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FX’s foray into the superhero world is off to a decent start. In Nielsen’s Live+3 ratings, the premiere on Feb. 8 drew 1.8 million viewers in the 18-49 demographic and 3.27 million total viewers.
If you tack on the two encores that also aired that night — FX sells ads on a cume, so it’s not quite as dodgy a practice in this case — that brings the haul to 2.39 million in the demo and 4.37 million viewers on the whole. These numbers don’t include streaming or viewing done on VOD. That’s a healthy boost over the live ratings, which were around 896,000 viewers in the demo (a 0.7 rating) and 1.68 million total viewers. That was better than the premiere of Tom Hardy’s period drama “Taboo” in the demo (0.6), if not total viewers (2.16 million). Most FX series — and scripted shows on other networks — see big lifts with delayed viewing.
- Oriana Schwindt
Rob Leane Feb 10, 2017
This article contains spoilers for Legion episode 1.
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Legion has finally arrived! After what felt like a huge pile of teasers, the first X-Men series from the new Fox/Marvel collaboration has reached our television sets. And, as expected, it’s a bit odd. Good odd, I think, but it’s a bit early to say for sure.
Fargo’s Noah Hawley has written an intricate storytelling weave made of mutants and madness, and its hour-long opening episode left me with rather a lot of questions. Here they are, along with some stab-in-the-dark attempts to answer them. »
The moral ambiguity of X-Men characters and storylines was a big draw for “Legion” creator Noah Hawley when he was approached with the idea of creating a TV series that fit within the film franchise. During “the initial conversations with FX and with the other executive producers of the films — Lauren Schuler-Donner, Simon Kinberg and Bryan Singer — they weren’t really tied to a specific character or story,” Hawley told TheWrap while explaining how “Legion” came to be. “It was an idea of trying to create some sort of TV offshoot of the X-Men films. I’d seen all the films and. »
- Linda Ge
In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hideout on the Mexican border. But Logan's attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces. Today, we have the very first clip from Wolverine 3, which introduces a new friend of Logan's.
A group of rednecks roll up on Mr. Morrison, a new ally of Wolverine's played by Eriq La Salle. Apparently, he's been trespassing on a Texas pump house where Wolverine has been staying. Morrison makes it quite clear that he has an agreement with the previous owner of the property. The leader of this small gang of backwoods militia assures Morrison that 'previous' is the operative word. That's when Logan steps in.
Wolverine, clad in nothing more than a white wife-beater and jeans, tells the gang to go play 'oakie-dickhead' somewhere else. »
The latest movie in the X-Men universe has gotten a new trailer. New”Logan” footage dropped during Sunday night’s Super Bowl, featuring old pals Logan (Hugh Jackman) and Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) working to help young mutant Laura (Dafne Keen).
In his last performance as Wolverine, Jackman plays a weakened version of the unbeatable and unbreakable anti-hero. Since his healing powers have lessened, Logan has been earning a living as a chauffeur, hiding out in a border town while caring for the ailing Professor X. Their small world is shattered by the arrival of young Laura, whose powers are similar to Logan’s and have attracted quite the violent following. Logan, always reluctant to help others, appears to eventually come around and become protective of Laura, one of the few remaining mutants in the country.
The action-packed trailer — set to “Amazing Grace — shows Logan and Laura demonstrating their ferocious fighting skills. »
- Dani Levy
Author: Scott Davis
One of the most eagerly anticipated new TV shows to debut in 2017 is Legion, the new show from Fox and Marvel, which debuts this month. And in an exclusive interview, we sat down with one of the stars of the show Rachel Keller to discuss the show and how it fits into the X-Men Universe…
Legion takes its cue from the comic-book series of the same name and is from Noah Hawley, creator and producer of the award-winning Fargo television series which is about to start its third season. But Hawley had some knowledgeable help on the show, with X-Men film runners Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg and Bryan Singer on board as executive-producers as well as legendary comic-book writer Jeph Loeb, who worked on Smallville.
As for Keller, she plays Syd Barrett in the show. Described as a “self-sufficent, street-smart” young women, Syd’s mutation gives »
- Scott Davis
Ryan Lambie Feb 1, 2017
Ben Affleck’s the latest in a series of directors to bow out of a DC comic book movie. We take a look at a familiar pattern...
