One year after Frank Miller regained the film and TV rights to his own graphic novel saga, it looks like we’ll finally get to see the Sin City series back on the screen. Legendary Television has secured a deal with Miller to create a television show based on Sin City. Even more good news: It’s looking like Robert…
Over the past few days people have started reported finding the Walking Dead Wine at their local liquor stores. The Walking Dead Wine has a reserve age of 2016 and is produced by the Last Wine Company with four different variations. The bottle labels are interactive video labels with mobile phone apps.
I’m mentioning this because a few people have reported finding the Last Wine Walking Dead #1 variant cover at their liquor stores. The Last Wine Variant is a Walking Dead #1 reprint produced for the Last Wine company. The Last Wine variant was first released at New York Comic Con where cover artist Chris Burnham sold his comp copies.
I have read reports of people finding piles of copies for the taking of this book at their alcohol supply stores but this might be something you need to ask an employee about. This is definitely a book you want to be looking for as the most recent sale on ebay was for just under $500.
I don’t think this will be the going rate for this book as more copies start hitting the market place but I do think these books have great potential for selling for more than the price of the Wine.
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Last night we got another look at The Mandalorian, Lucasfilm and Disney’s intriguing entry in the realm of live-action Star Wars TV. While it still left us with plenty of questions about what the titular mercenary will actually get up to in the series, it did give us a few sneaky connections to the wider world of Star…
“Sons of Anarchy”: Kurt Sutter Shares “Mayans” Disney Joke That May Have Gotten Him Fired; “SoA” Prequel Series Thoughts
If you’re a fan of Sons of Anarchy and its spinoff Mayans M.C., then you’re very familiar with the name Kurt Sutter. Which means you’re also familiar with the fact that the SoA creator and Mayans co-creator was fired from the FX series last week. About a week-and-a-half later, Sutter has quite a few thoughts to share about his termination, his current relationship with FOX, the SoA prequel that almost was, and a number of other topics – and he shared them with Deadline Hollywood.
Here are just three of our takeaways from some excellent, in-depth interview reporting from Mike Fleming Jr. – make sure to check out the entire article here):
● While leaving open future possibilities, the writer and producer of The Shield, Sons of Anarchy, The Bastard Executioner, and Mayans M.C. isn’t vague in describing her current status with Disney-owned FOX:
“I would say that in the near future, my creative relationship at Fox Disney is done.”
● As for what started the downward spiral that was his relationship with Disney, Sutter believes it was a Walt Disney-themed joke – and his choice of replacement joke following – that lit the fuse:
“It all started with a joke. And not a very good one. There was a line in the Season 2 premiere. EZ [JD Pardo] and Coco [Richard Cabral] were getting off the bus at the school where the drugs were being processed. There was supposed to be a really gnarly playground out front. Filled with debris, dangerous looking swings, sharp objects, rusty jungle gym, etc. As they exited, Coco sees EZ’s distracted and says: Lighten up Boy Scout, and gesturing to the playground, says, We’re going to Disneyland. EZ replies: Yeah? Guess this is where Walt buried all the Jews he had killed. Coco comments: That’s dark man… And exits.”
“So when I was informed that the Walt, Jew killing line had to go, I agreed and changed it to…We’re going to Disneyland. And now EZ says, Yeah… if Mickey and Pluto were pedophiles.”
● Though admitting that the prospects of it are now dead, Sutter imagined a limited series focusing on Jax’s father that would’ve had a Sherlock structure of fewer but longer episodes: “The way I write, the episodes are way longer than they are supposed to be anyway. So that to me would have been ideal.”
Sutter continued by sharing his vision of how the series would lay out overall:
“To do four movies basically and tell a story that starts in Vietnam with John Teller and Piney and taking it through the last of the first nine members of the club to show up. Which was Clay. And then ending it there. I didn’t want to fuck with the mythology that we had laid down. I just wanted to tell the story with the loose pieces we already had. I wanted the tone to be different, because it’s period. We are in a pretty rugged time right now, but it takes place in probably one of the most tumultuous periods, politically and socially, in the 60s with the Vietnam War. I wanted to really let the time and place and politics influence story. Tonally, I think it would have been a little different than Sons. But that’s as far as I got. I never sat down and started breaking story. I just knew, that’s where I wanted to begin, that’s where I wanted it to end and I knew it was a one-off.”
Sutter was fired from his role as series co-showrunner a little more than a month after Sutter announced he would be stepping down from his role if Mayans M.C. was picked up for future seasons (see below). Reportedly, the decision was made by FX CEO John Landgraf and Disney TV Studios and ABC Entertainment chairman Dana Walden and was based on “several complaints ” made about Sutter’s “behavior on the set of the series.” Sutter notified the series’ cast and crew of his departure via email – it’s still not known how this could impact his overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television, which included 20th TV, Fox 21, and FX Productions.
