Bryan Fuller Is Remaking Stephen King Killer Car Classic Christine

The haunted car from Christine, looking suitably terrifying.

Christine is revving up her evil engines once again.
Image: Sony Pictures

Like many of us, filmmaker Bryan Fuller is a huge fan of author Stephen King. Unlike many of us though, he going to turn that passion into actual content. He’s going to make a new movie based on the King novel Christine.

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Originally published in 1983, Christine is about a shy, young man named Arnie who buys a beat-up old car named Christine. As he restores it, Arnie realizes the car has a mind of its own—an evil mind—and it begins to change him and the people around him. John Carpenter adapted the novel into a movie the same year which has since become a cult favorite.

Fuller, best known for his work on Hannibal, Heroes, and Star Trek: Discovery, will write and direct this new version of the story for Sony Pictures and Blumhouse. What changes he might make are still a mystery, but according to Deadline, which broke the story, it will remain set in the 1980s.

Usually, that would be the end of this story but there’s a fun little tangent in this case because Fuller spoke at length about his feelings for both the book and movie Christine on a podcast just a few months ago. Back in December, he appeared on King-centric podcast the Kingcast to specifically talk about his interpretations of Christine. When do you ever get to hear a filmmaker talk about what would become his next project for 90 minutes straight? One has to imagine there are some hints and clues for what he has planned laid out there.

No word on when Christine might rev those engines back up, or if it’ll definitely happen, but the combo of King, Fuller, and Blum sure sounds good.


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Robert Palmer Watkins Gets Recurring Role On The Walking Dead: World Beyond

Robert Palmer Watkins on General Hospital.

Robert Palmer Watkins on General Hospital.
Screenshot: ABC

Actor Robert Palmer Watkins has landed a recurring role in The Walking Dead universe.

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Deadline reports Watkins will reprise his role as Lieutenant Frank Newton in the second season of AMC’s The Walking Dead: The World Beyond after making an excellent first impression.

Watkins’ acting credits include the role of Dillon Quartermaine on General Hospital, co-lead in Leah Sturgis Trapped Inn, and lead in Brian Ulrich’s action thriller, Last Three Days.

The Walking Dead: World Beyond is the second spin off of The Walking Dead, with Fear The Walking Dead being the first. World Beyond was created by Scott M. Gimple and showrunner Matt Negrete. Gimple and Negrete are executive producers with Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, and Brian Bockrath.

The Walking Dead: World Beyond is the YA look into the zombie apocalypse as it follows four friends who brave the harsh world for a critical mission. Protected and pursued by nefarious forces, this coming-of-age story challenges everything they know about the world and forces them to forge a new path for themselves.

Do you watch The Walking Dead: World Beyond? Do you think it has the same staying power as the previous shows?


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The Walking Dead: World Beyond Adds Robert Palmer Watkins in Recurring Role

Robert Palmer Watkins on General Hospital.

Robert Palmer Watkins on General Hospital.
Screenshot: ABC

Actor Robert Palmer Watkins has landed a recurring role in The Walking Dead universe.

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Deadline reports Watkins will reprise his role as Lieutenant Frank Newton in the second season of AMC’s The Walking Dead: The World Beyond after making an excellent first impression. Watkins’ acting credits include the role of Dillon Quartermaine on General Hospital, co-lead in Leah Sturgis Trapped Inn, and lead in Brian Ulrich’s action thriller, Last Three Days.

The Walking Dead: World Beyond is the second spin-off of The Walking Dead, with Fear The Walking Dead being the first. World Beyond was created by Scott M. Gimple and showrunner Matt Negrete. Gimple and Negrete are executive producers with Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, and Brian Bockrath.

The Walking Dead: World Beyond is the YA look into the zombie apocalypse as it follows four friends who brave the harsh world for a critical mission. Protected and pursued by nefarious forces, this coming-of-age story challenges everything they know about the world and forces them to forge a new path for themselves.

Do you watch The Walking Dead: World Beyond? Do you think it has the same staying power as the previous shows?


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I Think I’m Done With the Arrowverse

The CW's heroes stand together in a photoshopped poster: Batwoman, Green Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and the White Canary.

Crisis on Infinite Me!
Image: The CW

I don’t look at my DVR anymore. The last time I did, I had piles of new episodes of DC Entertainment’s The Flash, Batwoman, and Supergirl on there—all of it from the most recent seasons. I feel like I should catch up because I’ve watched virtually every episode of all of them since the CW’s Arrowverse was created back in 2012. I’m not just intimidated by the sheer amount of TV I’d need to watch, but the idea of watching even a single episode of them makes me tired. So, so tired.

