Westworld: Not meant for everyone…

The TCA panel for HBO had one highlight that had many of us, who watch Westworld, kind of nodding our heads in agreement.

Westworld is not for the casual viewer. 

That is an understatement. To watch this show is like being in the mafia. You have to know what you are getting yourself into, but once you are in…you are in.

Last year, was not for the faint of heart. Story lines went from what we think is the present…to the past…to the future. Even the cast could not figure out the story line.

This is not the only show that follows this maze-like story line. We see this type of story line in Legion (FX) and in Mr. Robot (USA).

These shows force the viewer to be invested. If you are like me, than you are.

We, at the TCA, also learned that only one of the Game of Thrones prequels is moving forward to the pilot stage and they will start production in 2019…aaaaaaand the final season of Game of Thrones will be airing in the first half of 2019.

The cast of Gotham is back at work for the final season of the show, that will air in 2019.

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We are excited to see Bruce and Selena move forward as the infamous Caped Crusader and the Catwoman.

We did learn of the titles for the first four episodes of the season:

  1. Year Zero
  2. Trespassers
  3. Penguin, Our Hero
  4. Ruin

Now, there was a comic book series titled, Batman: Year Zero. It was written by  Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV and it lasted one year. It was also considered an origin story. How that plays in to the final season of Gotham will be interesting to see.

From Netflix,as it keeps adding to its roster:

​It’s official! Netflix greenlights Locke & Key for 10 episode series.

Netflix is redeveloping the scripts and re-casting the new series.

Locke & Key, written by Joe Hill, is a horror/fantasy series that revolves around three siblings who, after the gruesome murder of their father, move to their ancestral home in Massachusetts only to find the house has magical keys that give them a vast array of powers and abilities. Little do they know, a devious demon also wants the keys, and will stop at nothing to attain them.

The IDW Publishing Locke & Key comic book franchise, co-created by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, has garnered both awards and acclaim during its ten-year run; has been translated into dozens of languages across the globe; and has sold millions of copies worldwide.

Episodes: 10 x 60

Creator / Writer / Executive Producer: Joe Hill

Showrunners / Executive Producers: Carlton Cuse (producing through Genre Arts), Meredith Averill

Executive Producers: David Ozer (IDW), Ted Adams (IDW), Lindsey Springer (producing through Genre Arts), Aron Eli Coleite, Andy Muschietti, Barbara Muschietti, David Alpert (Circle of Confusion), Rick Jacobs (Circle of Confusion)

Series developed by: Carlton Cuse, Aron Eli Coleite and Meredith Averill

First Episode written by: Joe Hill and Aron Eli Coleite

News that you may have missed…

It is almost last call for Shadowhunters, but they are still casting for the final season. The latest is Luke Baines. He’s been cast as the main villain, Jonathan Morgenstern.

For those of you who love TV and TV-related events, you should attend the upcoming Paleyfest, which will be showing the Charmed reboot Shows of note, the Charmed reboot. I have been to a couple of these events and they are always great fun.

Netflix released the following info about Snowpiercer:

24 July 2018

NETFLIX BOARDS ALL-NEW FUTURISTIC ACTION THRILLER SNOWPIERCER

Netflix has boarded all-new futuristic action thriller Snowpiercer. Through a deal with ITV Studios Global Entertainment, Netflix will premiere the series co-produced by Tomorrow Studios and Studio T to its members globally outside of the U.S. and China in 2019.

Details regarding Snowpiercer are below:

