Television

Mon
20
Apr

Blast of the Week - Daredevil on Netflix

Mike Maillaro: Welcome to Blast of the Week.  Each week, the Critical Blast staff will post our thoughts about various entertainment and media topics.

This year's topic is Netflix's Daredevil series!

Thu
26
Mar

Vote for the Best of 2014

Best of 2014 Voting Begins

Hello readers! I know we're still just getting started for Critical Blast, but it's never too early to open up with a bang.

To that end, I'd like to introduce you to our first annual Critical Blast Awards -- and you get a vote! In the future, we'll have more categories, but for this year we're limiting ourselves to Best Movie, Best Television Series, and Best Actor (from each).

In an effort to prevent ballot box stuffing (as much as we can), the form below requires a Google+ account to participate. We look forward to your input. The polls will remain open through April 6th, 2015.

Tue
24
Mar

The X-Files returns to Fox for six episode mini-series (The Truth is back!!)

This just in: The X-Files is officially returning to FOX! Thirteen years after its original run, the sci-fi series is making its comeback with a six-episode event series from creator/executive producer Chris Carter. Stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson will reprise their roles as FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully.

"I think of it as a 13-year commercial break," said Carter. "The good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories."

The series is set to start production in summer 2015, but an air date has not yet been set.

Source: TV Guide

Mon
16
Mar

Sherlock Special Will Be Set in Victorian England

From Entertainment Weekly:

For the eagerly anticipated Sherlock special episode, Holmes and Watson are essentially going back in time.

Co-creator Steven Moffat has now confirmed the special will take place in Victorian London, validating fan assumptions about the episode. Last month the show’s stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman were spotted filming Sherlock in 19th century clothes, causing fans to wonder if perhaps the crime-fighting duo attended a costume ball, or ir perhaps it was just some kind of dream sequence within the special. But no: The 90-minute episode literally takes place hundreds of years ago.

Thu
12
Mar

Power Rangers Seasons 4-7 Giveaway

Saban Power Rangers Zeo Turbo In Space Lost Galaxy Critical Blast

This contest is over. The randomly selected winner is: LINDSAY D. of URBANA, OH.

 

Well, we promised you it was coming, and now it's here. On the heels of our POWER RANGERS COMPLETE SERIES giveaway, we now have POWER RANGERS SEASONS 4-7 -- the series that came after the "complete" series.

This hotly sought after series by fans of Saban's POWER RANGERS show includes the story arcs ZEO, TURBO, IN SPACE and LOST GALAXY, and includes a bonus disc of extra features.

But how, you may ask, can you make this set yours? Well, one way is to be the randomly selected winner of this contest, which is as simple as entering your information in the form below! Really, it's that easy!

 

Thu
12
Mar

Danny Trejo joins cast of From Dusk Till Dawn on El Rey Network

I saw this story on Lucha Underground's Facebook feed.

Danny Trejo was announced as joining the cast of El Rey's From Dusk Till Dawn series.  Sadly, we don't get El Rey by me, but I love Robert Rodriguez, so I've been wanting to see this series for a while.  I have been considering subscribing to Sling just so I can more easily follow From Dusk Till Dawn and Lucha Underground.

I have always had a love for lesser known actors...you know, those guys you've seen in many movies, but you don't know their names.  Well, I take the time to learn their names, and Danny Trejo has been one of my favorites for a while (I should do a column on some of my favorites...including Tina Majorino, Andre Braugher, Peter Stormore, and Clancy Brown).  Danny Trejo has appeared in around 200 different roles, including doing voice work.  He even had a brilliant cameo in the Muppet's Most Wanted as a prisoner in a Russian Gulag...named Danny Trejo. 

Wed
11
Mar

Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk launch Indie Go-Go campaign for new web series

From Entertainment Weekly:

Want to see Firefly stars Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk not only back together on screen but back together on a spaceship? Then we recommend you get out your credit card and head over to the just-launched-today Indiegogo page for the pair’s planned web series, Con Man.

Fri
06
Mar

First Look at Melissa Benoist as Supergirl

From Deadline:

CBS and Warner Bros. TV have released the first images of Supergirl star Melissa Benoist as the super heroine. Gone are the bleach blonde locks and the skimpy, midriff-baring cheerleader outfit from the Supergirl comics.

The more conservative mesh garb in muted colors is very similar to what Henry Cavill wears in the Warner Bros. Supeman movies — maybe DC and the studio are eying a potential crossover of the cousins in matching outfits?

