San Diego Comic-Con 2018 Entertainment Special

Credit: Warner Bros

 

At this week’s Comic-Con in San Diego, networks and studios provided us a buffet of trailers, and details on upcoming new seasons, shows and movies for our eyes to feast upon. I will cover CW’s DC shows, Riverdale, and Supernatural, and anything else I miss in next week’s regular monthly article.

 

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AMC

 

Better Call Saul

The long awaited fourth season of the ‘Breaking Bad’ prequel spin-off arrives next month. Jimmy (AKA Saul) deals with his brother’s recent death, and sees the start of Mike’s working relationship with Gus.

 

 

Starring: Bob Odenkirk, Rhea Seehorn, Jonathan Banks
Previous Seasons: Netflix
Network: AMC
Date: August 6
Time: 9p E/ 8p C

 

Fear The Walking Dead

Still reeling from the events of the first half of the season, the group has to reunite after they get separated when a hurricane hits Texas, in season four’s mid-season premiere. Along their journey they will encounter new survivors.

 

 

Starring: Alycia Debnam-Carey, Colman Domingo, Danay Garcia, Lennie James
Previous Seasons: Hulu
Network: AMC
Date: August 12
Time: 9p E/ 8p C

 

The Walking Dead

 

Andrew Lincoln Confirms Departure

Unfortunately for fans of ‘The Walking Dead’, Andrew Lincoln (as well as Robert Kirkman) confirmed that season nine will be his last. He thanked the crew, cast and all the fans who supported the show over the years. (Credit: CNN)

 

Whispers Of Troubled Times

The various communities struggle to rebuild and get along after last season’s all out war. Tensions rise between Rick and old time allies Maggie and Darryl over his decision to let Negan live. Along with new survivors comes the looming threat of the Whisperers. (Listen very carefully at the end of the trailer and you can hear one say “Where are they?” really slow in a similar voice to the walker’s moans.)

 

 

Starring: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Danai Gurira, Lauren Cohan
Previous Seasons: Netflix
Network: AMC
Date: October 7
Time: 9p E/ 8p C

 

BBC America

 

Doctor Who

The first trailer for the eleventh season and first season for new Doctor Jodie Whittaker and new showrunner Chris Chibnall was released by BBC.

They also showed off her new sonic screwdriver. Not really loving it, but that’s mainly because I am not a huge fan of organic looking tech.

 

The 13th Doctor holding her new sonic screwdriver. (Credit: BBC)

 

Stay tuned on a future article on what I am looking for in the new series (hopefully we’ll have a firm release date by then as well.)

 

 

Starring: Jodie Whittaker, Mandip Gill, Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole
Previous Seasons: Amazon Prime
Network: BBC America
Date: Fall 2018
Time: TBA

 

FX

 

American Horror Story Apocalypse

The name for the eighth season of the highly popular horror anthology was announced along with a promotional picture. The season will be a crossover of first season’s Murder House and season three’s Coven. At the end of season one we saw the birth of a boy that was supposed to bring about the apocalypse. Presumably the upcoming season will deal with this as it’s named Apocalypse. This season will also star Joan Collins famous for her role as Alexis Colby on prime-time soap ‘Dynasty’.

 

Credit: FX

 

Starring: Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Joan Collins
Previous Seasons: Hulu, Netflix
Network: FX
Date: September 12
Time: 10p E/ 9p C

 

Mayans MC

FX showed off the trailer for the sequel to their highly popular ‘Sons of Anarchy’ series. The series will follow fresh out of prison prospect EZ Reyes (J.D. Pardo) who joins a charter of the Mayans MC. Unlike the charter in ‘Sons’ who ride near Oakland, this one rides near the border with Mexico. Edward James Olmos will play his father.

 

 

Starring: JD Pardo, Clayton Cardenas, Edward James Olmos
Network: FX
Date: September 4
Time: 10p E/ 9p C

 

NBC

 

Midnight, Texas

Cast and crew at this year’s panel announced the story line and the new characters coming to the show. The dark eye-lashed wonder Nestor Carbonell (Bate’s Motel, Lost) and Jamie Ray Newman (Netflix’s The Punisher, Bate’s Motel) play Kai and Patience Lucero, a couple who own the new hotel and New Age healing center in Midnight. Josh Kelly (UnREAL) plays Walker Chisum a Gay demon hunter who may be a new love interest for the town’s resident angel Joe Strong. (Source: Deadline)

As I mentioned earlier this year actors Sarah Ramos, and Yuel Vazquez won’t be returning as regulars as the show was renewed late and they had already made commitments to other projects.