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I do not want to spend another 20 hours watching Barry Allen be a crappy person who learns to be a less crappy person by the end of each episode. The first season of Batwoman was so bad I can’t bring myself to start season two, despite its new lead. There are four whole seasons of Black Lightning out there so it’s daunting to start, even though the series just ended. Even Supergirl, which has been my favorite (other than Legends of Tomorrow) and I’m mostly caught up with, doesn’t hold much appeal. I never even started Superman & Lois or the always-headed-to-the-CW Stargirl, despite the former sounding kind of unique.

Looking back, I can see this isn’t a new development. As I sat through each successive year of the ever-expanding roster of shows, watching them has felt increasingly like work. Admittedly, as an io9 writer and editor, keeping up on superhero entertainment has always been part of my job, but as time went on, my pleasure in watching them has decreased, leaving only my professional responsibility and my sense of obligation to keep up with all these stories and characters that I’d already invested so much time in. There are several reasons for this, I think, the first being that all the DCTV superhero shows feel largely the same; they’re all part of the same shared universe, of course, but more importantly, churned out by the same Greg Berlanti-run production factory, so it makes sense they look and feel similar in many ways. But having watched literally hundreds of episodes, none of the shows have the capacity to surprise me anymore other than Legends of Tomorrow (and even that feels like it’s lost a little luster in its recently returned sixth season). It’s much like the Marvel Studios factory, which also makes remarkably consistent products that have the same structure underneath, even if the outer shell is sold in different colors. But where I’ve been watching approximately 10 hours of Marvel movies each year, I’ve been consuming 100 episodes of DC/CW TV shows during the same period.

Melissa Benoist as Supergirl and Jason Behr as Zor-El

Melissa Benoist as Supergirl and Jason Behr as Zor-El
Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW

I think another large part of the problem is that the various series had been building up to Crisis on Infinite Earths for so long, that the mass, interconnected story they’ve been telling over the last decade felt like it had reached its natural conclusion by ending Oliver Queen’s journey, freeing Barry Allen from his fate, and pitting our heroes against the most powerful enemy in the entire multiverse. Everything since then has been an epilogue that keeps going on and on and on. It’s much harder to care about whatever evil nitwit Barry Allen is facing off against to save Iris after he helped save entire universes last year. Even Lex Luthor’s villainous schemes to rule Earth are harder to get excited by because the stakes are so small compared to what’s come before. Honestly, I’m having a sinking suspicion that I—and others—might feel the same about the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies. Avengers: Endgame was such a—well, an endgame for the movies’ overarching story, making it the perfect place to step away. And other than Thor: Love and Thunder (and that’s thanks to my fandom of Jane Fost-Thor), I’m not particularly excited about any of Marvel’s Phase 4 movies, either.

People don’t talk much about superhero fatigue anymore, presumably because excitement for the Marvel and DC Universe movies still feels sky-high after more than a decade. But I suspect this is because the movies are still relatively small doses of superhero entertainment. They only take two or four hours out of your month—and now that people have gotten what was likely a much-needed break from them over the pandemic, they’re salivating for more. But while it’s still possible to watch every superhero movie that comes out, it’s impossible to do the same on TV. I was so excited when this golden age of comic book entertainment began that I tried (and succeeded, for a long while), but superhero shows have increased exponentially over the years, coming to ABC, Freeform, Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO Max, etc., etc., ad infinitum. As the number of series increased, so has my exhaustion.

Grant Gustin as Barry Allen and Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow

Grant Gustin as Barry Allen and Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow
Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW

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The other thing about these long-running DC CW shows is that they have the same problems as the long-running comics they’re based on—they never seem to end. When I was a fan of the Avengers as a kid, I bought every single issue of their comic, because I was collecting it—essentially as I have the Arrowverse shows. As the years went by, and I found myself buying streaks of bad storylines, I had to ask myself: Where does it stop? When does it end? When will I have finished collecting Avengers? The answer, as any comic fan knows, is never. Marvel has been publishing Avengers comics since 1963, and it will be publishing Avengers comics after I’m dead. And that’s how the Arrowverse feels now.

