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AMC: Dominic Cooper snags lead in Preacher

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Agent Carter’s Howard Stark aka actor Dominic Cooper in AMC’s comic book drama Preacher.

The cast already includes Ruth Negga, Lucy Griffiths, Ian Colletti and Joseph Gilgun. Cooper will play Jesse Custer a small town Preacher living in Texas who is sort of taken over by a heavenly creature that gives him the power to make people do his bidding.

The series then becomes something of a quest as he teams up with old girlfriend Tulip and an Irish man named Cassidy who just happens to be a Vampire.

Preacher is a Sony TV production for AMC with Catlin, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg exec producing.

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Corey Hawkins wins lead in Fox’s 24: Legacy

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Corey Hawkins is the new lead for Fox 24 reboot 24: Legacy, according to EW the Straight Outta Compton star will take over from Kiefer Sutherland.

Taking over for previous series star Kiefer Sutherland, Hawkins will play an entirely new character named Eric Carter in 24: Legacy. “Strong and smart, Eric came from a very rough background and turned his life around in the Army Rangers,” reads the official description. “Now back home in Virginia with his wife Nicole, he’s pulled back into action as his past comes looking for him.” Carter will join forces with the Counter Terrorist Unit to try and prevent an attack on American soil. 

None of the original 24 cast is expected to appear in the new version, which Fox ordered to pilot earlier this month. Unlike the first version of the series, where Jack Bauer (Sutherland) was basically a lone wolf protagonist for nine seasons, the new 24 also has strong features a female co-lead role (not yet cast). If given a series order, 24: Legacy will also play looser with the original show’s distinctive “real time” format, with a 12-episode order instead of 24 episodes.

Hawkins has also appeared on The Walking Dead and has a role in high profile movie Kong: Skull Island.

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Foxtel’s Wayward Pines, The new Twin Peaks? or more M. Night Shyamalan mind trickery

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M. Night Shyamalan, director of films such as The Sixth Sense and Signs, is the Executive producer of short run series Wayward Pines which premieres on Foxtel’s FX channel on Thursday 14 May @ 8.30pm

Take it from us Wayward Pines, with it’s atmosphere akin to Twin Peaks, The Forest or the Truman show, will be your next must see TV show.

This is being billed as an event series, the current vogue formula that the networks are using in hopes of building a hit, but which can quickly become stale if a renewal for more seasons is given. Look at Under The Dome or Extant, a spatial fable starring Halle Berry. Both should have just had one season but have carried on. Will it be the same with Wayward Pines? I suppose we will have to see how popular it is. And to be fair it is based on a trilogy.

Although M. Night’s name is the most prominent the pilot is written by Chas Hodge (of The Playboy Club) and based on a novel by Blake Crouch. The series begins when agent Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon) wakes up after an accident in a small town in Ohio. The Wayward Pines of the title. Almost immediately strange things start to happen, from his encounter with a dodgy nurse (the great Melissa Leo from Treme) and unlikely alliance with a mysterious woman (Juliette Lewis). The question is will Burke be able to leave Wayward Pines.

To say more would ruin the enigma at the heart of the series but overall the atmosphere is definitely less Twin Peaks and more Under The Dome mixed in with a bit of Patrick McGoohan’s 1960’s cult classic The Prisoner with a mystery that does signpost itself somewhat.

However the series has an unsettling atmosphere and veritable pastiche levels of references so if you like this kind of thing you will love it and even the more prudent among you will have the potential to lose yourself in it.

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Breaking Bad: Los Pollos Hermanos Soon to be Real… Maybe

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Besides the characters, if there is something iconic on the series Breaking Bad then it is the locations. Not least the Los Pollos Hermanos chicken fast food restaurant chain which is definitely one of the most loved by fans of the show.

In the series, the franchise serves as cover for the shady Gus Fring. In real life, the location of the restaurant (which belongs to a chain of hamburger restaurants called Twisters) is located at 4257 Isleta Blvd SW, Albuquerque.

But what if Los Pollos Hermanos became a real restaurant? During a meeting at an A.M.A (Ask Me Anything) of Reddit, the creator of the series, Vince Gilligan, did not close the door to the possibility. “Believe it or not… There are talks for ‘Los Pollos Hermanos’ to become a real restaurant. It is not a personal idea. It is something that has been presented to me through Sony and the idea comes from a business man who has interest in the restaurant to become a reality. For my part, I would love it to happen.”

Gilligan also spoke about the possibility that, as with Better Call Saul, there could be a spinoff series focusing on the life of Gus Fring, Gilligan said that “it would be a good idea. Gus could star in their own story”. It too would have to be a pre-quel of course as Fring well and truly died in Breaking Bad.

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