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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
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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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 27th 2008 6:05PM
The Donna Reed ShowHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

Wow, if you bought all of the complete series sets being released this week you'd have a great start for your TV DVD collection: NewsRadio, The Flintstones, The 4400, Sanford and Son, and several others. The NewsRadio set doesn't have anything that wasn't in the individual sets, but it's a great buy if you don't have all of the seasons. The Mystery Science Theater 3000 set (the one with the collectible Crow and lobby cards) might already be sold out, so I'd check on that. I used to watch Zoom back in the 70s, though I can't imagine buying the DVD set.

I don't think I've ever seen The Doris Day Show, but it looks like something I might have to have.

  • The 4400 - Complete Series
  • Cathouse - Complete Series
  • Dark Shadows - Vol. 6: Episodes 179-209
  • The Donna Reed Show - Season 1
  • The Doris Day Show - Christmas Memories
  • Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman - Complete Series
  • The Flintstones - Complete Series
  • Girlfriends - Season 5
  • Good Times - Complete Series
  • The Little Rascals - Complete Collection
  • The L Word - Season 5
  • Millennium - Complete Series
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 - 20th Anniversary Set
  • NewsRadio - Complete Series
  • Sanford and Son - Complete Series
  • Sister, Sister - Season 1
  • War and Remembrance - Season 1
  • Zoom - Back to the 70s

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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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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted May 5th 2008 6:05PM

Hiya KidsHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

  • The 4400 - Season 4
  • Acapulco H.E.A.T. - Complete Series
  • 'Allo 'Allo - Series 8
  • Avatar The Last Airbender - Book 3 Fire, Vol. 3
  • Bewitched - Season 6 (color)
  • Crossing Jordan - Season 1
  • Greg the Bunny - Best of the Film Parodies: Vol. 2
  • A Haunting - Hauntings in America
  • Hiya Kids! A 50's Saturday Morning Box
  • The Jack Benny Show - The Jack Benny Show
  • Madeline - Next Stop America
  • Man vs. Wild - Collection 1
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (widescreen)
  • Naruto - Uncut Boxed Set Vol. 7 (special edition)
  • Punky Brewster - Season 1, Vol. 1
  • Sgt. Preston of the Yukon - Best Of
  • Speed Racer: The Next Generation - Vol. 1
  • Spider-Man - Mutant Agenda
  • That Girl - Season 1, Vol. 1

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Save The 4400 with seeds

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 22nd 2008 8:09AM

The 4400Jericho fans saved that show by mailing tons of nuts to CBS, and now fans of The 4400 want you to try something similar to save that show.

They've set up SaveThe4400.com, where you can sign a petition to save the show and also buy a 1.75 oz bag of sunflower seeds from GiantSeeds.com. Then you send them (of course) to Bonnie Hammer at USA Network headquarters in New York City. I'm sure she'll be happy to get them (cough).

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The 4400 canceled

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Dec 19th 2007 10:19AM
The 4400Since the Season four finale aired, fans (myself included) of USA Network's The 4400 have been waiting to hear the word "renewed." Usually, news of a renewal is announced about mid-season or before the finale. Even if it wasn't the case this time around, we all held hope that USA would renew the popular sci-fi series.

I'm unhappy to report that the cancellation ax fell on the show this week.

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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: Football, Iron Chef America, Tell Me You Love Me

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 9th 2007 4:02PM
  • Curb Your EnthusiasmAt 7, NBC has a new Football Night In America, followed by the Giants/Cowboys game.
  • At 8, CBS has a new Big Brother.
  • Food Network has a new Challenge at 8, followed by a new Iron Chef America.
  • At 9, PBS has a new Mystery!
  • HBO has the series premiere of Tell Me You Love Me at 9, then the season premiere of Curb Your Enthusiasm.
  • Lifetime has a new Side Order of Life at 9, then a new State of Mind.
  • There's a new episode of The 4400 on USA at 9, followed by a new Dead Zone.
  • History Channel has a new Ice Road Truckers at 9.
  • VH-1 has a new Rock of Love with Bret Michaels.
  • WE has a new Bridezillas at 9.
  • Also at 9: HGTV has a new Design Star.
  • At 10, A&E has a new Two Coreys.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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The 4400: Ghost in the Machine

by Jen Creer, posted Aug 27th 2007 7:40AM
shawn farrell(S04E11) Even though I thought this episode was more of a filler episode than anything else, it was still a solid episode with solid performances, particularly, once again from Joel Gretsch (Tom Baldwin). It also certainly laid the scene for a promising season finale (to come in two weeks, after the US Open). It was great to see more of Maia in this episode, though it is startling to see how grownup she is now. Last season, we had more Diana storylines, with her sister and then her romance with Ben. This season hasn't given her very much to do, but Jacqueline McKenzie maintains her role with stalwart integrity. We also get the distinct impression that her relationship with Ben is now dead in the water.

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The 4400: One of Us

by Jen Creer, posted Aug 20th 2007 9:20AM
tom baldwin(S04E11) This season continues to deliver more and more great performances. It was a terrific surprise to find Lily again in the very beginning moments of this episode, even though I was expecting to see her, based on the scenes previewing this week's story. I was so sorry when she died because I like the actress so much. She nailed the character with ease, and her chemistry with Mahershalalhashbaz Ali was wonderful all over again. But the best part of this episode (besides the guest appearance from Penny Johnson Jerald, who invented evil on 24 as David Palmer's ex-wife) was the opportunity given to Joel Gretsch as an actor.

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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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