Recap: Riverdale – The Man in Black aka Hiram Has His Claws in Everything and Everyone as Far as the Eye Can See…

Our fearsome foursome is split into threes. Fearful that he will be caught, Archie hits the road and ends up at a farm just outside of Riverdale. Betty finds herself up against a formidable foe from her past and Veronica makes a risky business decision.
Archie and Jug end up on a farm that eerily reminds me of Hershel’s farm from The Walking Dead. This farm and it’s inhabitants, Laurie Lake and her younger gun-totting sister, Gracie, lure Archie in, while Jug listens to his gut and wants to skedaddle asap. Of course, Archie decides to start helping out on the farm because why not?!? The farm is located just outside of Riverdale near a town called Athens. We come to find out that the town of Athens is void of any men and is essentially deserted. While he decides to take a few pics of the ghost town, he sees some familiar symbols all over the buildings. This older woman states that the town went downhill after the drug-laced fizzle rocks appeared in town as the symbols appeared. He also sees that the locals are playing Gryphons and Gargoyles and they tip him off that all the men are off building a prison and a facility to make drug-laced fizzle rocks. Hiram has his claws in Athens. Therefore, Archie is not safe at all.
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This episode clearly shows how easily Archie is swayed. For some reason, he keeps making these decisions that always lead him down a path of potential death. It was surprising to see that he did not fall for Laurie, but the pull of Veronica and the turmoil that Hiram caused has him fully tethered to Riverdale, emotionally. Of course, this does not mean he does not suffer. He should have listened to his Jiminy Cricket, Jughead.
When Jug returns to the farm, he sees that Hiram is at the farm and he rushes toward the barn where he sees that his ole pal has been tied up and awaiting his slaughter. Luckily for Archie, his friend rescues him and they live to see another day.

From all of this, only one thing can be surmised…Hiram uses Gryphons and Gargoyles as a way to push his fizzle rocks, which may look like candy, but they are the new jingle Jangle…but he is not the Gargoyle King. Who is that? Last week, in one of the images you could see that the Gargoyle King had a face and that face may be someone we are familiar with…Claudius? This makes sense as Clifford was well entrenched in the local drug trade in season 1.

Now, Jug and Arch are heading to Jug’s Mom and Jellybean.
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When we turn to Veronica, she has made the move to move out after she learns that Minetta has disappeared. So, she moves into her speakeasy. She realizes that she needs move income, so she works with Elio to turn the speakeasy into a casino one night a week. Hiram is delusional in a way to make it look like he is innocent and that all he cares about is his family. This puts a strain on Veronica as she no longer has the safety net of her parents home. She is out in the wild on her own and therefore a sitting duck. Elio of course is setting his sights on Veronica, Pops, and Le Bonne Nuit. But, she knew what he was up to due to her Dad was tipping her off. She scammed the scammer with his help. This help makes her think that maybe her Dad is not as bad as she first thought. However, that changes when Pop tells her they found, what they believe, is the body of Minetta. Unfortunately, there is no way to id the body due to it missing its head and hands.
Now it is Betty’s turn. She is taking an ink blot test and every singe one reminds her of one of her cases. Wait, is this the medical facility that was used by FX’s Legion. Well, the nuns give the kids fizzle rocks when they behave. Then, Ethel moves into her room and she believes she is the Queen Bee of the place. Nothing deters Betty from investigating. Especially when she sees Claudius Blossom?!?!? and Hiram meeting there. This bit of info drives her to learn the truth. Unfortunately for Betty,  Ethel is not only delusional (She has a Gargoyle King Mood Board WTF?!) …she is also relentless as she thwarts every attempt of Betty getting to the truth and out of dodge. This also includes faking a seizure, which allows her to be taken to the infirmary. There she learns that Hiram is testing the Fizzle Rocks on the kids. Unwillingly, she gets her shot to meet the Gargoyle King and it fades to black and we hear a scream. Then we see drugged out Betty take the ink blot test again and she is truthful.
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She has taken the Kool-Aid and it is all down hill for her and the rest of the kids of Riverdale…or so we think.
Also, what’s with these nuns?!?!?
Next: Outbreak – Jughead and Archie head to Toledo to visit Jughead’s mother and sister; Betty inches closer to uncovering the truth about Gryphons and Gargoyles; Veronica and Cheryl take on Hiram after more students fall victim to seizures.

