Legends of Tomorrow Video Offers Sneak Peek at Star City 2046

Legends of Tomorrow Video Offers Sneak Peek at Star City 2046[SPOILERS for those not caught up on Legends of Tomorrow ahead.]-We’re three episodes into DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and getting a feel for the team dynamic as they travel through time trying to stop the immortal villain Vandal Savage (Casper Crump) from destroying the world. It turns out to be more chaotic than even expected, since Time Master Rip Hunter’s (Arthur Darvill) mission is apparently not-so-sanctioned by his bosses after all – and in addition to that tricky butterfly effect, there are all sorts of things that can go horribly wrong, when you mess with the timeline.Legends of Tomorrow mined The CW series Arrow and The Flash for its main characters, bringing together The Atom (Brandon Routh), White Canary (Caity Lotz), Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller), Heat Wave (Dominic Purcell), the two halves of Firestorm (Victor Garber and Franz Drameh), Hawkman (Falk Hentschel) and Hawkgirl (Ciara Renee). The team has already lost Hawkman to Savage’s energy-absorbing murderous rage, but the combination of the destiny duo’s resurrection skills and time travel means we’ll likely be seeing Carter Hall again in some form.With the spin-off show’s characters so tied to Arrow and The Flash, it’s not surprising that we’ll be running into more heroes from those two shows in future installments. As the above video from DC Entertainment reveals, the Legends group will be landing in Arrow’s Star City in an upcoming episode. The twist is that it will be in 2046, in a future where Savage’s victorious efforts see the city in smoldering ruins.

This isn’t bad news for all the characters, it seems. As actor Purcell reveals in DC’s behind-the-scenes clip, his character Heat Wave is happy to be “surrounded by like-minded people, will air on February 25, 2016.Source: DC Entertainment

Archie Adaptation Riverdale Casts Its Jughead and Betty

Archie Adaptation Riverdale Casts Its Jughead and BettyArchie and the gang at Riverdale have seen quite a few changes in the last few years, from a zombie invasion to a complete redesign of the characters to a planned movie and then a network-hopping TV series. It seems like what was once considered the dorky younger brother of the superhero comics at Marvel and DC has finally come into its own.Archie is, at its heart, a story about an all-American guy who has spent the last 75 years trying to decide between a blonde and a brunette while his goofy friend Jughead primarily concerns himself with the acquisition of hamburger sandwiches. It is a YA story that has withstood the test of time, and with YA adaptations being all the rage in television and cinema right now, it’s no surprise that The CW is adding the Archie adaptation Riverdale to its lineup. One of the big questions, though, is who will be playing the live-action versions of Archie and his pals.The way is over now – at least partially – as it has been announced who will be playing Betty and Jughead. Betty will be played by Lili Reinhart, and Jughead will be played by Cole Sprouse. Reinhart has previously appeared on Law and Order: SVU, The Kings of Summer, and the short-lived FOX sitcom Surviving Jack. Sprouse is best known for starring with his twin brother Dylan in Disney’s The Suite Life with Zack and Cody and its follow up series, The Suite Life on Deck.BREAKING: Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse cast as BETTY and JUGHEAD for #Riverdale on @TheCW https://t.co/mWE1jpWEa0 pic.twitter.com/ih7OcxSmXS- Archie Comics (@ArchieComics) February 9, 2016Those are two interesting choices to play updates on these familiar characters, especially given the character descriptions that were released late last year:Betty Cooper – The blonde and pretty sophomore is described as having “some self-esteem issues and affinity for Adderall.” Eager-to-please, wholesome and studious, Betty has a super-crush on her longtime best bud, Archie. But tired of being the “perfect” everything, she turns to her new friend, Veronica, for life advice. Betty has an emotionally brittle mom, a goth-like sister and a coveted spot on the cheerleading squad — though with certain conditions….Jughead Jones – A hearing-impaired actor is being sought to play Jughead as an “eom-heartthrob.” The lanky lad is Archie’s former best friend, seeing as the two still are smarting from a rift that took place between them. Angry, but with a philosophical bent, Jughead “refuses to take the olive branch being proffered by Archie, the hurt goes that deep.”Those descriptions seemingly give the actors a lot to work with, especially Sprouse, who not only has to deal with Jughead and Archie’s falling out, but also – potentially – depicting a character who is hearing impaired. How he plans to manage the whole “emo-heartthrob” thing will also be reason to keep an eye on the show. Meanwhile, Reinhart will have an opportunity to take a stab at a version of Betty that has not really been seen before, and possibly give the long-standing character the sort of modern-day overhaul that is a hit with fans both new an old.

