The 100 Returns For Season Two With ‘The 48’: This Week’s TV Picks

Even though I’ve been a fan of some of The CW’s shows for a while now– specifically Supernatural and Arrow — I was genuinely surprised when The 100 actually turned out to be decent, and improved over the course of its first season. Based on the YA novel of the same name by Kass Morgan, The 100 is set 97 years after a nuclear war nearly wipes out mankind. Our species survives thanks to the people who were occupying a group of space stations orbiting the planet. A century after the nuclear hellfire, a group of 100 juvenile offenders are dropped Earthside to see if the planet has become habitable. Suffice to say, they find a few surprises on the surface…including the fact that they aren’t alone…

The 100 kicks off its second season Wednesday night at 9/8c on The CW. The premiere carries the ominous title of “The 48,” which obviously doesn’t bode well for at least 52 people.

SEASON TWO BEGINS IN A DANGEROUS NEW WORLD — Picking up where the season one finale ended, Clarke (Eliza Taylor) is still alone in the white room, frantically trying to make sense of her bizarre surroundings, while the fate of Bellamy (Bob Morley), Finn (Thomas McDonell) and Raven (Lindsey Morgan) is still unknown. Lincoln (Ricky Whittle) and Octavia’s (Marie Avgeropoulos) daring plan is thwarted and an enemy returns. Meanwhile, Abby (Paige Turco), Kane (Henry Ian Cusick) and the survivors of the Ark must face physical and moral dilemmas in their dangerous and beautiful new world. Finally, Jaha (Isaiah Washington) makes a heroic decision. Devon Bostick and Chris Larkin also star.


This Hunger Games: Mockingjay Teams Up With Google For These Viral Videos

Two movies into what is going to ultimately be a four-movie franchise, The Hunger Games has always managed to make good use of nontraditional marketing tactics. They’ve incorporated the usual strategies, like trailers, posters, photos, and TV spots, but they’ve also employed viral websites, propaganda style posters, and other techniques to garner your attention. And the next chapter, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 is no exception to this trend.

Lionsgate announced that it is now teaming up with Google to unveil a series of YouTube videos that bring the fictional dystopian world of Panem from the movies, and Suzanne Collins’ wildly popular books, to life. Called “District Voices,” this is a string of five new videos, one dropping each day this week, that will look into the industry of a specific district—there are 12 in the story, though there is a District 13 that shows up after a while, but everyone thinks it was destroyed in a war years ago, so we’re not counting that one right now.


Your TV Schedule Is Now One Dystopian Drama Lighter

the lotteryAs someone who enjoys and experiences TV in both a professional and a leisurely sense, I’m overjoyed by how many networks have embraced adding scripted series to their programming. But it always slips my mind that it just means that many more series are going to be cancelled, and Lifetime recently pulled the plug on its dystopian drama The Lottery less than a month after the first season ended with a ratings whimper.

The Lottery premiered back in July to numbers marginally higher than one million viewers, which probably wouldn’t have been an instant pink slip had those viewers stuck around. Unfortunately for all involved, live airings attracted fewer and fewer people as the rest of the 10-episode season continued. There were a few audience increases, but the season finale on September 28 only attracted 425,000 people, with only 160,000 in the key demographic. The average across all the episodes was 670,000. Those aren’t “instant renewal” numbers, obviously.


Your First Look At The Dredd: Superfiend Miniseries Isn’t What You Expect

Dredd SuperfiendAs much as fans are frothing at the mouth, screaming for an addition to Pete Travis’ adaptation of 2000 AD’s Judge Dredd comics, Dredd, we’re just not likely going to get any more, at least not in a traditional sense. That’s just the unfortunate reality of the situation (there is this sweet musical though). The film was an absolute bust at the box office, and though it broke records when it hit the home video market and found an entirely new, rabidly devoted fan base in the process, studios aren’t exactly lining up to produce another installment. But we’ve got comic book follow-ups, and producer Adi Shankar announced earlier this month that was working on an online miniseries, which we now have our first look at, and it may not be what you anticipated.

Shankar’s series takes the form of an animated telling of the “Dark Judges” storyline, and these pictures and poster, originating at EW, will definitely make you curious to check out the finished product. Titled Dredd: Superfiend, this definitely has an exaggerated, cartoonish feel, and though you can’t tell a ton from this, now I’m expecting some weird, twisted, dark action. Not an official sequel, this is intended to be more of something for the fans to enjoy and have fun with, rather than part of the canon, per say. (Shankar is also behind the Thomas Jane starring, unofficial pseudo-Punisher short from a few years back, the one that features the violent vigilante doing his laundry.)


Doctor Who Teaches Kids How To Use Computers With This Tool

doctor whoEven though Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor is considered a darker, more dour reincarnation of the sci-fi icon, that doesn’t mean he isn’t child-friendly. The BBC is on the cusp of launching the free online kids game, The Doctor and the Dalek, created to help teach computer skills while utilizing the fan-favorite universe of the Doctor. Diehard fans may want to medicinally forget everything they know about computers so that this game will be as fresh as possible.

Releasing on Wednesday, October 22, The Doctor and the Dalek features the voice of Capaldi as the Time Lord beginning a dangerous mission. He receives a distress call from a Dalek, and rather than just laughing at his enemy’s discontented existence, he decides to answer the challenge. The Doctor and the Dalek team up for a quest to “save all of creation from destruction” (via THR), which sounds like quite an adventure. The game is full of puzzles and duties like “having to take control of the Dalek and program it to ‘power up’ its ability to perform a range of tasks, such as flying.” The point is to unlock enough achievements to that the Dalek can get stronger and take on bigger and bigger jobs.


See What The Walking Dead Has In Store Next Week In These Promos

Thus far, the young season 5 of AMC’s hit zombie drama The Walking Dead has been, not necessarily a nice surprise—the final 8 episodes of season 4 were the strongest of the series, so I was hoping for high quality—but a solid showing. The action-heavy season premiere, “No Sanctuary,” was a hell of an attention grabber, and they followed that up with last night’s quieter, more pensive episode, “Strangers.” This introduced a new character—Father Gabriel Stokes (Seth Gilliam), who fans of the comics know well—and a nasty group of new survivors, all building up to what is sure to be a vicious, nasty time on the show. We’ve got a promo and new clip from next week’s episode, “Four Walls and a Roof,” and some additional looks at “Strangers.”

In “Strangers,” the group of survivors, recently reunited after the mayhem at the prison and Terminus, encounter Father Gabriel, and while they’re more than glad to take refuge under his roof, they’re not about to trust him yet. He’s obviously hiding something, they just don’t know what, and how dangerous. Is he alone, does he have friends, does he know who is watching them? There are a lot of questions to be answered, and they’ll be keeping an eye on their new friend, as you can see in the promo tacked on to last night’s chapter.