The CW broke new ground in random rebooting with The Tomorrow People. The original was a British neo-futuristic series from the 1970s. It follows the next stage of human evolution as they toy with telepathy and time travel. In 1992, the series was given an update with British teenagers, including Naomie Harris (Skyfall), teleporting around town trying to stop would-be criminals.
The latest version of the series is an interesting blend of Alias and Charmed. Stephen Jameson (Robbie Amell) develops super powers and finds out he’s one of The Tomorrow People. (Just like that?) He gets drafted into a secret government agency by his uncle, Dr. Jedikiah Price (Mark Pellegrino) and must play both sides to protect his species from extinction.
The show has a great blend of action, suspense and super powers. Hear that, Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D? However, it features a cast of sexy robots. Amell’s blue eyes and abs do not compensate for his cold robotic acting. Peyton List plays the group's resident telepath, Cara Coburn. In “Girl, Interrupted” we find out that Cara was deaf before her powers manifested. Despite the big developments of her character, List spent the whole episode giving sultry looks to the camera. Luke Mitchell and Madeline Mantock are also breathtakingly attractive but completely flat. I can’t help but wonder if the show could be recreated using an Abercrombie & Fitch catalogue and some really elaborate special effects. The one test of any actor is being able to say the title of the series and not sound like a total dork.
Robotic casting aside, the show’s saving grace is that it’s well written and really subverts your expectations. You think you know what will happen but the show keeps surprising you. Also, the show has the right level of special effects. The super powers are seamlessly choreographed into fighting and action sequences and open up possibilities for plot twists and surprises.
There are some great characters on the show. Aaron Yoo brings some humor and badass fighting moments in the character of Russell Kwon. The group’s supercomputer TIM (Dan Stevens) also has some witty repartee and pop culture references for an artifically intelligent piece of equipment. Entertainment Weekly reports that Veronica Mars star Jason Dohring is set to join the cast. Here's hoping he brings some Logan Echols snark to the cast.
Hopefully, the series can reprogram their robotic supermodel cast members' acting hard drives because this show is well written, action packed and a great addition to The CW’s line-up. In the meantime, enjoy this Brit-tastically awesome clip from the original series.
Labor Day is approaching, and that means it is the end of summer. Gosh, that makes me so sad. The only consolation I have is that the fall TV schedule will be starting in no time. Some of the shows have already premiered (remember when Animal Practice took over the Olympics?) but the rollout really starts September 10. But even that means no more late sunsets, barbecues, and Fridays leaving the office early. I'm gonna miss summer. Maybe that's why I was so mean to all the new shows. Here is a schedule of when all the shows both new and returning return to your tube and a mean little joke about each of them. No one was spared, including your DVR which will probably be recording half of these.
Monday, September 10
The Voice, NBC, 8 PM: Our memorable mentors welcome a whole new crop of forgettable talent. Tuesday, September 11
Go On, NBC, 9 PM: Matthew Perry ushers in Community for the masses. New Normal, NBC, 9:30 PM: Enjoy the first season of Ryan Murphy's new gay dads comedy, before it falls victim to the same fate that befell Glee. Parenthood, NBC, 10 PM: Did you guys know this was based on a movie? Did you know it was still on? Sons of Anarchy, FX, 10 PM: Be sure to wear a helmet for this guns, drugs, and motorcycles drama. Wednesday, September 12 The X-Factor, Fox, 8 PM: Britney Spears, with her hair grown back, tries to hold it together on live TV and give Simon Cowell another hit. Guys with Kids, NBC, 10 PM: This is not Daddy Day Care, but close. Thursday, September 13 Glee, Fox, 9 PM: Kurt & Rachel Take New York finds a new night. The Real Housewives of Miami, Bravo, 10 PM: It's another go for the franchise's second most boring cast (hi, D.C.!). Friday, September 14 Shark Tank, ABC, 8 PM: This is not Discovery and there are no actual sharks. I'm sorry. What Would You Do?, Network, 9 PM: It's Candid Camera with a smattering of guilt. 