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Monday, June 18, 2018

Sting Channels Constantine for HELLBLAZER 30th Anniversary Announcement


Sting is sending out an S.O.S. to all of John Constantine's fans.

DC Comics/VERTIGO has posted a short video from one Gordon Sumner, better known as the legendary musician Sting, announcing that he's written the foreword to the upcoming John Constantine, Hellblazer: 30th Anniversary Celebration commemorative collection.  The foreward will feature Sting's "take on the perspective of the Golden Boy, Constantine’s alternate-universe twin, touching on his relationship with the occult detective over the years."

According to the statement from DC, Sting recorded the video while preparing for his upcoming 44/876 tour with Shaggy.  The musician’s inclusion in the Hellblazer Celebration hardcover is a nod to Sting inspiring John Constantine's look.  The character first appeared in The Saga of the Swamp Thing #37 in 1985 and was created by Alan Moore, Steve Bissette and John Totleben.  Based physically on Sting, Constantine proved popular enough in 1988 to be spun off into his own VERTIGO series Hellblazer, which ran for an impressive 300 issues.  The replacement series Constantine immediately followed, after Constantine was brought back to the relaunched DC Universe as part of "The New 52" to lead the supernatural team Justice League Dark.  In DC's "Rebirth" era, Constantine currently appears in his latest monthly series, The Hellblazer, which will end with its twenty-fourth issue.

In the 23-second video (which you can view HERE), Sting dons Constantine's signature trenchcoat and makes the following announcement:  "Hi, my name is Sting.  I'm here to celebrate the John Constantine, Hellblazer 30th anniversary.  John and I have a long history, so I've written a forward to the edition, which goes into more detail about our relationship.  And so, I wish him well -- He's done very well for himself."

The commemorative collection will explore the complete history of the series with four one-page essays written by author Rich Handley.  It will also include a comprehensive timeline of Constantine’s life and three one-page stories featured in Hellblazer issues #1, 2 and 4. Memorable stories from writers Alan Moore, Jamie Delano, Neil Gaiman, Garth Ennis, Paul Jenkins, Brian Azzarello, and others reflect the best of the long-lasting series, including Constantine's first appearance in The Saga of the Swamp Thing #37 and Hellblazer issues #11, 27, 41, 63, 120, 146, 229 and 240.

The John Constantine, Hellblazer: 30th Anniversary Celebration commemorative collection will be available for purchased on October 30, 2018.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

THE FANDOM ZONE 141: "First Light" is Up!


"What's your name?"
"Tandy.  Did you know my dad named me after his first computer?"
-- Tyrone Johnson & Tandy Bowen, Cloak & Dagger: "First Light" 

You guessed it, Karen and I are back with a new episode of The Fandom Zone Podcast!  This week's reviews of comics on television include:

Legion 2x10: "Chapter 18"
Cloak & Dagger 1x01: "First Light"  (Series Premiere)
Cloak & Dagger 1x02: "Suicide Sprints"

In this episode, Karen and I talk about things like my new Death from The Sandman Funko Figure, Lucifer getting picked up by Netflix for Season 4, why we're not reviewing Supergirl this week, Brainiac 5 becoming a regular in Supergirl Season 4, Cloak & Dagger needing to cross over with Runaways, Melanie manipulating Syd, David finally getting his Legion name and hairstyle from the comics, wondering if we're finally getting David's dissociative personas, David torturing Oliver's physical body to get information out of the Shadow King, the juxtaposition of Tyrone and Tandy as kids, the Roxxon Oil rig going all particle accelerator on The Flash, the return of Bane and the darkness, Cloak & Dagger being developed as characters before the superheroics, that awkward moment when you go to retrieve your stolen money and you find that your mom has spent it all on a coke binge with some lawyer dude she just met, coaches realizing that punishing an entire team is better than punishing you, new Supergirl feedback from Justina, my Next Stop Everywhere podcast winning an award, and more!

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Be sure to come back next week as Karen and I review the Season 2 finale of FX's Legion along with new episodes of Freeform's Cloak & Dagger and The CW's Supergirl and FX's Legion, right here on The Fandom Zone Podcast!

Friday, June 15, 2018

STAR TREK: DISCOVERY Changes Showrunners Again as Alex Kurtzman Takes Over


Another season of Discovery, another showrunner change.

The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that the CBS All Access series Star Trek: Discovery has made a change of showrunners, with Season One showrunners Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts leaving and co-creator and executive producer Alex Kurtzman taking over for Season Two.  This will be the second change of showrunners for the series, after co-creator Bryan Fuller exited in October 2016 just before filming of Season One began.

Producers CBS Television Studios said in a statement, "We’ve made some producer changes at Star Trek: Discovery.  The series continues under the creative vision and leadership of executive producer and co-creator Alex Kurtzman.  Discovery remains on course for season two in 2019 with new and continuing stories that build on its successful premiere season."

