Weekly Highlights May 8-14

Here are the highlights (and lowlights) from the past week in movies, television and gaming…

MOVIES:

After a 35 year(!!!) wait, the sequel to Blade Runner is just a few short months away from being released, and we finally have a full-length trailer. The 1982 original wasn’t a huge hit when it was released, but over the years it has developed one hell of a cult following. The anticipation for this one is through the roof, but 35 years is a long time to wait…

The two big releases this week were King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and Snatched, but it seems moviegoers were more interested in spending their hard earned dollars on Guardians of the Galaxy. King Arthur is turning out to be the biggest bomb of the summer, and Snatched isn’t doing much better (though it cost significantly less to make).

Powers Boothe, the well known character actor, sadly passed away in his sleep at the age of 68. For the past 40 years, he has appeared in dozens of TV shows and movies, usually playing the tough guy villain. His most well known roles from the last few years were as Gideon Malick in Agents of SHIELD and as the evil Senator Roark in the Sin City movies.

TELEVISION:

Even though the networks don’t announce their official fall schedules until next week, some renewals, cancellations and new shows have already been announced. CBS and the CW renewed the majority of their shows a couple months back, but here are this weeks announcements:                                                                                                                                                   ABC: It was a bloodbath at ABC this week, with the shows Imaginary Mary, The Real O’Neals, Secrets & Lies, Last Man Standing, The Catch, Dr. Ken and American Crime all got axed. American Housewife and Designated Survivor will each return for a second season, while Modern Family and The Goldbergs were renewed for 2 more seasons each. Agents of SHIELD (sweet), Once Upon a Time, Speechless, Fresh Off the Boat and Black-ish will all be returning as well.                                                                    CW: The verdict on their final 4 shows is out. Frequency and No Tomorrow are finished. The Originals and iZombie (yay!) were renewed.                                               FOX: Sleepy Hollow and Rosewood won’t be back, nor will rookie shows APB, Son of Zorn and Making History. Gotham, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Last Man on Earth (yay!!) will both get a fourth season. Somehow The Exorcist was also renewed, surprising everyone. New Girl will be back for a shortened, final season.                        NBC: Chicago PD, Med and Fire, as well as Taken, SVU, The Blacklist & Blindspot, will all return in the fall. Spinoff series Blacklist:Redemption was cut however.                 CBS: 2 Broke Girls was finally put out of our its misery, rookie show The Great Indoors is now done, and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders is beyond hope. Elementary, Code Black and The Amazing Race will be back

When the cancellations started being announced, the one that seemed to upset the most people was when NBC decided to get rid of Timeless. It was far from the worst performing show on the network, but it was very expensive to produce. Then, in what is a very rare move for a network, NBC decided to un-cancel the show and bring it back for a second season afterall. The biggest hurdle the show had to overcome was it’s timeslot, so the network is trying to find an earlier timeslot for it. Hopefully viewership picks up!

Once Upon a Time, which was just renewed for a seventh season, will be missing some key players when it comes back in the fall. It was previously announced that the next season would be a “reset” and many current cast members would be departing. However, series star Jennifer Morrison (who was one of the few expected to return) has just confirmed she will only appear in a single episode next year. Ginnifer Goodwin (Snow), Josh Dallas (Charming), Jared Gilmore (Henry), Emilie de Ravin (Belle) and Rebecca Mader (Zelena) are also leaving. With only 3 of the main characters sticking around, this “reset” is going to be a vastly different show.

One of the buzzier shows to be picked up for the fall is the new Marvel show, Gifted. Unlike fellow Marvel show Legion, this one will be tied directly into the X-Men movie series. Bryan Singer, who directed four of the X-movies, is directing the pilot episode. Don’t expect Wolverine or Deadpool to show up anytime soon though.

GAMING:

Sadly, there’s not too much for gamers to be excited about this week as there is a serious lack of any big name games out this week. The highest profile game to come out is Resident Evil: Code Veronica X as a PS2-on-PS4 title. The game is 17 years old, but it truthfully is one of the better games in the Resident Evil series.

The first big Ubisoft rumor of the week, even though it has been speculated for over a year, is that the next Assassin’s Creed game will be set in ancient Egypt. Apparently the game will have a massive open world, two protagonists, and the return of sea combat. Of course, nothing is confirmed until Ubisoft says so.

The second Ubisoft rumor is that the next Far Cry game will be set in the old west. Whether it’s Far Cry 5 or another spinoff like Primal is unknown, but if true this would be  bad idea. Western themed games aren’t exactly the most popular genre, and with Red Dead getting a sequel this fall, there very likely wouldn’t be room for both.

A leaked report from Bioware has provided some information that may make some gamers upset. The company has decided to indefinitely step away from the Mass Effect series and focus on other games. The last game in the series, Mass Effect: Andromeda, was met with a somewhat mixed reaction (read my review here), but it wasn’t bad enough to cause the series to be scrapped. If this was the plan all along, maybe they should have stopped the franchise after the original trilogy.

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