SUPERGIRL Sneak Peek: Irresistible Randomizing

Some random logic…If the residents of Wisteria Lane were upset with items that they bought at the Mod Boutique, would they go to Cage/Fish & McBeal to file a lawsuit? And how would The Practice know who was telling the truth?

Those questions probably will not get answered on SUPERGIRL tonight, but here are a few things to consider…

Tonight’s episode is populated with fierce, talented actresses who will show the TV landscape “how it’s done.” These icons are irresistible.

Teri Hatcher and Brenda Strong, two of our favorite DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, guest star as desperate moms Rhea and Lillian Luthor, both of whom want to have in impact on Earth’s future.

In one corner, Queen Rhea of Daxam (Hatcher), plans to turn Earth into her newest conquest. In the other corner, Lillian (Strong), just wants to keep the aliens out of everyone’s backyard (including the yards on Wisteria Lane).

Enter Cat Grant (the fabulous Calista Flockhart returning for the last two episodes of the season) who is less ALLY MCBEAL and more THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA at her deliciously diva-ish self.

Cat cannot understand how, despite the impending reorganization of the planet, how James (Mehcad Brooks) dares store his free-weights in her office. Gotta love it.

And while the Mod Boutique is a thing of WONDER WOMAN’s past, WW’s Lynda Carter, now President Oliva Marsdin, seems to have her loyalty split. POTUS may be the most powerful office on Earth, but what about the universe?

Is she siding with Rhea for the only opportunity for job growth above her current position? Must they hook her up to a lie detector, invented by the creator of WONDER WOMAN, William Moulton Marston, to ferret out her motive?

So, as Winn (Jeremy Jordan) has the unenviable task of directing Cat on camera (as much as she can be “directed”) and Alex (Chyler Leigh) tries to run the DEO in J’onn’s (David Harewood) absence, is there anyone who can save the world from its conundrum?

Did someone say SUPERGIRL (Melissa Benoist)?

Somebody get David E. Kelley on the horn. Not only did he produce ALLY MCBEAL, ratings juggernaut, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES ushered in his McBeal crossover/THE PRACTICE spinoff, BOSTON LEGAL, each week to success in its own right. And he produced the failed WONDER WOMAN pilot for NBC in 2011. But we suspect he was a year ahead of his time.

Besides being married to Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer), Kelley also hired SUPERGIRL Executive Producer, Andrew Kreisberg, as a producer/writer on BOSTON LEGAL.

Must…resist…further…randomizing…

SUPERGIRL also stars Floriana Lima, Katie McGrath and Chris Wood. Tonight’s episode, “Resist,” was written by Jessica Queller & Derek Simon and directed by Millicent Shelton.

SUPERGIRL airs tonight (May 15) at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW in the U.S. and on Showcase in Canada.

SUPERGIRL Sneak Peek: We’re With Her

In a year full of divisiveness over politics and ideology, SUPERGIRL weighs in among the pundits and prognosticators.

On Supergirl’s Earth, the electorate already has voted a woman into office as President, and that woman is none other than Lynda Carter, aka WONDER WOMAN.

Carter, a standard bearer among young girls in the 1970s, the former Miss World USA portrayed a character that not only was beautiful, she was strong, dynamic and could hold her own in the traditionally male role of a superhero.

Still on that track at 65-years-old, tonight Carter portrays an American President who touts the idea of inclusiveness on alien rights vs. human rights issues.

While that seems like it is targeted for this election season, inclusiveness has been a hallmark of comic books for decades. Martians, Kryptonians and Daxamites, as well as humans changed into non-human creatures, all shared the graphic novel landscape.

In fact, this year, Wonder Woman earned the distinction as a United Nations honorary ambassador for the empowerment of women and girls. While that seems quite a feat for a comic book character, Wonder Woman has quite a backstory. She was created by William Moulton Marston, inventor of the lie detector.

