Westworld is set to premier in October, and HBO has finally released a full trailer for the series. It’s an effective look, building excitement for the series, while balancing questions and answers. It gives a deeper look at the plot, including the fact that the creators are losing control of their inventions and thus the world itself. However the intentions of everyone involved seems murkier at best, that is really the best way to go into the experience. If the trailer is correct this show will be intense, probably a bit heartbreaking, and more than a little dramatic. So far I am pretty excited to see what is unfolding for this show, but I guess we’ll know for sure in a little over a month.
Netflix will be bringing the Lucy Maud Montgomery novel to a new home. The book follows orphaned Anne Shirley as she is adopted by a brother and sister in early 1900s. The family adopts her looking for a boy to help them on their farm, and are shocked when a daughter arrives. Anne has a very active imagination, and is unwilling to simply bite her tongue, so she struggles to fit in with her new family and the rural community. The books were considered staples for young girls for many years, but over time have been enjoyed by people of all ages and genders. In the 1980s Anne of Green Gables (and one of the sequels) was adapted into a very popular movie. Breaking Bad writer Moria Walley-Beckett is head writer, and executive producer. Along with her is a pretty solid supporting crew to help produce and write the show. The show is expected to air on CBC and begin streaming on Netflix in 2017. Everyone involved has high expectations for the show, focusing largely on the well loved character of Anne. As someone that remembers Anne from my childhood fondly, I am rather looking forward to what they will do with it. We will bring you more news as we are able.
Netflix is continuing their partnership with Marvel, and bringing the next in their original series. Luke Cage is scheduled to release September 30th. The story takes place after Jessica Jones with Cage moving after their break up. It is set in Harlem and promises the same gritty overtones that have prevailed in the Marvel shows. The trailer gives a good look at a number of characters, as well the story and motivation for the character of Cage. It looks promising, and while it follows a formula for the Marvel shows, it does also look like it has it’s own unique place. Ultimately this is what has made the shows so popular, following a formula that has worked, while allowing what makes each show unique to shine.
It’s hard to believe but it’s been a couple of years since Microsoft said that Halo was coming to TV. The show was set to to be produced by Steven Spielberg, and developed by showtime. However, it’s been roughly a year since there was any news. Phil Spencer confirmed on twitter that the show is still alive. No actual details were given he simply answered “alive” when questioned if it was dead. This is fairly disappointing as we haven’t been told anything with real meat about the series, it is nice to know the show hasn’t been completely abandoned. We’ll keep our fingers crossed that a real announcement comes soon, and hopefully we’ll be able to give you good news.
After the recent announcement that season 7 will only be 7 episodes long, Game of Thrones fans were given another reason to be disappointed. Season 8 of GoT will be the final season of the TV series. While many involved with the series said they would be happy to keep going after 8 seasons, it just doesn’t seem like it will happen. How long the final season will be, and the air dates of the episodes is still unknown. Also unknown is if there will be a spin off series. None are being planned as of yet, but there are those that think there’s a lot of potential. While it is a disappointment, at the same time the series has gone beyond it’s source material, and has the potential to end on a strong note. As more news becomes available we will keep you updated.
JJ Abrams new project is producer on the HBO show Westworld. The show as actually announced awhile back, but has hit a few roadblocks on it’s way. However it has officially been announced that the show will premier on October 2nd. Westworld is based on the Michael Crichton movie from 1973. The show will also have a pretty incredible cast including Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, and Ed Harris. I am personally thrilled at the idea of a show blending the sci-fi and western genres. It’s great that the show has a premier date and seems to have worked out many of the hiccups that have slowed it down. We will bring you more news as it becomes available.
The reboot of the popular Mystery Science Theater was teased not long ago, but it was at this weekend’s comic con that real details finally started to be revealed. Brain Corbett, Kevin Murphy, and Mary Jo Pehl will all be returning to the series. Corbett and Jo Pehl will be returning as writers. All three will have guest appearances as their characters from the original MST3K. Corbett as Brain Guy, Murphy as Professor Bob, and Jo Pehl as Pearl Forrester. Dan Harmon, most recently known for Rick and Morty, and Community has also signed on as a guest writer. Meanwhile Felicia Day will be playing the character of Kinga, Dr. Clayton Forrester’s daughter. Elliott Kalan, a writer for The Daily Show, will be the head writer. Jonah Ray will take over as the new host.
In addition to the news of writers and actors we also now know that the series will be a Netflix exclusive. The exact date it will premier is still unknown but “very near future” is typically the answer when people involved are asked for a date. The show will be available (via Netflix) in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK, and Ireland. So there is a lot of information on how to watch it, who is involved, but sadly no clue as to a date. “Soon” could range from a few months from now, to sometime in the next year or two. Hopefully we will be able to bring you news about a premier date soon.
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Bryan Fuller who will be the show runner for the new Star Trek series, has come forward to give a few details. First and foremost the first season will be 13 episodes long, and will cover one major story line. Fuller has said the reason for this is because Star Trek has so many episodes across many different shows, so they had to come up their own unique way to tell their story. Doing a season devoted to one major story line seemed to be the way to get that. Fuller is excited to be working on the show, saying that it was the reason he got into TV writing. While he’s enjoyed the other projects he’s been involved in (Pushing Daises and Hannibal) to him the ultimate goal was to work on Star Trek. Among the many reasons he loves Star Trek, it being so progressive is one of them. He has promised that the new series will push the boundaries, as it’s predecessors have. We are very excited to hear more about the new series, and we will bring you those details as they become available.
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Season 3 of The Strain is coming August 28th, and FX has released the official trailer. Season 3 is set to be 10 episodes long, and will continue to follow Dr Goodweather as he and others attempt to survive. Check out the trailer, and get ready for the show soon.
