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.

Andrew Kreisberg Talks ARROW and the Upcoming Episode “Seeing Red,” Cutting Some of Roy’s Scenes, Juggling Storylines, and Isabel and Slade’s Revenge

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In Episode 20 of The CW series Arrow, entitled “Seeing Red,” the Mirakuru is sending Roy Harper (Colton Haynes) into an uncontrollable rage that he unleashes on the city.  When Oliver Queen, aka The Arrow (Stephen Amell), realizes the Mirakuru has taken over Roy completely, he must figure out a way to stop him, and do so before Sara (Caity Lotz) kills him.

During this recent interview to talk about the events of this episode and what’s still to come this season, executive producer/writer Andrew Kreisberg talked about managing what happens to those who get injected with Mirakuru, why some of the Roy Harper scenes have gotten cut, the challenge of juggling so many storylines, why Slade Wilson’s revenge is about more than just the Mirakuru, how Isabel Rochev (Summer Glau) evolved into Ravager, and how once you start down the dark path, it consumes your destiny.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers

Wednesday TV Ratings: ARROW Ties Series Low; THE 100 Rises

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TV ratings for Wednesday, April 16th are in.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • The CW’s Arrow fell 13% from last week’s 0.8 rating to a 0.7 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 2.36 million total viewers.  That rating ties the show’s series low, which it previous hit in early March.  Read Dave’s recap of last night’s episode here.
  • Elsewhere on The CW, new drama series The 100 saw a rise of 20% to a 0.6 rating and 2.02 million viewers, improving on last week’s series low 0.5 rating.
  • Over on ABC, the new comedy series Mixology was even with last week’s 1.2 rating and garnered 3.7 million viewers.

ARROW Recap: “The Man Under the Hood”

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Arrow went under the hood this week for an hour that was more about advancing character relationships than it was about kicking ass.  That’s not to say this episode lacked action; far from it!  It’s just that when a show is as consistently high-flying and explosive as Arrow, the relatively quieter episodes tend to stand out all the more.  Honestly, we needed it this week, as certain characters have recently struggled to get their screen time when they have to share it with the villain of the week.  No more.  Slade/Deathstroke is the man of the hour, and it’s going to take the combined efforts of Oliver & Co. to bring him down.  Hit the jump for this week’s Arrow recap, “The Man Under the Hood.”

ARROW Executive Producer/Writer Andrew Kreisberg Talks the Season’s Final Episodes, Bringing in Characters from THE FLASH, and More

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With only a few episodes left, The CW series Arrow is pulling out all the stops, with character relationships, action, big reveals and heartache.  There is so much contained in each of the remaining episodes that the finale is sure to keep everyone on the edge of their seats.  In Episode 19, “The Man Under the Hood,” Deathstroke brings the battle to Team Arrow’s secret lair, sending one member to the hospital, and Oliver Queen must choose between his battle with Slade Wilson or his family.

During this recent interview to discuss the remaining episodes this season, executive producer/writer Andrew Kreisberg talked about how Laurel Lance will be taking Slade Wilson’s news about Oliver Queen, why she reacts differently from what’s expected, where Oliver and Laurel are at romantically, how long-running the ramifications of the Queens’ financial problems are, why this was the right episode to bring two of the characters from The Flash into the story, that Felicity plays a major part in the season finale, just how insane the finale fill be, and how the show will be changing and evolving in Season 3.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

ARROW Recap: “Deathstroke”

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In anticipation of this week’s episode of Arrow, we thought we were going to see a showdown between the title hero (Stephen Amell) and the season’s big bad, Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett).  What we got wasn’t exactly that straightforward, but was all the more exciting for its mysterious cat-and-mouse plot twists.  Slade has proven to be a match for the team both physically and intellectually, staying a step ahead of them at every turn and weathering every feeble attempt to defeat him either on the island or off of it.  And as we learned in tonight’s episode, he’s got far more in store for Oliver’s family and friends.  Hit the jump for my recap and review.

Wednesday TV Ratings: ARROW and MIXOLOGY Rise; THE 100 Drops

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TV ratings for Wednesday, March 26th are in.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • The CW’s Arrow rose a tenth from last week to a 0.9 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 2.57 million viewers, while The 100 dropped two tenths to a 0.7 rating and scored 2.26 million viewers.  Read Dave’s Arrow recap here.
  • ABC’s The Middle dipped one tenth to a 1.9 rating and 7.07 million viewers, Suburgatory dropped two tenths to a series low-tying 1.4 rating and 4.87 million viewers, Modern Family ticked up a tenth to a 3.5 rating and 9.69 million viewers, Mixology rose half a ratings point to a 1.7 rating and scored 4.90 million viewers, and Nashville dropped one tenth to a 1.3 rating and scored 5.06 million viewers.
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