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‘The Simpsons’ “Treehouse of Horror XXVIII” Features the Voices of Neil Gaiman, William Friedkin, and Ben Daniels

The Simpsons “Treehouse of Horror” Halloween and Horror-themed episodes have a long tradition of including parodies of classic horror films and television including jabs at Night of the Living Dead, The Shining, and the Twilight Zone, just to name a few.

This season’s episode (number 28 if you are keeping score at home) will feature parodies of The Exorcist, featuring the voices of Ben Daniels (who co-stars as Father Keane on Fox’s The Exorcist television program) and the director of the 1973 original that sent moviegoers running from the theaters and into their local churches, William Friedkin. read more

Michael Sheen and David Tennant Cast in Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s ‘Good Omens’

Variety is reporting that Michael Sheen (Midnight in Paris, Masters of Sex) and David Tennant (Dr. Who, Jessica Jones) have been cast in the Amazon TV adaptation of the Neil Gaiman/Terry Pratchett collaboration Good Omens.  The 2006 book by Gaiman and the late Pratchett is a genre bending tale full of dry humor, wit, and of course, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

According to the report, “The show is set in 2018 on the brink of an apocalypse as humanity prepares for a final judgment. But Aziraphale, a somewhat fussy angel, and Crowley, a demon, (who are also best friends, in spite of the difficult circumstances and sides that they are on) aren’t enthusiastic about the end of the world, and can’t seem to find the Antichrist. Sheen will play the role of Aziraphale, while Tennant will play Crowley. It will consist of six one-hour episodes.” read more

‘Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD’ Blu-Ray Release: The Horror News Network Review

With the massive popularity of super heroes and comic books and their subsequent film and television adaptations, it is surprising that very few comprehensive documentaries about the world of comics exist.  Every year or so, the History Channel or other cable outlets will produce a generic overview of the long history of the medium and hit all of the key eras (the original Golden Age, Frederic Wertham’s crusade against comics, the Silver Age comeback, the gritty 1980’s, the current popularity of super hero films, etc.), but viewers (and more importantly, comic fans) rarely get the documentaries they deserve. read more

Karen Berger’s Dark Horse Imprint Establishes a New Line of Creator-Owned Comic Books and Graphic Novels for Publisher

According to a recent press release from Dark Horse Comics, Karen Berger, the award-winning comic book editor and the founder of DC Comics’ Vertigo line, will “acquire, edit, and oversee Berger Books, a new line of creator-owned comic books and graphic novels to be published by Dark Horse Comics.”

Berger, who was the guiding force behind some of the greatest comic stories ever told (including Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing, Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, Garth Ennis’ Helllblazer and Preacher, and Grant Morrison’s Doom Patrol to only name a few), will bring some of her “magic” to Dark Horse Comics in the near future. read more

Fox Renews Lucifer for Third Season

Variety reported today that Fox has picked up Lucifer for a third season totalling 22 new episodes.

Fox Broadcasting entertainment president David Madden praised Lucifer as, “…one of those rare shows that starts strong out of the gate, and just keeps getting better and better, “Tom, Lauren and the entire cast have really made these characters three-dimensional, and the production team — Jerry, Len, Jonathan, Joe and Ildy — is one of the best in the business. We’d also like to thank our partners Warner Bros. for their commitment to this show and we look forward to seeing where this wildly innovative series takes us in Season 3.” read more

Lucifer Gets Full Season Order Based on Initial Ratings Success

The Hollywood Reporter and other media outlets are reporting that Fox’s Lucifer just received a “back-nine order” for a full second season.

The term “back nine order” is primarily used to indicate that a series has been extended to a full season of 22 episodes, after the first thirteen episodes of a season have been produced.

For any program, this is an excellent sign, but it is especially encouraging for a genre series like Lucifer.  Lucifer (based on Neil Gaiman’s character Lucifer Morningstar from the Sandman comic book series) has been very successful in terms of Neilsen Ratings, pulling in an average of 8 million multi-platform viewers per epiosde this season. read more

‘Lucifer’ Renewed for a Second Season by Fox

Fox has renewed ‘Lucifer’ for a second season.  Warner Bros. TV and Jerry Bruckheimer TV produce the series, which is based on characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg DC Entertainment’s Vertigo.  Tom Kapinos, who wrote and executive produced the pilot, serves as an executive consultant on the series, which is excutive produced by  Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, Ildy Modrovich and Joe Henderson.  Len Wiseman is an executive producer as well, and a director on the show.   ‘Lucifer’ stars  Tom Ellis, Lauren German and Kevin Alejandro. read more