January 21, 2019

Mese: Giugno 2018

13 of TV’s Most Successful (if Dreaded) Love Triangles

Love triangles can be a big draw for a show, with fan engagement rising in a competition perpetuated by the idea that the winner takes all. Which is why it is very easy for a love triangle to turn into a harmful plot that takes over a show, or that creates a disservice for at least one of the people involved. Successful and love triangles isn't something you would expect to see in a sentence together, but they do really exist! If the people in the triangle are three-dimensional individuals with stories that define them outside of the romance, and if the love triangle doesn't overpower the actual plot of the show, there is a chance to really tell a story. Here is a slideshow that offers some possible examples of love triangles that didn't ruin the content of the show, or the characters involved in it. 1. Clarke/Raven/Finn - The 100 There is nothing that comes close to Clarke and Raven choosing each other over Finn. This set a tone for the way that women would be treated on The 100, not as love interests but as the heroes of the show that form genuine friendships with one another. It also didn't cause the story to revolve around the lead white guy or the love triangle that he created when he appeared. (But also RIP Finn Collins?) 2. Zoe/Wade/Joel - Hart of Dixie Joel was a refreshing character because he wasn't written as a new obstacle, he formed a connection with Wade as well, and this wasn't a competition. Wade grew as a person in his own relationship and Zoe was happy for some time with Joel. 3. Kala/Wolfgang/Rajan - Sense8 Why choose? This was such a perfect approach to a love triangle, with Sense8 submerging their characters in true happiness. Kala didn't have to pick one person and lose what she had with the other, and on top of that Wolfgang and Rajan formed a bond of their own. 4. Elena/Stefan/Damon - The Vampire Diaries This may be a shocking choice, but hear me out first! It could be argued that the whole Delena vs. Stelena campaign that ran for almost as long as the show was on the air perpetuated the idea that The Vampire Diaries was nothing but one big love triangle. While Elena did have feelings for both brothers, there were plenty of storylines that were at the center of the show. The romance was important, and yet that wasn't all that the show ended up being. Plus there is definitely a case to be made about how the love triangle would be interpreted if social media, interviews, and polls didn't get in the way. 5. Liza/Josh/Charles - Younger Whether you are Team Josh or Team Charles, you can't deny that Younger knows what it is doing when it comes to love triangles. There is a way to make both relationships worth rooting for, with a focus on happiness above all else. It isn't for the drama, it is an honest look into conflicted feelings. 6. Jane/Michael/Rafael - Jane the Virgin Jane the Virgin did and continues to do an excellent job allowing all the characters in a lov..

Watch Quantico Online: Season 3 Episode 7

Did the team manage to protect the scientist before his deadly technology got into the wrong hands? That was the mission of the week on Quantico Season 3 Episode 7 when the scientist managed to craft technology that could cause mass casualty across the world. Watch Quantico Season 3 Episode 7 Online With the team still reeling from the recent death, they had to fight to save everyone. Meanwhile, Ryan and Shelby were shocked to find something from Alex's personal life that made them question what she was really up to. Use the video above to watch Quantico online right here via TV Fanatic. View Slideshow: 27 Phenomenal Female Spies and Secret Agents Get caught up with all the latest twists and turns right now.

Legacy: Green Arrow Comic Canon vs CW Arrow

Let's talk about legacy. Usually, when talking about the legacy of something you must take into consideration impact, interaction with fans, and medium. Because varying elements under either these categories can drastically change the legacy of a person, show, movie, etc. If a show had a huge impact that caused a lot of buzz amongst the news world had horrible interactions with fans and/or alienates them, then their legacy would be largely affected by this fan interaction. Or if an adaptation occurs across mediums that severs the connection to a previous medium that acts as source material that also affects the way its legacy gets interpreted, whether good or bad. This is the case with CW Arrow and its source material, the Green Arrow comics. The idea of legacy has been brought up recently, regarding the legacies or both mediums and whether they should be singularly integrated in one way, Arrow characters becoming a permanent part of Green Arrow mythos. In a recent interview with Australian publication The Music, Arrow Star Stephen Amell made a few comments regarding CW Arrow characters becoming integrated into Green Arrow canon: One of the things that I’m most proud about is that, 25 years from now, if they made a Green Arrow film, they would have to make it with John Diggle and Felicity Smoak and Thea Queen and Sara Lance and a lot of the characters that we’ve brought in and have created as we’ve gone along. I hope that not only do those characters start to exist in the comic books if they haven’t already – and some of them have – but I would hope that if you were looking at the blueprint of how to do a successful Arrow show, people would be like, ‘Yeah, you have to have those characters – those characters are a part of it now.’ And the fact that we created a bunch of them, or at least reconstituted some of them in some instances, that’s the most impactful thing that we’ve done. Stephen Amell Permalink: Impact Added: June 22, 2018 This quote received a lot of backlash from many comic fans who claim that, seeing as CW Arrow has made it a point to increasingly depreciate Green Arrow comic fans and its canon throughout their last four seasons, it wouldn't be right for any of the characters to be permanently integrated into a world they've never cared about. For example, in a February EW interview, Amell claimed: It would be a pretty two-dimensional world if you simply followed with what the comic [has done]. Stephen Amell Permalink: Two-Dimensional Added: June 22, 2018 With this comment, he's clearly making a play on the fact that the comic is a 2-D medium while Arrow is live-action, but when did the medium start dictating the quality of a story? There are arguably millions of amazing storylines in the comics and animation that trump live-action in every way imaginable. Or, Amell could have meant that he has read Green Arrow's comic canon and has decided himself, regardless of medium, th..

