"He's everybody's favorite Ninja Turtle," Astin told Entertainment Weekly. "Raphael's the coolest, no question about it. Ask anybody."
The new cartoon series will debut on Nickelodeon during fall 2012, but fans will be able to get a sneak peek at the series at this year's San Diego Comic Con.
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Playing a version of himself, Rollins was talking to Reiser about a comedy part he's going for. The simple glee and excitement in Rollins as he talks about the role and even reads some of the simply awful lines is infectious and funny itself.
After reading a line about a particularly lame joke about mistaking a fat woman for a beached whale, Rollins started talking about a part with more physical humor. "It's not so cerebral as that last one," he explained. "Let's see, it's right after the dance montage."
Here's another reason to be jealous of the guy: he shares the screen with the awesome Carrie Brownstein, guitarist for the influential Portland indie rock band Sleater-Kinney, in 'Portlandia,' a sketch show that targets organic food-obsessed couples and feminist bookstore owners in the "city where young people go to retire," premiering tonight on IFC.
Brownstein's casting got us thinking about the some of our favorite indie rockers* who have turned up on the tube in bit parts, cameos, reality show judge panels and, in one case, their own eponymously-named talk show. After the jump, watch a searing political rant, listen to some good tunes and to take a trip back to the '90s with our list of 5 Indie Rockers Who Made the Jump to TV.
(S02E11) "If Gemma had gotten raped on John's watch, he'd have written a whole different book." - Jax
Forgiveness can be a funny thing. Assuming you're on the receiving end of something awful, It's not always easy to determine if you'd even be willing to forgive. That's the beauty of forgiveness though -- the act that led you to it might have been sincere, but that doesn't mean your capacity to forgive has to be. Unlike quietly accepting a situation, forgiving a situation has the power to pacify the parties at fault.
As we learned with Opie last night on Sons of Anarchy, his capacity to forgive is huge, but that doesn't mean he ain't lying through his teeth when it comes to his true intentions.
"Pull the trigger man. That's the only way this leather is coming off my back." - Jax to Alvarez, the head of the Mayans who orders him to give up his club jacket
Jax is supposed to be the hero of this little modern day Shakesperian epic, but he's starting to look more and more like the enemy in each episode.
I don't mean that he'll be the one in the end who has been scheming the whole time behind SAMCRO's back with the white power. This is a well-crafted, slow paced, high caliber drama, not a badly written Schwarzenegger movie with a thrown together twist ending (cough, Total Recall, cough).
Jax is more of an enemy of himself. He might have good intentions at heart, but his moves are nowhere near his brain. Maybe his loyalty to his family runs deeper than he ever imagined. Logic and family hardly make a decent cocktail. Anyone with a brother-in-law can tell you that.
How do you turn a group of gruff biker outlaws who deal potent drugs to street trash and hardcore hardware to ruthless killers into a likable group of huggable stud muffins?
That's easy. You make a group of radical white supremacists into their enemies. It's the old "lovable by association" tactic of TV writing. Is the audience not buying your childhood version of Darth Vader? Then throw in a wise-cracking alien that sounds like Pee Wee Herman with Down's Syndrome.
However, in the case of the second season of Sons of Anarchy, it's a pretty sweet power play for a show that already packed more punch than an Absinthe smoothie.
The level that FX's Sons of Anarchy's second season has to reach to top their outrageous first might seem unfathomable. But the man helming this ship is writer, creator and executive producer Kurt Sutter - the man who helped steer The Shield through seven strange and unpredictable seasons of treacherous waters that were once deemed unchartable for the likes of basic cable.
It's tight control on what appears to be complete chaos. Sutter and company are a fleet of reckless Sledge Hammers who are willing to blow up whole buildings to get the job done. Trust him. He knows what he's doing.
FX's white hot biker drama kicks off Tuesday and it brings all of the blood, guts, bullets and glory that the first season did in buckets. And that's just in the first five episodes.
I've been hearing about an awesome new show on FX since it aired last year, and finally got around to watching season one of Sons of Anarchy this week for Jane After Dark. Being a motorcycle babe myself, I love any show where bikes or gangs are the central focus.
But even if you've never mounted a bad chopper, there are plenty of reasons to love this badass show about the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club Redwood Originals (SAMCRO). They run a legal automotive business while dealing arms, battling rival gangs, and working with the cops (sometimes) to keep their town of Charming, California a pleasant place to live. You can see all the irony at work here.
FX announced their fall premiere dates today and it turns out that they've got quite the schedule lined up for the autumn months.
With Rescue Me set to end it's 22 episode fifth season on Tuesday, September 1st, it comes as no surprise that Sons of Anarchy has been scheduled to fill the Tuesday 10PM ET time-slot starting the very next week on September 8th. The motorcycle drama's sophomore season is generating a lot of buzz ever since the announcement of Henry Rollins and Adam Arkin joining the cast.
