The weekly feature popGeezer Radio show, normally pre-produced, has about 25-30 hours of pre-production and production in it to become a finished three-hour show. Since 2010, that’s been the norm, with only a few months where we switched back to a live-show format. Those live shows had to be post-produced to fit the formats of the stations where it aired as a recorded encore. Even though we’ve been thrilled to have that show air on as many as 11 internet radio streams at once, it is just time to make a change. After 5 1/2 years of radio madness, this old Geezer is pooped.
This weekend, our encore/remix of show #220 will be the last “syndicated” version of the popGeezer Radio Show. This means the show will end an almost five-year run on JDX1029.com and the streams of the LateNightRocker.com network, and on TCR110.com, NRNRadio.net and AbramRadio.net’s WMCR.
Simultaneously, the two popGeezer Radio streams – Prime & GOLD! – will go on a silent hiatus on Monday 3/9/2015.
Though the weekly network show is going away, the popGeezer Radio experience is far from silent.
So, you still have NINE chances to hear the popGeezer Radio Show every week, now in a very “LIVE” presentation!!
By the start of next week, the popGeezer Radio homepage – on this blog – will get an overhaul reflecting the changes.
Thanks to JDX1029, the LNR, TCR1100, D. Grant Smith and Elm Ore Productions for their support and partnership. You’ll be able to find out more details about the future for The Appetizer and the Wilhelm Lollygag Experiment on their homepages!! You guys and ladies all ROCK!!
Time for an all-new “Howdy Ho!”, geezoids and crime-stoppers!!
It’s not that I’ve grown up with SNL, it’s that we’ve grown OLD together.
In the fall of 1975, I waited with bated breath for this revolution in TV comedy…. and ended up waiting a really LONG time to watch it.
Our local NBC affiliate, which never cleared Star Trek during its NBC network run, chose to not run SNL until May 13th, 1978. Prior to that, we did get to see the Mardi Gras special (2/20/1977), but we didn’t get the show weekly until the end of season 3.
But starting with that night in the spring of 1978, I rarely missed a week.
An article I read today took tomorrow’s special to task for missing the point of SNL. It said that the constant renewal of the program – its continuing evolution to match its comedy to the current state of the popular culture – makes SNL something close to nostalgia-proof.
I get the concept, and I agree that SNL has evolved over 4 decades on TV. But even Lorne Michaels agrees that this show “stands on the shoulders of” the original cast, writers and producers of the first five years. And, yes, I also agree with Mr. Michaels’ opinion that the cast you watched in high school will forever be “your cast”. But the constant renewal of the show makes it pretty close to impossible to HONESTLYdeclare one group the best cast. Once Michaels’ 1986 cast took to the stage, it’s been a three and a half decade cavalcade of fresh comedy talent.
And that – for me – is where the excitement in tomorrow night hopefully lies. Every surviving original cast member will, hopefully, be called upon to mix/match/marry their talent with some of the 35 years of those who followed.
We don’t currently know so for a fact, but I am very, very hopeful that with a three and a half hour running time, tomorrow night’s special is not simply a star-studded clip show. I feel confident we will see new material, sketches, musical performances and – Lorne willing – the most mind-blowing “Update” ever. How could you let the news stories of this past week pass without comment? (Sorry, BriWi, they’re gonna carve you up like a Christmas ham.)
Less than 24 hours from now, Live from New York, it’s “Sunday Night”. Wow.
So, late on Monday, February 9th, Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios dropped something of a bombshell, which was the most stunning aftershock of the Sony data hack scandal of late 2014.
Starting with a cross-over appearance by the webslinger in an unnamed Marvel film, the Amazing Spider-Man was coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe… mostly. After appearing in this Marvel film or films (say, an end tag on Avengers: Ultron or Ant-Man and then in Cap: Civil War ?), Marvel’s Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal (late of Sony herself) would serve as producers of the next Spider-Man film, for Sony, in 2017. Of key note in the press release is that Sony still holds all the purse-strings, the legal claim to owning Spidey’s world on film and full and final control over the creative elements of future Spidey movies.
This allows the use of Spidey in Marvel movies, and let’s Sony start as fresh as possible in 2017, while now having the MCU stamp of approval on all their Sony (Marvel) movies. The addition of a 2017 Spider-Man movie also created even more history – as Marvel adjusted its own release schedule to accommodate that film.
