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Video: Robert Kirkman's Outcast Renewed for Second Season and Other TV News

by | March 17, 2016 | Comments

This week in TV news, Robert Kirkman’s new show Outcast is renewed for a second season, the new Xena will be gay, NPH plays Count Olaf, and more.


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Cinemax has already renewed Outcast for season two, prior to its debut which will land on June 3. The new show starring Patrick Fugit (Queen of Earth, Wristcutters: A Love Story)  and Philip Glenister (Calendar Girls) is created by Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead) who also writes the comic book that serves as the drama’s source material. Cinemax President of Original Programming Kary Antholis shared, “Going into the first season of Outcast, we knew that Robert Kirkman had once again created a world that would scare us to our core, but what he, [co-executive producer] Chris Black, and the rest of their team have delivered has exceeded even those high expectations.” The show, which deals with a demon-possessed protagonist, has a ten-episode order for its first season.


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According to the Hollywood Reporter, Javier Grillo-Marxauch’s has revealed on a recent tumblr post that his Xena reboot will bring the subtext of her love life into light. The show is currently being developed for NBC, and although Grillo-Marxauch’s did not downright say that Xena, everyone’s favorite warrior princess, will be engaged in a romantic relationship with her sidekick Gabrielle, he did strongly present that this indeed will be the case: “There is no reason to bring back Xena if it is not there for the purpose of fully exploring a relationship that could only be shown subtextually in first-run syndication in the 1990s.” And now even more excitement expands into the universe for this series reboot!


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In an interview with the Telegraph this month, the salty-tongued Deadwood star, Ian McShane, responded to unhappy Game of Thrones fans who accused him of spoilering season six plot points while discussing his new role as The Elder Brother. McShane mentioned that he only agreed to take the job because the time commitment would be so brief, which could mean all sorts of things for his character and the others involved in his storyline. McShane’s advice to angry fans of the show: “…Get a f—ing life. It’s only t— and dragons.” Game of Thrones returns for season six on April 24th.


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Bill Geddie, who, along with Barbara Walters, ran The View for 17 years, will executive produce a new Megyn Kelly primetime special.  Fox news anchor Kelly will be heading to Fox primetime for a one hour special through which she will interview celebrities and politicians and cover human interest stories. The special has been in the works for a while since Kelly’s Fox News Channel show, The Kelly File, has become the second most-watched show in cable news. The anchor was thrust into mainstream news recently when she co-moderated the three GOP debates on FOX and became the subject of scorn by presidential candidate Donald Trump. Of her goals, Kelly told Variety last year, “Barbara Walters has retired. Diane Sawyer left her anchor role. Oprah has moved to the OWN network and is doing a different thing now. So why not me?” The special will premiere in May.


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Doctor Horrible is at it again– except this time he’s out to destroy the world of three very unlucky little orphans. Neil Patrick Harris will be making trouble for the Baudelaire siblings, as he takes on the role of the dastardly Count Olaf in Netflix’s upcoming adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. The bestselling 13-book series will be adapted into a 13-episode miniseries in 2016.

  • Vanlan

    Way to perpetuate the negative stereo type that all strong women are gay. It actually furthers the idea that fantasy is a male or masculine minded only space. Good job. 😛

    • Atyka

      Oh shush, there are plenty of strong female characters in fiction that are simply straight. Xena has always been viewed as a gay figure, hell she was a lesbian icon in the 90’s even though the show wasn’t allowed to go further than subtext. Openly exploring that aspect of the character in a reboot makes sense.

      • Vanlan

        Talking physically strong. It’s the same stereotype that real life female athletes tend to run into. But she’s butch so she must be gay.

      • Trevor Rydbom

        Why does that make sense? Exploring it? We all knew the truth towards the end of the series? What is to explore? She came out on top, the show ended.

  • Atyka

    Xena was (sub-textually) bisexual though, not simply lesbian. I’d hope they don’t forget that element as bisexual’s are even less represented in media. Regardless, I just hope the new found freedom to explore such story lines doesn’t diminish the narrative. “Art through Adversity” as they say, I wouldn’t be surprised if the awesomely nuanced relationship Xena and Gabriel originally had wasn’t due in part to the writers being forced to work within unfair and excessive 90’s era restrictions.

    Anyway, this reboot has a lot to proove. Xena the show worked in the 90’s as it found a certain goofy niche to fill, I don’t think the same would work in today’s landscape.

