Tuesday, August 30, 2016

ABC Disappoints, Allows Lochte On DWTS (And The Lineup Is...)

DANCING WITH THE STARS season 23 lineup

Despite being a raging attention whore and outright fabricator of misleading information, and being in the middle of being dropped by his major sponsors, it would seem that ABC can see nothing but gold in the ratings for the 23rd season of Dancing With the Stars by allowing Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte, the Olympic gas station vandal, on the show.

As it was, the swimmer was already signed up to the show before he went off the deep end (no pun intended) out in Rio. But after his little debacle, there were questions as to whether ABC would let him be on the show or not. But alas, ABC is not stupid and they see a ratings magnet when they have one.

Rating magnets can range from those who dumb things while representing the U.S., to people who are overcoming distinct physical challenges. No, I don't mean the 70-year-olds that can't move to save their life that somehow, magically, manage to survive more elimination rounds than they should!

But this is TV and that's what the majority of viewers like seeing. So we get to watch this guy try to dance.Lochte claims he doesn't dance and this is all new to him, so for those of you who will watch, it should be interesting. That is, if you believe him about that.


Lochte will be going up against these other "Dancing guest stars:"

Monday, August 29, 2016

Ryan Lochte To ABC?; Some Cancellations and Renewals

Does ABC Keep Ryan Locthe on Dancing WIth the Stars?

Prior to that dumb ass Rio debacle that Ryan Locthe propagated, he was apparently lined up to join ABCs Dancing with the Stars. At this point, Locthe has lost four major sponsors since his bone-head move in Rio and time will tell if he is remaining in the lineup of DWTS.

Juuust in case you do not what happened, Locthe and a few teammates were busted for vandalizing a gas station, but fabricated a tale of being mugged.

ABC will announce the DWTS lineup on Good Morning America on Tues, Aug 30th.


Bravo Renewed Below Deck Mediterranean for a second season.


Comet network, a science fiction digital network, just acquired the rights to the original Mystery Science Theater 3000 episodes and the Godzilla movies that came out between 1954 and 1975.


HLN has cancelled Dr Drew. The final episode of the show will air on Thursday, Sept. 22nd.


Starz Renewed Survivor’s Remorse for a fourth Season.


The Travel Channel has renewed Xtreme Waterparks and Top Secret Swimming Holes.

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GRIMM To Be Cancelled by NBC

Grimm cancelled by NBC
Well, I guess it had to happen sooner or later, but the fun fantasy series, Grimm, starring David Giuntoli, will be airing its final season this upcoming year.

The final (sixth) season on NBC will premiere on January 6th, 2017.

The series premiered back in 2011, so it had a pretty fun run and introduced some great talent to the small screen.

But will this be the end of the show?

Running on pure conjecture, if there are enough viewers of the series, I have to wonder or hope of another network might pick this up? The CW is a good hope, but I think they have their hands full with all the new shows they're pumping up now.

I'm not sure what other networks might pick it up... maybe Syfy?

Either way, the series, on NBC will be coming to a close after this next one. At least they're letting it run the story out to closure and not cutting it off at the knees.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016



Thought you'd like to see this newest collection of the latest movie trailers for franchises like the Russian film, Guardians; the kids show come to live-action film, Max Steel; Rings, another Ring sequel and for something out of the blue, Morgan. Creepy, creepy, Morgan.


First up, the Russian movie, dubbed in English,


During the Cold War, a secret organization called “Patriot” created a squad of superheroes from citizens that ranged from various Soviet republics. For years, these heroes had to hide who they really are, but when tough times call, they step up when needed.

The caset includes Anton Pampushny, Sanjar Madiev, Sebastian Sisak, Alina Lanina, Stanislav Shirin, Valery Shkirando, Vyacheslav Razbegaev, Alexander Semenov, and Vladimir Butenko.

It's due out in late February, 2017.

Gotta say, it looks interesting because it is a fresh set of heroic or mutant characters that don't have an "X" in front of them or what not.

{ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIc0NqjOPgc }

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Max Steel

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Upcoming AVENGERS Movie Names, LOST BOYS TV Series, Rio Olympics Ratings

AVENGERS 3 & 4 movie names

When the 3rd and 4th Avengers films were initially announced, they were Infinity War, part 1 and 2. But now Marvel is back tracking and changing the film names.

The third film will be called The Avengers: Infinity War and the fourth film name has yet to be named.

The directors said they wanted the two films to feel different or distinctive.

Face it, we saw what happens to franchises when they have parts one and two and even three to their franchises, and that can't help. So they have veered from that premise. In my opinion.

Fans aren't being told the name of the fourth film because the film titles have managed to have spoilers in them, like Age of Ultron.

The Avengers: Infinity War will land in theaters in May 2018 while the sequel will land in May of 2019.

[ comicbook.com ]

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THE TICK, From Amazon, Review

Review of Amazon's THE TICK

Amazon just recently dropped The Tick, season 1, episode 1 on their streaming service for fans of the franchise to digest. And to be honest, it is close to as glorious as one could expect from this subject matter of The Tick.

Plus this first episode is part of Amazon's Original TV Pilots program, where they slap out a few single episodes of a few contending series and let the fans choose. Whoo boy.


The Tick stars Peter Serafinowicz as Tick,  Griffin Newman as Arthur Everest, Valorie Curry as Arthur's sister, Dot,  Jackie Earle Haley as The Terror and Whoopi Goldberg as herself!

Produced by Amazon and Sony Pictures Television, and created by Ben Edlund, whose resume includes Supernatural, Gotham, Revolution, Angel, Firefly, and Titan AE. He has a pretty decent resume, as he seems to be the nexus between the world of Joss Whedon and Eric Kripke.

The story line of The Tick reads as such:

In a world where superheroes have been real for decades, an accountant with zero powers comes to realize his city is owned by a super villain. As he struggles to uncover this conspiracy, he falls in league with a strange blue superhero.


Thursday, August 18, 2016

USA Programming For Next Week: SVU, Movies on Saturday

USA Network is having a Law & Order SVU Marathon on Sunday, Aug 21st!

via press release:

‘LAW & ORDER: SVU’ “Better Off Red” Marathon— 3pm-10pm
The red-heads of SVU are in a league of their own. They are fierce, fresh, and fiery – and we’re not just talking about their radiant locks. While they are most prone to burning under the sun, they’ll be taking on the heat under the roof of justice. Featuring Carrie Preston, Lauren Ambrose, Swoosie Kurtz, Kathy Griffin, Carol Burnett, and Debra Messing.

‘CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST’ Marathon – 6am-8pm
Catch up with your favorite outspoken and overprotective, but loving husband and father, Todd Chrisley and his colorful clan!



“Hawaii I Love You So” – 10/9c
Against Julie's wishes, Todd brings the family on their 20th anniversary trip to Hawaii.  Savannah and Lindsie are charged with watching Nanny Faye, they get more than they bargained for.

“Don’t Kale Yourself” – 10:30/9:30c
Lindsie challenges Todd and Julie to change their unhealthy habits.  When Chase gets his wisdom teeth removed, Todd takes advantage of his altered state of mind.

Check out this list of movies that USA is airing on Saturday, August 27th...

USA “Must-Watch List” – 11am-11pm
G.I. Joe Retaliation (2013) @ 8:30pm
National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007) @ 6pm
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009) @ 3:30pm
The Mechanic (2011) @ 1:30pm
The Incredible Hulk (2008) @ 11am

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Does DC or WB Have No Faith In Themselves?

It's bad enough that DC/WB does not trust themselves, but when you start seeing bone headed fans wanting Rotten Tomatoes shut down, (For all the bad reviews of Suicide Squad), that it really looks like DC has a huge uphill battle on their hands when it comes to comic book movies and trying not to look like Marvel while they're doing it.


