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Narcos: Mexico, despite being as intense and violent as its predecessor and high on its own supply, is becoming masterful at setting up quietly resonant closing moments while not taking the cliffhanger route. And I can appreciate that. In the streaming era, when entire seasons drop at once, cliffhangers are almost cruel when an audience must wait over a year to find out what happened. Let's get real, too: Narcos franchise fans tend to binge hard and fast. Cliffhangers are not needed here to stoke ongoing interest. Closing a season with understated moments is also practical because the War on Drugs won't ever end. It could be exhausting to keep watching finales like the ones from the Escobar years him refusing to surrender and later going down on a rooftop that don't work well with recent history. If that pattern continued, we'd eventually see El Chapo pop into a tunnel and wave goodbye for a year. It would be beyond parody. I do hope the show sticks with reflective resolutions that suggest what's to come.
Before we dig in here, here's another reason why Narcos beats every other TV franchise when it comes to promo images. This image up there ^^^ of Scoot McNairy's mustache? Netflix used that image for months to tease this season, and it illustrated a long-awaited confrontation. When the moment arrived, the showdown didn't go as planned. There wasn't a payoff for the characters, but for the audience? Hell, yeah. It was great to see two lions mentally circle each other while conceding that they've both lost the battle.
Granted, Narcos: Mexico's second season did lead up to its final minutes with a mayhem-filled scene of revenge full of climactic adrenaline. This was both obligatory and necessary, to illuminate the truth of what was soon to be stated by Félix Gallardo. In particular, the shoe literally dropped on the remnants of Gallardo's cartel leadership when Clavel gets beaten to death in a shopping mall while a spitting Chapo witnesses.Netflix
The franchise has held a lot of moments like these, obviously. They're bread and butter and gruesome and all that, but they're almost operatic in their execution. They're also sometimes disturbingly funny, as with the bloodbath last season where Don Neto kept wearing his headphones. Yet there's a ton of value in quietly forecasting the fights to come. Moments of conversation allow the corrupted soul of the franchise to flourish. In this universe — a very real one, although dramatized by Netflix — justice can't win. There won't ever be a happy ending in this saga. To that inevitability, last year's finale made a fantastic set-up: Scoot's character, who narrated all along, finally comes into view as dogged DEA agent Walt Breslin. The assumption was that we'd get to see Scoot kick some ass this season. And he did kick some...
It’s almost time for Adventure Time to return to our screens. The acclaimed Cartoon Network show is making a short comeback on HBO Max in the form of four animated specials that catch up with our favorite residents of the Land of Ooo. As we near the May launch of HBO Max, the streamer has released the first Adventure Time: Distant Lands teaser, along with synopses of the four exciting new specials.Adventure Time Distant Lands Teaser
Come on, grab your friends. The adventure continues with Adventure Time: Distant Lands, a series of four animated specials that will each focus on a different character from the disarmingly good Cartoon Network series created by Pendleton Ward. The teaser for Adventure Time: Distant Lands doesn’t show us much from the upcoming specials apart from some flashes of our favorite characters including Finn, Jake, Marceline, Princess Bubblegum, BMO and Peppermint Butler, but it’s enough.
It feels like it’s been years since we’ve seen these characters, who all went through drastic journeys during the whimsical, surprisingly sad, original series. But the synopses for the specials hint at an exciting reunion for Finn the human and his best friend Jake the dog, after the ambiguous, bittersweet ending of the original series. The other specials focus on BMO, Marceline and Princess Bubblegum, and Peppermint Butler.
Here are the official synopses for the four specials:
Episode 1 titled “BMO” – “When there’s a deadly space emergency in the farthest reaches of the galaxy, there’s only one hero to call, and it’s probably not BMO. Except that this time it is!”
Episode 2 titled “Obsidian” – “Marceline and Princess Bubblegum journey to the imposing, beautiful Glass Kingdom — and deep into their tumultuous past — to prevent an earthshaking catastrophe.”
Episode 3 titled “Wizard City” – “Peppermint Butler starts over at the beginning, as just another inexperienced Wizard School student. When mysterious events at the campus cast suspicion on Pep, and his checkered past, can he master the mystic arts in time to prove his innocence?”
Episode 4 titled “Together Again” – “Finn and Jake [reunite] to rediscover their brotherly bond and embark on the most important adventure of their lives.”
Adventure Time: Distant Lands debuts on HBO Max soon.
