Michael Chiklis to Join the GCPD in ‘Gotham’

There is a new captain in town, and it is Michael Chiklis.

Gotham has cast Chiklis as newcomer Captain Nathaniel Barnes. The character is was made only for the television series; there is no reference of him in comics.

According to producers, Barnes “lands on the GCPD like a tornado, ripping out the dead wood of Gotham’s police force. He is a law and order zealot; unafraid of making enemies – on either side of the law. For Gordon (Ben McKenzie), Barnes is a hero and a mentor, someone with whom he can share the burden of heroism. Captain Barnes proves himself to be a strong ally to Gordon… but one day he will make an equally powerful enemy.”

This certainly seems like an interesting twist to the police department story line.Gotham could have served well focusing on just the police aspect of Gotham City. Chiklis is a series regular, so there could be more emphasis on the police in season 2.

Chiklis is best known for his starring role on The Shield. He is also no stranger to comic book adaptations; Chiklis played Ben Grimm in Fantastic Four (2005) andFantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007).

Gotham returns to FOX on September 21st.

Source: TV Line

‘Gotham’ Casts its Silver St. Cloud

FOX’s Gotham is gearing up for a season full of over-packing characters from Batman that have ever existed.

Case in point: Silver St. Cloud.

Natalie Alyn Lind of The Goldbergs will play the debutante. The show, per usual, seems to be taking liberties with her character. St. Cloud will introduce Bruce Wayne to her rich uncle, Theo Galavan, who also happens to be running for Mayor. The release also mentions that St. Cloud may not have the best intentions with Bruce.

While I believe the introduction of the rich uncle is a valid plot line for the shake-ups in Gotham, it seems like it will be more of a “let’s make Selena jealous” plot device. I don’t really care about young teenagers being jealous of one another.

Also, in the comics, St. Cloud wasn’t ever bad. When she and Bruce dated, they were adults. While she was a debutante, she was also smart enough to figure out Bruce’s alter ego. You can read more about her here.

Gotham returns to FOX September 21st.

Source: EW

2015 Emmy Nominations (with Commentary, of course!)

The 2015 Emmy Nominations were announced last week, and my god, there are a lot of categories. I have compiled the list of nominations by show, picking out Hush Comics favorites. I have come to realize that we watch way too much TV. But we do it for you.

This year, there were some rule changes. If interested, you can catch those here.

Below, I have listed in alphabetical order the shows we love, their nominations, and some commentary on the whole she-bang.

Enjoy!


 

Adventure Time

Nominations:

Outstanding Short-Format Animated Program

Total Nods: 1

Adrian’s Thoughts: This show keeps getting bigger and bigger.

 

American Crime

Nominations:

Lead Actor Limited Series (Timothy Hutton); Lead Actress Limited Series (Felicity Huffman); Limited Series; Supporting Actor Limited Series (Richard Cabral); Supporting Actress Limited Series (Regina King); Writing for a Limited Series (John Ridley, “Episode One”); Outstanding Casting for a Limited Series, Movie, or a Special; Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Limited Series or Movie (“Episode One”); Outstanding Sound Editing for a Limited Series, Movie or a Special; Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Limited Series or a Movie

Total Nods: 10

Adrian’s Thoughts: This is a lot of nominations for a show everyone predicted would be canceled. I personally thought it was fantastic. If Regina King doesn’t win the Supporting Actress Category, then I’ll be damned. She stole the show.

 

The Americans

Nominations:

Guest Actress Drama (Margo Martindale), Writing for a Drama Series (Joshua Brand, “Do Mail Robots Dream of Electric Sheep?”)

Total Nods: 2

Adrian’s Thoughts: It must of been a year of great TV if The Americans only got two nods.

 

Archer

Nominations:

Outstanding Animated Program

Total Nods: 1

Adrian’s Thoughts: Hmm. Well, it’s really dumb, but I watch it. So who am I to judge?

 

Better Call Saul

Nominations:

Outstanding Drama Series; Lead Actor (Bob Odenkirk); Supporting Actor (Jonathan Banks); Writing for a Drama Series (Gordon Smith, “Five-O”); Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series (Five-O); Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series (Marco); Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series

Total Nods: 7

Adrian’s Thoughts: 7 is quite a bit but not enough. BCS was by far my favorite show of the year. May Jonathan Banks and “Five-O” win all the things!

