The popGeezer Radio GOLD! App for Android Is Finally Here!!!

By popGeezer | August 27, 2014

Oh, frabjous day!!! The popGeezer Radio GOLD! app for Android is on the Google Play store at long last!!!

If you have an Android device, you can grab this and have a one-touch connection to our 24/7 stream of classic pop/rock/country/r&b music. We’re in the middle of the “70’s Flashback To Fall“, with all 1970’s tunes until Monday September 8th. On that date, we’ll turn on the Fab Fall Schedule – which should be full of surprises!!!

Thank You, Heavenly Father, for The Bounty You’ve Bestowed… (Updated, as Satan Requested Equal Time)

By popGeezer | August 19, 2014

These Katy Perry .gifs were totally swiped from The Superficial, who credited Jordan_Belfort. Said the website:

[thank you] for these GIFs that I have no idea where they’re from, so let’s just say Heaven. That should hold up in court.

Name any reason(s) that Katy shouldn’t, play the Super Bowl.

BTW, Kate Upton thrown in for no other reason than traffic bait. I’m shameless.

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popGeezer Radio’s “These Were The Seventies” V2.0 Re-Starts At The Beginning… 1970!

By popGeezer | August 17, 2014

Our very first attempt at a long-form series, popGeezer Radio’s These Were The Seventies , is returning to the internet air beginning on 8/18/2014! Every weekday, at 9 AM CT and 11 PM CT, you’ll hear an episode on the popGeezer Radio GOLD! stream for the next two weeks. It’s the centerpiece of the pGR GOLD! Flashback To Fall – all Seventies music for the next two weeks on that stream!

And this gently reshaped version of the special is going out all through the popGeezer Radio Network. The (now possibly) eleven-week series will premier with the 1970 episode as follows:

  • AbramRadio GOLD WGLD, begins on Friday 8/22/2014 at 3 PM ET (encores Saturday at 6 PM ET)
  • PlanetZ102.com and RockRootsRadio.com, begins on Saturday 8/23/2014 at 6 PM CT
  • JDX1029.com, The Mothership, begins on Sunday 8/24/2014 at 5 PM CT
  • NRNRadio.net, Neighborhood Radio Network, begins on Saturday 8/30/2014 at 7 AM ET (encores Sunday at 10 PM ET)

Below is the original 2010 post, with the playlist reflecting whatever changes have been made for the 2014 Version 2.0!

Original 6/15/2010 Posting:

As promised, popGeezer Radio kicked off its ten week journey through 1970s pop on 6/13, with part one of “These Were The Seventies“.

Part one started at the beginning, 1970:

ARTIST TITLE
Badfinger Come and Get It
Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band Express Yourself
Led Zeppelin Immigrant Song
Chicago Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?
Blood Sweat & Tears Lucretia Mac Evil
The Ides Of March Vehicle
Black Sabbath Paranoid
Michael Nesmith Joanne
The Byrds Chestnut Mare
Crosby, Stills & Nash Teach Your Children
James Taylor Fire and Rain
Gordon Lightfoot If You Could Read My Mind
Elvis Presley Kentucky Rain
Tom Jones I (Who Have Nothing)
The Delfonics Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time)
Dave Edmunds I Hear You Knocking
Free All Right Now
Three Dog Night Mama Told Me (Not To Come)
Eric Burdon & War Spill The Wine
The Jaggerz The Rapper
Peter, Paul & Mary Leaving on a Jet Plane
Van Morrison Domino
Simon & Garfunkel The Boxer
The Band Up On Cripple Creek
Fleetwood Mac The Green Manalishi
The Moody Blues Question
The Carpenters Ticket To Ride
Vanity Fare Hitchin’ a Ride
Blues Image Ride Captain Ride
Grand Funk Railroad Closer To Home / I’m Your Captain
The Beatles The Long And Winding Road
Led Zeppelin Whole Lotta Love
Kinks Lola
The Who See Me, Feel Me
Bee Gees Lonely Days
The Hollies He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother
Brook Benton Rainy Night In Georgia
Isaac Hayes I Stand Accused
Diana Ross Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
James Gang Funk #49
Creedence Clearwater Revival Who’ll Stop The Rain

Next Sunday, right after Mik’s “Sunday Morning Coming Down“, we move on to 1971.