Sure, Arrow and Black Lightning are over and Supergirl is in its last season, but the CW has premiered a new DC TV series every single year since 2018… and another is already on the way in Naomi (Wonder Girl and Painkiller did not get picked up). As a gestalt, it feels like the Arrowverse will never be over, and that’s more discouraging to me now than exciting, especially when there’s much better superhero shows out there, like HBO Max’s Doom Patrol and Harley Quinn animated series, and countless DC shows eventually coming to HBO Max like Green Lantern, Gotham P.D., and Peacemaker. That’s to say nothing of the upcoming slate of DC superhero movies, or the Marvel series on Disney+, let alone the Marvel movies…

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It’s too much—way too much—and right now, the Arrowverse is the biggest, least rewarding island in the sea of superhero entertainment. I need to make room. I need to raise my standards. I need to stop “collecting” these shows because it’s become a Sisyphean task. I need to admit the DC CW universe is no longer the vanguard of superhero TV, and I need to let it go, both from my DVR and my life, and enact some kind of quality control that allows me to enjoy some superhero shows again.

Eventually.


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Vampire Academy Coming to Peakcock TV From Executive Producer Julie Plec

Illustration for article titled Vampire Academy Coming to Peakcock TV From Executive Producer Julie Plec

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Do you remember Mark Water’s disastrous 2014 directorial adaptation of Richelle Mead’s book Vampire Academy? The film currently sits at 16 percent on rotten tomatoes and an equally lousy audience score, labeling it a box office dud. However, Peacock TV, and executive producer Julie Plec intends to the right that wrong with a Vampire Academy television show that’s going straight to series order.

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Plec knows her way around the Vampire realm as executive producer on The Vampire Diaries and The Originals. Another Vampire universe veteran, Marguerite MacIntrye, is also on board. She wrote on another Vampire Diaries spin-off, Legacies.

The only information available so far is a synopsis as there is no casing or projected release date. Collider reports the official synopsis for the as follows:

“In a world of privilege and glamour, two young women’s friendship transcends their strikingly different classes. Together they prepare to complete their education and enter royal vampire society.”

I haven’t read the books, so I’m unsure if the synopsis is close to the original story, but I expect a mix of book material mixed in and Plec’s artistic vision.

It’s clear that Vampire madness is coming to television sooner than later. Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles is headed to AMC, there’s been talk of a True Blood reboot, and Legacies is still going strong on Netflix.

Have you read Vampire Academy? Do you think it’s worth an updated adaptation? Let us know what you think below!

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Vampire Academy Coming to Peacock TV From Executive Producer Julie Plec

Illustration for article titled Vampire Academy Coming to Peacock TV From Executive Producer Julie Plec

Screenshot: Reliance Entertainment

Do you remember Mark Water’s disastrous 2014 directorial adaptation of Richelle Mead’s book Vampire Academy? The film currently sits at 16 percent on rotten tomatoes and an equally lousy audience score, labeling it a box office dud. However, Peacock TV, and executive producer Julie Plec intends to the right that wrong with a Vampire Academy television show that’s going straight to series order.

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Plec knows her way around the Vampire realm as executive producer on The Vampire Diaries and The Originals. Another Vampire universe veteran, Marguerite MacIntrye, is also on board. She wrote on another Vampire Diaries spin-off, Legacies.

The only information available so far is a synopsis as there is no casing or projected release date. Collider reports the official synopsis for the as follows:

“In a world of privilege and glamour, two young women’s friendship transcends their strikingly different classes. Together they prepare to complete their education and enter royal vampire society.”

I haven’t read the books, so I’m unsure if the synopsis is close to the original story, but I expect a mix of book material mixed in and Plec’s artistic vision.

It’s clear that Vampire madness is coming to television sooner than later. Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles is headed to AMC, there’s been talk of a True Blood reboot, and Legacies is still going strong on Netflix.

Have you read Vampire Academy? Do you think it’s worth an updated adaptation? Let us know what you think below!

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Updates From The Suicide Squad, Green Lantern, and More

Morning SpoilersIf there’s news about upcoming movies and television you’re not supposed to know, you’ll find it in here.

Jason Momoa discusses the script for Aquaman’s sequel. Adam Wingard is hyping his ThunderCats film. Plus the Vampire Diaries Julie Plec has an exciting new bloodsucking project, the latest from Nancy Drew, and more. Spoilers away!

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Tuesday

Deadline reports Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Lola Petticrew, and Arinzé Kene will star in Tuesday, “a mother-daughter fairytale” at A24 with a plot currently kept under wraps.


Green Lantern

Deadline also reports Jeremy Irvine is in talks to play classic Green Lantern Alan Scott alongside the recently cast Finn Wittrock’s Guy Gardner for the HBO Max series.


