Saturday, February 26, 2011

What to look forward to in 2011: TV

Bendis' Alias adaptation for TV, set to film a pilot for the fall; the first of the Marvel TV series (Hulk and Cloak and Dagger as the other two) to debut. Jessica Jones is retconned in the comics to have once been a superhero, loosely associated with the Avengers and friends with Ms. Marvel. She tried her hand at superheroing and sucked. So she became a private detective. She's awesome. Dry humor, baggaged, and all sorts of badass. No actors are picked yet.

Game of Thrones, based on the fantasy series Song of Fire and Ice, will be on HBO. Looks to be epic, and it's how Legend of the Seeker really should have been filmed. The pilot will air April 17. Sean Bean, Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Lena Headey star.

Camelot, a more epic and film-like version of the Arthurian legends. It stars Joseph Fiennes as Merlin and Eva Green as Morgan le Fey. The first episode is available on Starz's website for advance viewing. Officially debuts in April with a two-hour (two-episode) premiere.

The Mortal Kombat 10-episode digital series looks promising, as hinted with the accidental release of a short with Scorpion last year. It looks to have all the major characters. It looks to be a gritty, dark imagining of the game series. It will begin to be released digitally in April to coincide with the release of the new game and the two movies on Blu-Ray.

NBC has ordered a pilot for Reconstruction (formerly known as The Crossing), a post-Civil War drama in a Missouri small town, highly effected by the war. The characters revolve around a war widow, played by Rachelle Lefevre, and a journeying soldier, played by Martin Henderson. Emma Bell also will star. We need more period dramas on TV, folks.

Well, Edgar Allen Poe is being re-imagined as a detective in ABC's period drama Poe. It will likely be dark, if it has anything to do with Poe and his maudlin, emo life and work. It's a surprising move that ABC picked it up, as it surely won't last. Because nothing that seems good will last on that network. Pushing Daisies? Sons & Daughters? You're awesome! Be gone! It stars Chris Egan as Poe, who is much more handsome than Poe ever was.

The likely-to-be-picked-up=by-NBC pilot 17th Precinct is set in the fictional town of Excelsior (Stan Lee would love this, I'm sure!) where the supernatural rules over science, so it's a supernatural crime drama, and guess who's the creator and producer? Ron frakkin' Moore. 17th Precinct described as an adult (not X-rated, sillies) version of Harry Potter. It will star Battlestar Galactica's Jamie Bamber as Detective Caolan, Tricia Helfer as a necromancer, and James Callis. It will also star Jack & Bobby's Matt Long, The West Wing's Stockard Channing as a former detective, and Smallville's Kristen Kreuk as Caolan's wife.

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