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22 May 06:07

Arrow boss on that tragic finale loss

by Natalie Abrams

Warning: This story contains major spoilers from the season 6 finale of Arrow. Read at your own risk.

The hero got arrested. The show’s moral center was killed. The bad guy got away. All in all, it was a pretty rough season finale for Arrow.

During the episode, Team Arrow launched an assault on Ricardo Diaz (Kirk Acevedo), who threatened to kill Laurel (Katie Cassidy) unless Mayor Lance (Paul Blackthorne) ordered the FBI to leave Star City. Following a meetup to strike a deal gone bad, an angry Diaz goes to shoot Laurel, but Lance steps in front of the gun instead, taking a bullet to the gut.

Team Arrow arrives just in time to thwart Diaz from taking a kill shot, with Oliver (Stephen Amell) finally getting the upper hand over Diaz in a rooftop showdown. But a distraught Laurel blasts Diaz off the roof with her canary cry, inadvertently letting Diaz get away. That’s right, the season’s big bad escapes to live another day. His forces are decimated by season’s end, but there was that mention that he’s been working with the Longbow Hunters, so he’s not totally on his own.

Back at the hospital, Oliver finally reveals how he got the FBI to help: He’s going to publicly admit he’s the Green Arrow and then turn himself in to police custody. As everyone argues against it, the doctor comes out to reveal that Lance has died — Blackthorne is exiting the series and will star on the NBC drama The InBetween.

Now that Oliver is in jail and Diaz is in the wind, what will happen to Star City? EW turned to executive producer Marc Guggenheim to find out:

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What came with the decision to kill Quentin?
MARC GUGGENHEIM: Well, it was a really hard decision whenever we kill off the character on the show. But it’s funny, when I was pitching that particular beat to Greg , he said, “Wow I’ll really miss him,” but he made the point that the show has always had sort of a Game of Thrones-like element to it in the sense that no one is safe. That’s always been part and parcel of the show. We haven’t killed off a character in a season finale since season 1. But fundamentally, the reason we did it was sort of two-fold. We really felt that we had come to the end of Lance’s story, but primarily, whenever we kill off a character, it’s always out of, well what does this get us? What story consequences does this lead to that excite us? The idea that Diaz is responsible for Lance’s death has huge ramifications for Laurel’s character and her story line. That really intrigued us as we started talking about where Laurel was headed in season 7. As has been the case with every other death on the show, once we start getting excited about those consequences and start getting excited about the stories that the death leads to, it kind of takes on its own momentum. It was hard. Paul has been with us since the beginning, he’s an absolute joy to work with. He’s just a class act. I really, really enjoyed working with Paul so much over the last six years. It was the right time, and the right way, and the right story to tell at this moment.

Oliver has ended up in prison. These consequences seem pretty irreversible. What was your goal here? How dangerous will it be for him in prison?
From the very beginning of season 6, we talked a lot in the room about the show going into its sixth year, about a lot of shows that go in six seasons, and what’s necessary for the long-term vitality of the show. We were very determined to rock the show out of its comfort zone. I think you started to see that by design at the end of season 6. We started playing around with format, we had the all-Dragon episode, we had the episode where Oliver is vertigo and hallucinates. We wanted to get out from our traditional ways of telling story. I mean, quite frankly, even the structure of the season finale is very unconventional for us. Usually the climactic fight with the “Big Bad” of the year happens with Act 5 and then Act 6 is all wrap-up. This year the climactic battle between Oliver and Diaz happened in Act 4. So we’re constantly looking for different ways to shake up the show and do things differently.

Between the development of Oliver going to prison and his secret identity becoming public, those were very much designed to shake the show up so that in season 7, the show has to be fundamentally different. There’s no way to go back to the status quo. That was very exciting for us, because there’s probably a very safe conventional way to do Arrow where every episode is the villain of the week and every episode is kind of the same. Probably that version might even be very successful, but that wasn’t something that I think the writers and the cast are particularly interested in doing. We always keep the show moving forward and evolving and trying to push new boundaries. We’re very cognizant of the fact it’s not only that we’re in our sixth, now gong into the seventh season, we’re also cognizant that we’re the first of the Arrowverse shows, so we feel like we’ve got to do stuff on Arrow that the other shows haven’t done yet. The identity reveal is a good example of that. None of the other shows have revealed their protagonist’s secret identity to the rest of the world, so we wanted to do it first.

Oliver and Felicity end the season on a rocky note. What’s next for their marriage? Can they survive this?
I will tell you this: I’ve been married now 14 years, and when I make unilateral decisions, my wife is not generally happy about it — and those include the unilateral decisions that don’t involve me going to prison. So I think it’s probably not spoiling anything to say that there’s going to be some challenges Felicity will have to overcome in light of Oliver making this big, momentous move without consulting Felicity.

Ricardo Diaz got away, something you don’t normally do when ending a season. Why him and what can you tease of what’s next now that his empire has been decimated?
Yeah, well that was another thing that we got excited about midway through season 6 was the idea that another thing that we’ve never done before, or that any of the other Arrowverse shows have done before, was the “Big Bad” not coming to justice. The idea that Diaz is out there as an antagonist, albeit he’s going to have to operate in a different way because he no longer has his empire, was very intriguing to us. Like I alluded to when talking about Lance’s death, we’re certainly setting up a pretty major collision between Laurel and Diaz, and that is something that’s very exciting. We talk about Laurel as a woman on fire and I think those fireworks will be a lot of fun to see.

There was a mention of Longbow Hunters. Will we see them next season?
I don’t feel like I can spoil that or not spoil that. I will say this: We would be dicks if we were to drop that big of a name and never follow through on it.

Do you see Oliver being done as the Green Arrow for good?
Well, let’s proceed from first assumptions, which is that I think it’s safe to say that all of season 7 will probably not take place with Oliver in prison, so I don’t think it’s spoiling anything to say that he will get out at some point. It never occurred to me, quite frankly, that once he comes out that he necessarily has to stop being the Green Arrow. I think it probably all depends on the circumstances under which he eventually gets out.

Do you expect a time jump going into next season?
It’ll be the traditional time jump. Every year we always do the same time jump, which is five to six months depending on when our season premiere is.

Arrow will return this fall on The CW.

22 May 06:01

Fox cancels LA to Vegas

by Dan Snierson

LA to Vegas has been grounded.

Fox has canceled the freshman airplane-based comedy, the network confirmed to EW.

The series — which starred Dylan McDermott as a cocksure pilot relegated to flying on a lower-tier airline and centered on the flight crew and passengers on the Los Angeles to Las Vegas route — premiered in the fall and quickly brought viewers the much-anticipated screen share between Dylan McDermott and Dermot Mulroney. It even earned an order of three additional episodes earlier this year. But the ratings apparently weren’t strong enough to merit more: LA to Vegas had been averaging a 1.1 in the 18-to-49-year-old demo with 3.4 million viewers this season.

The series, which counts Will Ferrell and Steven Levitan among its executive producers, remained on the renewal/cancellation bubble during upfronts, with talk of Ferrell appearing on the show in season 2. Alas, Fox, which is in the midst of a rebranding and scheduling overall, did not move forward. It has been a bloody time for Fox comedies, as the network also axed Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Last Man on Earth, and The Mick.

The news was shared on social media by one of the show’s cast members, Amir Talai, who tweeted, “I love you so much #LAtoVegas fans. That’s why it breaks my heart to tell you that our show is not coming back.”

The cast also included Kim Matula, Peter Stormare, Ed Weeks, Nathan Lee Graham, and Olivia Macklin.

