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Fall Kicks Off With Comic Heroes & Headless Horsemen: This Week’s TV Picks

SleepyShieldSummer series like Outlander and Under the Dome are nearing their end, meaning it’s time to find something else to populate your DVR queue. Thankfully there’s plenty to chose from this week, so you should be able to find plenty of excuses to vegetate in front of your TV screen, regardless of your tastes.

Craving some comic-book action on the small screen? You’ve got Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returning to ABC and hopefully not squandering the goodwill it earned at the end of an uneven first season. More of a DC kind of person? Don’t worry, you won’t have to wait for the premieres of Arrow and Flash to get your fix. You can check out a pre-Batman Gotham in, well, Gotham. The pilot isn’t bad, but it seems like a concept that doesn’t have the legs to sustain itself in the long run. We shall see.

Fox’s Sleepy Hollow was a surprise hit last season, and while it isn’t science fiction, it does involve time travel, and it’s had our goodwill ever since that scene where Ichabod consoles an Onstar operator. If you prefer artificial intelligence to headless horsemen, CBS’ Person of Interest has improved hugely since its first season, and it’s back for another round Tuesday night.

All that, and you’ve still got shows like Doctor Who, Z Nation, and The Strain to choose from. Somebody pop some popcorn already.

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Star Wars: Episode VII: James Bond Says You’ll Need To Bundle Up On An Ice Planet

Roger-Moore-james-bond-BWNews about J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII seems to come in waves. We won’t hear anything for a bit, then every day for a week there are rumors and set photos and reports and concept art. Some of it has come from unlikely sources, but this latest tidbit comes from perhaps the most unlikely yet, James Bond. Or at least from a James Bond, in this case Roger Moore.

There’s nothing super SPOILER-y in this, but if you’re sensitive to such things, you may want to steer clear.

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The Walking Dead Showcases A Walker Explosion In Murderous New Trailer

If there’s a bigger threat to this world than zombies, it almost necessarily has to be ZOMBIES ON FIRE! Thus begins the official trailer for The Walking Dead‘s upcoming Season 5, which promises to be the darkest and most action-packed season yet. And this trailer certainly has enough eye-popping moments to make me believe it.

According to the synopsis, Season 5 kicks off not long after Season 4 ends, with the survivors split into different groups and some of them sitting in the crosshairs of the mysterious Terminus group. Safe haven my ass. We know that the evil Gareth (Andrew J. West) is going to be turning his crew against Rick & Co., but it’s not clear how. But a huge explosion is in the cards, and I don’t recall any of our lowly heroes having access to explosives. (Unless we’re talking about Abraham’s personality.)

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The Collector’s Collection Is On Display In This Guardians Of The Galaxy Concept Art

Collector1Benicio Del Toro’s “Liberace in space” performance as The Collector in Guardians of the Galaxy makes for one of the more peculiar characters yet introduced into Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. He’s more than just a kooky collection of crazy hair and weird ticks, however. Beginning with his cameo at the end of Thor: The Dark World, it’s been clear that The Collector is a major player in Marvel’s big-screen mythology. And when your name is actually “The Collector,” it stands to reason you’re going to spend a lot of time getting your collection to look juuuuuuuust right. Thanks to this Guardians concept art, we can see some of the other ideas that were floated for The Collector’s unique menagerie.

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Star Wars Rebels: The Movie Gets A Trailer And A TV Spot

The biggest thing to happen in science fiction between now and the time that Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar drops in early November is probably going to be the premiere of Star Wars Rebels. It may not be Episode VII, the movie we’re all waiting for, but the animated series is the newest official addition to the Star Wars canon, and that’s always going to be met with excitement. As we’re only a week or so away, Disney and Lucasfilm have released a new trailer and TV spot to hype the debut and the ongoing series.

This first video is the trailer for what they’re calling Star Wars Rebels: The Movie, which is, in reality, an hour long special that we’ve been told up to this point is called “The Spark of Rebellion.” Ahead of Rebels regularly scheduled timeslot on Disney XD, it will make its premiere on Disney Channel on Friday, October 3.

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Maze Runner Sequel The Scorch Trials Has Concept Art And A Release Date

The Scorch TrialsWhen Hollywood thinks they have a profitable new franchise on their hands, it doesn’t take them long to get the ball rolling so they can capitalize on the hype. This summer alone it took Paramount all of one big opening weekend to green light Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, and Marvel gave Guardians of the Galaxy 2 the go ahead, and scheduled a release date, before the film even hit theaters. And it’s happening again. About a year ago, 20th Century Fox started work on The Scorch Trials, the sequel to the young adult novel adaptation The Maze Runner, which just opened this past weekend, and now, hot on the heels of a successful debut, we have the first piece of concept art from the sequel.

In their defense, when Fox made the announcement in October of 2013, The Maze Runner was still supposed to be released in February of 2014. The movie was actually supposed to hit theaters ahead of this year’s other new addition into the dystopian YA sweepstakes, Neil Burger’s adaptation of Veronica Roth’s Divergent. So, at the time anyway, the announcement didn’t come almost a year in advance of their movie, it was only a couple months.