Recap: Outlander – Savages

As many weeks have passed, we see that Claire has picked up Cherokee and is learning about their medicinal ways via her growing friendship with the Cherokee healer, Adawehi. We also see that their home is nice, cozy, and lived in. They are living a happy life, where Claire tends to her neighbors and to her growing homestead.  Their home is done and looks lived in. Jamie is on the hunt for people to move on to his land, but everyone is fearful of the Governor’s taxes, so they balk at Jamie’s generous offer. At first, he is unawares of any rumblings of the locals taking action against the Brits, but that all changes when someone from his past pops up.
That person is Murtagh, who is the local Smithy. When they see each other, I cried. They are family, any you need as much of them in your life in the new world. Murtagh does a favor for Jamie, but then asks Jamie to attend a meeting. In that meeting, we learn that Mutagh is a regulator and all the local Scots are fed up with the Brits and it seems a revolt is in the works. However, when Murtagh asks Jamie to sign in, Jamie says no. He is in a bind, because in order to get the land, Jamie had to promise to not be involved in any unrest. Yet, Jamie did promise to not stop the unrest from happening.
A highlight was when Murtagh popped up at Fraser’s Ridge to surprise Claire. So much love Murtagh has for Claire and Jamie, his Godson.
Hearing Jamie describe Brainna’s birthmark, something he did not know of, and this moment with Murtagh, were the only bright spots for a tumultuous fortnight for Claire.
She helped a local German woman give birth to her daughter, Klara. Unfortunately, Klara, her mother and father died from a measles out break. The Patriarch of the family blames the local Cherokee because after Klara was born, they popped up to get water for their horses. Herr Mueller was not happy about the “Savages” going on his property. So, he grabs his rifle and aims for them. Claire successfully quells the potential blood shed and the Cherokee bless the water and go off. Shortly thereafter, the young parents and baby die. Herr Mueller goes insane with grief. and refuses to listen to reason and gifts Claire with the scalp of Adawehi, the Cherokee healer. She shuns him for his heinous act and Claire burns the scalp with herbs to honor Adawehi. The Cherokee torch the house of the Germans and kill Herr and Frau Mueller for what he did.
When Jamie returns home, that man can read her like a book. One look at her face and he is running to her to console her and life goes to back to normal.
Back in the 1970s, Roger is hunting down Brianna and he gets a clue in the form of a letter that was supposed to be sent to him a year after her trip there. In the letter, she tells him that she loves him, but she knows something happens to her parents so Brianna goes to the stones.
Does she make it to her parents?
Will Roger follow?
Next: Blood of My Blood – Jamie and Claire are surprised when Lord John Grey drops in on Fraser’s Ridge with an unexpected traveling companion (Jamie Jr.); when Grey takes ill from the measles, Claire must reconcile her personal feelings with her duties as a doctor.

 

Premiere Date for Part of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Marvel Gives Hope to the Daredevil Fans and More…

Happy First Day of December!

Mark your calendars The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will be back sooner than thought… Part 2 premieres:

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Here is a look at what’s to come:

Disney+ is making moves for some of their shows. The Cassian Andor (Diego Luna’s character in Rogue One) show has found a showrunner. Stephen Schiff has climbed on board on the show that revolves around the early days of the rebellion.

This news comes hot on the heels of the announcement that Nick Nolte has joined The Mandalorian. He will be joining Pedro Pascal and Gina Carano. No Specifics on who he will be playing. THR

If your inner child needs some new Star Wars content over the weekend, you can watch the first few episodes of Star Wars: Galaxy of Adventures over at YouTube at the Star Wars Kids page.

We’ll meet Juggie’s Mom before the holidays:

“Chapter Forty-Three: Outbreak” — (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-14, DLV) (HDTV) 

GINA GERSHON GUEST STARS AS JUGHEAD’S MOTHER GLADYS JONES — On the road and running out of places to stay, Jughead (Cole Sprouse) and Archie (KJ Apa) head to Toledo to visit Jughead’s mother Gladys (guest star Gina Gershon) and sister Jellybean (guest star Trinity Likins). Back in Riverdale, Betty (Lili Reinhart) inches closer to uncovering the truth about Griffins & Gargoyles, while Veronica (Camila Mendes) and Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) take on Hiram (Mark Consuelos), Hermoine (Marisol Nichols) and Penelope (guest star Nathalie Boltt) after more students fall victim to seizures. Madchen Amick, Luke Perry, Skeet Ulrich, Casey Cott, Charles Melton and Vanessa Morgan also star. John Kretchmer directed the episode written by James DeWille (#308). Original airdate 12/12/2018. The CW 

If you watch shows via Facebook and you are a geek that loves all things that go bump in the dark and space westerns, than you are in luck. Facebook has acquired the licensing for Firefly, Buffy, and Angel.