The CW also is going for consistency, with the Supergirl costume created by the same designer who also did the costumes for the other two CW/WBTV DC superhero series, The Flash and Arrow: three-time Oscar winner Colleen Atwood (Alice in Wonderland, Memoirs Of A Geisha and Chicago). “In designing Supergirl, I wanted to embrace the past, but more importantly, thrust her into the street-style action hero of today,” she said.

Fri
06
Mar

Win Tickets for final Daily Show and contribute to a worthy cause

On last night's Daily Show, Jon Stewart announced that through Omaze they will be raffling off tickets for the final episode of The Daily Show. 

The prize includes:

  • Get 2 tickets to Jon Stewart’s last ever taping of The Daily Show
  • Receive exclusive Daily Show memorabilia
  • Be flown out to NYC and put up in a 4-star hotel

All proceeds go to Night of Too Many Stars and New York Collaborates for Autism.  My cousin Marcus was just diagnosed with Autism, and my wife works closely with numerous autistic and other classified kids as a special education teacher.  This is a cause that is particularly important to me.  And of course, I am also a huge Daily Show fan, so I am glad to be able to provide a little publicity for this. 

Sun
01
Mar

CW's iZOMBIE a Mid-Season Premiere to Die For

iZombie CW Network DC Comics Critical Blast Rose McIver

The CW Network has yet another DC Comics show to add to its programming schedule -- but don't expect any crossovers with THE FLASH or ARROW.

iZombie was the creation of comics veterans Chris Roberson and Michael Allred, and was part of DC's Vertigo line of horror comics. In the comics, the lead character was named Gwen, a girl who was a zombie who lived undetected among the living, but she had to eat a brain every month or lose her memories. Fortunately, her job as a gravedigger gave her ready access to food, at the cost of gaining the dead person's memories upon consumption of the brain.

Fri
27
Feb

He Lived Long and Prospered: Leonard Nimoy, 83

Leonard Nimoy 2015 Age 83 Spock Star Trek Critical Blast

Leonard Nimoy, star of stage and screen, and idol to millions of science fiction fans everywhere for his portrayal of the logical Vulcan, Spock, on STAR TREK, has passed away at age 83 from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

There will be numerous articles appearing almost immediately detailing Nimoy's illustrious career. This isn't one of those. This is rather my personal remembrances of this actor, author, photographer and -- yes -- singer and musician.

Fri
27
Feb

CW to launch Arrow-Flash Spinoff featuring Atom, Captain Cold, and Firestorm

From Deadline:

DC Comics superheroes are uniting in a potential new drama series at the CW, a spinoff from hits Arrow and The Flash that will feature several fan-favorite recurring actors/characters from both shows. I have learned that the network has teamed with Arrow creators Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim for a project eyed for next season toplined by Brandon Routh, Victor Garber, Wentworth Miller and Caity Lotz.

The untitled project, now in development, is described as a superhero team-up show. Routh, Miller and Garber will reprise their popular DC Comics characters  — Arrow‘s Ray Palmer/The Atom (Routh), Flash villain Leonard Snart/Captain Cold (Miller), and Flash‘s Dr. Martin Stein (Garber). Because her Arrow character Sara Lance was killed off, with her sister Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy) taking over as the Black Canary, it is unclear whether Lotz will play the same or new superhero.

Thu
26
Feb

Capaldi, Coleman Reunite for Doctor Who Christmas Special; Frost Inspired Casting as Santa

Doctor Who Last Christmas Peter Capaldi Jenna Coleman BBC Critical Blast

I did not see the Doctor Who Christmas Special last Christmas. That is to say, I did not see the Doctor Who Christmas Special, "Last Christmas" last Christmas. Of course I've seen the Doctor Who Christmas Special, "Last Christmas," but I saw it last night on DVD.

The annual Doctor Who tradition traditionally provides some of the best stand-alone episodes of the show. And this one certainly plays with the viewers' heads -- and their hearts. The episode opens with Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) being awoken by such a clatter that has arose on her roof; so she springs from her bed to see what is the matter. When what to her wondering eyes should appear but two elves, a man in a Santa suit, and flying reindeer!

Thu
26
Feb

Teaser for Next Week's Star Wars: Rebels Season Finale

DisneyXD posted up a teaser for Monday's season finale of Star Wars: Rebels, "Fire Across the Galaxy."  I've really been enjoying Rebels, it definitely feels like Star Wars.  I know a lot of people preferred Clone Wars, but I just couldn't get into Clone Wars.  Rebels I was hooked from the first episode.  I really like the characters, especially Sabine and Hera.  I did think that Ezra was annoying in some of the earlier episodes, but even he's developed into a good character over the course of the series.

