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Magic, gods and disappearing television shows this week. Get caught up! The countdown the Star Wars is real and all consuming.

I’ve been waiting for this. HNNG. I loved the first film! The tone and pacing was great and the story was solid. I’m sad that Isla Fisher won’t be returning, but Lizzy Caplan is a good replacement in terms of on screen presence. MOAR MAGIC!

Ok so this looks pretty, but it seems to have about as much depth as a cup of coffee. Many other sites are already tearing this one to shreds based on the trailer alone.

Funny, and the ending is great. Action comedy gold.


We are about midway through the fall season, and it’s about that time to start seeing TV Show cancellations. We’ll take a look at which shows have received the axe, and which are teetering on the brink:


  • Wicked City: pulling in around 4-600,000 viewers per episode, it has been cancelled by ABC after 3 episodes. For anyone still watching the program, ABC will be streaming them online.
  • The Bastard Executioner: in an interesting twist, the show’s own creator Kurt Sutter, in conjunction with FX, has pulled the plug on this show. Sutter (speaking with the Hollywood Reporter), said this: “I’m not the guy sitting in my ivory tower spitting shit out and not caring if anyone is watching… I don’t want to write something that nobody’s f—ing watching.”

Teetering (Almost Certain to be cancelled during Christmas Break or after the season is over)

Note: Numbers are millions in the 18-49 demographic:

  • Blood and Oil (ABC) [1.0]
  • Crazy Ex Girlfriend (CW) [0.28]
  • Truth Be Told (NBC) [0.64]
  • The Player (NBC) [0.84]
  • CSI: Cyber (CBS) [0.83]
  • Minority Report (FOX) [0.74]

While researching this morning, I found an article on Fortune explaining why networks are not cancelling many shows this year. Normally around now (the US Thanksgiving/Christmas break) we have about one quarter to one third of the shows receiving a fatal blow, and networks pulling in syndicated or pilot programs to fill the space. Any other year, I would have bet that most of the shows in the “teetering” section above would have had their heads cleanly removed and bodies stacked on the pile of “what could have been.” This season, it appears networks are holding on to programs a little bit longer. It seems that they are beginning to understand that they are dealing with an overall declining viewership, so they’re being somewhat patient with their content.


Netflix has ordered a 6 episode pilot of a western action series. Frontier will star Jason Momoa, Alun Armstron, Landon Liboiron and Zoe Boyle. The downside? Since the title is being co-produced by Discovery Canada, us Canadians will have to wait for it to air on discovery before it will be available on Netflix. sadface is sad. Link to source.


Do you like Monsters? I’m talking the scary monsters we all grew up with, like Dracula, The Mummy, Frankenstein, and the Wolfman? Well, Universal Studios is starting to draft an entire monster universe starting with the Mummy reboot in 2017. It will all tie in with a Van Helsing movie as well. The first thing that came up when speaking with some of my friends about this? “They should make a new Monster Squad!” I will be covering these as they come up, this is definitely something in my wheelhouse.


After the epic pain that Prometheus brought me (and the majority of my friends), it hurts me that the prequels continue. I guess with a $403 million worldwide total, it did make enough to warrant a continuance. Ridley Scott has confirmed that he will be returning to direct the next one in the series, and it has a shiny new title. Alien: Covenant, to be released October 6, 2017.


Last week, I reported on the possibility and rumor surrounding Marvel’s Iron Fist on Netflix. There were rumors surrounding the program and that it might be converted to a one off movie and possibly to have Punisher fill in the 4th series slot. Marvel TV Boss Jo Quesada spoke with IGN about those rumors this week:

“‘Iron Fist’ is being worked on, that’s all I can say … Where did you read these rumors? Oh, they were on the internet? So they must be true.”

“I think we’d love to see something happen (with Punisher), but it’s way too soon to tell, and we don’t necessarily like to discuss which metrics we use to decide these things. What I can tell you, is that anyone who is a hardcore Punisher fan is going to be blown away and incredibly satisfied by Bernthal’s take on Frank Castle. It’s one of those cases where it’s the character from the pages come to life.”


And lastly, we have some Harry Potter News. Series Producer David Heyman has spoken out about “Fantasic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” The series, starring Eddie Redmayne, is going to have a tone more akin to the tone of “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”

“Mike [Newell] (Director of HP: GoF) talked about the fourth as being like an Indian musical – and it’s not that, but it’s got the humor of that film. It has the romantic comedy, that fish-out-of-water humor, that very human, natural character comedy… [Beasts] is very funny, it’s got a big heart, and there’s darkness too.”

Here’s some of the pics that have made their way out to the world.

David Alberto is a Contributing Editor for You can often find him making people cry in Counter-Strike. Roll percentile dice to see if his opinions change, your chances are slim.

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