Tuesday, June 28, 2016

ABC's 2016-17 Fall Schedule Premiere Dates

If you're curious, here's the dates that ABC has set for their 2016-17 fall TV season.


Monday, September 12

“Dancing with the Stars” (Season 23 premiere)

Tuesday, September 20

“Dancing with the Stars Results Show”
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (Season 4 premiere)

Wednesday, September 21

“The Goldbergs” (Season 4 premiere)
“Speechless” (Series premiere)
“Modern Family” (Season 8 premiere)
“black-ish” (Season 3 premiere)
“Designated Survivor” (Series premiere)

Thursday, September 22

“Grey’s Anatomy” (Season 13 premiere)
“Notorious” (Series premiere)
"How to Get Away with Murder” (Season 3 premiere)

Friday, September 23

“Last Man Standing” (Season 6 premiere)
“Dr. Ken” (Season 2 premiere)
"Shark Tank” (Season 8 premiere)


"Independence Day: Resurgence" Review - Save Your Money, It's A Repeat

Well, when I first heard they were doing a sequel of ID4, I thought it was a pretty cool idea. Then I had heard that Will Smith would not be in it and thought, bummer.

But Will Smith may have known something we did not.

I went into the theater hoping to escape my day for a few hours but instead, I was barely pulled into this debacle of a sequel to the point that I was still thinking about my problems and wondering why I dumped my money to see this flick?

Oh yea, marketing. That's how I got tricked into dropping money on it.

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BECAUSE THIS FILM WAS SO meh, there will be spoilers in the following text.

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"Independence Day: Resurgence" has Jeff Goldblum, Liam Hemsworth, Bill Pullman, Vivicia Fox, Brent Spiner and a bunch more folks in a film that amounts to nothing more than a complete rehash of the first film, with cast from the first film reprising their roles, while new and younger cast members are injected into this new world that has evolved since events in ID4.

They even take a moment to explain away why Will Smith's character is not present, and in the process, make sure he ain't coming back to reprise his role.

As it stands in this new ID4, humanity of Earth has learned to come together as a people because now we know we're not alone. We've backward engineered alien technology to improve our lives and have a more 'Star Trek-like' existence. And sure, we've apparently kept alien prisoners in cells all this time.  (I wonder what it was they were feeding them? Purina Alien Chow?)

So those new developments were pretty cool to see. But then the potential fun stops about there.

The film opens up immediately into showing us the alien species getting a distress call from a mother ship on Earth, and thus, that tension is removed from the film.

We're then treated to the spirited personalities of a few newbie characters while being shown that the two humans that had direct interaction with aliens in 1996, AKA, alien tentacle wrapped around throat and used as a marionette doll, are treated as psychotic shell-shocked humans, and not as telepathically alien-connected humans.


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

REVIEW of DreamWorks' VOLTRON LEGENDARY DEFENDER on Netflix

If you're old enough, you remember the 80s cartoon Voltron, then you remember the five lions, five pilots, joining to be one big, ass-kicking robot. With all kinds of tricks up its sleeves.

In this latest version from DreamWorks TV, they take a standard and still innovative approach to telling the story of Voltron, the defender of the Universe. They took liberties with the franchise but made it different, in a better way, and they didn't try to get dark and gritty or go too far off franchise base either.


In Voltron, they have one common enemy in most of the episodes called the Galra. But it's the evolution of learning about the characters and the magical, mechanical robots that makes this story pretty entertaining, even for the adults who are reminiscing.

I liked how the robots and the humans learn about each other as each episodes progress. Also in each episode we learn how the lions pick their pilots, or communicate or even protect their pilots when they are outside their lions. And as each new threat arises, at times, the lions show their pilots new weapons needed in the fight against evil.



Monday, June 20, 2016

THE BACHELORETTE: Chad Is A Red Herring!

When we were first watching this season of The Bachelorrette, the Chad first came off as a guy who called it as as he saw it. And his observations were pretty funny.

But then he started to resort to physical threats when he ran out of his words. Poor cha-chad didn't know how to use his words.

Or at least that's what it looked like.

So then for a few episodes we focused on his angry, self-indulgent mode. But when he went on the 2-on-1 date with Alex, he lost out and sent packing by Jo Jo.

But then, I started wondering how it is that ABC seems to always have a bad guy like this in EVERY SINGLE episode.

And while I was wondering, I saw an ad for that Bachelor in Paradise (code for ho) show, and guess who is on it? Yep, ABC's new go-to bad boy, Chad.

Then, with Chad gone, the boys are all starting to look at each other as the next bad-boy, mini-Chad. BUT then, while they were off in some foreign land, they seem to find a magazine with an article about her that starts more drama "in the house!"

But after that, now Alex is starting to beat his chest and act the ass. And there's a clique of dicks now, but the insecure are getting nervous.

Chad was right, they whine a lot.


