So you’re partner shot himself to prevent his evil descendent from being born and coming back in time to kill all your friends… Just another day in the Central City Police Department (and another Tuesday night on The Flash). So with the, uh, departure of Detective Eddie Thawne (and the actor who played him Rick Cosnett), there’s a hole in the roster of the CCPD. Detective Joe West is going to need a new partner in order to keep all those meta-human criminals in check. A leak has given a hint at just who that new detective might be, and at the same time, Warner Bros. has released the cover art and technical specs for the first season of the show when it comes out on DVD and Blu-ray later this year. (more…)
How about that Flash season finale, huh? Nerd Bastard his thoughts on last night’s adventure a bit earlier today, but fans are already looking forward to season two of the superhero series, and so are the people behind the TV show from both sides of the camera. Granted, production on the second season doesn’t begin for a couple of months yet, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start teasing fans with the potential implications of last night’s time travel and wormhole-created possibilities. It’s easy to say that The Flash outdid itself in season one, but can it top itself in season two. Not even 24 hours after the show wrapped for the season, all signs point to yes. (more…)dropped
Gotham season one was a success for Fox, the Batman-prequel series brought in enough viewers to guarantee not just a full-season order, but an early renewal for the second season. But while audiences seem to be at least satisfied with what Gotham‘s doings, critical and fan reaction has been decidedly mixed. If there is a gripe to be had that’s universal, it’s the series’ obsession with skating on the hype of doing prequel versions of every last single member of Batman’s rogues gallery, but there’s still some members who haven’t got their time in the spotlight yet. On deck for season two, according to the producers, The Joker and Mr. Freeze. (more…)
When we last left Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D… Well, how do we put this, $#!% was going down! It’s been a long break between episodes and the show left us hanging at such a momentous point, the introduction of the Inhumans. Now, there’s an Inhumans movie on the way, coming soon to a theater near us… In four years. But S.H.I.E.L.D. made a huge leap in continuity relevance by introducing such an essential piece of lore for the development of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. (You know, because they can’t use the ‘M’ word.) With a little over a week till the return of S.H.I.E.L.D., ABC is now teasing what fate awaits one of the show’s key characters now that what’s Inhuman has been unleashed. (more…)
Yesterday we looked at few characters from Marvel‘s past that would be appearing in the premiere episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Today there’s a fresh batch of production stills with a look at this season’s cast that includes new cast members Lucy Lawless, Nick Blood, and Henry Simmons. Click through to find out who their playing, what their characters will look like, and everything else going on with the return episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Kyle MacLachlan may be best known for playing FBI Agent Dale Cooper on Twin Peaks, a man sent to a small town investigate the death of a young woman only to discover a mysterious and foreboding world with mystical powers and the unexplained. Well, it seems that MacLachlan knows what we likes because he’s next heading to another mysterious and foreboding world with mystical powers and the unexplained: the Marvel Universe. MacLachlan will appear in the second season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in a new, but very pivotal role. (more…)
*** Caution: Spoilers for the Finale of Hannibal Season Two Ahead… ***
For all those who tuned into the climax to Bryan Fuller’s homoerotic romance between Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and Hannibal Lecter (a/k/a Mizumono, the Season Two finale) what was left in the final moments of the episode were merely broken, bloody bodies. Alana Bloom (Caroline Dhavernas) was tossed out a window. Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne) was stabbed in the neck and locked in Lecter’s stainless steel wine cellar. Abigail Hobbs (Kacey Rohl) was revealed to be alive and presented as an offering to Will before Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) slit her throat. And finally, as he was in Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon, Graham was gutted and left for dead as Hannibal exited in the rain and boarded a plane with his coy therapist, Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier (Gillian Anderson). It was an operatic set piece worthy of Brian De Palma (and certainly reminiscent of the finale of Raising Cain), delivering geysers of blood and numerous unanswered questions as the credits rolled.
Now, Bryan Fuller is weighing in on what fans should expect come the beginning of Season Three. But don’t expect him to tell you who lives and who dies…because that would just be rude. And we all know what Hannibal does to the rude. (more…)
True Detective still stands as the best film I’ve seen all year (which is technically cheating, I know). Made with an auteurist mindset, the HBO series’ First Season told a complete story that sported stellar turns from leads Matthew McConaughey (whose work as Rust Cohle is better than that which he won a Best Actor Oscar for) and Woody Harrelson, not to mention a star-making performance behind the lens from Cary Fukunaga (who I’d imagine is batting away offers left and right). While the rest of the world is salivating over the cannibalistic delights of Hannibal, I’d argue that True Detective did the “artistic serial killer procedural” far better.
