What You Missed…

In Memoriam: Stan Lee was a man who believed that if you were able to entertain people, than you were doing a good thing. He excelled at entertaining. He helped make comic books fun, with characters like Spider-Man. He helped evolve the comic book industry and helped evolve the entertainment industry overall. His smiling countenance and New York accent will be missed every time we see a new Marvel movie.

Excelsior! Stan Lee Excelsior! You will be dearly missed.

Syfy Wire listed Stan Lee’s 10 greatest creations.

Deadline created a montage of all of Stan Lee’s cameos.

On a brighter note, we learned that we will be getting a Christmas episode of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, which is on Netflix.

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As we approach the holidays, The CW will be closing up shop for some of their shows, that means we will have to wait a bit to see the second half of the season for some of our favorite shows. Here are the dates to mark on your calendar:

01.15.19 – The Flash returns and Roswell, NM will premiere

01.16.19 – Riverdale returns

01.17.2019 – Supernatural returns

01.20.2019 – Supergirl and Charmed return

01.21.2019- Arrow and Black Lightning return

01.24.2019 – Legacies return

In regards to In the Dark, this show will slip into the Legacies slot, once Legacies ends its 16 episode run. No word yet for iZombie and The 100. EW

In Production:

The Library of the Dead will be adapted for TV. Read the following synopsis for the first book in the series by Glenn Cooper. Assigned to the high-profile “Doomsday” serial killer case, FBI agent Will Piper is hitting dead-end after dead end. The victims seem to have nothing in common: age, background, or even the way they die. All that connects them is a postcard each received in the mail announcing his or her date of death—all sent from Las Vegas, where a brilliant computer scientist leads a double life. Just when agent Piper finds a credible lead, he’s removed from the case. Continuing the investigation on his own, he must outwit a ruthless team of covert operatives from Area 51 protecting the government’s greatest secret. From a medieval monastery to a cutting-edge government laboratory, Library of the Dead delivers a richly detailed, thought-provoking exploration of fate, predestination, and the choices we make in life. Variety

Casting News: 

Hannah James has been cast as Nia Nal, older sister to Maeve and Scandalalum on Supergirl. Kate Burton will play Isabel, mother to Nia. Deadline

Kevin Durand has been cast to play Jason Woodrue, a brilliant but abrasive scientist who is also known as the super-villain called Floronic Man in DC’s Swamp Thing. Syfy

Movie News: 

I never gush over kids movies, but the following trailer made me want to get a Pikachu:

Recap: Star Trek – Calypso

Taking the best parts from movies like PassengersHer, and Doctor Who, this episode was sweet and heartbreaking.
Why, well we come across Craft who is drifting in the Cosmos, but he is taken in by the U.S.S. Discovery, which has been doing its job and waiting for her crew…for over a thousand years.
The A.I. that mans the ship is named Zora and she has struck up a friendship with her new passenger. She shows him all the different types of food they have on Earth, they talk about his life on Alcor IV, and what he’s left behind. Eventually, their friendship turns to something more and they have a very sweet dance sequence that hints at something that cannot be.
Knowing this, she lets Craft go to find his home and his family. Leaving her with sweet memories to keep her company for however much longer she has to wait.
I loved this story and I hope we get to see this actor again.

Recap: Riverdale – The Midnight Club

The Mayor of Riverdale, Hermione Lodge, has banned the game pf Gryphons and Gargoyles (G&G) because she has connected the recent suicides to the game. This just makes the kids want to play the game ever more, but then Dr. Curdle calls Betty to tell her that the suicide of Dilton Doyle seemed familiar and Alice tells Betty about what happened back in the 90s to her and her friends.

For various reasons, Alice, Penelope, FP, Fred, Sierra, and Hermione end up in Saturday detention a la The Breakfast Club with Anthony Michael Hall as the Principal.

We learn their secrets:

  • Penelope is adopted and is being groomed to be her brother’s life partner.
  • Alice refused to talk about her pregnancy but told everyone that FP lived in a double wide.
  • FP was beaten by his Dad, but he had aspirations to go to college.
  • Fred wanted to stay in Riverdale forever and eventually become mayor.
  • Sierra was dating Tommy, but they were keeping it quiet because their parents did not approve.
  • Hermione was dating Hiram because he was a self-starter.

After a few Saturday detentions, the kids come across the G&G game, when Hermione breaks into a teachers desk.

