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Meet the cast of The CW's 'Labyrinth'

First, let’s establish that Labyrinth isn’t a remake (or reboot) of the classic 1980s film. And no, it doesn’t also star David Bowie. Yup, bummer. But do not fret! What makes this Labyrinth stand out is a pretty impressive cast.

Labyrinth first aired in Canada and the UK a couple years ago, and now, thanks to The CW, this two-part miniseries will finally air in the States on Thursday and Friday, May 22 and 23. It is based on an adaptation of Kate Mosse’s best-selling novel of the same name. The story follows the lives of two women, one living in modern France and one living during the time of the Crusades. The two are connected by visions and time travel, and eventually become united in a search for the Holy Grail.

Time travel, history, magic and adventure all rolled into one is a major selling point for this series. Yet what seals the deal is the cast. I was surprised as I examined the cast list when reading about Labyrinth. Read on, and be surprised too.

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Jessica Brown Findlay

Most Popular for Playing: Lady Sybil Crawley/Branson in Downton Abbey

Last Seen Playing: Colin Farrell’s love interest in Winter’s Tale

Who She Plays in Labyrinth: Alais Pelletier Du Mas. Alais is the medieval counterpart of the two females leading this series. Newly married, Alais is living through the Crusades and the Cathar massacres in medieval France. She joins her father in a secret mission to protect three sacred books that reveal the mystery behind the Holy Grail from the Crusaders.

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Vanessa Kirby

Most Popular for Playing: Arguably Estella in Great Expectations (2011), or Joanna in About Time

Last Seen Playing: The eccentric sister in About Time

Who She Plays in Labyrinth: Alice Tanner. In modern France, Alice is volunteering at an archaeological dig and discovers the remains of two people in a cave, as well as a ring with a labyrinth engraved on it. When she touches the ring, she has a vision of Alais. Her discovery of the cave and the ring catch the attention of a few shady, mysterious people.

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John Hurt

Most Popular for Playing: Some may say John Merrick in The Elephant Man, but who can forget that scene of Hurt as Kane in Alien?

Last Seen Playing: The Doctor himself in Doctor Who

Who He Plays in Labyrinth: Audric Baillard, a modern mystic who opens the series and eventually becomes integral to the plot and the search for the Holy Grail.

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Tom Felton

Most Popular for Playing: Draco Malfoy in Harry Potter

Last Seen Playing: Pulling another bigoted asshat in Belle

Who He Plays in Labyrinth: Viscount Trencavel. The viscount is a nice change of pace for Felton, who plays this noble with a ton of earnestness. Trencavel is dedicated to protecting his people from the violence of the Crusades at all costs.

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Sebastian Stan

Most Popular for Playing: Carter Baizen in Gossip Girl Bucky Barnes in Captain America

Last Seen Playing: Steve Rogers’ better (or worse) half in Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Who He Plays in Labyrinth: Will Franklyn. Stan always has that mysterious look on his face, which is perfect for this character. Will is part of a modern-day cult that believes it should have the Holy Grail. He plays a spy in order to find out Alice’s involvement with the mystery.

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Tony Curran

Most Popular for Playing: It’s tough to pick among Curran’s supporting roles in Underworld: Evolution, 24, Doctor Who and The Pillars of the Earth

Last Seen Playing: An alien who is head of a seedy underworld in Defiance

Who He Plays in Labyrinth: Guy D’Evreux. The villainous lord is also on the search for the Holy Grail, and makes circumstances more difficult for Alais and company.

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Katie McGrath

Most Popular for Playing: Morgana in Merlin (but you will see her soon in the much anticipated Jurassic World)

Last Seen Playing: Lucy Westenra in NBC’s Dracula

Who She Plays in Labyrinth: Oriane Congost. Oriane is Alais’ jealous and conniving sister. Think your siblings are bad? Just wait until you see all the trouble Oriane causes. 

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Emun Elliot

Most Popular for Playing: Marillion in Game of Thrones

Last Seen Playing: A supporting role in the insane James McAvoy-starring Filth

Who He Plays in Labyrinth: Guilhem du Mas. Guilheim is a knight known for his top-notch sword-wielding and jousting skills. More important, he plays Alais’ not-so-faithful husband.

Labyrinth airs in two parts, on May 22 and May 23, at 8/7 C on The CW.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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