Alex Meraz Joins Scalped TV Series as Lead Character

Alex Meraz Joins Scalped TV Series as Lead Character

Alex Meraz joins Scalped TV Series as lead character

Deadline reports that the upcoming Scalped TV series has found their leading man in actor Alex Meraz, who will play the role of Dashiell Bad Horse in the upcoming comic book adaptation for WGN America. Based on the comics by Jason Aaron and  R.M. Guéra, the series is an intense crime drama that mixes organized crime with current Native American culture.

Fifteen years ago, Dashiell “Dash” Bad Horse ran away from a life of abject poverty and utter hopelessness on the Prairie Rose Indian Reservation searching for something better. Now he’s come back home armed with nothing but a set of nunchucks, a hell-bent-for-leather attitude and one dark secret, to find nothing much has changed on “The Rez” — short of a glimmering new casino, and a once-proud people overcome by drugs and organized crime. Is he here to set things right or just get a piece of the action?

Meraz previously appeared in another comic book adaptation, last year’s Suicide Squad, with additional appearances in Bone Tomahawk and The Twilight Saga. He joins Lily Gladstone in the cast, who is set to play Carol Red Crow, the estranged daughter of Chief Lincoln Red Crow and an old friend of Dash’s, who reunites with him after he returns to the reservation.

Doug Jung (Big Love, Star Trek Beyond) has penned the script for the pilot episode, which has directing team Bilall Fallah and Adil El Arbi (Black) set to helm.

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Character Introductions: 12 Part Series

Everything you need to know about the subject… and probably more.

Think there’s nothing to introducing characters in a script? Think again!

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been doing a deep dive into the subject of character introductions. Why?

For an explanation, check out Part 1.

Part 2 here.

Part 3 here.

Part 4 here.

Part 5 here.

Part 6 here.

Part 7 here.

Part 8 here.

Part 9 here.

Part 10 here.

Part 11 here.

Part 12 here.

Character Introductions: 12 Part Series was originally published in Go Into The Story on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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This photo series proves trans people are more than their gender identity


Sharing your story of struggle and resilience can be revolutionary — especially when lives like yours are consistently misrepresented.

An ongoing photo and interview series called Transilient taps into that idea, documenting the diverse lives and experiences of transgender and gender-nonconforming people around the U.S. The series aims to challenge mainstream media representation of trans lives, and prove that trans people are more than just their experiences with gender.

Transilient is created for the community, by the community, featuring portrait-style photos of trans people along with excerpted, unedited interviews with those depicted. Read more…

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Stephanie Sigman to Lead CBS’ SWAT Series

Stephanie Sigman will headline the SWAT series reboot.

SPECTRE’s Stephanie Sigman will headline the new CBS SWAT series

Stephanie Sigman, best known for headling Gerardo Naranjo’s Miss Bala and for starring opposite Daniel Craig in the opening to the James Bond adventure SPECTRE, is set to headline Sony Pictures Television and CBS Television Studios‘ upcoming SWAT series. The police procedural  follows the lives of a California based Special Weapons And Tactics team. Variety has the news, reporting that Sigman will play a SWAT Lieutenant named Jessica who is “ambitious and fastidious, and has earned her high ranking at S.W.A.T. headquarters.”

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Sigman is the first cast member to join the new SWAT series. The show is based on the 1975 – 1976 ABC series and its subsequent 2003 big screen adaptation. Directed by Clark Johnson, the SWAT movie stars Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Farrell, Michelle Rodriguez, LL Cool J, and Jeremy Renner. The series, meanwhile, initially served as a spinoff of another Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg produced ABC police series, The Rookies. The first SWAT series ran for two seasons, totaling 37 episodes.

The new SWAT series pilot will be directed by Justin Lin, the four time Fast and the Furious helmer who recently directed Star Trek Beyond. He’ll be working from a screenplay by Aaron Thomas. Lin and Thomas will also executive produce with Marney Hochman, Neal Moritz, Shawn Ryan, Pavun Shetty, and Danielle Woodrow.

No stranger to the small screen, Stephanie Sigman has recently been seen on shows like ABC’s American Crime and Netflix‘s Narcos. She can be seen in theaters later this year as part of the cast of New Line Cinema’s The Conjuring spinoff sequel, Annabelle 2.

Does this new SWAT series sound like something you’ll want to check out? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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The first trailer for ‘Carpool Karaoke: The Series’ is here


James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke segment, which normally airs on The Late Late Show with James Corden, is becoming a show in its own right. 

We knew that back in July 2016, when the series — which will be an Apple Music exclusive — was originally announced. But now there’s a trailer to whet our appetites, and it promises the same jolly, singalong goodness that we know from the original show. 

