What a wonderful surprise that Coyote was able to
return for the last two episodes of THE 4400's
second season on the USA Network. If you missed the show that aired on August
21st, you still have a chance to view it this Saturday on USA's
marathon. Check your local TV programming for exact times. In last
week's episode called "The Fifth Page", the 4400s across the world come down with a strange and
life-threatening illness so Dennis Ryland (Coyote) comes back to head
NTAC and issues the unpopular order to quarantine the sick as well as
the unaffected 4400s. This Sunday he'll appear in this season's finale
episode called "Mommy's Bosses".
For extensive information on the series, visit the
Network's 4400 web site.
Here are some excerpts from today's news bulletin
from Zap2it.com entitled 'The 4400' Dwindles to One -
"After a successful six-episode first-season run in the summer of 2004,
USA Network's 'The 4400' closes out its second, 13-episode season on
Sunday, Aug. 28, with 'Mommy's Bosses.' It's essentially the conclusion
of a two-part storyline that began last week with 'The Fifth Page.' That
episode marked the return of season-one star Peter Coyote as Dennis
Ryland... According to executive producer Ira Steven Behr, who co-wrote
the last two episodes with Craig Sweeney, this was only the beginning.
"We're going out with a bit of a bang," he says of 'Mommy's Bosses.'
'There will be much smoking out of people's computers. We end this
season with five different moments, that each alone would be enough to
have people go, "What the hell does that mean?" It's almost too much. We
had to end it in act three of the second hour, because we needed the
rest of the time to do the Holy mother...'kind of thing.'"
Here's some glowing words about Peter regarding both THE INSIDE and THE 4400.
Kansas City Star
(8/19/05 - "The 4400" howls once more:
"Peter Coyote deserved better than he got this
summer from Fox, which dispatched 'The Inside'
after five weeks on the air, not nearly enough time for
viewers to discover the deliciously dark, Svengali-in-a-suit
FBI character he’d created. So he’s back where he belongs,
on 'The 4400', a better show
with a bigger cast and a network that knows what it’s doing. Coyote
is brought in to manage the bizarre outbreak that has suddenly
struck one-fifth of the 4,400 alien abductee-returnees. The
telltale rash on their arms is leading to some rash decision-making, both by
and nervous U.S. officials, and nobody seems to want to
listen to a
voice of reason, not even one as silky smooth as Coyote’s."
now Coyote has gone from USA to Fox and then back to USA and now to ABC
in the new series, COMMANDER IN CHIEF, starring Geena Davis. It will
premiere Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 9/8c. As of now, Coyote has done three
episodes and will make his first appearance on October 4th. It may end
up to be a recurring role. The
following is a description of his character, General Warren Keaton - A lean, mean fighting machine of a man, he was
the Supreme Allied Commander of Nato, and he has the authority and
decisiveness of a born leader. Keaton ran against Alllen for the vice
presidency, but an unfortunately sexist comment at a public debate
lost him the election. A man of conscience and definite opinions, he's
uncompromising and extremely popular with the public. Keaton has made
it clear that he's not interested in serving as Vice President for
Allen's new adminstration. However, when Allen calls him in for a
special confab, he changes his mind, but only after realizing that he
and Allen talk the same language and share the same goals for the public good.
you look under the Black and White Photo
Gallery, you'll find the two most recent portraits of Coyote.
this month I reported Coyote's attendance at Michael Madsen's party in
celebration of his book "The Complete Poetic Works of Michael Madsen:
Vol I, 1995-2005" From the LA Weekly - "'I met him 10 or 12 years ago,'
recalls a dapper, affable Coyote of the poet. 'I’d written a screenplay
for him that neither of us had the juice to get off the ground. Turned
out that we were both writers, both ex-dopers, both kind of reformed
carousers. I saw that sensitive side of him then, and I’m glad he’s
making it public.”