Oh, Captain, My Captain… Robin Williams is Gone.

By popGeezer | August 11, 2014

As inventive and as fast a comic mind as has ever been.

His explosive arrival on the national scene in the late 1970’s, coming so quickly behind the advent of Saturday Night Live and SCTV, helped drive improvisation-based comedy to the forefront of America’s humor landscape. Never one to hide away his use of recreational chemicals or alcohol, his social set was so combustive that he spent time with John Belushi within the twenty-four hours prior to Belushi’s death. Neither multiple stints in rehabilitation or a significant cardiac episode in the past ten years stopped the flow of ideas and constant mirth from this man’s mind.

But, apparently, that mind was not untroubled.

Our affection and respect for this entertainment icon, from TV’s Mork And Mindy to multiple Comic Relief charity broadcasts – the last of which I was able to attend – to his screen comedies to his Oscar-winning performance in Good Will Hunting, is simply immense. I was fortunate to have seen him perform live twice, in New York and Nashville, and they are absolute personal highlights.

The only way we can honor him, as microscopic as it is, is to place him – tonight – into our popGeezer Hall of Fame.

7” of Ecstasy – “You Get What You Give”

By popGeezer | August 9, 2014

New Radicals, ”You Get What You Give”, Universal Music, 1998

Most of the tracks on our ‘7″ of Ecstasy’ playlist so far are, for lack of a better term, “one-hit wonders”.  Obviously, this only adds to the mystique of these singles.  For one brief moment, these artists, writers, players and producers captured pop magic.  For many, long years would then be spent in frustration trying to recapture that one moment in time, that sound of pure perfection.

For Gregg Alexander, the main musicial entity behind the “New Radicals” pseudo-group, he caught this lightning once.  And that was all he needed.  He withdrew from the business of music as an artist, but has continued to work as a writer and producer for other artists, recently contributing to the music in the film Begin Again. If a one-hit wonder needs to go big, or go home, to make an impact, then Alexander launched one into orbit with “You Get What You Give“.

“Give”, the featured centerpiece of the Radicals’ only album “Maybe You’ve Been Brainwashed Too”, is just five minutes of pure power pop dopamine, just an overwhelming sonic pleasure.  A tacked piano leads us to Alexander’s yowling count-off.  John Pierce’s bass and Gary Fergusson’s drums kick into lock-step and drive this happy sound forward.  Co-writer Richard Knowles’ driving acoustic piano is really prominent in the mix and makes a big contribution to both the rhythm and how melodic the song is.  Alexander’s “dime-store Jagger” vocals could be seen as the record’s weakest point, but his vocal enthusiasm and quirky, clever, positive lyrics are actually what take the song to the “next level”.  An exhortation to the kids to live life to the fullest, despite the repression of the adult world, Alexander urges them to “pull through”.  “You’ve got the music in you. Don’t give up.”  The theme of the song is made especially clear by the video for the record, as Alexander and a mass of kids run rampant over a local mall.

The track is also best know for its hip-hoppish set of closing couplets, the final warning to the banal pop world that trouble is coming:

“Fashion shows with Beck and Hanson, Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson.  You’re all fakes, run to your mansions.  Come around, we’ll kick your ass in!”

Stern warning, indeed.  Then we’re back to the chorus and a quick fade out.  5 minutes have passed, there’s a smile on your face, and you’ve just had another rousing encounter with ‘7″ of Ecstasy“!

SDCC Gives Us The Calendar Of Comic Book Movies! [Updated After A Jaunty Stroll On The Gaza Strip!]

By popGeezer | August 6, 2014

Updated 8/6 PM (After a whirlwind of activity):

First, Warner blinked on the Batman/Superman release date in the face of the unexpected blockbustering of Guardians Of The Galaxy, now sailing past $200 million worldwide. For a moment, DC’s defeat was palpable.

“Hey, I’m a movie star!! Bwah-hah-hahh!!!”

Then, like a Sunday on the Gaza Strip, the silence was shattered as Warner struck back!!!!

