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Gretchen Mol and Other "Almost It" Girls: Starlets Who Never Quite Made It Big

by Daynah Burnett, posted Nov 22nd 2009 6:36PM
Just this past week, HBO announced the addition of Gretchen Mol to the cast of its upcoming series 'Boardwalk Empire,' starring Steve Buscemi as Atlantic City gangster Nucky Thompson. With a string of respectable supporting roles, Mol's made a career out of not-quite making it, starting with her famous 1998 'Vanity Fair' cover that asked the entirely premature question: "Is Gretchen Mol Hollywood's New It Girl?"

But though Mol didn't exactly fade into obscurity (she earned kudos for her eye-opening turn in the indie 'The Notorious Bettie Page' and co-starred in ABC's short-lived 'Life on Mars'), neither did she become the huge success the industry predicted she would be. What happened? Was it luck, timing, bad choices or simply a case of too much hype? Whatever that case, Mol's casting got us thinking about other "Almost It" girls that Hollywood left behind about as quickly as it tried to make them mega-stars.

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Gone Too Soon: Firefly

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 14th 2009 11:02AM
Firefly
When I first started exploring this project, there were a few shows that I knew were going to be important to hit. This is the first of those. Firefly was Joss Whedon's sci-fi western series. The show mustered disappointing ratings in its short eleven-episode run on FOX.

Since then it's gone on to near mythic cult status. There was such an outcry of support from its loyalists, the Browncoats, over its cancellation that the producers made a feature film sequel. That movie, Serenity, answered a lot of questions about the future fate of the cast. Unfortunately, like the television series, it couldn't find quite enough people to show up and tune in to warrant a sequel. Nevertheless, the few morsels of Firefly we did get are enough to prove that this is one of the most innovative and enjoyable series ever to hit the airwaves.

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ABC gives the green light for the green-skinned lizards of V to return

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 27th 2009 1:04PM
VHey 4400 fans! Co-creator and executive producer of that series, Scott Peters, is back at it again. This time he's gotten the official go ahead from ABC to bring the remake of the 1980's V mini-series to pilot. This means right from the beginning they're thinking more long-term in developing the overall storyline. With the original, we had a mini-series that proved so incredibly popular that it spawned a second mini-series, an ongoing series, and even a book and comic series. I know all of this because I own all of it.

Yes, even though (or maybe because) I was a very young boy when the V phenomenon first hit, it blew me away. I was haunted by the image of Diana unhinging her jaw and devouring that rodent. And the first peeling of human flees to reveal the green scales underneath was chilling to my pre-adolescent imagination. To this day, I think the concept is brilliantly strong, and the first two mini-series were very well executed. It'll be interesting to see how these creators bring the concept into the new millennium. Clearly the "surprise" reveal that the aliens aren't as benevolent as they purported to be is lost.

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V is returning yet again

by Brad Trechak, posted Oct 10th 2008 11:06AM
VThe 4400 co-creator and producer Scott Peters is remaking the 1980's V miniseries for ABC. The article expressly states that the original creator, Kenneth Johnson, will not be involved.

I'm somewhat dreading this remake because Peters says he will pretty much revamp the human story to something completely different (although an alien invasion will probably still be involved). The theme of the new version will more be about having blind faith in leadership rather than being an allegory of the Nazi occupation of Germany.

It's entirely possible this new version would work. The current Battlestar Galactica is not very much like its predecessor and represents science fiction at its finest. The original V terrified the crap out of the much younger me. Then the network wussed out with the concept and tried to maximize profits by tacking on a happy-ending sequel miniseries and shortly-lived continuing series.

On the other hand, the revamped Flash Gordon was a pile of suck. Here's hoping V is better.

