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    Sunday
    May112014

    List Of Canceled Network TV Shows

    It's like Christmas morning and finals week all rolled into one for television fans, the network cancellation/renewal announcements. The day we call the suits at our favorite networks jackasses for canceling one of our favorite shows but applaud them for renewing another. We're angry. We're happy. We're torn. See the list below.
     

    Sunday
    May112014

    ABC Reveals Official Logo For Marvel's "Agent Carter"

    It's 1946, and peace has dealt Peggy Carter a serious blow as she finds herself marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad. Working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve), Peggy must balance doing administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark all while trying to navigate life as a single woman in America, in the wake of losing the love of her life – Steve Rogers.

    Monday
    May052014

    First Trailer for Fox's 'Gotham'

    Fox has released its first trailer for their Batman prequel series, Gotham, starring Ben McKenzie as Detective James Gordon.

    The trailer - which had a condensed version running during tonight's premiere of 24: Live Another Day - certainly sets the tone and mood for something comic book fans will enjoy but also the 'average joe' might like too.

    Earlier today, it was announced the series had been picked up for 'at least' 13 episodes, with a potential 9 more on the backend if the series scores high ratings.

    I'd rather them focus more on giving a good, quality drama over 13 straight-forward episodes than a potential 22 that try to stretch the storyline to make it from September to May.

    We'll find out this fall.

    Source:  EW

    Monday
    Apr282014

    Sarah Silverman to join Showtime's MASTERS OF SEX 

     

    Sarah Silverman, "comedian" and star of The Sarah Silverman Project as well as Venelope VonSweets in Wreck-It Ralph and can be seen this summer in A Million Ways to Die in the West, has been set to join Showtime's Masters of Sex (probably topless) which premiers this July entering it's second season.

    USA Today reports:

    Showtime announced she will "recur in the guest starring role of Helen."

    She will be joining Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan as Dr. William Masters and Virginia Johnson who are responsible for changing the entire landscape of how people view and know about sex.

    Silverman will also be joining newcomer Betsy Brandt, best known as Marie Schrader on AMC's critically acclaimed drama Breaking Bad.

    Masters of Sex stars Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan as real-life pioneers of human sexuality, William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the series chronicles their unusual lives, romance and pop culture trajectory. Their research touched off the sexual revolution and took them from a mid-western teaching hospital in St. Louis to the cover of Time magazine. The series is an adaptation of Thomas Maier’s book Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, The Couple Who Taught America How To Love.

    Masters of Sex returns Sunday, July 13. 
    Thursday
    Apr242014

    Netflix Announces August 1st Premiere Date for 'The Killing' Final Season

    The Killing is one of those shows I wish I had watched from its beginning back in 2011.

    I remember seeing a preview for it during the first season of The Walking Dead during the fall of 2010 and thinking, "How great does that look?"

    Nevertheless, I have never seen a single episode but have heard nothing but great things about the show (except for its apparently dissapointing first season finale).

    Over the years, the show has had a bit of a rocky existence, being canceled twice only to be brought back again (once by AMC after season two, and now by Netflix for its fourth and final season).

    The streaming service has announced its six-episode final run will be available on August 1st and has released this short teaser video below.

    For those unfamilar with the show, here's a short summary:

    Based on the Danish series Forbrydelsen, “The Killing” follows various murder investigations led by homicide detectives “Sarah Linden” (Mireille Enos) and “Stephen Holder” (Joel Kinnaman). Seasons one and two chronicled the “Rosie Larsen case,” with Linden and Holder investigating the murder of a teenage girl. Picking up one year after the close of that investigation, season three followed the detectives on their search for a runaway girl, leading them to discover a gruesome string of murders that connected to a previous investigation by Linden. 

    Source:  Netflix

    Tuesday
    Apr152014

    GLEE's Final Season Will Go Somewhere New; Finale Focuses on Rachel and Will.

     

    Showrunner Ryan Murphy, busy with hihs HBO film The Normal Heart as well as the upcoming American Horror Story has detailed how fans should expect the long-running Fox series GLEE to end in it's sixth and final season.

    “The final season is its own story in its own location; it is not New York-centric at all. It really is a lovely, fitting season that dwells on the original people on the show and what happens to them and how they give back. … We’ll revisit some of the new kids that came and went, there’s a return of [Jane Lynch's Sue Sylvester] and [Matthew Morrison's Will Schuester] in a big way.”

