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…

Congratulations to the man we will always know as Eric Northman, Alexander Skarsgard. He won the SAG for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series for his work in Big Little Lies. A well deserved win! And he brought up his True Blood role in his acceptance speech, which was hilarious!

Congratulations are also in order for Game of Thrones for winning a SAG for Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series.

Congratulations are in order to The Tick, which was given a second season.

Denis Villeneuve, who directed Arrival and Blade Runner, has signed on to do Dune. I loved both Arrival and Blade Runner, but Dune is such a behemoth to take on. Writing an adaptation of this book and making it hit all the key moments, but not making you fall asleep due to long pauses…will be a huge undertaking. Good Luck!

Netflix’s Castlevania anime will be back with 8 new episodes in the summer! I liked this anime because it was short and the story was really engaging and fast-paced. I hope that continues in the second season.

We lost a lot of key characters during the past few months in the DC TV universe. Kid Flash left Center City to find his place in the world and both Victor Garber and Franz Drameh left Legends of Tomorrow. But, we learned that Keiynan Lonsdale, aka Kid Flash, has joined the Legends team as a series regular. EW

Seamus Dever, Castle, will be in Titans that will air on the DC streaming service. TVLine

One last thing…

Lucasfilm released a synopsis for Solo: A Star Wars Story….

Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.”

For some reason, this movie worries me. A lot has happened behind the scenes. Honestly, who they picked for Solo was not who I would have picked. The poor actor had to get an acting coach and the whole movie had to get a new director and basically totally re-shot. That just screams….prepare for the worst.

What do you think?

 

 

 

The CW: TCAs and the Shows You Love to Watch

As we are in the throes of winter, it can only mean one thing…the TCAs are happening. This time of year it can spell doom and gloom for some shows that premiered in the Fall. Case in point, Dynasty has been banished to a Friday night-time slot. Fridays are a horrible time slot, but some shows have thrived.  Will this be the case for Dynasty?

The following is from the CW TCA Press Release:

January 7, 2018 (Pasadena, CA) – The CW Network today announced dates for the series premiers of the heartfelt new comedy Life Sentence, as well as the return of  iZombie, The 100, and the final season of The  Originals.

Following is The CW’s complete mid-season premiere schedule. All times ET/PT:

MONDAY, JANUARY 15

  • 8:00-9:00 pm SUPERGIRL (New Episode)
  • 9:00-10:00 pm Valor (New Episode)

TUESDAY, JANUARY 16

  • 8:00-9:00 PM THE FLASH (New Episode)
  • 9:00-10:00 PM BLACK LIGHTNING (Series Premiere)

Black Lightning: Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) is a man wrestling with a secret. As the father of two daughters and principal of a charter high school that also serves as a safe-haven for young people in a neighborhood overrun by gang violence, he is a hero in his community. Nine years ago, Pierce was a hero of a different sort. Gifted with the superhuman power to harness and control electricity, he used those powers to keep his hometown streets safe as the masked vigilante Black Lightning. However, after too many nights with his life on the line, and seeing the effects of the damage and loss that his alter ego was inflicting on his family, he left the superhero days behind and settled into being a principal and a dad. Choosing to help his city without using his superpowers, he watched his daughters Anissa (Nafessa Williams) and Jennifer (China Anne
McClain) grow into strong young women, even though his marriage to their mother, Lynn (Christine Adams), suffered. Almost a decade later, Pierce’s crime-fighting days are long behind him…or so he thought. But with crime and corruption spreading like wildfire, and those he cares about in the crosshairs of the menacing local gang The One Hundred, Black Lightning returns – to save not only his family, but also the soul of his community.

