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He-Man: How Skeletor’s Meme Status Influenced Netflix Series

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe’s most popular character should be He-Man, right? His name is in the title! Anyone who’s watched almost any incarnation of the franchise though knows who the real star of the show is. Skeletor, the big bad of the series. Even if you’ve never watched an episode you’ve now doubt seen a gif rendition of Skeletor’s iconic laugh or heard his “Nyeh!” Compilations of his insults have racked up millions of views on YouTube and his face graces endless memes. The character is etched in pop culture history. Jeff Matsuda, Co-Executive Producer of the…
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Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Series Finale Makes Up for Season 8

This article contains spoilers for BROOKLYN NINE-NINE season 8 episodes 9 and 10. There reaches a point where every sitcom needs to say goodbye. While many fans would be content to watch Brooklyn Nine-Nine play the hits forever — watch Jake uncover a triple cross yet again, cringe when Boyle drops another unintentional innuendo, laugh when Holt robotically delivers the newest slang term — at some point, cast and crew run out of creative steam and must move on. Brooklyn Nine-Nine attempted to stretch itself in Season 8, admirable for a series this far into its run itself, and especially…
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Link Tank: Colin Farrell’s The Penguin is Getting an HBO Max Spinoff Series

Colin Farrell’s portrayal of The Penguin in Matt Reeves’ The Batman is getting his own spinoff show for HBO Max. “Though that film isn’t hitting theaters until next year, a crime procedural focused on Commissioner Gordon and the Gotham Police has already been announced for HBO Max. And now there’s a second spinoff in the mix: a Penguin-based spinoff, starring Colin Farrell, has been greenlit at HBO Max.” Read more at Inverse After a brief cameo in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Tim Roth is ready to make a splash once again in the MCU. “Tim Roth…
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Welcome to the Dollhouse: Inside the Chucky TV Series

After seven films and an ill-advised reboot, Chucky is set to deploy a new torrent of neighborhood carnage. The killer doll has gone through several reinventions over the years, but  now that he’s back in the hands of original creator Don Mancini, he’ll find yet another unsuspecting family to terrorize in his very own TV series. Chucky has certainly navigated a wild path to the small screen. The Child’s Play franchise started out playing the character straight by charting his efforts to get his murderous psychological hooks into innocent little Andy Barclay, but films one through three were also embracing…
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Money Heist: How Season 5 Changed the Series Forever

This Money Heist article contains MAJOR spoilers for Season 5. The long-awaited final season of Netflix’s most popular foreign language series Money Heist blew up everything we though we knew about the show. Every fan has been eagerly waiting to see Gandia (José Manuel Poga) get his just desserts for his cold-blooded killing of Nairobi (Alba Flores) last season. Season 4 ended with the gang chanting “For Nairobi!” at the end, a rallying cry for revenge. But the price of Gandia’s death was way too high. It cost the life of the show’s leading character, Tokyo (Úrsula Corberó), taking Money…
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Hawkeye: Who Is Vera Farmiga Playing in the Disney+ Series?

Vera Farmiga’s brief appearance in the trailer for Disney+’s new Hawkeye series certainly set the speculation train alight. “Who could she possibly be playing?” “She looks pretty evil.” Good news: she’s playing Eleanor Bishop, Kate’s mom; she is in fact pretty evil; and she doesn’t appear to have a whit of ’80s frumpy ex-nun to her character. She’s just going to be a wealthy, amoral jerk. And also maybe a vampire. Who Is Eleanor Bishop? Eleanor has a place in Kate’s story going back to her earliest days – she’s mentioned in Young Avengers Special #1 in 2006, shortly after…
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Endeavour: Will There Be a Series 9?

All prequels head towards a predetermined endpoint, the question is how long they spend getting there. In the case of ITV’s Inspector Morse prequel Endeavour, that endpoint won’t be the moment that the baton passes from Shaun Evans’ incarnation of the detective as a younger man to John Thaw’s first appearance as the character. “We don’t plan to take it up to 1987 – that’s a fairly safe bet!” Endeavour creator Russell Lewis told Den of Geek in 2019. Considering that it took six series for the drama to cover just half of the 1960s, that comes as no surprise.…
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Endeavour Series 8 Episode 1 Review: the Inspector Morse Transition Begins

Endeavour Series 8 Episode 1 Review: ‘Striker’ Warning: this Endeavour review contains spoilers. It’s 1971, and Oxford’s finest are, as ever, dealing with all of humanity’s worst impulses. Endeavour Morse (Shaun Evans) wakes up late from a hangover, leaving DI Thursday (Roger Allam) waiting in vain for his usual morning lift to work from his Detective Sergeant. It’s not behaviour we’d expect from our Morse…except, of course, it is, when you think about it.  John Thaw’s Inspector was a man who suffered silently, and it’s that version of the character that the sensitive, easily hurt young man we met back…
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Barbarians Season 2: Questions the German Netflix Series Needs to Answer

Warning: contains spoilers for Barbarians season one. While historians may have other items on their wish list (including more a more accurate representation of 9 AD, judging by some responses), what most viewers want from a second season of Barbarians is escapist action. We want hefty sword fights, ferocious armies, blood-daubed faces screaming for revenge, shocking deaths, betrayals, and naked hook-ups in the dye shed. All that is hopefully in the pipeline now that filming on season two is underway. As reported by Deadline, the second season of Germany’s most successful Netflix production went into production in and around the…
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Endeavour Series 8 Promises 1971 Football Glitz, an IRA Threat and Morse Battling Inner Demons

