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TV Wasteland: Leonardo Kicks Ass!

Da Vinci is reimagined as an action hero on the Wasteland this week.

By Rob Vaux     April 08, 2013

 This week delivers a very intriguing project to our doorstep: Da Vinci’s Demons, a swashbuckling reimagining of the life of the world’s most famous Renaissance Man. As imagined by showrunner David S. Goyer, it views Leonardo Da Vinci at the center of a dark conspiracy, egging him on to “invent the future” as he makes his way through life. The concept is marvelous – historical fantasy writ large upon the canvas – and it also marks Starz’s unwillingness to abandon genre programming after the failure of Camelot last year. Da Vinci’s Demons may suffer the same fate, but with so much potential riding on it – and with the departure of Spartacus leaving a big hole in our guilty-pleasure quota – there’s just too much juiciness to ignore. Count us among the followers when it premieres this Friday, April 12 at 10:00 PM EDT on Starz.



Revolution (NBC, 10:00 PM EDT)
Neville and his son have a throwdown, even as Rachel sets out to turn the power back on. Again.
The Following (Fox, 9:00 PM EDT)
A minion may be able to show the way to Carol, while Claire and Emma have a no-doubt scintillating one-on-one.
Bates Motel (A&E, 10:00 PM EDT)
Mrs. Bates suspects her neighbors of unsettling things, a charge I’m sure they couldn’t level at her at all.
Being Human (Syfy, 9:00 PM EDT)
The title of this week’s episode is a semi-obscure Scooby-Doo reference. Fairly warned thee be, says I.
Lost Girl (Syfy, 10:00 PM EDT)
Someone launches an attack on the Dal Riata bar. Could it be part of escalating Light/Dark tensions? Better tune in to find out.
Swordfish (AMC, 10:31 PM EDT)
They’re going to cut out the Halle Berry boob shot, aren’t they?
In Time (Cinemax, 6:35 PM EDT)
After the awfulness of The Host, I’m hoping people will re-evaluate this little number from the same director. Repeats on Saturday at 8:10 PM EDT.
Shrek Forever After (FX, 8:00 PM EDT and 10:30 PM EDT)
Please let it be the last one…
Transporter 3 (IFC, 8:00 PM EDT and 10:15 PM EDT)
This too…
The Fantastic Four (Spike, 8:00 PM EDT and 10:30 PM EDT)
The first one was enough for The Fantastic Four. I’m just glad Chris Evans found himself another hero.
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (Syfy, 6:30 PM EDT) 
At least we have a better one now.


Robot Combat League (Syfy, 10:00 PM EDT)
Not much to report on this week’s episode… but what has that ever been otherwise?
Shaun of the Dead (Cinemax, 8:15 PM EDT)
Any night’s a good night for another trip to the Winchester.
The Prestige (IFC, 8:00 PM EDT)
You don’t see Hugh Jackman play nasty characters very often. The one he plays here is, frankly, incredible.
District 9 (IFC, 10:45 PM EDT)
They don’t get much better than this South African import that puts most Hollywood sci-fi movies to shame.
The Girl Who Played with Fire (Sundance, 8:00 PM EDT)
They made sequels… though not in English. Which is fine by us.
Battledogs (Syfy, 7:00 PM EDT)
Werewolves paint the town red and it’s up to some other werewolves to stop them in a typically incoherent Syfy original movie.
Underworld: Awakening (Starz, 7:30 PM EDT)
And it’s Crappy Kate Beckinsale Movies tonight on Starz! Bring a helmet.
Total Recall (Starz, 9:00 PM EDT)
This is the worst sort of bad: the sort you can’t remember a thing about. Repeats Friday at 6:55 PM EDT.
The Lion King (Disney, 8:00 PM EDT)
And it’s a classic because…?
The Green Hornet (FX, 6:30 PM EDT)
This one will never be a classic, but at least it gave Cristoph Waltz a nice payday. Repeats Sunday at 8:00 PM EDT.
Machete (FX, 10:00 PM EDT)
AVP: Alien vs. Predator (HBO, 6:45 PM EDT)
ANOTHER STINKY MOVIE!!! Save us someone!
Prometheus (HBO, 8:30 PM EDT)
That will do nicely, thanks.