22 May 05:59

Amazon is in talks to resurrect 'The Expanse'

by Jon Fingas
Just because Syfy dropped The Expanse doesn't mean the cult sci-fi hit has met its end. Sources talking to Deadline, Variety and Hollywood Reporter have all claimed that Amazon is in discussions to resurrect The Expanse for a fourth season. Neither...
21 May 20:50

Brooklyn Nine-Nine creator on Jake and Amy's wedding, the show's rescue from cancellation

by Dan Snierson

WARNING: This post contains plot details from Sunday’s season 5 finale of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, titled “Jake & Amy.”

The final-ever episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine brought viewers a wild wedding to remember: the nuptials of Jake and Amy. It was, of course, bittersweet to watch these two cops declare their eternal love for each other, knowing that this would be the very last time that we would — what’s that, you say? It’s not the final-ever episode? Brooklyn was canceled by Fox and then renewed for a sixth season the next day? Apparently I’ve been living under a freakin’ rock trapped in a cave with very poor cell reception?

Let’s try that opening sentence again: The final episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s fifth season brought viewers a wild wedding to remember. Jake (Andy Samberg) and Amy (Melissa Fumero) were eagerly awaiting their very toit nups, but then came along Amy’s ex, Teddy. Well, first came the bomb threat, and then Teddy (Kyle Bornheimer) showed up, explaining that he was running the bomb squad and trying one more time to win her back. (In most cultures, it’s considered poor form to hit on the bride on her wedding day, especially when she has previously and summarily rejected you.) Jake and Amy had little time to tsk-tsk Teddy, though; they reverted to detective mode, aiming to solve the case, while the Nine-Nine tried to put out some other fires. Rosa (Stephanie Beatriz) and Terry (Terry Crews) fixed Amy’s veil and saw it ruined it again, but on the bright side, I’m-not-open-to-a-relationship-right-now Rosa found herself vibing with their ride-share driver, Alicia (guest star Gina Rodriguez). Holt (Andre Braugher) and Gina (Chelsea Peretti) trained Cheddar to fill in as ring bearer, but the little dog lost his way and took down the Nakatomi Plaza wedding cake of which Jake had always dreamed.

Ultimately, Jake and Amy learned that there was indeed a bomb on the premises (which resulted in the cancellation of the ceremony), and, working with Charles (Joe Lo Truglio), they discovered that it was planted by an obsessed criminal (Kyle Gass) from her past, not his, and that Charles had accidentally helped this arch nemesis locate the wedding by excitedly posting the news about their nups. But in the darkest hour, despair turned into repair: Instead of letting Jake and Amy exchange vows at City Hall the following day, those ever-resourceful Nine-Nine detectives staged a lit ceremony at the precinct, with Holt doing the officiating and Hitchcock (Dirk Blocker) and Scully (Joel McKinnon Miller) tapping the weirdo from the show’s first episode, Mlepnos (Fred Armisen, who made his first appearance in the pilot), to provide angelic violin music.

While true love and teamwork did prevail in the end, uncertainty would hang in the air later that night at Shaw’s: Holt decided to read aloud the email that contained the verdict about the commissioner’s job that he’s been jockeying for all season. “Well, from the look on my face,” he said with dispassion and resignation, “I’m sure you can guess what it says.” Damn you, Stone Monster!!!

Did Holt indeed land his dream job? Will Rodriguez return to romance Rosa? Will we see what happens on Jake and Amy’s honeymoon? And what was it like for the Brooklyn squad to be canceled on Thursday and then rescued on Friday? Fans of the dearly beloved cop comedy, let us walk down the aisle of intel and see what Brooklyn Nine-Nine creator Dan Goor has to say.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: And so we end the three-season courtship with the satisfaction of vows, albeit after a bomb threat. How were you feeling about “Jake and Amy” having to serve as the series finale, if need be? Would you call it “not optimal but could do the trick”?
DAN GOOR:
Yes, I would say slightly better than that. I think the only thing that’s not optimal about it is that the Jake/Amy aspect of the show is a major aspect but not the central aspect of the show, and I would love for the series finale to end on a more squad-oriented, Jake/Holt-oriented, or police-oriented note.

A Nine-Nine note.
A Nine-Nine note. That said, I was very happy with the episode, and I felt like there were a lot of Nine-Nine moments in it.

What was the biggest challenge in writing a wedding finale episode? What was interesting about the process?
The most challenging thing was that the two of them love each other and want to get married. So that meant that it was difficult to create a story that had internal conflict, which is why we created a story that had external conflict. … We had a debate as to whether or not it should be a case or a different police element there. There was talk of it being a massive blackout — like a brownout in the city — and that no one could come to the wedding, and they ended up having to direct traffic in their wedding outfits, and every one of the Nine-Nine coming to the aid of the community and then coming back, and the wedding was canceled. And then it would have ended in the same way. But this seemed more exciting. And we also had done the episode with Amy stopping a perp in her wedding dress.

Holt delivered a simple but powerful statement to the couple, “I’m proud of you, and I love you both,” which they then asked permission to say it back to him. How did you settle on those words?I know that it was very difficult to write because we had done one other wedding in which Holt gave the oatmeal speech about how love is like oatmeal, and it was such a perfect Holt-ian thing. So we really struggled with how to make an equally Holt-ian speech. But Luke and I wrote that script together, and Luke may have written that part of the vows. I don’t remember, but that didn’t change much throughout the whole process.

I loved that it was warm and touching and loving, but at the same time felt completely in Holt’s character. And I loved the simple joke at the end. It just felt very Holt-ian. In terms of it being a potential series finale or season finale, it was nice for Holt to say to them the words they’ve always wanted to hear.

Given Jake’s Die Hard dream wedding with the Nakatomi Plaza cake — and the fact that you got Reginald VelJohnson to pop up at the bachelor party — was there any attempt to get Bruce Willis for this episode? Or do you save that ask for the series finale?
Yeah, I think that we’d save that ask for the series finale. Or for some special time. We would love to have Bruce Willis on the show. Whenever we can get him, we’ll have him on the show. It would be an unbelievable get, obviously, in our world.

Jake and Amy have some pretty high-profile parents, played by Jimmy Smits, Bradley Whitford, and Katey Sagal. Why weren’t they part of this episode?
Not only is it hard to schedule such prominent, wonderful, amazing actors and get them all there, we really wanted the finale and the wedding to feel like it was about our squad. Especially with such great actors, you end up feeling like, “We have to give them all something,” and then all of the sudden, it dilutes it. And so we were really happy to figure out a way to do it with just them.

I know you can’t reveal the outcome of the cliffhanger, but I assume the answer would be that Holt would get the job if the show were canceled? That doesn’t mean the show won’t do that now — and you’ve done it before, where Holt left the precinct, when he took the PR job.I cannot answer that. Have you ever read that short story “The Lady, or the Tiger?” That guy never said whether or not it was the lady or the tiger. People tried for years. So I feel like there’s a weird way in which saying it would’ve been one thing and then maybe making it something else is like a narrative dissonance, where it’s almost like a Schrödinger’s cat thing. The world should be consistent.

Okay, but any hints about that cliffhanger? Is the answer already there? Should we study that like the Zapruder film?
The answer is there. If you truly know Holt, you’ll know.

The show continues to take more chances in form, whether offering up an all-interrogation episode or in tackling socially conscious topics, such as Rosa’s coming-out story or the active-shooter episode. How will the show build on that next season? Does this embolden you to take even more risks?
Yes. I’m not exactly sure that that means at this point, but we’re very committed to continuing with those experiments. It’s really fun for the actors. It’s fun for the writers. And I think the viewers enjoy it too. But at the same time, we also know that people like — and we like — writing about the squad hanging out in the precinct and solving cases. So I think that it will continue to be a mix of those sorts of episodes: standard Brooklyn Nine-Nine and formally or tonally interesting departures.

