Truly we live in the golden age of television! With so many streaming services, renowned TV channels, and free options, Television producers and providers are vying for the hottest and best programming around. Unfortunately, this also means that some of our favorites will be going off the air next year in preparation for new shows. There were both bad and good surprises this year as networks and services announced just what we’d be seeing on our assortment of screens next season. Below we’ll take a look at just a few of the series’ we’ll be saying goodbye to, as well as some upcoming gems.
Three separate Marvel affiliated Netflix series’ recently announced they would be producing subsequent seasons. DareDevil will be going into season three on the digital streaming service, as will Jessica Jones, and the newest of the three, The Punisher, will be seeing a second season. Three of Netflix’s other series’ also recently announced new seasons as well. Orange is the New Black will be going into its seventh season, while the adult animated comedy Bo Jack Horseman will be going into its fifth. Netflix has also signed on for a third installment of Stranger Things, unsurprising due to the shows incredible popularity, though we may not be seeing it until 2019 according to a few reports floating around online.
On the other side of the net, Hulu are remaining quiet on their continuing series’, though it is greatly speculated Marvel’s Runaways, and sci-fi comedy Futureman will be seeing a second season. Seth MacFarlane led The Orville will be seeing a second season on Fox, while Cartoon Network mainstay Adventure Time will be ending after season nine. In other surprising endings and cancellations, neither Netflix’s The Get Down or ABC’s Tim Allen led The Last Man Standing will be receiving further seasons. For a full listing of what will be coming to screens in 2018, as well as those beloved series’ getting the ax, check out: http://collider.com/cancelled-and-renewed-tv-shows/
Marvel’s most violent vigilante exploded onto the screen in Netflix’s The Punisher this past November in thirteen action packed installments. After picking up preceding the events of DareDevil season two, the Punisher’s first season explored the fallout of Frank Castle’s initial revenge scheme, and the discoveries that old friends may have been involved with the murder of his family, and the attempted murder of Frank himself. In concluding season 1, Frank finds himself at an impasse having made new enemies, completed his initial plan, and trying to find a new light within himself. However, with Netflix’s announcement today that The Punisher season 2 will be in production soon, it seems the onscreen struggle of Frank Castle may not come to an end with the closing credits of season 1.
Season 1 of The Punisher opened with Frank having abandoned The Punisher identity after seemingly having had his revenge throughout DareDevil season 2. However, as any good Punisher fan knows, the battle of crime and punishment is never one that ends easy for Frank Castle. When reports surface that a black budget program Frank was a part of in Afghanistan while serving in the Marine Corps may have been the catalyst behind the murder of his family, Frank teams up with an ex-C.I.A. hacker by the name of Micro to find the men responsible. Unfortunately for Frank, his hunt leads him back to the squadron of men he served beside, and a few he considered bothers in arms.
Fans of the series will quickly note the likely rise of Jigsaw, a popular Punisher villain, who was seemingly in the making in the last episodes of season 1. Jigsaw could become a prominent opponent in season 2, and may even be the cause of Frank re-donning the Punisher skull once again. No word as to the release date of season 2 has been made available yet, but for further information as it is made available, and for watching the first season of The Punisher visit: https://www.netflix.com/title/80117498.
The San Diego Comic Convention (SDCC) has become famous for debuting surprises in store for fans of upcoming movies and television programs. One of the more shocking posters heralds the arrival of Bruce Wayne as a young Batman in Gotham’s fourth season. To say the arrival of the Caped Crusader on television would be big news would be a massive understatement. The new TV Batman would be a complete first for the hero as the first year of the character’s existence would be played out for the first time ever.
The poster does show Bruce wearing either a cape or a flowing coat, but definitely not the traditional Dark Knight uniform. Fans of the comic book series know the development of crime-fighter Bruce Wayne into Batman took some time. The costume came out of a bit of trial and error. Likely, this is how the television show will develop the transformation from Bruce Wayne to Batman.
Slowly bringing out the Batman character makes perfect sense. Once Batman debuts, Gotham ceases being Gotham. Instead, the series turns into “The All-New Batman Show” as the focus would shift from the city and its inhabitants to the Dark Knight and his adventures.
Allowing the program to show how Bruce Wayne becomes the well-known persona of Batman could help the series immensely. The transformation may time some time — and several seasons — allowing viewers to continue to maintain interest in the program.
And maybe the end game would be a new Batman TV series sequel once Gotham’s run ends.
The new Game of Thrones season seven trailer is very ominous, to say the least. It starts out with a paranoid Cersei Lannister who, now in control of the King’s Landing as queen of the seven kingdoms, is musing about the impending battles with the enemies that wish to challenge her throne. This is coupled with very dramatic music and a montage of the enemies as she lists them: Greyworm and the Unsullied army, a ship (possibly the Ironborn), a person cleaning a sword (possibly Dornish), and Arya Stark riding a horse alone in Northern attire.
