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Rueben’s Ramblings is celebrating its 10th Anniversary!!

In honor of that I decided to highlight some of the big events that took place during each year of the past 10 years.

Today’s salute is focused on 2019:

A couple of the more memorable shows that debuted during that year included:

* A Discovery of Witches – Based on the book by Deborah Harkness, this series starred Matthew Goode as a centuries-old vampire and Theresa Palmer as a historian (and reluctant witch) who fall in love despite the long-held distrust between witches and vampires.

* Whiskey Cavalier – This action series was a breath of fresh air and just so damn fun to watch during the spring of 2019. The chemistry between leads Scott Foley and Lauren Cohen was pretty terrific too. The most upsetting thing was the network cancelled the show after only 13 episodes, disappointing all of its fans and especially the cast.

* His Dark Materials – This HBO drama may not have pulled in the ratings as expected or even hoped – given that it took over the Game of Thrones time slot – but it certainly was grand in scope, had Lin-Manuel Miranda recurring – and a giant talking polar bear. There was much more to the show than that, but those were the stand-outs for me.

* The Witcher – The draw for this Netflix fantasy series was, of course, Henry Cavill (Superman himself), but I found myself captivated by the action, the magic and even the grunts and growls from Geralt. Despite less than positive critic response, this series became one of the most in demand original series on streaming platforms.

* Pennyworth – This EPIX series gave viewers a much different look at Alfred Pennyworth, the long-time butler to the Wayne family from Batman legend. Viewers got to see a young man looking to find his own place in the world while becoming a target for a conspiratorial group wanting to take over the British government.

* Batwoman – The most recent installment of the DC Universe was introduced in the fall of 2019, bringing Kate Kane, cousin to Bruce Wayne (aka Batman) to live in a Gotham City where the Caped Crusader has been MIA for the past three years. Sure, at the end of the debut season viewers were very surprised that Ruby Rose (series lead) left the show, making it necessary for the series to be revamped for its sophomore season.

Some of the big events that took place throughout the year included:

Jane the Virgin came to an end in 2019 and Gina Rodriguez had an impressive 7-minute monologue where she talked about her situation between the unexpected return of her late husband Michael (who had been believed to be dead for YEARS) and her relationship with Rafael. And, during the series finale of the show it was FINALLY revealed that the narrator of the series was actually a grown-up Mateo, Jane and Rafael’s son.

NOTE: Sadly the video of Jane’s monologue is not available online, but the video of the Mateo reveal is available, and you can see that below:

The final season of Game of Thrones was raked over the coals by fans for being hot-and-cold, disappointing a lot of fans; but one of the best events to take place in the final season was watching 5′ 1″ tall Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) kill the Night King, ending all of the White Walkers.

You can see that scene below (go to 4:48 in the video to see the BIG moment):

A big milestone that took place in 2019 was the 20th Anniversary of the TV series Angel with a reunion of the cast members on the cover of Entertainment Weekly.

Check out the cover photo for that issue:

[Photo Credit: Entertainment Weekly]

One of the final episodes of Supernatural (sure, the very last 7 episodes will air in 2021 because of the pandemic, but…) featured the return of John Winchester (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). It was an emotional episode for the cast and the fans.

You can see the family picture below:

Five years after the box office movie was released, Veronica Mars FINALLY returned for a much anticipated fourth season, and the episodes were even released early as a way to not only appease the fans but also in celebration of lead star Kristin Bell’s birthday.

That being said, though, the fourth season brought about a major controversy [Spoiler Alert if you haven’t watched] that rocked the fandom to its core. Veronica and Logan got married BUT then Logan was killed – yes, killed – in the final episode shortly after they exchanged their vows.

Needless to say, fans were in an uproar over that unnecessary and unwelcome twist and what made it even worse was the fervor over how Kristin Bell and series creator Rob Thomas handled the fans ire over Logan’s death, and the resulting efforts to stop a season 5 from ever being made without Logan.

The top movie at the box office in 2019 was Avengers: Endgame. Meanwhile some of the worst movies for the year were Stuber, Cats and the Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway film Serenity. Two movies that SHOULD have done well but turned out to be flops were Dark Phoenix and Terminator: Dark Fate.

NOTE: Regardless of how poorly those two movies performed at the box office, our photographer Dom got some great shots of cast members at Wonder Con and San Diego Comic Con.

Check out Dom’s pictures at the links below:

Dark Phoenix at Wonder Con

Terminator: Dark Fate at San Diego Comic Con

Following in the tradition, I had started a number of years earlier, I selected a group of interesting people as part of my faces of the year and new faces to be on the look out for in the new year.

Some of the people I picked for 2019 included: Cynthia Erivo, Marsai Martin, Kaitlyn Dever, Simone Missick, Andrew Scott, Samara Weaving and Beanie Feldstein.

The Faces of 2019

The New Faces of 2020

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Rueben’s Ramblings is celebrating its 10th Anniversary!!

In honor of that I decided to highlight some of the big events that took place during each year of the past 10 years.

Today’s salute is focused on 2018:

A couple of the more memorable shows that debuted during that year included:

* Altered Carbon – This cyberpunk series was created by Laeta Kalogridis based on the 2002 novel of the same name by author Richard K. Morgan. In a world where consciousness can be transferred to different bodies, Takeshi Kovacs (Will Yun Lee and Joel Kinnaman), a former soldier turned investigator, must solve a murder. Hamilton alum Renée Elise Goldsberry was also one of the cast members.

