Daredevil: Marvel TV Head Downplays Punisher Spinoff Rumors

Daredevil: Marvel TV Head Downplays Punisher Spinoff RumorsWhen Marvel and Netflix’s partnership to create a shared universe – as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe – based on The Defenders was first announced, the plan was to debut standalone seasons of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist before a team-up miniseries. However, after successfully launching the New York City-focused universe with the well-received first season of Daredevil, and receiving even more critical acclaim with Jessica Jones season 1, Netflix gave both shows second seasons.Daredevil season 2 is the next series on the Marvel/Netflix slate to hit the streaming service, and it will introduce fan-favorite comic characters Frank Castle a.k.a. Punisher (Jon Bernthal) and Elektra (Elodie Yung). Early buzz about Bernthal’s portrayal of the Punisher made reports of a spinoff based on the vigilante seem like a logical step for Netflix. However, Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb has since downplayed those rumors.Digital Spy spoke to Marvel Television’s Executive Vice President about the possibility of a Punisher spinoff but, though Loeb didn’t completely shut down a future standalone Punisher series, he said the initial reports seemed to be based more on speculation than definite talks between Marvel and Netflix:”I think that’s something that people are speculating on, as opposed to something that’s actually happening. … It’s certainly our hope that any of our characters will be embraced and that people want to see more of them.”

In addition to briefly discussing the possible Punisher spinoff, Loeb also talked about the critic and fan reception of Jessica Jones, the news of its renewal, and the response to those reports of Netflix’s announcement during the Television Critics Association 2016 winter press tour:”What we’re really trying to do is to tell the best stories that we can. For us, the greatest award was when Netflix called and said, ‘We’d like to do another season with you.’ When they announced that Jessica Jones was getting a second season, every single report said, ‘It should come as a surprise to no one that Jessica Jones has received a second season order.’ I’m the guy going, ‘Well, it was a surprise to me!’ It isn’t a given in television.”Certainly, as Loeb says, very little in television is a given. When The Defenders universe was first announced, it sounded like a similar plan to Marvel Studios’ Phase 1 – introduce each character in their own shows before bringing them together for a team-up. But the reality is quite different with Luke Cage (Mike Colter) making his first appearance in Jessica Jones, and Daredevil season 2 premiering before Luke Cage or Iron Fist have even debuted their first seasons.

Adding to the complications of the Marvel/Netflix slate are these rumors of spinoffs. Loeb has now downplayed the possibility of a Punisher series, but Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said during the 2016 winter TCAs that “any character” in the universe is “on the table” for a spinoff. But, Sarandos also said at the time that there wasn’t anything that was being discussed.So, these comments from Loeb and Sarandos may indicate that a Punisher spinoff isn’t currently being discussed by Marvel and Netflix. But, given that their Defenders universe is always evolving and neither flat out said a Punisher spinoff will never happen, it seems Frank Castle’s standalone TV show might yet become a reality down the line. It’s likely Marvel and Netflix are waiting for Daredevil season 2 to premiere before beginning those discussions in earnest – that is, if they plan to have those talks at all.Next: Daredevil Season 2 TrailerDaredevil season 1 and Jessica Jones season 1 are now available on Netflix. Daredevil season 2 will debut on Netflix on March 18th, 2016, followed by Luke Cage season 1 later in 2016. Release dates for Jessica Jones season 2, Iron Fist, and The Defenders on Netflix have not yet been announced. We’ll keep you updated on the Punisher spinoff as development continues.Source: Digital Spy

The Walking Dead Honest Trailer #2 Tackles Seasons 4-6

The Walking Dead Honest Trailer #2 Tackles Seasons 4-6Considering the amount of viewing that must go into producing ScreenJunkies’ Honest Trailers series, it’s not too surprising that they don’t turn their critical eye to television too often. But when they do, it’s typically a big event – often highlighting among the most watched and high-profile of modern TV programming. And love it or hate it, AMC’s still mega-popular The Walking Dead absolutely qualifies as such.Now, Honest Trailers has trained its sights on the previous three seasons of the series, offering fans some laughs and memories en route to the back half of Season 6.Framed as a retrospective of the series in general and the three most recent seasons in particular, the “Honest” recap zeroes in on the most common complaints against the popular AMC production; which despite tremendous longevity has been frequently criticized for re-using similar storylines and padding out episode-length via footage of the main characters, well, walking.Coming in for particular scrutiny from the Honest Trailers parodists is the series’ tendency to frame seasonal storylines around the familiar arc of the heroes visiting a seemingly safe location, discovering it to be not so safe at all and leaving it in ruins. The repetition of specific action beats also gets a comedic tweaking, with elaborate headshots and “straddle-punching” sticking out humorously. The clip also finds time to get its jokes in about Daryl and Michonne’s apparent fandom-based invincibility, the questionable decision to rush through a potentially intriguing cannibalism storyline and Rick Grimes’ (Andrew Lincoln’s) bizarre pronunciation of the name “Carl.”

