Pop Culture Download: May 13, 2018

Pop Culture Download: May 13, 2018


On the Docket

Bill & Ted 3 is coming with Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter returning to their roles. – [THR]

Network TV 2018-19: Fox canceled The Mick, Last Man on Earth, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine… – [AV Club]

Network TV 2018-19: …only for NBC to save Brooklyn Nine-Nine. – [THR]

Network TV 2018-19: NBC’s renewal schedule doesn’t include Timeless or Champions… yet. – [TV by the Numbers]

Network TV 2018-19: NBC renewed The Blacklist for a sixth season. – [TV by the Numbers]

Network TV 2018-19: NBC renewed Blindspot for a fourth season. – [TV by the Numbers]

Network TV 2018-19: NBC canceled Taken after two seasons. – [TV by the Numbers]

Network TV 2018-19: The rest of NBC’s Fall 2018 schedule. – [TV by the Numbers]

Network TV 2018-19: ABC has passed on a reboot of The Greatest American Hero. – [Den of Geek]

Network TV 2018-19: ABC has canceled Marvel’s InhumansDeception, and The Crossing. – [TV by the Numbers]

Network TV 2018-19: ABC has also canceled Designated Survivor and Quantico. – [TV by the Numbers]

Network TV 2018-19: ABC’s renewals don’t (yet) include Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD. – [TV by the Numbers]

Network TV 2018-19: Fox renewed Lethal Weapon with a major recasting. – [TV by the Numbers]

Network TV 2018-19: Fox renewed Gotham for a fifth round. – [Variety]

Network TV 2018-19: Fox canceled Lucifer after three seasons. – [TV by the Numbers]

Network TV 2018-19: The CW has greenlit a Charmed reboot. – [TV by the Numbers]

Network TV 2018-19: The CW ordered another year of The 100. – [TV by the Numbers]

Network TV 2018-19: CBS’s renew/cancel includes a 14th season for Criminal Minds. – [TV by the Numbers]

Network TV 2018-19: The slate of new shows coming to the major networks next season. – [TV by the Numbers]

Network TV 2018-19: The slate of cancelations (so far). – [TV by the Numbers]

Network TV 2018-19: The slate of renewals (so far). – [TV by the Numbers]

Network TV 2018-19: Syfy has ended The Expanse after three seasons. – [TV by the Numbers]

Network TV 2018-19: Starz wants more Outlander with a two-year renewal. – [TV by the Numbers]

Keith DeCandido continues the 4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Great Superhero Movie Rewatch with Hellboy II: The Golden Army. – [Tor]


Into The Chronic Rift

The Chronic Rift: Episode 18 – V: The Miniseries at 35
In 1983, the NBC Network premiered the two-night event, V – the miniseries.  In a time where science fiction television lacked real substance, V addressed issues of division, trust, and loyalty.  There were clear parallels to Nazi Germany during World War II.  The miniseries was such a massive success, it resulted in a sequel (V: The Final Battle), a year long television series, comic books, novels, and merchandise.  As the miniseries enters its 35th year, there is news that V is in development as a motion picture via Desilu Productions with V creator Kenneth Johnson at the helm.

John is joined by authors Jeremy Brown and Bobby Nash to discuss the cultural impact of the series, the potential for V as a television series rather than a movie, and the scary parallels of the concepts of V with the current political spectrum.

Generations Geek – Episode 47: Part of the Family
Science fiction writer Scott Pearson and his daughter, Ella, dive into Alien 3 (1992) as they continue their epic review of the entire Alien movie series. They’ve said it before and they’ll say it again, always listen to Ripley! 

The OSI Files: File 005 – The Six Million Dollar Man: “Population Zero”
A two-part story brings us a cast of characters and a murder mystery where the Hornet is the prime suspect.  This story has a lot going for it, but it also has a number of clumsy elements including a duplicate Hornet and Black Beauty which appears to have no real purpose to the plot other than it looks cool.  John and Jim are pretty much on the same page when it comes to this story and John is happy to see, albeit briefly, actress Angelique Pettyjohn.

The Chronic Rift Classic: Episode 44 – The Prisoner
Andrea Lipinski and Keith DeCandido welcome writer and artist of the DC Comics’ “The Prisoner” mini-series Dean Motter, critic Don Keller and writer John Peel to the studio to discuss mysteries behind the cult television series, “The Prisoner”. Plus, Keith reviews “Flies on the Ceiling – the Complete Love and Rockets, Volume 9” by Los Bros Hernandez and the Memorable Moment is from the television series, “Alien Nation”.

