Everwood" star Tom Amandes has joined "Arrow" as DC Comics villain The Calculator. He will debut in this season's twelfth episode, "Unchained," and appear in two episodes.According to TVLine's description of the character, The Calculator -- whose true identity is Noah Kuttler -- is "a criminal mastermind and technical genius... [who] uses his advanced skills in computer science and internet manipulation to blackmail Roy [Colton Haynes] out of retirement to do his bidding, which leads to an epic battle with Team Arrow."
The current season of The CW’s Arrow threw fans for a major curveball in the final moments of the season premiere, jumping forward in time and showing Oliver standing at the grave of … someone. So who is the dearly departed?According to series co-star David Ramsey, aka John Diggle, not even the cast knows what the writers are cooking up at this point. We almost certainly won’t get an answer until around the season finale, and that’s not coming until well into 2016. So, yeah, they’re holding their breath, just like most of the fandom.First up here’s his comments to Entertainment Weekly on how the mystery is affecting the daily shoots. Not surprisingly, they’re all walking on a few eggshells these days:“It makes for a great work environment, doesn’t it? You’re on your best behavior. It’s like I used to be late to set, now I’m not. I asked. I wanted to know. Is Diggle dead? Is it me? They didn’t tell me. In terms of what we do, there’s really a death every season, to some degree. They’re offing people every year. It reminds me of when I used to do Dexter. I used to go to the back to the script and see if it’s me who dies. I haven’t done that yet. I don’t know who it is.”
Sky1 has closed a deal with Warner Bros International Television Distribution to acquire the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to The CW's Arrow and The Flash spin-off DC's Legends Of Tomorrow, TVWise has learned.
Spoiler alert! If you don't want to know which former Arrow character will be returning to the series, read no further!Team Arrow has gone through a few changes over the seasons, but the biggest lineup change came earlier this year with the loss of Roy Harper. A member of the show since the latter half of Arrow Season 1, Colton Haynes left the show late into Season 3, prompting Roy to exit the team after taking the fall as The Arrow in place of Oliver Queen. Following Haynes’ departure as a series regular, the Arrow showrunners said that there would be opportunities for him to come back, and that time will come later this season.While the details of his return are being kept secret, executive producer Marc Guggenheim announced that Haynes will reprise Roy shortly after Arrow returns from its midseason hiatus. As Guggenheim said to EW:We are beyond thrilled that Colton will be returning to Arrow this season. It was always our intention to have him return following his departure last season, but it was a matter of finding the right story line to pull it off. That opportunity presented itself in episode 412 and we can’t wait for the fans to see this reunion.
Could Arrow's Damien Darhk have ties to the New Gods?That's a popular fan theory that started last week on Reddit and has since been making its way through the comics blogosphere...and it's certainly not Impossible.At the end of last week's episode, Darhk unfolded a box etched with quasi-mystical markings on the outside, some of which appeared to match etchings from the cave where John Constantine took Oliver during the "Haunted" episode last week. Whatever the device is, Darhk had hoped to force Ray Palmer to help him power it using the white dwarf star alloy that powers the A.T.O.M. suit, but Team Arrow rescued him before he could. After Ray got away, one of Darhk's minions told him they thought they had figured out how to simulate the power source -- and Darhk told them to use it on an item, which he unfolded from the box into a flat map-like shape on a table.
Freedom of speech is the right to voice an opinion or idea in public without fear of government retaliation. Frequently fans seem to feel it gives them the right to be an asshole and to attack others who work their ass off 15 hours or more a day, frequently at night or on weekends to create the show we love.
I love debating aspects of TV shows, character motivations for decisions, how scenes were designed and shot, or the decisions made during the writing process. I love watching the behind the scenes featurettes on DVDs to get a glimpse of the creative process.
As a fan though there's a line not to cross. Recently I've seen the ugly side of fandom on social media with fans attacking hard-working crew members telling them how to do their jobs, making personal insults, insinuations, and demanding certain storylines on the show.