Morse’s plan to transfer to another force has either been scrapped or put on the back burner in series eight, which finds the detective in Oxford and the Castle Gate team tackling “the most challenging of cases so far,” according to the official press release. The three-part new series picks up at the start of 1971, just after series seven’s dramatic conclusion which saw Morse’s latest doomed lover take a bullet for him and die in his arms. He certainly can pick ‘em. The loss of the scheming Violetta Talenti, and the bad blood between Morse and Thursday have taken…
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Marvel’s Hawkeye TV Series is a Christmas Show

Superhero movies and TV shows set during the holiday season are pretty rare beasts. Sure, we’ve had the occasional vaguely holiday themed episode of an Arrowverse show from time to time (since those shows, at least pre-pandemic, tended to operate more or less in “real time” with their broadcast schedules), and of course both Iron Man 3 and Shazam! were set around the Christmas season. But it’s rare that they really revel in the atmosphere of the season. That’s going to change with Marvel’s new Hawkeye series coming to Disney+ in November, which according to executive producer Trin Tranh is…
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Marvel’s Loki TV Series and MCU Timeline Explained

This article contains Marvel Cinematic Universe spoilers. It’s been well over two years since the events of Avengers: Endgame, and you’d be forgiven for forgetting exactly what went down during the climax of the Infinity Saga and some of the entries that led to it. There were plenty of Easter eggs and nods to other parts of the MCU in both Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame – some of them edging on “blink and you’ll miss it” territory as Marvel Studios sought to wrap up a decade and change of storytelling. Ahead of Loki’s release on Disney+ we’ve been revisiting…
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Inside No. 9 Series 6 Episode 4 Review: Hurry Up and Wait

Warning: contains Inside No. 9 spoilers. Right at the start, Bev told us she was celebrating a birthday. The significance of that indefinite article passed us by until she protested in the final minutes, “I never said it were my birthday.” Bev was celebrating on behalf of Ryan, the baby she’d snatched from his pram two decades ago as a disturbed 10-year-old, and killed, concealing his skeleton inside a child’s doll.  ‘Hurry Up and Wait’ is an uncomfortable half-hour with a macabre conclusion, as befits the creators and director of Psychoville (which in Dawn French’s Joy, also featured a grown woman with a sinister attachment to…
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Superman & Lois Episode 7: Inside the “Man of Steel” Ending That Changes the Series

This article contains Superman & Lois episode 7 spoilers. Superman & Lois Episode 7 It took seven episodes, but we’ve finally learned the secrets of the mysterious stranger who up until now has only been known as “Captain Luthor.” Since the first episode of Superman & Lois aired back in February, fans (and journalists) have been buzzing about the identity of the man under the armor who has been giving Superman a hard time, and lately, spending a lot of time with Lois Lane.  And while everyone just took the armor’s AI at its word that this is a “Captain…
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The Black Lightning Series Finale is Imperfect and Powerful

Black Lightning has given us four seasons of culturally relevant sci-fi drama, and the Pierce family has been its center. In the season finale, the family show up for one another and for Freeland and take a final stand against Tobias Whale. Jefferson Pierce is not dead, but he’s buried alive, and still without his powers. As he prays for his family and his city to be protected—and reflects on his own heaven- worthiness— his family pushes back against Tobias. Gambi, Anissa, and Grace infiltrate Tobias’ heavily secured building and destroy the emitter. In the coffin, Jefferson talks to his…
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Inside No. 9 Series 6 Episode 3 Review: Lip Service

Warning: contains spoilers for Inside No. 9 series 6 episode 3. What a sad tale! Four sad tales, if we’re counting – a melancholic pass-the-parcel that tore off layers of wrapping and changed shape at regular intervals. ‘Lip Service’ started out as a domestic drama that turned dark, briefly became a romance, and ended unexpectedly as a conspiracy thriller. Four stories, three twists, as many genres, 30 minutes, no waiting. Where else on TV does an audience get this much bang for their buck? Until its final moments, ‘Lip Service’ ran at a different speed to this series’ previous two episodes. While…
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The Taskmaster Series 12 Contestant Line-Up Looks Like an Instant Classic

All change! No sooner had Mike Wozniak charmed the nation by undermining a vole, and put us all off our tea with his downstairs casserole, than it was all over. The current cohort of Taskmaster contestants have finished their last task, and it’s time for a new set of contenders. Please give a warm welcome to series 12 contestants: Desiree Burch, Victoria Coren-Mitchell, Alan Davies, Guz Khan and Morgana Robinson. Series 12 is set to air at an unconfirmed date later this year on Taskmaster’s still-relatively new home of Channel 4. It’s “Coming Soon” according to the post-finale teaser. Also…
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Resident Evil Infinite Darkness: When Does the Netflix Series Take Place?

The latest trailer for the Netflix original animated series Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness reveals even more of the upcoming adaptation, but it doesn’t really help to answer the question that’s on many Resident Evil fans’ minds: “When does Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness take place?” While even a quick dive into the Resident Evil timeline can give you a headache (just take a look at this), more people than ever seem to be interested in the Resident Evil chronology after Resident Evil Village‘s ending clearly referenced key events in the RE franchise and arguably positioned the series to “return” to that…
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Doctor Who: Which Monsters Will Return in Series 13?

Spoilers: contains reference to unofficial series 13 filming photography Doctor Who began life as a time-travelling sci-fi show with a historical bias and an educational bent. One thing – or, rather, one race – changed all of that: The Daleks. Those oppressive pepper pots gave the public a taste for the fearsome, the far-off and the fantastic, and the following five decades would be stacked with all sorts of aliens and monsters, from the sub-slime to the Drashig-ulous, and everything in between. A new showrunner always wants to put their stamp on the series, but if novelty is vital to…
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