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

News You May Have Missed…

The biggest news to those that love books to the small screen adaptations is that HBO is adapting Audrey Niffenegger’s novel “The Time Traveler’s Wife” and Doctor Who’s  and Sherlock’s Steven Moffat is at the helm of the project!

The channel that flip-flops the most and still manages to keep a fandom unhappy, NBC  has reversed its cancellation of the beloved Timeless. However, it is not for a new season. Nope! What we are getting is a two-part event that will close out the series during the holidays. It’s something for a fandom (one of many) that was campaigning for the show to be revived at any network.

Here is the official press release from NBC:

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UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – July 31, 2018 – Hey Clockblockers, your mission is complete!

NBC and Sony Pictures Television are collaborating on a two-part “Timeless” finale to air during the holidays, giving closure to the globetrotting series that has generated incredible viewer passion.

According to executive producers Shawn Ryan and Eric Kripke, audiences can expect the “Timeless” they know and love. A focus on the unsung and underrepresented people of history. And most importantly, one final emotional story for the Time Team.

“We’re excited to tell one final chapter to this incredible story,” said Lisa Katz, Co-President, Scripted Programming, NBC Entertainment. “A huge thank you to all – our cast, crew, producers and partners at Sony – who have worked so very hard, and to the fans who kept us on our toes and made sure we did our very best week after week.”

“While we wish we could’ve made another dozen seasons of ‘Timeless,’ this is the next best thing,” said Ryan and Kripke. “We’re thrilled to take the Lifeboat out for one last spin and bring closure to our story. The studio, network, cast and crew are all doing this for one reason only: the fans. Because they deserve it. Because the fans made this happen and we thank them for their passion, support and helicopters. So? You guys want to get Rufus back or what?”

The cast includes Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter, Malcolm Barrett, Goran Višnjić, Paterson Joseph, Sakina Jaffrey and Claudia Doumit.

Shawn Ryan and Eric Kripke are the creators, writers and executive producers. Tom Smuts and Arika Lisanne Mittman are co-showrunners and executive producers. Don Kurt, Greg Beeman, John Davis, John Fox and Marney Hochman also executive produce.

“Timeless” is a production of Sony Pictures Television, Davis Entertainment, MiddKid Productions and Kripke Enterprises.

Casting news: From an orange jumpsuit (Orange is the New Black) to a magical creature on The Magicians, Jolene Purdy will be playing Shoshana, a maenad. She is a bright and highly emotional magical creature tasked with tending to notorious party god Bacchus; she stands as gatekeeper between the deity and an old buddy who desperately seeks him. Deadline

As a reminder, the first season of Marvel’s Runaways will be airing on Freeform, the first episode will air after the season finale of the both critic and favorite Cloak and Dagger.

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After seeing the success of Cloak and Dagger, Marvel is hoping to see an uptick in interest for Marvel’s Runways, which originally aired on Hulu. Will this work? Well, both shows got a second season order. But, will they see that they may have to go much more darker to achieve their goal? Have you noticed that the Netflix’ Marvel assets that have been successful are all very dark? The shows that have struggled are lacking the gravitas of characters that are suffering because they have to balance their desire to be what they want to be or want out of life and what humanity needs them to be. These types of  shows are much more human. So, they have to figure out a way to make Runaways much more relatable to their audience.