Friday the 13th turned out to be doomsday for Brothers & Sisters and V: ABC has axed both shows. The Alphabet net also pulled the plug on rookie series No Ordinary Family, Off the Map, Better With You, Detroit 187 and Mr. Sunshine.
Though, as Deadline reported, the network was trying to find a way to bring back B&S for an abridged final season, in the end, the suits elected to free up their post-Desperate Housewives time slot for a new show. As a result, last Sunday’s B&S season finale is now, retroactively, the series’ finale.
V, meanwhile, was on the upswing. Its ratings remained so-so, but after a shaky start, it returned for a second season on solid ground creatively. Heck, it even added to the cast the delectable Jane “Diana” Badler from the ’80s version.
So, are you surprised that the Walkers have popped their last cork? That the aliens are no longer a threat? And which dearly-departed ABC series will you miss the most?
Leapin’ lizards! V‘s March 15 season finale will kill off up to one-third of its cast! With only central characters Anna (Morena Baccarin) and Erica (Elizabeth Mitchell) safe, executive producer Scott Rosenbaum says two or “possibly even three” of the following actors have been let go: Scott Wolf (Chad), Logan Huffman (Tyler), Morris Chestnut (Ryan), Joel Gretsch (Father Jack), Laura Vandervoort (Lisa) and Jane Badler (Diana). Hoping the bold move will get him a third-season renewal from ABC, Rosenbaum says he chose his victims based on “what would be most devastating for the characters I want to continue.”
“People are going to be shocked,” promises Laura, sounding as if she made the cut. “When we read the script there was initially shock, then sadness.” So who got the ax? Considering Laura says the firings were like “seeing your son go off to college or grandma passing,” I’m guessing college-age Tyler, Granny Diana and underused Chad may not be long for this world.
But V isn’t waiting until the big deaths to amp up the drama. The show is about to revive the original ’80s miniseries’ parallels to Nazi Germany. In the March 1 episode, Anna unveils a machine that extracts Earthlings’ most attractive DNA traits (beauty, fertility, immunity, strength, intelligence) as part of her plan to breed an interplanetary Master Race, while annihilating those she deems inferior. “There is obviously a comparison to Hitler,” says Laura. “I think it makes for good television, but I don’t know how I feel about it. It’s a good thing to remember the past, but it’s creepy and not easy to think about.”
Elizabeth Mitchell has claimed that the season finale of V does not seem like the end of the series.
Mitchell told Entertainment Weekly that the episode leaves several questions unanswered.
“I wouldn’t say that episode 10 is a series-ender by any stretch of the imagination,” she said. “It leaves you really ramping up for a big fight. It’s not a wrap-up, for sure.”
She continued: “I’ve always been a big fan for the 24 mentality, where at the end of every episode something great happens and then they’re onto something else.”
Rumors have suggested that V may not be renewed for a third season after ABC delayed its second run until midseason and cut the episode order.
The show airs on Tuesdays at 9/8c on ABC.
In the bowls of the ship, Anna demands that her mother tell her the source of human emotions so that she can eliminate it. Diana explains that the soul is the source of all emotions in humanity and it can not be destroyed, despite Anna’s vows. At Valerie’s funeral, her parents question whether Ryan has a soul when he can’t even cry for his lover. He seeks out guidance from Father Jack and tries to pray, but the more in touch with his feelings he becomes, the more Anna is able to reach him telepathically. On the ship, Anna has the baby sprayed with a human skin in order to further manipulate Ryan.
Former Lost star Elizabeth Mitchell admitted that she was frustrated by the first season of her new sci-fi TV show V. Mitchell, who played Juliet in Lost, plays cop Erica Evans in the sci-fi TV show reboot of the classic 80’S serial V and promised that the upcoming ten-part-run, which makes up season 2, will offer fans of the show “far more action” and some “sexy stuff”.In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Mitchell promised that V season 2 on ABC will be more satisfying for sci-fi geeks…
“If you were frustrated by the last season, which you probably were [and] I was, a little bit, I think that this [season] will be far more satisfying. There is far more of what you want in an alien invasion story, where the aliens are out to use us as food and take our technology and do everything bad you can think about.”
She added that the final three episodes of V season 1 are…
“a good indicator of where this season is headed. Instead of people sitting around talking, people were actually accomplishing things [in those episodes]. I wanted to be an action hero, not an exposition hero!”
She then denied that episode 10 of V season 2 is not a series finale like many people think it is and that actually, the way it is written kind of demands a V season 3…
“I wouldn’t say that episode 10 is a series-ender by any stretch of the imagination. It ends in such a way that you’d want to see a third season. It leaves you really ramping up for a big fight.”
Make sure you catch V on Tuesday nights on ABC.
If you’re old enough, you remember the original incarnations of V and V: The Final Battle. Me? I used to stay up late to watch them when they were re-run as a child. I was fascinated by the Visitors and when I learned ABC has rebooting the show, I was on-board for, at the very least, the beginning. Did I want to stay after that? Find out after the jump.
For those not old enough, or not nerd enough, to be familiar with the original V series, you needn’t worry as this series stands on its own legs. Planet Earth is in turmoil. We starve. We struggle. We fight. We repeat that pattern ad nauseum. You’re all too familiar with the drill. Imagine one day, you looked up to the sky and saw massive spaceships. It’s not you alone, either; it’s the whole world. My first thought, of course, would be “oh expletive!” because I’ve seen enough science fiction, but now imagine that a very pretty, and very human looking face, assures you that these newcomers are “Of peace… always.” Add to that an offer of cures and technologies to raise us up from our daily struggles. Sounds too good to be true, right? A small group of people start to peel back the layers and find the cold, reptilian heart beating beneath. Season One of V tracks the arrival of the Visitors and the formation and first steps of defiance of the resistance.