Happy Martin Luther King Day
It’s the week of January 15th and I have series that should be on your ‘must see GeekTV’ series finale, returning, new and winter season premiers.
The Gifted, FOX, Monday, 8:00 pm
We get the gift of two hours with the season finale of The Gifted (FOX) and I’m expecting lots of mutant on mutant action with a hefty dose of Sentinal Tech! I have to say for Monday nights was surprised by how much I enjoyed The Gifted (FOX). I have found this first season very enjoyable not just because I read the Xmex-Morlocks when I was a teenage but from the casting choices, to the writing and the FX was top notch! If you haven’t been enjoying the series you can catch up on the FOX app or stream on hulu.
Supergirl, The CW, Monday 8:00 pm
I watch Supergirl but it’s pretty uneven for me as a fangirl but the Legion of Superheroes .. YAS girl YAS. Hopefully this won’t be shortshft to the supporting characters who have been pretty absent with the new big bad. I hope that she won’t get lost with the addition of more superheroes and if this is a ‘toe’ in the water of a new superhero spin off series. But I’ll tune in and am not in love with how they designed Brainiac but he’s always been one of my favorites so will reserves judgement. Hmmm what happened the first part of the season? Daddy Martian is on earth, her new friend is now a bad gal out to destroy the world and she’s still dumped.
The Flash, The CW, Tuesday 8:00 pm
I enjoy The Flash they way I enjoy a slice of cake it’s sweet, pretty to look at and worth the empty calories. The cast works so well together and the ‘baddie’ of the week is a love note to the comics I grew up with as a child. I wasn’t sure what direction the series would go after Barry finally found love and marriage with Iris but the mid season finale shocker was GREAT. Now that Barry is on trial and will have to prove his innocence this season is going to be a bumpy rollercoaster ride and I’m ready to scream!
Black Lightening, The CW, Tuesday 9:00 pm
The family that fights together stays together!
I am very excited about the premier of the newest DC Superhero Comic Book series. Who hasn’t retired as a superhero fighting crime and become a high school principal and father of two? The new series will follow Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) a divorced father of two daughters Jennifer Pierce (China Anne McClain) and Lynn Pierce (Christine Adams) that is drawn back into the crimefighting life to protect his children and city from The One Hundred gang.
Riverdale, The CW, Wednesday 8:00 pm
Riverdale is back and happily has caught the hood .. or have they but at least it looks like the winter season premier will go back to the sudsy show I fell in love with and will have a meaty storyline for Josie AND the pussycats who took a backseat to the Southside Serpents. I want Jughead back at his middle class school and bring his pretty bad girl crush for a love triangle. MORE of Josie and the Pussycats but I think my wish was answered on the mid season finale somebody was getting some unexpected loving!
The Librarians, TNT, Wednesday 8:00 pm
I enjoy the Librarians it’s silly campy fun with an amusing cast and story’s that remind me (for some reason) of old fashioned swashbuckling Errol Flynn movies I watched as a child. This season they have really spent time with giving each of the Librarians time to shine and get to know they and it’s really resonated with me as a fan. This upcoming episode ‘A Town Called Feud’ has got the secret sauce of action, humor and a little history that keeps me tuning in and live tweeting every week.
The Magicians, SYFY, Wednesday 9:00 pm
The season premier of The Magicians literally blew everyone else OUT of the water it was a delight! It set up the new season stories about finding magic, kicking the fairies out AND how the gang will go on the most epic quest! I don’t want to give anything away but stream the sean premier on the SYFY app ASAP and let’s live tweet Wednesday about the return of one of my favorite series. I want to give the creators, writers and entire cast + makeup + FX/cosutme/set designers a big kiss because every episode has been thought out with such care that it keeps me on the edge of my seat. I have to apologize to the sloth but the writing and FX team had me going. Such a pleasurable series that has returned firing on all cylinders!
Happy!, SYFY, Wednesday 10:00 pm
I have to say this isn’t my usual type of show. Don’t let the title fool you it’s not ‘happy’ per se but it is a blast with a cast of crazies that I would NOT like to meet walking down a dark alley. The cop gone bad with a heart of … gold or maybe cocaine. Doing the right thing kicking and screaming is STILL the right thing but I still don’t trust his jaded bitter dirty behind. But Happy! and his BFF do deserve to be well …. happy and I’m hooked on if he can rescue her from the evilest Santa EVER and what the heck is the man/monster behind the vast conspiracy to ‘disappear’ children! If I see Hansel and Gretel eating a gingerbread house I’m screaming ‘run’ to the screen.
