John Barrowman Joins ARROW as Season 3 Regular

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Hopefully you’re all caught up on the second season of The CW’s Arrow, because they’re already setting their sites on the next season. (If you’re not, check out our episode recaps here.)  After Team Arrow managed to subdue the threats that plagued Starling City in their sophomore season, one of the casualties came in the form of Oliver’s younger sister, Thea (Willa Holland).  Physically, she’s fine; but mentally and emotionally, she’s turned her back on her friends and family, only to join up with her dastardly daddy, Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman).  Expect to see a lot of this daddy-daughter duo in season three, because Barrowman has just joined Arrow as a regular.  Hit the jump for more.

Wednesday TV Ratings: ARROW Finale Down from Season 1; MODERN FAMILY and NASHVILLE Rise

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TV ratings for Wednesday, May 14th are in.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • The season two finale of The CW’s Arrow was even with last week’s 0.8 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 2.33 million viewers, though it was down 11% from the season one finale’s 0.9 rating.  The 100  matched last week’s 0.6 rating and notched 1.77 million viewers.  Read Dave’s recap of Arrow here.
  • ABC’s Modern Family was up 7% with a 3.1 rating and 8.79 million viewers, The Middle rose 19% to a 1.9 rating and 6.85 million viewers, Mixology matched last week’s 1.3 rating and garnered 3.92 million viewers, the season finale of Nashville was up one tenth to a 1.3 rating and 5.02 million viewers, and the series finale of Suburgatory rose 15% to a 1.5 rating and 5 million viewers.
  • NBC’s cancelled Revolution was even with last week’s 1.1 rating and notched 4 million viewers, Law & Order: SVU held stead with a 1.5 rating and 5.29 million viewers, and Chicago P.D. rose 14% to a 1.6 rating and 6.06 million viewers.
  • The season finale of Criminal Minds on CBS hit a 2.7 rating and pulled in 11.96 million viewers for a rise of 17%.

The CW Unveils 2014-15 Schedule; Sets THE FLASH for Tuesdays at 8pm; THE ORIGINALS Moves to Mondays

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Now that NBC, Fox, ABC, and CBS have unveiled their 2014-15 schedules, it’s time for the last of the network channels, The CW, to do the same.  Here are the highlights:

  • The new comic book series The Flash (click here for the trailer) will play on Tuesdays at 8:00pm followed by Supernatural at 9:00pm.
  • The Originals will move to Monday nights at 8:00pm.  It will be followed at 9:00pm by the new comedy series Jane the Virgin.

Hit the jump for The CW 2014 fall schedule.

ARROW Recap: “Unthinkable”

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Catch your breath, it’s all over.  The surprisingly consistent and always entertaining second season of The CW’s Arrow is now complete.  There were quite a few pieces still in play when last we left Team Arrow, with Starling City burning down around them, and likely ruined for good either by Slade’s marauding army or the missile-happy drones of A.R.G.U.S.  While the final hour, “Unthinkable,” did a grand job of wrapping up the major plot arcs of the season at large in a wholly satisfying way, it also managed to advance a number of smaller roles that served as teases for the anticipated third season.  Hit the jump for my Arrow recap to see how it all ended, and where we go from here. 

Executive Producer Marc Guggenheim Talks ARROW Season 2 Finale, Their Plans for Season 3, Crossovers with THE FLASH, the Shared Universe, and More

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The Season 2 finale of The CW drama series Arrow is sure to be surprising, gasp-inducing and action-packed.  Finally bringing things to a head between Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett), the events in the episode, entitled “Unthinkable,” will push Oliver to the edge and force him to decide, once and for all, if he’s a killer or a hero.