Guess who else just went and scheduled comic book movies through the next decade?!?!? Here is the freshly revised comic book movie calendar for…  well, for some of us, the rest of our lives:

DATE STUDIO TITLE
8/1/2014 MARVEL GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
5/1/2015 MARVEL AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON
6/19/2015 FOX FANTASTIC FOUR
7/17/2015 MARVEL ANT-MAN
3/25/2016 WARNER SUPERMAN V BATMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE
5/6/2016 MARVEL CAPTAIN AMERICA 3
5/27/2016 FOX X-MEN: APOCALYPSE
7/8/2016 MARVEL T.B.A. (PREVAILING RUMOR, DR STRANGE)
5/5/2016 WARNER T.B.A.
11/16/2016 SONY THE SINISTER SIX (SPIDEY SPIN-OFF)
3/3/2017 FOX WOLVERINE (UNTITLED)
5/5/2017 MARVEL T.B.A.
7/14/2017 FOX FANTASTIC FOUR 2
7/23/2017 WARNER T.B.A.
7/28/2017 MARVEL GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2
11/3/2017 MARVEL T.B.A.
11/17/2017 WARNER T.B.A.
3/23/2018 WARNER T.B.A.
2018 SONY AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 3
7/6/2018 MARVEL T.B.A.
7/13/2018 FOX T.B.A.
7/27/2018 WARNER T.B.A.
11/2/2018 MARVEL T.B.A.
4/5/2019 WARNER T.B.A.
5/3/2019 MARVEL T.B.A.
6/14/2019 WARNER T.B.A.
4/3/2020 WARNER T.B.A.
6/19/2020 WARNER T.B.A.


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Original 7/29 Post:

“This is….. not Sparta? Where am I?”

Thanks to nerd Christmas – the San Diego Comic Con – we have a datebook full of comic book movies coming between now and 2019. Here’s how they line up:

DATE STUDIO TITLE
8/1/2014 MARVEL GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
5/1/2015 MARVEL AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON
6/19/2015 FOX FANTASTIC FOUR
7/17/2015 MARVEL ANT-MAN
5/6/2016 WARNER SUPERMAN V BATMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE
5/6/2016 MARVEL CAPTAIN AMERICA 3
5/27/2016 FOX X-MEN: APOCALYPSE
7/8/2016 MARVEL T.B.A. (PREVAILING RUMOR, DR STRANGE)
11/16/2016 SONY THE SINISTER SIX (SPIDEY SPIN-OFF)
2017 WARNER JUSTICE LEAGUE (TENTATIVE)
3/3/2017 FOX WOLVERINE (UNTITLED)
5/5/2017 MARVEL T.B.A.
7/14/2017 FOX FANTASTIC FOUR 2
7/28/2017 MARVEL GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2
11/3/2017 MARVEL T.B.A.
2018 SONY AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 3
7/6/2018 MARVEL T.B.A.
7/13/2018 FOX T.B.A. (PREVAILING RUMOR, FF v X-MEN)
11/2/2018 MARVEL T.B.A.
5/3/2019 MARVEL T.B.A.

“I don’t want to split a release date with Captain America. He’s too pretty.”

So, until next time, when we try and figure out who’d win in a fight – The Hulk or Elle Woods from Legally Blonde, Make Ours Marvel!!!

Happy Tuesday!

By popGeezer | August 5, 2014

Just a random Tuesday greeting from Sofia Vergara…..

All About Fall! The Sun’s Shining, Kids Are Swimming, The Lawn Needs Cutting, and It’s 101 Degrees In the Shade! You Know That Means It’s Time To Talk Fall TV!!!

By Cadillac Jack | August 2, 2014

Wow, has this summer gone by fast, or what? It seems we were only just pulling our shorts out of the drawer and planning our summer tans mere days ago and here we are at the end of July and the fall will be upon us before we know it. For most of you, that’s no big change-for school teachers like me, it’s a huge one-but for TV fans everywhere, there’s no time like the present to line up all the new shows in their neat little boxes and figure out what we’ll watch live, what we’ll DVR and what we’ll catch later online. I’ll warn you, there is very little here beyond the Big Four and a Half networks; most of the cable channels haven’t gotten around to publishing their schedules yet, but I did what I could (and that means there are one or two oddities on here).

There’s not much snark on here this go-round either. Frankly, considering how wrong I was about The Blacklist last year, it’s a wonder I’m brave enough to be critical of anything. Also, I’m so bombarded with other things this summer, we’re lucky I got this together at all. Just know that I am amazed that of all the comic book shows we previewed during pilot season (miracle of miracles), ALL of them got picked up! Even Preacher! Though the thought that Seth Rogen and company are behind the show has my hindbrain screaming ‘Trainwreck!” at the top of its lungs, I am still cautiously excited.