The Good Place, NBC, Thursday 8:00 pm
This is so much fun and I can’t wait to see how they will navigate going through hell. I mean they deserve to BE in hell so it won’t be that hard but they will be on the ‘Most Wanted’ posters soooo
Supernatural, The CW, Thursday 8:00 pm
I’m very excited about the midseason winter premier since this will be a big intro to the first spinoff. This season they have taken a few steps away from the Angel Wars but then they hit the gas and went right back with Lucifer, his son and more angels, I want the monster of the week and exploring the brothers relationship as adults who are unable to have relationships. I think that the Wayward Sisters will be a throwback to the first season and I’m pretty here for it especially with the women kicking but but still treating the monsters like sentient beings who are sometimes good and sometimes evil.
Arrow, The CW, Thursday 9:00 pm
I’ve watched Arrow from episode one and am hoping the Winter Season premier will focus less on Oliver’s love life <yawn>. I want more fighting. great villains, more time with the Arrow team, his son insisting on being trained aka the new Speedy or Mini Arrow something and if they don’t plan to use him ‘off to boarding school’. Also they are doing Diggle SO wrong from his wife, to daughter/son and now the addiction Palming the kid off to his second, third, fourth choice ‘true love’ Felicity is weak and … Felicity you deserve better!
MacGyver, CBS, Friday 8:00 pm
I enjoy this show it’s silly fun and sort of STEMish. I really watch it because my grandfather loved the original and I would watch with him sometimes. So I have a softspot for the series which is much better than I thought it would be. The genius, his bodyguard and friend squad solving a disaster of the week in 60 minutes shouldn’t work but it does. The chemistry between the cast just feels so darned welcoming I watch every week. I’m hoping that he will find love with his fellow genius Riley (such a cute couple).
Marvel Agent’s of S.H.I.E.L.D, ABC, Friday 9:01 pm
I’m really enjoying the season with them being in the future trying to save humanity. I have no idea if they will come back to the present, how quake destroyed earth or if our intrepid band can pull humanity out of the quagmire but it’s been so fun that I am watching live every Friday night. Oh year they moved the show to Friday at 9PM.
“Counterpart,” Starz, Sunday, 9 p.m.
I have yet to see this new series on Starz but from the first peak it had me incredibly intrigued. It reminds of a cold war movie but with a major science fiction twist that will have viewers on the edge of their seats staring the enthralling J.K. Simmons and Olivia Williams. I have to admit I have a major weakness for alternative universe stories from the weirdness of Fringe to the original Star Trek it’s a great way to see a glimpse of ‘what might have been’. I find these type of stories very difficult to maintain but Starz has put together a great team so am sure my high expectations will be satisfied.
Posted in TV Tagged with: Arrow, Black Lightening, Counterpart, Geek TV, GeekTV, Happy!, MacGyver, Marvel Agent's of SHIELD, Riverdale, supergirl, Supernatural, Television, The CW, the flash, The Gifted, the Good Place, the Librarians, The Magicians, What to watch
Universal is celebrating the Lunar New Year with DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda’s Po and Tigress It’s the ‘Year of the Dog’ and they will have a new dragon warrior training show Mr. Ping’s Noddle Shop, MEGATRON speaking Mandarin and so much more from February 10 – 25th. It should be lots of fun and is included in the price of the park admission!
The Lunar New Year event will be in the center of the theme park in a polygon-shaped piazza that will have customary red Chinese lanterns and plum blossom Wishing Trees. Universal Park guests will enjoy many actives, see the 12 zodiac animal signs and the Jade Palace Performance Stage that will transport you to the animated films with the Dragon Warrior Training Show.
Master Po and dragon warriors will have a fun Kung Fu Panda experience with an interactive martial art demonstration performance. It will also include veteran DreamWorks animators demonstrating practical techniques of drawing their favorite Kung Fu Panda characters as keepsake mementos.
You can enjoy Po’s FAVORITE noodles make by his dad in the noodle shop where guests can enjoy authentic Asian fare and a selection of hot and cold Asian beverages. Or try Dongpo Kitchen restaurant in Citywalk that celebrates modern Sichuan cuisine. It is a taste of China which draws inspiration from Meizhou Dongpo.