  • C S

    It’s sad that friendship and caring for somebody of the same sex by some people can be seen as subtextually gay. We’re all suppose to love and care for everybody in the straight sense, nothing involving sex or relationship just humankind whether you like the same sex or not. For me, Xena in real life, non actor, is attracted enough to men so that’s good enough for me to always see the character in that same vain since the show didn’t portray anything out of that. Since there’s no reason to bring Xena back unless what the writer says then I guess that means we’ve seen everything so the whole show isn’t necessary. The way he wants to bring it back, it seems like the best place is logo because the writer only sees the same sex experience aspect for the show for making it and not the whole idea together of Xena in principal to go further on all it’s other aspects. The reboot is in the wrong hands, whether wanting xena to like women or not.

  • Trevor Rydbom

    How is that reason to bring the show back? The show was fun but now it’s a drama, we all knew they we bumpin muffs. Fuck that show not because of the actors but the reboot and the director wanting to make a statement. WILL not be watched. Xena being a badass with a female side kick who is strong, yet Hercules a level headed bad-ass with a somewhat of a boob sidekick……………it’s not breaking down barriers , it’s promoting them, show is off after the first run. Then again, we live in a p.c. world where everything is offensive and we must embrace things like what this show will be simply because it is two women in a relationship, I don’t care either way, let em have at it. Just sad that that it’s pushing some sort of envelope, movies and t.v shows have already been done , it just kills the Xena I had watched………….and now this.

    • Darnell

      shut up you idiot.

      • VMSmithe

        Take your own advice.

    • gallus

      I love the internal inconsistency here. This is a post about how absolutely offensive this reboot is to you, yet you complain about how other people are too easily offended. You claim not to care, but you claim it in a ranting post full of emotional expletives and obvious anger. Had you really not cared you wouldn’t have felt the neeed to post this in the first place.

      • VMSmithe

        What did he say that was inconsistent? He pointed out that their stated reasoning for the changes was disingenuous crap. One need not be ‘absolutely offen(ded)’ by something to make a factually true comment about it.

        • gallus

          look to my original comment for the answers you seek!

          “You claim not to care, but you claim it in a ranting post full of emotional expletives and obvious anger. Had you really not cared you wouldn’t have felt the neeed to post this in the first place.”

          The mention of “emotional expletives” and “obvious anger” were my not so subtle way of commenting on his obvious “offense” at the reboot. Again:He is clearly very offended and complaining about how easily people are offended. This is hypocritical. This is exactly what the StarBucks Coffee Cup guy did.

          • VMSmithe

            Well, first off…all I see are observations by the original poster. But you on the other hand seem very upset with his observations. To the point that you seem to need to psychoanalyze the post. That’s very weird.

            BTW, some people use profanity without being ’emotional.’

            I’d have to say, where ever you got your degree in psychology, ripped you off.

  • nubwaxer

    1. unnecessary and unwanted xena reboot? i don’t care, i never watched the original. 2. megyn is going mainstream? i’m glad she is taking my advice and walking toward the light and away from fox news.

    • VMSmithe

      FOX is mainstream. MSNBC and CNN that have the extremest wack jobs working for and/or watching them.

  • Jim222001

    Movies and shows suck these days since they only do a reboot or remake to change the race or make the characters gay. That’s about it. Do they even care if the reboot is necessary or getting the perfect person for the part anymore ? No. Look at Fantastic Four; they put more thought into changing Johnny’s race than the actual plot.
    They mostly change things not to be diverse but to make characters seem fresher because Annie was never black and Xena was never a lesbian. Otherwise they don’t put much effort into the actual plot being good. It’s lazy.

  • Jim222001

    Dr. Horrible is also a horrible choice for Olaf. I already miss Carrey’s over-acting lol.

  • Crockett

    I think making Xena openly gas is a BAD idea. In the original TV series, both she and Gabrielle had romantic relationships with men, and each bore a child. I suppose you could make them bisexual to better fit the narrative and still please the gay fandom. I think Ill stick with the old show, though.

  • Giannis Agelopoulos

    They are making the same mistake with Xena as the did with Fantastic 4 changing archetype which fans loved some things are “holy grails” and should not be touched if they want there movie or series to be successful.

  • Amy Schnauzer Wilson

    We fought for a revival with Lucy and Renee not this. It’s not selling so they con the gay community and it takes off like wild fire, instead of yelling squirrel they ah look Xena and Gabby kiss. Article after article of this BS! They knew what they are doing. Xena was far more then who she boinked!! The real show had a balance for all. This crap reboot is nothing more then about age discrimination, and the more this writer talks the worse it sounds. Lucy and Renee are Xena and no one else. They can smoke and mirror all the want it will never ever be Xena! It will be a false, fake shadow of a crap reboot. All the reboots coming out with the same cast and we get this. They are isolating the heterosexual fans, the revival fans or the one who plainly were not into any of the romance and just into Xena, balance gone. Screw this reboot or I should say the ancient greece L-Word. Needed a revival with the real Xena. Lucy or Renee or leave it alone before you ruin the name!

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