Saturday’s DC FanDome promises fresh looks at some of the biggest DC titles in film and television. New trailers include Doctor Who season 13 and The Shrink Next Door, which stars Paul Rudd and Will Ferrell. Learn how to make the Squid Game candy — you know, just in case you’re planning your own party. All that and more of the week’s biggest TV and streaming news.
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DC FanDome returns on Saturday, October 15, at 10 a.m. PT with news, video teasers, and first-look images at upcoming DC Comics and filmed entertainment. Films on the docket include the biggest titles to come, including The Batman, Black Adam, The Flash, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, Shazam: Fury of the Gods, and DC League of Super-Pets.
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On the TV front, the one-day streaming event features DC heroes and —whatever we’re deciding to call Peacemaker. The Suicide Squad spin-off, created by the movie’s director, James Gunn, and featuring John Cena reprising his movie role, premieres on HBO Max in January, and will be one of the main spotlights of the fan event, with a new teaser trailer scheduled for release. Fingers crossed that includes a preview of the series’ opening credits, which, no spoiling, but is an opener you will never fast forward through.
On the animation front, we also can’t wait for news about season 3 of HBO Max’s Harley Quinn, with the all-star cast of voice talent that includes Kaley Cuoco as Harley, as well as Lake Bell, Tony Hale, Ron Funches, J.B. Smoove, Jason Alexander, and Alan Tudyk. When last we left the delightfully potty-mouthed and hilarious gang, Harley and Ivy rode off into the sunset after sharing their feelings for each other. But that was before the series had its season 3 renewal, so we’re guessing there could be more drama mixed in with the show’s trademark humor in the new episodes. But we need a trailer to prove it.
Among the other TV series, live-action and animated, in the line-up of the free, global, virtual Oct. 16 (beginning at 10 AM PT) fan event: Batwoman, Doom Patrol, Naomi, Legends of Tomorrow, Stargirl, Supergirl, The Flash, Sweet Tooth, Titans, and Superman & Lois for live-action previews, and Aquaman: King of Atlantis, Batman: Caped Crusader, the adorable Batwheels series for the youngest Batfans, DC Super Hero Girls, DMZ, Teen Titans Go!, and Young Justice: Phantoms for the animated series previews.
The Shrink Next Door is a limited series, inspired by true events and based on the podcast of the same name, about the decades-long manipulation and exploitation by psychiatrist Dr. Isaac “Ike” Herschkopf (Paul Rudd) and his longtime patient Martin “Marty” Markowitz (Will Ferrell). Dr. Ike is accompanied by his unsuspecting wife Bonnie (Casey Wilson) and though Marty may be defenseless against Dr. Ike’s enticing offerings, his hard-headed sister Phyllis (Kathryn Hahn) is not. The eight-episode series premieres Nov. 12. (Apple TV+)
More trailers and teasers released this week:
• The Beatles: Get Back is a three-part series directed by Peter Jackson featuring never-seen, restored footage from January 1969, including The Beatles’ last performance as a group, the writing and recording of iconic songs from Abbey Road and Let It Be. Premieres Nov. 25, 26, and 27. (Disney+)
• Doctor Who season 13, “Doctor Who: Flux,” trailer includes a preview of returning monsters — Sontarans, Weeping Angels, Cybermen, and the Ood — as well as a range of new monsters, one of whom is named Karvanista. The new season will be
• Bruised is a drama about a mixed martial arts fighter (Halle Berry) who reclaims her power, in and out of the ring, when everyone has counted her out. The movie is also Berry’s directorial debut. Premieres Dec. 24 (Netflix)
• American Veteran is a four-part series that explores the breadth and variety of the veteran experience, from WWII until now, and features interviews with more than 40 veterans from diverse backgrounds and with diverse experiences. Premieres Oct. 26 (PBS)
• Mayor of Kingstown is a drama series about the McLusky family, power brokers in Kingstown, Michigan, where the business of the local jail system is the only thriving industry. The series stars Jeremy Renner, Kyle Chandler, Dianne Wiest, and is created by Yellowstone co-creator Taylor Sheridan and Hugh Dillon. Premieres Nov. 14. (Paramount+)
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Damian Lewis and Guy Pearce are teaming up to play a pair of spies who are longtime friends in a limited series adaptation of the bestselling book A Spy Among Friends, where the twist is: one of the friends betrays the other. Emmy and Golden Globe winner Lewis, who left his lead role on Showtime’s Billions at the end of that show’s recent fifth season, will also serve as an executive producer on the six-part Spectrum Originals series, the true story of Nicholas Elliott (Lewis) and Kim Philby (Emmy winner Pearce).
Yep, it’s true: NCIS star Mark Harmon has also quit his hit drama, after 18 seasons playing Supervisory Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs.
The Crown Emmy nominee Emma Corrin will star in the FX limited series Retreat, playing an amateur investigator in the middle of a murder mystery at a secluded retreat. The OA creators Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij created the series, which they will write, direct, and executive produce. (Deadline)
Interview With the Vampire has cast newcomer Kalyne Coleman, who will play Grace, the sister of Louis (Jacob Anderson) in the upcoming AMC series. (Variety)
Original Head of the Class star Robin Givens has joined the cast of HBO Max’s upcoming reboot of the 1986-91 ABC comedy, where she’ll reprise her role as Darlene Merriman, who is now the mom of one of the gifted kids whose teacher wants them to study a little less, experience life a little more. (EW.com)
Hulu has cast Melanie Lynskey in the limited series Candy, about the Texas woman (Jessica Biel) who kills her friend and romantic rival with an ax. Lynskey will play Betty Gore, Candy Montgomery’s ax victim. (Lily Rabe plays Gore in Love and Death, HBO Max’s competing Candy story, in which Elizabeth Olsen plays Candy).
