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The final day of Wonder Con 2019 came to an end today with plenty more panels, including those for the soon-to-return The 100 on The CW and this summer highly anticipated premiere of season 5 of Fear the Walking Dead.

The 100

Thanks are extended to the folks at Showbiz Junkies and Whedonopolis for the following video of cast members Eliza Taylor and Marie Avgeropoulos and actors Richard Harmon and Sachin Sahel as well as executive producer-creator Jason Rothenberg:

Eliza:

Marie:

Tasya:

Richard and Sachin:

Jason:

And here is the full panel courtesy of Demi Morris over at YouTube:

The Ladies of The 100:

Marie Avgeropoulos, Tasya Teles, and Eliza Taylor [Photo Credit: Getty Images/North America]

Here is new artwork for The 100:

The 100 will air its season premiere on The CW on April 30 at 9 PM.

Here is the extended trailer for The 100 season 6:

Fear the Walking Dead

It was a full panel for Fear the Walking Dead with cast members Lennie James, Colman Domingo, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Danay Garcia, Garret Dillahunt, Maggie Grace, Jenna Elfman, Alexa Nisenson and new crossover character Austin Amelio all taking the stage along with surprise guest and returning cast member Ruben Blades. They were also joined by executive producers and showrunners Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg, executive producer Scott M. Gimple and director Michael Satrazemis.

First a trailer for season five was screened, which announced the return of Ruben Blades as Daniel Salazar. The groups new mission was discussed with Lennie sharing Morgan is “surprised by people’s reluctance to receive help. [People in this world] know how to survive. We need to figure out what the next step is.”

EP Ian Goldberg shared “they will encounter walkers they’ve never seen before, and will probably be the most dangerous walkers they’ve ever faced.”

Colman Domingo will direct his second episode and the producers said they were so impressed with his first foray, they made sure his next challenge was “bigger and more emotional,”

Crossover cast member Austin was a bit hush-hush on his journey from Virginia to Texas but did say that filming in his hometown of Austin, Texas is a “dream come true.

The biggest surprise from the panel was the return of Daniel Salazar. Ruben Blades made sure the fans in the room knew how much he appreciated their support. “You never know what’s going to happen with a show like this and characters like these. Thanks to all of you for helping to keep Daniel alive.” (Syfy Wire)

The fifth season of Fear the Walking Dead premieres June 2nd on AMC.

Cosplayers

The following are photos courtesy of Vital Thrills from Day Three of Wonder Con:

Disney Princesses

Deapool Tardis Crossover

Belle

Atlanna

Aladdin

Rapunzel

Until next year!

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Hey All,

Here are the news items for this past week:

RENEWALS/CANCELLATIONS

FOX has renewed by 9-1-1 and The Resident for third seasons. (Variety)

Sadly EPIX has cancelled Berlin Station after three seasons, the final episode aired back in February. (Variety)

NBC has given a record 21st season renewal to Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. (Variety)

CASTING NEWS

Actor Hugh Dancy (Hannibal) will appear in a multi-episode arc of Homeland, the show that stars is real-life wife Claire Danes. The 8th and final season of Homeland catches up with Carrie Mathison (Danes) recovering from months of confinement in a Russian gulag. Memory issues from the tortures she’s suffered prove problematic for Saul (series regular Mandy Patinkin), who calls on her to engage the Taliban in peace negotiations. Dancy will play John Zabel, a beltway consultant who joins the new White House as a foreign policy adviser to the president and butts heads with Saul along the way. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Actor David James Elliott will reprise his role of Harmon Rabb, Jr. in NCIS: Los Angeles starting in the May 12 episode. (TV Line)

Actress Emily Bett Rickards, who has played Felicity Smoak on Arrow since season one, will be leaving at the end of the show’s current, 7th season. (CBR.com)

BOX OFFICE NEWS

The venerable Broadway musical Guys and Dolls is set to return to the big screen, as TriStar Pictures has purchased remake rights to the original short stories about gamblers and gangsters that inspired the shows, as well as the rights to the Broadway musical. (Variety)

That’s it. Enjoy!

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On April 4, the new drama In the Dark will debut on The CW at 9 PM.

Murphy (Perry Mattfield) is a hard-living, hard-drinking, disaffected twentysomething with a penchant for cigarettes and casual sex. She’s also blind. Murphy lives with her understanding roommate, Jess (Brooke Markham), and more reluctantly also lives with her guide dog, Pretzel, whose presence she resents.