Here’s a look at the letter Sutter sent to the Mayans team (from exclusive reporting from The Hollywood Reporter):
Dear Team Mayans,
Apparently, Disney HR and Business Affairs has conducted an investigation into the unacceptable conditions that have been created on the set of Mayans in season 2. As you know, I’ve removed myself quite a bit this season, allowing others to take a bigger role in producing the show. It appears that philosophy has backfired. It’s been reported by writers, producers, cast and crew that my absence and subsequent behavior when there, has only created confusion, chaos, hostility and is perceived as abandonment. Or at least that’s how Disney has interpreted it. I’m sure it’s true.
This morning I was fired by Dana Walden and John Landgraf for all the complaints levied against me. Not the way I wanted to end my 18 year relationship with FX. At least being fired for being an abrasive dick is on brand.
I deeply apologize if I’ve made people feel less than or unsupported. My intention was literally the opposite. But clearly I’ve not been paying attention. My arrogance and chronic distraction has created wreckage. Just know, I adore this cast and crew.
I’m not sure what the fate of Mayans MC holds. But if it continues, you’ll still be in good hands. As I said at the premier, Elgin is ready to take on the challenge of running the show. I’m sure FX will get him the support he needs to find and follow his vision.
For those of you who wanted me gone, you win! For those of you who didn’t, you win too. Although I will no longer be involved, I have no doubt the new team will move things forward with the same quality fans have come to expect.
Thank you for the honor of working with all of you.
I don’t need, nor want, replies or condolences. I know where the love is. And for those of you who have it, I’m sure our paths will cross again.
The news comes after Sutter had previously said that he was planning to step down from his role as co-showrunner on the series to allow co-creator and co-showrunner Elgin James sole run of the show.
Sutter made some serious waves in August at the official season premiere, announcing that he was stepping down from his executive producer role if the series was picked up for a third season. At the Hollywood screening, Sutter emphasized that a series centered on a Mexican motorcycle gang based on the California-Mexico border should be spear-headed by a person of color: “It’s time for the white man to leave the building.”
While initial reports were met with a sudden social media panic, fans took heart in knowing that the helm would still be run within the Mayans M.C. family: James would assume the role of showrunner for future seasons.
Here’s what James had to say about his new role and working with Sutter for the past two seasons:
“Kurt Sutter changed my life. I couldn’t get a job in a Walmart or a Costco as a violent ex-felon. He took a shot on me … I don’t know what he saw in me … and the last two years I’ve learned so much from him that it’s left me speechless, really. I love everyone on our show so much. We’ve become a family. I’m so excited about what we get to do.”
As for James being ready to take on the responsibility? No worries, fans… looks like he already has the right approach:
“F— yeah. I’m wearing a suit! Yeah, I am. Being the boss, all that means is taking the chains off and letting everybody do what they do. Everyone on our crew, our writers’ room and in our cast is brilliant. Our job is easy. Just turn the cameras on and let the chemistry happen.”
Set in a post-Jax Teller world, Ezekiel “EZ” Reyes (JD Pardo) is a prospect in the Mayans M.C. charter on the Cali/Mexi border. Once the golden boy with the American Dream in his grasp, EZ is trying to reconcile with his brother “Angel” (Clayton Cardenas) while searching for the truth behind their mother’s death. Meanwhile, their father “Felipe” (Edward James Olmos) is struggling to lead his sons down a righteous path.
Co-created by Sutter and James, Mayans M.C. also stars Sarah Bolger, Michael Irby, Carla Baratta, Antonio Jaramillo, Raoul Max Trujillo, Richard Cabral, Danny Pino, and Emilio Rivera. The series is executive produced by Sutter, James, and Kevin Dowling. FX Productions and Fox 21 Television Studios produce.
At the end of the show’s freshman season, James spoke about what he wants the focus of the second season to be: getting to the heart and soul (???) of the cast of character that populate the world of Mayans M.C.
“I just want to go deeper and rawer. [The cast] all met and we all fell in love with each other. I think a big part of that is realizing our hearts are all broken in the same places. And so now we have that trust in each other to go deeper.”
Now that actress Zoe Kravitz‘s (Big Little Lies, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald) spin on a whole new generation of Top 5 lists has finished swapping streaming homes within the Disney family, Veronica West and Sarah Kucserka‘s (Bull, Ugly Betty) updated Hulu romantic comedy series High Fidelity is offering viewers their first look at Kravitz in full DJ mode.
