What You Missed…

In Memoriam: Stan Lee was a man who believed that if you were able to entertain people, than you were doing a good thing. He excelled at entertaining. He helped make comic books fun, with characters like Spider-Man. He helped evolve the comic book industry and helped evolve the entertainment industry overall. His smiling countenance and New York accent will be missed every time we see a new Marvel movie.

Excelsior! Stan Lee Excelsior! You will be dearly missed.

Syfy Wire listed Stan Lee’s 10 greatest creations.

Deadline created a montage of all of Stan Lee’s cameos.

On a brighter note, we learned that we will be getting a Christmas episode of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, which is on Netflix.

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As we approach the holidays, The CW will be closing up shop for some of their shows, that means we will have to wait a bit to see the second half of the season for some of our favorite shows. Here are the dates to mark on your calendar:

01.15.19 – The Flash returns and Roswell, NM will premiere

01.16.19 – Riverdale returns

01.17.2019 – Supernatural returns

01.20.2019 – Supergirl and Charmed return

01.21.2019- Arrow and Black Lightning return

01.24.2019 – Legacies return

In regards to In the Dark, this show will slip into the Legacies slot, once Legacies ends its 16 episode run. No word yet for iZombie and The 100. EW

In Production:

The Library of the Dead will be adapted for TV. Read the following synopsis for the first book in the series by Glenn Cooper. Assigned to the high-profile “Doomsday” serial killer case, FBI agent Will Piper is hitting dead-end after dead end. The victims seem to have nothing in common: age, background, or even the way they die. All that connects them is a postcard each received in the mail announcing his or her date of death—all sent from Las Vegas, where a brilliant computer scientist leads a double life. Just when agent Piper finds a credible lead, he’s removed from the case. Continuing the investigation on his own, he must outwit a ruthless team of covert operatives from Area 51 protecting the government’s greatest secret. From a medieval monastery to a cutting-edge government laboratory, Library of the Dead delivers a richly detailed, thought-provoking exploration of fate, predestination, and the choices we make in life. Variety

Casting News: 

Hannah James has been cast as Nia Nal, older sister to Maeve and Scandalalum on Supergirl. Kate Burton will play Isabel, mother to Nia. Deadline

Kevin Durand has been cast to play Jason Woodrue, a brilliant but abrasive scientist who is also known as the super-villain called Floronic Man in DC’s Swamp Thing. Syfy

Movie News: 

I never gush over kids movies, but the following trailer made me want to get a Pikachu:

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:

 

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.

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!

 

What You Missed…

It is finally feeling like Fall in New York City and after a week of recovering from Summer 2018, I am back and I just realized that a lot happened while I was away.

  1. The news that made almost all the ladies I know go a little bonkers in that Henry Cavill will be in a new series on Netflix. He will be portraying Geralt of Rivia in The Witcher. This is a character made popular by a book series and a video game series. Now, while Mr. Cavill announced this bit of casting news on his social media accounts, we learned of Ciri’s casting today via Forbes magazine. They stated that the show is looking for an ethnic girl who is between the ages of 15-16 to portray the character that is known as a caucasian slavic looking female. In all honesty, if they are worried about checking off boxes versus finding the right actress that can actually act…there will be an issue with fans of the series and people who like quality shows. My husband is going off on this topic as I type. He’s a gamer. The show will air in 2019.
  2. DC is in full casting mode for it’s streaming service’s new shows. The latest casting news had me in a tizzy because I loved this actor in Hot Fuzz and in Penny Dreadful. Timothy Dalton, will portray Dr. Niles Caulder or Chief of the Doom Patrol.  Chief uses his intellect to create inventions, but to also help fight crime. Syfy
  3. DC has also cast the character of Abby Arcane in the Swamp Thing and she is a familiar face for those of you who love shows that focus on all things that go bump in the night. Crystal Reed of Teen Wolf  will be portraying the love interest to the Swamp Thing.  Maria Sten has been cast as Liz Tremayne, a reporter/bartender and childhood friend to Abby. Deadline

  4. Stranger Things 3 is looking for kids who can play marching band instruments for Season 3. Mental Floss
  5. With news that Veronica Mars may make a return, it made sense that character-driven shows of the same ilk would populate the small screens. So, it was no surprise that a Nancy Drew show would be in the works and it will be at the CW. Deadline There was also news that Party of Five would be rebooted for FreeForm. Disney is also making a High School the Musical series. Honestly, I am not a fan of reboots. However, I am glad that networks are trying to cater to a younger audience.
  6. The Creative Emmy Awards were held and here are some winners of note:Best TV Movie – “USS Callister (Black Mirror)”

    Best Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costumes – “Game of Thrones” – “Beyond the Wall”

    Best Hairstyling (Single-Camera Series) – “Westworld” -“Akane No Mai”

    Best Creative Achievement in Interactive Media Within Scripted Program – “Westworld” – “Chaos Takes Control Interactive Experience”

    Best Makeup (Single-Camera Series, Non-Prosthetic) – “Westworld” – “Akane No Mai”

    Best Prosthetic Makeup  – “Game of Thrones” – “The Dragon and the Wolf”

    Best Music Composition (Series) – “Game of Thrones” – “The Dragon and the Wolf”

    Best Picture Editing (Single Camera Movie/Mini) – “USS Callister (Black Mirror)”

    Best Production Design (Narrative, Period/Fantasy) – “Game of Thrones” – “Dragonstone”

    Best Sound Editing (One Hour Series) – “Stranger Things” – “Chapter Eight: The Mind Flayer”

    Best Sound Editing (Movie/Mini) – “USS Callister (Black Mirror)”

    Best Sound Mixing (One Hour Series) – “Game of Thrones” – “Beyond the Wall”

    Best Special Visual Effects – “Game of Thrones” – “Beyond the Wall”

    Best Supporting Visual Effects – “The Alienist” – “The Boy on the Bridge”

    Best Stunt Coordination (Drama/Movie/Mini) – “Game of Thrones”

     

    Governor’s Award – “Star Trek” 

  7. Iron Fist’s second season started and I am taking my time with this one as the first season was not what I expected, in a very bad way. So, you will see me tweeting about it.
  8. New York Comic-Con is just around the corner and we have learned that a lot of the shows you love will be there.  Shows like Riverdale, Daredevil, Jason Momoa, wait…Jason Momoa is a person. The complete list of guests is listed here. Guess what? I will be going there to check it out. Keep an eye on the twitter feed and this site for news and pics and anything that piques my interest.

HAVE A GREAT WEEK!

~M.