Riverdale Pays Tribute to Luke Perry, Reveals Season 4 StorylinesThe opening moments of Riverdale s now-annual Hall H panel were, like the season 4 premiere, dedicated to Luke Perry. We suffered a huge, huge, huge loss, and it s something that we re going to be feeling for as long as we re lucky enough to keep making the show, creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa told the crowd before playing a tribute video to the actor, who died in March after suffering a stroke.The first episode will be a standalone hour paying tribute to both Perry and the character of Fred Andrews, and will include a special appearance by Perry s friend and former Beverly Hills, 90210 castmate Shannen Doherty. Also appearing on the show this season will be Molly Ringwald, who plays Archie s mom — and she ll be back more or less full time this season rather than introduce a mysterious, never-before-heard-from uncle or something to take over the parental role.Another special casting: Teen soap veteran Kerr Smith, a.k.a. Jack on Dawson s Creek, who will play the new principal of Riverdale High.K.J. Apa, Cole Sprouse, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, and Madelaine Petsch joined Aguirre-Sacasa on stage to reveal more about the season, which will include a Halloween episode where someone will die (though not someone who was present at the panel), a member of Veronica s extended family dropping by, a battle of the bands episode, and flash-forwards to the jaw-dropping moment from the season 3 finale (with Archie, Betty, and Veronica covered in blood and burning their clothes).Supernatural Says Goodbye to Comic-ConSupernatural hit San Diego Comic-Con on Sunday for one last time after Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, and Misha Collins announced earlier this year that the long-running CW series will end after its 15th season. With the end in sight, Supernatural s final Comic-Con panel brought all the feels, as both Winchester brothers teared up during their hour in Hall H. I’m really lucky because my friendships won’t go away, Padalecki said. And Sam Winchester, for me, won’t go away. He’ll be a part of me forever. Added Ackles, I’m really proud of the work that this team has done for this long. There’s a lot that goes in and it takes a lot of very talented people to give you guys the best product we can make. I’m really proud of that product. After this long on a show to truly love what we do and be proud to hang my hat on that, that’s one of the legacies I’m proud of. I put in the effort, we all did, nobody phones it in and I’m thankful you guys can appreciate that. Supernatural is the longest-running genre show on American television. That is an achievement in and of itself. The legacy the cast and crew are leaving is one people will surely celebrate for years to come. I hope in the future that this fandom continues to function as a family, said Collins as the panel came to an end. I hope that you guys continue to be a force for good and companionship in the world. You’ve been so supportive of one another and so supportive of us. We all love you guys very much. To pay the fans back for their decade and a half of loyalty, the guys surprised the fans at the San Diego Convention Center by giving away a fully restored 1967 Impala (a replica of the show’s beloved “Baby”).Mayans MC Will Welcome Some Sons of Anarchy in Season 2Be part of the club. Watch the OFFICIAL TRAILER for the all-new season of Mayans M.C. Premieres 9/3 on @FXNetworks. #MayansFX pic.twitter.com/kVKk1uAqNH Mayans MC (@MayansFX) July 19, 2019Sons of Anarchy spinoff Mayans MC might be returning to its roots: At the show s 2019 Hall H Comic-Con panel, co-creator and showrunner Elgin James told the crowd that we ll for sure see some members of the Sons of Anarchy motorcycle club in season 2 of the FX drama. Also of note: The network screened the first 15 minutes of the season 2 premiere, and according to reports, the episode picks up several months after the first season finale.Doctor Who — The Edge Of Time VR Game Offers Fans A First-Person View Of The TARDISThough Doctor Who sat out Comic-Con 2019, the Doctor’s presence was still felt throughout the weekend via PlayStack and Maze Theory’s Doctor Who — The Edge of Time VR game at the BBC America booth. Strapping on a headset, fans were transported to an alley reminiscent of 76 Totter’s Lane — the key location in the first ever episode of Doctor Who — where the Doctor (voiced by Jodie Whittaker) directs the user in building a device to call the TARDIS. Once it materializes, players get to fulfill the wish of every Doctor Who fan: step inside the TARDIS.The experience is quite intuitive to video game players, but as producer Kiron Ramdewar told Rotten Tomatoes, many fans were just pleased to be in a London back alley picking up different items and working with the Sonic Screwdriver.