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SDCC 2017: The Gifted Extended Sneak Peek

Comic-Con 201720th Century Fox began creating stories in the X-men universe for television last year with the outstanding and surreal “Legion” on FX. This year they jump to a more mainstream appeal type of show with “The Gifted,” which will debut on Fox this Fall. At Comic Con this year, they brought a sneak peek clip of the upcoming show that laid out the premise, introduced a few characters, and created a good amount of intrigue for what is to come. While it was immediately clear that this isn’t going to be as ambitious as “Legion”, “The Gifted” has the right elements to be a success.

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SDCC 2017: Psych Reunion and Movie Sneak Peek

Comic-Con 2017Get ready to spot some hidden pineapples! The “Psych” panel led by Jimmi Simpson and featuring stars James Roday, Dulé Hill, Maggie Lawson, Kirsten Nelson, Corbin Bernsen, series creator Steve Franks, and executive producers Chris Henze and Kelly Kulchak was a total blast with a sing-a-long of the show’s theme song, a Q&A with the panel, some reminiscing of memories from the show, and an excellent and much anticipated 8-minute clip from the upcoming Psych film, which comes to USA in December. The movie clip was clearly the main event as the ballroom packed to the gills with 4800 rabid “Psych-os” swelled with excitement over the first new scenes from the beloved characters in nearly 3 years. It looks awesome.

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SDCC 2017: Medinah World Premiere Sneak Peek

Comic-Con 2017“Battlestar Galactica” stars Michael Trucco and Tamoh Penikett were on hand along with Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight) and Natasha Henstridge (Species) to introduce the world to what was being dubbed “The First-Ever Sci-Fi/Fantasy Series from the Middle East,” “Medinah.” The series was filmed in Qatar and has a number of Qatari actors filling out the cast in addition to Roberts, Henstridge, and Penikett. Even with the aura of being groundbreaking for a TV series giving it strength, there are a few clear reasons why “Medinah” has not yet been picked up for major distribution as well as a few reasons that “World Premiere Sneak Peak” lose a little luster when attached to a show like this.

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SDCC 2017: First Look At Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling

Comic-Con 2017What better way to have fun at Comic-Con than by revisiting some old favorites. Thursday at SDCC featured a panel focused entirely on the 90s Nicktoon Rocko’s Modern Life. The show creator Joe Murray, along with the original voice cast, took the stage to discuss the show’s legacy. Additionally, the audience was treated to a first look at the upcoming TV special, Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling. It was a real treat, as I was always a big fan of Rocko and was happy to not only relive some memories but also get a look at what’s to come for my favorite wallaby.

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SDCC 2017: Amazon Announces Comic-Con Lineup

Getting Ready for San Diego Comic-Con International 2017!Announcing Amazon Prime Video’s lineup for Comic-Con International in San Diego, featuring the Amazon Original Series The Tick and kids series Danger & Eggs and Niko and the Sword of Light. In addition to cast and creator panels, autograph signings and sneak peeks at all three series (complete schedule below), Amazon is creating an immersive Tick experience for Con attendees.

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American Gods Episode 1 (SXSW Review)

Starz was on hand at the SXSW Conference to show off the first episode of their new series “American Gods” based on the book of the same name by Neil Gaiman. The series is set to start on April 30th of this year and follows a recently released prisoner named Shadow Moon, played by Ricky Whittle (“The 100”) as he interacts with a number of old and new god-like beings who inhabit human form in his service of the mysterious Mr. Wednesday, played by Ian McShane (“Deadwood”). The show is executive produced by Bryan Fuller (“Pushing Daisies,” “Hannibal”) and it shows, blossoming with Fulleresque flourishes throughout that create an eerie and visually stunning atmosphere for an intriguing, well-acted, and, so far, well-paced television series. Continue reading ‘American Gods Episode 1 (SXSW Review)’

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South Park Season 20 Releases on Blu-ray and DVD June 13th