* Good Omens – From the minds of Neil Gaiman and the late Terry Pratchett, based on their 1990 novel, the mini-series aired on Amazon Prime. The series followed demon Crowley (Doctor Who alum David Tennant) and the angel Aziraphale (Michael Sheen), longtime friends who, having grown accustomed to life on Earth as representatives of Heaven and Hell, seek to prevent the coming of the Antichrist and with it Armageddon, the final battle between Heaven and Hell.

* Chilling Adventures of Sabrina – Right on time for Halloween, the first half of the first season of this much-darker look at Sabrina (the teenage witch from the creator of Riverdale) debuted on Netflix, starring Mad Men alum Kiernan Shipka in the title role.

Two shows that came to an end that year included:

*12 Monkeys – The final 11 episodes of this post-apocalyptic, time-traveling series aired on Syfy during the summer of 2018, finally connecting the mysteries and bringing the war and the virus to an end (or at least it seemed that way); and in a twist, James and Cassie were reunited.

* Nashville – The show moved from ABC where it aired for 4 seasons to CMT for its final two seasons in which Rayna James (lead star Connie Britton) died due to injuries sustained in a car accident and the show ended with Deacon (lead star Charles Esten) performing on stage then the show broke the fourth wall with every previous cast member from the show joining him on stage to sing.

Some big events that took place throughout 2018 included:

[Photo Credit: Presidential Election Historical Center]

The Me Too and Time’s Up movements were top headlines for the year.

Jodie Whitaker became the 13th Doctor on Doctor Who, the first woman to play the character in the series. She made her official debut in the 2017 Christmas special, and then began her time as Doctor Who in the latter part of 2018.

Brandon Victor Dixon performed to rave reviews in the live televised event of Jesus Christ Superstar on NBC that aired on Easter Sunday (April 1).

You can see him in action in this clip from the live special:

We all mourned the loss in November of the one and only, the legendary Stan Lee.

Actress Nicole Maines debuted on Supergirl, playing the character Nia Nal. She soon became the first transgender superhero on TV.

[Photo Credit: Dominick Dusseault]

Among the great pictures from this year that were captured by our photographer Dom included the Felicity Reunion at the ATX Festival, Johnny Depp appearing in character and a Dr. Horrible Reunion both at San Diego Comic Con.

And, our very own Roz had the fantastic opportunity to get a photo with the one and only Nichelle Nichols (Lieutenant Uhura from the original Star Trek) at Wonder Con.

Nichelle Nichols and Roz

The top movie at the box office in 2018 was Black Panther and it should also be mentioned that the overnight sensation was Crazy Rich Asians. It was also this year that Shazam! and Aquaman hit the screens. Meanwhile some of the worst movies for the year were Holmes & Watson, The Happytime Murders and Gotti.

Following in the tradition, I had started a number of years earlier, I selected a group of interesting people as part of my faces of the year and new faces to be on the look out for in the new year.

Some of the people I picked for 2018 included: Noah Centineo, Letita Wright, Kelly Marie Tran, Timothee Chalamet, Awkwafina, Gemma Chan, Tiffany Haddish, Indya Moore, Kiki Layne and Henry Golding.

The Faces of 2018

The New Faces of 2019

COMING SOON: Salute to 2019

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A couple days ago, Rueben’s Ramblings celebrated its 10th Anniversary, and it’s my plan to highlight just some of the big events that took place during each year of the past 10 years.

Today’s salute is focused on 2011:

Some memorable shows that debuted in 2011 included:

* Revenge – The complex ABC drama debuted in the fall, starring Emily Van Camp (formerly of Everwood) as Emily Thorne (nee Amanda Clarke), a troubled young woman who descended upon the Hamptons to exact revenge against the people who wronged her father. Die-hard Roswell (the original show) fans were SO excited to see Nick Wechsler back on their small screens and Gabriel Mann as the one and only Nolan Ross;

* Teen Wolf – Unlike the comedy box office film of the same name that starred Back to the Future and Family Ties favorite Michael J. Fox, this MTV small screen thriller was not what viewers were expecting, but it certainly packed a bunch. Starring relative unknowns in every role (except the adults), this series made stars out of its lead cast Tyler Posey, Tyler Hoechlin (Clark Kent in Supergirl) and especially Dylan O’Brien;

* Once Upon a Time – In a time when people did not expect to be taken with fairytales, this ABC series took everyone by surprise, making the lives of Snow White, Prince Charming, Rumplestiltskin, The Evil Queen and so many other classic fairytales come to live; and the costumes were quite something to behold as well. Fans of the first season will also remember Jamie Dornan (who went on to become Christian Grey in the Fifty Shades franchise) as the Sheriff (aka The Huntsman);

* Grimm – NBC wasn’t going to let ABC have all the “fun” with fairytales, as they also introduced the world to the world of make-believe by introducing the world to Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoil, who has gone on to star in ABC’s A Million Little Things), a homicide detective who could see the true faces of fairytale creatures, who were hiding in plain sight;

* Downton Abbey – The international hit was just getting its start on the small screen in January of 2011 with an incredible ensemble of characters (and actors), portraying the lives of the British aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the early 20th century;

* Game of Thrones – Also not to be undone was the HBO adaptation of the George R.R. Martin book series ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ that brought the world Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, Jason Momoa, Sophia Turner, Richard Madden, Maisie Williams, Gwendoline Christie, Nathalie Emmanuel and countless others; and,

* Suits – In the summer of 2011, the USA Network debuted this legal drama about brilliant college dropout Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) who found himself working alongside one of the best New York City lawyers, Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht). What viewers didn’t know at the time was that one of the cast members – a certain actress named Meghan Markle – would later go on to become the Duchess of Sussex by marrying Prince Harry himself.

