‘Adventure Time’ Is Ending in 2018

Adventure Time Ending

If you’ve been fond of grabbing your friends and going to distant lands with Jake the dog and Finn the human over the past six years, we have some bad but inevitable news. Cartoon Network has announced that Adventure Time will be ending after the ninth season of the animated series concludes in 2018. Read More »

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The Simpsons Supporting Characters

The Simpsons just began its 28th season this past weekend, which is quite an achievement. Though the show is named for the family who acts as our main characters, The Simpsons has a cavalcade of supporting characters who have appeared throughout the show’s long history. Surely one of you out there once wondered which of those characters outside The Simpsons themselves talked the most, and now we have an answer.

Todd W. Schneider is a big fan of data mapping, and he’s taken it upon himself to create some infographics looking at certain details on the iconic animated TV series that has been airing on FOX for nearly 30 years. Most of his charts tally up the amount of dialogue for characters and where that dialogue takes place, but no statistical look at The Simpsons would be complete without looking at the show’s ratings over time.

Check out The Simpsons supporting characters dialogue count and other infographics below. Read More »

Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live

This weekend brings the first episode of the 42nd season of Saturday Night Live, with Suicide Squad star Margot Robbie hosting. This will be the first season without Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah in years, and it will also have two new head writers in control of the night’s sketches, and three new cast members. But there’s one more big change coming this season.

While recent years have seen presidential candidate Donald Trump played by the recently departed Taran Killam, followed by the return of Darrell Hammond in the role to allow Killam to play former candidate Ted Cruz, this season will put someone else in the role, and he isn’t a cast member. Alec Baldwin will be playing Donald Trump on this season of Saturday Night Live, and he’ll be going head-to-head with recent Emmy winner Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton in a debate sketch this weekend.

See a promo for the arrival of Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live below. Read More »

agents of shield mcu return

After Phil Coulson and the agency helped assemble The Avengers, an ABC television series spin-off launched to tell the ongoing adventures of the Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.  But S.H.I.E.L.D wasn’t long for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Hydra had infiltrated the group, and the agency was brought down by the events seen in Captain America: Winter Soldier. While the team has continued as a small unofficial faction in the tv series, they have not been seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe ever since. The Marvel movie and television groups have been divided, and even those involved in the shows don’t have much hope for future crossovers. It’s almost like the Marvel universe has been split into two entirely separate cinematic and television dimensions that not even Doctor Strange can merge.

But there may be hope for SHIELD to return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. At least if you believe Samuel L Jackson, who plays former SHIELD director Nick Fury. Could a SHIELD MCU return actually happen?

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SWAT Reboot

This fall, CBS revived MacGyver with a TV series reboot starring Lucas Till, and before that they successfully brought back Hawaii Five-O and The Odd Couple. Now they’re reaching back into the 1970s for another series reboot.

SWAT ran on CBS for just two seasons totaling 37 episodes from February 1975 to April 1976 and was turned into a feature film of the same name. Now it’s getting a series reboot at its home network with The Shield creator Shawn Ryan on board, as well as Fast & Furious franchise director Justin Lin. Find out more about the SWAT reboot after the jump. Read More »

The Tick series

The Tick is officially a go. Amazon has given a series order to the latest reboot of Ben Edlund‘s big blue superhero, along with the new comedies Jean-Claude Van Johnson, starring (you guessed it) Jean-Claude Van Damme, and I Love Dick, from Transparent creator Jill SolowayRead More »

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netflix's the crown trailer

It seems like every week now, Netflix releases a new trailer for a new original television series that seems too good to be true. The level of talent and material they are producing is just unmatched, even by HBO at this point.

Today’s trailer is for The Crown, a new original series which reunites Academy Award-nominated writer Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) with three-time Oscar-nominated director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) and producer Andy Harries (The Queen). It’s an adaptation of the award-winning play The Audience, which tells the behind the scenes story of Queen Elizabeth II’s early reign, “revealing the personal intrigues, romances, and political rivalries behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th Century.”

Watch The Crown trailer after the jump and leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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VOTD: What Makes a Good TV Show Title Sequence?

Best TV Show Title Sequences

Right now we’re in a new golden age of television where the programming that’s on our screens at home, whether it’s from networks, cable channels or streaming services, is some of the best quality storytelling right now. And a small part of what makes any television show memorable is a great opening title sequence.

A new video essay takes a look at some of the traits of great title sequences from shows such as Game of Thrones, True Detective, Mad Men, Dexter, Weeds and more, all of which create an ambiance that prepares you for the world you’re about to enter. Within many of the best TV show title sequences lie visual metaphors and themes hinting at the characters and their stories. Read More »

Stranger Things season two

Stranger Things season two begins shooting next month. Since cameras haven’t started rolling yet, we don’t know much about what The Duffer Brothers have planned for their follow-up to the wildly popular first season, but they’ve been sharing bread crumbs of information now and then. Producer and director Shawn Levy hasn’t released any new revelatory information about season two, either, but he does say the next season will feature some “next-level” stuff and that the show will age along with its young characters.

Below, Shawn Levy discusses Stranger Things season two.

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