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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…)

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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…)

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It’s that time of year when fans learn whether their investment in a year’s worth of a TV show will pay off in a second season or whether it was time well wasted. TV upfronts are next week, the annual announcement by the networks of what they’ll be showing next year and on what day of the week you’ll be able to watch it, but since news goes better in several doses and not just a single big dose, we’re getting some early renewal and cancellation notices going into the weekend. ABC, for instance, has been playing its cards pretty close to the chest, but Marvel fans can breath easier today because not only will Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. be back next year, but so will Agent Carter. (more…)

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Last week on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., we were forced to sit through that mostly transitional episode that occurs in nearly every series right before they wind up with a huge bang. Also, when last week’s episode aired, Avengers: Age of Ultron was still to be released. Now the movie has hit the theaters and we’ll get the chance to see if it directly affects what happens in the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series. So far, we have S.H.I.E.L.D. 1 and S.H.I.E.L.D. 2 still trying to figure out who’s really in charge. We have Skye getting better with her powers. The Inhuman-esque folks on top of peaceful mountain have their own thing going, one that might be severely disrupted by the knowledge that Jiaying is Skye’s mom and that Cal is her father. And Ward ran off, leaving Kara behind to be welcomed back into the S.H.I.E.L.D. family. But what’s going to happen this week? If the preview is to be believed, we’ll be seeing a big showdown between the mountaintop Inhumans and at least one version of S.H.I.E.L.D. Let’s see if they delivered on their promise, shall we? (more…)

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Last week’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. moved things along quite nicely, proving that the show isn’t completely imploding and beyond repair. Skye was learning more about her super powers and her family. Raina was discovered to be a potential ace-in-the-hole, thanks to some nice-guyness from Gordon. May, Simmons and S.H.I.E.L.D. #2 were looking into a potential super-team plan being put together by Coulson. And Fitz finally managed to crack Fury’s toolbox, though he seems to have gotten himself into a bit of a jam with regards to the S.H.I.E.L.D. #2 folks that have been following him. So what’s in store this week? Read on for all the spoilery details. (more…)

Those Crazy Muppets are Coming Back to TV!

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With the new Muppet films being well-received by both newer and younger audiences, it was only a matter of time before someone decided that perhaps they needed to make a return to the small screen. And now it appears as if that’s exactly what will be happening in the near future. It’s been rumored before, but now the officialness is here – The Muppet Show is returning to television via ABC. (more…)

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The hype leading up to the May 1st release of Avengers: Age of Ultron has been building steadily since the first footage of pitch-perfect James Spader‘s Ultron was shown last year. It’s no surprise really, considering the phenomenal, well-deserved success of Joss Whedon‘s first crack at Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Still, with the exhilarating footage they’ve already shown us, it’s great to see that Marvel wasn’t content to just sit on their cash-stained hands and phone it in for the inevitably colossal sequel. To further pump us up for the new trailer’s release on Thursday during the premier of ABC‘s American Crime, those sly costumed bastards over at camp Marvel snuck a few exciting pieces of new footage into a brief teaser for us.
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This week’s episode of ‘Marvel’s Agent Carter’ seeks to wrap up a couple loose ends from the previous show “Bridge And Tunnel.” It does that well enough while also creating a couple new frayed edges to mull over: a brutal murder, some insight on our friend Jarvis, and a mostly self-contained plot concerning more of Howard Stark’s stolen goods. Or stolen “bads,” because some of the work Stark’s been doing are questionable endeavors at best. It just gets worse for Peggy and her butler bestie as they go another round of “The Better We Do, The Worse Things Get.” After the jump, we find out what I mean by that. Welcome to SPOILER-TOWN! (more…)