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Today is the final day of panels for Comic Con @Home, which will include panels for the Freeform fantasy series Motherland: Fort Salem, the upcoming FOX drama nExt and the final season of The CW’s post-apocalyptic series The 100 as well as a panels focusing on Who’s the Best Doctor Who, the Psychology of Pop Culture and Christmas and A Conversation with (the one and only) Nathan Fillion [among many other panels].

You can see the full, daily schedule below:

Sunday, July 26 Comic Con @Home

The first panels start at 10 AM and the final panels start at 4 PM.

For many years now, Supernatural has been a part of the Sunday line-up in Hall H, and it only feels right to include pictures – taken by our own Dominick Dusseault – from last year, which was the show’s final appearance at Comic Con since it is coming to an end after 15 seasons on The CW.

Supernatural:

It also seemed like the right time to include pictures – also from Dominick Dusseault – from last year’s panels for The Witcher and Game of Thrones:

The Witcher:

Game of Thrones:

Here’s to next year’s event (that will hopefully be held in person).

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Today is the third full day of panels for Comic Con @Home, which will feature panels for TV shows For All Mankind, the new Peacock series Brave New World, Netflix’s The Order, the new HBO thriller Lovecraft Country, ABC’s Stumptown, the fan favorite Wynonna Earp, the AMC thriller NOS4A2 and a salute to the popular sci-fi series Farscape as well as a reunion/salute to the original box office movie Constantine – that is expected to include Keanu Reeves, who is also expected to show up for the panel focusing on the new Bill & Ted movie and An Evening with Kevin Smith [among many other panels].

You can see the full, daily schedule below:

Saturday, July 25 Comic Con @Home

The first panels start at 10 AM and the final panels start at 6 PM.

Since there are a few panels dedicated to the world of Marvel – included a scientific salute to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – it felt only right to take a look back, courtesy of photos taken by our very own Dominick Dusseault, – to the plethora of Marvel cast members who appeared at a huge Marvel event last year:

Black Widow:

Blade:

Mahershala Ali

Doctor Strange:

Benedict Cumberbatch

The Eternals:

Falcon and Winter Soldier:

Hawkeye:

Jeremy Renner

Loki:

Tom Hiddleston

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings:

Simu Liu

Thor: Love and Thunder:

WandaVision:

What If:

Jeffrey Wright

And, since this year’s event features a panel dedicated to Kevin Smith, it only seemed fitting to include pictures – courtesy of Dominick Dusseault – from last year’s panel that featured Kevin along with a few of his co-stars from the Jay and Silent Bob Reboot movie:

More coming soon…

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Today is the second full day of panels for Comic Con @Home, which will feature panels for TV shows such as Vikings, Fear the Walking Dead, The Walking Dead, the new spin-off series The Walking Dead: World Beyond, the new drama The Capture from Peacock, The CW’s Pandora and the upcoming Quibi thriller Don’t Look Deeper as well as the annual Brave Warriors panel sponsored by Entertainment Weekly, the annual Fan Favorites panel hosted by TV Guide Magazine, a salute to the work of actress Charlize Theron and A Zoom with Joss Whedon [among lots of other panels].

You can see the full, daily schedule below:

Friday, July 24 Comic Con @Home

The first panels start at 10 AM and the final panels start at 6 PM with the 32nd Annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards getting underway at 7 PM, which rounds out the night.

Since there are three panels dedicated to the world of The Walking Dead included among the panels for this events at-home event, let’s take a visit back to last year’s Comic Con – courtesy of photos taken by our very own Dominick Dusseault – when actors from Fear the Walking Dead and The Walking Dead appeared at the 2019 event:

Fear the Walking Dead:

The Walking Dead:

Last year also found some of the cast of The CW sci-fi series Pandora taking to the stage, and this year’s event will find some of the panel participating in a video panel. Let’s take a look at some of the pictures that Dominick Dusseault took from last year’s Pandora in-person panel:

And, as a way to honor both of this year’s TV Guide Magazine and Entertainment Weekly annual events, let’s look back at the ladies who participated in the Women Who Kick Ass panel as well as the cast of Westworld; all taken by Dominick Dusseault:

Women Who Kick Ass:

Westworld:

More coming soon…

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Today is the first full day of panels for Comic Con @Home, which will feature panels for TV shows such as the rebooted Star Trek universe, His Dark Materials, Utopia, Upload and The Boys (all three Amazon dramas) and Van Helsing as well as a salute to LGBTQ Characters on TV and Building a Better Heroine, among many other panels.

You can see the full, daily schedule below:

Thursday, July 23 Comic Con @Home

The first panels start at 10 AM and the final panels start at 6 PM.

