SNL’s Saturday return didn’t quite get everyone talking as much as the 40th anniversary special, but still left us with a few teasing bits to enjoy. Not only does a new deleted sketch reveal a first look at the 50 Shades of Grey sequel, but so too has cast vet Taran Killam come out in defense of the controversial ISIS sketch.
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Much of FOX’s Minority Report sequel series’ casting has lacked headline appeal, but the latest should feel familiar for the network. That ‘70s Show star Wilmer Valderrama has joined FOX’s followup to the 2002 Steven Spielberg film, but what does the actor have to do with the original movie?
CBS’ Supergirl got some unexpected lift with the casting of former Super-stars Dean Cain and Helen Slater, though the latest addition bring us back to Earth for another check off the main cast. Smash star Jeremy Jordan will join Kara Zor-El as Winslow Schott, better known as DC Superman antagonist The Toyman.
A prequel, when done correctly, isn’t a series of not-so-subtle winks and nods and “Hey, remember this?” moments (looking at you, Gotham). When successful, a prequel not only helps us to better understand a character and his/her motivations, but adds additional and perhaps needed shading, taking them from a character with maybe only one or a few dimensions, to a more fully-formed being. Better Call Saul may not have the same sense of urgency or momentum as its predecessor, but its study of character is no less interesting, proving some of that aforementioned shading to a guy we mainly knew as a sly lawyer and sometimes sleaze.
FOX’s Gotham detects its 18th installment in “Everyone Has a Cobblepot,” as Gordon re-teams with Harvey Dent (Nicholas D'Agosto) to investigate police corruption, while Fish Mooney locks wits with the deadly Dr. Dulmacher (Colm Feore), and Bruce deals with the aftermath of Alfred's shooting.
Netflix has a major year ahead of it, even after this past weekend’s debut of House of Cards Season 3, and at last we know its summer plans. Not only will Orange is the New Black Season 3 premiere in June, but so too has Netflix set an official premiere date for the Wachowski’s Sense8, and upcoming prequel series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.
The third season of BBC breakout Orphan Black has shared a few photos and teasers of its April 18 premiere, but today goes all-out to send in the clones. Preview Season 3 of Orphan Black with its first official trailer, and a brand-new poster and synopsis to boot!
DC’s foothold in the TV game got exponentially bigger with the potential for yet another Arrow spinoff for The CW, but FOX too is making strides toward its comic future. Following the pilot greenlight of Neil Gaiman Sandman spinoff Lucifer, FOX has appointed Rush star Tom Ellis as our new Prince of Darkness.
Welcome back to another installment of the Monday Morning Critic. In this space each week, I’ll be looking at the week that was in addition to the week ahead in television. The format will shift each week, as the world of TV will dictate the form and content of each piece. In this week’s installment: a look at the upcoming American Crime and praise for The Goldbergs.
Netflix will next formally turn its attention to the release of Marvel’s Daredevil, now that Season 3 of House of Cards fell on us this past weekend, and what better way than to introduce us to a figure more formidable thank Frank Underwood? Meet Vincent D’Onofrio’s Wilson Fisk, and Marvel debuts its first official photos of the new Kingpin!