With the 10-episode first season set to debut on February 14, 2020, High Fidelity stars Kravitz, Jake Lacy (I’m Dying Up Here), Da’Vine Joy Randolph (On Becoming a God in Central Florida), David Holmes (Mr. Robot, Mindhunter), and Kingsley Ben-Adir (The OA: Part II).
Here’s an updated overview of the cast:
● Kravitz’s Rob is a record store owner who obsesses about music, pop culture, and top five lists – while trying to get a sense of herself and her life… and the “family” she’s surrounded herself with.
● Lacy’s Clyde is effortlessly cute, if not the coolest guy in the room. A recent NY transplant from LA, he’s still trying to figure out how to navigate the city. Despite his lack of interest in music, he reveals a funny and open side that intrigues Rob (Kravitz). But he might prove to be just like all the other guys… or so it seems.
● Randolph’s Cherise is boisterous, likeable, funny with an infectious energy and thinks she knows everything. Cherise is passionate about music, and passionate about telling Simon (Holmes) and Rob (Kravitz) their musical taste sucks. Born and raised in Brooklyn, she’s still searching for her purpose in life – and will surprise everyone when she declares her own musical aspirations.
● Holmes’ Simon is sarcastic and cranky with an attractive quirkiness. Simon loves to judge others and has an eccentric yet extensive musical knowledge. Simon and Rob dated years ago, but eventually came out, which put an abrupt end to their relationship but not their friendship. Simon still happily works for Rob at the record store. He presents as condescending and aloof, all the while leading a lonely personal life while he searches for Mr. Right.
● Ben-Adir’s Russell “Mac” McCormack is charming, worldly, intelligent — though not at all pretentious — and was Rob’s most serious boyfriend. Everything seemed to be great, then one day he moved to London, and a year later Rob is still getting over it. But Mac may not be gone from her life for good.
In early April 2019, it was reported that the series would swap streaming services after the project began to take on a more mature tone than wouldn’t fit with a Disney+ audience. The company decided that moving the project to Hulu would “protect the vision of the creators and allow them to tell the story the way they envisioned.”
“Developing High Fidelity with Zoe, Veronica, Sarah and the team at Midnight Radio has been incredibly exciting and we want to ensure they are able to make the show they are envisioning as Disney+ is dedicated to supporting our creative partners. To that end, as the series’ creative evolved, our Disney+ team, collectively with ABC Signature, recognized that the show would be better suited for another platform. Given Disney’s equity stake in Hulu, we’re happy High Fidelity will continue as part of our extended family.”
– Agnes Chu, SVP Content, Disney+
Directed by Stephen Frears, starring co-screenwriter John Cusack (Better Off Dead, One Crazy Summer) and based on Nick Hornby’s 1995 novel, 2000’s High Fidelity featured Cusack’s Rob Gordon, a music store owner who can’t seem to make his relationships last so he decides to seek out some of his old flames with the hope of getting some answers. The film also starred Jack Black, Kravitz’s mother Lisa Bonet, Joelle Carter, Joan Cusack, Sara Gilbert, Iben Hjejle, Tim Robbins, Todd Louiso, and Lili Taylor. This time around, Kravitz plays the record store owner/ultimate music fan who’s obsessed with pop culture and those Top 5 lists.
“Hulu is home to stories that tap into pop culture and redefine genres, so we jumped at the opportunity to bring a seminal work like High Fidelity into the fold as a Hulu Original. We are over the moon to work with Zoe, Veronica and Sarah to bring viewers this fresh take on an enduring story that has resonated with millions of people over the past two decades.”
– Beatrice Springborn, VP Content Development, Hulu
Kravitz, West, and Kucserka will executive produce alongside Midnight Radio’s Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec, Jeff Pinkner; and Scott Rosenberg, who co-wrote the High Fidelity feature. Rosenberg and Midnight Radio will produce the series alongside ABC Signature Studios (SMILF).
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FOX News original Shepard “Shep” Smith will be leaving the self-proclaimed news network after 23 years, making the announcement during his Friday show – which will be his last.
Here’s a look at final sign off from Smith (who had been with the network since 1996), followed by his official statement:
Full video: Shepard Smith's final sign off from Fox News pic.twitter.com/5fgyM81Gbj
— Jon Passantino (@passantino) October 11, 2019
“Recently I asked the company to allow me to leave Fox News and begin a new chapter. After requesting that I stay, they graciously obliged. The opportunities afforded this guy from small town Mississippi have been many. It’s been an honor and a privilege to report the news each day to our loyal audience in context and with perspective, without fear or favor. I’ve worked with the most talented, dedicated and focused professionals I know and I’m proud to have anchored their work each day — I will deeply miss them.”
