ARROW Recap: “The Climb”

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The CW is all about giving its viewers heartthrobs and heart attacks if the mid-season finales of The Flash and Arrow are any indication.  While the former ended with at least a brief flare of hope for a better tomorrow, the latter ended on a literal cliffhanger.  And I don’t know if I’ve seen a braver (or bolder) conclusion to an episode than this one tonight.  Fans of DC mythology are probably equal parts excited about/confident in what’s coming up on the second half of this season, but for those of you who aren’t in the know, just trust me when I say that everything’s going to turn out (mostly) fine.

Hit the jump for our Arrow recap.

Wednesday TV Ratings: ARROW Surges to Series High; MODERN FAMILY Plummets to Season Low

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TV ratings for Wednesday, December 3rd are in, though it appears that most folks were busy watching either the frustrating/depressing coverage of the non-indictment in the Eric Garner case or the Christmas Tree-lighting ceremony (such varied TV-viewing choices).  Briefly:

  • The CW’s conclusion to its big superhero crossover event culminated in a series high rating for Arrow (read Dave’s recap here), which rose five tenths to a 1.4 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 3.90 million viewers.  The 100 matched its last original’s 0.6 rating and garnered 1.94 million viewers.
  • Over on ABC, everything was down.  Modern Family dropped nine tenths to a season low 2.8 rating and scored 8.99 million viewers, The Middle dropped six tenths to a series low-tying 1.6 rating and 7.15 million viewers, The Goldbergs dropped seven tenths to a season low 1.7 rating and scored 6.58 million viewers, black-ish fell half a ratings point to a series low 2.1 rating and 6.87 million viewers, and Nashville dropped two tenths to a season low-tying 1.3 rating and garnered 5.25 million viewers.
  • CBS’ Stalker dropped a tenth to a 1.5 rating and scored 7.47 million viewers.
  • NBC’s Christmas in Rockerfeller Center earned a 1.9 rating and scored 9.37 million viewers.

ARROW Recap: “The Brave and the Bold”

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Tonight’s episode of The CW’s Arrow closed out the two-part crossover with The Flash in spectacular fashion.  Titled, “The Brave and the Bold,” it could have equally been dubbed “A Tale of Two Cities” since both heroes channel their respective cities into their character:  Barry Allen’s youthful effervescence and carefree approach to crimefighting is borne of Central City’s cutting-edge technology and, until lately, squeaky-clean streets, while even the most respectable parts of Oliver Queen’s Starling City belie a ruthless underworld, much like the personality of the masked crimefighter himself.  It was a clever bit of writing to portray these characters this way in order to let them clash at times, but also to allow them to come together in pursuit of a common goal: conquering the salmon ladder defeating supervillains.  But while the fun and games were enjoyable for the two-hour special event, things are about to get dire in the mid-season finales of both shows.

Hit the jump for our Arrow recap.

THE FLASH Recap: “Flash vs. Arrow”

by     Posted 19 days ago

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Long before Warner Bros.’ Justice League hits the big screens, The CW’s own small-screen version is already well underway.  In part one of The Flash / Arrow crossover, Barry Allen gets first billing in “Flash vs Arrow”, which will conclude with tomorrow night’s Arrow hour, “The Brave and the Bold.”  While it was certainly fun seeing both of DC’s live-action TV heroes share some screentime, tonight’s hour also managed to mutually progress the plots of each individual series.  And although one of the final scenes hinted at big changes coming up for Mr. Oliver Queen, this episode was all about Barry Allen and the many challenges he faces as a young up-and-coming crimefighter.

Hit the jump for The Flash recap.

Greg Berlanti Says Supergirl Could Enter the Worlds of THE FLASH and ARROW

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With The CW’s The Flash and Arrow crossover episode, Flash vs. Arrow, coming up, it’ll probably come as no surprise that Greg Berlanti is aiming to put his upcoming Supergirl TV show in the same realm as well.  CBS only first made the straight-to-series commitment a little over two months ago, but during a recent interview, Berlanti revealed that he’s already working on the show with producer Ali Adler and costume designer Colleen Atwood, and also that he’s hoping to bring Supergirl into The Flash and Arrow’s world.

Hit the jump for more on this possible The Flash, Arrow and Supergirl shared universe.

FLASH VS. ARROW Trailer Has Grant Gustin and Stephen Amell Battling It Out In the Street

by     Posted 25 days ago

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Next week is the big week for fans of The Flash and Arrow.  The CW’s epic two-part crossover episode, Flash vs. Arrow will air December 2nd and 3rd and set everything up for the winter finales of both shows the week after.  The episodes will of course feature series regulars Stephen AmellGrant GustinDavid RamseyEmily Bett RickardsDanielle Panabaker and Carlos Valdes and were produced by the team of Greg BerlantiAndrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim

Hit the jump for the Flash vs. Arrow trailer.  And be sure to check out some images and our interview about the episode.  Part one of the Flash vs. Arrow crossover event is technically an episode of The Flash and airs on the CW on December 2nd at 8/9PM ET. 

