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Graphic Policy Radio Discusses FX’s Legion Season 2 with Leo from #BlackComicsChat. Listen on Demand

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Season 2 of Legion on FX, the nominally X-Men based prestige TV show, gave us a lot to talk about from mental health to memes to retro aesthetics. Leonardo was such a great guest talking Legion Season 1 what with his background in mental health we’re thrilled to have him back!

Leonardo Faierman was born in Buenos Aires, raised in Queens, on the playground was where he planned most of his schemes. Since then he’s plowed a jagged path as a writer, editor, podcaster, comic creator, and mostly benevolent malcontent in New York City. Leo’s 1/5th of the long-running podcast , 1/2 of horror podcast , staff writer for Screen Rant, film editor for the independent sci-fi monthly newsletter Narazu, and generally has words all over the interwebs, but they’re frequently gathered up on Twitter at .

Graphic Policy Radio Discusses FX’s Legion Season 2 with Leo from #BlackComicsChat. Listen Tonight LIVE at 10pm.

Season 2 of Legion on FX, the nominally X-Men based prestige TV show, gave us a lot to talk about from mental health to memes to retro aesthetics. Leonardo was such a great guest talking Legion Season 1 what with his background in mental health we’re thrilled to have him back!

Leonardo Faierman was born in Buenos Aires, raised in Queens, on the playground was where he planned most of his schemes. Since then he’s plowed a jagged path as a writer, editor, podcaster, comic creator, and mostly benevolent malcontent in New York City. Leo’s 1/5th of the long-running podcast , 1/2 of horror podcast , staff writer for Screen Rant, film editor for the independent sci-fi monthly newsletter Narazu, and generally has words all over the interwebs, but they’re frequently gathered up on Twitter at .

Hivemind Acquires Gideon Falls for Television

Hivemind today announced that it has won an intense multi-studio bidding war and acquired the rights to bring the hit Image Comics comic book series, Gideon Falls, to television in partnership with co-creators Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino. Hivemind’s Jason BrownSean DanielKathy Lingg and Dinesh Shamdasani will executive produce the series alongside co-creators Lemire and Sorrentino with high-level creative talent already circling the project.

An atmospheric thriller colliding rural mystery and urban horror, the series follows an ensemble cast of seemingly random strangers – a washed-up Catholic priest, an uncompromising female sheriff, and a young recluse obsessed with unraveling a conspiracy buried in his city’s trash – as they become drawn into a mystery connected to a long-forgotten local legend.

Established in 2018, Hivemind is the new production entity from long-time producing partners Sean Daniel and Jason Brown, Bad Robot veteran Kathy Lingg and former Valiant Entertainment CEO and Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. Dedicated to partnering with high-level creative talent and globally recognized intellectual properties from the worlds of science fiction, fantasy, horror, comic books, video games, anime, and more, Hivemind recently inked a first-look deal with Amazon Studios. Gideon Falls marks a major new rights acquisition for the label, which will develop the series as an hour-long horror drama based on Lemire and Sorrentino’s repeatedly sold-out, critically acclaimed comic title of the same name that instantly became one of 2018’s biggest breakout hits upon its debut in March.

Gideon Falls is the latest property to join Hivemind’s quickly expanding roster of film and television projects. The company currently produces the acclaimed science fiction series The Expanse – which recently made a historic move to Amazon – as well as Netflix’s upcoming adaptation of The Witcher, based on the series of novels that inspired the best-selling game franchise. Its next feature film will be Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark with producer/co-writerGuillermo del Toro and director André Øvredal, which begins production this summer.

Gideon Falls will also notably re-team Lemire with producer Dinesh Shamdasani, who joins Hivemind as Co-President. Lemire and Shamdasani previously collaborated on multiple best-selling comics projects, including The Valiantand Bloodshot Reborn, during his time at the helm of Valiant Entertainment, which Shamdasani departed following a major acquisition in early 2018. In addition to his duties at Hivemind, Shamdasani is also currently producing a big-screen adaptation of the Bloodshotcomic book series for Sony Pictures with star Vin Diesel, director Dave Wilson, and Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Eric Heisserer that is set to begin filming this summer.

DC Universe Gets a Launch Time Frame and More Details

For months now, DC Entertainment has been slowly teasing out what we can expect from DC Universe, their digital platform that’ll feature original programming, and more.

Launching in Fall 2018, the new service will have original live action and animated series, classic tv series and films, and a “curated selection” of digital comics. Also included will be breaking news, a DC-centric encyclopedia, and access to exclusive merchandise.

