January 16, 2019

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Batwoman Scores Pilot Order at The CW

Batwoman's future looks rosier than ever at The CW. Just under six months after entering development, the hero has snagged a pilot order at the network. The news is unsurprising, especially when you consider the bumper ratings the Elseworlds crossover pulled in. That crossover bowed last month and gave Arrowverse viewers their first glimpse of Ruby Rose as the hero, as well as their first look at Gotham City. "Armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, Kate Kane soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence," reads the official logline. Related: Batwoman TV Series in the Works at The CW! "But don’t call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope." If all goes to plan and The CW likes the standalone series, it could be on the air as early as Fall 2019. The network is already home to Arrow, The Flash, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl which form the Arrowverse so Batwoman would be the fifth series in that specific universe. Related: Arrowverse 2019 Crossover Confirmed! Whether this would mean the network would be looking to end one of the more longer running shows, it's not clear at this time. The good news is that the network now broadcasts on Sunday nights. There's also the possibility that all of the shows in that universe will span fewer episodes and be on the air at different times of the year. Alas, we will surely learn more when/if the pilot goes to series. What are your thoughts on this news? Hit the comments below! View Slideshow: 13 Stuttering Shows That Made A Comeback In 2018

Killing Eve Season 2 Gets April Premiere Date at BBC America!

Killing Eve will be back on our screens in the spring, and we could not be more excited. BBC America has confirmed that the highly-anticipated second season will get underway on Sunday, April 7th at 8pm/7c. Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer reprise their acclaimed performances as Eve (Oh), an MI6 operative, and psychopath assassin Villanelle (Comer) in this story of two women, bound by a mutual obsession and one brutal act. What's more, Killing Eve Season 2 will pick up in the immediate aftermath of Killing Eve Season 1 Episode 8. Related: Killing Eve Season 2 First Look: Will Eve Get Arrested? Villanelle has disappeared, and Eve is left stunned, with no idea if the woman she stabbed is alive or dead. One thing is for sure: Both of them in deep trouble, Eve has to find Villanelle before someone else does…but unfortunately, she’s not the only person looking for her. “Killing Eve is picking up exactly 36 heart-thumping seconds after the events of the season finale,” said Sarah Barnett, President of AMC Entertainment Networks. “This new season is packed with superlative performances and is as twisty, subversive, darkly funny, nerve-wracking and pleasurable as our fans could desire.” Along with returning stars Oh, Comer and Fiona Shaw (Harry Potter), new additions to the cast include Nina Sosanya (Good Omens) and Edward Bluemel (A Discovery of Witches) in series regular roles, with Julian Barratt (Mindhorn), Henry Lloyd-Hughes (Indian Summers) and Shannon Tarbet (Genius) set to guest star. Killing Eve has been a roaring success for BBC America since it premiered last April. It has been nominated for a Golden Globe®, and a Critics’ Choice Award, with Sandra Oh, nominated for Emmy®, Golden Globe®, Critics’ Choice and SAG® awards for her performance as Eve, and Jodie Comer nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award for her work as Villanelle. Related: Killing Eve Renewed for Season 2! The series finished its first season with an unbroken record of ratings growth in the key adults 25-54 and 18-49 demos – something no other show on television has accomplished in the history of Nielsen live+3 ratings. The finale delivered series highs with 1.25 million viewers in live+3, up 86 percent from premiere, with 545,000 adults 25-54 and 378,000 adults 18-49, up 127 percent and 100 percent from premiere, respectively. The season finale in May was also the #1 most social drama of the day. Okay, Killing Eve Fanatics! What are your thoughts on the premiere date? Hit the comments below. Remember you can watch Killing Eve online right here via TV Fanatic. View Slideshow: Killing Eve Season 2 First Look: Will Eve Get Arrested?

Riverdale Season 3 Midseason Report: Best Couple, Most Improved Villain & More!

