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Old May 13 2013, 05:28 PM   #2401
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Here's the trailer for NBC's Dracula:

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Official descriptions for NBC's Believe and Dracula

Believe
Levitation, telekinesis, the ability to control nature and even predict the future… Since she was 2 years old, Bo (Johnny Sequoyah) has had gifts she could neither fully understand, nor control. Raised by a small group known as the “True Believers,” the orphaned girl has been safeguarded from harmful outsiders who would use her forces for personal gain. But now that she is 10, her powers have become stronger and the threat has grown more dangerous. With her life and future now in jeopardy, the “Believers” turn to the only person they see fit to be her full-time protector. That is, once they break him out of jail. Tate (Jake McLaughlin), a wrongfully imprisoned death row inmate who’s lost his will, is initially reluctant until he witnesses one of her extraordinary abilities. Bo sees people for who they truly are… and who they may become. Tate and Bo begin their journey, one in which trust must be earned. Traveling from city to city, every place they stop and everyone they meet will be changed forever. But they’ll have to keep going to stay one step ahead of the sinister forces after Bo’s power… because it will take a miracle to keep them safe forever. “Believe” also stars Delroy Lindo and Kyle MacLachlan. Writer, director Alfonso Cuaron (“Children of Men,” “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”), Mark Friedman (“The Forgotten”), J.J. Abrams (“Revolution,” “Star Trek: Into Darkness”) and Bryan Burk (“Lost,” “Fringe”) serve as executive producers. “Believe” is produced by Warner Bros. Television and Bad Robot Productions.
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Golden Globe winner Jonathan Rhys Meyers (“The Tudors”) stars in this provocative new drama as one of the world’s most iconic characters. It’s the late 19th century and the mysterious Dracula (Rhys Meyers) has arrived in London, posing as an American entrepreneur who wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. He’s especially interested in the new technology of electricity, which promises to brighten the night — useful for someone who avoids the sun. But he has another reason for his travels: He hopes to take revenge on those who cursed him with immortality centuries earlier. Everything seems to be going according to plan… until he becomes infatuated with a woman who appears to be a reincarnation of his dead wife. Victoria Smurfit (“About a Boy”), Thomas Kretschmann (“King Kong”), Jessica De Gouw (“Arrow”), Oliver Jackson-Cohen (“Mr. Selfridge”), Nonso Anozie (“Game of Thrones”) and Katie McGrath (“Merlin”) also star. Writer Daniel Knauf (“Carnival”), Tony Krantz, (“24,” “Sports Night”), Colin Callender and Gareth Neame (“Downton Abbey”) serve as executive producers. “Dracula” is a production of Flame Ventures, Sky Living, Playground Entertainment, Universal Television, NBCUniversal International Television Production and Carnival Film & Television.
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Old May 13 2013, 05:45 PM   #2403
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The description for Almost Human makes me less interested. For one thing, it's immersed in the hackneyed cliche of AIs being emotionless by default, with emotion being an anomaly that makes them more "human." That's silly. Emotions are preset, hardwired responses to stimuli -- they'd be much simpler to simulate in an AI than cognitive thought. Most animal species have emotional responses. Even plants are capable of experiencing stress. It isn't emotion that makes us human, it's conscious thought and language. I preferred the approach of the previous robot-cop series, Mann and Machine: the android character was fully capable of emotion, and it wasn't portrayed as an anomaly or incongruity; she was simply emotionally immature because of her young age.

For another thing, it sounds like the show's going to be more preoccupied with the mysteries and secrets surrounding Urban's character and his past than on exploring the social ramifications of androids becoming a widespread part of society. I don't know, maybe the mystery will be tied into those questions... but I'm just getting a little tired of the formula that every drama has to have some deep hidden mystery or conspiracy to be unearthed. I kind of miss shows that are just about the case of the week and the characters' gradual development.

Odd coincidence that both this show and Defiance are set around the same time -- 2046 for Defiance, 2048 for this one. There have been different future-based shows set close together in time before, but rarely when they were so close in real time. Not to mention that last year's movie Looper was set partly in 2044. I wonder why thirty-odd years from now is such a popular setting lately.

Sleepy Hollow just sounds weird. I finally get why Ichabod Crane would be connected to something cataclysmic, through the tie-in between the Headless Horseman and the Horsemen of the Apocalypse, but it's still an odd jumble of a concept and it doesn't seem particularly interesting.