Crater

Meanwhile, Scott “Kid Kudi” Mescudi, Isaiah Russell-Bailey, Billy Barratt, Orson Hong, Thomas Boyce, and Mckenna Grace will star in Crater at Disney+. Directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez, the project is described as “a coming-of-age story about a boy growing up on a lunar colony who takes a trip to explore a mysterious crater with his four best friends.”

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Zombies 3

Deadline additionally reports Matt Cornett, Kyra Tantao and Terry Hu will star in the third installment of the Disney Channel’s Zombies franchise. Cornett and Tantao have been cast as extraterrestrials A-Lan and A-Li while Hu, “a nonbinary actor, will play the role of nonbinary alien A-Spen. The telepathically connected newcomers arrive in Seabrook as Zed and Addison begin their final year at Seabrook High in the town that’s become a safe haven for monsters and humans alike. Zombies, werewolves and humans are equally shocked by the arrival of these mysterious extraterrestrial beings.”

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Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One & Two 

In addition to Calendar Man, Bloody-Disgusting reports David Dastmalchian will lend his voice to The Penguin in Batman: The Long Halloween, Part 1. And Warner Bros. just released a trailer for Part Two.


Chain Saw Confidential

/Film reports a “dark comedy” adaptation of Leatherface actor Gunnar Hansen’s tell-all book about the making of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is in development at Ambitious Entertainment and Impossible Dream Entertainment. David Dubos has been tapped to write the script.

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Aquaman 2

During a recent guest appearance on Drew Barrymore’s talk show, Jason Momoa revealed he hand a hand in writing Aquaman 2.

After we ended the first one, I went in with my writing partner and we dreamed up the second one. We went in, we pitched the idea…the best thing I can give you is that I love it so much that I participated in the writing of it. And so we did the first treatment, and then James and our original writer David finished it off, and all of our hearts are in it.


ThunderCats

During a recent interview with Comic Book, screenwriter Simon Barrett stated fans are “not ready” for Adam Wingard’s live-action ThunderCats movie.

I will say this, our ThunderCats adaptation is going to be really, really cool. I don’t think people are at all prepared for how long Adam Wingard has spent thinking about ThunderCats. They are not ready for Adam’s ThunderCats movie. It is going to destroy.

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The Suicide Squad

James Gunn also revealed to the Associated Press (via /Film) that he wrote “the biggest action scene he’s ever done” for Margot Robbie in The Suicide Squad.

She can do anything. Or I thought she could do anything. And then one day she had to sing and I said, ‘OK, well you can do everything but one thing.’ But she’s such a great actress. She embodies the character. She’s able to do the comedy. She’s able to do the drama. And physically, she is a pure athlete and is able to do these stunts in such a graceful, magnificent, beautiful way. And so I wrote the biggest action scene I’ve ever done all around Harley, and it was so fun to create just on every level from working with the stunt guys all the way through to working with her. It’s probably my favorite four minutes of film I’ve ever shot before.

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Vampire Academy

Variety reports Peacock has ordered a TV series adapting Richard Mead’s Vampire Academy novels from Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries) and Marguerite MacIntyre. The story concerns the friendship of two young women transcending “their strikingly different classes as they prepare to complete their education and enter royal vampire society.”

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Untitled Arnold Schwarzenegger Spy Series

/Film also has word Netflix has ordered eight episodes of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s untitled spy series from Jack Reacher creator Nick Santora. Co-starring Monica Barbaro as Schwarzenegger’s daughter, the story follows the duo as they “learn that they’ve each secretly been working as CIA Operatives for years” and “their entire relationship has been a lie. Forced to team up as partners, our series tackles universal family dynamics set against a global backdrop of spies, fantastic action and humor.”

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The Nevers

Spoiler TV reports HBO has quietly renewed The Nevers for a second season.


Stargirl

During a recent interview with Orlando’s WESH 2, Tigress actress Joy Osmanski stated the second season of Stargirl is “genuinely scary”so scary, in fact, that her “children will not be coming anywhere near season two.”

Season two, it just gets a lot darker, which is such a fun thing for a show to have an opportunity to do, and I will say that the evil forces at work are genuinely scary, like, my children will not be coming anywhere near season two. It’s scary.

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Nancy Drew

Finally, Nancy Drew traps Everett in the trailer for next week’s episode, “The Judgement Of The Perilous Captive.


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2021 Summer TV Preview: All the Sci-Fi, Horror, and Fantasy to Stay at Home With

Vampires, superheroes, supernatural hijinks, interstellar blunders, and... men *and* kids with horns? Oh summer TV, you’re so silly.