In that moment, these strangers eventually became friends and none of them could have guessed that their lives were about to change forever.

They start to play and  they pick the following characters:

  • Penelope is the Game Master
  • Alice is a sorceress
  • Hermione is a thief
  • Sierra is a Siren
  • FP is a Deadeye
  • Fred is a Radiant Knight

And so the quest begins at Eldervair. They soon get wrapped up in the game and they decided to go off-board with the game.

Penelope pairs FP and Hermione together and Fred and Alice together. Eventually, they played the game all the time, but late at night and in the school…hence calling themselves the Midnight Club. They group got larger as they came across a smaller group that consisted of Hiram, Tommy, and more who were also playing the game late at night in the halls of Riverdale High.

Can I just say, this episode is based in the 90s…but they keep playing 80s music.

This group of kids were invited to an ascension party, but they did not know who was orchestrating the event.

Side note: Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos kid looks just like his Dad.

Eventually their is a musical moment, where the funniest bit was Penelope getting all into the music.

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That night, Alice leaves, but the next day she learns that Principal Feathestone is missing and Fred’s Dad died.

They do find the body of the missing Principal in the broom closet under the stairs and he had blue on his lips. The group turns on Alice as she was the only one that was sober that night and was the last to see the Principal. However, they decide to destroy the game and keep the events a secret.

The group changed afterwards:

  • Fred gave up music and went into construction
  • FP joined the Southside Serpents
  • Penelope grew closer to Clifford
  • Hermione and Hiram became a couple
  • Sierra and Tommy broke up
  • Alice gave up her old ways and started to court Hal.

The kids of the Midnight club became strangers again.

Alice tells her daughter that someone in the group is responsible for what happened and she begs Betty to not play the game. But, she is still on the case and when she goes to talk to Juggie, she sees that he has gone down the rabbit hole and his goal is to defeat the Gargoyle King.

Not good at all.

In the next episode, The Great Escape – Veronica devises a dangerous plan to break Archie out of juvie; When Jughead has taken the investigation into Griffins and Gargoyles a step too far, Betty finds herself in a race against the clock to save him.

 

 

 

 

 

What You Missed…

The devastating fires in California have impacted thousands of people and we are praying for their safety, but the fire has also impacted the entertainment industry. It has destroyed the Western Town set for Westworld,  the Bachelor(ette) House was in flames, and the set of Drunk History had to evacuate due to the fire. Our thoughts are with everyone.

We finally have a name for the Disney streaming service and it is called…drum roll please…Disney+ Variety

What made the announcement even more exciting was the announcement of their programming.

For people who consider Rogue One one of the best Star Wars movies, I rank it right behind behind Empire Strikes Back, than you will be happy to hear that one of the new show that will be streaming on Disney+ is based on Cassian Andor’s life as a rebel spy prior to the events of Rogue One.

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We learned in October that we would be getting a show from Jon Favreau that would focus on a certain Bounty Hunter, The Mandalorian. Because of this new show, Industrial Light & Magic created  a new division, ILM TV, that will manage the special effects for these shows.

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Disney+ is giving the masses what they want and that includes a show that focuses on Loki, the god of Mischief. Tom Hiddleston will reprise the role that made him famous. Now, everyone is questioning where in the MCU this show fits, but this is not the only Marvel based series in the works. Back in October, we learned that there would be a limited series that would revolve around Bucky Barnes and Falcon. As we know that Cap’s time in the MCU is coming to an end in Avengers 4, it stands to reason that this show will take place after the events in Avengers 4. In September, we heard that their would be a Scarlet Witch show, but neither Disney nor Marvel confirmed that the show would be in the first wave of programming.

While we are talking about premium streaming services, CBS All Access is in talks to create a new Star Trek Spin-off that would focus on Michelle Yeoh’s popular character, Georgiou. If you were at New York Comic-Con, than you would have seen the actress gush about playing her character. Syfy

The CW has given Charmed nine additional episodes, which is the only freshman show to receive a full-season order. Legacies also received more episodes, but it is clocking in at 16 episodes. TVGuide

Casting News:

Legion‘s Jean Smart has joined the cast of HBO’s Watchmen. Her character’s name and description were not released. This is the case for Tell Me a Story‘s James Wolk, who has also joined the much anticipated adaption. Does this mean that we will not get a season 2 of Tell Me a Story? TVLine

