J.R. Ramirez Talks ARROW Season 3, Joining the Show Without Knowing What Role He Was Playing, Working with Katie Cassidy, Starz’s POWER, and More

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In what has become typical Arrow fashion, the action for Season 3 of The CW hit series is big and the personal drama is even bigger.  Team Arrow is facing new villains and new heartache, all while trying to recover from the death of one of their own.  In Episode 6, entitled “Guilty,” a body is found strung up in the Wildcat gym and Ted Grant (J.R. Ramirez) is the main suspect, leading Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Laurel (Katie Cassidy) to argue over Ted’s innocence.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor J.R. Ramirez (who also plays Julio on the Starz drama series Power) talked about not knowing exactly what role he’d be playing until he got hired, who Ted Grant (aka Wildcat) really is, why he loves having people under-estimate him, the similarities he sees in Laurel, how much fun he has working with Katie Cassidy, how big this next episode is for his character, having a run-in with the Arrow, and how grateful he is to have the challenge of developing and exploring two very different characters on two different shows.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers

Wednesday TV Ratings: ARROW Flat; CHICAGO PD Drops to Series Low

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TV ratings for Wednesday, November 5th are in.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • The CW’s Arrow (read Dave’s recap here) was even with last week’s 1.0 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 2.62 million viewers.  The 100, meanwhile, earned a 0.6 rating in the demo for a rise of one tenth and scored 1.72 million viewers.
  • CBS’ Criminal Minds fell two tenths to a series low 2.1 rating and garnered 9.63 million viewers, but was still the most-watched scripted program of the night.  Stalker dropped a tenth to a 1.5 rating and scored 7.28 million viewers.
  • Over on NBC, The Mysteries of Laura was even with last week’s 1.2 rating and scored 7.76 million viewers, Law & Order: SVU was even with its last new episode’s 1.6 rating and garnered 6.91 million viewers, and Chicago PD fell two tenths to a series low 1.3 rating and 6.09 million viewers.
  • Fox’s new drama series Red Band Society was down a tenth to a 0.9 rating and scored 2.87 million viewers.

ARROW Recap: “The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak”

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The CW’s The Flash took last night off, but Arrow never rests!  Well, to be fair, the normal plot line of this season takes a bit of a siesta as we focus instead on “The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak.”  Not only do we get to see Emily Bett Rickards in her previous iteration as a Goth college hacker, and Felicity’s mom Donna, we actually get quite a bit of Stephen Amell outside of his Arrow costume.  Amell’s come a long way in these two seasons and change, and tonight’s episode was a reminder of why he’s the show’s leading man.  So it was a nice, fun, diversionary episode … and then the ending scene hits from out of nowhere.

Hit the jump for our Arrow recap.

Emily Bett Rickards Talks ARROW Season 3, the Cast’s Reaction to “Goth Felicity”, Her Character’s Relationship with Barry Allen, and More

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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 trying to recover from the death of one of their own.  In Episode 305, “The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak,” a cyber attack brings Starling City to its knees, and Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) are pushed to their limits to contain the destruction. And of course, life gets even more complicated for Felicity when her mother, Donna (guest star Charlotte Ross), stops by for a surprise visit.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Emily Bett Rickards talked about how cool it is to get an episode named after her character, how Felicity’s past turmoil and troubles surprised her, getting to explore Felicity’s goth period, how nobody recognized her in the hair and make-up, Felicity’s college relationship, the dynamic with her mother, the future for Felicity and Oliver, why she needs the fun and light she has with Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh), and the importance of Felicity and Barry Allen’s (Grant Gustin) friendship.  Check out what she had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

ARROW Recap: “The Magician”

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Felicity’s nowhere to be seen on tonight’s episode of Arrow, but that’s because she’s taking a much-needed vacation excursion to Central City to visit The Flash.  Can Team Arrow survive without her?  Yeah, of course they can, but to help out in her absence, Nyssa al Ghul (Katrina Law) lends her bow in the effort to track down this season’s mysterious murderer.  That case is an enjoyable slow burn in an otherwise fast-paced and action-filled season thus far, but now a new enemy has appeared on the horizon and Team Arrow may have to forge some undesirable alliances to get out of this mess alive.

Hit the jump for our Arrow recap.

ARROW Recap: “Corto Maltese”

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Pack your bags (but leave your bows), because Arrow’s headed to a vacation destination!  Don’t worry, we still spend plenty of time in Starling City, but the change of scenery was a nice way for Team Arrow to get into the action in a very different setting.  They get a little bit of time to relax in the sun and the sand, but it isn’t long before international espionage and automatic weapons rear their ugly heads.  Oh, wait, while Arrow’s gone, who’s minding the store back in Starling City?

Hit the jump for our Arrow recap.

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.

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