Allison’s Top 12 New TV Series of 2014

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Top 10 lists are tough.  The top TV shows this year, and in the last several years, have been difficult to contain in just one short list.  That was true so much so last year that I had to make three lists; this year, I’ve done that and expanded from ten to twelve.  But these are less rankings and more guides to what was the best that television had to offer in 2014, and what you should definitely catch up on if you haven’t (this being said with the full knowledge that there are still several series I haven’t caught up on, either, like The Honourable Woman, in this category).  Hit the jump to see a list of new series from this year that could one day become classics.

Tuesday TV Ratings: THE FLASH and AGENTS OF S.HI.E.L.D. Dip; NEW GIRL Rises

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TV ratings for Tuesday, December 9th are in.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • The CW’s midseason finale of The Flash (read Dave’s recap here) dropped 6% to a 1.5 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 4.53 million viewers, while the midseason finale of Supernatural rose 22% to a 1.1 rating and scored 2.81 million viewers.
  • ABC’s midseason finale of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (read Evan Valentine’s recap here) also dropped 6% to a 1.7 rating and garnered 5.22 million viewers, while Forever dipped 8% to a 1.1 rating and scored 5.14 million viewers.
  • A fantastic episode of Fox’s New Girl rose 7% to a 1.5 rating and scored 3.29 million viewers, and The Mindy Project rose 9% to a 1.2 rating and scored 2.56 million viewers.
  • NBC’s Marry Me was down 8% to a 1.2 rating and garnered 4.86 million viewers, while About a Boy tied its series low with a 0.9 rating and scored 3.73 million viewers for a drop of two tenths.

THE FLASH Recap: “The Man in the Yellow Suit”

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The Flash’s mid-season finale certainly had a lot of anticipation built into it, and I’m happy to say that it paid off in quite a few ways.  Not only did viewers get a(n arguably) definitive answer to the identity of The Man in the Yellow Suit, but we got to see quite a bit more of another fiery superheroic meta-human.  On the more down-to-Earth side of things, we also got great moments between Barry Allen and his father figures, as well as a heaping helping of romantic entanglements that will surely continue to get knottier as the season continues.  I don’t know how The CW managed to have two of the best hours of television today, but I’m happy to say that their track record remains strong.

Hit the jump for The Flash recap.

Danielle Panabaker Talks THE FLASH, The Humongous Winter Finale, Working with Team ARROW, What to Expect When the Show Returns in 2015, and More

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On the winter finale of the hit CW series The Flash, Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker) must come to terms with the fact that her fiancé, Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell), is not actually dead, but has instead been transformed into something very different, now known as Firestorm.  That revelation will affect her very deeply, and compel her to want to get to the bottom of what happened.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Danielle Panabaker talked about how proud she is of the show, how humongous the winter finale is, what Caitlin will be dealing with now that the fiancé she thought was dead has turned up in a very different form, working with Robbie Amell and Victor Garber as Firestorm, how much Team Arrow has affected Team Flash, what it’s meant to her to have the support of the Arrow family, and what fans can expect when the show returns with new episodes in 2015.  Check out what she had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Producer Andrew Kreisberg Talks THE FLASH Winter Finale, Solving a Couple Big Mysteries, Future Plans for the Rogues, Mark Hamill as The Trickster, and More

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In the winter finale of the hit CW series The Flash, Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) finds himself face-to-face with his nemesis in the yellow suit, aka Reverse Flash, who killed his mother.  When Reverse Flash escapes, Dr. Wells (Tom Cavanagh) and Cisco (Carlos Valdes) come up with a plan to trap him, but Detective Joe West (Jesse L. Martin) ends up in the crossfire.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, executive producer Andrew Kreisberg talked about how this episode is “the biggest action, the biggest visual effects and the biggest canvas” that they’ve ever painted on, why those extra two minutes were important, getting a couple of big mysteries solved while having a couple of brand new mysteries spring up, the upcoming reunion of Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell as Captain Cold and Heat Wave, their future plans for the Rogues, bringing in Mark Hamill as The Trickster, and that they’ll address how the meta-human captives are being taken care of.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Mark Hamill to Reprise His Role as The Trickster on THE FLASH

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Here’s another reason for me to finally make time to catch up on The Flash – it’s being reported that Mark Hamill will join the cast as James Jesse, aka The Trickster.  Hamill actually played the character in two episodes of the 90s live-action TV show on CBS.  He went pretty big with the role on that series, but even if he pulls it back just a bit for this one, The Trickster is still bound to be a particularly colorful character.

