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Amazon’s The Boys Eying Aya Cash For Stormfront In Likely Season 2

The team behind Amazon’s upcoming series The Boys are already looking toward season 2 and reportedly considering Aya Cash for a major villainous role. Created by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, the titular group made their comic book debut in 2006. Set in a world where superheroes exist and have mostly become corrupted by the culture of celebrity surrounding them, Billy Butcher and his group take it upon themselves to hold them to account – by any means necessary.

Following the success of Preacher – which was also created by Ennis – Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg sought to bring to life the equally violent and quirky universe. Finding a home on Amazon, Rogen and Goldberg produced the series, with Supernatural creator Eric Kripke serving as the showrunner. Karl Urban (Thor: Ragnarok) was soon cast as Billy Butcher, who recruits Hughie (Jack Quaid) to the team after the latter suffers a personal tragedy at the hands of a superhero. The series will also star Elisabeth Shue, Antony Starr, and Erin Moriarty (Jessica Jones). Urban’s fellow Star Trek alum, Simon Pegg, will also appear as Hughie’s father; and that particular casting is especially meta, due to Pegg’s likeness being used for Hughie in the comics. Season 1 of the R-rated series will see The Boys attempting to bring down the world’s most revered superhero group: The Seven.

Related: Who Are The Boys? Everything You Need To Know About The New TV Series

Despite the fact that the episodes have yet to air, leaving fans in the dark as to the overall success of that mission, Kripke and Co are already looking towards season 2. Equally unknown is whether Amazon will opt to renew the series; though, given the general buzz surrounding the show, a second outing does seem likely. Whatever the case, Deadline has reported that the groundwork is already being laid. Cash is in talks to play the comic book villain, Stormfront.

The actress is best known for playing Gretchen Cutler on the acclaimed comedy series You’re the Worst. She also appeared in the Netflix series Easy and the FX limited series Fosse/Verdon opposite Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams. The character of Stormfront, who serves as the super-powered leader of a group called Payback, is visually inspired by such comic book heroes as Thor and Shazam, and the character’s public persona is that of a reincarnated Viking. In reality, however, he was a super soldier created by Nazis and, as such, holds some deeply unsavory views.

There is no word yet on how much from the character’s backstory will be adapted from the page to the screen. The mere fact Cash will potentially play the part shows that the team behind the show clearly have their own ideas for the villain. Given that Stormfront is also the name of an online white supremacist group, there could potentially be some real-world resonance. As such, having a female at the helm of such a collective will be a unique take. Then again, those kinds of connotations could be something Rogen and Co are looking to avoid with their divergent take on the character. Whatever the case, Cash has earned recognition via her recent roles and proven adept at the kind of dark comedy that the Amazon show will feature.

More: Amazon Prime Bringing The Boys, Expanse & Carnival Row to SDCC

The Boys season 1 will premiere July 26 on Amazon.

Source: Deadline


2019-07-12 05:07:30

John Atkinson

Game Of Thrones: 10 Characters Most Likely To Die In Episode 3

Another episode of Game of Thrones is done, leading us closer to the finale. Episode 2’s “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” was a surprisingly quiet, character-centric episode which set the stage for the Battle of Winterfell set to take place in Episode 3.

RELATED: Game Of Thrones Season 8, Episode 3 Trailer: The Battle Of Winterfell Is Here

Anyone who thought the final season has been slow up until this point are probably going to get more than they bargained for with this next episode. The battle against the Night King promises to be a bloody one that will mean the deaths of some key characters. And Episode 2 helped give some hints to who might not make it to Episode 4. Here are the characters most likely to die in Episode 3 of Game of Thrones.

10 Ghost

Direwolf fans were excited to see Jon’s pet, Ghost, finally make a reappearance after so long. The show has been pretty sparring with how often they use the direwolves, choosing to spend more time and money on dragons. And while it is great to see Ghost again, the show reminding us he’s still around is probably not a good sign.

The show seems to take any opportunity to kill off the direwolves just to get them out of the way, and a massive battle with the undead seems like a pretty good opportunity. Bet on Ghost rushing straight into battle and taking a few of the enemies down before dying himself.

9 Gendry

Gendry’s reintroduction to the story last season was a welcome surprise and fans were eager to see him reunite with Arya after so long. That reunion culminated in the two finally getting together in Episode 2 as they face the impending doom. That might be what seals Gendry’s fate.