While some may be surprised by the news of Smith departure, others are surprised the respected achor was able to last as long as he did – especially at a “news network” that started hard-right partisan and never looked back. Smith was one of the rare few who didn’t work off of talking points from The White House and was willing to speak truth-to-power. FOX News – and Smith specifically – have come under “Twitter attacks” from Donald Trump over their reporting.
Whether or not that had impact on Smith’s decsion remains unclear.
Here’s what Jay Wallace, President & Executive Editor of Fox News Media, had to say in a statement:
“Shep is one of the premier newscasters of his generation and his extraordinary body of work is among the finest journalism in the industry. His integrity and outstanding reporting from the field helped put FOX News on the map and there is simply no better breaking news anchor who has the ability to transport a viewer to a place of conflict, tragedy, despair or elation through his masterful delivery.
We are proud of the signature reporting and anchoring style he honed at FOX News, along with everything he accomplished here during his monumental 23-year tenure. While this day is especially difficult as his former producer, we respect his decision and are deeply grateful for his immense contributions to the entire network.”
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Series creator and writer Michael Hirst‘s (Elizabeth, The Tudors) critically-acclaimed series Vikings is set to storm its way back to HISTORY for its final season on Wednesday, December 4, at 9 p.m. ET/PT – with the 20-episode sixth season kicking off with a two-hour premiere. After the premiere, the following eight episodes will air every Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET/PT; with the remaining ten episodes set to air in 2020 – and series regular Katheryn Winnick (Lagertha) taking the helm for one episode, marking her directorial debut.
“I always knew how ‘Vikings’ would end and, after 89 episodes, I truly believe the saga of Ragnar Lothbrok and his sons has been told and we are leaving our beloved fans with the proper and definitive ending they so deserve. Although it is bittersweet there are still 20 episodes left and the most ambitious and intensely emotional episodes are still to come.”
– Michael Hirst, Creator/Writer/Executive Producer
Revenge, drama and chaos closed out the mid-season five finale. Ivar the Boneless (Alex Høgh Andersen), a self-proclaimed God ruling over Kattegat with alarming terror, charged his army into battle against his enemy and brother Bjorn Ironside (Alexander Ludwig).
Unleashing a fiery guerilla warfare, the two brothers refused to surrender – blood, pride and the crown weighed too heavily on both of their shoulders. In the final moments, Ivar was forced to flee an imminent fate, disappearing into the darkness and securing Bjorn’s victory. Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick), reborn after experiencing severe delusions from the major love she’s lost, emerged to crown Bjorn as the new rightful king.
Season six returns following the battle between brothers which has left Bjorn victorious and a hero to the people who have been under the tyrannical rule of Ivar for so long. As the new leader of Kattegat, Bjorn struggles to fill his late father’s shoes as king, while facing several dilemmas and wrestling with the idea that power overshadows morals.
Meanwhile, Ivar, searching for a new path to separate him from his past, is seen traveling along The Silk Road eventually leading him to Russia. He meets his match in Prince Oleg (Danila Kozlovsky), a ruthless and unpredictable Russian ruler, who shocks even Ivar with his merciless actions. While Lagertha has her own agenda – to live a quieter and less public life on her own farm, but new dangers lurk close to home.
This season, the Vikings continue to take over Scandinavia as Ubbe (Jordan Patrick Smith) and Torvi (Georgia Hirst) travel to Iceland to uncover the mystery circling around Floki’s (Gustaf Skarsgård) disappearance and Hvitserk (Marco Ilsø) pursues his personal vendetta against Ivar.
Hirst serves as executive producer along with Morgan O’Sullivan of TM Productions (The Count of Monte Cristo; The Tudors), Sheila Hockin (The Tudors, The Borgias), John Weber of Take 5 Productions (The Tudors, The Borgias), Sherry Marsh, Alan Gasmer, and James Flynn (The Tudors, The Borgias).
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Zack Snyder’s upcoming film Army of the Dead is gearing up to be one of his most ambitious projects yet with Netflix giving him free rein to go all out. With the film currently in production, Snyder recently spoke out about a few plot details of the film and it sounds like it will be juggling a few different interesting situations at once.
Speaking with WMMR, Snyder divulged the premise as:
“The movie takes place in Las Vegas. A zombie plague hits Vegas, and they’re able to contain the virus to the city – they build a wall out of shipping containers. And then the city falls. And six years later, one of the casino owners hires this group of zombie soldiers to go get his money that he left in a safe in the casino. It’s coming out on Netflix next winter.”
After the undeniable success of the director’s 2004 film Dawn of the Dead, there was instant interest in Snyder continuing his reboot of the 1978 version. Snyder’s adaptation became one of (if not the best) zombie films of all time, in an onslaught of endless zombies faster and more aggressive than we’ve previously witnessed in film and television.
