I think it’s been an avowed rule of portrayals of Jimmy Olsen that Superman’s best friend is – What’s the word I’m looking for? – a nerd. He was a young kid that wore a bow tie for decades for crying out loud! Unless you’re The Doctor, nothing says “nerd” like wearing a bow tie and being under the age of 50 (of course Doctor Who may not exactly be the lampshade I’m thinking of for this rule). But if Jimmy Olsen isn’t supposed to be anything, it’s a well-cut side of beef that’s part underwear model, and part athlete. After all, what good is it to be Superman’s best friend if it looks like you’d have a good chance at kicking his ass if he didn’t have super-powers? To wit, Mehcad Brooks has now been cast as Olsen in CBS’ Supergirl series. (more…)
In Marvel’s hands, the Daredevil series for Netflix audiences is on an upward spiral. It seems every week there’s news of a pivotal New York City shoot or some well-received casting news. In terms of the latter, it looks a like long-term love interest to series protagonist and ace attorney Matt Murdock, played by Charlie Cox, has been cast today. The lovely Karen Page is set to grace the small screens, educating the uninitiated that our hero actually got to date someone besides Elektra. Karen started out as a secretary at Matt’s law firm. The two started getting hot and heavy and eventually she’d find out about his alternative lifestyle as a Hell’s Kitchen hero. And who is the lucky actress taking on this small but important task? The answer lingers outside the world of superheroes and borders on the supernatural… (more…)
This June, True Blood returns, bringing all of the boobs, blood, chiseled abs, vampires, werewolves and on-the-nose political metaphors with it. Season Seven is the show’s final hurrah and, if this first full-length trailer is any indication, it’s going to be a total slaughter-fest.
I have to tell you right off the bat that I haven’t watched a single episode of True Blood. I know, I know, what the hell is wrong with me? It’s just that Breaking Bad, Mad Men, The Walking Dead, Sons of Anarchy, Justified, The Big Bang Theory, and a whole lot of life got in the way. So you can imagine that when I had this teaser to cover, that I might be a little confused, but I’ve been confused before. (more…)
Today HBO announced True Blood‘s next season will be its last, finally burying their long-standing, vampy smut fest after seven years. And there’s no denying it was a good seven years. Continually, True Blood would bring in incredibly good ratings, and up until Game of Thrones came along the series was HBO’s flagship drama.
HBO’s president of programming Michael Lombardo,
True Blood has been nothing short of a defining show for HBO. Together with its legions of fans, it will be hard to say goodbye to the residents of Bon Temps, but I look forward to what promises to be a fantastic final chapter of this incredible show.
It also survived a turbulent period where showrunner Alan Ball left the series before it came back for the sixth season, bringing into question whether or not that sixth season would happen at all. But under the guidance of new showrunner, Brian Buckner, the series has re-surged with some calling this season one of its best, yet. Plus, it’s been confirmed all major players (Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Alexander Skarsgard, etc.) will be returning for True Blood‘s final season.
Personally, I stopped watching early on last season as I couldn’t handle its dive from the delightfully ridiculous to the outright ludicrous, but the news next season will be its final has certainly intrigued me to catch up. You?
It must be reassuring for the producers of AMC’s The Walking Dead to see a headline about showrunner drama on a major cable series and realize that for once it’s not about their show.
But this is the case for True Blood, the popular HBO gothic soap about sexy vampires and their sexy adventures with sexy humans and other supernatural creatures. As you’ll call, show creator and executive producer Alan Ball stepped down at the end of last year, replaced by Mark Hudis. Well, The Hollywood Reporter tells us today that Hudis is stepping away from True Blood before his first season as showrunner, the series’ sixth, has even aired.
“Mark Hudis has stepped down as showrunner of True Blood to focus on development under his overall deal with the network.” said an HBO spokesperson. Hudis will continue under his two-year development deal he signed with HBO last spring.
Brian Buckner, a writer/producer who’s been with True Blood since season one, will take over for Hudis.
So why is Hudis gone? No one – with surprise sarcasm – is talking. Perhaps he couldn’t cope with the horrible mess Ball left behind in the season five finale, and I don’t just mean the massacre at vampire HQ.
True Blood season six debuts on HBO this summer.
HBO has premiered the full trailer for True Blood Season Five. This NerdBastard hasn’t really watched much, but the addition of Christopher Meloni to the cast has gotten me interested. All you True Blood fans . . . is it worth a re-look?
