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April 12 can't come soon enough. Game of Thrones returns and, while those who've read the books have a general outline of what's coming in Season 5, showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff have been deliberately steering the show away from the source material. Anticipation — and anxiety — from readers and non-readers alike is at an all-time high.
A new poster shows Tyrion at the bow of a ship as an enormous dragon rises from the surrounding fog. This image is uncomfortably reminiscent of last season's shot of Daenerys Targaryen's largest, Drogon, coming upon a young sheepherder before devouring him. Given George R.R. Martin's warning about this season — "People are going to die who don't die in the books... so everybody better be on their toes" — is anybody getting a little nervous for The Imp?
Warning: This recap contains storyline and character spoilers from this week's episode of Arrow .
Arrow has been building to Ray Palmer's first flight in the A.T.O.M. suit for a while now — and building to Ray and Felicity getting together for even longer, so that's not unexpected. What is a surprise is what's waiting for Oliver when he once again comes face-to-face with Ra's al Ghul in Nanda Parbat.
The show is taking a month off, and they've left as many questions hanging as they did when Oliver took that dive off the cliff at the end of the winter finale.
Thea is having difficulty with the truth about her killing Sara, so she tells... everybody. She tells Roy, who has been through the same thing, but she rebuffs him. She tells Laurel, who heads off to kill Merlyn. She tells Nyssa and hands her a sword so that she can exact justice.
Secret Count: 0
It's Adam and Eve, Not A.T.O.M. and Feliciteve
Inside Comics Moment
Arrow returns with new episodes Wednesday, March 18 at 8 p.m. on The CW.
DuckTales hasn't been on the air in 25 years, but passion for the show lives on. From blogs rewatching the show to remasters of the video game, a slow jam version of the theme song, and even a remake of the title sequence with real ducks (which drew more than 6 million hits on YouTube), it's almost like the show is still on the air.
Disney has just announced that come 2017, it actually will be on the air — via an all-new reboot on Disney XD. Scrooge McDuck will be back along with Donald Duck and his nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie. Also returning will be many of the best-remembered citizens of Duckburg: Duckworth, Gyro Gearloose, Launchpad McQuack, Flintheart Glomgold, the nefarious Magica DeSpell & Poe, Mrs. Beakley, Webbigail Vanderquack, and Ma Beagle & the Beagle Boys.
The cast of Parks and Recreation will gather one last time — on Late Night With Seth Meyers ; the entire hour is devoted to saying goodbye to the show. After taping, they'll sit down together and watch the final episode along with the rest of the country and then…
And then what? What do the residents of Pawnee have planned next? We talked to some of the cast to find out.
According to Poehler's publicist, "She has Inside Out coming out in June and Sisters in December." The first is an animated Pixar feature about the voices in your head — Poehler plays the emotion of Joy. Sisters stars Poehler and Tina Fey as estranged siblings throwing one last house party before their childhood home is sold.
"Additionally, she produces Broad City [currently airing its second season], Welcome to Sweden [currently shooting its second season] and the Hulu pilot Difficult People ." The last show stars Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner, who Parks fans will recognize as the perpetually aggravated Craig.
Though ratings have been a little soft, there's every reason to believe Agent Carter will earn a second-season renewal. After eight episodes, it has created solid characters and a unique setting to tell new stories. Most of all, it has allowed Peggy Carter to give us the female hero Marvel and DC have been unwilling to give us in movie form.
Here, then, are some lessons the show can learn from the successes (and failures) of the remaining bumper crop of superhero shows on TV currently. Some of them are things the show is already doing, and some of them are things the show couldn't do in the first season. So don't think of them as critiques: They're just requests from a fan who wants to see this show succeed.
Arrow — Every superhero needs a family
The Flash — Don’t forget the special effects
There’s a sweet spot between James Bond and Flash Gordon that hasn't been touched in years — and this is the only show that could possibly do it. Think about it: Agent Carter could finally quiet the fans who have been clamoring for years to see M.O.D.O.K.
Gotham — Let your villains own some real estate
Watch a preview of the season finale:
SPOILER ALERT: This recap contains storyline and character details for the "Red Hood" episode of Gotham .