THE FLASH VS. ARROW Crossover Interview; Stephen Amell, Grant Gustin, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, and Producers Talk Two Night Crossover Event

by     Posted 28 days ago

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The epic two-night cross-over event for The CW series The Flash and Arrow (airing December 2nd and 3rd) is not only going to be unbelievably cool for comic book fans, but it’s just fun storytelling on a grand scale.  There are laughs, big action sequences, heartfelt moments and a couple of big surprises, all leading up to the sure to be jaw-dropping winter finales on December 9th and 10th.

Following a special screening of the episodes, actors Stephen Amell, Grant Gustin, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Danielle Panabaker and Carlos Valdes were joined by executive producers Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim to talk about why they wanted to do this big cross-over so soon, making the decision to have The Flash and Arrow fight each other but also team up against someone else, what it was like to do the big Flash and Arrow fight scene, how Team Flash and Team Arrow affect each other, when we might see the next cross-over, what the actors most enjoy about working on each other’s shows, creating the impression that they actually have a lot more money than they have for what they pull off, and how they decide which villains they want to bring on each show.  Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Wednesday TV Ratings: ARROW Holds Steady While MODERN FAMILY Surges

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TV ratings for Wednesday, November 19th are in.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • The CW’s Arrow (read Dave’s recap here) matched last week’s 0.9 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 2.63 million viewers, while The 100 rose a tenth to a 0.6 rating and garnered 1.66 million viewers.
  • ABC’s Modern Family was both the highest-rated and most-watched program of the night with a 3.7 rating and 10.9 million viewers, which is up half a ratings point from last week’s 3.2 rating.  The Middle, meanwhile, rose three tenths to a 2.2 rating and 8.32 million viewers, The Goldbergs also rose three tenths to a 2.4 rating and scored 7.7 million viewers, black-ish ticked up a tenth to a 2.6 rating and 7.95 million viewers, and Nashville was up a tenth to a 1.5 rating and scored 5.51 million viewers.
  • CBS’ Criminal Minds matched last week’s 2.3 rating and scored 10.61 million viewers, while Stalker was up three tenths to a 1.7 rating and garnered 7.98 million viewres.
  • NBC’s The Mysteries of Laura was up a tenth to a 1.4 rating and scored 8.57 million viewers, Law & Order: SVU dropped six tenths to a 1.8 rating and garnered 7.86 million viewers, and Chicago PD was down six tenths to a 1.6 rating and scored 7.22 million viewers.
  • Fox’s Red Band Society was even with last week’s 0.9 rating and scored 2.95 million viewers.

ARROW Recap: “Draw Back Your Bow”

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Happy Valentine’s Day!  Wait, what?  Oh it’s November, nevermind.  Tonight’s episode of Arrow was a bit of a one-off episode that introduced the obsessed archer character Carrie Cutter, aka Cupid (Amy Gumenick).  Though she was the night’s main antagonist, she was in good company with a plentiful amount of DC Easter eggs for fans to spot, everything from nods to somewhat obscure locations, to potential future villains, all the way up to a big reveal of a newly introduced villain to the show, right at the episode’s close.  Though “Draw Back Your Bow” didn’t leave us with any massive cliffhangers as we await the Arrow/The Flash crossover, it did a nice job of pleasing fans of the show’s comicbook origins and its relationships of ever-increasing drama.

Hit the jump for our Arrow recap.

Over 20 Images From the FLASH VS. ARROW Crossover Episode Team Grant Gustin With Stephen Amell

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The Flash seems to be getting decent ratings on its own (and is more universally loved than Arrow, at least to this outsider), so it doesn’t really need to do a crossover episode at this point, even though such a thing has most certainly been in the cards since the show’s inception.

I keep meaning to carve aside some time to dig into both of these series, but they keep eluding me. Maybe if I check out the crossover episode that will be a decent place to dive in to get a flavor of both?  Regardless, for existing fans of the shows these images of Grant Gustin and Stephen Amell spending more time together than usual prove to be a nice afternoon surprise.  Part one of the Flash vs. Arrow crossover event is technically an episode of The Flash and airs on the CW on December 2nd at 8/9PM ET.  Hit the jump to check out the images. 

