Subscribe Now: Feed Icon

Prodigal Son Interview with Frank Harts

Prodigal Son Interview

Bob Morley Interview

What's Happening in Season 6?

Manifest: Matt Long Interview

What's next for Zeke?

Riverdale: Jelly Bean and Gladys Jones

How will the family reunion go?

Elseworlds Interview with Arrow's Stephen Amell and The Flash's Grant Gustin

Superhero Suit Swap!!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

The 100 Season 3 Preview: Three Months Later....

The 100 Season 3 picks up three months after the annihilation of the Mountain Men at Mount Weather. Over these months, there have been many changes, but Clarke and Bellamy's decision to exterminate an entire people hangs heavy over everything that's going on with the Skaikru, Trikru and other clans.

Executive Producer Jason Rothenberg said, "They are all Grounders now technically." And, that's evident immediately in Season 3. The term "Grounders" is too general to be of much value as a describer going forward with the show's expanding world. It could be argued that the original "100" and Arkers who joined them form another clan outside the 12 Clan coalition. They are the Skaikru.

The events at Mount Weather affect everyone who knows what happened emotionally, physically, romantically and/or politically. There's peace, but that doesn't mean it's all good. The peace is tenuous as Kane reminds Bellamy in the first teaser trailer.

During the three months, the Skaikru established a true home base and have taken advantage of technology. As the above image from the trailer shows, they have a vehicle now and horses too. This allows them to move around the lands more quickly and helps showcase the expansive world they must navigate.

One of the best moments of the premiere takes place in the truck and is a brief moment of lightness and joy in otherwise dark and dangerous world. It's a scene that will likely be replayed on repeat for a long time. (At least, I plan on doing that!)

I've only watched "Wanheda: Part One and Part Two" and it's an impressive start to my favorite series on television. I wasn't sure how The 100 would possibly follow up the first two seasons, but Jason Rothenberg, the writers, directors, cast, and crew have exceeded my expectations.

The 100 is fundamentally the same show as we saw last spring, but as there was a focal shift between Seasons 1 and 2, there's another one in Season 3. The intensity hasn't waned, instead the threats are even greater now.

In addition to the story of the Skaikru and the Clans, separately Jaha's journey with ALIE continues and Murphy begins to uncover more about what happened years prior in the bunker.

While you probably want to know more about what happens and specifics about certain characters, I'll leave that to the full trailer which comes out on Monday, December 14. Once that's released, I'll have a better feel for what I can and cannot say.

One tidbit, I'll leave you with is that Trigedasleng is used for communication more often than in the past seasons. When and how it's used instead of English speaks volumes over the words being said at times. It's another example of the world expanding and the assimilation of the Skaikru.

The 100 Season 3 doesn't hold anything back. It begins with a tortured soul and with the exception of the one truck scene I mentioned, that intensity doesn't let up. Mount Weather and what happened there provides an undercurrent to personal and political decisions being made, people's mental and physical state and really just about everything you will see on the screen.

Check out the The 100 trailer and watch the season premiere Thursday, January 21 at 9 pm ET on the CW!

You can find most of my The 100 interviews and other coverage at BuddyTV, including from a set visit this Fall. I'll also be hosting the "Inside the 100" aftershow each week and additional thoughts here at TV Diehard.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

The Vampire Diaries Interview: Kat Graham Teases the Mid-Season Finale

It's Christmas time on The Vampire Diaries Season 7 Episode 9, "Cold as Ice," and there's a lot stirring after Lily's sacrifice. While Stefan and Damon search for Julian, Caroline and Alaric are dealing with her unique pregnancy.

This leaves Bonnie to work a Toys for Tots drive without her friends. BuddyTV caught up with Kat Graham on set in Atlanta to find out what Bonnie's up to for the holidays and the surprising person who shows up to help her at the toy drive.

"The Christmas episode is actually when you start to see Bonnie interacting more with the Heretics and you start to see those storylines develop," teases Graham. This is a change from when Bonnie was killing Heretics or being with those who were killing the Heretics.

Check out the full interview at BuddyTV.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Supernatural Interview: Ruth Connell on Lucifer's Return and Rowena Helping Sam

After performing a disappearing act, Rowena's back to help the Winchester brothers deal with their Darkness problem in Supernatural Season 11 Episode 9, "O Brother Where Art Thou?" And, it may have to do with a certain someone in a cage. We caught up with Ruth Connell to find out what brings Rowena back, how the reunion with Crowley goes, Rowena's reaction to Lucifer and more.

Supernatural Interview: Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki Tease "Unique Alliances Taking Shape">>>

BuddyTV: What brings Rowena back?

