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Comic-Con: New ‘Arrow’ Villain & Hero Confirmed At WBTV ‘Gotham’ Premiere, ‘Flash’ & ‘Constantine’ Screening (Video)

By | Saturday July 26, 2014 @ 10:50pm PDT

Comic-Con: New ‘Arrow’ Villain & Hero Confirmed At WBTV ‘Gotham’ Premiere, ‘Flash’ & ‘Constantine’ Screening (Video)After lurking as a presence in Arrow throughout the second season, villain Ra’s al Ghul finally will appear in Season 3, as will the hero Wildcat, fans at Comic-Con’s mega-screening for Warner Bros TV and DC Comics properties learned tonight. While his face was not identified, the criminal mastermind was seen in full costume and with a sword in a new preview clip. Following up on a Facebook hint by Arrow lead Stephen Amell that Ted “Wildcat” Grant  would join the show, producer Marc Guggenheim tonight confirmed both additions to the hit CW drama. A longtime DC villain, Liam Neeson played the character on the big screen in 2005’s Batman Begins and 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises.

Stephen Amell and his Abs 2The Arrow revelations came at the end of the first nighttime presentation for SDCC, screening a smorgasbord of upcoming WBTV shows in massive Hall H.

“You saved the best for last,” said WBTV Marketing chief Lisa Gregorian to the thousands in the hall in kicking off the 3-hour event. The extravaganza not only was a testament to the rise of superheroes but also WB and DC properties. “I david goyer wbtv comic conremember being at Comic-Con when we were the only DC property on television,” said Amell, the night’s emcee, as he named off The Flash pilot, the world premiere of Batman prequel Gotham, plus a preview of NBC’s new supernatural thriller Constantine and … Read More »

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Comic-Con TV Trailer: ‘Arrow’ Season 3

By | Friday July 25, 2014 @ 7:56pm PDT

Comic-Con TV Trailer: ‘Arrow’ Season 3The Comic-Con crowd got its first look at Season 3 of the CW’s Arrow today. Get a gander at the series newcomers Brandon Routh, returning to the superhero scene as Ray Palmer, and Karl Yune as Maseo — as well as Colton Haynes in costume as Arsenal. Oh, and there’s a shot or two of Stephen Amell and Katie Cassidy:

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Brandon Routh Back In Superhero Mode, Will Play The Atom On ‘Arrow’

By | Monday July 7, 2014 @ 8:47am PDT

Brandon Routh Back In Superhero Mode, Will Play The Atom On ‘Arrow’Brandon Routh, who played the Man of Steel on the big screen in Bryan Singer’s 2006 tentpole Superman Returns, has joined the cast of the CW’s superhero drama Arrow as this season’s main recurring guest star. He will play Ray Palmer, a scientist and inventor who will play an unexpected role in the lives of Oliver Queen and Felicity Smoak as the new owner of Queen Consolidated. In the DC Comics mythology, Palmer is known as The Atom, making Routh a two-time DC superhero. We hear the deal will span 14 episodes and that he will be a love interest for Felicity.

Routh just completed an arc on TV Land’s The Exes and recently wrapped the indie 400 Days opposite Dane Cook, Tom Cavanagh and Ben Feldman. Arrow‘s Season 3 premiere is October 8.

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Karl Yune Cast In CW’s ‘Arrow’; James Callis Joins El Rey’s ‘The Matador’

By | Thursday July 3, 2014 @ 7:10am PDT

Karl Yune Cast In CW’s ‘Arrow’; James Callis Joins El Rey’s ‘The Matador’Karl Yune has joined the cast of the CW drama Arrow. He will recur as Maseo Yamashiro, a skilled martial artist who is married to Katana (Devon Aoki). The character will be introduced in flashback as Oliver’s (Stephen Amell) handler — a teacher and a friend who advises and helps the Arrow become a superhero. Yune’s credits include Real Steel, Speed Racer and upcoming thriller The Invitation. He is repped by Global Artists and Zero Gravity Management.
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Comic-Con UPDATE: WBTV Adds CW’s ‘iZombie’, Adult Swim’s ‘Mike Tyson Mysteries’

