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 […]

Steve Bissette: no money YET for Constantine TV show

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By now everyone including the Hollywood trades has linked to Steve Bissette’s Facebook post about the Constantine TV show and the fact that he won’t get any money for the script currently being written: As of this morning, it appears there will be NO payment to the Constantine creators for this series. This option apparently […]

40 new Walking Dead photos to prepare you for the good times

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Incredibly, when they aren’t signing autographs at comics shows around the nation, the cast of The Walking Dead is making a TV show. Since AMC needs something to keep itself busy post Breaking Bad, in two Sundays the fourth season of The Walking Dead debuts for more hope-crushing, jugular-tearing fun and frolic. To get you […]

Relive Breaking Bad with tribute art by Templesmith, Francavilla, and more

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Well, Breaking Bad is over, and thank God, it was satisfying. Sure there were a few loose ends—Huell? Hullo?—but VERY few, and the payoff was strong and cathartic. While you may be mourning your dose of bracing moralism every Sunday, the void can be filled, at least temporarily, with Breaking Bad fan art, of which […]

CONSTANTINE TV show in development with Goyer and Cerone

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Kevin Tsujihara was not kidding! Warner Bros. is moving right along developing some of its DC characters. First it was the Jim Gordon/Gotham TV show the other day—already sent to series. Now it’s a TV show abut John Constantine in development at NBC. And that Mentalist production team is yet again involved, as is David S. Goyer, well known as the co-writer on Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy.

Marvel launches new AGENTS OF SHIELD merch line

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With Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD successfully debuting on ABC on Tuesday, Marvel is launching a line of t-shirts, posters and other tchatchkes to capitalize on its popularity. Everything but a comic book, in fact. This is a little odd, maybe, but the current Marvel management in recent years has downplayed the media tie-in comics for […]

Three Hours of TV: Agents of SHIELD, Fangasm and The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs Team Tate

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I know you are all DYING to know what The Beat thought of the first episodes of Agents of Shield and Fangasm! Because of non-appointment TV I couldn’t watch them until Wednesday night, but then I did and I watched the new episode of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER too, so…BONUS!

Fox announces GOTHAM TV drama to focus on young Jim Gordon and villains

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Just as Disney/Marvel was launching its first foray into primetime TV with the debut of AGENTS OF SHIELD, Warner Bros—already a seasoned vet in this field with Smallville and Arrow—one upped them a bit by announcing the oft rumoredGOTHAM, a show focusing on James Gordon, pre Batman. The show will be run by Sam Heller, creator of The Mentalist and it will air on Fox, which has already ordered a series.