Connell: Thank goodness Rowena's been pulled back in. ... There's a big cliffhanger in this episode and it very much leads into Episode 10 and we filmed the episodes together. It might actually be that the Winchesters might need something from her. I think when we last saw her, they needed her to free Castiel and here they are again. She's like their nice aunty, she keeps helping them. You'll see how she's brought back in. It's a bit of fun.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The 100 SDCC 2015 Interviews with Jason Rothenberg and Eliza Taylor

At San Diego Comic-Con, I attended The 100 press room and go some insight into The 100 Season 3 from Executive Producer Jason Rothenberg and Eliza Taylor (Clarke). Rothenberg reminded us that "They are all Grounders now technically."

He delved into the expanding mythology and how the conflict between the different factions will grow. The AI story with ALIE will also be a big part of The 100 Season 3.  Check out the full interview with Rothenberg at BuddyTV.

After refusing to enter Camp Jaha, Clarke's journey was not an easy one. Taylor teased, "[Clarke]'s going to be losing her mind a little bit." She'll be dealing with what she did at Mount Weather alone away from her people.

Check out the full interview with Taylor at BuddyTV, including her thoughts on Clarke leaving her friends and family, Lexa's betrayal, ALIE and more!

The 100 Season 3 returns in 2016.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

The 100 Postmortem Interview: EP Jason Rothenberg Discusses Season 2 Finale and What's Coming in Season 3

Victory to the Sky People! Clarke succeeded in saving her people, but it came at a great cost to the world and to her personally when all but one of the Mountain Men were eliminated. Meanwhile, Thelonious reached his destination and the City of Light wasn't at all what he expected.

The 100 Season 2 finale was brutal and shocking throughout the hour. What comes next? BuddyTV spoke with Executive Producer Jason Rothenberg to get the scoop on A.L.I.E, the future of Mount Weather, Clarke's state of mind and how the Grounders will play into Season 3. 

This is the second part of our conversation, for the full interview, read the first part: The 100 Season 2 Finale Interview: EP Jason Rothenberg Teases 'It Can Always Get Darker,' including the War Games reference.

BuddyTV: You mentioned War Games earlier. A.L.I.E, is she Joshua?

Rothenberg: Well, I loved War Games, but she is an AI. She's an Artificial Intelligence, a sentient computer program that when she gained sentience, she sort of had the hard take off that Ray Kurzweil talked about in "The Singularity is Near," which is a book everyone should read certainly as we go into Season 3. 

Ultimately, [she] looked on mankind for one reason or another -- all of which we will explore in Season 3 -- and was in fact responsible for the end of the world. We never answered that question before. We never brought up that question really before. And we plan on playing in that world more in Season 3. 

Is she Joshua? She's an AI who ended the world and ultimately was trapped in some way by her creator, whether it's that guy in the video or not, remains to be seen, but was trapped in that house for 97 years.  He wasn't able to stop her from ending the world, from launching the nukes, but he was able to trap her. The big questions for Season 3 are: What does she want? Why is she like this? What does she mean when she says we have work to do?

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

'The 100' Season 2 Finale Interview: EP Jason Rothenberg Teases 'It Can Always Get Darker'

The 100 finale is already here. In "Blood Must Have Blood, Part Two," the battle between the Sky People and the Mountain Men hits the peak of its crescendo in epic fashion. With all hope lost, Clarke, Octavia, Bellamy, Jasper and Monty have to find a way to save their people. What sacrifices will they have to make along the way?

BuddyTV spoke with Executive Producer and Creator Jason Rothenberg to find out how Clarke moves on after Lexa's betrayal, whether there's any hope in this world, Jaha's quest for the City of Light and the difficult decision facing Clarke.

BuddyTV: Clarke at the end of "Blood Must Have Blood, Part One," she was left just standing there. How is she able to take that disappointment and forge forward with her people in danger.

Rothenberg: That moment is designed obviously to be the lowest of the low. The low point where everything she had going into the episode and into the ultimate battle for Mount Weather was taken away from her including the woman she had been falling for romantically. Everything is taken away from her in that moment. And her people are left to die and she has no way in and when we find her that's where she still is. 

She doesn't know how she's going to do this. She knows that door's not an option so she heads to the door she knows about. That's where she finds Octavia and of course things transpire from there.  I think it's always darkest before the dawn, but I guess in The 100 it can always get darker. [Laughs] And that's where this episode begins.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The 100: Who's Still Alive in "Blood Must Have Blood, Part One"?

The CW has released the official description for The 100 Season 2 Episode 15, "Blood Must Have Blood, Part One," airing on Wednesday, March 5.

Who's alive in the first hour of The 100 Season 2 Finale?

ONE STEP FORWARD, TWO STEPS BACK — Clarke (Eliza Taylor) and Lexa (guest star Alycia Debnam Carey) prepare for battle, while Raven (Lindsey Morgan) and Wick (guest star Steve Talley) experience a major setback.  Meanwhile, Octavia (Marie Avgeropoulos) and Lincoln (Ricky Whittle) are each forced to make a difficult decision.  At Mount Weather, Jasper (Devon Bostick) and Maya (guest star Eve Harlow) witness a horrible act, Bellamy (Bob Morley) follows through on a promise and Cage (guest star Johnny Whitworth) goes public with powerful information.  Paige Turco, Isaiah Washington, Henry Ian Cusick and Chris Larkin also star.  

