BACKSTROM: Director Kevin Hooks talks new Fox procedural – Interview

Rainn Wilson as Detective Everett Backstrom (R) and Dennis Haysbert as Detective Sergeant John Almon in BACKSTROM - Season 1 | ©2015 Fox/Frank Ockenfels

On Fox’s BACKSTROM, Thursdays at 9 PM, Rainn Wilson plays the title character, a brilliant but world-hating Portland, Oregon police detective. Executive producer Hart Hanson developed the show from a series of novels by Swedish writer Leif G.W. Persson. Kevin Hooks, another of BACKSTROM’s executive producers, directed the pilot and helps set the tone with the directors of subsequent episodes. Hooks, a native of Philadelphia, began his career as a child actor in the title role of the 1969 telefilm J.T. His first directorial work was on the TV series ST. ELSEWHERE in 1983 and he’s since worked on a […]Read On »

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BACKSTROM: Creator Hart Hanson on his new detective series – exclusive interview

Rainn Wilson in BACKSTROM - Season 1 | ©2015 Fox/Frank Ockenfels

Fox’s BACKSTROM, Thursdays at 9 PM, has been adapted by executive producer Hart Hanson from a series of books by Swedish novelist Leif G.W. Persson. Rainn Wilson plays Portland, Oregon police detective lieutenant Everett Backstrom, who is brilliant at crime-solving but astoundingly abrasive in human interactions. Hanson also adapted another series of novels, Kathy Reichs’ mysteries, into Fox’s BONES, now in its tenth season, which follows the crime-solving adventures of forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and her FBI agent husband Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz). Hanson talks about the differences between the two series, as well as the balancing […]Read On »

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TV Review: BONES – Season 9 – “The Dude in the Dam”

Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz in BONES - Season 8 - "The Dude in the Dam" | ©2013 Fox/Ray Mickshaw

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, Tamara Taylor, TJ Thyne, John Francis Daley, Michael Grant Terry, Nora Dunn, Boti Bliss, Jeanette Brox, Ian Kahn, Loren Ester, Alexis Carra, Malcolm Goodwin Writers: Kathy Reichs & Kerry Reichs, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: Kevin Hooks Network: Fox, Mondays @ 8 PM – NOTE: moving to Fridays @ 8 PM as of November 15, 2013 Airdate: November 11, 2013 BONES the TV series is based on the mystery novels of real-life anthropologist/novelist Kathy Reichs, whose literary creation Dr. Temperance Brennan is a […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 9 – “I’m No Angel”

Misha Collins in SUPERNATURAL - Season 9 - "I'm No Angel" | ©2013 The CW/Diyah Pera

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Adam J. Harrington, Shannon Lucio, Kevin Brief Writers: Brad Buckner & Eugenie Ross-Leming, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Kevin Hooks Network: The CW, Tuesdays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: October 22, 2013 With Misha Collins’ desanctified angel Castiel now human, it makes sense that SUPERNATURAL devotes a good portion of an episode to the character coming to terms with his new condition. In “I’m No Angel,” Cass deals with homelessness, hunger, getting an anti-angel warding tattoo (so the other angels can’t track him) – and, oh yeah, sex. Unfortunately for Cass, his […]Read On »

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TV Review: BONES – Season 9 – “The Woman in White”

Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz in BONES - Season 8 - "The Woman in White" | ©2013 Fox/Patrick McElhenney

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, Tamara Taylor, TJ Thyne, John Francis Daley, Ryan O’Neal, Cyndi Lauper, Patricia Belcher, Eugene Byrd, Carla Gallo, Bryan Klugman, Joel David Moore, Michael Grant Terry, Pej Vahdat, Mather Zickel, David Hornsby, Ralph Waite, Joanna Cassidy, Ty Panitz Writer: Karine Rosenthal, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: Kevin Hooks Network: Fox, Mondays @ 8 PM Airdate: October 21, 2013 On BONES, the wedding of forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) has been in the works for […]Read On »

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TCA News: BONES creator says it will likely return for Season 8

Emily Descanel and David Boreanaz in BONES - Season 7 - "The Memories in The Shallow Grave" | ©2011 Fox/Beth Dubber

If you’re wondering whether BONES will return for an eighth season, creator Hart Hanson confirmed today that he’s confident the show has more life in it. “Hell yeah,” says Hanson via Skype at Fox’s TCA press tour today while talking about his the BONES spin-off THE FINDER. “I’m very confident we will come to an agreement and have an eighth season of BONES. We’re excited about it and have story ideas. Putting Booth and Brenann together, raising a child, as far as we’re concerned, reinvigorated our series. I wouldn’t want to figure out who to do another year of them […]Read On »

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TV Review: BONES – Season 7 – “The Male in the Mail”

Emily Deschanel in BONES - Season 7 - "The Male in the Mail" | ©2011 Fox/Richard Foreman

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, T.J. Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Francis Daley, Ralph Waite, Eugene Byrd, Tina Majorino Writer: Pat Charles, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: Kevin Hooks Network: Fox, Thursdays @ 9 PM Airdate: December 1, 2011 “Dead letter office” gets new meaning in the BONES episode “The Male in the Mail,” with human remains discovered in a postal facility for undeliverable packages. This is intriguing, as is the realization that a great way to dispose of a body is to mail it to a nonexistent address […]Read On »

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TV Review: ALPHAS – Season 1 – “Catch and Release”

Laura Mennell in ALPHAS - Season 1 - "Catch and Release" | ©2011 Syfy/Ken Woroner

Stars: David Strathairn, Ryan Cartwright, Warren Christie, Warren Christie, Azita Ghanizada, Laura Mennell, Malik Yoba, Valerie Cruz, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, Summer Glau, Jane Moffat Writer: Michael Karnow, series created by Zak Penn & Michael Karnow Director: Kevin Hooks Network: Syfy, Mondays @ 10 PM Airdate: August 22, 2011 Nothing is very straightforward for the ALPHAS gang for long. “Catch and Release” presents everybody with a set of moral dilemmas, with the various characters landing in different places along the spectrum. As a bonus, Summer Glau guest stars as an Alpha (though the writing/casting veers away from the obvious kick-ass possibilities). Skylar […]Read On »

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