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‘Riverdale’ Spinoff ‘The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Coming to The CW

The CW’s Riverdale has been pretty divisive here at Nerd & Tie, but personally I’ve enjoyed the Twin Peaks influenced take on Archie Comics’s namesake. Viewers as a whole seem to agree with me too, as the show has now been successful enough to generate its first spinoff show.

The CW and Archie Comics have now announced that another Archie Comics character is coming to the network in the form of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. As the show’s title implies, it will be at least in part based off of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s comic of the same name, which is a dark reimagining of the classic Archie character Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

Of course, this isn’t the first time a Sabrina the Teenage Witch show has happened, but I seriously doubt this version will be remotely like the Melissa Joan Hart iteration. Aguirre-Sacasa will showrun the series, and it will be directed by Lee Toland Krieger. Obviously it is far too early to have any casting information.

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is expected to premiere during the 2018-2019 television series.

Via io9

Erica Durance Replacing Laura Benanti as Alura on ‘Supergirl’

So Kara Zor-El’s mom Alura is going to look a whole lot different in Season 3 of Supergirl. Laura Benanti, who previously played Alura (and her twin sister Astra), is apparently unable to return to the show due to acting commitments in New York. The character only appears in flashbacks and in the form of a CGI hologram, so you’d think it’s just be easy to not have her appear.

Apparently the writers of Supergirl disagree with me on that.

Instead, Alura will now be played by Erica Durance this upcoming season. Durance is probably best known for playing a different character in the Super- mythos, as she starred in the later seasons of Smallville as Lois Lane. For those of you keeping track, we’ll now have had two former Lois Lanes on Supergirl without ever meeting the one from this continuity.

On the upside, despite the weirdness of recasting, Durance is a solid actress. I expect she’ll give a good performance if we can all just suspend disbelief for a few minutes once she shows up.

Supergirl Season 3 premieres this Fall on The CW.

Via Variety

Odette Annable Cast as Reign in ‘Supergirl’ Season Three

Warner Bros and DC have announced that the big bad for the upcoming Supergirl season three is none other than the character Reign. Odette Annable will play the role, and it’s pretty clear that her character was the infant teased at the end of season two.

I was going to start this article with a dumb joke like “It looks like ‘Reign’ really is coming back to the CW next season,” but decided against it last minute. In the comics, Reign is one of the “Worldkillers.” The Worldkillers were aliens captured and experimented on by Kryptonian scientists, and came out of the New 52 Supergirl comics.

Annable is best known to our readers for her time on House, and it’s a solid casting choice. As most of Supergirl‘s villains on the show have come from the Superman comics, it’s nice to see one of her own adversaries showing up instead. This should also lead to some interesting moral questions for Kara regarding her Kryptonian heritage.

Supergirl season three comes to The CW this fall.

Via DC

The CW Gives Us Our First Look at ‘Black Lightning’

Last week we found out The CW has picked up their fifth DC superhero show with Black Lightning, and today they’ve released a trailer for the show. Starring Cress Williams as titular character Jefferson Pierce, Black Lightning will be a bit different than the other superhero shows on the network — and not for the obvious reasons.

The main character is a veteran superhero coming out of retirement, which is very different from the stories told on Supergirl, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, or Arrow, which all feature younger characters and their origin stories. This means that Black Lightning can explore territory none of the other programs will be able to touch for some time.

Personally, I’m really excited for when this show premieres in the fall.

The CW Picks Up ‘Black Lightning’ to Series, Renews ‘iZombie,’ Cancels ‘Frequency’ and ‘No Tomorrow’

Well, it’s that time of year again where we find out what shows have made the cut and which ones haven’t. Over at The CW, most of their renewals have actually already been announced, with Supernatural and the DC shows getting renewed way back in January. Riverdale and The 100 were announced to be renewed earlier this spring as well. That only leaves a few strands hanging on the only broadcast network dominated by genre television, and it seems like we have that news now.

On the good news train, The CW is officially adding a fifth DC superhero show, as Black Lightning has been picked up to series. As for existing shows, both iZombie and The Originals have been renewed. While The Originals may not be my cup of tea, iZombie is literally one of the most fun shows on television.

On the bad news front, we finally have word on the fates of freshman series Frequency and No Tomorrow. Sadly both shows have been officially cancelled and won’t be back for second seasons. It’s really too bad as both shows were fairly enjoyable. This also means that Riverdale is the only new show to get picked up at the network this year.

