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The Son Rises!

The Son premieres April 8th on AMC (pictured Pierce Brosman)

The Son Rises!

  • By Michael Jacobo
  • Photo Courtesy of AMC

You can complain about the lack of originality in film and television today, but you have to admit: there is some great material out there worth adapting to the screen. In another round of quality television, AMC will be adapting the best-selling novel, The Son, set to premiere this month. The series, also titled The Son, chronicles the rise and fall of a Texas oil empire paralleled to the rise and (symbolical) fall of the American dream.

The series, co-created and developed by the novel’s author Philipp Meyer, stars Pierce Brosnan as the title character, who through his empire is known as the “First Son of Texas.” This is Brosnan’s first major recurring TV role since Remington Steele (1982-87), and we couldn’t be more excited to have the former James Bond, English superstar back on our screens week after week. The series also stars Henry Garrett (Beauty and the Beast) Zahn McClarnon (Fargo, Longmire), Sydney Lucas (Broadway’s Fun Home), Paola Núñez in her first American production.

Kevin Murphy (Desperate Housewives) is the show runner, supervising the series since its early days in development. AMC by passed the pilot and commissioned a straight-to-series order with a ten-episode first season. Meyer co-wrote the series with Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy (Hemlock Grove) and co-produced it with Michael Connolly (How to Train Your Dragon, The Departed).

The Son” premieres April 8th on AMC.

Prison Returns!

Prison Break returns April 4th on Fox (pictured Dominic Purcell and Wentworth Miller)

Prison Returns!

  • By KENNE HOFFMAN
  • Photo Courtesy of Fox

Following its eight-year hiatus, Fox’s Prison Break returns. Fans feared it was the end of enigmatic siblings Michael Schofield (Wentworth Miller) and Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell) when in 2009 the series ended after four seasons. The finale, and made for TV movie Prison Break: The Final Break, left tear stained viewers devastated when the expected happy ending crumbled before their eyes.

2017’s relaunch, Prison Break: Resurrection, promises many returning faces including Miller, Purcell and five other recognizable favorites throughout the season. In the original series (aired 2005-2008), Structural Engineer Michael, convinced Lincoln was wrongly convicted of murder. A full body prison plan tattooed Michael robs a bank, gets incarcerated, helps brother getaway. Ending with the brothers and pregnant Sara on a beach about to escape to the Dominican Republic. Michael reveals his cancer and eminent death and that he won’t be escaping with them. He sends them off with a note and DVD asking Lincoln to care for Sara and his unborn child. Will Michael be presented in a series of flashbacks or could the title, Prison Break: Resurrection, be an indication of things to come. What the commercials tease: Evidence from T-Bag indicates Michael may be alive, imprisoned in Yemen. Lincoln and Sara, with help from C-Note and Sucre, plan to get him out of prison and Yemen. We’ll have to impatiently wait to see what happens!

Prison Break: Resurrection” premieres April 4th on Fox.

Pure Genius!

Geoffrey Rush plays Albert Einstein in Genius on National Geographic Network (premiering April 25th)

Pure Genius!

  • By Michael Jacobo
  • Photo Courtesy of National Geographic Channel

Everyone’s cashing in on the television bandwagon; granted they always have been, but National Geographic, the masters of unscripted nature television, is set to premiere their first scripted series Genius, based on the life of Albert Einstein.

Based on the biography written by Walter Isaacson, the first season will follow the proclaimed “genius” from his early days as a rebellious patent clerk who couldn’t find a job as a teacher despite having his doctorate. In classic Hollywood fashion, however, he wounds up unlocking the mysteries of the universe with his finding of the theory of relativity. Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush (The King’s Speech, Pirates of the Caribbean) will star as the older Einstein, while Johnny Flynn (Clouds of Sils Maria) will star as Einstein before his rise to fame. Also starring are Nicholas Rowe (The Crown), Samantha Colley (Victoria), and Jon Fletcher (Pan Am, City of Dreams).

The series is helmed by Oscar-winning producer/director Ron Howard, who directed the pilot. Up-and-comer Noah Fink wrote the series alongside Raf Green (Perception, Legends). This isn’t Nat Geo’s first scripted content (they previously released their Killing film series, as well as the mini-series Saints and Strangers), however they’re breaking new ground in ordering a straight-to-series order for their first scripted series. I’m betting it is sure to be a hit with the powerhouse crew behind the camera.

Genius” premieres April 25th on National Geographic Channel.

Famous in Love!

Famous in Love premieres April 18th on Freeform (pictured Bella Thorne)

Famous in Love!

  • By Adam Tyler Hughes
  • Photo Courtesy of Freeform

I’m sure I’m not the only person out there who’s feeling anxious about the impending end of the long-running series, Pretty Little Liars. When something like that comes along, you can’t help but fall in love. And when something like that ends, you can’t help but feel a hole grow in your heart. But fear not, because I. Marlene King, the mind that brought PLL to our television screens, is back with a new television adaption of the book Famous in Love.

Famous in Love follows a normal college student named Paige Townsen (Bella Thorne, The Duff). She studies economics and has a guy best friend she’s for sure not into. Oh, and she dabbles in acting when she’s not busy studying for exams. That is, until she attends an open call for a blockbuster movie and, wait for it… gets the part! After that, this normal college student’s life changes forever. Along with her newfound uber-fame comes newfound drama, like a love triangle with her two male costars Rainer Devon (Carter Jenkins, Struck by Lightning) and Jordan Wilder (Keith Powers, Faking It). What’s a formerly normal girl to do?

Of course, in true I. Marlene King fashion, there’s a little mystery along with all this. Like what happened to Tangy Turner (Pepi Sonuga, The Fosters), a popstar gone off the grid? Famous in Love is sure to feel the upcoming Pretty Little Liars void in a big way. Be sure to tune in.

Famous in Love” premieres on April 18th on Freeform.

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