 

black-ish

Nominations:

Lead Actor Comedy (Anthony Anderson)

Total Nods: 1

Adrian’s Thoughts: The only nomination went to Anthony Anderson. I agree that he is a great comedic actor, but this isn’t enough nominations for the show.

 

Boardwalk Empire

Nominations:

Directing for a Drama Series (Tim Van Patten “Eldorado”); Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Period Program; Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (Golden Days for Boys and Girls); Outstanding Costumes for a Period/Fantasy Series, Limited Series, or Movie; Outstanding Hairstyling for a Single-Camera Series; Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic); Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Limited Series, Movie or a Special; Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series, Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role (“Golden Days for Boys and Girls”); Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Limited Series or Movie

Total Nods: 10

Adrian’s Thoughts: The final season of Boardwalk Empire was one of HBO’s best showings. While they did get nominated for a lot, none were the main categories people look to. However, Boardwalk Empire was a lot about the look, and the Emmy’s are at least appreciating that.

 

Bob’s Burgers

Nominations:

Outstanding Animated Program, Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance (John Roberts, “Eat, Spray, Linda”)

Total Nods: 2

Adrian’s Thoughts: Again, I think this show is really dumb. Yet I laugh my ass off at it every single time. Yeah, this gets my pick for Outstanding Animated Program.

 

Community

Nominations:

Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Comedy Series or a Variety Program

Total Nods: 1

Adrian’s Thoughts: The one thing Community is nominated for is Stunt Coordination? I mean, I guess I’ll take it. I wonder what funny thing Dan Harmon has thought up about this.

 

Constantine

Nominations:

Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary or Fantasy Program

Total Nods: 1

Adrian’s Thoughts: It had to be thrown one bone.

 

Family Guy

Nominations:

Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance (Seth MacFarlane “Our Idiot Brian”)

Total Nods: 1

Adrian’s Thoughts: Ouch. It didn’t get Outstanding Animated Series? Well at least people still like Seth MacFarlane’s voice.

 

The Flash

Nominations:

Outstanding Special Visual Effects (“Grodd Lives”)

Total Nods: 1

Adrian’s Thoughts: I mean, The Flash has some good effects. But for “Grodd Lives”? I don’t think so. How about for “Fast Enough”? That was waaayyy better. But congrats, the little show that could!

 

Game of Thrones

Nominations:

Outstanding Drama Series; Supporting Actor (Peter Dinklage) Supporting Actress (Lena Headey); Supporting Actress (Emilia Clarke); Guest Actress Drama (Diana Riggs)’ Writing for a Drama Series (David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, “Mother’s Mercy”); Directing for a Drama Series (David Nutter “ Mother’s Mercy”); Directing for a Drama Series (Jeremy Podeswa “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken”); Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary or Fantasy Program; Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series; Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (“Hardhome”); Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (“Sons of the Harpy”); Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (“Dance of Dragons”); Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (“Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken”); Outstanding Costumes for a Period/Fantasy Series, Limited Series, or Movie; Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series (“Hardhome”); Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series (“Dance of Dragons”); Outstanding Hairstyling for a Single-Camera Series; Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic); Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Limited Series, Movie or a Special; Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series; Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series; Outstanding Special Visual Effects (“Dance of Dragons”); Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Limited Series or Movie

Total Nods: 24

Adrian’s Thoughts: Good luck, everybody else.

 

Girls

Nominations:

Supporting Actor Comedy (Adam Driver), Guest Actress Comedy (Gaby Hoffmann)

Total Nods: 2

Adrian’s Thoughts: Adam Driver’s delivery of comedy is absolutely golden. Muah.

 

Gotham

Nominations:

Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary or Fantasy Program; Outstanding Costumes for a Contemporary Series, Limited Series or Movie; Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series; Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role (“Lovecraft”)

Total Nods: 4

Adrian’s Thoughts: ACK! How did this tripe get nominated for not one, not two, not three, but FOUR awards?! Ugh.

 

House of Cards

Nominations:

Outstanding Drama Series; Lead Actor (Kevin Spacey); Lead Actress (Robin Wright); Supporting Actor (Michael Kelly); Guest Actor Drama (Reg E. Cathey); Guest Actress Drama (Rachel Brosnahan); Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary or Fantasy Program; Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series; Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (“Chapter 29”); Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score); Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series

Total Nods: 11

Adrian’s Thoughts: Are all the actors on this show perfection, or what?

