Here's the latest promo for the fifth and final season, which reveals just how bad it is to live in the Observer-dominated world of 2038... especially if you happen to be Walter Bishop. [Coming Soon]


Joss Whedon's recently announced ABC show will reportedly be only loosely set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with the goal being to create a show that Whedon says is essentially "autonomous" from the Avengers movies. That pretty much confirms what we pretty much already assumed, which is that Samuel L. Jackson isn't going to be the star of this show, even if he is the hardest working man in Hollywood. It also probably means ABC doesn't have to worry about prying Maria Hill actress Cobie Smulders away from her gig on How I Met Your Mother, which is good news considering CBS appears set to continue that show until around 2030. All that said, Whedon says he "reserves [the] right to pepper in bits here and there", which is probably more along the lines of, say, an Agent Coulson Memorial Juice Bar than an actual cameo by Jackson or Smulders, at least at first. The project is on track to join ABC's lineup in fall 2013, placing it well ahead of their AKA Jessica Jones and The Incredible Hulk projects, both of which are still languishing in the development stage. [Spinoff Online]


The Walking Dead

Star Andrew Lincoln explains that the relationship between Rick and Lori is pretty much shattered over his killing Shane:

"I'm not saying that it's irrevocable, their relationship, but it's pretty close to that. Every time they see one another, they're reminded of the shame. [Sarah Wayne Callies and I] made a choice as actors, certainly for the first few episodes, not to make eye contact. It was an interesting choice because every time that we looked at each other, it burned."



Series director Guy Ferland explains some of the challenges that went into bulding this season's story:

There's a little bit of first season peeking through this season. In the first season it seemed like everything we were doing was new and there was a lot of discussion about who was going to live and who was going to die and what kind of tone the show was going to take. This year the same thing was introducing Woodbury. We were always asking the same questions: How self-sufficient do we make it? What are the citizens like? What kind of power does the town have?


He also discusses his approach to the show's action scenes, including a hint about a sequence in the fourth episode:

Well, I really like to reveal everything — reveal the zombies' geography and reveal the choice of how to kill the zombie — all from the hero's point of view. So if you follow Rick when he has to deal with a zombie, you'll see I reveal it when Rick sees it. You want it to feel like a funhouse with lots of surprises.

You've said that Alfred Hitchcock was one of your big influences. Any particularly Hitchcock-esque moments that you've worked into this season?
I think I channel more De Palma, who channels Hitchock, so it's kind of the same thing. In Episode 4, we take the time to show Rick's plan and how he's executing, which I think is Hitchcockian. Just when the episode is about to get boring all of a sudden, wham, it gets relentless. There's got to be a build — that's a Hitchcockian structure.



Once Upon a Time

In one of the most inevitable casting updates ever — not that I'm complaining, but still — Lost and Alcatraz alum Jorge Garcia will reportedly play a character called "The Giant" in a second season episode. The current speculation is that this ties in with the show's upcoming take on the Jack and the Beanstalk story. Let's hope so, because otherwise casting him as The Giant just seems a bit rude. [TV Line]


Here are some set photos. Check out the links for some additional info on the most recent filming. [YVR Shoots and Vancity Filming]

American Horror Story

We covered some of this in our post yesterday, but in case you were still worried that removing ghosts and Dylan McDermott's ass from the American Horror Story playbook would render the second season boring, your worries are officially over, as the season includes "aliens, Nazis, and a serial killer named Bloody Face who wears a mask made out of his victims skin along with black nightie and opera length gloves." Series co-creator Ryan Murphy has this to offer:

"I don't think people tune in to the show because they want My Dinner With Andre. I think they want to be scared. I'm just writing what I would like to see. I'm scared of aliens and I'm scared of Nazis and I'm scared of nuns. So it's the perfect stew of horror and fear. Every year of the show is a different miniseries, and there will be several chapters. You need as your leading man or leading lady an institution to haunt."


There's still more at the link, including co-creator Brad Falchuck's assertion that this season is "our version of a workplace drama" after last year's "family drama." [EW]

Because these things just keep on coming, here's another cryptic teaser. [Shock Till You Drop]


Torchwood star John Barrowman revealed his mysterious new recurring character on The CW's Green Arrow show is referred to only as "The Well-Dressed Man." He added:

"More is going to be revealed about him, but he'll be pivotal to the program. I'm glad I'm going into another kind of realm of sci-fi and fantasy. It's time to create another cool character."


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Additonal reporting by Amanda Yesilbas and Charlie Jane Anders.