A Few Words About Today…

By popGeezer | January 19, 2015

I can’t control how you feel about this picture. I will tell you how it makes me feel, on this particular MLK Day….

Proud. One man was the focal point for a movement which brought genuine change to the laws of this country.

Inspired. One man’s amazing words reach forward to our time, inspiring multiple new generations who never saw him live or on TV while he was alive.

Hopeful. One man’s dream was taken up by countless others, including Presidents and preachers, students and teachers, and that dream compelled change.

Sad. One man’s premonition, of a Moses-like inability to enter the promised land, came true.

Convicted. One man’s mission must continue to be carried out, must continue to be told to others and must change hearts… Still.

Born in the deepest South, people are often confused by my progressive political views. Especially when you consider that my active memory doesn’t cover when President Kennedy or Doctor King lived. My earliest societal memory is of the morning after Senator Kennedy was killed, and being told about it at some kind of gathering at my neighborhood elementary school. I can only tell you there was never I time when I didn’t idolize Doctor King. I can’t tell you why, or what triggered it. as I’ve written here before, I honestly believe it was the politics of comic-book writers like Steve Englehart, Steve Gerber, Denny O’Neil and Roy Thomas that had the most influence on my early political views.

But I do know this. Racism isn’t dead. Facebook proves this on a horrifyingly daily basis, and it breaks my heart.

This particular MLK day falls on 1/19, General Robert E. Lee’s birthday. I’d say, “Use your imagination”, but you don’t have to. We live in a complex nation where General Lee’s image is carved into a mountain in Georgia. And Doctor King’s stands in our nation’s capitol.

I can’t control how you feel about this picture, this holiday or where the country is right now. I can only tell you that I think the holiday is right, the picture is beautiful, and one man – with all the human virtues and foibles that implies – changed things.

The Mid-Season Scorecard: Our Cadillac Jack Takes the Pulse of a Surprisingly Healthy 2014-15 TV Season and Gives His Prognosis for the Second Half

By popGeezer | December 22, 2014

Ah, the touch of Jack Frost biting at our noses – perhaps one of the more horrific visual images I can imagine - and the jingle of holiday bells provide all the evidence we need that the winter is upon us, and that the old year is coming to a close. And as we attend our various holiday parties and Festivus shindigs, our TV favorite shows begin the winter shuffle as well. They slide off into the hibernation of December and January, waiting quietly for the first thaw and the inevitable onset of the second half of the season. And, the inevitable mid-season replacements that come with them.

Before we take the current crop of TV entertainment and start making our lists and checking them twice, let’s take a closer look at those much-anticipated comic book shows I was looking at before the season started and see how they’re doing, shall we?

THE FLASH (CW) Of all the comic book shows littering the TV landscape this season, none has gotten it “righter” than The Flash. A spin-off the netlet’s already successful Arrow and set in the same world, The Flash hit the ground running and hasn’t stopped yet, racking up the best numbers the CW has ever seen. With the midseason Arrow/Flash crossover taking things to new heights, you can pretty much bet this show will take the back nine and run with it all the way to the bank.

Mind you, the show’s not perfect. For all of the bright lights and shiny colors that create such a welcome contrast to the much-darker Arrow, as well as the much sunnier attitude of its main characters, The Flash is still too beholden to the “freak of the week” format that the CW began with Smallville back in the day and the idea of keeping super-powered malcontents prisoner without trial in a prison made from an old particle accelerator is a ludicrous violation of civil liberties that the show needs to shed quickly before it gets crushed by its own weight.

Still, the show is just plain fun and Grant Gustin (Glee), with his golly-wow good looks and boyish excitement breathes a sense of fresh air to the comic book landscape that should keep it running for years to come.

GOTHAM (FOX) When I first heard of FOX’s plans for a pre-Batman show about Jim Gordon’s early career with the Gotham City Police, I was excited, but at the same time very much aware of all the ways it could go wrong. Had FOX learned from Smallville’s mistake of trying to have a Superman show, filled with other heroes and villains and iconic characters from the comics, without a Superman in it to hold it all together? Thinking of the mess FOX had made out of Firefly and Almost Human and countless other shows through their lack of even the simplest grasp of what makes these stories work, I could easily see this turn into a show where the Joker ran around Gotham with Catwoman and the Penguin and Two-Face, sowing chaos, while being chased by a teen-age boy in a bath towel and a Halloween mask. Showrunner and EP Bruno Heller could talk a good game, but with so much speculation and so many comments being taken out of context, it was too hard to know what to expect.

Now, half a season later, let’s call it a case of expectations met. Concentrating on Gordon and the problems of being a good cop in a corrupt police force in a corrupt town and only painting in the outside edges with a future villain, Gotham has managed to avoid having a Batman-sized hole in the middle of it and is instead on the way to becoming something unique all on its own.  And while Ben MacKenzie is totally solid and believable as Jim Gordon, the real MVP’s of the show are Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock and Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot, the once and future Penguin. These actors don’t just play their parts, they inhabit them, filling them with a three-dimensional gravitas and humanity that totally belies their four-color beginnings.

