The Fox series Gotham is a source of much inner friction amongst Batman fans. On the one hand, it’s impeccably produced on a technical level, it’s about Batman-related characters, and it features a couple of pretty decent performances. But it’s also messy. So, so messy. It’s a vexing thing because it does all the things we hate that prequels do, like drawing too many straight lines between different characters and supposing that those characters were fully formed or near fully formed versions of themselves years before they’re supposed to be. But still, Gotham will be back for season three. (more…)


While most who worried about the fate of their most beloved television shows already learned whether they’d be renewed or not, fans of NBC‘s Hannibal – Fannibals, for those not cruising Tumblr tags – have been waiting, in agony, to learn if the series would be picked up for a second season. Finally, today NBC decided to renew for a second season. And there was much, much rejoicing.

Deadline broke the news only hours ago, with NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke commenting,

We’re so proud of Bryan [Fuller]’s vision for a show that is richly textured, psychologically complex, and very compelling. There are many great stories still to be told.

Raise a glass and toast to another season of cannibal cooking lessons, food puns, and Hannibal Lector’s ever growing collection of ridiculous suits only he seems capable of pulling off. Need a fine wine to fill that glass? Movie theater chain, Alamo Drafthouse has prepared something special for the occasion,


Two wines are offered, a red and a white, called Cannibal Chianti and Suit Yourself Pinot Grigio. Bottles are available for purchase, as well as Lector’s Package* – yes, I laughed too – which gets you, “a bottle to rub the lotion on your skin, some fava beans and a recipe from Alamo Drafthouse Chef Trish Eichelberger.”

*Liver not included

It’s quite the expected but no less fabulous bit of news today, Game of Thrones has been renewed for a third season! After the first two episodes of its second season pulled in incredible ratings for HBO, not to mention its popularity on the television black market, of course it was going to be renewed. Game of Thrones is a massive hit, even among the non-nerd crowd.

Okay, so what do we know about the third season? It’s to be based roughly on the first half of the third book in George R.R. Martin‘s A Song of Ice and Fire series. A Storm of Swords is 1,216 pages so yes, thank you, we need them to break this book into two seasons. Otherwise some of the series’ best content might be lost!

During a recent interview with EW, David Benioff, executive producer, had this to say about a third season,

As George and all his fans have said for a long time, there’s no way to do it in a single season, so it’s being broken into two. We’re still kind of figuring out exactly what goes where. We don’t want it to feel like a two-part season… From the beginning we’d always prayed we’d get to season 3 at least because, you know, two of our favorite scenes from the entire saga are in season 3.

One of those favorite scenes must be “The Red Wedding.” And I’ll just leave it at that. ::cue mysterious music::

Have you been enjoying season two thus far? Make sure you check out our reviews: “The North Remembers” “The Night Lands.”  And what are you expecting from season three? (No spoilers please.)

Umm, who’s excited for those dragons to get bigger?!??

Source: EW

‘South Park’ Renewed Through Season 20

It’s been 15 years since South Park exploded onto the airwaves (fuck, where did the time go?). Creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker must be sick of it by now, right? Seriously, the show has surely run its course, who’s left for them to offend? 

Parker and Stone, have reached a new deal to extend the adventures of the Colorado town well into 2016. Michele Ganeless, president of the network, inked the deal with the pair to air three additional seasons of original episodes from the top-rated Emmy and Peabody Award-winning series.

“The collective genius of Matt and Trey knows no bounds,” said Ganeless. “Week after week and season after season they continue to surprise and delight ‘South Park’ fans, and that includes all of us here at Comedy Central. We’re thrilled that the adventures of Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman will continue through 2016.”

Parker and Stone will continue to write, direct, edit and executive produce every episode of “South Park,” along with Anne Garefino. Frank C. Agnone II will continue being supervising producer, with Eric Stough, Adrien Beard, Bruce Howell and Vernon Chatman as producers.

“Comedy Central has been our home for 15 years  and we love working there,” said Parker and Stone. “‘South Park’ is a blast and we can’t wait to make more.”

We can’t wait either, let’s see how they’ll top this season next year.

Via: Coming Soon

Good news, everyone! AMC has renewed The Walking Dead for another season. The announcement comes as no surprise, the series is quickly becoming one of the most popular on television as well as one of the most profitable for AMC. Their 90-minute season two premiere drew in, “4.8 million viewers 18-49 years old as well as 4.2 million adults 25-54. Overall it drew more 10 million viewers in 122 countries for the premiere.” So, yes, successful indeed.

