While the Olympians continue to dominate the TV spotlight in Sochi, another gathering of championship talent takes a bow in the weekend's other gold-medal event: PBS's Great Performances presentation of National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage (Friday, 9/8c, check tvguide.com listings).
Laurence Olivier led the National Theatre upon its founding in 1963, and he and other luminaries are seen in vintage clips from past productions, interspersed throughout a dazzling evening of live re-enactments and tantalizing excerpts from landmark plays, including Angels in America, Stuff Happens, The History Boys and War Horse. Fans of Downton Abbey will delight to see the Dowager Countess Maggie Smith in her 1964 prime, vamping in ...
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.
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...
Every week, senior reporter Natalie Abrams satisfies your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to email@example.com or tweet them to @NatalieAbrams.
I'm so excited for The Americans to return. What do you know? — Trisha
Paige, Phillip and Elizabeth's precocious daughter, will be bringing down the old hammer and sickle on her folks when she refuses to give up her quest to find out the truth about them. Complicating matters: Phillip is forced to use his son Henry during an impromptu mission that results in several casualties.
Thanks for the scoop on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.! What else is coming up? — Tina
Never mind Tuesday's reveal about Coulson, Clark Gregg says...
Battlestar Galactica's creator Ron Moore's new Syfy series Helix may give you nightmares if the new key art is any indication.
The drama tells the story of...