The town of Riverdale is entering into a dangerous territory. For much of Riverdale Season 3, the Gargoyle King's influence led us to their game-changing plan: Riverdale being quarantined from the outside world. Everything we witnessed beforehand, like the origins of Gryphons and Gargoyles, Ben and Dilton's deaths, and Archie's confinement, was merely the calm before the storm. The momentum rose with a new mystery that spanned generations. But, did the first half of Riverdale Season 3 create a compelling visual story? Related: Get CBS All Access via Prime Video Channels for Hit Shows, Exclusive Originals & Live TV! For the start of 2019, we're looking back to see what worked, what didn't, and what we hope gets fixed! Check out the midseason report below, and share your thoughts in the comments. And don't forget, you can watch Riverdale online via TV Fanatic to get caught up on all the past drama. Riverdale Season 3 returns Wednesday, January 16 at 8/7c on The CW. 1. Best Twist: The Parents Played Gryphons & Gargoyles In a twist that took a generation in the making, the Riverdale parents were revealed to have a shady past with Gryphons and Gargoyles. They played the game, and they were equally culpable in not stopping the evil from spreading when they discovered it in the 1990s. But, what made this twist so amazing was the effect it had on EVERYTHING. This one interaction with the board game altered their lives and turned the parents into the flawed, cynical people we know today. Now, this is what you'd call a "domino effect!" 2. Worst Twist: Alice Sends Betty To The Asylum Did Alice not learn her lesson after the Polly incident? It's no secret in the town of Riverdale how dangerous and terrifying it is to be at the Sisters of Quiet Mercy. The core characters know this firsthand, especially after Cheryl's confinement and what happened to Charles Cooper. When Alice committed Betty to SOQM for her "safety," it broke the hearts of fans because it was a bad decision that went against how far their relationship had developed. 3. Biggest Letdown: Archie Tells Laurie The Truth Heading into Riverdale Season 3, there was hope that Archie Andrews would learn from his earlier mistakes. He overcame the troubles with Hiram Lodge and his obsession with The Black Hood; however, even after all that supposed growth, some things never change. Seeing Archie spill everything to Laurie Lake (a person he just met) was so mind-boggling and disappointing. He put his trust into someone he barely knew, and he put his life at risk because of someone who openly flirted and showed interest in him. At least Archie is consistent with his recklessness. 4. Best Episode: Chapter Thirty-Nine: The Midnight Club Everything about "Chapter Thirty-Nine: The Midnight Club" was near perfection! The main teen cast did a stellar job portraying the adult characters as teenagers, with some actors (like K. J. Apa and Lili Reinhart) hittin..

Gotham: Sean Pertwee on Gotham’s Stamp on the Batman Legacy

What would Bruce Wayne be without Alfred? Alfred has been Bruce's guiding light throughout the last four seasons of Gotham. He's tolerated Bruce's petulance like a champ even getting kicked out of Wayne Manor at one point because Bruce didn't get his way. And let's not forget about Bruce gutting Alfred that one time! But throughout it all, Alfred has maintained a staunch loyalty to his young ward. The relationship between Bruce and Alfred has been one of the highlights of Gotham even when Bruce's behavior has been quite intolerable. Related: Gotham Final Season Trailer: Get Ready for Insanity At the New York Comic Con this past Fall, Sean Pertwee talked about his love for a character which wasn't portrayed as a "dusty man that's just there, but interesting enough to watch a show about." He also discussed his belief that people will look to Gotham to understand why Batman does what he does. "The enduring legacy of Batman is that he's been relevant to every generation," Pertwee said. And what of Alfred's love life? 31 Jaw-Dropping Moments from Gotham Season 3 Pertwee waxes poetic about his failed romantic advances with Lee Thompkins, and how romance won't be in the cards for Alfred on the final season of Gotham. When will he have time, anyway? Check out the video below for more about Pertwee's take on Gotham and the Batman legacy. Gotham Season 5 Episode 1 airs on Thursday, January 3 at 8/7c on FOX! Be sure to check back with TV Fanatic for all our thoughts on the final season of Gotham! If you need to catch up, you can always watch Gotham online right here via TV Fanatic!

TV Ratings Report: The Masked Singer Premieres Huge

The Masked Singer is a hit! Fox launched a brand new format on the first Wednesday of 2019, and it was a great move. The series premiere of The Masked Singer scored a 2.9 rating (9.2 million total viewers) in the all-important 18-49 demographic. FYI: Star Season 3 which is currently on hiatus to accommodate the aforementioned series is averaging a 1.2 rating in the same demo. What's more, the new format emerged as the highest-rated and most-watched show of the night and giving Fox its best Wednesday performance in two years. This is a positive start, and if the series continues to post solid ratings, the network will likely order some more episodes. Before The Masked Singer, Gordon Ramsay's To Hell and Back scored a 1.2 rating, coming in well below Empire Season 5's average (1.5 rating) in the slot in the fall. Over on CBS, SEAL Team and Criminal Minds were steady with a 0.9 and a 0.7 respectively. View Slideshow: Riverdale Season 3 Midseason Report: Best Couple, Most Improved Villain & More!

