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From comic-book adaptations to sci-fi, fantasy and horror. Here are the new geek-skewed shows coming to Us TV in 2016...
The world of TV has never been so crowded and, at the same time, geeks have never had it so good. As saturated as the big screen is with superhero films and sprawling shared universes, that mentality has well and truly bled onto the small screen too.
So there’s a lot of comic-book adaptations coming up in 2016 from Marvel, DC and others, but genre TV is represented across the board with science-fiction, fantasy and horror represented at pretty much every network and cable channel in the Us.
Here's some of the geek TV that will be making its way to us from the Us next year.
Aka Jessica Jones (Netflix)
Part of Netflix’s own connected slice of the McU, there has been a lot of confusion over when we »
Over the weekend we got the first trailer for MTV’s upcoming fantasy series The Shannara Chronicles, and now ten new images have arrived online, which we have for you here…
The Shannara Chronicles is an adaptation Terry Brooks series of fantasy novels, which is produced by Jon Favreau, Alfred Gough and Miles Millar. Featuring in the cast are Ivana Baquero, Austin Butler, Poppy Drayton, Manu Bennett, Emilia Burns, Aaron Jakubenko, John Rhys-Davies, Marcus Vanco and Brooke Williams.
- Gary Collinson
Extry, extry, read all about it! These exclusive Jaws-inspired Fright Rags shirts will be available to pre-order this Wednesday. Also: an excerpt from Rhonda Mason's The Empress Game and details on the new MTV series The Shannara Chronicles.
Fright Rags Jaws T-Shirts: These exclusive Fright Rags shirts were designed by artists Justin Osbourn, Paul Shipper, Abrar Ajmal, and David Moscati. Inspired by the film Jaws, this collection will be available to pre-order on Wednesday, July 15th at 10 Am Est.
These shirts are limited and are subject to possibly selling out during the pre-order period.
Consult the Fright Rags website for more details.
The Empress Game: "‘Power, grace, deadliness defined. Always cunning, endlessly victorious’.
One seat on the intergalactic Sakien Empire’s supreme ruling body, the Council of Seven, remains unfilled: that of the Empress Apparent. The seat isn’t won by votes or marriage. It’s won in a tournament of ritualized combat. »
- Tamika Jones
Comic-Con is all about checking out the merchandise — as in the many new trailers that are unveiled at the event for newbie and returning series, alike.
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Vikings Season 4 (premiering 2016 on History)
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The first look trailer for MTV’s upcoming fantasy series The Shannara Chronicles has debuted at San Diego Comic-Con, and we have it for you right here…
See Also: First image from MTV’s The Shannara Chronicles
The series is an adaptation of The Elfstones of Shannara, the second book in Terry Brooks series of fantasy novels. The Shannara Chronicles is produced by Jon Favreau, Alfred Gough and Miles Millar and features a cast that includes Ivana Baquero, Austin Butler, Poppy Drayton, Manu Bennett, Emilia Burns, Aaron Jakubenko, John Rhys-Davies, Marcus Vanco and Brooke Williams.
- Gary Collinson
At long last, Terry Brooks' Shannara series is being adapted to live-action in MTV's entry into the realm of epic fantasy, The Shannara Chronicles. Season one will adapt The Elfstones of Shannara, which was first published in 1982. The show will star Poppy Drayton as Elven Princess Amberle, Austin Butler as the reluctant hero Wil Ohmsford, Ivana Baquero as Eretria, and Manu Bennett as Allanon, the last of the Druids. This epic fantasy story revolves around the desperate fight of Elves and Humans against Demons, while Wil and Amberle conduct a quest for the one magic that can truly stop the Demon threat. Collider was invited to chat with some of the stars and producers of the new show, learning about the world of Shannara and the personalities involved in bringing it to life. Here's a list of 15 things to know about The Chronicles of Shannara. [caption id="attachment_484935" align="alignright" width="340"] Image via MTV[/caption] »
- Jeremy Scarlet
MTV today announced that its forthcoming epic fantasy series The Shannara Chronicles will premiere in January 2016. The network made the announcement during the first-ever Comic-Con panel for the series, which is based on author Terry Brooks' international best-selling novels. Production for The Shannara Chronicles wrapped last month in New Zealand.
Brooks, who serves as an executive producer, appeared on the panel along with the cast of "The Shannara Chronicles" in its first-ever public appearance - Ivana Baquero, Manu Bennett, Austin Robert Butler, Poppy Drayton and John Rhys-Davies - as well as series Executive Producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar. The Q&A session was moderated by TV Guide Magazine Senior Writer, Damian Holbrook.
