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The Good Place: Season Finale Review

Share. Holy motherforking shirtballs indeed. By Eric Goldman Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below. First off, apologies that this is going up two days after The Good Place season finale aired. NBC made the concluding episodes of the season available to press early with the notable exception of the final half hour, and I was unable to see it until now. As for why the network was so secretive on that finale… Well, did you see it?! Granted, we’re only in the first month of 2017, but we already have what looks to be one of the best TV twists we’ll see this year – and it was done in an NBC half hour comedy, making it all the more impressive. With Parks and Recreation, Mike Schur delivered one of the best TV comedies ever, and now with The Good Place, he’s raising the bar on how ambitious a show of this sort can be. The fact that Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani and Jason were actually trapped in the Bad Place the whole time was a huge reveal on its own, but finding out Michael was actually the villain was what really made the whole thing amazing. It was an…

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Guardians of the Galaxy Disneyland Ride Will Have Tons of Marvel Easter Eggs

How the new attraction will be a very different experience from the Tower of Terror. By Eric Goldman While Iron Man Experience has just opened at Hong Kong Disneyland, the first Marvel-based ride to come to an American Disney park will arrive this coming summer, with Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout! Replacing the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA, the ride immerses guests in the world of the Marvel comics characters popularized in the feature film and its upcoming sequel. With construction currently underway, I took part in an early press preview (complete with protective hardhats!) of what to expect from Mission: Breakout — as Disney crews worked to quickly overhaul the Tower of Terror into the new ride — and came away feeling very excited and optimistic about what’s in store. The decision to close Tower of Terror at all was met with its fair share of negative reaction by Disneyland fans, as that was a beloved ride in its own right, with a distinct and immersive old Hollywood setting and storyline. Mission: Breakout is using the existing structure and ride system and it seemed at first READ…

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Good Place Preps for Season 2 as Season Finale Debuts

And how Lost and Breaking Bad help inspire the series. By Eric Goldman The Good Place airs its season finale tonight and while the show hasn’t been officially renewed for a second season, there are encouraging signs. Speaking to a group of press recently, series creator Michael Schur (Parks and Recreation) noted work had already begun among he and the writers on a potential Season 2, and while that doesn’t guarantee anything, it certainly leans more towards NBC renewing the series than not. In the meantime, Schur chatted with us about the decision to have the secret Eleanor (Kristen Bell) was keeping – that she wasn’t actually supposed to be in the Good Place that gives the show its name but in the “Bad Place” portion of the afterlife – quickly revealed about halfway through Season 1, the depiction of “Good Eleanor” (Tiya Sircar), and more about how he approaches The Good Place as a (comedic) longterm, serialized story inspired by series like Lost and Breaking Bad. Question: It was a surprise to many that you had Eleanor’s secret revealed so quickly on the series. Mike Schur: You don’t have a choice. You just have to do that because READ…

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Why Powerless Added its Bruce Wayne Connection

The producers of the new NBC series on increasing the comic book aspects, Batman’s cousin included. By Eric Goldman When the new DC Comics comedy TV series Powerless debuts on February 2nd, it’ll look very different from the version that screened at San Diego Comic-Con last summer. Original creator Ben Queen departed the series after the pilot was filmed, and ultimately, the decision was made by new showrunners Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker to completely overhaul the series – discarding the original insurance company setting and now placing the characters as employees at Wayne Security. Explained Schumacker at the Television Critics Association press tour today, “15 weeks into this we thought that the insurance company angle wasn’t really generating the storylines we hoped,” saying they sat down and spoke to DC about wanting to change the series. They felt the new security company setting still let them “tell classic workplace stories but in a way that activates the DC universe more.” As for making it a company owned by Bruce Wayne specifically, Schumacker admitted, “There’s a lot of recognition in the Wayne name,” but stressed this is a subsidiary company and that the show still takes place in the READ…

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Bill Hader Hitman-Turned-Actor Comedy Series Set for 2018

Henry Winkler and Stephen Root will also star in the series. By Eric Goldman HBO announced at the Television Critics Association press tour today that they’ve ordered Barry as a new comedy series for 2018. Barry stars Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live, Trainwreck) in the title role, a hitman who follows a target to their acting class – only to become so intrigued by his time there that he decides to change his life and become an actor. Bill Hader (seen here in Trainwreck) will star in Barry on HBO. Hader co-created Barry with Alec Berg (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Silicon Valley) aand will direct episodes of the series. Barry also stars Stephen Root (Office Space, The Man in the High Castle), Sarah Goldberg (Hindsight), Glenn Fleshler (True Detective), Anthony Carrigan (Gotham) and Henry Winkler (Arrested Development). The first season will begin production this spring and consist of eight episodes that will debut sometime in 2018 on HBO. In the meantime, Hader will be heard as the voice of Alpha 5 in Power Rangers, opening in March. Eric Goldman is Executive Editor of IGN TV. You can follow him on Twitter at @TheEricGoldman, IGN at ericgoldman-ign and READ FULL STORY AT…