  • Oscar® winner Jennifer Connelly and Tony Award® winner Daveed Diggs star in the series.
  • Set seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, Snowpiercercenters on the remnants of humanity, who inhabit a gigantic, perpetually-moving train that circles the globe. Class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival are questioned in this riveting television adaptation. The series is based on the acclaimed movie of the same name.
  • The series also stars Alison Wright (The Accountant), Mickey Sumner (American Made), Katie McGuinness (Dirty Filthy Love), Susan Park (Ghostbusters), Tony Award® winner and Grammy® nominee Lena Hall (All My Children), Annalise Basso (Bedtime Stories), Sam Otto (Jellyfish), Sheila Vand (Argo), Roberto Urbina (Narcos) and Sasha Frolova (The Interestings).
  • Snowpiercer is a co-production of Tomorrow Studios, a partnership between Marty Adelstein and ITV Studios, and Turner’s Studio T. The series is executive produced by Tomorrow Studios’ Marty Adelstein (AquariusPrison BreakTeen Wolf) and Becky Clements (Good BehaviorAquariusLast Man Standing).
  • Award-winning writer and producer Graeme Manson (Orphan Black) is the showrunner and also serves as executive producer along with Scott Derrickson (Doctor Strange), Matthew O’Connor (Continuum) and the original film’s Bong Joon Ho, Park Chan-wook, Lee Tae-hun and Dooho Choi.
  • James Hawes will serve as director and co-executive producer.
  • The series will debut on TNT in the U.S.

Kathryn Newton has been cast to star in a to star in a new YA Netflix show that focuses on young adults who are fighting to survive after realizing that they  are stuck in their home town and they are there all alone. The show is described as Lost meets Lord of the Flies. The character that Miss Newton will be playing is is Allie. Allie is always in her sister’s shadow, but encourages her sister to become a leader to the group.  There is no title or release date, but the show will have a ten episode run. THR

It’s the last week of July and that means Fall TV is just around the corner. Here are some dates to mark on your calendar for network TV:

  1. Manifest – September 24 at 10 p.m. EST
  2. The Gifted – September 25 at 8 p.m. EST
  3. Black Lightning – October 9 at 9 p.m. EST
  4. The Flash – October 9 at 8 p.m. EST
  5. Riverdale – October 10 at 8 p.m. EST
  6. Supernatural – October 11 at 8 p.m. EST
  7. Supergirl – October 14 at 8 p.m. EST
  8. Charmed – October 14 at 9 p.m. EST
  9. Arrow – October 15 at 8 p.m. EST
  10. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow – October 22 at 9 p.m. EST
  11. Legacies – October 25 at 9 p.m. EST
  12. Midnight, TX –  October 26 at 9 p.m. EST

Remember, shows like Gotham and Roswell, NM will not air until the second half of the network TV season.

 

Being the Villain is Not Always a Bad Thing…

In every movie, we have a protagonist and an antagonist. Typically, the antagonist is viewed as the opposition to the hero of the story. The antagonist spurs on some type of philosophical growth in the hero which will propel them to do the right thing. We usually look up to the hero and down at those that go against them. However, as of late, people are rallying around those that we used to frown upon…the villain. However, he or she is no longer viewed as a villain, but as an anti-hero a.k.a. someone who lacks conventional heroic attributes or morals.

Case in point, Bruce Wayne’s arch-nemesis…the Joker.

In Comics, shows, and movies, the Joker is viewed as a psychopath with a warped sense of humor. Thanks to Heath Ledger and Jared Leto’s respective portrayals of the maniacal killer, fans have been wanting and waiting for a movie that focused solely on the popular character.

Over the last few months, news has been picking up that we were not only getting one movie, but two.

Not only did we finally get confirmation that Joaquin Phoenix will be portraying the Joker, but we also heard that Robert DeNiro is in talks to play a talk show host that drives the character to go mad and turn into the “Clown Prince of Crime.” We also learned that Frances Conroy is in talks to play Joker’s Mom. This gritty film is partly written by and directed by Todd Phillips. This movie is not part of the current Worlds of DC, it is a different origin story.

However, the second movie that will revolve around Jared Leto‘s Joker, will continue to  be a part of the Worlds of DC franchise.

Another franchise universe that everyone is looking forward to is being kicked off with Venom, which stars Tom Hardy. In it, we watch Eddie Brock acquire the powers of a symbiote. The other movies slated for the Venom franchise are:

  1. Silver and Black – Silver Sable, a mercenary, is one of those rare characters who can be viewed as both a villain and as an ally to someone like Spider-Man. Black Cat is Felicia Hardy, daughter of cat burglar Walter Hardy. During college, she trained herself be a fighter and acrobatic. These two work together and are at odds times.
  2. Morbius – Will be portrayed by Jared Leto, Morbius, aka Michael Morbius, is imbued with vampiric superhuman abilities and physical traits stemming from a failed biochemical experiment that was supposed cure his rare blood disorder.
  3. Nightwatch – Nightwatch is Doctor Kevin Trench, who witnessed a costumed man die battling some terrorists armed with an invisibility-generating ‘cloaking” device, and unmasked the corpse to learn that it was an older version of himself.
  4. Silk – Cindy Moon is Silk and she was also bitten by the radioactive spider that bit Peter Parker.

Will Venom cross paths with Peter Parker? Well, during SDCC, the Venom director believes that the studio is thinking that it is something that can happen. Also, both Tom Hardy and Tom Holland would love to see these characters face off. So, cross your fingers and pray to St. Jude for this to happen.

What will really be interesting to see is if SONY and the Worlds of DC will be as regimented about scheduling these movies in a timely way like the MCU has effectively done. Remember it is all economic, you have to meet the demand by supplying the product that your audience wants and that can be tricky.

…Wait…Here is the Inside Look at Amazon’s Good Omens for #SDCC

The show is based on the book Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch. It was written by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman and it kind of reads like Monty Python or the Hitchhiker’s Guide…very funny…very British.

Here’s a little info on the premise of the book:

The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world’s only completely accurate book of prophecies written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel (Aziraphale) and a fast-living demon (Crowley) are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. So, they attempt to sabotage it because they like their comfy lived in merry old England.  And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist and then there is the issue of the Four Horsemen.

I suggest that if you are looking forward to the show, give the book a shot. You will not regret it!

#SDCC Ends with Legion

Legion wrapped towards the end of the 17-18 TV season, so this panel was for more for those die hard fans who are still recovering from season 2.

When describing the trippy style of the the show, John Cameron told the audience, “When you get the script, and you’ve read it, you have to start to ask everyone on the cast and crew, ‘do you know what this is about?’ It takes a village…directors are told to bring their A game.” Trippy is an understatement.

We learnt that even the cast is confused as Navid Negahban, Shadow King, thanked the cast for helping him understand the show when he first joined the cast. “These guys already had the blueprint. I was just following their lead.”

While Dan Stevens acknowledged that the fans are rooting for the roller coaster of a love story that is David and Syd . “It’s the mark of a good story,” He stated. He also believes that Syd is mad that he ran off with Lenny. Rachel Keller is more interested in wanting to see Syd tackle something as big as being the hero, but she’d also like to see what she does, if she fails.

Aubrey Plaza believes that Lenny is just trying to get out there and live her best life. But she just got caught up in the middle of all this nonsense. Lenny is now a totally different character because Lenny died. She is playing a new version of Lenny.

In regards to David’s Ride or Die, Lenny, Aubrey Plaza

There were fun moments like when the cast was asked which superhero they would be and it is as follows:

  • Dan Stevens: “Batgirl.” <–I would pay to see this!
  • Rachel Keller: “Wolverine.”
  • Aubrey Plaza: “Joker”
  • Jean Smart: “Catwoman.”
  • Bill Irwin: “Noah Hawley.”
  • Amber Midthudner: “Violet from The Incredibles.” <–Awesome Choice!
  • Jeremie Harris: “Batman”
  • Navid Negahban: “Shazam.”

Bill Irwin pulled he choreography together for the dance sequence, which was nightmarish for Aubrey Plaza. We also learned that Bill wants the familial bond between him and and Amber Midthunder to continue. That sounded like a request to the writers.

On that point, Dan Stevens said that going to Comic-Con is the only way he gets information about the upcoming season on the show that he is working on.

If you have not seen this show, give it a chance.

 

 

 

Day 4 of #SDCC…

Supernatural:

Good news to the fans that were wanting the Wayward Sisters to be picked up by the CW or any network, Jodi Mills and other Wayward Sisters will return to the series, as well as Rowena.

But, there were some funny moments…

As soon as the show finished it’s last shot ever, he taking the impala. His exact words:

“When all is said and done and the show finally comes to an end, there’s a lot of things I’ll take with me. One thing is the car because they’ll call cut and you’ll see a dust cloud.”

Jared pitched a toga-filled episode for their 300th episode.

Not only did Misha being Voter Registration forms to the Con, but he also said that Jensen cowboy kink is now his kink.

The nice about this panel is that year in and year out…the actors acknowledge their fandom. This show and its fans are truly a family.

Riverdale:

We will leap ahead three months at the beginning of Season 3 and we will see Archie go on trial. That is where we will meet his archness for this season and that is…Ms. Wright (Penelope Ann Miller). Ms. Wright is the DA who wants to convict Archie for murder. Who will be helping Arch in his time of need, no other than the dynamic duo of Bughead, however they fully embrace their responsibility as the leaders of the Serpents. We will also get to see Bughead’s reaction to finding out about their parent’s relationship. Awkward! However, this whole debacle will cause a kink in Varcher land.

Toni (Vanessa Morgan, who is now a series regular) will find herself in a rivalry with former Pussycat Vocalist, Josie, due to Cheryl having once had a crush on Josie. Moose and Kevin are dating and even Reggie finds love in the new season. However, there will be a bigger focus on the friendships. So, we shall see B&V be buddies again, as well as Jug and Arch.

The highlight for me is that this may be the season where these kids actually concentrate on school!

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa stated the following:

“It’s junior year, it’s the first time they’re thinking of college and we’re going to try to infuse this season with a lot more high school stuff. We’re going to talk about the SATs, applying to colleges, advisers, extracurriculars, etc.”

This has been a big issue for me with these high-school-centric shows. No one really goes to class or studies? Finally!

As for fun episodes, we will see a flashback episode of the parents when they were younger and as expected, we will have another musical episode.

Casting-wise, they are currently looking for someone to be Edgar Never-Never — the leader of The Farm in Season 3. In the trailer, Polly is offering her twin babies to the cult, that should be interesting.

Also, Wynona Earp was renewed for another season.

What You Missed on Day 3 of #SDCC – #TheCW Edition and More…

Soooooo much happened yesterday…

Legacies:

Yes, this is the spin-off of The Originals, which is the spin-off of the The Vampire Diaries and Alaric is in it. But do not let that sway you from going on to the next chapter of the TVD-Universe.

Think of it more like Hogwarts…

Legacies follows Hope Mikaelson, the daughter of Niklaus the Vampire and Hayley the Werewolf and she is also the related to a very powerful witch. She is called a tribird because of her lineage.

She ends up at the The Salvatore School of for the Young and Gifted. Yes…think of the X-Men, because in a way it is very similar. However, instead of mutants…we are dealing with magic.

These kids are kids and they suffer the same trials and tribulations of being a teenager, which is refreshing. Since almost all the vampires in the first two chapters of this  franchise….looked my age.

Hope is not alone, as we will see Alaric’s twin daughters in the school and we will also see Matt Donovan…and we will see Mystic Falls. It is up in the air if we will see anyone else from the past pop-up. Here’s hoping.

The Flash:

Parenthood came earlier than expected for our favorite crime-fighting couple. As Barry and Iris meet their daughter, Nora, from the future! We will also see The Flash Ring, along with some familiar and new faces…and Darth Vader?!?!?

Kidding aside, our new bad guy is called Ciada, Chris Klein and like all villains…he is a challenge to our hero.

But, the story of the little family proves to be interesting. Why? Well, Nora is super attached to her Dad and not to her Mom. That means something must have happened in the future for Nora to not want to me as chummy with her Mom.

Harry is back in a way, he will be called Sherlock Wells. That should be entertaining.

Barry is back at CSI, Iris is a journalist, Ralph will be a detective, Ralph and Cisco bond. Nora will use the jacket that Iris used. We’ll find out what drives Killer Frost to be Killer Frost.

The 100th episode will be aired this season and it will be directed by Tom Cavanaugh and it will also be the mid-season finale…so prepare yourselves.

Casting wise…there will be an LGBT character on the show and a younger version of the Rogues.

Arrow:

Inmate 4587 has been in jail for five months and he seems to be deadlier than ever, but he is trying to reel it in like Kung-Fu, the TV show. His city is being overrun by vigilantes…trying to fill the void of the Arrow. Everyone is in danger, but desperate times calls for desperate measures.

As the show has always been dark, it is even more darker this season. Felicity no longer wants to be a victim or have someone watching her back. Diggle is working at A.R.G.U.S. Dinah is fighting crime the legal way, as she is a cop. Curtis is just, “Chillin.” But, Rene feels that he has to pick up where Oliver left off, but then there is Roy who may be the Vigilante. Black Siren looks like the Mayor and she has outlawed vigilantism, you know that does not fly in this city.

We will see the Longbow Hunters aka Red Dart, Kodiak, and the Silencer…who will be played by Holly Elissa, Michael Jonsson, and Miranda Edwards. Red Dart is described as a ruthless and precise killer, Kodiak is a man who is a beast and uses brute force, and Silencer is a master of stealth.

William, Oliver’s son has the most interesting story arc this season.

Supergirl:

The trailer reminded me of the head space where Batman was at the beginning of Batman v. Superman. Where there wan an anti-alien agenda a foot.

Manchester Black, played by David Ajala, is the villain of the season. He is a telekinetic and the leader of the Elite.

Other new cast, we will see a trans superhero, played by Nicole Maines. They also have April Parker Jones as Colonel Haley.

There has been a lot of talk about Batwoman and there was a tease about Alex meeting Kate Kane, Batwoman, during the crossover.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow:

As this team evolves every year, we start the season at Woodstock in the summer of love, as this lovable crew are now considered fugitives.

In the new season, we get two new characters, that will join Matt Ryan (Constantine), Jes Macallan (Ava Sharpe), and Courtney Ford (Nora Darhk)as series regulars:

Ramona Young joined the cast to play Alaska Yu and Tom Wilson is playing Nate’s Dad, Hank Heywood.

Black Lightning:

The characters we’ve come to know over the course of one season is trying to stay together as a family, as everything around them is threatening to pull them apart.

Jordan Calloway, Khalil Payne, his now a series regular for Season 2.

Tobias Whale ass a new level of power and he gets tested.

Robert Townsend and Bill Duke are playing new characters on the show.

And here is the trailer for Roswell, NM:

The Gifted:

There is a time jump and a new location in season 2 of the Fox Marvel show. We may see Reed display some powers this season as the show confronts discrimination.

Polaris is still severely pregnant and the repercussions of that on her powers, and then there is the Baby Daddy (Eclipse) who is distraught at the loss of his love and baby. Thunderbird and Blink are still going strong. As to be expected, there will conflict…internal and external…as we meet new mutants. One thing was clarified…no crossover with Legion, which makes sense.

Casting News:

Midnight, TX added to their roster of magical misfits.

Nestor Carbonell is portraying Kai, an energetic, holistic healer. Jaime Ray Newman is playing Patience, Kai’s wife and they have opened a new age healing center in Midnight. People in town think that they are con men, but Patience has her eye on Manfred.

Walker (Josh Kelly) is an openly gay demon hunter and bonds with Joe.

And one of the shows I am really looking forward to Deadly Class Trailer:

The other show I am dying to see is the Umbrella Academy and we got a teaser image a few days ago.:

Umbrella

The Umbrella Academy revolves around The Monocle, Spaceboy, The Kraken, The Rumor, The Séance, Number Five, The Horror, and The White Violin and they work together to figure out their father’s mysterious death. As it is in any family, personality clashes threaten their ability to work together. This show will air on Netflix.

The cast includes:

  • Ellen Page as The White Violin
  • Tom Hopper as Spaceboy
  • Robert Sheehan as The Séance
  • Emmy Raver-Lampman as The Rumor
  • David Castañeda as The Kraken
  • Aidan Gallagher as Number Five
  • Mary J. Blige as Cha-Cha
  • Cameron Britton as Hazel
  • Colm Feore as The Monocle
  • Adam Godley as Pogo
  • John Magaro as Leonard Peabody
  • Ashley Madekwe as Detective Patch
  • Kate Walsh as The Handler

This show will air on Netflix.

Also, it is hard to cover such a big event after playing D&D for seven hours and only getting four hours of sleep.

But, we are on the fourth and final day…Hazzah!