Amy Gumenick Talks ARROW Season 3, Cupid’s Motivations, the Show’s Knack for Creating Bad-Ass Women, and More

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In Episode 307 of The CW drama series Arrow, entitled “Draw Back Your Bow,” we get a deeper exploration of the Arrow-obsessed serial killer that we have only just gotten a glimpse of.  Carrie Cutter (Amy Gumenick), aka Cupid, is convinced that The Arrow (Stephen Amell) is her one true love and will stop at nothing, no matter how deadly, to get his attention.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Amy Gumenick talked about having no idea which character she was actually up for when she auditioned, what an honor it is to bring to life a character that was created for the comics by executive producer Andrew Kreisberg (the writer of the Green Arrow/Black Canary comic book series, at the time), who Cupid is and what her motives are, what it is about The Arrow that attracted her attention, why The Arrow is caught off guard by Cupid, how bad-ass it feels to put on the costume and pick up the bow and arrows, and that her character will go to any and every extreme possible to prove her love and have her happy ending.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

Wednesday TV Ratings: ARROW and MODERN FAMILY Drop; Crossover Event Boosts LAW & ORDER: SVU and CHICAGO PD

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TV ratings for Wednesday, November 12th are in.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • The CW’s Arrow (read Dave’s recap here) was down 18% to a 0.9 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 2.57 million viewers, while The 100 rose 20% to a 0.6 rating and 1.79 million viewers.
  • ABC’s Modern Family fell 11% to a season low 3.1 rating and 9.77 million viewers, while The Middle rose 6% to a 1.9 rating and 8.12 million viewers, The Goldbergs was down 5% to a 2.1 rating and 7.54 million viewers, black-ish dropped 7% to a 2.5 rating and 7.87 million viewers, and Nashville was even with a 1.4 rating and scored5.63 million viewers.
  • CBS’ Criminal Minds was up 10% to a 2.3 rating and garnered 10.1 million viewers, and Stalker dropped 7% to a 1.4 rating and scored 6.98 million viewers.
  • Fox’s Red Band Society was even with last week’s 0.9 rating and scored 2.84 million viewers.
  • On NBC, the crossover event rose both Law & Order: SVU and Chicago PD, with the former up 50% to a 2.4 rating and 10.01 million viewers and PD up 57% to a 2.2 rating and 9.47 million viewers.

ARROW Recap: “Guilty”

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Boy oh boy did The CW’s Arrow do an awful lot of comicbook fan servicing tonight!  Some DC characters mentioned tonight we’ve already seen on previous episodes of the show, and some are currently transforming into their villainous/heroic alter egos, and still others are likely relatively unknown to the general viewing audience.  Staying true to its comicbook source is certainly a great way to keep the fans happy, but it helps when the show’s writing, acting, and stuntwork is so much better than network TV has any right to be.

Arrow continues to introduce compelling plot twists and dramatic character conflicts that really ratchet up the tension in each hour, but wisely never become so attached to these arcs that they linger on them for endless episodes.  This taut writing keeps Arrow freshly paced and exciting to watch week after week.  Plus, what other show has boxing glove arrows?

Hit the jump for our Arrow recap.

New ARROW Images Offer a First Look at Katie Cassidy as Black Canary

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The CW has unveiled some new Arrow images that provide a closer look at a character that I assume fans of the show and/or comics have been anticipating for some time.  Actress Katie Cassidy has been playing Laurel Lance since the DC Comics adaptation’s first season in 2012, but it appears that her character will also be assuming the alter ego of Black Canary in upcoming episodes.  In the comics, Black Canary first appeared in 1947 and was one of DC’s very first superheroines.  I don’t watch the show so I’m not familiar with how Black Canary’s emergence affects the ensemble, but I’m sure Arrow fans are eager to get a look at the character’s costume.

Check out the first Arrow Black Canary images after the jump, and click here to catch up on all of Dave’s recaps.  The series airs Wednesday nights on The CW.

Colton Haynes Talks ARROW Season 3, Roy Harper’s Journey, His Relationship with Thea, If We’ll Get More Backstory on His Character 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 306, entitled “Guilty,” Roy Harper (Colton Haynes) is struggling with disturbing dreams that he’s having and shares a secret with Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards).

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider (which took place prior to the big reveal involving Roy Harper in Episode 305, so it’s not directly addressed in this interview, but likely wouldn’t have gotten a direct answer anyway since that would be a major spoiler), actor Colton Haynes talked about how having no idea where his character would ultimately go when he signed on, what’s most surprised him about Roy Harper’s journey, where things are headed between Roy and Thea (Willa Holland), whether we might ever learn more about Roy’s backstory, that fans are going to hate who’s ultimately responsible for Sara’s (Caity Lotz) murder, and that he loves the built-in butt that his superhero costume gives him.  He also talked about the great experience he had working in Australia on San Andreas with Dwayne Johnson.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

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