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The Prisoner -- An early look

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 14th 2009 7:05PM
Jim Caviezel and Ian McKellan, The PrisonerThe first thing I noticed about AMC's reboot of the classic Patrick McGoohan series The Prisoner was its style. The original is a very stylized piece of work, but as someone who didn't see it back in 1967-1968 when it first aired -- I'm not that old! -- I'm not sure if its visual presentation was wholly unique in itself, or more a reflection of the '60s style in general. Certainly the '60s have become infamous for some weird fashion and design choices.

Some of that '60s nostalgia creeped into the architecture and dress of the Villagers this time around without overwhelming the tone, and I think it's a wonderful homage to the original. But I'm more impressed that this re-imagining manages to capture the same sense of paranoia and confusion that the first did, without simply retelling the same story in the same way. And it's those differences that are truly modernizing the story in a great way.

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Jim Caviezel Talks About 'The Prisoner,' Blackberries and Basketball

by Gary Susman, posted Nov 13th 2009 2:00PM
Jim Caviezel in The Prisoner on AMCJim Caviezel is a lot more of a philosopher than most actors. It's that rigorous, philosophical bent that made him ideal to play both Jesus in 'The Passion of the Christ' and the trapped cipher Six in AMC's new remake of 'The Prisoner.'

In the update of the 1967 cult-fave series, Caviezel stars as a man who finds himself trapped in a mysterious village, stripped of his freedom and name. Throughout the six-part miniseries, which debuts Sun., Nov. 15 at 8PM ET, he's fighting to understand his predicament, and to escape, but is repeatedly thwarted by village elder Two ('Lord of the Rings' and 'X-Men' vet Ian McKellen).

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'The Prisoner' Preview: AMC's Remake Just as Bizarre as the Original (VIDEO)

by Sharon Knolle, posted Nov 12th 2009 1:16PM
Good news for fans of the original 'Prisoner': Critics say AMC's miniseries remake is just as weird, illogical and mystifying.

It's a remake of the cult 1960s TV series, which starred Patrick McGoohan as a secret agent who is held against his will in the bizarrely cheerful "Village," from which there is seemingly no escape. The original's plot was so convoluted that fans debate even the chronology of the episodes. Is the end the beginning, or the other way around?

AMC's six-hour miniseries retains the essential elements of the original: A man (Jim Caviezel) wakes up in "The Village" with no idea how he got there. He's now addressed simply as "Six" and told that the real world does not exist. Overseeing the sinister enclave is "Two" (Ian McKellen), whose reasons for keeping Six a prisoner are not clear.

Read more and watch a video preview after the jump.

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Press Kits Unwrapped: The Prisoner

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 11th 2009 5:01PM
The Prisoner Press Kit
AMC is certainly pulling out all the stops to promote their re-imagining of The Prisoner. The new mini-series airs for three nights straight, starting Sunday November 15 at 8/7 Central. The network was kind enough to send out a press kit in anticipation of the new series, and right off I have to give them credit for sticking to their theme.

Some press kits seem to have random objects thrown in that have little or nothing to do with the show they're promoting. Everything that I found within this little box worked toward establishing the feeling of paranoia that pervades the world of The Prisoner. Even better, aside from the DVDs themselves, I could imagine this being the propaganda kit I would receive were I to ever wake up in the village.

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Ask TV Squad: Eureka, The Prisoner and more!

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Nov 11th 2009 3:04PM
The PrisonerThe "Ask TV Squad" column, published every Wednesday, answers your questions about current and past TV shows, as well as about the celebrities appearing on TV. Every week, I will pick a question (or more) sent to us and provide answers in the column. If your question is not picked for a column, it may be answered in a subsequent column or in TV Squad's APB Podcast.

To submit questions to the "Ask TV Squad" column, you can post them below in comments or email them to asktvsquad@gmail.com.

This week, I answer questions about Eureka, The Prisoner and how to leave comments on TVSquad.com.

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Ironically-named Cartoon Network picks up live action shows

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Nov 9th 2009 11:02AM
Unnatural History is one of the new live action shows picked up my Cartoon Network.Cartoon Network is getting deeper into the live action series game.

Yes, I know that's like Fox Sports getting into the daytime soap opera business, but you can't get too upset about the network inappropriate name game. Remember when Bravo was the fine arts network? I rest my case.

As for Cartoon Network's new non-animated shows, a release from the network says Tower Prep and Unnatural History are headed our way in January, 2010.

According to the network, Tower Prep is "an action thriller telling the story of rebellious teen, Ian (Drew Van Acker), who wakes up one morning to find himself trapped at a mysterious prep school." In other words, it's a teenage remake of The Prisoner -- the original 1960s version -- or "Jim Henson's The Prisoner Babies."

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 26th 2009 6:00PM
The GuardianHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

Why didn't somebody tell me that they were going to release The Guardian on DVD? I really liked that show. I don't know if the show is being released because Simon Baker and The Mentalist are a hit or if it has been in the works long before that, but it's a nice surprise.

