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Brian Bradley's 'Red Band Society' first episode gets free preview on demand

The entire first episode of the Fox TV series "Red Band Society" (which co-stars former "X Factor" U.S. contestant Astro, whose real name is Brian Bradley) is available as a free sneak preview on demand until Aug. 26, 2014, at 5 p.m. Eastern Time. According to an announcement made by Fox, the episode can be viewed at Fox.com, Fox Now, Hulu.com, AOL.com, Yahoo.com, EW.com, TVGuide.com, USAToday.com, Variety.com, TheWrap.com, Zap2it.com, TVLine.com, RyanSeacrest.com, HelloGiggles.com and Essence.com. In addition, the episode is available on Fox on Demand on most cable TV systems in the United States.

A scene from "Red Band Society." Pictured clockwise from left to right: Brian Bradley, Nolan Sotillo, Charlie Rowe and Griffin Gluck.
A scene from "Red Band Society." Pictured clockwise from left to right: Brian Bradley, Nolan Sotillo, Charlie Rowe and Griffin Gluck.Fox

As previously reported, Bradley and other cast members of the Fox drama series "Red Band Society" went on a U.S. tour in June and July 2014 to promote "Red Band Society," which premieres on Sept. 17, 2014. The tour (which began in New York City and Los Angeles on June 25, 2014) consisted of advance screenings of the pilot episode of "Red Band Society," followed by a Q&A with the stars of the show. The other cities visited on the tour were Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas and Philadelphia.

The tour was called “Red Band Society Tour: Banding Together for Good” and raised money for four charities: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Ryan Seacrest Foundation, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Teen Cancer America. According to Fox, this charity initiative raised more than $100,000. During the "Red Band Society" tour, the cast members visited various children’s hospitals to meet patients and participate in arts and crafts. The cast members also did several interviews to promote the show.

The tour featured different cast members in each city, such as Bradley, Octavia Spencer, Dave Annable, Ciara Bravo, Griffin Gluck, Zoe Levin, Rebecca Rittenhouse, Charlie Rowe and Nolan Sotillo, as well as executive producer Margaret Nagle. Bradley, who is 17, plays a character named Dash in "Red Band Society."

Here is a description of "Red Band Society" from Fox: "From Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television and starring Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer ('The Help,' 'Fruitvale Station'), Dave Annable ('Brothers & Sisters,' '666 Park Avenue') and a charismatic cast of fresh faces, 'Red Band Society' is a provocative, inspiring and, at times, comic young ensemble drama told through the eyes of a group of teenagers who meet as patients in the pediatric ward of Ocean Park Hospital in Los Angeles."

July 2014 was a busy month for Bradley. In addition to the "Red Band Society tour," he was busy promoting his sci-fi movie "Earth to Echo," which opened in wide release in the U.S. and Canada on July 2, 2014. The good news: "Red Band Society" has been getting mostly positive reviews from people who've seen the first episode. The bad news: "Earth to Echo" is a huge flop with audiences and is getting mixed-to-negative reviews from critics.

As previously reported, "Red Band Society" will occupy the same time slot (Wednesday from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time) that "The X Factor" U.S. had before Fox cancelled the show.

"The X Factor" U.S.'s third and final season ended in December 2013. Two months later, Fox announced that the show was cancelled, a decision that had been expected due to the show's rapidly declining ratings.

After his time on "The X Factor," Bradley is having more success as an actor than he is as music artist. Bradley (who also goes by the stage name the Astronomical Kid) is a rapper who came in seventh place on "The X Factor" U.S.'s first season in 2011. He was signed to Epic Records in 2012, when he worked on his first Epic Records album with producers Pharrell Williams and Boi-1da. The album was never released. In 2013, Bradley announced that he had parted ways with Epic Records. In 2012, Astro was featured on a remix of Cher Lloyd's "Want U Back," which was his only music that was released on Epic Records.

In 2012, Bradley made a guest appearance on the CBS drama "Person of Interest" and has done occasional performances on the East Coast. After his time on "The X Factor," Astro has independently released several songs and mixtapes as free downloads.

Bradley is also one of the co-stars of the Relativity Media sci-fi film "Earth to Echo," about a trio of adolescent friends who discover an outer-space alien in their neighborhood. Bradley plays Tuck, one of the friends who documents their adventures on video. "Earth to Echo" has a "found footage" format, with Tuck as the narrator. Bradley and other cast members attended the Los Angeles Film Festival premiere of "Earth to Echo" on June 15, 2014.

"Earth to Echo" has been slammed by critics, many of whom have described the movie as a substandard ripoff of the 1982 sci-fi blockbuster "E.T." Audiences are also not being charmed by the movie. According to Box Office Mojo: "Earth to Echo" debuted in "sixth place with an estimated $8.3 million ($13.5 million five-day). That's one of the worst openings yet for a movie using 'found footage'; remarkably, it's lower than notorious horror flops 'Apollo 18' and 'Devil's Due.' This seems to suggest that, five years after 'Paranormal Activity,' this particular technique has finally worn out its welcome." As of Aug. 22, 2014, "Earth to Echo" has generated only $37.7 million in ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada, according to Box Office Mojo.

As previously reported, Bradley is also in the Liam Neeson drama film "A Walk Among the Tombstones," which will be distributed in North America by Universal Pictures. The movie, which began filming in New York City in March 2013, will be released in the U.S. and Canada on Sept. 19, 2014. On March 13, 2013, production company Cross Creek Pictures announced several of the movie's other cast members, including Bradley, who plays a 17-year-old homeless artist named TJ in the movie.

Here is the description of "A Walk Among the Tombstones" from a press release:

"Written and to be directed by Academy Award nominated Scott Frank (Out of Sight, The Lookout), the film is based on one of 17 Matt Scudder novels written by acclaimed crime novelist Lawrence Block. The Scudder series has been in print for over 40 years and translated into over 20 languages. The movie is being produced by Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher, with their company Double Feature Films, with Danny DeVito and his company, Jersey Films along with Cross Creek Pictures' Brian Oliver and Exclusive Media's Tobin Armbrust. 'A Walk Among the Tombstones' is also produced and financed by Cross Creek Pictures with Exclusive Media under their joint co-production deal. Tyler Thompson, Cross Creek Pictures' Executive Senior Vice President, will serve as executive producer along with Kerry Orent ('Duplicity' 'Definitely Maybe,' 'Michael Clayton').

"An ex-NYPD cop and recovering alcoholic haunted by regrets, Matt Scudder (Liam Neeson) has a lot to make up for. When a series of kidnappings targeting the wives of drug dealers escalates to grisly murder, Scudder reluctantly agrees to help a heroin trafficker (Dan Stevens) and his brother (Boyd Holbrook) hunt the two men down and bring them to bloody justice. An unlicensed private detective, Matt gets help from his former colleague (Ruth Wilson) and a homeless 17-year-old artist, TJ (Astro). Operating just outside the law to track down the monsters responsible, Scudder stops just short of becoming one himself."