Friday, September 19, 2014

SUPERGIRL Gets Series Commitment from CBS

You just know Marvel has to be feeling some pressure on the TV front right about now.

Less than a month after the project was announced in development, TV Line reports that the Supergirl television series has received a series commitment from CBS.  According to the article, Supergirl will focus on DC Comics character Kara Zor-El, the cousin of Superman, "who escaped the planet Krypton amid its destruction.  Having hid all this time on Earth the powers she shares with 'her famous cousin' (as the official logline cheekily puts it), 24-year-old Kara decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and 'be the hero she was meant to be.'"

Arrow and The Flash executive producer Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler, who worked on Berlanti's ABC series No Ordinary Family, will executive produce the series along with Sarah Schechter of Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television.  The series will indeed be called Supergirl, despite previous reports that the name might not have been available due to legal reasons.

Supergirl is the latest of an ever-growing number of DC Comics properties airing on television or being developed, including Arrow, The Flash and iZombie on The CW, Gotham on Fox, Constantine on NBC, Preacher on AMC, Titans on TNT, Ronin on Syfy and Scalped on WGN America.  More notably, it's also the first television series about a female superhero since Birds of Prey aired on The WB for 13 episodes in 2002.

Created in 1959 by Otto Binder, Al Plastino and Curt Swan, Supergirl first appeared in Action Comics (vol.1) #252 as Kara Zor-El, the daughter of Jor-El's brother Zor-El and cousin to Superman. She was the last survivor of Argo City, which had survived the destruction of the planet Krypton until meteorites of Green Kryptonite penetrated Argo City's protective barrier. Sent to Earth by Zor-El to be raised by her cousin, Kara acquired powers similar to Superman and adopted the secret identity of Linda Lee, a young girl at Midvale Orphanage.

In the current New 52 continuity, Kara's ship lands as part of a meteor shower in Smallville, Kansas, but burrows through the Earth and emerges in Siberia. Kara has no memory of the destruction of Krypton and believes herself to be dreaming. The military tracks her arrival, and a group of American soldiers in mechanized suits immediately attack her. Her powers start emerging as the fight goes on and terrify the surprised Kara. Superman arrives after she defeats the soldiers and tries to convince Kara that he is her cousin, but Kara, still believing that only three days have passed since she last saw baby Kal, accuses him of being an imposter and attacks him. Eventually, Kara accepts that Krypton has been destroyed and that Superman is indeed her grown-up cousin.

This will be the second time Supergirl has been depicted in live-action television, after Laura Vandervoort on the WB/CW series SmallvillePreviously, Helen Slater portrayed the character in the 1984 film Supergirl that was a spinoff from the Superman films starring Christopher Reeve.  The character has also appeared a number of times in animation, including Superman: The Animated Series and Justice League Unlimited (voiced by Nicholle Tom), and the Super Best Friends Forever DC Nation animated shorts (voiced by Nicole Sullivan).

Presumably, Supergirl will air on CBS sometime in Fall 2015.

DOCTOR WHO 2014 Christmas Special Casts Nick Frost & Patrick Troughton's Son

To quote Ed from Shaun of the Dead, "Yeah, boyyyyyeee..."

Three guest stars have been confirmed for the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas Special starring Peter Capaldi and (maybe) Jenna Coleman, which include actors Nick Frost, Nathan McMullen and Michael Troughton.  The official Doctor Who Twitter account posted the following picture of set chairs (Ooo, chairs!) that revealed the news...
Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer, says: "Frost at Christmas -- It just makes sense!  I worked with Nick on the Tintin movie many years ago and it's a real pleasure to lure him back to television for a ride on the TARDIS."

Fan-favorite Nick Frost is best known for co-starring with Simon Pegg in the television series Spaced and Edgar Wright's "Cornetto trilogy" of films that included Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World's End.  Pegg previously appeared in the 2005 Doctor Who episode "The Long Game" from the Christoper Eccleston era.

"I'm so thrilled to have been asked to guest in the Doctor Who Christmas Special," said Frost.  "I'm such a fan of the show.  The read-through was very difficult for me -- I wanted to keep stuffing my fingers into my ears and scream 'No spoilers!'  Every day on set I’ve had to silence my internal fanboy squeals!"

Michael Troughton is the son of the Second Doctor, Patrick Troughton, and brother to David Troughton, who appeared in the 1972 episode "The Curse of Peladon" from the Jon Pertwee era and the 2008 episode "Midnight" from the David Tennant era.

