Kudos to Stiles for being the best comic relief, the cleverest guy in the room, and brave enough to face off against the Alpha. Who knew he had all that in him when we first met him three months ago? That said, we loved his reaction when the Alpha caught his fire bomb.
Luckily, he got an assist from Allison and then a back-up volley from Jackson of all people. Everyone coming together to face the "big bad." It's like a season finale of 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' up in here!
Jackson was probably pretty bummed to find out that not only can Derek haunt his waking hours, but now he's getting into his dreams as well. It's a good thing this was a dream, though, as the good doctor starting to pull some kind of grotesque sinew out of the scratches was almost too much to bear if it was real.
As for that connection, Jackson started talking about nightmares he'd been having about a burning house with people screaming. Could he be dreaming Derek's memories? The connection doesn't seem to be wolfie, as Jackson hasn't turned yet, but maybe that's still to come.
Even though she hasn't gotten a ton of screen time in the first few episodes, Holland Roden is already one of the show's standouts as the bratty mean girl Lydia Martin. Fans eager for more of her snarky quips are in luck: we're going to see a lot more Lydia as the season progresses.
We caught up with Roden to chat about fan mail, her number one crush and why there's a lot more to Lydia than you might think.
There's not a lot I miss about being a teen -- the zits, the homework, the torturous first dates -- but the TV is one thing I wish I'd never outgrown. There's very little of that verisimilitude that grown-up dramas suffer from. From the highly unlikely guardianship of Charlie Salinger to the seriously misguided dating rules of Joyce Summers, teen shows always have some elements of wish fulfillment. Parents are young, attractive or entirely absent. TV teen drama can't be dismissed as silly, the way real life teen drama can be -- its usually an apocalypse, a tragic accident or a mysterious disease, or sometimes all of the above.
'Teen Wolf,' the MTV series that only vaguely resembles the '80s Michael J. Fox movie of the same name, has all the hallmarks of a high school classic.
The show shifts to its regular night and time with its second episode, on Monday, June 6 at 10PM ET. If you missed the premiere, you can watch it in its entirety on the show's website.
Considering how well the 'Twilight' franchise does at the annual 'MTV Movie Awards,' the network was smart in styling this new werewolf saga more after the heartthrobs and heartache of the movie series than the basketball shenanigans of the Michael J. Fox movie it gets its name from.
Teen Wolf - Monday June 6, 10 PM ET/PT, MTV Canada/MTV
MTV takes a risk with this luscious HD reboot of 'Teen Wolf' -- yes, the Michael J. Fox comedy from the 80s that's provided hours of parody scenes ever since. But this new version is anything but a joke -- it's dead serious, and looks to attract the pro-Jacob faction of Twi-hards. Previews and teaser reveal great cinematography, with much of the show shot after sunset. If the writing can match the mood, this could be a hit.
The story of a normal high school kid who gets awesome powers (yes, the same one Michael J. Fox made famous back in 1985), MTV's 'Teen Wolf' (premieres Sun., June 5, after the MTV Movie Awards) amps up the danger, the action and the sexiness for a new generation.
I sat down with the hot-as-they-are-charming cast -- including Tyler Posey, Crystal Reed, Colton Haynes, Holland Roden and Tyler Hoechlin -- to talk about the new reboot, what to expect from the show and to get a preview of their best howling at the moon.
The new three-minute trailer for the series, which premieres Sunday, June 5, at 11PM ET, is very blue-filter-heavy -- which probably lends to the 'Twilight'-y vibe our friends at Vulture pointed out -- but also looks ... kind of awesome?
There's plenty of angst, sexual frustration, action, not-too-shabby special effects, and did I mention angst? (I love angst.) Plus, some inoffensively cute boys playing dangerous mythical beasts with hyper-aware senses -- basically everything you need for a successful teen franchise nowadays. Suspiciously, there's no basketball; it seems teen wolves are into lacrosse nowadays.
Check out the full trailer after the jump.
Cable Grab Bag: A New 'Teen Wolf,' TLC's 'Sister Wives' and David Cross' 'Todd Margaret' - TCA Report
The cable days at TCA are always a mixed bag. You ping pong from one room to another, viewing the wares of various cable networks that vary as widely as those channels themselves. At one point, you're shivering at the creepiness of yet another TLC voyeuristic series, then you're laughing at the antics of David Cross and The Kids in the Hall, then you're seeing the super-tanned cast of 'Jersey Shore.'
Friday's panels were all over the map, but there were some interesting moments. Some highlights:
-- Before bringing out Snooki and crew, MTV presented panels for a new American version of 'Skins,' about urban teenagers and all the sex, drugs and clubbing that they do, and a panel for a "re-imagined" version of 'Teen Wolf.' The critics were skeptical of both remakes, but the 'Teen Wolf' remake got much of the group annoyed. The only thing in common with the 1985 Michael J. Fox movie is the name of the main character, Scott Howard. In reality, the show is more serious, like 'Vampire Diaries' or 'Twilight.' Scott doesn't even play basketball; he plays lacrosse. So why call it 'Teen Wolf?'
The cable network has given the update, which will be less comedic in tone than the goofy 1985 flick, a 12-episode order, says the Hollywood Reporter.
Fresh faces Tyler Posey, Tyler Hoechlin, Crystal Reed and Dylan O'Brien will star in the series, about a high school geek who gains supernatural powers after being attacked by a wolf.
The series will depart from the original film's story, which followed a young Michael J. Fox dealing with a family curse that made him a hairy hero to his high school basketball team. MTV's version will most likely have more in common with The CW's 'Vampire Diaries,' and, of course, the 'Twilight' series than with Michael J. Fox's breakdancing and beer can-biting antics from the movie. (Maybe they should call it 'Tween Wolf?')
'Teen Wolf' joins a revamp of British teen drama 'Skins' on MTV's new schedule.
Apparently, MTV has cast two guys named Tyler as both the central protagonist and antagonist. Tyler Posey plays the nerdy high schooler who gets bitten by a wolf and Tyler Hoechlin has been cast as his arch-nemesis, another werewolf. One can only wonder if this casting was done in hopes that they would be confused for Taylor Lautner, the werewolf in the latest Twilight movie.
MTV VP Liz Gately says, "It has a fresh take and is very different from the original." They go on to explain that it's more similar to An American Werewolf in Paris (not London, but Paris). I'm still trying to wrap my brain around why remakes seem to be all the rage right now. Especially if this remake is so different from the source title. Why is it a remake then?
Have we reached a creative laziness where it's just easier to try and sell the public on a property they've already heard of than something brand new? If this is as "very different" as Gately says, then why not just call it something else entirely? Vampires and werewolves are popular enough right now with the kids that you don't need a 24-year old movie title to sell a series.
Children's television is the ultimate pacifier. Where else in the world can a terrible, horrific monster that destroys both life and property with nary a whiff of sympathy be turned into a soft, cuddly character who has his own line of soft, cuddly dolls being sold at the local Wal-Mart? It's only later in life, after they've adjusted to these de-fanged monsters, do they realize that their beliefs were so wrong. Aaaannnddd, that's where the therapy comes in.
But, we're not here to talk about the emotional problems that are paralyzing you today. We're here to talk about those vampires, ghosts and mummies that were stripped down and made to be funny, clumsy and even musically oriented. After the jump you'll see a few examples of what I mean. Don't worry, they won't scare you...they've been homogenized for your nightmare-free pleasure.
Note that other sites have categorized this as merely a rumor since I first posted this. Update at end of post.
Like most people who wish for dumb things, I've been patiently waiting for someone to remake the 1985 Michael J. Fox movie Teen Wolf, or to at least film my script that re-imagines Beowulf with Scott Baio in the lead role (I call it BaioWolf). Yes, I know Beowulf has nothing to do with werewolves, but in BaioWolf, everyone is a werewolf, something I believe the original epic poem lacked.
Well, apparently it's happening, and Smallville's Tom Welling has signed on for the Teen Wolf remake, but not as the titular werewolf. In this remake, the werewolf will be female. No word yet on who will play the lead, and apparently the filmmakers are still scouting locations.
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