For those who are unfamiliar with this update of the comic series, the official Archie Comics website has released a synopsis of the upcoming TV series:”The live-action series offers a bold, subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica, and their friends, exploring small-town life and the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade. The show will focus on the eternal love triangle of Archie Andrews, girl-next-door Betty Cooper, and rich socialite Veronica Lodge, and will include the entire cast of characters from the comic books—including Archie’s rival, Reggie Mantle, and his slacker best friend, Jughead Jones.”Is the world ready for a “bold, subversive” take on the Archie comics? More adult reboots of series once geared towards children have been in the news recently, so Riverdale is definitely part of an ongoing trend. The target demographic for The CW is young enough to both appreciate the series’ young adult themes and not be too well-versed in its lengthy history, so the timing may be right for the series to find an audience. Will the show finally resolve the decades-old Betty vs. Veronica debate, though? That seems less likely.Screen Rant will keep you updated on Riverdale as development continues.Source: Deadline, Archie Comics

New Star Trek TV Series Sets Hannibal’s Bryan Fuller As Its Showrunner

New Star Trek TV Series Sets Hannibals Bryan Fuller As Its Showrunner2016 is the 50th anniversary of Gene Roddenberry’s original Star Trek TV show (and thus, the Star Trek franchise in general), which is why there are some major projects in the works to commemorate the occasion. Not only will the next Star Trek film, Star Trek Beyond, hit theaters this year, but there is also going to be the Star Trek 50th anniversary cruise taking place, a fresh Star Trek convention held in New York City (the location of the first Star Trek convention in 1972), and a Star Trek TV show that will debut in early 2017. CBS will use the new Star Trek TV series to boost viewership for its streaming service (which is called CBS All Access), with Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness writer Alex Kurtzman set as an executive producer on the project.Plot details for the new Star Trek series are scarce to be found, though it’s been confirmed the show will follow a brand-new set of characters “seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations,” on their adventures through space. Now, however, the series has a showrunner formally in place – Bryan Fuller, to be exact.CBS has confirmed that Fuller will serve as showrunner on the new Star Trek series, while Kurtzman has praised Fuller’s “encyclopedic” knowledge of the Star Trek property in a statement – saying it is “surpassed only by his love for Gene Roddenberry’s optimistic future, a vision that continues to guide us as we explore strange new worlds.” Here is the official statement from Fuller, regarding the news:“My very first experience of ‘Star Trek’ is my oldest brother turning off all the lights in the house and flying his model of a D7 Class Klingon Battle Cruiser through the darkened halls. Before seeing a frame of the television series, the ‘Star Trek’ universe lit my imagination on fire. It is without exaggeration a dream come true to be crafting a brand new iteration of ‘Star Trek’ with fellow franchise alum Alex Kurtzman and boldly going where no ‘Star Trek’ series has gone before.”

Bryan Fuller will serve as the showrunner for the new Star Trek TV Series

Fuller, for those not aware, actually got his start in television serving as a writer for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and as a writer/producer for Star Trek: Voyager. He has since created numerous short-lived, but nevertheless critically acclaimed cult hit TV series – including, the grim reaper comedy Dead Like Me, quirky supernatural crime-solving comedy Pushing Daisies – and most recently, the often darkly surreal (and twisted) Hannibal series. Currently, Fuller is working on the Starz TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel, American Gods, with filming on the show scheduled to begin in Spring 2016. However, American Gods also boasts Michael Green as co-showrunner, so presumably the latter will be stepping up to keep American Gods moving full speed ahead while Fuller turns more of his attention to getting the new Star Trek series off the ground.That combination of experience writing for Star Trek TV shows of old – series that (as a whole) placed more of an emphasis on socially-progressive themes and science fiction allegories than the recent (and by comparison, more divisive) Star Trek movies – and proven knack for being able to serve up creative spins on well-established genres bodes well for the prospect of Fuller leading the charge with this new Star Trek TV show. Fuller has expressed an interest in making a new Star Trek TV show for years now, so there’s all the more reason to believe that he will make a good effort to deliver a Star Trek TV series that Trekkies of all shades can fully throw their support behind.NEXT: CBS Will Have Limited Creative Control Over New Star Trek TV ShowStar Trek Beyond opens in U.S. theaters on July 22, 2016. The new Star Trek TV show pilot will premiere on CBS in January 2017 and stream exclusively through CBS All Access thereafter.Source: CBS

Fuller House Trailer: Home, Sweet Home!

