Archive for October, 2015
Season four of The CW’s Beauty And The Beast, which is nearing the end of production, will be its last, after the network decided that it should wrap up.
The remake of the 1987 TV series, it was always considered a long-shot at getting renewed each season, it eked out another year at a time by holding relatively steady ratings (0.2 Live+Same Day in the 18-49 group) and being pretty good on the international market as well as online.
The CW hasn’t announced when the fourth season will air yet.
Syfy has decided not to renew the show Dominion, based on the movie Legion, after the conclusion of its second season. In a statement Syfy said, “Led by Vaun Wilmott, the talented cast, producers, writers and crew of Dominion have done a tremendous job bringing this ambitious, cinematic series to the screen over the past two seasons. We thank them, as well as our producing partners Universal Cable Productions, Bold Films and Film Afrika.”
Dominion had a dismal second season, losing nearly half of it’s viewers from Season 1 and averaging only 0.9 million viewers.
From my point of view, the diverging subplots seemed irrelevant compared to the main plot of Alex, the writings and what it meant to the humans and angels, which seemed to take all season only to move slightly. However, the addition of Lucifer was actually peaking my interest level at the end.
MTV has set January 5th as the debut date for the The Shannara Chronicles with a two-hour premiere starting at 10/9c.
Thousands of years after the destruction of civilization as we know it, magic begins to return. Amberle Elessedil (Poppy Drayton, When Calls The Heart), an Elven princess; Wil Ohmsford (Austin Butler, The Carrie Diaries), a half-elf; and human Eretria (Ivana Baquero, Pan’s Labyrinth) embark on a quest to stop a demon army from destroying the Four Lands.
We can’t be there in person, but we can check out some of what was shown…the CW unveiled the sizzle reels for the upcoming seasons of Arrow and The Flash!
“Welcome To The 76th Hunger Games.”
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 opens in theaters November 20th.
Actress Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica, Ascension, and who I know consider my bowling nemesis) has been named to the second season cast of Powers, the Playstation Network series, that started production last week in Atlanta.
Powers, an edgy dramatic series, follows the lives of two homicide detectives, Christian Walker (Sharlto Copley, District 9, Maleficent) and Deena Pilgrim (Susan Heyward, Poltergeist), who are assigned to investigate cases involving people with superhuman abilities, referred to as “Powers.” Set amidst today’s paparazzi culture, Powers asks the questions, what if the world was full of superheroes who aren’t actually heroic at all? What if all that power was just one more excuse for mischief, mayhem, murder, and endorsement deals? Enter the men and women of the Powers Division, the brave people in charge of protecting humans like us and keeping the peace over commercialized, god-like men and women who glide through the sky imposing their power over the mortals who both worship and fear them.
Helfer will play FBI Special Agent Lange, who, like the comic book character, shares a history and palpable sexual tension with Detective Walker. Lange walks a fine line between the Powers world and the government, and can be both ally and enemy when it suits her agenda.
CBS is picking up the idea of a MacGyver reboot, and James Wan (Furious 7 director) is running with it. In fact, Wan has been interesting in working on MacGyver for some time, to the point that he had already developed a “Young MacGyver” feature film.
While they aren’t actually calling it a “Young” MacGyver, it does appear that they are setting the character about 10 years younger than the original (played by Richard Dean Anderson), and plan to show how he gained his abilities to “macgyver” contraptions to save the day.
MacGyver was previously being eyed for a feature film from creator Lee Zlotoff and the De Laurentiis clan behind it for New Line Cinema, but it apparently went nowhere.
This new potential series will bring back original executive producer Henry Winkler, to be joined by R. Scott Gemmill (NCIS: Los Angeles), who will also write the pilot, Wan (who will direct) and Michael Clear, who runs Wan’s shingle Atomic Monster.
The series will come from the network’s corporate sibling CBS Television Studios, who owns the rights to MacGyver through its merger with Paramount Network Television.
“Welcome to the 76th Hunger Games…” – and it’s taking place right in the Capitol!
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 begins November 20th, with tickets on sale now!
BBC Three just announced Class, a spinoff of Doctor Who aimed at the Young Adult (YA) audience, being led by YA author Patrick Ness ([asin=0763676187]Chaos Walking[/asin] trilogy, [asin=0763660655]A Monster Calls[/asin]).
“Class is a YA series set in contemporary London. Incredible dangers are breaking through the walls of time and space, and with darkness coming, London is unprotected. With all the action, heart and adrenalin of the best YA fiction (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Hunger Games), this is Coal Hill School and Doctor Who like you’ve never seen them before,” according to the release.
“No one has documented the dark and exhilarating world of the teenager like Patrick Ness, and now we’re bringing his brilliant story-telling into Doctor Who,” said showrunner Steven Moffat. “This is growing up in modern Britain – but with monsters!”
“I’m astounded and thrilled to be entering the Doctor Who universe, which is as vast as time and space itself,” said Ness. “There’s so much room there for all kinds of amazing stories, and to work with Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin to find a place to tell one of my own has been an absolute joy. I can’t wait for people to meet the heroes of Class, to meet the all-new villains and aliens, to remember that the horrors of the darkest corners of existence are just about on par with having to pass your A-Levels.”
Class will be an 8 x 45 minute series produced by BBC Cymru Wales in association with BBC Worldwide for BBC Three. The series will film in and around Wales from Spring, 2016 and be on air next year.