***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…)
This has been a hell of a week when it comes to Stephen King news. First, news of The Dark Tower finally nabbing a director hit, then some new, terrifying concept art showing It’s Pennywise as pitched by Vincenzo Natali hit the interwebs, and now, to cap the week off right, The Wrap is reporting that the execs over at Warner Bros. have finally cracked that post-apocalyptic mother of all nuts, The Stand. According to the report, WB and CBS (the studios behind the big screen adaptation of the massive novel) are in talks with Showtime to bring audiences an eight-part miniseries that will lead into the theatrical release of The Stand. That’s right: Hollywood is finally learning how to get Stephen King movies made right. (more…)
Over the weekend, David Lynch tweeted out his decision to leave Showtime‘s revival of Twin Peaks. It surprised many, what with most of the actors and actresses from the original series expressing a willingness to return, but it may not be as bleak as many first thought. This all could be just another step in the negotiation process. (more…)
Showtime‘s wonderfully macabre Penny Dreadful is returning to TV screens everywhere in April. The show made Nerd Bastards’ list of the Top 10 Nerdy shows of 2014, and if you haven’t seen it, it is well worth catching up on before the second season premiere. Led by Timothy Dalton as adventurer Sir Malcolm Murray and the demon possessed Vanessa Ives played by Eva Green, the first season followed Victor Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), his creature Caliban (Rory Kinnear), the depraved Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), and American gun hand Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett) as they faced evil supernatural forces in Victorian England. But what evil awaits them now in season two? Showtime has now given us a trailer. (more…)
It’s pretty rare for an actor to catch up with a character 25 years after the fact, but it seems like Kyle MacLachlan is game for some more Twin Peaks, and has signed on the dotted line to take part in the 9-part continuation of the series. MacLachlan is the first of the original cast to sign-up for the new season, which will begin shooting sometime later this year, but according to the powers that be, it’s unlikely that he will be the last. MacLachlan was the star of the original Twin Peaks, which ran on ABC for two season in 1991 and 1992, and given where the series left his character, FBI Agent Dale Cooper, I have no idea where this will lead us. But I have a definite feeling it will be a place both wonderful and strange. (more…)
After numerous attempts by Peter Jackson (with the aid of 28 Days Later… screenwriter Alex Garland) and even a short film made by then-unknown Neill Blomkamp to try and get a Halo movie off the ground, it seems like we’re finally going to be treated to a live-action rendition of Master Chief’s planet-marauding adventures. Only they won’t be seen on the big screen.
Yes, the continued war for supremacy between TV and Cinema rages on, as a Halo series is reportedly on the horizon for Showtime. But will this be a tiny, Serenity-style character piece, or will Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV help bring all of the scope and grandeur of the XBox game into you living room week in and out?
Does anybody remember The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen? The movie, not the comic book? With all the weird literary figures teaming up to fight…something? My mind’s kind of hazy but I think it ended Stephen Norrington’s directorial career. If we’re lucky, maybe this new Showtime horror series will put Josh Hartnett down for good.
I kid Hartnett, as anybody who’s ever worked with Brian De Palma is cool by me, but Penny Dreadful definitely gives off an LXE vibe, what with its teaming of Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and figures from Bram Stoker’s Dracula in a Victorian England setting. I might be cynical, but it also doesn’t help that Showtime is responsible for perhaps the most heartbreaking attempt at a horror series in the history of cable (the failed Masters of Horror experiment). Maybe I’ll give this one a try if Stephen King calls me up and says “hey…it’s aight by me”. I don’t see that happening, though and today’s new trailer does nothing to convince me otherwise.
The more I learn about the upcoming Penny Dreadful television series, the more I am intrigued. Crafted by writer John Logan (Skyfall, The Aviator), this looks to be a fun, sexy and splat-tastic return to the horror genre courtesy of Showtime. So far what they’ve chosen to tease us with has been rather vague, but now we get yet another look at the show via this new trailer. Check it out and see what you think. (more…)
You may have already heard of the horror series that Showtime is putting together called Penny Dreadful. For those that haven’t, it’s being headed by Sam Mendes and John Logan, the team that put the latest Bond flick, Skyfall together and it will feature a different look at the classic monsters of literature and film. Well, now Showtime has seen fit to release the first trailer for the new series. Check it out below and see what you think. (more…)
If you’re a Dexter fan like I am, you have probably broken down by now and admitted to yourself that the last few seasons weren’t exactly the greatest. While there were many well-done moments, they were, unfortunately, overshadowed by the many moments of mediocrity and “WTF?” So while we hated to say goodbye, it was obvious that the show’s time had come. Now, it appears as if the powers-that-be are still holding out for even more Dexter, this time in the form of a spin-off. (more…)