9.09.2015

Casual Rants is moving Live Journal!!

Link: Casual Rants

Yesterday while attempting to post my entry, I suddenly found myself in an epic battle with Blogger to get the media content formatted correctly. Most particularly that Supernatural video sizing, Blogger just wouldn't allow me to correct it on the HTML screen. As a test, I started a Live Journal account, and mirrored the DVR Awakens post (see above link). Completed the post in a third of the time. Also, the HTML page allowed me to fix the above mentioned Supernatural video sizing issue.

Am I done done with Blogger?

As far as original entries, yes!

I will continue to post links here when I do my bigger entries, but as far as mentally sharpening swords and putting on chainmail armor to in preparation to publish media content here, that is a thing of past.

See y'all over on Casual Rants!!

Cheers!

9.08.2015

The DVR Awakens: A Fall 2015 Genre Show Guide

Earlier this week, whilst casually perusing TheFutonCritic.com Fall 2015 grid, I found an abnormally large number of Genre shows jumping out, sinking their claws into my ears, and shouting “Watch me ya bum! Watch me dammit!”

When I say there are a lot of offerings this season, I kid you not!! Hard to believe that 4 years ago, Genre shows were slim pickings at best, and maybe, just maybe, a few were worth getting excited about (like the Walking Dead, Dr. Who, American Horror Story, Grimm, and Once Upon a Time). The success of these shows, along with Spring offerings the following year, like Game of Thrones, seem to have awoken more than just the major networks realization of the infinite potential for the fantasy, science fiction, and horror genres. They are embracing it!

Having perused the trailers, there are some exciting and cooltastic shows which are going to ignite our TV, computer, and hand-held device screens with boundless wonder, macabre, intense drama, and imaginatively crafted visual storytelling over the next few months!!

So without further ado...


SUNDAYS
Once Upon a Time/Season 5/ABC/Premieres September 27th
A diamond in the rough show for me. The creative forces behind it spin golden threads on twisting classic fairy tales, both in fantasyland and throwing them into the modern world, as finely as Rumpelstiltskin himself...


The Simpsons/Season 27/Fox/Premieres September 27th
If i’m not mistaken, this is longest running scripted show in history. They still got it! Very happy we have another Treehouse of Horror episode this Halloween!
Honorable Mention: Check out Bob’s Burgers too! There was no video promo for this season, but that show is beyond hilarious!


Fear the Walking Dead/Season 1/AMC/Premiered August 23rd
This spin-off series chronicles societies collapse as the zombies outbreak occurs. Creatively a bold endeavor. Well worth watching!!

The Walking Dead/Season 5/AMC/Premieres October 11th
Last season Rick said “We are the Walking Dead.” The intensity of this show is not the zombies and gore, but the emotion and brutality of the human condition. This trailer shows that sanctuary is not necessarily safety...


Into the Badlands/Season 1/AMC/Premieres November 14
This show looks so badass...



The Leftovers/Season 2/HBO/Premieres October 4th
2% of the population disappears, what are you going to do? This season continues this brilliant concept of a show...


The Affair/Season 2/Showtime/Premieres October 4th
A murder mystery told from the different perspectives of each participant having an affair. The perspectives don’t necessarily match. Masterful storytelling...



MONDAYS
Castle/Season 8/ABC/Premieres September 21st
“Hey Cas,” you are most certainly asking, "why you featuring this show? It ain’t no Genre show.”
Good question random strangers. I am not a huge fan of this show, episodes tend to be more procedural than murder mystery for my tastes. However, it stars Nathan Fillon, and I’m a huge fan. In an ideal world, we would be on season 14 of Firefly...


Scorpion/Season 2/CBS/Premieres September 21st
Missed season 1 of this one. Looks like CBS’ version of Marvel’s Agents of Shield. Will be giving it a look-see. Looks entertaining...


Supergirl/Season 1/CBS/Premieres October 26th
Wha? CBS has a super hero show?! The procedural crime drama network doing a super hero show?! We all must be in the Bizzaro universe..


Blindspot/Season 1/NBC/Premieres September 21st
Reminds this geek of the Fifth Element in tone and style. That was a righteous movie! Gonna check this one out...


Gotham/Season 2/Fox/Premieres September 21st
Conceptually a brilliant show. Gotham before Batman. Gordon before he became commissioner. Super villains without a super hero to keep them in check. Stoked we get a 2nd season...


Minority Report/Season 1/Fox/Premieres September 21st
As a fan of the movie, I have high hopes for this one, and…um…for Fox’s demonstrated history of killing good Genre shows before they get their footing is a thing of the past...


X-Files/Season 10/Fox/Premiers January 24th/Airs Monday January 25th
There are 2 show reboots that are giving me a full-fledged geekgasm. This is one of them...


Lucifer/Season 1/Fox/Premiere unannounced
Hm. The devil gives a shit...


Fargo/Season 2/FX/Premieres October 12th
If you’ve seen the movie and/or watched season 1, I know your gonna be watching on Oct. 12th. If you haven’t, watch the movie and/or season 1. After you do, you'll be there for the season premiere. Trust me, you won’t have a choice. It is that good...


The Expanse/Season 1/SyFy/Premieres December 14th
SyFy has this history of producing either complete crap or some of the most phenomenal shows on TV (Farscape, Battlestar Galactica). This one promises to be the later...



