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What The Game Of Thrones Premiere’s Big Pilot Callback Means For Season 8

WARNING: Spoilers ahead for Game of Thrones season 8, episode 1.

Game of Thrones season 8’s premiere ends with Jaime Lannister arriving in Winterfell and coming face-to-face with Bran Stark, leading to an icy stare that would only be colder if one of them was a White Walker. The moment called back to the Game of Thrones pilot and Jaime’s original sin.

When Jaime was last in Winterfell, it was way back in Game of Thrones season 1 as the head of the Kingsguard to Robert Baratheon. While there, he and sister Cersei snuck away to engage in incestuous relations in secret. However, the nimble-footed Bran Stark was climbing the stone towers and saw them, leading to Jaime pushing the young boy out of a window and permanently disabling him from the waist down.

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The pair have been on separate sides of the Westeros map throughout Game of Thrones ever since, but now, with the threat of the Night King looming large, they’re going to have to face the past. The fact that the “reunion” ends the season 8 premiere, “Winterfell”, positions it as a very important moment. But what could it actually mean to the future?

Both of these characters have changed a lot since the Game of Thrones pilot. Jaime has transformed from an initial villain into one of the series’ most sympathetic characters, coming to terms with his ungratifying Kingslayer title and striving to do good. Bran, meanwhile, has transcended his injuries to become the new Three-Eyed Raven, completely losing all emotional connection to his past and family.

This is what makes the premiere ending so interesting: what it means depends massively on the character. For Jaime, it’s something that will force him to accept his past in a more upfront way – unlike killing the Mad King, what he did to Bran was purely evil, and it’s not like he’s been squeaky clean since considering he threatened to kill Tully babes when fighting in the Riverlands in Game of Thrones season 6. However, the boy whose life he ruined will surely have no emotional resentment; Bran has been detached to everyone, from Meera Reed to sister Sansa, and in this episode wouldn’t even personally tell Jon Snow about his true parentage.

Of course, there’s one major wrinkle here going back to the books: it was in dreams about the original push out of the window that Bran had his first proper interaction with the Three-Eyed Raven. It may be that Bran will recognize Jaime as the progenitor of his journey into becoming an all-seeing tree. Although even that angle does little to build expectation of any upset.

Related: How Game Of Thrones Opening Titles Are Different In Season 8

Beyond Bran and Jaime themselves, this connection has much bigger implications. While the death of Jon Arryn orchestrated by Littlefinger is the real starting move in the game, Bran’s injury, Catelyn Stark’s subsequent investigation and the fracturing of Lannister faith was essential in the escalation of the War of the Five Kings. Considering how Sansa and Arya handled Petyr Baelish in the Game of Thrones season 7 finale, this could put Jaime’s desire to fight in the army of the living on thin ice (although trailers do confirm he will eventually be accepted). All of this is before we get to the fact that Jaime killed Daenerys’ father, King Aerys, making him one of the least popular men around.

What this moment really does is hammer home how important past actions will be to Game of Thrones even as the Night King’s army nears Winterfell. In the season 8 premiere, we already saw how Dany’s callous execution of the Tarly’s will have an impact on Sam and, by extension, Jon, who is himself upset at how his honorable father lied to him. While Jaime and Bran may not be a deciding factor in the war to come, what they represent in terms of the start of this journey influencing the end is unavoidable. In Game of Thrones, it really is all about the things you do for love.

Next: Game Of Thrones Season 8: Returning Cast & New Character Guide

Game of Thrones season 8 continues next Sunday at 9pm on HBO.


2019-04-14 07:04:21

Alex Leadbeater

The Kenan Show Pilot Casts Andy Garcia as Kenan Thompson’s Father-In-Law

NBC’s comedy pilot, The Kenan Show (aka Saving Kenan), starring Kenan Thompson, has added Andy Garcia to the cast as Kenan’s father-in-law. If the pilot gets ordered for a full season, the show will mark Garcia’s first regular role in a TV series.

The namesake of the pilot, Kenan Thompson, laid tracks in the comedy world with memorable roles in Good Burger, Kenan & Kel, and sketch comedy sensation All That. Thompson then landed a regular spot on the iconic Saturday Night Live – which he’ll leave if The Kenan Show gets picked up to series – and dabbled in projects outside of sketch comedy including Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Snakes on a Plane. Meanwhile, Garcia’s work has mostly been seen in features such as The Godfather: Part III, Ocean’s Eleven (and its sequels) and Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again. Garcia’s craft received recognition with two Emmy nominations for HBO film, For Love or Country: The Andy Sandoval Story, and an Oscar nomination for supporting actor in The Godfather: Part III. Now, NBC is extending Garcia’s list of TV credits, as the network has added him to the cast of The Kenan Show.

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According to Deadline, Garcia will play Percy, Thompson’s tenacious father-in-law. Percy is a retired police officer who wreaks havoc on Thompson’s household when he decides to become more involved in their lives. The plotline is set to follow the recently widowed Thompson’s struggles as he’s untangling the webs that come with tragedy and single-parenthood. It’s still unclear if Garcia’s character will be living in Thompson’s household, but with his character being retired, a full-time presence seems likely. Thompson’s role will no doubt juxtapose beautifully with Garcia’s as they work out grief in the comedy-centered program.

The Kenan Show is in the hands of executive producers Thompson, Chris Rock, and Jackie Clarke – Clarke has also penned the pilot script. Legendary comedian Rock has been tapped to direct the pilot in addition to producer duties. The creative team also includes seasoned TV producers Lorne Michaels (SNL) and Andrew Singer. Even with Garcia slated for The Kenan Show, the actor has also been busy with the development of Big Gold Brick and stars in Words on Bathroom Walls.