Harry Potter’s Ruper Grint has joined M. Night Shyamalan’s Apple series. which is currently untitled. He will join Lauren Ambrose and Nell Tiger. The show is a half-hour psychological thriller written by Tony Basgallop (24: Live Another Day) and executive-produced by M. Night Shyamalan (Wayward Pines), who will also direct the premiere. Follows parents Dorothy and Sean Turner, who hire young nanny Leanne Grayson to help care for their newborn baby… but, as with any Shyamalan creation, there’s a twist. The show has a 10-episode straight-to-series order, but there is no premiere date set. Deadline

Now, while the geekverse lamented the fact that Netflix cancelled Daredevil, Marvel issued a statement that should give fans a little hope:

“Marvel is extremely grateful to the huge audience that loved Marvel’s Daredevil,” said the studio in a statement issued earlier today. “From the moment of young Matt’s first act of heroism to the birth of Page, Murdock, & Nelson, it has been a unbelievable journey. We are incredibly proud of the amazing showrunners and writers starting with Drew Goddard and Steven DeKnight, Marco Ramirez and Doug Petrie and Erik Oleson, Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Vincent D’Onofrio and our casts who brought our characters to life with such excellence, and every one of the fantastic crews in NYC. We look forward to more adventures with the Man without Fear in the future.” 

And the following image was posted by the Daredevil Instagram page:

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Finally, fans of The Walking Dead…rejoice! You will be able to go on a tour through all the set of the series. EW

Do you love Gotham, like I do, well this may be your last chance to see them together. The Paley Center is having an event for fans to hear a q&a with the cast, as well as seeing the premier a little earlier than everyone else. You may see me there…

Netflix Cancels Daredevil and More News…

I know everyone is wondering why? Why would Netflix cancel one of their premiere shows. A well-written, well-acted show with action sequences that rivaled their big screen cousins has been given the heave-ho. Why? It is clear as day. Disney+ is going to be their number one competition once that streaming service is up an running and having your competition’s shows partially owned property on your streaming service…it may seem wrong. However, Daredevil stood apart from all of the superhero shows that are on TV right now. It is a sad, sad day. Due to licensing, Netflix owns Daredevil. So the likelihood of another channel grabbing it or any of the Marvel properties that are on the roster for Netflix is slim to none.  So, prepare yourselves for the cancellations of Jessica Jones and The Punisher, just sayin…

Regarding streaming services, Warner Bros. is entering the ring. Warner Media will launch their series at the end of 2019. Unfortunately, the streaming service will possibly be one of the most expensive services out there. It will be interesting to see what kind of reception that service will get. Variety My advice to you is to download your Harry Potter movies now and save your money.

South Korea is going down the superhero route with Stan Lee’s The B-Team. It revolves around B-rated superheroes fighting against a mad scientist who created them. While we are on the topic of superheroes, it seems like Chris Evans was not totally truthful when he mentioned how emotional his last day of shooting for Infinity War was. Digital Spy interviewed Joe Russo and he mentioned the following:

“I think it was more emotional for him than us, only because he’s not done yet,” Joe shared, rather cryptically. “I don’t want to explain what that means, but the audience will soon understand what I’m talking about.”

So, if you are a fan of the MCU than be prepared for either something good or something bad.

We got our first glance of Shadowhunters‘ Kat McNamara posted her new look for her stint on Arrow:

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TV Insider and the actress gave us info on the first Arrow episode that she will appear in. “Unmasked,” we will meet Maya, a cage-fighting bad-ass and Star City thief who is first seen giving as good as she gets in the ring.  We shall have to wait and see if this is going to be a long arc or if this is an arc that may have the actress on Arrow for a longer period of time. FYI – Shadowhunters returns Feb. 25th.

Courtesy of Marvel, we got a look at the second season of Marvel’s Runaways, which airs on Hulu.

