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Star-Crossed And The 100 Premiere Dates Set On The CW's 2014 Midseason Schedule
When it comes to new dramas, the CW held a couple back at the start of the 2013-2014 season. Sci-fi dramas The 100 and Star-Crossed were both reserved for midseason, and you’ll see them among the shows scheduled to air this winter. While alien-Romeo & Juliet drama Star-Crossed will arrive in February, The 100-
Arrow DCU Tie-Ins And Easter Eggs: Season 2, Episode 9 - Three Ghosts
It's probably safe to assume that Arrow's mid-season finale, "Three Ghosts," was an homage to Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" and it makes perfect sense for the CW's superhero series to look to the famous holiday tale for inspiration given both the time of year and their shared anti-capitlist themes. Ebenezer Scrooge, you have failed this city!
Arrow DCU Tie-Ins And Easter Eggs: Season 2, Episode 8 - The Scientist PLUS A Look At The Mid-Season Finale
After putting Count Vertigo down for good in "State v. Queen," Arrow took a week off to prepare for the arrival of another, probably even more popular, DC superhero. And even though Barry Allen hasn't become the Flash just yet, his arrival still marked the first time that superpowers appeared on The CW series. How did the special abilities fit into the gritty, realistic Starling City that the comic book inspired show has created? Surprisingly well, actually.
Supernatural Watch: Season 9, Episode 9 - Holy Terror
It takes a special kind of show to genuinely shock its audience after nine seasons. Supernatural proved it was that kind of show with its midseason finale “Holy Terror” and a death that I doubt anyone saw coming. I had a hunch as to whose name was on Metatron’s card but I thought Dean would come to the rescue like he always does. It just wasn’t meant to be this time. Dean arrived too late and Kevin paid the price as Gadreel turned out his lights.
Supernatural Watch: Season 9, Episode 8 - Rock And A Hard Place
Supernatural rebounded this week with a funny episode that featured the return of a fan favorite: Sheriff Jodie Mills. With so few strong female allies left for Sam and Dean, I was relieved that Jodie survived the episode in spite of being chained to a slaughtering table. The villain’s identity was no shocker but the twist that she was the Roman goddess Vesta and not a dragon was fun. This show has been hit-or-miss when it dips into Greek and Roman mythology.
Arrow DCU Tie-Ins And Easter Eggs: Season 2, Episode 7 - State v. Queen PLUS The Scientist's Flash-y Preview
After the mission to Moscow, Arrow is back in Starling City for "State v. Queen" to face off against some new characters from the DCU as well as returning favorites. That seems to be a successful formula for the show with "Keep Your Enemies Closer" introducing Amanda Waller as well as bringing 'Deadshot' back for the exciting tangent that sent the 'Green Team' overseas. This week, Oliver's familiar foe is none other than Seth Gabel's Count Vertigo.
Arrow Adds An al Ghul And Dons A Domino Mask
Those who have been paying attention to the name-drops on Arrow know that it was only a matter of time before one or more of the al Ghuls, a family intimately and often involved in fellow DC superhero Bruce Wayne/Batman’s life, showed up in Starling City. Well, The CW’s superhero series has recently cast an al Ghul. Not Ra’s. Nope, not Talia either. Yes, there are more.
Supernatural Watch: Season 9, Episode 7 - Bad Boys
Let’s go ahead and get it out there: this episode was lackluster. If not for the peek into Dean’s time at Sonny’s House for Boys, “Bad Boys” would have been one of the most forgettable episodes ever. Thankfully the flashbacks were the focus of this episode and they were really strong. Of the things that Supernatural does well, expanding the history of the Winchester clan is near the top of the list (Samuel Campbell notwithstanding).
Arrow Offers First Look At The Flash, Which Will Now Get A Stand-Alone Pilot
This news comes after network higher-ups have seen Arrow’s eighth and ninth episodes, where Allen’s Central City assistant police forensic investigator is first introduced. According to >Deadline, the highly positive reactions have led them to believe the character is worth more focus, and they’re willing to finance the loftier budget that pilots usually call for.
The Reinvention Of The Crime Procedural: 5 Shows Doing It Right
The crime procedural and television go together like peanut butter and jelly, or green eggs and ham. Or, like a serial killer and a jail cell — which is probably why they’re so darn popular. For over fifty years, the crime procedural has dominated television: from Dragnet to Columbo, 21 Jump Street to Law & Order and beyond — all of these iconic procedural dramas made the case for, and canonized, the methodology behind the madness, now and forevermore. In fact, crime procedurals are the number one US television export. We seem to really love them, huh?
Arrow DCU Tie-Ins And Easter Eggs: Season 2, Episode 6 - Keep Your Enemies Closer
There’s barely been enough time to properly process the major name-drops during last week’s run in with the ”League of Assassins” with the mysterious mercenaries mentioning both Ra’s al Ghul and his daughter Talia in the attempt to capture the Canary. And yet, "Keep Your Enemies Closer" possibly bested the previous episode of Arrow when it comes to DCU easter eggs. Oh, it was also another damn solid installment of The CW superhero series.
Supernatural Watch: Season 9, Episode 6 - Heaven Can't Wait
After two weeks of filler episodes, Supernatural got back to business with its juicy fallen angel storyline by showing Castiel working at a gas station. While that’s not a direction I envisioned Castiel’s human arc going this season, there was a lot to like about “Heaven Can’t Wait.” There were also some frustrating elements, which we’ll get to in a bit. Let’s start with the best part of this week’s episode: Castiel is back!
Veronica Mars' Rob Thomas Developing DC's iZombie For CW
Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas knows a thing or two about smart, witty detectives, but what does he know about zombies? We may find out, as Thomas is reportedly reuniting with VM executive producer Diane Ruggiero for an adaptation of DC’s iZombie. And we can add this to the list of DC properties CW is looking to develop (see also Hourman, Flash, and of course, the currently airing Arrow).
The Originals Episode 7 Preview: Bloodletting Teases More Hayley
If I’ve had a complaint about the CW’s The Originals, it’s that mom-to-be Hayley has been kept in the background for most of the first six episodes of the drama. Sure, she’s been given her own plotlines, but they’ve been the b-plotlines. Hayley was finally put in the spotlight this week, and if the preview for next week’s “Bloodletting” is any indication, she’ll have an even larger role moving forward.
Supernatural Watch: Season 9, Episode 5 - Dog Dean Afternoon
This week’s episode of Supernatural started with a “Then” montage of some of the funniest episodes in series history. The choice was deliberate, as “Dog Dean Afternoon” had the premise of an all-time classic: Dean drifts with a dog (to borrow a term from Pacific Rim) in order to solve a crime. Unbeknownst to Dean, becoming Doctor Dolittle also means taking on the characteristics of a dog. That means playing fetch, scratching behind the ears, barking at the mailman, and even sniffing butts!
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