Upfronts: Odd Cancellations & Interesting Pick-Ups

The 2017-2018 TV season is coming to a close and that means all the networks, cable channels, streaming services are putting their wares out to show what’s to come…

This means that we have also learned what shows are returning and what shows are not returning.

I think the most shocking return was Agents of SHIELD, which will be back for a truncated 6th season. This was an interesting announcement because everyone was saying the 5th season would be the last and also because Infinity War changed everything in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and this show is tethered to the movies.

Outside of Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s cancellation, was the cancellation of the fan-favorite Lucifer. Fans started #SaveLucifer campaign on Twitter and as Tom Ellis, aka Lucifer himself, stated, “Power to the People.” The show is in talks to move to another home.
Honestly, if Constantine can show up on the CW and find a home on DC’s Legend’s of Tomorrow after being canceled on NBC’s Constantine…than it looks good for everyone’s favorite fallen angel.

Other surprises:

The return of Midnight, Texas, but it is to air Friday nights at 9 pm on NBC.

The 100 and iZombie were renewed over at the CW and they picked up five pilots among them:

  • Charmed – After the tragic death of their mother, three sisters in a college town are stunned to discover they are witches.  Soon this powerful threesome must stand together to fight the everyday and supernatural battles that all modern witches must face: from vanquishing powerful demons to toppling the patriarchy.
  • Roswell, New Mexico – After reluctantly returning to her tourist-trap hometown of Roswell, New Mexico, the daughter of undocumented immigrants discovers a shocking truth about her teenage crush who is now a police officer: he’s an alien who has kept his unearthly abilities hidden his entire life. She protects his secret as the two reconnect and begin to investigate his origins, but when a violent attack and long-standing government cover-up point to a greater alien presence on Earth, the politics of fear and hatred threaten to expose him and destroy their deepening romance.
  • In the Dark – A flawed and irreverent blind woman is the only “witness” to the murder of her drug-dealing friend. After the police dismiss her story, she sets out with her dog, Pretzel, to find the killer while also managing her colorful dating life and the job she hates at the guide dog school owned by her overprotective parents.
  • Legacies – Continuing the tradition of “The Vampire Diaries” and “The Originals,” the story of the next generation of supernatural beings at The Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted. Klaus Mikaelson’s daughter, 17-year-old Hope Mikaelson; Alaric Saltzman’s twins, Lizzie and Josie Saltzman; and other young adults come of age in the most unconventional way possible, nurtured to be their best selves…in spite of their worst impulses. Will these young witches, vampires, and werewolves become the heroes they want to be — or the villains they were born to be?

The CW renewed all of their DC assets, as well as Riverdale, Supernatural, Jane the Virgin and Dynasty. That is a lot of TV.

Besides the cancelation of Lucifer, FOX made a lot of other interesting changes for their fall schedule. The Gifted made it to the Fall line-up, but The Orville and Gotham are mid-season replacements. Also, the 5th season of Gotham will be its last. But, it will be the season where we see Bruce become the Dark Knight.

Outlander was picked up for two additional seasons, hurrah for me! But, they canceled Ash vs. the Evil Dead. I will miss their set-ups at Comic-Con.

Westworld was renewed for a 3rd season.

Amazon renewed The Tick and Jack Ryan, mind you…the latter has not even aired one episode of season 1.

Netflix renewed Lost in Space, Travelers and Jessica Jones.

Hulu renewed The Runaways.

EPIX grabbed the 10 episode prequel to Batman that centers on Alfred Pennyworth. It is being created by the dynamic duo behind Gotham. It is a standalone story exploring Alfred’s life as a former British SAS soldier who forms a secret company and goes to work with Thomas Wayne.

As news rolls in, I will update.

News You May Have Missed…

Quite a bit has happened since the Olympics have begun…and basically sucked me in. Go Team USA!!!!