Fans have been eagerly awaiting news regarding the series’ Second Season, to the point that they’ve created the unendingly hilarious #TrueDetectiveSeason2 hashtag as a means of fan-casting creator Nic Pizzolatto’s next eight-hour opus. Now the notoriously tight-lipped show-runner has finally dropped some hints about the second go ’round, and the tidbits will more than likely drive those who obsess over the series’ prospects to carve their own little families out of Lone Star tall boys. (more…)
With about a month to go before the release of the second season of the Netflix series Orange is the New Black, it appears that the online streaming site is jumping the gun and presuming the popularity of the new episodes by renewing it for a third, 13-episode season. The announcement isn’t official, but it has been confirmed by a couple of sources close to the production as legit, which is good news for the show’s growing fanbase that has continued to be built up since the show’s premiere last summer. (more…)
‘Game of Thrones’ Exec Producer, D.B. Weiss on Future Seasons & Director Alan Taylor Leaving for ‘Thor 2’
I believe I can safely say we are loving Game of Thrones’ second season. I really didn’t know if it was possible to top the achievement that was the first season, but they did it. And they’ve got the ratings to prove it. Game of Thrones has been king of Sunday nights pulling in 3.766 million viewers for its second episode. Comparatively, Mad Men pulled in 2.69 million. This data comes from Nielson, so also consider all of the non-Nielson households as well as those downloading or streaming the show online. That’s a lot of freakin’ people watching Game of Thrones!
The Huffington Post had a chat with executive producer, D.B. Weiss in where they talked about decisions made when adapting such a beloved and dense series as George R.R. Martin’s novels as well as what they learned from the first season going into filming the second. You can read the entirety of the second part of their interview here, part one over here, and expect part three to post later this week.
These are few snippets I thought were too great not to share,
HuffPo: Someone pointed out to me that HBO shows typically don’t run for 10 or 12 seasons. My response was, but this is a somewhat anomalous show for HBO in a few ways. So to me, that wasn’t an area of concern — whether the show would ultimately get the number of seasons it would need to tell the full story. I guess I just assume that given the upward trajectory of the ratings and the show’s media buzz, it’s not a huge issue at this point. But is it ever an area of concern for you and David Benioff [co-executive producer]? Do you ever think that it would really need 10 or 12 seasons and that’s a long time for HBO to commit to a show?
Weiss: Well, I guess typical HBO shows don’t involve dragons or ice demons either. [Laughs.] So in some ways, this is clearly not a typical HBO show, and in other ways, we think it is very much a typical HBO show. Yeah, we realize if it all goes well, it could potentially be quite a long commitment, but we realized that going in. We’d read the books, same as anyone, and we had spoken to George about where things were going, and we went in with eyes open, knowing that if all went well, we would end up with a very, very long, coherent story that spanned several seasons of television. That was the attraction for us, really. I mean, I just I feel like that’s something new. Maybe with the exception of “The Wire,” which has that overarching, novelistic feeling to it, there are few examples of that kind of truly long-form, consistent storytelling out there, especially in this genre, which seems so tailor-made for it. It seems to be a feature of this genre — building a world of this size and playing [the story] out over many, many years. George has done a better job of that than anyone that I know of. That was really what it was all about for us.
HuffPo: Were there any sort of staffing changes that you made or certain production things that you can point to in terms of the Season 2 leap forward? I know you brought Alan Taylor on board as a producer and director.
Weiss: Yeah, I think there were, probably. It’s so hard to think about. There are so many people who are such integral parts of the show and the machinery of the show [is vast]. Alan certainly is one of [the key players]. By the time Season 2 is finished, he’ll have directed 6 of the 20 episodes. It’s almost a third of the show. We feel like his look in many ways epitomizes the way we want the show to look. The way he directs is just something we’ve had so much love and admiration for, and now, so much jealousy since he’s been stolen away to go do “Thor 2.” So we love you, Alan. And fuck you, “Thor”!
HuffPo: It seems, as you said, there are perhaps more scenes that maybe didn’t necessary occur in the books, at least not the way we see them on the show, but these scenes draw upon information that is in the books or convey information that we need to know. Do you and David feel more confident and more sure of yourselves when you take on things like that? Is it happening more this season, do you think?
Weiss: Yeah, I think it does happen more this season. It’s episode to episode — there is no blueprint for it. [Through the post-production process], you watch each episode many, many times, and you realize as you’re watching them that some of them have a great deal of new material and some of them are weighted in favor of the scenes that appear in the books.
It really is a question of: What’s the best way to get the characters where they’re going? What’s the best way to unfold [their lives] dramatically? What’s going to be the most satisfying way? Sometimes, the dramatic necessity pulls you away from the book. If the book deals with a piece of character information in a expositional way, where you [learn] a backstory way that’s very hard to dramatize, maybe you come into that element of a character from a different direction.
I know I’ve been really digging a lot of scenes not from the books, for instance any encounter between Littlefinger and Varys. Those two aren’t point of view characters in the book so we’re never given a scenes with them without a main character like Sansa, Cersie or Tyrion. Well, neither of them are POV characters in Clash of Kings, but, y’know, spoilers. Anyway, those two guys just play off each other so well it’s been a fantastic addition to the story.
What have you thought of season two of Game of Thrones thus far?