There is one panel today focusing on the Marvel franchise, so let’s take a visit back to last year’s Comic Con – courtesy of photos taken by our very own Dominick Dusseault – when some of the creative minds behind the franchise made an appearance at the 2019 event:

Since Star Trek was also included in one of the panels today, let’s take a look at pictures also taken by Dominick Dusseault for the same panel at Comic Con 2019:

Star Trek: Picard

Star Trek: Discovery

Star Trek: Lower Decks (the animated series)

More coming tomorrow…

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For the first time in its 50 year history, San Diego Comic Con will not be held – at least not in person.

Due to the global pandemic, the annual fete that has become the mega entertainment event of the year for pop culture geeks and nerds alike will be conducted online through You Tube. There is a separate link for every panel scheduled throughout Comic Con @Home.

While this year’s schedule isn’t as voluminous as in years past, there are still plenty of interesting panels scheduled throughout each day of this year’s at home event.

You can see the full, daily schedule below:

Wednesday, July 22 Comic Con @ Home

The first panels start at 3 PM and the final panels start at 6 PM.

Among the highlights for today’s panels are comic books, graphic novels, books, GeekEd and more.

To tie in with this year’s event, and today’s focus on comic books, let’s take a visit back to last year’s Comic Con – courtesy of photos taken by our very own Dominick Dusseault – when the leads of Riverdale made an appearance at the 2019 event:

More coming tomorrow…

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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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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 2017:

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

* The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – In the late 1950s Miriam “Midge” Maisel has everything she has ever wanted: the perfect husband, two kids and an elegant apartment on New York’s Upper West Side. Her seemingly idyllic life takes a surprising turn when she discovers a hidden talent she didn’t previously know she had — stand-up comedy. This revelation changes her life forever as she begins a journey that takes her from her comfortable life on the Upper West Side through the cafes and nightclubs of Greenwich Village as she makes her way through the city’s comedy industry on a path that could ultimately lead her to a spot on the “Tonight Show” couch.

* The Handmaid’s Tale – Based on the 1985 novel, the streaming series is set in a dystopian future, where a woman (Elizabeth Moss) is forced to live as a concubine under a fundamentalist theocratic dictatorship. The first season won 8 Emmy Awards among countless others.

It was in 2017 that the end came for the following drama:

* Grimm – This fairytale drama came to an end after 6 seasons on NBC with a very twisty series finale that found Nick literally losing everyone he cares about because of the final season’s big bad: Zerstorer. But in the end, Nick – with a little unexpected help – he is able to defeat this devil; but then he’s swept through a vortex back to moment before the final war with Zerstorer was waged without the devil coming with them. In the final scene, it’s 20 years later with the second generation – little Diana all grown up, baby Kelly grown up and looking much like his dad and the triplets of Monroe and Rosalee – working together with their parents to continue the work of the grimm.

There were also a couple of disappointments that year as well:

* Marvel’s Inhumans – Given all the success of the Marvel films, ABC was determined to get a successful series on the air – other than the mediocre success of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. [primarily in terms of ratings] – and you would think that the new 2017 series Marvel’s Inhumans would have done just that given how famous these characters are in the comic book world. Unfortunately, the show was disappointing, a ratings failure and for many it was dull.

* Prison Break: Resurrection – When Prison Break debuted in 2005 it was a breakout (no pun intended) hit; but the same cannot be said for this limited event series that took place 8 years after the series finale in 2009.

There were a couple big TV events that took place in 2017:

Oliver Queen and Felicity Smoak AND Barry Allen and Iris West got married in a joint impromptu ceremony with John Diggle preceding. This event took place during the big crossover episode of all the DC Comics-based shows that were airing on The CW at the time entitled ‘Crisis on Earth-X.’

Here is the video of that ceremony:

Fans of Downton Abbey and the character Matthew Crawley saw a VERY different side of actor Dan Stevens when he starred in the new FX series Legion where he played David Haller, the mutant son of Professor Charles Xavier (of the Marvel franchise X-Men) and Gabrielle Haller. David was a troubled young man diagnosed as schizophrenic, but after a strange encounter, he discovered special powers that would change his life forever.

The remarkably moving albeit short-lived series Underground featured amazing performances by actress Amirah Vann, who portrayed Ernestine and Aisha Hinds, who portrayed Harriet Tubman.

Hinds was so moving, in fact, she was chosen by the folks at TV Line as the Performer of the Week.

Another big event to take place in 2017 was the resurrection of the NBC series Timeless that was cancelled by NBC but then three days later the network changed course, giving the show 10 more episodes. This kind of rescue is extremely rare, but the cast, creative minds and fans were very happy about the additional episodes.

Our photographer Dom was in attendance, once again, at that year’s ATX Festival in Austin, snapping pictures of the reunion of Battlestar Galactica.

You can see his pictures from that panel here.