The film will not likely have any major plot connection to Dawn of the Dead, but knowing the tone that Snyder has created in his first zombie-outbreak movie leaves plenty of promise. Something about a squad of mercenaries in Las Vegas against hordes of zombies just sounds like it’ll make one kickass movie when it comes to Netflix in 2020. The film is currently filming in Los Angeles, Albuquerque and Atlantic City, so it’s only a matter of time before we learn more about the upcoming film and we’ll take whatever we’re given!
Army of the Dead will feature Dave Bautista, Garret Dillahunt, Nora Arnezeder, Matthias Schweighöfer, Raúl Castillo, Samantha Win and Ella Purnell.
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Warner Bros. is digging deeper into its DC properties and bringing another popular comic book to life. The company has ordered a pilot for DMZ, based on the 2005 Vertigo title by Brian Wood and Riccardo Burchielli, for its upcoming streaming service HBO Max. And it’s recruited one of its feature film directors to help…
For so many decades, it was considered by most people to be necessary to “go to college.” It was the final leg in the educational journey that would bring riches and a lifetime of...
Despite what its title implies, The Gentlemen is not afraid to get a little dirty. The poster for the Guy Ritchie crime comedy seems to suggest some sort of riff on Kingsman or even the director’s sleek 2015 spy thriller The Man from U.N.C.L.E. But with the release of its first trailer, The Gentlemen may in fact be a bit of an ironic title.
Originally named Toff Guys, The Gentlemen is more of a throwback to Ritchie’s grimy crime capers like Snatch and Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels. Matthew McConaughey leads an all-star cast in The Gentlemen as a notorious American drug lord who finds himself embroiled in a London territory war. Watch The Gentlemen trailer below.
The Gentlemen Trailer
Now that he’s got his paycheck from helming this year’s Aladdin live-action remake, Guy Ritchie is taking the chance to go back to his roots. The Gentlemen is all smart-talking British gangsters — including Hugh Grant in a particularly outrageous accent — and deadly deeds gone wrong.
The film follows American expat Mickey Pearson (McConaughey), who has built a successful marijuana empire in London. But when his rivals learn that he’s looking to cash out and get out of the business, it explodes into all-out war, led by a greedy young upstart played by Henry Golding, who looks like he’s having the time of his life. Charlie Hunnam, Colin Farrell, Michelle Dockery, Jeremy Strong, and Eddie Marsan also star in The Gentlemen. It’s an impressive international cast that Ritchie told Entertainment Weekly was the central conceit of this film.
“What I wanted was British aristocracy, New World American drive, and all of the fun to be had with bringing those two worlds together,” Ritchie said. “Marijuana’s kind of fun, but nevertheless serious and there’s money involved.”
Here is the synopsis for The Gentlemen:
From writer/director Guy Ritchie comes THE GENTLEMEN, a star-studded sophisticated action comedy. THE GENTLEMEN follows American expat Mickey Pearson (Matthew McConaughey) who built a highly profitable marijuana empire in London. When word gets out that he’s looking to cash out of the business forever it triggers plots, schemes, bribery and blackmail in an attempt to steal his domain out from under him (featuring an all-star ensemble cast including Charlie Hunnam, Henry Golding, Michelle Dockery, Jeremy Strong, Eddie Marsan, Colin Farrell, and Hugh Grant).
The Gentlemen premieres in theaters on January 24, 2020.
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Loved this series. I always said this would make a fantastic show.
It's been a while that I have analyzed a final issue of series, but a recent announcement about a favorite Vertigo series has inspired me!
It was announced Tuesday that Ava DuVernay, who will direct DC's New Gods movie, will direct the HBOMAX pilot to the DC/Vertigo published Brian Wood property DMZ. The series features, a very timely topic, a second American Civil War.
While most speculators are clamoring for the first issue of the series DMZ #1, which was published January 2006 or the preview in Y the Last Man #37, be warned that the 2008 Convention Exclusive edition of DMZ #1 was published September 2008.
Rather, I would look for perhaps the rarest DMZ book, the 1:10 incentive of the final issue DMZ #72, which was published February 2011. According to Comichron, there should be only 599 copies of this book and it's becoming increasingly difficult to find in the wild. There are no graded copies of this variant in the CGC Census. (There's only one graded copy of the regular cover.)
After debuting just shy of two years ago, Boston Dynamics has finally made its Spot robotic dog available for sale, but don’t expect to find a great Black Friday deal on this bot at Best Buy come Thanksgiving. The company hasn’t made them available to the average consumer just yet—only businesses that can promise an…
Here we are, rounding into the final third of 2019 (and the last four months of the decade, but we don’t need to talk about that). The year has already produced some heavy hitters of TV — Chernobyl, Fleabag, and Barry dominated the spring. GLOW, Euphoria, and Mindhunter have been indispensable parts of the summer. And huge sophomore seasons of Succession and The Terror are airing as we speak. There’s so much powerful TV out there already, it’s easy to forget how much more is still to come.
