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Gillian Anderson’s Crisis Comes to ONE on Wednesdays

Crisis stars Rachel Taylor and Gillian Anderson.  Source: Provided
Crisis stars Rachel Taylor and Gillian Anderson. Source: Provided

The Gillian Anderson/Rachel Taylor led political drama Crisis, has been given an Australian premiere date and channel move with Network Ten opting to air the drama on it’s digital channel ONE right after the Commonwealth Games has finished.

Crisis, set in Washington D.C, follows the students at Ballard High School which educates the children of the powerful – International diplomats, Elite CEOs and even the President’s son but disaster strikes when, on a field trip, the bus, teachers and children are taken hostage leaving the powerful and influential at the mercy of the kidnappers.

Like most, I’m a sucker for a great plot twist and Crisis offers up quite a few in the first episode – don’t worry, no spoilers here – and add that with a barreling pace and a cast full of familiar faces (Aussie darling Rachel Taylor, Gillian Anderson, Dermot Mulroney – to name a few) and the handful of episodes available for preview to me, were enough to keep me somewhat intrigued to see more.

While Crisis’ take on the kidnapping/political genre is fresh, the ample amount of plot twists and and story pace seemed to negate any form of character development and character credibility that I found Crisis falling into the same trap that swallowed up similar shows such as Hostages – you find yourself at a point not being able to remember names, traits or even really care about them.  This could be why Crisis was pulled off air only half way through it’s premier season in America.

When it comes to the cast, while i’m still a fanboy from her X-Files days, as a corporate CEO negotiating a family crisis, Anderson’s ability to flawlessly elevate every single scene she’s in is still as strong as her days spent at Agent Dana Scully chasing little green men.  This doesn’t bode well for Rachel Taylor (playing an FBI Agent on the case to find the missing children) who is easily out-acted by the many scenes she shares with Anderson.

Who kidnapped these children?  What do they want with them? Will anyone die?  Catch the premiere episode of Crisis starting Wednesday, August 6th, 8:30pm on ONE.

A Reckoning is Coming: New Hannibal Season 2 Trailer Out

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It does need to be said that for the most part, on paper, a small screen show about one of cinema’s most infamous serial killers should not have worked – especially when working with the constraints of censors and network television yet NBC’s Hannibal turned out to be one of the most thrilling and chilling new shows to premiere in 2013.

The ‘different killer each episode’ is tired but works (look at The Blacklist) but it’s the underlying main storyline of Hannibal and his connections to each murder that pulled us in.  Superb performances from Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal), Hugh Dancy (WIll Graham) and even Gillian Anderson as Hannibal’s therapist Bedelia Du Maurier was exciting to watch.

Needless to say, i’m excited to see what’s coming.

Now NBC have dropped a preview for the show’s upcoming second season and it looks like things pick up right where we left off with Will Graham behind bars, accused of the crimes actually committed by Hannibal now trying to prove his innocence by throwing shade on the real killer – Hannibal Lecter.

Check out the preview below.

Hannibal returns to American screens on Feb 28th.  No date set for Australian screens.

X-Files Celebrates 20th Anniversary

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Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny at this years San Diego Comic Con

 

You know when your’e starting to feel old when a show you watched every episode as it went live to air is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary.  That’s right, Sci-fi cult classic series The X-Files first went to air, in the USA, this very day 20 years ago!

 

I actually remember not knowing much about the show when it first started.  I was 13 years old and happened to catch a few previews for a new show about FBI agents who hunted aliens and investigated cases of the paranormal.  At first, I honestly believed it was based on actual real life cases (possibly because I was a big fan of Unsolved Mysteries which often featured stories of the paranormal).

 

I was (and still sort of am) a big X-Files nerd.  While I couldn’t roll out episode titles or even remember scenes of dialogue, I can remember having Gillian Anderson plastered over a wall in my bedroom and bought the X-Files trading cards, poster books and soundtrack.  I stood by the show when Duchovny left and made way for Robert Patrick and even when Annabeth Gish became a regular and the show took a turn into more political than paranormal areas, I was still there.

 

Garry Shandling and Tea' Leoni
Garry Shandling and Tea’ Leoni

 

Trying to think of favorite episodes…I know I was more into Scully story lines than Mulder ones.  As a fan, your’e either team Mulder or team Scully and I was always, right from the go, team Scully!

 

As far as single episodes go, I will always have a soft spot for Hollywood A.D (Season 7 episode 19) which saw a movie made about a case Mulder and Scully were investigating and seeing Gary Shandling and Tea’ Leoni play the big screen versions of our favorite paranormal sleuths.  I still remember a scene in which Scully says to Mulder something to the effect of “I think she likes you” in reference to Tea’ Leoni (playing herself who is married to David Duchovny).

 

The show ran for nine seasons, made stars out of leads David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson and won numerous awards and a legion of fans that still to this day (the show finished up in 2002) still adore the show and the on-screen chemistry between Duchovny and Anderson and like many shows, this on-screen chemistry created a lot of will-they-won’t-they discussions.

 

David Duchovny
David Duchovny (Photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

 

It wasn’t until the first X-Files movie (Fight the Future) that we finally got to see Mulder and Scully show their true feeling towards each other – that was until that damned bee stung Scully rendering her unconscious.  I’m pretty sure you could hear a collective “UGGGGHHHH” when that scene played out in cinemas.

 

So the 20th anniversary of the show has seen both David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson team up for appearances at both the San Diego Comic Con and recently (this past weekend) at the Paley Center for Television in New York where both stars were happy to put their hands up for more X-Files movies.  Asked if they could recall how the relationship between Mulder and Scully had left off, both had the following to say:

 

“Well they (Mulder and Scully) were married the last movie,” Duchovny said, referring to 2008’s The X-Files: I Want to Believe.

