THE WALKING DEAD Season 5 Trailer and Comic-Con Panel Recap: Cast and Producers Tease “Spectacular Scope”

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With Breaking Bad over and the second half of Mad Men’s final season poised to wrap up next spring, AMC has struggled a bit to find original programming to match its early successes.  That said, one new show hit really, really, really big.  Entering its fifth season this fall, The Walking Dead is not only a ratings juggernaut on cable television, it also gives network favorites like The Big Bang Theory a run for their money in terms of viewership.  Despite a sort of revolving door of showrunners and behind-the-scenes skirmishes, the ratings have continued to grow and its commercial popularity remains higher than ever.  With a spinoff series in the works as well, The Walking Dead franchise is likely to keep AMC afloat for quite some time.

As they do every year, much of The Walking Dead cast (yes, even Norman Reedus) and executive producers Scott M. GimpleRobert KirkmanGale Anne HurdDave Alpert, and Greg Nicotero made the journey to Comic-Con earlier this Friday to preview the upcoming season and reveal the first trailer.  Watch the first The Walking Dead season 5 trailer after the jump, along with my full Comic-Con panel recap. The series returns on Sunday, October 12th on AMC.

STAR WARS REBELS Debuts New Clips and Trailer at Comic-Con

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Last night marked the Star Wars Rebels presentation at the Gaslamp 15 during the San Diego Comic-Con during which several new clips and a new trailer debuted.  All three clips continue in the aesthetic that we’ve seen from the show so far.  So if you dug last week’s trailer, you’ll dig these.  I’m sort of surprised that this series seems to have much more narrative consistency than the prequels

The show premieres on Disney XD in the fall and also features the voices of Vanessa Marshall, David Oyelowo and Steven Jay Blum. If you’d like to catch what the show’s bringing to Comic-Con, the “Heroes of Stars Wars Rebels” panel will take place on Thursday, July 24th with executive producers Dave Filoni and Simon Kinberg as well as Prinze Jr., Marshall, Blum, Gray and Tiya Sircar.  Hit the jump for the new Star Wars Rebels Comic-Con Clips.

HALO: NIGHTFALL Trailer and Comic-Con Panel Recap: Web-Series Leads Directly Into HALO 5

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Today at San Diego Comic-Con, fans were treated to a special first look at Halo: Nightfall, the live-action digital series from executive producer Ridley Scott and writer/director Sergio Memica-Gezzan.  Available in November, the movie is set after the events of Halo 4, placing the story in the “present” in terms of the game’s present timeline, and shows the story leading up the events of Halo 5: Guardians, due to release on Xbox One this December.

Hit the jump to watch the Halo: Nightfall trailer and to read my full Comic-Con panel recap.

Andy Samberg, Kit Harington, Lena Dunham, and More to Lead HBO Sports Mockumentary 7 DAYS IN HELL

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HBO is putting together a sports mockumentary project, and the network has pulled together a rather promising comedic ensemble.  Girls writer/co-executive producer Murray Miller is teaming up with Andy Samberg to create 7 Days in Hell, which is described as a mockumentary send-up of professional tennis.  Per THR, the one-off HBO Comedy Event will star Samberg as a superstar tennis “bad boy” who becomes embroiled in a seven-day tennis match at Wimbeldon with an Andy Murray-type prodigy and certified truck driver, played by Game of Thrones star Kit Harington.  The current roster also includes Fred Armisen, Lena Dunham, Will Forte, Karen Gillan, Howie Mandel, Michael Sheen, Mary Steenburgen, June Squibb, and Soledad O’Brien, who will play herself.

This sounds like the kind of delightfully goofy project that’s perfect for Samberg, and I’m very curious to see how Harington’s comedic skills stack up.  No word on when the project may air, but one assumes Samberg will have to fit the filming schedule into his hiatus from Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

18 Images from the BATES MOTEL Comic-Con Booth

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Comic-Con is in full swing, and the San Diego Convention Center is full of booths for film and TV shows, toys and dolls, comic books, artists, authors and retailers.  One particularly cool both is the interactive experience that A&E has created for their hit drama series Bates Motel.

