Exclusive Interview: THE CAPE creator Tom Wheeler creates TV’s latest hero

David Lyons in THE CAPE - Season 1 - "Dice" | ©2011 NBC/Trae Patton

NBC’s THE CAPE airs its final episode tonight, Feb. 28 at 9 PM as it follows framed Palm City police officer Vince Farraday, played by David Lyons. In order to clear his name and get back to his wife and young son, Faraday must clean up his hometown by assuming the identity of comic book superhero the Cape. Alas, the series didn’t bring in the kinds of ratings that would allow it to remain in its competitive Monday night slot. However, THE CAPE’s creator Tom Wheeler is happy to share the series’ origin story with us. [Editor’s Note: This interview […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE CAPE – Season 1 – “The Lich Pt. 2”

Keith David in THE CAPE - Season 1 | ©2011 NBC

Stars: David Lyons, Keith David, Summer Glau, James Frain, Jennifer Ferrin, Ryan Wynott, Dorian Missick, Martin Klebba, Tom Noonan, Glenn Fitzgerald, Ileana Douglas Writers: Toni Graphia & Robbie Thompson Director: Roxann Dawson Network: NBC, Mondays @ 9 PM Airdate: February 21, 2011 In the first episode of THE CAPE’s two-parter “The Lich,” the creative team tried a bit too hard for Thirties-style creepiness and wound up with something that didn’t quite work. In the second half, writers Toni Graphia & Robbie Thompson and director Roxann Dawson go instead for ALICE IN WONDERLAND-esque trippiness, with better results. The trippiness is mostly […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos: The UNKNOWN Los Angeles premiere

Liam Neeson at the Los Angeles Premiere of UNKNOWN | ©2011 Sue Schneider

Warner Bros. Pictures presented the Los Angeles Premiere of UNKNOWN, in association with Dark Castle Entertainment, A Panda Production on February 16, at the Regency Village Theater in Westwood. Since it was cold and raining most of the day the press and the stars attending were tented. Fans stood on the street to get a glimpse of the stars who stopped to sign autographs. UNKNOWN stars Liam Neeson as Dr. Martin Harris who awakes after a car accident in Berlin to discover that his wife Elizabeth (January Jones) suddenly doesn’t recognize him and another man Martin B. (Aiden Quinn) has […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE CAPE – SEASON ONE – “The Lich Pt. 1”

David Lyons in THE CAPE - Season 1 | ©2011 NBC

Stars: David Lyons, Keith David, Summer Glau, James Frain, Jennifer Ferrin, Ryan Wynott, Dorian Missick, Martin Klebba, Tom Noonan, Anil Kumar, Glenn Fitzgerald, Richard Schiff Writer: William Wheeler Director: Karen Gaviola Network: NBC, Mondays @ 9 PM Airdate: February 14, 2011 THE CAPE generally does a good job of maintaining a sense of comic book integrity, balancing the genre’s conventions without tipping over into things that don’t work. However, in “The Lich Pt. 1,” a cliffhanger that will resolve next week, the attempt to do Fifties-style horror falls short. The reason for this is that unless the viewer hasn’t checked […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE CAPE – Season 1 – “Goggles and Hicks”

David Lyons in THE CAPE - Season 1 | ©2011 NBC

Stars: David Lyons, Keith David, Summer Glau, James Frain, Jennifer Ferrin, Ryan Wynott, Vinnie Jones, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Chad Lindberg, Izabella Miko Writer: Craig Titley Director: Deran Serafian Network: NBC, Mondays @ 9 PM Airdate: February 7, 2011 THE CAPE usually has well-structured episodes that have multiple levels and good payoffs, but while “Goggles and Hicks” has a fine guest actor in Pruitt Taylor Vince – and a nicely scary turn from Chad Lindberg as his partner/brother – it feels a bit haphazard overall. A prologue shows us how adept hit men Goggles (Vince) and Hicks (Lindberg) are at their […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE CAPE – Season 1- “Dice”

David Lyons and Mena Suvari in THE CAPE - "Dice" | ©2011 NBC/Justin Lubin

Given that THE CAPE’s hero Vince Faraday (David Lyons) is heartily upset about being separated from his wife (Jennifer Ferrin) and young son (Ryan Wynott) – whose sulks about Dad’s absence are driving Mom to tears – and he’s stuck helping his carnival protectors with their crimes, it stands to reason he isn’t exactly crazy about the man who got him into this mess: our main villain Peter Fleming, aka Chess (James Frain). In the episode “Dice,” Vince is unsurprisingly unhappy when his advisor Orwell (Summer Glau) points out that Vince will never get home if Fleming dies, since Vince’s only hope of redemption is proving that Fleming, not Vince, is really Chess. When gorgeous Tracy, aka Dice (Mena Suvari) appears on the scene, Vince is put in the truly aggravating position of having to protect Fleming from the vengeful, brilliant young woman.

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Breaking News: David Lyons gives the scoop on THE CAPE

David Lyons in THE CAPE - Season 1 - "Scales on a Train" | &Copy 2011 NBC/Jordan Althaus

NBC’s new superhero drama THE CAPE (airing Monday nights) features David Lyons as Vince Faraday as cop who is framed for a crime he didn’t commit, fakes his own death and ends up hooking up with a bunch of circus performers who teach him to become a superhero known as “The Cape.” Now he must clean up the city, while trying to get back to his wife and young child (whose favorite comic book character is called The Cape) who believe that he’s dead. While speaking today with the press, Lyons spoke about his challenging new role and where the […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Summer Glau protects THE CAPE

Summer Glau in THE CAPE | ©2011 NBC

On NBC’s new series THE CAPE, hero Vince Faraday (David Lyons) can do amazing things with the title object, but he’d still be unlikely to survive without the guidance and assistance of Summer Glau’s Orwell, a mysterious young woman whose martial arts abilities are as impressive as her considerable computer skills. Glau is no stranger to the world of genre television and film. After playing the trapped spirit of a Russian ballerina in an episode of ANGEL, she was cast as the troubled, but super-powered River Tam on Joss Whedon’s FIREFLY, a role she reprised in the feature SERENITY. Glau […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE CAPE – SEASON 1 – “Scales”

Vinnie Jones in THE CAPE - Season 1 - "Scales on a Train" | &Copy 2011 NBC/Jordan Althaus

Stars: David Lyons, Keith David, Summer Glau, James Frain, Vinnie Jones, Jennifer Ferrin, Ryan Wynott, Richard Schiff Writer: William Wheeler Director: Dennie Gordon Network: NBC, Mondays @ 9 PM Airdate: Jan. 24, 2011 There are times when more really is more, as handily proved by THE CAPE episode “Scales.” Why go with one bad guy when there can be two, or even three, with that last one creating terrible moral conflict for our hero? Yes, Vincent (David Lyons) is at odds with Max (Keith David) here, while a feud between Scales (Vinnie Jones) and Chess (James Frain) creates a surprising […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE CAPE – SEASON 1 – ‘Kozmo’

Summer Glau and David Lyons in THE CAPE - Season 1 - "Kozmo" | ©2011 NBC

“Kozmo” is a shrewdly constructed episode of THE CAPE, almost as tightly woven as the title object, telling us a lot about several characters and the cape itself, while injecting a note of unexpected mysticism and presenting everybody with immediate threats and moral conundrums.

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