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.

Emmy Recap and More…

Before we go over the Emmy awards of note, I have to admit  Michael Che and Colin Jost hosted a fun awards show that focused less on politics and more on the funny side of entertainment, which was evident with all the comedians that presented awards. There were some fun moments, such as the proposal, and they honored everyone that passed away over the past year,  All in all, it was a good show and I hope Che and Jost come back for a second turn as hosts.

Back to the awards. Last night, the stars of the small screen were out to pat themselves on their backs for their hard work. Here are some of the awards that made everyone in my circle go nutty.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series went to Peter Dinklage for Game of Thrones

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series went to Thandie Newton for Westworld

Outstanding Drama Series went to Game of Thrones

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series went to The Crown

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series went to Clair Foy for The Crown

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series went to Matthew Rhys for The Americans

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series went to The Americans

Outstanding Writing for Limited Series went to Black Mirror’s USS Callister

As Game of Thrones won the big award of the night, George R.R. Martin gave us a little insight about what he wanted for the show.

“We could’ve gone 11, 12, 13 seasons,” George R. R. Martin told Variety at the Prime time Emmys.

“David and Dan have been saying for like five seasons that seven seasons is all they would go,” the “Game of Thrones” author continued.

“I know all of the actors, as great as they are, all the actors are anxious to get on and play other roles,” Martin said. “They don’t want to spend their entire lives playing one role and that’s fine, that’s great, we had such an amazing cast.”

What was interesting about the interview was that they mentioned the five prequels in development. Apparently, these prequels will range from a show being only a 100 years prior to the current story line and some are far older. Interesting.

One last thing, we have some news about the upcoming season of Star Trek: Discovery:

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Well, that’s it for me.

Have a great day!

~M.

What You Missed…

There were a couple of interesting bits of casting news, a first look, and I have a question.

First, we got to see that awkward moment when you meet your replacement:

Titans stars Brenton Thwaites, Teagan Croft, Anna Diop, Ryan Potter, Alan Ritchson, Minka Kelly, Bruno Bichir, Lindsey Gort, and Seamus Dever and starts October 12th. IGN

Did you see the cute promo for the CW’s new Sunday night programming that features the ladies of Charmed and Supergirl?

The CW ‘s Arrowverse annual crossover event has it’s Lois Lane. If you were a fan of Grimm, than you will be excited to know that Elizabeth Tulloch has been cast as the sassy reporter that captures Clark Kent’s heart. The crossover will span over three consecutive nights and Tyler Hoechlin (Clark Kent/Superman) is slated to be in all three episodes. Deadline

One superhero show that is not part of the Arrowverse has a new cast member. Black Lightning has cast Sofia Vassilieva as the Looker.  THR Here is a little intel on the character. The Looker is Emily Briggs, who was a mousy bank teller who lived a quiet life with her husband. Until she was kidnapped by people from the underground civilization known as Abyssia. A group of heroes named The Outsiders rescue her and during the battle in Abyssia, we learn of Emily’s heritage and eventually she has a meta-human moment and turns into a beauty with powers.

Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul has joined HBO’s Westworld, no details of who the character is and what his role is in the upcoming third season. EW

The cast for the upcoming NOS4A2 is rounding itself out with the casting of Zachary Quinto and Ashleigh Cummings. This show, based on a book series of the same name by Joe Hill, will air on AMC. Variety

We got our first look of Joaquin Phoenix’ The Joker, thanks to filmmaker Todd Phillips.

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There has been a lot of talk of Jon Hamm becoming Batman. That would be interesting to see. What do you think about that?

Have you watched The First on Hulu? This little show that features Sean Penn who leads an ensemble cast in this near-future drama about a crew of astronauts attempting to become the first humans on Mars. Under the direction of visionary aerospace magnate Laz Ingram (Natascha McElhone), the crew contends with peril and personal sacrifice as they undertake the greatest pioneering feat in human history.

I watched all of the episodes and it was a little hard in the beginning, but once you get over the hump of the first two episodes…you will fall in love with the characters of the show. Especially, Anna Jacoby-Heron, who plays Denise Hagerty. She is Tom’s (Sean Penn) daughter and she is still in conflict over the loss of her mother and her father’s desire to return to space. We see her whole life. We see the moment that breaks her. We see the moment where she makes the hardest decision for her father’s sake and then there is a scene towards the end, in a staircase, and it brought me to tears.

I suggest you give this little show a shot.

One last thing. Today is the day! The Emmy Awards will air tonight and if you are a fan of the small screen, you have already started praying for the shows that you love.

The categories that are piquing my interest are:

Best Drama Series…this is a tough one to call and then they tossed in The Handmaid’s TaleThis is Us and The Crown. So, maybe next year for Game of Thrones.

Best Limited Series…oh TV gods, please let The Alienist win!

If you do not have a ballot to follow along, Vanity Fair has a printable ballot. Print it out and make your predictions. I hope your shows win.