Home Video has announced the DVD release of
WRITTEN IN BLOOD on September 6th. This crime thriller,
directed by John Terlesky, also stars Michael T. Weiss and Maureen
Flanigan. The synopsis is as follows: When Detective John Traveller
(Coyote) is convicted of the murder of his wife and her lover, his
partner, Detective Matthew Ransom (Weiss), begins to try and find out
what really happened. As he investigates the murder further, the
only clues he uncovers are baffling – including a name that is written
in blood. Ransom also finds himself drawn to
Traveller’s daughter Jude (Flannigan). As more
murders occur, Ransom finds that he must include Jude as a possible
suspect. The 94-minute film is rated R for
language, violence and some sexuality. It's presently
being shown on some premium movie channels. You can
pre-order it now at Amazon.com
July 31 Coyote attended the Food Network's "Behind The Bash" Party for
Michael Madsen's new book of poetry. The event was held at the
Loggia at The Highlands in Hollywood.
Michael & Peter
Peter with guest
Peter now joining the cast of "Commander in Chief", he was
invited to ABC's Television 2005 Summer Press Tour All-Star Party at The
Abby Club in West Hollywood on July 27th.
is now being screened at Germany's Fantasy Filmfest this month. The
Seattle Film Festival hosted the premiere of Deepwater back in
June. Described as a psychological thriller à la Hitchcock,
the film has enough twists and turns to
satisfy just about anyone.
San Francisco Jewish Festival, which runs July 21-August 6 is screening
two Coyote films. The first is a 78-minute documentary called COMMUNE
(2005). Jonathan Berman’s exploration of the allure that
utopian societies hold for Jews, looks at the Black Bear Ranch, a
1970s community in Northern California’s Siskiyou County, and
features Black Bear members Harriet Beinfeld, Peter Coyote and Daily
Planet contributor Osha Neumann. The second film is the French
Yiddish comedy, LE GRAND ROLE
(2004), directed by Steve Suissa and featuring Coyote as a famous
American director - think Steven Spielberg.
returning from the beach and enjoying the simple life minus radio, tv or
newspapers, I was so surprised and much disappointed to learn of the
cancellation of THE INSIDE series. Apparently, the two episodes
aired back to back on July 6th were the last shows. As a rule, I don't
watch much television, but I thoroughly enjoyed the clever scripts with
that dark edge, and the cast was excellent. It was a terrific role for
Coyote and he played it purr-fectly.
Brian Bellmont of MSNBC wrote a commentary on July 7th
called "Gloomy, moody shows brighten summer TV" and this is what
he had to say about THE INSIDE:
You want dark? “The Inside” is
murkier than a sludge-filled sewer. On paper, it’s “Law and Order:
Serial Killers,” a run-of-the-mill cop show about the FBI’s Los
Angeles-based Violent Crime Unit. But in the hands of quirkmeister
Tim Minear (“Angel,” “Firefly,” “Wonderfalls”), “The Inside” is
“Se7en”-lite, an unapologetically dark and moody look at sickos,
psychos, and the people who track them down.
Front and center is Rebecca Locke (Bridget Fonda look-alike Rachel
Nichols), a fresh-faced, doe-eyed new recruit with some firsthand
experience dealing with violent offenders. Turns out she was
kidnapped as a child by just the kind of guy she and her new
colleagues are after. Just what kind of damage did her experience
inflict? As the episodes unfold, viewers are getting plenty of clues
that Locke’s flawless skin may be holding together a scarred,
unstable core. Peter Coyote adds a menacing layer as the rogue
unit’s enigmatic boss, who may be more interested in solving crimes
than making sure his agents come out of their investigations
physically — and psychologically — in one piece.
It took until the fourth episode — written by “Buffy” alum Jane
Espenson — for the show to really gel into a solid mix of black
humor and piano-string tension. But if you want to check out this
moody hour, you’d better act fast. Online buzz — including Minear’s
own Web site — is already sounding the show’s death knell.
\Here's the latest from Zap2It:
FOX Entertainment President Peter Liguori takes
full responsibility for the summer profiler series' "The Inside's"
"I'll take the heat on how that show as scheduled," he says. "I
think if I could rethink that decision, the way to have premiered
that show would have been a bit earlier, right on the heels of
'24's' finale, right on the heels of 'American Idol's' finale."
Instead, "The Inside" premiered on Wednesday, June 8 and promptly
fell off most viewers radar, despite a strong cast and clever
Despite Liguori's promises that the network will air all of "The
Inside's" remaining episodes, on Friday it was announced that for at
least the next two weeks it will remain off the Wednesday schedule
in favor of expanded 90-minute episodes of the reality show "So You
Think You Can Dance," followed by "dance themed" episodes of "The
Bernie Mac Show."
