TV News & Notes: Heroes, Damages, HBO & More

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 14th, 2013 at 4:24 pm,

Today we have a unique collection of tidbits that range from Heroes on NBC, some HBO delving into Sci-Fi and some popular comics coming to television.  I’ve also dug up some news on FX’s Damages.

Heroes’ New Cast Member

Ernie Hudson has signed onto the cast of NBC’s Heroes.

He’s joining the cast as a Baltimore detective, Captain Lubbock.  What little is known about Hudson’s role is that he’ll be looking for one of the other characters in the show.

Heroes 4th season will be introducing a new mythology about a traveling carnival, whose members have special powers.

This carnival will be run by a character portrayed by Rober Knepper. Oh great, Tea-Bag running a super powered carnival.  We’re definitely in trouble.

Source:  THR

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HBO Taking On Sci-Fi Programming?

Word on the street is saying that HBO is tinkering with the idea of bringing on some science fiction fare to add to their already exciting lineup of shows.

HBO has approached X-Files alum Frank Spotnitz about a medical thriller type show called Humanitas.  This idea takes place in a time where doctors can manipulate genes and create viruses, addressing various ethical dilemmas.

Spotnitz is also looking at adapting a novel titled The World Inside by Robert Silverberg.  It takes place in 2381 and humanity has exploded in numbers due to a culture of free love.  (Oh my, this already smells like HBO!)

Right now these are just ideas and nothing has been picked up, but it’s promising to the sci-fi genre that HBO is looking to expand in this direction.  It could really help gather new fans who might otherwise not give the genre another look.

Source:  io9

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Comic Books Being Adapted To TV

Along with AMC picking up The Walking Dead, NBC is looking to generate ratings in one form or another and though traditionally they’ve veered away from science fiction that might be too heady for their audience (or so they say), they have picked up a live-action adaptation of a Vertigo title – a supernatural based comic-book series titled Midnight, Mass.

Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts (Roswell, Pushing Daisies) are penning the project.

In a reflection of another, wildly popular supernatural themed show that’s premiered recently, this one is about a globe-trotting couple (husband and wife) who solve supernatural issues and crimes.

Sources:  Sci Fi Wire

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There Will Be A Season 3 Of Damages

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There’s been a question posed by a Screen Rant reader as to if/when Damages will be coming back.

After some digging, I’ve found out that when FX picked up season two, they also ordered a third season.  Filming for the third season will begin in September and Damages will return in January 2010.

Source: FX, HitFix

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  1. Where did AMC find and implement all this talent. Someone needs to identify and clone some key people there and throw them on some other channels! If “The Walking Dead” and “The Prisoner” turn out as good as “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad,” I may have to give up TCM and The History Channel altogether!

  2. Good news that Damages is coming back.

    Heroes,I really just don’t even know what to say about that show anymore.

  3. people. stop bitching about how bad heroes is… the last volume: fugitives..was excellent! rivalling the first in awesomness and i think it can only improve with t-bag joining the cast

  4. Glad to hear that Damages is back.
    Thanks Bruce.

  5. I agree about Heroes that Fugitives was awesome. The people who dump on it usually had quit by the end of Villains, which i agree sucked and I’m a huge fan. So go back and watch Fugitives for all those who think it isn’t worth it anymore.

    Glad to here HBO is picking up some sci-fi.

  6. Well said LeeAnna… Villians was a complete shambles and I also hated it. But definitely go back and watch Fugitives.

    Even the season with Adam was great in my opinion

  7. I actually liked the cancelled shows much more this past year than the ones that stay on the air. I loved Kings, Trust Me, Prison Break, Boston Legal and Dirty Sexy Money.
    Damages is not my cup of tea, and why Heroes is still polluting the airwaves after the first two dumb seasons I have no idea. Heroes totally underestimates its audience.

  8. the old man, I agree!

    AMC & The USA Network have the best shows on right now:
    Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Psych & Burn Notice. These four slaughter anything on the major networks AND HBO. Even Tru Blood I would say.

  9. Heroes needs to blow me away this season!! After that long break after the writters strike Heroes lost a lot of steam. I loved last seasons ending but the show just didnt have that edge it did the first season. Maybe Ernie Hudson will be bustin GHOSTs this season lol
    HBO and Sci fi..bring it on ..the more SCI FI the better in my book

  10. Yes It’s amazing how, under the radar, these shows are running for a lot of people.

    It really bugs me that I missed the beginning of “Burn
    Notice.” I really hate playing catch up on these things…

  11. Yes, I couldn’t agree more with what this article hinted about in regard to Heroes. Last season was dreadful in many regards, and that the series creator has jumped ship for good I don’t see it getting any better.

  12. No problem Gary.

    Um, SHAMOSE? Where are you coming from? No said anything about “how bad HEROES is.”

    Thanks for chiming in everyone!

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