It was also in 2017 that I attended – for the last time for quite some time – both Wonder Con in Anaheim, California and San Diego Comic Con. I have to admit it was hard to give up attending the events after going to them every year for so very long, but the expense was just getting to be too much. However, I quickly learned how much easier it is to cover the events right from home thanks to all the outlets that are covering the two events, as well as coverage from Roz and Dom who have helped out with pictures and stories from both cons.

The top movie at the box office in 2017 was Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens while Wonder Woman thrilled audiences all over the globe. Meanwhile two of the worst movies for the year were CHiPs and Father Figures.

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 2017 included: Florence Pugh, Keala Settle, Zoey Deutch, Dafne Keen, McKenna Grace, Kathryn Newton and Kumail Nanjiani.

The Faces of 2017

The New Faces of 2018

COMING SOON: Salute to 2018

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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 2016:

Some memorable shows that debuted during that year included:

* The Magicians – The Syfy fantasy series debuted in December of the year, following a group of students at a secretive academy (think Harry Potter but on acid) where they learn that the magic they read in a book series is not only very real but also extremely dangerous.

* Stranger Things – This Netflix thriller captured viewers interest with its cast of pre-teen characters, a mom and a police chief who had to battle terrifying supernatural forces to get a missing boy back.

* This Is Us – This gripping multi-layered, decade-jumping drama about a unique set of triplets, their ups and downs and their wonderful parents consistently had viewers crying every week with its heartwarming and gut-wrenching stories. It also didn’t hurt that the show garnered impressive ratings, averaging over 14 million viewers (when all viewing options were added in) every week.

* Timeless – This NBC time-traveling series eventually ended up being the little show that could, but during its debut season it had a rocky road in the ratings, but a very loyal and rapid following. The series followed an unlikely trio who travel through time to battle unknown criminals and protect history. It was like getting a history lesson while travel around in a dome-like time machine.

* The Crown – The series depicted the life inside the Royal family, following Queen Elizabeth II, as she got married, took over the throne and the early days of her rule. For the most part the series has been commended for its depiction of events, but it has also been criticized for excessive dramatization as well as depicting some events that bear no relation to historical evidence.

A few of the shows that came to an end that year were:

* Person of Interest – The CBS crime drama about an ex-CIA agent and a wealthy programmer who saved lives via an extremely advanced surveillance AI that sent them the identities of civilians involved in impending crimes came to an end in June. The team was up against Samaritan, and in the end they defeated the evil AI, but lost Root and Reese along the way. It was a gut-wrenching finale, but in the end Shaw (who became the new owner of Bear) are out for a walk where a pay phone began to ring; and when she answered it, she smiled. Looked like the missions weren’t ending after all.

* Downton Abbey – After 6 seasons of very tumultuous stories for both the residents of the upstairs and the downstairs of the regal home Downton Abbey, the final episode of the long-running and acclaimed international hit aired in March with a two-hour Christmas-themed story that gave a happy ending to, well, pretty much everyone: Edith finally got to be happy and married, Mary was remarried and pregnant, Anna and Bates welcomed their child and even Barrow got to redeem himself.

* Castle – After 8 seasons of crime-fighting and solving, the ABC drama came to an end, but not without its problems. It had long been known (although never outright publicly confirmed) that the show’s two leads did not get along with each and due to financial constraints [too long of a story to haggle about here and now] both series lead Stana Katic and long-running co-star Tamala Jones were – for all intents and purposes – fired from the show in the spring – a move that caused a lot of controversy – but only a few weeks later it was decided by the network to simply pull the plug on the show altogether, giving viewers a patched up, and somewhat disappointing series finale with a flash-forward to the couple still together, and raising three children.

One of the fun experiences at San Diego Comic Con that year was watching The Flash stars Grant Gustin and Jesse L. Martin tap dance during their moderated panel. Check out the following video:

It was also in this year that extremely talented actress Tatiana Maslany FINALLY won an Emmy for multi-roles in the BBC America drama Orphan Black. That season of the show wasn’t it’s best, but the Emmy voters finally paid attention to her talent.

2016 also marked the year that I was proud to announce a new member of the Rueben’s Ramblings staff: my good friend Roz, who is also on the staff with me at NiceGirlsTV.

One of Roz’s articles that year was the salute to the late Carrie Fisher and her mother, legendary Debbie Reynolds, who passed away within a day and a half of each other

It was also in 2016 that actress Meghan Markle and Prince Harry began dating, and we all know how that later turned out.

The top movie at the box office in 2016 was the animated film Finding Dory while some of the worst movies included Why Him?, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates and The Brothers Grimsby.

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 2016 included: Brie Larson, Felicity Jones, Haley Bennett, Mahershala Ali, Bridget Regan, Auli’l Cravalho, Tom Holland and Millie Bobby Brown.

