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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]