New series include Titans, which launches this year, then followed by Doom Patrol, Swamp Thing, Harley Quinn, and Young Justice: Outsiders in 2019.

  • Titans follows young heroes from across the DC Universe as they come of age and find belonging in a gritty take on the classic Teen Titans franchise. Dick Grayson and Rachel Roth, a special young girl possessed by a strange darkness, get embroiled in a conspiracy that could bring Hell on Earth. Joining them along the way are the hot-headed Starfire and loveable Beast Boy. Together they become a surrogate family and team of heroes.
  • Doom Patrol is a reimagining of one of DC’s strangest group of outcasts: Robotman, Negative Man, Elasti-Woman and Crazy Jane. Led by the mysterious Dr. Niles Caulder they’re called into action by the ultimate hero for the digital age, Cyborg. Banding together these rejects find themselves on a mission that will take them to the weirdest and most unexpected corners of the DC universe.
  • Swamp Thing follows Abby Arcane as she investigates what seems to be a deadly swamp-born virus in a small town in Louisiana but soon discovers that the swamp holds mystical and terrifying secrets. When unexplainable and chilling horrors emerge from the murky marsh, no one is safe.
  • Young Justice: Outsiders features the return of the fan favorite animated series with a huge cast of DC’s most iconic young superheroes – plus brand-new characters, many of whom are just discovering their unique meta-powers and special abilities. Set against the backdrop of a rich, deep world that touches all corners of the DC universe, the season focuses on meta–trafficking, and an intergalactic arms race for control of these super–powered youths.
  • Harley Quinn follows Harley’s adventures after she breaks up with the Joker and strikes out on her own in this new adult animated comedy. With the help of Poison Ivy and a ragtag crew of DC castoffs, Harley tries to earn a seat at the biggest table in villainy: the Legion of the Doom.

The launch of the service gets interesting when put into context for the recent purchase of Time Warner, DC’s parent company, by AT&T. Expect the service to be leveraged by AT&T through promotions and advertising.

DC Universe will be available at launch on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Android TV, as well as the web and mobile.

On top of the five original series, the service will include material from the DC archives like the four original Superman films, Lois & Clark, Super Friends, Batman Begins, the first two seasons of Batman: The Animated Series, and the original Wonder Woman series starring Linda Carter. Some of the DC animated films will also be included.

The service will also include some digital comics. The latest announcement makes it clear that the selection won’t be as vast as Marvel Unlimited but will included a rotated assortment.

What’s most interesting is the focus on community. There will be social networking functionality where fans can rate, create and share personalized playlists, personalize a profile and avatars. There will also be some sort of chatrooms and boards.

Finally, there will be a commerce aspect of it which will include exclusive merchandise including from DC Collectibles. It will also include hard-to-find DC merchandise from their licensing partners.

All of this has been telegraphed through the Warner Bros. community feedback site which has been releasing questionnaires concerning a lot of these offerings.

Open beta will begin August 2018.

SDCC 2018: Warner Bros. Television Brings Arrow, Black Lightning, The Flash, Supergirl, DC Super Hero Girls, Legends of Tomorrow, Young Justice, and more!

Warner Bros. Television Group has unveiled its San Diego Comic-Con Class of 2018! With 15 of the Studio’s fan-favorite series making their way to San Diego Comic-Con, WBTVG’s graduating class this year will be as epic as ever.

Series stars participating in all the Comic-Con action are fan-favorites and new additions ––including Arrow’s Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Katie Cassidy, Colton Haynes, Echo Kellum, Juliana Harkavy and Rick GonzalezBlack Lightning’s Cress Williams, China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams, Christine Adams, Marvin “Krondon” Jones III, Damon Gupton and James Remar; DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’s Caity Lotz, Brandon Routh, Dominic Purcell, Nick Zano, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Tala Ashe, Matt RyanJes Macallan andCourtney FordThe Flash’s Grant Gustin, Jesse L. Martin, Tom Cavanagh, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker and Carlos Valdes;Legacies’ Matthew DavisManifest’Josh Dallas and Melissa Roxburgh; Riverdale’KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, Marisol Nichols, Madelaine Petsch, Ashleigh Murray, Mark Consuelos, Casey Cott, Skeet Ulrich, Mädchen Amick, Luke Perry and Vanessa Morgan; Supergirl’s Melissa Benoist, Chyler Leigh, Mehcad Brooks, David Harewood and Katie McGrath; and Supernatural‘s Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles and Misha Collins — to name just a few, who will join producers to deliver the ultimate experience for fans, with screenings, panel sessions, free autograph signings and media appearances.

