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‘The River’s’ Paul Blackthorne Claims He Can’t Stand Scary Movies

Paul Blackthorne ABC photo

ABC’s promising “The River” chiller, from the creators of “Paranormal Activity,” features handsome and charismatic British actor Paul Blackthorne.  Ironically, Blackthorne confesses, “I absolutely can’t bear the idea of watching anything scary.  I used to get nightmares from ‘Dr. Who’ — hiding behind the couch watching that,” he says, possibly not 100 per cent serious. 

He plays the crafty reality TV producer who volunteers to take a missing adventurer’s (Bruce Greenwood) family on a search into the Amazon jungle to find him — if he can document the whole thing for a show. 

Blackthorne says he had some fun with his part when they shot the first season (the show premieres Feb. 7) in Hawaii.  “Playing a reality show producer who has a mission besides their search, he’s obviously trying to create a lot of conflict and drama for their show.  But the game changes when things start to go bump in the night.” 

Filming found them “digging holes in the ground in the middle of
the night” and such, but Blackthorne says he loved it.  “In the paranormal world, all sorts of strange things can happen, can’t they?” he notes archly. 

“They’ve come up with all sorts of amazing twists and turns already.”

MEANWHILE:  Speaking of reality, Blackthorne is currently editing a documentary of his own, “American Crossroads.”  He and an Australian buddy (Mister Basquaili, a famed Australian photographer) road tripped across theU.S.A.right after the 2008 economic collapse, talking to everyday folks from farmers to preachers, cowboys to folk singers about the state ofAmerica.  What did they find out there?  “The optimism and basic hope people do have, in spite of the country’s state at the moment,” he replies. “People have that in common regardless of background.”  Nice to know.

TV Trend Toward Fantasy, Horror Shows No Sign of Abating

Jason Butler Harner, Jonny Coyne, Jorge Garcia, Sarah Jones, Sam Neill, Santiago Cabrera, Parminder Nagra and Robert Forster Fox photo by Kharen Hill

TV viewer appetite for fantasy and horror has to be at an all-time high, considering the massive successes of ABC’s “Once Upon a Time,” Fox’s “American Horror Story” and HBO’s “Game of Thrones” in 2011 — even NBC’s “Grimm” has been a brighter spot on the beleaguered network’s fall schedule.  Add those shows to such ongoing hits as AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” HBO’s “True Blood,” the CW’s “Vampire Diaries” and it’s obvious, other-worldliness is in.  With the midseason upon us, there is more supernatural stuff on the way.

Come January 16, there’s the highly-anticipated premiere of J.J. Abrams’ time-travel prison strangeness drama, “Alcatraz” on Fox, complete with “Lost’s” Jorge Garcia as a comic book enthusiast/expert on San Francisco’s notorious island lockup.  The same night, Syfy unveils “Lost Girl,” which we’re pretty sure must be the first ongoing series about a succubus (female demon who takes human form in order to drain the souls of men by having sex with them).

Fox’s upcoming “Touch,” stars Keifer Sutherland as the widowed father of a mute 11-year-old son who communicates only through numbers and can see things no one else can.  NBC’s “Awake” stars Jason Isaacs as a man shifting between two alternate realities — one in which his son was killed in an automobile accident, while his wife survived it, the other in which his wife was killed and his son survived.  ABC’s “The River” starring Bruce Greenwood boasts Oren Peli as exec producer; he’s the creative mind behind the “Paranormal Activity” films.  “The River” also relies on video camera realism, only this time, it’s out in the Amazon jungle, where a famous wildlife expert has gone missing and his family is on a search for him.  Things get very scary out there.

Whether this proliferation of paranormality is all due to TV’s practice of rushing to copy itself when something succeeds, or has to do with the harsh shape of the real world these days — or both — there’s no sign of the trend abating in 2012.

For instance, among the current crop of shows in development that are already getting buzz: a reboot of “Frankenstein.”