Category: Almost Paradise

Gallery: “Almost Paradise” 1×09 and 1×10 Screencaps

Friday, Jun 12, 2020

 

 
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Press: Almost Paradise’s Alex Walker is a refreshingly different TV hero

Friday, Jun 12, 2020

 

Almost Paradise took Alex Walker on a memorable hero’s journey.

There’s no TV crime drama like Almost Paradise, and no hero like Alex Walker.

When creating the protagonist of the WGN America series, Dean Devlin and Gary Rosen crafted a character who’s different from the genre pattern, and Christian Kane delivered one of the best performances of his career in bringing that character to life.

On the surface, you might think you know Alex: a former DEA agent who retired to the Philippines to get away from the various issues in his past. He’s got issues with his ex-partner, his family and his health. And yet when he comes to Cebu, he ends up working most of those issues out.

TV cops or ex-cops with issues aren’t new. Neither are characters who get away from something only to find what they’re looking for wherever they end up, usually in the form of a surrogate family or a new love interest. Audiences have seen those arcs to death.

But Devlin and Rosen didn’t rely on them. They didn’t follow the blueprint. They had that framework, and then the deeper that audiences got into the character of Alex Walker, those presupposed expectations actually served to highlight what made him stand out—because he’d start in a familiar place and go in an unfamiliar direction. Not unlike the whole theme of the show.

So many shows have tried the quirky crime-solving hero before, many of them great. USA had a whole stable of them for years with Psych, Burn Notice and White Collar. With Almost Paradise, the character of Alex has that same charm but the writers were also not afraid to make him a bit of a mess. He never had his stuff entirely together, and sometimes that could lead to him being a pain in the butt, or get him into further trouble. Alex was allowed to be falliable, to be vulnerable, and what we saw over the first season was him growing.

What audiences have to remember is that Alex’s entire self-image is changing over the season, not just his world. He never expected to end up on an island in the Philippines; he thought he’d be working for the DEA. That’s part of what drives the show: he can say he’s retiring, but he can’t turn off the instincts to be the guy that stands up. He had everything figured out, only to realize that he didn’t have anything figured out, and now he’s having to put the pieces together all over again. With each episode, he might screw up a little, but he learns a little more—about the island, about the people in his life now, and most importantly about himself.

The Almost Paradise season finale, “Something Walker This Way Comes,” was the planned endpoint from the start. It made perfect sense: the whole point of Alex coming to Cebu was for him to move on with his life, but emotionally and mentally, he would never be able to move on unless he dealt with the betrayal that had sent him there in the first place. In order to go forward, he needed to go back. Which he did in spectacular Terminator-style fashion.

Alex defeated his ex-partner Todd Carpenter and ensured he’d be doing a long stint in prison. He also made peace, or the start of it, with his estranged daughter Evelyn. Everything that had been on his shoulders was lifted in that last episode. Now Alex can be happier and build something new for himself, and viewers are happier for him and can’t wait to see what that something will be.

Because knowing Alex, it’s going to be something a little bit crazy.

Dean Devlin had Christian Kane in mind from the start for the role of Alex Walker, and it’s easy to see why from how Christian has knocked the part out of the park. Almost Paradise has given him a lot to do, both comedy and drama, and that is not an easy balancing act but he hasn’t missed a step in the first 10 episodes.

So much of the humor in the series comes from Alex’s reactions to what is happening around him, and the reactions that he prompts in everyone else. That’s not something that can completely be scripted; it comes from Christian Kane’s facial expressions, the tone with which he delivers a line, and the rapport he’s able to build with his co-stars and guest stars.

But there also has to be some weight underneath the jokes. There needs to be depth to the hero, a reason for fans to invest in him, and to care about what he goes through. Alex had to have gravity to him, especially since his starting point in the show was coming out of a difficult place. That pain and that introspection had to be honored, and Christian has done a wonderful job of weaving that into each episode.

He didn’t turn Alex into a caricature just because he was no longer a crack DEA agent; he kept that very serious and very intense part of the character simmering just underneath the surface. That’s not only been great for Alex, but great for the entire show, because it gives the show a credibility that it needs—it’s not just light entertainment. What happens on Almost Paradise matters and it all starts with Alex Walker.

