Maisie Williams Doctor Who

Here’s the new trailer for Doctor Who season nine, and this footage features a whole collection of wild shots, many of which seem to be from the two-part opening story. Among the many sights in this trailer are a few shots that suggest details of the Maisie Williams Doctor Who guest role, briefly glimpsed at the end of the first trailer, and suggested much more heavily now thanks to shots like the one above.

But she’s not even the lone highlight of this trailer, as there are Daleks, other alien sights, and more of Peter Capaldi‘s grit as this incarnation of the Doctor. You can see both the new trailer and the first one below.  Read More »

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Friday the 13th TV series

Last year producers were in development on a Friday the 13th TV series that sounded very The CW-ready and pretty dumb, with a plan to explore Jason Voorhees’ in different time periods, and revelations about “his wacky family.”

That version of the series appears to have quietly died off, but now there’s a new Friday the 13th TV development. This one is actually headed for The CW. The new version features a different creative team, with the first script(s) coming from Steve Mitchell and Craig Van Sickle, who created the 1996 NBC series The Pretender. Read More »

CW Passed on Supergirl

In addition to confirming that Matt Ryan will appear on an Arrow episode as John Constantine, Mark Pedowitz, President of The CW, spoke to the Television Critics Association today about the reasons the company passed on Supergirl, and how The CW’s superhero lineup has evolved to include three shows.

All told, his comments give some insight into the evolution of The CW slate, and also caution us not to take the Constantine/Arrow crossover news as indication of a back door pilot plan.  Read More »

Twin Peaks production

Showtime Networks President David Nevins spoke to the Television Critics Association today, and the premium network’s plans for a Twin Peaks revival was a significant part of his announcements. When he started taking questions, I asked him specifically what happened with writer/director David Lynch’s tweets in April, when the creator of the show said the Showtime series was moving on without him.

Lynch did return to the show, however and is now directing the entire series, with the official start of production set for September. The number of episodes is yet to be decided, as is the premiere date. Read More »

Stephen Colbert guests

CBS closed its day of Television Critics Association panels with Stephen Colbert discussing taking over as host of The Late Show. As soon as he was hired, Colbert stated he would retire the “Stephen Colbert” character of The Colbert Report. Today we got an example of what the real Stephen Colbert will be like, and the biggest difference might be when he’s interviewing guests. Read More »

Guardians of the Galaxy Groot origins

Groot was the breakout favorite from last summer’s Guardians of the Galaxy, but for a variety of reasons — including the film’s running time, its narrative scope, and the fact that Groot is only capable of saying the words “I am Groot” — we never really got to dig into his backstory. Where did this lovable tree-creature come from? Who taught him how to fight like that? And how did he meet his BFF Rocket?

We’ll have to wait and see if any of those questions are answered in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but in the meantime his animated counterpart is getting a bit more history. Disney XD has unveiled a Groot origin story short ahead of its new cartoon series Guardians of the Galaxy, delving back into his childhood on an entire planet of Groots. Watch the Groot origin story after the jump.  Read More »

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Supergirl

CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler gave an executive session for the Television Critics Association on Monday, August 10th. Speaking about the networks’ fall premiere of Supergirl, Tassler said the casts of Supergirl and the CW’s DC superhero shows The Flash and Arrow will promote their shows together, but ruled out any possible Supergirl crossover with those shows. And producer Andrew Kreisberg teases the arrival of a character seen in Superman II, who will be realized a bit differently on the show.

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Game of Thrones dragon visual effects

Just last month, not long after the fifth season of Game of Thrones came to an end, we featured a look at some of the impressive and sometimes invisible visual effects of HBO’s hit fantasy series. And before that, there was a special emphasis places on the visual effects of the exciting episode “Hardhome.” But we’ve yet to dive into the visual effects of the dragons.

That changes today with a new featurette that looks at how the dragons were created in the episode “The Dance of Dragons.” Keep in mind though that this is the second to last episode of the fifth season, so if you’re not caught up, then you will want to wait to watch this featurette to avoid spoilers. But if you’re all good, then watch the Game of Thrones dragons visual effects featurette below! Read More »

Westworld teaser

HBO debuted the first Westworld teaser to coincide with the season finale of True Detective. The brief tease for the series-length remake and expansion of Michael Crichton’s 1973 sci-fi film is certainly eye-catching and intriguing.

We don’t know much about the show. Westworld comes from exec producers Jonathan Nolan, Lisa Joy, and J.J. Abrams, and has been called “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.” Combine that with the plot of the original film, which features an amusement park for adults in which synthetic humanoids help recreate a few different periods from history, but also become very dangerous when they malfunction, and we’re excited to see what the team has created.

This Westworld teaser has some gorgeous and very tantalizing shots; check it out below. Read More »