    As Season 5 has mostly taken place in New York City and moved away from McKinley High with an almost new set of characters, Murphy told TV Line that they are reaching out to any and all cast that want to return to send off the hit musical drama as well as doing a time jump.

    We are going to do a time jump. And my feeling about the last season of Glee is very clear, and that is that we have, or we will be, reaching out to all the regulars on the show — the original group of glee club members and teachers, and anyone who wants to come back. Anyone who wants to be a part of the show, we welcome them. I know people are saying, “Well, why isn’t Heather [Morris] on the show now?” and things like that. 

    Murphy then opened up about the tragic passing of star Corey Monelith and how it affected the series' ending plans:

    We talk about this in the writers’ room all the time. That’s a really hard, very painful, very difficult thing for the show. I’ve said it before, and it was even in Cory’s eulogy, but that was the ending of the show for me, these two star-crossed lovers having a happy ending and both getting their dreams. So the fact that that can’t be is a big pain in all of our hearts. 

    You can read the full article at TV Line, and GLEE will enter it's final season next year. 

    Wednesday
    Apr092014

    A&E Will Check Back Into the BATES MOTEL for a Third Season 

     

    White Pine Bay has it's fair share of secrets, and A&E is hoping to stick around to uncover some more of them.
    Based on Alfred Hitchcock's acclaimed PSYCHO (based in turn off the novel of the same name), Bates Motel premiered in 2013 to rave reviews and shot to become A&E's most watched drama, so it's no surprise the drama series would get renewed again.

    From Variety, David McKillop, A&E Network Exec VP and General Manager said:

     “The incredible writing team and talented ‘Bates Motel’ cast has made this series one of the most compelling original dramas on television,” McKillop said in a statement. “The brilliant twists and turns of the past two seasons keep its loyal fanbase coming back for more. We are so proud of the show.”

    Production will begin in the fall, with Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga as well as the rest of the series' stellar cast expected to return (unless some people start dropping like flies).

    Monday
    Apr072014

    WrestleMania XXX Results: Two Undefeated Streaks Come To An End


    Less than 24 hours reeling off of WrestleMania XXX, one of the greatest WrestleMania events in WWE history, the WWE Universe is still buzzing. This article is simply to give you an opinionated recap of the events that took place on April 6th, 2014, however, future articles may be completely differently formatted than what's here. Whether you liked it or not (there is no reason to not like it), this will be a WrestleMania remembered for the ages. Why? Because it was eventful, it had fantastic matches and the crowd were incredibly involved. They brought genuine emotion and enthusiasm from all over the world. And one thing's for sure, the WWE Universe is one of the most involved crowds in any sport and they have already taken to the internet to complain.

    The night started off with a bang. The host of WrestleMania XXX himself, Hulk Hogan came out to greet the fans and welcome them to WrestleMania. Even though he kept slipping and calling the venue the "Silverdome" (the site of WrestleMania 3), Hogan was able to make a good save and say he was thinking about bodyslamming Andre The Giant, something the man is obviously proud of. Out comes Stone Cold Steve Austin who hadn't made a WrestleMania appearance in years. He cuts a short promo praising Hogan and the accomplishment of WrestleMania when none other than the most electrifying man in Sports Entertainment comes out...The Rock. The Rock cuts a promo saying how the legacy of WrestleMania wouldn't have been big today. He says that Daniel Bryan would not be fighting against the authority if Stone Cold Steve Austin never stood up against Vince McMahon. All in all, it's a fantastic promo and it ends with them drinking beer. If you didn't "mark out" during this, than you're really not a wrestling fan. What The Rock said was undeniably true...but we just didn't know it yet. This WrestleMania, from a storytelling standpoint, was all about legacy.



    The first match of the night was a shocker, it was Daniel Bryan vs Triple H in a clean, singles match. The winner of the match would go on to compete in a triple threat match against Batista and Randy Orton for the World Heavyweight Championship. Honestly, this match was one of Triple H's best. The storytelling was there, the crowd involvement was hot and the entrance was awesome. There were moments where you thought that Daniel Bryan could actually lose. It was quite suspenseful, and as a wrestling fan, I was on the edge of my seat. Eventually, Daniel Bryan pulled a running knee out of nowhere and won clean over Triple H, which lead to Stephanie (who was wearing an outfit that would make you want to create some #RockBabies) distracting Bryan so Triple H could get a beat-down on him before he enters the Triple Threat. All-in-all, a completely perfect and satisfying match that got the crowd hot.