The new season begins on June 10th.
“True Blood” takes place in the not-too-distant future, when vampires have come out of the coffin, thanks to the invention of mass-produced synthetic blood that means they no longer need humans as a nutritional source. Alan Ball created and executive produces the show, based on the best-selling Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris.
Charlaine Harris, who wrote the book series that inspired HBO’s True Blood, will be stepping back from the world of vampires and werewolves to develop Grave Sight, a television adaptation of her Harper Connelly Mysteries, for Syfy.
Announced at Syfy’s 2012 upfronts on Tuesday evening, Grave Sight will follow Harper Connelly, who, after being struck by lightning, is able to sense the location and last memories of dead people. Teaming up with her stepbrother Tolliver Lang, the pair attempts to help find a missing teenage girl… only to uncover a network of lies and murders throughout a small town in the Ozarks.
So, this is going to be AMC’s The Killing mixed with a little Medium and Jennifer Love Hewitt’s The Ghost Whisper? Wow that sounds pretty nifty… oh, but wait, it’s on SyFy? Fuck it, never mind.
Grave Sight would be best suited in the hands of AMC or FX, as they are stations that care about story and production value. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy many programs on SyFy, but the bulk of their programming is way too campy. Fun and cheesy is not the approach to take with a property like Grave Sight.
OK, so I am cursing SyFy for something they haven’t made yet. I should give them chance. However, it’s one of 27 additional scripted and reality projects, as well as 6 unscripted series orders in development. With so many projects on the docket, it’s likely Grave Sight will get lost in the shuffle of things.
Don’t know about you guys, but I’m a fiend for trailers. Sometimes I even like them more than the film! Today we’ve got three new trailers for your viewing pleasure. Sit back, grab some popcorn, maybe pick a DVD to follow these up with an pretend you’re at the movies. Unless you’re at work, in which case, I can sympathize.
First, it’s another trailer for Brave. It’s another in a long line of teases from Pixar. Seriously guys, can you just release it already! June 22nd feels too far away.
In addition to the new trailer there’s also another clip,
I’ve got real high hopes for Brave. Pixar’s track record is practically spotless so I hope for their first feature film with a female protagonist they deliver their best. I mean, it can’t be worse than Cars 2, can it?
Hit the jump for more trailers and clips!
Bon Temps is all shaken up! If you thought last seasons ending was a shocker, then think again. News has just hit the web that Alan Ball, the man who brought Charlaine Hariss’ addictive Sookie Stackhouse novels to the cable network HBO, will be stepping down from his position after True Blood Season 5. HBO gave Hollywood Reporter the following statement in response to the announcement:
When we extended our multiyear deal with Alan Ball in July 2011, we always intended that if we proceeded to True Blood’s sixth season that Alan would take a supervisory role on the series and not be the day-to-day showrunner. If we proceed to season six, the show will remain in the very capable hands of the talented team of writers and producers who have been with the show for a number of years. This is the best possible world for both HBO and Alan Ball. Alan will remain available as executive producer to consult and advise on True Blood and he will be free to develop new shows for both HBO and Cinemax. Banshee, on which Alan serves as executive producer, is the first in house series for Cinemax and is expected to begin production this spring.
This of course sends me, and I’m sure other die-hard fans of True Blood, in a worm-hole of shock. Even though the show has had its ups and downs plot-wise, it tried to stay true to the essence of the story line. We’ve all grown to love and hate different characters that stay in our memories, especially those off the wall sex scenes. (yummy) Alan Ball was reported to being “drained of energy” for the show after this last season and had this to say about his decision to leave:
“True Blood has been, and will continue to be, a highlight of not only my career but my life,” Ball said in a statement. “Because of the fantastic cast, writers, producers and crew, with whom I have been lucky enough to work these past five years, I know I could step back and the show will continue to thrive as I look forward to new and exciting ventures.”
Alan Ball is already getting ready to leave the sci-fi realm for a different project for both HBO and Cinemax, one of which is titled Banshee which he will be executive producer and the other being “Wichita, an hour-long medical drama in development at HBO about a Kansas surgeon who inadvertently becomes the focal point of a contemporary political, cultural and ethical war surrounding late-term abortions.” While these new projects he plans to focus on are great, will his departure from the show ‘hurt it in the long run or is new blood needed to bring an invigorating spice and allure back to the show?