Tonight I had the opportunity to check out 3 of the new Warner Bros. Television shows at SDCC :
Arrow, The Following, and Revolution
First up was Arrow – This was “Revenge” for the super hero fan base. Millionaire Oliver Queen returns from a 5 year ship-wrecked stint on a mysterious island to exact revenge on behalf of himself and his father. He’s got a list of names and I’m guessing we’ll see him check them off one by one. The notebook of names looked pretty big so this could take a while. Like most characters, Green Arrow has been rewritten many times and this series, ‘Arrow’, is no different. Certain core elements like the character’s name and weapon of choice remain the same but much of the supporting information is quite different. It will be interesting to see if the television character tries to make any overt political statements like the comic book character. Time will tell. This pilot episode featured a lot of action, some humor and a couple of interesting plot twists.
I give this 4 out of 5.
The series stars Stephen Amell (Private Practice), Colin Donnell (Pan Am), Katie Cassidy (Supernatural), David Ramsey (Dexter), and Willa Holland (The O.C.), with Susanna Thompson (Dragonfly) and Paul Blackthorne (The River). From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, Arrow will air Wednesdays at 8/7c on The CW this fall.
Next was The Following – this was by far my favorite show of these 3. Kevin Bacon and the surrounding cast were great and the story kept me intrigued. I was surprised a couple times which was fantastic. The writers have created a disturbing and sometimes gruesome world that will keep me coming back.
This is a 5 out of 5 – This will be added to the DVR even though it may keep me up at night.
Golden Globe winner/Emmy nominee Kevin Bacon (Mystic River) and Rome‘s James Purefoy star in The Following, a cat-and-mouse thriller from Kevin Williamson (The Vampire Diaries), about a diabolical serial killer (Purefoy) and the psychologically scarred ex-FBI agent (Bacon) called in to stop him. The Following also stars Natalie Zea (Justified), Jeananne Goossen (Alcatraz), Shawn Ashmore (X-Men films), Valorie Curry (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-Part 2), Nico Tortorella (Scream 4), Adan Canto (Amar No Es Querer), and Kyle Catlett (Unforgettable), with Maggie Grace (Lost) recurring. Executive produced by Williamson and Marcos Siega (The Vampire Diaries), The Following is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Outerbanks Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television and will air on Mondays midseason on FOX.
The final show I checked out tonight was – Revolution. I really wanted to like this show because I thought the premise was interesting and I generally like stuff where Jon Favreau is involved. The story is set basically 15 years from today, if today was the day we lost ALL access to electronics. No cars, no smart phones, no computers, no electricity. We’re not told WHY but that is an underlying theme. Some people seem to be ‘in the know’ about the secret and there is a presumably power hungry general out to get it. The actions scenes were OK and the acting was alright but nothing blew me away. A couple small plot points were interesting but I’m not sure this one has me hooked.
I give it 3 out of 5.
In Revolution, an epic adventure thriller from Supernatural‘s Eric Kripke, J. J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, and Iron Man‘s Jon Favreau, a family struggles to reunite in a post-apocalyptic landscape of empty cities, local militias, and heroic freedom fighters where every piece of technology-phones, computers, cars, even lights-has mysteriously blacked out…forever. Revolution stars Billy Burke (Twilight films), Tracy Spiridakos (Being Human), Anna Lise Phillips (Animal Kingdom), Zak Orth (Wet Hot American Summer), Graham Rogers (Memphis Beat), J. D. Pardo (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-Part 2), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), David Lyons (The Cape), Maria Howell (The Vampire Diaries), and Tim Guinee (Iron Man films) and is executive produced by Kripke, Abrams, and Bryan Burk (Fringe). Favreau directed the pilot and will serve as co-executive producer of the series, with Kathy Lingg (Fringe). From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Bad Robot Productions, Kripke Enterprises. and Warner Bros. Television, Revolution will air Mondays at 10/9c on NBC this fall.
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