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1. Mehcad Brooks is your new Jimmy Olsen in Supergirl

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When Melissa Benoist was cast as Supergirl last week for the CBS upcoming superhero drama of the same name, I had a feeling the Jimmy Olsen announcement could only be a few days away, given that the auditions for both roles were held pretty closely together.

Like magic, we now have a new Jimmy Olsen! Mehcad Brooks (Desperate Housewives, True Blood) will be playing everyone’s favorite Daily Planet photographer/giant turtle-based superhero. Actually, the latter probably won’t happen sadly, but Brooks will surely have a camera in hand at some point.

The Supergirl iteration of Jimmy is described as “a smart worldly photographer for CatCo, the media company where Kara works. He had previously been working and living in National City for mysterious reasons, and his salt of the earth nature piques Kara’s interest”.

I’m not totally up on my Supergirl lore, but National City doesn’t ring any of my DC Comics bells (other than being the former name of the company). I assume its something created specifically for the new series.

There are a number of roles still to be cast, including: Cat Grant, Hank Henshaw – the Supergirl obsessed director of the Department of Extra-normal Operations, Kara’s CatCo colleague Wynn Schott, and Kara’s sister Alex.


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2. Is the Winter Soldier the heart of Agent Carter’s mystery?

carter Is the Winter Soldier the heart of Agent Carters mystery?

“The Blitzkrieg Button,” Agent Carter‘s fourth episode and mid-way point, may have actually been the beginning of the series’ true arc and end game.

After a fairly eventful season premiere, the show has been stuck in a combination of logistical battles and character development. Between episodes two and three, Carter and Jarvis go on a series of fetch-quests and authority ducking missions to track down the “bad babies,” dangerous weapons and inventions that Howard Stark says were stolen from him, and learn vague information about a Russian big-bad known as Leviathan. By the start of episode four, Stark is still suspected of treason against the United States for selling dangerous weapons on the black market; the only difference is that these inventions have been recovered.

This brings us to “The Blitzkrieg Button,” and kicks off what feels like the first glimpse at the show’s most important thread.

Now that Stark’s weapons are back, so is he. Popping in on Carter unexpectedly, he explains that he needs her to retrieve a device from SSR that he refers to as the Blitzkrieg Button, which he says will wipe out an entire city’s power. Though she is frequently underestimated, Carter’s no idiot – she can tell Stark is hiding something and wouldn’t have returned for a light switch. After pumping Jarvis for information (more on this in a minute…) she learns there is more to the device than Stark explained, and activates it herself, finding a vial of Captain America’s blood inside.

Though Agent Carter has shown us all along that our hero will not find respect in her line of work or era, it’s never been clearer than it is here. Agent Thompson tells it to her straight: Carter will never be considered an equal in their office. But outside of the office, she’s trusted Stark up to this point to give her more purpose, only to find out that she’s been used. Carter lashes out at him for lying, leading to the show’s best scene to date. Stark brushes off the lying as a bad habit and claims he’s using the blood to research its medicinal value, like vaccines and cures. Carter’s response buries him: “I think you are a man out for his own gain no matter who you are charging. You are constantly finding holes to slither your way into in the hope of finding loose change, only to cry when you are bitten by another snake.”

And although Stark is unlikely to end up completely in the villain corner, it seems like he’s complicit in a much larger issue. Chief Dooley follows a trail of clues to Nuremburg to speak to a Nazi named Mueller who has information on the Russians working for Leviathan. Dooley learns that the “Battle at Finow,” where the Russian Leviathan agents supposedly died, never took place – the Nazis only found piles of ripped and mauled bodies, already massacred in some other way. The SSR also learns Stark flew into Finow the day after this alleged battle.

OK, so if you’re keeping score – everything important in this episode revolves around one vial of blood. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, though it was implied that HYDRA was responsible for turning Bucky Barnes into the Winter Soldier, it’s never been explicit. We’re still in theory-only territory here, but I’m hedging my bets on all of these events leading up to either the revelation of the Winter Soldier’s creation or the beginning of it via Leviathan. It would be a nice tie-in to present-day events, and with the involvement of Captain America writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, it would also make sense. We’ll see how that theory pans out over the remaining four episodes.

Some other items to chew on:

– Dottie, Carter’s friendly next-door-neighbor, is apparently an agent of some kind. Not a completely shocking turn, but an interesting one. That reminds me of someone else who had a next-door-neighbor who he thought was just a regular gal, but then it turned out she was an agent…

– Carter tries to get information on the Blitzkrieg Button from Jarvis, and notices that he tugs at his ear every time he states a fact that is untrue. Carter chalks this up to a poker tell, but my initial take on this was that Jarvis was intentionally hinting to her.  The tugging was just so… obvious? Then again, Jarvis isn’t super smooth.

– Agent Thompson is starting to get a little more personality. Some of Carter’s co-workers feel like caricatures, but I think his character might be one of the most realistic. He behaves like a man of the times but also seems to understand and have a bit of empathy for his co-workers, helping them in small and private moments.