The episode was directed by Omar Madha and written by Aaron Ginsburg & Wade McIntyre.

Does this make you happy? Worried for someone not listed?

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The 100 Video Preview and Speculation: Who Tries to Kill Lexa?

What happens in the aftermath of Finn's death? The 100 Season 2 Episode 9, "Remember Me," begins to answer that question. Can the Sky People and the Grounders make peace and form an alliance to fight against the Mountain Men?

Clarke's decision to kill Finn to protect him from suffering the pain of 18 deaths will have far-reaching ramifications for her and those around her.

Check out the extended video preview for "Remember Me."

Lexa was ready to kill Finn for the massacre, yet she warns Clarke that her decision to kill him out of mercy will stay with her forever, "The dead are gone. What you did tonight will haunt you until the end of your days."

Not only does Clarke have to live with what she did, she has put the pressure of a truce upon herself as well. She saved Finn from pain, but was that all she did? "If this truce doesn't hold, I killed Finn for nothing," fears Clarke.

A peace seems done at the feast as Lexa announces, "Tonight we celebrate our new found peace. Tomorrow we plan our war." That peace doesn't last long when it appears that someone attempted to poison Lexa.

Did Raven try to kill Lexa? I don't think so. Though, nice slap there between Raven and Clarke. It will not be easy for Raven to get over Clarke's betrayal. Raven's insult hit the heart, "You're the only murderer here." 

The question is: Who wants Lexa dead?

Did Indra provide the answer, "If she's dead so is the alliance." The Arkers want the alliance to protect themselves and to save their people in Mount Weather. They have no reason to kill Lexa and Raven seems honest in her declaration that it wasn't her.

The only one who would come out ahead if Lexa died is .... Indra.

Indra has been vocal in her disapproval of Lexa's decisions when it comes to the Sky People. If it's not her, then my guess would be Nyko. He would have access to poison as the Grounders' doctor. He lost his son in the massacre and has good reason to be upset and against the alliance.

Who do you think tried to kill Lexa? Will Clarke overcome what she did to Finn? Or will he haunt her forever? And will Raven forgive Clarke ... ever?

Watch The 100 Season 2 Episode 9, "Remember Me," on Wednesday, January 21 at 9 pm ET on the CW.

Monday, January 12, 2015

The Dovekeepers First Look: Women Warriors

CBS has a new two night mini-series airing this spring, The Dovekeepers, based on Alice Hoffman’s historical novel and executive produced by Roma Downey and Mark Burnett. 

The Dovekeepers takes place in ancient Israel and follows a group of strong women warriors who fight for survival at the siege of Masada. It was filmed in actual ruins in Malta with some overhead shots from Masada.

Check out the first video preview of The Dovekeepers.

The Dovekeepers will air on Tuesday, March 31 after NCIS and finish on Wednesday, April 1.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Gotham Midseason Premiere Preview: Awesome Guests at Arkham Asylum and More!

When Gotham returns in 2015, Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) is working at Arkham Asylum in "Rogues' Gallery" after being kicked out of Gotham City PD. The focus on the asylum presents an opportunity for the series to introduce some intriguing new characters. Gordon finds himself investigating the murder of a fellow guard.

Morena Baccarin (Firefly, Homeland) guest stars as Dr. Leslie Thompkins. She works in the women's wing at Arkham, but shows up to help out when Gordon's investigation takes an unexpected turn. Could she be a potential new love interest for Jim since Barbara has moved on with another? Hmm... They look good together!

Baccarin is joined by Allyce Beasley (Moonlighting) who perfectly portrays Nurse Dorothy Duncan. It's been a few years since I've seen Beasley on TV and it's been well worth the wait. She was well-cast in the role and a highlight of the hour. How awesome is that nurse's outfit?

There are several notable Arkham patients in "Rogues' Gallery," but the best known is played by genre favorite, Christopher Heyerdahl (Hell on Wheels, True Blood, Supernatural). He's seen below dressed for a play being put on by the Arkham residents. Nice mob wig!

While much of the hour is spent in Arkham Asylum and Jim's investigation into a mystery at the facility, "The Penguin" is in action and making a move, while Fish Mooney continues her quest for power.

One of the most interesting turns occurs as a result of Selina Kyle's decision to help a sick Ivy Pepper. 

Ivy does something that has the potential to be a major disruption. This pair of young girls and the evolving relationship between the two is almost as intriguing to watch unfold as that of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle. The younger generation easily could steal the show away from the adult characters and the often boring turf war.

Gotham Season 1 Episode 11, "Rogues' Gallery," airs on Monday, January 5 at 8 pm ET on FOX.