Preacher – Teaser Trailer

Vertigo’s Hellraiser was a groundbreaker of sorts for DC Comics, which despite being adapted as a movie starring Keanu Reeves in 2005 and a television show in 2014 was never quite as successful as fans of the character would have wanted it to be.

Garth Ennis’–who also wrote Hellraiser for eight years–created Preacher, which was published in 1995.   Perhaps not surprisingly, it was of a similar vein to Hellraiser in many ways and also dealt with demons, angels and what it meant to be human.

And while it never quite–in comic form, at any rate–had the success of John Constantine, AMC apparently has enough faith in it that they’re willing to build a series around it.

It’s worth mentioning that there’s some validity to the perspective that, while cable series also have to deal with ratings, the threshold for success or failure isn’t quite the same as it is for network television.

Luckily for AMC they also have The Walking Dead and Fear The Walking Dead, which are two of the most successful series on television on either regular television or cable, so even if Preacher isn’t all that they want it to be, they may have a bigger window for it to build an audience, unlike Constantine (which for some reason I refer to as Hellraiser, which is a Clive Barker-directed movie, as opposed to Hellblazer) which lasted only one year.

I actually have the first few issues of Preacher, but truth be told it was never one of my favorites (that honor goes to Shade: The Changing Man and Hellraiser, so I can’t tell how faithful the trailer is to the comic off the top of my head.

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Fear The Walking Dead: Nick’s Escape – Teaser Trailer

A teaser trailer for Fear The Walking Dead, the companion series to AMC’s The Walking Dead, has turned up, and I am a bit concerned in that I have no idea what’s going to differentiate it from the series that spawned it.

They appear to be going the route of using the trailers to individually introduce significant characters, so here’s Nick.

You can’t tell what’s he’s running from, though I am reasonably sure it’s a zombie–it’s worth mentioning that based on the way he keeps looking back implies that something is moving as quickly as he is, though considering that the zombies are Romero-type, makes that highly unlikely, so there’s a bit of a mystery, which is never a bad thing–though as far as I am aware, at heart it’s no different that The Walking Dead, except for a new cast and location.

And speaking of different actors–I have a sneaking suspicion that that that will only be the case till the inevitable crossover.

I think it’s important to mention that I am not saying that Fear The Walking Dead is going to be a bad series–I haven’t seen it, so I have no idea–though what I am saying is that I don’t see how it’s going to be a distinctive one.

I also don’t expect it to fail, though I do expect it to disappoint (critically and ratings-wise, though it should premiere big before it goes into a spiral, before stabilizing).

Z Nation: Not Nearly As Bad As It Should Be

When Syfy premiered Z Nation a few months ago, the only thing that I was curious about was what took them so long.  The Walking Dead has been breaking ratings records for AMC for years now, so that it took so long for someone to premiere another series that revolved around the undead was a bit of a surprise (and I don’t mean high-concept pseudo-zombie series like The Returned).

If we forget for a moment the insane idea that Syfy, a network so based on science fiction that it’s actually in the name, was so late to the party and that the series is made by The Asylum (known for schlock like Sharknado, Atlantic Rim and American Battleship), it’s actually not terrible.

Trailers Somehow Possess the Magical Ability To Make Things Less Pathetic

The series revolves around a zombie apocalypse, with a rag-tag group of survivors trying to make their way to California.  The twist is that a member of their party includes a person who is apparently immune to the virus that creates zombies, which means that they have to protect him as best they can as they make their way to the West Coast.

The FX is pretty spotty, character development is just about nil, but for an Asylum feature, it’s actually pretty good.  Now, if it weren’t so lacking in logic–which is saying something considering that we’re talking about a series about the walking dead–and flimsy characterization, it could give critical darling The Walking Dead a run for its money.

What bugs me–beyond that which I already mentioned–is that everyone works way too hard not to use the word “zombie”(as if The Walking Dead has it copyrighted–and they very well may) or something, despite the fact that it’s the first word someone would use under such conditions.

 

Z Nation is currently on Netflix

‘Community’ Will Be Back, And I Still Won’t Tune In

Community Season 1 Trailer

Though that’s not to imply that I didn’t try.  When there’s so much buzz around a show you think that if you don’t at least check it out, you’re be missing something.

