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Netflix releases new Daredevil character poster

- March 30th, 2015

You better finish binging those episodes of Bloodline and House of Cards season 3 soon, because Netflix’s latest drama is almost here. Marvel’s Daredevil, the first title in the Marvel-Netflix deal that features a number of other New York City-based shows, will be hitting the streaming service on April 10.

Today, Netflix has released a new poster that gives us a glimpse at all of Daredevil‘s key characters. With Hell’s Kitchen as a backdrop, the poster features, from left to right, Foggy Nelson (played by Elden Henson), Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll), Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson) and Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio). If you look closely, you can see the bloody knuckles on the hands of Matt Murdock – a.k.a. Daredevil. See the poster below, and feel free to click on it for more detail.

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Netflix’s new Bloodline clip introduces the Rayburns

- March 11th, 2015

This is one family that you’re going to want to get to know. Netflix has just released a new featurette about its upcoming drama series Bloodline, which introduces viewers to the members of the Rayburn family.

Bloodline, which arrives on March 20, was created by the guys behind the series Damages — Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman, and Glenn Kessler. The 13-episode first season follows what happens when a black sheep brother returns to the Florida Keys to visit his family, and threatens to expose dark secrets from the past.

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“I always thought the greatest thing that happened to me was being born a Rayburn,” says Kyle Chandler’s character John Rayburn in the clip. “Now I’m not so sure.”

The show also stars Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini, Norbert Leo Butz, Sissy Spacek and Sam Shepard.

While some critics have been turned off by the ‘soap opera’ element of the series, other have lauded it for its eerie soundtrack, strong sense of setting, creepy foreshadowing and solid performances — especially by Mendelsohn as the black sheep brother. Feel free to check out the clip here:

Netflix unleashes new Daredevil trailer

- March 10th, 2015

Ah, now we’re getting to see more of it. Netflix has just released a new trailer for their upcoming Daredevil series, which will debut on the streaming service on April 10.

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The trailer opens with the voice of Wilson Fisk, also known as the villain Kingpin.

“When I was a kid, I used to dream what it would be like to live somewhere far away from Hell’s Kitchen,” says Fisk, played by Vincent D’Onofrio. “But I realized the city was a part of me. It was in my blood, and I would do anything to make it a better place.”

This is obviously setting Fisk up for a confrontation with blind attorney Matt Murdock (a.k.a. Daredevil), played by Charlie Cox.

The trailer also gives us glimpses of nurse Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson), martial artist Stick (Scott Glenn) and Murdock’s love interest, Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll).

The live-action series is the first of a multi-title deal between Marvel and Netflix, which will also include shows about Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage, plus a Defenders mini-series where they all team up. Watch the Daredevil trailer below:

Netflix releases new Marco Polo featurette

- January 29th, 2015

In case you haven’t checked out Netflix’s historical epic Marco Polo yet, the streaming service has released a new featurette to entice potential viewers to visit 13th-Century Mongolia.

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Photo: Benedict Wong stars as Emperor Kublai Khan in Netflix’s Marco Polo

The new clip gives us fresh insight from the show’s producers and cast members, including series creator John Fusco – who stresses that “the story of Marco Polo can only be told on a big scale” – and stars Lorenzo Richelmy and Olivia Cheng.

While critics largely dismissed the wooden acting and over-the-top dialogue in the show’s first season, Fusco earned some respect for his emphasis on intense kung-fu scenes, intricate costumes and exotic landscapes. As Fusco explains in the featurette, the $90-million production brought them to Italy, Kazakhstan and Malaysia.

Netflix recently announced that the series will be coming back for a 10-episode second season. If you haven’t watched season one yet, here’s a sample of what it’s all about:


New TV fall preview, with Canadian and American debut dates

- September 15th, 2014

Gotham cast, with Donal Logue and Ben McKenzie at front

The beginning of the fall TV season is like the beginning of any season in professional sports. Everyone feels like a winner during training camp. Optimism abounds. Then you start to play the games, and the mood changes quickly for many.

Pre-season “lying to yourself” aside, what do the new shows look like this fall … really?