Of the new major network offerings, I am excited about Gotham, The Flash and Constantine and not much else. As for the returning shows, I’m still not over the cancellation of Almost Human, but Sons of Anarchy, Arrow, Agents of SHIELD and Person of Interest are back, so really, how unhappy can I be?

FOR MIDSEASON:

  • ABC’s American Crime, The Astronauts Wives Club, The Club, Fresh Off the Boat, Galavant, Marvel’s Agent Carter, Secrets and Lies, The Taste and The Whispers….
  • CBS’ Battle Creek, The Mentalist, Mike & Molly, The Odd Couple and Undercover Boss
  • NBC’s A.D., Allegiance, Aquarius, Emerald City, Hannibal, Heroes Reborn, Odyssey, Mission Control, Mr. Robinson, One Big Happy, Parks and Recreation (final season) and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt….
  • FOX’s American Idol, Backstrom, Bordertown, Empire, The Following, Glee,  Last Man on Earth, Wayward Pines and Weird Loners….
  • The CW’s Beauty and the Beast, Hart of Dixie, iZombie and The Messengers

THIS AND THAT, THEM AND THOSE…

THE SUITS GIVETH AND THE SUITS TAKETH AWAY. Just because the nets have been in hiatus with most of their programming, doesn’t mean things aren’t still trucking right along behind the scenes. There have been several pick-ups, renewals and cancellations happening in TV land that you might want to be aware of:

  1. Showtime renews Penny Dreadful for a ten episode second season. Because you can’t give Eva Green the role of a lifetime and then just take it away. Penny also stars Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton and Doctor Who’s Billie Piper in a complex horror tale about the characters from many of literatures great horror novels, Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and others. The show is written and created by Tony-winner John Logan.
  2. AMC has already renewed the Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul for a second season, even though the first season hasn’t even begun yet. The bad news is that they’ve also pushed the series’ debut back to early 2015. Season One will have only ten episodes, while Season Two, which will debut in 2016, will have thirteen. Better Call Saul is created and produced by Breaking Bad mastermind Vince Gilligan and stars Bob Odenkirk as the title character, a role he created for the original series.
  3. Yahoo saves Community from the scrap heap. Six seasons and a movie is still a “go!” Fans of Joel McHale’s geek-skewing comedy, Community, were devastated during the TCA’s when NBC announced the show’s cancellation. Even show creator and EP Dan Harmon didn’t seem to have much hope for the future. However, all that changed when Yahoo made an offer to make Community the centerpiece of their new online schedule of original programming. The deal was made just one day before all the actors’ contracts expired and everyone seems happy with the reprieve. On hearing the news of the Yahoo deal, series star Joel McHale tweeted, “The reports of our cancellation have been greatly exaggerated.’ —Mark Twain (The other version of this quote has been wrong for years). #SixSeasonsAndaMovie is real. Thank you Sony. Thank you Yahoo. Thank you Dan Harmon. And thank you to the greatest f%$#ing fans in the history of the human race. It’s the internet. We can swear now.” Other shows making up the new Yahoo line-up are: Other Space, eight half-hour episodes chronicling a misfit group of space adventurers who stumble upon an alternate universe, produced by Freaks and Geeks writer/producer and Bridesmaids director Paul Feig and Sin City Saints, which follows the exploits of a Las Vegas-based pro basketball expansion team, from Smallville and One Tree Hill EP Mike Tollin and Curb Your Enthusiasm director Bryan Gordon. Yahoo has also hired former NBC News anchor Katie Couric to provide news and commentary.
  4. THIS DOG POUND IS CLOSED. CBS CANCELS ARSENIO. Using the perennial excuse of low ratings, the Eye Net has somewhat unceremoniously decided not to give The Arsenio Hall Show another season, despite the fact that they had already announced the show’s renewal. “Unfortunately, ‘The Arsenio Hall Show’ will not return for a second season;CBS said in a statement. “While there are many loyal fans of the show, the series did not grow its audience enough to continue. Arsenio is a tremendous talent and we’d like to thank him for all the hard work and energy he put into the show.” In a statement of his own, Hall tried to put a positive spin on the development, “When I started this adventure…we all knew it would be a challenge – I’m gratified for the year we’ve had and proud of the show we created. I’d like to thank everyone on my staff for rallying around me and striving to make the best show possible every night.” Oh well, I guess we’ll just watch Kimmel.
  5. I GUESS THE WRITING WAS ON THE WALL. FOX CANCELS HIEROGLYPH AND THE NEW SEASON HASN’T EVEN STARTED YET! Saying that the first episode of the show just didn’t live up to what was promised, FOX has decided to cut its losses and pull the rug out from under newbie drama Hieroglyph, created by Pacific Rim screenwriter Travis Beacham and starring Beauty and the Beast’s Max Brown, The Lord of the Rings’ John Rhys-Davies, Reece Ritchie and Condola Rashad. The show had been fast-tracked to series as part of FOX’s pledge this year to ignore pilots and go straight to series commitments and in this one case, they seem to have misjudged. Oh well, now Beacham has time to help Guillermo del Toro write Pacific Rim 2.
  6. FX RENEWS LOUIE FOR FIFTH SEASON. Considered by many to be the best comedy on television, the FX network has announced that Louie from comedian Louis CK, who has made TV history by writing, directing and editing every episode, will return in the Spring of 2015 for a seven episode fifth season.
  7. FARGO RENEWED? YOU BETCHA’. FX also announced this week that it will be green lighting a second season of Noah Hawley’s adaptation of the Coen Brothers film Fargo. The show, which is somehow considered a mini-series as far as Emmy voters are concerned, will be back with a new cast, a new location and a new “true crime” style mystery, so those of you hoping to get Billy Bob Thornton or Allison Tolman or any of the rest of the Fargo gang back will be disappointed.
  8. MTV RENEWS TEEN WOLF AT COMIC-CON. AUDIENCE HOWLS ITS APPROVAL. In something of a no-brainer for the former music video channel, MTV has renewed its hit supernatural drama for a twenty episode, two part season five. No word on when Season Five will premiere, but it was announced that new cast member Dylan Sprayberry (the young Clark Kent in Man of Steel), who plays newbie werewolf Liam, has been upped to a series regular.