The Faces of 2016

The New Faces of 2017

COMING SOON: Salute to 2017

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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 2015:

Some memorable shows that debuted during that year included:

* Marvel’s Agent Carter – This Marvel’s series may have only been on ABC for two seasons, but it sure was great seeing Hayley Atwell bring Peggy Carter to life (even more so than in the Captain America movies) and it was a thrill to see Enver Gjokaj as Daniel Souza;

* 12 Monkeys – Based on the box office movie, this Syfy series captivated viewers with its albeit complex storylines, time travel escapades and lots of intense action. Starring Center Stage alum Amanda Schull and Nikita alum Aaron Stanford, they took on the mantels of Dr. Cassie Rally and James Cole aplomb, making this a must-watch show for those who love sci-fi programming;

Thom Allison as Pree

* Killjoys – Speaking of sci-fi programming, this unique series about a group of bounty hunters in a world that is on the brink of an interplanetary war, thrilled with its action, kick-ass fight scenes, a talking spaceship and the one and only Pree (Canadian actor Thom Allison);

* Good Witch – The Hallmark Channel had aired 7 movies from The Good Witch franchise, leading up to the debut of the weekly TV series that was made possible as star Catherine Bell was finally available; her long-running series Army Wives came to an end. This feel-good show reflects life in the charming town of Middleton and the lives of the Merriwick women;

* Daredevil – This small screen adaptation of the Marvel character took the story in an even darker direction with Charlie Cox taking over the lead role of Matt Murdock and Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson Fisk/Kingpin;

* Dark Matter – Yet another Syfy series that was set in the future – this time a dystopian 27th Century – where six people wake up on a deserted spaceship with no memory of who they are or why they’re on that ship. They each take a number as their name (based on the order in which they awoke), and set out to learn the truth;

* Poldark – While many were going through Droughtlander (the over-extended time between new seasons of Outlander), this PBS series (originally aired on BBC One) helped fill the gap. It also helped that Brit hunk Aidan Turner took on the lead role of Ross Poldark, a soldier returning home after the American Revolutionary War only to find his love engaged to his cousin and his father gone;

* Supergirl – The third DC series to air on the small screen actually debuted on CBS (Arrow and The Flash were on The CW), and performed fairly well in the ratings for its first season, introducing Glee alum Melissa Benoist in the lead role of Kara Danvers (aka Supergirl), but it was pulled from CBS and moved over to The CW for its second season; and,

* Blindspot – The debut season of this unique NBC series focused on a mysterious woman, quickly monikered Jane Doe, who was found inside a large bag dumped in the heart of Times Square; her entire body was covered in tattoos and she had no memory. Every tattoo led to a major crisis within the city and around the globe.

The one ‘new’ show that SHOULD have been a hit, but crashed and burned was Heroes: Reborn – As TV viewers will recall the first season of Heroes – which debuted in 2006 – was a ratings juggernaut quickly becoming a massive hit; and 11 years later the hope was this reboot (so to speak) would repeat the success. Unfortunately, that was not the case despite all efforts made.

Among the shows that came to an end in 2015 included:

Falling Skies – After 5 seasons, the TNT thriller about the survivors of an alien attack on Earth came to a close with the remnants of civilization finally defeating the Espheni Queen (and with her death so too the death of all her minions).

Here is the final scene from Falling Skies:

There were also a couple big events that took place on the small screen including:

* Fitz and Simmons finally shared a kiss (or two) on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – In the Marvel world, Fitz and Simmons were synonymously known as FitzSimmons; best friends and dedicated work partners, who after a lot of crazy experiences and even Simmons being trapped in a alternate reality to FINALLY share a kiss.

You can watch that scene here:

* Jon Snow died on Game of Thrones – It was rather unexpected (even for a show was volatile as this one), but to see the one and only Jon Snow stabbed to death by Alliser Thorne and several men of the Night’s Watch – after being labeled a traitor – was (at least for me) VERY hard to watch.

The site’s official photographer Dom attended that year’s ATX Festival in Austin, Texas where the much anticipated reunion of the cast of Gilmore Girls took place.

Check out his some of his pictures here.

It was also in 2015 that Rueben’s Ramblings celebrated its first big milestone: its 5th Anniversary!

And the Broadway stage, and quickly the world, was overtaken by a little production from Lin-Manuel Miranda called Hamilton.

The top movie of that year was Jurassic World while some of the worst movies included Hot Pursuit, Get Hard and Mortdecai.

As I had been doing for years at this point, I would select performers of all walks of life (within the industry) to be part of my faces of the year and faces of the new year.

Some of the people I picked for 2015 included: Taron Egerton, Constance Wu, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Melissa Benoist, Scott Eastwood, Priyanka Chopra, Alex Roe, John Boyega and the cast of the then upcoming TV series Shadowhunters.

The Faces of 2015

The New Faces of 2016

COMING SOON: Salute to 2016

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