RELATED: Game Of Thrones: Arya’s Dragonglass Weapon Revealed

Everyone knows that falling in love right before a major battle puts a character in danger. While Arya is in the same boat, we could see her fighting her way out of this to live another day. Gendry, on the other hand, has done his part to help create the weapons and there’s not much left for him. Sadly, he is expendable.

8 Beric Dondarrion

Technically, this wouldn’t be the first time Beric died, but he’s likely to stay dead this time. Ever since Thoros of Myr died, Beric lost his path to resurrection and it seemed like only a matter of time before he was gone for good.

Given his faith in the Lord of Flight, you can bet Beric will be front-and-center in the battle with his flaming sword. He seemed far too excited about the coming fight in the last episode so we’re sure he’ll go out fighting in service to his god.

7 Dolorous Edd

Dolorous Edd is one of the most surprising characters to have made it this far in Game of Thrones. While the other Night’s Watch members dropped like flies, the cynical Edd always seemed to find his way out of trouble.

It’s nice that the show gave him the opportunity to reunite with his sworn-brothers, Jon and Sam, so they could reminisce about how far they’ve come and what they’ve been through. But that’s probably going to be it for Edd. He’s had a good run but with the Night’s Watch no more, he doesn’t seem like someone that will last much longer.

6 Tormund Giantsbane

Tormund is one of the craziest characters in the show. The wildling warrior is as insane as he looks, and that insanity has served him well thus far. He’s survived climbing the Wall, the Battle of Castle Black, the Battle of the Bastards and the collapse of the Wall. But even a madman like Tormund will have a tough time making it through this next fight.

RELATED: Game of Thrones: 13 Unanswered Questions After Season 8, Episode 2

Tormund got a fair amount of screen time in the last episode, continuing to flirt with Brienne and even getting to share his origin story. Now seems like the right time for him to finally meet his end.

5 Missandei

Grey Worm and Missandei have long been a background love story in the show. After Daenerys came to Westeros, their roles as her trusted advisers began to shrink considerably which always puts characters in danger. They pretty much guaranteed something bad would happen after making plans for the rest of their lives together in Episode 2.

While it would make sense that Grey Worm would die, considering we’ll be doing much more fighting, it seems more poetic that it would be Missandei who perishes. He death might then lead Grey Worm to fulfill his promise to go protect the people of Narth.

4 Theon Greyjoy

Theon Greyjoy is one of the most complex characters the show has had. While his arrogance and stupidity did a lot of damage earlier in the series, he has slowly been on the path of redemption ever since seizing Winterfell.

It makes sense that Theon would find his final redemption in his former home, this time fighting to protect it. His reunion with Sansa helped remind us of his past good deeds and his volunteering to protect Bran from the Night King pretty well cements his fate to die with honor.

3 Jorah Mormont

Jorah Mormont has been a key character in the series since its beginning, and we could previously have seen him surviving to the end. However, given his appearance in the last episode, it certainly feels like the show is setting him up for his last stand.

RELATED: Game Of Thrones Drops First Hint Dead Characters Will Join White Walkers

We saw Jorah put aside his feelings for Daenerys and counsel her to keep Tyrion as her Hand. We saw him help mend his broken relationship with his family while speaking to Lyanna Mormont. And we saw him receive a Valyrian steel sword from Sam. Armed with that weapon, we could see Jorah facing off with the Night King and losing.

2 Brienne Of Tarth

We don’t like it anymore than you do, but Brienne – now Ser Brienne – is a goner. She received a knighthood, something she has wanted forever, right before going into battle. That just spells doom.

Brienne is one of the most skilled fighters in this battle and she is armed with a Valyrian steel sword which gives her an advantage, but she is also going to be at the head of the army. With Jamie fighting beside her, expect the two to share a tender moment before she dies.

1 Bran Stark

Before the season began, we were promised that the Night King had a specific target in mind when he invaded Westeros. While there were plenty of possibilities, it has been revealed he has his sights set on Bran. It makes sense as there is a definite connection between the Night King and Bran and they seem destined to come face-to-face.

Bran elects to be the bait for their enemy, luring him out to be killed. However, nothing on Game of Thrones ever goes so easily so the Night King will probably succeed in killing him. With all the secrets now out in the open, having Bran and his abilities around any longer feels like a cheat.

NEXT: Game Of Thrones Reveals the Night King’s Plan… So Where Is He?