– Agent Sousa, on the other hand, is just a little too good to be true. Too good, as in, I feel like he’s probably a double agent kind of too good?

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3. Say hello to the new Ghostbusters

ghostbusters Say hello to the new Ghostbusters

It’s been widely-reported that Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot would include an all-female lineup. Though there is no official confirmation that this is a done deal, Feig tweeted a picture today – albeit with no commentary – of actresses and comediennes Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon. Though only McCarthy is officially signed on to the movie, it seems unlikely Feig would tweet the actresses’ photos if negotiations weren’t basically finalized.

McCarthy and Wiig have previously worked together on Bridesmaids, and Jones and McKinnon are currently cast members on SNL.

I’m personally a fan of the casting news – three out of the four leading ladies are between the ages of 41-47, with McKinnon being the ‘baby’ of the group at age 31. It’s nice to see Hollywood recognizing that talent doesn’t magically expire at the age of 29.

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4. X-Cessive Much? Fox Reveals an X-Men TV Show is Entering Negotiations

x cited 300x169 X Cessive Much? Fox Reveals an X Men TV Show is Entering NegotiationsHow many superhero television shows can launch before our brains collectively X-plode? Fox is challenging our expectations by confirming the company is actively looking into making an X-Men television show a reality. TV Insider broke the news and shared quotes from Fox Entertainment Chairman, Gary Newman, who announced the info to the outlet at the Television Critics Association Press Tour. As Newman states, the show cannot debut before the upcoming 2016 – 2017 television season.

He shared the following quote:

It’s in negotiations…We’re cautiously optimistic, we had a good meeting with them. That will not be on a fast track creatively. This is just the deal, now we have to find the creative.

Does anyone else care to run down a few superhero shows entering their second and third seasons?:


Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

What about a couple comic book shows in the middle of their first season?:

The Flash


Marvel’s Agent Carter


Plus, just a few of the television shows currently in development or about to debut:


The Marvel Netflix shows (Daredevil, AKA Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Defenders)




In addition, there are an assortment of X-Men films coming to the screen as well:

Deadpool (2017)

Gambit (2017)

X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

Long-live the failed Generation X show and every other comic book series we forgot to mention on this list. TV Insider stated that Fox still needs the blessing from Marvel, so the road to an X-Men show is going to be a long one.

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5. David Tennant will be The Purple Man on AKA Jessica Jones

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Former Doctor Who star David Tennant is coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and he’ll be doing it all covered in purple.

The Scottish actor will be joining the cast of AKA Jessica Jones, the second Marvel-Netflix series after Daredevil debuts in April, as Kilgrave. Kilgrave aka Zebediah Killgrave aka The Purple Man is described as an enigmatic figure from Jessica’s past whose reappearance will “send shockwaves” through her world.

Tennant will be the main antagonist of a series that’s already netted Krysten Ritter (Breaking Bad) as Jones and Mike Colter (Criminal Minds) as Luke Cage.

Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg had this to say:

I’m so honored and excited by the prospect of David inhabiting this multifaceted character. He can deliver the most heart-wrenching moment to the driest of lines, and all points in between. He’ll make Kilgrave a truly original villain.

While this is an exciting casting announcement, and makes for the fourth big BBC star to join the MCU after Benedict Cumberbatch was cast as Doctor Strange, Karen Gillan as Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy and Christopher Eccleston played (and was wasted as) Malekith in Thor: The Dark World, I’m hopeful Tennant will either be allowed to keep his Scottish accent or really master a Serbo-Croation one in a way that’s better than his attempt at an American accent in Gracepoint.

AKA Jessica Jones will debut in 2015.

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6. Melissa Benoist cast as Supergirl


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CBS has found the lead of their first superhero adaptation since The Flash debuted in 1990.

Melissa Benoist, who appeared most recently in the indie hit Whiplash, has been tapped for the role of Kara Zor-El in Supergirl, making her the third live action version of the character, following Helen Slater (Supergirl) and Laura Vandervoort (Smallville).

The hour-long drama, which does not yet have a series order, centers on a 24 year old version of Kara. After growing up with the Danvers family, who taught her to be careful in the use of her powers, she’s faced with an unexpected disaster that forces her to use those abilities in public. Kara begins to help the people of her city and thus is given the name “Supergirl”.

The pilot episode will be written by Greg Berlanti (The Flash, Arrow) and Ali Adler (The New Normal).

Benoist is also known for her role on the Fox series Glee, the same series that brought Grant Gustin (star of the current iteration of The Flash) to prominence.

Supergirl finally gets CBS into the superhero game, as ABC (Agents of S.H.I.E..L.D., Agent Carter), NBC (Constantine), and FOX (Gotham) have all already debuted their comics-based series.

A Jimmy Olsen casting announcement, a character known to be a major part of Supergirl, will be announced imminently.

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7. Gotham to debut The Red Hood in a future episode

joker red hood Gotham to debut The Red Hood in a future episode

When Gotham kicked off last year, the show began with a number of proto-versions of Batman’s Rogues gallery such as The Riddler, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, and of course The Penguin (who, played by Robin Lord Taylor, has sort of worked his way into MVP status on the show according to its fans, along with Jada Pinkett Smith’s Fish Mooney).