Meanwhile, "Inside" stars Rachel Nichols and Peter Coyote have
both jumped ship over to ABC for the fifth season of "Alias" and the
new presidential drama "Commander In Chief," respectively.
So, Coyote has now joined the cast
of ABC's COMMANDER IN CHIEF in recurring roles. He'll play
President Mackenzie Allen's (Geena Davis) Vice Presidential nominee and
will appear in the second episode. The series will air at 9 p.m.
Tuesdays beginning Sept. 27. Also added to the cast is Donald Sutherland
who plays the speaker of the house and Kyle Secor who plays
Allen's husband. "Commander in Chief" stars Geena Davis as a married
mother and independent vice president who is thrust into power after the
death of the Republican president, battling concerns by her
predecessors' advisers and cabinet as well as her family and associates.
Creator/executive producer Rod Lurie said there will be politics in the
series but it's not the only focus of the show. Lurie called "The West
Wing" "one of the great shows in the history of television" but its
focus is more political than the family values that will be embodied in
Apparently, Coyote will also be
appearing in some new episodes of the sci-fi series, THE 4400.
After doing six episodes of the drama last season, he's been in Vancouver
shooting some upcoming shows, once again playing the director of
Homeland Security. In an interview with the
Marin Independent Journal, he responds to the cancellation
of THE INSIDE - "It's just a drag because it was an interesting
show. Given the amount of work we did, it's
sad, but what can you say?"
There are rumors that all of the
episodes will eventually be released on DVD, so let's keep our fingers
there are back-to-back episodes of "THE INSIDE"
tonight. Fox is hoping the double exposure might
boost the ratings for the show, which has been attracting
only some 3.9 million viewers each week.
"The Loneliest Number" will be shown 8-9
PM ET/PT and then "Thief of Hearts" from 9-10 PM ET/PT. Here
are some comments from today's London Free Press - "At
the centre is the angry wizard, Coyote, who, besides being
the boss, is also a famed behavioural scientist. He's also a
ruthless, Hannibal Lecter character, according to Minear (executive producer). A stretch for Coyote? Hardly.
'I think if you were to ask my
children, they'd say it was a close match on some days'
he joked. Certainly Coyote (Bitter Moon, Femme
Fatale) has made a career playing a succession of dodgy
creeps. 'If I wasn't an actor, I
might well have been a serial killer, who knows,'
he said. 'This is a very safe and
controlled environment in which to explore these things and
it's a great deal of fun.'
premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival
on June 9th. Director David Marfield and cast members Lesley
Ann Warren and Mia Maestro attended the screening. The
Seattle Post-Intelligencer gave it the following review
- " Here's a taut and tense twist on an already
tightly wound noirish classic and modern thrillers like
The Postman Always Rings Twice, Blood Simple and
Body Heat. This world
premiere by David S. Marfield boasts the treadworn plot of a
drifter coming to town, taking one look at the sultry wife
of the seemingly corrupt older businessman, and finding
himself in hot water after embarking on an affair. Yet
Marfield, whose cinematic influences definitely show (add
Psycho to the mix of movies above), subverts everything
we think will happen. He does it with stylish pulse and
visual creativity and -- with a solid cast that includes
Peter Coyote, Lesley Ann Warren, Lucas Black and Mia Maestro
- makes something fresh and
suspenseful out of a successful, if standard, formula."
To view the trailer, visit
And here's a great review by Variety:
Low-budget neo-noir looks like more than a million
bucks, thanks to the vision of debut helmer David S.
Marfield, who adapted story from a Southern Gothic novel
by Matthew F. Jones. It also offers one of strongest,
most unusual turns yet by Peter Coyote, as a rural
tycoon who is either an evil manipulator or an outsized
good ol' boy, depending on the interpretation -- with
pic's main p.o.v. called into question as things get
increasingly weird. Distribs will need muscle to get
"Deepwater" out of the shallow end of theatrical play,
but cable and vidvid follow-ups should go swimmingly.
Noir format initially
feels more than familiar, with damaged young drifter,
Nat Banyon (compelling Lucas Black from "Friday Night
Lights"), just out of rehab for an unexplained mishap
and on his way to a new life in Wyoming (pic was shot in
rural British Columbia). He rescues one-named Finch
(Coyote) from a bad road accident and is rewarded with a
job at the man's run-down resort motel.