As with The Flash, the show’s not perfect. The show has too many mob bosses (three at last count-four, if you include Jada Pinkett-Smith’s Fish Mooney), still tries too hard to stick awkward Batman Easter eggs everywhere, hitting us over the head with the whole bat-tastic fun of it all and the whole Barbara Keane storyline just clunks like a rock in the bottom of the washing machine, but with the recent episode featuring a young Bruce Wayne jumping roof tops with the young Selina Kyle while Alfred flirts with Fish Mooney and Gordon’s mid-season banishment to security duty at Arkham Asylum, things are really starting to look good for this weekly walk on the super-hero wild side.

CONSTANTINE (NBC). Despite the success of The Flash and Gotham, Constantine has been a tougher sell for the Peacock net. While the show has done well for a Friday and has consistently improved its numbers over the weeks, it’s still running far short of expectations and faces an uncertain future that even the title character would have difficulty seeing.

Unlike the other two shows, Constantine is not a costume adventurer kind of show; its stories are darker, featuring evil supernatural villains and dangers. In its first several weeks Constantine played more like a distant cousin to the CW’s Supernatural than intended, though the differences between the two shows has become greater and more sharply drawn as the weeks have gone by. Compounding the similarities is the fact that the look of the character Castiel on Supernatural was borrowed directly from John Constatine (actor Misha Collins has admitted in interviews that when he first read the descriptions of Castiel, the script actually said the character was dressed “like John Constantine”), right down to the trench coat and the skinny tie, and you can easily see why it’s suffered by comparison.

But the show is getting better and is slowly finding its own voice, so rather than unceremoniously dump the one comic-based property they have, NBC has opted instead to limit Constantine to thirteen episodes in its first season to give the producers a chance to tweak and fine-tune a bit before making a decision about its future.

As for the other comic book shows announced for the current season, ABC’s Agent Carter, the Peggy Carter spin-off from the first Captain America movie will debut in January during Agents of SHIELD’s winter break, the CW’s iZombie will debut after the first of the year and Preacher has just gotten its very own pilot order (see complete story below).

And lastly, TV’s two longest-running comic book shows, The Walking Dead on AMC and Arrow on the CW, are both going big guns this season and are showing no signs of slowing down despite their respective ages. Granted, I was largely unhappy with TWD’s winter finale, which featured the illogical death of a character that had just finally gotten interesting, but the remainder of the season has been five stars so far.

RENEWED

It’s not too early to start thinking about next season, is it? In no particular order, here are the shows that have already gotten the nod for another run around the track next year.

GETTING ON (HBO): E! News calls this “the best comedy on television that you’re not watching,” so…watch it already. Apparently, it’s doing well enough to score a third season.

TYRANT (FX): This FOX summer series has been renewed for a 13 ep season two.

OUTLANDER (STARZ) Not surprisingly, Starz took an early renewal for season two of this extremely popular adaption of Diana Galbadon’s novels. The 2nd half of season one returns 4/4.

DEFIANCE (SYFY): The post-apocalyptic drama will return for a 13-episode third season in 2015.

DOMINION (SYFY): This TV sequel to Legion will also return for a 13-episode season two in 2015.

SATISFACTION (USA): Miraculously, this salacious little series about infidelity and trust has been renewed for season two. Don’t we already have The Affair?

THE WALKING DEAD (AMC): In another non-shocker, AMC has renewed the Zombie Apocalypse for season six with a new spin-off show on deck (see below). Season Five pt 2 begins 2/8.

TRANSPARENT (AMAZON): The critics love Jeffery Tambor in this online series, and apparently that’s enough for Amazon, who has renewed the show for season two.

EXTANT (CBS): Why God, why? Though the reviews were terrible and the ratings under sea level, the Eye has renewed this sci-fi series from Stephen Spielberg for season two. I guess somebody at CBS really likes star Hallie Berry. I just wished they liked her enough to give her a better show.

UNDER THE DOME (CBS): Though the ratings flagged in season two, this series, based on the Stephen King novel, was still one of the biggest summer hits ever. No surprise it has been renewed for season three.

COMMUNITY (YAHOO): After being canceled by NBC, the folks from Greendale take their sixth season to Yahoo for some uncensored online fun. Paget Brester (Criminal Minds) and Keith David (The Cape) join the gang.

ROYAL PAINS (USA): Royal Pains’ seasons are generally less than ten eps long, so for any other show, this would only amount to one season’s worth of episodes. The comedy has been renewed for both seasons 7 and 8, after which, rumor has it, it will fade away into that good night.

SUITS (USA): The legal show that’s almost never about the law has been renewed for season five. Yay!

DOWNTON ABBEY (PBS): Pip, pip! Cheerio! This venerable BBC/PBS co-production has been renewed for season six.

HOMELAND (SHO): After an extremely uneven season three, in which we lost Brody (series lead Damien Lewis) and Carrie’s (Claire Danes) behavior become more erratic than ever, things settled down in season four (read: the show got good again) and has been renewed for fifth season

THE AFFAIR (SHO): I saw the first episode of this show and frankly, didn’t see what all the excitement was about (I’m told it has something to do with graphic sex scenes and Joshua Jackson on a horse), but for those who do, it has been renewed for second season

RIZZOLI AND ISLES (TNT): Renewed for season six.

FULL SEASONS

These shows have received full season orders (aka: the infamous back nine) for the current season:

MYSTERIES OF LAURA (NBC): Somebody explain this to me; how does a show this bad, wind up doing so well, huh? Anybody?

BLACK-ISH (ABC): From what little I’ve seen (which I’ll admit, isn’t much), you could make the entire cast white and it would hardly change the scripts at all. The jokes all seem forced and stale and the excellent cast seems truly wasted.

HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER (ABC): I am not a disciple of the Church of Shonda, but I know plenty of people who are. No surprise this one’s doing well.

GOTHAM (FOX): See above.

THE FLASH (CW): See above.

JANE THE VIRGIN (CW): I don’t get it, but apparently someone does, ‘cause this show just earned a full twenty-two.

SCORPION (CBS): At least they didn’t try to pass Katherine McPhee off as a genius. I’m not sure my suspension of disbelief will stretch that far.

MADAME SECRETARY (CBS): Hardly heard a word about this one since it debuted, except for today’s news that co-stars Tea Leoni and Tim Daly are dating, but I guess its doing OK.

STALKER (CBS): And here’s another show where the two leads (Maggie Q and Dylan McDermott) have taken up with one another off-screen. CBS has got to be loving this.

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (CBS): Was there ever any doubt that this show would succeed? I just wish they’d stop reminding us every other line that they’re in New Orleans. We get it, OK?

FOREVER (NBC): Just about everybody wrote this show off from the beginning. How does that crow taste now, boys? The show has steadily grown from week to week and the Ugly Duckling is turning into a Swan.

CRISTELA (ABC): Everybody kept saying Cristela the person was adorable, but Cristela the show was not. Apparently, not everybody agreed. Go figure.

ON THE BUBBLE WITH THIRTEEN EPISODE SEASONS

Well, at least they’re not canceled. Not yet, anyway.

CONSTANTINE (NBC): See above.

RED BAND SOCIETY (ABC): At the beginning of the season, this was one of TV’s shows to watch. Unfortunately, the quality didn’t live up to the expectations.

CANCELLED

Say good night to these shows, Gracie.

NURSE JACKIE (SHO) Producers are choosing to shut down this Emmy Award-winning Edie Falco vehicle after its current 7th season. Take a bow, folks.

UTOPIA (FOX).

MANHATTAN LOVE STORY (ABC): If you must, you can find the remaining seven unaired eps on Hulu.

SELFIE (ABC): The rest of the season currently is running one new ep per week on Hulu and iTunes.

RUSH (USA).

DALLAS (TNT): C’mon, did you really think this show had any life left in it once Larry Hagman didn’t?

UNFORGETTABLE (CBS): Apparently not.

MISSION CONTROL (NBC): Along with FOX’s Heiroglyph, one of two shows that never even made it to air.

THE BRIDGE (FX).

BAD JUDGE (NBC): I wanna do Judge Dredd here, “You have been judged…”

A TO Z (NBC): I think Cristina Millioti is adorable, but after the trainwreck of How I Met Your Mother’s finale, the Mother deserves better than this.

WITCHES OF EAST END (Lifetime).

FRANKLIN AND BASH (TNT): Apparently, this quirky legal drama doesn’t fit in with TNT’s new gritty image.

HOT IN CLEVELAND (TV Land): Leaving under its own power and the Incomparable Will of Betty White. All Hail, Betty!

THE LEAGUE (FX): Another show choosing to go out on top, the fantasy football comedy will voluntarily come to a close at the end of season seven.

CANCELED SHOWS SAVED BY NETFLIX

LONGMIRE (A&E) I was heartbroken to hear this show got canceled to absorb the financial fall-out of the Duck Dynasty collapse, but it’s been picked up for a fourth season by Netflix, so, yay Netflix!

UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT (NBC) Another one that got canceled before it even aired, but like Longmire, it has already been picked up by Netflix and renewed through season two.

NEW SHOWS ANNOUNCED

Nothing’s ever really on the air, until it’s, like, on the air, you know? But here are the latest shows to get development deals, and waiting in the wings.

KRYPTON (SYFY):  If the success of Gotham is any indication, TV apparently loves a superhero origin story, and SYFY is going even deeper with the idea: an origin story of an origin story, produced by Constantine’s David S. Goyer, who also had his hand in Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, DaVinci’s Demons, and Batman v. Superman and Once Upon a Time’s Ian Goldberg.

According to the official series description, “years before the Superman legend we know, the House of El was shamed and ostracized. This series follows The Man of Steel’s grandfather as he brings hope and equality to Krypton, turning a planet in disarray into one worthy of giving birth to the greatest Super Hero ever known.”

SUPERGIRL (CBS): As first reported by Deadline, Greg Berlanti—the executive producer of CW’s Arrow and The Flash—is attached to executive-produce an unnamed Supergirl TV show with his No Ordinary Family co-worker Ali Adler. DC Comics mastermind Geoff Johns is also reportedly involved in some way as well. CBS has already given the show a series commitment. The question now, is how Berlanti will create a Supergirl show that acknowledges her cousin Superman, but never shows him, in keeping with Warner’s new edict that Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman are all off limits to TV. Oh well, the good news is that Berlanti and CBS have both said that Supergirl will live in the Arrow/Flash universe, so you know what that means? Cross-overs galore!