Based on the characters from DC, Black Lightning is from Berlanti Productions and Akil
Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash”), Salim Akil & Mara Brock Akil (“Being Mary Jane,” “The Game,” “Girlfriends”), and Sarah Schechter (“Arrow,” “The Flash”). The Black Lightning character was created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17

  • 8:00-9:00 PM RIVERDALE (New Episode)
  • 9:00-10:00 PM DYNASTY (New Episode)

THURSDAY, JANUARY 18

  • 8:00-9:00 PM SUPERNATURAL (New Episode)
  • 9:00-10:00 PM ARROW (New Episode)

FRIDAY, JANUARY 19

  • 8:00-9:00 PM CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND (New Episode)
  • 9:00-10:00 PM JANE THE VIRGIN (New Episode)

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26

  • 8:00-9:00 PM DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (New Episode)
  • 9:00-10:00 PM IZOMBIE (Season Premiere)

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7

  • 8:00-9:00 PM RIVERDALE (New Episode)
  • 9:00-10:00 PM LIFE SENTENCE (Series Premiere)

FRIDAY, APRIL 20

  • 8:00-9:00 PM DYNASTY
  • 9:00-10:00 PM THE ORIGINALS (Season Premiere)

TUESDAY, APRIL 24

  • 8:00-9:00 PM THE FLASH (New Episode)
  • 9:00-10:00 PM THE 100 (Season Premiere)

Now, we wait patiently to hear what shows will be renewed for the 2018-2019 TV Season.

What shows do you think are on the bubble?

 

Image courtesy of: Photo by Teemu Paananen on Unsplash

 

Who Was the Tops on TV?

It has been an eventful week, hasn’t it?

We have had a massive and entertaining four show crossover event, boys ended up stealing the show in a couple of our favorite shows, and if you are not watching KDramas, than you do not know what you are missing.

I may have my issues with all of the CW Superhero shoes for various reasons, but I have to admit their Crisis on Earth X crossover event had me glued to my seat. IT even made me tear.

Let’s just get to the overall plot, shall we? It is Iris and Barry’s wedding. Like any wedding, something goes wrong. Usually, it is a drunk uncle cussing out someone or throwing up on the cake. That would just be too easy in the DC universe. What goes down is truly epic. The doppelgangers for Ollie and Kara, along with Harry #1, invade Earth 1, why…to kidnap Kara in order to save Earth X Kara. This Kara is suffering from sun poisoning and at any moment she may go nuclear.

This invasion does not go according to plan. They failed to factor all of the heroes on the Earth 1 and their desire to keep humanity safe, not underfoot as the Superheroes of Earth X do.

There were fun moments, like Alex and Sara hooking up after the rehearsal dinner and then kicking ass together as they went to town on the Nazis in Earth X and on Earth 1. It seems like there is no long term romance for these two, but their friendship has been solidified.

The sad moments revolved around Dr. Stein and Jefferson. We knew from the get go that Dr. Stein wanted to end his partnership with Jefferson so he could spend time with his wife, daughter, and grandchild. He even devised, with the help of the other scientists, with a way to allow Jefferson to still be a Legend. But, Jefferson was struggling with the idea of losing the only father figure he has ever had. When Stein hears what has made Jefferson struggle over the last few days it makes him understand why Jefferson has been distant. But, he ultimately proves his love for Jefferson when he gets show multiple times and is mortally wounded as he tries to protect Jefferson and everyone else. He asks  Jefferson to take a concoction that would cut their bond and end his own life. Victor Garber did a wonderful job as he said his goodbye to Jefferson and the Legends of Tomorrow.

Actually, no one really dies in these shows…since there are so many earths. I’m guessing we will see him again.

The surprising moments were much more plentiful:

  1. Barry let Original Harry go….to terrorize another day.
  2. Ollie killed his fuhrer doppelganger.
  3. Leonard Snart, well his Earth X version, is back on the Waverider and being highly sympathetic to his brother. But, he let his love, The Ray aka Russell Tovey (who will hopefully be back).
  4. Barry and Iris finally got married.
  5. After Ollie failed to get a yes out of Felicity…Ollie and Felicity got married.

Now, is the marriage of Olicity legal? Not sure, since there was no marriage certificate. But, with Ollie being a Mayor…I am sure this issue will be rectified.

