VICTORIA, BC. The fifth episode of "Gracepoint," the one airing on FOX this Thursday (October 30) night, features an absolutely dynamic scene between Kevin Zegers and Nick Nolte, exactly the kind of superb acting that's capable of carrying "Gracepoint" even if it remains a nearly beat-for-beat copy of "Broadchurch." [Two more episodes of similarity before, as promised, things deviate in Episode 7.]
Of course, I didn't necessarily know about the scene or when it would fit into the "Gracepoint" order when I sat down with Zegers in May in a leaky tent next to the British Columbia beach being used to shoot promotional images.
Instead, we talked about the approach Zegers was taking to his character, fledgling journalist Owen Burke, that would make him different from his "Broadchurch" equivalent." Specifically, Zegers emphasized his willingness to play Owen as a possible suspect in the murder of Danny Solano, making him at least a plausible killer, if not a likely suspect.
When I met with Zegers and co-star Jessica Lucas in May, I'd seen that Nick Nolte scene and we were able to discuss it on video.
So as I did with Michael Peña a few weeks ago, I'm doubling up on Zegers and Lucas interviews this week.
Above, you can watch the two actors discuss their role and, specifically, the intimidation of Mr. Nolte.
And below, you can read my Q&A with Zegers from the "Gracepoint" set.
"Gracepoint" airs on Thursdays at 9 p.m. on FOX.
VANCOUVER, BC. I didn't get to write about it, but The CW's "The 100" got off to a promising start last week.
I didn't especially like the post-apocalyptic drama when it launched last spring, but I've come to appreciate its regular doses of oddly edgy lunacy -- unpredictably deaths, unpredictably gory deaths, inappropriately timed sexual conquests, etc -- and also plotting so exhausting -- Grounders and Reapers and Mountain Men, Oh My -- that whenever I attempt to pay attention to what's happening, keeping up requires so much effort I almost have to set my quibbles aside.
In the premiere, we saw Eliza Taylor's Clarke begin to try to unravel the mysteries of Mount Weather, a seemingly civilized group of radiation avoiders she just knows are suspicious. We're also suspicious, because any group that has Raymond "Arlo Givens" Barry as its leader is up to no good. Plus, when was the last time a pack of starving people in a dystopia environment encountered a well-fed group with ample supplies of chocolate cake without something sketchy being afoot.
VANCOUVER, BC. A familiar face and a familiar name will arrive in Starling City on Wednesday (October 29) night's episode of "Arrow."
As The CW has been heavily promoting, Katrina Law will be back as Nyssa Al Ghul, League of Assassins veteran and daughter to the famous Ra's Al Ghul. As we learned last season, Nyssa had a rather close relationship with the late Sara Lance, so her return is likely to be intense.
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, October 28, 2014.
The Kansas City Royals' blowout of the San Francisco Giants in Game 6 of the World Series handed ABC an easy Tuesday win among young adults, though CBS was again the most-watched network thanks to the "NCIS" franchise. NBC's whole night was down from last week, while "Agents of SHIELD" improved a bit thanks to not having "Manhattan Love Story" as its lead-in.
Fast National ratings for Monday, October 27, 2014.
NBC won Monday night among young adults thanks to "The Voice" and "The Blacklist," ABC among total viewers thanks to "Dancing with the Stars," and CBS took a hit as "2 Broke Girls" replaced "Big Bang Theory" in its Monday lineup.
WILMINGTON, NC. We're finally reaching the end of the interviews I conducted during my time on the set of FOX's "Sleepy Hollow."
I've saved Lyndie Greenwood for last not because Jenny Mills is anything less than awesome. Anybody who can pull off a Sarah Connor-style intro is worthy of respect and Jenny has proven to be a valuable, if frequently underused, piece of the Revolutionary War/Apocalypse Scooby Gang.
No, I held my Greenwood chat for last just because it became a little truncated because we were summoned down to a makeshift nightclub to be extras in a "Sleepy Hollow" scene that I'm already apologizing for in advance. Whether I should be apologizing to viewers or to the editors who had to cut around me remains to be seen.
It's still a good conversation as Greenwood discusses Jenny's muscular introduction, her psychological state and some of her genre favorites. It isn't even slightly spoiler-y, so don't worry.
"Sleepy Hollow" avoided any kind of World Series preemption and its next episode airs on FOX on Monday, October 27.
Happy Monday, Boys & Girls!
We had to push things up to Monday this week in order to review "Mike Tyson Mysteries." Or we had to push things up to Monday to be timely with the series finale of "Boardwalk Empire." Or maybe we're posting on Monday because it's another travel week for me and it was either this or no podcast and nobody wanted to miss out on our reviewing "The McCarthys."
The world may never know.
But that's what's in this week's podcast. We have reviews of three new comedies, which you may or may not care about. None of them are great.
But we also talked for more than 45 minutes about the "Boardwalk Empire" finale, the HBO drama's final season and it's general legacy. No, it's not quite a full "Boardwalk Empire" podcast, but it's a LOT of time spent talking about "Boardwalk Empire."
"Mike Tyson Mysteries" (00:00:55 - 00:09:50)
"Benched" (00:09:55 - 00:19:20)
"The McCarthys" (00:19:25 - 00:28:05)
"Boardwalk Empire" finale (00:28:15 - 01:14:25)
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Fast National ratings for Sunday, October 26, 2014.
Live sporting events always make preliminary ratings inexact, and Sunday night was loaded with live sports, including a long football overrun on CBS, Game 5 of the World Series on FOX and a Saints-Packers primetime game on NBC. Most of the numbers you read below will change once the final numbers are figured out, but NBC should win handily among young adults no matter the East/West calculations, while sports-less ABC should be in fourth, getting no help from the low-rated "Star Wars Rebels" special.