Contemporary PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Series Being Developed for ABC by DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES Creator Marc Cherry

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The classic romance/horror story The Phantom of the Opera might be finding its way to television thanks to Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry.  According to Variety, ABC is developing a “drama with musical elements” and would be set in the modern-day music business.  However, the series is not an adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s famous musical, but rather the musical’s source material, the original 1909 novel by Gaston Leroux.  For those who don’t know, it’s about a musician who is scarred by acid, goes into hiding beneath an opera house, and then tries to lure a beautiful singer to his lair.

This modern-day update “is billed as revolving around the cutthroat world of the music biz and will incorporate musical moments into story lines in the same vein as the ABC drama Nashville.”  It’s an intriguing take on the material, and Cherry showed with Desperate Housewives he has the skill to create a delectable soap opera.

Marvel’s AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Recap: “A Hen in the Wolf House”

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Welcome back, true believers!  Our latest installment promises to introduce a long standing character from the comics into the Marvel cinematic universe in the form of Bobbi Morse, played by Adrianne Palicki.  Bobbi, aka Mockingbird, is the ex-wife of Avenger, Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner in the movies), and has found herself on quite a few incarnations of the team herself.  In our most recent installment of the series, the gang will find themselves at odds with Ms. Morse as she is revealed to be the current head of security for Hydra.  Whether or not this is a con or a new take on the character is yet to be seen, though it would be funny to see how many undercover S.H.I.E.L.D. agents there are in Hydra at this point with the recent episode focusing on Simmons.  (Maybe there are no actual Hydra agents left!)  Will the team be able to battle the forces of Hydra this go around?  Is Mockingbird friend or foe?  Has Agent Coulson been working on his dance routine from last week?  All these and more revealed in our latest Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. recap after the jump.

Marvel’s AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Recap: “Face My Enemy”

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Welcome back, true believers!  We join our heroes, after having been shown that Simmons is in fact deep undercover in the depths of Hydra, as Coulson and Agent May must go undercover themselves by cutting the dance floor.  This episode promises to uncover some of the secrets that “Coulson has been looking for”.  Will Coulson find the answers that he’s looking for?  Will Hydra put a stop to his search?  Will Civil War really take place in the Marvel cinematic universe?  Two of these questions will be answered as you hit the jump for our Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Recap.

TOY STORY THAT TIME FORGOT Poster Teases Pixar’s Upcoming Holiday Special

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While many thought that Toy Story 3 might mark the last time we’d see the loveable Pixar characters that started it all, the studio has done a swell job of keeping Woody, Buzz, and Co. alive by way of some seriously funny short films and TV specials.  The first TV special, Toy Story of Terror!, premiered last Halloween, and now Pixar has a new Toy Story special, Toy Story That Time Forgot, poised to debut on ABC during the upcoming holiday season.  The first Toy Story That Time Forgot poster has debuted online, giving us a sneak peek at what’s in store for our tiny heroes.  The story of the special revolves around the Toy Story gang stumbling upon uncharted territory after a Christmas play date, where they come across a set of dinosaur action figures that turn out to be dangerously delusional.

Hit the jump to take a look at the Toy Story That Time Forgot poster, and be sure to check out our extended interview with director Steve Purcell and producer Gayln Susman about the special from this summer’s Comic-Con.  The TV special features the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Kristen Schaal, Kevin McKidd, Wallace Shawn, Timothy Dalton, Don Rickles, and Joan CusackToy Story That Time Forgot debuts on ABC on Tuesday, December 2nd at 8pm ET/PT.

STAR WARS REBELS: SPARK OF REBELLION to Air Again With Added Darth Vader Scene

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In a weird bit of déjà vu considering the changes that were made to the original trilogy, Star Wars Rebels has decided to amend its introductory film Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion by adding a Darth Vader scene (complete with voice work by James Earl Jones) to the film.  This new version of Spark of Rebellion will air on ABC on October 25th at 7PM ET/PT.

Meanwhile, the official Star Wars Rebels series premieres on Disney XD October 13th and features the voices of Freddie Prinze Jr.David OyelowoJason IsaacsVanessa MarshallSteve Blum, and Tiya Sircar.  Hit the jump for more on Darth Vader in Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion.  

Marvel’s AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Recap: “Making Friends and Influencing People”

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Welcome back, true believers!  Recapping from last week’s episode: Fitz is still crazy, Coulson’s still busy, May’s still fighting, Ward’s still in lockdown, and yet Simmons was still nowhere to be found.  Tonight’s episode, entitled, “Making Friends and Influencing People”, will show us what has become of Agent Simmons and her apparent heel turn against the team to join the ranks of Hydra.  Also in this episode, the return of one of the super powered baddies from the first season, Blizzard.  Is Simmons really an agent of Hydra?  Will the team be able to talk some sense into her?  Will Spider-Man really be brought into the Avengers movie franchise?  Two of these questions will be answered once you hit the jump…

Marvel’s AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Recap: “Heavy is the Head”

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Welcome back, true believers!  When last we left our band of wayward agents, the hidden artifact known as the Obelisk had been taken by Avengers-villain, Crusher Creel (aka the Absorbing Man).  The team lost one of their newest members apparently as Lucy Lawless’ Hartlay bit the bullet and was killed in the final minutes of the season premiere, though this is the Marvel universe and resurrections are fair game for any character.  Tonight, we’ll see the return of the mysterious “woman in the flower dress”, Raina, apparently seeking to help the team rather than inhibit them.  Will the team join their old foe in attempting to reclaim the Obelisk?  Will Fitz go even crazier in this episode?  Why oh why didn’t I make a joke about the Absorbing Man not being played by Nick Nolte during the last recap?  All this and more in the recap for the latest episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., “Heavy is the Head”….