Apparently Hamill’s The Trickster will pop up in the 17th episode of the season.  Hit the jump for more on what to expect from the new Trickster.

Tom Cavanagh Talks THE FLASH, Fan Excitement For The Show, His Character’s Secrets, Being Part of The Superhero Universe, and More

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On the hit CW series The Flash, actor Tom Cavanagh plays the mysterious Dr. Harrison Wells, a visionary physicist who runs S.T.A.R. Labs.  He is the one who invented the cutting edge particle accelerator that exploded and created the lightning bolt that gave Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) his powers and turned him into the fastest man alive, and led to the creation of meta-humans.  While he is deeply invested in Barry’s future, he is also clearly a man of many secrets that the series has only just begun to scratch the surface of.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, Tom Cavanagh talked about how he got involved with The Flash, why the character is so appealing to audiences, how nice it is for an actor to have people interested in a show that they’re on, that the show is so successful because of everyone’s excitement for the story, why it’s good for a show to be willing to kill characters, who in his life is most excited about him being a part of the superhero universe, and that he’s aware of his character’s secrets and motivations.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Tuesday TV Ratings: THE FLASH and AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Rise; TOY STORY Special Solid

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TV ratings for Tuesday, December 2nd are in.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • On The CW, a much-touted crossover between its two superhero shows provided a rather negligible boost to The Flash (read Dave’s recap here), as the episode was up just a tenth to a 1.5 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 4.22 million viewers.  These CW superhero series are masters of consistency.  Supernatural, meanwhile, matched last week’s 0.9 rating and scored 2.36 million viewers.
  • ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (read Evan Valentine’s recap here) rose two tenths to a 1.8 rating and scored 5.3 million viewers, while the excellent holiday special Toy Story That Time Forgot earned a 1.9 rating and garnered 6.79 million viewers.  Forever was up two tenths to a 1.2 rating and scored 5.2 million viewers.
  • A very funny installment of Fox’s New Girl ticked up a tenth to a 1.4 rating and scored 3.01 million viewers, and The Mindy Project matched last week’s 1.1 rating and garnered 2.45 million viewers.
  • NBC’s Marry Me rose three tenths to a 1.4 rating and scored4.9 million viewers, while About a Boy was up a tenth to a 1.1 rating and 4.3 million viewers and Chicago Fire matched last week’s 1.6 rating and scored 7.3 million viewers.

THE FLASH Recap: “Flash vs. Arrow”

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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

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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 Recap: “Power Outage”

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Often, in superhero fare, fans have to wait for a sequel or a second season to feature two big bad villains in the same showing.  The Flash decided to change that up tonight by bringing two antagonists front and center, and allowing them to cause havoc on two separate fronts.  The interesting thing with “Power Outage” was that the writers didn’t let the title hero save the day in both places (even though his speed could have let him do so), choosing instead to let the not-so-helpless non-metahumans take care of their own problems.  Perhaps the more interesting thing is that the biggest villain isn’t waiting in the wings, he’s hiding in plain sight and biding his time.  And the most interesting thing is how The CW managed to take a series about a guy who runs really fast and quickly turn it into one of the most entertaining hours on television right now.

Hit the jump for The Flash recap.

Michael Reventar Talks THE FLASH, Being Blackout, Having Fun Playing the Villain, and the Biggest Challenges In Bringing the Role to Life

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In Episode 7 of The CW drama series The Flash, entitled “Power Outage,” The Flash (Grant Gustin) goes up against Farooq, aka Blackout (Michael Reventar), a meta-human who can harness electricity.  After zapping The Flash’s powers and siphoning all of his electricity, leaving him without his speed, Farooq then heads to S.T.A.R. Labs in search of Dr. Wells (Tom Cavanagh), who he blames for the accident that turned him into who he is now.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Michael Reventar talked about what it took to get this role, the duality of Farooq and who he is as Blackout, why it’s more fun to play the villain than the hero, the make-up and one-of–a-kind contacts that he got to wear, and the biggest challenges in bringing this role to life.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

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

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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.

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. 

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