Samuel L. Jackson Returns for Spider-Man: Far From Home Reshoots

Nick Fury actor Samuel L. Jackson revealed that he’s returning to don the eyepatch and do reshoots for Spider-Man: Far From Home. Following up on the success of 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, which grossed a solid $880 million at the worldwide box office, Tom Holland will return to once again play the MCU’s version of Peter Parker in Far From Home.

When fans last saw Holland’s Parker, he was in fact turning to dust in the arms of Tony Stark during the devastating climax of Avengers: Infinity War. Whether Far From Home is set before Infinity War, or in fact takes place after the events of that movie and therefore by existing spoils the fact that Peter Parker will somehow be resurrected in Avengers: Endgame, is something that won’t be revealed until the newest Spider-Man adventure is actually released. What has been revealed is that Jackson’s Nick Fury will appear in Far From Home, which sees Spider-Man taking a trip to Europe and battling Jake Gyllenhaal’s villainous Mysterio.

Related: Marvel Will Announce Phase 4 Plans After Spider-Man: Far From Home

Indeed, Jackson’s work on Far From Home does not appear to be quite finished yet. As the actor revealed on his Instagram, he is getting ready to put back on the iconic Nick Fury eyepatch and participate in reshoots for the latest Spider-Man adventure. In the post, Jackson also gets in a hashtag plug for another of his upcoming films, The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, the sequel to his surprise hit action-comedy The Hitman’s Bodyguard. See Jackson’s post below:

It’s not yet known how big a role Jackson will actually have in Far From Home, but the fact that he’s showing up for reshoots could be an indication his part is being beefed up. As Jackson jokes in his hashtag, such reshoots can also be referred to as “enhancement shots,” depending on how you want to spin the matter. Indeed, the idea that a film is being enhanced by doing more work is a much more pleasant notion than that anything is being “reshot,” as the very term “reshoot” is still taken as an indication that something has gone amiss on a production and the scramble is on to fix the problems.

Given how efficient the Marvel Studios/Disney machine has become in churning out blockbuster after blockbuster, it would indeed be a major shock if there were something wrong with Spider-Man: Far From Home. Already this year, the MCU has seen a $1 billion-plus blockbuster in Captain Marvel, and Avengers: Endgame is predicted to destroy box office records when it arrives next week. It seems almost a foregone conclusion that Far From Home will simply take its place as the next successful MCU movie when it arrives.

Then again, not every Marvel movie is considered a masterpiece either by critics or fans, so the Marvel Studios machine is not in fact infallible even if it seems that way. Eventually Marvel will create a dud, and it’s entirely possible that Spider-Man: Far From Home will be that dud. However, if the movie is able to capture the same fun spirit as Spider-Man: Homecoming, it’s almost certain that it will be a success with audiences.

More: Every MCU Movie Coming After Captain Marvel

Source: Samuel L. Jackson

2019-04-19 09:04:06

Dan Zinski

Bosch Season 5 Review: TV’s Most Reliably Entertaining Cop Show Returns

Consistency in often an overlooked quality in TV shows during the Peak TV era. With so many series competing for viewers’ eyeballs, it seems like more and more of them are swinging for the fences with increased regularity. And while many are hitting it out of the park, just as many are striking out at the plate. Then there’re shows like Amazon’s Bosch, a reliable hitter that may not bring a whole lot of flash to its game, but makes up for it by being remarkably consistent. 

That steadiness has followed the cop show through its first four seasons (though it didn’t really hit its stride until season 2), as central protagonist, Det. Hieronymus ‘Harry’ Bosch (Titus Welliver), solved various cases, dealt with his myriad personal problems, quashed the efforts of those in the LAPD to sully his good(ish) name, and, at the end of season 4, solve the mystery of his mother’s murder (for a second time). But while Welliver perfectly embodies the kind of steely cop character this sort of modern noir depends on, the series itself, developed by executive producer Eric Overmeyer, has become an ensemble with an enviable cop show pedigree that begins with a pair of The Wire alums in Lance Reddick and Jamie Hector, and continues with Amy Aquino as Lt. Grace Billets, and a pair of (overly) seasoned detectives “Crate” and “Barrel,” played by Gregory Scott Cummins and Troy Evans, respectively.

