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.

AGENTS OF SHIELD has strong ratings debut

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While we’ll have to catch up on both of last night’s nerd shows later tonight, in between watching THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER. a bunch of people did tune in to watch the debut of AGENTS OF SHIELD, despite it going up against the current ratings juggernauts of NCIS and THE VOICE. SHILD drew 11.9 million viewers for a 4.6 rating (“NCIS” drew a “whopping” 19.5 million and “The Voice” 12.7 million.) The demos were promising however.

The night nerds became cool

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In case you hadn’t heard, tonight on TV, nerd culture becomes enshrined for all time as REAL CULTURE. Please note that is a joke, since I can’t go 15 seconds without hearing someone quote Star Wars at me. But nonetheless, it’s an exciting night for Marvel fans and fan culture as two shows are debuting […]

Can’t Lose: Indie Cartoonists cover Friday Night Lights

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I’ll admit, I wasn’t expecting a show about small town football culture to be a subject of nostalgia for indie cartoonists, but, hey, this is the social context I was moaning for the other day. Plus Friday Night Lights WAS one of the great TV shows of the Aughts. Thus Melissa Mendes (Freddy Stories) has […]

CW Release Enjoyable Teaser Posters for Arrow Season 2

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It must be great to be a male guest star on Arrow and find that every other male around you is ridiculously stacked. But that seems to be the case, as a new set of teaser posters for season 2 of the show feature all the main male members of the cast… shirtless. YES SHIRTLESS […]

Walking Dead gets a spin-off TV series for 2015 with Kirkman co-producing

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AMC is jumping on the “spin-off” bandwagon. With Breaking Bad ending, a Bob Odenkirk-headlined spinoff called “Better Call Saul” is in the works, although whether anyone will want to revisit the Breaking Bad world after last night’s devastating, bleak, and horrifying “Ozymandias” is anyone’s guess. How dark was “Ozymandias”? It makes The Walking Dead look […]

They’ve Cast Grant Gustin as The Flash

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Setting up the TV pilot for a Flash TV series, The CW appear to have cast actor Grant Gustin – best known for his roles on Broadway and on Glee – as Barry Allen. The character will appear in three episodes of the second season of Arrow, before heading off to a pilot for a […]

Dynamite Launch ‘Grimm’ Miniseries With Jai Nitz and José Malaga

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Continuing on with Baltimore Comic-Con announcements, Dynamite have announced yet another new series, building up what is rapidly becoming a huge list of new projects from the company. This weekend saw the company reveal that Jai Nitz and José Malaga will be the creative team for a five issue miniseries called Grimm: The Warlock, based […]

Diggle is Finally Joining The Green Arrow Comic Book

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Arrow is a pretty amazing piece of television. The most amazing thing about it is the fact it exists. A showcase for the salmon ladder and some of the strangest law enforcement ever seen in the medium, the TV show is filled with some pretty amazing things. Despite that, the show hasn’t yet affected the […]