Which is a normal feeling.  I honestly think that a lot of the reason behind the success of HBO’s Game Of Thrones and AMC’s The Walking Dead is less because of the novels or comic books they’re based upon–I am willing to bet that the majority of fans have not read either.  At all–more than they know someone who has enjoyed the show (and who also has little if any knowledge of the source material) and wanted to give it a try.

So I checked out a few episodes and liked it, though I didn’t love it.   The cast was quirky, the situations were bizarre but for my money it was too self-aware of it’s quirkiness, as if it were saying:  “Look at me!  Aren’t I clever?”

Community Season 4 Trailer

Though for what is essentially a niche series–Community was never particularly strong ratings-wise–it has generated a huge amount of goodwill.  It has been on NBC for five seasons (every single one seemingly on the bubble) and what’s most amazing is that it has even lasted that long.

Many series, if they don’t develop an audience by their first season, are gone. And some don’t even get beyond two episodes.

But somehow despite relatively weak ratings, Community has survived perilously, and for awhile there was a lot of doubt that there would be a sixth.  But being that no one involved with this show seems to know the word “die,” an attitude that appeared almost prophetic when talk of either Netflix or Hulu taking on the show began to fill the Interwebs.

Though unfortunately, neither suitor came to the rescue.

Though it appears another white knight, in the form of  Yahoo Screen, has come to the rescue.

I haven’t heard of “Yahoo Screen” to now myself, but since they’re a member of the Yahoo! family, purchasing an entire season of episodes–which costs millions–won’t be an issue.

Though I am still don’t think that I will tune in (though credit where credit’s due, Dean Pelton (Jim Rash) is hilarious).

Community Season 5 Trailer

AMC Movie News – ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’

Yesterday AMC had an interview with Chris Pratt, James Gunn and Kevin Fiege (President of Marvel Studios) about their upcoming movie “Guardians Of The Galaxy.”

Here it is in its entirely.  The conversation is interesting, and John Campea, of AMC Movie News, asks some good questions (though there’s a whole lot of fawning going on) and nothing in the way of spoilers.

‘Wishmaster 3: Beyond The Gates Of Hell’ Review

Wishmaster 3

“I Have Used 500 Words What Could Have Taken Significantly Less:  “Wishmaster 3″ Is A Pretty Mediocre Movie.”

Do you recall “Hellraiser: Revelations?” A movie that was little more than a cynical ploy by Dimension to keep the rights to the franchise by issuing a sub-par sequel?

I wasn’t aware of this being done before, till I saw “Wishmaster 3: Beyond The Gates Of Hell” a movie that had absolutely nothing to do with the gates to anywhere, never mind Hell.

Like ‘Revelations,’ the cash spigot, while not yet exhausted, has been reduced to a dribble.  Though that does not quite explain why most of the budget appears to have gone into creating  those improbable types of car crashes that are normally not acceptable outside an episode of “The A-Team.”

Wishmaster 1 and 2, despite being like an unholy union between “A Nightmare On Elm Street” and “Hellraiser” had their charms.

‘Wishmaster 3,” not so much.

The first Wishmaster was directed by Robert Kurtzman, who is renown for his effects work and “The Walking Dead” on AMC.  The second in the series was done by Jack Shoulder, who did “A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddie’s Revenge,” which managed to divide fans of the franchise, as well as “The Hidden,” which is all sorts of awesome.

While “Wishmaster 3:  Beyond The Gates Of Hell” was directed by Chris Angel.

Who’s Chris Angel?  He’s a magician an an illusionist, and while, despite having directed Wishmaster 3 and 4, he’s not a director.

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TV Shows Cancelled Before Their Time?

I recently caught the entire run of “666 Park Avenue” on Netflix recently.  It was a clearly expensive, good-looking and well-designed series, though its portrayal of evil, personified by Terry O’ Quinn, was somewhat bland (due less to O’ Quinn, who can play sinister with the best of them, than the writing, which leaned toward soapiness) as the owner of a hotel who could be Satan (or someone relatively high in that unholy hierarchy).

I mention it because I read recently that “Ironside” was cancelled on NBC after airing only three episodes.  I am getting the feeling that Blair Underwood needs to steer clear of NBC, considering that his last show for the network “The Event,” had a similar fate (though like ‘Park Avenue,’ it at least lasted a season).

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