TITANS (TNT): TNT is also jumping onto the superhero band wagon, further cementing DC’s domination of the small screen by offering a pilot production order for Titans, based on younger characters in the DCU, usually sidekicks to the major players. Other than Dick Grayson/Nightwing, there’s been no word yet on which of the Titans’ many members will be featured, but two popular cartoon versions of the comic on Cartoon Network featured the original Wolfman/Perez team from the 80’s run of the title, Robin/Nightwing, Starfire, Raven, Changeling, Wonder Girl and Cyborg. Since the advent of DC’s New 52 re-structuring, Cyborg has bypassed his Titan’s heritage and become a founding member of the Justice League and will be featured in the JLA feature film, as well as the forthcoming Batman v. Superman, so we’ll probably see that character replaced with someone else. Look, as much as I’d rather have a Nightwing series, I am happy to see DC and the WB loosening the stranglehold they previously had on the character due to his proximity to their Golden Goose, Batman. Hopefully, this will lead to some positive things for DC’s TV universe across the board.

JOHN SCALZI’S LOCK IN: According to Variety, Legendary TV has acquired the rights to John Scalzi’s Lock In. They’ll be adapting the novel into a pilot, with the hope of it being picked up as a series. The story features a depiction of a world where 1% of the population is rendered paralyzed, but aware, by a disease on TV.

TWIN PEAKS (SHO): Twin Peaks is coming back! According to numerous posts from its creators on Twitter, the hit drama, which ran for two seasons on ABC and starred Kyle MacLachlan, is returning to life 25 years later thanks to Showtime. David Lynch, and co-creator Mark Frost ignited speculation with simultaneous tweets hinting at something more.

“What more can I say—Twin Peaks with David Lynch and Mark Frost on Showtime in 2016!Showtime’s David Nevins said in a statement. “To quote Agent Cooper, ‘I have no idea where this will lead us, but I have a definite feeling it will be a place both wonderful and strange.

X-MEN (FOX): Don’t look now, but another comic book-based series may be headed your way! According to E! News, FOX has been in talks “for a while now” regarding a live-action X-Men series.

20th Century Fox studio and FOX network aren’t commenting, but insiders with knowledge of the negotiations tell us that the project has been in quiet development for quite some time. There is currently no deal in place, however, we are told that the X-Men series would be picked up by FOX and FOX only, if it goes.

UNDERWORLD, MORTAL INSTRUMENTS, RESIDENT EVIL. Absolutely no other info is available at this time, but in addition to new movies, Len Wiseman is talking about creating an Underworld TV show and Constantin Films is developing shows based on the Mortal Instruments and Resident Evil series. Wiseman has been one of the major creative forces behind the Underworld films since they first debuted and is an Executive Producer on Sleepy Hollow. Mortal Instruments would be based on the book series by Cassandra Clare, which already spawned a mediocre movie last year, and Resident Evil is based on the popular video game, which has already spawned the most popular video game-to-movie franchise in movie history, produced by Paul WS Anderson and starring Mila Jovovich as Alice.

SHADOWLAND: David Goyer is following up NBC’s Constantine with another dark series based on Peter Straub’s Shadowland novel, which focuses on two young boys who spend their summer with an uncle who is an accomplished magician and just might be a sorcerer. The novel was a World Fantasy Award nominee.

BLOODLINES (Netflix): The Florida-set new series hits Netflix in March 2015 and stars Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights), Linda Cardellini (ER) and movie star Sissy Spacek (the original Carrie) and follows four adult siblings whose secrets start to come to light.

Here’s the tagline, “We’re not bad people…But we did a bad thing…” The show is scheduled for a thirteen episode first season, which, in Netflix tradition, will all be made available on the same day.

LEMONY SNICKET (Netflix): In other development news, Netflix has also acquired rights to produce an original series based on best-selling book franchise A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler). The streaming service didn’t say when it expects the series to debut.

SCREAM (MTV): MTV wants to follow up its successful Teen Wolf re-imaging by re-booting another horror franchise, Wes Craven’s Scream.

This show stars newcomers Willa Fitzgerald (Alpha House, Royal Pains), Amy Forsyth (Torment, Reign), John Karna (Premature, The Neighbors), Carlson Young (Key and Peele, The Kroll Show) and Amadeus Serafini.

The adaptation will premiere in October 2015 with 10 episodes. There are conflicting reports that state that the series will not feature the iconic Ghostface from the films.

EVIL DEAD (Starz): In the wake of the successful re-boot of the film franchise last year, Starz announced its plan to air Ash vs. Evil Dead, a 10 half-hour episode miniseries, with the 1981 film’s star Bruce Campbell set to reprise the role of Ash and director Sam Raimi executive-producing. Raimi will also direct the pilot.

FREQUENCY (NBC): Remember the Dennis Quaid/Jim Caviezel movie, Frequency? The one where Caviezel played a cop whose firefighter father died when he was a boy only to find themselves reconnected through time by an old ham radio and a serious case of atmospheric disturbance? Probably not. As much as I personally loved this movie, it was never that big a hit, which really makes this news truly unexpected. Former Supernatural showrunner Jeremy Carver is adapting Frequency into a TV show! According to The Hollywood Reporter, NBC has offered a “script-plus-penalty commitment” to the Frequency reboot, and it sounds like it’s going to be a lot like the movie. In my heart, this sounds like a great idea. In my head, I’m not so sure. We’ll see.

WESTWORLD (HBO): HBO has announced a series order for Westworld, a one-hour drama adapted from the 1973 film of the same name, which was written and directed by Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park). The reboot has Person of Interest’s Jonathan Nolan attached to produce and hails from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions.

Described as a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin, the cast includes Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood (pictured), James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Miranda Otto, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Angela Sarafyan and Simon Quarterman.

