Grant Gustin, Candice Patton
"Awesome," says the Flash (aka Barry Allen, an adork-able CSI lab nerd), catching his breath after his first mad dash through Central City in fast-forward motion, giving new meaning to happy feet. "Woo-hoo!" he screams during his first supervised test run. "Cool," he reflects later upon his gift of speed, a sentiment echoed by his crime-fighting mentor Arrow, from whose show he is triumphantly spinning off. Couldn't agree more.
Town of the Living Dead
Even reality TV isn't safe from the zombie invasion. On Syfy's new unscripted series Town of the Living Dead, filmmakers in tiny Jasper, Alabama, enlist residents to help complete their zombie apocalypse movie Thr33 Days Dead. They've struggled for six years to finish the film, but with the spotlight now on it, the moviemakers hope to finally achieve a final cut — and persuade Syfy to air the end result. Executive producers Steven Weinstock and Glenda Hersh, who run True Entertainment, filled out TV Guide Magazine's "Watch My Show" survey in the hopes that they might scare up a few viewers.
It's Talk Like a Pirate Day a few days early on the set of NCIS, at least for one guest actor who is waving a gun in the faces of a handful of hostages aboard a ship that has been commandeered in international waters. Among the captives is one Leroy Jethro Gibbs, taken by surprise while investigating what had looked to be an empty vessel. There's just enough of an echo of Captain Phillips in this scenario that you can picture the pirate in question suddenly declaring, "I'm the special agent now."
Instead, the hijacker is ...
Warning: Even if you have seen Sunday's season finale, this peek into The Strain's latest graphic-novel release features info about things that might make you go hmmmm.
For those who simply can't wait for the next season of PBS's Call the Midwife — and I'm right there with you, pining for those good ladies of midwifery — a band of hardy World War I nurses from Down Under might just be the ticket. Over the next six Mondays, streaming service Acorn TV is importing the Australian miniseries ANZAC Girls, which takes a similar approach of mixing sentimental period romance with harsh life-and-death trauma.
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Question: Let me preface this by saying The Big Bang Theory is one of my favorite shows, and I have been with them since Day 1, but after watching the premiere episodes on the first Monday of the season, I see a very disturbing trend. Sheldon is rapidly becoming the next Fonzie/Urkel. In the early days of the show, Sheldon was odd but likeable, and you always rooted for him. Now as he is being written, he is becoming more and more obnoxious, as evidenced in the way he treated Amy and the others in the two episodes last week. When shows have a breakout star like Jim Parsons, that person becomes the go-to guy in almost every episode, at the expense of the remaining cast members. Am I wrong in my assessment, or do you think a little less Sheldon and maybe a little nicer Sheldon would be better for the show and the audience? — Terry
Rupert Friend, Claire Danes
If last season (and the last parts of the season before) left you wanting to run away from Showtime's Homeland, the good news is that it's safe to come back. The show may never again achieve the intensely suspenseful and emotional heights of year one, with its psychosexual tango between Carrie and the enigmatic war hero/possible terrorist tool Brody, and I'm still not convinced that basket-case analyst Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) should be posted anywhere hotter than Antarctica. But this Emmy-winning international spy thriller suddenly feels much more topical and urgent again in its fourth season, where the only remaining remnant of the Brody storyline is the infant daughter — a ginger baby, naturally (hauntingly Damian Lewis in aspect) — whom Carrie bore after witnessing the father's cruel fate.
Al Roker, Matt Lauer
Sharknado 2: The Second One featured almost as many celebrities as flying finned fish, including Kelly Osbourne, Wil Wheaton, Andy Dick, Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan. But perhaps the most memorable of the cameos were Matt Lauer and Al Roker. With remarkably deadpan performances, the Today show cohorts (playing themselves) charted the shark-filled storm's bite into the Big Apple, providing some of the funniest moments in last summer's shark-tacular sequel.
Star Wars Rebels
Before there could be A New Hope, there first needed to be a glimmer of hope. That's the premise of Disney's Star Wars Rebels, an animated series that bridges the gap between the iconic fantasy franchise's two movie trilogies. Set about 14 years after the Jedi Knights were exterminated by the Galactic Empire in the 2005 movie Revenge of the Sith, the show follows a band of freedom fighters as they begin a movement that will eventually snowball into the full-fledged rebellion featured in the original 1977 Star Wars, aka A New Hope.