We’ve been fans of Haven, Syfy’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Colorado Kid, from episode one and seeing Emily Rose (Audrey/Sarah/Mara/Lucy), Eric Balfour (Duke), and Lucas Bryant (Nathan) at San Diego Comic-Con back in 2012. The three series stars are returning, joined by Dwight (Adam Copeland) and the brothers Teagues (Richard Donat and John Dunsworth), as they have one season to make a final stand against The Troubles.
Unlike so many series that have a good run and are cancelled dead in their tracks, leaving fans hanging forever, Haven will be able to complete its story, with 13 episodes that have already aired in Season 5 and 13 more in the can, including a series finale promising to tie up any loose ends.
When we next catch up with the citizens of Haven, Dwight makes an important announcement: Haven PD is no more, The Guard has taken over and everyone is trapped inside town.
Here is a promo for the end of the series:
To quote Major Lilywhite: “Zombies? C’mon.”
Spoiler alert: iZombie is a big contender for multiple top honors at this year’s borg.com Best of the Year awards. Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas did the unthinkable this year by putting together a big hit for Warner Bros. on par with both his own tale of a butt-kicking young woman but also the ultimate series of the genre, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The writing, the characters, and the actors make for a surprising hit show. The other unthinkable bit? After much kicking and screaming, Thomas finally sucked us into the zombie genre and even The Walking Dead was unable to do that.
Happily audiences and the CW agreed with us and quickly renewed iZombie for Season 2. It’s “in the can” and ready to air next month.
Where we last left Rose McIver’s medical-resident-turned-morgue-dwelling zombie-police aide Liv Moore, Liv had made her life into a complete mess in classic TV cliffhanger style. What’s to become of boyfriend Major (Robert Buckley) now that he knows she’s a zombie? It’s not really the end for fan-favorite evil zombie Blaine (David Anders), right? What about the fate of Liv’s poor brother, and will her roommate ever talk to her again after she witnessed Liv in full-on zombie mode? Will Liv finally get a taste for brains and throw out the hot sauce?
We can hardly wait to find out. Meanwhile, check out this preview of the premier episode of iZombie Season Two, followed by a San Diego Comic-Con panel from this summer, and if you’ve missed Season One, a great 3-minute catch-up reel:
IDW Publishing announced during this year’s San Diego Comic Con a new series spinning off from the classic Back to the Future movies, timed in honor of the series’ 30th anniversary. The original movie creator/screenwriter Bob Gale is behind the new series. Joining Gale in alternate timeline stories are IDW writers John Barber (Transformers) and Erik Burnham (Ghostbusters). The artistic duties will be split between Brent Schoonover (Batman ’66) and Dan Schoening (Ghostbusters). Each subsequent issue will feature rotating artistic teams.
“We’ve subtitled this ‘Untold Tales and Alternate Timelines’ because for years, fans have asked questions about things that happened before the events of the trilogy, in between the events of the trilogy, or in our alternate realities,” said Gale in the IDW news release. “In this series, we’ll finally answer some of those questions, with our focus squarely on the characters everyone loves.”
In the first tale of the debut issue, readers are taken back to 1982 and witness the very first meeting between Marty McFly and Doc Brown. Then the story heads back even farther to 1943 with a younger Doc Brown. This first issue will feature three standard covers, by Schoening, Schoonover, and Amy Mebberson (My Little Pony). Additionally, Back to the Future #1 will join in on Artist’s Edition Month in October with an original art styled cover by Schoening. And all four standard covers form the banner image above. Check out all these great covers for Issues #1 and #2:
This year’s San Diego Comic Con netted many interesting trailers, and one of those we haven’t yet discussed is NBC’s next new series beginning next month, Blindspot. It is also billed as featuring a “female Jason Bourne,” and a pile of unique previews indicate we might have the next new kickass female genre character coming our way.
Jaimie Alexander plays a Jane Doe–left in a duffel bag in the middle of Manhattan, she awakens with no memory, covered over her entire body with tattoos. One of those is the name of an FBI agent, played by Australian native Sullivan Stapleton. He and acclaimed actress Marianne Jean-Baptiste co-star in the series as they try to piece together her secret past.
NBC has created plenty of previews for Blindspot, including one specifically for Comic Con. Each gives another angle to attempt to get us interested–enough that we’re sure to at least give this one a try.
Check out several of the previews for Blindspot, after the break:
Last year I interviewed two stars of Vikings here at borg.com just before the premiere of Season Two of the landmark series. It’s hard to believe a show this good, and as historically and culturally focused as Vikings has managed to survive this long when so many other good series get cut from the network and cable line-up. Season Four has been filmed and will premiere next year, but we have a first look at what’s to come.
