The Mandalorian – Official Images From The Disney+ Series

Over the weekend at the Star Wars Celebration in Chicago, Disney showed off four official images from the highly anticipated Disney+ series The Mandalorian. At the official panel during the celebration fans were treated to both images and sneak peeks of footage from the show. While the footage is not being released to the public yet, check out the photos below.

Overseeing the show panel were the show’s creators Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni. When talking about the look and feel of the show “Getting back to the roots of what inspired George Lucas, the westerns and Samurai films. That period of time in history that was so fertile, the time of the 7 Samurai,” Favreau said during the panel.

The Mandalorian will launch on Disney+ on November 12th, 2019.

Actress Gina Carano as Cara Dune a former Shock Trooper.

Actor Carl Weathers as Greef Carga as the Leader of a guild of bounty hunters.

Actor Pedro Pascal as the title character the Mandalorian in an action shot.

Another great shot of Actor Pedro Pascal in The Mandalorian.

AMC’s ‘Into The Badlands’ Gets Snubbed Of An Emmy Nomination

When it comes to stunt work on television one of the best shows on TV is AMC’s Into The Badlands. So it was a real surprise to see that the show was snubbed for their stunt work from this year’s Emmy Nominations that was announced today.

For those who don’t know what the show is about, the series is set in a post-apocalyptic world about 500 years after a war that left civilization in ruins. Many elements of technology, such as electricity and ground vehicles, have survived but society shuns guns, leading to a reliance on melee weaponry like swords, spears, and others like cross-bows.

The idea behind the show was for AMC to produce a compelling character drama and introduce the highest caliber of martial arts to a weekly and ongoing series. The quality of their martial arts athleticism and stunts rivaled only films like The Matrix trilogy, The Raid, and Kill Bill. Because of that many of the show’s stars weren’t terribly happy about being snubbed.

The series started small with only six episodes the first season, then 10 episode the next. But as the popularity of the show slowly rose it was given an order for 16 episodes for their current season that recently ended.

Lead actor Daniel Wu, who plays Sunny on the show, tweeted after the Emmy nominations were announced;

While on Twitter he responded to ONEEYEDgeek.

Actor Lewis Tan, who plays Gaius Chau on the show, tweeted his frustration about the snub as well.

Actor Sherman Augustus who plays Nathaniel Moon on the show, also tweeted about the snub.

Below is a list of who the Emmy committee nominated for stunts this year.

Outstanding Stunt Coordination For A Drama Series, Limited Series Or Movie

The Blacklist – NBC
Davis Entertainment and Universal Television in association with Sony Pictures Television
Cort L Hessler III, Stunt Coordinator

Blindspot – NBC
Berlanti Productions and Quinn’s House, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television
Christopher Place, Stunt Coordinator

Game Of Thrones – HBO
HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead; 360 Television/Startling Television
Rowley Irlam, Stunt Coordinator

Marvel’s The Punisher – Netflix
Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios
Thom Williams, Stunt Coordinator

Westworld – HBO
HBO Entertainment in association with Kilter Films, Bad Robot, Warner Bros. Television
Doug Coleman, Stunt Coordinator
Brian Machleit, Stunt Coordinator

Some might argue that AMC isn’t doing enough for the show as they put a lot of marketing money into the Walking Dead franchises they currently produce. But with rating declining rapidly, that could change and Into The Badlands could see it go in their favor. But only time will tell.

Check out Into The Badlands Emmy consideration video for stunts below.

DC UNIVERSE: A First-of-Its-Kind Digital Subscription Service For Fans

While DC Entertainment hasn’t won me over with their movies, well with the exception of Wonder Woman, but that is beside the point. The point is that they have created a first-of-its-kind digital subscription service that gives fans access to exclusive content and experiences not available anywhere else.

By signing up for the DC UNIVERSE members will be able to enjoy all-new original live-action and animated series of some of the biggest DC Comics has. Members will also get features like opportunities to connect with others in the DC community, earn premium rewards and participate in sweepstakes and contests. But let’s be honest, you’re signing up for the original content.

Members of DC UNIVERSE can:

  • Watch exclusive originals and classic favorites;
  • Read from an extensive list of curated comic books;
  • Connect with the DC community;
  • Explore the latest breaking news and the ever-expanding DC encyclopedia;
  • Win premium rewards and participate in sweepstakes and contests;
  • Shop for exclusive merchandise.

