Upfronts

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The saga of Heroes, the NBC TV show about ordinary people with incredible powers, is an example of a series that peak too fast and then flounder under a showrunner who has no idea where to take his series next. In hindsight, perhaps Heroes was also ahead of its time. With a new comic book-based movie coming out every other week at the movie theater, and a TV schedule now filled with superheroes, the time couldn’t possibly be more rip for a Heroes redux. Which brings us to Heroes Reborn, the 13-episode “event series” relaunch of Heroes coming to NBC this fall. What is about? We don’t know, but here are three new images. (more…)

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The final network to announce its fall schedule, The CW, made their move this morning by announcing as few moves as possible. Chances are, if you like The CW’s schedule how it is right now, you will be 60 per cent pleased with how it will look in the fall. Small moves happen on Monday and Tuesday as the netlet benches two returning shows and two new series till midseason and premiering two shows in the fall, including its highly anticipated new superhero show. (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…)

Bloodlines

May Up-Fronts are the time when TV fans get to both celebrate and lament their favorite series either getting picked up by a network or cast off into nothingness like the end of great Louis CK bit. And while genre fans are undoubtedly celebrating the renewal of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the announcement of a new Agent Carter series with Hayley Atwell (not to mention a Flash spin-off of Green Arrow), they’re probably disappointed by the announcement that the proposed Supernatural spin-off, Bloodlines, has been given the deathblow by the CW.

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Think your TV week is full now with Arrow and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (not to mention all the other great shows no affiliated with comic books), just wait until next fall. Earlier this week, the Batman-inspired Gotham was confirmed to be getting a series order from Fox, and now that new series will be joined by Constantine on NBC and The Flash and iZombie on The CW. Both networks announced the pick-ups today ahead of the network upfronts, the occasion when the U.S. networks announce their fall schedules, which tales place next week. (more…)

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As the season of television series pickups, renewals, and cancellations draws to a close there’s only a few more shows whose future hang in the balance. One of those is NBC’s Hannibal, which still hasn’t received confirmation whether it’ll be renewed or not, and does not appear on the NBC’s fall schedule. Another is the CW‘s Wonder Woman prequel, Amazon.

At CW’s upfronts earlier today, CW Topper Mark Pedowitz confirmed with Entertainment Weekly Amazon wasn’t dead, but remains in development and won’t be seen in the coming 2013-2014 season.

Oh God, yes. It’s being redeveloped. We don’t want to produce something that doesn’t do the franchise justice. It’s the trickiest of all the DC characters.

A leaked casting notice from last year told us who they’re looking to cast as the Amazon Princess. They want a young woman, as this series will be exploring Diana’s teenage years, though the casting names the woman as Iris, and she must be 5’8 or taller. Diana– err, Iris, comes from a, “secluded country where she was raised as a solider in a brutal environment. Now a stranger in a strange modern big city, she’s a fierce warrior with the innocent heart of a romantic ­ and she will fight to the death to make the world safe.”

Pedowitz assures EW these “basics” are still present in their development of Amazon, but that they need to work on perfecting the execution. Which I’m all for. If they do a Wonder Woman televisions series, they need to do it right. Think we’ll see Amazon in another year or so? Or is the Amazonian not fit for TV?

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Last night the ABC Upfronts were held in where the network officially announces their fall line-up. Making appearances were both Joss Whedon and Clark Gregg promoting their newly signed series, Agents of SHIELD. You may have heard of it, it’s been a hot topic as of late. At the presentation Whedon made a few witty comments about the series and how it all came to be. Deadline reports,

Last spring, [Disney top executive] Bob Iger sent us some bonus footage from The Avengers, with a simple question, ‘Is there a show here?” said ABC president Paul Lee. Reports say, Iger saw the Marvel short Item 47 and the impression it left on Disney’s CEO was the genesis for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Standing on stage before the media at the ABC Upfront Joss Whedon began, “I’ll be brief. I was born…,” to a smattering of chuckles that then turned into widespread laughter when he quickly deadpanned, “I wasn’t born. I was grown in a lab… and fed on Marvel Comics — and that turned out OK for me.” Whedon kept the presentation moving, stating that “[The Avengers] worked because everyone felt included, ” and said that he hopes to bring that same sense of inclusion to the new television show. On actor Clark Gregg, Whedon couldn’t resist another joke, saying Gregg’s “an actor so talented even I couldn’t kill him [so] I built S.H.I.E.L.D. around him.”

Just can’t keep a good agent down, can ya? Entertainment Weekly snagged Gregg for a quick interview where they asked him about just that, how Coulson survives?

I thought they were pranking me a little bit because there was so much blood on the set of The Avengers. I kept waiting to see, are we going to shoot a version where [Loki] misses? And they didn’t, so I was really surprised to get that call and I wanted to make sure it didn’t do anything to undermine what we achieved there and when [writer-director Joss Whedon] explained the mystery and how they planned to deal with it, with Agent Coulson being around, I was very sold.

He’s back. He’s thinks he knows how he’s back. We’ll have to see.

SHIELD co-star Chloe Bennet added,

If you love The Avengers, if you love any of Joss Whedon’s work, you’re going to absolutely love the show. It’s about these people living in a super world dealing with being human. You see these superhero movies and you see the superheroes struggle but you don’t see how humans do in a world like that. That’s what will draw people in. It’s so human. And it’s so super and awesome still.

I don’t think I’m making any bold claims saying this show is going to be HUGELY popular. Coulson’s popularity alone will likely sustain them for a season, and from there, who knows!? Whedon wowed us all with The Avengers, but I like to think he’s at his best with a television series where more time can be spent with the characters. Are you totally pumped for Agents of SHIELD? I am!

Agents of SHIELD will air Tuesday nights at 8pm on ABC this fall.

Sources: Deadline via CBM, EW via Coming Soon