More: Warrior: Series Creators Were Actively Avoiding A Bruce Lee Impersonation

The show’s cast is a big part of what makes Bosch work. The subplots and other cases investigated by the various members of the LAPD make for compelling asides to the central Bosch storylines, ensuring that even though the show’s attentions are occasionally focused elsewhere, the forward momentum of the season as a whole never slows down. In essence, Bosch is one of the rare streaming series that hardly ever sags in the middle parts of the season, mostly due to the fact that its supporting cast is strong enough to sustain the narrative for short periods of time. 

That’s certainly the case in season 5, as the series takes a slightly different approach to its two central storylines: Bosch defending himself against allegations that he planted evidence in a old case, and the grizzled detective going undercover to expose an elaborate criminal enterprise dealing prescription opioids. The latter case works as the season’s inciting incident in two ways – first by employing a flash forward narrative in which Bosch is posing as a physically impaired drug seeker whose found himself at a basecamp for the opioid ring. This puts him under the suspicion of the group’s ostensible leader Dalton Walsh (Chris Vance, Supergirl). The second begins two weeks earlier, with the violent armed robbery of a smalltime pharmacy suspected of supplying Oxycontin to the dealers. 

Despite the setup, Bosch differs from the typical police procedural. The police investigations and especially the inter-office dynamics of the main cast establish the show’s modern noir credentials, showcasing a stark Los Angeles that at times feels like it’s thousands of miles away from the glitz and glamour so often associated with the City of Angels. This time around, the dual narratives, and the prospect of seeing Bosch go undercover, keeps the various goings-on in the overarching storyline from becoming too overwhelming. That was an issue with much of season 4 as, in addition to the high-profile, racially charged murder case on Bosch’s desk, he also had to attend to solving his mother’s murder, the assassination of his wife, and re-establishing his friendship and partnership with Jerry Edgar (Hector). 

In other words, while Bosch season 4 was in many ways the most ambitious season in the show’s run so far, it also felt as though the writers may have had to many balls in the air. That’s not the case in season 5, which more effectively balances the personal with the professional, as well as the two main investigations currently posing as a threat to Bosch’s future — both personally and professionally. 

Some of the best moments in Bosch attend to the internal politics of police work, and season 5 is no different. Whether it be an argument that Crate and Barrel are too old to be speeding to the scene of a crime, questioning the legitimacy of Bosch’s past convictions, or watching Irvin Irving (Reddick) square off against DA Roselyn Hines (Judith Moreland) regarding a controversial police shooting caught on the body cam of the officer in question, the series gives each plot the attention it deserves. This time around, that includes a subplot for Bosch daughter Maddie (Madison Lintz), who is working in the DA’s office and discovers the investigation into one of her father’s old cases. 

After the events of last season put her and her father into a grief spiral, Maddie finally gets the chance to come into her own here, demonstrating a resourcefulness and growing independence from her father, as she begins to question some of his tactics on the job while also working diligently to defend Harry from the accusations leveled against him. It’s a compelling place for any character to be, and Bosch capitalizes on it by virtue of Maddie being the one person who likely knows Harry better than anyone else. 

The exploration of such moral gray areas makes Bosch more captivating than the average police procedural, and with five seasons now under its belt, Amazon’s long-running cop show has once again proven itself to be the most reliably entertaining series of its kind on TV. 

Next: Game Of Thrones Season 8 Review: Reunions & Introductions Raise The Series’ Stakes

Bosch season 5 will stream exclusively on Amazon Prime Video beginning Friday, April 19.

2019-04-18 04:04:11

Kevin Yeoman

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Revival Trailer – Ahsoka Returns

A brand new trailer for the revival of Star Wars: The Clone Wars for a seventh season teases the conclusion of the prequel story and the return of Ahsoka Tano. Before Disney acquired Lucasfilm and helped relaunch Star Wars on the big screen, it was only Clone Wars that was providing fans of a galaxy far, far away with new content that wasn’t books. Through five successful seasons, the series explored the time between Star Wars: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.

While many fans came to love the show for the deeper relationship it gave Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi, the star of the series eventually became Ahsoka Tano. The padawan of Anakin initially annoyed many in the animated movie that predated the series, but series creator Dave Filoni continued to feature her and make her a fan-favorite. Unfortunately, the entire story of Clone Wars was cut short after Disney bought Lucasfilm, leaving the series’ story unfulfilled. Ahsoka did return in Star Wars Rebels, but it wasn’t in the leading capacity.