TUESDAYS
The Muppets/Season 1/ABC/Premieres September 22nd
~~Insert bald, bearded geek guy flailing arms wildly above his head while running back and forth along the length of his house shouting: “YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!”~~


Marvel’s Agents of Shield/Season 3/ABC/Premieres September 29th
The Inhuman storyline had me geeking out, especially the later half of last season. Aching to see where they take this season...


Marvel’s Agent Carter/Season 2/ABC/Premiere unannounced
When you take the period piece element, underlying parallel of the Captain America radio show, the views of our late 1940’s culture, embed it in the Marvel Universe, you get one amazing show. Cannot wait for season 2...


Limitless/Season 1/CBS/Premieres September 22nd
"You take the blue pill - the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill - you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.” -Morpheus, The Matrix...


Flash/Season 2/CW/Premieres October 3rd
I must admit I missed season 1. After seeing this trailer, realized the show is different than my initial impression. Will be caught up by the 3rd...


From Dust Till Dawn/Season 2/El Rey/Premiered August 25th
Whoa! This is a series. The movie was kickass! Going to be checking this one out for sure!!


The Bastard Executioner/Season 1/FX/Premieres September 15th
I like my fantasy stories gritty, brutal, and realistic. This one seems it will not disappoint...


Manhattan/Season 2/WGN/Premieres October 13th
I totally did not know this one existed. A period drama about the building of the Atomic Bomb. Good thing the cable nets like us to catch up. Which we will. Which we will...



WEDNESDAYS
Arrow/Season 4/CW/Premieres October 7th
Neal McDonough taking up the role of the villain Damien Darhk has got this geek excited! Neal’s role as Robert Quarles in Justified was phenomenal! It will be a great season!!


Supernatural/Season 11/CW/Premieres October 11
Good to see the Winchester boys are still mucking up the underworld...


American Horror Story/Season 5/FX/Premieres October 7th
After last season’s masterpiece, you can count on us being busy on October 7th...



THURSDAYS
Heroes: Reborn/Season 5/NBC/Premieres September 24th
I had a full-on geekgasm when I learned they were bringing Heroes back. Straight up, Heroes’ initial run was not without it’s problems. There is no denying the bookend seasons (1st & 4th) were masterful in their storytelling. The reboot has got me quaking with excitement. Quaking!! The September 24th premiere is so close, yet so far away


Sleepy Hollow/Season 3/Fox/Premieres October 1st
Having a hard time grasping that Fox hasn’t released a promo for this season. Oh wait! It’s Fox :/
(video pending)

The Vampire Diaries/Season 7/CW/Premieres October 8th
In past seasons this show would layer different interconnecting storylines which merged into a climatic mid-season and season finalies. Hoping they keep it up this season...


The Originals/Season 3/CW/Premieres October 8th
Might finally be checking this show out this season. Looks more intense and much darker than Vampire Diaries...



FRIDAYS
Grimm/Season 5/NBC/Premieres October 30th
Another show I have lost track of over the last couple of years. Though I have many a friend (real and substantial, not imaginary…sheesh) whose opinions I trust calling me out for losing track of this one. Looks like some stuff went down over the last 2 years. Certainly won't be wasting any time catching up...


Reign/Season 3/CW/Premieres October 11th
I do not watch this show. However, it does have merit to mention here. It is one of the rare shows that is an historical period piece, more akin to the Tutors than Game of Thrones. I like storylines to be layered and full of intrigue, and this show has real history to draw from to pull that off!!


Continuum/Season 4/SyFy/Premieres September 11th
If you like time travel stories, and the consequences, or personal benefits (as in case of some of the characters), this show is well worth a look-see. Sad to hear it is on it’s final season, really enjoying the ride...


Z Nation/Season 2/SyFy/Premieres September 11th
This season features Washington State’s beautiful Palouse region for a backdrop in a gore-ridden, post-apocolyptic world...



SATURDAYS
Dr. Who/Season 9/BBCA/Premieres September 19th
I am a huge fan of this extraordinary show. “I want to kiss it to death.” Especially after that last scene in the trailer...


The Last Kingdom/Season 1/BBCA/Premieres October 10th
A historical period piece with the brutality and political intrigue of Game of Thrones. Count me in!


Da Vinci’s Demon’s/Season 3/STARZ/Premieres October 24th
I have not seen this one...yet. We just got STARZ. Hoping there will be some catch up weekends. If not, I’ll be watching this season anyway. It is rare for me to do that, very obsessive/compulsive about starting shows from the beginning. But that trailer hooked me, & good...


Ash vs Evil Dead/Season 1/STARZ/Premieres October 31st
Groovy!



UNANNOUNCED
The Returned/Season 2/Sundance/Premiere unannounced
The Sundance Channel gives this French take of the undead a second life...



Yep, that about wraps up fall 2015 Genre premieres. Happy to see the Major Nets creating more shows outside their typical safety zone of the procedural dramas and sitcoms.

As always, if you notice I overlooked or missed something (which is very likely, there was a lot of crap to sort through), post it in the comments. I'd really like to see it!

Looking ahead, the Winter/Spring 2016 offerings so far are promising to have as many (if not more) new and returning Genre shows heading our way. Some of them look outright mind-blowing!! Can’t wait to get my hands on that line up, and geek out on the trailers!!

As I bid y’all a fond farewell, leaving ya one more trailer for all you Trek Next Gen & X-Men fans out there. A series call Blunt Talk staring Patrick Stewart in a very non-traditional role. hehe...


Cheers!

9.06.2015

Wha?! Has it really been 2 years??!!

Yep. That's gonna change. For sure...