By | Wednesday July 2, 2014 @ 1:15pm PDT

Comic-Con UPDATE: WBTV Adds CW’s ‘iZombie’, Adult Swim’s ‘Mike Tyson Mysteries’UPDATE, 1:15 PM: Warner Bros Television, as per its Wednesday night Comic-Con tradition in Ballroom 20, will preview the pilots to Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright’s adaptation of the Vertigo comic iZombieThe Flash, Constantine and a brand-new episode of Teen Titans Go! starting at 6 PM. iZombie, airing midseason on the CW, stars Rose McIver as Olivia “Liv” Moore, a 25-year-old medical resident on the fast track to a perfect life until she is turned into a zombie. With each brain she eats, she inherits the corpse’s memories, making her the perfect person to solve homicides with her medical examiner boss and a police detective. McIver, Thomas, Ruggiero-Wright will be on hand for a panel at 11:30 AM Friday, July 25, with stars Malcolm Goodwin, Robert Buckley and Rahul Kohli. WBTV’s other frosh series coming to San Diego is Adult Swim’s animated Mike Tyson Mysteries, in which the boxer takes the fight from the ring to the streets. Panel is in the Indigo Ballroom, at 2:30 PM Friday, with stars Tyson, Rachel Ramras and Jim Rash and producer Hugh Davidson. In addition, Comic-Con regulars Childrens Hospital, The Big Bang Theory, The 100, The Originals, The Vampire Diaries, Person of Interest, The Following and Supernatural will return with their casts and creators as well as clip/episode presentations.
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Devon Aoki Joins CW’s ‘Arrow’; Syfy’s ‘Ascension’ Rounds Out Cast

By | Tuesday July 1, 2014 @ 1:40pm PDT

Devon Aoki Joins CW’s ‘Arrow’;  Syfy’s ‘Ascension’ Rounds Out CastDevon Aoki has landed a major recurring guest role on the hit CW drama Arrow from Warner Bros TV. Aoki will play Tatsu Yamashiro, a character that first appeared in the Green Arrow origin series graphic novels published by DC Comics. She is a Japanese martial arts expert who wields a deadly sword, a blade from which her codename Katana is derived. In Arrow, Tatsu will be one of Oliver’s mentors in the flashbacks and a critical influence on his journey to eventually become The Arrow of present day. Aoki, repped by Schiffco, appeared in features including 2 Fast 2 Furious, Sin City, D.E.B.S. and War.
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CW Fall Dates: Premieres Begin October 2 After IHeartRadio Music Fest

By | Wednesday June 25, 2014 @ 11:23am PDT

CW Fall Dates: Premieres Begin October 2 After IHeartRadio Music FestCW Network will roll out its fall 2014 launch in October with new series The Flash and Jane The Virgin. For a third year, CW will kick off its new season with an exclusive telecast of the IHeartRadio Music Festival,  airing over two nights — Monday, September 29 and Tuesday, September 30 at 10 PM ET. On Thursday, October 2, CW’s touting as its bloody, sexy drama night with the season starters of The Vampire Diaries and Reign. The Originals  returns to wreak havoc on a new night, Monday, October 6, followed by a retrospective of the past nine seasons of Supernatural.

flash1The Flash, starring Grant Gustin as the Fastest Man Alive, premieres Tuesday, October 7, followed by the return of the Winchester brothers in the 10th season premiere of Supernatural.  The next night, the third season starter of Arrow launches, and a special encore of The Flash series premiere. New comedy Jane The Virgin, starring Gina Rodriguez, premieres Monday, October 13, and The 100  rounds things out when returns Wednesday, October 22. The 21st cycle of America’s Next Top Model, cycle 21 premieres Friday, August 22, and Whose Line is It Anyway? episodes will continue from summer, sliding to Fridays on October 3.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Arrow’ & ‘Nashville’ Finales Down, ‘Idol’ Surges, ‘Criminal Minds’ Finale Steady, ‘Chicago P.D.’ Up

By | Thursday May 15, 2014 @ 9:32am PDT

arrow season 2 finaleAnother primetime and another set of finales for the 2013-2014 television season. Over time, there’ll be loads of looking back at what this season meant to TV and what indications for the future it contained but certainly this has been the first week in many years that two superhero related series have wrapped up their seasons. On Tuesday, we had ABC’s first move into the big screen blockbuster Marvel Universe coming to a seasonal end with the renewed Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.  ending its first cycle. Next season there will be even more with Marvel’s Agent Carter on ABC and The Flash on The CW. Last night on The CW, it was Arrow (0.8/3) reaching the end of its second season with one of those finales that ties up a lot of loose ends but also unravels a lot of new string for Season 3. Like S.H.I.E.L.D., the avenging archer series was even with its previous show last week. However, unlike the freshman ABC series, Arrow also took an 11% hit from its Season 1 finale on May 15 last year. Unlike last year, Arrow’s lead-out wasn’t Supernatural last night but newbie The 100

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Arrow’ Down, ‘Survivor’ & ‘Idol’ Steady,’The 100′ Rises

