Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S4E1 - "The Ghost" Review

Daisy's on the run as the vigilante "Quake" but she's spending her time tracking down gang members in Los Angeles and this is how she learns of Ghost Rider, as he is killing them. Of all the characters o the show, Daisy's has been the most remarkable, as Chloe Bennet has proven herself a highly capable performer as her material has grown increasingly more heavy and dramatic, a stark contrast to her own cheerful, quick-witted disposition. Newcomer Gabriel Luna has already impressed as the Robbie Reyes incarnation of Ghost Rider and we should all expect big things to come from him on the show. In a single episode, we see the range of him being a dark, vengeful figure ready to murder wrongdoers, and a sensitive, compassionate brother tending to his disabled younger brother. The other newcomer in this premiere is John Hannah as S.H.I.E.L.D. ally Holden Radcliffe, and in all honesty, we had thought for a moment that he was playing Fitz's father. This dynamic should be great fun to see explored further, though we can't help but feel a sense of dread that this secrecy is going to be a source of unneeded angst in Fitz and Simmons' relationship.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs on Tuesdays on ABC at 10PM.

Scream Queens S2E1 - "Scream Again" Review

Following the other shows making their returns this week, Scream Queens returned with plenty of popular characters from season one and some new faces that are already gaining popularity all their own. The Chanels are as irritating as ever but their poor attitudes and incessant whining have been knocked down a peg as they must now fight their way back to the top after losing almost everything in season one. We're not quite sure what to make of the lack of follow-through with them being committed to psychiatric facilities. It all screams a lack of foresight from the writers/producers.

The main new characters that have folks talking are John Stamos' Dr. Brock Holt and Taylor Lautner's Dr. Cassidy Cascade. It would be irresponsible for me to not push the fact that Taylor Lautner is far too young (and young-looking) to be believable as a doctor considering the amount of schooling required to gain a medical degree. It's understandable that the show exists in a heightened reality of sorts but it warranted mention. John Stamos is refreshingly funny as his character uses just the right amount of meta to poke fun at Stamos always being known as the Handsome one. But no one is funnier than Jamie Lee Curtis, whose writing is so outrageous and made all the more brilliant by her spot-on delivery. Our one main gripe thus far is that the show has been back for all of five minutes and already the (white) Chanels are getting loved up with the new 'Hot' Doctors but Zayday, who remains the most interesting, likable and grounded character, shows no sign of getting some loving on. We're not trying to jump to accusations of misogynoir... but once we're a few more episodes in, we'll revisit this issue if the writing hasn't resolved the matter.

Scream Queens airs on Tuesdays on FOX.

Lucifer S2E1 - "Everything's Coming Up Lucifer" Review

The devilishly charming Lucifer (sorry, we had to do it) is back for its second season on FOX and right from the jump we get more of the things viewers loved in season one. Tom Ellis is spot-on in his delivery of the comedic aspects of his character and his chemistry is as strong as ever with Lauren German (Detective Chloe Decker), D. B. Woodside (Amenadiel), and also Rachael Harris (Dr. Linda Martin). But what Lucifer needs to do now is jump into developing more of the serialised plot points and mythology. Season one was a bit shaky in finding the balance between serialised and procedural story-telling. With these cop-shows it's easy for writers to fall into the comfort zone of the crime-of-the-week format. But genre fans have long since established an ability to be invested in longer stories and the writers should explore this more, which it appears they've begun doing with this introduction of Lucifer's mother. One other point that warrants further revision is the show's material for Kevin Alejandro, who has a track record of being criminally under-appreciated in his work. The writers would be better off putting Detective Dan in the know some time around whenever they do the same for Detective Chloe. Then create an ensemble of characters that can band together in fighting the forces of evil, be it supernatural or regular mortal homicide.

Lucifer airs on Mondays on FOX at 9PM.

Fear The Walking Dead S2E12 - "Pillar of Salt" Review

As "Fear The Walking Dead" hits the midway point of season 2B, things that were once broken seem to be finding their way back together. For the first time since the show began, we saw the core group of characters split apart. Madison's single-minded focus on potentially getting Nick back has done some serious damage to her relationship with Alicia and both actresses executed potent emotionality in the argument. The blossoming relationship between Nick and Luciana has us weary, as we are highly suspicious that the writers will kill her off to fuel his greasy-haired middle-class-angst, a tired old trope we're tired of seeing. But we'll refrain from kicking off fully until such offensive material comes to fruition. More than anything, the writers need to delve deeper into the material for Cliff Curtis, as they've only barely scratched the surface of his struggles trying to maintain a handle on the instability of his son's behaviour.