“One of the key differences in the game is that you do not play the Doctor,” he continued, comparing it to Maze Theory’s Iron Man game, which was also at Comic-Con. “We felt it was important fans had a Doctor Who experience alongside the Doctor.” Instead of playing the Doctor, the player takes on the companion role as the Time Lord, stranded at the end of time, aids the player in piloting the TARDIS through time and space to collect time crystals and repair the continuum. They will also run into familiar Doctor Who adversaries like the Daleks.And it begins with that first glimpse of the TARDIS, which allows players to experience that “it’s bigger on the inside” moment for themselves; a truly palpable sensation we experienced in the demo. Scanned from the actual TARDIS console room set, the entire locale is fully interactive — including the biscuit dispenser.Doctor Who — The Edge of Time comes to Playstation VR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Vive Cosmos in September.
ecs think is marketable,” Rodriguez says, adding that this means they have to have original series because they learned “early on” that options from mainstream outlets were limiting. And while they do have name-recognizable content like the original Queer as Folk and Gay of Thrones, the popular Funny or Die webseries from Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness, Rodriguez and Daniels point to other titles in their catalogue like the drag-themed docu-series, Queens of Kings, and Before I Got Famous. That web series stars Xingcheng You, a Chinese immigrant who is both looking for love and his big break in Hollywood, and focuses on stereotypes that still exist in the gay dating culture.For A/V Club Enthusiasts: Rooster TeethRooster Teeth was launched in 2003 by some friends who wanted to be the next Quentin Tarantino or Kevin Smith, but couldn’t get into festivals. Co-founder Bernie Burns told journalists at the summer 2018 Television Critics Association press tour that their service took off when “we discovered and pioneered a method of animation where we could use the 3D gaming engines in popular video games to make animation.” This led to what he touts as the longest-running digital series ever, the military-themed sci-fi comedy Red vs. Blue. They also have reality series, live-action shorts, and more.For Cult Classic Connoisseurs: Shout! FactoryWho needs reboots when you can have the classics? The TV vertical of this digitized tribute to old-school charm has everything from cult classics like Mystery Science Theater 3000 (85% Tomatometer) to relics from the years of rabbit ears like Father Knows Best and Car 54, Where Are You?. There’s also original programming like Why We Love It, a web series that strives to justify users’ love for programming of acquired taste like Rowan Atkinson’s Mr. Bean and the Nicolas Cage–Jennifer Beals campfest Vampire’s Kiss (61% TM). Gene Pao, Shout! Factory’s Senior Vice President of Digital Media, says that, “over the years we’ve found that viewers are particularly interested in ‘modernized nostalgia’ — cult and classic TV and film that shape today’s pop culture.” Shout! plays into this with marathon viewings like MST3K Turkey Day on Thanksgiving, during which Pao says “viewers can interact with each other via chat.”For Horror Buffs: ShudderThis AMC-owned streaming service celebrates the worlds of gore and supernatural. And while it doesn’t have its parent company’s juggernaut, The Walking Dead, its TV section does live up to its promise of offering “a constant stream of killer content.” Titles include AMC s adaptation of author Joe Hill s NOS4A2 (70% Tomatometer), and the documentary series Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics as well as original programming like its anthology, Neil Gaiman s Likely Stories, and a partnering TWD’s Greg Nicotero on a revamp of the classic Creepshow. Shudder general manager Craig Engler says “we can do shows that other people can’t” because they aren’t as beholden to ratings.For Indie Aficionados: Sundance NowA SVOD companion to SundanceTV, General Manager Jan Diedrichsen told journalists at the winter 2018 TCA press tour that the goal of both is to find a way to “best serve fans of premium indie content in a deeper way.” This service is the home for original programming like This Close (100% Tomatometer), a rom-com of sorts about two best friends and their relationship woes that’s based on series of shorts from the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. There are also series that originated on its linear channel counterpart, like the Joanne Froggatt–Ioan Gruffudd thriller Liar (62% Tomatometer) and other fine options.For Francophiles: TV5monde (and others)(Photo by TV5monde US)Grab the macarons and red wine! This Paris-based network offers a way to watch popular French series with the aid of subtitles (and without the need of a passport). Streaming is available through Sling, and programs include the 2019 rom-com hit Un si grand soleil, which centers on family and friends in Marseille, and the