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Exclusive: Science Channel's Slate Includes First Scripted Project and New Karl Pilkington Show

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Science Channel has picked up the new docuseries The Moaning of Life, featuring An Idiot Abroad star (and Ricky Gervais sidekick) Karl Pilkington in a new set of adventures.

The Moaning of Life is part of a new slate of programs for the... read more

Pilot Season: Odette Annable and Bruce Greenwood Join ABC's Venice

Odette Annable

Odette Annable and Bruce Greenwood have joined the cast of ABC's Venice, TVGuide.com has learned.

The pilot is a modern take on Romeo & Juliet that pits the two rival families of California's most seductive beachside city against each other. Greenwood will play... read more

Critic's Notebook: Finale Roundup (River, Southland) and a Bent New Comedy

Bruce Greenwood, Eloise Mumford, Joe Anderson

A mere two nights after The Walking Dead finale shattered cable ratings records, and more than a few nerves, with its zombie shooting gallery at Hershel's now-abandoned farm, two more dynamic series signed off for the season Tuesday night — hopefully not for good (though one seems a likely goner) — giving us some fun and tense times. Sometimes both at once.

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Halfway Down The River : Where Do We Go from Here?

Lee Tergesen, Eloise Mumford and Leslie Hope

Sixteen days down the Boiuna, and the determined folks looking for Dr. Emmet Cole in the Amazon have already been assaulted by cockroach storms, the creepy dolls of a dead girl, el corpo seco, spontaneous blindness, and a hanging man who can't die.

But the really freaky stuff isn't going to come from outside of the Magus for much longer.

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Bruce Greenwood: ABC's The River Is More Than Just a Horror Story

Bruce Greenwood

Blankets to hide under. Check. Cell phone to call for help. Check. Flashlight just in case the power happens to go out. Check. Pillow to muffle your screams. Check. Now you're ready to watch ABC's The River. read more

Tuesday TV in Review: A Thrill Ride Down ABC's River, Justified, Southland

Joe Anderson

If the notion of getting "Lost in the Amazon" and finding yourself in a weekly horror movie has any appeal, then by all means set your compass for ABC's The River, the most exciting thing to happen to TV's midseason since, well, Monday's premiere of Smash on NBC. If Smash is a show-stopper, The River is a terrifying heart-stopper, a cleverly cinematic supernatural adventure that takes us on a wild ride into an exotic heart of darkness. (It opens with back-to-back episodes Tuesday at 9/8c, and the second hour is even scarier than the first.)
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Batman Sees Red in New Animated Adventure

Batman: Under the Red Hood DVD

The next live-action Batman movie is still in limbo, but the Caped Crusader is back on screen this week in a gritty new animated adventure. In Batman: Under the Red Hood — the latest in Warner Home Videos' series of movies based on DC Comics stories — a mysterious and ruthless vigilante has shown up in Gotham City, and not even the Dark Knight is able stop him.

This violent newcomer, named for the red hood that covers his face, quickly stirs up trouble... read more

Star Trek Captain Is Recast, More Movie News

Bruce Greenwood by Jim Spellman/WireImage.com

He's come a long way from Firehouse Dog. Bruce Greenwood has landed the role of Captain Kirk's predecessor, Christopher Pike, in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek prequel.... Saw slasher Shawnee Smith, Texas Chainsaw Massacre babe Erica Leerhsen and Day of the Dead's AnnaLynne McCord have been cast in Slaughter, as actresses unwittingly hired to be in a Japanese snuff film.... Billy Bob Thornton has been tapped to play a good-guy G-man in Eagle Eye, a thriller in which Shia LaBeouf (of all people) is accused of being a terrorist. — Ben Katner read more

John from Nowhere: Good Riddance

Ausitn Nichols courtesy HBO

Made sense that in the last moments of HBO's misbegotten John from Cincinnati, Ed O’Neill was finally reunited with his AWOL avian friend Zippy. If ever there was a show that was for the birds, it was this birdbrained mishmash of half-baked, foulmouthed, anti-dramatic allegorical nonsense.Over the last week, I attempted to catch up with last month’s episodes, hoping against hope that I’d at last see what I was supposed to be seeing in this smugly opaque world of cryptic utterances from annoyingly mannered characters. (And I thought, maybe like other HBO series, in particular the superior Wire, this could be one of those shows that plays better if you watch several hours back-to-back.) The result: torture. I made it maybe halfway through each hour before zoning out in a state of utter boredom and contempt. Forget confusion — that part of the equation left the station long ago. I was merely hoping to be entertained a little. In vain, as it turned out.At least the ... read more

"His Visit: Day Eight"

OK, so Shaun, John and Zippy disappeared, although Shaun's doppelgänger still found time to scare the living hell out of Barry at the hotel bar. Are his visions of Shaun simply dreams, as he tells Dr. Smith later in the episode, or is that just wishful thinking on his part? Seems to me they could be more accurately categorized as "visions." Well, I'd actually be more likely to go with psychotic episodes brought on by trauma, but in this show, with this subject matter, I think "visions" works just fine.I liked the scene when Butchie and Kai shared their thoughts on John, who they both agreed is on some kind of autopilot and simply parrots what he hears from other people because he is programmed to mimic emotions. As they discussed, it would certainly explain why he repeats such idiotic phrasings as "A+ for fume control." What do they think, though, that the guy is some kind of robot? I guess that could be interesting. I certainly wouldn't have been expecting that.The stick figur... read more

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