This crossover event is the reason why the CW was the standout of the week. Between this and Riverdale, which played with presenting a show that hinted at potential future horror storylines with a zombie deer and the Candy Man scaring the bejeezus out of Juggie and Archie. We ended up learning a lot about the adults. The Sheriff and The Mayor are hooking up, which dispels the idea that Betty had of him…being the Black Hood. Now, while Juggie being under the thumb of a snake charmer may be the worst thing to happen to the Jones family and all those that love him. It was the story revolving around Josie, the Pussycats, Cheryl, the Mayor, and Chuck. Josie wants to evolve musically and she has her chance via Cheryl. But, that means she has to sneak behind the Pussycats. When they catch wind of her plan, they drop her like a wet towel. That leaves her in Cheryl’s line of sight. Unfortunately for Josie and Chuck, Cheryl is trying to be the only person that Josie can rely on. Cheryl is truly up to no good.

Ultimately, this was all to show that everything that was going on was a test by the Black Hood and apparently Riverdale failed. Dun, dun, dun…

Second is more of a lumping in…there were two shows that had these two young actors that stole the episode. In Mr. Robot, Elliot is ready to end it all, until the little brother of Trenton. Mohammad forces Elliot to go to the movies and then follow him to a mosque. Throughout their discussions, you learn a lot about how Elliot feels. He, like Angela, is broken. But through his discussions with Mohammad…he finds a purpose. He has to redeem Trenton and Norm. He has to help Angela. He has to undo what has been done.  He even goes to Angela to try to talk to her. That last scene made me all teary.

That little boy commanded all his scenes. Keep and eye out for him.

The other boy to make note of is Martin, Oswald’s little sidekick on Gotham. As Gotham teeters on the cusp of war, Martin is used as a pawn. But, Penguin will not allow his little protegé to go up in flames. That little boy, as he confesses to Penguin, as he is kidnapped, and as he is ushered unknowingly to his death, you just want to take care of him.

So, as Sofia teams up with Barbara, Tabitha, and Selina, they learn that Oswald do anything to keep his power and that means it’s on like Donkey Kong. It’s war!

However, they do not know one thing…there is a power growing in Gotham and Lee (with the help of Ed Nygma) is orchestrating this power surge. Will she be thrown into the war for Gotham? Also, will she lose her right hand man, now that his little friend has come back to sit on his left shoulder?

This episode was a great episode for Gotham, but it still pales Crisis on Earth X. Just sayin’

Outlander was amazing! I just saw it! You could have knocked me over with a feather when Geillis and Lord John popped up in Jamaica.

This just spells doom and it did.

Geillis has big plans for Scotland and it involves three sapphires. One of which Jamie stole from the treasure chest, Geillis learns of Jamie’s connection to the missing Sapphire, the sapphire he gave to Lord John.

Guess what…Lord John pops up. He is the bloody Governor of Jamaica. When he sees Jamie…Claire could see what we know. He loves Jamie. I mean the man is carrying around the sapphire that Jamie gave him. He was just asking for trouble and he got it when Geillis saw that sapphire…her sapphire.

Of course, this was not the worst of it. Who else popped up? Captain Leonard and he arrested Jamie.

Now, the most heartbreaking scene involved the slave trade. The way they treated those poor people, it was so hard to watch.

The most fun show to watch this week was Dirk Gently. The scattered pieces have started to come together. Dirk has solved the case (via the hidden mural that shows us that the Cardenas had two sons. One they rescued from the boat and is presently at Black Wing in a coma. They need to get him to the land that he dreamed up.) and has recruited the Rowdy four to save Todd and Amanda, but they still have to contend with the nutty Suzie….who has learned to use the pool of foresight…or whatever that thing is called. Back in the normal universe, Tina and Farah go off to find out where Hobbs is. But, the Mage popped up…this is not good.

It was nice to see Ken taking the brass ring and owning the new operation as Friedkin is still at a loss about everything. However, contending with Priest and Friedkin and the possibility of crossing paths with Bart again…what will he do???

