Roots Remake Gets Trailer Memorial Day Premiere

roots-tv-series-picWhen television events are talked about today, they’re naturally compared to the television events from years past. While there’s been a resurgence of so-called “event TV” over the past few years, nothing has ever quite managed to grip the interest and eyeballs of the nation quite like Roots. It’s been nearly 40 years since the miniseries first created the concept of “must see TV” and it is still the standard by which many events are held to this day.History hopes to recapture some of that glory with their upcoming remake of Alex Haley’s classic exploration of slavery in America. Roots, starring Malachi Kirby (Jekyll and Hyde) as Kunta Kinte, Laurence Fishburne (Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice) as Alex Haley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Dracula) as Tom Lea, and Anna Paquin (True Blood) as Nancy Holt, looks to present the story in a new way for new audiences when it makes its premiere this year. Now, the long-gestating project has finally delivered its first trailer as well as an official premiere date this Memorial Day.The first trailer offers viewers an idea of what’s to come. The four-part series updates Haley’s work with a modern style and sensibility, which, from all appearances, seems to separate it from its predecessor.

For those who don’t already know, Roots follows the lineage of African tribesman Kunta Kinte, captured by a rival tribe and sold into slavery by their colonialist conspirators. The original miniseries, which aired on ABC in 1977, as well as the novel that inspired it, kick started an interest in genealogical research amongst the African-American population, and became one of the most successful series to air on TV. Even today, the finale sits as the third highest Nielsen rated episode of all time, and the second highest-rated finale of all time. That series also went on to win 9 Emmy awards out of 37 nominations and remains a touchstone to this day.There’s no telling if this remake will be able to achieve the same success as its predecessor, but Haley’s story remains as relevant today as it ever was, and this looks to be a faithful adaptation of the novel. Still, Roots has its work cut out for it, as the original featured more than a few star-making performances, including Levar Burton (Reading Rainbow) as Kunta Kinte.While History has slowly morphed into a bastion for low brow reality TV over the last decade, their miniseries and events have been successful in their own rights. From the popular Vikings to Texas Rising, the network has proven capable of producing high-quality scripted programming that remains faithful to historical storytelling. Though they lack the reach of ABC, Roots does stand to be another stellar production that might just be the TV event of 2016.As far as first looks go, Roots appears to have all the right pieces in place. The cast includes award winners of all kinds and boasts a line-up of directors that includes Phillip Noyce (The Giver) and Mario van Peebles (Empire). It remains to be seen how well Roots portrays its gut wrenching look at the legacy of slavery, but the sheer weight of talent involved bodes well.With three months until the premiere of Roots, there’s sure to be more information on the series coming down the pipeline. Screen Rant will keep you updated as information becomes available.Roots premieres Memorial Day, May 30, on History.Source: History

Star Wars LEGO TV Series Coming to Disney XD

Star Wars LEGO TV Series Coming to Disney XDIn recent years, LEGO has become a powerhouse of entertainment. Not satisfied by dominating the toy world with the ever-growing line of building bricks, LEGO has branched out into video games, TV, and film. The LEGO Movie was a massive success, not only financially but critically. There’s a sequel on the way, too, the aptly titled The LEGO Movie Sequel, and more films planned for LEGO’s other franchises, LEGO Batman and Ninjago, as well another LEGO Movie spinoff, The Billion Brick Race. And that’s only on the big screen; for smaller screens LEGO has dozens of video games and several direct-to-DVD movies, specials, and TV series. Some of these have been original creations, while others feature well known licensed properties like DC, Marvel, and Harry Potter.But of all the properties LEGO works with, none looms so large as Star Wars. After LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game was such a hit, LEGO followed it with more games, specials, and TV shows – all with LEGO’s patented humor and clever Star Wars gags. Later this year, the saga continues with the LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens video game and new animated series LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures.The new series is set to premiere on Disney XD this summer and will follow the adventures of a family of scavengers, The Freemakers. It’s not explicitly stated just where within the span of the Star Wars saga this series takes place, but judging by Darth Vader and The Emperor appearing on the poster (below), it’s likely set sometime either just before or during the Original Trilogy.