Just a few episodes into its run, and rumors were already flying around regarding the Joker possibly appearing, either through red herrings in every episode, or even the wild theory that Oswald Cobblepot was actually the Joker.

Today, Executive Producer Bruno Heller has revealed that The Red Hood is coming to Gotham, and as we know, where that hood usually goes…the Joker is soon to follow.

From an interview via CBR:

There’s going to be an episode that involves the Red Hood…which picks up that strand, the costume strand, and sort of gives a kind of philosophical base, if that’s not too pretentious a word. Why costumes? What’s the power of costumes? What’s the power of a mask? All of that groundwork will be laid sort of culturally for that side of the DC Universe before we start rolling into the more spectacular spandex type of deal.

With Bruce at his current pre-teen state, who is going to drive The Red Hood into that infamous vat of chemicals? Perhaps this will be the first of the Red Hood gang and the eventual “Joker-to-be” comes later. Or maybe I’m putting more thought into this than Gotham‘s producers probably have. I’d love to be wrong.

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8. Downton Abbey Episode 5.3 Recap is Up at GeekMom

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9. Powers show slated for March 10 release

powers Powers show slated for March 10 release

Brian Michael Bendis announced today that Powers, Playstation Network’s first live-action series, will premiere on March 10 with the initial 3 episodes. The series is scheduled for an initial 10-episode run, but rather than following the Netflix or Amazon Prime method of dropping all episodes at once, Playstation intends to release a new episode each Tuesday. Though a Playstation Plus membership will be required to watch the full season, Bendis, who co-created the Powers comic books and is executive producer of the show, said the first episode will be available to non-members on playstation.com.

Powers centers on Detectives Christian Walker (Sharlto Copley) and Deena Pilgrim (Susan Heyward) as they investigate cases involving superheroes and supervillains, working in a special homicide division called “Powers”. The cast also includes Michelle Forbes as Retro Girl, Eddie Izzard as Wolfe, Noah Taylor as Johnny Royalle, and Olesya Rulin as Calista. Click here for the first cast photo.

Bendis also said a new number one issue of Powers would be available at comic book stores and Comixology  on Jan. 21.

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10. Gotham renewed for second season

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It’s not a surprise, given that it was a fairly big ratings success, but FOX has renewed the Batman prequel series Gotham for another season.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network felt confident in bringing back the Bruno Heller-created series based on its strong performance in the key 18-49 year old demographic, where it pulls a 4.2 rating. Additionally, Gotham draws around an average of 10.6 million viewers per episode. It also ranks as the #1 drama among men in the 18-49 and 18-34 demos.

Also, THR’s report states that Gotham‘s live-plus-seven ratings, which take DVR numbers into account, give it the largest post-three-day ratings boost of any drama ever!

People sure love their Batman! I dropped out after the third episode, but is The Beat readership still enjoying it? Does another year of the series seem like a good prospect?



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11. Review: time, tide and Agent Carter wait for no man

by Edie Nugent

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If Marvel was hoping Agent Carter would improve on its ratings from last week’s 2-episode season premiere, they must be somewhat disappointed this morning. While Agent Carter still snagged second place behind NBC’s Parks and Recreation, it’s ratings are still down 21 percent from last week.  Marvel should be interested in more than just ratings, as the show has received considerable critical acclaim.

Agent Carter opens with a summary of last week’s events and the show’s premise: Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell)  lost “the love of her life” when Captain America’s plane went down in the Arctic. It also mentions how Carter fought side by side with Cap during WWII only to be demoted to answering phones when the war ended. It’s a nice callback to the displacement many women who joined the workforce during WWII suffered in postwar America.

“Time and Tide” builds off of last weeks’ two part premiere and finds Agent Carter confronting the beau of her neighbor Molly (Laura Coover) as he attempts to pull a Montague by climbing to her windowsill. He finds the end of Carter’s gun instead, and shakily apologizes for choosing the wrong window. These antics get Molly kicked out of the women-only Griffith housing block the following day, making way for Dottie Underwood (Bridget Regan) who Carter ignores but seems as if she may come to be important to the series.

The attempted break-in reminds Carter of another, more successful break-in: the heist that saw Howard Stark’s “bad babies” taken from his vault. Here this episode subverted my expectations: I assumed the pursuit of Stark’s dangerous inventions would lead to a bad baby of-the-week style plot. It was a pleasant surprise when Carter doubled back to Stark mansion to do some good old detective work, exploring how the tech was stolen in hopes of revealing more about who took it and why.

Before she can fully explore the sewers beneath the vault, however, the SSR’s Agent Thompson (Chad Michael Murray) appears at the door & questions Jarvis about the license plate to Stark’s car found at the implosion site of the Roxxon plant. Carter hides herself while Jarvis claims the car was stolen and that he filed a police report. Thompson drags Jarvis to SSR headquarters for questioning where he threatens to reveal Jarvis’ dishonorable discharge for treason. Now back at SSR, Carter plays dumb: telling Thompson she’s found the police report the SSR pretended to “lose” on Stark’s stolen car within earshot of Jarvis – forcing them to release him. This serves to confirm the SSR’s suspicions of her incompetence, and she receives a public dressing-down from Chief Dooley (Shea Wigham).