2019-04-24 01:04:16

Colin McCormick

Disney+ Will Be Ad-Free, Bundle Option With Hulu & ESPN+ Likely

Disney confirms that its upcoming streaming service Disney+ will be ad-free, and also that a bundle package alongside Hulu and ESPN+ is likely. While competition like Amazon Prime, Hulu, and HBO Now has existed for years, Netflix’s perch at the top of the subscription streaming game has never really been challenged. Despite criticism for its continued shedding of lots of great licensed movies and TV shows, original programs like Stranger Things, The Crown, and Mindhunter have helped Netflix remain on top of the mountain.

Netflix will soon face its biggest challenger to date in Disney, which has spent the last decade or so gobbling up Marvel, Lucasfilm, Pixar, and most recently, Fox. Disney is the 800-pound gorilla of the entertainment industry at this point, with its films and TV shows dominating the pop culture landscape. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that Disney wants to grab a piece of the streaming pie with Disney+, first announced last year.

Related: Disney+ Will Stream All Disney, Pixar & Star Wars Films, Most Marvel

At Disney’s Investor Day presentation today, the company revealed many things about Disney+, including a November 12, 2019 North American launch date, a monthly price point of $6.99, and a variety of movies and shows set to be available at launch or soon after. Another couple of info bits to come out of the presentation include that Disney+ content will be presented ad-free, and that a discounted bundle package of consisting of Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ will also likely be offered to interested consumers.

It’s unclear at present what a hypothetical Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ bundle package will cost, although it’ll for sure be less than subscribing to the three services individually. It’ll be interesting to see if Hulu’s standard ad-supported plan is what’s offered as part of the bundle, or Disney instead provides access to its more expensive ad-free variant. One also wonders if Disney will give consumers the option of just bundling Disney+ with Hulu, and not bothering with ESPN+. After all, while basically everyone likes some type of movies or TV shows, there are many people who just plain don’t watch sports.

Based on the shows and movies talked up during today’s presentation, it seems that Disney intends to stick to its previously teased plan of keeping Disney+ content family friendly. This means anything rated higher than a PG-13 or TV-PG will likely be sent off to Hulu, which Disney now owns 60% of after its Fox purchase. If that’s the way things shake out, Hulu may well be an essential companion piece to one’s Disney+ subscription. With many people already feeling like there are too many streaming services though, the market may eventually hit its breaking point.

More: The Simpsons Seasons 1-30 Available On Disney+ From Launch

Source: Disney


2019-04-11 08:04:48

Michael Kennedy

8 Likely Storylines From The Comics For Titans Season 2 (With Jason Todd As A Regular)

Titans is coming back for a second season on DC Universe streaming and there is some big news for the returning show. First, the bad guys have been announced — or at least who might end up being bad guys in the future. Triton is still around causing problems but Esai Morales has signed on to play Deathstroke while Chella Man and Chelsea Zhang have signed on to play his kids, Jericho and Rose Wilson.

RELATED: Titans Season 2: Jason Todd Actor Promoted To Series Regular

Add in the fact that Superboy/Conor Kent will make his debut on the show, as portrayed by Joshua Orpin, and Jason Todd (Curran Walters) will be taking on a larger role as well in the second season. With so many new characters, and so many legendary storylines to pull ideas from, here are eight Teen Titans stories that could be great for the second season of Titans.

8 THE JUDAS CONTRACT

Possibly the least interesting storyline that Titans can attack in season 2 is “The Judas Contract.” This is probably the best Teen Titans story of all-time but was just recently told in an animated movie, showcasing the betrayal by member Terra and the damage it did to the Titans as a team. However, with Deathstroke coming, this is the story that seems like a good bet for the live-action DC Universe television series. It is also a way to bring in something that was only hinted at in the animated movie if they choose to bring Jericho into the story as a key player since he was only a cameo in that previous effort.

RELATED: Titans Season 2 Casts Chella Man As Deathstroke’s Son Jericho

7 A LONELY PLACE OF DYING

Jason Todd will have a key role in season 2 of Titans which brings up a couple of interesting ideas for the character and his place in the DC Universe television series. One of these ideas is the “Lonely Place of Dying” storyline. Of course, this isn’t just a Teen Titans storyline, but is also a shared Batman storyline — but it could still work.

The story was a crossover between Batman and New Titans. In the story, Dick Greyson is Nightwing and this series introduces the new Robin — Tim Drake. This happens after the death of Jason Todd, so one might wonder if the fact that Titans is so dark, to begin with — they might kill off Jason in order to bring in the superior Tim Drake version of Robin.

