Wednesday evening’s TV ratings are in. Here’s a brief look at the highlights:
- The CW’s Arrow saw a significant rise in viewership for its second episode of the season, earning a 1.1 rating in the 18-49 demo and 3.02 million viewers. That’s up 22% from last week’s 0.9 rating. Read Dave’s recap here.
- NBC’s Revolution struggled yet again, scoring a new series low 1.4 rating and 5.39 million viewers. That’s down one tenth from last week’s 1.5 rating. Odds are not looking great for a third season.
- Pixar’s half-hour Halloween special Toy Story of Terror! garnered a strong 3.0 rating and 10.29 million viewers, ensuring the short will be a staple of ABC’s lineup for plenty of Halloweens to come. Read Matt’s review here.
Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Wednesday, October 16th, including CSI, Modern Family, Super Fun Night, The Tomorrow People, and more.
Long before Marvel moved onto the small screen with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., DC’s own CW series Arrow had already found itself a fan following. Now two episodes into its second season, Arrow shows no signs of slowing. Instead, the sophomore series is in the process of maturing its characters and storylines while folding in more characters from the DC universe. For the uninitiated, Arrow stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen/Arrow, a young billionaire who survives a shipwreck and spends the following five years on a dangerous island, only to return to Starling City to seek vengeance against wrong-doers as a hooded vigilante. Amell and his character have come a long way since Arrow’s premiere, and season two of the series is reflecting that fact nicely. Hit the jump for my review of tonight’s episode, “Identity”.
On Season 2 of the hit CW series Arrow, Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) has rededicated himself to his mission of being more than just another vigilante, and is attempting to become a beacon of hope for the city’s most vulnerable, as The Arrow. In Episode 2, thieves hijack medical supplies sent to Glades Memorial, and Oliver gets into a heated battle with China White (Kelly Hu) and her new partner, Bronze Tiger (Michael Jai White), over those supplies.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Michael Jai White (The Dark Knight, Spawn) talked about being invited to bring the Bronze Tiger to life, that the character is looking to test and challenge himself by going up against Arrow, how much fun it is to get to do bad-ass fight sequences, how easily stunt choreography comes to him, thanks to his martial arts background, what it’s like to fight with knuckle blades, and that he would love to explore more of the depths of this character, who has been both hero and villain in the comics. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Wednesday evening’s TV ratings are in. Here’s a brief look at the highlights:
- The second season premiere of Arrow scored a 0.9 rating in the 18-49 demo and 2.68 million viewers, down four tenths from last year’s 1.3 series premiere rating. However, it was even with last year’s season finale numbers.
- NBC’s Revolution was down yet again, scoring a new series low with a 1.5 rating and 5.37 million viewers. That’s down a tenth from last week’s series low, and continues the drama series’ struggle in its second season.
- FX’s premiere of American Horror Story: Coven raked in a whopping 5.54 million viewers and a 3.0 rating, making it the highest rated premiere in the show’s history. Read Dave’s recap here.
Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Wednesday, October 9th, including The Tomorrow People, Modern Family, Nashville, CSI, and more.
Not only are the guys behind the hit CW series Arrow – executive producers Andrew Kreisberg, Marc Guggenheim and Greg Berlanti - passionate about the story they’re telling, they’re also willing to take a look at the show and evaluate what worked best and what didn’t, so that they can make it even stronger and better, which definitely makes me excited about where they’re going with Season 2. After the events of last season, Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) must rededicate himself to his mission and be more than just another vigilante. To honor his fallen friend and to protect the people he loves, he must now become a beacon of hope for the city’s most vulnerable, but do so as The Arrow.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, Andrew Kreisberg talked about how the characters are in such different places now than they were last season, the decision to have Oliver Queen return to the island, that this is the season Oliver attempts to go from vigilante to hero, how much of the season they have planned out ahead of time, bringing Barry Allen (aka The Flash) into the story, how the relationship between Oliver and Roy Harper (Colton Haynes) will evolve, and the journey for John Diggle (David Ramsey). Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.
As we watch DC Comics desperately playing catch-up with arch-rival Marvel in the feature film department, it’s interesting to remember that they pretty much own the field as far as prime-time TV shows go. Their record stretches back to the George Reeves Superman show, and includes Adam West, Lynda Carter, the Smallville gang and Lois and Clark among others. Marvel, on the other hand, basically just has the 70s Incredible Hulk and a few pilots, TV movies and one-season-and-out losers. (We’ve yet to see whether Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will change that, but no matter.) To their list of winners, you can add Arrow, which proved another hit for the CW and now comes to us on Blu-ray. Hit the jump for my full review of the show’s first season on Blu-ray.
Here’s a look at this week’s new Blu-ray releases:
If these new posters from the CW’s second season of Arrow are any indication, then newcomer Grant Gustin better renew that gym membership. The Glee star was recently added to the show’s line-up as Barry Allen, aka The Flash. While he’ll only show up in three of the season’s episodes, he’ll have to hold his own against star Stephen Amell and co-stars David Ramsey, Colton Haynes and Manu Bennett (what, no Paul Blackthorne?), who show off their chiseled physiques in this new batch of Arrow posters. The CW sure does know their demographic!
