A&E Announcing “The Cleaner” Season 2 Premiere

A&E announced their 2009 upfront programming.

RETURNING SCRIPTED SERIES:

The Cleaner (13 x 1 hour) – Season two premieres Tuesday, June 23 at 10PM ET/PT. Inspired by the true story of real life “extreme interventionist” Warren Boyd (a co-executive producer on the project), Bratt stars as William “The Cleaner” Banks who, after hitting rock-bottom from his own addictions after the birth of his daughter, strikes a tentative deal with God. In exchange for a second chance, he vows to kick his addictions and dedicate his life to helping others. Now, along with his unconventional team, he helps people get clean from their own addictions by any means necessary.

Guest stars this season will include Whoopi Goldberg, Shirley Jones, Gary Cole, Rebecca Gayheart, Lori Petty, Tyler James Williams and more.

In its first season, on a weekly three telecast cume basis “The Cleaner” averaged 4.2 million total viewers, 2.4 million adults 25-54 and 2.2 million adults 18-49 in primetime, becoming A&E’s number one original drama in network history. “The Cleaner” is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Once A Frog Productions for A&E Network. The series was created and is executive produced by Jonathan Prince (“Cane,” “American Dreams”) and Robert Munic. David Hollander also serves as executive producer. Jay Silverman and Warren Boyd are co-executive producers and Benjamin Bratt serves as Producer.”

2009 A&E Upfront Programming Announcement

I’d also like to remind those interested in purchasing it that the release date for “The Cleaner” Season 1 on DVD is June 9, 2009, which will give just enough time to re-watch season 1 before season 2 airs.

“The Cleaner” Second Season

According to the Futon Critic, the second season of the Benjamin Bratt-lead drama “The Cleaner” is to premiere on Tuesday, June 23, 2009, at 10:00/9:00c, while the one-hour special “Extreme Interventionist: The Man Behind The Cleaner” is scheduled to air on A&E on Monday, June 15,2009, at 9:00/8:00c.

Breaking News – Exclusive: “Cleaner,” “Hammertime” to Join A&E in June

I can’t wait for “The Cleaner” to be back on TV. :)

“La Mission” at the 2009 Seattle International Film Festival

Peter and Benjamin Bratt’s “La Mission” continues its festival tour and is heading for the 2009 Seattle Film Festival.

Screenings will be held at the Egyptian Theatre, Seattle, WA, on

  • May 30, 2009, at 9.00 pm, and
  • May 31, 2009, at 1.45 pm.

Seattle International Film Festival – Films and Events – La Mission

La Mission/Bratt-Related Clips from San Francisco International Film Festival

I’m sharing some clips from this year’s San Francisco International Film Festival.

The first features an unforgettable lowrider parade in front of the Castro Theatre and red carpet interviews with La Mission’s director Peter Bratt and actors Benjamin Bratt, Jeremy Ray Valdez, Erika Alexander and Talisa Soto.

SFIFF52 Scoop du Jour: April 25

The second offers a glimpse of what went down at the SFIFF opening night party and the reporter caught up with Benjamin, Jeremy Valdez and Erika Alexander.

La Mission Benjamin Bratt

The third features Peter and Benjamin Bratt introducing their “La Mission” on April 23, 2009.

La Mission at the SFIFF

Then there is a series of clips from the Q&A session that took place after the screening of “La Mission” with Peter and Benjamin Bratt, Erika Alexander, Jeremy Ray Valdez, Jesse Borrego and Rene Quinones.

La Mission SFIFF Q & A Ren’e Quinones

La Mission Q & A: making community

La Mission Q & A: hometown filmmaking

La Mission Q & A: Community Bridge building

La Mission Q & A: oppression

And here is the blessing that a Mission elder- invited onstage by Benjamin and Peter Bratt – gave to the event:

Blessing

SF360 on “La Mission”

SF360 published a snippet about the SFIFF opening night featuring a photo of Benjamin and Peter Bratt and Talisa Soto making their entrance on a low rider.

I guess it drew my attention because my brother has a passion for low riders and vintage cars.

Curb appeal

Besides, SF360 also published a nice article about “La Mission:”

SFIFF52: La Mission at el Castro–a beautiful day in the neighborhoods

Abandon

Loosely based on the book “Adam’s Fall” by Sean Desmond, the film revolves around Catherine ‘Katie’ Burke (Katie Holmes), a college senior who’s having a tough time keeping herself focused. She is still struggling with memories of her boyfriend Embry Larkin (Charlie Hunnam), who disappeared two years earlier. Her past comes back to haunt her when recovering alcoholic detective Wade Handler (Benjamin Bratt) is assigned to Embry’s case. As Katie struggles to finish her thesis and land a job with a prestigious firm in the city, she must contend with the reappearance of Embry, who seems intent on destroying her life. As her relationship with Wade begins to flourish her own demons come to the surface and soon we realize that Katie is not who we think she is and that Embry’s reappearance may have more meaning than we could ever imagine.

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I admit I wasn’t expecting much when I first set out to watch “Abandon,” considered the poor reviews I had read about it. However, I liked this film and I think that the matter is that it was marketed as a non-stop psychological thriller, but “Abandon” is more a character study with the atmosphere of a thriller. Its main priority is to tell a story and I think audiences were disappointed when they saw a film that was a bit short on thrills.

Whatever may be the pretentions which the creators may or may not have possessed, it is a small film, itself unpretentious, and well within the parameters of the genre of small films (often called ‘B-movies’). “Abandon” is not a masterpiece, but the performers did what there was to do while script and director kept things moving with only a moderate degree of unnecessary repetition of the main story points.

It portrayed teenagers and college students in a far more subdued manner than normal and didn’t animate any characters to the point of stupidity. Almost everyone in is disconnected in some way and have feelings that do not show.

The film follows a very dark and ominous tone, everything done in dark color schemes, voice’s low and images grainy, and that adds to the mystery bound to be unlocked. The dialogue featured in this film is realistic and well thought out. There were excellent atmospheric touches, and enough psychological ambiguity to allow me to figure out what was really going on before the ending, but this didn’t make the film predictable, it made it clever. And the title is a good one, extremely telling, a clue in itself.

Themes of abandonment, love, obsession, mental sickness, repression, guilt are all beautifully put together in the film. “Abandon” could actually be called a quasi-tragedy and in the end, one comes away with a sadness, with a sympathy for the protagonist.