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DC FanDome: Tom Welling & Michael Rosenbaum Talk 'Smallville'

Written by 16 October, 2021

#DCFanDome surprised fans today with a Smallville 20th Anniversary Celebration featuring a conversation with Tom Welling and Michael Rosenbaum. The full conversation, which includes a number of great behind the scenes stories, can be viewed at the bottom of this story.

As a reminder, Smallville: The Complete Series 20th Anniversary Edition is coming to Blu-ray for the first-time ever on October 19th from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The set includes 2 DVD discs with over 28 hours of bonus features originally released on the Smallville Seasons 1-10 DVD sets. 

Last modified on Saturday, 16 October 2021 16:55

First Look: Apple TV+'s 'The Afterparty'

Written by 08 October, 2021

Apple TV+ today debuted the teaser trailer for the new highly anticipated murder-mystery comedy series, The Afterparty from Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe Award winners Chris Miller and Phil Lord (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street). The eight-episode series will premiere globally in January 2022 on Apple TV+. 

"This is one of the most surprising, original and fun projects we’ve ever made," said Lord and Miller. "Our goal was to tell a comedic whodunnit story in a new and exciting way. By giving each episode its own unique style of storytelling, we were able to make what feels like eight distinctly different but interconnected films that highlight how everyone’s personal perspective and biases shape how they see the world."

The Afterparty features a stellar ensemble cast including Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip, Like a Boss), Sam Richardson (Tomorrow War, Veep), Zoë Chao (“Love Life,” “Downhill”), Ben Schwartz (“Space Force,” “House of Lies”), Ike Barinholtz (“The Mindy Project,” “Neighbors”), Ilana Glazer (“Broad City”), Jamie Demetriou (“Fleabag,” “Stath Lets Flats”), Dave Franco (“The Rental,” “The Disaster Artist”) and John Early (“Search Party”).

Created and directed by Miller, The Afterparty centers on a murder mystery at a high school reunion. Each of the eight episodes features a retelling of the same night told through a different character’s perspective, each with its own unique visual style and film genre to match the teller’s personality.

In addition to directing, Miller serves as showrunner and is executive producing alongside Lord through the pair’s production banner, Lord Miller. Tony and Emmy-nominated writer, producer and performer Anthony King (“Search Party,” “Dead to Me”) will also executive produce the series. Lord Miller’s SVP of Television Aubrey Lee is a producer on the series, which was produced for Apple by TriStar TV and Sony Pictures Television as part of Lord and Miller’s expansive five-year overall television deal.

The behind the scenes talent includes director of photography Carl Herse (“The Last Man on Earth,” “Black Monday”), production designer Bruce Hill (“The Last Man on Earth,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”), costume designer Trayce Gigi Field (“Barb and Star Go to Vista del Mar,” “Dead to Me”), composer Daniel Pemberton (“The Trial of the Chicago 7,” “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”), and editor Joel Negron (“Thor: Ragnarok,” “21 Jump Street”)


Last modified on Friday, 08 October 2021 08:10

'The Babysitters Club' Season Two: Are Our Parents Cool?

Written by 24 September, 2021

As summer winds down and the girls enter eighth grade, the club welcomes two members who will be familiar to fans of Martin’s books. Vivian Watson portrays new baby-sitter Mallory Pike while Anais Lee takes on the role of Jessi Ramsey, who is trying to balance her dreams of being a ballerina with her baby-sitting duties. According to series creator and executive producer Rachel Shukert, the new season will see a maturation of the girls as they continue to grow as individuals while taking on more responsibility.

“They're all a year older and have more experience running a business, deeper friendships, and are growing into a deeper understanding of themselves as people,” Shukert says. “[This season] we also wanted to continue exploring themes that allow young viewers to see themselves represented on screen, while also dealing obliquely with many of the things we've all been through in the past year: loss, change, responsibility, and trying to find joy and meaning in unexpected places.”

Some of the changes in the girls’ lives are the result of their parents, whose own relationships continue to evolve in Season 2. One of the biggest storylines revolves around Mary Anne’s father, Richard (Marc Evan Jackson), and Dawn’s mother, Sharon (Jessica Elaina Eason), moving in together, a decision that affects the girls in different ways. But Richard and Sharon are not the only parents making potentially life-changing decisions this season. Kristy’s mom, Elizabeth (Alicia Silverstone), is considering some major changes of her own after marrying Watson (Mark Feuerstein) in Season 1. 

"This season we get to follow Elizabeth's journey now that she's married to Watson, as their families blend and adapt to change,” says Silverstone of her character’s upcoming arc. “She also faces some big personal decisions — and even leans on Kristy for support of her own — as she asks herself… What would it be like to have another baby? To experience bringing more life and love into the world with the right man?” 

Through it all, Elizabeth continues to be a rock for Kristy and her brothers. “As she navigates the unknown, there's one thing she — and fans — know for sure, and it's that this mother/daughter duo can get through any and all of life's challenges with one another by their sides,” Silverstone says.