 

How to Get Away with Murder

Nominations:

Lead Actress (Viola Davis), Guest Actress Drama (Cicely Tyson)

Total Nods: 2

Adrian’s Thoughts: While the end of HTGAWM was silly and sloppy writing, I do believe that Viola Davis broke serious ground. When her Annalise’s mother (Cicely Tyson) came to town, the series proved it was more than just a show about sex and death. Tyson’s delivery of her speech about Annalise’s uncle was bone-chilling. Both these women are incredibly deserving.

 

Inside Amy Schumer

Nominations:

Lead Actress Comedy (Amy Schumer), Variety Sketch Series, Guest Actor Comedy (Paul Giamatti), Writing for a Variety Series, Directing for a Variety Series (Amy Schumer and Ryan McFaul, “12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer”), Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series (:The Last F*ckable Day”), Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics

Total Nods: 7

Adrian’s Thoughts: If you don’t know why Amy Schumer is funny, then YouTube “The Last F*ckable Day.” Comedy. Gold.

 

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Nominations:

Variety Series, Writing for a Variety Series, Interactive Program, Outstanding Picture Editing for Variety Programming (N.S.A./ Edward Snowden)

Total Nods: 4

Adrian’s Thoughts: Only four?! The man saved the internet, god dammit.

 

Mad Men

Nominations:

Outstanding Drama Series; Lead Actor (Jon Hamm); Lead Actress (Elisabeth Moss); Supporting Actress (Christina Hendricks); Writing for a Drama Series (Semi Chellas and Matthew Weiner “Lost Horizon”); Writing for a Drama Series (Matthew Weiner “Person to Person”); Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Period Program; Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series; Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series (Person to Person); Outstanding Hairstyling for a Single-Camera Series; Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic)

Total Nods: 11

Adrian’s Thoughts: This is the last time Mad Men will be nominated for Emmys. Be prepared for them to win a lot of them. Also, apparently “Person to Person” the episode the internet hated was actually pretty good (btw, I thought so, too). And Elisabeth Moss already won in my book. All she had to do was walk down that hallway with a cigarette hanging from her lip. My god that was bad ass.

 

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Nominations:

Outstanding Special Visual Effects (The Dirty Half Dozen”)

Total Nods: 1

Adrian’s Thoughts: Well, I don’t watch Agents. So I don’t have many thoughts. But considering it is ABC and Disney, my guess is that it looked better than anything else on TV. Go you!

 

Marvel’s Daredevil

Nominations:

Outstanding Main Titles, Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series, Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role (“Speak of the Devil”)

Total Nods: 3

Adrian’s Thoughts: The main titles are outstanding. They just are.

 

Orange is the New Black

Nominations:

Outstanding Drama Series, Supporting Actress (Uzo Aduba), Guest Actor Drama (Pablo Schreiber), Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series

Total Nods: 4

Adrian’s Thoughts: The changes in the nominations forced OITNB to go from a comedy to a drama because it is an hour long. I thought this season was disappointing and unremarkable. Pablo Schreiber’s bit part this year wasn’t memorable. But the casting in general is pretty good (hubba hubba, Ruby Rose).

 

Orphan Black

Nominations:

Lead Actress (Tatiana Maslany)

Total Nods: 1

Adrian’s Thoughts: I mean, she plays like 1 million roles on one show, so yeah.

 

Parks and Rec

Nominations:

Outstanding Comedy Series; Lead Actress Comedy (Amy Poehler); Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama (Half-Hour)

Total Nods: 3

Adrian’s Thoughts: The is the last year for Parks and Rec. I expect it to win the big two. The newcomers will get their chance next year.

 

Scandal

Nominations:

Guest Actress Drama (Khandi Alexander)

Total Nods: 1

Adrian’s Thoughts: Eh. Ok.

 

The Simpsons

Nominations:

Outstanding Animated Program; Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance (Dan Castellaneta “Bart’s New Friend”); Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance (Tress MacNeille “My Fare Lady”); Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance (Hank Azaria “The Princess Guide”); Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama (Half-Hour)

Total Nods: 5

Adrian’s Thoughts:An oldie, but still a goodie. And the voices are pretty good, too.

 

South Park

Nominations:

Outstanding Animated Program

Total Nods: 1

Adrian’s Thoughts: This year’s South Park major plot point of Randy really being Lorde was a question on Jeopardy! So, yeah it gets an Emmy nomination.