Now, there are two shows you should seek out.

  1. Hulu’s Runaways – This show is Marvel’s first foray in the Hulu world and it is based on the west coast and revolves around a group of kids who find out their parents are involved in a Scientology-like organization. They witnessed their parents kill a teen girl. That teen girl’s death is supposed to help this flaky old entity that is locked up in a room at a sanctuary. But we learn more about the adults in the second episode and they are all screwed up and at least a third of them want out of this weird religious order. We also see these kids start to gel together and pair off into couples and bond as siblings. It is filled with a lot of head turning moments. The leader of the church getting intimate with the entity….and then there is a dinosaur.
  2. Dramafever’s Revolutionary Love – This is such a fun little Korean drama that follows Byun Hyuk,  a son from an affluent family whose fortune comes from the food industry. He is a happy-go-lucky guy that did nothing. Unfortunately, after a series of missteps his father kicks him to the curb. Who saves him from living on the streets, but his childhood friend. This friend is friends with Baek Joon. A beautiful and smart young lady that refuses to do full-time work due to what her later father went through. As she works part-time jobs to make ends meet, she decides to help Hyuk. Through mentoring him, Byun grows as a person and decides to help Joon(a) redeem her father’s good name. In doing so, he learns how corrupt his brother and father are.  There are a lot of funny, sweet, screaming at your TV moments. It is only 16 episodes and only one season. Trust me…watch this.

So much good TV, but I am looking forward to the hiatus.

Stranger Things Season 2 and News You May Have Missed…

Before I go into the news of the day, I wanted to briefly go over the second season of Stranger Things.

While everyone, but Lucas and Dustin, are still dealing with the repercussions of what happened last year. We get new people in town that add a lot to the show. Some we love and some we hate:

  • Maxine and Billy. Maxine is the object of desire for Dustin and Lucas. She is a headstrong tom boy that wants to be a part of something, especially because her home life is a little erratic due to her stepbrother. His name is Billy and we hate him. Billy is full of himself, likes to one up everyone, is racist, and loves to physically and mentally abuse his stepsister as well as anyone else he feels is beneath him.
  • Bob is Joyce’s new love. He has known her since forever and is the one person that treats Will like a kid. He is sweet, funny, and genuinely loves Joyce.
  • Dr. Owens is a government stooge that is responsible for getting rid of the gate, but he genuinely cares for Will and wants to do what is best for Will and his family.
  • Murray is hired to investigate the death of Barbara.
  • Kali is the girl that Eleven knew when she was being kept at the lab. Kali has the power to make people perceive things that are not really there.

The reason we are back in Indiana is that there are things happening that are putting this town in danger again. The gate is spreading it’s evil through vines throughout the town, Dustin found a baby demogorgon and it is like a gremlin when you feed it, Will is still connected to the upside down and there is a sentient creature that has attached itself to Will.

Stealing aspects of Lord of  the Rings, The Exorcist, Jurassic Park, Aliens, Cthulu, and every John Hughes movie from the 80’s, we see these three stories converge in the second half of the 9 episode season and it is a mad dash to figure out how to keep Will alive as they try to close the Gate, with the help of Eleven.

Eleven had her own journey, as we watched her act like any teen who is trying to find where she came from and what her path in life is, and that led her to her Mom, her “Sister”, and back to Hopper and her friends. Which happened in the nick of time.

Of course, these characters succeed because they work together even when hope is almost lost. Does this mean that they are in the clear? There is a season 3.

Things I loved, Bob the Superhero for valiantly doing what he had to do to save Joyce and Will, Steve and Dustin brought out the best in each other, when Eleven and Mike saw one another after so much time, Maxine retaliating against Billy, the Exorcist -like scene with Will getting rid of his virus, and the Ball!

This season did not have to compete with the first season, it stood on it’s own two feet and was wonderful.