I know that this is not a show that falls in line with the items I typically cover, but I love the Bourne movies. So, now that USA’s Treadstone is casting, I’m getting excited for the show. The show will be an origin story for the CIA black ops program known as Operation Treadstone – a covert program that uses behavior-modification protocol to turn recruits into nearly superhuman assassins. The first season follows sleeper agents across the globe as they’re mysteriously “awakened” to resume their deadly missions. Deadline

Jeremy Irvive has been cast as J. Randolph Bentley, a spy dispatched by the CIA to eliminate a key target, but ends up embroiled in an international conspiracy. Brian Smith has been cast to play Doug McKenna, an all-American oil-rig worker whose life changes after he discovers long buried truths about himself. Deadline

The Silver Screen:

Movie-wise, John Boyega and Letitia Wright have signed on to star in the romantic sci-fi movie, Hold Back the Stars. Written by Katie Khan, the story is about Carys and Max who are trapped in a void and only have ninety minutes of oxygen left to live. Why are they in this situation? After a freak accident, Carys and Max are left adrift in space with nothing to hold onto but each other. As they fall, they can’t help but look back at the world they left behind. A world whose rules they couldn’t submit to, a place where they never really belonged; a home they’re determined to get back to because they’ve come too far to lose each other now. While their air ticks dangerously low, one is offered the chance of salvation—but who will take it? THR

Offbeat news: 

In the most interesting news of the week, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Neflix are being sued by the Satanic Temple for using a likeness of their statue of Bahomet.

Yes, someone did respond to a tweet from the leader of this religion that the likeness that was used on the show is actually represented in the comic books. This will be interesting as religion iconography can be copyrighted.

What You Missed…

As the country is still wrapping it’s head around the post-election events. That is not the case for those of us who know when to move on to all things Geek.

The biggest news of the day revolved around Grant Morrison, the man who gave us Arkham Asylum, Happy, and Brave New World. He has signed a development and production deal with UCP.

His first project is to adapt The Invisibles. The show will follow an elite international cell of occult freedom fighters dedicated to the creation of a better world for everyone — by any means necessary. THR

Casting News:

Is Riverdale losing their Sheriff? Why am I asking that? Well, we learned Henderson Wade is joining the cast of Swamp Thing. He will be playing Matt Cable, a Louisiana lawman who finds himself in dire straits when supernatural evil threatens the town he’s sworn to protect. Deadline

In production:

The reboot bandwagon continues as The CW has decided to reboot The 4400.  The show revolved around four thousand four hundred young adults who were in their reproductive prime that have gone missing all over the world. Some disappearances happened as recently as a few weeks ago, while others date as far back as the day the Soviets launched the Sputnik satellite in 1957. One day in 2019, all 4,400 show up at the sites of their original abductions. None of them have aged a day and none have any memory of where they’ve been. The so called “4400” must grapple with their return to a changed and hostile world and also contend with the reality that they’ve come back altered in ways that none of them yet understand.

The show will be written by Taylor Elmore, who will be acting as the showrunner. and Craig Sweeny, who will be executive producer of the series. Variety

Since Netflix in the first Global TV network, it stands to reason that we will be seeing a wide variety of new shows from different nations that all have to deal with what goes bump in the night…

Case in point, Alma.

BELÉN ATIENZA, SANDRA HERMIDA AND JESÚS DE LA VEGA TO PRODUCE ALMA, A YOUNG ADULT SUPERNATURAL DRAMA CREATED AND DIRECTED BY SERGIO G. SÁNCHEZ

  • Logline: After surviving a bus crash that kills most of her classmates, Alma awakes with no memories of the incident or her past. Her parents seem like strangers and her home is a place filled with secrets and mystery. She gets the growing suspicion that everyone around her is lying, trying to turn her into someone else. Trapped in a world that doesn’t feel her own, she must unravel the events that led to the accident before her true identity vanishes forever.
  • Writers: Sergio G. Sánchez (Marrowbone, The Orphanage ) Teresa de Rosendo (Sweet Home, U.C.O.) and Paul Pen (The Light of the Fireflies, The Warning).
  • Producers: Belén Atienza (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Marrowbone), Sandra Hermida (Arde Madrid, Marrowbone) and Jesús de la Vega (Intruders, Hierro)
  • Quote Belén Atienza, Sandra Hermida and Jesús de la Vega: It is a joy and a privilege for us to be joining forces with Netflix to bring to the screen Sergio’s unique and groundbreaking universe. People all around the world will be thrilled and inspired by a harrowing storytelling that springs genuine emotions from the darkest places.
  • Quote Sergio G. Sánchez: Alma explores my favourite themes; the journey from childhood to maturity, the threshold between life and death, the emotional space where fantasy merges with reality. Only this time within a broader canvas that will give me the opportunity to expand the narrative into multi layered, intertwined storylines with a bigger spectrum of characters. It’s going to be very exciting to bring this rich universe to life and I’m thrilled that Netflix is giving me the chance to reach a global audience with a Spanish language series that is deeply rooted in my own obsessions as a storyteller.
  • Episodes: 10 episodes 50’ each
  • Principal photography & global release on Netflix: 2020

