Jane Badler, Laura Vandervoort and Morena Baccarin
After a year and a half hiatus, the New York Comic Con returned this weekend, drawing a reported crowd of 100,000 to the Jacob K. Javits Center in Manhattan. The event doesn't quite have the star power of San Diego's Comic-Con International, but it's quickly becoming one of the top fan events for sci-fi related movies and TV as well as video games and, of course, comic books.
One of the weekend's biggest draws was a panel for...
The much-acclaimed actor Daniel Benzali (Jericho, Murder One, NYPD Blue) is heading to General Hospital to play the role of patient Theo Hoffman.
First seen December 6, the character will be admitted to the hospital and develop a friendship with troubled heroine Robin Scorpio (Kimberly McCullough). But an ABC rep tells us "there is more to Theo than meets the eye."
In recent months...
Smallville may make us wait until the bitter end to see Tom Welling in his Superman suit, but on the October 22 episode we'll get to see Lois costumed as another Superfriend. An ancient artifact transforms the reporter into the Egyptian goddess Isis, who has powers that rival both Clark's and Green Arrow's.
"She's thousands of years old," says Erica Durance, whose Lois has previously dressed as a gladiator, French maid and dominatrix...
Grab your toast, toilet paper and squirt guns and prepare to dance the "Time Warp." Just in time for Halloween, Glee's New Directions gang is staging The Rocky Horror Picture Show for the October 26 episode.
"I've loved Rocky Horror since I first saw it when I was 12," says Chris Colfer (Kurt). "There is no point to it except being crazy and having a good time." And boy, do they ever. The visionary behind the looks, which include Kurt as Riff Raff, Lea Michele's Rachel as Janet and Amber Riley's Mercedes as Frank-N-Furter, is costume designer Lou Eyrich.
"The Glee kids' take on Rocky Horror is a little more hip," says Eyrich. The outfits, with a price tag north of $30,000, were inspired by both the stage version and the 1975 film. All of the actors were "so excited to see what everyone was wearing when they came to the wardrobe trailer," Eyrich adds. No wonder!
Check out the first-look photo gallery after the jump...
Gather round, Gleeks, we want to hear from you! Which Glee cast member do you think is the best performer? Rachel is usually New Directions' biggest star with all the solos, but Mercedes can really belt it out. Kurt stole the show after his father's heart attack, but Brittany's dancing makes us a slave for her. Sound off in our poll after the jump...
The Good Wife
God in America (Monday, PBS, check local schedules)
Is that Benjamin Linus in Puritan drag? Michael Emerson is among the familiar faces in historical recreations (as John Winthrop) as two of PBS' most prestigious franchises, American Experience and Frontline, team for a six-part (over three nights) survey of American history as seen through the prism of religion. From the nation's origins, built on the principal of religious freedom, the series winds its way through wars and social revolutions including the civil-rights movement, exploring the part religion has played in shaping this country's melting-pot nature...
Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens
Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco are going deep — on their own weekly talk show. "There are no topics really that are off-limits," Owens says of Versus' The T.Ocho Show, which pairs two of the most opinionated, controversial, in-your-face players in the NFL. "I think Chad is the louder of the two mouths — definitely when we have something to say it's heard."
T.O., who joined Ochocinco in the Cincinnati Bengals receiving corps this season, isn't worried about the league taking offense...
Let's get this week's highlight reel started on a positive note.
TEARJERKER OF THE WEEK: Kurt Hummel plaintively singing "I Want to Hold Your Hand" on Glee as we relive home movies in his mind, showing bonding moments with his (now comatose) dad Burt, including a tea party where the little boy playing Young Kurt is an uncanny dead ringer. A catch in his voice, a lump in our collective throats, a Kleenex run at the commercial break. Chris Colfer's sensitive yet tough performance as a boy sticking by his non-beliefs during a trying time is the highlight of "Grilled Cheesus," a tricky, affecting exploration of faith, religion, friendship and family. Amber James' soaring renditions of "I Look to You" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water" (the latter backed up by a church choir) also top this week's Glee Hit Parade, and or course Rachel turns to Yentl for inspiration. Even a friend's dad's coma can't rain on her Streisand parade. We also learn Sue has turned from God because of the cruelties visited upon her beloved sister, and Emma shows uncommon wisdom as she opens Finn's eyes to the folly of praying to a sandwich. The best Glee episode in quite a while, reminding us why we stick with this show even when the notes sometimes seem sour.
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God got quite a workout this week on some of TV's best comedies...
OK, Smallvillagers, get ready to fly into a frenzy! On Friday, October 15, the series celebrates its 200th episode, but you can get the party started with this exclusive peek at the official promo for "Homecoming" right here and now.
Built around Clark's high-school reunion and featuring the return of James Marsters as a much-less nasty Brianiac, "there are all kinds of nods that go back to the beginning... a lot of glimpses," promises exec producer Kelly Souders, who has also packed in a lot of geeked-out goodies (check out those magazine covers!). And just wait until you see what happens when Clark pays a trip to his future... and runs into himself at the most "Man of Steel" moment the show has thrown at us so far.
A second version of this trailer will appear at the end of tonight's "Supergirl" episode on the CW at 8/7c.
Check out the video after the jump...
Alison Brie, Community
Cheers to Community for avoiding the dreaded sophomore slump.
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The second season of NBC's under-the-radar sitcom may not be making a Big Bang in the ratings, but you can't deny it's explosively funny. The show has perfected the formula of well-chosen guest stars (Daily Show vets Rob Corddry and John Oliver, alt-comedy god Patton Oswalt, and, yes, Betty White, who's better in small doses like this week's cameo); snappy, pop-reference-rich dialogue; physical shtick from the masterful likes of Chevy Chase and Ken Jeong; and unexpected moments of M*A*S*H/Scrubs-esque sincerity.
This week's episode, "The Psychology of Letting Go," worked in meaningful ruminations on life, death and religion as Chase's Pierce refused to accept his mom's demise...