Billy Campbell



"No Exit"

I wanted to like this episode, really I did, but was there even an episode there? All I can remember is what seemed like hundreds of commercial breaks. Perhaps I’m just profoundly disappointed in this episode. It was such a great setup: The NTAC-ers and Collier & Co. wake up in NTAC headquarters with the place in lockdown with no knowledge of how any of them got there. Before we’ve even reached the end of the first half hour, Megan and Shawn are dead. And then, with bated breath we wait for the big reveal (Is it the people from the future? The Marked?), only to find out that it’s all the work of... PJ’s dream? PJ, the third anonymous member of the NTAC geek squad? It almost made me want to flip to the rerun of that Pussycat Dolls show.PJ, despite being a government agent with access to sensitive materials regarding the 4400 and Jordan Collier, apparently decided a couple of months ago to take the shot for no discernible reason whatsoever. His power allowed hi... read more

"Till We Have Built Jerusalem"

Being a former citizen of “Charm City” (Baltimore), and a current citizen of “The City of Brotherly Love” (Philadelphia), I can’t say that the thought of a place called “Promise City” really appeals to me. Blighted, polluted, crime-ridden places tend to have hopeful names, and Jordan’s new compound — lovely as it may one day be — is somewhat less than a shining beacon. On the other hand, if there’s anyone who can make the situation better, it’s probably him.Just to refresh everyone’s memory, here’s our situation: Jordan has taken over the worst part of Seattle to transform into the precursor to heaven on earth. Anyone with an ability is welcome to join him, but if he gets attacked, he expands the perimeter by 100 percent. Did I mention that the perimeter markers cause massive headaches in those who aren’t Promicin-positive, therefore displacing “normal” people? What a generous guy.But even with all ... read more

"The Marked"

In honor of the upcoming Simpsons Movie, can I just say it? Best. Episode. Ever. There was a wonderful, vintage X-Files vibe running the whole way through, complete with Lone Gunmen analogue and everything. Plus, that final shot of Tom staring into the mirror while the evil software CEO proclaimed, “When we need him, he’ll be there for us,” gave me goose bumps.OK, I admit it: This show has me psyched again in a way that I haven’t really been this season. The idea that there are nine other Matthew Rosses out there — 10, if you count Tom — doesn’t bode well for our original-recipe 4400s. I’m not sure what it means for the extra-crispies, but I doubt it’ll be all sunshine and rainbows for them either. Plus, I’m going to venture a guess here, but somehow I doubt that Gabriel Hewitt’s newly restored health means that he’ll change his mind on the 4400, despite the fact that it was Shawn who cured him. In fact, how do we know that... read more

"Try the Pie"

I could have really used that mechanic who can create incredible machines on Sunday night when my computer died. To tell you the truth, I could also have used that nice anxiety extractor. I’m sorry that I couldn’t get this up for you all sooner, especially considering that this was by far the best episode of the season. The upside is that I got to view it a second time, which I think allowed me to better digest what is being set up.This show does ambiguity like no other. I’m not talking about Hewitt, who is an opportunistic little man with a hateful heart — and good for Shawn for telling him so. Shawn usually doesn’t realize what a bad spot he's in until he's well past the point of no return, but he’s definitely gotten smarter this season. — and he is undeniably evil. I’m talking about this bizarre cult of Jordan, which has morphed into something semiapocalyptic.Maybe I’m in the minority here, but I’m undecided about whether these ... read more

In the Works: Billy Campbell Hits the Circuit, and More

Billy Campbell in The 4400 by Alan Zenuk/USA Network Photo

ABC Family has greenlit the TV-movie The Circuit, starring The 4400's Billy Campbell as a stock-car racer whose career is on the decline — to the point that he's now competing on the track against his daughter (Michelle Trachtenberg).... Sissy Spacek, Alfre Woodard and Men in Trees' James Tupper will star in Hallmark Channel's Pictures of Hollis Woods, based on a novel about a 12-year-old girl bounced around the foster-care system.... Judge Lynn Toler and a panel of experts, including psychologist Tara Fields (Intervention), will help couples try to endure relationship rough patches in the reality program Decision House, debuting in September on MyNetworkTV.... CMT's Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders: Making the Team shakes its pom-poms for a second season starting Sept. 14. read more

June 17, 2007: The Extra Crispies

I suppose it’s time to add Seattle to my running list of the most dangerous places on television. As if Meredith Grey and Co. weren’t bad enough, we were almost subject to growing legions of 16-year-olds with really bad taste in clothing and music (and gym class activities — thumb wrestling, anyone?). But seriously, this Promicin distribution is shaping up to be a catastrophe in and of itself.The past three seasons have all been about controlling a limited group of people with unpredictable powers, but now the whole premise has been turned on its head. What do you do when people are given a choice in the matter and that group expands? The 4400 were all torn away from their families, and many seemed at best ambivalent and at worst downright scared regarding their abilities. Remember Maia just wanting to be a normal kid two years ago? Graham Holt reveled in his power and grew more ambitious by the minute. Basically, the third-season finale (“50/50”) and last n... read more

Preview: Billy Campbell Still Has The 4400's Number

Billy Campbell, The 4400

In the fourth-season opener of USA Network's The 4400 (airing Sunday at 9 pm/ET), Billy Campbell's enigmatic Jordan Collier deals with the lethal fallout of a drug he distributed to give people superpowers. Clearly, Campbell's come a long way from Once and Again's Rick. TV Guide: If you were a 4400, what power would you want to have? Billy Campbell: I'd like to be invisible. Then I could hang around the Oval Office. Enough said. TV Guide: Do you see Jordan as a messiah figure? Campbell: I don't see him as anything, really. I don't write him. I tend to try to not play him in any predictable way. I simply believe he wants to change the world. TV Guide: How does he cope with all the deaths that handing out Promicin read more

Do you have any scoop on The ...

Question: Do you have any scoop on The 4400 finale?

Answer: The show's spoilericious publicist sent me this exclusive-to-AA tease: "Jordan (Billy Campbell) places the biggest bet in the history of mankind when he devises a plan to distribute promicin — the serum found in the 4400s that gives them their powers — to the masses."

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Comic-Con Roundup

Tobey Maguire and Samuel Jackson

The lines were longer than ever at this year's Comic-Con International, the annual celebration of all things geeky. Just ask the thousands of Battlestar Galactica fans who waited en masse outside of Ballroom 20 to see their favorite Cylons and colonials in the flesh. Meanwhile, the queue for New Line's special Snakes on a Plane presentation snaked (ha ha ha) out the door and down the side of the massive convention center. There are only two possible explanations for the sheer number of people who invaded San Diego for that weekend: 1) Nerds have learned how to clone themselves or 2) Geek culture is now mainstream culture. Either way, Comic-Con '06 was one for the ages. Here are some of the highlights and lowlights of the four-day extravaganza. Best Teaser Trailer (Mo read more

Will 4400's Isabelle Destroy Humanity?

Megalyn Echikunwoke, The 4400

A lot of strange things have been going on during this season of USA Network's The 4400 (Sundays at 9 pm/ET) and, more often than not, grown-up newborn Isabelle is at the heart of the mysterious matter. Doing our best impression of a diligent NTAC agent — at the risk of falling prey to one of Izzy's lethal choking maneuvers — prodded the enigmatic beauty's portrayer, Megalyn Echikunwoke, for scoop on the back half of Season 3. OK, I've thought long and hard about how to phrase my first question, and here it is: What the hell is happening on The 4400?!Megalyn Echikunwoke: [Laughs] Seriously, what's up with Isabelle? Who is she? read more

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