ARROW Recap: “Sara”

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Warner Bros. went a little crazy with the movie news today, but nary a word was heard on Green Arrow’s appearance on the big screen.  That’s fine.  We’ll continue to join the Emerald Archer on The CW’s Arrow.  The action takes a bit of a backseat to the drama in this week’s episode, which makes sense considering the shocking conclusion of their season three premiere.  That’s not to say there isn’t plenty of fighting, feuding, and flying out of buildings to be found, because if it’s one thing Arrow does better than most it’s balancing heroic action beats with strong character dynamics, even when the team is bidding farewell to one of their own.

Hit the jump for our Arrow recap.

Check Out New Images from Next Week’s Episodes of THE FLASH and ARROW

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We have put together an image gallery for next week’s episodes of Arrow and The Flash.  In Arrow Season 3, Episode 2 (“Sara”), Arrow (Stephen Amell) must fight Simon Lacroix (aka Komodo), “another archer [who] appears in town and starts skewering businessmen.”  In The Flash Season, 1 Episode 2 (“Fastest Man Alive”), Barry (Grant Gustin) changes into The Flash to stop six gunmen, but is frustrated when “he passes out before he can capture the robbers.”

To keep up with The CW’s superhero shows, stay tuned to Dave’s Arrow recaps and The Flash recaps.  Check out the images after the jump.

Wednesday TV Ratings: ARROW Premieres Up; STALKER and CRIMINAL MINDS Drop

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TV ratings for Wednesday, October 8th are in.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • The third season premiere of The CW’s Arrow hit a 1.0 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 2.79 million viewers, which is up slightly from last year’s season premiere rating of 0.9.  Read Dave’s recap here.
  • Over on ABC, The Middle was even with last week’s 2.0 rating and scored 7.35 million viewers, The Goldbergs dropped a tenth to a 2.2 rating and 6.97 million viewers, Modern Family was down three tenths to a 3.4 rating and 10.07 million viewers, black-ish ticked up two tenths to a 2.8 rating and 7.95 million viewers, and Nashville was down a tenth to a 1.6 rating and 5.48 million viewers.
  • CBS’ Criminal Minds was down four tenths with a 2.3 rating and 10.49 million viewers, while new series Stalker dropped three tenths to a 1.7 rating and 8.13 million viewers.
  • NBC’s The Mysteries of Laura fell two tenths to a 1.3 rating and 8.5 million viewers, Law & Order: SVU dipped a tenth to a 1.7 rating and 7.6 million viewers, and Chicago P.D. was even with last week’s 1.5 rating and scored 6.7 million viewers.
  • Finally, Fox’s Red Band Society fell again to a 0.9 rating and 2.89 million viewers, down from last week’s 1.1 rating.

Producer Marc Guggenheim Talks ARROW Season 3, That Big Character Death, and Plans For The Rest of the Season in Spoiler Filled Interview

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In what has become typical Arrow fashion, the action for Season 3 is big and the personal drama is even bigger.  Team Arrow is facing new villains and new heartache, all while still feeling the ramifications of the events of last season.

In the second part of an interview with executive producer Marc Guggenheim, that was held after a screening of the season premiere at The CW offices, he talked about the decision behind the big character death and how it fits into the plan for this year, the fall-out in Episode 302, what the future holds for Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards), where things stand with Oliver and Laurel (Katie Cassidy), what’s next for Diggle (David Ramsey), how Nyssa (Katrina Law) fits in, and where Lance’s (Paul Blackthorne) journey is headed.  Hit the jump for out Arrow Season 3 interview, and be aware that there are major spoilers.

ARROW Season 3 Premiere Recap: “The Calm”

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The Flash got off to a fantastic start with its series premiere last night, so I was curious to see how Arrow would follow it up with its own third season premiere.  Since it’s first episode was titled “The Calm”, I honestly didn’t expect much beyond a bit of catch-up with the cast and a setup for where the show will go this season.  And that’s pretty much what we got from the first 58 minutes, right up until that very last gut-wrenching moment which Arrow has become known for.  As for how that surprising moment will impact the rest of the season, well we’ll just have to wait and see.

Hit the jump for my Arrow recap for tonight’s season three premiere.

