Todays bits of TV and movie news takes a look at some juicy rumors, some cool bits about a television series hitting the IMAX theaters, a few spats of TV ratings news and a bunch of series renewal announcements.
Below, in no specific order, is what we touch on today:
- Spider-Man and Avengers rumors?
- Game of Thrones in IMAX?
- Agent Carter
- Couples Therapy With Dr. Jenn
- Dancing With the Stars
- Judge Faith
- Kirby Buckets
- Madam Secretary
- MasterChef Junior
- NCIS: New Orleans
- Red Band Society
- So You Think You Can Dance
- The Fosters
Spider-Man Hangs With the Avengers?
Right now the big fat rumor is that Sony and Marvel have agreed to have Spider-Man appear in Avengers: Infinity War Part 1. This, from a source that usually gets pretty good early intel on various genre movies.
But included in that report are some very serious spoilers about the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) that I won’t include here, because if they’re right, they’re huge spoilers for the next few MCU movies coming out. [ the-fates-of-cap-thor-and-spidey ]
Remember, this is presently annotated as a rumor until Marvel or Disney, who are not returning anyone’s calls about this subject, confirm or announce it.
Game of Thrones in IMAX?
At first HBO was throwing out a long bomb to see if it would take, that being how they were going to screen Game of Thrones in IMAX format. What they didn’t expect was such a huge reaction that they had to reschedule the screenings to accommodate the fans!
Due to high levels of consumer demand, IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX) and HBO today announced that the first-ever presentation of a television program in IMAX® theatres, featuring two episodes from season four of Game of Thrones followed by the worldwide debut of the series’ season five sneak-peek preview created exclusively for IMAX, will now launch one week later on Thursday, January 29 beginning at 10 p.m. and extend through February 5. The date change allows for an expanded roll-out of screens to upwards of 200 IMAX theatres.
Tickets will officially Go On sale on www.imax.com/gameofthrones starting Friday, January 16. To date, confirmed cities include Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Montreal, New York, San Antonio, Seattle, Toronto and Washington, D.C., to name a few. A full list of venues is available on the website and fans can check local listings in the coming days for more available IMAX locations.
The move from January 23, prompted by extraordinary consumer response that drove online mentions for IMAX to record heights, will allow for an expanded domestic roll-out from the originally planned 150 IMAX theatres.The episodes will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® format and will be released for an exclusive one-week engagement.
Moreover, the first 300 IMAX ticket holders for the Thursday night opening show time at participating IMAX theatres will receive a commemorative Game of Thrones poster from well-known illustrator Robert Ball (www.beautifuldeath.com), who designed interpretive images of the most iconic deaths in each episode.
The IMAX® release of Game of Thrones will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX’s customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.
Agent Carter ratings suffer some more in the second episode. The premiere episode got a 3.0 L+7 in its ratings while its second episode only snagged a 1.5 L.
Yet ABC is defending the show, though they deny being pressured by their parent company to keep Marvel Cinematic Universe related shows alive.
In case you’re interested: The 10-year anniversary edition of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars will return on Monday, March 16.
10-year anniversary is code for 20th cycle or season.
Also of note, Derek Hough will not be in it. He’s landed a real job in a Radio City Music Hall gig. Word is he’ll be back in DWTS the season after.
With Empire stepping up, you might be wondering what happened to Red Band Society?
It wasn’t doing too hot in the ratings but the three final episodes will air on Saturday, starting Jan 31st, and then the last two eps will air on Feb 7th.
TV Renewal News
Judge Faith will be coming back for a second season.
ABC Family has renewed The Fosters.
Fox ordered themselves a fourth helping (season) of MasterChef Junior.
Disney XD renewed Kirby Buckets.
CBS announced that they renewed Scorpion*, NCIS: New Orleans and Madam Secretary. CBS claims that the jury is still out on CSI, despite Ted Danson snagging a concurrent production role in the second season of Fargo. (But that sure does smell like the writing the on the wall, doesn’t it?) There’s no word on Stalker yet.
There will be no more “Hot Tamale Train” screams on So You Think You Can Dance so you can reset your sound equalizers on your TVs. Mary Murphy is leaving the show… again.
VH1 announced that they have renewed Couples Therapy With Dr. Jenn** for a sixth season full of train wrecks.
*Despite Scorpion having a few “jump the shark” episodes, I am finding this show fairly entertaining. Everyone has a story and we learn about them one piece at a time.
I hope CBS renews Stalker. This series is put together pretty well and Dylan McDermott is at the top of his came in this role, where one moment he’s a bad-ass cop, and the next, an insecure co-worker and father figure.
**Yay for Dr. Jenn, and if it weren’t for her, we’d never know that Nikki, of The Bachelor fame, was such a raging (WHOOP!). Wow was that an eye opener. NO, I’m not saying Mr. soccer player/model was any better, but these two were the antitheses of what could go so wrong with ABC’s reality “dating” game, The Bachelor.