6 FAMILY LOST

Teen Titans: Family Lost is another Deathstroke story and might be more interesting than rehashing the Judas Contract storyline. The story even includes the same villains from that previous story, with Brother Blood joining Deathstroke. Geoff Johns and Mike McKone created the storyline, which ran in volume 3 of the Teen Titans comic book series.

The story also includes Trigon (as well as Conor Kent as Superboy), so this could be a great way to lead from the huge cliffhanger ending of Titans season 1 and also introduce Deathstroke and his daughter Rose Wilson to the show as well.

RELATED: Titans Season 2 Casts Deathstroke’s Daughter Ravager

5 A KID’S GAME

It seems like every great Teen Titans storyline includes a battle with Deathstroke. Teen Titans: A Kid’s Game is no different as the Titans battle Deathstroke, Ares and even Jericho in this storyline. It even involves an appearance by The Justice League, although there is no way that will happen on the DC Universe television series.

This storyline, in the comic books, takes place immediately following “Graduation Day” and the disbanding of Young Justice. That can’t play into their either, but Titans proved in season 1 that it didn’t care about playing things straight with the comic book lines anyway. The characters in this story are not the same ones on the TV show but this is about creating the organized team and that is where Titans needs to head very soon.

4 PROJECT CADMUS

Season 1 of Titans really looked into the idea of the government — or at least secret organizations — capturing and experimenting on super-powered children. However, the final scene of the season showed a scene very familiar to fans of Young Justice. The scene showed Cadmus — somewhere in Metropolis — where Superboy walked out of the lab.

Behind him was what looked like dead Cadmus scientists and then we see Krypto with glowing red eyes. While the Titans have a lot to deal with as season 2 starts, there is no way that Cadmus allows Conor Kent to just walk out and Titans will have to deal with the fallout of Superboy escaping and that means a Cadmus related storyline is coming.

RELATED: DC’s Doom Patrol Includes Superboy and Krypto Titans Easter Egg

3 TITANS AROUND THE WORLD

The second season of Titans has a chance to add some new blood to the already established team of Robin, Starfire, Raven and Beast Boy. Released in 2006, Titans: Around the World tells the story of the group recovering after a major event and welcoming someone new.

In the comics, it was Infinite Crisis, but on the Titans television show, it could be anything. This was also the series that introduced Miss Martian to the team as a full-fledged member and while Young Justice fans get plenty of the heroic Martian, how cool would it be to bring her into the fold in the live-action DC series as well? It also brings back Jericho — which could play into the introduction of Deathstroke as well.

RELATED: Flash Confirmed To Exist In The Titans DC Universe By Doom Patrol

2 WHO IS DONNA TROY?

Donna Troy in Titans was one of the most normal members of the first season’s cast of characters. She didn’t arrive until the eighth episode and was revealed to be Wonder Woman’s sidekick when she was younger. On the TV series, Donna is now a photojournalist who stepped away from the role of a costumed superhero.

With that said, the idea of Donna Troy getting a big storyline based around her is a very interesting proposition. New Teen Titans: Who is Donna Troy really dives deep into the origins of Wonder Girl where she learns that everything she thought was true was all a lie and now Donna Troy is needed to save the original Titans of Greek mythology.

RELATED: Young Justice Theory: Season 3 Is Setting Up a Major Titans Conflict

1 RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS

The biggest news coming into season 2 of Titans wasn’t the arrival of Deathstroke and Jericho but the fact that Jason Todd would end up playing a major role in the season. As the first season showed, Jason Todd was the kid who took on the role of Robin after Dick Greyson moved on and became Batman’s new sidekick.

Jason showed in the first season to be incredibly violent and unhinged. With Titans willing to take chances by switching up characters from their original history, could DC Universe take Jason out of the Robin role and move him into the Red Hood role? Remember, Starfire in the comics teamed with Jason in The Outlaws and that could really cause some drama with Dick Greyson.

NEXT: Red Hood Finally CONFIRMED in DC’s Young Justice


2019-04-10 03:04:54

Shawn S. Lealos

8 DC Villains Most Likely To Get Their Own Show/Film

While the DCEU may not have gotten everything right as they began their cinematic universe, something they did manage to get right (that Marvel has yet to really learn from) was putting a spotlight on the villains. From the upcoming Joker film that seemingly isn’t attached to the DCEU at all to the Suicide Squad film and the upcoming sequel, DC has done a spectacular job of showing both sides of the coin.