And then there is…Ragnarok. Not to be confused with Marvel’s Ragnarok.

FROM THE CREATOR OF BORGEN AND RIDE UPON THE STORM COMES RAGNAROK, A NEW NORWEGIAN NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES

SERIES TO BE SHOT IN NORWAY AND DENMARK DURING 2019

HOLLYWOOD, CALIF – Nov 7 2018 – Netflix today announced Ragnarok, a brand new six part original series from award winning writer, Adam Price, and produced by SAM productions.

Ragnarok is a new Norwegian original series from Netflix, the world’s leading entertainment service. The six part Norwegian language series unfold in the small fictional town of Edda in the middle of the vast and enthralling Norwegian countryside and is a modern day coming of age drama rooted in Norse mythology, set in a high school arena.

Ragnarok is produced by SAM Productions, a Danish screenwriter-based production company.

“It is a great pleasure to have a hand in creating the new Norwegian Netflix series. We believe that the Nordics have their own voice when it comes to storytelling, and we would like to help prove that with this large-scale series written by a Nordic team with writers from Norway, Sweden and Denmark,” said Adam Price, creator of Ragnarok. “The series has at its core an issue that not only people in the Nordics but people all over the world in an increasing degree are forced to respond to; our climate, which has in recent years undergone considerable changes. The ice caps are melting at a rate no one had anticipated. We go through long periods of drought. The winters are too warm. More and more frequently, we experience extreme cold bursts. In all ways extreme weather conditions. The world is changing, and some might claim that we’re headed towards a new Ragnarok. Unless someone intervenes in time… “

“I’m excited to introduce our new Netflix original from Norway and to bring the story of Norse Mythology to life in a modern-day context. Adam Price is such a talented storyteller and we look forward to sharing his amazing work with Netflix audiences around the world”, said Kelly Luegenbiehl, Vice President Originals Europe at Netflix.

The team behind Ragnarok

Adam Price is one of Denmark’s most talented and renowned writers. He is responsible for several critically acclaimed and award-winning TV series, including the BAFTA-winning Borgen and most recently Ride Upon the Storm, both of them series that have been sold to around 80 countries all over the world. On Ragnarok, Price will function as creator, writer and executive producer and is joined by the Norwegian co-executive producer and writer Simen Alsvik (Lilyhammer, Neste Sommer), executive producer Meta Louise Foldager Sørensen (Antichrist, Melancholia) and producer Stine Meldgaard Madsen (Pros and Cons, Something’s Rockin’).

About SAM Productions

SAM Productions is a Danish screenwriter-based production company with the ambition of working with the strongest talent from the world of TV series and feature films, creating stories for a large audience both in Denmark and abroad. SAM Productions was founded in 2014 by creator of The Killing, Søren Sveistrup, Adam Price and Meta Louise Foldager.

 

Teasers: 

We have two new promos for Syfy’s NightFlyers:

 

Recap: Doctor Who – The Tsuranga Conundrum – aka The Pting Disaster

Pting.pngLet me preface that I liked quite a few bits of the episode, but it seemed a bit familiar.

In the 5th episode, titled “The Tsuranga Conundrum,” we find Team Tardis without their Tardis as they are injured in a sonic mine explosion and taken by a medical ship named the Tsuranga to a base. However, things go awry when a voracious Pting starts to chow down on the very ship that Team Tardis are on. As the ship hurls itself towards an asteroid belt of some sort, the group must resolve the Pting issue, while a man is going into labor and questioning his ability to be a good father to his unborn son.

The latter story gives us a way to learn more about Ryan as he speaks about his father, who abandoned him after his mother passed away. Ryan stated that because he looked so much like his mother, his father could not handle it. This also allowed Ryan to connect with Yaz a bit more, as well as with Graham.