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I have to admit that the first season was a little to sabes…shaky, but by the end of it I was looking forward to the idea of a second season.

Here is the last bit of heroic news, two of the characters or Stargirl have been cast. While the particulars of the characters are being kept under wraps, we do know that Yvette Monreal and Christopher James Baker have joined the cast.  The show follows high school sophomore Courtney Whitmore, played by Brec Bassinger. Courtney inspires a group of young heroes to stop the villains of the past and as a result this group evolves into the very first superhero team, the Justice Society of America. Deadline

We learned that we will be getting an Anime version of the wildly popular cult sci-fi classic, Blade Runner via Adult Swim and Crunchyroll. The title for the series is Blade Runner: Black Lotus. Syfy

Recap: Riverdale – Manhunter aka Where Archie Goes Death Follows…

That ending was a whopper…I would have used  that as the Fall finale. So many things happened and only one of them was good.

  1. Archie is exonerated. Veronica’s snooping paid off, she found a video on her Mom’s computer (the file on the desktop had the image of the brand that is on Archie?) and sent it off and she got the judge to lift the charges against Archie. This is possibly the only time that I have ever felt bad for Hermione. Her daughter and her husband are butting heads 24/7 and they do not care if they drag her or each other down. Anywho, Veronica’s hopes of going back to normalcy with Archie in Riverdale was to no avail. The great part about Archie being exonerated is that we get rid of Sheriff Minetta.
  2. butch-and-sundance.jpgArchie and Jughead have hit the road to keep Archie and all those he loves safe and mainly because of Hiram. This is prompted after Archie finds a bunch of kids dead in a mine and then learning about Joaquin. After Archie gets through to Veronica via her cell and tells her goodbye. He has left her behind and it seems like the fearsome foursome will not be together as group for the foreseeable future.  Why?
  3. Betty has been sent to the Sisters of  Quiet Mercy, god help her. Why? Well, the Gargoyle King showed up in her house and that terrified Alice. The funny bit was that FP showed up right after the Gargoyle King was found in the living room. (Did you see the person walk outside the window before the Gargoyle King popped up in Alice’s house? Raising an eyebrow to all of it. Also, in my pic, the GK has a face?). During her art class at the home for troubled youth, she sees that everyone is painting pictures of the Gargoyle King. What kind of lunacy has overtaken this town?hereagk

  4. Joaquin (who was carrying one of the masks of the minion of the Gargoyle King, which reminded me of the Death Eaters from the Harry Potter books) is dead. He died after he told Jughead about the symbol that is branded on Archie, that the Warden was forced into using Archie, and the man in the suit, which had Juggie go straight to Hiram, who rebuffed him and told him to look at everyone else…even his own Father. Shortly thereafter, Joaquin was found dead with the mark of sacrifice on his forehead. An ominous sign to all those that try to stop the Gargoyle King.
  5. Josie suffered a seizure. She is the third person to have suffered this.
  6. The most interesting scene, that Hercule Poirot or Sherlock Holmes would have enjoyed, started with Betty inviting all the families to Veronica’s speakeasy under the guise of the Gargoyle King summoning them there. Why are the so easily manipulated? She interrogates them and it gets interesting when the parents start to point fingers at one another. The main question is did Daryl Doiley kill Featherhead in the bathroom with cyanide or did Penelope Blossom kill him with cyanide? Daryl was later found dead in his car, but Betty learns that Daryl did not kill himself…he was poisoned with Oleander, which is a flower.pen

It seems like everyone has a piece of the puzzle that is the Gargoyle King as most of them have done something underhanded or devious under the pretense of protecting the group as a whole.

One happy moment:

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Next week: The Man in Black – Fearful that he will be caught, Archie hits the road and ends up at a farm outside Riverdale; Betty finds herself up against a formidable foe from her past; Veronica makes a risky business decision that could cost her everything.

What You Missed…

A lot happened today that had everyone abuzz…

From Margaret Atwood announcing a sequel to The Handmaiden’s Tale to Archie Andrews becoming a fugitive on Riverdale, it indeed was a busy day.

Casting News: 

We have our Dracula. Claes Bang has been picked to portray the morally complex anti-hero in the upcoming Netflix/BBC three part limited series that is being helmed by Sherlock’s Steven Moffat. BBC

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is adding to their cast. McKenna Grace will play a pre-teen Sabrina in the upcoming holiday special. She will ask Santa from something special.

