Television Upfronts Bring Big Changes To Arrowverse, Patience For Agents Of Shield

With this year’s television upfronts having just concluded, we are now getting info on where and when we’ll see the return of some of our favorites from both DC and Marvel, and boy are there some surprises.

As you may know if you’re following us on the podcast (here,) the fates of the CW shows weren’t determined until about a month ago. Despite a lot of people questioning whether Supergirl, Flash or even Arrow should return, all are back, possibly aided by the fact that the network is expanding to a sixth night of programming (Sunday.)

While Flash’s fifth season will continue to be the lead-in to the very strong and entertaining, Black Lightning, remaining in the Tuesday night spot it’s held since it’s inception, Supergirl will move from the Monday night spot it had for it’s first three seasons (one on CBS, two on CW,) to Sunday’s at 8pm, 7 CST. Legends Of Tomorrow will now be locked in the Monday 8pm/7 CST slot it thrived in this year, and it will now be followed by Arrow! Oliver and crew had a very strong comeback season, really a second in a row, after everyone freaked out over too much magic being involved in season 4. Supergirl, Legends, Arrow, Flash and closing with Black Lightning makes for a much stronger lineup and wraps everything up by Tuesday night each week.

Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been given a 13-episode 6th season, which almost no one would’ve guessed, after last year’s story about Disney needing to “strongly urge” ABC to bring the show back. To no surprise of the actual fans of the show, we were treated to another fabulous season, which tied up so many loose ends and has us eager for another. The twist is when we will actually get to see them. As you may know if you’re watching, they explicitly connected Thanos attacking Earth in Infinity War, to the show. The concern many had upon the announcement of the 6th season, was that we’d see AoS come back before the issues stemming from Thanos snapping his fingers, had played out. The good news is, that won’t be a problem. The bad news, is the reason why. We won’t get the premiere of season 6 until the summer of 2019, meaning after the events of Avengers 4 play out. As a fan, this is bittersweet. Happy for another season, sad you have to wait.

I think the positives outweigh the negatives all the way around here. What about you? Let us know what you think!

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The Trusty Sidekick – Episode 80

It’s a massive 80th episode from comedians Jay Washington and Bobby Hill, packed full of reviews, news and clues to everything in the live-action worlds of Marvel and DC. This week, we review InfinityWar, and get you the latest on Venom, Deadpool, LukeCage, BlackWidow, Moon Knight, Gambit, Cloak And Dagger, Punisher, Titans, SwampThing, Metropolis, BirdsOfPrey, Batgirl, Blackhawk, Supergirl, Flash, Arrow, Krypton, Gotham, AgentsOfShield and Legion.

Find it at http://traffic.libsyn.com/trustysidekick/Ep80Finall.mp3, via your favorite podcast app, or listen to any of our episodes on the podcast tab here. Please rate and review us!

The Trusty Sidekick – Episode 79

 

Fresh off of C2E2 in Chicago, comedians Jay Washington and Bobby Hill are back to load you up with everything going on in the live-action worlds of Marvel and DC, on the Laugh Factory Podcast Network. This week, we get you the latest info on The Avengers, Eternals, Deadpool 2, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, New Mutants, Jessica Jones, Titans, Batgirl, Batman, Black Adam, Aquaman, Legends Of Tomorrow, Flash, Black Lightning, Arrow, Gotham, Krypton, Agents Of Shield, and Legion.

Find it at http://traffic.libsyn.com/trustysidekick/Ep79Final.mp3, via your favorite podcast app, or listen to any of our episodes on the podcast tab here. Please rate and review us!

The CW Invites Everyone Back For Another Year

 

One of the things that was just discussed on the most recent episode of the podcast, released this morning (available here,) was that up until last night, Black Lightning had been the only CW superhero show that had been renewed. It’s been one of the best on television and deserved it, and with the ongoing struggles of all but one of the other shows, (thank you, Legends,) and pilot season just passing, hesitation made sense.