For good measure, tie-in series The Talking Dead also comes in for a quick ribbing in the form of “Only Talking Positively About The Walking Dead” with a fast-talking host introducing a lineup that will include “somebody who died,” an actor who may or may not watch the series and a producer “I’m not allowed to criticize.” It’s not all negativity, though, as the clip devotes a extended bit to marveling at the evolution of Carol (Melissa McBride) from meek victim to battle-hardened survivalist and makes special note of varying degrees of faithfulness shown to the original comic book series on which the show is based – a wealth of material that has left the show’s producers confident that they can keep the franchise going for several more years, with executive producer David Alpert having said:“I happen to love working from source material, specifically because we have a pretty good idea of what Season 10 is gonna be.”“We know where season 11 and 12 … we have benchmarks and milestones for those seasons if we’re lucky enough to get there.”Created in 2012 by ScreenJunkies’ Andy Signore and Brett Weiner, Honest Trailers is among YouTube’s most comedy series. Backed by vocals from prolific voice actor Jon Bailey, the series has developed a potent following thanks to its insightful observations about its target-material and the spot-on parody of old fashioned “Mr. Voice” trailer narration. The series has aired over 100 episodes, and has accrued over 300 million views on YouTube, with the creators branching out to also parody video games, classic films and other variations on the format as the franchise has continued to evolve.The Walking Dead continues next Sunday with ‘The Next World’ @9pm on AMC.Source: ScreenJunkies, IndieWire

Damien TV Series Trailer #2: The End of Days is Coming

Damien TV Series Trailer #2: The End of Days is ComingHorror fans prepare yourselves – The Omen’s tie-in television show Damien is right around the corner (and quite possibly lurking in your closet). The upcoming A&E drama series will follow the adult life of Damien Thorn (Bradley James) – the mysterious child from the 1976 motion picture – as he discovers his origins and embraces his life as the Anti-Christ.The ‘All For You’ teaser trailer, released last year, focused on setting a mood rather than telling a story, whereas the recent full-length trailer served as a means of sharing the premise of the show with prospective audiences by delving further into the events that shaped the featured protagonist in the past. To further amp up the anticipation, A&E have since released another short trailer to promote the small-screen premiere on March 7, 2016.The ‘End of Days’ trailer features a voiceover from the leading character, Damien, as he proclaims that he has always felt the presence of a “dark cloud” hanging over him. The genre conventions are all present and correct as the promotional clip displays flashes of religious iconography, low-key lighting and – the classic – a mud-splattered head of a plastic doll. Sam Anderson’s recital of the ‘number of the beast’ is the final ingredient in this nightmarish recipe for an evening hiding behind a cushion from the box in the corner.You can check out the poster for the Damien TV show, below:

It remains to be seen whether A&E’s original series based on the iconic film property will be a success with audiences, especially since previous attempts of revisiting the classic story have been somewhat hit and miss. Following the original movie release in 1976, two sequels Damien: Omen II and The Final Conflict were considered minor hits, despite facing some ridicule from critics. The series then returned via a regrettable (and instantly forgettable) made-for-TV movie entitled Omen IV: The Awakening in 1991. Understandably, The Omen then laid dorment until 2006 with – an almost shot for shot – remake of the original, which turned a good profit but suffered from ‘style-over-substance’ syndrome.On the other hand, the trend of adapting movies into television series is particularly prevalent right now – with the likes of Bates Motel, Teen Wolf and Hannibal all having signed on for multiple seasons – meaning that there could well be a valuable place for Damien in amongst the pack. In fact, the project could even turn out to be quite lucrative considering that one of The Waking Dead’s (arguably most successful) producers, Glen Mazzara, is leading the way.The series premiere of Damien will air on March 7th, 2016 at 10pm on A&E.Source: A&E

