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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

COSPLAYERS

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:

TOMORROW: Day One, San Diego Comic Con 2019

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It’s the end of a year that, well, could have been better in many ways. But there were some highlights in television, movies and books that I wanted to share in case I can inspire someone for 2019.

MOVIES

I dug into movies as I usually do, but a few stood out by the end of the year as worthy of your time and money.

[Photo Credit: Reed Morano/Sundance Institute]

Eighth Grade

Bo Burnham did a stellar job in capturing an awkward girl in eighth grade trying to navigate her life.  Rueben’s already highlighted how Elsie Fisher is good in this role, and it’s true. The whole movie is raw and made me uncomfortable in a good way.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor

If you don’t cry at a story about Mister Rogers, I don’t know what your life was like, but it needs Mr. Rogers. Once a staple of children’s television watching, this movie gives new details on the way in which Fred Rogers was a trailblazer and reminded me of how much we all need empathy for each other.

Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse

This animation is amazing! The story is heartfelt and brings in so many good Spider-memes from years gone by. Miles Morales is the next Spider-Man we need on screen and this movie tells you why.

TELEVISION

Many of my favorite shows this year are repeats of years before (The Good Place is quality always) but I do want to take note of two new series and one episode that stood out as amazing.

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Netflix’s series based on the Archie comic is dark, but in the best way. As a kid I loved the version on ABC, but this keeps the world with dark magic, darker villains and less of a laugh track. Kiernan Shipka is stoic when she needs to be but also confused and expressive of Sabrina’s awkward position in life.

The Bodyguard

Brought to America via Netflix, this ITV drama is a thriller based off the complicated life of a Personal Protection Officer who gets tangled in a plot against the Home Secretary. Starting Richard Madden, the show pulls off so many twists and turns but with an end that feels right given the looming threat of terrorism in the show’s conceit.

The Good Place’s Janet(s)

D’Arcy Carden is a gift to us all! She played at least seven characters (including characters pretending to be other characters) in twenty-two minutes of jam-packed television. If she doesn’t win an Emmy in 2019, we’ve all been robbed.

BOOKS

Normally I’m so bad about books in the end of the year. That’s not to say I’m not reading, but I tend to read quickly and find few stick with me weeks later. I’m so glad to find that more than a few books did stay with me this year.

Ship It

Britta Lundin currently writes for The CW series Riversdale, and that affects so much of Ship It‘s story.  When a fangirl raises the question about why two male leads on a show can’t be shipped in a convention panel, the fangirl’s life changes in numerous ways. First, she’s asked to be part of the rest of the promotional tour for the show, but that means being around the cast – not all of whom get shipping. But the book is more than just a book about fan’s interacting with the creative team, as the heroine has to figure out so many other things about herself in the process.

If you’re a fan of enough TV and ship an unconventional couple, this book is for you.

The Wedding Date and The Proposal

Jasmine Guillory turned out two books this year with something I rarely see: an African-American heroine. The two books are interconnected, but reading a book with a character who looks like me is something I rarely find. For that alone, these each stuck with me. Plus, they’re each funny but relatable stories of finding love in some very awkward situations.

Mackenzi Lee’s The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue and The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy

For YA books, there’s always a hook I need to be drawn into books. This time it was historical fiction with action and adventure with some dysfunctional family dynamics mixed in. There’s not a great way to talk about each book without spoiling so much, but if you’re sold on watching teens having to use their brains to get through Europe without money, then these Mackenzi Lee books are perfect!

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OMG Outlander Fans!

Have you ever dreamed about going on a date with Sam Heughan? Well, now’s your chance to do just that and raise money at the same time.

Outlander’s Sam Heughan invites you to join him for an unforgettable date in Scotland. There will be castles, carriage rides, candlelight and more.

Check out the video for the details:

Remember: Every donation supports My Peak Challenge, the global movement that was founded by Sam himself.

You can enter the contest here.

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Outlander Fans!

The powers that be are at it again, providing more new photos from the upcoming fourth season of the show courtesy of Vanity Fair. Outlander will premiere on Sunday, November 4 at 8 PM on Starz.