How far along have you plotted an arc for Gina Rodriguez, who’s tight with Stephanie and Melissa? What can you hint about her return? 
Just because it’s between seasons and nobody knows what anyone’s schedule is, I can’t make any promises. But what I can say is she had a great time, and we love her. So I’m very hopeful that we will see more of her, and that we as writers are looking forward to writing a relationship between the two of them. But just with the one caveat that no one’s been booked and it’s difficult to make these things happen. But all the parties are hopeful that this will happen.

How does Jake and Amy story change for you, if it all, now that they’re married?
That’s a great question. Our general approach remains the same, which is to say that we try to treat them as two people who love each other and are normal, non-insane human beings. So therefore I don’t think we’ll be forcing weird marital spats or conflicts that don’t feel natural to them. I think that it’s an opportunity for us because there are just different stories that happen for young married couples that are different from couples that are even living together. They are now combining their finances, and there’s more pressure on their in-law relationships, and other aspects of married life that I think could provide conflict and story. And then in general, as we’ve done before, our plan is to do stories we’ve done that are about their relationship. And to do stories with them that are not about their relationship but still involve the two of them, where they’re just two cops who happen to be married, or they work in the same building but they’re married.

Will we see their honeymoon? It’s good for them if we don’t do a honeymoon episode, as it means it wasn’t stressful. But then again, they could solve a case on their honeymoon …
I would love to see their honeymoon, but I could also see not doing their honeymoon. I could see them as people who don’t do their honeymoon immediately after they get married, but do it a couple of weeks later. It seems funny to see them, in some capacity, on their honeymoon, whether that’s an episode, a flashback, or a cold open. It feels like some version of them on their honeymoon is something you want to see. I want to see.

Amy’s still in the building in her new role as sergeant. How much will you lean into that next season yet keep her involved in the workplace stories?
I’m not 100 percent sure what we’re going to do there, just because we don’t have a room . I feel like we’ve done a bunch of stories about her starting her job and being unsure of her job, and I’d like to see her as more of a master of her job. I feel like there’s more to explore in that world. But I am also conscious of the fact that you want her with the squad, and so we want to always feel natural that she’s with the squad.

NEXT PAGE: Goor talks Brooklyn‘s rescue, drops a season 6 hint

21 May 20:50

It's official: Barack and Michelle Obama sign production deal with Netflix

by Christian Holub

More than a year after he left the White House, Barack Obama’s post-presidential life is beginning to take shape — and Netflix will be a big part of it.

Two months after rumors first started swirling that the former first couple was interested in producing content for the streaming service, Netflix confirmed the deal on Monday, tweeting that “President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have entered into a multi-year agreement to produce films and series for Netflix, potentially including scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries, and features” through their new entity Higher Ground Productions.

“One of the simple joys of our time in public service was getting to meet so many fascinating people from all walks of life, and to help them share their experiences with a wider audience,” former President Obama said in a statement. “That’s why Michelle and I are so excited to partner with Netflix — we hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the entire world.”

This is not the former president’s first post-presidential appearance on Netflix; back in January, he was the very first guest on David Letterman’s talk show My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.

The Obama’s also signed lucrative book contracts for memoirs. Michelle Obama’s memoir Becoming, in which she talks about her roots and “how a girl from the South Side found her voice,” she recently said, is due out in November from Crown Publishing Group.

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20 May 21:25

Agents of SHIELD's Clark Gregg addresses future with ABC series

by Natalie Abrams

Warning: This story contains major spoilers from the season finale of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Read at your own risk!

Since the creatives minds behind Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. were unsure as to whether or not the show would get renewed — it did! — the season finale brought the ABC super series full circle with a bittersweet end to the story of Phil Coulson.

After the team thwarted Graviton and broke the time loop, Coulson (Clark Gregg) was ready to go quietly into the night. (tldr; he was healed of his Avengers injury by a Kree serum, which burned off when he temporarily took on the powers of Ghost Rider, so he’s dying again.) At the end of the hour, Coulson was dropped off in Tahiti with Agent May (Ming-Na Wen) to live out his final days. Tahiti, if you’ll recall, was the name of the project that brought Coulson back to life, hence why the producers always knew Coulson’s story would end this way.

However, with the show now renewed for a 13-episode sixth season, set to air next summer, EW asked Gregg whether it feels weird to think Coulson’s story might continue after such a touching ending — and fans might not like his answer.

“I don’t get any sense that it will,” Gregg says. “It doesn’t feel weird to me that it might go forward because I don’t know that that’s the case.”

Alas, Gregg says there’s no official news on whether his character will be back. “I know that they’ve picked up the show, I don’t know if it includes me,” he says. “I don’t know if it’ll just be me in flashbacks or sexy dreams with Agent May.”

Watch our full interview with Gregg above, and read our postmortem with the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. executive producers here.

20 May 21:25

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Did the finale include Infinity War shocker?

by Natalie Abrams

Warning: This story contains major spoilers from the season 5 finale of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Read at your own risk.

After Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. dropped a number of hints that Infinity War‘s jaw-dropping ending would befall our beloved agents, the ABC super series closed out its fifth season with a major tragedy — just not the one fans expected.

During the final hour, the team disagreed over whether to save Coulson — would they give him the Centipede serum, or save the world by injecting the serum with a mix of Odium into Graviton? Daisy insisted on saving Coulson while Yo-Yo fought to protect the world. But May took their choice away by destroying the Odium, effectively forcing their hand to save her love.

Alas, Coulson only tricked his team into thinking he took the serum, sending Daisy in to talk Talbot off the cliff. But when he tried to absorb her — he’d steal her powers and use them to crack open the earth — she injected herself with the serum and blasted him into space. In doing so, she broke the time loop they had been stuck in.

Unfortunately, breaking the loop also cost the team greatly. Knowing they survive into the future, Fitz and May went into the spaceship to save Mack and Polly from a grim fate. But it was Fitz who was ultimately killed in the most heartbreaking of ways — seriously, if you didn’t cry during that scene, you’re a monster.

Here’s the good news: Yes, Fitz died, but that was future Fitz. Present-day Fitz is still in cryo-sleep, floating around in space just waiting to be woken up in the future. So there is hope of a FitzSimmons reunion!

But here’s the bad news: Coulson really didn’t take the serum, and therefore only has days — maybe weeks — to live. The team drops him and May off on the white sandy beaches of — wait for it — Tahiti to live out the rest of his days. (Clark Gregg reacts to that heartbreaking ending in the video above!) And that’s it. Seriously. S.H.I.E.L.D. did not follow in the footsteps of Infinity War. Why? EW turned to executive producers Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen and Jeffrey Bell to get the scoop:

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You guys had been hinting at possibly incorporating the Infinity War ending. Why didn’t we see that in the finale?
JED WHEDON: There’s some of that we can’t answer.
JEFF BELL: Part of what happened was, they changed the release date.
WHEDON: Yeah.
BELL: And we move at a different schedule than they do and so suddenly everything was a week earlier, and so we had to make some adjustments and that’s how we end up with our story.
WHEDON: Right. And the other thing is that there’s certain story points that are so — there would really be no way for us to address it and keep our show intact. Given that there’s another movie coming out, and there’s gonna be constant repercussions of their universe, so what we felt was that the safe play for our story, and for the integrity of our universe, was to operate outside of it.
BELL: To acknowledge it was happening, but that we had our own problems and we’re dealing with that.
WHEDON: Right, and also the timeline is a little bit fudged in that we assume that the last couple of episodes of our show take place during Infinity War. We’re running in a lot of real-time at the end of the season.
MAURISSA TANCHAROEN: The last four all in real-time.
WHEDON: Yeah, so we sort of thought of it as these events are still ongoing as our season ends.