Vampires, superheroes, supernatural hijinks, interstellar blunders, and… men *and* kids with horns? Oh summer TV, you’re so silly.
Image: Netflix, HBO Max, Marvel Studios, and CBS

Like the movie industry, the realm of television is still in the process of clawing its way back from covid-related delays. While some new seasons, hiatus returns, and debuts will need a little more time to make it to the airwaves, rest assured there’s still plenty of fresh summer TV on the way.

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If you missed our gargantuan summer movie preview, make sure you check that out. TV choices this summer aren’t quite as numerous but that doesn’t mean you’ll be lacking in entertainment options. Before we dive in, it’s worth noting that—also like the movie industry!—all dates here are subject to change, and more titles may be coming that have yet to be announced.


MAY

Nick Zano as Nate Heywood, Shayan Sobhian as Behrad, Jes Macallan as Ava, Lisseth Chavez as Esperanza “Spooner” Cruz and Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory on Legends of Tomorrow.

Nick Zano as Nate Heywood, Shayan Sobhian as Behrad, Jes Macallan as Ava, Lisseth Chavez as Esperanza “Spooner” Cruz and Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory on Legends of Tomorrow.
Photo: The CW

Legends of Tomorrow: The kookiest show in the Arrowverse is already in progress as it returns for its sixth season, which promises all manner of deliciously ridiculous alien hijinks as well as episodes themed around ALF, Clue, and 1990s animated Disney princesses. Check out some thoughts on that revealing premiere here. (May 2 on the CW)

Star Wars: The Bad Batch: Out of the ashes of The Clone Wars comes the next Star Wars animated series, following the titular elite group of genetically enhanced Clone Troopers as the Clone War ends and the Rise of the Empire begins. Our premiere review is already up (plus an interview about that big cameo) but the second episode is already arriving this Friday. (May 4/May 7 on Disney+)

Jupiter’s Legacy: What happens when the world’s superheroes decide it’s time for their kids to step into their shoes… and the younger generation isn’t quite up to the challenge? This adaptation of Mark Millar and Frank Quitely’s comic—with a cast that includes Josh Duhamel, Ben Daniels, Leslie Bibb, Elena Kampouris, Andrew Horton, Mike Wade, Matt Lanter, and Ian Quinlan—aims to find out. (May 7 on Netflix)

Mythic Quest: Rob McElhenney’s workplace comedy set at a gaming company returns for its second season, with the characters going back to the office after quarantine to bicker, flirt, scheme, and occasionally work on the expansion of Raven’s Banquet. (May 7 on Apple TV+)

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Castlevania: The beloved, bloody animated take on Konami’s supernatural video game franchise returns for a fourth and final season, as the myriad forces at play in the wake of Dracula’s death finally make their plays—with Trevor, Sypha, and Alucard caught in the crossfire. (May 13 on Netflix)

Love, Death, & Robots: The adult animated anthology series, a riff on Heavy Metal, returns for a second season of futuristic, violent, but often darkly humorous short tales. This season draws from stories by Harlan Ellison, John Scalzi, Joe Lansdale, J.G. Ballard, Neal Asher, and others. (May 14 on Netflix)

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Superman & Lois: Smallville’s finest are back for the rest of Tyler Hoechlin and Bitsie Tulloch’s debut spinoff series, as the Kent-Lanes still try to balance smalltown life with the stresses that come with being the Last Son of Krypton’s family. (May 18 on the CW).

Camp Cretaceous’ Kenji, Darius, Sammy, Brooklyn, and Yaz.

Camp Cretaceous’ Kenji, Darius, Sammy, Brooklyn, and Yaz.
Image: Netflix

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Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous: The animated, in-canon extension of the Jurassic Park/Jurassic World universe returns for its third season, with the surviving campers still trapped on Isla Nubar with rampaging dinosaurs, including a new creature that no doubt hopes “screaming teens” is on the menu. (May 21 on Netflix)

Marvel’s MODOK: Patton Oswalt voices the title character of this stop-motion animated series, which follows the giant-headed supervillain as he tries to balance his flailing career with his family life. Other voices include (Aimee Garcia, Ben Schwartz, Melissa Fumero, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Beck Bennett, Jon Daly, Sam Richardson, John Hamm, and Nathan Fillion. (May 21 on Hulu)