Warner Bros. Television highlights include:

  • Comic-Con essentials Arrow, The Big Bang Theory, Black Lightning, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Gotham, Riverdale, Supergirl, Supernatural, and Unikitty! are all back in San Diego.
  • World-premiere pilot screening of mysterious new drama Manifest, plus a brand-new episode of WBTV’s fan-favorite series The 100 — as well as the world premiere of season two of Freedom Fighters: The Ray.
  • The Studio’s 2,400-square foot, multi-level booth will once again be a must-visit destination on the convention floor.

SPECIAL PREVIEW NIGHT SCREENINGS

WEDNESDAY, JULY 18

6:00–10:00 p.m. Manifest World Premiere and Special Sneak Peek Screenings — Comic-Con and Warner Bros. Television Group proudly continue our annual Preview Night tradition with an exclusive pilot screening of the new series Manifest, plus an advance screening of the following week’s episode of The 100 (“The Dark Year” will air Tuesday, July 25, at 8/7c on The CW) exclusively for the Comic-Con audience. On top of all this, the evening will include a special world premiere of brand-new episodes from season two of Freedom Fighters: The Ray, which will later stream on CW Seed. Ballroom 20

  • Manifest: When Montego Air Flight 828 landed safely after a turbulent, but routine flight, the crew and passengers were relieved. Yet in the span of those few hours, the world had aged five years and their friends, families and colleagues, after mourning their loss, had given up hope and moved on. Now, faced with the impossible, they’re all given a second chance. But as their new realities become clear, a deeper mystery unfolds and some of the returned passengers soon realize they may be meant for something greater than they ever thought possible. From executive producer/writer Jeff Rake, and executive producers Robert Zemeckis and Jack Rapke and comes an emotionally rich, unexpected journey into a world grounded in hope, heart and destiny.  The cast includes Melissa Roxburgh, Josh Dallas, Athena Karkanis, J.R. Ramirez, Luna Blaise, Jack Messina and Parveen Kaur. From Compari Entertainment and Jeff Rake Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, Manifest premieres Monday, September 24, at 10/9c pm NBC.
  • The 100: Over the last four seasons The 100 have fought to survive against unimaginable odds, only to see the world end for a second time. Season five begins six years later, with our heroes still separated: Bellamy’s team in space, Clarke (Eliza Taylor) on the ground, and hundreds trapped in the bunker below. But when a massive prison ship descends upon the last survivable place on earth, The 100 must come together to reclaim their home. As two armies converge on one valley, alliances will shift, friends will become foes, and the march to war threatens to destroy all that’s left of the human race. Can our heroes break the cycle, or is humanity doomed to repeat the past? In this epic battle for survival, one thing is certain: there are no good guys.  Based on the book series by Kass Morgan, The 100 is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios with executive producers Jason Rothenberg, Dean White and Leslie Morgenstein (The Vampire Diaries).  Starring Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco, Bob Morley, Marie Avgeropoulos, Lindsey Morgan, Christopher Larkin, Richard Harmon, Tasya Teles and Henry Ian Cusick, the series airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on The CW.
  • Freedom Fighters:  The Ray: All his life, Ray Terrill has fought injustice, dreaming of making a real difference like his older brother, a Marine who was killed in Afghanistan. One day, he stumbles upon a dying superhero from another Earth and is stunned to find that this superhero looks just like him—because it is! The dying Ray Terrill of Earth-X transfers photokinetic energy to this Earth’s Ray, making him a superhero – THE RAY. However, Ray quickly learns being a Super Hero isn’t all hanging muggers from streetlamps and fighting giant robots. As the evil Nazi New Reichsman of Earth-X, led by Overgirl, close in, The Ray must learn to harness his powers by coming to terms with his true self, even if that means also finally coming out of the closet to his parents. The fate of Earth-X depends on it!  Based on the DC characters, the animated series is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Blue Ribbon Content, Warner Bros. Television Group’s digital studio. New episodes stream on CW Seed, starting July 18.

WBTVG/WBA SERIES SCHEDULE

PLEASE NOTE: Series stars and creative teams scheduled to attend are subject to change. Additional information on panel sessions, signings and other events will be provided as news breaks.