With the recent success of Aquaman in theaters and Doom Patrol on DC Universe, it seems likely the DCEU is about to expand quite a bit. But which villains are most likely to get some of the spotlight moving forward? Let’s see if we can figure it out.

RELATED: 10 Big Differences Between The Joker & The Lego Joker

8 Amanda Waller

Much like with Marvel’s Agents Of SHIELD, DC and Warner Bros. have a great opportunity to highlight how the government, and through it, the average people working for it, handle a world filled with superheroes…and villains. Comic books often like to focus on the grandiose, the tales of god-like men and women doing battle in the skies above us meager human beings. Not often is there a spotlight shown on the regular people that have to handle the aftermath of situations far beyond themselves.

The regular men and women handling the crisis after alien crisis. Amanda Waller may not be one of the superheroes, but she’s often found in the shadows making the tough decisions the heroes won’t. God save the Queen and God save Amanda Waller.

7 Ra’s Al Ghul

Ra’s al Ghul, Head of the Demon, leader of the League of Shadows, and one of Batman’s greatest foes. Not only is Ra’s al Ghul’s story incredibly interesting, but it’s also expansive and long-lasting.  Ra’s was alive and kicking for over 600 years before Bruce Wayne even showed up on his radar.

We’ve already seen adaptations of Ra’s in the animated series and Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, so there’s definitely enough interest in his character and the impact he has on the life of Bruce. But even more interesting than the impact he will have on Bruce Wayne’s life is the journey that leads an adventurous and curious young nomad to become the notorious Ra’s al Ghul.

6 Red Hood

The Red Hood, at least the Jason Todd version, may not exactly be a supervillain, but he’s certainly no hero. He’s often found at odds with Batman and the rest of the Bat-family due to the use of his more permanent solutions when it comes to the villains of Gotham. Shows like Netflix’s The Punisher have already illustrated that audiences will flock to a series following a gritty antihero fighting to clean up the streets.

RELATED: Batman: 10 Ways The Bat-Suit Bends The Rules Of Science

It’s hard to find more grit than someone who was beating and blown up by the Joker before being resurrected by Ra’s al Ghul. Somehow Bruce still manages to think he’s the one with the tragic backstory. Jason’s tragic backstory is meeting Batman. And everything that followed it. This unique perspective on the toll catching Batman’s attention takes on someone is what makes Jason’s story so ripe for exploration.

5 The Crime Syndicate

One of the benefits of Warner Bros. and DC creating films that don’t directly attach to their main universe is that, whether intentional or otherwise, they are laying the groundwork for a cinematic multiverse.

That being said, with the failure of the Justice League film DC may be looking for a new approach to some new properties. As DC has already illustrated with the upcoming Joker film, they aren’t afraid to shine a spotlight on the darker aspects of their source material, even if it doesn’t quite go along with the bigger narrative they’re trying to build. Giving fans a film about an alternate version of the Justice League that gradually becomes evil could be the perfect way to build on the darker side of the DCEU.

4 Deathstroke

While Deathstroke and Deadpool have many things in common a sense a humor and solo films are not among them. A film (or series) following Deathstroke would be a great opportunity for DC to, once again, highlight the darker side of their cinematic universe. A movie

RELATED: 10 Times Superman Has Become Other DC Heroes (and Villains)

A film following Deathstroke around the world to new and exotic places, where he meets exciting new superheroes and then kills them, could be just the kind of new life the genre needs. Plus, a darker take on a character like Wade Wilson–I mean, Slade Wilson, could be a great twist on the old “morally ambiguous mercenary” thing.  Imagine that? A mercenary that’s mostly just a bad dude. May just be crazy enough to work.

3 Darkseid

Okay, so with the failure of pretty much every one of the DCEU’s filmed attempts at a shared universe comes a significant decrease in the likelihood that we’ll see a villain of Darkseid’s caliber anytime soon. However, we do know that there’s no way that DC will simply let a hallmark character like Superman fall to the side.

And with the recent success of Tom King and Mitch Gerads’ Mister Miracle, we could be much closer to seeing a film adaptation of Darkseid than many fans assume. We’ll all just have to wait and see if DC can raise a hero up capable enough to take on such an overpowering force.

2 Lex Luthor

Much like DC is doing with their new Joker film, Lex Luthor is a character that needs to be handled differently than most regular villains in a superhero film. Lex is cold, calculating, intelligent, and complex. He’s a character that demands the space to grow, change, and evolve over time. No mere mortal could stand up to the likes of Superman and routinely walk away almost entirely unscathed. Audiences need time to fully grasp just why Luthor is so mad.