Via TV Line, Deadline, TV Line

Calista Flockhart and Tyler Hoechlin Will Both Return in Two Part ‘Supergirl’ Finale

To say that The CW’s Supergirl is one of our favorite shows around these parts is kind of an understatement. The show has given us some of the best onscreen versions of some characters, and not just our headlining heroine. One of those is Calista Flockhart’s version of Cat Grant, who left the series as a regular after its move to The CW from CBS (pretty much because budget cuts meant they couldn’t afford to pay her), and another is Tyler Hoechlin’s Superman — who guest starred earlier this season.

Well guess what, they’re both coming back for the finale.

Its been confirmed that Tyler Hoechlin will suit up again as Superman in the show’s two part second season finale. It’s also being reported that Calista Flockhart will return as Cat Grant as well. This is exciting, as we’re always happy to see more of Hoechlin’s Superman, and Cat Grant has been sorely missed on the show lately.

The first part of the Supergirl season two finale will air May 15th, with part two following on May 22nd.

Via E! News, Deadline

Episode 95 – A Pair of (April) Fools

On this episode of the Nerd & Tie podcast we mourn the passing of Bernie Wrightson, ponder the new Justice League trailer, discuss The Flash‘s villain plans for Season Four, rejoice in the pending return of iZombie, have a good think about the Doctor Who series ten trailer, talk a bit about Iron Fist, continue to monitor the developing MST3K situation, and remind you that New York Comic Con is only offering day passes this year.

We went audio only episode, and do you think we sound different? I’m not so sure…

‘iZombie’ Season 3 Gets the Full Trailer it Deserves

The return of iZombie to The CW has seemingly been taking forever, with the show’s second season ending all the way back in April of 2016. But with the third season’s premiere date coming up pretty soon, the advertising has been kicking into gear.

And now we have an extended trailer for the season.

There’s not a lot that’s surprising here for people who have watched the show (and it includes part of a scene that happens literally minutes after the season 2 finale). The show’s dark, quirky humor is on full display, along with a tease to the season’s larger arc. Frankly, this show’s return can’t come soon enough.

iZombie season 3 premieres April 4th on The CW.

‘The Flash’ Season 4 Won’t Have an Evil Speedster as the Big Bad

Three of The CW’s current DC shows, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl, have varied up their season plots, presenting different kinds of villains each season. On the other hand their fourth show, The Flash, has kind of found itself in a pattern. The villain will turn out, inevitably, to be an evil speedster who has been secretly a member of team Flash all along. Well, technically the latter part might not be true this time around, but c’mon.

We know what’s going to happen.

I mean, don’t get me wrong, it’s still a really good show, but it’s in spite of this pattern and not because of it. The good news though is that producers may be looking to break it. The Arrowverse producers did a panel at PaleyFest, and during it they reportedly confirmed that next season’s villain will definitely not be a speedster. The Flash Podcast, who was there, tweeted out the confirmation:

This is, honestly, probably the best news we could have. I mean, The Flash has such a wonderful catalogue of villains who deserve more than the brief arcs they’ve gotten on the show so far. Maybe we’ll get a nice arc with the Rogues, or maybe Mirror Master will finally get his due.

Or, y’know, maybe something else.

Really it’s just great to know that producers don’t want the show to get stale. If a show gets too predictable, that’s when it will hemorrhage viewers. Variety will keep things fresh, and I look forward to see where the show will go.

The Cast for The CW’s ‘Black Lightning’ So Far

The latest DC show to go to pilot over at The CW is, of course, Black Lightning. Salim Akil, Mara Brock Akil, and (of course) Greg Berlanti are producing, and the Akils are showrunning it should it get picked up to series.

First of all, Cress Williams will be playing the titular character Jefferson Pierce. Williams has a long resume which includes shows like Hart of Dixie, Code Black, and E.R., though he also appeared as Baron Sunday on Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman way back in 1996.

Secondly, the daughters of Jefferson Pierce, Jennifer and Anissa have also been cast. China Anne McClain has been cast as Jennifer Pierce, the younger of the two. Jennifer is in high school, and while she’s a star student, Jennifer has a bit of a rebellious streak. The older daughter, Anissa, will be played by Nafessa Williams. Anissa is in her twenties and enrolled in medical school.

In the comics, eventually the daughters become superheroes themselves, using the names Lightning and Thunder, though we don’t know if we’ll see this in the show (again should it be picked up to series).

Via Deadline, Deadline