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.

News You May Have Missed…

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, but now we are back to the day to day of life.

To help you get through your Monday, we got a bit of a news recap for you that will help you as you chat with your colleagues, friends, and family.

Biggest TV news bite, well for me, is that our beloved man who saved Rick-than turned nutty-turned zen Kung Fu master-turned angry with the world Morgan from the Walking Dead is moving to Fear the Walking Dead. Lennie James, who portrays Morgan, will join new cast members Jenna Elfman (Dharma and Greg) and Garret Dillahunt (The Gifted) in the 4th season of Fear the Walking Dead. Production of the 4th season will commence on Monday in Texas.

If you are a fan of Lennie James, you can follow him on his journey to the new show:

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We have our first teaser for A Discovery of Witches:

Will you watch?

If you do not know of the first book in the Lost Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness, here is a bit from From Publishers Weekly:

In Harkness’s lively debut, witches, vampires, and demons outnumber humans at Oxford’s Bodleian Library, where witch and Yale historian Diana Bishop discovers an enchanted manuscript, attracting the attention of 1,500-year-old vampire Matthew Clairmont. The orphaned daughter of two powerful witches, Bishop prefers intellect, but relies on magic when her discovery of a palimpsest documenting the origin of supernatural species releases an assortment of undead who threaten, stalk, and harass her. Against all occult social propriety, Bishop turns for protection to tall, dark, bloodsucking man-about-town Clairmont. Their research raises questions of evolution and extinction among the living dead, and their romance awakens centuries-old enmities.

Jude Law is just making the rounds. Last time, we learned he is our new Dumbledore (well, a much younger one) in the Fantastic Beasts sequel. Now, we learn that he is in talks to play Doctor Walter Lawson, a.k.a. Mar-Vell, a mentor to Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel. Law could join Rogue One’s Ben Mendelsohn, who will play the bad guy in the 90’s era Marvel movie. (Variety)

We got our first peek of Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom and it’s adorable!

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Baby Raptors and Chris Pratt. It is on my list of movies to watch in 2018. They better not disappoint.

So, as I continue to take my time with the Punisher, which is great…but so dark and bloody. I decided to watch Marvel’s Runaways on Hulu. It is interesting, because I really do not know the backstory of the characters and it is not based in  universe I am well-versed in, I find it refreshing. Even though we only find out that two of the characters have powers, it is the dynamic between the kids that is intriguing. These are kids that know each other well because their parents are close (why they are close is the kicker), but their friendships fell apart after a friend of their passed away. Most of the Marvel stories we know of are based in New York State or in D.C. This is the first the revels in the warmth and privilege of the west coast. It will be interesting to see how this story plays out.

Did you watch TV this past week? If yes, what was your highlight?

Mine was Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. Why? Well, our mad cap detective, Dirk, is seriously in the dumps about how this case is going and as a viewer…it kind of takes you aback. He has always been this super positive guy and in this moment of time he is as lost as we are. It got so bad, that even Todd just has to give up on his friend so he can attempt to save his sister, Amanda. However, everything falls apart for Amanda and Todd. They are in the middle of a war in a Fairy Tale land and all they allies have died due to massive confusion, gun running, and Suzie being in town and deeming herself the new queen of this land. Their only hope maybe back in our dimension (Panto, Bart or Farah) or it may be…Dirk, who finally gets his shit together and solves the case. Now, we only have three episodes to see how this story resolves itself.

Mr. Robot was a close second and that is because we see the backroom machinations of the Puppetmaster, Whiterose. Also, we get clarity from Irving, of all people, as he puts things in perspective for Elliot. The most disconcerting part of the episode was that Angela is spiraling because she wants to believe Whiterose so much, that she cannot see that she was played…like everyone else. The only one that really gets this is Dom.

Third was Outlander. In last night’s episode, we spend the majority of the episode watching Claire try to survive on this island that she ended up on after jumping ship in the last episode. This type of storytelling, focusing on one character as they try to overcome whatever obstacle is before them, is what I love about this show. She suffers as she holds on to hope and when all hope is lost, she is saved by a nutty priest. Now, if you thought we were going to have to wait another episode to hopefully see Jamie and Claire reunite…you would be wrong. They reunited in the second half of the episode and with the help of the nutty priest and his Mamcita and that the ship that Jamie was on having issues, we also watch Fergus Fraser marry Marsali. Marsali may be warming up to Claire, but the real warming up happened later in the episode after Claire has some of Mr. Willoughby’s turtle soup. Beset with fever from an injury and tipsy from the alcohol in the soup, Claire becomes ravenous with passion and we get our frisky pair back and it was fun to watch. We fear that the price on Jamie’s head may be the cause for all the fun times to come to an end…and we only have two more episodes before we are stuck in a droughtlander.

The OMG moment on TV happened when Rosita used a launcher to kill a Savior and as his partner got away…Daryl plowed into her car! That’s how you give your group a fighting chance, unfortunately…the rest of the group in The Walking Dead is not on the same page.

News You May Have Missed

A lot of news dropped over the last week that may be of interest to you…

1. Netflix – Are you binging on The Punisher? Frank is such a broken man and as a result, the show is dark. Take your time with it. On a happier note, Netflix has acquired Super-Normal –  a character-driven, subversive take on a genre that Hollywood and the rest of the world loves too much. Daisy Ridley and Luke Evans are co-starring on the project. (THR)

I am guessing that with Netflix losing all of their Disney-related shows and movies in 2019, they are grabbing whatever popular comic-fare there is. That is not intended to come across as desperate. It is interesting to see what their thought process is.

First, Netflix bought the MillarWorld-verse.

Next, we catch wind. via Deadline, that Ellen Page will be the lead in the adapted version of Gerard Way’s The Umbrella Academy. This title is owned by Dark Horse Comics.