So, as of last night/today’s historic cinematic detente, here’s an updated list of all the major comic book movies coming soon – or way down the line – to a digital screening auditorium near you!!
|Kingsman: The Secret Service||FOX||2/13/2015|
|Avengers: Age of Ultron||Marvel/Disney||5/1/2015|
|Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice||Warner Brothers||3/25/2016|
|Captain America: Civil War||Marvel/Disney||5/6/2016|
|Suicide Squad||Warner Brothers||8/5/2016|
|Guardians of the Galaxy 2||Marvel/Disney||5/5/2017|
|Wonder Woman||Warner Brothers||6/23/2017|
|Justice League Part One||Warner Brothers||12/31/2017|
|Avengers: Infinity War 1||Marvel/Disney||5/4/2018|
|The Flash||Warner Brothers||2018|
|Avengers: Infinity War 2||Marvel/Disney||5/3/2019|
|Justice League Part Two||Warner Brothers||2019|
|Green Lantern||Warner Brothers||2020|
Friends, neighbors, Geezoids and Crime-Stoppers….. has there ever been a better time to be alive?!?!?
- Fancy / Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli XCX
- Chandelier / Sia
- Stay With Me (Darkchild Version) / Sam Smith
- Shake It Off / Taylor Swift
- All About That Bass / Meghan Trainor
- All About That Bass / Kevin Kadish & Meghan Trainor, songwriters (Meghan Trainor)
- Chandelier / Sia Furler & Jesse Shatkin, songwriters (Sia)
- Shake It Off / Max Martin, Shellback & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)
- Stay With Me (Darkchild Version) / James Napier, William Phillips & Sam Smith*****, songwriters (Sam Smith)
- Take Me To Church / Andrew Hozier-Byrne, songwriter (Hozier)
Once more, the novelty of Trainor’s debut hurts her here. Taylor made a great single, but this isn’t a giant leap forward in terms of her own songwriting. This leaves three superbly timeless songs in the running. Here, I think the Tom Petty settlement***** kills Smith’s chances, even though the agreement in credit and royalties war quickly and amicably settled. So, can Hozier’s late entry, the hypnotic and powerful Church hold off the front-runner since Spring of 2014? Here, the length of Chandelier’s legs, the impact of the astonishing video and some voters’ desire to see how Sia will handle a walk to the podium (think veil like on SNL) lock her in for this one.
- Iggy Azalea
- Brandy Clark
- Sam Smith
Sam Smith in a landslide. Don’t be ridiculous.
- Morning Phase / Beck
- Beyoncé / Beyoncé
- “X” / Ed Sheeran
- In The Lonely Hour / Sam Smith
- Girl / Pharrell Williams
With the 2014 December surprise release of Beyoncé, Queen Bey not only injected excitement into a slumbering music industry, but the iTunes only initial release set the stage for more craziness – i.e. U2’s semi-disastrous forced-delivery drop of Songs of Innocence into your iDevice. The real question isn’t if Beyoncé wins, it’s how did Pharrell’s Girl get on this list? Yes, Happy was a ubiquitous little tune, released so early in 2013 it qualified for last year’s Grammys. But the entirety of Girl just doesn’t hold up to the standard Happy set. Sheeran’s LP is really good, and Smith’s record probably has the deepest set of singles of the remaining nominees. Beck’s is so far out there, his nomination is dizzying. But it is a superior album to Pharrell’s.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MANHATTAN LOVE STORY (ABC): If you must, you can find the remaining seven unaired eps on Hulu.
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!
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.
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 Qualle, Chris Zylka, Carrie 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.
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″!!
- 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!
|AC/DC||Highway To Hell|
|Ian Drury & The Blockheads||Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick|
|Al Stewart||Time Passages|
|Gloria Gaynor||I Will Survive|
|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|
|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|
|George Harrison||Love Comes To Everyone|
|The Eagles||Heartbreak Tonight|
|Van Halen||Beautiful Girls|
|Earth Wind & Fire||After The Love Is Gone|
|The Clash||London Calling|
|Elvis Costello||Accidents Will Happen|
|Queen||Carzy Little Thing Called Love|
|Night||When You Remember Me|
|Rod Stewart||Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?|
|Rupert Holmes||Escape (The Pina Collada Song)|
|The Buggles||Video Killed The Radio Start|
And coming next week – IT’S AN ALL-NEW SHOW!!!
Airing this weekend at 7 AM ET 11/1 and 10 PM ET 11/2 on NRNRadio,Net!!!
|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|
|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|
|Eric Clapton||Tulsa Time|
|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|
|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|
|Michael Jackson||Rock With You|