by Josie Kafka
This has not been the most exciting week in TV news. Perhaps it’s the recent Labor Day holiday. Perhaps we all have bigger issues to worry about. Or perhaps, perchance, and maybe, the TV demimonde is gearing up for the big excitement of new and returning fall shows in just a few weeks.
The Incredible Nolan
If the movie The Incredibles were directed by Christopher Nolan, this would be its trailer:
It’s been a Berlantipalooza this week. Arrow mastermind’s Greg Berlanti’s new spin-off The Flash doesn’t premiere until October, but we’ve already got some exciting details. Dominic Purcell will guest-star in an episode as Heatwave, making for a Prison Break reunion with recurring cast member Wentworth Miller, who will play Captain Cold. I don’t know anything about those comic-book villains, but their names seem to indicate a fire/ice theme. Sadly, it looks like Purcell won’t share any screen time with fellow prisoner Robert Knepper, who will reprise his Arrow role as the Clock King on The Flash in a different episode.
Meanwhile, over in Starling City, Australian actor Matt Bable (Riddick) will play Ra’s al Ghul. And if that’s not exciting enough, just think of what Berlanti and co-producer Ali Adler can do with the Supergirl series they’re currently developing.
Hodor No Hodor
It’s rare that we report on something not happening here at Doux News, but this is a newsworthy unhappening: according to Kristian Nairn, the actor who plays Hodor on Game of Thrones, there will be no Bran (or Hodor) storyline in the upcoming fifth season. That raises some interesting questions about how much the show will depart from the book, and whether or not Bran’s storyline in either medium is going somewhere significant.
Hansel and Gretel
But do not despair. There may be a bit less three-eyed crow in our future, but there’s always a new Neil Gaiman around the corner. His latest graphic novel, about Hansel and Gretel, comes out on October 28th. And it has already been optioned for movie rights.
This Week in Marsupials
My little brother sent me this link, with the note “I thought of you when I watched this.” So my little brother watches a video about sex and marsupials, and thinks of me. Hooray?
Speaking of Koalas
Well, not really. But speaking of Kowals—specifically Mary Robinette Kowal—you may be happy to know that the award-winning author has yet another dust-catcher to add to her mantelpiece. Her novelette “The Lady Astronaut of Mars” won a Hugo award, and is available to read for free here. Enjoy!
I originally planned to include a cat video in this spot, but the super gigantic Dreadnoughtus—I am not making that name up—convinced me to feature a video explaining just how darn big he is. This is the biggest dinosaur (that we know of) ever, and the nearly-complete skeleton is an exciting discovery not just for the novelty of a new genus and species, but also because there’s so much of it remaining. Its tail is thirty feet long!
Josie Kafka reviews The Vampire Diaries, True Detective, Game of Thrones, and various other things that take her fancy. She is a full-time cat servant and part-time rogue demon hunter. (What's a rogue demon?)