It was a nice touch to see Carter shaken by this experience, which reflects well on her character: SSR may be a cover job that condescends to her regularly, but it’s still something she takes pride in. It doesn’t slow her down, though, and on her return to Stark mansion she deduces that the sewer floodgates beneath it’s vault provided the smuggler’s route. Sure enough they discover a tug boat moored right outside of the sewer floodgate flying a flag bearing the symbol we saw scrawled in the dirt by Leet Brannis (James Frain) before he died last week.

Upon inspection of the boat, they discover a large cache of Stark’s bad babies. While Jarvis calls it in to SSR, Carter is set upon by a thug presumably garding the boat and engages in a fabulous fight scene where she takes as many punches as she throws before Jarvis hits the thug in the arm with a muscle-contracting invention of Stark’s. Sirens wail in the background and Carter & Jarvis flee the scene. The SSR team arrive and Agent Krezminski (Kyle Bornheimer) is tasked to bring the thug back to headquarters. On that drive, the thug reveals to Krezminski that an “English broad” is responsible for his beating. This seems to seal the Agent’s fate; only moments later an unidentified hitman kills both the thug and the Agent.

A somber workplace greets Carter the following day, with the SSR now pledged to pin both the Roxxon destruction and the killing of Kresminski on Howard Stark. “Time and Tide” is a tightly written and compelling episode of Agent Carter. A great deal of the show’s appeal is how it continues to function on three levels. You have the hardboiled cop-style narrative of the SSR Agents, contrasted with the spy-thriller of Carter and Jarvis’ adventures, set against the lives of Peggy and her roommate Angie: women empowered during WWII searching for their place post-war. I find myself wishing we had more than just 5 episodes left. We can only hope that Marvel and ABC see Agent Carter’s value in more than Nielsen’s ratings and grant it a second season.

Favorite moments:

  • “Mr. Stark would trust a shark not to bite him if it was wearing a short enough skirt”
  • Jarvis’ house husband by-day, Agent by-night routine is a lovely play against gender expectations
  • The back-story on Jarvis’ treason to save his Jewish wife following the war was lovely

What do you think of this week’s Agent Carter? Let us know in the comments!

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12. Kyle MacLachlan suits up as Agent Dale Cooper again, returning to Twin Peaks in 2016

Dale Cooper Kyle MacLachlan suits up as Agent Dale Cooper again, returning to Twin Peaks in 2016

MacLachlan as Dale Cooper..today!


Today at the Television Critics Association meeting, a nice surprise greeted those in attendance during Showtime’s presentation. Kyle MacLachlan, the star of Twin Peaks in its original run has signed a deal to headline the new series that’s coming to the premium channel next year.

MacLachlan came out unannounced, in full Dale Cooper’s signature attire, and offered Showtime head David Nevins coffee while saying his iconic “Damn good coffee” phrase.

As we reported months ago when it was first announced, Showtime’s iteration of Twin Peaks will take place over 20 years after the conclusion of the second season…where we left Agent Cooper in a not so great spot.

You can currently see MacLachlan on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. which resumes its second season on March 3rd.

Now, I’m just waiting for that Dana Ashbrook/Bobby Briggs announcement. I’ve been practicing my jailhouse bark for years.

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13. The CW announces Vixen animated series as part of “Arrow-verse”

vixen640 The CW announces Vixen animated series as part of Arrow verse

The CW, hot on the heels of their announcement that both Arrow and The Flash have been renewed for fourth and second seasons respectively, revealed that DC super-heroine Vixen will be joining the shared universe of both hit series in an animated offering on the online network CW Seed.

Arrow showrunner Marc Guggenheim will executive produce the new series that will debut this Fall. Based on the promo art, it looks like we’ll see some type of appearance from Oliver Queen and Barry Allen. Does that portend Stephen Amell or Grant Gustin lending their voices? Signs look good, but we’ll know more soon.

Hopefully this is just a prelude to a live-action Vixen appearance in either series, or her own series proper. A minority actress starring in a superhero show would be a tremendous move for the network in the near future.

With a “pre-Vibe” Francisco on The Flash, this Vixen announcement, and a name-dropped Ralph Dibny (maybe dead, maybe not), we keep creeping closer and closer to Justice League Detroit territory. I can’t say I ever imagined that possibility arising.

Vixen 2 The CW announces Vixen animated series as part of Arrow verse

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14. Adding some Peggy Carter to your style

With a beautifully shot period piece like Agent Carter, a great deal of work is invested in the props, set design and costuming. Though Agent Carter features costumes created specifically for the show (and a few genuine vintage pieces), the looks aren’t hard to create with the help of modcloth.com and other vintage-inspired retailers.


