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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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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 2014:

Some memorable shows that debuted during that year included:

* Chasing Life – This drama only aired for 2 seasons on ABC Family (now Freeform), starring Italia Ricci [who later starred in Designated Survivor and is married to Robbie Amell, current star of the Amazon Prime series Upload and star of last year’s movie Code 8, alongside his cousin Stephen Amell]. Ricci played April Carver, a talented young newspaper writer with big dreams whose life is turned upside down when she is diagnosed with leukemia. In what could easily have been a downer of a show was actually a touching series filled with love, family and friendship, and made all the better by Ricci’s moving performance;

* The Last Ship – On the opposite side of the scale was the TNT apocalyptic military drama that found McSteamy – Eric Dane from Grey’s Anatomy – at the helm of the U.S.S. Nathan James, a Navy missile destroyer, fighting to save the world after a catastrophic virus wiped out 80% of the world’s population (something that would be very scary to watch in 2020 given what is currently happening in the world);

* The Flash – It wasn’t easy to follow the success (at that time) of Arrow after two seasons, but The CW made the right decision by selecting Barry Allen and The Flash as the first spin-off from what would become a juggernaut franchise on the network. And, casting likable Grant Gustin in the lead role was even better;

* Jane the Virgin – Speaking of The CW, this U.S. version of the Venezuelan telenovela Juana la Virgen, was a breath of fresh air for the network that was known for its harder-hitting action-packed and/or thriller-laced dramas. It also helped that the charming and delightful Gina Rodriguez was cast in the lead role. She made the life of Jane Gloriana Villanueva very poignant and touching, and how many people just loved listening to the narrator during every episode!;

* The Librarians – Much like the made-for-TV movies from which it was based, Noah Wyle returned as Flynn Carsen, who oversaw a group of librarians (there were more than one now) tasked with saving mysterious and ancient artifacts.  It also helped that the show featured Christian Kane (from Angel and Leverage fame), veteran actor John Laroquette and bombshell model-turned actress Rebecca Romijn as well as Canadian actress Lindy Booth and Aussie John Harlan Kim

* Outlander – Based on the popular novel by Diana Gabaldon, this series was basically 23 years in the making. Other versions were attempted, but nothing ever happened until Ronald D. Moore (the man behind the remake of Battlestar Galactica) brought the much-beloved novels – about a time-traveling World War II nurse who ends up in the 18th Century living alongside, and eventually falling in love, with hero Highlander Jamie Fraser – to the small screen, turning Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe into household names nearly overnight; and,

* The 100 – Much of the first season of this post-apocalyptic drama from The CW was very much like all the network’s other shows – a story of teenage angst – but, thankfully, it improved greatly as the debut season took hold, finding the show become a mixture of Lord of the Flies and the remake of Battlestar Galactica. The series was loosely based on the Kass Morgan novel of the same name that eventually became a gripping story of survival of the fittest.

A favorite show of mine – Warehouse 13 – came to an end in 2014. After 5 seasons on Syfy, the show about a massive, top-secret storage warehouse that held every strange artifact, mysterious relic, out-of-this-world object or supernatural souvenir ever found by the U.S. government – what was snagged, bagged and tagged by the warehouse “staff,” ended with a flashback-filled finale, showing the most important moments in each of the agents’ professional lives (scenes, in fact, we had never seen before) as well as an elaborate dance-spectacular for Claudia.

Among some of the big events that took place on TV in that year included the following:

Oliver finally kissed Felicity on Arrow – It took three seasons for Oliver to finally take the step, and while it wasn’t a happy ending – Felicity says, “I told you as soon as we talked it would be over,” and for awhile it was, but we finally got that kiss!:

Here is the video:

It was revealed that Grant Ward was actually working for HYDRA on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – At the end of the first season it was revealed that Agent Ward, who was seen as the embodiment of the loyal American SHIELD agent was actually working for the organization enemy HYDRA. It was a big turning point for the show and the characters.

Richard Castle and Kate Beckett finally got married in 6th episode of season 7 of Castle – It took a long time for Caskett to become a legitimate couple, and an even more complicated way for them to get hitched – especially given the failed big wedding that was to take place – but they made it down the aisle in a very private ceremony, but they finally become husband and wife.