20/20, Network, 10 PM: Barbara Walters is still retired. Sunday, September 16 Boardwalk Empire, HBO, 9 PM: Nucky killed Jimmy Darmody. Spoiler alert! Monday, September 17 Bones, Fox, 8 PM: This procedural has been brought to you by the good people at Boniva. The Mob Doctor, Fox, 9 PM: A young woman must tend to injuries procured when large groups of people dance in public to be put on YouTube. Oh, it's not The Flash Mob Doctor? Never mind. Revolution, NBC, 10 PM: You say you want Revolution, well, you know, we all want to change the world (as long as the lights don't go off and we still have electricity). Wednesday, September 19 Survivor: Philippines, Network, 8 PM: You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both, and there you have holy s**t, Blair is going to be on Survivor! Thursday, September 20 Up All Night, NBC, 8:30 PM: I like to call this The Ava Show and pretend everything about the baby never happened. The Office, NBC, 9 PM: Yes. Still. Parks & Recreation, NBC, 9:30 PM: I was shocked to learn this was not a USA procedural about sassy lady detectives. Recreation is a really funny last name. Friday, September 21 Grimm, NBC, 9 PM: I would probably like this show. I should watch it. But I won't. It's Friday! Sunday, September 23 Treme, HBO, 9 PM: Just watch The Wire instead. Monday, September 24 How I Met Your Mother, CBS, 8 PM: Seriously, we're ready to find out. Just tell us already! No, not how he met the mother, how Jason Segel hasn't left this show to do movies yet. Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars, ABC, 8 PM: Your mom is so excited. Partners, CBS, 8:30 PM: A gay guy and his straight best friend live and work together. If only they were criminals so we could call this Will & Disgrace. 2 Broke Girls, CBS, 9 PM: Destroying Brooklyn since 2011. Mike & Molly, CBS, 9:30 PM: More fat jokes. Castle, ABC, 10 PM: Is this the one about the novelist and his unrequited love who solves crimes, the really smart guy and his unrequited love who solves crimes, or the archeologist and her unrequited love who solves crimes. Hawaii Five-0, CBS, 10 PM: Yup. It's on! Tuesday, September 25 NCIS, CBS, 8 PM: This season [fill in investigation force] discovers [fill in crime] and then [fill in method of prosecution]. Repeat for every CBS procedural. New Girl, Fox, 8 PM: She's not so new anymore, but she's still funny. Ben and Kate, Fox, 8:30 PM: No, not your college friends who got divorced because she wanted and open marriage so she could sleep with women. No, this is about a wacky brother who is helping his straight-shooting sister who to raise a baby. See, it's much more normal than your friends Ben and Kate. NCIS: Los Angeles, CBS, 9 PM: This season [fill in investigation force] discovers [fill in crime] and then [fill in method of prosecution]. Move to L.A. The Mindy Project, Fox, 9:30 PM: The Office star Mindy Kaling plays a med student starring on a sitcom with a really bad name. Private Practice, ABC, 10 PM: Hasn't this hospital been blown up or abducted by aliens or closed down by malpractice lawsuits yet? Everything else has happened there. Vegas, Network, 10 PM: Apparently what happened there is refusing to stay. Wednesday, September 26 The Middle, ABC, 8 PM: No, this is not a show about love handles. Animal Practice, NBC, 8 PM: The show that interrupted the Olympics settles into its regular time slot. There is still a monkey doctor. Modern Family, ABC, 9 PM: Isn't their documentary finished yet? Criminal Minds, CBS, 9 PM: Good guys save the world from bad guys, right? Probably. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, NBC, 9 PM: If they didn't make new episodes, what would they show on cable? CSI: Original Recipe, CBS, 10 PM: A continued investigation into how Ted Danson's hair piece has fooled us all for so long. The Neighbors, NBC, 10 PM: Don't worry, this aliens next door comedy will be cancelled faster than you can say Coneheads. Thursday, September 27 The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 8 PM: Don't worry, Miami Bialkis' hand will still be there. Last Resort, ABC, 8 PM: A submarine disobeys orders and somehow becomes a sovereign nation with a nuclear bomb. Yeah, I don't get it either. Two and a Half Men, CBS, 8:30 PM: Miley Cyrus is on this season. Yeah, for real. Grey's Anatomy, ABC, 9 PM: Somewhere on a lonely sofa somewhere in 2003 there is still a crying girl eating a tube of cookie dough out of a tube. Person of Interest, CBS, 8 PM: Well, not of interest to everybody. But, yes, intersting! Elementary, CBS, 10 PM: This would have been a great name for a show about a school. Instead it's a reworking of Sherlock Holmes with Lucy Liu and the former Mr. Angelina Jolie. Scandal, ABC, 10 PM: This show about the President being a dirty old man started kind of boring but ended quite well. Bring on season two! Friday, September 28 CSI: NY, CBS, 8 PM: Miami is the one that got cancelled. Sorry, New