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Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio Book NBC Crime Drama, 'Lost' Actress Heads to 'Hawaii' & More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 15th 2011 10:40AM
Ethan Hawke Vincent D'OnofrioEthan Hawke and Vincent D'Onofrio: the new dynamic duo?

According to Deadline, the two will star in and produce 'Blue Tilt,' a cop drama from writer/producer Chris Brancato. NBC has reportedly snapped up the project.

Hawke and D'Onofrio will play homicide detectives. One is married, one is divorced, and their family issues will go along with the police cases. Deadline reports the title, 'Blue Tilt,' is a reference to a police term about officers who deal with brutal crimes and are later deemed a danger to themselves and put under observation.

In other casting news ...

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The Stars of 'V' Talk Red Skies, Dream Guest Stars (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Aug 27th 2010 8:00PM
V'V' had one of those first seasons that most shows can't quite recover from -- wonky scheduling, showrunner shuffling, the works -- but by finale time, with an entire future generation of Vs wiped out and the sky turning red, the show had found its footing and earned a second season.

With the season 2 premiere (November on ABC) comes an explanation of the bloody atmosphere and the introduction of a few new characters, including Bret Harrison as evolutionary biologist Dr. Sidney Miller and Anna's mother, Diana, who'll be played by the original Diana from the early '80s mini-series and show, Jane Badler.

I caught up with stars Elizabeth Mitchell, Morena Baccarin, Scott Wolf, Joel Gretsch, Morris Chestnut and Laura Vandervoort and boss man Skeeter Rosenbaum to hear all about what comes next.

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Morris Chestnut on 'V,' the Lizard Baby, and Fighting Off Anna's Bliss

by Jane Boursaw, posted May 18th 2010 4:00PM
Morris Chestnut Talks 'V'Tonight at 10PM ET, ABC has the season finale of 'V,' and I've got questions. Lots of questions. Fortunately, I was able to talk with both Morris Chestnut (Ryan) and Morena Baccarin (Anna) over the past few days. Unfortunately, they were very tight-lipped about what's in store for the finale and beyond. But I had a blast getting into the psyche of these two intriguing characters.

What we know about the finale: Val and Ryan's baby will be born (no word on the species), Chad learns that Anna's been using him (and, really? It took him all season to figure that out?), and Erica wrangles an invitation up to the mothership for dinner. Of course, she's not there for the caviar. She wants to find those soldiers and destroy them!

Read on for my conversation with Morris Chestnut, who by the way, has one of the most soothing voices I've ever heard.

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'V' - 'Heretic's Fork' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 28th 2010 9:12AM
V: Heretic's Fork
(S01E09) "What does this mean? I'm pregnant! What about the baby?" - Val to Ryan, after learning that he's a Visitor

I guess it would be pretty startling to learn that the guy you've known for ten years, the guy who's the father of your baby, is an alien with a lizard-like body hiding under his human suit, or "meat suit" as the 'Supernatural' boys call it. Poor Val. What a shock. And a shock for Ryan when she tells him she doesn't want him getting on the train with her.

In one way, I'm worried that she won't have Ryan to protect her, but in another way, she might actually be safer without him. Either way, it's a dismal situation, and Anna won't stop until she has that "mongrel" baby. But doesn't it seem like there would be other half-breed babies, since the Visitors have been living on earth for quite some time now? Anna better prime up some more soldiers, because they have their work cut out for them.

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An Alien Soldier Attacks on 'V' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Apr 28th 2010 1:25AM
An Alien Soldier Attacks on 'V'Things are heating up on 'V' (Tue., 9PM ET on ABC). Anna, the evil commander of the aliens (played by Morena Baccarin), sends a super-solider to track down the good guys. Ryan and Val (Morris Chestnut and Lourdes Benedicto) are on the run, and the solider wants to catch them. Will the pair manage to escape? And will they be able to protect their unborn human/alien child?

Watch the video after the jump.

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'V' - 'We Can't Win' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 21st 2010 9:02AM
(S01E08) "Your girl's got a baby lizard in her terrarium?" - Kyle to Ryan

Somewhere in the past few episodes, 'V' has gotten really good. I've always loved the show -- and haven't watched the original series yet, so can't compare -- but I found myself waiting impatiently to see what would happen in this episode. And also see how much scarier Anna could get. I swear she gets scarier every week. She's one scary lizard-chick.

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'V' - 'John May' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 14th 2010 5:18AM
V, John May
(S01E07) "Let them have this one victory, because I'm about to deliver them a thousand defeats." - Anna, before she sinks into the shiny pool with her little eggs.

Hells bells, Ryan may be a good guy now, but he wasn't always that way. In fact, he was pretty nasty back in the day. When he and the gang went to track down John May's communication device, Ryan spilled the beans to John's stepson James about what really happened ten years earlier. John May's suicide note was a fake.

Oh, and by the way, James, that girl you're hanging out with? Under that human skin, she looks like the Vaal from the planet Gamma Trianguli VI on 'Star Trek.' Hmmm...

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Ryan Reveals Murder in His Past on 'V' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Apr 14th 2010 4:24AM
Ryan Reveals Past on 'V'Last night's Ryan Nichols-centric episode of 'V' (Tue., 10PM ET on ABC) revealed that he wasn't always such a good guy.

In a flashback, he fought with resistance fighter John May, as May pointed a gun at Nichols' head. "How could you do this to your own kind, start a resistance?" Nichols asked May. "You betrayed us for human emotion?"

May said, "Human emotion is not sickness, it's beautiful," and told him one day he would understand. But in a flash back to present-day, Nichols revealed that he killed May. Will they understand?