In-laws – onscreen and offscreen – can be part of some of the most complicated, layered and valued relationships one has. Hollywood has explored this bond in numerous works such as Monster-in-Law, Everybody Loves Raymond and Meet the Parents. The dynamic of the relationship between Kenan and Percy and the impressive list of creative forces behind the show could be what sold Garcia on this rare TV commitment. The likelihood of The Kenan Show getting ordered for a full season has increased with the addition of Garcia’s star power. No doubt Garcia will bring depth, wisdom, and soul to the role of a father-in-law, and join the list of memorable ones in the history of television.

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Source: Deadline 


2019-03-20 06:03:00

Bethany Guerrero

HBO’s Game of Thrones Prequel Pilot Casts Miranda Richardson

HBO’s Game of Thrones prequel series The Long Night has added Harry Potter actress Miranda Richardson to the pilot cast. Based on George R.R. Martin’s sprawling fantasy book series A Song of Ice and Fire, Game of Thrones tells the tale of the fictional Seven Kingdoms where various players large and small engage in epic battle in hopes of one day sitting on the Iron Throne.

First debuting on HBO in 2011, Game of Thrones quickly established itself as one of TV’s most talked about series, and over the years it has grown into a genuine phenomenon. Now, the epic show is set to air its last six episodes, which among other things will depict the final battle between the supernatural White Walkers and the human denizens of Westeros. A year after Game of Thrones’ final episode airs, HBO plans to premiere a prequel series that takes place thousands of years before the events of the original. Naomi Watts and Josh Whitehouse have been named to head up the prequel cast, with the pilot set to be directed by S.J. Clarkson.

Related: Game of Thrones Mysteries The Long Night Can Answer

With filming on the pilot gearing up to begin this summer, TVLine reports that Watts will be joined in the cast by fellow Oscar nominee Miranda Richardson. No details have been revealed about Richardson’s character, which is perfectly in keeping with the shroud of secrecy currently surrounding the prequel series. One of the few reveals has been that Watts will play a “charming socialite with a dark secret.” Other recent cast additions include Naomi Ackie (Star Wars Episode IX), Denise Gough (The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt), Jamie Campbell Bower (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald), Sheila Atim (Harlots), Ivanno Jeremiah (Black Mirror), Georgie Henley (The Chronicles of Narnia), Alex Sharp (To the Bone) and Toby Regbo (Reign).

Richardson is of course no stranger to big-budget fantasy, after playing Rita Skeeter in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. Long before joining the Harry Potter universe, Richardson scored Oscar nominations for her roles in Tom & Viv and Damage, but not for perhaps her most memorable role of the ’90s, the femme fatale Jude in Neil Jordan’s The Crying Game. A tremendously versatile performer, Richardson is also memorable in comedic roles like Queen Elizabeth on the classic British sitcom Blackadder. Richardson is set to appear later this year alongside Michael Sheen and David Tennant in Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens.

With the addition of the ever-winning Richardson, The Long Night is indeed putting together a solid ensemble to help bring to life the next chapter in the saga of Game of Thrones and its epic fantasy world. It remains to be seen if the new series will kill off its characters with as much abandon as the original.

MORE: Game of Thrones Theory: Naomi Watts Is Playing The FIRST Lannister

Source: TVLine


2019-03-18 01:03:16

Dan Zinski

Iron Fist Star Finn Jones to Lead FOX Serial Killer Pilot Prodigal Son

Former Iron Fist star Finn Jones lands his next TV gig, playing lead character Malcolm Bright in new FOX serial killer pilot Prodigal Son. Now 30-years-old, Jones has been acting steadily since 2009 in his native U.K., starting out on the long-running British soap opera Hollyoaks. Jones cut his teeth as many actors do after that, appearing in B-movies like slasher sequel Wrong Turn 5. Jones was even a part of Texas Chainsaw Massacre prequel Leatherface, which was shot in 2015, then infamously sat on a shelf until 2017.

Before landing the lead in Netflix’s Marvel show Iron Fist, Jones’ greatest fame had come playing Loras Tyrell in 21 episodes of HBO phenomenon Game of Thrones. With the high profile character of Danny Rand, Jones finally seemed to land his breakout role, and while Iron Fist was surprisingly canceled back in the fall along with Luke Cage and Daredevil, Jones did clearly impress the right people in Hollywood during his stint as a member of The Defenders, as he’s now set to headline his own potential FOX series.

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As reported by THR, Jones has been cast as the lead in rapidly growing FOX drama pilot Prodigal Son. Jones plays Malcolm Bright, a gifted criminal psychologist capable of helping catch serial killers due to his rather unique relationship with the subject. His father, Martin Whitly (Michael Sheen), was once a devoted family man by day and a vicious murderer nicknamed “The Surgeon” by night, before ultimately being caught and sent to prison. Despite their estranged relationship, Malcolm is sometimes forced to consult his father in order to solve cases.

While Prodigal Son obviously hasn’t been picked up to anything beyond a pilot as of yet, with Jones and Sheen leading the cast, it’s hard to imagine the series not getting at least one full season. Scandal’s Bellamy Young is also in the mix, playing Malcolm’s mother. One wonders what her character thought when it was revealed that her husband was a prolific serial killer, as that seems like something that would damage a marriage.

On the surface, the premise of Prodigal Son somewhat recalls Thomas Harris’ Hannibal Lecter novels and the movies/shows they were adapted into, with a skilled criminal profiler being forced into an unlikely alliance with an infamous criminal in order to stop other similar criminals. It’s also a bit reminiscent of NBC’s long-running The Blacklist. That said, success in Hollywood is often less about originality than it is about successfully executing the idea one has, no matter how derivative. Casting Jones and Sheen is certainly a good first step toward that goal.