Related: Unresolved Star Wars Plot Threads The Clone Wars Can Finally Finish

Last year at San Diego Comic-Con, it was announced that Star Wars: The Clone Wars was being revived for a seventh season that will serve as the proper conclusion to the series. A short teaser was released at that time, and now at Star Wars Celebration (via Disneyland Experience), a full trailer for the new season has been released. The trailer begins with a brief recap of past events before diving all-in on what fans can expect to see in the final episodes, which look to be plenty focused on Ahsoka.

As it was previously unclear what Ahsoka had been up to between leaving the Jedi Academy and reappearing in Star Wars: Rebels, this trailer highlights that she’s found a home in the underground world of Coruscant. While she does this to try and stay out of the fight it would appear, we know that won’t last. The original teaser showed her teaming back up with the Mandalorians. In this trailer, we actually get to see her working alongside the clone army and Anakin, who has given her dual lightsabers back.

The end of the trailer is likely to leave fans buzzing even more, as it teases the return of Darth Maul once more. He recently made a reappearance on the big screen in Solo: A Star Wars Story, but he is in a very different place there than he was during season 6 of Clone Wars. The clash between Ahsoka and Maul will hopefully be worth the wait, even though Maul mentions that he is actually looking for Obi-Wan – and fans of Star Wars: Rebels know he will eventually find him.

With an official release date not yet revealed for the revival of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, it is unlikely that this will be the last piece of footage to be released. Disney’s streaming service Disney+ is set to be the home of the new season and with the service launching in November, it hopefully won’t be too long after this launch that the new season is made available.

More: Every Star Wars Show Coming to Disney+

Source: Disneyland Experience

2019-04-14 09:04:41

Cooper Hood

Ian McDiarmid Returns As The Emperor In Star Wars 9

The Emperor is returning for Star Wars: Episode IX, now officially called Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. For the last several months, fans of the galaxy far, far away have been not-so-patiently waiting for details on the final installment of the Skywalker Saga. The movie sees J.J. Abrams return to the director’s chair after he previously helmed Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Details on the film have been difficult to come by ever since he took over, with his usual mystery-box mentality making Episode IX top secret. This is now starting to change thanks to Star Wars Celebration 2019, where Abrams debuted the very first trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The majority of it focused on the returning cast of characters without really giving away any major plot points, until the final moment of the trailer arrived to confirm a major return.

Related: Star Wars 9 Can Finish The Prequel Trilogy Story

The scene shows Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), BB-8, C-3PO, and Chewbacca together looking off into the distance, where a major structure is sitting in the ocean – which looks to be a piece of the second Death Star. However, when the scene fades to black, the wickedly evil laugh of Sheev Palpatine aka Darth Sidious aka The Emperor rings over the trailer. The livestream of the panel then kicked back on to show Ian McDiarmid on stage, confirming that he is reprising his role one more time for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

McDiarmid first appeared in the Star Wars franchise as The Emperor in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, where the character originally died. He was later digitally added to Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back for the special edition home release. Most of his work with the character came during the prequels, where he appeared in all three films as Palpatine. The movies allowed George Lucas to show his own transformation into The Emperor and ability to pull Anakin Skywalker to the dark side. McDiarmid also reprised the role for video games and animated shows, with each medium further fleshing out The Emperor’s story.

The return of The Emperor in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is a major surprise for many, but has been a popular theory online. The trailer is purposefully vague on the details surrounding his return, and it is possible that this will remain a mystery until December rather than explicitly shown in future marketing materials. Either way, the return of McDiarmid as Palpatine is a fascinating part of the story Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is set to tell.

MORE: Palpatine In Star Wars 9? The Truth Behind Those Emperor Rumors

2019-04-12 11:04:27

Cooper Hood

Fan Bingbing Returns to Acting After Tax Evasion Scandal

Chinese superstar Fan Bingbing returns to acting after a tax evasion scandal. Last June, allegations were made that Bingbing underreported her acting income, which prompted a months-long disappearance and approximate $127 million fine from Chinese authorities. Bingbing is now set to co-star in the new action film 355 with Jessica Chastain, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, and Lupita Nyong’o. The film will be helmed by Dark Phoenix director Simon Kinberg.

