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Fichtner joins cast of Prison Break

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Jun 20th 2006 12:35PM

William FichtnerIn other news, fans of Invasion were heard whimpering tiny little cries of despair. I started to anyway, but then I got over it. As if fans of ABC's now canceled Invasion hadn't been dragged around enough about the status of the show's future, this definitely counts as the final nail in the coffin.

Yesterday, Kristin over at E! reported that William Fichtner has been cast in FOX's second season of Prison Break as the federal marshal tasked to hunt down Michael, Lincoln, Abruzzi, and the rest of their merry gang of fugitives. I have to say that I'm actually pretty pleased about this. I think Fichtner is a great actor and he'll fit in fine with the rest of the cast down in Dallas.

Of course, this officially means that we'll never find out what happened to Larkin after Tom threw her in the water during the Invasion season series finale. Boo to that.

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Ma and Pa America: They canceled what?!?

by Jonathan Toomey, posted May 28th 2006 6:53PM

American GothicI came home this weekend to see my folks for Memorial Day (which coincidentally means that I've eaten an unhealthy amount of food and it's only Sunday afternoon) and we got into a pretty interesting conversation about TV. For starters, neither of them knew what "the upfronts" were and I suppose it makes sense. If I didn't follow television as much as I do, I probably wouldn't know what the upfronts were either. Moreover, I would most likely have had the same question my mother had: "Why do they call it the upfronts?" I'm not 100% sure, but I think it has something to do with the fact that ad-space is being presented to advertisers "up front" and if they sit on it, they may not be able to get the spots they want at a later date.

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Invasion: The Last Wave Goodbye (finale)

by Jonathan Toomey, posted May 18th 2006 9:16AM

Invasion; ABC(S01E22) I really don't think ABC understands what they're giving up here. Granted this wasn't the best episode of the season. But as far as season finales go, this is right up there. Things you wanted addressed were taken care of and the cliffhanger... man, I never saw that coming. The only gripe I had was the middle. There was a lot of filler and it took some patience to get to the good stuff. I'm glad I waited.

We picked up right where last week left off with Szura's gang pushing people into the water to do a dance with the orange aliens. Tom and Russell put up a fight though. They bust out their guns and take out a ton of the hybrids. Just in time too because Dave and Louis finally show up with Colonel Lopez and the Air Force. Szura, being the smart guy that he is, grabs Mariel (four of the pregnant ladies too) and drives off with them. Game on.

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Conviction, Teachers, Invasion, Freddie, Hope & Faith -- CANCELED

by Anna Johns, posted May 15th 2006 8:02AM
convictionAhead of today's Upfronts, The Futon Critic is reporting that NBC is not renewing Conviction or Teachers for the fall. Neither of these cancelations comes as a surprise, really. The storytelling style on Conviction was so complicated that it was virtually impossible to feel anything for any of the characters (although, I'm going to miss Julianne Nicholson and Eric Balfour). And, Teachers? Why was that even on television?

Also, ABC had reportedly decided not to renew Invasion, Freddie and Hope & Faith. Also not major surprises-- and Invasion might end up on The CW. What will Kelly Ripa do with all her extra time?

Stick around... Bob will be covering NBC's Upfronts later today.

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Invasion going to the CW?

by Bob Sassone, posted May 14th 2006 9:50AM
Invasion There's been no official word yet (ABC unveils its new fall schedule this Tuesday), but SyFy Portal is reporting that they have heard from inside sources that Invasion will not be renewed by ABC and that the new CW network might be interested in picking it up. I wonder if this would have any effect on Supernatrual or Smallville. Nah, I'm sure there's more than enough room on the network for all three.

Whatever happens, if it turns out that Invasion sticks around for another year and Surface doesn't, I'll be pissed.

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Invasion: Round Up

by Jonathan Toomey, posted May 11th 2006 11:47AM

Invasion; ABC; Eddie Cibrian(S01E21) Holy crap, this show is incredible. This episode had the potential to be the season finale the way it ended... I can't believe what the hybrids are up to. But we still get one more episode next week and I can't wait. With Alias, Lost, and Invasion, ABC has one hell of a Wednesday night line-up right now. Too bad we're only getting it for little while longer.

Last week we left Tom and Russell as they headed back into Homestead to try and stop Szura's plan... whatever it was. Now we know. Using the military uniforms and guns that Tom supplied Szura with, the hybrids are posing as National Guard. They're driving around, picking people up, and dropping them off at this (deserted?) military base. As the hurricane keeps knocking trees down and blocking off roads, Mariel, Larkin, and the kids end up with nowhere to go. Until one of the hybrid patrols drives up. They hop in the back of the truck but by the time Mariel realizes what's going on (I guess they all have some kind of "hybrid sense"), it's too late.

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Invasion: Run and Gun

by Jonathan Toomey, posted May 4th 2006 3:48PM

Invasion; ABC(S01E20) Consistency ... it's just always good. There's a reason that Surface only had a 15 episode first season, and there's a reason why Threshold got the axe. Invasion was, and is, the best of three new sci-fi shows this year, and after last night's episode, it's one season finale I'm truly looking forward to.