Fans can stop by MTV's booth (#3729) on the convention center all weekend to pick up a special, limited edition of "The Elfstones of Shannara," complete with a one-of-a-kind Comic-Con book jacket. Additionally, John Rhys-Davies, Manu Bennett »
MTV announced the premiere date of the upcoming series “The Shannara Chronicles” during a panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday. The epic fantasy series based on the series of Terry Brooks novels is set to debut January 2016. Brooks, who is one of the series’ executive producers, appeared on the panel along with cast members Ivana Baquero, Manu Bennett, Austin Butler, Poppy Drayton and John Rhys-Davies. Executive Producers Al Gough and Miles Millar also attended. Also read: 'Dexter's' James Remar Joining MTV's 'Shannara Chronicles' “If this show doesn’t succeed, I don’t know what will. It is magnificent,” Rhys-Davies said during the panel. »
- Reid Nakamura
Set to premiere in January, the series follows three elves attempting to keep demons at bay after an enchanted tree that protects the land begins to die.
- Garth Franklin
Fantasy casting comes just above 'Writing Statham Fan-Fic' and just below 'Dunking Biscuits In Tea' in the official Den Of Geek list of top ways to spend an afternoon (copies available from all good fictional book shops), so it's cheering to hear that our favourite authors engage in just that hobby.
As reported by The Guardian, Gaiman told the festival crowd, "Shadow is of mixed race and I wanted to find an actor who has that thing going. An actor who turned up after American Gods was written and, if he hadn't have become huge would have been perfect, was Dwayne 'the Rock' Johnson »
MTV's bringing some scares to San Diego, offering two horror genre panels for fans to attend at this year's Comic-Con: a Scream: The TV Series panel on Friday, July 10th, and a Kevin Smith-moderated Teen Wolf panel on Thursday, July 9th.
Press Release: "Santa Monica, CA (June 25, 2015) – MTV will take San Diego Comic-Con by storm with the return of Comic-Con favorite and hit drama series “Teen Wolf” for the sixth time and convention debuts of highly-anticipated shows “Scream: The TV Series” and “The Shannara Chronicles.”
For the first time in network history, MTV will be on-the-ground with its own branded booth, giving fans an all-new interactive experience when they hit the floor of the San Diego Convention Center. Fans will be treated to exclusive swag and the opportunity to meet and get autographs from a slew of MTV talent set to stop by.
In addition, MTV will once again sponsor the Sdcc wi-fi. »
- Derek Anderson
In 2012, one adorable, albeit incredibly foulmouthed, teddy bear took the world by storm. With his classic, furry good looks, unparalleled swagger and penchant for pot-fueled humor and sexually charged antics, an unlikely leading man catapulted Universal Pictures and Media Rights Capital’s small comedy about a stoner dude and his best friend to its status as the highest-grossing original “R”-rated comedy of all time.
This summer, Seth MacFarlane returns as writer, director and voice star of Ted 2, the follow-up to the blockbuster that launched the career of the world’s most outrageous bear. Joined once again by Mark Wahlberg as John Bennett, the thunder buddies for life are entering into uncharted territory.
It’s time to legalize Ted.
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- Movie Geeks
Corrections Officer John Bennett's got one heck of a hot bod! Orange Is the New Black's Matt McGorry, who returns to Netflix's prison smash on Season 3, is known those days for his acting gigs on Oitnb and How to Get Away With Murder, but the 29-year-old hunk had quite an interesting career before hitting the small screen. He used to be a bodybuilder! Prior to hitting it big on Netflix and ABC, the native New Yorker worked at a gym whose clientele included a handful of [...] »
The ladies of Litchfield Penitentiary are finally back! "Orange Is The New Black" returned for season three on Netflix last night -- and man, have we missed Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) and her fellow inmates. This season will have no shortage of fights, crazy antics and even romance with Alex Vause (Laura Prepon) making her return to Litchfield. Also heading to the correctional facility is some fresh meat! Actress and TV personality Ruby Rose joins the ladies as Stella Carlin, an Australian inmate who gets locked up and caught in a love triangle with Piper and Alex. Things also continue to get steamy between Dayanara Diaz (Dascha Polanco) and officer John Bennett (Matt McGorry). Fan favorites Laverne Cox and Uzo Aduba also reprise their roles as Sophia Burset and Crazy Eyes, but sadly one main character will be noticeably absent this season. Jason Biggs, who plays Piper's fiance Larry Bloom, »
- tooFab Staff
See Also: Watch the red band trailer for Ted 2 here
Seth MacFarlane returns as writer, director and co-star of Ted 2, Universal and Media Rights Capital’s follow-up to the highest-grossing original R-rated comedy of all time. Joined once again by star Mark Wahlberg and fellow “Ted” writers Alec Sulkin & Wellesley Wild, MacFarlane produces the live action/CG-animated comedy alongside Bluegrass Films’ Scott Stuber, as well as John Jacobs and Jason Clark.