‘Member “South Park”? Oh, I ‘member! The 20th Season of the Emmy Award-winning animated series about four boys from a small Colorado town arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on June 13th of this year. Along with some special features, this release will come in special vinyl-sized packaging available at Best Buy. Relive the moments of Cartman insisting that his girlfriend is both smart and funny or follow along as the Danish government does its best to figure out who the massive internet troll could be. Those and many other ridiculous episodes from Season 20 will be ready and waiting later this year! How about some further details about the release. Continue reading ‘South Park Season 20 Releases on Blu-ray and DVD June 13th’

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Insecure Season 1 (Blu-ray Review)

Releasing soon on Blu-ray and Digital HD, the first season of HBO’s new comedy “Insecure” stars comedian Issa Rae as an awkward young black woman just trying to live her life in Los Angeles. The show is created by Rae and Larry Wilmore, of the unfortunately cancelled “Nightly Show” on Comedy Central, and makes a point to tackle the topic of modern female blackness from the lens of an everyday regular person. Issa’s character is not a strong, loud, independent black female stereotype. Instead, she is, as the title of the show might suggest, insecure – in many senses of the term. Continue reading ‘Insecure Season 1 (Blu-ray Review)’

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Quarry: The Complete First Season (Blu-ray Review)

Quarry Quarry is the story of Mac Conway, a Marine who returns home to Memphis from Vietnam in 1972 and finds himself shunned by those he loves and demonized by the public. As he struggles to cope with his experiences at war, Conway is drawn into a network of killing and corruption that spans the length of the Mississippi River. The previously published review was for the Digital HD version of the show. This is a new review for the Blu-ray, which will have new content for the video and audio specs. The original review can be found HEREContinue reading ‘Quarry: The Complete First Season (Blu-ray Review)’

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Scream Queens: The Complete First Season (DVD Review)

scream queens coverBecause writer/director/producer Ryan Murphy was not busy enough with American Horror Story and American Crime Story, he also decided to follow up Fox’s Glee with another over-the-top series that takes on the horror genre to a lighter degree with Scream Queens. Packed with both veteran and younger stars, the concept is fun enough, with this series challenging MTV’s Scream to be the best horror/dark comedy about teens on television. However, does Scream Queens deliver the goods or miss the mark when it comes to being a proper horror send-up? The first season is now available on DVD, so anyone can catch up.

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Quarry: The Complete First Season (Digital HD Review)

QuarrySet in and around Memphis in the early 1970’s, Season 1 of this thrilling series centers on Mac Conway, a stigmatized Marine who finds himself lured into a lucrative offer from The Broker, a shady criminal involved in a network of killing and corruption.   Continue reading ‘Quarry: The Complete First Season (Digital HD Review)’

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Black Sails: The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray Review)

Black Sails  In the wake of the burning of Charles Town, all the New World lives in fear of Captain Flint. But when his campaign of terror crosses over into madness, and new threats emerge to challenge his supremacy, it falls to John Silver to locate the man within the monster, before Flint’s war against the world consumes them all. Meanwhile, on the pirate island of Nassau, it’s a new day. With Eleanor Guthrie facing judgment in London, Jack Rackham sits atop a fortune in Spanish gold, hoping to secure his legacy as a king among thieves. To do so, he’ll have to compete with the return of one of history’s most notorious captains, who holds a different vision for their home, as well as a complicated past with Rackham’s chief ally, Captain Charles Vane. All will be tested when a new opponent arrives to claim Nassau, one the pirates could never have anticipated. It knows them. It understands them. And in the blink of an eye, it will do the one thing they never thought possible… turn them against each other. Continue reading ‘Black Sails: The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray Review)’

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Banshee: The Complete Fourth Season (Blu-ray Review)