Gotham has a lot of moving parts, and it's rare to see them move in tandem; often we're lucky just to see them all working properly, which is what we got this week. The main story's a little dark, a little funny, and there's a toeing of the line between psychological and supernatural influences that is the show's sweet spot. Alfred and Butch both get some much-needed character development, but the real standout is Fish Mooney, who se star turn will probably make the year-end lists of most shocking TV moments — and it's about time.
The OMG Moment
The Judas Moment
The Uncomfortably Sexual Moment
The Runner-Up in Character Development Moment
The Inside Comics Moment
Gotham airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on Fox.
When we visited the set of Parks and Recreation , the cast had just begun filming the series finale. The end was looming, but the reality of the show being over hadn't quite sunk in. We asked them about the future in hopes of uncovering possible spinoff series so we wouldn't have to say goodbye to Pawnee. Here are three pitches that we think would make stellar replacements. NBC, are you listening?
Welcome to Indiana
Like his character, Nick Offerman was shy about revealing the near-future activities of Ron Swanson. But he did reveal some long-term goals. "Most likely, Ron will continue to grow in height and breadth and end up becoming a Midwestern Paul Bunyan-esque character." Thirty years from now, he says, "statues will be erected to him holding a carving gouge over his shoulder."
Since Ron doesn't like to leave his home state of Indiana, the gargantu-Ron will most likely "grace the gates of Gary as you drive into the state from Chicago." Who wouldn't want to see a show about that?
Fab and Flab
Knope and Pope
The hourlong series finale of Parks and Recreation airs Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. on NBC.
Warning: This recap contains storyline and character spoilers for this week's episode of Arrow .
What's worse than being on the run from Ra's al Ghul? How about being on the run from Ra's al Ghul and Slade Wilson? Meanwhile, in the flashbacks, baby versions of Diggle, Felicity, Thea, Tommy, Laurel, and Quentin — by which we mean the same actors with worse hair.
Merlyn didn't send Oliver and Thea to train with Lian Yu for the beautiful scenery; he sets Deathstroke loose from the A.R.G.U.S. Facility there so that Oliver can regain his killer instinct. Working together, they beat, but don't kill him. While on the island, Thea finally gets her brother to give up the secret that she was the one who killed Sara. Merlyn is furious since it leads her to tell him, "I will be your student. I'll be your partner. Even if I have to, I will be your soldier. But never again will I be your daughter."
Secrets Secrets Secrets
Line of the Night
Move of the Night
Thea with the flying knee!
Inside Comics Moment
Warning: This recap contains storyline and character spoilers for this week's episode of The Flash .
The Flash continues to move at breakneck speed — bringing back The General, wrapping up the Firestorm storyline, and finally giving Iris something to do, all while pointing at the mind-warping time-travel scenario that will likely anchor the season finale — without missing a beat.
The quantum splicer successfully separated Ronnie Raymond and Professor Stein, but the resulting explosion draws the attention of General Eiling, who wants to turn Firestorm into a weapon. Dr. Wells gives up Stein, but Ronnie and Stein learn to control their connection — merging and unmerging at will — allowing Flash to find and rescue them.
It Was My Understanding That There Would Be No Math
The Novikov Principle of Self-Consistency, Barry tells us, means that you can't change the past — that if you tried, you would only end up being the cause of whatever event you were trying to change. " Terminator ," as the ever-helpful Cisco tells Joe.
The Mentalist 's finale won't frustratingly fade to black like The Sopranos, a nd it won't end with the entire cast in jail like Seinfeld . The series will end like it came in: With a mix of suspense and humor. Plus, a wedding that some people have been waiting seven seasons for.
Yahoo TV spoke to series star Robin Tunney and Mentalist creator Bruno Heller about the ending of the show. Since production wrapped back in December, they've had some time to unwind and reflect, and for Tunney, the fact that The Mentalist is ending still doesn't feel real. Since they normally have a 12-week hiatus between seasons, it still feels to her like she's just on vacation and will be back to work next month. The show's grueling, non-stop 14-hour days take their toll, so for now, she's content with the luxury of "not waking up when it's dark." As to whether or not the show should have been canceled, Heller is diplomatic: "It was time for that phase of our lives to be over."