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Molly Freeman
  • Why We’re Huge Fans of the Mini-Season
    By: Molly Freeman Mar 21, 2014
    True Detective/Facebook The mini-season is a wonderful trend in television right now. Rather than stretching out a single season of television to 20 or 24 episodes, networks are producing mini-seasons (6-10 episodes) and half seasons (12 or 13 episodes) more regularly, and we’re loving it. Shortened seasons, like that which we’ve seen with True Detective, Game of Thrones, American Horror Story, and the first season of The Walking Dead, are fantastic because the plotlines demand to be better constructed in order to fit the time restraint. Mini-seasons need to fit the same amount of action and plot into a shorter period of time, which ups the stakes of a show and makes it more gripping — and more popular. In contrast, just look at the final season of How I Met Your Mother: it was commissioned for a full 24-episode season. Since the story has only followed a single weekend, many of the episodes don’t advance the plot or develop the characters, so they have been criticized as useless filler. Fans who have tuned into the show for nearly a decade don’t want their time wasted and have been angry at the series for doing just that.  Currently, all premium and regular cable networks allow their television series to run anywhere from 6-16 episodes — AMC seasons typically run for 16 episodes, but they’re split into 8-episode arcs. Although there are other factors in play (like the capability of cable networks to feature more sex and violence), shorter seasons are a large reason cable shows are more successful at the moment. TV viewers would rather watch a shorter season that’s just as complex and interesting with the same level of character development than invest twice as much time in a show that meanders away from the plot. In a mini-season there’s more drama, more action, and more bang for your buck! (We weren’t business majors, but that still sounds like a better deal.) Since mini-seasons have proved to successful on networks like AMC, HBO, Starz, and FX, will basic networks take a page out of their book? We’re not sure, but they certainly should. Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @mollyrockit //
  • We Need a 'The Selection' Movie Adaptation
    By: Molly Freeman Mar 17, 2014
    Kiera Cass/HarperTeen Despite the overkill of young adult novels being adapted to film in recent and upcoming years (to varying degrees of quality), we’re hoping Kiera Cass’ The Selection might be next. Cass’ novel has been doomed to live in TV limbo for a couple of years now, but maybe a jump to the big screen is all the story needs for a fantastic re-launch. Published in 2012, The Selection seemed like it was written for the sole purpose of being adapted to TV. Set three hundred years in the future, the story follows America Singer, a member of one of the country’s lowest castes. America is chosen to compete in a contest against a group of other girls for the chance to marry the prince. However, she’s already in love with a boy from her hometown. (So it’s sort of like The Bachelor meets The Hunger Games.)  Only a few months after the novel’s release, Cass announced The CW had optioned the rights for her whole trilogy to become a television series. However after two failed pilots — that entailed recasting almost the entire show, as well as enlisting a new director — it’s beginning to feel like a TV series adaptation of The Selection will never happen. Between the reality show similarities and a built-in love triangle, we’re still shocked the pilot wasn’t picked up. Maybe all The Selection needs is a bit of Hunger Games and Divergent magic. Although it seemed like a perfect fit for television, perhaps a movie adaptation will be the overhaul that can reinvigorate the series. Besides, if The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is any indication, it seems Hollywood is becoming better at adapting young adult novels to the big screen. So let’s hope Hollywood will work its movie magic on The Selection. Besides, fans of the novel have waited for so long for an adaptation that they’re guaranteed to see the movie — even if it turns out to be as disappointing asThe Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.  But speaking of exciting YA movies, Divergent hits theaters March 21. You can check showtimes and purchase advanced tickets at Movietickets.com. Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @mollyrockit //
  • Could We See a Fantastic Four and X-Men Crossover Soon?
