Category Archives: TV Adaptations

Lady Sif Returning to Agents of Shield

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“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” will see the return of Lady Sif in an upcoming episode of the new season. The “Thor” film series character is played by Jaimie Alexander and she has previously crossed over into the Marvel series in Episode 15 of season one. According to Marvel Entertainment, in the upcoming episode Lady Sif will have no idea who she is, who Thor is, and will appear without her iconic Asgardian armor.

Executive producer Jeffrey Bell said,

“Sif has no idea who Thor is or that she serves a king, and we’re going to have fun with that. It’ll give us some much-needed humor in a season that’s been full of betrayal and death. Sif can’t even recall who she came here from Asgard to stop, but Agent Coulson [Clark Gregg] and his team will try to help her figure all that out…We’ve been dealing a lot with space aliens and Inhumans in our last few episodes—things our Earth-bound heroes just don’t know much about. They need help understanding what’s really going on. Sif’s memory—what’s left of it—will come in very handy.”

“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is set to return on March 3. It is rumored that Lady Sif will appear in the episode titled “Thor: Ragnarok” though it has not been confirm by ABC or Marvel.

Milo Ventimiglia Joins Gotham in Recurring Role

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“Heroes” star Milo Ventimiglia has officially signed on to join the cast of “Gotham” in a recurring role. Ventimiglia will appear in a major, multiple-episode recurring arc as Jason Lennon, aka the Ogre.

The Ogre is described as being handsome, wealthy, and seductive… and also a serial killer. He preys on young women in Gothamfor nearly a decade, luring them into his web and confronting them with a series of “tests” as he searches for his perfect mate. When the women fail to live up to his impossible standard, Lennon disposes of them quickly and viciously.

According to the release, Lennon’s obsessions with finding his mate and James Gordon’s determination to bring him down, send both Gordon and Lennon — and those around them — on a course toward tragedy. Though his character shares a name with a villain from DC lore, he’s an all-new character for the series.

There is no word yet when Ventimiglia will begin his recurring arc. “Gotham” airs on Mondays at 8 P.M. EST on FOX.

Trailer Premieres for “Daredevil” on Netflix

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“Daredevil,” the Netflix Original Series has finally give us a real first look with the premiere of its first trailer.

The series stars “Boardwalk Empire’s” Charlie Cox as the titular hero who spends his days as the blind lawyer Matt Murdock. This iteration of the character is touted as being darker and “grittier” than the movie predecessor starring Ben Affleck. This series is based largely on the comic book arc written by Frank Miller titled “The Man Without Fear.”

The teaser trailer shows the masked hear at the early stages of his vigilantism. He isn’t in his red suit just yet but rather a cobbled together suit by the main character, Matt Murdock. “Daredevil” will explore his origin story along with featuring Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson Fisk, the Kingpin of Hell’s Kitchen and Daredevil’s greatest enemy.

Marvel has been expanding its Cinematic Universe into television series and “Daredevil” is the first of four shows slated for Netflix release.

All 13 episodes of “Daredevil” is set to debut on Netflix on April 10. You can watch the debut trailer below:

HBO to Release Documentary Game of Thrones: A Day in the Life

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In preparation for the upcoming fifth season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” the network is releasing a behind the scenes documentary for fans. The documentary is titled Game of Thrones: A Day in the Life and it will take viewers to various filming locations that are used in the show such as Belfast, Ireland Dubrovnik, Croatia and more of the Seven Kingdoms.

Season 5 will take viewers even further into Westeros as they venture into Dorne for the first time. The documentary will explore the location the show used as a backdrop for Dorne, one of the nine regions of the Seven Kingdoms.

Game of Thrones: A Day in the Life will air Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. EST on HBO. The trailer can be seen below.

Syfy to Adapt Robert Charles Wilson’s Spin

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Syfy has announced plans to adapt the Robert Charles Wilson’s Hugo Award novel, “Spin,” into a six-hour miniseries. Jim Uhls has signed on to adapt the novel for the miniseries. The novel was originally published in 2005. “Spin” is the first novel in a trilogy written by Wilson. The best-selling trilogy also includes “Axis” and “Vortex.”

The novel is officially described as follows:

Spin is Robert Charles Wilson’s Hugo Award-winning masterpiece—a stunning combination of a galactic “what if” and a small-scale, very human story. One night in October when he was ten years old, Tyler Dupree stood in his back yard and watched the stars go out. They all flared into brilliance at once, then disappeared, replaced by a flat, empty black barrier. He and his best friends, Jason and Diane Lawton, had seen what became known as the Big Blackout. It would shape their lives. The effect is worldwide. The sun is now a featureless disk—a heat source, rather than an astronomical object. The moon is gone, but tides remain. Not only have the world’s artificial satellites fallen out of orbit, their recovered remains are pitted and aged, as though they’d been in space far longer than their known lifespans. As Tyler, Jason, and Diane grow up, a space probe reveals a bizarre truth: The barrier is artificial, generated by huge alien artifacts. Time is passing faster outside the barrier than inside—more than a hundred million years per year on Earth. At this rate, the death throes of the sun are only about forty years in our future. Jason, now a promising young scientist, devotes his life to working against this slow-moving apocalypse. Diane throws herself into hedonism, marrying a sinister cult leader who’s forged a new religion out of the fears of the masses. Earth sends terraforming machines to Mars to let the onrush of time do its work, turning the planet green. Next they send humans…and immediately get back an emissary with thousands of years of stories to tell about the settling of Mars. Then Earth’s probes reveal that an identical barrier has appeared around Mars. Jason, desperate, seeds near space with self-replicating machines that will scatter copies of themselves outward from the sun—and report back on what they find. Life on Earth is about to get much, much stranger.