The trailer, which was aired during Sunday’s Grammy Awards, features a host of celebrities including Will Smith, Shaq, Metallica, John Cena, Alicia Keys and others.  Read more…

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Behind-the-scenes look at the ‘Scamalot’ series


It’s the 1-year anniversary since the premiere of Scamalot. James sure went on many adventures over the course of two seasons and now, as a special treat for the fans, we’ve put together this behind-the-scenes look at the filming of season 2. And yes, James is as wacky in person as you would imagine.

Catch up on the full series here.

Subscribe to Mashable’s YouTube for more great content. Can’t get enough of James Veitch’s antics? Follow him on Twitter: @veitchtweets or find him on Facebook: Read more…

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Hulu’s ‘Runaways’ Series Casts a Pride of Evil Parents

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Marvel’s Runaways has one of the greatest high concepts in modern superhero comics: what if a group of kids learned that their parents were all members of a super villain group known as The Pride? And what if they fled their homes and decided to use their inherited abilities for good? Originally created by writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Adrian Alphona, the series was short-lived in its original incarnation but has only grown in popularity over the years as more people realize just how good it is. It was inevitable that it would become a television show and Hulu was lucky to get there first.

Now, shortly after the core cast of kids was announced, we know who will be playing their parents.

The news comes our way via TV Line and it’s a parade of familiar of unfamiliar faces. Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s James Marsters and Major CrimesEver Carradine will play Victor and Janet Stein, parents of Gregg Sulkin’s Chase. 24‘s Annie Werschling and Ray Donovan‘s Kip Pardue will play Leslie and Frank Dean, parents of Virginia Gardner’s Karolina. AliasKevin Weisman and Army WivesBrigid Brannagh will play Dale and Stacey Yorkes, parents of Ariela Barer’s Gert. The Wire‘s Ryan Sands and American Crime Story‘s Angel Parker will play Geoffrey and Catherine Wilder, parents of Rhenzy Feliz’s Alex. Emily Owens M.D.‘s Brittany Ishibashi and Broadway’s James Yaegashi will play Tina and Robert Minoru, parents of Lyrica Okano’s Nico.

In case you missed it, here is the official description for each of the main kids:

  • Rhenzy Feliz (“Teen Wolf,” “Casual”) as Alex Wilder is a loud-and-proud nerd. Admittedly a bit of a loner, Alex spends much of his free-time playing video games, but deep down, what he wants most is to reunite his childhood group of friends.
  • Lyrica Okano (“The Affair,” “Unforgettable”) Nico Minoru–tough, intelligent, and independent–embodies teenage angst. A budding “Wiccan,” Nico’s carefully crafted goth appearance isolates her from her peers and family, but maybe what she really needs is someone to talk to.
  • Virginia Gardner (“Goat,” “Little Bitches”) as Karolina Dean, model-perfect exterior with a lot going on behind her professionally whitened smile, is burdened by the lofty expectations and responsibilities put upon her by her parents. Underneath her veneer of privilege and perfection, Karolina is experiencing a newfound eagerness to explore her identity and pursue her own desires.
  • Ariela Barer (“New Girl,” “One Day at a Time”) as Gert Yorkes is a purple-haired, bespectacled, contemporary riot grrrl. Never passing up a moment to stand on a soapbox, Gert sometimes wields her persona as a brash social justice warrior to mask her true feelings.
  • Gregg Sulkin (“Faking It,” “Don’t Hang Up,” “Anti Social”) as Chase Stein is a lacrosse-playing, high school heartthrob. While many write him off as a dumb jock, Chase exhibits flashes of untapped brilliance in engineering, not unlike his wildly successful father’s.
  • Allegra Acosta (“100 Things to do Before High School,” “Just Add Magic”) as Molly Hernandez, the youngest and most innocent member of her friend group, is known for her peppy positivity and a deep yearning to belong.

Runaways is expected to begin production this month and the release date is to be determined. Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage of Gossip Girl and The O.C. will serve as showrunners.

Every teenager thinks their parents are evil. What if you found out they actually were? “Marvel’s Runaways” is the story of six diverse teenagers who can barely stand each other but who must unite against a common foe–their parents.

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FOX X-Men Series Gets First Cast Member in Blair Redford

FOX X-Men Series Gets First Cast Member in Blair Redford

FOX X-Men series gets first cast member in Blair Redford

EW brings word of the first official cast member for FOX’s upcoming X-Men TV series. Blair Redford (Satisfaction, Switched at Birth) is set to play the role Sam, who is described as “the strong-headed Native American leader of the underground network.”

The still untitled X-Men TV series will focus on two ordinary parents who discover their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins up with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive. The series will be produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Marvel Television, with 20th Century Fox handling physical production.

