Ever since the BBC announced it would be continuing with its world favorite show, Top Gear, despite the departure of presenting trio Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond, speculation has been rife over who might take the reins. The first announcement was that Chris Evans, BBC Radio 2 DJ, TV presenter and the one who is not Captain America, would take over as the show’s main host. In other words, he is the man filling Clarkson’s shoes.Other names were also discussed as possibilities for joining Evans as co-hosts on the popular motoring show (which has been running since 1977), but few could have guessed the next name announced would be former Friends actor, Matt LeBlanc. While LeBlanc might have appeared to be totally left field, he is in fact a self-confessed petrol-head and car enthusiast, and still holds the Top Gear record for the fastest lap time set by a ‘Star in a Reasonably Priced Car’.Now the BBC have added to the presenting lineup, announcing no less than four new presenters who will be joining Evans and LeBlanc when Top Gear returns this May. Racing driver Sabine Schmitz, YouTube star Chris Harris, F1 pundit Eddie Jordan and motoring journalist Rory Reid have all been added to the roster Reid is a motoring journalist who has been writing about cars for nearly 20 years. He also helped launch CNET UK’s Car Tech channel and has appeared on Sky 1’s Gadget Geeks and the YouTube channel Fast, Furious and Funny. Here’s Reid’s official statement, too:“To be the only person to make it through the open audition process makes me immensely proud. I’ve been a Top Gear fan for decades, but more than that, I live and breathe cars in a way that is perfectly compatible with the show.”The new presenting lineup brings about a big change for Top Gear and could possibly see the show taken in a different direction given the strong background these new presenters have in motor racing. In recent years, Clarkson et al have been focused on pushing regular cars to their limits, or modifying them to take on epic challenges. Could we see more high end sports models being tested instead, and a focus on speed over stamina?What do you think of the new lineup? Will you be watching Top Gear when it returns, or will you be waiting for Clarkson, Hammond and May to launch their new car show on Amazon Prime later in the year?The new season of Top Gear will debut on the BBC in May of 2016.Source: Top Gear TV
Later this year the U.S. will hold its presidential election, choosing who will hold the highest office in the land for the next four years. Currently, the country is embroiled in election coverage and has been for the better part of a year. As winter drags on, many are looking for relief, for an escape from the endless cycle of stump speeches, debates, and soundbites.And that’s where House of Cards comes in. Sure, it too is a political drama full of corruption and scheming – but at least it’s fictional and (conceivably) more entertaining. Relishing in the evil deeds of Frank and Claire Underwood doesn’t carry any real world ramifications. And thank goodness, because House of Cards is very effective at enticing its audience to rooting for the bad guys (almost as effective as a real politician).However, as of the end of season 3, it was made perfectly clear that all is not well – in the White House or for the Underwoods. Frank and Claire aren’t just separated, they are at odds, finally pushing each other away in their relentless pursuit of power. That struggle comprises the bulk of the full trailer for season 4, pitting Underwood against Underwood in a merciless and vicious war for control.
This is a radical change of pace for the series; the Underwoods’ enigmatic relationship and solid partnership made them an amazing power couple. Working together, they advanced themselves all the way to the Oval Office in a few years, and with nary a vote cast. Watching Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright inhabit this marriage has been one of the most alluring aspects of House of Cards, yet somehow, watching their union fall apart looks even more enticing. That above poster’s design may be a bit boring, but watching Spacey and Wright spit cruel barbs at one another won’t be. One of the main criticisms of the series has been the relative ease with which Frank has achieved his goals. Now, the hint of real conflict, with someone who used to be Frank’s most trusted ally no less, feels like a needed breath of fresh air.When the trailer isn’t circling the main event, though, it does offer a montage of fast cuts featuring returning players: Michael Kelly as Doug Stamper, Frank’s chief of staff, Molly Parker’s Jackie Sharpe, Mahershala Ali’s Remy Danton, and Lars Mikkelson as the Putin-esque Russian leader, Vikor Petrov. There’s also a glimpse of newcomers Neve Campbell and Joel Kinnaman. Given the short clips, there’s still plenty of intrigue surrounding both new characters. For her part, Campbell seems to be aligned with Claire, while Kinnaman appears to be a selfie-taking political adversary for Frank.Whatever season 4 has to offer, it seems Frank will face more opposition than ever before – and that might just mean the most exciting season of the series to date.House of Cards season 4 hits Netflix in its entirety on March 4th, 2016. Season 5 will arrive in 2017, only without creator Beau Willimon.Source: Netflix