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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Upcoming Programming Notes for TRAVEL CHANNEL, June 2016

via press release

NEW SHOWS

TOP SECRET SWIMMING HOLES

You've never seen swimming holes like these! We’re on a mission to uncover the world's most secluded, sexy and extreme natural places to cool off. We'll hike, climb, boat and even dog sled our way around the globe to track down the most amazing places to take a dip, jump off a cliff or explore underwater caves. From a crystal blue 100-foot waterfall buried deep in an Arizona Native American reservation and the ancient Mayan underwater caves of Mexico to America’s oldest commercial quarry in Vermont and the only place on Earth where you can share your swim with a manatee, "Top Secret Swimming Holes" gives you the keys to unlock the adventure of a lifetime. [Hour-long episodes]


SERIES PREMIERE: “Slippery Slides in Arizona’s Red Rocks” – Premieres Sunday, June 19 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT

Let the scenic adventures begin! From a natural slide in the red rocks of Arizona to discovering a hidden world deep below a Minnesota lake, we explore 10 of the nation's best-kept secret swimming holes.



“Cliff Jumper’s Paradise in Hawaii” – Premieres Sunday, June 26 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT

Let the scenic adventures begin. From the red rocks of Utah and a hidden world deep inside an ancient Oregon forest to the former home of a ballistic nuclear missile in Texas, we explore the nation's best-kept swimming hole secrets.

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7 WATER WONDERS

Across the world, resorts are constantly redefining the pool experience to draw in more guests and up the wow factor with water features. From high-octane waterslides in Florida and lazy rivers in Hawaii to panoramic infinity edges in Jamaica and full service swim-up bars in Mexico, these clear pools are an integral part of the vacation industry. On “7 Water Wonders,” we dive into seven resort pools per episode highlighting over-the-top amenities and breathtaking design. So whether you are looking to soak, slide, sunbathe or swim, we’ve got your next aquatic vacation destination. [Half-hour episodes]



SERIES PREMIERE: “Over the Top” – Premieres Sunday, June 19 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT

From a water elevator to a swimmable aquarium, come dive in as we check out the most over-the-top resort pools on the planet.



“VIP Experience” – Premieres Sunday, June 19 at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT

From a $5,000 rock star experience to an exclusive 24-mile-per-hour ride, come dive in as we check out the most VIP resort pools on the planet.



“Wet and Wild” – Premieres Sunday, June 26 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT

From an endless waterslide to the ultimate waterpark for kids, come dive in as we check out the wettest and wildest resort pools on the planet.



“Grown-Up Getaways” – Premieres Sunday, June 26 at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT

From cocktail service by boat to the biggest pool party in all of Mexico, come dive in as we check out the best adults-only resort pools on the planet.

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NEW SEASONS


HISTORY® AND COSMIC-CON® ANNOUNCE “ALIEN CON”

via press release

In a move to offer longtime fans and curious newcomers a deeper dive into all things Ancient Aliens, HISTORY® and leading event developer, Cosmic-Con®, have inked a multi-year licensing deal to create the first-ever Alien Con. The three-day immersive experience inspired by the network’s ground-breaking, hit franchise about ancient astronaut theory and exploration will take place October 28-30, 2016 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California.

Alien Con will provide show fans, sci-fi buffs and pop culture enthusiasts the ultimate in alien exploration with a riveting line-up of thought-provoking special presentations, interactive displays and exhibits, never-before-seen episodes, celebrity appearances, exclusive merchandise, fan competitions and much more. Smart, fun and engaging entertainment for all, advance tickets for Alien Con are on sale now and include a wide range of VIP packages.   

Jill Tully, Vice President, A+E Networks Brand Licensing: “Alien Con is an exciting chance to expand the successful Ancient Aliens franchise into a unique event touchpoint that enables us to connect directly with our audience and partners.  Together with Cosmic-Con we are going to deliver a next level entertainment experience that fully captures the fan community’s passion for exploration and discovery.”

Favorite Ancient Aliens themes across science, history and archeology will come to life at Alien Con through a unique blend of entertainment and information.  Beginning Friday, October 28th, Alien Con will kick off with a Halloween themed opening night party highlighted by a sure to wow costume competition with celebrity guest judges.

Activities planned for Alien Con include:


Monday, June 13, 2016

AMC Is Ready To Sue Who Spoils Negan's Victim in THE WALKING DEAD

Wow, talk about strong arm tactics. There's been a group of users out on the web called The Spoiling Dead Fans group. This group seems to have an uncanny skill set in being able to predict spoilers for The Walking Dead. They're so good at it, that AMC has sent them a Cease and Desist letter about them ever trying to guess who Negan killed in last season's finale. AMC has claimed that any guess or prediction could be construed as "copyright infringement."

WTF?

So I guess if a bunch of us all picked a name out of the crowd in the last scene of the season finale and guessed that person on various bulletin boards, as the one who Negan killed, then we'd be committing copyright infringement. And AMC would sue whoever got it right?

For me, the only tangible clue or idea I have is that in the comic book, Negan kills Glenn. But the show has taken turns here and there to mix things up, so to be honest, I have no clue as to if Negan kills Glenn or someone else.

Turns out that AMC has been allegedly bullying this fan group for some time with various lawsuits and what not to keep them from putting up their guesses about various plot points of the show.