That ‘70s Show stars Kurtwood Smith and Debra Jo Rupp have signed on to once again play Red and Kitty Forman, this time in That ‘90s Show, a Netflix sequel to the Fox sitcom, now set in Wisconsin 1995 and revolving around the daughter of original series characters Eric and Donna, who’s visiting Red and Kitty for the summer. No other cast members from That ‘70s Show, which ran from 1998-2006, have yet signed on for the spin-off, which was also created by That ‘70s Show’s Bonnie and Terry Turner.
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The fourth AMC series spin-off of The Walking Dead – an anthology series called Tales of the Walking Dead – will debut in summer 2022. Each hour-long episode will focus on a new or existing TWD character, with TWD and Fear the Walking Dead writer Channing Powell serving as the spin-off’s showrunner. Tales follows FTWD, Walking Dead: World Beyond, and the upcoming Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride Daryl and Carol drama as TWD spin-offs, while Andrew Lincoln will star in a TWD spin-off movie that will finally clue us in on what happened to Rick Grimes when he flew off in that helicopter with Anne/Jadis (Pollyanna McIntosh, a new member of the World Beyond Season 2 cast).
Ted Lasso Emmy winners Brett Goldstein and Bill Lawrence are teaming up with Jason Segel to write the Apple TV+ comedy Shrinking, about a grieving therapist who decides to no longer follow the rules, and starts telling his clients exactly what he thinks, training and ethics aside. As a result, their lives, and his, start to change. Segel will star in the 10-episode series, and will write and produce with Goldstein and Lawrence.
Lupin star Omar Sy has signed a multiyear deal with Netflix to create, executive produce, and star in feature films for Netflix. He will next star in the action comedy movie Tour de Force, a 2022 Netflix release.
FX has ordered the comedy series The Bear, starring Jeremy Allen White (Shameless) as a chef who moves home to Chicago to run his family’s restaurant. The series will also star Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Ayo Edebiri, Lionel Boyce, Abby Elliott, Liza Colón-Zayas, and Edwin Gibson, and Matty Matheson.
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Amazon is planning a second installment of its year-end special Yearly Departed, with Insecure star Yvonne Orji hosting a lineup of female comedians bidding adieu to another all-too-eventful year. An exact December release date and guest list will be announced later, but topics to be covered will include “Hot Vaxx Summer, Hermit Life, Ignoring the Climate Crisis, and Zoom.”
Orji will also host My Mom, Your Dad, a dating game for single parents, who are set up by their college-aged kids. The HBO Max reality series was created by The Office creator Greg Daniels and his daughter, Haley, and will find the two ‘rents moving into a house together, unaware their children are living down the street, watching them via hidden cameras, and controlling some of their interactions. Sounds … creepy?
Some new ways for you to spend your TV-related dollars: a trip to the Peppa Pig theme park that will open in Winter Haven, Florida, next February; a slew of Netflix series merch at Walmart, from The Witcher statues to Cobra Kai Johnny Lawrence posters to Queer Eye office furniture; and the books featured in the new Netflix Book Club, hosted by Orange Is the New Black star Uzo Aduba and featuring books adapted into series on the streaming service.
There will be no Golden Globes telecast on NBC in 2022, but the Hollywood Foreign Press Association does still plan to award statues for the best TV and movie performances of 2021 a source tells TheWrap.com.
HBO Max has ordered Atlas of the Heart, an unscripted series starring bestselling author and professor Dr. Brené Brown, that will “take viewers on an interactive journey through the range of emotions and experiences that define what it means to be human.” The series is named after Brown’s upcoming book, which will be released on Nov. 20.
Amazon has ordered a pilot for Once Upon a Time in Aztlan, comedian George Lopez’s first drama series. Lopez will star in and executive produce the hour-long series, about a Chicano family in the Los Angeles suburbs “as they come to terms with the falsehoods of the American dream and their ability to defy expectations,” reports Variety.
After the Oct. 17 Season 3 premiere of Succession, HBO will debut the official Succession companion podcast, with special guests like the show’s cast members, hosted by fintech journalist Kara Swisher, at HBO Max.
On Nov, 7, MSNBC will air Four Seasons Total Documentary, about the small Philadelphia landscaping company that was pulled into bumbling Rudy Giuliani’s infamous 2020 election results press conference, Variety reports the documentary is less about Giuliani, and more about “a small business in Philadelphia that was unexpectedly thrust into the national spotlight when it agreed to host a political event in the middle of the presidential election.”
Wondering how to make those honeycomb candies (known as Dalgona) that played a pivotal role in Squid Game? The video above shares the scoop. Netflix announced that the South Korean thriller has become, by the way, the streaming service’s most successful original series ever (yes, even more popular than Bridgerton), as it has been viewed by 111 million accounts since it premiered on Sept. 17.