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For the second year in a row, Conan O’Brien is taking his show on the road to San Diego to attend Comic Con International: San Diego, otherwise known as SDCC. Last year Conan partnered with Funko, the company behind all of the Pop! Vinyl figures that have been taking the world by storm. Featuring characters from a wide variety of pop culture icons, the figures this year honoring the late night talk show host feature Conan dressed as a number of notable characters from upcoming films, including Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Ghostbusters, Justice League, and Suicide Squad. (more…)

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Who would have guessed that when Mr. Reese and Mr. Finch met by the river five years ago that it would have started an epic emotional journey. Primarily, that emotion is anger, because how could CBS burn off and cast away what maybe the most prescient and compelling genre show on network TV since The X-Files? But let’s not be bitter. The end of Person of Interest was as much an occasion to be celebrated as it was to be lamented, as the journey of the Machine came to an end with one last all-out attack against Samaritan. Who survived and what was left of them, and is there still a possibility of a spin-off?  (more…)

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As you may have heard (it’s been in the news news), America is in the middle of its most contentious Presidential election in perhaps the entire history of the union. The only thing that presumptive nominees Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton seem to have in common is that their both pretty thoroughly disliked by the electorate, but no matter how you feel about Clinton, a lot of people can probably agree that having a strong woman in the White House is a good idea. So how about the strongest woman in the world? Or at least the woman that played her on TV? (more…)

Familiar Face Gets a New Superhero Identity on ‘Arrow’

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Last season of Arrow got mixed reviews from fans; some people didn’t like how far it strayed with the gritty realism of the first two seasons, and others hated the emphasis on the romance between two of the main characters (you know the ones we mean). So what has the show got up its sleeve for season five? It seems like it’s masks and more masks if these casting announcements are to be believed, and why shouldn’t they be? Now in the mix is a character we’ve already met, but who will come back to Arrow this season with a new secret identity.  (more…)

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We learned nearly a year ago that FX Networks had renewed The Strain” for a third season. Based off Guillermo del Toro’s The Strain Trilogy, the vampire outbreak series has a strong following. It was a bit surprising when it was announced that season three would only consist of 10 episodes, three shorter than each of the past two seasons (13 apiece). It will be great seeing Dr. Goodweather (good ol’ Eph) and his allies enter the 24th day since the outbreak. To whet our appetite so we can endure the next two months until its debut, FX has released the official trailer for season three.

The transformation has begun.

It can no longer be denied — New York City is rapidly falling to an evil epidemic, and no one is coming to its rescue. Its citizens must fight or die.

Dr. Ephraim Goodweather and his unlikely allies tried to take down the embodiment of this evil — the Master — and failed. Now Eph and Dr. Nora Martinez concentrate on creating a biological weapon to wipe out the creatures, while Abraham Setrakian searches for an ancient book he hopes will reveal the strigoi’s entire history…and possibly a way to kill them. Meanwhile, the Master is out for revenge, unleashing new and even more terrifying breeds of bloodthirsty creatures. They need to find a way to defeat him before the infection spreads too far and becomes irreparable…before they become monsters themselves.

The Strain stars Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Kevin Durand, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Natalie Brown, Miguel Gomez, Max Charles, Ruta Gedmintas, Rupert Penry-Jones, Samantha Mathis and Joaquín Cosío.

Season 3 premieres Sunday, August 28th at 10pm.

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I smell another origin story… New to the ever expanding roster of future heroes and villains that populate pre-Batman Gotham City in the Fox series Gotham is a woman named Vale. She’s a hard-hitting reporter that always gets her story, but this is not the same character that’s been a part of Batman lore since the 1940s and was portrayed by Kim Basinger in Tim Burton’s 1989 movie about the Dark Knight. In Gotham, our Vale is Valerie Vale, and she’s going to played by an actress who’s no stranger to superheroes, super-powers and adventuring. Jamie Chung has just signed on the dotted line to play Vicki’s inspiring Aunt Valerie! (more…)

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Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters hits theaters in a couple months. The studio behind it, Sony Pictures, is doing everything they can to have the launch of this film usher in a new era for the franchise. One that meets or exceeds the significance and lasting output of the original 80s movies and all the merchandising and other media they spawned. They want it so much, that they are retreading previous extensions of the product.  A recent example would be the resurrection of Ecto-Cooler; a sugary tangerine flavored drink made by Hi-C, which made its way into kids lunch boxed from the mid 80s and lasted while until the mid- 90s. It had Slimer on the box art and tasted like diabetes. And now its back!

Aside from the obvious assortment of new toys and clothing lines and what not, what else from the well will Sony pull from? How about another Ghostbusters cartoon… (more…)

Flash

Ever since the season two finale of The Flash ended, many fans were left wondering where specifically the show would be headed. Barry made the decision to go back in time and stop Eobard Thawne from killing his mother. Doing this would pretty much wipe the slate clean. With his mother alive, his father would never end up going to jail, he would never be adopted by the West family and probably never fall in love with Iris. Was the CW going to do some version of the famous comic storyline: The FlashPoint Paradox? In the famous story, Barry went back in time and saved his mother, pretty much creating an alternate reality where not only did Barry not have his powers, but things were drastically different. Looks like we have a definitive answer for where season three of The Flash is heading.

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***This article contains spoilers. You’ve been freakin’ warned!

These days, the end of a TV show, no matter how far in advanced you’re aware that ending is coming, may not necessarily be the end (if you know what we mean). Your favorite show might get picked up by another network or streaming site, for example. And even if your favorite show ended with an actual conclusion pre-planned months in advanced, it still might come back years later in a reunion movie, miniseries, spin-off or continuation. And that’s why it’s so rare when a TV creator comes out and says “No! This ‘this is the end,’ is the end.” That seems to be the case with last night’s Penny Dreadful season finale, which is actually a series finale. (more…)

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The end of Penny Dreadful‘s third season unfurled beautifully in perfectly gothic pain and torture as the forces of good faced off against the forces of evil. So much is left unanswered tonight, but there was still a very big resolution, and a resolution that literally said that this was the end even though a lot of characters exit the stage in mid-action. Is Penny Dreadful coming back for more? Only the executives at Showcase and the show’s creative team can say for sure. But if this was the end, it was as emotional as it was inevitable and the melancholy it leaves you with is palpable. (more…)