Days of Our Livs Reviews: Lost Children and Broken Hearts

I have mixed feelings about the death of Lani's baby. The loss of a child is one of the saddest soap stories there is, and many of the scenes surrounding the premature birth and death of this child on Days of Our Lives during the week of 6-18-18 were heartbreaking. At the same time, it felt like a ploy to get viewers to be sympathetic towards Lani and root for her and JJ to get back together when the show has not done anything to make her or this relationship rootable. Was I the only one who felt like I'd be even more invested if it was a character I cared about? When Lani just happened to go into labor five seconds after asking JJ to get back together, I was suspicious. DAYS isn't often subtle about what it is planning, especially when it comes to relationship drama. JJ had just said that the reason he couldn't reconcile with Lani is that he didn't want to watch her raise a baby with another man that he once thought was his. So it was clear to me that the trajectory of this story was going to be pregnancy, miscarriage, reconciliation in the throes of grief. And that was not something I wanted to see. Related: Seven Ways Days of Our Lives Could (and Should!) Be Using JJ Deveraux The lead-up to the death of the baby was extraordinarily well done despite how obvious it was where this was going. One by one, the Hortons arrived to support Eli and offer congratulations, expecting that he would soon be the father of a baby that would need to spend time in the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit but would be alive. Julie did her usual busybody act, demanding to know whether Eli and Lani were going to live together once the baby was born, and for some inexplicable reason, Abe suddenly became paranoid that Eli was going to abandon Lani and the baby once it was no longer inside of her. I thought it was bizarre that Jennifer and her whole lunch party felt a need to join JJ at the hospital. Lani is no longer dating JJ, and while Eli is a Horton, he rarely interacts with anyone other than Valerie, Abe, or Julie. View Slideshow: 17 Starcrossed Couples Who Can't Catch a Break Surprisingly, Jennifer not only understood that he might not want everyone there but also gave JJ the space to make his own decision about whether or not he would leave because of Eli's clear jealousy of the role he was playing in taking care of things. Is this the same woman who threw a giant-sized tantrum about her adult son daring to let a woman share his apartment that she didn't particularly like? I prefer the sane version of Jennifer, but could the writers please pick one instead of bouncing her back and forth between reasonable and overbearing depending on the story? Anyway, for once a medical storyline was treated realistically, other than Valerie assisting in her daughter-in-law's emergency surgery. And when Kayla came out to deliver the sad news that the baby didn't make it, it broke my heart. No one ha..

