We May Not Have Sherlock, But We’ll Have Dracula…

41K-hTzzOdL._SY346_Netflix has landed a collaboration with the BBC  to air the next project from the dynamic duo of Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat (Doctor Who and Sherlock)…Dracula. Variety

Dracula was written by Bram Stoker during the Gothic Horror heyday of the Victorian era. Set in 1897, the series will revolve around the blood-drinking count from Transylvania who sets his sights on Victorian London. In the style of the two creators, there will be three episodes, which will be 90 minutes each.

Interesting factoid, Dracula had a sequel. Dracula’s Guest, which was published posthumously in 1914.

 

 

 

Netflix listened and one show has been axed…and more.

Iron Fist was cancelled. It suffered from the get-go due to poor casting, lackluster scripts, and even though the second season was better, the show did not have enough fan fervor to get it a third season. However, the series ended with a good enough ending that should leave fans satisfied with the main characters off on their own respective adventures.

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This is a first for Netflix, as the Marvel-based shows have been a cornerstone for the success of the streaming service. While we are waiting for the third season of Daredevil to start and have been promised a third season for Luke Cage and Jessica Jones, and a second season for The Punisher…we shall wait to see if we will get another crossover event like The Defenders.

Will you miss Danny Rand and Colleen Wing? Do you think we will see these characters again?

Netflix has started casting for its upcoming Sci-fi series October Faction. Tamara Taylor and J.C. Mackenzie will lead the cast. ​

Aurora Burghart, Gabriel Darku, Wendy Crewson, Megan Follows and Stephen McHattie have join the cast

  • New 10 episode sci-fi series October Faction, based on the successful IDW comic book written by Steve Niles, has found its cast. The story follows the monster hunting Allen family.
  • Tamara Taylor (Bones, Altered Carbon, Lost, Justice League: Gods and Monsters) will play Deloris Allen.
  • J.C. Mackenzie (Molly’s Game, Vinyl, The Irishman) will play Fred Allen.
  • Aurora Burghart (Sex Education) will play Viv Allen.
  • Gabriel Darku (ImpulseReBoot: The Guardian Code, American Gods) will play Geoff Allen.
  • The series also includes Wendy Crewson (The Vow, Room), Megan Follows (Reign,Anne of Green Gables) and Stephen McHattie (Watchmen, Maurice Richard).
  • The series was adapted and created by Damian Kindler (Sleepy Hollow, Krypton) who serves as creator, showrunner and executive producer.
  • October Faction is produced by High Park Entertainment in association with IDW Entertainment. IDW Entertainment is the worldwide distributor (excluding Canada) for the series. Images and press release courtesy of Netflix.

The CW’s Arrow has added to their cast of regulars, with Kirk Adevedo being promoted to series regular for Season 7. Kirk Acevedo, recurred last season as the drug kingpin and crime lord also known as Dragon. Arrow will premiere October 15th. Deadline

I got to watch the premiere of Supernatural and it was nice to see a lot of old faces…like Bobby and the human Lucifer. However, while it was interesting to see the dynamic of Sam leading this group to maintain some order in this world, as he is looking for Dean…it was Dean that was the best part of the show. Well…not Dead, per se, more like the visage of Dean as the Archangel Michael inhabits the vessel of Dean. He’s asking these questions about what people want.

What is he getting at by asking these questions? Other than that, it is just the same ole thing. The show needs to change it up a bit to gain momentum and keep the fans engaged. Especially since they do not have Dean to swoon over. This is reflected in the numbers, where Supernatural stumbled a bit.

 

Star Trek: Discovery’s First Short Trek, “Runaway” Recap

tilly.jpgAfter talking to her Mom, Tilly suffers a bit of a setback in the self confidence department, but that changes when she encounters an unexpected visitor who is in of some help and guidance….just like Tilly.

The beauty of Tilly is highlighted in this short (only 15 minutes long). She is the everyday woman that is striving to reach her goal. in Tilly’s case it is to become a Starfleet Commander. However, when Tilly’s Mom can’t show confidence in her daughter, Tilly starts to second guess her decision. That all changes when a stowaway named Po pops up.

This is when Tilly shines. She’s empathic, compassionate, and very human as she tries to suss out exactly what is happening with Po. Ultimately, she helps Po figure out what she should do next by allowing her to just talk it out…not dictate what she needs to do.

This is what a true leader does.

This show was a great way to get to know the character of Tilly better. She is still quirky, funny, and sweet, but this gave her a little bit more insight into the beloved character.

Now, there is a very interesting backstory to Po and she should watch the short in order to get a full picture of what is going on.

I can’t wait for the next one.

And You Thought We Were Out of the Whole Vampire TV Shows Era…and more news…

True Blood, Moonlight, The Strain, The Vampire Diaries, and The Originals may have gone to the wayside, that does not mean that you Vampire lovers out there should lose hope, The Last American Vampire will be adapted for TV by NBC.