According to the article, "the decision to oust Berg and Harberts was based not on the creative but instead for leadership and operational issues.  Production on Discovery's first five episodes of season two are near completion, with Kurtzman likely taking over for episode six and beyond. Berg and Harberts, who were longtime collaborators with original showrunner Fuller, will likely still be credited on the episodes they oversaw.  Sources say the budget for the season two premiere ballooned, with the overages expected to come out of subsequent episodes from Discovery's sophomore run."

In addition, the article's sources claim "Berg and Harberts became increasingly abusive to the Discovery writing staff, with Harberts said to have leaned across the writers room table while shouting an expletive at a member of the show's staff.  Multiple writers are said to have been uncomfortable working on the series and had threatened to file a complaint with human resources or quit the series altogether before informing Kurtzman of the issues surrounding Berg and Harberts.  After hearing rumors of HR complaints, Harberts is said to have threatened the staff to keep concerns with the production an internal matter."

As if this wasn't enough Discovery drama, THR also states that Akiva Goldsman will not be returning as executive producer for Season Two.  Goldsman directed the Season One finale, "Will You Take My Hand?", but is "said to have had a management style and personality that clashed with the writing staff.  It's unclear if Goldsman will continue to receive an exec producer credit on season two."

Star Trek: Discovery is expected to return to CBS All Access for Season Two sometime in 2019.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

NEXT STOP EVERYWHERE 111: "Day One" is Up!


"Tosh was right though, she went for the ex-boyfriend.  Lucky she's young.  Work your way through my back catalog, we'll be here till the sun explodes."
-- Captain Jack Harkness, Torchwood: "Day One"

No longer lost in time and space, my partner in time Jesse Jackson and I are finally back with a new episode of the award-winning Next Stop Everywhere: The Doctor Who Podcast!  This time, we review "Day One", the second episode of the Doctor Who spinoff series Torchwood, starring John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness and Eve Myles as Gwen Cooper, and written by incoming Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall!

In this episode, Jesse and I discuss things like Jesse's latest Kentucky bourbon trip with his wife Linda, my mom's recent liver cancer diagnosis, Torchwood being Jesse's gateway drug to the Doctor Who universe, Torchwood being pitched as the "adult" version of Doctor Who with more mature themes, my being cautious about Torchwood as a Doctor Who spinoff, Captain Jack Harkness bringing sexy back, Captain Jack being an enigmatic mystery to his coworkers, Gwen's horrible first day with the Torchwood team, Owen being a bit of a bully, the flirtation between Jack and Gwen, Carys being possessed by an alien that feeds off orgasmic energy, the somewhat shocking bathroom sex scene, Gwen and Carys making out in a cell as the rest of the team watches, my Reverse the Polarity segment, Paul from Australia's kind personal message, new feedback from Paul from Australia and Holly from Wisconsin, bonus audio of Jesse talking Doctor Who on his Bruce Springsteen podcast Set Lusting Bruce, and more!

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Be sure to come back in (hopefully) two weeks as Jesse and I continue our Chris Chibnall Torchwood retrospective and review "End of Days", the Series One finale of Torchwood, starring John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness and Eve Myles as Gwen Cooper, and written by incoming Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall!  Look for more of Next Stop Everywhere on iTunes, Google Play Music, YouTube, Libsyn, Soundcloud, Stitcher, and the official Southgate Media Group website!


Thursday, June 7, 2018

THE FANDOM ZONE 140: "And He Shall Be a Good Man" is Up!


"I was doing Han Solo, I thought it would be charming."
-- Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti to Peyton Charles, iZombie: "And He Shall Be a Good Man" 

Typical.  You wait ages for a new episode of The Fandom Zone and three come along at once.  Karen and I are back once again!  This week's reviews of comics on television include:

Lucifer 3x26: "Once Upon a Time"  (Final Episode)
Supergirl 3x20: "Dark Side of the Moon"
iZombie 4x13: "And He Shall Be a Good Man"  (Season Finale)
Legion 2x09: "Chapter 17"

In this episode, Karen and I talk about things like my Sean Connery James Bond Funko figure, our upcoming 150th episode, the Preacher Season 3 teaser trailer, the two episodes of Lucifer held over for the fourth season that isn't happening, Detective Douche becoming Director Douche, the Julee Cruise Twin Peaks version of the Psych theme, Lucifer the comic book character's father Neil Gaiman as Lucifer's father on Lucifer, Chloe Decker becoming an actress instead of a cop, Mazikeen as a creepy cult leader, Argo City surviving the explosion of Krypton, the Superman comic storyline "New Krypton," Supergirl and Mon-El's horrible poncho disguises, Alex's really slow rooftop chase, Winn being a dick to Ruby, Alex not bothering to check her bike even though she knows someone is trying to kill her, our very brief iZombie Season 4 recap, Ravi doing the Han Solo "I know" move,  iZombie ending Season 4 as if it could've been their series finale, Major not being good for Liv, Melanie baking her brain, more of David's plan, Kerry not grasping idioms and the concept of loneliness, The Flash taking one or two liberties with Iris West's family, new feedback from Justina, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s neverending torture Fitz & Simmons getting old, and more!