police detective drama Caïn.For BET Fans Craving More: Urban Movie ChannelDespite its title, UMC actually has a rather robust TV section as well. These include episodes of WE tv’s long-running reality series, Growing Up Hip Hop. Original series include the drama 5th Ward, which is based on director Greg Carter s similarly named movie. “We pay very close attention to viewership trends and feedback from our subscribers to understand what’s working and what’s not and use that as a guide for greenlight decisions on any new or classic series,” UMC General Manager Sylvia George says, adding that their primary target audience is black women. “At a high level, the type of programming that resonates with UMC viewers ranges from romantic dramas and comedies to female-driven stories to series that push the envelope in a compelling and relatable way.”For Cinephiles: Criterion ChannelAfter the November 2018 death of FilmStruck, several other streaming options clamored to become the rightful heir to the cinephile throne, and the Criterion Collection’s streaming component is quickly rising up that rank. In addition to celebrating classic and cult cinema from around the world, the channel also has special features like behind-the-scenes footage and a guest programmer series.If Criterion isn’t to your liking, other streamers that concentrate on classic and/or under-the-radar cinema include SnagFilms and MUBI. Services like Kanopy and Hoopla have similar offerings and work in conjunction with local libraries.For Those Who Love The Great White Way: BroadwayHDLots of theater fans would like to give regular regards to Broadway, but not all of them can take regular pilgrimages to New York City (or afford the ticket prices once they’re there). In those instances, there’s BroadwayHD. The service, which Tony Award-winning producers Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley founded in 2015, offers full-length stage plays and musicals at legal and considerably much better quality than those grainy videos you can find on YouTube. Productions have included musicals like 42nd Street, Falsettos, She Loves Me, and Cats, as well as renditions of Shakespeare.For When You Want Some Badass Cinema: Brown SugarSometimes you need to see some foxy ladies in tight pants kicking perps to the curb. And, for that, Brown Sugar offers Blaxploitation classics like Coffy (plus, send-ups of the horror genre like Blackenstein). But there are also more recent and — dare we say — more wholesome offerings too, like the Al Green concert Everything’s Gonna Be All Right and the family-friendly A Baby for Christmas.For Those Who Want Just The Facts: DocsvilleThere’s more to documentaries than Netflix’s latest true-crime obsession or brilliantly shot nature footage narrated by David Attenborough. This SVOD option is a warehouse of some thought-provoking visual storytelling from around the world that covers everything from Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, a look at the legacy of the controversial yet influential comedian, to a nearly three-minute short on the privilege of having a toilet.For similar options, perhaps with more of a science bent, there’s CuriosityStream.For The Warm and Fuzzies: Hallmark Movies NowSometimes you may want a cup of hot chocolate and the chance to see perfectly lit people in winter wonderlands — even if it’s July. The Hallmark Movies Now option has an assortment of its holiday-themed classics as well as movies about weddings, beach-side flings, and other scenarios that result in emotionally charged embraces. There are television series and specials that include adaptation of biblical stories and classic novels.If HMN options feel too mainstream, there are also OTTs that specialize in Christian-themed programming like Pure Flix and Dove Channel (that would be a reference to the bird, not to shampoo and body wash).For Mainlining Martial Arts: Hi-YahDescribed as “the sound of mayhem, of flying fists and roundhouse kicks” on its website, this service — which is available for a fee as an add-on to Amazon and though Roku and other devices — is a warehouse of martial arts favorites. And that definition is a loose one. The service also has horror films, thrillers, period pieces, and more that also happen to showcase people who can destroy you while barely breaking a sweat.For Supporters of Public Broadcasting: PBS Video AppFrom Poldark and PBS NewsHour to Ken Burns documentaries and Call the Midwife, there s probably something educational and/or entertaining to find on PBS video app. Or just turn it on for some background music; there are also recordings of Great Performances and Austin City Limits shows.For Live Music Without Dealing with LiveNation: QelloConcerts are great ways to celebrate your favorite artists with peers who appreciate them as much as you do. They’re also loud, expensive and usually hassles to get to. For those who can’t (or won’t) handle all that grunt work, there’s Qello. This service lets you watch concerts and documentary footage on demand, be it Paul McCartney or Beyoncé. But its greatest asset might be that it helps cure a nostalgic hunger for artists whom we are no longer able to watch perform, such as Tom Petty or David Bowie.