“Hand over your weapons.” Watch the first 4 minutes of #TWD’s mid-season premiere NOW! https://t.co/CDdICyMdiD- The Walking Dead AMC (@WalkingDead_AMC) February 10, 2016Who is Negan? That question has been on the minds of The Walking Dead fans ever since his name was dropped in an ominous teaser for the second half of season 6. Readers of the comic books already know him as a formidable adversary for Rick and his crew, and now viewers of the TV series will be acquainted with the man that Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman called “an atomic bomb that’s going to be dropped on the show.”Season 6 has been something of a mixed bag so far, filled with some controversial story choices, such as committing the cardinal sin of teasing a major character death only to reveal the opposite. Despite this, expectations are set high for the back half of the season, with actor Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon) promising “a lot of turmoil” and Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes) teasing that audiences can expect “a marked change” in his character and that the back eight episodes “turns very dark.” Just how dark? The above clip offers viewers a hint.The clip, posted by the official Walking Dead Twitter account, shows the first four minutes of the upcoming midseason premiere, ‘No Way Out.’ The first couple minutes of the clip will be familiar to fans who have seen previous trailers, with Daryl, Sasha, and Abraham headed back to Alexandria, following the events of the first half of the season, and running into a group of bikers who inform them their “property now belongs to Negan.” Where those teaser left off, though, this new clip continues, offering some pointed back-and-forth between the two crews, and ending with Abraham daring to ask the question “Who is Negan?” Given that Negan’s men are the aggressive type, willing to stop a truck full of strangers and demand they hand over their wares, it should come as no surprise that Abe winds up on the receiving end of a less-than-polite response.The bikers in the video are, of course, the Saviors, a crew loyal to the villain who is expected to dominate much of the next eight episodes – either in terms of creating an ominous atmosphere or simply being an indomitable presence the core group of survivors has to deal with. The Negan of the TV show will be played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan, better known to comic book fans as The Comedian in Zack Snyder’s movie adaptation of Alan Moore’s Watchmen. In the comics, Rick’s crew encountered Negan and the Saviors in the Washington D.C. area, an encounter that ended in a rather memorable scene involving the death of a major character.Will Negan bring as much heartache to Rick and company in the TV series as he did in the comic books? The two stories have diverged quite a bit at this point, so there is no guarantee events will unfold the same way. Still, things never really get better on The Walking Dead, so it is a safe bet there will be plenty of violence, death, and misery by the time season 6 has reached its conclusion.The Walking Dead returns on February 14th on AMC.Source: The Walking Dead AMC
[SPOILERS for those not caught up on Supergirl and The Flash ahead.]-The CW’s DC Comics shared universe – consisting of Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow – regularly features crossover episodes and events between the three shows. So, when it was announced that the network passed on another DC Comics show from super-producer Greg Berlanti, leaving CBS to pick it up, questions of whether Supergirl could (or would) ever join her fellow heroes on The CW began to arise almost immediately.Recently, CBS announced The Flash’s Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) will appear on the March 28 episode of Supergirl, confirming a crossover but offering little information about the actual episode. However, The Flash’s recent episode, ‘Welcome to Earth-2,’ revealed the show will be connected to Supergirl through a shared DC Comics TV Multiverse. Now, to further excite fans about the crossover episode, Gustin posted a photo with Supergirl herself, Melissa Benoist, on set.Gustin shared the behind-the-scenes photo (below) on Instagram of himself and Benoist in their superhero costumes with the caption, “Those two emblems look pretty good together…” Based on a previous Instagram post, Gustin also revealed the crossover episode will be the 18th of Supergirl’s first season and will be titled ‘Worlds Finest.’ Meanwhile, in Gustin’s tweet about ‘Welcome to Earth-2,’ he also announced he’ll be shooting his scenes for Supergirl in Los Angeles for half a week.
Those two emblems look pretty good together… @melissabenoistA photo posted by Grant Gustin (@grantgust) on Feb 10, 2016 at 2:07pm PST
Gustin’s appearance on Supergirl won’t be the first case of a DC Comics hero from a different television network appearing within the established universe of The CW’s shows; John Constantine (Matt Ryan) of NBC’s now-canceled Constantine guest starred in an episode of Arrow earlier in season 4. But, in that case, Constantine was always apart of the Earth-1 universe. Whereas the shot of Supergirl shown during Barry, Cisco (Carlos Valdes), and Dr. Harrison Wells’ (Tom Cavanagh) trip to Earth-2 confirmed a larger DC TV Multiverse that many had previously suspected includes shows from other networks.
Certainly, the Gustin’s photo doesn’t offer too much in the way of information about how The Flash will travel to National City from Central City – or why, for that matter. Given the amount of time he’ll be spending shooting scenes for the crossover, though, we can presume he’ll play a relatively large part in the episode – most likely as much as, if not more than, characters from The Flash or Arrow appear when they guest star on their fellow CW shows.That being said, as Gustin suggests, seeing the Supergirl and The Flash emblems side by side in one photo is sure to inspire further excitement among fans of the show and DC Comics that are looking forward to the crossover episode. Like The CW’s annual crossover events – which this year took time away from the shows’ larger storylines in order to set up Legends of Tomorrow – the draw of this particular episode will likely be seeing Gustin and Benoist fighting evil side by side as The Flash and Supergirl.Next: Why Supergirl & The Flash Should Have a Musical CrossoverSupergirl airs Mondays @8pm on CBS. The Flash airs Tuesdays @8pm on The CW. Arrow airs Wednesdays @8pm on The CW. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow airs Thursdays @8pm on The CW.Source: Grant Gustin