Three new major players will enter the scene in Season Four: Peter Franzen (The Gunman), Jasper Paakkonen (Frozen Land, Secret Lives), and Dianne Doan (Once Upon a Time). Franzen plays Scandinavian King Harald Finehair, a threat to series lead Ragnar (Travis Fimmel). Paakkonen will play Halfdan the Black, Finehair’s younger brother. Doan will portray Yidu, a new Chinese character who, along with Ragnar’s growing sons, will have a big role in the next season, which skips ahead a few years after the events in last season’s stunning finale.
Historians also know the role Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) is destined to have in the series. How the series writers reveal her role, the fate of Ragnar, and the subplot with Alyssa Sutherland’s Aslaug, is plenty reason to watch this coming season.
A new TV series is coming to USA Network this Fall that looks very similar to the claustrophobic, post-apocalypse Wayward Pines, but without all the Pacific Northwest charm. Colony, previewed last weekend at San Diego Comic-Con is a look at a family trying to escape from Los Angeles when the future of America goes bad.
Call it dystopian, call it post-apocalyptic, it also looks to pull from past science fiction themes found in Alien Nation, Haven, Red Dawn, Wicker Man, and Under the Dome. Oh, yeah, and Lost. And speaking of Lost, the draw for many will be star Josh Holloway, known for his role as Sawyer on Lost and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.
Another actor co-starring in Colony is The Lost Room and House, M.D.’s Peter Jacobson, who looks particularly good as the apparent puppetmaster of the show.
Here is the trailer released at Comic-Con for USA Network’s Colony:
The best month of the year for news about new TV series and movies is July, thanks to all the buzz started at Comic-Con 2015 last weekend. We have a few more previews in the coming days. To continue the dark theme started by Batman v. Superman, the BBC previewed the next season of Doctor Who, featuring our newest Doctor played by Peter Capaldi as well as companion Clara, played by Jenna Coleman.
And yes, it really looks like a darker Doctor Who, but it has been getting darker especially since The Day of the Doctor. As much as we like Capaldi’s 12th Doctor, it’s still difficult to understand some of the motivations of the Doctor’s latest incarnation. After a year of episodes, Capaldi and Steven Moffat still seem to be tinkering with and exploring the essence of the 12th Doctor–how much of Matt Smith and David Tenant’s Doctors are we getting and what is truly unique about this Doctor?
Anyone else notice his wedding ring before?
What we want to know the most is whether we’ll see more of the Paternoster Gang, who doesn’t appear in the Comic-Con trailer. We’re betting they find their way back. Check out this preview for Doctor Who, the ninth of the modern seasons of the show:
With 20th Century Fox’s own Deadpool and X-Men: Apocalypse previews released this weekend at San Diego Comic-Con, the studio will be hard-pressed to gin up significant support for its efforts to reboot the Fantastic Four brand with next month’s release of the third film to feature the classic Marvel team. But the studio at least has put the final trailer for the movie into the fans of the masses with this release, after giving an early look to panel attendees at Comic-Con.
The new team of “kids” as the preview calls them also will be up against the buzz generated this weekend for other 2015 and 2016 films, including superhero flicks Batman v. Superman and Suicide Squad.
Check out this new trailer for Fantastic Four:
Now that you’ve watched it at a 45 degree angle through the lens of a fuzzy cell phone camera in the dark, it’s time to see what you missed. It’s the motley band of DC Comics’ own Dirty Dozen (give or take), the Suicide Squad. The trailer premiered at the DC Entertainment/Warner panel this past weekend at San Diego Comic-Con, and millions watched it before Warner Bros. & Co. decided to go ahead and release the real thing Monday.
If a little make-up throws you off a bit, here’s the line-up: Jai Courtney (Terminator Genisys) is Captain Boomerang, Cara Delevingne (Anna Karenina) is Enchantress, Will Smith (Men in Black, Independence Day) is Deadshot, Joel Kinnaman (RoboCop) is Flagg, Margot Robbie (Pan Am) is Harley Quinn, Jay Hernandez (Grindhouse) is El Diablo, Adam Beach (Cowboys & Aliens) is Slipknot, Karen Fukuhara is Katana, and our favorite, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Lost, G.I. Joe, Thor: The Dark World), is Killer Croc. Oh, right, and Jared Leto (Urban Legend, My So-Called Life) is The Joker.
A pretty diverse group for a superhero universe hive of scum and villainy.
Here’s the trailer for Suicide Squad:
People are scared.
Five seasons in the can and AMC’s The Walking Dead shows no signs of letting up, if the four-minute sneak look at Season 6 previewed at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend is any indication.
As we recently saw with Star Wars Rebels, The Walking Dead will have an insert episode outside the regular season. AMC announced in the Hall H Comic-Con panel that the series will return Sunday, Oct. 11 with a special 90-minute episode. The second half will be aired in February 2016.
Here’s the preview from SDCC 2015: