Bella Swan’s slightly naive, overprotective dad Charlie in the Twilight Saga has very little in common with Revolution’s gruff, seemingly invincible warrior Miles Matheson — except for two things: They’ve got the most hilariously quotable lines of their respective stories, and actor Billy Burke gives them both a soft underbelly that keeps us sticking around after all the bloodshed. Before Revolution returns from winter hiatus tonight (8 p.m. ET on NBC), we caught up with Burke to chat about what went down when Bret Michaels dropped in on the show’s “post-power world,” how he keeps sane while filming the show’s outlandish fight sequences and how he feels about the Twilight vortex a year and a half after its conclusion.
We’re shocked that Summit Entertainment and Stephenie Meyer have yet to announce some kind of detox program to help those of us who’ve spent up to seven years addicted to the Twilight books and movies. Aren’t they worried about the withdrawal we’ll all experience once we’ve seen Breaking Dawn – Part 2 a few times and have no more Edward and Bella to look forward to? Well, not to suggest that there is anything that can replace Forks and the Cullens in your heart, but we have a few new obsessions you might consider taking up. Which you choose all depends on why you became a Twi-crack addict in the first place. Read on and then suggest your own!
If you love Twilight because of …
… its star-crossed lovers plot, you’ll love:
Warm Bodies, the novel by Isaac Marion and upcoming Summit movie starring Nicholas Hoult. Zombie R is a very different kind of undead than Edward, but his doomed love for Julie is just as epic and possibly world-changing. Dive into the book now and then look forward to the flick in February 2013.
The Hush Hush saga, by Becca Fitzpatrick. Nora Grey doesn’t know why she’s drawn to Patch her dangerous new biology lab partner… oh, sound familiar? Don’t worry, this is no knock off. Fitzpatrick has woven a very complex mythology around deadly angels and their offspring that will infuriate you with its addictive quality.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone, by Laini Taylor. Speaking of complex new mythology, don’t even ask us to explain the plot of this trilogy. Let us tell you that book one was one of the most breathtakingly beautiful reads of 2011 — there are angels, beastly creatures, exotic tooth poachers, ballet-dancing puppets and a love story that rivals Romeo and Juliet in its devastating nature.
… its gut-wrenching love triangle, you’ll love: Read more…
It was quite strange for fans of Breaking Bad to see Giancarlo Esposito beaming and embracing Aaron Paul at the Emmys on Sunday night, not to mention speaking warmly about his daughters and opera-singing mother on Leno last night. We’re a little more comfortable seeing him go from chicken/meth magnate Gus Fring to insurance-adjuster-turned-militia-baddy Capt. Tom Neville on Revolution. And it turns out, Esposito seems to like it that way. There are certain perks to having the general public scared of you.
“I was on an airplane recently and I got up to go to the bathroom, and a woman spotted me and she started to get tight as I got toward her,” Esposito told Leno. “And then she hit the wall, literally hit the wall and said, ‘No, you go before me, Gus.’ And I said, ‘No,no,no,no, you’ve been waiting in line.’ And she said, ‘No, Gus, it’s really ok.’ They call me by my character name, they call me sir. And she would not move until I went into the bathroom. And when I came out, she was gone.”
We wonder if he’ll still have that same effect now that Leno also showed the public his appearance as Big Bird’s camp counselor on Sesame Street?
The air is crisper and cooler; it’s a little darker when I leave the office, and the public pools are closed. I’m always of mixed emotions when we think about the end of summer, until I remember that my DVR will soon be filled with new imaginary friends and enemies. Of course, I’m also happy to see the old ones return — and you should totally have your TV locked on VH1 at all times — but I thought I’d take a second to tell you about the top 10 new shows I’ve had a chance to check out and am already either totally hooked on, or willing to ask out on a second date. Beginning with my favorite…
No one does TV pilots like J.J. Abrams. And for this one, the Lost/Alias/Felicity/Fringe creator teamed up with Iron Man director Jon Favreau and Supernatural creator Eric Kripke, so it’s no wonder it looks and feels like a movie more than an hour-long drama. I am already totally hooked on the quest of a girl named Charlie whose father maybe probably knew why all the power in the world went out 15 years ago, especially because her quest involves finding her uncle Miles, who happens to be played by Billy Burke. Also, there’s some kickass, Lost-ian world-building for good measure. Premieres Monday, September 17, at 10 p.m. on NBC.
