9 items from 2016
Six months before Warner Bros. officially announced their Suicide Squad movie back in September 2014, The CW's hit TV series Arrow introduced their own version of this villainous group, which featured DC Comics characters Amanda Waller (Cynthia Addai-Robinson), Deadshot (Michael Rowe), Bronze Tiger (Michael Jai White) and Shrapnel (Sean Maher). While this lineup is obviously much different than the Suicide Squad movie lineup, the series eventually killed off both Amanda Waller and Deadshot, leading fans to speculate if they were removed because of the Suicide Squad movie. Another pivotal Arrow character, Deathstroke (Manu Bennett) hasn't been seen since Season 3, and Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim recently teased on his Tumblr page that he won't be popping up anytime soon, since he is "currently tied up in another DC project."
It has been clear from the start that the DC Extended Universe exists separately from the TV universe, which allows for two »
Though Manu Bennett was very critical of how Slade Wilson aka Deathstroke was portrayed on Arrow, he ultimately remains good friends with most of the cast and has stated that he would love to return to the show for the right storyline. However, according to Marc Guggenheim, Deathstroke is tied up on another DC project. Is it likely that Deathstroke will soon be appearing the DC Cinematic Universe? Here's the question asked by a fan and Guggenheim's answer. Q: Any possible chance of either Slade or Walter returning throughout the rest of Season 4? #Arrow Guggenheim: The character of Slade Wilson is currently tied up in another DC project. Walter is more likely. There's lots of rumors and speculation on Scott Eastwood's role in Suicide Squad, that he's essentially not just a random government soldier but a mole planted to spy for Batman or Amanda Waller. Could he ultimately turn out to be Deathstroke? »
Forthcoming Starz adaptation, American Gods, has cast its Shadow, and unusually (though perhaps not at all unusually considering Us TV's love of giving limeys American accents), it's gone for a Brit.
Whittle made his name here in the UK on soap Hollyoaks and football drama The Dream Team, before doing a stint in sequins on Strictly Come Dancing then relocating across the Atlantic for Mistresses and the aforementioned The 100.
He'll be playing Shadow Moon, the American Gods lead, who begins Gaiman's novel as a recently released ex-con with a mysterious past and a penchant for coin tricks. When Shadow's path crosses with that of Wednesday, things get seriously weird for him. And we mean seriously. »
MTV is trying something new with the fantasy series The Shannara Chronicles. Will their gamble pay off and bring big ratings or will it flop? Cancelled or renewed for a second season? Stay tuned.
Set millennia in the future, The Shannara Chronicles follows three unlikely heroes -- a human, an elf princess, and a human-elf -- on their quest to thwart a demonic army. The cast includes Ivana Baquero, Manu Bennett, Emilia Burns, Austin Butler, Poppy Drayton, Aaron Jakubenko, Daniel MacPherson, and John Rhys-Davies.
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“The Shannara Chronicles” star Manu Bennett says his MTV series is better for young viewers than most things on TV, thanks to its source material. “I think we’re now dying at the hands of zombies and bleak stuff that doesn’t really fare well for our young audiences out there,” the actor said at the 2016 Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena, California. “I’d much rather my kids watch something like this.” “The Shannara Chronicles,” which premiered Tuesday on MTV, is based on Terry Brooks’ series of novels, the first of which was published in 1977. Also read: »
- Reid Nakamura
Season one of The Shannara Chronicles TV series, premiered last night on MTV. Today, the network is making the first four episodes of this fantasy drama available online. Watch the first two episodes now, below. Episodes three and four are available on MTV.com and on the MTV app.
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Episodes: Ongoing (hour)
TV show dates: January 5, 2016 — present
Series status: Has not been cancelled
TV show description:
Set millennia in the future, this fantasy series follows three unlikely heroes, on their quest to thwart a demonic army.
When the Ellcrys Tree begins to fail, it signifies a threat to the Four Lands. It is said each leaf represents a single demon. As the leaves fall, creatures of darkness are released from the Forbidden Zone. If the tree dies, the world will end.
Raised by her grandfather, after the death of her parents, Elvin Princess Amberle Elessedil (Poppy Drayton), longs to prove herself. When she has a »
Tuesday’s series premiere of The Shannara Chronicles introduced MTV viewers to a half-elf hero in way over his head. But don’t take our word for it.
“So I’m supposed to use Elfstones I don’t have to protect a princess who doesn’t want to be found from a demon horde bent on laying waste to the world,” Wil Ohmsford (Austin Butler) lamented towards the end of the two-hour debut. “And even if I succeed, which is entirely doubtful, »
It’s almost too easy to list the qualities “The Shannara Chronicles” does not possess, originality chief among them. The TV show is based on a series of books by Terry Brooks, who in turn modeled his world closely on that of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” saga. Elves, quests, magic objects and demons are all present and accounted for in this tale. No spoiler alert is needed to point out that the fate of the world hangs on the dangerous quest of an unlikely protagonist. But a television series doesn’t have to be unique to be worth watching, and fantasy fans hankering for a breezy (if low-budget) epic are likely to find things to enjoy in this energetic saga. The subset of TV viewers who liked to spend a lazy Saturday bingeing on the adventures of Xena or watching “Legend of the Seeker” may well enjoy »
- Maureen Ryan
9 items from 2016
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