(Photo Credit: Rueben)

The fuzzy picture was taken by me at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills in 2013 when the cast of Suits appeared for a moderated panel. I remember Meghan joking during the panel that it was surreal for her, as she used to work at Paper Source, a high-end paper and greeting card store right in the heart of Beverly Hills, which was located only a couple blocks from the Paley Center.

(Photo Credit: Dominick Dusseault)

The other picture was taken by our very own Dominick Dusseault in Austin, Texas in 2015 at that year’s ATX Festival.

Before the world was introduced to Gal Gadot as Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman, David E. Kelley, the prolific writer/creator behind TV shows such as The Practice, Boston Public and Boston Law [just to name a few], decided to take on the impossible: a new small screen version of Wonder Woman.

Taking on the insurmountable task (at the time) of playing the title character was Adrianne Palicki, who at the time was best known for her role of Tyra Collette in Friday Night Lights and also as Sam’s doomed girlfriend Jessica in Supernatural.

Here is a trailer for that much-maligned failed pilot (and check out who was to be in the cast too!):

That same year, another big production was just getting underway: the casting of Clark Kent aka Superman for the 2013 movie Man of Steel. The actor cast in the lead role was Henry Cavill, who at the time was best known for his recurring role in the TV series The Tudors and was the lead in that year’s movie Immortals. Eagle eye viewers would also recognize him as Albert Mondego, the teen son of Edmond Dantes and his lover Mercedès Iguanada in the 2002 remake of The Count of Monte Cristo. It was only a few months later that the casting of Lois Lane was made with Amy Adams landing that plum role.

In casting news for the small screen on The Vampire Diaries, the role of Klaus – the legendary vampire within that world who put fear into the dead hearts of all vampires – was also announced. British actor Joseph Morgan landed that crucial role, and while he was relatively unknown to American viewers – except those who might have watched the supernatural series Hex or had seen him in the British TV film Mansfield Park.

Actor Nathan Fillion had been a Geek God to sci-fi fans since he landed the lead role of Malcolm Reynolds aka Captain Tightpants in the short-lived but much-beloved series Firefly that aired during the 2002-2003 TV season. In 2011, he had been the lead in the ABC TV drama Castle for two seasons; and it was in March of that year that [finally] Nathan graced the cover of Entertainment Weekly as the Geek God we all knew and loved.

For convention goers – or more specifically those who attended San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) – the inaugural event of Nerd HQ – the organization masterminded by Chuck star Zachary Levi – took place alongside SDCC that year. That year’s event was small in comparison to its proceeding events, which eventually came to an end (unfortunately) in 2017.

(Photo Credit: Rueben)

On a more personal level, I had some of my first convention interview experiences in 2011, starting with an almost one-on-one interview (it was only me and one other reporter at our press table) with actress Anna Silk who played Bo in the Canadian series Lost Girl at San Diego Comic Con.

(Photo Credit: Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

And a few months earlier, I had the incredible experience of sitting at the same press table at Wonder Con with actor Henry Cavill (who had just recently been announced as the new Superman) and his Immortals co-stars Luke Evans (who has since been Gaston in Beauty and the Beast and the TV series The Alienist, among others) and Isabel Lucas (the Home and Away star who recurred for one season in the MacGyver reboot).

Here is my article from that interview: Venture Into the World of Immortals

In movie news for 2011, the #1 box office movie was Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows, Part 2, which marked the end of that long-running and popular movie franchise. In fact, I wrote an article about The End of Harry Potter.

On the other spectrum, two of the worst movies for that year were Jack & Jill and Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star.

Just like in 2010, I chose actors who stood out in 2011 as well as actors to be on the look out for in 2012. Among those choices were Michael Fassbender, Sam Claflin, Hayley Atwell, Henry Cavill, Dylan O’Brien, Elizabeth Olson, Felicity Jones, Wilson Bethel, Lily Collins, Nicholas Hoult and Brit Marling.

Once again, I apologize for their pictures not appearing in the following links, but just like the previous year, I feel I was “spot on” in my choices:

The Faces of 2011

Faces to Watch in 2012

COMING SOON: Salute to 2012

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The 50th Annual Comic Con came to a close in San Diego today with a few TV shows being highlighted, primarily the very last – EVER – panel for Supernatural.

Supernatural (The CW)

Given that this is the LAST time these guys will be on stage, and after 15 years, I wanted to provide several articles about their very last appearance at the convention.

https://ew.com/comic-con/2019/07/21/supernatural-final-comic-con-panel/

‘Supernatural’ Cast And Creators Tease Details For Final Season, Prepare For Emotional Goodbye And Giveaway Show’s Iconic Impala – Comic-Con

SUPERNATURAL Comic-Con Panel: The Cast and Producers Tease the Final Season

You can also see a special video called “Restoring the Winchesters’ Impala” below:

There was also a BIG sizzle reel shown at this panel focusing on the past 14 years of the show. I hope that sizzle reel will be available for mass consumption soon.