    By: Molly Freeman Mar 16, 2014
    Marvel Shared universes are a huge part of comic book superhero stories, and although Marvel has seen huge success with their Avengers franchise, studio rights make it hard for all Marvel or DC heroes to wind up in the same movie. However, since 20th Century Fox owns the rights to both Fantastic Four and the X-Men, it’s possible — and highly likely — that Fox will follow in the footsteps of Marvel’s The Avengers and DC’s Batman vs. Superman with their own shared universe. But, the question is, how will Fox integrate the two superhero groups? The Fantastic Four reboot isn’t even slated for release until 2015 and we’re not yet sure where X-Men: Days of Future Past will leave our favorite mutants. If rumors are to be believed (and this one just might be since The Motley Fool reported it), Fox is working on adapting the 1987 four-issue Fantastic Four vs. the X-Men. Comic book fans rejoice! The limited comic book series revolves around characters already established in Fox’s X-Men films like Kitty Pride, Wolverine, Rogue, and Storm as well as Fantastic Four characters Johnny Storm and Ben Grimm. An adaption of Fantastic Four vs. the X-Men would be the best and smartest way to bridge the two franchises. However we’re left wondering when the crossover will be introduced. Will X-Men: Days of Future Past feature a post-credits scene promoting Fantastic Four? Will Fantastic Four, when it’s released in 2015, feature a cameo from a major X-Men character? Or will it have a post-credits scene to lead into a crossover film?  Even though we might be nearly entirely sure of a Fantastic Four and X-Men crossover film, we’re not sure when we’ll see it. We have so many questions!  Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @mollyrockit //
  • Marvel's Phase 3 Will Be Much Different, Much Better
    By: Molly Freeman Mar 15, 2014
    Columbia Pictures via Everett Collection The third phase in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe will be the first to focus primarily on non-Avengers heroes since the studio kicked off the successful franchise in 2008. So far, the only definite film is Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man, which will kick off Phase 3, although Variety reported that third installments of Captain America and Thor would be included as well.  However, other rumors point toward movies based on Doctor Strange and Black Widow as well as a sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy, which would tip the balance of heroes away from the Avengers. Additionally scripts for comic heroes like The Runaways and Black Panther have also been commissioned by Marvel, and might make it to the big screen for Marvel’s third phase. Even with planned Captain America and Thor films, Phase 3 seems like it will be a brief vacation for the Avengers crew while Marvel explores new properties (and while the studio renegotiates its contracts with Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, and Mark Ruffalo). Now we’re wondering if Phase 3, which will transition away from the heroes we’ve come to associate with Marvel, will be just as successful. We’d certainly like to think so. Just because something is different doesn’t mean it won’t be good. In this case, Marvel has proven that they can pull off a cinematic shared universe with well-known heroes. It’ll be interesting to see how they handle Ant-Man and Doctor Strange. Plus, fans of the franchise that haven’t read the comics will be introduced to a whole new crop of superheroes. As one of those fans, I’m particularly excited. Given the success of Marvel so far, there’s no doubt that Phase 3 will be fantastic. If nothing else, at least we won’t have to worry about over-working Iron Man. Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @mollyrockit //
  • Will Season 2 of ‘Orphan Black’ Live Up to the Hype?
    By: Molly Freeman Mar 14, 2014
    BBC America If you haven’t heard of Orphan Black, our first question for you is, "What rock have you been living under?" The BBC America sci-fi series premiered roughly a year ago but it has acquired a cult following that could rival Battlestar Galactica fandom. From insisting the show’s star Tatiana Maslany was snubbed by both the Golden Globes and the Emmys to speading the word of the 10-episode first season to everyone and their mother, it’s been hard to escape the hype around Orphan Black. Now that the show’s second season is about a month away from premiering, however, we need to talk about whether Orphan Black will suffer from a sophomore slump or come back better than ever. The 30-second trailer, released by Space, recaps the first year effectively — and offers many words of praise given to Orphan Black during its debut season. However, for clips from the new season, it’s best to check out Orphan Black’s Instagram. The short clips preview a new character, played by Michiel Huisman, as well as some new information about Rachel — the supposed original — through her interactions with Cosima and Paul. There will be changing loyalties, abductions, and hopefully some more answers about the mysterious illness that Katya introduced in Season 1. It seems Season 2 will delve more into the biology and history of the clones, and hopefully we’ll get some answers to questions from the first season. Whether it will live up to the hype or not, we’ll have to wait and see, but we have faith that season two will be just as epic as season one. And most importantly: Felix will return in all his snarky, hilarious glory. So season two of Orphan Black is bound to be amazing. Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @mollyrockit //
  • ‘Wolf Watch’ vs. ‘The After After Show’: Which ‘Teen Wolf’ After Show Is Superior?
