High budget sci-fi has always been a gamble for the
big networks, but the success of Lost has everyone outside of ABC trying to play "me too." With a serial story that promises to be more character- than event-driven, though, Surface is likely to be a winner.
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Lisa Sheridan, last seen in ABC's sci-fi series Invasion, is returning to TV. The actress will play the lead in a thriller pilot for Lifetime titled Conspiracy.
Conspiracy will follow an idealistic young lawyer who comes to realize the Washington, DC, law firm she works for is secretly falsifying documents and helping guilty corporations escape justice. Producer Garry Randall says the series will be "a John Grisham-esque thriller" and hopes it will attract a big following.
"We think...that with the right leading lady, this could be a tentpole show for Lifetime," he said.
Sheridan starred as Larkin Groves on the ABC cult series Invasion, which detailed aliens from outer space slowly taking over a small Florida town. In the series finale, the character of Groves was mortally wounded and possibly revived using alien technology. The expensive drama premiered in 2005 to decent numbers in the post-Lost time ...Read more
LOS ANGELES--Last year it was Fox's Break out hit. This season, will new fans come aboard?
That was the question put to Paul Scheuring, executive producer of Fox's Prison Break. Speaking this week at the TV Critics Association summer press tour in Pasadena, California, Scheuring said that he is confident new fans can catch up.
"We purposely constructed the first episode [of season two] in a way that you can catch up with everything," Scheuring told the assembled TV press. "Certainly, the first season informs the second very very much."
Scheuring said returning viewers should expect to see the prison, even though the convicts escaped at the end of season one.
"We will see the prison, there are some dynamics there that are not yet finished," he said. "[But] the prison really starts to fade away."
He added ...Read more
The Invasion is continuing--at least for William Fichtner.
The actor who played a creepy sheriff in the canceled ABC sci-fi series Invasion is stepping into the role of a federal agent in Fox's Prison Break. Fichtner's character will hunt down Michael and Lincoln (Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell) in season two of the hit action-drama.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Fichtner's dance card is full. The actor is starring in an upcoming DreamWorks film titled Blades of Glory, and the Prison Break production had to postpone filming while they waited for him to finish working on the movie.
On Invasion, Fichtner starred as Sheriff Tom Underlay, a human who may or may not have been taken over by an alien race called The Hybrids. The show landed last season in the time slot behind hit Lost, but never attained the ratings ABC wanted. The final episode of ...Read more