The fantasy/superhero genre continues to take over television, in terms of volume at least, if not necessarily ratings. Gotham, Constantine and The Flash are the newest entries, and I have to say, they all look pretty good in their own way. With the understanding, of course, that on the lightness-to-darkness scale, it goes The Flash, Constantine, Gotham, so target each series based on your content preferences.

I’ve written before that I was impressed by the pilot episode of Gotham, which stars Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue and Jada Pinkett Smith, among many others. And having been one of the people who was rolling his eyes at the thought of a Batman prequel, impressing me was no small feat in this case. It’s pretty violent by network TV standards, though, so be forewarned. Constantine, starring Matt Ryan, is based on characters that appear in the comic series Hellblazer. The Flash, starring Grant Gustin, is a spinoff of Arrow.

Outside of the superhero/fantasy world, perhaps the most talked-about new series is Stalker. Maggie Q and Dylan McDermott star as detectives who handle stalking cases – including voyeurism, cyber harassment and romantic fixation, etc. – for the Threat Assessment Unit of the LAPD.

When creator Kevin Williamson appeared at the Television Critics Association event in Los Angeles in July, the session actually got a little stormy. Stalker is something of a polarizing series, if we lived in a world with three poles. Some people see it as shining a light on a growing problem in society, and that’s a good thing. Some people see it as a de facto glorification of stalking, a “how to” if you will, and that’s a bad thing. And some people see it as merely a TV show, and think that the people in the other two camps should take a chill pill. In any case, there will be no shortage of Stalker talkers.

There are still more new shows centred on U.S. politics and government (State of Affairs with Katherine Heigl, Madam Secretary with Tea Leoni), more time travellers (Forever), more computer geniuses (Scorpion), a notable spinoff (NCIS: New Orleans with Scott Bakula), and a notable remake (Gracepoint, based on the British series Broadchurch). The Affair, with Dominic West, Ruth Wilson, Joshua Jackson and Maura Tierney, is particularly intense in a rip-your-life-apart kind of way.

Sadly, none of the new sitcoms really jumps out at me as instant hit material, although series such as Black-ish and Cristela are demographically designed to resonate with big chunks of the U.S. population. Marry Me with Casey Wilson and Ken Marino is getting some positive buzz. And as for Selfie starring Doctor Who alumnus Karen Gillan, well, I didn’t despise it as much as many of my colleagues in the critics’ community.

First shows cancelled? For me, two candidates are Bad Judge with Kate Walsh, and yet another young-adult-relationship comedy called Manhattan Love Story.

NEW SHOWS
(Networks always can change their plans, so this is what we know as of now, please check local listings closer to broadcast)

Sept. 17
Red Band Society (Fox)
The Mysteries of Laura (NBC, CTV)

Sept. 21
Madam Secretary (CBS, Global)

Sept. 22
Gotham (Fox, CTV)
Scorpion (CBS, City)
Forever (ABC, CTV)

Sept. 23
NCIS: New Orleans (CBS, Global)

Sept. 24
Black-ish (ABC, City)

Sept. 25
How To Get Away With Murder (ABC, CTV)

Sept. 28
Canada’s Smartest Person (CBC)

Sept. 30
Selfie (ABC)
Manhattan Love Story (ABC)
The Honourable Woman (CBC)

Oct. 1
Stalker (CBS, Global)

Oct. 2
Gracepoint (Fox, Global)
Bad Judge (NBC, Oct. 3 on Global)
A to Z (NBC, Oct. 3 on Global)

Oct. 4
Survivor’s Remorse (Super Channel)

Oct. 5
Mulaney (Fox, Global)
CBC Selects: Janet King (CBC)

Oct. 6
Strange Empire (CBC)

Oct. 7
The Flash (CW, CTV)

Oct. 10
Cristela (ABC, CHCH)

Oct. 12
The Affair (TMN/MC)

Oct. 13
Jane the Virgin (CW)

Oct. 14
Marry Me (NBC, Oct. 17 on Global)

Oct. 17
Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways (HBO Canada)

Oct. 24
Constantine (NBC, Global)

Oct. 30
The McCarthys (CBS, CTV)

Nov. 2
Olive Kitteridge (HBO Canada)

Nov. 17
State of Affairs (NBC, Global)

Nov. 25
Ascension (CBC)

Dec. 12
Marco Polo (Netflix)

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