Nathan McMullen is probably familiar to genre fans as Finn from the science fiction dramedy MisfitsOther guest stars include Natalie Gumede from Coronation Street and Faye Marsay from The White Queen.

The 2014 Christmas Special will be written by series showrunner Steven Moffat and directed by Paul Wilmshurst, who directed the Series Eight episodes "Kill the Moon" and "Mummy on the Orient Express." 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Four Years of DAMN Good Coffee...and HOT!

I can't believe it either, but DAMN Good Coffee...and HOT turns four years old today.

As some of you already know, I began this blog in 2010 to keep myself writing and to share things that I hoped all of you would find at least somewhat interesting.  Sadly, I haven't been able to land another writing gig that actually pays yet, but I've been keeping busy helping with DC Comics' various digital comics sales and co-hosting a little project I've been rambling about recently called Next Stop Everywhere: The Doctor Who Podcast.

And now, after 730 posts, over 480,000 pageviews averaging more than 15,000 views per month, and a lot of visitors (34,500 and counting) apparently thinking Criminal Minds' Dr. Spencer Reid dressing up as the Fourth Doctor is the Best Thing Ever, I'm about to head into Year Five. Ohio Comic Con 2014 is coming up at the end of next month, there are four new DC Comics and two new Marvel television shows making their debut over the coming year, and yes, I might have a few thoughts and news items about that weird Doctor Who show all the cool kids are watching these days.

So once again, my deepest thanks to everyone who's supported The Little Blog That Could over the past year and shared links on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Reddit or elsewhere. As you can tell by the lack of annoying ads, I'm certainly not doing this for the money and it means a lot that DAMN Good Coffee's audience continues to grow.   Keep sharing those links and I'll keep writing my usual geeky nonsense, okay?

We now return to to our regularly scheduled DAMN Good Coffee...and HOT, already in progress...

ARROW Casts Nick Tarabay as Captain Boomerang

Wait...Shouldn't that headline read "THE FLASH Casts..."?

Entertainment Weekly revealed yesterday that the CW series Arrow has cast Nick Tarabay in the role of George "Digger" Harkness, better known to DC Comics fans as the supervillain Captain Boomerang.

According to the article, Harkness will be "a former A.R.G.U.S operative, highly skilled in martial arts and espionage, with a deadly thirst for vengeance against his former employers."  The character first appears in the seventh episode of Season 3, then continues into the eighth episode, which is Arrow's crossover episode with spinoff series The Flash.

Tarabay is a Lebanese actor best known as Ashur on the TV series Spartacus, and has also had roles as a Klingon in the film Star Trek Into Darkness, and on the television series The Sopranos, CSI: Miami, Crash, Burn Notice, and Believe.

Considering the characters' prior history with the Suicide Squad, it seems more than likely that Harkness will be added to the team's roster on Arrow.  And as one of the Flash's gallery of Rogues, there's a good chance we'll see him turn up now and again on The Flash.

Created in 1960 by John Broome and Carmine Infantino, Captain Boomerang first appeared in The Flash (vol.1) #117 as a mascot for a toy company that was ridiculed by audiences, so he decided to use his advanced skills of making and throwing boomerangs for crime.  He became as recurring enemy for The Flash and a prominent member of the Rogues, a supervillain group consisting of The Flash's enemies. 

As time passed, Captain Boomerang became a member of the Suicide Squad in exchange for being pardoned for his crimes, but his grating personality often caused conflict within the team.  Eventually, he was killed by Jack Drake, father of Tim Drake, the third Robin, after being set up by Jean Loring.  However, he was brought back to life during the events of the event miniseries Blackest Night.

In the current DC Comics continuity known as The New 52, Boomerang joined the Suicide Squad, telling the team that he was the new field commander under the orders of Amanda Waller.  Later on, it was revealed that he was working for Basilisk, a metahuman terrorist cell.

This will be Captain Boomerang's first depiction in live-action, although the character has appeared in a number of animated projects including Justice League Unlimited (voiced by Donal Gibson), Batman: The Brave and the Bold (voiced by Futurama's John DiMaggio), Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (voiced by James Patrick Stuart), and Batman: Assault on Arkham (voiced by Greg Ellis).

Arrow returns for Season 3 on Wednesday, October 8th at 8:00 p.m. EST.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

DAREDEVIL Casts Scott Glenn as Matt's Mentor Stick

The Man Without Fear now has a mentor.