Casting News: Hannah Simone, New Girl, has been cast as the lead of the reboot of the Greatest American Hero. In it, an Indian-American woman in her thirties who loves to drink, party, and sing karaoke because she hasn’t found her purpose in life—but everything changes when she’s entrusted with a suit that gives her superpowers for the purpose of saving the world. Jessica Szohr has joined the case of Orville for season #2. AMC’s Preacher has cast a slew of characters for the third season. Betty Buckley will be playing Jesse’s “Gran’ma.”  Colin Cunningham will portray TC, a loyal enforcer to Jesse’s Gran’ma. Jeremy Childs  will also be a loyal enforcer to Gran’ma. Liz McGeever has been cast as Christina, Jesse’s Mom. Good Omens has its Harmony and Glozier, the myterious book buyers. They will be portrayed by Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Game of Thrones) and Steve Pemberton (League of Gentlemen).

Timeless will return to the small screen on NBC on March 11th. Synopsis from NBC is as follows:

From Eric Kripke (“Revolution,” “Supernatural”) and Shawn Ryan (“The Shield”), season two of this thrilling action-adventure series will pick up right where we left off with our heroes. We continue to race throughout history with our beloved team: Rufus (Malcolm Barrett), a scientist; Wyatt (Matt Lanter), a soldier; and Lucy (Abigail Spencer), a history professor, in an attempt to prevent the destruction of our world as we all know it. This season they’ll find an unlikely ally in their quest to ruin Rittenhouse, a deadly organization with plans to change history and reshape reality — even though Lucy’s family has been a part of Rittenhouse for centuries. Still making every effort not to affect the past themselves, they will visit 1692, 1917, 1941, 1981 and more.  We’ll be introduced to the likes of Marie Curie, Hedy Lamarr, William Randolph Hearst and a multitude of other influential people throughout history. 

A new teaser trailer was released for Siren, which will air on Freeform:

TV Line gave us a little head’s up about the second season of FX’s Legion, which will air on April 3rd.

David has to piece his memory back together after getting zapped by that orb, and he ends up forming an unlikely alliance to battle the nefarious Shadow King.

The Shadow King will be portrayed by Abu Nazir.

Fans of Star Trek: Discovey, Ash Tyler will be back in Season 2.

The Alienist: These Bloody Thoughts Recap

Synopsis: Sara and Kriezler posit on the ability to kill. Moore goes on a date. Byrnes and Connor eye potential suspects. Roosevelt is under scrutiny from the public.

Watching Kreizler interact with a former patient to gain some insight into the mind of a killer gave me Sherlock and Penny Dreadful-like joys! But, Kreizler’s approach to learn more of those around him, even to provoke them to learn more about their own idiosyncrasies, is a bit unnerving. Especially when he thinks everyone is capable of the most deplorable of crimes.

We also learn that Roosevelt and Kreizler knew each other back when they were in university and that when they were about to fight, Teddy stopped the fight when he saw Kreizler’s “Broken Wing” of an arm. However, that handicap does not deter Kreizler from doing anything. But, their past together had given Roosevelt a good idea of what makes Kreizler tick. Yet, their past is not the only thing that gives you some idea of what is going in Kreizler’s head. We see him talk to both his former and current patients, we see him interact with Mary’s under things and when he sees John walk in with Mary, it kind of sets him off.

The reason why Mary and John are together is that she was upset about Kreizler and Sara going off to the park together, John takes Mary out on a date to the pictures via Edison’s Vitascope. This makes Kreizler a bit jealous. This is the assumption made by Moore, but Kreizler uses that to further analyze Moore. Understandably, Moore questions why Kreizler continues to push away those that care about him.

New clues: Moore learns, from his Dentist’s patient, that the Silvery Smile is caused when someone takes mercury salts for syphilis. This explains the scene of the man slathering himself with that white cream. Is this the killer?

Moore, along with the officer, tie the castle to the now defunct whore house that Santorelli lived and worked at.