In mainstream North American pop culture, Bingbing is perhaps best known for portraying Clarice Ferguson aka Blink in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Throughout the 21st century, however, Bingbing has been one of China’s major stars. In 2002, she delivered a breakthrough performance in Fall in Love at First Sight, and received numerous accolades for her performance in the 2004 film Cell Phone. By 2011, Bingbing’s international profile increased when she starred in the French film Stretch, along with the Korean film My Way. Meanwhile, she recorded various singles during the first decade of her career, usually for her film’s official theme songs. In the years leading up to the tax evasion scandal, Bingbing was consistently China’s highest-paid actress, and recently starred in the Chinese comedy I Am Not Madame Bovary, for which she won Best Actress at the 11th Asian Film Awards.

Related: Bohemian Rhapsody: China Removes All References to Freddie Mercury’s Sexuality

Per Variety, Bingbing will resume her acting career with the action blockbuster 355. The film will reportedly begin filming this year, however it appears that the production has lost the financial support of China’s Huayi Brothers Media. As Variety notes, this could be for different reasons, however it’s clear that Bingbing may have to pursue more roles outside of her native China given the ongoing controversy surrounding her tax evasion scandal. The film 355 is described as a spy movie, and was written by Theresa Rebeck. Given the names attached, 355 has the potential to be an international sensation. 

At the moment, 355’s director, the aforementioned Kinberg, isn’t necessary a household name. But that may change upon the release of his film Dark Phoenix. The latest X-Men franchise film stars Sophie Turner, among other big names, who portrays Sansa Stark on Game of Thrones. The final season of HBO’s groundbreaking series will air through April and May, leading up to the June release of Dark Phoenix. If the X-Men film does well financially, then Kinberg’s 355 project will receive even more hype, as Cotillard, Cruz, and Nyong’o have all won Academy Awards. Meanwhile, Chastain has been nominated for two Academy Awards, and will star opposite Turner in Dark Phoenix. 

While the collective cast for 355 is exciting and impressive, it may be hard to fathom that Bingbing is arguably the most famous actress of the entire group. As the Chinese film industry continues to rapidly evolve with major blockbuster hits, it will be interesting to see whether Bingbing manages to sustain a career in her native country, or whether she’ll reach a new level of fame by collaborating with major Hollywood figures. For now, 355 represents a big power move, along with a strong first step back into the movie business.

More: You Haven’t Seen 2019’s Highest Grossing Movie

Source: Variety

2019-04-11 08:04:09

Q.V. Hough

How Joker Returns In Injustice 2 (Despite Being Dead)

Here’s how the Joker returned for Injustice 2 despite his literal heartbreaking death in the original game. The Joker is arguably the most famous comic book villain of all time and steadily evolved from his original appearance as a comical prankster to becoming Batman’s ultimate nemesis. His true name and backstory remain a mystery and he exists seemingly to create total chaos for his own amusement.

There have been a number of famous portrayals of the Clown Prince of Crime over the years, from Mark Hamill’s voice-over work in Batman: The Animated series, Jack Nicholson in Tim Burton’s Batman and Heath Ledger’s Oscar-winning turn in The Dark Knight. Joaquin Phoenix will be adding to that legacy with 2019’s Joker.

Related: Why Gotham Season 4 Episode 11 Was Important For The Joker

The Joker also played a pivotal role in 2013 fighting game Injustice: Gods Among Us. The premise behind the game sees Superman turn evil after the Joker tricks him into killing Lois Lane and setting off a nuclear device that wipes out Metropolis. Superman later interrupts an interrogation of the Joker by Batman and after the supervillain taunts him some more, the Man Of Steel punches a hole through his chest. This action leads to Superman setting up a tyrannical world order and the other members of the Justice League having to band together to stop him.

Fans might be wondering how the very, very dead Joker could thus return for 2017’s Injustice 2. The sequel again finds Batman and his team attempting to restore some kind of order after defeating Superman and having to face a new supervillain group. The Injustice 2 Joker is revealed to be an hallucination brought on when the Scarecrow uses his fear toxin on Harley Quinn. During this hallucination, Joker appears and tries to sweet talk Harley into abandoning her new superhero persona and embrace her past, but she finds the strength to fight him instead and break free of the vision – and Joker’s legacy.

