by Billie Doux
A season five poster for that show Josie Kafka likes has just been released. Cool and dragony. I like it, even though it does remind me of Leonardo DiCaprio doing "I'm on top of the world" in Titanic.
This week in casts
It's pilot season! There was so much casting news in the past week that I decided to not even try to report it all. Here are some of the more interesting bits, according to me:
-- Danny Pudi will lead the cast of a pilot entitled Strange Calls.
-- Andrew J. West, who played an absolutely horrible cannibalistic character on The Walking Dead, will star in a CW pilot called Dead People. And it's not about zombies.
-- Maggie Grace (Lost) has been cast in pilot of the CBS medical drama Code Black.
-- Chris Wood (Kai on The Vampire Diaries) has been cast in Julie Plec's new drama pilot entitled Cordon. Guess she likes him, huh?
-- Stephen Moyer and Katey Sagal were cast in the FX costume drama pilot, The Bastard Executioner.
-- Dule Hill (Psych, The West Wing) just joined the cast of Doubt.
-- Lady Gaga will star in the fifth season of American Horror Story. I'm not kidding.
-- Calista Flockhart has joined the cast of the new Supergirl show. This may be unreasonable of me, but I can't stand Calista Flockhart. Didn't like Ally McBeal, couldn't handle Brothers and Sisters because of the focus on her very dislikeable character. I hope this isn't a Supergirl dealbreaker for me.
-- Jason Biggs will NOT be returning for the third season of Orange is the New Black. You can't see me, but I'm smiling. I've complained that his character was pointless in pretty much every one of my season two reviews. Plus by many accounts, Biggs isn't the nicest human being. Great news all around.
Arrow/The Flash spinoff news
There was an announcement that the much discussed Arrow spinoff starring Brandon Routh will be more of an Arrow/The Flash spinoff conglomeration that will include Caity Lotz, Wentworth Miller, and Victor Garber (Spy Dad from Alias). Is that cool or what? In a moment, I went from mildly interested in this spinoff to somewhat excited.
There is no title for the series as yet. Brandon Routh will be playing Ray Palmer, Wentworth Miller will be Leonard Snart/Captain Cold, and Victor Garber will play his Flash character Dr. Martin Stein, who was half of Firestorm. It's unclear what's up with Garber's other superhero half played by Robbie Amell, or what character Caity Lotz will play, since Sara/Black Canary is definitely deceased. The double spinoff will include three other major DC characters. Guess we have to find a way to cover this show on Doux Reviews, huh?
Confusing Alien News
Are you a fan of the scariest science fiction movie ever, Alien, and its outstanding sequel Aliens? Do you dislike the other Alien sequels? Then I have good news for you. District 9 director Neill Blomkamp has taken on a brand new Alien movie. At first it sounded very much like it would ignore the third and fourth movies, but now it sounds like it will somehow fit in between the first and second movies. I'll admit I was hoping for a Sigourney Weaver/Michael Biehn movie and now I'm confused, but it still could be interesting. We shall see.
This week in Llamas
This was a strange news week. I was personally devastated by the loss of Leonard Nimoy, the classiest guy who ever played an alien on TV in the 1960s. There was this weird thing about a blue and black dress looking like it was gold and white.
And on Thursday, somewhere in Arizona, two llamas from a mobile petting zoo escaped their handlers and dashed for freedom. There were crime copters, people in trucks with lassoes, it was sort of amazing. The two llamas weren't hurt, although I'm sure they were pretty frightened. A compilation of coverage and the cleverest of Twitter bon mots can be found here.
Billie Doux is the founder of Doux Reviews and has been reviewing her favorite shows for a ridiculously long time. More Billie Doux.