Marvel’s AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 Premiere Recap: “Shadows”

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We’re back, true believers!  The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. have returned with a new purpose and some new cast members to lead the way. Following the dismantling of S.H.I.E.L.D., during both last season and in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, its up to Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) and the rest of his team to pick up the pieces.  The team however now finds itself without the extensive resources of S.H.I.E.L.D. at its fingertips and must battle old foes, and new, in order to carve out a new place for themselves, and their new organization.  Along with the old teammates, the team is joined by Hartley, Lucy Lawless, as well as the returning Patton Oswalt as Agent Koenig.  What new threats face the team this season?  How many Marvel characters will make their first televised appearance?  Who will survive?  Hit the jump for our Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 2 premiere recap entitled, “Shadows”….

Shea Whigham Joins Marvel’s AGENT CARTER Series as SSR Chief Roger Dooley

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Marvel’s Agent Carter is expected to begin production soon to prepare for a possible January debut, so the studio is busy loading up the cast.  We just found out that James D’Arcy is in as Howard Stark’s butler, Jarvis, and now Marvel just revealed that Boardwalk Empire’s Shea Whigham is on the roster as well.

The show takes place in 1946 and follows what happens when the men return home from war and Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) gets relegated to administrative duties at the SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve).  Hit the jump to find out who Whigham will portray on the show.

Fall Pilot Review: FOREVER

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ABC’s Forever is essentially a patchwork of other successful television series.  In fact, Forever may be the most calculated of the fall premieres by following a simple formula for success (one that CBS is usually champion of).  There’s a procedural aspect, a little bit of the supernatural, romance, mystery, and all of it is tied together by the handsome Welsh face of Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four), a doctor with a little bit of a death wish. Sure we’ve seen it all before, but is there something about this one that’s different?  Hit the jump to find out if that alchemy works, and if Forever deserves a spot on your DV-R.

James D’Arcy Will Play Jarvis in Marvel’s AGENT CARTER TV Series

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Marvel Studios’ second foray into network television, the ABC series Agent Carter, is poised to start production soon, but the show has just now added a key cast member.  Variety reports that Cloud Atlas actor James D’Arcy has signed on to play Howard Stark’s Butler Jarvis—yes, that Jarvis—in the period spy drama.  D’Arcy will bring flesh and blood to what is likely the basis for Tony Stark’s virtual butler in the MCU, though that’s due to change in Avengers: Age of Ultron when the movie Jarvis (voiced by Paul Bettany) takes on the form of The Vision.  More on Agent Carter after the jump.

Marvel’s AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.: The H.I.G.H.S. and L.O.W.S. of the ABC Series’ Freshman Season

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And so ends the initial chapter of Marvel Studios’ first foray into the world of network television.  Whether you liked the so-called Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. or they weren’t your cup of tea, you have to admire Marvel for attempting to create a running television show that reflected the events of the movie universe that they currently have running.  Since I’ve been with you true believers since the beginning of this season, who better to diagnose the best, and worst, parts of the first season?  Go ahead and grab your level 7 clearance, rock your finest suit, and hop on the “Bus” as we walk you through what aspects the show can focus on for season two and which can be avoided. 

First Trailers for New ABC Series HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, AMERICAN CRIME, SELFIE, BLACK-ISH, and More

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Fresh off unveiling its 2014-15 schedule this morning, ABC has released trailers for some of its upcoming new series.  Briefly:

  • How to Get Away with Murder – The legal drama from creator Shonda Rhimes stars Viola Davis as a seductive professor who gets entangled with law students from her class.
  • American Crime – A gritty drama from creator John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) about how an attack on a young couple shakes up racial tensions throughout the country.  Felicity Huffman and Timothy Hutton star.
  • Galavant – A midseason musical comedy fairy tale with songs by composer Alan Menken.
  • Forever – A new drama starring Ioan Gruffudd as an immortal medical examiner trying to uncover the secret to his power.
  • Secrets and Lies – A drama starring Ryan Phillippe as a good Samaritan-turned murder suspect, also starring Juliette Lewis.
  • Black-ish – A new comedy starring Anthony Anderson, from executive producer Larry Wilmore.
  • Selfie – A loose comedic adaptation of My Fair Lady starring Karen Gillan as a social media-obsessed woman who asks a marketing guru (John Cho) to help make her over.

Hit the jump to watch the trailers for these and other shows, and click here to see ABC’s full schedule.

ABC Unveils Fall 2014 Schedule; Moves MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. to Tuesday at 9:00 PM

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Following the schedules for NBC and Fox, ABC has now unveiled its schedule for the 2014 fall season.  Here are the highlights:

  • Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will remain on Tuesdays, but has been pushed back one hour.  It will now play behind the half-hour comedies Selfie and Manhattan Love Story.
  • Thursday night will belong to Shonda Rhimes as her shows Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal will now be followed by her new series How to Get Away with Murder starring Viola Davis.
  • Marvel’s Agent Carter and the musical comedy Galavant will serve as bridge programming between the fall finales and winter premieres of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Once Upon a Time, respectively.

Hit the jump for the ABC fall 2014 schedule and the press release.

AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Renewed for Season 2 by ABC; Marvel’s AGENT CARTER Ordered to Series

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ABC just announced a few renewals and orders for new series, but in addition to those shows, the network will also have two Marvel dramas on the air during the 2014-15 TV season.  ABC has renewed Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for a second season and has given a series order for the Captain America spinoff Agent Carter.  Though Marvel’s first foray into television was highly anticipated, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was met with a rather tepid critical response and the ratings have dwindled since its premiere.  Regardless, the numbers never dropped to critical levels and the show is lucrative as a brand property, so it was highly likely that ABC was going to order a second season.

Hit the jump for more, including details regarding the setting and focus of the Agent Carter series.

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