This also explains why the Injustice 2 Joker is a little hunkier than usual. While some fans were disappointed the villain was only brought back for one scene in the game’s story mode, it’s a still a fun cameo and a good moment of character building for Harley. The hallucination aspect also recalls how the character was used in Batman: Arkham Knight and plans for a Jack Nicholson cameo in Joel Schumacher’s unmade Batman Unchained.

Given some fan disappointment over the Injustice 2 Joker feeling somewhat forced into the story, the inevitable Injustice 3 will probably find a way to keep him around in a more concrete way. Injustice 2 also implies that Nekron – the embodiment of Death – is somehow responsible for bringing the Joker back too, so that’s one possible way his return could be justified.

Next: Shazam: The Suicide Squad/Joker Connection You Missed

2019-04-08 06:04:23

Padraig Cotter

WrestleMania: John Cena Returns as Dr. of Thuganomics

WWE veteran-turned-Hollywood star John Cena returned as the Dr. of Thuganomics at WrestleMania XXXV. Cena’s in-ring career began back in 2002 on an episode of SmackDown against WWE legend Kurt Angle, who is competing in his farewell match. Fans of the 16-time world champion will recall that Cena adopted the Dr. of Thuganomics gimmick early in his career; his one and only run as a heel character. Cena appeared at WrestleMania and revisited the Dr. of Thuganomics gimmick.

The gimmick was popular during the TV-14 era of WWE, but it probably wouldn’t have any long term interest today. Cena would go around spitting rhymes at other WWE superstars and would cut hilarious promos on his opponents. For the gimmick, Cena dressed in jean shorts, a backward hat, sneakers, a jersey, and would sport a chain to the ring. Since then, he has gone on to become a well-respected babyface, but many still do not support the character he currently portrays on WWE television. More recently, Cena has become a big hit in Hollywood and has appeared in several major films such as Bumblebee, the well-received Transformers spinoff, before making a short appearance at WrestleMania.

Related: WWE SmackDown: Becky Lynch Gets Physical With John Cena

Cena came out to the ring tonight to interrupt Elias’ concert, a running gag that currently exists on WWE television. However, Cena didn’t come out as his current on-screen character, but instead took audiences back to 2002 and appeared as the Dr. of Thuganomics. Much to the disapproval of Elias, Cena proceeded to mock and insult Elias with rhymes before delivering an Attitude Adjustment to end the segment. This is more than likely a one-time reprisal, as WWE likes to feature all of their big stars at major events, and Cena’s appearance was a way to get him on the show.

While the return of the Dr. of Thuganomics is always welcome, Cena’s next appearance will more than likely revert him back to his babyface character. When that will occur is unknown, as he is currently focused on his career in Hollywood. However, he has made it clear that he doesn’t plan to fully leave WWE just yet. Many WWE performers have transitioned over to Hollywood, such as Batista and the Rock. With Cena thriving in Hollywood, it is only a matter of time before his in-ring career comes to an end.

An appearance by the Dr. of Thuganomics will always be nostalgic for fans who grew up watching Cena during the earlier portion of his career. Not only did the gimmick help Cena’s career, but it has offered several memorable moments for fans to go back and enjoy. While WWE likes to portray Cena as a leader of good deeds these days, it’s always exciting to see him revert back to his old gimmick.

More: John Cena Starring in Jason Bateman-Directed Comedy for Netflix

2019-04-07 09:04:57

Eric Trigg

Suicide Squad’s Enchantress Returns To DC Comics

Harley Quinn completes her next trial in this week’s DC Comics universe… but she’s got a more powerful adversary coming next: the former Suicide Squad star Enchantress, returned from the dead. Harley has been working her way through a series of trials to become DC’s new cosmic goddess – and in Harley Quinn #60, she’s up against an army of alien bugs!

She’s trapped in S.T.A.R. Labs with the creatures, but (as with her other trials so far), she learns that there is more to the bugs than meets the eye. Instead of simply having to stomp her way through these latest enemies, she learns that they are being created by an alien that is held out of its own dimension, and what it really wants is to be returned home. Lesson learned, next jewel on her belt earned… but Harley’s trials aren’t over yet. The final panels of Harley Quinn #60 reveal something massive – that Enchantress is back, and she’s got big plans for Ms Quinn.

