Thursday, June 30, 2016

HOUDINI and DOYLE, HALT and CATCH FIRE, LOST IN SPACE, MISS TEEN USA

Lost in Space


If you're a fan from yesteryear of the sci-fi series Lost in Space, you might have some new episodes to look forward to. If it's done right.

Word on the street is that Netflix is revamping the show, ordering a 10-episode season from Legendary TV. It is set to premiere in 2018 sometime.

It seems like they will try to model the new show after the original, where it touched on both drama and comedic aspects of being stuck out in space with no way home.

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Halt and Catch Fire


AMC announced that the third season of Halt and Catch Fire will be premiering on August 23rd. The first night of the third season will have back-to-back episodes, then the following week, it will assume the normality of one episode a week.

S3 will kick in gear, starting in March of 1986.

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Houdini and Doyle


People keep wondering if there will be a second season of the insightful and intelligent series, Houdini and Doyle? Don't know yet is the quick answer.

Inspired by true events, the series follows two great men of the 20th Century and real-life friends – HARRY HOUDINI (Weston), master magician, escape artist and paranormal debunker; and SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE (Mangan), prolific writer, creator of “Sherlock Holmes” and paranormal aficionado. They grudgingly join forces with New Scotland Yard to investigate unsolved, inexplicable and possibly supernatural crimes, alongside the first female Constable of the London Metropolitan Police Force, ADELAIDE STRATTON (Rebecca Liddiard, “Man Seeking Woman”).

The show is a  British-Canadian-American production, originally airing on ITV in the UK, then aired on Fox in the U.S..

Fans have been asking, as one reader asked me, if it will be coming back for a second season. Her presumption was no because it was a great series and she liked it. Sigh. And to date, there's been no news on whether ITV has or will be ordering a second season or not.

Here in the U.S., it premiered to just over 2.6M viewers, but as the season wore on, over on Fox, the ratings have drooped to just around 1.75M viewers.


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Bunches of Renewals and Series Ordered by FX, Amazon, TLC and More

FX has ordered a new series from Marvel called "Legion."

“Legion” introduces the story of David Haller. Since he was a teenager, David has struggled with mental illness. Diagnosed as schizophrenic, David has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. But after a strange encounter with a fellow patient, he's confronted with the possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees might be real.

It will star Dan Stevens, and the eight-episode run will premiere in early 2017.

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In case you had not heard, Starz has ordered two more seasons of "Outlander." Or, Book Three and Book Four of the book series the show is based off of.

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TV Land has renewed "Lopez" for a second season.

Amazon has ordered a second season of "Just Add Magic."

TLC has renewed “Who Do You Think You Are” and “Long Lost Family.”

"Dr. Oz" has been renewed by Fox up through the 2018-19 TV season.

Comedy Central Renewed “Idiotsitter” for a second season.

Juuust in case you missed it, CMT did pick up "Nashville" for its fifth season.

FYI:

“Duck Dynasty” will return on A&E on Wednesday, July 6 and will lead in to the season-premiere of “Wahlburgers.”


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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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CWs BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Final Season Premiere Episode

The first episode of the final season of The CW's Beauty and the Beast premiered.

This time around Catherine (Kristin Kreuk) and Vincent (Jay Ryan) seem to be leading an idyllic life while being on their honeymoon in Paris. But they're worried about this new life, worried that this peaceful life won't last forever.

Meanwhile, back at home, a blogger has uncovered evidence of Vincent's existence and a mystery man has put out a $5 million bounty on all remaining beasts or Vincent himself.

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This final season, at least this first season premiere episode had a bit of a different tone to it. Despite the seriousness of some situations, characters had to pop out quirky one or two-liners. This is not the usual B&B we've come to known on The CW. I guess the methodology of adding quirky humor like Marvel does, is catching on a bit. Now, if folks can only do it right.

Secondly, they keep referring to the blogosphere. Seriously? When's the last time any called it that?

Otherwise, it was the usual noise of character developments, though with the addition of the quirky humor, there was a moment in the beginning of the episode where Vincent tracked the killer of this episode. But when Catherine gets kidnapped, he doesn't track her?

