Composer Bear McCreary Talks DA VINCI’S DEMONS, THE WALKING DEAD, Composing Main Title Themes, Scoring Weekly Episodes, and Composing Challenges

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Emmy Award-winning composer Bear McCreary is one of the leading and most innovative musical composers today, with his work currently featured in Starz’s Da Vinci’s Demons and Black Sails, as well as the AMC series The Walking Dead and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  He works in the mediums of film, television and video games, always bringing something new, interesting and different to the table.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, he talked about the differences in process for all of the projects he’s working on, composing a main title theme versus the score for weekly episodes, changing his style to fit the narrative structure of the project, collaborating with the showrunner, being attracted to the challenge of a project, why he’s in it for the long haul, when it comes to the TV shows he works on, how much he can take on, at one time, and when he realized this was what he wanted to do with his life.  Check out what he had to say 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. 

Tuesday TV Ratings: AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Finale Holds Steady; GLEE Finale Falls to Series Low

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TV ratings are in for Tuesday, May 13th, including a number of season finales.  Briefly:

  • Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. closed out its uneven freshman season with a 1.9 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 5.23 million viewers, which matches last week’s performance.  ABC has already renewed the show for a second season, so Agent Coulson and Co. will return this fall.  Read Evan’s recap of the episode here.
  • On the flipside, Fox’s Glee closed out its fifth season with a series low 0.6 rating and a mere 1.92 million viewers, dropping 25% from last week’s numbers.  Though Fox has already ordered a sixth and final season, don’t be surprised if the episode count for next year is lower than normal.

Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Tuesday, including Person of Interest, Supernatural, About a Boy, and more.

Marvel’s AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Recap: “Beginning of the End”

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And so we close the first chapter on the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  Hot on the heels of it’s season two renewal announcement, tonight’s installment promises an explosive conclusion joined by none other than the man himself, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.  Through the highs and lows, we’ve followed the agents as they fought the forces of Centipede, possessed sticks, Asgardian temptresses, and viewership approval.  Though treacherous roads to be sure, Coulson and the gang have found their footing and are moving full force at the remnants of Hydra and cyborg Bill Paxton (you know it’s a great gig when you get to type that sentence out).  In our final installment, will everyone make it out alive?  What will become of the agents now that S.H.I.E.L.D no longer exists?  Will more be revealed with regards to Skye’s “monstrous” lineage?  All this and more will be revealed in tonight’s installment, “Beginning of the End.”  Hit the jump for our Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. recap.

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.

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

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Welcome back, true believers!  On our last episode, the Agents of N.O.T.H.I.N.G. continue to try to fight the dastardly deeds of Hydra while also struggling with the loss of funds, backup, and a place to rest their hats outside of a dingy motel swimming pool.  Coulson, in a giant twist, discovered that he is in fact responsible for the T.A.H.I.T.I. project, which left him speechless.  This week, we’ll delve into the past of Agent Ward, the once milquetoast agent, now much more interesting agent of Hydra.  Twists!  Turns!  Explosions!  Bill Paxton!  All this and more can be found in this week’s episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, “Ragtag”…

Tuesday TV Ratings: AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Holds Steady; SUPERNATURAL Ticks Up

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TV ratings for Tuesday, April 29th are in.  Here’s a brief look at the highlights:

  • Last night’s installment of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC was even with last week’s 1.9 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 5.45 million viewers.  Read Evan’s recap here.
  • The latest episode of the CW’s Supernatural, which served as a backdoor pliot for the potential spinoff Bloodlines, ticked up 11% to a 1.0 rating and garnered 2.13 million viewers.

Hit the jump for the rest of the ratings report, including New Girl, Person of Interest, About a Boy, Glee, Chicago Fire, and more.

S.H.I.E.L.D. Has Company – A Look at Other Acronymous Organizations in the Marvel Universe

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With an extremely important role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and their own television show, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the fictional Marvel organization has been making the rounds as of late.  Though they are the “top cops” in the world of Avengers, X-Men, and Spider-Man, they do have some company that you may not have heard of yet.  Though, with the events of Cap 2 still rippling through our collective consciousness, now may be the perfect time for new organizations to begin springing up throughout the Marvel movieverse.  We’ve heard of S.H.I.E.L.D., we’ve heard of Hydra, now hear about the rest that you may be seeing on the silver screen.  Hit the Jump to read on.

