Watchmen: Screening and Panel at NYCC


A group of very appreciative fans got to screen the first episode of Watchmen last Friday at New York Comic Con, yours truly included. The room was filled to capacity, and gave an extremely enthusiastic ovation to the show and to the panel of folks from the show who chatted about it afterwards. Damon Lindelof, director/EP Nicole Kassell and cast members Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Jean Smart, Tim Blake Nelson, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Louis Gossett Jr., and Hong Chau were on hand to answer questions about how they all were cast in their roles and what relationship, if any, they all had to the source material. Co-Creator of the original graphic novel, Dave Gibbons, also made an appearance, putting his seal of approval on the show.

Watchmen's presence was very much felt throughout the Con, with billboards outside the venue, a Watchmen lounge in which weary Con attendees could rest, charge their devices and be surrounded by Watchmen branding, an after party where signature drinks were served, a DJ did their thing on top of a Night Owl ship replica and Watchmen Swatches were the swag for departing guests, and even signs for the restroom were branded with the Watchmen squid.

No spoilers here about the show, but Tom was certainly in it in a pretty surprising way. Let's just say his scenes generated more questions than answers, and it's going to be a lot of fun getting to the bottom of it all.

Watchmen premieres on HBO on Sunday, October 20th at 9pm.


Watchmen: Premiere Date Set

Thanks to cast member Adelynn Spoon spotting it in TV Guide, we finally know that Watchmen will be premiering on HBO on Sunday, October 20th at 9pm. Set those DVR's!





Four Weddings and a Funeral: Hulu Series Premieres



The first four episodes of Four Weddings and a Funeral are now available on Hulu. Not really a remake, the 10 episode series from Mindy Kaling was more inspired by the classic British rom com. It's got beautiful London scenery, amazing fashion, meet cutes, breakups, and of course, Tom. He plays Quentin, posh, layabout husband to Ainsley's (Rebecca Rittenhouse) 2nd best friend, Gemma (Zoe Boyle). Quentin is loaded - usually in both senses of the word - but no less charming for it. Tom's exquisite comic timing is on full display.

New episodes will be available every Wednesday on Hulu through the end of the series.


Photo by Jay Maidment/Hulu

Watchmen: Character Name Revealed



HBO posted a press release earlier this week, casually noting that Tom's heretofore unnamed character is named Mr. Phillips. If this were any other show, that might sound like a butler's name, but in the twisty turny world of Watchmen, not much is as it seems on the surface. No other information was divulged, so we wait until October to find out for sure just what Mr. Phillips is really all about. Here is the full text of the press release:

Set in an alternate history where masked vigilantes are treated as outlaws, WATCHMEN, from executive producer Damon Lindelof (Emmy® winner for “Lost”; HBO’s “The Leftovers”) embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel of the same name, while attempting to break new ground of its own. Nicole Kassell directs the pilot from a script written by Lindelof.

Debuting in October, WATCHMEN reunites Lindelof with Regina King (HBO’s “The Leftovers”; Oscar® winner for “If Beale Street Could Talk”; Emmy® winner for “Seven Seconds” and “American Crime”; Golden Globe winner for “If Beale Street Could Talk”). King leads the cast as Angela Abar, who wears two masks; one as a lead detective in The Tulsa Police Force and another as wife and mother of three. The cast also includes Jeremy Irons (Oscar® winner for “Reversal of Fortune”; Emmy® winner for “Big Cat Week” and “Elizabeth I”) as the aging and imperious Lord of a British Manor; Don Johnson (Golden Globe winner for “Miami Vice”) as Judd Crawford, Tulsa Chief of Police; Jean Smart (Emmy® winner for “Samantha Who?” and “Frasier”) as FBI Agent Laurie Blake; Tim Blake Nelson as Detective Looking Glass; Louis Gossett Jr. (Oscar® winner for “An Officer and a Gentleman”; Emmy® winner for “Roots”) as Will Reeves; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Cal Abar; Tom Mison as Mr. Phillips; Frances Fisher as Jane Crawford and Sara Vickers as Ms. Crookshanks. Additional cast include Hong Chau as Lady Trieu, the mysterious trillionaire, Andrew Howard, Jacob Ming-Trent, Dylan Schombing and James Wolk.

Produced for HBO by White Rabbit in association with Warner Bros. Television; executive producer/writer Damon Lindelof; executive producer/director, Nicole Kassell; executive producer, Tom Spezialy; executive producer/director, Stephen Williams; executive producer, Joseph Iberti. Based on the iconic graphic novel co-created and illustrated by Dave Gibbons and published by DC.

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