We'll see how the rest of this final season goes. I hope they have a new kind of nemesis, and if this first episode is any clue, then we will have one, and it has potential!

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST products on Amazon
(This includes the Disney products too.)

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Saturday, June 4, 2016

JUPITER ASCENDING, The Wachowski's Last Ditch Fantasy Film

The next time I say I'm going to watch a Wachowski project, someone punch me in the face!

When Jupiter Ascending came out, the marketing looked interesting, and since it was from the folks behind The Matrix films, I thought, hmm, why not.  But this time around (and a few previous times) the Wachowski siblings seemed to have launched crap.

And before I had committed money to the film in theaters, early reviews came out and as I remember it, paraphrased, why do studios keep giving them money?

In this case, Jupiter Ascending was that film that sparked such review statements, along with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 26%, or a 5.4 out of IMDb users, who are usually a much more forgiving demographic. There are two great parts to this movie. The movie poster below and when the credits started rolling, signifying that my suffering was over.

Jupiter Ascending review - ug


The film synopsis:

Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) was born under signs that predicted future greatness, but her reality as a woman consists of cleaning other people's houses and endless bad breaks. Caine (Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered hunter, arrives on Earth to locate her, making Jupiter finally aware of the great destiny that awaits her: Jupiter's genetic signature marks her as the next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.

Sometimes when a particular star is in a film, at times fans can reap the benefits. But not so for fans of either Kunis or Tatum.

The Wachowski's made this film and pretty much set an odd tone of showing us earth and other alien galaxies and all their woes. One alien reminded me of a very soft-spoken, creepy kind of child abuser. Another, the all-star kind of take-what-I-want kind of dick. And of course Jupiter's world, where her life sucks.


Friday, June 3, 2016

Expensive STAR WARS Toys, Josh Trank Getting Trashed Again, Spider-Man films that weren't, And Violence Against Everyone!

Disney is making it possible for you to get laser-measured replicas of stuff from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  You can snag a Kylo Ren helmet or his lightsaber.  Or if you want Chewbacca's Bowcaster or even the melted Darth Vader helmet, it can be yours.

The people at Propshop in Pinewood Studios used digital data which was collected while filming Star Wars: The Force Awakens so they can create identical replicas of the props, using 3D printing technology.

But...

This stuff is pretty costly. As if that's a shock. Darth's helmet will cost $3,500, whle Ren's helmet will cost $2,000.

https://collectibles.starwars.com/#content

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Trank Is Politely Getting Thrown Under the Bus again.

It's bad enough that directory Josh Trank had a crap experience while trying to helm a new vision of Fantastic Four, but now he's being railroaded for it.

When Fox hired Trank, he only had one major film under his belt and it was a dark, sordid teen angst kind of movie, with a tinge of excitement.

Keep that in mind.

Now one of the producers of the latest Fantastic Four film as said in an interview that they think the film failed, saying,

"I don’t think that there is, in any movie that doesn’t work, a single decision that is the reason that that movie doesn’t work. I think that there were many decisions we made along the way that led to a movie that people didn’t like and to a movie that I would do differently next time. I think the biggest takeaway for me [is that] the tone of the movie, while really interesting and ambitious, ran counter to the DNA of the source material."

We all know Trank sort of self-destructed in how he handled this new big gig, and that even lost him a gig directing a Star Wars film. But Fox is still going on and on?


Thursday, June 2, 2016

Rumors Suggest PLANET HULK May Be Coming Sooner Than Thought

Well, as is with any movie that hasn't opened yet, the rumors and "insider" leaks are starting to kick in gear regarding Thor: Ragnarok.

Not sure if you've followed any stories about any kind of Hulk movie, but many have been clamoring for the Planet Hulk storyline, where Hulk gets shot into space by Tony Stark to get him off the earth, but his shuttle malfunctions and he lands on a planet where he gets captured and forced into gladiatorial combat.

Will Planet Hulk be a part of Thor Ragnarok?

Hulk fans seem to want this made into film, but my guess, from what I've read, is that Hulk probably can't pull off a good box office win for Marvel by himself, hence why we haven't seen another solo film about the big green guy. But he's been a big, smash hit when added on as a supporting character of sorts.  (Yes, pun intended.)