What would that mean if the show is renewed? Is the team somehow magically exempt from Thanos’ snap?
WHEDON: Yeah, well what we like is painting ourselves into a corner, so that the problem we face is not that our show went off the air, it’s that it’s back on the air. “Oh no, now what?” Yeah, so we’ll have to figure out how that plays, and it’ll depend on what the season looks like and our air dates and all that. So, yeah, that’s a bridge we’ll have to cross.
BELL: We call it a classy problem.

Coulson says he has days, at most weeks. Should the show be renewed, do you feel like an 11th-hour save is in order, or are you saying Clark Gregg is done with the show after this?
TANCHAROEN: We never definitively say anything when it comes to …
BELL: Yeah, he’s been dying for a long time.
TANCHAROEN: Yeah, he’s been dying for a long time.
WHEDON: What we do think is that there’s an emotional impact with everything that happened this season and we would never wanna undercut that. That being said, our show’s founded on a man who had been killed in the movies, and Clark Gregg is the foundation upon which our show is built. So, it’s a good question and one we’ll hopefully get to answer by having another season.

What came with the decision to kill Fitz, even though you guys have this loophole?
WHEDON: I can say that in the writers’ room, I don’t remember what happened, but it was a big eureka moment for us.
BELL: Right, because the one time loop problem we had was that Fitz was out there in space.
WHEDON: Yeah, and when we brought everybody back, we talked for weeks about how to bring them back. Do they come back to the diner? Well, then he would still be there. Okay, well, how do we fudge this? And this problem we had in bringing them back — and we brought them back after he had left the planet just to avoid that problem — that problem became this great opportunity. What we realized is the thing that would weirdly have the most impact, one of the most painful things that you can experience, could be then experienced and then, not brought back, but a loophole could be revealed.
BELL: Actually, it cleaned up a mess a little bit.
WHEDON: Yeah, exactly. And so, it asks bigger questions about can you change time and all that, but we were pretty excited about that story point. One of the things that we did this year was put them together in a concrete way, because we felt like we pulled them apart too many times, and we realized, “Wait, we can do it again!” So we were all pretty excited.

If the show got renewed, this would be a different Fitz who hadn’t gone through the future experiences, right?
BELL: Absolutely.
WHEDON: True.
BELL: He would have no idea he was married.
WHEDON: He’d just be trying to find Simmons because he wants to propose.

It feels like Deke made his exit so we wouldn’t know whether he suddenly disappeared or not. Anything you can say of what actually happened to Deke?
TANCHAROEN: No.
BELL: I think it really is a mystery. Did he disappear or did he walk away? But that’s a good thing for people to argue about I think.
WHEDON: Yeah, and we hope they do. Part of this season was about hoping that people on their couches had the same arguments that we had in the writers’ room for hours on end.
TANCHAROEN: Yeah, we wanted everyone’s brains to melt the way ours did in the writers’ room.
WHEDON: Wanted to share that just a little bit.

Anything you can say about Daisy’s new powers, and also why you guys ended this finale without her being the leader of S.H.I.E.L.D.?
WHEDON: Well, she’s definitely juiced up in some way, and how much that carries, we’ll see. We talked a lot about how to change their timeline and the decisions that would be made, and who would ultimately make that decision. And we felt like Coulson had to be the pivotal point of it, in that it became giving it to her. But in terms of her not being the leader of S.H.I.E.L.D, we don’t really think of it that way. We think of it as the strongest move she made as a leader was installing Mack as the head. We think of that as her ascension to what Coulson believes she could be. He says, “I couldn’t have said it better myself. I need you to start figuring out these problems.” And she had a real big one on her hand, which is our team has no cohesive gel, nothing holding it together. And here’s a guy who made a great speech at the beginning of the episode, and she realized, “Wait a second, I still want to be the tip of the steer. I want someone else to be in charge of where I go.”
TANCHAROEN: I think a huge part of the beauty of Daisy as a character, and the reason why we find her so compelling, is that for the past five years, her entire story has been about her forging her own identity. So perhaps, in this place where she is emotionally, and of course with the potential loss of her father figure, this is just another part in her journey. So her stepping down might not necessarily mean that she will never be the leader, but if anything it does show merit in her potential in being a really, really spectacular leader, essentially.
BELL: Yeah, and we think of the two of them . Even at the end of the episode, she’s sitting shotgun, feet up on the dash, she thanks him for the plane, there’s a sense of ownership of S.H.I.E.L.D. and she’s the one who says, “Where we going?” There’s a sense that she’s leading the charge, she just wants someone else deciding where that charge goes.

How important was it for you guys to end up in Tahiti?
BELL: Well, we’ve known that since forever.
TANCHAROEN: Forever.
BELL: Since we started, since episode 1.
WHEDON: We thought it was a beautiful image and we all latched on. It’s one of the things where you don’t overthink it. We latched onto that and went, “That will be great.” It’s an emotional thing for him. We even heard from Mike Peterson that this was something he always wanted. Our big mystery in episode 1 was, “Never been to Tahiti.” He doesn’t know, and he can never know. And here he is, finding some sort of peace on that beach. We love that image and we were solid on it all the way.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will return in summer 2019. Clark Gregg addresses his future with the show here.

19 May 10:56

Game of Thrones author and Infinity War directors get new TV shows: First look

by Chancellor Agard

Here are your exclusive first looks at George R.R. Martin and Joe and Anthony Russo’s two new Syfy shows!

First up, we have a teaser for the Game of Thrones author’s Nightflyers, which you can watch above. Based on Martin’s novella of the same name, the 2093-set series follows a group of maverick scientists and a powerful telepath who embark on an expedition aboard the Nightflyer in order to make contact with a mysterious alien life at the edge of our solar system. Per the logline: “As they race towards first contact, terrifying and violent events begin to occur, causing the once tight-knit crew to mistrust each other. It’s not long before their main mission becomes survival.

Executive-produced by Martin and showrunner Jeff Buhler, Nightflyers stars Eoin Macken (The Night Shift), Sam Strike (EastEnders), Maya Eshet (Teen Wolf), Angus Sampson (Fargo), Jodie Turner-Smith (The Last Ship), Gretchen Mol (Boardwalk Empire), David Ajala (Fast & Furious 6), and Brían F. O’Byrne (Million Dollar Baby). Brian Nelson, Mike Cahill, and Andrew McCarthy serve as executive producers. 

Watch the teaser above.

In addition to Nightflyers, we also have an exclusive look at the Russo brothers’ new coming-of-age comic book show Deadly Class, which you can watch below:

Here’s the logline for Deadly Class, which is based on Rick Remender and Wes Craig’s 2014 Image Comics series: “Set in a dark, comic book world against the backdrop of late ’80s counterculture, Deadly Class follows a homeless teen recruited into a storied elite private school where the world’s top crime families send their next generations. Maintaining his moral code while surviving a ruthless curriculum, vicious social cliques, and his own adolescent uncertainties soon proves to be vital.”

Deadly Class is one of the more twisted coming of age stories we’ve ever read,” says Joe Russo in the first look clip. “. It does an amazing job of exploring the teenage years and the sense of the alienation you feel. The first time we read the book we were blown away.”

Remender promises that the adaptation will delight fans. “Deadly Class is authentic, honest, and brutal. The threats are real,” he says in the clip.

The series stars Doctor Strange’s Benedict Wong, Benjamin Wadsworth (Teen Wolf), Lana Condor (X-Men: Apocalypse), Maria Gabriela de Faria (Yo Soy Franky ), Luke Tennie (Shock and Awe), Liam James (The Way Way Back), and Michel Duval (Queen of the South). The Russos are executive-producing alongside Remender, Miles Orion Feldsott, Adam Targum, and director Lee Toland Krieger.

Nightflyers will premiere this fall, and Deadly Class is due in 2019.

