Television

Finally Official: ‘Better Call Saul’ Gets a Two-Night Premier Starting February 8

Set your DVRs...

Better Call Saul was originally supposed to debut...well, like right now, in November 2014. However, AMC pushed the date back to "early" 2015 and then refused to give us an actual concrete date—probably just to mess with us, because they know we're all Breaking Bad junkies.

But today, finally, after a bunch of teasers, we finally have a date. In fact, we have two dates, because Better Call Saul is getting a two-night premiere. Episode one airs Sunday, February 8, at 10pm ET, and episode two airs Monday, February 9, also at 10pm ET.

Of course, if you're like me, you're first thought upon hearing the date was, "Oh no! That's probably the night of the Super Bowl! I'll be way too drunk and full of chicken wings to remember to switch over the AMC when the game is over."

But don't worry, friends. The Super Bowl is actually on February 1 this year. You will have a whole week to recover.

‘Evil Dead’ TV Show Gets Greenlight from Starz

Director Sam Rami teased a possible Evil Dead TV show this past summer at Comic-Con. However, he really didn't offer up any actual information.

Today we have information. Starz has announced that they have officially greenlit the show, which will be called Ash Vs. Evil Dead. Rami himself will write and direct the pilot, and Bruce Campbell will reprise his genre-defining role as the titular Ash.

Here's the official synopsis:

Bruce Campbell will be reprising his role as Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead. When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons –personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its ‘Evil’ grip.

Of course, it's been 33 years since the first Evil Dead movie came out and 23 years since the last Evil Dead movie came out. So there's no guarantee that Rami and Campbell will be able to recapture the magic that made Evil Dead a classic. But I'm sure fans of the franchise would rather see them try and fail than not try at all.

[via EW]

Unsubstantiated Internet Rumor of the Week: Superman Prequel TV Series “Krypton” In the Works?

So far there is only one source for this rumor (Bleeding Cool), and they have very little information about it. But I'm going to relay the info to you anyway, because I like rumors, and because, if true, this one would be awesome.

Are you ready? Cause here it is: David S. Goyer, the man who scripted the Dark Knight Trilogy and Man of Steel, is currently working on a Superman prequel television series called Krypton.

That's all we know right now. Perhaps it would focus on the relationship between Zod and Jor-El. Maybe it would be a courtroom procedural about a Kryptonian patent lawyer. Anything is possible—except the presence of Kal-el, because he wasn't born yet. Which means this show—er, rumor—would probably not exist without the success of that other DC Comics superhero prequel show, Gotham.

This is all be good news if you liked Man of Steel and its Krypton scenes. (Which I did.) And seeing as how Bleeding Cool has been right about other big stories in recent months, we need to give this rumor some credence.

‘Walking Dead’ Creator Confirms the Zombie Apocalypse Is Not a Dream, In Case You Were Worried

Before we get started, let me assure you that this post does NOT contain Walking Dead spoilers...unless you somehow didn't know The Walking Dead is about the zombie apocalypse. In which case, sorry moron.

Anyway, let's get to the point. There have been theories circulating blogs and internet message boards for quite some time that suggest the entire series could be a goddamn dream. What if Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) never really woke up from the coma? (Sorry, I don't consider plot details from Season 1, Episode 1 to be spoilers.) What if the whole thing is a fabrication of his comatose mind and there is no zombie apocalypse?

Like I said, this theory has been going around for a while, and we already know it's false because AMC is doing a Walking Dead spinoff with a completely different set of unrelated characters set in the same post-zombie apocalyptic world, and it would be pretty weird if that was also Rick Grimes's dream.

Still, last week somebody over at Uproxx wrote an article about these theories. And even though the article plainly stated that the theories are horseshit, it nevertheless concluded by asking—nay, demanding—that creator Robert Kirkman confirm, once and for all, that it's not all a dream.

He did:

Then he messed with us:

I knew it!

[via Screenrant]

TLC Cancels ‘Honey Boo Boo’ Because Child Molestation Is a Bit Too Real for Reality TV

Bad news, everybody. TLC has officially cancelled Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, your favorite reality show about obese hillbillies.

The reason? Mama Boo Boo (actual name June Shannon, pictured here) is dating a convicted child molester who just finished a 10-year sentence FOR MOLESTING HER EIGHT-YEAR-OLD RELATIVE.

I wish I was kidding—about the child molester, about the fact that a mother of young children would date such a man, about the fact that Here Comes Honey Boo Boo was a television program that actually existed—but I am not. Apparently Shannon was dating the man ten years ago when he went to prison, and I guess the fact that he forced himself on a child wasn't a deal-breaker, because they're back together now that he's out.

As a result, this woman with no discernible talent, skill, or intelligence—who had nevertheless become the well-paid star of a famous reality TV show—has totally shredded her family's meal ticket.

When TMZ first reported the news yesterday, TLC's response was that they would be "reassessing" the show's future—meaning they just needed time for their lawyers to get all the paper work in order.

Today they officially pulled the plug. Instead of giving you an actual excerpt from their actual statement, though, I'll give you this rough translation:

"We thought it would probably be a bad thing to have a reality show about children living with a child molester. So we cancelled it."

Good call, guys.

[via THR]

First Trailer for ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ to Premiere During ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’

Just a few weeks ago there was a rumor going around that the first trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron would premiere before screenings of Christopher Nolan's highly anticipated Interstellar. However, today I'm really glad I didn't write a post about that rumor, because it turns out the first Age of Ultron trailer will actually premiere on ABC during next week's episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

The exact date and time, in case you want to plug it into your phone and set a little reminder for yourself, is Tuesday, October 28, at 9/8c.

The announcement was made last night, as the credits rolled for this week's episode. It was then followed up with confirmation tweets from the official Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Avengers Twitter accounts.

Of course, this actually makes all the sense in the world when you think about it. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is a spinoff of the Avengers franchise (without all the awesome superheroes) centered around Agent Coulson, a somewhat important character from the films. Why the hell wouldn't Marvel and their Disney overlords debut the new Avengers trailer during that show? It might actually get non-hardcore nerds to watch it...assuming they don't realize they can just watch the thing online about 10 minutes after it airs.

[via Hero Complex]

HBO Goes Rogue, Announces Plans for Stand-Alone Streaming Service

Today HBO announced that, in 2015, they will launch their very own stand-alone web streaming service that will provide access to their premium content without a cable or satellite subscription.

We don't know how much it will cost yet, and much of that depends on whether they make this a true first-run streaming service or a kind of "HBO Go Plus" where you just get to watch old content on demand. But either way, this is a pretty big deal. Right now there are a lot of people who only subscribe to cable for HBO and sports, so cable companies stand to lose a lot of subscribers.

That being said, don't go celebrating the end of cable just yet. Keep in mind that HBO is owned by Time Warner, a cable company. And while this is an obvious attempt by Time Warner to free itself from the shackles of its cable competitors and appeal to the estimated 10 million broadband-only households in America, they're not exactly ditching the cable model. Time Warner is still a major opponent of net neutrality who wants streaming services like Netflix to pay extra for the bandwidth their customers use. And that is still major bullshit.

In the end, Time Warner is trying to have its cake and eat it too. They want to screw over streaming services and broadband customers so people keep paying crazy money for cable. But they also want to appeal to people who are dying to ditch cable altogether.

Sounds like an existential crisis is brewing.

[via Washington Post]