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2017 has been – to say the least – a very tumultuous year with more political scandals and unbelievable issues within the world of the government than any of us want to think about, countless accusations of sexual misconduct all throughout the world of Hollywood and horrible acts of Mother Nature that wreaked havoc on so many cities [and so much more].

Despite all of the bad things that have transpired this year, I want to focus – as much as possible – on all the good and fun things that have taken place.

For more than a decade now, I have been compiling these year-end round-ups on all things entertainment industry related. Granted it’s impossible to focus on EVERY single thing that has taken place, but I certainly have attempted to take a look at as many as I can through this year’s round-up articles.

As I have mentioned many time before, I have been a big fan of television since I was a child, becoming “the walking encyclopedia of the entertainment industry” (at least for my small hometown back in Pennsylvania) by the time I was in my mid-teens. And all these years later, I am still enamored with the good things that happen in the world of television, movies, music and books.

Two of my favorite activities are reading books and attending TV-related events. This year I was able to get through 30 books, and while that may seem like a small amount of reading material, for me [who is a SLOW reader] that is a lot for me. Among my favorites have been several trilogies by Susan Mallery and numerous books by Lauren Oliver, Becca Fitzpatrick, Amanda Grange, Beth Pattillo and Teri Wilson. I am finishing the year off reading “Drums of Autumn” by Diana Gabaldon in order to be prepared for season four of Outlander, which will air at some point in 2018.

I also attended a handful of TV-related events, sadly for the very LAST time. Those events included the annual Paley Fest at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, Wonder Con at the Convention Center in Anaheim, California and the annual Comic Con in San Diego.

But that’s more than enough about me. Starting tomorrow my first year-end round-up of this year will focus on the good and bad of television and for each day throughout the rest of the year I will spotlight the year that was: 2017.

NOTE: I apologize in advance for any omissions, spelling errors or oversights I may have made, but I don’t apologize for any of the choices I made.

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New York Comic Con 2017 took place from October 5 through October 8 in, of course, New York City.

Rueben’s Ramblings is pleased to say that our very own Dominick Dusseault was on hand to snap as many pictures as he could during numerous panels as well as in the interview space on the convention floor during three of the four days of the convention.

What is to follow below are just some of the fantastic photos he took during the annual event on Sunday:

Blindspot:

Deception:

The Gifted:

Until next year!!

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New York Comic Con 2017 took place from October 5 through October 8 in, of course, New York City.

Rueben’s Ramblings is pleased to say that our very own Dominick Dusseault was on hand to snap as many pictures as he could during numerous panels as well as in the interview space on the convention floor during three of the four days of the convention.

What is to follow below are just some of the fantastic photos he took during the annual event on Saturday:

The Walking Dead:

The Shannara Chronicles:

Jack Ryan:

Other:

The final pictures from Sunday will be posted over the weekend. Stay tuned!

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New York Comic Con 2017 took place from October 5 through October 8 in, of course, New York City.

Rueben’s Ramblings is pleased to say that our very own Dominick Dusseault was on hand to snap as many pictures as he could during numerous panels as well as in the interview space on the convention floor during three of the four days of the convention.

What is to follow below are just some of the fantastic photos he took during the annual event on Saturday:

The Tick:

Siren:

American Gods:

Black Mirror:

More pictures for Saturday and Sunday from New York Comic Con 2017 will be posted over the course of the next week or two. Stay tuned!

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On July 20 at San Diego Comic Con, actress Melissa Joan Hart (best known for her work on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and the sitcom Melissa and Joey) and her producing partner (and mother) Paula Hart [among others] participated in a panel focusing on their upcoming new project from their Hartbreak Films production company: The Watcher in the Woods.

This new take on the book by Florence Engel Randall and the 1981 Disney film, which starred legendary actress Bette Davis, will air on Lifetime this Saturday, October 21.

In this new version Academy Award winner Anjelica Huston takes on the role of Mrs. Alywood, the distraught mother whose daughter, Karen, vanished in the English countryside 36 years ago. Jan Carstairs (relative newcomer Tallulah Evans) and her family move into the idyllic Alywood manor for the summer. Upon arriving in the small village of Northrop, the family is warned against entering the surrounding woods, but Jan and her little sister Ellie (newcomer Dixie Egerickx) hear voices coming from the forest. Strange occurrences begin to unnerve the family and Jan begins to suspect that they are linked to Karen’s disappearance. As Jan unravels the dark past hidden by the townspeople, she delves further into the mystery and deeper into danger, but now it might be too late to escape the Watcher in the Woods.