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Source: THR


2019-03-08 08:03:53

Michael Kennedy

Michael Sheen to Play Charismatic Serial Killer in FOX Pilot Prodigal Son

Michael Sheen will soon be playing a serial killer on Fox’s Prodigal Son, which makes the upcoming series the second notable (and likely sizeable) television role Sheen has secured in as many years. Little is known about the upcoming series, but what is known has many convinced that Sheen’s casting in the project is perfect.

As previously mentioned, Prodigal Son will be Sheen’s second big TV gig in 2019, in addition to Amazon’s Good Omens, in which he co-stars with David Tennant as an angel and a demon trying to prevent the apocalypse. The series is based on the books co-authored by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. Sheen’s new role reiterates to fans that he’s looking to get back into TV, where he used to be a mainstay in series like Masters of Sex and 30 Rock.

Related: What to Expect from Amazon’s Good Omens

According to Variety, Sheen will be playing Martin Whitly, who’s described as an intelligent, witty and charismatic man who formerly lived with his family in New York City. He also happens to be a notorious serial killer known as “The Surgeon,” whose methods of taking down his victims will likely draw comparisons to Hannibal Lecter. The series will focus on Martin’s son, Malcolm Bright, an acclaimed criminal psychologist who understands how killers think and assists the NYPD is stopping other killers like his father. In addition to helping the NYPD, Malcolm will juggle his relationship with his very normal sister and his father, who’s trying to staying in touch with his – no shock here – prodigal son.

Sheen joins previously-announced cast members Lou Diamond Phillips, Aurora Perrineau, and Frank Harts. It’s not confirmed who will be playing the role of Malcolm Bright, nor are the roles for Phillips,  Perrineau, or Harts confirmed. Production on Prodigal Son will likely begin soon and could very well premiere later in 2019 as a fall or midseason series. Lee Toland Krieger, who most recently directed episodes of You, Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and Deadly Class, is also set to direct the series pilot, which has some wondering if Prodigal Son will fall into similar darker and/or more supernatural genre classifications than one would think.

Fox is arguably a bit more of a mixed bag when it comes to defining what it, as a network, does best. Often, the network that’s best known for showing football constantly is also the network that delivers enticing genre fare like The Gifted and The Passage. With a plot reminiscent of NBC’s short-lived hit Hannibal, there’s a chance Prodigal Son could fall into this category too, leaning into the darker, possibly supernatural, psycho-dramatic elements of the story it’s teasing. Even with some of the casting still to be done and not too much information given on what to expect, Sheen’s involvement in Prodigal Son makes this feel like a show worth tracking until it premieres later in 2019 or early 2020. It could just be the next great genre-bending series.

More: Good Omens TV Show: Biggest Changes From The Book

Source: Variety


2019-03-05 04:03:19

Allie Gemmill

Showtime Orders Season 2 Of Jim Carrey’s Kidding

Just a few weeks after its series premiere, Showtime announces that it has renewed Kidding, the fascinating tragicomedy starring Jim Carrey. In addition to Carrey, the series also features the likes of Catherine Keener, Judy Greer, and Frank Langella as members of the Piccirillo family, ostensibly the people caught in the orbit of the national treasure that is Carrey’s Jeff Pickles, aka Mr. Pickles, the beloved children’s entertainer who happens to be going through a massive existential crisis at the moment, as he struggles with the grief over losing a child and seeing his home life disintegrate as a result. 

While that might not sound like the typical kind of comedy Carrey is known for, it does strike a chord similar to his work on Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind with acclaimed director Michel Gondry, who is an executive producer on Kidding and also directed the pilot episode. The result is a show with a lot of emotion, a dark sense of humor, and that takes place in a slightly heightened world. It all adds up to one of the more unique series on Showtime right now. 

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Showtime announced the news today in an official press release that included a statement from Gary Levine, the network’s president of programming. Levine said: 

“KIDDING has established itself as one of the most endearing and inventive shows on television. I feel like I have been watching Mr. Pickles my whole life, and I look forward to being entranced by his unique blend of hilarity and heartbreak in season two.”

The news comes shortly after the network axed I’m Dying Up Here, the ’70s-set stand up comedy drama, on which Carrey served as an executive producer. With that series lasting only two seasons, and with the continuation of network’s long-running Shameless now in question, following the planned departures of both Emmy Rossum and Cameron Monaghan (Gotham), Showtime is in a position where a series like Kidding – i.e., one with big stars – could become a key part to the network’s future success. While it’s questionable whether or not the fates of those other two series played a role in Kidding being renewed for season 2 or not, it certainly seems as though the fascinating, melancholic series could be an important part of Showtime’s lineup for quite some time. 

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Kidding continues this Sunday with ‘The Cookie’ @10pm on Showtime.



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2018-10-10 02:10:38 – Kevin Yeoman

Grey’s Anatomy: 20 Things That Make No Sense About Meredith

Grey’s Anatomy is the longest running scripted primetime ABC television show of all time. Ellen Pompeo is the highest-paid actress on television, banking twenty million dollars each season. Grey’s is poised to surpass ER as the longest primetime medical drama, as it waits for its sixteenth season renewal, and it has received thirty-eight Emmy Award nominations during the nearly two decades it has been on the air.

Meredith Grey has gone from a damaged intern having an affair with a resident and caring for her ailing mother to a widow with three children who runs the general surgery department at Seattle Grace. More characters have passed away on Grey’s Anatomy than most shows introduced during their entire runs, and the show is nearly unrecognizable now when compared to its first season because of its revolving cast of characters.