Photo Credit: Kevin Winter-Getty Images

Riverdale (The CW)

https://ew.com/comic-con/2019/07/20/riverdale-comic-con-2019-interview/

‘Riverdale’s Luke Perry Tribute Season Opener To Feature ‘90210’ Cast Mate As Special Guest – Comic-Con

Photo Credit: TV Line

Mayans, MC (FX)

‘Mayans MC’ Rumbles Into Comic-Con With Season 2 Preview

Here is a trailer for season two:

More Marvel Universe News

https://ew.com/comic-con/2019/07/20/marvel-comic-con-panel-everything-we-learned/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_content=link&utm_campaign=entertainmentweekly_entertainmentweekly&utm_term=30553F84-AB66-11E9-885E-77D639982C1E&fbclid=IwAR2K2UJ4wn0ykwgU_pol0Ekj8xaTJhFRovpmRd1pzrJ46wK_M9ZKLATwLlk

[Photo Credit: Albert L. Ortega-Getty Images]

Roz Report

It was a very low key kind of day at the convention for Roz, as she skipped all the panels, but did go see Chef Justin Warner (@eatfellowhumans), who worked all weekend with the Marvel staff, but was very sweet in between live streams today.

Roz and Chef Justin Warner

[Photo Credit: Roz Foster]

At the end of the con, she met up with some friends and their friends, and among those friends was C.B. Lee, the author of the Sidekick Squad series.

COSPLAYERS

Photo Credit: TQ Gaskins

[Photo Credit: i09-Gizmodo]

Until next year!!

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Just like yesterday, day three of San Diego Comic Con was jam-packed with LOTS and LOTS of TV show panels and so much more.

Batwoman (The CW)

https://www.cnet.com/news/batwoman-will-have-hush-origin-burt-ward-cameo-revealed-at-san-diego-comic-con-2019/

Here is the trailer for Batwoman:

Project Blue Book (History Channel)

https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/project-blue-book-sdcc

Here is a teaser for season 2:

Star Trek Universe (CBS All Access)

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/star-trek-discovery-comic-con-panel-picard-trailer-1225849

Here is a trailer for Star Trek: Picard

The Good Place (NBC)

https://ew.com/comic-con/2019/07/20/the-good-place-season-4-comic-con-2019-interview/

The Good Place – 360° Experience

The Expanse (Amazon)

Here is a trailer for the show’s new season on the streaming service:

You can also check out The Expanse Activation

Westworld (HBO)

https://www.vulture.com/2019/07/westworld-season-3-jonathan-nolans-comic-con-2019-tease.html

Here is the trailer for Season 3:

Impulse (You Tube)

https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/impulse-sdcc

Here is the trailer for Season 2:

The Orville (now on Hulu)

<i>The Orville</i> Moving Exclusively to Hulu for Season 3, to Premiere in <i>Late</i> 2020

You can check out the Orville experience below:

Here is a cool poster for the show that Comic Con was featuring as a giveaway:

Snowpiercer (TBS)

Here is a full video interview via Entertainment Tonight with the cast who attended the con:

Here is the trailer for the debut season:

https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/07/21/snowpiercer-season-1-trailer-comic-con-2019

Arrow (The CW)

https://www.etonline.com/comic-con-2019-arrow-cast-dish-on-cinematic-final-season-felicitys-absence-exclusive-128270

Make sure to check out this sizzle reel:

Entertainment Weekly’s Women Who Kick Ass

https://ew.com/comic-con/2019/07/20/women-who-kick-ass-panel-2019/

Left to Right: Shoreh Aghdashloo, Betty Gilpin, Jeri Ryan, Cobie Smulders and Freema Agyeman

[Photo Credit: Zimbio-Getty Images]

Supergirl (The CW)

Here is a video interview via Entertainment Tonight with the cast who attended the con:

Here is the trailer for the new season:

The Man in the High Castle (Amazon)

https://screenrant.com/man-high-castle-season-4-release-date-trailer/

Here is a trippy sneak peek at the final season:

https://screenrant.com/man-high-castle-season-4-release-date-trailer/

Black Lightning (The CW)

https://www.cbr.com/black-lightning-sdcc-2019-panel/

Here is a trailer for the new season:

[Photo Credit: Lisa Harrison]

NOTE: The latest crossover – “Crisis on Infinite Earths” – between the DC shows will be a 5-parter, involving Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow and Batwoman with the first 3 parts set to air in December and the last 2 set to air after the mid-season break in early 2020. It was also announced that Brandon Routh and Tyler Hoechlin will both don the Superman cape in the crossover with Tyler reprising his role as Clark/Superman and Brandon playing Kingdom Come Superman.