Her parents, Hank and Joy (Derek Webster and Kathleen York), own a guide dog school, a venture they opened hoping it would give Murphy a job with some purpose, but so far it’s just another place where she sleeps off her hangovers, much to the particular chagrin of Joy and Felix, the school administrator tasked with attempting to keep the unprofitable school going. Murphy’s closest friend is a sweet teenager named Tyson.

Here is a trailer for In the Dark:

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Trying to figure out what to watch tonight? Be it new episodes of the TV season, reairs of cable series or a movie, here are some suggestions:

5 PM:
Captain America: The Winter Soldier movie on FX

5:15 PM:
Die Hard movie on Sundance TV

5:30 PM:
Thor: The Dark World movie on TNT

6 PM:
A Brush With Love movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore)

7 PM:
Downton Abbey on PBS (Reair)

8 PM:
God Friended Me on CBS (NEW)
Supergirl on The CW (NEW)
Call the Midwife on PBS (NEW – Season Premiere)
Passengers movie on FX
Beauty and the Beast movie on TNT

9 PM:
NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS (NEW)
Private Eyes on ION (NEW)
Mrs. Wilson mini-series on PBS (DEBUT)
Chronicles Mysteries: Vines That Bind movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Encore)

9:20 PM:
The Fault in Our Stars movie on FXM

10 PM:
Love on Safari movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore)

10:30 PM:
Beauty and the Beast movie on TNT

Enjoy!

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Day Two of Wonder Con 2019 has now come to a close in Anaheim, California, featuring many, many panels among them the new AMC horror series NOS4A2, the soon-to-be-back Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and the recently ended Syfy graphic novel adaptation of Deadly Class.

NOS4A2

Based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Joe Hill, NOS4A2 stars Heroes and Star Trek alum Zachary Quinto as Manx, a supernatural villain who feeds off the souls of children then deposits what remains of them into Christmasland – a twisted place of Manx’s imagnization where every day is Christmas Day and unhappiness is against the law. Enter Vic McQueen (Ashleigh Cummings), a gifted young woman who discovers she has a supernatural ability to find lost things, who strives to defeat Manx and rescue his victims without losing her mind or falling victim to Manx himself.

The panel started with a screening of the debut episode followed by a panel discussion with cast members Zachary Quinto, Ashleigh Cummings, Olafur Darri Olafsson, Ebon Moss-Bachrach and Jahkara Smith as well as showrunner and executive producer Jami O’Brien and executive producer (author) Joe Hill.

In the book the character of Vic is about 8 years old, but in the series she is much older. O’Brien explained, “I knew we were going to cast an adult actor, so we thought, let’s give ourselves a little leeway on Vic’s age and not miss out on all that juicy stuff in the story, including when she meets Manx.”

Asked about why he wanted to take the role of Manx, Quinto said that it felt like a good time for him to come back to TV. “A lot of it had to do with the people involved. I was a little resistant at first because I’ve gone down evil roads before…(but) I hadn’t done TV in a few years, and I know people like to see me do this kind of thing, so I thought it would be a good springboard for me to come back.” (Syfy Wire)

NOS4A2 will debut on AMC on June 2 at 10 PM.

Here is a trailer for NOS4A2.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

The new challenge for Team SHIELD is coming to grips with the knowledge that bending the laws of space and time [as they did last season] may have saved the planet, but it couldn’t save Fitz or Coulson. (Vital Thrills)

But, it would seem *SPOILER ALERT* that Coulson just might not be dead [see the clip below]. The cast who participated in the panel included Clark Gregg, Elizabeth Henstridge, Iain De Caestecker, Henry Simmons, Natalia Cordova-Buckley and Jeff Ward, along with executive producers Maurissa Tancharoen, Jed Whedon, Jeff Bell and Jeph Loeb, but first the season premiere was screened, and then the cast returned to the stage for a brief Q&A.

Among the discussions were:

• Clark talking about getting a call from Marvel about “getting to have fun with the Avengers until you don’t” and then “seven years later… to grow so close and grow together and having that birthed from the connection that the fans have with a character that represents them.”

• Henry recalled his first day on set, “There were so many people, so many names… then I graduated to my first scene with Iain, which I absolutely loved…quite honestly, I can’t say one scene or one episode because it keeps getting better and better.”

