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.

Recap: Outlander – America the Beautiful

I saw this episode at New York Comic-Con and by episode’s end it had left everyone at Madison Square Garden with their mouths scraping the floor. Do you know why? Well, if you read the books, it is because of one man and that man is Stephen Bonnet.

It is 1767 in North Carolina and Jamie crosses paths with Stephen at a prison, where Jamie where he was going to see a friend to tell him that they were going to create a distraction in order for him to escape before he hanged. Well, Stephen took advantage of this plan which he overheard in the prison. He escaped and they crossed paths with him again after they buried their friend under the cover of night at the local church. Stupidly, because by now all the viewers know that there is something off with this Stephen Bonnet, they help Stephen escape. Stephen is like a bad penny.

Let’s get back to the Frasers, before I tell you of the notorious Stephen Bonnet.

The Frasers have planned to go back to Scotland and the only way to do so was to sell the ruby that Jamie and Claire have. When they attend a party at the Governor’s home, Jamie is told of a plot of land that was his for the taking via a land grant. All he has to do his give his oath of loyalty to the majesty.

Claire warns Jamie that the Revolutionary War is coming and that the Brits will lose. If he agrees to take the land that the Governor has offered to him, they will lose it. But, because his daughter was born in America, he wants to stay.

Fergus and Marsali are also wanting to stay and are thrilled to do so because they are with child.

On the way to visit Jamie’s Aunt, who lives as River Run, Jamie gifts Claire a medical kit, then his family is attacked by the murderer, pirate, and smuggler, Stephen Bonnet. He steals the wedding ring that Jamie gave to Claire, kills one of their friends, and pummel Jamie to within an inch of his life. This is a traumatic beginning to a new chapter in the lives of this beloved literary couple.

Yes, we all know that in the book Stephen stole Frank’s ring. But, would that have made as an emotional punch for Claire and Jamie. Also, Brianna will come across the ring and she knows how much her mother cherished that ring, Remember to never fear that the love that Jamie and Claire will have for one another trumps whatever outside forces that might tear their dream to settle down apart.

In the next episode, Claire and Jamie visit his Aunt Jocasta at her plantation, River Run. When tragedy strikes at the plantation, Jamie and Claire find themselves caught between what’s right and the law of the land.

The End of An Era…or is it? Recap of Rick Grimes’ Last Episode of The Walking Dead Series

We’ve see the official end to the Rick Grimes chapter of the The Walking Dead series.  I stopped loyally watching after Negan killed Glenn. I stopped checking in when Carl died. and this will be the last time I dip my toe into the series again. I became a fan because of Rick’s plight. A man that was lucky enough to survive an injury, but unlucky enough to wake up in a world plagued with The Walking Dead. His goal was to find his family and he did, but in doing so, he opened himself to years of trying his best to keep those he loved safe. There were many valleys to the peaks. There were crushing moments and moments where we could almost see his hopes and dreams coming to fruition and we stuck right by him.

The end began with Rick being impaled on rebar, if it was any of us, we would have been walker fodder. However, Rick got himself up and off that rebar. Throughout the episode, Rick is constantly fighting unconsciousness, which is brought on by massive blood loss. Each time he passed out, someone from his past urges him to find the strength, to find a reason to live, and to wake up.

The first one was Shane. He is reliving his last moments as an officer before he was injured and woke up in the hospital. Shane thanks him for what happened in the field, but tells Rick that he needs to find the rage within to get stuff done.

He wakes up and the refuge he found is filled with walkers and he barely makes it out. None of the walkers touches the blood soaked horse, which is interesting, no?

The second was Hershel. Scott Wilson passed away this year and seeing his serene countenance brought me to tears. Hershel is in what he would have considered to be heaven. He tells Rick that Maggie is a strong person and her son will make her stronger. But, even though he was tired and that he wanted to find his family there…Hershel was not having it.

The third visit happened when Rick opened the double doors in the hospital and he saw the light, well I thought that was it. But, it was everyone that has died and Sasha gets up and reassured Rick that everything was okay because he gave them the strength to make each other better. Everything  does not even out, it crosses over towards the good, toward the brave, toward love. His family is not lost and Rick is not lost.

The last visit happens as he lays on the bridge. This time it is Michonne and the rest of the survivors that he considers his family. Michonne tells him that she loves him because he is a fighter and that he never gives. She asks him to fight for her and everyone.

On the bridge, that he wanted completed, the walkers come. Everyone figures out his plan and the women race towards Rick as Daryl tries to pick off the walkers that are headed to Rick. Michonne runs…and then one the walkers tips over the dynamite that was on the bridge, Rick shoots and then the bridge goes up. Seeing Michonne distraught. That’s tough. To see the man you love, the man you were hoping to spend the rest of your life with go out in a bang.