The following are listed as recurring and will be in the next season of the popular series:

  1. Alexis Denisof will play our favorite character’s boyfriend. That’s right, Mary Wardwell has a fiancee named Adam Masters and he will be coming back from working with Physicians Without Frontiers. It will be interesting to see how he deals with Mary who is technically dead and whose body is possessed by Lilith.
  2. Jedidiah Goodacre will play a Warlock by the name of Dorian Gray?!? He is the owner of Dorian’s Gray Room, an exclusive nightclub. He is an enigmatic gentleman of an indeterminate age and is very good at keeping secrets, especially his own — a cursed portrait he hides from prying eyes. Deadline

Netflix’s version of Lord of the Flies,  aka The Society, has cast some familiar faces. The show follows a group of teenagers who are mysteriously transported to a facsimile of their wealthy New England town, left without any trace of their parents. As they struggle to figure out what has happened to them and how to get home, they must establish order and form alliances if they want to survive.

The cast includes Legion’s Rachel Keller. She will play Cassandra, who is popular and the most impressive amongst her peers, and they all know it. A natural leader, she is the longtime rival of Harry. If she has one person she loves most in the world, it’s her sister, Allie, who will be portrayed by Kathryn Newton. The rest of the cast includes:

  • Gideon Adlon – Becca, a mature, tough and adventurous, yet always on the outside looking in. She’s the daughter of a single, alcoholic mother and in order to keep the rest of the world at bay, she hides behind her camera, viewing the world with a reporter’s eye.
  • Jacques Colimon – Will, a foster kid and a true orphan. He’s an outsider in West Ham who finds his natural social disadvantages disappearing in New Ham.
  • Olivia DeJonge – Elle, a dancer who is brittle from living in the obsessive, cruel world of dance. Her fear and uncertainty in this new world leaves her susceptible and vulnerable to those who don’t have her best interest in mind. She will struggle to find her own self in this dangerous frontier. Whether she finds salvation or, like those to whom evil is done, comes to do evil in return, only time will tell.
  • Alex Fitzalan – Harry is the epitome of privilege. He’s handsome, wealthy, ambitious and, in almost every other way, entirely unremarkable. Harry finds himself the leader of the roughly half of the population that would choose to recreate, in the New World, an exact replica of the world they left behind.
  • Kristine Froseth – Kelly, the Queen Bee of West Ham. She’s smart and has a firm moral compass. But now that the rules have been rewritten, she may well take the opportunity to rewrite herself as well. In doing so, she finds herself torn between the old high school hierarchy and the new world order.
  • Jose Julian – Gordie, a smart and grounded whiz kid that proves to be indispensable in the new world. He secretly pines for Cassandra. When he learns about her health issues, he vows to teach himself basic medicine so he’s prepared should crisis strike.
  • Natasha Liu Bordizzo – Helena. All of her certainty – about her boyfriend Luke, about God – masks her deep-seated uncertainty. More confident in Luke’s ability to lead the town than Luke himself, Helena finds herself stepping into that role in the face of conflict.
  • Alex MacNicoll –  Luke is the high school quarterback and is built like one. His girlfriend pushes him to be a leader, but he’s much more content with being a supporter.
  • Jack Mulhern – Grizz is a jock with a poetic side. Incredibly smart, he becomes important to the power struggles and game of survival in the new world.
  • Salena Qureshi – Bean
  • Grace Victoria Cox – Lexie is quirky and slightly unpredictable. Lexie comes into her own in the political arena of New Ham.
  • Sean Berdy – Sam is sweet, sensitive, and funny. Born deaf, he is painfully aware of the unfair vicissitudes of fate.
  • Toby Wallace – Campbell is a sociopath, insecure and angry at the attention his brother’s “difference” has stolen from him. Netflix

In Development: 

The CW continues with their superheroes, but Super Clean is different. Written by Rothchild, Super Clean explores the superhero genre from the human side. Becky Masters, an uber-organized and brilliant human, and her ragtag team of non-powered cohorts navigate the danger and drama of “cleaning up” after superheroes and villains, all while Becky works to prove her superhero boyfriend is innocent of a dastardly crime. Deadline

Empty Out Your Pockets: 

Game of Thrones fans, prepare your credit card for the only way you can see a special reunion special that was hosted by Conan O’Brien. The special was shot earlier this year in Northern Ireland, will only be seen in the complete Seasons 1-8 DVD GoT box set to hit shelves sometime in 2019. es launching in April will feature six supersized episodes, including a battle scene producers said took 55 days to shoot in three different locations.