FRIDAY, JULY 20

10:00–11:00 a.m. Young Justice: Outsiders Special Video Presentation and Q&A — The fans have waited long enough and it’s time for a first look at one of the most highly anticipated shows of the year.  In Young Justice: Outsiders, the teenage Super Heroes of the DC Universe come of age in an animated world of super-powers, Super-Villains and super secrets.  This time, the team faces its greatest challenge yet as it takes on meta-human trafficking and the terrifying threat it creates for a society caught in the crossfire of a genetic arms race spanning the globe and the galaxy.  Join producers Greg Weisman, Brandon Vietti, art director Phil Bourassa, voice director Jamie Thomasson and members of the voice cast, Troy Baker and Stephaine Lemelin as they give you an inside look at what it means to be an outsider.  Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, Young Justice: Outsiders is coming soon to the DC Universe digital streaming service. Room 6DE

10:15–11:15 a.m. Inside The Big Bang Theory Writers’ Room — Join The Big Bang Theory writers and producers as they return to San Diego to take you inside the biggest moments of season eleven, and behind the scenes of television’s smartest comedy! From the engagement to the wedding, and all the moments in-between, find out what goes into making the hit series each week, and how the writers keep things fresh after more than 250 episodes! Join the show’s executive producers and writers as they take you inside the Writers’ Room for a lively discussion and special video presentation. From Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television, The Big Bang Theory returns for season 12 this fall, airing Thursdays at 8/7c on CBS. The Big Bang TheoryThe Complete Eleventh Season is available now on Digital, and will be released this fall on Blu-ray™ and DVD. Ballroom 20

12:30-1:30 p.m.  DC Super Hero Girls Special Video Presentation and Q&A –– The DC Super Hero Girls universe continues to expand with new original graphic novels Out of the Bottle and Search for Atlantis and an all-new animated action-comedy series featuring fresh character designs and storytelling from Emmy®–winning producer Lauren Faust (Super Best Friends Forever, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends).  The world may know them as Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Batgirl, but not-so-typical teenagers Diana, Kara and Barbara, alongside their Super Hero friends have much more to deal with than just protecting the citizens of Metropolis from some of the most sinister school-aged Super-Villains of the DC Universe.  After all, being teens is tough enough, what with school, friends, family and the chaos that comes with managing a social life.  But add super powers and a secret identity to the mix, and things can get a lot more complicated.  Join DC Group Editor Marie Javins for a sneak peek at upcoming books, and producer Lauren Faust and other members of the creative team for a first look at this upcoming series.  DC Super Hero Girls is coming soon to Cartoon Network. Room 6DE.

12:45-2:00 p.m.  World Premiere of Hulu’s Castle Rock  –– Escape the summer heat for a chilling world premiere screening of the first episode of J.J. Abrams and Stephen King’s psychological horror series about the hometown of some of your favorite nightmares.  You’ve read the books, you’ve seen the movies, you know the characters, but you’ve never heard the story of Castle Rock.  Following the screening, join the creators and executive producers Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason (Manhattan) along with stars Sissy Spacek (Carrie), Bill Skarsgard (It), Melanie Lynskey(Togetherness) and Jane Levy (Suburgatory) as they discuss the most tragic and disturbing town in America.  Prepare to sleep with the lights on.  From Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, Castle Rock premieres Wednesday, July 25 on Hulu.  Become a fan on Facebook at facebook.com/CastleRockHulu and follow the series on Twitter at @castlerockhulu.  Ballroom 20.

SATURDAY, JULY 21

10:00-11:00 a.m. Unikitty! New Episode Premiere and Q&A –– Your favorite character from The LEGO® Movie, Unikitty, is bringing her joyous kingdom to Comic-Con!  Make sure to bring plenty of sparkle matter, positive vibes and all your questions as producers Lynn Wang and Ed Skudder, animation director Anna Hollingsworth and the voice cast, Tara Strong, Grey Griffin, Eric Bauza, H. Michael Croner, Roger Craig Smith will be there to share a brand-new episode and answer your questions.  Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, Unikitty! airs Fridays at 6:30/5:30c on Cartoon Network. Room: 6DE

11:00–11:45 a.m.  Black Lightning Special Video Presentation and Q&A — Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) made his choice: he hung up the suit and his secret identity years ago. But with crime and corruption spreading like wildfire, and those he cares about in the crosshairs of the menacing local gang The One Hundred, he must return as Black Lightning — to save not only his family, but also the soul of his community.  Join series stars Cress Williams, China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams, Christine Adams, Marvin “Krondon” Jones III, Damon Gupton andJames Remar and producer Salim Akil for an electrifying look at season two!  Based on the characters from DC, Black Lightning is from Berlanti Productions and Akil Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti, Salim Akil & Mara Brock Akil, and Sarah Schechter. Black Lightning returns to The CW on Tuesday, October 9 at 9/8c. Black Lightning: The Complete First Season is available now on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital. Ballroom 20.