Ted 2 sees McFarlane and Wahlberg joined by returning stars Giovanni Ribisi, Jessica Barth, Patrick Warburton and Sam Jones, as well as newcomers Amanda Seyfried (A Million Ways to Die in the West), John Slattery (Mad Men), Dennis Haysbert (24), Richard Schiff (The West Wing), Morgan Freeman (The »
- Gary Collinson
At a panel discussion for Orange Is the New Black at the Directors Guild West in Los Angeles Wednesday night, the cast and creator, Jenji Kohan, were tight-lipped about details on the upcoming season, but Kohan volunteered a couple tidbits: season three will focus on faith and motherhood. Motherhood likely refers to Daya (Dashcha Polenco), as she’s pregnant, and we know she’ll be giving birth behind bars to her and prison guard John Bennett’s baby. As for faith, will new assistant warden Joe Caputo continue to enlist Sister Jane’s help in his struggle to get things under control at Litchfield? Kohan also said the next season will be lighter in tone, noting with a laugh, “we went to Oz” in season two, referencing the darkest of all prison shows, HBO’s gritty, violent drama. Less shivs, more comedy, we’re on board for that. Season three »
- Diane Gordon
Ever since The CW's Arrow first premiered back in October 2012, the show has been dealing out weekly superhero fisticuffs like no one's business. It's a superhero show that's laid the groundwork for The Flash and the upcoming CBS superhero show, Supergirl. While there are a lot of things Arrow does right, one aspect of the show that does not receive enough praise is its penchant for having guest stars from other fan-favorite, sci-fi and geek TV shows. To date, we've had Spartacus' Crixus (Manu Bennett), X2's Lady Deathstrike (Kelly Hu), Street Fighter's Ryu (Byron Mann) and Firefly's River Tam (Summer Glau) to name but a few. As the wait for Arrow season 4 begins, we're going to shine the spotlight on all the geektastic guest stars the showrunners manage to cram into Arrow each season. Lets start where it all began, with Arrow season 1. Arrow Season 1 Roger R. Cross »
Following Wednesday’s season finale ‘My Name Is Oliver Queen’, The CW has made the entire third season of Arrow available to watch online for free (assuming you’re in the U.S. that is), and to celebrate, a new poster has arrived online which recaps all the latest happenings in Starling City…
In the aftermath of the Arrow’s (Stephen Amell) triumph over Deathstroke (Manu Bennett) and his army, Season 3 opens with Arrow now a hero to the citizens of Starling. Crime is down, people feel safer, and Captain Lance (Paul Blackthorne) even calls off the Anti-Vigilante Task Force. Basking in his success and with Queen Consolidated off his hands, Oliver believes he can finally have a private life and asks Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) out on a date. But »
- Gary Collinson
All season 3 episodes of The CW's Arrow are online and available to watch for Free. In celebration, the Arrow powers-that-be have released this new poster that perfectly recaptures all of season 3's key moments. In the aftermath of the Arrow's (Stephen Amell) triumph over Deathstroke (Manu Bennett) and his army, Season 3 opens with Arrow now a hero to the citizens of Starling. Crime is down, people feel safer, and Captain Lance (Paul Blackthorne) even calls off the Anti-Vigilante Task Force. Basking in his success and with Queen Consolidated off his hands, Oliver believes he can finally have a private life and asks Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) out on a date. But the second Oliver takes his eye off the ball, a deadly villain reappears in Starling, forcing Oliver to realize that he can never be Oliver Queen — not as long as the city needs The Arrow. »
Universal has unveiled the latest trailer for Seth MacFarlane’s comedy sequel, Ted 2, and it retains all of the tenets of the director’s outrageous, on-the-nose style of humor: dick jokes, race and more sexual innuendos than you can shake your furry first at.
Centering around the titular, pint-sized loudmouth, the follow-up will orbit around Ted’s quest to land some reputable civil rights, although such a feat will require the crude protagonist to make a valuable contribution to society itself. How will he achieve this, you ask? Well, despite his fuzzy anatomy, Ted reveals his burning desire to have a baby with his bride-to-be Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth reprising her role as the dim-witted love interest), though to do this he will need to collect a sperm sample.
- Michael Briers
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