Check out this cool Comics Come to Life Video:

Wynonna Earp (Syfy)

Here is a video interview with the cast courtesy of Entertainment Weekly:

Check out this season 4 teaser trailer, which features bloopers:

NOS4A2 (AMC)

The show will be back for a second season.

https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/07/21/nos42-zachary-quinto-says-it-isnt-your-typical-vampire-show-comic-con-2019

The Flash (The CW)

https://comicbook.com/dc/2019/07/21/sdcc-2019-panel-recap-the-flash/

Here is a trailer for the new season:

The Magicians (Syfy)

Here is a video interview of the cast from Entertainment Weekly

Here is a first look at Season 5:

Stan Lee’s Alliances: A Trick of Light (Audible)

“Stan Lee’s Alliances: A Trick Of Light” SDCC Audible Experience Better Than Audio Drama

ROZ REPORT

After all the excitement Roz had yesterday (it was Veronica Mars day yesterday after all), today was a bit more low key for her; but she did have a great time at the panel for The Good Place (which she will miss when it ends next year). She snapped a few pics of the panel, which you can find below:

[Photo Credit: Roz Foster]

She also sat in on the panel for The Expanse, which is reaping the financial benefits of all that Amazon money because the show has some amazing visuals. You can see her picture of the panel below:

[Photo Credit: Roz Foster]

Her day ended with a visit to Conanfor some sneak peeks at the new fantasy series Carnival Row and then a low-key meet up for the podcast Fansplaining where authors Britta Lundin (“Ship It”) and Rainbow Rowell (“Wayward Son”) made an appearance.

Other Tidbits

50 Years of Apollo 11

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/behind-screen/apollo-11-anniversary-how-hollywood-helped-nasa-bring-moon-walk-images-public-1225846?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=THR%20Behind%20the%20Screen_now_2019-07-20%2012:15:04_tberesford&utm_term=hollywoodreporter_therace_bts

Watchmen Trailer

Marvel Announcements

The Falcon & Winter Solider Disney+ series will be set after the events of Avengers: Endgame, starring Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan. Mackie even came on stage holding the iconic Captain America shield. Emily VanCamp and Daniel Bruhl will reprise their film roles too. Disney+ is set to launch on November 12.

Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige made the announcement that Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) will take over the role of Blade in a reboot of the franchise.

It was announced that Canadian actor Simu Liu (The Expanse) and Awkwafina (Ocean’s 8 and Crazy Rich Asians) will star in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. The original Marvel Comics follows Shang, a half-Chinese, half-American superhero; a master of numerous unarmed and weaponry-based wushu styles, including the use of the gun, nunchaku, and jian.

It was revealed that the cast of the upcoming Marvel movie The Eternals will include Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Richard Madden (Game of Thrones and Bodyguard), Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta) and Kumail Nanjiami (The Big Sick). The movie should be out in theatres on November 6, 2020.

The MCU will get its first LGBTQ superhero in Thor: Love and Thunder, and that will be Valkyrie (played by Tessa Thompson); and it was revealed that as Asgard’s new ruler she will seek out a Queen to rule alongside her.

COSPLAYERS

TOMORROW: Day Four, Comic Con 2019 [Final Day of Convention]

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Day two of San Diego Comic Con was jam-packed with LOTS and LOTS of TV show panels and so much more.

Here is part 2 of coverage on the TV shows that were featured on Friday:

Game of Thrones (HBO)

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/tv/story/2019-07-19/game-of-thrones-comic-con-final-panel

Wanna see the whole Game of Thrones panel? You can watch it below:

The Rook (Starz)

The Rook Comic-Con Sneak Peek and New Photos

Joely Richardson, Emma Greenwell and Olivia Munn

Q&A with Nathan Fillion and Alexi Hawley (The Rookie – ABC)

While there wasn’t a panel (per se) for the cast of The Rookie, the cast was at the con, sitting down with Entertainment Weekly to talk about the show. Here is that video interview:

TV Guide Fan Favorites

This year’s panel included Ben Feldman and Lauren Ash from NBC’s Superstore; William Jackson Harper from NBC’s The Good Place; Candice Patton from The CW’s The Flash; Caity Lotz from The CW’s Legends of Tomorrow; Matt Davis from The CW’s Legacies; newlyweds Bob Morley and Eliza Taylor from The CW’s The 100; Brittany Curran from Syfy’s The Magicians; Clark Gregg from ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Yetide Badaki from Starz’s American Gods with a surprise visit from Stephen Amell, star of The CW’s Arrow.

[Photo Credit: Zimbio-Getty Images North America]

nExt (FOX)

This new FOX drama that hits a bit TOO close to home will debut in 2020. Here is the albeit long synopsis of the show:

nexXt is propulsive, fact-based thriller about the emergence of a deadly, rogue artificial intelligence that asks us to look closely not only at our relationship to technology, but to one another. Silicon Valley pioneer Paul LeBlanc (John Slattery, Mad Men) built a fortune and legacy on the world-changing innovations he dreamed up, while ignoring and alienating the people around him, including his own daughter, Abby (Elizabeth Cappucino, Jessica Jones), and his short-sighted younger brother, Ted (Jason Butler Harner, Ozark), who now runs Paul’s company.

After discovering that one of his own creations – a powerful A.I. called neXt – might spell doom for humankind, Paul tried to shutter the project, only to be kicked out of the company by his own brother, leaving him with nothing but mounting dread about the fate of the world.