On tonight’s episode of SUPERGIRL, “Welcome To Earth,” Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) and the DEO are assigned to protect President Olivia Marsdin (Carter) and bring in the party responsible for attacks on the President.

A possible suspect is new alien Daxamite arrival, Mon-El (Chris Wood), who has escaped from the DEO. Alex (Chyler Leigh) teams up with Detective Maggie Sawyer (new cast member Floriana Lima) to investigate. Is the perpetrator an alien? Or is someone instigating that idea to turn humans against their alien neighbors?

Rachel Talalay directed “Welcome To Earth,” which was written by Jessica Queller and Derek Simon.

SUPERGIRL airs tonight (October 24) at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW in the U.S. and on Showcase in Canada.

The Showrunner Chronicles: Jennie Snyder Urman Talks JANE THE VIRGIN, Previews Tonight’s “Chapter Eight”

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JANE THE VIRGIN follows the story of Jane Villanueva, (Gina Rodriguez) a strong yet vulnerable, twenty three year old virgin who is accidentally artificially inseminated, though it might be hard to believe, the craziness doesn’t stop there.  Add in a telenovela star, religious grandmother, aspiring singer, cheating wife, the most innocent detective you’ll ever meet, another cheating wife, and a playboy turned good-guy and you’ve got the most delightful show on television.
 
From the Pilot it was evident how charming and truly magical this show was going to be.  Since it’s premiere it’s evolved into a transcendent masterpiece that’s constantly growing, all while staying true to its original tone.  JANE THE VIRGIN is a tremendous leap in the right direction for The CW and is a show the network should be especially proud of. 
 
Trying to find a few words to describe Jane would be like Petra (Yael Grobglas) not doing anything illegal or inappropriate, it’s nearly impossible.  Jane is innocent and naïve while at the same time is making life-altering decisions.  She is by no means one sided.  Jane is a character that was missing from primetime television for quite sometime and was desperately needed to bridge the gap between a handful of different genres of television.   Rodriguez shines as the shows protagonist, her performance is strong and something that hasn’t gone unnoticed.  
 
While Jane is the shows most powerful force that doesn’t discount from the fact that each member of Jane’s family could have their own spinoff, and every one of them would be successful.  I would watch a whole show on Xiomara (Andrea Navedo) trying to pursue her singing career all while trying not to let herself fall for Jane’s father, Rogelio. (Jaime Camil)  I would most definitely tune in every week to watch her grandmother (Ivonne Coll) go through her daily routine while meddling into everyone’s business.   And I would without a doubt watch a show set around Rogelio’s career as a telenovela star.   Not to forget the two extremely memorable men in Jane’s life, Michael (Brett Dier) and Rafael (Justin Baldoni).  We’ve witnessed suspenseful love triangles before on television but not to the extreme where we ourselves don’t even know who we like more.  Each week we fall more in love with Rafael, trying to justify his “bad boy” behavior and troubling past to make himself worthy of Jane’s love.  But while we’re fighting for Rafael a part of us still adores Michael and his boyish charm, and how he will do just about anything for Jane, even if it means losing her in the process.    Each character has their own strengths and weaknesses; the personalities are so powerful it’s hard to compare them to any other cast.
 
This wonderful little show somehow manages to encompass all that is right and beautiful about TV.  It feels like old television in the sense that it’s a show family’s gather around their TV’s to watch week after week.  Though while it has a homey and cozy feel to it, it still feels incredibly fresh and intoxicating.  The woman responsible for all of these deliciously juicy scenes, hilarious performances, and perfectly written monologues is the shows phenomenal creator and showrunner, Jennie Snyder Urman.  The sensational producer has been producing brilliant and enjoyable content for many years now; it was no surprise at all that she would wow us with JANE.  Urman’s shows tend to always have one steady trait; her characters are remarkable and relatable, complex people.  On EMILY OWENS M.D. we met Emily, an innocent, timid, and immensely bright young doctor.  We instantly fell for her, from her soft-spoken manner to her self-conscious sweating; we were immediately drawn to this enormously relatable human being.  Another attribute all of her shows have is an ample amount of heart. Whether it’s delivered by the characters or the plot line, there is no absence of meaning and compassion. 
 
