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Last Resort – New Promo – Who Should You Trust?

July 30, 2012 Leave a comment
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Last Resort – New Promotional Poster

July 28, 2012 Leave a comment
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Last Resort – Promo – Nothing but Water

July 21, 2012 Leave a comment
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First Impression: Shawn Ryan’s Last Resort Makes a Splash

June 29, 2012 Leave a comment

The broadcast networks have more than 20 shows debuting this fall, including a Revolution-ary drama from J.J. Abrams and Eric Kripke, a fresh take on the Green Arrow and a new comedy from Friends‘ Matthew Perry. To help you prep for it all, TVLine is offering First Impressions based on the not-for-review pilots.

First up on our list….

THE SHOW | ABC’s Last Resort (Thursdays at 8/7c)

THE COMPETITION | The Big Bang Theory/Two and a Half Men (CBS), The X Factor results show (Fox), 30 Rock/Up All Night (NBC) and The Vampire Diaries (The CW)

THE CAST | Andre Braugher (Homicide), Scott Speedman (Felicity), Robert Patrick (The Unit), Daisy Betts (Person of Interest), Autumn Reeser (No Ordinary Family), Dichen Lachman (Dollhouse) and many others

THE SET-UP | Created by Shawn Ryan (The Shield, The Unit) and Karl Gajdusek, Last Resort stars Braugher as Marcus Chaplin, the captain of a submarine that, after offering a ride to a team of tight-lipped Navy SEALs, receives orders to launch missiles at Pakistan. Given the directive’s sketchy origin, Chaplin elects to ignore it, at which point the USS Colorado becomes the hunted. Chaplin charts a course for safe-ish harbor until he and his crew can glean what has gone wrong in the rest of the world. Speedman plays Chaplin’s XO, Patrick the book-abiding Chief of the Boat and Betts a lieutenant trying to lose her label as “an Admiral’s daughter” and gain respect. On the dry land side of things, Reeser plays a military tech honcho who suspects the Colorado has been targeted by its own country.

THE FIRST IMPRESSION | We’re launching this year’s Fall TV First Impressions series with what I feel is poised to be this year’s best new drama, so its merits are many. Last Resort‘s premise, while reminiscent of Tom Clancy’s The Hunt for Red October, is nonetheless compelling and is unspooled efficiently, affording insight into the varied personalities populating the Colorado’s close confines. The pacing of the premiere is steady with nary a lull, while the occasional spurts of speechifying — especially as the Colorado questions the attack order — are succinct and stirring. Among the performances, Braugher is every bit as commanding as his sub captain, Patrick’s character is looking like one we’ll love to hate and Reeser has enough spunk to drive Lou Grant mad.
Concerns, though few, include predictably angsty cutaways to Speedman’s wife (Falling Skies‘ Jessy Schram) back home and what the show — namely its intensity levels — will look like after the Coloradans make camp on a remote isle that serves as home to Lachman’s beautiful local and Sahr Ngaujah’s power-hungry “mayor.”

THE TVLINE BOTTOM LINE | Missiles launched by friendlies may be the last of Last Resort‘s concerns as it looks to make a splash opposite CBS’ hotter-than-ever 8 o’clock comedy block (where Big Bang now feeds into Two and a Half Men) and The X Factor (which could benefit from Britney buzz). And from FlashForward to My Generation to Charlie’s Angels and Missing, opening Thursday night has never come easy for ABC. Hopefully, Last Resort‘s arsenal of big thrills will keep it afloat long enough to “grab (ratings) sunlight,” as they say on ‘dem boomers.

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Last Resort – Season 1 – 2 New Promos

June 22, 2012 Leave a comment
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Robert Patrick Upgraded to Series Regular on ABC’s Fall Thriller Last Resort

May 31, 2012 Leave a comment

Good news for the crew of the USS Colorado: Their master chief isn’t bailing after the premiere.

ABC’s new thriller Last Resort has formally upgraded Robert Patrick, who plays the submarine’s MC Joseph Prosser, to a series regular, TVLine has learned exclusively.

The X-Files vet initially signed on as a guest star in the pilot.

The Shawn Ryan-produced Resort, which will air Thursdays at 8/7c this fall, is set in the not-so-distant future and follows the crew of a U.S. nuclear submarine who become fugitives after refusing to fire their missiles. Ultimately, they make camp on an island that hosts a NATO listening station and declare themselves an independent nuclear nation.