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Bryan Cranston Explains Why He's in Power Rangers

The acclaimed actor on how his past work with Power Rangers led to him returning to the franchise for the new movie. By Eric Goldman There was surprise by many when Bryan Cranston was announced as the actor playing Zordon in the new Power Rangers movie a few months ago – even as some big Power Rangers fans knew that Cranston’s history with the franchise goes back to the beginning. I spoke to Cranston at the TCA (Television Critics Association) press tour today, where he was promoting Season 2 of his animated series SuperMansion, and he explained how he came to appear in the new film. “Haim Saban called,” Cranston explained, naming the producer who co-created the Power Rangers and owns the franchise (having re-acquired the property after Disney owned it for a few years). “I know Haim and 35 years ago I was doing voice overs when I was first starting out and I would do it when they were dubbing into English and they had to change everything. I went in and did a bunch of different voices. I was 23 or 24. I wasn’t doing younger voices obviously. I did a lot of villains and ‘You READ…

How Kong: Skull Island Juggles Action and Humor

”We got the opportunity to find the light moments.” By Eric Goldman As with most big studio franchise movie, Kong: Skull Island has secrets to keep, which one of the film’s stars, Corey Hawkins, laughed about today when it was pointed out we didn’t even know his character’s name yet. The Straight Outta Compton/The Walking Dead actor was at the TCA (Television Critics Association) Press Tour to promote 24: Legacy, apologized, explaining, “I can’t say the name of the character but I will say he is a young geologist. The movie is set during the Vietnam War era. He’s a young Yale graduate who is on this adventure, so to speak – this trip to this island that hasn’t been discovered yet.” Hawkins added, “This is a time where people were still discovering certain parts of our world and our cultures and things and so that myth and mythology is all still there and he’s very much a part of that myth and mythology and trying to put a rhyme and reason to the goings on.” (L-R) Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson and Corey Hawkins in Kong: Skull Island. The most recent trailer for the film — whose impressive cast also…

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The Walking Dead: Heath's Return is Possible

The actor says he and Walking Dead’s showrunner have had a lot of conversations… By Eric Goldman There have been exceptions – we’re looking at you, Season 6 Glenn/dumpster fake out – but most of the time, it’s pretty clear when a character on the Walking Dead has been killed off or not. But that’s not the case for Heath. The Alexandria resident was last seen in Season 7’s “Swear,” when he got separated from Tara during a walker attack. But did he survive or was he killed? We’re not given a definitive answer, and Corey Hawkins, who plays Heath, admitted today at the Television Critics Association press tour that is notable. On The Walking Dead, when someone meets their end, as the actor put it, “It is not big on ambiguity at all. It’s usually very finite.” Corey Hawkins as Heath in The Walking Dead. The very busy Hawkins (the Straight Outta Compton actor will also soon be seen in Kong: Skull Island) was at TCA to promote 24: Legacy, the new series he stars in, which was why he wasn’t free to continue on The Walking Dead on a regular basis. However, when it READ FULL STORY AT…

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Agents of SHIELD: Ming-Na Wen on the LMD Twist

Could we see May vs. May, Round 2? By Eric Goldman Agents of SHIELD left off with a big reveal in December, as we learned that Agent Melinda May has been replaced by an LMD (Life-Model Decoy), while the LMD Aida has captured the real May. With SHIELD back tonight, I spoke to Ming-Na Wen about this turn of events and what it’s like for her to once again find herself playing two different characters, having previously protracted May’s doppelgänger Kara Palamas/Agent 33. And whether we could eventually see a May vs. May LMD fight, like we did with May and 33. IGN: I guess every couple of years you get to play two characters on this show! Ming-Na Wen: I know! It’s like, wait a minute, it’s more work, right? [Laughs] But I think that as you’ll see when these episodes air it’s a really fun challenge to play the two characters because unlike the last one where I was able to depict another character very distinctly and different – she was a different person — this is a replica of May. I think that was a challenge and then it was a challenge to keep track of READ…