But wait - there's more!
With Rescue Me plowing through it's massive 22 episode fifth season, it's a little weird to think that we'll be tuning into Denis Leary's FDNY hijnks until September 8th - especially since we're used to having the show be over after about three months.
I'm not really sure what my point is mentioning that, because all I'm doing is piling good news on top of more good news - once Rescue Me ends, Sons of Anarchy is back.
The FX motorcycle drama began filming it's second season recently, with two notable cast additions - Henry Rollins and Adam Arkin. At the time of Rollins casting, nothing was known about his character other than his role as a "new antagonist." Now, according to Fancast, it turns out that both Rollins and Arkin will be playing neo-nazis. If you recall Jax (Charlie Hunnam) and Clay's tumultuous relationship with Darby (Mitch Pileggi) and the Nords, then you know they ain't gonna get along with these two.
If you feel like being spoiled beyond that, pictures and more character info after the jump...
Things just got a helluva lot more complicated in Charming, CA.
FX announced today that Henry Rollins has joined the cast of Sons of Anarchy for a six episode arc. Season two, which begins filming later this spring on April 27th, will undoubtedly pick up following the shocking events of Opie's (Ryan Hurst) wife Donna's (Sprague Grayden) murder. Unfortunately, there's no indication as to what type of role Rollins will be taking on - just that he's a "new antagonist" who "poses a deadly threat" to Jax (Charlie Hunnam) and the rest of his SAMCRO buddies.
FX has dubbed SOA as a worthy successor to The Shield and based Sons' season one ratings, I couldn't agree more. The freshman season started out flat but picked up steam as it progressed. As for Rollins? Look at the guy! If there's one person out there that looks like he belongs on this show, it's him.
- Charlie Rose: a tribute to Beverly Sills, who died earlier this week
- The Late Show With David Letterman: Rosie Perez and Dr. Dog (repeat)
- Jay Leno: Thomas Haden Church and Ne-Yo (repeat)
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Bernie Mac, Bob Odenkirk, and Fiction Plane (repeat)
- Tavis Smiley: Chevy Chase (repeat)
- Late Night With Conan O'Brien: Robin Williams and Gilde Ensemble (repeat)
- The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Wanda Sykes, Tina Brown, and Bobby Valentino (repeat)
- Last Call With Carson Daly: Henry Rollins and The Bird and the Bee (repeat)
New TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.
- Chappelle's Show - Best Of
- CHiPs - Season 1
- The Cosby Show - Seasons 3 and 4
- Dark Angel - Seasons 1 and 2 (Thin)
- The Dead Zone - Season 5
- Doctor Who - Stories 115, 116 and 117
- The Fall Guy - Season 1, Volumes 1 and 2 and also a Season 1 set
- The Henry Rollins Show - Season 1
- Hex - Season 1
- Hogan's Heroes - Season 6
- Mission: Impossible - Season 2
- The Outer Limits - Vol. 1
- Rescue Me - Season 3
- Robin Hood - Season 1
- Seinfeld - Season 8
- SpongeBob SquarePants - Bikini Bottom Adventures
- Survivorman - Survivorman
- The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson - Best of Standup Comedians and The King of Late Night
- Wait Till Your Father Gets Home - Season 1
- What's New Scooby Doo? - Season 2
- At 8, CBS has a new Ghost Whisperer, a new Close To Home (both season finales) and a new Numb3rs.
- NBC has a new, two-hour Dateline at 8, then a new Law and Order.
- There's a new Smackdown! on The CW at 8.
- PBS has a new NOW at 8, then new episodes of Washington Week and Bill Moyers Journal.
- TLC has a new Trading Spaces at 8.
- Also at 8: Sci-Fi has new episodes of Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, and Painkiller Jane.
- At 9, ABC has a new, two-hour 20/20.
- At 11, IFC has a new Henry Rollins Show, with guests Luke and Andrew Wilson and Chris Cornell.
- HBO has a new Real Time with Bill Maher, with guests Paula Poundstone, Arianna Huffington, Frank Luntz, and David Talbot.
Check your local TV listings for more.
NBC's handling of Studio 60 and Friday Night Lights - Many of us, myself included, are quick to jump on the networks when they dump a show just a few episodes in. So it's worth acknowledging that the network has been more than patient with these two shows. Many shows that have come before them have been blown right off the schedule for generating similar ratings. Studio 60 kicked off their season with ratings that declined week after week and, honestly, Friday Night Lights just never had any ratings to begin with. I really hope their patience pays off and audiences find these shows. They both deserve to see a second season.
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