FLASH VS. ARROW Trailer Has Grant Gustin and Stephen Amell Battling It Out In the Street

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Next week is the big week for fans of The Flash and Arrow.  The CW’s epic two-part crossover episode, Flash vs. Arrow will air December 2nd and 3rd and set everything up for the winter finales of both shows the week after.  The episodes will of course feature series regulars Stephen AmellGrant GustinDavid RamseyEmily Bett RickardsDanielle Panabaker and Carlos Valdes and were produced by the team of Greg BerlantiAndrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim

Hit the jump for the Flash vs. Arrow trailer.  And be sure to check out some images and our interview about the episode.  Part one of the Flash vs. Arrow crossover event is technically an episode of The Flash and airs on the CW on December 2nd at 8/9PM ET. 

THE FLASH Recap: “Power Outage”

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Often, in superhero fare, fans have to wait for a sequel or a second season to feature two big bad villains in the same showing.  The Flash decided to change that up tonight by bringing two antagonists front and center, and allowing them to cause havoc on two separate fronts.  The interesting thing with “Power Outage” was that the writers didn’t let the title hero save the day in both places (even though his speed could have let him do so), choosing instead to let the not-so-helpless non-metahumans take care of their own problems.  Perhaps the more interesting thing is that the biggest villain isn’t waiting in the wings, he’s hiding in plain sight and biding his time.  And the most interesting thing is how The CW managed to take a series about a guy who runs really fast and quickly turn it into one of the most entertaining hours on television right now.

Hit the jump for The Flash recap.

GAME OF THRONES Season 5 Teaser Sees Darkness

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We’re still about five months away from the premiere of Game of Thrones’ fifth season, but HBO is ready to kick off the long-lead marketing today (which is fitting given this week’s heavy quantity of big trailers).  A very brief Game of Thrones Season 5 teaser has been released online that’s more enigmatic than it is revealing, but it does offer a tiny bit of footage from the new season.  For fear of spoiling who’s still alive in the show’s fifth season I won’t go into anymore detail here, but fans of the books might spot a clue or two for what’s in store.  This new season could mark a turning point for the show, as showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss caught up with George R.R. Martin’s book series in a couple of the show’s major storylines last season and have said that the series will likely conclude with Season 7 (or at the most 8).  Essentially, Benioff and Weiss are setting up their endgame now with two Martin books still unpublished, so we could be heading into uncharted territory with Season 5.

Check out the brief Game of Thrones Season 5 teaser after the jump.  The series will likely return to HBO in either early April or late March.

Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon to Star in Limited Series BIG LITTLE LIES from David E. Kelley

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It’s no secret that the “limited series” (ie. a fancy new word for miniseries) is now one of the most popular trends in television.  Telling a close-ended story over a short amount of episodes not only allows the material to remain creatively fresh and satisfying, but the relatively short time commitment allows for bigger actors to make the move to TV.  True Detective did it, Fargo did it, and now a pair of high-profile actresses are taking the limited series dive.  Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon are poised to lead a limited series adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s book Big Little Lies with veteran TV producer David E. Kelley set to pen the script.  More after the jump.

Sherlock and Watson Get Dapper for 2015′s SHERLOCK Christmas Special

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When Sherlock returns for its Christmas Special in 2015, Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Watson (Martin Freeman) will be squaring off against Moriarty (Andrew Scott), but that doesn’t mean they can’t look snappy while doing it.  The BBC has released an image of the crime-solving duo donning some 19th century threads, and while this looks like a promo image, the BBC’s Twitter account confirms that this is how they’ll appear in the special.  Sherlock doesn’t do dream sequences, so I’m intrigued as to why Sherlock and Watson are wearing some period garb.  Unfortunately, the answer is a long ways off.

Hit the jump to check out the Sherlock Christmas Special image along with a shot of the read-through script.

Rumor: Lucasfilm Planning STAR WARS REBELS Follow-Up Animated Series Set During the Timeline of the New STAR WARS Film Trilogy

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We discussed the risks of shared universes and making long-term plans a bit yesterday, but when it comes to a well-established and iconic property like Star Wars, there’s really no other way to do it.  We’ve got a lot coming from the franchise on the film front, but apparently Disney and Lucasfilm are also making big plans in the TV realm as well.  Disney XD has only aired seven of 16 episodes of Star Wars Rebels thus far, but it’s being reported that Lucasfilm already knows how the show will end and also knows what series they’ll do when Rebels wraps up.

Hit the jump for more on Star Wars Rebels as well as a possible new cartoon that will be set during the timeline of the new films.

JUSTIFIED Season 6 Trailer Prepares Viewers For an Action Packed Finale

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We’ve got less than two months until Justified makes its way back to the small screen, this time for its sixth and final season.  I won’t lie, I absolutely loved this show for the first couple of years only to see my enthusiasm for it diminish with the last few seasons.  But, given the fact that I’ve spent so much time with these people, it only makes sense that I tune in to experience their swan song (and, for some of them, the final moments of their lives).