Luckily, for you and me, Rick survived and a helicopter that was supposed to pick up Jadis, ends up saving Rick. He is a “B”. What that means? No se. Where is he going? No one knows. But, the show continues and there is a new set of survivors. One of them was in Fantastic Beasts. Any who, you know who saves these poor survivors?

Judith Grimes, who looks to be about 12. That’s the time jump for the next episode.

There was a side story of Maggie finally resolving her issues with Negan. Imprisonment has made Negan a shadow of what he used to be and she walks away without hurting a hair on him.

So, where does this leave Rick? Well, we learned that AMC will be making three feature-length movies that revolve around Rick. Andrew Lincoln will reprise the role that solidified him as a star. The first of these movies will go into production next year and it will be penned by Scott Gimple. Also, there was news that Andrew was going to direct an episode for next season. So, I believe that Andrew Lincoln will forever be tethered to this universe that AMC is trying to expand.

Unlike Andrew Lincoln, Lauren Cohen will not be in any future episodes or projects due to her other commitment to a show titled Whiskey Cavalier. The door was left open for Lauren Cohen to return.  Yet, everyone involved with the show calls the end of the episode as the mark for a new beginning.

So, will you continue with the series or will you hop off and wait for the movies?

What You Missed…

PennyDreadfulA lot happened in the world of media and all that goes bump into the night!

What made us stop everything was the announcement that Penny Dreadful was returning to Showtime.

The fan favorite that reveled in all of its Gothic horror fun will be getting a sequel of sorts.

They dropped the news on Instagram with the following:

Death isn’t always the finale. 
#PennyDreadful: City of Angels, the next chapter of the saga set in 1938 Los Angeles, is coming to #Showtime.

What this mean is that your favorite characters will not be returning.

The show will be rooted in the conflict between characters connected to the deity Santa Muerte and others allied with the devil.

John Logan will return as showrunner, but there is no premiere date for the second chapter of the Penny Dreadful series.

Also from Showtime, Halo the series will be featuring John aka the Master Chief and they are casting for the character. What they are looking for is a leading man with a large build for its upcoming action series based on the popular video games. With all of the hullabaloo of The Witcher, it stands to reason the Showtime may be putting a bit more effort in to this show. This show does not have a premiere date. THR

I am still waiting for someone to make a Splinter Cell movie or show.

For those of you with little ones, the BBC and Netflix will be airing an animated miniseries based on Watership Down. The story follows a group of rabbits as they escape the destruction of their warren and seek a place to establish a new home, encountering perils and temptations along the way. The actors who will voice the popular literary bunnies are Daniel Kaluuya, Rosamund Pike, Taron Egerton, Peter Capaldi, Gemma Chan, Tom Wilkinson, Rory Kinnear, John Boyega, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Ben Kingsley, Gemma Arterton, Freddie Fox, Anne-Marie Duff, Miles Jupp, Olivia Coleman, Mackenzie Crook, Jason Watkins, Craig Parkinson, Henry Goodman, Lee Ingleby, Charlotte Spencer, and Daniel Rigby, THR

Casting news continues with Virginia Madsen being cast in Swamp Thing, which will air via the DC Streaming Service. Madsen will play Maria Sunderland, who traded in her privileged upbringing for the swamps of Marais when she married local business magnate Avery Sunderland, but Avery’s life-time obsession with the swamp has driven a wedge between him and Maria. Her poised existence is shaken further when the return of Abby Arcane re-awakens a deep grief over the loss of Maria’s daughter, Shawna, drawing her into the dark supernatural mysteries emerging from the swamp. Deadline

Anna Shaffer has been cast to play Triss Merigold in The Witcher series. Triss is a sorcereress who had an unhappy romantic relationship with Geralt of Rivia.  IMDB

We finally got our first image from Game of Thrones:

The final season is just around the corner and while we’ve heard that the final season will turn the show on its head, we know that the showrunners will not disappoint in giving us a jaw dropping season.

In the movies, we learned that Ewan McGregor will be in the Birds of Prey movie. He will portray the infamous crime lord of Gotham, Roman Sionis aka the Black Mask. He is a brutal and ruthless crime lord who has a fixation with masks and derives sadistic pleasure from the act of torture. Syfy

Other movie news:

  • Andy Muschietti and Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way will adapt H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine. Andy Muschietti will direct.
  • Frozen 2 will premiere Nov. 22, 2019.

TGIF!