What’s great about Alex, too, is how human he is. He’s not an archetypal hero; he feels like an ordinary guy who just happened to become a hero. He can be snarky and neurotic and a little bit much at times, and then compassionate and thoughtful and a true badass at others. Alex will always do the right thing; he just doesn’t always do it the conventional way. And that not only is fun as a viewer to watch, but it’s easier to identify with because he doesn’t feel too perfect or like we’re looking up at him.

The finale was Alex Walker in a nutshell: he busted a corrupt ex-federal agent and saved his daughter, but he did it with guns he kept in a fake fish and by staging a criminal accountant’s death. And we could see and understand every emotion he went through while he was doing it, including that sense of accomplishment when it was all over.

Hopefully there will be an Almost Paradise season 2; if any show deserves a sophomore pickup, this is it. That’s because while Alex’s journey might have gotten off to a shaky start, it blossomed as the season went on. Now with Alex having put the past behind him (or in handcuffs), there’s no limit to what he can do next—and we as an audience want to see him flourish too. While the finale ended one chapter in his life, the real story of Alex Walker is just beginning, and it’s going to be one heck of an adventure.

Press: Almost Paradise: Season Two? Series Not Returning to WGN America But …

Thursday, Jun 4, 2020

TV SERIES FINALE – On Monday night, WGN America finished airing the first season of the Almost Paradise TV series. Tonight, the show’s creator, Dean Devlin, shared with his cast and crew that series won’t be returning to the cable channel for another season. However, that doesn’t mean that the series has been cancelled either. The possibility for a second season is still alive.

A crime drama series, Almost Paradise stars Christian Kane, Samantha Richelle, Arthur Acuña, Nonie Buencamino, and Ces Quesada. The series revolves around a former DEA agent, Alex Walker (Kane), who’s been forced into retirement. He moves to the Filipino island of Cebu and purchases a hotel gift shop, planning to live a tranquil and less stressful life. Unfortunately, the island’s luxury resorts attract rich, powerful, and sometimes criminal elite from around the world, often on a collision course with Alex.

Devlin has already discussed some plans that he has for the second season but first, the show must be renewed. Tonight, Devlin said, “A lot of people have been asking about season two so I want to tell everybody what’s happening with our show. Just so everyone knows we will not be back on WGN next year. WGN has decided to change into an all-news network [in primetime]. We are grateful to WGN for launching our show and for getting us up and running and giving us a place to show the show to everyone. So, thank you for that opportunity. But, we will not be back next year with WGN but that does not mean that we will not be back.”

He continued, “I can’t name the platform yet because the ink isn’t dry on the contract but, this July, all of the original episodes will appear in a new place and that place will be for free so everyone will be able to watch it for free.”

“And, they have sworn to me that, if we do well enough, if we perform really well in those first couple months, they will pick up season two and continue the show. We will announce at some point where that new platform is,” Devlin said.

“If we do well, we will be back for season two and nothing would make me happier. I can’t imagine any show that I’ve ever worked on being more fun than this one. Again, thank you, everyone, for a wonderful season,” he concluded.

Gallery: “Almost Paradise” 1×01-1×09 Screencaps

Friday, May 29, 2020

I’m very sorry I haven’t been updating. Due to technical and health issues, I wasn’t online much at all and didn’t get to do any fansite work. I’m trying to catch up all my sites but I wanted to get these posted as soon as I could. Monday’s episode’s screencaps will be posted next Monday with the finale. I haven’t been able to track down the HQ copies of episode stills but I am still working on it.

I love this show so much. Christian is so great in it plus I adore Ernesto and Kai. The three of them make a great team. The photo above is a screencap from 1.08 “The Lone Wolf”. It was so beautifully shot that even the screencaps are beautiful. Plus I love his smile.

 

 

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Press: Christian Kane Is Trying to Avoid Stress in ‘Almost Paradise’

Monday, Jan 20, 2020


TV INSIDERChances are, if you’re trying to escape something, that’s the last thing you’ll be able to do.

Christian Kane’s Alex Walker learns that lesson in Almost Paradise, and TV Insider has an exclusive first look at the new WGN America action series premiering in March.