The rumors, from joblo.com, are that Thor will be on a quest to find...

OH, in case these are right, SPOILERS!!!  But when are they ever?


The rumors are that Thor will be looking for a weapon to stop Ragnorok and this search for the ultimate weapon will include an adaptation of the Planet Hulk storyline in some way, shape or part, into the Thor film.

Supposedly we will see Hulk in his gladiator armor and Thor, looking bald.

But these are, insider rumors. I hate banking on them because 99% of the time they do not pan out. (I'm talking most preview rumors in general).

But if you were curious, there you go. Thor will have the Planet Hulk story in the plot, Thor will be bald at some point, and all will be great once again within the MCU.

IF YOU BELIEVE THIS RUMOR.  (PS: It would be the prefect way to give Hulk fans their Planet Hulk story while not having Marvel totally go out on a limb by producing a solo Hulk film.  It's a great rumor and I want to believe. Hey, wait, that's the X-Files punch line.)

(Planet Hulk on Amazon)


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SYFY Summer 2016 Schedule

If you're wondering when what Syfy shows are coming back or premiering for the summer of 2016, here's a quick list.

Dark Matter returns July 1st.
Killjoys returns on July 1st.
The Expanse returns in January of 2017, as does
The Magicians.
Ghost Hunters returns "This Summer."

Oh, and Sharknado 4 premieres on July 31st.

(Dark Matter, S1 on Amazon)

A more specific list of dates,

12 Monkeys Season Finale Jul 18th
Dark Matter Season 2 Premieres Jul 1st
Hunters Season Finale Jul 11th
Killjoys Season 2 Premieres Jul 1st
The Expanse Season 2 Premieres January 2017
The Magicians Season 2 Premieres January 2017
Wynonna Earp Season Finale Jun 24th

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(Killjoys, S1, on Amazon)

I have to say, if you've read the books from The Expanse, DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME with the show. It goes off-script pretty hard, some things are way out of order, it adds a huge amount of time-filling story details that was never in the books and they drag out the story, in what I presume, is a grab at hoping they have enough content to make it a multi-season story.

I loved the books, they kept it fresh throughout each book and it was entertaining through and through. Not so much, the show. If you've read the books.

If you haven't read the books, then you will probably be just fine.


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Studies Say We Like Spoilers - To Each His Own

I don't know about you but I DO NOT like spoilers. But we all have our own way of approaching the issue and apparently, according to a potentially biased study, it could be construed that people like spoilers.

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Gizmodo retold a report that says that people enjoy stories better when they have been shown spoilers. I say bunk because when I see someone died in an episode I have not seen yet, the shock of the experience is lost. In fact it's distracting to be looking for something while watching a show.

No, I hate spoilers (and despise laugh tracks) and have repeatedly called out major outlets for not caring about the viewers while their titles gave things away, like for instance, (AND THIS IS A GoT SPOILER) that Jon Snow is alive.

But that's just me and several other people I know.


I don't want to tear apart any kind of study, but I do see a few things that could skew the numbers one way or another.

-First, the spoilers were in relation to reading books, not watching TV or movies. It's a bit of a different medium than a quicker, televised story or movie.

-The control group came from psychology students from the same college that was doing the study. This could be argued that psych students have a certain craving for insights. Or that college students like spoilers. I mean, face it, some college students are the ones stealing online movies "to preview" before buying! LOL.

-The mix of all these younger folks included 176 males and 643 females. So this could be young, female psych students having a preference for knowing ahead of time what's coming. I mean, it is an uncertain world and all.

-Plus most of the results from the various stories seemed statistically closer than I'd like to think would indicate a strong preference.

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The premise of why is that they suppose knowing the endings increased the tension in the experience of the reading. They say that spoilers make reading the book more fluent (Ease of processing). This means they can avoid being trapped by red herrings and focus on the important characters early on. In my mind, that means making it an easier experience rather than devoting time and energy into the entire experience.

Another perspective is that readers could enjoy the aesthetics of a story better because they can relax into it and not trying to guess the outcome. My take... lazy.

The most believed theory is that readers enjoy it when stories end as expected. Which could be why we love watching those repeats sometimes.

But the study administrators also admit that these findings seem more like intuitions than results.


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