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Solos: This seven-part anthology series aims to “illuminate the deeper meaning of human connection” with sci-fi and futuristic tales about time travel, intergalactic travel, memory transplants, and more. To go with that high concept comes an all-star cast, including Uzo Aduba, Nicole Beharie, Morgan Freeman, Anne Hathaway, Anthony Mackie, Helen Mirren, Dan Stevens, and Constance Wu. (May 21 on Amazon)

Rugrats: Nickelodeon’s upcoming Rugrats reboot’s straightforward enough that its new adventures featuring talking babies will strike a nostalgic chord for people who grew up watching the original series. But what’s interesting about the reboot is that while the surviving cast members of the original will all be reprising their roles as Rugrats’ babies, all of the adults are now being voiced by a slew of comedians including Nicole Byer, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale, and Timothy Simons. (May 27 on Paramount+)

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Lucifer: The supernatural detective-slash-romance series returns for the second half of its fifth season, bringing with it a holy war between Lucifer (Tom Ellis) and his creepy twin brother, Michael (also Tom Ellis). Also, we can finally watch that musical episode the show’s been teasing for ages. (May 28 on Netflix)


JUNE

Lego Masters: The Lego-building team competition returns for a second season, again hosted by Will Arnett. (June 1 on Fox)

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Lisey’s Story: Based on the Stephen King novel (King wrote all the episodes) and produced by J.J. Abrams, this miniseries is more “psychological horror” than full-on horror. But still… Stephen King! Julianne Moore stars as the widow of a famous author (Clive Owen) whose past becomes tangled with her present as she’s cleaning out his office. (June 4 on Apple TV+)

Sweet Tooth: Post-apocalyptic stories are usually so downbeat, for obvious reasons, but Sweet Tooth takes the idea of most of the people on the planet dying and gives it a fantastic twist, in more ways than one. It seems that horror may have been caused, or started, by a rise in babies born has hybrids of humans and animals. One such deer boy, the titular character, teams up with a survivor to try and get to the bottom of the mystery. It’s based on the DC comic by Jeff Lemire and produced by Robert Downey Jr. The first trailer blew us away. (June 4 on Netflix)

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War of the Worlds: Now in its second season, this “reimagining” of H.G. Wells’ classic alien invasion story is set in present-day Europe and stars Gabriel Byrne, Bayo Gbadamosi, and Daisy Edgar-Jones. (June 6 on Epix)

Wunmi Mosaku (as Hunter B-15) and Owen Wilson (as Mobius) in Marvel and Disney+’s Loki.

Wunmi Mosaku (as Hunter B-15) and Owen Wilson (as Mobius) in Marvel and Disney+’s Loki.
Photo: Chuck Zlotnick

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Loki: Marvel’s attempts to dominate the streaming space continue with this post-Endgame Tom Hiddleston vehicle, with the actor portraying the… *checks timelines* Avengers-era version of the titular god of tricks, last seen in Endgame snatching the tesseract out its intended timeline. Naturally, shenanigans like that cause a bit of a temporal mess, and Loki’s been recruited by the Time Variance Authority to help clean up. Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Wunmi Mosaku (Lovecraft Country, His House) also star. (June 9 on Disney+)

Tuca & Bertie: Netflix who? Cartoonist Lisa Hanawalt’s cult-beloved adult animated series has shifted over to Adult Swim for its second season, which promises more hijinks (“Just be warned, you’ll never look at plants the same way again!”) with the best bird friends voiced by Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong. (June 13 on Adult Swim)

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Rick and Morty: It’s still incredible that we’re getting a new season of Rick and Morty (the series’ fifth) so soon after the previous season ended (just last year!). As usual, we don’t know much about what to expect from the smartest guy in the universe and his somewhat less-smart family (and their clones, as the case may be), but Hellraiser appears to be involved. (June 20 on Adult Swim)

The Mysterious Benedict Society: Tony Hale and Kristen Schaal head up a cast of mostly young actors in this adventure tale about orphans who must band together at their boarding school to save the world. It’s based on the YA bestseller by Trenton Lee Stewart. (June 25 on Disney+)

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JULY

Monsters at Work: Set soon after the events of Pixar’s Monsters, Inc.—when Monstropolis is shifting to being laugh-powered rather than scream-powered—this animated series follows a young mechanic (voiced by Ben Feldman of Mad Men and Superstore fame) who idolizes Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) and James P. “Sulley” Sullivan (John Goodman). (July 2 on Disney+)

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Wellington Paranormal: The What We Do in the Shadows spin-off finally arrives for easy stateside viewing. It’s executive produced by Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement, and follows the two cops seen in the 2014 mockumentary as they investigate paranormal goings-on around Wellington. (July 11 on the CW/HBO Max)