  • The Barbara Stanwyck Show - Vol. 1
  • Battlestar Galactica - The Plan
  • CBS News Sunday Morning - On The Road with Charles Kuralt: Set 1
  • The Diary of Anne Frank - Miniseries

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What's On Tonight: Brothers, Law and Order, Medium, Smallville

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 25th 2009 12:04PM
  • DollhouseIFC has a marathon of The Prisoner all night.
  • At 8, CBS has the season premiere of Ghost Whisperer, followed by the season premieres of Medium and Numb3rs.
  • NBC has the season premiere of Law and Order at 8, then new episodes of Dateline and The Jay Leno Show.
  • FOX has the series premiere of Brothers at 8, the the season premiere of Dollhouse.
  • There's a new Smallville on The CW at 8.
  • PBS has new episodes of Washington Week, NOW, and Bill Moyers Journal.
  • MyNetwork TV has a new Smackdown! at 8.
  • Nickelodeon has a new episode of The Troop at 8.
  • Also at 8: Disney has a new Phineas and Ferb, followed by a new Suite Life on Deck.
  • At 8:30, Cartoon Network has a new Ben 10: Alien Force.
  • At 9, USA has a new Monk, then a new Psych.
  • BBC America has a new Friday Night with Jonathan Ross at 9.
  • At 10, HBO has a new Real Time with Bill Maher.
  • History Channel has a new Lock 'N Load with R. Lee Ermey at 10.
  • E! has a new episode of The Soup at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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Doctor Who and PBS - Flashback!

by Brad Trechak, posted Aug 26th 2009 6:04PM
Doctor WhoBack in the Old Days, before cable ruled the air, Americans only got to see Brit television (most notably, Doctor Who, but also The Prisoner and Monty Python's Flying Circus) via their local PBS station.

Now, thanks to the magic of YouTube, we can revisit those days when the only on-air Comic Cons or Cosplays were the folks at PBS (or whatever public access station was available) dressing up and embarrassing themselves in front of a camera in an effort to get donations. The most interesting aspect is that the low-cost special effects they used to get donations were the same as those used on Doctor Who at the time.

I sincerely hope the folks behind these videos are watching them right now and cringing, praying for the ground to swallow them up. More likely, the people behind them are the ones who put them on YouTube in the first place.

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Nolan chooses another Batman over The Prisoner

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 19th 2009 3:02PM
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While we're anxiously -- and optimistically -- awaiting the AMC remake of the classic Patrick McGoohan spy series The Prisoner, filmmaker Christopher Nolan has abandoned a big screen version of The Prisoner. Nolan reportedly will concentrate instead on a third Batman movie.

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The Prisoner looks to escape the odds - Comic-Con Report

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jul 25th 2009 5:22AM
Prisoner panel @ comic-conIt's always daunting to remake a classic. In TV circles, it doesn't get much more "classic" than The Prisoner.

In a press conference at Comic-Con International Friday, the cast and creative team from AMC's six-episode remake discussed the rigors of re-envisioning Patrick McGoohan's landmark show.

Series stars Jim Caviezel and Jamie Campbell-Bower joined writer Bill Gallagher to greet the press after presenting a nine-minute trailer for the show to a packed Comic-Con panel.

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AMC turns all Prisoner fans into numbers - Comic-Con Report

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jul 23rd 2009 8:03AM
The evil eyes of Number Two look out over AMC's Prisoner booth.In every episode of The Prisoner, the heroic Number SIx would shout, "I am not a number. I am a free man!" Thanks to AMC's booth promoting the new updated Prisoner, everyone at Comic-Con can be a number.

Convention visitors can visit AMC's costumed staffers to obtain their own fictional identity and join the world of The Prisoner.

Fans become official residents of The Village (the show's mysterious city) and receive a photo ID badge identifying them by number only.

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The Prisoner will be free to appear at Comic-Con

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jul 7th 2009 10:03AM
Patrick McGoogan starred in the original The Prisoner -- soon to be remade on AMC.He is not a number. He is a free man -- and he's coming to Comic-Con.

The stars of AMC's mini-series remake of The Prisoner are headed to San Diego's mega-convention. The new Number Six, Jim Caviezel, will join Jamie Campbell-Bower (The Twilight Saga: New Moon) and Lennie James (Jericho) for a panel and preview of the six-part series.

The Prisoner tells the story of a retired spy who finds himself abducted and spirited away to a mysterious Village where nameless authority figures struggle to break his mind and spirit while he battles to escape. The show is known for its moral and existential themes as much as its sharp writing and distinctive art design.

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Behind the scenes of AMC's Prisoner miniseries - VIDEO

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 2nd 2009 7:04PM
The Prisoner
It's going to be hard to remake a series as famous and specific as The Prisoner. It was so weird and of its time that they're going to have to do something really different with it. Purists will probably immediately hate it, while people who have never seen the original will wonder what all of the fuss is about.

After the jump is some behind the scenes footage from the six-part miniseries. It features interviews with stars Jim Caviezel, Ian McKellan, Jamie Campbell-Bower, as well as several behind-the-camera people. I didn't realize that the show was filmed in Namibia and in Cape Town, South Africa, which is going to stand-in for New York City (gah).

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Patrick McGoohan dead at 80 - VIDEO

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 14th 2009 1:11PM
McGoohanJust the other night I was watching the Simpsons episode "The Computer Wore Menace Shoes." It featured a spoof of The Prisoner, and Patrick McGoohan even reprised his role as Number 6 in the episode. McGoohan didn't do a ton of television, so it was really cool that he decided to lend his voice to the episode. I wonder how many fans of the Simpsons had no idea what the references in the show even meant and were just confused by it all.

McGoohan died in Los Angeles yesterday at age 80.

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