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

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War has changed and so too have the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  Following last week’s episode and the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the agents are left without the resources of which they’ve become accustomed.  The series has begun to turn itself around with traitors, espionage, and revelations coming fast and heavy, throwing some unexpected curveballs our way.  Did I also mention that this episode sees the arrival of Agent Eric Koenig, played by comedian extraordinaire Patton Oswalt?  Can the agents defeat Hydra that have taken over S.H.I.E.L.D. bases across the world?  Will the show continue its hot streak moving forward?  Has Ward turned heel for real?  Hit the jump for our recap.

Tuesday TV Ratings: AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Falls to Low Despite CAPTAIN AMERICA Tie-In; THE GOLDBERGS Dips to Series Low

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Tuesday evening’s TV ratings are in.  Here’s a brief look at the highlights:

  • Despite game-changing events that tied into Captain America: The Winter Soldier, last night’s episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fell three tenths to a new series low 1.7 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 4.91 million viewers.  Read Evan’s recap here.
  • Elsewhere on ABC, The Goldbergs dipped a tenth to a series low 1.4 rating and 4.3 million viewers, while new comedy Trophy Wife dropped two tenths to a 0.8 rating and scored 2.55 million viewers.

Hit the jump for the rest of the TV ratings report for Tuesday, April 8th, including The Mindy Project, About a Boy, and more.

Marvel’s AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Recap – “Turn, Turn, Turn”

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Welcome back, true believers!  Well, if you have yet to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier, let me tell you that if you don’t want it spoiled for you, hold off on watching this week’s episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. or, obviously, from reading this recap.  Major events went down that not only affected the agents, but also the Marvel Movie-verse at large.  How will these events affect the scooby gang?  Has the Clairvoyant’s identity been truly revealed?  Who is Agent May really working for?  All these questions and more may or may not be answered as you hit the jump for my Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. recap.

Marvel’s AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Recap: “End of the Beginning”

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Welcome back, S.H.I.E.L.D.-ites!  Starting this week, its a one way ticket to the season finale as ABC/Marvel has promised no more breaks between weeks until the end of the first season. In tonight’s episode, “End of the Beginning”, Bill Paxton, as Agent Garrett, returns on a mission to discover the identity of the Clairvoyant, but with the big bad in his sights, can the newly established Deathlok be far behind?  Will Agent May’s apparent heel turn be further explored?  What about the naked blue man in the tube? Hit the jump for my full recap.

PaleyFest 2014: Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Jeph Loeb, Jeffrey Bell, Jed Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen Talk AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

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For more than 30 years, PaleyFest has held panel sessions and screenings that connect the worldwide community of television fans with the casts and creators of their favorite TV shows.  One of the panels was to celebrate the ABC television series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. with its cast and creative team.  Collider was there to attend the panel, and we’ve compiled some of the highlights.

During the presentation, executive producers Jeph Loeb, Jeffrey Bell, Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, along with actors Clark Gregg and Ming-Na Wen, talked about how this show originally evolved, how they conceived the characters that make up this team, already knowing how Season 2 and Season 3 will end, how Agent Coulson on the TV show is different from Agent Coulson in the movies, the show’s jaw-dropping surprises, that there are seven episodes left, that the events in Captain America: The Winter Solider will affect things in the April 8th episode, that Rocket Racoon and Scarlett Witch are welcome on the plane, that Bill Paxton’s Agent Garrett will return this season, whether some of the S.H.I.E.L.D. cast could appear in the upcoming Netflix series, and how there’s still no official pick-up yet for Season 2.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Tuesday TV Ratings: MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Ticks Up; Fox Comedies Fall to Series Lows

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TV ratings for Tuesday, March 11th, are in.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. finally saw a rise in viewership, ticking up two tenths from last week to a 2.0 rating in the 18-49 demo and scoring 5.79 million viewers.  Read Evan’s recap here.
  • Elsewhere on the network, The Goldbergs was even with last week’s 1.5 rating and scored 4.34 million viewers and Trophy Wife ticked up a tenth to a 0.9 rating and 292 million viewers.

Hit the jump for the rest of the ratings for Tuesday, March 11th, including Brooklyn Nine-Nine, New Girl, About a Boy, and more.

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