Producer Marc Guggenheim Talks ARROW Season 3, the H.I.V.E. Storyline, New Villains, THE FLASH Crossover, and More

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In what has become typical Arrow fashion, the action is big and the personal drama is even bigger.  When the show returns to The CW on October 8th, crime in Starling City is at an all-time low, thanks to the Arrow (Stephen Amell) and his team, and Oliver thinks he can finally balance being both the Arrow and Oliver Queen.  But of course, that doesn’t last long, and Team Arrow will face new villains and still be feeling the ramifications of the events of last season.

During this recent interview to talk about what’s to come for Season 3, executive producer Marc Guggenheim talked about how this season’s premiere is a good jumping on point for new viewers, that they already have the whole season planned out, Oliver and Felicity’s (Emily Bett Rickards) first date and first kiss, what Ray Palmer is planning, whether he might ever shrink himself and wear a costume, what Brandon Routh brings to the show, the exploration of the theme of identity, Roy Harper (Colton Haynes) as part of Team Arrow, what Thea (Willa Holland) has been up to, when the H.I.V.E. storyline might reappear, and the cross-over with Arrow and The Flash.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Katie Cassidy Talks THE SCRIBBLER, Fighting for the Role, Tattoos and Piercings, ARROW Season 3, and More

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Based on the graphic novel of the same name, The Scribbler follows Suki (Katie Cassidy), a young woman who is confronting her destructive mental illness by using an experimental method, called The Siamese Burn, that’s designed to eliminate multiple personalities.  Surrounded by a colorful cast of characters who keep ending up dead, Suki begins to wonder just which personality might turn out to be her.  Directed by John Suits, the film also stars Garret Dillahunt, Michelle Trachtenberg, Michael Imperioli, Gina Gershon, Eliza Dushku, Billy Campbell and Sasha Grey.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Katie Cassidy talked about how she fought for this role, how hands-on the development of the character was, how much the tattoos and piercings helped her become Suki, that she wanted to burn the wig when she was done with the shoot, working in Linda Vista Community Hospital, which is said to be haunted, the most challenging aspect of the shoot, and how much fun it was to fight Michelle Trachtenberg.  She also talked about finally getting let in on the big secret on Arrow, and how great it is to be a part of the bigger story now.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

New to Blu-ray: THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, GODZILLA, HANNIBAL Season 2, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include a tear-jerking box office smash, the King of the Monsters, the second season of the most visually arresting show on television, and more.  Briefly:

Stephen Amell Talks ARROW Season 3, the State of Starling City, Brandon Routh’s Character, Their TV Version of Justice League, and Surprise Characters

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We’re less than a month away from the season three debut of The CW’s Arrow, starring Stephen Amell.  Never one to shy away from talking up the show on social media, Amell shared his enthusiasm with fans attending Fan Expo Canada 2014.  The successful superhero series star talked about the consequences of the season two finale, how it affected Starling City and its citizens, and also how it opens the doors for new heroic and villainous characters alike.  There was also plenty of relationship talk concerning Amell’s Oliver Queen and Emily Bett Rickards’ hot hacker Felicity Smoak. Oh, and rather than dance around the question of whether the TV show heroes would ever cross over to appear in WB’s feature films, Amell answered it straightforwardly.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Jesse L. Martin and Candice Patton Talk THE FLASH, Time Travel, Easter Eggs and More at PaleyFest 2014

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In the upcoming CW drama series The Flash, Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) is struck by lightening and wakes up after nine months in a coma to learn that the accident has given him the power of super speed.  But being a superhero and facing danger isn’t easy when there’s a city full of heroes and villains with extraordinary abilities.

During The CW night of the PaleyFest Fall TV Preview, executive producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg were joined by actors Jesse L. Martin (“Detective Joe West”) and Candice Patton (“Iris West”) to talk about how the show came about, which comics they’re drawing from, how similar this Iris West is to the comics, the dynamic between Iris and Barry, what Detective West is like as Barry’s surrogate dad, season-long storylines versus series-long storylines, that time travel is a big part of The Flash’s world, Easter eggs, love interest cross-overs, having such a diverse cast, and having 20 days of production for the pilot.  Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

THE FLASH Trailer Has Great Production Value, Little Originality

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Hot on the heels of yesterday’s poster reveal, The CW has released a new trailer for The Flash, their new series based on the DC Comics character of the same name.  CW’s other superhero Arrow also makes  a brief appearance which makes sense given the fact that this is essentially a spinoff of that show.  The two series will actually crossover in Episode 8 of both shows’ upcoming seasons.  While we got a teaser a few weeks back, today’s look at the show features a lot more footage.  I’m sort of underwhelmed by this trailer though.  While it has some impressive production value, it also feels rote and generic.