Of course, Elizabeth can’t be by Kristy’s side all the time, as evidenced in this exclusive clip from Season 2, which finds the girls attending a swanky gala alongside Elizabeth, Watson, and Richard. While the younger generation heads off on a mission of their own, the adults are determined to prove they’re still young and cool themselves. Check out what happens in the clip below and be sure to tune in to see what else happens when The Baby-Sitters Club returns.

The Baby-Sitters Club Season 2 arrives on Netflix October 11th.

Last modified on Friday, 24 September 2021 20:31

First Look: 'Invasion'

Written by 23 September, 2021

The 10-episode series from Oscar and two-time Emmy nominee Simon Kinberg (X-Men franchise, The Martian) and Hunters creator David Weil is set across multiple continents, following an alien invasion through different perspectives around the world.

Emmy nominee Jakob Verbruggen (The Alienist) directs, with Sam Neill  (Jurassic World: Dominion) starring alongside Shamier Anderson (Bruised), Golshifteh Farahani (Extraction), Firas Nassar (Fauda) and Shioli Kutsuna (Deadpool 2).

Invasion premieres Friday, October 22nd, 2021 on Apple TV+

Last modified on Thursday, 23 September 2021 11:10

First Look: 'A Cop Movie'

Written by 22 September, 2021

Director Alonso Ruizpalacios takes us deep into the Mexican police force with the story of Teresa and Montoya, together known as ‘the love patrol.’ In this thoroughly original and unpredictable documentary, Ruizpalacios plays with the boundaries of nonfiction and immerses the audience into the human experience of police work within a dysfunctional system.

A Cop Movie premieres Friday, November 5th, 2021 on Netflix.

Last modified on Wednesday, 22 September 2021 13:58

First Look: 'Grey's Anatomy/Station 19' Crossover Episode

Written by 20 September, 2021
Relationships are challenged at Station 19 following Sullivan’s actions at Maya and Carina’s wedding, putting his marriage with Andy to the test. Dean comes to terms with his feelings for Vic, while Travis rekindles an old flame. The annual Phoenix Festival brings out some reckless behavior in some of Seattle’s citizens, challenging the teams at Station 19 and Grey Sloan Memorial in the season premiere of Station 19. The episode entitled "Phoenix From The Flame" premieres Thursday, September 30th, (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC.
As the city of Seattle revels at the Phoenix Fair celebrating the city’s rebirth post-COVID, the Grey Sloan doctors treat a patient who encounters illegal fireworks. Meanwhile, Bailey has her sights set on hiring new doctors, but she’s having trouble finding viable options. Owen and Teddy attempt to take the next step in their engagement, and Meredith has a surprising opportunity when she meets a dynamic doctor from her mother‘s past on the season premiere of Grey’s Anatomy. "Here Comes The Sun" premieres Thursday, September 30th (9:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on ABC.
Last modified on Monday, 20 September 2021 19:44

Watch The First Five Minutes Of NBC's New Drama 'La Brea'

Written by 20 September, 2021

An epic adventure begins when a massive sinkhole opens in the middle of Los Angeles, pulling hundreds of people and buildings into its depths. Those who fell in find themselves in a mysterious and dangerous primeval land, where they have no choice but to band together to survive. Meanwhile, the rest of the world desperately seeks to understand what happened. In the search for answers, one family torn apart by this disaster will have to unlock the secrets of this inexplicable event to find a way back to each other.

The cast includes Natalie Zea, Eoin Macken, Jon Seda, Nicholas Gonzalez, Chiké Okonkwo, Karina Logue, Zyra Gorecki, Jack Martin, Veronica St. Clair, Rohan Mirchandaney, Lily Santiago, Josh McKenzie, and Chloe De Los Santos.

La Brea premieres Tuesday, September 28th at 9/8c on NBC.

Last modified on Monday, 20 September 2021 09:28

Sneak Peek: 'The Neighborhood' Season Four Premiere

Written by 19 September, 2021

When Dave starts researching his genealogy, he makes a surprising discovery: he and Calvin are more than just neighbors. Also, Tina offers to help Gemma when she’s overcome with morning sickness, and inadvertently stumbles on a new business idea, on the fourth season premiere of The Neighborhood. 

The episode premieres on Monday, September 20th, 2021.

Last modified on Sunday, 19 September 2021 16:20

Why Crackle Is The Best Streamer For Fans Of Obscure Television

Written by 16 September, 2021

Crackle is the streaming service that always feels as if it's three months away from figuring out its place in the streaming entertainment universe. Originally owned by Sony, it began life as a home for random Sony-owned movies and television shows that didn't have enough value to make them worth licensing to another streaming service. "The Best Of What We Have Leftover" is not a great motto for a streaming service and despite a few attempts at original programming, Sony never quite figured out a content mix that made sense. Even though Crackle 1.0 was ad-supported and free, a random mix of titles combined with a truly awkward UX made the service almost invisible to most TV viewers.