The cigar-chomping, glad-handing Finch has his fingers
in numerous local pies, such as car dealership (run by
Michael Ironside, usually a bad omen) and a casino
nominally headed by natives (including always-great Ben
Despite tough survival skills, Nat feels in over his
head. What really does it is Finch's beautiful young
wife, Iris (Argentine up-and-comer Mia Maestro of "The
Motorcycle Diaries"). Her mysterious combination of
come-hither hints and what-are-you-doing reactions
baffle the blonde youngster, especially after they
engage in several semi-nude gropes.
He's further confused by conflicting gossip from locals,
including a lonely waitress played by fetching Lesley
Ann Warren. But Nat's bewilderment also offers a
suggestion not to trust his version of events, as people
and pets -- like Finch's German shepherd -- go missing.
Helmer keeps heat on throughout, and viewers who don't
cotton to the Chinese puzzle aspect of the tale will
still respond to startling images from resourceful
lenser Scott Kevan, who fashions iconic silhouettes and
hallucinogenic, brightly colored dreamscapes out of what
could have been bleak northern settings.
Charley Clouser's subtly burbling score is another
unsettling plus. Critics could argue with Eric Strand's
acid-dipped editing and pic's hyped-up sound, but Darren
Aronofsky-stlye disorientation ultimately
pays off in a thriller twist that carves out unique
territory -- even as it may freak out fans of genre
THE INSIDE is called
"Pre-filer" - When a spate of murders targeting future
serial killers start piling up, the VCU team find themselves matched
against a cunning profiler who executes these would-be killers in the
same way they would have killed their victims.
Be sure to catch it at 9 pm (EDT).
Fox has just announced that they will air original
back-to-back episodes on Wednesday, July 6th from 8-10 pm.
"The Loneliest Number"
(8-9 pm) - When the VCU team investigates a series of suicides, they
discover them to be murders linked to a suicide hotline. Meanwhile,
Paul (Jay Harrington) suspects that Web's influence over Rebecca
(Rachel Nichols) is growing stronger and may lead to fatal
"Thief of Hearts" (9-10
pm) - Paul re-lives his first case under Web
when a serial killer imprisoned for removing the hearts of his female
victims is released because additional victims turn up bearing his
killing signature while he is behind bars.
may have recognized Peter's narration of the 30-second Oracle ads
on television, which will run over the next three months. The world's
biggest database software maker is specifically targeting rival database
maker IBM, the technology industry's heaviest television advertiser,
which offers a competing grid strategy that Oracle argues relies heavily
on IBM mainframes.
reviews of THE INSIDE! —
Alessandra Stanley of the NY Times: "Peter
Coyote adds a refreshing touch of evil as the mysterious boss, Virgil
(Web) Webster, who is feared, loathed and respected by his agents."
Rick Bird of the Cincinnati Post: "This
tale of a special FBI unit that investigates serial crimes is full
of wicked good twists and turns and great characters including
Peter Coyote's amoral chief. Newcomer Rachel Nichols is
excellent as a child-abduction victim who grows up to be an FBI
profiler." — Robert
Lloyd of the LA Times: "Minear and Gordon know how
to prepare a red herring - you won't get to
the end of a story 20 minutes before the detectives do. And the cast is
excellent. Like Patricia Arquette in The Medium, Nichols has a
kind of aqueous, dreamy quality and a face that draws the camera in
close, while Coyote is a naturally unsettling presence."
In an interview with Bangor Daily News (6/11/05), Augusta native
Rachel Nichols commented on her role in THE INSIDE - "I have a
great team of people who work on it with me, all of whom have more
experience than I do. Take, for example, Peter Coyote, who's
distinguished, talented and a perfect mentor figure."
Coyote says his character is
so smart that he makes Einstein look like a special needs student! Be
sure to visit the
official web site
for complete information as well as interviews with each of the cast
members. Don't forget THE INSIDE airs every Wednesday night
throughout the summer at 9 pm (EDT) on the FOX channel. The second
episode is called "Old Wounds" airing tonight -
A federal prosecutor and former co-worker of
Paul's (Jay Harrington) is murdered. The VCU
team suspects a serial killer who meets women through a kinky sex club.
