by Josie Kafka
February 13th is a sad day for many of us. Some of us wonder if we can acquire a significant other in just 24 hours. Some of us eat a gallon of ice cream and pet our cats, having given up all hope of unfurry companionship. And some of us rub salt in old wounds. If you’re the salty-wound type, you might enjoy this reminder: five years ago, Dollhouse premiered. And ten years ago, Angel was canceled.
Sorry about that last entry. This will make you feel better:
The Usual Suspects
This might make you feel better, too: The Usual Suspects is now streaming on Netflix. If you’re in a relationship, you should stay in with your honey and watch this delightful puzzley film on Friday night. If you’re not in a relationship, watch the movie anyway, then consider some of Netflix’s other recent additions: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly; The Naked Gun; and Marathon Man. In the context of Valentine’s Day, each one of those sounds like a pun waiting to happen. Maybe that's what you can do on Friday night: think up movie titles that sound like penis puns.
Back to the Future is coming to the West End as a musical. Robert Zemekis and producer/screenwriter Bob Gale are on tap, and the show will premiere in 2015 with both original music and some golden oldies.
This Week in Casts
• Dylan Minette, best known for being an extremely good child actor in Lost, Awake, and (more recently and more grown-up), SHIELD will play one of Fitz and Mellie’s children on Scandal.
• Candice Patton will play Barry Gordon’s love interest on The Flash.
• Eric Lange (Radzinsky on Lost) will guest-star on Once Upon a Time.
• This casting news contains spoilers for the Originals episode “Crescent City”: Danielle Pineda, who played Sophie on that show, has been cast in the new NBC show Odyssey.
• Lance Reddick will guest-star on The Blacklist.
• BJ Novak (The Office) will guest-star on Community.
Coming Soon to a Small Screen Near You
• The Luminaries, the Booker-prize winning novel by Eleanot Catton that I can’t seem to get through, will be adapted for a TV miniseries to be filmed in New Zealand and cast entirely with Hobbits. (That last bit isn't true.)
• CBS has ordered a pilot of Scorpion, from Nick Santora (Prison Break) and the powerhouse duo Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Fringe, Sleepy Hollow) about “an eccentric genius and his international network of super-geniuses as they form the last line of defense against the complex threats of the modern age.”
• The CW ordered a pilot from Eoghan O’Donnell (Teen Wolf) called The Messengers, about how “when a mysterious object crashes down to earth, a group of seemingly unconnected strangers die from the energy pulse, but then awaken to learn that they have been deemed responsible for preventing the impending Apocalypse.”
• Lifetime has ordered ten episodes of Un-Real from former Buffy showrunner Marti Noxon. Un-Real is a “dark comedy” that “will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the chaos surrounding the production of a dating competition program.” It's Marti Noxon, so expect it to be unnecessarily brutal.
Yeah, yeah: I know. All the news this week is about either Muppets or what’s coming soon. There just isn’t that much right-now-news to report in the Olympic doldrums. (Here’s a great collection of tweets from Sochi, courtesy of the Daily Mail, if you want some in-depth Olympics coverage.) This week’s Superhero Roundup is no different, but hopefully a bit more exciting:
We’ve got a new trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2:
We’ve got the new Captain America: Winter Soldier trailer that I teased last week:
Plus, there’s even more news in the MCU: Thor 3 is definitely happening (was there doubt?), and Joss described his goal for Age of Ultron to Allocine.fr (courtesy NME):
The model I'm always trying to build from, or my guiding star, is The Godfather: Part II, where a ton has happened in between and it's a very different movie, but you don't need any information. It's there in the film about what's happened since, what's different, and why is this a different film; why is it a different kind of structure, and why is it darker? It's all there, you're in the vernacular of the first movie and you're just ready to pick up in this new place, and hopefully that's what will happen with my movie.”
And while this news probably belongs in This Week in Casts, I decided to give it the place of honor in the Superhero Roundup: Ben McKenzie of The OC and Southland will play not-yet-Commissioner Gordon in Fox’s upcoming Gotham, a Batman origin story. I haven’t seen Southland, but McKenzie was one of the major draws of The OC, and I’m excited to see what he does in a show not based in SoCal. Or should it be, the SoCal?
This Week in Cats