Monday, July 24, 2017

SHAZAM, CASTELVANIA, CLAWS And A Ciname Static Thought Bit


Beat Shazam got a renewal nod from Fox for a 2nd season.

Castlevania was renewed by Netflix for a second season.

Claws gets a 2nd season order from TNT.

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I just caught a headline from a site trying to delve into why summer television has dismal ratings. To be honest, if you do the math, and past Nielsen ratings reviews, summer has ALWAYS been the traditional ratings slump session of the year. Everyone is out playing, going on vacations, and what not. So they have less free time to sit in front a TV and suck in the mind-sink entertainment. This is why the fodder of drama tends to come out during the summer. They're shows that don't need a huge ratings edge, don't compete against other heavy-hitters in the ratings world, and is just all around, a bit cheaper to produce.

'Nuff said.



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Sunday, July 23, 2017

JUSTICE LEAGUE Latest 4-Minute Trailer fr Comic-Con


WB released their newest trailer or teaser for the upcoming Justice League movie...  and they've got some great marketing folks, because the trailer looks pretty epic.


Here is the Comic-Con trailer released to Hall H in San Diego...

Epic?  Well, Joss Whedon took over for Zak Snyder, so possibly.


[ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_6yBZKj-eo ]


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THOR RAGNAROK Official Trailer Came Out At Comic-Con


The next trailer for Thor Ragnarok was released by Marvel at San Diego Comic-Con, and to be honest, it does continue the preview of the first one with more info or teaser-like content.


Let's be honest though...  is Thor Ragnarok a lazy sequel? Marvel made a third Thor film with one of the more desired story-lines from the Marvel universe, Planet Hulk.

Meh, who cares, right? At least I put it out there.

Of course, Disney is doing what it usually does with trailers, and it's pouring out a few of what seems like story spoilers from the film... what's new.


[ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ue80QwXMRHg ]

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STAR TREK: DISCOVERY CC Trailer


The latest trailer for CBS's Star Trek Discovery came out at San Diego Comic-Con and is now online.

The show is due to premiere on CBS on September 24th, BUT...


Only the first episode will be premiering on CBS and CBS All Access, then it will continue to air on All Access. They're just tempting everyone with the show when they premiere it on the network, hoping you'll jump on board paying for yet one more streaming service in your life.

Me?

Nah, I'll treat the network premiere as a stand-alone movie event and accept it for what it is. I don't need to be dropping more money on yet another streaming service.


[ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hC7IMj7WFyE ]


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Sunday, July 16, 2017

DOCTOR WHO Changes Gender


It's been announced that the upcoming season of Doctor Who, the good Doctor will be portrayed by actress Jodie Whittaker. And in case you missed the obvious, yes, Dr. Who will be a woman, for the first time, in the longest running sci-fi series on TV.

Now that's one hell of a daring, brave change up and it's about time too.


In caes you didn't know, the Doctor Who franchise is historically the longest running sci-fi show on television. It's been on the air since 1963, albeit, with a few big breaks, but technically, it's still on, and it keeps going these days.

The big TV season break took place between 1989 and 2005, but it's going strong today.

For me, this show is the weirdest show. I really don't like it because the beginning of most episodes feel ecclectic to me, but the events in the opening always end up drawing me in, then I have to see how it unfolds! LOL.

But this was also under the eye of Steven Moffat, but he's stepped back and now there's a new showrunner in Chris Chibnall (Broadchurch). So the feel of the show may change. As it is, the new star, Whittaker, is rejoining working with Chibnall, since she was also in Broadchurch. (I gotta check out Broadchurch, don't I?)


BETTER CALL SAUL, HALT & CATCH FIRE, HERBIE Reboot???


Better Call Saul has been renewed for a fourth season by AMC and for me, that's great news.  It's a great show with absolutely wonderful cinematography. I didn't realize how much I missed their wonderful camera angles and scenes since the days of Breaking Bad.

The renewal will have the show returning in 2018 with a ten-episode season. I know that sounds like a short season, but if you think about it, when shows have fewer episodes and they have a good creative team behind it, there's less BS filler and more actual content that furthers the story long. It is truly a win-win for everyone.

AT least this last season, we learned how the name Saul came about, and what it meant. (It'Sall good!) And boy, was that one heck of a development

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Chesapeake Shores will open season two on Sunday, August 6, on the Hallmark Channel.

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Halt and Catch Fire's fourth and final season will be premiering on Saturday, Aug 9th on AMC. Sooo, no use getting hooked on the show now!!!

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Say it ain't so! Disney XD is tinkering with the idea of a Herbie reboot! I wonder if they're darken or modernize it... or just stick to the goober, happy version the franchise became popular with so many years ago?

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Friday, July 7, 2017

SUPERNATURAL Spinoff & FARGO - Returning Or Not?


