Co-creator Katie Newman on BEOWULF – Exclusive Interview

Kieran Bew as Beowulf in BEOWULF - Season 1 | ©2016 Esquire / ITV Studios

What work of fiction is between 1,000 and 1,300 years old and is just coming to television now? That would be the epic Anglo-Saxon poem BEOWULF, premiering as the thirteen-part BEOWULF: RETURN TO THE SHIELDLANDS Saturday, January 23, as Esquire Network’s second scripted series. For those unfamiliar with the myth or the multiple motion pictures, Beowulf is a Scandinavian hero who comes to Hrothgar’s Hall (i.e., castle) to save the citizens from a marauding monster called Grendel. In BEOWULF, Beowulf (Kieran Bew) spent much of his childhood in Heorot Hall as the ward of its ruler, Thane Hrothgar (William Hurt), […]Read On »

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Interview: Actor James Murray stirs up CHAOS on new CBS series

James Murray in CHAOS - Season 1 | ©2011 CBS/Jason Bell

CBS’s new series CHAOS, premiering tonight at 8 PM, is a comedy/drama about a team of CIA spies, fighting both terrorists and bureaucracy. The title refers not only to the general conditions under which the team works, but also to the acronym for their unit, Clandestine Administration and Oversight Services. The group consists of paranoid tactical whiz Michael Dorset (Eric Close), mellow-seeming but deadly Casey Malick (Tim Blake Nelson), newcomer Rick Martinez (Freddy Rodriguez) and U.K. import Billy Collins, played by James Murray, who previously spent two seasons battling dinosaurs as Stephen Hart on the BBC’s PRIMEVAL. Murray talks about […]Read On »

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TV Review: PRIMEVAL – Season 4 – “Episode Six”

Ben Miller in PRIMEVAL - Season 4 |©2010 Impossible Pictures

Jenny Lewis (Lucy Brown) makes a welcome but mostly squandered return appearance as this latest series of PRIMEVAL reaches its penultimate episode. Jenny’s getting married, and when her wedding planner is satisfyingly killed by a Hyaenodon in a plastic-shrouded basement that makes one wonder when the parallel universe Cybermen are going to show up, the ARC team swing into action to help their old friend. Meanwhile, Matt (Ciaran McMenamin) is still struggling with Gideon’s (Anton Lesser) warnings about getting too close to Emily (Ruth Bradley) or anyone else while trying to track down Ethan (Jonathan Byrne). The apocalypse is just around the corner, and one person may be responsible…

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TV Review: PRIMEVAL – Season 4 – “Episode Five”

Andrew Lee Potts in PRIMEVAL - Season 4 | ©2010 Impossible Pictures

A fluctuating anomaly reading draws the special attention of Philip (Alexander Siddig) and leads to the team investigating the evocatively named Witchfield Cove in Episode Five of PRIMEVAL, where the locals have a legend about a giant worm; where’s Kyle MacLachlan when you need him. There are also some shady goings-on around town, and while Connor (Andrew-Lee Potts) and Abby (Hannah Spearritt) check into everything, Matt (Ciaran McMenamin) is forced to chase after an abducted Emily (Ruth Bradley). Connor also has an offer he can’t refuse from Philip about joining a secret project at Philip’s lab, Prospero…but can he refuse it after all if it means leaving ARC field work behind?

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TV Review: PRIMEVAL – Season 4 – “Episode Four”

Ruth Kearney in PRIMEVAL - Season 4 | ©2010 Impossible Pictures

Most of the ARC team is dispatched to handle a herd of venomous, hybrid reptile/mammals invading McKinnon school, a mission complicated by the presence of several annoying students kept after hours in an amateur reenactment of THE BREAKFAST CLUB. There’s a stuck-up girl (Lauren Coe) with an attitude that just begs to be taken down a peg via the tender attentions of a therocephalian, and two geeky boys (Patrick Gibson, Ciaran Flynn) that might have merited some sympathy if they didn’t try to humiliate the girl by uploading her personal phone videos to the school’s CCTV system. But it’s all academic (heh) since the school is now a battleground.

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TV Review: PRIMEVAL – Season 4 – “Episode Two”

Andrew-Lee Potts and Hannah Spearritt in PRIMEVAL - Season 4 - "Episode 2" | © 2010 Impossible Pictures

Stars: Andrew-Lee Potts, Hannah Spearritt, Ciaran McMenamin, Ruth Kearney, Ben Mansfield, Ben Miller, Alexander Siddig, Anton Lesser, James Bradshaw Writer: Steve Bailie Director: Mark Everest Network: BBC America Original Telecast: January 8, 2011 Connor (Andrew-Lee Potts) and Abby (Hannah Spearritt) are still readjusting to being back in the present following the events of the PRIMEVAL fourth series premiere, even though they already seemed pretty well over it last week. But never mind, they’re determined to pick up where they left off and carry on with the late Professor Cutter’s work on the anomalies. The problem is that Lester’s (Ben Miller) […]Read On »

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TV Review: PRIMEVAL – Season 4 – “Episode One”

Ben Mansfield, Ruth Kearney, Hannah Spearritt, Andrew-Lee Potts and Ciarán McMenamin in PRIMEVAL - Season 4 |© 2010 Impossible Pictures

PRIMEVAL returns – almost beyond all reason – for a fourth series of adventures two years after its cancellation and miraculous resurrection via some joint funding (which will see it through at least a fifth series airing later in 2011). I’ve been following the show since its debut as an ITV DOCTOR WHO rival, and it’s one of those series that just seems to hang on despite not being all that good. It has a great premise, some decent characters (at least initially), a cute hook via the cheesy CGI dinosaurs and monsters that populate every episode, but it never manages to rise above mediocrity. And yet, here we are talking about its fourth series premiere.

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