I wonder what is next for Netflix.

2. Pottermore – We got our first glimpses of the next chapter in the Fantastic Beasts franchise:

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The cool things about these images:

  1. I have already marked my calendar! But, the kicker is…do you see something familiar in the title? Is there a wand, a circle, and a triangle hidden in plain sight? Yes, we see the Deathly Hallows! How do they play into the story…especially where we have…
  2. …Dumbledore in the movie! Yes, Jude Law is Dumbledore. I have loved him since Gattaca. So, I am thrilled!

3. Ryan Reynolds was up to his fun shenanigans last week.

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Yes, Deadpool payed homage to Bob Ross! This made my day when it dropped. But, what was even more funny was the synopsis for the Deadpool 2:

After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover.

Somewhere in there, we will have Cable. So, of course…this is on my must watch list for 2018!

4. The CW/DC Universe’s Black Lightning will premiere on January 16.

5. Comics are fodder for entertainment. It is already set-up with story lines and story-boarding. Basically, all they have to do is find the right actors to portray the much beloved characters and tweak a story to fit a two hour movie. So, it makes sense that FOX is wanting to expand their X-Men universe. What is surprising is that James Franco has his hands all over this expansion. However, it is not like they are tackling a well-known character (for me, that is). No. They are going to work on Multiple Man. For more info, go to Syfy.

6. So, Justice League technically did not do as well as expected. Are you surprised, not me. I did not watch it. While, I root for Wonder Woman. I am not a fan of Zach Snyder’s DC Movie Universe. They are over produced and the stories are not engaging. Mind you, Joss Whedon worked on the script.

7. Another comic book getting the big screen/small screen treatment is Danger Girl. It follows adventurer-turned-reluctant-spy Abbey Chase via Deadline.

8. The Magicians will be back in January and we got our first preview:

 

9.  X-Files fans – The Show will return on Fox on Wednesday, Jan. 3 .

10. Casting News:

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Also,  Skyler Samuels is set for a key recurring role in Fox’s Marvel drama series The Gifted. She will play a refugee mutant with telepathic abilities and a mysterious past. (Deadline)

11. Syfy is expanding their comic-based TV fare with it’s new Pilot Deadly Class.

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Imagine Riverdale High was a school for training assassins. The show is based in the 80’s in San Francisco and focuses on a group of kids being trained to be assassins.

Would you watch this show?

 

News You May Have Missed…

So many little news bites today.

  1. I know that many of you love Jason Momoa, so here is something to keep top of mind in 2018 and 2019. Production will begin on the remake of The Crow.  In The Crow Reborn, Eric, a poetic guitarist, is brought back to life by a crow a year after he and his fiancé are murdered. the script was written by Nick Cave and will be directed by Corin Hardy. Jason Momoa will play Eric Draven. Watch the original if you are intrigued. Great movie. Production will begin in February 2018 and the movie will hopefully be out in 2019. (Movieweb)
  2. If you are a fan of General Hospital, The Originals and Once Upon a Time, you are in luck. Nathan Parson will be playing a charismatic attorney who will be the love interest to someone. Our guess it will be Robin, as they just mentioned that they character has been cast. Nathan played Ethan on General Hospital and he played Jackson on The Originals. NathanParsons
  3. The Orville has been renewed for a second season.
  4. In Good Omens, A tale of the bungling of Armageddon features an angel, a demon, an 11-year-old Antichrist and a doom-saying witch, the character of Williams Shakespeare has been cast. GoodOmensWS
  5. In “I am surprised that this did not happen earlier” news, The Blair Witch Project is being adapted for a tv series. This is all in the infancy stage as the project still does not have a home. Would you watch it? (TV Web)
  6. Mark Strong may end up portraying Doctor Sivana, the archenemy of Shazam! Also, Grace Fulton has been cast as a friend of Batson in the same movie that is slated to be released in 2019. (THR)
  7. Finally, in odd character development. John Diggle of the CW’s Arrow, no longer trusts his team. Which is evident in all of his poor decision making in this current season. Once his wing was clipped, he started to spiral. We can all see that things will not turn out well and it will take a miracle, aka Oliver Queen, to sort out John and whatever mess he gets them in. Do you like this year’s John-centric storyline? (Variety)
  8. Finally, We caught wind (via everyone in Twitter) that the final season of the Originals will focus on the Mikaelsons and some people will return, but no crossovers…barring Klaroline. This makes sense as we are all sure that the team want to send this show off with a lot of HEAs and all the fans happy. (EW)

News You May Have Missed…

Via Watchers of the Wall – Marc Rissmann has been cast as Harry Strickland in the final season of Game of Thrones.

Via Deadline: Ryan Potter has been cast as Garfield “Gar” Logan in Titans, which will air in 2018 on the new DC Universe digital service.

Via Variety – The CW is developing a show called Project 13 that focuses on Traci Thirteen, a forensic scientist and believer in the paranormal who discovers her own hidden extra-sensory abilities when she joins her estranged, skeptic father to investigate mysterious cases of the paranormal and unexplained phenomena.

Via Deadline – Owen Teague will be playing Sam Lesser in the Hulu pilot Locke & Key.

Via TV Insider – Maria Doyle Kennedy has been cast to play Jocasta Cameron, Jamie’s aunt. Ed Speleers will be playing Stephen Bonnet, an Irish smuggler/pirate.

Via THR: Scott Haze joins Tom Hardy in VENOM and many think he will be playing Carnage, do you think he fits the bill?

Finally, from Digital Spy, we learned of the new companions for the 13th Doctor a.k.a. Jodie Whittaker.

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Remember, there will be a Christmas episode with #12, but we will get to see the new season with #13 in 2018.