But come it shall. Along with progressively darker evenings in which to watch (at least in my part of the world, where curling up in a blanket with a TV show and a cup of tea is a time-honored fall coping mechanism).
There’s a lot of TV coming out soon, some of which we probably don’t even know about yet. Both Apple TV+ and Disney+ are unleashing themselves on the world this fall, meaning there are two more places to turn to in case you don’t have enough to watch already on Hulu, Cartoon Network, HBO, NBC, Amazon Prime, FXX, and Netflix. (They’re all here, by the way, giving us the most promising and exciting prospects of the season).
So here they are — in release order — the 10 most-anticipated TV shows of the rest of the year.
A mind-bending animated series from BoJack Horseman creatives Kate Purdy and Raphael Bob-Waksberg, this Amazon Prime original is, technically, already out as of the day of this writing. But I haven’t seen it yet, and I’m sure as hell looking forward to it, so onto the list it goes. Starring Rosa Salazar and Bob Odenkirk, among others, the series is said to follow a young woman’s new relationship with time after a near-death experience, and the shots from the trailer promise that the show will go to surreal places only animation could take it.
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
People familiar with my writing, or with Film School Rejects at all, shouldn’t be surprised to see It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia on this list. Tied for the longest-running live-action comedy as of this year, the show keeps on proving that it has new and relevant and hilarious things to say. Last season’s finale, “Mac Finds His Pride,” was the most shocking and beautiful thing the show has ever done. While it’s impossible to say whether there’ll be anything quite so show-stopping this year, it’s bound to be a great ride and I’m ready for whatever the gang has to show us.
The Good Place
The Good Place is coming to an end, and while that’s sad, it might be a good thing. Not because we want it to end — oh, no — but because there’s a real satisfaction that comes with a show finishing early and on its own terms. Rather than moral philosophizing ad infinitum and resetting over and over (it’s the only show that could, realistically, do it), The Good Place is going to bow out having said exactly its piece. And hopefully, at the end of all this, our beloved humans (and their non-human friends) will have found someplace they can settle down and not be tortured for all eternity. Is that so much to ask?
Living with Yourself
Casting one actor in dual roles is a time-honored tradition that’s seen a lot of use lately. Usually, it’s as identical twins, with the exception of Orphan Black‘s inimitable Tatiana Maslany, who played a whole slew of clones. Living with Yourself promises to be a bit more in the clone vein, though much, much funnier, as Paul Rudd plays both the lead character Miles and the result of an innovative new spa treatment: an exact duplicate of Miles who is better in every way. I’ll laugh at Paul Rudd doing anything, and if I can laugh at two of him I’m more than onboard.
Last year’s premiere season about a Maine town brimming with Stephen King horror elements had its spooky ups and downs (while the episode “The Queen” was beautiful, I have a personal bone to pick with the flatness of the ending). But ups and downs are still movement, and the first season was more than interesting enough to warrant excitement for the second. Will we ever find out exactly who The Kid is? I almost hope we don’t, but I’m ready to anxiously try to figure it out when the show returns.
One of the first Apple TV+ commodities to grace us with its presence, the Jason Momoa vehicle is set in a dystopian future in which (almost) everyone is blind. With its star, high budget, and swords-on-horseback tone, it’s a clear contender for the hole in our lives left by Game of Thrones. We’ll find out if See fills it when it premieres on the same day as the launch of the streaming service.
His Dark Materials
There’s not another show I’m more excited for this year. So much attention is being paid to the disappointment of the 2007 film adaptation that it’s easy to forget the sheer wonder of the original novels. Philip Pullman’s non-religious answer to C.S. Lewis’s Narnia series, the literary trilogy teaches children (12-year-old me included) to be brave, to question, and to be kind to others innately, not out of fear or obligation. It’s an incredible series, and the HBO adaptation is looking very, very promising.
Set to premiere the same day Disney+ is released in the US and Canada, The Mandalorian is one of the new streaming service’s flagship enterprises, as well as the testing ground for whether audiences will be willing to pay for this, among other, hot new streaming channels. Whether it’ll be a success is still up in the air, but an all-new Star Wars story with Pedro Pascal in its lead role is a good way to start.
Rick and Morty
Boy am I ready for more Rick and Morty. I’m ready to see where Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon take us next, and I’m ready for new episodes to overshadow the weird pall that a tiny sliver of fans have cast on the show. If you’d like a great, quick palate cleanser that addresses that whole mess, please watch this very funny video. Or hell, just watch the three extant seasons of Rick and Morty. I did recently. I promise it’s even better than you remember. And this new season is bound to be amazing.