The show is based on a book by Seth Grahame-Smith, who also wrote Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. In the book, we meet Henry Sturges during Reconstruction-era America. Henry is a vampire that is  searching for renewed purpose in the wake of his friend Abraham Lincoln’s shocking death. Henry’s will be an expansive journey that first sends him to England for an unexpected encounter with Jack the Ripper, then to New York City for the birth of a new American century, the dawn of the electric era of Tesla and Edison, and the blazing disaster of the 1937 Hindenburg crash. Deadline

CBS has picked up DC’s the Secret Six. The Secret Six is the name of three different fictional comic book teams in the DC Comics Universe. Each team has had six members, led by a mysterious figure named Mockingbird, whom the characters assume to be one of the other five members. Some members have included Bane, Harley Quinn, Lex Luthor, the Mad Hatter, and the Penguin. Variety

The Witcher has cast some key roles. Freya Allan will portray Ciri, Princess of Cintra. Anya Chalotra will play Yennefer. Deadline

So, the numbers came back from the premiere episode of The Walking Dead and it was not good. It lost almost half of its audience, but AMC swears that this show will be the cornerstone of their channel. That cannot happen when the cornerstones of the show itself are being killed off. Fans were emotionally invested in the characters they met in season 1 and you can only put fans through so much. When I was at NYCC, a kid told me that the reason he and his Father stopped watching the show was that it was the same thing all the time. The Dad piped up and said there was no light at the end of the tunnel for any of the characters. So, why keep watching?

Now, dropping the bomb that Andrew Lincoln was leaving prior to the season airing was in itself a huge mistake. Hope keeps fans engaged. Knowing that Rick will be reaching the end of his road…to sit through that and know that is coming. Why would I put myself through that.

Recap: Riverdale – Labor Day

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What is most surprising about this episode is that these kids were just becoming Juniors in High School. Also was the courtroom somewhere in the deep south in the 1950s?  Because there is no A/C anywhere. xxAlso, who would allow Archie’s own mother to be his defense attorney?

Welcome to Riverdale… and it is the weekend before Archie finds out if he will be convicted of murder. This little reprieve allows Archie to have one last perfect summer weekend with his love and his two best friends, but not before we get an update about what is going on in each household.

Veronica and Hiram are still butting heads, this time over the fate of Archie. She is even willing to go after jurors to throw her father under the bus in order to save Archie. However, Hermione confessed that she is no puppet to Hiram, just a prisoner. She will never leave Veronica alone in this world.

Alice is drinking the Kool-Aid that the Farm is doling out and she is driving Betty nuts with her attempts to bring her into the fold. However, we find out that Betty has been illegally forging a prescription for adderall and lying about seeing a therapist.

Fred is at a loss over Archie possibly being convicted. He and Mary blame themselves over everything that has happened.  Yet, no matter what anyone says…Archie feels all alone in this because he feels guilty for leaving Cassidy with Andre. So, he spends the weekend prepping everyone for their new roles when he is away. Betty is to look after Fred, Reg is to look after the football team, etc…

Jughead is the King of the Serpents and thanks to Hotdog and Cheryl wanting to be Katniss Everdeen, a new war is brewing. The crown is heavy on his head, but he is committed to keeping his friends, family, and those that rely on him safe. Even if he is no longer a southsider.

The deliberations are heavy on everyone’s minds as the weekend comes to a close, but when the jury comes back in a deadlock of six to six, Archie agrees to take a plea deal that he believes would save everyone from another long and arduous trial. What he leaves behind are loved ones that are shocked and heartbroken over his decision.

But, the sexy Dads of Riverdale are working together to get back at Hiram and to get Archie out of jail. Veronica learns from Hiram that this whole thing is punishment for her turning her back on blood. This is when Veronica draws the line in the sand and declares that she is no longer his daughter. We then see Archie leaving the town with Pep as he heads to the hoosegow.

Now, this is when it gets really weird. Dilton Doyle is acting all kinds of weird, weirder than usual. Why? The Gargoyle King. He leaves behind this map for Jug and when Jug follows the map, he finds Dilton and Ben kneeling in front of a something that looks like a horned creature made out of bones. Ben and Dilton have ingested something that has them out and Jug is at a loss as he tries to help them. Think Slenderman meets D&D.

The weirdness level goes up a notch when Betty wakes up in the middle of the night and hears a noise in the yard and that is when she finds Alice and Polly in a ceremony where they hold the twins over a fire and let them go…the twins float in the air and this…well this is too much for Betty’s brain to handle, so she drops and convulses.

It is what happens in the last moments that grabbed me. While, the soap opera-like story arcs are entertaining…how much can these kids go through when they are just turning 16 and starting the whole process of preparing for SATs and thinking about what colleges they want to go to and what it will take to get into those colleges. Is there a Riverdale College?

The other cool thing about the episode is the nods to the comics, like Hot Dog, we saw the jalopy, and we heard the name of Edgar Evernever and with him…we will see Evelyn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The CW Renewed The Outpost

The OutpostThe CW was in a good mood today as it renewed all of its summer slate.

One of these shows is The Outpost. In the show,  we follow Talon who’s the lone survivor of the Blackbloods. She sets off to track her family’s killers, as she learns to harness her newly discovered  supernatural powers.

If you did not catch the series during the summer, you can catch old episodes on the CW app. THR