Over the next few months, we’ll see new series soar, old series sour, and so much Jersey Shore madness, we’ll want to shower. Let’s face it: The Fall TV season is intimidating. With dozens of new and returning shows hitting our small screens, we know we have some big choices to make. So, to help you determine what to watch, we’re digging deep into the most notable series premiering this season. Where did each show leave off? Where is it headed? And who should you watch it with? Today, we take a look at the comic book to CW tale: Arrow. Series: Arrow Inspiration: The Green Arrow comic book, because nothing seems like more of a slam dunk than nerd bait plus CW-brand sex appeal. Premiere Date and Time: Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 8 PM ET. The CW Connection: Katie Cassidy, formerly of Gossip Girl, plays Laurel Lance – our Arrow’s old flame. And Willa Holland, whose resume screams teen queen with pegs like Gossip Girl and The O.C., plays our hero’s little sister. Super Hero Cred: Greg Berlanti, who writes and produces Arrow, also wrote and produced Green Lantern, No Ordinary Family, and Wrath of the Titans. Take that for what it’s worth. What is this vaguely named show even about? Archery?: Sort of. There is some archery. But it’s because our hero, Oliver Queen, was shipwrecked years ago while he was on a boat with his father and his girlfriend’s sister (who died shortly before he could consummate their cheating affair), and when he finally made his way to safety he found himself in the wilderness. The result is not a friendly, talking volleyball companion, but rather a vicious, cutthroat lifestyle that turns him into the ultimate muscular survivor with a killer instinct and a soft spot for green apparel. When he returns, there’s corrupt game afoot, and naturally he brings those wilderness skills to the real world, where the metropolitan thugs and criminals would never expect it. Also, he’s got to deal with the fact that his ex-girlfriend is probably going to hate him forever because she’s a sassy lawyer lady whose boyfriend took her sister on a sex vacation that would be her end. But hey, at least he can do that hot pull-up jump thing he does in the trailer. Most untopical topical joke: Oliver’s best bud Tommy helps him catch up on things he’s missed, like Lost: “They were all dead… I think.” (It’s been over two years and you still haven’t picked a side, Tommy? I mean really.) Best moment for science: Oliver to Laurel’s sister, right before he kisses her (and right, right before the boat gets wrecked): “I know a lot about science. I know about fermentation. I know… Biology.” A romantic moment, almost ruined by science, but just when you least expect it, Biology goes in for the touchdown! Go science! Who to watch it with: People who aren’t made uncomfortable by frequent shirtlessness and devilish grins. Who not to watch it with: That ex-girlfriend whose sister you hooked up with that one time. Best Worst Best Friend: Tommy. He is the slimiest, most obnoxious friend ever. “Did you notice how hot your sister got?” Really, Tommy? Oliver’s the one who’s been locked away on an island for years, you’ve been there the whole time. The only purpose that line serves is douchebaggery. Get it together, Tommy. What’s The Show Like? Let’s Try Some Math: (Superhero origin story + Secrets + Tarzan – Apes) x (Night Terrors + Trust Funds) x (Tarzan love Jane + Jane’s sister screw Tarzan before boat crash) / The CW Cast Member with the Best Twitter Profile Picture: Colin Donnell (Tommy). Let’s just take this photo in for a second.
How you’re going to feel about Tommy after an entire episode of his nonsense in the face of Oliver’s sheer handsomeness:
What to wear while watching it: A poncho. Look, you’re not actually going to get rained on, but the pilot does a really good job of making sure you feel like a cloud of mist is going to waft your way at any moment. A poncho will help you stop worrying about this ridiculous sensation. Follow Kelsea on Twitter @KelseaStahler [Photo Credit: CW; Twitter]
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For those of you who don't happen to be comic book fans, or those of you who are comic book fans but tend to snicker at The CW's frequently ab-tastic, female-centric programming, hear us out: Give Arrow a chance. All billboards and buses of Oliver Queen's (Stephen Amell) abs aside, the show — from what we've seen so far — is a slow-burning and complex genre mystery, coupled with some serious family drama, dynamic action sequences, and, of course, a healthy dose of steamy love triangle action.
Hollywood.com was able to visit the set of Arrow with Warner Brothers a couple weeks back, and while we can't say much about the seemingly awesome episode that was shooting (other than that it's No. 7, and that it partially takes place at the mysterious Bertinelli family mansion), we can give you a sneak peek at tonight's premiere, as well as scoop straight from Amell and co. on what's to come.
In tonight's premiere, former playboy Oliver Queen returns home to Starling City after spending five years on a mysterious island, following a shipyacht wreck that claimed the lives of his father and his lover. Luckily, unlike some other castaways that we know, Queen didn't let his years go to waste: He became "The Arrow," a sharp-shooter hellbent on exacting bloody vengeance on the (many) names on a list given to him by his father, right before the influential businessman died. (He's sort of like Revenge's Emily Thorne, but he actually kills people.) He comes home to a now totally corrupt Starling City as a new man — only no one else can know it. To his family and friends, he must wear the mask of the careless playboy, and to the crooks, he has to wear the green hood of The Arrow. It's a taxing role — but Amell thinks Queen can handle it. "He bends towards justice," he explained, when asked about the people he kills on the show. "He understands that there can be collateral damage. He’s going after people that are not being responsible with power. I don’t need everyone to agree with Oliver’s tactics, but as long as you respect his overall goal... I mean, he has to get his hands dirty a little bit."