I’m a fan, but I pay extra to have access to have HBO. To pay extra to have DVDs is asking a lot. Smh.

Kid at Heart:

Han looks and sounds like Han! Love it!

Elseworlds:

Part 1 – Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and Oliver Queen (guest star Stephen Amell) wake up and realize they have swapped bodies with each other. In attempting to get to the bottom of it, they try to enlist the aid of Team Flash, but nobody’s buying their story. They go to Earth-38 to get help from Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) and it is here that they meet Kara’s cousin Clark, as well as Lois Lane. LaMonica Garrett will also guest star as The Monitor. Kevin Tancharoen directs the episode, which is written by Eric Wallace & Sam Chalsen.

Part 2 – Barry and Oliver are still stuck in each other’s bodies, but a lead on what’s really going on will bring them to Gotham, with Supergirl in tow. It is there that they will meet Kate “Batwoman” Kane, and will welcome Ruby Rose to the Arrowverse. Not only will we get Batwoman in the episode, we’ll get another Gotham landmark as well — Kane’s information will lead the trio to Arkham Asylum. Jeremy Davies will guest star as John Deegan, a change-up from Davies’ somewhat-Arrowverse-adjacent role of Ritchie Simpson on Constantine. James Bamford directed the episode, which was written by Marc Guggenheim.

Part 3 – Supergirl, Superman, Green Arrow, and the Flash will all “engage in the battle of their lives”! Jesse Warn directed the episode, with a story by Marc Guggenheim and a teleplay by Derek Simon and Robert Rovner. Syfy Wire

Renewals/Cancellations:

AMC has renewed Preacher for a 4th season, which will start production in January in Australia.

Rumors:

Chris Chibnall and Jodie Whitaker will leave Doctor Who after the 2019 season. Does this mean that Jodie Whitaker will truly be the final Doctor Who as she is the 13th Doctor.

In regards to the sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, the sequel be published in September. The book will be titled The Testaments and takes place 15 years after the final scene The Handmaid’s Tale.

Cowboy Bebop and Ronald Dahl at Netflix and the Movies You Should Keep an Eye On…Like Artemis Fowl and Anna and the Apocalypse

It seems like the holidays are going to be very quiet with all the shows shutting down for the holidays and rightly so…as most of us are trying to figure out presents for all our friends and family and planning for the big holiday dinners. 

With that said, there are some exciting news movie-wise. 

First up, Artemis Fowl:

As I watched, I had the same feeling I got when I saw the first Harry Potter movie teaser. 

If you are intrigued, there are a series of books that revolve around Artemis Fowl and they are written by Eoin Colfer. Here is the summary of book 1:

Twelve-year-old criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl has discovered a world below ground of armed and dangerous–and extremely high-tech–fairies. He kidnaps one of them, Holly Short, and holds her for ransom in an effort to restore his family’s fortune. But he may have underestimated the fairies’ powers. Is he about to trigger a cross-species war?

The second bit of movie news that had many excited revolved around the sequel to the animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse movie. Sony has Bek Smith working on the script for the sequel that will focus on three generations of Spider-Women, one of which is Spider-Gwen. If you have not seen Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, you are missing out on a fun movie. Deadline

Zoey Deutch has been  cast in the sequel to Zombieland. The original cast has also signed on and the movie will be released in time for Halloween 2019.  Variety

Since it is the holidays, I only thought it fair to show you a trailer to a movie that screams Christmas…

One last thing, if you have a teen (my 16 year old niece texted me this bit of news) that loved the Netflix movie To All the Boys I Loved Before, it is getting a sequel. That reminds me, if you get the book, there are Christmas cookie recipes in the back. 

