September 1

Timeless cast and crew reveals future pasts at NYCC

first_imgStay on target The final day of New York Comic Con is much shorter than the other three. The panels are fewer, but there are still plenty worth checking out. The cast and producers of NBC’s new time travel drama Timeless gathered in what turned out to be too small a panel room for all the fans it attracted. Once inside, the fans who were able to enter were treated to an early screening of the series’s second episode.You may recall at the end of the pilot; Lucy returned home to find that her mother was cancer-free and her sister had never been born. The second episode picks up right afterward with Lucy (Abigail Spencer) rushing back to Mason’s complex to demand answers. She doesn’t get any as the group is immediately given another mission. This time, Garcia Flynn (Goran Visnjic) has gone back to the day of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination.Timeless is quickly becoming a history nerd’s dream show. Every episode takes us to an incredibly detailed recreation of a specific time in American history. And this show clearly has the budget and the resources to make each historical period seem real, even if they’re only used for one episode.TIMELESS — “The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln” Episode 101 — Pictured: Abigail Spencer as Lucy Preston — (Photo by: Sergei Bachlakov/NBC)Flynn’s plot is soon revealed. The conspiracy to kill President Lincoln originally had more targets, but only John Wilkes Booth succeeded. Flynn is there to ensure every aspect of the assassination plot succeeds, including the murders of Ulysses S. Grant and Vice President Andrew Johnson. Lucy wants to preserve history, which includes ensuring Lincoln’s death. That doesn’t sit too will with Rufus (Malcolm Barrett) and Wyatt (Matt Lanter).After the pilot, I wrote that the characters seemed a little flat. After episode two, it’s still not perfect, but there are signs of slow improvement. The banter between the three is more natural and their individual personalities are starting to come through. The show is revealing itself to be a fun, light sci-fi adventure, and it’ll be interesting to see how the present day changes the more they alter history.Rufus’s storyline continues to address how difficult it is to be a Black man in American history. With this episode being set at the end of the Civil War, there’s some tension between the optimism felt by the free Black soldiers and Rufus’s knowledge of all the history to come. The way the show handles it can be a little ham-fisted at times, but at least they’re addressing the issue instead of pretending discrimination and prejudice never existed.After the pilot, the cast and producers told us what to expect for the next few weeks. Next week’s episode will take us to Rat Pack-era Vegas. After that, they’ll go to Germany during World War II, then the Alamo. Later this season, we’ll meet Bonnie and Clyde, visit NASA during the space race and see the French-Indian war. For now, that last one is the furthest back in time they’ll go.Co-creator Eric Kripke said his 6-year-old son, in attendance at the panel, has been asking him to write a dinosaur episode, but that’s probably not going to happen anytime soon. Although saying that visibly upset the kid, so maybe he’ll have to write that episode now to make up for it.One interesting thing they discovered is when they have a historical figure that modern audiences have a lot of familiarity with, the role becomes extremely hard to cast. Early shots of John F. Kennedy in the NASA episode didn’t look right, because as good as the actor was, he clearly isn’t JFK. For figures like that, they have to be kept just out of focus or have certain scenes be shot from over their shoulder. Hopefully, it isn’t as awkward in the final product as it sounds.TIMELESS — “The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln” Episode 101 — Pictured: (l-r) Paterson Joseph as Connor Mason, Malcolm Barrett as Rufus Carlin — (Photo by: Sergei Bachlakov/NBC)There was one bit of reassuring news for those who are wary about diving into a new show: Kripke hates endless mysteries. Questions will be answered sooner rather than later, and the hope is that they’ll open up larger questions that will then become the focus of the show. Right now, the big mystery is who or what “Rittenhouse” is. Kripke says we’ll have the answer by episode six.Oh, and there is the possibility of a musical episode. It seems Abigail Spencer, who plays Lucy, has been begging for one. While they didn’t promise a full Buffy style musical, they did promise that one way or another, they’d get Spencer to sing. Timeless has fun first outing despite underdeveloped charactersTimeless Garden runs on green power last_img read more