 Adding some Peggy Carter to your style

Peggy Carter’s most signature look is, arguably, her deep red matte lips. Actress Hayley Atwell tweeted recently and revealed the brand and shade used to create her look – Besame lipstick in Red Velvet.

 Adding some Peggy Carter to your style

Another steadfast staple in Peggy’s itinerary is her deep red nail color, donned in the movie and on the series. Atwell also revealed the color used for shooting: OPI’s Cinnamon Sweet.


 Adding some Peggy Carter to your style

In keeping with the post-war, conservative style, Peggy typically dons blazers with muted colors and flared skirts. Costumer designer Giovanna Ottobre-Melto said in a recent interview that she also made it a point to give Peggy access to black-seamed stockings:

“Her stylish black seamed nylon stockings, for example, were not readily available to the average woman in the marketplace, yet helped establish her fashion-forward look. You’ll see the other female characters in the show donning the traditional nude seamed stockings when they were available. If you didn’t have access to these fancy seamed stockings, your roommate drew them on for you!”

Pieces shown above:

J Crew blazer

H M knee length skirt

Tan stockings

Oxford heel shoes


 Adding some Peggy Carter to your style


Even when she’s not at work, Peggy seems to draw from her patriotic leanings and often gravitates to either red, white or blue as her outfit’s base, in homage to both her country and Captain America. Though Ottobre-Melto said that most outfits were created specifically for the show (in multiples, due to the risk of damaging the items during stunt scenes), she opted for a genuine vintage gown for the shot above. The look can be recreated with the above-featured below-knee, navy blue, long-sleeved dress, available here.


 Adding some Peggy Carter to your style  

This is the least practical look for re-creating at home, but because cosplay will always be a thing, let’s tackle Peggy’s espionage look – the Veronica Lake inspired gold dress with blonde hair. Once again, this is an item you can’t buy off the shelf – and the closest-looking items we can find come in with high price tags, but staying true to the idea of a glamorous, textured gold dress with capped sleeves and ample cleavage still leaves some more affordable options, such this Ralph Lauren metallic gown

Is this the dorkiest post ever?

Yes, yes it is. But if you have any other comic looks you’d like us to recreate, let us know.

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15. Daredevil will debut on Netflix April 10th

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Photo: USA Today

After last night’s smashing success of a debut for Agent Carter on ABC, Marvel television is running on a nice critical high-point. Its next big gamble will be quick to follow-up as Marvel and Netflix have announced that Daredevil will hit the online network on April 10th, just a little under a month before Avengers: Age of Ultron (which opens in theaters on May 1st).

There’s been much talk about the tone of Daredevil and how it looks to lean towards grittier, 70’s inspired material, and while we have a few promo shots that have made their way on-line, there’s still no sign of the actual Daredevil costume. Here’s hoping that appears fairly up-front in the series and isn’t held back until the final episode. Given the origin-heavy take, its possible the series may lean on Frank Miller’s Man Without Fear design for the duration of the first season. We’ll know soon enough.

Daredevil poster Daredevil will debut on Netflix April 10th


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16. Review: Agent Carter shows the lads how it’s done

agentcarter Review: Agent Carter shows the lads how its done

Marvel’s 8-episode run of Agent Carter kicked off last night with a 2-hour premiere, unveiling a tight cast of characters, punch in its dialogue, and a dash of panache peppered in each step.

Though the first episode had to address the elephant in the room for any Captain America fan – Steve Rogers’ assumed death – the note is far less somber and grim that might be expected. Carter grieves, but she’s also doing her best to keep a stiff upper lip and move on, which seems nearly impossible given the constant reminders of her fallen soldier from her colleagues and the radio airwaves.

Relegated to answering phones and filing paperwork, Carter’s importance in the war and her role going forward is marginalized by the men who are returning from war. She shares a tiny studio apartment with a friend. A close acquaintance of hers, Howard Stark, is also being accused of selling dangerous weapons on the black market to foes of the United States.

Basically, things aren’t going well.

When Stark and his butler, Jarvis, approach Carter and ask her to help locate the person responsible for stealing the weapons and selling them, Carter agrees. Cue: blonde wig, fabulous party, Bond-like gadgets, and general espionage as Carter locates the newest weapon to hit the black market and attempts to destroy it.

The show’s primary strength is, of course, Agent Carter herself – Hayley Atwell. Atwell’s acting skills are leagues beyond the majority of her counterparts in sibling show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and can carry the series with a much smaller, tighter ensemble as a result. Her physical strength and fight scenes are coordinated in a way that feels completely believable, and Atwell pulls off Carter’s sassy and snappy dialogue in a way that still manages to make the character likable. James D’Arcy as Edwin Jarvis was also a refreshing surprise. Rather than an Alfred-style, all-knowing guru, Jarvis is eager but green in his attempts to assist Carter, often putting him in the position of Carter’s likable protege.