But it’s not just food Universal welcomes Hello Kitty with a new shop this Spring 2018 in the Animation Studio area. If you prefer villians a Mandarin-speaking Transformer’s MEGATRON returns to try to destroy humanity with the help of the DECEPTICONS! the 12 ft tall MEGATRON will greet or likely threaten <tee hee> guests in Mandarin as they join the Lunar Year festivities! returns to greet guests at the entry to the festivities. Than see him and the rest of the DECEPTICONS at Universal Studios Hollywood thrill ride, “Transformers™: The Ride-3D.”
More information is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Mandarin-speaking guests can learn more about the Lunar New Year event at www.ush.cn. Information is also available on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Weibo @好莱坞环球影城.
Universal Studios Hollywood is The Entertainment Capital of L.A. and includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Recent additions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter ™” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and “Flight of the Hippogriff™,” Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor rollercoaster. Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons RideTM” and the “The Walking Dead” daytime attraction. The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television studio where they can also experience such authentic and immersive thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged.” The adjacent Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex also includes the all-new multi-million dollar, redesigned Universal CityWalk Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres, and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert stage.
Posted in Geek Fun, TV Tagged with: DECEPTICONS, Dongpo Kitchen, Dragon Warrior Training Show, Hello Kitty, Kung Fu Panda, Lunar New Year, Mandarin, MEGATRON, Mr. Ping's Noodle Shop, Po, Tigress
Step into the 1800’s with the exclusive Alienist Exhibition at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills starting January 13th
Celebrate the new series premiering January 22nd on TNT with ‘The Alienist: From Sketchbook to Screen Exhibit’ that will feature costumes, photography, art pieces and more from the limited series. The exclusive Los Angeles display opens to the public on Saturday, January 13, 2018. Michael Kaplan the award winning costume designer who you ‘know’ from the Star Wars sequel trilogy, Blade Runner, Fight Club and Flashdance is taking us to the past from the Caleb Carr novel.
“Michael Kaplan is a spectacular costume designer and true master of his craft. As he’s done so brilliantly in features, Michael enriched the world of The Alienist with his unique vision and meticulous attention to detail,” said Michael Engleman, TNT’s EVP of Marketing and Brand Innovation. “We’ve been fortunate benefactors of his stunning work and are delighted to showcase it at the Paley Center.”
The inspiration behind The Alienist exhibit gives a glimpse of the abstracted architectural and environmental features that are represented throughout the scenography of the series filmed in eastern Europe. The concept focuses those themes on one dominant and dramatic idea – suspension – to showcase the Gilded Age costumes and books in a unique and intriguing way.
“The Alienist will take visitors through the world of 1896 New York, a place where mystery lies beneath a glittering surface,” said Maureen J. Reidy, the Paley Center’s President & CEO. “It’s an honor to present this incredible exhibit that captures the mood of TNT’s highly anticipated new series.”
The Alienist is a psychological thriller set in the late 1800’s exploring the fledgling use of mental pathologists as they track the first known ritualist killer muddling young boys in New York City during the ‘Golden Age’. Laszlo Kreizler (Daniel Brühl, Rush), a brilliant and obsessive “Alienist”, John Moore (Luke Evans) and Sara Howard (Dakota Fanning) are the trio out to unmask the fiend and prove the effectiveness of their research despite the police and powerful people who want to keep the evil quiet. The new series based on the award winning novel by Caleb Carr was filmed in Budapest, Hungary. The series was co-produced by Paramount Television and Turner’s Studio T. BAFTA-nominee Jakob Verbruggen (Black Mirror) serves as director and executive producer along with Emmy® winner Cary Fukunaga (True Detective), Academy Award® winner Eric Roth (Forrest Gump), Academy Award® nominees Hossein Amini (Drive) and E. Max Frye (Foxcatcher), Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin and Rosalie Swedlin, along with Chris Symes. Serving as co-executive producers on the series are Marshall Persinger (Rectify) and Jamie Payne (The Driver).
The Paley Center exhibit is free and open to the public that is part of an ongoing exhibit showcasing the artistry of the entertainment field. Guests are able to see behind the scenes of television series creative process.