Supernatural aired its 200th episode titled “Fan Fiction” in 2014, which found the brothers investigating a haunting at a theatre where a musical about their lives was staged by an all-girl production. This episode was a love letter and thank you to the long-time fans, for sure.

Check out the video of the girls singing what became the unofficial theme song of the show “Carry On Wayward Son”:

It was in this year that the long-running PaleyFest, the annual two-week event honoring TV hosted by the Paley Center for Media, was moved to its largest location yet: the Dolby Theatre right in the heart of Hollywood.

For me, 2014 was an important year as I added to my staff: my good friend Dominick Dusseault joined as my official staff photographer; and that summer I attended the world premiere of the debut episode of Outlander at the San Diego Comic Con, getting to see the cast and creative minds in person as well as being enraptured by the pilot episode, and my getting a rare picture taken with a bunch of kilt-wearing hunks.

See the picture below, which is very atypical for me given my haphephobia (phobia over being touched):

The #1 movie in the world for 2014 was Guardians of the Galaxy while Veronica Mars – the box office movie – came out on March 14 (if only we knew what was set to happen next, right, fellow Marshmellows?!) while some of the worst movies that year included Transcendence, Tammy and A Million Ways to Die in the West.

Even a Firefly fan film was released that year; you can check out the video (fair warning it’s a little over 14 minutes long), below for “The Verse”:

It became a tradition for every year, when putting together my year-end round-ups, that I would select interesting people who were the faces of that year and those faces that people should be on the look-out for in the coming year.

Some of the people I picked for 2014 included: Caitriona Balfe, Margot Robbie, Ansel Elgort, Manish Dayal, Gina Rodriguez, Robin Lord Taylor, Ryan Guzman, Grant Gustin, Matt Ryan and Gal Gadot.

The Faces of 2014

The New Faces of 2015

COMING SOON: Salute to 2015

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Paley Fest 2020 will be held from March 13 to March 22 next year, and the first panel announcements were released this morning.

Here they are in date order:

March 13 – Modern Family
March 14 – A Special Evening with Dolly Parton and Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings
March 19 – Outlander
March 22 – Schitt’s Creek

The full line-up for Paley Fest 2020 will be announced on January 14.

Tickets for Paley members and Citi Cardmembers (presale) will be held from January 14 to January 16 with tickets going to sale to the general public on January 17.

Check back at the Paley Center for further details.

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New York Comic Con 2019 happened from October 3 to October 6 with our very own Dominick Dusseault on site during the big fete, hitting up the live stage to snap as many pictures of the annual convention as possible.

What is to follow are just some of the fantastic photos he took:

Emergence (ABC):

For All Mankind (Apple TV+):

Marvel’s Runaways (Hulu):

Outlander (Starz):

Reprisal (Hulu):

Tell Me a Story (CBS All Access):

The Expanse (Amazon formerly Syfy):

Wynonna Earp (Syfy):

Here are a few other pictures from New York Comic Con 2019:

Until next year…

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New York Comic Con 2019 took place over this past weekend, featuring lots and lots of panels and celebrities, focusing on all things pop culture on the big screen and on TV [and so much more]. As any convention attendee can attest, there are always LOTS of cosplayers.

The following are just a sample of all the costumes that were on display over the weekend of New York Comic Con 2019:

[Photot Credit: Kirsten Acuna-Insider]

NOTE: Artist Ryan Novelline poses with the cosplay gown he made in a month.

Check out the following links for some more cool cosplayers:

Cool Things

The Daily Beast

You can also check out a cool video done by ReedPOP:

Until next year…

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New York Comic Con 2019 took place over this past weekend, featuring lots and lots of panels and celebrities, focusing on all things pop culture on the big screen and on TV [and so much more].

The following are just some of the cool happenings at NYCC:

October 5, 2019

Angel 20th Anniversary


[Photo Credit: Eugene Gologursky-Getty Images for ReedPOP]



[Photo Credit: Robin Marchant-Getty Images North America]

For All Mankind


Here is a trailer for For All Mankind:

Wynonna Earp


The Walking Dead Universe

The Walking Dead returns Sunday night for is 10th season, and received an 11th season renewal by AMC.