When a series of unsettling tech mishaps points to a potential worldwide crisis, LeBlanc joins forces with Special Agent Shea Salazar (Fernanda Andrade, The First). Having escaped crime, poverty and a deadly criminal father to remake herself as a force for good, Salazar’s strict moral code and sense of duty have earned her the respect of her team – a talented but contentious group held together by her faith in their ability to defy expectations and transcend their differences, including Gina (Eve Harlow, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), a high-strung cybercrime agent; Ben (Aaron Moten, Mozart in the Jungle), a straight-laced, buttoned-up hard worker, who is boring to the point of being interesting; and CM (Michael Mosley, Seven Seconds), an ex-con hacker with a genius IQ. But the demands of Shea’s challenging job have taken their toll on her home life, where Salazar’s young son, Owen (Evan Whitten, The Resident), has been raised primarily by his father, Ty (Gerardo Celasco, The Haves and the Have Nots), a recovering alcoholic.

Now, LeBlanc and Salazar are the only ones standing in the way of a potential global catastrophe, fighting an emergent super-intelligence that, instead of launching missiles, will deploy the immense knowledge it has gleaned from the data all around us to recruit allies, turn people against each other and eliminate obstacles to its own survival and growth.

Here is a poster for neXt that was part of a giveaway at the con:

Here is a trailer for neXt:

Preacher (AMC)

https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/sdcc-2019-preacher-panel

Here is a trailer for the 4th and final season of Preacher:

Pandora (The CW)

https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/pandora-cw-sdcc-2019

Watch as some of the cast of Pandora talk about the sci-fi series:

Batman: Hush (DC Universe Animated Film)

This direct-to-video animated superhero film based on the comic book story arc of the same name is the 13th installment of the DC animated movie universe that focuses on a mysterious criminal known as Hush (voiced by Geoffrey Arend), determined to destroy both the crime-fighting career and personal life of Batman (voice by Jason O’Mara), which has already been complicated by a relationship with Catwoman (voice by Jennifer Morrison).

Other voice actors include Jerry O’Connell (Superman), Rebecca Romijn (Lois Lane), Maury Sterling (Thomas Elliot), Rainn Wilson (Lex Luthor), Sean Maher (Dick Grayson/Nightwing), Peyton List (Barbara Gordon/Batgirl), Bruce Thomas (James Gordon), Stuart Allan (Damian Wayne/Robin), James Garnett (Alfred), Vanessa Williams (Amanda Waller) and Geoffrey Arend (also as Edward Nygma/The Riddler).

Check out this video interview with some of the actors who will voice characters in the animated series based on the graphic novel, courtesy of IGN:

https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/07/19/batman-hush-actors-do-iconic-dc-villain-impressions-comic-con-2019

Also during this panel new animated movies were announced. You can read the details here:

https://comicbook.com/marvel/2019/07/20/superman-man-of-tomorrow-movie/

Other Tidbits

NiceGirl Lisa singing with Orlando Jones on the Syfy Karaoke Bus (https://www.facebook.com/lisa.harrison.7315/videos/10216847955084248/?).

NOTE: Make sure you are logged in to Facebook to watch the video.

The Best Things at Comic Con Aren’t at Comic Con

https://www.wired.com/story/comic-con-off-site/?verso=true

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Day two of San Diego Comic Con 2019 was jam-packed with LOTS and LOTS of TV show panels and so much more.

Let’s take a look at just some of the TV shows that were on tap today. [There will be more coverage on day two of Comic Con sometime tomorrow.]

Veronica Mars (Hulu)

Hulu has made season 4 available NOW rather than on July 26 as originally planned. You can now binge-watch all 8 episodes. What are you waiting for?!! Seriously, get over to Hulu and watch.

Best of all, our very own Roz dedicated a lot of her day today to the show, getting a chance to pose for quick selfies with some of the cast. Check out her great photos below:

[Photo Credit: Roz Foster]

Also, Kristen Bell got to meet Lin-Manuel Miranda – Hamilton himself – for the first time EVER – and it was swoon worthy.

You can see her reaction video here and then check out the picture of the two of them courtesy of Entertainment Weekly:

[Photo Credit: Eric Ray Davidson/Entertainment Weekly]

Here is a trailer for Veronica Mars Season 4:

Fear the Walking Dead (AMC)

‘Fear The Walking Dead’ Renewed For Season 6; Adds New Cast Members And Reveals Plans For New Series – Comic-Con

Here is the trailer for Fear the Walking Dead:

Here is a photo of Fear the Walking Dead cast who was at the con:

[Photo Credit: TV Line]

The Walking Dead (AMC)

<i>The Walking Dead</i>'s First Season 10 Trailer Teases Michonne/Ezekiel Romance, the Whisperers War and More

Entertainment Weekly’s Brave Warriors

On the panel this year were actors John Bradley (Game of Thrones), Cameron Cuffe (Krypton), Michael Emerson (soon to be seen in CBS’s Evil), Aiden Gillen (Project Blue Book and formerly of Game of Thrones), Cress Williams (Black Lightning) and William Zabka (Cobra Kai).

https://ew.com/comic-con/2019/07/19/brave-warriors-panel/

The Witcher (Netflix)

Henry Cavill shared during the panel that he “is a big gamer. I’ve played the games a lot. There was something about Geralt that struck a chord with me.” He also shared that he did his own stunts. “It’s very important for me that you know it’s Geralt and it’s not some guy doing Geralt’s stuff but it’s me in there.”

In fact, he learned how to wield two swords – one silver for monsters and one steel for people. And, there is some speculation that perhaps The Witcher just MIGHT take over the mantel of Game of Thrones.

In short the series is about the witcher, Geralt, a mutated monster hunter, who struggles to find his place in a world where people prove more wicked than beasts.