If you had asked me earlier in the season, would we see Rusell and Tom joining forces by the end of the season, I would have never called it. But they are, and after they send Larkin, Mariel, and the kids out of town, the two of them venture back into the storm to take on Szura and his minions. This is too good.

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Invasion: The Son Also Rises

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Apr 28th 2006 12:49AM

Invasion; ABC(S01E19) Ehh... not so much. This episode was kind of like Oscar Mayer Bologna. They tell you it's not all "filler," but after you look it? Yeah, it's "filler." All this episode really achieved was the creation of a bond between Tom and Russell and I don't think we'll see that bond break for the rest of the season. It's gotten to the point where I'm starting to believe Tom. He was genuinely surprised when Russell told him that he saw pictures of Szura with the military. I really think he means it when he tells Russell that he wants to stop Szura and whatever's planned.

That's all you really needed to know about this episode. It concluded with those two teaming up but it was stretched out because Jesse decided that he just can't take living with "all these bastard hybrids" anymore.

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Invasion: Re-Evolution

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Apr 20th 2006 2:33PM

Invasion; ABC(S01E18) I kind of like it when good shows go on hiatus for three or four weeks because when they come back, it makes it that much better. This show is too good, and anyone who says otherwise is crazy. It's got drama, engaging characters, and a great storyline. So much happened in this episode - it was incredible.

At this point, the whole town is on edge. No one knows who's "one of them" and everyone is running around like a bat out of hell. Larkin even runs over a guy who escaped from the local military complex. But hey... wait a tick. Why does the military have people in captivity? I thought the military didn't know anything? Wrong.

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Invasion marathon on ABC Family

by Anna Johns, posted Mar 31st 2006 9:26AM
invasion; abc family; marathonYes, Invasion is still on. Of all the new Sci Fi shows that premiered on the big three networks this year, it's the only one that is still hanging on. I saw the first two episodes and quicky gave up because of the long stares from characters who may or may not be aliens. Oh, and I couldn't handle the premise that a hurricane was bearing down on the town and no one was evacuating (school was still in session, for crying out loud!). Anyway, I may have given up too soon because Jonathan really seems to dig the series.

On Sunday Saturday, April 15th, ABC Family will air ten back-to-back episodes of Invasion.

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Invasion: The Key

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Mar 16th 2006 10:45AM

Invasion; ABCI'm going to miss this show when it goes on hiatus for the next three or four weeks, but is anyone else looking forward to that new show The Evidence? The previews make it look outstanding. Then again, the previews for The Unit looked pretty good too. Oh well, we'll see.

Back to Invasion, not the greatest episode. But the last five minutes - whoa! When it does come back, there's gonna be a whole lotta explainin' to do.

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Invasion: The Fittest

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Mar 9th 2006 12:09PM

InvasionI usually start my reviews for this show by saying something along the lines of, "It gets better every week!" Well, we've finally reached the point where I don't think it did. If you hold this one up with the episode from a few weeks ago, it just isn't as strong.

A few major things were revealed. Actually, the biggest question still lurking was let out of the bag. But Invasion is actually doing a few things that are starting to bug me.

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Invasion: The Nest

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Feb 16th 2006 9:06PM

InvasionIt's still doing it! Gets better every week! Remember how the last episode ended, with Kira taking an evening stroll into the swamp water? Well she chickened out. Never went for that swim, but this episode opened with her continued desire to find out what happens when you go in the water. Oooh, oooh, pick me! I want to be an alien!

Tom is still giving Kira a hard time and she even asks the one-armed man (ehh... I mean Louis) to check out the water with her but he declines. After all, Tom did say stay away from my daughter or I'll make you cut your other arm off. Well not really... but I assume that's what he'd do. Kira goes swimming anyway. But she didn't see "the lights." Instead she bumped into Derek and Christina - fresh from their escape of Tom's "confused alien youth boot camp."

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Invasion: All God's Creatures

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Feb 9th 2006 10:43AM

Larkin and Russel: InvasionNow this was a jam-packed episode... way too much happened and guaranteed I'm going to forget something important, so bear with me as I try to recall every detail. As I've said before, this show started out slow but damn is it good or what? With some of the fluff episodes that Lost has been pushing out lately (Charlie's crappy episode anyone?), it's making Invasion even more enjoyable because it makes up for the previous hour of disappointment.

This episode can be compared to buying deli meat, specifically one of those vacuum-sealed things that has bologna, salami, and smoked honey ham all in the same package. What I'm trying to say is that it had everything. Who shot Tom? What keeps watching Larkin take a shower from the bathroom window? Who the heck is this Zura guy that Healy kept telling Russel about in the last episode? Where the heck did Louis go? All answered my friends.

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Invasion: Redemption

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Jan 26th 2006 11:10AM

Sheriff Tom UnderlayI really liked this episode. Thus far, this show has lacked a solid flashback episode to shed some light on the backstory of our main characters and that's exactly what we got last night. Up until now, we've had an idea of what went one between Russel, Mariel, and Tom nine years ago after Tom's plane crash - but now we got to see it play out.

Tom and Mariel have been arguing like crazy. Mariel is beyond pissed off because Tom banished Jesse and Rose to Russel's house. But all is forgiven when someone sneaks into their house and puts three bullets in Tom's stomach. Cue flashback.

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