However, as we are officially at the halfway mark, I am starting to wonder which of the three companions will make it to the next season.

Now, as the Doctor gets educational about the power source of the ship, that is when the episode starts to remind you of other episodes where Team Tardis is stranded on a ship and have to work together to get everyone somewhere safe.

Since this is the first season for everyone, writers, crew, and actors…it is expected to look back at prior seasons to borrow from episodes that were fan favorites. But, I think as we head to the last half of the season, this Doctor needs to find one storyline that may string the fans along on a journey that finishes the season off and leads us into another season.

Coming up: Demons of the Punjab – India, 1947. The Doctor and her friends arrive in the Punjab, as the country is being torn apart. While Yaz attempts to discover her grandmother’s hidden history, the Doctor discovers demons haunting the land. Who are they and what do they want?

What You Missed…

After a crazy few days, we get back to the business of all things Geek.

Before we start, we just want to mention that the networks are starting their renewal/cancellations phase of the traditional 18-19 TV season. If your new show is on the verge of being put on the chopping block, than I suggest you light a candle and pray to the TV gods.

For fans of The Purge, rejoice, the show has been given a second season.

Besides the announcement of a Breaking Bad movie being made and Andrew Lincoln leaving The Walking Dead series, it has been pretty quiet. Here we go…

Casting:

We learned that Kelly Ripa, wife to Mark Consuelos a.k.a. Hiram Lodge on Riverdale, will be playing Hiram’s mistress on the popular nighttime drama.

The DC Universe has found their Swamp Thing and the Swamp Thing will be portrayed by Derek Mears. But, the Swamp Thing was first Alec Holland, a passionate biologist who finds himself in nightmarish circumstances as he realizes that the bizarre disease affecting townspeople may have come as a result of his work in the swamp. This discovery that leads him to confront dark swamp forces which swallow him up, only to emerge as the hero known as Swamp Thing. Alec Holland will be portrayed by Andy Bean. Variety

Greg Kinnear is in talk to join the mini-series adaptation of War of the Worlds. The story is of a small town in California that is attacked by Martians, beginning a worldwide invasion. Syfy

Writer’s Room:

Explorers the movie will be adapted for a TV series. Cary Fukunaga and David Lowery are writing the pilot. In the movie, that launched Ethan Hawke and River Phoenix’ careers, we follow a boy who is obsessed with 50s sci-fi movies about aliens has a recurring dream about a blueprint of some kind, which he draws for his inventor friend. With the help of a third kid, they follow it and build themselves a spaceship. IMDB

Toby Whithouse will be adapting Gormenghast for TV. The books follow the inhabitants of Castle Gormenghast, a sprawling, decaying, gothic-like structure with a raft of characters including Titus, the heir to the throne of the House of Groan, scheming kitchen boy Steerpike and twin sisters Cora and Clarice. Neil Gaiman and Akiva Goldsman will be executive producers on the project. Deadline

In Production: 

Before the wave of paranormal/sci-fi/fantasy programming staked their claim as being binge-worthy, HBO aired a really great western show called Deadwood. The series lasted for 36 episodes and revolved around the 1870s in Deadwood, South Dakota before and after the area’s annexation by the Dakota Territory. The show featured an ensemble cast some of which were key historical figures like Wyatt Earp, Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, Jack McCall, to name a few. The show was cancelled, but we’ve learned that filming for the Deadwood movie has begun. David Milch penned the script, Daniel Minahan is directing, and actors Ian McShane and Timothy Olyphant are two of the executive producers. THR

Last Minute:

With Supernatural still trucking along, it made sense that The CW would nab the Survivor’s Club. The story is based in a world where horror franchise monsters are real, twins Jason and Jennifer barely survived a demonic childhood possession that claimed their mother’s life and fractured their bond. Ten years later, when a new evil force awakens, the siblings join forces with other teen survivors to combat the literal and metaphorical monsters that haunt them. The source material is owned by DC Vertigo. The show will be written by Jared Frieder and Frieder and Len Goldstein will executive produce the series. Deadline

Knowing that the final episode of Andrew Lincoln on The Walking Dead finally gave the series an uptick, numbers-wise, this season. Do you think the loss of Rick Grimes will be detrimental to the series or do you think it will rally?

Have a Happy Hump Day!

~M.