We’re reaching the end of a long week and Hannah and I are working to book up our travel plans for a couple of the big cons this year, SDCC specifically (and don’t forget that open registration is this Saturday for anybody that’s hoping to go!). But, with that in mind, here are your big entertainment headlines for the day:
– FOX has given the green-light for a pilot based on Mike Carey‘s DC/Vertigo series Lucifer. This adaptation will see Jerry Bruckheimer Television, Aggresive Mediocrity, and Warner Bros. TV team up for a pilot directed by Len Wiseman (Underworld) with a script by Tom Kampinos. Wiseman, Jerry Bruckheimer, and Jonathan Littman will executive produce the series that will follow Lucifer, the Lord of Hell, as he resigns his throne for the “shimmering insanity” of Los Angeles. From there, he’ll team up with the L.A.P.D. to solve crimes and punish the guilty.
– Are you still curious about the fate of NBC’s Constantine? It hasn’t been cancelled yet, and producer Daniel Cerone clarified the time-table in which a decision might be made over Twitter:
— Daniel Cerone (@DanielVCerone) February 19, 2015
There remains a glimmer of hope for fans.
– Starz’ upcoming continuation of The Evil Dead franchise, Ash vs. Evil Dead, is scheduled to debut this coming Halloween. Dread Central recently interviewed Bruce Campbell, who will be reprising his cult favorite role of Ash Williams, and in that same report they state that Sam Raimi (Army of Darkness, Spider-Man) will direct the series’ initial episode. I don’t have Starz, but the temptation is very strong here, very strong indeed.
– Lastly, I know there’s a few Doctor Who fans in the crowd, and they got some good news today as Michelle Gomez will be reprising her role of MISSY in soon to begin filming ninth series of the show. I was a huge admirer of last year’s set of episodes, and the chemistry between Peter Capaldi and Gomez was rather wonderful. She’ll be making her return in the premiere two-parter “The Magician’s Apprentice/The Witch’s Familiar” written by Steven Moffat and directed by Hettie Macdonald (no relation to this site’s Editor in Chief).
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