by Josie Kafka
There’s not much to report in the dog days of August, but we did get some fun casting news to get us excited about the fall television season:
• Tamhoh Penikett of Arrow, BSG, Castle, Continuum and Dollhouse will have a multi-episode arc on Supernatural’s ninth season.
• Jason Dohring (Veronica Mars, Moonlight) will guest-star in an episode of the CW’s upcoming show Tomorrow People.
• Tobias Menzies (Game of Thrones, Rome, Doctor Who) will play a character on the upcoming Outlander series based on Diane Gabaldon’s novels. The character will be smarmy, because he is played by Tobias Menzies.
Here’s a new trailer for the upcoming adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game:
Everyone’s favorite Baldwin brother has been tapped to host a weekly news show on MSNBC. Despite Baldwin’s occasional moments of utter jerkishness, I really like the guy and have enjoyed watching his head increase in size over the years. (I’m not speaking metaphorically. His head has gotten larger. It’s an Irish thing, I think. Happened to my dad, too. And his dad, and all of his brothers.) A political talk show seems like the ideal place for Baldwin to showcase his strong opinions, especially since a career in politics seems out of the question.
Tom Hiddleston, who played Loki in Thor and a little film by Joss Whedon that had something to do with saving the world, said that he was open to guest-starring in the upcoming TV show that I choose to call SHIELD. Since His Whedonness has already gone on record as saying he would welcome characters from the Avengers if the story called for it, now seems like a good time to start sending Mutant Enemy some sort of gag item (perhaps an actual gag; get it?) to convince them to Lokify SHIELD as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, Loki already looks poised to feature prominently in the upcoming Thor: The Dark World sequel due in November. Here’s a trailer—looks like there’s lots of Asgard, which is frakkin’ awesome:
The Agents of D.O.U.X. not only read every comment posted on the site, we track the "Recent Comments" right-hand sidebar, which only gives the first 1-3 words of the comment to avoid spoilage. When we’re lucky, the result is “comment poetry,” and ChrisB discovered this gem last week:
No one has
Eh. Not great.
Everybody's an Expert
Sean Young, who played Rachel in Blade Runner, has gone public with her discontent over being left out of the upcoming prequel or sequel or whatever. Her “official opinion is that, if they don’t include me in it, everybody should boycott it. Because it’s stupid not to have me in it. It’s really stupid. That’s my opinion! I mean, you try to tell people something sensible in Hollywood and sometimes they just don’t listen, you know. And they usually pay the price too, because everybody’s an expert.” Indeed.
Behind-the-scenes glimpses into the world of TV-show creation are becoming more common. Perhaps inspired by the Sundance Channel’s The Writers’ Room (which ChrisB reviewed in her most recent New Shows post), the New York Times convened a roundtable of top names in today’s television (Shonda Rhimes, Carlton Cuse, Robert and Michelle King, Terence Winter, and Beau Willimon) for a discussion of “Post-Water-Cooler TV.” It’s a fun read, available here.
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Our very own Sunbunny discovered this beauty on Tumblr. Click on for a delightful statistical analysis of various Supernatural things like the number of times Dean eats (in all eight seasons) or an inventory of plaid shirts. Be careful on her Tumblr page, though—lots of spoilers for many shows, including Buffy!