The exhibit is free and open to the public on January 13, 2018, and will run through March 25, 2018, at the Paley Center’s Beverly Hills location (465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210). For more information on TNT’s The Alienist: From Sketchbook to Screen Exhibit, please visit paley.me/alienist
THE ALIENIST- Exhibit at Paley Center in Los Angeles from January 13
About The Paley Center for Media
The Paley Center for Media, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with locations in New York and Los Angeles, leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms. Drawing upon its curatorial expertise, an international collection, and close relationships with the leaders of the media community, the Paley Center examines the intersections between media and society. The general public can access the Paley Center’s
permanent media collection which contains over 160,000 television and radio programs and advertisements, and participate in programs that explore and celebrate the creativity, the innovations, the personalities, and the leaders who are shaping media. Through the global programs of its Media Council and International Council, the Paley Center also serves as a neutral setting where media professionals can engage in discussion and debate about the evolving media landscape. Previously known as The Museum of Television & Radio, the Paley Center was founded in 1975 by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry. For more information, please visit paleycenter.org
About Penguin Random House
Penguin Random House, the world’s largest trade book publisher, is dedicated to its mission of nourishing a universal passion for reading by connecting authors and their writing with readers everywhere. The company, which employs more than 10,000 people globally, was formed on July 1, 2013, by Bertelsmann and Pearson, who own 75 percent and 25 percent, respectively. With nearly 250 independent imprints and brands on five continents, Penguin Random House comprises adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction print and digital English- and Spanish-language trade book publishing businesses in more than 20 countries worldwide. With over 15,000 new titles, and close to 800 million print, audio and eBooks sold annually, Penguin Random House’s publishing lists include more than 60 Nobel Prize laureates and hundreds of the world’s most widely read authors.
Posted in geek tv, TV Tagged with: Budapest, Caleb Carr, costumes, Dakota Fanning, Daniel Brühl, exhibit, Gilded Age, Hungary, Luke Evans, Michael Kaplan, Penguin Random House, The Alienist, the Paley Center, TNT
I had the pleasure to cover the legendary icon Nichelle Nichols celebrating her 85th birthday with family, friends and fans!
Ms. Nichols normally celebrates with friends and families but this year gave 35 lucky fans the opportunity to attend this special milestone birthday.
The celebration kicked off with a red carpet where I was able to ask Ms. Nichols a few questions. The festivities included Carmen Carter and Robert Davi serenading Ms. Nichols in the private dining area at La Piazza (The Grove LA), a special video and everyone sang ‘Happy Birthday’ with a toast of champagne and Sprinkles cupcakes.
It was a delightful evening to see the woman who’s inspirational portrayal of Uhura on Star Trek was an inspiration for children and adults across the world. It was a role she considered not accepting until Martin Luther King reached out to ask her to reconsiders her decision. The non-stereotypical role as an officer exploring space would be the first one for
black women on television that wasn’t a wife, domestic or secretary. Her role blazed a path to the stars for future NASA Astronaut Mae Carol Jemison and so many others to go into STEM. In real life Ms. Nichols began volunteering with NASA and other charitable missions as well as continued acting and appearing at conventions across the world.
Posted in Geek Fun, Geek Gift, Los Angeles, TV Tagged with: 85th Birthday, Geek Queen, HappyBirthdayNichelleNichols, Icon, New Years Resolution, Nichelle Nichols, Queen Geek, Science Fiction Icon, Star Trek, Trekkies, Uhura
You can’t keep a good turtle down! Nickelodeon has a new animated series premiering sometime in 2018. The new series is Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with an all new voice cast starring Kat Graham (April O’Neil), Josh Brener (Donatello), Omar Miller (Raphael), Brandon Mychal Smith (Michelangelo), Ben Schwartz (Leonardo) and a returning favorite Eric ‘Tiger Claw’ Bauza (Splinter). The 26 episode 2D-animated series will be voice directed by Rob Paulsen (Donatello 1987 TMNT series) who has over 2,000 half-hours of animation voice-over experience that he will use steering the new cast. Rounding out the team is co-executive produced by Andy Suriano (character designer, Samurai Jack) and Ant Ward (supervising producer, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) at Nickelodeon in Burbank, Calif.