In Season 2, Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) continued to work with dead animals, much to the dismay of his loving mother, Norma (Vera Farmiga), filling and entire basement with his taxidermy.  Fans of the series can enter Norman’s creepy world and share the experience, in this recreated workshop with props similar to those on the set of the original series.  And while you’re there, you can even create a custom GIF with the infamous taxidermic bird, as inspired by the world of Alfred Hitchcock.  It’s creepy cool, as you can see by the photos, which you can check out after the jump.

HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER Complete Series DVD Set to Be Released on September 23rd; Includes Series Finale Alternate Ending

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20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has just announced the complete series DVD set for How I Met Your Mother, officially titled “How I Met Your Mother: The Whole Story”, will hit shelves on September 23rd.  As previously reported, the DVD set does come with an alternate ending to the polarizing series finale, a behind-the-scenes look at the episode, and a bevy of fascinating extras covering the entirety of sitcom’s run.  Chiefly, the box set includes a complete series retrospective documentary called “All Out of Spoilers”, as well as a feature on the casting of the Mother, a look at how the kid sequence from the finale was filmed all the way back in 2006, the full live table read from the series finale, and a featurette that finally reveals “The Mystery of the Pineapple”.

Whatever your thoughts on the finale, this box set looks to be a great buy for any fan of the show.  Hit the jump to take a closer look at the set and for a full list of features and click here to pre-order the set on Amazon.

Fox Networks Group Chairman Peter Rice Talks More 24, Canceling HIEROGLYPH, Shortening GLEE’s Final Season Order, Tina Fey’s CABOT COLLEGE, and More

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While at the Fox portion of the TCA Press Tour, Fox Networks Group Chairman and CEO Peter Rice took some time to talk about new and returning programming.  During the interview, he spoke about the chances of 24 returning for another season, whether the upcoming Season 10 could be the last season for Bones, why they decided to go ahead with Mulaney, even though it wasn’t ready, the status of Tina Fey’s Cabot College, why they were drawn to Red Band Society, what happened with Hieroglyph, and why they chose to cut the episode number for Glee.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood to Lead WESTWORLD for HBO

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TV’s the place to be!  That’s what award-winning movie actors are starting to learn thanks to the critical and financial success of shows like HBO’s Game of Thrones and True Detective.  The cable network’s latest series adaptation tackles Westworld, writer-director Michael Crichton’s 1973 sci-fi movie that starred Yul Brynner as a malfunctioning Wild West robot at a futuristic adult amusement park.  While HBO could certainly have gone bonkers with a premise like that, their first casting announcements come with some gravitas.  Oscar-winner Anthony Hopkins and Golden Globe-nominated Evan Rachel Wood have been locked in as series leads.  Hit the jump for more.

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Recruits Lucy Lawless; AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. and AGENT CARTER Crossover Comic-Con Poster Revealed

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Marvel’s
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had a tough time at first.  It didn’t get the best critical reception and saw its ratings slip as the season progressed.  Having lost interest after the fourth episode, clearly I can’t comment, but our own Evan Valentine pointed out that things did improve after a certain big twist.  Perhaps I’ll have to take his word for it because not only did Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. score a second season, but it also just added Xena star Lucy Lawless to the cast.

Since playing Xena, Lawless has been all over the place on the TV side of the business having appeared on Battlestar Galactica, Spartacus, Parks and Recreation and more.  Hit the jump for more on Lawless’ casting as well as the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Marvel’s Agent Carter San Diego Comic-Con crossover poster.  Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns on Tuesday, September 23rd at 9/8c and Agent Carter will premiere in January 2015.

New THE WALKING DEAD Season 5 Images and Character Poster Released

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The Walking Dead will be part of the Hall H madness at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday, July 25th where it will unveil an official sneak preview of season 5, but until then, how about some images from the new season?  EW’s got three of them, one of which features Rick (Andrew Lincoln) looking all serious, another of Carol (Melissa McBride) holding a peaceful baby Judith and finally, a shot of poor Daryl (Norman Reedus) looking anything but peaceful.

Hit the jump to check out all of those Walking Dead season 5 images as well as a character banner featuring the whole gang including Lincoln as Rick, Chandler Riggs as Carl, Danai Gurira as Michonne, Reedus as Daryl, Steven Yeun as Glenn, Lauren Cohan as Maggie and Michael Cudlitz as Sgt. Abraham Ford.