12:00–12:50 p.m. SYFY Panel: Krypton Special Video Presentation and Q&A — After a mind-blowing season one finale that saw Krypton’s history drastically rewritten, the future of Superman has never been in greater jeopardy. Join series stars and executive producers of SYFY’s hit series as they discuss the many surprises of the first season and provide an inside look into what fans can expect in season two. From Warner Horizon Scripted Television and executive produced by David S. Goyer (Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Dark Knighttrilogy) through his Phantom Four banner, along with Cameron Welsh, Krypton is based on characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, published by DC.  The series will return in 2019 on SYFY. Indigo Ballroom

1:00-2:00 p.m. Manifest Pilot Screening and Q&A –– When Montego Air Flight 828 landed safely in New York after a turbulent but routine flight, the crew and passengers were relieved. Yet in the span of those few hours, the world had aged five years and their friends, families and colleagues, after mourning their loss, had given up hope and moved on. Now, faced with the impossible, they’re all given a second chance. But as their new realities become clear, a deeper mystery unfolds and some of the returned passengers soon realize they may be meant for something greater than they ever thought possible. Join executive producer Jeff Rake (The Mysteries of Laura, The Tomorrow People, Boston Legal, Miss Match, The Practice) and series stars Melissa Roxburgh (Valor, Diary of a Wimpy Kid movies), Josh Dallas (Once Upon a Time, Thor), for an emotionally rich, unexpected journey into a world grounded in hope, heart and destiny.  Manifest premieres Monday, September 24, at 10/9c on NBC and is produced by Compari Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television. Indigo Ballroom

2:00–2:50 p.m.  Legacies Exclusive Video Presentation and Q&A –– Continuing the tradition of The Vampire Diaries and The OriginalsLegacies is the third installment of this supernatural series about witches, vampires and werewolves.  The story follows 17-year-old Hope Mikaelson, daughter of Klaus Mikaelson along with Alaric Saltzman and his twins at the Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted as they come of age in the most unconventional way.  Join executive producer Julie Plec and series stars Danielle Rose Russell and Matthew Davis for a special video presentation followed by a Q&A.  From My So-Called Company, Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, Legacies premieres Thursday, October 25, at 9/8c on The CW.  Indigo Ballroom.

3:30–4:15 p.m. Supergirl Special Video Presentation and Q&A —  Season three saw Supergirl stop Reign and the other Worldkillers’ threat to humanity and our planet, and in the process, Kara was shocked to find her mother Alura alive and living in a salvaged Argo City that survived the destruction of Krypton. Reconnecting with her past caused Kara to realize that her true home is now here on Earth, where big changes are taking place for her and all of her friends in National City – and also, it appears, for a doppelganger in Russia! Season four promises to be full of surprises, action, adventure and lots of big revelations for Supergirl, Alex, James, J’onn, Lena and Brainy.  Join the series’ cast, Melissa Benoist, Chyler Leigh, Mehcad Brooks, David Harewood, Katie McGrath and Jesse Rath and executive producers Robert Rovner, Jessica Queller and Sarah Schechter for a special video presentation, followed by a Q&A where they’ll discuss what’s to come and more! From Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, Supergirl’s fourth season will premiere in its new Sunday 8/7c time period on The CW starting October 14.  Supergirl: The Complete Third Season is available now on Digital, and will be released on Blu-ray™ and DVD on September 18Ballroom 20

4:15–5:00 p.m. Arrow Special Video Presentation and Q&A — There has been no shortage of close calls for Oliver Queen when it comes to protecting his Super Hero identity, but in the season six finale, he was finally backed into a corner and forced to reveal himself to the world as the Green Arrow. Now, Oliver will come face-to-face with many of the criminals he placed behind bars, as he makes a new home for himself at Slabside Maximum Security Prison. Oliver will find himself vulnerable in a way unlike ever before when a mysterious new enemy begins to unravel his work as Green Arrow, challenging him to redeem his name or risk losing everything. Join series stars Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Katie Cassidy, Echo Kellum, Juliana Harkavy, Rick Gonzalez and Colton Haynes and executive producer Beth Schwartz at their annual Comic-Con panel to be among the first to learn more about what this means for Oliver and the rest of his team. From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, Arrow will return to The CW on Monday, October 15, at 8/7c, and Arrow: The Complete Fifth Season is available now on Digital, and will be released on Blu-ray™ and DVD on August 14. Ballroom 20