 

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Nominations:

Outstanding Comedy Series; Supporting Actor Comedy (Tituss Burgess); Supporting Actress Comedy (Jan Krakowski); Guest Actor Comedy (Jon Hamm); Guest Actress Comedy (Tina Fey); Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series; Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Comedy Series or a Variety Program

Total Nods: 7

Adrian’s Thoughts: Honestly, I haven’t watched it yet. It’s on my list, I swear. But it seems with so many nominations, Ellie Kemper got stiffed.

 

The Walking Dead

Nominations:

Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Limited Series, Movie or a Special; Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series; Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role (“Conquer”); Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Limited Series or Movie

Total Nods: 4

Adrian’s Thoughts: The Walkers still haunt my dreams twice a year when I immerse myself in this soap opera with guts. Win all those makeup awards, Greg Nicotero!

SDCC 2015 – ‘Suicide Squad’ Trailer is Everything Harley Fans Want

Suicide Squad
Image Belongs to DC Entertainment and Warner Bros.

It is FINALLY here.

Sure we all saw the leaked version of the Suicide Squad trailer from this weekend’s SDCC, but the official release is here and it is glorious.

The movie has fans divided, but if this didn’t convince naysayers, I don’t know what will. It was brilliant to have Viola Davis’ Amanda Waller narrate the first half of the trailer. Her voice is so soothing and yet commanding. She will be a chilling character.

The creepy music and the clocks ticking in the background give the affect that this movie will be unlike any DC movie you have seen before, and I count that as a step in the right direction for the DCCU.

But the most important characters revealed here were Harley Quinn and Joker.

This preview honestly made it look like this is Harley’s movie, and I couldn’t be happier. I was afraid Margot Robbie would be too glamorous for this role, but from the first reveal of her hanging upside down in her cell playing with her hair to her “shooting” her baseball bat, I believe this Harley Quinn, the first live-action one (besides her back in Arrow) is exactly what I want to see in Harley.

And as far as Jared Leto’s Joker: he is clearly making it his. That voice, that face. It’s just great.

Can you tell I’m excited?!

SDCC 2015 – Grant Morrison Confirms ‘Multiversity Too’ and ‘Batman: Black & White’

The Multiversity
Image belongs to DC Comics

According to the official press release:

During his “Multiversity and Beyond” panel at COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL: SAN DIEGO 2015, critically-acclaimed writer Grant Morrison introduced fans to two of his upcoming projects for DC Entertainment.

Morrison revealed “MULTIVERSITY TOO,” a line of original graphic novels based on his groundbreaking and bestselling titles from “The Multiversity” series of monthly comics and his “MULTIVERSITY GUIDEBOOK.” Fans will experience stories from throughout the 52 (or more?) worlds that make up Morrison’s Map of the Multiverse and whether it’s the further adventures of Earth-4’s PAX AMERICANA, the New Reichsmen of Earth-10, the female-led Justice Guild of Earth-11 or even one of the seven “unknown worlds,” everything is fair game!

The series begins in 2016 with MULTIVERSITY TOO: THE FLASH. But from which earth is anyone’s guess!

Morrison also provided early details on another series of graphic novels featuring everyone’s favorite Dark Knight in BATMAN: BLACK & WHITE. This continuing anthology series pairs Morrison’s original Batman stories with a rotating cast of some of the biggest art talents in comics, that will only serve to highlight Grant’s one of a kind perspective when it comes to comics in general and Batman in particular.

Hush Comics widely thought of Morrison’s Pax Americana as one of the best books of 2014. The announcement of additional Multiverses is exciting for fans of Morrison, the Multiverse, and DC Comics.

The new versions of Batman: Black & White are more my cup of tea. Imagining a new Batman every time with a rotating cast of artists has me excited to hear who will be working with Morrison each time.

We can’t wait for next year!

Source: CBR

SDCC 2015 – Geoff Johns Announces ‘Justice League: Gods and Men’

 

Justice League - Gods and Men
Image belongs to DC Comics

Geoff Johns will be leading the new series Justice League: Gods and Men.

The series will be a six-part mini-series that focuses on the aftermath of the current arc “Darkseid War.”

Each issue will focus on the personal issues of a specific character after the war between Darkseid and Anti-Monitor.

The characters who will have a focus are: Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Shazam!, and Lex Luthor.