Watch the video after the jump.

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'V' - 'Pound of Flesh' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 7th 2010 5:54AM
V, Pound of Flesh
(S01E06) "It's time we told him the truth about who he really is." - Joe to Erica, about Tyler

Well, who is he?! Is he supposed to be some sort of warrior a la John Connor, who'll lead the resistance against the aliens? I have no idea, but can't wait to find out. Based on the fact that Tyler seems enamored with the Visitors, it's hard to imagine him as a leader of the resistance. The dynamics will have to change with Lisa; Erica's plan to hide Tyler away at his dad's isn't working.

I've been thinking about where I'd fall in the alien vs. humans war, and I'd definitely be a member of the Fifth Column -- organizing meetings, gathering weapons, training people to fight ... I have no tolerance for any sort of manipulation, and doubt that I'd fall prey to Anna's bliss. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.

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'V' - 'Welcome to the War' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 31st 2010 4:20AM
Elizabeth Mitchell, 'V'
Remember this show? If the ratings results for the return of 'FlashForward' are any indication of things to come, the answer appears to be "No." A difference between 'FlashForward' and 'V,' though, is that while 'FlashForward' delivered ten episodes, which many found to be disappointing, 'V' has only had four.

While ratings did decline over the course of the four episodes, the reaction to them wasn't as clearly negative. For the most part, the jury seemed to be out. The question now is whether or not the show has been out of circulation too long to recover with these remaining nine episodes of the first season.

It's been four months since a new episode of 'V,' but to the credit of the vision, it doesn't feel as if we've been gone that long at all. Tonight's mid-season premiere certainly brought plenty of exciting moments in the growing war between the Visitors and the human race, as well as a nod to a classic 'V' moment.

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The Visitors Are Back: 'V' Cast Talks About Show's Return (VIDEO)

by Kelly Woo, posted Mar 29th 2010 3:00PM
V cast

Moms rule on the first season of ABC's 'V,' the flashy remake of the 1983 miniseries. In the show's fall premiere, alien ships filled with "Visitors" appeared over Earth, proclaiming peace and promising truly universal healthcare.

A short four-episode run ended in cliffhangers galore -- FBI agent Erica Evans (Elizabeth Mitchell) found out her son Tyler was on the mothership with head Visitor Anna (Morena Baccarin) and her daughter Lisa (Laura Vandervoort); Father Jack Landry (Joel Gretsch) was stabbed by a V; reporter Chad Decker (Scott Wolf) discovered he had a potentially fatal brain aneurysm; and Ryan (Morris Chestnut), a V posing as human, learned his girlfriend (Lourdes Benedicto) was pregnant with his half-alien baby.

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Review: V - It's Only the Beginning

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 25th 2009 8:46AM
V: It's Only the Beginning(S01E04) Well, that's it until March 2010. The most important thing that V could do this week was to leave us hanging on the edge of our seats as to what's coming next. If the idea was to give us a sense of sheer hopelessness in the face of the power of the Visitors, then that's what we did.

More importantly, we got to see the genesis of the Resistance movement led by Jack, Ryan and Erica. It makes an even more powerful figure when you consider that at this point there are exactly four people -- at least that we're following -- taking on 29 Visitor ships with technology and power almost beyond our imagining.

Everyone loves a scrappy underdog, and you couldn't ask for much more than that. But it was great seeing them take some of their first strikes against the Visitors as a unit. This is the struggle, against near impossible odds, that will keep us glued to our seats.

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'V' Season 1 Episode 4 "It's Only the Beginning" Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Nov 25th 2009 5:35AM
V: It's Only the BeginningWhat happened on this week's 'V' season 1 episode 4, '"it's Only the Beginning" -- in 100 words or less.

Erica, Georgie, Ryan and Jack work together. Georgie shoots a V, who takes a self-destruct pill. But not before spitting at Ryan, "You can't stop us!"

Ryan is revealed to be a Visitor, but Fifth Column. "We're on the same side," he tells Erica. Tyler is impressed by the V's medical technology. He talks to Valerie, a therapist; Anna and Lisa eavesdrop via the jacket cam.

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'V' Season 1 Episode 3: 'A Bright New Day' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Nov 18th 2009 11:12AM
V: A Bright New DayWhat happened on this week's 'V' episode, 'A Bright New Day' -- in 100 words or less.

Tensions mount as Anna secures 100 diplomatic visas, then smooths things over with newly widowed Mary Faulkner "so she doesn't infect others."

Erica is paired with a Visitor to track down the source of a death threat. The shooter is turned over to the Visitors, as Erica discovers a room full of surveillance videos, transmitting from the V's jackets.

Ryan meets with Cyrus to find John May, head of the Fifth Column, as Dale wakes up in the mothership. Erica interrupts a tryst between Tyler and Lisa, who returns to tell Anna -- her mother -- that "Tyler's the one."

Watch the Lisa-Anna scene now

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Review: V - A Bright New Day

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 18th 2009 10:29AM
V: A Bright New Day(S01E03) When you're mounting a resistance against an alien presence that way outclasses you in technology, and even outclasses you in propaganda and being good-looking, you're going to need help, and preferably of the "inside" variety. With V scheduled to go on a long hiatus after next week's episode, it's important that the resistance come together by then.

While we made good progress this episode, and learned some more good information, I fear they won't get us to a compelling hook before they go into hibernation for the winter. People will forget about this show if we don't get hooked in good next week. Unless ABC wants to promote its relaunch like another new series, they need to grab us by the jowls and sink their teeth in ... or at least unhinge our jaws and cram a guinea pig of awesome down our gullets.

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