DAREDEVIL Netflix Show Will Have a Gritty, 1970s New York Feel; Peter Shinkoda Added to the Cast as an Original Character

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Despite Drew Goddard choosing to step down as showrunner and just serve as a consultant and executive producer back in May, prep work on Marvel’s Daredevil Netflix show hasn’t slowed down at all.  The show continued barreling towards its summer 2014 start, picking up Charlie Cox for the role of Matt Murdock, Vincent D’Onofrio as The Kingpin, Rosario Dawson as an unknown “absolutely critical” character, Deborah Ann Woll as our hero’s love interest, Karen Page, Elden Henson as Murdock’s best friend, Foggy Nelson, and, most recently, Falling Skies‘ Peter Shinkoda as an original character named Hachiro.

On top of that, we’ve got more world and tone details coming in.  We know the plan is for the show to take place on street level and explore the noir side of the Marvel Universe in modern day Hell’s Kitchen, but according to executive producer and new showrunner Steven S. DeKnight, it’ll be a gritty, ‘70s-style New York.  Hit the jump for more.

STAR WARS REBELS Extended Trailer; Exclusive Preview Screening Planned for Comic-Con

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The team behind Star Wars Rebels is giving up just a little more material before their panel and that preview screening at San Diego Comic-Con.  In addition to the footage we got in that full trailer back in May, this extended version adds a message from Obi-Wan Kenobi revealing that the Jedi Order and the Republic have fallen.  However, that’s when a 14-year-old con artist named Ezra (voiced by Taylor Gray) gets to step up.  Not only does he have a flair for stealing from the Empire, but he’s also got the ability to tap into the Force without even knowing it. Check out what happens when Ezra teams up with Kanan (Freddie Prinze Jr.) and the rest of the crew aboard The Ghost in the Star Wars Rebels extended trailer after the jump.  The show premieres on Disney XD in the fall and also features the voices of Vanessa Marshall, David Oyelowo and Steven Jay Blum.

Exclusive Debut of New BOJACK HORSEMAN Poster from Netflix’s Latest Original Animated Series

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We are pleased to bring you the exclusive debut of some new key art for Netflix’s upcoming original serialized animated series, BoJack Horseman.  We shared the trailer with you a few weeks back, and unfortunately it’ll still be a few more weeks before the new series appears on Netflix.  In the meantime, we can share this new image with you from the animated comedy that features Will Arnett voicing the title character, a legendary 90s sitcom star who is attempting to mount his career comeback.  Amy SedarisAlison BrieAaron PaulPaul F. Tompkins, and more special guests lend their vocal talents to the show’s supporting characters.

Season one of BoJack Horseman premieres with twelve episodes only on Netflix on Friday, August 22nd at 12:01 AM PT.  Hit the jump for our exclusive Bojack Horseman poster debut, and more on the show’s characters.

FX Passes on Charlie Kaufman’s Pilot HOW AND WHY

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The prospect of seeing an original TV series from the mind of Charlie Kaufman was almost too good to be true.  Alas, after producing a pilot for a comedy called How and Why, FX has decided to pass on the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Adaptation. scribe’s potential series, per Deadline.  The show was to star John Hawkes as a man who can explain how and why a nuclear reactor works, but is clueless about life.  The promising cast also included Michael Cera, Sally Hawkins, and Catherine Keener, but apparently it wasn’t up to snuff for the network.  Hit the jump for more.

FXX to Air All 25 Seasons of THE SIMPSONS in Chronological Order for Longest Marathon in TV History

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The Simpsons fans rejoiced when news broke that FX’s new specialty (ie. comedy-centric) channel FXX nabbed the syndication rights to all episodes of the legendary animated series, and now there’s reason to celebrate once again.  FXX announced today that it will kick off its syndication of The Simpsons by showing all 25 seasons (that’s 552 episodes) in chronological order, plus The Simpsons Movie (airing after episode 400), starting on August 21st.  The episodes will run 24 hours a day until the series is up to date on September 1st, making it the longest-running marathon in TV history.  Starting September 2nd, Simpsons episodes will be in heavy, regular rotation on FXX.

Hit the jump for more, including how you can access every full-length The Simpsons episode on demand.

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