The secondary strength of Agent Carter’s premiere is that it is largely exploring new ground with Peggy Carter. Absent are the visual cues crammed into a show like Gotham, which spent an inordinate portion of its premiere hitting viewers over the head with connections to existing material. It’s a show that feels vastly more like a period piece than a comic book property, which is to the show’s benefit; after Gotham, Arrow, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and The Flash, this approach helps to differentiate the show from its predecessors. In a word: Agent Carter is stylish, both in the way it’s shot and costumed and how it quietly steps around common tropes.

At this point in the game it may be too early to judge the show’s villain, but things on that end feel a bit murky. Carter hunts down several men who tell her that “Leviathan” is behind the recent thefts (from the Jonathan Hickman-written Secret Warriors). At first glance, it feels like Leviathan will play out as the identical twin of Hydra, just dressed a bit differently. So far the Leviathan agents Carter encounters have all had their voice boxes removed, which is an interesting trademark, but after following the events of Hydra so closely on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., it’s hard not to worry that this villain will feel a bit redundant.

On the whole, this is the most promising series premiere of the current crop of comic shows on air. Trimming down the cast to rely on a few really solid, high-quality actors and reducing the number of episodes for the season to cut out the filler and stand-alone stories keeps the show taut, suspenseful and interesting.

Favorite moments:

  • Carter takes the stairs and gracefully bashes James Urbaniak with a briefcase
  • “Crikey O’Riley”
  • Bubbles from The Wire (!)
  • Jarvis runs to open Carter’s door; “Too late!”

Are we alone in our love for this new show? Let’s hear what you think!

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17. Critics falling for Hayley Atwell in tonight’s Agent Carter premiere

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The time has come: After fans watched Hayley Atwell tweet for months about accidentally punching her co-stars in production, Agent Carter‘s 8-episode run kicks off tonight with a 2 hour premiere on ABC, starting at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

Picking up where Captain America: The First Avenger left off, Agent Carter centers on Peggy Carter’s work for the Strategic Scientific Reserve and her attempt to help friend Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper), who is being framed for dealing weapons to U.S. enemies. More than that, the show will also focus on the difficulty of Carter working in a male-dominated field, particularly in the 1940s when men are returning home from the war. It’s a timely a premise as ever in the comics industry and for Marvel, given the recent flack Kevin Feige caught for the lack of a solo Black Widow movie and the studio’s decision to release a Captain Marvel movie in 2018.

Early reviews of the two-hour premiere are mostly positive, with a broad consensus that Atwell is the jewel in the show’s crown and some slight concerns about the plot’s direction. With only an 8-episode order to start with, however, the show is already on a firmer footing than its sibling, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, which arguably suffers from the challenge of fulfilling a 22-episode season and hurts the show’s overall arc.

Early buzz:

“A lot of Agent Carter’s kick come from its setting, with its automats and Captain America Adventure Program radio shows. The series takes advantage of the period on the technical side, going all in with the shadowy lighting and softened color-tones. But its greatest asset is Atwell, who takes a character that Marvel Comics has never really done much with before and makes it her own.” – AV Club, Noel Murray

“Who knew the solution to Marvel’s problem was to turn the clock back rather than forward — and turn the spotlight over to a British woman? By setting the story in 1946, this new short-run series immediately gets a snappy, well-tailored, Hollywood-glamour look that separates it from most of TV’s offerings.” – USA Today, Robert Bianco

“The first hour suffers from a few Marvel Inc. tropes. Somebody named Stark invented something dangerous; everyone wants an All-Important Glowing Thing; there’s an implicit promise that nothing will be solved for weeks/years to come.” – Entertainment Weekly, Darren Franich

Along with Atwell and Cooper, Agent Carter features James D’Arcy as Edwin Jarvis, Chad Michael Murray as Jack Thompson, and Lyndsy Fonesca as Angie Martinelli.

Check back tomorrow for our review of the show’s premiere episode, which was penned by Captain America: The First Avenger writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.







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18. Here’s your first full cast photo for ‘Powers’

Powers cast photo Heres your first full cast photo for Powers

Via Brian Michael Bendis’ Tumblr page, here’s your first cast photo from the upcoming Playstation Network series Powers, based on the former Image, now Icon title by Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming.

The series will be free to Playstation Plus subscribers, but all Playstation owners will be able to view the pilot for free when its made available later this year. The pilot was written by Charlie Huston (Moon Knight) and directed by David Slade (30 Days of Night).

Powers centers on Detectives Christian Walker (Sharlto Copley) and Deena Pilgrim (Susan Heyward) as they investigate cases involving superheroes and supervillains, working in a special homicide division called “Powers”. The cast also includes Michelle Forbes as Retro Girl, Eddie Izzard as Wolfe, Noah Taylor as Johnny Royalle, and Olesya Rulin as Calista.

The original Bendis-Oeming collaboration was a critical smash when it debuted, winning the Eisner Award for Best New Series in 2001.

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19. 13 is the unlucky number of episodes for CONSTANTINE

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Constantine’s production has been halted at 13 episodes, Deadline reports, but it may not be gone for good.

While NBC recently made a similar decision on freshmen comedy series Bad Judge and A to Z, I hear the circumstances are different. While Bad Judge and A to Z had been de facto cancelled, Constantine remains in contention for a second-season renewal.