Here's some words from The Spoiling Dead FB group page:
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    Well Buttercups, we have some sad news to share today. After two years, AMC finally reached out to us! But it wasn’t a request not to post any info about the Lucille Victim or any type of friendly attempt at compromise, it was a cease and desist and a threat of a lawsuit by AMC Holdings, LLC’s attorney, Dennis Wilson. They say we can’t make any type of prediction about the Lucille Victim. Their stance is that making such a prediction would be considered copyright infringement. AMC tells us that we made some claim somewhere that says we received “copyright protected, trade secret information about the most critical plot information in the unreleased next season of The Walking Dead” and that we announced we were going to disclose this protected information. We still aren't sure where we supposedly made this claim because they did not identify where it was.

    The truth is, we have become victims of our own success. We hold a track record for accuracy and now AMC perceives us as a threat. We can understand why. We were once just a small community, but now we are 400,000 strong among all our outlets. The TSDF Army, originally named in jest, is now very real in this little cottage industry. We are a threat because of our accuracy. However, it was never our intention to cause harm to this show (and we don’t believe we have), only to satisfy the curiosity of thousands of fans who wanted what we offered. Millions of other fans tune in to this show unspoiled and are none the wiser about who we are. We are a dedicated community of enthusiastic, passionate fans that love this show so much we always want to know what's going to happen and speculate on all those possibilities. Our spoilers are intended only for fans that seek them out to enhance their own viewing experience.


Thursday, June 9, 2016

M Weatherly, DAMIEN, TRANSPARENT, RUSH HOUR, HALLMARK CH.

In case you were worried about Michael Weatherly leaving NCIS, don't. He's moving to a new series called Bull, a series inspired by the Dr. Phil (McGraw).

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A&E has called it quits on Damien. The show is cancelled.

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Amazon has ordered up a fourth season of Transparent.

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Angel From Hell and Rush Hour News:

Yes, these two shows were cancelled and instead of left to gracefully exit, they were chopped from the schedule. But now CBS is going to "burn off" the remaining episodes of these poor performers.

Angel From Hell last eight epsidoes will return Saturday, July 2, with back-to-back episodes.

Rush Hour will follow it up in the same slot, starting on July 23rd.

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The Hallmark Channel, which feels like the dramatic sibling to The Syfy Channel, has signed up Mariah Carey to a three-picture deal. In the deal, whe will be wearing four hats:  developer, executive producer, director and co-star.

And shockingly, she will be composing songs for the projects.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

SUPERGIRL, BOND, TRANSFORMERS Dog, STAR WARS

Supergirl on The CW


It's been announced that Superman WILL APPEAR in The CW's Supergirl TV series, and he will do so in the first two appearances. Now, for the casting and the concerns.

First up, there's articles popping up about who could play the character. I don't like doing those kinds of articles because in the end, they end up being wrong.

Secondly, it will be weird to have a TV Superman and a movie Superman. They should just see if they can get Cavill to do it, as a gift or something like that.  (As if that's going to happen.

Any way, we'll see how things settle once the show airs on the CW.

Supergirl on Amazon

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Tom Hiddleston


At a recent convention, Tom Hiddleston is saying to not hold our breaths about him playing James Bond, and capped off the statement by saying your guess is as good as mine who the studio will pick.

Now.. is that redirection talk or is it real? I've seen studio execs blatantly lie about casting or events concerning a character. Could Hiddleston just be playing coy?

Tom Stuff on Amazon

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Transformers The Last Knight



Tuesday, June 7, 2016

THE BACHELORETTE: Chad Vs The World (All Women Take Note!)

Aside from the usual mushy stuff that goes on in ABC's dating game show, The Bachelorette, we have a few things to look at from this last episode. But last night's episode, did you catch those totally inappropriate camera angles with the yoga instructor? Come on ABC!!!

Back on point...

First, poor Evan. He jumps in a pool and he gets a nose bleed. He catches a football and gets a nose bleed.

Poor guy.

Then there's Chad.

Chad's verbal skills are on par with an Ape. He has the shortest conversations with everyone, and they almost all end with him threatening to punch them in their mouth.

Everyone, to a tee, had the same experience.

Then there's how EVERYONE in the house is making it about him, and they should all leave him alone and quit talking to him. I don't know if Chad has noticed, but everyone seems to have a problem with him and he doesn't seem to see it or have the ability to recognize it.

As much fun as Chad was in the first few episodes, his mode of always turning to violence to resolve everything is pretty disappointing.

Then there's the reality of how he is VERY confident in himself and he's so blind that when he gets dumped, he wonders if he's getting pranked? LOL.

Uh ho, I better be careful what I say or he may hunt me down after the show.

Then again, there's ABC letting Chad be this way, and even letting him return to the house after getting evicted.

Meh, well, we'll see in two weeks what Chad does at the front door, while the previews have some definite excitement in them. But are they what they look like? I ask because so far every week, we see previews that lead us to think one thing and they don't even relate to what was implied.

We'll see. Right?


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