BansheeFourth and final season of Cinemax’s gritty action series, as Lucas Hood (Antony Starr) returns to Banshee without his badge, but with a new motivation: to hunt for a vicious serial killer and track down a long-lost ally. Season 4 begins two years after Lucas and Carrie (Ivana Milicevic) orchestrated a multimillion-dollar heist that went bad leaving Carrie’s husband dead and Job (Hoon Lee) in the hands of a criminal gang. After a bender, during which he finds an unlikely savior in Rebecca (Lili Simmons), Lucas emerges from a self-imposed exile and goes back to Banshee to find it a drastically changed town that’s facing multiple threats on many levels.  Continue reading ‘Banshee: The Complete Fourth Season (Blu-ray Review)’

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The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (Blu-ray Review)

The People v. O.J. Simpson coverIn the beginning, the idea of producer Ryan Murphy being involved with a spin-off series of American Horror Story titled American Crime Story, with a focus on the O.J. Simpson murder trial for the first season, seemed risky to say the least. Now you put in a fantastic ensemble cast, use Jeffrey Tobin’s bestselling novel, The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson as a framework for the story and relegate Murphy to merely a director on a few episodes and you have a much better chance of making something worthwhile. As it turns out, not only was The People v. O.J. Simpson good, it is one of the best seasons of television this year and certainly worthy of its 22 Emmy nominations (as of this posting). Now the series in on Blu-ray for many to dig into.

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South Park The Complete 19th Season (Blu-ray Review)

South Park 19 ThumbAlright everybody, listen up. The best full season of “South Park” in the 20 years of the show’s existence has arrives soon on Blu-ray and it is a must watch for fans, ex-fans, and non-fans of the series alike. Making their first foray into a serialized style, where the season has a full arc and things are carried over from one episode to another, Trey Parker and Matt Stone have crafted a work of hilarity and thoughtfulness. There is so much to like about what this season means for the series and for the four foul-mouthed little boys from that sleepy Colorado town. Continue reading ‘South Park The Complete 19th Season (Blu-ray Review)’

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Lucifer: Season One (DVD Review)

Lucifer ThumbFrom WB Home Entertainment, based on the DC/Vertigo comic book series comes the first season of “Lucifer,” which originally aired on Fox earlier this year. The series stars Tom Ellis (“Rush”) as the titular character Lucifer Morningstar, the literal devil, who is taking a bit of a vacation from running hell in order to explore the pleasures of an earthly existence as the owner of a posh club in Los Angeles. When he is encountered by police detective Chloe Decker, played by Lauren German (“Chicago Fire”), as she investigates the murder of a pop star friend of his, Lucifer becomes intrigued by the detective’s ability to resist his normally irresistible charm. When Lucifer is deemed useful, Detective Decker invites him to help her solve murders over the course of the season. Continue reading ‘Lucifer: Season One (DVD Review)’

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11.22.63 is perfect! Don’t change a thing! (Blu-ray Review)

11.22.63 is perfect!  Don't change a thing! (Blu-ray Review)While visiting his favorite diner Jake Epping (James Franco), a recently divorced English teacher, discovers a dimensional rift that allows him to travel back to 1960.  James’ longtime friend and owner of the diner, Al Templeton (Chris Cooper), convinces him to use this portal to prevent the assassination of JFK.  The problem being is that the portal will only take you to the year 1960, and JFK is killed on 11.22.63.  So Jake will spend 4 years of his life in the past collecting evidence to prove Lee Harvey Oswald’s’ guilt, while in our time only a few minutes will have passed.

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The Knick: The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray Review)

The Knick CINEMAX PRESENTS Season 2 of the Emmy-winning drama, directed by Oscar-winner Steven Soderbergh and starring Oscar-nominee Clive Owen as John Thackery, a brilliant but drug-addled surgeon who pushes the boundaries of medicine, morality and race in 1900s New York. Thackery’s absence (hospitalized for cocaine addiction), a lack of affluent patients and financial missteps have led to a decision by the hospital’s board to shutter the downtown location and move uptown. Algernon Edwards (André Holland) jockeys to become Thackery’s successor as Chief of Surgery, while fellow doctors, nurses, nuns and others grapple with personal and professional challenge Continue reading ‘The Knick: The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray Review)’

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