LUTHER (FOX): You’d think they’d have learned from the gross misfire that is Gracepoint, but for some reason FOX is remaking Luther. Yes, the hit Emmy-nominated BBC series starring Idris Elba. Even though the BBC has just announced another season of the original. According to reports, the network has given a put-pilot commitment to Luther, the crime drama from the U.K. that follows the adventures of troubled Detective John Luther (Elba). Neil Cross, the show’s creator, is on board to write and executive produce the new FOX version. Elba is on-board to Executive Produce, but not star.

JONATHAN STRANGE AND MR NORRELL (BBCA): BBC AMERICA’s new original seven part drama series, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, is based on The New York Times bestselling novel by Susanna Clarke is the story of two Victorian sorcerers, set in the 19th century and filled with magic and the supernatural.

The seven-part series stars Eddie Marsan (Best of Men, Ray Donovan, Filth) and Olivier award-winning Bertie Carvel (Restless, Hidden, Matilda) who take on the magical roles of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. Further casting includes Alice Englert (Ginger & Rosa, Beautiful Creatures), Marc Warren (Hustle, Mad Dogs, The Musketeers), Samuel West (Mr Selfridge, Fleming), and Charlotte Riley (Wuthering Heights, Easy Virtue).

ISAAC ASIMOV’S FOUNDATION (HBO): Soon, Isaac Asimov’s legendary Foundation trilogy will be coming to HBO. The show will be produced by Person of Interest creator Jonathan Nolan. I know nothing more about this, but am looking forward to further developments.

GLOBAL FREQUENCY (FOX): Global Frequency has landed a pilot production commitment at FOX, with Farscape and Defiance creator Rockne S. O’Bannon writing and co-executive producing with comic-creator Warren Ellis, Jonathan Littman, and Jerry Bruckheimer. According to Deadline, “The show will chronicle the workings of The Global Frequency, a privately funded crime-fighting operation that uses worldwide crowd-sourcing to solve crimes the police cannot.” The question is, will it explore what the strange doings of the world’s governments, or will it be more of a typical crimefighting show? I guess we’ll find out. [Ed. Note: This is the second time at the fair for Global Frequency. Peek at IMBD, or our photo at left,  for a sense of the magnitude of the chance they missed 10 years ago.]

UNTITLED MARTIN SCORSESE/MICK JAGGER/TERENCE WINTER PROJECT (HBO): Set in 1970’s New York, the as yet untitled show will explore the drug and sex-fueled music business as punk and disco were breaking out, all through the eyes of a record executive trying to resurrect his label and find the next new sound. The series is believed to have been given a nine-episode pickup.

The hour-long drama will star Bobby Cannavale as Richie Finestra, the founder and president of a top-tier record label, American Century Records, with a great ear for discovering talent. Richie undergoes a crisis of character when confronted with a life-altering decision. Olivia Wilde will play his wife, Devon, a former actress/model who lived a Bohemian life in 1960s New York. Richie’s crisis causes strain on their family and propels her to re-immerse in her former lifestyle. Ray Romano,  Juno Temple,  Andrew “Dice” Clay; Ato Essandoh; Max Casella; James Jagger; Jack Quaid; Birgitte Sorenson; P.J. Byrne; J.C. MacKenzie; Bo Dietl; Robert Funaro and Joe Caniano also star.

GENERAL NEWS:

JAN HOOKS RIP: NBC News has confirmed that Jan Hooks has passed away at the age of 57 of unknown causes.

Hooks grew up in Decatur, Georgia before getting her comedy start in the L.A.-based comedy group The Groundlings. Hooks later starred as a regular cast member on SNL alongside celebs like Chris Farley, Mike Myers, Phil Hartman, Dana Carvey and Dennis Miller from 1986 to 1991. She also appeared as Carlene Frazier Dobber on Designing Women in the early 1990s recently played the crazy mother of Jane Krakowski’s character Jenna Maroney on 30 Rock.

JUSTIFIED: Sam Elliott and Garret Dillahunt have joined the cast of FX’s modern cowboy drama Justified in recurring roles in its upcoming sixth and final season.

Elliott will play Markham, a former Kentucky gangster exiled to Colorado with a fortune earned growing legal marijuana in the state. He comes back returns to Harlan to reclaim his former empire and his one-time love, Katherine Hale (Mary Steenburgen), while Dillahunt plays Walker,  a former soldier with special ops and combat zone experience (not to mention tons of anger issues) who works as the head of security for a semi-legal businessman. The sixth season of Justified premiers in January 2015.

TRUE DETECTIVE (HBO): It’s finally official: Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn will star in True Detective season two. Rachel McAdams has also finally been confirmed as the third lead. Justin Lin, will direct the first two episodes of the eight-episode second season. Also starring in season two are Lolita Davidovich, James Frain, Taylor Kitsch, Kelly Reilly, Michael Irby, Abigail Spencer and Leven Rambin .

COMMUNITY (YAHOO): According to E! News, Yvette Nicole Brown, who has played loving mother Shirley for five seasons on the NBC critically-loved comedy, will not be returning for season six on Yahoo Screen. Brown asked Sony to be released from her contract so that she could provide care and company to her ailing father and Sony Pictures TV and executive producers Dan Harmon and Chris McKenna have honored her request. This will make her the third Community vet not returning for the new season in addition to Donald Glover and Chevy Chase.

