Though this is not strictly television news, it is a huge blow to the entertainment industry and to lovers of pop culture. The beloved Leonard Nimoy has passed away at 83 years old due to end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Nimoy has been in the industry for decades, and although he is known best for his role as ‘Spock’-he is known just as well for his amazing, soothing, unforgettable voice. His dear friends and fans have taken to social media to honor his memory-and everyone from The Simpsons to William Shatner have incredibly touching things to say about him.
His friend George Takei said it quite well: “Today, the world lost a great man, and I lost a great friend. We return you now to the stars, Leonard. You taught us to “Live Long And Prosper,” and you indeed did, friend. I shall miss you in so many, many ways”
As you did, we will always remember to Live Long, and Prosper because of you. Rest in Peace.
Another tragic loss this past week in the television arts community was comedy writer Harris Wittels, who passed away of apparent drug overdose at the age of 30. The name may not be well known, but he was quite well known in the comedy world for his outlandish wit and brilliance, writing for shows like ‘The Sarah SIlverman Program’, ‘Parks and Recreation’ and ‘Eastbound and Down’. His face may be recognizable to fans of podcast and show ‘Comedy Bang Bang’. Friends like Sarah Silverman and Chelsea Peretti took to Twitter and Facebook to share their sadness and their stories, but no response was quite as touching as the lengthy letter composed by devoted friend Aziz Ansari. You can read the letter here.
Rest in Peace, Harris.
The minutes, days and weeks are creeping up until Game of Thrones starts up again. HBO has already given us one lengthy trailer that revealed just enough to get us drooling a little bit. This week, they revealed a pretty righteous (okay, amazing) poster and a couple of small character centered clips featuring Brienne of Tarth and the lovable bastard Jon Snuhhhh
There has been a lot of speculation surrounding what this season is going to be like in comparison to their source materials, but the general consensus seems to be that they are steering away from the books overall. This isn’t good news to everyone, but as long as the show continues to deliver on shock value, boobs and quality storylines I don’t see their fan base straying off anytime soon.
In other April news, Netflix is debuting and streaming the entire first season of ‘Daredevil’ starting on April 10th. New clips and posters continue to merge, with the latest one being one of my personal favorites thusfar. There has been some controversy around how Charlie Cox’ Daredevil/Matt Murdock looks in the trailers, but this image seems to be quite close to what fans are expecting.
Showrunner Steven S DeKnight says that the series will be “PG-16”-snuggling up to an R rating but not quite touching it. This is certainly welcome in the superhero universe-which is generally washed down to an age appropriate level-but it is very appropriate to this character. Charlie Cox said:
This is more sinister, and that really suits the character. The hero and the villain… it’s a very blurry line. Let’s say that you didn’t know anything about Daredevil, hopefully you would feel a sense of ambiguity about who’s on the right path here. And, well, you know… we have blood.
Sarah Chalke has signed on to star in Fox comedy “48 Hours Till Monday” opposite funnyman Rob Riggle, ‘3rd Rock From the Sun’ alumna Jane Curtin and Merrin Dungey. Chalke has been keeping busy since her ever scene stealing role as Dr Elliot Reed in ‘Scrubs’-lending her voice to underrated comedy ‘Rick and Morty’ as well as making cameos in ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and ‘Cougartown’ and a recurring role in ‘Backstrom’ opposite Rainn Wilson.
Marvels ‘Agent Carter’ has come to the end of its first-and potentially only-season, which means one thing: ‘Agents of Shield’ is BACK this coming Tuesday!
I started out as a skeptic of the show, because I felt that it started out rather weak, but AOS quickly picked up steam and won me over with its wit and its irresistible cliff hangers. Just to get our blood pumping a little bit harder for the coming mid season premiere they released a beautiful poster giving us a glimpse into the future of the show and its emerging lead character Skye-who has become entangled in the very core of the shows storyline. I cannot wait for Tuesday. WHAT HAVE THEY BECOME?
On March 1st Fox debuts a new series starring Will Forte titled ‘Last Man on Earth’. Forte is…you guessed it, the last man on earth after a virus seemingly kills out the entire population. This isn’t your average post apocalyptic show, being brought to us by comedy power couple Chris Miller and Phil Lord. These guys have created some of the funniest TV and film of the past decade, from the short lived ‘Clone High’ animated series (also starring Forte), Brooklyn Nine Nine, ’21 Jump Street’, ’22 Jump Street’ and ‘The Lego Movie’. This group of guys working on a weekly series together is bound to be nothing short of comedy gold.
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