DC COMICS OWNS YOUR TELEVISION. Say what you want about their movies (and you have, Internet, god knows you have), But the folks at Warner Brothers/DC Comics know how to put up a TV show and this season, they’re putting up FIVE of them: Gotham (FOX), The Flash and iZombie (CW), Constantine (NBC) and Preacher (AMC), not to mention Arrow (CW), now going into its third season. So, while we mourn the announcement this week that, unlike Marvel, DC is not going to connect their TV and movie universes (mistake!!), let’s get a little DC on TV gossip:

WHERE THERE’S SMOKE. Despite a valiant attempt by producers to change their minds, NBC execs announced this week that one vital trademark of the Hellblazer comic books, John Constantine’s constant chain-smoking, and one big part of one significant storyline, his bisexuality, will be either seriously played down or ignored in their new Constantine series. Neil Marshall, who directed the Constantine pilot (which was very well received at Comic-Con this week, by the way) expressed his dismay about the smoking ban in an interview with Collider, “…it’s the one thing you can’t smoke on network. That’s one of his character traits. We’re working around that. We’re trying to get aspects of it in there as much as possible. We’ll see….the smoking is very frustrating. Who knows where it will go; where the story will go; where the character will go? There’s still lots of options.” Current plans seem to be to litter the set with cigarette butts and to show Constantine putting a lot of cigarettes out as he walks into a room. Apparently, no one at NBC cares, so long as he doesn’t have one in his mouth. As for the bisexuality, which in all fairness, was only a part of one Hellblazer storyline that I’m aware of (Brian Azzarello’s 2002 storyline, Ashes and Dust in the City of Angels), there was apparently no real intention to include it anyway, so for the producers, it’s a non-issue.

What’s not a non-issue is the fact that the Constantine folks have released their female lead. Lucy Griffiths, who was so great as Maid Marion in BBCA’s Robin Hood and so wasted in True Blood was set to play Liv, a young woman new to Constantine’s world and the world of the supernatural. After playing such a huge part of the pilot, however, producers have announced that they’ll be replacing her character with the character of Zed, played by Latina actress Angelica Celaya, a character well-known to comics fans as a fellow warrior in the fight against the supernatural and a sometime love interest of Constantine’s. As for the change, EP Daniel Cerrone said, “Pilots are great because they’re a bit of a litmus test, we get to figure out what works and what doesn’t … Liv is a great character, she’s wide-eyed, she’s reactive, [but] we felt a bit hamstrung by her, frankly.”