THE FLASH (CW): The Flash has cast Victor Garber in the recurring role of comic book character Dr. Martin Stein, the CW has announced.

As one half of the Firestorm entity in the DC Comics universe, Martin Stein is described as a brilliant but arrogant nuclear physicist who has sacrificed everything, including a marriage, for his work in transmutation. After he discovers the particle accelerator fused him with the younger, more impulsive Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell), he races to find a way to separate the two before it’s too late. Garber will first appear in episode 112.

Also just announced, Star Wars’ Mark Hamill, will reprise his role as The Trickster, a character he originally played in the 1991 CBS version of The Flash. Hamill will play an older version of the character that helps Barry (Grant Gustin) and Joe (Jesse L. Williams) and Barry’s father (John Wesley Shipp, who played the Flash himself back in the 90’s) track down a new version of the character, from trying to cash in on his predecessor’s reputation. Can’t wait!

BETTER CALL SAUL (AMC): Better Call Saul will debut on Sunday, Feb. 8, at 10 p.m. with its second episode airing the next day, Monday, Feb. 9 at 10 p.m. The new drama series will then continue to air Mondays at 10 p.m.

THE MAGICIANS (SYFY): According to Entertainment Weekly, this SYFY show (which I have long described as what would happen if the Harry Potter books and the Narnia books embarked on a crack-fueled one night stand that resulted in a bastard love child), based on the Lev Grossman books and following a group of students at a college for magic has added Jason Ralph and Sosie Bacon to its cast. Ralph will play Quentin Coldwater, a “brilliant yet withdrawn young man who feels alienated by his peers,” and Bacon will play Alice, a “shy but lovely woman who is regarded as an outcast among her peers despite her brilliance as a practitioner of magic.”

DAMIEN (Lifetime): Per a story in Deadline, Bradley James (Arthur in Merlin) will play the title role in Lifetime’s Omen sequel. The six-episode show will follow Damien as he comes to terms with his role as the Antichrist.

THE WALKING DEAD: L.A. (AMC): The Hollywood Reporter tells us that this spinoff series has cast Cliff Curtis (Live Free or Die Hard) as its lead, Sean Cabrera, a teacher and father who is supposed to be “a good man trying to do right by everyone in his life.” The female lead, guidance counselor named Nancy Tomkins, is still being cast. Anna Torv (Fringe) is rumored to have tried out, but is “no longer considered in the running.” L.A. , by the way, is a working title and will not actually make it to air.

AKA JESSICA JONES (Netflix): Reports from Deadline and other sources tell us that Veronica Mars, Breaking Bad and Don’t Trust the B— actress Krysten Ritter will be playing the superhero turned private eye in this Marvel/Netflix co-production, one of four series the netlet will unveil featuring second and third tier Marvel heroes that will ultimately lead to their bigger Defenders mini-series. Jessica Jones debuted in the Marvel Universe in a comic called Alias (no relation to the ABC show), part of Marvel’s more adult MAX line, as a PTSD-suffering cape who quit the flights and tights business to open a private investigation office. In the comics, she was often romantically linked to Luke Cage, one of the other heroes in the Netflix roll-out and some cross-over is expected.

LUKE CAGE (Netflix): Speaking of Luke Cage, Marvel announced today (12/22) that Mike Colter (Halo: Nightfall, The Following) will be Hero for Hire Luke Cage at Netflix; not to mention the Defenders miniseries, though it looks like his first appearance might come in the Jessica Jones show, which makes sense considering the characters eventually get married in the comics.

PREACHER (AMC): AMC has given a pilot order to Preacher, a comic-book-based drama adapted by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg about a maverick clergyman in Texas who is possessed by a supernatural entity known as Genesis.

For those of you (like me) who have been worried about a dark story like this in the hands of two people best known for broad ridiculous comedy, the producers understand your concern.Preacher has been our favorite comic since it first came out,” said Rogen and Goldberg, who are also attached to direct. “Garth Ennis is one of our idols and it’s an incredible honor to be working on this. We promise we won’t make too many dick jokes and ruin it.”

The good news is that the pilot’s getting made. The bad news is, that if picked up, the series won’t possibly be ready before 2016.

THE LEFTOVERS (HBO): After an uneven first season of uneven reviews, HBO is planning a soft re-boot of its show that may or may not be about the Biblical Rapture. Plans call for the show to change locations, from Mapleton, NY to somewhere new, and as a result, much of season one’s regular cast will be either out or relegated to recurring positions.

Returning for season two are: Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman,  Margaret QualleChris ZylkaCarrie Coon and Christopher Eccleston. Liv Tyler, who is expecting her second child, will also return, but perhaps not as a regular. The fate of the remainder of the cast is currently in doubt.

HBO has yet to announce a date for The Leftover’s season two.

And that’s all the news that fits for this go-round, kids. Take care and we’ll see you after the winter break. What’s that? Did someone say “that’s when Hannibal season three is coming?” Yes, yes it is.

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“These Were The 70’s, V2.0″ Reaches Its Inevitable Conclusion! Yes, It’s “1979, Part 2″!!

By popGeezer | November 6, 2014

Eleven weeks to cover ten years.

The revised version of our 2010 longform classic reaches the end this week – “These Were The 70’s, Version 2.0: 1979, Part 2″!!

