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When Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. first premiered back in 2013, the show had to go through some growing pains. A rocky, uneven first season had to tread water while waiting for the big reveal connecting to the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier surrounding the infiltration of Hydra into S.H.I.E.L.D. and the dissolution of the organization. Since then, the show has been building its own world, sometimes connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), sometimes doing its own thing. In addition to bringing the Inhumans into the MCU (probably ahead of Marvel Studios intended to), the show had an incredible fourth season, complete with multiple story arcs which included the Ghost Rider, Life Model Decoys (LMD), and now The Framework in the Agents of Hydra arc.

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It’s that time of year where people that work on network television shows get nervous. Between now and May, we will steadily learn which TV shows presently on the air will get rubber stamped for a next season, or whether they be cast onto the Netflix queue of history. Now Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is far from anyone’s favorite thing done by Marvel Studios, but it does have its fans, and it has its share of interesting characters and story potential, so you may be interested to learn that ABC has now given it a greenlight for season four. (more…)

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Death is a natural part of life, but don’t tell that to fans of NBC’s Community, whose rabid support for the show went from admirable to stomach-turning overnight. When NBC announced that the sitcom wouldn’t be returning after Season Five, my Twitter feed was filled with enraged shouts, damning the network for taking away their precious baby and even (in some extreme cases) threatening boycott of all future programs belonging to the peacock. It was a filthy display of entitlement that showed how ungrateful its ‘cult’ supporters could be (the network did ignore terrible ratings and renewed the show four times over, after all).

Well, it seems that Dan Harmon, despite being courted by Hulu to bring the show to its streaming services for Season Six, shares my somewhat bleak outlook on going back to Greendale Community College. The series has survived so much at this point, maybe it’s time to just put a period at the end of its sentence. (more…)

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Dessert has been served for fans of the NBC series Hannibal with news that the critically-acclaimed serial killer drama serieshas been invited back network’s dinner table next season for more fine murders and even finer cuisine. Easily one of the best dramas on TV, and the best drama on network TV period, this renewal is huge news for the small but dedicated group of Hannibal fans who can now look forward to more mind games and more grotesque displays of human savagery come next year. (more…)

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First some really good news for the fae-thful, Showcase has renewed Lost Girl for a fourth season! The news, which  broke late last week, is really a no-brainer as Lost Girl is both Showcase’s number one show, and the number one show on Canadian basic cable overall. The show was also trending worldwide on Twitter the night of its season three premiere.

Lost Girl remains an anchor series for Showcase, and with its sharp writing and palpable cast chemistry, it has amassed a fan following second-to-none,” said Barbara Williams, Senior Vice President, Content, Shaw Media, owners of Showcase, in a press release. “We are delighted to bring fans another season of the series and can’t wait to see where the creative team takes the story next.”

Shooting will begin on season four sometime this spring. No word yet on if Sy-Fy is going to pick it up, but I can’t imagine why it wouldn’t, it barely costs them anything and Lost Girl is one of like five original  shows on the channel that aren’t reality-based.

But for now, we’re literally in the middle of season three, and last time (after a week off because of the Oscars, I guess), we got some serious answers to many of this season’s biggest questions. What did Kenzi spill on herself at the Norn’s? The essence of another Fae called a Kitsune, a trickster Fae that can take the form of others. The Norn took the Kitsune’s powers, which Kenzi then spill on herself causing her rash, which acted as a lure for the fae who kidnapped Kenzi, took her powers back and ingratiated herself on Kenzi’s life.

The only person who wasn’t fooled, and continues to be unfooled is Bo, so naturally she ends up being caged up at the Dal by the others who worry that their favorite succubus might be getting out of control. (And incidentally, hasn’t Bo be spending a lot of time this season locked up? Just saying.) But as Bo tried to convince everyone that a) Kenzi wasn’t Kenzi, and b) she wasn’t crazy, Trick began to realize what the real problem with Bo is.

It turns out that Bo’s going through “The Dawning” a process where Fae mature to the next stage of their immortal lives. Typically, a Fae reaches this point after a couple of hundred years, but something has spurned Bo to mature a little bit quicker than the other girls. A ritual must be undertaken and passed by all those undergoing The Dawning, or else become an UnderFae. With only a couple of weeks prep, Bo must ready herself for the most important rite of a Fae’s life, so no pressure.

In other developments, The Morrigan tries to make Tamsin get the goods on Bo’s attack on the Dark Fae victim in the season premiere, but Tamsin is becoming more a member of the gang then she’d like to admit. She’s the first to believe Bo that the real Kenzi might be missing, and uses her rather creepy Valkyrie powers to help Bo escape from the Dal. Later, she uses her powers again to awaken Bo’s Dark Fae victim from his coma, under The Morrigan’s orders, to find out once and for all if Bo was his attacker, and even though he confirms, Tamsin lies to the Morrigan to protect Bo. Combined with helping to rescue Kenzi from the Kitsune’s cave, and her past as sorority sister, it was quite a week for warming to the buxom blonde Dark Fae who’s always been more bitter than sweet.