RELATED: Harley Quinn Is Becoming DC’s New Cosmic Goddess

As Harley wonders ‘what’s next’ (silly Harley – hasn’t she learned not to jinx these things yet?), the comic reveals a familiar, hooded-and-caped shape bursting up from the ground in flames. The Enchantress is back – and she is definitely packing some rage. She reveals “I burned in Hell, and they never came for me. June Moone burned away, but I survived. Now there is only The Enchantress. I will have my revenge on mankind, and my secret weapon will be Harley Quinn!” Looks like this next challenge is going to be a doozy.

DC fans will remember that Enchantress has been missing from the pages of DC Comics for the past year, since Suicide Squad #39. She, along with the rest of the Suicide Squad, was battling Amanda Waller when she met her end. This issue revealed that Amanda Waller’s files on her Task Force X included how to kill them, and that includes how to create an interdimensional portal to send Enchantress ‘back where she came from.’ As a horrified Killer Croc watched, the woman he loved was ripped apart and dragged through the portal to Hell. Since then, Croc and the Squad have definitely been feeling her loss. But somehow, it doesn’t seem like this return is going to make them any happier.

Enchantress’ opening words reveal that while she is back, with all her powers, June Moone didn’t survive… which means that all the power of the Enchantress is back in DC, without any mitigating, human, side to balance that out. That could be incredibly dangerous for all of DC – but it seems like Enchantress won’t be unleashing her full powers right away. Instead, she’s got a plan for Harley, and it’s likely that this plan is going to involve pretended to still have June within her, to manipulate Harley into committing some kind of evil scheme. And we may even see Killer Croc return to get his scaly heart broken again. However, given the theme of the challenges so far, there may be a twist at the end of the next issue… we’ll have to wait and see.

Harley Quinn #60 is available now from DC Comics.

NEXT: 20 Things About Harley Quinn That Make No Sense

2019-04-04 03:04:09

Rose Moore

Agents of SHIELD Season 6 Cast Photo: Not-Coulson Lurks, Fitz Returns

Marvel releases the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 6 cast photo, featuring the return of Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Clark Gregg’s new character. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 5 concluded last May after a year that sent the team to the future, and to space. The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 5 finale saw agents save the world from Graviton, but they were unable to save their leader, Phil Coulson (Gregg), or fellow team member Leo Fitz. Coulson lived out the rest of his days until his fatal injury from The Avengers eventually killed him – again – off screen, and while Fitz died, the remaining agents set out to rescue a past version of Fitz from space.

As a result, the team is going to look a little different at the start of season 6. Fitz won’t be around, Mack is the new S.H.I.E.L.D. director, Deke has joined the team and Daisy and May are still processing their grief for Coulson. However, the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 6 trailer confirmed Gregg will return in some form, though the exact nature of his role is unclear. Gregg himself teased he’s playing “Not Phil Coulson,” but fans can only speculate what exactly that means. Still, fans are eagerly looking forward to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 6 after its year-long hiatus and now Marvel further teases the show’s return.

Related: What To Expect From Agents Of SHIELD Season 6

Producer Geoffrey Colo released a new photo of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 6 cast, which can be viewed below. The image sees all the major cast members standing around a table, seemingly recreating Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper. From left to right, the photo includes Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), Gregg’s mysterious character, Elena “Yo-Yo” Rodriguez (Natalia Cordova-Buckley), Alphonso “Mack” MacKenzie (Henry Simmons), Daisy Johnson (Chloe Bennet), Leo Fitz, Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) and Deke Shaw (Jeff Ward). Check out the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 6 cast photo:

In addition to the photo, EW reports Lou Diamond Phillips will direct the fifth episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 6, reteaming with his Stargate Universe co-star Wen. Phillips joins fellow season 6 directors that include Gregg, who helmed an episode of season 5 and the season 6 premiere. Phillips said of directing an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode:

I got the call when I was directing Fear of the Walking Dead down in Austin: ‘Would you direct an episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.?’ ‘Yeah, done.’ Instant answer, because of the world, because it’s Marvel. It’s big. It’s comic-book stuff. It’s action. It’s mythology. It’s science-fiction. It’s all of that rolled into one. And of course my old friend Ming-Na was on it. That’s crazy, that’s wonderful!