I had the privilege of speaking with the passionate producer about finding the perfect Jane, which scenes she is most excited for the fans to see, and what we can look forward to in “Chapter Eight.” [Read more…]

SDCC Scoop: Adelaide Kane and Toby Regbo Tease REIGN Season 2

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Baby drama!? Marital troubles!? Power struggeles!? These are just a few of the exciting words ravenous REIGN fans may-or-may-not be happy to hear when stars Adelaide Kane and Toby Regbo took the time to tease REIGN season 2 at yesterday’s San Diego Comic Con 2014 press room. See for yourself, after the jump. [Read more…]

ARROW Previewpalooza: “Streets of Fire” Sneak Peek! (AKA: The Return of Malcolm Merlyn)

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This just in, new episode photos and previews from the Wednesday May 7th episode of ARROW. Direct from The CW, “MALCOLM MERLYN RETURNS — Oliver (Stephen Amell) rallies his team as Slade’s (Manu Bennett) soldiers attack the city. Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) gets a call from S.T.A.R. Labs with game-changing news and Thea (Willa Holland) comes face-to-face with her father – Malcolm Merlyn (guest star John Barrowman). Nick Copus directed the episode written by Jake Coburn & Ben Sokolowski”

Added executive producer Andrew Kreisberg at a recent press event, “All hell is going to break loose in the city, and Thea will find herself in a precarious predicament. She will be saved by her father. Malcolm is going to offer her what she doesn’t have anymore. That was part of our math with killing Moira. If we were going to send Thea in that direction, she needed to not have anything pulling her back — now that she has a brother who lied to her and has done something unforgivable and no mother. Then on the flip-side, she has Malcolm Merlyn saying: “I will never lie to you Thea.” [Read more…]

Get To Know One of THE 100: Henry Ian Cusick Previews Walking the Line Between Hero and Villain

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It is difficult to look into the hearts of men, and one can only make assumptions based on a man’s actions. When first introduced to Councilor Kane (Henry Ian Cusick) in the new CW drama series THE 100, his motives will seem murky and self-serving. But with each passing episode and, as the layers of the story are pulled back, there just may be something else going on entirely.

During press interviews at the Warner Bros. Mondo Television International Press Tour, star Henry Ian Cusick talked about Councilor Kane’s motivations and the need to make hard choices even if it makes you look like a villain. [Read more…]

THE TOMORROW PEOPLE Scoop: Mark Pellegrino Talks the Looming Face-Off Between Jedikiah and the Founder and the Battle for Stephen’s Allegiance

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This past episode of THE TOMORROW PEOPLE took Stephen (Robbie Amell) and John (Luke Mitchell) to the brink of nearly killing the Founder (Simon Merrells), only to allow him to live after hearing his plea that he did everything to protect them all from annihilation by the humans. That left Jedikiah (Mark Pellegrino) on the run the second he realized that the Founder still lived and that Stephen had betrayed him.

In an exclusive interview, star Mark Pellegrino talked about the tug-of-war for Stephen, Ultra, and the ongoing fight of the humans versus the Tomorrow People for worldwide domination and survival. [Read more…]

Get To Know One of THE 100: Thomas McDonell Talks Portraying An Outsider Who Finds Himself in An Unusual Position

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What happens when you put a rebel in a truly dangerous situation in a hostile environment? He may just surprise you and step up to the challenge simply out of necessity. In the new CW series THE 100, this is the unexpected journey of Finn Collins (Thomas McDonell). On the space station known as the Ark, he could afford to be a wild rebel, but once banished to Earth, the stakes have changed dramatically and he must either step up or get killed by an environment he was never prepared to live amongst.

In a press interview at the Warner Bros. Mondo Television International Press Tour, star Thomas McDonell talked about some of the challenges his character Finn faces upon arriving on Earth. [Read more…]