A Whole Bunch of Season Renewals
With season finales seemingly every week we can start looking forward to what will be returning in the Fall. While all of the big networks have talked about cancellations (which I will get to later) it looks like ABC began talking about what has been renewed. Most exciting, although not surprising, is that not only will Agents of SHIELD get a third season but Agent Carter will be returning at some point. As a show that’s not only well writetn but also addresses Marvel’s female diversity problem this is great news. Learning from SHIELD’s early mistakes it was my favorite new show of the year. If there is a downside it’s that talks of an Agents of SHIELD spin-off have stopped. Totally understandable but I was really looking forward to a Mr. and Mrs. Smith style show with Bobbi and Lance Hunter.
On the comedy side of things critical and commercial hits Black-Ish and Fresh off the Boat. While Black-Ish has it’s faults it has been one of the better comedies this season. Like Black-Ish for a freshman comedy it’s pretty good. I will say that part of me likes to think it got renewed for the sheer amount of style Eddie has on the show. These freshman comedies join the consistenly hilarious show The Goldbergs and the show in it’s 48th season Modern Family. For the alt-comedy fans out there IFC has announced that it will be renewing Comedy Bang! Bang! for a fifth season. I’ll take this as confirmation that Kid Cudi is good on the show.
Sources- EW, AV Club, Splitsider
And A Few Cancellations
On the flipside there have been quite a few cancellations announced. Most relevant to this blog is NBC deciding to drop Constantine. While it’s a shame the odds were stacked against the show from the beginning. Between the source material not being network friendly and it’s placement on the Friday death block it seemed inevitable. There is talk of the show getting picked up somewhere else as of now it seems to be dead. Joining it in the network TV graveyard is Marry Me. Despite attracting some good ratings in the post-Voice spot and more episodes being ordered it seems to have flamed out. Other shows cancelled (not just on NBC) include Backstrom, The Following, The Mindy Project and the TV version of About A Boy that I’m still baffled made it to the screen.
Suicide Squad Revealed
Oh internet, you can nevrer not overreact. Okay this wasn’t exactly Joker tattoo overreaction but I still had a chuckle. Mainly centering around Harley Quinn there’s been a lot of complaining (and to be fair fans) of the look. I guess they wanted more of the original Timm/Dini look from the animated series as opposed to the New 52 look. While I understand from a synergy point of view this makes way more sense to do it this way. If by some chance this movie gets people into the character you might as well use the version they’re likely to see. I’m also fine with Will Smith’s version of Deadshot. A bit generic but it looks fine for what it is. What looks awful is Killer Croc. I understand that the character is going to be hard to pull off but this is what they went with? It looks like an overcooked baked potato in a hoodie. You clearly have already have a full cast why include a rejected Resident Evil villain? As a whole it looks fine but damn. Killer Croc just looks wack.
Spider-Man Directors, Studio Top Choices
Oh Sony, will you ever be not insane? While the list isn’t inclusive and the studio is looking at plenty of people Deadline reports that there are five directors/writers they are eyeing for the project. A list of people that ranges from maybe to a what the hell are they thinking. Here’s a quick rundown of the main picks.
Jonathan Levine- To me this is the best candidate of the bunch. Showing knowledge of New York in The Wackness (which I really dig) Levine has dabbled in genre movies like All The Boys Love Mandy Lane and Warm Bodies. Given those are definitely horror influenced but this experience in genre films is more than some of the other names listed.
Ted Melfi- While working mostly in shorts this writer/director made a name for himself with the Golden Globe nominated St. Vincent. I have no clue why they consider him beyond the prestige factor but if it means we get Bill Murray as Peter Parker then I’m all for it.
Jason Moore- With Pitch Perfect and the upcoming Sisters on his resume Moore has mostly done work on TV shows like Everwood, One Tree Hill and Dawson’s Creek. Mostly known as a director this would leave the writing spot open which could be a good thing.
John Francis Daley & Jonathan M. Goldstein- Directors for the upcoming Vacation revamp the duo have worked together quite a bit on movies like Horrible Bosses, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2. I’m more fascinated by the fact that Sam Weir from Freaks and Geeks and a writer from $#*! My Dad Says are regular collaborators.
Jared Hess- Writer and director of Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre. No. Just no.
Overall I can’t say I’m too thrilled about these choices. Now don’t get me wrong I don’t think Spider-Man needs to be serious business and comedy is an essential part of the character. I just can’t see any of these directors pulling off the other major part of Spidey, the action.