Marvel officially announced that the upcoming Netflix series Daredevil has cast Scott Glenn as Stick, the man who trains Matt Murdock.  Glenn joins Charlie Cox (Matt Murdock/Daredevil), Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page), Elden Henson (Foggy Nelson), with Rosario Dawson and Vincent D'Onofrio (Wilson Fisk/The Kingpin).

The 73-year-old actor has had several notable film roles, including Alan Shepard in The Right Stuff, Emmett in Silverado, Commander Bart Mancuso in The Hunt for Red October, FBI Director Jack Crawford in The Silence of the Lambs, and Ezra Kramer in The Bourne Ultimatum and The Bourne Legacy.

"Stick is one of the most important figures in Matt Murdock's life and Scott Glenn embodies all the qualities of someone so integral to this hero's journey," said Jeph Loeb, Marvel's Head of Television.  "There are few actors who could bring such the authenticity, gravitas and charisma to such a key role in Matt's journey to become the superhero we call Daredevil."

Created in 1981 by writer/artist Frank Miller, Stick first appeared in Daredevil (vol.1) #176 as a mysterious, blind sensei who found a young Matt Murdock shortly after the accident that blinded him but heightened his other remaining senses.  Stick taught Matt how to control his augmented senses, master his special "radar sense," and trained his in various forms of hand-to-hand combat.

Later on, Stick accepted Matt's college girlfriend Elektra Natchios as a pupil, improving her already formidable combat skills.  He later expelled her, however, because Elektra was unable to rid herself of destructive emotions consuming her since her father was murdered by terrorists.  Stick eventually died during an attack by the ninja clan The Hand aiding Daredevil and Black Widow.

This will be the second live-action depiction of Stick, after Terence Stamp portrayed the character in the Daredevil spinoff film Elektra.

The 13-episode series is expected to debut on Netflix sometime around May 2015.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Amanda Pays Reprising Tina McGee on THE FLASH

So...Any chance of Joyce Hyser reprising Megan Lockhart?

The Hollywood Reporter revealed that actress Amanda Pays from the original series The Flash is going to reprise her role as Dr. Christina "Tina" McGee on the new 2014 series.  According to the article, this version of Tina will be "an employee of a rival company to S.T.A.R. Labs."

Now 55, Pays is an English actress who is also best known as Theora Jones on the ABC series Max Headroom and has appeared on episodes of The X-Files, 7th Heaven, Nip/Tuck and Psych.

As fans of the original CBS series from 1990-91 know, Tina McGee was an expert geneticist at S.T.A.R. Labs who assisted John Wesley Shipp's character Barry Allen/The Flash with his super-speed abilities and served as Barry's central love interest.  On the new 2014 series, Shipp plays Henry Allen, father to the new Barry Allen, Grant Gustin.

Created in 1987 by Mike Baron and Jackson Guice, Tina McGee first appeared in The Flash (vol.2) #3 as a nutritionist and researcher for S.T.A.R. Labs that originally received a Harvard grant to study the metabolism of Wally West, the third Flash.  Tina became romantically involved with Wally, cheating on her husband Jerry McGee, who experimented upon himself and became the psychotic Speed Demon.  After breaking off her relationship with Wally, Tina and Jerry repaired their broken marriage and assisted The Flash several times.

The Flash premieres Tuesday, October 7th at 8:00 p.m. EST on The CW.

NEXT STOP EVERYWHERE: Episode 004 - "Listen" is Up!

"Is she doing the all eyes thing?  It’s because her face is so wide.  She needs three mirrors."

While we're waiting to find out what happened to Episode 003.5 that was recorded prior to this one, Jesse Jackson and I back with another episode of Next Stop Everywhere: The Doctor Who Podcast.

This time out, we give our thoughts on "Listen," the fourth episode from Doctor Who Series Eight, including things like Clara and Danny's first terrible date, the Twelfth Doctor and Clara picking on one another, a new glimpse at the Doctor's mysterious past, Clara's importance in the Doctor's timeline, the progressiveness of British television, listener email, our popular Reverse the Polarity segment, going down memory lane with our history in the APA TitanTalk, and more!

And for those who aren't aware yet, we are available on iTunes RIGHT HERE as well as Stitcher RIGHT HERE, so please subscribe and tell your friends about us. Oh, and don't forget we have an officially official Next Stop Everywhere Facebook page and Twitter account, so be sure to Like and/or Follow us, okay?

Oh, and be sure to watch "Time Heist" on BBC America this Saturday, then keep checking iTunes, Stitcher and the Southgate Media Group website for our next review!