Charlie Collier, President of AMC, said in his announcement,

Today we are pleased to announce that the ‘dead’ shall live as we proudly renew The Walking Dead for a third season on AMC and, globally, with our terrific partners at Fox International Channels. We are thankful for everyone’s contribution in front of and behind the camera as we continue to make The Walking Dead a unique television experience. And, we are so proud as it continues to set viewership records around the world.

Robert Kirkman‘s comic is still publishing monthly with really no end in sight, meaning the television show has tons of source material to pull from. ‘Course the show seems to be blazing its own path and isn’t trying to follow the comic. Especially with this latest episode, it’s like the timeline is compressing and some things are happening sooner and sooner, while other really, really important things haven’t happened at all. If you’ve read the books you know what I’m talking about. Why are they there already and why is he still alive?

Under new showrunner, Glen Mazzara with Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert and Frank Darabont still on board as executive producers, The Walking Dead will hopefully be shambling across our television screen for years to come.

Source: The Mary Sue

Are you frakking kidding SyFy? Why must you torture us with a bonehead decision like this!

After making the big decision to axe one of your best science fiction series, the critically acclaimed Eureka, you go and renew that trash Haven -based on Stephen King‘s “The Colorado Kid”. With the series now finished it’s second season, compared to Eureka getting done with season five, the network has announced that Haven will be renewed for a third (and hopefully final) season.

Read the full press release after the jump.


NEW YORK – October 12, 2011 – Syfy’s hit series Haven, the #1
original scripted cable entertainment program among Adults 18-49 and Adults
25-54 in its Friday 10-11PM (ET/PT) time period (based on Live +7 data), will
return for a third season of 13 new episodes in 2012, it was announced today by
Mark Stern, President, Original Content, Syfy, and Co-Head, Original Content,
Universal Cable Productions.
During its second season, Haven
averaged a 1.9 HH rating, 995,000 Adults18-49, 1.14 million Adults 25-54 and
2.55 million total viewers, rising four percent among total viewers and five
percent among Adults 18-49 compared to season one (Live +7 data).

In making the announcement, Stern said: “The superb cast, led by Emily Rose,
Eric Balfour and Lucas Bryant, along with the terrific production team,
delivered a successful season in both critical acclaim and rising viewership.
We’re very excited to see this compelling series return for a third season of
supernatural intrigue in 2012.”

Haven, based on the novella “The Colorado Kid” from renowned author
Stephen King, follows former FBI agent Audrey Parker (Rose), who becomes a cop
in the small town of Haven, Maine, and soon discovers the town’s many secrets,
which also holds the key to unlocking the mysteries of her lost past.

A longtime refuge for people with an eclectic range of supernatural abilities, Haven also holds the key to unlocking the mysteries of Audrey’s lost past. Among the townspeople are Nathan Wuornos (Bryant), a handsome local cop with his own supernatural affliction, and Duke Crocker (Balfour), a smuggler and reluctant aide in solving Haven’s troubles.

From leading independent studio Entertainment One. Haven is
co-commissioned by Shaw Media in Canada and globally via Universal Networks
International (UNI).

The creative team behind Haven includes Executive Producers John
Morayniss (The Firm, Hell on Wheels) and Noreen Halpern (Hung,
Rookie Blue
) from eOne Television and David MacLeod (Legends of the
Fall, The Ray Bradbury Theater
) of Big Motion Pictures, who are joined by
Lloyd Segan, Shawn Piller, Scott Shepherd (Stephen King’s The Dead
) of Piller/Segan/Shepherd and Matt McGuinness (Journeyman) as
well as Sam Ernst & Jim Dunn (Stephen King’s The Dead Zone), who
also developed the series.

Haven is produced by Entertainment One and Big Motion Pictures in
association with Piller/Segan/Shepherd and airs on Syfy in the U.S., Showcase in
Canada and internationally on UNI’s multiple Syfy Universal channels.
Entertainment One controls the worldwide distribution rights to the one-hour
series and concluded a deal with Germany’s Tele München Group (TMG) for the
television rights in Continental Europe.

This is just gonna make more people sign the “Bring Back Eureka” campaign that much sooner.

Via: Blastr