Finally, for those who find themselves feeling entitled to demand the writers of your favourite TV show write only what you like, give this journal entry from Neil Gaiman a read. Sometimes in fandom its worthwhile remembering.
Entitlement issues aka George R. R. Martin is not your bitch
Arrow season 4 episode "Haunted" has the return of Matt Ryan as John Constantine, and it's something of a homecoming for the character.
This article contains NO spoilers for "Haunted" so read on with confidence!
Once again, the stable of superhero shows at Warner Bros. Pictures Television has woven a tapestry with the kind of storytelling previously only thought possible on the comics page. Marvel Studios may have perfected the “feature length TV episode” formula on the big screen, but that’s still only a relative handful of hours in any calendar year that you can expect to spend in their universe. But after roughly 100 hours emerged in the worlds of Arrow and The Flash, and the newfound confirmation that NBC’s 13 episodes of Constantine also fit into this world, we now have a superhero universe that feels almost as expansive as its four-color counterpart.
This week on TV, Supergirl took flight while Wicked City began its killing spree. Sleepy Hollow and Bones made their crossover journey, and surprisingly, it was good. Peyton and Blaine crossed paths on iZombie, and Oliver learned that Quentin isn’t as saint-like as he thought on Arrow.Here’s what some of our writers thought about this week on TV.Best momentLizzie: Oliver and Quentin’s confrontation, on Arrow. I’m not a big Quentin fan. He usually gets on my last nerve, so imagine my surprise at the fact that Paul Blackthorne completely won this week for me. Stephen Amell deserves kudos also, because the scene was perfectly acted. But it’s not even about the acting. It’s about the feeling for the characters – it’s about the things that were said. It’s about Oliver’s heartbreaking confession that all this time, despite everything, he’s been looking for Quentin’s approval. It’s about the older man trying to justify himself, even when he knows nothing is a justification. It’s about the moral compass of the show shattering on the ground and Oliver being left to pick up the pieces.Read more:http://telltaletv.com/2015/11/tell-tale-tv-picks-of-the-week-arrow-the-originals-and-from-dusk-till-dawn-deliver-best-moments/
Arrow fans were shocked to discover in the Season 4 premiere that perennial good guy Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne) has been working with Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough), possibly the most dangerous villain Star City has ever seen.
So how did Lance get involved with Darhk? And why does Blackthorne say Lance doesn't need to forgive himself for his deal with the devil? Check out our full interview with the actor below:
How did you feel when you first heard Lance was going to be working with Damien Darhk?
Paul Blackthorne: Well, he seemed like a nice enough fellow to begin with. From my point of view, when you find your character working with someone like that, who's quite opposite in nature of my character, it's interesting. But of course when Lance went in with him, from his point of view, Darhk was offering great things for the city. He was a positive force. He wanted to help the city out and clean up the mess in the Season 3 finale. So in Lance's eyes, Darhk was a very positive presence to begin with. Of course, things shifted a little bit. His actions shifted. His intentions shifted. And as soon as Lance called him out on that, he was going to kill his daughters if he did otherwise. So Lance dug a bit of a hole.
The results are in for Oliver Queen’s mayoral run — at least among his inner circle.
His friends and family will finally weigh in on this Wednesday’s Arrow (The CW, 8/7c) — two weeks after Oliver declared his political intentions to Felicity.
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“It’s actually very atypical for our show to announce something, and then just leave it dormant for an episode, which we did this week because so many other things were going on,” star Stephen Amell explains during a recent visit to the show’s Vancouver set.
So how will his loved ones take the news? “They’re slightly incredulous,” the actor teases. “Everyone has their various reactions.” One thing is certain: His girlfriend Felicity is encouraging — even though she looked slightly apprehensive at the end of Episode 2.
We got our first taste of the larger universe last season, when The CW crossed over hit DC shows Arrow and The Flash. Turns out, that was just the appetizer. The good stuff is coming this fall.
In an interview with Zap2it producer Andrew Kreisberg and Arrow star Stephen Amell chatted about the crossover episodes, one of which has already been shooting. Amell said the two-parter is a “pinnacle achievement” for the franchise, and at least one scene feature nine superheroes/powered-people in one shot. We seriously have to see this, like, now.
