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Twin Peaks: Ashley Judd To Join New Season

Twin Peaks: Ashley Judd To Join New SeasonDavid Lynch’s revival of Twin Peaks at one point looked to be very much in doubt, but with its creators coming to terms with Showtime the series is proceeding to production at a brisk pace. Fans of Lynch’s cult classic series had long since given up hoping that they’d ever get a return to the groundbreaking world of the series widely viewed as having inspired later productions as diverse as The X-Files and Lost; but not only is the celebrated writer/director coming back with much of his original cast, the project has also begun to attract a bevy of major Hollywood talent from outside the original participants.The latest big star to join the cast? Ashley Judd, whom Deadline reports has accepted an unspecified role on the series, set to air in 2017.Judd, most recently seen in the Divergent YA dystopia franchise, joins a roster of Twin Peaks newcomers including Amanda Seyfried, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Caleb Landry Jones, Naomi Watts, Laura Dern, James Belushi, Robert Knepper, Tom Sizemore, Balthazar Getty, Grant Goodeve and Larry Clarke; who will join original castmembers Kyle MacLachlan, Madchen Amick, Sheryl Lee, Sherilyn Fenn, Michael Horse, Dana Ashbrook and Miguel Ferrer, Ray Wise, Grace Zabriskie, Peggy Lipton, Everett McGill and others returning to their original roles. The season is expected to run for 18 episodes and follow MacLachlan’s Agent Dale Cooper as he returns to the bizarre, isolated mountain town after many years.

The original Twin Peaks, which was structured around Cooper’s investigation in the murder of local girl Laura Palmer, launched as an 8-episode season to critical acclaim and audience fascination, but the series was unable to maintain audience interest in its increasingly bizarre narrative and ahead-of-its-time use of the episodic television structure into the full-length second season – ultimately ending after a ratings drop with a feature film prequel (Fire Walk With Me) meant to tie up some of the more prominent story threads. Even still, the singularly unusual series left plenty of questions still to be answered, and fans are hoping that the new season may finally offer the answers they’ve waited over two decades for.It remains to be seen whether Twin Peaks will fare better now than it did before, though running on cable in an age where psychologically-complex dramas are the norm rather than network television in the early 90s unquestionably feels like a more natural fit for Lynch’s sensibilities in general and for this series specifically. On the other hand, it’s entirely possible that material of this nature has now become almost too commonplace on modern television, and that viewers who weren’t part of the original audience may find themselves wondering what the big deal is – although with Lynch actively involved that seems unlikely, as the famously offbeat filmmaker’s ouvre has only gotten more esoteric and askew in the intervening years.Twin Peaks is set for a return on Showtime in the first half of 2017, running double its original planned number of episodes.Source: Deadline

The Flash Extended Trailer Teases Zoom’s Unmasking

The Flash Extended Trailer Teases Zooms UnmaskingSeason 2 of The Flash has brought a lot of changes to its heroes, such as a shifted status-quo, new enemies, the existence of Earth-2, and the revelation of an entire multiverse that could potentially change the way DC and Warner Bros. manage their comics-to-TV properties. But it’s also brought the threat of a new recurring villain in Zoom, whose impending threat has imperiled both of the known Barry Allens as well as their respective allies.Now, a new extended trailer detailing the season’s future events has dropped, and has managed to ratchet up the tension for the series’ return on February 16. The trailer, which appears to incorporate footage beyond the next episode, is less concerned with making viewers aware of general upcoming events than driving home to singular point of Zoom as a looming threat and the difficult position he places two Earths worth of potential victims. The trailer even concludes on a tease that Zoom’s true identity might be revealed sooner rather than later. Additionally, a certain fan-favorite villain, whose return had already been confirmed, also makes a brief but pointed cameo appearance.

