Amanda Schull on Action & Adaptation in the new 12 Monkeys

12 Monkeys Amanda Schull

We sat down with Amanda Schull back in December for an awesome talk about her work in the new series adaptation of Terry Gillian’s cult classic, 12 Monkeys. Even at the end of a long day, Amanda was bright and shiny and ready to tell us all about what makes 12 Monkeys distinct from the film, moving between action and comedy/drama, and how her dance background lends itself to action scenes.

On watching the movie “12 Monkeys” and comparing to the source material

I didn’t rewatch before I shot the pilot. I did not want to allow that determine my character, the choices I made, or anything because it’s its own thing and we’re our own entity. As much as we are an adaptation and we’re taking certain ideas and storylines we’re definitely expanding on things and starting new storylines and she’s a very different character from the character that was initiated by Madeleine Stowe. And so I didn’t rewatch it but after we shot the pilot I rewatched it and remembered how great it was.  Continue reading


Haven “The Old Switcheroo”: Mara Still Hates Pancakes

Lucas Bryant and Emily Rose in Haven "The Old Switcheroo"

If the body-switch wasn’t such a tried and true trope that Haven somehow hadn’t already got to, I’d think this episode was designed specifically to get under the skin of all the Audrey/Nathan die-hards out there. Did it work? Lucky for all of us, there was a lot more to “The Old Switcheroo”.

This was a meaty one and so much fun at that. The Gloria/Dwight switch is a stroke of genius! But before we get into that – let’s talk about Audrey.

“Still don’t like pancakes”. There’s no way that wasn’t written specifically to get folks all riled up. Kicking off the episode with another refusal of Audrey’s presence. But isn’t that part of the fun? The fight?

Mara is stubborn, strong and perfectly, coolly, evil.  The idea of force-feeding a person pancakes to perform what amounts to an exorcism – out of context – it’s hilarious, while at the same time somewhat logical, and so perfectly Haven. Continue reading

Haven: “Spotlight” S is Troubled by Nathan’s Dangerous Obsession

Haven Spotlight Emily Rose Mara

“Spotlight” was appropriately titled, as the episode primarily focused on the Nathan/Mara/Audrey dynamic. This is the big forever love, and creating what is nearly a bottle episode where Nathan and Mara face off alone in a cabin is an incredibly powerful tool to use at this point in the game.

The claustrophobia of the cabin oozed off the screen. Lucas Bryant and Emily Rose were fabulous, circling each other trying to find the way in, and the way out. Mara luxuriates in being bad, teasing Nathan about his gal Audrey while stripping for him. She needles him (perhaps rightly so) about his affair with another Audrey doppelganger, Sarah. She tells him he should have met more of them, he would have fallen head over heels for each and every one. She’s right. Nathan feels her and he’s in her orbit. I dare you to tell me that kiss wasn’t coming from both directions. Continue reading

Haven “Speak No Evil”: Duke Exercises the Power of Denial

Lucas Bryant and Eric Balfour in Haven "Speak No Evil"

Following “See No Evil”, which reoriented us into the world where Mara is back and the lighthouse has been destroyed for the umpteenth time, “Speak No Evil” does some heavy lifting setting up our main characters for the season.

Nathan is looking as badly as the make-up team can make Lucas Bryant look, having been shot and all. He’s suffering from a Mara inflicted bullet wound, and while that would be the thing hurting a normal person it’s the anguish of heartbreak that’s really causing Nathan’s pain. It’s likely that the only thing keeping him alive as he bleeds out on the beach is his unbreakable optimism that Audrey must be in there because she didn’t actually murder him. Continue reading

Haven’s Lucas Bryant on Mara, Maple Syrup and Stan the Cop

HAVEN -- Season:5 -- Pictured: Lucas Bryant as Nathan Wuornos -- (Photo by: Steven Wilkie/Syfy)

HAVEN — Season:5 — Pictured: Lucas Bryant as Nathan Wuornos — (Photo by: Steven Wilkie/Syfy)