Here’s an excerpt from what Amell said about the crossover episodes:
“Last year was designed so that if you were a fan of one show or a fan of the other show, you could enjoy 108 of Flash and 308 of Arrow independent of one another. It’s not the case this year. If you put them back to back on one night, they would run like one two-hour episode of television. In fact, most of the Flash episode takes place in Star City, and most of the ‘Arrow’ episode takes place in Central City. We have a common villain, which was not the case last year, and just in general, we’ve done an excellent job of weaving not just two shows, but three shows together.”
Katrina Law has named her pick for who should play her Arrow character's half-sister Talia al Ghul: Olivia Munn.The American actress told Digital Spy that she would love the X-Men: Apocalypse star to appear as Nyssa's sibling in the CW show, if the character were to ever make a debut."I would love to see Talia and Nyssa interact and see what the writers' take on it would be. I would have Olivia Munn be my sister!" she said.
Soon after Kevin Tsujihara took over as Warner Bros. chairman-CEO, he made the decision to break with protocol from the previous regime — a change that would have a profound effect on the studio. At an early strategy session, senior execs recall him issuing a new edict: DC Entertainment is open for business across the lot.Tsujihara made it clear that the vast archive of comic-book characters in the DC vault would no longer be under the tight control of Warner Bros.’ film division. WB’s television and interactive units would have new flexibility to develop projects derived from the properties, even if they were concurrently being eyed for movie projects.
While we're on a break right now, Arrow Season 4 Episode 8 will wrap up the two-part seamless crossover extravaganza that begins on The Flash.After realizing that Star City isn't so safe after all (duh people, duh!), the Flash and Arrow teams escape to a secluded hideaway with Kendra Saunders and Carter Hall while they prepare for a meeting with Vandal Savage with help from Malcolm Merlyn.
The Flash may feature a lot of cool superpowers, but when it comes to fighting on DC TV, Arrow reigns supreme. Say what you will about the series, but the show has done an impressive job with its action scenes over four seasons. With the exception of Felicity, all the members of Team Arrow are out fighting crime in the field using their natural combat skills instead of special abilities. As you can imagine, a lot of work goes into making these fights realistic, and in Stephen Amell’s case, fight coordinator James Bamford had a specific regiment for training the series lead when the show was first starting. While explaining how he initially got involved with Arrow as a stunt man, Bamford told TV Line how he was able to use Amell’s natural athletic ability to teach him how to fight for the show, despite the actor not having any previous combat training. He said: So I started Stephen off with some basics, mainly from Filipino martial arts — Eskrima, Kali. I wanted to get his timing up, because one of the things I don’t like about a lot of the combat on television out there is they use full-beat, old-school John Wayne timing — which is like, ‘Beat, beat, beat.’ What I love to introduce is half-beat timing, which is ‘ba-bop, bop, bop, ba-bop, bop, bop.’ That’s my style and Filipino martial arts delivers that, so I immersed Stephen immediately in Eskrima hand work, stick work, hand-versus-knife, knife-versus-knife and so forth. I avoided kicking, because it takes years and years and a lot of stretching and conditioning to be able to teach anyone how to kick, let alone an actor within a two-week period. And he just embraced the training, he embraced me as his sensei, and he did anything I told him, basically.
The number of superheroes on The CW has been growing pretty steadily since Season Two of Arrow, but with DC's Legends of Tomorrow on the horizon, fans will see more of them in one place than ever before, according to Arrow star Stephen Amell.During a recent visit to the set of Arrow, ComicBook.com was at a roundtable where series star Stephen Amell revealed that there will be nine costumed heroes appearing in one scene during one of the crossovers.
"Wouldn't it be great if we could chose the next superhero or villain CW would tackle?! I think that would be fun, but I'm not gonna get my hopes up and start waiting by the phone for a call from Greg Berlanti asking for my advice. That being said, there's no law against dreaming! So I figured why not share my dreams with you all and see how they compare to yours!