Here are some details on the upcoming The Walking Dead movie:

‘The Walking Dead’ Movie May Have Some Ninjas – New York Comic Con

Here is trailer for the new show in the universe:

Star Trek Universe

Here is the trailer for Star Trek: Picard, which will debut on CBS All Access on January 23:

Here is the trailer for the new season of Star Trek: Discovery:

Castle Rock



Here is the trailer for season 5 of the show, which will premiere on February 16:

You can see an interview with some of the cast of Outlander via Entertainment Tonight here:

Jack Ryan

Here is the full interview with the cast of Jack Ryan season 2, which will premiere on November 1 on Amazon via Entertainment Tonight:


[Photo Credit: Ben Gabbe-Getty Images]

The Expanse

Here is a trailer for the new season of The Expanse:

Check out this video interview with the cast of The Expanse thanks to Syfy Wire:


Lost in Space

Here is a trailer for Lost in Space season 2 on Netflix, which will premiere on December 24:

Sean Astin and Billy Boyd (Hobbits Reunited)


[Photo Credit: Getty Images North America]


Here is a trailer for Reprisal, which debuts on Hulu on December 6. Fans will get to see a side of Abigail Spencer they probably aren’t familiar with:

You can see the full interview from Entertainment Tonight with the cast of Reprisal:


October 6, 2019


Remembering Luke Perry: “It’s Incredibly Painful,” Say Riverdale Cast Mates – New York Comic Con


<I>Manifest</i> Season 2 Trailer: 'Buckle Up' for Ben/Michaela Conflict, a Potentially 'Major' Slip-Up, New Faces and More

Roswell, New Mexico

‘Roswell, New Mexico’ Adds Gaius Charles, Jason Behr To Cast – New York Comic Con

Harley Quinn/Birds of Prey


You can also see a slideshow of Birds of Prey costumes that were on display at the convention below:




The Orville


Nancy Drew


[Photo Credit: Getty Images North America]



You can also see the full interview of the Charmed cast with Entertainment Tonight:


More coming soon…

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New York Comic Con 2019 took place over this past weekend, featuring lots and lots of panels and celebrities, focusing on all things pop culture on the big screen and on TV [and so much more].

The following are just some of the cool happenings at NYCC:

October 3, 2019

The Purge

The Purge creator, writer, and executive producer James DeMonaco teased that there is an overarching mystery that the character of Marcus Moore (Derek Luke) must solve over the next year. In the premiere episode, Marcus ends up surviving the night with his wife Michelle (Rochelle Aytes), but finds out that somebody’s been following him and wants to kill him. (Syfy)

Check out a trailer for season 2 of The Purge below:

[Photo Credit: Getty Images North America]

Conversation with Christopher Eccleston

Christopher Eccleston Talks at Length about Doctor Who (and His Nerdy Loves) at NYCC 2019

[Photo Credit: ReedPOP-The Brazen Bull]

The King’s Man and Free Guy


Trailer for The King’s Man (go to the bottom of the page at the below link to see the trailer):


[Photo Credit: Steve Luciano-AP-Shutterstock]



“Emergence” cast appears at New York Comic-Con panel

[Photo Credit: The Disney Blog]

Felicia Day




[Photo Credit: Getty Images North America]

Tell Me A Story

Check out this video interview with series creator Kevin Williamson:

October 4, 2019

Marvel’s Runaways

Here is a video of the panel:

[Photo Credit: Getty Images North America]



Amy Jo Johnson

Here is a video of the panel with the actress:

More coming soon…

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Outlander Fans!

The MacKenzies are Here!

Check out the new photo of the new family: Roger, Brianna and Jemmy MacKenzie:

Last month New York Comic Con held an art contest that would give the winner a “swanky” trip to the convention for the Outlander panel and have their art used in a poster for the autograph session with the attending cast members.

One of the entries really caught my attention, but I had to wait for the contest to be complete before I could post anything. That art was created by Kumu Pepper who can be followed on Instagram at @kumu.art.

Thanks to the folks at Outlander TV News you can see just some of those great entries here.