Everything was resolved this morning, as The CW has announced the return of the entire Arrowverse for another go, next season. Arrow will return for it’s seventh season, Flash for it’s fifth, Legends and Supergirl will get their fourth, along with the aforementioned second season of Black Lightning. Flash will officially hit 100 episodes thanks to it’s additional season. Amazingly, Supergirl, a show that started on another network, and Legends of Tomorrow, a show about “valueless” characters, thrown together (to often needle the Marvel universe – listen to our pod!) are a season away from also reaching the magic milestone of 100 episodes, themselves. Maybe this is the benefit of the network moving to 6 nights of programming, but we’re not complaining.

With this, we’re hoping each series ups the quality of show they’re putting out. We’ve had major issues with the paths that the longest running shows have taken (Ollie and Barry, we’re looking at you.) It would be great to see all of the series hit a stride that apes what their newest sibling has hit – or maybe having a series that’s sharp for a year or two and then fizzles is the Berlanti way. Either way, we’re excited to see what’s next. What do you think? Let us know!

The Trusty Sidekick – Episode 77

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Coming to you on the Laugh Factory podcast network, this week’s episode, with comics Jay Washington and Bobby Hill, is on fire with the latest info on Marvel and DC, including Wonder Woman, Shazam, Joker, Flashpoint, Booster Gold, Infinity War, Silver Surfer, Captain Marvel, Spider Man, and Silver & Black, plus recaps on Legends Of Tomorrow, Flash, Black Lightning, Arrow, Gotham, and Agents Of Shield.

Find it at http://traffic.libsyn.com/trustysidekick/TSEp77Final.mp3, via your favorite podcast app, or listen to any of our episodes on the podcast tab here. Please rate and review us! Also, get your free month of Stitcher Premium by going to http://stitcher.com/premium and using the promo code: TRUSTY. Check out Marvel’s new Wolverine podcast – out now!

The Trusty Sidekick – Episode 76

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Your resident super villain, Jay Washington, is back from life-threatening throat surgery, and reunited with fellow stand-up comic, Bobby Hill to deliver the full rundown on everything happening in the live-action worlds for Marvel and DC, on the Laugh Factory Podcast Network! This week, we cover Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther, Ant Man & The Wasp, Captain Marvel, Black Widow, Deadpool 2, X-Force, Kitty Pryde, New Mutants, X-Men: The Dark Phoenix, Silver Surfer, Doctor Doom, Gambit, Venom, Jessica Jones, Punisher, Agents Of Shield, Cloak & Dagger, Legion, The Gifted, Shazam, Batgirl, Wonder Woman 2, the solo Joker film, Flashpoint, Lobo, Metropolis, Gotham, Titans, Supergirl, Flash, Legends Of Tomorrow, and Arrow!

Find it at http://traffic.libsyn.com/trustysidekick/TSEP76Final.mp3, via your favorite podcast app, or listen to any of our episodes on the podcast tab here. Please rate and review us!

Remember The Flash Movie? It Has Directors (as in two,) Again

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With Walter Hamada firmly in control of the DC film universe and business in the new year starting to pick up, it seemed like official announcements were coming at any moment. That moment has happened, as the Flash movie (Flashpoint? The Ezra Miller One) has now picked up it’s 3rd director. Well, 3rd and 4th, as John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein have been tasked with helming the scarlet speedster’s feature length story.

If you’re unfamiliar with Daley and Goldstein, they were the writers behind Spider-Man: Homecoming, which bodes very well and plays into my belief that DC wants to keep the Flash as their Peter Parker-type character. They almost directed Homecoming until John Watts became available. On the downside, they also wrote the Vacation remake. Either way, the movie will obviously take a more comical tone, which already makes telling the Flashpoint story even more questionable. Joby Harold’s script is still the one they’ll direct as of this post.

Warner Bros. has had the luxury of taking their time here, with Miller in another major franchise under their banner that’s just started filming – the second Fantastic Beasts movie. There’s a weird outside chance that the delay and change may have been just what the film needed. Is this a solid first move by Hamada? Tell us what you think!