Justified of course features Timothy Olyphant as as Ralyan Givens and is one of the many gifts the mind of Elmore Leonard bestowed upon us before his passing.  Joelle Carter, Jacob Pitts, Walter Goggins, Erica Tazel and Nick Searcy also star.  Hit the jump to check out the Justified Season 6 trailer.  The show returns to FX on January 20th.

GOTHAM Recap: “LoveCraft”

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For Gotham’s mid-season finale, not a whole helluva lot happened.  Sure, Bruce learned a few new lessons about life, love, and balance.  Yes, Alfred finally got to show off just how badass he can be.  Everyone else, however, somehow managed to take a step backwards during what is meant to be an hour that drives full force into a cliffhanger ending.  Some shows know how to do this; Gotham is not one of them.  However, if there’s one saving grace for the series at this point, it’s that the writers have chosen a rather interesting twist to befall the lead character.

Hit the jump for our Gotham recap.

NBC Halts CONSTANTINE Production after 13 Episodes; Show Might Still Return for Second Season

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Although fellow DC/WB projects Arrow, The Flash, and Gotham have found success on network television, the studio’s non-superhero television series, Constantine, has struggled to catch fire in its first season, although it’s too early to tell if it’s worth canceling.  The NBC show is based on the long-running comic series Hellblazer and follows a supernatural detective who helps fend off demons and dark magic.  I haven’t watched the series, but looking over Dave’s recaps, he seems to like it alright, so perhaps there’s a larger fanbase.  NBC needs all the help it can get on Friday nights (I have no idea how Hannibal is still on the air, but I’m grateful), so the freshman series may not be in the grave just yet.

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Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch and Kelly Reilly Officially Join the Cast of TRUE DETECTIVE Season 2

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We’ve been talking about Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch and Kelly Reilly possibly joining the cast of True Detective season 2 for a while, but now HBO’s finally confirmed it.  All three will join Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn in the eight-episode hour-long drama, which has already begun filming in California.  Fast & Furious 6’s Justin Lin is directing the first two episodes of the new season, which will focus on three police officers and a criminal as they “navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder.”

Hit the jump for more on True Detective season 2 including descriptions of McAdams, Kitsch and Reilly’s characters.

Sunday TV Ratings: Fox Comedy Block Slips in Pre-Thanksgiving Weekend

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TV ratings for Sunday, November 23rd are in, though it appears that most people were either busy watching football or gearing up for the holiday.  CBS’ numbers were inflated due to NFL overrun, so here’s a brief rundown of the rest:

  • Fox’s block of programming was way down versus last week, with Mulaney falling 22% to a 0.7 rating and scoring 1.64 million viewers.  The Simpsons was down 47% to a 1.6 rating and garnered 3.49 million viewers, while another excellent episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine slipped 32% to a 1.5 rating and scored 3.02 million viewers.  Bob’s Burgers closed out the night down 47% to a 0.9 rating and 1.92 million viewers.
  • Over on ABC, the telecast of the American Music Awards hit a 3.8 rating and garnered 11.55 million viewers, which is down 16% from last year’s broadcast.

THE WALKING DEAD Recap: “Crossed”

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AMC’s The Walking Dead will enjoy its mid-season finale next weekend, so tonight’s episode was all about the setup, as you might have expected.  Before they take a two-month break, however, Rick & Company have quite a bit of work to do.  There are two of their own who are currently in the hands of some crazed hospital employees, and any wrong moves could cost numerous lives.  While there’s a good chance that next week’s hour will end in a frustrating cliffhanger, at least tonight’s penultimate run put all the pieces in place.

Hit the jump for The Walking Dead recap.

THE AFFAIR Recap: “7″

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In “7,” The Affair (both proper noun and otherwise) had a reckoning.  As I’ve noted all season, one of the things that makes The Affair so engaging, but also so difficult, is how real and natural its dialogue can feel.  The fights and confrontations in “7″ were hard to experience, even from a removed perspective, because they had in them such universal truths.  And, while seemingly removed from one another for most of the episode, Alison and Noah’s stories both followed similar structures.  Hit the jump for why “it’s the end of summer, are you heading back to Gotham soon?”

HOMELAND Recap: “There’s Something Else Going On”

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“There’s Something Else Going On” was another incredible, tense, and twisted hour from Homeland that stuck to what the show does best: political posturing and CIA business.  It’s not surprising that almost all of this season’s best episodes have done away with the soap opera elements (Carrie’s “trip” through the city ignited a few, they were contained in her mind, so they get a pass).  “There’s Something Else Going On” showed just how difficult and sprawling this war has gotten, and that, as Carrie said last week, even the right choices are wrong.  Hit the jump for “what the fuck?  What the fucking fuck??”

THE MISSING Recap: “Episode Two”

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In its second episode, The Missing continued the taught and emotional storytelling of its first.  “Episode Two” also showed that the series is not looking for quick answers, and yet, it still (thanks to its dual timeline) moves at a very fast pace.  A hint at the end of the hour also suggested that there is more to Oliver’s case than just a rogue kidnapper, but that is, of course, only one small part of the story.  His the jump for why “we need to get a heartbeat out of a building that died over three centuries ago.”

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