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Monday TV in Review: Believe, Bones Moves Back

Johnny Sequoyah, Delroy Lindo

It's hard not to want to believe in talents like Alfonso Cuaron (of the amazing Gravity) and J.J. Abrams (no TV explanation necessary). These two very busy visionaries lend their names, and Cuaron his directing chops (in the pilot episode, anyway), for NBC's otherwise painfully derivative Believe (Monday, 10/9c), which plays like one of those middling Stephen King melodramas about supernaturally gifted children on the run for their lives.

Cuaron elevates the stock clichés with visual motifs of a butterfly providing mystical guidance and a dizzying flock of pigeons (my idea of a living nightmare) subduing a Big Bad Female Assassin in a loft. It's a handsome looking pilot, even at its most predictably familiar. And as Bo, the spunky little girl whose psychic and paranormal gifts seem to have no end — or, maddeningly, definition — Johnny Sequoyah is agreeable company, never too cute even when the script calls for Bo to be cloyingly precious. Because believe it or not, Believe feels it necessary to squelch the chase-thriller elements with schmaltzy subplots reminiscent of Fox's short-lived Touch. Bo knows goodness, and in between close calls as she eludes her well-funded potential kidnappers, she somehow finds time to inspire a young doctor to get past his crisis of confidence.

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Girls' Adam Driver Cast as Villain in New Star Wars Film

Adam Driver

Adam Driver is leaving Brooklyn, and heading to a galaxy far, far away for his next role.

The Girls star is close to signing on to play the villain in Star Wars: Episode VII, Variety reports.

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Details about his character are unknown except that ... read more

VIDEO: J.J. Abrams Wants You to Believe

Johnny Sequoyah, Jake McLaughlin

J.J. Abrams has made the unimaginable imaginable many times before — the Cloverfield monster, Super 8's alien, Spock and Uhura — but now the prolific producer hopes fans will simply Believe.

His new NBC drama delves into the unlikely relationship that develops between... read more

Breaking Bad's Jesse Plemons Eyed to Star in Star Wars: Episode VII

Jesse Plemons

Breaking Bad star Jesse Plemons is being eyed to star in Star Wars: Episode VII, The Wrap reports.

Plemons will... read more

Ned Vizzini, TV Writer and Author, Commits Suicide at 32

It's Kind of a Funny Story, Ned Vizzini inset

Ned Vizzini, who penned the popular young adult novel It's Kind of a Funny Story and wrote shows such as Teen Wolf, died Thursday in New York, Variety reports. He was 32.

The New York City medical examiner said he had... read more

Bradley Cooper: I Wanted to "Kill Myself" on Alias

Bradley Cooper

While Alias fans look back on Bradley Cooper's character Will Tippin with fondness, the actor feels drastically different.

In the January issue of GQCooper recalled how his excitement at the role soon turned to frustration as he screen time quickly began to diminish. "I would only work three days a week. And then for the second season, I got even more sidelined. I was like, 'Ugh.' And then next thing you know, I was like, 'I want to f---ing kill myself.'"

Cooper then decided to take a risk and asked to be written off the spy drama. "[J.J. Abrams] was like, 'OK.' He probably would've fired me, anyway," he said.

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Almost Human May Feel Similar to Fringe, But It's a Very Different Future

Karl Urban and Michael Ealy

Where Fringe's old sets in Vancouver once housed a fake cow named Gene and rows of jars filled with red vines and other assorted candy, now stands Almost Human's space-age-looking police precinct. But using the same sound stage isn't the only thing the two Fox shows have in common.

Like Fringe, Almost Human (Sunday, 8/7c) also comes from producers J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman and is set in the not too distant future. Police officers are partnered with androids as they tackle cases with futuristic elements that border on the fringe. Sound familiar? But apart from those glaring similarities, Abrams insists that the shows are fundamentally different.

Almost Human tackles the dangers of robots in the future

"The Venn diagram of these two [shows] might be that... read more

The Weekend Playlist: Amazon's Alpha House, Almost Human

Alpha House

There's another serious new player in the ever-expanding universe of online original-content providers (see: Netflix and Hulu) — and happily, Amazon's entry into this suddenly cluttered marketplace is not just seriously funny, but it's as bracingly timely as the latest exasperating political headline.

Alpha House (three episodes bow Friday on amazon.com, with future episodes available to Amazon Prime subscribers) is satire at its most blistering and biting, delivered by a master of the trade: Doonesbury's Garry Trudeau, whose contempt for political cynicism, venality and hypocrisy doesn't keep the jaded protagonists of this bawdy, brazen comedy from being great company. The setting is a Washington, D.C., row house, home away from home for four Republican senators, led by the fearlessly outrageous John Goodman as a good-old-boy/former football star who's outraged to discover he won't be able to coast through his next election. (His new opponent: a legendary Duke coach. As someone observes: "You're like a retired god. He's active.")

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Star Wars: Episode VII Gets Release Date

Star Wars

Mark your calendars! Star Wars: Episode VII will be coming to a galaxy not so far away (aka, a theater near you) on Dec. 18, 2015, Lucasfilm announced Thursday.

"We're very excited to share the official 2015 release date for Star Wars: Episode VII, where it will... read more

Exclusive: Meet Almost Human's Android

Karl Urban, Michael Ealy

It's almost time for Almost Human, Fox's new crime drama set in the year 2048 from J.J. Abrams and Fringe-meister Joel Wyman. Pushed back from its planned Nov. 4 premiere, the effects-filled tale of a prickly cop (Karl Urban) and his new bionic partner (Michael Ealy) will now launch as a splashy, two-night event on Nov. 17—18.. But for those of you who just can't wait to feast your eyes on what the future of crime fighting looks like, here's a video profile of Ealy's android, Dorian. 

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