“Developing a Marvel property has been a top priority for the network–and we are so pleased with how Matt Nix has led us into this thrilling universe,” said FOX’s David Madden of the show last year. “There’s comic book adventure, emotional and complicated relationships, and a rich, existing mythology from which to draw. With the brilliant production crew behind this project, it has all the makings of a big, fun and exciting new series.”

Bryan Singer, having directed four of the X-Men films including the first and second films in the core series and the two most recent entries (X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse), is set to direct the pilot episode of the series.

What X-Men characters would you like to see appear on this new X-Men series? Is there anyone from the films who you would you like to see reprise their roles? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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HBO Orders Adam McKay’s Media Family Drama ‘Succession’ to Series

Adam McKay and Paul Thomas Anderson Discuss The Big Short

Writer and director Adam McKay made an impressive jump from directing feature comedies like Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Step Brothers to the real life The Big Short, even earning an Oscar nomination for Best Director and a win for Best Adapted Screenplay. Now the filmmaker who cut his teeth writing for Saturday Night Live will try his hand at the dramatic side of television too.

HBO has given a series order to Succession, a drama that is described as the saga of the Roys, a fictional American global-media family that is not only rich and powerful but also powerfully dysfunctional. It will explore family loyalty, international business, and the perils of power in the 21st century. Knowing McKay’s predilection towards loosely adapting figures from real life politics and media, I wouldn’t be surprised if this is inspired real people behind the scenes of the most powerful media companies in the world.

Find out more about Adam McKay’s Succession TV series below.

Brian Cox stars in the 10-episode drama series as Logan, the patriarch of the Roy family who is tough and powerful, but aging fast in his role as the head of the international media conglomerate owned by his family. Then there’s Jeremy Strong as Kendall Roy, the eldest son of the family (from Logan’s second marriage) who acts as a division president at the family firm and is also the heir apparent to Roy family business. Kieran Culkin plays Kendall’s outspoken and fun-loving younger brother Roman, who still sits on the board of directors at the family firm, but doesn’t really work there anymore. Finally, Sarah Snook plays Shi (Siobhan), the only daughter in the Roy family.

That sounds like quite the compelling family to follow in the world of multimedia and business. Plus, Variety adds they’ll be joined by Nicholas Braun, Matthew Macfadyen, Hiam Abbas, Alan Ruck, Rob Yang, Parker Sawyers and Peter Friedman among the rest of the cast. That combined with the fact that this is an HBO series certainly has my interest piqued.

Adam McKay surprised a lot of people by directing a movie like The Big Short after all the outlandish comedy he delivered throughout the rest of his career up to that point. Afterwards, it made me wonder just what else we would see McKay tackle in drama territory, and since we’re currently in a new golden age of television, this seems like the next logical step in his career. If it’s anywhere near as compelling and well-conceived as The Big Short, we should be in for something outstanding.

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Powerless: Explore DC Comics’ First Comedy Series

CS had the chance to visit the Powerless set. Catch Powerless this Thursday on NBC.

CS tours the set of NBC’s Powerless, DC Comics’ first comedy series

Welcome to Charm City, the fictional (but sorta based on Cleveland) home to NBC‘s new DC Comics comedy, Powerless. While the DCU is setting up its own continuity on the big screen and the rapidly-expanding Arrow-verse takes over The CW, Powerless offers a fresh take on a bigger-than-life comic book world. Officially designated by DC “Earth P,” the world of Powerless is one where the Justice League exists and prominently operates. Just don’t expect them to drop by Charm City anytime soon.

Check out more than 60 photos from the Powerless set in the gallery viewer below!

“As far as an analogue, professional athletes seems like a good one,” executive producer Patrick Schumacker explained to CS last week when we dropped by the Powerless set on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, California. “We’ve looked at it a couple of different ways. There’s always a philosophical conversation that can be had, which has been ongoing. Do we want to keep superheroes as gods up in the sky who are better than us and who don’t really react with us that much?”

Schumacker had been working on developing an earlier iteration of Powerless with former show runner Ben Queen. That version went so far as to screen its pilot episode at last year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego. Even though the initial pilot was extremely well-received, some major changes to the series occurred that resulted in the version premiering Thursday evening. The major change is in the characters’ workplace. Formerly set at an insurance firm (appropriately called Retcon Insurance), Powerless now takes place at Wayne Security. As such, Alan Tudyk, who always played the company’s dimwitted boss, was rewritten to be the cousin of Bruce Wayne.

Powerless is coming to NBC this Thursday, February 2.

“He looks up to Bruce,” says Tudyk. “Bruce is a playboy. He goes to fancy parties. That’s what Van wants. Just to be loved… [He’s] still a rich guy who had been pampered,” Tudyk continues. “He just wanted to do nothing and stay in the office where he was. Now that he’s a Wayne, it brings in all of that. It brings in Batman and it brings in his family. When he talks about family, it immediately goes to Batman. He wants to go to Gotham. That’s where he wants to climb the ladder. He doesn’t want to *do* anything. He just wants to be there because he’s a Wayne.”

