Television that Home Video Forgot: The Secret Circle (2011)
The Secret Circle
Developed by Andrew Miller
Based on The Secret Circle novel by L.J. Smith
Produced by Outerbanks Entertainment, Alloy Entertainment, CBS Television Studios, Warner Bros. Television
Aired on The CW for 1 season (22 episodes) from September 15, 2011 – May 10, 2012
Britt Robertson as Cassie Blake
Thomas Dekker as Adam Conant
Phoebe Tonkin as Faye Chamberlain
Shelly Hennig as Diane Meade
Jessica Parker Kennedy as Melissa Glaser
Louis Hunter as Nick Armstrong
Chris Zylka as Jake Armstrong
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles box set review – a smart TV spin-off that matches the movies with inventive action scenes
- Lena Headey’s sci-fi freedom-fighter tackles the killer robots with terminal violence and a nice line in dry, dark humour
Thanks to the recent arrival of Terminator: Genysis, there are now more bad Terminator movies than good ones. At their best (the two James Cameron ones) they are well-sustained chases peppered with interesting ideas on robotics and time travel delivered on the hoof. This underrated TV spin-off, which ran from 2008-09, has the time to explore the more fascinating aspects in some depth, while still delivering Terminator-style action sequences on a small-screen budget.
Sarah Connor is the Soul of the TERMINATOR Franchise
[Originally appeared in the September 2014 issue of DEADLY Magazine] There is a scene 75 minutes into 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day, in which James Cameron pinpoints the humanity amidst all the time travel, liquid metal and state-of-the-art special effects. Young John Connor (Edward Furlong) is bonding with the T-800 machine assigned to protect him (Arnold Schwarzenegger), by teaching him how to high five. The moment is designed to underscore the father/son dynamic between John and the Terminator, as well as provide a visual symbol of the hope for mankind – that we are able to co-exist alongside technology. And, if we’re reading even more deeply, that we can still master it.
A great deal of Terminator 2’s running time is devoted to the connection between John and Schwarzenegger’s T-800. However, it’s telling that the most poignant shot – the one that says the most about their relationship – is from the perspective of John’s mother, Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), as she observes from a distance. It turns the scene into one about a mother owning up to her mistakes, making choices and sacrifices for her son. The moment reminds us that this isn’t John’s story at all. It’s Sarah’s.
” The list of unfortunate but far-from-surprising cancellations today continues. We have already heard official word today that both “Constantine” and “State of Affairs” are going away, and the same now can be said for “Backstrom.” E! Newsreports that the Rainn Wilson crime series is ending after just one season on the air.
We feel heavily for “Backstrom,” mostly because it is a show that barely even had a chance. It aired most of its season against two big shows in “Scandal” and “The Blacklist,” and it also aired during what has been a pretty rough year for Fox. Sure, they’ve got “Empire” and to a certain extent “Gotham” and “Last Man on Earth,” but most of their other new shows failed and even some returning ones struggled. (We’ve already discussed heavily the major failures of “Sleepy Hollow” season 2.)
Unfortunately for “Backstrom” fans, we feel like the odds are low of it being shopped elsewhere successfully. It’s possible in theory, but there is not much incentive given how low the ratings were for most of the season.
What we do hope moving forward is that Wilson does eventually land on another show where his talents can be utilized to the fullest. He may be best going back into an ensemble, since that is where he shined the brightest on “The Office.” Hopefully, the right role will come for him over time, but we are far too late in pilot season for him to hop aboard a new fall show unless there are some recastings that happen over the course of the upcoming months. ”
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‘Backstrom’s’ Thomas Dekker Talks Character’s ‘Dark’ Past, Rainn Wilson’s Hurt Feelings (Video)
We’re both heinously cruel to each other all day,” the actor said of his relationship with the “Office” alum during TheWrap’s “Drinking with the Stars”
” Thursday’s episode of “Backstrom” will shed light on “a very dark experience” that the eponymous detective’s roommate endured, actor Thomas Dekker told TheWrap during the latest installment of “Drinking with the Stars.”
“Episode five that’s airing this week, this is sort of the turning point where we get a lot more information about Valentine’s past. There’s a very dark experience that he went through that is sort of connected to the murder case that they’re solving,” Dekker said. “From there we really delve into how these two seemingly opposite characters — but very similar characters, I think — came together.”
“I just said screw the breakdown, I’m just gonna do what I want with it,” Dekker said. “I was the only one in the audition that went in the mohawk and the eyeliner and the leather and the whole kind of boy with the dragon tattoo thing … I thought they’ll either love it or hate it, and they actually loved it, and so the character became a complete collaboration between Rainn Wilson, myself and Hart Hanson, our showrunner.”
“Rainn despises the fact that I’ve never watched ‘The Office,’ which wasn’t a conscious choice, I just never did. I’m very, very picky with my TV shows,” Dekker said. “When I told him that, he was ‘pretend devastated,’ but I think he actually was, deep down.”