After being canceled by SyFy last year, The Expanse joined the ranks of beloved shows championed by devoted fans to be picked up and continued somewhere else. Then it joined the much smaller ranks of shows that did, indeed, get saved. And by Amazon Prime no less, where it will be premiering its fourth season. Fans have no reason to fear, either, because it’s already been renewed for a fifth season as well.
Dool can you see this in England? I gotta pay for it here and can't do it yet.
We recently had the chance to speak with Titans showrunner Greg Walker ahead of the premiere of the second season of the DC Universe series. He explained that more than simply seeing the heroes become better allies with one another, the show is also going to dig into the things about them as a collective that, in the…
The finalists have been announced for this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. This year’s crop features some stunning—and gut wrenching—images. From animals fighting for their lives to the subtle beauty of a bird drinking from an icicle, these photographs are nothing short of remarkable.
With production on the second-season of Netflix‘s live-action adaptation of Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba‘s comic book series The Umbrella Academy well underway, fans are starting to meet some of the new faces that will help – or hinder – the Hargreeves efforts to prevent the end of the world. Ritu Arya (Humans), Yusuf Gatewood (Good Omens), and Marin Ireland (Y: The Last Man) will join the successful series’s sophomore return – here’s what we know:
● Arya’s Lila is a chameleon who can be as brilliant or as clinically insane as the situation requires. Unpredictable, mischievous and sarcastic, Lila’s gifted with a twisted sense of humor.
● Gatewood’s Raymond is a born leader with the smarts, gravitas, and the confidence to never have to prove it to anyone. He is warm, dedicated and has the innate ability to disarm you with a look. A devoted husband, he’s the kind of guy everyone wants to know.
● Ireland’s Sissy is a fearless, no-nonsense Texas mom who married young for all the wrong reasons. Still in her prime, she’s eager to rediscover what life and love has to offer.
In the following Instagram post, Steve Blackman (Fargo, Altered Carbon) throws some love at his creative team while also giving fans the heads-up that prep work on Episodes #206 and #207 was underway. Following that, series co-star Justin H. Min posts what might just be the literal-with-a-capital-“L” definition of a “behind the scenes video” – though it could be the opening to a hard-hitting expose on the secrets of Robert Sheehan‘s set chair:
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Last month, Blackman posted an image of not only the first slate of filming but also a “family photo” of the show’s writers, actors, and artists (minus Min, which really does seem pretty ironic…). Though production was expected to start in May, a June start isn’t expected to impact the series’ early 2020 return.
Here’s a look at the cast’s announcement video for the start of table reads on the appropriately-titled “Right Back Where We Started,” directed by Sylvain White (The Americans, upcoming Amazing Stories):
season 2 coming through 🖤 pic.twitter.com/UkS3J7idTO
— Umbrella Academy (@UmbrellaAcad) June 15, 2019
The Umbrella Academy was given a 10-episode second season order in April 2019 – with Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher, and Justin Min reprising their roles, with additional casting still to be announced.
Blackman returns as showrunner and executive producer, with Jeff F. King, Mike Richardson, and Keith Goldberg also returning to executive produce. Way and Bá will co-executive produce.
— Umbrella Academy (@UmbrellaAcad) April 2, 2019
The Umbrella Academy is a 10-episode series based on the graphic novels of the same name created and written by Way, illustrated by Ba, and published by Dark Horse Comics. Netflix’s adaptation follows the estranged members of a dysfunctional family of superheroes (The Umbrella Academy) — Spaceboy, The Kraken, The Rumor, The Séance, and Number Five — as they work together to solve their father’s mysterious death while coming apart at the seams due to their divergent personalities and abilities.
On the same day in 1989, forty-three infants are inexplicably born to random, unconnected women who showed no signs of pregnancy the day before. Seven are adopted by Sir Reginald Hargreeves, a billionaire industrialist, who creates The Umbrella Academy and prepares his “children” to save the world.
But not everything went according to plan.
In their teenage years, the family fractured and the team disbanded. Now, the six surviving thirty-something members reunite upon the news of Hargreeves’ passing. Luther, Diego, Allison, Klaus, Vanya and Number Five work together to solve a mystery surrounding their father’s death. But the estranged family once again begins to come apart due to their divergent personalities and abilities, not to mention the imminent threat of a global apocalypse.
