*On January 9, 2011 NBC aired a two-hour premiere of its new drama series “The Cape” (cast pictured) starring David Lyons (“ER”) as Vince Faraday, a cop framed for crimes he did not commit which forces him underground with a group of circus misfit bank robbers. The love of his son Trip – played by Ryan Wynott (“Flash Forward”) – makes him fight back to clear his name and he chooses a heroic character called “The Cape” as his new identity because it is his son’s favorite comic book superhero.
Granted, I do cry easily – a sweet commercial will do the job – but along with the suspense and drama there were lots of tear-jerking moments that I am sure will make this television series a hit for the whole family. Joining Lyons in “The Cape” are Jennifer Ferrin (“Life on Mars”), Faraday’s wife Dana; James Frain (“True Blood”) the billionaire Peter Fleming, who moonlights as the murdering nemesis Chess; Summer Glau (“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”) as Orwell a blogger who is waging her own war on corruption; Martin Klebba (“Pirates of the Caribbean”) as Rollo, the unassuming muscles of the circus misfits; Vinnie Jones as Scales, a cohort of the adversary Chess; Dorian Missick (“Six Degrees”) as Marty Voyt, a former police detective and “supposedly” best friend of Faraday, and Emmy Award winning Keith David (“Death at a Funeral”) as Max Malini, the ringleader of the circus bank robbing gang.
“The character is an escape artist and murder. He is a good and bad guy,” Keith David said when asked about what attracted him to the role. “I was very attracted to the writing…the writing continued to be stellar. I was pleased to come to work…made my life easier. I loved the son/father storyline. We need more son and father stories in our society”
David (“The Tiger Woods Story”) confessed that he also could relate to the character because he used to work with a trampoline, “it made me go back to the things I use to do.”
I had a chance to speak also with Dorian Missick (The Manchurian Candidate) about his role and he explained that he almost didn’t take it because he initially turned it down, before even reading the script.
“When I first got the script I passed on it,” Dorian confused. “A superhero? Then the casting director called my agent and asked, ‘Did he read it!’ I slept on it, he woke me up.”
It is a good thing that he did because Missick, who play a character that’s not in-line with roles he normally take, came off very believable as a bad guy. You wanted to love his character, but you couldn’t, because he is just that bad.
“I tend to play the nice guy,” Dorian pointed out as another reason why he was attracted to the role of the “friend turned traitor.”
“The Cape” is produced by Universal Media Studios and BermanBraun. It will begin its regular timeslot of Mondays at 9 p.m.PT on Monday January 17th.
Brian Reeves offers Gospel in a swinging new way with debut CD, ‘Awakening’
*I haven’t heard anything like Brian Reeves and Heart After God’s CD project titled “Awakening.” Imagine John Legend singing Gospel, backed by a powerful group of singers, that’s what I heard when listening to the “Awakening” project. Wrapped up in music from the Swing and current Urban eras, Brian Reeves and Heart After God offers a ministry like no other.
“I think what came out of it (the CD) is my musical experience,” said Brian Reeves about the album “Awakening.” “I learned difference kinds of music…I’m multi-dimensional. That’s what is so awesome about Gospel…It can be (delivered) in different genres.”
In 2005 Brian founded Heart After God, a group of very talent singers. Brian Reeves and Heart After God through the years have opened for Tye Tribbett, Deitrick Haddon, and Andre Crouch.
“It’s a small group,” Reeves said about Heart After God. “All have the ability to articulate vocally what I’m asking for.”
“Awakening” is a melting pot of difference genes of music wrapped in God’s Word. My favorite cuts on the CD include “Brand New,” which takes me to the Swing era of Cab Calloway; “You are God,” a powerful inspiring song; “Lucky” an Urban flavored electronic number, and “No New Thing” which has a fairytale sound and feeling.
“I want people to feel God…to make an impact. To look at God in a difference way,” Brian stressed. “I want it to reach the globe so everyone can experience what I experienced writing it. It’s not to bring ‘me’ glory…but to give the praise back to God.”
For more information on Brian Reeves and Heart After God log onto their website at www.HeartAfterGod.org.