The new pilot also adds Ron Funches to mix as an I.T. guy named, coincidentally enough, Ron.

“I was working on another show called ‘Undateable,’” says Funches, “Which was cancelled. They brought me in with the previous show runner, Ben Queen. They were just like, ‘You’re very funny. We liked you on the other show. Watch this pilot. If you have any thoughts about what your place in this world would be, come in and talk to us about it.’ Basically, I pitched them the character. ‘Look, I’m great at being me. I’m great at being excited and cheerful and happy and I think people like that.’ They were like, ‘We like that! Also, we can’t think of a different name. You’re just Ron!’”

The Earth-P version of Ron shares quite a bit with Funches, including his love of superheroes.

“Ron is very excited,” Funches explains. “He has a lot of childhood wonder. He’s not necessarily a guy who is looking to advance his career and get out of here and go to Gotham like Van. I’m just happy to work with my friends.”

Powerless is the first DC Comics comedy series.

Working alongside Ron is Teddy, a significantly more cynical developer played by Community‘s Danny Pudi. Pudi is no stranger to comic book universes, having made a cameo in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

“So far, I’m here way longer,” Pudi laughs. “In the Marvel world, it was very quick. I was kind of bummed out, because originally I got punched by Captain America. That was my whole dream. That’s everyone’s fantasy.”

While Teddy may come off as being very negative in the pilot, Pudi says that the character’s personal motivations will be revealed as season one progress.

“He’s very loyal to his team,” he says. “He’s like a curmudgeonly old man that isn’t old yet… There’s an episode where you get to see Teddy’s family situation and you see why he is jaded a little bit. He’s used to superheroes getting all the coverage and the love. He has these really brilliant ideas, but they never go somewhere. It’s the same in his family. He’s done good, but it’s never good enough. That’s Teddy’s struggle. To try and make a big splash.”

Christina Kirk’s Jackie, meanwhile, is the Wayne Security employee who has been unlucky enough to become Van’s personal assistant. For her, superheroes are just like celebrities and sharing conversations about them is one of the things that pulls the office together.

“So many of the great workplace comedies have that thing that happens where the people you work with become a pseudo-family,” says Kirk. “…There’s definitely a feeling that we are each other’s [family].”

Powerless‘ central character, however, is none other than Vanessa Hudgens‘ Emily Locke who, as the series begins, has just moved to Charm City.

“She grew up in what she called a ‘Flyover State’,” says the actress. “No superheroes ever stopped there. She’s very new to this whole superhero/supervillain world… [She’s] very positive and very optimistic. I don’t think anyone can change that, because that’s really who she is. She really believes that she can change the world and she wants to motivate people to be able to do the same.”

Get a look inside NBC's Powerless, set to premiere this Thursday.

One reason for shifting the action from an insurance agency was to keep Emily’s motivations pure. The writers quickly realized that the professional base case scenario for insurance adjusters is that they take money away from someone. Plus, dealing in security means a lot of fun inventions and makes for a more hands-on approach to the DCU. Among the episodes in the first season are plots that see Emily unwittingly dating a supervillain henchman and an ongoing plotline involving resident superhero Crimson Fox, who made her first comic book appearance in 1989’s Justice League Europe #23.

“We’ve got a few fun, random [superheroes],” says Hudgens. “One of the things that’s kind of fun about our show is that we’ve got kind of the B-list superheroes and super villains. You’ll never see Batman there.”

“We decided early on that the Global Guardians — who are a slightly more obscure group of characters — would be the resident heroes of Charm City,” adds Schumacker. As far as actual superheroes, you’re going to see, aside from Crimson Fox, a character called Olympian, who is kind of a Greek god. You’re going to see Natalie Morales as Green Fury, aka Fire of Fire and Ice. Natalie’s going to be in a few episodes as Fire.”

“There are some deep cuts,” says Pudi. “But I think it’s all about protecting the integrity of the universe… We don’t want to overpromise characters, though, because it then becomes about the superheroes and that world more than the office here. One of the things that’s important to distinguish that this is a separate city. We’re not in Metropolis, so we’re not going to be referencing Lois Lane and Superman the whole time.”

While Powerless should offer more than enough to keep comic book fans happy, the show is at heart a workplace comedy and one that its creators hope will find an audience for its non-superhero comedy ensemble.

“Now more than ever, the title ‘Powerless’ [is relatable],” says screenwriter Sabrina Jalees. “We can all relate to have zero say or influence in these huge, overarching things that have huge consequences on our lives. The best and only thing we can do is lean on each other and try to make the day to day better.”

You can browse photos from the Powerless set using the gallery viewer below and catch the pilot episode Thursday, February 2 on NBC!

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