May 24, 2013 |
"Graceland," an original crime drama premiering June 6 on USA Network, isn't set in Memphis. Instead, the location is sunny and sexy Manhattan Beach, where agents with the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration and Immigration and Customs Enforcement mastermind dangerous sting operations. When they're not surfing or partying, that is. Sound farfetched? Maybe, but "Graceland" is inspired by the true story of a beachfront mansion once owned by a drug kingpin - and huge Elvis Presley fan. Seized by the U.S. government in 1992, the mansion was used until 2001 as a secret operations base.
May 17, 2013 |
Over the last few years, as ratings for cable networks like AMC and TLC have surged, their brand identities have shifted just as dramatically. History, the channel that five years ago was known for its dusty old World War II documentaries, is now better known for reality shows about swamp-dwellers and the miniseries “The Bible.” The notable exception to the rule is USA , which has remained the No. 1-rated entertainment network in cable for...
April 25, 2013 |
Elvis impersonators can don their jumpsuits - and maybe their blue suede shoes too - as they hit the stage May 10-11 at Las Vegas ' Fremont Street Experience for a chance to perform at Graceland . The Las Vegas Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest kicks off at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday with a musical tribute to the King on the giant electronic canopy. Following a parade of “Elvi,” the contestants will get down to business, grinding their hips while belting out some of Elvis' many hits.
April 25, 2013 |
"Graceland" is a tense, twisty cinematic artichoke brimming with moral complexity and intriguing shades of gray. Writer-director Ron Morales masterfully juggles this brisk thriller's various puzzle pieces to create an unpredictable portrait of desperate times - and desperate measures. Marlon Villar (an excellent Arnold Reyes) is an earnest family man and longtime chauffeur to corrupt Filipino congressman Manuel Chango (Menggie Cobarrubias). Marlon finds himself careening down the rabbit hole when a kidnapper posing as a cop abducts his daughter, Elvie (Ella Guevara)
January 7, 2013 |
On USA network, nothing on "Graceland" is what it seems. For the network that boasts an open-door policy for characters, the larger-than-life persona of the King of Rock and Roll (Elvis Presley) will not be one of its new recruits when the network's new drama premieres this summer -- and there's no Vegas backdrop or the Memphis mansion either. The drama, which comes from Jeff Eastin (the man behind the network's mainstay "White Collar"), centers on a group of agents from the FBI, DEA and Customs who are shacked up in a drug dealer's Manhattan Beach mansion that has been seized by the government (in the show, the drug dealer is a fan of the King -- hence the house's moniker and the show's title)
January 3, 2013 |
SERIES Sun Studio Sessions: Shannon McNally and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals are featured (8 p.m. KLCS). Need to Know: The weekly current-affairs program begins a new season (8:30 p.m. KOCE). Bering Sea Gold: The dredging-themed docu-series sets sail for another season (10 p.m. Discovery). Portlandia: The sweet and satirical series from Carrie Brownstein and "SNL's" Fred Armisen is back (10 and 10:30 p.m. IFC). Merlin: The fantasy drama set in the days of Arthurian legend launches a new season (10 p.m. Syfy)