Supernatural is headed into its 12th season next season one of the episodes next season will be a "backdoor" pilot for a spinoff series, potentially called The Wayward Sisters.

The backdoor episode will focus on actress Kim Rhodes character, Sheriff Jody Mills and a group of, well, yes, troubled women, who have all been orphaned by some kind of supernatural tragedy.


Mills will herald the women together into a team of monster fighting women!

Of course, we'll be granted appearances by other Supernatural characters. Who, we don't know yet, but this could be a promising series. At least more promising than that last attempt at a spinoff. The difference here feels like they've committed more time and energy into telling us more about her over the last few seasons, so she has some traction in our minds.

It does not hail from Eric Kripke or Sera Gamble, but rather, Supernatural writers and producers, Andrew Dabb and Robert Singer. I hope they bring that special sort of subliminal fun to the new show.

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Fargo has come and HAPPILY, gone.

The third season of Fargo has come and gone, and to be honest, it had me saying W.T.F? And not the good kind of WTF, that kept me watching, but the other kind, where I let it accumulate in my DVR but I have yet to watch any of it.

The first two seasons of Fargo were clever, witty, quirky and odd, but in the best kind of light. But this third season, despite the allure of the cast, just made so little sense that I swear, we were watching an extension of Sense8... except, at least that did make sense in the story it was trying to send out.

The ratings this season were down eight percent, because they basically alienated viewers, to the point that they were only averaging 1.2M folks in the live plus seven day numbers.

So good riddance to this piece of WTF drama.

If this show returns, I hope they get their shit together and get the quirk and fun back in the bones of the show. I mean seriously, when the highlight of the season was when a man gets murdered by a falling window air-conditioner unit, you know something is wrong.  (But that was a worthy moment, that's for sure!)

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

TV News, Cast Changes and More - 070617



American Ripper, will will be premiering on The History Channel on July 11th, sounds like an amazing concept series. They're going to be looking at America's first serial killer, Herman Mudgett, alias H.H. Holmes, whose rumored kill count could be as high as 200 victims. The show will be examining the premise that H.H. Holmes is also the infamous Jack the Ripper.

For those interested in things like this, it could be a fascinating show. The only thing that has me being suspicious is that they're going to take eight episodes to do this.  Hmm.

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CBS renewed their entire day-time TV line-up for the 2017-18 season.

This includes a three-year deal for “The Young and the Restless,
Two years for “The Price is Right.”
New seasons for “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “Let’s Make a Deal” and “The Talk.”

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Criminal Minds is losing cast member Damon Guptom, due to creative differences in the series. Whatever that means!  I guess this could be a spoiler of a sort, considering the season finale auto wreck. Who knows. We'll see.

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Dracula movies could be a potential for BBC.  BBC America is in talke with Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss for a series of 90-minute movies based around Bram Stoker's Dracula. No scripts or cast have been announced yet, but this creative team brings an interesting promise to the idea!

After Universal's Dracula Untold movie, which was a surprisingly entertaining and refreshing new story on the legendary vampire, I hope they can keep this new premise as refreshing!

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Halt and Catch Fire: Are you aware that its fourth season, will be its last on AMC?

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Heroes and Heroes Reborn both get a second life, as they will now be streaming on Crackle.

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If you heard that Last Man Standing might get picked up by CMT, the conversations to pick it up fell through. Sorry fans.

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Luther got a season five nod from BBC America. Idris Elba will appear in the four-episode season.  (Actually, when their shows only have a few episodes, THEY MAKE IT COUNT and they're good. They cut to the chase, skip the filler bullshit and just give you good stories.)


Thursday, June 29, 2017

ABC's First INHUMANS Series Trailer


Check it out, the first teaser trailer for the upcoming Inhumans series on ABC has been released...

Inhumans stars Sonya Balmores, Isabelle Cornish, Mike Moe, Anson Mount, Iwan Rheon, Seinda Swan, and more.  It's a bit funky and feels like an interesting money grab, but it will first premiere in IMAX theaters on September 1, and will air on ABC starting September 29, 2017.


{ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2Z3gNMh7ic }





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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Latest Trailers: SPIDER-MAN, PLANET OF THE APES, THE FOREIGNER


The latest trailers....

Check out this cool and funny publicity stunt from the gang behind Spider-Man Homecoming as Spidey goes ahead and grabs himself some coffee:

{ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0yoonHWoXw&t=0s }
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Trailer #4 for War For the Planet of the Apes

{ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TxqmlIv1Iw }
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We haven't seen Jackie Chan in a while, and THIS, looks like a very different Jackie Chan in The Foreigner...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmImJ6ZUiqE&t=0s
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Thursday, June 22, 2017

FOX Fall 2017-18 Season Premiere Dates

FOX Fall 2017-18 Season Premiere Dates


Below are the season premiere dates announced by Fox for their upcoming 2017-18 fall TV season.