With twenty-nine principal cast members during its fifteen seasons, the writers of Grey’s Anatomy have so much history to contend with that maintaining continuity is an uphill battle that they often lose. As such, there are some details about our favorite dark and twisty surgeon at Seattle Grace that don’t make much sense at all. The confusion goes deeper than the debate on her hair color or who the next romantic lead of the show will be. Everything from her age to her internal motivations have been altered, forgotten and recreated during the show’s epically long run, and viewers are struggling to keep up.

Here are the 20 Things That Make No Sense About Meredith In Grey’s Anatomy.

20 Her Half-Sisters

When a show has been on the air for nearly two decades, it’s understandable that a few plotlines may get recycled. After all, who’s really going to notice if four of the show’s leads are revealed to have massive tumors in a principal cast of over twenty-five characters?

However, it’s hard to believe that Meredith Grey would have two half-sisters who she knew nothing about and that both of those women would come work as surgeons at her specific hospital in Seattle.

This is not even mentioning Lexie Grey’s questionable medical timeline – she started her medical internship program when most students are finishing their undergraduate studies – or Meredith conveniently forgetting her mother’s pregnancy before Maggie Pierce was born in the ’80s.

19 She Doesn’t Contact Derek’s Sisters When He’s About To Pass

Derek Shepard’s sisters were extremely important to him – so much so, that during the second episode of Grey’s Anatomy, Shepard explicitly states that if he were ever to be in a coma, he’d want all four of his sisters with him.

Meredith forgets this not-so-tiny detail when actually faced with a comatose Derek Shepard and takes him off of life support without giving his sisters a chance to say goodbye, including Amelia Shepard, who is her coworker and is easily reachable by phone. Meredith ignoring a key aspect of her husband’s personality, his love for his sisters, is more than an example of Meredith’s selfishness. It’s a lack of continuity and a disappointing, out of character oversight.

18 Getting Together With George

George O’Malley’s unrequited love for Meredith was well-chronicled during the show’s first season, enforcing the characters’ friendship, as O’Malley’s feelings for Meredith led him to provide emotional support when Derek Shepard chose to stay with his wife. Meredith never saw O’Malley as anything more than a friend, even after her break-up with Shepard.

Meredith getting together with O’Malley came from a desire to be wanted and treated well after Shepard had broken her trust, and O’Malley was clearly in denial about Meredith’s lack of interest. Still, it’s hard to believe that O’Malley would take advantage of Meredith in her vulnerable state or that Meredith would choose O’Malley as a physical rebound rather than an emotional one.

17 She Failed Her Intern Exam… And Still Became A Resident

The year 2007 was a rough one for Meredith Grey. Her stepmother passed away from a case of the hiccups, her father blamed her for the loss of his wife, her mom passed away, and she literally passed, and understandably, she cracked under pressure. Meredith didn’t answer a single question on her intern exam.

The logical next step here would have been to see Meredith repeat her intern year like George O’Malley does after failing that same exam.

Meredith would have been able to explore new dynamics with her peers while sorting through her many issues, and the show wouldn’t have to suffer through too drastic of a change. Instead, through some nepotism and a large suspension of disbelief, Meredith is allowed a do-over and breezes through to her residency, while poor O’Malley is given the short end of the stick yet again.

16 Her Inconsistent Pregnancies

After miscarrying her first child due to apparent stress from the Seattle Grace active shooter situation in season six, Meredith is told that the real reason for the loss of her child was actually a “hostile uterus.” Medically, in the real world, this means that it is difficult for a woman to become pregnant due to a variety of factors, including hormonal imbalances. It is treatable through synthetic estrogen or certain bypass techniques and does not necessarily cause miscarriages.

Meredith is able to conceive multiple times during the show, and she even manages to have a fairly normal pregnancy and gives birth to a healthy baby girl. A medical drama probably could have come up with a more realistic plotline for Meredith after writers’ decided that they wanted to complicate her family planning.

15 She Modeled Her Life After Ellis

After hating her mother, Ellis Grey, for most of her life, Meredith follows in her footsteps, as she becomes a mother while still chasing her medical aspirations. Meredith places the blame for her issues on her mother’s workaholic tendencies while raising her daughter, then still chooses to start her family just as her medical career is gaining momentum.

She falls in love with a married man, has his children, raises them alone, and wins a Harper Avery Award, just like her mother. Her professional life causes a rift in her relationship, like Ellis’ Harper Avery nomination leading to the termination of her relationship with Richard Weber. Instead of learning from her mother’s mistakes, Meredith has done something that she swore she’d never do: she has become Ellis.

14 Her First Marriage Wasn’t Legal

In a touching display of friendship, Derek Shepherd and Meredith Grey gave their perfect wedding to their dear friends Alex Karev and Izzie Stevens so that the couple could be married before Stevens possibly succumbed to her advanced brain cancer.

Shepherd and Meredith then have their own, private marriage ceremony in the comfort of their own home, where they write their vows on Post-It notes and promise their lives to each other.

This was all romantic and dramatic, but why on Earth would they not bother going down to City Hall and legalizing the marriage at any point before they tried to adopt their daughter? They most likely already had a marriage license, and the tax benefits alone would have been incentive enough to go through with the final step of their marriage – actually getting married.

13 She Tried To Hold Derek Back

It isn’t easy having a family with two working parents. Nannies help, and Seattle Grace has shown its daycare center on Grey’s multiple times, but Meredith’s frustration with being a mother first and a surgeon second rang true as it was depicted onscreen. Asking Derek Shepherd to take a year off from his practice to give Meredith the opportunity to work was brave and fair, considering the time that she had taken off up until that point.

However, expecting Shepherd to turn down the opportunity of a lifetime at the White House was out of character and unreasonable. Shepherd staying at Seattle Grace meant accepting a demotion, while Meredith could have kept her seniority in DC. Staying behind without Shepherd ran contrary to Meredith’s character development, especially since she expected Shepherd to make himself smaller rather than thriving with him.

