Last Week’s Episode: The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorant Avian Lawyers

Last Week's Episode

Just here to say that the likelihood of continued Birdman jokes in the headline is extremely high. Today we have a gay rat, Pikachu, and some nostalgia (always).

Gay Shit

Amid all the other weird headcanon scattered in the last round of Russo Brothers interviews, they mentioned that a Marvel character we’ve seen before will be announced as gay, probably. This is not really filling my heart with excitement, y’all. [Entertainment Weekly]

I’m way more into this news about Arthur, the PBS cartoon about an aardvark and his pals that is now on its 22nd season! Mr. Ratburn, Arthur’s teacher, turns out to have a life outside the classroom and it includes his fiancé! Hopefully Binky comes out next. [TVGuide]


In other animation news, the up-coming Yu Yu Hakusho stage play adaptation has found its Yusuke Urameshi in actor Tsubasa Sakiyama. [CrunchyRoll]

Adult Swim has announced new show Birdgirl, a spin-off of Harvey Birdman, Attorney At Law. Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds) will return to the titular role. [Variety]

Comics on TV

I do not want to have to talk to more people about Watchmen more than being interested in comics has already forced me to, but here we are, your new Sunday obsession, Watchmen.

The CW has picked up not one, not two, but three more comic book shows from pilots: Batwoman, Riverdale-spinoff Katy Keene, and Nancy Drew. Katy Keene will follow the titual aspiring fashion designer (Lucy Hale, Pretty Little Liars) and will feature Josie (of the Pussycats, Ashleigh Murray) and probably some storylines about being a young artist in the city. Hopefully all three shows will be pretty gay. [Variety]

Stumptown, Greg Rucka and Matthew Southworth’s Portland detective comic, is coming to ABC starring Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother, or Agent Maria Hill) as Dex Parios — check that full-length trailer, baby. Here’s to hoping that this particular Michael Ealy crime show doesn’t get canceled before season 2. (PS – Dex Parios is bisexual in the comics and, hopefully, in this show)

Comics on Streaming

Netflix and Dark Horse have now joined in unholy #content matrimony, signing up for a first-look deal that gives Netflix dibs on live-action adaptation of Dark Horse IP. Umbrella Academy seems like a win for them so possibly the successes could keep coming…but maybe they’d better go back to the old formula for a Hellboy show. (Wonder how those Millarworld Netflix comics are turning out). [io9]

Slotting this bit of monopolistic news here: Disney, which acquired majority stakes in Hulu when they acquired Fox’s entertainment assets, now owns the service outright. There’s been no decision on what content goes where, but since Disney has already announced one show for Hulu (Ghostrider), my guess is that the Mouse will park it’s darker properties there to avoid polluting the pure, family-friendly streams of Disney+. [Washington Post]

Racist, Sexist Bullshit

Variety held another Inclusion Summit this year, where extremely frustrating facts like the above were spilled. [Variety]

Julia Hart, the director of Fast Color, puts the studio on blast for not knowing how to market her film about three generations of black women who share superpowers.  [Shadow&Act]

Grab Bag

MacGyver heads into season 4, which surprised the hell out of me, and it adds Terry Matalas (12 Monkeys) as a co-showrunner alongside Peter M. Lenkov. Hopefully that means Lucas Till (Havok in X-Men) gets to do some time traveling.  [TVLine]

Because Oscar Isaac fandom is a lodestone around my neck, I am here to inform you he will be executive producing (and starring in a supporting role in) Big Gold Brick, with director/writer Brian Petsos. They’ve previously worked on two short films together (Lightningface and Ticky Tacky. Megan Fox (Transformers, Jennifer’s Body) is also attached. Maybe this one will be good? [THR]

Bill Nighy apparently LOVES Pokemon (now that he’s in Detective Pikachu), and this article is kind of a delight. [The Guardian]

Brianna Hildebrand (Deadpool) and Lana Condor (X-Men: Apocalypse, Deadly Class) are attached to star in comedy Girls Night, written by Cristina Kinon and to be directed by Marianna Palka (GLOW). I, for one, hope they kiss. [Deadline]

Kat Overland

Kat Overland

Small press editor Kat Overland is a displaced Texan now living in Washington, DC, where she is perpetually behind on reading her pull list. She's a millennial, Latina, exhausted, and can often be spotted casually cosplaying America Chavez and complaining.