Agents of S. H.I. E.L. D. Promo: Secret Warriors Zombie Ward

Agents of S. H.I. E.L. D. Promo: Secret Warriors  Zombie WardWhile the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. once spent their time tracking down rogue technology and the odd person with special abilities, the show’s third season saw it begin to stray into more ambitious territory, with Skye a.k.a. Daisy a.k.a. Quake making efforts to form her own team of Inhumans and guide them tp use their newfound powers for good. Of course, this plan proved to be easier in theory than in execution.Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 3 also went out of this world as S.H.I.E.L.D and Hydra raced to unravel the secrets of a portal to another planet, Maveth, inhabited only by a lone, stranded astronaut and a malevolent exiled Inhuman. After both factions made the trip out to Maveth, Phil Coulson finally managed to take down Hydra leader Grant Ward, but viewers got a nasty surprise when it transpired that Ward’s body had become possessed by Maveth’s ancient and terrifying Inhuman prisoner, who then successfully made the trip back to Earth.Needless to say, S.H.I.E.L.D. is going to have a lot to deal with in the latter half of this season: Inhumans still popping up all over the globe, a new Big Bad in town, and Hydra still lurking in the shadows. A new promo for the upcoming midseason premiere, “Bouncing Back”, name drops the Secret Warriors (Quake’s team of Inhumans) and shows them using their powers against a new collection of equally superpowered villains.

Zombie Ward is back as well, looking a little worse for wear and not unlike he just stepped out of the “Thriller” music video. A brief clip showing the return of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s longest-standing villain shows that death hasn’t dampened Ward’s enthusiasm for taking off his shirt, which in turn reveals that he’s still carrying around a nasty mark from Coulson’s cybernetic hand. While Ward fans will no doubt be glad to have him back, it’s unclear just how long the Inhuman will want to wear this particular disguise. After all, it won’t be long before Ward starts to fall apart, and there’s no shortage of bodies on Earth.The promo also offers a look at new character Elena Rodriguez a.k.a. Slingshot (Natalia Cordova-Buckley) using her powers in a face-off against Mack. Slingshot has to ability to move at super-speed and then return to her original position in the blink of an eye – something that could prove valuable if she chooses to become part of the Secret Warriors, or very dangerous if she decides to work against them.Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns Tuesday March 8th @9pm on ABC.Source: ABC

Police Academy Punky Brewster Actor George Gaynes Passes Away at 98

Police Academy  Punky Brewster Actor George Gaynes Passes Away at 98George Gaynes was born in Helsinki, Finland – a somewhat unlikely birthplace for a Hollywood actor – in 1917, months before Finland became an independent nation during World War I. He had a long and varied career that included everything from roles in stage musicals to soap operas. But he was probably best known for his role as Commandant Eric Lassard in all seven Police Academy films, and, to an entire generation of television fans, as Punky Brewster’s foster father Henry Warnimont.Born May 16, 1917, with the given name George Jongejans, Gaynes served in the Royal Navy during World War II. Gaynes’ career began when he sang opera in the 1940s and continued on stage and screen for seven decades, but he earned perhaps his greatest fame in his 60s when, starting in 1984, he joined the Police Academy series and as the elderly widower who took orphaned girl (Soleil Moon-Frye) under his wing on the popular 1984-1986 sitcom Punky Brewster.Today, Variety reports that Gaynes has passed away earlier this week at the age of 98.

While Police Academy and Punky Brewster were likely the roles that garnered him lasting recognition, Gaynes had other brushes with minor but durable fame over the years. He continued his stage career after the war, appearing in the original production of Wonderful Town and My Fair Lady. He made guest appearances on such major 1960s and 1970s TV shows as Bonanza, Mission:Impossible, Columbo, and the Six Million Dollar Man. In the ‘80s, he played a mob boss on General Hospital, during the famous Luke and Laura arc, and had memorable big-screen roles in Tootsie and The Way We Were. While Punky Brewster was on the air, Gaynes also lent his voice to It’s Punky Brewster, the bizarre animated spinoff that largely centered around a “leprechaun gopher” named Glomer. After the Punky Brewster shows, he appeared on such series as The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd and Hearts Afire. His final credited role was the 2003 Ashton Kutcher/Brittany Murphy comedy Just Married.While Gaynes may not have ever become a household name, his story – from its humble beginnings to the eclectic roles he played, and certainly the sheer longevity of his career – is an undeniably remarkable one. Gaynes is survived by his wife, actress Allyn Ann McLerie, to whom he’d been married since 1953. He is also survived by a daughter, a granddaughter, and two great-granddaughters. Gaynes also had a son who died in 1989. Source: Variety