Chip N’ Dale: Park Life: This series of animated shorts follow the chipmunk pals as they cause shenanigans in and around the big-city park they call home. Word is some classic Disney characters, including Pluto and Butch, will show up too. (July 23 on Disney+)

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Roswell, New Mexico: The rebooted tale of aliens masquerading as humans (and humans sometimes behaving like monsters) is back for a third season of extraterrestrial intrigue. (July 26 on the CW)

Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness: Capcom’s unstoppable action-horror video game/feature film franchise now has its own anime series; it takes place in 2006 and follows the characters of Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield from Resident Evil 2. (July TBD on Netflix)

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AUGUST

 Yvette Monreal as Wildcat, Brec Bassinger as Stargirl, Mark Ashworth as Justin, and Cameron Gellman as Hourman in Stargirl season one.

Yvette Monreal as Wildcat, Brec Bassinger as Stargirl, Mark Ashworth as Justin, and Cameron Gellman as Hourman in Stargirl season one.
Photo: The CW

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Stargirl: After spending an entire season leading viewers and its titular heroine to believe that Sylvester Pembleton, the original Starman, was dead, Stargirl’s season one finale revealed the DC Comics hero to be alive and well, something that’s sure to cause quite a stir once the surviving members of the Justice Society of America and the Injustice Society of America find out. But along with Pemberton, Stargirl’s set to introduce its takes on classic other classic DC characters like Shade and Eclipso, meaning that when the series returns to the CW for its second season this supper, Starman won’t be alone making waves in Blue Valley, Nebraska. (August 10, the CW)

Riverdale: Riverdale returns to the CW for the rest of season five right where it left off—seven years into a new future where the 20-something crew’s returned to their hometown after having grown apart from one another. Betty, Archie, Jughead, Veronica, Toni, and Cheryl haven’t been able to help themselves from falling back into their messy old ways and finding themselves… right back in high school. But now that they’re the adults in the room, their outlandish approaches to handling life’s issues are likely to have even greater consequences. (August 11, the CW)

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Star Trek: Lower Decks: Mike McMahan’s delightful animated exploration of some of Starfleet’s most troublemaking yet heroic ensigns returns for a second season. (August 12, Paramount +)

The Walking Dead: The beginning of the end. After 10 seasons as one of the biggest, most influential shows in the history of television, this year marks the start of the final season of The Walking Dead. Not the franchise, but this original show. And the final season will be split in two, this being the first half. So it’s not like zombie killing on AMC is going way, but the version that got it started is starting to, and it’s sure to be every bit a gross and massive as it’s always been. (August 22, AMC)

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Supergirl: Supergirl season six has just one episode before it takes a little break for Kara’s cousin to return to the CW for his family drama. Things have been extremely tense so far with Lena leaving LexCorp as the only way to get back at her evil brother and Supergirl trapped in the Phantom Zone. When the series does return this summer, it’ll be for the last time to wrap up the series as a whole. Though Kara’s friends and family will be by her side as she stands off against her enemies in the series finale, Supergirl’s coming to an end may mean that whatever Kara faces may genuinely have significant consequences for the larger Arrowverse. (August 24, the CW)

Fantasy Island: Yep, it’s a reboot of the 1970s series about an island where guests can test out their fantasies with the help of some magical realism. Roselyn Sanchez stars as Elena Roarke, a descendant of Ricardo Montalbán’s iconic Mr. Roarke on the original series. (August TBD on Fox)

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Summer TBD

Chapelwaite: Set in 1850s Maine, this gothic horror series stars Adrien Brody as a widower and Emily Hampshire as an aspiring author who becomes drawn into his spooky family history when she becomes nanny to his children. It’s inspired by Stephen King’s short story Jerusalem’s Lot. (Epix)

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Motherland: Fort Salem: This alt-history supernatural drama about militaristic witches who’ve made Salem their power HQ returns for more combat magic, spells, and intense interpersonal conflicts. (Freeform)

So, you turned into a zombie...