While some fans have been down on season 2, others feel the introduction of the Multiverse and the ability of characters to meet their dopplegangers from Earth-2 has opened up exciting new story possibilities exemplified by the series’ planned crossover with Supergirl and the ongoing mystery surrounding Zoom. Not bad for a series that some initially feared was too light and conventional to share a network with the edgier Arrow.In the comics, there have been multiple evil Flashes, with (“Professor”) Zoom and Reverse Flash having referred to the same character at least once. While the identity of Zoom (singular) has yet to be revealed, several prominent fan theories have become ubiquitous in fandom communities, with a revived Thawne or Barry’s own father (from either Earth) being among the most popular guesses. And while the presence of Earth-2 is bound to complicate any mystery, thus far The Flash has seemingly brought fans on board with the idea of the multiverse coming to television to explain the non-continuity between various unrelated series.With season 2 heading into into its back half, there’s plenty of time for big revelations to set up major events for the finale. Kevin Smith, who has previously written several titles for DC Comics, has been announced as the director of an upcoming episode set to air in May of this year.The Flash airs Tuesdays @8pm on The CW. Arrow airs Wednesdays @8pm on The CW. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow premieres on The CW on Thursday, January 21, 2016. Vixen will continue on CW Seed later this year.

The X-Files: Mulder The Lone Gunmen Return

The X-Files: Mulder  The Lone Gunmen ReturnThe Lone Gunmen were one of the more enjoyable aspects of the original The X-Files run, a group of paranoid conspiracy theorists for whom the conspiracies just happened to be true, making them the perfect partners for on Fox Mulder. Unfortunately, despite their popularity within the X-Files fan community, the characters were killed off in the season 9 episode ‘Jump the Shark’ the year after the The Lone Gunmen spinoff show was canceled by FOX.A little thing like death isn’t enough to stop The Lone Gunmen, however, as Byers (Bruce Harwood), Frohike (Tom Braidwood), and Langly (Dean Haglund) will be back on the penultimate episode the X-Files revival titled ‘Babylon.’ A first look at the characters has made its way online, along with a clip of Mulder and Scully meeting new agents in what could at best be described as an awkward encounter.The death of The Lone Gunmen was previously retconned in the X-Files Season 10 comics from IDW, with the group revealing they had faked their deaths in ‘Jump the Shark.’ Series creator Chris Carter doesn’t seem keen on those events, however, as he referred to ways to “bring people back” from the dead while speaking to EW about the characters’ return. He would be an authority on the matter, too. Not only did he create the series, but he both wrote and directed “Babylon” for the revival series.

“When you’re dead on The X-Files, you’re never necessarily gone. There are ways to bring people back in dream sequences, flashbacks, and the like. This was an opportunity to use them, and bring them back to the show, in what is a presumed psychedelic hallucination.”It’s possible that Carter is just being coy here, though the costumes that the characters were dressed in for their first appearance could certainly fit in with a hallucination.Carter also made comments that seemed to directly discount the comics retcon, suggesting that the deaths in ‘Jump the Shark’ is still the canon fate of the characters. Going with the comics explanation would mean treating the characters like they didn’t die in the series, and he didn’t want to take that route.

“We just did what the network did [to] their show: Pull the plug! I was sad to see them go. They were go-to characters when you needed weird exposition. I didn’t want to pretend that they weren’t dead, but I was looking for any way to bring them back.”As odd as it seems, the return of The Lone Gunmen in their cowboy best isn’t necessarily the strangest thing that fans will see in ‘Babylon.’ Mulder and Scully will also meet their younger counterparts in pretty much every sense of the word. Special Agent Miller (Robbie Amell) is a “profiler obsessed with the paranormal,” while Special Agent Einstein (Lauren Ambrose) is a red-haired medical doctor who is highly skeptical of Miller’s theories. Miller wants Mulder to help him with a case, while Einstein and Scully remain ever skeptical about how the case could progress when the only potential witness is brain dead with no hope of recovery.’Babylon’ is certainly shaping up to be a weird episode, but when it comes to The X-Files that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The very nature of the X-Files series, both in the original and in the revival, gives plenty of leeway to indulge the weird without breaking the spirit of the show. Here’s hoping that the return of The Lone Gunmen can live up to the legacy they left behind with their deaths.Next: The X-Files Revival Proves The Show Is A Master Of The Episodic FormatThe X-Files continues with ‘Babylon’ Monday at 8pm on FOX.Source: EW