Watching this show, I really wonder what happens to these characters between Rebels and A New Hope.  It seems very likely to me that they pretty much would all have to die at some point, probably in some kind of act that starts to pull the threads of the Rebellion together. The teaser for the season finale definitely suggests someone will be dying next week, and I think Kanan is the most obvious choice.

Thu
26
Feb

Sofia the First Must Break The Curse of Princess Ivy

Sofia the First Disney Junior Curse of Princess Ivy DVD Critical Blast

Thus far, our plucky village-girl-turned-princess Sofia (Ariel Winter) has been lucky: nobody close to her -- not counting the scheming Cedric (Jess Harnell) -- has discovered that she has magical powers at her disposal thanks to the Amulet of Avalor, which allows her to talk to animals and call any princess to her in a time of dire need.

That lucky streak breaks, however, when her sister, Amber (Darcy Rose Byrnes) catches Sophia talking to her animal friends, forcing Sofia to tell her about the amulet's power. Amber's jealousy drives her to scheme a way to get to use the amulet herself, to call a princess of her own, just to meet her -- she's hoping for Rapunzel. But she is unaware of the amulet's legend:

Wed
25
Feb

Life will once more be like a hurricane in Duckberg...in 2017!

From Deadline:

Disney XD is revisiting Ducktales. The network said today that it has ordered a new animated comedy series based on the Emmy-winning series that aired from 1987-1990 as part of The Disney Afternoon daily syndicated cartoon block. The new series is slated to launch in 2017. Produced by Disney Television Animation, Ducktales will again star Disney’s iconic characters Scrooge McDuck, his grandnephews Huey, Dewey and Louie, and Donald Duck.

The new series will follow Scrooge McDuck, his curious and mischief-making grandnephews — Huey, Dewey and Louie — and the optimistic yet temperamental Donald Duck as they embark on high-flying adventures worldwide. Other beloved characters slated to be in the new stories are: Duckworth, Gyro Gearloose, Launchpad McQuack, Flintheart Glomgold, Magica DeSpell & Poe, Ma Beagle and the Beagle Boys (Burger Beagle, Bouncer Beagle), Mrs. Beakley and Webbigail Vanderquack.

Sat
21
Feb

The Halliwell Sisters suffer a huge loss (Charmed Season 10 Issue 5)

There have been quite a few comic series lately that have expanded on or continued TV series. Smallville, Arrow, Flash, Young Justice, Buffy, Angel, X-Files, and Charmed come to mind. Most of these series have been very good. In fact, I was never even much of a fan of Smallville, but the comic series was excellent. I actually like this trend, and hope we see it more for TV series, especially those that ended far too soon.

Thu
19
Feb

Pop Vinyl to release Doctor Who Collection!

I've been a fan of Funko's Pop Vinyl line for a while, and Doctor Who has always been a license I hoped they would get around to releasing.  Well, good news everyone, starting in June, we will finally have some cute, beady eyed Doctor Who vinyls for your display shelves.  The line will have nine figures: Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor, David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor, Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor, Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor, the TARDIS, a Dalek, a Weeping Angel, a Cyberman, and an Adipose.

I ended up already pre-ordering Tom Baker, Peter Capaldi, and David Tennant.  And I think the Dalek is particularly bad ass. 

Here are the pictures:

Tue
17
Feb

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver renewed until 2017!

USA Today anounced:

John Oliver is returning to HBO for two more seasons, the cable network announced today.

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver will have 35 shows each for Season 3, due in 2016, and Season 4 in 2017.

"We are incredibly proud to have John as part of the HBO family," HBO programming president Michael Lombardo said in a statement. "His unique ability to deliver socially significant commentary week after week, along with his innate comedic brilliance, puts John in a class by himself."

Mon
16
Feb

Adrianne Palicki's Mockingbird upgraded to series regular on Agents of SHIELD

Announced on Newsarama over the weekend:

Looks like someone at S.H.I.E.L.D. is getting a promotion.

Deadline is reporting that Adrianne Palicki, who has guest starred recently on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as Bobbi Morse (a.k.a. Mockingbird), has been upped to series regular. Palicki debuted in the role in the second episode of the show's second season, and will be seen next in the mid-season premiere on March 3.

In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Palicki's character of Bobbi Morse was introduced as a HYDRA operative who had secretly been working as a double-agent for S.H.I.E.L.D. Morse's ex-husband, Lance Hunter, remains a HYDRA agent.

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