5:00–5:45 p.m. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Special Video Presentation and Q&A — After defeating Mallus by cuddling him to death with a giant stuffed animal named Beebo, the Legends were ready to ease off the gas. That was until Constantine arrived to inform them that, in solving one major problem, they have created another, much larger one. When the Legends let time crumble in order to release and defeat Mallus, the barrier between worlds softened. History is now infected with “Fugitives” – magical creatures from myths, fairytales, and legends. Having been expelled throughout time by people like Constantine, these Fugitives are now returning to our world in droves and making a real mess of things. So when all hell breaks loose, who ya gonna call? That’s right, the Legends! Join the cast and creators of The CW’s zaniest Super Hero series – stars Caity Lotz, Brandon Routh, Dominic Purcell, Nick Zano, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Tala Ashe, Matt Ryan, Jes Macallan, Courtney Ford, showrunnerPhil Klemmer and producer Keto Shimizu – at their annual Comic-Con panel for an in-person look at what makes this time-traveling crew tick. From Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow will return to The CW on Monday, October 22at 9/8c, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Second Season is available now on Digital, and will be released on Blu-ray™ and DVD on September 25. Ballroom 20

5:45–6:30 p.m. The Flash Special Video Presentation and Q&A — Matching wits with The Thinker, who by season’s end had harnessed the powers of all twelve bus metas he created, stretched Team Flash to their limits, but with the help of some new allies, Barry Allen (aka The Flash) and company were able to put a stop to the Enlightenment and save Central City once again. However, with the arrival of Barry and Iris’ speedster daughter, Nora, who arrived from the future admitting to having made a “big mistake,” things are anything but status quo. Will parenthood be the challenge that finally slows The Flash down? For answers to this, and all your other Season five questions, please join the cast and creators of The CW’s highest-rated series – stars Grant Gustin, Jesse L. Martin, Tom Cavanagh, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Hartley Sawyer, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Danielle Nicolet and executive producer Todd Helbing – at their annual Comic-Con panel. From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, The Flash will return to The CW on Tuesday, October 9 at 8/7c. The Flash: The Complete Third Season is available now on Digital, and will be released on Blu-ray™ and DVD on August 28. Ballroom 20

SUNDAY, JULY 23

10:30–11:30 a.m. Supernatural Special Video Presentation and Q&A — Join the series’ stars Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins, Alexander Calvert and executive producers Robert Singer, Andrew Dabb, Eugenie Ross-Leming and Brad Buckner in Hall H to answer questions about the shocking events in last season’s intense finale, as well as what’s in store for the 14th season of this exciting series, when the show will reach the rare milestone of 300 episodes! Fans will also be treated to an exclusive video presentation featuring series highlights! The 14th season of Supernatural will return to The CW on Thursday, October 11 in its 8/7c time period. The series is produced by Kripke Enterprises Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television. Supernatural: The Complete Thirteenth Season is available now on Digital, and will be released on Blu-ray™ and DVD on September 4Hall H

11:45a.m.–12:45p.m.  Riverdale Special Video Presentation and Q&A –– Following yet another drama-filled season and shocking season two finale, don’t miss Riverdale when it returns to San Diego for its third appearance at Comic-Con – this time in Hall H!  Join Archie and the gang as they continue to dive into the secrets that loom and keep emerging from the shadows in a town that once seemed like a quiet, ordinary place. The circumstances surrounding Archie’s arrest kick off the drama of season three as the gang tries to #FreeArchie and Hiram Lodge continues to flesh out his plans to control not only Riverdale, but the ever growing SoDale.  Based on the characters from Archie Comics and produced by Berlanti Productions (The Flash, Supergirl, Blindspot, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow) in association with Warner Bros. Television, this one-hour drama is a bold, subversive take on the surreality of small-town life.  Join us for a special video presentation followed by a Q&A with series stars KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, Marisol Nichols, Madelaine Petsch, Ashleigh Murray, Mark Consuelos, Casey Cott, Skeet Ulrich, Mädchen Amick, Luke Perry and Vanessa Morgan and producers Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Sarah Schechter and Jon Goldwater.  Riverdale’s season three returns Wednesday, October 10 at 8/7c on The CW. Riverdale: The Complete Second Season is available now on Digital, and will be released on Blu-ray™ and DVD on August 7. Hall H

TV Review: Marvel’s Luke Cage S2E9 For Pete’s Sake

Hunkered down in a makeshift safe house, Luke and Misty butt heads over how to handle Mariah. Meanwhile, long-buried family secrets come to light.

There’s films out there whose entire premise is a group of characters hunkered down as they’re ready to be attacked by the bad guys. Much of this episode feels like that as the various players interact and discuss what may happen. It also is a good way to lead to the discovery of how to defeat Bushmaster.