Here is a trailer for The Witcher:

Legacies (The CW):

https://meaww.com/sdcc-2019-legacies-julie-plec-new-character-vampire-diaries-character-return-romance-season-2

Here is a picture of the cast of Legacies who were at the con:

[Photo Credit: TV Line]

The Boys (Amazon):

The Boys has been given a second season renewal by the streaming service a week in advance of its debut.

Women Take Spotlight In Amazon’s Anti-Hero Series ‘The Boys’ – Comic-Con

Here is a trailer for The Boys:

Pennyworth (EPIX):

https://www.ign.com/articles/2019/07/18/pennyworth-tv-show-review-epix-episode-1-premiere

Here is a trailer for Pennyworth:

Carnival Row (Amazon):

https://comicbook.com/tv-shows/2019/07/19/sdcc-2019-panel-recap-carnival-row/

Here is a trailer for Carnival Row:

CONAN O’BRIEN

Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Norman Reedus (Negan and Daryl of The Walking Dead) also appeared on Conan yesterday – it wasn’t just Tom Cruise – pretending to be two 16-year-old girls who are cosplayers.

Check out the video here:

OTHER TIDBITS

It should also be noted that there will be TWO more Halloween movies, they will be sequels to the 2018 Halloween movie. It was stated by Blumhouse, “the saga of Michael Myers and Laurie Strode isn’t over.”

One of my fellow NiceGirls TV staff, Lisa, had the chance to not only meet Orlando Jones (American God and Sleepy Hollow) – you can see the picture below – but she also got to sing with him on the karaoke bus that was winding its way around San Diego during the con. I hope to have video of that soon.

[Photo Credit: Lisa Harrison]

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[Photo Credit: Pop Sugar]

Chewie’s Angels (Courtesy of Imgur):

TOMORROW: Day Two, Part 2 and Day Three – Comic Con 2019

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It was a BIG day at San Diego Comic Con today with not only Tom Cruise showing up at Conan O’Brien’s special taping along with the first trailer for Top Gun: Maverick but Arnold himself showed up for the big Hall H Terminator Dark Fate panel.

Thanks for our very own Dominick Dusseault, we’ve got some great pictures of the Terminator panel. You can check those out below:

[Photo Credit: Dominick Dusseault]

As for the Tom Cruise appearance on Conan, NiceGirl Lisa was at the taping, and let’s just say it was a BIG surprise to everyone that the special guest was Mr. Cruise himself. And, he also crashed the Terminator Dark Fate panel to show off the trailer for Top Gun: Maverick.

Here is a picture from NiceGirl Lisa:

[Photo Credit: Lisa Harrison]

Here is the trailer for Top Gun: Maverick:

[Photo Credit: Meaww]

As for Terminator Dark Fate news, James Cameron wasn’t in attendance at the panel, but he livestreamed a message form the set of Avatar and the news dropped that Judgment Day’s Edward Furlong will be in the movie, reprising the role of John Connor. Did anyone see THAT coming?!

As everyone recalls, Linda Hamilton got herself into peek physical condition for Judgment Day, but this time around her preparations were “more internal. The hard work I did was the deep exploration of a woman who’s an outsider whose life hasn’t worked out. I had to go to my deepest sorrows and places of deepest loss, and that’s what makes Sarah Connor, Sarah Connor. (Courtesy i09/Gizmodo)

Here is a trailer for Terminator Dark Fate:

Among the TV shows that were featured with panels on the first day of the convention were:

Van Helsing (Syfy)

Thanks to Amrie Cunningham at My Take on TV for the following fantastic picture of actress Tricia Helfer (of Battlestar Galactica fame), who will join the season 4 cast of the Syfy horror series:

[Photo Credit: Amrie Cunningham/My Take on TV]

Van Helsing Trailer: [Warning: This one is VIOLENT, watch at your own risk!]

The Order (Netflix):

https://meaww.com/comic-con-2019-sdcc-updates-netflix-the-order-teases-season-2-cast-does-reading-of-upcoming-scenes

Evil (CBS):

https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/evil-cbs-sdcc-2019

Here is a trailer for Evil:

Nancy Drew (The CW):

https://comicbook.com/tv-shows/2019/07/18/nancy-drew-tv-series-spoilers-2019-the-cw-hardy-boys-comic-con/

Here is a trailer for Nancy Drew:

Emergence (ABC):

https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/emergence-sdcc

Here is a trailer for Emergence:

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC):

https://comicbook.com/marvel/2019/07/18/agents-of-shield-season-6-finale-trailer-teaser/

Here are some photos from Roz:

[Photo Credit: Roz Foster]

Stumptown (ABC):

‘Stumptown’ Spotlights Female Veterans And Indigenous Women; Cobie Smulders Addresses Character’s Bisexuality – Comic-Con

Here is a trailer for Stumptown:

You can also check out this cool poster for the show:

[Photo Credit: TV Guide]

Cobra Kai (You Tube):

https://comicbook.com/tv-shows/2019/07/18/cobra-kai-sdcc-2019-panel-live-recap/

His Dark Materials (HBO):

https://www.slashfilm.com/his-dark-materials-comic-con-2019/

Here is the trailer for His Dark Materials:

Superstore (NBC):

Exclusive Photos: America Ferrera, Ben Feldman and the Cast of NBC’s ‘Superstore’ at San Diego Comic-Con

It should also be noted that there were a lot of celebrations going on. San Diego Comic Con is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year; Ghostbusters is 35, Alien is 40 and there was even a panel celebrating the 100 years of Zorro. And, the 15th anniversary of Stargate Atlantis:

https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/stargate-atlantis-cast-15th-anniversary-sdcc

And there was also A Celebration of Stan Lee’s Life and Legacy panel:

https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/stan-lee-the-amazing-stan-restless-at-sdcc

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TOMORROW: Day Two, Comic Con 2019

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Two of the advanced screeners that aired last night at San Diego Comic Con during Preview Night included FOX’s upcoming psychological drama Prodigal Son and the latest DC Universe series Batwoman.