    By: Molly Freeman Mar 14, 2014
    MTV It might seem a little excessive that MTV’s Teen Wolf has not one but two after-shows for fans to watch. There’s Wolf Watch, hosted by former cast member Jill Wagner, that airs on MTV immediately following Teen Wolf, and then there’s The After After Show, hosted by Morgan Evans, which is streamed on MTV.com. Although they both offer more teenaged werewolf fun for fans, which after show is the best? Hosts Wagner or Evans? While we certainly love the ever-classy Wagner — and she has credibility since she was actually on Teen Wolf —  we’re going to have to go with Evans. Personally, we look for humor, and the ability to deliver off-color jokes without offending us, in an after show host. Wolf Watch 0, The After After Show 1 Guests Each week, The After After Show welcomes a guest on the show. Sometimes it’s a cast member; sometimes it’s Jeff Davis himself. However, one guest pales in comparison to what Wolf Watch offers: three guests from Teen Wolf, another MTV series, or a musician. And they’re always hilarious. Wolf Watch 1, The After After Show 1 Segments Can we talk about The After After Show’s “Teen Wolf: The Reality Show” segment and how amazing it is? Also, the “Gif-Bait” segment provides all the silly faces we could ever want. Meanwhile, Wolf Watch only has a discussion of the most recent Teen Wolf episode. They also keep a running tally of the hook ups, fights, and shirtless dudes, which, we’ll admit, is hard work, but nothing in comparison to TAAS. Wolf Watch 1, The After After Show 2 Clips Although The After After Show is fantastic, MTV gives all the preview clips — and that awesome end-of-season trailer — to Wolf Watch. It’s a no brainer. Wolf Watch 2, The After After Show 2 Fan Engagement Although Wolf Watch’s Alpha of the Week gets his or her questions answered by the cast, The After After Show actually grants fan wishes. Plus, Evans’ co-host, Lohanthany, picks his favorite fan reactions under #PackReacts on Instagram, which offers even more interactivity. Wolf Watch 2, The After After Show 3 Winner: The After After Show! Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @mollyrockit //
  • What We Want to See in a Black Widow Movie
    By: Molly Freeman Mar 12, 2014
    Columbia Pictures via Everett Collection Fans of the Marvel Universe have been pushing for a solo Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow film since 2012’s The Avengers. Now that Kevin Feige has announced Marvel is in fact developing a movie all about Black Widow with Scarlett Johansson, it’s time to get our speculation caps on! So what do the fans want to see in Marvel’s upcoming super heroine film? So far, Black Widow has appeared in just as many films as the other superheroes in Marvel’s franchise: Iron Man 2, The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Solider, andThe Avengers: Age of Ultron. But she’s been mostly a mystery.  In Iron Man 2 and The Avengers, we saw brief glimpses into her past — there was a fleeting dive into her childhood and history when Black Widow was talking to Loki. Feige also revealed that Black Widow will have an important character arc over the course of The Winter Soldier and Age of Ultron. Feige told Variety that Black Widow’s part in Age of Ultron will be substantial and viewers will “learn more about her past and learn more about where she came from and how she became in that film.” While we’re excited to get a more detailed look into Natasha Romanoff’s past — who she is, where she came from, and how she became the superheroine we know today — we’re wondering what that will leave for a Black Widow movie. A solo film for Black Widow can’t be an origin story — unless it was set entirely in the past, which we don’t recommend (and highly doubt) — like Iron Man, Thor, or Captain America: The First Avenger. So we’d like to see her strike out on her own and distance herself a little bit from the rest of the superheroes in the universe.  If we were to see any cameos or appearances from the other Avengers, we would only like to see Clint Barton/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). Given their close friendship in The Avengers — and the fan-favorite line “You and I remember Budapest very differently” — we’d like to see their relationship developed a little bit more. But not a romantic relationship. That’s one thing we don’t want to see.  And yes, we’d like to know what happened in Budapest. (Wouldn’t it be awesome if they used flashbacks and unreliable narrators like in True Detective? Okay, okay, now I’m dreaming.) Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @mollyrockit //
  • Should BBC America Modernize Its New 'Robin Hood' Series?
