SONS OF ANARCHY Recap: “Greensleeves”

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Sons of Anarchy continued its bloody final ride in “Greensleeves,” creating some excellent tension along the way.  While it seemed like Juice could be the lynchpin regarding the revelation of Gemma’s sins and potential demise, “Greensleeves” made it clear that Gemma has now fully become a Lady MacBeth, or even a Raskolnikov figure (though given Sutter’s Shakespearean partiality, I would presume the former).  What was once considered a righteous act begins devolving into paranoia and madness on her part.  Hit the jump to find out “who puts the ‘oh’ in ho.”

Marvel’s AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Recap: “A Hen in the Wolf House”

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Welcome back, true believers!  Our latest installment promises to introduce a long standing character from the comics into the Marvel cinematic universe in the form of Bobbi Morse, played by Adrianne Palicki.  Bobbi, aka Mockingbird, is the ex-wife of Avenger, Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner in the movies), and has found herself on quite a few incarnations of the team herself.  In our most recent installment of the series, the gang will find themselves at odds with Ms. Morse as she is revealed to be the current head of security for Hydra.  Whether or not this is a con or a new take on the character is yet to be seen, though it would be funny to see how many undercover S.H.I.E.L.D. agents there are in Hydra at this point with the recent episode focusing on Simmons.  (Maybe there are no actual Hydra agents left!)  Will the team be able to battle the forces of Hydra this go around?  Is Mockingbird friend or foe?  Has Agent Coulson been working on his dance routine from last week?  All these and more revealed in our latest Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. recap after the jump.

BACHELOR PARTY TV Series in the Works for ABC

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The film-to-TV trend continues with the 1984 comedy Bachelor Party.  Tom Hanks starred as the husband-to-be who has to survive the ultimate bachelor party while staying faithful to his fiancée.  This new rendition is only loosely based on the original narrative and will come in the format of a half-hour comedy anthology series geared towards examining relationships and the institution of marriage.

ABC scored the show via a big put pilot commitment with Jason Winer set to direct as long as his schedule permits.  Should the Bachelor Party TV series get an order, Winer and Max Winkler will then alternate directing the episodes.  Hit the jump for more on the new show.

THE FLASH Recap: “Things You Can’t Outrun”

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Great news for those of you who have been enjoying The Flash on The CW so far: the show has recently been picked up for a full season!  It’s not really a surprising bit of news, but it’s nice to make it official all the same.  Now the news may leave fans of the show feeling a bit misty, while those who aren’t yet on board may walk away feeling … gassy.  And that, my friends, is how we tie in the Villain of the Week featured on tonight’s episode, “Things You Can’t Outrun.”

Hit the jump for The Flash recap.

Are We Getting a SCREAM TV Series with No Ghostface?

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The Scream franchise didn’t hold up particularly well, but the 1996 original is still one of my favorite films of all time so if you do anything with the property, even turn it into a tacky tween-approved MTV show, I’m going to watch it.  However, R.J. Tolbert of Fun World, the company that owns the rights to the Ghostface mask, just dropped a little detail that threatens to decimate any interest I have in it; there may be no Ghostface in MTV’s Scream show.

No Ghostface?  Why call it Scream at all then?  Hit the jump for more on the Scream TV series including what Tolbert had to say about the lack of his iconic mask.

The CW Orders Full Seasons of THE FLASH and JANE THE VIRGIN

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To the surprise of no one, The CW announced today that it has ordered a full season of freshman series The Flash.  Additionally, the network has also picked up the well-received comedy-drama Jane the Virgin for a full season.  The Flash is, of course, the network’s sort-of-spinoff of Arrow, as it follows the titular DC Comics character’s exploits in Central City, as played by Grant Gustin.  The show exists in the same universe as Arrow, with a crossover planned to occur during Episode 8 of this current season.  The Flash has earned mostly positive notices and has performed solidly in the ratings for the network—in fact it was the most-watched series premiere in The CW history.  Catch up on all of Dave’s recaps right here.

Jane the Virgin, meanwhile, has earned strong praise from critics.  Starring Gina Rodriguez, the show revolves around a religious young Latina woman whose vow to save her virginity until marriage is threatened by the fact that a doctor mistakenly artificially inseminates her during a checkup.  Read the full press release on the full season orders for both The Flash and Jane the Virgin after the jump.

Charlie Cox Says the DAREDEVIL Netflix Show Is “Much, Much Darker” Than Anything Marvel’s Done Before

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Whether you’re a fan of their output or not, there’s no denying that Marvel Studios’ ambition is impressive.  They seem to really be swinging for the fences by kicking off the Civil War storyline in Captain America 3, and while Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. wasn’t the slam dunk many were expecting from the studio’s first foray into television, their subsequent TV offerings promise to at least move into different territory.  The upcoming ABC series Agent Carter has a period setting and is essentially a prequel to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Marvel’s Daredevil Netflix show will kick off a mini Marvel universe on the small screen.

We recently got our first look at Daredevil star Charlie Cox as the titular superhero, and now the actor has spoken a bit more about the Netflix series, saying it’s significantly darker than anything Marvel has done before.  Read on after the jump.

JUDGE DREDD SUPERFIEND Teaser Trailer Warns “Death is Coming” in New Miniseries

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A few weeks ago we told you that producer Adi Shankar was working on a miniseries to continue the story of Dredd that he started in the amazing 2012 film starring Karl Urban. Yesterday came the surprising news that this series wouldn’t be live action like Shankar’s other offshoots The Punisher: Dirty Laundry and Venom: Truth in Journalism, but an animated miniseries called Judge Dredd Superfiend.