I love me some Lucy Griffiths and was really looking forward to seeing her on my TV each week. I hope this is a good thing.

SUPERMAN COMES TO ARROW. Okay, that wasn’t fair, but in non-Constantine news, it is true that Brandon Routh, who played the Man of Steel in the less than super Superman Returns will be guesting on Arrow this season as another DC hero, Ray Palmer, the plucky scientist who becomes The Atom. According to TVLine, Palmer will be the new CEO of Queen Consolidated and will (possibly) come in between Oliver and Felicity. Routh is a good actor, who was ill-served by director Bryan Singer’s insistence that he impersonate Christopher Reeve in Superman Returns and its good to see him get another shot at the superhero game. Not sure how accurate my info is, but I believe Routh becomes only the second actor to play two different heroes on the screen. Ryan Reynolds portrayed both Wade Wilson/Deadpool in XMen Origins: Wolverine and also Hal Jordan/Green Lantern in the unfortunate Green Lantern movie.

Also joining Arrow this fall — as previously reported by TVLine — are Sin City‘s Devon Aoki as  Katana, Karl Yune, as Oliver’s Hong Kong handler/Katana’s husband Maseo Yamashiro, and the legendary Peter Stormare as the new Count Vertigo.

GOTHAM SAYS, “THE JOKE’S ON YOU.” Remember how, on Smallville, they painted themselves into a corner by trying to have a Superman show without Superman in it? I am unbelievably excited about Gotham, the Batman prequel that’s intended to show the evolution of both Jim Gordon and the city that Bats will one day call home, but every time they make such a big deal out of the proto-villains, I get really nervous. I love the fact that we have one bad guy, Fish Mooney (played by Jada Pinkett-Smith) who has obvious connection to Dark Knight mythology and I don’t mind that we have a pre-Penguin Oswald Cobblepot or a pre-Riddler Edward Nygma or a pre-whoever running around causing mischief and laying the groundwork for the super villain they’ll one day become, but the second one of them tries to take up their costumed mantle before Batman arrives, I’m done. Batman’s villains rose in response to him, not the other way around and that’s one part of the mythology that you can’t mess with (IMHO). So, when the producers announced that we’ll be seeing a different possible Joker each week, I gotta confess, I threw up in my mouth just a little. I understand the desire; after all, the Joker is the Big Fish in the Gotham pond, but Tim Burton’s first Batman movie aside, we’ve never known who the Joker was before he put on that red helmet and fell into that vat of chemicals and we don’t want to know. Gotham’s producers have since back-tracked a bit, saying that the gimmick won’t be pulled out every week, but my hackles are up now. I’m watching you, Gotham. I’m watching you…

ALL IN THE FAMILY, BACK IN A FLASH. Meanwhile, over at The Flash, Robbie Amell, former Tomorrow People star and cousin to Arrow’s Stephen Amell, will play Ronnie Raymond (you gotta love those comic book secret identity names), a maintenance worker at STAR Labs and the fiancé of Danielle Panabaker’s character, Dr. Caitlin Snow, who plays an integral part of the explosion that gives Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) the powers of The Flash (what’s he do, trip over a power cord or something?). Comic fans know that Raymond (a teenager in the comics) gets caught in some sort of nuclear detonation (like the explosion of a particle accelerator, perhaps) and is somehow fused with nuclear physicist Dr. Martin Stein to become the DC hero, Firestorm. Because Stein was unconscious at the time of their joining, he exists only in mental form, hitchhiking on Ronnie’s mind, while Ronnie retains his physical form and manifests the powers of Firestorm. Said Amell of his casting, “I’m so excited to join forces with Greg Berlanti and the CW again on The Flash. Being brought into the DC Universe is a dream, I can’t wait to get started!”

The producers claim that the series was designed with Ronnie/Firestorm as an important part, so I guess we’ll be seeing a lot of Mr. Amell on The Flash. Strangely, no word yet on who got cast as Martin Stein.