During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, executive producer Marc Guggenheim talked about wanting to surpass the bar they set with the Season 1 finale, collectively deciding that this is the last time that they can destroy the city, that the Season 2 finale will have a moment that definitely answers where Laurel (Katie Cassidy) will fit in next season, and whether they ever considered the possibility of Slade Wilson finding redemption.  He also talked about how the consequences of the finale will be felt in the third season premiere, that they already have a full plan for Season 3, along with the themes and character journeys, they know what their Season 3 finale will be, what they feel worked best in Season 2 and what they’ll improve on in Season 3, his hope for cross-overs between Arrow and The Flash, and that there are pros and cons of not working in a shared DC Universe, between the films and TV shows.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

ARROW Season Finale Preview Teases THE FLASH and Series Logo

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The Arrow season 2 finale, “Unthinkable,” is set to air Wednesday.  The CW has released a preview for the episode that begins with a great enticer: “The man murdered my mother.  I have to kill him.”  What happens at the end of the clip may be of more interest to some.  The voiceover teases a first look at The Flash as The CW’s next superhero whizzes by the screen.  We also get to see the new Flash logo.

Click here for our overview of The Flash’s comic history and check back Wednesday night for Dave’s recap of the Arrow season finale.  The CW will announce its new fall schedule at the Upfront event on Thursday.  Watch the “Unthinkable” preview with after the break.

ARROW Recap: “Streets of Fire”

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If last week’s episode of The CW’s Arrow felt like the first part of a much longer finale, then tonight’s episode was surely that same finale’s middle act.  Not that I’m complaining.  The production value was off the charts in tonight’s hour, and all of the players were advanced across the board evenly.  Some sought redemption while others chose annihilation instead.  And even as certain complications have been dealt with (in some cases, permanently), others had arisen by episode’s end.  The issue is that very few of them were resolved, which puts quite the pressure on the second season’s final hour next week as lots of loose ends need to be tied up in a hopefully satisfying fashion.  Hit the jump for more from my Arrow recap.

John Barrowman Talks ARROW, How Much He Knew about His Character’s Future, Watching Willa Holland on THE O.C., Season 3, and More

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The penultimate episode of The CW series Arrow, entitled “Streets of Fire,” will see Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) rallying his team as Slade Wilson’s (Manu Bennett) soldiers attack the city, and Thea (Willa Holland) comes face-to-face with her father, Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman).  Meanwhile, Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) gets a call from S.T.A.R. Labs with game-changing news that will hopefully help Roy Harper (Colton Haynes).  And if you survive the roller coaster ride, there is still the Season 2 finale on May 14th.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor John Barrowman talked about how he played a part in Malcolm Merlyn turning out to be Thea Queen’s father, that he knew his character would continue to be a villain throughout Season 1 and 2, just how calculated his return is, why Malcolm is desperate for family, what he’s enjoyed about working with Willa Holland, in this capacity, how he used to watch her on The O.C., that he thinks Malcolm is too selfish to sacrifice himself for someone else, and how he’s unsure about whether he’ll be back for Season 3.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Wednesday TV Ratings: ARROW Rises; NASHVILLE Returns to Series Low

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TV ratings for Wednesday, April 30th are in.  Here’s a brief look at the highlights:

  • The CW’s Arrow rose 14% from last week’s series low 0.7 rating to a 0.8 rating in the 18-49 demo, garnering 2.25 million viewers.  The 100, meanwhile, was even with last week’s 0.6 rating and scored 1.9 milion viewers.  Read Dave’s Arrow recap here.
  • ABC’s Nashville returned to a series low 1.2 rating and 4.49 million viewers, which is down 20% from its last original episode’s 1.5 rating.

Hit the jump for the rest of the ratings report, including Revolution, Modern Family, CSI, and more.

ARROW Recap: “City of Blood”

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Last week’s episode of Arrow had a shocking last-minute conclusion, the repercussions of which were felt in tonight’s hour, “City of Blood.”  The title is graphic, conjuring images of violence and chaos, but while the episode lived up to its moniker on one level, it mostly served as a setup for all of the expected anarchy in the season’s final two episodes.  That’s not to say it was a wasted effort.  In fact, a good number of supporting cast members turned in their best performances of the series tonight, all in the service of restoring the confidence of one of their own.  But was it the right call? Would a simple sacrifice have prevented the streets of Starling City from running red with blood?  Hit the jump for my take in tonight’s Arrow recap.