Originally Aired: February 17, 1992

Presenting the Transcription Feature: The Fred Allen Show & Information, Please
This month marks the 124th birthday of radio legend Fred Allen.  Though best known for his “feuds” with fellow comedian Jack Benny, Allen had a long and prolific career.  We present tonight a classic episode of “The Fred Allen Show.” First, Fred takes us on a walk down Allen’s Alley to meet the colorful characters who live there, then Frank Sinatra drops by songs and laughs.  Then, on “Information Please,” Fred starts out as a contestant and ends up as host.

The Weekly Podioplex: May 8, 2018



The Watchlist

Currently Watching
The Flash
Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD
Taken (Final Season)
Designated Survivor
 (Final Season)
The Crossing
(Final Season)
The 100

Waiting Room
Jessica Jones: Season Two
Luke Cage: Season Three

The Orville (Season Two premieres Fall 2018)
Doctor Who (Series Eleven premieres Fall 2018)
MacGyver (Series Three premieres Fall 2018)
The Good Doctor (Season Two premieres 2018/2019)
The Good Place (Season Three premieres 2018/2019)
Black Lightning (Season Two premieres 2018/2019)
Legends of Tomorrow (Season Four premieres 2018/2019)
Game of Thrones (Season Eight premieres 2019)
Star Trek: Discovery (Season Two premieres 2019)
Lost in Space (Season Two premiere unknown)
Westworld (not started yet)

Playing Catch Up
Madam Secretary (via CBS All Access)
The Punisher (via Netflix)

Marvel’s Inhumans – Episodes 5-8


Movie Night

This week

May 11 – Life of the Party – (A close friend of mine was an extra with significant camera time on this project)
May 18 – Deadpool 2 – (X-Men series #11)
May 25 – Solo: A Star Wars Story
Jun 15 – The Incredibles 2
Jun 22 – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Jul 6 – Ant-Man and the Wasp – (Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase III, Chapter 8)
Jul 27 – Mission: Impossible — Fallout – (M:I #6)
Oct 5 – Venom – (Sony Spider-Man Universe revival)
Nov 2 – X-Men: Dark Phoenix – (X-Men series #12)
Nov 2 – Mulan – (Disney live-action remake)
Nov 16 – Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – (Fantastic Beasts #2, Harry Potter #10)
Nov 21 – Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 – 11/21
Dec 14 – Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse – (Sony Spider-Man multiverse)
Dec 21 – Aquaman – (DC Extended Universe #6)
Dec 25 – Mary Poppins Returns

Feb 2019 – The New Mutants – (X-Men series #13)
Mar 2019 – How to Train Your Dragon 3
Mar 2019 – Captain Marvel – (Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase III, Chapter 9)
Mar 2019 – Dumbo – (Disney live-action remake)
Apr 2019 – Shazam! – (DC Extended Universe #7)
May 2019 – Avengers #4 – (Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase III, Chapter 10)
May 2019 – Aladdin – (Disney live-action remake)
Jun 2019 – Gambit – (X-Men Series #14)
Jun 2019 – Men in Black Untitled – (Men in Black #4)
Jun 2019 – Toy Story 4
Jul 2019 – Spider-Man Homecoming #2 – (Marvel Cinematic Universe)
Jul 2019 – Top Gun
Jul 2019 – The Lion King – (Disney live-action remake)
Jul 2019 – Terminator sequel – (Terminator #6)
Aug 2019 – Artemis Fowl
Nov 2019 – Wonder Woman #2 – (DC Extended Universe #8)
Nov 2019 – Frozen 2
Dec 2019 – Star Wars: Episode IX
Dec 2019 – Wicked
Jul 2020 – Indiana Jones #5
Jul 2020 – Minions #2


Night at the Theater

This week

Coming soon
Hamilton at The Fox Theater in Atlanta.


Literary Pursuits

Currently reading
Diving into the works of H.P. Lovecraft
Duel in the Dark (Blood on the Stars Book One) by Jay Allan
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline



On the Virtual Air




Adventures in Creative Criticality

The Timestamps Project
This week was Dragonfire. Next up: Season Twenty-Four Summary.

Other Musings
Debrief: WHOlanta 2018

Upcoming Podcasts

Upcoming Appearances
Aug 30-Sep 3: Dragon Con 2018


Until next time, enjoy the journey.


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