I found myself counting down the minutes and hours of each week anxiously awaiting the next episode: [Read more…]

Got a Question For Your Favorite Fox Star?

Over the course of the next few days, has once again been given the incredible opportunity to take part in Fox’s Fall Press Junket (See Photos Here and Here!). So if you’ve got any questions for any of the following stars, please post away in the comments below and we’ll endeavor to get them answered.

ALLEN GREGORY’s Will Forte, Cristina Pucelli, Joy Osmanski, Nat Faxon and French Stewart; THE CLEVELAND SHOW’s Mike Henry, Rich Appel and Kevin Michael Richardson; FRINGE’s John Noble; GLEE’s Dot Marie Jones and Jayma Mays; MOBBED host Howie Mandel; THE SIMPSONS’ executive producer Al Jean; THE X FACTOR’s Paula Abdul, L.A. Reid and Steve Jones. TERRA NOVA’s executive producers Reneé Echevarria and Brannon Braga; HOUSE’s Odette Annable and Charlyne Yi. NEW GIRL’s Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield, Lamonre Morris and Hannah Simone.

Brush Up on Your Observational Skills with your First Look at FRINGE Season 4

Good News: With FRINGE’s fourth season just around the corner Fox has kindly released an entire slew of promotional photos in anticipation of its much-anticipated September 23 premiere. Bad News: We here at can not in any way be responsible for the strain your eyes may-or-may-not suffer from as you feverishly spend the next 2-4 hours collecting the clues. But hey, don’t take our word for it, see the giant dome, interesting cloud formations and manipulated shadows for yourself, after the jump. [Read more…]

FRINGE Spoiler Alert: John Noble Teases Why the Peter Bishop Fans Have Come to Know and Love May Be Gone Forever!

Since the moment the credits rolled on FRINGE’s phenomenal third season finale one question has been on every fan’s mind. That question — no, not how on earth the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences continues to fail to recognize John Noble with a much deserved Emmy nod — but rather where is Peter Bishop?

“Because we finished off with the season so powerfully what you’ll see now is thread in through a mini arc of four episodes,” explained John Noble during a one-on-one with the the TV Addict in Los Angeles. “We thread in the feeling, the presence of and finally the manifestation of Peter.”

And while it probably won’t come as much of a surprise that Peter does in fact return, (Joked Noble, “Josh [Jackson] is our leading man of course he does [return!]”) what sure as heck will is that Peter’s reappearance may not mark the return of the Peter fans (Not to mention the two Olivias!) have come to know and love over the course of the past three seasons. [Read more…]

The GLEE Controversy! The Future of BONES and HOUSE! TERRA NOVA’s Troubles! Direct From TCA 2011, Fox President Kevin Reilly Answers All

11:35AM: Fox Entertainment President Kevin Reilly kicked off his executive session by addressing the GLEE controversy. Actually, he doesn’t so much address it as avoid it by filibustering for five minutes as to just how phenomenal the creative trifecta of Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ryan Murphy are, downplaying the talk of a spin-off (“It’s something that the team plans to revisit at the back half of the year”) and raising expectations with regards to the upcoming third season (“My two cohorts [at the network] were fighting back tears of joy [upon hearing Murphy’s pitch] for the emotional stuff they had in store for fans this season.”

11:40AM: “I think it has taken on a little more heated momentum than it in fact is,” said Reilly when ask about the controversy surrounding the GLEE spin-off that may-or-may-not happen. “There are many successful shows on the air that have genuine controversy and fighting. That has really not been the case. It is a good group of people.”

11:42AM: “If Fox can do half of what we can do in the fall [with X FACTOR] we will be a force to be reckoned with,” said Reilly when asked about the Network’s prospects for this September. “We’re not a one network show, TERRA NOVA isn’t going to come on quietly, it’s going to get sampled and is really different from anything that’s on the air and between RAISING HOPE and THE NEW GIRL we’re [finally, after four years of trying] going to be a force with comedy this year.” [Read more…]

We Preview Tonight’s Can’t Miss FRINGE: “Subject 13”

Picking up mere months after last season’s thrilling “Peter” flashback-centric episode, tonight’s phenomenal FRINGE follow-up entitled “Subject 13” is truly a can’t miss. That’s the good news. The bad news is that what has become abundantly clear is that Walter’s actions in “borrowing” Peter (who for some inexplicable reason continues to insist that his real home lies at the bottom of the lake!), in addition to his subsequent attempts to return him to his own universe will have some seriously killer implications throughout not just one, but two universes.

That said, don’t let the episode title or its teaser fool you. Despite an emphasis on a young Peter and Olivia’s beautiful first encounter, a memorable face-to-face which is marred only-slightly by the heartbreaking and harrowing circumstances that lead up to it, the real story of tonight’s episode is on the affect the twosome have on the Bishop parents.

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We Pick the Brain of FRINGE Star John Noble

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While FRINGE fans need not be reminded of the ludicrous levels of talent actor John Noble brings to the table each and every week on the increasingly addictive Fox TV show. Non-fans (and Emmy Voters) apparently do. Which is why, on our recent visit to the set of FRINGE in beautiful Vancouver British Columbia, we were thrilled to have been given the opportunity to pick the brain of the man who has made a name for himself, well, picking other people’s brains. What we found, was a mild-mannered, soft spoken and incredibly insightful actor who had a very interesting take on what it’s like to play two versions of the same character, the plans for the third season of the show, and where he’d like to see Walter end up.

To fully embody a character like Walternate as you do, do you have to justify in your mind that his actions and motives are good?
John Noble: That’s an interesting question, because the biggest mistake you can make as an actor is to judge from the outside. I think we as human beings generally do what we think is the best thing to do in the moment and very often it’s not. As an actor, one of the biggest traps is to say, “I’m a bad guy,” because people don’t actually think of themselves as that. They’re quite justified in saying, “I’m a thief, it’s what I do.” So in that sense, No, I do not have to justify either Walter or Walternate’s action.

In the aftermath however, these characters have done things in hindsight that are horrible. In fact, Walter is responsible to some degree for the predicament we currently find ourselves in. So he’s going to deal with guilt and shame, which is so human and something he’s constantly suffering with. It erodes his self confidence, having gone from being on top of the world to being cut to pieces by a memory. So I just observe what my life is like like as an actor you observe what everyone’s life is and put that into whatever the character is going through. But I don’t judge them.

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Exclusive First Look: Olivia. On the Run. With a Revolver.

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Remember that much talked about female version of PRISON BREAK Fox was reportedly mulling over a few seasons back? Well, lucky for FRINGE fans, Olivia Dunham certainly does. Who we can now reveal — courtesy of this exclusive first look photo from the upcoming third season premiere — pulls a ‘Michael Scofield’ of her very own in an effort to escape the debatably-evil clutches of Walternate and the Alternate Universe. Will Olivia succeed? Just who is that revolver pointed at? And most importantly, how on earth did she find an Alt-Universe Tattoo parlour capable of providing her with the now-obligatory full-body tattoo on such short notice!? Find out for yourself when FRINGE returns on September 23 at 9PM on Fox.