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A short countdown to The Walking Dead Season 6 midseason finale, otherwise known as Episode 608, is officially on. If the closing moments of Episode 607 are any indication then there's much mayhem, madness and likely gruesome deaths on the horizon.
AMC has shared a The Walking Dead Season 6 midseason finale clip that is full of spoilers if you haven't watched last season's episode yet. So much so that I used a deliberate misdirection image above as one of the characters in the clip is a spoiler unto themselves.
Without getting into specifics, here's the midseason finale clip that picks up right where the previous episode left off with a certain group of characters. Secrets are confessed, past horrors alluded to Battlestar Galactica-style, and ultimately life-or-death decisions are made.
The Walking Dead Season 6 midseason finale premieres this upcoming Sunday, November 29 exclusively on AMC. The back half of Season 6 is expected to premiere sometime in February 2016.
I'm going to start off by saying I not only liked “The Expanse”, I loved it. Loved. It. So much so that I watched all four screener episodes I was sent one after the other with the passion I normally reserve for Red Vines at the movie theater (don't get mad at me, Twizzlers fans. You know Rv are usually the only movie option.) So, yeah, I wanted that out of the way so I could skip past any idea of a critical review (there are people who do those so much better than I do) and go right for the fangirling. I came into “The Expanse” pretty much cold. In fact, my husband was the one who started talking about it when Syfy first announced the series. He was the one who piqued my interest. I've never read the book. It was only through promo videos for the show I learned James S. »
- Geek Girl Diva
Perhaps it’s appropriate that among the vast array of current television options, science fiction is represented by a gaping void. Light and inconsequential sci-fi-flavored fare hasn’t been difficult to find, but there’s been a noticeable lack of dramas set on space ships and other planets — fewer still that are challenging and bold. “The Expanse” sets out to fill that gap, and various aspects of it show real promise. But if the drama is to live up to its potential, it will have to improve on its first four episodes, which awkwardly link a series of somewhat muddled stories, and introduce characters that are too often standard genre types rather than distinct individuals.
It’s to the show’s credit that it is openly political, and takes on issues of class, representation and exploitation. The narrative takes place 200 years in the future, when Mars has been settled, Earth is run by the U. »
- Maureen Ryan
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Last year, Syfy rolled out a bold mission statement to return to its roots, with the network expressing a particular desire to create science-fiction content that could stand shoulder to shoulder with the seminal Battlestar Galactica. Defiance may not be part of that renewed vision, though one of the more intriguing prospects to emerge on the network’s slate is The Expanse.
Due for a two-night premiere in mid-December, We Got This Covered has the maiden installment of Syfy’s budding hopeful for you to enjoy right now, offering you a sneak peek into a show that has been described as the most ambitious series in the network’s history.
- Michael Briers
Three years ago, I published my second book, "The Revolution Was Televised," a look at 12 drama series — "Oz," "The Sopranos," "The Wire," "Deadwood," "The Shield," "Lost," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "24," "Battlestar Galactica," "Friday Night Lights," "Mad Men," and "Breaking Bad" — that helped define the landscape of TV's new Golden Age. In a few weeks, a new edition is being released, and since I've been getting a lot of questions about it, I figured the easiest way to answer would be right here: What's this new edition all about? Because "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad" weren't completed entities at the time the original "Revolution Was Televised" was released, my plan was always to revisit the book once both were off the air. So those chapters have been heavily rewritten — including not only a ton of new stuff about the ends of each show (several thousand words on "Ozymandias" alone), but more »
- Alan Sepinwall
On November 17th (the 37th anniversary of Life Day) Abrams ComicArts released Star Wars: The Original Topps Trading Card Series, Volume One, the first in a series of books reprinting all of the Topps trading cards for your perusal. We sat down and talked with the authors, Gary Gerani and Robert V. Conte, over their love of collecting, the historical value of preserving memorabilia, and where they think Star Wars will head in the future.
ComicMix: How was your experience working with Topps and Abrams ComicArts on this book?
Gary Gerani: Fine. The editors at Abrams were terrific. Most of the people connected with the project were fans, people who wanted this book as much as buyers did.
Robert V. Conte: Abrams didn’t have much of the content needed for this first volume. Surprisingly, neither did Topps. Fortunately, I have a massive Star Wars collection including the »
- ComicMix Staff
Next year is the 30th anniversary of James Cameron's Aliens and in the film's honor Dark Horse and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products are re-releasing the Aliens comic. Also: a Q&A with Jax Menez Atwell, a new Night People clip, and a trailer for Scarred.
Aliens 30th Anniversary: Press Release: "Milwaukie, Or—In 1988, Dark Horse’s Aliens comic debuted, with stunning art by Mark A. Nelson and a script by Mark Verheiden, taking the comics market by storm. For the thirtieth anniversary of the Aliens film, Dark Horse and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products are releasing an oversized hardcover edition of the unabridged and unadulterated series!
