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Meet The Flash Again In This Extended Trailer

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One of the CW’s biggest shows, Arrow, is based on the classic DC Comics title Green Arrow. Next season, however, they’re getting even deeper into business with iZombie and The Flash. Framed as an Arrow spin-off, the network has already started pushing The Flash hard. We’ve seen a poster and teaser, but now their back with an extended trailer.

While I like the idea of a new Flash series, what we’ve seen so far hasn’t exactly inspired me to great expectations. This trailer, however, makes the series look rather promising. Clocking in at more than five minutes, this basically crams an entire episode’s worth of backstory and origin into a few minutes. Like any superhero worth his salt, the key moment in the life of Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) is the death of a parent, in this case his mother, who was murdered by what appeared to be a man in a ball of lightning.

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The Flash: Game On In This First Look At The New Series

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We recently got news that The CW ordered The Flash for a full series starting this fall. This show joins the network’s other DC Comics titles, the already established Arrow, and iZombie, another show that will debut for them during the 2013/2014 television season. Here is your first look at the long-lived superhero in action.

This teaser will reportedly air during tonight’s season finale of Arrow, which makes sense because the two shows are now indelibly linked. The show is being framed as a spin-off, and the title character, as well as his alter ego Barry Allan (played by Grant Gustin), made his debut on the show—which I’ve never watched, but always feel like I should because I used to be a huge Green Arrow fan—during a two-episode run earlier this season.

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Sci-Fi Cancellation Watch: What’s Alive, What’s Dead, And What’s Brand New

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upfronts-2014The five major broadcast networks are set to deliver their “upfronts” in New York this week, an annual event where the networks get to show off their new fall and mid-season series to advertisers and press. We get to find out which shows will survive another season, which won’t, and what new things we’ll be watching later this year. And because we here at GFR love making your life easier, we’ve broken down the genre-related canceled/renewed/brand new announcements by network. If you need a sign to protest the death of Almost Human, you can have some of our posterboard.

While GFR’s primary focus is on science fiction, we’re including news about a few noteworthy shows that don’t fit within that genre, but which will likely be of interest to many of you. Let’s get to it!

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The Flash And iZombie Each Get A New Teaser Poster

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The FlashThe end of the 2013/2014 television season is drawing to a close, and there has already been lots of news. We’ve already received word that a number of genre show shave gotten the axe from their various networks. So far Almost Human, Revolution, Believe, Star-Crossed, The Tomorrow People, and Community have all fallen to low ratings and vindictive executives—we like to imagine them as twisted, shriveled little monsters giggling maniacally as they send sci-fi shows to their graves. It hasn’t all been bad news, however. The CW did renew The 100, so there’s that, and the network also ordered The Flash and iZombie, both DC Comics titles, to series starting this fall. To mark the occasion, the they’ve released a new poster for each show.

It isn’t too much of a surprise that The Flash got picked up. One, it’s based on a classic comic, and it can’t be much worse than the short-lived 1990 television series. For some reason I really liked it, but even 13-year-old me would never have argued that it was good. Secondly, it’s framed as a spin off of the CW’s hit Arrow, an adaptation of DC’s Green Arrow title and character. The protagonist, played by Grant Gustin, was introduced on a multi-episode arc on that show, with generally positive reactions.

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The CW Renews The 100, Adds Two More, And Cancels A Few

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The 100Weirdly enough, it’s been The CW—you know, the melodrama-heavy, teen-centric network—that has been holding it down lately on the science fiction front lately. The results have been mixed, but you have to give them points for trying. Syfy is about to have an original content renaissance, but until then, we’ll take our regular programming where we can get it. Now that we’ve reached the latter stages of the current TV season, networks are thinning the herd, but they’re also announcing new shows for next year. In that spirit, the CW has trimmed a few genre shows, but they’ve also added a couple that we’re interested in checking out.

Let’s start with the current slate of programs. The futuristic Lord of the Flies-inspired drama The 100 will be back for another season. We’re pretty psyched about this one, despite some initial misgivings. When nuclear war renders the surface of the Earth uninhabitable, the human race jumps ship, living in a cobbled-together space station called the Ark. After nearly a century, and multiple generations, they’re digs are falling apart and space is getting tight. In order to see if people can return to our ancestral home, they send down 100 imprisoned juvenile delinquents to test it out, like canaries in a sketchy old mineshaft.