Taking a step away from the cinema once a week, What’s On The Box?! will bring you all of the latest and greatest news in the world of television.
It’s been an exciting week for television, with big announcements coming out of Comic-Con as well as the announcement of the nominees for this year’s Emmy Awards.
In a somewhat anticipated announcement, The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced on Thursday the nominees for the 65th Annual Emmy Awards. While there are many familiar names and faces on this year’s list of nominees, it is the appearances of Netflix’s original series House of Cards and Arrested Development, which has some people talking. As Variety notes, House of Cards with nine nominations and Arrested Development with three nominations, are the first digitally distributed series to be nominated for an Emmy Award.
Variety also highlights the continuing dominance of the premium cable hit machine, HBO, with a total of 108 nominations, more than any other network. For a full list of the nominees check out the official Emmy site. The Emmy’s will air live on September 22nd, on CBS.
As has become tradition in recent years, Hollywood has converged on the 2013 edition of the San Diego Comic-Con, to rile up the 100,00+ fans with sneak peeks at some of the upcoming highlights in film and television. As many of the highlights from the film announcements have been discussed on The Cinematic Katzenjammer, What’s On The Box?! will highlight some of the big announcements from the world of television.
Causing many fans to moan in excitement, like the zombies they adore, the season 4 trailer for AMC’s hit drama The Walking Dead premiered this week at Comic-Con. Based on the new trailer, it seems in season 4 the gang is not only fighting the hoard of Walkers, but sabotage from within their own ranks. The trailer looks pretty tense with a lot of zombie slayings and what appears to be a concerted effort to find out who is the traitor in the prison. Also, for fans of HBO’s The Wire, another former cast member, Lawrence Gilliard, Jr. has joined the cast of The Walking Dead this season, which premieres on AMC on October 13th. There are possible SPOILERS in the following trailer so watch with caution!
As Shane noted in his post earlier this week, Marvel will attempt to bring its film franchise success to the small screen, with the premiere of its Avengers spin-off, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on September 24th, at 8 PM EST. As a treat to those in attendance at the S.H.I.E.L.D. panel, The Hollywood Reporter announced that producers of the show aired the pilot episode in its entirety for the audience. The pilot revealed, as most already knew, that Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) is back from the dead, but also revealed a major surprise. Cobie Smulders, who played Agent Hill in the Avengers movie, will reprise her role as Agent Hill in the television series. THR indicates that her role in the first season is not yet known, as Smulders has obligations with the final season of How I Met Your Mother, airing on rival network CBS. While her role may be limited, it is exciting to know that there will be another familiar face in the cast, as Marvel attempts to take over the small screen.
For fans of the surprise hit CW show Arrow, Deadline reports that at the Arrow panel it was announced that two new villains would be joining the cast in Michael Jai White (Spawn) as The Bronze Tiger and Kevin Alejandro as Sebastian Blood. Both characters will look to join forces with current villains along with another recently announced addition, Summer Glau. Based on the second season trailer, which aired during the panel, Arrow (a take on DC’s Green Arrow) is going to take a darker look at Oliver Queen’s vigilantism, as he is comes to realize his true potential as The Green Arrow.
Pop! Pop! The Wrap reports that at the panel for Community, freshly reinstated show runner Dan Harmon announced his desire to reach the show’s goal of six seasons and a movie. A popular rally cry for fellow Human Beings as the show struggled with gaining an audience its first four seasons, six seasons and a movie seems a bit more realistic now that the show is prepping its fifth season, set to air on NBC. It was also announced that Community has been picked up for syndication and will air reruns on Comedy Central, beginning September 20th.
The Dr. Who 50th Anniversary panel was a huge success, according to Entertainment Weekly, as footage was revealed of two of the most popular Dr.’s, David Tennant and Matt Smith, meeting for the first time. While not much else was revealed about the 50th Anniversary special, this was exciting for fans in attendance.
For all of the ladies out there, the guys of Sons of Anarchy showed up at Comic-Con this year to announce the release of their sixth season, according to THR. The new season airs September 10th, at 10 PM, on FX. Here’s the promo video for season six:
And finally, courtesy of an Entertainment Weekly exclusive, Benedict Cumberbatch is tired of holding in all of the secrets about his roles in Star Trek, The Hobbit and Sherlock. So in this humorous video, he lets out a spoiler about the fate of his character at the end of Season 2 of Sherlock. Click here to view the funny little snippet from Cumberbatch.
While the industry has been a buzz with the news of The Emmy’s and the announcements coming out of Comic-Con, I would be remiss to point out that the 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star game was this past weekend. It was a great game, with the American League defeating the National League, 3-0 and clinching home field advantage for the World Series. There was also a fitting tribute to the last player to ever wear the number 42, Mariano Rivera, the prolific closer for the New York Yankees, who will retire after this year. While the night of the All-Star game was Rivera’s night, Mets pitcher Matt Harvey had his own day in the sun a couple of days earlier, when he appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. So to close out this week’s What’s On The Box?!, here is Matt Harvey interviewing New York Mets fans about…Matt Harvey.
Tell us what your favorite news in the world of television has been the past week? What was your favorite announcement at Comic-Con this year? Who are you rooting for during this year’s Emmy Awards? Let us know!