“DC UNIVERSE is so much more than a streaming service. It’s a welcoming place for everyone to immerse themselves in their own level of DC fandom, with the epic characters, stories, and experiences they have come to expect from DC,” said Jim Lee, chief creative officer, and publisher, DC Entertainment. “We are investing in and creating original, high-quality shows including the new Titans series, and curating the most beloved nostalgic content, while at the same time elevating the comic reading experience to new heights. Nothing this robust has ever been offered to fans before.”

DC UNIVERSE will be all-new exclusive original live-action and animated series based on DC’s iconic characters. Check out the show synopsis of each of them below.

Titans follows young heroes from across the DC Universe as they come of age and find belonging in a gritty take on the classic Teen Titans franchise. Dick Grayson and Rachel Roth, a special young girl possessed by a strange darkness, get embroiled in a conspiracy that could bring Hell on Earth. Joining them along the way are the hot-headed Starfire and loveable Beast Boy. Together they become a surrogate family and team of heroes.

Doom Patrol is a reimagining of one of DC’s strangest group of outcasts: Robotman, Negative Man, Elasti-Woman, and Crazy Jane. Led by the mysterious Dr. Niles Caulder, they’re called into action by the ultimate hero for the digital age, Cyborg. Banding together these rejects find themselves on a mission that will take them to the weirdest and most unexpected corners of the DC Universe.

Swamp Thing follows Abby Arcane as she investigates what seems to be a deadly swamp-born virus in a small town in Louisiana but soon discovers that the swamp holds mystical and terrifying secrets. When unexplainable and chilling horrors emerge from the murky marsh, no one is safe.

Young Justice: Outsiders features the return of the fan favorite animated series with a huge cast of DC’s most iconic young superheroes – plus brand-new characters, many of whom are just discovering their unique meta-powers and special abilities. Set against the backdrop of a rich, deep world that touches all corners of the DC Universe, the season focuses on meta–trafficking, and an intergalactic arms race for control of these super-powered youths.

Harley Quinn follows Harley’s adventures after she breaks up with the Joker and strikes out on her own in this new adult animated comedy. With the help of Poison Ivy and a ragtag crew of DC castoffs, Harley tries to earn a seat at the biggest table in villainy: the Legion of the Doom.

From all that I am pretty sold on this. I mean Young Justice along sold me, everything else is icing on the cake. Fans can sign up for beta access which opens in August 2018, which the site will go live later this fall. Sign up today at www.dcuniverse.com.

FOX Sports Becomes New Home of WWE SmackDown Live

For the first time, every Friday night beginning October 4, 2019, FOX broadcast network will air WWE’s flagship program SmackDown Live as part of a new five-year agreement with FOX Sports. The weekly, two-hour live event will air 52 weeks a year and captivate fans with a unique combination of edge-of-your-seat action, unpredictable drama and world-class athleticism.

“At FOX we are thrilled to welcome WWE to the FOX Sports family and bring SmackDown Live to broadcast television,” said Eric Shanks, President, COO and Executive Producer FOX Sports. “We are huge fans and know that together FOX Sports will be the leader in live events for the foreseeable future.”

“WWE and FOX are a perfect match,” said Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman & CEO. “Moving SmackDown Live to broadcast TV and having the ability to leverage FOX’s extensive portfolio of world-class sporting events will expand the reach of our flagship programming.”

SmackDown Live is a consistent winner on television, currently averaging1 1.3M P18-49, 1.3M P25-54 and 3M total viewers P2+.

On air for almost 20 years and nearly 1,000 episodes, SmackDown Live is the second-longest running weekly episodic cable television show in U.S. primetime history, only behind Monday Night Raw. SmackDown Live is currently among the most-watched, regularly scheduled programs on primetime cable and delivers more viewers in primetime than any cable network in the U.S. (2.9 million average viewers).

SmackDown Live has also helped launch the careers of pop-culture icons including Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, John Cena, Undertaker, Triple H, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and The Bella Twins.

Lionsgate Signs Overall Deal With “Dear White People” Showrunner Yvette Lee Bowser

Lionsgate is looking to expand their role into television as the studio has signed an overall television deal for new television series with renowned writer, producer, and showrunner Yvette Lee Bowser.