12 She Ran Away To San Diego

A large factor in Meredith’s reluctance to move to Washington D.C. came from a fear of airplanes that developed after the plane crash that ended the lives of multiple doctors at the end of season eight. This makes sense, considering the circumstances. What doesn’t make sense, however, is how Meredith fled from Seattle to San Diego following her husband’s loss, telling no one of her location or her miracle pregnancy.

Her decision to choose Seattle over her husband indirectly lead to his passing, but once he’s gone, she immediately leaves. Her love for him wasn’t enough to keep her with him, but his loss was enough for her to ignore all of the reasons she had fought to stay. It’s confusing, upsetting, and utterly heartbreaking.

11 She Stayed At Seattle Grace

During season eight’s plane crash, Cristina Yang keeps asking why all of the doctors at Seattle Grace lose their lives. It was a tongue-in-cheek joke anticipating a question that all Grey’s viewers have at least once during the series. There are shootings, bombs, car crashes, drownings, a flood, a power outage, a bus explosion, and an earthquake during the twenty years that Meredith has worked at Seattle Grace.

At least fourteen doctors and family members have passed away under unusual circumstances at the hospital, filling it with horrible, PTSD-inducing memories.

Somehow, Meredith still works there. After losing parents, a sibling, a husband, best friends, and coworkers, she never thought to just go across town to the other, better-ranked hospital and leave a hospital that is so unlucky it might be on top of the Hellmouth.

10 She Still Has Her Medical License

In order to help Richard Webber’s wife Adele, Meredith enrolls her into her clinical trial for patients experiencing rapidly progressing Alzheimer’s. She tampers with the trial to give Adele the experimental drug rather than the placebo, even after Derek Shepherd’s warnings that doing so would ruin both of their careers.

Of course, because this is Meredith Grey, once her wrongdoing was exposed, no one suffered any long-term consequences. Richard takes the fall for Meredith to protect her job, but neither one loses their medical license. Richard eventually becomes the head of the residency program, while Meredith is the head of general surgery. Shepard had no real backlash for being involved. Everyone was just fine and still eligible to perform surgeries in a respected hospital, somehow.

9 She Considered Herself The Other Woman

After learning that Derek Shepherd was a married man, Meredith halted her physical relationship with him, only being intimate with him one time after learning of his marital status. She legitimately felt guilt for unknowingly dating someone’s husband and didn’t actively try to home-wreck Addison Montgomery’s marriage.

Despite the fact that many of her actions during this complicated time were respectful of Montgomery and her marriage, she still bonded with Mark Sloan when they realized that they both considered themselves homewreckers. Meredith’s characterization centers around her “dark and twisty” tendencies, so her pessimistic framing of the situation would make sense in her own mind, but there’s logically little to support her enduring belief that her relationship with Shepard began with any wrongdoing on her part.

8 She Is Still Alive

Meredith’s self-destructive and occasionally life-threatening tendencies put her in many dangerous situations. She has nearly escaped passing away so many times that its statistically improbable that she would still be alive. Setting aside the fact that she briefly drowned while helping at a ferry boat crash site, Meredith’s life makes no sense because anyone else who’d had this many close calls would not longer be with us.

Meredith held a bomb inside of a patient’s body and barely handed it off before it exploded in the hands of the bomb technician.

She also had prolonged exposure to toxic blood, she drowned for a long time, she asked an active gunman to shoot her, and her plane crashed. Yet here she is, waiting for the next ridiculous trauma that life throws at her.

7 She Barely Talks To Cristina

Cristina Yang was Meredith’s person. More than a best friend, a husband, or a family member, Yang was the one person who Meredith always relied on and trusted. Since Yang left Seattle Grace for Switzerland, all we’ve really heard from her was that Meredith didn’t tell her where she had run away to after Derek Shepherd’s car crash.

There was no confirmation that Yang came to Shepherd’s funeral, as she didn’t stay with Meredith after his passing or visit her newborn child and nary a text has been sent between the two onscreen. Long-distance friendships are hard, but with modern technology like Skype, FaceTime and texting, completely dropping off of the face of the Earth is a cause for confusion.

6 She Gives Thatcher Part Of Her Liver

The last viewers had seen of Thatcher Grey, he had drunkenly, publicly blamed Meredith for his wife’s passing and uninvited her from the funeral. This comes after he abandoned her and started a shiny new family that allowed him to forget about the daughter he left behind.

Even if Thatcher treating Meredith horribly wasn’t enough to dissuade her from saving his life, a complicated position to navigate, Thatcher had multiple daughters and presumably many other family members. Even if Lexie and her sister weren’t matches, how was there no other family member able to donate their liver other than his estranged daughter? There’s no reason it should have been Meredith except as an opportunity to inflict more unnecessary pain on our protagonist.

5 She Had A Busy Two Years

Everything that happened over the first five seasons of Grey’s Anatomy occurred during a two year period. Because the intern year occurs during seasons one through three and Meredith’s first year of residency is seasons four and five, there are many plotlines that happen in a short timeframe.

Plotlines such as George’s marriage and divorce with Callie, Denny Duquette’s storyline with Izzie Stevens, and Christina’s doomed engagement to Preston Burke all happen over the course of less than twelve months.

Meredith and her friends have known each other for only two years by season six, and so much crazy drama has occur in the midst of eighty hour work weeks and eight hour surgeries that it’s almost like they could fill half a decade’s worth of life experience.

4 She’s Always Drinking

Meredith drinks a lot of tequila for a doctor. While she’s shown abstaining from drinking while on-call, Meredith spends most of her down time getting drunk at Joe’s Bar or at home, and even had to be hooked up to an IV during a massive accident to sober herself up for work.