But now, we have to deal with the implications. Heading into this week’s new episode, “There’s Bo Place Like Home,” we have a whole new series of questions that need answers: What’s involved with The Dawning? How will Bo be tested? What’s changed about Kenzi? And when will she spill about why she was at the Norn’s in the first place? Let’s dive into this week’s precap:

1) Trivia Question  – What was the name of the boy that Bo went all Rogue on the first time she fed as a succubus? If you can’t remember, don’t worry, this episode’s going to color in some detail on our heroine’s backstory.

2) Breaking Dawn Part 1 – As we learned last time, Bo is going through a period of transition for Fae called “The Dawning,” and something that normally takes years to prepare for, Bo just has days. At the top of the episode, Bo’s prepping with Trick by trying to unify her body and mind to step through a kind of portico or else get zapped by a force field. Naturally, this first test is presenting Bo some difficulty.

3) Case of the Week – As part of her Dawning prep, Bo must return home and make peace with her adoptive mother. Not a prospect that Bo relishes considering that the last time she saw her momma was the night she accidentally killed a boy with succubus powers, for which she was called a devil child by her mother and forced to runaway from everything she knows. Bo just wants to go home, and get it over with – like tearing off a band aid – but things maybe more complicated than that, both with her mother and with current events in her hometown, Grimsley.

4) It’s Complicated – It looks like Bo may have been involved with Fae business before she even knew she was Fae. Just in time for Bo’s homecoming, and the local Cherry Festival. Her name is Lady Polly, and let’s just say that she won’t be feeling very well by the end of the episode.

5) STELLA! – Trick recruits a Lode Star Fae named Stella to help Bo prepare for the Dawning. It’s Stella’s brilliant idea to send Bo home to Grimsley to forgive her mother, as trying to reconcile her past is one of the things that’s going to help Bo avoid being an UnderFae after the Dawning. In addition, Trick finds himself kind of sweet on Stella too. Stella is played by Toronto actress Deborah Odell who you may recognize from other genre shows shot in the Toronto area like Nikita, Alphas and The Dresden Files.

6) What About Kenzi? – Everyone’s favorite adorable sidekick has trying to adjust post-Kitsune kidnapping. Bo takes Kenzi along to Grimsley feeling that her BFF could use the road trip is spite of it being a very rural destination for our very urban girl. Obviously, talking about the kidnapping, and all the things leading up to it, is still kind of raw for Kenzi, but by episode’s end she may have to confront them point blank.

7) In Other Secret News – Trick comes to realize that Dyson got his love for Bo back, and that could mean some complicated dimensions for the Happy Sunshine Gang (HSG, which I know is The Morrigan’s turn of phrase, but maybe we can make it the new “Scooby Gang”). Or not.

8) Grimsley? – Fair question for American viewers, is there such a place as Grimsley, Ontario? Close. There’s actually a Grimsby, Ontario, a town with the population of just over 25,000 located in Ontario’s Niagara Region, southeast of Hamilton on the coast of Lake Ontario. Grimsby is known more for peaches than it is for cherries, but it is in the heart of Niagara farm country where a lot of the province’s fruit is grown. Grimsby is also notable for being the birth place of Barenaked Ladies keyboardist Kevin Hearn and Del Lord, director of more than three dozen Three Stooges short films between 1935 and 1945. And now you know more than you ever wanted to about Grimsby, Ontario.

9) Burning Questions – “Haven’t you always wanted a pet?” “Will I meet a brave knight and marry away all of my problems?” “Does a horse shit in the barn?” “What is this place?”

10) Klassic Kenzi – “Double Dutch? I thought that was only on Wii.”

11) How Does it End? – “Kenzi, why did you see the Norn?”

NEXT WEEK: Dark Fae scavenger hunt! Which probably won’t be nearly as awesome as it sounds.

It may have been a bit anticlimactic considering that The CW announced that Being Human showrunner Jeremy Carver would be replace Sera Gamble at the head of Supernatural‘s writers room last month, but the netlet made it official today when Supernatural was announced as one of three shows it was renewing for the 2012-13 season.

Supernatural, which stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles as the demon-hunting Winchester Brothers, premiered on the now defunct WB in 2005. This renewal guarantees, at least, an eighth season for the show. Anything after that will depend on ratings, and if Padalecki and Ackles can be persuaded to stick around, they’re own contracts run out at the end of next season.

Now I’m afraid I don’t watch Supernatural, so I can’t speak intelligently about the show. I do know that it was a pretty substantial and vocal fan base, so this is excellent news for them, unless they’re of the opinion that the show should have ended two seasons ago and that season 7 Supernatural isn’t as good as season 3 Supernatural.

And for the record, the other two shows renewed by The CW are 90210 and The Vampire Diaries.

Source: Screenrant