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After watching their fellow networks unveil dozens of new series, The CW did things a little differently this year: the network only picked up four new shows. Since the network had its best viewership in a long time this past year, with ratings for Supernatural through the roof and new shows like Reign and The 100 becoming big hits, there weren't very many gaps in the schedule that needed filling. Still, the Winchester brothers can only hunt demons for so long, and so The CW has a new show about people with mysterious powers attempting to stop the apocalypse waiting in the wings. Or, if you're looking for more costumed crime fighters, sassy detectives, or a replacement for the cheesy fun of The Carrie Diaries, they've got that covered too.
We've run down all of the CW's new shows for the 2014-2015 shows, along with everything you need to know about them before they start airing in the fall. And yes, like all CW shows, they promise to be slightly terrible, but ultimately very addicting.
Jane the Virgin What It Is: Sitcom.What It's About: A young, career-focused woman is accidentally artificially inseminated, resulting in her getting pregnant even though she’s a virgin. Who's In It: Gina Rodriguez, Justin Baldoni, Brett Dier, Andrea Navedo, and Ivonne Coll.What It Sounds Like: Secret Life of the American Teenager meets Ugly Betty, plus a sex-ed talk from the Coach in Mean Girls. How Good Will It Be: With a premise like that, it’s got to be terrible. We’re hoping it’s so terrible that it actually kind of good. How Long It Will Last: This seems like the obvious replacement for The Carrie Diaries, so it will most likely get around two seasons. Airs: Mondays at 9 pm.
The Flash What It Is: Drama.What It's About: After a freak accident involving a particle accelerator, Barry Allen wakes up with the power of super speed, and uses it to fight crime. Who's In It: Grant Gustin, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanagh, and Jesse L. Martin.What It Sounds Like: Arrow, only he wears red and runs really fast. How Good Will It Be: The CW scored a surprise hit with Arrow, so we have high hopes for this one, even though it too will probably take a while to find its voice. How Long It Will Last: If it gets anything less than five seasons, we’ll be shocked. Airs: Tuesdays at 8 pm.
iZombie What It Is: Drama What It's About: A medical examiner – who is also secretly a zombie – eats the brains of corpses to help solve their murders. Who's In It: Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli, Robert Buckley, Alexandra Krosney, David Anders, and Nora Dunn. What It Sounds Like: Pushing Daisies meets The Walking Dead, sprinkled with Veronica Mars.How Good Will It Be: Rob Thomas is on board as executive producer, so iZombie will probably be just as funny and charming as his other shows. Although, if we're honest, the premise is kind of stupid. How Long It Will Last: Three seasons... and then maybe a Kickstarter movie.Airs: Midseason.
The Messengers What It Is: Drama.What It's About: After a mysterious object collides with the earth, five strangers discover they have new powers that they must use to prevent the Rapture. Who's In It: Shantel VanSanten, Sofia Black-D’Elia, JD Pardo, Joel Courtney, Anna Diop, and Diogo Morgado.What It Sounds Like: Supernatural, with a dash of MisfitsHow Good Will It Be: The plot is a bit convoluted and heavy on the mythology and Biblical references, which will probably weigh down what would otherwise be an entertaining show about people with superpowers, which doesn't bode too well for The Messengers. How Long It Will Last: It will either be canceled after one season or it will run for nine years. Airs: Midseason.
Brittany Murphy's final film Something Wicked finally has a release date four years after her death. The Clueless star passed away in 2009 and her final project will debut on 4 April (14) at the Regal Theater in Eugene, Oregon, the city where the movie was filmed.
Something Wicked is described as a "hauntingly seductive thriller about obsession and young love gone wrong," and Murphy appeared opposite One Tree Hill's Shantel VanSanten and Lords of Dogtown actor John Robinson.
The movie is slated to open in more theatres across the U.S. shortly after the premiere.
In 2011, Something Wicked producer and screenwriter Joe Colleran praised Murphy's final role, telling USA Today, "Brittany pulled off one of the spookiest scenes in the movie. There's an important scene where her character is unravelling and she spent a long time getting ready and focused and went for it. Personally, I think it's one of the best scenes of her career."
Murphy died at the age of 32 from pneumonia, anaemia and excessive use of prescription medications.
Looks like Assistant District Attorney Gabe Lowen (Sendhil Ramamurthy) has a few more skeletons in his closet than he revealed to Catherine (Kristin Kreuk). At the end of last week’s Beauty and the Beast, Gabe was excited to learn that the vigilante killer was still alive and out there… and his excitement caused his eyes to glow a telling gold – just like Vincent’s (Jay Ryan) when he beasts out!
The reveal of Gabe’s true past was shocking, both to viewers and Ramamurthy himself. "When I signed up for the show I had no idea that Gabe was a beast. Everybody else did, though!" Ramamurthy tells Hollywood.com. "The entire cast knew, but when I turned up on set, Kristin was the one who told me inadvertently. She was like, 'I wonder when Gabe Beast shows up?' I was like, 'What?' And she was like, 'They’re making you a beast! You know that right?'"
Ramamurthy may not have known in the beginning, but he’s excited for fans to be in on the secret now — especially since there are still plenty more secrets to reveal. "By the end of this episode you’ll find out what the circumstances are surrounding what he has to do," Ramamurthy teases. "We’ve established that he’s slowly deteriorating and dying, basically. He thinks that Vincent can help him in some way and he’s either going to be a friend or a foe."
Finding the vigilante has always been Gabe’s motivation, and though we previously assumed it was because he wanted to find justice, we now know the real reason why Gabe was hunting Vincent. "That’s why he shows up at the precinct in the first place. The whole reason he ended up getting transferred there was because he wanted to be in that precinct where all of these vigilante murders were happening," Ramamurthy explains. "It’s his instinct that they’re being done by another beast. But Vincent thinks that he’s the only one up until this episode. The moment where they meet, Gabe is a beast and Vincent is human. So it’s a huge moment for Vincent to see Gabe like that because he really didn’t think that there was anybody else out there like him."