Now onto news…

CNBC – It is happening. The Marvel Universe may end up being housed under one umbrella, Disney! Do you know what that means, Deadpool may end up at Disneyland with Darth Vader and Mickey Mouse. It’s like a sign of the apocalypse.

Casting News –

  • ComicBook – Jesse Rath has been tapped to play Brainiac on the CW’s Supergirl. This is kind of funny because Krypton cast Blake Ritson to play Brainiac. This character is so popular.
  • Asher Angel will play Billy Batson in Shazam!Shazam
  • We learned that Wentworth Miller is bowing out of the Arrowverse:No more captain cold

One last thing…

There are personal things going on in my life that may make my posting a little sporadic.

Keep good thoughts out in the universe!

 

 

News You May Have Missed…

Syfy: They are rebooting the Narnia franchise and it will be much darker. It will be released in 2019 and it will be Joe Johnston’s swan song.

TVLine: Katee Sackhoff’s will debut as Amunet, the one that left the message for Caitlin on her door, in next week’s episode of The Flash.

Also, I may start watching Legends of Tomorrow, now that Constantine is in an episode (and hopefully more).

Constantine and Ray

THR: This news made my day! There is talk that Amazon Studios may adapt Lord of the Rings into a series. If it is made into a series, whomever gets it will fill the void of fans that will be in mourning over the end of Game of Thrones. In order to do that, a studio would have to invest a lot of money in production and writing scripts that evoke the same feeling we had when we watched the Lord of the Rings movies.

Now, if this happens…it may help boost Amazon a bit after all the news surrounding members who have been swept up in the sexual harassment claims that have finally come to light across Hollywood.

If only someone could talk to J.K. Rowling to adapt the Harry Potter books into a series. Please do not let it be Nickelodeon or Freeform.

SyFy – Ben Barnes is back as Logan, but what about Jimmi Simpson as William. If you have not watched Westworld, you do not know what you are missing. Go watch it!

 

The Flash: The Flash Reborn

Synopsis: Barry is brought out of the Speed Force to help fight an armored villain, but he isn’t the same person.

The funniest thing about this episode is that we are seeing the same story line from Supergirl in the season premiere of The Flash.

Iris West is in the throws of grief and she has channeled that grief into doing what Barry had asked her to do…run…and she interpreted that to being the new Caitlin at Star Labs. In order for her to be this way, she has accepted the fact that Barry will never be coming back.

No one else believes that.

Not Joe, not Wally, and most definitely no Cisco.

So, when a flying Samurai comes to town looking for Barry, Cisco (with the help of the Bartending Caitlin and all the Brainiacs in this universe) get Barry back from the Speed Force.

However, this is not the Barry we know and love.

Something is off and it seems like he will not be able to help the city he loves so dearly.

Except, there is something that can bring him back and that is Iris.

Iris sacrifices herself to get her Barry back.

And the plan worked.

Barry defeated the Samurai and we find out that it was a robot. This robot is part of a bigger plan and the one who created this plan is a brainiac himself.

I think the bigger story line is that of Caitlin. She is hiding a lot from her friends. She is still changing when her anger is up and she has made a deal with someone that may become an issue later on.

I know they said that this year would be much more lighter in tone and you can see a bit of that in this episode. I just do not want to writers to avoid great stories in order to appease the fans.

Next: Mixed Signals – Barry deals with the ramifications of abandoning Iris while facing a meta who can control technology.

I want to say something about DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. I saw the first episode and it was cute and fun, but the storytelling is lacking. There was a show back in the day that dealt with time traveling and ensuring that history unfolded as we know it. The show was named Voyagers. There were no superheroes, just a fun duo having adventures. When you compare Voyagers to Legends, you can see that something is lacking in Legends and that is the awe and fun factor.

While it was fun to see the legends work at menial jobs and struggling with that life. We always wonder whether Bruce Wayne could handle a life without infinite wealth…and superman just being a newspaper reporter…that is fascinating.

But, the rest of the story was below par.