“I used to sing the TMNT theme song daily on the bus on my way to elementary school and Raphael was my favorite Turtle. To get to voice this fictional character who had such a giant positive impact on my childhood is an honor. And to boot, I’m being directed by the man who voiced Raphael in my childhood.”, Omar Miller (Raphael)
The new cast have major comedic chops so will bring a new energy and direction to the characters personalities and sound! In the new series Raphael will be the big bro leader; Leonardo is the rebel with a heart of gold; Donatello a skilled ninja that knows his way around a motherboard; Michelangelo the renaissance baby brother of many talents; April O’Neil the BFF who always has their back and Splinter the daddy and sensei of the bunch bestowing wisdom and dropping knowledge.
“I’ve watched TMNT since I was a little girl. I’m so proud to be playing the first African-American April O’Neil. What an incredible honor for me and milestone for this iconic cartoon. I’m excited for all the adventures the Turtles and I will have!”, Kat Graham (April O’Neil)
Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles follows Raphael, Leonardo, Donatello and Michelangelo on all-new adventures as they seek to unlock the mystical secrets of New York City. From the tallest skyscraper to the dankest sewer drain, the Turtles will encounter absurd new mutants and battle bizarre creatures all while enjoying their favorite slice of pizza. Tapping into mystic, ninja powers they never knew existed, the four brothers must learn to work together and navigate the perils of the modern age and hidden realms in order to fulfill their destiny to become a team of heroes.
“This incredible roster of voice actors provides a fresh take on these globally recognized characters, and they are going to bring this version of the Turtles to life in a whole new way,” said Chris Viscardi, Senior Vice President, Production and Development, Animation. “We have reimagined the series to be filled with humor, loads of action and a dynamic look, and it’s packed with all new heroes, villains and cityscapes for the Turtles to explore.”
Andy Suriano is an artist, illustrator and performer, and an Emmy and Annie Award-winning character designer and storyboard artist. His past credits include: Star Wars: Clone Wars, The Fairly OddParents, Duck Dodgers, Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends, Disney’s Mickey Mouse shorts, Samurai Jack, and The Powerpuff Girls, among others.
Ant Ward is an animator, writer and producer best known for his work as supervising producer on Penguins of Madagascar and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Emmy Award-winner was integral to developing Nickelodeon’s CG-animation pipeline.
Considered one of the most popular kids’ television programs of the 1980s, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a classic, global property created in 1984 by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. It first debuted as a successful comic book series and then became a hit animated TV show, a live-action television series and later spawned numerous blockbuster theatrical releases. The property is a global consumer products powerhouse, winning in every category that has hit shelves to date—with toys, apparel, video games, DVDs and more—and generating billions of dollars at retail. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has been the number-one action figure for the past three years and the franchise is a previous recipient of the Toy Industry Association’s top honor for Property of the Year at the TOTY Awards.
Follow @TMNT for more Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reveals and Turtle Power updates.
Nickelodeon, now in its 38th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 90 million households and has been the number-one-rated kids’ basic cable network for 22 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visithttp://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB).
Posted in Animated, Comedy, TV Tagged with: April O'Neil, Ben Schwartz, BrandonMychal Smith, Cartoons, donatello, Eric Bauza, Josh Brener, Kat Graham, Leonardo, Micelangelo, Nickelodeon, Omar Miller, Raphael, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Splinter, TMNT, Toon Life, Turtle Power
It’s a PALEYFEST LA party celebrating the 35th Year of the Television Festival!
TV fans will be heading to the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood from March 16 0 25, 2018 with the announcement of the first three series selected for the 2018 festival. PALEYFEST LA has announced Stranger Things, The Good Doctor, and Will & Grace will be in the house. Citi Presale Tickets Available Starting January 9 coinciding with the announcement of the full slate of festival.
The Paley Center has been celebrating TV with the PALEYFEST since 1984 that started out as screenings celebrating iconic stars from Lucille Ball, Rod Sterling, and Sic Caesar and now has the biggest stars from network tv and streaming services.
Become a Paley Member NOW for Presale Access & Ticket Discounts and Citi returns as the Official Card of PaleyFest that offers Citi cardmembers special resale access to tickets that can be purchased through www.citiprivatepass.com beginning January 9, 2018 at noon PT. Paley Center Supporting, Fellow, and Patron Members can also purchase tickets at this time. Tickets go on sale for Paley Center Individual Members on January 11 at 9:00 am PT, and to the general public on January 12 at 9:00 am PT. To purchase tickets, please visit paleyfest.org or download the Paley App at paley.me/app.