This must-have collector’s edition delivers 184 pages of original black-and-white art, each panel more horrifying than the last.
In deep space, a salvage crew is attacked by seemingly unstoppable monsters. The marines are called in, but they need someone with experience. Soon »
- Tamika Jones
In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, CBS tabled this week’s episodes of “NCIS: Los Angeles” and “Supergirl.” Both featured plotlines that closely mirrored real-world events: “NCIS: Los Angeles” focused on the search for a teenage girl recruited into a terrorist organization; “Supergirl” centered on the heroine contending with a series of bombs that explode throughout the city.
Shelving the episode indefinitely was a joint decision by the studio, the network and the creative team, according to “Supergirl” executive producer Greg Berlanti. “We all independently and collectively thought that it would be insensitive and in bad taste to air it,” he told Variety.
But while sensitivity and restraint is a reasonable course in the short term, a larger question looms as to whether this latest wave of terror has any lasting impact on the creative direction of U.S. TV programming.
History has shown that some series »
- Debra Birnbaum
Created by Rod Lurie
Aired on ABC for 1 season (18 episodes) from September 27, 2005 – June 14, 2006
Geena Davis as Mackenzie ‘Mac’ Allen
Kyle Secor as Rod Calloway
Donald Sutherland as Nathan Templeton
After beloved President Teddy Bridges falls fatally ill from a cerebral aneurysm, the protocol of replacing him brings forth Vice President Mackenzie Allen to take over his presidency, marking a landmark moment in history, as the United States pronounces their first female Potus to preside over the White House. Manning the helm of Commander in Chief is never an easy task for anyone coming in unplanned, but much less so when stepping into the oval office as a woman; getting doubly criticized, undermined, and penalized by a governmental system that had been primarily patriarchal. Controversy stirs from the day she takes the oath, »
- Jean Pierre Diez
At CBS, Silver Pictures Television is developing “Bathory,” with “Battlestar Galactica” alum David Eick (“Battlestar Galactica”) on board to executive produce with Silver and Ferrell. Set in 1600s Budapest, “Bathory” is described as a radical take on vampire mythology following the first known female serial killer, Elizabeth Bathory.
At Fox, “Soar” revolves around a former NBA prodigy turned felon who become the basketball coach at an upscale high school after his release from prison. Todd Slavin and Darren Swimmer, most recently of Syfy’s “Defiance” and “Dominion,” are writing and »
- Cynthia Littleton
One. Zero. One. Zero. One.
Only one zero is needed for “Bones,” “Supernatural,” “NCIS” and “Law & Order: Svu.” Between 2010 and 2014, not a single woman of color directed any of those long-running dramas. Yet in the same time frame, “Grey’s Anatomy” hired 21 non-white women to direct.
When it comes to the issue of diversity in Hollywood, non-white women are the proverbial canaries in the coalmine. A meaningful commitment to inclusion will mean they are hired regularly, along with white women and men of color. Their near-absence hints at much deeper institutional problems in the TV industry.
The DGA says more than 3,900 episodes of scripted television were churned out last season. But Peak TV has not led to peak diversity behind the camera.
“Executive producers are like, »
- Maureen Ryan
For an in-depth story on the quest to diversify the ranks of television directors, Variety spoke with dozens of industry professionals and is posting transcripts of a selection of those interviews. Below are excerpts from an array of interviews done with directors working in television. (Here are links to the entire series of interviews related to the story on directors and diversity.)
As a point of reference, here is a DGA study on first-time TV directors, and here are the overall DGA statistics for three recent television seasons the guild tracked:
Stats covering the 2010-2011 season
Total episodes shot: 2,900+
Episodes directed by white men: 72 percent
Episodes directed by white women: 11 percent
Episodes directed by non-white men: 14 percent
Episodes directed by non-white women: 3 percent
Stats covering the 2012-2013 season
Total episodes shot: 3,300+
Episodes directed by white men: 72 percent
Episodes directed by white women: 12 percent
Episodes directed by non-white men: 14 percent
- Maureen Ryan
Once Upon A Time season 5 delivers a solid episode focusing on new character, Nimue, and written by the mighty Jane Espenson...
This review contains spoilers.
All hail Jane Espenson, nerd Queen and the writer of this week’s episode. From writing on Battlestar Galactica, Buffy, to Game of Thrones, Espenson knows how to write good TV, and Nimue is no exception.
This was a risky episode, with the majority of the screen time dedicated to two new characters that the audience has little connection to, but unlike the less successful Broken Kingdom that focused on Arthur and Guinevere, this time it worked. This is in part due to the excellent casting of Elliot Knight as Merlin. He may not be an old wizard with a white beard, but his poise and calmness is captivating. Then of course there is the melding of Arthurian legend that connects »
Call of Duty: Black Ops III
Developed by Treyarch
Published by Activision
Available on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
One of the annual traditions gamers’ could count on for the past several years has been an assurance that a new Call of Duty game will be released. Activision has continued the trend into the new generation of consoles as developer Treyarch has revealed its latest military simulator, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. Treyarch has the difficult goal of keeping the franchise fresh while also keeping core players satisfied, and their solution is to make this the biggest Call of Duty ever. With such a large scope comes inevitable casualties, thus Black Ops 3 is perfectly competent, but a master of nothing.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 continues the ambition of its developer, with an emphasis on cooperative play in the main game’s campaign, as well as, adding new features to multiplayer combat. »
- Max Covill
This interview contains spoilers for Doctor Who: The Zygon Inversion, The Zygon Invasion, and Kill The Moon.