Melissa not only served as executive producer alongside her mother, but she also directed the film, which has been a passion project of hers for the past 20 years. In a special roundtable interview with the press, Melissa and her mother as well as writer Scott Abbott and associate producer Andrew Gernhard shared details about the reimaging of The Watcher in the Woods.

Here is an excerpt of that interview:

What inspired you to reimagine The Watcher in the Woods?

Melissa: I was obsessed with the 1981 movie. I watched it over and over again with my family. When we were doing Sabrina, (we were constantly) looking for projects to do when I was off from the show.

Paula: At the time, Melissa would have been perfect for the part of Jan.

Melissa: (Mom) tried getting the rights for 17 years and we finally got Disney to give us the rights to let us do it, but at this point I was too old to play Jan and too young to play Mrs. Alywood.

Paula: Melissa really wanted to play Mrs. Alywood (though)…

Melissa: Then I was going to play the mom, but I really (didn’t) want to have to act AND direct so we ended up finding a really wonderful woman (Melanie Gutteridge) to play the mom and I didn’t have to do it.

What are the things you most wanted to use in this reimagining?

Scott Abbott (Writer): The first thing I wanted to preserve was the story itself. It’s a gothic story; it’s really a ghost story. The biggest concerns I had were, “Who is the Watcher?” “What is the Watcher?” and “What does the Watcher want?” Another thing I wanted to observe was (the) tone. (I wanted) to tell a straight gothic story. I didn’t want it to be a tale full of blood. I wanted it to be a tale of suspense.

Melissa: I think one of the things that Scott did that was so great, he really preserved (the) family aspect. (He also made) the Watcher be his own character (and that is the one major difference (from the movie and the book). I think he did an amazing job streamlining the story and making it clear who the Watcher is, what it wants and what’s going on.

You’ve got Anjelica Houston and some talented newcomers playing the kids. Can you talk a little about the casting process?

Paula: When we work on projects like this we have wish lists: “Who do we want?” “What do we think?” On top of my wish list was Anjelica Houston. And she said yes, it was fairly simple. We have this fantastic script, (we) sent it off to her and she said “yeah, I’ll do it.”

Melissa: And I freaked out. And (then) I (got) to direct her. We did casting in London and even some of the day players are people from Downton Abbey and Doctor Who because we filmed in Cardiff. But we cast in London and they were an amazing cast. They were all so easy to work with. Everyone gave 110 percent.

Paula: Everybody auditioned…no matter how small the part was or how big the actor was, they all auditioned.

NOTE: It should be noted that actor Benedict Taylor, who played Mike Fleming in the 1981 movie, plays John Keller – the grown version of the teenager who was in love with long missing Karen – in this new version. It should also be noted that Huston was the only American actor, playing a character with a British accent, while many of the British actors in the cast were playing Americans.

What was your favorite part of this version?

Melissa: Everything. It was really fun. It’s been fabulous. It’s an actual dream of mine. This has been going on for almost 20 years for us. So this is something – to finally get it done. This is a dream come true.

Scott: I learned a lot about the process from working with Paula and Melissa.

Andrew Gernhard (Associate Producer): We did all the post-production. We loved every minute of it. From the rough cut to the color correction to the special effects. It was just cool to get to recreate the 1980’s to something that was new.

Here is a trailer for the movie:

The Watcher in the Woods will debut on Lifetime on Saturday, October 21 at 8/7c.

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New York Comic Con 2017 took place from October 5 through October 8 in, of course, New York City.

Rueben’s Ramblings is pleased to say that our very own Dominick Dusseault was on hand to snap as many pictures as he could during numerous panels as well as in the interview space on the convention floor during three of the four days of the convention.

What is to follow below are just some of the fantastic photos he took during the annual event on Friday:

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency Panel

The Orville Con Floor Interview

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Con Floor Interview

The Man in the High Castle Con Floor Interview

More pictures will follow from New York Comic Con for Saturday and Sunday of the event over the course of the next week or two. Stay tuned!

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Comic Con 2017 was held in San Diego from July 19 through July 23.

While I was busy covering panel rooms for TV Equals and NiceGirlsTV as well as Rueben’s Ramblings, our very own Dominick Dusseault was hitting up Hall H to snap as many pictures of the annual fete as possible.

What is to follow below are just some of the fantastic photos he took during the annual event.

DAY FOUR [Final Day of Convention] (included panels for returning TV shows):

Supernatural:

The Last Ship:

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency:

Doctor Who:

That’s it until 2018!!

Please also make sure to check out Dominick’s photography website The Geek Lens here.

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