19 May 10:52

Black-ish finale: Kenya Barris on the fate of Dre and Bow's marriage

by Chancellor Agard

Warning: This post contains spoilers from the black-ish season 4 finale, which aired tonight. Read at your own risk!

Well, we’ve finally reached the end of black-ish’s first serialized arc and a resolution to the Johnsons’ marital woes.

The last four episodes of the ABC sitcom’s fourth season were about a recent rough patch in Andre (Anthony Anderson) and Rainbow’s (Tracee Ellis Ross) marriage, which ultimately led to the once-happy couple separating. In the season finale, Dre bought his dream home, where he could spend time with the kids on his days, and the episode dove into how Dre and Bow were adjusting to being apart from the first time in quite a while. However, the sudden death of Bow’s father brought the couple back together and helped them realize they wanted to be there for each other.

“The thing we wanted to do as we moved into this episode was to show that when this couple got back together, we left the audience in a place knowing they were actually in this for real, and it’s not about codependency and it’s not because was too hard,” says black-ish creator Kenya Barris. “We wanted to show that one of the great things about having a great family is that they do have your back and support you.”

Below, EW chats with Barris about whether he ever considered not bringing Dre and Bow back together, the hardest part of this arc, and more.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Did you know from the beginning that this arc would ultimately end with the Johnsons getting back together? Did you ever consider not reuniting them?
KENYA BARRIS: No, we wanted them to get back together. We knew that this was a family that we feel like we want to have a positive image, and we feel like they’re in love. The biggest thing is that we wanted to get people you can’t see daylight without seeing night first. You can’t taste sweet before you know what sour is. As I think 100% of couples would admit to , we wanted to give them something saying, “You’re not the only one.” The couple we see every week and we love has gone through things, and sometimes it actually does seem like it hits a rock bottom, but there’s a place to come back from.

Where did the idea to have Bow’s father die come from?
Sometimes you realize that life isn’t defined by the good times. I don’t know you, Chance, and I could come to your office right now and literally go have the wildest, greatest night in the world, but in the morning when I realize my parents are sick or I’m having financial problems or something work-wise happens, you don’t know me, you’re not going to be there. Life isn’t defined by the good times, it’s defined by the bad times, and sometimes those are the moments you reach in deepest to your life and say, “Who are the people who are there for me when the moments aren’t quite funny?” It makes you look past those bickering moments, those moments when the cap was off the toothpaste, and realizing, “I have problems with everybody, but I would not want to go through a bad time with anybody else. This person is a person that’s been there for me when the sun wasn’t so bright.”

I know this story was inspired by your own marriage. How much of the finale scene between Dre, Bow, and their therapist came from your real life?
I feel like that particular thing was directly taken from my life, as was a lot of this, and from the writers’ lives. These things were things that we as a writers’ room really emoted and really went through together in a really big way. This was an extremely personal arc for me.

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Looking back at this four-episode arc, what was the hardest part for you as a writers’ room to nail?
I think our episode “Blue Valentine” was our hardest, and it was also one of the most proudest moments for me in making television for network. It was a complete departure from the tone. We shot it long-lens, we shot wide-angle, we did color desaturation, and we actually had a wall-to-wall score that had a motif to it. The thing that I get so often with network comedies, and I think some of the most brilliant people in the world do them, but it’s easy to hide behind a joke. I kind of feel like when you have to face things and you don’t have humor, it becomes very vulnerable; it exposes your deepest and darkest fears, in some aspects.

Do you have any idea what you hope to tackle in season 5?
No idea.

Black-ish will return in the fall for season 5 on ABC.

19 May 10:45

Deadpool crashes Stephen Colbert's Late Show monologue with Trump jokes

by Nick Romano

It’s not just you. Deadpool is everywhere these days, what with the merc’s movie sequel, Deadpool 2, hitting theaters this weekend. He’s in Celine Dion’s new music video, he’s playing video games with U.K. YouTubers, he’s on Korean TV shows, and he crashed Stephen Colbert‘s The Late Show monologue on Tuesday.

“Please, guys, no one stand up. It’s CBS, I know how old your audience is,” Ryan Reynolds, once again channeling his foulmouthed superhero, joked.

Deadpool thought he could stand in for Colbert for The Late Show‘s opener, and he was prepared with the zingers. At various points, he called Colbert “Jimmy,” mistook his guest Jamie Foxx for Back to the Future‘s Michael J. Foxx, and poked fun at the lack of diversity among the late-night circuit and superhero movies.

“In our own way, we late-night hosts are basically superheroes,” Colbert said.

“Because you’re all mostly white men?” he quipped.

Deadpool also had plenty of jokes about President Trump. He called the decision to pull America out of the Iran nuclear deal “Trump’s biggest pulling out blunder since Eric,” and he mocked Trump’s recent Twitter rant on leaks in the White House. “We all know Trump prefers his leaks in Russian hotel rooms,” Deadpool joked.

To finally get rid of him, Colbert took a note from Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War and disintegrated him with CG effects. “What the f—?” Deadpool exclaimed. “Thanos?! You don’t have the budget for this, Colbert!” Josh Brolin, Reynolds’ Deadpool 2 costar, also plays Thanos in Infinity War — a connection that doesn’t go unnoticed in his fourth wall-breaking movie.

Watch Deadpool on The Late Show above.

19 May 09:55

The Blacklist boss on that show-changing finale shocker

by Natalie Abrams

Warning: This story contains major spoilers from the season 5 finale of The Blacklist. Read at your own risk!

Red’s dead — no, seriously.

The Blacklist ended its fifth season with a shocking twist: The fedora-wearing criminal mastermind (James Spader) we’ve been following for the past five seasons has only been posing as Raymond Reddington. The real one is dead, and has been for years — and Liz (Megan Boone) now knows the truth. If Spader’s not playing Red, who is he portraying? EW turned to executive producer Jon Bokenkamp to get the scoop.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Did you know from the beginning that James Spader was not playing Raymond Reddington?
JON BOKENKAMP: Yeah, this is something that we’ve talked about from the inception of the show. It is part of the underlying mythology that we’ve slowly been unraveling. I think there are a number of episodes that we can go back and sort of map and chart how we got here. Hopefully that is proof of concept to the audience that this is not something we’re just winging, and that we’re on a very specific path, and this is a well-earned reveal.

Did Spader know? Did the cast?
Yes, James has known and it’s something we’ve talked extensively about. The cast did not know, as far as I know. I’m always the last to know, so I have really no idea who else knew. But the thing I want to point out is that it doesn’t change tuning in to watch Spader be Raymond Reddington. He’s lived as Raymond Reddington long enough to be this person, right? He has told great stories, he has had great experiences, he’s become a world-class criminal and probably become a far more interesting person than the real Raymond Reddington ever dreamed of becoming.

I remember talking with James, it was probably right after we shot the pilot, and we were talking about what the show would be, how it would look and feel, and who this character was. The thing that has always stuck with me is that when James read the pilot, he had said that he felt like, at the end of the episode, it’s almost like he knew less about the character than he knew when he started reading the episode. We wanted to somehow hold on to that concept, that Reddington should be somebody who, once you think you understand who he is, you realize you know nothing about him. I think tonight is an example obviously of how we have tried to stay true to that, that he’s a very enigmatic figure that is a bit of a shape-shifter.

If he’s not Red, is there anything you can say as to who he is?
Well, I do think that is primarily the reason to come back in season 6, but you can go online and find all kinds of theories, imposter theories of who he is. There are a great number of them, by the way, many of which could make sense. But one of the things I love best about the show is that I can read some of these and I’d be like, “Well, that actually tracks.” What’s going to be the most fun about next season is watching Liz peel back this onion and get to the truth of why this man entered her life five years ago.

