The Boys wrapped up its racially charged second season all the way back in October 2020, which truly feels like three lifetimes ago at this point, so the wait for Season 3 (and Jensen Ackles' Soldier Boy) is becoming less bearable by the day. (Or maybe it's the heat. One or the other.) In any case, showrunner Eric Kripke & Co. have conceived a truly genius way to keep fans invested in the comic book adaptation during the long wait between seasons, and it's already available for fans to enjoy.
As revealed today by Amazon Prime Video, The Boys has set up an ancillary newscast series focused entirely on the goings-on at Vought International with The Seven and others. The so-called Vaught News Network program is dubbed Seven on 7 with Cameron Coleman, and it will serve as a monthly canon-builder that will help bridge the narrative gap between Season 2 and Season 3. And naturally, the newsy spoof is imbued with just as much of The Boys' fucked-up sensibility as one would hope. Check out the very first installment below!
I cannot love this any harder. The very first story introduced the notion that Antony Starr's Homelander is being a heartbroken hermit after the gruesome death of Aya Cash's Stormfront in Season 2. I can imagine Stormfront would be none to pleased to see Matthew Edison's Cameron Coleman talking about him like a weak little boy. Along with other interesting and semi-newsy bits about The Boys characters, and a satirical ad poking fun at MyPillow founder and CEO Michael J. Lindell, this first edition of Seven on 7 is hopefully a chef's kiss taste of what's to come, with new videos debuting on the 7th of each month until Season 3 debuts.
Here's how Eric Kripke excitedly explained the idea behind the new interim project, which is obviously a lot easier to produce in a pinch than an entire episode of The Boys. In his words:
Since the very start of The Boys, we’ve seen Vought’s propaganda arm — I mean, news channel -- VNN. We’ll be digging deeper into those fair and balanced patriots next season, so as a teaser, we’re introducing 'Seven on 7' with VNN’s biggest star Cameron Coleman. The episodes are in-world canon, serving up brand new information that bridges the story gap between Seasons 2 and 3. So enjoy the hot takes and catheter commercials, just like your parents do!
In case that wasn't enough, the Vaught News Network slate (of just one show for now, but still) will anchor Vaught International's newly established social media presence, with Twitter and Instagram profiles to complement the YouTube account. But don't expect to see anyone cracking up or breaking the fourth wall during any of the promos, as this entire campaign will be fully in-universe and treated with the appropriate amount of seriousness. Is there anything more serious than a catheter commercial that's actually relevant to your life?
While waiting on The Boys to drop the next episode of Seven on 7, let's all make an effort to back Eagle the Archer's attempt to take down the Fresca-loving Church of the Collective. And, of course, we can also make giant paper chains counting the days until we can gorge-feed on The Boys Season 3 when it debuts on Amazon Prime Video at some point in the future. That doesn't mean you have to skip out on all the other great 2021 Summer TV shows, though.