Fuller House Trailer: Home, Sweet Home!Fuller House, the sequel series to beloved ’90s family sitcom Full House, is headed to Netflix later this month. The show will pick up with the Tanner family – the children all grown up and with families of their own – when the eldest sister D.J. (Candace Cameron-Bure) is left widowed with three young sons. Following a similar premise to Full House, D.J.’s sister Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) and best friend Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber) move in with her in order to help raise their blended family together.In an effort to bring in viewers of the original series, the streaming site’s marketing push of Fuller House has largely relied on nostalgia, teasing the return to the Tanner’s San Francisco home, and releasing a featurette with fans talking about Full House. Now, Netflix has debuted the first full-length trailer for the sequel series.Cameron-Bure, Barber, and Sweetin appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show [h/t The Wrap] where they talked about returning to their roles on Fuller House and premiered the first full-length trailer (beginning at roughly the 2:30 mark in the above video). The trailer depicts Stephanie and Kimmy moving in with D.J. and establishing the new generation, undercut by the original theme song transitioning into the new version recorded by Carly Rae Jepsen.The Fuller House trailer also heavily features the adult cast from Full House, including Bob Saget as Danny Tanner, John Stamos as Jesse Katsopolis, Dave Coulier as Joey Gladstone, and Lori Loughlin as Rebecca Donaldson-Katsopolis. The youngest generation consists of new cast members Michael Campion, Elias Harger, Dashieli and Fox Messitt, and Soni Nicole Bringas as D.J.’s sons Jackson, Max, Tommy, and Kimmy’s daughter Ramona, respectively. The only original main cast members not set to appear in Fuller House are Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (who played youngest Tanner daughter Michelle), though Cameron-Bure assured viewers of Ellen that the twins are always welcome to return if the show is renewed for a second season.

Like much of the previous teasers for Fuller House, the full-length trailer features a hefty dose of nostalgia aimed at fans of Full House, with iconic phrases appearing: “Hola Tannerinos,” “Have mercy,” and “How rude!” Additionally, with Kimmy being stuck in the ’90s – and using a whole host of slang phrases from the decade – the Full House nostalgia seems to be as integral to the show as it has been to the teasers and promos released up to this point.However, the full-length trailer also gives us our first real look at the new generation of kids in the Tanner family home. For instance, Kimmy’s daughter Ramona, who isn’t too thrilled by the idea of moving in with D.J. and Stephanie to create a larger blended family. Certainly, these glimpses in the trailer offer hope that Fuller House won’t simply rely on Full House nostalgia – even if there is a lot included in the sequel series – and can stand on its own as an entertaining family sitcom.Next: Fuller House Official Cast Photo & Episode Images ReleasedFuller House season 1 will premiere in its entirety on Netflix on February 26th, 2016.Source: The Ellen DeGeneres Show [via The Wrap]

Preacher Casts Jackie Earle Haley As Odin Quincannon

Preacher Casts Jackie Earle Haley As Odin QuincannonAhead of the show’s eventual premiere sometime in the middle of this year, AMC’s Preacher, which will be loosely based on 1990s comic book series published by DC Comics imprint Vertigo, is all set to follow the travails of Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper): a former man of the cloth living in Anville County, Texas, where he takes it upon himself to discover the whereabouts a neglectful almighty. Accompanied by his boozy ex-girlfriend Tulip O’Hare (Ruth Negga), the series will borrow certain elements from the comic series as written by Garth Ennis and drawn by Steve Dillon, and will be brought to life behind the scenes by executive producers Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Sam Catlin (Breaking Bad).Following the release of the first official trailer for the AMC show, fans have no doubt been clamoring for more information from behind the scenes on Preacher. The latest casting update might just be the kind of clue about the series’ production to hold them over, until the pilot episode’s premiere at SXSW later this year.According to THR, Jackie Earle Haley (RoboCop) has signed on to appear in six episodes of Preacher in the role of the local slaughterhouse foreman, and erstwhile KKK clansman, Odin Quincannon. In Ennis and Dillon’s original comic book series, Odin serves as the chief proprietor of Quincannon Meat & Power – where he rules with an unscrupulous and ironclad fist, and more often than not finds himself in direct contest with the former pastor Custer.

