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Entertainment Round-Up: The DC/CW spin-off gets a name, Agent Carter gets a 2nd season and more, UPDATE: Constantine Cancelled

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– We’ve talked about it some, and it seemed like only an eventuality, but The CW has officially picked up the Arrow/Flash spin-off and has given it a real title: DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.

The series, which stars Arthur Darvill as Rip Hunter, follows the time-traveler as he is tasked with assembling a group of heroes and villains to confront an unstoppable threat, where both the planet and time itself is at stake.

Also appearing in the new series will be Victor Garber, Brandon Routh, Caity Lotz, Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell, Ciara Renee, and Franz Drameh. Each either reprising their roles from Arrow and The Flash, or starring as new characters for the series, such as Renee’s Hawkgirl.

So, at the very least The Atom, the first Black Canary, Captain Cold, Heatwave, Rip Hunter, Hawkgirl and one half of Firestorm are heading up this team. Drameh’s character is the only mystery remaining, here’s how the casting rumors described his part:

“MYSTERY HERO” | An African-American male in his twenties will fill the role of a regular, street smart guy who unexpectedly gains powers, and then, as part of the team, regularly quips about the insanity of the situations.

– In exciting news for anyone that’s a fan of good genre television, ABC opted to renew Agent Carter, despite being a somewhat soft performer ratings-wise (averaging about 5 million viewers an episode). Showrunners Michelle Fazekas and Tara Butters are expected to return. Also, as expected, ABC renewed Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for another season.

While I’m fairly lukewarm to negative on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the potential of Agent Carter is pretty tremendous, given its cast and concept. I rather hope that next season does the “ten year jump forward” bit that Hayley Atwell has mentioned in the past. It’s a series that could afford to shake things up somewhat, and really, who doesn’t want to see Peggy Carter in the “Mad Men era” or better yet, something Jim Steranko-inspired? Plus, I really just want to see John Slattery take over the Howard Stark role at this point.

– With this good news though, it looks like ABC only had so much room for Marvel programming, as according to Deadline, the proposed Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spin-off focused on Adrianne Palicki‘s Bobbi Morse will not go forward. Truthfully, that might have been a blow that its parent series might not have recovered from.

– Lastly, Hugh Jackman has confirmed that this next Wolverine entry will be his last, per an interview with an Australian talkshow:

This will be my last one. It just felt like it was the right time to do it. And let’s be honest, 17 years! I never thought in a million years it would last, so I’m so grateful to the fans for the opportunity of playing it. I kind of have in my head what we’re going to do in this last one. It just feels like this is the perfect way to go out.

It feels like Jackman says this every few years, but given that he’s starting to creep up in age (he’s currently 46) and the sheer torture he probably puts himself through to get into “Wolverine shape”, it’s surely for the best.

Update: We’ve just learned that NBC has cancelled Constantine. So, I am two for two on my predictions from yesterday. Perhaps Warner Bros can find another home for the series, though the SyFy channel rumor was debunked a few months back.

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  1. Franz Drameh as Jay Jackson
    “The Edge of Tomorrow star will play Jay Jackson, a former high school athlete whose pro career was derailed by an injury. Now making ends meet as an auto mechanic, Jay will come to have a surprising affiliation with the S.T.A.R. Labs crew.”

    It sounds like they merged (HA!) Ronnie Raymond with Jason Rusch.
    But… all three of the Firestorm principals have appeared on The Flash, so…
    Maybe one of the previous actors isn’t available? Berlanti has stated that Ronnie Raymond is not part of the cast.
    Or maybe he’s Cyborg?

  2. Having not seen Arrow or Flash, could care less about Legends of Tomorrow, even if the premise seems intriguing. Very glad, however, about Agent Carter returning; there’s never a such thing as too much Hayley Atwell.

  3. Comics are king, right now.

    Now that all the relevant pick-ups, renewals, and cancellations are on the table, there will, now, be 8 TV series based on DC Comics properties:

    The CW — Arrow; The Flash; DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow; iZombie
    FOX — Gotham; Lucifer
    CBS — Supergirl
    AMC — Preacher

    There could’ve been 9, had NBC, or someone else, saved “Constantine”.

    Not to be outdone, Marvel also have 8 series in various stages of development:

    ABC — Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.; Agent Carter
    Netflix — Daredevil; A.K.A. Jessica Jones; Luke Cage; Iron Fist; The Defenders
    PlayStation — Powers (published by Marvel, but not owned by Marvel)

    And, finally, for the sake of completeness, the only other comic book based series, currently, running is “The Walking Dead”.

    It’s a great time to be a fan of the genre.

  4. There’s talk of “Constantine” moving to another network, so maybe it will be 9 for DC.

    All these comics-based shows are good news for several middle-aged fans I know, who won’t leave their home to see a movie (not even AGE OF ULTRON) but will happily binge on TV shows.

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