One of the establishment's patrons is a wealthy playboy to whom Rebecca
(Rachel Nichols) feels drawn.
great reviews on
Coyote's new role in Fox's THE INSIDE:
Franklin, The New Yorker:
The new Fox
Wednesday-night drama, “The Inside,” about an F.B.I. profiler whose own
personal history makes her all too suited for the job, wastes no time
playing its trump card—and that card is not the profiler. It’s Peter
Coyote, in the role of Virgil Webster, her boss at the Violent Crimes
Unit in Los Angeles—an unsmiling, manipulative man with what would pass
in polite company for a cruel streak. Coyote has always had a strong
presence on the screen, both in movies and on TV. He didn’t start acting
until he was almost forty—he was, and still is, a broadly engaged
political activist—and perhaps his full life as a human being is what
makes him seem so grounded as a performer. He comes across as not
needing the attention the camera provides, and so the camera willingly
gives it to him. He’s a tall, trim tree, and still good-looking at
sixty-two. And then, tying it all together, there’s that voice: it’s
measured and sane yet passionate, serious but not stern or judgmental,
warm but not gooey—and, amazingly, though Coyote couldn’t possibly be
unaware of the persuasive power of his instrument, he doesn’t seem to be
in love with the sound of it. Television advertisers know that you would
buy anything from this man: in addition to the dozens of narrations
Coyote has done for documentaries and live TV broadcasts, he has had a
very successful career doing commercial voice-overs.
Sisk, Daily News:
Agent Rebecca Locke (newcomer Rachel Nichols) is the latest member
of the Los Angeles-based Violent Crimes Unit headed by shady
Supervisory Special Agent Virgil Webster (a wonderful Peter
Coyote)... The cast - especially Coyote, Harrington and Nichols - is
uniformly strong, though Webster may well be the worst boss ever.
With his apparent disregard for the well-being of those who work for
him, a mutiny seems likely.
Joy Press, Village Voice:
Buried among the dozens of throwaway reality shows cluttering up the
summer schedules is one scripted program with a serious pedigree.
The Inside (Wednesdays at 9 on Fox), a stylish and creepy
addition to the violent crime-solving genre, boasts a sterling staff
of writers and producers from shows like Buffy, The
X-Files, and 24. And although the series theoretically
revolves around a blonde novice FBI agent named Rebecca Locke
(Rachel Nichols), the real attraction is co-star Peter Coyote, who
plays her Machiavellian supervisor Virgil "Web" Webster. Web takes
only the most emotionally punishing cases, exploiting his own
employees' vulnerabilities; his relationship with Rebecca promises
to be particularly twisted. Coyote explains in a telephone
interview, "It's not a lab show. You don't have people saying,
'Let's flush this with five cc's of dexothorpan.' This is about
unexpected turns the human mind can take. Each character has
personal and ethical limits, except Web. Just when you think he has
rendered himself completely corrupt, it turns out he's ahead of
Coyote spent many years pushing limits in the counterculture—as a
member of the '60s anarchist group the Diggers and a denizen of
various communes. He remains a political activist, regularly
supporting lefty causes and documentaries. So why does he end up
with so many cop and sheriff roles? (In last season's USA miniseries
The 4400, he even played a Homeland Security chief.) "For some
reason, casting people and directors see me as the Robert Vaughn of
my generation," he says dryly. "I guess it's just an irony of
history." But he's enjoying The Inside, not least because of his
longtime interest in serial killers. "I spent a lot of my life
hanging around outlaws, some of whom were extremely dangerous—a few
were actually murderers. These are people who don't have internal
restraints, and I think it's fascinating to look at where the
difference is between them and me. To find the line I refuse to
Kat Parr, TV
Peter Coyote has a huge resume, and if you knock out the
B-list, there's still E.T., Erin Brockovich, and a
slew of suspense films that gift him with appropriate proportions of
irony and gravitas.
Last, Weekly Standard - The
Inside has many virtues, not the least of which is an
embarrassment of acting riches in the cast. In addition to Coyote's
cool devilry, there's Adam Baldwin's congenital malice as Danny Love
and Katie Finneran's pitch-perfect Melody Sim rounding out the
squad. But the show's most important virtue is its sense of
off-kilter mystery - just a few episodes in we can tell that not
everything is quite right with The Inside. There is the vaguest hint
of the supernatural hanging about the show. Not quite Lost,
not quite Twin Peaks, not quite The X-Files, there
are, nonetheless, larger forces at work in Virgil Webster's office.
