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Adrianne Palicki's 'From Dusk Till Dawn' debut: Watch a sneak peek -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO


Friday Night Lights alum Adrianne Palicki is back on the small screen this week in Robert Rodriguez’s From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series on the El Rey Network. She plays Vanessa Styles, a woman from Seth Gecko’s (D.J. Cotrona) past.

EW has an exclusive clip of  Palicki in the March 25 episode, titled “Mistress,” directed by Eduardo Sanchez (Blair Witch Project), in which she insinuates to Seth that his brother Richie (Zane Holtz), known for his violent, unpredictable behavior, may be suffering form mental illness, to which Seth sharply responds with a finger in her face, “He’s not crazy.”

The 10-episode, hour-long series is the network’s first scripted original and is based on the cult-classic film of the same name from Rodriguez.

From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on El Rey Network.


Robert Rodriguez Q&A: 'From Dusk Till Dawn' and what's wrong with TV


Austin maverick filmmaker Robert Rodriguez is set to launch his small-screen reboot of his cult-favorite film From Dusk Till Dawn, but his TV ambitions don’t stop there. With his new Latino-themed/English-speaking cable network El Rey, the Spy Kids and Desperado writer-director-producer-editor is trying to carve a whole new path for cool TV shows that sheds the usual big network note-giving development process. We interviewed Rodriguez at his Austin-based Troublemaker Studios about his new network and Dusk (which will premiere at the South By Southwest Film Festival this weekend). Below Rodriguez reveals how the genre-mashup Dusk got made, teases changes and expansions for the series version and talks about what the big networks are doing wrong.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So we have some common history. I volunteered for medical research tests to help pay for college at the same Austin facility you used to fund El Mariachi.
Robert Rodriguez: What did you do in there?

Drug names that I don’t remember. The only one I recall vividly was the wisdom tooth removal study, because they pull out your teeth and then test a painkiller.
Rodriguez: I’d be in there for a month; $3,000 for a month. That’s what I did for El Mariachi. It was easy because it was Lipitor, though it wasn’t called that yet. It was a lower-cholesterol drug, which was great because they gave us like bacon and a high-fat diet. There was another drug study next to us that was a narcotic pain killer for $3,500 for a month. And somebody got sick on the first day and went home the first day fully paid. We were all like, “I wish we could get sick.”

I stuck to the weekend ones because I had school.
Rodriguez: I avoided those. The weekend ones they pay you for your pain, the other ones they pay you more for your time — so it was like one blood draw a day. The weekend ones you’d end up like a pin cushion. They’d put on your tourniquet and blood would already be shooting out because your other holes hadn’t healed. They’re like $500 to $700?

Yeah. And speaking of drawing blood, we should talk Dusk. You always fill many roles on each project. How many hats are you wearing on this? READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Robert Rodriguez drops intel on new 'From Dusk Till Dawn' TV series

A lot of movie directors have been dabbling in television lately. But how many start their own freakin’ TV network? That would be one. And that one would be Robert Rodriguez. The director and now founder of the El Rey network stopped by Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) this week to talk all about his new “video mix tape” and the super-cool programming they have in store. Of course, at the top of this super-cool list is a new TV version of his 1996 cult classic From Dusk Till Dawn (starring George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino, with a screenplay by Tarantino).

So how similar or different will the TV series be? “The film, you only have a limited time to tell a story, and any character that Quentin creates, they can live and breathe for so much more than that,” says Rodriguez. “And so I decided to take the idea of the movie, retell it in a way, add new characters and have different things happen to characters you know and love, and really set up the story to sustain itself for several seasons. We get a lot more into the mythology of the temple where they go, and build up that mythology. You see some sign posts to what the movie had offered story-wise, but it goes in completely different directions.” READ FULL STORY

Robert Rodriguez's El Rey network casts Adrianne Palicki, two more in 'From Dusk Till Dawn' -- EXCLUSIVE

Grindhouse guy Robert Rodriguez is diversifying — and he’s got a would-be Wonder Woman on board as well.

Rodriguez is currently launching a new 24-hour cable channel called El Rey Network, which plans to “unite the most culturally diverse generation in history through fearless, badass and original content that awakens the renegade in everyone” — according to a press release, at least. Its content will include cult classic films, next-gen sports, and original series like From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, a 10-episode supernatural crime saga inspired by Rodriguez’s 1996 feature.

The drama’s cast already includes Wilmer Valderrama as criminal mastermind Carlos, D.J. Cotrona of Dear John as bank robber Seth Gecko (a role played by George Clooney in the film), Zane Holtz of The Perks of Being a Wallflower as his volatile brother Richie (played by Quentin Tarantino in the film), and Jesse Garcia of Sons of Anarchy as Texas Ranger Freddie Gonzalez.

Now EW has learned of three more additions to the cast: Friday Night Lights alum Adrianne Palicki, Jake Busey (yes, son of Gary), and Lane Garrison, late of the multi-network miniseries Bonnie & Clyde. Palicki plays Vanessa Styles, a woman from Seth Gecko’s past. Busey plays eccentric, mythology-obsessed professor Aiden Tanner. And Garrison is Pete, a liquor store clerk who gets more than he bargained for when the Gecko brothers enter his shop.

From Dusk Till Dawn will be the fledgling network’s first scripted original. Though a premiere date for the series has not yet been announced, El Rey is available nationally beginning this week.


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