By | Thursday April 17, 2014 @ 9:22am PDT

SURVIVOR APRIL 16On a night of a lot of repeats on the networks, it was primetime battle between veteran reality shows last night. And though Survivor (2.2/8) dipped 8% from last week, the CBS show again was the reality TV victor. With 9.28 million viewers watching between 8-9 PM, the 28-season-strong series topped the 8.25 million total viewers and 1.9 rating among adults 18-49 American Idol had in their common hour. This is the fourth week in a row Survivor has beaten Idol in viewership and the sixth consecutive week the CBS show has come out on top in the demo in the 8 PM slot. Still, it wasn’t a stain-free victory march — as the numbers stand now, Survivor has hit a series low. That could change when the final numbers come in later today. Otherwise, CBS was all encores with Criminal Minds (1.4/4) and CSI (1.2/4). Read More »

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‘Arrow’s Colton Haynes Joins ‘San Andreas’

By | Tuesday April 15, 2014 @ 6:29pm PDT

Colton Haynes San AndreasNew Line has added Colton Haynes (Teen Wolf) to the cast of San Andreas. Haynes, who plays Roy Harper on the CW superhero show Arrow, joins Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario in the quake pic directed by Brad Peyton. Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson are producing the film about an ex-Special Ops firefighter pilot (Johnson) who searches a devastated California for his estranged daughter after the Big One hits. Rob Cowan is exec producer and Hiram Garcia is co-producer on the pic. Haynes’ credits include TV series Look, The Gates, and The Nine Lives of Chloe King. He’s repped by ICM and Podwall Entertainment.

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RATINGS RAT RACE UPDATE: ‘Modern Family’ Beats ‘American Idol’ In Viewers For First Time, ‘The 100′ Down In Week 2

By | Thursday March 27, 2014 @ 2:28pm PDT

ED O'NEILL, SOFIA VERGARAUPDATE, 2:28 PM: The final numbers are in and it’s a solid victory for Modern Family in terms of viewers. The ABC comedy held onto its first-ever overall viewership win over American Idol with 10.09 million watching Wednesday. That makes Modern Family the night’s most watched show. Although Idol also saw a rise in its audience from the early numbers’ 9.15 million to 9.33 million, it was also beaten by Survivor, which ended up with 9.85 million watching. That’s the first time the CBS show has beaten the Fox show in total viewers. Despite two previous weeks of demo wins, Survivor had failed to hold its viewership lead in the final numbers. In terms of demo adjustments, Idol, Suburgatory and Modern Family were all up a tenth.

SURVIVOR MACH 26 2PREVIOUS, 9:15 AM: It was a night of quitters, rockers, gamblers, royals and winners on primetime on Wednesday. The quitting came on CBS’ Survivor (2.3/7), where the latest season saw its first self-deporter as well as the standard elimination. Dipping 8% from last week’s show to a season low among adults 18-49, but with its biggest viewership (9.76 million) of the cycle so far, Survivor was also once again the winner in the battle of the veteran reality shows as it bested American Idol (2.1/6) for the third week in a row in their common hour.
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Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘The X Factor’ Musical ‘I Can’t Sing’ Pushes Back Previews; Quentin Tarantino To Present Honorary Cesar To Scarlett Johansson; More

‘X Factor’ Musical ‘I Can’t Sing’ Delays Previews By Two Days
I Can't SingPreviews of Simon Cowell‘s The X Factor musical, I Can’t Sing, have been postponed by two days at the London Palladium. Stage Entertainment and Syco Entertainment are producing the show and say they’ve decided to start previews on March 1 as opposed to February 27 due to “technical issues caused by the ambitious staging of the new musical comedy.” Rebecca Quigley, producer for Stage Entertainment, said, “As audiences will soon see, the production is hugely ambitious, and the volume of installation and scale of the set means that technical work has taken slightly longer than could have been anticipated to make the show audience-ready.” Nigel Harman (EastEnders, Downton Abbey) is playing a character based on Cowell in the musical that’s directed by Olivier Award-winner and Tony nominee Sean Foley. British comedian Harry Hill wrote the show.

Quentin Tarantino To Present Scarlett Johansson’s Honorary Cesar
Quentin Tarantino has been enlisted by France’s Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma to present Scarlett Johansson with this year’s honorary César Award. The director will hand the award to Johansson this Friday at the 39th César Awards ceremony in Paris. Tarantino himself received the prize in 2011. Read More »

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CW Gives Early Renewals To ‘Arrow’, ‘The Vampire Diaries’, ‘Supernatural’, ‘Reign’ & ‘The Originals’

By | Thursday February 13, 2014 @ 11:15am PST
Nellie Andreeva

the-cwAs it has done in the past couple of years, the CW has given early renewals to its strongest series. The list includes flagship dramas The Vampire Diaries and Arrow, formidable veteran Supernatural and freshmen The Originals and Reign. Left off are the proverbial bubble shows whose renewals chances are estimated to be 50-50 at best. Apres Moi, le DélugeThat includes Beauty & the Beast, The Carrie Diaries, Hart of Dixie and The Tomorrow People. Their odds will improve or get worse depending on the performance of the CW’s upcoming midseason series The 100, which is getting strong buzz and is being touted as a potential long-term player for the network, as well as alien romance Star-Crossed.

After an inauspicious launch behind mothership series The Vampire Diaries, The Originals has flourished in the Tuesday 8 PM slot despite gloom and doom predictions about its face-off with ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Its potent pairing with Supernatural has doubled the CW’s Tuesday night ratings year-to-year in adults 18-34 (+100%, 1.4 vs. 0.7), grown +150% in adults 18-49 (1.5 vs. 0.6), and gained +88% in total viewers Blast Radius(3.2 million vs. 1.7 million). With the new lead-in, Supernatural has found another gear, posting double-digit increases year-to-year in total viewers and all key demos, and recently logging its most watched episodes since … Read More »

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CAA Signs ‘Arrow’ Star Stephen Amell

By | Wednesday December 18, 2013 @ 8:12am PST
Nellie Andreeva

IMG_3028(1)EXCLUSIVE: In a competitive situation, CAA has signed Stephen Amell, star of the hit CW drama Arrow. Amell, who was a series regular on Hung and recurred on Private Practice, was with SMS Talent. He is managed by Michael Garnett of Leverage and his attorneys are Jason Sloane and Harris Hartman.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Sing-Off’ Slides, ‘Arrow’ Dips, ‘X Factor’ Steady, ‘Modern Family’ Up, CBS Wins Night

By | Thursday December 12, 2013 @ 9:02am PST

The Sing-OffBack for its second show of the week amid its current abbreviated run, The Sing-Off (1.8/5) had a standoff with The X Factor (1.4/4) last night. The NBC series hit the higher note, but the two-hour a cappella show still slid 25% from Monday’s airing to hit a winter telecast low. Heading toward next week’s Season 3 finale, last night’s live X Factor on Fox remained even with its December 4 episode as the final four acts showed their wares with three songs each in anticipation of an elimination tonight.

Last week CBS was all encores except for Survivor (2.5/8), but last night it was a full slate of originals. The 13th and penultimate episode of the Mark Burnett-produced reality show’s 27th season slipped 4% from its December 4 episode. The rest of the night was not so kind to CBS: The return of Criminal Minds (2.4/7) and CSI (1.8/5) saw both series down 14% from their last originals three weeks ago. Still, with 11.02 million viewers, Criminal Minds was the most watched show Wednesday, helping CBS finish first for the night in adults 18-49 (2.2/6) and viewers (10.260 million). Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Modern Family’ Falls To Season Low, ‘X-Factor’ & ‘Arrow’ Up, NBC Wins Night With Holiday Specials

By | Thursday December 5, 2013 @ 8:59am PST

Mariah Carey Performs During NBC's Pre-Tape Christmas Tree LightingBack after last Wednesday’s quiet pre-Thanksgiving telecasts and November sweep end, TV was back in almost full force last night. NBC ditched its regular schedule to go full holiday with Christmas In Rockefeller Center (2.3/7) and a Saturday Night Live (2.6/7) SNL Christmas special. Now in its 16th year, the music heavy lighting of the tree in Manhattan had performances by Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige and Kelly Clarkson among others, last night. It also had a 10% boost over last year’s November 28 show to hit its highest rating since 2006’s 2.6. taking into account that the network’s primetime was preempted in Portland due to an NBA game, the combo of music and comedy scored another Wednesday win for NBC with a 2.5/7 rating. CBS was second with 1.9/6 but No. 1 in total viewers with 8.902 million watching compared to NBC’s 8.225 million.

CBS was all encores except for an original Survivor (2.6/8). The reality competition was up 18% from last week and also, with a 20% rise over its November 27th show, hit a season viewership high with 10.59 million watching. Survivor was the most watched show of the night with the Criminal Minds (1.7/5) and CSI (1.4/4) repeats getting 8.12 million and 8 million respectively.

