Almost Human is thinking about robo-rights. There are new pictures of the Governor from Sunday's Walking Dead. Monroe's parents have been cast in Grimm. And we finally know who Stevie Nicks will be playing on American Horror Story. Spoilers ahead!
It looks like producers are trying get Chris Pratt to star in the latest Jurassic Park. More specifically, he's being sought after to take the leading role originally offered to Josh Brolin. In addition to Pratt, Irrfan Kahn is reportedly in contention for a supporting part. [Slashfilm]
Transformers 4: Age of Extinction
At the premiere of Lone Survivor, Mark Wahlberg said a little about the Transformers film to Access Hollywood:
It's a completely different stand-alone movie. It takes place after the third one, after the battle of Chicago. It's definitely its own story.
I think it's very different and fresh and people are going to really enjoy it. I had a blast making it. And you're going to see things in this particular movie that you haven't seen in the other movies.
The Walking Dead
Here are two new photos of the Governor from this Sunday's episode. It appears he's been camping in the woods between the last season and the final shot of the last episode. One more picture at the link. [Entertainment Weekly]
Joel Wyman explained how Lili Taylor got cast to play Maldonado, who was originally written as a male character:
Yes. Originally we conceived her as a man, the concept of Maldonado. Somebody had brought up, I'm not sure, I think it was April Webster, our casting director, that said ,"What about Lili Taylor?" Then once we started talking about, we are huge fans of hers, that concept we realized that the character of Maldonado would actually be far superior if it was a woman.
The character started to take on all these incredible aspects that really weren't there in a male version of her. We just embraced the idea and we're so fortunate to get her because we just all really adore her. That's how that came about. It wasn't originally designed as a female, but we went down that road when it was presented and we loved it.
He also described which ethical questions a world with robots will bring:
With Civil Rights being such a big issue right now, are there going to be robot rights, maybe robot marriage explored on the show?
That's a really good question. J.J. had set us up with some very, very brilliant people from MIT, and one of the brilliant people was a woman who studies robot ethics, which is pretty amazing because when you talk to her, you get the idea that, wait a second, this is definitely coming. Some of the amazing things with these robots that are now what we see in the future are definitely robots, not human. They're not becoming human, but they're definitely becoming beings.
That's a moment where you're thinking, they're real. They are thinking beings. What are their rights? Where are those lines drawn? A lot of those things are examined in some of our later stories. Those concepts of what exactly is a robot? What is an android? What is a being? If it's able to think, if it's able to be, then what? We're definitely interested in those types of things.
More at the link. [Chicago Pride]
Karl Urban did a lot of work to prepare to play a cop:
We had a bunch of tactical training. I went on a bunch of ride-alongs with some cops just to get a sort of feel of what the reality is of their job. Then there's also a physical component. Our show is a fun, action-packed hour of television. Michael and I both need to be in good shape to do our job.
Micheal Ealy, on the other hand, was more concerned with understanding the rules and shape of the near-future world that he was being asked to inhabit:
So I think right now the hardest part is actually trying to understand and develop somewhat of a bible for the world that we live in. You know what I mean. So it's like, can you talk on the phone or do you talk through your com? So it's like we're trying to find out what are the rules of the world that we set up. I think that's probably the hardest part for me right now.
More at the link. [TV Equals]
According to Summer Glau, we should be expecting a big plot twist the next time we see Isabel:
Well, in the next episode the character appears in, there's going to be a big plot twist. What you've seen so far is just the tip of the iceberg.
I had a wonderful time in this last episode. I really like where they're taking it. They're still working on things in the writer's room and deciding exactly what they're going to do, but I think the audience is going to like the twist in Isabel's plot. Andrew won't tell me much more! [Laughs] But it's going to be a lot of fun.
Here's a promo for episode 2.07, "State Versus Queen." [via SpoilerTV]
American Horror Story: Coven
Stevie Nicks will be playing herself in the show. Which makes sense, since Misty's been revealed to be a Nicks fan, and having her play someone else in a universe where she also exists as herself would be weird. Here's how Ryan Murphy explains her involvement:
It's part of Fiona's ruse in that Fiona is trying to get the true Supreme to reveal herself because she needs to stay alive. So she tells Misty Day that the Supreme gets so many great things in life, like tickets to the Oscars and Met Ball tickets. So she brings Stevie Nicks in as a gift to Misty to prove to her that if she exhibits more power she'll get that and more. Then the other girls come home and see Stevie and Misty singing and it starts them trying to move much quicker to prove that they are the Supreme.