The 100th episode of The Flash, What s Past is Prologue, took viewers back to key moments in the lives of superhero Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), Iris West-Allen (Candice Patton), and the rest of Team Flash. Long-defeated villains had a chance to menace Barry once more, as the show indulged in one of its most delightfully self-referential hours. When Rotten Tomatoes caught up with executive producer Todd Helbing on the show s Vancouver set recently, he said assembling the ambitious story was “tricky.”Tom Cavanagh, who plays a number of characters on the show (Eobard Thawne, Harrison Wells, and many, many more), directed the episode as well — and told RT that he felt an obligation to pay tribute to both the series and its fans.“As someone who’s been put in charge of the one hundredth, one of the principles for me was ‘Let’s honor that,’” he explained. “Let’s try and get a really good story so that it can be exemplary of what we try to do [every week.]”The resulting episode includes plenty of amazing callbacks to its history that eagle-eyed fans no doubt appreciated. Here are some of our favorite Easter Eggs embedded in the episode.The Airdates(Photo by Jeff Weddell/The CW)As Cisco (Carlos Valdes) and Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) debate the best days for Barry and Nora (Jessica Parker Kennedy) to visit on their trip through the past, the markerboard is filled with very specific dates. According to Helbing, each date on the board reflects the day the series episodes were originally aired, starting with Dec. 11, 2013 — the night of the particle accelerator explosion as it appeared in “Three Ghosts,” the second-season episode of Arrow that saw Barry struck by lightning.May 23, 2017 was the night of the season 3 finale, featuring Barry s victory over his angry time remnant self, Savitar. April 19, 2016 was the airdate of “Versus Zoom” and the day Zoom (Teddy Sears) stole Barry s speed.Although not part of their original plan, Barry and Nora flee from the time wraith to land on January 27, 2015. That was the airdate of “The Sound and the Fury,” a first-season episode now remarkable for the sheer number of times Barry’s gone back to it while seeking the counsel of Eobard Thawne (who was still masquerading as Harrison Wells). But more on that in a moment.Curiously, not all of the series airdates made it to the full board, which was seen when Cisco circled the season 2 target. Episodes aired on April 26 and May 10 in 2016, but were absent from the team s list.The Dagger-Dampener Naming SceneSince the beginning of the show, Cisco has been charged with naming the metahuman criminals and devices Team Flash encounters. But the scene in What s Past Is Prologue sees every member of the team debating what to call the counter-device to Cicada’s (Chris Klein) power-dampening dagger. The scene holds a special place in Valdes’s heart.“The No. 1 challenge doing this show is trying to make those naming moments feel organic and special,” the actor told RT. “The challenge for me is making it feel spontaneous and unique every time.”Cisco’s Hoodie(Photo by Katie Yu /The CW)While we’re talking about Cisco, Barry and Nora’s trip back to the accelerator explosion also takes us back to a time when he habitually wore a hoodie — even to the dedication ceremony. While that article of clothing was a staple in the first season, it hasn t really been seen since. We made a very specific decision at some point in the second season where we said ‘Cisco has officially graduated from hoodies, his wardrobe is changing, ” Valdes revealed. But in putting a hoodie on again to recreate the night of the explosion, the actor s feelings on the wardrobe staple have changed. “I was just thinking today that maybe it’s time to bring the hoodie back. The Accelerator ExplosionAnd since we’re back at the night of the accelerator explosion, the 100th episode features the most comprehensive version of that event with shots adding Professor Martin Stein (Victor Garber), Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell), Clifford DeVoe (Neil Sandilands), and his wife Marlize (Kim Englebrecht) to the sequence in a more naturalistic way. It also places the latter couple in a clear context during Wells’s dedication speech.Going back to that night still leaves one question, though: what happened to Iris’ dissertation? When we asked Patton about it, she just laughed and said, “I don’t know.” Maybe it was Flashpointed out of existence.The sequence places every subsequent character revealed to be at the explosion in context, but it could have been even more comprehensive.