Here’s the series’ synopsis:Told in the whimsically-charged style that audiences have come to expect from LEGO Star Wars entertainment, the series stars the Freemakers, a family of scavengers who build and sell starships from the scoured debris of space battles strewn throughout the galaxy. When their youngest discovers a natural connection with the Force through an ancient artifact – the Kyber Saber – his world is turned upside down, and he and his family are thrown into an epic struggle against the Empire to restore peace and freedom to the galaxy. Throughout their adventures, the Freemakers explore new worlds, meet new and familiar characters, and learn the true value of what it means to be a family.Disney XD is already home to another Star Wars animated series, Star Wars Rebels, but it’s clear from The Freemaker Adventures’ brief description that the two are serving different purposes. Rebels is both the continuation of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and the official bridge between Episodes III and IV. The Freemaker Adventures, however, almost certainly exists outside of official Star Wars canon, instead forming some part of the vast LEGO universe (which may or may not include all LEGO properties, or just LEGO Star Wars – it’s hard to tell). This series is also aimed at a younger audience than Rebels, though surely it’ll be enjoyable to Star Wars fans of any age – much like the hilarious LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales, which I very highly recommend.LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures will debut on Disney XD this summer. LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be available June 28, 2016.Star Wars: Episode 7 – The Force Awakens is now in theaters, and will be followed by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on December 16th, 2016, Star Wars: Episode 8 on December 15th, 2017, and the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25th, 2018. Star Wars: Episode 9 is expected to reach theaters in 2019, followed by the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.LEGO Batman opens in U.S. theaters on February 10th, 2017, followed by Ninjago on September 22nd, 2017, The LEGO Movie Sequel on May 18th, 2018, and (most likely) Billion Brick Race on May 24th, 2019.Source: Disney XD

The Powerpuff Girls Reboot First Look Clip: Don’t Call Them Princesses

The Powerpuff Girls Reboot First Look Clip: Dont Call Them PrincessesA number of beloved television series from the ’90s and ’00s are receiving the reboot, revival, or sequel treatment, including Fuller House and Gilmore Girls (both of them on Netflix, as it were). In 2014, Cartoon Network announced it would be rebooting the girl-powered animated series, The Powerpuff Girls, which will debut later this year.The Emmy-winning original show was created by Craig McCracken, running from 1998 to 2005, and launched a multi-platform franchise that includes video games and a feature film. Now, the first clip from Cartoon Network’s reboot series has been revealed, showcasing the same girl-power attitude of the original show.Cartoon Network released the clip (above) from the series premiere episode, ‘I Am Not A Princess’, featuring all three of the Powerpuff Girls facing off against a plaid-wearing woodsman villain who wants to shut down a “hippie carnival” and bring Townsville “back to its manly roots.” But, just as this Chemical X-enhanced trio did in Cartoon Network’s original series, the Powerpuff Girls don’t take kindly to being called princesses.As revealed by the network last year, The Powerpuff Girls will feature new voice actors as the three leading heroes: Amanda Leighton (The Fosters) as Blossom, Kristen Li (Nicky, Ricky, Dicky, & Dawn) as Bubbles, and Natalie Palamides (Burning Bridges) as Buttercup – though Tom Kenny will reprise his role as the Narrator/Mayor of Townsville. Bob Boyle (The Fairly OddParents, Danny Phantom) will executive producer the show along with Nick Jennings (Adventure Time).

Hearing the different voice cast in action in the first clip of the new PowerPuff Girls is sure to be strange for fans of the original show. But, the new cast may appeal to the series’ new audience, which will likely include younger viewers than those who watched the first iteration of The Powerpuff Girls. Furthermore, the inclusion of an entirely new villain – rather than one of the girls’ famous antagonists like Mojo Jojo or Sedusa – seems to demonstrate that the reboot series will feature new elements aside from the cast.Still, the clip does include the Powerpuff Girls’ essential girl power, with Buttercup defeating the villain very quickly, all while throwing like a girl – because there’s nothing wrong with that. So, while The Powerpuff Girls may have gotten the reboot treatment – something that isn’t uncommon among cartoon series like Scooby-Doo – Cartoon Network’s new show seems to maintain the heart of the original series.-The Powerpuff Girls will premiere this spring on Cartoon NetworkSource: Cartoon Network

