Thursday, March 26, 2015

X-Files Returns to the Small Screen

Following the successful revival of the show 24 under the format, FOX has announced that The X-Files will return to TV in a six-episode mini-series. Also returning are original writer and series creator, Chris Carter, and Duchovny and Anderson will both reprise their roles as well.

The bad taste of a flopped 2008 movie out of their mouths, the team will attempt to recreate the drama, suspense, and joy fans felt when watching the original series.

Both Duchovny and Anderson have roles on other TV shows next season and nothing has been said of making The X-Files an open-ended (regular) TV series.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Hit: 1957

This March, award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios is pleased to announce the debut of the next chapter in Los Angeles’ violent past in Bryce Carlson and Russ Manning Award for Most Promising Newcomer nominee Vanesa R. Del Rey’s (The Empty Man, Sinatoro) Hit: 1957. This new limited series is a follow-up to the Harvey Award-nominated miniseries Hit: 1955 and takes readers later in the violent decade of change for Los Angeles with familiar faces, new threats, and more sharp, smart noir.

Hit: 1955 took us deep into the gritty past of the City of Angels, and we couldn't wait for Bryce and Vanesa to continue the story of their clandestine LAPD hit squad,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Vanesa’s artwork is stunning, Bryce’s noir-infused writing is sharp, and the stakes are even higher as we find Harvey Slater and company in 1957. We can’t wait for you to join us for another Hit!”

Crime is down in Los Angeles—at least, on the surface. Mickey Cohen has been quiet since his release from prison and the LAPD has seemingly regained control of the city. But the underground is a different story. Det. Harvey Slater and company have spent the last two years focused on Domino and his Syndicate’s unrelenting infiltration, but no matter how many people the hit squad kills, the real fight for Los Angeles rages on. Meanwhile, Slater’s being hounded by Internal Affairs, Bonnie Brae is missing, and everything is falling apart at the seams.

Hit: 1957 #1 arrives in comic shops on March 25th with a main cover by series artist Vanesa R. Del Rey for the price of $3.99 under Diamond order code JAN151099. A new cover by Terry Dodson (Star Wars: Princess Leia) has been added and can be ordered in any quantity under Diamond order code DEC148680. Also available in a limited quantity are a 10 Years Anniversary incentive cover by Trevor Hairsine (Captain America, Eternal Warrior) and a retailer incentive cover by Dustin Nguyen (Descender).

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Reviews New Community Episodes on Yahoo!

Community Season 6
Season 6 Exclusively on Yahoo! Screen
Community remained "on the bubble" pretty much from its debut, barely holding on to the right side of cancellation for five seasons before NBC dropped the axe. But Community was a huge hit amongst Netizens, so it only made sense that it would be picked-up by one of the leading streaming stations - and it was, but not by who you might think. Yahoo! Screen is the outlet that picked-up Community and is now broadcasting a sixth season.

Yahoo! Screen has been around for a few years and landed some big names - I've watched live performances by both Bill Maher and rock band KISS there - yet it hasn't been a major player in the streaming services war 
(Netflix, Hulu,  Crackle, Amazon Prime, et. al.) that is heating-up. Community is the first major pick-up the young network has made and it's a solid one, especially with the return of series creator, Dan Harmon.

Many of the leads made the leap to the Internet but some of our old favorites are gone, including Shirley, who has moved to Atlanta ("Spun-Off," according to returning favorite, Abed). While the original Community character line-up was impossibly diverse (as commented upon by beloved Dean in an early episode), Shirley was a believable character through whom the writers explored religious themes and ideas. Her perky personality and falsetto delivery are certainly missing but the blow isn't as hard as long-time viewers might think.

In fact, season six starts off strong and delivers. It delivers new characters, old favorites, what appears to be the same set, and at least enough of a budget to do almost an entire episode in CGI. So far, only two episodes have been made available but both were quite enjoyable. I was extremely excited to see the new episodes, so I may have laughed a bit harder than normal, but they definitely had me laughing.

Season six has a spirit that was missing from the last season or two of the original series, when audiences were forced to deal with several major departures and a rotating, hit-and-miss line-up of study group partners meant to fill those roles. One of those major departures included series creator, Dan Harmon. 
Most agree that the series took a dive following that but it marched on, becoming more stable and less outrageous than it began.

While fans online rallied to keep it airing early on, the rabid support for the once quirky show seemed to die-off a year or so back. The first two episodes have received overall positive reviews from both critics and fans but the infamous Internet Buzz seems to be lacking. It would be a shame for people to sleep on this and have the new Community come and go without much fanfare.

Still, with all the near-cancellations, actual cancellations (two and counting), changing timeslots, and rotating members - and the fact that the first five seasons are available on Hulu (which has been promoting the new Yahoo! series frequently and includes a link on the series' page) while the new season is available exclusively online - Community seems to  everywhere, if you know where and when to find it. Of course, on-demand viewing is one of the greatest features of streaming entertainment, so there's no pressure if you miss the premiere of a Community episode - just watch it later!

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Adventure Time: Grayble's Schmaybles

KaBOOM!, the award-winning all-ages imprint of publisher BOOM! Studios, and Cartoon Network Enterprises, the licensing and merchandising arm of the network, are excited to announce the April debut of its fifth volume in the award-winning Adventure Time original graphic novel (OGN) series, Adventure Time Vol. 5: Graybles Schmaybles, presented in full color. 

Featuring 160 pages of adventure, as well as the franchise return of writer Danielle Corsetto and the debut of artist Bridget Underwood, Adventure Time Vol. 5: Graybles Schmaybles follows on the success of The New York Times bestselling books Adventure Time Vol. 1: Playing with Fire, Adventure Time Vol. 2: Pixel Princesses, Adventure Time Vol. 3: Seeing Red, and Adventure Time Vol. 4: Bitter Sweets.

“We’re overjoyed to welcome Danielle back to writing an Adventure Time original graphic novel,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Her approach to storytelling is always such a great fit with these characters. Also: Bridget Underwood is a real find. Her artwork brings to life the Land of Ooo perfectly. I suspect we’ll be seeing a lot more of her work in the years to come!”

In Graybles Schmaybles, best buds Finn and Jake are about to go on their craziest adventure yet—and they don’t even have to leave their living room. The two pals discover a tiny cube all by its lonesome in the middle of the woods after helping Party God with his technical issues. Their commitment to never leaving the helpless finds their new friend back at the treehouse. Finn and Jake soon discover that some of the most harmless looking things can be the most dangerous.

KaBOOM!'s award-winning Adventure Time comics are based on the hit Cartoon Network original series. From the mind of series creator Pendleton Ward and produced by Cartoon Network Studios, Adventure Time follows the unlikely heroes Finn and Jake, best buddies who traverse the mystical Land of Ooo and encounter its colorful inhabitants—and always find themselves in the middle of heart-pounding escapades.

The Adventure Time Vol. 5: Graybles Schmaybles softcover arrives from KaBOOM! and Cartoon Network Enterprises in comic shops on April 1st with a cover illustrated by Stephanie Gonzaga (Adventure Time with Fionna and Cake) for the price of $12.99 under Diamond order code FEB151177.

© The Weirding, 2015