It’s not that he’s terrifyingly brilliant. It’s not even that he’s got the resources to build, create, or buy almost anything he could ever want. It’s that, even when the rest of the world is telling him otherwise, Luthor looks at Superman and sees nothing but a threat, a cancer cell that must be excised. Lex is unwavering. That’s his real power.  

1 Harley Quinn

Since her inception, Harleen Quinzel has been on a near meteoric rise in the hearts of fans, heroes, and villains alike. Not only are future Harley Quinn properties likely, but they’re also imminent with the upcoming Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). From a recently announced cartoon series on the newly launched DC Universe streaming platform to headlining upcoming DCEU films, Harley Quinn is on the rise.

While most fans may be used to her more villainous side, it seems like that DC television and movies may take some hints from more recent comics and align Harley more with heroes of her universe rather than tying her down to with the Joker. Harley Quinn deserves all the good things coming to her. Sticking it out with the Joker for that long couldn’t have been easy, so it’s nice to see her character finally becoming emancipated from her partner’s toxicity.

NEXT: Suicide Squad: 10 Things It Actually Did Well


2019-04-04 07:04:19

Danny Hernandez

Empire: Despite Dropped Charges, Jussie Smollett Likely Not Returning

Charges against Jussie Smollett with regard to filing false police report may have already been dropped, but that doesn’t mean that he’s coming back to Empire. Fox’s family musical drama starring Terrence Howard (Lucious) and Taraji P. Henson (Cookie) revolves around the Lyon family who owns Empire Entertainment. Debuting in 2015, Smollett plays Jamal, the couple’s openly-gay middle child who’s a talented singer-songwriter and is among the original cast members of the series.

Late January, Smollett made headlines when he was reportedly attacked by two men wearing the “Make America Great Again” red hats sported by Donald Trump supporters. The perpetrators allegedly screamed homophobic and racial slurs, and tied a rope around the actor’s neck. He was hospitalized for his injuries, and soon, message of support from across Hollywood poured down on him. But things took a 180 degree turn when police suspected that Smollet staged the attack by paying off the men who physically and verbally abused him, which led to his arrest. But despite the charges cleared, it still doesn’t pave the way for his return to his old TV gig.

Related: Here’s Everything That Disney Now Owns From Fox (& What It Means)

According to a new report from Deadline, Fox is not actively looking for ways to bring back Smollet to Empire“Things are so unclear and there is a feeling that this isn’t over, that there’s more to come,” the outlet says, quoting  someone who has a personal knowledge of the actor’s legal circumstances and ramifications for the show. Another anonymous person said that they’re ready to “cut their losses if need be” by not having the actor return.

Aside from the false accusation case, Smollett is embroiled in a federal probe wherein he’s suspected to have written a hate-filled letter sent to Empire last year. If proven guilty, this could mean 5-20 years in prison for the actor. “The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is working closely with our law enforcement partners on this investigation. We are unable to provide any additional comment at this time,” the USPS said in a statement.

Smollett has already been excluded in the final two episodes of the series’ current season, but with a big possibility that it’ll be renewed for another year, many are expecting that he’ll reprise his role come season 6 in light of the dropped charges. However, with the controversy surrounding the verdict, hyped up by the vocal outrage from outgoing Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel among others, and another run-in with the law, it’s understandable why Fox executives are not exactly jumping the gun to bring him back. Early reports claim that Smollett staged the attack to get publicity, which could lead to a higher pay in the show, but since he’s acquitted, this particular bit in this issue is now overlooked. However, assuming that there was really pay dispute between him and Empire, regardless of whether or not the staged his own attack, it makes sense that they don’t want him back in the project.

More: The Really Bad Effects Of The Disney-Fox Deal, Explained

Source: Deadline


2019-03-28 04:03:07

Ana Dumaraog

The Office: Scranton Strangler Suspects From Least To Most Likely

Who is the Scranton Strangler? That’s a question asked by every cast member of The Office at one time or another. But are all those questions honest? Or does one of the members of the Scranton Dunder-Mifflin branch know exactly who the Strangler is? The thing is, it’s not entirely out of the question that one of the cast members is the infamous killer. That’s why, after examining the characters and speculating wildly, we came up with The Office: Scranton Strangler Suspects From Least to Most Likely.