York. Made in Jersey, CBS, 9 PM: This is not a show about Snooki's baby, it is about a blue collar girl taking over a white collar law firm. Sounds like Snooki at Law. Fringe, Fox, 9 PM: If you haven't been watching from the beginning, don't bother. Blue Bloods, CBS, 10 PM: Home of TV's best mustache. Sunday, September 30 Once Upon a Time, ABC, 8 PM: Now all the fairy tales know their in the real world. My 12-year-old self is so excited. The Amazing Race, CBS, 8 PM: Just give it another Emmy already. The Simpsons, Fox, 8 PM: All these years and Marge hasn't aged a day. Screw all the other merchandise, they should bottle that. Bob's Burgers, Fox, 8:30 PM: The is the cartoon that isn't The Simpsons or by Seth MacFarlane. Revenge, ABC, 9 PM: I am still so pissed about the move to Sunday I can't even talk about it. But I'm really excited for Madeline Stowe's immovable forehead. The Good Wife, CBS, 9 PM: Why do they have to move all the good strong lady shows from Tuesday to Sunday. We can only watch one thing at a time! Family Guy, Fox, 9 PM: Everyone you know who has done a keg stand is very happy about this. Dexter, Showtime, 9 PM: Now his sister is in love with him? How did they make a show about a serial killer even creepier? American Dad, Fox, 9:30 PM: Has the ET that lives in their house ever phoned home? Why not? 666 Park Avenue, ABC, 10 PM: Vanessa Williams and Lost's Terry O'Quinn own a haunted apartment building. It's filled with the ghosts of failed pilots past. Whoooo-hooooo! The Mentalist, CBS, 10 PM: My mother told me it was rude to call someone that. Homeland, Showtime, 10 PM: TV's twistiest hour comes back with terrorists, trips to the Middle East and Claire Danes running and crying. She's going to win an Emmy for running and crying, you know. Tuesday, October 2 Hart of Dixie, CW, 8 PM: See Rachel Bilson NOT in one of those Magnum ice cream bar ads. Raising Hope, Fox, 8 PM: Everyone's favorite ill-equipped parents are back. No, not Bristol Palin, Snooki or the cast of Teen Mom. Wednesday, October 3 Supernatural, CW, 9 PM: The real miracle is that this is still around. It must be made of magic. Thursday, October 4 30 Rock, NBC, 8 PM: Tina Fey's last season. Start your crying now. Monday, October 8 90210, Fox, 8 PM: Donna Martin has already graduated, right? Gossip Girl, CW, 9 PM: Between all the booze, hookups, and bad decisions, it's amazing Serena van der Woodsen is still alive. Wednesday, October 10 Arrow, CW, 8 PM: Now that Smallville is off the air, the CW needs another DC Comics hero on its roster. This time it's a sharp shooter who solves crime. Damn, archery is so hot right now. Thanks Katniss. Chicago Fire, NBC, 10 PM: Think NYPD Blue but in a fire house. At least there is plenty of shirtlessness. Nashville, ABC, 10 PM: Watching Connie Britton and Hayden Pain Quotidien have a blonde off in Country Strong: The Program is going to be amazing. Thursday, October 11 The Vampire Diaries, CW, 8 PM: She's a vampire now, guys! Finally, the title makes sense. Beauty and the Beast, CW, 9 PM: Anyone waiting for a "Be Our Guest" reprise is going to be sorely disappointed. Sunday, October 14 The Walking Dead, AMC, 9 PM: Finally they're off that damn farm. Now they head to prison. Let's hope there's more action there. Also drink every time someone asks, "Where's Carl?" Tuesday, October 16 Emily Owens, M.D., CW, 9 PM: Meryl Streep's daughter deserves better! Wednesday, October 17 Suburgatory, ABC, 10 PM: The funniest show you don't watch is back to fell more trees in the forest that no one hears. Friday, October 17 America's Next Top Model: College Edition, CW, 9 PM: It makes sense. It seems like Tyra's baby has been around for 18 years at this point. Whitney, NBC, 8 PM: Why? Community, NBC, 8:30 PM: Think people are finally going to start watching Community even without Dan Harmon? Don't think so. Sorry. Nikita, CW, 9 PM: Isn't it about time that Bridget Fonda guest starred? Tuesday, October 23 Happy Endings, ABC, 9 PM: Just like the happy ending you have to wait until the very end of the season to get this. Unlike a happy ending, this one requires no clean up. Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23, ABC, 9:30 PM: Some bangs, same scams, same Van Der Beek. Nothing wrong with that! 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I don't know what it is, but somehow, whenever you plop yourself down on the couch, in a mood fouler than milk left out on the counter for a month, and are looking for something to watch, there is always a Nora Ephron movie on TBS (or TNT or HBO or even some of those channels with more than three letters). And no matter what the mood is, that is always the exact movie you want to watch at that moment.