But make up your own mind! Hit the jump to check out The Flash trailer.  The show stars Grant Gustin, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Jesse L. Martin, Candice Patton, Tom Cavanagh, Rick Cosnett, and John Wesley Shipp with Robbie Amell, Wentworth Miller, and Clancy Brown poised for guest appearances.  The Flash premieres on The CW on October 7th at 8/7c.

The CW Adds Ra’s al Ghul Footage to New ARROW Season 3 Trailer

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The CW released the first Arrow season 3 trailer on Friday.  On Saturday, Stephen Amell announced that Ra’s al Ghul will be the big bad in season 3, so The CW has released a new extended trailer that adds about 30 seconds of Ra’s al Ghul footage at the end of the clip.  Ra’s al Ghul was referenced several times in season 2, so fans guessed this was coming.  His presence in this footage is represented by camera pans across a faceless costume and ominous voice-over, so it will be interesting to see who the Arrow team casts as the immortal villain.

Starring Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Willa Wolland and Caity Lotz along with new cast members Peter Stormare, Devon Aoki and Brandon Routh, Arrow season 3 returns October 8.  Check out the first look at Ra’s al Ghul after the jump.

Comic Con: Executive Producer/Writer Andrew Kreisberg Talks about the Debut of The CW’s New Superhero Series THE FLASH and Season 3 of ARROW

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When you’re at Comic Con, it’s all about the superheroes. Even when waiting on line at a nearby Starbucks, there via a flat-screen above, Batman plays on a continuous loop. They are omnipresent. And while everyone here ponders DC’s planned film-verse and how they can possibly fit Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman into one film, DC has quietly proven these queries moot albeit via a completely different medium. On television, DC has crammed a plethora of Justice League characters – The Green Arrow, Black Canary, The Flash – all onto its flagship show: Arrow.  This year, DC attempts to further its monopolization of the CW Network by spinning off The Flash as its own series.

At a group roundtable for Arrow and The Flash, I spoke with Executive Producer/Writer Andrew Kreisberg about what to expect on the third season of Arrow, the series game plan for The Flash and how Buffy the Vampire Slayer influenced crossovers between the two. For the full interview, hit the jump.

Comic-Con: Stephen Amell Talks ARROW Season 3, When His Character Will Become ‘The Green Arrow,’ and Being Tired of Talking about ‘Justice League’

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The consummate under-dog, CW’s Arrow quietly staked a claim in the periphery of the DC-verse at the outset of the 2012 TV season. I don’t think anyone expected much from the show – and early episodes struggled to balance its comic-book aspirations under a TV-friendly budget. But over the course of its first season and especially in its second year, Arrow slowly came into its own, deftly balancing sci-fi heavy tropes within a surprisingly grounded moral quagmire. It became clear that Arrow himself wasn’t the prototypical hero he or the audience initially believed. As the dark nuances of the titular character were explored, the show grew by result. Much of the credit to the show’s qualitative success can, of course, be laid at the feet of star Stephen Amell. Amell has since become the poster-child for the DC Television verse – and with his dapper looks and sharp stare it’s not hard to see why.

In the following round table interview with star Stephen Amell, he discusses just when the character will finally become ‘The Green Arrow’, his relationship status on the show, and why he’s sick to death of talking about The Justice League. For the full interview, hit the jump.

ARROW Comic-Con Panel Recap: Stephen Amell Reveals Ra’s Al Ghul to Be ARROW’S Season Three ‘Big Bad’ Plus Another New Addition

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Last Night Hall H held its first ever late-night panel: a three-hour preview of Warner Brothers/DC’s current slate of television programs – Gotham, The Flash, Constantine, and Arrow. The pilots of The Flash, Gotham and Constantine screened (reviews of all three will be posted later) – but the big news out of the panel concerned Arrow.

The Green Arrow himself (Stephen Amell) moderated the panel – and he revealed just who the secret ‘Big Bad’ of the upcoming third season will be (drumroll): Ra’s al Ghul. Hit the jump for more highlights (including one other additional character being added to the Arrow-verse).

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