The deal expands the global content leader’s relationship with Bowser who serves as executive producer and showrunner behind its breakout television hit Dear White People, which has garnered massive critical recognition and perfect Rotten Tomatoes scores for two straight seasons. Bowser is also known for her work in the Emmy® nominated television series Black-ish and Living Single.

“We’re incredibly proud to begin this new phase of our relationship with Yvette who’s helmed some of the most iconic and diverse shows in television,” said Lionsgate EVP and Head of Worldwide Scripted Television Chris Selak. “With her creative vision, sophisticated wit and passion for telling authentic, relatable stories, we look forward to collaborating with her on new series that reflect her bold, original and provocative signature.”

“I’m delighted to expand my relationship with Kevin, Chris and the rest of the Lionsgate team through this exciting new venture,” said Bowser. “Lionsgate’s longstanding commitment to delivering daring premium content to diverse audiences makes them a perfect partner, and I look forward to working together on more projects for their slate.”

Bowser joins Lionsgate Television’s portfolio of elite creative talent that includes Eric and Kim Tannenbaum (Two and a Half Men), Courtney Kemp (Power), Paul Feig (The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale), Eugenio Derbez and Ben O’Dell (Overboard, Instructions Not Included), Nashville’s Ed Zwick & Marshall Herskovitz, Joel Silver (The Matrix and Lethal Weapon franchises) and Dexter’s John Goldwyn, among others.

The CW Sets Fall Dates For Shows & Premieres

The CW Network is out with its fall schedule of TV programming. From Sunday to Friday now you can get your CW smolder fix.

Tuesday, October 9th everyone’s favorite speedster races into your home with “THE FLASH” at 8pm, followed by “BLACK LIGHTNING” at 9pm.

Wednesday, October 10th Go back to school with “RIVERDALE” at 8pm, followed by “ALL AMERICAN” at 9pm.

Thursday, October 11th, everyone’s favorite demon-hunting brothers are back with “SUPERNATURAL“.

Friday, October 12th, watch the Carringtons and the Colbys again with “DYNASTY” at 8pm, followed by “CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND” at 9pm.

Sunday, October 14th get your superhero fix with “SUPERGIRL” at 8pm, followed by the Reboot of “CHARMED” at 9 pm.

Monday, October 15th the emerald archer returns with “ARROW” at 8pm.

Monday, October 22nd, jump back in time with “DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW” at 9pm.

Thursday, October 25th sees the series premiere of “LEGACIES” at 9pm.

The final seasons of Jane the Virgin and iZombie will launch in the midseason. Until then enjoy this CW smolder video.

The 2018 “MTV Movie & TV Awards” Scores Double Digit Increase with 3.371 Million Total Viewers

Hosted by Tiffany Haddish, last night’s “MTV Movie & TV Awards” scored a 21% increase across the simulcast with 3.371 million total viewers. The telecast was the number one most social show in all of television, even beating the World Cup. It was the most streamed “MTV Movie & TV Awards” ever with 84.6M streams and counting.

The official #MTVAwards was trending #1 in the U.S. and globally on Monday for the two-hour telecast. Additionally, three of the top winners of the night, Michael B. Jordan, Chadwick Boseman and Chris Pratt, all trended in the U.S. during the show.

Marvel’s Luke Cage Season 2 Original Soundtrack Album Release On June 22

Marvel is set to release the digital soundtrack for the second season of the Netflix original series “Marvel’s Luke Cage” on June 22, 2018. The album coincides with the release of the second season of the hit series on the same day and features an original score by returning composers Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest) and Adrian Younge (Ghostface Killah, JAY-Z, Bilal, Souls of Mischief).

The duo’s critically acclaimed score for Season 1 featured influences ranging from David Axelrod, Ennio Morricone, to A Tribe Called Quest and Wu-Tang Clan, which were brought to life in the series and soundtrack.  The musical world created by the composers became a character, infused with hip-hop culture for the show’s Harlem setting.

For the second season, the composers desired to expand the sound and included a rhythm section and orchestra.  For the character Bushmaster (Luke Cage’s nemesis), Muhammad and Younge created what they call “symphonic reggae” for his theme, blending the soul of reggae music with an orchestra.  Their inspirations for Season 2 included the films of Alfred Hitchcock and “Mission Impossible,” plus the television series “Kojak,” “Baretta” and “The Incredible Hulk.”