• Jeff Ward shared, “(My first day)…was an amazing experience. We were filming a scene with Clark, Elizabeth, Chloe, me and Ming, and we kept laughing, and it was the first day, and we didn’t even know each other… when I got the call that they wanted me to be a regular, it was very surreal.”

• Jeff Bell and Elizabeth mentioned Bobbi and Hunter as characters they miss from the show, while Jed said that they missed Grant Ward as writers because they knew they could always get a reaction out of the fans by sticking him at the end of an episode. (CBR.com)

The season premiere of the 6th season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will air on ABC on May 10 at 8 PM. The episode was directed by series lead Clark Gregg, and you can see a sneak peek below:

Deadly Class

The recently ended first season of the show, adapted from the comic book series by Rick Remender and Wesley Craig, featured cast members Benjamin Wadsworth, María Gabriela de Faría, Luke Tennie, Liam James, Taylor Hickson and executive producer/co-showrunner Miles Orion Feldsott on the stage to talk about the debut season.

Miles talked about the storytelling choices from the comics, sharing “we wanted to stick to the bones of the comic book… I’m coming to the show as a fan of the book originally.” Their goal was to flesh out things from the comic that maybe wasn’t explored as much, such as the dynamic between Petra and Billy.

About comic book adaptations, the cast described fan reactions to their version of the characters with Benjamin saying, “It was positive for the most part… we all really tried our best to what our characters did in the comics.” Maria was afraid of the responsibility of playing Maria, but Rick gave them all the confidence they needed. “All of them are affecting us as we’re writing,” said Miles. “Some of the story…is directly from the actors. Like with Benedict Wong, that story came from his energy on set, and how he’s playing his character that’s outside of the scope of the comic book.” (CBR.com)

Shazam!

During the Warner Bros. Pictures panel some of the cast of the upcoming Shazam! film took to the stage, in fact, closing out that panel. The panelists included director David F. Sandberg and stars Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Asher Angel and Jack Dylan Grazer.

In addition to fielding questions from fans about everything including their favorite Shazam! powers and any on-set pranks, the cast and director shared over five minutes of footage from the upcoming DC superhero film. (LA Times)

Shazam! will open in theaters on April 5.

Here is a Shazam! panel picture courtesy of Don Kaye via Syfy Wire:

Here are just some of the cool cosplayers photographed at today’s event. The first two are courtesy of Jeff Gritchen for the Orange County Register/SCNG and the remainder are courtesy of IGN:

Next up are some pictures provided by our very own Roz, who is on the ground at Wonder Con, and will be reporting on some of the fun events she participated in over the weekend.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. panel, featuring Elizabeth Henstridge, Iain De Caestecker, Henry Simmons, Natalia Cordova-Buckley and Jeff Ward, along with executive producers Maurissa Tancharoen, Jed Whedon and Jeff Bell

Deadly Class Press Room, featuring Benjamin Wadsworth, María Gabriela de Faría, Luke Tennie, Liam James, Taylor Hickson and executive producer/co-showrunner Miles Orion Feldsott

Cas Anvar from The Expanse with Roz

Cosplayers: Spider-Noir from Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power Panel, featuring executive producer Noelle Stevenson, Aimee Carrero (Adora/She-Ra), AJ Michalka (Catra), Karen Fukuhara (Glimmer), Marcus Scribner (Bow), Lauren Ash (Scorpia) and Merit Leighton (Frosta)

Day Three (Final Day) of Wonder Con tomorrow…

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The first day of Wonder Con 2019 came to an end yesterday, and while there were many panels held throughout the day, the BIG event of the day was the panel for the much anticipated X-Men franchise movie Dark Phoenix which will be out in theatres on June 7.

Do not miss out on the following pictures taken by our very own Dominick Dusseault, who was there to snap some great shots of the panelists at the Anaheim Convention Center.

More pictures coming soon!

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It was a fairly typical night of programming on the major networks with nearly all of the prime-time dramas airing new episodes.

Here is how all those Friday night dramas fared in the overall ratings:

8 PM Shows:
The Blacklist (NBC) [NEW – Hour 1] – 4.3 million viewers
Dynasty (The CW) [NEW] – 593,000 viewers

9 PM Shows:
The Blacklist (NBC) [NEW – Hour 2] – 4 million viewers
Proven Innocent (FOX) [NEW] – 2 million viewers
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (The CW) [NEW] – 415,000 viewers

What did you watch on TV last night. Please share.

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