Fear The Walking Dead airs on Sundays on AMC at 9PM.

Eurovision Song Contest Wins The Golden Rose In Berlin

Eurovision Song Contest 2016 tonight was awarded the Golden Rose for best entertainment program. The prize was awarded at a gala in Berlin and among there to receive it was executive producer Martin Österdahl and TV host Måns Zelmerlöw. 
- We are among the winners from all over Europe and honorary laureate John Cleese and have won Europe's oldest television price! It's absolutely magical, and a real reward. This award is for all who have worked to make Sweden and SVT a global leader when it comes to the Eurovision Song Contest, greets executive producer Martin Österdahl from Berlin.

SVT's production of this year's Eurovision Song Contest was a huge success and was hailed by the media and the audience, both in Sweden and worldwide. The semi-finals and final were seen by over 200 million viewers and now production has thus won one of Europe's oldest and most prestigious television awards, Gold Rose (Rose d'Or). Other nominees in the category were the concert "Adele at the BBC" and German "Mordkomission Berlin".

To produce the Eurovision Song Contest is a huge apparatus, with hundreds of people involved and tons of technology. Executive producers for the broadcasts were Martin Österdahl and Johan Bernhagen. Competition manager Christer Björkman, Sven Stojanovic as producer.

SVT Announces Host Cities for Melodifestivalen 2017

SVT has finalised the cities and venues for Melodifestivalen 2017 and they are as follows:
  • 4 February 2017 - Semi-final 1: Göteborg (Scandinavium)
  • 11 February 2017 - Semi-final 2: Malmö (Malmö Arena)
  • 18 February 2017 - Semi-final 3: Växjö (Vida Arena)
  • 25 February 2017 - Semi-final 4: Skellefteå (Skellefteå Kraft Arena)
  • 4 March 2017 - Andra Chansen: Linköping (SAAB Arena)
  • 11 March 2017 - Finals: Stockholm (Friends Arena)
The next order of events will be the artist press conference, the date of which is TBD.

Lucifer: The Complete First Season clips

The first season of Lucifer hits blu-ray and dvd August 23rd, but we've got a few clips now!

For more information on the release check it out here.

Based on the character from DC Entertainment’s Vertigo comic, Lucifer is bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, and has resigned his throne and retired to the City of Angels where he is indulging in a few of his favorite things — wine, women and song. When a beautiful pop star is brutally murdered before his eyes, he feels something awaken deep within him – for the first time in roughly 10 billion years. Is he actually capable of feelings for a human being? The very thought disturbs him — as well as his best friend and confidante, Mazikeen (aka Maze), a fierce demon in the form of a beautiful young woman. The murder attracts the attention of LAPD homicide detective Chloe Decker, who finds herself both repulsed and fascinated by Lucifer. As they work together to solve the murder, Lucifer is struck by Chloe’s inherent goodness. Used to dealing with the absolute worst of humanity, he begins to wonder if there’s hope yet. Maybe everyone’s got a chance for redemption. Even the Devil.

The series stars Tom Ellis (Rush, Merlin), Lauren German (Chicago Fire), DB Woodside (Suits, 24), Lesley-Ann Brandt (The Librarians), Kevin Alejandro (Southland, True Blood), Scarlett Estevez (Daddy’s Home), Kevin Rankin (Dallas Buyers Club) and Rachael Harris (The Hangover). Based upon the characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg for Vertigo from DC Entertainment, Lucifer is produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Television in association with Warner Bros. Television. Tom Kapinos (Californication) developed the series and serves as executive consultant. Returning for a second season on FOX, the series is executive produced by Jerry Bruckheimer (CSI franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean films), Jonathan Littman (The Amazing Race, CSI franchise), Joe Henderson (White Collar, Almost Human), Ildy Modrovich (CSI: Miami, Californication) and Len Wiseman (Underworld films).

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