The Viewing Party had the chance to sit down with Haven’s Lucas Bryant at the Showcase offices in Toronto last month, while he was in town for Fan Expo Canada. We had some hard-hitting questions for him—all about Big Bad Mara, Nathan’s destructive devotion, Nova Scotia, pancake toppings, and our favourite Havenite—Stan the Cop. Continue reading

Haven Season 5 Trailer & Why S is Jazzed to Meet Mara

Pictured: (l-r) Emily Rose as Audrey Parker, Lucas Bryant as Nathan Wuornos, Adam Copeland as Dwight Hendrickson, Eric Balfour as Duke Crocker -- (Photo by: Steven Wilkie/Syfy)

Pictured: (l-r) Emily Rose as Audrey Parker, Lucas Bryant as Nathan Wuornos, Adam Copeland as Dwight Hendrickson, Eric Balfour as Duke Crocker — (Photo by: Steven Wilkie/Syfy)

Audrey Parker is the kick ass cynical, reluctant saviour we never knew we always wanted. We totally get the big-forever love thing happening with Audrey and Nathan and the crazy weird and interesting chemistry she has with Duke, and the even weirder complicated relationship she has with her own self, and her past. My heart breaks for Nathan (and Duke to a different extent) that Audrey continues to be out of their grasp. And we here at the Viewing Party, we quite like Audrey Parker.

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HAVEN Gets a Huge Fifth Season & We Have Feelings


**Fan disclaimer, we’re actually really, truly, thrilled that Haven has been renewed**

This is news that even around episode 10 of s4 we at The Viewing Party would have greeted with unabashed excitement and a 80-email-long thread of fan-girling plus a night of serious theorizing discussion.

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Haven 4×10 “The Trouble with Troubles” In Another World We’re Back to Normal

Haven "The Trouble with Troubles" Lucas Bryant Emily Rose Nathan and Audrey ParkerAfter William shook Haven to it’s core in last week’s eponymous episode that we decided might be the most uncomfortable episode of Haven ever, this week’s alternate reality was a welcome tonal shift from the intense, and very unHaven like uncanny vibe and overall intense weight that loomed over last week’s mythology heavy outing.

Not to say that “The Trouble with Troubles” was any kind of fluff, it too was rich with mythology and… pancakes 😉 It was a return to a comfort zone tone of the show that we’re used to, even as we continue to explore the crumbling of the rules we’re been operating within up until this season. Continue reading

Ronald D. Moore’s “Helix” Premiere’s Jan 10th – Will you be watching with us?

We’ve been holding our Helix excitement on the back-burner since the show was announced a while back. Now that Showcase has officially announced a premiere date (Jan 10th y’all) and the show’s production is underway properly start to look forward to the next sci-fi offering from one of our favourites, Ronald D. Moore (also executive produced by Lynda Obst (Sleepless in Seattle, Contact), and Steven Maeda(LostThe X-Files).

The show, currently filming in Montreal (gotta love that Canadian spirit in our sci-fi) stars Battlestar and Caprica alum, Luciana Carro alongside Billy Campbell (The Killing) among others.

Check out the latest teaser and let us know, will you be watching with us when Helix premieres in 2014?

S Wades through the Guilt & Real Talk in Haven’s “Crush”


We’re all loving how quickly things are moving along this season, people are actually communicating situations and secrets and articulating their feelings with alarmingly refreshing frequency.

“Crush”, which I’m comfortable assuming is titled both for the trouble of the week and the crushing guilt Duke, Nathan, and Audrey are all feeling, spent a good deal of the hour getting directly to the heart of the issues affecting each of our main characters.

This feels like an end game episode (regardless of whether or not Nathan was actually shot). So much of the hour dealt with guilt and grief, of the brothers, of Duke, Nathan, and the town attempting to cope with the loss of whatever normalcy Haven once had. Things are changing in a very serious way and really have been since Haven started crumbling at the end of last season. All of that being said, I am endlessly satisfied with the amount of humour that is jam-packed into even the increasingly heavy episodes. Continue reading