So, you turned into a zombie…
Screenshot: Marvel

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Marvel’s What If… ?: The beauty of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has always been that all the stories count. They’re canon. They happened. But what if, they weren’t? That’s the premise behind this highly anticipated animated series which will take popular Marvel movies and change one big thing about them, and see how it played out. Like what if Peggy Carter became Captain America instead of Steve Rogers? That kind of thing. Almost all of the MCU actors will be lending their voices as well. (Disney+)

Aquaman: King of Atlantis: As part of its larger project of revitalizing Aquaman’s image for a new generation, Warner Bros.’ upcoming Aquaman: King of Atlantis follows Arthur Curry’s adventures as Atlantis’ new king, an authority he isn’t quite sure how to wield beneath the ocean. Though heroism may come naturally to Arthur, Atlantis’ ways don’t always, and it’s only with Mera’s help that he’s able to find his way in the underwater world. (HBO Max)

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House of the Dragon’s First Images Feature Game of Thrones’ Wigs, Shores, and Intrigue

Targaryens love hanging around beaches, it seems.

Targaryens love hanging around beaches, it seems.
Image: HBO

No dragons included, but, given that Game of Thrones’ first spinoff is about all things Targaryen, they’re not going to be far off.

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HBO has released the first official stills from House of the Dragon, the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel. Set 300 years before the events of the landmark series, it follows the earlier generations of House Targaryen’s rule of Westeros—and a bloody civil war between various factions of the family over two young rulers’ claim to the Iron Throne. The pictures include up-close looks at Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon, Emma D’Arcy and Matt Smith as Princess Rhaenrya and Prince Daemon Targaryen, and Olivia Cooke and Rhys Ifans as Alicent and Otto Hightower, respectively.

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Image: HBO

Corlys Velaryon, also known as the Sea Snake, is considered one of the most renowned sailors in Westeros, and a crucial ally of House Targaryen as both the husband of Princess Rhaenys Targaryen (played by Eve Best in the show) and commander of the largest naval force in the known world.

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Image: HBO

Rhaenyra—be very prepared to be confused by Targaryens and their similar names!—and Daemon Targaryen are crucial members of House of the Dragon’s royal family. Rhaenyra is a powerful dragon rider, and King Viserys I Targaryen’s (Paddy Considine) firstborn child. Daemon meanwhile, is Viserys’ youngest brother, putting him in line for the Iron Throne even above Rhaenrya, given his status as a man. In George R.R. Martin’s extensive history book Fire and Blood however, Daemon sides with his niece to support her claim for the throne in the civil war that becomes known as the Dance of Dragons.

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Image: HBO

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Rounding out the first look, Alicent and Otto Hightower. Otto is Alicent’s father, and Viserys’ Hand of the King, previously described by HBO as being deeply suspicious of Daemon and his position as heir to the Iron Throne. Alicent, meanwhile, is described as “the most comely woman in the Seven Kingdoms” as part of Viserys’ inner circle. Eventually, Alicent becomes Viserys’ second wife, after his first wife Aemma Arryn failed to give the king a male heir.

House of the Dragon is currently filming, and expected to release on HBO Max in 2022.

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CW’s Naomi Wow’s Fans With Kaci Walfall in Show’s First Official Image

Art From Jamal Campbell Naomi Issue #2

Art From Jamal Campbell Naomi Issue #2
Image: DC Comics

The CW is constantly expanding, and now they are welcoming a new show into the fold. DC’s Comics Naomi is coming to the CW, and a new official has been released. The show stars Kaci Walfall (Power, Army Wives) as the title character and will write and act as executive producer for the show, with Amanda Marsalis, directing the pilot.

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The CW is constantly expanding, and now they are welcoming a new series into the fold. DC’s Comic Naomi is coming to the CW, and a new official has been released. The show stars Kaci Walfall (Army Wives, Power) as the title character and Ava Duvernay will write and act as executive producer for the show, with Amanda Marsalis, directing the pilot.

On April 30, the CW offered fans a look at Walfall as Naomi. From the image, they looked to recreate the cover of issue one, of the comic created by Brian Michael Bendis and David F. Walker.

Art from Jamal Campbell Issue #1 of Naomi

Art from Jamal Campbell Issue #1 of Naomi
Image: DC Comics

The comic follows Naomi McDuffie, a teenage girl from a small town who discovers she has superpowers and hopes to answer what happened to her homeworld. She looks for help controlling her powers, so she seeks out Superman in Metropolis, and he agrees to help her. As she comes to terms with her newfound power, she explores DC’s multiverse, trying to find answers about her past.

Naomi hasn’t been given a series order, but the pilot is currently in production. If a series is approved, the character will join the pantheon of current CW heroes like The Flash, Superman & Lois, and Legends of Tomorrow. There is no confirmation if the show would exist within or outside of the Arrowverse, but with her ties to Superman and the Justice League, I doubt CW will keep her outside of the world they’ve created.

CW Naomi Promotional Image

CW Naomi Promotional Image
Image: CW Network

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