July 22

Obamas Thursday Speech To Tout Health Law Benefits

first_imgThe president’s chief spokesman said the speech will focus on how the overhaul is helping keep health-insurance rates low and resulting in rebates to some Americans.  The Washington Post: Going On The Offensive, Obama To Tout Affordable Care Act ThursdayPresident Obama will tout a key financial benefit of the Affordable Care Act in a White House speech Thursday, highlighting a provision that requires health insurers to devote at least 80 percent of their spending on medical care and health care quality improvement or give rebates to consumers (Eilperin, 7/18).Kaiser Health News: White House Says Health Law Will Restrain Insurance Prices In 2014Ratcheting up the campaign to sell the health law, President Barack Obama was expected to deliver a speech Thursday touting how millions of individuals are already benefiting from its insurance rebates, while others who buy coverage in new online marketplaces in California, New York and Oregon will pay lower-than-projected premiums (Galewitz and Appleby, 7/18). The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire: President Plans Speech Thursday To Tout ‘Obamacare’President Barack Obama on Thursday will tout the benefits of the Affordable Care Act to a skeptical public during a speech at the White House as part of an effort to build support for the health law in the face of continued Republican efforts to block it. Mr. Obama’s chief spokesman, Jay Carney, said the speech will focus on how the health law, commonly called “Obamacare,” is helping keeping health-insurance rates low and resulting in rebates to some Americans. The speech is set to start at 11:25 a.m. (Favole, 7/17).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Obama To Talk Up $500 Million In Rebates Under Health Care Law After House Votes For DelaysEager to counter Republicans intent on repealing his health care law, President Barack Obama will argue that it’s working and hold up as proof half a billion dollars in rebates insurance companies are sending to some 8.5 million consumers as a result. At the White House on Thursday, Obama will argue that his Affordable Care Act is holding insurance companies accountable and putting money back into the pockets of consumers. The rebates average about $100, spokesman Jay Carney said (7/17).USA Today: Obama To Tout Americans Already Benefiting Of Health LawWith his administration facing deadlines to establish health care exchanges in all 50 states by Oct. 1 and GOP lawmakers continuing to call for a repeal of the law, the president is looking to trumpet the law by highlighting one of the most tangible ways Americans are benefiting from it even as his administration struggles to fully implement it (Madhani, 7/18).Politico: Obama To Tout Tangible Health Law BenefitsAfter two weeks of sustained GOP assaults on his health care law, President Barack Obama tries to turn the page Thursday with a speech promoting Obamacare provisions the White House says are already saving people money (Millman, 7/18).The Hill: President to Tout ObamaCare Savings In Thursday AddressPresident Obama will promote his signature health care law to the public on Thursday, focusing on a provision the White House says has saved consumers billions of dollars. The appearance will be Obama’s third public address this year solely on the Affordable Care Act (Baker, 7/18).Reuters: Obama Steps In To Push Health Plan As Critical Date Draws NearAmid delays and a barrage of political criticism of his signature health care law, President Barack Obama will play pitchman for the plan on Thursday as a critical enrollment date draws near. Obama is due give a speech at the White House highlighting how the plan has already benefited the public by lowering insurance costs and will do so in the future, senior administration officials said (Felsenthal, 7/18).McClatchy: The Checks Are In The Mail: Obama To Announce Health Insurance Rebates For 8.5 Million AmericansThe Obama administration is pushing back against the Affordable Care Act naysayers. One day after House Republicans passed legislation to delay enforcement of the health care law’s individual mandate, President Obama will take to the airwaves to announce that checks are in the mail for 8.5 million Americans who’ll split more than $504 million in rebates from their health insurance company, thanks to a provision of the health law that penalizes insurers for wasteful spending. Families on the receiving end of those rebates will get checks averaging $100 (Pugh, 7/18). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Obama’s Thursday Speech To Tout Health Law Benefitslast_img read more