The X-Files: FOX Interested in Continuing Series Beyond the Revival

The X-Files: FOX Interested in Continuing Series Beyond the RevivalWhen the new six-episode limited series of The X-Files was announced last year, some fans were skeptical. It had been 14 years since the show was on and even longer since the series was considered to have been in its prime. Creator Chris Carter struggled to find another successful series since his big hit went off the air, and longtime writer Vince Gilligan – now one of TV’s top showrunners – wasn’t going to be involved.But now, with one episode to go, the show has been a clear ratings success. And while nothing is official, it doesn’t appear X-Philes will have to wait nearly as long for their favorite special agents to return.According to a report from Variety, FOX’s entertainment president is interested in producing more episodes of the series, although official discussions have not yet begun with cast members. Indeed, all promotion for the last of the six episodes has referred to the episode as a season finale, indicating that we haven’t yet reached the end of the show just yet:”We said before it aired that we would love to do more, and we are over the moon with the performance. So far, the response has been really encouraging. We haven’t talked to the talent yet about Season 2 in any more definitive way than we had prior to airing the show, but certainly, it seems like there’s an audience responding to the show that would love to see more episodes.”

Variety also quoted “insiders” as stating that the network is interested in moving forward, and that the only challenge is lining up the schedules of creator Chris Carter and stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson.Keeping The X-Files going makes a certain amount of sense. It’s been a huge ratings success, with 50 million viewers worldwide watching the premiere and ratings holding strong for the next few weeks. It’s clear that the show’s core fans from the ‘90s have returned, along with younger viewers who have caught up on the show through Netflix, which streams all nine of the previous seasons. Besides, we’ve known for awhile that the limited series will end on a cliffhanger, and Duchovny said an interview last year that the limited series was not the end.Sure, critical reaction to the revived series has been somewhat mixed, even varying wildly from episode to episode. The premiere earned a lukewarm reception from critics, both for clunky dialogue and thin characterizations. But on the other hand, the third episode – ‘Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-Monster’ – was almost universally praised for capturing the quirky energy of the original series, especially the installments that came from that episode’s writer, Darin Morgan.Is there any reason to doubt The X-Files will be back? Well, the last big FOX series revival was 24, and despite various plans, that was one-and-done in its original form (although a Bauer-less spinoff is on the way).The X-Files season 10 finale airs Monday @8pm on FOX.Source: Variety

Gotham: Get to Know Hugo Strange With New Images and Clip

Gotham: Get to Know Hugo Strange With New Images and ClipFOX’s Gotham has been working hard to carve its own identity within the franchise. The series has had a strong take on their versions of the Batman rogues gallery, so strong in fact that it may end up bringing lasting changes to villains like The Penguin, who has become one of the series’ biggest selling points.The first half of the second season was touted as the “Rise of the Villains”, and it hasn’t disappointed. The next villain to make his mark will be Mr. Freeze (Nathan Darrow) when Gotham season 2 resumes with “Wrath of the Villains”, but alongside him will be the emergence of a far more cunning and devious rogue: the legendary Dr. Hugo Strange.The new video clip from the upcoming season 2 episode titled ‘Mr. Freeze’, shows interaction between the wicked Dr. Hugo Strange and fan-favorite Gotham villain The Penguin, with Strange being portrayed by B.D. Wong (Jurassic World, Mr. Robot). The early versions of the character portray Strange as more of an evil mad scientist in the vein of Lex Luthor. In the post-crisis continuity of the 1980s, DC Comics gave readers a Strange who was a twisted psychiatrist obsessed with the Dark Knight. His unethical and sometimes dangerous experiments had a way of going terribly wrong.There are also several new images featuring Dr. Strange and the Penguin on Gotham, which you can check out below (hat tip CBM):