The state of near-constant hangover that she must be functioning in would make her workdays impossible, and the likelihood that she’s be called in during her downtime to work during a disaster situation at Seattle Grace, the grand mecca of disaster, is fairly high in the world of Grey’s Anatomy. How she manages to drink so often without a sponsorship from Pedialyte or AA is a mystery to us all.

3 Her Age

In the script for Grey’s pilot, Meredith is supposed to be thirty-two years old. After taking time off to travel through Europe with Sadie and to care for her ailing mother, it’s understandable that Meredith would be older than the average medical intern. It’s clear that the Grey’s writing team put some thought into Meredith’s backstory in the early years of the show and realized that between taking the MCAT and helping Ellis, there’s no way that Meredith could have started her internship at the median age of twenty-seven.

Meredith’s birth year is confirmed as 1978 multiple times during the course of season eleven, retconning her initial age to be twenty-eight. The writers probably weren’t too concerned about continuity ten years after the fact, but Meredith’s original age made much more sense than her current one.

2 Her Disappearing Children

After a hullaballoo regarding who should watch the children and how to be an active parent and a surgeon, Meredith’s children have completely disappeared from the show after Derek Shepherd’s passing. The children are occasionally referenced, but haven’t been shown in the hospital daycare, her home, or her carpool.

Her children have become an afterthought, despite the fact that they were the main source of conflict between Shepard and herself before he passed away.

Some of these children should be starting school, while others are still in infancy, but having Meredith completely forget that she chose to give birth and adopt multiple children erases multiple seasons of character development geared towards family and motherhood.

1 She Has Gone Through An Improbable Amount Of Trauma

As mentioned multiple times, nothing seems to go right for long in the life of Meredith Grey. Meredith’s mother passes away while Meredith was unconscious, she lost her husband, her boyfriend had a wife, she nearly passed away multiple times, she couldn’t have children, and everyone she knows left or passed away.

Every aspect of her life, from family to spouses to friends, ends with a major trauma and loss. She’s still continuing on with her life and career, while most people would be deep in therapy and rarely leaving their homes if faced with the same amount of sorrow. Meredith is a strong woman, but what she has been through could drive even the most optimistic individual to depression.

Are there any other aspects of Meredith’s character that make no sense in Grey’s Anatomy? Sound off in the comments!



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2018-10-09 01:10:23 – Kristy Pirone

Arrowverse Creator Addresses Ruby Rose Batwoman Casting Controversy

Arrowverse co-creator Greg Berlanti is finally addressing the ongoing controversy surrounding Ruby Rose’s casting as Batwoman in The CW’s DC Comics-based shared universe. Earlier this summer, it was announced ahead of San Diego Comic-Con that the network would be adding Batwoman to the list of their already extensive DC superheroes, with the potential to spin off the character into her own standalone series down the line. Then, it was later revealed that Rose had been cast as the titular character.

Shortly after the announcement of Rose’s casting as Batwoman, the actress suffered from a sudden wave of bullying, which ultimately amounted to relentless gate-keeping. Some people believed that she simply wasn’t right for the part, which is a fair opinion to have of someone who has been cast in a notable role, but then there were plenty of others who attacked the actress for not being gay enough to portray Kate Kane. It wasn’t long after that Rose decided to shut down her Twitter account and close off her Instagram comments to the public as a result.

Related: What Elseworlds Means For The Arrowverse & Batwoman

In an interview with THR at the Los Angeles LGBT Center Vanguard Awards in September, Arrowverse franchise producer Greg Berlanti addressed the controversy surrounding Ruby Rose’s casting as Batwoman, saying that outrage against certain decisions is a tale as old as time in Hollywood. However, it’s not something that producers should be fazed by. Here’s what he said in full:

“Whenever you’re bringing change about in any form, there are always conversations that happen. I go all the way back to Dawson’s Creek. Twitter didn’t exist, but we would get boxes of letters expressing opinions in all directions from were we making enough change, should we be making more change, or why did we feel like we needed to do these things? It’s always part of the process, so just focus on the story and make the best episode that you can.”

Berlanti also made sure to point out that the potential Batwoman TV series was still in the pilot stage. For those that aren’t aware, Rose is slated to make her debut as the iconic superhero in this year’s Arrowverse crossover event, Elseworlds, which will take place across three shows – Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl; Legends of Tomorrow will not be joining the crossover this time – over three nights. Furthermore, the entire crossover is supposed to take place in Gotham, which audiences saw for the first time in the official Elseworlds poster that debuted earlier this month.

Whether the network gives Batwoman a series order remains to be seen, but the character’s popularity and the potential for more stories centered in Gotham will most likely be determined by the Elseworlds crossover this December. Regardless of all the bullying Rose has received online, she is still on board to portray Kate Kane in her first live-action television debut. In fact, Arrow star Stephen Amell recently teased Rose trying on the Batwoman costume for the first time, seeing as the cast and crew should be filming the crossover soon (if they haven’t done so already).

More: Elseworlds: Everything You Need To Know About The Arrowverse Crossover

Source: THR



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2018-10-08 04:10:39 – Mansoor Mithaiwala

All The Spider-Villain Movies Coming After Venom

Venom is the first Sony-Marvel film in a planned Spider-Man villain universe – and there’s a lot more on the way. If all goes well for Sony then Venom, in theaters this weekend, will set the ball rolling for a darker version of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Once The Walt Disney Company’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox is complete, the world of Peter Parker and friends will be the only major segment of the Marvel canon not exclusively under their control. And, although Spider-Man is already part of the MCU, Sony has high hopes for creating their own franchise that can both stand on its own two feet (albeit with the possibility of tying it into the MCU down the line). Spider-Man remains one of the most iconic characters in comic book lore, and his most infamous foes are equally as popular with audiences thanks to the cartoon series and Sam Raimi trilogy.