In a ninja-like move worthy of the Caped Crusader himself, Ben Affleck has bowed out of The Batman. Affleck will, of course, still star in the title role and serve as producer, but the standalone Batman movie will now need a new director - leaving the position empty mere months before filming was supposed to commence.
The outlet that broke the story, Variety, adds that Affleck’s decision wasn’t related to the recent performance of Live By Night, the period crime film produced, written, directed and starring Ben Affleck. Rather, Affleck says, “I cannot do both jobs to the level they require. I have decided to find a partner in a director who will collaborate with me on this massive film. »
If you think you know what FX and Marvel’s new show “Legion” is about, don’t be so sure. The cast, producers, and creative team gathered at West Hollywood’s Pacific Design Center on Thursday evening for the premiere of the highly-anticipated new show, and all had unique opinions about main character David Haller’s (Dan Stevens) world of mutants and mental hospitals.
“Overall, I think it’s about identity and connecting with people,” said Aubrey Plaza, who plays David’s friend Lenny in the mental institution called Clockworks.
“I think the show is about finding strength in yourself to overcome things that people have told you were negative or hold you back or make you less than someone else,” added Jeremie Harris, who’s character Ptonomy Wallace helps David overcome some issues from his past.
And yet, the show seems to be about all those things at once. Judging »
- Dani Levy
Author: Zehra Phelan
So much for Bryan Singer, director of four of the X-Men films in the franchise, which include 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, taking a break from further future X-Men duties. He’s just signed up to take the driving seat for the pilot in Fox’s TV series which is as yet untitled.
After finishing up with last summer’s X-Men: Apocalypse Singer stated: “Right now, once this one is done, I’d like to do something really different.” and he couldn’t have chosen a project any more different with a movie about Queen frontman Freddie Mercury so aptly entitled Bohemian Rhapsody which has Mr Robot’s own Rami Malek in the lead as the legendary Mercury. Singer, who has also directed an updated 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, which is based on the Jules Verne novel, currently in pre-production, is in no way a newcomer to the TV arena. »
- Zehra Phelan
"...two ordinary parents discover their children possess mutant powers.
"Forced to go on the run from a hostile government...
"...the family joins up with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive..."
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- Michael Stevens
Singer is no amateur to this franchise as he has directed; X-Men: Apocalypse, X-Men: Days of Future Past (my favorite), X-Men 2, and the original X-Men. Let us also not forget that he directed one of the greatest cult movies of all time, The Usual Suspects, and he directed Superman Returns which both another writer and myself here actually liked quite a bit. The Fox X-Men TV series will be Singer's most recent venture after his TV shows Battle Creek and the Munster's reboot entitled Mockingbird Lane.
- Drew Carlton
Bryan Singer isn't done with X-Men just yet. The director behind most of the big screen installments of Marvel's merry mutants will serve as director on Fox's X-Men pilot. Sorry, Fox's "Untitled Marvel Action-Adventure Series" pilot. Singer will also serve was executive producer. The pilot hails from Burn Notice's Matt Nix and follows "two ordinary parents who discover their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins up with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive." Nix will write and executive producer the pilot. Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg, Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory are executive producing as well. »
“The best part of waking up” is drinking a beverage in a creepy creature mug! We have six photos plus release information for these beauties from Scravis Mugs at the top of today’s Highlights. Also: Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins teaser trailer, interactive art initiatives for FX’s Legion, and Alamo Drafthouse premiere details for The Expanse Season 2.
Six Creepy & Creative Creature Mugs Photos: From Scravis Mugs: “We make handmade beer mugs that feature all sorts of creepy creatures – zombies, skulls, devils and other assorted creatures. No molds are ever used which makes each one of a kind.
Each is made on a pottery wheel and hand sculpted from stoneware. Once dry enough, they are painted with underglaze paints and fired in a kiln. They’re dishwasher/microwave safe.
A unique gift – and a great conversation piece for any beer lover. Prices range from 75.00 – 150.00 depending on size and detail. »
- Tamika Jones
Director has shot four features in the X-Men universe.