But one thing Crackle always had was a small collection of Sony-owned TV shows that you couldn't find anywhere else. Sometimes they were shows that had only lasted a season. Sometimes they were shows that just didn't have any name recognition in the marketplace. Granted, there were problems that annoyed TV fans. Seasons were incomplete or in some random order. A show would only have five episodes available on Crackle for a month. It would then disappear for a couple of months and five other episodes would randomly appear. It wasn't ideal, but in a streaming world where obscure television is generally ignored by all of the major streamers, it was something.

In 2019, Sony Pictures Television sold off a majority stake in Crackle to Chicken Soup For The Soul Entertainment (CSFTSE) and Crackle was eventually rolled into Crackle Plus, which controlled Crackle as well as a portfolio of other streamers. As part of the deal, CSFTSE retained access to select Sony-owned movies and television shows. So Crackle continued its love of strange and little-known TV.

If you are a fan of obscure television, Crackle has a mini-treasure trove of dramas available this month. The entire 11-episode run of the 1984 series Blue Thunder (based on the motion picture and weirdly co-starring Dana Carvey); season one of the 1994 syndicated action series High Tide (starring Rick Springfield and Yannick Bisson);  the 1966 Burt Reynolds/Gene Hackman series Hawk; the 2009 Adam Goldberg/Amber Tamblyn/Jeremy Renner police detective series The Unusuals; the 2002 Peter Weller series Odyssey 5; the 2008 Lucy Liu series Cashmere Mafia; the 1998 drama The Net (based on the Sandra Bullock movie), the 2008 Julianna Margulies law drama Canterbury's Law; seasons two and three of the mid-1970s acclaimed cop series Police Story, the 1977 sci-fi series Fantastic Journey; seasons one and two of the Aaron Spelling series S.W.A.T and season three of the cheesy syndicated Pamela Anderson series V.I.P.

Looking for rarely-seen comedies? How about the 1972 David Birney/Meredith Baxter comedy Bridget Loves Bernie? Plus both seasons of the 1994 Jon Lovitz animated series The Critic; 2014's Bad Teacher; both seasons of the 1974 Clifton Davis/Susan Dey/Ted Lange comedy That's My Mama; 2003's Nia Vardalos/Andrea Martin series My Big Fat Greek Life; the 1973 comedy The Girl With Something Extra; both seasons of the 1999 Matt Frewer series Doctor, Doctor; 2011's Matthew Perry/Jorge Garcia/Andrea Anders sports comedy Mr. Sunshine; 1986's Melbas Moore sitcom Melba; the 1977 Bewitched spin-off Tabitha; 1999's Jaleel White/Soleil Moon Frye comedy The Grown Ups; 1983's All In The Family spin-off Gloria; all three seasons of the Eddie Murphy stop-action comedy The PJ's; the 1966 business comedy Occasional Wife; season one of the 1995 Tea Leoni/Taylor Holland series The Naked Truth; 1976's Sanford & Son spin-off Grady;  and season one of the Thomas Haden Church/Debra Messing/Greg Germann sitcom Ned & Stacey.

There are also obscure animated kids shows, such as seasons three and four of The Jackie Chan Adventures, 1990's The Karate Kid, 1986's The Real Ghostbusters; 1973's Jeannie and 1974's Partridge Family 2200 A.D.

This is a lineup that probably includes as many obscure TV shows as you'll find scattered across all of the other major streaming services combined. Still, there are some weird issues with missing episodes. There are only four random episodes of the 1984 Jason Bateman/Garrett Morris comedy It's Your Move (out of the 18 episode season).

But this is an amazing lineup, even if it's wrapped inside the generally clunky Crackle interface. It's also frustrating, because it makes me wonder why HBO Max or Peacock or Paramount+ have not taken advantage of their large catalogs of content and made an effort to launch a classic/obscure TV vertical. I understand that a lot of shows have music rights issues or other problems that make some shows difficult to stream But the Crackle library - imperfect as it might be - shows there are plenty of shows that can be streamed. And for whatever reason, no one has stepped up to make it happen.

Crackle isn't the ideal home for hard-core obscure TV fans. It's not even a decent experience some of the time. But it does show that there are plenty of TV shows that COULD be available for streaming. If only someone would just step up and take the risk.

If I were consulting with Crackle, I would encourage them to lean into the rare TV genre of streaming. Improve the user experience and become the go-to destination for viewers looking for the TV equivalent of Turner Classic Movies.

Last modified on Friday, 17 September 2021 08:23

The 1991/1992 Primetime Season: 29 New Show Intros

Written by 15 September, 2021

Throughout the month of September I have looking back thirty years at the 1991/1992 Primetime Season.

Some of my favorites so far are the look backs at shows such Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures or Walter & Emily. And then there were the allegations that John Wells had plagiarized passages from David Simon's book on Baltimore's homicide detectives.

But I've found some fun. goofy video footage and this piece definitely falls into that category. Someone has put together a collection of openings and theme songs from 29 of the shows that premiered in 1991/1992. How many of them do you remember?

Last modified on Wednesday, 15 September 2021 21:49