Related: Is Venom In The MCU? Marvel/Spider-Man Movie Rights & Shared Universes Explained

Their current plans, which are reportedly being referred to internally as Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters, or SUMC for short, involve expanding the world of the Spidey villains into their own saga. Venom, the human-symbiote who has become one of the series’ most beloved anti-heroes, is only the starting point in these plans. Sony has a whole host of other Spider-villain movies planned. Here are the titles that are either in pre-production or are currently part of the studio’s Spider-verse strategy.

  • This Page: Sony’s Confirmed Spider-Man Villain Films
  • Page 2: Spider-Man Villain Films Sony Has In Early Development

Morbius, the Living Vampire Is The Next Spider-Man Villain Movie

In an unexpected step, Sony has confirmed that the first film to follow Venom would be one centered on Morbius, the Living Vampire, and that the lead role would be played by Jared Leto. The character was created in the 1970s when the Comics Code Authority, the industry’s censorship board, lifted its ban on depictions of vampires and the supernatural. His true identity is that of Michael Morbius, a biochemist whose experiment to cure his rare blood disorder goes awry and gifts him with vampiric abilities.

The Morbius film will be directed by Life‘s Daniel Espinosa, based on a script by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless (writers of Gods of Egypt). on screenwriting duties. Morbius is also one of the favorite comic book characters of Avi Arad, who told Screen Rant at a Venom press junket:

We are excited about Morbius. Morbius was always one of my favorite characters. I love the story about the healer that becomes a killer, and how do you deal with it.

Audiences may get Morbius sooner than expected; Sony was last said to be eyeing a November start to production, making a 2019 release possible.

Read More: Morbius the Living Vampire: Who Is He, and What Are His Powers?

Venom 2 Is Likely Going To Happen

WARNING: Spoilers for Venom in this entry.

While we still have to wait for news of Venom’s success before sequel talk begins at Sony for real, it’s clear from the film itself that the studio is eager to establish follow-up films. In one of the two end-credit scenes, Eddie goes to San Quentin prison to interview a prisoner and comes face to face with serial killer Cletus Kasady, a.k.a. Carnage. The part is played by Woody Harrelson, who had previously worked with director Ruben Fleischer on Zombieland.

Like Eddie and Venom, Kasady becomes a host for the Carnage symbiote and proves to be far more powerful and deadly than Venom; in the comics, Carnage leads to Venom teaming up with Spider-Man to take on his uncontrollable rage. Introducing Carnage to their Spider-Man universe would be a strong way for Sony to bring Peter Parker together with Eddie Brock, or otherwise make him more of a hero in his own right.

Silver Sable & Black Cat Are Getting Individual Movies

Originally, Sony had announced plans for a Silver Sable and Black Cat team-up movie, to be titled Silver and Black and released in February 2019. Gina Prince-Bythewood, director of Love and Basketball as well as the pilot for Cloak and Dagger, was attached to helm the project. Now, the two characters will be given their own films and Prince-Bythewood is no longer directing, although she will still receive a producer credit.

Silver Sable (real name Silver Sablinova) is a mercenary and leader of the Wild Pack, a title she inherited from her father, who ran a Nazi-hunting team. Given the character’s roots as a Nazi hunter, it would be difficult for Sony to overlook this crucial part of her backstory. However, it could also open up many storytelling possibilities. Sony are hoping to bring on another female director for the project, but other than that, little else is known about production.

Felicia Hardy, the infamous cat burglar with the ability to produce bad luck in her enemies, is one of Spider-Man’s most popular adversaries as well as a collaborator and on-again, off-again romantic interest. Felicia was previously played by Felicity Jones in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, where she served as Harry Osborn’s assistant, but none of her extra-curricular activities fit into the stuffed movie. Black Cat will reportedly be a re-worked version of the Silver & Black script and Prince-Bythewood will remain a producer.

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Spike Lee Was Reportedly In Talks For Nightwatch

While no other films have gone as far in development, Sony has several other Spider-Man villain films in the works. Earlier this year, it was reported that Spike Lee had been in talks to direct a Nightwatch film, with a potential script from Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker, although both Sony and Lee declined to comment.

Doctor Kevin Trench watched a costumed man die while battling terrorists armed with invisibility devices. When he unmasked the dead men, he was shocked to realize that it was an older version of himself. Afraid for what this meant for his future, he stole the costume and fled to a deserted island in the hopes that, if he just never wore the suit, he could avoid his own death. In more recent comics, including She-Hulk, Trench is portrayed as a wealthy philanthropist who secretly spent most of his career as a supervillain and retconned everyone’s memories of his nefarious past.

Kraven The Hunter Has A Script From The Equalizer’s Writer

One character who’s long been eyed for a solo movie is Kraven the Hunter. A Spider-Man villain who’s been rumored for inclusion in movies for years – including the MCU side – it now looks like he could be getting a solo movie at Sony. In August, it was reported that a Kraven script was being written by The Equalizer‘s Richard Wenk, although there’s been no talk of the project since then.

Kraven is one of Spider-Man’s well-known villains, remembered best for the Kraven’s Last Hunt arc which saw him travel to New York in a bid to hunt down and kill Spider-Man, then taking over as a more brutalized version. An involving story, it’s one that would definitely lend itself well to a big screen adaptation.