Besides the fact that they share the same beastly nature thanks to Muirfield, what exactly does Gabe want with Vincent? "That’s what the next episode is all about: I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mine. We don’t have to be enemies," Ramamurthy reveals. "In a perfect world, Gabe would love for this to happen: he finds Vincent and they find a way to stabilize each other’s DNA. We’ve established that Gabe can take these pills that keep him normal, so maybe Vincent can take the pills too, or so that’s what Cat hopes."
When Catherine finds out Gabe has a way to live a normal life despite his beastliness, it gives her hope for her future with Vincent… especially considering the romantic issues they run into in "Date Night." Without spoiling the episode, let’s just say that Cat finds herself in a normal situation that happens in normal relationships, but thanks to Vincent’s condition, it has dire consequences. Gabe represents a possible solution to her problems. "Maybe they can have this normal life that they’ve dreamt about," Ramamurthy says. "Catherine and Vincent sailing off into the sunset and being happy and together as two human beings, not a beast and a human being. Let’s see if that actually happens."
Another storyline Ramamurthy is excited for fans to see play out is that of Gabe’s mysterious girlfriend, Tyler (One Tree Hill’s Shantel VanSanten). "Gabe has been experimented on since he was a child. He knows that other people have been experimented on, and his own girlfriend is one of the experiments," Ramamurthy reveals. "You get some nice tidbits in this episode and in the finale about Tyler. People will come to know about her. People will meet her. Our regular characters, some of them will meet her. And there’s some pretty cool stuff that happens in respect to that."
Beauty and the Beast airs Thursdays at 9 PM ET/PT on The CW.
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The Clueless star passed away in December 2009, shortly after she finished filming psychological thriller Something Wicked.
Murphy's sudden death prompted producers to put the project on hold, but post-production restarted earlier this year (12) and the movie has now been completed, according to industry website Variety.com.
Executives behind the film are now seeking a distribution deal.
The movie, which also features One Tree Hill's Shantel VanSanten and Transformers actor John Robinson, tells the story of an engaged couple plagued by a stalker.
Murphy? passed away at the age of 32 and a coroner reported she died from pneumonia, anaemia and excessive use of prescription medications.
WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
Carbon copying the already overly convoluted idea from the previous Final Destination movies the latest worst installment continues on the theme of one unlucky twentysomething being able to predict who’s going to die and when; this time it’s Nick. After attending a NASCAR race with his girlfriend Lori and their friends Hunt and Janet Nick has a premonition about an elaborate horrific accident that threatens everyone present. Naturally it comes true — and even though plenty of people die in the stands Death (you know the bogeyman) has only just begun. But Nick realizes that he might be able to save the survivors of that day by remembering the order in which they're supposed to die and warning them of their imminent demise. Unfortunately though not everyone believes him and they carry on with their dangerous activities ... like going to a hair salon or — gulp! — through a carwash.
WHO’S IN IT?
Up-and-coming actor Bobby Campo plays the main pretty young thing and he makes the best of what is ultimately an untenable and God-awful role to have to accept. Still fresh faces capable of pulling off his part are a dime a dozen and Destination’s past leads like Mary Elizabeth Winstead at least left us feeling their fear. Supporting actresses Shantel VanSanten as Lori and Haley Webb as Janet are there for little more than eye candy and ear-shredding screams while former MTV 'It' dude Nick Zano as the obnoxious clichéd — and obnoxiously clichéd — Hunt can’t even provide the occasional comic relief for which he was brought on. The lone bright spot comes courtesy of an evidently desperate-for-work Mykelti Williamson (aka Bubba in Forrest Gump) who plays a widowed security guard adding a shred of cred to the otherwise disposable cast (which includes a barely there Krista Allen).
Clocking in at a mercifully brisk hour and 15 minutes the makers of TFD find one way to not essentially call us stupid: They know we want our scares quickly and they deliver — except for actually scaring us. Aside from its running time the aforementioned credible performance by Williamson is literally all the movie has going for it.
Wow where to begin? Destination another in a loooong line of wholly unnecessary sequels is riddled with problems — from the are-you-kidding-me? “special” effects (even in 3-D) to the jaw-droppingly horrendous writing. Director David R. Ellis (helmer of the infinitely better Final Destination 2) should bear much of the blame. He seems uninterested in delivering anything that people go to the movies for; this Destination is nothing more than tenuously connected scenes of video-game-like deaths that try to one-up each other. And not one of the sequences is even mildly suspenseful or scary — just disturbing in the sense that some people will actually smirk in earnest at the cartoonishness of it all.
The writing though is the real culprit. Eric Bress’ (also an FD2 alum) script is incredibly unimaginative merely recycling similar but better executed scenarios from the three previous movies and swapping out the settings. With ideas so bad Bress makes it abundantly clear that there’s no inane death massacre left to explore at this point; it's basically a metaphorical surrender. And yet the dialogue is even worse — with stock stereotypical block characters muttering it to boot.
LEAST FAVORITE SCENE?
Not to completely give it away — lest we make the movie predictable! — but one of the death scenes is just so far beyond ridiculous that it transcends even sarcastic laughter. Hint: It involves water and it’s about midway through the movie … if you dare stay that long.
Even if you’re not a cinephile and you couldn’t care less about things like character depth and plot development and you’re looking for a very quick thrill The Final Destination is well beneath you. It makes recent straight-to-DVD releases look like fully coherent masterpieces. Whether in 3-D or 2-D it’s a mustn't-see!