In this golden age of TV, actors know that the prime rib, truly challenging acting work can be found on television, and not necessarily at the cinema. So whenever you get news like this, news that an acclaimed and accomplished character actor is taking a role in an ongoing drama series, you know its going to be good. So where will Powers Boothe be turning up next? Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., of course. In a world full of cyborgs, super-powers and Inhumans, what could possibly be scarier to Director Phil Coulson and his ragtag crew of super agents than the dulcet tones of Powers Boothe? Nothing. (more…)
Marvels cinematic universe has seen Nazis, aliens, gods, monsters, metal men and all other sorts of outrageous shenanigans. Given the fantastical villains and heroic escapades, its all been – for the most part – treated with a sense of earnestness, reverence, and lightheartedness. Their films and other cinematic media has always found the right balance of entertainment, humor, and action. Never, though, has the studio gone with making a legit fully intended comedy. That is…. until now.
ABC has ordered a script for Damage Control, a half-hour, single-camera comedy from Marvel Studios. (more…)
It’s finally back! Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is here for its third season, despite many people feeling that it didn’t deserve to make it past the first season. But the writers of S.H.I.E.L.D. really stepped up their game during the second run and the show became a favorite for many out there, including myself. When last we left off, the paradise on the mountain that was home to Skye’s mother and many Inhuman potentials went to war with the S.H.I.E.L.D. team. Things worked out in the end, though not without a few casualties. Poor Simmons got eaten by a bit of Kree technology. Ward decided he was going to become the new head of H.Y.D.R.A. and loads of side characters bit the dust. But we now have a wealth of Inhuman cast members to push things to the next level with S.H.I.E.L.D. Will the season premiere make us proud? Read on to find out. (more…)
It’s time to play the music. It’s time to light the lights! It’s time for some shameless cross-network self-promotion. The Muppets debuts later this month on ABC, and they’re trying to raise some awareness with a series of promos featuring actors from other popular ABC series because, you know, The Muppets need more brand recognition. Of course, the original Muppet Show was well known for its celebrity guest appearances, so why not take advantage of that legacy through the lens of corporate synergy? So here are the most sensational, inspirational, celebrational, Muppetational, corporatational, promos possible for the all new Muppet show. (more…)
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. began life as a meditation on what it’s like for ordinary people to be surrounded by a world where the extraordinary is possible, but the upcoming season seems to want to turn all that on its head. For season three, the question is how can the ordinary cope when they’re suddenly extraordinary? ABC has released a 30-second promo for the upcoming new season of S.H.I.E.L.D., which will explore how Coulson and his ragtag crew of world police men and women will help the emerging Inhuman community as they join a world that will likely fear and hate them. (more…)
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has sort of been the red-headed stepchild of the Marvel Cinematic Universe for a while. During season one, the series was stuck in neutral as the calender clicked down to the release of Captain America: The Winter Solider, and in season two, Coulson and the gang played a key role in Avengers: Age of Ultron that went unacknowledged in the big screen adventure in what should have been one of their finest hours. Is all that about to change? Might the Agents soon take their rightful place in the MCU (there is a comic book based on the characters now after all) with this season’s adventure? Let’s give a hint with one word: Inhuman. (more…)
Last spring, as the networks were preparing their fall shows, there was an announcement that ABC was working on a spin-off for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. that would focus on the Moonlighting-esque solo adventures of Bobbi ‘Mockingbird’ Morse (Adrianne Palicki) and Lance Hunter (Nick Blood). When the fall schedule was announced, this new show was not a part of it, and it was widely assumed that the renewal of Agent Carter might have had something to so with that. But since everything old is new again in Hollywood, it sounds like the spin-off is back on, only don’t call it a spin-off. It’s a continuation of their story, you see. (more…)
Of the many projects that Hollywood currently has in its mammoth machine the one most “flying under the radar” right now to me, feels like the forthcoming Muppets TV show, set to premiere this Fall on ABC. These classic Jim Henson characters that many of us grew up with, are getting a modern-makeover in their televised presentation. I’m not referring to their physical appearance, but rather their stylistic approach. The show will feature a behind-the-scenes style format that could allow the writers to do some truly unique and entertaining things with this “cast.” Now, we at home get a chance to take a full look at the pitch video that got the series green-lit!
It’s the worst kept secret that Netflix has changed the game of television, both on the side of the networks and on the side of the viewers. As TV viewers become more acclimated to binge-watching, on-demand, anytime scheduling, the major U.S. networks have scrambled to keep up by phasing out repeats, having year-round schedules of new programs, and, like a recent move by NBC, posting all episodes of a series to stream instantly. Given all that, and the ease and access of Netflix business model, observers are now saying that in just over a year, Netflix will have more viewers than NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox. (more…)
The overall quality and watch-ability of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD is debatable. The acting isn’t the strongest, the dialogue is pretty bad and cheesy at times, and the plot is a bit slow and all over the place. However, the story lines are getting tighter as the show goes on. Also, as each character develops, there are questions raised that keep viewers coming back each week for answers.
Things are going to get a lot more interesting in season 3. Variety reports that the series will be introducing characters inspired by the Secret Warriors comic book series when the show returns this fall. (more…)