Not sure what to make of Believe or Dracula yet. A Dracula with an American accent is off-putting, even with the explanation that he's posing as an American. And I'm not thrilled by Jessica De Gouw playing Mina. She's been underwhelming as Huntress on Arrow. But Merlin's Katie McGrath (who's playing Lucy Westenra, according to IMDb) is more of a draw.
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Old May 13 2013, 10:00 PM   #2404
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Can't say anything seems appealing as of yet, but we'll see.

The thread is swimming along but Temis the Vorta hasn't been around. It is to be hoped she got a life rather than something dire.
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Old May 13 2013, 11:00 PM   #2405
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^^ I was thinking the same thing.

Dracula does look kind of interesting. Sleepy Hollow-- eh, but I may give it a shot, just out of love of the original. Believe and Almost Human interest me not at all.
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Old May 13 2013, 11:27 PM   #2406
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Here are the trailers for Almost Human and Sleepy Hollow:



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Old May 13 2013, 11:49 PM   #2407
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Okay, maybe Almost Human's approach to the whole AI-emotion thing isn't as bad as I assumed, if they're saying that a certain model was designed to be free of emotion. I suppose it's worth checking out, but it feels kind of derivative of stories I've seen before, including Alien Nation (and countless other "bigoted cop partnered with minority cop" movies) and the I, Robot movie (robot-hating cop with robot limb). And I think the scene of the cop destroying his first android partner is right out of Mann and Machine.

Sleepy Hollow still seems like a bizarre concept, but it might be worth checking out for the stranger-in-a-strange-land elements (I tend to like stories like that). I'm not a big fan of conspiracy stories, though. This one feels like it's drawing somewhat on National Treasure (secrets of the Founding Fathers) crossed with supernatural elements.
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Old May 13 2013, 11:58 PM   #2408
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Huh. Almost Human looks almost good!

Mostly because of Karl Urban, though, as I'm usually not a fan of cop shows, supernatural or otherwise.

Sleepy Hollow looks slick, but the premise remains pretty bizarre. (and not in a good way)
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Old May 14 2013, 12:10 AM   #2409
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Looking forward to Almost Human, although it's well-worn territory.
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Old May 14 2013, 01:23 AM   #2410
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Those both look fun. I give Almost Human the better chance of lasting more than 2 seasons.
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Old May 14 2013, 09:34 AM   #2411
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I could barely make it through the Almost Human trailer, let alone an episode.

Sleepy Hollow. I don't know. Ichabod Crane looks more like a 21st Century male model than the Ichabod Crane of literature. Some of the scenes look funny ("Starbucks"), some do not ("I'm authorized to use this gun"). The premise of conspiracies and competing covens and Biblical revelations is like a patchwork of derivations. And "from the producers of Star Trek" makes me want to run in the opposite direction.

But it's Sleepy Hollow and involves the Revolution, so I'll probably watch the first episode. It doesn't look like it will engage me, though.
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Old May 14 2013, 03:29 PM   #2412
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Two questions for anyone who still likes me. Whet's the new James Spader thriller called. It looks like silence of the lambs, and in the sci-fi realm, what is that upcoming Tom Cruise flick based on a Japanese/Chinese graphic novel called, or I think iwas Tom Cruise, 'cause I'd like to take a look at the material as I googled it once and found it interesting but forgot the title. It had a laughing man in it.

Right now 'Elementary' and 'Hannabal' are my favs. Also does anyone know if Burn notice is still in production. I guess not obviously because it's such an old show but I'm hooked on it and a little obsessed with it. Man that guy puts himself in dangerous situations all the time. I would see a movie based on that. Also was the A-Team movie worth watching. Loved the series. Who didn't?
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Old May 14 2013, 03:42 PM   #2413
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Two questions for anyone who still likes me. Whet's the new James Spader thriller called. It looks like silence of the lambs
The Blacklist.

and in the sci-fi realm, what is that upcoming Tom Cruise flick based on a Japanese/Chinese graphic novel called, or I think iwas Tom Cruise, 'cause I'd like to take a look at the material as I googled it once and found it interesting but forgot the title. It had a laughing man in it.
All You Need Is Kill.

