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Weekend Review: The Knick, Outlander

Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan

Cinemax, the scruffy bastard stepchild of HBO, is the perfect home for Steven Soderbergh's harrowing hospital melodrama The Knick (Friday, 10/9c), which depicts 1900s New York City as a vivid Dickensian nightmare. Though described by the series' severely flawed doctor hero John Thackery (a ravaged and mustachioed Clive Owen) as "a time of endless possibility," this Age of Progress has its limitations, with primitive ...
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On the Set: Outlander Finally Comes to Life on Starz

Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe

Step onto the set of new Starz drama Outlander, deep in the countryside north of Glasgow, and it's easy to relate to series heroine Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe), a married, English World War II combat nurse suddenly — and mysteriously — thrust back in time to strife-torn 1743 Scotland.

Kilt-clad men and corseted women mingle in the smoky candlelight. Two Irish wolfhounds loll by a massive, blackened fireplace as snippets of Gaelic drift through the stale castle air. And when director John Dahl yells, "Action!" Claire watches in horror as... read more

Binge Saturday: Battlestar Galactica

Battlestar Galactica

With fall premieres still a month away, now's the perfect time to play TV catch-up or simply revisit an old favorite.

A reboot of the '70s space opera, Ron Moore's re-imagined Battlestar Galactica is a science-fiction masterpiece. It blends action, religion, grief, hope — and some killer cheekbones — into one heck of a gripping saga. Yes, the ending might be controversial, but it's not like Lost's.

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From "Sassenach" to Time Travel! Everything You Need to Know About Starz's Outlander

Catriona Balfe and Sam Heughan

What if your future was the past? And could you leave your old life behind for a new one? That's the question Starz's highly anticipated series Outlander asks.

Based on the wildly successful book of the same name, Outlander stars Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall, a combat nurse in 1945 who's swept back in time to 1743. Immediately, Claire finds herself fighting to survive a clan of soldiers and in an effort to keep suspicions at bay she marries handsome Scottish warrior Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan). As the two develop a relationship, Claire is torn between her blossoming romance with Jamie and her feelings for the husband (Tobias Menzies) she left behind. 

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Starz Sets Premiere Date for Outlander

Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe

Starz has set a premiere date for its new time-travel drama Outlander. The 16-episode first season, which is currently being filmed on location in Scotland, will bow on Saturday, Aug. 9 at 9/8c.

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Universal Developing a New Battlestar Galactica Film

Mary McDonnell, Edward James Olmos

Holy frak! Battlestar Galactica might get another shot at life through Universal. The movie studio is in the early stages of putting together a new film that would be a reboot of the television franchise, Variety reports.

Universal has hired Transcendence screenwriter Jack Paglen to write a new take of the series that would be yet another incarnation of the Battlestar Galactica universe. Original series creator Glen Larson will produce the new film.

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Syfy Renews Helix for Season 2

Hiroyuki Sanada, Kyra Zagorsky, Billy Campbell

Syfy has renewed Helix for a second season, the network announced Friday.

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"Helix has built one of our most loyal and consistent audiences in its first season on Syfy. The incredibly talented writing and producing team have crafted a thriller that consistently delivered suspense, twists and high quality drama. We look forward to growing this passionate audience in what promises to be an even more memorable second season,"  Bill McGoldrick, Syfy's EVP of original content, said in a statement.

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Weekend Review: Helix, Enlisted, True Detective

Billy Campbell, Hiroyuki Sanada

Made you jump. It's about time a Syfy show had that effect on us again.

Syfy's Helix (Friday, 10/9c) is a chiller in every sense of the word, a welcome return to gripping sci-fi form for a network that has lately ceded bragging rights to AMC (The Walking Dead), FX (American Horror Story) and even The CW (The Vampire Diaries) in the competitive arena of hardcore genre buzz. The spirit of Michael Crichton permeates this claustrophobic exercise in suspenseful paranoia, from Battlestar Galactica's Ronald D. Moore and series creator Cameron Porsandeh, who sets the first season almost entirely at an icy Arctic research compound that's actually a hothouse for mysteriously grisly medical experiments.

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Helix Showrunner: "We're Really Trying to Not Make It a Zombie Show"

Billy Campbell

On the new Syfy drama series Helix, an outbreak plagues an Arctic research facility. When a team from the Centers for Disease Control arrives on the scene, the researchers discover a disease that has killed at least two and turned a third man into an unstoppable monster attempting to spread the disease.

So is Ron Moore's latest project just  The Walking Dead with snow? Not necessarily. "We're really trying to not make it a zombie show," showrunner Steve Maeda says. "I would say... read more

First Look: Sparks Fly on Starz's Outlander

Outlander

Kick up your kilts, Outlander fans: Your dreams have finally come true. Battlestar Galactica executive producer Ronald D. Moore is set to bring the wildly popular fantasy novels by Diana Gabaldon (more than 20 million copies sold!) to life. The series, which debuts on... read more

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