ABC hasn’t yet announced when Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 6 will premiere, though it has been confirmed the show will return in May after about a year-long hiatus. It’s likely the cast will reveal the premiere date at the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. WonderCon panel this weekend. After all, the panel will screen the entire season 6 premiere episode for attendees, so even those not able to get into the panel will have something to look forward to out of the convention.

Until a premiere date is announced, fans can take heart in the fact that Marvel and ABC are kicking promotion of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 6 into high gear. Of course, it still remains to be seen if Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will tie into the MCU movies, especially considering Avengers: Endgame hits theaters just before the show returns. However, even if the series stays mostly separate, fans are looking forward to the return of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and seeing what’s next for the agents.

Next: Agents of SHIELD Theory: New Coulson Is From An Alternate Dimension

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 6 premieres May 2019 on ABC.

Source: Geoffrey Colo/Twitter, EW

2019-03-28 12:03:35

Molly Freeman

Young Sheldon Is Taking A Break – When The Show Returns

Young Sheldon is taking a break, and it won’t return until April. The Big Bang Theory spinoff prequel airs every Thursday night back-to-back with the long-running sitcom making for a solid comedy block for the broadcasting channel. And like its parent series, it’s also going on hiatus for a few weeks.

Fresh off a two-season renewal from CBS, Young Sheldon is already being poised to become the network’s number one comedy show after The Big Bang Theory ends after 12 seasons in the next few weeks. Debuting in 2017, Young Sheldon, which tackles Sheldon’s years of growing with his family in Galveston, TX, is currently its second season. Iain Armitage brilliantly portrays the the titular character first popularized by Jim Parsons. Young Sheldon offers fans the opportunity to learn more about the genius but socially-inept theoretical physicist’s past before coming to Pasadena and becoming roommates with Leonard (Johnny Galecki). For the most part, Young Sheldon and The Big Bang Theory have operated separately despite both existing in the same reality until last year’s crossover event.

Related: Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon Should Have Ended Up With Young Sheldon’s Paige

Taking a break in March, Young Sheldon won’t return until April 4. During this time, CBS will be airing reruns of the show instead. This is in conjunction with the so-called sweeps period, which will take place between April 25 to May 22 this year. Data collected during these dates (also done in November, February, and July) are used by advertisers and networks to decide on the advertising rates for the rest of the year – the higher the ratings a station poses, the higher they can drive the prices for advertisements slots.

This explains why CBS intentionally spreads out the remaining episodes of Young Sheldon in the months of January to March until it goes back to its regular programming schedule by April. The same set-up applies to The Big Bang Theory, being the highest-rated sitcom right now on TV. With the two shows raking up high viewership ratings for an hour, CBS is able to increase their rates for their ad slots implementing this strategy.

Unfortunately, while The Big Bang Theory will at most take a week off once it returns on air next month, Young Sheldon is scheduled to take another two-week hiatus after its April 4 return. This is due to the difference in number of episodes for a full season orders for the shows: 24 for The Big Bang Theory, 22 for Young SheldonYoung Sheldon needs an extra two-week break for its season 2 finale to land on May 16 – the same day as The Big Bang Theory‘s series finale. It’s curious, however, whether Young Sheldon will simply be bumped to a 9pm start or if The Big Bang Theory will just begin earlier since the latter’s send-off special will last for an hour.

The last time fans saw the Sheldon and his family, the Coopers were going through some rough patches with Mary (Zoe Perry) surprisingly getting pregnant. This caused George (Lance Barber) to worry about finances, working out a minimal raise in preparation for the arrival of their brand new kid. Unfortunately, his wife loses the baby, explaining why there was no mention of another sibling from Sheldon aside from Missy and Georgie. Whether or not the remaining story for Young Sheldon season 2 will directly reference what’s happened/happening in The Big Bang Theory remains to be seen, but considering that Young Sheldon will take over its parent series’ spot next TV season, CBS might be more interested in emphasizing their connection.

More: Big Bang Theory: [SPOILER] May Already Be Pregnant

Young Sheldon airs Thursdays on CBS.

2019-03-14 02:03:31

Ana Dumaraog