Umbrella Academy Showrunner Interview

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: a group of kids with extraordinary powers are raised together to save the world. No, no, it’s not the X-Men. It’s The Umbrella Academy, Netflix’s new series based on the Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba comic book.

One day, women around the world give birth to super-powered children. Sir Reginald Hargreaves (Colm Feore) collects seven of them to raise in his mansion. They learn to use their powers for good, but when they reunite as adults after Hargreaves’ funeral, they have some lingering trauma to work out. Then Number Five (Aidan Gallagher) reappears with some bad news about the end of the world.

Jeremy Slater began work on The Umbrella Academy streaming series, but Steve Blackman took over and produced the current version. Blackman spoke with /Film by phone about The Umbrella Academy, which is currently streaming on Netflix. And a spoiler warning for some of the comics and first batch of episodes.

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doom patrol trailer

DC Universe’s second live-action show, Doom Patrol, arrives today. This superhero team consists of Robotman (Brendan Fraser), Negative Man (Matt Bomer), Elasti-Girl (April Bowlby), Cyborg (Joivan Wade) and Crazy Jane (Diane Guerrero) and a farting donkey. So it’s not the Justice League. It’s not even the Suicide Squad.

During a Television Critics Assoiation panel for Doom Patrol, series creator Jeremy Carver confirmed appearances by Danny the Street, Celsius and other characters from the Grant Morrison run Doom Patrol. Flashbacks reveal more of the characters’ backstories, like how Larry Trainor was a closeted pilot before a crash made him Negative Man and Cliff Steele was an adulterous race car driver before Chief (Timothy Dalton) put his brain inside a robot.

Carver spoke with /Film after the TCA panel further about the cinematic look of the show, overlapping Cyborg characters, and more.

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The Boys TV Show Details

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have produced another TV series based on a Garth Ennis comic book. The Boys is about a world in which superheroes are A-holes and cause lots of collateral damage, including civilian death. The title characters are the group who step up to keep the superheroes in line. Rogen, Goldberg, EP Eric Kripke and cast were on an Amazon panel for the Television Critics Association to discuss the new streaming series coming later this year.

Here are five things we learned from The Boys’ panel.

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Transparent Finale

The end of Transparent became mired in allegations that star Jeffrey Tambor sexually harassed and was abusive towards trans women co-stars. Tambor was let go from the show after season four, and a fifth season was eventually abandoned in favor of a movie.

Transparent creator Jill Soloway was on an Amazon panel for Amazon Prime Video Visionary Voices, during which Soloway explained how the Transparent finale movie became a musical.

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The Hunt Characters

During her opening remarks to the Television Critics Association, Amazon Studios head of originals Jennifer Salke confirmed Al Pacino, Logan Lerman and Jerrika Hinton would play the lead roles in Jordan Peele’s upcoming series The Hunt. This is the third TV series Peele is producing, after YouTube’s Weird City and CBS All Access’s The Twilight Zone. We also learned a lot more about who those actors are playing.

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Jack Ryan Amazon

Amazon closed the Television Critics Association winter press tour with a bang, making many announcements. Amazon Studios head of originals Jennifer Salke and co-heads Vernon Sanders and Albert Cheng spoke with reporters, revealing news about Jack Ryan, A League of Their Own, Homecoming, The Expanse and Amazon’s Woody Allen deal.

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Russo Brothers spy show

During their summer Television Critics Association last year, Amazon announced a new series from Avengers: Infinity War directors Anthony and Joe Russo…and didn’t offer any information about it. Just having the Russo Brothers create a show was enough, and there were some hints that it would be international in multiple languages. Today, Amazon revealed more details about the Russo Brothers show – though still not a title. Here are three things we now know about the Russo Brothers’ new Amazon series. Read More »

benedict cumberbatch Good Omens

Amazon presented a panel on their upcoming series Good Omens on the last day of the Television Critics Association winter press tour, where they announced the show’s official premiere date. Author and showrunner Neil Gaiman was on the panel with stars Michael Sheen and David Tennant and executive producer and director Douglas Mackinnon, where they revealed that Doctor Strange star Benedict Cumberbatch will play Satan in the series opposite Frances McDormand as God. Here are four things we learned about Amazon’s Good Omens. Read More »

lord of the rings tv series update

During their summer Television Critics Association panel last year, Amazon announced JD Payne and Patrick McKay would write and run their Lord of the Rings series. Announcements from this winter’s Amazon TCA session weren’t quite as major, but we still got some updates on the streaming series.

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schooled

Class is in session for The Goldbergs‘ new spin-off this year. Schooled follows Lainey Lewis (AJ Michalka) as she becomes a teacher at William Penn Academy. Mr. Glascott (Tim Meadows) is now the principal and Mr. Mellor (Bryan Callen) and Mr. Ball (Stephen Tobolowsky) are still around too.

What The Goldbergs is to the ’80s, Schooled is to the ’90s. Mark Firek, who co-created Schooled with Adam F. Goldberg, was at ABC’s party for the Television Critics Association and spoke with /Film about the show’s take on the ’90s, and this week’s episode centered on the iconic ’90s musical Rent. Schooled airs Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. right after The Goldbergs on ABC.

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