Thursday, January 7, 2010

KryptonSite's general TV blog is moving...

A bigger announcement will come out soon, once all the kinks are figured out, but there will soon be a new destination for the KryptonSite Network News Blog's coverage of general TV -

As such, it will mean this blog might not be updated as much in the future, and everyone should go to the new site instead.

Hope you like it!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

What's Up With Day One?

Has Day One, the NBC series-turned-miniseries about a group of survivors after a disaster, completely disappeared, or has it just been delayed?

Originally the series was scheduled for NBC's midseason schedule after the Olympics. When NBC announced their "winter schedule" it was nowhere to be seen. Day One has also disappeared from NBC's press site. As far as I can tell, no chatter has been made about episodes filming beyond the pilot, though that could just been an assumption. NBC's Day One page still exists but the associated video has "expired."

Could a regime change, NBC's falling fortunes, or the only-middling success of recent genre shows have killed it? Creator Jesse Alexander has been very silent on the matter on his @globalcouch Twitter, though he has made reference to pitching new projects. Aside from a Sargasso Planet reference, Day One hasn't been mentioned in months.

Hopefully NBC will make some kind of announcement either way about the show's future. With some transmedia tie-ins such as the Sargasso Planet fan site and the Facebook account of one of the characters, Zack Adamski (last updated on December 2), there seems to be a lot of good material to mine, and it sounded as though some other much-missed Heroes folks such as Jeph Loeb would be involved, which would only be a plus. It could also be possible that the network is delaying the series until next season - though it's hard to say, since the network and producer have been very quiet.

Talk about Day One here in the comments or on the KryptonSite Forum.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Yet Another Doctor Who Post...

Now that the Doctor Who finale has aired around the world, including here in the United States on BBC America, the countdown has begun not only to the first season of new adventures featuring Matt Smith as the Doctor - there's also the matter of the upcoming DVD and Blu-ray collections of the Doctor Who specials, scheduled to hit stores in the U.S. on February 2.

Here's a video courtesy of BBC America, from one of the features we'll see on the DVD:

Pre-order the Doctor Who Specials DVD's here: Standard - Blu-ray

Friday, January 1, 2010

Doctor Who Series 5 Promo!

Someone has posted it on Youtube. Who knows how long this'll remain up, but for now... enjoy a look at Matt Smith's first season as The Doctor!

(Spoiler Warning!)

Talk about Doctor Who on the KryptonSite Forum!

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Eleven TV Events I'm Looking Forward To In 2010

2010 is almost here, and for those of you on the East Coast or in other countries, it may be here already. With the new year also comes new television, and 2010 promises to bring some good stuff.

Here's some of what I'm looking forward to in the new year. Some fan favorites like Chuck, True Blood, and LOST are noticeably absent; NOT because I dislike the shows or think they're not worth looking forward to - on the contrary, I'm sure they are - but instead, they are (don't kill me) not shows I currently watch.

Also conspicuously absent from this list is Heroes, which returns on January 4. I can only hope the show gets better, but right now, it's one of those things where I'd miss the show if it was gone, but I get so nostalgic for the days when every episode was a thing of greatness. (See: Season 1 between episodes 5 and 22)

Doctor Who: The End Of Time, Part 2 (January 1/2)
The United Kingdom gets this on January 1 itself. Those of us in the United States have to wait for Saturday on BBC America. This marks the end of Russell T. Davies' era as executive producer; it's also a farewell to a man who made the Doctor role his own, David Tennant.

Tennant's performance as the Doctor was amazing and at many times better than the scripts he was given to work with. I wish he had stayed for a year with incoming showrunner Steven Moffatt but sadly it is not to be. His successor, Matt Smith, has some powerful Converses to fill. I'm hopeful; especially when you consider it was almost five years ago that everyone was in a panic that new Doctor Christopher Eccleston was leaving after only one year in the role. That Tennant guy sure worked out, didn't he?

The Human Target (January 17)
I still wish this more resembled its comic book counterpart, but any TV show based on a comic book is welcome to me, and this show might have the right mix of elements to be a hit for FOX. Next time, though, adapt something that more folks have heard of though, okay?

The return of The Vampire Diaries (most likely January 21)
I was skeptical, expecting a TV Twilight when this premiered. But with every episode the mythology seems to get more and more involved, with new characters weaving in and out and new situations for the show's main characters. It's also really nice to have a CW show that's not about rich white girls, too.

Smallville: Absolute Justice (February 5)
Smallville actually returns on January 22 but the two-hour "movie event" (really two episodes tied together) featuring the legendary Justice Society of America will surely have a lot to offer, especially since it's written by Geoff Johns. Hopefully the JSA characters seen in the promotional images and trailers will be just as good in the episode, though I still think they could have cast a younger Star Girl.