I'm a huge fan of Arrow. It took me almost no time to become thoroughly infatuated with the show and the characters. I was skeptical about The Flash but I gave it a chance I'm so glad my inner snob didn't get the better of me because it is equally as fantastic as Arrow. Point being, these shows are super fun for all sorts of people. Obviously they're great for us nerds who geek out at the introduction of each new comic book character, but they also be enjoyed by people that are just fans of good television - even if they don't catch any of the easter eggs and homages.
Either way, here is a list of the six characters I'd like to see come to one or both of these shows in seasons to come (three good guys and three bad guys): 1. Jefferson Pierce/Black Lightning
This character, I think, would be a great addition to Arrow. Jefferson Pierce is an award winning athlete and all around brilliant man. He wouldn't be another member of Team Arrow, but he'd just be someone that is on their side protecting the streets of Star City. They could even pull a scene almost directly from JLA and have Oliver ask him to join but Jefferson would decline. Also he's a total badass.
Even if you take away the fun and the potential long-term implications of John Constantine making his way from a cancelled NBC show onto The CW's Arrow this week, Wednesday's "Haunted" is the most significant episode of the season so far.
As we saw on last week's episode of The Flash, titled "The Fury of Firestorm," The CW is in full-speed franchise building mode, moving everything inexorably closer to DC's Legends of Tomorrow, which is expected to debut in January. With Sara Lance's story on the boards in a big way for "Haunted," it was clear this would be an important episode, but some fans had wondered whether a guest appearance by a former DC Entertainment leading man would be a distraction from the main plot, and whether Constantine would take over the episode.
He doesn't -- which will of course strike different members of the audience in different ways. Many Constantine viewers had hoped this week's Arrow would be essentially Constantine Episode Fourteen, revolving around Matt Ryan's take on everyone's favorite petty dabbler in the dark arts. The hope among some -- seen most visibly on Twitter and Tumblr -- is that a highly-rated Arrow guest appearance could lead to bigger things for Constantine, either at The CW or someplace like Netflix or el Rey (where re-runs of Constantine currently air).
Laurel Lance can’t say no one warned her. Malcolm Merlyn was clear that she was entering uncharted territory trying to use the Lazarus Pit to bring her dead sister Sara back to life. Nyssa al Ghul, who loved Sara more than anyone outside her immediate family, was against it. Even Thea Queen, a beneficiary of the Lazarus Pit herself, thought it might not be such a good idea.
But Laurel’s desire to see her sister alive again outweighed all those concerns, and now she has to live with the consequences. This week’s new episode of Arrow, “Beyond Redemption,” makes it appear they might be dire indeed.
In the preview clips for this week, we’ve also seen Captain Lance forced to acknowledge that while Sara is back, she isn’t the same daughter he knew from before, and it’s Damien Darhk who makes him face that fact. You’ll see how both these storylines intertwine in the official synopsis from The CW:
Laurel (Katie Cassidy) must deal with the repercussions of taking Sara (guest star Caity Lotz) to Nanda Parbat. Meanwhile, Oliver (Stephen Amell) asks Captain Lance (Paul Blackthorne) for a favor and while he’s not surprised at the response, he is surprised at what he finds out next.
Despite its overwhelmingly somber tone, the third season of The CW’s Arrow ended on a relatively happy note for all involved – except for Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh). While everyone on Team Arrow received some sort of a happy ending, Mr. Palmer was seemingly killed unceremoniously in an explosion while tinkering with his Atom suit. Despite the magnitude of the blast, Arrow seldom allows death to become a permanent condition – and now we know when we'll find our what's actually happened to Ray Palmer.
The CW recently released the official logline for Episode 6 of Arrow’s fourth season – titled “The Lost Souls” -- that will deal with how Palmer will be brought back into the fold:
Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) is frantic when she learns that Ray (guest star Brandon Routh) is alive and being held by Damien Darhk (guest star Neal McDonough). Felicity’s guilt over not finding Ray sooner causes tension between her and Oliver (Stephen Amell).
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