Let's hope The Inside survives so that we can find out what
Jason Davis, Cinescape - Veteran actor Peter Coyote
brings an interesting ambiguity to Virgil Webster, who seems, in
many ways, to be just as dangerous as the monsters he pursues.
Aaron Barnhart, Kansas City
Coyote brings an almost unbearable heaviness of being to his part,
which creates enough believable tension with all his agents to
propel “The Inside” forward.
Pergament, Buffalo News:
Coyote, a veteran film and TV actor with a powerful voice heard on
many a commercial, could play this cold role in his sleep. He is far
from the caring boss we've grown to love on CBS dramas, and we learn
next to nothing about his history.
Mike Hughes, Honolulu Advertiser:
This tough and tense series about an FBI unit
investigating violent crimes is the cure for summer blandness. At
the core is Rebecca Locke, played well by Rachel Nichols. She's a
young FBI agent with a past that seems, at first, eerily vague. Her
new boss is Virgil Webster, who is played by the always-terrific
Peter Coyote. This is a fascinating character, almost in the league
of Fox's Gregory House. Webster might seem to lack a heart or a
soul. He'll risk the lives of others to do his job. He's terribly
good at it — and he may have seething emotion under the surface.
Mike Duffy, Detroit Free Press:
With its compelling
atmospherics, solid cast and Coyote's fine performance as the
manipulative top cop, series creators Howard Gordon
("24") and Tim Minear ("Wonderfalls")
have concocted a taut little thriller.
Balta, Daily Herald:
Webster is played with an unsettling brilliance by Peter Coyote
("The 4400"). Webster is seemingly always a step ahead of his
subordinates and doesn't necessarily appear to have their best
interests in mind.
Tom Jicha ,
Peter Coyote effectively portrays Webster as a cranky, controlling,
results-oriented superior officer, whose regard for his squad
members is based on what they can do to make him look better. He's
an off-putting individual -- think House as a cop -- but he
does something in the final act likely to endear him to fans of this
Perigard, Boston Herald:
his operatives because he's aware of their emotional problems and
he's more than willing to exploit their weaknesses to capture the
bad guys. This creepiness gives ``The Inside'' an edge the other
procedural shows don't have. Coyote summons up the Cigarette Smoking
Man without the devilish nicotine fix.
Robert Philpot, Star Telegram:
The eccentric Coyote, by the way, could play this role in his sleep,
but he's one of the elements that keeps the show awake.
Jonathan Storm, Philadelphia Inquirer:
Inside departs from most of the grim autops-a-thon procedurals
that ooze over the TV landscape, spending time dissecting its
central characters. Who are they? Why were they chosen by the
bewilderingly unemotional unit chief, played enigmatically by Peter
Coyote, who is so archly juicy in these kinds of roles?
Mike Kelly, Toledo Blade:
Coyote, a veteran character actor, brings a stern-faced strength and
gravity to his role, and a bit of a sinister quality as well. He's
not your typical gruff-but-goodhearted TV police commander, and it's
easy to imagine that he might have a few dark secrets of his own.
Thompson, Palm Beach Post:
always exudes The Voice of Authority no matter the role, is
perfectly cast as enigmatic Webster.
Rob Owen, Pittsburgh Post Gazette:
The most intriguing aspect of "The Inside" is the creepy Web Minear
has woven with Coyote as the spider at its center. Is Webster a
good-guy boss or a master manipulator who's using Locke for her
Laura Urbani, Tribune Review:
Coyote does a good job of
portraying a shady bureaucrat, a role he practiced on "The 4400."
Tim Goodman, San Francisco Chronicle:
If Coyote actually had this role in a more believable series -- say,
on CBS -- he'd be looking at five highly rated seasons and
The old crotchety boss is given a nice twist by way of Peter Coyote
in the role of Virgil “Web” Webster. The character arc of the show
will likely focus upon the reason that Web selected each member of
the elite team. He has, we’re told, an ability to pick assets and
then control them to suit his needs.