Does this speak to my long-held theory that Spader is not playing her dad, but her mom?
You’re holding on to that, aren’t you? Well, yeah it’s one of the possibilities. That is one of the theories, one of many theories. There’s an uncle theory, there’s a theory that he is an absolute nobody, there is the — and I’m not making this up — alien theory, there is a robot theory. There are many more-grounded theories. Honestly, that’s what’s cool about it is that you can go through, you can pick your camp and map a way in which it makes sense. A number of these really add up. It’s something that we spend a lot of time in the room talking about, making sure that we’re staying true to the mythology and playing fair with the audience.

Liz has vowed to destroy Red. She went pretty dark in this episode. How far will she go?
Yeah, well remember that she knows this truth about Reddington, but he does not know that she knows. I think that piece of information is really compelling. Not only has she learned a great deal from this man that she believed was her father, Raymond Reddington, she’s also learned a great deal from her now-deceased husband, who was a spy. So this is not the first-day-on-the-job FBI agent in the pilot who has just had a bombshell dropped in her lap. This is somebody who is struggling with who she is at the very core, and has not only killed people, has stewed people, has lied to people she’s worked with, so the potential darkness and the way in which she may approach handling this bombshell I think has real possibilities.

Watching Megan perform this year, I think she’s been fantastic. The character has always been fundamentally changing since the day we met her, but I think specifically in season 5, we’ve seen her take some pretty big steps. It’s some of the best stuff that character has had to do this season, because of the inner strength and the anger and everything she’s gone through to really put her in the corner. When she’s in the corner, she becomes a very interesting character.

Can you tease her team-up with Jennifer (Fiona Dourif) next season?Liz should probably compare stories with her sister Jennifer, who has information. The dynamic of the two of them walking off the episode, when I saw it again in playback, I thought it was super-fun. I think it’s, again, something different that we haven’t done on the show and it gives us a real thrust forward.

Can Liz and Jennifer trust each other?
I have no idea. Probably not. But that’s a great question.

Red doesn’t know that Liz knows. How does the power dynamic shift in that regard next season?
When I say this blows up everything we’ve been doing, that is the example to point to. Very rarely does anyone know something that Reddington doesn’t know, right? He’s always ahead of the curve. He’s a very cunning and smart, brilliant mastermind criminal, and yet he didn’t see this one coming. So I think that is a real power shift and something that we haven’t explored in past seasons.

The show has touched on this idea that Liz had some of her memories surgically repressed. Will you revisit that concept next season?
I think it’s certainly on the table. Everything that Reddington has told her is up for re-examination. What’s fun about it is so much of it is true. He told her in season 1, when she said, “Are you my father?” he said, “No.” When Liz said at the end of season 2, “I shot my father that night. I killed my father.” He said, “Yes.” We’ve very clearly been laying out the mythology. She now is in a place where she needs to re-examine all of that, and not only re-examine the truths that have been laid out before her, but his agenda and why he came into her life, why he’s doing this blacklist at all, why he’s going after these criminals, what does it add up to, what does it mean to him? I think all of that is something that she needs to become very suspect of.

The Blacklist will return in 2019.

19 May 09:52

How black-ish reflects the life of its creator — and his wife, Rainbow Edwards-Barris

by David Canfield

“Awkward.”

That’s the best way Rainbow Edwards-Barris can describe the first time she watched black-ish, the acclaimed sitcom her husband, Kenya Barris, created. Barris’ conception of the show was autobiographical — a black family navigating upper-middle-class American life — and four full seasons in, he still regularly mines his family’s actual experiences for plot. Watching intimate stories about their marriage and children play out on the screen, as if reflected in a fun-house mirror, often made for uncomfortable family viewing. But over the years, Edwards-Barris has chosen to use that discomfort to her benefit. “I started to say to my family, ‘Let’s make this a little bit more therapeutic for us,’ ” she says. “Now I’m really grateful to have this .”

ABC’s black-ish tends to tackle tough topics, from police brutality to use of the N-word, and that’s provided Edwards-Barris with a starting place to engage in complex conversations with her six children, ages 1 to 18. It’s only natural that her new child-rearing guidebook, Keeping Up With the Johnsons, is written from the perspective of her fictional alter ego, Bow Johnson (Tracee Ellis Ross), who, like Edwards-Barris, is a doctor. Since so much of black-ish is taken from real life, its plots — even with the sitcom spin — resonate deeply: “When you take these real-life situations where life is happening every day, viewers feel like they know this family — because they can say they are this family.”

One such example: black-ish recently ended its fourth season with a harrowing portrait of Bow and Dre’s (Anthony Anderson) marriage nearly falling apart. Edwards-Barris clarifies that the story line isn’t reflective of her marriage right now but is rather an amalgamation of challenging moments from their past — and a necessary reminder that even the tightest unions can reach a breaking point. She told Barris as the separation plot was being considered, “I think you owe it to your viewers to show this.” It’s not often that Edwards-Barris weighs in on a story line, she assures, but here she felt compelled to maintain the spirit of the show, its essence of truth.

Ross’ Bow has moved increasingly to black-ish’s fore, even as Dre remains its central character. “Because so many of the stories are situations very exact to our life,” Edwards-Barris notes, “Kenya cannot help as a writer but to make the character of Bow more prominent important.” An early season 4 episode explores Bow struggling with postpartum depression after the birth of her fifth child, Devante. Though told from Dre’s perspective, it’s handled with unflinching honesty and sensitivity. It’s also based — exactly — on Edwards-Barris’ experience. “It was a very scary time for all of us,” she reflects, before adding that she found it healing to see it depicted on black-ish. “We all go through so many of the same things, and said, ‘You’re not alone.’ ”

Still, black-ish remains a series observed through the lens of a black family patriarch. It’s why Keeping Up With the Johnsons flips the script, staying within the world of the show while shifting to the mom’s point of view. “Just like Kenya takes and shares these experiences that we’ve had, I really do the exact same thing,” Edwards-Barris explains. The book contains anecdotes you could easily imagine in a black-ish episode, as they comically blend imperfection with good intentions — Bow oblivious to the need for a nursing bra while breastfeeding, for instance — and they’re taken straight from Edwards-Barris’ life: “In writing the book, what I did is tell my story.”

With that simple mission, Edwards-Barris’ book has opened up a whole new world within the black-ish universe to explore. And as the show heads into its fifth season this fall, she expects the expansion to continue: “When you’re sharing your life, you can never run out of material.”

19 May 09:51

The Blacklist boss breaks down breadcrumbs leading to shocking Red reveal

by Natalie Abrams

Remember when The Blacklist finally revealed that Raymond Reddington (James Spader) is indeed the father of Liz Keen (Megan Boone)?

Yeah, that twist pales in comparison to the season 5 finale shocker: Spader isn’t actually portraying the infamous criminal mastermind. The man we’ve been following for years has just been posing as Red, who is actually very much dead. He’s, quite literally, the bag of bones that Faux-Red has been trying to get his hands on since last season!

“If you go back and look at The Blacklist again, you will see numerous examples of us working toward this big reveal,” executive producer Jon Bokenkamp tells EW. “It goes all the way back to the very first time Elizabeth Keen met Raymond Reddington. This trail of breadcrumbs has been five years in the making.”

Below, Bokenkamp breaks down the clues that pointed to the ultimate truth — that Raymond Reddington is an imposter. (Read our postmortem with Bokenkamp on what’s coming in season 6 here.)

PILOT (season 1, episode 1)

“The Imposter Theory can be traced all the way back to first time Reddington met Elizabeth Keen and told her: ‘I’m a criminal, criminals are notorious liars. Everything about me is a lie.’”

ANSLO GARRICK: CONCLUSION (season 1, episode 10)

“Before Reddington vanished for a spell in season 1, Liz asked Red point blank: ‘Are you my father?’ He answered with one word: ‘No.’ This was the truth. He is not her father. Raymond Reddington is her real father.”

