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 »

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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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Supergirl Season 2 Clip

Supergirl moves over to The CW when the second season premieres next month, and along with that change comes the arrival of Kara Zor-El’s world-famous cousin, Superman.

We’ve already gotten a first look at Tyler Hoechlin suited up as the Man of Steel alongside his superhero cousin (Melissa Benoist), and now the first clip from the second season premiere shows Superman in action, working with Supergirl to save an aircraft in distress.

Watch the Supergirl season 2 clip after the jump. Read More »

Luke Cage Season 2

This weekend brings Luke Cage to Netflix, marking the third Marvel series to hit the streaming service, leaving just one more to debut before The Defenders can be formed. However, it turns out there may be another superhero team that we could see come to the small screen.

When you watch the first season of Luke Cage this weekend, showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker confirms that despite the forthcoming arrival of Iron Fist with his own series, we won’t see Luke Cage and Iron Fist team up to become the Heroes for Hire. That’s the small business venture in New York City that has the two superheroes offering the investigation and protection services. But even though this team isn’t formed in the first season, if all goes well we could see that happen in season two.

In addition, Luke Cage star Mike Colter addresses which side the character would pick in the Marvel cinematic’s universe’s Civil War. Read More »

New Lucasfilm Animation Projects

Just recently, Ben Sherwood, the President of Disney-ABC Television Group broke the hearts of Star Wars fans by saying that there were no plans to get a live-action Star Wars series off the ground. However, he did confirm that there was development at Lucasfilm Animation at Disney XD regarding the next animated series set in a galaxy far, far away. Now some shuffling behind the scenes further confirms that some new Lucasfilm Animation projects are on the way, and with that also comes big changes at Star Wars Rebels. Read More »

The Simpsons season 28 Burns

The Simpsons is entering its 28th year, yet I still have new questions every time I see showrunner Al Jean at the Fox Television Critics Association party. Jean has been the show runner for 26 of the 28 years. He took two years to do the short-lived animated series The Critic, and may be the only other person besides myself who has watched every single episode of The Simpsons.

This year, Fox made some announcements during their TCA executive session. Amy Schumer is doing a voice role on all of their Sunday night animated shows, and The Simpsons will do their first ever one-hour episode. Read our interview with Al Jean below. Read More »

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Doctor Who spinoff Class premiere

Good news, Whovians: we now know exactly when Class will be in session. U.K. fans will be able to catch the Doctor Who spinoff starting October 22 on BBC Three. U.S. fans, unfortunately, will have to wait a bit longer, as Class won’t hit BBC America until spring 2017.

Whenever it reaches your country, though, you can count on the Doctor himself to help get the party started. Peter Capaldi is confirmed to appear in the Class series premiere, which is called “For Tonight We Might Die.” Patrick Ness (A Monster Calls) created the series and is executive producing with Doctor Who‘s Steven Moffat and Brian MinchinRead More »

Mr. Robot Season 2 Finale Questions

Mr. Robot Season 2 has come to a close, leaving us with a couple of cliffhangers and many questions. Thankfully Mr. Robot showrunner Sam Esmail and some of the cast have answered some of your burning questions, or at very least, providing insight into the choices that were made in this finale. What is going to happen to Phase 2 of F Society’s plans? How does Tyrell play into the future of this story? What is going on with Angela? Is the FBI too close to stopping it all? What’s with that post-credits scene? And what might we expect from Mr. Robot season 3? Hit the jump as we attempt to sift through the

Hit the jump as we examine the interviews and try to answer all of your Mr. Robot Season 2 finale questions.

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Margot Robbie Hosting Saturday Night Live

The 42nd season of Saturday Night Live will kick off on October 1st. Just recently we found out the three new names who will be joining the cast following the surprising exits of Jay Pharoah and Taran Killam (and the not-so-surprising exit of featured player Jon Rudnitsky). And now we finally know who will be hosting the season premiere.

Margot Robbie has risen to fame rather quickly in a short period of time thanks to her breakthrough turn in The Wolf of Wall Street up through her recent turn as Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad. Now she’ll be hosting Saturday Night Live for the first time. Read More »