The return of V (March 30)
Although the "fall finale" seemed to be more of a regular episode with some cliffhangers tacked on, I'm pretty confident that the return of V will be something pretty impressive - especially since the new showrunners have had time to organize things and set a direction before the show comes back. Coming on after LOST surely won't hurt, either.

The return of GLEE (April 13)
I'm not ashamed to admit that GLEE is one of those rare shows that I'll never wait to watch a few days later on DVR. A well-cast group of actors playing a well-written group of characters, some really good music, and Sue Sylvester - what more does a show need?

Day One (NBC Midseason)
Jesse Alexander's "the day after a catastrophe" series is right now unscheduled, and NBC has reduced it to being a four-hour "miniseries" to start, but I'm still very curious. Could be good.

Syfy's The Phantom (TBA)
It's aired in Canada (though no torrents can be found anywhere - boo! hiss!), and the costume looks silly as all get out, but again, the idea of a mainstream comics property on TV is very exciting to me.

AMC's The Walking Dead (TBA)
I recently got to reading the comic book trade paperbacks detailing the continuing story of this "open-ended zombie movie" by Robert Kirkman. The fact that Frank Darabont (The Mist) is directing and executive producing also has me very excited. Bonus points if they shoot in black and white.

Powers on FX (TBA)
Who knows if this will even come in 2010. The comic series by Bendis and Oeming would make a darned good TV show, though.

The Smallville Spin-Off (TBA)
I'm calling it now: 2010 will bring us news of a Smallville spin-off. This isn't going off of any sort of "insider information," either. It just seems like the logical thing to do. The CW needs a show like Smallville, and it's doubtful Smallville will last more than 10 seasons. On that same level of confidence, though, I'm pretty sure both Smallville and Supernatural will be back for one more season each.

Could A Marvel Comics-Related TV Series Be Next?

Disney's acquisition of comic book giant Marvel will be finalized soon, and if Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger has his way, the movie screen might not be the only place you'll see their iconic characters... TV could be on the horizon.

"Instead of making a $200 million movie and kind of betting the farm on one character, you can develop a television pilot, a television series," it has been reported that Iger told analysts this month.

Among Disney's many holdings is the broadcast network ABC in addition to cable outlets like ABC Family, The Disney Channel, and Disney XD. Could one of these be the home of a Marvel-related TV series?

One thing's for sure - once Smallville is over there will certainly be an opening for another good super-hero series based on classic characters on television.

Leave some comments and talk about what you'd like to see. For a column on which Marvel properties KryptonSite's Craig Byrne would like to see on TV, click here.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

What's New In The KryptonSite Network: December 22, 2009

Here are some of the latest headlines from across the KryptonSite network of sites:

- The CW has recently aired a new trailer with clips from upcoming Smallville episodes including the two-hour "Absolute Justice." Screen captures of the latest trailer can be found here, while caps from the [different] first one can be found here. Additionally, the title for the sixteenth episode of Season Nine has been revealed on the KryptonSite spoilers page.

- A new Heroes promotional trailer has been released by NBC. That can be found on Heroes returns January 4 with two back-to-back episodes.

- Series Two of Merlin has now concluded in the United Kingdom. What did you think? Talk about the finale on our forum!

- The Phantom doesn't air in the United States on Syfy until next year, but it's premiering in Canada on the Movie Network this week. More information including photos and character breakdowns can be found at

- The winners of our BBC holiday contest will be announced shortly.

- Actress Mia Kirshner will soon be guesting on The Vampire Diaries.

- GLEE has been nominated for multiple Golden Globe awards.

- V will return to ABC on March 30, 2010.

- Actress Emmanuelle Vaugier will go from one DC Comics-based show to another as she will be appearing in multiple episodes of FOX's upcoming Human Target. The show premieres on January 17, 2010. Additionally, some new promotional images have been released and are now posted at the gallery.

- Smallville actor Ryan Kennedy (Cosmic Boy) will be taking on a multi-episode role in the new Battlestar Galactica prequel spin-off Caprica.

- Another new role for a Smallville vet: Tyler Posey (Javier from the episode "Subterranean") has been cast as the lead in MTV's upcoming TV series based on the Teen Wolf movies.

Thanks as always for visiting the site network!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

AMC's The Walking Dead: Casting Choices

As far as I know there has been no announcement on when AMC's adaptation of Robert Kirkman's comic book series The Walking Dead will hit the air. But what we do have are 10 (almost 11!) trade paperbacks of the series thus far, which make for some really good reading for those uninitiated (including myself, who has just been discovering it).

But... to get the ball rolling on some discussion before AMC makes an announcement, I'd like to put the question out there:

Who would you like to see cast in The Walking Dead TV series?

My only for-sure choice after reading the first two trade paperbacks would be Thomas Jane as the lead character, Rick Grimes. Jane starred in director Frank Darabont's The Mist, so there's surely a working relationship there. (Darabont is a writer and executive producer for the TV series).

So, what do you think? Comment here or let your thoughts be heard on the KryptonSite Forum.