Sit down and enjoy these:

You can also check out the Vanity Fair article and new video that features some behind the scenes interviews and new clips from the upcoming season.

Mark your calendars!!

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The fourth and final day of New York Comic Con 2018 got underway today with loads and loads of panels, focusing on upcoming movies; new, streaming and returning TV shows; special salutes to young adult novels and so much more.

Naturally, it’s impossible to focus on every single panel that took place today, but the following includes brief details, pictures and/or trailers for just some of the panels that were on the schedule; and some cool pictures of just some of the cosplayers.

Riverdale (The CW)

The new season of The CW series Riverdale will find Jughead’s mom and sister returning to town. It was announced during their panel that actress Gina Gershon will play his mom Gladys and newcomer Trinity Likins will play his sister Jellybean, nicknamed “JB.” They will debut in the December 12 episode.

Gladys is a “businesswoman” who runs the salvage yard, which doubles as a Serpent compound; she is a Serpent with a GED, who acts as Fagin to a crew of teenaged car parts thieves. Meanwhile, JB is wise beyond her years and is quite
the little con artist herself.

The cast members who were part of the panel included KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Luke Perry and Mädchen Amick as well as Executive Producers Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Jon Goldwater.

Riverdale returns for the start of its third season on The CW on Wednesday, October 10. (Deadline)

Riverdale Season 3 Trailer:

Gotham (FOX)

The 5th and final season of the drama will be making further strides toward turning the teenaged Bruce Wayne (series regular David Mazouz) into the world’s greatest detective. In fact, the series finale will jump forward 10 years, meaning the billionaire wunderkind will be donning cape and cowl for the first time.

Among the reveals made during this panel included the confirmation that Shane West (Nikita) will be playing Bane; that Bane will break Alfred’s (series regular Sean Pertwee) back and that several key villains will be coming back: Mr. Zsasz (Anthony Carrigan), Mad Hatter (Benedict Samuel), Scarecrow (David W. Thompson), and Hugo Strange (BD Wong).

An official airdate has yet to be announced, but it’s rumored that the premiere may air on March 15. (Superherohype.com and Deadline)

Gotham Trailer:

Cobra Kai (You Tube)

Cast members Ralph Macchio and William Zabka as well as screenwriters Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg discussed the first season of the series, while in the midst of shooting Season 2. A clip was shown during the panel that found the younger members of the cast giving a tour of the Miyagi Dojo, a major set piece for the second season. One of the most iconic props from the original Karate Kid movie will also factor into the storyline.

“[It] includes all the cars, including the wax on/wax off car,” Macchio said, referring to the infamous 1947 Ford Convertible that was an integral part of Daniel LaRusso’s earliest lessons.
“In the essence of our story, you learn that [Mr. Miyagi] was always a big part of LaRusso’s life, and keeping martial arts in the fabric every day,” Macchio said. “He’s the human Yoda of the Karate Kid universe.”

Macchio also promised some new characters, though any specifics were kept under wraps, as well as “some Easter eggs and some exciting fight sequences” to keep things interesting.

Cobra Kai will return to YouTube for Season 2 in Spring 2019. (Gamespot and Syfy Wire)

[Photo Credit: Gamespot]

Midnight, Texas (NBC)

The panel featured a screening of the second season premiere and a Q&A with cast members François Arnaud, Dylan Bruce, Parisa Fitz-Henley, Jason Lewis, Peter Mensah, Arielle Kebbel as well as author Charlaine Harris.

Some reveals that were made during the panel was that this season will feature a new pet and the last three episodes will be mythology-driven, partially centered on a mysterious disembodied head. Episode 8 of the new season was warned as the harbinger of death and doom, with intensity so high that it was hard for cast members to discuss the script.

Midnight, Texas returns on Oct. 26. (Syfy Wire)

Midnight, Texas Trailer:

Entertainment Weekly: Brave Warriors

[Lars Niki-Getty Images]

The Gifted (FOX)

The audience got to see a sneak peak of the next episode of the show; then got to see cast members Emma Dumont, Amy Acker, Coby Bell, Jamie Chung, Sean Teale and Grace Byers as well as series creator Matt Nix take to the stage to talk about the new season.