SUNDAY, SEPT 10 (following NFL)
 THE ORVILLE (Series Premiere, Part 1)

SUNDAY, SEPT. 17 (following NFL)
 THE ORVILLE (Series Premiere, Part 2)

TUESDAY, SEPT. 26
 Lethal Weapon
 The Mick
 Brooklyn Nine-Nine

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 27
 Empire
 Star

THURSDAY, SEPT. 28
 Gotham
 THE ORVILLE (Regular Time day/time slot Premiere)

FRIDAY, SEPT. 29
 Hell’s Kitchen
 The Exorcist

SUNDAY, OCT. 1
 Bob’s Burgers
 The Simpsons
 GHOSTED
 Family Guy
 The Last Man on Earth

MONDAY, OCT. 2
8 pm Lucifer
9 pm THE GIFTED

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Shows not noted above that are premiering in mid-season:

New Girl,
The X-Files,
THE RESIDENT,
9-1-1 and
LA TO VEGAS.






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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

STAR TREK DISCOVERY on TV, GODZILLA Film Sequel Static


It looks like CBS has finally announced the premiere date for their new Star Trek series, called Star Trek Discovery.

Star Trek: Discovery will premiere on broadcast TV on Sunday, September 24 at 8:30 EST / 7:30 CST. The first episode will also available on demand on CBS's streaming site, CBS All Access.


If I'm not mistaken, the premiere episode will be the only one on TV while the rest of the series will air on their streaming service, with one episode a week being released. It's their tricky way to try to get people to sign up for their streaming service.

Discovery will take place 10 years prior to events where Captain Kirk scored on all those alien women, plus, and the entire season will focus on one story line, more or less, focusing on some historical moment in the Star Trek universe that has only ever been mentioned but never shown.

The cast will include Sonequa Martin-Green's First Officer Michael Burnham, and also features Michelle Yeoh, Jason Isaacs, Anthony Rapp and Doug Jones. James Frain will be playing Sarek (Yes, Spocks father) and Rainn Wilson will be playing Harry Mudd.

As you can see, CBS is trying to bait fans into paying for their online streaming service. And I'm a stingy bitch about my wallet, so I'll wait until it comes out on some other venue I'm already paying for. I mean seriously, we pay for cable, we pay for pay cable channels, we pay for things like Netflix and Prime. Others pay for Hulu, so if you think about it, well, pick and choose my friends. Pick and choose!

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Godzilla stuff on Amazon.

According to a few sources, production for Legendary Pictures Godzilla sequel has started up. It's being directed by Michael Dougherty (Who? No, really, I've never heard of the guy) and stars Vera Farmiga, Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins, both reprising their first  Godzilla roles, while other cast members will include Kyle Chandler, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, Thomas Middleditch, Charles Dance, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Aisha Hinds, and  Zhang Ziyi.


TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT Getting Pummeled By Critics

TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT Reviews - Oh ho.


By now, we're used to three things when it comes to a Transformers film.  Wait... four things.

1: It will be Michael Bay's last TF film.
2: The story will be adequate, but there will be haters.
3: Lots of eye-bending carnage. In fact, almost too much carnage that goes on and on.
4: Critics will trash on it.

And judging from the critics out there, this is the worst Transformers movie to date!

(Quickie update: The critics aren't wrong when they say it's a jumble of a story but it is your standard TF film, and isn't quite as bad as they make it out to be... IF you're a franchise fan, you'll be fine. I was fine with the bucks I spent seeing it. A more in-depth review to follow.)


Normally I don't believe critics because they're geared towards the more serious, non-popcorn kind of films in their realm of movie reviewing. Fine, I get that. But then I turned to critics that I've come to trust over the years and even they are trashing on Transformers: The Last Knight.

Here's a few quotes:

So much incoherent noise that you'll want to bang your head on the seat in front of you just to get some rest.

It's hard to imagine anyone reading, let alone writing, the script and believing that it made any sort of sense at all.

True fans probably don't need the tangled universe of good versus evil explained to them: Bionic aliens rumble; ancient monuments crumble; guys in the middle of robot Armageddon deliver wry one-liners. That's just what you do when things go boom.

The newest alien robot film is sitting at 16% on the Rotten Tomatoes scale, when I last looked.


NBC Fall 2017-18 Season Premiere Dates

NBC Fall 2017-18 Season Premiere Dates


NBC announced their season Premiere Dates for Fall 2017-18 Season! As you can see, The Voice will have a three-night premiere starting pushing The Blacklist season premiere back to October 4.