Paul Blackthorne Talks ARROW, Effects of a Recent Character Death, Laurel in Jeopardy, Quentin’s Opinion of the Arrow, and the Extraordinary Season Finale

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In Episode 21 of The CW series Arrow, entitled “City of Blood,” Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett) threatens to take everything Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) loves away, while Oliver decides the fastest way to stop further bloodshed is to surrender to his enemy.  Meanwhile, Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy) resumes her crusade against Sebastian Blood (Kevin Alejandro), which is sure to put her family and StarlingCity in jeopardy.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Paul Blackthorne (who plays Starling City police officer Quentin Lance) talked about how the recent major character death would affect things from here on out, how much jeopardy Laurel’s crusade against Sebastian Blood will put her family in, why Quentin Lance believes Starling City is better off with the Arrow, why he actively chooses not to know the Arrow’s identity, what his character would like for his daughters, at this point, and just how extraordinary the season finale will be.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Sean Maher Talks SON OF BATMAN, How He Got Involved, His Time on ARROW, Voicing Nightwing, and More

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Son of Batman, from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, out on Blu-ray on May 6th, is the landmark 20th entry in the ongoing series of DC Universe animated original movies.  In the film, Batman (voiced by Jason O’Mara) learns that he has a son, Damian (Stuart Allen), whose mother is Talia al Ghul (Morena Baccarin), the daughter of one of Batman’s most dreaded enemies, Ra’s al Ghul (Giancarlo Esposito).  Together, the two form an uneasy alliance to try to stop the criminal enterprise of Deathstroke (Thomas Gibson).  Also included in the voice cast are Sean Maher, David McCallum, Xander Berkeley and Fred Tatasciore.

While at WonderCon to promote the film, Maher, who voices Nightwing, spoke at a roundtable interview about how he got involved with what was his first animated job, how much he knew about Nightwing, the dynamic between Nightwing and Damian Wayne, recording with Fred Tatasciore as Killer Croc, and how he’d like to take on another one of these roles.  He also talked about his time on Arrow, and what being a part of Firefly has meant to him.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Wednesday TV Ratings: ARROW Matches Series Low; MODERN FAMILY Ticks Up

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TV ratings for Wednesday, April 23rd have been released.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • The CW’s Arrow was even with last week’s series low 0.7 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 2.19 million viewers, despite apparently game-changing events occurring.  Read Dave’s recap here and click here for our interview with the show’s executive producer about the fallout from the episode.  Elsewhere on The CW, The 100 rose a tenth to a 0.6 rating and notched 1.94 million viewers.
  • ABC’s Modern Family ticked up a tenth to a 3.4 rating and scored 9.25 million viewers, The Middle dropped two tenths to a 1.8 rating and 6.85 million viewers, Suburgatory was down a tenth to a 1.6 rating and 5.25 million viewers, and Mixology rose three tenths to a 1.5 rating and garnered 4.15 million viewers.

Executive Producer Andrew Kreisberg Talks ARROW, “Seeing Red” Spoilers, and What It Means for the Story and Characters Going Into Season 3

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So much is happening on the final few episodes of Arrow Season 2 that any of them could have been a season finale.  Story twists, character reveals and deaths have almost become expected, as things continue to escalate towards yet another and even bigger showdown between The Arrow (Stephen Amell) and Deathstroke (Manu Bennett).

During this recent interview to talk about the remaining episodes this season, executive producer/writer Andrew Kreisberg addressed the big reveals of Episode 20, “Seeing Red,” and what it means for the story and characters, going forward.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some major spoilers.

ARROW Recap: “Seeing Red”

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This week’s Arrow took a bit of a detour from what we’re used to, as the gang went out in search of one of their own rather than spending the hour tracking down a typical baddie.  It seems that Roy (Colton Haynes) is not handling his injection of mirakuru well (or subsequent hook-up to a blood transfusion machine), and that has him tripping out on a mindless rage-filled bender.  Not good for the citizens of Starling City, and much worse for Arrow & Co.  Despite Roy’s behavior forming the bulk of this episode’s conflict, it was a real blindside of an ending that took viewers by surprise.  Hit the jump for my recap.

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