In the preview, Alex’s doctor warns him that “stress is a silent killer,” but he insists that won’t be a problem where he’s heading. Unfortunately, that doesn’t last very long, as one of his cases gets messy. Let’s just say, those who liked Kane as Leverage’s hitter will be getting plenty more of that from him in the trailer above.

The new series follows Alex, who used to be the DEA’s most resourceful undercover operative, but has since been forced into early retirement. After his partner’s betrayal and a life-threatening battle with hypertension, he’s getting as far from the madness as he can — to a small tropical island in the Philippine Archipelago. He now runs the gift shop at the island’s luxury resort hotel, gets his disability payments at the nearby US Air Force base, and generally manages his transition from Jason Bourne to Jimmy Buffet.

However, the island’s resorts attract the rich, powerful, and sometimes criminal elite, which often puts them on a collision course with Alex. And he likes that he gets pulled back into his former world of dangerous people and deadly situations, both through friends in the local police departments and people from his old life.

The series comes from award-winning writer and executive producer Dean Devlin. He and Kane previously worked together on Leverage and The Librarians.

Almost Paradise, Series Premiere, Monday, March 30, 10/9c, WGN America

Press: ‘Almost Paradise’: WGN America Drama Rounds Out Cast As Production Begins

Tuesday, Nov 12, 2019

 

DEADLINE: Samantha Richelle (Syd), Arthur Acuña (Princess and I), Nonie Buencamino (Sparks) and Ces Quesada (Invisible) have joined Christian Kane in the cast of the upcoming WGN America drama Almost Paradise. Production on the 10-episode series that cable net acquired from Electric Entertainment has begun in the Philippines for a spring premiere.

Kane stars as Alex Walker, a former DEA agent who was forced into early retirement. Once the DEA’s most resourceful undercover operative, the combination of his partner’s betrayal and a life-threatening battle with hypertension has sent him as far from the madness as he can go — the small tropical island of Cebu in the Philippines. He now runs the gift shop in the island’s luxury resort hotel, gets his disability payments at the U.S. Naval base and generally manages his transition from Jason Bourne to Jimmy Buffett.

But the island’s luxury resort has attracted rich, powerful and sometimes criminal elite from around the world, often on a collision course with Alex. Despite his best efforts to begin a tranquil new life, he’s pulled back into a world of dangerous people and deadly situations, either through his friends in the local police or running into people from his old life. And the problem is, he likes it.

Richelle plays Kai Mendoza, the youngest person ever to make a detective in the Cebu police force. She’s a woman to be reckoned with who has worked tirelessly to get where she is and must constantly fight to prove herself. When Alex enters the picture, Kai views him as an entitled know-it-all, but as they grow closer, they realize their commonalities. Acuña stars as Ernesto Almares, Kai’s partner and the soul of the law-enforcement team. Buencamino plays Ike Ocampo, chief of the Cebu Police Department, and Quesada is Cory, the manager of the hotel where Alex is staying.

Almost Paradise is produced by Electric Entertainment. Dean Devlin and Gary Rosen executive produce and serve as co-showrunners, and Electric Entertainment’s Marc Roskin and Rachel Olschan-Wilson serve as executive producers.

 


I found pics for three of the added actors on IMDB and Samantha Richelle on what I think is her Instagram.

L to R – Samantha Richelle, Arthur Acuna, Nonie Buencamino, Ces Quesada

Press: US actor Christian Kane, Fil-Am director Dean Devlin in Cebu for ‘Off Tropic’ ocular visits

Wednesday, Nov 6, 2019

ABS-CBN – American actor Christian Kane and Filipino-American director Dean Devlin arrived in Cebu Saturday morning to check possible filming locations for their upcoming US series.

The two landed at the Mactan Cebu International Airport around 7:30 a.m. on board a Philippine Airlines flight from Manila.

Ruel Bayani, ABS-CBN Head of International Production and Co-Production, arrived with the pair.

Upon their arrival, Kane and Devlin were greeted by airport officials and ABS-CBN Regional Head Veneranda Cinco-Sy and ABS-CBN Cebu Station Manager Leilani Alba.