What the Critics Say: “Favreau brings a lot of strong energy to Revolution, giving appropriate weight to moments like that opening sequence and delivering action that is more notable and big than is normal for network TV – a sword fight Miles has with multiple foes is incredibly fun and cool, and instantly helps Burke (bringing the right world-weary vibe to the proceedings) establish that yes, the dad from Twilight can play a kickass hero.” — IGN
The Mindy Project
Mindy Kaling won fans and fame playing cute in front of the camera and smart behind the camera on The Office. Now we get to see her meld those qualities more smoothly (again in front of and behind the camera) in a way that will have many ladies nodding their heads as much as we’re rolling on the floor laughing. Her character, OBGYN resident Mindy Lahiri, aspires to live in a romantic comedy — and succeeds in at least getting to part in those movies where she dates the wrong guys, gets in hilariously slapstick disasters and shows how much pluck and ingenuity she has when it really counts. Not life-changing stuff here, but totally endearing entertainment. Premieres Tuesday, September 25, at 9:30 p.m. on Fox.
What the Critics Say: “It warms me to the the cockles of my heart to see a female protagonist on television who is not white or movie star skinny looking hot, banging babes, making mistakes, and being hilarious, and I can’t wait to see the rest of what Mindy has in store for us.” — Crushable
We’re going to leave it up to the pundits to predict which of the many new shows presented at this week’s network upfronts will rise to the top come fall TV season. All we know is, we may have re-watched the clip of Stephen Amell doing pull-ups in the CW’s Arrow about 10 times this morning. (Sorry, lost count.) Point is, there are a whole lot of new faces for us to ogle — and about as many returning ones we’ve been longing for — on the schedules that were announced this week.
What the hell is going on at 666 Park Avenue (ABC’s new drama)? We can only tell that Vanessa Williams is still devilishly hot, and Dave Annable and Rachael Taylor have the kind of sex appeal that might entice us to sell our souls too. We are squealing with delight at the return of Felicity boys Scott Speedman AND Scott Foley to TV this fall — Speedy’s a naval officer in Last Resort, while Foley’s one of the siblings competing for his father’s fortune in the Fox comedy The Goodwin Games.
Vampire Diaries alum and Lady Gaga ex Taylor Kinney gets extra dirty as a firefighter in NBC’s Chicago Fire. We’re also thrilled to see Smallville’s Kristen Kreuk get her Linda Hamilton on in the CW’s Beauty and the Beast reboot. (That’ll have to do for re-imagined faves on the network, since The Carrie Diaries won’t debut until midseason, grrr.) This season has its share of hot doctors — Jordana Spiro and Zach Gilford in The Mob Doctor; Mamie Gummer, Justin Hartley and Aja Naomi King in Emily Owens M.D.; Mindy Kaling in The Mindy Project; Justin Bartha in The New Normal; Lucy Liu in Elementary, and Justin Kirk (as a vet) in Animal Practice. There are superstars, like country singers Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere in Nashville, and there are those just struggling to survive, like Revolution’s Billy Burke and Tracy Spiridakos. Let’s not forget the updated versions of TV’s favorite professions: detectives (Jonny Lee Miller’s Sherlock Holmes in Elementary, Kevin Bacon in The Following) and lawyers (Janet Montgomery in Made in Jersey). But like we said, enough talk for now. It’s time to enjoy this eye candy before we have to pick and choose who gets the DVR love at the end of summer.
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