NBC had to make a decision whether to keep Constantine in continuous production with little ratings information. While the series began production on a standard fall premiere production schedule, its launch was delayed until late October when NBC’s Friday genre block usually debuts, so the network had to make a call whether to order additional episodes after only four episodes had aired vs. at least seven, which is the norm for freshman series.

The Flash and Gotham, which debuted earlier, already have full season orders. Constantine ratings had been inching upwards, so it isn’t a hopeless case. That said, I am still dreaming of seeing the ghostly white flesh of The Spectre someday, so do the right thing, NBC!

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20. Game of Thrones Playing Cards

Not long until it’s Game of Thrones all the way, as the new season premieres in the Spring, In the meantime, in order to celebrate Game of Thrones as well as other hit shows, Ladbrokes Poker has created a set of illustrated playing cards that feature the programme’s central characters.

Star performances from the show’s top characters draw in millions of viewers every week and scenes featuring Joffrey Baratheon, Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow are among the most popular. Let’s take a look at these characters to see why Ladbrokes have chosen to feature them on their site.

joffrey Game of Thrones Playing Cards  Character Name: Joffrey Baratheon.

Position in Show:  From the House Baratheon of King’s Landing, known as the King of the Andals and the First Men, and is the legal son of King Robert Baratheon.

Character overview: Now deceased after being poisoned during his wedding dinner, Joffrey was known to be cruel, arrogant and the epitome of a tyrannical ruler. He was also naive and foolish, and his rash actions were often put down to his incestuous descent.


daenerys Game of Thrones Playing CardsPlaying Card: King.




Character Name: Daenerys Targaryen.

Position in Show: From the House Targaryen, daughter of King Aerys II Targaryen.

Character overview: Known for her intelligence, Daenerys is one of the show’s central and most popular characters, which is what earned her the title of Queen in the Ladbrokes online game. She has a polite nature and calming personality that can sometimes see her look at the world with rose-tinted glasses. While a little naïve at times, she is filled with silent fortitude that makes this character notably strong.

Playing Card: Queen.

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Character Name: Jon Snow.

Position in Show: From the House Stark, known as the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch and famous for being the bastard son of Lord Eddard Stark.

Character overview: Jon is one of the most honourable characters in the show, and his clear understanding of right and wrong can make important decision making tasks particularly hard. He formed strong relationships with his half-siblings and has a compassionate nature, which can add to his protective side. Jon also has a charming shyness around members of the opposite sex.

Playing Card: Jack.



Ladbrokes’ illustrated playing cards that feature some of the most loved characters from Game of Thrones, as well as popular characters from other hit shows can be seen on the Ladbrokes site.


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21. Mad as Hell: Thoughts on Aaron Sorkin

Kind of an obvious insight, but the problem with Sorkin is that when you criticize his shows, you turn into a Sorkin character. — emilynussbaum (@emilynussbaum) December 7, 2014 I had no plans to comment on "Oh, Shenandoah," the now-infamous penultimate episode of Aaron Sorkin's final (?) TV series The Newsroom.  I've tried not to think about Sorkin since I gave up on The Newsroom two episodes

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22. Captain America’s Shield and Joe Quesada show up on the Stephen Colbert farewell

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There were few dry eyes across America as Stephen Colbert wrapped up his nine year run on The Colbert Report—and staying in character, instead of breaking the wall and getting sentimental, he went gonzo fantasy, defeating Grimmy, his long time nemesis, or Death himself, and gaining immortality. Immortality has perks, such as assembling a zeitgeist all-stat lineup of pals from Bryan Cranston to George Lucas to Cyndi Lauper and James Franco who came out to sing the closing song from Dr Strangelove, “We’ll Meet Again. ” Although it was hard to spot all the celebs in the chorus, among them was two-time guests, Marvel CCO Joe Quesada:

As I watched the show, I wondered what would become of the Captain America shield prominently displayed behind Colbert. It’s been a fixture of the Colbert set since it was given to him in 2007 after Captain America died in a storyline, and Colbert was deemed worthy to carry it. The actual shield is one that was owned by late Marvel editor Mark Gruenwald, and held a lot of residual mojo for Marvel fans. To my surprise, it made a starring role in the finale of the show, as Colbert wonders what t do with his new found immortality, and is whisked off to Valinor* in a sleigh with Santa, Abraham Lincoln and Alex Trebek.

You could actually see some dents in the shield on the close-ups—it’s a real life horcrux, and I hope it goes to some dignified resting place.

Colbert had a bunch of comics folks on his Report over the years—The Late Show is a bigger venue, but I have a feeling he’ll sneak in a few nerd icons along the way.

* Since Colbert is such a Tolkien scholar, you KNOW it was Valinor! In real life, however, Valinor is CBS, where Colbert will take over The Late Show in May, 2015.