Bryan Singer is on board to direct Fox’s Marvel universe action-adventure, which had a put pilot commitment and comes from Burn Notice creator Matt Nix, 20th Century Fox Television and Marvel Television.
The project will focus on two parents who discover their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins up with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive.
The X-Men TV pilot that has been brewing over at Fox TV is moving ahead to series. The planned show is said to be set in the world of the current run of X-Men movies, and Bryan Singer, who has directed a bunch of them, is executive producing for the studio.
According to sources, the story will focus on two ordinary parents who discover their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins up with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive.
As well as Singer, Jim Chory, Simon Kinberg, Jeph Loeb and Lauren Shuler Donner will also executive produce. The untitled show will be overseen by Burn Notice creator Matt Nix, who will act as showrunner.
- Paul Heath
The X-Men are headed to the small screen.
The untitled superhero-themed drama will focus on two seemingly ordinary parents who come to find out that their children are imbued with mutant abilities and superpowers.
Watch: 'X-Men': How the Young Mutants Compare to Their Older Onscreen Counterparts
Hunted by hostile government agents, the family is forced to go on the lam and team up with a clandestine, underground band of fellow mutants fighting to survive the threat of an authoritarian government.
Producer Lauren Shuler Donner, director Bryan Singer, writer/producer Simon Kinberg, producer Jim Chory and comic book writer Jeph Loeb -- who have all worked on films in the X-Men franchise -- will serve as executive producers on the hotly anticipated pilot.
The last film in the blockbuster franchise, X-Men: Apocalypse, was released »
There’s a considerable amount of buzz starting to build around the X-Men franchise at the moment. Though Fox has yet to announce what they’ll be doing with the next entry in the main series – rumors point to it being X-Men: Supernova – there’s still much to be excited about. Deadpool 2 and New Mutants are currently gearing up for production, but it’s what’s happening on the small screen that’s perhaps the most intriguing.
Earlier today, Fox gave Matt Nix’s family drama a pilot order, which is certainly big news for fans of the iconic franchise. But before that gets underway, we have Legion to look forward to. Premiering next month on FX, early reviews for the Noah Hawley-created show are tremendously positive, with critics saying it’s unlike anything we’ve ever seen. That’s not hard to believe, given what we know about it, »
- Mark Cassidy
Will Legion connect to the X-Men films? That's been the question from nearly day one, and we've received conflicting reports almost from the beginning. Bryan Singer said the show would connect while X-Men movie producer Lauren Shuler Donner more recently stated that the TV show would take place in its "own, separate world." In a new interview with Variety, series executive producer Noah Hawley provided further context, indicating that they're actually both right. It seems Legion may be another Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., in the sense that the show takes place within its parent cinematic universe - there just aren't any overt connections. "I think it’s important for us to establish this as a fully realized world with fully realized characters. It does connect and it can connect, but I’m not relying on that. I have to prove myself. I have to prove that the show is good enough »
Once the dust settled from Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse, and barring the progress made through Legion and James Mangold’s Logan, fans were left wondering where 20th Century Fox would take its flagship franchise next. A soft reboot was reportedly in the mix, but as time wore on, the studio began to make serious headway on a live-action TV series rooted in the X-Men universe.
Pitched as a family drama, Fox quickly drafted in Burn Notice creator Matt Nix to write, produce and generally oversee development, and today we have official confirmation that the as-yet-untitled action-adventure drama has landed a pilot order at the studio. Hatched in collaboration with Marvel Television, Nix’s project chronicles the story of “two ordinary parents who discover their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins up with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive. »
- Michael Briers
Fox has handed out its first drama pilot order of the season to the mysterious X-Men TV series from Burn Notice creator Matt Nix we heard about recently. The show, which will be co-produced by Marvel Television, will focus on a human couple and their mutant children going on the run and hooking up with "an underground network of mutants." Though no new information was provided, Nix has previously confirmed that the still untitled show will be set in the "same general universe" as 20th Century Fox's X-Men movies, and will feature appearances from a few well-known characters. Who they'll be remains under wraps of course, but there has been some whispers of The Sentinels being involved, and that underground mutant group sound a lot like The Morlocks to us. Nix will exec produce the X-Men drama with Bryan Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg, with Marvel’s Jeph Loeb »
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