MANHATTAN: Creator Sam Shaw on Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

MANHATTAN - Season 2 | ©2015 WGN America

Sam Shaw created the series MANHATTAN, now in its second season on WGN, Tuesdays at 9 PM. Although the title may suggest the other name for New York City, the show instead deals with the Manhattan Project, when a group of scientists gathered in secret at Los Alamos, New Mexico, to work on what would become the atomic bomb in the 1930s and 1940s. Season 1 had historical figures like J. Robert Oppenheimer (played by Daniel London) mingling with fictional scientists like Dr. Frank Winter (John Benjamin Hickey) and his botanist wife Dr. Liza Winter (Olivia Williams). At the end […]Read On »

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Olivia Williams takes MANHATTAN – Exclusive Interview

Olivia Williams in MANHATTAN - Season 1 | ©2014 WGN

WGN America’s new series MANHATTAN, airing Sunday nights, is a dramatized look at the then-ultra-secret World War II-era Manhattan Project. The United States hid away a group of scientists and their families in Los Alamos, New Mexico, so that the atomic bomb could be developed without prying eyes. Olivia Williams plays Liza Winter, another scientist who finds herself professionally ignored while her husband Frank, portrayed by John Benjamin Hickey, toils with the other physicists on the practical applications of nuclear fusion. Williams, a native of London, England, is no stranger to historical stories or characters with big secrets. Regarding the […]Read On »

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MANHATTAN star Daniel Stern takes on the atom bomb

The cast of MANHATTAN on WGN | © 2014 WGN

In WGN America’s new Sunday night drama series MANHATTAN, the title refers not to New York City but rather to the Manhattan Project in Los Alamos, New Mexico. This was the code name for the top secret work of scientists who, during World War II, were racing to create an atomic weapon before the Nazis could beat them to it. While some people depicted in MANHATTAN are historical figures, such as J. Robert Oppenheimer, most of them are characters invented by series creator Sam Shaw. Daniel Stern plays one of Shaw’s original characters, senior scientist Glen Babbit, who is a […]Read On »

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TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 2 – “Lacey”

Emilie De Ravin in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 2 - "Lacey" | ©2013 ABC/Jack Rowand

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Meghan Ory Writer: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz Director: Milan Cheylov Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: April 21, 2013 There are bits and pieces of other storylines going on in the “Lacey” episode of ONCE UPON A TIME but the larger story is about Mr. Gold (Robert Carlysle) and Belle (Emilie de Ravin). It’s kind of a sad story, but it doesn’t really seem to go anywhere. I suspect it’s mostly about a set up for the big season finale on May 12. Still it’s Regina (Lana Parilla) who […]Read On »

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TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 2 – “Selfless, Brave and True”

Eion Bailey in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 2 - "Selfless, Brave and True" | ©2013 ABC/Eion Bailey

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Meghan Ory Writer: Robert Hull & Kalinda Vasquez Director: Ralph Hemecker Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: March 24, 2013 Well, well, well. It looks like we’re taking a step back from the depths of darkness (finally) on ONCE UPON A TIME. “Selfless, Brave and True” may be all the things Mary Margaret/Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) normally is, but it’s Pinocchio/August (Eion Bailey) who gets to play those cards for a change. Whew! It finally feels like we’re getting back on track here and it’s about time. We start on October 24, […]Read On »

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TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 2 – “Welcome to Storybrooke”

Lana Parrila in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 2 - "Welcome to Storybrooke" | ©2013 ABC/Jack Rowand

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Meghan Ory Writer: Ian Goldberg & Andrew Chambliss Director: David M. Barrett Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: March 17, 2013 Fine. I get it. Taking ONCE UPON A TIME to a darker place opens up a lot of room for interesting character growth and additional storylines. That makes sense. It’s good writing. Fine. But there’s a big difference between darker and the roiling pit of self-destructive despair we find ourselves in with “Welcome to Storybrooke.” Dark is interesting. Despair is merely depressing and depression, with its inherent lassitude is an awfully hard […]Read On »

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TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 2 – “The Miller’s Daughter”

Rose McGowan and Robert Carlyle in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 2 - "Miller's Daughter" | ©2013 ABC/Jack Rowand

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Meghan Ory Writer: Jane Espenson Director: Ralph Hemecker Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: March 10, 2013 I have been saying since last season that I thought Cora (Barbara Hershey), “The Miller’s Daughter,” was, in fact, that miller’s daughter – you know, the one that got caught up in the original Rumpelstiltskin story, when her father bragged that she could spin straw into gold. Well, I was right and ONCE UPON A TIME has worked its magical twist once again, and very nicely turned that story on its ear in one intense episode. However, I […]Read On »

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TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 2 – “The Queen is Dead”

Ginnifer Goodwin, Josh Dallas, Lana Parrilla, Lesley Nicol, Barbara Hershey in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 2 - "The Queen is Dead" | ©2013 ABC/Jack Rowand

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Meghan Ory Writer: Daniel T. Thomsen & David H. Goodman Director: Gwyneth Horder Payton Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: March 3, 2013 It’s almost always fun to get a charcter’s back story, and on ONCE UPON A TIME, those back stories have made for some great set-ups. But in “The Queen is Dead,” the story of Snow and her mother’s death, there’s just a meanness and a progressing darkness to the whole proceeding that doesn’t quite fit the world of the show as we know it. You end the episode […]Read On »

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TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 2 – “Manhattan”

Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle and Jared Gilmore in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 2 - "Manhattan" | ©2013 ABC/David Gray

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Meghan Ory Writer: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz Director: Dean White Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: February 17, 2013  It’s not like we didn’t see this one coming from the season premiere. So it turns out that Gold’s (Robert Carlyle) son Baelfire is Neil (Michael Raymond-Jones), aka Henry’s (Jared Gilmore) father. And you have to give writers Kitsis and Horowitz a lot of credit for not stretching this one out unnecessarily. But more fun, in the Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold back story, the writers play off the whole seeing the future thing Ancient […]Read On »

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Blu-ray and DVD picks of the week including REAL STEEL

REAL STEEL | © 2012 Walt Disney Home Entertainment

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. MOVIES REAL STEEL – As the creators of REAL STEEL must have been, I too was a fan of Rock ‘em, Sock ‘em Robots as a kid. Of course, I never really thought I could make a movie out of it, I guess in a world where everything […]Read On »

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