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: 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

 

2018 & All the TV that it Holds…

It has been a while since I posted.

There were a lot of family oriented things happening in my life that had to take precedent.

But, it is a new year and we must trudge ahead.

I did watch a bit of TV during my time away. I know that I bitched and moaned about Star Trek: Discovery, but after the first two pilot episodes and Jason Isaacs as the Captain on the new ship and with all of his dark and twisted motives…I fell for the show. Go figure.

It is one of the shows I am looking forward to seeing in 2018.

Others are:

  1. The Magicians. The darker, the better…and with the loss of magic, all the more better.
  2. Legion. FX’s trippy take on a Marvel character made TV fun. Now, with our love birds separated, it will be interesting to see if they find their way to one another again.
  3. Westworld. When we last saw our favorites, they just killed off Ford at a gala. You know you want to know what happens next.
  4. The Alienist. I love period dramas. I love NYC. I love the hunt for a serial killer. This is the show for me.
  5. Kingdom. Korean dramas and zombie movies are a guilty pleasure of mine. This tale is a zombie thriller in the Joseon period. You had me at hello.
  6. Good Omens. Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s beloved novel…nuff said.
  7. A Discovery of Witches. The first book was great, the last two kind if let me down…but the beauty and curse of adapting a novel is that they can punch it up and move the pace along at a fun pace. Let’s hope this happens.
  8. Altered Carbon. Honestly, I believe tales like these may end up true. This is about a futuristic series where the human mind can be digitized and downloaded into a “cortical stack” and placed into new bodies called sleeves.
  9. Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams. It’s an anthology series that adapts the short stories by Dick. If you love the Twilight Zone and Black Mirror, how can you say no?
  10. X-Files. Which premiered tonight. Que doozy…I will get to that in a bit.
  11. Jessica Jones. You may like Wonder Woman, but I love Jessica. She is an everyday woman who is battling her own inner demons as she tries to keep NYC safe and those that come to her for help.
  12. Krypton. I am not a big fan of the DC movies. But, for some reason TV adaptations of anything comic-related generally do well (barring Iron Fist and Agents of S.H.I.E.LD.), so I want to see how the prequel plays itself out and ties itself into the DCCU.

Then there are the return of our old standby’s that may need to kick it up a notch as all these shows and other newcomers are fighting for viewers.

Let me go back to the X-Files. There was a moment where I felt like I was watching the love child of Mr. Robot and Black Mirror come to life. We come to learn that what we went through at the very end of the last episode we saw, was just a vision that Scully was having. The visions are debilitating and forcing her and Mulder to race to find their son, William. But, like always, there is more at play. Everyone wants William. And even though we had a reveal at the end…I can’t really believe that last statement. There is more to it.  That is the fun of these types of shows. The truth is out there…and we just need to follow Mulder and Scully to it.

To tell you the truth, I love the moments where Mulder and Scully are together.

There has been a lot of talk of Gillian Anderson leaving the show. In my honest opinion, this concept will not function if you remove either Scully or Mulder. They are what make you want to keep watching. Period.

The other tragic bit of news we got over the break was that Dirk Gently was cancelled by BBC America. I am shaking my head. That channel is so limited in its programming. They should just chuck it and add BritBox as a premium channel. Hopefully, fans will rally around thus fun a quirky show and it gets a new home on Netflix or some other channel.

That last season was amazing. What were you thinking BBC America?

I also caught up with the Runways on Hulu and I have to admit that this little show has a lot of twists and turns as it also follows the typical High School narratives of love and love lost, disillusionment of the family you thought you knew and all the other fun stuff kids go through during adolescence. The fun part is that these kids have solidified and even given themselves a team name. Yet, with family that no one can trust…they have no one to turn to but to one another. The big question is…will they survive or will they somehow find a way to topple Jonah and save their families, their city…even the world.

On a bright side, the Golden Globes are around the corner. The 7th to be exact. And the nominees are impressive and it is hard to pick who I think will win. If you want to see the nominees, go here.

The other bright news is that fan fave, Robbie Amell, will be back on the small screen. Deadline, stated that the actor will be in a show titled Upload. In it, people are allowed to put their consciousness “into their preferred choice of afterlife” (or “upload” them). His character meets the love of his life, Nora, in heaven. But, we will follow the two as they live in this dream state.

I will be back with the movies that I cannot wait to see…