And it actually looks really good.  It’s definitely broader in a visual sense than the 2012 film (though that film was so satirical in tone that this aesthetic embellishment seems organic).  It contains elements of the Dark Judges story arc and was written and directed by The Junquera Brothers.  Look for the full trailer on October 23rd and you don’t even have long to wait for the miniseries itself, which debuts next week on October 27th.  Hit the jump for the Judge Dredd Superfiend teaser trailer.

Monday TV Ratings: GOTHAM and THE BLACKLIST Slide; SLEEPY HOLLOW Ticks Up

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TV ratings for Monday, October 20th are in.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • NBC’s The Blacklist dropped a considerable four tenths from last week, earning a 2.4 rating in the 18-49 demo and scoring 9.37 million viewers.
  • Fox’s silly yet enjoyable Gotham (read Dave’s recap here) was also down, garnering a 2.2 rating and 5.99 million viewers for a drop of two tenths from last week.  Sleepy Hollow ticked up to a 1.8 rating and scored 5 million viewers.
  • Over on CBS, The Big Bang Theory was down a tenth to a 4.4 rating and 15.65 million viewers, while the second season premiere of The Millers earned a 2.2 rating and scored 9.13 million viewers.  That’s down a tenth from last year’s season finale, but the comedy lost half of its lead-in audience from TBBT.  The new drama Scorpion was even with last week’s 2.4 rating and scored 10.52 million viewers, and NCIS: Los Angeles was up a tenth to a 1.7 rating and 8.65 million viewers.
  • ABC’s Castle dipped three tenths to a 1.6 rating and 9.29 million viewers.
  • The CW’s The Originals matched last week’s 0.7 rating and scored 1.54 million viewers, and Jane the Virgin was up a tenth to a 0.7 rating and 1.75 million viewers.

GOTHAM Recap: “Viper”

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Tonight’s episode of Fox’s Gotham was particularly difficult to watch for the lactose intolerant.  Yes, a bulk of the episode’s plot centered on a drug that drained the victims of their body’s calcium, leading them to binge on dairy projects before eventually collapsing under their own body weight as their bones crumbled from the inside.  Pure nuttiness.  That aside, there was a good bit of this hour dedicated to young Master Wayne and his ever-present desire to solve his parents’ murder once and for all, now, thankfully, with more help from Alfred.  Robin Lord Taylor’s Penguin continues to steal the show, followed closely by Donal Logue’s roguish Harvey Bullock, but is it enough to keep viewers addicted?

Hit the jump for our Gotham recap.

Fox Orders Comedy-Horror Anthology Series SCREAM QUEENS from GLEE Creators

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Producers Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk have had a pretty successful partnership that goes back to Nip/Tuck, with the duo spearheading the hit FX horror anthology series American Horror Story and the upcoming true crime anthology series American Crime Story.  Murphy and Falchuk added one more person to their team in creating the Fox comedy Glee, producing the musical comedy series with Ian Brennan.  As Glee winds down its current final season, the trio is planning a new show to premiere in Fall 2015, Scream Queens.  Fox has given a straight-to-series order for the comedy-horror show, which will also be an anthology series that “resets” each season with a new setting and story.  Hit the jump for much more on the show.

THE COMEBACK Makes a Comeback in Full-Length Trailer for New Episodes

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HBO has released a full-length The Comeback trailer for the revival of the critically acclaimed but short-lived comedy series starring Lisa Kudrow.  The cult favorite premiered in 2005 to rave reviews, as its mockumentary style followed a washed-up sitcom actress whose “comeback” on a new sitcom was captured by a documentary crew.  In many ways the show was ahead of its time, and Kudrow was magnificent in the lead role.  HBO has resurrected the series for a new six-episode event, and this new trailer shows that everyone is back—yes, even Jane.  This new engagement picks up nine years after the events of the first season, as Kudrow’s Valerie Cherish has been tapped to star in an HBO series.  The trailer is really, really funny, and I can’t wait to devour these new episodes when they premiere on HBO next month.

Hit the jump to watch the new The Comeback trailer.  The show also stars Malin Akerman, Kellan Lutz, Lance Barber, Robert Michael Morris, and Mark Berman.  New episodes of The Comeback begin airing on HBO on November 9th.

BOARDWALK EMPIRE Recap: “Friendless Child”

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In many ways, Boardwalk Empire‘s penultimate episode, “Friendless Child,” was a capsule of the most essential elements of Nucky’s full story over the course of the series.  The waning hours of Nucky’s gangland battle with Lucky and Meyer mirror the show’s twilight as well.  The gangsters are tired.  Many of them are dead.  There’s a new world order, and all Nucky wants now is to make amends as best he can.  The flashbacks in “Friendless Child” also tied together his relationship with Gillian, and how she may be his only hope for some kind of redemption.  Hit the jump for why “all I have — all I’ve ever had — is Atlantic City.”

THE AFFAIR Recap: “2″

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After a lot of critical fanfare for its pilot (and despite some awful trailers on Showtime), The Affair needed to prove that it had staying power.  Until this week, (and somewhat unusually), only that first episode had been available in advance for review, so the glowing remarks were all based on that powerhouse.  “2″ wasn’t quite as mesmerizing as “1,” (a.k.a. “Pilot,”) but it did fill out some more details of the world Noah and Alison are living in, and how each of them uniquely experiences it.  Hit the jump for “I was never fun. You got more fun, which is the problem.”

THE WALKING DEAD Recap: “Strangers”

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Now that the group of survivors has been reunited after the chaos at Terminus, what are they to do?  The Walking Dead has spent plenty of time in past seasons bottled up in one location or another (the farm and the prison, notably) but it looked like they were getting ready to hit the dusty trails for good this season.  Not so fast.  In the fifth season’s second episode, we get a momentary glimpse of life on the road for this unwieldy group before a new arrival (and an old foe) turn a possible sanctuary into a probable death trap.

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