“For thirty-five years PaleyFest LA has set the standard for what a television festival should be,” said Maureen J. Reidy, the Paley Center’s President & CEO. “We’re so proud to announce the first three selections for this special anniversary, each of which represents the best of what television has to offer, and epitomize the stellar programming featured at PaleyFest LA year after year.”
The Paley Center is inviting fans who’ve attended the PaleyFest LA for the past 35 years to post their own memories to twitter and/or instagram using @PaleyCenter #PaleyFestStory with photos, videos and stories on the Paley Center’s pages and accounts.
PaleyFest LA benefits the Paley Center’s preservation and archival digitization efforts, and its ongoing mission to explore the significant impact of media on our culture and society. The Paley Center is home to the nation’s foremost publically accessible archives of television and radio content, over 160,000 programs spanning the history of media, including collections that feature achievements in television from African-American, Hispanics, the LGBTQ community, and most recently the achievements of women.
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About The Paley Center for Media
The Paley Center for Media, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with locations in New York and Los Angeles, leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms. Drawing upon its curatorial expertise, an international collection, and close relationships with the leaders of the media community, the Paley Center examines the intersections between media and society. The general public can access the Paley Center’s permanent media collection which contains over 160,000 television and radio programs and advertisements, and participate in programs that explore and celebrate the creativity, the innovations, the personalities, and the leaders who are shaping media. Through the global programs of its Media Council and International Council, the Paley Center also serves as a neutral setting where media professionals can engage in discussion and debate about the evolving media landscape. Previously known as The Museum of Television & Radio, the Paley Center was founded in 1975 by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry. For more information, please visit paleycenter.org
Posted in TV Tagged with: Hollywood, Los Angeles, Paley Center, Paleyfest LA, PaleyFestStory, Stranger Things, The Good Doctor, Will & Grace
Long-time fans will be familiar with this image Property of FOX
The cult-classic television series The X-Files is returning to Fox on January 3, 2018, 17 years after its original cancellation. This should not come as a surprise, as the show was officially revived in 2016 for its tenth season. The second preview for the season was released on December 8th. The question is, does the series need this eleventh season?
The previous season aired to a lot of disappointment and criticism in 2016. I watched the new season out of nostalgia like I assume most viewers did. It was an honest-to-god hassle to finish an episode (Miller and Einstein? Not as charming as the show wanted them to be). The idea of adding 10 more episodes to an already lackluster attempt at revival is not appealing.
I said all of that to say that I am excited. This season looks much more on-brand with the series I fell in love with.
I binge watched The X-Files on Netflix in 2013. I watched all 202 episodes in just under three weeks, and I’ve re-watched the series several times since then. Most fans agree that The X-Files hasn’t been in its prime for about 18 years. Season 3 is where the series begins to pick up, it struggles in Season 7, and I dreaded watching Season 9. Not because the show was over, but because it had become so uninteresting. Finishing Season 9 was a chore. I already watched over 180 hours of this show, and I’m no quitter was my mentality. Scully and Mulder were no longer the main characters, and like most fans, their relationship was the main attraction for me (Reminder that X-Files fans created fanfiction).
I was excited for the 2016 premiere of the tenth season. I didn’t have cable and made my way to my best friend’s house to watch it on her family’s shared television. Really.
I was disappointed when the series wasn’t as charming as I remembered. The show felt forcefully campy and like fan-service, which to be fair, it absolutely was. I also was not a fan of four out of the six episodes being Monster of the Week, not mythology episodes.
Perhaps it was just my nostalgia, or maybe it’s just hard to keep a show running and good for over 20 years. As far as the eleventh season trailer, Gillian Anderson is beautiful and talented as always. Skinner and CSM have always been some of my favorite recurring characters. Mulder has always been my favorite character, and I passed David Duchovny at LAX last week, which is cool! I think the variation from 6 episodes to 10 will allow the series to better explore the lore and wrap up loose ends, hopefully.
