Premieres, Renewals and Ratings
The new series Defiance, which is being described as more of an event than just a show since it includes a corresponding MMO, premieres April 15 on Syfy. We'll definitely be reviewing the pilot. And more, if it grabs us.
Arrested Development returns May 26 on Netflix! Like House of Cards, the entire season will be available at once. And you may be seeing coverage right here on Doux Reviews.
Game of Thrones was renewed for a fourth season after airing exactly one episode. Probably because the ratings were incredible. So were the ratings for The Walking Dead finale, which aired opposite GoT that night. Apparently, the split season thingy is working out pretty darned well for The Walking Dead. Everyone keeps complaining about The Walking Dead. So why is everyone watching it? :)
This Week in Casts, S.H.I.E.L.D. section
You knew Joss Whedon wouldn't be able to not cast someone from Buffy, Angel, Firefly or Dollhouse in his new project, didn't you? Sure enough, J. August Richards from Angel will be appearing in S.H.I.E.L.D. Which is no longer being called S.H.I.E.L.D. It has a new title: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., probably to differentiate it from the really depressing cop show starring Michael Chiklis and Walton Goggins.
I don't know. Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. doesn't exactly roll off the tongue. It's no Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Maybe they'll come up with something else. And maybe the fans will keep calling it S.H.I.E.L.D. It also sounds like they already filmed the pilot, but the series hasn't officially been picked up yet. So I'm confused about where J. August Richards fits in. We still don't know who he's going to play, although there is much guessing going on about the possibility of eyepatches. Why keep it a secret if he isn't playing someone important?
The rest of This Week in Casts
Three players on The Walking Dead were just promoted to series regulars: Chad L. Coleman from The Wire (Tyreese), Sonequa Martin-Green (his sister Sasha), and Emily Kinney, who has been playing Hershel's daughter Beth for quite awhile. That certainly doesn't mean their characters aren't in danger of being killed off, though. It might actually increase the odds.
Paul Reubens has been cast in the Once Upon a Time spin-off, Once: Wonderland, as the voice of the White Rabbit. (I can hear that, can't you?)
Anna Camp will be returning as Sarah Newlin to True Blood this season. It's a good thing, too. We missed her and her pudding.
An entire Veronica Mars section, with sloth
Only five days to go on Kickstarter, and the Veronica Mars movie, funded by fans, is up to 4 million 7, with over 71,000 backers.
And Kristen Bell just had a baby girl: Lincoln Bell Shepard was born March 28. Kristen and her boyfriend Dax Shepard have decided not to get married until their gay friends have the right to get married, as well. (Isn't Brangelina doing the same thing?)
Some guy named Jason Dohring was just signed for the Veronica Mars movie. Actually, I didn't know that wasn't an option. Maybe he'd agreed earlier with a handshake deal and this was just a formality? And this just in! There's a design for the first official tee shirt for the movie. Apparently, there's going to be a second official tee shirt, too.
Someone (I won't say who) made me watch a Youtube video in which Kristen Bell totally melts down because her boyfriend Dax brought her a sloth. It's pretty hilarious, and I didn't have any cat news this week, so here you go.
Apparently, the Farscape power that be is thinking of pulling a Veronica Mars. Rockne S. O'Bannon (who has an extremely cool name) did not fail to notice what happened with the Veronica Mars movie, and he's talking about a Farscape feature film. I don't know how likely it is, but if someone had told me last month that fans would fund a VM movie, I wouldn't have believed it.
That's it for this week. Opinions, raves, rants, questions? Post a comment!