Gotham will no doubt put its own twist on Hugo Strange, but the character has an already rich and extensive history to pull from. The first appearance of the character came back in the Golden Age of comic books, way back in Detective Comics #36, February 1940. There are only a handful of main villains that come from that era to still kick around the Batman universe with much presence – e.g., well-known rogues like The Joker, Catwoman, Two-Face, The Penguin. Strange often gets overlooked as a tried and true Batman villain by those who aren’t into DC comic books, because of the distinct lack of mainstream attention. In fact, Strange is one of Batman’s oldest villains and is certainly the oldest recurring one.Sadly, Strange has been absent from the Batman feature films over the years, but he’s made a slew of appearances in the cartoons, making appearances in Batman: The Animated Series and Justice League Unlimited. He even carried on to more modern series like The Batman and Young Justice. Strange also became a major player in the Batman: Arkham video game universe. You can unlock his bio in Batman: Arkham Asylum and there is mention of him in Batman: Arkham Knight. The character even makes an actual appearance in Batman: Arkham City. Thanks to the exposure he has gotten in the video games the villain has seen a great deal more attention among Bat-fans.This upcoming appearance on Gotham will be a landmark first live-action version of the character. If this video clip is any indicator of what is to come, hopefully the impact of B.D. Wong’s Hugo Strange could inspire Hollywood to include Strange in future mainstream Batman films.NEXT: Azrael’s Identity on Gotham RevealedGotham episode ‘Mr. Freeze’ will premiere on FOX Monday, February 29 at 8pm.Source: FOX [via CBM]

The Flash Season 2: Andy Mientus Returning as the Pied Piper

The Flash Season 2: Andy Mientus Returning as the Pied PiperDC Comics is about to have two versions of The Flash on screens. Gracing the big screen will be Ezra Miller in the title role. That film will come a week earlier than previously expected on March 16, 2018. On the small screen, the Flash is portrayed by Grant Gustin and remains one of The CW’s most popular shows. Given the success of The Flash on The CW network, we will likely continue to see Grant Gustin in the role through 2018 (when the film debuts) and beyond.Season 2 of The Flash has introduced the concept of the multiverse with Earth-2, a slightly altered version of Earth-1 where Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) is from. Introducing alternate dimensions and alternate timelines has led to some pretty crazy plot threads, and we’re likely to see some more in the near future, as Team Flash makes an inter-dimensional jump to see just how different things are on Earth-2.Now TVLine reports that another member of the rogues’ gallery may return to The Flash soon. The Pied Piper (as portrayed by Andy Mientus) is set to appear in the season 2 episode ‘Flash Back’. But there is more to it than a simple visit from a familiar villain, as it was also reported that The Flash will encounter the Pied Piper when he “revisits an earlier timeline.”

Pied Piper (a.k.a. Hartley Rathaway) is a metahuman with ultra-sensitive hearing, and sonic technology that previously threatened the crew of S.T.A.R. Labs. He was involved in the search for Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell) in season 1, before it was known that Raymond had bonded with Professor Stein (Victor Garber). Rathaway eventually found a way to escape the “Pipeline” – the makeshift jail for metahumans assembled in the ruins of machine that spawned so many super powered individuals. Ronnie Raymond eventually died for good (we think), but Robbie Amell will also make a return to the show via an alternate dimension, as the villainous character Deathstorm.But just because Pied Piper escaped in season 1 that doesn’t mean that this particular version of the character will be the same. After all, the report mentions an “earlier timeline.” The Flash has already approached concepts like time travel and the multiverse, with some success. Barry Allen has also gone back in time to change the past on a few occasions. It’s likely that we’ll see Andy Mientus return as the Pied Piper in a similar scenario. It will be interesting to see when and how the character will return, as he had a huge effect on core characters (like Cisco) during his brief appearance during season 1.The Flash returns tonight with ‘Welcome to Earth-2? at 8pm on The CW.Source: TVLine

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