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Be sure to come back next week as Karen and I review the first two episodes of Freeform's Cloak & Dagger, along with new episodes of The CW's Supergirl and FX's Legion, right here on The Fandom Zone Podcast!

THE FANDOM ZONE 139: "The Phantom Zone" is Up!


"We will seek out civilizations beyond our system, and we will conquer them!  If they submit peacefully, they will fall under my protection, and shall never know fear again.  But if they do not, then like the recalcitrant leaders of Krypton's other city-states we see before us, eventually they will all KNEEL BEFORE ZOD!"
-- General Zod, Krypton: "The Phantom Zone" 

As we continue playing catchup on posting, Karen and I are back with another episode of The Fandom Zone Podcast!  This week's reviews of comics on television include:

Supergirl 3x19: "The Fanatical"
The Flash 4x23: "We Are The Flash"  (Season Finale)
Legion 2x08: "Chapter 16"
Krypton 1x10: "The Phantom Zone"  (Season Finale)

In this episode, Karen and I talk about things like the Sean Phillips cover of The Hellblazer #22, "The Fanatical" being a really bad title, the Community foosball episode, wondering how Supergirl doesn't burn off someone's hand when using her heat vision, James Olsen using a smokebomb to escape the police, Supergirl shoehorning soapbox issues into stories instead of allowing them to flow naturally, the unexpected pairing of Ruby and J'onn's father M'yrnn, the silliness of Mon-El and Supergirl's grappling capes, The Flash saving Central City from a crashing satellite, the comics storyline "Chain Lightning", Mystery Girl being revealed as Barry & Iris' daughter, Barry saving the Elongated Man, wondering if we've seen the last of Harrison Wells, the Plato's Cave allegory, the origin of Admiral Fukuyama, Karen being really bothered by all the wasted cafeteria boat food on Legion, the importance of keeping David Haller happy, Melanie being taken over by the Shadow King, The Fandom Zone vs. The Phantom Zone, Brainiac's hentai tentacles, General Zod seizing power, Nyssa-Vex joining Clone Club, new feedback from Justina, Justina being good people, Karen joining Xan and me on Ghostwood: The Twin Peaks Podcastand more!

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Be sure to come back later today as Karen and I review the final episode of Fox's Lucifer, the Season 4 finale of The CW's iZombie, and new episodes of The CW's Supergirl and FX's Legion, right here on The Fandom Zone Podcast!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

GHOSTWOOD 034: "Twin Peaks in Pop Culture" is Up!


"That's right!  I'm the one."
"I'm talking to Audrey."
"I've got pictures, see?  Here's me about to kill her.  Here's me killing her.  Here's me wrapping her in plastic."
-- Leo "The Murderer of Laura Palmer" Johnson (Chris Farley) and Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan), Saturday Night Live: "Twin Peaks" 

It is happening again...My co-host with the most Xan Sprouse and I are back with a new episode of Ghostwood: The Twin Peaks Podcast!  This time, we discuss the 1990 Saturday Night Live sketch parody of Twin Peaks featuring host Kyle MacLachlan, along with the various Twin Peaks parody sketches, homages and references from pop culture!

LET'S ROCK!

In our latest episode, Xan and I discuss things like creating bonus content for our Patreon subscribers, the third great age of Saturday Night Live, Leo being the Chad of his day, Kyle MacLachlan's SNL host monologue, Xan finally becoming a Princess Bride fan, the various home video releases of Twin Peaks and Star Wars, Xan's crush on Chris Farley, Victoria Jackson's homage to Sherilyn Fenn's cherry stem knot, Mike Myers as the Little Man from Another Place, Northern Exposure's "Russian Flu" and the show as a quirky TV replacement for Twin Peaks, Xan's crush on Chris-in-the-Morning, Cookie Monster and Sesame Street's "Twin Beaks", Darkwing Duck's "Twin Beaks", The Simpsons episodes "Who Shot Mr. Burns (Part Two)" and "Lisa's Sax", the Fringe episodes "Northwest Passage", "The Firefly" and "Immortality", Fringe and Twin Peaks sharing the same TV universe, the Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated episodes "Stand and Deliver" and "Nightmare in Red", the movie Living in Oblivion, Peter Dinklage, Kyle MacLachlan on Late Night with Seth Meyers and The Late, Late Show with James Corden, the Simpsons "Steamed Hams" parody, and more!

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Be sure to come back in two weeks as Xan and I attempt our first commentary episode as we watch "Traces to Nowhere", the second episode from Twin Peaks Season One!  Look for more of Ghostwood: The Twin Peaks Podcast on iTunes, YouTube, Libsyn, and the official Southgate Media Group website!