The weekend just gone saw The Zygon Inversion screen on BBC One, penned by Peter Harness and Steven Moffat. It’s Harness’ third Doctor Who episode, following The Zygon Invasion and Kill The Moon, and his pen also adapted Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, that appeared on our screens earlier this year.
He spared us some time for a spoiler-y chat about writing, Doctor Who, and taking risks…
I remember talking to James Moran around the time he wrote The Fires Of Pompeii for Doctor Who. He recalled that when he wrote that episode, Russell T Davies gave him some particular ingredients. It was going to be Pompeii, the day before the eruption, »
Captain Marvel, which arrives in 2019, is Marvel and Disney's first solo female superhero adventure. And as expected, there are plenty of actresses vying for the role. Perhaps none more so than Katee Sackhoff. But as she recently revealed to Playboy, there may be another Marvel character that she is more interested in, especially as the cattle call for Carol Danvers becomes increasingly crowded.
Katee Sackhoff is the queen of nerd franchises. Everyone fell in love with her in Battlestar Galactica. And she carried that good will over to a role in the sci-fi thriller Riddick starring opposite Vin Diesel. She's tussled with serial killer Mike Myers in Halloween: Resurrection, played with the The Bionic Woman, and run alongside Jack Bauer on 24. She's even hung out with Leonard and Sheldon on The Big Bang Theory. Twice. And despite the fact that she's voiced a popular Star Wars character, she still has »
Few actresses have appeared in as many franchises beloved by nerds as Katie Sackhoff, developing a serious pedigree with work on Battlestar Galactica and Riddick . just to name a couple. Rumors have continually swirled that she may soon join the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but no word has come out as to the character she would portray. Now she has chimed in regarding the character she personally would like to take on: Black Cat. According to Playboy . because we read it for the articles these days . when asked if she would like to reprise the role of Black Cat in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Sackhoff showed immense interest towards the idea: Oh, 100% I.d do that! I love playing characters who are multilayered and multidimensional and have a darkness to them, which makes them more realistic and more fun to play. Black Cat is not necessarily the first thought that would »
This review contains spoilers. Our spoiler-free review is here.
9.8 The Zygon Inversion
"Who's going to make the violins?"
I spent a sentence or two in my reaction to last week's Doctor Who, The Zygon Invasion, arguing that for this one to work, the closing chapter really had to catch everything that writer Peter Harness had thrown into the air. He certainly threw enough up there, after all, in his world-trotting opener.
I was a bit wary, because earlier in the series, I really loved Under The Lake an awful lot, and felt Before The Flood, for instance, didn't quite match the same standard. Very good, but slightly below its excellent opener.
In the case of The Zygon Inversion, however, I'm calling this one a triumph. »
There is no better way to open a Bones episode than with B&B in the bedroom with Booth's tape measure (literally, he's holding a retractable tape measure) reaching for the sky. In "The Senator in the Street Sweeper," Booth wants a big screen television in the bedroom, but Brennan doesn't want his sports interfering with their sports. Ever clever Booth promises to make it worth her while. What, is it my birthday? Dang. Already I'm thinking this is the best episode of the season, which is a pretty tall order since the five we've already had have been nothing short of spectacular.
Brennan and Booth getting their grove on is only the beginning of the fun in Bones' sixth season 11 outing. The case has to do with politics and mining, which turns into a conversation about 'fracking' among the Jeffersonian crew, lending itself to all manner of interesting discussions. »
The eight-part series will also star Nicholas Pinnock (“Fortitude,” “Captain America”), Ian Puleston-Davies (“Coronation Street,” “Being Human”), Nina Sosanya (“W1A,” “Last Tango in Halifax”), Ray Panthaki (“Convenience”), Jamie Bamber (“Law & Order: UK,” “Battlestar Galactica”), Patrick Baladi (“The Office,” “Mistresses”), and Harry Lloyd (“Game of Thrones,” “The Theory of Everything”).
“Marcella,” which is set in contemporary London with a police detective at its heart, is produced by Buccaneer Media and co-created by Rosenfeldt and Nicola Larder (Sky’s development executive on “The Tunnel” and “Dracula”). It is Rosenfeldt’s first exclusively created drama for the U.K. audience following “The Bridge,” a Swedish/Danish co-production which achieved critical acclaim when it began broadcasting in the U.K. in 2014.
The multi-layered noir thriller will »
- Leo Barraclough
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