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me is Important to Revival

And that’s about all David Lynch is willing to say about the plot! By Eric Goldman While there was clearly a lot of excitement for the Twin Peaks panel at the TCA (Television Critics Association) press today, it was with the understanding that almost no information would actually be revealed at it. The secrecy around Twin Peaks’ new episodes is massive and not only was Showtime not debuting any footage (nope, no trailer*), the panel was only scheduled to include cast members — no writers or producers — who were no doubt unable to say anything about the plot. *[Before revealing Twin Peaks’ premiere date, Showtime kicked off its TCA presentation on Monday with a sizzle reel for all their shows that did seem to include a tiny new Twin Peaks moment. After a shot over Cooper’s shoulder inside the Black Lodge (which may well have been from the original series), was a never before seen shot of Laura Palmer’s famous photo sitting on a cluttered desk inside what looked like a police or FBI station]. Twin Peaks Photo Gallery: All the Returning Cast Members However, there was one big surprise when David Lynch himself made an unscheduled appearance, prior…

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'Love is Love' Anthology Assembles Super Comics Talent

Marc Andreyko and IGN Editor Joshua Yehl discuss the new anthology comic created as a tribute to the Pulse nightclub victims in Orlando. By Eric Goldman It’s unusual that we’d run an interview at IGN where one of the interviewees is an IGN editor, but Love is Love is a very special project. Published by IDW, in participation with DC Comics, Love is Love — which will be available on December 28th for $9.99 — is a 144-page anthology comic book created as a tribute to the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, FL earlier this year. Comic book writer Marc Andreyko (Batwoman, Wonder Woman ’77) organized the book and its participants and all of the work for Love is Love was done for free, with all proceeds going to Equality Florida to benefit the victims and survivors from Pulse, along with their families. The astounding list of contributors includes some of the biggest names in comic books, including Jim Lee, Paul Dini, Mark Millar, Grant Morrison, Scott Snyder, Jill Thompson, George Perez, Matt Wagner, Amanda Connor, Phil Jimenez, Olivier Coipel and many more. The book also features contributions from notable actors, writers and directors outside the READ…

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The Expanse: Season 2 Poster Revealed

The stars are better off without us. By Eric Goldman The Expanse is returning in February with new episodes and IGN has your exclusive first look at the key art for the show’s second season. Check out the art below, which indicates some dangerous space-set events are coming, along with the ominous tagline, “The stars are better off without us” – a line also said by The Expanse’s main character, Joe Miller (Thomas Jane), in the trailer for Season 2. Click on the image for a larger version: The Expanse: Season 2 key art The Expanse: Season 2 kicks off with a two-hour premiere on February 1st on Syfy. Eric Goldman is Executive Editor of IGN TV. You can follow him on Twitter at @TheEricGoldman, IGN at ericgoldman-ign and Facebook at Facebook.com/TheEricGoldman. READ FULL STORY AT IGN!

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What Vader Was Up to Between Revenge of the Sith and Rogue One

How the Sith Lord’s encounters with Palpatine, Tarkin and Ahsoka shaped who he is as Rogue One begins. By Eric Goldman While he’s not expected to have a ton of screen time, it’s still nearly impossible for Star Wars fans to hold back their excitement over seeing Darth Vader appear in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. After all, this is one of the most iconic movie characters ever – someone IGN named the greatest villain of all time. In Star Wars continuity, Rogue One is Vader’s first live-action movie appearance after we see Anakin Skywalker fall to the Dark Side of the Force in Revenge of the Sith. But what happened in those two decades in-between? Below, you’ll find what we know about Vader’s actions in-between Revenge of the Sith and Rogue One, thanks to the official canon Star Wars novels and animated series that have used him in that time period. [Keep in mind, while Vader has also been in many canon Star Wars comic books in the past few years, all of them took place after Episode IV: A New Hope.] Stranded With Sidious As seen in Star Wars: Lords of the Sith Around five READ FULL…

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Mark Hamill's New Job: Professional Toy Explorer

How Mark Hamill’s Pop Culture Quest is letting the Star Wars icon delve into a personal passion. By Eric Goldman The legendary Mark Hamill may be reprising his role as Luke Skywallker in huge new Star Wars movies these days, but he’s still keeping busy in plenty of other ways. Besides his acclaimed voice acting work — he’ll once more be playing the Joker in the upcoming Justice League Action animated series, among several other current roles –- and his occasional appearances on The Flash as the Trickster, Hamill has launched a new series, Mark Hamill’s Pop Culture Quest, on the recently-launched Comic-Con HQ subscription service. On the series, Hamill — an avid toy and memorabilia collector himself — travels to see different notable collections, from classic Godzilla and other Japanese-created toys kept in a fan’s home to the iconic Batman comics and items on display at DC Comics’ headquarters. I spoke to Hamill about how the series came to be, what it’s like for him to interview the subjects, and more, including his own personal history as a collector. Mark Hamill’s Pop Culture Quest. IGN: This is a hell of a great side job you’ve created here! How did…