15 WTF Moments from 2018

WTF were they thinking? We muttered that several times throughout 2018 at news centering on some of our favorite shows. Whether it was about a show's storyline, the handling of a particular character, or a network's decision concerning a beloved show, we still manage a lot of eyebrow-raising around here. Related: Enjoy UNLIMITED access to thousands of Movies and TV shows with Amazon Prime Video Just for fun, we've put together our list of eye-popping moments from 2018. Which ones made you question everything? Hit the comments. 1. The Handling of the Apu Criticism - The Simpsons The Simpsons responded to the criticism they received regarding Apu being a stereotypical character in a poor way. On the episode "No Good Deed Goes Unpunished," Marge is reading a story to Lisa, and Lisa turns to the camera and says "Something that started decades ago and was applauded and inoffensive is now politically incorrect. What can you do?" The joke was in poor taste and was made worse by using Lisa, a political activist, to deliver it. 2. Dissociative Identity Disorder - Days of Our Lives We have to nominate this whole messy Abigail Dissociative Identity Disorder storyline on Days of Our Lives. Abigail supposedly developed the disorder after accidentally killing Andre, then was raped by Stefan while dissociated and unable to consent and shamed by every character in town for it while Gabi drugged her and tried to make it look like Abby's mental illness had returned and Abby herself declared that part of her recovery was taking responsibility for choosing to have the sex that she couldn't consent to. Gabi's actions resulted in a desperate Abigail divorcing Chad to marry her rapist instead so she could get out of a mental hospital where she'd been committed involuntarily without even involving a psychiatrist. The whole story made a mockery out of mental health issues and treatment, promoted stereotypes that mentally ill people are violent and dangerous, and promoted shaming of a rape survivor -- and every time it seemed like it couldn't get any worse, it did. 3. Freeform Mocks Shadowhunters Fans (Yes, Really!) Freeform canceled Shadowhunters and went on to mock the fans who were campaigning to save it. It all played out during an "enhanced edition" of Toy Story, and the network confirmed it would not be saving the series. It did not go down well with fans who raised money for various charities in honor of the series. And why should it? WTF? 4. Klaus and Elijah Die - The Originals It felt like a cop out, but it also was just strange. It was a weird message to send to fans, killing off the most powerful beings in the finale for what was essentially shock value. I get that the actors wanted it and they didn't want constant questions about if Joseph Morgan would go to Legacies and they needed Hope to be going through a lot of pain, but it felt like the entire show had no real purpose. Klaus and Elijah battled s..

A Million Little Things Midseason Report Card: Most Exciting Reveal, Worst Character, & More!

While Million Things Fanatics eagerly await the show's return, it's time to review the first half of the season. A Million Little Things is one of the strongest new series of the Fall with its relatable characters, talented cast, and gripping storytelling. It has been an emotional, shocking, intense, and addictive first half of the season. The show has a knack for making viewers feel every emotion possible, including the less than stellar ones. Related: 27 Shows That Will Warm Your Cold, Dead Heart Our heads are spinning with shocking revelations, theories, and so many questions. For one, who the heck is Barbara Morgan?! Join us below as we revisit the first half of the season, and hit the comments with your thoughts. A Million Little Things returns on an all-new night and at an all-new time, January. 17 at 9/8c on ABC. If you need to catch up, you can watch A Million Little Things online here via TV Fanatic. Feel free to catch up on our A Million Little Things Reviews and A Million Little Things Round Tables too. 1. Best Character - Gary Jon was the glue that kept the friends together, but Gary is the heart. He's the best developed of the series. Gary is flawed and has many issues, but he's also relatable, funny, and there is something touching about his devotion to his friends and his desperation when it comes to keeping everyone together. He's the most reliable when it counts, but he's a bit disastrous in other areas of his life, and he particularly stands out as a male breast cancer survivor whose sardonic humor belies his constant state of fear. Roday is impressive in a dramatic role and is worthy of award recognition too. 2. Best Friendship - Rome and Maggie It's interesting that in many ways, Rome is closer to Maggie than the guys he's been friends with for years. He confides in her about things he struggles to share with the others. They danced on the line of friendship and doctor/patient, but their friendship won out when Maggie was able to confide in him about things she wasn't able to tell anyone else too. They have the most balanced friendship on the series, and Miller and Malco have great chemistry with one another, so their scenes together always stand out. 3. Most Improved - Katherine Ironically, despite the shocking revelation at the end of the pilot concerning her husband and her friend, Katherine made the worst first impression. Throughout the first half of the season, the series delved deeper into her character and has shown that behind the stoic workaholic mom, is a vulnerable, level-headed, warm woman. She worked hard to support her family, but all she wants is to be there for her son. With half the screentime, Katherine evolved into one of the most endearing and admirable characters with the best growth and development. 4. Most Emotional Arc - Maggie's Cancer Fight The first half of the season focused a lot on Maggie's unfortunate prognosis and Ga..