Then there’s Bushmaster himself who is getting desperate for Nightshade as he wants more power. Upping the tension there it’s only a matter of time before someone flips to let Bushmaster know where everyone is hold up.

But, the episode is really about these characters stuck in a rather small space and their relationships. We get discussions like the difference between the Dillards and the Stokes. That brings back something from earlier in the season about the differences in “Black.” As a white man, I can’t say I relate, but it’s an interesting topic and discussion and not something I’ve seen a show touch upon that often. Then there’s the reveal about Mariah’s husband and the truth she’s been hiding from her daughter. It’s not something I expected and a hell of a twist. It all really shows how hardcore Mariah is and the pain she’s been feeling. She might think she’s on the straight and narrow, but she’s always been a manipulator.

This episode is the one where the truths come out and it’s full of emotion and some amazing acting. We find out the truth about Mariah and her family. We get to see the anger and hurt. Alfre Woodard in the role and this episode gets to let loose and show us “Black Mariah.” Her performance is fantastic and so tragic and just heartbreaking. Things that have been hinted about are confirmed and it’s still so tragic.

While this series may be about superheroes and powers, it’s anything but. This season is about the individuals and Woodard delivers a performance that’s award winning.

Overall Rating: 8.25

TV Review: Marvel’s Luke Cage S2E8 If It Ain’t Rough, it Ain’t Right

While Shades, Mariah and Misty come to terms with the previous night’s events, Bushmaster searches for a way to boost his strength.

Things are shaken up in the eighth episode of Marvel’s Luke Cage as the fallout from the previous episode begins. Mariah is scared and Shades is mournful after the death of his friend. This feels like the beginning of the end game as it’s clear to everyone who the bad guy is and that something has to be done.

Mariah’s in the police station and the big question is if she’ll cooperate or not? What’s interesting is, if she did so a while ago, she’d be in protection and they’d be focused on Bushmaster.

The episode is really putting Shades and Mariah on a crash course. Both are feeling the pressure as the cops are putting the pressure on them, and they know the cops have the goods. And lets face it, Shades is right in many ways. He said to not sell the guns to Bushmaster and instead sell a painting. He also doesn’t try to fake what he is. He knows he’s a gangster and has accepted his role. Mariah though is in this strange denial of everything. She doesn’t want to admit she is a criminal and should probably act like it.

What’s interesting is that everyone knows the reality of it all but no one can quite prove any of it. Everyone knows Mariah is crooked. That Bushmaster is behind things. That there’s a gang war going on. But, there’s not really evidence of any of it. We’re in the power waving phase of everything as the various factions jockey in position.

Part of that is Bushmaster attempting to gain even more power. There’s that whole saying about power and corruption and his arc feels like an embodiment of that. He keeps wanting more from Mariah and more from his powers. Both will cause him to overreach and screw up and we’re beginning to see exactly that. The overreach is how far he’s willing to go to take on Luke and how much he’ll do to gain power himself.

There’s also interesting in how some of that overreach shakes out. There’s two fronts and one is all women defending and another all men defending. It’s interesting to see and one wonders if there’s a greater meaning and reason for this. But, predictably, this is where the two factions must team up to take on a third.

With still quite a few episodes to go, this is where the end game gets going and it’s actually really solid. The first half of the season was a bit slow but the latter half is getting much more exciting.

Overall Rating: 8.05

TV Review: Marvel’s Luke Cage S2E7 On and On

Luke Cage may be strong, but there’s ways to defeat him and Bushmaster has one that we saw at the end of last episode. Of course he’s not defeated but it establishes there’s a way to beat him. The show ups the stakes in that way and also sets up the eventual confrontation down the road.

Much of the episode revolves around Piranha who has been captured by Bushmaster and then there’s the wagons circling around Mariah. The episode takes more of a police drama side of things with Mariah being offered ways out from it all and talks of what she’s facing when it comes to crimes. It puts in perspective for the audience as to how screwed she really is and how easily she could get out of it by flipping on Bushmaster. She wants to go legit but only seems to be willing to do it up to a point.

That back and forth between Bushmaster and Mariah is interesting as he’s been maneuvering so easily without Mariah noticing until it’s too late. It’s been interesting to see the build though the build is so slow. Still, the previous six episodes are finally paying off.

Then there’ Comanche and his ratting on Mariah. That all comes to ahead in interesting ways. Things really go off the rails and things go very wrong. It’s a plot that’s good and wish there was more of it but it only feels like it was there to get some characters out of the way. We’ll see where it goes but right now it’s good but odd in some ways as the door closes.