Game of Thrones Season 6 First Look Photos

Game of Thrones Season 6 First Look PhotosWinter is coming this spring as Game of Thrones returns for season 6. Debuting on April 24, 2016, the new season will continue where season 5 left off: with a bunch of people dead, and a bunch of other people who are in immediate danger of joining them.There will no doubt be an abundance of shocking moments when houses Stark, Lannister, and Targaryen recommence their battle for control of Westeros, but HBO has been tight-lipped about offering any details. All fans have gotten so far are some teasers from the show’s stars and an image that seems to infer the return of a certain fan-favorite bastard. Now, however, the network has released a collection of new images from the new season.There are no real spoilers in the batch of 20 new pictures, mostly just pictures of the show’s many characters looking concerned about something going on off-screen. Most of the survivors from the previous seasons are accounted for, such as Arya, Sansa, and Bran representing House Stark and Tyrion, Cersei, and Jaime for House Lannister. In addition to the images, HBO has provided the following blurb, detailing the returning players for season 6:”GAME OF THRONES kicks off its ten-episode sixth season SUNDAY, APRIL 24 (9:00-10:00 p.m.). Based on the popular book series “A Song of Ice and Fire,” by George R.R. Martin, this EmmyAward-winning series chronicles an epic struggle for power in the vast and violent continent of Westeros, where summers and winters can last years. Among the returning members of the ensemble cast are Emmy and Golden Globe winner Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Alfie Allen, Diana Rigg, Natalie Dormer, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, John Bradley, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Conleth Hill, Jonathan Pryce and Gwendoline Christie. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss created the series and serve as executive producers.”

What’s in store for the upcoming season? For the first time, fans can’t turn to the books to get a sneak peek as the show has finally outpaced its source material. The previous season ended with a number of huge moments. From an epic battle at The Wall, which ended with what appeared to be a character death rivaling even that of the Red Wedding in its shock value to a depressing new low point for Cersei Lannister, no major character ended the season without having undergone significant trauma.Certainly, no one can argue that Game of Thrones pulls any punches, and some have argued that at times it goes too far in its portrayal of sexual violence against women in particular. Those criticisms aren’t likely to slow the show down, though, as it continues to explore the toll that perpetual war and systemic violence takes on all involved, man or woman. In a time when real-life terror groups like ISIS often make the evening news every bit as violent and shocking as the fictional world of HBO’s flagship show, the show’s themes are arguably as timely as ever.For a peek at what’s in store, see the image gallery below. Click on the image previews to see the full versions:

Game of Thrones season 6 will premiere on Sunday, April 24th, 2016 on HBO.Source: HBO

Fear the Walking Dead Season 2 Teaser: No Safe Harbor

Fear the Walking Dead Season 2 Teaser: No Safe HarborWhile Fear The Walking Dead doesn’t have the same drama and zombie action as the main Walking Dead TV show, it marches on with an impressive main cast that includes Kim Dickens as Madison and Cliff Curtis as Travis. There are a few bits and pieces that have the potential for high drama, like Madison dealing with her heroin-addicted son Nick (Frank Dillane), but the spin-off series still needs to find its footing after a shaky and brief season one.Fear The Walking Dead comes back in April and finds our group of mixed family survivalists about to board a high-class yacht, which is owned by the mysterious Victor Strand (Colman Domingo), a wealthy man whom Nick helps escape from a military internment camp. The family doesn’t have anywhere else to turn, as southern California is on the brink of collapse and in danger of being overrun with man-eating zombies. But now they’re on a luxury boat, will everyone be safe from the undead? Probably notAMC has released a very brief teaser trailer (via EW) that gives fans of Fear The Walking Dead an idea of what’s to come in season 2. The teaser features quick cuts of the TV show’s characters on a yacht, as they come in contact with a raft of people looking for help and salvation. It’s more than likely that there’s at least one infected person on that raft, and the characters on Fear The Walking Dead don’t have the same instincts and cunning to survive as the characters on the main show.Showrunner Dave Erickson told EW that the biggest difference between the two zombie apocalypse TV shows is seeing how people survive and continue to live during different time periods of the zombie outbreak. The characters on Fear The Walking Dead are still hopeful that they can go back to a normal life, but the characters on The Walking Dead have accepted the reality and just hope to live for another day. Erickson explained:“You’re going to see a bunch of seabound refugees over the course of season 2. And much in the same way that we have taken steps to survive and compromised our morals to do so, we’re going to have to deal with some people who have very similar objectives, and the default setting for most of these people is not going to be, let’s all live in harmony and try to build a new community. It’s going to be, how do we protect what’s ours? How do we protect our family? So there’s going to be a very serious threat from other people, as there is constantly on The Walking Dead.”While there were some good moments in season 1 of Fear the Walking Dead, it seemed like the showrunner and writers needed to juice up the show with more zombies to make things more interesting and exciting. Season 2 will surely deliver the promise of the zombie apocalypse, but it feels like I’m actively rooting for the zombies to kill off the survivors on Fear The Walking Dead because I know where it’s going to lead, whereas I’m rooting for the group to survive the apocalypse on The Walking Dead because they’re smarter and they continued to live for this long.The two-part season two premiere of Fear the Walking Dead airs April 10 on AMC.Source: EW