Quantico Season 3 Episode 7 Review: Bullet Train

Well, this was a mediocre episode. It's difficult to connect to the case on Quantico Season 3 Episode 7. We go from Celine's death on Quantico Season 3 Episode 6, straight into a mission. There was not even a briefing at the loft or anything to ease us into this new case. We're all of a sudden in the middle of an op, trying to figure out what's going on. Trying to put the pieces together and understand what's going on isn't an exciting way to begin an op. It's confusing and frustrating. You don't really get all the pieces until the second half of the hour, and by that point, too much time has passed to fully care. Did anyone else have a problem with the way we were introduced to the op? It's clear that this is done to highlight Deep's point at the end of the hour -- everyone moved on and acted as if Celine's death is not bothering them. I don't want to lose my humanity. I don't want to have to put a knife in one of you to survive some day. I don't want to live in the shadows or with secrets or beyond the law. Don't any of you ever stop to wonder who you are anymore? Well I don't want to wonder who I am. I want to stay me. Deep Permalink: I don't want to lose my humanity. I don't want to have to put a knife in one of you to... Added: June 22, 2018 The point is well made, and the way the op started out did strengthen Deep's case, but it didn't resonate. The issue is that Deep's the one who made this grand speech. We don't know enough about him. We don't care about him. Related: Quantico Season 3 Episode 6 Review: The Heavens Fall We aren't connected to Deep at all, which, if you recall, is one of the problems we had with Celine's death. You can't try to make these new characters serve some grand purpose if you don't allow people to get attached to them first. They should've been prominent figures in the earlier episodes. We should have cared about them, wanted them to succeed on the team, watched them forge new friendships with everyone else. Instead, Celine and Deep were maybe given two standout scenes a piece. No amount of blame you put on her can match the blame she puts on herself. Owen Permalink: No amount of blame you put on her can match the blame she puts on herself. Added: June 22, 2018 Deep's speech would have made more sense if someone else had said it. This could have been said by Simon towards the end of Quantico Season 1, and it would have worked great. The speech will definitely impact other characters moving forward, but it's sad that it wasn't all that it could be. What did you think of Deep resigning? Deep grieving all throughout the hour was awkward and a bit annoying. Related: Enjoy UNLIMTED access to thousands of Movies and TV shows with Amazon Prime Video. WATCH ANYWHERE. CANCEL ANYTIME! Maybe it's because we know how these type of p..

In Defense Of: Oxygen’s New Limited Series Explores Those Who Uphold the Sixth Amendment

Crime television is all around us. Almost every network dives into the flavor of the week in an attempt to capitalize on crimes past and present and draw in viewers with their offerings. In Defense Of is doing something different. Where most shows focus solely on the criminals, the cases, the law enforcement, or the prosecution of the case, In Defense Of is bringing to light what it takes to ensure all of those protected by the U.S. Constitution receive what they are due: the right to counsel as guaranteed in the Sixth Amendment. The attorneys who defend what can often be the ugliest and most evil of us don't always find themselves hailed by the media, but In Defense Of is a limited series on Oxygen showcasing their success with particular cases, their challenges with the same, and much more. I had the opportunity to sit with some of the participants, as well as producer, Jane Lipsitz, and moderator Beth Karas, during a panel held at NBC earlier this week. It was an honor to listen to them speak and shake a few hands. Related: Oxygen Adds Two New Shows to "Cruel Summer" Lineup! Their stories are incredible and knowing I was sitting with people who were so integral in making history was stunning to me. Their jobs may not be easy, but they have prevailed through some difficult times and risen to the top of their field. The limited series will visit the following: Monday, June 25, Timothy McVeigh: In Defense Of -- Defense attorneys, Chris Tritico and Stephen Jones, detail their time representing Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh in his capital murder trial and their efforts to spare him the death penalty. Monday, July, 2, Waco: Clive Doyle: In Defense Of -- Defense attorney, Dan Cogdell, recounts the Waco Siege, and the trial the federal government launched against his client, Clive Doyle, and the other surviving members of the controversial Branch Davidians. Monday, July 9, Jodi Arias: In Defense Of -- Court-ordered to represent Jodi Arias in her sensationalized capital murder trial, Kirk Nurmi recounts his six-year ordeal to defend her, and how it irrevocably altered the course of his life. Sunday, July 15, Ted Bundy: In Defense Of -- Sought out by serial killer, Ted Bundy, in the 1970s, Criminal Defense Attorney, John Henry Browne delves into his personal and professional journey to defend one of the most notorious killers in history. In attendance at the panel were attorneys Chris Tritico, Dan Cogdell, and John Henry Browne. After all their years in the spotlight, it was apparent they knew each other well, and if Tritico, who was approached first, had not signed onto the series, the others might not have followed. Each attorney had different relationships with their clients. Tritico, for example, considered Timothy McVeigh a friend. “I liked Tim McVeigh,” he said. “He was friendly, nice, funny, and extremely intelligent.” He laughed and continued, “He wasn’t going to ever come to my house for Thanksgiving,..