Outlander will be back for the start of its fifth season on Starz on Sunday, February 16, 2020.

Mark your calendars!

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My fellow NiceGirl Lisa attended Dragon Con 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia over the Labor Day weekend, and the following are excerpts of her highlight reports:

On Friday, Lisa “started out the day at a press conference with Rose McIver from iZombie. What Rose loved about her character Liv: She was proud to play Liv, because she was an unusual hero who struggled with her identity and came out of the show knowing her true self. Rose loves that her character is out there for young girls to see and to show them that it’s ok to be vulnerable.”

[Photo Credit: Lisa Harrison]

Lisa was invited to participate in two fan panels during the first day of the convention, including a fan panel for the Freeform fantasy series Siren as well as a Jordan Peele Fan panel.

Lisa on Jordan Peele Fan Panel:

Photo Credit: Karma Savage-Chacon

Part of the fun of every convention is meeting some of your favorite people. Lisa got to meet up with Dave Tango and Steve Gonsalves, the original Ghost Hunters on Friday, and the guys from GhostBrothers:

[Photo Credit: Lisa Harrison]

[Photo Credit: Lisa Harrison]

Lisa also shared her “Best TV Cosplayer of Friday”:

The fabulous Michael Bigay of Micvee Cosplay, who came as Mateo from Superstore:

[Photo Credit: Lisa Harrison]

On Saturday, Lisa participated in the Shadowhunters Fan Panel:

And then got to check out the iZombie panel, featuring cast members Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Aly Michalka and Bryce Dodgson, who talked about their time on the final season of The CW series.

When asked by a fan which TV show each of them would like to see their characters appear on, Malcolm joked Game of Thrones; Rose said The Muppets she loves them and “Miss Piggy is my spirit animal” and Aly said “Peyton would fit in well on Doctor Who.”

Lisa also shared a touching moment that happened during the panel when “a friend of Malcolm’s from high school came and surprised him. He was caught off-guard and went down memory lane when she showed him a video of himself. It was such a great moment to see him be surprised in such a good way. After the panel he stayed and caught up with his friend. It was very touching and another great moment that can only happen at Dragon Con.”

Lisa also got to meet up with one of her favorite actors on Saturday: Jordan Calloway from Black Lightning.

[Photo Credit: Lisa Harrison]

On Sunday, Lisa sat on two panels: the fan panel for Midnight, Texas and the Heroes That Look & Live Like Us panel.

Lisa choice for “Best TV Cosplayer of Sunday” goes to:

Marcus Vann as M’Baku from Black Panther [Photo Credit: Lisa Harrison]

Best of all, Lisa got a hug from actress Nafeesa Williams, who plays Thunder on Black Lightning, [who remembered Lisa from San Diego Comic Con) as she was leaving the hotel. They discussed their love for Pam Grier and how Pam was a superhero for them both. It was perfect ending to Dragon Con 2019 for Lisa!

Here are a few cosplayer pictures that Lisa took throughout the weekend:

[Photo Credit: Lisa Harrison]

Dragon Con is the internationally known pop culture convention held each Labor Day Weekend in Atlanta. Organized for fans, Dragon Con features more than 3,500 hours of comics, film, TV, costuming, art, music, and gaming over five days.

It should be noted that attendance for this year’s convention soared past 85,000 for the five days with more than $110,000 raised for American Heart Association’s Georgia affiliate. The annual Robert A. Heinlein “Pay It Forward” Blood Drive, held since 2002 by LifeSouth, saw some 3,600 donors contribute more than 10,000 units of blood.

Some of this year’s top guests included George Takei (Sulu from the Star Trek franchise), Lana Parrilla (Once Upon a Time), David Tennant (Doctor Who, Jessica Jones and Good Omens), Freema Agyeman (Doctor Who and New Amsterdam), Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride and Psych), Zachary Levi (Chuck and Shazam) and Ralph Macchio (The Karate Kid) [among others].

Dragon Con 2020 will be held from September 3 to September 7.  For more information, you can visit Dragon Con.

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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.


‘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)


‘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


[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.


Photo Credit: TQ Gaskins

[Photo Credit: i09-Gizmodo]

Until next year!!

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