Arya Stark’s appearance in this scene is most interesting because we know that Cersei is on her list, and it implies that Arya is returning to Westeros to come after her. With Arya’s new training from the House of Black and White, she will definitely be a threat to Cersei’s rule. Will Cersei be able to respond to all these invaders, or will she end up like the Mad King?
We then see Cersei commanding her army from atop the Iron Throne, with Jaime Lannister at her side in the King’s Guard; this is juxtaposed with their brother Tyrion commanding the Khaleesi’s dragons, and Daenerys sitting atop (what appears to be) the Dragonstone Throne. Daenerys is making a fiery speech, similar to the one Cersei made previously, “I was born to rule the seven kingdoms… and I will.” Shortly after this, Unsullied are seen clashing with Cersei’s army in King’s Landing. The Dothraki also make an appearance later on, swarming across a flat land killing members of Cersei’s army, dragons in tow.
There is then a shift in focus to the North: Jon Snow in Winterfell, Sansa Stark with Littlefinger, Wildlings running from an unseen threat, Arya huddling for warmth around a small fire, and even a cameo by Theon Greyjoy and the Red Woman. The video is finished by Jon Snow saying, eerily, “The Great War… is here.”
After signing a licensing agreement with CBS Studios Intl., Netflix has been officially recognized as the host for the new Star Trek series. This new installment in the Star Trek series will be available for viewing in 188 countries, and Netflix will be the exclusive platform for viewers to tune in and watch it.
the Netflix arrangement doesn’t extend to viewers in Canada and United States, in which Bell Media and CBS, respectively, hold the rights to airing the series. All episodes of the series will be made globally available within a day of the premier in the United States. Viewers in the United States will be able to view the premier episode on the CBS television network, and following the premier, all subsequent episodes will be made available via digital subscription on CBS All Access.
In Canada, Bell Media will have the premier episode aired simultaneously with the United States release. Bell Media has licensed every episode in the Star Trek series TV library to date.
Production in Toronto for the new series is expected to begin in September, with the premier scheduled for January 2016. The 2017 premier will be series’ first return to television broadcasting since the year 2005. addition to the brand new series, episodes of the previous series will all be made available on Netflix by the end of 2016.
The new Netflix binge-watch ‘Stranger Things’ is attracting quite a bit of attention. People from all walks of life are raving about the series, including people such as Stephen King and Guillermo del Toro.
The show stars Winona Rider and clearly draws influence from Steven Spielberg films of the 1980’s. The plot is quiet and simple. A boy has gone missing and a group of friends set out to try to solve the mystery. The kids are quite like the Goonies or the children from E.T. The show involves a number of sci-fi elements, including strange creatures and psychic powers.
There has been a steady trickle of Spielberg tributes over the past decade but frankly, you’d think we would be seeing more. Some may think this to be blasphemous, but let’s face it: Steven Spielberg is probably the greatest film director of all time.
His movies have been both commercial and critical successes. Some of his movies, like Jurassic Park and E.T. are classics that defined childhood for entire generations.
Films like Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan are simply great films that are universally lauded. They hold up jut as well today as they did when they were released.
J.J. Abrams paid homage to Spielberg with Super 8, but he is one of the few to do so. Perhaps the hesitancy comes from the fact that few people could do what Spielberg does. It could be that they simply appreciate him from afar rather than try to simulate his work.
The recent numbers from the Nielsen’s rating system have TV analysts concerned that big time network television is collapsing. The four major television networks are NBC, ABC, CBS, and Fox. The data collected from the 2014-2015 television season would suggest that ABC, NBC, and CBS are almost tied for first place. The major network Fox, was a close fourth with only about a hundred thousand viewer difference from the rest of the networks. Analysts have concluded that this information is prime example of why television and its rating system is collapsing. People are no longer only able to view shows through one mode. Cell phones, tablets, iPods, laptops, and everything in between can stream shows whenever viewers feels like it. Unfortunately, the streamed shows don’t go into the recorded data that the Nielsen Company collects. Only television shows watched during prime time are recorded. Unfortunately, some people are requesting that Nielsen ratings stop recording television viewership data. The company report their findings every year but without being able to collect data from suggested streaming services, the numbers for networks can be incredibly wrong. The Nielsen Company was also under heavy fire in recent years when it was reported that some of their numbers were fudged to give CBS a moderate lead in the major network line up. Alexei Beltyukov (adweek.com) has learned that the company has expressed their desire to continue recording data. The Nielsen rating system is a staple in American culture and American TV. The company has also noted that they plan on fine tuning their data collection for streaming services and will continue to provide quality service to television viewers and companies.