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CSI: Miami casts a new coroner

by Kona Gallagher, posted Jul 22nd 2008 9:42AM
Megalyn EchikunwokeProducers of CSI: Miami have found a new coroner. Starting this season, The 4400's Megalyn Echikunwoke will fill the role vacated by Khandi Alexander. Alexander parted ways with the series after six years due to her alleged unhappiness with the show *cough* David Caruso *cough.*

There isn't much known about Echikunwoke's character, other than she'll be the new coroner. For instance, her affinity for the phrase "aw sugar" and her feelings on whether or not the victims on the table "left this world too soon" are, at this point, a mystery.

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The 4400: The Great Leap Forward (Season Finale)

by Jen Creer, posted Sep 17th 2007 1:20AM
4400 kiss(S04E13) Well, the title of this episode wasn't kidding. It was indeed a giant leap forward for the episode. I was really looking forward to this finale because a) it was such a great season and b) because there were some excellent predictions last week and I wanted to see whether they came true. SPOILER ALERT: Some of them did, and some of them didn't. But seriously, if you haven't seen the episode yet, go watch it first and then come back. We'll wait. I'll knit or something.

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The 4400: Tiny Machines

by Jen Creer, posted Sep 10th 2007 2:45AM
Diana Skouris(S04E12) My favorite line of this episode was when Diana told Tom, "You make a terrible Tom Baldwin." I had noticed during this episode that he wasn't even really trying to be Tom Baldwin anymore-- and I thought that was just more evidence of good acting from Joel Gresch. He was so subtle in the first two transition episodes, and now that transformation is complete. He has erased all traces of the real Tom Baldwin. I was surprised that Mia trusted him, actually.

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What's On Tonight: Big Brother, Blue Planet, Dead Zone, Bobby Flay

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 19th 2007 5:01PM
  • 4400 logoAt 8, CBS has a new Big Brother.
  • NBC has preseason football at 8, the Giants vs. the Ravens.
  • Discovery has two new episodes of Blue Planet at 8.
  • Lifetime has a new State of Mind at 8, then a new Side Order Of Life.
  • TNT has a new, two-hour episode of The Company at 8.
  • ESPN2 has the Little League World Series at 8.
  • Also at 8: Food Network has a new Challenge.
  • At 9, Spike has a new episode of The Kill Point.
  • There's a new 4400 on USA at 9, then a new Dead Zone.
  • A&E has a new Gene Simmons' Family Jewels at 9, then two new episodes of The Two Coreys.
  • HGTV has a new Design Star at 9.
  • At 9:30, Cartoon Network has a new Naruto.
  • At 10, the History Channel has a new Ice Road Truckers.
  • Food Network has a new Throwdown with Bobby Flay at 10.
  • Comedy Central has a new Mind of Mencia at 10, then a new American Body Shop.
  • HBO has a new Big Love at 10, then new episodes of Entourage and Flight of the Conchords.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Spoilers Anonymous

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Aug 8th 2007 11:56AM
Spoiler Anonymous
This is Spoilers Anonymous, a weekly column here at TV Squad where we'll supply you with the dirt on some of the more popular shows on the air. We'll never put spoilers up here on the main page in order to help the reformed stay unspoiled. If you have anything to add to the group, feel free to step up and let yourself be heard, either with our tips form or by emailing us at tvsquad at gmail dot com or call and leave a message at 917-421-9477 (NY) - your anonymity is guaranteed, if you wish to remain as such.

This week we have: Bones, Brothers & Sisters, Damages, Desperate Housewives, ER, Grey's Anatomy, Heroes, One Tree Hill, Scrubs, Smallville, The 4400, and Ugly Betty. (SPOILERS FOLLOW!)

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Spoilers Anonymous

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Jul 25th 2007 12:26PM
Spoiler Anonymous
This is Spoilers Anonymous, a weekly column here at TV Squad where we'll supply you with the dirt on some of the more popular shows on the air. We'll never put spoilers up here on the main page in order to help the reformed stay unspoiled. If you have anything to add to the group, feel free to step up and let yourself be heard, either with our tips form or by emailing us at tvsquad at gmail dot com or call and leave a message at 917-421-9477 (NY) - your anonymity is guaranteed, if you wish to remain as such.

