November 27, 2013 |
BBC America announced Wednesday that it has picked up a second season of its sci-fi/fantasy series "Atlantis. " The 13-part series premiered on Saturday and attracted 838,000 viewers. This made it the highest-rated series premiere ever for the channel's Supernatural Saturday. "Atlantis" is also the most successful new Saturday night drama to air on all BBC channels since 2006. The series imagines the lost city of Atlantis as an adventure world and battleground for some of the most legendary names in Greek mythology.
November 23, 2013 |
Leveraging the wildly anticipated, international, multimedia debut of the "Doctor Who" anniversary special, BBC America is smartly following "The Day of the Doctor" with the premiere Saturday of "Atlantis. " The new fantasy-action-adventure series is a crazy, narratively exasperating yet still quite appealing mess of Greek mythology, early mathematics (Pythagoras is a character) and vague Mediterranean history. It nicely capitalizes on the sly humor of icon tweakage, the growing popularity of genre heroes and the success of the Percy Jackson series.
November 21, 2013 |
"Dr. Who," "Dr. Who" and more "Dr. Who. " By now even those few Americans still disavowing their inner geeks and/or Anglophiles must know the British sci-fi classic "Dr. Who" is about to celebrate its 50th anniversary (yes, it debuted in Britain on the day of the Kennedy assassination, small comfort, but comfort nonetheless.) No other show has been as influential, ubiquitous and impossible to quench as the story of the lonely Time Lord wandering the galaxies in search of people and planets to save. Through television's niftiest narrative sleight of hand, a defining characteristic of a Time Lord, along with his two hearts, is the tendency to regenerate every few years.
September 13, 2013 |
The Fall Season is here, people. And though premieres will happen up and down what is still anachronistically called a dial, the season remains mainly the domain of the broadcast networks - which seem bent for the moment not on aping cable TV, as many think they should, but rather distinguishing themselves from it. By getting classic. Which is not necessarily to say good - though not necessarily to say bad, either. FOR THE RECORD: Fall TV preview: A capsule description of the new DirecTV drama "Full Circle" in the Sept.
April 26, 2013 |
America has lost its head. Really. The head, about 7 feet tall and weighing 200 to 300 pounds, was successfully wrestled out of the Hudson River by the Marist College crew team, which saw it bobbing near Poughkeepsie. No one has claimed it. “I'm a little shocked,” college spokesman Greg Cannon told the Los Angeles Times on Friday. “It's been four days and with all of the attention it's got, someone would have come forward to claim it. But no one has.” The head, which appears to be made of foam, is about 5 feet at its widest and encased in some kind of fiberglass, Cannon said.
March 22, 2013
WASHINGTON - So what if it never flew into space? The retired space shuttle Enterprise, NASA's test orbiter, has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The orbiter, now at New York City's Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, becomes the first space shuttle to receive the honorary designation. The National Park Service described the orbiter as "exceptionally significant" because of its role in the shuttle program. New York landed the Enterprise after a fierce national competition for the retired shuttles.