The long-awaited Cassian Andor TV series is finally kicking into gear, according to star Diego Luna. Luna revealed that he is preparing to start filming the Rogue One prequel series this year, making it likely that the Disney+ series will make its projected 2021 debut.
One of the most successful elements of 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story were the rich and appealing characters, with whom we could have spent hours. So it was divine providence when Disney+ announced in late 2018 that it was developing a Rogue One prequel series centered around Luna’s doomed Rebellion captain Cassian Andor. But apart from occasional updates about a series writer and returning characters, we haven’t heard much about what to expect. But now Luna, who has been busy starring in the Netflix series Narcos: Mexico, has revealed that filming for the Cassian Andor series will begin this year.
“Yes, we are doing it. We are doing it this year,” he told ET. “It’s happening, and I’m getting ready for it.”
Luna wasn’t able to share many details about the series, which will reportedly follow Cassian’s adventures during the formative years of the Rebellion before the events of Rogue One, but said he has read some scripts, which are penned by returning Rogue One co-writer Tony Gilroy. Stephen Schiff The Americans is the series showrunner. “I can’t wait,” Luna said. “It is really cool to tell a story where you already know the ending.”
The ending that Luna refers to is Cassian Andor’s heroic sacrifice at the end of Rogue One, which saw all of the film’s characters give their lives on the battlefield to pass on the Death Star plans to the Rebellion — events which lead right into the A New Hope. But despite that sad ending awaiting his character, Luna seems excited by the story potential for Cassian Andor, pre-Rogue One. He added:
“It is a different approach because of the beauty and it’s how things happen. It’s not just what happens. It’s not the typical way of approaching a story. It’s about how things happen, which in fact, is the same that happened in Rogue One. You know the ending, but you don’t know how it happened, and we have that challenge in front of us again, which is exciting.”
The Cassian Andor series was originally supposed to started shooting last year, but no updates had been shared by Disney since Gilroy was announced to board the project in late 2019. Disney has previously indicated the show will debut on Disney+ sometime in 2021....
Fox has ordered a second season of its animated family comedy Duncanville for 2021-2022. The series hails from Amy Poehler and her Paper Kite Productions, The Simpsons veteran Mike Scully and his wife, former Simpsons writer-producer Julie Scully, 20th Century Fox TV and Universal TV.
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Duncanville joins fellow Fox freshman animated series Bless the Harts, which also has already been renewed for a second season.
The network has been ramping up its animated portfolio over the past two years and currently has five series on the air, veterans The Simpsons, Family Guy and Bob’s Burgers, and newcomers Bless the Harts and Duncanville, with two more, Housebroken and The Great North, set to join the lineup next season. Animation is one film/TV area that is still going during the pandemic-related Hollywood shutdown, with production done remotely, so work can be done on current seasons as well orders for next season.
“Duncanville is another great addition to our Sunday Animation Domination block,” said Michael Thorn, President of Entertainment, Fox Entertainment. “Amy, Mike and Julie have been fantastic partners, as have the teams at 20th and Universal Television. Our thanks also go out to the entire voice cast, including Ty, Ricki, Betsy, Yassir, Zach, Joy, Rashida and Wiz. Duncan may be an average teen. However, the show is anything but, and we can't wait for a brand-new season of Harris family adventures.”
Duncanville has been a soft linear performer, with its Live+Same day rating deliveries among the lowest for a Fox series this season, but it has done well on digital. Season-to-date, Duncanville averages 2.3 million multiplatform viewers and is Fox's most-streamed new comedy this season, Its premiere is Fox's most-streamed animated debut on record 7-day average.
The series follows a spectacularly average 15-year-old boy, voiced by Poehler, with a rich fantasy life, and the people in his world. Duncan can see adulthood on the horizon: money, freedom, cars, girls...but the reality is more like: always being broke, driving with your mom sitting shotgun and babysitting your little sister. He's not exceptional, but he has a wild imagination in which he's never anything less than amazing. Poehler also voices Duncan's mother, Annie, and Ty Burrell voices Duncan's father, Jack. Featured voices also include Riki Lindhome, Betsy Sodaro, Yassir Lester and Zach Cherry, as well as guest voices Rashida Jones, Wiz Khalifa and Joy Osmanski.
Produced by 20th Century Fox Television, Universal Television and Fox Entertainment, Duncanville was co-created by the Scullys and Poehler, through her Paper...