Screen cap via KEvin Melrose

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23. NBC announces Constantine return date and time-slot

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When NBC’s take on DC/Vertigo’s chain-smoking anti-hero struggled in the ratings, the network halted production on Constantine after 13 episodes. Middling critical response and a terrible time-slot (Friday nights at 10 pm) didn’t help its cause, and the question became when/if NBC would ever air those remaining episodes after its mid-season finale capped out at the 8th episode.

Fans of the series took to social media with the #SaveConstantine hashtag, trying to stave off what seemed like the inevitable cancellation of the new series. Even executive producer Daniel Cerone got in on the grassroots action.

If nothing else, NBC has provided a stay of execution today, as the show’s official Twitter feed has announced Constantine‘s return on January 16th at 8 pm, where the 5 remaining episodes will air.

Will a new time-slot provide a shot in the arm or will it just be a fulfilling of an obligation? Time and viewership will tell.

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24. Marvel and Netflix’s ‘Daredevil’ leaning towards ‘The Wire’ in its tone

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With 2015 just a few days away, we’re on the verge of another big deluge of superhero cinema and television; from Agent Carter, the return of The Flash, Arrow, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. from their mid-season hiatuses to the Fantastic Four reboot, the big-screen debut of Ant-Man, and of course the giant, sure to be mega-hit The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Despite all of that varying level of excitement, the endeavor that most has me running around my office in excitement is the upcoming Netflix series based on Marvel’s hero of Hell’s Kitchen: Daredevil. The first of four series (that also include AKA Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist) before leading into The Defenders event miniseries that ties all four shows together, Daredevil has been filming since July of this year and stars Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock/Daredevil, Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson Fisk/The Kingpin, Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, and Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson, among others. The series is show-run by Steven S. DeKnight (Spartacus) and was developed by Drew Goddard (The  Cabin in the Woods).

Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Marvel Television head Jeph Loeb described the scope of the new series, particularly its setting:

Within the Marvel universe there are thousands of heroes of all shapes and sizes, but The Avengers are here to save the universe and Daredevil is here to save the neighborhood. It’s a very unique look at Hell’s Kitchen in New York, where Matt Murdock grew up and continues to defend it from people who would harm the people that live there.

He also spoke about The Kingpin and the role he’ll play:

Fisk has very many different aspects so it’s not all, ‘I want to conquer the city and make a lot of money.’ In our story, we tell the story of how he met his wife Vanessa and how they fell in love — our antagonist actually has a love story. That’s the love story you’re following, the one you’re invested in, and seeing how that affects him and changes him. I think Vincent just brings such depth to it, his performance is just astounding.

That very love story played a big role in the Frank Miller run, though I doubt we’ll see any sort of sewer dwelling mutants (or whatever thdaredevil 2 300x199 Marvel and Netflixs Daredevil leaning towards The Wire in its tonee Marvel Cinematic Universe equivalent will end up being).

One of the bigger discussion points surrounding this effort relates to overall tone. Daredevil has been a comic that typically veers towards the grim and gritty side ofthings, though his origins as a superhero in the swashbuckling mold have led some creators (like Karl Kesel and Mark Waid for example) to runs that are just as cherished as those by Miller, Brian Michael Bendis, and Ed Brubaker. Where will this new small screen iteration find its inspiration? Loeb touches on this subject:

We really wanted to take our cue from [films like] The French ConnectionDog Day AfternoonTaxi Driver, and make it very, very grounded, very gritty, very real. We always say we would rather lean toward The Wire than what’s considered a classic superhero television show.

It should be pointed out that this is not terribly far off from the take that director Joe Carnahan was aiming for when he was attached to the property when it was still under Fox’s umbrella. You can check out his old concept sizzle reel here, but be forewarned, it’s a bit violent.

Lastly Loeb discussed the possibility of future Daredevil villains appearing, specifically on-going arch-nemesis Bullseye, who appeared in the much lamented Daredevil film from 2003:

I wouldn’t say there’s no plans to include [Bullseye] in the series. It’s not not to say he wouldn’t be in the series at some point. But I think if you try to jam in too many characters, it just becomes a mess. And [Bullseye’s] story was told in the last iteration of Daredevil that anybody saw. My feeling was, ‘Why repeat it?’ And honestly, if you’re looking for a juicy, multi-faceted crime drama, Wilson Fisk was the obvious choice to play the antagonist. Bullseye is a little more cut and dry. Not to say you couldn’t make him fantastic over 13 hours, but Fisk really felt like the right yin to the yang for Matt, and for what we wanted to do this season.

There’s no specific release date for Daredevil as of yet, but we know its coming in May of 2015. As with most Netflix original programming, I expect to have it all binge-watched within 24 to 48 hours myself, provided its actually good of course.


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25. The Downton Countdown

Season 5 trailer for those who watch previews. Personally, I’m allergic to them.

Today feels like the weekend and I keep having to remind myself it’s only Wednesday. Guess I’m a wee bit excited about the return of Downton Abbey. Yes, I’ll be recapping the episodes again. Here’s my master list of recaps from previous seasons, if you need to brush up. :)

(Did you catch the two “Text Santa” Downton spoof videos last week? Part 1, Part 2.)

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