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Arrow showrunner Andrew Kreisberg went on record with TVLine this week about how he sees his show in relationship with Agents of SHIELD: “We don’t really feel like we’re in competition with anybody else,” said Kreisberg, adding “I think all of us here—not just as writers but as viewers—are thrilled that we’re in what feels like a golden age of comic book adaptations in both film and television.” Kreisberg name-checked SHIELD as well as the upcoming Gotham, Constantine, and Daredevil shows slated for next fall. Of all those shows, you know which one I'm most excited to see (or see more of)? Arrow. Thanks, JD and D.O.U.X. superfans for convincing me to watch it!
Meanwhile, Christopher Markus, the writer for the upcoming Captain America Winter Soldier film, explained that “Cap” (a nickname that I think is overwhelmingly annoying) “doesn’t really have an arc.” Rather, Cap is “kind of the still center and things happen around him and are influenced by him.” So I guess Cap won’t be able to tell people to stop using the annoying nickname.
What We're Not Watching
Reddit has a very long thread on all the movies expiring from Netflix’s streaming service right about now: the list includes the Disney Alice in Wonderland as well as Killer Klowns from Outer Space. Vulture boiled the list down to the titles that expired on January 1 here.
One film that isn’t on the list is Blackfish, which ChrisB discussed in a recent New Shows column. Blackfish is the story of Tilikum, an orca kept in captivity by Sea World after being stolen from his mother in babyhood. As ChrisB said, “The film argues that what we do when we put animals in cages is not only inhumane, it is immoral and the consequences can be fatal. Don’t miss this. It will make you think long and hard about our role as humans in the natural world.” It will also make you cry for a really, really long time. I recommend watching it, but I also recommend not watching it on grounds of sad sad sob sad.
Better Call Saul
Breaking Bad mastermind Vince Gilligan did an extensive interview with Entertainment Weekly, in which he looks back at Breaking Bad and forward toward the upcoming Better Call Saul and Battle Creek. Gilligan explained that Better Call Saul will mostly take place pre-Walter White, but admitted that the show might “flash forward” if necessary. He also mentioned that it would be great to get Jonathan Banks’ character Mike for a few episodes, explaining that “Better Call Saul could be The Love Boat of its generation, where instead of Milton Berle showing up in a sailor’s cap, hopefully it could be Aaron Paul, also in a sailor’s cap.”
Veronica Mars Trailer
Matt Zoller Seitz
One of the perils of the internet’s fast-paced, low-wage environment is that I occasionally lose sight of writers I like as they jump from site to site in search of rent money. So I was happily surprised to find Matt Zoller Seitz’s TV reviews on Vulture and its sister publication, New York Magazine, and even happier to discover him on rogerebert.com a few days later. (I wasn’t even looking!) I’m so happy, in fact, that I’m going to randomly plug his book about Wes Anderson. I haven’t read it, and will never read it (I don’t care for Wes Anderson, except for The Fantastic Mr. Fox), but if you do like Wes Anderson, check it out. Here’s a preview.
Welcome to Night Vale
Podcast sensation Welcome to Night Vale will soon be available as a novel from Harper Perennial. The Welcome to Night Vale podcast describes itself as “a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff's Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events.” Tons of people have recommended it to me, and it does sound right up my alley, but I'm never quite sure what to do with a podcast. Or rather, what to do when I'm listening to a podcast. Do I just sit there? Do I clean the house? Play dopey computer games?
TorrentFreak listed the top ten illegally downloaded shows on BitTorrent, and Game of Thrones has the dubious honor of first place for the second year in a row. The other most-stolen shows include The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, The Big Bang Theory, and Arrow. The article points out that people sometimes download or stream illegally even if there are free, licensed options available: “[I]t’s not always that easy for existing pirates to give up their habit, not even if the legal options are widely available and free. For example, The Walking Dead premiere this year was downloaded en masse in the US, despite the fact that AMC streamed the show for free.”
This Week in Casts
• Luke Grimes, who plays James on True Blood, has left that series. According to TVLine, the role will be re-cast.
• The Agents of D.O.U.X. have already reported that Alicia Witt and Michael Rappaport will feature in the upcoming season of Justified. But did you know that Dave Foley, of News Radio and Kids in the Hall will also have a small role? How awesome is that!
• Vince Gilligan will guest star on an episode of Community.
• Will Arnett (Arrested Development) will guest star on this week’s episode of The Simpsons.
Last Week in Time Travel
Two researchers at Michigan Technical University recently published the results of an experiment/quest to find time travelers. According to The Atlantic, the researchers used a variety of search tools and queries on social media to figure out whether or not time travelers had posted information prior to that information existing. (For example, they used “Pope Francis” as one of the data points.) Although their search turned up no evidence of time travel, Professor Brian Greene, who was not affiliated with the study, explained that “It’s not crazy, and yet it feels crazy when you think about it.” He has a PhD.
This Week in Katt (Williams)
(Warning: video contains strong language. And lots of mime.)