Carissa’s Corner: Saving Shows, Best of 2018, and Checking In with Readers

No, I haven't given up on you, dear readers! I could never do that. You are always on my mind. As usual, I've bitten off more than I can chew, and as a result, Carissa's Corner got lost in the shuffle. My apologies. Well, I'm back, baby! We have a lot to talk about now. Before I speak at you directly, let's catch up on two pressing matters. While networks are trading shows with some success this season, that doesn't mean there are happy endings for every show fan. Related: Lucifer Season 4: The Devil Rises Again on Netflix!! There were excellent results for The Expanse, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Lucifer after fan outrage due to cancelation, the latter two at the hands of Fox. They were all saved, landing at three different networks: Amazon, NBC, and Netflix, respectively. Shadowhunters was cut down due to a financing deal falling through with the production company. That deal with Netflix left Freeform holding the ball. Freeform hasn't been languishing in hits since losing it's biggest show, Pretty Little Liars, and they couldn't find the money to save Shadowhunters. If Netflix didn't want to save the show with partial funding, that's at least one network off the map to save that show. Prolific tweeter and television fan friend, William Shatner, works tirelessly helping fans to save their shows, often reminding them to have a strategy that guides them, so they act as a group and not to bully. If you want to get in on the action to save Shadowhunters, you can do it by clicking here: They're organized and working hard to save their favorite show. Related: 15 Reasons Timeless Rocks & Needs to Be Renewed That leads me to Timeless, which like time travel itself, is in a sort of limbo. NBC hasn't renewed it nor have they canceled it. Their strategy to run it in the spring may not have worked out as they expected, but airing it in the summer again seems like a worthy idea to me. Unless there is some reason we don't know, it would seem odd if Timeless didn't return at the very least in the summer of 2019. If we're keeping track of the best shows of 2018, and of course we are doing that, here's what we have so far. The Americans The Handmaid's Tale Killing Eve Counterpart Cobra Kai I have a couple of recommendations that aren't ready for primetime (you haven't seen them yet), so you'll have to wait. There are others still on my list to watch, so they'll be added soon if they make the grade. Related: Killing Eve Season 1 Episode 8 Review: God, I'm Tired By way of explanation, The Americans finished its final season at the top of its game. There is very little one could want other than that. It joins The Leftovers and Halt and Catch Fire as other shows that went off the air in the past 12 months on their terms and with extraordinary flair. The Handmaid's Tale didn't suffer fr..

Teen Choice Awards 2018 Nominations: Riverdale Leads Final Wave

The second and final wave of Teen Choice 2018 awards have been revealed, and Riverdale dominates the competition with seven nominations. Netflix thriller, Stranger Things brings up the rear with another five nominations, while Freeform's The Bold Type garnered four. Have a look at the full list of wave two nominations below. Choice TV Villain (#ChoiceTVVillain) 
Anna Hopkins – Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments 
Cameron Monaghan – Gotham 
Gabrielle Anwar – Once Upon a Time 
Mark Consuelos – Riverdale 
Mind Flayer – Stranger Things 
Odette Annable – Supergirl Choice Breakout TV Show (#ChoiceBreakoutTVShow) 
Anne with an E 
Black Lightning 
On My Block 
The Resident Related: Teen Choice Nominations: Shadowhunters, Riverdale Lead the Way Choice Breakout TV Star (#ChoiceBreakoutTVStar) 
Iain Armitage – Young Sheldon 
Luka Sabbat – Grown–ish 
Lyric Ross – This Is Us 
Nafessa Williams – Black Lightning 
Oliver Stark – 9-1-1 
Vanessa Morgan – Riverdale Choice TV Ship (#ChoiceTVShip) 
Cole Sprouse & Lili Reinhart – Riverdale 
Grant Gustin & Candice Patton – The Flash 
K.J. Apa & Camila Mendes – Riverdale 
Matthew Daddario & Harry Shum Jr. – Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments 
Millie Bobby Brown & Finn Wolfhard – Stranger Things 
Stephen Amell & Emily Bett Rickards – Arrow Related: The CW Sets Fall Premiere Dates for Charmed, Riverdale & More! Choice Liplock (#ChoiceLiplock) 
Chadwick Boseman & Lupita Nyong’o – Black Panther 
Chris Pratt & Zoe Saldana – Avengers: Infinity War 
Cole Sprouse & Lili Reinhart – Riverdale 
Gina Rodriguez & Justin Baldoni – Jane the Virgin 
Millie Bobby Brown & Finn Wolfhard – Stranger Things 
Zac Efron & Zendaya – The Greatest Showman Choice Hissy Fit (#ChoiceHissyFit) 
Adam Driver – Star Wars: The Last Jedi 
Jack Black – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle 
Joe Keery – Stranger Things 
Kevin Hart – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle 
Madelaine Petsch – Riverdale 
Mark Ruffalo – Avengers: Infinity War Choice Scene Stealer (#ChoiceSceneStealer) 
Charlie Heaton – Stranger Things 
Katie McGrath – Supergirl 
Nick Jonas – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle 
Taika Waititi – Thor: Ragnarok 
Tom Hiddleston – Thor: Ragnarok 
Vanessa Morgan – Riverdale Choice Summer TV Show (#ChoiceSummerTVShow) 
Beat Shazam 
Cobra Kai 
Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger 
So You Think You Can Dance 
The Bold Type 
Total Bellas Related: Supergirl Shocker: Chris Wood Departs! Choice Summer TV Star (#ChoiceSummerTVStar) 
Aisha Dee – The Bold Type 
Aubrey Joseph – Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger 
Katie Stevens – The Bold Type 
Meghann Fahy – The Bold Type 
Olivia Holt – Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger 
Xolo Maridueña – Cobra Kai View Slideshow: 17 TV Characters That Make Us LOL