Arrow returns for its second season on Wednesday, October 9 at 8/7 PM CT on the CW. Hit the jump to check out the posters.
Earlier this summer, the CW announced plans to not only bring Barry Allen/The Flash to their Arrow series, but had hopes of starting a spin-off series around the speedster. Now, it appears the network has found their hero in Grant Gustin (Glee). Gustin will be introduced to viewers in the eighth episode of Arrow’s second season, following up that debut by starring in the ninth episode as well. The 20th episode will also feature Gustin and will act as a backdoor pilot for the potential spin-off series, The Flash.
Hit the jump for more.
Here’s the latest small-screen casting news:
- Josh Gad (Jobs) will star opposite Billy Crystal in the cable pilot, The Comedians.
- Bex Taylor-Klaus (The Killing) has landed a role on the second season of the CW’s hit series Arrow.
- Adam Rayner (Hunted) will play the lead in the FX drama pilot, Tyrant, from Homeland producers Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff, and Six Feet Under producer Craig Wright.
Hit the jump for more on each project.
With the big announcement of the expansion of the Arrow universe to include Barry Allen, aka The Flash, in Season 2 of the popular series on The CW, executive producers/writers Andrew Kreisberg and Geoff Johns participated in a conference call with press to discuss what viewers can expect.
During the interview, Kreisberg and Johns talked about why The Flash is the first character from the DC universe that will cross paths with Arrow, what makes his personal story compelling, that he’ll appear in three episodes – Episodes 8, 9 and Episode 20 (to be directed by David Nutter) – which will set things up for a possible spin-off, how the introduction of superpowers will affect the world of Arrow and its characters, what sort of conflict will arise between Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and Barry Allen, where they’re taking inspiration from, and that they were waiting to start casting until they made the official announcement about the character. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
With Batman and Superman poised to team up in the near future the DC universe is about to blow up on the big screen, but until then you can get your weekly DC fix with Arrow. The CW show stars Stephen Amell as the vengeful vigilante of Starling City, and in its brief runtime Arrow has already brought to life a good number of DC characters, both beloved and semi-obscure. Season two looks ready to take things to the next level with a slew of new characters (and the continually impressive guest stars who play them) ready to muck things up for The Hood as he tries to deal with the ramifications of season one’s catastrophic finale.
In anticipation of their Comic-Con panel the cast and crew spoke with the press. They talked about their approach to a second season, the long-term consequence of the season one finale, what’s in store for fan favorite characters, new characters to expect in the coming season, and more. Check out what they had to say after the jump and be aware there are some spoilers.
Everyone at Comic-Con gets a swag bag, and it’s ridiculously big. It’s one of the most visible and ubiquitous objects at the Con, and Warner Bros. has wisely taken ownership of it for years. The bags are always plastered with advertising for the studio’s TV series and upcoming movies, and this year is no different. The studio has announced that this year’s bags will feature the shows Arrow, The Big Bang Theory, The Following, Revolution, Supernatural, the Vampire Diaries, Teen Titans Go!, and the classic Batman TV series. On the movie side, attendees can wear advertising for Godzilla, The LEGO Movie, and 300: Rise of an Empire. Furthermore, the bags have detachable capes, a feature I can only respond to with this.
Hit the jump to check out images of the TV series bags/capes. Please note that the bags can be cumbersome, but they also make for good seating on the grass next to Hall H. The 2013 San Diego Comic-Con runs from July 18 – 21st.
The CW has announced the premiere dates for its Fall 2013 series. As usual, the network is bypassing the typical third week of September premiere week and is kicking off its shows in early October. Here are some of the highlights:
- Hart of Dixie and Beauty and the Beast premiere on their new night, Monday, October 7th.
- Arrow returns for its second season on Wednesday, October 9th at 8pm, followed by new series The Tomorrow People at 9pm.
- The fifth season of The Vampire Diaries begins on Thursday, October 10th at 8pm, followed by the new period series Reign at 9pm.
- The highly anticipated Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals will premiere on Tuesday, October 15th, followed by Supernatural in its new night and timeslot of 9pm.
Hit the jump to read the full list of premiere dates.
Warner Bros. is bringing their usual onslaught of TV shows to this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. There are the usual suspects The Big Bang Theory, Supernatural, and The Vampire Diaries, the expected second-year returning programs such as The Following, Arrow, and Revolution, and a bevy of newcomers including Beware the Batman, The Tomorrow People, and Almost Human. The press release doesn’t say where the programs will land, but my guess is that most will end up in Ballroom 20 (the second largest hall at the San Diego Convention Center) except for The Big Bang Theory, which played in Hall H last year, and the Sunday programming, which is always in Hall H because Ballroom 20 is closed.
Hit the jump for the line-up and more. The 2013 San Diego Comic-Con runs from July 18 -21st.