Posted in geek tv, TV Tagged with: Entertainment, Television
by Aiyonna White, Contributor
Panels are an opportunity for fans to connect with their favorite creators. Los Angeles Comic Con took place on October 27-29 and offered dozens of panels for fans to attend when they were not walking the floor. The convention may have ended, but these panels left a lasting impression on me. Read more of this article »
Posted in Animated, Comic Books, Comic Con, culture, Film, Geek Fun, geek tv, LGBT, Los Angeles, TV Tagged with: Animation, Batman, Comic-Con, DTLA, film, Geek, LACC, Los Angeles, Marvel
I am looking forward to watching the November 11th film about the murder of Reeva Steenkap by her boyfriend Oscar Pistorioius with his legal maneuverings to avoid paying for this crime. I remember when he said that he thought it was an intruder that was in the bathroom and he HAD to shoot multiple times. It sounded fishy and just an excuse to kill the woman who was trying to leave him. Check out the trailer and tell me what you think. Should he be in jail or free to prey on other innocent women …
OSCAR PISTORIUS: BLADE RUNNER KILLER
PREMIERES SATURDAY NOVEMBER 11 AT 8pm ET/PT ON LIFETIME!
“Oscar Pistorius: Blade Runner Killer” tells the story of the sprint runner dubbed the “Blade Runner,” and his rise to fame as a gold medalist Paralympic champion and as the first double-leg amputee to participate in the Olympics. Oscar’s (Andreas Damm, “Elementary”) resilience to overcome his disability combined with his apparent fairy tale relationship with model Reeva Steenkap (Toni Garrn, “Under the Bed”) turned him into a media favorite. This all shattered one Valentine’s Day night when four bullets were fired and Reeva’s life was taken. Her brutal death shocked the world and the court room drama that followed consumed the news. “Oscar Pistorius: Blade Runner Killer” provides an inside look at the events leading up to Reeva’s killing, the cracks that formed in the relationship between Oscar and Reeva, as well as the courtroom drama that followed, revealing what happened on that tragic night.
The film was produced by Eric Tomosunas and Swirl Films for Thinkfactory Media and executive produced by Leslie Greif. The film will have its world television premiere on November 11, 2017 on Lifetime. Norman Stone serves as director; Amber Benson is the writer.
Posted in geek tv, TV Tagged with: Andreas Damm, blade runner, Gold Medal, Lifetime, OSCAR PISTORIUS, OSCAR PISTORIUS: BLADE RUNNER KILLER, Paralympic, REEVA STEENKAP, South Africa, Toni Garrn, Valentines Day
Relive the 80s at the Paley Center for Media and celebrate The Goldbergs (ABC) on October 17, 2017 with a screening, panel conversation and audience Q&A with the cast and creative team.
PaleyLive Fall 2017 season welcomes fans of the ABC series The Goldbergs. Fans of the series enjoy laughing on the series based on creator Adam F. Goldberg’s childhood memories from his families videotaped home movies. The series has delighted fans reliving their own memories and also showing current generation how people survived without a cellphone and twitter.
ABC’s The Goldbergs 100th episode will go where no series has gone before with the ultimate geek debate Star Trek vs Star Wars. The episode is called ‘Trek Wars’ and Adam (Sean Giambrone) is sure he’s found his soulmate in girlfriend Jackie (Rowan Blanchard), but he’s stunned when their first Halloween together reveals that she’s a Star Trek fan while he’s devoted to Star Wars. The ultimate geek dispute may be a hurdle their relationship cannot overcome.
The episode will be directed by Back to the Future alum Lea Thompson who returns to direct her second episode set to air Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
“The Goldbergs perfectly captures those fun and crazy days of Pacman, big hair, and Rubik’s Cube,” said Maureen J. Reidy, the Paley Center’s President & CEO. “This program promises to be an evening of nostalgia and laughter, and is one of the many reasons why PaleyLive programs are the premier experience for both the public and industry professionals.”
The Paley Center proudly welcomes the cast and creative team including: Wendi McLendon-Covey (“Beverly Goldberg”), George Segal (“Pops Solomon”), Sean Giambrone (“Adam Goldberg”), Haley Orrantia (“Erica Goldberg”), Troy Gentile (“Barry Goldberg”), Adam F. Goldberg (Creator and Executive Producer), and Doug Robinson (Executive Producer) for this special screening & conversation.
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Paley Center Supporting and Patron Members can purchase presale tickets beginning September 19, 2017 at 9 am PT. Tickets go on sale for Paley Center Individual Members on September 20, 2017 at 9 am PT, and to the general public on September 21, 2017 at 9 am PT. For more information, panel updates, and to purchase tickets please visit paley.me/Goldbergs
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