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Look through your facebook friends, or even down your street, and you may know a person that’s just… different. That one that can solve a math problem in seconds, has a way to analyze a situation that’s far from the norm, with abilities that are just special. Yet, as talented as these folks are, sometimes, they’re not the most social of peeps. Scorpion plans to tell us about these exceptional individuals, and there’s a fantastic real life story behind it.
Walter O’Brien is one of the smartest people in the world; with an IQ of 190, higher than even Albert Einstein’s, he has done quite an array of exploits in his 39 years on this planet, including hacking into the NASA’ Secure System when he was only 12 years old.
Over time, Walter decided to apply his talents to better means, creating Scorpion Computer Services, a think tank for hire that has managed to help mitigate investment risks and even helped save lives in Afghanistan, among other extraordinary feats.
Scorpion will focus on the character inspired by him, also named Walter O’Brien, and played by Elyes Gabel (World War Z, Game of Thrones). He’s part of a group of genius misfits controlled by Agent Gallo, played by Robert Patrick (The X-Files, The Sopranos, Gangster Squad). Together, they will not only find new genius assets but also guide their team to save the world in the most daring of ways, defeating threats unseen by the normal folks like us.
We won’t spoil the plot for you this time. Instead, tune in for the pilot tonight. We assure you that you will enjoy it a whole lot. During its advance screening at San Diego Comic Con, the overall reception was very positive, and this is a very tough crowd to please. Besides Gabel and Patrick, Katharine McPhee (American Idol, Smash) stars as Paige Dineen, alongside Eddie Kaye Thomas (American Dad!, American Pie Harold & Kumar), Jadyn Wong, and Ari Stidham.
The team behind the show has enough experience to predict that this one will be a winner; created by Nick Santora (The Sopranos, Law & Order, Prison Break, Lie To Me), and executive produced by Alex Kurtzman (Mission: Impossible III, The Amazing Spiderman 2 & 3, Star Trek), Roberto Orci (Star Trek 3, Alias, Fringe, Matador) and Walter O’Brien himself, there’s enough experience and stories to tell to keep us on the edge of our seats for a long time to come. The pilot is action packed and filled with twists and turns that promise to keep it really interesting in the upcoming episodes. The producers have shown interest in taking the experience beyond the confines of the TV set and making it really interactive with the fans, and we certainly look forward to that.
We can’t wait to see what’s in store for us. We hope that it turns out to be one of our weekly “musts” with all the possibilities it promises.
Scorpion premieres tonight at 9pm EST on CBS.
Everyone is dying to get their hands on Gillian Anderson's debut novel "A Vision of Fire." You still have to wait a little longer, less than a month now, but in the meantime, you can mark your calendars and plan a road trip for one of her book signings coming up next month.
Ridgewood, NJ - October 7th
Gillian will be signing at Bookends at 6PM. There are no details about this event yet, so please check their website should you have any questions.
New York City - October 8th
Gillian will be signing at Tribeca Barnes & Noble at 6PM. She will be joined by her co-author New York TImes bestseller Jeff Rovin to discuss their work together. There are no specific details about this event as well, so check with a BN bookseller if you have questions about the event guidelines.
Gillian Anderson was also scheduled for a West Coast tour, however due to unforeseen circumstances she has cancelled her appearances in Los Angeles and San Diego. Mysterious Galaxy Books in San Diego is trying to make arrangements to attain signed copies for their location. Check with them for aditional information on this.
XFN will be present at both events, so make sure to follow us on Twitter for live updates.
Gillian Anderson and Jeff Rovin's "A Vision of Fire" comes out October 7th, but it is available for pre-order at Barnes & Noble. $19.99 Hardcover and $12.99 eBook.
We've all known for a while that Gillian Anderson will be headed to New York City this fall. With the upcoming release of her first novel, A Vision of Fire, she has a lot of promotion work to do. Coincidentally, she'll be in the city at the same time as New York Comic Con. People have been wondering, will she make an appearance at the con?
Well luckily for fanboys and fangirls alike, it has been confirmed that Gillian will be attending this year's convention. She will be present October 9 through 11th, signing autographs as well as participating in a panel.
The "Damsels in Distress Need Not Apply" panel is on Friday October 10th and will feature authors discussing the creation of their strong female protagonists. Gillian will be joined by eight other authors. More details can be found here.
XFN will be covering NYCC again this year, so if you're not able to make it to the convention, you can count on us for live tweets and lots of photos. We'll keep you updated as more details on the weekend's schedule emerge.
Another month and a brand new story comes with The X-Files: Season 10! Joe Harris and the team at IDW bring us a MOTW issue that delves into the supernatural with a tinge of religious lore that promises to scare your pants off.
For the full synopsis and our commentary, click on Read More.
Source: Broadcast Now
Frank Spotnitz’s indie Big Light Productions has appointed former Holby City and Down To Earth producer Sharon Remmer as its head of drama.
Remmer’s most recent role was head of development at Moone Boy producer Sprout Pictures, the indie set up by Stephen Fry.
She will fill the newly created position and be tasked with developing Big Light’s drama slate with the aim of working with UK and US broadcasters.
Remmer said she joined the indie because of Spotnitz’ “clear vision and unrivalled ambition”, while Spotnitz lauded her “deep knowledge, love and respect for talent”. Big Light was set up by former X-Files showrunner Spotnitz and is focused on developing high quality returning drama series.
In April it announced that it was working on a co-production with Downton Abbey producer Carnival Films for crime series Freud: The Secret Casebook.
The London-based indie also made series two of Transporter: The Series for M6, HBO Canada and TNT.
Spotnitz wrote and created Hunted for BBC1 and Cinemax.
In July, production network Greenbird acquired a minority stake in Big Light, thought to be around 30%. The company also entered into a first-look distribution deal with Studio Canal unit Tandem Communications in April.