In addition to the score, the album also includes licensed tracks plus the song “King’s Paradise” performed in an episode by Rakim, regarded as one of the most influential MCs of all time.  The track was written by William Griffin, Younge, and Muhammad.

Also featured in an episode is R&B singer Joi performing “Love You Forever Right Now,” a song she co-wrote with Marlon Cox and Gabrielle Dennis (Tilda Johnson) performing “Family First,” a song co-written by Younge, Muhammad, and Dennis, with vocals produced by Cheo Hodari Coker.  The soundtrack also includes two covers by teen blues guitarist Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, “I Put a Spell on You,” and “The Thrill is Gone.” All songs were composed and produced by Younge and Muhammad.

Showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker said, “If Season 1 was about the hip-hop and the Wu-Tangification of the Marvel Universe, Season 2 is about the ROOTS of hip-hop: reggae and the blues.  How both smashed up against each other to create the sonic backdrop of what we now know as hip-hop. The rhythmic stew of funk, rhythm and blues, soul, melded with the Jamaican ‘DJ’ tradition.   Harlem’s Paradise, which is tied to the family legacy of both Mariah Dillard Stokes and John ‘Bushmaster’ McGiver, is where the musical sensibilities of both clash.  One of the secrets of the show is whoever looks down at the club from Cottonmouth’s ‘perch’ controls the music of the club and has reign over Harlem.”

Coker continues, “The music selection and the sequencing is a labor of love, and is one of the most important things I do as showrunner of this show. I love the fact that all of musical sensibilities meld with our storytelling and dramatic desires as a writer’s room, cast, and production crew. I get to be both John Wells and Quincy Jones.”

In Season 2 of the Netflix original series, Luke Cage (Mike Colter) has become a celebrity on the streets of Harlem with a reputation as bulletproof as his skin. But being so visible has only increased his need to protect the community and find the limits of who he can and can’t save. With the rise of a formidable new foe, Luke is forced to confront the fine line that separates a hero from a villain. Marvel’s Luke Cage is rated TV-MA and is streaming now only on Netflix.

Marvel’s Luke Cage Season 2 Original Soundtrack Album will be available for download and at streaming services on June 22. For more information, stay tuned to Marvel.com, @MarvelMusicInc on Twitter, and the official site for Marvel’s Luke Cage for all the updates.

Jon Bernthal Returning To The Walking Dead

Actor Jon Bernthal was spotted with fellow castmates Norman Reedus and Andrew Lincoln around the Georgia area where they shoot The Walking Dead. In fact, TVLine has confirmed that he will indeed return for season 9. This is a big deal to many Walking Dead fans as Bernthal was written off the show of the end of season 2 when he was killed by his best friend Rick (Andrew Lincoln). The rumors suggest that Bernthal will either show up in a flashback before he was killed or a hallucination.

His comeback also coincides with the rumors that Andrew Lincoln is looking to depart the series after next season. So with Bernthal in the picture again it seems likely this rumor will turn out to be true. Because of that AMC is looking to give Norman Reedus a fairly large pay increase and large role in the series to keep him around.

Bernthal’s recent work includes Netflix’s The Punisher and an appearance on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmit.

The Walking Dead stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Lennie James, Alanna Masterson, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos, Seth Gilliam, Ross Marquand, Austin Amelio, Tom Payne, Xander Berkeley, Khary Payton, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

Actress Molly Quinn gets quizzed by family about TV boyfriend

Actress Molly Quinn who plays “Alexis Castle” on ABC’s Castle was recently at the “The Wait Is Over! ABC’s Castle Is Back event at The Paley Center. When asked about  I asked about what fans will enjoy the most she said “I hope that they will fall in love with “Pi” as much as Alexis has and I am not thinking that they are. My family was very unhappy about it. I was at a family event and they all came up to me and they were like so what about this new guy you’re dating and of course, I think they are talking about my life and I am like no one and I’m like oh you’re talking about the show. So I hope they eventually warm up to Pi”.

Castle is a TV series starring actor Nathan Fillion and actress Stana Katic. The show is about how after someone imitates the killings like in his novel novels, successful mystery novelist Richard “Rick” Castle (Nathan Fillion) gets permission from the Mayor of New York City to join an NYPD homicide investigation team lead by Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) for research purposes.

“Castle” airs Monday’s at 10pm on the ABC Network. Follow Molly on Twitter here.