Also in casting news about The Flash (as if this cast ain’t big enough already), producers have announced the former Prison Break star Wentworth Miller will play classic Flash villain Captain Cold. Ice to meet you, sir (See what I did there? Of course you did).

AND NOW, THE REST OF THE STORY. Looking for some comics-related TV news that doesn’t come from DC and that doesn’t involve anyone telling you that Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD got really good once Captain America: The Winter Soldier came out and you should really check it out now, or that the Hayley Atwell vehicle, Marvel’s Agent Carter, based on the Agent Carter one-shot included on the Iron Man 3 DVD, will fill SHIELD’s timeslot when it takes its winter break? OK, how about this:

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF XENA? Recent casting news from the Marvel camp has former Warrior Princess Lucy Lawless joining the series as veteran SHIELD agent Isabelle Hardley. Will she help Coulson and company or hurt them? We shall see. Also joining the cast are Reed Diamond (Franklin and Bash, Dollhouse) as Hydra villain Daniel Whitehall and Nick Blood as Lance Hunter. Discuss.

LET’S LEVEL WITH DAREDEVIL. Remember hearing about how Marvel made a deal with Netflix for four thirteen episode series based on Daredevil, Iron Fist, Luke Cage and Jessica Jones, that would culminate in an even larger mini-series involving all four heroes and based on Marvel’s not-so-famous non-team (think GotG without the movie deal) The Defenders? Well, I got no idea what’s going on with the rest, but Daredevil is just truckin’ right along and we’re hearing good things. First of all, original showrunner Drew Goddard had to bow out due to movie commitments, but will continue to EP, while Steven DeKnight (Forever Knight, Buffy, Spartacus) will take his place. Casting-wise, Charlie Cox (Stardust, Boardwalk Empire ) and Vincent D’Onofrio (Men in Black) will play the Kingpin. Also cast are Elden Hensen (The Hunger Games) as Matt’s best pal and business partner Franklin “Foggy” Nelson and True Blood’s Deborah Ann Woll, who played baby vamp Jessica on the exiting HBO series, will essay the crucial role of Karen Page, Matt’s secretary and future girlfriend/heroin addict. Also joining the cast is avowed comics fan Rosario Dawson, who is playing what DeKnight calls, a dedicated young woman whose quest to heal the wounds of Hell’s Kitchen brings Matt Murdock unexpectedly crashing into her life, while her own journey forever alters the course of his battle against the injustices of this broken city.”

What does that mean? I have no idea, but I can’t wait to find out.

THE LAST PIECE OF COMICS-REALTED NEWS, I SWEAR! IDW Entertainment and Universal Cable Productions announced this week they are co-developing IDW Publishing’s horror comic book, Night Mary, created by Rick Remender and Kieron Dwyer, as a live-action television series.

John Pogue, who wrote and directed the recently released film, The Quiet Ones, has been tapped to write and direct the pilot.

Based on the acclaimed graphic novel, Night Mary follows a young woman trained to be a lucid dreamer. Her father owns a sleep disorder clinic where she enters the dreams of his patients. When a patient is revealed to be a serial killer, she is placed in jeopardy as nightmares and reality become frighteningly intertwined.

No premiere date or network home has been announced.

IS THIS WHAT THEY MEAN BY “NUMBER ONE WITH A BULLET?” As Sons of Anarchy enters its seventh and final season, some interesting stunt casting is on the way. Rocker Marilyn Manson (who also wrote and performed the theme song for the WGN America show, Salem) is scheduled to appear in an undisclosed number of eps as imprisoned white supremacist Ron Tully, who Jax and the SOA use to expand their power base. Says Manson of his new gig, “Sons has been such a big part of my life, as well as my father’s, so I was determined to make him proud by being involved in what will probably be remembered as the most amazing piece of television cinema.”

Also joining the SOA this year in episode four is Hole front woman Courtney Love, who will play the pre-school teacher of Jax’s eldest son Abel. I’m sure new series regular, Drea de Matteo (The Sopranos), who plays Abel’s mom Wendy, just can’t wait to meet her.

In possibly the strangest SOA casting news I’ve ever heard, Lea Michele, who has played the perennially perky diva Rachel Berry on Glee since 2009, has signed on with the Charming crew for one ep. FX confirmed the casting (otherwise how could we possibly believe it), adding that Michele will play Gertie, “an empathetic truck stop waitress and single mother, who connects with Gemma during a difficult time.”  She’ll appear in the 6th episode, airing on Oct. 14.