In honor of Nora Ephron, who passed away yesterday from cancer, and those moments when we all need to fall into the bosom of a great movie for warmth and comfort, here is what Nora Ephron movie you should tune into in your time of need.
When You Break Up With Your Partner: Heartburn
There is something to be said for that strange sort of heartbreak that comes after ending a long romance, even one where you pulled the plug on yourself. Nora knows, honey, and let her sooth you with this comedic drama where Meryl Streep plays a woman whose husband (Jack Nicholson) won't stop cheating on her, and she has to leave him. Even if you just got kicked to the curb, watching some other people suffer is a sure way to dry your eyes.
When There's Nothing to Eat in the House: Julie and Julia
You know when you're lounging in your sweats and dying for a snack but you're on a diet and don't want to have to put on jeans just so you can go to the store and get some Oreos? Well, let Julia child whisk you into a calorie-free heaven of delicious delicacies. Warning: this may cause overconfidence in your ability to cook complicated French dishes.
When You've Lost Your Job: You've Got Mail
There's nothing harder than trying to move on when you're collecting unemployment and finding the next thing while still mourning a place where you worked so hard for so long. Meg Ryan knows your pain as she has to struggle with her bookstore being put out of business by a big bad tycoon. In the end, she gets to marry the tycoon (and it's Tom Hanks, no less), so even if this isn't going to help you rewrite your resume, it might inspire you to find a rich boyfriend.
When You're Folding the Laundry: Bewitched
You don't really want to give this Nicole Kidman confection your undivided attention, do you?
It's Christmas: Mixed Nuts
Why load up on holiday cable movie insanity like Holiday in Handcuffs when you can hang out with some real crazies who work at a suicide hotline on Christmas Eve? And you can't ask for more of a gift than this cast, including Steve Martin, Rita Wilson, Garry Shandling, Madeline Khan, Rob Reiner, Parker Posey, and Jon Stewart.
When You Feel Like You're Going to Be Alone Forever: Sleepless in Seattle
Every single person out there (or even the ones in unhappy relationships) sometimes feels like it's time to give up on finding the one person who will make you happy and just get a house full of cats and prepare to care for them in your old age. But no! There is hope! You can hear about a man you love on the radio and track him down and with the help of his son (and some relaxed stalker laws) he can be yours too! Yes, yes he can! A million exclamation points that look like the Empire State Building!
When You Miss Your Best Friend: When Harry Met Sally
Everyone thinks this Meg Ryan/Billy Crystal classic is about faking orgasms in a deli and falling in love. And it is. But even more importantly it's about the bonds that you can forge with your closest nearest and dearest friend. Sure, sometimes those bonds go all the way into doing it, but sometimes they don't. Either way, this will fill that little hole in your heart that your BFF (which stands for Best Freaking Friend) leaves when absent.
When You Need a Little Rick Moranis: My Blue Heaven
Seriously, where has this guy been?
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Shirley MacLaine’s Being There orgasm scene has triumphed over younger actress Meg Ryan's When Harry Met Sally fake climax in a new poll of onscreen sexual peaks.
In Being There, MacLaine's character masturbates while her movie husband Peter Sellers is oblivious. Meg Ryan's legendary scene sees her fake an orgasm in a diner.
The poll by website yesbutnobutyes.com named Madeline Kahn's hair-whitening "schwanstucker" peak in Young Frankenstein as the third most loved climax.
Woody Allen's Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Sex polled in fourth for its depiction of sperm, while Dennis Hopper's Blue Velvet performance as sadist Frank Booth made fifth place.
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