 

Credit: NBC

 

Starring: François Arnaud, Dylan Bruce, Parisa Fitz-Henley
Previous Seasons: Hulu
Network: NBC
Date: October 26
Time: 9p E/ 8p C

 

SyFy

 

Nightflyers

SyFy released a trailer of their adaption of George R.R. Martin’s sci-fi horror novella. Written in 1980 it precedes his famous ‘Songs of Fire and Ice’ fantasy series (the basis of HBO’s highly popular ‘Game of Thrones’) by over a decade.

 

 

Starring: Bronte Carmichael, Phillip Rhys, Miranda Raison
Network: SyFy
Date: Fall 2018
Time: TBA

 

Streaming

 

DC

 

DC Universe Streaming Service

DC provided pricing info for their upcoming streaming service at this years panel. Subscribers can either pay annually at $74.95 (plus applicable taxes) or $7.99 a month. People who pre-order will get an additional three months with the annual fee.

In addition to original shows like ‘Titans’ and ‘Young Justice’, the service will also have a library of their other animated series and movies, and older series like the original ‘Wonder Woman’ and movies like the original ‘Superman’ movies. Subscribers will also have access to a large library of digital comics. (Source: Hollywood Reporter)

 

 

Titans

The trailer for the new live-action show of the comic was released by DC. It mainly centers around Dick Grayson’s Robin and Raven. It will be one of the series to launch on DC’s new streaming service.

 

 

Starring: Brenton Thwaites, Teagan Croft, Anna Diop
Streaming Service: DC Universe
Date: Fall 2018

 

Young Justice: Outsiders

The long awaited third season to the highly popular cartoon, which is coming to DC’s new streaming service, had it’s trailer premiered at this year’s Comic-Con. The new season will feature new characters in addition to the old, and deals with metahuman trafficking.

 

 

Starring: Stuart Allen, Cameron Bowen, Crispin Freeman
Previous Seasons: DC Universe
Streaming Service: DC Universe
Date: TBA

 

Netflix

 

Voltron: Legendary Defender

At their panel Friday, co-showrunner announced a release date for season seven. It was also mentioned that season eight will be the final season. Also shown was a preview of season seven’s first episode. In this preview we find out in a flashback that Shiro left behind a boyfriend when he left Earth. The Paladins will be returning to Earth after the events of last season. (Source: LA Times)

 

Shiro revealed to have a boyfriend in season opener. (Credit: Netflix)

 

 

 

Starring: Jeremy Shada, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Tyler Labine
Previous Seasons: Netflix
Network: Netflix
Date: Season 7 – August 10, Final Season – TBA

 

Silver Screen

 

Aquaman

The action packed trailer begins with his childhood, as his mother (Nicole Kidman) washes up at his father’s lighthouse, and his struggles as a kid born of two worlds. Fellow Atlantean Mera (Amber Heard) comes to the surface to convince him to to come to Atlantis in order to stop his brother Orm from starting a war with the surface world. He also battles his famous enemy Black Manta, later in the trailer.

 

 

Starring: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman
Date: December 21 2018

 

Glass

Last year at the end of the movie ‘Split’, in classic M. Night Shyamalan fashion, the twist revealed it was actually a sequel to Shyamalan’s Unbreakable (Starring Samuel L. Jackson and Bruce Willis). This past week they released a trailer and release date for the third movie ‘Glass’. James McAvoy, who played a man with multiple personalities and possible superhuman abilities in ‘Split’ will join Jackson and Willis (Willis made a cameo at the end of ‘Split’ that signaled it was a sequel) in third movie in the series.

The trailer hints at Jackon’s and McAvoy’s characters teaming up as villains.

 

 

Starring: Bruce Willis, James McAvoy, Samuel L. Jackson, Sarah Paulson
Date: January 18 2019

 

Godzilla: King of Monsters

The sequel to the 2014 Godzilla sees Vera Farmiga (Lorraine Warren from The Conjuring movies) reviving the “Titans”, creatures similar to Godzilla, in order to save Earth from ecological disaster. The movie also features Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven from Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’).

The “Titans” are monsters famous for fighting Godzilla in the classic movies. Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah all make an appearance.

 

 

Starring: Bradley Whitford, Millie Bobby Brown, Vera Farmiga
Date: May 31 2019

 

Shazam!

DC released a trailer for their popular Shazam character (formerly Captain Marvel). The trailer shows young Billy Batson getting adopted by foster parents and meeting Freddy Freeman. Freddy helps him learn about his powers after a mysterious wizard grants them to him when Billy utters his name.

 

 

Starring: Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Jack Dylan Grazer
Date: April 2019

 

 

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