10. Dwight Schrute

Is Dwight Schrute weird? Yes, if by weird you mean “abnormally prepared for every danger known to man.” Admittedly, Dwight can be a dangerous guy. Look no further than the “fire drill” or “gunshot” episodes. But is Dwight odd enough to be Scranton’s deadliest denizen? Probably not. For all his strangeness, Dwight is a law-abiding citizen. He takes pride in his morality and standing in the law enforcement community. Besides, out of everyone on The Office, he advocates the most for Defense Against the Strangler. And if there’s one thing Dwight Schrute isn’t, it’s counterintuitive.

9. Kevin Malone

Kevin Malone from The Office

Kevin Malone can be a little creepy, and he’s got his share of tough breaks. Especially when it comes to relationships. But would Kevin’s bad luck or inappropriateness ever manifest in the form of full-blown murder? It’s pretty unlikely. Still, we know that Kevin would have a great alibi for Scranton Stranglings. His membership in a band means it’s perfectly natural for him to be out late, or traveling around the area a lot, or hanging out in shady spots. So it’s not impossible that Kevin might be the Killer. That said, Kevin would probably be pretty bad at clearing evidence from a crime scene. I mean, did you see him drop that chili?

8. Phyllis Vance

Phyllis Smith The Office

At first glance, Phyllis could seem like sweetest person on The Office. But give her a couple episodes and you’ll see that Phyllis can be rude, quick to anger, and even downright vindictive. Could her curmudgeonly manner mean she’s actually the Scranton Strangler? Well, it’s doubtful. After all, she is married, so her husband Bob might notice her sneaking around Scranton at odd hours of the night. Or would he? Bob Vance works a lot, and as someone who installs refrigerators, frequently has access to people’s homes. Could his wife make use of his client record to commit her heinous crimes? It’s not impossible.

RELATED: The Office: 10 Rules Dunder Mifflin Employees Are Forced To Follow (And 15 They Always Break)

7. Angela Martin

Angela Kinsey as Angela in The Office

If Angela was the Scranton Strangler, she’d be a lot like Riverdale‘s Black Hood. In the hit CW show, the Black Hood kills to punish others he believes are sinners. In the same way, Angela’s worldview is very cut-and-dry when it comes to good people and bad. The question is, just how far would she take that worldview? Could it cause her to eliminate those she feels are “sinful?” Well, that’s admittedly a stretch to believe. Murder’s kind of an ugly, dirty thing to do. Silently judging from afar is way more Angela’s style.

Which is not to say she hasn’t wished murder on some people.

6. Ryan Howard

Ryan might not be the Scranton Strangler, but he’s absolutely a sociopath. He is manipulative and self-serving, and his destructive actions when he’s in power hint at a sadistic attitude toward others. The biggest thing that saves Ryan from suspicion, however, is the fact that he’s not in Pennsylvania while all the Scranton Strangler murders are taking place. He’s in New York for some of them. Or…is he? While Ryan was working in New York, he’d frequently return to Scranton to check on the Dunder-Mifflin branch there. Do the stranglings match up with Ryan’s return trips to PA? We may never know.

5. Kelly Kapoor

Speaking of self-serving and destructive, why isn’t there more suspicion on Kelly for the Scranton Strangler’s crimes? Kelly is one of the most vindictive people on The Office, approaching every imagined slight with a mind for vengeance and fury. Could her frequent rage at other members of The Office indicate a deep-seated psychological issue? Could that issue manifest as murder? Heck, could she and Ryan be working together as the Scranton Strangler? It’s a possibility. And honestly, it would probably be the healthiest thing they do together as a couple.

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4. Andy Bernard

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Most everyone on The Office is, in some way, full of rage. But only one character punched a hole through the office wall. Andy Bernard enters the show with a pretty serious anger issue. We watch him boil up several times until he finally gets therapy for it, seemingly beating the problem and calming down. But what if that’s just a disguise? Even when Andy is “cured,” we still him nearly explode in rage at several situations. What if keeping those emotions in simply isn’t possible for Andy? Could his outlet for rage be other acts of violence, maybe even…murder?

3. Meredith Palmer

Let’s conduct a little thought experiment. How much do you know about Meredith Palmer? What does she do on her off hours? Why is she always injured? All these unknowns combined with an obviously destructive nature could spell out a path to the Scranton Strangler. Probably the most telling sign of this is her possible guilt is her curiously inconsistent behavior. If Meredith really is out partying every night, as she claims, where are her party friends? If she parties alone, why does she always talk about ending up in someone’s bed. Could that be an alibi for her real nightly activities? At the very least, Meredith is a person prone to madness. How far that madness goes is up for debate.