GENERAL LUDD (season 1, episode 8)

“Reddington and Liz were paying a visit to plastic surgeon Dr. Maltz (Andrew Dice Clay) when Red proclaimed: ‘What other secrets have you just given away? Who knows about the work I’ve had done?’”

DR. JAMES COVINGTON (season 2, episode 3)

“Back in season 2, when Reddington first laid eyes on his ex-wife, Naomi Hylajnd (Mary-Louise Parker), he proclaimed ‘You look so different.’ To this she replied, ‘Not as different as you.’ From this we now know Naomi Hyland was married to the real Raymond Reddington. She knows that this is not the real Reddington. Naomi Hylajnd is one of the very few people in the history of our series who knows the truth — that this man is masquerading as her husband. The lingering question: Why on earth would she let him into her life? Out of love? Obligation? Fear?”

TOM CONNOLLY (season 2, episode 22)

“By the end of season 2, Liz made a horrifying discovery: ‘I know why my father died that night. I shot him. That’s why you blocked my memory. Not to protect yourself. To protect me.’ Red: ‘Yeah.’ Again, Reddington told Liz the truth: She shot and killed her father, the real Raymond Reddington.”

MR. GREGORY DEVRY (season 3, episode 11)

“In season 3, we devoted an entire episode to the Imposter Theory. A man presenting himself as the ‘real’ Raymond Reddington (Jake Weber) surrendered himself to the FBI and proclaimed the man we know as Reddington (James Spader) was a fake. Ressler directly acknowledged this possibility to the audience when he stated: ‘In the five years I hunted Reddington, we had one photo of him. And that only had a passing resemblance to the man we’ve been working with.’ Cooper echoed: ‘He disappeared 25 years ago. He could have had surgery. Truth is, nobody really knows what he might look like today.’”

MR. KAPLAN: CONCLUSION (season 4, episode 22)

“By the end of season 4, a frustrated Harold Cooper stole Raymond Reddington’s bloodstained shirt out of the FBI evidence locker. He told Liz: ‘The blood on this shirt from Raymond Reddington has been sealed in an evidence locker for over three decades. I procured a sample and submitted it for a DNA profile.’ Of course, that blood confirmed that Raymond Reddington is Elizabeth Keen’s father. What the audience didn’t know is that the blood on that shirt belonged to the real Raymond Reddington.”

RALEIGH SINCLAIR (season 5, episode 14)

“Just this season, Liz asked Red: ‘You’ve gone to therapy?’ Red confidently boasted: ‘God, yes. Therapy helped me become an entirely different person.’”

The Blacklist will return in 2019. Read our full postmortem with Bokenkamp here.

19 May 09:44

WHISKEY CAVALIER: First Look at ABC’s New Action Dramedy

by Clarissa
Welcome to WHISKEY CAVALIER, a new action dramedy coming to ABC in the 2018-2019 season. SCANDAL’s Scott Foley plays FBI super-agent Will Chase (codename: “Whiskey Cavalier”). THE WALKING DEAD’s Lauren Cohan plays CIA operative Francesca “Frankie” Trowbridge (codename: “Fiery Tribune”). After Chase experiences an emotional breakup, he’s paired with Trowbridge and together they lead “an inter-agency […]
19 May 09:37

THE ROOKIE: First Look at ABC’s New Police Drama

by Clarissa
Nathan Fillion is returning to ABC in a new series THE ROOKIE. Fillion plays small-town guy John Nolan who experiences a life-alterting incident, which prompts him to pursue his life-long dream of becoming an LAPD officer. But he’s the force’s oldest rookie cop and there’s a lot of people on the force who thinks he’s […]
18 May 18:32

Batwoman Will Appear in Next Arrowverse Crossover

by Alex Gilyadov

The next Arrowverse crossover will feature Batwoman.

Per THR, Arrow star Stephen Amell announced at The CW's upfront presentation Batwoman will be introduced during the annual crossover, which airs in December.

Batwoman, image via THR.

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18 May 14:26

Mining Can Be Fashionable? Biostar Wants to Sell Millenials its New iMiner Systems

by Joe Shields
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WTF is this shit :)

Biostar has this week released new iMiner systems specifically designed for crypto coin mining. The systems are stuffed with AMD RX 500-series video cards in a "space black" server-like chassis. Biostar positions the iMiner Multi-GPU Mining rigs as "fashionable and easy" along with dapper-looking young gentlemen in the promotional materials who look like they cashed in on the bitcoin bubble already. 

The new devices include an aluminum chassis with a “space black” coating along with all the necessary hardware already inside needed to start mining crypto coins such as ETH, ETC, XMR, and ZEC among others. The iMiner lineup will include Biostar's esoteric mining motherboards - the ones that have 9-12+ PCIe slots for as many GPUs as you can physically fit with riser cables. Also included in the pre-built systems is an Intel CPU with DDR4 RAM, an SSD, a power supply, and exclusive Mining Doctor software. Biostar's intent here is to plug and play these devices to get users up and mining quickly by providing an ecosystem driven off of consumer level parts as opposed to dedicated ASICs. Apparently an expensive suit and a rough shave is part of the culture Biostar is hoping to cultivate.

Biostar has released a total of three iMiners - the A564X12, A578X6, and the A578X8D, each with their own different parts and hash rates. The A564X12 and A578X6, for example, will use the Biostar TB250-BTC Pro motherboard able to support up to 12 video cards through its 12 PCIe slots coming from the chipset. The motherboard is based on the B250 chipset making all the slots from the chipset without additional switches, which Biostar asserts as being more stable for mining.

The slots are arranged in a manner to use PCIe to USB risers and that different arrangement is said to also avoid potential short circuits. The board includes two Molex and two PCIe 12V 4-pin power connectors in order to handle the power draw of multiple GPUs.

 

The A578X8D, on the other hand, uses Biostar’s latest mining board, the TB250-BTC D+. The D+ board doesn’t offer users quite as many PCIe slots (total of 8), but they are full-length slots and forgoes the need for riser cards saving a bit of money and potentially lowering the ROI time. The board has a total of 16 6-pin PCIe power connectors in order to handle the power draw of multiple video cards. 

 

With a board of this length, ensuring tracing integrity is a key factor, so it is likely that these slots will run in PCIe 2.0 mode which affords a longer trace length without repeaters.

All boards include 4GB of DDR4-2400 (D+ board uses a SO-DIMM) and an Intel Celeron 3930 dual-core processor running at 2.9 GHz with a 51W TDP. The A564X12 and A578X6 include a 90GB SSD while the while the A578X8D comes with a 120GB SSD for storage.

The A564X12 comes with 12 AMD Radeon RX560 4G cards with ethOS preinstalled on the drive, good for around 148 MH/s on ETH. This system comes witha 1200W >88% power supply using a single rail design, and five fans for airflow. 

The A578X6 includes six Radeon RX570 8G cards (with the necessary risers cards), with ethOS, and is good for 165 MH/s on ETH. The power supply for this is 1300W, again with five fans for airflow.

The flagship A578X8D includes eight Radeon RX570 8G cards along with a 1600W power supply that Biostar states was designed for crypto mining. This model is able to reach an ETH hash rate of 220 MH/s (±5%). In other words, the A578X8D will get users 'fashion forward' and buying skinny jeans by earning cryptocurrency the quickest of the bunch. Cooling this unit is a total of seven fans with four intake and three on exhaust duty. 

Pricing nor availability was listed, but we do expect to see these on the market soon. 