Hear it……

  • AbramRadio.Net-WGLD                                         10/31 at 5 PM ET!
  • PlanetZ102.com & RockRootsRadio.com       11/01 at 6 PM CT!
  • JDX1029.com                                                                11/02 at 7 PM CT!
  • TCR110.com                                                                    11/04 at 7 PM CT!
  • NRNRadio.Net                                                              11/07 and 11/08 at 6 PM ET!
ARTIST TITLE
AC/DC Highway To Hell
Wings Goodnight Tonight
Ian Drury & The Blockheads Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick
Pretenders Kid
Al Stewart Time Passages
Gloria Gaynor I Will Survive
Chic Good Times
Donna Summer Bad Girls
Neil Young Hey Hey My My (Out of The Blue)
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Don’t Do Me Like That
Kansas People Of The South Wind
Bad Company Rock & Roll Fantasy
The Cars Candy-O
Stevie Wonder Send One Your Love
Michael Jackson Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
Roxy Music Dance Away
Dave Edmunds Girls Talk
Elvis Costello Green Shirt
Joe Jackson Sunday Papers
Wings Getting Closer
George Harrison Love Comes To Everyone
The Eagles Heartbreak Tonight
Van Halen Beautiful Girls
Earth Wind & Fire After The Love Is Gone
Fleetwood Mac Tusk
The Clash London Calling
The Police Roxanne
Elvis Costello Accidents Will Happen
Queen Carzy Little Thing Called Love
Night When You Remember Me
The Commodores Still
Styx Babe
Rod Stewart Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?
Bee Gees Tragedy
Blondie Dreaming
Rupert Holmes Escape (The Pina Collada Song)
The Buggles Video Killed The Radio Start

And coming next week – IT’S AN ALL-NEW SHOW!!!

popGeezer Radio’s “These Were The 70’s, Version 2.0″ Begins Its End! It’s “1979, Part 1″!!

By popGeezer | October 31, 2014

Airing this weekend at 7 AM ET 11/1 and 10 PM ET 11/2 on NRNRadio,Net!!!

ARTIST                                                         TITLE

The Rubinoos Boyfriend
ELO Don’t Bring Me Down
The Records Starry Eyes
Tim Curry I Do The Rock
Toto Hold The Line
KISS I Was Made For Loving You
The Doobie Brothers What A Fool Believes
The Police Message In a Bottle
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Refugee
Nick Lowe Cruel To Be Kind
The Boomtown Rats I Don’t Like Mondays
Earth Wind & Fire Boogie Wonderland
The Cars Let’s Go
Olivia Newton-John Deeper Than The Night
M Pop Muzik
Squeeze Up The Junction
Talking Heads Take Me To The River
The Clash Train In Vain
Blondie Heart Of Glass
The Who Baba O’Reilly
Jefferson Starship Jane
Eric Clapton Tulsa Time
Poco Crazy Love
J.D. Souther You’re Only Lonely
Sugarhill Gang Rapper’s Delight
Led Zeppelin Fool In The Rain
Orleans Love Takes Time
Supertramp The Logical Song
Barry Manilow Ships
Suzi Quatro & Chris Norman Stumblin’ In
Pink Floyd Another Brick In The Wall, Pt. 2
George Harrison Blow Away
Paul McCartney & Wings Goodnight Tonight
Cheap Trick I Want You To Want Me
The Knack My Sharona
Village People YMCA
Michael Jackson Rock With You
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Make Mine Movies! Marvel Updates Release Dates & Titles Through 2019! “Infinity War” to Span 2 Summers!

By popGeezer | October 28, 2014

The wheels have been in motion since late summer, and, after a Marvel Event today, we’ve got the latest version of the wheel of movie superhero dates ready!! It’s Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe taking the kudos today!!

DATE STUDIO TITLE
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: CIVIL WAR
5/27/2016 FOX X-MEN: APOCALYPSE
5/5/2016 WARNER SUICIDE SQUAD
11/4/2016 MARVEL DOCTOR STRANGE (Cumberbatch??)
11/16/2016 SONY THE SINISTER SIX (SPIDEY SPIN-OFF)
3/3/2017 FOX WOLVERINE (UNTITLED)
5/5/2017 MARVEL GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2
7/14/2017 FOX FANTASTIC FOUR 2
7/23/2017 WARNER WONDER WOMAN
7/28/2017 MARVEL THOR: RAGNAROK
11/8/2017 MARVEL BLACK PANTHER (Chadwick Boseman)
11/17/2017 WARNER JUSTICE LEAGUE 1
3/23/2018 WARNER THE FLASH
2018 SONY AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 3
5/4/2018 MARVEL AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR 1
7/6/2018 MARVEL CAPTAIN MARVEL [female lead!]
7/13/2018 FOX T.B.A.
7/27/2018 WARNER AQUAMAN
11/2/2018 MARVEL INHUMANS
4/5/2019 WARNER SHAZAM!
5/3/2019 MARVEL AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR 2
6/14/2019 WARNER JUSTICE LEAGUE 2
4/3/2020 WARNER CYBORG
6/19/2020 WARNER GREEN LANTERN

“These Were The 70’s, Ver. 2.0: 1978″ Arrives on popGeezeer Radio!

By popGeezer | October 16, 2014

As we near the finish line, popGeezer Radio’s These Were The Seventies, Version 2.0 hits 1978!!