NOTE: Out of respect for those who are still watching the first season, we’re going with descriptions that are still set for the first season (with some necessary adjustments):
Netflix’s version of the Hargreeves family includes: Ellen Page (X-Men: Days of Future Past) as sister Vanya, who appears (????) to manifest no super powers but has an amazingly strong interest in music; Tom Hopper (Game of Thrones) as Luther/Spaceboy, leader of The Umbrella Academy; Robert Sheehan (Bad Reputation) as shoeless speaker-with-the-dead Klaus Hargreeves/The Séance; Emmy Raver-Lampman (Wicked) as Allison/The Rumor, who can alter reality with her lies; David Castaneda (Blindspot) as Diego/The Kraken, the reckless and rebellious member of the family; Aidan Gallagher (Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn) as Number Five/The Boy, the family’s time-travelling, perpetually young brain; and Justin H. Min (Dating After College) as Ben Hargreeves / Number Six / The Horror, a boy who possesses monsters from other dimensions under his skin.
Colm Feore (House of Cards) as world-renowned billionaire industrialist and eccentric inventor Sir Reginald Hargreeves; Jordan Claire Robbins as more-than-she-appears family matriarch Grace Hargreeves; and Adam Godley (Breaking Bad) as the voice of Pogo, a genetically engineered, tweed jacket-wearing, talking chimpanzee who is also the family advisor and mentor.
The Umbrella Academy also stars award-winning singer/actress Mary J. Blige (Mudbound) as ruthless, time traveling hitwoman Cha-Cha; Cameron Britton (Mindhunter) as her deadly efficient partner Hazel; Ashley Madekwe (Revenge) as Detective Patch, a driven, fast riser within the police department investigating a series of murders – and The Academy; John Magaro (The Big Short) as Leonard Peabody, who begins to take music lessons from Vanya and sees something special in this constantly dismissed wallflower, and Kate Walsh (Grey’s Anatomy) as The Handler, the head of the Commission and Number Five’s former boss.
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A month after Chairman of FX Networks and FX Productions John Landgraf announced at the network’s Television Critics Association (TCA) summer press event that production on Fargo season 4 was set to begin this fall in Chicago, a major name is being addedto the cast. Uzo Aduba (Orange in the New Black, Mrs. America) will star opposite comedian/actor Chris Rock (upcoming Saw remake-reboot-sequel) in a main role. Aduba plays Zelmare Roulette – reportedly “a ruthless recent escapee from prison who joins forces with the Cannon family” – in Noah Hawley‘s Emmy award-winning anthology series.
Additional cast members include Jessie Buckley (Oraetta Mayflower), Salvatore Esposito (Gaetano Fadda), Andrew Bird (Thurman Smutney), Jeremie Harris (Leon Bittle), Gaetano Bruon (Constant Calamita), Anji White (Dibrell Smutney), Francesco Acquaroli (Ebal Violante), Emyri Crutchfield (Ethelrida Pearl Smutney), Amber Midthunder (Swanee Capps), Jack Huston (Odis Weff), Jason Schwartzman (Josto Fadda), Ben Whishaw (Rabbi Milligan), Glynn Turman (Doctor Senator), Corey Hendrix (The Chi), and newcomer Matthew Elam.
Hawley returns as showrunner, writer and director. Joel & Ethan Coen, Warren Littlefield, and John Cameron have also served as executive producers – with production handled by MGM Television and FX Productions.
In 1950, at the end of two great American migrations — that of Southern Europeans from countries like Italy, who came to the US at the turn of the last century and settled in northern cities like New York, Chicago — and African Americans who left the south in great numbers to escape Jim Crow and moved to those same cities — you saw a collision of outsiders, all fighting for a piece of the American dream. In Kansas City, two criminal syndicates — one Italian, led by Donatello Fadda, one African American, led by Loy Cannon (Rock) — have struck an uneasy peace, which the heads of both families have cemented by trading their youngest sons.Together they control an alternate economy — that of exploitation, graft and drugs. This too is the history of America.
Cannon is the head of one family, a man who — in order to prosper — has surrendered his oldest boy to his enemy, and who must in turn raise his son’s enemy as his own. It’s an uneasy peace, but profitable. And then the head of the Kansas City mafia goes into the hospital for routine surgery and dies. And everything changes.
It’s a story of immigration and assimilation, and the things we do for money. And as always, a story of basically decent people who are probably in over their heads. You know, Fargo.
“I don’t. It’s a big challenge, every one of these — to come up with both a crime to hang it on and a large cast of characters on a collision course — each has to be new and interesting and have a different point of view. But we are exploring certain archetypes that are inescapable on a moral spectrum: There always has to be a Marge and a Jerry and a [Steve] Buscemi and a Peter Stormare, those kinds of pure good and pure evil and moral challenges in the middle. At a certain point, you don’t want to repeat yourself, so the question becomes: ‘What’s left to say? What’s interesting to say?’”
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"One last time..."
That night, Val Kilmer was everybody's Huckleberry.