Deep South Paranormal (Syfy, 10:00 PM EDT)
Syfy really doesn’t have any scruples, does it?
LEGO Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out (Cartoon, 8:00 PM EDT)
If you haven’t seen this very funny send-up of the Star Wars films, be sure to tune in. You’ll never hear the word “awesome” the same way again. 
Dark Shadows (Cinemax, 8:00 PM EDT)
Tim Burton may have touched bottom with this big budget update of the supernatural soap opera. A waste in every conceivable way.
The Long Kiss Goodnight (Cinemax, 10:00 PM EDT)
Geena Davis is apparently really good at shooting people. Who knew?
My Babysitter’s a Vampire (Disney, 7:00 PM EDT)
Disney caters to the tweener crowd in a story that everyone who’s ever been babysat has suspected at one point or another.
Battle: Los Angeles (FX, 7:30 PM EDT)
Aaron Eckhart defeats an invading alien armada with the power of his mighty chin. Repeats on Thursday at 7:00 PM EDT and Saturday at 6:30 PM EDT.
Hostel and Hostel Part II (IFC, 8:00 PM EDT and 10:00 PM EDT)
If you like suffering in all its myriad forms, IFC has your hook-up tonight.
Arrow and Supernatural are both reruns this week.


Hannibal (NBC, 10:00 PM EDT)
Ooh, soft, mushy opening for Hannibal! Good luck next time NBC. This week, Will and Jack team up to hunt a new serial killer, even as Will continues his therapy with Hannibal. 
Wrath of the Titans (Cinemax, 10:00 PM EDT)
Sam Worthington fights a giant lava monster. Are you excited yet?
30 Days of Night (FMC, 8:00 PM EDT and 10:30 PM EDT)
David Slade directs a deeply flawed, but very interesting story about a group of vampires who descend on a northern Alaska town in the dead of winter.
Paycheck (Showtime, 7:30 PM EDT)
Ben Affleck got hammered for this John Woo science fiction story. It’s actually much better than its reputation suggests.
Contact (Syfy, 6:00 PM EDT)
This one isn’t, but we’ll cut Carl Sagan some slack.
Red Planet (Syfy, 9:30 PM EDT)
A legendary bomb in its day, it’s not great. But it skates by on the virtues of a fairly cool robot.
The Big Bang Theory, Elementary, The Vampire Diaries and Beauty and the Beast are reruns this week.


Da Vinci’s Demons (Starz, 10:00 PM EDT)
Starz unveiled a new limited series about the wildly stylized life of Leonardo Da Vinci. See the top of the article for more.
Spartacus: War of the Damned (Starz, 9:00 PM EDT)
The series comes to a conclusion… and based on history, it ain’t gonna go well for our heroes. Well done, everyone associated with this show. The pleasures were guilty, but oh so potent. 
Nikita (The CW, 8:00 PM EDT)
Alex makes a play to leave Division, while Amanda helps Owen answer some questions about his past.
The Goonies (ABC Family, 6:00 PM EDT)
They still never say die. 
Resident Evil (BBC America, 9:00 PM EDT)
We won’t call it the best, but it’s definitely the first, and that’s enough.
End of Days (Cinemax, 7:10 PM EDT)
I think this thriller pitting Arnold Schwarzenegger vs. Satan may be the moment when the star touched bottom.
Spawn (Cinemax, 9:15 PM EDT)
Ladies and gentlemen, late 90s CGI!
Toy Story (Disney, 8:00 PM EDT)
Like fine wine… if wine were an irresistible family film that launched an animation powerhouse.
Planet of the Apes (FMC, 8:00 PM EDT and 10:30 PM EDT)
It’s the Tim Burton version, though that’s not an entirely bad thing. Okay, yes it is.
Gulliver’s Travels (FX, 7:00 PM EDT and 9:30 PM EDT)
Jack Black disgraces himself, while taking Jonathan Swift and a lot of other talented people with him.
Snow White and the Huntsman (HBO, 7:45 PM EDT)
If you enjoy this film, thank Charlize Theron and costume designer Colleen Atwood.
Grimm is a rerun tonight. Touch is off.


Doctor Who (BBC America, 8:00 EDT)
The Doctor finds himself on a Cold War Russian submarine with an evil alien on board. Let the scary noises commence! Then check out Confessions of a Neowhovian for the scuttlebutt!
V for Vendetta (Syfy, 9:00 PM EDT)
I won’t call it awful, but I do understand why Alan Moore is pissed. Repeats on Sunday at 6:00 PM EDT.
Hoodwinked (Cartoon, 7:00 PM EDT)
You never appreciate good CGI like you do after seeing bad CGI. 
Toy Story 2 (Disney, 8:00 PM EDT)
Could it actually be better than the incredible original? Yes. Yes it can.
My Bloody Valentine (IFC, 8:00 PM EDT)
Without the 3D, it is nothing.
House of 1000 Corpses (IFC, 10:15 PM EDT)
Rob Zombie means well, but good God…
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (Showtime, 8:00 PM EDT)
Someday, they will be gone. This will be a happy day.
Men in Black 3 (Starz, 7:10 PM EDT)
It’s got a great villain… and great villains go a long way.