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CW’s ‘The Flash’ To Do Stand-Alone Pilot Instead Of ‘Arrow’ Backdoor Pilot Episode

By | Monday November 18, 2013 @ 9:04am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: There has been a change in the CW‘s plans for The Flash. Originally, the character, played by Grant Gustin, was supposed to appear in three episodes of Arrow this season — No. 8, No. 9 and No. 20, the last one serving as a backdoor pilot directed by David Nutter. Episodes 8 and 9, in which the superhero is introduced only as his alter ego Barry Allen, have already been shot. But now the CW has opted to film a traditional stand-alone Flash pilot instead of doing a backdoor pilot as Arrow‘s Episode 20. With Episodes 8 and 9 serving as an origin story, the plan was for The Flash character to make his debut — red costume and all — in Arrow‘s Episode 20. He will now do it in the pilot. The creative team remains the same, with Arrow co-creators Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg and series scribe Geoff Johns writing the pilot and Nutter, who helmed the pilot for Arrow, directing. Berlanti, Kreisberg and Nutter executive produce, with Melissa Kellner Berman co-executive producing. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE UPDATE: ‘X Factor’ Rebounds, ‘Criminal Minds’ & ‘Arrow’ Post Highs

By | Thursday November 14, 2013 @ 3:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE, 3 PM: Revolution‘s 1.4 streak is over. After logging a 1.4 18-49 rating for four consecutive weeks, the NBC drama inched up in the finals to a 1.5 today. Also adjusted up a tenth were Arrow, which matched its season high, and Survivor, while Super Fun Night was adjusted down a tenth.

PREVIOUS 9:30 AM: The X Factor (1.7) rebounded slightly from the then-series-low 1.5 the Fox music competition posted last Wednesday against the CMA Awards. After two weeks off, ABC’s Modern Family (3.8) matched the fast national for its most recent original on October 23. The Middle (2.3) was up 10% vs. the fast national for its most recent episode two weeks ago. Back In The Game (1.8) inched up a tenth, while Super Fun Night (2.1) was up 24% from October 30 when it followed a Modern Family repeat but down a tenth vs. when it last aired behind an original Modern Family on October 23. It will likely be adjusted down in the finals because of a minute of Modern Family overrun. Nashville (1.5) was up a tenth. NBC’s Revolution made it five consecutive weeks at a 1.4, earning a free refill next Wednesday. Law & Order: SVU (1.6) perked up 7%. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE UPDATE: MLB World Series Game 1 Surges From 2012′s All-Time Low, ‘Survivor’ Hits Series Low, ‘CSI’ Rises, ‘Law & Order: SVU’ Falls

By | Thursday October 24, 2013 @ 8:59am PDT

UPDATE, 8:59 AM: Game 1 of the World Series last night not only saw a win by the Boston Red Sox over the St. Louis Cardinals but also for Fox who was easily No. 1 with a 4.1/11 rating and 13.730 million viewers. The Fenway Park match-up Wednesday between the 2004 World Series competitors hit a home run for the network with a 28% rise in fast nationals from last year’s all-time low of 3.2/9, which went up to 3.6/10 in the final numbers. With big audience draws like the Red Sox and the Cardinals, this year’s Game 1 also rose 25% in fast national viewership to 13.73 million over 2012’s 11.0 million, which went up to 12.2 in the final numbers. And as good as that is for Fox, there’s a little bit of historical wind at the Red Sox’s back too – every team that has won Game 1 since 1993 has gone on to win the World Series. Also, the Red Sox have won their last 9 World Series games (2004, 2007 and last night) in a row and the last time these two teams faced off in the World Series 9 years ago, Boston swept the series. As always with live events like the start of the 109th World Series, fast nationals are not time zone adjusted, so expect shifts in the final numbers later in the day.

Related: World Series And Much More MLB Coming To Europe Via Fox International Channels

Facing the World Series almost everything else on TV last night was down from last week. Airing its 300th episode, CSI (2.1/6) saw the return of Marg Helgenberger to the show on CBS last night. The 10 PM show also was the one rise of the night among the non-World Series telecasts with a 5% bop over last week to match its October 2 season high. Wednesday’s strongly promoted CSI also had its best viewership numbers of the season so far with 10.37 million watching. The same upturn could not be said for Survivor: Blood vs Water (2.3/7). The reality series saw a challenge mix up and an unretrieved fishing trap last night as well as a 12% drop to hit a series low excluding specials and recaps shows.  At 9 PM, Criminal Minds (2.7/7) held even with its October 16 show. CBS was No. 2 last night with a rating of 2.4/7 and 10.37 million viewers.
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