Biostar iMiner
  A564X12 A578X6 A578XD
Motherboard TB250-BTC Pro TB250-BTC D+
CPU Intel Celeron G3930
Dual Core 
2.9 GHz
51W TDP
Memory 4GB DDR4-2400 4GB DDR4-2400
SSD 90GB 120GB
Video Card(s) 12x RX 560 4G 6x RX 570 8G 8x RX 570
Power Supply 1300W, ≥88% efficiency 1600W, ≥88% efficiency
Chassis Black, 5x 120mm fans Black, 7x 120mm fans
Hashrate (ETH) 148 MH/s (±5%) 165 MH/s (±5%) 220 MH/s (±5%)
Dimensions (LxWxH) N/A 19.8" x 13.58" x 5.84"
Cost FIAT Only Sorry

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The King in the North and the Mother of Dragons get cozy outside the set of Game of Thrones season 8 in this exclusive new image.

Here’s Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke dressed as Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen in Belfast on the Titanic Studios lot.

The photo is in support of Clarke’s Omaze campaign to support the Royal College of Nursing. The Solo: A Star Wars Story actress and Emmy nominee is offering one lucky donor and their guest a chance to take a behind the scenes with her on the Game of Thrones set. They’ll be flown to Northern Ireland, put up in a four-star hotel, have lunch with Clarke, and tour the studio). Go here for more info

And in case you missed it, here’s Clarke’s really funny video introducing the campaign from a few weeks back:

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12 May 07:19

Benedict Cumberbatch on taking on the wildest role of his career so far

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Talk about a moment before. It’s a cold December day in London, and Benedict Cumberbatch is about to shoot a dinner scene with his Patrick Melrose costar Allison Williams. But by the time Cumberbatch’s titular character is ready to sit down for a flirty dinner with his girlfriend’s best friend (yep!), he’s already taken a few doses of heroin, carried his father’s ashes around in a plastic bag, and drunkenly collapsed in a bathroom. He’s a complete mess — exactly what Cumberbatch signed up for.

Based on Edward St. Aubyn’s series of eponymous novels, this five-part Showtime series traces the downward spiral of an upper-class Englishman who is reeling from the sexual abuse he experienced as a child. It’s a role Cumberbatch, 41, chased with ferocity. “You’re asked to empathize with a man doing some pretty awful things because you want him to do better,” the actor explains back in his trailer, comparing Patrick’s “good man goes wrong” journey to Breaking Bad. “It’s a very subtle but profound shift, from self-annihilation and narcissism to a world where he is sincere, loving, and open.”

Cumberbatch is a huge fan of St. Aubyn’s books and spent more than four years developing this adaptation with producer Michael Jackson.(Cumberbatch is credited as an executive producer.) The actor says the team behind Melrose is dedicated to honoring the original material’s brutal takes on family and class — a sort of reverse Downton Abbey, an “upturning of expectations” — and Cumberbatch wants to plumb the same depths as Patrick in order “to do him justice.” But the Academy Award nominee admits playing such a broken, self-destructive character takes a toll. “Containing the core of what drives this character — it’s hard to go there,” he says, adding that playing Patrick could very well require “a few years” of therapy. (Also: “Being on Quaaludes is quite hard.”)

In keeping with Patrick’s unpredictability, Melrose can veer dramatically in tone from scene to scene; between devastating explorations of Patrick’s trauma are bitingly bleak streaks of humor. Intrinsic to Cumberbatch’s portrayal is a dark wit and a palpable empathy. “You see Benedict, and then in a snap of your fingers there’s Patrick,” gushes Allison Williams, who plays the aforementioned flirty friend, Marianne. “And there is a vacancy there — it’s really remarkable to watch. My mental image of Patrick will never not be Benedict.”

Through the series’ five hours, Patrick goes on a journey of self-discovery, searching for his identity as he struggles to heal from immense psychological damage. For now, Cumberbatch is left to play another wrenching, draining scene — well aware that “there’s still a lot to come.” Patrick’s dinner with Marianne goes sour; she leaves, angry, and he chases after her. But she’s gone. The scene ends on Patrick, alone in an alleyway, vomiting, the drugs and booze catching up to him — and his father’s ashes still in hand.

Cumberbatch sums up the scene appropriately — and grimly: “It was never going to end well.”

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The Big Bang Theory finale shocker: Teller speaks!

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Warning: This story contains major spoilers from the season 11 finale of The Big Bang Theory. Read at your own risk!

The Big Bang Theory closed out its 11th season with the star-studded wedding of Sheldon and Amy — but one guest in particular stole the show.

First off, yes, Mark Hamill surprise-officiated the wedding. And in any other circumstance, we’d be as starstruck as Sheldon (Jim Parsons) was upon realizing that Luke Skywalker would take part in his big day with Amy (Mayim Bialik). However, the finale also provided a shocking moment that many fans never thought they’d see, and it had to do with magician Teller.

As part of the wedding extravaganza, Kathy Bates made her debut as Amy’s overbearing mom, who would steamroll over her father any time he tried to speak — a running joke made all the more hilarious because Amy’s father was portrayed by the famously silent magician.

But The Big Bang Theory did what seemed impossible, getting Teller to actually speak on camera. After his wife tussles with Penny (Kaley Cuoco), Mrs. Fowler encourages him to take action. “Are you going to let her talk to me like that?” she says. “Say something!” Mr. Fowler responds directly to Penny, whispering, “Thank you.”

It’s brief, but momentous. Those two words are more than most have ever heard Teller speak. This wasn’t his first public speaking, mind you — he has briefly spoken on a number of occasions in the past, it’s just a rare occurrence. “He was super-game, and he’s a friend of the show,” executive producer Steve Holland tells EW. “We know he’s a fan, we’ve met him before, he’s come to the set before, and so actually it seems like we wrote the role specifically for him, but we didn’t.

“When we were writing Amy’s mom and dad, it just seemed funny that Amy’s mom kept stepping on Amy’s dad every time he tried to speak,” Holland continues. “About halfway through writing, one of the writers, Jeremy Howe, said, ‘Teller would be really funny for this.’ And it just clicked. You’re like, absolutely. This feels like it was intentional, like we did this just for that, but it seemed like such the perfect fit, so we contacted him and he was super-excited about doing it. He was actually bouncing back and forth. He was directing a play in Chicago and doing his Penn and Teller show in Vegas, but he was like, ‘Don’t worry. We’ll work out the logistics. I really want to be there to do this.’”

And yes, Teller really did speak to Holland. He really does speak! But there was a moment, briefly, when they weren’t going to include his voice — though not due to any objections on Teller’s part. “When we shot it, we did a couple different versions of it, but no, he never pushed back or was reluctant to do the line at all,” Holland says. “We did a bigger, fuller-voiced version, we did the version that you saw , and we did a version where he only mouthed it but didn’t vocalize anything — the whispered version seemed to be the funniest.”

At the close of the finale, Sheldon and Amy got married with nary a cliffhanger in sight — well, save for the fact that the newlyweds discovered the game-changing super-asymmetry. “We don’t know what the future holds, whether next season will be the end or not, but it’s always been a thing that we’ve talked about, giving Sheldon a big win at some point,” Holland says. “We’ve said for 11 years that he’s one of the smartest people in the world, so I think it’s important for us to show that at some point, and to have it be a thing that he and Amy have done together. This breakthrough will certainly play through next season.”

While the episode concluded with Amy and Sheldon officially being hitched, there was a post-nuptials scene that ended up on the cutting room floor. EW was on set for the taping of the finale, and witnessed a scene that pays tribute to the late scientist Stephen Hawking, who had previously appeared on the show on several occasions. As Amy and Sheldon celebrate having Hamill’s signature on their marriage license, Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Penny bring in more wedding presents, one of which they realize was sent by Hawking before his death. Both cheeky and heartfelt, the gift speaks to Hawking’s importance to the characters of the show. Find out what the gift is when CBS releases the video Friday.

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