2. Creed Bratton

Probably the most obvious person on this list, Creed Bratton shows a lot of signs of being the Scranton Strangler. He walks into the office one day covered in blood (luckily it was Halloween). When Michael’s playing a murder mystery game with the office, he takes it as a real investigation and bolts. Creed even goes so far as to indicate that he’s murdered and assumed the identity of the real Creed Bratton. Even if Creed isn’t the killer called the Scranton Strangler, he’s definitely a murderer. And since he frequently makes reference to his crimes while he knows he’s being filmed, it’s safe to say he’s pretty comfortable with that.

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1. Toby Flenderson

There is a maelstrom of emotion inside Toby Flenderson. For someone with such a dull outwardly manner, Toby has a lot of negative feelings piling up inside him. And one of those feelings might just happen to be guilt.

We know that Toby and the Scranton Strangler are at least linked by circumstance. Toby serves on the jury that convicts a man of being the violent killer. But after that grand jury stint, Toby becomes obsessed with this convicted person, publicly questioning whether or not he’s really the Strangler. Could this be because Toby is wrestling with his own knowledge of the killer’s real identity? There’s a lot to unpack there, but unfortunately, we probably never got visual confirmation that Toby was anywhere near a Scranton Strangler event.

Or do we?

In one episode of The Office, the whole gang catches sight of a car chase between the suspected Scranton Strangler and the police. We don’t know whether or not the car chase ends in the suspect being apprehended. But what we do know? In the gathering of the office to watch the chase…Toby is nowhere to be found.

Who do you think is behind the Scranton Strangler murders? Is it another Office member not listed here? (*cough* PAM *cough*). Let us know who you think it is and why in the comments section below!



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2018-12-31 05:12:30

Modern Family Season 11 Renewal Likely; Cast Finalizing New Contracts

Despite season 10 originally being announced as the end, Modern Family is approaching a season 11 renewal, with the cast finalizing new contracts. While lots of long-running sitcoms take time to find their footing in the crowded TV landscape, Modern Family wasn’t one of them, premiering on ABC in 2009 with lots of critical buzz suggesting it would be a hit. Those predictions turned out to be correct, with the single-camera comedy quickly carving out its place as one of the most popular programs airing on a big four broadcast network.

While Modern Family’s viewership is far from what it once was – which says more about the general downward trend in live TV viewing than it does about this particular show – it’s still ABC’s third-highest rated series of the 2018 fall season, with only long-running drama Grey’s Anatomy and Roseanne spinoff The Conners outperforming it in that regard. Considering that fact, it’s not hard to see why ABC isn’t in any hurry to remove Modern Family from its programming line-up.

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In early 2018, Modern Family co-creators Christopher Lloyd (no, not *that* one) and Steven Levitan made it known in interviews that season 10 would likely be the series’ final outing. However, some observers began to doubt that season 10 would be the end by the time the new fall season rolled around, as ABC wasn’t promoting season 10 as the final one, and it would be an incredibly odd decision not to heavily market the final season of a long-running show. Sure enough, in October, reports surfaced that a season 11 renewal might be coming, and now Deadline reports that said renewal just got much more likely, as the six main adult cast members (Ed O’Neill, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet and Sofia Vergara) are currently finalizing new contracts.

Once the aforementioned group of six all sign on the dotted line, it’ll be time to finish working out new contracts with Modern Family’s original “kid” cast, who are all of course now young adults due to the length of the series’ run. The talks with Sarah Hyland, Ariel Winter, Nolan Gould and Rico Rodriguez are said to be in the early stages, but Deadline’s report makes it clear that all are expected to come to terms on new deals. Creators Lloyd and Levitan – and key members of Modern Family’s writing staff – are also currently in talks to return, and are seen as likely to do so. After all, why would Lloyd and Levitan bail out this close to the finish line?

Interestingly, if Modern Family returns for season 11 – and that certainly seems to be more likely than not – it’ll be the first time the show hasn’t had to compete with CBS’ The Big Bang Theory for the title of most popular comedy on network TV. Big Bang Theory will end following its currently airing season 12, after spending most of its run on the top of the comedy ratings chart, with Modern Family often taking the #2 spot on that list. Of course, with Big Bang spinoff Young Sheldon likely to continue – and the possible continuation of The ConnersModern Family may still not be able to go out on top.

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Modern Family season 10 airs Wednesdays on ABC.

Source: Deadline



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2018-12-11 01:12:23