Sci Fi TV News Briefs: Quick hits keeping you updated on sci fi and fantasy television news.
Still Some Arrows in the Quiver? Arrow star Stephen Amell said earlier in the year that he wanted the writers to approach the seventh season of the show as if it is the last. But in a recent interview, he indicated that it may continue beyond that. Following are his comments when asked if the current season would see the show wrapping up:
No, I don’t think so. I’m signed on beyond this year. When you get up to these stages, you tend to go year by year, but I have a contract for another season of Arrow. It will come down to if the people at WB and the CW and DC and my family feel like doing another season, but I’m here for another season beyond this. If we get to that season, we’ll decide beyond that.
But The CW’s Arrow-verse shows have been on the decline as far as their viewership lately, so there is no guarantee that the network will continue the show for another year. Arrow‘s numbers dropped by over 30% last year in its Thursday timeslot, and there is no reason to believe that the shift to Mondays–a night that The CW has struggled with–will lead to an improvement. There is a possibility that Arrow could end this season, but the characters stick around and cross over on the other Arrow-verse shows. That will likely be determined by the show’s viewership this year and whether The CW decides it may not have much more mileage from its super-hero entries.
WarnerMedia to Launch New Streaming Service: As if we don’t have enough streaming services out there already, WarnerMedia has decided to try and take on Netflix with a new service planned for a late 2019 launch. Not yet named, the service could debut about the same time that Disney Play has its bow. Among the properties that WarnerMedia currently owns are Game of Thrones, The Lord of the Rings, Loony Tunes, Harry Potter, the DC characters, the Hanna-Barbara creations and more. The service would likely use as many of those as possible to lure over subscribers. Warner previously had its Warner Archives streaming service which had rare movies and TV shows available for viewing, but that has since merged with the FilmStruck service. Whether those would switch over to the new service is uncertain at this point.
Casting News: Netflix has cast Tamara Taylor (Altered Carbon, Bones) and J.C. MacKenzie (Dark Angel, Hemlock Grove) in the lead roles in its upcoming series October Faction based on the IDW comic of the same name by Steve Niles. They will play the monster hunter husband and wife team of Deloris and Fred Allen . . . Jack Bannon has been cast as Alfred in the upcoming Batman prequel series (or prequel prequel series?) that will land on Epix at some point next year.
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