“We wanted to go back to more Thinker and Marlize,” Helbing explained. “It’s funny — when Tom Cavanagh handed over his cut, it was only five minutes over, which isn’t a lot, but it was a whole act and there was a lot of stuff we had to cut out unfortunately.”Liberty Belle, Dawn Allen, and Other Speedsters(Photo by Jeff Weddell/The CW)As mentioned above, Barry and Nora visit January 27, 2015, the day Barry previously invaded in the first season to get Thawne’s help in defeating Zoom. Realizing they appeared on that specific day, Barry wasted no time phasing into the Time Vault to confront Thawne-as-Wells, who already had the previous Barry sedated.Their discussion got heated, so it took a moment for Thawne to notice he did not recognize the speedster with Barry. He rattled off an interesting list of names: Jesse Chambers, someone with the last name of Lawrence, and Danica Williams before assuming Nora was Barry’s daughter Dawn Allen.First appearing in 1968 s Adventure Comics #373, Dawn Allen and her twin brother Don were known as the Lightning Twins in the Legion of Superheroes’ 30th Century. The occasional speedsters were revealed to be the children of Barry and Iris thanks to some time-travel shenanigans that saw them settling in that era. And it seems the twins were destined to be Barry’s children prior to Flashpoint, as Thawne even tells Barry “at least you still have one” when he realizes Nora is a new version of Dawn.Unless, of course, Thawne meant Barry still has one Nora. Curiously enough, Gideon subsequently mentions Nora is the fifth recruit of the “rebooted” Legion of Superheroes — a nod to her comic-book counterpart XS, Barry’s granddaughter Jenni Ognats, who would appear as part of Legion of Superheroes first continuity reboot in 1994.Jesse Chambers and Lawrence, meanwhile, both refer to Liberty Belle, a legacy character in the early 2000s Justice Society of America comic book. As the daughter of the Golden Age Liberty Belle — aka Libby Lawrence — and Johnny Quick, Jesse had both speed and strength on her side. She also honored her parents by alternating between her mother s Liberty Belle persona and helping the other speedsters as Jesse Quick — a name used on the show by Harry Wells’ daughter Jesse (Violett Beane).Danica Williams is the Flash of the 2040s who first appeared in Batman Beyond Unlimited #13. While not a member of the West-Allen family, she does have a connection to the Speed Force that allows her the ability to contact speedsters like Wally West and Jay Garrick. But for Flash viewers, the most interesting aspect is her place in future history. The 2040s are an important time in the Arrowverse with A.R.G.U.S. hunting metahumans, Star City in shambles, and a certain supervillain locked up in Iron Heights Prison.Wells, Wells, Wells, and WellsAnd speaking of Wells — or Thawne-as-Wells — Cavanagh told us the biggest logistical challenge of the episode was “playing four characters and also directing them.” In what might be a record for the show, Cavanagh appears as four takes on Wells: Sherloque Wells in the present day, Harry Wells in the season 2 sequence, Thawne-as-Wells in the season 1 moments, and an incarcerated Thawne-as-Wells in 2049.Trying to make sense of the two versions of Thawne-as-Wells may split your brain open, but we think we know the order of events: The Thawne who Nora talks to in 2049 is most likely the one Barry let escape at the end of last year s crossover event, “Crisis on Earth-X.” If that is the case, he is the most current version of Thawne, while the Thawne-as-Wells who Nora meets in the season 1 sequence is, essentially, his younger self. That suggests the one in Iron Heights has a memory of Barry and Nora’s visit to January 27, 2015, and their conversation in his past no doubt set up all the ways he’s manipulating her. At least, that’s our theory.Yeah, all the variations of Eobard Thawne — including the time remnant from DC s Legends of Tomorrow played by Matt Letscher — make us scratch our heads, too.For those of you who think Sherloque may also be Thawne, know that Helbing denied it, saying Sherloque s bow to Nora and the use of the phrase “clever girl” at the end of the episode does not mean as much as fans might be reading into it. Nonetheless, we’re still unsure about Sherloque. If he is another version of Thawne, what is his game?Blast from the Past(Photo by Jeff Weddell/The CW)As the newest member of the cast, Parker said the episode was “a way for me [as Nora], but also in my real life, to be a part of [the show s past] for a second.” Reliving some key moments of Flash history, sometimes with new angles, made it “really, really special” (although she also admitted she “read that script so many times” to understand the various time periods).And as for The Flash himself? “Grant remembered,” she said.Gustin was more modest when asked about returning to the scenes featured in the 100th episode.“I have the episodes as reference,” he said before adding, “I was pretty familiar with them.”The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.