Our team is then lured to Brubacher’s, but why? He knows who they are and that they are working on this case together, but who is it? And as they read the letter that was sent to Santorelli’s mother…explaining to her that he did not have sex with her son, but she did eat him flesh. That is when we see the face of the man with the silvery smile. Is it William, the son of the well-to-do family? Or is it someone else? I think it’s the man helping the family take care of covering up her son’s indiscretions.

Next:

Star Trek: Discovery – Will You Take My Hand?/Season Finale Recap

Synopsis: With Georgiou at the helm of the plan to end the Klingon war once and for all, the USS Discovery crew struggles to fathom and tolerate her hostile tactics. Memories of past hardships are rekindled within Burnham.

This Philippa is no bloody joke. She threatens Burnham for attempting to expose her to the team, beating the crap out of L’Rell and begrudgingly allows Tyler and requests Tilly to help in her plan to take down the Klingons.

Tyler seems in his element as he tries to get information about a shrine, but he and Burnham can no longer have any kind of romantic entanglement. She still remembers the death of her parents at the hands of Klingons and the way he is now…makes it very hard for her to be on love with him.

Yet, with Tilly (who had a hilarious moment when she got high), they do have a meeting of the minds as they discuss the plans of the Federation. Which basically is committing genocide of the Klingons in order to stop the war. Starfleet listens to reason because they know that this act goes against the principles of the Federation.

Philippa gives the bio print on the bomb to L’Rell. This will allow L’Rell to control the Klingons and hopefully make them an ally instead of an enemy.

The highlights of the episode are all at the end of the episode:

  1. Ash and Michael are allowed to have their moment of closure, and one last  kiss, before he heads off with L’Rell to be a force of good for both sides. We see L’Rell force the houses to reunite under her rule.
  2. The moment that Michael and Amanda had. Moms and Daughters. It takes times to appreciate your mother and all that they do for you.
  3. Michael and her Father, Sarek, He called her his daughter and I cried. He also gave her the good news that she was reinstated as a Commander. The rest of the team was also either promoted or given awards for their valor. Tilly was actually accepted into the Commander training program.
  4. They are picking up a new Captain in Vulcan.
  5. They are no longer using the spores until they can figure out how to use it without harming living beings and this is thanks to Stamets.
  6. Captain Pike and the USS Enterprise hailed the Discovery!!!! YES!!!

Great way to end the first season! And I must admit that I was pleasantly surprised at how great this show was. It tipped it’s hat to Star Trek, but took great risks with its story lines. Once I was onboard, I was hooked!

Can’t wait for season 2!

PS – Not much was divulged about the second season in After Trek, but they did mention that they are intrigued with science colliding with spirituality.

Mmmmmmmm?

News You May Have Missed: Jessica Jones Season 2 Trailer, Westworld Hint, Firefly Books, Lobo Movie, and Star Wars

Oh, it looks like Jessica’s past is haunting her and she wants her questions answered:

I know everyone is looking forward to this show’s return.

Browncoats! Rejoice! The Universe of Firefly will expand in a series of books. EW

Are you a fan of Westworld? Go to this site: Delos Destinations

You will see ALL 6 parks that they control.

Warner Bros. is developing a Lobo movie n Michael Bay may be helming it.

Lobo was born on the utopian planet of Czarnia. Unfortunately for them, the foul-mouth brawler’s idea of a perfect world is one covered in bruises and blood. He wiped out his entire civilization and made himself the last of his people. Considering his name means “he who devours your entrails and thoroughly enjoys it” in his native tongue, perhaps they shouldn’t have been too surprised. Lobo took his predilection for murder and mayhem along with his rocket-fueled motorcycle and went on to become the best bounty hunter in the galaxy.