Here is the synopsis of Prodigal Son:

Malcolm Bright (Tom Payne from The Walking Dead) is a gifted criminal psychologist, using his twisted genius to help the NYPD solve crimes and stop killers, all while dealing with a manipulative mother (Bellamy Young from Scandal), a serial killer father (the one and only Michael Sheen) still looking to bond with his prodigal son and his own constantly evolving neuroses. Bright’s only ally is his sister, Ainsley (Halston Sage from The Orville), a TV journalist who wishes her brother would take a break from murder and have a normal life. Unfortunately for his sister, the only way Bright feels normal is by solving cases with the help of his longtime mentor, NYPD Detective Gil Arroyo (Lou Diamond Phillips). Arroyo’s one of the best detectives around, and he expects no less from his team, which includes Detective JT Tarmel (Frank Harts from The Path), a born-and-bred New Yorker who questions whether Bright is a psychopath himself.

Prodigal Son is set to debut on FOX on September 23, 2019.

Special correspondent NiceGirl Lisa provided us with this review:

I missed the first 15 minutes of The Prodigal Son pilot, but from what I saw it was a strong pilot. Michael Sheen gives an incredible performance in the episode. Lou Diamond Phillips also shines. It gave me Lucifer vibe a little bit, but I think it’s a strong pilot and will be a good show.

Here is a trailer for Prodigal Son:

Here is the synopsis of Batwoman:

Three years after Batman mysteriously disappeared, Gotham is a city in despair, and it’s under the watch of Jacob Kane (Dougray Scott) and his military-grade Crows Private Security, which now protects the city with omnipresent firepower and militia. When the Alice in Wonderland gang targets the firm, Kane’s daughter Kate (Ruby Rose from Orange Is the New Black) returns home, deciding that if she wants to help her family and her city, she’ll have to become the one thing her father loathes — a dark knight vigilante. With the help of her stepsister Mary and the crafty Luke Fox, the son of Wayne Enterprises’ tech guru Lucius Fox, Kate Kane continues the legacy of her missing cousin, Bruce Wayne. Armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, Kate soars through the shadowed streets of Gotham as Batwoman.

Batwoman will debut on The CW on October 6, 2019

Again, special correspondent NiceGirl Lisa provided us with this review:

Batwoman was really good. I am a huge fan of Ruby Rose, and she did a great job of carrying the pilot as well as stepping into the Batwoman character. It was really interesting to see the background of how she becomes Batwoman, why she becomes Batwoman and those questions are answered in the pilot. I also liked that they touched on homosexual issues because she is a lesbian, and I really liked that they have that aspect on the show. The cast is diverse and great support system for Ruby Rose to shine.

Here is a trailer for Batwoman:

LATER TODAY: Day One, San Diego Comic Con

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NiceGirl Mynda

Right now in San Diego, hundreds of thousands of pop culture fans are at the convention center for Comic Con 2019, checking out the Preview Night screeners – more on that shortly – as well as a sneak peek inside the coveted doors of the Exhibition Hall (see below for a few pictures from inside those walls).

Just like last year, Amazon had a big outside-the-convention-center activation area dedicated to The Expanse, The Boys and Carnival Row. Thanks to my fellow NiceGirlsTV staff members, who are at the con, I understand The Boys and The Expanse activations were “escape-room type challenges” while the one for Carnival Row was “more like an immersive theater experience.”

Check out NiceGirl Cay’s, NiceGirl Mynda’s and NiceGirl Lisa’s pictures from Carnival Row:

Cool, right?!

Among the special screenings that were to take place in Ballroom 20 were the pilot episodes of The CW’s new DC series Batwoman and the debut episode of Pennyworth that will be debuting on EPIX as well as a look at the new animation series Harley Quinn (among a number of other screeners).

And, thanks to the folks at FOX 5 San Diego, I understand that a special fundraising event for the new Comic-Con Museum happened this evening. The event was called “The Gathering.” It featured a black carpet celebration with Batman, who hit 80 this year, the first character inducted into the museum.

Now it’s time for the Roz’s Report. She got a chance to stop by the Her Universe booth, grabbing herself a new Loki dress and a Ravenclaw (that’s from the Harry Potter universe if you’ve been living under a rock – wink!) sweater dress. She also got herself some cute Doctor Who tattoos and a Fourth Doctor pin.

Check out the pics below:

Roz also got to check out this really cool Lego display for Game of Thrones. Check them out below:

As promised here are a few pictures I found online for Preview Night 2019 inside the Exhibition Hall. Thanks go out to the folks over at Bleeding Cool for these:

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