Hear it –

  • 10/17 & 10/18 on AbramRadio.Net WGLD
  • 10/18 on PlanetZ102.Com & RockRootsRadio.Com
  • 10/19 on JDX1029.Com
  • 10/21 on TCR1100.Com
  • 10/24 & 10/25 on NRNRadio.Net
ARTIST TITLE
The Cars My Best Friend’s Girl
Chic Le Freak
Heart Straight On
Sweet Love Is Like Oxygen
Chicago Alive Again
Paul McCartney & Wings With A Little Luck
Jeff Wayne & Justin Heyward Forever Autumn
The Rolling Stones Miss You
Bee Gees Night Fever
Steve Martin King Tut
Nick Gilder Hot Child In The City
Bee Gees Staying Alive
Steely Dan FM (No Static At All)
Gino Vanelli I Just Wanna Stop
Bruce Springsteen Prove It All Night
Stxy Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)
Van Halen Running With The Devil
Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta You’re The One That I Want
Frankie Valli Grease
Blondie Hanging On The Telephone
Boston Don’t Look Back
Elvis Costello I Don’t Want To Go To Chelsea
Kate Bush Wuthering Heights
Kenny Rogers She Believes In Me
Warren Zevon Werewolves Of London
Kenny Loggins & Stevie Nicks Whenever I Call You Friend
ABBA Take A Chance On Me
Exile Kiss You All Over
Gerry Rafferty Baker Street
The Commodores Three Times A Lady
Todd Rundgren Can We Still Be Friends?
Walter Egan Magnet & Steel
Billy Joel Just The Way You Are
Yvonne Elliman If I Can’t Have You
Foreigner Hot Blooded
The Babys Isn’t It Time?
Joe Walsh Life’s Been Good

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The Playlist For popGeezer Radio’s “These Were The Seventies, Version 2.0: 1977″

By popGeezer | October 9, 2014

Airing…

AbramRadio.Net – WGLD                                                      10/10-10/11/2014

PlanetZ102.Com & RockRootsRadio.Com                          10/11/2014

JDX1029.Com                                                                           10/12/2014

TCR1100.Com                                                                           10/14/2014

NRNRadio.Net                                                                          10/18-10/19/2014

ARTIST TITLE
Queen We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions
The Eagles Life in the Fast Lane
The Clash White Riot
The Ramones Sheena Is a Punk Rocker
Ringo Starr Hey Baby
George Harrison Crackerbox Palace
Wings Mull Of Kintyre
The Sex Pistols God Save the Queen
Fleetwood Mac Go Your Own Way
David Bowie Heroes
Peter Gabriel Solsbury Hill
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers American Girl
Steve Miller Band Jet Airliner
Boston Peace of Mind
Electric Light Orchestra Do Ya
Andrew Gold Lonely Boy
Jimmy Buffet Margaritaville
Stevie Wonder Sir Duke
Boz Scaggs Lido Shuffle
Elvis Presley Way Down
Billy Joel Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)
Andy Gibb I Just Want To Be Your Everything
Heart Barracuda
Aerosmith Walk This Way
AC/DC Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
The Carpenters Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft
Steely Dan Peg
Supertramp Give a Little Bit
Fleetwood Mac Dreams
Al Stewart Year of the Cat
Joni Mitchell Coyote
Utopia Love Is the Answer
Lynyrd Skynyrd What’s Your Name
The Sex Pistols Pretty Vacant
Foreigner Feels Like the First Time
Bee Gees How Deep Is Your Love
Donna Summer I Feel Love
The Eagles Hotel California
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popGeezer Radio’s “These Were The Seventies, Version 2.0: 1976″ Arrives This Weekend!!

By popGeezer | October 1, 2014

Airing as follows:

AbramRadio.Net WGLD – 10/3 & 10/4/2014

PlanetZ102 & RockRootsRadio.com – 10/4/2014

JDX1029.com – 10/5/2014

TCR1100.com – 10/7/2014

NRNRadio.Net – 10/11 & 10/12/2014

ARTIST TITLE
Boston More Than a Feeling
Boz Scaggs Lowdown
The Doobie Brothers Taking It To The Streets
Ringo Starr A Dose of Rock & Roll
George Harrison This Song
Paul McCartney & Wings Let ‘Em In
Blue Öyster Cult (Don’t Fear) The Reaper
The Eagles Take It To The Limit
Peter Frampton Show Me The Way
The Ramones Blitzkreig Bop
Daryl Hall & John Oates She’s Gone
The Runaways Cherry Bomb
KISS Beth
Thin Lizzy The Boys Are Back in Town
Elton John & Kiki Dee Don’t Go Breaking My Heart
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band Blinded by the Light
Stevie Wonder I Wish
Heart Crazy on You
10cc I’m Mandy Fly Me
The Steve Miller Band Fly Like An Eagle
Gary Wright Love Is Alive
Rod Stewart Tonight’s The Night
Fleetwood Mac Rhiannon
Bee Gees You Should Be Dancing
Leo Sayer You Make Me Feel Like Dancing
ABBA Dancing Queen
Sex Pistols Anarchy in the U.K.
Linda Ronstadt That’ll Be The Day
The Eagles New Kid In Town
Chicago If You Leave Me Now
Queen Somebody to Love
KISS Detroit Rock City
Kansas Carry On Wayward Son
Paul McCartney & Wings Silly Love Songs
Gordon Lightfoot The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald