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.

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.

The Doctor is Going to a Galaxy Far, Far Away and More…

Quiet day, news-wise.

However, we did get the best news about our favorite Doctor, Eleven, and that is that Matt Smith has been cast in the last chapter of the Skywalker saga. No details, as of yet, about his character. Is he a rebel or is he part of the First Order? We shall see… Variety

Luckily, this comes as Matt Smith has taken his bow as Prince Philip in The Crown. Who is taking over for him? Outlander‘s Tobias Menzies.

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Casting News:

Luke Cage‘s Karen Pittman has been cast in a recurring role in NOS4A2 (Do you get it?). She will play Angela Brewster,  a.k.a Willa’s mother. Angela is a beautifully put together Northeast liberal. Vic’ McQueen’s, a young, working class artist who discovers she has a supernatural ability to track the seemingly immortal Charlie Manx, mother is her cleaning lady, and she is warm and welcoming to Vic. Manx feeds off the souls of children, then deposits what remains of them into Christmasland – a twisted Christmas Village of Manx’s imagination where every day is Christmas day and unhappiness is against the law. The show will air on AMC. Deadline

Tom Stevens has joined SYFY’s Deadly Class. He will portray Stevens will play Chester ‘F*ckface’ Wilson, a volatile, vengeful school attendee with a bone to pick with Marcus, the show’s main character. Deadline

Both Even Peters and Emma Roberts will be back for the latest installment of American Horror Story. They will play the ghosts of their characters from the Murder House series. EW

New Shows w/ Casting: 

Press Release from Netflix – Tyler Hoechlin, Justin Chatwin, Samuel Anderson, and Elizabeth Faith Ludlow join the cast of ANOTHER LIFE

Omar Madha to direct first two episodes of the series

  • Tyler Hoechlin, Justin Chatwin, Samuel Anderson and Elizabeth Faith Ludlow have boarded the Netflix sci-fi drama series Another Life, from creator/showrunner Aaron Martin (Slasher, Saving HopeDegrassi: The Next Generation) and producer Noreen Halpern (Alias Grace) through her Halfire Entertainment shingle, both of whom are executive producing.
  • The four join previously announced Katee Sackhoff and Selma Blair.
  • Prolific television director Omar Madha will direct the first two episodes of the 10-episode series, which Netflix ordered to series last April.
  • Another Life centers on astronaut Niko Breckinridge (Sackhoff) who is focused on searching for alien intelligence. She leads a crew on a mission to explore the genesis of an alien artifact. As Niko and her young crew investigate, they face unimaginable danger on what might very well be a one-way mission.
  • Hoechlin (“Supergirl,” “Can You Keep A Secret,” “Bigger,” “Everybody Wants Some”) plays ‘Ian Yerxa,’ the former commander of The Salvare space explorations ship, who loses the post to Niko.
  • Chatwin (“Shameless,” “Orphan Black”) plays ‘Erik Wallace,’ part of the United States Interstellar Command, dedicated to finding intelligent life out in the universe and husband of Commander Niko Breckenridge (Sackhoff).
  • Anderson (“Loaded,” “Dr. Who,” “Trollied”) plays ‘William,” a holographic interface of a sentient A.I. Neither a futuristic Tin Man, nor a robot who pines to be human, William is a new form of life with the knowledge of all humanity at his disposal.
  • Ludlow (“The Walking Dead,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”, “Godzilla: King of the Monsters”) plays ‘Cas Isakovic,’ Niko’s second-in-command and staunchest ally, filled with courage and moral conviction.
  • Omar Madha’s credits include the series “Scorpion,” “Turn,” “24: Live Another Day,” “Person of Interest,” “The Blacklist” and the pilot of Dick Wolf’s “Law & Order: UK.
Miscellaneous:

EW has been posting some pics of upcoming shows. The latest batch is from The Vampire Diaries spin-off, Legacies. Click on the image to see more. EW.png

There are some people that are upset that DC’s Legends of Tomorrow will not be participating in the annual crossover event that, until now, has involved all of the Arrowverse shows. Yet, they forget that we will be meeting both Batgirl and Lois Lane. We will also have Superman involved. Loop in the full casts of Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl and their story line for this crossover event, well…there would be no real air time to devote to our favorite superhero misfits.

Mind you, LoT will have their hands full with Constantine as one of the newest members of the team. So, do not be too sad.

Game of Thrones Gave Us a Taste of What’s to Come in 2019 and More…

Somewhere in this medley of the upcoming goodies that HBO will be giving subscribers in the upcoming months, we have our first image of what’s to come for Game of Thrones:

I am living for Sansa and John hugging!

This is not the only show we are getting back in 2019:

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These are happy times for fans of Fantasy and Sci-fi.

Casting News:

Aleks Paunovic (Van Helsing) will portray Snowpiercer‘s Bojan Boscovic, a large, fearsome looking man with frostbite scars and stumped ears. Bojan is a Breachworker, performing one of the most dangerous jobs on the train. He’s used to the cold and hazards of the job, comfortable enough to joke about his life being at risk. Deadline

New Shows:

ABC is developing a fantasy drama, Best Wishes, which tells the story of a pragmatic, once successful man, Nick Day, who thinks the notion of wishes is a waste of time due to a personal tragedy he’s recently endured. But just as everything in his life is crumbling around him, things get more complicated when he’s approached by a potentially crazy woman claiming to be in the business of granting wishes. And she needs Nick’s help. Deadline

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Ryan Hurst, of the popular Sons of Anarchy show, has been cast as Beta in The Walking Dead. Beta is second-in-command to Samantha Morton’s Alpha, the leader of The Whisperers, a group that arrives in the comic books after the All Out War story line to antagonize Rick Grimes and his crew. Is Alpha and Beta the reason why Rick takes leave?

From LOST to Star Wars..Dominic Monaghan has been cast in Star Wars: Episode IX! THR

Alec Baldwin is going to play Thomas Wayne in the upcoming Joker movie. Variety

Here is our first look at Iron Fist‘s Typhoid Mary:

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Typhoid Mary, who will be portrayed by Alive Eve (Star Trek), is an enemy and former lover of Daredevil with low level psionic powers, including telekinesis. She is n assassin that is also mentally ill.

Miscellaneous:

My 16 year old niece just asked me to compare the images of Sean Teale from The Gifted and Noah Cintineo of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. They look a lot alike.

My book review of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han.