The cast includes Andre Braugher, Scott Speedman, Dichen Lachman and Autumn Reeser.

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Revolution, The Following and More: The 10 Pilots We’re Most Excited About

May 22, 2012 Leave a comment

You can keep Christmas, we’ll take fall TV season, thank you very much!

The five big networks released their fall schedules last week at their upfront presentations in New York City, but what we get really excited about is getting our first look at the new shows coming to a TV screen near you in just a few short months.

From Kevin Bacon starring in The Following to Connie Britton playing a country superstar on Nashville, here are the 10 new shows we’re anticipating most eagerly…

ABC

Last Resort

Let’s be real, we’re pretty excited to see Scott Speedman back on our TV and in uniform. This submarine action drama from the genius behind The Shield, Shawn Ryan, is set to give us everything we never knew we wanted from ABC. Quite the departure from housewives and fairytales, this thriller is unlike anything else on the small screen.

Nashville

It’s Connie Britton, y’all! Music and rivalry, what’s not to love? The Friday Night Lights actress wows us with her country twang as a singer trying to reinvent herself in the music mecca. Of course, every hero needs a nemesis, and hers is a young Taylor Swift-esque singer played by Hayden Panettiere. With some great music and longing looks between band mates, we are ready for all the episodes, ABC.

CBS

Elementary

We have to admit we were skeptical about this Sherlock Holmes reboot until we saw the trailer. Jonny Lee Miller looks awesome and just crazy enough to pull off the recently rehabbed British detective. Plus, the much-talked-about twist of Lucy Liu as Holmes’ female companion, Dr. Joan Watson, could give this Big Apple version a very different dynamic.

Partners

One Tree Hill’s Sophia Bush + Ugly Betty’s Michael Urie = win! From the creators of Will & Grace, Urie and David Krumholtz play best friends/architects whose working relationship resembles a marriage. Bush plays Krumholtz’s fiancée, while former Superman Brandon Routh is Urie’s significant other. From the footage we’ve seen, it seems like Urie has found himself yet another scene-stealing role.

The CW

Arrow

Um, hello washboard abs and killer bow-and-arrow skills that are giving The Avengers’ Jeremy Renner a run for his money as Hollywood’s hottest archer! Stephen Amell stars in the network’s dark retelling of DC Comics’ Green Arrow, which looks to be taking a much different approach to the superhero genre than Smallville (Think Batman Begins). Bonus? Katie Cassidy, one of our favorite TV gals, is the show’s leading lady (and eventual Black Canary!).

The Carrie Diaries

Sure, we already know who Carrie ends up with, thanks to a little HBO show you may have heard of called Sex and the City, but isn’t the journey usually more fun than the destination? Judging from the first trailer for the prequel, we’re going to enjoy watching a 16-year-old Carrie (AnnaSophia Robb) fall in love for the first time…with a boy and New York City. Is it midseason yet?!

Fox

The Following

Hands down, the best pilot script we read this season, Kevin Williamson’s The Following looks to be a creepy and compelling ride. If the killer (pun fully intended) script wasn’t enough, the cast is top-notch, with Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy starring as a former FBI agent and the serial killer he caught, but can’t quite seem to shake. The only negative? We have to wait until midseason to join this cult.

The Mindy Project

Does any show go more perfectly with Zooey Deschanel’s New Girl than Mindy Kaling’s new comedy The Mindy Project? Don’t answer that, it was a rhetorical question! Mindy had us at being arrested for drunkenly riding a bicycle into a pool.

NBC

The New Normal

“A family is a family and love is love.” Yeah, this is definitely a Ryan Murphy show! The New Normal centers on a gay couple’s (played by The Hangover’s Justin Bartha and Andrew Rannells) search for a surrogate to carry their child and the hijinks that ensue once they find the perfect match: Goldie (Georgia King), a Midwestern waitress and single mother, who kind of reminds us of a blonde Rachel Berry (Lea Michele).

Revolution

We want to watch this show, like yesterday. One of our TV gods, J.J. Abrams, has teamed up with Supernatural creator Eric Kripke to bring us this high-concept drama that asks one harrowing question: What would happen if all forms of technology just stopped working? The pilot is directed by Iron Man’s Jon Favreau, and judging by the four-minute movie-trailer-style promo, it’s going to be just as awesome as the superhero flick. And hello, Billy Burke being a total badass! (So long, Twilight’s Charlie Swan!)

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