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25

The Voice
The Brave

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26

The Voice
This Is Us
Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27

The Voice
Law & Order: SVU
Chicago P.D.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28

Superstore
The Good Place
Will & Grace
Great News
Chicago Fire

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29

Dateline NBC

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4

The Blacklist

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27

Blindspot

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Monday, June 19, 2017

CBS/CW Premiere Dates for 2017-18 Fall Season

CBS Premiere Dates for 2017-18 Fall Season


Below are the announced premiere dates for CBS and The CW 2017-18 fall TV season.


Sunday, Sept. 24
60 MINUTES (50th season premiere)

Monday, Sept. 25
THE BIG BANG THEORY (11th season premiere)
YOUNG SHELDON (series premiere)
KEVIN CAN WAIT (2nd season premiere)
ME, MYSELF & I (series premiere)
SCORPION (4th season premiere)

Tuesday, Sept. 26
NCIS (15th season premiere)
BULL (2nd season premiere)
NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (4th season premiere)

Wednesday, Sept. 27
SURVIVOR (35th season premiere)
SEAL TEAM (Series premiere)
CRIMINAL MINDS (13th season premiere)

Thursday, Sept. 28
NFL THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (Chicago Bears @ Green Bay Packers)

Friday, Sept. 29
MACGYVER (2nd season premiere)
HAWAII FIVE-0 (8th [& final?] season premiere)
BLUE BLOODS (8th season premiere)

Saturday, Sept. 30
48 HOURS (30th season premiere)

Sunday, Oct. 1
WISDOM OF THE CROWD (series debut)
NCIS: LOS ANGELES (9th season premiere)

Monday, Oct. 2
THE BIG BANG THEORY
9JKL (series premiere)
KEVIN CAN WAIT
ME, MYSELF & I
SCORPION

Sunday, Oct. 8
MADAM SECRETARY (4th season premiere)

Monday, Oct. 30
KEVIN CAN WAIT (regular time period)
9JKL
ME, MYSELF & I (regular time period)
SUPERIOR DONUTS (2nd Season Premiere)
SCORPION

Thursday, Nov. 2
THE BIG BANG THEORY (regular time period)
YOUNG SHELDON (regular time period)
MOM (5th season premiere)
LIFE IN PIECES (3rd season premiere)
S.W.A.T. (series premiere)

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The CW Premiere Dates for 2017-18 Fall Season


Monday, Oct. 9
SUPERGIRL (season premiere)
VALOR (series premiere)

Tuesday, Oct. 10
THE FLASH  (season premiere)
D.C.’s LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (season premiere)

Wednesday, Oct. 11
RIVERDALE (season premiere)
DYNASTY (series premiere)

Thursday, Oct. 12
SUPERNATURAL (season premiere)
ARROW (season premiere)

Friday, Oct. 13
CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND (season premiere)
JANE THE VIRGIN (season premiere)


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Sunday, June 18, 2017

TV News - SENSE8, JAY LENO, SYTYCD And More 061817


Andi Mack was renewed for a second season by the Disney Channel.

The History Channel has ordered an interesting series that will be UFO-themed called Blue Book. It will be a 10-episode series and will focus on the UFO investigations by the secret Blue Book organization in the 50's and 60's. Now I have to wonder how sensationalized they'll make it, kind of like how Animal Planet and Spike and others have made Bigfoot out to be some kind of demon animal killer!

-Flip or Flop Vegas was renewed for a second season by HGTV.

-Jay Leno’s Garage will premiere on CNBC on Wednesday, June 28th.

-Vanessa Hudgens is joining Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance, adding to the already installed team of Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy. Man, that judging box goes through people, don't they?

-Quarry was cancelled by Cinemax.

-Sense8 was cancelled by Netflix...  and to be honest, I'm not surprised. It was an interesting but confounding story.  If t1hey had minimized the number of people swapping brains, it might have gone better. To be honest, every show that I've seen where people swap minds, seems to always flounder in the ratings. And in most cases, the shows have too many characters swapping out. There is one particular show that comes to mind called My Own Worst Enemy, starring Christian Slater. It was a brilliant concept about a spy agency that used brain chips to activate the personality of the homebody or the killer assassin. But Slater's chip started malfunctioning and the other/wrong personality would show up at the wrong times. But then the two personalities became aware of each other and started leaving each other video messages, creating a rivalry, while the 'spy' would leave messages about what he did with their wife last night, and the accountant, helpless to stop things like that and getting jealous. But then there were moments in the battlefield the accountant would pop up... IT was an awesome show, but the problem was they had an entire agency wired like this and as they spent time on the field or at home, it became confusing who was playing what. Otherwise, I think it would have worked for more than the one season that it did.

-The Get Down was cancelled by Netflix.

-Underground was cancelled by WGN.


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