This week we have: Bones, Ghost Whisperer, Grey's Anatomy, Heroes, House, How I Met Your Mother, Jericho Prison Break, Smallville and The 4400. (SPOILERS FOLLOW!)

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The 4400: The Marked

by Jen Creer, posted Jul 23rd 2007 1:21PM
curtis peck(S04E06) After last week's review, I had some really great and interesting email conversations with some of the commenters here. And decided that it's not the fact that The 4400 is having religion as plot lines that bothers me-- it's Jordan's fundamental hypocrisy that bothers me. Jordan claims to be good and to give people choices, but he doesn't think twice about having his goon squad use their abilities to harm people (he brought Tom to his knees in "Try the Pie"), with promises of more harm to come.

Do you really think Jordan had nothing to do with Hewitt's stroke? And what was the point of it anyway when they know that Shawn heals people? And that looked very impressive when Shawn told Hewitt not to thank him, just to "Change." Uh, yeah, because that is so easy. But on the whole, I loved this episode and I have really enjoyed this season tremendously so far.

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Spoilers Anonymous

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Jul 4th 2007 12:01PM
Spoiler Anonymous
This is Spoilers Anonymous, a weekly column here at TV Squad where we'll supply you with the dirt on some of the more popular shows on the air. We'll never put spoilers up here on the main page in order to help the reformed stay unspoiled. If you have anything to add to the group, feel free to step up and let yourself be heard, either with our tips form or by emailing us at tvsquad at gmail dot com or call and leave a message at 917-421-9477 (NY) - your anonymity is guaranteed, if you wish to remain as such.

This week we have: CSI: Miami, Grey's Anatomy, Heroes, Lost, One Tree Hill, Prison Break, Smallville, The 4400, and Ugly Betty. (SPOILERS FOLLOW!)

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Spoilers Anonymous

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Jun 27th 2007 11:09AM
Spoiler Anonymous
This is Spoilers Anonymous, a weekly column here at TV Squad where we'll supply you with the dirt on some of the more popular shows on the air. We'll never put spoilers up here on the main page in order to help the reformed stay unspoiled. If you have anything to add to the group, feel free to step up and let yourself be heard, either with our tips form or by emailing us at tvsquad at gmail dot com or call and leave a message at 917-421-9477 (NY) - your anonymity is guaranteed, if you wish to remain as such.

This week we have: Bones, Brothers & Sisters, CSI: Miami, House, Lost, Men In Trees, Nip/Tuck, The 4400, and Weeds. (SPOILERS FOLLOW!)

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The 4400: Fear Itself

by Jen Creer, posted Jun 25th 2007 12:58AM
tom baldwin(S04E02) I don't really have any typical phobias like claustrophobia, spiders, snakes, or clowns. So, I am curious about what effect Brandon's ability would have on me. I don't think I would really want to find out. I had some mixed feelings about the end of this episode, but I don't want to get ahead of myself. So, let's start at the beginning.

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The 4400: The Wrath of Graham (season premiere)

by Jen Creer, posted Jun 20th 2007 12:12AM
Tom(S04E01) I heard last year that the reason Jordan Collier wasn't around very much was because actor Billy Campbell was making a movie overseas and couldn't come back for filming. I don't know whether that is true or a rumor, but whatever the reason, I am glad that he is back. I thought last season was a little mixed in terms of quality, but I think this season premiere was strong. I am really looking forward to this season.

Do you think the opening dream sequence was a forecast of abilities to come? Did you see how Tom's keys flew off the counter into his hands, and Diana was able to stop time around her when Tom and Kyle were late? I knew it was a dream sequence, not just because Tom and Kyle were friendly and everybody had new abilities, but also because everyone present at Jordan's rally was wearing black, white, or gray. I love that -- it was subtle, but there if you were looking for it (and I was).

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