Also does anyone know if Burn notice is still in production.
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The official descriptions of ABC's Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.l.E.L.D., Once Upon A Time In Wonderland and Resurrection

Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.l.E.L.D.
Clark Gregg reprises his role of Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel’s feature films, as he assembles a small, highly select group of Agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Together they investigate the new, the strange and the unknown around the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary. Coulson’s team consists of Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), highly trained in combat and espionage; Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), expert pilot and martial artist; Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker), brilliant engineer; and Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge), genius bio-chemist. Joining them on their journey into mystery is new recruit and computer hacker Skye (Chloe Bennet). “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” Marvel’s first television series, is from executive producers Joss Whedon (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen, who co-wrote the pilot (“Dollhouse,” “Dr.Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”). Jeffrey Bell (“Angel,” “Alias”) and Jeph Loeb (“Smallville,” “Lost,” “Heroes”) also serve as executive producers. “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is produced by ABC Studios and Marvel Television.
Once Upon A Time In Wonderland
In Victorian England, the young and beautiful Alice (Sophie Lowe) tells a tale of a strange new land that exists on the other side of a rabbit hole. An invisible cat, a hookah smoking caterpillar and playing-cards that talk are just some of the fantastic things she’s seen during this impossible adventure. Surely this troubled girl must be insane, and her doctors aim to cure her with a treatment that will make her forget everything. Alice seems ready to put it all behind her, especially the painful memory of the genie she fell in love with and lost forever — the handsome and mysterious Cyrus (Peter Gadiot). But deep down Alice knows this world is real, and just in the nick of time the sardonic Knave of Hearts (Michael Socha) and the irrepressible White Rabbit (John Lithgow) arrive to save her from a doomed fate. Together the trio will take a tumble down the rabbit hole to this Wonderland where nothing is impossible. “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” stars Sophie Lowe (“Beautiful Kate”) as Alice, Michael Socha (“This Is England”) as Knave of Hearts, Peter Gadiot (“The Forbidden Girl”) as Cyrus, Emma Rigby (“Hollyoaks”) as Queen of Hearts and John Lithgow (“3rd Rock from the Sun”) as the voice of the White Rabbit. “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” was written by Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (“Once Upon a Time”), who serve as executive producers. Steve Perlman and Zack Estrin also serve as executive producers, and the pilot was directed by Ralph Hemecker. “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” is produced by ABC Studios.
Resurrection
The people of Arcadia, Missouri are forever changed when their deceased loved ones suddenly start to return. An 8-year-old American boy (Landon Gimenez) wakes up alone in a rice paddy in a rural Chinese province with no idea how he got there. Details start to emerge when the boy, who calls himself Jacob, recalls that his hometown is Arcadia, and an Immigration agent, Martin Bellamy (Omar Epps), takes him there. The home he claims as his own is occupied by an elderly couple, Harold (Kurtwood Smith) and Lucille Garland (Frances Fisher), who lost their son Jacob more than 30 years ago. While they look different, young Jacob recognizes them as his parents. Those closest to the family try to unravel this impossible mystery, including Sheriff Fred Garland (Matt Craven), whose wife Barbara drowned 30 years ago while trying to save Jacob. But this boy who claims to be the deceased Jacob knows secrets about his own death that no one else knows — secrets that Fred’s daughter, Gail (Devin Kelly), will begin to investigate and discover to be true. “Resurrection” stars Omar Epps (“House”) as Martin Bellamy, Matt Craven (“Crimson Tide,” “A Few Good Men”) as Fred, Devin Kelley (“Chernobyl Diaries,” “The Chicago Code”) as Gail, Frances Fisher (“Titanic”) as Lucille, Kurtwood Smith (“That ‘70s Show”) as Harold, Sam Hazeldine (“The Raven”) as Abel, Samaire Armstrong (“Entourage,” “The O.C.”) as Elaine, Nicholas Gonzalez (“Off the Map”) as Connor, Mark Hildreth (“Dragon Ball Z”) as Tom and Landon Gimenez as Jacob. Written by Aaron Zelman (“Damages,” “The Killing”), “Resurrection” is executive-produced by Aaron Zelman, JoAnn Alfano, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Jon Liebman, Brillstein Entertainment and Plan B. The pilot was directed by Charles McDougall. “Resurrection” is produced by ABC Studios.
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I'm surprised that Once Upon a Time in Wonderland is on the fall schedule in its own timeslot. They were initially planning to use it as a limited bridge series for when Once Upon a Time is on hiatus, but they're using a new reality show as that bridge series instead.
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