    By: Molly Freeman Mar 12, 2014
    BBC BBC America recently announced that it would be rebooting the classic tale of Robin Hood — you know, the archer who steals from the rich and gives to the poor. However, the network is putting a little spin on the classic folktale by making Robin Hood the same person as the Sheriff of Nottingham. According to the Deadline report on Nottingham, the show will be written by Cole Haddon, creator of NBC’s Dracula, in the vein of Game of Thrones. The Sheriff of Nottingham will be loyal to the king by day, and a hero to the people by night. It's already an interesting twist on the old story. But we are wondering if Nottingham would be more interesting if they modernized the classic character as well. First off, BBC already recently ran a Robin Hood series (titled Robin Hood, appropriately) from 2006-2009 that took place in the same Medieval time period as every single Robin Hood story. Besides, modernizing classic characters is proving to be more successful on television: both BBC and CBS have found success in updating the story of Sherlock Holmes — Sherlock and Elementary are widely popular, though different enough to appeal to similar audiences.  The only drawback of modernizing Nottingham is that it will encourage comparisons to both Batman and The CW’s Arrow — whose main hero is himself a loose twist on the Robin Hood character. However, with the unprecedented popularity of superhero film franchises and television shows, it would be more good than bad to be mentioned alongside Batman or Arrow. If Nottingham were able to strike a good balance between a superhero series and the beloved folktale, especially in a modern setting, it would appeal to a wider audience. Also, given Haddon’s treatment of Dracula, and the show’s floundering ratings, we’re worried he won’t do much better with Nottingham — and a modern twist might be the kick this show needs. Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @mollyrockit //
  • Is There Any Way Karen Gillan Can Make ABC’s ‘Selfie’ Work?
    By: Molly Freeman Mar 12, 2014
    WENN.com We won’t lie to you: based on the title alone, we were very, very, very skeptical about ABC’s developing comedy series Selfie. We know it was the word of the year, but come on. Can you blame us? Remember the horrible 18-episode run of $h*! My Dad Says (which was based on an actually hilarious Twitter)? However, since the comedy pilot cast Karen Gillan in the lead role, our perceptions have totally changed. From the creator of Suburgatory, Selfie was originally pitched as a modern take on My Fair Lady (...so like a non-high school She’s All That, for anyone whose movie collection doesn't date back that far). More reports reveal the series is about a self-centered twentysomething who becomes infamous after an unflattering video goes viral. Following the mishap, she enlists a marketing expert in order to repair her image.  Gillan, well known for her role of Amy Pond on Doctor Who (which allowed her to test some comedy muscles), will play the leading lady of Selfie. Since leaving the BBC sci-fi series, she’s proven her comedy chops on Adult Swim’s NTSF:SD:SUV. So, will Gillan be able to pull off this pilot? We’re starting to hope so. Gillan is hopelessly adorable and immediately lovable; she’s kind of like the Scottish version of Jennifer Lawrence. Selfie needs a hilarious and relatable leading lady in order to make the pilot work. Gillan has both those qualities, plus she has a following from her days alongside the Doctor. Of course, no matter how good an actor or actress is, a television show’s success rests mainly on the creator and writer. If the script for Selfie is really bad, Gillan can only hope to make it slightly less bad. However, from what we’ve heard so far, there’s a good chance Selfie will be entertaining as hell.  Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @mollyrockit //
  • Which Joss Whedon Shows Really Need a Revival?
    By: Molly Freeman Mar 11, 2014
    20th Century Fox Television Recently there have been rumors about reviving some of Joss Whedon’s long canceled properties. Tim Minear, a producer on Firefly, said he’d love to bring back the show — canceled in 2003 — for a limited series. Diehard fans of the space cowboy drama jumped on these comments, hoping for another revival of the show.  Additionally, Jed Whedon, Joss’ brother and collaborator, confirmed that a sequel to Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog would happen. He told Entertainment Weekly it “will exist, in some format or another, at some point in the future,” which is about as vague as any statement could possibly be. With all these rumors going around, it leads to the question: do these series — and Whedon’s other prematurely canceled projects — need to be revived? Firefly Although we loved Firefly as much as any other Browncoat, it has to be said: the show was already revived! The series concluded with the theatrical release of Serenity, so does it really need another conclusion? No. Perhaps the series didn’t end the way we’d wished it to, but sometimes you have to let a dead Wash lie.  Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog While fans might jump at the prospect of a sequel to Dr. Horrible, it’s not entirely necessary. Dr. Horrible is totally self-contained — it wasn’t canceled before Whedon could tie up all the loose ends. That being said, even though a sequel isn’t needed to make Dr. Horrible feel complete, it wouldn’t hurt either. Dollhouse Although no one has mentioned bringing back Dollhouse, it seems to be the most incomplete out of all of Whedon’s projects. The second season was too rushed due to network intervention, and despite the finale episode tying up as much as it could, we doubt fans would protest a revival — or maybe even a reboot. (Hint, hint. Wink, wink.) Follow @Hollywood_com // Follow @mollyrockit //