After the pilot, we still don't really know how Oliver got from A to such a brutal B on the island. But the series will include frequent flashbacks to Oliver's time on the island that will shed some light on what it is that Queen knows about the men (and women) who betrayed his father, as well as how his entire personality changed. "The hope I had coming into the series was that his experience on the island would be really brutal, and that it would strip him down to basically nothing," Amell said. "So that he could be reformed, with no traces whatsoever of the person that he was before he went there. That has happened. The island stuff is awful."
Oliver's drastic personality changes and total silence regarding his five missing years alienates his family and friends, including his very best friend, Tommy (Colin Donnell). "I think Tommy is hurt that he's not being let in all the way by his friend," Donnell said. "That's something in the coming episodes that they address again and again — this feeling of, 'Why wont you just let me in?' [It's] the same with [his sister] Thea (Willa Holland) and his mom (Susanna Thompson). Everybody is struggling and trying to find a way past this shell that he's put up around him."
Of course, Oliver has more than just hurt feelings, bad guys, and a plethora of crappy memories to deal with — when he returns to Sterling City, he learns that his mother has remarried a morally questionable family friend, and his once innocent younger sister is running with a fast crew — including the hilariously douchey Tommy. And to add insult to injury, his former flame Laurel (Katie Cassidy, whose character in the comic books becomes the Black Canary) is now a lawyer going after some of the same people as The Arrow, and to say her response to his return is mixed would be a massive understatement. Still, Cassidy thinks fans will be rooting for a Laurel/Oliver relationship sooner rather than later — but Tommy won't make that easy. "After Oliver was assumed dead, Laurel and Tommy leaned on each other," Cassidy explained. "They got very romantically involved a few times, which to Laurel was just a lapse. But for Tommy, he really cares for Laurel, and he’s willing to go to extremes to show her how he feels. But I do think that Oliver is the love of her life. There’s a lot more passion and fire and a lot of emotions."
However, in addition to Oliver and Tommy, Laurel will also experience some passion with another character — Arrow. (Lucky girl, no?) "It’s a fun, really interesting dynamic between Laurel and the Arrow," Cassidy explained. "She’s curious, you know? Everything she believes in, the Arrow contradicts. But at the same time, he’s trying to do the same thing she is... just in a different way."
In a different way... meaning Laurel tries to throw the bad guys in jail, while Arrow tries to shoot arrows through their throats. But despite the many forces working against the unfortunate Mr. Queen, there's still one more potential threat that even Oliver can't see coming — his mother. We learn at the end of the pilot that she's up to something, but according to Amell, halfway through the season Oliver still has no clue. But Thompson says her character does everything for a reason, so we shouldn't count her out just yet. "There's a lot that goes on when one experiences death," she explained. "And in Moira's case, if there is a possibility of someone having damaged two of her family members, there's more possibilities of that happening. In whatever way we uncover Moira's participation in any of this [corruption] — she needed to protect people."
Arrow premieres Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.
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The God of Legion secular Hollywood’s latest Biblically-inspired action flick is old-school an angry spiteful Almighty with a penchant for Old Testament theatrics. Fed up with humanity’s decadent warmongering ways He’s decided to pull the plug on the whole crazy experiment and start over from scratch.
Fortunately for us the God of Legion is also a rather lazy fellow. Instead of doing the apocalyptic work himself and wiping us out with a giant flood which worked perfectly well last time He opts to delegate the task to His army of angels — a questionable strategy that starts to fall apart when the archangel charged with leading the planned extermination Michael (Paul Bettany) refuses to comply.
Michael who unlike his boss still harbors affection for our sorry species abandons his post and descends to earth where inside the swollen belly of Charlie (Adrianne Palicki) an unwed mother-to-be working as a waitress in an out-of-the-way diner sits humanity’s lone hope for survival. Why is this particular baby so important? Is it the one destined to lead us to victory over Skynet? Heaven knows — Legion reveals little details its script devoid of actual scripture. What is clear is that God’s celestial hitmen want the kid whacked before it’s born.
But Michael won’t let humanity fall without a fight. Armed with a Waco-sized arsenal of assault weapons he hunkers down with the diner’s patrons a largely superfluous collection of thinly-sketched caricatures from various demographic groups led by Dennis Quaid as the diner’s grizzled owner Tyrese Gibson as a hip-hop hustler and Lucas Black as a simple-minded country boy.
Together they mount a heroic final stand against hordes of angels who’ve taken possession of “weak-willed” humans turning kindly old grandmas and mild-mannered ice cream vendors into snarling ravenous foul-mouthed beasts. They descend upon the ramshackle diner in a series of full-frontal assaults commanded by the archangel Gabriel (Kevin Durand) the George Pickett of End of Days generals.
Beneath its superficial religious facade Legion is really just a run-of-the-mill zombie flick a Biblical I Am Legend. Bettany an actor accustomed to smaller dramatic roles in films like A Beautiful Mind and The Da Vinci Code looks perfectly at ease in his first major action role wielding machine guns and bowie knives with equal aplomb. Conversely first-time director Scott Stewart a former visual effects artist does little to prove himself worthy of such a promotion serving up some impressive CGI work but not much else worthy of note.