The Beat Podcasts! More To Come Captain America 2 Special

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Straight from the offices of Publishers Weekly, it’s More to Come! Your podcast source of comics news and discussion starring The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald. In this week’s very special podcast the More to Come Crew – Heidi “The Beat” MacDonald, Calvin Reid and Kate Fitzsimons – discuss the film Captain America: The Winter Soldier, […]

Syfy getting comical with Ronin, Clone, Letter 44 and PaxRomana

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The Syfy Channel has generally been left out of the comic book mania gripping Hollywood, although they’ve had various stuff in development over the years. But now they’re going all in with FOUR projects in development including Frank Miller and Lynn Varley’s Ronin, an often assayed but never conquered peak. This time out Warners Horizon […]

Game of Boobs

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If you’re not a devoted Game of Thrones watcher, please move away.

Sean T. Collins has a post about the recent rape problems on the show that kind of echoes what I’d been thinking. Basically, that the Jamie/Cersei rape scene wasn’t necessarily a fatal misstep, given that we don’t know where these characters are going…but the problem is that it probably wasn’t meant to be a rape scene by the producers, a view supported by the confused interviews they’ve given about the scene in question.

Almost Human cancelled — but you can sign a petition

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Well, to no one’s surprise, Almost Human, the SF show about two guys driving around talking about their nads, has been cancelled by Fox. Although it launched with strong ratings—and was the fourth most popular new drama of the last season—Fox declined to pick up the JJ Abrams-production, even though the follow-up program, The Following, […]

Comic Book Men non-spin-off coming starring Robert Bruce and more Kevin Smith-verse stuff

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Here’s a run down of what Kevin Smith is up to, including news that Comic Book Men will be renewed for a fourth (!) season. Smith is also developing a late night talk show based on his Hollywood Babble On podcast with Ralph Garman. And Finally, there will be a Comic Book Men SPIN-OFF somehow […]

How to prepare yourself for Game of Thrones Season Four

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Game of Thrones Season Four had its premiere at Lincoln Center last night and they built a big old dragon for the occasion, as seen on Instagram.

The new season debuts on April 6th, and doubtless we will have daily countdown clocks blazing across Tumblr. If you, like The Beat, have waited until the last minute to cram on remembering what happened last season, here’s a short new trailer that was just released:

And here’s a quick first look at The Flash costume

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A Flash pilot is on the way starring Grant Gustin as Barry Allen—and here’s the first look at his costume. It was designed by Academy Ward winner Colleen Atwood, who also works on ARROW. (Her Oscars include Alice in Wonderland, Memoirs of a Geisha and Chicago.) This image says scarlet, it says foreshortening…does it say […]

Big Agents of SHIELD comeback had lowest ratings yet

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I know everyone is tired of the dumping on Agents of SHIELD but Tuesday’s big episode had the lowest ratings yet for the show. Whoops. The 1.7 rating was down 23 percent from 2.2 for the previous episode. You got some heavy lifting to do, Sif. It’s worth remembering that as rousingly entertaining as they […]

Three things you need to know about the Preacher TV show

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AMC has officially announced that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg will develop a TV show based on Preacher, the Garth Ennis/Steve Dillon Vertigo classic. This is crazy news if you know Rogen and Preacher—one is a weed-friendly, huggable Canadian comedian, the other is a comic book series about God abandoning man and a lone hero […]

Please Stand By…We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties

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The Beat has been intermittent these past few days, and our crack team of technical experts are working feverishly to solve the problems, so that you may enjoy the informative, entertaining content that you expect from Heidi, Steve, and me, Torsten, the wrangler of the infinite monkeys. Do to this service disruption, I will be […]

1966 BATMAN TV SHOW COMING TO HOME DVD and your head will explode

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How did Conan O’Brien get the scoop on this??? Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will distribute the long-awaited BATMAN live-action television series (1966-68) as a complete box set later in 2014. More information to come. The Batman TV series has long been held up by a Byzantine series of rights issues, but I guess everyone finally […]

Bill Paxton is coming in to rescue Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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Has there ever been a bigger disappointment on TV than Agents of SHIELD? On paper it look like a slam dunk, but when Joss Whedon’s involvement was negligible, and Disney decided to equip it with a budget and look that seemed more like an extended episode of The Suite Life — Helicarrier than the top […]

Garry Trudeau’s new TV show is actually on Amazon

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Yet another cartoonist has gone showbiz on us. Doonesbury’s Garry Trudeau has a new, uh, filmed entertainment series about four senators living in a single house call Alpha House. It’s also Amazon Prime’s first web series, or whatever they call these. (you can watch the first few episodes for free.) Slate has an interview about […]

Marvel/Netflix to Launch Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Power Man and Iron Fist Shows plus…THE DEFENDERS

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Marvel and Netflix have announced a staggering deal which means they’ll be releasing four TV shows online over the next few years. Starting with a thirteen-episode order for Daredevil, Netflix and Marvel will subsequently release a Jessica Jones show, a Power Man show and an Iron Fist show – all leading to a team-up event […]

Marvel and Netflix to team for four series: Daredevil. Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage…plus THE DEFENDERS

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We knew Marvel and Netflix had been sitting in a tree, but they have been doing a whole lot more than kissing. The union instead will result in four bouncing baby TV streaming series, featuring some of the MOST DEMANDED Marvel characters of all: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and, oh yes, Luke Cage.

Nielsen and Twitter reveal the harsh truth that the biggest fan chatter doesn’t equal the biggest audience

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Does social media buzz always equal a huge audience? Not necessarily. Nielsen, the sampling company which is the go-to measurer of TV viewership, book, and CD sales, has just released a joint project with Twitter which reveals that the most tweeted about TV shows were not necessarily the most viewed. They did this by measuring […]