Marvel Television to Bring AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. and DAREDEVIL to New York Comic Con

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San Diego Comic Con still feels like just yesterday, but New York Comic Con is only a month away now.  Disney already announced that it’s bringing Big Hero 6 and Tomorrowland to the event, and now Marvel Television is revealing its plans as well.

Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Marvel Animation will all make their way into the Javits Center this year.  It all begins on Friday, October 10th with the Marvel Animation presentation featuring an exclusive first look at Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. season 2.  Shortly after that Marvel’s Head of Television, Jeph Loeb, will take the stage to introduce the world premiere of an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode and then the next day, the cast of Daredevil will make their very first public appearance.  Hit the jump for more.  NYCC 2014 begins on October 9th and wraps up on the 12th.

AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 Image Featuring Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter

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Marvel’s Agent Carter isn’t set to kick off until 2015, but Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will use this time to pave the way for Peggy Carter’s (Hayley Atwell) spinoff show by including a 1940s flashback in the first episode of season 2.

Peggy Carter made her big screen debut in 2011, serving as the female lead in Captain America: The First Avenger and also popped up in Captain America: The Winter Solider as well, but her appearance on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will mark her television debut.  After that, it’s on to her very own show next year.  Hit the jump for more.  Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns to ABC on September 23rd at 9/8c.

Chris Pratt to Host First Episode of SNL’s 40th Season

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Saturday Night Live is kicking off its 40th season with one heck of a pairing.  It was just announced that Chris Pratt is locked to host the very first episode of the season and that Ariana Grande will be the musical guest.  You really can’t get much bigger than that right now.

Pratt is the star of the top-grossing movie of the year (domestically), Guardians of the Galaxy, and he’s also in one of the most highly anticipated movies of 2015, Jurassic World.  Even though Grande’s Disney show Sam & Cat just got cut, it’s probably because she’s moving on to bigger and better things now.  Her song “My Everything” is currently #1 on the Billboard 200 and she’s also #1 on the Artist 100 as well.  Hit the jump for more on what’s coming up on SNL.

Extended HOMELAND Season 4 Trailer Goes Deeper into the Upcoming Drama

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Showtime has released yet another new Homeland Season 4 trailer, making it at least the third look at the upcoming season after a “first look” trailer and a teaser trailer.  This time we get a bigger chunk of footage though, and it definitely looks more “broad” than in seasons past (or maybe that’s just the inane profanity bleeps peppered throughout the trailer).  I know I was growing tired of the Brody stuff, but now I wonder if I’m growing tired of the show’s histrionics in general?

Hit the jump to check out the new Homeland Season 4 trailer.  The show stars Claire Danes, Corey Stoll, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend and Suraj SharmaHomeland returns to Showtime with a two-hour season premiere on October 5th.

SONS OF ANARCHY Season Seven Premiere Recap: “Black Widower”

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Sons of Anarchy has always made bold choices, but nothing could have been more controversial or far-reaching within the world of SAMCRO than its sixth season finale.  It was the culmination of struggles that existed on several different planes on the show: Gemma and Tara, Jax and Clay, and between a motorcycle club in theory versus and an outlaw gang in practice.  The back-and-forth that has taken place over the last six seasons, though, now has a clear resolution.  As the show’s final season begins, it’s also clear that the focus is going to be on endings — and most of them personal.  Hit the jump for why “I am the only thread holding this family together.”

Keanu Reeves and Roland Emmerich Team up for NEW ANGELES TV Series

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Keanu Reeves and director Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, 2012) are teaming up to executive produce a new sci-fi series called New Angeles that Slingshot Global Media will produce and distribute.  There’s no word yet on whether Reeves will be acting in the series, but Emmerich will direct the pilot himself so we can expect it to look and feel pretty big.  Gregg Hurwitz, who worked on the V television series, will write the pilot and executive produce as well.

There’s no word on when New Angeles will be hitting screens or if there’s a full series order waiting after the pilot is shot, but the idea sounds sort intriguing in the sense that it more directly echoes The Matrix than you might expect.  Hit the jump for more on New Angeles.

GOTHAM Featurette Offers More Details on Jada Pinkett Smith’s Fish Mooney

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Fox’s Gotham has loads of very familiar faces including James Gordon (Ben McKenzie), Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) and Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor), but we’ve also got a brand new character in the mix, Jada Pinkett Smith’s Fish Mooney, a ferocious up-and-comer in the criminal underworld out to take over for Carmine Falcone (John Doman).

Fox just released a brand new promo for the show offering up additional details on who Fish Mooney is and what she’s after.  Hit the jump to check out the Gotham featurette.  The show is set to kick off on Monday, September 22nd and also stars Donal LogueBarbara Kean, Camren BicondovaSean PertweeCory Michael Smith and Zabryna Guevara.

READING RAINBOW Live Show Recap: LeVar Burton and BATTLESTAR GALACTICA Cast Read Space Books

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The feel-good Internet story of the year, the resurrection of Reading Rainbow finally came to fruition this weekend.  The show ran for twenty-three years on PBS before being unceremoniously cancelled in late 2006.  Since then, host LeVar Burton & co have launched a Reading Rainbow app – an education tool for children, allowing them to read and view a vast number of books and interviews; though it wasn’t until earlier this year, with Burton’s impassioned plea via Kickstarter, that Reading Rainbow truly returned into the national consciousness.  Burton’s Kickstarter campaign sought to raise funds to launch the app on the web, smart-phones and other streaming devices, as well as for free for needy impoverished schools.  Within eleven hours, one million dollars had been raised for Reading Rainbow – and when all was said and done, over five million in sum had been donated.