Tapping an actor who has had his fare share of roles wherein he has inhabited the skins of an entire coterie of unsavory characters is certainly the way to go in regards to bringing a character as irksome as Odin to the small screen. Considering Haley’s Oscar-nominated turn as a pedophile in 2007’s Little Children, in addition to his more recent turn as horror-icon-cum-statutory-deviant Freddie Kreueger in 2010’s A Nightmare on Elm Street (and, of course, his memorable turn as psychologically unbalanced costumed vigilante Rorschach in Watchmen), it’s hard to imagine AMC finding a better character actor to fill the role of Odin from Preacher.Given how warmly series creator Ennis has already received and welcomed the footage already seen ahead of the show’s eventual premiere on television, Preacher might just shape up into another comic book inspired hit for the basic cable network. If AMC plays their cards just right, Preacher could very well become a sustainable supplement, and potential successor, to the like-minded and already wildly popular The Walking Dead.Preacher will debut on AMC around mid-2016.Source: THR

SR Pick: Making A Simpsons Murderer

SR Pick: Making A Simpsons MurdererFollowing in the tradition of true crime serializations like NPR’s Serial, Netflix’s acclaimed and controversial documentary Making a Murderer delves inside the case of Stephen Avery and the potential miscarriage of justice perpetrated upon him. Exonerated on a murder charge after serving 18 years, Steven Avery was about to sue the Manitowoc, Wisconsin Sheriff’s Department before another murder charge landed him and his nephew in jail once again. Filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos meticulously followed the case for 10 years and pieced together a gripping docudrama which caused a media firestorm – and even inspired several petitions for clemency which reached the White House.The critically-lauded series has opened up a genuine dialogue on the American legal system. However, beneath all the clamor, the documentarians actually told, albeit in a masterful and compelling way, one of the oldest tales in human history – that of a potentially innocent person railroaded by a larger, possibly corrupt system. It’s a story that resonates so well within our society that the documentary itself is tailor made for satire.The folks at Vulture recently put together a tightly edited and genuinely amusing mash up, titled Making a Simpsons Murderer. The mockumentary follows the source material from original trailer, matching scenes from Making a Murderer with comparable shots from Simpsons episodes. The Simpsonized version also blends dialogue from the Netflix series, which are overdubbed onto Simpsons characters, with lines from the cartoon.

Throughout the well-crafted mockup, Homer Simpson plays role of Steven Avery. And like the Making a Murderer trailer, The Simpsons’ version introduces us the course of events – utilizing clips from the “Who Killed Mr. Burns” episode, “The Frying Game”, and even the X-Files crossover “The Springfield Files” – to set the stage for Homer’s initial downfall, release, and re-incarceration. The episode even juxtaposes the criminal justice system with Lionel Hutz and the Manitowoc Sheriff’s Department with Springfield’s bungling PD to disturbingly amusing effect.Overall, the parody is striking in many ways. While The Simpsons’ version is genuinely funny, causing some laugh-out-loud moments, the trailer is also peppered with sobering moments. The events depicted in the film really did happen. A young woman was murdered and two people are either responsible for it or have been given the rawest deal possible. The implications of the Steven Avery case reach beyond the small Wisconsin town where they took place, into the problems inherent within our criminal justice system, as well as the imbalance of wealth and power in our society and the protection (or lack thereof) it affords.

Much like the Netflix series, though, Making a Simpsons Murderer brilliantly frames the issues while also reminding us to search for the silver lining beneath the gathering storm. Murder and false imprisonment are certainly no laughing matters, but it’s our ability to maintain our sense of humor in the face of extreme adversity which proves our resilience and our humanity.All 10 episodes of Making a Murderer are now available for viewing on Netflix.Source: Vulture