The Bannen Way is a slick, sexy, action-packed series about Neal Bannen, a charming con-man with a police chief for a father, a mob boss for an uncle, and a weakness for fine women, who wants to turn his life around and leave the criminal lifestyle for the straight and narrow. But after gambling away the funds he had earmarked to pay off his final debt Bannen must accept one more job working for his uncle, Mr. B and retrieve a mysterious black box.
To complete the job, Bannen solicits the help of his college-aged, techy sidekick, Zeke, and Madison, a beautiful and street-savvy thief. Guided by the principles passed down from his grandfather, haunted by his father’s endless disapproval, and taunted by his uncle’s lucrative empire, Bannen must finally find it within himself to divert from the paths he’s always known, and find…The Bannen Way.
Well I first said no, for all the obvious reasons. It’s not really what I do; it’s not a genre that’s in my wheelhouse. But then I started thinking about, What if there were such a person in today’s world and what must it be like to be her? And I was imagining the sense of social isolation that she must feel, that she indeed would probably be a rather complicated beast. When I started thinking about all the complications and potential layers to this superhero, I just got more and more intrigued. It was also something I was a little bit afraid of. That’s good, too. Any writer should get out of his or her comfort zone, and this was way outside of mine.
So I took a deep breath and decided to go for it. I did not truthfully commit to doing it until I wrote the script. I was going to try writing it, and if I failed on my own terms, I would say no. If I thought, Yeah, this is something I believe in, then I’d turn it in. And it was something I ultimately did get behind. It was hard, but I had a good time writing it. And Warner Bros. and DC both responded very positively — and off we went.
Super Bowl: The first footage from the highly anticipated Steven Spielberg-produced sci-fi dramaTerra Nova aired tonight.
The show begins in the year 2149, a time when all life on planet Earth is threatened with extinction. In an effort to save the human race, scientists develop a portal allowing travel 85 million years back in time to prehistoric Earth. The Shannon family (father Jim, his wife Elisabeth, and their three children Josh, Maddy and Zoe) join the tenth pilgrimage of settlers to Terra Nova, the first human colony on the other side of the temporal doorway. However, they are unaware that the colony is in the middle of a group of carnivores; not all of them reptiles.
First Look of the Day:Dirk Gently — BBC Four’s upcoming live-action adaptation of Douglas Adams’s “holistic detective” — gets its first official promo.
Anti-hero Dirk Gently [Green Wing’s Stephen Mangan] operates his eponymous detective agency based on the fundamental interconnectedness of all things. Perpetually broke, hopelessly chaotic and utterly infuriating, most people suspect Dirk is nothing more than a cheap conman. And they might be right—but nevertheless his methods, though unusual, do often produce surprising results.