The actor and director are in Cebu to conduct ocular visits for their upcoming US series “Off Tropic,” a-10-part series in which ABS-CBN is line producer.

The two are also in the Philippines for castings of Filipino actors for the series.

They are expected to start filming by November in Cebu.

Press: WGN America Acquires ‘Almost Paradise’ Drama Series From Electric Entertainment

Wednesday, Nov 6, 2019

DEADLINE – WGN America has acquired 10 episodes of drama series Almost Paradise, from Electric Entertainment. A premiere date and time will be announced later.

Starring Christian Kane (The Librarians, Leverage, Angel), Almost Paradise centers on Alex Walker (Kane), a former US DEA agent who was forced into early retirement. Once the DEA’s most resourceful undercover operative, the combination of his partner’s betrayal and a life-threatening battle with hypertension has sent him as far from the madness as he can go… a small tropical island in the Philippine Archipelago. He now runs the gift shop in the island’s luxury resort hotel, gets his disability payments at the US Naval base, and generally manages his transition from Jason Bourne to Jimmy Buffett. But the island’s luxury resort has attracted rich, powerful, and sometimes criminal elite from around the world, often on a collision course with Alex. Despite his best efforts to begin a tranquil new life, he’s pulled back into a world of dangerous people and deadly situations, either through his friends in the local police or running into people from his old life. And the problem is, he likes it.

Dean Devlin and Gary Rosen executive produce and serve as co-showrunners. Electric Entertainment’s Marc Roskin and Rachel Olschan-Wilson also executive produce.

Electric’s Head of International Distribution Sonia Mehandjiyska, SVP International Distribution & Co-Productions, Nolan Pielak, and team are selling the international rights to the series at upcoming markets, including MIPTV. Additionally, Steve Saltman, Head of Domestic Sales, will also be at MIPTV discussing ancillary and post-WGN America rights for the U.S.

“I’ve been fortunate to work with Christian Kane previously on our hit show Leverage and The Librarians series. We are thrilled that he has agreed to star in our show, Almost Paradise,” said Dean Devlin. “Christian has the perfect combination of skill, humor and smarts for the starring role in Almost Paradise.”

Head of Domestic Sales, Steve Saltman, negotiated the deal on behalf of Electric Entertainment.

Press: WGN America Acquires ‘Almost Paradise’ Drama Series From Electric Entertainment

Monday, Apr 1, 2019

DEADLINE – WGN America has acquired 10 episodes of drama series Almost Paradise, from Electric Entertainment. A premiere date and time will be announced later.

Starring Christian Kane (The Librarians, Leverage, Angel), Almost Paradise centers on Alex Walker (Kane), a former US DEA agent who was forced into early retirement. Once the DEA’s most resourceful undercover operative, the combination of his partner’s betrayal and a life-threatening battle with hypertension has sent him as far from the madness as he can go… a small tropical island in the Philippine Archipelago. He now runs the gift shop in the island’s luxury resort hotel, gets his disability payments at the US Naval base, and generally manages his transition from Jason Bourne to Jimmy Buffett. But the island’s luxury resort has attracted rich, powerful, and sometimes criminal elite from around the world, often on a collision course with Alex. Despite his best efforts to begin a tranquil new life, he’s pulled back into a world of dangerous people and deadly situations, either through his friends in the local police or running into people from his old life. And the problem is, he likes it.

Dean Devlin and Gary Rosen executive produce and serve as co-showrunners. Electric Entertainment’s Marc Roskin and Rachel Olschan-Wilson also executive produce.

Electric’s Head of International Distribution Sonia Mehandjiyska, SVP International Distribution & Co-Productions, Nolan Pielak, and team are selling the international rights to the series at upcoming markets, including MIPTV. Additionally, Steve Saltman, Head of Domestic Sales, will also be at MIPTV discussing ancillary and post-WGN America rights for the U.S.

“I’ve been fortunate to work with Christian Kane previously on our hit show Leverage and The Librarians series. We are thrilled that he has agreed to star in our show, Almost Paradise,” said Dean Devlin. “Christian has the perfect combination of skill, humor and smarts for the starring role in Almost Paradise.”

Head of Domestic Sales, Steve Saltman, negotiated the deal on behalf of Electric Entertainment.