Season 2 will deal with the emergence of X-Men staples The Morlocks, who dub themselves “the real underground,” and the anti-mutant hate group known as The Purifiers. “Traditionally, the world of the X-Men is something that reflects a lot of the issues going on in our own world,” shared Nix. “We’re not the news, but we really wanted to use the show as a widow into what’s going on in our world now.”

Nix also teased a number of new ways viewers will see the mutant world expand in Season 2, including looks at younger versions of Blink and the Frost sisters, and the “rise of the Purifiers,” seen, in part, through the eyes of Jace.

The Gifted will air its next new episode of Tuesday, October 9 on FOX. (Syfy Wire)

[Photo Credit: Anthony Behar-Fox-PictureGroup-Shutterstock]

Entertainment Weekly: Breaking Big

Cailee Spaeny (Pacific Rim 2), Jack Quaid (The Boys), Virginia Gardner (Marvel’s Runaways), David Ajala (Nightflyers) and Melissa Roxburgh (Manifest) [Photo Creidt: Lars Niki-Getty Images]

Charmed (The CW)

During today’s moderated panel, a number of things became clear about the reboot of this popular series:

It’s proud of its political stance. Although the writers and executive producers originally considered turning the new series into a prequel of the original Halliwell Sisters story, the events of 2016 pushed the executive producers to turn it into a fully independent reboot so that it could take on issues of the current day.

It’s still a series for everyone. In spite of its clear political perspective, the actresses who play the new Charmed sisters hope that it will also be a series with cross-generational appeal.

This is not a dark, gritty, self-serious kind of reboot. The new Charmed is full of monsters, and its pilot episode makes clear that it will be dealing with intense emotional territory.

It has an all-female producing team, who you may know from another CW hit. Charmed is a co-production by Jennie Snyder Urman, Jessica O’Toole and Amy Rardin, who have all worked together in the past on Urman’s current CW series Jane the Virgin. Although Charmed will have a different vibe than Jane, much of its driving ethos will feel familiar to Jane viewers.

According to its three lead actresses – Melonie Diaz, Madeleine Mantock and Sarah Jeffrey – who took part in the panel, the new series will replicate the original series’ tension between solving an ongoing mystery and introducing demon-of-the-week characters that need dispatching in each episode.

Charmed will air its debut on The CW on October 14. (Vulture)

Charmed Trailer:

Doctor Who (BBC America)

On the day of the global simulcast, the 13th Doctor – Jodie Whittaker – took to the stage along with new showrunner Chris Chibnall and executive producer Matt Strevens to talk about the much-anticipated new season.

There were no shortages of Doctor-inspired outfits or sonic screwdrivers in the audience. There were many 4’s, 10’s, 11’s, and 12’s… but more than anything else there were so many 13’s. Whittaker’s (soon-to-be-iconic) look was everywhere, and her new companions (Tosin Cole’s Ryan), Mandip Gill’s Yasmin, Bradley Walsh’s Graham) were also represented.

Representation and inclusivity surfaced during the panel with Chibnall saying that the topics were very much on his mind. “We’ll tell stories from perspectives that perhaps the show hasn’t before,” he said.

As the cast took questions from the audience, they remained mum on a few (would the Doctor’s Wife, River Song, ever return? No comment) and gamely answered others. That included one about Whittaker’s influences, which, as she cited, included “Jennifer Connelly in Labyrinth; Mikey from The Goonies and Flight of the Navigator.” It wasn’t, she noted, “the heroics in the grownups, it was the heroics in the kids. That’s what I want to bring to the Doctor.”

Whittaker also touched on the misogynistic backlash following her casting, nothing that the angry voices “might be louder,” but not the majority at all. She added, “The reason I don’t let it get me down is because it’s daft.” One fan managed to say it best when stepping up to the mic with a message for Whittaker: “We have waited a long time for you, and we are so glad you are here.” (Syfy Wire)

COSPLAYERS GALORE

[Photo Credit: Gamespot]

[Photo Credit: IGN]

[Photo Credit: iOneDigital-HipHopWired]

[Additional Photo Credit: This Is Insider]

Until next year!

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