    The next match of the night was the shortest, but somehow not the worst. The Shield vs Kane and the New Age Outlaws lasted little over three-minutes long yet it was one of the most fun and thrilling six-man tags I've seen in the past few weeks. It was a showcase of quick, greatly paced spots and The Shield dominated throughout, and a line of commentary from JBL said "There goes the Attitude Era", and he's right. The Shield united together, victorious over Kane and The New Age Outlaws, ushering a new age of superstars. It doesn't seem like WWE is breaking up the vicious and fantastic stable yet, seeing as this match sensically put the glue back between the pieces that were falling apart since Elimination Chamber. The Shield are one of the tag teams that you can't imagine ending, and I hope they last as long as possible even though Roman Reigns deserves a shot into stardom via a singles run.



    With the crowd still hot, the Andre The Giant Memorial Over-The-Top Rope Battle Royal started and was sort of a mess at first, but as superstars started to get eliminated one-by-one, the match started to clear up. As usual, Kofi Kingston did a very cool "eliminated-but-saved" spot that he usually does in Royal Rumble matches. In this match, Kofi Kingston was launched over the turnbuckle to the outside, but kept his feet on the metal stairs thus preventing an elimination. Unfortunately for poor Mr Kingston, he met his doom once again. In another very unfortunate event, Santino had eliminated The Miz, ending his 4-0 WrestleMania match streak. However, The Miz is still undefeated in singles competition at WrestleMania. Anyway, The match ended with Cesaro and Big Show in the ring, and whilst you hope Cesaro is going to win it, there's still a deep part of you that feels that Big Show will obviously win it. Lucky for us, Cesaro lifted the Giant and threw him over the top rope, winning the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal and earning the coveted trophy.



    One of my highly-anticipated matches was next, and that was John Cena vs Bray Wyatt. Following an incredible live performance from Mark Croser and The Rels, John Cena came out pretty much plain and simple this year. The match was off and boy, it was fan-fucking-tastic. Even the camera work was well done, in my opinion. John Cena and Bray Wyatt put on a psychology clinic here. The storytelling, the character building, all of it was really great especially seeing how involved the crowd was with the story being told. For example, there was a time that they trusted Bray Wyatt and they joined him in singing. It was incredibly eerie, and definitely fit the character well. All-in-all, John Cena got the expected win and honestly, I have no idea why people complained. I never saw that Bray would win, especially with this Legacy theme. The story was, essentially, that if Cena lost, everything he worked for over the years would be de-legitimized. He'd have to turn heel or go into exile. Maybe smarks can use some logic before complaining next year.



    Next up was the not-so-built-up Lesnar vs Undertaker match, the traditional WrestleMania spectacle. And from a point-of-view, the match was incredibly slow and weak. There wasn't anything special to it. Brock Lesnar threw a few punches, did a few grapples, but Taker always reversed it into one of his signature moves, hoping that he could somehow pull out the win. After two hell's gates and a kimura lock, Brock Lesnar would still not stay down. Taker eventually pulled out a tombstone, which was reversed by Brock into an F5 and Brock Lesnar ultimately got the three-count on the Undertaker, breaking the streak. The crowd fell into utter shock. There was silence. Brock Lesnar's music didn't play. The crowd didn't boo. They didn't cheer. It was just a shell-shock of a moment in the wrestling world. Conspiracy theories have been thrown around that it was a botch, a mistake, Lesnar changed the finish pre-match.......nope. It was all planned, and it was executed brilliantly. The match was actually pretty clever, and Taker had always wanted Brock to beat the streak. In 2010, he met Brock at a UFC event and they had an "altercation". Last year at WrestleMania Axxess, Undertaker pointed to a picture of Brock Lesnar on a brochure and hinted that it might be his last. Anyway, Taker respects Brock, and vise-versa. It was an incredible moment in time and will be talked about for years to come in the WWE whether you liked it or not.



    The second-to-last match was the Divas Championship Invitational which was a cluster-fuck of divas just rolling out and entering the ring by hitting each other with special moves. I don't even honestly remember it. It was a HUGE blur and the crowd was even dead from Taker losing. Eventually, AJ won the match by tapping out Naomi (who sort of botched the finish) and it was one-and-done in less than 8 minutes. Nice filler between the main event for people to calm down about Taker's loss and gather their bearings.



    The night ended with a very, very good triple threat championship match full of exciting spots. Batista, Orton and Bryan will in full-form tonight and no one got blown up or out of shape. Quite a few fun false finishes and insane spots, including a spot where Batista did his finisher on the announce table to Bryan, but Orton caught him mid-air and RKO'd him through the table. Unfortunately for Orton, he landed back-first on a monitor and could've seriously injured his back. Luckily, he didn't, but you damn well know he felt the pain. Eventually, Bryan worked through the pain of his shoulder and was able to lock in a "yes Lock!" on Batista and make him tap out, essentially winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship after 8 months of brutal punishment by The Authority. Albeit predictable, it was a very fun match with an enjoyable ending, although Taker's loss really killed a lot of the momentum from the crowd for his celebration. The crowd were simultaneously "YES!"ing but something felt very off, nonetheless, this indie schmuck has finally earned the WWE Title.

     

    All-in-all, WrestleMania was a very enjoyable PPV and one of the best Manias in a very, long time. CM Punk didn't return, because really, there was no room for him. Sting didn't debut, because it wouldn't have made sense (especially with Taker losing) and there were no surprise gimmick promos or live performances, everything was quickly paced and to the point. If this is how things will be with Paul Levesque running WWE when Vince is dead and gone, then it'll be amazing.

    Thursday
    Apr032014

    The Avengers Meet The Guardians Of The Galaxy...On DisneyXD


    Revealed by EntertainmentWeekly, an episode of Marvel's Avengers Assemble will feature the four main characters of The Guardians of The Galaxy. The episode will feature Iron Man leading Galactus to another planet to prevent an invasion on Earth. He later finds out that this planet is protected by the Guardians. John DiMaggio voices Galactus, Billy West (Futurama) voices Rocket Raccoon and the late Michael Clarke Duncan voices Groot. The Guardians previously appeared an in episode of Ultimate Spider-Man last year.

     

    Check out a clip below.


    Monday
    Mar312014

    First Trailer and Images from New AMC Series 'Halt and Catch Fire'

    With Breaking Bad now over, The Walking Dead just finishing up it's fourth season, and Mad Men on its way out next year; AMC is looking for its next big hit.

    Halt and Catch Fire just might be it.

    Set in Texas during the early 1980s, this new drama series takes place during the rise of the PC era and centers on a former IBM executive (Lee Pace) who recruits a once-great engineer (Scoot McNairy) and a volatile prodigy (Mackenzie Davis) to reverse engineer the new IBM PC.

    While the trailer is brief - proving to be more of a teaser than anything else - it certainly sets the mood and tone for the show as something truly different and unique than what networks are typically cranking out these days.  Maybe that's why AMC continues to be successful.

    See below for a look at the trailer along with official images and synopsis.

    Halt and Catch Fire premieres Sunday, June 1st at 10pm ET/PT.

     

    “Halt and Catch Fire” is set roughly one year after IBM all but corners the market with the release of its first major product — the IBM PC. It is also the same year people realize that the IBM PC has a fatal flaw, which quickly makes personal computing anyone’s game. In this fictional drama, a former IBM executive, Joe MacMillan (Lee Pace), plans to reverse-engineer the flagship product of his former employer, and he forces his current company, Cardiff Electric, into the personal computer race. MacMillan enlists the help of Gordon Clark (Scoot McNairy), a once-great engineer who dreams of creating a revolutionary product while trying to manage his initially unsupportive wife, Donna (Kerry Bishé), and Cameron Howe (Mackenzie Davis), a volatile prodigy who puts her future in jeopardy to join MacMillan’s rogue PC project. “Halt and Catch Fire” thrives on the spirit of innovation and explores what it’s like to stand at the forefront of something truly great and world-changing and work toward it, no matter the risk.

    Source:  AMC

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