To honor the many people who contributed to the cause, LeVar Burton hosted the very first Reading Rainbow live show last Saturday afternoon.  The cast of Battlestar Galactica (Katee Sackhoff, Edward James Olmos, Jamie Bamber, Tricia Helfer, James Callis & Michael Trucco) helped Burton read from a trio of books to a group of attentive children and Gen Y parents.  For highlights and pictures of the event, hit the jump.

MASTERS OF SEX Recap: “Story of My Life”

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In “Story of My Life,” Bill and Ginny both used surrogates to gain unexpected, deeper understandings of themselves.  This season of Masters of Sex has not been as even as most of us had hoped, having both some great episodes (“Fight”) and some clunkers (last week’s “Mirror, Mirror” to name but one).  Many of Masters‘ best stories come from characters who aren’t Masters or Johnson, but what made “Story of My Life” one of the better episodes this season was that it took that idea and applied it to Masters and Johnson, making them better in the process.  Hit the jump if you like French New Wave.

THE LEFTOVERS Season One Finale Recap: “The Prodigal Son Returns”

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For those who were ambivalent about The Leftovers, but decided to at least finish out the season, the finale was the make or break moment.  In a season with great highs and very, very deep lows, there was a hope that things might settle down into something decent at least.  Though creators Damon Lindelof and Tom Perotta said they didn’t agree on whether the show was supernaturally-oriented or not, it seemed possible that the finale would help clear that up as it steered its story towards the future, and a second season.  But what we got was “The Prodigal Son Returns.”  Hit the jump; I’ll be dead in a minute.

David Fincher and James Ellroy Talking to HBO for a Crime Noir Series Set in 1950s Los Angeles

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Hold onto your fedoras, it’s about to get noir-y!  Recent reports have Oscar-nominated director David Fincher and one of Hollywood’s go-to-crime novelist James Ellroy teaming up in talks with HBO for a Los Angeles-set 1950s crime noir series.  That setting should sound familiar to fans of the Ellroy novel-inspired  L.A Confidential, but it’s also an area that Fincher has wanted to explore for some time now.  Fincher was once attached to direct an adaptation of Ellroy’s The Black Dahlia novel (which was helmed by Brian De Palma to a lukewarm reception).  Since Fincher apparently envisioned his version of the crime thriller as a miniseries, perhaps this new project will be a marriage of the two previous adaptations.  Hit the jump for more.

Fox Lands MINORITY REPORT TV Show Featuring Female Lead

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We first reported that Steven Spielberg was busy developing a Minority Report TV show just a couple of weeks ago, but now a network has already picked it up.  Fox apparently scored the drama via a big put-pilot commitment.

The 2002 film is loosely based on Philip K. Dick’s short story and stars Tom Cruise as Captain John Anderton, the chief of the Precrime police force, a unit that uses mutated humans called “precogs” to see into the future and stop crimes before they even happen.  This Minority Report TV show will take place 10 years after the end of Precrime and will feature a female lead.  Hit the jump for more.

Patti LuPone Joins PENNY DREADFUL Season 2; Plus Additional Guest Star Roles Revealed

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Patti LuPone’s run on American Horror Story: Coven fizzled out courtesy of a rather lackluster climax for her character, but she’ll get another opportunity to go big in the realm of small screen supernatural horror soon enough because Showtime just announced that she’s joining the cast of Penny Dreadful as a guest star.

It was also officially announced that season 1 vets Helen McCrory and Simon Russell Beale are getting bigger roles this time around, joining Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Reeve Carney, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper, Danny Sapani and Harry Treadaway as series regulars.  Hit the jump for more on what’s coming in Penny Dreadful season 2.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW Trailer Dances Around the Characters

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I’m not sure how I feel about American Horror Story: Freak Show and don’t know whether I should be excited or not.  I started off in love with last year’s Coven series (aka Season 3) but fell out of love and into hate with it sometime about the 6th episode.  The fatal flaw?  You can’t keep killing characters and bringing them back, it utterly robs the show of stakes.  Also I almost feel like they don’t even outline their seasons, which means everything starts off with a pleasant “go for broke” attitude and then… breaks.

I’ll still give Freak Show a shot though, hopefully they’ve course corrected.  The fourth season will take place in Jupiter, Florida in 1952, right when Elsa Mars (Jessica Lange) moves her freak show into the neighborhood.  The gang includes Kathy Bates’ bearded lady, Michael Chiklis’ strongman, Sarah Paulson’s conjoined twins and John Carroll Lynch as the villain, Twisty the clown killer.  Hit the jump for the full trailer.  American Horror Story: Freak Show premieres on FX on October 8th.

THE STRAIN Recap: “The Disappeared”

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After last week’s excellent Walking Dead-esque “Creatures of the Night,” things went back to normal in The Strain‘s “The Disappeared.”  The gang continues to assemble, the virus spreads, more backstory about Abraham and Eichhorst and the Master is revealed, and we learned that even in times of apocalypse, there’s plenty of time for lovemakin’ (but only if you make it clear to the person immediately afterwards that it meant nothing to you).  Also, that kids are really into fighting vampires, and are not afraid to burn some bodies along the way.  Hit the jump for why “there’s power in naming things.”

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