New Beverly Hills, 90210 Series Isn’t a Reboot or Revival

Fans of Beverly Hills, 90210 were shocked late last month when it emerged that a new project with the cast members of the once-hot Fox series could be gearing up to work together once again. At the time, there was no word about what the series would actually be about, but the consensus was that it would serve as a second revival of the series. However, TV Line is now reporting that this new entry to the franchise would be more like a mockumentary featuring former 90210 cast members Jennie Garth, Jason Priestley, Tori Spelling, Ian Ziering, Brian Austin Green, and Gabrielle Carteris as themselves. It would follow these actors in their efforts to get a second revival of the series on the air, and we're willing to bet there will be some jabs thrown in about The CW's 90210 which followed a largely new cast. Related: Beverly Hills, 90210 Revival in the Works It did have some connections to the original, with Jennie Garth appearing, and some other OG actors stopping by in the first two seasons. That show only lasted five seasons and had a rush job of a series finale because The CW opted to cancel it as ratings cratered during its final season. The decision to have these actors playing heightened versions of themselves could be a recipe for disaster, or it could serve as a comedic look at how the public perceives these actors to be. In these days of reboots and revivals, this is certainly a different approach to take, and time will tell whether one of the streaming or cable destinations apparently interested will actually produce the series. For now, however, Shannen Doherty and Luke Perry are not attached to appear. It could be difficult to get the latter to sign on the dotted line because of his series regular status on The CW's Riverdale. The original series aired on Fox from 1990-2000, and while the ratings were initially low, Fox aired a special summer season that helped the show rise dramatically in the ratings. What are your thoughts on the format of this series? Hit the comments! View Slideshow: 13 Reboots That Ruined Everything

Gotham: Producer John Stephens on the Shortened Final Season and Things Left to the Imagination

Gotham has been thrilling audiences for the past four seasons (well maybe really only three), and it's nearly time to say goodbye to our favorite characters. At the New York Comic Con this past Fall, Gotham producer John Stephens talked about struggling with the final season. He said that not everything will get wrapped up. "There are some things what we leave to the imagination," he said. Related: Gotham Final Season Trailer: Get Ready for Insanity!! Stephens didn't get into specifics, but when asked if we'll be seeing Baby Batgirl by season's end, he only smiled and said, "no comment." That titillating piece of information certainly gets our hearts racing! Stephens seemed happy with what's been covered in the series so far. He said that everything he wanted to cover from the comics has or will be covered in the show before the series ends this season. Related: Gotham Season 4 Finale: No Man's Land Check out the interview below for more scoop on what to expect on Gotham Season 5. Gotham Season 5 Episode 1 airs on Thursday, January 3 at 8/7c on FOX! Be sure to check back with TV Fanatic for all our thoughts on the final season of Gotham! If you need to catch up, you can always watch Gotham online right here via TV Fanatic!

Watch SEAL Team Online: Season 2 Episode 11

Did the Bravo Team manage to save everyone? On SEAL Team Season 2 Episode 11, the team partnered with the British Special Air Service with the aim of rescuing passengers on a plane that was hijacked by terrorists. Watch SEAL Team Season 2 Episode 11 Online With time being of the essence, Jason concocted a plan that could put one of his own in mortal danger, but was it worth it to save lives? Also, one member questioned their future on the team. Use the video above to watch SEAL Team online right here via TV Fanatic. View Slideshow: CBS Cheat Sheet: Is Criminal Minds Really in Danger?! Catch up on all your favorite shows and reviews and join in the conversations with other fanatics who love TV as much as you.
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