Also set to guest star in the final season are Pretty Little Liars‘ Annabeth Gish and Justified’s Walton Goggins is set to return as Venus Van Dam.

I’LL BET DAVID TENNANT IS TOTALLY CONFUSED NOW. BBC America has renewed two series for another year, the phenomenal Orphan Black, starring two-time Critics’ Choice winner Tatiana Maslany in up to nine very different roles and Broadchurch, starring former Doctor Who David Tennant, who is currently in the US filming Gracepoint, the American version of Broadchurch. So this means he’s doing Broadchurch, then Gracepoint, then Broadchurch again and then, with luck, Gracepoint again. Jeez, the poor guy won’t know if he’s coming or going!

As for what fans can look forward to in Orphan Black’s third season, after the revelation in the finale that there are also male clones, co-creator John Fawcett previewed, “I think we’re going to see obviously some of the new things we’ve set in motion, like Project Castor, with our male clones, and with the hope that the science with the synthetic sequences may aid us in our final answers.”

Co-creator Graeme Manson added, ”I think the fans can look forward to sort of the same fast-paced show that you watch on the edge of your seat, and now we’ve got this added element of the boys against the girls.”

MTV GETS ITS WISH…STONES. MTV has given a 10-episode order to Shannara in the hopes of building its own Lord of the Rings-like fantasy franchise out of the book series by Terry Brooks. Feature helmer Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: Los Angeles, Wrath of the Titans) has signed on to direct the first two hours of the series, to be shepherded by showrunners Miles Millar and Alfred Gough (Smallville, when it was good). Millar and Gough will also exec produce with Liebesman, Brooks, Dan Farah and Jon Favreau (Iron Man 1&2). Favreau had been attached to direct the project but has bowed out due to scheduling conflicts.

The Shannara novels, which Brooks began writing in the late 1970s, have bounced around Hollywood in film and TV development for years. MTV’s plan is to wisely start the series with the second novel in the 17-book series, The Elfstones of Shannara. Not to discount the original novel, The Sword of Shannara, but it was an almost beat for beat rip-off of the LotR series and I can see why MTV would want to avoid any unkind comparisons. The series is said to feature a strong female lead in the story of a family with magical powers in a post-apocalyptic world, which is confusing, since the hero of Elfstones is Wil Ohmsford, who is definitely a male. Oh well, we’ll see. I’ve loved the Shannara books since they debuted and I’m anxious to see what gets done with them.

ELEMENTARY, MY DEAR WATSON. Sherlock will return for a fourth season in 2015-16, the BBC has announced. The new season will consist of a special episode, which will begin filming in January 2015, and three episodes, which will commence production later in the year and will likely appear in early 2016.

Co-creator, writer and executive producer Steven Moffat said of the show’s return: “A special, plus a new series of three episodes — it’s a record-breaking run! Of course, it’s far too early to say what’s coming, but we’re reasonably confident that the very next thing to happen to Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) and John (Martin Freeman) is the very last thing you’d expect…

Scheduling the show has been extremely difficult with the burgeoning movie careers of its two stars, but filming, at least, has been scheduled. Exact dates for the show’s return to the BBC in the U.K. and PBS in the U.S. have yet to be announced.

SEND IN THE CLONES. Orphan Black, the acclaimed sci-fi series by Temple Street Productions, assumes a new identity in the form of a comic-book series from IDW Publishing. IDW’s series will not be a clone of the show but will feature some all-new stories set in the complex and thrilling world of Orphan Black.

We’re so thrilled for Orphan Black to take shape as a comic series and join the ranks of IDW’s impressive roster,” said John Young, Managing Director of Temple Street Productions. “Orphan Black was met with an enormous amount of enthusiasm at last year’s Comic-Con which really inspired us to give back to fans of the show through a medium so vital to the science fiction world.”

I guess when you’re making a comic about clones, you should always be sure you have plenty of…copies. Yes, I went there. So what?

And that does it. So much for what I thought would be a short article about the new TV schedule and a few TV news updates. See you next week at Guardians of the Galaxy. I’ll be the guy, sitting behind you singing “Hooked on a Feeling” at the top of his lungs. Ciao.