First, about that noise about Rotten Tomatoes, at the time that I drafted this piece, there was over 15,000 "fans," whose panties were in a bunch about the professional bad reviews that Suicide Squad was getting. So they petitioned for Rotten Tomatoes to be shut down.

That's akin to wanting the telephone system shut down because of telemarketers.  Or that we should shut down email because of spam.

The best part about this entire thing was that these headlines where coming out before the film got released to the public. I mean seriously? How thin skinned can people be? That would be like fans getting in an uproar because the poke-finder was disabled in Pokemon GO recently. Oh, wait... never mind.


Be it as it may, there's still all kinds of attention coming down on DC and WB about their comic book movie products and most of it isn't good.

When Marvel hit the scene, they created their own style and brand of movies, calling it the Marvel Cinematic Universe. (MCU)  Then DC started trying to get their Justice League movie off the ground and it's been having issues from day one.

One of their big problems was that Marvel did it perfectly, introducing individual characters, having extra scenes in the credits to tease future stories, then made their ensemble movie, The Avengers.

DC, of course, did not want to look like they were copying them. So they were forced to figure something else out. It took them quite a while to get it together. When they finally got their plans up and running in the form of Batman v Superman, they took the opportunity to shove the Justice League team members in the movie at various spots. It was kind of like DCs version of the after-credits scenes. But during the film.

But what's gone wrong with Batman v Superman (BvS) or Suicide Squad? As it stands, I believe franchise fans loved them, or at least BvS. But to the outsider looking in, like film critics, maybe not so much.

Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Universe, image via MoviePilot

WB had good films with Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight franchise, which set a serious, somber tone for the hero, as it should be. And these films were not going to include any other characters, per Nolan. They were about Batman, not anyone else. And that made sense. Then Nolan went on to co-produce with Zack Snyder on the Man of Steel film, which did fine in it's own rights.

But the difference between Nolan's films and these others, it seems, is that when Nolan put down a story, he developed the story with engaging back-content, while, in comparison, I feel like the latest WB comic movies seem to rush the back story details out there and then try to cram a tone of content into a story.

In BvS, they took the basis of a classic alternate story about BvS, changed it up completely, jammed in Lex Luthor, a new kind of killer Batman, one of Superman's biggest foes, and introduced Wonder Woman and a few others into the heap.

Some of those points alone could have been entire movies but instead they become cram points in a crowded movie.


Despite the trashing by critics, BvS hasn't done too bad on its own, grossing nearly $900M worldwide, but the critics trashing ultimately hurt the domestic box office performance.

Premiere Date Reminders, A Few Cancelled Shows and a Cancelled Network!

Today's tidbits include news from CNBC, The Food Network, HGTV, Hulu & Marvel,  Netflix, Pivot TV, the Sundance Channel, and USA network.


AMC: Halt and Catch Fire season three premieres on Aug. 23 with a two-hour episode.


CNBC: The Profit's season four premieres on Tuesday, Aug. 23.

             Lebron James' Cleveland Hustle premieres Wednesday, Aug. 24.


Bering Sea Gold returns to Discovery on Friday, August 26!


E! has gone ahead and cancelled I Am Cait, a docuseries focused on Caitlin Jenner.


Food Network renewed Paul Hollywood City Bakes for a second season.


HGTV Renewed Masters of Flip for a second season.


Hulu: Marvel and Hulu are getting together to bring the cult fave comic book series Runaways to streaming. The show follows six teenagers who don't really like each other but they must unite against a common problem, their parents.

The comic series had a story arc written by Joss Whedon, and being in the Marvel universe, of course, the kids have powers of one degree or another.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

RED DWARF Season Eleven Is A Go, Twelve Is Coming

For those of you who are Red Dwarf fans, I'm sure you will be glad to know that Red Dwarf's eleventh season will be airing on Dave in September.

The original cast members Craig Charles, Chris Barrie, Danny John-Jules and Robert Llewellyn will all be back for six new episodes.

The show will air on Dave on Sept. 22nd.

And yes, I said twelve is coming, because last year, Dave ordered two seasons, including seasons eleven and twelve.

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