Lobo looks out for himself first and foremost, and is never without a plan to cash in at other people’s expense. Though he’s glad to use weapons, Lobo doesn’t really need them. His super-strength means his fists are made for bashing. Couple that with his advanced healing powers and unquenchable thirst for blood, and he’s proven to be an incredibly difficult foe to stop—unless you can trick him into entering into a deal. Mercenary or not, Lobo always keeps his word…though he’s not above getting creative in his interpretation of “true to his promise.” As an intergalactic bounty hunter, Lobo’s gigs take him all over the universe, but he never lingers for long because there’s always someone or something else to apprehend, preferably as painfully as possible. DC

You know, I think these studios need to take a break from all of these superhero movies. Mind you, the comic book was funny in a subversive way.

The biggest news of the past week, well outside of showing the trailers for a slew of movies that everyone is dying to see…is

GAME OF THRONES CREATORS DAVID BENIOFF AND D.B. WEISS TO WRITE AND PRODUCE A NEW SERIES OF STAR WARS FILMS StarWars.com

 

Riverdale: The Tell-Tale Heart Recap

Synopsis: A hasty decision comes back to haunt Betty; Tensions between Hiram, FP and Jughead spiral out of control; Archie is forced to make a tough decision.

I don’t think Edgar Allan Poe had bad parenting in mind when he wrote his famed short story of a narrator trying to convince us about his sanity after committing a murder.

Nope.

Why I say bad parenting…it is because this show gives us a weekly depiction of what not to do as a parent. And yes, I know that the tale is to mirror Betty’s spiral after helping Alice bury a body.

Let me digress and get on with the recap…

The Lodges:

  1. You (Hiram) reel in your only child (Veronica) in to your sketchy dealings at the tender age of 15…16 (but she looks like she is in her 20s), why? Because she asked, of course. Now, as the sharks start to swim around you because you seem to be a little wonky in your decision-making, you still have to deal with your daughter worrying if you hired someone to kill off a Capo and if any or all of your action are in the best interest of your family and of the town you now reside in.
  2. You then accepted an ask to be an intern for you by your daughter’s boyfriend (Archie) , because he was being duped by an FBI agent (that was actually one of your associates and cannot pronounce ‘Capo’ for the life of him). It was all a test. Set-up by you (Hermione) …to see if his devotion to your daughter and your family was true. You nearly drove that kid insane with worry.

The Coopers and The Joneses:

  1. So, your son (Chic) kills a drug dealer who was going to harm you. But, he showed up for a reason. You (Alice) are just not thinking about that now or even thinking about calling Sheriff Keller, because you are worried you may lose him again. But, you do allow your daughter (Betty) to help you dispose of the body and clean your house. Of course, you nearly make her loose her mind because you are acting like nothing has happened. You even have her lying to her own, cheating-ass Father (Hal).
  2. But, she cannot lie to her boyfriend (Jughead). She has to turn to someone and he helps her get rid of the drug dealer’s body and his phone. Due to her near-nervous breakdown and whatever your relationship with him was in the past, her boyfriend’s Father (FP) has to help you totally get rid of the body. Now, her Dad is all wtf is going on…and when that happens things may start to unravel.

The Blossoms:

  1. In a rare moment of caring, the youngest (Cheryl) tries to comfort a relative/acquaintance (Betty) but because she is a hot mess, she gives her space. Later on, due to the shenanigans at her home (Mom, Penelope, is a Harlot), she confesses to her relative that her Mother is having an affair with her cousin’s Father (Hal).
  2. This allows her to have some kind of leverage over her Uncle…and even her Mother, who seems to be falling for him.

The only parent that tries to wholeheartedly be on the up and up is Archie’s Dad. Even if Mayor McCoy and Sheriff Keller have the upper crust in their pockets, they try to steer their kids away from the General Hospital-like insanity in their small town in Upstate New York.

Will they survive their parent’s decisions? Only time will tell.

Will these kids learn to not follow in their parent’s footsteps? We shall see.

Next: (To Air on 03.07.18) The Hills Have Eyes –

Question? Will these kids ever see a classroom again?