Lex Luthor’s story seems very interesting; he is still evil and tries to get Darkseid’s power, but he also may be the only one to stop Superman when the Man of Steel gets god-like strength.

The first issue will be out October of this year, but there is no word on creative teams.

Source: CBR

SDCC 2015 – Milestone Media Coming Back to DC Comics

Static
Image belongs to DC Comics and Milestone Media

Milestone Media, the company who brought you Static, Icon, and Xombi (and a myriad of other titles) is teaming back up with DC to bring back beloved characters in the DC Multiverse “Earth-M.”

Creators of the new Milestone publications will include Milestone co-founder Denys Cowan, Milestone 2.0 partner Reginald Hudlin, DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns,and DC Co-Publisher Jim Lee.

Milestone co-founder Derek T. Dingle said, “We have to keep this company alive. We have to maintain diversity in this industry.”

“Earth-M” stories will be told in two graphic novels a year, plus mini-series, and one-shots. Milestone did not confirm any titles or release dates.

Milestone Media started in 1993 with co-founders Dwayne McDuffie, Denys Cowan, Michael Davis, and Derek T. Dingle. They were known for creating under-represented characters in the comic book world, and their amazing agreement with DC to publish under their name, but retain full creative control.

Stay tuned for more news pertaining to Milestone and Earth-M.

Source: CBR

SDCC 2015 – Extended Trailer for ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’

The Man From UNCLE
Image via HenryCavill.org

 

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is only a few weeks away, so it was pretty likely SDCC would give us a longer look at the film. And boy, did they deliver.

Based off the 60’s television series, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. follows Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, two agents who are trying to stop a secret organization from upending the U.S.A. and the U.S.S.R. during The Cold War.

The extended cut trailer explains more about the plot and who each character is; something previous trailers would have benefited from. While I have been excited for this movie for quite sometime, I think the marketing for it to the general public could have been better.

SDCC 2015 – The CW Seed Trailer for Animated ‘Vixen’

Vixen
Image belongs to The CW.

The first actual spin-off show of Arrow and The Flash is the animated series Vixen. The series will be on CW Seed, an online subsidiary of The CW.

Vixen is a DC Comics heroine who has been around since 1981, first appearing in Action Comics #521. She is DC’s first African hero, coming from the fictional African nation of Zambesi. Her family comes into possession of a totem (in this case a necklace) that gives the wearer the powers of the animal kingdom. Vixen has fought on the side of the Justice League and the Suicide Squad.

In the animated series, Vixen will be voiced by Megalyn Echikunwoke (CSI: Miami), and also appearing will be Stephen Amell as Arrow, Grant Gusin as The Flash, Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity, and Carlos Valdes as Cisco.

Executive Producer Marc Guggenheim describes the show as the “magical” component. Arrow is very much about crime, The Flash is very much about science, but Vixen will be magic.

Two cutesy things I noticed:

– Vixen’s quip about “that’s the 52 million dollar question.” Gotta have that 52 reference somewhere!
– Cisco gets to name her. But of course!

Vixen premieres on August 25th.

Source: CBR

SDCC 2015 – ABC’s ‘The Muppets’ Will be a Cross Between ‘The Office’ and ‘The Larry Sanders Show’

Image belongs to ABC Studios. Via Screen Rant
Image belongs to ABC Studios. Via Screen Rant

According to Executive Producer and Co-Creator Bill Prady, this fall’s The Muppets will be mash-up of The MuppetsThe Office, and The Larry Sanders Show.

The set-up is a show-within-a-show. Miss Piggy will be hosting the late-night show “Up Late with Miss Piggy.” The talk-show is great set-up for all the well-known celebrity guests The Muppets has always been famous for.

Here is a list of what all the other Muppets will be doing:

-Kermit will be the show’s Executive Producer.
-Gonzo is the Head Writer.
-Rizzo and Pepe are in the writer’s room.
-Scooter is the Talent Coordinator.
-Fozzie is Miss Piggy’s on-air sidekick.
-Sam Eagle is the head of Broadcast Services.
-The Swedish Chef is well… Craft Services.

Much of the show will be off-stage interviews with the characters and focus on their personal lives.

I am so excited for this show. It looks absolutely hilarious. I was a huge fan of the 90’s version of The Muppets and have seen most of the original series, as well. With the update format, I am sure this will be a hit.

The Muppets premieres on ABC on September 22nd.

Source: CBR