But, the big part of the episode is the focus on sons and their mothers. We see Luke’s confrontation with his father concerning his mother’s death. We finally find out why Bushmaster hates Mariah. The sins of the past are laid bare by the two of them. It’s a very dramatic moment and puts those final pieces of the puzzle together.

This is the real pivot episode as we move to the latter half of the season. Bushmaster has made his big moves and some of what’s been weighing Luke down has been lifted from his shoulders in a way. That pivot also feels like it extends to the music. There’s been an interesting mix of blues and reggae throughout the season and here we get a full switch over to the latter as Bushmaster has taken control.

This season feels like it’s about various thematic threads and the small details. Much like the second season of Jessica Jones, this is the long game and things are playing out well up to this point. Slow, but really well.

Overall Rating: 7.95

TV Review: Marvel’s Luke Cage S2E6 The Basement

In last episode we saw a message being sent to Mariah with heads on pikes and this episode picks up on that mentioning parallels with the brutality of Mexican cartels. All hell is starting to break out and it’s becoming clearer to those involved that the Jamaicans, and Bushmaster, are gunning for everyone. A gang war is about to break out and everyone is preparing.

We also begin to start getting the connections between everyone, like Raymond Jones and Mariah, and why the Jamaicans are targeting who they’re targeting. This is the part where the bad guy tells the hero everything in return for protection. But there’s also connections between the police force and Mariah too. It’s all interesting stuff and the series seems to be its strongest when it gets more in to the police aspect focused on the gang war itself.

The episode really gets interesting in its focus on Shades. It’s an intimate discussion as he talks with Comanche about why he hasn’t stepped out in front. We get more of who Shades is. A good character through just one scene has become a great one. We know why he didn’t take over after Cottonmouth. We know why he’s always #2 and never #1. It’s a logic that’s there and the delivery by actor Theo Rossi is award winning level. There’s just an amazing open and honesty about it and his performance.

What the episode really gives us is a clear direction of what Luke needs to do. He needs to protect Piranha who’s the key to so many things. He controls Mariah’s empire and it’s clear this is why Bushmaster wants him so badly. Luke makes the smart decision to protect him but also uses it confront Bushmaster. It’s an odd choice as the season so far has been a lesson that using his fists isn’t always the answer and here he’s doing exactly that.

And with that, we get a fight, a big one and the first real clash between Luke and Bushmaster. While the fight is pretty decent, we’ve seen what Bushmaster does in a way elsewhere. While it makes sense as a way to take on Luke it also feels like we’ve been there and done that. Still, it leaves us pondering ways to beat Luke. How do you beat an invulnerable person? Bushmaster shows us a way. It’s all entertaining in a way but again feels like it’s cribbing off of other things.

The episode is one where a lot of the pieces of the puzzle come together and while that could have happened a few episodes earlier the season feels like it’s finally picking up and getting interesting.

Overall Rating: 7.75 

TV Review: Marvel’s Luke Cage S2E5 All Souled Out

Luke’s actions have led to some legal issues as he was served at the end of the episode. We begin the episode with him in some legal issues after what he did to Cockroach. And, it’s pay up time or he’s going to court. The episode circles back to the discussions earlier in the season where there was discussion that being a superhero didn’t pay. What is he to do? Luke has to make some tough decisions in this episode and decide if he wants to profit off of his abilities. All of that leads to some interesting, and comedic moments, but also feels like it’s Luke at his lowest. The man is no longer on top and needs to face reality. This also leads to an end of the episode that turns the character into a circus act.

Revolving all around that is Mariah and the corruption of the police force. Some convictions have been vacated and criminals are on the street and the police force itself seems like it may be up to old habits to get some of them back in to jail. Mariah comes clean to her daughter who I can’t tell is actually unaware of her family’s issues or just in denial.

But, what’s most interesting is that this episode creates strange bed fellows. Bushmaster is after both Luke and Mariah and Shades and Luke bump into each other with some moments between them foreshadowing what’s to come, the inevitable team up of Shades, Mariah, and Luke against Bushmaster.

And that’s an issue with this season, it foreshadows everything. Every episode telegraphs what’s to come in a future one. There’s little surprise and instead of doing that and then not delivering and delivering a twist, instead we’re presented with exactly what we’d expect.

The season seems to be on a rather predictable trajectory. While it’s not bad, it’s also not as fresh as the first. Still, it’s one of the better second seasons for a Marvel Netflix show so far.

Overall Rating: 7.0

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