Once Upon a Time: The Price of Magic (ABC, 8:00 PM EDT)
This special serves as a refresher for the events of the second season, along with interviews from the show’s creators.
Game of Thrones (HBO, 9:00 PM EDT)
Daenerys continues raising an army, while Tyrion takes on new and rather awkward responsibilities. 
The Two Towers (Syfy, 9:00 PM EDT)
The Lord of the Rings hits Syfy this weekend. For what that’s worth. 
Despicable Me (ABC Family, 7:00 PM EDT and 9:00 PM EDT)
Steve Carell delivers a palpable “it could be worse” for our Sunday,
Toy Story 3 (Disney, 8:00 PM EDT)
They really just get better and better…
Domino (IFC, 6:00 PM EDT)
We miss you Tony Scott. Even though you made this.
The Hills Have Eyes (IFC, 8:45 PM EDT)
As remakes go, it’s pretty damn good.
Gladiator (TNT, 8:00 PM EDT)
Russell Crowe would like to know, in all earnestness, if you are not entertained.


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spiderhero 4/8/2013 6:16:26 AM

Disney is doing vampires now? My brain hurts just to think about it.

I was already pretty tired of them, but now, I'm officially taking a hiatus from vampire movies, TV, comics, etc... 5 Years at least.

monkeyfoot 4/8/2013 8:11:24 AM

I haven't paid attention to the commercials for the Da Vinci show, but I'll have to give it a try. I'm just not sure I want to get into another Chainmail and Swords series with GoT and Vikings already on my viewing list.

I love, love, love Contact. An intelligent exciting FX filled sci-fi movie by a top notch director, with top notch actors, from a top notch scientist that asks deep questions and fills you with wonder.

I'm waiting for a Ghetto Paranormal Ghost show. It's the only location they haven't gotten to.

Gladiator, LOL at that comment!

redhairs99 4/8/2013 8:51:51 AM

Not too sure about the new Da Vinci show, but I'm setting my DVR and hoping for the best.

As for Hannibal, I'll give one, maybe 2 more episodes, but that premiere wasn't very good.  I'm not digging the "detective" effect they are doing with Will seeing how everything was done.  By the end of the episode I was left scratching my head a bit.  I mean, Will's not a part of the FBI, right now, correct?  And why did he and Hannibal go around the FBI and do their own "detecting?"  And if he's not techincally FBI, why was he packing heat when they went to the dude's house at the end?  I don't know.  I really just watching for Le Chiffre at this point.

redvector 4/8/2013 10:04:54 AM

I'm from the south and find shows like Duck Dynasty, Buckwild, and this Deep South Paranormal offensive. It paints a large portion of this country as inbred, stupid, and or borderline psychotic. And I know nobody who speaks like they do on these shows. I have no doubt that their accents are probably exaggerated to make them sound as stupid as possible. 

Walker 4/8/2013 10:07:08 AM

I am sorry, but Prometheus is not an antidote to AVP.  I am hard pressed to think of a slasher movie where the characters made less intelligent choices than the characters in Prometheus.

mellowdoux 4/8/2013 10:57:29 AM


Oh you have hit the nail right on the FACE, my friend!

"Prometheus" is arguably stinkier than the two films that precede it. I'm not defending them, but I will say that at least "AVP" and "Machete" did not try to kid the public that they had deep, intelligent stories to tell.


SF garbage don't come stinkier than that pile...

monkeyfoot 4/8/2013 11:15:16 AM

Redhairs, I agree with you on Hannibal. I haven't read the books but in this show I find Graham to be as spooky and eerie as Lecter. In the two movie versions, Manhunter and Red Dragon, he was portrayed as a guy I could identifiy with and go with on the story's journey. In this show he's the neighbor I'd be creeped out by.

A much better show with the same basic setup is The Following starring Kevin Bacon as a troubled investgator and James Purefoy as a genius serial killer with a cult following. Loads better IMHO.

karas1 4/8/2013 3:15:07 PM

Prometheus was beautiful.  The cinamatography was magnificant.  It's one of the two movies I'd reccomend seeing in 3D.  Of course, you can't see it in 3D on HBO.

Too bad the rest of the movie didn't measure up.

fatpantz 4/8/2013 3:26:55 PM

I am really loving a new UK comedy series called Plebs.  3 episodes in and it has me rolling in laughter....modern comedy that takes place in Ancient Rome.

fenngibbon 4/9/2013 12:11:34 PM

 I saw a good sized bit of Dark Shadows over the weekend and it annoyed me because I could see bits in it that hint at what could have been, had they gotten rid of the bad makeup, the comedy, and, I suspect, Tim Burton.



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