Flash Trailer Emphasizes Arrow Connections, Character Differences

The first look trailer for the upcoming Flash TV series, starring Grant Gustin, does a great job of hitting three key points: That the show is a spin-off of the popular Arrow, with a prominent role in the ad for star Stephen Amell; that the Flash has superspeed, and it doesn’t look too cheesy on film; and that the characters have a welcome difference in temperament. See for yourself: The five-minute extended trailer gives the Flash more backstory (and a […]

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Dreams Come True! WKRP Complete Series Coming

When I wrote about the complete Hill Street Blues DVD set that came out at the end of last month, I mentioned that I really hoped that Shout! Factory would do a similar set for WKRP in Cincinnati. Ha! I called it! TV Shows on DVD (link no longer available) is reporting that Shout! has “licensed the show’s home video rights and are planning to deliver all four seasons of the sitcom together in one package”. Since the sitcom was […]

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Good Week for Comic-Inspired TV News: Agent Carter, Gotham, Constantine, More

If you like watching comic-inspired series on TV, you’ve got a lot of shows coming up. According to ICv2, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been renewed for a second season. Although ABC/Disney demonstrated faith in it early on, giving the show an early full-season pickup, the storytelling and ratings have both been disappointing. With the recent tie-in to new blockbuster Captain America: The Winter Soldier, though, the show seems to have gained new energy and tighter execution. ABC will also have […]

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Complete Hill Street Blues Now Available on DVD

It’s one of the most important TV shows of the modern era, and now the complete Hill Street Blues series is available on DVD from Shout! Factory. Shout! does really nice, fan-conscious packages. The show ran from 1981-1987, 144 episodes, contained here on 34 discs. There are extras, including a documentary and interviews and a handful of commentaries. The show was revolutionary, not just for bringing more realism to the cop show genre, but for its use of movie-style techniques, […]

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Want to Ride Captain America Movie’s Coattails

It’s no surprise that Captain America: The Winter Soldier had a dynamite opening weekend, setting a new box office record for April with a $96+ million take. Internationally, it’s also doing well, taking in more already than the first Captain America made overseas in total. The sequel is expected to far surpass the original overall. Thus, it’s also no surprise that the struggling Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is doing its best to grab some of that success and interest. Marvel sent […]

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Preacher on TV? From Seth Rogen?!?

News broke today — I saw it on hitfix.com — that Seth Rogen (The Green Hornet, Knocked Up) and Evan Goldberg (co-writer and co-director on This Is the End with Rogen) are adapting the Vertigo comic series Preacher for TV. The comic was Garth Ennis’ modern take on the Western, as Jesse Custer, a Texas preacher with the Voice of God, the ability to command people to do what he says, journeys across America accompanied by skilled shooter Tulip and […]

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Agents of SHIELD Takes Jump in Filesharing — ABC’s Policy Outdated?

Interesting example they use in this analysis of ABC’s online streaming policy. Basically, the channel has decided to enforce a delay. Previously, ABC shows were available to watch online for free (through Hulu or ABC.com) the day after they aired. Now, it’s a week. While the studio likely wants to drive customers to pay outlets, the end result is that viewers are turning to free but non-legal methods. Easy availability is key, and promptly. So, for example, when it comes […]

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J. August Richards Returns to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

I’m not sure Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has really found its groove yet, but I’m willing to keep giving it a chance. I like Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Wolverine Melinda May (mysterious bad ass with secret past) is terrific, and the British Fitz-Simmons scientists amuse me. (I could really do without more of Agent Beef and the hacker chick, although I suspect that they’re supposed to be the interesting characters to us.) When I think of several […]

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