The miniseries will be produced by Universal Cable Productions alongside Rob Morrow’s Bits and Pieces Picture Company and Olympus Picture’s Leslie Urdang.

There is no word on when the miniseries is planned to premiere on Syfy. They have not announced who the studio is eyeing to star in the project or who will be helming the production in the director’s chair.

Game of Thrones Season 5 Gets Premiere Date

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During a Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour today, HBO officially announced today that have in fact renewed “Game of Thrones” and gave fans what they actually wanted to hear: a premiere date. Season five of  the series will debut on Sunday, April 12th at 9:00pm ET/PT. Season 5 will have ten episodes as has been the case with previous seasons.

It was recently announced that an exclusive season 5 trailer will debut in IMAX theaters as they screen Season 4’s final two episodes.

Game of Thrones is Coming to IMAX

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For some reason that I am sure HBO thought was warranted, the network has announced that the popular series will be heading to IMAX theaters later this month. Sort of.  Theaters will show the final two episodes of season four and an exclusive trailer for season five.

This is the first time in history that a television show will be shown like this in IMAX. If you choose to experience it, you can relive the Battle of Castle Black as well as the Emmy-nominated season four finale, “The Children.”

Greg Foster, senior executive vice president of IMAX Corp says,

“The scope and production quality of the show is quite remarkable, which will be highlighted even further in select IMAX locations—allowing fans, as never before, to become a part of author George R. R. Martin’s world that [showrunners] David Benioff and D. B. Weiss created for HBO. It has the action, storyline and epic nature that our fans seek in IMAX and we’re thrilled to team with HBO and our longtime partners at Warner Brothers to offer audiences a chance to experience it in the ultimate theater setting joined by other fans of the series.”

The IMAX showings will run in 150 theaters for one week beginning Jan. 23. We currently have no premiere date for season five of “Game of Thrones” but typically it has premiered either the last week of March or the first week of April.

Marvel’s Daredevil Gets Netflix Premiere Date

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Earlier today, at the Television Critics Association (TCA), Netflix officially announced the premiere date for the upcoming series, “Marvel’s Daredevil.” Turns out the premiere date is earlier than anticipated which is good news for fans. The 13 episode first season will debut on Friday, April 10th and as it is a Netflix Original Series, all the episodes will be available immediately.

“Boardwalk Empire” star Charlie Cox stars in the series as Matt Murdock/Daredevil. He is joined Rosario Dawson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll and Elden Henson. Blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, Murdock fights against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the Super Hero “Daredevil” in modern day Hell’s Kitchen, New York City.

Steven S. DeKnight is serving as showrunner. Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”) and Drew Goddard (Cabin In The Woods) are the executive producers, alongside DeKnight.

New Promo for The Walking Dead Mid-Season Premiere

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While fans patiently await the return of “The Walking Dead” on AMC, the network has released a new promo for the season 5 mid-season premiere. The show will return on February 8, 2015 to air the remaining episodes of season 5.

The mid-season finale of season 5 aired before the holidays and ended with the shocking death of Beth as she and Noah were just about to leave the hospital for good. How will her death affect the group and more importantly her sister and Daryl.

“The Walking Dead” has already been renewed for a sixth season which is set to begin airing in the fall of 2015. The series is based on the comic created by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard. It stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chad Coleman, Chandler Riggs, Melissa McBride, Emily Kinney, Danai Gurira and Sonequa Martin-Green.

Watch the promo below:

Robert Kirkman’s “Outcast” Pilot Rounds Out Cast

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The official cast for Robert Kirkman’s upcoming drama pilot, “Outcast” has been revealed. The series is based on The Walking Dead creator’s new comic of the same name and is set to premiere on Cinemax.

“Outcast” will star Patrick Fugit in the lead role of Kyle Barnes, a young man who has been plagued by possession since he was a child. Now an adult, he embarks on a spiritual journey to find answers, but what he uncovers could mean the end of life on Earth as we know it.

Joining Fugit is Philip Glenister as Reverend Anderson, a West Virginia preacher who believes he is a soldier in God’s holy war against the forces of evil on Earth. An inveterate drinker and gambler, he doesn’t believe God intends us to sweat the small stuff.

Reg E. Cathey as Giles, is Rome’s chief of police and a poker buddy of Anderson’s. Although he doesn’t believe in possession quite as strongly as Anderson, he’s seen enough to know there’s some truth to his friend’s assertions about demons.

Julia Crockett, as Sarah Barns, is Kyle’s mother. Filthy and raving, Sarah makes young Kyle’s life a living hell. At first, this might seem like the result of mental illness. But Kyle will come to understand that it’s something more.

Wrenn Schmidt as Megan Holter, is Kyle’s adopted sister and a child psychologist. Megan is always on a mission to fix people, especially Kyle. Although she puts up a hopeful and confident front, Megan may be as emotionally damaged as Kyle — a result of the scarred past they share.

Kip Pardue as Mark Holter, the husband of Kyle’s adopted sister, Megan. Mark is a small-town cop whose temper sometimes gets him in trouble. Despite being mildly religious, Mark is a skeptic, who would never believe in something like demonic possession.

Kirkman has signed on to write the pilot script and executive produce with Chris Black, Circle of Confusion’s David Alpert, and FIC’s Sharon Tal Yguado and Sue Naegle. Adam Wingard (The Guest) will direct the pilot.