Read More: Who Kraven Can Hunt In His Movie Instead Of Spider-Man

Jackpot & Silk Have Movies In Development

A couple of other movies have been reported recently. First there’s Jackpot, a more recent addition to the Spider-verse, created by Dan Slott and Phil Jimenez, who only got her own mini-series in 2010. The character also has two aliases: Sara Ehret, a scientist who accidentally gives herself superhuman strength; and Alana Jacobson, who uses performance-enhancing drugs like Mutant Growth Hormone to mimic Jackpot’s powers. A Jackpot movie could open new ground for Sony and the superhero genre: Sara is a 40-something woman with a daughter while Alana is a lesbian, which could bring some much-needed diversity to the field.

There’s also Korean-American superhero Cindy Moon, a.k.a. Silk. Cindy first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #1 in April 2014. Her own powers, similar to Spider-Man’s, manifested when the same radioactive spider bit her after biting Peter Parker. Unlike Peter, Silk has the ability to create organic webbing, something she has trouble controlling. She is later approached by businessman Ezekiel Sims, who offers to guide her in her newfound abilities. Cindy briefly appears in Spider-Man: Homecoming as a classmate of Peters and is portrayed by Tiffany Espensen, although the in-development Silk movie is more likely to recast.

Next: Sony’s Marvel Universe May Already Have A Spider-Man Replacement



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2018-10-08 03:10:27 – Kayleigh Donaldson

Star Wars Resistance Setting & How It Connects To The Force Awakens

A new chapter in the Star Wars saga begins this weekend when Star Wars Resistance debuts on the Disney Channel (followed by regular airings on Disney XD). The series takes place after the events of Episode VI: Return of the Jedi but before Star Wars: The Force Awakens, making it the first animated series (not including a few episodes of Star Wars: Forces of Destiny) to be set between these two trilogies.

For the most part, Star Wars Resistance focuses on Kazuda “Kaz” Xiono and the other pilots of the Colossus refueling station as they compete in dangerous but thrilling starship races. But there’s another reason Kaz in on Colossus – he’s a Resistance spy on orders from Poe Dameron to sniff out who supports their cause, and who supports the First Order.

Related: Star Wars Resistance Premiere Review: A Fun, Straightforward High-Flying Adventure

Though Star Wars Resistance is a more straightforward, lighthearted cartoon than either The Clone Wars or Star Wars Rebels, it still holds the potential to shed some light on a mostly unexplored period of the Star Wars saga. So when, exactly, does Resistance take place?

When Is Star Wars Resistance Set?

Star Wars Resistance is set just six months prior to the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, placing the start of the series early in the year 34 ABY of the Galactic Standard Calendar (where ABY stands for After the Battle of Yavin). This is near the end of a period known as the Cold War, where the remnants of the Empire and the New Republic are stuck in a 20-year stalemate following the end of the Galactic Civil War. During this stalemate, these Imperial remnants form the First Order, and in 34 ABY, they officially reveal themselves to the galaxy by destroying the Hosnian System, and with it, much of the New Republic government.

The Resistance, however, is not a part of the New Republic. Rather, it is a splinter group formed by Senator Leia Organa after she resigns from the Galactic Senate in 28 ABY (as depicted in the novel, Bloodline). Its purpose is to fight the growing threat of the First Order which the New Republic foolishly chose to ignore. During the Cold War, many in the New Republic consider the Resistance nothing more than terrorists and they aren’t in any way officially sanctioned or recognized by the government. Yet, there are those within the New Republic who believe in the Resistance – like the young pilot, Kaz.

How Does It Connect To The Force Awakens?

Being set so close in time to the events of The Force Awakens, there are certainly many ways in which Star Wars Resistance can tie into the film. Resistance pilot Poe Dameron, for instance, appears in the series’ two-part premiere and it’s him who recruits the young Kaz to the cause – suggesting that during this time, the Resistance is actively seeking new members. General Leia Organa will appear as she continues building her coalition and BB-8 is there, too. In fact, Poe leaves his faithful little droid behind on the Colossus to look after Kaz. On the villain’s side, Captain Phasma can be seen in the trailer and she is sure to have an important role to play in the series as the First Orders starts planning their first move.

Besides including characters from the movies, there are events from The Force Awakens and other Star Wars media which may also be referenced. For example, Resistance might include mention of Luke Skywalker’s disappearance, Poe’s search for Lor San Tekka, or even show the destruction of the Hosnian System by Starkiller Base, should the show catch up to the events of The Force Awakens. There is even potential for some crossover with Marvel’s Poe Dameron comic seeing as that series is set during the same period of time as Star Wars Resistance. This means that whenever Poe turns back up on Resistance, he might bring some members of the Black Squadron along with him.

The Importance Of Starkiller Base

Of all the nods to the larger Star Wars saga in Star Wars Resistance, the inclusion of Starkiller Base is by far the most interesting. Much like those fools in the New Republic, viewers are still very much in the dark about the First Order. But by visiting Starkiller Base at an earlier point in time than when it appears in The Force Awakens, it might just be possible that Resistance will shed some light on who came up with the idea for the planet-battle station and how it was constructed. From this, we may also learn more about the First Order itself, including its creation and how it functions differently/similarly to the Empire.

Additionally, by revealing to audiences the existence of Starkiller Base before it’s been unveiled to the galaxy teases yet another mystery for Resistance to explore – Supreme Leader Snoke. No character (besides perhaps Rey) has led to more theories and speculation about who they really are or where they came from. Resistance is the chance to dive into Snoke’s history, explaining how he rose to prominence within the First Order and how he came to be so powerful in the Force. As of the moment, there’s been no evidence that Snoke will actually appear on Star Wars Resistance, but it’s certainly a prime opportunity to finally receive some answers.

Next: Star Wars Resistance Voice Cast & Character Guide

Star Wars Resistance premieres this Sunday at 10pm/9c on the Disney Channel, with subsequent episodes airing on Disney XD.



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2018-10-07 03:10:55 – Sarah Moran