Below's the promo for episode seven, "The Dead." [via SpoilerTV]
Monroe's parents, Alice and Bart, will be played by Dee Wallace (E.T.) and Chris Mulkey (Friday Night Lights). Alice and Bart are "old-fashioned" and Monroe will have to convince them to accept his way of life or lose them. [TV Line]
Well, that's Monroe's parents. What about his fiancee, Rosalee? Bryar Freed-Golden will play her mother, and Laura Faye Smith will play her sister. [The Oregonian]
Here's a video interview with Aaron Yoo, where he discusses Russell being the "Id" of the group and Russell's sibling-like relationships with other characters:
And here's the description of December 4th's episode, "Thanatos":
HIDDEN SECRETS —- Stephen (Robbie Amell) is determined to uncover what he hopes is the key to finding his father, and crafts a plan with the Tomorrow People that involves getting inside Jedikiah's (Mark Pellegrino) head. Meanwhile, Cara (Peyton List) and Russell (Aaron Yoo) encounter an uninvited visitor in the subway tunnel base. Stephen takes a risky opportunity and snoops around Ultra. Luke Mitchell also stars. Rob Bailey directed the story by Greg Berlanti and Phil Klemmer and teleplay by Phil Klemmer and Alex Katsnelson (#108).
The Vampire Diaries
According to Paul Wesley, the love triangle between Elena and the Salvatore brothers isn't really a live plot right now:
[Maybe] a little bit, but not really… That triangle is, to be honest, a bit on the backburner right now.
There would have been more of a shot of them getting in the sack if he didn't have his memories. That's usually how it works. 'Let's forget about everything that's happened. Let's get busy.'
However, Nina Dobrev says that the old relationship between Elena and Stefan will loom heavily in Damon's mind, now that he knows about it:
It's the elephant in the room. When you're in a relationship and there's an ex-boyfriend around, the significant other is always like, 'Hmm, I wonder…' There's always that insecurity. They might say that it's OK, but it's in the back of their mind. It's the same thing with Elena and Damon. He's pretending to be OK with it, but he can't unthink and unknow what he heard and what he knows now.
Dobrev adds that more complication will come in the form of Katherine:
[Katherine has a] lingering love for one of the brothers that we learn more about as episodes progress. She does love one of the brothers. Almost like Elena has chosen, Katherine has chosen and we see that unfold.
More at the link. [TV Line]
Here's the description of episode 5.09, "The Cell":
FLASHBACKS TO A DARK TIME IN DAMON'S LIFE —- Stefan (Paul Wesley) continues to offer Katherine (Nina Dobrev) his support while trying to mask his own pain, until Caroline (Candice Accola) shows up with an unusual form of therapy. After trying to make amends with Caroline, Elena (Nina Dobrev) grows so concerned about Damon (Ian Somerhalder) that she turns to Aaron (guest star Shaun Sipos) for help. Later, when Damon tells Elena about a terrible ordeal in his past that he has kept secret for decades, she shares the disturbing information she just learned about her own family. Finally, Aaron decides on a desperate course of action after a conversation with Dr. Wes (guest star Rick Cosnett). Chris Grismer directed the episode written by Melinda Hsu Taylor (#509).
Here's a synopsis of episode nine, "Reigning Pain in New Orleans":
NEW ALLIANCES ARE FORMED —-Marcel (Charles Michael Davis), deeply conflicted by recent events, is surprised when Klaus (Joseph Morgan) opens up to him about some of his past indiscretions. Cami (Leah Pipes) tries to make sense of cryptic messages she's come across and is disturbed when she gains some insight into Klaus' past. Meanwhile, in a surprising turn of events, the human faction takes matters into their own hands, resulting in a violent confrontation. Elsewhere, when Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) learns of a plan to harm the werewolves in the bayou, she turns to Elijah (Daniel Gillies) and Rebekah (Claire Holt) for help. After heading to the bayou, they run into a werewolf named Eve (guest star Tasha Ames), who has information that leads them to a shocking discovery. Joshua Butler directed the episode written by Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson (#109).
Here's the synopsis for episode 9.09, "Holy Terror":
AN ANGEL WAR BEGINS —- After a massive angel slaughter occurs, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) arrive at the scene to investigate and are surprised to run into Castiel (Misha Collins). While investigating, Castiel is captured and tortured. Meanwhile, Dean questions Ezekiel's demands and wonders if it might be time to tell Sam the truth. Thomas J. Wright directed the episode written by Eugenie Ross-Leming & Brad Buckner (909).
Below is the synopsis for episode five, "The Devil's Waltz":
"THE DEVIL'S WALTZ"
11/29/2013 (10:00PM - 11:00PM) (Friday) : Harker discovers that General Shaw is far from the heroic figure he presents to the public. Van Helsing's first attempt at infusing a vampiric test-subject with his solar-serum is a disaster. Lord Davenport's agents abduct and torture Renfield. Harker and Mina's engagement party sets a stage for betrayal and contretemps when a single dance between Mina and Grayson unveils their true feelings.
Here's the promo for episode 2.09, "Everyone Says I Love You." [via SpoilerTV]
Witches of East End
Here are the descriptions for episodes nine and ten:
Episode 1.09 - A Parching Imbued
A mysterious professor tries to help Freya regain her powers; Killian makes a decision about his future; Mike reveals a theory to Ingrid; Dash tries to solve the mystery of the catacombs.
Episode 1.10 - Oh, What a World!
Freya's wedding day arrives; both Killian and Dash give Freya wedding gifts; Joanna and Wendy discover the identity of the shifter; Mike takes dangerous measures to complete his plan.
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Emily Stamm