Timeless Canceled After Two Seasons at NBC

After weeks of waiting, we finally have a decision about what will become of Timeless, and the news is not good. According to Deadline, the sci-fi drama has been canceled after two seasons at NBC. The news comes just days before of the options on the cast are due to expire, meaning the cast will need to sign new deals if the show winds up at another destination. The report states that there is a possibility that NBC could potentially bring the show back for a two-hour wrap-up, but beyond that, it's done at the network. "This is a sad day for the writers, actors, crew and especially the viewers of Timeless,” co-showrunner Shawn Ryan shared on Twitter Friday. “We are all extremely proud of what we made and know that it was more than just a show for so many of our fans. It became a passion and a cause for many of them." Related: Timeless Season 2 Episode 10 Review: Chinatown “If NBC is sincere in wanting a two-hour movie to give much needed closure to our amazing @NBCTimeless fans, we are ready to make it,” he added. “We don’t want the journeys of Lucy, Wyatt, Rufus and the others to end yet.” It marks the second year in a row that Timeless has been canceled. However, the original cancellation lasted days as NBC reversed its decision to ax the series and brought it back for another season. Unfortunately, despite calls from fans to put the show in the family-friendly 8/7c hour, it was buried on Sundays at 10/9c, and the ratings continued to slip. Timeless Season 2 ultimately averaged 2.5 million viewers and a 0.6 rating among adults 18-49. Those figures represent declines of over 40 percent vs. Timeless Season 1. Related: NBC Fall Schedule: Where's Brooklyn Nine-Nine? The recent Season 2 finale ended on the mother of all cliffhangers with Rufus apparently being killed off, and Lucy and Wyatt being confronted by their future selves, asking them: "You guys want to get Rufus back or what?” "We are hopeful and yet realistic as we have a lot of shows,” NBC boss Bob Greenblatt said ahead of the Season 2 finale. “We are going to take a look at (Timeless and Champions) after their run and hopefully make a quick decision on them.” The news is a real shame because the series had a loyal following who have been endlessly tweeting NBC to urge the network to renew the series for more episodes. As always, we will keep you up to speed on any developments. Hit the comments with your thoughts on the news. If you want to relive the series, you can always watch Timeless online right here via TV Fanatic. View Slideshow: 15 Reasons Timeless Rocks & Needs to Be Renewed

13 PLL Characters Who Should Guest Star On The Perfectionists

Pretty Little Liars may be over, but The Perfectionists are only just beginning. With Alison and Mona moving to Beacon Heights, they will need to count on each other if they will make it out of there alive. Still, there is something wonderful about having your friends around even in a limited sense. If this is a spinoff, it would be great for fans of the previous show to at least see some familiar faces as they are eased into the new story. And with a murder stirring trouble in the small town, there are plenty of characters from Pretty Little Liars that have enough experience to assist Mona and Alison. Here is a slideshow featuring some options that would be a lovely surprise in Beacon Heights, or in some cases, a necessary one. 1. Emily Fields We did not wait this long for Emily and Alison to get their happily ever after only for them to then separate. They don't, and probably aren't, broken up in order for Alison to move. But there also is the big question of how Alison can be a partner and a mother if she isn't actually around. Just move Emily over with Alison and they could deal with all of this together, we deserve at least that. 2. Mike Montgomery Mike and Mona deserve a happily ever after, or really Mona does at least. I am still not over these two so bringing Mike back into Mona's life wouldn't be the worst thing. 3. Caleb Rivers It is safe to say that Alison and Mona might need some tech help, so why not make it Caleb? He already has some experience with spin-offs, and maybe Tyler Blackburn could take a break from the aliens to visit his old home again. 4. Hanna Marin With all this drama in a new town, I am sure both Mona and Alison could benefit from some sass and some laughs. Hanna could appear with Caleb for a bit, if only to see her friends again before things get too dark. 5. Aria Montgomery Aria is another friend that Alison could probably lean on since she will essentially be alone in this whole mess. Aria doesn't have to bring Ezra, but it would be lovely to see her again. 6. Spencer Hastings You can't get the gang back together without bringing Spencer back too! Since Alex Drake, or her existence, will be mentioned then it could be cool to have Spencer around during that time too. She has probably moved on to a less threatening life, but a visit never hurt anybody. View Slideshow
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