 

“Were we actually married?” Anderson asked.

 

“I believe so. That was my impression,” he responded.

According to creator Chris Carter, all that they are waiting on is Twentieth Century Fox to show interest in creating a third movie.

The X-Files complete series 1-9 plus both movies are all now available on DVD at all good retailers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best of 90’s TV – Part One – Sci-Fi and Fantasy

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Buffy, X-Files, Xena and Sliders all aired in the 90’s

Television in the 1990’s was massive.  It was a time before reality TV became the monster that it is today. The ratings were big and the hair was even bigger.  Stars like Gillian Anderson, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Julian McMahon were finding their feet in prime-time shows and the term ‘shipper’ was created.  Cable networks virtually consisted of running shows in syndication and wasn’t until the mid 90’s that cable channels began to offer original shows. Sitcoms were popular and covered almost every topic, legal and law enforcement shows were in demand and family drama’s threw almost anything imaginable at us.

Sci-fi and fantasy shows filled prime-time viewing slots with The X-Files (1993) taking prime position and re-invigorating a genre that would spawn a slew of shows that took us into space, fighting vampires and into other worlds.

Cast of Angel
Cast of Angel

According to imdb.com, the top show in the genre during the 90’s is Buffy The Vampire Slayer.  The show about a teenage girl who finds herself betrothed as ‘the slayer’ was based off the movie with the same title (starring Kristy Swanson and Luke Perry began in 1997 on the WB network (Now CW network) and became an instant cult hit.  The series lasted 7 seasons, made a star out of it’s lead Sarah Michelle Gellar and created the popular spin-off Angel starring David Boreanaz. (Angel lasted 5 seasons).

Following close behind in popularity, is the fantasy themed Charmed.  Created by Aaron Spelling, the show about three sisters, each with their own unique power is still to this day, remembered favorably by many.  In true Spelling style, the show, along with it’s supernatural elements (a first for an Aaron Spelling production), also heavily relied on its drama and relationship story-lines and brought back three familiar faces to our tv screens in the form of Shannon Doherty (Beverly Hills 90210), Holly Marie-Combs (Picket Fences) and Alyssa Milano (Who’s The Boss).

The X-Files' David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson
The X-Files’ David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson

While on shows with a supernatural element, the alien themed teen drama Roswell also found itself with a cult status following.  While never really finding a high viewership, the show struggled to find an even balance between the drama and supernatural elements and alienated it’s audience (pun intended).  Roswell lasted 3 seasons.

When speaking of fantasy themed shows of the 90’s, you can’t forget about Hercules:The Legendary Journeys (starring well built Kevin Sorbo) and it’s equally popular spin-off Xena Warrior Princess (starring equally well built Lucy Lawless)  Both shows managed an impressive 6 seasons each with Xena garnering a more stronger following (perhaps due to the faux lesbian elements the show toyed with)

Intergalactic shows about space, time travel and other worlds were not only popular with viewers, but were also in abundance with variety.  Star Trek: The Next Generation (although premiered in 1987) ran for 8 seasons before it’s cancellation in 1994 and spawned two spin-offs, Star Trek Voyager (1995 running 7 seasons) and Star Trek Deep Space Nine (1993 running 7 seasons)  and in 1995, Sliders introduced us to Jerry O’Connell and his friends using a wormhole to ‘slide’ his way through to and explore parallel universes.

Probably the most well known show from this era and genre’ was the alien themed X-Files starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as a pair of FBI agents set out to investigate cases of the paranormal. Cases of little green men, sewer monsters and inbred hillbillies made for must-see TV and would often bring in 13-15 million viewers weekly in the US.  The show made way for a spin-off titled The Lone Gunmen and similar show Millennium starring Lance Henriksen and created by Chris Carter (Which also saw a cross-over with The X-Files).  Other shows such as Dark Skies and American Gothic came and left within the space of a season.

Check out the gallery of well-known 90’s shows all featuring that sci-fi/fantasy genre.

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Keep an eye out for the next part in this series: Best of the 90s – Comedy

NBC Serves Up Hannibal to Viewers.

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With its premiere date set, NBC is offering up some delectable information on it’s newest drama ‘Hannibal’.  Premiering April 4th (10/9c), Hannibal examines the relationship between the infamous Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) and FBI profiler Will Graham (Hugh Dancy), two characters introduced in the novel ‘Red Dragon’ by author Thomas Harris and works as a prequel to the Silence of the Lambs tale.

“Before there was “Silence of the Lambs,” before there was “Red Dragon,” Hannibal Lecter was a brilliant psychiatrist in the employ of the FBI.  Recruited by FBI boss Jack Crawford, the head of the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit, to crack the tough cases.  Now Lecter must help a sensitive but gifted criminal profiler, Will Graham, who is haunted by his ability to see into the minds of serial killers.

Will, the hunter of psychopaths, finds himself seated opposite Hannibal, the biggest psychopath with the biggest secret, discussing dark feelings and precarious mental states.”

The gore factor is upped more than your standard night-time drama on a non-cable network with one scene showing the famously cannibalistic doctor serving up a pair of gourmet lungs.

Lawrence Fishburn (The Matrix) is along for the ride as Agent Jack Crawford and keep an eye out for the X-Files’ Gillian Anderson who shows up later in the opening season as Lecter’s therapist.

Hannibal premiere’s on NBC on April 4th (10/9c)