Now, about TV…

 Netflix has been working hard lining up programming:

NETFLIX ANNOUNCES NEW LIVE ACTION SERIES COWBOY BEBOP BASED ON THE JAPANESE ORIGINAL ANIMATED SERIES

  • Based on the worldwide phenomenon from Sunrise Inc., Cowboy Bebop is the jazz-inspired, genre-bending story of Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Faye Valentine and Radical Ed: a rag-tag crew of bounty hunters on the run from their pasts as they hunt down the solar system’s most dangerous criminals. They’ll even save the world…for the right price.
  • Episodes: 10
  • Co-Production: Netflix and Tomorrow Studios (a partnership between Marty Adelstein and ITV Studios). Netflix will handle physical production.
  • Showrunners / Executive Producers: Andre Nemec, Josh Appelbaum, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg of Midnight Radio
  • Executive Producers: Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements of Tomorrow Studios (Snowpiercer, Good Behavior); Yasuo Miyakawa, Masayuki Ozaki, and Shin Sasaki of Sunrise Inc; Tetsu Fujimura and Matthew Weinberg.
  • Writer/Executive Producer: Christopher Yost (Thor: The Dark World, Thor: Ragnarok) will write the first episode.
  • Consultant: Shinichiro Watanabe (director of the original anime)

NETFLIX TO CREATE EXCLUSIVE SLATE OF ORIGINAL ANIMATED EVENT SERIES FROM THE ICONIC ROALD DAHL STORY UNIVERSE

Netflix Will Reimagine and Extend Some of the World’s Most Beloved Stories: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG, The Twits, and More

Hollywood, Calif. and London, UK – November 27, 2018 – Willy Wonka and the Oompa-Loompas are joining The BFG, Matilda, The Twits, and a host of other iconic characters who have all found a brand new home together on Netflix! Netflix and The Roald Dahl Story Company jointly announced today that Netflix is extending the Roald Dahl universe of stories for global family audiences with an exclusive new slate of original animated event series, based on the books from the acclaimed and award-winning author’s best-selling library, including Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryMatildaThe BFGThe Twits, and many other beloved titles.

Roald Dahl stories have long inspired award-winning feature films and stage productions. But now, for the first time, Netflix will bring together the highest quality creative, visual, and writing teams to extend the stories in this first-of-its-kind slate of premium animated event series and specials for audiences of all ages and for families to enjoy together. Netflix intends to remain faithful to the quintessential spirit and tone of Dahl while also building out an imaginative story universe that expands far beyond the pages of the books themselves.

“Our mission, which is purposefully lofty, is for as many children as possible around the world to experience the unique magic and positive message of Roald Dahl’s stories,” said Roald Dahl’s widow, Felicity Dahl, “This partnership with Netflix marks a significant move toward making that possible and is an incredibly exciting new chapter for the Roald Dahl Story Company. Roald would, I know, be thrilled.”

“Immersing ourselves in the extraordinary worlds of Roald Dahl stories has been an honor and a massive amount of fun, and we are grateful for the trust the Roald Dahl Story Company and the Dahl family have placed in our team to deliver more moments of shared joy to families around the world,” commented Melissa Cobb, Vice President of Kids & Family Content at Netflix. “We have great creative ambition to reimagine the journeys of so many treasured Dahl characters in fresh, contemporary ways with the highest quality animation and production values.”

“Netflix is known for innovative and high-quality storytelling,” added Gideon Simeloff, Strategy Director for The Roald Dahl Story Company. “There is no other place in the world that can deliver animated entertainment for the whole family at such quality and scale.”

The list of titles in the agreement between Netflix and the Roald Dahl Story Company includes Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryMatildaThe BFGThe TwitsCharlie and the Great Glass ElevatorGeorge’s Marvellous MedicineBoy – Tales of ChildhoodGoing SoloThe Enormous CrocodileThe Giraffe and the Pelly and MeHenry SugarBilly and the MinpinsThe Magic FingerEsio TrotDirty Beasts, and Rhyme Stew.

Production is set to commence on the first of the Netflix Dahl animated series in 2019.

Happily, The Walking Dead‘s numbers are up from the week prior. Unfortunately, the fall season finale for season 9 was the lowest of all of the mid-season finales. I would take this as a win for the show, but we shall see how many will keep on watching when the show returns February 10th at 9 pm. 

In Memoriam: The saddest news of the week revolves around the passing of the creator of SpongeBob Squarepants. Stephen Hillenburg passed away from ALS on Monday. Hillenburg was an avid artist and a marine biologist, he combined both of his loves and created a beloved character and his friends that lived in a fictional underwater city called Bikini Bottom. The show popped up on Nickelodeon in the late 90s and continues to be a fan favorite. Hillenburg has made many children and those who are still a child at heart smile. In response, Nickelodeon observed a moment of silence. TV Guide