Bryan Cranston and Ronald D. Moore are teaming up as producers of a new anthology series based on the works of acclaimed sci-fi author Philip K. Dick. The series will be called Electric Dreams: The World of Philip K. Dick, and will premier on Channel 4 in the UK. There is no NA network that is attached to the project, but there are promises that the anthology will receive international releases in some form, in a timely manner. In addition to producing Moore will be writing the series, and Cranston will star in the anthology in some form. There will be ten episodes in the anthology, and each will be a standalone based on one of the many works of Philip K. Dick. Philip K. Dick published an astounding 44 novels and over 100 short stories, so there is no lack of work to inspire the anthology.
Philip K. Dick is probably best known for Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, which was the inspiration for the Blade Runner movie. Other notable adaptations of his work include A Scanner Darkly, Total Recall, Minority Report, and the recent Amazon Prime original The Man in the High Castle. We are very excited to hear this news, so we will bring you more updates as we can.
Fox has ordered up a Lethal Weapon series. It will follow the story of Riggs who moves to LA after the loss of his wife and child, he is teamed up with Murtaugh an older detective that has just suffered a heart attack. This is fairly similar to the plot of the original movie, while the details are slightly different the actual feel and what brings the two cops together is the same. Damon Wayans has been cast as Murtaugh and Clayne Crawford has been cast as Riggs. Reaction to the news has been mixed at best. The movies were fairly popular and long running, and it does make sense to move that formula to TV. However a lot of people feel it won’t work without the original actors, and it’s better to just let the franchise stay dead. At this point really only time will tell.
FOX and Seth MacFarlane are teaming up once again, only this time for a live action dramedy (comedy-drama) series. FOX has ordered 13 episodes of the show, which was created by and will star Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. MacFarlane wrote the pilot episode, of the yet to be titled show. It is set 300 years in the future and will include a band of explorers, in their less than top of the line ship, Orville. MacFarlane has stated that he wanted to do something like this since he was young, and that “the timing finally feels right”. There are hopes that the show will make it for the 2017-2018 season. There is little word on the show beyond that, and no word if this will effect Family Guy at all. While people might have mixed feelings about MacFarlane, we here at GNU are actually curious to see where this project goes. MacFarlane already tackled live action with his film, A Million Ways to Die in the West, and we’re big fans of sci-fi. This could be the perfect blend, to bring something fresh to FOX and from MacFarlane himself. We will bring you more news as it becomes available.
Kevin Smith will be returning to direct an upcoming episode of The Flash. Smith already directed the episode The Runaway Dinosaur, which will be airing May 10th. Smith will be returning to the director’s chair sometime in August. There is no official word when Smith’s second episode will premier, but it should be before the midseason finale. Jason Mewes will also be part of The Flash, as Smith has confirmed that Mewes will be making a few cameos in the show. So The Flash fans prepare to see Kevin Smith’s take on the show.
Marvel and Netflix are teaming up once again to bring us another series. Jon Bernthal impressed everyone greatly with his portrayal of Frank Castle, and will get to continue with his own show. Rumors that this might be happening have been surfacing for a rather long time, but it has now been confirmed. Netflix has already brought us Daredevil and Jessica Jones. The Luke Cage and Iron Fist shows will be premiering this year, with a future The Defenders show. A lot of fans will be thrilled to know that The Punisher has been confirmed, he was a fan favorite during season two of Daredevil. We will bring you more news as it becomes available.
The prequel series, Gotham, has been renewed for a third season. Fox executives have said they are happy to renew the series, stating that the show has exactly the right team to make the project what it is. The series has done a solid job in ratings and reviews, so it’s not entirely surprising. It is however, nice for fans to know they won’t be denied more Gotham in the future. Season 2 currently airs on Mondays, and people can catch up on the show using various stream services.
In the wake of Steven Moffat announcing he would be leaving Doctor Who, the biggest question has been whether or not Peter Capaldi will join him. BBC has expressed in no uncertain terms that they would like Capaldi to stay on and continue his role as The Doctor. Peter Capaldi has said that he is uncertain whether or not he plans to continue with the show. His biggest concern right now, is what direction the show will be going. Chris Chibnall will be taking over for Steven Moffat, but hasn’t announced what he really plans to do with the show. At this point it’s all speculation, but given the past history with the show a lot of fans believe Capaldi will step down. However Chibnall might just intrigue Capaldi when he does finally highlight his plans for the future of the show. We will bring you more news as it unfolds.
Well the 6 episode mini series just ended, and got positive feedback overall. In the wake of the end of the episodes, rumors of a full come back for the show have already circulated. Chris Carter, the show creator has said that he would like to see more episodes in the future. He also said that he believes both David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson would be on board. It also doesn’t hurt that once again the show has ended with more questions than answers, opening a lot of potential for the show to go on. All this sounds great, but no actual negotiations have started, and working around everyone’s schedule for even a mini series presented a problem. So what are we left with? There’s a possibility, but it wouldn’t do to get your hopes up yet.
At the start of this month Doctor Who disappeared from all streaming services. It was a major blow to fans of the series, and worried people about how they would watch the show in the future. The good news is, starting next month Doctor Who will be available to stream again. The bad news is only Amazon Prime will have the show. Amazon Prime members will have access to the latest seasons of the show, and the older episodes will still be unavailable. Honestly the news is mostly mixed, if you have Amazon Prime, or can get it then awesome. Most fans will still be left without the show though, and there is no news on the older series coming back to streaming services as of yet. Here’s hoping this announcement means more good news is on it’s way.